SINGING THEIR PRAISES
On March 6, following the service at St. Andrew’s United Church, friends of Gordon and Melisse Kurtz gathered to honor the pair for all the years they had devoted to the church choir as well as to the community of Bayfield.
The couple has made the move to Goderich Place, a seniors’ residence in Goderich, but look forward to being able to continue their involvement at St. Andrew’s. The congregation would like to extend to them wishes for much happiness in their new home.
Following a few presentations, many friends and neighbors enjoyed a stew lunch hosted by the Committee of Stewards as well as a cake supplied by the choir. (Submitted photos)
restore bayfield's trees theme of local earth hour event
STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 26. All are encouraged to turn their lights off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m. (local time).
This year, Bayfield’s version of Earth Hour will have a theme: “Restore Bayfield’s Trees”.
To celebrate Earth Hour in Bayfield everyone is invited to turn off lights at home and head to St Andrew’s United Church for a concert given by the Glee Sisters choir, and their sister organization, Elliot’s Liquidation Band. The evening will commence at 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The musical selections will reflect the evening’s theme.
In addition, there will be a presentation on a new plan to replenish trees in the village’s public spaces, as the older ones die off. Donations will be accepted in support of the tree program. For more information email Leslie Bella, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers suggest participants bring a flashlight, candle or hurricane lamp to the event because for one hour the lights will be off in the church as well!
united way reaches 96 per cent of fundraising goal
United Way of Perth-Huron announced recently that they reached 96 per cent of their fundraising goal for their 2010-11 campaign raising $1,012,100.
According to Marty Rops, campaign co-chair along with Debbie Gammie, “We entered the role of campaign co-chairs with the faith in our community to continue to support those who are less fortunate than we are.”
“Meeting the $1 million mark is truly a reason for celebration. It is a record breaking total for the United Way of Perth-Huron and will create positive change for many”, said Gammie.
The goal the organization had set at the outset of the campaign was $1,050,000. This 2010 goal was in response to the increase in demand of services of numerous agencies that help one in three people in our community who are in need.
The results were announced on Feb. 28 in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 160 volunteers and donors at the campaign’s celebration dinner at the Arden Park Hotel. Awards were presented to dozens of corporations, employee groups and individuals who gave generously and willingly to support their community through the United Way. A special award of thanks was presented to Scotiabank Group for providing a Loaned Representative, Cindy Hyde, during the three busiest months of campaign.
“The dedication and commitment of Marty and Debbie inspired us all”, said Ellen Balmain, United Way Executive Director. “This has been a year when so many in our community have faced uncertainty yet Marty and Debbie mobilized the community to find it in their hearts to support their neighbors. This is truly what makes Perth-Huron such a wonderful place to live.”
Canoe Rally fast approaching
The 26th Annual Stanley Canoe Rally is set to run Apr. 10.
The cost to enter is $20 for one poker hand. Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants enter the race at Tyndall’s Bridge on Airport Line (2nd of Stanley) and enjoy a five-mile run on the Bayfield River ending at the Varna Bridge.
To ensure a safe and fun time for all participants the following rules will be enforced: no motorized vehicles, everyone in the canoe must wear a life jacket; and participants must be 16 years or accompanied by an adult.
The event is organized by the Bluewater Stanley Recreation Committee with proceeds going to support minor sports in the community.
For more information please call Pete Walden at 519 233-7525 or Jeff Brandon at 519 565-2878.
O'Rourke loved this village for its people
The community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of 30 year-old Julie O’Rouke. Our thoughts are with her parents, Dave and Ann O’Rouke, and big brother, Mark and his wife, Dana. Several aunts, uncles and cousins will also miss Julie.
Visitation will be held at the Lockhart Funeral Home, Mitchell on March 9 from 2- 4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 10 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Dublin at 11 a.m. In her memory, donations can be made to London Health Sciences Centre Foundation (Head and Neck Oncology Research) or the charity of one's choice.
Julie’s good friend, Vance McPherson, penned a tribute to her and it follows:
On March 4, Bayfield lost one of its most charismatic and vivacious citizens. You likely met Julie O’Rourke, and if you didn’t, you certainly saw her. She was hard to miss; when you met her I can tell you for certain that she was wearing something gorgeous and vibrant of which you had never seen the like, and if you had the good fortune to speak to her, she gave you this warm attention that made everything but your conversation dissolve. She was frequently about the village, shopping for beautiful things with her enthusiastic tastes and exacting aesthetic, or indulging in extraordinary music mixed with good food and drink, or walking her dog along the north beach, picking up sand-worn glass.
Julie’s parents moved to Bayfield three years ago, and she moved in with them shortly thereafter, newly diagnosed with cancer and determined to fight. Now, a woman who dove at the Great Barrier Reef, hiked in Thailand, surfed in Portugal, moved amid the artistic community of Paris, studied with the greats of photography in Rochester and routinely jogged in New York’s Central Park, is well-entitled to feel in whatever way she chooses about any community in which she finds herself. So you shouldn’t take it lightly to know that she loved Bayfield.
She felt blessed to be in a place with a plethora of fine things — cuisine and artwork, microbrew beer and vintage wine, beautiful clothes and crafty jewellery and experiments with music. As a professional photographer, she created extraordinary images from natural landscapes and the artifacts of humanity all around her.
But the most important characteristics of Bayfield for Julie were in the people. Here, people become friends instantly when they meet on the street, in the pub or in the shops. Here, proprietors and organizers work beyond money to create a good life for everyone who stops by. Here, when a person struggles, the community moves in an effortless dance to soften the challenge and help to make every day worth the battle.
So on behalf of Julie, then, and her family, thank you Bayfield for being as you are. This community was a powerful force in her long fight, as she .often acknowledged, just as she was and will always continue to be a great light to the lives of we who are left.
It’s almost time to hang up the hockey skates and dust off the soccer shoes.
Bayfield Minor Soccer will hold a registration at the Stanley Complex in Varna on March 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.
The following teams are offered: U6 and U8 Local League; U10 to U18 Travel Teams; and new this year an adult soccer league.
Those who plan to register are reminded to bring birth certificates or copies and also keep in mind that a passport photo is required for all who register for the U10-U18 travel teams. Late fees will apply.
Contact Jeff or Karen Brandon at 519 565-2878 or email@example.com for more information. Anyone wishing to check out the fun should visit the Bayfield Minor Soccer website at www.bayfieldsoccer.webs.com
Bayfield Guiding will be hosting a “Just Books Sale” on Apr. 2 in the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To make the sale a success the girls are now accepting gently used books of all genres with the exception of textbooks, encyclopedias and magazines.
Books can be given to members of Bayfield Guiding or dropped off at the Bayfield Village Inn from now until Apr. 1. For more information call 519 565-2443.
The Bayfield Optimist Club will be holding its annual Chili Cook-off on March 13, at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The event will run from 2-4 p.m. Both individuals and local restaurants are encouraged to enter their chili for a chance to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. Entries will be accepted in crock-pots from 1-1:30 p.m.
Public skating will be offered from 1-3 p.m.
Upstairs from 2-4 p.m. the Optimists will host a Family Fun Day providing hot dogs and ice-cream sundaes as well as face painting, children’s crafts and the unpredictable antics of a couple of clowns.
This is just one of the fun events organized by the Optimists of Bayfield throughout the year to show their thanks to the community for their ongoing support.
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 Bun and a Movie Night” will be held over five weeks starting on March 14 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: Mutiny on the Bounty, March 14; Secretariat, March 21; The Blind Side, March 28; Joyeux Noel, Apr. 4; and Finding Neverland, Apr. 11.
The musical entertainment scene in the village is kicking into high gear this spring with some well-known performers coming to play The Bayfield Town Hall.
Hannah Georgas will get things rolling on March 11 along with special guest Ashley Anderson. The doors to the hall will open at 8 p.m. with the concert starting at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now for $25. For tickets visit http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/3369/
Colin James will headline at the hall on March 17 as part of his Up Close and personal: An Acoustic Tour with Special Guest Chris Caddell. Not surprisingly this concert has already sold out!
On April 9, John K. Samson of the Weakerthans with special guest Andy McGuire will play the hall. Tickets are available now for $35. Hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit
The Bayfield Film Society will resume on March 10 with a new film series when the curtain rises on the movie, "Get Low".
This film will be followed by the documentary "Force of Nature", April 14; and movies, "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16.
For just $35 you can purchase a series of tickets for all four films. Series tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.
The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
Jan Kuntz and Brenda Blair tied for first place when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club gathered to play at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the evening of March 2.
Alice Brandon could boast the second best hand.
The club will meet next on March 16. The hands will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
There are a little over five months remaining before the Bayfield Fall Fair will once again take centre stage in the village.
Volunteers are needed now in a number of specialties for the fair that shall be held Aug. 19-21. To learn how you can help make this event both memorable and successful plan to join the membership at the next Bayfield Agricultural Society meeting to be held on March 15 at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 7:30 p.m.
For more information call Don Brodie at 519 263-2404 or Emma VanderWouden, 519 482-3020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community will be saddened to learn that Walter Turner, of Bayfield, died at Clinton Public Hospital on March 6 following a brief illness. He was 79.
Sympathy is extended to his wife of 57 years, Lillian; his three children and their spouses as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Falconer Funeral Homes Ltd. – Bluewater Chapel, in Goderich, on March 9 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; and then on March 10 from 1 p.m. to the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as expressions of sympathy.