The thing we can count on is change

Editor’s Note: Contributor Kim Hanewich wrote this near the end of last month and we are pleased to share it with our readers now as the Valley enjoys typical summer temperatures in November. As the first ground covering snowfall of the season is underway, a pizza dough rises, and music …

Humpty Trumpty

Illustration: Betsy Bell McKimm (c) 2020 Betsy Bell McKimm, former resident of Madawaska Valley, has graciously permitted The Current to publish this illustration in response to the outcome of last week’s US election. McKimm now combines her training and experience in both art and yoga to provide instruction for students …

There is only one watchdog in this town

Opinion Back in 2005 I was working as a reporter for a newspaper in the small town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. It was the only paper of record in Weyburn, and much of its focus was on generating ads rather than reporting news. My assignments were the typical types: photos at …

Back to school – a parent’s perspective

Editor’s note: In the second of our series on schools reopening, James di Fiore explains why his family will be home schooling this fall.   We didn’t think we had much of a choice. That was the main thought my wife and I had when we finally decided to keep …

Porch Views: Good fences make good neighbours

We are all familiar with the phrase “unprecedented times” used in reference to the social, economic and lifestyle changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated. The most unprecedented thing in my world since March’s lockdown, however, wasn’t COVID-19-related at all. It was the appearance, about a month ago, of a …

Lake Etiquette

OPINION As the last long weekend of the summer approaches, many of us will flock to a lakeside retreat to embrace the best of what the remaining days of summer offers. COVID-19 has created an especially difficult and challenging year for us all to find enjoyment within the restrictions of …

Nonprofit news brings its own rewards

Editorial Regular readers know that The Current operates on a not-for-profit basis relying on the support of volunteers and local advertisers to cover costs of production. As such, we are part of a growing movement collectively known as “Nonprofit News.” This has resulted in the formation of an organization, the …