Friends and Neighbours

Team Fergmeijer

What better time than autumn to fall in love! A friend of Team Fergmeijer was telling us about the person they have been dating. Turns out, they have never shared a single joke. Not a pun, a knock knock joke, nothing! It’s a very serious relationship.

You may have noticed that the fire hall is getting a bit of a facelift. During the renovations and remediation, the township will maintain access to the water fill station. Be advised that despite best efforts, there may be short periods when access isn’t available. Always use caution when in the proximity to the fire hall and workers.

And just because the fire hall is under renovations, doesn’t mean our fire department volunteers are taking it easy. Did you know they have a smoke machine that you can borrow to run emergency escape drills with your family?! Contact the fire department for more info.

As always, Kagawong will be flooded with little boos and gouls trick or treating on Halloween night. Make sure to stop into the Park Centre for treats courtesy of the Parks, Rec and Wellness committee (5-7pm). The library will be open for the evening so be sure to take in their annual video display – and take in more candy, of course!

The township’s Junk in the Trunk event on Saturday was a great success. On vendor mentioned they arrived with four items and left with four items, but they were four completely different (and new to them) items. Thanks to the participants and the Climate Action Committee!

Happy birthday wishes go out to several Kagawongians: Jim C, and Diane N have both recently celebrated milestones (29 IS a pretty big deal after all). At your age, people expect you to be calm, dignified and sober. We’re happy to see you have continued to disappoint them for another year. Meranda V will be celebrating almost 29 this weekend. Let’s face it, we’re all jealous of your youth so just blow out the candles quickly so we can eat cake and feel better about ourselves…err… so we can celebrate your big day! Of course, we kid because we love; best wishes to you all!

October 24th was municipal Election Day. Can you believe the drama!?!?!? Actually, we have to submit this column by Monday morning, so we have no idea what happened. We are sure the community elected those they feel will best serve the needs of the township, and that in the coming months the transfer of power will be peaceful.

Take note – the Billings landfill will be closed early on Thursday, November 3. Be sure to drop off anything you need to drop off by 5 pm on that date.

Save the date – yule be sorry if you miss it! Christmas in Kagawong is back November 18-20th. There will be lots of ways to treat yo’elf and have a festive good time. We’ll share more information as it becomes available.

The library’s annual silent auction is back for 2022! Join the auction facebook page ( to see sneak previews of some truely amazing items over the next few weeks. Bidding does not open until Thursday, Nov. 24th and closes Sunday Nov. 27th. All proceeds go to support Billings Library.

Our final submission to our call for short poetry really takes you on a journey.

Two roads diverged

In a wood, and I took

The one on the left

Because the one on

The right looked muddy

And I had nice

Shoes on.

Have a good week!

Barrie Island

Lillian Greenman

At cards on Friday night there were three tables. Rose VanEvery had a very lucky night. She was high lady with 87 points and went home with the money jar. High man was Karen Noble with 76 points. Ladies’ lone hands was won by Myra Duncanson with three lone hands. Most lone hands for the men were won by Bob Benedict with five lone hands. The most euchres were won by Lois Wismer with eight. It was a good night.

Saturday was a very busy day. Several from Meldrum went to Silver Water to enjoy Karen’s Christmas fair. They said that there were a lot of lovely things for sale. I did not get to go due to being home with shingles. In the morning there was the annual meeting of the DCIA and in the afternoon was the annual meeting of the Roads Board. My husband went to both and said that there was a lot of interesting discussion. The same heads of both boards were elected for another year. We want to thank everyone for being willing to serve the community. We appreciate you.

We’ve made several trips into Mindemoya to visit Dorothy Antoine from Zhiibaahaasing who was a passenger in a car accident, and was in hospital with a broken arm and was pretty banged up. She is now recovering well. We are thankful.

John Bonwick is very busy at the waterfront bringing in the docks and securing them for another winter. There are still some boats at the waterfront. Many belong to people who go to Cockburn Island. But the docks must be protected from the ravages of the winter ice. It is a cold and rather miserable job each fall to get them into place.

Even though we’ve had some cold and some things have frozen, my tomatoes and beans are still growing. But we know what is coming soon. We have our snow tires on our truck, and we are not alone as several of our neighbours have already done the same. One more step in getting ready for winter.

Silver Water

Karen Noble

Dad (Jim Noble) did not get moved to Mindemoya yet. He had some trouble last Sunday night that led to surgery on Thursday. Once the procedure proves to be working then the process of getting him to Mindemoya Hospital then to the Manitoulin Lodge will begin again. I visited him on Tuesday October 18 when I was in Sudbury and Lara was there in the evening the same day.

There were lots of people out to euchre in Silver Water on Thursday night. Some of the summer residents were out for the final time until spring.

Friday night, on the drive to Meldrum Bay for euchre, a large doe raced out of the ditch directly into the front passenger door of the car. Two of my passengers saw it happen the same as me. It happened very fast and with a loud bang. The damage did not look as bad as we were all imagining from the sound. We will find out from the experts soon how bad it is.

Saturday, October 22 was very busy. The first of the Christmas markets was held in our buildings in the morning. The UCW did very well with selling their baking and crafts. Thank you to all the ladies who donated baking and the homemade crafts. Anyone who missed the sale, we are working on scheduling another date in a few weeks. My tables will be set up in the garage until close to Christmas. I am sure we will not be so lucky with the weather as we were this weekend.

Lloyd and Jean Steeves were here for a few days. Jean was a vendor here on Saturday. When the market was over, Jackson Chevrette and I got in the car to head for Peterborough. We arrived at Larissa Chevrette’s house at about 8:30 pm and had a visit with her, her boyfriend Ryan and her housemate Micaela. Larissa and Micaela came home with us on Sunday to spend their reading week with my sister, Lara and family. Larissa’s puppy, Salem, also made the trip back with us.

Saturday was recycling bin day here. Albert Meijer had Doug and Brenda Carter helped him out. They had a good crowd out.

There was a customer appreciation at Stop 540 on Saturday afternoon.

The Celebration of Life service for Terry Arnot being held in the Silver Water Community Hall starts at 11:30 on Saturday, October 29.

On Thursday, November 3, the UCW has their meeting at St. Andrew’s United Church in the afternoon.

On Sunday, November 6, there will be a Local Services Board pre-budget meeting at the Silver Water Community Hall at 2 pm. Posters with the agenda will be posted this week.

On Friday, November 11, there will be a Remembrance Day service and potluck supper beginning at 4:30 pm. The donations collected will go to the Angel Bus.

I have agreed to organize baking for the M’Chigeeng Christmas Market on Saturday, November 5. The proceeds of what we collect, and sell will go to the Gore Bay Medical Centre. Anyone who is willing to donate any baking, please let me know so I can arrange to collect it on the Friday before. We encourage everyone to come out to the market to shop locally from all the vendors who have had three years to increase their inventory.

There will be a Hunters’ pancake breakfast at the Silver Water Community Hall on Sunday, November 20 from 8 to 10 am for $15 per person. The menu will include pancakes, waffles, sausage, syrup, strawberries, whipped cream and beverages. The proceeds will go to the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary. It is nice to be able to resume this pancake breakfast that Betty Rumley and Peggy Noble ran for years when they were members of the hospital board. We want to thank Jane Wismer who has organized the breakfast for many, many years until the shutdown in 2020 and 2021.

Stop 540 will be open for breakfast on Sunday morning, November 20 as well. The menu is posted on their facebook page.

Happy Hallowe’en to everyone!