GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, JULY 31/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 31, 2014

Morning fog with us again, attempting to burn off, with a bit more of the harbour being shown every few minutes, temp 13C, forecast suggests we will have sun, but temps only in higher teens, with a cool overnight in store. Forecast suggesting might be some showers for Saturday, overall not too bad for the FESTIVAL.

The Community Centre being overtaken by the ROTARIANS in preparation for the weekend, arena being set up for the kids, booths starting to take shape on the grounds, a lot of work by these guys to make it happen. One can only hope the weather co-operates, the arrival of a large team of Clydesdales horses has peaked much conversation, everyone has seen the BUDWIESER ads, and looking forward to seeing these animals in the flesh.

Reports of weirs on front of the island being seined, no large quantities, but an indication there is life in the Bay.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 30, 2014

The high quality of fog remains, no wind, temp 13C, forecast suggests clearing as the day moves along, a southerly flow, high temp in low 20's, fog returning by evening. The next few days seems unsettled with cloudy periods, however no mention of rain for the ROTARY FESTIVAL WEEKEND.

Weather not conducive for the tourist group looking to see a whale, yesterday after the fog lifted the wind offshore fairly strong, don't believe any of the boats attempted to make a trip.

Fishery news remains quiet, the stampede to participate in the Grey Zone has let up, many that were thinking about making the trip have taken a wait and see attitude before making the commitment. Cost of travel with little catch doesn't make the trip worthwhile.

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TUESDAY, JULY 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 29, 2014

An uncommon mixture this morning, thick fog not uncommon. with a fairly strong 20-25KPH from SW. Supposed to clear with cloudy periods, same forecast for remainder of the week, temps not to increase by too much, well below the 20C, currently 16C listed as the high for today.

Emily has had a day at the tankhouse, again this morning, lobster yesterday, crabs the order of the day today. Don't know how long it took to gather these animals up, but a few lobsters moving out this week from the tankhouse.

First month of the summer already behind us, summer took awhile to show up, and seems will be making an exit before we realize it was here.

The ADVENTURE is maintaining an eighty minute crossing, engine room reports indicate with the extra work on the engines the vessel is performing very well. One certainly doesn't mind getting to a destination early, especially when one is "going away" or coming home.

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MONDAY, JULY, 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 28, 2014

A fine grade of fog this morning, rained heavily overnight, a muggy 16C, thundershowers, strong southerlies as the day moves along. Week has sun and similar forecast as today listed so far, have to say it appears undecided what we will have leading to the Long Weekend.

Fisheries news little change, Grey Zone lobster catch not amounting to much, many boats fishing the same ground might be one consideration. A few small lots of herring from weirs from front of the island sent to the factory last week, a number of the weirs in Whale Cove now are dressed and ready for work.

Tourist traffic remains fairly steady, still can't see the numbers we usually have this time of year, part of this could be many folks exploring close to home rather than leaving the Province.

Work at Swallow Tail moving along at a good rate, the boardwalk from the Keepers House looking great and should be completed in short order. Boardwalk has been gone for decades, a major step in the restoration of the site as to what it was years ago.


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SUNDAY, JULY 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on July 27, 2014

Overcast, almost foggy in the harbour, a southerly flow to increase as the day moves along, temp 15C will increase a few degrees, with rain by this evening to continue for tomorrow. Sun with a day or so of showers in the forecast for next week.

Managed to have the lawn work completed, doesn't appear would have had an opportunity to work on it today, too damp.

Boat traffic seems steady whenever one going by the terminal and boat is coming or going, not full loads by any stretch, but enough to justify the extra trips for sure.

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SATURDAY, JULY 26/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on July 26, 2014

Hazy this morning, any cloud cover very high, 12C with a high near the 20C level, calm, southerly expected later on this afternoon 20-25KPH. The moisture holding off till Monday, showers in the forecast off and on for the next week.

Few lobsters going, price now in the $6/lb range, those at SOBEY's selling at $6.99 live, historically a low price at anytime of the year, especially so in the summer months, possibly a Special for this week.

Yard maintenance on the agenda this morning, push mowing a must, will deliberate on the riding part, doesn't seem as if it is really a must, but will see what advice is given.

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FRIDAY, JULY 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 25, 2014

Overcast, a mackerel back sky observed, according to folklore a harbinger of moisture within twenty-four hours, none in the forecast till Sunday. Currently a modest 12C, remaining cooler today might make it to the 20C later on this afternoon. A nice Saturday with possibility of showers for Sunday and Monday.

New construction at the Seal Cove harbour nearing completion, at least this stage, a grand facility it is, money for final paving of the Parking Lot will have to wait till 2015 for completion, funding has run out for the project this fiscal year. The Minister of Fisheries slated to officially open it next month, hoping she has found some funds to complete construction this year, after a winter of moving snow around one would have to think a lot of the preparation work will be gone with the plough.

A drive to Southern Head revealed Pats Cove Weir being put in fishing order, appears she needed quick a few stakes this time around.

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THURSDAY, JULY 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on July 24, 2014

As predicted, rain, fairly steady at the moment, high humidity, calm, temp 15C with a gradual increase to low 20's by this afternoon. Clearing this evening, a good weather weekend in the forecast, with some moisture possible to begin the new week.

Fishery news remains quiet, the tankhouse is holding crabs, a much better environment to control the morts while a trip is made up. Haven't heard a price of the lobsters that are being landed, or the quantity, the of conflict of gear rhetoric seems to have let up, hopefully all hands are able to play nice in the Zone.

GRAND MANAN V not making trip from Blacks Harbour this morning, seems a power outage in play, unable to use the ramp, down time not expected to last for any length of time, no word on reason for the outage.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 23, 2014

Muggy, fog, a southerly draft gives one the impression fog may be with us for the day, weatherman suggesting a bit more wind, and sunshine by noon, remains to be seen. Temp 17C, expected to make it to mid 20's as the day progresses, the rain forecast for tomorrow has been changed to suggest thundershowers will be the order of the day.

Boat was not full coming or going yesterday, a mixture of locals and 'strangers from away' made up the clientele, a fair SW breeze on the trip home, certainly no challenge for the ADVENURE. Crossing is a consistent 80 minutes each way, a bit of visit with fellow travellers and time to go to the car. Appears we managed to visit most of the spots that was on the list, but possibly one or two left for next trip. Met Rob for a brief encounter in the Parking Lot, he had half hour for dinner, he managed to meet for his new wardrobe purchases, seems they all met with his approval.

On leaving Blacks Harbour did see a couple of the CONNORS Boats coming in with herring headed for the factory, at least some of the weirs had coughed, somewhere in the area.

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TUESDAY, JULY 22/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:03 AM GMT on July 22, 2014

Calm, a hint of fog in the harbour, soon to burn off, temp 13C, forecast suggesting not to rise too much, however this has been the suggestion for past few days, high has been significantly higher than forecast has predicted. Some sou'west air movement in the 25-30KPH range by this afternoon. Still giving showers for Thursday, then nice weather to return.

A quick trip to St. John for a bit of diversion, after the event of the past week or so, nothing specific to accomplish, have lunch with Rob, and where are we going next type of conversations as the day unfolds.

Emily has been getting some hours with the tankhouse, suspect Grey Zone critters, her babysitting gig up and running, also some food preparation hours coming her way,

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MONDAY, JULY 21/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 21, 2014

Weather continues to follow the script, clear, with a bit of overcast, total calm, temp 15C expected to rise to low 20's, might get a draft from SW by this afternoon. Suggestion of light rain for Thursday, then returning to current conditions, for several days.

Herring news remains quiet, a couple of weirs in Whale Cove have twine on them, appears a couple of others are being worked on. No run on front of the island as yet, the historical season for herring run in this area getting by, with no indication there is going to be one of any significance. Checked out the Whistle yesterday, Channel total calm, no sign of whales, but did see the fin of a solitary harbour porpoise.

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SUNDAY, JULY 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on July 20, 2014

Another great start to the weather day, high cloud cover, not a breathe of air moving, temp 14C, one of those rare days when no wind in the forecast. Cloudy later in the afternoon, temp might reach the 20's, with high humidity, long range still telling we have sun for the next several days.

Managed to have the lawn groomed by mid afternoon, now being visited by the newest crop of Canada Geese, they can cause havoc with grass in very short order, plus the gift they leave behind also a hazard, especially if one is in barefeet.

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SATURDAY, JULY 19/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 19, 2014

Overcast, calm, 16C, sun to make an appearance, temp to climb into the 20's, possible fog overnight, then nice temps and weather returns for tomorrow, we are still being promised good conditions for the next several days.

Appears no excuse to get at the grass, seems dry and is not getting any shorter, at least the temp is co-operating the push portion can be done before any great increase in the temp, after that riding mower can take over. Still some branches from ARTHUR that is evident didn't make through the storm, a bit of trimming will bring them into line.

Summer traffic appears to be picking up, majority of plates seem to be from Ontario, a smattering of Quebec, U.S. visitors from Maine, have seen them from Colorado and Virginia this past little while, however don't seem to be the numbers we have had in years past.

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FRIDAY, JULY 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 18, 2014

As promised the new day, bright sun, calm, 16C will climb to mid 20's as the day progresses. Same forecast with a bit higher temps for the next several days, a welcome change for sure.

Rob has returned to St. John, his stays shorter, it seems, not a lot of time to catch up on what is going on in his world, still enjoys his job and the fellows he is working with. They are helping him at his trade, seems as if plenty of work lined up for the next while. He is now attempting to make his paycheque do what it must and then do the nice to do aspects also, believe the first hint of the real world settling in. First paycheque in the bank, most of which has been claimed for the monthly living expenses, a bit of a revelation on his part.

Have been out of touch with the pulse of the community this week, have no idea what the fishing industry is doing, herring, crab or lobster all in play for the next few weeks.

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THURSDAY, JULY 17/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 17, 2014

The quality fog remains, calm, temp 16C, temp to remain near this temp as the fog is expected to move off with clearing by this evening. Starting tomorrow we are being promised great temps, mid 20's for high, and days of sunshine, one can only hope. We avoided the extreme weather experienced last few hours in the Boston area, rain and flash flooding, will take what we received and keep mum.

Rob arrived last trip last night, haven't spoke with him as yet, will be catching up on some of his required sleep hours I suspect.

School is set up for this afternoon, expectation of large community turn out, with numbers expected from the mainland, the parking lot at the Community Centre being utilized with a shuttle to the school brought in to help folks get around. The gym at the Centre has been quiet all summer lots of teens there this past few days playing basketball, gathering and working out, a good release for sure.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 16, 2014

Fog production remains at a high level, a sou'west draft insuring we are getting our share, threat of showers for the day, temp 16C, temp to remain in high teens, similar for tomorrow, end of the week into the weekend looking to be a change for the better.

Community remains in shock with Danielle's passing, funeral tomorrow afternoon, being held at the school, a venue that may be able to handle the expected show of support and concern for the family. The impromptu memorial at the school visited and contributed to on a regular basis.

Rob is coming home this evening to attend the funeral tomorrow.

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TUESDAY, JULY 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on July 15, 2014

A superior level of fog being manufactured this morning, barely see the beach, calm, temp 15C, will rise a bit, with some showers in the forecast for the next few days, temp to remain similar to today.

Community in mourning, a shocker to lose one so young, her peer group could be seen mustering in different locations to be together, and others wandering aimless attempting to grasp that she is no longer with us. A memorial at the school has been erected with a basketball hoop, her passion, the centre piece being visited on a regular basis.

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MONDAY, JULY 14/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 14, 2014

A change in the weather over the past few hours, overcast, a southerly flow, a harbinger of light rain, possible clearing for a period this afternoon then moisture again overnight and for the next few days. Temp high teens for the week, with clearing conditions by end of the week.


Tragedy late last evening with the death of the valedictorian of the recent graduation class, horrific.

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SUNDAY, JULY 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on July 13, 2014

A nice one commence this morning, a nice 15C, a modest southerly flow, clear, a bit of haze in evidence, suggesting cloudy periods might show before too long. Moisture first three days of the week with thunderstorms in the forecast.

Full tides are on, the bar very long this morning, an individual taking advantage and doing some clamming, has been awhile since tides this full, winkling crowd should have a chance at locations that haven't been touched for some time.

Rob made an exit on the 11:30AM trip, as predicted some food, a bit of cash and the documentation for the new vehicle in his pocket and gone.

Fishing news remains quiet in all sectors, lobster guys will be catching their breath from a good season, but will be getting antsy in the not too distant future.

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SATURDAY, JULY 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on July 12, 2014

A great summer morning underway, bright sun, not a cloud in the sky, temp 14C, not a breath of wind. Clear, warm, slight southerly for the weekend, to start the week moisture for first couple of days, possibly more.

Rob home on the 5:30PM trip, got the afternoon shortened up took a chance with no reservation, but lots of room, with mostly visitors on the ferry. He has things to do in St. John, don't expect he will tarry too long around the old folks today. A car show in Moncton beckons, also helping do some house repairs with a friend, very busy. The car much to his liking, BERNICE has found a new life in St. Stephen as a drag racing machine. One of his classmates took it off his hands, and plans on resurrecting or restoring her to her original glory.

Weather conditions as they are seems more things in the yard need my attention, especially where the push mowing is well in hand, leaving great opportunity to do some of the smaller things that need attention. A busy day ahead I would say.

A great number of folks on the mainland still without power, several thousand households, some will be days before they get back online. At least it occurred during the warmer months, this length of time in winter would be cause for great damage with freezing conditions.

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FRIDAY, JULY 11/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 11, 2014

The great sunrise now given over to cloudy conditions, total calm, temp 13C, sun expected to make an appearance as the morning unfolds, a slight draft from the south later on with high temp in the lower 20's. Similar conditions for the weekend with rain to start the first couple of days of the new week.

Rob making an overnight trip, suspect needs a larder upgrade, plus have the registration stickers for his vehicle, otherwise probably would be a bit before he felt the need to visit even for a sleepover, heading back tomorrow afternoon.

Fishing news remains static, haven't heard what the crab traps or halibut trawl boats have been doing, Grey Zone not great production, still some gear conflict, but slowly getting things under control.

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THURSDAY, JULY 10/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on July 10, 2014

Thick fog again this morning, sun is attempting to burn it off, calm, temp 14C, to expect clearing temps in high teens, a southerly flow 20-25KPH to swing to the NW by this afternoon. Suggesting next few days to be sunny and mild, no moisture in the forecast till start of the week.

Summer tourist season off to a slow start, some locations still have vacancies, an unusual turn of events as this time of year most rooms long since spoken for. One has to wonder if the negative reports of ferry problems may have had a greater impact than we suspect.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on July 09, 2014

Fog left late yesterday morning, somehow has found the route back, barely see the shore, a slight draft from the south, temp 14C. Forecast suggests some drizzle, before the sun makes an appearance this afternoon, temp to increase near the 20C level with high humidity.

Quiet on the herring front, a tour last evening showed all the sardine carriers tied to the wharf, nothing going on in that sector, other than a bit of construction for some front of the island locations. The Grey Zone, as anticipated, lots of gear conflict stories, now involving American and Canadian boats, both countries have enforcement types on site, question to be answered is what laws apply, the area is disputed as to who it belongs.

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TUESDAY, JULY 8/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on July 08, 2014

Thick fog this morning, beginning to dissipate somewhat, supposed to clear with sun by this afternoon and temps in the mid 20's, forecast suggests sun and good temps for the remainder of the week, southerly flow makes one suspect moisture might not be too far distant at any given time.

Many pickup loads of the aftermath of ARTHUR moving yesterday, lots of trees to clean up, lots of poplars, however many of the old trees also succumbed to the high winds. Many have well over 100 years of growth and weathered many storms till this time.

No word on local fishery news, the traffic on both ferries said to be steady on all trips.

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MONDAY, JULY 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on July 07, 2014

Sunny, a slight draft from the west, wind will swing to the south by this afternoon and give a shot 20KPH, sun to remain and temp to reach the low 20's, similar conditions in the forecast for the week.

Major portion of the aftermath from ARTHUR picked up, one tree still at a very rakish angle, will wait to see if it will right itself or have to be manufactured for firewood. The amount of leaves will have to wait for a lawn mowing to bring them under control, by the amount on the ground amazing any remain on the trees, however they are quite diminished in that department.

Tourist traffic, at least seems that way, not too heavy, of course the weather this weekend would have been a factor in keeping folks on the mainland.

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SUNDAY, JULY 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on July 06, 2014

Overcast, a slight westerly draft, 16C to reach low 20's with sun as the day moves along, similar conditions for the next few days, have had enough weather past few hours to do for quite awhile.

ARTHUR left an impression, lost a few trees around the property and changed others with limbs broken, a couple of the smaller ones blown over, will not know if they can be salvaged once put upright for awhile and hope they are able to root themselves. Windows look as if someone was throwing salad at them. all the windows not just the ones on the west side where the wind was originating. Lots of water, however seems not to have been a problem around the community. Many trees down putting the power off for awhile as the crew cleaned the lines, as usual a commendable job keeping things going. Boat made the last two trips of the day, GRAND MANAN V did not make any trips during the day.

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SATURDAY, JULY 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on July 05, 2014

Now Tropical Storm ARTHUR living up to his billing northerly wind, consistent 50-55KPH much higher gusts, rain in sheets with approx. 40mm down at the moment. Environment Canada suggesting could be as much as 140mm before he leaves the neighbourhood with wind gusting to 120KPH, can now see Ross Island for the first time this morning, not nice will be late this afternoon or early this evening before some relief from the elements, wind remains high for a few days.

Have spent the first part of the morning securing the smaller trees, ground is saturated and no problem for ARTHUR to push them at an alarming angle. Some of the bigger trees have lost large limbs, some giving a very rakish angle before returning to upright, will have to wait to see if they can survive the onslaught or have a start on the firewood for next year. Check on radar indicates the storm has just left Portland, still lots of stuff to come this way, core is bright yellow, lots of stuff. Barometer needle way down no indication it wants to move upward just yet.

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FRIDAY, JULY 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on July 04, 2014

Thick fog, sun attempting to make a brief appearance prior to the forerunner of the arrival of ARTHUR, now 15C, showers by this afternoon, appears ARTHUR entering the Bay late tonight with lots of rain and gale force winds till tomorrow afternoon. Sunday looking sunny and mild, long-range not too bad, but no decisions on cloud or sun.

ARTHUR not a common weather event this time of year, his track moving ever so slightly to the west on each update, now on the western shore of Nova Scotia up the Bay rather than the eastern shore of Novie.


Preliminary report from Grey Zone not too encouraging in quantity, to be expected for awhile, especially with the amount of gear in conflict in certain areas, once that is settled might have a better idea on what the fishery looks like for the next little while.

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THURSDAY, JULY 3/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on July 03, 2014

Thick fog, beach visible, but not much further, a draft from SW to increase near 25-30KPH this afternoon, with showers and possible thunder as the day unfolds, similar conditions till ARTHUR visits on Saturday. ARTHUR now a Cat 1 Hurricane, edging a little more westerly as it comes up the eastern seaboard, current track has the storm hitting Halifax with outer reaches here in the Bay.

CANADA DAY a huge success, a hard act to follow next year, the volunteers worked hard and a small core group managed to pull it off, the events combined with the weather a grand celebration for sure.

Fishery news quiet, no word from the Zone on the amount of lobsters just many reports of gear conflict, the first of many am sure.

Folks in southwestern Manitoba hit hard by rain, one community we lived in, Deloraine, getting coverage on the national news. In our time there flooding not an issue, certainly is the case this past few years.

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THURSDAY, JULY 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 02, 2014

Humidity at 100%, fortunately the temp a low 12C, a Heat Warning has been issued, obviously for the mainland, our high to be near 20C with SW wind 30-35KPH. The sun in the forecast remains elusive with low cloud or fog keeping it from showing. Rain in the forecast for next three days, and the first hurricane of the season headed up the coast for the weekend, just where and what influence on the Bay of Fundy too early to tell.

The CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS well attended, weather conditions ideal for large gatherings, warm but not too hot. The Committee Members must be pleased their efforts enjoyed by so many of all ages.

Rob home for a few hours, took his new car on tour for his cronies to view and comment. Already has larger and wider tires to replace current, a trade or sale of his woofers from BERNICE, made the transaction no further cost. Enjoys his working environment, the crew are making him feel welcome, they are all `older 'and have taken him under their wing.

With the end of Lobster Season the Ingalls Head Road has a lot less traffic, boats fishing are mostly out of Seal Cove for the next few months.

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CANADA DAY - 2014

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on July 01, 2014

A bit of haze evident this morning, a slight southerly draft, temp 17C, a Heat Alert flashing on the weather app, believe effecting the mainland more so than here, high for us in mid 20's, likely to be a bit higher by late afternoon. By this afternoon the slight draft will be 30-35KPH from the SW, next few days changing some, similar tomorrow with thunder possible and rain for the rest of the week.

The folks that worked so hard to put the CANADA DAY celebrations together have ideal weather conditions to help in making the effort a success.

Rob arrived on the late boat, all reports the MAZDA is more than an adequate replacement for BERNICE, believe the standard transmission intrigues him a fair bit. It is a nice looking piece of gear, one owner and 95K for a 2010 relatively low mileage along with a one owner, should be dependable and something he can afford, next decision he can make on his own.

No herring news to speak of, a few boats preparing to set crab traps, a few more halibut trawl and the Grey Zone will be entering the conversation more as the summer unfolds.

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