A few more unusually cold days to go until what might feel like spring arrives around Monday. Friday was a chilly one. Even with bright sunshine there was hardly any melting going on, and a brisk north wind dried up what snow or ice did melt. Friday night into Saturday was very windy. Saturday is starting out with lots of sunshine and the temperature well below freezing again. Some of the trails are starting to close again. From the looks of the map, we might get in one more weekend of riding to the north and east of here.
5 ton per axle load restrictions by the municipality are in place through May 1.
About 120 ice-out contest entries came in. The statistical average of all of the guesses is April 19 at 2PM.
Station Street in Bancroft will be closed for the day today. Plan your route through town using alternate streets.
I have a customer looking for a runabout style boat suitable for pulling teenagers on a tube or wakeboard. If you are thinking about selling or trading in one, drop me a line and I will put you in touch with the prospective buyers. On a related subject, I also have a customer looking to sell an older pontoon boat. The boat is in decent condition but needs a new engine. It comes with a trailer that is in excellent condition.
A few changes coming to Madoc. The Subway is moving from being adjacent to the Macs Milk on the south end of town to being adjacent to the Ultramar on the north end of town. The Barley Days pub got caught up in some nefarious undertakings last fall and is permanently closed. Sorry to see it go. And a new developer in the area is planning a retail and seniors housing project along the main street to fill in where a building had been lost to fire years ago, but lots of hurdles to overcome on that one yet.
Limerick Lodge is again sponsoring an "Operation Clean Sweep" 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 in late April, but mid-June works better here. This is a great way for teens to get some 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.