GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 2:33 PM GMT on August 31, 2007

Overcast with fog rolling in and out of the harbour this morning, showers in the offing. Calm, temp 15C clearing over the weekend with sunny weather for next week. The temps going down for the highs.

A quick trip to St.John yesterday, traffic busy on the trips I was on. A combination of local and tourist traffic still the norm.

An old friend from Winnipeg made a surprise visit yesterday in my absence. They were on a schedule so missed him and those he was travelling with.

Rob off to the park, Emily out overnight, have not seen her so far today. Donnas' dad finally made it to spend the weekend on the St. John River on his boat. His great nephew to be his companion, his planning for the annual duck hunt for late September also well underway.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:04 AM GMT on August 29, 2007

A change in the weather this AM, thick fog, can't see the shoreline. Temp a cool 10C, calm. Forecast is still for sunshine, and indications are as the day moves along this will burn off.

The announcement for the complex made yesterday, by the three levels of government. The addtional fundraising can get underway to insure the complex is what it can be. The search for some philanthropic individuals/firms to assist
the community soon to start.

Donna and friend making a quick one day trip to Fredericton, should a nice day for a little drive. Tomorrow she travels again for a day, I am sure she will have an opportunity to look around in an attempt to save ore money.

Rob has an overnight guest, things getting quiet on the peer level. Many are doing the preparation for school thing as a result sometimes both have trouble hooking up with a crony.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 28, 2007

The exceptional stretch of weather continues, a bit cooler this AM at 14C, total calm, another heavy dew evident. Forecast is still positive for the next couple of days.

The Premier, our Federal MP, along with the mayor gathering at 1300 to make an 'announcement'. Little doubt it will be the funding for the long awaited 'complex'. If such is the case the added funding activity can get underway. An effort is required to have the 'extras' provided, as it stands now the basics are provided only.

See more lobster traps being overhauled, time remains, but boredom drives some of the activity. Not much going on in the other fisheries at the moment for the majority of the license holders. Have been told the activity in the 'grey zone' is starting to pick up 'a little'.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 27, 2007

Another ideal weather morning, day in the offing. Temp 17C, total calm a high in the mid 20's will make it just about right. Same conditions remain forecast well into the week.

Signs of a change in season, local pool closes today. Have had to dump a couple of pots already with a few more just hanging on by a proverbial thread. The dahlia beds starting to make a statement, my glads just forming lots of others in bloom in the community.

Fishilng news continues to be quiet with the exception of the wiers still having fish. A patrol yesterday showed that some of them being seined - a good thing.

Rob had a great weekend, arrived home with new games for the PS2 - how could you beat it.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 26/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on August 26, 2007

Thick fog, can barely see the shore, a slight breeze from SW. Humid temp 16C, looking for some Tshowers as the day moves along, still great weather for the next few days.

Rob went a lferry earliar, will return this afternoon on the 3 o'clock. They were to take in a movie. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub so that would certainly meet thier needs to fill in any extra time.

School a mere two weeks away, all hands are looking forward to the new routine kicking in. All the new purchases have been tried on, alterations just about done so now time to get it on.

Brother in just overnight, they brought his mother-in-law home from the hospital. Remains to be seen where they will go from here as far as her care requirements.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 25/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on August 25, 2007

To be hot and humid as the day moves along. Currently clear, calm, 18C, hazy looking out over the harbour near high water. No waterfowel in sight, but heard geese flying low at daylight.

Rob off with Jordan this morning for thier weekend in St. John. They have been looking forward to the trip for the past week. Good weather to travel and wander around, am sure they have lots of plans if they can convince the old folks it is in everybodys best interest to do as they suggest.

Lots of herring behind twine, but little market. One main buyer, CONNORS BROS. going to capacity. In the paper last night suggested that a little relief with sales on the American side for fresh bait.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on August 24, 2007

A change in the weather for next couple of days. A farmers rain at the moment, calm, temp 13C. This type of weather for next couple of days, next week looks real good once again.

Rob has a guest overnight, travelling tomorrow for an overnighter in St.John. Believe they are both ready to give school a shot, especially with the new duds, along with new teachers to learn about. Don't beleive there will be too many new students.

Wiers still providing quite a few herring, the groundfish quota must be captured, don't see any boats with the gear left aboard.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 23, 2007

Clear, beginning to change to suggest overcast shortly, a cool 10C, still total calm in the harbour. Forecast is for rain over the next few days with the beginning of the week sun once again.

All hands are now fully equipped for the opening day of school. How far into the year will the wardrobe purchases take us remains to be seen. Rob has some WEST 49 branded clothing, Emily a couple of things from her favourite shops so they are good to go.

Boat trip full both ways, left at least four vehicles and a semi when we come home. A fair mix of strangers from away, and local traffic. A number of the families we tripped over in different shops doing what we were doing during the day.


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:15 AM GMT on August 22, 2007

The ideal summer weather conditions continue this morning. Total calm, magnifigant red sky behind Ross Island, just about high tide. Temp 12C with a high in the low 20's forecast. This will be a third day of memorable weather conditions on the good side.

St. John bound this AM with the whole gang. Cloths for the opening day of school in the offing, from the ground up as they say. The logistics of the trip have been planned, as I am only the chauffeur with the cash to make it all happen, nice to have some status in life I suppose.

Rob has a weekend trip in the offing with one of his buddies and his grandparents for an overnighter in the city. Always good to travel with grandparents as things usually you want are easiar to get out of them.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on August 21, 2007

Another exceptional weather morning, total calm, temp a nice 15C, Ross Island reflecting halfway across the harbour. This is in the forecast for at least the next couple of days.

Emily out overnight, Rob returned to his digs by noon yesterday. Gone till dark once he reported in, between boarding and air ball wars just too busy. Two weeks from this morning they will be climbing the steps onto the school bus. The summer has disappeared in a moment.

Hurricane Dean causing havoc, coming ashore in Mexico. The season is up and running for that part of the world.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 20, 2007

Total calm, clear, temp rising now at 13C. This type of weather for the most of the week, high temps to be around 20C, just about right.

Rob out overnight jamming with guitar, a day off the board, the first in quite sometime.

Geese are showing up or becoming more evident each day, a large flock making thier way up the harbour towards some fresh water I suppose.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on August 19, 2007

Clear, a nice westerly breeze, temp a nice 14C, down towards the single digits overnight. Forecast is weather of this type for the rest of the week.

Geese forming up more all the time, now that the young are airborne. None on the lawn syet, the eagles have gone hunting other locales, no young waterfowel to get at.

Quite a few of the wiers have herring, reported the MUMPS is solid full top to bottom. She has held a few thousand hogsheads at a time in the past.

Just one overnight guest with Emily, once again a combination of telephone, PS2 and movies made the evening quiet and enjoyable for all.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on August 18, 2007

Tstorm currently underway, rain coming straight down, no wind, lightning not intense, but brilliant when we get a flash. Temp a cool 10C shortly after daylight, a brisk westerly breeze, a forerunner of what is visiting at the moment.

The premier to visit the island at the end of the month. Speculation is that possibly the long awaited announcement on the community centre is imminent.

Rob out overnight, with this weather the sk8boarding will be curtailed for part of the day. Emily home, but spent most of the evening on the phone, cuts down on the incoming calls for sure.

Price gas remains at$1.02/litre, the CAD regaining some of the ground on the USD that dropped during the past week.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on August 17, 2007

Overcast, humid @17C, calm. Have been advised we had a Tstorm with rain of some signifigance overnight, first I have heard of it. Possible a little clearing as the day moves along.

The moisture keeps the lawn in good shape, with the flower gardens taking full advantage of the good growing conditions.

Passenger trafffic down around 4-5% in the month July, the commercial traffic continues to drop signifigantly from the same date last year. Last year was the a major decline from previous stats, another indication of the local economic downturn.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 16, 2007

Clear, calm, a nice 16C with temp on the rise, half tide, the harbour a reflecting pool this AM. The reflection of the remains of Ross Island Light almost totally across the harbour in a bit of haze, quite a picture.

Kids home with no guests overnight, both quite happy to take it easy for a few hours. They both gone yesterday for the afternoon swimming, and visiting others in thier group.

Yardwork getting caught up in time to go at it again. Dahlias starting to show themselves in pretty fine shape, still no glads.

For the moment things in our part of the world pretty quiet.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on August 15, 2007

Partial overcast, looking for showers as the day moves along. Temp 14C in the single digits overnight, calm, harbour very quiet.

Kids each had a guest last night, movies, outdoors, kept them occupied with no conflict. They have not surfaced this morning as imagine they were a little later than we were laying down for the night.

A few scallops going locally, wiers doing thier thing around North Head, nothing positive from the 'grey zone' as yet. Any reports suggest expenses not being covered even hauling once a week.

First activity of the hurricane season underway in the south Atlantic.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on August 14, 2007

Clear, calm, temp 16C, almost low tide. Looking for a good weather day with more to come. Beverages on the verandah this morning, a definate fall tinge in the air.

Summer outing for the children prior to going back to school is a day trip on Labour Day weekend to Cirques du Soliel in St. John. The water park outing has become old hat in comparison. Will require a day in St. John in the next week or so to get the nessecities for higher learning gathered.

Community news quiet, still waiting for an announcement for the go ahead of the Community Centre, no indication when that will occur.

Gas locally $1.02/litre, strange how one accepts things over time. Getting excited to think that we might be paying less than $1.00/litre a little while ago as it approached that mark the sky was falling.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on August 13, 2007

Overcast, threatning to shower, 17C, calm. Possibility of showers as the day moves along, with sun for tomorrow. The nice weather previously forecast is in out now for the week.

Wiers in Whale Cove starting to do thier thing, some of the others on the front of the island also beginning to contribute. Halibut quota caught while an audit is concluded, possibility a small amount will remain for next month.

Kids both at home overnight, a rare thing this past few days.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on August 12, 2007

Clear, calm, already a warm 18C, anticipating a high in the mid 20's with a change coming in tomorrow cooler and moisture.

Emily out overnight, Rob returned to the fold last yesterday afternoon. They are keeping themselves occupied for the summer, now slowly looking towards the start of school.

A good chance to catch up on the outside maintenance, just require the ambition.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on August 11, 2007

Partly cloudy, cool with temp rising as the sun gets a little higher, temp in single digits now 13C, calm. Looking for a great weather weekend, cooler temps as the week moves along.

Rob out overnight, many PS2 games, and a couple of movies to get them through the evening. Imagine his morning will be a little longer than usual.

Notice a few cranes infront of the house this week, also around the marsh. Geese are more active, with many flying over the house in the early AM heading for freshwater.

Evidence that lobster gear being overhauled with lots of buoys in various stages of being painted for the fall season.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on August 10, 2007

Clear, calm, harbour a reflecting pool this AM, temp now a nice 14C, close to single digits overnight on the mainland. Next couple of days first rate, but temps down in the high teens during the day.

Some of the wiers on the front of the island still producing with signs that some of the others had herring. No idea of size or number behind the twine.

Judging by the local traffic, and campgrounds still appears the visitor level fairly high. Due to the dcrease in commercial traffic travel is fluid.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 9/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on August 09, 2007

Clear, brisk westerly breeze in 25KPH range, temp 14C. Lots of moisture yesterday, with the front lawn towards the beach many pools remaining, the water table has been topped off once again.

Boths children below decks last night, had to have them turn down requests for the night, time to get a little bit of body rest as know nghts are long here when they have visitors.

Nothing going on in the 'grey zone' as yet, but as always those that are there hopeful. The groundfish quota nearing the end, some of the wiers on the front of the island have been coughing, a good thing as the season is moving along.

Still no official announcement on the go ahead of the for the community centre, the need and interest still in place.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 08, 2007

Fog, cool at 14C, calm, visibility less taht 2/4mile. Forecast is for heavy rain this PM into the evening, with nice weather for sevral days once this gets by.

Rob has a guest overnight, Emily out overnight, the social calendar continues to be busy.

Have not heard of any local fishing news, being on the side keeps me out of the loop these days on what is going on in a daily basis.

Flower gardens starting to produce in grand style with the dahlias offering themselves for the first time. Sort of a mixed blessing, they are one of the last to show up for the season. Glads still not in evidence as yet, if they survive the wind look to have a good showing before the season is over.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on August 07, 2007

Fog coming and going with the direction of the wind, current visibility mid-harbour, temp 16C, calm. POP in the 40% range, a few showers overnight will keep me off the mower for at least another day or so.

Rob got out overnight shortly after arriving home, skateboard complete with new trucks on the move. Doubt if they got much skating in as it showered within an hour or so of dropping him off. Emily quite content to have the house to herself sort of speak and recharge. Next trip is getting prepared for the return to school.

A few subtle changes in the look of the sky noted the past couple of days, almost 'fall like' on occasion. Noticed some of the birch leaves turning yellow, thankfully not many, but a start.



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MONDAY, AUGUST 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 6:53 PM GMT on August 06, 2007

Returned this PM from downtown Yoho Lake, a superb weekend, missing second brother a combination of his illness and that of his mother-in-law conspired to keep him and his wife away. Today about 20C small breeze from SW clear.

Rob took second place in the intermediate level of the skateboard competion. Needless to say he was very pleased with the recognition and the prizes, he phoned immdediately after the competion to bring us up to speed.

Reunion great as always, the patriarch in full scots regalia, local nieces and families for the gathering yesterday. Lots of fellowship, I think it is referred to in polite circles, visiting, and food. The weather co-operated, just a great gathering. Next year sounds as if the show will be on the road, possibly Nova Scotia.

Have purchased a new camera, once it is mastered will attempt to get some photos on the site.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on August 04, 2007

Continues to lightning, quite a show past couple of hours, with rain - so I have been told. A little haze with the outline of Ross Island trees visible across the harbour. Calm, temp 16C, looking for showers to stop this AM, with possible return later on in the day.

Hopefully the weather co-operates long enough for the Festival parade, and opening ceremonies for the sk8board park are concluded. Rob is going to the park early this AM to insure he has a spot both for the parade and grand opening.

Emily out overnight, a request mid-evening for a fire, and a sleepover enabled me to have an unexpected drive in the fog to North Head. She doesn't appear to have the same level of enthusiasm for the board park as her brother for some reason.

Off for the weekend for the family gathering, brothers today and tonight. Roys mother-in-law not well at all his attendance still in doubt. The patriarch and those that followed tomorrow, lots of grub, BS, and what passes for partying for us now days in the offing.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:57 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

Fog starting to burn off, will be hot and humid at this rate fairly soon. Temp 18C,draft from SSW, a possibiltiy of Tstorms as the day progresses.

A very good game last evening for the championship, but the team come up short. A good game by both teams, a good account for the last game of the season. The talk is of what will transpire next year.

Weekend gathering of brothers on the mainland, Shauna and children staying here until Sunday. The kids not too enthused about sitting around with the old folks while the Rotary Festival underway on the island. Compromise worked out, a bit of driving involved for me, but works for all concerned. Donna and I getting underway first boat in the morning.

Festival getting set up this morning, goes until Sunday. Seems to be good weather in the offing for the events, a come home type of weekend for many folks.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on August 02, 2007

Clear, absolute calm, 15C, a little cooler for today with a possibility of moisture next day or so, a nice weekend in the offing.

About half-tide, lots of waterfowel between here and Ross Island, a a few ducks airborne shortly after daylight heading for freshwater I suppose.

Rob and cronies spent at least 10 hours at the sk8board park yesterday. Grand Opening scheduled this weekend in conjuction with the annual Rotary Festival. Pro demonstrations, competitions, WEST 49 all will be on site. A big time for the boarders for sure.

Emily several hours at the pool yesterday, great weather for hanging out around the pool with your peers.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 01, 2007

No fog this AM, a beautiful sunny morning, harbour calm with the tide well out. Temp a warm 21C anticipated to be in the high 20's for the holiday weekend.

Team won the semi-final game last night, by two runs. The first game they were able to defeat them over the past couple of seasons. The final game tomorrow evening, the boys are certainly pumped.

Appears to be more eagles in the harbour this summer, two were on the beach at the thourofare yesterday. There has been one almost everyday fishing or hunting for prey infront of the house.

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