December, 2015 Ice-in Contest Rules

December 11, 2015

5 January, 2016        Tom Stutzman is the winner of the inaugural Newboro Harbour  Ice-in Contest.

At 9:30 this morning I looked from the agreed vantage point and could see no open water.  I thus feel justified in announcing Tom Stutzman the first winner* in the inaugural Newboro Harbour Ice-in Contest.

*Peter Frey reported on 11 January that the ice had survived two days of rain and wind, and we are now into a cold snap, so Tom’s bragging rights for the year are ensured.

Tom responds:

Whew! The “January Thaw” almost voided my entry that was based on the alignment of the planets, December’s heavy boat traffic, and seeing a blonde squirrel back in July. With great humility I accept the award, and am now ordering bumper stickers.

With any luck the ice will behave itself, remain where it is until late February, and then magically disappear without lingering.  Thank you all for your contributions and good humour.

December 30, 2015

Entries are now closed for this contest.



John, Keith and Tom have suggested an ice-in contest, so here goes:

I think you should start a 2015 ice-in pool.  Given the weather, I think I am going to head across by boat on New Year’s Eve.  

John Lee

Given the mild weather, how about an “ice-in” contest? Winner is the entrant who has guessed the date on which no open water can be seen when standing at the Newboro Public Dock.

Tom Stutzman

I’ll need to build in the caveat that the ice in Newboro Harbour (as defined by Tom’s comment above) must remain in place as a unit for at least five days for the winner’s selection to become official.  Last year the ice came in and quickly went out again at least once.

Rod  (Acting Judge, Host, and Auditor)

To get dibs on a date for the inaugural Newboro Harbour Ice-In Competition, post your selection (including a multi-word name and the name of your property, should you choose to include it) as a comment on this post only.  Dates will be assigned on a first-posted, first served basis.  Should two entrants select the same date, the later entrant will be assigned the next available calendar date.

Prize?  Same as in spring:  bragging rights until the winner of the next (ice-in) contest is announced.

Let the game begin!


19 Responses to “December, 2015 Ice-in Contest Rules”

  1. John Says:

    sub-para to the above caveat, allow for holes in the ice that the Ice fishermen fall through 🙂
    I pick New years day 1 Jan 2016

  2. Maggie Says:

    Ice in Dec 31 2015

  3. Doug Fyfe Says:

    A most excellent idea! On the heels of my stunning 2015 Ice-Out championship I am reluctant to push my luck . . . but here goes: I choose January 2, 2016.

    Doug Fyfe
    Newboro Lake
    Emerald Island

  4. George Kitching Says:

    ice in on 3 Jan 2016

  5. rodcros Says:

    I’ll pick December 25th, 2015, as I heard there’ll be a full moon that night.

    Rod Croskery, Forfar

  6. P Frey Says:

    Due to the extremly mild weather Kathy and I would like to pick January 4 . We’ll be watching from the opposite direction from our perch on the point.

    Kathy and Peter
    Grass Point

    • peter Says:

      hi rod
      as you noted today there is still lots of open water from McCaskill to Lewis . please feel free to drop buy to the point for a look as it may very well freeze over tonight


      • rodcros Says:

        Thank you for the note. (Pete and Kathy had selected Jan. 4th in the contest). Tom Stutzman could use the good luck tomorrow, as he’ll be in an O.R. for repairs to his wrist. I hope you’ll keep us posted.


  7. Louise Pritchard Says:

    January 8, 2016

  8. Jim Waterbury Says:

    I’m going to call for January 12th since it looks like it will be a green Christmas.

  9. Tom Says:

    Tom Stutzman, of Stout’s Lower Bay, calls January 5. The lake can’t freeze with the heavy boat traffic these days. 😝. Moreover, the polar vortex is mighty “negative” this year.

  10. Ken Snyder Says:

    Being that it hit 70 today in Pennsylvania and I was outside in shorts and T-shirt I’ll with January 10th. Merry Christmas!

    Ken from Cherry Island

  11. Keith Cauwenberghs Says:

    Keith on Swallows Lane picks January 7th.

  12. Yvonne Helwig Says:

    The way this “winter” is going, I’m going to go for a date well into January — the 15th.

  13. Kohar Polimenakos Says:

    I am going to aim for Jan 9th!

  14. Chip Strangfeld Says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but it looks like Jan 6th is still open — I’ll go with that!

  15. John Says:

    Now we need a new contest: first ice fisherman or others spotted on the lake, and then the first pickup and ice hut.

  16. Tom Says:

    Whew! The “January Thaw” almost voided my entry, that was based on the alignment of the planets, December’s heavy boat traffic, and seeing a blonde squirrel back in July. With great humility, I accept the award, and am now ordering bumper stickers.

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