BAYFIELD MEWS KNITTING GROUP SUPPORTS PROJECT LINUS
Members of the Bayfield Mews Knitting Group display the fruits of their labor – 20 blankets to be donated to Project Linus Canada. From l-r: Sally Koonce, Penny Beacock, Diane Leonard, Cathie Ross, Kathleen Siertsema, Rachel St. Aubin, and Barb Smyth. (Submitted photos)
A blanket is like a hug when you need it the most.
The members of the Bayfield Mews Knitting Group have been busy this past fall knitting, crocheting and quilting blankets to donate to Project Linus Canada’s London, Ontario Chapter.
According to the organization’s website, Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of the organization’s effort and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need of security.
The goal of Project Linus is to provide a blanket of security to children facing substantial distress in their lives. Although originally focused on cancer patients, Project Linus Canada has expanded its focus to include any seriously ill or traumatized child. Their website also noted that the list of recipients grows daily.
The members of the Bayfield Mews Knitting Group have a lot of fun together while creating their blankets. Sharing a laugh are l-r: Rachel St. Aubin, Sally Koonce, Cathie Ross, Barb Smyth, Ginny Steckle, Diane Leonard and Penny Beacock.
The members of the Bayfield Mews Knitting Group have completed 14 blankets and six small quilts. These will soon be dropped off at Fabricland, located on Wonderland Road in London, where they will be distributed to needy children up to the age of 18.
“This will be an ongoing project for these gals, as there is a great need for them,” said Cathie Ross, a member of the knitting group. “Patterns are usually quite simple, so the group can continue to chit chat without making too many mistakes.”
The Bayfield Mews Knitting Group would be happy to accept donations of 100 per cent acrylic yarn for this cause. For more information please email Cathie Ross at email@example.com.
BLUE BAYFIELD LOOKING FORWARD TO EARTH DAY COMMUNITY EVENTS
At the Apr. 22 event, Blue Bayfield will present a brief overview of their book, “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning”, a look at the many threats to the lakes and what individuals can do to prevent further degradation. (Submitted photo)
“At no time in history has it been more important for all humans to take stock of our behaviour as it relates to Mother Earth. Storms, floods, fires, droughts in every corner of the globe. While there is a limit to what an individual can do for many of these devastating events, we can think globally and act locally. We can make a difference in our home and communities,” said Ray Letheren, representing Blue Bayfield.
He added, “Earth Day is a time for us to resolve to make a change, or make further changes, in our relationship with Mother Earth.”
On Apr. 22, Blue Bayfield and its many partners are hosting a full day of activities that will highlight what people can do to reduce their impact on the planet and also to celebrate their bond with nature.
The morning will be highlighted with a hike on the Woodland Trail. It will be led by Michele Martin, an authority on woodlands and watersheds. This will be followed by a village cleanup. Both these events are hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.
Over the lunch period, local eateries will serve delicious food with a focus using local produce.
“The afternoon will feature a full program at St. Andrew’s United Church with presentations about our waters and our relationship to earth,” said Letheren.
Performances by the Bayfield Ukulele Society, The Glee Sisters as well as a cello-piano duet will be given between presentations.
Blue Bayfield will present a brief overview of their book, “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning”, a look at the many threats to the lakes and what individuals can do to prevent further degradation. Following this, the keynote speaker will be Alexandra Ho, a Canadian representative at COP27, the UN Climate Change Conference held last November in Egypt. She is a University of Waterloo student in the Master of Climate Change program with a background in Psychology and English Literature. She focuses on understanding the relationships between climate change communications and behavioural choice-making as well as the impacts of climate change on mental health and psychological wellbeing, particularly among youth.
Whilst the older set enjoy these performances and presentations, over in Pioneer Park, children will be engaged in Earth Day activities with the guidance of Janneke Vorsteveid, who is respected for her work with youth through her program, Seeds Rooted in Youth.
At the conclusion of the day’s events, participants will be provided with white pine tree seeds and growing material. When these trees are mature, they will produce enough oxygen for two people and absorb 10 kg of CO2 per year.
All events are free and everyone is welcome. Donations for seeds would be appreciated. This will truly be a day to remember!
TRAIL ASSOCIATION LEADS SATURDAY WINTER WALKS AT VARNA
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) recently announced its 2023 hiking season. Twenty-four hikes and events are planned from now through October (to view the full list please view Issue 706 of the Bayfield Breeze).
From now through Feb. 25, Guided Winter Walks will be offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails. Participants are asked to meet at the Varna Community Centre, 1 km west of Varna, to hike the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail. These walks will be between 1 km and 3.5 km and last an hour or less, depending on the group and the weather.
This year’s hikes include the fourth annual International Women’s Day Hike (March 4), the third annual Indigenous People’s Day Hike (June 17), and the first annual Pride Hike (June 3).
The BRVTA will also support the Earth Day Village Litter Walk (Apr. 22), the Terry Fox Run (Sept. 17), and the Candlelight Walk in support of Huron Hospice (Apr. 1).
Guest guides George Ebers, Jordan George, Dave Gillians, Denise Iszczuk, Michele Martin, Dave Pullen, Robert Tremain, and David Yates will offer their expertise on topics from wildflowers to Admiral Bayfield.
All hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration, unless noted otherwise. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page, and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact hike coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It should be noted that the Woodland Trail is closed twice a year during hunting season. In 2023 those dates will be Nov. 6-12 and Dec. 4-10.
RESCUE GRATEFUL FOR DONATIONS
Donations both large and small are what help Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) succeed in their efforts in supporting cats and kittens in need.
The volunteers at BFF are so very grateful to the Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company for their most generous donation of $1,000. They also appreciate those people who contributed to last week’s Second Annual Betty White Challenge raising $450 for the Rescue’s work. BFF volunteers are always touched by the generosity of the community, E-transfer donations can be made via the email address below.
BFF has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now.
Skittles is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.
This feisty little girl had a rough start and has had lots of hurdles to cross but according to her adoring foster mom hurdle jumping is now something she excels at.
“She came to us as a young kitten along with four siblings,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Unfortunately two succumbed to illness but this little fighter has pulled through and will be looking for her forever home soon.”
According to Penhale, Skittles does still get the zoomies. “But honestly that’s one of the best things about kittens. They go full tilt and then crash and pass out in the most peculiar places.”
Anyone who is looking for a spectacularly spirited, adorable, well- socialized, tough little cookie who loves to purr, play fetch with her crinkle ball, give kitty kisses and cuddle, Skittles fits the bill!
To learn more about adopting Skittles 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.
Skittles (Submitted photos)
Skittles is just one of the lovely cats waiting for their forever homes through Bayfield Forgotten Felines.