GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, JULY 31/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on July 31, 2010

A great one underway this morning, total calm, temp a respectable 14C, expected to rise into mid 20's, similar weather pattern well into next week.

Rob out with his group again last night, camping next to the friends house. A building now converted to a male domain, real hardship, electricity but don't believe there is wireless hookup for X-Box.

Festival enjoying good crowds, today will bring them out with highlights being parade and fireworks tonight, fog not an issue today, some years has to be postponed for clear weather.

Emily last day of work for this time around, spent yesterday at the beach with her charges. Her kids enjoy and respond very well to her, even late in the day.

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FRIDAY, JULY 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 30, 2010

Great looking start to the long weekend, dead calm, temp a cool 12C, clear, expected to rise into low 20's and remain clear. Similar temps for the next few days.

Rob had a grand time with the camping group, was home for a little then off to the pool for the afternoon. Out overnight with his male bonding group, believe the pool was co-ed. Emily home after her day long enough to gather up change of clothes and off to Seal Cove till duties this afternoon.

Rotary Festival underway last evening, Opening Ceremonies seemed to have a good crowd in attendance. Come home crowd will start arriving today.

Whale watching and inland tour groups didn't sail yesterday, quite a swell would have made it uncomfortable to say the least.

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FRIDAY, JULY 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 30, 2010

Great looking start to the long weekend, dead calm, temp a cool 12C, clear, expected to rise into low 20's and remain clear. Similar temps for the next few days.

Rob had a grand time with the camping group, was home for a little then off to the pool for the afternoon. Out overnight with his male bonding group, believe the pool was co-ed. Emily home after her day long enough to gather up change of clothes and off to Seal Cove till duties this afternoon.

Rotary Festival underway last evening, Opening Ceremonies seemed to have a good crowd in attendance. Come home crowd will start arriving today.

Whale watching and inland tour groups didn't sail yesterday, quite a swell would have made it uncomfortable to say the least.

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THURSDAY, JULY 29/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 29, 2010

Overnight makes quite a difference in the weather, breezy from SW @ 15-20KPH,foggy can see half of the harbour, temp a mild 16C. Weatherman suggesting clearing later on today, with a good holiday weekend in the offing.

Rob checked in requesting a pickup after lunch, pretty damp at the moment, wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility that they break camp sooner.

Tourist traffic seems fairly strong, reports of whale sightings on the ferry running back and forth this past week or so.





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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on July 28, 2010

Another great morning underway, temp a respectable 14C, a westerly breeze, enough to move the flag. Temp to rise once again into the mid 20's, with a threat of showers overnight and tomorrow. Long weekend weather still remains positive.

Emily and her charges spent the afternoon at the beach, plenty of sun for them both. Emily red hair and her charge blonde, lots of sun block appears to have done the job from too much sun.

Infrastructure for the arena slowly getting underway, with plumbers getting under concrete pipes ready to go. The arena floor compacted and soon be ready for the first pour of cement.



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TUESDAY, JULY 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 27, 2010

A grand one underway this morning, bright sun, a slight draft from the west, temp going to rise mid to high 20's, currently 17C. Looking good for next couple of days, a little moisture on Thursday, Long Weekend looking good.

Reporting we had a small earthquake just offshore on Sunday. Shauna thought it was thunder, any comments I have heard mention the sound, but no ground moving events.

Rob is having great weather for the camping experience, a larger number than originally thought showed up, in the area of fifty participating. He took his guitar as a second thought, found that camping and guitar quite a thing.

Herring news good if your weir on the back of the island, carriers going pretty steady. The only trap fishing on the front of the island is the MUMPS, she seems to able to toll them in if any in the area, where others go dry.

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MONDAY, JULY 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on July 26, 2010

A great looking morning underway, bright sun a slight draft from SSW, temp a nice 14C. Weatherman suggesting a chance of showers later on, temps in low 20's, remainder of the week clear and good temps.

Rob camping with a combined youth group from all churches on the island. A bit damp yesterday getting set up and a squall went through around suppertime,but then cleared. Number of camp goers less than last year, surprisingly as last year was a major success.

Emily returned last evening, in need of some rest, but otherwise ready to do her thing this week.

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SUNDAY, JULY 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on July 25, 2010

Lawn getting a drink from the heavens this morning, a soaker underway till this afternoon. Temp 15C, calm, first of the week looking good weather wise, with sun and nice temps.

Emily stopped long enough to get a new set of clothes and off to North Head until later on today or tomorrow at the the latest.

Rob in his pit for the night, will see if they get to go camping(tents) today. Camp till Thursday, weather permitting at the Anchorage.

Did manage to get most the lawns looked after over the past couple of days, Donna did her thing for weeds. Things should be fine for the next few days at least.

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SATURDAY, JULY 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on July 24, 2010

Relief from the heat this morning, thick fog, 15C, calm with just enough draft from NE to give you an idea of how the air is moving by the flag. A chance of showers over the next couple of days.

Emily remains on Whitehead, expected to return her dirty laundry sometime today, might be staying overnight. Rob and his peer group gathered in Seal Cove overnight. He says nothing to do here is the reason he can't reciprocate, believe problem is X-Box doesn't work on wireless for some reason, but does at other addresses.

A little going on in the fishery, some herring in some ofthe weirs, a few boats netting, some scalloping and at least one boat shrimping. and a few boats fishing lobster in the 'grey zone'. Haven't heard on quantity or price.

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FRIDAY, JULY 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 23, 2010

A great looking morning underway, a respectable 16C, clear, and a refreshing westerly breeze. The day looks to be another warm one with temps in the high 20's for today and tomorrow, a little rain for Sunday.

Emily remains on Whitehead, her friend moving by the end of the summer going to create a whole in her social life. Rob below decks last evening, after a time at the pool for teens. Been great weather and participation for teen activities this summer.

The grass continues to grow, a combination of sun, rain and cool evenings makes it something to contend with so far this season.

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THURSDAY, JULY 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on July 22, 2010

A different day this morning, yesterday lots of sun, this morning start fog, nice bit of sun, now overcast wind from WSW 15KPH, swinging more to the south should return some showers. Hot for tomorrow this weekend, with showers for Sunday.

Kids once again dispersed, Emily on Whitehead, Rob enjoyed a 16th birthday party and on to one of his buddies overnight. Fortunate for Rob he is not gainfully employed not enough hours to do a bit of work in his social calendar.

Quick trip to Fredericton, nice drive, hot than the hubs of hades in Fredericton 87F, a bit of fog, a small draft of wind and 58F when arrived at Blacks Harbour a welcome change.



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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:13 AM GMT on July 21, 2010

Mostly clouds this morning, a hint of haze in the harbour, already a balmy 18C, much warmer than points inland at this time. Calm temp to rise once again into mid 20's, yesterday high 20's with lots of humidity.

Both kids home overnight, Emily had a good day on the mainland. No purchases as funds were limited and no Nan to weasel some cash other than hers for such things.

Local museum had an evening to honour Donna's dad, a founder of the current building, a lifetime of dedication. Well attended and lots of well deserved admiration for Otis.

A quick trip to Fredericton for a 1PM meeting, can only imagine what will be like inland today. However building will be air conditioned along with the vehicle so shouldn't have too much concern.

RINK NO UNDERWAY, more tradespeople on site next week. Will no doubt make the opening date in November - HANG ON.

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TUESDAY, JULY 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on July 20, 2010

Thick fog this morning, not a breath of wind, humid, temp already 20C, slated to rise into mid 20's. Weatherman advising that fog will burn off and sunny later on today.

Kids once again dispersed around the country, Emily overnighting with friend who will be celebrating her 16th birthday with a trip to the mainland for the day. Rob out overnight, hasn't been in his rack since last Wednesday.

Donna and Patsy had a good day, not rushed, enjoyed Kingsbrae, then a few hours 'over the River', returned home on the late boat. Quite a few travelers taking advantage of the late trip, seems the ferry pretty well used on most trips this past few weeks.

Contractors for the completion of the arena on site this morning, have had local contractor working on preparing the base for cement over the weekend. Great to see things getting underway.

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MONDAY, JULY 19/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on July 19, 2010

A great looking morning underway, bright sun, calm, temp already a warm 19C. Weatherman suggesting temp to rise only into mid 20's, yeah sure. Moisture in the offing starting this evening till mid-week, will wait and see on that forecast.

Picked up the concert goers on middle boat yesterday. The experience a huge success, certainly would go again in a heartbeat. Three hours of headbanging music, and they lucked out with seats right next to the speakers, go figure.

The short drive from the boat to home had he and his sister out to Millers Pond once Emily was off duty. They both overnighting to Seal Cove, certainly keeps the grub bill under control.

Donna and Patsy have a great day to visit KINGSBRAE Gardens in St. Andrews this morning, before it gets too hot. I believe a foray to assist the U.S. economy in the works with a visit to Calais later on this afternoon.



Updated: 10:43 AM GMT on July 19, 2010

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SUNDAY, JULY 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 18, 2010

A warm 18C already this morning, hazy or remnants of overnight fog. A draft from the south, looking for a chance of showers as the day moves along. The week coming still looking good.

Yesterday was a WOW for a weather descriptor, a bit warm to our standards, but just a great deal of sun and calm all day long. Heat warnings issued for inland locations, no wonder we had hot weather.

Rob still on the mainland, Emily overnighting to Seal Cove, but has duties this afternoon. Next week is her week off can imagine some gadding about to catchup on a week at work.

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SATURDAY, JULY 17/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on July 17, 2010

Thick fog this morning, sun attempting to burn it off, looks as if might be successful. Mother Nature put on a show overnight, power off, lots of rain, Thunder & Lightning. Weather looking good for next week, mostly sun and moderate temps in the forecast.

Rob at Oak Point,Emily babysitting duties continue, she attended the Teen Night at the Community Centre last evening. Must give the Club credit they stuck with providing the hours for kids to 'hang out', now is acceptable to do so. Can imagine the Night will be more popular during the winter routine.

Fishery news remains quiet, a few boats in the 'Grey Zone" lobster fishing, three or four boats crabbing, didn't appear as if many boats netting this past week.

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FRIDAY, JULY 16/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on July 16, 2010

A few hours makes quite a difference in the weather, currently thick fog, temp dropped to 15C, calm. Visibility approx. 1/2mile. Gives sun later on, but things will have to change to allow that to happen. Weekend still looking good, however threat of Tstorms in the offering.

Rob on the mainland for the weekend, Emily down to Seal Cove overnight, but will be required on duty after dinner for babysitting duties.

Contractor will be on site next week to start the arena portion of the Community Centre, anxious to get it underway be great to have a full winter of activity in the facility.



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THURSDAY, JULY 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 15, 2010

Fog has entered the harbour, after a nice sunrise, can hardly see the shoreline. Sun will soon burn it off, and appears to be a hot and humid day heading our way. Next few days looking pretty good, with temps in the low 20's and sun the order of the day.

Both kids below decks, Rob off on his Concert Adventure this afternoon, concert on Saturday will have lots of time around the campground. Emily remains on duty, however has an opportunity later on in the summer for a night or so on the mainland.

Final construction on the arena scheduled to commence next week, haven't heard from the contractor to insure this is indeed the case.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on July 14, 2010

Rain is clearing the fog, can now see half way cross the harbour, calm, temp 15C. Weatherman might be correct with the radar showing a wide swatch of rain coming our way. Rain for next couple of days then hot for the weekend.

Emily another day at babysitting, Rob managed to get more the yardwork done after it dried some. He has more to do, but won't be done today.

Donna's dad has parted with his pride and joy, his boat, now headed for the St. John River. He built it himself and had many excursions upriver and hunting base for the past twenty years. Fellow getting it is excited to have it, and also a friend Otis has met on the river.

Rob out overnight, with his crew, bonding once again, they are in line to attend a concert at Harbour Station tomorrow night, his first.

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TUESDAY, JULY 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 13, 2010

Fog hovering over Ross Island, calm, 14C temp, looking as if rain is possible. Similar weather conditions in the offing for next couple of days.

Lots of harbour bottom visible looking at the bar is one of those occasions that appears you can walk to the Ross Island shore, full tides this week. Believe clamming closed due to high levels of toxins, certainly nobody on the beach harvesting at this time.

Rob bonding with his crew, Emily under the roof as her week to work. Didn't have to yesterday as a result spent the afternoon at the pool. The pool doing well this summer with more sun than we have had for the past season or so.

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TUESDAY, JULY 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 13, 2010

Fog hovering over Ross Island, calm, 14C temp, looking as if rain is possible. Similar weather conditions in the offing for next couple of days.

Lots of harbour bottom visible looking at the bar is one of those occasions that appears you can walk to the Ross Island shore, full tides this week. Believe clamming closed due to high levels of toxins, certainly nobody on the beach harvesting at this time.

Rob bonding with his crew, Emily under the roof as her week to work. Didn't have to yesterday as a result spent the afternoon at the pool. The pool doing well this summer with more sun than we have had for the past season or so.

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MONDAY, JULY 12/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 12, 2010

Can see Ross Island this morning, the fog lurking offshore ever so slight. However does appear to be clearing with some blue sky to the west. Perfectly calm, temp 19C, but the humidity also has slacked off. Outlook similar for next couple of days, mostly cloud with a chance of rain.

Rob overnighting with his youth group, Emily returned on the 7PM, tired but had a grand time. She starts her week on this afternoon. Admitted she much rather have time to socialize than work, but guess she is not alone in that thought.

Work on the arena to start, have been promised, no later than next week. Much excitement to get it underway, weeks are going by with a date to skate being first of November. Much to be done to meet that date, kids are talking about it and looking forward to the prospect of scheduled opportunities with ice instead of just the gym.

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SUNDAY, JULY 11/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:10 PM GMT on July 11, 2010

Another foggy,humid morning, temp nice @17C, however air so thick appear to be a jacket when outside. No air movement and visibility approx. 1/2 mile. Weather pattern to remain in place for next few days.

An overnight visit by next brother up and his wife. Her brother wed yesterday an informal affair with a reception last evening. They are on their way home on next boat with a short stop to visit with mom makes the time limited, but great to have them for a chance to catch up.

Emily on the evening boat, has checked in and advises heavy heat and humidity the case in Fredericton area.

Netters not doing well the first week out, word is not many fish, especially when they have to sail almost 90 miles to get to the area they want to set the nets.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:27 AM GMT on July 10, 2010

Fog almost drizzle this morning, a draft SSW, temp a pleasant 17C. Forecast is for showers, possible Tshowers later on today, with similar conditions for next few days.

Both kids in their respective bunks last night, Emily travelling to the mainland for an overnight later on today. Rob has not shared any possible plans he may have arranged.

Did manage to get the push mowing completed last evening.Lower part is for the riding mower, Rob will not doubt recognize it needs attention once the sun comes out.

Folks on the mainland in the midst of heatwave temp at least 15 degrees higher than here in the middle of the bay. Fog is an easy choice over those kinds of conditions especially in the northern portion of the province.

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FRIDAY, JULY 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 09, 2010

Another night to have a good rest, no problem with heat or humidity, cool fog, visibility now approx. 1/2 mile. Temp a balmy 18C, calm, possibility of showers today, and longrange suggests current weather pattern to be in place for several days.

Rob returned at least for one night,Emily still on Whitehead, haven't laid eyes on her since the first of the week.

A little herring news suggesting a few on the back of the island once again, still nothing on the front of the island. Other fishery news pretty quiet at the moment.

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THURSDAY, JULY 8/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 08, 2010

Weatherman suggests it is overcast, can't tell the fog is so thick. Just make out the beach from here, is calm, temp a humid 16C. This the weather we can anticipate for next couple of days, still a preference to heat going on inland.

House still shy a couple of teenagers, Rob to Seal Cove overnight, Emily back on Whitehead after a night and day from Whitehead, Middle Dam at Nan's camp, back to Whitehead.

Local news fairly quiet, Otis and his extended family out for supper last evening, at that restaurant all local patrons. Other establishments no room at the appointed hour suggesting we do have some visitors on the island.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 07/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 07, 2010

Great weather for sleeping, foggy overnight, sun getting the upperhand at the moment will burn it off as the morning goes along. Temp a pleasant 14C, calm, a threat of rain overnight. Possible showers later on in the week, not a bad thing.

Temp for inland getting into the mid 30's, here giving a high in and around 20C, will take our temp to what will be the case inland,and the folks just to the south of us enduring triple digit temps hard to comprehend.

Some of the netters left on the weekend, haven't heard on what the catch has been. They will stay on sight till they get their quota then come home. Herring news quiet with the herring on the back of the island pretty well gone to market, none of the weirs on the front of the island fishing as yet.

Emily now in Seal Cove, Rob also visiting overnight in Woodwards Cove.

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TUESDAY, JULY 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 06, 2010

A change in the weather underway, overcast, a slight draft southerly indicating that some moisture not too far off. A little sun for tomorrow then our good weather once promised appears to be going somewhere else.

Marjorie would have approved of her farewell. Donna and grandaughters sported pint, her favourite colour, according to Marj in her lifetime would adamantly advised such apparel inappropriate for the occasion. However am sure at this occasion she would have a smile on her face.


Kids now once again on the road, Emily overnighting on Whitehead, Rob and a couple of his buddies literally camping albeit next to the buddies house. Now that it is daylight they would probably be settling in for a sleep.

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MONDAY, JULY 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on July 05, 2010

Clear, calm, already a warm day @ 22C,weatherman looking for a chance of showers, no sign of that being the case at the moment. Possible moisture tomorrow, instead of the good weather previously forecast.

Marjorie to be laid to rest this afternoon, great support from the community during the times of visitation. Beginning to catch up on her dad from a weariness perspective.

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SUNDAY JULY 4/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on July 04, 2010

Hazy, a draft SSE, a bit cooler this morning at 13C. Weather remains good for the next few days. Now suggesting we might have showers by mid-week.

As always in times of distress nieghbours come to assist. We have enough food to feed us for several days, and offers to help if needed goes without saying. Service tomorrow at 1:30PM, all hands doing well.

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SATURDAY, JULY 03/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on July 03, 2010

Clear with a hint of haze,a slight draft from SW, temp 16C, to rise with nice temps and weather conditions well into next week.

Donna's mothers journey ended yesterday in the morning. Marjorie was in her 90th year.

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FRIDAY, JULY 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 02, 2010

Another grand looking morning, a slight daft WNW, temp 13C, clear as a bell. Longrange looking for similar weather conditions with high temps for this part of the world in high 20's.

Local celebrations went very well, would suggest the Fire Truck Pull with Pig Roast and Bluegrass most attended. Donna and I actually held up for traffic almost fifteen minutes in one stretch. The Truck Pull was not between vehicles, but human power pulling the truck from a standstill over a distance. Quickest team to cover the distance the winner. Good time had by all in attendance.

Managed to get the lawns all completed yesterday, probably the first time all complete at the same moment.

A few of the boats have nets and highflyers on board, haven't heard what the catch has been like, or what is going on in the herring world.

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CANADA DAY 2010

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on July 01, 2010

If this type of morning fits the weatherman's prediction of 40% chance of showers we need more. A great morning, absolute calm, harbour like a reflecting pond, with Ross Island outline reaching to his side of the harbour. Temp high teens, expected to rise into 20's, similar temps for the next couple of days.

CANADA DAY celebrations getting underway shortly, culminating with a Fire Truck Pull, Pig Roast and a southern U.S. Bluegrass Band this evening. The weather not going to hamper the enthusiasm, the annual softball game between Council and Fire Dept. had to be scheduled for another day this weekend. We are finally catching up our friends to the south when it comes to showing our pride for the nation, flags everywhere, and a daylong celebration.

Emily keeping busy with her charges, Rob spending his afternoons at the pool. Have chores that he can be doing around here over the next few days, will see how he responds to that suggestion.

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