Bear facts

Rick Stronks addresses Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society Bears are driven by food. That’s the one thing Rick Stronks, Chief Park Naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park, wants members of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society to remember from his talk at the April 19 meeting. Stronks explained that Algonquin Park hosts up …

Celebrating stewardship along the Madawaska River

From across the bay, the Andermans are seen arriving at the island (Photo submitted) STEWARDSHIP – “the responsible overseeing and protection of something worth caring for and preserving” www.dictionary.com One fantastic thing about providing canoe outfitting services is experiencing our beautiful lakes and waterways, both personally and vicariously, through the …

Pitch-in to celebrate Earth Day

Recently local residents’ group Carson, Trout, Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association reminded its members that they can celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 22 by participating in Pitch-In Canada Week. Madawaska Valley Township has provided garbage bags free of charge for residents to pick up garbage along township roads. A …

MV to renew lease with Wilno Heritage Society

Pictured: Peter Glofcheskie, Wilno Heritage Society At the April 17 Regular Council meeting, the Wilno Heritage Society asked the Township of Madawaska Valley to renew the Society’s lease of Wilno Heritage Park for a further 20 years. On behalf of the Society, Peter Glofcheskie also requested that the Township include …

MV honours long service employees and volunteer firefighters

Long service award recipients with members of Council On April 17 after the Regular Council meeting, Madawaska Valley Township honoured eleven employees and volunteer firefighters for their long service to the community. In welcoming everyone to the ceremony, Mayor Kim Love said, The most important resource any organization has is its …

MV Council discusses water rates and donations policy

Photo: pdpics.com 2018 Water and Wastewater Budget At the April 17 Regular Council meeting members of Madawaska Valley Council congratulated themselves on achieving a reduction in the minimum charge for water and wastewater in 2018. Councillor Shelley Maika who chairs the Water and Wastewater Committee read the following recommendation: That the …

Into the woods with MV Horticultural Society

Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society takes its members into the woods this spring with talks about trees and bears. Guest speakers at the March and April meetings focus less on cultivation of gardens and more on the bounty in the wilderness that surrounds our properties. On Mar. 15 Robbie Anderman spoke …

Neighbours act to ensure CAO-friendly environment

In its April 4 edition The Eganville Leader reported that “NAW Council no longer has say in twp. Staff management.” It started the story with the following paragraph: A resolution passed last week by North Algona Wilberforce Township council officially places all management of township staff under the direction of …

Dr. Shaw and the Venerable Bede

Dr. Richard Shaw, introducing his new book on the history of Christianity in England The Gregorian Mission to Kent in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History: Methodology and Sources  (Photo submitted)  On the evening of April 9, 2018 the Madawaska Valley Public Library was packed. This was a little surprising as the scheduled talk …

Listen to Opeongo Reader’s Theatre podcast

Photo: Mark Woermke Opeongo Reader’s Theatre producer Barry Conway advises that Valley residents can now access the ORT Spring Thaw podcast recordings on the internet. Spring Thaw was produced at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay during March Break by a local cast of readers for the Opeongo …

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 …