The Bayfield Over 50 Mens Hockey League held a couple of tournaments with funds going to programming at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. Rob Dunn, the captain of the winning team, presented Bayfield Community Center Chair Bill Whetstone (left) with a cheque for $720 recently. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Over 50 Men’s Hockey League has been active of late both on and off the ice.
They recently donated the proceeds of two annual tournaments to the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and all the money raised will go toward paying for Kid’s Shinny and other programs at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
Rob Dunn, the captain of the winning team, presented Bayfield Community Center Chair Bill Whetstone with a cheque for $720.
Members of the Bayfield Over 50 Mens Ice Hockey League, l-r: Matt Becke, Brian Reed and Greg Aitken, pose with the purchased donations that were given to the Salvation Army to brighten the holiday season for a number of area youth. (Photo by Kathleen Smith)
In addition, the members of the five teams that comprise the Bayfield Over 50 League purchased items to be donated to the Salvation Army in Goderich to brighten the lives of youth aged 7-18 years at Christmas.
SUPER KITTY READY FOR HOME OF HER OWN
Opal (Submitted photo)
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.
Opal is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.
Opal is a Dilute Calico because of her soft colors. A traditional Calico is black, orange and white while a Dilute Calico is gray, peach and white.
“Opal is what we call a super kitty,” explained Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She came to us with two babies of her own and then took on foster babies as well. She was an amazing Mama.”
It was while she was nursing all these kittens that it was discovered that she had some severe dental issues. It took a while to book her for dental surgery and to get her weight up after nursing to ensure the operation would be an easy process. Since there was so much work to be done the procedure was divided into two parts.
“We are happy to say that she has recovered from both her surgeries and is in excellent condition,” said Penhale. “She is now ready to find her forever home and it should be noted that she is amazing with other cats, dogs and small children! She would be a fabulous addition to any family or a great companion.”
Opal is looking for her adoption wish to be granted, along with many other cats and kittens still waiting. Please contact BFF via email at 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.
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). They are currently closed for the holiday break but will resume regular hours tomorrow (Dec. 29) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PARTICIPANTS SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER ON BAYFIELD WALKABOUT
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The third annual Bayfield Walkabout Poker Walk held on Saturday, Dec. 17 was held with some of the participants really getting into the spirit of the day. They dressed up in silly seasonal costumes and strolled along the street sharing merriment with others – both the young and young at heart.
The weather was perfectly Christmasy and as they visited the eight participating shops and restaurants they tried their luck at creating a winning poker hand while also indulging in holiday treats, scrumptious food and an adult beverage or two.
This year participants were asked to pay a $5 entry fee with these funds being donated to a local charity. They could also bring a donation for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Purchases at the participating venues were not necessary but encouraged.
The participating shops and restaurants were: Olio Too, The Albion Hotel, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Lake House of Bayfield, Bayfield Brewing Co., Captain Harry’s Bar and Grill, The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique, and Market 29.
Staff at The Albion Hotel participated in the Walkabout which also coincided with the venue's Ugly Sweater Party.
A hot cocoa from Captain Harry's Bar and Grill was a delightful treat on a cold, crisp day.
This year participants were asked to pay a $5 entry fee with these funds being donated to a local charity. They could also bring a donation for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Purchases at the participating venues were not necessary but encouraged.
Staff at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters were ready for Walkabout participants to visit.
Walkabout participants enjoyed time in the Yurt at Ollio Too. (Photo by Garry Sitton)
Wildwood by the River represented during the Walkabout.
Sharing a charcuterie board at The Lake House of Bayfield.
Selecting a card at Market 29.
Indulging in a Hello Dolly from The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique.
Picking a card at The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique.
A tasty beverage at Bayfield Brewing Company could be enjoyed by Walkabout participants.
Bayfield Brewing Company was a Walkabout participant.
The third annual Bayfield Walkabout Poker Walk held on Saturday, Dec. 17 was held with some of the participants really getting into the spirit of the day.
PANTY DRIVE SUCCESS
Kara Sloetjes, Leonie Domage, Amy Saunders and Natalie Tarnawski, of the Bayfield Beauty Bar, held a “Panty Drive” recently and encouraged their guests to donate menstrual products or cash donations to be given to the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich. The foursome were delighted with the generosity of their patrons and wanted to pass on their thanks to all who contributed. The Bayfield Beauty Bar is located at 6 Bayfield Main Street North. (Submitted photo)
The Municipality of Bluewater would like to let everyone know that they have drop off locations again this year for Christmas trees. The service will be provided until Jan. 7. People can find full details here: Christmas Tree Disposal.
The Christmas Bird Count set for Tuesday, Dec. 27 has been rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 1 as a result of the recent Blizzard conditions.
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 Jan. 1st!” said Latour.
People who participate must conduct their count on Jan. 1st 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Submitted photo)
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.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) welcomes all to attend the first hike of the 2023 season at the Varna Nature Trails on Saturday, Jan. 14.
Hiking will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a free lunch in the Stanley Community Complex at noon. The event is free, open to the public, and no reservations are required. Voluntary donations to offset the cost of the lunch will be happily accepted.
Hikers may choose the 1 km Taylor Trail or the 2.5 km Mavis’ Trail, both guided by Hike Ontario-certified leaders. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. Ice cleats and a walking pole are recommended as the trails may be hard-packed with snow and ice.
Check-in will be indoors at the Stanley Complex located at 38572 Mill Road in Varna, 5 km east of Bayfield. A map can be found here: Mavis’-Taylor Trails. A light lunch will be offered at noon inside the Complex, where the full 2023 season will be announced.
Hikers may also choose to become members of the BRVTA or renew their memberships: the annual cost is unchanged at $20 for individuals or $30 for family.
For more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at email@example.com or 519 525-3205. See you on the trails!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The easiest way to request a tree planting and to learn more about this process if by visiting: Bluewater Tree Planting.
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!
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.
GODERICH, WINGHAM AND KINCARDINE HOSPITALS APPROVED FOR MRI MACHINES
Local politicians and hospital representatives for Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich and South Huron Hospital in Exeter joined MPP Lisa Thompson for some big announcements and equally large cheque presentations on Dec. 19. (Photo courtesy Myles Murdock)
On Dec. 19, Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce, was pleased to announce that through the Ontario Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, $7,748,621 will be invested in support of critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance for local hospitals.
“With this significant investment our government is committed to helping patients get the care they need, close to home,” said Thompson. “Investing in critical infrastructure and expanding access to diagnostic care is critical in rural Ontario where so many have to travel long distances to receive these services.”
As part of this investment the following organizations in or near the riding of Huron-Bruce will receive funding: Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Goderich, $133,552; Clinton Public Hospital, $516,055; Grey Bruce Health Services, $1,808,269; Hanover and District Hospital, $592,926; Seaforth Community Hospital, $728,183; South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $692,042; South Huron Hospital, Exeter, $2,602,808; and Wingham and District Hospital, $674,786.
In addition to the Health Infrastructure Renewal Funds, Thompson also announced during visits to Wingham, Goderich and Kincardine that their respective organization’s applications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines were approved. This funding will provide the three local Huron-Bruce hospitals with annual operating funding that will result in more convenient access to diagnostic imaging, eliminating the need to travel out of county to receive an MRI.
“Our government is ensuring hospitals across the province have the funds they need to operate their new MRI machines and increase access to diagnostic imaging for people in their communities,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones. “For some communities, this funding means they will have their first-ever MRI machine and residents will have more convenient access to care closer to home.”
This funding is part of the government’s investment of over $20 million to support the operations of 27 new MRI machines in hospitals across Ontario. With more MRI services throughout the province, patients can be diagnosed faster and if needed, begin treatment and follow-up care even sooner.
MRI is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take detailed pictures of organs and tissues in the body. MRIs are used to diagnose many health problems, including: brain injuries, heart disease and various tumours and cancers.
This funding brings the total investment in operational funding for new MRI machines to $40 million, increasing the government’s 2021-22 commitment to invest $30 million by an additional $10 million to help hospitals increase MRI capacity and services. In total, the province is providing operational funding for 49 new MRI machines in 42 hospitals across the province.
As part of the Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery, through the Surgical Recovery Strategy, the government is adding more than 150,000 one-time additional operating hours in 2022-23 for hospital-based MRI and CT machines, ensuring better and more equitable access to diagnostic imaging services.
The Ontario government is investing over $300 million in 2022/23 as part of the province’s surgical recovery strategy, bringing the total investment to approximately $880 million over the last three fiscal years.
FOOD INSECURITY FOCUS OF CHARITABLE GIVING BY EDWARD FUELS
Edward Fuels, A Division of McDougall Energy Inc. (Edward Fuels) has donated $8,000 toward four local organizations supporting individuals and families experiencing food insecurities this holiday season. Donations will go directly to the Kincardine Area Community Services Association – Christmas Hampers, Goderich Free Little Food Pantry, North Huron Community Food Share, and Huron County Christmas Bureau.
“McDougall Energy and Group of Companies is built on the support of communities we operate within, and we are committed to giving back to dedicated organizations that help make a difference every day,” said Darren McDougall, president of McDougall Energy Inc. “By supporting various food banks and Christmas Hamper programs in the regions we operate in, we hope to bring extra joy to children, families, and individuals who could use additional support this holiday season.”
These deserving organizations provide valuable programs and support services to many individuals and families in need – both year-round and during the holiday season. Edward Fuels is proud to contribute to their efforts to ensure households have food and gifts to open this Christmas. With the help of many volunteers, community support, and generous donations, these organizations help provide comfort to people of all ages and ease burdens caused by additional financial stress during this time of year.
Kincardine Community Services’ Christmas Hamper Program is designed to help individuals and families that need a helping hand during the holidays. Two hundred and thirty-four gift card Christmas Hampers were distributed on Friday, Dec. 9, supporting 559 families, children and individuals this holiday season.
The Goderich Free Little Pantries provide quick and easy access to food supplies. Pantries are located in three different outdoor locations in Goderich and are available 24/7 – 365 days a year.
The North Huron Community Food Share in Teeswater, ON is a community food bank supporting individuals experiencing food insecurities. Its goal is to provide healthy food choices, such as vegetables, fruit, local meat, dairy products, and pantry staples to those in need.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau based in Clinton has been supporting local families since 1967. Now in partnership with Rural Response for Health Children and the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society, the Huron County Christmas Bureau saw close to 500 families requesting support for over 1,100 children, which is an increase in demand over last year.
Edward Fuels is pleased to give back to the communities it operates within this holiday season.
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.
SOURCE PROTECTION COMMITTEE
A local committee working to protect drinking water sources is proposing updates to source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley areas.
The plans have been prepared under the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006, to protect municipal sources of drinking water and to ensure their sustainable use into the future. The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC) invites the public to review and comment on the proposed updates to these plans. Please submit written comments by Feb. 10 to email@example.com
The local committee developed the source protection plans and the Province of Ontario approved them in 2015. The plans need to be updated, according to the committee, because of recent changes. The wellhead protection area for Belgrave is updated to reflect a new water well. There are also minor changes to wellhead protection areas for Wingham, Palmerston, and Auburn. Policies in the plans are revised to reflect new provincial technical rules and to improve implementation. Key policy changes address road salt, fuel storage, and snow storage.
The proposed changes may affect properties close to municipal wells. For those who live or work in these vulnerable areas, plan policies may affect how and where certain activities which could impact drinking water sources can occur.
Matt Pearson, chair of the SPC, says people are invited to attend open houses, or a webinar, to learn more and to ask questions.
“Locally developed plans have helped to protect municipal drinking water sources since 2015,” he said. “It is now time to revise the plans to keep them current. We want the public to know about proposed changes to policies and we would like to hear people’s questions and comments.”
A short video featuring SPC member Allan Rothwell, describes some of the proposed changes. People can view the video, entitled, “Have your Say” here.
People are invited to find out more at the following public events:
Webinar – Wednesday, Jan. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Please pre-register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wingham Open House: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4:30-7 p.m., Hot Stove Lounge, North Huron Wescast Community Complex, 99 Kerr Drive.
Clinton Open House: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4:30-7 p.m., Board Room, Central Huron Community Centre Complex, 239 Bill Fleming Drive.
For more information or to review a paper copy of the documents please call source protection staff at 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 247.
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.
Pro Hockey Heroes in support of Huron Hospice will present a benefit hockey game where Former NHL All-Stars face off against the Goderich Firefighters at Maitland Recreation Centre on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
This exciting game starts at 2 p.m. and will feature members of the Goderich Fire Fighters facing off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes.
This game is in support of the Goderich Firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Hospice.
Tickets for the game start at $30 (plus HST) with additional discounts available by calling 1-888-777-9793.
HURON COUNTY MUSEUM
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.
Now that Christmas 2022 is in the past and all of the surprises under the tree have been revealed, we take a look back at a special toy in the Museum’s collection that one young girl may have found under her family Christmas tree many, many years ago…
HORSE PULL TOY
This is a pull toy in the form of a horse, with a hand-carved softwood frame. It is covered with black coarse burlap fabric that originally had a black fur-like wool finish, which has been worn away except on the chest, legs, and belly. This black fabric is neatly hand stitched over a light- colored burlap underlayer that is visible through tears. The body and neck are filled with a padding of wood shavings visible through worn spots. The horse has two brown leather ears and its forelock is a leather patch with real hair. The tail is made of coarse hair tied with thread. The muzzle is painted black with pink nostrils. Its wooden hooves are painted black. Fragile jute twine is tied loosely around the top of the neck as a pull. There are two repair patches: one is black velvet (8 x 6 cm) sewn onto the left side of the neck; one is ragged black lace (23 x 8 cm) sewn across the back. Rusty flat head nails are visible through the fabric.
The horse form stands on a medallion shaped base made from a single softwood board painted grey or white on top with pink or red around the edge. The base is unpainted underneath. The carved wooden hooves include round pegs (1.5 cm diameter) that fit through round holes in the base and are held in place with rusty flat head nails. Four metal wheels (5 cm diameter) are fixed onto wooden crossbars with screws and a nail.
American Horatio Hale, son of Sarah Josepha Hale, regularly visited Canada and consequently moved to Clinton after marrying Margaret Pugh whose father William was formerly the Justice of the Peace in Goderich Township. This toy is from the Hale home and belonged to Horatio’s daughter Florence.
Pull toy – side view with carpet cover.
Pull toy – side view without carpet cover.
Pulll toy – close up of head.
THE YOUNG CANUCKSTORIANS PROJECT CULMINATES IN GALA PREMIERE
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
In February of this year, Bayfield Guiding was invited to take part in an exciting opportunity by the Huron County Museum – “The Young Canuckstorians Project”. The Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers were asked to select from a list of historically significant Huron County women to research and write a script about with guidance from Sinead Cox at the Museum.
After a few weeks of dedicated work they made a visit to Faux Pop Station in Goderich where under the enthusiastic direction of on-air personality Roz Elliott and audio expert Andrew Bouck they became voice actors! Their voices were then lended to animated characters created to share the stories they wrote.
Canuckstorians is the brainchild of animator Mickey Maple who brought Bayfield Guiding’s characters to life while highlighting some exceptional people, both living and dead, that once called Huron County home. The projects were sponsored by Bruce Power, Goderich IODE and Local LiUNA 1059.
This fall the members of the Bayfield Guiding Canuckstorians were invited to become Guest Curators at the Museum to create an exhibit dedicated to the women they chose as their subjects: Goderich Gaol Matron Margaret Dickson (and her husband, Gaoler William); Cela Sloman (and her husband Fred); Maud Stirling, Dr. Jennie Smillie, Y-Dang Troeung, Alice Munro and Janet Cardiff. The youth researched artifacts in the museum’s collection that could best symbolize their subject – in some cases they borrowed items for better representation, such as two books from a fan of author Alice Munro. The items chosen ranged from a medical examination table circa 1899 to a Union Jack Flag. They then wrote brief descriptions of their artifacts that were professionally mounted on plaques to complete the display. A highlight of the experience was setting up the exhibit under the guidance of Cox. The Curator of Engagement & Dialogue took the youth behind the scenes and showed them how to find and catalogue a special item for their display – the Nursing Sisters uniform worn by Maud Stirling during the first World War.
Their exhibit was ready just in time for the Gala Premiere of the videos in The Young Canuckstorians Project which was held at the Museum on Nov. 26. In attendance were dignitaries, the project animator and members of the public. They were joined by the Bayfield Guiding Canuckstorians, their leaders and family members. Also present were the students and teacher from SOAR at the Avon Maitland District School Board who were also involved in the project, as well as their families. The SOAR students participated in the creation of three video projects: “The Tornado in 2011”, “The White Hurricane 1913”, and “The Harriet Brooks Story”. All attendees were treated to snacks, a fun Kahoot! Quiz highlighting their videos and plenty of praise from those involved in the project.
Cox who welcomed all to the event introduced Beth Rumble, County librarian and director of Cultural Services to those present. Rumble brought greetings on behalf of the Cultural Services Department and the County.
Rumble thanked Cox for coordinating the whole project and supporting the research process.
“I didn’t expect any less but I just want to congratulate you on once again doing a great job of pulling everything together,” Rumble said.
She shared that, “Four years ago, when we were developing our current strategic plan, one of the pieces of information we heard over and over when we were consulting with the public was concerns about engaging youth and increasing their awareness of the history of the area. When Sinead brought this project forward, it was an easy decision for many reasons but especially the opportunity to turn the reins over to the future of the County and tell our stories. What better way to teach youth about the history of Huron County than turning the tables and having them teach us! This experience has been fantastic at telling Huron County stories in a really unique way.”
Rumble went on to share why she loved the Canuckstorians project.
“First of all, it is such a treat to see these stories through the lens of local youth. You all did amazing, by the way. The stories that were selected and the research that was done was fantastic,” she said. “I will be the first to admit that almost each and every video taught me something that I didn’t know or had forgotten. Lastly, it is wonderful to see how everyone approached the storytelling in their own unique way. Great job!”
Rumble was given the honor of introducing Mickey Maple to the audience.
Mickey Maple is the pen name of Mike Collier – the writer and illustrator of a series of historical fiction graphic novels and the creative behind the website: www.canadianhistoryforkids.com.
“I developed a website that celebrated Canadians, on a webpage and a fictitious newspaper called the ‘Northern Nugget’. I looked at the famous and the infamous. The rule makers and breakers, the arts, entertainment and our sports heroes. The disasters and those amazing moments that helped shape our land and our amazing story!”
His graphic novels feature such topics as the Underground Railway, John McRae, The Bluenose, and Laura Secord.
According to Maple, The Young Caunckstorian Project was started to help budding young authors, researchers and artists tell the stories of their hometowns.
“The project originally started to help kids write and illustrate graphic novels but because of COVID it has morphed into this animated series and I couldn’t be more happy. Now these stories can be shared with other kids across Canada!”
Maple noted that as much as he revelled in writing the stories and illustrating them and how proud he was to do readings in schools across the province or hold a book signing at Chapters he is even more proud to be able to help youth become writers and illustrators.
He extended congratulations on the results of the video projects to Bayfield Guiding members Mekka, Ariya, Riley, Clara, Valerie, Joceyln, Kayla, Crystal, Leora and Ella as well as SOAR students, Leah, Corryn, Ben, Rowan and Cooper.
He concluded, “Congratulations! You are young Canuckstorians who have shared these amazing stories to all kids and grown ups across the country and I am so proud of you. It is a win-win for this small town guy. I get to see the joy of new published authors and you have taught me about the amazing history of Huron County. Thank you.”
Guide Ariya volunteered to speak on behalf of her fellow Bayfield Guiding members who participated in the Young Canuckstorians Project.
“I would like to thank all those who made this experience possible and especially Sinead from the Huron County Museum for inviting us to take part,” Ariya said. “From researching our historic women, composing and learning our scripts, becoming voiceover actors with help from Roz and Andrew at Faux Pop Studios, to seeing how Mickey Maple transformed us into animated characters has truly been a very memorable and rewarding exercise and is sure to be a highlight of our Guiding careers.”
Three of the Bayfield Guiding member’s subjects were living at the time of the project completion and two of them – Janet Cardiff and Y-Dang Troeung viewed the finished projects and sent back positive feedback to the creators who were very excited by their response. Sadly, Y-Dang Troeung died on Nov. 27 but she leaves behind a vast legacy of helping newcomers to Canada. And it is hoped that these videos about Huron Hometown Heroes will bring even more awareness on how these amazing women have contributed to the community and beyond.
On-air personality Roz Elliott encourages a member of Bayfield Guiding during their time in the spotlight.
Audio expert Andrew Bouck at Faux Pop Station recorded the Guides as they read from the scripts that they researched and wrote on their Huron Hometown Hero.
In early June, members of the Bayfield Guiding Canuckstorians team visited Faux Pop Station in Goderich where under the enthusiastic direction of on-air personality Roz Elliott (left) they became voice actors!
The Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the Huron County Museum, Sinead Cox, showed the Bayfield Guiding members the artifacts that they selected as Guest Curators.
The Nursing Sisters uniform worn by Bayfield's Maud Stirling during WWI was used in a display created by members of the Bayfield Guiding Canuckstorians team in early November.
Another artifact chosen for The Young Canuckstorians Project exhibit was an amplifier circa 1950. It was selected to represent sound artist Janet Cardiff. The youth learned how to safely handle artifacts while setting up the display.
Bayfield Guiding members fine tuned their exhibit that is currently on display at the Huron County Museum to promote The Young Canuckstorian Project.
Sinead Cox, curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the Huron County Museum, took Bayfield Guiding members behind the scenes and showed them how to find and catalogue a special item for their display - the Nursing Sisters uniform worn by Maud Stirling during the first World War.
Beth Rumble, Huron County librarian and director of Cultural Services brought greetings on behalf of the Cultural Services Department and the County during the Gala Premiere of the Huron Hometown Heroes videos.
Mickey Maple the creative behind The Young Canuckstorian Project spoke to those gathered for the Gala Premiere of the Huron Hometown Heroes videos held on the afternoon of Nov. 26 at the Huron County Museum.
Bayfield Guiding members wrote brief descriptions of their artifacts that were then professionally mounted on plaques to complete the display.
Mickey Maple and a few of the Bayfield Guiding Canuckstorians team that attended the premiere with their families.
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My step-daughter found a treasure at a thrift store recently. A copy of the Eaton’s Christmas Catalogue from 1975. She brought it to the farm for the holidays as she thought I might enjoy browsing through it. She wasn’t wrong. While I was flipping through its pages a piece of paper with a handwritten note fell out of the book and onto the floor. Written in neat cursive was “Last Issue – This will be valuable. Be sure to keep.” Well the former owner managed to keep the catalogue in good condition for more than 40 years before it found its way to the thrift shop but my step-daughter only paid $1 for it. However, the note wasn’t wrong. This catalogue, the last Christmas themed one Eaton’s ever produced, does have its value – albeit sentimental.
The Christmas catalogue generally arrived in our mailbox on the first Friday in September at the start of the new school year. It was there waiting for me on the kitchen table when I got off the bus. I devoured every single page with the toy section receiving the most reverence. What delights would comprise my wish list for the upcoming Christmas season? In looking through this catalogue I discovered several items that I must have put on my wish list because I still have quite a few of them and remember other items with fond nostalgia.
Disclaimer: I am unable to verify if these are indeed the items that I received in Christmas 1975 as the photo album from that time period is proving difficult to locate. I feel the amount of toys I found in the catalogue that I had, or still have, would have been extremely generous to receive all in one year no matter how good I was! But I did receive these items as gifts in the mid-70s. I thought you might enjoy learning what toys and games caught my attention and just how much they cost my Mother – a devoted catalogue shopper!
My Christmas gifts from the mid-70s: Buckaroo, the game, $5.79; Crokinole board, $12.99; View-Master Disney Pack, $5.99; two-real working phones, $9.99; deluxe farm set, $12.99; two-way walkie-talkies, $19.99; Canadian Olympic Barbie, $2.99; Barbie case, $4.29; beginner’s sewing machine, $9.99; and a toy cash register, $6.49.
Sending sincere wishes for a happy healthy New Year to all our readers! – Melody
P.S. In doing some research I learned that the Eaton’s Spring-Summer Catalogue for 1976 was the last one ever produced by the company. Eaton’s declared bankruptcy in 1999 signalling the end of an era for many Christmas shoppers…
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