MV committees discuss artists’ payments and Artisans Festival

Local artists and the annual Artisans Festival were discussed during committee meetings in Madawaska Valley Township this week. On Jan. 29th Acting Interim Treasurer, Ross Jeffrey gave a progress report to the Finance & Administration Committee about the remaining unpaid consignment payments for artists’ work sold at the Railway Station …

Notebook Doodles

  The first of occasional doodles from The Current notebook, often seasonal, sometimes political. Here we wonder why The Donald has not yet visited Canada, unlike every one of his predecessors in the last 40 years …

Revitalization funds for MV announced

Photo: Sharon Gardiner   Mayor Kim Love announced at the Jan. 29th Finance & Administration Committee meeting that Madawaska Valley Township is eligible to receive up to $39,536 under Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The funding allocation, based on population, was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural …

MV to end development charges

At the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Jan. 29th it was recommended that with effect from January 1st 2018 development charges be abolished. By-Laws previously passed by MV Township under provincial legislation enabled development charges to be applied to all land in the Township which receives municipal water and/or …

Music in the Valley and Beyond

PSO members (L-R) Susan Artymko, Pia-Leena Voorand Photo: Cindy Nicholas  An almost unknown gem of musical culture here in the extended Madawaska Valley is the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO), a non-profit community orchestra founded in 1993 by a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to play great classical music and wanted …

Our Hospital Scores 99.8%

Photo: Pappin Communications Accreditation Canada has awarded St. Francis Memorial Hospital an impressive 99.8% compliance rate on meeting quality standards after a rigorous evaluation process in December. As a result, our hospital has received Accreditation with Commendation and congratulations for ongoing work to improve the quality and safety of health …

Railway Station’s Benefit to Area Derailed

First in a two-part series   PART 1 — MV CITIZENS EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS Residents Concerned over Landmark’s Decline Several Madawaska Valley residents are expressing their concerns about the decline of the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. A common theme in their comments is that a negligent (if not hostile) attitude, …

Cougars – The Return

Photo: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Mountain lion (Cougar) Scientific name: Puma concolor It was November 11, 2017 and a gentle snow had been falling for most of the afternoon. We were heading to town on Siberia Road when a large cat suddenly came out of the ditch. It …

Unpaid Artists: Madawaska Valley Wants Your Invoice

At the Jan 15th Madawaska Valley Council meeting, the subject of unpaid artists was raised. The artists’ work was sold from The Railway Station. It now appears that MV Township is waiting for invoices from them before issuing payment for the sale proceeds (after commission). Councillor Maika, referring to an …

Realtor Calls for Continued Economic Development

Photo: Sharon Gardiner   Perhaps you have noticed some changes in the area? New faces? We are excited to say that there has been an influx of new people to the area who embrace much of what the Madawaska Valley and its surroundings has to offer. Some are young retirees …

How to Tackle Climate Change Every Day

Chart: oxfam.org Almost all scientists agree that the global temperature is rising and that human activity is the cause. You might accept their conclusion, but if you are like most people, you are not sure how to be part of the solution without giving up your lifestyle. Perhaps you have …

Fitness is a Four Letter Word

  A new year! A resolve to accomplish a personal goal to improve health and well-being often comes with the New Year. Sadly, statistics show that 88% of those who make resolutions do not see them through. Patients tell me time and again, “I tried to exercise more or I …

Thou Shall Not Dump

Photo: Sharon Gardiner Wow, I’m shocked! I just read that Canada is the top producer of garbage per person in the world!  How can that be?!  We share environmental ideas on a global level (e.g. the historic Paris Climate Change Conference, United Nations Conference).  From the outside it looks like …

Castaway Culture … on my Desert Island

  If you were cast away on a Desert Island, what books or music would you want with you? This month Karen Filipkowski, CEO Madawaska Valley Public Library, reveals her Desert Island picks. My idea of a perfect getaway is a cabin in the woods, a stack of books, and …

Porch Views – Introduction

  Gidday! I am very excited to contribute to The Madawaska Valley Current – a creative community-building endeavour. This is the first time I have been a columnist in a publication. I am grateful for the opportunity since I can consolidate two of my passions: the Madawaska Valley and writing. …