Following an hour-long examination of the Newboro Lake watershed as far as Chaffey’s Lock, I was unable to find any remaining ice (or active splake, either). A mile-long chase into Rosal’s Bay for the remaining unmelted floe turned up a low-lying rock covered with guano and sea gulls. I could find no ice in Clear Lake this morning, so as of 11:56 a.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, I am declaring the contest closed, with congratulations to this year’s winner, Doug Fyfe of Emerald Island.
Rod, it is you who should be congratulated. Thank you for keeping us distracted and informed this looong winter! I accept this honour in memory of my grandmother, Margaret Gillies, a finer gal one could never meet. With as many attributes as Newboro Lake itself, she was a beautiful and outstanding role model. She taught her grandsons the many secrets of the lake and instilled in us a great respect for it . . . . and her. Cheers!
Doug Fyfe (Emerald Island)
Update: 8:30 a.m., 17 April, 2015
In the interest of fair play and to protect the interests of entrants from several weeks ago, I have decided to close entries into the 2015 Ice Out Pool at this time on 16 April, at 7:45 p.m.
6 March, 2015
Five years ago maple sugar season was in full swing on this date, so there remains hope that the snow and ice will go away and allow seasonal residents to return to their beloved black flies and other crawlers.
For those waiting with bated breath for the chance to lock in May 5th as the ice-out date, now’s your chance.
-Attach a comment with your name and such geographical details as you’d like to reveal along with your selected date.
-Each calendar day will cease to be available to other punters after your message nails it down.
-Only entries by way of messages on this file will be valid, thus you can tell at the point of posting if your chosen day is taken.
-Only one entry per family name in a given week, o.k.? People have been very good about this so far, but I think it would be poor form if sixteen members of a family grabbed the second half of April.
I’m open to suggestions as to how to improve this genteel competition — with the exception of the exchange of money. At stake in the Ice Out Contest is a prize beyond the buying power of cash: bragging rights for the year among residents of Newboro Lake.
Best wishes and hopes for an early winner,