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Manitoulin Century Ride in August

The Gore Bay Rotary Club will be hosting its second century cycling ride on August 21 with a different route this year. There is a choice of two ‘Bay to Bay’ routes. The true century, 100 mile distance starts in Gore Bay and then takes you on a tour of our beautiful island. You will go through Spring Bay, Providence Bay, Tehkummah, Sandfield, Big Lake, Mindemoya, M’Chigeeng and then returning to Gore Bay. The metric century will be 100km and will be from Gore Bay to Providence Bay and back. 

The registration fee is $75 per rider and the proceeds will be divided up equally between two worthy causes. Half of the money raised will go to the Gwekwaadziwin Miikan Mental Health and Addiction Program and the remaining to the Gore Bay Medical Centre. 

Rotarian Peter Carter said, “there will also be a community family fun/children’s ride which will be free for families to take part in. The riders will start at the splash pad in Gore Bay, and ride down Lakeshore Road to the Janet Head Lighthouse and back. Light refreshments will be available at the splash pad after the riders come in.”

Refreshments will be provided to the riders along the way as well as an after-ride party when everyone returns to Gore Bay. For information and registration please visit the Gore Bay Rotary Club’s Facebook page.

Pick-up soccer in Prov

Every Thursday from now and through October there will be a pick-up soccer game starting at 7 pm at the Providence Bay Fair Grounds. The games go for an hour and a half or as long as you can last! Come on out to enjoy a great sport, meet some new people, get some exercise and maybe even enjoy some face-to-face socializing, and it is free!

Father and son win golf title

Congratulations to Warren Corbiere and his son Justice who took the Manitoulin Golf men’s annual tournament in Gore Bay last weekend with a score of 131. The pair edged out the second place team of Troy Chatwell and Kyle Kauppi by just two strokes over two days and 36 holes with a 133. 

Rainbow Ridge Men’s champion

Meanwhile this past weekend at the Rainbow Ridge in Manitowaning, Sidney Stoneypoint won the 2021 RRGC Men’s Open with a steady 75 – 75 for a score of 150. 

Sportsnet interviews Islander

Jamie Campbell of Blue Jays Central interviewed former professional ball player Ken McKenzie who hailed from Gore Bay! As you may have seen posted on Facebook, Ken had an impressive record during his team’s horrible season. During the 1962 season, the New York Mets lost 120 games. During all of that drudgery, the Mets only had one pitcher with a winning record, and that was Ken! 

Sagamok Fastball Tournament

Sagamok (near Massey) has always been a hotbed of great fastball players and they will be showing off their game on the weekend of August 27 to the 29. Organizer KC Abitong is looking for eight teams with an entry fee of $400. You can reach KC at (705) 862-1076.

Jumbo Bass Derby

If you are not up for fastball that weekend how about the 11th annual Jumbo Bass Fishing Derby. It is on August 28 and is centered at the M’Chigeeng docks. It will cost you $50 per person and a chance to win the $1,000 top prize (pending enough registrations). There is also a winner take all pike category for an additional $25. For full rules and registrations contact Colleen Debassige at 705-348-0211 or Missy Corbiere at 705-968-0371. Earlybird registrations can EFT their entry fee to

Cleveland changes team name, finally!

The major league baseball team from Cleveland, Ohio after years and years of pressure to change their racist team name has done just that. The team will now be known as the Guardians. Hopefully their will not be any old Chief Wahoo memorabilia walking around and for goodness sake, no ‘tomahawk chop’!

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