Yakabuski – cautious but optimistic

Photo: johnyakabuski.com Two days before the provincial election, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke incumbent John Yakabuski describes himself as “always cautious, but optimistic.” “Every campaign is unique – we’re all four years older, the issues change and the candidates are different,” he says, but in this campaign, there have been no surprises, at least …

Gift It Gray hosts first Maker Market

Gift It Gray owner, Alison Tubby, offered an innovative approach to marketing on Bay Day by combining brick and mortar retail premises with a temporary crafts market. She was inspired by the concept of pop-up markets that she saw on social media and decided to apply the concept for local …

Highway 17 twinning into five-year plan

The Ontario PC Party is the only party committed to the continued twinning of Highway 17, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke PC candidate John Yakabuski announced June 4. This is in stark contrast to the Liberals who have done little on this file in recent years and the New Democrats who have never shown …

Grow A Row program flourishes

Photo: Terry Newcombe Attached is a photo of our first food bank session this year with Grow A Row donations, which took place on May 22. If you recall, we promoted this program back in March, encouraging gardeners to grow extra vegetable seedlings so that our food bank clients could …

Gun and Sportsman Show expands

Photo: Sharon Gardiner The 2nd Annual Gun and Sportsman Show held at the arena in Barry’s Bay on May Long Weekend built on last year’s success. The event has grown from 70 vendors to more than one hundred in just one year. Show organizer John Rutledge said the Madawaska Valley …

Death Café visits the Valley

Dawn Cruchet (standing) addresses Death Café participants Death Café came to the Valley on May 30 as facilitators Dawn Cruchet, Grief Educator and Counsellor, and Karen Wagner, Clinical Director of Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, welcomed 17 participants to the Ash Grove Inn to discuss death and dying. Cruchet introduced …

Anna Dolan is Green Party candidate

Photo submitted Anna Dolan has spent much of her childhood on the shores of Kamaniskeg Lake along with family and friends and is now proud to call Barry’s Bay her home. The times spent swimming, canoeing and cottaging in the natural beauty of the lake has shaped in her a …

Seasonal resident questions lack of festival

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by a seasonal resident to the Mayor of MV Township and copied to The Current. To whom it may concern: When I drove through The Bay to the cottage for the Victoria Day Weekend, I was delighted to notice that the Annual Craft …

A Railway Station dialogue

Editor’s note: The Current recently published a press release from the Madawaska Valley Culture & Heritage Society. Click HERE for that piece. Upon reading it, Mary-Rose Dawes posted a comment, to which Doug De La Matter, MVCHS Chair, has provided a response. The Current considers that their dialogue covers important …

Report on MV Council meeting May 22

Public gallery May 22 2018 Members of Madawaska Valley Council were disappointed about several items discussed at Tuesday’s Regular Council meeting. Shown at the meeting in the public gallery (above, from left) : Suzanne Klatt, Elaine Schweig, Bill Schweig, Doug De La Matter. Volunteer Firefighter Certification Council discussed a letter from Marie-France Lalonde, …

New PossABILITIES at Bonnechere Park this Summer

Floating wheelchair (example) Photo: pixabay.com Local residents and tourists with accessibility challenges who visit Bonnechere Provincial Park this summer will be able to experience the beach area and Park programs like never before. Thanks to funding from the Employment and Social Development Canada Enabling Accessibility Fund, and the support of several …