GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 30, 2011


Sun making an appearance after a wet evening and rain overnight. A breeze 15-20KPH from SW, attempting to make it westerly, a balmy 16C, expect to be clear and warm near 20C by this afternoon. Forecast for the weekend rain and showers.

Cameras for time lapse photography set up in the arena, construction crew scheduled to be here on Monday. Interest in the MARS BAR project growing, will be great to see some progress. As soon as the area is closed in, the plan is to start the ice making process. Young and old anxious to get r done.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 29, 2011


The weather remains constant, clear, absolute calm, a bright sunrise reflecting from behind Ross Island, a cool 9C. Temp to rise near 20C, rain overnight, clear tomorrow, however wet for the weekend.

Fall routine for the community, a new twist to the conversation is entered into the mix, when is the rink going to open. Have folks dropping by the complex to have a look of what is going on, and to check out the arena knowing MARS have started thier project is making some buzz.

Emily has started the grad plans with photos coming within the week or so, three locations, school, Dark Harbour and Drakes Dock have been chosen. If the weather co-operates quite the background for the project.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 28, 2011


Another day with sun, an unusual statement having this much sun on consecutive days. Clear, calm, and cool @9C. Certainly no complaints about weather conditions, fall like to be certain.

Preliminary work for the MARS BAR contribution to the rink in commence. Yesterday foreman for the contractor on site getting measurements, he to return first of next week to get started. Production crew arrived in New Brunswick yesterday in the afternoon, expect they are now on the island. They are setting up time lapse photography for the construction, to be included in the ad. Hope is to have the ice making started within three weeks.

The arena becoming the focus of many of the teens, as a chance to skate, and socialize, canteen will be open for business the same time as the rink, an added feature for sure.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 27, 2011


Lots of sun over Ross Island this morning, finally a bit cooler @13C, expected to rise to low 20's, but a cool front headed this way tonight, a threat of frost for spots on the mainland. Sun to remain till the weekend, no wind just a little NW influence to keep things nice.

Herring news remains unchanged, a few boats scalloping 'up the Bay', other than that nothing to report in the fishery.

First phase of the replacement of the Nursing Home gone to Tender, with the culvert expected to be in place by end of the week. Progress over two years getting to this stage, government projects a cumbersome animal at the best of times.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 26, 2011


The seasons seemed to be mixed up, a sultry, muggy 17C, calm conditions this morning. Stayed warm and humid overnight, expected to rise into mid 20's be early afternoon, similar conditions for the week, no moisture forecast till the weekend.

Emily returned from a successful trip to Quispam, managed to hold of returning till the 5:30 out of Blacks Harbour. Traffic on the boat light, with the ADVENTURE back on the run people have an opportunity to spread out more.

The MARS BAR project begins this week, with film producers anticipated to set up cameras. Construction will be underway by next week, a busy few weeks ahead.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBE 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on September 25, 2011


Fog remains the order of the day, absolute calm, muggy 18C for temp. Attempting to clear to allow the showers in the forecast to make an appearance. Supposed to clear for next few days, will have to wait on that one.

Emily doing well in Quispam, much less txting going on. Rob has some yard work that needs his attention, however he assures me had the weather co-operated he could have made a hole in the jobs.

Fishery news remains static, no sign of herring, and no bait in the tanks. This week the rush, providing the herring are available will likely get underway.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on September 24, 2011


Unfortunate the weatherman has it correct, a steady farmers rain underway, complete calm, a warm 15C. No let up till late this afternoon, next few days holds a promise of some clear weather with nice temps.

Emily off exploring the wilds of Quispamsis till late tomorrow, without her vehicle, she, at least in my mind certainly not hers, would benefit from a couple of more trips with me on the right hand side of the car. Rob below decks, no baseball playoffs for them, however had a good time playing and few trips to the mainland.

Latest word is the ADVENTURE headed our way this weekend, expected to be on the run later this weekend. The traffic continues to be something else with vehicles being left on both sides of the run on several trips a day.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 23, 2011


If fog can be any thicker it would have to be a solid, barely make out the beach. A muggy 15C, calm, order of the day fog, possibly for the weekend. Longrange looking not too bad with sunny for first of the week.

Managed to get across the border with no trouble, girls had used the max for DUTY FREE, hard to imagine they could come that close with no calculator. Got to the terminal in Blacks in plenty of time, within twenty minutes of arrival a full load waiting for the GRAND MANAN V, she left at least one line of trafffic.

Rob out overnight, Emily doing chores in her car, but showed up shortly after we were in the yard, and Shauna waiting for our return.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:20 AM GMT on September 22, 2011

Ellsworth Maine, foggy, damp, seems this the order of the next week or so.

A good day yesterday, made a brief stop at LL BEAN, a couple of other sports on the way to Bar Harbour. My first time to Bar Harbour, feel it is fortunate it was late September, great place to visit, however in season can't imagine how one gets around the place. We made a trip up CADILAC MOUNTAIN, to suggest thier is a magnifigant view is a bit of an understatement.

A brief run to Bangor for some last minute items at the shopping centre, then off to catch the five thirty and return to the real world.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on September 21, 2011

Downtown Kittery Me, this morning just getting ready to head up the coast towards Bar Harbour. Weather has been a mixed bag, Monday great lots of sun, warm, rain for most of yesterday,looking good for today.

Trip has not been uneventful, Monday I contracted a stomach flu or food poisiioning spent most of the time in the rack, yesterday much better. Travelled from North Conway through the Moutains, even in the weather more than impressive. Drove to Gloucester, Mass and Rockport, Mass. impressive to say the least. Gloucester had lots to offer for gawking,enjoyed the working wharf, not much tourist traffic so could wander with no large crowds. Today a few stops along the Maine Coast plan is to overnight in Ellsworth after a few hours around Bar Harbour.



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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:14 AM GMT on September 19, 2011


Clear, calm, a cool 6C, similar weather for next few days. The weekend weather was great with lots of sun, nice temps, and little breeze.

Heading for New Hampshire this morning, with old friends, having a look around and a little change of pace. All hands have their orders as to what is expected in our absence, all acknowledged the decree, now remains to be seen if it is carried out.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 18, 2011


Sun is attempting to get upper hand, however high cloud cover moving in from the south. Total calm, a cool 2C, high in mid-teens the anticipated rise mid-afternoon. Similar weather pattern for next day or so then moisture this way comes.

The boys had a close game first thing losing by one run. Not case second game, a complete blowout with the mercy run rule invoked.

Emily returns from her babysitting duties this afternoon, she has had busy weekend to say the least.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 17, 2011


No doubt about it not fall like today it is fall, a steady 10-15KPH breeze from NW, a 5C temp just after the sun made an appearance. Looking good for sun for the next few days, temps similar to what we are having this past few days.

Fishing news remains static, no wier herring to speak of, and not much when they are caught. One of the boats got a few from a 'shut off' in Campobello mid week. A few herring making thier way to shore as the season come to an end.

The rockweed harvest must be winding down as they have been infront of the house past few days, out of the wind, much safer and not far to get to the wharf to offload.

Emily babysitting for the weekend, Rob has a double header today. Rob out overnight with one of his group imagine a hard evening of XBox the result.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 16, 2011


Rain overnight, a wind shift from the west, now clear, but a cool 8C, a temp to become the norm more so than the exception. Temp might get near 20C by mid-afternoon. Similar weather pattern for next few days at least, fall is here.

Boys had a better game yesterday in Rothesay, they were more competitive, but still lost. They must have some visitors this weekend, don't beieve the coach is interested in a double-header again.

No word on the ADVENTURE, which should be good meaning they haven't located anything more than they were looking for that needs repair. Seems to be lots of traffic, both local and 'strangers from away'.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 15, 2011


Thick fog this morning, visibility less than 1/2 mile, temp 16C,calm. Still suggesting that clear weather is headed our way for the next few days, will have to wait and see.

Rob had another unsuccessful game in St. John yesterday. The game was close for first few innings, then the wheels fell off. They have another game in Rothesay this afternoon. A buddy from Whitehead camping with him he unable to get home when they return, they get home on late boat alot of time invested for a couple of hours of baseball. Needless to say the boys certainly don't mind leaving school early to accomodate the schedule.

The MARS BAR ad and consturction in the arena getting well organized, going to be interesting and a boon to the island when it is all said and done.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on September 14, 2011


The sun slowly getting the upper hand with a red sky behind Ross Island. Lots of hazw, calm, a balmy 16C, clearing as the day moves along. Weatherman suggesting clear weather for the next few days at least.

Emily learning some reality about vehicle ownership, txted Donna with a shocker, 'nan car cost $46 to fill'. If you drive it costs money, our gas on a steady increase, locally now $1.34/litre, one has to wonder with the news saying a decline in the world price why the local price is not getting the benefit of the decrease.

Rob off to St. John for high school baseball this afternoon and also tomorrow. The team has the number, but having just come together not overly competitive with the mainland teams.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 13, 2011


The weatherman took a powder on his prediction for today, thick fog, calm, 13C, if we get any respit from the fog it will be in the form of showers. No sun in the forecast till weekend.

The ADVENTURE in Halifax today to enter drydock for the next ten days or so. The main problem to be addressed is the bow thrusters, with a few other warranty issues with no specific mentioned in the announcement. The V doing her thing till the ADVENTURE is back on the run.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on September 12, 2011


Weatherman remaining pleasant, a bit of morning haze, a cloudless sky, temp 14C, a breeze from the south. Similar conditions in the offing till mid week then a bit of moisture for a couple of days.

Kids back in school for just a few days, the routine now as if there had been no break whatsoever. Pattern remains the same, Emily seems to have homework, Rob gets his done before leaving school - that remains to be verified.

Fishery news remains quiet, one wier notice being seined yesterday, no other activity evident. The seiners not doing anything great, but seem to be getting thier trips. The bait season to commence in a week or so.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on September 11, 2011


Another grand looking morning underway, a slight draft from the west, bright sun, a cool 3C to rise into the high teens as the day moves along. Similar weather conditions the order of the day till mid-week. Remains to be seen as easterly is in the forecast.

Both kids below decks this morning, Emily home by midnight, Rob out for the evening with his cronies after a double header. The lost both, but had a grand time as weather ideal for the American Pastime.

See a number of flocks of geese high in the sky digging it for the south. Dosen't appear as if there as plentiful locally as a month or so ago. Can't imagine they have vacated the area this early.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on September 10, 2011


A grand looking day underway this morning, a warm 15C, a slight draft from the west, not a cloud in the sky, temp to rise into the 20's, a nice fall day instore. Similar weather for the next day or so at leasst.

The swells from KATIA evident last evening, breaking on the ledges off the island and running up the shore on Ross Island, impressive.

Emily out overnight, has a babysitting gig this evening. Rob below decks, has a doubleheader this afternoon. Certainly couldn't have asked for any better weather conditions.

Have been advised that some of the flowers have 'gone by', and no better day to clean them up and stow the pots till spring.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on September 09, 2011


Ground fog this morning, absolute calm, a pleasant 13C, temp to be in low 20's by this afternoon. Temps don't hold the high very long, sun dropping back fairly early in the evening cools things down in a hurry.

Robs group finally gathered enough baseball players to participate in a high school league this fall. Has been a struggle, however now have 14 or so, and a couple of visitor games this weekend.

The fishery very quiet in all sectors, the trap yards are busy, no bait being landed as yet, don't know if any herring around. Has been an article in the paper this past week or so about the lack of personnel to work the stern and learn the profession.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 08, 2011


A steady drizzle, a northerly draft at the moment, temp a modest 12C, looking to clear sometime later on today, weather coming and going for the next few days. Hurricane KATIA remaining well off shore, but her influence will be felt this weekend.

School routine getting underway, Emily has homework, Rob suggesting that he is on top of his commitment while still at school, nothing seems to change.

The ADVENTURE off to drydock next week for a couple of weeks, a problem with one of the bow thrusters persists, requires her to be hauled out to get at the problem. Overall comments on the vessel very positive. She certainly has no problem making up time if she is a little behind her schedule.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on September 07, 2011


Overcast, a steady NE breeze 15KPH, no gusts just a steady breeze, sun attempting to make an appearance, however weatherman telling rain overnight with sun possible tomorrow.
First day of school now history, that routine seems to have fallen into place, or just a awoke from a little down time, as if there has been no break since June. A change of one course seems to be of some concern, however change will be forgotten soon enough.
Emily driving to school has taken the pressure off the school bus, by the time she gets down the road her vehicle is full.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on September 06, 2011


First day of school, overcast, calm, a warm 16C, threat of showers and light rain today, sun tomorrow and rain again off and on for the remainder of the week.

Emily has returned home, an uneventful drive from and through St. John. Has a tendency to feel a need to get a bit close to the yellow line, and not quite the full stop at stop signs that I require. Overall seems quite confident, will be a trip or so more before sending her off on her own. As many times as she has been to Quispam on the way home would have gone to Moncton instead of this way. No sense of direction.

Kids on the prowl, showers going, very little conversation, the first stages of 'winter routine' are in commence.

Donna and her buddy off for a quick trip to St. John, more a R&R combined with appointment rather than shopping. They will be saving that up for the planned foray across the Border in a couple of weeks.

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SEPTEMBER 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on September 05, 2011


The sun attempting to make an appearance, hazy in the harbour, southerly 10-15KPH, a warm 17C. Weatherman suggesting a day of moisture then a day of sun for the week.

Off to pick up Emily in her vehicle in a couple of hours, will be an opportunity to have her do some city driving. This could be interesting as she is of the opinion that I am more like a cop than an instructor in these instances. Rob out overnight, his other interest getting ready for the opening of university in Fredericton, he has more time fill in with his peer group.

Haven't been around to learn of any fishing news, didn't see any of the wier group on the move, and the carriers seemed to be tied up whenever I checked the wharves.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on September 04, 2011


A calm, foggy morning, temp 13C, weatherman suggesting sun for today, rain has gone away. Will need some wind assist to move off this shroud outside or we will be grey for the duration.

Emily having a grand time, visiting new family members, and new country to explore. Taking her car in the morning to give her an opportunity to drive a bit in the city before coming home to get ready for school.

Appears many 'strangers from away' still about, most of the eating spots doing great business. Imagine will slack off by tomorrow as people return to the real world.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 03, 2011


Another good looking morning, however a draft from the south bringing the offshore fog ever so close. A dewy 11C, expected to rise once again into the 20's by this afternoon. Damp weather tomorrow and Labour Day seems to be the order of the day.

Emily travelling with her 'other' family, at grandma's in Fredericton last night, off to Miramachi today, returning to Quispam tomorrow evening.She having quite a busy preschool weekend.

A bit of yard work to deal with this weekend, the fall rotuine underway, some of the plants have 'gone by', and must be cleaned up right away. Tomatoe plants producing even see one or two with a hint of red on the vine, might be a first - actual production a Tomato.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 02, 2011


Another nice looking morning, a bit of haze, calm, a cool 7C. Temp to rise into 20's, rain showing up on Sunday, influence of Tropical Storm forming a bit south of us.

Trip yesterday quick, ADVENTURE handling a large load both coming and going. The new vessel something to explore, makes the trip in a little less time, passengers certainly like the change.

Rob out overnight, the university crowd getting together to say farewell, Emily having a grand time in Quispam. Spent yesterday at the Exhibition,enjoyed the rides and atmosphere.

KATIA still deciding if she is coming ashore next week for become a FISH STORM, hopefully she decides to stay with the fish.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on September 01, 2011


Red sky over Ross Island just beginnng to show,calm, temp 12C. Weather still lookng good for a number of days.

First trip on the ADVENTURE, a very good experience, will take a bit of getting used to the size, layout and comfort. She doesn't take much time to make the trip, was in Blacks Harbour ashore shortly before 9AM going over, and by at 7PM coming home, not a great deal of time difference, but is on the positive side.

The economy of St. John a bit improved with the kids now more than adequately clothed for next week, should last till the Christmas Break - sure. Emily remained at Quispam for the weekend, will retrieve her on Monday.

A quick trip to Fredericton this morning with a couple of others to learn where we are on replacement of our agin Nursing Home. A long slow process, typical hurry and wait, heavy on the wait it seems.

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