DINNER OF GRATITUDE RECOGNIZED VILLAGE FIRST RESPONDERS AND SPOUSES
On Saturday evening, Oct. 28, the Bayfield Wedding Inn and Spa (Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast) hosted a “Dinner of Gratitude” for the members and their spouses of the Bayfield station of Bluewater Fire Services as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who serve the village and area.
“We could never thank our first responders enough especially when most of them are volunteers,” said Innkeeper Mary Hughes, who organized the evening.
Hughes said the event was inspired by an episode of news program “W5” that she viewed in the spring which offered an exposé on volunteer fire services in Canada. The episode left her feeling concerned about the future of volunteer fire services in the country.
“I wanted to do something to show appreciation because sometimes it’s not always about the money. It’s about appreciation; letting everyone know how important they are to us,” she said.
The volunteer firefighters, EMS and their spouses were treated to a culinary dinner prepared by Hughes’ chef and culinary team.Volunteers in the community served both dinner and drinks to the guests of honor.
“Thank you to my team for cooking a beautiful culinary dinner, our bartenders for serving great drinks and of course our (Bluewater) Mayor Paul Klopp who offered a few words and Ben Lobb our MP (Huron-Bruce) who came to greet everyone,” said Hughes.
Hughes explained that merchants and friends in the village and surrounding area donated generous gifts so that each spouse of a service person is shown some appreciation as well as they too give endless support.
Hughes is hopeful that other local communities will learn about this event and be inspired to do the same for their volunteer services.
All who attended the "Dinner of Gratitude" held on Oct. 28 at the Bayfield Wedding Inn and Spa (Bayfield Boutique Bed & Breakfast) took a moment out of the festivities to pose for a group picture to commemorate the event. (Photo courtesy Dianne Brandon)
John Westerman and Mary Hughes, owners of the Bayfield Wedding Inn and Spa (Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast) located at 12 The Square in Bayfield hosted a "Dinner of Gratitude" for local first responders on the evening of Oct. 28. Joining them at this special event was MP for Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb and Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp. (Photo courtesy Dianne Brandon)
BAYFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE TO OFFER BEFORE AND AFTER PROGRAM IN NEW YEAR
It has become apparent that the Municipality of Bluewater is in desperate need of daycare as well as before and after school programs. It has recently been discussed at Bluewater Council the severity of the lack of accommodation.
The Bayfield Community Center, which is operated by a not for profit organization, has heard the call and has stepped up to help.
The Bayfield Community Centre is very excited to announce that, beginning in January 2024, they will be offering a Before and After School Program at the Community Centre, Monday to Friday from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Bussing will be provided to these students enrolled and a form will be available to those parents once Registration is confirmed. This program will have 20 spaces in each program ( a.m. and p.m.) and parents can register on the Google form link on the Bayfield Arena Website located at the top of the page.
Both before and after school programs will incorporate the four foundations of learning: Expression, Well Being, Engagement and Belonging. Students will also be given a simple snack at both sessions.
The Bayfield Community Centre is excited to be offering this program to the residents of the Village of Bayfield and surrounding areas. With limited space they are asking parents to register quickly.
Registration in a monthly link will be sent out to parents. This Google form will be filled out each month to reserve a space in the program. Bussing for students has also been arranged for this program.
Anyone who would like more information on this program is asked to please contact Emma Campbell at Bayfieldbasp@gmail.com.
To learn more or to register for the session from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2nd please go to: Bayfield’s BASP January Registration Form
Organizers are excited to meet all of the students and families in this new program.
THOMPSON RECEIVES DISTRICT HONOR FOR WORK WITH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
District 8 Youth Award Recipient, Cate Thompson, with a feathered friend. (Photo courtesy Ontario Farmer Magazine)
Exciting news for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) as one of their youth volunteers won a special award at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) District 8 on Oct. 24.
This year the AGM was held in Milverton, ON and Cate Thompson of Bayfield was chosen from all the nominations to receive the District 8 Youth Award. District 8 consists of the 12 Societies in Huron and Perth.
The District 8 Youth Award is given to acknowledge youth taking charge and demonstrating an interest in the betterment of their Agricultural Society. The award recognizes the impact that youth members have and celebrates the importance of youth within all agricultural societies.
Cate began volunteering with the BAS when she was in elementary school by helping with the Friday night dinner and the Jamboree on Sunday. Over the years, she has become much more involved with the Bayfield Community Fair and now has a vast knowledge of how the Fair works, where things go, where the help is needed, and the people organizing it. Cate can be found just about anywhere during the Fair doing a variety of tasks that need immediate attention, without having to be asked.
Currently in her second year at the University of Guelph, Cate is majoring in Biological Science with a minor in Agriculture but still finds time to join the Ag Society meetings by ZOOM. Cate is the daughter of Kimberley Thompson, who is also a Fair volunteer, and granddaughter of Catherine Thompson who ran Camborne House B&B in Bayfield.
Each local fair has some competitions in which the winner has the honor of competing at the district level. If they win at the district level, they move forward to compete at the provincial level (a major honor). These competitions were held and judged at the District 8 AGM. Of the five eligible entries from Bayfield, three came home with ribbons. In the category of Hand-stitched Quilt, 2nd prize went to Teresa Hendriks. In the category of Junior (K-Gr. 4) Poster, 2nd prize went to Isa Wigchers-van Boheemen. Last but certainly not least, in the category of Youth Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1st prize went to Jackson Hivert.
The BAS offers sincere congratulations to Cate on her well-deserved recognition and to the winners of the individual competitions. However, Jackson’s baking days are not over! With 1st prize at both the Bayfield Fair and at the district level, he now has the privilege of competing at the provincial level against the winners in that category of 14 other districts throughout Ontario. Winners of the provincial level competition will be announced at the OAAS annual convention in February 2024.
In addition to all the competitions and awards, there was also a general meeting that was fairly quickly dealt with. District 8 Provincial Director Jentje Steenbeek brought greetings from the OAAS. A wonderful evening of friendship and fellowship was had by all.
Teresa Hendriks won 2nd prize for this exquisite hand-stitched quilt. This image provides some of the closeup detail in this prize-winning quilt. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)
Each local fair has some competitions in which the winner has the honor of competing at the district level. In the category of Youth Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1st prize went to Jackson Hivert. This means that Jackson's baking days are not over! With 1st prize at both the Bayfield Fair and at the district level, he now has the privilege of competing at the provincial level against the winners in that category of 14 other districts throughout Ontario. (Submitted photo)
THE PLOT THICKENS AT THE LIBRARY
Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series at the Bayfield Branch Library on Nov. 18.
The Bayfield Branch Library is offering two author events and a movie matinee during the month of November.
The first “Author Talk” will be held at the library on Thursday, Nov. 2 in celebration of “I Read Canadian Day”. Local author Rick Hundey will be the special guest. He will be discussing the sixth and most recent book in his Jack Beer mystery series, “One Last Fix”.
This one hour presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. and a limited number of Hundey’s books will be available for purchase.
In honor of Remembrance Day the library will be showing “The Trench” in the library starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.
It is June 1916, the British Army is planning a big offensive in the Somme region in France. This PG-13 film follows a platoon of British soldiers as they sit in a forward trench, anxiously awaiting the order to go over the top. The movie stars Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw and Paul Nicholls
People who wish to view the film are asked to register by emailing email@example.com or phoning 519 565-2886.
The second scheduled “Author Talk” is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 and will feature another local author and coincidentally a local librarian! On this day, Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series, “The Creature Collection” (featuring The Creature Collection and “The Curious Case of the Canadian Cryptids”).
For one hour starting at 10 a.m. visitors to the library can have their burning questions about sasquatches, garden gnomes, swamp monsters, and more answered, plus they can pick up their free activity book, and have their book signed! In addition, a limited number of copies of books will also be available for purchase.
Those who wish to attend Greave’s presentation are asked to register by email or by phone at the contact information listed above.
The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main St. North.
This movie from 1999 is an excellent way to remember in November.
Local author Rick Hundey will be discussing the sixth and most recent book in his Jack Beer mystery series, “One Last Fix” at the Bayfield Branch Library on Nov. 2. (Submitted photos)
TEEN TABBIES OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY POTENTIAL ADOPTERS
Pluto (sitting up far left) and his teenager buddies are all at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines wishing for forever homes. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) remain busy after a very successful Adoptathon held over the weekend of Oct. 21-22 at the Goderich Pet Valu.
“People are still looking for that perfect kitten or older cat to make their family complete. As they meet and greet our felines though it is often the ‘teenagers’ that are overlooked. These teens are the cats born in early spring or even last season. They don’t have the same ‘cute’ factor of the little ones but may still be too rambunctious for people seeking an older sedate cat,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.
In fact, according to Pounder, this is the perfect age to adopt.
“They are still kittens – full of play, curiosity and fun, but they have settled into their personalities so you know exactly what you are getting. A lap is still welcome for a pet and cuddle and they can be the best snugglers. In addition, most of our teenagers are tabbies, the more uniquely marked cats already being adopted. If you take the time to really get to know our crazy teens, you will find amazing cats that are ready to give you their lifelong love, with some beautiful tabby markings.”
People are invited to come visit, sit awhile and get to know these fantastic teen tabbies – all of which are our Adopt a BFFs of the week! A furry family member may be among them. To make an appointment to visit, reach out to BFF through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.
In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.
To view the items on the list please visit: BFF Wish List.
Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.
LOCALS EMBRACE SPOOKY SEASON
On Saturday, Oct. 28, members of the community, 14 residents in all, got into the Halloween spirit and they had so much fun out and about that they want to encourage more people to join them next year.
“We dressed in our Halloween costumes and headed to the Main Street of our fabulous town of Bayfield,” said Mike Dietrich, an event participant. “We visited five of the restaurant/bar establishments to share in some drinks, appetizers, dancing and great times together.”
“We hope our numbers will get larger every year. We met other community members and shared stories and admired each other’s costumes,” said Jayne Dietrich, who also took part.
The couple noted that at The Albion Hotel all of the servers were dressed up and looked fantastic.
“Thanks for the fun evening Bayfield. This town is amazing,” concluded Jayne Dietrich.