bayfield reads this sunday
With Bayfield Reads, virtually hosted by The Village Bookshoop, coming up this Sunday, March 7, it’s time to introduce the final defender.
Over the last few weeks, the other participants have been introduced. They are Carmen Davies, who will be defending “Butter Honey Pig Bread” by Francesca Ekwuyasi; Godfrey Healthcote, who will be representing C. L. Polk’s “Midnight Bargain”; Brad McLellan, who will be speaking for “Two Trees Make a Forest” by Jessica J. Lee; and Lorelei Lingard, who will be defending Natalie Zina Walschots’s “Hench”.
The final defender is Chris Walker, an avid reader with eclectic taste and an interest in philosophy and politics. Walker spent his summers growing up in his family’s house right on Bayfield’s Main Street, and considers himself very lucky to have been able to move back to Huron County.
He will be defending “Jonny Appleseed” by Joshua Whitehead, an award-winning novel about a young two-spirit man whose stepfather’s death forces him to reassess his relationship with his culture.
According to CBC Books, “As Canadians scramble for their next pandemic winter book, they'll be lucky to find a truly exceptional read in Jonny Appleseed. The book follows a young two-spirit Indiqueer man who has left the reserve to try and find a life in the big city. A self-proclaimed "NDN glitter princess," Jonny ends up becoming a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. But this is all upended when he returns home to attend his stepfather's funeral. And in the dream-like seven days leading up to the trip, Jonny learns to reconcile the pieces of his life before he faces his past.”
Moderated by The Village Bookshop bookseller Mike Peirce and featuring last year’s defenders, Ruth Gibson, Jayne Dietrich, and Greg Stewart, as judges, Bayfield Reads 2021 will take place this Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. on ZOOM. Admission is free and there’s no need to RSVP. Just join the event at the following link: zoom.us/j/94945383838
virtual public meeting regarding main street tonight
The Municipality of Bluewater is planning to move forward with implementation of the Bayfield Main Street Revitilization project.
A Public Meeting was held on Sept. 2, 2020 to present the Main Street design to members of the public. Following significant input from residents, the proposed plan has been updated to address this feedback. With the assistance of the Landscape Architects, an updated plan has been prepared for public review. The new plan incorporates a wider boulevard area incorporating unique surface treatments at the entrances to businesses. A revised approach to lighting has also been devised. Input from property owners has allowed for additional modifications to incorporate site-specific design details.
A final virtual Public Meeting is planned to present the revised plan to residents of the community. Following the receipt of input, Bluewater Council will consider elements to be included in the final design and provide direction.
Representatives from the Municipality, the Project Engineers, and Landscape Architects, will be attending this virtual meeting to be held tonight (March 3) at 6 p.m.
Presentation material for the meeting is available for public review on the Bluewater website.
Individuals wanting to provide input on the project are encouraged to send their feedback via email to Environmental Planner Kelly Vader at email@example.com. Input will be accepted until March 17.
INPUT REQUESTED REGARDING MUNICIPAL SHORELINE PROTECTION
The Municipality of Bluewater is seeking input regarding the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property.
Due to erosion, private property owners have requested to install shoreline protection on municipal property to protect their own properties. To date, Bluewater Council has permitted the installation of erosion mitigation measures on one property.
Multiple reports have been presented to Council regarding these requests, the most recent being a draft policy regarding “Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property”. The intent of the policy is to apply guidelines for potential construction of shoreline protection on municipal properties, while at the same time mitigating risk of potential liability due to the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property by private property owners. Please click the link to view shoreline protection reports and draft policy: bluewater.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/13?preview=30700
The opinion of Bluewater property owners matters to Council. Please click the link to complete the ten-question survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/V6W3HQB
Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the draft policy comment period is open until Friday, March 19th and personal information will be kept confidential.
YEAR OF HIKES PLANNED BY BRVTA
Come hiking! The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has optimistically scheduled 17 guided hikes for 2021 as well as the Earth Day Litter Walk and the Terry Fox Run in Bayfield. Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. Of course, the schedule is subject to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of the hike. Updates will be published each week in the Bayfield Breeze, on the Municipality of Bluewater Facebook page, and on the BRVTAs website and Facebook page (www.bayfieldtrails.com, @bayfieldtrails). All are welcome to share in experiencing the natural beauty of Huron County!
Hikes upcoming in March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Hills, Valleys and Trees Hike suitable for the whole family.
Celebrate IWD on Sunday, March 7 by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge". Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail. The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leaders are: Annerieke VanBeets, Roberta Stemp and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.
Bannockburn Conservation Area is the location for a Hills, Valleys and Trees hike on Saturday, March 20. The landscape and forest growth of Bannockburn offer a fascinating story of the Huron County landscape. Families and youth are invited to join in this hike with Education Specialist, Denise Iszczuk, from the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority. This hike which should prove to be both beautiful and educational will begin at 2 p.m.
Participants are asked to meet at 76249 Bannockburn Line, for a map please visit: abca.ca/conservationareas/bannockburn/. The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is a natural trail with some steep inclines. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leaders are: Peter Jeffers, Ralph Blasting (contact information above) and guest expert Denise Iszczuk.
Anyone interested in a hiking buddy? People who are new residents or hikers, single hikers, don’t want to hike alone, or would love to meet new people through hiking the BRVTA trails, can now take advantage of the Hiking Buddy Program. The program enables hikers to connect with others and is available to all BRVTA members. If interested, or for more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
A list of upcoming hikes and BRVTA activities for 2021:
Apr. 7: National Walking Day, 11 a.m., Naftels Creek Conservation Area
Apr. 22: Seventh Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, 2 p.m. Village of Bayfield
Apr. 30: Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders, with Nina Sampson from ABCA, 7 p.m., Morrison Dam Conservation Area
May 15: Birdwatching Hike, with guest expert George Ebers, 8:30 a.m., Windmill Eco Park**
May 23: Wildflower Hike, with guest expert Robert Tremain, 2 p.m., Mavis’-Taylor Trails,
June 5: World Environment Day, 11 a.m., Linfield Wildlife Area
June 20: Father’s Day Photo Hunt, 2 p.m. Mavis’-Taylor Trails
July 10: Trees of Bayfield, 11 a.m., Village of Bayfield
July 18: National Ice Cream Day, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
Aug. 9: World Indigenous Peoples Day, guest expert David Plain, 11 a.m., Sawmill Trail
Aug. 22: Historic Cemetery Tour, with guest expert Dave Gillians, 7 p.m., Bayfield Cemetery**
Sept. 19: Terry Fox Run, 9 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Sept. 26: Mushroom Hike, with guest expert Dr. Jennifer McDonald, 2 p.m., Lobb Trail**
Oct. 17: Fall Colors Hike with Bayfield Photo Club, 11 a.m., Hullett Marsh
Oct. 20: Full Moon Hike, 8 p.m., Sawmill Trail
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day, 2 p.m., Mavis’-Taylor Trails
Jan. 8, 2022: Annual Winter Hike and Lunch, 11 a.m., Mavis’-Taylor Trails
**BRVTA Members only
landfill site feral now sweet and playful pet in need of home
Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Stanley (Submitted photo)
Stanley is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.
Once a scrappy and fierce survivor, Stanley has evolved into a sweet and playful boy.
This feral fellow came to the Rescue courtesy of the kind gentleman at the Stanley landfill site, near Varna, who noticed a poor, bedraggled cat skulking around the trash heaps and reached out to BFF volunteers to intervene.
Stanley has now graduated from several weeks of one on one "feral-deconditioning" at a foster home and is ready to start auditioning for his forever home.
Anyone willing to make Stanley a part of their family is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Donations are always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Bauer will be remembered for generosity and fun-loving spirit
Patricia Alice (Schnurr) Bauer (Submitted photos)
Patricia Alice (Schnurr) Bauer made the transition to new life on Feb. 26 in her 95th year.
Patsy, as she was affectionately called, was born to Gertrude and Joseph Schnurr on Apr. 11, 1926. Patsy had a long and full life.
Patsy was a Kitchener-Waterloo girl through and through. She grew up in the backyard of Victoria Park and went to St. Mary’s High School. She trained to be a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener, and at St Michael’s, Toronto. Patsy was a Registered Nurse and was so proud to be top in her class. Her warm bedside manner carried her through life in the spirit of giving, caring, and a healthy dose of tough love.
Patsy married Raymond Aloysius Bauer in June of 1949 and celebrated 52 years of marriage. Together they had a family of ten children. That family grew to thirty-five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In 1991, in recognition of her charitable works Patsy was a recipient of the Papal Knighthood in the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. She was fondly named “Lady Patricia”. She was a lifelong member of St. Louis RC Church in Waterloo.
She lived in the moment and was very present to all around her. Her greatest gift to all of us was her love of her family and her ability to find humor in all situations. Mom was the heart of our family and some would say the rock. She gave her children many opportunities to pursue activities in sport, music and education. Mom possessed an inner strength that was a constant source of inspiration for each of us.
Patsy and Ray were blessed with many happy memories spent at Union Street, Sunset Beach and Sunset Cliff. Bayfield was a special place with wonderful memories where Mom would be the first and last one in the lake each year. We spent many summers sharing meals and the most beautiful sunsets in the world overlooking Lake Huron. We had many gatherings, sock hops, weddings, pig roasts and New Year’s parties. Patsy was always the life of the party and most welcoming to her family and friends. We will miss her generosity and fun-loving spirit.
Patsy Bauer crossed the finish line during a Pioneer Park Fun Run. The park was one of her favorite places in the village.
She is predeceased by her husband Raymond A. J. Bauer (2001) and daughter Barbara Bauer-Maison (2005). Mother of Brenda (Pat), Toronto; Carol (Neil), St. George; Maureen (David), Perth; Raymond E. Bauer, Bayfield; Marianne (Brian), Cambridge; Lisa (Frank), Waterloo; E.J. Bauer (Lynn), Bayfield; Peter (Kathleen), Waterloo; Brian (Holly), Waterloo; and son-in-law, Marc Bauer-Maison, Stratford.
Patricia is lovingly remembered by her thirty-five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Paul (Jessica), Kristen (Ryan), Naomi, Elisha, Natasha, Michael, Alanna (Dillen), Tatyana, Matt (Cate), Dan (Kristine), Kevin, Connor, Peter, Martha, Dave (Katie), Jon, Mike, Stephen, Rob, Paul, Maria, Brianna, Jasmine, Phil, Joseph, Basil, Grace, David, Shannon, Brendan, Erin, Jessie, Ben, Brooke and Riley.
Patsy is predeceased by her brothers Robert (Jean) Schnurr, Jim (Vivian) Schnurr, Betty Ann (Dr. William) Young, and Joseph Schnurr. Survived by sister-in-law Ellie (Bob) Mueller. She is predeceased by Frank (Barbara) Bauer, Bob Bauer (Margaret), Eugene (Sally) Bauer, Jerome (Harriet) Bauer, Fr. David Bauer, Alice (Cecil) Schmalz, Mary (Edward) Freiburger, Rita (Jim) Huck, Therese Dillon and Joseph Laudenbach. Survived by Tom Dillon, and Margaret Laudenbach.
A thank you to Mom’s very special caregivers from years past: Raz, Tess, Tricia and June. Dr. Irwin, Dr. Gartner and Dr. Milligan took Patsy under their care. The family would like to thank them for their kindness given to Patsy while living at home and in the Village at University Gates. A special thank you to Shelley and all the nurses and personal care workers and staff at the Village at University Gates, Wright Neighbourhood. Thank you to Fr. Sam Restivo for supporting and comforting our “Patsy” through her last months.
As expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate donations to her special charities: Carmel of St. Joseph, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, St. Louis Parish and Pioneer Park Association, Bayfield. Donations can be made through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo at 519 745-8445.
The Bauer Family will have a private celebration of life. It will be live-streamed to Patsy’s tribute page at www.erbgood.com and family and friends are invited to join through the link. The Mass of thanksgiving for Patricia Alice Bauer will be celebrated at St. Louis RC Church on Friday, March 5th at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.
In addition to the online funeral service, the family will be hosting a live-streamed reception on March 5th at 7 p.m. in honor of Patsy. This will be a separate event from the Funeral Mass held earlier in the day. At the reception, people will be able to communicate with each other through an unique ZOOM platform. All are welcome to attend by registering in advance. A link will be sent once you have registered. To register go to www.bit.ly/pbauerzoom or through the link found on Patsy’s tribute page.
People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, March 12.
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
from March 7 at 8 a.m. to March 10 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on March 12 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.
Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting: eepurl.com/g1lpZ5
The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support. The BAFB is currently in need of donations of personal care products, such as, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, small shampoos, bath soap and baby wipes.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to email@example.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, can be found at the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures.
Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
BAFB will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually. Members will be notified by email, however, if there are others interested in attending from the community, they can send a request to the email listed above and the ZOOM link for the meeting will be sent to them as well.
During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
March’s title is “The Library Book”, written by Susan Orlean and reviewed by Barbara Brown.
If you love books, libraries and are a bit of a social historian you will enjoy The Library Book. It is in part about the fire that broke out in the Los Angeles library in 1986. According to Orlean, a stoichiometric condition was created that resulted in total perfect combustion. Most firefighters will never see such a blaze. The fire was thought to be arson but the suspect, Harry Peak, was never charged because he was a chronic liar. Over 400,000 books were destroyed and 700,000 were damaged along with the destruction to the library itself. The damaged books were put into freezers for two years and then pressed to remove the water. Yet, The Library Book is much more than a tale of arson. Orlean presents the broader history of libraries in the past, the crucial role they play today and considerations for the future.
Some interesting tidbits about the Los Angeles library include the first woman to head the library, Mary Fox, was only 18 years-old. Charles Lummis, another library head and eccentric journalist, wanted to make the library the best in the world! Every week 700 new books arrive and 47,000 are distributed to 72 branches. It took 15 years to decide on the renovations. The library offers a drive through book return, a daycare centre, a puppet theatre, a high school program and a safe place for the homeless.
Orleans believes that a library is “a place where you feel part of a conversation that has gone on for hundreds and hundreds of years, even when you are all alone.” “You don’t need to take a book off a shelf to know there is a voice inside that is waiting to speak to you” and the voice or “writer’s belief that someone would find his or her book important to read.”
Locally, the Friends of Bayfield Library view our library as the vital heart and hub of our community. Orlean would add our “mind and soul” and in spite of the digital age libraries are more necessary than ever.
If you enjoy The Library Book, Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession” is also a must read.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
World Day of Prayer Artwork for 2021 by artist Juliette Pita of Vanuatu. (Submitted photo)
The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2021 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 5. This year’s theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation”. Women from Vanuatu, a chain of islands to the east of Australia, has prepared the service for 2021.
Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during its steps to independence over the last forty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Vanuatu have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences will unite participants in prayer and solidarity.
World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 99 years ago bridging social, geographic, and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and then travels in many languages throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. Together participants pursue justice, peace, and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.
The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.
The WICC) invites eveyone to join a local service in over 1,100 Canadian communities on or near Friday, March 5. Many of these will take place via ZOOM. As well, individuals and families are welcome to watch a one-hour World Day of Prayer service video prepared by WICC that features participants from across Canada.
Locally, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will host a virtual service starting at 1 p.m.
ZOOM can be accessed through a landline, tablet, smart phone or computer. For information on how to log onto the service please visit: pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ or contact Rev Lisa Dolson 519 572-8529 for more information.
To learn more about WICC, please go to: wicc.org or email email@example.com.
Life at the Rink
Jeff Kish, director of Marketing for the Bayfield Community Centre, announced on Feb. 12 that the centre would re-open on Feb. 16 for all ice surface and community center activities.
“As you can imagine, the demand for ice time is overwhelming,” said Kish. In an attempt to meet demand, the management team of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena has decided to extend ice hours to 9 p.m. each day, as well as further extending the ice season to March 31st.
“We’re very excited to welcome our Huron-Perth skating and hockey enthusiasts back to the Bayfield Community Centre,” said Kish, who reminds the public to check their website for all information relating to ice and meeting facility availability.
The free public skating schedule has resumed: every Sunday from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; every Monday for one hour starting at 10:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms & Tots and Seniors and their Caregivers; every Monday for one hour starting at 7 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get youth involved in hockey.
For more information call 519 565-2121 or visit www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca.
Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted, people are asked to please abide by the rules.
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) was recently formed to address the community need for a local play space where people’s canine friends can exercise and socialize. The members of PACC feel that Bayfield is a dog-friendly community catering to locals and visitors alike. The group’s mandate is to work with community partners in an effort to secure an off-leash area for their dogs and puppies, to promote responsible pet ownership, and to educate the public about the benefits of such a facility for this growing community. The group looks forward to providing details on this effort in the coming weeks and months.
Please join their private Facebook page at Bayfield P.A.C.C. to keep abreast of their activities. They welcome questions and ideas from interested parties as they work to pursue their goal of a safe, healthy, and secure play area for the village. Woof! Woof!