Providence Bay News and Notes

What a beautiful summer weekend! The sun was shining and lots of people of all ages enjoyed swimming in the water this past week. Summer is officially here!

Last Thursday, a handful of people came out to the first Huron Island Time Sunset Concert series. It was also a great evening for music down by the beach.

On Wednesday, July 15, there will be a 2nd annual Go Fly a Kite date hosted by the Discovery Centre starting at 1 pm. Learn to make your own kite, or borrow one.

Thursday, July 23 is the next Sunset Concert Series featuring folk singer/song writer Ian Reid at 8 pm on the deck at Huron Island Time. Pay what you can!

A meeting was held at the hall on June 23 informing community members about the preliminary design for the bridge replacement on Highway 551 across the Mindemoya River slated for 2017. Good new folks, no closures are anticipated. For up-to-date information and to submit comments to the Project Team at any time during the study, please visit the project website at www.hwy551mindemoyariverbridge.ca

On Saturday, June 27 the Civic Square preparatory work bee was well attended and much was accomplished. Thank you to all volunteers and the experienced tree cutters and machine operators. Special thanks to Robbie Cranston and Jeremy Gordon and crews.

Coffee Club is open Monday to Friday from 7 to 9:30 am, so if you are looking for coffee and some toast for breakfast feel free to drop in.

The lighthouse mural is back on the community hall wall. It looks better than ever and is painted from the perspective of the lighthouse. It really improves the look of the hall. The entire community extends a big thank you to Mary-Jo.

The Canada Day Festivities were very well attended. The Lions Club Yard Sale appeared to be a big success. The beach was busy all day and they held children’s activities all afternoon. There was face painting, a scavenger hunt, sand castle building and water balloon events. It was fun for all. The house decorating contest was won by Marg Cranston; second place to Cheryl Sheppard; and third place winners were Robin, Dean, Shannon and Evan Nadorozny and friend. Way to show Canadian pride! In the evening, people gathered from all around for cake provided by the township and music and outdoor festivities at the Discovery Centre. The fireworks were enjoyed by all!

The carp were in and have spawned already in the Mindemoya River. A black bear was spotted right in the middle of town at 10:30 one morning. Don’t forget to be bear wise. For more information on where to call if you see a bear or to help prevent them from coming close to town, please visit www.ontario.ca/bwol

Visitors to Providence Bay: Frank and Janet St Pierre from London are up with their daughter Claudine and Ray Smith.

Muriel and Gray Fitzgerald and Peggy Grady are staying at the family Noble Cottage.

Ella Avery and Brian Colley are visiting from Callendar.

Help keep our beach clean by picking up your litter and recycling. Every bit helps!