Observations in time may make summer just fine

Dave White
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Between the excitement of the ongoing National Hockey League playoffs being held indoors, cleaning up out around the yard for Earth Day just gone by, combined with the everyday drive to stay alive, Bay of Islanders may be glad to know that Easter came lending hope of forgiving weather the spring and summer long this year.

Do tell. God knows, it won’t go astray.

Weather g'lore

A Meadows reader took time to write this week with some old-time observation and the faith held in local weather lore about just such a prospect, a grand summer. It seems that older generations in Bay of Islands hold out that the direction from which the wind blows on Good Friday determines the prevailing wind for the summer season ahead.

“If that stands, then we should have a half-decent summer,” friend Harley wrote in an email, pointing out that the wind on April 18 was light and from the southwest. A true Good Friday.

As a personal observation, when the weather is fine, we are seen somehow to neglect to keep track of it in the same kind of way. We seem to just want to enjoy it. Unless it gets extreme, like winter does sometimes, seasonal heat is generally welcomed by residents around here. Bring it on!

But, southern rains are no strangers around abouts either, nor are chilly Julys, hot August nights or pleasant Indian summers. Showtimes may vary. Hope floats for good weekends this summer, anyway.

A long stretch of nice weather sounds promising for the sport and tourism season in Bay of Islands, had gas prices not hit the stratosphere just yesterday. There is more to watch there. More to pay for, too.

Looking into May

Meanwhile, as residents and municipalities in beautiful Bay of Islands keep abreast of area environmental concerns and accommodate conservation and preservation of natural resources, ACAP Humber Arm demonstrates its contribution to sustainable practices in presenting regular public forums.

The Atlantic Coastal Action Plan’s next Coastal Matters presentation will hear from special guest speaker Steve Kent, provincial minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Kent will engage an audience in discussion around a number of environmental initiatives found in response to global climate change and the provincial waste management strategy.

The presentation is slated to start 12:30 pm Friday, May 9, in room 2014 of The Forest Centre at Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook.

All Coastal Matters presentations are free of admission charge and open are to the general public.  Refreshments will be available.

ACAP Humber Arm works with the provincial government’s Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in delivering the Coastal Matter’s speakers series.

Who’d thunk it?

On the hockey front, Montreal Canadiens — Canada’s reigning hope to bring Stanley home to stay awhile this summer after 21 years away in the United States — are off to a disciplined start by sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in straight games. Head coach Claude Julien’s charges now take rest well-earned awaitimg an Original Six challenge in the Stanley Cup quarterfinal from either the big, bad Boston Bruins or the swift and shifty Detroit Red Wings.

Leave no doubt, the Canadiens are a worthy contender for Montreal’s 25th Stanley Cup, Canada’s best and only hope to restore the century-old championship trophy to its homeland for the first time since 1993, when it was another bunch of Les Habitants who last conquered all-comers.

Go, Habs, go!

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

Organizations: National Hockey League, Montreal Canadiens, The Forest Centre Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Tampa Bay Lightning Boston Bruins

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Bay of Islanders, Canada United States Montreal

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