Bookmark and Share   Apr. 1, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 14 Issue 560

 agreement reached between bluewater and bFIt 

110_Bayfield_ArenaThe 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.

49708036587_d67ab7ddf2_k 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.

49716229452_18efe4a2e6_kFor 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

91133211_686996472071476_5476467933901225984_nPeter 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:

91512989_145204543559514_8483606831137030144_nIn 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.

91182274_223227829088214_523074429073227776_nThe 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!

 

 

91959563_298663924437086_7536435782089703424_nNothing 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.

 

7BADF33725ED466380DAC8FA98E652E5Escaping "Jack the Hugger" could often result in physically running into an old milk cow. (Illustration by Paula Letheren)

 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.

“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   

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.

FOOD BANK 

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.

ONE CARE

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.

Village Bookshop 

IMG_2403Anyone 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 info@villagebookshop.ca. 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.”

United Church 

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.

TRAVEL CLUB

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 

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.” 

SECRETARY SOUGHT 

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.

 

 

 

 


 

    Municipality of Bluewater holds virtual council meeting 

20200323_205117Clerk Chandra Alexandra facilitated the Municipality of Bluewater's first virtual council meeting on March 23. Citizens could watch online. (Submitted photos)

The Municipality of Bluewater conducted its first virtual Council meeting on March 23 as a result of provincial social distancing and emergency measures in place for the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Instead of an in-person meeting at the Council Chambers in Varna, each of the nine members of Council and management staff remained in their homes and joined the meeting online using Zoom and existing iCompass agenda management software.

20200323_205126Instead of an in-person meeting at the Council Chambers in Varna, each of the nine members of Council and management staff remained in their homes and joined the meeting online using Zoom and existing iCompass agenda management software.  

Citizens were invited to watch from their homes if they did not feel comfortable attending in person. The Chambers were physically set up to maintain a 2-metre (6-foot) separation from another person in compliance with advice from public health officials. Chief Administrative Officer (Interim) Laurie Spence Bannerman and Clerk Chandra Alexander attended in person to facilitate the meeting.

Alexander said, “Members of Council did not hesitate to set a good example for residents by attending the Council meeting from home. The new legislation allowed Council the flexibility to conduct business, in an accessible and transparent manner, while abiding by public health guidelines.”

A number of Ontario municipalities conducted virtual Council meetings using a variety of software. However, some, decided to postpone Council meetings. It was appropriate to hold a virtual meeting in Bluewater to protect Council, staff and citizens and lead the “flatten the curve” movement locally to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Municipal Clerks had mere days to investigate and establish an electronic forum to ensure business continuity following amendment of the Municipal Act, 2001, by the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020, on Thursday, March 19, to permit such electronic meetings during emergencies declared locally or provincially. The Province of Ontario declared an emergency on March 17. The Municipality of Bluewater has not declared an emergency. Under normal circumstances, physical attendance at a meeting by a majority of Council, board or committee members is necessary to conduct business.

The Municipality of Bluewater recognizes that the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as are the challenges it presents for business continuity and citizen engagement. Conducting meetings on screen versus in person is one way the Municipality aims to be flexible and responsive.

first person diagnosed with Covid-19 Also First Fatality 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has been notified of a death in Huron Perth related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The man in his 60s had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and was hospitalized at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) - Stratford General Hospital site. Health Unit staff began their investigation immediately upon being notified of the man’s diagnosis and have communicated with his close contacts. All personal contacts have been in self-isolation since and continue to be monitored.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this man’s passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We ask everyone to recognize the seriousness of this virus and how important it is to limit its spread,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

"The entire Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance team is saddened by this loss and extends heartfelt condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones,” said Andrew Williams, president and CEO of the HPHA. “In facing this tragic reality, the resolve of the HPHA Team to continue to provide compassionate and accountable care to all in need as we address this pandemic together is only strengthened."

New Cases Reported
HPPH received lab confirmation of seven new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the confirmed number of positive cases to nine in Huron and Perth as of Monday, March 30.

Among the new cases are the first confirmed positive case in a long-term care home in Perth County at Hillside Manor near Sebringville. HPPH is working with the facility to perform thorough contact tracing and provide further infection control support. The resident is in self isolation and other residents who have been in close contact with the case have also been isolated.

“Older adults are more at risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 and we as a community must do all we can to protect our vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Klassen.

Other confirmed cases reported over the weekend include:
• Four Huron County residents: three isolating at home and one hospitalized at London Health Sciences Centre
• Three Perth County residents: two isolating at home and one resident of Hillside Manor.
Contact tracing for these cases is underway, with close contacts receiving guidance from HPPH.

“This past weekend has reinforced that we are now seeing local spread across both Huron and Perth counties, a similar pattern to what has been showing up across Ontario,” said Dr. Klassen. “Please continue to practice physical distancing, limit contact with others and only go out to buy supplies when it is necessary. What we do right now will affect how the local situation develops over the coming days and weeks.”

Going forward, HPPH will be posting testing data, including new confirmed cases, on its website daily and holding media briefings throughout the week.

“We remain committed to keeping our community updated and aware of the risks of COVID-19,” said Dr. Klassen. “We urge everyone to continue following public health guidance and to practice physical distancing – it may take some time, but it will work in helping to limit the spread in our community. We must, and can, protect each other’s health.”

For information: Go to www.hpph.ca/coronavirus - subscribe to the page to receive updates; www.ontario.ca/coronavirus; Follow www.facebook.com/HuronPerthPublicHealth and www.twitter.com/HPPublicHealth or call the Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267 – Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(FROM PRESS RELEASE DATED MARCH 30.)

conservation dinner postponed but 50-50 raffle going ahead 

The community committee organizing the 31st Conservation Dinner in 2020 has postponed the charity auction event until autumn. Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne said the decision to reschedule the event is the right thing to do. The committee made the decision, he said, as Canada responds to the current pandemic and avoids having people in close proximity.

The Conservation Dinner Committee has chosen, through electronic vote, to postpone the April event and reschedule it for September or October.

“For 30 years we have enjoyed the fellowship community members experience at the Dinner but now is not the time to have a large event,” said Frayne. “Our Dinner Committee will continue to review recommendations from public health over the coming months and we will hold the Dinner when it is safe to do so and in a way that protects the safety of all those involved.”

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities. Continued support of the Dinner event is needed, Frayne said, to maintain community projects that rely on that funding.

There are a number of ways people can continue to support these projects in their community. They can donate directly to the Conservation Dinner by contacting info@abca.ca; and they can buy tickets to the Dinner this autumn. Or they can participate in the 50-50 draw.

The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, last year (2019). The raffle was such a success the club is bringing the idea back in 2020. Raffle tickets are available now. There are only 1,000 tickets printed and they are only $10 each. If all tickets are sold, the cash prize could be as high as $5,000. For the first time, people will also be able to buy 50-50 tickets through e-transfers. If you would like to buy your ticket this way, contact Lion Paul Anstett at panstett@hay.net. Buying a 50-50 ticket by e-transfer is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing. Tickets are also available through Lions Club members.

“We are pleased to bring back the 50-50 draw as one more way we can help our local communities,” said Craig Glavin, president of the Exeter Lions Club. “The chance to win a big prize and be able to help your community at the same time makes this truly a win-win.”
The Conservation Dinner Committee has decided to postpone the 2020 Dinner until autumn but this will not affect the 50-50 draw. The Exeter Lions Club will continue to draw a 50-50 winner on Apr.16 as previously scheduled.

Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanked the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.

“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and in addition to their hard work on the Dinner they are also helping support community improvements with the 50-50 raffle draw was well,” he said.

The Conservation Dinner is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.

The Dinner Committee is providing options for people who have already purchased their tickets. Ticket holders can: Wait until a new date is set, then confirm their attendance or request a refund if the date does not work; or donate the price of their ticket to the Conservation Dinner and receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes for the full amount; or request a refund (provided upon return of the ticket tax receipt portion).

For the new date, when confirmed, and other details visit abca.ca and conservationdinner.com.  

 

united way 

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) moved its Spirit of Community Celebration (SOCC) online this year to highlight the volunteers and donors who worked hard to make the 2019/2020 campaign such a success. Campaign Co-chairs Martin and Kathryn Ritsma, who announced they would return as co-chairs next year, and UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb hosted the evening from their homes.

“We’ve had some incredible highs during the campaign and now we’re facing some daunting challenges in our communities,” said Campaign Co-chair Martin Ritsma. “But what continues to shine through is the incredible passion local people have for the places they live. We are grateful for, and humbled by, their support in helping us raise the record amount of $1,646,211 enabling over 39,000 vulnerable people to get the help they need.”

Showing community spirit in the face of challenging times, UWPH chose to focus on the powerful work their supporters allow them to do — highlighting the #LocalLove that unites Perth and Huron. Videos showcased the North Perth Community Hub, St. Marys NOURISH Equal Access Food Market, Goderich and Exeter Homelessness initiatives, work on a community hub for Milverton-Perth East and the ongoing work of the United Centre in Stratford.

Leader Match donors — individuals and organizations who each gave $6,000 to help inspire others to become Leader ($1,200+) donors — also received special thanks as did the top 20 workplace campaigns from businesses across Perth and Huron, including top campaign, FIO Automotive. Five volunteers also received Community Spirit awards for their contributions to UWPH over the past year: Bernice Glenn, Dr. Erica Clark, Heather MacKechnie, Cindi Jones and Alisia Williams.

The Facebook event also featured local impact stories. Abby Congram talked about the program she launched with the help of a UWPH Youth in Action Grant; a one-time payment of up to $1,000 for initiatives meant to address youth-related issues in the community. The second speaker talked about support they received from UWPH partner Huron Safe Homes for Youth to cope with the effects of family conflict and mental health challenges.

To show more about the work UWPH is able to accomplish in local communities thanks to the support from engaged donors and over 600 volunteers, the organization also released its annual Impact Report. The report features the #UNIGNORABLE issues of Poverty, Homelessness, Mental Health, Hunger, Domestic Violence and Social Isolation and highlights initiatives addressing the most pressing issues in local communities including, Goderich-Huron, Exeter-South Huron, St. Marys, Milverton-Perth East and Stratford.

UWPH also took time to thank event sponsors who supported the organization despite the in-person event’s cancellation. Sponsors include Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel, Hyde Construction, Famme & Co., BMO, Monteith Ritsma Phillips LLP, BDO, invest STRATFORD, Details Event Planning, MS2 Productions and Lucinda Jones My Custom Framer.

“We are so grateful to our donors and communities,” added UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “They’ve allowed us to do so much and now, in a time of crisis, they’re stepping up again to support our COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund. We are truly blessed to live in an area that cares so deeply for the well-being of every person.”

Administered by UWPH, the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund aims to help individuals, families and organizations in need as communities across the region deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help support the fund, go to give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH or mail to United Way Perth-Huron at 32 Erie Street, Stratford, N5A 2M4.

Caremongering Initiative 

The Municipality of South Huron has partnered with the United Way Perth-Huron on a “caremongering” initiative to connect those most affected by COVID-19 with those willing to lend a hand.

A new website has been launched at helpdolocalgood.ca/ to join people together, providing information on how to help and how to receive help.

There is a link on the site to donate to an Urgent Needs Fund that has been established to support individuals and families cope with the economic and emotional fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The site also has a link to volunteer information for those able to contribute their time and energy to helping others in the community. For individuals or families that need help, the site provides links to community resources, including the 211-community information line.

An associated Facebook group called, “Huron - Perth Covid 19 Resource Group - Help is Close to Home” has also been created to connect people close by. Additional ways to get involved are to contact reception@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 519 271-7730 to leave a phone number and briefly describe how and where you can help.

“I’m asking everyone to take the time to reach out to those around you – your neighbors, friends, colleagues – and make sure everyone has what they need,” said South Huron Mayor George Finch. “Look after each other and our compassion will see us through this.”

“In these uncertain days, we can turn toward each other. We can be certain that in this community someone cares,” added United Way Huron-Perth Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Let's stand together, rise above fear and help each other safely. United Way is proud to partner with the City of Stratford and is ready to do what we can to help."

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit 

On March 25, the government of Canada announced a new benefit, called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that will focus on delivering immediate financial support to Canadians affected by COVID-19. The portal for accessing CERB is expected to open in early April.

This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 per month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for sick children at home, or because of school and daycare closures.

CERB will apply to wage earners, contract workers, and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation because of COVID-19 will also qualify for the CERB. This will help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

CERB will combine and replace the two benefits announced last week – the Emergency Support Benefit, and the Emergency Care Benefit.

Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today will continue to receive their benefits and should not apply for the CERB. If their EI benefits end before Oct. 3, they can apply for the CERB once their EI benefits cease if they are unable to return to work due to COVID-19.

Canadians who have applied to EI and whose application has not yet been processed do not need to reapply.

Canadians who are eligible for EI regular and sickness benefits are still able to access their normal EI benefits, if still unemployed, after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.

Additional information on the Canada Emergency Support Benefit can be found at
www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

 

 


 

 

REMEMBER ME?

Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at bayarchives@tcc.on.ca or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

This week, we feature a photo of Bayfield Minor Baseball's Pee Wee team from 1989. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.

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 ISSUE 558

Bayfield Skating Club 

In Issue 558, we feature a photo of the Bayfield Figure Skating Club members in the 1993-94 season. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.

In issue 559

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In Issue 559, we feature a photo of Bayfield Minor Hockey's Pee Wee team for 1988-89. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.

 


 

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COVID-19   

FAMILIES SPREAD MESSAGES OF HOPE AND GIVE THANKS VIA ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE OUTLETS  

STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER 

danika pic mar26 2020Danika shares an example of what the Bayfield Historical Society is looking for as part of their efforts to collect stories and art from children, under the age of 12 years, documenting their experience of living during an historic pandemic. (Submitted photo)  

It would seem that the whole world is coming together through the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic and in this little corner of the globe, children, families and individuals physical distancing are finding various ways to be creative to spread hope, give thanks and in one case raise funds for a worthy cause.

On March 23, Alexa Yeo, a young musical talent that goes by “The Hometown Harpist” posted to Facebook a piece of music she wrote for the harp entitled, “Light in the Darkness”. She performs this music in the background while over 50 children from across Ontario, including a few familiar Bayfield and area faces, offer thanks to the workers worldwide that are on the frontlines during this crisis. Since the launch on Facebook the video has been viewed nearly 10,000 times and has been featured on both local and national news.

To view the video visit: www.facebook.com/hometownharpist/videos/517487039192560/

IMG_1069The Blue Heart Campaign is a way that children and families can also show their support for health care workers. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Blue Heart Campaign is a way that children and families can also show their support for health care workers. People are encouraged to create their own hearts, color them in shades of blue and hang them in their front windows as an homage to all toiling in health care environments. People are using two hashtags to share their efforts: #bluehearts and #heartoutfor healthcare.

Taking the Blue Heart idea to the next level some people have been making them the central focus of homemade stain glass art designs - using acrylic paints and painters’ tape - taking their cues from bloggers on the internet now homeschooling their children and looking for fun ways to get creative and spread hope.

On March 22, the Facebook Group, “Rock ON Huron” was started to provide a creative outlet for people while social distancing. It was created by Elizabeth’s Art Gallery in Goderich. The group currently has over 135 members who have been sharing the art they are designing on and with rocks. To learn more visit: www.facebook.com/groups/843606959488815/

Chalk art is another creative form that is popping up on area sidewalks and one local maker has adapted it into a fundraiser for the local non-profit she works for, Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC).

“Our organization is committed to creating a community of well-being for Huron County families,” said Genelle Reid, the talent behind Owligraphy Designs. “During this pandemic, we have launched the “Let Love Go Viral” campaign, where we will be responding to the needs of families by getting them essential items via the purchase of gift cards.”

Let Love Go Viral - Chalk art campaign  For a minimum donation of $20 to Rural Response for Healthy Children, Genelle Reid, of Owligraphy Designs, will come to your driveway or sidewalk and letter in sidewalk chalk a positive message of your choosing in an effort to spread some positive messages around Huron County. (Submitted photo)

For a minimum donation of $20 to RRHC, Reid will come to your driveway or sidewalk and letter in sidewalk chalk a positive message of your choosing in an effort to spread some positive messages around Huron County. To learn more about the process of garnering customized sidewalk art visit, www.rrhc.on.ca/let-love-go-viral/

The intention of the RRHC campaign is to respond to the growing stress levels Huron County families are experiencing. Their current response is providing grocery and gas/taxi gift cards to families and the need has quickly become apparent with 43 sets of gift cards being requested in just one week.

In addition to the customized sidewalk art Reid has collaborated with Bethany Ann Davidson, of Goderich, the face behind WorldRooted: the Art Project for People, in creating a line of t-shirts, posters and stickers for the campaign. These t-shirts, posters and stickers will be available after today (Apr.1).

IMG_5609Chalk art design created by Genelle Reid, of Owligraphy Designs in front of Cait's Cafe on The Square in Goderich created for a promotional segment by Scott Miller, CTV News. (Photo by Genelle Reid)  

“I'm a huge fan of Genelle, both as an artist and a frontline champion for the Rights of the Child with RRHC. I founded WorldRooted: the Art Project for People to shine a light on people like her, then watched for the perfect opportunity to collaborate,” explained Davidson. “When Executive Director Selena Hazlitt told me about the extra time and expenses Rural Response for Healthy Children is pouring into their pandemic action, I knew it was time.”

 

46762B9A-A74F-4AE8-9B1E-C79BAE20905C Some people have been making homemade stain glass art designs - using acrylic paints and painters’ tape - taking their cues from bloggers on the internet now homeschooling their children and looking for fun ways to get creative and spread hope. (Photo by Jenny Shanahan)

91301154_213649803192287_7413216971413520384_nOn March 22, the Facebook Group, “Rock ON Huron” was started to provide a creative outlet for people while social distancing. (Photo by Jenny Shanahan)

LET LOVE GO VIRAL sticker trees One of two designs created through the collaboration of Genelle Reid, Owligraphy Designs, and Bethany Davidson, WorldRooted: the Art Project for People, that will be appearing on t-shirts, posters and stickers for sale in support of Rural Response for Healthy Children. (Submitted photo)

According to Davidson, the goal is to raise $8,000 to help supply local families.

“Even more so, we hope parents and caregivers will know they've got a community that sees and supports them,” said Davidson.

Hijinks! Custom Screen Printing is now taking pre-orders of these beautiful, ethical t-shirts, from which 25 per cent will go straight to RRHC. 

“Visit www.bethanyann.ca by Good Friday, Apr. 10 to make your purchase and enter our draw for a whole assortment of “Let Love Go Viral” swag. Or make a social-media post showing your family spreading love, not germs, and hashtag it #LetLoveGoViralRRHC for another chance to enter. Thank you for helping us add to the beauty!” concluded Davidson.

So how can all of this creativity be captured for posterity? Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history? The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email barbarad@hay.net.


danika letterDanika's story - the Bayfield Historical Society is asking that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school. (Submitted photo)  

 

 


 

 


 

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Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued

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SUBMISSIONS  

Many in the world are suffering incredible loss and as the Pandemic grows and begins to reach into our own portion of the planet the sadness will escalate but we must remember there is always hope where humanity is concerned.

I always look for the happy stories and I will continue to do so. I have a personal one to share this week. Earlier this month, I had 150 cases of Girl Guides Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich Cookies arrive at my door - that equates to 1,800 boxes. We weren’t able to get them out to all our Guiding families before Girl Guides of Canada shut down all in-person meetings, there are to be no door-to-door sales this year and the big events that we usually sell at have all been cancelled. Here I sat with close to 70 cases of cookies on my front porch with the added worry of how the girls that have their cookies will be able to sell them safely. Imagine this scenario across the country – many leaders with larger numbers of cases than I stored in their living rooms without benefit of a covered porch or garage to store them in. But thankfully that isn’t just how the cookie crumbles…

Girl Guides of Canada immediately began looking for cookie partnerships and late last week I got a very welcome phone call. Canadian Tire in Goderich was willing to take 20 cases to start and perhaps more. On March 30, while maintaining a safe distance, John and I delivered the cases to the store’s loading dock. Later that afternoon I received an email from Associate Dealer Shaun Telfer asking how many more cases we had in inventory? The answer was 48. He was willing to take more. On that first afternoon the store sold 70 boxes. In actual fact he took them all – we delivered the rest to the loading dock yesterday morning (March 31). My porch is now empty and I am eternally grateful to Canadian Tire Goderich for alleviating some of the strain on our volunteers and families at this time.

So, if you are looking for the Girl Guide Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich Cookies – Canadian Tire Goderich is the place to go – while supplies last! – Melody

IMG_1065Canadian Tire stores across the country have partnered with Girl Guides of Canada to help the organization sell their cookies when the initiation of self-isolation and social distancing, in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, coincided with the Spring Cookie Campaign launch. Canadian Tire Goderich is assisting Bayfield Guiding members with their cookie sales. Logistics Manager, Mark Perry, and Associate Dealer, Shaun Telfer, accepted cookies at the store on Monday morning (March 30) all the while maintaining a safe distance. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

 

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.


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