BONNIE SITTER NEXT SPEAKER AT SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY
Bonnie Sitter (Submitted photo)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the Winter 2022 “Virtual Saturdays at the Library” speaker series.
All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. The February speaker, Bonnie Sitter, will introduce participants to a little-known piece of Ontario history. Her latest book, “On the Wright Track: Memories from C.P.R. School Car #2”, tells the story of Ontario’s school railcar program through the recollections of four members of the Wright family. Their father, Bill Wright, taught in the railcar that travelled between Chapleau and White River. The book details the challenges and rewards of living and teaching under such unique circumstances.
Sitter lives in Exeter and is a retired travel agent who went on to study photography and then began publishing her own books. These include “Onions and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”, which is now being developed into a play for the Blyth Festival. Sitter is currently working on a book about Clinton local Fred Sloman, of the School on Wheels, and is hoping to publish the book in 2022.
Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register by clicking on the link provided on the FOBL website: www.fobl.ca
FIVE WEEKS OF HIKING DETAILS
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 7, 2021 by hosting a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. The 2022 version of this hike will be held on Sunday, March 6. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The BRVTA will offer six hikes from now through March 26th. All hikes are open to the public and pets on leash with no pre-registration required unless otherwise noted. On the trails, masks are optional when distanced and the vaccination status of hikers is not checked. For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-525-3205.
A Winter Hike will be held on the Varna Nature trails on Feb. 12 starting at 11 a.m. Hikers of all ages are welcome to join on this Saturday morning guided walk on the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail. The Taylor Trail is an easy one 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. Trail conditions will be snowy or icy, so warm clothes, a walking pole, and snow/ice cleats are recommended. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail.
Windmill Lake Farm will be the location of a hike on Saturday, Feb. 19 where participants can learn about “Tracks in the Snow” What ran through this field: rabbit? deer? Sasquatch? Starting at 11 a.m., Windmill Lake Farm owner George Ebers and co-leader Peter Jeffers will take participants on a tour to identify tracks of the animals that are active in winter. Meet and park at the Windmill Lake parking lot, 35957 Bayfield River Road. The hike will cover about 3-4 km and last about 90 min. This is a natural trail with gentle inclines; watch the weather and dress accordingly.
Celebrate BRVTA’s third annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Hike and the 111th IWD by joining in a hike along Bayfield’s Woodland Trail on Sunday, March 6th. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The hike will begin at 2 p.m. with hike leaders Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting. They will stop along the way to share stories of how Canadian women have contributed. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes, and gender identities welcome. The hike is 3.5 km and will last about 90 minutes. The Woodland Trail has some steep inclines and challenging passages, and may still be icy in March. Participants are asked to meet/park at the David Street trail head. A map can be found by visiting: www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail.
On Saturday, March 19, community members are invited to join Denise Iszczuk, of the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, to explore the functions of the Morrison Reservoir one of the area’s most attractive hiking routes, during the “All About the Morrison Reservoir” hike. The hike will be about 2.5 km and last about 90 minutes. Families and youth especially welcome. Participants are asked to meet/park at 71042 Morrison Line, at the pavilion. A map can be found at abca.ca/conservationareas/morrisondam/.
A special “Candlelight Memorial Walk” has been scheduled for Saturday, March 26 starting at dusk along the Taylor Trail in Varna. The BRVTA members in collaboration with Huron Hospice will create an enchanted walk through the beautiful 1 km Taylor Trail, starting at 7 p.m. The trail will be lit by 180 candles. Each flicker of candlelight will evoke memories of loved ones. All are welcome, to walk in memory of someone or just to enjoy the contemplative path. This will be a self-guided walk and can be done any time between 7- 9 p.m., although members of the BRVTA, and a team of Bayfield volunteers, will be on hand to make sure everyone is safe. Please, no pets at this event. A memorial reading of names will take place at the trail head at 8 p.m. This ceremony will be video taped for those donors who are unable to attend. Anyone who wishes to have a name included in the ceremony, may do so by donating to the Huron Hospice at www.huronhospice.ca/events or by calling Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884. All proceeds benefit the building of a new Children’s Room at the Hospice. This ‘COVID safe’ event is especially important because donations in memory of loved ones and sponsorship funds will be matched by the Ontario Government. The Taylor Trail head can be found at the Varna (Stanley) Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road.
BRVTA maintains seven recreational trails and sponsors, as is shown above, over 20 guided hikes each year, giving residents of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.
The Bayfield Trails are managed entirely by volunteers and are paid for by community donations and annual memberships.
“We are extremely grateful to those of you who are supporting the trails by taking out an annual membership,” said Helen Varekamp, membership coordinator. “If you have been enjoying the trails but have not made this contribution yet, we hope that this will be the year you will decide to do so.”
Membership contributions allow BRVTA volunteers to keep the trails open, covering expenses such as, materials and tools, programming, training, signage and insurance.
“As a member, you will receive invitations to participate in all organized hikes, as well as an opportunity to join the hiking buddy program. You will also receive invitations to the Columbia Sportswear discount store and the monthly electronic newsletter. Best of all, you’ll be helping us keep the trails open for everyone, every day of the year,” said Varekamp.
Annual memberships are an affordable $20 for individuals or $30 per family. Becoming a member is easy; select whichever option works best.
Online memberships can be made at www.bayfieldtrails.com/membershipsdonations.
Alternatively, payment can be sent by e-transfer to email@example.com or a cheque can be mailed to Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Whichever payment is chosen members are asked to provide their contact information, so BRVTA can keep everyone informed of new events!
PETS SUFFER FOOD INSECURITY TOO
Assisting people in the community facing food insecurity is a year-round commitment for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) but the volunteers don’t do it alone.
“We would like to thank those that are continuing to donate at the library, and at our outdoor bin located on the north parish hall porch at 10 Keith Cres. In the village,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. “We greatly appreciate the continued support from area residents.”
The BAFB is currently looking for the following items that are most appreciated during the cold weather season: tea bags (regular orange pekoe tea); small sweetener packets suitable for diabetic use, an example might be, Sugar Twin; and hot chocolate mix.
In addition, the food bank would also be most grateful for pet foods, such as, dry dog or cat food, and kitty litter.
“Although an expense, pets offer comfort both physically and emotionally, and for many, are considered valued members of the family and our client families are no different,” said Henderson. “The pets suffer along with the clients, in homes where food insecurity is an issue.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Collection bins for non-perishable items can currently be found on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church and in the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street (during opening hours). The library is the best place to donate if items are in danger of freezing, as the donations are kept indoors until a BAFB volunteer can collect them.
KITTEN FOUND HALF FROZEN
Freya (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Freya is the Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week.
This little cutey, that the volunteers call Freya, was found half frozen in a roadside, snowbank on a Saturday night. A kind person noticed the kitten while driving and pulled over to check on her. Realizing there were no barns around this woman went door-to-door but no one claimed the kitten or had any knowledge of kittens in the area. This rescuer then took the kitten home and cleaned her up.
Freya had runny nose and eyes was shivering and very lethargic. She gave Freya a nice warm bath, cleaned up her eyes and nose, wrapped her in a towel and brought her to the Rescue. For the first 24 hours Freya didn’t really eat just mostly slept on her little heating pad. Volunteers syringe fed for her a little bit.
She now seems to be a little brighter and more alert and she is being fed small quantities at regular intervals to help not overload her system. Freya is vocal when wanting attention and volunteers feel that this tiny cherub is now on the road to recovery. If your heart is melting for Freya please email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.