DONATIONS TO MEMORIAL WALK MATCHED BY PROVINCE
Bronwyn Bechard (Submitted photos)
The Candlelight Memorial Walk set for March 26, on the Taylor Trail in Varna, is the latest fundraising event that will be held by a group of Bayfield residents in support of the Huron Hospice.
According to Bronwyn Bechard, a member of the group, “We hope to attract support from all over Huron County. The Candlelight Memorial Walk will be COVID safe and it will give opportunities for individuals and families to remember loved ones.”
Since the Hospice building and property were purchased in 2017, the group has been fundraising for the cause by hosting dinners, a garden tour, a ghost themed walk, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol”, a wonderful classical music event and the very successful “Coffee Tree” tea. They also sold Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes.
Arlene Timmins, one of the original members of the fund-raising group is involved because, “It’s morally the right thing to do!” She went on to say, “I was already a visiting volunteer in the community, supporting families and patients who were dealing with end-of-life issues at home. I knew what a difference a residential hospice would make in Huron County.”
The group decided that they would make it their goal to sponsor a future “Children’s Room” which would give children a sanctuary where they can play and be sheltered from the adult emotions in residents’ rooms. Rhonda Fritzley, the daughter of one of Huron Hospice’s residents, shared her feelings about a Huron Hospice “Children’s Room” in a recent video: rediscoveringcanada.ca/2022/02/01/huron-hospice-rhonda-fritzley/
The group’s objective is to raise over $115,000 for the Huron Hospice’s Capital Campaign and since they began, they’ve raised over $82,000. The Candlelight Memorial Walk is particularly timely because the Ontario Government has recognized the need and all donations and funds raised through sponsorships will be matched.
Participants are asked to make tax deductible donations from $30, $50 to $100 to light a memorial candle. To donate, go to www.huronhospice.ca/events or for more information or call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.
The event will appeal not only to participants who want to experience the magic of the nighttime forest but also to those individuals and families who can’t attend but want to express their love while contributing to a worthwhile cause.
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. A dedication ceremony will be held and filmed at 8 p.m. at the beginning of the trail and posted on the Huron Hospice website.
The Taylor Trailhead can be found at the Varna (Stanley) Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on Mill Road. Please, no pets at this event.
FIVE LITTLE INDIANS TO BE DEFENDED BY ABBY ARMSTRONG
The countdown is now on for Bayfield Reads! This tradition corresponds with CBC’s Canada Reads. Just as they will do on the National level, Bayfield will choose their winner for this annual event determining the results with the help of a slate of local defenders.
The Village Bookshop invites everyone to join them for Bayfield Reads on Sunday, March 27 starting at 3 p.m. on ZOOM.
This year’s books and defenders are: “Five Little Indians’ by Michelle Good, defended by Abby Armstrong; “Scarborough” by Catherine Hernandez, defended by Sally Leitch; “What Strange Paradise” by Omar El Akkad, defended by Rachel Rishworth; “Life in the City of Dirty Water” by Clayton Thomas-Müller, defended by Duncan McGregor; and “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, defended by Ralph Blasting.
The first book on this year’s slate is Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, a book that has flown off the shelves in the last year both at The Village Bookshop and throughout Canada. Five Little Indians is a compassionate and insightful story about a group of Indigenous children who find comfort and community in each other when taken from their families to a remote residential school. The book follows them into adulthood in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where their lives continue to crisscross as they each face unique consequences of their early trauma.
Defending Five Little Indians is Abby Armstrong, a lifelong Bayfielder and elementary school principal. Armstrong first came to Bayfield 57 years ago when her grandparents moved to town. She spent weekends and summers here growing up and later moved to Bayfield full time to raise her family. An avid reader, Armstrong’s favorite book is often whichever book she finished last. Some recent favorites include: “The Power of Why” by Amanda Lang, “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, and “Your Nose, a Wild Little Love Song” by Sandra Boynton.
On life in Huron County, Armstrong said, “Without a doubt, Bayfield is a great community because of the people who live here. We are all characters in our own way.”
In the weeks leading up to the event, The Village Bookshop will reflect on community by sharing a synopsis of this year’s books as well as introducing the local defenders. Visit their website villagebookshop.ca for more information.
LIFE ON A SCHOOL CAR TOPIC OF SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY
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
RUTH MAKINS WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MANY
Ruth Makins (Submitted photo)
The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of a former village resident.
Ruth Makins died peacefully, on Feb. 12, at Extendicare in London, ON in her 94th year.
Ruth was born on July 30, 1928. She will be sadly missed by her three children and their families. She was a proud Nana and Great Nana. Mourning her passing are: daughter, Brenda, and husband Dennis Miskie, grandchildren, Brooke (Chris) Kennedy, Jana (Matthew) Haylor, Blair Miskie and Dragica Radonjic and great grandchildren, Stella, Alexandra, Vivian and Sydney; son, Brian, and wife Donna, grandchildren, Erin and Jill Makins; daughter, Bonnie, and husband David Chapman, grandchildren, Cala (Ryan) Mitra, Lee Chapman and Brian Bigioni, Andrew Chapman and Cody Paquin, and great grandchildren, Jackson and Miles.
She is survived by her brother Jim Wright and sister-in-law Marion Mackie (Ken).
Ruth was born in Toronto and grew up in London, ON until her marriage in 1952 to Arnold Makins took her to Bayfield. Together in Bayfield, they ran a business called, “Makins Plumbing, Heating and Electric” until 1992 when Arnold suddenly passed away.
For the last 30 years, Ruth has found her way on her own with color and grace. She always saw the best in everything and everyone and never had a harsh word. Ruth loved music and was often seen dancing up a storm when a good tune was playing whether or not anyone else was dancing. She enjoyed line dancing at Harry’s, a former local bar in Bayfield.
Ruth loved spending time with her family and friends, she also appreciated her own time and independence.
Her friends were a very important part of her life, probably more than they know.
Her family extends thanks for being a part of her life.
A private family service at Falconer Funeral Homes, Clinton Chapel was held on Feb. 23. A spring interment in Bayfield Cemetery will be held at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial donations can be made in Ruth’s name to St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.