Young speakers at Barry’s Bay Legion

Ten young people from the Valley, supported by family members and friends, participated in Stage One of the annual Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition at Barry’s Bay on February 9. One speaker is home schooled and the other nine attend local schools: George Vanier, St. John Bosco, Killaloe PS …

Death of Barry’s Bay man investigated by OPP

The Current has received information that the OPP are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of local man, Sylvester Glysinskie, who passed away on January 19 at the age of 79.  Sgt. Cynthia Savard of OPP Smith Falls confirmed on February 11 that the death is being investigated by the OPP but …

Students plan movie night for hospital

The Student Activity Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School will hold a movie night on Friday, February 22 to raise funds for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. The students plan to show the animated adventure film “The Incredibles 2.” Entry is free but the students hope …

Northern Credit Union holds annual meeting

Northern Credit Union (NCU) held its Branch Annual Meeting for delegates and members of the Barry’s Bay Branch on February 6. Branch Manager Lynn Beauchamp and Delegate Chairman Mark Willmer told The Current about the successes of the past year. Willmer thanked Florence Dombroskie and David Afelskie for their many …

Podcasts for Valley listeners

Editor’s note: Podcasting to the World is a FREE one-hour seminar on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m., with an earlier session for students at 10 a.m. the same day. Both seminars are at the Madawaska Valley Public Library and they are presented by Barry Conway, a retired professor of broadcast journalism. …

Council projects tax increase of up to 2.5 percent

MV Council in Committee (CiC) held an all-day Finance and Administration meeting on February 7 to discuss priorities and goals, and guide staff for budget purposes. Municipal staff provided Council with the capital requests, departmental considerations, and overall budget changes or impacts from provincial agencies. Acting Treasurer Amanda Hudder presented …

Review: Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

This novel, a study of a 70-year marriage, is about ordinary people but is extraordinary in quality. Harry Miles, a sensitive man with a love of poetry, meets Evelyn Hill and falls in love immediately. He describes her personality when he first meets her:  “She had an appetite for the better …

MV realtor comments on provincial review

Editor’s Note: The Current has received the following opinion about the proposed review of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act discussed in an article dated Feb. 4. Click HERE to read it.   I offer kudos to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) and the government for looking …

OPP schools broomball tournament at Wilno and Killaloe

The 44th annual OPP/Schools Broomball Tournament took place on February 6 at Wilno and Killaloe Rinks. Five local schools participated: Killaloe PS, Palmer Rapids PS, St. Andrews, St. John Bosco, St. Michaels. George Vanier originally planned to participate but was unavailable when the tournament had to be re-scheduled because of …

MV friends to welcome new Canadians

Great news at last! As many Valley people will recall, a number of concerned fellow-residents formed a group called The Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) whose goal was to sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family to begin their new life in Canada in Barry’s Bay. In conjunction with the Anglican Diocese of …

OPP news as of Feb. 4

During the week of January 28, 2019 to February 3, 2019 OPP Killaloe Detachment reports that there were 79 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment.  There were three domestic disputes, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges Break and enter On Tuesday January 29, 2019 at approximately …

Government wants public input in review of real estate transactions

On January 31 the Ontario Government announced that it has launched a consultation to modernize real estate laws. The stated purpose is to modernize laws governing real estate professionals to better reflect today’s market, reduce red tape, and strengthen transparency and consumer protection. Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer …