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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 772 Week 18 Vol 15

April 24, 2024

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Issue 772 Week 18 Vol 15
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GENEROUS COMMUNITY SUPPORTS FOOD BANK AT HOME AND LIFESTYLE SHOW

Members of the Bayfield Lions Club and volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank wheeled 10 carts of groceries to the Bayfield Lions Municipal Building on the morning of Apr. 22. The donations were provided by visitors to the Home and Lifestyle Show held over the weekend.

PHOTOS BY JACK PAL

The Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show, held on Saturday, Apr. 20-21 at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, was a tremendous success that brought the community together in support of a noble cause.

The event raised an impressive $2,362 in cash donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB), along with 10 grocery carts filled with essential items. Following the conclusion of the show, members of the Bayfield Lions Club, alongside BAFB President Claire Trepanier, delivered the 10 carts to the food bank on the morning of Monday. Apr. 22.

This generous contribution will go a long way in supporting those in need within the community.

Tony Van Bakel, the chair of the Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show, expressed his gratitude and excitement, when he said, “We are thrilled that our community came together to support such a great cause. The success of the Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show is a testament to the generosity of our community.”

The Bayfield Lions Club would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. Their support and generosity will make a significant difference in the lives of those who rely on the BAFBfor assistance.

“Together, we can continue to make a positive impact and create a stronger, more caring community,” said Van Bakel.

Trepanier expressed her thanks to the Lions Club for their support.

“BAFB would like to thank the Lions Club for their support in promoting the Food Bank at the Home and Lifestyle Show. We are very appreciative to the community for your food and monetary donations.   Bayfield is a village with a long history built on finding strength through community. Thank you Bayfield,” Trepanier said.

She was also indebted to the BAFB volunteers for their support of the event.

“Our volunteers also reflect the kindness in our community,” she concluded.

WALKWAY TO RIVER FLATS PROJECT AWARDED WITH SOME MONEY STILL TO BE RAISED

At the site of the planned pedestrian walkway, at Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, project partners meet for pre-construction planning. In the photo, holding a shovel, is Jack Pal, of Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Construction of the walkway is planned to start in late April and continue until mid to late May and the nature area will be closed to public access during this construction phase. A community fundraising campaign resulted in $65,000 in donations for the pedestrian walkway. The fundraising team is encouraging continued donations to raise the additional $5,000 needed to cover the actual cost of the construction, which is about $70,000. (Submitted photo)

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) called for tenders, in March of 2024, for construction of the pedestrian walkway to the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. The successful contractor is VanDriel Excavating Inc.

A pre-construction meeting was held on site, in April, with representatives from B. M. Ross and Associates Limited (engineering), HTLTC, Hydro One, VanDriel Excavating Inc. and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

The BRVTA manages the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area property, which is owned by HTLTC through the generous donations of the community.

The contractor plans to begin construction of the walkway by the end of April. The plan is to have the construction completed by mid to late May. The property will be closed to all public access during construction.

The creation of a new pedestrian walkway will mean people don’t have to drive from Bayfield to reach the nature area. They will be able to walk to the nature area without having to cross the highway.

The cost to construct the walkway is about $70,000. A community fundraising campaign has raised almost enough to cover the cost of the project but there is still $5,000 left to raise.

The project partners say they plan to begin construction this spring. In the meantime, they are looking for options to close the funding gap and encourage donations. The project team expressed thanks for the generosity of the community to date and also thanked B. M. Ross and Associates Limited for their ongoing contribution to the project.

The fundraising campaign remains open should anyone wish to donate and help move the project closer to the finish line. Donations are eligible for a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). There are recognition opportunities for various donor levels.

To learn more about the Bayfield River Flats Walkway project, or to donate, visit: Bayfield River Flats.

The BRVTA is leading the walkway fundraising project. The Bayfield River Flats Natural Area is permanently protected by the HTLTC as habitat for wildlife and as a recreation destination.

To find out more visit their websites: HTLTC Properties and Bayfield Trails.

SEVENTY-FIVE DAYS TO 75TH PIONEER PARK RUMMAGE SALE AND SILENT AUCTION

Bargain hunters and treasure seekers are the reason the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction has been a successful venture for 75 years. There are just 75 days remaining until folks line up to enter the arena once more! (Photo by John Pounder)

The countdown is officially on! In 75 days, the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will take place. This year is particularly special because it marks the 75th anniversary of the Sale, making it one of the largest and longest running Rummage Sales in North America.

Pioneer Park was the vision of a half dozen local villagers who saw the need to preserve this beautiful land for the future. The same visionaries also created the means to support this idea: the Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

This sale is the largest event fundraiser and most consistent source of funding for the Park. It takes money to keep the park a safe and inviting space to gather, to sit in the sun, take in a yoga class, have a picnic, play games, access the beach, or just to enjoy the unbeatable lake views and world famous sunsets.  Memories are made there. It relies heavily on the revenue from the Rummage Sale, so everyone is invited to make the 75th year the most successful ever!  

This event, held at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, is eagerly anticipated and attended by all ages.  It is exciting and fun! It draws the community together, and it is the best form of recycling for those unused items that still have a lot of life. Donated treasures are sold at bargain basement prices, and all proceeds collected from the sale go toward the upkeep and improvements of the community’s cherished Pioneer Park.  

“If you are spring-cleaning or just doing a purge of items that are still useful, now is the time to start a rummage pile. You have 75 days to gather your treasures,” said  Catherine Tillmann, member of Team Rummage. “Things that last take time to grow.  Everyday we see the proof of it in our park, and every year we feel the joy of it at our annual sale.”

Volunteers are lined up and will be ready to price items for the sale.  Donations can be dropped off at the Quonset hut, located at 76614 Bluewater Road on the following dates: June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 6,  from 9 a.m. until noon.  

The actual sale takes place on Friday, July 12.  The outdoor sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Arena opening at 6:30 p.m. 

As the 75th year anniversary approaches, the committee wanted to hear stories or memories of the Rummage Sale through the years. Jeffery Cucksey, a member of Team Rummage shared the following success story from his nephew. 

 “In early 2022, my nephew, Ben Van Egmond, built a new summer cottage/home in Port Albert.  Ben was looking for deals to furnish the new house. As we, Jeffrey Cucksey and Luc Bedard, were new to Bayfield, and were volunteering for the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, we suggested that they come to the sale to see if there was anything they might need.”

To capture their experience at the Rummage Sale, Cucksey asked Van Egmound a series of questions that follow: 

Cucksey: What drew you to the rummage sale?

Van Egmond: We had family that lived in the village and it was suggested to us that we check it out, we were building a cottage at the time and needed items to fill it with.

Cucksey: What did you buy?  

Van Egmond: We bought much more than we were expecting to, a wide variety of items, from furniture to kitchen items. We ended up with garden tools, stereo equipment, floor lamps, games and toys for the kids, bicycles, power tools, art and decorative items, even a playground slide. That was just what we ended up with as there was so much more that was available. I don’t know how much we actually saved but the value of the items we collected had to have been at least $3,000-$5,000 in value and we likely spent around $300 at the rummage sale that year.  

Cucksey: What was your experience at the Rummage Sale?

Van Egmond: The summer sale of 2023 we brought the kids aged three and six years old with us. I gave my 6-year-old a budget of $10 and told her to negotiate with the staff for any toys that she wants. It went a long way to teaching her the proper way to negotiate with people. She was very excited because she walked away with quite a few toys for that money. 

Cucksey: Are you and the family going again to the Rummage Sale?

Van Egmond: Yes, we had a good time and you never know what treasures will show up.

Cucksey: Would you recommend your friends/neighbours to go to the rummage sale?  How would you describe the Rummage Sale to them?

Van Egmond: Yes, I would recommend that everyone have a look, it’s a great community event, it benefits local parks and it’s a great idea to reduce waste in the landfill for items that might otherwise end up there. Again, you might end up with something you never knew you always wanted. 

So many people have so many memories. Organizers would  love to hear these stories.   Please share memories in an email to wendyfredricks@aol.com.  Some of these stories may be selected for publishing in the weeks leading up to the 75th Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

TRIBUTES TO STEELY DAN, SIR ELTON JOHN AND QUEEN AMONG THE ENTERTAINMENT OFFERED

“Pretzel Logic” a tribute to “Steely Dan” will perform on Sunday, June 30th at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photos)

The Bayfield Town Hall has a great line-up of concerts again this year, featuring four tribute bands and a founding member of “Great Big Sea”. The funds from these shows will be used toward the ongoing operation and maintenance of the hall.

“The Bayfield Town Hall concerts are put on by the Board of Directors of the hall to cover all of the costs to maintain and operate the Town Hall. We receive no funding from the municipality,” said Diane Snell, president of the Board of Directors. “People may not realize that all capital costs, such as the furnace, elevator, and any major repairs plus operating expenses including, heat, hydro, maintenance and minor repairs are paid for entirely through the funds that are raised through concerts and hall rentals.  We greatly appreciate the support from the community by attending these concerts and renting the hall for private events and gatherings.”

The concert lineup this year includes two outdoor shows on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall, “Pretzel Logic”, Sunday, June 30th and the “The Woodstock Experience”, Saturday Aug. 3rd; plus “Simply Queen Live” and “Sir Elton’s Greatest” at the Bayfield Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), Saturday, Aug. 17; and an indoor concert at the hall on Nov. 1st featuring Sean McCann.

Pretzel Logic performs the music of “Steely Dan” blending their undeniable elements of rock, jazz, Latin music, R&B, blues and cryptic/ironic lyrics. The lineup includes hit songs ranging from “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”, “My Old School” and “Hey Nineteen” to the masterful “Kid Charlemagne”, “Deacon Blues” and “Gaucho”, to name a few.

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Woodstock and back by popular demand,  The Woodstock Experience returns featuring Cheryl Lescom, Chuckee Zehr, Rick Taylor, Dylan Wickens, Dale Ann Brendon, and Mark Shickluna. People are encouraged to break out their hippie style clothing for this one!

For both Pretzel Logic and The Woodstock Experience the gates to the town hall grounds will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and people are asked to bring their own lawn chair for these performances.

The Bayfield Town Hall and the BAS are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands!  Simply Queen Live faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s iconic songs that have made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and Sir Elton’s Greatest, starring Edward Greene, brings to life the essence of the legendary musician in an evening that promises to be an unmissable musical extravaganza.

The gates at the Fairgrounds will open at 6:30 p.m with the performances starting at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. People are asked to bring their own lawn chair.

Then looking ahead to November the music will move indoors at the town hall with Sean McCann who joined forces with Darrell Power, Alan Doyle, and Bob Hallett to form Great Big Sea, a band that revolutionized traditional Newfoundland music and captivated audiences worldwide.

Great Big Sea’s meteoric rise to fame saw them become one of Canada’s most beloved musical exports, with a string of platinum-selling albums and countless memorable live shows. McCann’s songwriting and powerful vocals were integral to the band’s success, earning them legions of dedicated fans and critical international acclaim. Since then, he has continued to make waves in the music world as a solo artist. His latest effort “Shantyman” is a rollicking return to his traditional Newfoundland roots.

The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and chairs will be provided!

Tickets for all four of these concerts are available from www.BayfieldTownHall.com.

DUCK RACE FEATURES YOUTH THEMED PRIZES

Looking forward to race day 2024, the club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the 2023 race, including Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all 1,250 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! (Photo by Suzan Johnson)

The ducks are preparing to go for a swim! The Club will be holding their annual Rubber Duck Race on May 19.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 1,250 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so to avoid disappointment at the pier don’t wait until the last minute to purchase.

This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. And all the prizes this year are youth themed!  First prize is two teen bicycles valued at $450 and donated by Deb Penhale. Second prize is a Lego Set, “Medieval Town Square”, donated by Reliable Realty. It is valued at $350. Third prize is two children’s tricycles valued at $250 and donated by Virtual High School. Fourth prize is a child’s red wagon valued at $200 donated by Bayfield Garage. Fifth prize is a teen bicycle donated by Lake Huron Chrysler. Sixth prize is a $120 Disney toy package donated by Michael’s Pharmasave.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800596

Members of the Optimist Club will be selling tickets at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Leisure Show Apr. 20-21; look for them upstairs in the community centre. Tickets will also be available at Brandon’s Hardware, 14 The Square in the village.

LOVEABLE GOOFBALL IN NEED OF HOME

Kirby (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) shelter is currently undergoing renovations and there are several cats now in temporary accommodations that would love a home to call permanent, one such cat is featured in this issue.

Kirby is the Adopt a BFF cat of the  week.

At about 16 months old he is a rambunctious but loveable goofball.

Kirby came in with a group of kittens and young Moms last summer.  He lives everything and everyone – he is energetic and likes to roughhouse with the big boys but he is also a gentle live bug and can be found curled up with little sister and some of the Mommas.

He is also pretty darn smart! As renovations are currently happening at BFF,  he and his shelter mates were moved to a temporary shelter where he has learned how to open the screen door to go and explore the reception area. As this proved to be too much fun for him precautions had to be made to secure the door.

This precocious character is ready to go to his forever home where he is sure to keep his family entertained and well-loved for years to come. Email BFF at the address below to learn more about how to adopt Kirby.

Kirby is a reminder that ensuring these cats are happy and healthy comes at a financial cost and one of the biggest expenses is happening now as the shelter is currently under renovation.

The volunteers with BFF are giving the shelter a full refresh as well as updating their failing heating and cooling systems. BFF is hoping some members of the community would be willing to help fund these necessary improvements either through active fundraising or with monetary gifts.

“Because of the overwhelming number of felines that have crossed our threshold, have occupied, or continue to occupy, our space we need to complete this project for the overall health of both our resident cats and the volunteers who care for them,” said Penhale.

Penhale explained that a new heating and cooling system is a priority for the project.

“We need to maintain a consistent temperature in the shelter,” she said. “We have gone through many small air conditioners, usually about three a year, and our original heating system is nearing the end of its life expectancy.”

The unit that BFF is hoping to purchase would be a combination heating and cooling unit with an estimated cost of $1,500.

Anyone willing to assist with this project financially or in-kind is asked to contact Penhale at the email listed below.

Financial donations may be sent via E-transfer to bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com 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.

VACATION DEADLINES

The Editor is taking a brief holiday and as a result readers can look forward to an upcoming Hiatus Issue.

Anyone who would like information published in the issue dated May 8 should submit no later than 4 p.m. this Sunday, Apr. 28. Those with events occurring between May 1st and May 12 are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on May 15.

CINEPHILE CONNECTIONS

On Thursday, Apr. 25, the Bayfield Branch Library will host “Cinephile Connections” offering the movie “Loving Vincent”, from 2017, the story is depicted in oil painted animation. It tells the tale of a young man who comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. The movie shall commence at 3:15 p.m.

Cinephile Connections is intended as an adult program because the films shown may include mature themes. Those who watch this classic film are invited to stay and chat about it after the viewing. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

Movie-goers are asked to register by contacting the library at 519 565-2886 or via email at bayfieldlibrary@huroncounty.ca.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.

TOWN HALL

The Bayfield Town Hall is looking for people that are passionate about supporting their community to join the Bayfield Town Hall Board of Directors. This would also be the perfect opportunity for people who love planning events and working on exciting projects.

As a member, they will play a vital role in keeping the town hall vibrant and active. From discussing budgets to organizing fundraisers and concerts, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Responsibilities include: Participating in monthly board meetings; contributing to budget discussions and decision-making; planning and organizing fundraising events; assisting with concert lineups and venue operations; and exploring new ideas to enhance the town hall experience.

The benefits to being a member of the board include: Making a meaningful impact in the community; connecting with like-minded individuals who share the same passion; gaining valuable experience in event planning and non-profit management; and having fun while giving back!

No previous experience is required, just a willingness to get involved and to make a difference. Anyone who is interested in joining the town hall  team is asked to please contact Diane Snell, president of the Board of Directors, at 519 852-9392 or email diane@dianesnell.ca. The current Board members look forward to welcoming new members aboard!

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Spring has finally sprung and that means it is time for the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) to hold their Annual Meeting.

“This year we will be hosted by our friends at the Little Inn  – May 9 at 4:30 p.m. They will be serving some complimentary hors d’oeuvres and offering happy hour pricing for beverages,” said BACC Secretary-Treasurer Terri Louch.

Those who wish to attend are asked to please book early to ensure their spot as space is limited. Tickets can be found by visiting: Annual Meeting and Social.

“Not a member of the BACC yet? Join the meeting and see why you should be,” said Louch. “Are you a Member in good standing? Something you would like added to the agenda? Please reach out and discuss it with the Chamber. We look forward to having you join us! “

The meeting portion of the evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a municipal update from Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone. His update will be followed by the BACC Treasurer’s Report; the introduction of the BACCs new logo and if required the election of a new Board of Directors (BOD).

Each Member in good standing will be asked to vote for those positions open on the BOD. Should there be no election necessary, the vote will be to accept the BOD as presented. All Members are asked to pick up voting cards and an Annual Report when they arrive.

There are currently single candidates declared for the two year terms of President and Vice President. Positions are also available for the two year term of Treasurer and four spots are open for Member-at-Large which may be a one or three year term.

“As we move forward we look forward to welcoming new voices and ideas to the BOD. This is a working BOD and as such members are asked to head committees or offer assistance in some way outside of attending to BOD business,” said Louch. “From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m there will be a time for social networking. Participants are also encouraged to reserve a table and stay for dinner.”

Anyone interested in any of the available positions or for more information is asked to please reach out to villageofbayfield@gmail.com.

BAYFIELD RATEPAYERS

The Bayfield community contributes significantly to the economic health of Bluewater and Huron counties.

“Approximately 25 per cent of the residential taxes collected in the Municipality of Bluewater comes from Bayfield,” said Don Schafheitlin, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA).

Bayfield residents, cottagers and visitors are drawn here by the natural beauty of the lake, unspoiled beaches, hiking trails, shops and restaurants, Pioneer Park and the opportunity for fishing, swimming and boating within the community.  Preserving all of this and retaining the inherent charm and vibrant “small town” character of Bayfield for current and future generations, while advocating for positive change, is the BRA charter.

“Join us in this ongoing effort to maintain the unique character and cohesiveness of this community by joining BRA,” said BRA Vice President Anette Christensen Kalm, Vice President.

The BRA is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to presenting issues of importance to the community and representing residents at council, planning boards and committees. Dues are $20 per year and the major annual expenses include liability insurance for the directors, hall rental for meetings and communication materials.

Look for the BRA booth at the Bayfield Lions Home & Lifestyle Show on Apr. 20-21 at the Bayfield Community Centre.  BRA volunteers will also be hanging door membership invitations to join the team out in the community very soon.

Anyone who has input on how to make the organization even more effective and responsive is asked to attend the BRA Spring Meeting on May 18 or the Annual Meeting on Aug. 3rd at the Bayfield Community Centre or contact the BRA at bayfieldratepayers.ca.

BAYFIELD GUIDING

Members of Bayfield Guiding were busy selling cookies at the Bayfield Lions Clubs Home and Garden Show over the weekend – just a few boxes remain! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

It’s Girl Guide Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookie season! Say that three times fast and then get them before they are gone.

Profits from this campaign will go toward helping with the cost of two upcoming camps and the senior members upcoming trip to Turkey Point.

Anyone who would like to make a purchase, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email melody.pounder@gmail.com.

GLEE SISTERS

The members of the Glee Sisters choir are looking forward to their “Spring Sing” on Apr. 28 at St. Andrew’s United Church. (Photo by Jack Pal) l

For over 16 years, the Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music. The “Spring Sing” concert will feature a joyful mix of various genres: pop, folk, rock, swing and show tunes.

Proceeds from this year’s Spring Sing to be held on Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. will support the Alzheimer’s Society Huron Perth.

This benefit concert hosted at St. Andrew’s United Church will be conducted by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by pianist Mary McGoldrick, and Laurie Hazzard on bass ukulele.

Everyone will at some point be impacted by Alzheimer’s, whether through a family member, a neighbor or a friend. For this reason the Glee Sisters are pleased to dedicate this concert to all who provide care and support.

There is no need to purchase tickets, people are invited to simply show up and enjoy the performance. Donations will be welcomed to help support the Alzheimer’s Society. Tax receipts will be issued upon request for donations $20 and over.

For further information feel free to contact Lisa Stewart at 877 210-0586.

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

WALK FOR DOG GUIDES

Bayfield Lion Jack Pal and Bailey were busy spreading the word about the Bayfield Lions Club’s Walk for Dog Guides during the Home and Lifestyle Show. (Photo by Wendy Vasco)

The Bayfield Lions are getting ready for one of their favorite annual events – the Walk for Dog Guides. It has been set for Sunday, June 2nd.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square followed by the walk, refreshments and show.

“With the help of our community, and our sponsor, Pet Valu, we raise money to provide dogs for those in need of a service dog,” said Karen Scott, an event organizer.

The various areas of support are hearing, canine vision, seizure response, diabetes alert, service for physical or medical disability, autism assistance, and facility support (that is assisting professionals working with vulnerable people who have experienced trauma).  A dog costs $35,000 to train and prepare for his life of service from birth until the time of placement.

“So whether you have a dog to walk or care to pledge, all are welcome.  Mark your calendars and join us for this fund raising event,” said Scott.

Pledge forms are at various locations throughout the community.  For further information (or pledge forms if needed) please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.

BAYFIELD LIBRARY

Accessing the latest bestseller, cookbook, or DVDs for visiting grandchildren has become even more convenient, thanks to the latest addition to the Bayfield Branch Library: a Holds Pick-Up Locker!

Library patrons can unlock a new era of accessibility as they embrace the freedom to retrieve their library holds 24/7. Gone are the days of waiting for the library to open or rushing to beat the closing hours. With these state-of-the-art lockers, literary treasures await at any time that suits the schedule!

Find more information at: Holds Pick-Up Lockers.

PILATES YOGA FLOW

Starting later this month, Pilates Yoga Flow by The Wellness Potion will be offered for six weeks at the Bayfield Community Centre for all levels.

These one hour  classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

The Monday classes will run from Apr. 22 to May 27 and commence at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday classes will start at 7 p.m. They will begin on Apr.  25 and conclude on May 30.

Wellness Potion’s Pilates Yoga Flow class is an excellent choice for those seeking a dynamic and invigorating workout routine. This class is specifically designed to combine the best of Pilates and Yoga, providing a comprehensive exercise experience that targets multiple muscle groups and increases flexibility, strength, and endurance. Through a series of carefully curated movements and poses, participants will engage in a full-body workout that challenges both the body and the mind. This class is perfect for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as it can be adapted to suit individual needs and abilities. Overall, the Pilates Yoga Flow class is an excellent way to improve overall fitness, increase energy levels, and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

All attendees should bring an exercise mat and a water bottle. They can also bring a yoga bolster, blanket and strap for support during certain poses. These optional items will help participants get the most out of their practice. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to participate are asked to register online at The Wellness Potion. The exchange is $60 HST for all six weeks.

For more information, please call Maria at 416 587-9913 or email maria@thewellnesspotion.com.

CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE

On Saturday, Apr. 27, the Goderich Branch Library will host “Craft for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines”.

People are invited to join in this enriching experience to be held from 1-3:30 p.m.

Delve into the inspiring world of cat rescue with a presentation by Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, followed by a hands-on crafting session where participants of all ages can create meaningful crafts to be donated in support of this noble cause.

This event is open to all ages. Registration is required. Those who wish to take part can register at 519 524-9261 or by emailing goderichlibrary@huroncounty.ca.

GARDEN CLUB 

The Bayfield Garden Club is having its Annual Plant Sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, on the South side of Clan Gregor Square. 

The sale will run from 9-10:30 a.m. and people are encouraged to come early for the best choice of perennials, shrubs, trees, house plants, tools and artifacts.

People are also encouraged to donate plants.  These can be delivered to  the Kale residence at 55 Victoria Street in the village on Friday, May 10 between 6:30-8 p.m. Donors are asked to please pot and label their offerings.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

On Sunday, April 28, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will welcome Rev. Joseph (Joe) Gray to lead worship while Rev. Lisa Dolson is on study leave.

All are invited to attend the service that will begin at 11 a.m.

Knox Bayfield generally holds their Book Study on Mondays at noon (excluding holidays) on the lower level of the church. The reading is a launching point for their discussions. They will begin “Sensible Shoes – A Story About the Spiritual Journey” by Sharon Garlough Brown at the beginning of May. All are welcome to join. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.

Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions, for example, the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. These mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers clean outer milk bags that have been previously washed and dried, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  Items can be dropped off at the church from 10 a.m, to  2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday (excluding holidays). People’s generous contributions are warmly accepted and will change lives.

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing revlisa.knoxbayfield@icloud.com for more information.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North. To learn more visit knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.

IN MEMORIAM

Donelda Sturgeon (Submitted photo)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a long time resident – if angels walk the earth surely she would be classed as one of them.

Donelda (Nelda) Margaret Jane Sturgeon passed away peacefully in her 84th year after a brief battle with cancer at Huron Hospice Bender House on Monday, Apr. 15.

Donelda was born July 16, 1940 to Joseph and Margaret Lostell.

She was married to Glen Sturgeon for 43 years. She is survived by children JoAnne, Jayne (Jeff), Tina, Julie (Cody), Jill, Pam (Christian). Grandmother of Amy (Matt), Melissa (Ethan), Jasmine, Aurora and Twyla. Sister and sister-in-law of Phyllis (Rudy), Lloyd, Susan (Wayne). Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by her husband Glen, son David, her parents and parents-in-law, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carol Anne, Harold, Norma and Gordon, Melvina and Harold and Donna.

In accordance with Donelda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Falconer Funeral Homes – Bluewater Chapel in Goderich on Friday, Apr. 26, at  noon with visitation two hours prior to service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Huron Hospice Bender House or a charity of one’s choice.

Messages of condolence for Donelda’s family are welcome at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com

BLUE BAYFIELD

Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Did you know about “No Mow May”?  This campaign encourages homeowners to let their lawns grow for the month, in order to provide pollinators and other invertebrates food and shelter early in the spring, when few resources are available.  Although a great idea and an admirable intention, the focus on not mowing may have distracted us from the importance of creating healthy and permanent habitats for pollinators by planting native plants.  “No Mow May” can provide some benefits and be a great first step in supporting pollinators, but the more important consideration is adding native plants to the local landscape.   

To learn more about “No Mow May”, visit Bee City Canada.

 What you can do:  

  • Add native plants to your property wherever you can (existing gardens, create a pollinator or rain garden, allow wild strawberries to grow in your lawn for example).  Even small strips of native plants can make a big difference. 
  • Consider relaxing your mowing schedule. Mowing every one to two weeks is definitely better than mowing every three days or waiting for a month.

HURON SHORES AREA TRANSIT SHOWS INCREASES IN RIDERSHIP IN 2023

Huron Shores Area Transit logoOn Monday, Apr. 15, Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) wrapped up its 2023 year-end reporting to its five transit partners: the Municipalities of Lambton Shores, Bluewater, South Huron, North Middlesex, and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation. The report highlights HSATs cornerstone achievement of a 25 per cent (4,066 trips) increase over the projected goal of 16,000 passenger trips, reaching 20,066 trips. HSAT anticipates maintaining this momentum with a projected 2024 ridership of 32,000 passenger trips.

Among other promising metrics, HSAT saw a consistent monthly ridership average of 1,672 passengers, contributing to an overall year-over-year ridership increase of 155 per cent. Route 1 Sarnia to Grand Bend via Lambton Shores had the most dramatic increase in passengers with a 275 per cent increase. This growth was fueled by student workers commuting to the area for employment, working for businesses located in Arkona, Forest, Grand Bend, Port Franks, Exeter and Dashwood.

The upward trend in ridership continued into the first quarter of 2024, showing a 134 per cent increase from January to March compared to the same period in 2023.

With two post-pandemic transit years in the rearview mirror, HSAT can confidently say that one developing trend shows a more stable ridership pattern across all months, with no significant seasonal lows. This suggests a growing reliance on the transit system for essential daily activities, including employment, shopping, and attending various appointments. In addition, with the use of GPS tracking technology, HSAT is able to say its buses completed 3,979 bus runs and remained on time 72 per cent of the time, which, when tracking to the minute, is an impressive statistic even when compared to larger urban transit systems.

Other than the HSAT bus stops in Sarnia and London and the “Bus Hub” stop at Sobeys in Grand Bend, the system’s most used bus stops also illustrate the transit system’s integral role in the communities it serves. Notably, the stop in front of Forest’s Library on King Street West saw 2,675 passengers, the Welcome Centre bus stop in Grand Bend was used 2,016 times, and the McDonald’s Walper Street bus stop in Exeter was used 2,108 times.

Within the coming month, HSAT seeks to further customer comfort and experience by installing the first three of eight transit shelters at strategic locations such as Points Plaza, Army Camp Road (Kettle & Stony Point First Nation), and the Sobeys stop in Grand Bend.

For more information about HSAT year-end results, the full report is available for download as a PDF from: HSAT Reports.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO EXPLORE ARTS AT CHSS

“Musicians of Past and Present” by Central Huron Secondary School students Leanne Melvin and Leah Meidinger. (Submitted photo)

A new event featuring arts and cultural programs is coming to Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS).

A Community Arts Exploration will be open to the community of Huron County to showcase arts programs available at CHSS on Saturday, Apr. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We are hoping to create awareness about the transferable skills that students are able to learn through visual arts, music and drama,” said Arts Department Head Julie Gillam. “The experience students gain through art provides foundational skills in collaboration, creativity and perseverance—skills that are in high demand by employers.”

The exploration will feature workshops in clay, printmaking, masks, percussion and improvisation and will be free to all ages of the public. Funding has been provided by the CHSS Parent Council through a Parents Reaching Out Grant.

“Our goal is to provide an inclusive and equitable environment for all ages to engage in creative work to understand all the transferable skills involved in these artforms” said Gillam. “We are very thankful to our local parent’s council for the support of our arts department at CHSS.

“We invite parents, grandparents and students of all ages to come out to the exploration event and engage in an art form that they aren’t familiar with.”

Community members who wish to enrol in the Community Arts Exploration are encouraged to contact CHSS at chsoffice@ed.amdsb.ca.

 BRUCE POWER DONATION CLOSES COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN TO BUILD NEW BEDROOMS

Huron Hospice extends many thanks to Bruce Power for supporting the “Moments Matter…Even More” Capital Campaign with a gift of $100,000! In the photo from l-r are: Jay McFarlan and Lisa Taylor, Huron Hospice Board members; Calista Powell and John Peevers, Bruce Power; and Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster. (Submitted photo)

On Apr. 17, Huron Hospice announced a substantial donation from Bruce Power to the “Moments Matter…Even More” Capital Campaign. With their gift of $100,000, Bruce Power is helping Huron Hospice close the community phase of the campaign to build new bedrooms.

“We are honored to accept this gift from Bruce Power. Thank you for helping us make our dream a reality. In recognition of this gift, the Board of Directors has approved the naming of the entrance driveway and expanded parking area,” said Board Chair Lisa Taylor. “This gift will offset the additional costs the hospice incurred on the construction project resulting from COVID related budget increases.”

Families turn to Huron Hospice when managing end-of-life care on their own becomes too difficult. Since opening in 2018, 211 families have used Bender House hospice services. Before COVID-19, their occupancy rate was 97 per cent, and at times they had a waitlist.

“Close to 30 years ago, generous donors made Huron Hospice possible. Six years ago, they made Huron Hospice Bender House a reality. Today, Bruce Power brings us a step closer to the finish line and is helping us launch the next exciting phase of Huron Hospice. When we opened Bender House in 2018, we knew that demand was such that we would need to expand. When the time came to build additional bedrooms, our project goal of $1.6 million was for four new bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and accessible outdoor patios. We are also converting two existing temporary bedrooms into a quiet space and a children’s room for a total of six rooms. We are honored to have the support of such an innovative Huron-Bruce employer making the project a reality,” said Taylor.

Approximately 800 people will die in Huron County this year, and that number could grow to 900 a year over the next ten years. Some of those people will die as a result of unexpected or traumatic circumstances and will not need a hospice bed. Construction will see Bender House grow from four to six beds. With the new beds they will accommodate 100 people annually. Huron Hospice home hospice and respite volunteers can serve over 200 families annually.

Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster added, “As with many construction projects post COVID costs exceeded our estimates. The original estimates were for a $1.6 million project for which we raised $2 million. The updated costs were over $2 million. We scaled the project back by $200,000 to stay within our budget and begin construction. The elements of the project that were removed from the original plan are all non-clinical and include staff office space and esthetic features such as a canopy over the front door and driveway and replacing the stone walls that matched the original building with siding.”

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County. Their 4,200 employees are the foundation of their accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which their employees live.

“Bruce Power has been a supporter of the Huron Hospice since 2021, and this year is no different,” said President & CEO of Bruce Power, Mike Rencheck.”The end of life is one of the most challenging times for a family and local families have relied on Huron Hospice. I would like to thank Huron Hospice for the compassionate and dignified end-of-life care they provide to Huron and Bruce County families. We are pleased to be able to support the hospice in its mission of providing quality palliative care in rural Ontario.”

CANADA’S LONGEST STANDING LABORATORY PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES 65 YEARS

Interhospital Laboratory Partnership (IHLP) Regional Team and IHLP CEOs met recently at the Listowel Memorial Hospital for their quarterly IHLP CEO Council Meeting. From l-r are: Pamela VanSteelandt, IHLP Quality lead; Robin Rossi, IHLP Regional manager; Dr. Christopher Tran, IHLP Laboratory director; Jimmy Trieu, CEO Huron Health System; Karl Ellis, CEO Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance; Angela Stanley, CEO Wellington Health Care Alliance; and Andrew Williams, CEO Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. Absent from the photo are: Dana Howes, CEO Hanover and District Hospital; Nancy Shaw, CEO South Bruce Grey Health Centre and IHLP Quality leads Robert Kerekes and Courtney Luzius-Vanin. (Submitted photo)

During National Medical Laboratory Week, which was held from Apr. 14-20, the InterHospital Laboratory Partnership (IHLP) proudly celebrated 65 years of advancing healthcare through regional collaboration along with the essential role of medical laboratory professionals.

Formed in 1959, the IHLP is the longest standing laboratory partnership in Canada and has grown to serve Southwestern Ontario’s Huron, Perth, Grey, Wellington and Bruce counties. Membership includes Hanover & District Hospital, Huron Health System, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, and Wellington Health Care Alliance. Between these six healthcare organizations there are a total of 16 rural hospital sites that employ approximately 200 Medical Laboratory Professionals (pathologists, MLTs, MLAs and administrative staff). Collaboration is a key component to providing comprehensive laboratory services across the region with the six CEOs and the IHLP team meeting regularly.

“The IHLP is a cornerstone of collaborative healthcare delivery,” said Pathologist and IHLP Medical Laboratory Director, Dr. Christopher Tran. “By sharing resources and technical expertise, we can ensure patients have access to a wide range of high-quality tests. This would otherwise be difficult to achieve if each lab was to function individually.”

The IHLP labs performed over 2.2 million laboratory tests in 2023.

“Our dedicated team of laboratory professionals work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure patients get accurate and timely results,” added Dana Howes, CEO of Hanover & District Hospital and the chair of the IHLP CEO council. “We greatly appreciate the work they do, to improve the health of our rural communities and wish them a Happy National Medical Laboratory Week!”

For more information about the IHLP, please visit www.ihlp.ca.

HIKE MOVES TO GODERICH BOARDWALK

June Robinson (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, May 26, the Goderich boardwalk at Rotary Cove will be bustling with hikers participating in the annual June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice. After walking, hikers can join in a BBQ at the Wheelhouse.

This event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are excited to change the hike location and celebrate another wonderful Huron County walking route, the Goderich Boardwalk,” said Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development. “We want people to spend time outdoors with family and friends, and the Boardwalk is an ideal spot.”

Since 2018, hiking leader June Robinson recruited her family to hike and raise money for the Hospice. June passed away in 2022. Her family and hospice staff agreed it was important to recognize her impact by naming the event The June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice.

“Recognizing June at the family-friendly event will be an honor,” said Board Chair and Hiker Lisa Taylor.

According to June’s granddaughter, Rebekah Clarke-Robinson, “June dedicated her life to the service of others and was an avid supporter of any of the causes her family worked on. When her granddaughters got involved in fundraising for Huron Hospice, she immediately signed up for the first Hike. While fundraising brought out June’s competitive spirit, she was amazed at how her community pledged support for a great cause. More importantly for June, the Hike brought her family together and allowed her to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She continued to be a top fundraiser each year, even throughout COVID-19, and most impressively made a comeback after a partial foot amputation in 2019. The Hike for Hospice gives our family a yearly opportunity to support a wonderful local cause and remember our grandmother.”

“The hike is an important fundraiser for Huron Hospice,” commented Taylor. She pointed out that “money raised stays in Huron County and is used to pay for essential services like nursing, home hospice care, and loss and grief support for children, youth and adults.”

The Hike will begin at 10 a.m. with a light warm-up. Families can also participate in a beachfront scavenger hunt and other games. Local gyms will lead folks in a series of low-impact challenges. After the Hike, everyone is welcome to join the barbecue starting at 11:30 a.m. People are encouraged to register online early. If they do, they can enjoy a fresh fruit cup and enter to win a prize basket.

“Family and friends can form teams to obtain pledges and Hike. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to pledge their support by email, mail or phone. Teams can have fun challenging each other,” commented Walker.

To register for the Hike, go to the Huron Hospice website, www.huronhospice.ca and follow the links. People can send the link to family, friends, and contacts and ask them to join in!

“Remember, summer really starts on the Sunday after Victoria Day with the June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice,” said Walker.

UNITED WAY

It’s tax season and most people are busy doing their own taxes or paying someone to do them. But access to tax services is not equitable, and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) and Poverty to Prosperity Huron Perth (P2P) want to help get the word out about a valuable existing service available to residents who qualify.

“Research shows that 10 to 12 percent of Canadians don’t file their taxes,” said UWPH Director of Research, Kristin Crane. “Among this group, modest income households — especially those with children  —  are particularly affected because if they don’t file taxes, they can’t claim the refunds and benefits they are entitled to. These volunteer tax clinics play a vital role in ensuring that gap is addressed.”

Helping people get access to their benefits and credits through the tax system has proven to be a successful poverty reduction strategy. P2P co-chair Pam Hanington notes that “income is the most significant determinant of health. As income increases, health improves. Having more income also allows people to participate more fully in their communities.”

Seniors, newcomers, students, and those receiving income from social assistance programs, among others, meet the criteria for the free clinics, which make a positive impact on the lives of those they work with. In 2022 alone, volunteers at free tax clinics in Huron County and Grand Bend filed over 1,000 returns, resulting in a staggering $1.7 million in returns and benefits.

“We appreciate so much the work that volunteers have done on this service over the years, which is why we want to lend UWPH’s voice to help raise awareness. We encourage anyone who doesn’t normally file taxes, or who may meet the criteria, to take advantage of this service or talk to a tax clinic volunteer,” added Crane. “Some clinics even help with filing returns over multiple years.”

To find out about the nearest tax clinic, call or visit 211. If people are owed money, they can file taxes at any time of year. It isn’t too late. Some tax clinics can even help file taxes at any time during the year.

There are significant portions of Perth County and Stratford in dire need of volunteers to get clinics started in these underserved areas. Anyone who is interested in learning more about volunteering with the tax clinics in a variety of roles, is asked to please contact taxclinics@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

APRIL SHOW(ERS)

The Kincardine Brass Band presents “April Show(ers)“ to be held at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich on Sunday, Apr. 28.

This evening of musical entertainment will not only feature the Kincardine Brass Band but will include performances by The MacKay Choristers, and the unusual musical duo of Mary (harp) and Clayton (vibraphone).

The performances shall begin at 3 p.m. Admission is by a free will offering (suggested donation $15).

Lakeshore United Church is located at  56 North Street in Goderich.

HURON SHORES AREA TRANSIT

Huron Shores Area Transit logoOn Monday, Apr. 29, Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) will launch an engaging customer data collection campaign to gather passenger information to help fine-tune the transit system’s services. This initiative features a series of six one-question polls designed to gain insight into passenger needs and demographics.

The polls will be published sequentially on HuronShoresAreaTransit.ca, with a new poll appearing every two weeks. HSAT is incentivizing passengers’ participation by offering an opportunity for every poll completed to receive a chance to win one of ten $80 Monthly Passes. These passes serve as a “golden ticket” to a month of unlimited travel aboard the transit system’s network.

To maximize awareness and engagement, the polls will be promoted using various traditional and digital media. Outreach efforts will include local print media, newsletters, flyers, Facebook, websites, on-the-bus advertisements and notifications via HSATs email subscription list and service alert system.

By embedding the data-gathering activity within an appealing contest framework, HSAT hopes to overcome survey fatigue, which can be a barrier to gathering first-hand customer data. The significant incentive – an entire month of unlimited free travel – aims to encourage participation levels that will result in a substantial number of completed polls. With accurate customer data, organizations can make informed choices that align with customer needs.

The polls represent HSATs first significant research activity since the background studies and research conducted for the Community Transportation grant application in 2019.

For more information about routes, schedules, fares and Smart Cards, visit HuronShoresAreaTransit.ca. To speak with a live operator about times and schedules, call 1-888-465-0783 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

GOOD NEIGHBOURS OF BLUEWATER

Good Neighbours of Bluewater is hosting their second annual Tea Time on Saturday, May 4th.

Participants are welcome to dress in their favorite “high-tea attire” for the event that will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and everyone is welcome!

Those who wish to attend are asked to please register on their website at GNOB.org/events, leave a message at 519 236-7081, or email gnob@hay.net, specifying their preferred time and number in the party along with a contact number.

Organizers are looking forward to having guests join them for a time of meeting friends, while sipping and savoring delightful teas, sandwiches, and dainties.a

LIVERY FILM FEST

Savor the date, Thursday, Apr. 25, for the next delicious offering from the Livery Film Fest held in Goderich. “The Taste of Things” is a sensual story of love and food, desire and taste buds. It is a pure feast for the eyes that will warm the heart.

The film stars Juliette Binoche as Eugénie, a brilliant cook, and the well-known gourmand she works for, Dodin Bouffant (Benoît Magimel). The chemistry is undeniable between these actors who were once in a relationship and share a child.

The majority of the film, set in 1889, takes place in an idyllic French countryside chateau. In the opening sequence, the characters are so perfectly connected, balanced and entwined, there are few words exchanged as they go about gathering, tasting, chopping and preparing a magnificent feast for their guests. French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung captures their shared passion and joy of creating a work of art that will soon be a fleeting memory, as is every great meal, once shared and devoured.

The two lovers, Eugénie and Dodin, have worked and lived together for 20 years and yet Eugénie resists Dodin’s proposals of marriage. She simply does not want their relationship to change. She is a woman perfectly at peace with herself. Dodin is Eugénie’s boss, a renowned chef, and she is his cook yet their union is one of mutual respect, generosity, desire and adoration. This film is about their love story as much as it is about French culinary magic.

Unlike many foodie films where food stylists will sometimes use tricks to enhance the food, here the recipes and ingredients are all real and true to the time period. No electricity, no kitchen gadgets or appliances were used. In fact, no food was wasted. When scenes were completed and the actors heard “cut”, they continued to finish the food on the table. For those who feel inspired, the recipes have been published and are available online.

“The Taste of Things” was France’s choice for the Oscar nomination for Best International Film. Director, Tran Anh Hung, won the Best Director at The Cannes Film Festival.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a hearty appetite for this fine film! The Park Theatre box office will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 7 p.m.  Please note that this movie is in French with English subtitles.

The Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich.

CPH FOUNDATION

Stephen Fearing is a Canadian gem – a very talented roots/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist who will be performing in the auditorium in the Clinton Town Hall on May 4 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation.

In addition to his solo career, Fearing co-founded Canadian roots-rock supergroup “Blackie and the Rodeo Kings” with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. He is one half of the duo “Fearing & White”, with Irish artist Andy White.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. At the May 4 show, Fearing will be fresh off recording new material for another solo album in Nashville.

Tickets are $35.00 available at the CPH Foundation office or by emailing annenewi@gmail.com.

CLINTON 1-5-0

Clinton’s 1-5-0 is coming in 2025 and members of the community want to celebrate!

What would Clintonians like to see during this celebration? A small committee has begun planning for the event that is currently scheduled for early July 2025. They are looking for volunteers to share their ideas. Would people like to see: Displays? History? A dance? Fireworks? Church service? A car show? Golf tournament? Variety show? All of the above?

Their next planning meeting will be Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in Clinton. Organizers need to begin booking events now. All are encouraged to come and share their ideas and enthusiasm.

For more details, contact Alison Lobb at alison.lobb@tcc.on.ca.

HURON HOSPICE

Huron HospiceHuron Hospice is currently looking for people who want to make a difference by joining their Board.

Potential members must demonstrate a passion for providing compassionate care and dedication in the best interest of Huron Hospice and the people of the community. They would be working alongside the existing highly talented and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.

Huron Hospice welcomes all applications. Applications are due by May 17. Interested candidates should visit the Huron Hospice website to learn more about the application process: Join Our Board.

MEMORY AND AGING PROGRAM

What is her name? What did I come down here for? Where did I put…? The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth has your back! They will be offering their Memory and Aging Program again this May at the Mackay Centre in Goderich. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the effects of aging on memory.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four sessions, 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, starting May 8 to May 29. There is a fee of $25, which covers the cost of the program workbook and materials. All sessions take place at the MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich.

The Memory and Aging Program describes how memory works, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a participant’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things they intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in a person’s own memory ability.

Please register for the Memory and Aging Program by contacting Jeanette at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth at 519 482-1482 or email jeanettes@alzhp.ca.

For more information about free online dementia education, see Education Hour at www.alzheimer.ca/huronperth.

The MacKay Centre for Seniors is located at 10 Nelson St E in Goderich.

 SOUTH HURON CLINIC

The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.

The South Huron Medical Centre is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter, ON.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

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.

This week we take a closer look at one of the many garments in the collection…

BAPTISMAL GOWN

This a white cotton baptismal gown. The centre front panel is a combination of four sections of fine pintucks alternating with four sections of fine fabric lace accentuated with thread ‘x’s. The bottom hem of 7 cm has scalloped openwork. The garment has short sleeves with the same scalloped openwork as the hem. There is one cm deep lace trim at the neck. There are two blue bows just below the neckline. The back placket is 22 cm long. The close for the garment has three pearl buttons and hand sewn buttonholes.

This three-piece baptism ensemble was made in 1900 for Mary Gawley Earls (1900-1987) by her mother Agnes Earls (nee McBride) (1865-1945).

It was also worn by her sisters Jean and Lillian and went on to be worn by three more generations of Howick Township residents – Gorrie and Fordwich specifically.

Mary Earls married Wilfred King (1895-1968). They had one son Earle Wilford (1927) who was baptised in this ensemble. Earle married Esther Adams (1928) in 1948. They had four children. Their two oldest were baptised wearing this ensemble, Mary Carol (1949), and Douglas Earle (1950). Douglas married Marilyn Rae (1952) in 1977. They had four children but just their son, the third child, Adam Douglas (1984) wore the ensemble for baptism.

BAYFIELD LIONS CLUB

HOME AND LIFESTYLE SHOW A SNOWFLAKE SUCCESS STORY

PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

The recent Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show, held on Apr. 20-21 organized by the Bayfield Lions Club, proved to be more than just an amazing exhibition of indoor and outdoor local products and services. Despite the challenges posed by the weather, this event held at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, emerged as a memorable celebration of community spirit, creativity and mutual support.

As snowflakes gracefully fell on Saturday, the show persevered, with many guests braving the weather to attend. Sunday brought sunshine, enhancing the atmosphere and solidifying the event’s status as a standout in the community calendar, attracting 2,100 attendees over the weekend. What’s more, the community’s generosity shone through as they donated over $2,362 in cash along with 10 grocery carts for the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

At the heart of this remarkable event was the Bayfield Lions Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving community life. Their tireless efforts, supported by numerous volunteers, were instrumental in making the show a resounding success. Without their dedication, the event would not have been possible.

The exhibitors deserve special recognition for their contributions to the show’s success. Their beautifully designed booths not only showcased products and services but also created engaging experiences for guests. The Lions deeply appreciate their work in making the show as captivating and enjoyable as it was, recognizing that their efforts were integral to its success.

In addition to the exhibits, attendees were treated to an array of door prizes generously donated by local businesses. The BBQ donated by Bayfield Garage was won by Susan Baird, Bluffs, Goderich. The Patio Heater donated by Wade Berard Plumbing was won by Alan Monahan, Bayfield. The club would like to offer a huge thank you for the numerous Foodland Grocery gift cards that were donated as well as the gift cards received from the following local businesses: Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Captain Harrys, Copenhagens, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Olio Restaurant and Renegades Diner.

“These local businesses helped us add more excitement providing some wonderful prizes. We are truly grateful for their support.  We also want to recognize the ever popular food both and the fantastic volunteer crew offering an array of menu items,” said Ian Matthew, president of the Bayfield Lions Club.

The support and attendance of community members and visitors were also pivotal in making the show a hit. Their enthusiasm for exploring exhibits, interacting with industry professionals, and seeking inspiration for home improvement projects added vibrancy to the event. It was a true testament to the collective effort of the community in creating inviting living spaces and fostering connections.

Ultimately, the Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show stands as a testament to the club’s commitment to enhancing lives and providing a platform for enthusiasts to thrive. It’s a celebration of unity, dedication, and the spirit of giving back that defines the Bayfield community.

As Saturday’s snowflakes melted away, what remained was a warm sense of accomplishment and the anticipation of future events that continue to uplift and inspire.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Some of our more thorough readers will have noticed that we’re about to embark on a vacation in the coming days. This one is extra special as it is a family vacation, something we haven’t done since 2016 when the grandchildren were just wee sprites. And for my granddaughter, who was just two at the time, that holiday is just pictures in an album. 

Some of my favorite memories stem from family vacations in those long ago days when it was just the four of us. Many of these were simple driving trips to various and sundry areas in the U.S. of A. I recall the car’s cassette player blasting a carefully curated sing-along soundtrack recorded just for the holiday; impromptu stops at quirky Mom and Pop style motels; extra big breakfasts; the necessary grocery store visit to purchase all of the snacks that weren’t available on this side of the border; and when Florida was the destination a stop at the Welcome Centre for the best sample glass of orange juice ever! 

We’re so fortunate to be the eight of us now and I’m so grateful that we have this opportunity to make even more memories together. When the grown-ups unveiled our plans to the grandchildren a few months ago my granddaughter took me aside and said, “I can hardly believe it’s real. Grandpa and Dad aren’t pranking me are they?” 

I assured her that it was indeed real. And as she is now nine years old with any luck she will retain for longer the memories made on this holiday. Rest assured, however, many photos will be taken to fill in the blanks when this vacation becomes a series of dream-like snippets from days gone by, not just for her, but the rest of us too. – Melody 

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