Providence Bay News & Notes

It was a sad day for many as a decommissioning service was held at the former Providence Bay United Church on Sunday, September 10. The final service held in the church was attended by friends and members of the newly amalgamated Mindemoya, Kagawong and Providence Bay United Churches under the new name Trinity United Church. In attendance were also members from the Sudbury Presbytery Church. Reverend Mary Jo Eckert Tracy gave an inspiring message full of memories and hopes for the future.

Former residents Rick and Wendy Hibma of London, Ontario were home for a visit to attend the final church service.

Kerry George of Toronto returned for her annual summertime visit to Ingrid Blay and her husband. They also had visitors all the way from Germany. Frank and Petra Barufke were here for a four day stay during their visit to Canada.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for the great work their doing by keeping the Discovery Centre open on Saturdays and Sundays during September between 12 and 3 pm. With the weather still being so beautiful, we still have not only have tourists, but local families coming out to enjoy our community. 

The Lake Huron Fish & Chips Co. was recently given accolades for their fundraising initiative for an art program at Kalpana Bhaban (House of Imagination) in Nagpur, India. Owner Matthew Garniss credits employees Benny and Carli Abs who volunteer for the program during the winter months. They established an art program and healthy eating program within a boys’ school of 400 students. This summer they sold artwork that the boys had created that will supply the students with fresh fruit all year long. Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative. They are always in need of support, so please contact them if you wish to help in any way.

The hot summer weather that we enjoyed this past week was very welcome albeit a bit confusing to the Canada geese and Sandhill cranes that had already begun their migration south. The salmon have now entered the river and have been spawning.

The work that is being done on the Mindemoya River Bridge has now completed the phase that causes any disturbance to the river. They have completed the bases on either side of the river and are now building the bridge.

You may have noticed that they have erected the Harvest Glory Days Winning Community sign up on the fence at the Fairgrounds near the ticket booth. We are now working on earning a leaf for 2017 to add to it. Don’t forget to decorate your home with this years’ fall theme incorporating red and white for Canada’s 150th birthday of confederation. If you decorate your home and yard, please register with The Manitoulin Expositor so that your home can be included in the map that will be judged Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t forget that Thanksgiving is early this year, so get out there and get decorating. The Village Square has been decorated by some local volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work. They are still looking for additional pumpkins, flowers, gourds or decorations to be added in.

The monthly euchre tournament will be held the last Tuesday of the month, so this month it will be held on September 26. The games begin at 8 pm at the Twilight Seniors Club although all are welcome. Just remember that you need to have a partner to join into the tournament. Come on out and have a great evening.

If you have something that you would like to contribute to the Providence bay News and Notes, please let us know. We know the amazing people and things that happen 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 3:00 pm for submission in the following Wednesday publication of the paper. We look forward to hearing from you.