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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 702 Week 52 Vol 14

December 21, 2022

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Issue 702 Week 52 Vol 14
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BAYFIELD INTERNATIONAL CROQUET CLUB BROUGHT HOME THE HARDWARE

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Bayfield International Croquet Club President John Davies accepted the Club-of-the-Year awards from Rob McCrea representing Croquet Canada. Bayfield club members won both the Red and Blue divisions this year. (Submitted photos)


It was a very good year for the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) as members brought home five of the 12 Croquet Canada 2022 awards.

Croquet Canada is the national association which guides the development of the sport within Canada. There are 26 member clubs in Canada. In recognition of the competitive aspect of croquet, Croquet Canada recognizes Club-of-the-Year and Player-of-the-Year achievements of its members. Each of these are awarded in three variations of croquet: Association Rules, Golf Croquet Rules, and American 6-Wicket Rules. The awards are further delineated into the Blue Division (top level players) and the Red Division (players on their way up).

George Dej of Croquet Canada related, “A croquet player in a sanctioned tournament earns points based on how well they fared and on the skill levels (World Ranking) of their competitors. The player’s standing for Player-of-the-Year is the total points from their three best tournaments. A club’s standing for Club-of-the-Year is the total points earned by up to four of their members.

BICC is the Croquet Canada 2022 Association Croquet, Red Division, Club-of-the-Year. Points were earned by members Arlene Parker, Jerry Selk, David MacLaren and Peter Jeffers.

The Bayfield Club is also the Croquet Canada 2022 Association Croquet, Blue Division, Club-of-the Year. Contributing points came from members David Druiett, Bill Rowat, Nick Howell and Lou Schenk.

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It was a banner year for the Bayfield International Croquet Club with the members earning five out of 12 Croquet Canada 2022 awards. Bayfield’s Laurien Trowell accepted the 6-Wicket Player-of-the-Year award from Rob McCrea, Croquet Canada.

In addition, BICC earned the Croquet Canada 2022 6-Wicket Croquet, Club-of-the-Year due to points earned by Laurien Trowell during play in Boca Grande, Florida.

Bayfield’s Arlene Parker is the Croquet Canada 2022 Association Croquet, Red Division, Player-of-the Year. Parker competed in five tournaments, counting points for her performance at the Bayfield Canadian Open Championship hosted in Bayfield, the Aboyne Open in Elora, ON and the American Selection Eights at the National Croquet Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida.

It is unlikely that an American 6-Wicket Rules game has ever been played on the Bayfield croquet courts. Notwithstanding the above, this did not hinder Trowell from venturing to the Gasparilla Mallet Club, in Boca Grande, Florida, to play in the Blaine Davis Invitational Tournament. Trowell’s fifth place finish gave her the American 6-Wicket, Red Division, Player-of-the-Year award. Trowell also earned the Bayfield Club the American 6-Wicket, Red Division, Club-of-the-Year award.

John Davies, president of the Bayfield International Croquet Club said, “My congratulations to all of our players who contributed to these outstanding accomplishments. This demonstrates the excellent mentorship amongst the club players. Arlene in particular, has had an exceptional year, and I applaud her dedication to the game, and the club.”

Parker also competed at the US Open in Palm Springs, CA between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3rd. This tournament is held at the Mission Hills Croquet Club. There were 26 competitors; 24 from the US plus Canadians Brian Cumming from Elora and Parker. The format was a round robin followed by a double elimination knockout. There were 18 players in the Championship Flight and eight players in the “A” Flight. Parker played in the “A” Flight and won the round robin but lost the knockout to Gary Bennett of Louisville, Kentucky.

While in California, Parker stayed with Toni Kemp, a Bayfield summer resident, fellow BICC member and Mission Hills member.

“The setting was stunning with mountains in the backdrop and sunshine every day. The courts were in beautiful condition and played very fast,” Parker noted.

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Bayfield’s Arlene Parker had an amazing year of croquet. She is the Croquet Canada 2022 Association Croquet, Red Division, Player-of-the Year. Parker competed in five tournaments, counting points for her performance at the Bayfield Canadian Open Championship hosted in Bayfield, the Aboyne Open in Elora, ON and the American Selection Eights at the National Croquet Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is seen here with the winner of the US Open A Flight Gary Bennett that was held in Palm Springs, California.

BICC has over 100 members. BICC provides opportunities for both competitive and recreational play as well as fun social events. All necessary equipment is available at the Club. Anyone who would like to try croquet is invited to contact Davies at jcdavies@tcc.on.ca. You will have a ball!

CALLING ALL BIRDING ENTHUSIASTS FOR THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Bayfield, Clinton and the Hullett Marsh area are being included in the Christmas Bird Count and backyard birders as well as more adventurous birding enthusiasts are being invited to take part.

This local event is being organized by Dana Latour of Seaforth.

“I’m excited to announce a new Christmas Bird Count circle in Huron County! It will be placed over the Bayfield/Clinton/Hullett Marsh area. We are looking for volunteers of all skill levels to come out and help us with the count on December 27th!” said Latour.

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People who reside in the circled area are invited to take part in the first official Christmas Bird Count for these communities. Anyone who would like a larger area to cover than their own backyard, or who lives outside the area and would still like to participate, should contact Dana Latour by emailing: latourdana@gmail.com. (Submitted photo)

People who participate must conduct their count on Dec. 27 and include only birds that they see and record on that day and these birds need to have been seen in the circle area. A map is included with this article for reference.

Anyone not living in the circle, or who would like to volunteer to participate over a larger area, like a country block, should contact Latour to register.

“People can choose to have a route assigned to them by registering or if you live within the circle, you can count birds at your feeder and contribute to citizen science from home!” Latour added.

This is the first Christmas Bird Count in this area. Goderich also held one recently.

People can view the Bayfield/Clinton/Hullett Marsh Circle (ONBY) online at: Nature Counts.

For more information, or to register, please contact Dana Latour at latourdana@gmail.com.

GORGEOUS KASMERE LOOKING FOR SECOND CHANCE AT FOREVER HOME

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Kasmere (Kaz) (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.

Kasmere (Kaz) is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Kaz has a rather sad tale to tell. When he first came to BFF he was  a half starved, semi-feral cat under a year old. After socializing with the volunteers at the Rescue he became an absolute gentleman. He was adopted into a loving home where he was a great companion to his adopter. Unfortunately, his human has died and none of her relatives are able to take him and he is now back with BFF.

“We are grateful that the family reached out to us at the shelter to see if we would consider finding him a new home,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “He has been used to a very quiet life but given that he does well in the shelter environment he might also do well with other pets in the house.”

He is a big guy, part Maine Coon, and a simply gorgeous buff color.

“This oh so handsome boy has had huge disruptions in his life and we are very hopeful that he will soon find longevity in a new forever home,” said Penhale.

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Kaz is wishing for a home for Christmas.

Kaz is looking for his adoption wish to be granted, along with many other cats and kittens still waiting. Please contact BFF via email at bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.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.

The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique’s “Christmas Paint Your Own Cookies” campaign was a tremendous success and the cookies were once again a sell out! All proceeds raised from their sale, $1,550, are going to BFF. Volunteers at BFF offer their sincere thank you to bakery owner Sharon Thompson for her support. The bakery located at 28 Bayfield Main Street North is now closed until Feb. 1st.

And as one campaign concludes another one begins! Paula Brent, along with the folks at Bayfield Pet Corner, are working together to organize a Cat Food and Toy Drive in support of BFF.

Bayfield Pet Corner has kindly agreed to collect donations. They are collecting such items as, new or like new, cat toys and beds. Cat themed purchases can also be made in store to be donated.

Bayfield Pet Corner is located at 19 Bayfield Main St N, Unit E, in the village (across from Ollio Too). The store hours for this week are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be closed from Dec. 23-28 reopening Dec. 29.BFF & BPC Cat Drive


SEASONAL SONGS

Anyone looking to enjoy some live festive music should make their way to the Bayfield Town Hall tonight (Dec.21) to hear members of the Lakeview Mennonite Singers.

The group will be singing Christmas Carols starting at 7 p.m.

AG SOCIETY

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The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) wishes everyone in the community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Without the kind support of sponsors and community volunteers, the 2022 Bayfield Community Fair wouldn’t have been the great success that it was. The BAS extends a sincere thank you to all.

Planning is already underway for the 2023 Bayfield Community Fair which is always held the third weekend of August. Blessings to all!

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

It is that time of year! Time to consider obtaining or renewing a 2023 Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) membership.

This yearly membership allows BHS to continue to keep the doors open and helps them maintain a safe storage space to preserve the many wonderful Bayfield artifacts and archival records.  In addition, the fee helps support the current digitization project, which ultimately will be populated with all of the precious treasures and stories of Bayfield.

The membership fee is $20 for an Individual and $30 for Family.  Please either send a cheque or e-transfer using the information provided below.

As a thank you for the support, all members will receive a 10 per cent discount on BHS books.  Please also note that only paid members are allowed to vote on BHS business.

Cheques for memberships may be sent to the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives at 20 Main St. N., PO Box 161, Bayfield, ON,  N0M 1G0.  Alternatively, E-transfers for memberships may be emailed to bhsmembers@gmail.com attention Deborah Curran, memberships.

Donations are also gratefully accepted and can also be sent by cheque or E-transfer. BHS is a registered non-profit and receipts for Income Tax purposes on donations over $20 will be provided.


CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

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Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield is decorated for the Advent Season and would welcome members of the community to join them for their upcoming services. On Dec. 24, the congregation will host a Christmas Eve Service starting at 6 p.m. There will not be a service on Christmas Day but a recorded service will be streamed on the “Trinity St. James Anglican Church, Bayfield Ontario” Facebook Page for all who wish to view it. In-person services will resume on Sunday, Jan. 1st with Morning Prayer. The church is located at 10 Keith Cres. in the village. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


UNITED CHURCH

St. Andrew’s United Church’s annual Christmas Carol Service, a community staple prior to COVID, will not be returning this year but everyone is welcome to join the congregation for their Christmas Eve Communion Service on Saturday, Dec. 24.

This special service will begin at 7 p.m.

Please note that there will not be a service at St. Andrew’s on Sunday, Dec. 25th or Sunday, Jan. 1st.

St. Andrew’s is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.

BAYFIELD TREE PROJECT

Members of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) would like to remind village homeowners that now is the time to think about Spring planting.

“This is the time of year when the Municipality of Bluewater starts to order trees for the upcoming planting season,” said Sondra Buchner, on behalf of the BTP.

Anyone who does not have a tree planted on their property’s municipal frontage (boulevard) and is interested in having one planted should contact the Municipality as soon as possible.

To do so please phone Becky at 519 236-4351. She will inform callers about the procedure for receiving a tree in the Spring.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield continues to hold services on Sundays at 11 a.m. both in-person as well as on ZOOM for those who can’t physically attend.

The congregation is currently collecting new, warm socks during December, for those in need locally.

Sometimes the Christmas season is anything but “merry”.  People are  invited to just “be” in the candlelight, blanketed with quiet song, on the longest night as Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield hosts “Moments of Solace” tonight (Dec. 21). The Solace Bedside Singers will lead this service that shall start at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 24 they will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. with special music by soloist Linda Street.

Knox Presbyterian Church is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North.

SCARVES FOR FOODBANK

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Jessica Tataran shown modeling a one-of-a-kind designer scarf. (Submitted photo)

In the spirit of positive thinking, Mary Cross, an upcycled designer and resident of Bayfield, has created a limited edition of 50 exquisite scarves in support of the Bayfield Area Food Bank. There are still a few scarves remaining – a perfect gifting opportunity for those last minute shoppers.

“This new collaboration is an opportunity for us all to pay it forward,” said Cross. “What a better cause than to shop local, support local and help feed local families.”

These 9’ x 24” upcycled scarves can be worn in so many ways and each piece is one-of-a-kind. These designer scarves are made in Bayfield and will be available exclusively at the new Market 29, located at 29 Main Street North or by emailing info@3rclothingcompany.com.  Cross would love it if people send her a photo of them wearing their one-of-a-kind scarf to this same email address.

Market 29 will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COFFEE & CHAT

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all to attend their  “Coffee & Chat” program in the Bayfield Public Library Meeting Room. The “Coffee & Chat” group meets every Tuesday until the end of March.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members. The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion.

The session runs from 2-3:30 p.m..

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!

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.

CONSERVATION DINNER RETURNS TO IN-PERSON FORMAT FOR 2023

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Dave Frayne, chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee (left), recently sold the first Conservation Dinner tickets to George Finch, mayor of the Municipality of South Huron. Tickets are now available for purchase for yourself or as a seasonal gift. (Submitted photo)


The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced the Conservation Dinner is to be in person in 2023 after two years of holding the event as an online virtual auction.

“We are extremely excited to be returning to a live auction and dinner in 2023,” said Dave Frayne, Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. “We appreciate the support of the public during the two years of online auctions but it will be wonderful to see people in person again and to enjoy the fellowship of the Conservation Dinner.”

Tickets are now available for purchase, according to organizers. The Dinner committee encourages people to give ‘the gift of community’ this Christmas holiday season by buying tickets for the Dinner. Tickets are $100 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.

The Conservation Dinner will take place on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter.

“When you give the gift of a Conservation Dinner ticket, you are giving a ticket to one of the most enjoyable events of the year,” said Frayne. “You and the person receiving the ticket also know you are helping your community.”

There have been 30 Conservation Dinners in person since 1990 and two virtual Conservation Dinners in 2021 and 2022. The Conservation Dinner auction event has raised more than $1.285 million for the community over 32 years.

To buy tickets for yourself, or as a present, or to donate to the 2023 Conservation Dinner, phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.ca or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83). Find out more at conservationdinner.com.

Past projects that have benefited from the Conservation Dinner include: accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; making it possible for more students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefiting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.

The Exeter Lions Club has been a co-partner, with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation and the watershed community, on the Dinner since 1991. Net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal. The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the donors, patrons and guests, and volunteers who have made the event a success both in person and, during 2021 and 2022, online. The committee also thanks all the creative people who have been featured artists over the years in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to quilting to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.

GRAND MEN ENJOY NIGHT OF FELLOWSHIP

Sunset Community Foundation (SCF) Relationship Committee hosted its first in-person Grand Men Event on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Bunker in the Bend, Grand Bend.

The Grand Men members and their guests enjoyed a night of playing Simulated Golf, LaserShot, Corn Hole, Backgammon, Jenga and Bean Bag Toss. In between their games, they had great conversations while indulging in delicious Beef Sliders from the Tipsy Pelican.

Grand Men and Grand Women members each donate $1,000 each to the SCF to show their support for the community and have the intention of getting together a minimum of once a year to have some fun while being updated on how their funds have been managed and distributed in their community.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend to annual events to let them know about the SCF. After achieving 50 members each the Grand Women and Grand Men get to participate in the decision making on which charity the proceeds of their donations go to each year. ($50 K based on a minimum donation required for an owner directed fund). Currently the Grand Women have 60 plus members and Grand Men have 40 plus members.

The annual get together events are a fun way to remind participants of the SCF in case they are updating bequests through their Wills, donating stocks or bonds, or donating a life insurance policy.

A Grand Women’s Event is being planned for early 2023.

The Foundation’s focus areas include children and youth, family and community vitality, health and physical activity, education, social services and low-income impact, preservation of the environment, diversity, equity and inclusion, and arts and culture.

The SCF has grown its initial endowment started by the Grand Bend PUC to over $3.2 million. In its 20 years, the Foundation has granted approximately $1.2 million to area organizations.

The event was sponsored by the White Squirrel Golf Course in St. Joseph’s. Bunker in the Bend, is located at 99 Ontario Street South in Grand Bend.


NORTHERN HURON CONNECTION CENTRE RECEIVES DONATIONS

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On Nov. 29, Deacons from the Maitland River Community Church Bill Cooper (left) and Jack Wilkins (right) presented Lisa Harper, United Way Perth Huron manager of community development for Northern Huron, with a cheque for $30,000 toward the Northern Huron Connection Centre. (Submitted photos)

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce Royal Homes and Maitland River Community Church donated $10,000 and $30,000 respectively to the Northern Huron Connection Centre (NHCC).

“We would like to thank Royal Homes and Maitland River Community Church,” added Lisa Harper, UWPH manager community development, Northern Huron. “As the cost of everything keeps rising, already vulnerable people are hurting that much more. We appreciate both organizations understanding how important the NHCC is to the health and well-being of people in need as well as the wider northern Huron community.”

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Representatives from Royal Homes, Klaas Jorritsma, vice-president of Operations (left) and Pieter Venema, president, recently presented Lisa Harper representing United Way Perth-Huron with a cheque for $10,000 toward the Northern Huron Connection Centre.

“United Way is a fundamental part of this community,” said Pieter Venema, president of Royal Homes. “We are proud to continue to support their work in providing a helping hand to those that need it.”

“The Maitland River Community Church has been blessed and are grateful to be able to donate towards the Connection Center in Wingham through United Way,” said Karen Rylaarsdam, administrative assistant at Maitland River Community Church. “We are excited to see the doors open soon, ready to welcome individuals in and meet some of the needs of our community.”

Serving Howick, Morris-Turnberry, and North Huron, the NHCC at St. Paul’s-Trinity Anglican Church in Wingham is intended as a welcoming, safe space for the community’s most vulnerable citizens to rest, access basic needs, healthcare services, identification assistance and more.

UWPH is hoping to open the centre in April of 2023.

PUBLIC HEALTH

HPPH is changing how it displays local COVID-19 information for Huron-Perth. Up until this point, they have been updating their own dashboards on COVID-19 testing, cases and vaccination; now, similar weekly information for Huron Perth region is also available through Public Health Ontario’s: COVID-19 and Influenza Activity dashboard.

While HPPH prepares a new way to display local information on respiratory illness that will be the most helpful to residents, the previous Tableau dashboards will not be updated.

Public Health Ontario’s dashboard includes a wide range of COVID-19 data about Huron Perth, including case counts by hospitalizations and deaths, vaccine uptake by age, sex and public health unit, outbreaks, and more.

HPPH

On Friday, Dec. 16, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) shared that the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 has been identified in live poultry delivered by an independent third party to a commercial processing plant in Perth County.

HPAI is caused by different virus strains than those that cause seasonal influenza (“the flu”) in humans. Also, the HPAI H5N1 virus does not easily cross from birds to humans.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), along with HPPH, the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario are working together with the plant operator to respond to the situation. As soon as this was identified, the plant operator took immediate action. The suspected poultry containing HPAI in question is all on hold and not in the public domain. The animal health response is being led by the CFIA, while HPPH is leading human health response by providing guidance to workers, employers and local health care providers.

Fully cooked poultry continues to be safe to eat and there is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans. Risk to the public is low.

UNITED WAY

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United Way Perth Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb (left) recently joined Patti-Jo Lindner and Gary Goulding, representing the Stratford and District Labour Council, to celebrate the 50 per cent mark for the annual United Way campaign by lighting another lightbulb on the campaign thermometer in Stratford. (Submitted photo)


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce the organization has achieved 50 per cent of their 2022-2023 campaign goal, with a total of $1,184,389 raised so far toward the overall goal of $2,289.671.

UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb recently joined Patti-Jo Lindner and Gary Goulding, representing the Stratford and District Labour Council, to celebrate by lighting another lightbulb on the campaign thermometer in Stratford.

As UWPH celebrates reaching half its campaign goal, the organization continues working on addressing #UNIGNORABLE issues such as homelessness, mental health, and access to services, supporting people in communities across Perth-Huron. Programs and services UWPH supports include counselling for youth, individuals, families and seniors, shelter for women and their children escaping violence, support and mentorship for youth, transitional housing, the Urgent Needs Fund for people facing pressing financial needs, connection centres to help vulnerable people on their journey out of homelessness and more.

To learn more about UWPH’s 100 per cent local work, and to donate to the campaign, visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

Anyone who might be struggling to find gift ideas for their loved ones as the holiday season nears might consider some ‘green’ gifts this year.

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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation (ABCAF) offers a number of gift ideas. These ‘alternative gifts’ range from tickets to the Conservation Dinner charity auction to certificates for donations to trails, wetlands, tree planting, conservation areas, conservation education, youth programs or another program of your choice.

A present doesn’t have to have wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons to be a gift, according to the local Conservation Foundation. Anyone purchasing a ‘gift to nature’ receives a gift certificate (your choice of paper or email) they can give to the present’s recipient. In the case of donations, the purchaser can receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.

“People who are looking for something different to give this season can choose from a number of green gifts,” said Dave Frayne, chair of the ABCAF. “Holiday gift ideas include Conservation Dinner tickets or donations that help our work in local communities.”

Another benefit of ecological gifts, according to the Conservation Foundation, is there’s no need to use a lot of wrapping paper or tape when you give one of these presents. This reduces waste.

“When you buy a green gift, it’s something special and it makes a difference in your community,” said Frayne.

Donating to this registered Canadian charity before the end of the 2022 calendar year may provide benefits at tax time. All donations of more than $20 are eligible to receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.

To donate now, or to order one of these special ‘gifts of nature’ and ‘gifts to the community’, please email info@abca.ca or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. People may also visit the Conservation Foundation web page: Foundation Donations to find out more.

HURON WAVES

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Terry McKenna performs as part of the most recent video created by the Huron Waves Music Festival. (Submitted photo)


Huron Waves aims to brighten people’s holidays with a special gift. “Music Makes the Season Bright 2022” is a new music video that launched on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

“It’s now an exciting annual tradition to bring together some wonderful musicians to celebrate the season,” said Artistic Director, John Miller. “This is the third holiday video for Huron Waves.”

The 2022 video will feature many holiday favorites. Kicking off the video with a short solo of “Psalm 98” is Terry McKenna who enjoys performing a wide range of musical styles on period and modern lutes. The Beard family from Wingham, ON add “What Child is This?” and a “Carol for a Christmas Tree” to the repertoire with cellist Thomas, Emily on harp, Kaitlin on flute and Marg on the keyboard. A Salvation Army brass ensemble, “Venabrass”, perform seasonal song “Sleigh Ride” and lead a sing-along to the holiday classics “Joy to the World”, “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night”. Showcasing the Casavant Organ in the First Presbyterian Church in Seaforth, Christopher Dawes adds “Sleepers Wake!” (Wachet auf) and “In dulci jubilo” to the dazzling program of seasonal music! Dawes also accompanies soprano Katy Clark on “O Holy Night” and Clark will also sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” accompanied by McKenna on guitar.

The videos are all professionally recorded and filmed by FauxPop Media of Goderich and funded in part by the Government of Ontario. Everyone is invited to view the video from the link on the website at www.huronwavesmusicfestival.ca or on YouTube. Five local cable channels: Hay Communications, Hurontel, Tuckersmith Communications, Quadro Telecom and Wightman Telecom will also present the video throughout the holiday season. Catch the holiday spirit. Let the music make the season bright with Huron Waves.

HURON HOSPICE

Wings of a Dove is a fundraiser to help pay for Loss and Grief Support at Huron Hospice. This essential Hospice program helps youth and adults learn to manage their grief.

According to Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director, “Everyone experiences loss. It’s only natural. When we do, we grieve. For some people grief becomes a difficult challenge. This kind of grief can affect the family, or school work or work on the job. When this happens, it is okay to say, ‘I need help’.”

This Christmas, Huron Hospice is asking people to join them and help fund the Loss and Grief Support Program so it can be offered at no cost to the participants. The last thing a family should have to think about at a challenging time is the cost of services. It’s all about making sure that support is in place for a family member who needs help.

According to Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development. “When Compass Minerals found out about the Wings of a Dove gift match, they asked if they could help and were pleased to join Merner Contracting (who were already matching). The match means gifts are doubled up to $19,000! A gift of $100 becomes $200 and $200 grows to $400. Helping young people and adults learn to manage their grief is an essential service for many families.”

Walker also commented, “Merner Contracting and Compass Minerals have invited other businesses to join them in the match. Giving feels good. It feels even better when you know your gift is doubled.”

People can join the Wings of a Dove fundraising effort by logging in to www.huronhospice.ca or calling 519 525-7352. 

It is important to remember if anyone feels like they are having a difficult time managing their grief, they should not hesitate to call Huron Hospice.They are available to help. Please call Sally at 519 525-6331.

RECOVERY FUND

Now more than ever, charities and nonprofits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and nonprofits as they build resilience by making investments in their people, organizations and program innovation.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit communityservicesrecoveryfund.ca and learn more about eligibility requirements, how to apply, explore resources and sign up for webinars in advance of the application period which runs January 6 to February 21, 2023.

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to be taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund.

HURON COUNTY MUSEUM

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 6,700 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 just four more sleeps until Christmas morning we decided to explore the Museum’s collection for some of Santa’s helpers and discovered a few delightful elves to share…

TRIO OF ELVES

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These three elves may possibly represent Snap, Crackle and Pop from Rice Krispies Cereal. They have felt bodies and rubber faces: one has a white tunic and leggings; one with a red and green tunic and leggings; and one with a red tunic and leggings.

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Doug and Gerney Bland acquired a large collection of Santas and Christmas decorations beginning in 1943, the year they were married. They continued collecting for the next 61 years of their marriage.

Many of the Santas were collected while travelling both personally and professionally. Some came from as far away as Honduras and Mexico, as well as many of the southern states including Tennessee, Florida and Texas.

The Blands collection of 300 Santa and Christmas ornaments were donated to the Museum in 2004.

ELF CANDLE SLIDE

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This is a red and green elf candle slide. It is made of plastic.

ELF ORNAMENT

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This elf tree ornament has a rubber head and a felt body with wire in legs and arms.

BAYFIELD LIONS CLUB

SMILES APLENTY AT TURKEY BINGO

PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

The skies were clear and the air crisp as people lined up to enter the Bayfield Community Centre for the long awaited return of the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s annual Turkey Bingo. For the first time since 2019, the Bayfield Lions were able to host this popular Christmas tradition in the village.

When Bingo Caller, Lion Tom Grasby welcomed everyone back a resounding cheer went up. The crowd was a wonderful mix of first time participants and veterans all with their Bingo dabbers at the ready.

As many public events reappear on the calendar, the Lions were gratified to see the wonderful turnout for the Bingo. With 174 in attendance, 16 turkeys were given out as prizes along with cash winnings for six lucky individuals. Due to the player’s enthusiasm to support two fine charitable causes the Share-the-Wealth games ranged from $97 to $185.

The Bayfield Lions extend thanks to all those who came out to play; the proceeds from the evening were split evenly between the Bayfield Area Food Bank and the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The club members wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! They look forward to seeing everyone again in April at the Home and Leisure Show.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Christmas is but four days away and the weather forecasters are predicting a winter storm is going to arrive just ahead of Santa Claus. Let’s hope Rudolph’s red nose is working at full power as the sleigh makes its rounds. 

The impending storm brings to mind the winter weather of a few decades ago when significant snowfall, cold temperatures and strong winds that go along with it were more commonplace. 

I remember one New Year’s Eve my parents were planning on going to a house party on the concession behind us when the weather closed in. Did they cancel their appearance at the party? No, they bundled up in their snowmobile suits, packed the potluck and festive beverages and climbed into the heated cab of our International tractor with snowblower attached and headed out. The snow continued well into the wee hours of the New Year, and I remember waking up about 3 a.m. to watch out the window as my Dad blew a path down the road for our neighbors to follow in their vehicles. He escorted everyone safely into their laneways that night. 

Of course, such outdoor adventures were made all the more pleasant by having a warm hearth to curl up by. 

At our home it was an old wood cookstove. I spent many an hour curled up in a warm spot on the floor between the stove and the outdoor wall. My backside was always a little chilly but my front was toasty warm. Listening to the wind whistle under the eaves outside I departed for countless adventures in the pages of a good book or sat and listened quietly to my elders talk of winter’s past and how they weren’t as harsh as they used to be. 

Weather forecasting has improved so much since those times recalled from my childhood. We know the storm is coming and hopefully can adjust accordingly to still have a happy, healthy and safe Christmas holiday. May yours be blessed with hope, peace, joy, love and warmth. – Melody 

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