Porch Views: remarkable Madawaska Valley women

On March 8, I started a Facebook post recognizing International Women’s Day. Before clicking “share” I realized it had potential as a Porch Views column, so I deleted it and started creating a list of remarkable Madawaska Valley women. My list grew until it had far too many names for …

Now Playing: Jack White, Boarding House Reach

Boarding House Reach Photo: wikimediacommons.org White Tries Something New, Stumbles, and Teaches a Lesson About Rock   In 2007, the White Stripes played the Ottawa Bluesfest, bringing their signature quirk, energy, and showmanship with them. In the week leading up to the show, various local media criticized the decision to …

Castaway Culture: on my deserted island

Photo: Sharon Gardiner April’s Castaway, Sandy Lynch, is a familiar face in Combermere where she and her husband, John, operate Pilgrim Reader Books. Rather than being whimsical about this question, I’ve decided to take it literally – not a weekend alone but an indefinite time on a deserted island, a …

Valley Heritage: CNR Dayliner service 1959

Photo submitted A reader of The Current has submitted this newspaper clipping from the Eganville Leader of March 6, 1959. The photo caption reads: More than 60 residents of Barry’s Bay crowded into the CNR’s new dayliner Sunday afternoon when it arrived from Ottawa to prepare for the first run …

Obituary – the Ontario Municipal Board

Opinion On Tuesday of this week, at the age of 112, the Ontario Municipal Board passed into history, to be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (“LPAT”). Whether or not this amounts to one cumbersome bureaucracy being replaced by another remains to be seen. In theory, however, some of …

Book on Bede by Dr. Richard Shaw at MV Public Library

Richard Shaw (Photo submitted) Local resident, Dr. Richard Shaw, has written a new book – The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources. In it, Dr. Shaw identifies and analyzes the sources of Saint Bede, long seen as the foremost historian of the Gregorian mission, and …

The Current’s response to Mayor Love

Opinion As reported by The Current, at the Council meeting on March 21 2018 the Mayor took umbrage at my opinion piece entitled “MV is not a CAO-friendly environment!” (Click HERE to read it.) She took particular offence, and indeed described as “defamatory”, the following passage in that opinion piece: “Yet …

Ten beds

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Dr. Jason Malinowski is Chief of Staff at SFMH. This opinion has been endorsed by the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee. At St. Francis Memorial we have ten inpatient beds on the active care ward to treat serious illnesses requiring acute hospitalization. That’s a very small number of …

Opeongo Reader’s Theatre brings new life to story time

Opeongo Reader’s Theatre players Gil Glofcheskie, Mark Woermke (L-R) Rachel Newcombe On St. Patrick’s Day, the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre recorded their first podcast episode, Spring Thaw, in front of a live audience at the Madawaska Valley Public Library. Put together by Barry Conway, a former broadcast journalist and university professor, …

Mayor accuses the Current

Madawaska Valley Mayor Kim Love opened the March 21 Council meeting as usual with an address. She touched on the high points of local events during the previous two weeks by commending volunteers for running the snowmobile show and the St. Patrick’s Day events. She then attacked the opinion piece …

Full house as Irish team wins Reunion Cup

Photo: Mark Woermke It was a full house at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre this afternoon as the Irish team played the Kashub team in the Reunion Cup final. The Irish team (above) beat the Kashub team 5-0. Photo: Mark Woermke Irish team captain Brett Madigan receives the Reunion Cup from …

Green thumbs can help MV Food Bank

Photo submitted The Madawaska Valley Food Bank asks local vegetable growers and farmers to plant extras as they start their indoor seedlings over the next few weeks and donate the resultant transplants to the Food Bank. The annual Grow-A-Row program at MV Food Bank is a good way to help their …