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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 669 Week 19 Vol 13

May 4, 2022

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Issue 669 Week 19 Vol 13
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BAYFIELD RESIDENT RECOGNIZED BY HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ONTARIO

Eugene Dufour (Submitted photo)

Eugene Dufour (Submitted photo)

Eugene Dufour was recently recognized as the 2022 recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.

Dufour, a Bayfield resident, retired Apr. 1st after a 42-year career in Hospice Palliative Care.  He is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. At the time of his retirement, he was working as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.

Dufour said, “I am very honored and humbled to receive this award.”

The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in the true spirit of hospice palliative care. This award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or team effort to advance and improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care. The late Dorothy Ley was one of Canada’s first champions for quality care at the end-of-life. She brought a unique individuality to the field of hospice and palliative care and maintained a highly visible and vocal presence during her distinguished career until her death in 1994. Dr. Ley was a pioneer, and she broke new ground in fields of medicine and health care in general. The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence was established in 1996 as a perennial reminder of her truly great legacy.

His award nomination indicated:

Dufour has dedicated his career to the provision of excellence in hospice palliative care. From coast to coast in Canada on a national, provincial, and regional level, as well as extending abroad to the US and Ireland, he is highly respected as he shares his expertise and passion. Through education, advocacy, best practices and direct service, Dufour has and continues to be, a pillar in the provision of psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement support with individuals, families and formal and informal caregivers.

Among the various awards and recognitions, he has received throughout his career are the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in Hospice Palliative Care. He has also been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for his involvement in establishing Rotary Hospice of Stratford Perth.

Whether being deployed to ground zero at 9-11, assisting  First Responders involved in Canada’s worst mass murders, supporting Long-Term-Care staff through the multiple COVID-19 deaths, advocating for hospice palliative best practices, creating and facilitating literally hundreds of Hospice Palliative Care seminars, webinars and workshops, attending and tending to individuals and families through the emotional and ambiguous journey of end of life, to holding a space of grace for a young child having to say goodbye to her daddy, Dufour approaches all he is called to do from a place of being called. A place he enters with the utmost compassion, dignity, humility and respect for the sacredness of the human spirit.

Dufour dives deeply into the messiness of dying, death and bereavement all the while ensuring individuals are felt, heard, seen and honored.  That is not only the very core of hospice palliative care but also the very core of Eugene Dufour.

MUSICAL AMBITION HELPS SPROUT A FOREST

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L-r: Alex Shevchuk, Gary Mayell, Dale Shantz and Peter Berkley planted over 300 seedlings and native plants at Bayfield River Flats natural area on Apr. 28. The project was funded from a campaign by singer-songwriter Trevor Lewington. (Submitted photos)

The Wilderness Club, a new album by Trevor Lewington, is available now.

The Wilderness Club, a new album by Trevor Lewington, is available now.



When Trevor Lewington started working on his latest solo album, “The Wilderness Club”, he wanted to connect the process with the environment and it was while soliciting funds through Indiegogo to create the album that he was able to make that connection: “Plant a tree and grow an indie musician: win-win!”

And thanks to his parents, Pat and Roger Lewington, of Bayfield, he knew precisely where he wanted these young trees and plants to grow – the Bayfield River Flats.

Due to the success of this campaign, the singer-songwriter has donated 331 seedlings and other native plants to the natural area and a team of volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA): Alex Shevchuk, Gary Mayell, Dale Shantz and Peter Berkley planted them on Apr. 28. It was Roger’s involvement with the BRVTA that inspired Trevor. With every purchase of a CD, t-shirt, water bottle or digital download of his new album supporters also contributed to the planting.

Based in London, ON, Trevor has released 10 albums with the Celtic rock band “Enter The Haggis” as well as a prior solo album, “Lion of Grace”, in 2016. His 23-year career has taken him across Canada to Scotland and Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also has roots in the Bayfield community, having spent childhood summers at a family cottage and several of the songs he’s penned, including, “Mrs Elliott”, “Salonika”, “The Last of The Great Lake Schooners”, and “First Defenders” are inspired by true Bayfield stories.

Anyone who would like to purchase a copy of The Wilderness Club album is invited to contact Trevor at wildernessclubmusic@gmail.com.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned by the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy and maintained by the BRVTA. For  more information, to donate or to become a member of BRVTA, please visit www.bayfieldtrails.com.

The BRVTA next hike will be with special guest Robert Tremain who will take participants on a guided wildflower hike on Saturday, May 7.

Tremain, former director of the Lambton Heritage Museum as well as a wildflower enthusiast, will point out some of the wide variety of forest plants and flowers in the diverse environment known as Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area. Hikers are asked to meet at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area, located off Hwy 21 just north of Kitchigami Road, at 11 a.m. A map is available here for Naftel’s Creek . The trail is an easy natural path with some bridges and boardwalks. Participants are asked to dress according to the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  This hike will be about 3 km and last about two hours. No pre-registration necessary and no dogs please.

Looking ahead, Avid birder George Ebers will lead a Birdwatching Hike at Windmill Lake Farm in search of spring birds at this unique area surrounding a 40-acre lake. This hike set for Sunday, May 15 is open to BRVTA Members only and there is a limit of 20 participants. No dogs please. Those who take part are reminded to bring their binoculars on the hike that will commence at 8:30 a.m.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Windmill Lake Farm 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; participants are advised to watch the weather and dress accordingly.

To pre-register for the Birdwatching Hike please contact Ralph Blasting by email at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or phone 519 525-3205.

For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Blasting using the contact info listed above.

And a reminder, hikers should be aware that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now  to May 31 for turkey hunting season.  For the safety of all please do not use the Woodland Trail during this time!

CONSTRUCTION ALONG STREET PROGRESSES

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This image of work being conducted along Catherine Street was taken on Apr. 20. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)


The Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project (BMSR) continues to progress along the street.

The Municipality of Bluewater Council awarded the tender for the BMSR construction to Lavis Contracting Co. Limited during the council meeting held on Jan. 24th and following some site prep work the project commenced on Apr. 7.

As the calendar turns to May, the road work continues full steam ahead with little delay. Over the last two weeks Catherine Street has seen work on the storm sewer heading East from Chiniquy Street to Main Street. Once the work on the storm sewer is finished within the intersection of Main and Catherine Street, the electrical conduits will be installed. Catherine Street from Chiniquy to Main Street will be excavated and new granulars placed. Once this is completed it may open to traffic and parking, it should be noted that the road surface will remain as gravel until the fall when it will be paved.

Construction will then proceed south down Main St. toward Charles with road closures and work completion one segment at a time. The electrical contractor will be on-site installing hydro vaults and duct work. No planned hydro service interruption is anticipated at this time. East Link will be scheduling work for private businesses over the summer.

There will be a break in construction activities in July and August. During which, the Main Street roadway will be open to two lanes of traffic. Parking spaces will also be available. The road will remain gravel. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance, such as, dust control and grading. The existing sidewalk will remain functional. During the summer shut down, the metal fencing that is currently around the active construction area will be removed. There will be a few holes and areas around hydro-poles that will remain fenced off with orange mesh fencing. Signage will be posted on the mesh fencing to communicate construction info to visitors.

The Municipality of Bluewater will be posting signage for visitors and patrons in mid-May. These signs will help direct road traffic to parking and pedestrian traffic for sidewalks.

Communication with the community as the project evolves is a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

They also welcome people to sign up for the municipality’s “Beautifying Bayfield” newsletter to get all the latest updates! This bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with construction schedule, info and updates. Share the subscription link above with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!

Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:

TOWN HALL CONCERT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

After a long hiatus and depleted resources, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to concerts from June to December with the first event featuring folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18.

Yates, who was born and raised in London, ON, has gained a reputation as one of this country’s brightest rising singer-songwriters. The winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Yates has spent recent years expanding his sound and touring North America and Europe.  The Bayfield Town Hall concert occurs days before the launch of his upcoming album “Cerulean”.

Kelly, described by CBC’s Tom Power as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters”, has performed and showcased her music across the United States and Europe and in Canada at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival.  Kelly was also a recipient of the Contemporary Singer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The concert, which will feature Yates and Kelly performing separately, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25.

The She Wolves are next on the docket on Saturday, July 2nd. This group of talented musicians are returning to the village to perform an outdoor concert. The She Wolves is composed of some of the best female musicians in Southwestern Ontario and includes, singer-songwriter Sarah Smith, blues-rock singer Cheryl Lescom, keyboardist and Rhythm and Blues artist, Chuckee Zehr, singer-songwriter Laurie McColeman and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

Each of these women have recorded their own albums, or recorded for other artists during the years and each has their own style.  Be prepared for a mix of great original music and covers from artists including, Amy Winehouse, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Rait, Aretha Franklin (Zehr a specialty), Etta James, Melissa Ethridge and even a little Joe Cocker.

Lazo will take to the outdoor stage at the town hall on Saturday, July 30. This Juno award winning artist exudes a “feel-good” Reggae vibe whenever he hits the stage with his “Exodus Show tribute to Bob Marley”.  With his combination of reggae rhythms, beautiful melodies, and conscious lyrics, audience goers say he has the uncanny ability to connect with any crowd.

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th.  This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.

For all three of these outdoor shows, tickets cost $30 and participants are asked to bring their own chair. The gates will open at 6 pm. and the performers will take to the stage at 7 p.m.

There will be a cash bar at all of the shows. Tickets for all four of these concerts are available now (or coming soon) online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Please note there are no additional surcharges.

Looking ahead, Sunset on Summer Revisited is set for Saturday, Sept. 3.

“We’re still working on a slightly different version of this ‘end of summer’ celebration.  There will be an outdoor concert and a beer/wine tent.  This will also be a ‘bring your own chair’ outdoor event and a place to catch up with friends and family,” said Diane Snell, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “We also have another great concert coming in October, however, we are still working out the details.  Visit our website to find out who it will be!”

Snell also noted that there are plans to bring back the Salvation Army Citadel Band to kick off the Christmas season but the date for this favorite holiday event has yet to be confirmed. Again, keep an eye on the Bayfield Town Hall website to learn more as the events grow closer.


FOOD BANK REMEMBERED AT HOME SHOW

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On May 1, Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers l-r: Gayle Beuermann, Nora Dowler and Kevin Burton prepared to wheel the groceries donated during the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show from the arena to the BAFB’s home location at Trinity St James Anglican Church. (Submitted photos)


Visitors to the Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show held Apr. 29-May 1st were encouraged to donate to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) either through a cash gift or with non-perishables. Five carts of groceries and a generous amount of cash was collected from the event for which the BAFB are very grateful.

“We’d like to hugely thank the members of the Bayfield Lions for their kind inclusion of the food bank in their planning for the Home and Garden Show this past weekend and for the resulting wonderfully generous response from the community, with both monetary and abundant grocery donations,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. “The food bank team is very, very grateful for this opportunity to restock our shelves at a time of year when we are running low on basic supplies. Many, many thanks to the Lions for the food and fundraising on behalf of BAFB.”

Henderson also offered thanks to BAFB volunteer Nora Dowler, and her team, for overseeing the event on behalf of the food bank.

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On May 2, Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers were busy sorting and weighing the generous donations of non-perishables collected at the Home and Garden Show.


BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED FOR ARTS CENTRE

Bayfield Centre for the Arts Logo“Are you looking for a way to connect with the Bayfield community? Did you recently move to Bayfield, Goderich or Huron County and want to join an organization to create new connections while contributing to the community? Or have you recently decided to change (things) up a bit and do something new?” asked Leslee Squirrell, president of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA).

The BCA is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to education and participation in the visual arts for the general public – through the power of creative workshops and classes, public events, exhibitions, fundraisers, art installations and more.

There is currently an exciting opportunity to become part of this newly established arts organization as the BCA is recruiting Board members.

The organization is looking for members from across Huron County with diverse backgrounds and perspectives (business, teaching, politics, health, arts, trades, sciences, financial, legal etc) who are interested in volunteering their time and sharing their expertise to help the BCA.

Applicants need not be from the arts community but only possess a willingness to actively participate and help organize, ideate for new events and utilize their personal community connections. Being a part of the BCA Board will allow individuals to experience the opportunity to shape the future of visual arts and culture in the region.

“Help us tell the story of our community’s evolution through art and contribute in creating a positive vision for the future,” said Squirrell. “As a Board member you will experience a welcoming engagement with art that you will want to share with friends and family. A shared sense of pride in the cultural contributions of artists from our region. A convivial and professional group of Board colleagues who are passionate about the BCA and the arts in our region.”

Applicants should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Willingness to promote the Arts in the community
  • Ability to access local knowledge, skills, resources, organizations, and networks
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Progressive values of social inclusion, diversity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to initiate and maintain effective partnerships

Successful applicants will be asked to participate in nine monthly Board meetings of 1.5 hours in length (in-person and virtual) and to sit on one working Board Committee addressing BCA operational needs.

Want to know more before applying?  Email at hello@bayfieldarts.ca. Interested applicants are asked to please contact John Rishworth at  jrishworth@bayfieldarts.ca.

SPRING KITTEN EXPLOSION HAS ARRIVED

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Mama Meg with kittens Cayenne and Nutmeg. (Submitted photos)


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

The Adopt-a-BFF cat and kittens of the week are Meg and her babies, Nutmeg and Cayenne.

Mama Meg is a beautiful Torti that was found wandering the streets in distress and obviously very pregnant. Some kind people took her in and brought her directly to a vet for assessment. Her rescuers were unable to take care of Meg due to two very territorial cats of their own so she was brought to BFF. Meg is super sweet and makes Volunteers wonder if she’s known people before; if she is a stray or if she was dumped? After a few days at the Rescue Meg delivered one kitten that did not survive. Two days later (Apr. 29) she birthed two adorable kittens who have been named Nutmeg and Cayenne. Meg is very proud of her babies and is happy to let people have a peek at them. At this point she is a little protective of her kittens, although you can touch her, pet her, and cuddle her, she prefers you to look at her babies from a distance.

“Meg and the kittens are being fostered and their Foster Mom is currently referring to this little family of three as the Spice Girls,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We are not 100 per cent certain of the sex of the kittens just yet – there is a very good chance the orange one is a boy!”

If you have been waiting to adopt a kitten or a cat, now is the perfect time! Please email bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information.

“We currently have 28 kittens ranging in age from one month to newborn and we have three expectant mamas who still have yet to deliver and it’s still early in the season,” said Deb Penhale. “It’s actually a kitten explosion the likes of which we have not seen before!”

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.

RECREATION MASTER PLAN SURVEY

The Municipality of Bluewater has launched an Online Survey to receive input from the community!

Bluewater is interested in individual households’ use of parks and recreation facilities, participation in programs and activities, and opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality. The survey takes less than eight minutes and is open to the public until May 18.

Additionally, a phone survey is being conducted where 250 randomly selected households will receive a call. Oraclepoll Research will be conducting the telephone surveys and if someone receives a call, Bluewater asks that they take the time for this important phone questionnaire. The Municipality wants to hear from residents, either way!

The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation over the next 15 years. This includes parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery. Let the Council know opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality so they can create a successful Recreation Master Plan.

Community outreach continues online via the Community Consultation Hub, hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community is encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas about recreation! The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates.

Visit the Community Hub here: Bluewater Recreation Master Plan. 

Help Bluewater determine recreation needs and achieve a sustainable and inclusive plan!

Please visit the Survey Link below to take part: Bluewater Households. 

AG SOCIETY

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One of the items available for sale by the Bayfield Agricultural Society. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be cleaning out the old pet display building in Agricultural Park on May 7.

The building is located just behind the arena (near the doors for the ice surfacing machine).  For years things have been stored in the rafters and in the corners of this building and on Saturday they will get to see sunlight again. Many, many years ago, this building was used as a poultry show barn at the back of the property. It was brought to its present location quite a few years ago and became known as “Old MacDonald’s Barn” to many generations of fairgoers.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. people can purchase whatever they feel might find a new home at their place.  Several items have been posted on the BAS Facebook page, Bayfield Fair & Agricultural Society, and  have already been sold.  Anyone who sees something they like on Facebook is asked to let organizers know early. There will be some lumber, bird cages, short saw horses, a large terrarium, legs for making tables, and things the BAS didn’t even know they had.

Come out on Saturday and take home a piece of fair history and find a new purpose for it – then share on Facebook to let organizers know how these pieces of BAS history have been rejuvenated!

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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Have you always wanted to write better and know how to publish your work?

The Village Bookshop and the Bayfield Center for the Arts (BCA) are coming together to host a premier workshop offering on May 26 for writing enthusiasts, students and semi-professionals. Anyone who loves to write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, family stories, children’s stories, histories, biographies, adventures – whether these stories be long or short…all are welcome!

Guest writers, Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider will review participants’ written work and make suggestions, followed by a reading from their own work, then a light lunch will be served and the day will end with a discussion on all options of publishing.

This event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required as attendance is limited. The workshop is $25 per person.

To learn more about the featured writers’ visit: Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider.  

To sign up now for this fun and interesting event go to:  Writers Workshop Registration 

BAYFIELD VILLAGE YOGA

Bayfield Village Yoga will be offering Gentle Yoga on Thursday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre starting on Thursday, May 5.

These one-hour sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person, per class. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. Other accessories are available.

To learn more please email: Registered Yoga Teacher (500 YTT), Julie Boyd at  juliemayboyd.msw@gmail.com.

CROQUET CLUB

BICC Croquest Club LogoPeople are invited to come out and see what world class croquet is all about on May 7 when the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) holds an Open House.

Interested parties will be able to talk to the club pro’s and try out the game at this event which will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the BICC courts located at 100 David Street in Bayfield

OPTIMIST CLUB

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After a two-year absence, the ducks are ready to go for a swim! The Club will be holding their annual Rubber Duck Race on May 22.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 1,000 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so to avoid disappointment at the pier don’t wait until the last minute to purchase.

This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a gas barbecue valued at $500 and donated by Meinen Custom Homes. Second prize is a 32-inch television, donated by Brian Coombs’ Remax Reliable Realty. It is valued at $280. Third prize is a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses valued at $200 and donated by Main Street Optometric. Fourth prize is a Fire HD 10-inch Tablet valued at $200 and donated by Lighthouse Money Management. Fifth prize is a gift certificate for accommodation at The Albion Hotel in Bayfield. It was donated by The Albion Hotel, and is valued at $180.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800571

To purchase tickets please contact John Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email bvi@tcc.on.ca

HARP CIRCLE

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Harp Therapist and Bayfield resident, Martha Lawrance is offering two new opportunities for community residents starting in May.

The first is a “Guided Imagery/Soundbath with Harp” that will be offered monthly beginning May 19. The second is a Harp Circle where community members can join together for music-making. The Circles will be held bi-weekly beginning May 26. Both sessions will run for one hour starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield.

For more detailed information and any changes check Martha Lawrance’s website at  www.myharpheals.com and/or Bayfield Activities Calendar.

WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS

The Lions of Bayfield are holding one of their favorite events again this year, “The Walk for Guide Dogs”.

All proceeds from the walk go towards the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support.  Each dog costs approximately $35,000 so anything people can do to help is greatly appreciated.

People are invited to get their pledge forms, or pledge a walker, and bring their dogs on Sunday, June 5 at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will take place  at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

For further information and pledge forms contact Karen Scott at karendscott@eastlink.ca or 226 441-2042.

BAYFIELD BEER, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are gearing up for the return of a highly anticipated spring event. The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is back for year six on May 14th.

“The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is scheduled back to its normal weekend and now at full capacity,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair. “This is our major fundraiser and 100 per cent of the proceeds go back into youth sports, programs, equipment and subsidies at our facility so everyone can play.”

Whetstone went on to say that, just like everyone else, BCCT and BACPA have been hit hard by the pandemic and the organizers are hoping that people will return to support the festival that raises funds for the not-for-profit organization now running the Bayfield Community Centre. He would also encourage newcomers to attend.

“If you’ve never been, consider coming to this great event,” he said. “There are 22 vendors signed up to participate and three bands scheduled to play.”

The event will run from 2-9 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and will include eight food tickets and eight drink tickets.

Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.ca (Bayfield Beer & Food Festival), at ShopBike Coffee Roasters on Main Street, or by calling Whetstone at 519 955-0682. Check Facebook at @ Bayfield Beer & Food Festival for more information.

BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY

Hop on the BUS!

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka the BUS) is back strumming their stuff at the Bayfield

Community Centre (upstairs) on Wednesday evenings. Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to play and sing with a group of enthusiastic players is invited to come check the group. With lots of great music from their own BUS songbook, everyone, regardless of experience can join in.

For the month of April, they will be running “learn to play the uke” lessons on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:15 p.m. prior to the regular BUS sessions. Come for a lesson and stay for the jam from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Of course, there is no cost to participate, but small contributions are always welcome to help offset costs.

Anyone who would like to be on the BUS mailing list is asked to please email bayfieldukulele@gmail.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook. Come on out on Wednesday night and find out what the fun is all about!

BAYFIELD GARDEN CLUB

After a two-year, COVID-19 hiatus, the Bayfield Garden Club Plant Sale is back!

Always a highlight of Mother’s Day weekend, the sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out. People are invited to come to the south side of Clan Gregor Square to shop for a large assortment of plants, shrubs, herbs and all things garden.

This is the Garden Club’s major fundraiser and they appreciate both donations and support. Please bring any donations to the Kale residence at 55 Victoria St. on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Organizers request that donations are labelled and in pots, please.

Questions? Call 519 565-4018 for more information.

LIONS CLUB

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.

GIRL GUIDE COOKIES

Last call for Girl Guide Cookies – anyone thinking about purchasing a box or two of the Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookie should act fast as the Spring 2022 campaign is quickly wrapping up.

Cookies are available from the membership for $5 a box. Please note grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale and they will not be available on-line this campaign – only in-person!

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email melody.pounder@gmail.com.

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.

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 the regular services, please visit the church website: knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. The services 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. Pre-registration is no longer required.

BLUE BAYFIELD

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Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

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Tree frogs (Submitted photo)


Did You Know… if you haven’t heard them already, you will very soon be hearing frogs singing, peeping and croaking at Huronview Demonstration Farm and at Hullett Marsh.  The frogs that come out earliest, including the wood frog, tree frog, chorus frog and spring peeper, hibernate in crevices in logs and rocks or even down as deep as they can in leaf litter. Sometimes these terrestrial frogs may partially freeze but they don’t die! Ice crystals will form under the skin and inside the bladder and body cavity, but the increase in blood sugar levels in vital organs pushes water out of the cells to help prevent total freezing. So, a frog may actually stop breathing and its heart may stop beating, but as soon as the weather warms up, the frozen parts thaw and everything begins to work again! Sadly, around the world, including Canada, 30 percent of our frogs are endangered and another 30 percent are threatened.

What You Can Do…Take a trip to Huronview or Hullet Marsh and listen. Frogs are most vocal during the spring mating season and since many are nocturnal, listening may be best at dusk or in the early morning, and it’s even better if it’s raining because, as amphibians, they like the water.

Why You Should Care…Every time a species becomes extinct, part of the food chain breaks down. Less biodiversity means less flexibility in the ecosystem and less ability to support life.

SCHULTZ BROTHERS LEAVE FINANCIAL LEGACY

Schultz Brothers

Brothers Don and Cliff Schulttz posed with an International 1486 Farmall tractor from their impressive collection. (Submitted photos)


The Hospital Foundations in Clinton, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham have each received a gift of over $500,000 from the Estate of the late Don and Cliff Schultz of Blyth.

Don and Cliff were brothers who lived and farmed in East Wawanosh all their lives. Neither married nor did they have any other siblings. The pair was committed to their farming enterprise and worked together seemingly with one mind to manage their 600-acre farm, mixed livestock, and custom farm work.

In their later years, when they stepped back from farming, the brothers became dedicated collectors of toy tractors, farming memorabilia and full-sized International farming equipment. The collection grew to over 80 big tractors and over 3,000 toy collectables.

Cliff died in 2013 at the age of 75 following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The collection was sold by public auction after Cliff’s passing and the farm was sold after Don died in 2019 at the age of 83.

Both Don and Cliff, as well as their late parents Reg and Irene Schultz, all made use of the services provided by their local hospitals. They were grateful to have healthcare available close to home. The brothers felt strongly that the community of Blyth and the surrounding area was a wonderful place to live and work. They were able to build a prosperous life for themselves in the community and wanted to share that prosperity back to the community through this generous estate gift to the four local hospital foundations, as well as three other small local charities.

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Present at the official cheque presentation from the Schulz brothers estate were BR l-r: Darren Stevenson, representing Clinton Public Hospital Foundation; Les Caldwell, Estate executor; Ron LaVoie, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation; and Kimberley Payne, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, Goderich. FR: Jack Vincent, Estate executor and Nicole Duquette-Jutzi, Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.


The Schultz brothers’ legacy will be that of safeguarding local healthcare for many generations to come. The Hospital Foundations in Clinton, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham will put their generosity to good use by investing in up to date medical technology and facility improvements. Estate gifts, like that made by the Schultz brothers, serve local patients and put live-saving tools in the hands of the professional, compassionate caregivers who keep our families, friends and neighbors healthy.

DOCTORS HONORED ON THEIR SPECIAL DAY

Dr. Julie Moore (Submitted photo)

Dr. Julie Moore (Submitted photo)


Twenty-eight doctors at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich were honored this week for National Doctor’s Day, on May 1st.

A hospital corridor was lined with drawings from elementary students from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Goderich, reminding them that “Doctors rock,” and “Doctors eat apples”. Each doctor took home beautiful spring plants donated by the Town of Goderich. Organizers hope that this was a perfect thank you gift to lift the doctors’ spirits!

“In any small town, there are a finite number of health care professionals holding a town’s medical services together. During these past few years, we have been asked to extend ourselves to staff and support our community vaccine clinics, assessment centres and more. Many rural docs around the country are experiencing burnout as a result. That’s why it was so refreshing and rejuvenating to see all the appreciation from our community on Doctors Day. The drawings from the kids at St Mary’s School were amazing and uplifting and we are all so truly appreciative of the support we have here in Goderich.” said Dr. Paul Gill.

Goderich Mayor John Grace said, “We really can’t thank our doctors or our community enough in normal times. What they have done in the last couple of years with COVID-19, leading our community, has been absolutely incredible. Thank you, each and every one of you.”

“We are so fortunate to have such a great medical team,” said Physician Recruitment Lead Gwen Devereaux. “Not only did they continue to provide outstanding care, but they were seen day after day at our vaccinating clinics. It’s been said before, but frontline health care workers have been our heroes during a challenging time.”

“I was surprised how much the notes from the children affected me,” said Dr. Katayun Treasurywala. “It’s funny how we don’t realize how much we need to hear a ‘thank you’ until we get it. Thank you for arranging this tribute and thank you to the kids who created this thoughtful artwork.”

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital’s Medical Team provides care for over 20,000 residents of Goderich and area. A one-year average of over 16,000 emergency room visits; out-patient visits 13,000 and 1,400 surgical cases.

“MEMORIES BRING BACK MEMORIES” ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

With spring underway, Camp Menesetung, on the shores of Lake Huron, is looking forward to once again returning to in-person programming and camping experiences with registrations up over 230 percent over pre-pandemic numbers at the same time of year in 2019, while marking its 75th year of incorporation and 101 years since its beginning as Goderich Summer School.

“As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary operating as a summer camp, we are excited to not only celebrate the memories created over the years at Camp but to look forward and celebrate the success of our programming that continues to evolve as we adapt to the changing needs of our community,” said Ralph Watson, chair of the Board of Directors.

As part of the milestone festivities, the Camp will be the site of an anniversary weekend event, “Memories Bring Back Memories”, Aug. 26-28.

In celebration of Camp Menesetung’s 75th anniversary since incorporation, past Camp Menesetung campers, staff, or board members and their families are invited to reunite with camp friends by returning for a day, a night or the entire weekend celebration.

Weekend activities include a mix of classic camp activities – campfire, early morning “polar dips”, nature crafts, princess breakfast, – and more recent favorites including. rockwall, archery and canoeing on Lake Huron. The weekend rounds out with a Sunday morning service and fundraising lunch.

To complete the experience for those who want to relive their camp days, accommodation in the cabins is available for one night or two.

Registration is now open at: www.campmenesetung.ca/75years. Camp Menesetung is located at 82190 Church Camp Rd, Goderich.

SIX DAY CAMPS OFFERED THROUGH ABCA

Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are offering six specialty one-day summer nature day camps, at three different locations in the watershed, in August. These one-day summer nature camps will be held on Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 9-11.

There are two different one-day camps at Rock Glen Conservation Area in Arkona; two one-day camps at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter; and two one-day camps at Clinton Conservation Area. The camps have different themes such as: Fantastic Fossils, Beautiful Bugs, Delightful Decomposers, Wonderful Water, Tremendous Trees and Marvelous Macros (Bugs).

“These new, specialty one-day nature camps provide an opportunity for young people in different watershed communities to learn actively in the great outdoors and to connect with nature,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Parents and guardians can choose the location that is most convenient or the theme that is of greatest interest.”

To learn more visit ABCA’s website (abca.ca) at this web page: www.abca.ca/education/daycamps/  The deadline to register for the camps is July 4.

Once parents/guardians have completed registrations, they receive an automatic email that includes what to pack, where to pick up and drop off and how to pay.

Here are the six one-day summer nature day camps and the links to register:

Aug. 3 – Rock Glen Conservation Area – Fantastic Fossils: (This camp is full.)

Aug. 4 – Clinton Conservation Area – Beautiful Bugs 

Aug. 5 – Morrison Dam Conservation Area – Delightful Decomposers 

Aug. 9 – Clinton Conservation Area –  Wonderful Water 

Aug. 10 – Rock Glen Conservation Area – Tremendous Trees 

Aug.  11 – Morrison Dam Conservation Area – Marvelous Macros (Bugs) 

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents/guardians can drop off their children as early as 8:30 a.m. and pick them up until 4:30 p.m. The cost of each day camp is $40. Each camp will run only if there are enough registrations (at least 10) and the maximum number of campers on each day is 16.

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

COVID-19 OUTBREAK

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Medicine Unit at its Stratford General Hospital site after three patients tested positive.

Outbreak status refers to two or more confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among patients or team members that could have possibly been acquired in the hospital.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice.

Huron Perth Public Health has been notified and patients, family/caregivers and team members affected by the outbreak are in the process of being notified. Necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the unit is also taking place.

Family and caregiver presence on the Unit has been restricted. The only exception is for palliative patients at the end of life. Care teams will regularly update families/caregivers and make them aware of opportunities for virtual connections.

A COVID-19 Outbreak also continues on the Inpatient Unit at St. Marys Memorial Hospital. The outbreak was declared on Apr.18 and has a current case count of 22.

Community transmission of COVID-19 is high and this is putting pressure on many high-risk settings, including the HPHA hospital sites, not only due to staff absences but also because of the extra care required for COVID positive patients. Help alleviate this pressure by layering personal protective measures such as keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, staying home if sick and wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.

Daily updates regarding this outbreak can be found on the HPHA website at www.hpha.ca/covid19.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The sixth wave of COVID-19 continues in Ontario, including in Huron Perth, and the impact is being felt in highest risk settings.   Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has seen a steady number of new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 15 active outbreaks and four hospitalizations (updated May 2).

Due to limited PCR testing, reported case counts are much lower than the number of people who actually have COVID-19.

“The rise in outbreaks tells us that community transmission of COVID remains high locally,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron-Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.  “This is putting pressure on our health care system and highest risk settings, not only due to staff absences but also because of the extra care required for COVID positive patients and residents.”

On Apr. 22, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health announced that provincial masking requirements would continue for specific higher-risk indoor settings until June 11.

These settings include: public transit; health care settings; long-term care homes; retirement homes; and shelters and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals. The health care settings include: hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics that provide health care services, laboratories, specimen collection centres, and home and community care.

PLANT AND COMPOST SALE

Plant sale group

Eager to sell some plants for the John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust are l-r: Sandra Goddard, Chuck Chan, Klaus Seeger, Pam Somers, Roger Goddard, Susan Chan, Wendy Hoernig and Rhea Hamilton Seeger. (Submitted photo)


The John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund Annual Spring Hike, Plant and Compost Sale is going ahead this year on Saturday, May 7.

The event, held outdoors at the Columbus Centre in Goderich, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will sort and label the plants, and can often assist buyers in selecting what would suit their location. But do come early for the best plant selection. They disappear fast. The compost is also in great demand and sells out quickly. Also, for anyone who has never explored the Maitland Woods, there is an hour-long guided walk of the Woods beginning at 1 p.m.

Plant sale proceeds support local environmental projects. Working with the Maitland Conservation Foundation, the Hindmarsh Environmental Fund has supported a variety of projects, including tree planting and trail repairs at local conservation areas, shoreline cleanup days, and dune grass planting at the Goderich Beach to stabilize the sand.

Remember…the sale opens at 10 a.m. on May 7 and compost sells out quickly!

DAY CAMP

The Municipality of Bluewater is hosting the 2022 Summer Day Camp Program in July and August! Day Camp offers exciting adventures, new friends, and caring staff. Children will create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Each week camp staff plan a variety of themed activities and games. Activities include outdoor adventures, splash pad, crafts, games, sports, guest speakers and trips.

This year, two Day Camp locations are being offered at the Hensall Arena and Bayfield Arena. The Day Camp will be a fun-filled, action-packed seven weeks for children ages four to 12 years. Day Camp will run from July 11 to Aug. 26. The Bayfield Day Camp location is sponsored by Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in cooperation with Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT).

Summer Day Camp registration opens Apr. 14. For more information about registration and pricing, visit Bluewater recreation programming. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Program Subsidy is available through the Huron County Child Services. For subsidy, contact 519 482-8505 or visit Child Services.

HIKE FOR HURON HOSPICE

The summer of ‘22 begins with the annual Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice.

Sunday, May 29, is the date set for the Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice. After two years of hiking on our own, this event will be live, and it will be a celebration. The hike will take place on the trails at the Varna Community Centre. However, people who are still nervous about COVID can continue to “Hike Where They Like”. The organizers have added the bike option on scenic Huron County roads which will start and finish at the community centre.

“After two years of COVID we are excited to be hiking in-person and have chosen Mavis’ Trail and the Taylor Trail in Varna because there is a mix of easy and moderate hiking. There are a number of scenic road routes close by for cyclists,” said event organizer Christopher Walker.

He went on to say, “We want to celebrate hiking in person and also celebrate coming out of one of the most challenging winters in Huron Hospice history. Hikers and bikers will finish their ride or hike at the community centre and swap stories while enjoying a barbecue. We will also share more photos of the newly renovated hospice.”

“The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s biggest fundraising events. Funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund compassionate end-of-life care for families. Each year, hikers and donors help pay for more than half our operational costs. They are an important part of the Huron Hospice family,” said Jay McFarlan, hiker and Board chair of Huron Hospice.

He added, “Operational funding covers the cost of day-to-day services like nursing and volunteer support and our grief support program. As you can see, donor support is an important part of how we provide service.”

People can form teams of family members or friends, to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other.

“There will be prizes for both the team and the individual who raises the most money,” said Walker.

To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website Hike and Bike. Just follow the link to pledge or create a team. Please send the link to family, friends and contacts and ask them to pledge.

Remember, summer does not start until the Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice!

For further information, contact: Christopher Walker, manager Fund Development via email at Chris.walker@huronhospice.ca or by calling 519 525-7352.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar  have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

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.

May 1st was National Physicians’ Day – an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary people who choose to serve in the profession of medicine. In recognition of this we examine some of the artifacts related to health in the Museum’s collection.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION TABLE

Medical examination table
This is a Clark & Roberts Model #82 medical examination table from 1899. It has an ornamental wooden base with one door and three drawers, with metal handles, on each side. There are two metal foot petals on each side of the base. The table legs have wheels. There is a red leather seat attached to the base with hinged head and leg rests. Attached to the leg rests are metal foot rests. The manufacturer’s mark is embossed along the edge of the metal foot rests.

The table was used at the medical practices of three local Goderich doctors listed in order from the most recent: Dr. Hollingsworth, Dr. Lambert and Dr. Wallace.

MRS. WINSLOW’S SOOTHING SYRUP BOTTLE

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup bottle
This is a “Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup” bottle. The syrup was a medicinal product formula compounded by Mrs. Charlotte N. Winslow and first marketed by her son-in-law Jeremiah Curtis and Benjamin A. Perkins in Bangor, Maine, USA in 1849. The formula consisted of morphine sulphate (65 mg per fluid ounce), sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi (an alcohol), and aqua ammonia (a cleaner). It was claimed that it was “likely to soothe any human or animal”, and it effectively quieted restless infants and small children. It was widely marketed in the UK and the USA – as well as newspapers, the company used various media to promote their product, including recipe books, calendars, and trade cards.

In 1911, the American Medical Association put out a publication called “Nostrums and Quackery” where, in a section called “Baby Killers”, it incriminated Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup. It was not withdrawn from sale in the UK until 1930.

BROMO SELTZER BOTTLE

Bromo Seltzer bottle

This is a blue glass medicine bottle with raised lettering on the front that reads BROMO SELTZER EMERSON DRUG CO TORONTO ON.

It is from a group of items found near the log cabin built by the Elliott family at 78056 Bluewater Highway near Bayfield. The Elliott family built their farm house to move into from the log cabin, then later moved back to the log cabin, feeling that the farmhouse was too large. Thomas Elliott was also known as “Tom of the Gully” and he and his wife, Jane (Currie) Elliott, built the log cabin and cleared the land. They had 10 children; nine daughters and one son.

BAYFIELD LIONS CLUB

HOME SHOW ATTENDANCE CLOSE TO PRE-COVID LEVELS

PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

“As one of the first big community events coming off the two-year COVID hiatus, the Bayfield Lions Home & Garden Show was a resounding success,” said Tony Van Bakel, Lions Club president. “We had a good roster of exhibitors, many of whom were new to the Show. Attendance was close to the levels achieved in pre-COVID.“

There was broad representation from community volunteer groups who occupied booths on the second floor of the arena. One of the surrogate measures for the success of the Show is the sale of Girl Guide cookies.

According to Melody Falconer-Pounder, “Over the three days we sold 34 cases of cookies, shattering our previous peak of 21. We were sold out halfway through the show; and we had to call back unsold cases from Bayfield Guiding families to keep up with demand and that was an unprecedented experience.”

The Bayfield Food Bank collected five shopping carts of food donations and significant cash donations. The Ukraine Support booth attracted a great deal of attention with many inquiries about how to help bring Ukrainian refugee families to Canada. A few booths away Snippity the Clown was kept busy painting kids faces and bending balloons into curious shapes.

The Food Court was one of the more popular sites of the show, offering a broad selection of lunch, snack, dessert and beverage choices.

“Our kitchen gang was exhausted by the end of the show but very pleased with the compliments we received from our customers,” said Kathy Gray, coordinator of the Food Court. “It’s always a good sign when we’re completely sold out at the end of the show.”

The Lions Club’s next big community event is their 53rd Community Breakfast to be held on Sunday morning of the Victoria Day weekend, May 22.

It will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The menu consists of eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee. The cost for the breakfast will be $12 per person; children three and under eat for free.

The breakfast is one of the village’s annual rituals for permanent residents, cottagers and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services.

“Measured in calories per dollar, it is one of the best food values in the village,” quipped Lion President Tony Van Bakel. “Bring your family and friends.”

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

On Sunday mid-day I climbed up the stairs in the Bayfield Arena and emerged in the Community Centre on the second level. I was immediately spotted by the Bayfield Guiding members in our Home and Garden Show booth next to the entrance.

“People don’t want to buy cookies from a 15-year-old, Brown Owl” was the comment I was greeted with. This Ranger was being good natured about it – but this comment hurt my heart a little.

The day before I was on cookie selling duty with a 14-year-old Pathfinder who had a few customers comment that they would rather buy their cookies from a cute little Brownie. I’m sure they were joking around and in no way being intentionally hurtful but their words made me sad. This particular Pathfinder was once a cute little Brownie who achieved the pinnacle in sales several years running. As a Spark, Brownie and a Guide, she regularly sold more than 40 cases – saving her Gift Certificates (provincial level sales rewards) to purchase her first laptop. This particular Pathfinder still finds joy in selling cookies, meeting and interacting with people in the community and representing Bayfield Guiding proudly.

It’s a hard life lesson for everyone that cute doesn’t last forever, remember all those child stars who struggle to find footing in the adult world of acting? I have in the past joked with our older members that they need to put their shoes on their knees when knocking on doors with cookie cases in hand, but ironically, they are all too young to remember Tim Conway.

The fact of the matter is the senior members of Guiding (just like the younger members and their leaders), really appreciate support of their cookie sales as their cookie dollar doesn’t go as far – their money goes toward activities, camps and trips that are a lot more expensive than the ones offered to the younger levels. Cookie sales help them achieve milestone adventures that the younger Sparks, Brownies and Guides  look forward to experiencing having seen the senior members achieve them. And I’m sure this is true of many youth organizations, not just Guiding. It is something I will do my best to remember when next approached by a teen selling cookies, apples, pot pies, chocolate almonds etc. – Brown Owl Melody

P.S. I would like to offer an extra special thank you to all the visitors to our cookie booth at the Home and Garden Show – your support was amazing – our members, Sparks through to Rangers and their parents and Owl helpers, sold 408 boxes of cookies. An unprecedented number at this or any event. We also enjoyed meeting many people who shared their Guiding and Scouting stories with us – many as youth members and several as adults. It is always incredibly wonderful seeing the joy on their faces as they recall their experiences.

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