Central Manitoulin Chatter Nov 27

What a difference a week makes! Last week we had +12°C and today it is -12°C with snow but the sun is shining. There was a pair of downy woodpeckers sharing the suet with a pileated woodpecker on the deck today. It is such a treat to watch our feathered friends devouring the seeds.

It’s been a busy week in Central Manitoulin with the Providence Bay Community Centre Board’s Fowl Supper, Ladies’ Night in Mindemoya and the Manitoulin Family Resources 1st Annual Christmas Treasures Craft Show, Michael’s Bay Hunters’ Dinner and more! These events were well attended and proved to be great successes.

It was nice to see familiar faces around this hunting season. Among our many hunters visiting the Island were Don Tonnery, Keswick; Keith Campbell, Espanola; Grant Lewis, Sault Ste. Marie; Rick Fawcett, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and Eric Dix from Tara.

Many people were out and about visiting on and off the Island. Lois Newton, Pat Best and Bessie Honess spent the weekend in Sault Ste. Marie where Bessie watched her young granddaughter, Emily Smith play hockey. Willie White spent a few days in Barrie visiting her friend Darlene, taking in time to do some Christmas Shopping. Hazen visited his son Bruce in Meldrum Bay. Gerald Arnold of Mississippi spent a week with his brother and sister-in-law Harold and Margaret Arnold. Gerald hadn’t been to the Island in 25 years so he noticed quite the difference.

MSS Mustangs girls’ hockey won their games against Chelmsford on the 13th and Lively on the 20th. Their home ice is in M’Chigeeng where their scheduled games are on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. Take in a game and support our young ladies.

The volunteers at the Fowl Supper in Providence Bay should give themselves a huge pat on the back for another job well done. A big thank you to these young individuals: Kayla, Finlay, Jordan, Christine, Maggie and your friends (please forgive me for not knowing all your names), you did an amazing job!

Get well wishes to Sadie Debassige, hoping you are on the mend. We’re still thinking of our neighbour Don Burke and his wife Pat while Don is recuperating in hospital in Sudbury.

Now that the snow is upon us, keep our friends and neighbours in mind when their vehicle needs brushing off or a walkway needs shoveling. Be careful driving and take an extra few minutes to get to your destination.

Remember to shop locally and support your local businesses.

Please call 705-377-4909 and leave your notes, news and tidbits on the answering machine or email centralchatter@gmail.com. That’s all the news that is fit to print! Take good care.