Memorial hockey hits the spot

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The cabin fever was seen starting to break for the many who last weekend got out, per se — inside Marshall Moores Arena at least  — to enjoy the spirit of community cause at the Mark Baldwin-Tommy Buffett Memorial Hockey Tournament in Cox’s Cove. With hundreds in attendance, the two-day event was again deemed “a great success” as amateur sports and scholastic endeavours benefitted in the annual tribute to two late local sons remembered by family and friends for their personal contributions to the community and to the game they loved.

Rick’s Crew hoisted the tournament championship from Howard White’s Boys with an exciting 7-6 finish in the title match.

Laurels to tournament organizers Perry Sheppard, Jennifer George, Judy Park Wells, Daphne Boudreau, Cox’s Cove Recreation, co-operating community volunteers, participating fans, competing teams and local and area sponsors all needed to help see the event through. Good show!

 

Fire and ice teams up

Fun-loving volunteers on the lower north shore offer a full-on outdoor Bay of Islands experience this weekend as they stage the fourth annual Family Ice Fishing Derby on Larkin’s Pond Sunday.

Registration for the fun and family-friendly event begins at 9:30 a.m. Competition in child and adult categories take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the roadside trout pond just off the side of Route 440 between McIvers and Cox’s Cove.

In addition to a bonfire marshmallow roast planned during the hours of the derby, canteen services also available feature chili, soup, sandwiches, hotdogs, hot chocolate, chips, bars and gum.

 

Frozen water, warm hearts

Flanked by smaller rural celebrations, the oldest and biggest of the Bay of Islands lot, Corner Brook Winter Carnival, this year making its 43rd appearance, goes Feb. 21 to March 2. The city's high gloss and well-sponsored full colour calendar of events is now found making its way around the rural post boxes.

The Corner Brook carnival banner this year, a vision of school children, is thoughtfully provoking: “It’s a beautiful, happy, sparkly scene at Winter Carnival 2014.”

Better than a groundhog, maybe, festival times are when many may come to take comfort, even rest assured as others only remain hopeful, that winter gets over in another six weeks, on the calendar any way. Until then, keep sharing the laughter. Inside, and outside, all around the bay, there lots of fun times coming our way.

 

Cold not cool

South shore Bay of Islands school pupils, rightly complaining in social media, are enduring the best and the worst of the season, it seems. Riding a bus with no heater to keep them warm en route is a lesson that will not be soon forgotten. It’s cold, not cool.

Meanwhile, murders of crows are seen being cold blooded in their assaults on other winged winter feeders inhabiting our icy Bay of Islands neighbourhood, even indigenous eagles and misplaced owls. Thrice in recent days, black lots have been gathering to feast in their displeasure with competing species, dive-bombing single passerbys and tree-top roosting places.

In the meantime, sea ice is making strong in the outer Bay of Islands. The waning wind of late and colder mid-winter nights dreams are seen favourable to growing a landlocked sheet before the month is out. Given a while until it is safe enough to venture out upon, it would be the first time in about 10 years that outdoors enthusiasts here can test and ply their adventurous side from up the harbour and down the shore, right out on the bay. Do be sure, and take along a friend. Thrive alive!

 

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at  688-2003, or email at: davidjwhite@columnist.com.

Organizations: Islands school

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Corner Brook

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