At its inception in 2005 The Blow-Me-Downer was a printed newsletter (The Blow-Me-Down Bulletin) published at the beginning of most months. Now, after changes necessitated for economic reasons, it is an on-line newsletter, published most months of the year, although the winter months of January, February, and March may sometimes, but not always, missed, and in most years there is no August issue. However in most recent years there has been a new issue every month. All issues since January 2007 are available online here after publication.
The content is mostly about people and events affecting the towns of Lark Harbour and York Harbour in the Outer Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, but this may also include commentary on matters of worldwide significance. The publication is named for Blow-Me-Down Mountain which is immediately south of Highway 450, a few kilometres east of York Harbour. Rising from the waters of the Bay, the mountain soars to 763 metres or 2,313 feet and dominates the entire region.
In 2011 the Blow-Me-Downer website was introduced, with much more information than the printed newsletter could contain. Due to costs of production and distribution, since 2012 September the printed version has no longer been published, but electronic versions of the latest issue and past issues as far back as 2007 are available on the Blow-Me-Downer Newsletter page of this Website.
Click on Blow-Me-Downer Newsletter page here or in the Index Line at the top of every page, and you will arrive at the Archive page where you can then select and download any issue from 2007 to the latest one. Some issues contain more graphics than others, and may be slower to download, so a little patience may be needed.
The Blow-Me-Downer is now published on the Internet eight times yearly, before the first Friday of the month, except for January, February, March and August when there is no issue. Copy for publication may be submitted at any time, on paper, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be published cost free. Small social and personal announcements are encouraged. For best inclusion please submit copy as early as possible.
As a reminder an email with a link to the latest issue will be sent each month to all who have requested inclusion on our list. EMAIL your request.
Some of our readers who used to read the Blow-Me-Downer in its printed version do not have computers. If you have access to the Internet, please assist friends and family who do not, by printing a paper copy for them or allowing them to read it on your computer.
Until 2012 October, most production and distribution expenses of the printed version of The Blow-Me-Downer were covered by cash sponsorships from local businesses and organisations. With hard copy distribution ended, the Newsletter will not be generally available to those without Internet access.
We thank our Sponsors for their generous support over the years. In alphabetical order, they are:
Byrne's Store, York Harbour
Curling ONE Stop Service Station, Corner Brook
Drop In Lounge, Lark Harbour
Fillatre Memorials, Corner Brook
Quik Lube Plus, Corner Brook
Blow-Me-Downer Newsletter - Recent and past Blow-Me-Downers
Picture Quiz - Do you know what these objects are?
The Bay of Islands - Information, Pictures, Map of the Bay
The Town of Lark Harbour - History, Information, Pictures
The Town of York Harbour - History, Information, Pictures
The Church in the Outer Bay - Early days of the Anglican Church
Some Interesting History relating to the Bay of Islands
The Forgotten Bay - More Webpages
To Make Us Think - Ideas to ponder
Slide Show - Pictures around the Bay of Islands
Stuart's Newfie Webpage - Archived webpage with links
Guestbook - please sign it before you leave
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