FOOD BANKS ARE PART OF A HEALTHY COMMUNITY
Representing the residents of Paul Bunyan Campground, Christine and Austin delivered collected donations for Bayfield Area Food Bank to their headquarters (Trinity St James Anglican Church) at 10 Keith Cres recently. (Submitted photo)
Paul Bunyan Campground was the most recent park to collect donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Volunteers with BAFB would like to express their gratitude for the recent donations from the community.
“Food Banks are part of a healthy community, keeping our community strong helps everyone,” said President of the BAFB, Claire Trepanier.
BAFB now has a new dedicated phone number: 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).
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 listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
BLUEWATER MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS
Following the close of the municipal election at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24th, the unofficial results of the municipal election for the Municipality of Bluewater have been declared by the Clerk.
- Mayor – Paul Klopp, acclaimed
- Deputy Mayor – John Becker, elected with 1,375 votes
- Bayfield Ward Councilor – Bill Whetstone, acclaimed
- Hensall Ward Councilor – Scott Harris, acclaimed
- Hay East Ward Councilor – Joseph K. Groot, acclaimed
- Hay West Ward Councilor – Tyler Hessel, acclaimed
- Stanley East Ward Councilor – Peter Gordon Walden, acclaimed
- Stanley West Ward Councilor – Greg Lamport elected with 219 votes
- Zurich Ward Councilor – Winona Bailey elected with 195 votes
As of the close of the election, the Municipality of Bluewater recorded 8,913 electors with 2,765 ballots cast. This represents a voter turnout of 31 per cent. This is a decline in voter participation from the 2018 Municipal election.
The inaugural meeting of Council will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Varna Council Chambers, 38594 Mill Road, Varna. This will be a hybrid meeting format and will be live streamed to the Municipality of Bluewater YouTube channel.
ENTERTAINERS AND FACE PAINTERS SOUGHT
The Christmas in Bayfield committee has so much going on as they get ready for the magical Christmas in Bayfield Weekend Nov. 18-20. They would like to thank the Municipality of Bluewater Council for reviewing and approving their bylaw exemption requests on Monday, Oct. 17 allowing them to proceed with their plans.
“We have had several interesting artisan/craft vendors request more information and apply for space, so that is moving along,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC Terri Louch. “There is still time to let us know you would like to attend by completing the application.”
The application can be accessed here: Application Form. Cost for the weekend is $100 and applications will be accepted until Nov. 11.
“Do you or your group sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument or perform magic? Do you have an interesting skill that would entertain watchers? Would you like to be part of our amazing Christmas in Bayfield weekend?” asked Louch. “We are still actively searching for individuals or groups who want to be seen by potentially hundreds of people. There will be an open sided tent available for cover and together we will be able to schedule your time to perform. We are excited to offer some very interesting talents!”
There will be 30 minute and one hour time slots available Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested people are asked to send an email email@example.com with their details and their preferred time slot and organizers will work to include them in the line-up.
Buskers or street performers are also being sought. There will be an opportunity to be placed around the town one or both days of the weekend.
Organizers are also seeking a face painter or a team of face painters. They will have a designated area to work with children and adults alike who will love the opportunity to participate in this activity.
“We could not host Christmas in Bayfield without support from our businesses. Thanks so much to the members who have generously supported Christmas in Bayfield with a donation so everyone can enjoy a fun-filled weekend: It takes a Village to put this event together, and we are very grateful to have amazing supporters. Where possible, stop in and visit their businesses today!” said Louch.
To view the list of businesses that have donated to date please visit: Christmas in Bayfield Donors.
Be sure to watch for further updates here in the Bayfield Breeze, or on the Christmas in Bayfield Facebook and Instagram pages where organizers will continue to highlight those who will be participating in the maker’s market, performing in the Library Square as well as those who are making a difference through financial contributions.
WOODLAND TRAIL NOW OPEN
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce that the Woodland Trail is now open and will remain so until Monday, Nov. 7.
The trail will be closed again for hunting for two separate weeks: Nov. 7-13 and Dec. 5-11. Please follow the posted signs.
“As always, we thank the private landowners who support use of the Woodland Trail on their properties,” said Ralph Blasting, representing the BRVTA.
The final guided hike of 2022 will be on Mavis’ Trail and the Taylor Trail on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day celebrates the nearly 300,000 km of trails in Canada, 80,000 of which are in Ontario.
This little hike of 3.5 km will start at the Varna Complex parking lot and take participants through evergreen and deciduous forests, over small streams, and down to the Bayfield River. A map can be found at Mavis-Taylor Trail.
For questions or more information contact Ralph Blasting via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 525-3205.
END OF LIFE CARE A REALITY OF RESCUE
Chester (Submitted photos)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now that they have temporarily closed their doors to intakes.
The Adopt a BFF cats of the week – Chester, Dante and Luigi provide two very different stories, equally compelling, but at opposite ends of the spectrum.
The two little fur balls, Dante and Luigi, are three weeks old and were brought to a caring soul by people who’s cat appears to have had a “surprise” litter of three kittens. The Rescue volunteers were informed that Mama cat could not feed all three of the babies. Feeding kittens is a time-consuming and stressful job for volunteers but BFF was fortunate enough to currently have two nursing Mamas and one of them decided to adopt these two and take them on as her own.
“What could’ve been a very unfortunate situation for these two turned out well in the end but that’s not always the case,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.
Take Chester for example. Volunteers have no idea how long he has been on the streets, whether he was ever someone’s pet or how he ended up in a person’s live trap.
“As you can see from the picture, he’s pretty beat up andblind in one-eye,” said Penhale. “He also has an upper respiratory infection, is emaciated, has matted fur and is quite scared. Getting him from a live trap to a kennel was a bit of a battle of wills but once he was settled in his kennel was fed and made comfortable and warm he has shown no signs of aggression. He just seems to be happy to be fed regularly and be nice and warm.”
Volunteers are awaiting a report from the vet to see what can be done for Chester. And while everyone at the Rescue is pulling for Chester sometimes the most humane thing to do is provide end of life care.
“Although we try not to dwell on the negative, there is a gut wrenching part to rescue because no matter how hard we try or how much we wish them to get better – we lose the fight far too often. They deserve so much better – there are so many what ifs.”
Dante and Luigi
Anyone who might be interested in adopting any of this week’s featured felines, or donating for medical costs, is asked to please email email@example.com for more information.
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.