The face of Cox’s Cove

Dave White
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Jennifer George is the face of Cox’s Cove Recreation’s social network. Online. At the rink. On the pond. Home. Busy. How busy?

The young wife and mother of three finds “awkward” moments when she is not sure she has a bit of free time for herself, or if it is that she has, maybe, just forgotten all there was to do.

Taking a little break well-earned and appreciated by many, she promotes the fun’raising times the local service organization and its culturally-committed partners help provide in the small north shore Bay of Islands community, and at nearby places. And, that’s not all she does.

There’s a lot more, but Cox’s Cove’s unselfish culture and recreation PR gal is meek, modest and more likely to make haste giving credit to other local volunteers as she scurries to bring hot replenishment upon hungry and cold ice fishers, among others. Seeming ever busy, the chief information officer (cio) can also make daily competition records available if you happen to need them. And, she does.

Among the comings and goings on the voluntary front lines, delivering canteen service got to be a good part of the work required at the 4th annual Family Fishing Derby.

Having had prepared weeks already, the setting up and cluing up of derby day remnant on and around the five-acre icefield where the annual event is held went on from before dawn until after dusk last Sunday. Then, making family time, it was off to another recreation venue, Marshall-Moores Arena, there mixing in some recreation of her own while helping oversee general skating at 8 p.m.; and, rising again the next day to pursue days pursuant in planning and delivering with more like herself, volunteers all, another hometown winterfest celebration. Albeit a couple weeks out, yet. A welcomed awkward moment.

Dozens of volunteers like Jennifer will gather and do their bits when Cox’s Cove Culture Committee and the Cox’s Cove Recreation Commission host Winter Carnival 2014 at the February-March weekend interval. Assorted activities for children and adults are on the calendar for the three-day event. Daily slates take a while to organize and schedule. It gets done each year.

Winners all

Charlie Barnes keeps local and area sponsors in the loop. Their generous donations in kind provide prizes for the contestants and attract dozens of eager participants and help keep the family ice fishing derby in the sporting spotlight. Family ties hook relatives like Martin, Hannah, Serena and Ryan, also Barneses, along with community friends Marianne Delaney and Ashley Penney-Wheeler, among others, to keep the canteen cooking, contest measurements accounted for and special guests best accommodated.

Disparaging cold temperatures approaching -20C degrees last Sunday, the derby this year drew about 100 competitors who fished and measured up their successful catches to stake their claims on the booty.  

Through it all, federal Fisheries officers Bruce Marshall and Sherry Pittman came to oversee the event and use the opportunity the educate participants young and hold in the values of preserving healthy habitat for healthy fish populations and following best practises to see it through.

The wardens brought some promotional loot to hand out to children for their interest in educational games and other presentations, also some derby prizes.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at  688-2003, or email at:

Organizations: Cove Culture Committee, Cove Recreation Commission

Geographic location: Bay of Islands

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