Quality of End of life journey improved by hospice experience
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Ginny Wadel and Krista Lloyd stand by the Giving Tree in the kitchen area of the Huron Residential Hospice. Requests on the tree include: pillows, twin bed sheets, paper towels, laundry soap, Kuerig pods, AA and AAA batteries and tissue. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
“Peacefully at Huron Residential Hospice, Clinton, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 Mr. Ray Wadel of Bayfield in his 77th year. Loving husband of Virginia Wadel…”
It is difficult to compress a life story into an obituary. Everyone’s journey whether it be long or short is unique and filled with challenges. It is often how a person faces those challenges that makes the story the most interesting.
Take Ray Wadel, for example…he spent the final 12 days of his life at Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) just outside of Clinton. The experience changed his story, and that of his family, for the better and his wife, Virginia (Ginny), wanted to share it with the community, to let those who haven’t made the drive down the long, winding lane know what the world is like behind the expansive, yet welcoming, front door.
A few weeks ago, Ginny, Ray’s nurse, Krista Lloyd; and Michelle Field, manager of Fundraising for HRH, sat down together at the round table in the bay window just off the large kitchen of the HRH to reflect on their experience. Ray may have dropped in to oversee the discussion as well. Soon after the conversation began the women paused to watch a bright red, male Cardinal that appeared at the feeder just outside the window. The red cardinal has long been held as the most notable spiritual messenger.
An off-duty Krista Lloyd, and her son, also hockey fans, watched the game with Ray Wadel in his room at the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)
Ginny describes the HRH as, “The best place to be when you are that sick and near the end of your life. It is a little piece of heaven before you go there. When I walked in the front door I knew right away that I was going to want to volunteer here.”
For Ray the reaction wasn’t quite as immediate.
“He looked around and shared that he was worried about how we were going to pay for this. When I told him that we didn’t have to pay a cent he relaxed and from that moment he loved it. He looked at it like he was staying in a five-star hotel.”
Ray and Ginny were together for 23 years and married for 22.
“Our wedding anniversary is May 31st. We wanted to make it to 25 but God had other plans,” she said.
Ray was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The journey began with cancer of the bowel. After a cancer free respite of five years it returned in his lungs and started to spread, rounds of radiation and chemotherapy followed until eventually they too stopped working.
In January, after Ray had experienced three falls in their home, it was their Nurse Practitioner that made the couple aware that a bed was available at the HRH and that it was probably time to make the move.
“I had slept on the couch for the past two years but now I wasn’t getting any sleep. We were fighting with each other and that was not characteristic of us. We were both exasperated and tired. At home he never said please and thank you, not like he did with the nurses here,” she recalled. “In here I was no longer his caregiver, I got to be his wife again.”
Pain management is a big part of care at the HRH.
Krista, is a nurse at the HRH, who looked after Ray, “Ginny was able to go home and have a good sleep. At 3 a.m. he wanted to call his wife and I asked him why? He wanted to tell her that he wasn’t in any pain. He didn’t know how much pain he was in until he wasn’t.”
A bright red, male Cardinal appeared at the feeder just outside the window at the Huron Residential Hospice. The red cardinal has long been held as the most notable spiritual messenger. (Photo by Krista Lloyd)
Ginny referred to the nurses at the HRH as “Ray’s Angels”.
“For the nurses that work here the HRH is our passion,” said Krista. “It is not just a job to any of us.”
As a teen, Ray was a goalie for the Kitchener Rangers and never lost his love of the game. His favorite team was the Toronto Maple Leafs. His room at the HRH was personalized with a hockey theme. An off-duty Krista, and her son, also hockey fans, watched the game with him in his room. When Ray died, Krista washed his Leafs blanket and then covered him with it for his departure from the hospice.
While Ginny agreed that it would be wonderful to die at home if a person can be comfortable there, the hospice setting is definitely preferred over a hospital stay.
“The hospice is just like being at home,” she said. “Ray was asked what he wanted to eat and they would make it for him. I brought in a couple of beers for him so if he wanted them they were here. Ray was able to go outside and have a couple of smokes. His great granddaughter was welcomed. They brought a table into his room so that she could color. Our dog, Lacey, a nine year-old, Pomeranian-Bichon mix, was allowed and she spent a lot of time laying up on Ray’s bed. We found a big extended family here, the care and compassion that everyone showed was tremendous.”
“Family members are welcome to grab food and coffee at their leisure. There is a loft above the garage where family can go to lie down if they want. We try to make everyone feel comfortable and at home,” said Michelle.
Ray and Ginny had lived in Five Seasons Estates outside of Bayfield for almost 13 years. They moved there from Pike Lake, outside of Mount Forest, ON, after a visit to see a home that her Aunt had just bought in the adult community. Ginny already had cousins living there and by the end of the day they too had purchased a home. They moved a couple of months later.
Ray was a firefighter in Kitchener for 17 years before a back injury sidelined him. Ginny described him as very handsome, picture: “Rock Hudson-handsome”.
In the night leading up to Ray’s death, Ginny sat up with him. She described him as restless and having difficulty getting comfortable so the HRH staff were able to manage his pain to allow him to sleep more calmly. At one point she felt he was perhaps experiencing a visit from a relative that had preceded him in death as he appeared to be communicating with someone. Ginny said he asked her when he was going to die and she responded that it was up to God. She recalled that he seemed to relax after that conversation. By 6 a.m. their sons, granddaughter and great-granddaughter had arrived to be with him and at 8:30 a.m. Ray died.
But the care at HRH didn’t end with Ray’s last breath.
“They took away all the stress,” said Ginny. “We were able to have more time with him. There was no rushing. They called the funeral home when we were ready.”
Of the end of life experience, Krista said, “A nurse will read from a book of poems at the person’s bedside. We play their favorite song, lower the flag and present the family with a beautiful donated quilt. Staff on site form an honor guard. We walk to the vehicle with the deceased and stand out on the driveway as they leave.”
“Ray passed on a cold and blustery day and we watched him leave from the window,” recalled Ginny. “And we hugged and hugged, both family and staff.”
Michelle noted that the experiences at the HRH are not all sad.
“There is a lot of sharing and talking both remembering and making memories,” she said.
Ginny plans to volunteer at the HRH in the future. She is a retired Personal Support Worker but noted that she doesn’t want to fill a role like that at the hospice.
Michelle said, “Anything that happens in a home happens here and we are always in need of volunteers to fill those roles. And for those who don’t want to volunteer in the hospice setting there are fundraising opportunities.”
A tasty gift from Ginny Wadel to the staff of the Huron Residential Hospice. This gift had been a final wish of Ray's to say thanks. (Photo by Krista Lloyd)
Volunteers are welcome for a few hours a week, a couple hours a month or just one-time. Currently, the Huron Hospice volunteer program is looking for community-minded people to volunteer in the following areas at the HRH:
• Providing companionship to our clients and their families*
• Support clients in the community*
• Lawn Care and Snow Removal
• Bereavement & Supportive Care Programming*
• Special Events & Fundraising
• Board of Directors, Campaigns or Special Committees
• Contribute your professional expertise
For more information please contact Constance Russo, manager of Volunteers Huron Hospice Volunteer Service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302
*Please note volunteers interested in supporting clients and their families directly must complete a mandatory 30-hour training course.
The first Sunday in May is National Hike for Hospice Day. Locally the Hike for Hospice will be held on May 5th on the scenic Lobb Trail, located at 81002 Maitland Line, Clinton, alongside the Maitland River in Central Huron.
Participants can choose to hike a 1, 3, 5 or 7 KM loop trail from 1-4 p.m.
Registration, parking and post-hike activities will take place at 81317 Maitland Line, Clinton. Hikers must register between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will be shuttled to the start of the trail when ready to hike.
Following the hike, a Pork Roast Dinner with prizes, games and more will be served from 3-5 p.m. Please RSVP for dinner to Michelle by calling 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302 or email email@example.com
The cost for dinner is $15 per person or $35 per family of three or greater. Individual hikers with pledges of $100 or teams with pledges of $500 or more eat for free.
For online registration and pledges visit:
Photo hike rescheduled for this Saturday afternoon
The Bayfield River Trail Association (BRVTA) invites you to enjoy a hike with a difference on Saturday, May 4 (rescheduled from Apr. 20).
Participants should check in at the Stanley Recreation Complex (0.5 KMs west of Varna) at 2 p.m., bringing with them a mobile phone or camera. Ten pictures of sites/items found on Mavis' Trail will be on display.
Participants will be able to photograph (or memorize) the pictures before setting off to search for and take their own photographs of the subject matter. Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team that finds and is the first to submit photographic proof of the most targets. Photographic proof should aim to recognizably duplicate the target photo and can be submitted to Peter Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org
First prize is $50 and second is $25, but the real prizes are available to all - the fresh air, the exercise, the wonderful company and the opportunity to support and make use of well-kept trails.
For anyone unfamiliar with the trails, Mavis' Trail is a delightful route through woodland with occasional views of the Bayfield River. It is about 2.5 KMs long with a difficulty level of 3 and natural trail surfaces. At this time of year, it is advisable to wear good treads or cleats as the trails can be slippery at times.
The hike leaders will be: Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers 519 482-7572. Everyone welcome!
Take a look at the library and the people between the stacks
D. Grant and Sons Ltd., of Lambeth, managed the Bayfield Library Complex construction under the direction of Marc Cantin, superintendent. Skinner and Skinner Architects, of London, were the creators of the design with Brad Skinner taking the lead. This image was taken in December of 2012. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 30 days.
It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”
Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s history is provided by Joan Spittal.
The Bayfield Library has a tale to tell. From its inception as The Bayfield Library Association (BLA) in 1915 to the present day, the Bayfield Library continues to offer the community “a passport to a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment”, as noted by area resident Audrey Bellchamber in her 1966 article about the history of the Association.
In 1964, the library was moved, to the Thom Building, which was purchased and donated to the Bayfield Library Association (BLA) by Dorothy and Harold Ormond. In 1966, the BLA held its last meeting before becoming the Bayfield Public Library. In 1968, the Bayfield Public Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library. The building was then moved across the road in 1977 to the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives Building. This newspaper clipping shows the building where it first sat beside the building that today is home to the Clay Gourmet. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Archives)
The first meeting of the BLA took place in 1915 in the office of H.W. Erwin, local undertaker. An annual membership fee of $1 was set, a board was elected, and rules of operation were established. Until the Bayfield Library became part of the County of Huron Public Library system in 1968, the BLA also supported itself over the years through donations, fundraising efforts, and grants from the school board and various levels of government.
Over time, the Bayfield Library has been located in no less than eight places around the village. The library first opened its doors at the A. Galbraith home, and then at Harry Drehmann’s tailor shop, in 1918. The library rented space in Thomas King’s bakery shop in 1920. This building and two others adjoining it were destroyed by fire in 1922. Baking and books…
The library then re-located to a store owned by the Misses Fowlie (where the Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique is now located). A long-time resident of Bayfield recalls being greeted by the smell of “rotting books” upon entering the Fowlie store as a child. In 1941, the BLA joined the Huron County Library Association, allowing it to receive a selection of books on a quarterly basis. The library remained at the Fowlie sisters’ store until re-locating to the E.A. Featherstone property on Louisa Street in 1950.
In 1964, the library was again on the move, this time to the Thom Building, which was purchased and donated to the BLA by Dorothy and Harold Ormond. In 1966, the BLA held its last meeting before becoming the Bayfield Public Library. In 1968, the Bayfield Public Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library. The building was then moved across the road in 1977 to the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives Building. In 2012, construction began on the new library, which opened its doors in 2013.
Beyond the building and books, the people associated with the Bayfield Library have their own tales to tell. Ev Earl was the first librarian, after the Bayfield Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library, followed by Maude Weston in 1977. Anny Johnston, who served as librarian from 1983 to 2014, recalls Maude telling her she had to stoke the fires at the old library as part of her assigned duties.
Two Bayfield Librarians photographed together in 1985: Maude Weston (left) and Anny Johnston. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Archives)
When Anny first took over as librarian, there was no drop box for books. Folks returned their books at Sinammon’s Village Market or left them in front of the library itself. The honor system prevailed. At summer’s end, it was not unusual for Anny to find a pile of 150 books outside the library. Anny’s husband, Bruce solved this dilemma by making a hole in the exterior wall of the library. A book drop was thus created!
Anny has many funny recollections of her time as librarian. She remembers one library patron whose wife would often call Anny to ask her to tell her husband (in the library at the time) to pick up a loaf of bread on his way home. Then, there was the travelling fisherman - Anny often helped him with his emails while he was in port. He repaid Anny for her efforts with 15 pounds of fish.
Anny helped with the transition from the old library, which now houses the archives, to the new building at its current location. The new space included a program room, allowing more space for various activities. Anny can lay claim to establishing the first book club in Bayfield. Now retired, and herself an author of children’s books, Anny considers the library to be “a vital community hub” and accessible to everyone.
Jamie Thomas, the current librarian at the Bayfield Public Library, accepted the position in 2014. For Jamie, the Bayfield Library means “Community!” (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Jamie Thomas, the current librarian, accepted the position of in 2014. Jamie had previously worked for 17 years at various locations in the county – including Bayfield before accepting her present position. Jamie’s best memory as librarian is the time she was approached by a library patron, who asked for assistance with a postal code lookup at the Goderich library branch 11 years ago. Jamie helped this woman as she would help anyone with such a request. It was only after a co-worker greeted this woman, with “Alice, how are you today?” that Jamie realized she had been helping Alice Munro! More recently, Alice visited the Bayfield Library; she and Jamie shared a lively conversation about the upcoming Alice Munro Writer’s Festival, which is held partly in Bayfield.
For Jamie, the Bayfield Library means “Community!” While always a pillar or hub of our community, Jamie notes the library has become a centre for such diverse programs as Coffee and Conversation, a knitting group, bridge, Mahjong, a children’s playgroup, and a public space for various community meetings in its program room.
Services at Bayfield Library include the lending of books, visual and audio materials. The library’s new Objects Collection allows patrons to borrow such items as S.T.E.A.M. toys, ukuleles and a telescope, to name a few items. The library has a WIFI hub, and a library card gives people access to online collections of Ebooks, audiobooks, music, DVDs, magazines and newspapers.
The life of the Bayfield Library has been further enriched by volunteers, who have contributed their time and talents over the years. Bayfield resident Helen Latimer is one such example. Helen, a former nursery school teacher volunteered every Tuesday at the library, from the early 1980s to the 1990s. She provided a craft and told stories to the village children while their parents socialized in a separate room. She was rewarded with a provincial volunteer award for her services. Helen loved interacting with the children and enjoys seeing her former “customers” as grownups today. She considers her services as an essential part of engaging children to read.
Not only did Helen Latimer volunteer with children's programming at the library in the 1980s and 90s she also opened the "Winter Wonderland" event at the library in February of 2014 by reading the book entitled, "The Gruffalo Child", to those gathered. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
No discussion of the role of volunteers at the Bayfield Library would be complete, without including the contribution of the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL). Village resident Roma Harris, who had previously worked in library and information services recognized that the old library, in the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives was “too small, too crowded” and not meeting the needs of the community. Through her other community connections, Roma knew that funding was available to build municipal infrastructure projects. Roma was instrumental in establishing the FOBL group to advocate for the building of a new library. Following a preliminary planning meeting in May 2011 to discuss formation of a group, membership in FOBL quickly grew to more than 100.
Today, FOBL, with current President Barbara Brown and a membership of approximately 158 members, remains an active partner, along with Huron County Library staff and other like-minded community groups in the enhancement of the Bayfield Public Library’s pivotal role as a cultural and educational institution in the community.
On wings of song
Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. (Submitted photo)
Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, two of Canada’s most renowned musicians, will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Saturday, June 15 in a concert in support of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH).
The duo is calling this concert, “On Wings of Song”, a title that fits so meaningfully with the spirituality of Hospice care. The performance will begin at 4 p.m.
According to concert organizers, “To call these two renowned musicians, masters of their craft, is to understate their status both in Canada and on the international musical stage. They have accompanied many of Canada’s finest singers and musicians in concerts, broadcasts and on recordings.”
Thirty-seven years ago, Ralls and Ubukata began a concert series called the “Aldeburgh Connection” with the aim of promoting young singers, the art of the song and musical inspiration. Their success has earned them many accolades including the ‘Order of Canada’.
“Bayfield is blessed to have them perform,” noted concert organizers.
Tickets are $40 each and are available from Margo Robeson at 519 565-2827 or Arlene Timmins, 519 565-2777. They may also be purchased online at Eventbrite.ca.
YOGA AND DANCING
Anyone looking for some new fitness experiences might be interested in activities offered at The Lake House of Bayfield or the Bayfield Community Centre.
Gentle Chair Yoga is currently being offered at The Lake House, 21 Main Street, on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend these free classes. In addition, Gentle Mat Yoga is offered on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. These sessions have a fee of $5 per class and participants are asked to bring their own Yoga mat.
Line dancing in Bayfield proved so popular during the winter months it is coming back for the Spring. These sessions are $5 per class and will be held Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. The nights scheduled for dancing are May 6, 13 and 27.
CPH CARD CAVALCADE
The Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary’s Card Cavalcade is coming to Bayfield on May 10 and people can choose to play Bridge, Euchre or Pepper.
The Card Cavalcade will begin at 1 p.m. with a Bridge Party followed by an evening of Euchre or Pepper starting at 7 p.m.
Dessert, tea and coffee will be served prior to the games. Both afternoon and evening events will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Admission is $5 and in addition door prizes will be available to be won with three chances for $5 or a single chance for $2.
Friends of Hullett
Friends of Hullett will present their Sixth annual Charity Dinner and Auction at the Bluewater Golf Course in Bayfield on Sunday, May 5.
The evening will begin with a reception at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m. In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction and door prizes.
Tickets are available now for $100 per person with only 85 seats available. To reserve a spot email, email@example.com or call, 519 482-7011.
The Friends of Hullett would like to extend thanks to their event sponsors: Clinton Sporting Goods, Bluewater Golf Course, West Coast Leisure Sales and Northern Exposure Sporting Good Inc. The evening will be catered by Bon Vivant Professional Caterer.
People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.
Continuing and Beginner Taoist Tai Chi classes are offered in Bayfield. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor. Classes will continue on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
Spring cleaning? Don’t forget the 72nd annual Pioneer Park Rummage sale is set for July 12 and would welcome contributions of good, clean, gently-used items.
These donations help fund park activities, park improvements, as well as lake erosion prevention and land protection.
More information on how to donate items will be coming soon.
The Bayfield Garden Club members will host their annual Plant Sale on the morning of Saturday, May 11 by the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Garden Club members are gearing up for their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11.
The event will run from 9-10:30 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square or until plants are sold out, whichever comes first.
There will be a wide selection of plants, shrubs, herbs, annuals, bulbs, houseplants and a variety of anything else related to gardening. Once again, they will be selling native plants sourced through Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Plant Sale Convener Nancy Kale said, “We also need plant donations to make the sale a success, so please pot up a few plants, label them and drop them off at our home. Spring is here and all those beautiful plants are poking up out of the ground. Now is a great time to be dividing and transplanting those perennials when the earth is moist and loose. Happy Gardening”.
Donations can be made on Friday, May 10 between 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kales at 55 Victoria Street (off of Tuyll) in Bayfield.
Kindness Gnome (Submitted photo)
Open Hearts of Bayfield will be presenting a “Kindness Gnome Workshop” on Saturday, May 18 at the Bayfield Public Library. Awaken your heart through enlivening group activities and discussions of what it truly means to be connected to community and the spirit.
This workshop will focus on creating 3D Kindness Gnomes. Children ages six to 12 years are invited to attend accompanied by an adult. Discussions will evolve around how small random acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life.
There will be a $5 fee for supplies and pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Reeka Spence by email at Reeka.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note group size is limited to 10 participants.
The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite everyone to their 52nd Community Breakfast on Sunday, May 19. The breakfast is one of the village’s annual rituals for permanent residents, cottagers and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services.
On the menu is eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee. The event will be held at the Bayfield Arena from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, six to 10 years.
Organizers note that it is, “Good food and a good time for the whole family”. They look forward to seeing everyone on May 19.
Bayfield Optimists Phil Graham and Wayne McKaig sold Duck Race tickets to anyone who wanted them at the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show on Sunday afternoon. A few lucky little ones also got a plush bunny leftover from the club's Easter Egg Hunt last week. Anyone who missed out on purchasing tickets may do so online at the Optimist Club of Bayfield's website. Those who do will be eligible for a bonus prize on race day! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are currently getting all 1,250 of their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 19.
The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 12:45 p.m.
Tickets are now available from club members or on their website www.bayfieldoptimist.ca. Tickets are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20.
This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. These fantastic prizes have been generously donated by our local businesses that support the club. First place is a 10' Movie Screen with Projector valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty. Second place is a 32” TV valued at $300 and donated by Remax Reliable Realty. Third place is an Electric Model Racing Car valued at $280 and donated by Bayfield Garage. Fourth place is a pair of Men’s Ray Ban Sun Glasses valued at $225 and Donated by Main Street Optometric. Fifth place is a room for two for one night valued at $165 and donated by The Albion Hotel. Sixth place are PharmaSave Gift Certificates valued at $150 and donated by Michael’s PharmaSave.
For those who purchase their tickets online there is a chance to win a bonus prize. Two $50 Gift Certificates for The Little Inn of Bayfield and donated by Lake Huron Chrysler. The winner for this prize will be randomly drawn on race day.
Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.
Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?
The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.
Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at http://bayfieldfair.ca/?page_id=886 and send it to Anna Needles at email@example.com
Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!
Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.
The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.
Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.
Home4Good is delighted with their successful drive to recruit volunteer shopping buddies. Now they are looking for people who need help with their shopping.
Someone whose driving is limited (vision, cognitive and/or physical health might be a developing problem) could use a shopping buddy to take them shopping, or do their shopping for them. Home4Good can help! Someone returning from hospital might need a shopping buddy for a while. Home4good can help there too! Anyone who is interested is invited to contact the group. Anyone who has friends, family members or neighbors who might be helped by having a Shopping Buddy, are encouraged to please talk to them about this program.
All Home4Good’s shopping buddies have been checked out by the police, and Home4Good has checked their references. They have agreed to take their assigned buddy shopping (or do their shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. Apart from that arrangements are very flexible, to be arranged between the pairing.
Anyone in Bayfield and area needing a shopping buddy, or knowing someone who needs a shopping buddy, please call or email Leslie Bella at 519 955-1531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Home4Good visit www.home4goodbayfield.ca or www.facebook.com/home4goodinBayfield
Garlic Mustard Removal
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local residents to connect with neighbors and help remove invasive plant species at two Invasive Species Removal events on Saturday, May 25.
Members of the public are invited to join other volunteers at either Clinton Conservation Area, 77690 London Road, Clinton, from 10 a.m. to noon, or at the MacNaughton Park Pavilion, 56 Hill Street, Exeter, from 2-4 p.m.
“We will be focusing on Garlic Mustard removal,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Once the weeds are removed the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and do their work providing food and shelter for wildlife.”
Invasive species are plants that are not native to the area. They out-compete native species and often spread quickly. Removing invasive species is important because they can choke out native plants, introduce disease, or crossbreed with native species and impact wildlife, according to Sampson.
No experience is necessary to take part in the Invasive Species Removal events and staff from ABCA will provide all equipment. The events are entirely outdoors so those taking part should dress for the weather and wear long pants and boots if possible. Those taking part will have a chance to learn how to identify Garlic Mustard, learn about its growth habits, and get their hands dirty, removing this invasive plant. Those who are interested in volunteering are asked to come ready to dig. Students are encouraged to participate to earn their community volunteer hours.
To learn more about the events and about protecting our communities from invasive plant species, visit https://www.abca.ca
The community will be saddened to learn of the death of The Reverend Phil Gandon who presided over many services, weddings, funerals and baptisms over the years as an interim or guest priest for Trinity Anglican and St. James’ Middleton churches. He died on Apr. 26 at the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton.
He was born in Manchester, England in 1931. He married Jean Croft in 1956 and they emigrated to Canada in 1958.
He had a challenging career as an Anglican Parish Priest and as the CEO of several major non-profit charitable organizations, most notably Goodwill Industries.
He and Jean retired to Goderich from Toronto in 1992 and in his retirement, he volunteered with a number of non-profit charitable organizations and Boards throughout Huron County. He took services in several churches in Huron and Perth counties.
He is survived by his wife Jean after 63 years of loving marriage and by their sons Peter and Richard and daughter Debbie (Doug) and by six granddaughters, Chelsea, Eva, Darah, Abigail, Hannah and Madison, as well as two great-grandchildren, Ella and Jaxon. His daughter Catherine predeceased him.
A memorial Eucharist and Celebration of Life will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 87 North Street, Goderich on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation or the Huron Residential Hospice and would be greatly appreciated.