GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 30, 2010

Fog remains, visibility less that 1/2 mile, 14C, breeze 10-15KPH from SW. Weather pattern to remain till Sunday, with the clearing is much cooler temps, near the dreaded FROST warning levels.

Emily made it to school yesterday for the afternoon, once again returned to the security of her bunk. Rob carrying on, hacking once and awhile, but not complaining.

Big day at the arena today, cement for the ice surface underway, excess of 200 yards of concrete, one pour. The contractor brought in a gang of 12 just to insure the floor done correct, no second chances. Construction of the facilities changing everyday, more of the layout is obvious.

First bit of lobster bait made it ashore yesterday, expect more this morning.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 29, 2010

Fog has returned, yesterday changed to a nice fall afternoon and evening, not the rain forecast. Woolly, a SW breeze 20-25KPH, looking for rain then clearing overnight, with more rain tomorrow.

Emily down this morning, persistent cough with the pair of them for past week or so, she not getting out of the bunk in hopes of getting a handle on it.

Seiner left last evening, quite a bit of wind, haven't heard any truck traffic going by. If they got bait it either was early or not off loaded as yet.

Arena really taking shape, boards arrived yesterday, final pour of concrete on time for tomorrow, lots of construction taking place inside. A different view each day.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 28, 2010

Wooly this morning, can hardly see the geese on the lawn STILL, calm, warm 15C to rise near 20C. Weatherman advising rain till the weekend, no more no less.

No bait traffic by here so far this morning, notice the pump is set up on the wharf to offload when they do get some.

A fellow on the beach harvesting clams, has been there this past couple of mornings. Have no idea what the price is these days.

Election results have a large majority swing from a Liberal to Conservative Administration. Certainly lots of challenges for the new group, now one has to wait and see what promises actually occur. The one big local Promise was the removal of fares from the ferry, with no reduction in service.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 28, 2010

Wooly this morning, can hardly see the geese on the lawn STILL, calm, warm 15C to rise near 20C. Weatherman advising rain till the weekend, no more no less.

No bait traffic by here so far this morning, notice the pump is set up on the wharf to offload when they do get some.

A fellow on the beach harvesting clams, has been there this past couple of mornings. Have no idea what the price is these days.

Election results have a large majority swing from a Liberal to Conservative Administration. Certainly lots of challenges for the new group, now one has to wait and see what promises actually occur. The one big local Promise was the removal of fares from the ferry, with no reduction in service.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 27, 2010

Overcast, a slight easterly draft, temp 11C, not expected to rise much for the remainder of the day. Rain in the forecast till end of the week.

Most of the summer plants now composting, one more lawn mowing will do it for this season.

No more baseball, soundly beaten on Saturday, however had a grand time during the month. He says he is playing hockey, could be quite a challenge, his group one of the few teenagers in Canada that haven't had the opportunity to play organized hockey or even skate on a regular basis. That is about to change in the next few short weeks, boards arriving today, final cement pour by weeks end, ice making equipment a couple of weeks away.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on September 26, 2010

Windy from NNE @ 25-30KPH, temp 10C might get into midteens and rain in the forecast. Similar weather in the offing over next few days.

Emily a busy weekend babysitting, last night, and again this morning. Rob got home on the late boat, haven't learned how they made out, suspect the high school baseball season is over for them. They are competing with Triple A schools, our school Single A, larger pool of talent to chose from for sure.

Still no bait landed that I am aware of, weather certainly gives one the impression it should be coming ashore, cool.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on September 25, 2010

Thick fog this morning,nice temp of 15C, a draft from SW.Forecast suggests that clearing by this afternoon with temp remaining in mid-teens. Similar forecast for the remainder of the weekend.

Fire going when I got home for supper, certainly took the dampness out of the house, not required overnight. Tis the season, must purchase some firestarter, and get the chimney swept.

Both kids below decks, Rob hopes to get his game in this afternoon. Unless St. John in better weather conditions unlikely that it will go forward.

Instructions are to empty, and put away all window boxes and outside plant pots. Where has the time gone?

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 24, 2010

No sun this morning, showers the order of the day, calm, a damp 9C, not expected to improve beyond mid teens. Sun and shower activity for the weekend.

Rob has a scheduled ball game in St.John this afternoon, by the look of the radar not likely to take place. The team has to win or they are out of the playoffs. They have had a grand time travelling during school hours. The competition better than they are used to,also a good thing.

Arena ready for final pour by next Thursday, boards shipped from Ontario today, ice making expected to be on site within two weeks, construction underway for dressing rooms, etc. All things coming together.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on September 23, 2010

A nice sunrise giving way to overcast sky, calm, temp 12C to rise into high teens. Showers for tomorrow, sun and showers for the weekend.

Rob had a game with guys from St. Stephen locally yesterday, similar score 6-3 for the Visitors, seems to be having a good time even with no wins this season. The regular games no over, moving into playoff mode, believe first game tomorrow in St.John.

A few herring around in the weirs suitable for canning, other fishery news quiet. Lobster fishermen getting prepared for upcoming season, lots of activity around the various shores and trap yards.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on September 22, 2010

Clear, breezy 20-25KPH from SW,13C rising into the 20C range, moisture tonight and tomorrow, sun and showers till the weekend.

Rob enjoyed his game, loss down to a respectable 6-3,he had longest hit so far this year. Missing most of the day of school, returning on the late boat means no homework done, how could you beat it.

Carpenters on site yesterday, boards for the arena being shipped by end of the week, no word on the ice making machine as yet. Quite a sight,now have the parking lot paved, outside and inside looking great.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on September 21, 2010

Great looking sunrise over Ross Island this morning,a cool 8C expected to rise into mid teens with sun, a 15-20KPH breeze from NW. Rain in the forecast for tomorrow with sun and rain combined into the weekend.

Rob off to the mainland for baseball this morning, he has had lots of travel and enjoyed the games, still no wins. Participation rather than competition seems to be working for this group.

Arena really beginning to take shape, concrete poured,except for the ice surface. Carpenters on site today to start the construction of the dressing rooms, another crew getting the area for the ice surface and boards ready to go, should come together fairly quickly.

Local fishery news quiet, what weir herring around are too small for the canning operation. Now lobster bait landed as yet, certainly not too far off.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 20, 2010

Local weather reports now back in commence, fog this morning, calm, a damp cool morning, 11C,fog to burn off and be sunny and mild as the day moves along. Outlook for the week more of the same.

Returned to the fort on 1:30PM trip, a fair number travelling. The brother, his wife and grandchildren on the boat returning to YoHo, Joanne here for the the duration while we were on the road. Great to have family folks to step up and lend a hand with no whining, genuinely want to help out.

It will take most of the day to catch up on the local goings on over the past week. Did see the Community Centre paving now complete, also quick peek in the arena reveals most of the cement poured for the floor, great stuff.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 18, 2010

The circle home just about complete, stopped in Freeport, Maine yesterday afternoon. Had a stop in Kittery and Portland.

Weather continues to co-operate, clear, but certainly seasonal during the past week. Lots of traffic yesterday, and we were travelling on 295, can only imagine what I95 was carrying. Today a short run up to Bangor for a final gasp at finding the articles that haven.t been located so far.

Reports from home indicate all getting on in our absence, Emily has reported in via phone last evening to hear from her nan, and check on what clothing she might anticipate.

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FRIDAY, SEPGEMBER 17/1

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:38 PM GMT on September 17, 2010

A damp morning here in Portsmouth N.H., slight southerly breeze, temp mid=teens, remains to be seen if we get any clearing as we slowly head north on Hwy 1 this morning. First stop Kittery,Me, Portland, Freeport, then see what is left of the day by that time. Plan is to be in Bangor for tomorrow sometime then home Sunday.

All hands still talking to one another, a good sign, Tony and I will do some sightseeing this morning, and tomorrow.

One thing is certain there is another half in this part of the world. Did the shore run yesterday just large house and properties all along the coast. Great to see, not at all like our part of the world, house wise. The sea of course the same.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on September 16, 2010

A grand day yesterday travelling into northern Quebec, weather good for travelling mostly overcast with a bit of rain here and there. The view was fantastic, traveled to Quebec City did the tourist tour, quite an experience and lots of info.

Made it into the U.S. last evening, all hands had proper documentation. The fellow suggested that I bring mine the next time. I thanked him profusely and assured him that he made my life much better not having to return to the Maritimes to continue our foray. Plan today to get to Portsmouth N.H., currently in Jackman, Maine, and drift north over next two or three days.

Weather cool, but looking great for the next few days.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:09 AM GMT on September 15, 2010

Overnight in Tadoussac, Quebec, on the north side of the St.Lawrence River at the mouth of Sagenay River. Weather outlook cool and showers.

Plan for today is to travel the Sagenay Fjord Route and possibly make it to Quebec City for a sleepover.
We got underway yesterday well into the trip when I realized had neglected to bring my NEXUS CARD, all the other travellers proper documents for entering the U.S. - not popular with the lady travellers. Will wait and see what the Border personnel decide. If not a different route to New Hampshire will be required, going by home.

On three ferries yesterday,home, across the St. Lawrence and across the Sagenay River, off the road at 6PM, lots of rain at the end of the day. However great sites and the ladies did see some beluga whales, albeit from a distance crossing the St. Lawrence.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:24 AM GMT on September 14, 2010

Showers this morning, calm, 11C temp to rise mid teens and showers the order of the day. No clearing weather till end of the week.

Brother and wife arrived to assist Shauna in managing the kids as we head off to the wilds of Quebec. Weather in the area we are headed not much better than here, but will have to go and have a look for ourselves. Plan is to get across the St. Lawrence by supper time.

A neighbour had a close one yesterday, his boat went down in very short time, he got one Mayday off before the three of them had to take to the life raft. Nearest boats about an hour away, however USCG out of Eastport, Maine launched their Zodiac and first on the scene. They traveled a greater distance, but a machine built for speed and rescue, a great show of international co-operation. The boat gone, but three fisherman dry and at home.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 13, 2010

Overcast, calm, temp 10C, can expect similar conditions fr the remainder of the day. Showers for next couple days temp remaining more seasonable.

The Grand Manan, referred locally as the BLACK BOAT, made her last scheduled run leaving here at 5:30PM yesterday. She had a total of 45 years plus of service to the island. When she arrived with the amazing capacity of 100 passengers and 25 vehicles common thought that she would never be filled. How things have changed.

Rob, weather permitting, has a ballgame in St. John this evening. Coach making a bit of an outing with a side trip to the Aquatic Centre to fill in the time.

Donna doing some lat minute packing off in the morning with our friends for a short tour of the Sagenauy Region of Quebec returning via New England, weather permitting plan to return on the weekend.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 12, 2010

A very nice start to the day, a cool fall morning, bright sun, a draft from NNW, just enough to move the flag, temp 7C to rise into high teens. Outlook for the remainder of the week is moisture, and cool temps.

Rob out overnight, Emily stopped at a friends house on way home from her driving adventure. As near as I can tell she did a short drive around St.George, Beaver Harbour areas, learned how to check the oil and managed to parallel park with no problem - of course.

Three fellows on the beach this morning clamming a couple were there yesterday, great weather to be on the beach. Have no idea what quantity or price they are getting.



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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on September 11, 2010

Overcast, cool 11C, 10-15KPH from NW, temp to rise into mid teens and improve to cloudy periods. Nice fall days in the offing for the first of the week with rain mid-week.

Rob and his hardcore bonding group gathered in Castalia overnight. Emily off on 11:30 ferry to the mainland for driving lesson, she has completed the theory now has ten hours practical on the mainland over the next few weekends.

Fishery news quiet, weirs still capturing a few, some of them that have not fished for years getting into the game. Lots of herring around just a matter of them coming closer to shore.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 10, 2010

Showers underway, seems to be the order of the day, calm, 13C temp, temp not to rise much more than high teens. Weekend similar weather pattern with Sunday being the best day for the next several, according to the forecast.

Tides are full, lots of harbour bottom evident this morning, lots of waterfowel taking advantage of the new feeding area. Other than the birds not much moving between here and Ross Island, haven't had any clammers or perwinkle harvesters all summer.

Rob supposed to have a ballgame this afternoon with visitng team from St. John, don't appear as it will happen. Tight time frame, game at 4PM, as far away from ferry terminal as you can get, last boat out at 7PM. The other night when they played in St. John they got back to the ferry with about ten minutes to spare.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 09, 2010

A great looking sunrise, now giving over to cloudy skies, it appears the rain that has been promised is going to show up. Harbour a millpond, temp 14, to rise near 20C and showers the order of the day. Longrange giving more of the same well into next week.

Kids settling into the school routine, homework even done before supper. They probably didn't have any choice as they would be reminded best to get it out of the way and have the evening to themselves.

Arena construction coming along very well, the concrete pour held up this week to enable to have all personnel on site when it is done. Plan is to have at it first of next week, then go straight into the wood construction. Boards due on site by 27 SEP, things coming together. Ice making machine no delivery date as yet.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8/10

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

Overcast, had shower overnight, appears more moisture not far off, absolute calm, temp 14C. Remainder of the week appears this is going to be the weather pattern.

School dosen't appear to have had any surprises, Emily reports a few new students. She approached them to welcome to the school, but can't remember their names by last evening. Rob lucked out with a ball game in St. John late yesterday requiring him to leave school at noon hour for the 1:30 boat trip, returning last boat last night. What small amount of communication this morning lost game 12-6.

Must be a few herring around see the carriers on the move around noon yesterday. Earl must not have scooted the fish out of the Bay as yet.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 07, 2010

Weatherman correct so far, showers overnight, currently overcast, a slight southerly draft, temp 14C. Looking for showers over next few days, with the weekend looking for more of the same.

Emily overnighting with her classmate, called already this morning, while preparing for first day of school realized she forgot her earphone for IPOD. Brother directed to insure he has it to complete her ensemble I suppose.

Rob supposed to play ball in St. John this afternoon, weather permitting. He is liking the school opening in this manner, hoping the remainder of the year is only half days.

The weirs going back together, haven't heard if EARL moved the fish from around here or not. Swell all but gone yesterday, Nova Scotia getting back to normal with power outages seeming to be the biggest problem they had to contend with.

Updated: 1:03 PM GMT on September 07, 2010

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LABOUR DAY, SEPTEMBER 06/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 06, 2010

A great looking morning, absolute calm, not a ripple on the water, temp a pleasant 14C forecast to rise into the low 20's. The remainder of the week not so grand with moisture possible till Friday.

Winter Routine officially underway in the morning with school in commence. Rob already travelling with a ball game in St. John requiring him to leave on the 1:30PM trip. Needless to say he is quite alright with that.

Emily babysitting today, then at her friends overnight to prepare for school tomorrow. Rob out overnight last kick at marathon X-Box with his cronies, Box going into quarantine till weekends and possibly beyond till a pattern for school work is set and maintained.



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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on September 05, 2010

A contrast from yesterday morning, a fall day underway, clear a breeze from SW 20KPH. Sun to remain with high to reach 20C similar weather pattern for the first of the week.

EARL veered far enough to the east to be a nuisance with no damage reported. The rain was intense for only a few minutes, then moved off. By late afternoon sun was out, and high humidity till well into the evening.

Emily on the road, Rob has a buddy here. The last couple of nights prior to school. Not much enthusiasm to get back into that routine.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on September 04, 2010

TS EARL is in the neighbourhood, at this hour 0830 appears he has decided to visit eastern shore of Nova Scotia with Halifax one of his destinations. He is still off shore, but nearing the SE tip of Novie.
We have lots of rain, wind fro NE a constant 30KPH with much higher gusts. Lots of whitecaps in the harbour, as far as I can see, Ross Island shows up turn your head it is gone behind a curtain of rain and fog.

Hasn't been much traffic to the wharf, fisherman seem to be alright with the weather till this moment. Tide is getting up, but they are dead so any surge shouldn't be a problem. Keeps like this mom will be anxious to get on the road for her Saturday tour.

Two young ladies below decks, Rob and the X-Box group in Castalia, can't imagine they are far from the bunk at this time.

A group of students from Maine camping in our gym, requested better accomodations than the Anchorage in light of the arrival of Earl. At least they are dry.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on September 03, 2010

Same old, same old this morning, possibly a little less heat on the temp @18C, but high humidity making up for it.Temp to remain high until Earl goes by.

EARL downgraded to a Cat 2 expected to TS by the time he gets here late tonight, and tomorrow. Moving fast with lots of rain, clearing in the forecast by tomorrow evening. Just where he plans on coming ashore still undecided, most tracks puts him over the house.

Lots of haze in the harbour earlier lots of waterfowel in evidence, seemed to be a lot of commotion and they all took off. Not a sign of life there at the moment.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on September 02, 2010

Hazy, humid, 18C, red sun, calm, humid ex warning in place for today. High 20's for today, hit mid 30's around here yesterday, not many days that occurs. Earl approaching will change things around weather wise for the next several days.

Only topic of discussion these days is the weather, even heading to the beach gives a few degrees respite, unless you decide to actually go into the water. Am told water temps locally in mid teens, certainly high by our standards.

Both kids in their respective pits, the school routine starting to be implemented by the calendar more so than house rules.

Lots of accommodation available this weekend, Tourism Operators advising lots of cancellations and no bookings to replace them. All thanks to Earl.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on September 01, 2010

Holy cow! - if this is what our friends to the south greet every morning, it would take some getting used to. Absolute calm, hazy(smog), temp 25C humidity @78% just gets more as day moves along. No relief till Earl clears the air.

Fredericton hot yesterday, driving to Blacks thought surely will get some relief by the time I get to the water. Not the case, still around 90F in the parking lot. First time I can remember staying on deck with no jacket for the entire trip across, standing room only as folks leaned on the rail and visited and enjoyed the unique weather, no marine life visible, unusual as have had many whales and porpoise.

Appears EARL has jogged a little to the west overnight his planned trip to Labrador goes up the middle of the Bay as a Category 1, something to be wary of for sure.

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