In shadow and light, truth and forgiveness is Easter

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We might wonder what the fishing is going be like this Easter week coming? There’ll be lots of mismatching smiles and sweet treats, to be sure. Church for some. Turkey for most.

The fishing? Good, accordingly. The moon is high. Not that it matters, we might suppose, if there’s no one who can get out on the water to catch the fish. The start of the spring snow crab harvest is already 10 days delayed in landlocked ocean ice yet biding its time into the third week of spring. That was Wednesday.

Skilled Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker operators smashed ice on Humber Arm and Middle Arm this week. Favourable winds and tides will yet be needed to move the remaining ice fields and all their bergy bits out of the bay to allow for safe starts in the Atlantic lobster fishery, which is scheduled to begin next week.

The start of the spring herring fishery, prosecuted in larger ocean-going vessels, likely faces no better prospects. Big ice remains outside Bay of Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

 

April a loving month

Life and times by the seashore find April a month of cherished memory of old times and lost loved ones, the dates of weddings, births, and funerals, recollections from the journeys of childhood, familiarity, faith, hope and naturally-charitable fresh starts. As perennial as the grass, we grow.

In additional to spiritual upliftings found offered of Judeo-Christian belief this month, local historical ties and cultural roots also share space with celestial eventualities and the anniversaries of the April births of three vital lads sharing my existence — departed Earthly fathers George and Roland and their growing great-grandson, Nolan, 3, come Monday. Happiest returns.

Also interestingly opportune for observation, study and shared understanding this week is the ‘blood moon’ at the Biblical Passover. This first of two total lunar eclipses lined up to pass in 2014 comes Tuesday morning. The second will be Oct. 8. Viewable.

Favourable atmospheric conditions in all areas would allow next week’s total lunar eclipse to be seen by some one billion residents of the planet, primarily in the global Western Hemisphere.

Pending any view-blocking local cloud cover, the full April moon overnight Monday may be seen cast within the darkening shadow of Earth for 78 minutes during the early hours of April 15.  The start of the total eclipse begins at 4:38 a.m. over this wash of the North Atlantic Ocean. The moon’s orbit brings it into the maximum eclipse phase predicted to occur at 5:16 a.m. NDT. Day will dawn before it ends.

Be it of interest as an oddity, omen, prophesy, or just a good fishing times, two lunar and two solar eclipses occasioned this year in the moon’s obit of the planet and Earth’s non-coincidental orbit of the sun offer natural educational experiences and opportunity for some memorable bonding moments among parents and smart little lads and smart little lasses alike. I know. I’ve done it before. I’ll do it again, as the sun, the moon and the stars allow.

Unlike the dangerous spectacle of looking directly at a daylight solar eclipse, viewing an eclipse of the night moon is reputed to pose no hazard to human eye health. I expect to be watching with family, as the cloud allows.

Also, the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) identifies the first of two partial solar eclipses this year as also occurring this month. They’re a little spooky in the daytime. The April 29 event is a rarer occurrence that will be mostly visible in the Southern Hemisphere. The second partial shadow of the Earth being cast upon moon is due Oct. 23, viewable mostly by people on the ground in the Northwest Pacific region.

 

ACE deadline

Meanwhile, the deadline for nominations to the Corner Brook ACE Awards is April 18. Achievement in Community Excellence will be recognized in 20  award categories covering business and corporate service, environmental stewardship, heritage and the arts, sport and fitness, and recognition of citizen of the year, youth of the year and non-profit organization of the year. Nominations can be made online.

The ACE Awards, exclusive to city resident nominees, businesses and service organizations, is an annual celebration of volunteerism that even smaller towns may do well to emulate.

 Keep it a Happy Easter, everyone!

 

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

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