The life and times of Mrs. Shalla

If you don’t know why local people love to celebrate Polish and Kashub Day on May 3 every year, The Opeongo Readers’ Theatre may be able to help explain it. At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay, this troupe of local podcast performers …

Flood watch April 28 Warden declares emergency in Renfrew County

3:00 p.m.  Madawaska Valley advises that Kamaniskeg Lake may have reduced slightly overnight but is anticipated to increase over the next 12 hours due to releases from Bark Lake. Staff is monitoring and will continue to update when information is available. Sand bags and sand are available. (See below for Madawaska Valley …

Access Work Service expands

Access Work Service (AWS) will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Opeongo Senior Centre, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay. At the event AWS will celebrate three-year Trillium funding to enable it to grow its expanding business. Jane Smith, Program …

Restructuring ambulance services shakes MV

Mayor Kim Love asked Council at the April 16 meeting to support an imminent County move to question the province’s surprise decision to merge Ontario’s 59 ambulance services into 10. She said the sudden announcement came on the heels of similar centralization of local public health units from 35 to …

Flood water safety advice for residents

The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) advised on April 26 that rising water levels pose a threat to the health and safety of residents. RCDHU recommends that residents with wells that are being affected by flood conditions should: boil your water for one minute at a rolling boil before drinking, …

Residents should remain vigilant and be prepared

April 27 update: MV advises that due to the rain we received yesterday and the flow from Bark Lake the water will continue to rise on the Kamaniskeg water system. If you require sand and sandbags contact staff at the numbers listed below.  Staff is monitoring the area and participates in daily …

Flood watch as of April 26

April 26  9:00 a.m.  The Township of Madawaska Valley advises that Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Flood Warning for Renfrew County due to significant rainfall forecasted in the next 48 hours. The Kamaniskeg Lake water system is expected to rise and flood levels are currently forecasted …

Ace of Spades escapes again

The Ace of Spades escaped capture again in the second weekly Catch The Ace (CTA) lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH Foundation) at the Ash Grove Inn on April 25, 2019. Erin Gienow, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator for SFVH Foundation, thanked all the supporters, volunteers …

MVDHS students pitch-in to prepare for flooding

Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) students have stepped in to aid community members with flood preparations. Principal Dean Zadow emailed the parents of all high school students the evening of April 24 asking for their permission for students volunteering to help fill sandbags in preparation for yet more rainfall …

Bancroft OPP warns of high water risk

As the water system rises in and around the Bancroft area, the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind the public of the dangers of the fast moving water in many areas. Solid banks and ground can give away without notice due to the eroding earth …

OPP news April 23

OPP Killaloe Detachment – week of April 15-22 During the week of April 15 – April 22, 2019 there were 119 calls for service for the Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), including the Whitney Detachment. There were twenty-one motor vehicle collisions, fourteen were animal related. There were …

Family fun on Easter weekend

Easter Weekend was a time for family fun in Barry’s Bay. Activities started off with a free story time at the Madawaska Valley Public Library, where kids enjoyed stories read by Library Program Coordinators Julia Beggs and Emily Mintha.            Picture at top some young listeners; …

Lake association tackles litter

April 22 2019 is Earth Day, a day to increase our awareness of our natural surroundings and to encourage us to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices. This seems like an appropriate time to report on a new venture in the Valley. On April 16 residents near Carson Lake attended a presentation …