GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on November 30, 2010


Second morning that spectacular view out the window, red sun making an appearance, boat hauling traps, total calm. Heavy frost overnight, a cool 5C, expected to rise mid single digits. Weather change next few days, southerly and rain.

Lobster catch remains high, price steady @4$.50, Nova Scotia comes on stream today, will no doubt have a negative influence on the price.

Paint and boards going on in the arena, goal to be in commence for Santa Parade 18th iffy @ best.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29/30

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on November 29, 2010


A WOW version of a morning today, sun yet to make an appearance, little overcast, water a heavy oily calm, Ross Island reflecting almost to this side of the harbour. Temp -2C expected to rise in low plus figures. A positive start to the week.

More lights last evening, one of my timers refused to work, bright in the yard this morning. The fellows going fishing would have a bit of surprise as they come around the corner on the way to work seeing things lit up like it was daylight.

Donna getting into the Xmas preparation mode, with mincemeat, blueberry pies on the agenda this morning. She keeps saying that it is time to cutback on the cooking, hasn't happened so far.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on November 28, 2010

Clear, a bit of cloud cover, cool -4C, westerly breeze @15KPH, temp to remain static for next few days, no moisture till mid week.

Managed to get most of my lights up yesterday, they all work with the exception of one string, not bad for me. Today will should be able to get my deer and others up, this will finish the GRISWOLD effect for this season.

Huge crowd at the Christmas Market, will be interesting to learn how the tally went, a very good money maker for the Club.

Emily had a good driving day in St. John a couple more outings then the real thing.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on November 27, 2010

A great looking morning underway, calm, 0C, sun attempting to get the upper hand, but destined to lose to cloud cover shortly, with a possibility of rain. Tomorrow clear and cold is the order of the day.

St. John trip alright, crossings no problem, snowed while doing the shopping thing. Snow changed to rain prior to leaving for Blacks, snow all gone off the highway. Lots of travelling, but believe all made it on the trips we were on.

Christmas Market today, when we come by the Complex last evening the parking lot full with vendors' vehicles. Starts at 10AM Donna took Emily to boat for her driving time on mainland vehicles in the parking lot already. Should be interesting Donna and her shopping pal always attend another Xmas ritual.

Rob out overnight, this might be Emily's last Driver Training Hours to allow her to qualify for a test to get her license. Lets hope they seem to require lots of transportation these days.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:20 AM GMT on November 26, 2010


Total calm, a cool -2C, overcast. Wind to pick up from the south then swing northerly late in the day, with a 'wintry mix' in the offing. Weekend has similar conditions in the forecast.

Trip to St. John, on this end ideal, what the return will be like remains to be determined. My speculation is that conditions will be good coming and going on the ferry.

Emily babysitting after-school into the night, mother of her two favourite boys went lobster fishing for the day.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on November 25, 2010

Partial overcast, still lots of wind from NW @ 25-30KPH, to continue to late this afternoon. Wind to swing southerly overnight, then back to north sometime tomorrow. Temp -2C to remain similar till first of the week.

Weekend looking good to get outside decorations in place, will be cold on the hands, with a hint of snow, just right to speed things along.

Short week for the lobster fishing, dosen't look as if they will get anywhere till tomorrow, at the earliest, then weather could be same, but from a different direction.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:34 AM GMT on November 24, 2010


Overcast. a steady breeze WNW @ 15KPH, wind expected to move to gale force again today, haven't materialized on the days previously forecast. Temp 4C, pretty well where it is expected to be for the rest of the day.

The wind has been significant so far this week, the boats have at least got partial days in to help the weeks payday.The Nova Scotia season will open soon, a further 1400-1500 licenses in the mix supplying lobster to the market place.

Progress on the arena starting to come together, final preparation for installation of the boards next week on schedule. Painters next week to finish the outside arena things, then the ice makers can do their thing. Goal is to have it ready for a Family Night to coincide with Santa Claus parade on 18 DEC.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on November 23, 2010


The statement, wait five minutes and the weather will change alive and well this morning. Foggy, drizzle, temp C, a breeze from NNE @ 25-30KPH. This is the weather pattern we can expect for the remainder of the week.

Wintry on the prairie with lots of snow and frigid temps. As I recall Remembrance Day seemed to be the signal that winter could make an appearance.

Lobster fishing be tough this week with lots of wind from the north and east the order of the day.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on November 22, 2010


Calm, a bit of the red sun shining through, over a millpond like harbour. Temp a cool -5C, to rise near the freezing mark as the day moves along. Southerly tomorrow expected to bring some rain.

Did manage to get some organization and Xmas lights done over the weekend. Plan is to have it out for next weekend, plan is as they say.

Lobster fishing in full swing, catch remains good, now in the changing of traps mode to get the best bang for the effort.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on November 21, 2010


Partial overcast, lots of NW wind, temp -C windchill makes it -7C. Wind seems to be the order of the day for the next week, temps up and down rain mid week, as the influence goes to from north to south. A skiff of snow evident this morning, mainland must have quite a bit.

Knew if I procrastinated long enough the weather would change when I started to put my lights up. Yesterday, got a start not only cold, but rain and windy. Time is getting close to lighting up time, nothing like working under pressure. A number of properties displaying lights this weekend, looks great.

Both kids below decks last night, Rob out to teen night, but glad to find his pit by 11PM.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on November 20, 2010


Sun losing to cloud cover, calm at daylight, now a southerly breeze coming up. Temp still below the freezing mark, to remain cool for the next few days.

Lobster price come in at $4.50, up from last year @$3.90, still below pre recession prices, but headed in the right direction.

Rob has five of his peers below decks, a party pizza, too much pop, cake and chips seemed to keep them from raiding the fridge on our level at least. A bit of a downer as the wireless didn't allow them to hook up with thier laptops. Quite a change go to a birthday party with a laptop when you were off the Xbox.

Emily babysitting overnight, starting this morning @10, so she will be busy.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:57 AM GMT on November 19, 2010


Clouds moving off, a draft 10-15KPH WNW, a cool 1C, mixed weather pattern in the offing for the weekend. A combination of cool temps and precipitation whether we have snow or rain remains to be determined.

Fleet will be offshore this morning, catch up from last year in most cases, price better than last year. However have not learned what was paid yesterday. At one time their were only three major buyers, now lots of competition, a good turn of events for the fisherman.

Kids off school Parent Teacher interviews, today. Donna will make the rounds to learn what perspective the teachers have on the group.

Rob received his cheque from Setting Day, pleased to say the least, best payday he has had. Discussing what he could do with it, till Donna advised he was opening a Bank Account, he reluctantly agreed. Rob fifteen today, hard to believe.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on November 18, 2010


Attempting to clear, high winds continue from the west @30-35KPH, temp 6C - expected to drop as the day moves along. Winds and temps to remain similar for next several days.

The run onto Ross Island long and high onto the shore. Lots of energy, can't imagine anyone fishing in these conditions. The catch appears to be very good, and today the price will be known.

SEARS literally come in the night, and closed the local outlet, no warning or communication with the community.Needless to say SEARS have no creditability around here, there are many folks that do all their shopping via catologue and have done so for decades. Outrage probably not too light a term to describe the comments out and about.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:57 AM GMT on November 17, 2010


Overcast, wind from NNE @25-30KPH, looking for gale force winds later today, and high wind for next couple of days. Radar shows lots of rain coming this way, Bangor appears to be the centre of it at the moment.

Donna and Patsy returned yesterday afternoon. They had a good time, and lots accomplished on the Christmas Shopping side of things. There are things undone, will require another visit to the mainland to complete.

Indications are lobster catch real good, the price still unknown. Today a number of boats no doubt will forgo fishing to give the traps a chance to over set, and deal with chores that require attention ashore.

Kids Report Cards due today, Rob did not do so well on Science, all others a pleasant surprise( at least this the info as of this morning). Emily's effort seems to be paying off for her.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on November 16, 2010


Raining, a mild 8C, a slight draft ESE, temp to rise near double digits, tomorrow gale force easterlies and rain. Wind to remain a various points on the compass for next few days.

Crew for lobster fisherman remains a problem for some. The catch requires more help to band. Rob had to forgo an opportunity as he has commitments after school today.

The Shoppers no doubt returning this evening on the late boat, weather not good for a few days. They are in Moncton, will move their operation to St.John this morning.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on November 15, 2010

A nice red sun attempting to rise over Ross Island, wind now has a southerly influence @ 6C, 5-10KPH, not expected to be a a factor on the water today. Next couple of days looking not too bad with some rain in the forecast, temps near double digits.

The ladies may have to consider cutting their trip by one sleepover, giving lots of wind Wed. & Thur. if one day extension not a problem, longer gives them food for thought.

Boats all fishing yesterday, unable to get any news on the level of lobsters landed. A good number of tractor trailers making their way to the boat, and off to market traditionally Boston for the most part, now diversified with processors taking big numbers at the outset.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on November 14, 2010

Clear, attempting to become overcast, temp 1C, 10-15KPH from NE. Wind to remain constant with a possible increase for the day. Becoming milder and rain first of the week, more wind by end of the week.

Donna & Patsy off on one of their annual sojourns. The prelude to Christmas Shopping, stop in Moncton at brother tonight and tomorrow then stay in St. John on Tuesday. Will have to keep an eye on the weather giving lots of wind for Thursdan & Friday.

Yesterday on the water one of those days that people pay big money to enjoy. The weather was beyond ideal, shirt sleeve temps, total calm all day, good company, lots to observe(when the opportunity presented itself). Gannets falling out of the sky fishing, any number of different sea birds, a couple of porpoise playing around, lots of lobsters to work with. However by the end of the day my body was letting me know a bi more physical preparation for the physical demands would be appreciated.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:16 PM GMT on November 14, 2010

Clear, attempting to become overcast, temp 1C, 10-15KPH from NE. Wind to remain constant with a possible increase for the day. Becoming milder and rain first of the week, more wind by end of the week.

Donna & Patsy off on one of their annual sojourns. The prelude to Christmas Shopping, stop in Moncton at brother tonight and tomorrow then stay in St. John on Tuesday. Will have to keep an eye on the weather giving lots of wind for Thursdan & Friday.

Yesterday on the water one of those days that people pay big money to enjoy. The weather was beyond ideal, shirt sleeve temps, total calm all day, good company, lots to observe(when the opportunity presented itself). Gannets falling out of the sky fishing, any number of different sea birds, a couple of porpoise playing around, lots of lobsters to work with. However by the end of the day my body was letting me know a bi more physical preparation for the physical demands would be appreciated.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:35 AM GMT on November 13, 2010

Been well over a week, CALM & CLEAR, not a breathe of wind,temp 1C, to rise into mid double digits, wind to remain calm till later on in the day, then not a great deal in the forecast. Looking good for the next few days from a fishing perspective at least.

Got the traps overboard yesterday, no events, went as it is supposed to. Rob done a hell of a job, guess he is not as fragile as I thought, held is own and showed some iniative once he got an idea of how the process works. Did a good day on the water, then attended the basketball game last night. I on the other hand quite content to veg in my big chair.

A couple of young fellas travelling with us to the game had been out, their boat hauled a few. If the info correct a short set was showing 8-10lbs per trap. We will soon know, leaving at 0600 for the day.

The alleged arrest for arson, not a fact, just speculation of who is responsible.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:00 AM GMT on November 12, 2010


Clear, a cool 5C, wind from NE 15-20, reluctant to give it up.Temp to rise into double digits and wind let up as the day goes along. This is the forecast trend for the next few days.

Traffic to the wharf under way, will join them shortly. he boats leave the wharf at 0700. The boats have been ready to go in some cases for nearly a week, the fresh bait will no longer be fresh, but all being offered to the creature will be the same vintage.

Rob is prowling around, he seems pretty excited about getting the experience. Hopefully the weather co-operates and doesn't test him too much.

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THURSDAY, REMEMBRANCE DAY 2010

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:28 AM GMT on November 12, 2010

Clear today, windy still, but expected to go down overnight. Clear this evening, and temp 7C, 25-30KPH from the north.

Fire overnight took out the phone lines on the southern end of the island. Fire an arson, seems one of three in the past two days. All buildings involved derelict, however with these high winds certainly jepordized other locations. The local Volunteer Fire Dept. to be commended on containing the fire to the structures involved. Am advised already has been an arrest, however not a Facebook person so cannot confirm this is the case.

Setting Day 0700 in the morning, forecast looking not too bad. Better as the day moves along, we set the first load, close to home, if the forecast is correct the weather improves as the day moves along. If indeed the case the longer trips will be in better weather. The boats have been patient, but a drive along the Bay shows folly to be out in the weather than has been going on this past week.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on November 10, 2010

Forecast holding with lots of wind, gale force NE,50-60KPH steady, gust of 80 KPH before daylight. A respit from the rainfall in order, barometer on the rise, and beginning to clear. Gales remain till tomorrow, then slowly releasing its grip.

No fishing today, as it looks this morning Friday might be the day to get them in the water, those wind levels a bit higher in the forecast than yesterday. Have not heard of anyone wishing to get out there in this type of weather. Can't recall being stood down for this length of time, good sense prevails.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on November 10, 2010

Forecast holding with lots of wind, gale force NE,50-60KPH steady, gust of 80 KPH before daylight. A respit from the rainfall in order, barometer on the rise, and beginning to clear. Gales remain till tomorrow, then slowly releasing its grip.

No fishing today, as it looks this morning Friday might be the day to get them in the water, those wind levels a bit higher in the forecast than yesterday. Have not heard of anyone wishing to get out there in this type of weather. Can't recall being stood down for this length of time, good sense prevails.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on November 09, 2010

Wind died down late yesterday afternoon, flatlined till early this morning. The forecast for gale force winds till tomorrow evening in the making. Warm temp @9C, wind NNE @ 20-25KPH, puffing more all the time. No respit in the wind till Friday.

Opening Day postponed till at least Thursday, the decision makers to meet tomorrow to decide if a further delay is the way to go. Did not hear one fisherman, captain or crew disagree with decision to hold off.

We have all the traps baited, boat loaded, traps on the wharf or on trailers to aid in getting them aboard the boat for the 2&3rd trips. A large crew had all the work done by noon. Will await the weather to change and 'git r done'.

Ferry has been making her runs, those that travel not expressing pleasant journey, easterly wind knocks her around a bit, especially days on end.

Lots of rain, no damage here, but nearby mainland communities taking a beating, roads washed out, and flooding the order of the day.

Updated: 11:53 AM GMT on November 09, 2010

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on November 08, 2010

As predicted lots of rain, NE gales continues temp 6C, gales to continue till this afternoon. To slack back just below gale force and turn to the south. Rain till this afternoon, jut a nasty bunch of weather.

Loading and baiting traps today, no relief in the weather till Friday, according to the forecast. A slight decrease in wind for tomorrow, however still very high to set traps. The Fisherman's Association can petition the Federal Govt. to delay Opening Day, remains to be seen if a consensus to do so will be made.

Rob still anxious to get his feet aboard the boat, once we got around the end of the wharf he will have second thoughts I am sure.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on November 07, 2010


Weather remains as forecast, windy, not yet wet, but soon will be by the looks of the clouds. Temp 6C, a northerly breeze increasing now 20-25KPH, feels like 3C outside.

The Bay made landfall at locations not frequented before that I can recall.Pettes Cove had rockweed and large rocks and debris across the road onto lawns along the road. Swells at Deep Cove large enough that the tops breaking off as they come ashore. Wharf at Ingalls Head damaged on the very end, a large number of lobster traps washed overboard. Enough debris that the White Head ferry couldn't get to her berth inside the wharves.

Weather still looking iffy for Setting Day, wind levels near top end for setting, however gale force in forecast for today till tomorrow afternoon. Lot of energy stored in the swells, dosen't take too much wind combined with the swells to make it nasty.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on November 07, 2010


Weather remains as forecast, windy, not yet wet, but soon will be by the looks of the clouds. Temp 6C, a northerly breeze increasing now 20-25KPH, feels like 3C outside.

The Bay made landfall at locations not frequented before that I can recall.Pettes Cove had rockweed and large rocks and debris across the road onto lawns along the road. Swells at Deep Cove large enough that the tops breaking off as they come ashore. Wharf at Ingalls Head damaged on the very end, a large number of lobster traps washed overboard. Enough debris that the White Head ferry couldn't get to her berth inside the wharves.

Weather still looking iffy for Setting Day, wind levels near top end for setting, however gale force in forecast for today till tomorrow afternoon. Lot of energy stored in the swells, dosen't take too much wind combined with the swells to make it nasty.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMER 6 /10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on November 06, 2010

Lots of rain down and more of the same over next couple of days. At the moment total calm, actually very bright. Wind still a factor in the forecast, temp 7C, not expected to rise by much for the rest of the day.

Boat made the trip over in the yesterday morning, returned late afternoon, and that was enough.

Lawn has a windrow of rockweed two thirds up the front lawn, large logs floated in will need the fourwheeler to move them. First time we had that much big stuff float in over, lots of rocks up on top of the seawall, I was mowing there a few weeks ago. No way a mower can handle that stuff, I am sure Rob will offer to move things around to where they once were.

Weather for Setting Day not looking the best, NE 25KT both for setting and first day of hauling. Hauling not a big concern, keep your head down and hood up works just fine to keep one dry for the day.

Rob out overnight, Emily busy babysitting afterschool, last evening and today.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on November 05, 2010

Weather as predicted, wind 45KPH SSE, will get stronger by this afternoon. Temp a sultry 14C to rise into high teens, similar weather till tomorrow. Radar reveals lots of weather between here and Boston along the coast, has to go by here within a few hours before any hope of clearing.

The trades people working on the arena from PEI usually leave to go home for the weekend on Friday. This is the second time they have pulled out on Thursday night to insure they get on the mainland. If weather shows up as predicted boat might cut back on the number of crossings by this afternoon.

Kids are glad this week is over, mid-terms behind them, just have to await the results.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on November 04, 2010

Overcast, a slight draft SSE, temp a mild 7C to rise low double digits. Gale warning in effect accompanied by lots of rain till tomorrow afternoon. Clearing and cool in behind this weather pattern.

The contrast in approaches to the mid-terms continues, Emily putting in a good effort, Rob advises he is also, just not evident,will await the Report Card.

Lobster fisherman pretty well caught up on things to be done by this time, another flurry on Monday prior to Setting Day, with boats and traps being loaded during the day.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on November 03, 2010

Clear, calm, cool @0C, not expected to rise above mid single digits today. By the weekend temp into the teens and rain.

More remains located yesterday, a distance from the initial find. Still no speculation of who or how they ended up on the shoreline.

Last moment preparation for next week, attempting to get a bit of fresh bait, haul traps and generally wait for the moment. Longrange indicating cool and windy might be the order of the first few days. Last year ideal conditions for several days after the start of the season.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on November 02, 2010

Remains overcast, cool NW breeze @ 10-15KPH, temp near zero, not expected to rise very high today, later on in the week better temps and clear weather being suggested.

Emily off to St.Andrews & St. Stephen for Post Secondary Fair, in hopes of getting an inspiration of what career she wishes to pursue. Rob into midterms, still assuring us that all is in hand.

Traps going by all times of the day, always amazes how many will be going in the water this time next week. Lot of gear, and hands required to make it happen.

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NOVEMBER 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on November 01, 2010

Mostly overcast, a slight draft NNW, 2C to rise into high low single digits, possibility of more snow rain mix as the day moves along. Similar weather pattern for next several days.

Snow and rain the order of the evening yesterday, expect a short way inland would have been snowing.

Birds active in this weather, robins making up in larger groups, had a pheasant in the yard yesterday in the morning. Also the solitary goose, obviously has lost the mate, and has not decided to move on with his kin.

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