Providence Bay News and Notes

We wanted to list all the names of the people and businesses who gave a donation for kids free skating in Prov this winter, Manitoulin Streams for their continuing work on our rivers, the Food Bank and our new Village Square. As we reported last week, the Halloween dance was a success and kudos to everyone who supported and volunteered. Thank you Al Taylor, Alison and George Strain, Barry Barns, Bev and Barry Ritz, Big Al and Linda Burlein, Bill and Carol Dewar, Blair Sullivan Jr, Blair Sullivan Sr, Bob and Doris Cranston, Bob and Sarah Kay, Bob Cattle, Brian Murphy, Catherine Howard, Charlie Glanville, Chris and Barb Roberts, D&W Wunsch, Danielle Paquet, Danny Desjardins, Darlene and Doug Bryan, Darryl Van Horn, Dave and Bev McDermid, Dave Beaton, Dave Falconi, David Simpson and Maggie Cervin, Dean and Robin Nadorozny, Dennis Fowler, Dian Kay, Don and Pat Burke, Don Patterson, Dorothy Taylor, Eddie and Betty Simpson, erin-blythe reddie, Glen and Mona Bryan, Gordie Neill, Greg Craner, Harold and Shirley Dewar, Hettmann’s, Jackie Paterson, Jamie and Toots McDermid, Jedd Taylor, Jeff Sheppard, Jeff Wahl, Jeremy Gordon, Jim and Linda Noble, Joanne and Steve Fisher, John and Joanne Bisaillon, Joyce Dennis, Kate Kennedy and Steven Parr, Ken and Jean Pearce, Kenny Cranston, Kristy and Kris Keller, Laura Kernohan and Miguel Cordero, Linda and Martin Garniss, Linda and Reg Gilchrist, Linda Bisson, Lyle and Sharon Dewar, M. Ford, Marlene Liscumb, Matt Young, Merv and Sarah Bowerman, Mike and Barb Mckechnie, Mike Corrigan, Pat McGrath, Pat Young, Raymond Smith, Richard Stevens, Rick Fawcett, Rick Patterson, Rob Pearson, Rolland and Valerie Jalbert, Russ Hendricks, Sally Miller, Sandy and Elaine Denovan, Shannon Drouin, Steve and Kerry Barclay, The Nadorozny, William and Gloria Sandercott, Businesses: Blair Stone and friends, Blue Bird B&B, Brad Middleton, C. Pearson and Son, Dr. Harold Simon, FICX Performance Automotive, Guardian Pharmacy, Huron Sands Motel, Mac’s Camp, Mutchmor and Peace Cafe, O. Bond and Sons, Pro Gas, Prov. Bay Tent and Trailer Park, Rock and Rail, Scott Veterinary, Shaw Farm Supply and The Manitoulin Expositor.

It’s been such a long awaited pleasure to see some progress being made to our beach. Now that the permit has been granted by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the township has begun by grading and cleaning up the beach from the mouth of the Mindemoya River to an area down past the playground. The shoreline is expected to be cleared on the other side of the river as well all the way to the end of the boardwalk. The rest of the area will remain a natural sand dune area. This setup will ensure that the endangered Pitcher’s thistle will be encouraged to proliferate by being subjected to the open windswept conditions that is its preferred habitat. The permit and proposed plans along with pictures are posted on the windows visible from the south side of the Harbour Centre.

We’ve been enjoying above average temperatures and many people are taking advantage of this to complete their fall maintenance schedules, prepare hunting stands and trails, planting bulbs, and just enjoying the last few days of fall just in case old man winter decides to come a little early.

Thank you to the community volunteers that are helping the Providence Bay Village Square to come alive with tulips and daffodils next spring. The project has really come to life and is fantastic to see such community driven initiatives flourish.

Ladies don’t forget to head to Mindemoya on Wednesday, November 9 for some specials on just about every item in a number of local businesses.

Remembrance Day is here again. Remember our veterans who sacrificed so much by participating in a minute of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Check the listings to find a service near you.

The Curling Club and Cheeky Heifer Farms will also be hosting the annual Manitoulin Meat Spiel on November 11, 12 and 13. This is an open spiel. $180 per team, all teams are guaranteed three games. There is also the blind calcutta plus other fun prizes for the hog prize, take-out artist and the first team out. The first 16 teams will be accepted. The entry includes a delicious dinner on Saturday night. To register please contact David McDermid at 705-377-4668 or

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Bob Cranston who will be celebrating on November 15.

If there is anything that you would like to contribute to The Providence Bay News and Notes, we’d love to hear from you. You can email or call Cheryl at 705-377-7511. All submissions are required by 3 pm on the Sunday before each Wednesday publication of the paper. Have a great week.