GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, MARCH 31/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on March 31, 2008

A little hazy this morning, absolute calm, -3C temp. Temp to rise on plus side as the sun gets up a liile more. Good temps rest of the week with a little rain in the offing.

Ben going by this morning with a load of traps, a couple of other boats taking advantage of the high tide to get a load. Fellows putting them off in hopes that price and quantity improve to make for a good end of the season.

Most of the accumalation of snow disappeared yesterday. The poplar trees are trying to bud, but having little co-operation from mother nature to move it along. Signs of spring in place, except for the temps.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 30, 2008

Partial overcast, northwest breeze steady at 10-15KPH, -5C for temp. Temp to rise on the plus side by noon. Looking for double digit temps by mid-week.

More waterfowel infront of the house this morning, more and more showing up all the time. Haven't seen the brant after yesterday morning.

Lobster price way low @$4.50, with no quantity. A reflection of the economy as the supply is not great, last year price was over $10. The price of fuel now over a $1/litre makes it difficult to earn a dollar. One has to wonder what will happen if and when a quantity of lobster do show up. Scallop price remains low at $6, local area will be closed end of the month.

Both kids on the premises last night, Rob declined an invite, tired along with a hint of the flu kept him close to the nest.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on March 29, 2008

Spring like scene out the window it is not, three or four inches of new snow. Temp not bad now edging over the freezing mark, partial overcast, with melting in the offing for the next few days.

A good sign things are in the change mode, this morning a large flock of brant infront of the house talking to one antoher. A distinct sound, when they took to the air flock in the hundreds, glad to see them in residence.

Kids off to volleyball tournament for the day. Proceeds to go for Emilys' class trip to Ottawa next month. Lots of interest with a full house anticipated, lots of work for the volunteers, great fun for all involved.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on March 28, 2008

Spring snowfall this morning, nearly rain, now low fog can see the Ross Island shoreline, but not the tree tops. Calm, 1Ctemp, looking not too bad for the weekend a little sun and better temps.

The first of the golfers begin returning to the north this weekend. Will be quite a contrast in groundcover by the time he hits the border. The other travels next weekend.

The opening of the bids for the complex extended for a week. Interested contractors requested the extra time to allow for bid preparation, hoping that is a good thing for our bottom line.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on March 28, 2008

Spring snowfall this morning, nearly rain, now low fog can see the Ross Island shoreline, but not the tree tops. Calm, 1Ctemp, looking not too bad for the weekend a little sun and better temps.

The first of the golfers begin returning to the north this weekend. Will be quite a contrast in groundcover by the time he hits the border. The other travels next weekend.

The opening of the bids for the complex extended for a week. Interested contractors requested the extra time to allow for bid preparation, hoping that is a good thing for our bottom line.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on March 28, 2008

Spring snowfall this morning, nearly rain, now low fog can see the Ross Island shoreline, but not the tree tops. Calm, 1Ctemp, looking not too bad for the weekend a little sun and better temps.

The first of the golfers begin returning to the north this weekend. Will be quite a contrast in groundcover by the time he hits the border. The other travels next weekend.

The opening of the bids for the complex extended for a week. Interested contractors requested the extra time to allow for bid preparation, hoping that is a good thing for our bottom line.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on March 27, 2008

Partial overcast, harbour millpond like this morning with a nice reflection of Ross Island when looking out the window. Temp at freezing mark to climb slightly today, with moisture till weekend, but temps on the plus side.

Lobster fishery still quiet, not much moving. Water temp, weather, fuel prices, lobster price still continue to conspire to make fishing at this time of year marginal at best.

Week today bids for the complex to be open in Fredericton, at least one of the local contractors has been contacted for prices to participate should the major be successful. Interest in May municipal election continues to major topic coffee talk.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on March 26, 2008

Spring like it ain't, slight amount of snow in a breeze from south @25-30KPH, temp is on plus side @1 to move upward today. Looking at more moisture by mid-day, temps look to be improving as the week moves along.

Woodpile still taking a good one, as the stove has not been without fire since October. Have started stowing this years offering getting that cleaned up, a good excercise but not strnuous with the woodsplitter banging away.

Despite the weather, waterfowel showing up infront of the house as the tide comes in. Have heard more geese honking, but seen only a few pairs as they come in. The majority seem to be moving along north, a few will stay the summer to nest.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on March 25, 2008

Overcast, brisk northerly this morning, -5Ctemp. Forecast says it will rise to freezing or possibly on the plus side for the high. Southerly tomorrow and Thursday should give us much warmer temps with a hope of more to come.

Kids back in school today, all hands ready to go. Rob had a busy weekend two air soft wars the highlight for him. Emily worked hard at getting her homework caught up, and ahead. Of course this took a little prompting from her nan, but amiable nevertheless.

Seven declared candidates for upcoming municipal election in May. Early for that number, one of the most number of declared candidates for any community in the Province. Lots of interest in the fate of Swallow Tail, and the multiplex slated for construction this next few weeks.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on March 24, 2008

A change in the elements this morning, no wind, total calm, breaty of a sunrise over the harbour. Temp remians cool at -7, but starting to rise should be on the plus side later on in the day.

Waterfowel in the harbour, still no brant, lots around the marsh yesterday. The robins that have arrived must be finding the weather a bit to thier dismay, but more showing all the time.

Not much going on in the fishery, a few more traps going all the time. No amount of lobster being landed, with these temps will be awhile before the water temp moves up, wind always from the north, no southerly influence to speak of.

Kids final day of the extended weekend, next holiday in May.

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SUNDAY MARCH 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on March 23, 2008

Easter is cold, windy, but clear, still a stiff breeze from the WSW has now declined to 15-20KPH, blew hard all day yesterday. Should get a little above the freezing as the day moves along, moderating temps by mid week, enough already.

Rob got home suppertime from the party then a 'air soft war' involving at least ten of his peer group. Asked if he could have a movie after he had supper, last we saw of him till just now, sleep depravation caught up to him. Emily home and then out till late, never heard her when she returned to the fort.

Donna busy this morning getting the traditional ham prepared for guests. Parents on both sides joining us for the meal. Donna mentioned it was traditional, Emily asked where the wild rice was on the menu. Donna stated there was none this time, Emily stated then it was not tradtional, needless to say the menu now includes wild rice.

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MARCH 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on March 22, 2008

More like January than spring, blowing from the west20-25KPH, with higher gusts, overcast. Temp -5C don't expect any thawing today. Below normal temps for next also, season is getting long.

A couple on the beach last night, rinkling, must have been cold. One back this morning at daylight, now beng driven as the tide comes in. Another indicator of the economic situation locally. The mainland going great with mega projects coming onstream, more in the near future. Concern now is where are the workers coming from. One estimate for just one project is 5K, the majority of them are skilled work positions.

Both kids out overnight, quiet around here as a result. They have a habit of returning with extras when they do.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21/08 SPRING?

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on March 21, 2008

Clearing, strong WSW winds, -3C temp, a small of amount of snow overnight. Not quite the entry to spring that one envisions. Wind and cool for the weekend.

The weatherman advises at least another month before spring will make an appearance. Cold air stalled because of La Nina, combined with vast amounts of snow already on the ground combine for now early planting this year.

Kids had no school yesterday, periods of freezing rain overnight with the prospect of more during the day kept the buses off the road. They have an extra long weekend now with no school till Tuesday.

The golfers will be disappointed returning north with no great relief in sight until they are back in camp for a few days. They have certainly avoided a harsh winter in this part of the world.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 20/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on March 20, 2008

Heavy rain, steady northerly breeze, temp at the freezing mark. Must have had some freezing rain overnight as the wind guage not guaging at the moment. This is the weather for Good Friday on into the weekend.

The girls returned from the sleepover, with some treasurs, tired and good for a few days before the need will arise again.

Upcoming municipal election creating much interest in the community with sevral issues being debated. The multiplex was front and center now the property at Swallow Tail seems to be the topic of interest. A number of new faces will be on the ballot in May,


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MARCH 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on March 19, 2008

Partial overcast, red sky behind Ross Island, a steady breeze 10KPH still from the north, -3C with a high on the plus side of the freezing mark. Looking for rain next couple of days.

The girls retreat is on, the trip over at mid-day 'not too bad'. I would say if they were suffering any side effects the big lights made them feel better. They will have the day to turnover things they missed yesterday.

Black ducks milling around infront of the house, a fair number this morning. I have not seen the geese other than the one occasion. Also the brant have not taken up permanent residence. Have noticied some robins moving about, so spring must be coming.

Interest by contractors for the multiplex high, required another printing of specs, apparently this level of interest is unusual for such a project. Only hope it means we can work within our budget to make it all come together.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on March 18, 2008

Clear, cool -6C, a northerly breeze appears to be giving it up @ 10KPH. Sunny for next couple of days, with rain for the rest of the week into the weekend.

Girls are travelling on the 2nd trip this AM, appears as if the weather will co-operate for them. A slight change in wind direction combined with a drop in velocity should help the cause.

Emilys' class preparing for a trip to Ottawa in early May. An ambitious intinerary, well planned with many interesting points during the stay in the nations' capital. The participants excited, will be Emilys' first major road trip, also without her grandmother to make her breakfest I can see trauma for the pair of them.

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MARCH 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on March 17, 2008

Dreary St. Patricks Day, overecast, steady breeze from north @ 10-15KPH, to increase gale force levels till this evening, -2C. Warmer temps in the offing as the week moves along.

Girls anxiously watching the wind pattern for tomorrow. As it stands now a suitable travel window for second boat likly. Weather straightning out once the transition gets underway. They have a grand time travelling, and the winter isolation getting a bit long, time to address the situation by a mall crawl.

A raft of black ducks literally floated by under the sea wall, no other signs of life this morning that one can see in the harbour.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on March 16, 2008

Mostly overcast, a red glow under the clouds, a steady cool breeze from NE @15KPH. Forecasting gale force before the day is out into tomorow afternoon. Cool temps till midweek.

The weather continues to be consipiring against the girls R&R, a possible window on Tuesday and Wednesday for them to get going without worrying about the wind.

With the skiff of snow, and high tide looking out across the harbour one would think it was mid-January. The complete red sun just popped up over the light, quite a sight this morning.

Kids below decks with no extras last night. Rob on his guitar and Emily on the phone. One thing about it the incoming calls have been cut down this past few months.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on March 15, 2008

Dreary looking morning, overcast, a slight breeze from NNE, around 19-15KPH, will have an increase as the day moves along. A snowfall advisory for Maine, remains to be seen if snow or rain for the island.

A sizeable flock of brant well in the harbour yesterday near high tide, a good sign of spring. The large numbers still on the outer islands.

Kids in residence overnight with one extra, a buddy of Emily's. PS2 a little job babysitting along with movies, did not any of them were on the premises.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on March 14, 2008

Calm, overcast, cool -4C. a sliver of red sky over lighthouse on Ross Island. Tide is farily high, but no sign of waterfowel this morning.

Girls anxiously watching the weather for the first of the week. A much needed sleepover and shopping in the works, weather is conspiring against them at the moment. A fair amount of wind forecast, but has changed somewhat in past few hours, will wait and see.

Hauling rock for the Seal Cove wharf had to be stopped, due to road restrictions. Loads to heavy with the frost coming out of the ground, breaking them up with the heavy trucks.

Some activity on wharf repair at Ingalls Head underway.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on March 13, 2008

Partial overcast, windy, cold with temp -4C wind from NW @25-30KPH. Snow possible over next couple of days, wind looks to be staying with us till at least next week.

Very wintry looking across the harbour this AM, no sign of waterfowel with a red sky. A skiff of snow overnight makes the eye enjoy the picture, but is mid-March enough already.

Rob doing well with his guitar, teacher likened his ability to the movie, August Rush. A nice compliment for sure. Rob watched it last night said he could relate on many levels - guess will have to have a gander myself.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on March 12, 2008

Overcast, calm, 1C, a threat of moisture for most remaining days this week. Another storm being talked about for the weekend.

A pair of geese flew over the house to the harbour infront of the house this morning.. Have heard they are returning to the outer islands this past week or so, must be warming to the southard to get them underway north.

Rob has spent a couple of cold days at the skateboard park, thought better of it yesterday. Both appear content to back at the grind knowing it is now the last haul till summer vacation.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on March 11, 2008

Clear, calm not enough air to move the flag, cool -3C to rise on the plus side as the day progresses. A little warmer starting tomorrow, forcasting another nasty weekend coming our way.

Solitary clammer silouhetted on the shore this morning, sun not quite up over Ross Island making for a brilliant red sky at the moment. Sun starting move towards summer home along the back of the island.

Most of the snowbirds have returned to the roost for another year. All enjoyed good weather on site the return home in some cases a dramatic contrast due to the weekend storm here in the NE

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MONDAY, MARCH 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on March 10, 2008

Overcast, cool -6C, slight draft from west, temp to rise near 0, then cold overnight once again. By midweek looking for better temps to help the ice get out of here.

Clammers back this morning, before daylight to take advantage of the tide, must be worth thier while to keep coming back.

More traps getting into the water, staking ground for the spring fishery, not much moving as far as catch right now. A few fellows still scalloping locally and up the
Bay.

Kids grumbling around this morning getting ready for school, mood quite offset by grins from the ladies that will be here for the day while they are in school.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on March 09, 2008

Far from calm this morning, 35-45KPH from SW. Temp is pretty good at 3C, it appears to be deciding if rain or clearing will be the order of the day.

Time change still has the rest of the household in bed. Must admit the waking hour did come awfully quick it seems.

Can see at least three guys clamming as the daylight comes on, and the tide recedes a bit more.Price is around $/lb, but have to pay for shipping them off the island. Some fellows getting around 100 lbs per day.

Rmily made it home just as the wind and rain started with great authority last night. She had a grand time, did do some shopping to the extent she had to borrow funds. Unusual as she was spending her own hard earned cash.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on March 08, 2008

Overcasts calm, nice temp 4C to rise a couple of degrees as the day moves along. A rainfall warning for us, freezing rain in two waves for folks inland. Temps on plus side for most of next week.

Snow pretty well gone, the spring drab look to the grounds at the momemnt.

Emily been travelling since Thursday morning, will be returning to the fold this evening. Appears she will be just ahead of the poor weather headed this way.

Still quiet on the fishing front, with the warmer weather coming come activity should soon start up again. Can only hope more lobsters around than have been so far this season.

Mom 90 today, Donna's mom was 88 on 6th, gathering tomorrow for a little celebration.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on March 07, 2008

Calm before another storm, clear, calm, heavy frost overnight, currently -2C to rise near double digit temps by this afternoon. Another rain event for us in two waves, extended freezing rain periods for inland for us rain.

Emily returns to the fold this evening, will be home just ahead of the forecasted change in the weather system. The return from the south will begin over the weekend, not good travelling weather for those coming in from Maine.

Starting to move rock for the wharf in Seal Cove, Cobble Hill is beginning to disappear from the blasting. All quiet on the Ingalls Head front.

Interest expressed on the Boys & Girls Club expansion from both N.B. & N.S. construction firms, that I am aware of.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on March 06, 2008

Clear, slight draft from SW,-2C temp to rise on the plus side as the day moves along. Another weather system headed our way, a rain event for the Fundy shore, with 10 hours of freezing forecast for the Fredericton area.

Had mom away for an overnighter at hospital. Weather going both ways not the best, mom had no problem with the boat trip. The boat did not make her 2nd trip due to the weather conditons, however wind had changed by the time we come across, no great actions. The overall weather conditions very poor heavy rain, freezing rain and lots of wind.

The golfer enjoying good temps, with a little rain now and then. They will be returning to the north with a month, hardly seems possible.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:07 AM GMT on March 04, 2008

Overcast, wind 20KPH from SW, 3C to rise as the day moves along. Unsettled weather the order of the day. Strong to gale force southerlies tomorrow,wind probably pick up after daylight today.

Travelling with mother overnight, will get her on the mainland before water gets too bad today. Tomorrow another story as the forecast stands right now. She was a great sailor at one time, now at 90 motion sickness visits more easily it seems.

Rob out overnight, Emily travelling tomorrow for a sleepover with some shopping and pool time the order of the day.

Donna still fighting the stomach virus, quite a long bout, not normal for her. This has been underway for over two weekends, but not uncommon with those afflicted with whatever strain it is.

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MONDAY, MARCH 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on March 03, 2008

Clear, calm, -2C temp. to rise on the plus side. Lots of wind and warmer temp and moisture over mext coouple of days. Very typical March weather, slowly making a transition from notherly to southerly influence.

Rob allowed he could sleep outside the gate at Poley Mtn. to insure he was there when they opened. Had a grand time, will be returing. The trip home was slow, with lots of blowing snow, vehicles in the ditch as they moved along. The boat ride not too bad he thought, must be realizing that to wait for good weather to travel this time of year can restrict your movement.

No waterfowel evident this morning, the brant have not taken up permanent residence in the harbour as yet.

Bob things posted on Friday, past. Opening April 3rd.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on March 02, 2008

Overcast, wind from west should clear as the day moves along. Windy -2C, blowing what snow we got out into the harbour. Rained most of the time overnight, clearing with wind for next day or so.

Rob to return this afternoon, he is not much of a sailor, will be interesting for him I am sure. Emily and her buddy spent quiet evening at home, between computer and PS2 kept them well occupied.

No sgns that work on the wharves underway as yet.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:21 PM GMT on March 01, 2008

In like a lion, a major weather event strating overcast with wind from SE @ a steady 35KPH, temp -3C. Still deciding if we will have snow, rain or most likly a combination. Weather pattern to remain until tomorrow afternoon then can expect gradual clearing.

Hopefully Rob can get his day at Poley under his belt before the weather sets in on them. Travelling on the roads and on the boat might be a challenge, certainly Rob has not proven himself to much of a sailor.

A longtime stalwart of the community, Harry S. crossed the bog yesterday morning. Harry loved Grand Manan worked hard to improve the community, contributed to the nation on the frontlines during WW2. A hero of mine sad to know he has moved on. Large funeral service to be held at the school to accomodate the number expected to attend.

Emily overnighted here with her buddy, change of plans that works out well for all concerned. The other parents travelling, buddy didn't want to go, so another teenager for company.

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