agreement reached between bluewater and bFIt
The Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) have entered into an agreement for the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre. The agreement commences July 1st, 2020 and will run for a five-year term. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater website)
The Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) have entered into an historic agreement for the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre.
The agreement, which commences July 1st, 2020 and runs for a five-year term, arose from an extensive consultative process involving municipal staff and Council; area residents; and interested local service groups including the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and BFIT. The public consultations led to eleven months of collaboration and negotiation between the Municipality and BFIT, resulting in the present agreement. The agreement is consistent with a preferred outcome described in Bluewater’s current Strategic Plan regarding the development of new partnerships between public and private entities which reduce costs while capitalizing on local expertise.
“This is an exciting time in Bluewater’s Facilities Department,” noted Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell. “This partnership is a creative way to address the community’s recreation and facility needs. I am thrilled to be working with such a committed group of volunteers to make this initiative a reality.”
Under the new agreement, the Municipality will contribute $65,000 per year to operation of the facility, which is located at 4 Jane Street in Bayfield, as well as $35,000 per year to a capital reserve. This compares favorably to the facility’s previous annual operating deficit of approximately $115,000. BFIT will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility, including coordinating all bookings and rentals, and the facility will be staffed by BFIT employee(s) and volunteers. Current chattels, such as tables, chairs and dishes, will remain in the facility for its future use.
“Bluewater Council thanks our Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell, and the board of BFIT for the hard work they’ve put in to bring this partnership to fruition,” said Mayor Paul Klopp. “Management of the facility by BFIT and Bayfield volunteers will create a stronger sense of community ownership, while minimizing costs to the tax base.”
“This agreement has been years in the making,” noted Bayfield Councilor Bill Whetstone. “It’s one of the reasons I decided to run for Council over five years ago. Not only does it represent the voice of a very dedicated community of residents, but it also demonstrates the willingness of Bluewater Council to look at new and alternative ways to keep services available. This agreement could serve as an important precedent going forward.”
BFITs Spokesperson, Sandy Scotchmer said, “The collaboration between our negotiation teams has resulted in a partnership with the Municipality that both parties can be proud of. The partnership serves as a great example to other community groups and Municipalities around the province, that when we work together, we can save our recreation facilities that are so vital to families in rural communities.”
Scotchmer continued, “After negotiating together for over 11 months, BFIT and the Municipality have developed a strong partnership and we look forward to an exciting future for the Bayfield Arena. BFIT would also like to thank the residents of Bayfield, as well as all service and community groups, for your huge support throughout this journey. Your encouragement and support have been incredible and we can’t thank you enough.”
BFIT will hold a public meeting in the near future, once provincial emergency measures are lifted and public gatherings are once again allowed. Please watch the “Municipality of Bluewater” Facebook page or the Bayfield Breeze for further information.
Free online course based on the science behind covid-19
Global learning technology leader D2L announced on March 23 that it is partnering with Bayfield Design to offer an online course on COVID-19 at no cost.
The unique, complimentary course was built by educators and is based on the science behind COVID-19. The course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage it. D2L and Bayfield Design are key players in the online education sector and strongly believe they have a duty to help the 850 million students who are out of school worldwide.
“As educators, we believe that knowledge is essential to dealing with a crisis in a steady and effective way. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive review of all that we know to date about COVID-19, and made it available to everyone, at no cost,” said President and CEO of D2L, John Baker.
“With years of experience developing online courses Bayfield Design was well-equipped to partner with D2L on this initiative. In times like this, knowledge and education are powerful tools that can help us navigate challenging situations. Our goal is to provide a resource that promotes interaction and learning from scientific, social, and economic perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can work together to respond to this crisis,” said Senior Director of Operations at Bayfield Design, Kim Loebach.
The medical community continues to learn about both the virus and the disease as new research and information becomes available. The course gives people the most up-to-date, reliable, scientifically accurate information to limit the spread of misinformation. It also gives strategies for dealing with the pandemic, knowledge about symptoms, tips on proper hygiene, and definitions and proper terminology around the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can test their understanding of the content and bridge any gaps in their own knowledge about COVID-19.
Click on the following link to access this course: opencoursesstore.d2l.com
A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on March 30.
Soller has been experiencing some unsettled weather in the last few days but when the sun does emerge to be sure the splendid terrace views are very much appreciated during lockdown. (Photos by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Today, Monday, is our 16th day of lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary & Balearic Islands on March 15th. The lockdown period now extends until Apr. 12th; however, the expectation is that it will be extended until the end of April at least.
The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home - there is no ability to go out “for a socially-distanced walk” unlike many European countries such as France or the UK. Today, a further tightening in the lockdown came into place although it does not directly impact us – the country has gone into what it calls “economic hibernation” for a two-week period during which time all non-essential work (and employment) has been stopped. This has brought an end to all construction activities, for example. It is hoped that by the end of the two-week period, Spain will be over the crest of the curve. Interestingly, this is being financially handled by giving impacted employees paid leave, which they will “repay” by working additional unpaid hours once the sanction has been lifted.
How about us?
We continue with our daily routine, as detailed in our last “letter”, with a few variations:
• The daily laps of the garden have been enhanced with the addition of carrying a tin of baked beans in each hand and doing various upper body exercises whilst walking – a tin of baked beans conveniently weighs one pound.
For the Lloyd-Rees' daily laps of the garden have been enhanced with the addition of carrying a tin of baked beans in each hand and doing various upper body exercises whilst walking – a tin of baked beans conveniently weighs one pound.
• In addition to the daily 8 p.m. “balcony clap” in appreciation for all the workers (emergency services, police, health workers, farmers, shop staff, garbage collectors, street cleaners and the many more people who continue to work to provide necessary services and keep us safe) we had a 6 p.m. balcony clap on Saturday for all the children who are unable to venture outside during the lockdown and are missing their friends, their activities and everything else that makes up being a child.
• Yesterday, Sunday, we were a bit discombobulated as the clocks went forward an hour in Spain and Europe. When we went out for the 8 p.m. clap and torchlight wave it was still daylight…so we actually got to see and wave at a group of three who live 200 feet or so higher up the mountainside and who we have been exchanging torch waves with for several days.
This week a special shout out goes to the farmers of the Soller Valley, Mallorca, Huron County and around the world. Our grocers continue to be stocked with fresh produce. The valley’s farming co-operative is delivering 10 kilos of mixed fruit and vegetables to customers’ doors across the island (you get what you are given) for 15 Euros – they got 4,000 orders in one day! Forty tons of oranges were sent to Germany last week alone. On top of that, farmers supplied their time and their tractors and sprayers and in the past week every single street and alley in Soller was sprayed (3 per cent bleach: 97 per cent water). Farmers everywhere we salute you.
We also continue to be grateful to our friends back home in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words of support. And a special mention of Peter Keightley who we were “Messengering” as he sailed by just 200 miles South of us on March 29.
See you back in Bayfield. Stay well everybody.
CHEF'S LOG CROSSING THROUGH THE STRAIGHTS OF GIBRALTAR
Peter Keightley has been keeping a journal of his travels since the fall of 2019 when he and his wife, Erika, embarked on a working honeymoon aboard Super Yachts. The Bayfield Breeze has invited him to share some of this log with our readers. (Photos courtesy Peter Keightley)
A Note from the Editor: Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Peter, will be familiar to Bayfield residents as the founder of both Drift the restaurant on the village’s Main Street and Drift the lobster boat used as a charter in the summer months out of Bayfield Harbour. While on this adventure Peter has been keeping a journal and the Bayfield Breeze invited him to share some of this log with our readers during this time of uncertainty in the world…
It is now March 27 and Erika and I have sailed into Gibraltar aboard a Super Yacht. Normally a crowd gathers to take photos as we come into port; this time however, a solitary dock worker atop the pier held out his phone. Without any excitement we bunkered fuel and were then allowed to stay tied up on the dock for the night. Similar to our pit-stop in the Azores, we were not permitted to set foot on land. All the necessary COVID-19 precautions were taken by the two masked workers we saw from afar. Nothing resembling human life was visible amidst the countless buildings huddled beneath the omnipresent Rock of Gibraltar.
The last time we were here was November of last year. Erika and I were crew aboard a 62’ Sailing Catamaran. We had bunkered fuel (very cheap in Gib) and taken a much-needed day off since leaving France a week of foul weather prior. There was no virus outbreak happening back then, and Erika and I went on an expedition up to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s a very curious and unique place Gibraltar, as it is the only place in Europe that you can go for a walk and meet monkeys!!! The following is a journal entry that I wrote then:
Nov. 16, 2019:
In November 2019, the Keightleys went on an expedition up to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. It is the only place in Europe that you can go for a walk and meet monkeys!
En route to the Canary Islands from Gibraltar. Erika and I saw the monkeys! Apparently the first monkeys were brought to Gibraltar as a food delicacy from Africa at the turn of the 19th century.
When Sir Winston Churchill first visited Gibraltar he noticed that the apes remaining were sickly and dying off. Nobody in Europe enjoyed eating monkey and many of them had escaped or been released over the years. Good old Winnie, likely after a few drinks, announced in 1944 a directive to save the apes of Gibraltar and bring their numbers above 24 strong. The directive worked and more Macaques of a different genetic make-up were imported from Algeria. These monkeys were bred with the few remaining Gibraltar monkeys and a new hybrid ape proliferated.
The new Churchill bred Gibraltar Macaque monkeys are now 230 strong and are divided into six groups atop the Rock ranging between 25 and 70 animals.
The new Churchill bred Gibraltar Macaque monkeys are now 230 strong and are divided into six groups atop the Rock ranging between 25 and 70 animals. Sir Winston Churchill eventually made the military installations and the entire Rock of Gibraltar a sanctuary and National Park for the monkeys. On our expedition to the top of the Rock one monkey jumped onto Erika’s head. Another cheeky monkey bit me on the arm!
Nothing resembling human life was visible amidst the countless buildings huddled beneath the omnipresent Rock of Gibraltar as the Keightey's passed by on March 27.
Jack the Hugger terrorized kids in the Jane Street Swamp
BY DAVE GILLIANS, AUTHOR OF "FOR THE LOVE OF BAYFIELD"
Occasionally, when I was shuffling through binders and boxes in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives, while researching stories for my book, I’d discover some wonderful little tales that didn’t quite fit but are nonetheless precious. Bud Sturgeon’s frightening “Jack ‘the Hugger” story deserves to be cherished.
Bud is a Bayfield native whose family goes back several generations in the village and he’d sometimes craft a little gem for one of the summer newspapers that periodically sprang up. This one was published in the 1980s.
This story takes place in the 1930s on a dark path in the Jane Street swamp which was bordered by Jane and Dow Streets and stretched from Tuyll Street (then Lakeshore Road) to the school which was located where the firehall is today. The timeless theme of older children tormenting youngsters and making them pass certain rights of passage is universal and we can all relate to the terror.
Bud has given me permission to reproduce the story.
The whole matter of a deranged murderer running loose in Bayfield, supposedly came about as a way of discouraging the smaller kids from “tagging along” when not wanted.
Escaping "Jack the Hugger" could often result in physically running into an old milk cow. (Illustration by Paula Letheren)
“Jack the Hugger” was a grotesque ogre-like misfit, who walked with a decided limp, dragging his bad leg at an awkward angle every step.
These senior children were very adept at making this figure sound “real” to the younger kids. Practically everyone had heard the “Jack the Ripper” stories from England, so the Hugger haunting the lane in Bayfield seemed more believable. The Lane or Jack the Hugger’s Lane as it was called during the 1930s was situated in the area now known as Jane Street. It was little more than a cow path through the swamp, covered with arches of huge willow trees dangling their limbs down like tentacles ready to snatch their prey. It presented an eerie and menacing aura in the twilight hours.
After leaving Tuyll Street, it was a world of pitch black in the swamp. There would be no light until you made it all the way through and came to the lamp at the old public school.
As the younger tykes tagged along behind their brothers and sisters, a voice erupted from the total blackness, “I’m Jack the Hugger and I’m coming to get you!” voices screamed. “Run for your lives!” Fear overcame the kids and they fled in panic. Then they were all off the trail, mired in knee deep mud, and yet the voice was still closing in. In desperation they tore themselves from the quagmire and struggled back to the path and ran like never before.
Suddenly they hit something soft and warm. That split second when the dread thought of running straight into Jack’s powerful arms took an eternity to pass. Then comes the realization that it’s only an old milk cow, stopped to graze on the path. But now the eerier screams are coming from a different direction, and the hideous laughter seems closer.
For a moment the legs seem like they are heavily weighted and when you start moving again they are like rubber. Almost sobbing aloud, and living in terror, you pray for a clear path out of danger still unable to see your hand in front of your face. More bloodcurdling screams echo close by and then, there it is, the street-lamp! You’re back on Tuyll Street and safe!
What happened to the older kids? Did they run through to the school? Did Jack the Hugger get them? What was really happening on the Lane?
This article was written with the support and encouragement of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
Home4Good steps up to help flatten the curve!
Shopping buddies recruited by Home4Good are available to shop for groceries for those in self-isolation or otherwise unable to shop for themselves during the COVID-19 crisis.
Anyone who needs this kind of help please complete the online application on Home4Good’s website, www.home4goodbayfield.ca. To help by shopping for someone else's groceries as well as your own, please use the same website to apply to be a shopping buddy. Those without computers can call Home4Good’s shopping buddy coordinator Leslie Bella at 519 565-1531.
More volunteers mean less risk for everyone. Home4Good will provide suggestions for protecting your own health when shopping including, avoiding contact with those you help, not handling cash, and appropriate sanitizing protocols so you don’t bring the virus home with you.
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is open despite the church, Trinity St. James Anglican, being closed.
If there are people in the community in need they are asked to call 519 955-7444. Arrangements can be made to deliver food.
Anyone able to make food donations can drop items at the church located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village. Please leave donations on the veranda at the South side entrance of the church hall as it has a covered roof. Please do not leave items at the hall door accessible from the parking lot or at the main door to the church.
Alternatively, financial donations by cheque so that food or personal items can be purchased for those in need can be dropped off at the Bayfield Garage [Esso] on Hwy. 21. or Bayfield Convenience (next to Renegades Diner). Cheques may also be mailed to Bayfield Area Food Bank c/o Trinity St. James Church, 10 Keith Crescent, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
BAFB is also registered with CanadaHelps. End of year income-tax receipts will be issued for amounts of $20 or more.
Seniors and frail elderly are finding it difficult to leave their homes and get groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic and One Care Home & Community Support Services is responding to this need.
One Care is launching a new Grocery Delivery service for seniors and people with health challenges and the agency is partnering with Foodland locations in Clinton, Exeter, Wingham and Stratford.
Seniors who live in Huron County and in Perth County can order and have their groceries delivered to their home with the help of One Care.
To register for this program, seniors simply have to call One Care to sign up. Staff will take the order and arrange the delivery to the senior’s door, as well as arrange for payment. There is a small fee for this program to help cover the cost of delivery which may be waived as subsidy options become available.
“Our hope is that this service will help seniors who are unable to leave their homes, or are in need of assistance with grocery shopping, be able to stay at home, maintain their independence and stay safe during the pandemic,” said Executive Director for One Care, Kathy Scanlon.
One Care continues to operate many essential services such as personal support at home, home help, Meals on Wheels and transportation for medical needs as well as social work and friendly visiting by home.
To register for the Grocery Delivery program or to ask about other services call Community Support Services Central Intake at 1-844-482-7800.
For more information about One Care services visit www.onecaresupport.ca/
ABCA Trails Closed
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation areas and trails are closed to the public until further notice.
The closure complies with the March 30 provincial declaration to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities.
Barriers and signs are at property entrances. Even if a barrier is not in place, the property is closed. Information is also on the ABCA website at abca.ca and Facebook page.
The closure affects all conservation areas: Clinton, Bannockburn, Zurich, Morrison Dam, Crediton, Lucan, Parkhill, Rock Glen, and Ausable River Cut. Other properties include Mystery Falls, L-Lake, Sadler Tract, and Linfield. The closure also includes MacNaughton – Morrison Trail. The ABCA owns thousands of acres of forests where there are no trails and these properties are also closed until further notice.
“This has been a difficult step to take but it is in the best interest of our community and Province to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said ABCA General Manager Brian Horner.
To find out more visit abca.ca.
Anyone looking for ways to pass the time while physical distancing or self-isolating should consider ordering books and amusements, like puzzles, online through The Village Bookshop. (Submitted photo)
The Village Bookshop in Bayfield is open for business in spite of being closed. How do they manage this? Their website www.villagebookshop.ca has a list of all books currently available in the bookshop and they can fill special orders.
“You can call the store’s telephone number, 519 565-5600, to place an order and we will return your call and arrange for payment and delivery which is free if you live in Huron County,” said Nonie Brennan, on behalf of the store owners. “Obviously, because of “social distancing” the delivery will be to your porch or lobby if you live in an apartment.”
According to Brennan, publishers are still delivering books and they can fill special orders left on their telephone following the above procedure.
“You can place an order also by emailing us at email@example.com. We will respond using email but will have to speak with you by telephone in order to complete the order. Lastly, gift certificates for family and friends can be purchased,” said Brennan.
The owners have been busy since their official opening on March 19.
“We have put in place a procedure for social distancing for us to follow in the store that is based on the federal government rules. We are adding to our inventory, books for children, such as, activity workbooks, scholastic products and puzzles for the family to help deal with being home with limited opportunities to play outside. Currently new videos are being created that promote favorite books for children and adolescents. They will join the other videos on our website shortly. We will be adding popular adult books of all categories based on our publishers’ data to our inventory as well.
“As your village booksellers, we have a commitment to being an important and vital part of the community and plan to remain available to you during this unprecedented time,” concluded Brennan.
HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
The Bayfield Lions’ Club has decided to cancel their annual Home and Garden Show scheduled for Apr. 24-25.
“The Bayfield Lions first looked at the COVID-19 situation at our business meeting back on March 10th, and considered the impact it may have on our upcoming events, particularly our annual Home and Garden Show,” said President of the Bayfield Lions’ Club, Don Vance. “As it is our biggest fundraiser, we elected to defer a decision until our next meeting on March 24th and after consulting Public Health. At that time, none of us could have imagined how quickly everything would accelerate and how drastically all our lives would be affected.”
Vance added that, regretfully, the membership has decided that the Home and Garden Show must be cancelled in the interest of public safety. He noted that consultation with a Huron Perth Public Health representative confirmed that this was likely the right decision.
“Although no one knows when we can hope to resume normal operations, we may attempt to stage the Show later in the year. Time will tell if it is possible. Rest assured that we will keep you informed!” said Vance. “It is our sincere wish that you and your families remain safe during this unprecedented event.”
Despite the St. Andrew’s United Church building being closed, the work of this Bayfield church carries on.
Rev. Elise Feltrin reports at that each week a Sunday service is still being produced and posted on their website: bayfieldunited.church. It includes an inspiring message and prayers, along with a selection of hymns and songs from Youtube. The congregation has been joining together “virtually” every Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to watch together, whether dressed in their Sunday best at the laptop on their kitchen table, or in pyjamas with coffee on the family room TV.
“People are enjoying the sense of connection and comfort knowing they are still gathered as a community and appreciate hearing the familiar voice of their minister,” said Feltrin. "The virtual congregation is actually growing as those who do not usually attend church are checking it out from the comfort and anonymity of their own homes and others share the services with distant family and friends.”
Other ways the people of St. Andrew’s are staying connected are through phone chains checking in on one another and weekly email updates. Rev. Feltrin roams the village on her daily walks, passing by the homes of those in isolation and waving encouragement through the window or chatting on the porch from a safe distance.
“During these trying times, remaining spiritually grounded and connected to those around us is so important and we all need to find ways of maintaining hope and perspective. While churches have not been deemed ‘essential services’ the work of the church has never been so important to a society in turmoil and will continue to be as the full social, economic and emotional impact of this pandemic is revealed,” concluded Feltrin.
Anyone feeling overwhelmed or isolated is welcome to contact Rev. Feltin by leaving a message at 519 565-5852.
Please note that the Bayfield Travel Club has cancelled their April and May meetings.
The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
Paint Ontario's venue, the Lambton Heritage Museum, is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that the exhibit schedule at the Museum is flexible. The Grand Bend Art Centre (GBAC) and the Museum still plan to present a 2020 show, but a bit later in the year than normal.
Organizers would like to thank all of the artists who are a part of the Paint Ontario Art Exhibition and Sale 2020! In response to some of the inquiries they’ve received they would like to reiterate the following: Once the Lambton Heritage Museum reopens, they will contact artists about delivery dates for artwork. The show will be judged once all of the artwork is hung, and prizes will be awarded. They have in excess of $7,000 to award! Opening for sales will then be announced. Last year’s show enjoyed total sales of over $100,000.
In the meantime, they have showcased all of the accepted work on their website. This is a preview only, not a sale.
There are three galleries online, one for the “Faces” show and two for the “Places” show. The online images for one Places gallery are the photos uploaded by the artists when submitting their work. The second Places gallery are images taken during jurying of the artwork which was physically dropped off at the gallery in anticipation of the venue being closed. These are the images that were available to organizers.
“As a group of dedicated volunteers, we appreciate your understanding as we act responsibly and within the parameters of what can physically be done at this time. We look forward to completing our commitment to you all,” Peter Phillips, a Paint Ontario Board member. “Please direct any inquiries through the contact form on our website - paintontario.com - and be sure to monitor it for any further developments. Thank you!”
Bid for cover ends
Nat Tarnawski, stylist and owner of the Bayfield Beauty Shop, has ended her run to be the next Inked Cover Girl, an American magazine devoted to the tattoo lifestyle. She was eliminated from the competition after a second-place finish in the Quarter Final voting – only those voted into the number one position advanced to the Semi Finals.
Tarnawski thanked everyone who supported her on her Facebook page by writing, “This was an incredible ride. I feel so full of love and gratitude.”
The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is very happy to say that they have filled the position of Treasurer, a newly arrived to Bayfield, Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).
The BHS Board still requires a volunteer Secretary. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the community who are interested in promoting and preserving the heritage of the village and area. The Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre is located on the Main Street in Bayfield beside the library.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. There are a group of volunteers who can step in if the Secretary is unable to attend every month. The group is involved in many other interesting projects and activities in the village so this is an opportunity to be an important part of one of the groups in Bayfield making a difference.
Anyone interested in either of this position is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518-4646, or any of the Directors.
gift cards for kintail on the road
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield Fundraiser with Huron Ridge Greenhouses is now underway.
“This is our once a year event in support of the ‘Camp Kintail on the Road’ program run every summer at our Church,” said Grasby. “In 2019 the once weekly day camp was attended by over 100 children who enjoyed the leadership of counsellors from Camp Kintail.”
As of 2020 the Huron Ridge Spring Fundraising Program is exclusively for Gift Cards with no expiry date which can be redeemed at the Greenhouse for plants or any product they sell.
Denominations are now available in $10, $25, $50 or $100 values. All but the $10 cards can be used in partial amounts. This new declining balance means people can spread the value over multiple purchases and dates. The $10 cards have been popular to be given as hostess and thank you gifts.
“We think the new format will appeal to all of us who enjoy browsing and picking out our plants and flowers while having helpful staff on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. Win-Win!” said Grasby.
Please call Deb Grasby at 519 524-0224 or any member of the Knox Congregation to order cards.