The old wives tale that Easter Sunday weather will stay for 40 more days appears to be true this year. With all the rain this spring the farmers are held up with planting their crops. The gravel roads have been graded and some patching done. Still lots of deer around the roadways drive carefully especially at dawn and dusk.
We are experiencing some April Showers and hope they wash away winter. Every day we see more spring birds arriving with the fields and wet areas attracting ducks, geese, swans and sandhill cranes. Lots of the smaller birds are arriving as well. Our road crew is out checking for winter damage, spring frost boils, and washouts. They will soon be grading the gravel roads. Its now the time of year for Fire Permits (yearly incinerator or weekly brush pile) and you can obtain yours at the Municipal Office or use the fill-in form on this website. They are free of charge. We hope everyone enjoys the upcoming Easter Holiday.
Lots of activities coming up for Valentines Day. The Recreation Committee is having a diner dance at G.G's Diner with music by Family Traditions on February 11. It is expected to be well attended a reservation is recommended (705 282 0244). With all this emphasis on our hearts it may be a good time to think of heart health. The dance classes are underway and everyone is welcome. It is an enjoyable physical activity and you can include your partner. Check our calendar for times and dates. We also have a well equipped gym. Drop by Monday to Thursday evening and meet a volunteer who will orient you with the equipment.
We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to the new year. It was announced that Monday January 16th is known as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. However, we have many enjoyable winter activities taking place to chase the blues away. The Gore Bay skating and curling rinks are in full swing, the snow machine trails are groomed and the ice fishing has started. Don't forget our G.G.'s Diner is open to offer something to warm everyone up after a day of fun. For some indoor activities our free dance lessons will be starting on January 19th. (details on calendar). Everyone welcome, enjoy meeting new people and learning some new skills while benefitting your overall health. Our gym is operated by dedicated volunteers, Monday to Thursday evenings and is open through the day during municipal office hours if you have a partner. The gym is well equipped, take a moment and check it out. Wishing everyone a fun filled winter.
With the wind howling around the office today and storm squall warning on the radio we are bracing for winter. The plows have already been out a couple of times this year and the plow operators are getting ready to head out again if needed. The days are short but the dark nights are a good backdrop to all the Christmas lights. The Recreation Committee will be holding their annual Christmas Pot Luck (details on calendar or in newsletter). There are always lots of social activities taking place at this time of year and we hope everyone drives with caution and stay safe.
Everyone has been enjoying the wonderful fall weather and are now in preparations for winter. Farmers are busy bringing their cattle home from pasture so be prepared to drive with caution when meeting the herds on the roadways. The bow deer hunt is underway with hunters in their camouflage gear. Next week will be the rifle deer hunt with everyone dressed in bright red/orange. Those who travelled home for the hunt will have a chance to meet up with friends and family at the Burpee and Mills hunters pancake breakfast on November 20, 2016. It will be wonderful to have our local "Gateway Restaurant" up and running again under new ownership. Best wishes for their success.
Fall has officially arrived and we hear the geese flying overhead and the trees are starting to change colour. The harvested fields are full of geese, ducks, sandhill cranes and a few hunters. If you are travelling watch for deer crossing the roadways to apple trees and farm crops.