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A furniture delivery truck found hillside Celtic Avenue in Irishtown-Summerside a little too slippery to climb last Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt.
A furniture delivery truck found hillside Celtic Avenue in Irishtown-Summerside a little too slippery to climb last Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt. - Dave White

A damp underlayer of snow-turned-to-ice-covered byroads and highway drivers last Wednesday marked a real start to winter, though it didn’t become official until last Thursday.

Though nothing much more than individual pride was laid bare, bent fenders in McIvers and a ditched furniture truck in Irishtown would testify the winter had indeed arrived Dec. 20 this year. There were no immediate reports of injury.

Remaining thankful, winter’s got worser.

New outlook

Many in outport Bay of Islands, as anywhere else, will reminisce this long weekend, looking back with favour, or disdain, as the calendar turns midnight Sunday in the arrival of a new year. Christmas 2017 no sooner forgotten.

In keeping with the positive side, grace affords new outlooks and opportunity looking forward for Bay of Islands in 2018.

The loss and loneliness yet accompanying tragedy and death at the holidays and beyond warrant condolences and consideration of family. But for grace and humanity go all. Preserved in memory, pictures, verse and digital format, they remain.

Young north shore entrepreneur Evan Brake, a self-employed videographer, all but assured the passing year continues to be savoured by hundreds, if not thousands, of folk who played a part in the town’s first homecoming celebration last July.

Helping keep Bay of Islands on rural lifestyle radar this year after McIvers had claimed its place on the map of gamers, gamblers and great people to see in 2016.

And, that’s to say nothing of the honour of recognition Canada Post incidentally accorded McIvers future when it switched rural mail delivery identifiers from post office box numbers to civic addressing. Civil addressing is at times optional as well.

Next for McIvers? It’s own postage stamp. Just kidding.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 660-5712, or email at: bayofislands2008@gmail.com.

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