Providence Bay News & Notes

The monthly fundraising breakfast at the Providence Bay Curling Club was attended by 25 people. Thank you to all who continue to support our local club on the first Thursday of every month and to the loyal coffee drinkers who come in weekday mornings from 7 to 9 am.  Remember all are welcome.

Get well wishes go out to Don Prescott who currently lives in the Little Current Centennial Manor.

The Mindemoya River Bridge has now been paved, the stoplight has been removed and traffic is able to use both lanes of the newly erected replacement bridge. There is still some clean up to be done but what a fantastic improvement.

Community Living Manitoulin held its Annual Harvest Ball at the Providence Bay Community Centre on Friday, November 3 with a live band, dancing, sandwiches and refreshments. The music was by Double Barrel.

Community members along with Mary Jo Gordon and Alex Baran donated their fall mums to the Providence Bay Village Square. Mary Jo and Alex planted them on Sunday and they will look great next year.

E.A.R.S. Radio (Emerging Artist Radio Station) is now broadcasting via the Internet from Providence Bay. The Internet-based radio station is owned by Merdick McFarlane and is currently streaming his own songs. The E.A.R.S. station is solely for the purpose of broadcasting singer/songwriters who have written and produced their own works. Each artist must own 100 percent of the rights to the material. No works owned by other artists will be accepted. To send Merdick McFarlane a song, do so by email at and in the subject line please put EARS RADIO. To listen to the station, click the link on Merdick’s Facebook page or on 2nd Time Around’s page.

Bill Payette is here for a week to do some fishing and to visit family and friends.

2nd Time Around is hosting a Ladies’ Night on Wednesday, November 8 from 4 to 8 pm. There will be snacks, refreshments, door prizes and games. Come on out and spin the wheel for additional discounts and prizes.

Remembrance Day will soon be upon us. It’s being held on a Saturday this year so many people who are not usually able to attend may be able to do so. We are lucky to have the war memorial monument so close to us. On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 o’clock we will remember. The most sacrosanct and central element in Remembrance is the Two Minutes of Silence. During this time of reflection, Canadians pause to honour, thank and remember our Fallen. Please remember to participate.

Rick Patterson will be celebrating his birthday on November 14. If you see him out and about, remember to wish him a Happy Birthday.

We’d like to continue doing community shout outs in the Providence Bay News and Notes every couple of weeks. 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 3:00 pm for submission in the following Wednesday publication of the paper. We look forward to hearing from you.