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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 662 Week 12 Vol 13

March 16, 2022

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Issue 662 Week 12 Vol 13
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LIONS MEMORABILIA SOUGHT FOR ANNIVERSARY DISPLAY

47945515047_3ddcfc9835_oBack in 2019, Bayfield resident Carolyn Snell shared this image of the Bayfield Lioness Club taken in November of 1975 with the Bayfield Breeze. The names of the Lioness pictured were written on the back and can be found in the photo below. Perhaps others in the community have similar Lions and Lioness memorabilia that they would like to share with the current Lions Club members as they prepare for their 75th anniversary. (Photos courtesy Carolyn Snell)

Back in 2019, Bayfield resident Carolyn Snell shared this image of the Bayfield Lioness Club taken in November of 1975 with the Bayfield Breeze. The names of the Lioness pictured were written on the back and can be found in the photo below. Perhaps others in the community have similar Lions and Lioness memorabilia that they would like to share with the current Lions Club members as they prepare for their 75th anniversary. (Photos courtesy Carolyn Snell)

Back of photo

Back of photo


Are there Lions in your attic?

This year the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are celebrating 75 years of service to the community. In addition to several big projects to commemorate the occasion, they are gathering items to display at an upcoming event. And the community is requested to help!

“Even a quick glance through our history shows many names that began with founding our club in 1947, helped with building the arena (twice), initiated different area programs, and supported community efforts in countless ways. The descendants of most of these people are still in the area,” said Kathy Gray, with the Bayfield Lions’ Club. “For that reason, if you have pictures, videos or stories of Lions or Lioness in your home, please share with me. I will be sure to return your property to you, or you could even scan photos and email with the description.”

Email bayfieldlions@gmail.com to share items.

SUPPORT THE BAYFIELD FAIR BY PURCHASING MEMBERSHIP

Five months from now the annual Bayfield Community Fair will be taking place in Bayfield’s Agricultural Park.  The tent is booked, the midway will be arriving and entertainment is being arranged.  The prize book will likely be ready and available in a month.  According to Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), “The planning is well on track.”

Yeo went on to say that many people ask how they can assist the BAS.

“The easiest way would be to take out a membership, which will amount to $5, to show your commitment to the Society.  On the website, www.bayfieldfair.ca, there is a link labelled, “JOIN TODAY” at the top right-hand side. You can pay online.  If you are uncomfortable using online links, contact any Board Member and they will look after you,” said Yeo. “If you want to get more involved, contact info@bayfieldfair.ca and outline what your interests are. There are so many committees that there will be something that will interest you.  If you like to organize, there are a few spots where your skills would be most welcome.”

According to Yeo, Agricultural Societies are community-based organizations that promote an awareness of agriculture whether it is the growing or eating portion, but they also pull the community together with a full weekend of activities.

There haven’t been many exhibits for the last two years, noted Yeo. He invited people to make a personal resolution to enter a section if they have never done so before.

“It’s a good time to look for your giant vegetable seeds to enjoy being part of the group of people who coddle one or two special plants to test whether they are the biggest.  T & T Seeds in Winnipeg, Canadian Organic Seed Company in Ontario, or Ontario Seed Company are a few seed companies that carry winning seed.  All it needs is to be planted and possibly a couple of other things!” said Yeo.

A new Sunday Market will be held on the grounds this year.  The market will be held from May 22 to Sept. 4 and run by Kevin Morrison and Patrick Foster.

“They are proven business owners with great reputations to create successful enterprises. Their market concept will enhance the local businesses and will draw people into Bayfield.  The Sunday Market will hopefully become a destination market for the region.  Their goal is to include not only vendors but artisans, food trucks and entertainment to support the community culture, business and agri-business.  We are excited that the market is now totally reinvented as we move away from the pandemic restrictions.  Each Sunday will have a different theme and it will be an entertaining place to attend. The Ag Society wishes them well in their market,” explained Yeo.

Yeo noted that they are also requesting high school students who would like to volunteer to contact them. They would also like to hear about what high school aged youth would like to see at the fair. All ages are welcome to join the BAS team.

CANDLES WILL LIGHT THE TAYLOR TRAIL

What the Candlelight Memorial Walk might look like on March 26. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)

What the Candlelight Memorial Walk might look like on March 26. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)


Last autumn, organizers started planning the Candlelight Memorial Walk after the Ontario Government offered to match all funds raised for the capital campaign at Huron Hospice. The initial vision was to create a Covid-safe fundraising event that would provide an opportunity for residents of the area to enjoy a unique experience in a magical candlelit setting.

Each candle flame would poignantly evoke the memory of a loved one. However, Global events are having an impact. The contrast between the darkness of the nighttime forest and the flickering light can also be interpreted as a metaphor for despair and hope.

It doesn’t really matter how someone interprets the event, it is sure to be memorable. Participants are invited to a self-guided hike between 7-9 p.m. at the Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail at the Stanley Complex in Varna on March 26. A filmed, dedication ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. near the beginning of the trail, where memorial names of loved ones will be read out. The ceremony will be posted on the Huron Hospice website so that family members anywhere in the world can view it at a later date.

Each donation will be represented on the nighttime trail by a flickering candle. Participants are asked to make tax-deductible donations from $30, $50 or $100. To donate, please go to www.huronhospice.ca/events

For anyone who would like to donate in person, Helen Varekamp will be at Huron Hospice, 37857 Huron Road, Clinton, between 2-3 p.m., each Thursday in March.

All proceeds will go toward the future Children’s Room at Huron Hospice.

The organizers are fervently hoping for a great weather forecast. In case of inclement weather, however, the alternate date is March 27. Please check the Huron Hospice website and Facebook on the morning of March 26 if it appears that the event may need to be postponed. For everyone’s safety, please no pets.

For more information call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884

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.

DUNCAN McGREGOR DEFENDS MEMOIR

Bayfield Reads 2022 Banner

bookThe countdown continues as the date for Bayfield Reads grows closer. 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.

On Feb. 23, Abby Armstrong was introduced as the defender for the book, Five Little Indians, review Issue 559 to learn more. On March 2, Sally Leitch was presented as the defender of the book, Scarborough, see Issue 600. On March 9, Rachel Rishworth was introduced as the defender behind What Strange Paradise.

The fourth book on this year’s slate is Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller. A memoir, the book tells the story of the Cree author’s journey from drugs and gang life to becoming an activist and Land Defendor, all the while staying rooted in his warrior spirituality.

Defending Life in the City of Dirty Water is Duncan McGregor, an educator and theatre producer who moved to Blyth in 1990. A long-time fan of Bayfield (and The Village Bookshop!), this is Duncan’s second turn as a Bayfield Reads defender. At the moment, McGregor is reading his way through this year’s entire Canada Reads shortlist. His favorite book is another Canada Reads finalist, Timothy Findlay’s Not Wanted On The Voyage.

More details can be found at www.villagebookshop.ca The ZOOM link for the event is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82474629412.

SPRING PLANTING TOPIC OF SERIES FINALE

Photo of Katrina McQuail

Katrina McQuail (Submitted photo)


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the final speaker event in the Winter 2022 Saturdays at the Library series on March 26.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting at 10:30 a.m.

The March speaker will be Katrina McQuail, whose topic will be “Get a Jump on Your Spring Planting.” This will be a lively presentation about starting seedlings indoors to get a head start on the garden. McQuail will cover such topics as being ready for the date desired to plant outside, various tricks for maximizing indoor growing space, and tips for growing vegetables and flowers.

McQuail grew up in northern Huron County at Meeting Place Organic Farm, which she now owns and operates. She was part of the farm as a youth and returned to farming in her twenties. McQuail learned everything she knows from her mother, Fran McQuail, who is an expert gardener with over 20 years of market gardening experience and over 30 years of experience in growing commercial seedlings. The farm offers a seedling sale in May of each year.

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

UKRAINE RELIEF

The Huron County Library system has organized a collection drive and the Bayfield Public Library is currently collecting donations to be sent to the London Ukrainian Centre in London, ON.

Due to an outpouring of support the London Ukrainian Centre has had to adjust what items they will accept. The Bayfield Library is still accepting: first aid kits, gauze, adhesive tape, bandages, PPE gloves, goggles and masks; life straws and water purifying tablets; adult and children’s vitamins; over-the-counter medications such as, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Pepto and Gravol; baby food and diapers.

Donations will be accepted until March 19. As the situation is constantly changing, please note that if they cannot get the donations to Ukraine, they will be distributed to areas of need within local communities.

SPRING THAW

Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Brewing)

Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Brewing)


Bayfield Brewing is hosting the Bayfield Spring Thaw on Saturday, Apr. 2 to celebrate another year of skating in the Bayfield Arena.

During the event, they will donate to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) from the sales of their Snook Stout created in honor of hockey player, Ryan O’Reilly. This program continues with the support of the O’Reilly family. BFIT is in a private-public partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater for the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

People are invited to attend the event from 1- 5 pm. Tickets are available now for $40, detail on what this fee includes can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca

Bayfield Brewing is also celebrating that their Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Phil Pritchard, the curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, reached out to them recently asking that they donate to their display in Toronto.

GLEE SISTERS

Women who love to sing will be happy to learn that the Glee Sisters have begun Friday afternoon rehearsals.

Rehearsals are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.  Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until a yet-to-be-determined summer break date.

In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, double vaccinations are required and masks mandatory. Participants are asked to please enter the church through the front west door facing Hwy. 21.

This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.

Anyone who is planning to attend is asked to please RSVP as organizers need to prepare music for participants. To RSVP email: lgstewart@cabletv.on.ca or phone 519 565-5443.

WEDNESDAY BRIDGE

The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.

OPTIMIST CLUB

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 mikedixon@tcc.on.ca or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.

FOOD BANK

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 29 and members of BAFB are very much encouraged to attend, to participate in the meeting, and have voting privileges.

The AGM will start at 1 p.m. virtually over ZOOM.

Community and area residents are also most welcome to attend as guests to observe the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to please email bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com or call/text 519 955-7444 to register for the ZOOM link.

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 online through the www.canadahelps.org website. All donations of $20 or more will be given a receipt 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.

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.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has returned to in-person Sunday Services, 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.

For a ZOOM link to this special service, as well as regular services, please visit the church website: knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.

ADOPT-A-BFF

photo of cat - Timber (Submitted photo)

Timber (Submitted photo)


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

Timber is the Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week.

This very handsome, marbled Tabby was found by some people who noticed he was injured and limping. He had several abscesses from what appeared to be animal bites. They took him in and tended to his wounds, warmed him and filled his belly. He was a bit timid but warmed up to the family quickly. He is quite comfortable around people and is very affectionate.

Once Timber is vetted and healed from his wounds he will be ready for adoption. He is sure to make a great addition to a family and he is definitely ready for his next chapter to begin.

If you can help Timber write his next chapter please email bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information.

“At this time of year things really start ramping up with calls and kitten season is right around the corner,” Deb Penhale, with BFF, said. “We are happy to work with people who have found cats or kittens that they want to bring in and try to socialize. We can’t possibly take them all as we don’t have the space or resources but when we all work together we make things better for everyone involved.”

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.

LIFE AT THE RINK

Bayfield Community Centre

There are daily opportunities for children to skate for free at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena over the March Break.

In addition to the regular community-sponsored free skating programs listed below, youngsters will be able to get out on the ice from 1-2 p.m. today (March 16) and tomorrow (March 17) thanks to sponsors: Bayfield Maple and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association. Then on Friday, March 18, from 1-2 p.m., youth can take part in some Shinny Hockey also sponsored by the BACPA. Don’t forget to bring a helmet as this is required to play!

The regular 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.

Check the events schedule for available ice times and free skating opportunities by visiting www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca

SUMMER MINOR BASEBALL CAMP RETURNS

Willie Wilson's 1980 Topps Baseball Card from when he played for the Kansas City Royals. (Submitted photo)

Willie Wilson’s 1980 Topps Baseball Card from when he played for the Kansas City Royals. (Submitted photo)


Member of Parliament Ben Lobb is pleased to announce the eighth annual Clinton Minor Baseball Camp and the fifth annual Kincardine Minor Baseball Camp are back this summer after a two-year hiatus.

In 2011, Lobb noticed that the sport was making a comeback in Huron-Bruce and wanted to help foster that growth, so in 2012 he hosted the inaugural Clinton Minor Baseball Camp. Every year he has been able to secure sponsors to make the camp affordable so all kids have the chance to participate. Lobb grew up playing baseball in Clinton and kept playing through his time at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.

Returning to headline the baseball camps this year is former Kansas City Royal, Willie Wilson. Wilson is a former professional baseball player whose career spanned nineteen years in Major League Baseball for The Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and The Chicago Cubs. He was an outfielder known for his speed and ability as an effective lead-off hitter. Wilson’s career total of 668 stolen basis currently ranks him in 12th place all-time among major leaguers.

He is a two-time All-Star 1982, 1983, World Series Champion in 1985, Gold Glove Award 1980, two-time Silver Slugger Award 1980,1982, AL batting champion 1982, AL stolen base leader 1979, and a member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.

In 1980 he led the league in hits, runs scored, triples and singles, and finished second in steals with 79. He won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and was fourth in the AL MVP voting, his best finish.

Wilson is involved in many charity events, does many speaking engagements, participates in the Chicago Cubs and Royals Fantasy Camps and he also does a radio show in Kansas City.

This year’s camp will run on July 11-12 at the Clinton Community Ball Park and July 13-14 at Kincardine Connaught Park. It is open to boys and girls, ages 7-15.

Individuals can register online for the camps at www.clintonminorbaseballcamp.ca and www.kincardineminorbaseballcamp.ca. The cost is $60 and space is limited so it is recommended to register early!

BLUEWATER WELCOMES NEW MANAGER

Council and staff of the Municipality of Bluewater are excited to welcome their new Manager of Development Services, Aaron Stewardson, who began work with the municipality on March 7.

Stewardson comes to Bluewater from the Municipality of Thames Centre (Middlesex County) where he served as Chief Building Official, By-Law Enforcement Officer, and Risk Management Official since 2018. As Manager of Development Services for Bluewater, Stewardson will work with building and planning staff, serve as Chief Building Official, and oversee by-law enforcement.

“We’ re confident that Aaron’s education, skills and experience will be an asset to Bluewater. While we were sad to see Mike Rolph go and are grateful to him for his many years of service to the residents of Bluewater, we’re excited about this new chapter,” stated Mayor Paul Klopp.

Stewardson fills the position of Manager of Development services which has been vacant since early January.

“Our strong development services team has worked very hard since January to ensure continuity of service to the public and I’d like to acknowledge other department managers who have stepped in to help in the interim,” said CAO Laurie Spence Bannerman.

Stewardson joins the department as it undertakes a new development charges study. Bluewater will be well-served by his knowledge and experience in this matter and for all the work ahead with the continued growth of the community.

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 percentage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca

CONSERVATION DINNER

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: 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.

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.

With the up and down temperatures of late the Maple Syrup Harvest has begun in earnest. To celebrate this sweet treat, we take a look at the artifacts and images in the Museum’s collection depicting this enduring Spring tradition…

SUGAR BUSH

This is an outdoor, black and white photograph of three men and a boy working in a sugar bush on Lot 11, Con. 10, Grey Township, around 1900. From l-r: John McNair, William Martin and Will McNair.
This is an outdoor, black and white photograph of three men and a boy working in a sugar bush on Lot 11, Con. 10, Grey Township, around 1900. From l-r: John McNair, William Martin and Will McNair.

CANDY MOULD

This is a mould used in the making of Maple sugar candies.
This is a mould used in the making of Maple sugar candies.

SAP SPOUT

This is a sap spout used in an earlier era for extracting sap from a Maple Tree.
This is a sap spout used in an earlier era for extracting sap from a Maple Tree.

GLORY TO UKRAINE

 PEOPLE BRAVE BITTER COLD TO WALK IN SOLIDARITY

PHOTOS BY JACK PAL

Approximately 150 souls braved the bitter cold to walk in solidarity for the people and the nation of Ukraine on Saturday, March 12.

“Many people commented that it was the coldest that they had been all winter but were happy to pay that small price to be there,” said Roger Lewington, one of the organizers of the event.

This compassionate, supportive walk began at 6 p.m. Participants gathered at the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square and were welcomed by piper Mark MacLeod, from the Clinton Legion Pipe Band, Branch 140, providing a moving moment of music.

Ian Matthews, of Bayfield and Helen Savostenko addressed the crowd. Savostenko is an 18-year-old student from Kyif (Kyiv)., Ukraine, who is currently studying in Canada.

Matthews spoke passionately about the terrible situation in the Ukraine and about the brave people defending their country. He said the purpose of the event was to meet, show our respect and also to give to the charity of your choice to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Savostenko addressed the group and thanked everyone for the show of support. She talked about the war and the terrible hardship that it has caused. Her parents, and extended family, are currently in Kyif (Kyiv).

As the group left Clan Gregor, Savostenko led the group as the flag bearer with the Ukrainian flag. People then walked down Main Street to Catherine Street and then back along Main Street where they stopped at the Bayfield Public Library for a group picture. The Flag of Ukraine was raised on the flagpole on the library grounds by Brian King and Savostenko at 5 p.m. prior to the walk with organizers of the event present.

“There was a general feeling of pride to see the Ukrainian flag flying on Main Street as it showed a depth of support from the Bayfield community,” said Jack Pal, also an event organizer.

As the evening progressed, the glow from flashlights and candles being carried by participants became more evident. It was a wonderful expression of unity for a people in crisis.

Organizers of the walk would like to strongly encourage people to donate to an organization of their choice in support of Ukraine. The CBC has vetted a number of organizations which they deem effective and safe. They can be found at www.charityintelligence.ca.

It should be noted that the easiest way to donate is through the Canada Helps website, www.canadahelps.org. They will process a donation and provide a charitable tax receipt instantly. Many of the suggested organizations in their link are also recommended on the CBC link.

It should also be highlighted that the Canadian government will match all donations made to the Red Cross.

The crowd was welcomed by piper Mark MacLeod, from the Clinton Legion Pipe Band, Branch 140,

PIXILATED

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Icy pier...By Jack Pal

Icy pier…By Jack Pal

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