Central Manitoulin Chatter

I think spring has sprung! The sun is shining and the thermometer shows it to be +1°C. My geraniums are all in bloom, soaking up the sun on the windowsills. We all deserve this lovely touch of spring as it has been a long cold winter.

The Mindemoya peewee team was victorious in the tournament held in Walden. Congratulations to the team and their coaches and families.

The men’s curling bonspiel held in Providence Bay over the weekend was another great success. The roast beef meal on Saturday night was delicious and well attended. The junior curlers put on the breakfast in the mornings, “manned” by the Dawson family. The first event winners were the Gord Gilpin rink from Sudbury with Gord Gilpin, skip, Chris Gordon, vice, Jim Gilpin, second and Don Orford, lead. The winners of the second event were the Kenny Cranston team from Sudbury beating the Jack Clarke rink from Gore Bay. Dave McDermid’s rink won the third event over the Bob Caddel rink from Providence Bay. The rink of Bob Caddel, skip, Jack White, vice, Angus MacDonald, second and Fred Johns, lead, with an 8-ender against Lew Lanktree’s team. The ice was in excellent condition for the brier. Thank you to everyone involved, all the volunteers and the wonderful camaraderie, helping to make the weekend a fun time.

The Providence Bay Curling Club roundup for the year will be the last weekend in March. The fish fry will be held on Saturday night. It has been a long winter of curling fun!

Many are still successful in catching fish while withstanding the cold on the ice. The children’s perch derby at Wolsey was a huge success with many perch caught. Prizes were donated by local businesses with one I know of being Alyssa Cranston winning a new fishing pole courtesy of the Up Top Sports Shop in Mindemoya. Tim Horton’s supplied the coffee and treats.

Our thoughts and best wishes are extended to all who are not feeling well, in hospital or recovering at home. Please take good care. Our condolences are extended to Shirley Baker and family of Evansville in the passing of Lloyd. Lloyd worked for many years at McQuarrie Motors and was a pillar of the community.

The Annual 4×4 Hockey Tournament will be at the Providence Bay arena the last weekend in March. Come out and support your favourite team and enjoy the fellowship with your neighbours. There is always good food and fun!

The Manitoulin Family Resources Food Bank will have their “Treasures Bring On Spring” luncheon on Wednesday, March 26 at the Mindemoya Missionary Church from 11 am until 1 pm. $10 includes soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. Takeout orders available and pre-orders by March 24 at 705-377-4402. The “Winter’s End” bag sale at the Manitoulin Family Resources Treasures Thrift Shop at 18 Forest Street, Mindemoya is March 12 to April 1 for only $10 a bag. Their hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. See you at these events, supporting Manitoulin Family Resources Food Bank.

Please be mindful to shop locally and support your Island businesses. Keep your pets inside and don’t forget to feed the birds and deer. Call 705-377-4909 and leave your notes, news and tidbits on the answering machine or email centralchatter@gmail.com. Please don’t forget to say your name and telephone number if I have to confirm any news.

That’s all the news that is fit to print! Take good care.