An end to the long winter?

Dave White
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The thermometer on the outside wall of the cottage near the livingroom window garnered a double-take.  It read 20C degrees.

The temperature was actually closer to -5 in leeward shades; but, that was yesterday. Wednesday’s mid-morning sun shining directly on east-facing gauge tentatively belied what professional weather prognosticators were warning would become increasing cold in blizzard conditions before too long. It was wait and see.

By this morning (Thursday), truth had become more readily apparent. It’s spring, but not quite.

Some 15 centimetres of snow forecast, along with winds gusting to near 100 kilometres an hour in some places, was to give way to ice pellets and rains overnight (Wednesday), with high winds continuing through the day today (Thursday) and plus-side temperatures near 5 degrees.

Yet, too, though,Environment Canada is predicting that more spring-like temperatures and ice conditions may not yet be expected until mid-April.

Ice bound bay

Ocean ice is still in the outer Bay of Islands, even as warming temperatures of late brings an end to skating sport inside Marshall Moores Arena at Cox’s Cove, and at the community outdoor rink in Benoit’s Cove.  One of the latest-running activity seasons ever at the 40-year-old domed stadium on the north shore and one of the best-served at the converted skateboard park outside in Humber Am South, communities are grateful to the volunteers who kept things running smoothly through the winter just passing.

In Cox’s Cove, a free general skating session was held last Sunday as part of an appreciation night given by Cox’s Cove Recreation for volunteers and community supporters “who have helped us turn this into a successful season.”

Local organizer Perry Sheppard notes that the town’s minor hickey banquet is scheduled for April 4. Bringing an official end to the youth program, if not to the winter weather, the next day the recreation committee is looking at staging another round of snowmobile racing on the bay ice in Middle Arm. Lance White is accepting registration for the April 5th event, which is slated to start at 1:30 p.m.

HAS News and Views

In Humber Arm South, residents in the communities of Halfway Point, Benoit’s Cove and John’s Beach are advised in town’s March newsletter, News and Views, to conserve water. Extreme cold weather affected the supply for those places during the winter, even as the Benoit’s Cove fish plant was not operating. Frenchman’s Cove, the other community served by the regional municipality, has its own water course and remains unaffected by the notice.

Among other news and views from the HAS publication, “future land development” in the Hillview Road area of Benoit’s Cove  is on the agenda of town council. The administration advises prospective land buyers to submit their intent to the town office there.

Meanwhile, the council is “putting together a welcoming package for newcomers to our town,” the newsletter says. Among other prospects, It invites enterprising shop owners, area photographers and independent sales conHumber Arm South is home to the St. Peter’s Academy public school. The town also makes available a fitness and training centre through the year, supports a family resources program for children and caregivers and a YMCA afterschool service, and enables Zumba dance classes, aboriginal connections, church socials and spiritual guidance programs, as well as staging annual summer Bayfest celebrations in August.

Cabin executives chosen

Judith Wells of Cox’s Cove retained the president’s chair at last Sunday’s annual general meeting and election of officers for the Goose Arm and Area Cabin Association.

Wells will head the association’s executive branch again with vice-president Ray George and secretary Bernice Parsons, both of McIvers, and treasurer Ted Taylor of Meadows.

Members at large representing association ward areas again this year include Melvin Parsons for Goose Arm proper, Bud White for Goose Pond, Larry Lawrence for Frenchman`s Pond, Rod Penney for Old Man`s Pond, Craig Blanchard for Kennedy Lake and Hurley Pond, Irene Morgan for Northwest Cove, and Jimmy White for mobile trailer users and fifth-wheel campers.

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

Organizations: Environment Canada, YMCA, Melvin Parsons for Goose Arm

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Middle Arm, Hillview Road Peter Goose Pond Kennedy Lake Northwest Cove

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