October 4, 2019

October issue hits all the notes

Jake Thomas, 71, sat down with A Bit of the Bay Magazine for a podcast-style interview to discuss a wide-range of topics. Dave Dale Photo

The October issue of A Bit of the Bay Magazine hits a lot of different notes for its second edition.

Managing editor Dave Dale kicks it off with a column reminiscent of his days providing North Bay council loads of hindsight gold with this piece digging into the Near North District School Board's mine of miscues.

The first feature is a trip with bluesman Jake Thomas, 71, heading into his seventh decade of learning how to make his guitar sing. Thomas and Dale sat down for an hour to discuss all kinds of things. Here's a LINK to one of the podcast sessions Part 1 of 3. Here's the link to the third part HERE.

That's followed with a story about how the North Bay Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Recognition evolving with the times and wanting to attract a younger and broader base of talent. Bylaw changes to that effect are expected to be adopted at its annual meeting Oct. 24. 

The magazine's first events page is right beside a ghostly story about the haunted walking tour put on by the North Bay Museum during October, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday nights.

Photos highlighting Ed Regen for mini-documentary film production awards, North Star coaches for their volunteerism, the Magic of Hospice magicians with a related pic of the old Joke Shop spread across two pages.

Rob Graham's first column suggests that 'screenagers' can help document the heritage values in schools that are closing, interestingly positioned beside photos of the open house Coworking176.space held at the former Tweedmuir elementary school.

Columnist Alisha Fournier writes about her experience being gay in the Bay: Coming out and getting out. Below her column is a promo for a Pride North Bay halloween event at Sugardaddys.

There's an aerial photograph of the old highway with a Gateway of the North arch in place taken sometime around 1960 as it's before the overapass was built and the arch moved into Lee Park.

A spread on the resurgence of vinyl records and how it's creating a small economy can be found on pages 16-17. Associate publisher Jeff Fournier finds proof the digital age can't beat quality sound or the tactile enjoyment of spinning discs and reading print magazines provides.

A feature on CFL great Jim Corrigall includes reference to his days as a Scollard Hall Bears football player. That sits beside a feature on two young North Bay tennis players pursuing their dreams.

Pam Handley's Heritage Matters column has one of her childhood photos at the top. Her days growing up in England during the Second World War can be seen in her eyes.

A very interesting historical gender juxtaposition can be found on Page 22, with the 1909 North Bay council photo, all men, sitting on top of the All-Risks Insurance Brokers Ltd. advertisement, which features a trio of businesswomen.

The biggest smiles in the magazine can be found on Page 23 with Kansas City Chiefs player Ryan Hunter standing between his parents after an NFL game, the family still beaming that his NFL dream came true.

Fournier puts his experience with Ontario Power Generator to work with a feature watershed management and the history of electricity in North Bay before sharing his personal views on grief being the price we pay for living.

A Bit of the Bay Magazine gave the Kiwanis Downtown Walk of Fame Dinner big play this month while also writing about the West Ferris Trojans getting set for a 50th reunion celebration in 2021.

The front cover photo of North Bay's first mayor, John Bourke, is tied together with a watercolour on the back cover based on a photograph taken in 1883, as well as a bio on the last page.

On the inside cover is a full page advertisement promting a special section in the November issue focusing on North Bay's military history.


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