The Outport News social calendar this week comes to include some October-ending Bay of Islands events in the run up to Halloween.
Firstly, though, we bring you an updated recounting of old school chum Darren House’s eventful run in with white moose late last month.
The Gillams native and his girlfriend Cookie, Tamara O’Quinn, shared their truly unusual sighting in a photograph they were able to capture in the low light of day while on a moose-hunting holiday of their own west of Corner Brook not long ago.
The two were vacationing at a woods cabin off Logger’s School Road which was built about a decade earlier by his late brother Rick before he passed away.
On Sept. 27, Tamara and Darren could hardly believe their eyes, but stayed focused long enough to think to get a picture and prove that they not only saw a white moose, but two of them, a white cow and her white calf.
The sighting was about five kilometres from the cabin, some 15 km from the Trans-Canada Highway.
White moose are considered a rarity. Regular black and brown ungulates can be just as hard to come by for some hunters, admits the licenced hunter. Up until his latest report, the only moose he was able to shoot was with that camera. Permitted to take a bull only, Darren says he’s been able to see but 13 cows, which he is not allowed to harvest.
“Even if we don’t fill our tags, we will consider it a successful season,” Darren says.
For the most part, however, there have been many successful Bay of Islands hunts for winter meat and trophy antlers since the open season began in September. Hunting continues into mid-December.
The Summerside Rockets Club’s Drama Queens have been busy making a video production for submission in the 4-H organization’s Build A Winning Future contest.
The Drama Queens have created and submitted an entry they have entitled: “Creating Our Future by Discovering our Past.” The production focuses on native history in the region. We wish them good luck with their entry.
Also in Summerside, this weekend, the local recreation committee has its hall booked three hours Sunday, beginning 1 p.m., for some fun and timely Halloween pumpkin carving.
The committee will need to have more pumpkins than the 40 originally ordered because of a big interest in the project. Already, more than 50 young participants are signed up to take part.
A parent or caregiver must attend to help each child with the sharp tools necessary for the project. Great ideas and snacks are on the itinerary.
In Cox’s Cove, recreation leadership there is offering senior citizens a chance to learn more about operating those spooky computers.
The Golden Rainbow Seniors Club is offering free computer lessons at the clubhouse on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Interested seniors may get in touch Tara Saunders (783-2560) or Millicent Park (688-2206). Membership in the seniors club is not required to take the lessons.
Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 688-2003, or email at: email@example.com.