go fund me campaign organized in support of keys family
The Keys family - Sarah, Ryan and Everly celebrated the holiday with some time at the arena on Family Day, Feb. 18. The trio lost all of their personal belongings in a house fire on Sunday night (Feb. 24). Friends and family and service clubs in the village are rallying to help. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Owners of The Spotted Cow and The Bayfield Public House on the village’s Main Street lost all of their personal belongings on Sunday, Feb. 24 when in the middle of one of the worst storms of winter 2019 their house succumbed to fire.
Residents of Hamilton Street, Ryan and Sarah Keys, along with their young daughter, Everly, are now homeless despite the best efforts of firefighters from Bayfield, Brucefield and Zurich who battled the blaze in high winds and snow.
Friends and family members have immediately rallied to aid the family creating a Go Fund Me Campaign where financial donations can be made: https://www.gofundme.com/keys-family-house-fire-fund&rcid=r01-155110512422-9c98e32557024546&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m
They are also in need of any baby items suitable for a one year-old, as well 12-18 month old baby girl clothing, Stage 2 Similac Formula and size 4-5 diapers. Gift cards would also be appreciated.
The Bayfield Lions’ Club members have made the small meeting room at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building available to accept donations for the Keys family. The room will be open for donations to be dropped off from now until Friday, March 1 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. These items would include those mentioned above as well as non-perishable goods, clothing, toiletries and items suitable for the parents. No furniture will be accepted at this time.
For more information please contact Katie Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lion Don Vance at email@example.com.
Whoodles Doodles generates funds for 30 animal shelters
One of 185 "doodles" by artist Judy Roth.
Back before Christmas, local artist Judy Roth was inspired by a terminally ill friend’s love of rescue animals to create “Whoodles Doodles” for every donation of $20 or more that was donated to a shelter she doodled an image of a favorite pet for the donor free of charge. To say that the project snowballed may be underestimating the power of pets.
“I started out with a goal of $500 to be donated to your choice of animal shelters/rescues to bring a smile to a friend fighting cancer who loved animals,” explained Roth. “I showed her as many as I could before she passed on Dec. 31 and she loved them!”
Roth continued to say that her friend Brenda would be overjoyed with the amount raised, directly helping dogs, cats and rabbits. Since the project began on Dec. 12 she has created 185 doodles and a total of $4,345 was donated to 30 shelters/rescues from as far away as Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor and Amalguin (near Parry Sound) and as close as this village’s own, Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines.
According to Roth, 100 per cent of the money raised was donated directly by the donors and although the free fundraising promotion is now over she would like to see the donations continue.
“I will continue creating the doodles for a total of $75 each with $25 from each doodle going to your choice of shelter or I will donate it for you,” she said. “I had several shelters use this promo as a fundraiser for their shelters. Thank you for spreading the word and I hope we can continue raising so much more together.”
Roth’s doodles start with a sketch inspired from a supplied photo and then is digitally enhanced. These doodles are perfect for sharing or printing as the quality is great for a 12” square on canvas.
To learn more please email Judy Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRVTA to show canadian film about climate change
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is hosting a screening of the award-winning film “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 19.
The film is the result of 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. The film, from these three globally respected Canadians: Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, was released in the fall of 2018 to cinemas. 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. This climate change documentary features the footage from a team of filmmakers who traveled to 20 countries across six continents to detail the effects humans have had on the planet. The film is narrated by Alicia Vikandeer.
“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation or free for members of the BRVTA with a 2019 paid membership.
Membership donations allow the BRVTA volunteers to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming, training and signage. Keeping the trails accessible is an ongoing effort. The membership registration desk will be available at the Bayfield Town Hall during the event.
Annual membership costs are: $20 for individuals or $30 for families.
For questions on membership or this volunteer program, please do not hesitate to reach out via e-mail to: email@example.com.
The BRVTA allows all residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including safe, historic and environmentally sensitive walking trails, suitable for every fitness level.
The Bayfield Trails are managed entirely by volunteers. The projects undertaken by the BRVTA are paid for by community contributions, successful grant applications and by annual memberships.
Membership can be activated or renewed by visiting their website: www.BayfieldTrails.com or by sending a cheque to: Bayfield River Valley Trail Association P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0
bicentennial concert to be flavored by celtic influences
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.
To kick off the celebrations the Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5. According to organizers, these amazingly talented musicians and will be a fitting start to April events.
The Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5 to kick off the 2019-20 celebrations of Admiral Bayfield's surveying Lake Huron. (Submitted photo)
The Ennis Sisters stepped into the spotlight in 1997 with the release of their debut album, “Red is the Rose”. Twenty years later, with 12 albums, a Juno award and multiple music awards to their credit, Maureen, Karen and Teresa have toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals. Flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, the Ennis Sisters are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous, storytelling.
Their 2018 release, “Keeping Time”, is reflective yet uplifting, about keeping time in both life and music. Produced by Alan Doyle, the album was inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, and is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honors their father, whom they recently lost to dementia.
Tickets are $40 and are available on www.ticketscene.ca. There will be a cash bar. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.
The BACC would like to thank the concert sponsors: Scotiabank, the Lake House of Bayfield and the Little Inn for their support.
And in keeping with the Admiral Bayfield celebrations later in April, the BHS will be presenting a play by local playwright Judy Keightley on the subject of this great explorer and surveyor himself.
take a look at the night market
The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 93 days.
It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”
Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s recollection is provided by Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce President Leanne Kavanagh.
The Black Dog Pub and Bistro on the village's Main Street has hosted both the 2017 and 2018 Holiday Night Markets. (Photos by Megan Blakes)
Listening to visitors, shopkeepers often hear how lucky they are, living and working in Bayfield. How it feels like going back in time, like slowing down, taking a long breath...like home.
It’s a delicate balance of work and play for those that have chosen to create within the village whether they be carefully curating their shops, individualizing menus for family owned restaurants, planning events that enhance this community or volunteering their time protecting environmental assets.
Over 25 years ago, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) established an "off" season event, “Christmas in Bayfield” that would bring visitors to town and would also be enjoyable to local residents. In its earliest days it was a fairly simple idea with a parade and the addition of holiday lights in Clan Gregor Square.
Years later Christmas in Bayfield has grown and anyone who takes a wee second to pause and look around during that weekend can see it through the eyes of visitors and it really does feel like stepping back into the past.
Growing on the season, another event, the “Holiday Night Market”, was added just two years ago. It was planned and executed by Alysa King, of Bayfield Provisions; Jean Anne Hamilton and Shopbike Coffee Roasters. The idea was to celebrate small independent "makers" and give the community of Bayfield a chance to gather together in the spirit of the season. The Black Dog Pub and Bistro has hosted both times and the 2018 market, held on Dec. 17, saw a tremendous turnout despite the cold wind that blew. The scene was set to establish Bayfield as a truly special place to live. While makers displayed their wares, shoppers browsed for last minute gifts or warmed themselves under blankets by the fire. The flames crackled and laughter rang out – all were in good company – all were home.
On Dec. 17, while makers displayed their wares, shoppers browsed for last minute gifts or warmed themselves under blankets by the fire.
Life at the rink
The hockey action at the Bayfield Arena this week starts tonight (Feb. 27) when the Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage versus the Goderich Jets. Game time 8:30 p.m.
Not to be left out the Bayfield 50+ team will play the Bayfield Shorthorns starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28.
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.
Superheroes on Ice
The Bayfield Skating Club will present “Superheroes on Ice” on Sunday, March 3 at the Bayfield Arena.
The show begins at 1p.m. and all are welcome to come out and support the skaters as they skate to the music of your favorite superheroes. Help celebrate the talent and hard work that the skaters have put in this year!
Admission for adults is $5; children 12 and under are free. The Bayfield Skating Club looks forward to seeing members of the community in the stands and reminds everyone to dress warmly!
world day of prayer
At the core of the theme for World Day of Prayer 2019, an invitation – Come. And to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.
The invitation is grounded in the parable that Jesus told about a great dinner which was attended by the ones called off the streets, as the ones invited excused themselves. The community formed around the table is not enough to fill the house – there is still room. Who are missing from the table in your community?
Trinity St. James Anglican Church will be hosting World Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 2 and invites the community to come together, along with people in over 170 countries to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children worldwide.
The ultimate goal of this annual program, that will begin at 2 p.m., is best expressed in its Mission Statement: "Empowering Christians to pursue Justice, Peace and Reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action."
Each year a country is chosen and a service written to address their concerns and challenges. This year people will learn about Slovenia.
Joining members and friends of Trinity St. James in presenting the service will be women from the Church on the Way, St. Andrew's United, Knox Presbyterian Church and the Zurich Mennonite Church.
Light refreshments will be served following the service.
Members and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will once again be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year the event falls on March 5.
Pancakes and sausages are turned into tasty delights with the simple addition of locally crafted Maple Syrup! Also on the menu are juice, tea or coffee and dessert.
All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship while supporting Trinity’s ministry in the community. The event will be held in the Trinity St. James Parish Hall, 10 Keith Cres, from 5-7 p.m. Admission at the door will be adults, $8; children under 12 years free. There is a family rate of $20.
Take out is available by calling 519 565-2790 on the day of the event.
SOUP AND A MOVIE
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!
The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 12 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.
This year’s movie schedule is: Crazy Rich Asians, March 12; The Soloist, March 19; Battle of the Sexes, March 26; Breathe, Apr. 2; and The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Apr. 9.
Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.
Saturdays at the Library
Pauline Hoffman (Submitted photo)
Pauline Hoffman, of Just in Time Solutions, will be the next speaker at “Saturdays at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) on March 23.
Hoffman will present on “Everyday Organization or Downsizing” starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.
She is an expert in providing solutions so that people can live and work in flow, transforming chaos into clarity and calm by aligning their internal and external environments. She will provide ideas to transform living spaces into welcoming functional spaces within a calm stress-free environment.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.
Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.
“To date we have had some very good comments about the site. People are pleased to have one place to visit to find out what is going on in the village on a daily basis,” Spence said.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Feb. 19.
• Was advised that the Municipality of Bluewater was successful in its application to the Enabling Accessibility Fund to install automatic door operators for Zurich Complex, Hensall Complex, Bayfield Complex, Stanley Complex and Lakeshore Pavillion. Council passed a By-law authorizing the Municipality to enter into an agreement with the Minister of Employment and Social Development for the Purpose of Installing Accessible Door Operators, and approved that the 35 per cent municipal contribution to the Enabling Accessibility Fund be included in the 2019 Municipal Budget
• Directed staff to send out an RFP for Animal Control Services and negotiate a contract
• Received a petition requesting that signs be installed marking the speed limit in the St. Joseph’s Subdivision, and directed staff to investigate the request
• Deferred discussion of the $40,000 to secure a third-party consultant to negotiate an agreement between the Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team to budget
• Appointed the CAO, Manager of Facilities, Mayor and Deputy Mayor to negotiate the Partnership agreement for the Bayfield Complex on behalf of the Municipality with the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team
• Approved the Mill Avenue Reconstruction project for construction in 2019 at an estimated total project cost of $216,600 (excluding HST), and directed staff to schedule a Public Information Session in advance of a public tender process and the calling of tenders
The United Way Perth Huron (UWPH) campaign has been a tremendous success this year, having raised more than $1.335 million so far, or 92 per cent of the goal of $1,446,626. Now, the organization is looking to recruit new board members to contribute to the organization.
“Part of the reason this campaign has been so successful is because UWPH has great volunteers from across Perth and Huron,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “As we head toward our Annual General Meeting in July, we’re looking for additional volunteers in Huron to become part of the UWPH Board of Directors.”
The current UWPH Board of Directors is responsible for setting the direction of the organization and ensuring UWPH remains a vibrant force in local communities. They are President Wayne Smith, Goderich; Past President Susan Moffat, Stratford; Vice President Mike Ash, Seaforth; Treasurer David Clarke, Stratford; Allocations Chair Beth Blowes, Auburn; Morgan Dykstra, Exeter; Kerry Price, Grand Bend; Kate Proctor, Belgrave; Rob Roes, London; Amanda Hansford, Lisa Lawrence, Keith Masterman and Randy Schwartzentruber, all of Stratford. Directors serve a three-year, once renewable term. Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
“This is an exciting time for UWPH,” added Board President Smith. “Staff and existing volunteers have worked hard to help create a strong organization. I look forward to welcoming more people from our Huron communities to the team so they can help steer UWPH into the future.”
UWPH is 100 per cent local and supports 48 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way continue supporting these local services, donations are gladly accepted. Call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, or mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.