Summer holidays and capelin weather

Outport News

Dave White
Published on July 10, 2014

In the heat of the July quarter, working and playing hot days inside and outside, chilling and winning, fattening and thinning, life keeps keeping on as clocks keep on spinning.

That took a lot out of me, like 12-hour shiftwork. Moulah!

Moreover, summer remains a busy time on highways and biways found up the harbours, down the shores and out the bays, as well as inland; and, maybe, even off the coast around Newfoundland and Labrador, as provincial roads go. So, to all setting out on venture quests, whatever they may be this summer, remember, do be careful out there. Put safety first in all you do.

Summer jobs

Some students out of school and looking for a decent-paying summer job to make ends meet are already seen doing well to avail of extra work now being created with the annual commercial capelin harvest currently making headway in the province, largely in Bay of Islands.

By the dozens, teenagers and some older folk who could still stand to learn a thing or two about manual labour, gather each June and July to share gladly in the certain jobs capelin bring at area fish processing facilities in Bay of Islands, among other places. Old hands at these plants, some of the nicest folk you might ever want to meet, welcome them. Some of the newcomers will stay, learn the work and grow families and friendships there, in these places, as others like them long before. Family. Bay of Islands.

The mauzy heights of capelin weather — that humid reality that includes rain, drizzle and fog in the heat of seasonal change - in the past fortnight has stirred into motion flurries of family fishing firms and other professional harvesters around the province who, like plant workers and transportation specialists who all rely on the annual capelin run as a significant contributor to their annual income. Together, key partners from plant labourers to international marketers see it through. It gets done. By school. boats, trucks, trains, planes and boats, we come to share the world.

The silvery bait fish normally carries on in its breeding behaviours until late this month, through which new generations of new-age processors also will be born and begin themselves being reared and groomed unto maturity. The latter, like the former, remains a work in progress. More to learn. Humour. No more buckets.

B and B and Bs

Meanwhile, backyard barbecues and lobster boils, beautiful boat rides upon and hikes beside Humber Arm, MIddle Arm, Penguin Arm, Goose Arm and North Arm occasion the joy of summer vacations this month and next. Pleasure boaters sail out of launchways in the outer Bay of Islands at McIvers and Cox's Cove on the north shore and at Lark Harbour and York Harbour on the south shore.

Outer Bay of Islands folk offer culture, heritage and adventure at the 'Crankin' 'Er In Cove' music festival at Cox's Cove come the first two days of August, the town's annual contribution to the summer fun circuit developing in beautiful Bay of Islands.

More recently, the hometown McIvers TattieFest shared a respectful and sombre tone at the loss and in memory of a valued Bay of Islands musician, mentor, community leader and gentle family man, Bern Blanchard of Gillams. There, event leaders and fans of the music festival that Bern helped inaugurate in 2011 paid homage to the honourable accordionist who tragically lost his life in a fishing accident late last month. Bern and his extended family have long been held friends of mine. He was loved by many. Condolenses to Bern's family and the many more who will miss him.

Chores to attend

At the end of each week, we find things that might already have been done were there not others to attend to. I know sentences are not to end in prepositions, but I also write in Newfinese.

Chore One: Attend to keeping moths and other grass-breeding insects out of the house by installing exterior screens in all windows. Chore Two: Observing lush roadside vegetation and moose whistles, install the latter. Keep looking ahead. Chore Three: Snip and whip the lawn, a seventh time. . . I wish. A couple sheep may work as well. Just watch your step coming to visit.

Young and willing

Change of the last 50 years is immeasurable in many ways, but those variant insignificances add up, observed by those of us who have been graced to be here as long as was necessary to do so.

So, consider a man who doesn't mind introducing himself as Walter Pennell. He'll only admit to being 90 years old, He looks a lot younger, as does his 89-year-old companion,

They look more a 60-something. Pennells are said to have always aged well. I married one. A lovely lint-free lady.

Walter, a father of four who lost his wife and two daughters to cancer years ago, yet occasions to drive his car in his own volition 100 miles to share time with extended family in Frenchman's Cove. Healthy eyes and all, he still holds a legal driver's licence.

And, speaking of highways

The north shore highway between Hughes Brook and Wild Cove has been resurfaced after deep ruts were earlier identified as creating a serious driving hazard there.

One accident is thought to have resulted as the rutted passage twisted across the big hills earlier this spring. The action to have the road repaved followed a resident Bay of Islands petition presented in the provincial House of Assembly by the district's LIberal member, Eddie Joyce.

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