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Bookmark and Share   Jan. 16, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 03 Issue 497

Ground broken on farm animal display building 

BY DOUG YEO

20190107_150613On Jan. 7, the Farm Animal Display Building Committee for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) and guests posed with their shovels in hand ready to break ground for the project. From l-r are: Doug Yeo, Stephen Jacob, Bayfield Ward Councillor Bill Whetstone, Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp, Ben Lobb, MP; Huron County Warden Jim Ginn, Jentje Steenbeek, Lorraine Shields and Henry Baker. (Photo by Bob Montgomery)  

Though Jan. 7 dawned bitterly cold, there was nothing but smiles from everyone as the Farm Animal Display Building Committee for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) and guests posed with their shovels in hand ready to break ground for the project.

The BAS decided to replace its Animal Display Building over a year ago. When the weather becomes warmer a new building will be constructed near the front gates of the park. It will not only include a facility to let fairgoers interact with local farm animals but also include a section that will be storage but serve as an administrative centre during the fair.

The County and Municipality of Bluewater were thanked for their support in the project before everyone left for warmer places. The fundraising for the project is in its final stages thanks to the generosity of the extended community of Bayfield. Several agriculturally related organizations and many families were very generous with their support. Supporters will be recognized through engraved bricks which will be integrated in a donor wall.

The project proves that the BAS is looking to the future by ensuring vital infrastructure will make the park a safe and inviting place to visit. This new building will be a positive image for the grounds for generations to come. The opening of this new structure will take place during the fair which will be held from Aug. 16-18.

David yates speaker at Historical Society meeting 

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David Yates who taught high school for 30 years in Huron County and wrote historical articles in local papers will be the guest speaker for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) on Jan. 28. He will talk about his new book, “Out of the Woods”, about the Huron Tract from indigenous times to the end of WWI. As usual, there will be a hot served lunch and our latest newsletter will be available.

The AGM will be held at St. Andrews United Church, Bayfield from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $25 each and can be ordered by calling 519 441-3224 and leaving a message indicating how many tickets are needed and with contact information. Tickets can be picked up at the Bayfield Archives, 20 Main St. N., either on the next two Fridays, Jan. 18 or Jan. 25, between 1 - 4 p.m. Anyone who cannot pick them up can arrange a delivery or personal pickup.

January is also the time to help support BAS projects by renewing memberships for 2019. A single membership is $20 and a family is $30. If possible, people are asked to please do this with their ticket purchase or at the meeting. The BAS has a great monthly speaker series planned for this year.

Soup’s On format changing to accommodate larger crowds 

40366660091_cd7d7aebf6_kIn 2018, over 300 people attended the Soup's On event - most arrived early in the afternoon to ensure that they could sample all 19 soups before the crock pots were emptied! This year the format of the event will be adjusted to allow participants to take part in a less crowded environment. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Soup’s On 2019, a fundraiser hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 beginning at 1:45 p.m. Ten restaurants and ten organizations have been invited to compete for the bragging rights and the golden ladles.

“Because of the heavy volume of taste testers last year, we have made a change in the format this year to reduce overcrowding in the hall. People will have a choice of three time slots that they can visit the hall and sample the soups: 1:45-2:30 p.m. 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:15-4 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance so it will be important for people to purchase tickets in advance this year,” said Patricia Baker, Soup’s On organizer.

Winners will be identified shortly after 4 p.m. The cost of the tickets will remain at $5.

“As well, because Bayfield is a Blue Community, we are encouraging everyone to bring their own mug and spoon as they did last year. It greatly reduced waste!” said Baker.

More information will follow as the date draws closer. Any group that wishes to participate and have not yet received the preliminary email invitation please contact Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.

 

life at the rink

Hockey fans will be able to watch a couple of games this week.

Come out and see which Bayfield team will reign supreme when the Bayfield Relics take on the Bayfield Shorthorns on Jan. 16 at 8:30 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

In addition, Bayfield 50+ will host the Goderich over 50s on Thursday, Jan. 17 starting at 8 p.m.

SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are excited to announce the 2019 season of “Saturdays at the Library” will begin on Jan. 26.

Artist, Tony Eyamie, of Patina Art Gallery on Main Street in the village, will demonstrate his creativity on the potter’s wheel from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bayfield Public Library. All are welcome to attend what should be an exciting hands-on demonstration.

COUNCILOR'S CORNER

Just a reminder that the first Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Jan. 17. Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions.

Topics will include: Marijuana, Bayfield Arena Feasibility Study Results, Council Committee Assignments, Bayfield Bridge Replacement and Budget Schedule.

Ag society wreaths

IMG_9207The Bayfield Agricultural Society welcomes the return of retired wreaths so that they might recycle the bases for next year's fundraising campaign. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Anyone who purchased an evergreen wreath from the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) for the holiday season is encouraged to return the wreath to the organization so that they might recycle the grapevine base for their next fundraising campaign.

“We are asking if there are wreaths that were obtained from us and people no longer wish to display them that they please call me,” said Stephen Jacob, BAS president. “I can arrange a convenient drop off area. In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, we can all do our little portion. People can reduce items being thrown away and we can reuse the bases.”

Jacob can be reached at 226 441-2016.

Kindness Rocks 

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Make a difference in someone’s life with a random act of kindness by creating kindness rocks for the Huron Residential Hospice.

“OHearts” is hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Public Library on Feb. 9 for one hour starting at 12:45 p.m.

Just one word can help support grieving and loss. This hour-long session provides supplies and assistance. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone who is a Kindness Rocks buff, but unable to attend, is asked to please send in your donations to the library prior to Feb. 9.


 

 


 

 

 playhouse offers summer drama opportunities for youth

Mark Harapiak and Blythe Wilson teaching Youth Musical Theatre Program s...Mark Harapiak and Blyth Wilson, of Drayton Entertainment, are shown here teaching a group of youth. The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years. (Submitted photo)  

Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming Youth Musical Theatre Programs (YMTP) and Children’s Chorus opportunities in four regions across the province. The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years including launching the now popular YMTP, which will return for a fourth year.

“We are consistently astounded by the talent and passion we’ve seen from aspiring young artists across the province. As a professional company, we feel a responsibility to develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions and Children’s Chorus opportunities help to prepare young talent for future success and give them an inside glimpse into industry expectations.”

Auditions will be held in three communities in February starting in Grand Bend on Feb. 2, followed by Feb. 3 in Cambridge and Feb. 9 in Penetanguishene. These auditions will be used to determine participants for various opportunities including the YMTP and Children’s Choruses for “Annie” and “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto”. Young performers must sign up in advance.

The YMTP is designed to cultivate community and collaboration, ignite imagination, boost confidence and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests.

2019 offerings include week-long training sessions in Cambridge (Aug. 26-30 for ages eight to 12 and ages 13-18) and Penetanguishene (July 22-26 for ages nine to 17). There is a special program in Grand Bend that offers participants ages nine to 15 the opportunity to hone their skills with industry professionals during the training week and then put those skills to the test performing in two rotating teams in “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto”, alongside professional performers in the lead roles. Youth performers cast in the Grand Bend program must be available for the training week from July 29 to Aug. 3 and performances from Aug. 5-31.

Two years ago, Drayton Entertainment expanded the YMTP to offer a more comprehensive option; the Pre-Professional Production Program gives teen performers hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed and performed while they work with a professional creative team to create a concert version of a musical culminating in a performance. The 2019 Pre-Professional Production is “Legally Blonde Jr.”, a musical based on the popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon. This two-week session will take place in St. Jacobs from Aug. 12-23 for ages 13-18. Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes work on major musicals across the country and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions like “Hairspray”, “Mamma Mia!” and the popular Panto productions.

More information about the YMTP, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at www.youthmusicaltheatreprogram.com.

The Children’s Chorus Program offers young performers the opportunity to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family Panto productions and select musicals alongside professional performers in the lead roles. In the Penetanguishene area, young performers ages nine to 15 may audition for children's chorus roles in “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto”, which will be on stage at King’s Wharf Theatre from June 5-22. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Feb. 9.

In the Waterloo Region and Wellington County area, young performers ages eight to 15 may audition for children's chorus roles in Annie, which will be on stage at Drayton Festival Theatre from June 5-30 and the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from Oct. 2-27. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3.

More information about Children’s Chorus opportunities, including show dates and audition requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com/youth-auditions.

Time to think about Spring  tree planting in watershed

People aren’t necessarily thinking ‘spring’ at this time of the year but now is a good time to order trees for planting windbreaks or other reforestation projects, according to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Trees provide many benefits.

You add to a long legacy of tree planting in Ausable and Bayfield River watersheds by planting trees, said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist.

Financial incentives for tree planting are available. Jean encourages interested landowners to give him a call to find out more.

“We are happy to help with project design and to make it very easy to apply for funding,” he said. Funding programs and amounts vary depending on the type of project and the project location.

ABCA purchase trees from private nurseries to offer for sale to watershed residents. The purchase price includes costs such as transportation of trees to the administration centre east of Exeter, cold storage, and handling. Tree and shrub species that can be purchased include: White Cedar, White Pine, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Blue Spruce, Tamarack, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Bur Oak, Black Walnut, Sycamore, Tulip Tree, Red Osier Dogwood, Staghorn Sumac, and Nannyberry. Trees must be ordered in multiples of ten. Trees bought through this program are for afforestation, windbreaks, erosion control and other stewardship projects, and not for landscaping. Tree order forms can be obtained online at abca.ca or by contacting the conservation authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

ABCA thanks grant program funding partners including member municipalities, Huron County Clean Water Project, Forests Ontario, Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, and the Government of Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

Forests and tree planting have benefits for water, soil, air and human health. Trees remove carbon from the air and produce oxygen during photosynthesis. Long-term storage of carbon in living trees and wood products helps to mitigate global warming. This process, which involves trees absorbing air into their leaves, also acts to filter out many harmful pollutants from the air we breathe.

Windbreaks protect soils on farms from wind and water erosion and reduce wind stress on field crops. This improves yields. Windbreaks also benefit livestock operations by reducing stress on animals and reducing winter heating and summer cooling costs.

Tree planting programs in Ontario date back more than a century. An Ontario Government effort in 1883 encouraged planting of trees along roadways. Landowners received up to $0.25 per tree planted through the program.

“Farmers hand-dug trees from their woodlots for planting along roadsides,” said Jean. Many old Maple trees that line our rural roads today date back to that program.

Settlers cleared the land to grow food and pasture their livestock. Trees provided building materials and firewood for heating homes. Trees not only fueled fireplaces but also industrial brick kilns and salt brine boilers that consumed large amounts of local wood.

The landscape was mainly cleared of trees by the early 1900s. Wind erosion and water erosion became severe in many areas. Local and provincial leadership recognized the negative impact this was having on the landscape and waterways. In 1905 the first provincial tree nursery was established to provide trees for reforestation of marginal lands.

The Province of Ontario and municipalities established conservation authorities in the 1940s in large part to address local concerns such as flooding and soil erosion. Forest cover, as surveyed for the Ausable River Valley Report of 1949, was between six and eight per cent in local townships. Ontario landowners carried out a period of extensive tree planting during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

“Up to half a million trees were planted annually during peak years” by farmers and on conservation lands, according to Jean. “Local landowners have planted literally millions of trees since the 1960s.”

The result of this tree planting has been a doubling of forest cover since the 1940s. According to the most recent Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card, forest cover now averages 14 per cent across this watershed.

“Conserving and enhancing our forests is essential for maintaining the productivity of our landscape and for water quality,” said Jean.

Tree planting over the last decade has levelled off to between 40,000 and 70,000 trees annually. This is due to a variety of factors.

“The main factor is large areas of marginal land have already been planted or regrown naturally,” said Jean.

He stresses that tree planting remains important.

“There are many areas that would benefit from windbreaks and there remain marginal or unused areas where productive forest could be planted,” he concluded.

 

 

 

anthropocene

Think globally act locally is the mantra of conservation and environmental groups. Local groups such as Blue Bayfield and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation have made a good start. But where do we find the Big Picture – a global view to inform local actions?

Enter the Anthropocene project, a Canadian director, producer and photographer who have traveled the world recording “us”, “humans” as the primary cause of permanent planetary change. Their work is based on the research of a group of scientists working together worldwide for the past 10 years to gather evidence to define this new geological era.

The most recent film, book and art collections by these three globally respected Canadians: Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky were released this fall to cinemas, art galleries and internet bookshops. The film “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” is being shown for one night only, Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich, the first film in the Livery Film Series. A staff member from the Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation will be present for a Q&A following the film.

The Livery Film Series is organized by a small group of volunteers working as a sub-committee of the Livery Theatre in Goderich. The group subscribes to the regional extension program (Film Circuit) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to offer one film per month on a not-for-profit basis. Other films to be shown this winter include: Colette, Feb. 7; If Beale Street Could Talk, March 21; and Wild Rose, Apr. 25.

Women's March 

The Huron/Bruce Chapter of Women’s March Canada, will be hosting a Women’s March on Jan. 19. All are invited to march for all women - against violence and oppression, for equality, reproductive rights, LGTBTQ2S+ rights, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, civil rights, disability rights and environmental justice.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Courthouse Park on The Square in Goderich. The day will begin with speeches from local women, discussing the issues faced by women across the country. This will be followed by a march around The Square. There will also be music provided by “Dames Rocket”.

Women’s March Canada focuses on issues such as income inequality, violence against women, missing and murdered indigenous women, reproductive rights and human rights.

Donations of feminine hygiene products for the Huron Women’s Shelter and local schools are being accepted and can be dropped off at designated bins during the event.

The Huron\Bruce Chapter will also be hosting a sign making event at the Goderich Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the night prior to the march, Jan. 18. Supplies will be provided but participants may also bring their own if they wish.

The Inaugural Women’s March took place on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. and is widely considered to be the largest march in American history. The 2019 march will see participation all over Canada and around the world.

AlzhEimer's Awareness Movies 

The Huron County Alzheimer’s Society (HCAS) will be hosting two movies in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 24 and 31.

Every year the HCAS selects movies for the January awareness month. They select them to start the conversation about dementia. The movies depict poignant stories and show that each family is unique; sometimes they aren’t perfect and some situations are less than ideal. They beg the questions: How would I react to the same situation? What can I take from their successes and their mistakes?

On Jan 24, “The Savages” will be shown at 2 p.m. followed by “What They Had” at 7 p.m. Then on Jan. 31 the schedule will be reversed with “What They Had” being shown at 2 p.m. followed by “The Savages” at 7 p.m.

“The Savages” premiered in 2007 and stars Laura Linney and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. It is a movie about a family grappling with the tough decisions surrounding a move to assisted living. Siblings Wendy and John and their father, Lenny Savage, are all smart, articulate and dramatic characters whose relationships are put to the test in this touching and sometimes humorous film. The value of independence and the importance of relationships - even in the most chaotic of families - keeps “The Savages” real.

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“What They Had” debuted in 2018 and stars Hillary Swank and Michael Shannon. It is simultaneously a love story about Burt and Ruth and a story about their adult children, Bridget and Nick, all rising up to meet present responsibilities while forgiving past hurts. At the core of the plot is Burt and Ruth’s continuing deep love for each other. The movie’s title, “What They Had” refers to their enviable relationship and Bridget and Nick’s recognition that they have never – for better or worse – experienced a bond of the same depth in their own lives. As Ruth’s life changes due to dementia, her family supports her and each other with candor, wit and – at the end of the day - love.

These movies are free but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. For more information call 519 482-1482.

Thursday Tunes 

Thursday Tunes-Seniors Dancing is back for 2019 running until May 23 at the Central Huron Community Centre. For the second consecutive year the program will be held in the Libro Hall in Clinton from 1-3:30 p.m.

All musicians, singers, dancers and spectators are most welcome. All seniors are welcome to join for some fun, friendship and even exercise. Admission is by donation.

For more information call 519 476-5922.

Would you rather...

Registration for Leave the Pack Behind’s wouldurather…contest is still open, but closes on Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m. This contest gives Ontario young adults aged 18 to 29 the chance to win cash prizes if they quit smoking, cut back on their smoking, or stay smoke-free. Visit wouldurather.ca to sign up.



 

 


 

 

REMEMBER ME?

Volume 10

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” or you can email the archivist directly at bayarchives@tcc.on.ca or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, a delightful photograph of Grace and Fred Weir in the early 1900s. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 9a) 

 PB12 9a Grace and Fred Weir c1900s



Make your comments...click on any image and it will take you to Flickr.

 

ISSUE 495

PB12 10 Thomas Heard, Mrs (Wm) Ellen Howard uncle of Harry Baker, David Howard c1900s 

In Issue 495, we share an image recorded to be of Thomas Heard, Mrs. (Wm) Ellen Howard (Uncle of Harry Baker) and David Howard circa 1900s. (Archives Code: PB12 10)

ISSUE 496

 PB12 9b Dick and Eliza McDool c1905

In Issue 496, we offer a photo recorded to be of Dick and Eliza McDool circa 1905. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 9b)

 


 

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BaYfIELD RIVER VALLEY TRAIL ASSOCIATION

TREMENDOUS TURN OUT FOR ANNUAL WINTER WALK

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PHOTOS BY GARY LLOYD-REES AND CONRAD KUIPER AND STORY BY DAVE GILLIANS

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted their annual Winter Walk on Jan. 12 along the Varna Nature Trails at the Bluewater Stanley Complex in Varna.

BRVTA President Conrad Kuiper said, “This was a great day to get the community out to enjoy the year-round trails, as well as a social time.”

Board member Peter Jeffers welcomed hikers and Helen Varekamp signed up new trail members and renewed memberships for 2019.

Sixty people hiked along the Mavis’ Trail, while 20 people enjoyed the shorter more easily accessed Taylor Trail. Conditions were perfect for a walk, as well as being a beautiful day to be outdoors. The trail was in great shape due to the volunteer work of some 30 Trail Blazers lead by Peter Jeffers.

The Taylor Trail is a level 2 moderate trail, about 1.2 KMs long and has been set up as a mobility trail with asphalt crumble surface. This is a great trail for multi generation outings as the surface is more even and can accommodate strollers and wheelchairs when there is no snow on the ground. It also makes a great cross- country ski or snowshoe trail when there is snow. Mavis’ Trail is a level 3 trail as there are some steeper inclines and rougher surface conditions. This trail is about 3 KMs long. Both trails are accessible year-round.

Hike leaders on hand were Peter Jeffers, Roger Lewington and Adriaan Schreuder were the hike leaders on the Mavis Trail. George Ebers led the hike on the Taylor Trail.

Starting at noon at the Stanley Complex a lunch was served along with hot apple cider. Board member Susan Irwin and team cooked the lunch.

Hope Brock of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) was on hand to share information about the Bayfield Watershed Plan and other Conservation Authority projects in the area. There were additional displays set up by the BRVTA and the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC.ca). There was also a draw for a tree or a rain barrel.

The BRVTA is a volunteer run, not for profit hiking organization and a member of Hike Ontario. Guided hikes are offered twice monthly by certified hike leaders.

For further information on the trails or upcoming hikes go to Bayfieldtrails.com.

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PIXILATED — image of the week

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Day to Night Transition...By Jane Seifried

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

SUBMISSIONS

4generations 2Beverley Pounder 1929-2019 (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

How do you say goodbye to someone who would have given you the sun and the moon and the stars if she could?

As many of you may know my mother-in-law, Beverley Pounder, died on Jan. 2nd. Many of you have reached out to offer your condolences to both John and I, and our family, and I thank you all for your kindness. Many of you have also commented on her eloquent obituary in last week’s issue – credit for that goes to her daughter, Mary.

I was one of the fortunate that got a very good mother-in-law. I knew it on the day I showed her my engagement ring and she grabbed my hand and practically jogged out onto the sunporch where she was hosting a ladies’ meeting to share this exciting new development first hand with her friends.

I knew it on my wedding day when she told me that she was so happy to have me join her family and to always remember that because she didn’t give out such compliments often.

I knew it when we shared conversations about the Royal Family both the old guard and the youngsters. I knew it when we talked about our favorite authors and love for colorful local history. I knew it when she knit me a furiously warm sweater depicting penguins in their natural habitat and when she hooked an exquisite rug of the nativity for under our Christmas tree. I knew it when I came to her with some raffle tickets or some Girl Guide cookies and she bought far more than she really needed to or probably even wanted.

I knew it when she helped the whole family develop a love for live theatre with an annual treat of a performance at the Stratford Festival. I knew it when we had regular Victoria Day fireworks in the back yard at the house on Keith Crescent. I knew it when I was invited on my first big family vacation – a cruise in the Caribbean in 1988. It was my first time on an airplane and only my third time out of Ontario. For me it was the lifting of a curtain on the great big world outside the county. And when her adventurous days were behind her I knew it by how much interest she would take in the photo books of our trips I shared with her…always interjecting memories of her own travels as she turned the pages.

I knew it when I had the opportunity to live in her home for three years and she would greet me with “Good morning, Sunshine!” I knew it when we watched such programs as “Mrs. Brown’s Boys” and instead of acting shocked by some of the language she laughed so hard she nearly fell out of her chair. I knew it on that last really good day when she shared the joy of her great-grandchildren as she watched them open her Christmas gifts to them. She smiled and her eyes twinkled as she watched a very excited seven-year-old boy open a skateboard and a delighted four-year-old girl open some picture books on historically courageous women.

So how do you say goodbye to a woman who gave so much of her heart to her community, her family and to you her daughter-in-law?

You stand a little taller and with as much poise and grace you can muster you continue her legacy by giving your whole heart to the generations that remain and to those we may be blessed with in the future. – Melody

 

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.


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