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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 651 Week 01 Vol 13

December 29, 2021

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Issue 651 Week 01 Vol 13
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LIONS DONATE OVER A DOZEN TURKEYS TO WOMEN’S SHELTER

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Lions Dave Nearingburg, Tom Grasby, Rick Schinkel, Kathy Gray, Mark Richardson and Lorena Toole on “Turkey Duty”.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members held their draw for the Turkey Raffle on Dec. 9. Twenty-two turkeys were handed out to lucky winners on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Some people were unable to claim their prize, for a variety of reasons, so it was decided to pay it forward and gift those birds to the Huron Women’s Shelter and Second Stage Housing. Krista Evely, of the Shelter, was pleased to receive the remaining thirteen turkeys and a cheque for $2,000 from the proceeds of the Raffle. The Bayfield Area Food Bank and the Tanner Steffler Foundation will also be receiving cheques from this event.

Fundraisers such as this rely on the involvement and generosity of the Bayfield community for their success. The Lions want to thank everyone who supported this effort by buying tickets and donating turkeys. All the winners will be posted on their Facebook page.

Happy New Year from the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

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Lions Tom Grasby (left) and Kathy Gray (lower) pick up turkeys at Bayfield Foodland with the assistance of staff member Joe Lubbers and store owner Brad Maidment (right).

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Krista Evely, from the Huron Women’s Shelter, recently accepted a cheque for $2,000 as well as an abundance of turkeys, from the Bayfield Lions Club. Representing the club was Lion Kathy Gray (right).

THE ALBION HOTEL AND PINE LAKE RESIDENTS SUPPORT FOOD BANK

December proved to be a remarkable month for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) when the community shared their generosity with the organization perhaps like never before.

“We would like to thank Jeff Graham for The Albion Hotel’s fantastic donation of turkey dinners the restaurant has provided, for our delivery to all Bayfield Area Food Bank client households. Our board sends out a very big thanks to Jeff for this extremely generous donation,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB Board of Directors.

The residents of Pine Lake Campground once again have contributed to the BAFB food stores.

“BAFB also owes a tremendous thanks to the residents of Pine Lake Campground, for the recent food drive held there, and the absolutely massive amount of food collected. Our volunteers have never seen so much food from one collection!” said Henderson. “Many thanks to the generosity of the residents there.”

Henderson went on to say that the BAFB volunteers and clients would also like to thank those Bayfield area residents that are continuing to kindly donate to their bins located in the village. Collection bins for non-perishable items can now be found at Crichet Handmade Designs, 20 Catherine St, Unit C, (the little barn across from Virtual High School); the foyer at the Bayfield Public Library and on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website. All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

BOSSY-YET-ADORABLE SILVER TABBY READY FOR A HOME

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Kudos (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Kudos is the Adopt-a-BFF kitten of the week.

This gorgeous Silver Tabby was found as a three-week-old kitten who was suffering from an open wound as well as a botfly. The person who found her agreed to become her foster and take on her care. Kudos did need a lot of TLC. And it was time well spent as this sweet baby pulled through and is now a spicy, saucy, playful, bossy-yet-adorable 14-week-old kitten. Just last week she went for her spay and vaccination appointment. After a little time to heal she will be looking for her forever home.

Please emaiil bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information if you have room in your home for Kudos.

“Kitties need lots of TLC and time in order to pull through and reach their full potential and we wouldn’t be able to help as many of the kittens that we do if it weren’t for our amazing volunteers who take on those felines that come in that have special needs,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Penhale added that, “We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of those people that donated throughout the year with generous donations of food and litter as well as the volunteers that come and spend time to help feed, socialize, groom, clean and scoop up after the cats. They are all priceless to us. It takes a village and we are so fortunate that we have a great one.

“And we would also like to thank Melody Falconer-Pounder for her diligent work in featuring one of Bayfield’s Forgotten and Felines every week in the Bayfield Breeze. Through this connection we have been able to adopt out many of our cats and kittens and that contribution is huge to us.”

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

TRAIL ASSOCIATION TO HOST WINTER HIKE AND LUNCH MID-JANUARY

Bayfield TrailsThe Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will kick off its 2022 season with its traditional Winter Hike and Lunch on Saturday, Jan. 15th.

The event will commence at 11 a.m. at the Varna Complex. Hikers of all ages are welcome to join a guided hike on the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail, followed by a hot dog lunch outside in the covered pavilion. This is also the event at which BRVTA members are encouraged to renew their annual memberships and new hikers to join. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families of two or more.

The Taylor Trail is an easy 1 km loop through the woods, while Mavis’ Trail is a more challenging 2.5 km circuit to the Bayfield River. Hikers may choose to do one or both, with the full distance taking about 90 minutes. Of course, on Jan. 15th trail conditions could be snowy or icy, so warm clothes and snow/ice cleats are recommended. Please note that participants will need to show proof of full vaccination to be admitted to the pavilion lunch, and masks are recommended except when eating or drinking. On the trails, masks are optional when distanced and the vaccination status of hikers is not checked.

Finally, the BRVTA sends a big thank you to everyone who attended 2021 hikes and events in 2021! Even though they had to cancel many dates, the Association hosted 184 people on 15 guided hikes, and that’s not counting those who participated in the Earth Day Litter Cleanup and the Terry Fox Run. The BRVTA sponsors these events and maintains the trails in service to the community.

BAYFIELD YACHT CLUB

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The Bayfield Yacht Club Executive are looking forward to the 2022 boating season. (Submitted photo)

Happy Holidays from the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) Executive.

The BYC Executive are very much looking forward to the upcoming boating season with more activities and races for all of their fantastic members. The uncertainty of COVID-19 continues to call the shots; however, they will continue to strive to do their very best to navigate through whatever the restrictions might be to provide an eventful summer in 2022.

In January, they will be sending out an email detailing their proposed events and races, committee recruitment and the new lower $100 membership fee.

They wish everyone good health and happiness in the upcoming year.

LIFE AT THE RINK

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Due to the generosity of community sponsors the public will be able to enjoy some time on the ice at the Bayfield Community Centre during the winter break.

“We are pleased to announce that our community sponsors have again supported daily free public skating throughout the holiday season,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Kish.

From now until Dec. 30, free public skating will be offered daily from 1-2 p.m. thanks to the sponsorship of Bayfield Garage, followed by youth shinny hockey from 2-3 p.m. due to the generosity of Gayle Waters and Sam Gundy.

In addition, the community sponsored free community skating programs continue: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Safety for the community is priority one. Masks are required while in the Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice.

“We wish to thank our new volunteers who have come on board recently; but we are still actively recruiting volunteers,” said Kish. “Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the Arena and our Community Hall ready for your enjoyment – your help as a Volunteer would be greatly appreciated by everyone in our community.”

Check out “Volunteers” on the website, www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca for more information, get involved and sign up today. Also, be sure to visit the website to book an event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has decided to move services back online for the foreseeable future.

To learn more visit trinitystjamesbayfield.ca

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m. These worship services are also live streamed and recorded. For those who would prefer to participate from home the livestream can be found on YouTube at Knox Bayfield Sunday Service. The worship services are also recorded for later viewing on YouTube.

To learn more visit pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ for a link to the Knox YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.

UNITED CHURCH

The St. Andrew’s United Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.

Please note there will be no church services on Jan. 2. The congregation will gather again on Jan. 9.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask, providing proof of double vaccination and maintaining safe physical distance. These decisions have been made in the best interest and safety of the majority to keep everyone safe.

PIONEER PARK

Bring Pioneer Park home for the New Year!

For the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Brad Turner, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and director, and Bayfield resident, has donated a limited edition of four images of Pioneer Park that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Turner’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to the community’s healthy and vital future.

Any, or all, of these images could make a wonderful gift  for those who hold a special place in their hearts for Pioneer Park with all proceeds going to the PPA. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400.

They are available for purchase through the Pioneer Park Association. Inquiries may be sent to: info@pioneerpark.ca or by calling 519-525-8836.

PERSONAL RESILIENCE SUBJECT OF WINTER VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

People are invited to start their New Year by enhancing their personal resilience, and discovering how to lead and support others on their own journey to rediscover their resilience.

The Connectedness Coaching team, in partnership with the McKay Centre for Seniors, would like to announce a sponsored virtual workshop series, “Reconnecting Seniors with Resilience in Huron County”, with a choice of offerings in January, February or March 2022. The workshop should equip older adult Huron County residents, service providers and community volunteers with the knowledge and tools they need to enhance their resilience. This educational offering is also the level one training required to become a Resiliency Trainer.

The schedule is as follows:
January Workshop Offering – Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Jan. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26)
February Workshop Offering – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. (Feb 1-3, 8-10, 15-17)
March Workshop Offering – Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Feb 21-23, Feb. 28-March 2, March 7-9)

Additional benefits to attending the workshop series include: a three-month subscription to an online knowledge hub, a journal to capture the participant’s learning journey, access to a facilitator guidebook and additional resiliency training (free admission to a Connectedness Coaching Workshop Series). Please visit empowerresilience.eventbrite.ca to register. Call-in options, technology mentorship and tablets are available to support participants in their journey with us. For more information contact Sarah Versteeg, Connectedness Coaching’s Program coordinator, at sarah@gatewayruralhealth.ca.

Reconnecting Seniors with Resilience in Huron County (RSR) is a train-the-trainer adaptation that engages and empowers resilience through a modified version of Seniors Action Quebec’s resilience education and Connectedness Coaching. RSR is hosted in collaboration with the MacKay Centre for Seniors, Connectedness Coaching Service Providers, and Seniors Action Quebec, and is funded by the Seniors Community Grant Program 2021-22.

TESTING LIMITED AS COVID CASES SURGE IN PROVINCE: WHAT TO DO

Omicron is surging across the province and testing and tracing capacity are limited. In a press release issued on Dec. 24, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) urged all residents to isolate immediately if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads easily. Omicron now accounts for an estimated 90.6 per cent of COVID cases in Ontario, according to the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Fourth Wave dashboard: covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/

On Dec. 24, HPPH reported 229 active cases in Huron-Perth.

HPPH does not provide PCR or rapid antigen tests. The province and local testing partners are working hard to increase the availability of PCR tests and rapid antigen tests; however, current availability is very limited. This means many residents may have to make decisions on what to do without being tested.

Further, the steep increase in cases as well as accelerated vaccination efforts means that HPPH cannot follow up on every positive case and contact.

“The most important thing to do if you are ill is to stay home and isolate and tell everyone you live with to isolate,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “If you have taken a test and received a positive result, you and your household must isolate. If you test positive, you may receive further instructions from public health.”

If you feel ill:
• If you experience fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or loss of smell and taste or any other symptoms of COVID-19.
• Self-isolate immediately. Self-isolate means staying on your property, not interacting with anyone within your household (unless you are the primary caregiver of a young child) and not leaving unless you need medical attention. Arrange for someone else to drop off supplies (e.g. groceries) at your doorstep if needed.
• All household contacts (regardless of vaccination status) stay home as well.
• Notify your workplace. Health care workers and workers in high-risk settings must follow the direction of their employers.
• High-risk settings include: long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, shelter or congregate settings, a childcare centre or day camp, elementary/middle/secondary school, adult learning/post-secondary school, or remote, isolated or Indigenous communities.
• If you experience severe symptoms, contact your healthcare provider
• If you take a PCR or rapid antigen screening test – and it is negative – then you may end isolation when you are symptom free for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea).

If you test positive on a PCR test or a rapid antigen test (RAT):
• Self-isolate immediately – the definition remains the same as above.
• You must self-isolate for 10 days since your symptom onset.
• All household contacts (regardless of vaccination status) self-isolate for 10 days since the last exposure.
• Notify your workplace. Health care workers and workers in high-risk settings must follow the direction of their employers.
• High-risk settings remain the same as listed above.

Information is changing rapidly. For more information on isolation instructions and high-risk contacts, visit www.hpph.ca/isolation for the latest information. HPPH is not able to answer every inquiry regarding positive results or high-risk contacts.

Public health will continue to investigate cases associated with high-risk settings as listed above.

HPPH continues to add as many vaccine appointments and clinics as HPPH and partners can staff.

Despite ongoing technical issues, HPPH continues to add and fill appointments. They thank residents for their patience and enthusiasm in booking appointments and they continue to work with vendors to resolve their technical issues.

Having received hundreds of phone calls and emails in the previous few days, HPPH booking staff have been making return calls from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 to book more appointments for future clinics. Their telephone booking line will be closed until Dec. 28 as HPPH staff make outgoing calls instead. Personal online booking will resume the first week of January.

Visit the HPPH Get a Vaccination page for the latest information on vaccination opportunities. Many partners are working together to provide as many vaccination opportunities as possible across the two counties.

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK RETURNING TO GODERICH

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Those who participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk that raise over $150 – $75 for youth under 18 – will receive a CNOY toque. (Submitted photo)

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is encouraging residents to bundle up and raise money for the third annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk in Goderich, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for local individuals experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt.

“We’re very happy to welcome CNOY back again this year,” said UWPH Goderich & Area Community Committee Chair Beth Blowes. “Funds raised address real challenges in Goderich and area around the issue of chronic homelessness. Based on the success of the past two walks, our community truly understands how important this issue is. We invite everyone to join us in working to raise $94,000 in support of our most vulnerable residents.”

By walking, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter while raising funds to aid UWPH’s local work in support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich. The initiative includes programs such as the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and temporary emergency shelter during the cold months.

This year’s Goderich walk includes a COVID-safe, outdoor event on Saturday, Feb. 26, and a virtual option to walk any time, any distance during the month of February. The in-person walk begins at 5 p.m. and features a two or five km circuit around Courthouse Square. Participants raising over $150 — $75 for youth under 18— receive a CNOY toque. To register as an individual or team, visit cnoy.org.

Last year’s all-virtual CNOY raised $92,492 during the month of February thanks to the efforts of 232 walkers, 44 teams and 1,421 donors.

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca

HPHA

Editor’s Note: The following is a message from the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Community of Hospitals: Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital composed by Chair, Board of Directors, Ron Lavoie; Debora Wiseman, Vice President, Partnerships and Chief Nursing Executive, Deborah Wiseman; and President and CEO Andrew Williams.

As we enter the Holiday Season, we do so under somewhat of a cloud, not knowing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the Omicron variant, will have on ourselves, our families, communities and businesses. What we do know is that cases will increase in the short-term and that all of us, directly and/or indirectly will be impacted.

At the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), we have plans in place to support our communities through the Holiday Season for hospital-based needs that may arise. Within these plans, is the very real possibility, as evidenced by our need to close our Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department for the day on Dec. 24, that illnesses and subsequent absences from work due to COVID-19 will impact service delivery. Should this occur again, we will immediately communicate to those potentially impacted to minimize disruption and would therefore ask members of our communities, where available to follow the HPHA on social media.

Currently, we have implemented seasonal adjustments to our operating room schedules which reduce access to scheduled surgeries through the holiday period, and have similarly adjusted selected outpatient programs. We have also been directed by Critical Care Ontario to be ready to increase our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed capacity in the event we see increased COVID pressures on hospital beds. This increase in bed capacity will require redeployment of staff. Should this occur, our priority will be to focus staff and resources to those in most immediate need. At time of writing, we have five admitted COVID-19 patients at our Stratford General Hospital site, four of whom are in our ICU.

Looking ahead, we are again asking for the assistance of our communities, specifically in relation to continuing to adhere to all Public Health guidelines and requirements. While we very much recognize the significant impacts that the pandemic has had on individuals and businesses, this is the very best way to minimize these impacts into the future. Maintaining a small circle of people around you, limiting interactions, wearing a mask when necessary, practicing physical distancing, regular hand washing, staying home if unwell, and getting vaccinated or booking a booster will all strengthen our ability to move through this latest wave as quickly as possible. On the latter point, we appreciate the demand on vaccine clinics and urge people to book at the earliest available time and to regularly visit the Huron Perth Public Health website for additional clinics or vaccine availability.

The impact of the pandemic on the HPHA team has been significant. All midwives, physicians and staff, regardless of where they work across our four sites, have been tirelessly supporting our patients and their families, our partners and one another as we deal with these uncertain times. Like many of those in our communities, our team has been facing many stressors brought on by this pandemic and we acknowledge the incredible strain that this has placed on everyone.

The past 22 months have however reminded us of many things, – the importance of community and of supporting one another; the interdependence of all health care partners; the key impact the social determinants of health have on community well-being; and the incredible resilience and compassion that resides in us all.

With this in mind, we say thank you and wish everyone the very best through the Holiday Season and into 2022.

DIRECTOR WANTED

Looking for an important way to serve the community? The Board of Directors for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), located in Zurich, is inviting people to consider becoming a member and serving as a Director.

They are looking for a team player with an enthusiastic interest in sustaining and enhancing primary health services in the community, with a willingness to:

  • Be committed to a vibrant future of the Bluewater Area Family Health Centre
  • Set aside time to prepare for regular Board meetings and sub-committee meetings
  •  Actively participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts

Orientation and basic governance training are provided to make sure Directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role. Previous Board experience is an asset, but not required.

Responsibilities:

  •  Become knowledgeable about BAFHT’s values, mission, programs and performance
  • Be an ambassador for BAFHT and promote its work in the community
  •  Ensure financial accountability on behalf of the community and funders
  • Be available to meet once a month, for one to two hours

The Board is comprised of a maximum of nine members. Board members typically serve a term of three years, with the possibility to serve up to two consecutive terms. The BAFHT are currently looking for individuals to replace Directors whose term has ended. A formal election will take place in June at the Annual and General Meeting.

To explore the opportunity to join this knowledgeable and dedicated Board of Directors, please contact: Francine Vanasse, Chair at fvanassse@hay.net OR Sandra Shaw, Vice-Chair at sandrajshaw@hotmail.com.

REMEMBER THIS

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at huroncountymuseum.pastperfectonline.com.

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

Not every piece in the Museum’s holiday collection is Santa Claus related some other festive characters are included as well…

TOP HAT DEER

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This is a white deer with black and blue eyes wearing a black top hat. It is accented with gold spots, red ears and a collar.

Doug and Gerney Bland acquired a large collection of Santas and Christmas decorations beginning in 1943, the year they were married. They continued collecting for the next 61 years of their marriage.

Many of the Santas and other decor were collected while travelling both personally and professionally. Some came from as far away as Honduras and Mexico, as well as many of the southern states including Tennesse, Florida and Texas.

The Blands collection of 300 Santa and Christmas ornaments were donated to the Museum in 2004.

SNOWMAN

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This is a snowman decoration. It is handmade and features quilt batting over a can. The hat and arms are attached separately. The snowman is highlighted by felt eyes and a nose.

POLKA DOTTED REINDEER

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This is a white reindeer adorned with polka dots.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
TRAFFIC COULD BE SWITCHED TO NEW BRIDGE SOON DEPENDING ON WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS

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PHOTOS BY GREG CSULLOG AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER 

Anyone who has driven across the temporary Bailey Bridge at Bayfield recently will have noticed a lot of progress on the new bridge. In fact, according to an update shared by Bayfield Ward Coucillor Bill Whetstone the new bridge may be open for usage sometime next month.

Whetstone noted that Bluewater Council received an update on the progress in mid-November. The update stated that the crew is “working towards a traffic switch in January but many operations are weather dependent and could be delayed”.

Removal of the tempory Bailey Bridge, that came into operation on Apr. 14, 2020, will begin immediately after the traffic switch to allow the installation of the sidewalk on the west side of the new bridge. The plan is to have the temporary bridge “completely off site by March”.

And then if all goes well with weather, the crew “hopes to be fully completed by mid-May 2022”.

Site work on the bridge project began on Sept. 23, 2019 signally the end of an era for the bridge completed in 1949. A May completion date would be a fitting one as demolition of the 70-year-old bridge, that this new arched one is replacing, was completed in early May 2020.

Editor’s Note: Village resident and photographer Greg Csullog has been dedicated in his work of documenting the bridge construction since the project began in the fall of 2019. This week, I am very pleased to share with you the progress Csullog captured in photos from June 24 to Nov. 29, 2021.

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PIXILATED — IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Sandhill Cranes over Bayfield

Two large flocks of Sandhill Cranes flying over Bayfield, ON…By Jane Seifried

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or…Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.

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Submissions

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Parker and Tiny (Submitted photo)

I greatly admire the work of the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) and I welcome happily ever after tales of adoption success to share in my space here at the bottom. Special thanks this week to Lucia Schatteleyn for sharing the story of Tiny and Parker. – Melody

I am a summer resident in Bayfield and have adopted two kittens from the organization.

Tiny, an orange Tabby was referred to BFF by a kind family who cared for the little one after he presented himself on their property, hungry, undernourished with a cold as well as an infected eye. He only weighed 1.2 lbs and was believed to be about six-weeks-old.

Since the family was unable to keep the kitten I agreed to foster the little one. I immediately fell in love with this little one and nourished him back to health with the help of BFF, vet visits and lots of love.

As soon as he was fully immunized and fixed I officially adopted Tiny.

In the meantime, I was visiting BFF to find a playmate for Tiny. It did not take long! Parker, a brown Tabby who was found in one of the Bayfield mobile home parks needed to find his forever home. I adopted Parker and introduced him to Tiny. They were instant friends!

They are currently living with me in Florida and I could not be happier with their company. They sure have changed my life and I hope that your readers will consider adopting one or two kittens from this wonderful organization.

To Deb Penhale, and all the volunteers at BFF, thank you for doing this wonderful work – your love and dedication knows no limits.

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.

Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m