GRAND MANAN, N.B.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 30, 2008

Partial overcast, what little breeze from SSW, temp 6C to rise low double digits today. Rain with gale force easterlies early last night. Lots of water infront of the house.

The white knight for the project to move forward rode into town last night. The provincial government has pledged financial assistance to get the project underway. Reps from the general contractor met with council last night, a resolution passed to formally begin the construction process. Contractor plans to break ground within three weeks, building erected by August, turn the key in November. The project as went to tender to be built, no cement, boards, etc. in the arena, but it will be there to work towards completion. A positive step in the well being of the community, as the MLA stated it will be one of the 'ICONS' of Grand Manan.

The ad-hoc committee for the project present when the announcement come in via conference call. Cheers, clapping and relief evident by all in attendance. The work now in fundraising and community involvement to get the best bang for the buck will now commence.

Lots of waterfowel infront of the house this morning, brant by the hundreds, grass coming to cutting stage already, no lawn prep completed - O well.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on April 29, 2008

Rain, easterly breeze building to gale force as the day moves along, temp 7C to rise a little, with fairly substantial levels of rain.

Donna had a good day to travel yesterday, from reports they made the best of it spending the day in St. John before moving over to the lake.

Rob on deck this morning, he was till mid afternoon before he began being a nuisance to his mother, must have been ill.

Still frantically attempting to find the best way to approach the 'complex construction'. Price increases combined with being over budget a hard combination to deal with.

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MONDAY, APRIL 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:25 AM GMT on April 28, 2008

Nice sunrise, a little haze on the water this morning, calm, temp rising to 5C at the moment, double digits for the afternoon. Weather to change with SE gales in the forecast for tomorrow.

Donna travelling today, little boat at capacity I would say. A great day to travel across the bay, no definate plans when the return trip will be, no doubt the weekend should do it.

Decision time for the complex getting to time to fish or cut bait. To move forward as the project has been proposed require a larger financial commitment from the two senior levels of government. The village is tapped out over the long term, a further increase in taxes to cover construction costs not in the cards.

Rob pushed it all weekend, now home with a pretty good cold, no rest and one already being built in his system Friday caught up to him on a school day.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on April 27, 2008

Sunny, still NE @ 10KPH, 6C for temp, expecting to get into double digits. Nice weather once you get out of the wind, still chilly coming off the water.

Lawn starting to come on, more green showing each day. Still requires raking, running out of excuses why it has not been done.

Both kids out overnight, we had an extra on Friday quiet when they are off the premises. Rob come in second at a skateboard competition yesterday. Prize one of those tea cozy affairs they wear on the head, certainly not my idea of fashion, but what do I know.

Lobster fishing moving upward, price moving down, not a good business plan. Diesel fuel continues in the $1.10/litre range, the movement of the product to market by truck is the same fuel price making it difficult to maintain any margin.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on April 26, 2008

Picture type sunrise over Ross Island this morning, now a little breeze from NE, temp 5C, expect sun and nice temp for the rest of the day.

Yesterday a good travel day, boat full both ways with some left on the return trip at 5:30. Certainly a good chance to visit in close quarters with all seats taken there is no place to be by yourself.

The green on the island is a little ahead of the mainland. The garden centres at the shopping malls are open, with shrubs and soil, etc. a little time away before bedding plants will be put out.

A huge bald eagle on the ledge infront of the house, wondering why the brant had left the area.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:18 AM GMT on April 25, 2008

Steady breeze from NE @10-15KPH, a cool 1C for temp, slight overcast, expected to clear and have a nice temp before day is done.

Missed yesterdays' entry had to move along early and went late, seems to be a lot of those days lately.

Complex still over budget, with no white knight identified as yet. The search/appeal for futher financial assistance ongoing. Afraid that if the complex does not get off the ground this kick at the cat - never will happen.

Price of gas took a dramatic hike this week, locally now $1.26/litre. One gets in the same frame of mind as the lobster fisherman, is the trip worth going for, or should remain tied up? Food prices noticiably higher, Emily reported with awe that her salad at school is now $3.95, nothing left for her after - a little lesson in reality.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on April 23, 2008

Hazy, calm, balmy 8C this morning, expecting rise in temp to double digit, a threat of thunder in the forecast. Still nice forecast moving along on the week.

Still no movement on pricing of the complex, time is getting a concern. Lots of construction jobs on the mainland, a boom going on around the energy boom in St. John. Want to insure we are getting out of the gate before our needs are left behind.

The golfers are here for a couple of days, Bonna is being buried today she give up her struggle over the weekend.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22/O8

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 22, 2008

Foggy, sun attempting to shine through, slight breeze from SW, 6C temp. Aniticipate nice rise in temp, with any luck the fog will burn off a little later.

A good meeting with the Curling Club, if approval from provincial regulators, the Boys and Girls Club will have an opportunity to move during construction. Still waiting for final word on cost of the project to move forward or not.

Swallowtail group moving ahead on thier plans, with an Earth Day clean up for the house and grounds planned for Saturday. Lots of junk to be removed from the house and adjoining buildings, a great start.

Traps going in the water, and with the better weather more days of fishing underway. Catch is improving, but not the price, no local sign of the freshette as yet.

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MONDAY, APRIL 21/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:52 AM GMT on April 21, 2008

Overcast,calm, 6C with higher temps in the forecast. Tide is out any waterfowel too far off to see any activity or not.

Rob had his recital for lack of a better term. A total of fifteen drum and guitar players. A fine afternoon of entertainment, as far as I could tell went off as planned.

Should have a better picture of the multiplex story this week. The week ended with a call from the prospective contractor lamenting about the contstant increase in costs. In particular steel almost a weekly occurrence.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 20/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on April 20, 2008

Clear with a bit of haze in the harbour, a slight breeze prevails from NE, temp a pleasant 7C to rise again to shirtsleeve levels.Forecast still looking good for next few days.

Lobster price @$5/lb this week, with none in the system dosen't look good for the spring run. More areas coming on season over next few weeks will increase the supply.

First sign of the freshette yesterday off on Flags Bank looking out from Fish Head, will be here shortly the snow melt well underway. Flood watch upriver underway, alot of ice to be moved without a jam to prevent any floods.

Still working toward getting the complex into budget range, time is of the essence. Steel prices, like most everthing it seems, increases almost on a daily basis.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on April 19, 2008

Partial overcast, 10-15KPH from NE, 7C expected to rise into double digits once again. Forcast continues to be good with clear, warm weather coming our way.

A small start on the yard work uderway, operative small. Donna down with flu, am able to work at my own pace, not very fast. Daffodils in bloom, alot of the plants breaking through, some of which the deer seem to enjoy.

Emily out overnight once again, Rob at home, not into boarding like last season. He continues to spend hours on the guitar, a gig coming up tomorrow at the school which we have been told to attend with no excuses.

Plan is to get at woodpile and yard work with a BBQ or two thrown in this weekend, will see what takes place.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on April 18, 2008

Overcast, calm, 7C, supposed to clear with temps in the double digits. Nice weather in the offing for the next week with nice temps into double digits.

Gas continues to rise, locally $1.21/litre up from $1.17/litre last week. Certainly no indication will move anyway but up. Boat diesel $1.06/litre last I heard, imagine it has continued to climb this week also. Domestic price in the $1.40/litre range. CAD and USD remains equal with no immediate change anticipated.

Kids out overnight as no school today, another long weekend with good weather should keep them outside for a change. Lots of yardwork to be done, but can't see that being an option for them, unless of course some coin involved.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 17, 2008

A second sunny, calm, morning, temp 5C rising by the moment headed for double digit - even 'along the Fundy coast'.

Fishery news remains slow, with only a slight increase in the catch being repored. Price marginal at $5.50/lb. Quality of the lobsters high, with hard shell and lots of meat 'full'.

See a few more signs of the season, crocus showing up, trees beginning to bud, all good. Report from western Canada is farmers on the fields, dust sky high, alreadly in need of rain to have the seed take hold.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16/08

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

Clear, calm, beautiful sunrise, temp 3C to rise into double digits. This is in the offing for the next few days, reinvigorates the soul to see the spring taking hold.

Lots of waterfowel enjoying the harbour this morning, and sevral birds flying overhead, either coming or going to freshwater.

Trip on the old black boat yesterday full coming, and going. A fair amount of commercial traffic appears to be travelling on the replacement, no weather as yet to see if she can travel in any wind.

Still no definative word on negoiations on the complex, to meet tomorrow for further input and suggestions on how to get it down to budget levels.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 15/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:15 AM GMT on April 15, 2008

Clear, calm, 1C temp, temp to rise to near double digits today, into the teens over next couple of days. A fine long range forecast in the offing.

A trip to St. John today managed to get a reservation for the first trip, will wait and see how we make out getting home this evening. People have cut thier travel to required trips only, a mood of isolation for the next month seems to prevail. The truck ferry replacement far from getting rave reviews, no weather yet to learn if she can travel with vehicles on deck. Truck drivers are wary of her to say the least.

The new ferry scheduled to be in service summer 2010, now the responsibility of the Province. The attempt to locate a firm to design, build and operate the vessel was unsuccessful for whatever reason. We have been assured the process to meet the announced deadline for delivery will be agressive.

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MONDAY, APRIL 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on April 14, 2008

Clear, slight brrrze from the west, 4C temp, clear for most of the week with temp rising into double digits by midweek.

Stuart coming in on the high tide to get some traps, disturbed the large raft of brant lounging infront of the house.

Rob and his group a huge success according to the feedback had the congregation in awe that such a young group played so well. We had a couple of calls congratulating him on his talent, and ability to perform. Rob a natural performer all you have to do is ask, and he will be there.

Green grass and daffodils making an appearance, finally it seems a long time in coming. However checking the archives this seems typical weather patterns for us.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on April 13, 2008

A picture sunrise now becoming overcast, with a definate look of moisture in the clouds, 4C temp, slight WSW breeze this morning. The upcoming week spring like in temps with lots of sun.

Woodpile still taking a beating, believe fire has been let go once since October. Not burning at the winter level, however time to get the window on the stove a chance to be cleaned.

Replacement ferries on the run, the truck ferry remains to be seen if adequate. The vehicles are run on deck, no rails, have not learned if they can be tied down or not. A little weather would make it a safety issue for the trucks one would have to think. Will no doubt find out as have a planned trip on Tues., if can't get on little one will need to travel on the other.


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SUNDAY, APRIL 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on April 13, 2008

A picture sunrise now becoming overcast, with a definate look of moisture in the clouds, 4C temp, slight WSW breeze this morning. The upcoming week spring like in temps with lots of sun.

Woodpile still taking a beating, believe fire has been let go once since October. Not burning at the winter level, however time to get the window on the stove a chance to be cleaned.

Replacement ferries on the run, the truck ferry remains to be seen if adequate. The vehicles are run on deck, no rails, have not learned if they can be tied down or not. A little weather would make it a safety issue for the trucks one would have to think. Will no doubt find out as have a planned trip on Tues., if can't get on little one will need to travel on the other.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on April 12, 2008

Drizzle, the order of the day, temp 4C, not much in the way of breeze from the SE. No clear weather until mid-week, temps not too bad, spring still eluding the country it seems.

Rob and his group play at church tomorrow, he is excited and has put many hours in practise. A new bike, a chance to perform - life is good.

Many candidates for election next month, an interesting excercise. Only one poll this time around, is electronic, could cut down on the voters. Municipal elections historically low turn out, with added inconvience of no local poll a further impact on participation.

Number crunching on complex underway, will need some answers ASAP to move forward.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 11, 2008

Clear, calm, 3C to rise as the day moves along. Nice plus temps in the forecast out sevral days, a change is in the air. Hundreds of brant infront of the house this morning, taking up station for the next few weeks I suspect.

Kids off today, parent teacher meetings. Donna visited last evening, good reports on both. Past few weeks seems to have been a positive behaviour attitude correction, nans influence not to underestimated.

Bid opening yesterday disappointing, with all the expressed interest only two formal bids received. One way over budget, low bid certainly within negotiation range to make it happen. Will get that process started this morning a decision awaits.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on April 10, 2008

Partial overcast, a little draft from south 2C, forecast is for breeze from south and rain. Temp to rise, but not as nice as yesterday.

Rob missed his required average, however shortly after supper the old folks relented he has new wheels, the bulk of which he coughed up for. Both report cards not bad, suffice to say room for expected improvement.

Election gaining steam as closing dates for candidates approaches, three more hopefuls joined the fray by late yesterday with more to come.

Off to Fredericton to see how the bids turn out on the new complex, if over budget many hard decisions to deal with.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on April 09, 2008

Quite a sight in the harbour this morning, absolute calm, reflection of Ross Island, wake from wasterfowel. Temp 2C, clear, impressive sunrise, high in double digits in the forecast, nice.

Tomorrow travelling Fredericton for the opening of bids for the complex. Lots of interest on both sides of the issue.

Lots of last minute travelling for doctors appointments attempting to get by required trips as the boat is on refit for the next month or so in NFLD.

Report cards today, Emily confident, Rob a little apprehensive as he has more riding on his results.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on April 08, 2008

Nice sunrise,drain tides, looks as if one could walk to Ross Island. No wind this morning, first time in a few days. Temp 3C again to rise, inland into double digits, a little cooler in our area for sure. Nice few days coming up.

Rob lobbying for new wheels, report card due today or tomorrow, nan has decreed no negotions until results are known. Can't tell is Rob feels he has a chance or not, a fairly high average has to be attained before moving forward can take place.

Waterfowel in evidence, the pair of geese that have been visiting in the spring last few years on the lawn this past couple of days.

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MONDAY, APRIL 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 07, 2008

A steady 15-20KPH breeze continues from the norht, clear temp on the rise at 2C heading towards 8-10C(hopefully). Sun in the forecast next few days with nice temps, have been saying that for days now.

Drain tide this morning, lots of real estate seldom view on display in the harbour. A few clammers taking advantage of the extra bottom to dig. The clams are fairly plentiful on the bar I am told of good quality.

Lobster price still down, one report no market for ones that are available at any price. Hearing rumblings that herring prices may take a drop this summer. Market share being challenged by overseas producers, a direct result of the high CAD which remains at par with USD.

Another week remains for candidates to declare for local civic elections in May. A number yet to file, if all those one hears about running decide to do so.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on April 06, 2008

Still grey out there, wind from NE @ a steady 15KPH, temp this morning a the freezing mark, to increase for a high in the 5C range. Long range keeps suggesting seaonable temps a day or so away.

Have daffodils well up around the garden and foundation. They should be showing within the week. Seemed to appear in fine style in a short time. There is life in the ground, albiet a struggle.

The golfers have left the winter refuge, one has been home for a few days the other might stagger in today certainly tomorrow.

Kids pretty quiet this weekend, weather poor, Rob requires a set of wheels. I beleive his current mode of transportation is used up, at least that is take on the matter.

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SATURDAY, APRIL5/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:06 AM GMT on April 05, 2008

Mother Nature has not realized April Fools Day is past. At least the snow is gone, replaced by rain this morning. Strong NE breeze 25-30KPH, 2C temp along with the intermittent drizzle makes for a dreary Saturday morning.

One extra overnight, Emily has a buddy below decks. Rob chased some music at the church last night, the girls chased movies at the school.

Few more traps going when weather permits, historically the lobster should start moving soon. The weather prevents traffic, combined with low temps the beast is still not interested in heading towards shore for the summer.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on April 04, 2008

A little haze across the harbour, breeze from SW @ 20 KPH, 3C to rise near double digit as the day moves along. Wind and moisture for tomorrow, but temp stays above freezing overnight - welcome sign.

Well attended, well conducted meeting on the fate of Swallow Tail last evening. No pointing of fingers for the point we are at now, mostly suggestions on how to move forward, a committee being formed to present options to Town Council, and the community on how to proceed. Impressive community spirit.

Quiet in the harbour this AM, no waterfowel to be seen or boats. With the heavy wind this past few days can't imagine very good off shore.

Price of fuel continues to edge upward, yesterday moved to $1.15/litre, not bad for us the national average at $1.14, maybe regulation is not a bad thing for the consumer.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 03, 2008

Clear remains breezy from WSW @25KPH, temp -1C supposed to climb to 7C and remain above freezing most days for the next week. Starting to see reports in the papers for people along the St. John River to prepare for flooding. Another sign of spring.

A public meeting this evening to see what ideas can be done to retain and save SwallowTail. A lot of interest in the subject, interesting to see how many turn out, and how constructive/realistic the ideas will be.

A week from today the bids will be opened for the new complex, interest in project both pro and con still high. The main concern is can we afford it in light of the current economic downturn locally.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 02, 2008

Clear, 4C temp, strong SW breeze, wind to increase to gale force from the west for most of the day. Plus temps daytime into the longrange, a good turn for sure.

Poplar trees making a valiant attempt to bud, must be working on time clock rather than spring temp to get into the mode. Even seeing hints of green grass close to the house.

Southerly run going up on Ross Island this morning, more waterfowel in evidence with pairs sof ducks and geese getting about. Could hear quite a few ducks moving on the water before daylight.

Lots of homework especially for Emily, probably trying to catchup on nearly two weeks of missed classes due to weather.

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