Providence Bay News & Notes

Toots McDermid wants to send out a big thank you to everyone who attended her 90th birthday party that was held in October. Especially to those who travelled great distances to celebrate with her. It was greatly appreciated and she had a wonderful day. Thank you.

There are huge potholes on River Street (the beach parking lot) so please exercise caution when walking down there, especially at night. Be careful where you’re stepping, nobody needs to twist or brake an ankle, leg, arm or hip.

A Remembrance Day Service was held at the Manitoulin District Cenotaph thanks to the hard work of Comrade Jim Corrigan. It opened with a prayer from Pastor Allan Wilkinson. Master of Ceremonies was Keith Legge. Comrade Jim laid a wreath at the Women’s Memorial that has his sister Joan (Corrigan) Lemon’s name on it. Comrades Jack White, Lewis Jewell, Dave Gilchrist, Blair Sullivan, Perry Vanhorn, Constable Steve Redmond and Reeve Richard Stephens laid wreaths as did Linda Bowerman for her Uncle Norman F. Lockeyer and Mel Bowerman Jr for his dad Melvin Bowerman, they were escorted by Ron Bowerman.

The annual Meat Spiel that is sponsored by the Providence Bay Curling Club and Manitoulin Island Meats was held on November 10 and 11 with eight teams participating. The winner of the 1st Event was Lew Lanktree’s team with Sherry, Todd and Sue. Runner up was Bill McCoy’s team with Ellen, Stew and Oliver. The 2nd Event winners were Jessie Orford’s team with Lloyd, Wayne, Deb and then (Dan). Runner up was Bob Caddel’s team with Alex, Angus and Gary. The 3rd Event winners were the Jary White team with Jack, Mike and Darren. Runners up were Dale Baker’s team with Jack, Mike and Richard. And finally, the 4th Event winners were the Dave McDermid team with Angela, Lisa and Katie with runners up Ken Ramsey’s team with Carl, Ted and Matti. A good time was had by all.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Bob Cranston who celebrates on November 15.

Our little island will soon be overrun with hunters sporting blazed orange. The annual rifle deer hunt opens Monday, November 20 with sunrise at 7:37 am. The hunt lasts seven days and ends on Sunday, November 26 with sunset at 4:50 pm. Landowner’s written permission slip/form is required for all hunters as well as the required licencing and tags. Bow and muzzle loader season will begin the first week of December.

Plan to attend the annual fowl supper sponsored by the Community Centre Board. It’s being held on Tuesday, November 22 at the Providence Bay Community Centre. It usually starts at 4:30 pm so be sure to get there early.

This week’s shout out goes to: Anna and Don Orford. They are fairly recent additions to our village but very welcome ones. They can always be found helping out with activities around town. Don helps out with the coffee club weekday mornings at the Providence Bay Curling Club, alternating with Becky Smith. He also helps out at the arena. Anna helps out on various committees and is a big help in everything she volunteers for. We are so blessed to have such giving people in our community.

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 pm for submission in the following Wednesday publication of the paper. We look forward to hearing from you.