Providence Bay News and Notes

The Ride Manitoulin weekend has finalized all of the financial responsibilities they incurred and was able to present a cheque to the Starlight Children’s Foundation for $3,500. Plans are already under way for next year’s event to be bigger and better than ever. A big thank you goes out to all volunteers.

The presentation on Invasive Phragmites: The Foreign Grass was presented on August 9 at the Providence Bay Centennial Hall. There was a good turnout and a lot of information was shared with regards to the safe and most effective ways of eliminating the Phragmites. Past and present pictures were shown giving us updates on the areas previously worked on and you could see in some cases major improvements. If these techniques are continuously used by (us) the informed public, we can actually eradicate all our invasive plants off our beach and surrounding areas. Education and dedicated individuals or groups of people all working together will save our beach. To find out more about what other towns are doing and how to form work groups within our area please contact: Judith Jones at or (705) 859-1027.

Condolences go out to the Payette family on the recent passing of Shirley (Payette) James from Chatham. The funeral was held there and was attended by all siblings.

Verna Young and husband Brett from Manitoba stopped in for a visit with dad Matt Young. They are doing a driving trip out east with son Nicky.

Visiting from London, Ontario is Janet St Pierre. She also has her daughter Annette and her two sons Samuel and James. Claudine St Pierre and Ray Smith are also up for a visit.

A large number of the Cranston clan took a trip down country to Fergus to watch The Highland Games. This was all part of Shirley’s birthday gift that was just passed.

The Lake Kagawong Bass Derby was held this past weekend and started out with a heavy downpour of rain. Things cleared up but it seem like most of the big fish were caught during the rain. The fish fry and awards ceremony were held on Sunday, August 14 at the Providence Bay Community Centennial Hall. Music was provided by ‘The Islanders’ and was well received. A great time was had by all. This is the 27th year for this annual event that raises money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. All of the fishermen that won awards donated their financial reward back to the Foundation. I guess that bragging rights are enough for these dedicated and generous outdoors people.

We got a lot of rain this past Saturday but the fire ban for the township of Central Manitoulin remains in effect as of August 15. Be sure to check for the most up to date information.

There will be historical walk held on August 19 around the village. Further information can be obtained at the Discovery Centre, by calling 705-377-5025 or emailing

The Providence Bay Fair is soon coming up. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 19, 20 and 21. Our little town is about to get very busy.

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