NEWEST HURON HISTORICAL NOTES FEATURES VILLAGE OF BAYFIELD
The Huron County Historical Society has produced an annual edition of the Huron Historical Notes for its members since 1965. And their most recent edition features the Village of Bayfield.
It is a 54-page history and contains lots of information gleaned from the Village of Bayfield text produced in the 1980s but with some notable updates. This previous work is now out-of-print.
The Bayfield Historical Society has bought 100 copies of “Huron Historical Notes – Village of Bayfield” for distribution.
Anyone wishing to purchase a copy can find the book for sale at The Bayfield Archives on Main Street or call 519 565-2454. They are selling for $8.00 each to cover production and printing costs.
HOLIDAY TRADITION CONTINUES WITH FOURTEENTH VISIT FROM BAND
On Nov. 27 the Bayfield Town Hall will welcome back the London Citadel Salvation Army Band for their fourteenth annual Christmas Concert. Their appearance on the town hall stage is a holiday tradition for many and should not be missed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held on Dec. 4.
The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883. By the early 1900s the band was in demand and performed in such cities as Windsor and Detroit. In the last 125 years the groups’ horizons have broadened considerably and they have traveled to England twice as well as the west coast of Canada and parts of the USA.
Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 per person. For tickets call Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894.
Coincidentally, the Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, the same year that the Bayfield Town Hall was built. All proceeds from the concert will go The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the maintenance of the hall.
HURON HOSPICE EVENT BENEFITS BAYFIELD AND AREA RESIDENTS
The Huron Hospice Volunteer Service provides palliative and respite care, as well as bereavement programs, for individuals in the Bayfield area as well as Wingham, Goderich, Seaforth and Clinton.
A member agency of the United Way of Perth-Huron, the Huron Hospice will be hosting a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 13.
This seventh annual fundraiser will be held at Northside United Church in Seaforth at 2:30 p.m. Special guest readers will include, Jim Swan, a well-known broadcaster, from London. There will be wonderful seasonal music under the direction of Deborah Lambert, in addition to a children’s choir.
Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds assist Huron Hospice in continuing to provide much needed services. For more information please call the Hospice office 519 527-0655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABCA: LOW WATER ADVISORY LIFTED
With wetter weather conditions for the latter half of October and early November, the Water Response Team (WRT) for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has lifted the low water advisory that was in place for the entire ABCA watershed.
“Flows in local watercourses have increased considerably from where they were in late summer and early fall, even though October rainfall amounts remain slightly below normal in many areas,” according to Alec Scott, ABCA Water and Planning Manager. “With water usage demand down and ground moisture increasing, we expect stream flows to continue to rebound through the fall.”
The Chair of the WRT, Bob Norris, thanked both the industries and individuals who voluntarily reduced their water usage in response to the dry weather observed through the summer.
“When in a low water condition, conservation of water is an important measure in preventing further declines in water supplies and ensuring that everyone has access to water at the most critical times,” Norris said. “Everyone has an important part to play in preserving our water supply.”
ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions.
SANTA LOOKING FOR EXTRA ELVES TO AID COUNTY CHRISTMAS BUREAU
It is no secret that Huron County has been hard hit by the economic downturn and the reality is Santa may need some extra elves this year to ensure that every child will have a gift under the tree this Christmas.
This is not only the goal of Santa Claus but the Huron County Christmas Bureau. It is a county-wide volunteer group that organizes five gift centres for disadvantaged families. Toys, clothes, food and food vouchers are donated or purchased with cash donations (for which donors will be issued a tax receipt). Hundreds of volunteers and donors participate each year and play Santa for up to a thousand children and their families.
An independent organization, the bureau could not function without the support of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society. They provide the bureau with office space, phone lines and administrative assistance.
Community churches and caring residents also make the program possible. The gift centres are located in churches in five communities in Huron County and volunteers from these churches and the community at large donate many hours collecting, sorting, organizing and displaying the gifts. Towns and villages throughout the county have drop boxes available where donations can be deposited.
This year the gift centres can be found in: Clinton, Clinton United Church; Exeter, Christian Reform Church; Goderich, North Street United Church; Seaforth, St. James Roman Catholic Church, at the Agriplex; and Wingham, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
In Bayfield, the Optimist Club organizes the distribution of gift tags to remind people to purchase an item for the bureau when doing their Christmas shopping. Printed on the tag is a request for a toy or clothing item for a boy or girl of a certain age and size. These tags were available over the Christmas in Bayfield weekend and can now be picked up off the “giving tree” on display at Brandon’s Hardware.
Gifts can be delivered to any one of the churches listed above or left in drop boxes placed in local stores between Dec. 7 and 11.
LOCAL BOOK SHOP GIVES GIFT OF READING TO CHILDREN IN NEED
One local business is encouraging everyone in the community to give the gift of reading to a child this Christmas.
The Village Bookshop, on Catherine Street (just off Main Street), would like to fill the wish lists of less fortunate children who would like a new book this Christmas but they need help to do so.
When an individual buys a children’s book at the store and places it in the donation box The Village Bookshop will match the donation with another book. All of these books will be delivered to the Huron County Christmas Bureau for distribution.
If a person is unable to drop into the book shop but would still like to participate they may call or email the amount they would like to spend on a book donation; email email@example.com or call 519 565-5600.
There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions”.
In this week’s “REMEMBER ME?” we have a photo taken in 1970. It shows the electric engine that was in service around 1898-1900 for Bayfield's electric street lights.
The engine was donated to the Bayfield Historical Society by Ernest Pollock, of Varna, and stored in Mert Morton's garage. This week in addition to asking who the people are in the photo, we would also like to know if anyone knows where the engine may be located.
Archivist Ralph Laviolette would like to thank all those people who submitted possible ideas for the subject in an earlier Remember Me? The luminous image of the girl in the row boat on the Bayfield River proved popular, some thought it may have been Lucy Woods, but Laviolette feels that the correct identification was given by villager Ann Martin.
She believes the girl was Mary Ruby Whiddon (1884-1967) who married Archibald Armstrong (1874-1959) around 1919. The Whiddon’s owned the apple evaporator behind what is now the Red Pump.
Keep those ideas coming!