The story of February in the Valley

Photo: Maureen MacMillan On Saturday Feb. 24 the Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS) will host “Eat Your Art Out” at the Lions Hall in Killaloe. Eat Your Art Out began in 2015 when the directors of OV-CAOS wanted a creative way to address the low energy that many …

Lake Associations

Carson Lake  Photo: Harrison Haines   Growing up, I was very fortunate to have spent summers at my parent’s cottage on Lake Simcoe. So my love for cottaging, swimming and being near water has been ingrained into my well being throughout my life. But back then, we took the lake …

The Combermere Karate Club: a cautionary tale

Instructor John Artymko coaches Karate Club members  Photo: Mark Smith Twenty-five students gather every Tuesday in the Combermere Recreation Center to earn their certified Karate belts. They all belong to the Combermere Karate Club, a registered member of the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Council (CJC), a source of inspiration and an outlet …

Physiotherapy … clearing the cobwebs

Photo: Sharon Gardiner My paternal grandfather, Mark Billings, started every day by, as he would say, “clearing the cobwebs”. He did this by downing an 8 ounce glass of pure grapefruit juice that cleared his head and opened his mind to the questions of the day. In my 40 years …

Why do we heat with wood?

A view through the glass door of an efficient wood stove  Photo: John Gulland Saving money is part of it, but there is much more to like about a wood fire   Because it is February, you might be getting fed up lugging firewood around and feeding a wood heater’s endless …

Healthcare Foundation thanks Township

The “Families Helping Families” campaign of St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is $10,000 richer as Madawaska Valley presented the final instalment of the township’s $50,000 contribution at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Shown above at the presentation are: (L-R) Dr. Ray Dawes, Cllr. Ernie Peplinski, former Mayor John Hildebrandt, Mayor …

Decision on railway station

Doug De La Matter addresses MV Council Feb. 5 2018 At a packed meeting today after listening to a delegation from Doug De La Matter of the Madawaska Valley Culture and Heritage Society (MVCHS), Madawaska Valley Council passed the following motion: “It is agreed in principle that the Township of …

Maple Leafs fans take 2018 Stanley Brier Cup

Photo: Dave Shulist The Toronto Maple Leaf fans captured the 2018 Stanley Brier Cup on Saturday Feb. 3 at the Killaloe Curling Rink. Leaf fans won the coveted award by defeating the Habs fans by a score of 37 to 24. Members of the winning team are pictured: Standing (L-R) Co-Commissioner Phil “Keon” …

SWC students to stage Sense and Sensibility

The Dashwood sisters, Marianne and Elinor – played by Gabi Jezierski (L) and MaryJane VanderHulst (R) Photo: Jenny Baklinski Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (SWC)’s Don Bosco Drama Club presents its sixteenth play production, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jessica Swale. The SWC students will perform at Madawaska Valley District High School on Saturday, …

Donations policy applied unfairly says Councillor

MV Council’s Finance & Administration Committee plans to recommend that the township change its policy for in-kind donations. At its Jan. 29th meeting, the committee reviewed a request from Colette Mantifel for an in-kind donation for the Terry Fox Run in September 2018. Mayor Love said Council had decided last …

Valley heritage: Madawaska Valley island farm

Photos: Submitted The two postcard pictures are obviously one and the same view of the island farm although one is more of a close-up.  On the back of one postcard, it says “Published by Alex Wilson Publications Ltd., Dryden, Ontario” and “Sponsored by the Madawaska Valley Tourist Association”. The photograph …

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 …

Township lawyers ban Current publishers

On Jan. 10 the Current sent the following email to Madawaska Valley Township’s th CAO, Doug Robertson. Wed, Jan 10, 2018 Dear Mr. Robertson With immediate effect a new, online newspaper is being introduced to the community, namely The Madawaska Valley Current. It is published by MadValley Media, a company of which …

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 …