GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, JUNE 30/08

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

Thick fog, cool at 10C, 10-15C SW with the threat of moisture before the day is out. Forecast poor for most of the week.

Emily out overnight, have not heard tell of Rob, but then did not expect he would be intouch. He knows where he is and what is going on and that is about it.

Quite a few last minute traps getting ashore yesterday. They are all out of the water, with the exception of the few guys that are fishing the 'greay zone'.

No local herring news, majority of the wiers on the front of the island to be built as yet. Jubilee in Whale Cove appears ready for twine, none of the others that far along. Dulsers have been busy, but this weather will curtail that activity for awhile.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on June 29, 2008

Overcast, a little moisture down overnight, cool at 10C, no air moving whatsoever. This is the forecast for the next day or so, hopefully will straighten out for the CANADA DAY celbrations.

Wharves busy yesterday with traps coming home, by last night, not a soul around. Time for the crowd to catch thier breath. Good spring for the level of catch, disappointing for the price. All eyes will be on what price of fuel will be by fall, and what price lobsters might be.

See a couple of boats shucking scallops over the weekend, an area 'up the Bay' opened first of last week.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on June 28, 2008

Overcast, brisk NE breeze, possible showers later on in the day, temp 13C. Not a great outlook for the holiday weekend.

Rob away till mid week at Oak Point, he was looking forward to the change, longer the better of course. Rmily finally on deck close to her usual self, lost 6lbs, on a frame that has none extra to give up.

Mom settled in at the hospital, looking and feeling the best she has for quite sometime. She will be going home once her diabetes can be settled, and a little more home support put in place.

Traps pretty well home I beleive certainly today will get most of them on the bank. Another lobster season in the books.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 27, 2008

A little fog in the harbour, sultry, calm, 15C for temp. A chance of showers later on today, weekend starting out pretty nice. Mornng beverages watching the lighthouse on Ross Island come and go in the fog.

Rob a weekend with a friend a campground on the St. John River, he is looking forward to the change. Emily still struggling with the head cold and cough, seems to be making the slightest of progress to getting it behind her.

Mom returned to the island yesterday, now in hospital here getting sugar levels under control. Plan is to have her at home ASAP. She is doing well, especially for a person given at best a few hours to survive.

Traps will be home next couple of days, fellows will be glad to see the last of them for a little while. Have not heard of anyone going netting as yet, price not there to make it viable.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on June 26, 2008

Warm, clear, slight draft from SW, temp already a pleasant 14C anticipate a similar day as yesterday, one to put in the weather books. Damp looking for the long weekend.

Traps coming ashore thick and fast this past few days. Most of the boats fishing everyday taking advantage of the calm weather, to get as many hauled as possible.

Wind farm meeting a positive experiance, they are intent on making the proposal from a number of years ago come to pass. It appears the wind generating project on the island is the furtherest down the road to completion than any other int he Province. The farm would generate more than sufficent energy to give Grand Manan the community powered totally by 'green energy'.

Emily still suffering, but appears to be on the road to recovery. Rob still holding on some of the 'plague', but did spend some time at the park yesterday.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on June 25, 2008

One of those great weather days one can only enjoy on the island. Clear, a nice wessterly 10-15KPH, coffee on the verandah with temp 15C. A high into mid twenties in the foecast. Moisture in the offing for the rest of the week. These types of days makes it more than bearable - at least for a day or so.

Emily still confined to barracks, head cold refuses to give her any relief. This one that hangs on for a longtime, and is rampant in the community.

Wind farm meeting this morning, looking forward to hearing what they have to say. Any level of economic diversification is a welcome thing at this time.


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on June 25, 2008

One of those great weather days one can only enjoy on the island. Clear, a nice wessterly 10-15KPH, coffee on the verandah with temp 15C. A high into mid twenties in the foecast. Moisture in the offing for the rest of the week. These types of days makes it more than bearable - at least for a day or so.

Emily still confined to barracks, head cold refuses to give her any relief. This one that hangs on for a longtime, and is rampant in the community.

Wind farm meeting this morning, looking forward to hearing what they have to say. Any level of economic diversification is a welcome thing at this time.


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TUESDAY, JUNE 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on June 24, 2008

No change in the weather, calm, very wooly, visibility maybe 1/4 mile, temp 13C. Looking for a little moisture and clearing later this week.

Emily suffering with a cold that refuses to give her any relief. Rob is on the mend, both didn't wander far fromt he fort yesterday, Donna forecasting a long summer if this remains the case.

Some construction underway besides the multi-plex, the contractors are busy. It is a time of year where little jobs are impossible to get looked at for consideration. At least one part of the economy appears in good shape.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on June 23, 2008

Another thick fog morning, visibility less than 1/2 mile. Sun would like to make an appearance, but fog on the winning side so far. Temp a moderate 13C, no air moving whatsoever.

Wind farm reps to visit the island this week with a meeting with mayor and council members in the offing for Wed. The wind farm seemed to be a dead prospect,have been assured the plan is moving forward. No idea of what the economics of such a project may have, if any, for economic spin offs for the community. Anything to add to diversity economically would be great.

Last week for lobster fishing in Area 38 underway. Have not heard of anybody going netting, high fuel costs with low fish prices again hard to make it profitable.



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SUNDAY, JUNE 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on June 22, 2008

Thick fog, attempting to clear ever so slight with a little breeze might get it out of the way. Temp 12C to rise high teens before the day is done.

Attending a conference in Fredericton since Thursday, returning home five thirty boat last night. Quite a few travelling with some tourists now in the mix, another yearly cycle in commence.

Kids done with school till Sept. very pleased with report cards, Rob made it to the hour roll. He has bragging rights for highest average till next report late fall.

Rob out overnight, and Emily had a babysitting job, summer routine has started.

Visited with mom while enroute to Fredericton she is holding her own, the level of improvement must be greater, in my opinion before she can return to her home.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on June 18, 2008

Thick fog, calm, cool 11C, fog so thick almost a drizzle effect. Showers or T.Showers in the forecast. Clearing sometime tomorrow with better weather in the offing for the weekend.

School out at 11AM, as graduation taking place at Noon. The grads are going to PEI for a Safe Grad adventure. In the past have travelled across the border. The expense of travelling any distance a consideration, a sign of things to come.

Junior prom this evening, both Emily and Rob attending. Emily moving into high school and will participate in the Grand March, if she and her grandmother survive getting the hair done properly. Rob a typical male a little bit of hair off the top, new shirt, ready to socialize.

Project moving along with the next stage the pouring of the footings soon to be underway.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on June 17, 2008

A much needed steady farmers rain this morning, calm, 13C for temp. This is the weather for the next 24 hours or so, amzing just how dry it has become in a short time.Fog attempting to make an appearance the tops of the trees on Ross Island starting to be obscured.

Lobster catch on the increase on the northern part of the fishing area, big time. Large catch helps, but with rising expenses an iffy situation to make a 'years work' from November to end of Jun. No sign of herring around the wiers, seiners have been getting a few on the banks, but nothing from Nova Scotia shore past little while.

Kids both less than 100%, too much sun over the weekend stil has lingering effects. They do get brighter in the morning as only a couple of complete days left of school.

Mom continues to improve, goal is now to get her back into her own home. This will be accomplished if she can regain her mobility to the level prior to her heart attack.

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MONDAY, JUNE 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 16, 2008

Overcast, a threat of rain, harbour millpond like, 14C to rise near twenty. Moisture next couple of days. Could use a little soaker lawn is bonde dry.

With price of heating oil being what it is loads of hardwood for stoves showing up this past week. Don't appear there will be any relief from the high prices for oil, a big concern for many people, heat or eat.

Emily out to another beach fire last night, till midnight. A good time had by all, last week of school. Senior prom tonight graduation on Wednesday, Otis to award the Ivan Green Memorial Scholarship. The amount of money in the award disappointing due to lack of return on investments by the trust, barley broke even, was expecting a few $K with the amount of funding in the account.

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FATHERS DAY 2008

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on June 15, 2008

Overcast, a struggle to see if the sun will make it out, or will be getting the moisture right away. Temp 12C a steady breeze from NE 10-15KPH

Emily out overnight, beach bonfires the social event these days. Rob had a great time overnight on Ross Island, he declined a evening on the beach for movies and early bunk, did not see him last evening at all.

Fathers Day gathering the smallest one since we returned home, Donnas folks, the other attendees have left or in the hospital.

Yardwork is coming ahead, must get the lawn done prior to the impending rain - I have been advised.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:06 AM GMT on June 14, 2008

A great weather day, temp already in high teens, calm, clear, mid twenties before the day is done. A little cooler with some clouds in the offing for tomorrow.

The overnight group on Ross Island had great weather, could hear them across the harbour whooping it up, quite a distance but calm. Didn't see a beach fire, but lots of lights after dark. No sign of them on the beach so far this morning.

Emilys' class spent the day on Whitehead, by the time she got home a severe sunburn. Claims she had sunscreen on, but doubtful. She wasn't around too much last evening, trying to get the burn to subside I imagine.

Got my potatoes in at Donnas' folks last evening now require the next hundred days to be frost free to get my crop.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 13, 2008

Another fine summer day in the offing, a pleasant 15C, a slight draft from NW. A duplicate of yesterday, looking pretty good for the weekend.

Fuel price took another rise this week around 2.6% over last week, currently $1.397/litre locally. The CAD is dropping a penney or so to the USD, $.97 this morning.

Robs' class overnighting on Ross Island in a SURVIOUR contest. They are looking forward to the experiance, the weather is co-operating for them making the sleeping under the stars much better.

Lobster traps getting further up into the harbour, with quite a number there for the end of the season. Catch has been good, price still no better.

Mom doing well, and pleased to be in St. Stephen rather than St. John.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on June 12, 2008

Clear, beautiful summer like morning, a warm 17C, a refreshing breeze from the west, just enough to keep the flag moving. Forecast for low 20's along the Fundy Coast, similar for next couple of days.

Mom transferred to the St. Stephen hospital, yesterday late in the day. All appear well she has to get some rehab for strength, before she can be considered eligble to for her home. Will wait and see how she makes out.

Lobster catch on the increase, however lots in the system. Other areas in the Maritimes having good spring seasons, some best in years.

Dulse group still hard at it, with Dark Harbour contributing a fair amount during this set of tides.

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WEDNESSDAY, JUNE 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on June 11, 2008

Typical June weather, all over the place, thick fog this morning, cool @11C, a slight breeze from NE. Calling for a clearing trend for the evening, and into the weekend looking good.

Fishery quiet at the moment with the last few weeks of the lobster season near. Price still poor, and no relief in fuel prices makes it along time till fall fishing.

Should have an idea on where mom will be transferred later on today. The heart issue is as good as it is going to bet, but her mobility in doubt. They will transfer her to this hospital, providing a bed is available, can't see her going to her home until she can at least get around on her own better than she is now.

School continues to wind down, homework is less with more of the courses being completed.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 10, 2008

Overcast, calm, a slight draft from NE, temp dropped back a couple degrees to 12C. Looking for showers over next couple of days. Yesterday unusually hot for early June here mid twenties, seldom have those temps in July/August.

First Council Meeting with the new group went well. Starting to move forward with the complex, on just how it will be managed, expectations, policy and areas of responsibilty to be identified. The old building totally off the site as of yesterday.

The CAD has dropped a couple of pennies alongside the USD now in the 96cent range. Fuel costs a major topic of discussion wherever one stops to catch up on what is taking place.

Kids slowly getting into summer mode, school pretty well done by the end of this week. Prom night on 18th, both of ours attending the junior rendition of the evening.

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MONDAY, JUNE 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on June 09, 2008

Idyllicy summer morning, total calm, clear with a hint of haze in the harbour, 15C with a forecast high into the mid twenties. Nice weather week in the offing with a hint of moisutre a couple of days down the road.

A morning with coffee on the verandah, a couple of boats hauling traps in the harbour. Could almost hear the plants growiing, taking advantage of the ideal growing conditions.

Record breaking temps down the seaboard in Boston and New York flirting with temps in the 100F for today. Plenty hot for any part of the country, into the low 30'sC inland yesterday, low 20's here, warmer in North Head. Great fly hatching weather.

First meeting of the new Council this evening.


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SUNDAY, JUNE 8/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on June 08, 2008

Thick fog, calm,12C for temp, U.S. forecaster giving in mid twenties for Lubec, Canadian guy says high teens, will wait and see who is reading the tea leaves correct. Giving nice temps for the next week.

Mom still holding her own, no word when the anticipated move to our hospital will take place.

Yardwork going along pretty well, Donna has her window boxes on the house, now various pots to plant along with some annuals in the regular flower garden. This type of weather brings things on in a hurry.

Kids have a couple of weeks left of school, they are getting geared up the summer. Emily looking for babysitting, and Rob looking for lawns to mow in between the social commitments they maintain.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 07, 2008

Ovecast, calm, 10C, forecast high teens, possible shower. Hot and humid for tomorrow into the first of the week, unusual for this early in the season.

Mom certainly has improved over the week, from a near death experiance to waiting for a transfer to our hospital qite a transition. She is quite content where she is for the moment at least.

Emily has overnight guest, Rob had been out to a birthday party/air soft war till dark. Both very busy to say the least.

Boat traffic heavy both trips I was on, and sevral vehicles went out on the last trip. The 'late trip' getting more use as the summer season begins to unfold.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on June 06, 2008

Calm, overcast, harbour a reflecting pond this morning. Nice sunrise, but clouds making up, rain expected before the day is over, moisture for the weekend.

Lobster catch getting better, but price dropping back below $5/lb. Did notice the price of diesel did move back five cents, regular fuel no change @$1.55 & $1.35/litre respectivly.

Second stage of the removal of the buildings on the construction site moving along. Removing some of the salvagable lumber,fixtures, etc. before walking through it with big machines. Site taking shape, getting prepared for the cement work.

Off to St. John visit mom have a look for myself how things are going. Reports have been positive since she was transferred there.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:15 AM GMT on June 06, 2008

Calm, overcast, harbour a reflecting pond this morning. Nice sunrise, but clouds making up, rain expected before the day is over, moisture for the weekend.

Lobster catch getting better, but price dropping back below $5/lb. Did notice the price of diesel did move back five cents, regular fuel no change @$1.55 & $1.35/litre respectivly.

Second stage of the removal of the buildings on the construction site moving along. Removing some of the salvagable lumber,fixtures, etc. before walking through it with big machines. Site taking shape, getting prepared for the cement work.

Off to St. John visit mom have a look for myself how things are going. Reports have been positive since she was transferred there.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on June 05, 2008

Overcast, brisk NE breeze, steady 10-15KPH, 11C, partial overcast and high teens for temp in the forecast. Similar type of weather for next couple of days.

Drain tides, bar seems to be out there almost to Ross Island, no clammers on the beach this morning. Mike telling me yesterday that had around 40K lbs dulse processed, with market for that much and more. Dulsing giving the local economy a shot at around $4/lb a welcome source of income for those involved.

Mom continues to make progress, no fluctuations in heart beat and blood pressure steady. No decision on pacemaker as yet. Will make the trip to visit with her tomorrow.

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WEDNESDAY - JUNE 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on June 04, 2008

Overcast, total calm, temp 11C. Raining on the mainland in the forecast here today and rest of the week.

Tides are fulll, see a couple of clammers at it this morning, not the activity of a few weeks ago. Either more employment has showed up or those folks have had to move on. Has been a steady run of dulse going by the house this past few weeks. A large amount has been harvested from the Passage, price is good. See one sign for $7/lb.

Emily has a lot of homework to get the required schoolwork in due to the number of missed days over the winter. Rob seems to get his done at school, or that is his story, soon will know.

Windowbox planting underway, not on display as yet, in the shed getting used to thier new digs prior to a direct shot to the elements.

Mom holding her own, possibly a pacemaker by Friday, final decision yet to be made.

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TUESDAY, JUN 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on June 03, 2008

Clear, calm, a sultry 14C, fog disappating in the harbour. A heavy dew this morning, giving rain later on in the day, lots of moisture for the week.

Mom still confined to hospital, no word on when the next move will take place. Her symptons still up and down, evaluating the benefits of a pacemaker.

Great weather day yesterday, warm, slight breeze, after supper overcast and cool. Rob had a baseball practise but still lag from weekend concert, not into it all.

Some fresh bait going yesterday, don't know if it is from the sieners or if the wiers might have caught some either here or Nova Scotia.

Project well underway, one end of the building is gone, ground getting ready for the first of the cement.

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MONDAY, JUNE 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 02, 2008

Farmers rain this morning, calm, 11C, to clear as the day moves along with rain overnight. Sun and moisture the forecast of the week.

Rob has not given a complete report of his weekend gig as yet. He arrived home on the 2nd trip, said all went well laid down slept till bedtime. One comment is that he did not have enough money as they went out often to eat.

Last few weeks of the lobster season now underway, catch is coming up some, but not the price. Work on the wiers ongoing, some have been dressed for the short term, don'at believe any have captured any as yet. Connors must soon be ready to pack as they have been shut down for the past few weeks getting ready for another packing season.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on June 01, 2008

Overcast, fog just leaving the harbour, a stiff southerly around 20KPH, 10C temp. Looking for some clearing possible this afternoon, rain for most of the week, no sun in the froecast till Friday.

Mom holding her own, things appear to be more steady this last 24 hours. Dr. is continuing to monitor with the possibility of a pacemaker being the answer. A long way from when she first entered the system, at that time just keeping her comfortable was the goal.

Donna to get a start on window boxes next week, she has a plan, now to put it in action will be the thing.

Part of the old B&G Club has been removed, the remaining structure will be removed witin the next couple of weeks. Site prepartation coming along very well, cement work not far off.

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