Fishing with Leacock – enchanted campfire tales

What could be more Canadian than gathering around a campfire for stories by one of Canada’s greatest authors on Canada Day weekend? The Current couldn’t resist a trip to Whitney for the first ever Enchanted Campfire Tales. The event, Fishing with Leacock, featured Mark Woermke of the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, …

Heritage photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952 Grade Two

Photo: Submitted Here is the Grade Two class from St. Joseph’s school in Barry’s Bay in 1952/53.  Please advise us of any corrections in the names that appear below. FRONT ROW: Terry Lehovich; Sylvester Yantha; Alfie Yantha; Jerome Coulas; Michael Murray; Bronas Chapeskie; Andrew Kulas; Robert Lehovitch; Clifford Dombroskie; Neil …

Eastern Ontario birds and horticultural society news

Robin Cunningham demonstrates birdwatching app for Peter Dolan The speaker at the June meeting of Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society was Robin Cunningham on birds and their habitats. Cunningham is a retired forester, a naturalist and member of Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club. Cunningham spoke about his approach to bird watching. …

Dr. Jack Kitts speaks about his Order of Canada appointment

Photo courtesy The Ottawa Hospital Following Mark Woermke’s report of Dr. Kitts’ recent appointment as Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General (Click HERE to read that article), he shared his personal reaction with The Current, saying, My initial reaction was a sense of disbelief because I didn’t …

Valley residents keep cool on Canada Day

Levi Summers approves of his face as painted by Justina Sadecki at the Legion Canada Day celebrations in the Valley included cooling stations as volunteers offered residents the chance to beat the heat on our nation’s 151st birthday.  Red and white-clad visitors seeking shelter appreciated the awnings, sun shades and …

Madawaska Valley District High School graduation

The conversation of friends and family members gathered in the school lobby to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class on June 28 demonstrated how much impact Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) has had on the region since it opened in 1967. We found families where as many …

Canada Day in the Valley

Photo: Brett Sayles on pexels Free events throughout the Madawaska Valley on Sunday July 1   A real scorcher is forecast for this year’s Canada Day, so remember your sunscreen, hat and drinking water as you celebrate in the Valley. Here’s a line-up of local events provided as a public …

To nature lovers

During an unexpected power outage in May I went for a walk before daylight ended. At one of my usual stops I enjoyed specks of sunshine like sparkling diamonds dancing on the lake. Except for the natural sounds of insects, chipmunks, small song birds, ducks taking to flight and the …

Operations Committee discusses Combermere revitalization project

On June 26 the Township of Madawaska Valley Operations Committee discussed utilizing funds from the Main Street Revitalization Initiative to improve the Combermere boat launch facility. Shown above, Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie (standing) points out details on a survey to the Operations Committee (from left) Andy Boyd, Councillor Shelley Maika, …

Hospital Auxiliary has held last bingo

Photos: submitted After 34 years of hosting an annual article bingo, St. Francis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its last bingo on October 29, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Wilno. Although the auxiliary held bingos as early as 1964 to get new members to join the auxiliary and to …

Pembroke Daily Observer axed

Its parent company, Postmedia, announced today that the Pembroke Daily Observer will cease to exist as of July 28, 2018, thus bringing to an end a local institution after 163 years. This closure follows the similar fate of 41 Postmedia newspapers in Ontario at the end of last year. Unifor, …