24 Oct 2021 | Current of the Madawaska Valley
Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish Council COVID-19 Update in Combermere
According to a letter from the parish council dated October 22, a recent inspection and meeting with staff from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit confirmed the following:
- Mandatory mask wearing
- Parishioners are requested to self-screen at home before coming to church. A provincial online tool can be used at home at this link: Screening for COVID-19 clients (ontario.ca)
- More regular disinfection of surfaces
- Holy Communion continues as before, but without the mask-free area
- Adherence to the directive of October 5 of the diocese of Pembroke concerning singing: “The RCDHU will allow singing with masks, at a normal speaking volume, while the congregation is spaced 2 meters apart (not counting households or caregivers) . In this circumstance, we believe that the risk of transmission of COVID is significantly reduced. Please ensure that your congregation adheres to these restrictions at this time until the provincial government makes further changes.
- Bishop Desrochers reminds parishioners that the obligation to attend Sunday mass is still suspended in the diocese of Pembroke.
Raw onions recalled
According to the Canadian Press report updated Oct. 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says raw red, white and yellow onions from Prosource Produce LLC of Hailey, Idaho, are being recalled due to a possible contamination by Salmonella. The onions, which were imported from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, were sold in Ontario and Quebec and possibly other provinces and territories between July 1 and August 31. They have been marketed under various brands including Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre Produce, Markon First Crop, Markon Essentials, RioBlue, ProSource, Rio Valley and Imperial Fresh.
Consumers who have onions are advised to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
So far, no disease related to the product has been reported. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning can include fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and, in rare cases, severe arthritis.
Opeongo Seniors Center changes the date of the coffee
Starting November 3, you can drop by the Opeongo Seniors Center, 19 Stafford Street, Barry’s Bay, for coffee and company between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Due to other activities, coffee will not be served on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November.
Christmas Crafts and Bake Sale at Palmer Rapids
The seventh annual Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Christmas Crafts and Bake Sale will be held at the BLR Community Center, 22 Burnt Bridge Road, Palmer Rapids on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables cost $ 10 each or 3 for $ 25 and vendors are urged to reserve by November 1. Please dial (613) 758-2061. COVID-19 protocols will be followed; the event can be canceled or changed.
Hunter’s supper at Combermere Rec
The Combermere and region recreation committee announced a take-out hunters supper on Saturday, November 6, consisting of turkey and all the trimmings. Please pre-order and pre-pay by November 2nd. Call Sandra at (613) 756-7738
Upcoming Survivor Journaling Workshop at BUPL
On Friday, October 29 at 11 a.m., the Women’s Sexual Assault Center Renfrew County (WSACRC) will host the first two-hour session of a free four-week Survival Journal working at the Bonnechere Union Public Library in Eganville. The WSACRC says this four-week interactive workshop helps survivors of sexual violence get to know themselves, deal with triggers, take care of themselves, write for healing, and many other helpful healing tools. Group sizes will be limited and COVID-19 protocols followed. To register, contact WSACRC by phone at (613) 735-5551 ext. 224 or e-mail [email protected]