Providence Bay News and Notes

The weather has been absolutely beautiful. We are being blessed with a very warm and sunny autumn. It does cool off at night and the trees are all starting to change color now. With the amount of daylight hours shortening, it’s time to face the fall. The sandhill cranes and the Canada geese can be seen flocking together to begin their long journey.

The township opened up the mouth of the river again. The river seems to have a mind of its own and seems to prefer to meander across the beach if it’s left on its own. It really seems to help the fish coming in to spawn though. There are plenty of fishermen about but a reminder that the fishing on the river from the bridge on Highway 551/542 downstream to the bridge on Highway 551 is now closed as a fish sanctuary until October 31.

There was a public consultation held at the Centennial Hall on Tuesday, September 22 concerning the erection of a 120 meter tall cell phone tower that is proposed to be on Highway 551 at the corner of Cedar Crescent. Any questions or concerns can be emailed to your Bell representative Deborah Williamson at her email  by October 9, 2015. Once the consultation is completed, a summary is shared with the Municipality of Central Manitoulin and a request is sent for a concurrence.

The Providence Bay Curling Club is having their annual general meeting on October 6 at 7:30 pm. New members are welcome to attend and learn this fun winter sport! The season will be starting mid-November, so come to the curling club and check it out! It’s also that time once again for the monthly breakfast at the club on Thursday, October 1 from 7 and 10 am. Come out and support this not for profit fundraiser.

A group of volunteers with the help of Manitoulin Streams came out to help with the eradication of the invasive phragmites. They collected the rhizomes down by the water so that this plant does not continue to spread. Thank you to Jane, Marlene, Lise, erin-blythe, Nathalie and Nathan from Manitoulin Streams for their hours of hands on volunteer work. Manitoulin Streams is working with an eco-consultant for the next step of applying a herbicide to help remove these reeds and the date is yet to be determined. We’ll keep you posted.

Ingrid Blay has arrived safely in Dusseldorf, Germany. She is there visiting family. Glen and Mona Bryan are back at their summer home for a stay.

Condolences go out to the McDermid family with the passing of Murray. He will be greatly missed by the entire community. He was a real community man and did so much for Providence Bay. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Condolences also go out to the Cornish family on the passing of Dolly.

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