Providence Bay News & Notes

Bryan Morgan of Peterborough was recently home to visit Mom Sandy. They were joined by numerous family members and friends at a committal of ashes service and celebration of life for Mike that was held on June 16. Kathy Warner (nee Simpson) of Windsor was also home for the service.

Les Glanville motored to Toronto to see his daughter Major Lesley Kerckhoff graduate from the one year Joint Command and Staff Program at Canadian Forces College on June 20. She was one of 129 select senior officers trained for command appointments in the contemporary operating environment across the continuum of operations in national and international settings. Congratulations major. Providence Bay is proud of you!

The condolences of the community go out to the family and friends of Ernie McDermid who passed away suddenly on June 17. There was a graveside service in Mindemoya and then a drop-in gathering was held at the Mutchmor on Friday, June 22.

Helen and Randy Meyers of Scarborough were up to visit friends Trevor and Ingrid Blay. They make it a point to visit their former neighbours on an annual basis.

Many of our four-legged and winged cohabitants of Providence Bay are proliferating. Blue heron babies can be heard squawking from hidden treetop nests, goslings can be seen following parents, baby skunks have been spotted tumbling around and over each other, and the does are now looking after fresh little fawns. Many monarch chrysalises can be seen hanging from the milkweed plants so soon there will be many beautiful monarchs for children and adults alike to delight in their flight.

There was a 1963 high school class reunion held for friends who passed through Manitoulin Secondary School and were born in 1963. There were ‘crews’ who were originally from Gore Bay, Mindemoya, Manitowaning, Little Current and all around the Island in attendance. A good time was had by all.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to former residents John Payette who celebrates on June 27 and Raymond Smith who turns 49 on June 28.

There is a work bee scheduled at the village square on Saturday, June 30 from 10 am to 2 pm. Help is required for weeding, planting and general tidying up. Come for any length of time that you can offer and have fun making the square look awesome for Canada Day.

Join the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club at their annual yard sale fundraiser on the Canada Day long weekend. The sale is being held June 30 and July 1 in Matt Young’s yard this year at 5278 Highway 551 in between Lake Huron Fish and Chips and the Mutchmor Gallery. Donations are still being accepted by drop at the same address and for more information contact Matt at 705-377-7149.

The Lions Club will also be hosting a second fundraising event Canada Day Long Weekend in the parking lot at the Community Centre. They will be selling foot long hot dogs and sausages. Coffee, pop and water will also be available at this fundraiser. Come on out and support our local Lions who support our community in such a meaningful way.

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. The next period for this is occurring June 30 to July 8. Participants fishing without a licence must fish under the conservation fishing license limits which are set out in the current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. These are available at Service Ontario offices or online. There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing.

Come on out and celebrate Canada Day in Providence Bay. The events are all occurring in and around the Harbour Centre and the beautiful singing sands of our newly refreshed beach. The fun-filled day for the whole family begins with children’s games and activities on the beach beginning at 2 pm. At 6:30 pm enjoy complementary cake and refreshments at the Community Centre. New this year is a storyteller for the Great Spirit Circle Trail on the bandstand beginning at 7 pm. Following that, stick around for some live entertainment from 8 pm until 10 pm. Be sure to get a great seat on the beach and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

This is your last reminder, if you want to hunt antlerless deer this hunting season apply for your tag before the July 3 deadline.

If there is someone that you’d like to give a shout out to, please let us know. And in fact, if you have anything that you would like to contribute, please let us know. We know that there is a lot going on in our community but let’s allow everyone to know. If there is an upcoming birthday, anniversary, fundraiser or celebration, please let us know. You can email Cheryl at or call her at 705-862-1613. Submissions must be received by each Sunday at 3 pm for submission in the following Wednesday publication of the paper. We look forward to hearing from you.