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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 774 Week 20 Vol 15

May 8, 2024

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FASHION STYLIST’S JOURNEY LEADS TO RESALE SHOP ON MAIN STREET

PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

Dyna Dizon sometimes lends her artistic bent to the clothing and accessories she has in store – placing her own art designs on an item to cover a small stain or a scratch on a shoe – igniting new life into these pieces.

Little did Dyna Dizon know that when she left her native Philippines at the age of 27 her adventure would bring her to Bayfield where she recently opened Dynassstyle, an elevated resale shop on Main Street. But once Dizon arrived in the village it immediately felt like home.

“I had been considering places such as Ottawa, Oakville, even PEI, to open my shop. But then I saw a post on Marketplace about a space for rent in Bayfield that Nora Dowler had made so I contacted her,” said Dizon. “Nora is such a nice, warm person and we just clicked. I grew up without parents so having angels working for you and helping you get set up here was very special.”

She added, “I like the balance of things here, you can make some money but also live a simpler life. I can walk to work, to the lake, all the basic needs are here and the people are so lovely, I never feel alone. So many people I’ve talked to have offered me help if ever I need it.”

Dizon is no stranger to running a business; at the age of 21 she owned her own store in a mall in the Philippines. When Dizon first left her homeland her destination was New York City where she studied fashion styling at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The two years she spent in the Big Apple inspired her to open a second hand clothing store as that type of store was very popular in the city.

When the lockdown happened in March of 2020 Dizon was in Canada on a tourist visa visiting relatives. For the next two years she worked as a nanny to earn her permanent visa. During the pandemic she collected items with the idea of opening her own shop in mind.

Dizon likes to carry items for a variety of personalities: stocking both prints and styles that would appeal to someone as young as 17 years-old in addition to older demographics.

She is excited to offer long dresses, pieces with pops of summery colors, fun floral prints as well as free and flowy styles perfect for hot weather. She prefers to keep her pricing reasonable to allow a turnover of inventory and welcomes good quality items, gently used or new, for consignment offering a 60/40 split. She is also interested in purchasing men’s items for the shop.

The store is stocked with clothing, shoes, hats, handbags, jewelry and accessories with prices ranging from $7-$28. Higher end designer pieces are also thoughtfully priced at $50 or above.

Her goal is to be open 10 months of the year and then to travel for the remaining two months collecting Spring, Summer and Fall inventory internationally to bring back to the shop to sell.

“I’d love to spend time in New York and Europe to add more interesting pieces to my collection,” she said.

In addition to clothing and accessories, Dizon has stocked some sculptures and art from Murals in Metal near Lucan.

“I was fascinated by the artist Jim Dawe’s work, creating sculptures combining art with nature, so I invited him to put a few pieces in my store. I feel they compliment my store’s design. We both are contributing to make the world a better place by upcycling and recycling.”

Dizon also sometimes lends her artistic bent to the clothing and accessories she has in store – placing her own art designs on an item to cover a small stain or a scratch on a shoe – igniting new life into these pieces.

The shop owner feels that Dynassstyle is likely to be popular with all ages but in particular millennials as resale stores are trending with that generation.

“I feel that my store compliments the other shops on Main Street,” she said.

Dynassstyle celebrated its grand opening on Apr. 6 and the shop was busy.

“I have been in retail a long time and I love people. It was so great to  have the shop filled with people enjoying the clothes and trying them on,” Dizon said.

A trend that hopefully will continue as the Summer season approaches. Dynassstyle is currently open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Dynasstyle is located at 16 Main Street North in Bayfield.


FESTIVAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are currently making preparations for their eighth Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, May 11.

“This year’s proceeds are going to the Before and After School Program being started up by the nonprofit organization currently running the Bayfield Community Centre,” said Bill Whetstone, chair of the festival. “We really need the support of this event, our largest fundraiser of the year, as costs are growing.”

Music will be provided by bands: “Sideroad Reunion” and “Debrownus”.

Participants will be able to sample beer, wine, spirits and mead.

Event organizers would like to extend many thanks to their two major sponsors: The Little Inn of Bayfield and the White Squirrel Golf Club, St. Joseph.

Tickets are $45 each which provides participants with eight food and eight beverage tickets as well as a souvenir sample glass.

Tickets are available by calling 519 955-0682 or through Eventbrite at Bayfield Beer Food Festival.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.

MEMBERS ONLY BIRDWATCHING HIKE UPCOMING

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  is offering three guided hikes and walks this May, with topics including: birds, history and demonstration farming.

Birdwatching at Windmill Farm will be held on Saturday, May 11, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Expert birder George Ebers will lead a search for Spring Warblers and many other species that frequent Windmill Pond. Participants are asked to meet and park at 35957 Bayfield River Road.  This is a BRVTA members-only hike, no dogs please.  Sign up by contacting Ralph Blasting at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or call/text 519 525-3205.

On Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m., join cultural historian Robert Tremain for “Early Woods” at the Bannockburn Conservation Area.  Tremain will explain how Indigenous and early settler communities used some of the plants and trees still found in this area.  Those who attend are asked to meet and park at 76249 Bannockburn Line: take Mill Road (Rt 3) and travel 2 km east of Varna and then turn north onto Bannockburn Line.  This hike is open to the public but no dogs, please.  The trail is beautiful but somewhat challenging, with several hills and valleys.

Anyone interested in how the latest and best agricultural practices help preserve the Huron County landscape should plan to attend an event on Sunday, May 26. Rick Kootstra, representing the Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA), and Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), will be offering a tour of the Huronview Demonstration Farm on that date starting at 10 a.m. This beautiful 50-acre site is managed collaboratively by the HSCIA, ABCA and the County of Huron.  The walking tour on sloping grassland will be about 2 km and will last about 90 minutes.  Most suitable for ages eight and up; children and families are especially welcome. The farm is located at 77722 London Rd Clinton, behind the Health Unit.

For more info on any of these events, contact Ralph Blasting at the email address and phone number listed above.

WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONATED TO THE RUMMAGE SALE AND SILENT AUCTION

Bayfield Rummage Sale - Paper BoyThe countdown is officially on! The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will take place on Friday, July 12.  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,” 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 outdoor sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Arena opening at 6:30 p.m.

The following items are always very popular and in great demand: indoor and outdoor furniture (nothing too heavy); tables and chairs; linens, draperies; antiques and collectibles; housewares including, dishware, glasses, pots and pans; baskets; purses and jewellery; garden decor and garden tools; tools of all sorts; decorative items; festive decorations; adult and children’s games, books and puzzles; DVDs, record albums and stereo equipment; lamps and lighting; sporting goods; recreational items; children’s toys; bicycles; home electronics and small appliances.

The following items are not acceptable: mattresses of any size; sofas and sofa beds along with any large, heavy furniture; children’s furniture, strollers, damaged or soiled toys; stuffed toys; no large appliances or televisions; monitors, printers or fax machines; Christmas trees, strings of lights; clothing, shoes or hats; Tupperware, plastic utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs; plastic garden pots; life jackets or bike helmets; window blinds; unframed mirrors and no used candles.

All items must be in good working order, clean, complete and CSA approved if required.

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

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands – one of which will be Simply Queen Live. This concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. (Submitted photo)

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.

PEOPLE INVITED TO EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SACRED GEOMETRY

Marcella Riveros

Anyone looking for a transformative experience that combines relaxation, soul connection, mindfulness, healing and self-discovery should look no further than the “Sacred Geometry Healing Workshop” that is upcoming at the Metamorphic Rock Shoppe and Gallery on May 14.

The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will be led by Marcella Riveros, who has an MBA and is a Reiki Practitioner, Mandala Artist and Writer. She will guide people on a three hour journey of meditation, sacred geometry connecting, art making therapy, journalling and community. The session will allow participants to connect with their inner-self and discover the power of a calm and focused mind.

“In 2019, I was battling depression,” said Riveros. “It was a difficult time in my life when everything seemed complicated and challenging, and I couldn’t see a way out of that darkness. However, when you least expect, life takes you on unexpected paths. That was my case after I started going for Reiki sessions. The system of Reiki helped me transform my life by bringing light, balance, and joy to my heart.”

Riveros also explained that it connected her to the fascinating world of sacred geometry. According to Riveros, sacred geometry is the language of creation, and these ancient symbols have a high energy frequency that help people find balance and clarity.

People are invited to register to attend a Sacred Geometry Healing Workshop on May 14. (Submitted photos)

“Continuing my self-discovery journey, I stumbled upon the beautiful world of mandalas. Through drawing and meditating on these symbols, I underwent a profound transformation,” she said.

These mandalas became her compass to living in the present moment, effectively diminishing stress and anxiety while infusing her days with renewed joy and purpose.

“Inspired by my own profound transformation and my desire to help others heal, I decided to create this Mandala Coloring Journal,” she said. “This book seamlessly blends the soothing therapy of coloring with the introspective force of journaling. It is designed to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. As you immerse yourself in writing about your thoughts and emotions, and focusing on the geometric shapes of the mandalas you can experience a state of mindfulness and be fully present in the now.”

The workshop includes Riveros’ “Mandala Coloring Journal”, pen, notebook, one mandala and cardstock.

“Now, I feel called to share this message of love and healing with others who may be facing their own battles. My journey has been one of profound self-discovery and renewal, and I believe everyone deserves to experience the same sense of peace and wholeness,” she said.

To register please email marcella@myreikiconnection.ca. To learn more please visit www.myreikiconnection.ca.

The Metamorphic Rock Shoppe and Gallery is located at 22 Main Street North in Bayfield.

KITTEN SEASON HAS ARRIVED AT BFF

Shehawk (Submitted photo)

Kitten season is in full swing at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)!

Shehawk is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week.

“I picked this little girl up early last week after she had been found the night before under a car in a parking lot all by herself. Although the people who discovered her searched high and low they found no other babies or older cats nearby,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Penhale went on to say that Shehawk spent her first night at the Rescue warm and cozy and with a full belly. She is believed to be five or six weeks old.

“She appears to be in pretty good shape except for a boo-boo on her head.  She went straight to the litter box and after having her dinner curled up and went to sleep,” said Penhale. “Always makes us wonder where the rest of her family might be.”

Shehawk is now being fostered with another litter her age so she can be socialized with a Mom and kittens her age.

Adorable as she may be, Shehawk won’t be available for adoption until she has been weaned  and vetted but if anyone is interested in adopting or fostering they are asked to reach out to BFF via email at the address listed below.

The volunteers with BFF are currently 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

We hope you enjoy this Hiatus Issue of the Bayfield Breeze as the Editor is currently on a family holiday and hopefully enjoying calm seas.

Those with events occurring between now and May 12 are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date. The next deadline for submission is Sunday, May 12 at 4 p.m.

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

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

The main focus of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is the Bayfield Community Fair – a three-day festival that brings rural and urban residents together through competitions, entertainment, and displays of animals and agricultural equipment. The Fair is always held on the third weekend in August. This year’s Fair will take place on Aug. 16-18.

The expression “it takes a village” applies most aptly when considering how the Fair comes together each year. It’s never too early to start recruiting volunteers to help with all aspects of organizing the Fair.

The BAS is looking for additional volunteers to head sections of the Fair, some taking a couple of hours and others as much as five to 10 hours.

Specific areas of the Fair that the BAS currently needs volunteers for include:

  • Farm products coordinator
  •  Fruits & Vegetables coordinator
  •  Gate assistance
  • Volunteer coordinator
  •  Parade day assistance
  •  Setup and take-down after the Fair

The response from the community in 2023 brought volunteers – both young people and those more seasoned – who worked together to get the fairgrounds ready and help put on last year’s Fair.

Volunteering with the BAS gives anyone interested the opportunity to draw on personal strengths while supporting a good cause; grow leadership skills in a supportive environment; meet new people; and share new ideas.

Anyone who can spare a few hours or more to help out with the 2024 Bayfield Fair is kindly asked to email info@bayfieldfair.ca or complete the online form: Volunteer Sign Up.

BOOK LAUNCH

Local author Holly Jeffers is inviting people to save the afternoon of  Friday, May 31st to attend the launch of her latest novel, “Vee is for Venus”.

The Book Launch will be held from 2-4 p.m. and generously hosted at  1851 Bayfield Landing located at 21 Main Street in the village.

Jeffers will be signing copies of her book. A complimentary glass of wine will be offered for each $15 book sale, $2 of which will be donated to the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

LEGO CLUB

Talented Lego builders always showcase their story telling abilities at the meetings of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month as the Bayfield Lego Club will meet this Saturday, May 11.

This free activity, thanks to the sponsorships of the Optimist Club of Bayfield will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the TSJ Hall (Trinity St James Anglican Church Parish Hall).

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

TSJ Hall is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.

CARD CAVALCADE

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Auxiliary Card Cavalcade is returning following a lengthy absence due to the pandemic and its coming back with a different twist on this old favorite fundraiser.

On Friday, May 10, people are invited to St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield for a light lunch with dessert, coffee or tea followed by such games as Bridge, Euchre, Canasta and Pepper. The lunch will be $10 per person and will begin at noon. Draw tickets will also be sold at the event for $2 each or three for $5.

The money raised helps support CPH.

Tickets for the lunch are available by contacting Grace Koehler at 519 565-4554; Elizabeth Cloran, 519 565-4810; or Kathleen Siertsema at 519 565-2479 or email ksierts@tcc.on.ca.

SOUND BATH SESSIONS

My Harp Heals, Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery, will be holding two Sound Bath sessions at the TSJ Hall on two upcoming Wednesday afternoons.

These one-hour sessions will be offered on May 22 and June 19 starting at 3:30 p.m.

Each session will offer a deep relaxation sound bath that combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with Guided Imagery (GIM) techniques and voice.

“Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourselves. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, sleeplessness, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice,” explained Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance. “Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed.”

The cost is $20 for one session or $35 for both. Participants are asked to pay via E-transfer to register. Those who take part are asked to bring a mat, blanket, pillow and an open mind.

Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at harpheals@gmail.com.

The TSJ Hall (formerly Trinity St James Parish Hall) is located at 10 Keith Crescent 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

On Saturday, May 18, people are invited to the Bayfield Community Centre to learn more about the 2024 key Bayfield Ratepayer issues facing the Municipality of Bluewater.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

Municipal short and longer term operating and capital budget plans will be discussed in addition to the Short Term Rental By-law status, storm and ground water inspections and their impact on sewerage plant capacity as well as many others.  People are encouraged to find out how these issues might impact them!

“We will also have guest speaker Ms. Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) presenting an educational lecture ‘Think Like a Watershed’ which will be an update on the main Bayfield Watershed Plan,” said Don Schafheitlin, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA).

Veliz has over 20 years of experience with ABCA and has managed the bio-monitoring efforts and water quality results as the Healthy Watersheds Manager.  She works with communities and agencies to implement watershed projects and undertake best practices to ensure water quality improvement and sustainability. Veliz has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Alberta.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.

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.

WALK FOR DOG GUIDES

The Walk for Dog Guides organized by the Bayfield Lions Club has been set for Sunday, June 2nd. (Photo courtesy Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides website)

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.

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

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield would like to thank Rev. Joseph (Joe) Gray for leading their worship while Rev. Lisa Dolson was on study leave.

All are invited to attend Sunday services 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.

COFFEE & CHAT

The “Coffee & Chat” group meets in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday. The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

The program, which runs from 2-3:30 p.m., will continue until the end of June 2024.

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

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

MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at plewington6@gmail.com.

GODERICH PHYSICIANS CELEBRATED ON NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY

Mayor of Goderich Trevor Bazinet (centre) is flanked by some of the physicians that serve the community at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital. (Submitted photos)

Twenty-eight doctors in the Huron Health System serving Alexandra Marine & General Hospital (AMGH) were honored during a celebration of National Doctors’ Day held on May 1st.

In any small town, there are a finite number of health care professionals holding a town’s medical services together.  That’s why it is so refreshing and rejuvenating to see all the appreciation from the community on National Doctor’s Day. The drawings from the students at St. Mary’s Goderich Catholic School covered the walls and brought many smiles to staff and physicians as they read things like: “Thank you to all the doctors that worked towards making this hospital and community a better place.” “Thank you – you are amazing!” “God can’t be everywhere, so he sends doctors.”

Goderich Mayor Trevor Bazinet said, “Your hard work and dedication are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for making a difference in your community. We appreciate the sacrifices you make every day to help others. Thank you for your compassion and care for all of your patients.”

“We are so fortunate to have such a great medical team,” said Physician Recruitment Lead Gwen Devereaux. “The doctors are providing outstanding care. These frontline healthcare workers are our heroes!”

Chief of Staff, Huron Health System Goderich site, Dr. Shannon Natuik said, “All healthcare employees, including the team of doctors in Goderich, have continued to go above and beyond in providing service to the hospital and its patients. The response and support received back from the community on this day of physician recognition is greatly appreciated.”

The doctors were treated with an excellent lunch, a thank you from the hospital, Smile Cookies from AMGH Foundation and each doctor took home a beautiful gift donated by the Town of Goderich. Perfect thank you gifts to show appreciation.

“Many thanks to all the physicians at AMGH who have demonstrated tremendous commitment and dedication to our patients. This is a small token of appreciation for all their hard work during these very challenging times,” said President & CEO Huron Health System, Jimmy Trieu.

WELLBEING OF MIGRANTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES TOPIC OF LECTURE

Dr. Rana Telfah

The Syrian conflict caused thousands of people to be displaced, many of whom travelled internationally to escape. By 2019, Canada welcomed and resettled 54,560 Syrian refugees, some of which came to settle in the rural areas of Southwestern, Ontario.

On Tuesday, May 7, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will host Season 4, Episode 10 of their Virtual Lecture Series on ZOOM. The one hour presentation will begin at noon and will feature a conversation on the experiences of Syrian refugee families, and more broadly, the health and wellbeing of migrants that come into rural communities.

The lecture entitled “A Snapshot of Early Settlement Experiences: Connections to Healthy Communities” will be led by Dr. Rana Telfah from the University of Guelph. She will be sharing her doctoral research in Rural Studies. Her research explores Syrian families’ early settlement experiences in different-sized Southwestern Ontario communities as it relates to housing, employment, health and education.

Dr. Rana moved with her family to Canada in 2012 after having previous working experience in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Jordan.  By 2016, she had completed a Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph.  This academic pursuit has since led to her accomplishing her doctorate at the same institution.

Panelists for this lecture include Dr. Ray Silvius (PhD) who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, at The University of Winnipeg and Local Immigration Partnership Manager at the County of Huron, Mark Nonkes (MBA, MLIS)  Each brings a unique perspective, delving into the political economy of refugees, immigrants and migration in Canadian society, and current statistics for Huron County as it relates to housing, employment and healthcare respectively. This lecture will be moderated by Professor Emeritus from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at Guelph University, Dr. Wayne Calwell.

Audiences for the lecture are invited to ask questions throughout the online presentation. Gateway welcomes everyone to engage with this material.

Anyone who would like to attend this lecture is asked to register at: Gateway Lecture Series.


FLOOR SWEEPER PURCHASED WITH TRILLIUM FUNDING

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson posed with Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) board members to congratulate them on their successful Ontario Trillium Foundation grant which was used to purchase a new riding floor sweeper for the food bank. From l-r are: Richard Jennison, director; Michael Harrison, chair; Pete Janssen, Warehouse manager; Lisa Thompson; and Mary Ellen Zielman, executive director. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, Apr. 13,  Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson met with the staff and volunteers with the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) to congratulate them on the successful conclusion of their $33,500 Capital grant from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The grant, awarded last year, was used to buy a new riding floor sweeper for the food bank.

“We’re blessed to have an organization like the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to support people in need throughout Huron-Bruce, and through this investment, we’re showing our support for the work they do,” said Thompson. “The new floor sweeper will enable staff and volunteers to focus on the people they serve.”

The HCFBDCs purpose is to support the existing food banks. It channels large food donations in a free-flowing fashion to the local community food banks and through the mobile food bank truck. Huron County is large and diverse, relying on the local food bank to know the immediate needs of their own area. When the HCFBDC receives donations of food from farmers and food producers, it acts as a clearing-house, dividing the large donations into usable portions, then distributing to the food banks that have need of the products. It helps with the extras such as fresh produce, dairy and meat as well as dry goods. The local food banks continue to count on individual donations for their basic needs. The HCFBDC is very thankful to OTF for the floor sweeper to keep their floors clean while people work to send food to the local food banks and aid agencies.

“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference,” said Neil Lumsden, minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “That’s why funding that my ministry is providing through the OTF is so important. Our government wants to ensure that these programs and spaces remain the heart of communities across our province.”

The OTF is an agency of the Ontario government with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. Last year, OTF invested more than $110 Million into 1,044 community projects and multi-sector partnerships. Projects aim to enhance economic well-being, foster more active lifestyles, support child and youth development, provide spaces for people to come together and connect, and create a more sustainable environment. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

For more information on HCFBDCt, please visit their website at: www.huroncountyfoodbank.org.

HURON HOSPICE FIRST CANADIAN HOSPICE TO EARN GOLD LEVEL MUSIC CARE CERTIFICATION

Huron HospiceHuron Hospice has received the coveted Gold Level Music Care Certification from the Room 217 Foundation, making it the first Hospice in Canada to receive this recognition.

“Music has always played an important role at Huron Hospice Bender House. Local musicians volunteer their time and talent to play at the hospice. Whether it is spiritual, folk, Celtic or the lyrical sounds of a harp, we know music soothes the soul. With Certification, we better understand music’s importance for our residents, families, volunteers, and staff. Certification has allowed us to make music an integral part of our care. It has been an exciting learning curve for us, and we are already seeing positive outcomes,” said Volunteer Coordinator at Huron Hospice, Deb Shelley.

Room 217 resources offer instruction in music’s thoughtful and intentional use in a person’s care by designing ways to support residents and families that respect their autonomy, history, tastes, and physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs.

Certification took almost 12 months to complete, beginning with a 24-hour review of the soundscape, examining the sounds heard inside and outside Bender House and culminating in a research project focusing on the observation of music’s impact on residents. This project sparked further motivation to incorporate the intentional use of music in other aspects of hospice engagement in other settings.

The therapeutic value of music has been well-documented and based on the concept of whole-person care. Music, particularly the gentleness of intentionally slower rhythms, is known to soothe turbulent, worried minds and, as a result, calms respiration and reduces rapid heart rates. Music also provides opportunities for memories, person-to-person communication and distraction from pain.

As a result of their training, the Bender House music care team, made up of both volunteers and staff members, has learned to build a collaborative approach to incorporating music-in-care. Volunteer musicians and singers as soloists and in groups have broadened their understanding of the tremendous value of their music in the lives of those who hear it – or sing along with it. As part of the intake at Bender House, incoming residents and their families are asked what kind of music would enhance their stay.

According to Shelley, “With Certification, we expect to see decreased agitation, reduced isolation and ultimately improved well-being. Our staff and volunteers continue to grow in our understanding of the link between music and “whole person care.”

Hospice palliative care is a unique form of health care that includes relief from pain combined with psychological, social, cultural, and emotional support. Music is an integral part of that care. The key to hospice palliative care is comfort and dignity for the resident and their family.

Since 1996, Huron Hospice-trained volunteers have provided hospice palliative care and respite in family homes across Huron County. As the population ages, care-at-home is becoming too complex for families to manage.

In 2018, Huron Hospice opened Bender House to provide higher end-of-life care. With comfort and dignity in mind, Bender House is a converted family home on 12 acres surrounded by agricultural fields and a woodlot. It’s like a family home in rural Ontario. Since that time, 250 people and their families have accessed the nursing care of Bender House. People choose Huron Hospice Bender House because of the compassionate whole-person care hospice nurses and volunteers offer.

The Room 217 Foundation is a health arts organization dedicated to improving the care culture with music. Room 217 enriches the care experience, especially for vulnerable older adults in care settings. Their programs and services help caregivers and providers use music in their regular practice regardless of their musical abilities or training.

“LIVES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN” INSPIRE FESTIVAL

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story will feature 12 Canadian authors celebrating writing and reading in the landscape that inspired Canadian author Alice Munro. (Artwork by Jessica Masters)

Huron’s 2024 Literary Festival Explores “Lives of Girls and Women” in the landscape that inspired its namesake, Canadian author Alice Munro.

Lives of Girls and Women is a celebrated novel that tells a coming-of-age story that follows Del Jordan as she navigates the complexities of growing up in rural Ontario during the mid-20th century. Munro’s writing is celebrated for its depth, insight, and realism and Lives of Girls and Women is often praised for its richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and nuanced exploration of the complexities of female relationships and experiences. From June 5-9, organizers of the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, invite people to explore the multifaceted lives of girls and women, and the diversity of their experiences.

The Alice Munro Festival is expanding in 2024 to include a live theatre production and a film screening in addition to its captivating author events including readings and masterclasses.

A stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, which blends local history and literature, will be performed at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. First performed at the Here for Now Theatre Festival held in Stratford, ON in 2021, the play was written by Taylor Marie Graham.

The synopsis of the play is as follows:  “Inspired by four haunting characters from four iconic Alice Munro stories, Post Alice is a contemporary play which asks the question: what really happened to Mistie Murray? And what happens to all our missing girls? Come sit around the fire with four bright and hilarious Huron County women as ghost stories emerge, songs fill the air, family secrets are revealed, and mysteries unravel into those wonderful contradictions which live inside us all.”

From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, the Festival will host workshops by award-winning and bestselling authors Cindy Matthews, “Ignite the Writer Within”; Jann Everard, “Mastering the Submission Process”; Paola Ferrante, “Tell the Truth but Tell it Spec: Using the Genre Conventions of Horror and Science Fiction to Tell Stories that Matter”; and Emily Paskevics, “Place as Character: Crafting Dynamic Settings for Your Stories”.

Included in the 2024 festival will be a stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. (Submitted photo)

Eight celebrated authors will share a reading from their newly published collections and discuss their writing through a moderated Q&A. From experiences of searching for, and teaching about belonging in a deeply divided world and intergenerational relationships that unfold in a context of environmental change, to a gripping World War II novel about two sisters who join the war effort, the stories shared are sure to deeply resonate with festival-goers.   Authors include:  Annahid Dashtgard, “Bones of Belonging”; Jann Everard, “Blue Runaways”; Paola Ferrante, “Her Body Among Animals”; Genevieve Graham, “The Secret Keeper”; Heather Marshall, “The Secret History of Audrey James”; Cindy Matthews, “The Roach Family and Other Stories”; and Emily Paskevics, “Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter”. Additional authors will be announced soon.

On June 7, the Festival will host the Awards Presentation of the 2024 Short Story Contest and the new Digital Art Contest. They received record numbers of entries this year and once again were impressed by the talent and creativity that emerges from area communities when it comes to this contest! With cash prizes for both adults and youth, choosing a winner is difficult, luckily the celebrity judges are up to the challenge!

Following the awards presentations in Wingham, a film screening of “Lives of Girls and Women” will be held in the Wingham Heritage Town Hall Theatre. It is a made-for-tv movie by Munro, Charles K Pitts, and Kelly Rebar, created in 1996. One reviewer critiqued it as “a great down to earth movie. It is a tribute to Canadian actresses. Tanya Allen and Wendy Crewson were excellent in their portrayal of a mother and daughter during a girls entering adulthood time. The aunts and uncle, as well as the boyfriend and his family played the inhabitants of a small town in that time period to perfection.”

There is something for everyone at this year’s Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story. Events take place in Bayfield, Blyth and Wingham.  Visit @AliceMunroFestival on Facebook for late breaking news and find event information and links to tickets at alicemunrofestival.ca.  Save on multiple events with a Daily Pass or purchase an All-Access Pass to enjoy several events during the Festival weekend.

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story nurtures emerging writers and celebrates short stories in the landscape that inspired Munro. It is generously supported by the County of Huron, Township of North Huron, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield; Royal Homes, Wingham; Capital Power, Virtual High School, Bayfield; and several corporate and individual donors.

HURON WOMEN’S SHELTER

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And over the course of the month, the Town of Goderich is ensuring that survivors of sexual violence are believed, supported, and encouraged to seek out services in the community.

The “We Stand With Survivors” campaign will take place in Goderich with many local businesses and organizations taking part.

“Sexual violence is a prevalent issue in Huron County and survivors feel isolated, silenced and invisible in our community,” said Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services (HWS) Executive Director Corey Allison. “This campaign is about our community speaking directly to those survivors. We see you. We believe you. We are here for you.”

The campaign consists of large banners being displayed in town as well as posters also being hung in the windows of participating businesses.

“Our hope is that in addition to letting survivors know that we are here to support them, we can also start having conversations aimed at creating a safer environment for survivors to seek assistance and feel supported within our community,” said HWS Fund Development Manager, Genelle Reid.

The We Stand With Survivors Campaign originally began in Renfrew County at the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. It came out of interviews with hundreds of survivors who said they didn’t feel seen, heard, or believed in their rural communities. The campaign, started in 2017, was such a success, the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre started partnering with other organizations and communities across the province, and the country.

For survivors seeking support, please reach out to the HWS 24/7 support number: 1-800-265-5506.

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.

HURON SHORES AREA TRANSIT

On Monday, Apr. 29, Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) launched 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.

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 tonight, 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 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.

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.

JUNE ROBINSON MEMORIAL HIKE

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.

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 more practical pieces of  furniture in the collection…

COMMODE

This is a homemade wooden commode which has been refinished.  It has a natural maple finish. The commode has a solid back and sides. The wood is cut into a half-moon shape at the base on the sides to form legs. There are double half-moon cut-outs on the front forming legs. It has solid arms and on the ends of these are a decorative “X” shaped pattern. There are two spindles from arms to seat; back top has corners cut off, top has holes drilled in the shape of a flower. A wooden cover sits, unattached on top. There is a drawer to access at the front of the commode to remove a chamber pot. The drawer has a turned wooden knob. There is no bottom or back to pull out the drawer; the bottom of the space for the chamber pot also has holes drilled in the shape of a flower.

The commode was brought to Huron County by the “Finnigan Clan” that settled in the Dungannon, ON area after settling in Amherst Island (1840s to 1880).

NEW BOOK

GOTHIC HURON IS LIKE AN OLD VICTORIAN CHEST OF DRAWERS

A new book “Gothic Huron: Heroes, Rogues, Murders, Daring, Bawdy Houses and Other Tales” by local author and historian David Yates is now available for purchase. It is Yates’ fifth book in the series and covers the period from the War of 1812 to Queen Victoria’s death in 1901.

Yates explains that during the era of the Gothic revival in the nineteenth century, most Huron County residents were hard-working, profoundly Christian who lived austere lives. They also had a profound fascination with death and were fascinated by devilish criminal acts or heroic deeds  of which there are many tales in Yates’ book.  Indeed, it is the era of the death cult where murder and acts of valor were entertaining object lessons discussed by their neighbors.

Gothic Huron is like an old Victorian chest of drawers filled with sepia toned photos and treasures from Huron County’s forgotten past. Gothic Huron is available at Finchers’ Gift Shop in Goderich; the Blyth Citizen and The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Yates (Submitted photo)

David Yates is an award winning author and semi-retired teacher with the Avon-Maitland District School Board. He has taught history in Huron County highschools since 1988 and served five terms on the Goderich Town Council.

Since 2007, his local history column has appeared regularly in Huron County papers. He has written several books on Huron County history and enjoys doing historical talks virtually from anywhere. He received, among other awards, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his historical writings.

David and his wife, Kathryn, live in Goderich where they raised their three children Joshua, Jessica and Tyler.

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Bawdy Houses, Houses of Ill-Fame and Ill-Repute show up regularly on the quarterly Returns of Convictions in nineteenth century Huron County. (Photo courtesy David Yates)

BY DAVID YATES

Bawdy Houses, Houses of Ill-Fame and Ill-Repute show up regularly on the quarterly Returns of Convictions in nineteenth century Huron County. The presence of these ‘dens of iniquity’ were a town’s shameful secret which only surfaced in the local papers when their conduct warranted outing. The shadowy existence of these houses threatened to disrupt the public and private morals in staid and sober Victorian Huron.

Although there may have been older houses of ill-repute in Goderich, in May 1865, the Huron Signal reported that Esther Forsythe was found guilty of “keeping a house of ill-fame.” Three other women were charged with being ‘inmates’ of the same house. In order to prove the charges, a “large number of young men” were subpoenaed to testify but most conveniently absented themselves on out of town fishing excursions. Forsythe admitted her guilt and was fined $50 for keeping the house and a further $20 for selling liquor without a license. The others were warned and given lesser fines. Goderich Mayor S Pollock vowed that he was “determined to put down the horrible vice which these girls were spreading in the community.”

The warning fell on deaf ears as on November 19, 1866, the infamous “Brown House” came to prominence locally when it was torched by 26 year old Jacob Hobson, a petty criminal, who was convicted of firing the building on the evidence of his girlfriend, Alice Jeffries, who listed her occupation as ‘prostitute’ when she entered the county gaol. The ‘inmates’ of the house escaped with their lives but the Huron Signal approvingly noted that no one in the crowd who gathered to watch the spectacle threw a single bucket of water on the conflagration.

At the subsequent trial, Jeffries admitted that “she kept a house of ill-fame” and thought Hobson set her establishment ablaze because he believed it was under the protection of Constable Bernard Trainer and so torched it in revenge for an earlier violent encounter (No proof connected Trainer with the Brown House but it was not uncommon for law enforcement officials to connive with the keepers of houses of ill-fame to remain in business). In the end, for her testimony, Jeffries was released and Hobson was sentenced to seven years hard labour at the Central Prison where he died in July 1867. The Signal stated that the act of mob violence resulted in ‘a nuisance abated’.

A House of Ill-fame in Seaforth may have caused the most destructive fire in the town’s history. In the early morning hours of September 4, 1876, a fire broke out above “Mrs. Griffith’s” candy store on Main Street which eventually destroyed five acres of Seaforth’s downtown.  At the inquest, Mrs. Griffith, whom the Huron Expositor described as a “disreputable character” was accused of keeping “a house of ill-repute” and setting the fire deliberately for the insurance money. Griffith was found not guilty on a technicality but the verdict did nothing to enhance her reputation. She sold her property and left town.

In 1878 Clinton, four women and three men were brought before Mayor W C Searle for keeping a ‘bawdy house’. The men were fined $10 each; and the women were given fines ranging from $1 to $5. Mrs. Elizabeth Green was given the stiffest fine of $20 for selling liquor illegally indicating that the alcohol offence was more serious than keeping a brothel. Another house of ill-fame in Clinton was uncovered in 1893 when the Clinton New Era reported that a ‘dive’ on one of the back streets had been “a centre of attraction for a large number of young men.” The paper thought it was time to shut down “this den of harlotry” which was “a disgrace to a civilized community like Clinton.”

In 1879, the same year that Wingham was incorporated, one of the town’s early businesses was a house of ill-repute known as the Ashery. In August 1879, a mob descended upon the house smashing window panes, breaking in the door and damaging the furniture. Four women and several men were seized inside the home. In a bold move, the Ashery’s proprietress, Mollie Moore, recognized some of the assailants and had warrants issued for their arrest. Four men were summoned to court but chose to pay Moore $75 for damages rather than come before the court.

The Huron Expositor reported, in April 1881, that Wingham had “for a long time been horribly pestered with prostitutes” and that local authorities had “been making efforts to rid the town of this pestilence.” Citing the example of a raid on a House of ill-fame in February run by Esther McPherson, the Expositor reported that McPherson was convicted and levied a $24.50 fine or spend 21 days in jail. However, while locked in the cells, two young men from Blyth broke one of McPherson’s darlings from her cage.” She was apprehended the next morning and freed upon giving evidence against her liberators. As for Mrs. McPherson, her fines were remitted when she agreed to leave town on the next train which she promptly did under police escort.

In June 1881, the Huron Record described another raid on a house of ill-fame in Wingham run by a ‘whiteman’ named Edward Castleman who kept two ‘African’ tailoress’ as inmates of the house. The ruse of claiming one’s occupation in a brothel was fairly common as it could explain why men were in various states of undress in the event of a raid. Castleman was fined $40 and told to “cash up or git” out of town.

In the 1890s, Goderich had three known dens of iniquity in operation. In May 1891, Maud Hamilton arrived from Hamilton and set up an establishment on the south edge of town. She became known as the “Lioness of Goderich”. The buxom, good looking blonde woman thwarted repeated attempts by Dan McGillicuddy, the Huron Signal’s editor to shut her house down.

Perhaps inspired by Maud Hamilton’s success, Mrs. Agnes Thomas opened a bawdy house on Britannia Road in 1892 and a certain Mrs. Carey operated one in the St Patrick’s Ward. Unlike the Hamilton and Thomas houses, Mrs. Carey lacked the connivance of local authorities as on May 3, 1893, a mob of 100-150 men attacked the house while five to six constables looked on. According to the Signal, the attack drove Carey ‘and her associates’ from town.

Perhaps it was Mrs. Carey’s location in a ‘respectable’ residential area of town that could not be tolerated or was it because, unlike Mrs. Thomas, Carey did not pay off local authorities.  Despite reports of pistol shots, illegal alcohol, liquor sales, drunkenness, and nightly ‘orgies’, town officials seemed to ‘wink at’ the ‘disgraceful scenes’ at Mrs. Thomas’ Britannia Road house, according to the Signal. Agnes Thomas operated her Britannia Road house by allegedly paying off Alfred Nicholson, the town’s night watchman, to direct clients to her house. Nicholson denied the charge but was removed for drunkenness while on duty, in 1894.

“By prior arrangement,” Mrs. Thomas pled guilty to selling liquor without a licence and fined $50.00 which she paid ‘forthwith’.  As part of the deal, she agreed to leave town to escape more serious charges. Less fortunate were Thomas’ two ‘inmates’ who were each sentenced to four months of hard labour for ‘street walking’. Mrs. Thomas went on to establish dens of iniquity in other small towns in southern Ontario.

Of Miss Hamilton’s ‘den of evil’, the Huron Signal in September 1894 lamented that the ‘festering sore still remains’.     Hamilton was eventually convicted of serving liquor but, like many Madams, she was allowed to avoid prison time if she left town by November 9, 1894. Not everyone was glad to see her go, one young man offered to marry her if it would keep her in town living a respectable life. Miss Hamilton rejected the offer perhaps knowing that no woman in her profession could aspire to a respectable life in the town where they plied their trade.

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Greetings from Sitka, Alaska! Our family safely embarked on an Alaskan cruise adventure May 3rd from Seattle, Washington. The long awaited seven days of making memories with our kids and grandkids has begun. While in Sitka we headed out on a tour boat to view some Alaskan wildlife and as the pictures I am sharing with you this week show – we were very successful. We saw Eagles’ nesting; Stellar Lions fighting for a spot on a buoy; and Sea Otters relaxing in a kelp bed; as well as Gray Whales and a Humpback Whale feeding.

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