Time to get back on The Path

Editorial As we luxuriate in the aftermath of another election spared from signage blight it is worth considering what we have learned about what should occupy the new Council’s attention. Handover is only a month away. Before we get to that, The Current congratulates all of the successful candidates. Councillors Archer …

November 2018 column

It’s been some time since I’ve written a column for you, the good people of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. In fact, this is my first column since the election of June 7. And I apologize for taking so long. Let me start by thanking you for once again supporting my candidacy for re-election …

The Ottawa Hospital moves closer to Valley patients

The news, released on October 30, that Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have integrated their surgical, urology and gynecology services, is also good news for Valley patients. Randy Penney, (at far left above) CEO of both RVH and St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH), told The Current, For …

Bells of peace to mark Remembrance Day

At sunset this Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, church bells in the Valley and beyond will ring one hundred times to honour First World War veterans. The Bells of Peace initiative by the Royal Canadian Legion marks the moment one hundred years ago when church bells across Canada rang out …

CAO trains councillors at the train station

CAO/Clerk Sue Klatt used yesterday’s Hallowe’en celebrations at the Railway Station to ensure that some members of the incoming Council brushed up on their catering skills before taking the oath of office next month. Councillor Carl Bromwich admitted to The Current that despite years of serving hotdogs he had no …

Ontario marks official end of wildland fire season

The Current received the following news release on October 31 2018 from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Today marks the end of this year’s wildland fire season — a season unlike anything this province experienced in over a decade. With more than 1,000 wildland fires in central …

Celebrating hand-made in Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Dance is giving local arts and crafts businesses a boost on Sunday November 4 with their first Made in the Madawaska Valley indoor crafts market. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17581 Hwy 60 in Wilno. Studio owner Chelsea Clarke and administrator Makaila Ronholm …

The Gardener inspires viewers

Members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society who went to the Opeongo Seniors Centre for a second consecutive Thursday were richly rewarded. Not only were the equipment failures of the previous week corrected, but the film they had hoped to see, The Gardener, turned out to be enchanting. The audience burst …

Hallowe’en activities session at MV Public Library

Valley trick-or-treaters had a chance to try out their costumes in advance at a Hallowe’en Activities session at the Madawaska Valley Public Library on Saturday October 27. Kids aged 6 through 12 were welcomed by Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha. While everyone enjoyed dressing up, listening to stories …

To the richest go the spoils

SPORTS First, a confession. I am a baseball nut. This is because it most resembles cricket, which I played for many years when I lived in the UK. Both involve the hurling of a hard projectile at a player holding a wooden stick at speeds of up to 100 mph, …

Ben Hokum & Son: to the 21st century and beyond

The closure of a mill traditionally makes Valley people very nervous. But the temporary closing of Ben Hokum & Son Limited’s small log mill in Killaloe this fall is something to get excited about … very excited, because its reopening brings a technological advance that places Hokums squarely at the …

Talk to teens: Don’t drive high

The Current has received the following press release about National Teen Driver Safety week.  Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. Following the recent legalization of cannabis, priority should be placed on talking to teens about the seriousness of impaired driving. Janice Sawbridge Community Safety Officer, Renfrew OPP reports The …

Flu clinics in the Valley

Photo: H. Souza unsplash.com Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advises that getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from getting the flu. The flu shot also lowers your risk of serious complications, such as pneumonia.  Free flu shots are available …

Hallowe’en safety tips from the OPP

Photo pexels.com The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind parents/guardians and children that Hallowe’en can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. Help keep everyone safe by following these safety tips: Carry a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective …