GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURDAY, AUGUST 31/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 31, 2006

Clear, calm, temp 12C, a nice sunrise across the harbour.Anticipating a nice fall type few days, with sun and cooler temps.

The sailors having a great time upriver, and no date when they are expected to return. If weather remains like this will be difficult to leave.

Emily once again out for a 'preschool BBQ & sleepover'. Shauna staying with her grandmother to help her out, so Rob has area to himself, quite enjoying it, did not see him until bedtime.

Rob has our niece for his teacher, he allows between his sister and now this his transgressions will be reported as they happen.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on August 30, 2006

Clear, cool at 13C, millpond calm in the harbour. Still forcasting a nice weekend prior to school starting.

Fishing news about the same, the herring are not being found. The bait season will be upon us soon and scarce herring not a good thing. If we get a blow over the next little while the herring could leave the Bay, and not return till spring. Some handline fish have been found and sold locally as people get the 'winter fish' in the freezer. Handline fish preferred over net fish as they are as fresh as you can get.

Brother & wife along with a local cousin of the children overnighting, overall a quiet crowd.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on August 29, 2006

Drizzle, NE @ 10-15KPH, temp 14C, not a nice looking day. However the weather is to improve overnight, and the rest of the week looks pretty good.

Sailors returned to the Saint John River yesterday for the week. Daniel returns to school next week, Donna's dad plans on returning the end of Sept. for duck hunt. It would be nice to think that if I reached 85 I realized there was such a thing as a duck hunt let alone participate.

Did notice on the weekend excursion that the trees are making subtle changes towards thier fall colours. Some locations more so than others, but is just a few weeks away.

Younger brother arrives this afternoon for a couple of days.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 28/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on August 28, 2006

a Showers, 13Ctemp, 10-15KPH from SSE. Forecasting rain for the next couple of days.

Returned from Moncton yesterday on noon boat. The day at MAGIC MOUNTAIN was a success, however no more than warm enough. Children dressed, played out, and now ready for school. As Rob says the three most dreaded words he has every heard 'Back To School'.

Traded the van now Donna is driving a FORD FREESTYLE. The preliminary indications are very positive, handled the five of us with no problem, and all the gear required to move around.

Younger brother visiting tomorrow for a couple of days, a final visit before the winter weather strikes. They will not travel if any hint of wind is in the offing.

Some activity in the south to watch over the next few days.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:14 AM GMT on August 25, 2006

Clear, calm, 12C temp. Still remaining cool, and will remain so for the weekend, with clear sky.

Early here, but all the house is up as trip to mainland as a group underway. Chldren to finish up for school, and tomorrow a day at the water park. Lease is up on the van and changing vehicles also, Donna has decided what she wants - a Ford FREESTYLE.

The fisherman lost last week has not been recovered. The formal search has been suspended, but family and friends continue to check the shoreline daily.

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THUSDAY, AUGUST 24/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on August 24, 2006

Partial cloud, cool @12C, calm, temp not to rise above 20C today. The weekend looking not too bad for the trip to Moncton.

Mom did alright for the quick turnaround yesterday. A little slow getting underway, but once in commence did just fine. Brother and I made quick trip across the line, and difference in fuel approx. 25%.

Emily still out for another night, and Rob did get home to sleep in his bed last night. He is looking forward to water park time, and weather appears to be co-operating.

Nothing to report from the fishing world, as out of the loop yesterday.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on August 23, 2006

Calm,clear, temp 15C. Nice looking sunrise once again this AM. Forecast is good, but temp is not expected to go above 20C for the next couple of days.

Both children out around the neighbourhood overnight, and have been gone since yesterday afternoon.

A good day to travel for mom, but just a quick trip up on one ferry and back on the next. Not interested in staying around for the afternoon, so will stop at brothers for a sandwich and head back around noon.

Still quiet on the fishing front, with a few wier herring around. The MISTRESS did not find any the night before last, but was going 'up' The Bay last night for a look.

Donna lammenting that a lot of her garden is going back already, and that some of the later blooming things are ahead of time.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on August 22, 2006

Clear, calm, temp 16C, a fantastic sunrise over Ross Island this morning with lots of red sky. Forecast is pretty good for the rest of the week.

Very quiet on the fishing news, still have not recovered the other fellow that was in the water Friday night. No word on possible reason for the sudden sinking of the vessel.

Mom has doctors' appointment in the AM in St. Stephen, and weather looks good for her to have a drive, and look around.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 21/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on August 21, 2006

Drizzle, slight draft from the norht, 16C temp. Forecasting damp for next couple of days. Probably can use a bit of rain, but only a bit would be good.

Lost a fishing boat and man Friday night between here and the mainland. Apparently had time to get out Mayday, and U.S. Coastguard on the scene first, rescued one but no sign of the other. The reason for the accident not known as they were sailing home from scalloping, and weather not an issue.

Both kids under the roof last night. Rob real tired, but had a great time. New friends - both male and female. The boys he did get thier MSN addresses so will be in contact with them right away, the girl will have to return next year so they can pick up where they left off.

Getting ready for school now quite a topic a few times during the day. Attire and supplies for opening day all important to set the tone with the peer group I suppose.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 20/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on August 20, 2006

Overcast, slight southerly breeze, 15C temp with only a high of 17C being forcast. Rain overnight, but not a deluge by any stretch.

Rob returns on the first boat this AM, and will have had quite a week of camp/visiting under his belt. Anxious to hear some of the stories, unlikly he will share as is not his nature.

The MISTRESS went out last night, assume must be lobster bait market for Nova Scotia. That seems to be the only activity on the fihs front.

The fellows in custody have been released to house arrest, but able to go to work, church, etc. This seems to have appeased the negative feelings in the community for the moment.


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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on August 19, 2006

Slight overcast, draft from SW, 15C temp with a high in low 20's forcasted. A nice mid-summer day to to say the least.

The five young men that had been remanded in custody from the drug house incident have returned home after being granted bail. The community watching the 'system' with critical eyes, had the men not been granted bail the tension between the 'system' and the community would have been further tested. The very least would have resulted in civil disobedience in one form or another to get a message out to the powers that be.

Rob checked in last night, at the instance of his hosts mom. He continues to enjoy his trip, and is looking forward to returning to camp next year. Never admitted to missing anyone, not even his mother. He returns to his bunk eithe late boat tonight or first thing in the AM.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 18, 2006

Another picture sunrise, temp 14C, total calm, harbour mill pond like with great reflections on the water. Forecasting a little moisture by Sunday then good again.

Yesterday one of those weather days when you have to stop the vehicle and look out over the water, clear, no breeze, and you could see forever.

Donna's birthday yesterday, and sevral of her friends surprised her with a gathering. The deck well used and good time had by all, now the suggestion is that the deck should have been made larger.

Robs' buddy had to be retrieved by his mother a couple of days ago. He(buddy) got hit with a swing, blackened his eye and forehead. Also not getting along with another guy in the camp, not a great experiance. Rob apparently quite happy to stay put until today, and then he will go to the camp with his buddy for at least another day prior to returning home.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 17/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 17, 2006

Beautiful sunrise, calm, already 16C, what little draft of air is from west, a good thing for clear weather.

Geese are on the shoreline this morning with about twenty landing infront of the house. Ducks talking at 0300 so loud they woke me up as they patrolled the shore in the dark.

Traffic on the ferry seems to be slowing up, as the 'strangers from away' traffic start returning to get ready for school. The eco-tourists must be enjoying this weather as a great chance for whales and birds.

Fishing news nothing to report.

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WEDNSDAY, AUGUST 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:28 AM GMT on August 16, 2006

Clear, calm, temp 15C. Forecast for good weather for the rest of the week, with some clouds for the weekend.

MISTRESS tied up till Sunday evening, not much in the way herring news. Absolutely nothing in the way of groundfish. Will have to start scrounging for winter pollack pretty soon.

Haven't heard fromt he great grandfather/grandson up river so must assume both are doing fine.

A little activity around getting ready for lobster fishing in November. Lots of buoys being painted, and rope being overhauled.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 15/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on August 15, 2006

Overcast, slight southerly breeze, 16C. Forecast is for a good weather week with temps getting fairly high for the weekend.

Met two fellow WUer's last evening, from the U.S. midwest. They have been longtime visitors to the island, and dropped in for a face to face. Great to see them, and look forward to future visits. Given a seasoning(rub) to assist in my woes on the BBQ, much appreciated.

Emily under the roof for a night or so, pretty weary and hit the bunk early. She did not ask about her brother, for some strange reason. No contact from Rob so must assume the transition went OK.

A few herring on the back of the island, still nothing of signifigance on the front. Have o idea if the MISTRESS went for a sail last night, as the moon has dropped back the herring should be up and schooling again - if they are there.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 14/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on August 14, 2006

Clear, calm, fall like in the air, temp 13C. Forecast same for the week with temps in low 20's for the highs. Great sleeping weather for sure.

Rob and Turner dropped at camp, a mixture of adventure and the unknown in thier eyes when I left the on the island. They got there early enough to have a choice of bunks and they are sleeping head to head on top so that made them happy. I gave them a couple of bucks and were searching out the canteen when I pulled out to come home.

Emily overnighting once again, and Shauna helping her grandmother. We had the house to ourselves don't know when that occurred last.

Donna's father, 84 yrs, and his great nephew, 15yrs, left for the week on the St. John River. Sailing from the mouth of the river upriver to the centre of the Province. The boat is self contained with room and facilities for six people, Rob's camp is upriver also and it was magnificent there yesterday.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 13/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on August 13, 2006

Clear, calm, 13C temp, a slight breeze from the west. Fall like in the air, but nice coffee on the verandah type of morning.

Rob's buddy travelling with him to camp had to return home last night, as he was nervous without his mom, and they are on the first boat this AM. He will return this AM, and travel with us.

Family BBQ missed the rain by moments, and the weather was very good. A good number in attendance, but the group is thinning, and elderly for sure.

Did manage to get all the lawn up to date at the same time, and is nice to look at when that is the case.




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SARURDAY, AUGUST 12/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on August 12, 2006

Clear, calm, 12C temp, cool temps all around the coastal area, and even inland only 7C this AM. I guess we can start noticing subtle changes in temps as fall approaches.

Very quiet on the fishing side of things, not much to report in the way of activity. Possibly a few wier herring around but that is about it for now.

Rob will be packing up for camp tomorrow, he and his group are looking forward to the adventure. Emily out overnight once again. She has been away from her bunk more than in it seems this summer.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 11, 2006

Partly cloudy, calm, temp 15C. The makings of a very nice day.

The canvassing for funds of 20K was successful, pretty good on short notice. A similar community across the Bay sent a donation, have taken action. A group contacted the local businesses and advised that if certain people were served they would take thier business to another area, a shunning if you will. The events are still fresh and on people's minds.

No herring this week as moon is on, and kept them down in the water. Do believe that some of the wiers continue to catch some, what quantities don't know.

Rob looking forward to camp on the weekend, and Emily once again out overnight.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 10, 2006

Slight overcast, calm, temp 15C. Becoming overcast with possibility of showers as the day progresses.

Kids at youth bonfire last evening. I picked them up around 10PM, asked how it went. They informed that I 'missed it' the moon rise was cool, from the beach there were no obstructions to watch the moon rise from the Bay. It was quite a site as we watched it rise over Ross Island, and also found it 'cool'.

Local defense fund reaching to 20K, the amount, rumour has it, the lawyer required for a retainer. A canvas of island residents underway last couple of days.

A few wier herring showing up, and some on the front of the island for the first time in quite awhile.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 09, 2006

Very nice sunrise this AM, calm, clear, 16C temp.Forecast is positive for the next couple of days.

Both kids below decks last night, and in the rack early as worn out from all the activity the past few days. Hardly saw Rob he was curled up in the big chair more asleep than awake most of the evening.

A boat lost over the weekend, "up the Bay", filled over the stern. All hands got off alright, but boat went down.

MISTRESS returning home, if any herring, have bait market on the American side to look after.

Have been a few yachts in over the past few days, both sail and motor.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on August 08, 2006

Morning fog, calm, temp 16C. Fog looks as if it will be around for awhile before burning off. Temp to be in low 20's for the week.

Both kids still on the move, and at sleepovers last night. Going back of a school routine is going to put a crimp in thier style, as early to bed not a factor when sleepovers are in play.

Red ribbons on display in support of the young men currently in custody. No bail hearing until 15th, the community very upset that the 'system' continues to hold them. They are being held in protective custody as other prisoners are harassing them, and would do physical harm given the opportunity.

MISTRESS must have stayed over on the Nova Scotia side, as she never returned here yesterday. Bait market will now come into play on that side of the Bay.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 7/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:21 AM GMT on August 07, 2006

Overcast, with the sun breaking through here and there, 16C temp, draft frm south. Giving a good breeze this afternoon, but moving through quickly.

Word out that the children are back, the phone was on the go with kids looking for the pair of them. Still ringing went they went off to bed last night.

Might get a chance to tackle the lawns again, if the moisture stays away long enough.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 7:34 PM GMT on August 06, 2006

Nice SW breeze, clear, temp 22C. Forecasting cooler temps and moisture over next couple of days.

Had a grand time at brothers, fellowship and BS the order of the weekend.We certainly got that part correct, and what now passes for revelery went till past 10PM both nights. All hands breaking camp and returning to thier respective abodes by this PM. We got the 1:30PM frm Blacks, lots of people travelling this holiday weekend.

Emily returned with us, and has now gone to her friends down the road for supper, and catch up on the past weeks' gossip. She had a grand time, met new friends and renewed acquaintances from last year. Lots of e-mails to flying around this fall I am sure. Rob stayed in or on the water for most of the time he was awake, grand time by all standards. The girls had the food prepared, and a picnic for the two days worked just fine.

Rob off to camp next weekend, and hopefully the weather is as good for him as this past week.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on August 04, 2006

Millpond calm, slight overcast, temp 16C. Forecasting a possibility of showers for today, but great weather for the gathering.

Police presence gone from the picture as of yesterday. I am sure a few extra bodies around, but not obvious. A good thing for all concerned. Spoke with a person close to the action that night, no intent to take such drastic action. The opposing groups gathered and from calling one another out it escalated to the end result. A mob mentality prevailed, now time to move forward, get the young men incarcerated back into the community and as a community work on the drug problem. All obvious factors, now to get it to work will be the challenge.

Rob getting the van loaded to insure we are at the boat in plenty of time. The mainland awaits, and a visit to WEST 49 to check out the skateboarding regalia, prior to moving onto Fredericton.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on August 03, 2006

Calm, slight overcast, 18C temp. Yesterday a very hot day at 33C, and no afternoon breeze to move some air over the water onto shore. Certainly a temperature level we are not used to, hard to imagine what sevral days of the temp would be lie. The folks just south of us have endured heatwave conditions past few days.

A huge turnout at public meeting last, one estimate of 700 in attendance, our entire population approx. 2500. A complete cross section of the community represented. a good thing. Strong support for the young men that have been arrested. The RCMP were advised that other communities in the area are as volatile about the drug issue as Grand Manan, and could resort to same tactics to rid neighbourhoods of drug houses. Remains to be seen if any solutions will come of the events, but certainly has focussed the community on the problem. Sevral members of the community were eloquent, personal and helpful in thier comments. The local detachment commander was overcome at one point when discussing the children in the community, he has two youngsters himself, he and the members are working hard to clean the mess up. Requires more flexibility in the 'system', and participation of community members to supply information, and be prepared to follow the information with court testimony if nessecary - a large commitment for sure.

Off to family gathering in the AM, and weather looking good for the two days.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 02, 2006

Hazy, calm, 17C, visibility approx. a mile, but should disapate as the day progresses. Tstorm, and lots of rain with it for a little while overnight.

Huge police presence arrived yesterday at suppertime. The school has been turned into a dorm for the troops. Helicopter at the detachment. The Mounted Police must have different intelligence on the prospects of further activity than I am hearing. The optics of the situation is not good from a PR perspective - the only persons known to have been arrested are 'good guys', no activity on the 'bad guys'. Public meeting tonight at 1900 to air issues arising from the problem and the handling of the aftermath by officials.

Emily never reported in yesterday, an indication that she is having a great time. She admits only to missing her nannie, the rest of us do not cause her problems in that area.

Still getting herring, but will have to slow up some soon as freezer space getting to be a premium.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 01, 2006

Slight overcast, calm, temp 14C. Another mornimg with the harbour absolutely calm. Looking for overcast as the day moves along with a possibility of showers by evening.

Emily having a grand time at the lake, and is off to Fredericton to shop today. A must visit is FRENCHY's a highlight for her in hopes of a clothing bargain.

One person formally charged, and two given notices to appear in court in October. Public meeting tomorrow evening with officials to discuss the situation. An article in the paper yesterday noted that Grand Manan does not rate very high on facilities for young people, i.e. recreation, organized or otherwise as an example.

Still getting our herring we need, but have not sold anhy of the frozen as yet.

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