Kids match kicks off Reunion Cup

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Last night the youngsters from Barry’s Bay & Area Minor Hockey launched the Reunion Cup Tournament with great enthusiasm at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre. Irish team                    Photo: Sharon Gardiner The Irish team scored a decisive victory …

Sparklesaurus glows at the Burdock

Sparklesaurus: Felicity DeCarle and Colleen Jones  Photo: Harrison Haines On St. Patrick’s day local band Sparklesaurus played at Toronto’s Burdock on Bloor. Sparklesaurus consists of Madawaska Valley locals, Felicity DeCarle and Shamisa Schroeder, plus Quebec natives, Colleen Jones and Brad Lapensee. Shamisa Schroeder (keyboard, synth)   Photo: Harrison Haines Known for …

Business Improvement Area – Business In Action

Ted Williamson owns the Barry’s Bay V&S Stedmans (store pictured above). He is also the chairperson of the Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA). Actually, four years ago, he urged other business owners in Barry’s Bay to work together and form the BIA. Williamson who had already been in the Bay for …

Mayor demands retraction and apology from The Current

At today’s Council meeting during her opening statement, Mayor Kim Love referred to the opinion in The Current entitled “MV is not a CAO-friendly environment!” The Mayor made serious accusations against The Current and demanded a retraction and a “sincere written apology”. The Current will consider the matter after receiving a …

Pop Culture Comfort Food

What Keeps Me Going When Winter Keeps on Going It’s the middle of March, the weather has decided to swing cold once again, and I’m starting to feel a bit of cabin fever. Of course, I live in Ottawa; cabin fever for me means I’m bee-lining from the bus to …

“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 …

Will Patrick Brown’s ghost shadow Doug Ford?

James Di Fiore is a freelance journalist focusing on politics and media. He is also a radio host at chcr.org in Killaloe. The opinions expressed in this op-ed are solely those of the author.   Just when you thought the long shadow of controversy and unexpected plot twists had left …

County nears completion of Official Plan Review

The County of Renfrew has just published the latest draft of its five-year Official Plan Review. Click HERE to view the full draft. The Current has reviewed the draft and in this article will provide highlights of proposed changes and issues affecting Land Development in the County. In a subsequent article we will …

Proposed condo development includes Chippawa Lodge

Combermere Lodge Limited outlined its proposed condominium development in the Madawaska Valley at the Mar. 5 Council meeting. David Hunter, President of Combermere Lodge Limited (CLL), was accompanied by Donald Dunn, Vice-President, and Leah Wilson, Chief Financial Officer (shown above L-R). Hunter said that CLL owns the property for Chippawa Resorts …

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 …