HATS OFF TO CHILDREN IN CAMBODIA FROM BAYFIELD
The children of Honour Village Cambodia were recently presented with ball caps generously donated by Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson. Dorothy Griffith, of Bayfield, who is spending the winter along with husband, Gordon Fraser, volunteering at the facility was happy to make the presentation. The gifts were very well received and should help shield the children from the hot Cambodian sun. (Submitted photo)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Bayfield residents, Dorothy Griffiths and her husband, Gordon Fraser, will be spending the holidays in Siem Reap, Cambodia this year volunteering at Honour Village Cambodia. This is their third year volunteering in Cambodia and their second year at Honour Village which was opened in 2010.
Griffiths wrote this from Cambodia to share with Bayfield Breeze readers, “Just a day or two before we were ready to leave our home in Bayfield, Bill Dowson, mayor for the Municipality of Bluewater, generously donated a big bag filled with baseball caps for us to bring to the children of Honour Village. Our suitcases were already jam-packed and nearly at the full weight allowance, but this four-pound package was precious cargo - forty new hats to protect the kids from the hot Cambodian sun.
On Dec. 20, Griffiths distributed the hats to the children. And as demonstrated in the photo above they were very thrilled to receive them.
The couple has been at Honour village for about three weeks and will return home to Bayfield in late March.
Fraser, who is a woodworker, is building desks, shelving and cupboards for the children. Griffiths is teaching hand sewing and embroidery.
“In addition, we both pitch in anywhere we can, helping with child care, preparing and serving meals, painting, sewing or whatever else needs doing,” said Griffiths.
According to Griffiths, Honour Village is an NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides a safe home for Cambodian orphans and disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless children. It is an entirely volunteer-run organization with absolutely no overheads or administration costs; every penny raised goes directly to helping the children. It is 100 per cent reliant on donations and gratefully welcomes any partners, supporters and sponsors. Even the smallest donation helps and is greatly appreciated. In addition, they are always looking for experienced and expert volunteers to add to their team.
“Right now there are 46 children at Honour Village, living in three houses. With the addition of a fourth house, currently under construction, the plans are to increase the number of children to 60!” she concluded.
GUIDING IS GROWING
Bayfield Guiding is growing thanks to such enthusiastic girls as those pictured here that were recently officially enrolled into their units. Joining Sparks were Lexi Harney and Jocelyn Smith; Jilaine Dunn became a Brownie; Morgan Kennedy and Nicole Kelly were enrolled as Girl Guides and five new Pathfinders made their promise, Sydney Pitt, Michelle Beeler, Skylar Pigeau, Raven Blyde and Fiona Brands. Absent was new Girl Guide Laura Buckley. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Volunteers and Businesses help in promoting community
Roger Lewington, president of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.(Submitted photo)
A note from the President of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Roger Lewington:
“The BACC would like to wish all residents a happy and prosperous New Year!
The Bayfield Breeze is a project of the BACC with a mission to keep the community up to date on all of the news and events in the village. The virtual newspaper is in its third year and is enjoyed by area residents and tourists who want to stay in touch with village events and news. I would like to offer special thanks to our member advertisers for making the Bayfield Breeze available weekly. As well, thanks to Journalist Melody Falconer-Pounder for her tireless work on the publication as editor and to Denis Pal, for his diligence in getting the weekly editions published.
“A word of thanks to all the volunteers and businesses that supported Christmas in Bayfield with its very popular events being the lighting of the lights and the parade. Plus doing all the decorating to create the festive atmosphere. This was a wonderful event for children of all ages, with thousands of visitors at the parade, and a Main Street that was full of visitors for the weekend.
This weekend wouldn’t get off the ground without the efforts of the BACC committees comprised of: Lighting of the Lights - Janet Snider and Becky Rathwell; Christmas in Bayfield - Maryann Rowat, Judi Milligan, Lorraine McDougall, Judy Pal and Gayle Beuermann; Santa Claus Parade - Ian Matthew, Mike Dixon, and Dave Bechard.
Community volunteers also gladly helped out with marshalling the parade and assisted with decorations. Thank you to these many volunteers, including musicians from Holmesville Public School for providing the entertainment at the lighting of the lights. Thank you for making this a wonderful community event!”
Lewington went on to note that the BACC has had three new businesses become members of the organization recently. They are Penny Riehl of Clay and Gourmet on Main Street; Cynthia Clark of Cyndi's Garden in Bayshore Plaza; and Erin Roy of Edward Jones Financial on Main Street.
"Two years down south on a sailboat" A take time topic
In 2002, Dave and Lynne Gillians boarded Picaroon 11, their CS 36 sailboat, and for the next two winters they lived aboard and explored the east coast of the United States and the Bahamas. (Submitted photo)
January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.
The fourth year of the “Take Time in 2012” programs will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.
The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event.
In the past a registration coffee has been held to get the program going but this year that has been dispensed with. The cost will be $3 per session. Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.
Bayfield’s own Lynn and Dave Gillians will be the presenters at the first session to be held at Knox Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9. “Two Years Down South on a Small Boat” is the title of their presentation and should know doubt be filled with several very entertaining anecdotes. The coordinator for this session is Barb Harkins and she can be reached at 519 565-2098.
According to Dave, “Every year about 500 boats leave the Great Lakes and head south to pursue their dreams. A boat becomes a "magic carpet" as it transports sailors from one adventure to another.”
In 2002, Dave, and his wife Lynne, boarded Picaroon 11, their CS 36 sailboat, and for the next two winters they lived aboard and explored the east coast of the United States and the Bahamas.
Dave said, "The intensity of the friendships and adventures during this trip are unlike anything we have ever experienced and we'll never forget this trip. It'll be fun sharing some of the good and bad times with those who attend the first session of Take Time."
The beauty of exotic flowers will be explored at the session hosted by the Church on Way on Jan. 16. “Exotic Orchids made Easy” will be the topic shared by Master Gardeners, Leigh Selk and Sue Beatty. This presentation will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and the coordinator is Anne Laviolette, she can be contacted by calling 519 565-2454.
The following week, Jan. 23, the Take Time in 2012 programs will take a break to encourage everyone to go to the Bayfield Historical Society Dinner meeting to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon. For more details and also for tickets people are invited to call Pat or Bud Langley at 519 565-2894.
On Jan. 30, thoughts will turn to spring rejuvenation when Helen Varkamp of Huron, Hearth and Home, presents the topic, “Spruce Up for Spring” – a new look for your home. This session will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church and Flo Keillor is the contact. For more information she can be reached at 519 565-2640.
The final session will be held on Feb. 6 at Trinity Anglican Church with Elfi Elfin sharing her knowledge on the creation of quick and tasty appetizers. “Small Plates for Sharing” is the topic of this presentation. To learn more contact the session coordinator, Helen Latimer, at 519 565-2792.
Bruno DeSando, of Delivery Planning for the Canada Post Corporation out of London, explains how the recent changes in how mail is delivered within the village now works when it comes to addressing mail: For customers getting mail from the new Community Mail Boxes that were recently installed on John Ave and Elizabeth St., they are no longer required to use their box number. Their mailing address will now be their civic (911) address (house number and street address). Residents who still pick up their mail at the Post Office on Main Street will continue to use their box number as part of their mailing address. (Photo by John Pounder)
Got new skates for Christmas and need a place to test them? Or just looking for a fun, free family activity over the holidays?
Look no further than the Bayfield Arena. Public Skating times are set as follows: Dec. 27, Jan. 3 and 5 – 2 to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 3 to 5 p.m.
The membership of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has recently completed their biggest project to date – a 65 foot bridge on the Mavis Trail at Varna.
This is indeed cause for celebration and all in the community are invited to the Grand Opening of the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to hiking the trails, hotdogs and refreshments will be served at the Varna Complex.
Love the trails? Support the association's work all year long by becoming a member. Memberships to the BRVTA are $20 per individual and $25 per family. Cheques may be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield N0M 1G0. Memberships can also be purchased at Outdoor Projects on Main Street in Bayfield.
If you have further questions regarding membership, please contact Helen Varekamp, at 519 565-5442. If you are a member but are not receiving their newsletters by e-mail, please contact Varekamp at email@example.com with your e-mail address, so that the BRVTA can inform you of new developments.
empties for alzheimers
Last year two local women started a unique initiative to raise money for their participation in the Walk for Memories that raises funds for the Alzheimer Society. By collecting empty beer cans and bottles, pop cans, wine and liquor bottles, as well as some other fundraisers; their team “For the Love of Elane and Doris”, was the top fundraising team in the county.
It is a title Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney would like to maintain this year during the 2012 Walk for Memories to be held on Jan. 28.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empties to the cause. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimer Disease, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.
Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield after Jan. 5. Empties can also be taken directly to Bayfield Convenience, just mention you’d like to donate “For the love of Elane and Doris” Courtney and Brandon will even come to your door on Jan. 9 to pick them up just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677 or 519 565-2545 to make arrangements.
In 1945, Lucy Woods Diehl, a life-long resident of Bayfield, enlisted the aid of several friends of the community to preserve the last piece of undeveloped lakefront property on the bluff overlooking the Bayfield River and Lake Huron.
Woods also decided that the land should be owned and operated by an association and not by individuals. The original directors chose the name Pioneer Park as a tribute to the early settlers of Bayfield. Their vision remains today and is still driven by the support of volunteers.
The Pioneer Park Association is currently looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. They are looking for a secretary as well.
The secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes at the board meetings (held four or five times per year) as well as the Annual General Meeting.
Please contact Neil Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about either of these positions.
Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Jan. 17.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.
The season of indulgence and merriment is upon us, the perfect time to focus on exercising both the body and mind. One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Please note these programs are now on Christmas hiatus but will return on Jan. 4.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Starting on Nov. 1, a time of quiet reflection and meditation will follow the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information. (Please note day change for the New Year – the new session will begin on Jan. 5.)
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Huron Ridge Acres would like to invite all in the community to participate in their Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. On Tuesdays and Fridays during January, February and March the owners open the greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to come and walk on the ice-free, snow-free sidewalks. Those who take part can enjoy the smell of things growing, and the sunshine on days when it shines, along with some relaxing background music. There is no charge – it is the Steckle’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of Huron Ridge.
Are you ready to dance yourself into SHAPE? ZUMBA is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party and participants say it is so much fun. ZUMBA classes are held Wednesday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. Drop-ins and beginners are welcome. Drop in rate is $10. Please contact Jamie Thomas at email@example.com for more information. Classes will resume Jan.4.
Please note that due to dwindling attendance, the alternate Wednesday Evening Bridge has been discontinued. Organizers also state that there would be no reason to think at some point this activity could be restarted if there is renewed enthusiasm for it. They would also like to thank all those who joined in some very fun and competitive games over the years.
For many people the Bayfield Library is the hub of the community. These people have recently united as The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).
The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs.
To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Clair at 519-565-2135.
The Photography Club of Bayfield will hold their next meeting on Jan. 5 at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7 p.m. The theme for this month's assignment is "Red and/or Green"...perfect for holiday snapping!