Looks like one more day of winter 2.0 until spring finally makes an appearance starting tomorrow. Wednesday continued the week of below normal temperatures with brief snow squalls mixed in. Thursday is forecast to be similar, then things change for the better. Lots of sunshine in the 7 day forecast with afternoons predicted to be warmer here than south of here where Lake Ontario will hold down temperatures. The challenge at this latitude will be to get the snow off the ground. All of that cold, white surface will make it hard for the sun to have much effect. The last time we had this much snow this late in April, the ice did not go out until May 6th. That was 1971.
54% of the ice out contest guesses are past.
On days it is warmer and wet the driveway is chained closed. If you need to come in, drop me a line and please plan for early morning. The road ranges from frozen in the morning, to deep, soft mud in the afternoon. Unfortunately the cold and snow this past week is starting the mud drying process all over again, 4 weeks later than it should be. 5 ton per axle load restrictions by the municipality are in place for all dirt roads in the Township through May 1.
Limerick Lodge is again sponsoring a "Pitch-in Canada" event for the municipality. It is scheduled for the weekend of June 9-10. That should be after black-fly season. Southern parts of the province do litter pick up this coming weekend, but mid-June works better here. The bags and other supplies arrived March 19th, so we are all set. This is a great way for teens to get community service hours toward graduation.
Save the Date: 2nd annual Backwoods ATV / UTV tour, Bancroft, Saturday, May 5th. 70km ride. Entrance fee is $85 + $35 for a passenger. Register by phone: 613-332-9999. Includes ride, dinner and prizes. This event was a quick sell out last year.
Another up coming spring event:
The first annual Turtle Walk will be taking place during Saturday May 26th – Saturday June 2nd. This is the Strawberry Moon and considered to be the most active times for turtle nesting in Ontario. As part of the first annual Turtle Walk to raise money for the Turtle Trauma and Tunnel Campaign The Land Between has chosen the Bancroft area as one of the scheduled walk locations. Information about the selected route, date, time and additional details will be available in the coming weeks. You can pre-register online at www.thelandbetween.ca and www.turtleguardians.com. Turtle Walk packages will be sent to participants and will include pledge sheets and posters. The websites will be updated with more information as well. The Turtle Walk and Turtle Trauma/Tunnel Campaign is organized by The Land Between in partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, Ontario Nature, Toronto Zoo and Eco-Kare International.
Real estate activity is coming to life: #310, water access in Greens Bay is still listed as well as #316 Greens Bay that was listed late last summer. Both are lovely places in that bay.