MV Council hears effect of library budget cuts

Two local organizations presented their draft budgets to Madawaska Valley Council on May 6 before Council considered the MV budget. First up was Madawaska Valley Public Library (MVPL) with CEO Karen Filipkowski and Library Board Chair Frances Mawson. (Shown above) Next came the Barry’s Bay Business Improvement Area (BIA) with …

OPP Killaloe Detachment news as of May 6 2019

During the week of April 29 – May 5, 2019 there were 88 calls for service for the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), including the Whitney Detachment. There were ten motor vehicle collisions, six were animal related. There were four domestic disputes and one domestic dispute which …

Madawaska Valley monitoring water levels

May 8  Madawaska Valley advises residents that updates from the Ministry and Ontario Power Generation regarding the spring thaw/flood continue to be monitored by the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and CEMC alternate and updates will be relayed as provided.  Continue to monitor your property.  Please secure boats, docks, rafts on …

Fatal house fire on Mountain View Road

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with further information and photos. The above photo shows all that remains of a house on Mountain View Road in the Township of Killaloe Hagarty and Richards (KHR). Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report that at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Sunday …

May 5 2019

Buried budget item will make provincial government less accountable A proposed new law buried within the Ontario government’s recent budget would increase the legal threshold necessary to bring claims against the government. According to a CBC report, it would considerably limit the instances in which the government would be required …

The sun shines on Kashub Day 2019

The sun shone over Wilno Heritage Park for the twenty-first annual Kashub Day Festival on May 4. Peter Glofcheskie, President of the Wilno Heritage Society, greeted festival goers and thanked the almost 75 volunteers who worked hard to make the day a success, donating their time to be organizers, set-up …

Renfrew County concerned about second flood peak

At an emergency meeting held on Friday involving emergency officials, and municipal and provincial politicians, a bleak assessment of the threat flood waters still pose to some one thousand properties in the region was voiced. “We can easily anticipate that we have at least another month’s worth of heavy lifting …

Ace of Spades escapes again

For the third time the Ace of Spades proved elusive at the weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw on May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Ash Grove Inn, and that means the CTA jackpot is growing. If ticket sales during Week Four are similar to previous weeks, and …

Renfrew County issues drug overdose warning

Renfrew County and District is experiencing a sudden increase in the number of overdose reports in the last week, mostly in the Arnprior area. Cocaine laced with fentanyl and the drug “Purple” are reported to be involved in the most recent overdoses. Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) warns people …

OPP warns of flood relief scam

Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received reports of individuals going door to door in the Huntsville area collecting money for flood relief. OPP would like residents to know that this is a scam. The individuals involved in this are preying on the generosity of local residents. These individuals often …

Seat of Wisdom College holds 2019 graduation

The 2019 graduating class of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC) in Barry’s Bay braved icy weather, gusty winds and a few snow flurries to celebrate the end of their SWC careers. Thirty-six students received a Bachelor of Catholic Studies (three-year) degree on April 27 at St. Hedwig’s Church. …

OPP seek help to identify this woman

OPP Upper Ottawa Valley seek your assistance On April 11, 2019 at approximately 7:30 p.m. members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an assault complaint at a food service business in the 100 block of Pembroke Street East in the City of …

Ben Hokum expansion a big boost for local economy

The mill expansion at Ben Hokum & Son Limited (Hokums) was officially opened on April 25 2019. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Foresty, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new state-of-the-art 3D sawmill line at Hokums in Killaloe. Fourth-generation mill owner Dean Felhaber said the technology “bodes …

April 28 2019

National Day of Mourning April 28 is the National Day of Mourning. A statement from Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Laurie Scott, said, “This day was chosen to coincide with the day in 1914 when Ontario’s first Worker’s Compensation Act came to be. Here in Ontario, thousands of people will pause …