01/01/2019

Marble Mountain Annual Polar Bear Dip And Chili Cook-Off Is On

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The dip and chili contest are on despite the snowfall. 

The hall will be warm and if there are enough entries the judging will go forth. So far I know of three chili entries. 

Please use your best judgement in whether or not you go to the dip and hall. 

Most of all we want everyone to have a safe and healthy New Year so you can do it again next year.

10/09/2017

Open Hike From Valley Mills To Marble Mountain At 1:00 p.m. On Monday, October 23, 2017

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An open hike will be held between Valley Mills and Marble Mountain at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, 23 October, 2017.

We will meet at Marble Mountain Hall at 1:00. From there we will carpool to the Valley Mills Fire Hall and walk over North Mountain, ending at the Marble Mountain Hall.

The hike will take from 2 to 3 hours, at most. The hike is not strenuous. Wear good hiking footwear.

Rain Date: Monday, 23 October, 2017.

This promises to be a fun time. The foliage colours will be brilliant.

All are welcome.

07/20/2015

Mass In Marble Mountain This Sunday 1:00

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Mass will be held this Sunday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. Fr. Hughie will be officiating. Mass will be held there only 2 times this summer.

The next and final mass of 2015 for Marble Mountain will be 1:00 on August 30.

08/20/2013

Mass In Marble Mountain Sunday 1:00

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Mass will be held this coming Sunday in St. Joseph's historic Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m.

I believe Fr. Hughie MacDonald will be officiating, though I'm not definite on that.

Located in the heart of Marble Mountain, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. You can't miss it. It overlooks the scenic Bras d'Or Lake, just walking distance from Marble Mountain Beach.

All participants are welcome!

Stay afterward for a dip in the lake ($3:00) or launch your boat for the afternoon ($7:00). Make a day of it.

07/09/2013

Mass In Marble Mountain Sunday 1:00

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Mass will be held this coming Sunday in St. Joseph's historic Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m.

Fr. Hughie MacDonald will be officiating.

Located in the heart of Marble Mountain, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. You can't miss it. It overlooks the scenic Bras d'Or Lake, just walking distance from Marble Mountain Beach.

All participants are welcome!

Stay afterward for a dip in the lake ($3:00) or launch your boat for the afternoon ($7:00). Make a day of it.

07/14/2012

Mass In Marble Mountain Tomorrow 1:00

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Mass will be held tomorrow in St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. I do not know who will be officiating. Mass will be held there only 2 times this summer.

The next and final mass of 2012 for Marble Mountain will be August 26.

12/30/2011

Reminder: Marble Mountain 5th Annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip 1:00 - 4:00 At The Wharf

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Gather at the hall apres dip for the chili cook-off. Come hungry!

Though the dip is scheduled for 1-4, I doubt anyone will stay in the water that long. In & out of the lake, that's all that's required.

12/28/2011

Marble Mountain 5th Annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip 1:00 - 4:00 At The Wharf (thanks go to Annemarie Talbot for posting this in FB)

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Following the dip, there will be a Chili cook-off at the hall in Marble Mountain. You can make a pot of chili if you wish and have your entry judged.

Donations will be accepted to cover the hall rental fee of $25.00, with the remainder going to the Port Hawkesbury food bank. A very good cause!

Please Note: **The Polar Bear dip is at your own risk** We recommend everyone have a spotter on shore. If you do not have a personal spotter, please speak up and make sure someone is watching you.

Happy Dipping! Thank you, Annemarie, for the info.

10/11/2011

Remembrance for Pauline Will Be Held Thursday 1:30 In The Hall

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There will be a remembrance tea for Nanny Pa on Thursday at 1:30 in the hall (after the private burial), for friends from the community. Hope to have a nice photo collage done and that Papa Jim has a chance to see some folks and relax.

06/10/2011

Free Chickens! Get them here.

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I am giving away little, brown hens. They are yours for the taking. They will lay eggs for you, big, brown eggs. They are very friendly and will help with your garden. They till the soil and eat the bad bugs. Free! Let me know if you want them.

05/26/2011

NMCRA Board of Directors Annual Report

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05/25/2011

What Transpired At Monday's Hall Meeting

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At the Monday meeting in the hall, a decision was made to hold an open house, date tbd. The old hall has been prettied up and it even has a new dishwasher!

There were other issues discussed but this is the most momentous for the general public.

05/08/2011

Big Trash Pickup This Week

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The annual spring big trash pickup is approaching so let's get out there and clean up the roadside from our homes to the next door neighbor's. I'll be cleaning to John & Pat's.

03/02/2011

Be A Locavore: Fresh, Organic Food For All

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Community gardens and farms located throughout neighborhoods improve the quality of life.

Some communities have drawn up rules and agreements, see below for a sample.

Neighborhood Agriculture is any use for food or horticultural production that occupies less than one acre. It includes but is not limited to home, kitchen, and roof gardens. The use of a site for food production may either be “principal” or “accessory” to other uses, such as a private home. These smaller growing spaces must also comply with the following standards:

·      Sales and donation of fresh food or horticultural products grown on site may occur between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  People are allowed to sell produce from their garden/farm but cannot create a storefront in or make commercial improvements to their home that turn it into a defacto grocery store.  They cannot sell value added foods like jams or baked goods.

·      Compost areas must be set back at least three feet from structures on adjacent properties.

·      If fencing encloses the farmed area, it must be wood or ornamental and comply with a section of the planning code that regulates fences.

·      Mechanized farm equipment is prohibited in residential districts except during the initial preparation of the land, when heavy equipment may be used to prepare the soil. Landscaping equipment designed for household use is permitted in residential districts. All farm equipment must be screened from sight.

Obviously, these rules are for a different kind of community from ours but you can develop your own locale-dependant concepts from this template. One problem we won't have here is water supply. Our local water is pristine and abundant. That makes me smile.

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01/29/2011

News In Marble Mountain

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Carolyn has come through yesterday morning’s surgery quite well and is expected to return home in a few days.

A few weeks ago I was informed that the Marble Mountain hall was tested for mold and it came up clean, no mold was detected. That’s amazing for a nearly century-old hall that was built on a bog (bogs are wet by their nature) and is only heated for a couple of hours per week. Those old stone foundations must provide a lot of ventilation.

A few days ago, during the last signification accumulation of snow (Tuesday?), the post at the top of my driveway, from which hangs the name sign, was apparently run into and snapped at its base. As the site is covered in snow, we can’t see any tracks for clues as to what kind of vehicle ran into it. Replacing this post will be among the first chores on the spring to-do list.

01/01/2011

New Year's Marble Mountain Polar Bear Dip and Chili Cook-Off

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Wow, what a turnout!!! The were a gazillion dippers and at least as many chili eaters. The had to have been a hundred folks all together. The hall was jammed with people indulging in all the various chili's. Not only was there chili, there were cakes, rolls, biscuits, cookies, tea, coffee and hot, mulled cider. It was wonderful and there are already plans afoot to do more of the same next year. Of course, the balmy weather helped, for sure.

A great, big, thank you to all who participated and made this a wonderful event.

12/23/2010

Come To The 4th Annual Polar Bear Dip At Marble Mountain Beach At The Wharf New Year's Day 1:00 p.m.

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The 4th Annual Marble Mountain New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip will be held at the Marble Mountain Beach at the wharf.

On January 1, what are you gonna do? No plans? Then go jump in the lake! Come to the 4th Annual Marble Mountain Polar Bear Dip 1:00 p.m. at the beach at the wharf.

You can be one of the dippers or one of the cheerleaders. Enjoy a warming drink and snack in the hall.

Should the wharf road be inaccessible, the Polar Bear Dip will be held at Martin & Gabi Baumann's on Big Harbour Island. In the event the dip is held at the Baumann's, warming drinks and snacks will be provided in their HEATED garage following the dip.

Hint: If this will be your first time doing the dip, wear warm wool socks to keep your feet from getting too cold.

Donations of groceries will be collected for the hungry.

10/01/2010

Harvesting The Grapes

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I spent two and a half hours in the vineyard picking grapes. I can personally certify that it is work. Good work, though. My fingers are a lovely shade of Joffrey wine grape red.

08/08/2010

Marble Mountain Family Fun Day noon - 6 today at the wharf and beach

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Marble Mountain Family Fun Day noon - 6 today at the wharf and beach.

There will be games with prizes for the kids. Magician! Juggler! Face painting! Live music and singing by fabulous local talent on the stage! Dancing, merriment! Food and soft drinks on the wharf! Poker Run! Duck Race!

It will be fun for all - come join us!

* Kindly refain from smoking at this event to set a good example for kids and be considerate of those who are affected by tobacco smoke. Tapadh leat!

08/07/2010

BBQ and Open Mic in St. George's Channel Hall, followed by Irish Music and Microbrew Pub; Potluck in Marble Mountain Hall, Marble Mountain Family Fun Day Tomorrow at the Wharf

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Potluck and pub and music - Oh My! There's no shortage of things to do on this wonderful weekend.

Noon - 6: Potluck and Open Mic at St. George's Channel Hall

7 - Midnight: Microbrew Pub and Irish Music at St. George's Channel Hall

5:00: Potluck in Marble Mountain Hall

Remember to visit Marble Mountain tomorrow between noon and 6 for Family Fun Day at the wharf and beach. There will be games with prizes for the kids, a magician, a juggler, live music for all, food and soft drinks at the wharf, a duck race for $ on the beach at 3 or 4 and a Poker Run at 1. This event is always a lot of fun for children of all ages. Please come!

07/17/2010

Mass In Historic St. Joseph's Church 1:00 Tomorrow. Only In The Summer!

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Come to mass with us, we'd love to have you! 1:00

Mass is held only in the summer because there is no electricity and no heat in the church. The bench seats are hard so bring a pillow.

07/13/2010

We Have Seeen No Bats ThisYear.

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We always have bats at our house in the summer. They have a particular preference for the umbrella over our patio table. This year there is no sign of them. I wonder if they succumbed to the White Nose fungus that has been killing off bats all up and down the east coast. This is not good.

06/09/2010

Geologic Factoids of North Mountain

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North Mountain lies on the west side of Bras d'Or Lake between Denys Basin and West Bay. It is about 260 m high and is composed of Precambrian granitic and George River Group rocks. The latter originally contained limestone bands, which have been metamorphosed into marble. Some marble is still quarried at Marble Mountain.

The North Mountain block was outside the early Carboniferous basin where the Horton strata were deposited. Later on, during Windsor time, when the sea covered a wider area, the North Mountain block became an island against which Windsor Group strata accumulated. The block is now almost entirely surrounded by Windsor deposits, which are deeply eroded and give maximum relief on both the north and south sides. The scarp is steepest on the south side and forms cliffs along West Bay. The more gentle dip-slope reaches Denys Basin at a shallower angle. The block is crosscut by a fault, forming a narrow, steep-sided valley.

The valley is occupied by two streams, Kennedys Brook and MacIntyres Brook. Lakes, bogs, and wandering streams are found on the relatively flat crest of North Mountain, but once the marginal slopes are reached, the streams become straight and fast flowing.

North Mountain was well known for its Marble Mountain limestone quarry. The story of this limestone and marble quarry industry of the late 1800s and early 1900s is documented at the Marble Mountain Museum. After limestone was extracted from the quarry, it was crushed, slaked, and shipped to Prince Edward Island, where farmers used it to lime soils. Important Mi'kmaq burial sites are found in North Mountain cliffs bordering the Bras d'Or Lake.
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