food bank biggest winner after home and Garden show
Members of the Bayfield Lions' Club joined with representatives from the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) Geordie Palmer, far left; Rev. Wayne Malott, third from right; and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, far right, in posing with the seven cart loads of groceries that were donated during the 21st annual Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 27-29 at the Bayfield Arena. (Submitted photos)
In keeping with tradition, the carts of food are paraded down John St. from the arena to Trinity Anglican Church home of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). During the 2018 parade Rev. Wayne Malott led the way.
The Bayfield Lions are grateful for the community support of their 21st Annual Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 27-29. It was a busy weekend, with lots of interest in the various business, community and social groups represented. Snippety the Clown was kept busy with painting faces and creating Balloon animals, and many attendees warmed up with coffee and sandwiches from the Lions’ Bistro upstairs.
Although admission was free, most people showed up with food or cash to donate to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) that is coordinated through Trinity Anglican Church. Seven grocery carts full of food and a cheque for over $640 were presented to Rev. Wayne Malott and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representatives of the Bayfield Food Bank.
In turn, Boa-Youmatoff extended thanks to the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.
“The Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is so appreciative for the food items and cash collected at the Home and Garden Show,” she said. “Once again, Bayfield has shown itself to be a caring, supportive, generous community!”
Everyone who attended the Home and Garden Show is given an opportunity to win a door prize. The Lions were quite pleased with the quality and quantity of door prizes donated – there were 18 in all including a gas BBQ, donated by Don McIlwain of the Bayfield Garage. Thanks to the generosity of Brad and Melissa Maidment of Bayfield Foodland, four lucky people won $100 Foodland gift cards and Diane Snell, and the Bayfield contingent of Heartland Realty, provided the funds to purchase gift certificates to local restaurants and more. Thanks also to the Albion, The Lake House and the Little Inn for donating gift certificates. Check the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s website for a full list of winners and sponsors.
Special thanks from the organizers goes to John and Arlene Meinen, of Meinen Custom Homes, for supplying the fuel to keep the heaters going all weekend. The exhibitors, workers and attendees all appreciated it!
Native varieties highlght of Garden Club Plant Sale
The Bayfield Garden Club (BCG) is looking forward to their annual Plant Sale, this Saturday, May 12, on the South side of Clan Gregor Square. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Garden Club (BCG) is looking forward to their annual Plant Sale, coming up on Saturday, May 12, the BGC are once again holding this fundraising event in Clan Gregor Square, across from the Bayfield Town Hall, from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out – whatever happens first!
Native plants will be offered with their best growing condition info provided.The selection includes: Wild Columbine, Blue Flag Iris, Butterfly Weed, Foxglove, Beard-Tongue and Cardinal Flower. There are options for Rain Gardens, woodland areas or naturalizing.
The BCG also have a large choice of annuals, perennials, veggie plants, bulbs, herbs, shrubs, trees, house plants, garden tools and artefacts.
This fundraiser relies on plant and garden donations. They may be taken to the Kales home at 55 Victoria Street, on Friday, May 11 between 6:30-8 p.m. Please pot and label all plant donations.
eight new vendors to attend bayfield Farmer's Market
Friday, May 18 is opening day for the Bayfield Farmers’ Market (BFM). Now in its fifth season, the market has become a valued part of village life and a welcome harbinger of summer.
The BFM organizers are proud to provide a marketplace for local products of the highest quality. All vendors are located within 75 KM of Bayfield, most within Huron County. All of the vendors grow, produce or create what they sell. Many returning vendors have developed a loyal following. And this year’s lineup will introduce customers to some very fine new vendors who are sure to become favorites.
The eight new vendors are: Blossoms, Blooms and Heirlooms, Corrine Everson Papercrafting, JMR Jewellery and Art, Ontario Cottage Mixed Bag, Petojo Food and Catering, The Barking Crow, The Turner Gallery and Twin Pines Orchard Orchards and Cider House.
The returning vendors are: Alton Farms Estate Winery, Backyard Potter Kimberly Wilbee,
Bayfield Berry Farm, Bayfield Provisions, Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Cudmore Farms,
Eagleson Farms, Firmly Rooted Farm, Grassroots Woodfired Pizza, Huron Ridge Greenhouses,
Pillitteri Estate Winery, Red Cat Farm Bakery, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and Vertigo Fibres.
The BFM also provide community groups with an effective public forum. One goal for the 2018 season is to continue to feature live music at the market. Musicians, singers and choirs are all welcome! Please contact market manager Mary Brown at email@example.com for more information.
canine portraits a new addition to Dog Guide Walk events
The 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions’ Dog Guide Walk will take place on June 3.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m.
“We are once again holding a post-walk dog event starting at 11 a.m. from the Lions portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers,” explained Lion Jack Pal, event organizer. “We are especially blessed this year to have Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, join us again. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about.”
Those who attend will also be able to greet Bayfield’s former Dog-Guide-in-Training, Essex, who will be back in town for a visit with his owner, Sylvie Tafts. She will share with attendees that there is a wonderful life for a dog after Dog Guide School even if it does not include being a Dog Guide.
In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations all to do with dogs including: presentations on Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, dog health, training, grooming and a full-scale Dog Agility Demonstration presented by Greenacre Dog Agility and Training…along with hot dogs. This should be an entertaining, educational and fun event for the whole family.
New this year will be dog portraits. Members from the Photography Club of Bayfield have offered to take a portrait of your dog with or without family members. For just $20, all of which goes to the Lions Foundation, participants will get three photos mailed electronically.
The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada, which thanks all local Lions Clubs for their annual participation, is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that raises funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog.
“Thanks to sponsors like our generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually. Bayfield has been taking part from the inception of the walk 32 years ago,” Pal said.
The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired.
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities.
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy.
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children three to 12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder.
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.
“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause and help maintain Bayfield’s reputation as one of the most generous communities in Canada,” said Pal.
Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Local Bayfield donations can also be made online for individuals or teams by going to: https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walk.cfm?ID=1025 or call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.
a closer look at gateway's "Lonely No More" Project
Jessie Payne (Submitted photo)
Editor's Note: In Issue 460, Bayfield resident Jessie Payne was introduced as the newest research student at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Goderich. In that story, her summer research plan, "The Lonely No More Project" was announced. This follow-up article explains the project in more detail.
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (GCERH) is pleased to introduce a new, innovative, peer-based model to reduce social isolation in seniors of rural Perth, Huron, Grey, and Bruce counties. The Lonely No More Project will strengthen and expand social connections of over 200 rural seniors by improving opportunities for participation in existing social support networks and building new social support networks. The project will empower community volunteers to become peer advocates for more isolated and at-risk seniors. These peer support volunteers will assist fellow older adults in the access of appropriate services through system navigation assistance; initiate one-on-one engagement to explore and confront the factors causing the individual’s isolation; encourage healthy behaviours to help prevent caregiver burnout; and will link the participants to resources dedicated to helping seniors in areas of fall prevention and elder abuse identification.
Social contacts tend to decrease with age for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, and/or lack of mobility. Regardless of the cause of senior isolation, the consequences can be alarming and harmful. Socially isolated seniors are more likely to be victims of elder abuse and are more at risk of negative psychological and physiological health effects. On average, socially isolated seniors have up to a five times greater risk of being hospitalized than those with social networks*. Social isolation is also a predictor of mortality from both coronary heart disease and stroke and is associated with higher levels of various mental illness; all of which has the potential to negatively affect the quality of life of our community’s seniors*. (National Seniors Council Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, 2014). In addition to negatively affecting the seniors themselves, social isolation in seniors affects communities as a whole. The contribution of seniors, both socially and physically, to neighborhoods cannot be quantified. “Lonely No More” aims to tackle social isolation in seniors with the help of community members in Grey, Perth, Bruce, and Huron Counties.
The objective of “Lonely No More” is to implement a sustainable intervention for individuals underserved, at-risk, and/or unable to access support services. It intends to create new points of support for rural seniors, enhance opportunities for senior participation, increase the link between rural and older adults through new peer relationships, as well as promote feelings of individual value and increased self-worth through volunteerism and giving back to the community. Through funding by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and the efforts of Dr. Feng Chang, GCERH board chair and research chair; Sheila Schuehlein, GCERH board member: and Jessie Payne, GCERH summer research student, “Lonely No More” is expected to improve the health and quality of life of older adults in rural communities.
Stay tuned; more information will be coming soon. For more information please contact Payne or Schuehlein at 519 612-1053.
*National Seniors Council Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, 2014
A SMALL BUT MIGHTY HIKE TEAM
May 6th was the date set for the annual Huron Hospice Hike. This year it was held on the Tranquility Trail at the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton. On previous hikes, several Bayfield residents have individually participated in this special annual fundraiser. This year it was decided to organize a group and as a result Team Bayfield had a very successful Hospice Hike Day. The members would like to thank their many donors who helped them raise over $3,000 for Hospice. (Photo by Lynda Steenstra)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club kicks off breakfast season with their annual event on Sunday, May 20.
The Bayfield Arena is transformed into an eatery with Lions serving up over-easy eggs, pancakes, toast, sausage and fried potatoes to the multitudes that attend.
The meals are served from 8 a.m. to noon with children under six eating for free! Adults can fill their plates for $8 while youngsters under 11 are $5.
Trinity Plant Sale
The gardens at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres., in Bayfield are a wonder to behold due to the efforts of some parishioners with very green thumbs. But one cannot garden on talent alone some money helps too. For this reason, the congregation of Trinity Church will be holding their annual plant sale on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Organizers are currently looking to the community for donations of potted plants or garden supplies. These donations may be left behind the garden shed (just off the parking lot) at the church. Those who donate are asked to please include the name and the color of the plant with the potted donation.
The sale will run on Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bayfield Food bank
Bayfield Foodland provided ways for the community to support the village’s local food bank over the Easter season and the results helped replenish the shelves.
“Thank-you, Bayfield Foodland – Brad, Melissa and staff,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, co-ordinator of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). “It was perfect timing for the Easter Brown-Bag sale as our food supply was practically depleted after the April delivery. Our shelves are now comfortably stocked with a new supply of various canned foods, pasta, cereal and peanut butter.”
Boa-Youmatoff noted that these prepackaged bags make for easier distribution to food bank clients.
The coordinator also would like to pass on her appreciation to the community to giving so generously to the Easter campaign.
At the recent Bayfield Home and Garden Show Home4Good launched the 2018 issue of their “Bayfield without Wheels” brochure, intended to help those who live in the area but are unable to drive, or whose driving is limited for any reason. Home4Good introduces a number of new options in this issue.
For those who want help shopping for groceries, a grocery delivery service has been introduced by the Nip ‘N Tuck. People can phone in orders Monday to Thursday at 519 565-2655, for delivery between 3-5 p.m. on Fridays, for a fixed delivery fee of $5 within Bayfield.
Ride sharing is another option encouraged by Home4Good. Both passengers and drivers can sign up at https://www.regionalrideshare.ca/ (a website sponsored by counties across the region) to find others going in their direction.
The brochure lists local services that will deliver services to people’s homes as well as community groups offering rides to their events. Brochures are available through the Bayfield Public Library or from Home4Good volunteers. It can also be found on Home4Good's Facebook page and website.
Trilliums and other wildflowers should be plentiful on the Family Hike at the Bannockburn Conservation Area hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 12.
Those who participate in this hike that will begin at 2 p.m. are encouraged to bring their wildflower books, if they have any, to help increase their knowledge and to share with other hikers. Cameras are also encouraged.
Bannockburn is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, white cedar, deciduous forest, marsh, old field and aquatic. The trail is 2 KMs long, difficulty is level 3 and the hike will be medium pace, so should take approximately one hour. The trail is also partially wheelchair accessible.
The conservation area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, the first road east of Varna.
The hike leaders will be: Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Gary Mayel, 519 565-5662; and Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382.
Town Hall Concerts
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is launching its new concert season with a duo of May concerts that recognize the diverse musical tastes in the community.
To kick things off, on Friday, May 18, the BTHHS welcome North America’s premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street Band.
Twenty-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with over 120 million records sold worldwide, Bruce Springsteen is still one of the most electrifying performers in Rock 'n Roll today. Youngsteen is the premier North American Bruce Springsteen Tribute with an all-Canadian cast. He captures the spirit and intensity of Springsteen's live performance, spanning his entire catalogue.
The Queen Street Band is composed of an all-star, Juno winning, super group made up of members and alumni from The Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Stills, Sloan, The Trews, The Arkells, Zeus, Serena Ryder Band and The Grapes of Wrath.
Tickets are $30 and only a very limited number remain. For tickets call Sue Howell, 519 565-2551, Pat Pal, 519 565-5340, or Nick Thomson, 519 565-2556. They can also be purchased online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The BTHHS Board would like to thank Deb Penhale for her donation in support of this concert.
For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.
At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.
Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door if any remain. For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.
The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.
Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.
ONE CARE FITNESS
There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.
On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates
are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.
An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Doug Sinnamon, pictured with his wife of 52 years, Sharon. (Submitted photo)
The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a long-time resident and former Main Street merchant, Doug Sinnamon.
Peacefully, surrounded by family at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich on Friday, May 4, Douglas Bryon Sinnamon, of Bayfield, died. He was 73. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Sharon (Switzer) Sinnamon. He was the loving father of Bill and Amber Sinnamon, of Newmarket; Lori and Brent Brooks, of Blyth and Cori and Paul Hoggart, of Ilderton. He was the cherished grandfather of Alexa, Markaysa, Kiera, Denver, Cole, Connor and Tanner. Dear brother of Jeanie Sinnamon and Mike Brehm and brother-in-law of Dianne Alexander and Deb and Darcy Roblin. Also missed by many nieces and nephews and many close friends.
He was predeceased by parents Ken and Jean Sinnamon, brother William “Billy”, and parents-in-law Eric and Marg Switzer.
Doug and Sharon spent many years owning and operating Sinnamon’s Village Market on Main St. in Bayfield. This was a lifelong dream of Doug’s. He was also a long-time member of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.
Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Falconer Funeral Homes, Bluewater Chapel, 201 Suncoast Dr. East, Goderich on Wednesday, May 9 at 1 p.m. with visitation two hours prior, commencing at 11 a.m. Reverend Elise Feltrin officiating.
Donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, the London Health Sciences Foundation or the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be placed at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com.