GRAND MANAN, N.B.

Monday, February 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on February 28, 2011


The month concluding with any type of weather you can imagine. Currently overcast, breeze from SE picking up now 30-35KPH, gale force till tonight. Snow, sleet, then rain till wind change to westerly overnight, temp -2C with barometer headed down, a messy day in store.

Kids have another day off of school, 'impending' storm the rationale. Will see if locally the storm is of the concern it might be on the mainland. Over two weeks of lost school time since January, must be getting of some concern to more than the parents, at least one would hope so. No word of attempting to make up the lost days that I am aware of at least.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 PM GMT on February 27, 2011


A cold, snowy, day along with a temp -10C being moved around by a 25KPH breeze from NE, letting us know winter is not past as yet. Similar weather till tomorrow then rain in the forecast for a couple of days.

Rob and a friend participated in local Talent Show combined with a dessert auction last evening. Well attended, the proceeds for local Food Bank raised around $2K, excellent effort and support. Emily opted for the public skate during the same period, also well attended, the locals seem to be on the move whenever possible.

We got off lucky compared to our mainland friends, we ended up with a frozen mess of slush, but no great accumulation. Locally we had rain while they were getting snow, dodged another one.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 PM GMT on February 27, 2011


A cold, snowy, day along with a temp -10C being moved around by a 25KPH breeze from NE, letting us know winter is not past as yet. Similar weather till tomorrow then rain in the forecast for a couple of days.

Rob and a friend participated in local Talent Show combined with a dessert auction last evening. Well attended, the proceeds for local Food Bank raised around $2K, excellent effort and support. Emily opted for the public skate during the same period, also well attended, the locals seem to be on the move whenever possible.

We got off lucky compared to our mainland friends, we ended up with a frozen mess of slush, but no great accumulation. Locally we had rain while they were getting snow, dodged another one.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:36 PM GMT on February 26, 2011


A cold windy day as forcasted currently underway, westerly with a northern influence making the -9C much colder. Sun attempting to get the upper hand, and will be the case by afternoon. Cool weather to prevail then a warmer trend by first of the week.

Weather anything you wanted yesterday, snow, rain, snow, then more rain, finally a dramatic drop in temp with blowing snow overnight. A mess in the yard this morning, the slush all frozen will be a few days before the pavement shows through.

Rob out overnight, participating in a Talent Show this evening, he and his keyboard friend have written a composition to present. Music has taken a backseat to the ice, but this weekend at least has equal billing.

Emily below decks, spent the early evening at teen skate then watching some hockey. Retreived her before she wanted to come home due to the weather.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 25, 2011


Overcast, 2C, not enough air moving to lift the flag. Barometer just beginning to dip, radar indicates the forecast 'mess' still down the coast a few hours. Still deciding if our weather fate to be a rain event or participate in the coming snow/blizzard. Temp to be above zero till early tomorrow, clear and cold once the storm moves off.

Kids up and prowling getting ready for school, happened to check FACEBOOK and they found 'no school'. They couldn't believe their good fortune, another day missed due to weather, weren't long finding their bunks again.



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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 24, 2011


As the song says "bright sunshiny day',at the moment, albiet a cool -11, calm, with a warming trend in the offing. Nasty weather for the weekend, with rain, snow, sleet and a bit of wind over till first of the new week.

The spring exodous to the warmer climes starting this weekend. The numbers making the sojourn seem to be fewer than in past years. Cruises are popular for the empty nest types, family groups beach and Disneyworld type attractions the order of the day.

Local news quiet, however see the trap piles being worked on, in a very few weeks some traps will be going back to work till end of June.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23/11.

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 23, 2011


Lots of sun this morning, remains cold and windy, temp -9C with a breeze froM NW @ 25-30KPH giving a windchill factor in the high teens. No relief from cold till the end of the week, then southerly will give us rain or 'wintry mix'.

Have a new laptop, not a MAC, still getting the thing set up, spent two hours last evening attempting to get e-mail where it should be, still not the case. Can receive, but no sending, another attempt this evening. So far looking good, have to figure out the accessories, but have managed to get many of the offending chords eliminated.

Kids are still up for playing the 'old folks' in hockey again this evening. I am amazed how they have embraced the game and social action in such short order.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 2:13 PM GMT on February 22, 2011

A check of the site shows my epistole from this morning did not make it out, for whatever reason. The day is bright, cool to rise near the freezing level by this afternoon. Still looking for moisture by the end of the week.

Emily disappointed that she didn't succed with her license yesterday. She failed to signal a lane change going around a hydro truck working on the shoulder of the road. Also examiner felt she was a bit nervous taking the test, this seems to be one of those DA statements. She did real well with me the previous day, and am as critical of her driving as any examiner would be.

Womens hockey last evening, 24 showed up, Emily played her regular time, and then onto this group. Had a grand time, a whole new group to take advantage of the facility.

The teens played a group of seniors in their time, all had a great time. The teens not convinced that the older players played to their level, they can take them next time having lost the game by only one goal.

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MONDAY, FEBRURARY 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 21, 2011


A cool morning -10C, a slight draft from NW, not expected to rise much during the day. Temps to remain cool till weeks end, then rain in the forecast. Overcast with the sun attempting to make an appearance, no luck as yet.

Rob returned, had a grand time, all hands returned in one piece. A total of twenty-eight teenagers with five chaperons, quite an undertaking. He got off the boat stopped at the rink and went skating for an hour or so, did not have the stamina to finish off the time alloted for the public skate.

Basement taken as far as I can do, will require a different skill level to repair the tear. All seems to be in order, carpet now like new, just difficult to hang a picture off the cement at the moment.




















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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:29 PM GMT on February 20, 2011


A windy one this morning, NW @35-45 but letting up a bit at a time. Temp -5C, windchill high in the minus teens. Barometer rising looking for clear weather for the next few days.

Haven't heard from the skiing group, must assume they are now headed this way for the 1:30 trip, if CHUNKS had wind must have been similar conditions on the mountain.

Emily spent the day at the arena between hockey and a public skate. The facility will be missed once she shuts down at the end of March till next fall.

Fishery news remains static, not much going on, price of lobsters not moving even though there are not many in the system.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on February 19, 2011


Clear, about the freezing mark, just enough westerly to move the flag about. Weather to change a bit seems just deciding if we are in for flurries or showers.

Rob and his gang should have a good day at Poley, some weather tomorrow is a possibility, they get on the road fairly early to get the 1:30 trip home. Emily had a shift at convienance store for the first time, along with a friend. She enjoyed the time, but is far down on the list for time, plus is restricted on school nights.She is playing hockey four times aweek, with skating another three, not much free time.

No woods time today, still can't get around, plus one of the pipes from the bathroom broke. A mess in the apartment downstairs. Did get most of the mess cleaned up last evening, not a great way to begin the weekend.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on February 18, 2011


As CHUNKS mentioned a different day today, raining, 3C, wind attempting to find a southerly direction. We are expecting rain for most of the day into the evening. Declining temps over the weekend, nothing great just below the freezing level.

Trip to the mainland uneventful, even managed to clear the appointments early, but not in time to return on earliar trip than planned. Took Otis on a tour of the St. George, L'Tete area. Not many travelling on the boat coming or going. A good trip and a good day for Otis.

Rob off on his annual trip to POLEY, skiing for him snowboarding. Weather looks to be good for them tomorrow, with cooler temps and sunshine in the offing. They will be back on Sunday on the middle boat.




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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:14 AM GMT on February 17, 2011


Moon still out, calm, temp a nice -3C, expected to rise past the freezing level, showers tomorrow, not a bad weekend in store. Cooler temps ordered for next week.

Off to St.John shortly with Donna's dad he has a couple of eye appointments one this morning and one later this afternoon. A full day for him nearly 90yrs. of age, but looks forward to the day 'away', a chance to visit on the boat, and possibly cruise CANADIAN TIRE.

Rob and his youth group off to the annual ski trip to Poley Mountain in the morning. All hands really looking forward to it, hockey and skiing not much more Canadian sports than those.

Still no word on computer status, so am beholding to Emily, however not much conflict due to her txting capability.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 16, 2011


Lots of sunshine, along with cold temps -12C, a strong NW@ 25KPH giving a windchill of -21C makes it far from a spring like day once outside. Temp rising today, with plus temps for the next few days, with fog and rain part of the forecast, interesting for sure.

Computer in the hands of the IT person, no indication when he looked at it here if the problem was one that could be addressed or not.

Fishing news remains fairly static, with lobster fishing intermittent due to weather and no creatures moving. A few boats have been shrimping, however not the quantity that was around last year.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on February 15, 2011


Winter showed up overnight, -7Ctemp, NW 30-35KPH, this will be the pattern for the day. The next few days thaw from the west making its way towards us, temps to be in the double digit range by Thursday.

Emily SEVENTEEN today, not great celebration in the offing, just a hint that money might be a gift worthy of consideration.

May have the local IT guru have a look at the old machine, hoping can be repaired, but not a surprise if such is not the case.

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MONDAY, VALENTINES DAY 2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on February 14, 2011

Overcast, calm, temp just above the freezing level. Unable to check weather as main machine seems to have given it up, refuses to remain in commence. Will attempt to get it checked out today. Using Emilys laptop, for some reason she dosen't have any weather forecasting on her shortcuts.

A fair number of waterfowl inview this morning, appear to be black ducks. Have met a couple of hunters from Saskatchewan here hunting sea ducks. A long way to come for a chance to hunt in the winter expecially. They had a grand time, and plan on returning next year.

The arena going great guns all weekend, women organizing a team/league starting tonight. Emily in for 15-18, then this new group right after.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on February 13, 2011


Clear, cool @-9C temp to rise a bit as the day moves along. A slight breeze from WNW, just enough to move the flag about. Not much going on in the harbour this morning.

Both kids below decks, many hours at the rink once again. Emily babysitting last evening, took her charges their for a couple of hours. All enjoyed their time, the young fellas figured would have been better if not so many adults on the ice.

Dredging ongoing in the new wharf construction in Seal Cove, notice a barge at Ingalls Head, some dredging to be done there also. There is a time limit as the material being dropped at sea, after a certain date the permit will expire.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:02 PM GMT on February 12, 2011

A few snowfulurries at the outset, now a hint of red sky over Ross Island, temp on the rise to the plus side, possible rain showers in the offing. Barometer falling, wind rising from SE @20-25KPH,similar conditions for the next few days.

Hockey team from St.John, not Sussex, arrived on the 7PM boat, game @ 8:30PM, a good turn out, another game this morning. A bit of ceremony with the mayor dropping the first puck, singing of National Anthem, well done.

Kids both below decks this morning, Emily was to babysit once again, appears the weather kept the fisherman at home.

Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on February 12, 2011

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 11, 2011


Overcast, with sun attempting to break thru, calm, barometer steady, a cool -10 slowly rising to near freezing level as the day moves along. Similar weather pattern for the weekend, with a possible snow flurry here and there.

Emily off early to babysit, then off to school, then babysitting after.

Report Cards in, see told ya I passed, one comment,followed will do better on the next set of exams. In some cases lots of chance to improve has been allowed.

Visiting oldtimers hockey team tonight and tomorrow morning. Creating a bit of a buzz, basketball playoffs underway on the mainland as a result sports the talk at the coffee shop.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on February 10, 2011


Overcast, -6C temp, a breeze @10-15KPH from NW. Similar conditions in the forecast today and tomorrow, snow a possibility over the weekend.

Fishery news remains quiet, lobster price remains static in the $5/lb range. With few lobsters in the system the price usually hits the highest of the year between now and spring fishing, not much movement for whatever reason.

Travelling in the woods not an option as yet, a crust of snow making even walking a no go. Crust won't support my frame, and breaking through with every footstep would soon be a problem.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on February 09, 2011


Clear, calm and cold @-14C, to remain on the negative side with a high of -5C, this weather pattern till the weekend, clear and cold. No wind in the forecast, a good thing with the temps.

Rain fairly heavy on occasion yesterday, turned to snow and quite nasty for awhile last evening. Rob out doing his youth thing, on the return home strongly speculating no school today - he was wrong.

Old timers hockey tournament in the offing for the weekend. The first time a team from 'away' to participate, should be a good time. A new fairly exclusive hockey group inaugural yesterday @5PM - over 50 in age. A contingent from Whitehead to participate reviving a rivalry on outdoor rinks over 45 years in the making. Whitehead had a great outdoor rink with lights and a trip down there to play always great fun.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on February 08, 2011


Rain most of the night, continuing this morning, temp 1C, barometer dropping, rain to continue, however will change to to snow as the temp goes below the freezing mark. Seasonable weather conditions to be expected for the remainder of the week.

Water problems at the arena reared ugly head yesterday, however with great co-operation with local trades and people from the mainland solution well in hand late last evening. Trust things back in commence this morning.

Local fishery news remains quiet, will pick up in a month or so, once the weather improves.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 07, 2011


Partial overcast, harbour millpond like, no enough air moving to pick up the flag. Barometer steady -6C with a chance will once again stagger over the plus side by this afternoon. Tomorrow looking for snow, however our temps in mid 30's might be spared the snow and go with rain. Remainder of the week not looking too bad.

Report of more brant arriving to the outer islands, as well as lots of ducks. This combined with the longer days an assurance season will change.

Fishing news quiet, see a few more traps coming home for a rest on the bank. They will no doubt be going back for the remainder of the season by late March.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on February 06, 2011


Overcast, still some drizzle in evidence, 4C temp being pushed by a breeze from SW @ 30-35KPH. Temp to decline and skies to clear as the day moves along. Rain and wind has done a number on the snow, can see patches of the lawn already.

Rink still the place to be, going full out yesterday, and expected to be the same for today.

Both kids on hand overnight, new semester starts for them tomorrow. No Report Cards and very few marks made available so far.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on February 05, 2011


A bright sun coming in the window this morning, absolute calm, -7C temp to rise into the plus numbers as the day moves along. Weatherman can't seem to decide if we are getting rain or snow overnight, possible a bit of each with snow winning out. More snow or rain over next few days.

Kids on hand this morning, Emily babysitting later on, Rob birthday party and most of the day at the rink. He has hockey this afternoon then public skate this evening.

I finally got on blades yesterday, for a few minutes. Donna figures close to four decades since last put them on. Managed to get around with no fall down go boom sessions, legs a bit of rebellion wanting to know what was going on. Not ready to participate in 'old timers hockey' just yet, but will work towards the possibility - great fun.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on February 04, 2011


A nice looking morning underway, calm, temp -6 expected to rise on the plus side, a bright red sun coming up behind Ross Island. Plus temps for the next few days, will settle the mounds of snow.

No horror stories have emerged from the snow fall. A few folks living off the beaten track stranded for a little while more than they would like, but crews getting to them. A dump in the 40cm range for us, combined with what was already down makes for a lot of snow.

Kids getting back into school today, after almost a week off, and three snow days the contributing factor.

Boats will be on the water today, after literally digging the boats out yesterday. The wind and swell will have gone down, other than a little cool expect a good day on the water.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on February 03, 2011


The snow has stopped, still a good breeze from NE @30-35KPH, temp a cool -12C with the wind a windchill factor around -20C. Clearing with temp rising into single digits, albeit in the minus range. Suggestion of another disturbance on Sat. nothing mentioned this morning that I can see.

Lots of snow, huge drifts, the fourwheeler will not handle it, have to get some bigger equipment to move the fluffy stuff around. Kids home from school am sure most of the shoveling will be done by the time I get home for supper. Certainly not much traffic going by the house this morning.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on February 02, 2011


No avoiding the forecasted blizzard, barometric pressure beginning to fall, overcast, NE starting to increase now at 25-35KPH,temp a -7C. Lots of snow 20-30CM(10inch range), headed our way, now in Upper Canada. Will be gone by in the morning with clear and nicer temps to clean up.

Fast trip yesterday, no luck with the skates, they didn't find the the mate to my deformed pair. No receipt no exchange, I knew the policy but hoped for a better outcome. The store did get an extra sale out of my predicament, worked out for somebody.Lots travelling in the morning, not so crowded on the return trip. Roads in great condition, even with the snow falling by the time we left St. Stephen.

Kids, as expected, have an extended long - long time of off school, classes cancelled due to the impending blizzard. Hope Rob turnsout before the next snow gets here as must have had four or more inches last night.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:21 AM GMT on February 01, 2011


Clear, calm and cold @-13C, temp to rise into single digits on the minus side by this afternoon. Snow storm enroute, appears no way we can avoid the bulk of it, freezing rain on the outside edge, best take the snow. Moving fairly fast some accumulation overnight, the real storm late tomorrow into Thursday morning.

Rob out overnight, Emily has a babysitting gig for the day today. Appears the snow day for school must be considered, all depends what time tomorrow the bulk of the storm visits.

Sponsors getting on board to assist in the operation of the arena portion of the complex. One of the fuel suppliers, ARROW, offered to supply propane tanks and yearly fuel for the ZAMBONI if we display their logo on the machine - sounds like a good deal to me.

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