“Let Yez All Be Irish Tonight!”

Photo: Mark Woermke In addition to some household chores, a bit of homework and working with Barry Conway and the Opeongo Podcast Players, I am taking time during my March Break to sift through the family archives: photos, news clippings, family trees and the like. Many items pertain to the …

Will kits: Are the savings worth the risks?

Six pitfalls of do-it-yourself will kits you should know about If done incorrectly, your will may not be valid.  Wills must meet certain requirements in order for them to be legal. Your do-it-yourself will may successfully communicate your wishes, but that will not matter if it is not legally enforceable. …

Renfrew County Legal Clinic

Renfrew County Legal Clinic, which provides free legal services to county residents who face economic limitations, is accessible by Valley clients one day a month in Barry’s Bay. The Clinic, which is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, is an independent non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors made up …

Castaway Culture – on my desert island

Randy Penney at St. Francis Memorial Hospital The news that I had been asked by the Current to share my Castaway choices brought a round of laughter from my family. “If you were cast away on a desert island what books or music would you want,” is a regular question …

Wild Women out west

Red Rock Wash by Kathy Haycock Wild Women, Painters of the Wilderness are a well-established trio of professional award-winning artists living and painting in the Madawaska Valley. Joyce Burkholder, Kathy Haycock and Linda Sorensen (pictured below L-R) each operate a studio/gallery in the area and participate yearly in the Madawaska …

Eat Your Art Out – a sensory extravaganza

Just imagine receiving dried seedhead gifts from woodland creatures, a nod or nuzzle from a unicorn, or a gracious greeting from a Snow Queen and you might awaken to why winter never tasted so good as on February 24 at Eat Your Art Out Mid-Winter Feast at the Lions Hall …

Reader’s Theatre: update

Residents who love to read aloud met with Opeongo Podcast Players (OPP) organizer Barry Conway at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Feb. 17 to plan the first Reader’s Theatre podcast. Conway is the driving force behind a new spoken-word project currently being developed under the guidance of Karen Filipkowski, …

Opeongo Snowbirds bring old snowmobile show to the Valley

Event poster: submitted Cheryl Reid, President of the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, attended the recent Recreation Heritage and Culture Committee meeting seeking use of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station for a vintage snowmobile show. Madawaska Valley agreed the Club could host the event there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. …

Monarch Magic

Carol Peterson, a Madawaska resident, gave an informative and entertaining presentation about Monarch butterflies to members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society on Feb. 15 2018. Peterson’s interest in butterflies began during childhood but metamorphosed into a full-fledged passion during her teaching career when she joined the Monarch Teacher Network. …

Recycling: What are we going to do with it?

Photo: Sharon Gardiner When talking to Stanley (Sam) Dombroskie recently at the Bark Lake landfill about eventually having more recycling depot bins for different products, he asked, “What are we going to do with it?” It’s a really good point. Even though our approach and efforts to recycling are good, …