Concerned Valley resident posts own fire ban sign

Handmade fire ban sign (Photo submitted) Dear friends and neighbours, Last week following the fire at my neighbour’s cottage, I produced a leaflet explaining what a total fire ban means. Although this fire was the result of sheer stupidity (according to the Chief Fire Official it was caused when guests …

Wilno Heritage Society has new 20-year lease

Mayor Kim Love at Wilno Heritage Park on Canada Day (Photo submitted) On July 6 1998 the Townships of Sherwood, Jones and Burns entered into an initial 20-year land lease with the newly formed Wilno Heritage Society (WHS). Reeve Bob Mitchell signed on behalf of the township and David Shulist and …

Madawaska Valley remains under Total Fire Ban

With the present hot, dry and windy weather conditions, please remember there is still a Total Fire Ban in effect in the Madawaska Valley. CAO Sue Klatt emphasized this point to The Current after a meeting of the Recreation, Heritage and Culture Committee today. Municipal staff will be posting additional …

Kids buzzing for bees at MV Public Library

Elijah Craine, Isaiah Craine, Courtney Dupuis plant bee-friendly seeds Kids of all ages came out for the Buzzing Gardens family program at the Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay on July 10. Sunny weather meant the program took place outdoors behind the library building. Madawaska Valley Public Library CEO …

Barry’s Bay Triathlon

Melissa Botz hugs competitor Grace Tansley  Over 50 competitors in all age categories turned out in fine weather to compete in the 2018 Barry’s Bay Triathlon on July 8. The annual event is now 25 years strong thanks to stellar work every year by more than 45 community volunteers. The …

Mayor snubs Current readers

Image: Michael Quirk Editorial As we reported on June 24, The Current invited Mayor Love to be interviewed following her announcement that she was seeking re-election. The Current would like its more than 3,000 regular readers to hear what the Mayor has to say about her Council’s record as well …

Fishing with Leacock – enchanted campfire tales

What could be more Canadian than gathering around a campfire for stories by one of Canada’s greatest authors on Canada Day weekend? The Current couldn’t resist a trip to Whitney for the first ever Enchanted Campfire Tales. The event, Fishing with Leacock, featured Mark Woermke of the Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, …

Heritage photo: St. Joseph’s School 1952 Grade Two

Photo: Submitted Here is the Grade Two class from St. Joseph’s school in Barry’s Bay in 1952/53.  Please advise us of any corrections in the names that appear below. FRONT ROW: Terry Lehovich; Sylvester Yantha; Alfie Yantha; Jerome Coulas; Michael Murray; Bronas Chapeskie; Andrew Kulas; Robert Lehovitch; Clifford Dombroskie; Neil …

Eastern Ontario birds and horticultural society news

Robin Cunningham demonstrates birdwatching app for Peter Dolan The speaker at the June meeting of Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society was Robin Cunningham on birds and their habitats. Cunningham is a retired forester, a naturalist and member of Pembroke Area Field Naturalists Club. Cunningham spoke about his approach to bird watching. …

Dr. Jack Kitts speaks about his Order of Canada appointment

Photo courtesy The Ottawa Hospital Following Mark Woermke’s report of Dr. Kitts’ recent appointment as Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General (Click HERE to read that article), he shared his personal reaction with The Current, saying, My initial reaction was a sense of disbelief because I didn’t …

Valley residents keep cool on Canada Day

Levi Summers approves of his face as painted by Justina Sadecki at the Legion Canada Day celebrations in the Valley included cooling stations as volunteers offered residents the chance to beat the heat on our nation’s 151st birthday.  Red and white-clad visitors seeking shelter appreciated the awnings, sun shades and …