Municipal election “Town Hall” forum

NEW: updated with direct links to each candidate’s responses The Current invites readers to use the question form below to ask questions of one or more candidates in the Madawaska Valley municipal election. If you prefer, submit your question by email to madvalleycurrent@gmail.com (with the subject line Forum Question) and we will …

Lock it or lose it campaign and other OPP news

Photo: Phuoc Le on unsplash Lock it OR Lose it campaign The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds motorists and passengers to Lock it OR Lose it when it comes to their vehicles and valuables as part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) Lock It …

Dr. Malinowski honoured by College of Physicians

Dr. Jason Malinowski at St. Francis Memorial Hospital The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) presented the Council Award to Dr. Jason Malinowski on September 7 at the Council meeting in Toronto. CPSO said that Malinowski, a passionate advocate for rural medicine, has distinguished himself as a clinical …

New MV Recreation and Community Development Coordinator

CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt announced the appointment of Stephanie Plebon as Madawaska Valley’s new Recreation & Community Development Coordinator at the Council meeting on September 4 2018. The Current spoke to Plebon a few days later. She talked about growing up in the Valley and attending Madawaska Valley District High School in …

Neighbours’ river access dispute considered by Council

Allegations of bullying and conflict of interest were levelled during a minor variance application heard by Council on September 4 2018. The application related to the request by Carol-Noele Herriott and Russell Brian Herriott of 560 Ohio Road, Combermere to purchase the Shoreline Road Allowance (SRA) on the Madawaska River …

MV Council Clips from Sept. 4 meeting

MV staff at meeting: Gwen Dombroski (L) and Amanda Hudder Madawaska Valley Council’s meeting on September 4 covered a wide range of topics from car washing to cannabis, tax arrears and more. The Current reports on selected items. Cannabis conundrum Mayor Kim Love gave a verbal report of a panel …

Madonna House annual Heritage Fest

Families enjoy the puppet show Madonna House hosted its annual Heritage Fest on Labour Day weekend. Visitors of all ages enjoyed live music, puppetry and demonstrations of traditional crafts practised by members of the Madonna House community. The Gift Shop. Art Gallery and Book Shop were open and proceeds from …

Killaloe OPP news as of Sept. 4 2018

Photo: Eudoxio During the week of August 27, 2018, to September 3, 2018 there were 152 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were twelve motor vehicle collisions, two were animal related. There were four domestic dispute calls for service, and no domestic disputes resulting in criminal code charges. …

Pet business owners to the rescue

Pet business owners in the Madawaska Valley come to the rescue this weekend with initiatives to help pets. The commitment to animal welfare is a common theme among owners of pet businesses. Here we focus on two such pet retailers in the Valley who are both hosting events in Barry’s …

BIA brings buskers to Barry’s Bay

Tempest busking in Barry’s Bay Madawaska Valley shoppers were treated to an impromptu performance between showers on August 18 in downtown Barry’s Bay. Local group Tempest, composed of Madawaska Valley District High School students Ravyn Kellar (guitar) and Andrew Sernoskie (drums), set up in the pocket park between Talk O’ …

Madawaska Valley horticulturalists excel

 Photos: Nola Leroux The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society hosted its annual Flower and Vegetable Show at the Royal Canadian Legion Barry’s Bay 406 on August 18. Volunteers worked hard behind the scenes setting up not just for the floral and produce exhibits but also to prepare for the annual Ines …

Porch Views: The house that Jack built

Marcie McNamara and Mark Woermke on the porch. (Photo submitted) Barry’s Bay has some historic homes such as the August Biernacki home on Dunn Street built by the parents of St. Hedwig’s founder Monsignor Biernacki and which now serves as a college residence; the Opeongo Line home of Barry’s Bay’s …

Madawaska Kanu Centre builds on success

Claudia and Stefani van Wijk It’s no surprise that the van Wijk family of the Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) and OWL Rafting are “reading the river” ahead. The Current recently met with Claudia and Stefani van Wijk to learn their plans for the family business as it moves into the care …

Taste of the Valley in the Bay

Taste of the Valley was held at The Railway Station in Barry’s Bay on August 17. Now in its tenth year here, the county-wide initiative has evolved into a celebration of local food, products, art and culture throughout the Ottawa Valley. This year’s event began with a rainy morning but …