Porch Views: The house that Jack built

Marcie McNamara and Mark Woermke on the porch. (Photo submitted) Barry’s Bay has some historic homes such as the August Biernacki home on Dunn Street built by the parents of St. Hedwig’s founder Monsignor Biernacki and which now serves as a college residence; the Opeongo Line home of Barry’s Bay’s …

Reader alarmed at candidates’ boycott of forum

Editor’s note: The Current has received the following letter from a reader. Municipal elections are now upon us and the Township of Madawaska Valley is no different. Signs are being put up all over the municipality not only to remind us who we can vote for but to encourage us …

Madawaska Kanu Centre builds on success

Claudia and Stefani van Wijk It’s no surprise that the van Wijk family of the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and OWL Rafting are “reading the river” ahead. The Current recently met with Claudia and Stefani van Wijk to learn their plans for the family business as it moves into the care …

Taste of the Valley in the Bay

Taste of the Valley was held at The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on August 17. Now in its tenth year here, the county-wide initiative has evolved into a celebration of local food, products, art and culture throughout the Ottawa Valley. This year’s event began with a rainy morning but …

Pot shops will be hot topic in election

Photo: Infotech Management The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) held its annual conference in Ottawa Aug. 19 – 22. The final session was devoted to a panel discussion on issues arising from the government’s recent announcement that it was privatizing the retail distribution of cannabis. The Current reported on …

Crowd celebrates the little church on the hill

Glenn Allen, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Church, welcomed a full church to the eighteenth anniversary celebration of the Restoration of the Rockingham Church on Sunday Aug. 12. The peaceful woodland setting rang with a rousing congregational rendition of The Church in the Wildwood by Dr. William S. Pitts …

Integrity front and centre at MV Council meeting

Guy Giorno, Integrity Commissioner All ears were on MV’s Integrity Commissioner Guy Giorno at the Council Meeting on Monday August 13 as he delivered reports on three issues. Two of these were complaints he inherited from MV’s previous Integrity Commissioner, Jack Rosien, whose termination by the Township led to a …

Twenty-two teams vie for MV Library Trivia title

Twenty-two teams battled for the coveted trophy at the Madawaska Valley Public Library Trivia Night on August 15 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall 406 in Barry’s Bay. Master of ceremonies Brian Tyrrell kept players and spectators in order as he read the questions, announced prize draw winners and thanked …

Killaloe Fair delights all ages

The 42nd annual Killaloe Craft & Community Fair was held on the sunny weekend of Aug. 10-12. Because of the welcome rain during recent days, Killaloe Hagarty Richards at last relaxed the Total Fire Ban. This meant campers at the fair could light cooking fires in the sheltered valley fairground …

Opeongo Reader’s Theatre opens Killaloe’s Irish Gathering 2018

Photos submitted An enthusiastic crowd of thirty-five filled the Killaloe Hagarty and Richards Township Hall on the evening of August 16 to attend an Opeongo Reader’s Theatre performance sponsored by the Killaloe and District Public Library. Pictured above with Librarian Nicole Zummach are the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre performers: (from left) Mark …

Watersheds Canada Shoreline Assessment comes to Barry’s Bay

Photo: Harrison Haines During the last week of July and the first few days of August, Watersheds Canada personnel were in Barry’s Bay gathering data while drifting around on the waters of Carson, Trout, Lepine and Greenan Lakes. Watersheds Canada is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization and registered Canadian charity. …

Killaloe OPP news as of Aug. 14

Photo: peupleloup creativecommons.org During the week of August 7, 2018 to August 12, 2018 there were 113 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were eleven motor vehicle collisions, no collisions were animal related. There were three domestic dispute calls for service, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal …

Open mic at the Station

Mushana Schroeder and Jamie Manion Local musicians performed at an Open Mic session at the Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on Friday August 10. Players of different ages and genres brought their own instruments or took advantage of the sound equipment, guitar and piano that were provided to entertain a …

MV Council Clips from Aug. 13 meeting

The Current provides this brief summary of some items of business at the Aug. 13 meeting. The first portion of the meeting was devoted to a presentation by the Township’s Integrity Commissioner, Guy Giorno, and questions from Council regarding same. Immediately following his presentation, Councillor Shelley Maika issued a public …

Ford government to sell cannabis online

Photo: David Horemans The Ontario government has said that there will not after all be government-run pot stores. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli today released details of his government’s plan to privatize the sector thereby reversing the Liberal government’s plan. With effect from April 1, 2019 all sales will be made …