People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2022.
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2022 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $110. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
March 6 is the date chosen by St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield to return to in-person worship.
Rev. Joe Gray will be the supply minister and Paul Howe will be the music director with guest soloist Peter Postill. The service will begin at 11 a.m.
Those who gather will be asked to follow local guidelines set out by Huron Perth Public Health as well as current protocol regarding double vaccination, passports, wearing masks and social distancing.
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 household cleaning products including dish soap and laundry detergent.
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: email@example.com or a donation can be received online 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be opening for In-person Sunday Services, starting March 6, with social distancing and masks, as before. They will also continue to offer the 11 a.m. service on ZOOM and YouTube, for those who are unable to attend in person.
In addition, Rev. Lisa Dolson will be providing a ZOOM service for “World Day of Prayer” on Friday, March 4. This year’s service was created by the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For a ZOOM link to this special service, as well as regular services, please visit the church website: www.knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.
LIFE AT THE RINK
The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is open once again! Thank you to everyone for their patience.
“We are pleased to announce your Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is back to full operations now that the COVID lock down is over,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Kish.
The schedule for community sponsored free skating programs is: 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.
“While we are filling up the Arena with teams and tournaments there is still plenty of available ice times – check out our online events schedule for available ice times and book some fun time for your family and friends,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Kish.
Check the events schedule for available Ice times and community sponsored free skating by visiting www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca
Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, worshippers must pre-register to attend the services that begin at 11 a.m and 10:30 a.m. respectively.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask and maintaining a safe physical distance from other worshippers.
To pre-register please contact the churchwarden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at email@example.com
SUNSET COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The 2021 report of the International Panel on Climate Change called it “Code Red” for humanity. Last year, the climate crisis caused unprecedented heatwaves, flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events in Canada.
“Climate change is a health issue, a social justice issue, an educational issue, an economic issue, and a security issue,” said Chair of the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF), Debra Gill. “Above all, it is a community issue.” The SCF, one of nearly 200 community foundations across Canada, is committed to acting at the local level.
The SCF has created a special Climate Action Fund, which will be used to support local groups working on creative solutions to help local communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. Potential projects include: tree planting, wind and solar energy projects, EV charging stations, and much more. The Foundation has a history of supporting organizations such as Blue Bayfield, Eco-Exeter and Lakeshore Eco-Network.
To promote its focus on climate action, the SCF is sponsoring a coloring and writing contest for elementary school students during the March Break. Details can be found on the SCF’s website: www.sunsetcommunityfoundation.ca
The SCF’s board has also developed a Climate Action Commitment to guide its actions over the next several years.
“The Sunset Community Foundation is committed to:
- Ensuring that our boards, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders are informed about the causes, impacts and solutions of climate change, and the implications for our work.
- Making grants to accelerate work that addresses the root causes of climate change or adaptation to its impacts in the communities we serve.
- Considering climate change in relation to our endowment funds, seeking to align our investment strategy with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
- Minimizing the climate impact of our own operations.
- Advocating for more ambitious action on climate change by our key stakeholders, partners, and audiences.
- Reporting about the actions we have taken to support local climate change mitigation and adaptation.”
Gill said developing the commitment was an important first step in focusing attention on this important issue.
“COVID was an immediate and urgent concern, and as a Foundation, we worked hard to help our local charities respond,” she said. “As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s time to re-focus on this long-term threat to the wellbeing of our communities and take bold action.”
To contribute to the Climate Action Fund, or for more information, contact Pat Morden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conservation Dinner charitable auction is online in 2022 so patrons won’t be together in one hall this year but they can still enjoy a dining experience and support their community at the same time. The Conservation Dinner Committee is bringing back the “Dining for Your Community” program, for the second straight year, in partnership with local participating restaurants. The Dinner Committee invites people to “dine for your community” in order to “support local projects one meal at a time.
The 2022 Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction begins on Thursday, March 31 and ends on Thursday, Apr. 7, at 9 p.m. Some participating local restaurants will donate some proceeds from special feature entreés during specific dates of the online auction week. As restaurants offering these special fundraising meals are announced, information will be shared on the event’s restaurants page. To learn more visit: https://conservationdinner.com/restaurants/.
Dave Frayne is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. He says the Conservation Dinner auction event is online but people can still enjoy fine dining while supporting their community at the same time.
“You can support local community conservation projects and your local businesses by buying these special, restaurant feature dinners,” he said. “I want to thank all the restaurants which took part last year and I encourage them and other restaurants to be involved this year.”
The Dinner Committee and local dining establishments partnered on this program for the first time in 2021. Nine local restaurants took part. The participating restaurant determines which special entreé they plan to offer; the amount of proceeds to be donated to community projects of the Virtual Conservation Dinner for each one sold, and the date and times this special feature will be offered. The Dinner Committee publicizes the restaurant’s participation through local and social media; websites; social media; and livestream TV and Internet broadcasts.
Even when large in-person events are not possible the need to raise funds remains, according to the Dinner Committee. The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club. This dinner and auction charitable fundraising event started in 1990. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The event has raised more than $1.255 million for the community over more than 30 years.
The Committee invites the public to order these special meals and take them home to enjoy their home-version ‘Conservation Dinner’ while bidding on great items at the online auction. People may call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or visit conservationdinner.com and abca.ca to find out more about the online auction, the Virtual Conservation Dinner entreés, and other ways to support the community.