Opeongo Hills Nordic Club to host fifth annual loppet

The fifth annual Opeongo Classic Loppet is scheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Event host Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club calls on all members, friends, family and any other person willing to volunteer their time and help make this happen. Loppet coordinator Peter Cruchet says …

Suspect sought in attempted robbery in Bancroft

OPP Bancroft Detachment reports that an 18-year-old woman was assaulted during an attempted robbery this morning, December 31. The attack occurred as she was exiting her vehicle on Hastings Street South, Bancroft. Emergency Medical Services transported the female to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The OPP seeks assistance in apprehending the …

Christmas greetings from The Current

The Current’s publishers extend the compliments of the season to our readers, with our very best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019. We also take this opportunity to thank all our readers both near and far for your support during the first year of our existence.  Your many comments have been …

Poetry Place: Christmastime

A story of old Many times it’s been told May I tell it once again To honour my Lord and King   On this special day I would like to pay Homage to His name Worship Him with great acclaim   Born in a lowly manger His only visitors strangers …

Rescue drama on Siberia Road

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) personnel from Pembroke visited Barry’s Bay during the week of December 10 following reports of an orphaned bear cub, but were unable to locate the animal at that time. Most bears in our area are in hibernation by now so the cub’s mother …

Reader questions cannabis conflict of interest

Dear Editor, As we enter these last dark days before Solstice and then Christmas, I am finding my curiosity aroused by a situation brought forward to me by several friends. Perhaps you can please explain to me why our MPP John Yakabuski had to step down from the cabinet position …

Tougher impaired driving laws now in effect

Ontario motorists woke up today to a new impaired driving regime. Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers …

Yakabuski says share your photos of festive local foods

The Ontario Government is launching a celebration of local food in time for the holidays. As people prepare their holiday spread and festive treats they are invited to share their shots on social media as part of a Festive Local Food celebration. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs …

Decision imminent on MV pot shop

At the December 17 Council meeting, MV Council will consider a Resolution whether to permit the licensing of pot shops within the Township’s boundaries. The Current has therefore ended its online poll which has been running since September 16. Readers were asked, “Should Madawaska Valley allow cannabis retailers (pot shops) …

Heritage Photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952-53 Grade Four

This picture was taken during the school year 1952-53 and it’s the Grade Four class.  Please let the readership know if you spot an error and can make a correction. FRONT ROW: Bobby Crawford, Arthur Peplinskie, Roy Kulas, Tony Yantha, Leonard Stoppa, Ronald Chippior, Jimmy Shulist, David Biernaskie, Kenneth Kovalskie, …

The case for public transit

EDITORIAL At the November 19 MV Council meeting, students from St. John Bosco School presented Council with a list of proposals. Among these was a request for a public transit system. The absence of a transit system has been questioned in the following studies/reports: 2014-15: Among residents’ main reasons for …

OPP Killaloe Detachment wants you to be fraud-savvy

During the past week, the Killaloe OPP have responded to two fraud complaints involving the sharing of personal information. The OPP wants the community to become “Fraud Savvy.” Never give personal information by phone unless you have initiated the contact. Don’t try, don’t buy, and don’t reply to spam or …

Tree of Lights event sparks Christmas campaign

This year’s Tree of Lights celebration held on December 7 in Barry’s Bay is a visible reminder of the annual Christmas Campaign run by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) to help provide equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The goal of the campaign is about Giving the Gift of …