Providence Bay News & Notes

Our little village is sure looking festive again. A group of volunteers including Sharon Dewar, Carol Dewar, Anna Orford, Janet Bean and Marilyn McDermid were out decorating all of the hydro poles in time for the Christmas season. They’d like to send out a special thank you to Russ and Margo Hendricks for donating the vintage wreaths. The new decorations were donated by the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club. It’s a wonderful mixture of old and new. Joanne and John Bisaillon weren’t able to help the day of the planned decorating bee so they donated lots of red ribbons and decorated hydro poles out their way when they returned.

Family and friends gathered at the Providence Bay Community Centre on November 24th to celebrate the life of Glen McDougall. They had a visitation, a masonic service, celebration of life and burial in the Providence Bay Cemetery. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time and Glen will be very missed by many in the community. The family is asking for donations to the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary for the Palliative Care Unit if so desired.

The family of Alice Darleen Gilchrist gathered on Saturday, November 25 for her ashes to be buried at the Providence Bay Cemetery. She passed away in Little Current on October 9 at the age of 84. Family received friends and relatives at the Providence Bay Hall following the service.

The Providence Bay Village Square is well lit up with Christmas lights now. Mary Jo Gordon and Alex Baran were out decorating the square last Saturday.  It looks so festive. We’re so lucky to have the community members that we have who are so generous with their time and efforts.

Our condolences also go out to the family of Wendell Buie who passed away suddenly at home on November 23. A celebration of life was held at the Providence Bay Community Centre on Monday, November 27. The family is requesting that donations be made to the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary or the Kidney Foundation of Ontario.

We now have the prettiest post office in Ontario in our opinion. The Mutchmor has a mini-Mutchmor inside the Post Office area. Linda Garniss is looking after it and it looks wonderful.  Linda and some friends did a beautiful window display using Shelagh McDermid’s one of a kind painted signs, skates and other items. They also have locally decorated Christmas cards for sale along with a whole host of other artisan’s works. They will be having an open house soon in December in conjunction with the post office customer appreciation day. Keep an eye out for the date and plan to attend.

Condolences go out to Maureen Eadie on the loss of her fur baby Sky who was her white shepherd/husky mix.

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