GRAND MANAN, N.B.

HALLOWEEEN 2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 31, 2011


A welcome positive contrast to the weather from yesterday. Calm, a cool 2C, red sky showing up from behind Ross Island. Looking good for the week with milder temps and clear weather.

The nor'easter more of a rain event for us, snow did fall, but very wet and did not stay long. A couple of inches of rain, high winds till late afternoon was the order of the day. Ferry made her trips in the afternoon, when she went around the light she was covered in spray breaking over her, but apparently not much movement on the vessel. Will be interesting to learn how she handled the trip to Blacks. If she handles yesterdays weather in fine style won't be many days that folks won't travel due to weather conditions. No reports of how things went on the mainland, New England hit hard with lots of snow and power outages.

Hopefully the severe weather will take a rest for the next while, traps go in the water a week from tomorrow.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on October 30, 2011

Weatherman had it correct, wind near gale force and increasing with the sun, lots of rain. Wind guage telling me to hang onto my hat, temp 2C, folks on the mainland getting wet snow, will take what we have. System to pass through all day, letting up a bit this evening with a wind shift from NE to NW, still wind for tomorrow, but to a lesser degree.

Emily on the island, shortly after arriving made plans for a movie and snacks at a friends house. Did advise the party was alright, but couldn't play the music very loud as the parents of the host were upstairs. Rob at a youth drop in for the evening, seems to be regular Saturday event for him and a few of his cronies, helps that it is a co-ed venture.

Trees with the leaves certainly taking a beating, hope they survive the wind without too much damge.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on October 29, 2011


A grand looking morning underway, total calm, bright sun, temp at the freezing mark, soon to change. By this evening telling us to batten down the hatches, nor'easter this way comes. Gone past gale force now indicating storm force. Appears the wind is either lots of rain or snow for us, one side of the line has lots of wet snow other lots of heavy rain.

Emily not reported in this morning, however will be advised to get on the boat this afternoon. Winds as high as being forecasted travel tomorrow not advised, more than likely no ferry till very late if at all.

Ice making in commence, building near the zero temp when I last checked late yesterday afternoon. The interior of the mezzine to be started on Monday, going to tap into our geo-thermal for heating, certainly a plus for future expenditures.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on October 28, 2011

Clear, calm, clouds just clearing out at the moment, a cool 1C. Eastport suggesting a Winter Watch for Sunday with rain and saix inches of snow in the forecast.

Construction at the rink shut down for the weekend, all closed in. Plan was to start the ice plant once the rink cement swabed, and clear of any debris. Will take a few days to get the building down to a level to make ice. Once that is done stand back, lots of pent up skating to be let out, queries from all ages on when it will be in commence.

Emily off to Quispam for Halloween Party tonight, will have to watch the weather to see if she gets to stay for the weekend or travels home late on Saturday.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 27, 2011

Overcast, calm, a cool 3C, not much sun expected, showers by this evening. Cooler temps the order of the day, sun and moisture for the next few days.

The construction on time, appears will clean the rink cement surface today, goal to have the machine on by tonight.With our system required to bring the entire building down below freezing, anticipate can start the ice making process by early next week. Much anticipation and appreciation by folks that visit to view the latest addition to our facility, let the games begin.

Local fishery news quiet other than traps heading to the wharf to be stowed till the 8th NOV., baiting of pockets and other last minute prepartations for the Opening Day.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 26, 2011


Beginning to look like lobster fishing season, sun struggling to get up over Ross Island, clear, a westerly breeze 10KPH, a temp of 5C, might make it to the double digit level by this afternoon. Still looking clear for the next few days.

A promising trip to Fredericton, final Presentation of the plans for the Nursing Home. It is scheduled to be open by November 15/12. A vast improvement on the facility we now have, somewhere the residents can truly feel at home, very spacious lving quarters in comparision what is available now, time to 'git r done'.

The ADVENTURE doing her thing, certainly a nice vessel to travel on, made it on the last trip last night. Lots of room with a dozen or more vehicles aboard. The late trip quite something, managed to attend the meeting in Fredericton, a supper meeting in St. George and still be in my own bunk when time to call it a day.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:08 AM GMT on October 25, 2011

Dark as inside a cow, can't tell what the elements reveal this morning, other than calm, temp 5C, still calling for rain and showers for the duration till sometime early tomorrow.

A qucik trip to Fredericton this morning, finally getting to the finish of the design for the replacement of our Nursing Home, it has and continues to offer great service to residents. However it is nearly forty years of age and being used up. The land is purchased, the preparation contracat for the property has been identified and today is the design acceptance. Construction expected to start as early in the spring as possible. Ground preparation should commence within the month.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 24, 2011


Lots of ground fog as the sun begins to show over Ross Island, a calm 2C probably has something to do with it. Temp to rise into low double digits, clear till tomorrow with rain in the forecast. A definate change in the temps in the forecast.

The construction at the arena should get quite a boost by weeks end, the area being worked on pretty well closed in. The plan is to have the ice machine in commence no later than weeks end, earliar if possible.

Fishery news quiet, as the emphasis is on preparation for the opening of Lobster Season two weeks from tomorrow.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on October 23, 2011


Another promising start to the day, calm, red sky over Ross Island, temp a pleasant 8C to rise into mid teens. Similar for tomorrow, however moisture for Tuesday. The promising start to yesterday turned similar to CHUNKS, overcast and cool.

Rob out overnight, Emily below decks, brother and wife visiting the weekend has progressed much too fast.

The ADVENTURE rumoured to be back on the run sometime today, can only wait and see. Most folks are content with the V as backup no hardship, or at least no more than we are used to, when one wants or has to travel.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on October 22, 2011


A KODAK MOMENT for a sunrise this morning, total calm, with the sun coming up over Ross Island lots of ground fog, now clear and lots of red sun. Temp 5C, will rise to mid teens as the day moves along, same thing for the next day or so.

Haven't heard where the bait situation is at the moment, not much time left to get moved over to the lobster rush for those guys on the seiner. Weather has been poor with lots of SW wind near gale force for a lot of the time.

Brother next up coming over to visit and see mom, a great day to take her out to have a look around.

Construction at the rink certainly impressive, plan is to have the ice machine on by this time next week, pushin the envelope for ice making. The ice experts all will be fishing by 8 NOV 11. Ice to be painted and ready to go as near that date as possible.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 21, 2011


Attempting to clear, still overcast, with streaks of red showing through the clouds, SW 10-15kph, 12C temp to rise into mid teens. Outlook for sun similar temps for the weekend with a bit of moisture for the first of the week.

Parts on site for the ADVENTURE, if no other surprises await she will be on the run in the next few days. Traffic remains high, alot of trator trailer traffic, aquaculture needs lots of service, feed, nets, smolts, etc.

Construction at the rink going full ahead, plan is to have everything ready to turn on the ice making by late next week. Pent up desire to get on the ice being voiced by all ages, looking great.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 20, 2011


A nasty weather morning underway,heavy rain, 40-45KPH NE,temp 11C to rise into high teens, similar conditions till at least this evening. Clearing for the weekend with nice temps being offered.

Rink construction moving along at high speed, mezzenine closed in, will be ready for painting outside by the end of the week. Painters expected first of the week, oncde that is done ice making can commence.

ADVENTURE remains off the run, at least for the next few days. The replacement ferry for Whitehead has arrived, much bigger than the LADY WHITEHEAD. No official word when she will be going on the run, requires alot more space to get into the ramp.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 19, 2011


A chilly 3C, calm, harbour oily in appearance, cloudy. Saying we will have sun and mid teens by afternoon, then a wet system coming up the eastern seaboard visiting this evening and all day tomorrow. Long range looking not too bad, a bit of moisture, but nice temps and occasional sun.

Lots of folks travelling on the trips we were on yesterday, no lobster cheques in circulation as yet. However most of the travellers not the lobster fishing age group, just a slight bit older. The V took all the traffic coming home, but just barely. The ADVENTURE remains on the side, not expected to be in service this week.

Rob now signed up for Driver's Ed to commence sometime this next month, he will be sixteen in November. Have been advised he needs the Course just to enable him to get tested ASAP, and to help out on the Insurance payment.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on October 18, 2011


A change in the level of wind this morning, calm, a pleasant 12C, will rise into mid teens, a slight breeze from SW. Remaining clear till tomorrow then quite a bit of moisture this way comes.

Casting Call for the MARS BAR add went well over the weekend. A small number signed on originally, however by Sunday afternoon approx. 170 folks of all ages had been interviewed. This weekend a another go to reduce the number, actual shoot to take place mid-November. This will eliminate the fisherman as will be just into the start of the lobster season.

Construction of the enclosed area moving along very well, possible will be closed in by the end of today, certainly by tomorrow. All good as once painted on the outside will be in a position to start the ice making process, much interest in getting that in commence.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 17, 2011


Poor weather continues, last night moon out, no wind, lots of stars, this morning, rain, wind from SW @20-25KPH. Similar conditions till this evening, partial clearing with a breeze tomorrow, in and out for the week.

Saving on the woodpile, have had only a couple of short fires. This time of year this a good thing, as usually have one a day.

Fishery remains concentrated on lobster opening in three weeks. Still bait required, weather has held them up for the past few days, slatty to say the least working the seine.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on October 16, 2011


Cloudy, expecting showers by this afternoon, the southerly wind persists, 35-40KPH, gale force forecast for later on today. Southerly and lots of it for next few days.Temps remain in the mid-teens.

Trees gone by the leaf peeping, beginning to have colour, the wind has taken most of them just as they were beginning to give the show.

Locally all effort on the upcoming lobster season, most of the wiers have been stripped for the winter. Possibly one in Whale Cove still has twine, and has managed to capture a few at weeks end.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on October 15, 2011


Sun is out, with high winds from SW, the roof is rattling, wind expected in 50-60KPH range, temps mid teens. Sinmilar for the remainder of the weekend.

Interviews for MARS BAR ad taking place this weekend, several signed up. Have no idea of what numbers they expect, shooting mid November. Lots done on the construction, hopefully have the walls up, and closed in by this time next week. Plan is to get the machine on to make ice ASAP, pool of volunteers will be off making a living after 8 NOV 11, intense for a few weeks, then slows down to a dull roar.

The ADVENTURE remains on the side, word has it that required parts have been sourced. Once they show up in Blacks Harbour will be a few days getting her back on the run.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on October 14, 2011


A warm northerly @14C, moving around 10-15KPH, drizzle or light rain the order of the day, clear for the weekend with moisture back first of the week.

Interviews for the ad to take place tomorrow, sheet getting pretty well filled up. Most of the interest from youngsters, with a few teenagers thrown in. The construction taking a big leap forward with steel up, and floor down, walls should be going up shortly. Anxious to get it closed in to allow for the ice making to commence.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on October 13, 2011


Weatherman has it correct, overcast and light rain at the moment, temp 11c, to rise into mid teens. Moisture the order for next couple of days then a bit of sun then moisture next day. Temps remaining well up for this time of year.

Additonal construction on the arena in commence, a great deal of material now on site. MARS BAR reps will be interviewing interested locals for participation in the actual ad this weekend. Word is travelling the project well in commence, this combined with the ice not too far off generating quite a bit of interest.

Bait story continues, should be getting on the downside of what is required locally, the weather has co-operated for the last few days to allow no interuption of the flow.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 12, 2011


Another brilliant red sunrise, now giving way to overcast skies, a slight draft from NE, temp 6C, expected to rise into mid teens. Overcast to give showers and rain overnight and tomorrow, long range looking not too bad.

Bait continues to be coming ashore, seiner has had good weather to work with this past few days. Haven't heard how much longer they are staying at it, most of the crew involved in the lobster fishery also.

Rob now coming of age to take his Driving Permit, will be sixteen next month. When asked if he has studied the Manual, suggests he is familiar with the contents, when pressed reveals he can't locate the book at the moment, self-confidence a wonderful thing.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 11, 2011


Another bright sun this morning, a slight draft NW, temp 8C, sun the order of the day, temp to rise near 20C. Temps slowly dropping back to seasonal values, sunny conditions expected till end of the week. Long range after than looking pretty damp.

Emily returned from Quispam on schedule, already making plans for later on for a costume party Halloween Weekend. She definatly has interests other than downtown Grand Manan.

Bait trips still ongoing, three nights in a row will have made a dent in the need. Time getting near Setting Day, lots of activity in the haul up with painting and general maintenance getting caught up.

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THANKSGIVING DAY 2011

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on October 10, 2011


Weather remains topic of conversation, yesterday in high 20's, bright sun, hardly a draft the entire day. This morning similar conditions prevail, a slight draft from the west, temp a warm 16C, looking for 20's again today. No moisture or major change in the pattern till at least end of the week.

Family gathering, and surprise gathering for Otis all very well. Warm in the house with all the bodies, but lots of good food disappeared, and many yarns shared.

Emily reported in from Quispam, had travelled to Fred. Junction for Thanksgiving Dinner, while there lined up a hockey game with local folk. The team wishes to travel to Grand Manan, if things keep going this way won't have enough days in the weeks to accomodate the interest.

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OCTOBER 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on October 09, 2011


Another grand one underway, unseasonably warm is the forecast, temps to be 25-30C, currently 14C, lots of sun and calm. Cooling down, but lots of sun well into the week, no moisture in the forecast till end of the week.

Donna has the combination birthday/Thanksgiving festivities well in hand. Assistance from the two nieces a big help to get everything in place.

Emily made it to Quispam with no problems, they are off to grandma's for Thanksgiving this afternoon. Andrew working till this evening, she will be kept busy for sure.

The ADVENTURE remains off the run, engine trouble a couple of days ago down to one engine. She is in Blacks Harbour awaiting parts and repairs, no definate time as yet, have heard could be as long as a week. The GRAND MANAN V on the run till the ADVENTURE up and running, lots of traffic for the holiday weekend.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on October 08, 2011


A grand looking day underway, bright sun well up over Ross Island, a gentle SW breeze, attempting to go westerly, temp forecast to be in mid-20's today and higher tomorrow. Sun to be with us along with very warm temps most of next week.

Emily on next boat to Quispam, has plenty of confidence on making that trip, no plans, at the moment to visit the malls in St. John. Her itinerary plenty full upon arrival at Quispam.

Donna's dad 90 yrs. tomorrow, some prelminary cooking underway for the family gathering, along with THANKSGIVING celebrations, very opportune.

Weather conditions finally coming around to allow the seiner to go to work, no word if any bait landed or not. Fours weeks till SETTING DAY, time to get some salted, a few use only fresh or frozen.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 07, 2011


A great weather contrast from past few days, bright sunrise, calm, is a cool -1C, lots of frost in evidence. Temp to rise in low double digits, remaining clear, very warm for the weekend, looking good into next week.

Emily endured the outdoor picture taking, nearly froze, the lot of them, however proofs look very good. They ain't cheap as they say, cap and gown and civilian clothes good for the photographer, heavy on the wallet.

Emily off to Quispam, solo tomorrow for Thanksgiving celebrations.She is confident have no problem making that trip, however not prepared for a visit to downtown unless she has another pair of eyes.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on October 06, 2011

Sun up over Ross Island, no problem seeing it this morning, nice and bright. Wind has swung to NW, 25-30KPH, temp a cool 3C. Temp to rise into low teens, lots of sun and very warm temps by the weekend, bring it on.

Grad Class of 2012, all twenty of them, picture taking throughout the day. First off to Dark Harbour, a grand backdrop to say the least, later on this afternoon DRAKES DOCK, Merril and Beaulah's. Weather appears to be co-operating.

Seiner back in the neighbourhood, if weather co-operates they will start this evening looking for herring. FIVE WEEKS from now, wether permitting, the fleet will be into the new season in fine style.

MARS BAR plan on making SETTING DAY part of the ad they are building. Construction of the expansion in the arena should start today.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on October 05, 2011


Rain overnight, stopped for the moment, however the sky has an ominous look of letting loose very shortly.The wind has been blowing for last twenty four hours, NE, now attempting to get to NNW, 10-15KPH. Lots of wind in the forecast till late tomorrow, then clearing, sunny and cool for the THANKSGIVING WEEKEND.

Emily is preparing for grad pictures, quite a process to get proper attire lined up. The outside pictures tomorrow, weather might improve enough to make it a great opportunity to record the event by the water.

Still no bait, weather certainly co-operating, will not be good for another day or so.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 04, 2011


Weather remains consistent, wet, windy, temp not bad @12C, not expected rise much through the day. The wind to increase for next couple of days, getting ready for lobster season.

Winnipeg contingent away this morning, just ahead of the high wind. Should be in Blacks long before the Bay gets too angry. Great having them here for the weekend.


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on October 03, 2011


Weaatherman has it correct, overcast, showers, NE 10-15KPH, temp a mild 12C, similar weather conditions in play for next few days. Did notice a high surf alert for the Gulf of Maine, hadn't seen one before, David will have a surfing good time today.

Emily made out alright, getting to Quispam, a little more difficulty finding the mall, all that was said. They had a good time, and feeling more confident all the time.

Company here till tomorrow, a day of building cabbage rolls and pyrogies for the women, Jeanette first generation Canadian Ukranian, and are they every good.

No sign of lobster bait this weekend.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on October 02, 2011


A nasty day in commence, rain has let up, however a steadt breeze 15-20KPH from NE. Rain expected till tomorrow, a slight shift of the wind to NW might get clearing skies, but weatherman suggesting this will not be the case.

Emily and a school chum off to St. John this morning, had to happen sometime. Haven is the 7th daughter, in her family, did her run a week or so ago. Txted her mother saying she was lost in St. John, mother replied you got there guess will have to figure out how to get home - tough love, oobviously it worked.

Gerry and Jeanette arrived on schedule, getting caught up on things. We were at thier place a couple of years ago. They plan on staying till mid week, then do a bit of touring and visiting his relative in Nova Scotia.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on October 01, 2011


The weatherman appears to be correct, calling for rain and showers for next few days. Currently overcast, can feel the showers about to fall, temp a mild 15C.

A couple of guys on the beach harvesting periwinkles, first time have seen that for several months. Dulsing must be about done for this season, periwinkles a carry over for the winter, don't know if there are any areas open for clams as yet.

Both kids below decks overnight, a rare occurrence it seems this past little while at least. An old friend, a bush pilot, from northern Manitoba days enroute for a few days visit, expect they will be on the boat this afternoon.

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