"SMALL WORLD" SCENARIO PLAYS OUT IN CAMBODIA
It took a flight half way round the world for Bayfield "neighbors" to meet but they recently came together at the Cambodian Landmine Museum. Pictured l-r are: Gordon Fraser, Dorothy Griffith, Aki Ra, founder of the Cambodia Landmine Museum; a museum employee and Richard Fitoussi.
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Bayfield residents, Dorothy Griffiths and her husband, Gordon Fraser, are spending the winter 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 that was opened in 2010.
Griffiths wrote this from Cambodia to share with Bayfield Breeze readers, “Ever since my husband and I began coming to Bayfield, even before we built our home in 2008, we had heard about Richard Fitoussi. We learned that he was a photojournalist who was very involved with the Cambodia Landmine Museum and the Cambodian Landmine Museum Relief Fund. Oddly enough, although my husband and I have spent the last three winters volunteering in Cambodia, and live in the same town as Richard, we had never crossed paths with him.
“Once, a few years back, while we were in Cambodia, one of our friends told us that she had met a man from our hometown. We knew it had to be Richard. When Richard's film, “A Perfect Soldier” was shown at the Bayfield Town Hall, we had previous commitments, and were not able to attend.”
Griffiths went on to say that one of her items on her “bucket list” for Cambodia was to visit the Cambodian Landmine Museum. She learned, quite by accident, that on Jan. 29, the CLM was having an open house with free admission and free bus transport, and they decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
And it was on this tour that the old “it’s a small world” scenario came into play. Fitoussi was at the CLM on that day and his film was also being shown.
Regarding the introduction, Griffith commented, “It seems so funny that we had to travel half way round the world to meet someone from our hometown. Funnier still was his comment, "I've heard a lot about you!" After all, he's the famous one...not us.”
To learn more about the CLM take a tour with Griffith through her Blog:
Griffith and Fraser have been at Honour Village since early December 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.
Awards highlight vitality of Huron county's culture
The third annual Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s Culture Awards will recognize the best in arts, culture and heritage in Huron County. Nominations for these awards are now being sought until March 30 at 5 p.m.
The Huron Arts & Heritage Network has developed the awards over the course of three years with a goal of raising the profile of our dynamic cultural communities and providing local individuals and organizations with well-deserved recognition.
A total of five awards for 2011 will be presented in the following categories: Cultural Event/Organization, Individual Artist, Cultural Patron/Volunteer or Heritage Individual/Organization as well as Youth in Arts.
“I think these awards bring to light some of the many talented and hardworking individuals and organizations that contribute so much to the vitality of Huron County’s cultural sector,” said Huron County’s Cultural Services Officer, Rick Sickinger. “We are seeing that the community is supportive of this initiative and nominations for all five categories are being submitted.”
The awards will be presented on Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the gala gathering at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Award winners will be profiled on the Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s website and the winner in each category will be presented with an original piece of art created by Huron County blacksmith and artisan James Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge.
Full award details including category breakdowns and nomination forms can be found at community library branches and online at www.heritageandculture.on.ca or by contacting Karen Stewart, Huron Arts & Heritage events program coordinator at 519 523-4328 and firstname.lastname@example.org . Nomination forms can also be faxed to Stewart’s attention at 519 524-5677.
Lake to take centre stage at meeting on World Water day
In honor of World Water Day, the Bayfield Ratepayers' Assocaition (BRA) is hosting a special meeting to help provide insight into “Lake Huron and Water Quality” on March 22.
Guest speaker, Bob Worsell, public health manager for the Huron County Board of Health, will share his knowledge on the subject through a power point presentation.
This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
In addition to this special meeting, Ainslie Willock, president of the BRA, would like to encourage village residents to come and observe the regular monthly BRA meetings.
“I'll make time on the agenda for visitors to bring up any issues they would like us to comment on,” she said.
The BRA meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Their next meeting will be held on March 3.
Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website: http://bra.camp8.org/.
shrove tuesday tradition celebrated at Trinity
The maple syrup was flowing and the sausage sizzling at the annual Pancake Supper hosted by Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on the evening of Feb. 21.
Close to 90 people ventured out on a calm winter’s night to take part in the Shrove Tuesday tradition hosted by the men of the congregation.
The men of the congregation were busy in the kitchen the night of Feb. 21 mixing batter and grilling pancakes during Trinity Anglican Church's annual Pancake Supper. Ross Lehman was on whisk duty while Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott pours out some fresh batter. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Close to 90 people attend Trinity Angilcan Church's annual Pancake Supper held on Feb. 21. Pat Graham served Gayle Waters a serving of pancakes while Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott looks on.
Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott adds some piping hot pancakes to the service platter during the supper held in honor of Shrove Tuesday.
World Day of Prayer
“Let Justice Prevail” is the theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer Service to be held on March 2.
Prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee in Malaysia it will offer an example of how these Malaysian women “consider themselves Christian neighbors whose informed prayer prompts them to be partners with all who desire that justice will prevail.”
World Day of Prayer is held in more than 170 countries and regions bringing together Christian women of many traditions to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
In Bayfield the service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church beginning at 2 p.m. Members of The Church on the Way, Knox Presbyterian Church, Trinity Anglican Church and St. Andrew's will participate in the service. All in the community, both men and women, are invited to attend.
It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held over the next four Mondays from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.
The schedule of movies is as follows: Soul Surfer, March 5; Leap Year, March 12; Leap of Faith, March 19; Crimes and Misdemeanors, March 26.
For more information contact Terry Boa-Youmatoff at 519 524-1774.
If exhibitors wish to impress the judges when entering into the vegetable categories at the 156th edition of the Bayfield Fall Fair they should be planning now.
Those who attend the first meeting of 2012 for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be off to a great start, as a package of “Mangel” seeds will be made available for anyone who wants to try and grow these large sugar beets.
The meeting will be held on March 12 at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 7:30 p.m.
The BAS website will soon have the new prize book that lists all the classes which can be entered.
Prepare yourself for another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.
The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail email@example.com; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail email@example.com;
or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
Photography is a passion best enjoyed when work can be shared with others and a talent best improved when surrounded by like-minded individuals. For this reasons a local photography club is being established.
The Photography Club of Bayfield will meet on March 1 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m.
This month the club members will learn about the art of “Alphabet Photography” and take a look at images shot by members based on February’s assignment of “Portraiture”.
Anyone who is interested in more information can contact Jack Pal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Lloyd-Rees at email@example.com.
One of the first harbingers of spring is the return of the Bayfield Diners’ Club luncheons. The program is scheduled to start on March 1 at noon in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the club members for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers are most welcome to join in the meal.
The club cook is Peggy Cunningham; several volunteers capably assist her. Anyone who can donate two hours of their Thursday to help prepare or serve the lunch would be most welcome and should contact Dianne Argyle at 519 565-2800.
Participants should call Betty Young at 519 565-2502 no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon. Or if Young is not available please contact Jane Davidson McKee at 519 565-2653
The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
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 classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.
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. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows 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.
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.
Zumba Bayfield! Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Regular classes are held every Wednesday evening and the cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.