lions' club members refurbish community bulletin board
Bayfield Lions' Club members put about 60 man/woman hours into the refurbishment of the Community Bulletin Board on Main Street. Putting the finishing touches on the project were l-r: Brent Gotts, Dave Nearingburg, Kathy Gray and Bob Merrimen. (Submitted photos)
The Bayfield Lions are looking to celebrate their 75 years of serving the community in 2022, and have come up with several projects as a way of commemorating this special event.
One of the first tasks undertaken was the refurbishing of the Community Bulletin Board in front of the Archives. Club members started by having the roof re-shingled and the fascia replaced. The bulletin board surface was removed and rebuilt with new lumber, stained and reinstalled. The main structure was completely sanded and re-stained for further protection for years to come. The map was updated and is now in full color. In all, there were about 60 man/woman hours that went into the job.
The Lions would like to thank everyone for their patience during the restoration, and they look forward to more projects as they head towards their Anniversary next year.
How the Community Bulletin Board looked prior to the refurbishment.
Club members started by having the roof re-shingled and the fascia replaced.
The finished project!
Harp Practitioner hopes to offer musical healing
Martha Lawrance (Submitted photo)
Bayfield is a village where many creative people like to settle and so it should come as no surprise to the community that Martha Lawrance, a professional harpist and certified Harp Practitioner, has chosen to become a full-time resident.
“I have recently returned to Bayfield as a full-time resident after spending the majority of summers at our cottage in the village. I would like to introduce myself in the hope of sharing my therapeutic music and programs in Bayfield and surrounding areas,” said Lawrance.
Lawrance has been a professional harpist for many years. As a graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program (IHTP) she is also a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner (CTHP). She performs harp music in a therapeutic capacity to promote health and well-being: physically, emotionally, physiologically and spiritually.
“Prior to COVID-19, I played bedside in a hospital for post-acute care, rehabilitation, patients with Dementia, and palliative care. I also offered various group sessions with other instruments and harp, through Long Term Care facilities, women’s shelters, libraries, and children’s facilities,” she explained.
Lawrance went on to say, that as a promoter of musical healing she offers creative workshops for any age group tailored to the needs and wants of her audience. She is also available to play for a variety of facilities and functions.
“Music offers a magical capacity to slow us down, helping us to breathe deeper so that we might lift our hearts and souls with more mindfulness and compassion. We are all in need of nourishment and self-care especially during these trying times. I hope to offer workshops and deep relaxation sessions to a wide audience through the science of sound. Absorbing the vibrations and resonance of the harp, you are taken on a musical journey,” she said.
Lawrance believes that it is a true gift to now reside in Bayfield, surrounded by nature and all the elements of which she bases her musical sessions.
She invites people to contact her via her website, www.myharpheals.com, to learn more.
Pioneer Park's repair the stairs campaign begins this Friday
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is looking to the community for support of two alternative fundraisers as their largest annual event the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale has been postponed for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People can support the PPA by purchasing limited edition prints and/or trying their luck by buying some raffle tickets.
“Our long treasured, annual fundraiser needs to be postponed again this year. Not only is this our most important course of funds, it's our biggest community get-together,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the PPA. “We'll miss both the fun and the funds. But perhaps, no. After all, the park is still giving us much enjoyment and we have two ways that all of us can play a part in that.”
One fundraising option being presented is the purchase of limited-edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.
Photographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)
“Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brad Turner has brought his tremendous talent to us in many ways. This time, to offset the loss of funds from the Rummage Sale, Brad is generously donating a limited edition of images that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Brad’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to our community’s healthy and vital future,” said Tillmann.
There will be a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.
Prints will be on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at email@example.com or through The Village Bookshop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Repair the Stairs Campaign for the Pioneer Park Association begins June 18. (Submitted photo)
Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.
“COVID's recent wave may have knocked our annual Rummage Sale down again this year, and Mother Nature’s waves may have knocked out our beach stairs, but neither is going to stop us from getting back up and running, said Tillmann.
The PPA wants to give people a new way to play this summer by introducing a 50/50 Cash Draw. Proceeds will be used to repair the Pioneer Park stairs down to the beach that are currently closed for safety reasons.
Every single ticket will give people a chance to win a cash prize that has a maximum value of $12,500. A single ticket is $5 or buy a book of 10 tickets for $40. There is a limit of 5,000 tickets available.
“We will begin selling tickets on Friday, June 18,” said Tillmann. “Tickets will be available every sunset at the park and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pop-up tent outside The Village Bookshop. Buy a ticket and watch our total prize value grow, as we work to re-open the stairs to the beach.”
The PPA would be most greatful to anyone who would like to volunteer to help sell tickets. Shifts have been organized in two-hour blocks. Training will be provided to anyone who can spare two hours this summer to help the park. Please contact Tina Bax at email@example.com and put 50/50 volunteer in the subject line to be sent an online link to choose a shift.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book of tickets can also do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets purchases can be made using cash; debit or credit card, using the PPA’s secure Square Reader.
Colleen Maguire guest speaker at Historical Society AGM
Colleen Maguire (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will be holding a virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) over ZOOM on June 28.
“Unfortunately, no banquet this year, but we do have a special guest speaker,” said BHS President Ruth Gibson. “Local historian Colleen Maguire, who was instrumental in establishing the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery in Goderich in 2001 will speak about his life and legacy.”
Maguire received her diploma in Applied Arts Photography from Fanshawe College in 1983 and owned a photography studio in Goderich. She also worked as a Medical Radiation Technologist at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich for 39 years. During her time there she was the Diagnostic Imaging Manager and was the team leader for the purchase of the CT scanner, Digital Mammography and the implementation of the digital imaging system.
Cradling Wheat 1913 (Photo by Reuben Sallows)
“As secretary of the Remembrance Committee on the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, she was a recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming. In 2018, she was awarded the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s Heritage Award to an Individual,” said Gibson. “Thus, she has researched the life of Reuben Sallows from the perspective of both a photographer and historian.”
Maguire is also an antique camera collector and has curated a vintage camera exhibit for the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery.
Maitland River Wolf Shot 1860 (Photo by Reuben Sallows)
Reuben R. Sallows was born on a farm near Goderich in 1855. Sallows was an adopter of the pictorialism movement in Canada. His photography started as portraiture and progressed to farmland, landscapes and expansive wilderness. He developed a reputation of being a “rogue photographer”, travelling across Canada by canoe and train with a camera on his back between 1881 to 1937. He became known internationally.
Today his art is preserved in the Archives of Ontario; the Library and Archives, Canada; the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, Glenbrow Museum, Calgary; and the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery, Goderich.
Anyone who is not on the email list of the BHS is invited to please email email@example.com to receive a link to this virtual AGM. The meeting will commence at 2 p.m. on June 28.
brochure to educate on topic of bluewater short-term rentals
On May 17, during the regular meeting of the Council for the Municipality of Bluewater, members approved the distribution of short-term rental, educational brochures to educate and communicate a plan to short-term rental owners and their tenants. MEU Consulting is enlisted to provide on-call services for enforcement of complaints raised from short-term rentals (STRs) to Bluewater as a whole.
The intent of the brochure is to provide clear and concise information about municipal by-laws and enforcement measures to municipal residents, as well as to the owners and tenants of the STRs. The brochures will be distributed to as many short-term rental owners as possible and will be advertised on municipal social media and the Bluewater website.
“The short-term rental, educational brochures are an important step in successfully educating rental owners, their tenants, as well as the public regarding our municipal by-laws,” said, Mayor Paul Klopp.
The Bluewater Council has reviewed and discussed the subject of short-term rentals based on resident concerns and inquiries. Council has passed resolutions to adopt a "Strict Enforcement Policy". This means that the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will operate a zero-tolerance mandate (i.e., no warnings) relative to repeat by-law infraction issues related to short-term rentals where evidence supports a charge against the landowner and/or the tenant.
A telephone number is provided to submit concerns. Once the required information is received, an officer will attend the property within approximately 1-2 hours to investigate and determine if a by-law violation exists and appropriate action will then be taken to resolve the matter.
Complainants’ personal details provided to the Municipal Law Enforcement Department are kept confidential according to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Hospice holding second 50/50 raffle during month of June
Huron Hospice has launched its second 50/50 Raffle. From now until June 30, individuals have another chance to win big! The more people play, the bigger the pot and the greater chances to win. When people play, they are “Making Moments Matter” for families on the end-of-life journey. It’s a win-win!
“Like many other charities, COVID has forced us to think outside the box and be strategic about how to raise our needed revenue,” said Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster.
The take home on the March 50/50 Raffle was over $12,000.
“The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations. The province allows funding to be used for the cost of salaries and benefits for nursing staff. Donors cover the other half of our costs. Donors cover the cost of Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement recovery for adults and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them,” said Van Klooster
“We recognize that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “However, in 2020-21 interest in raffles is growing.”
He went on to say, “There are many ways in which Huron Hospice donors can support the Hospice. They can support the There’s No Place Like Home Telethon. Donors can also contribute by making donations in memory of family who have died. What ever way people choose to give we know all gifts come from the heart.”
Walker also noted that buying tickets is simple. Just log on to www.huronhospice.ca and follow the links. People get 100 tickets for $40; 40 tickets for $20; and five tickets for $10.
Anyone with questions is asked to please contact Walker by calling 519 525-7352 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (Licence No.: RAF1201150)
ollie is Bayfield forgotten felines cat of the week
Ollie (Submitted photos)
Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Ollie is the Adopt-A-BFF Cat of the Week.
Ollie is a very mild mannered and calm kitten who is about 10 to 12 weeks old. He went through a very traumatic and harrowing experience before finding his way to the Rescue. He was found by some people because he was hanging out at the edge of their deck. They started feeding him and discovered that he had some marks on him. Upon closer inspection they realized it was puncture marks. There were at least 10 puncture marks on this poor little kitten, whatever grabbed him managed to get a hold of him several times but he was somehow able to get away. In addition, these wounds were infected. Since his arrival at the Rescue, he has been to the vet where he received a pretty funky haircut so that the docter could clean all the wounds properly. He is now on some antibiotics for the infection and ointment is being used on his wounds. Despite all that he’s been through he is very friendly and is a lap cat who just wants to be cuddled and loved. Volunteers note that Ollie has huge, golden, soulful eyes and he loves to make eye contact perhaps to say, “Thank you for taking care of me.”
Anyone who has a place in their hearts for Ollie is encouraged to contact Bayfield Forgotten Felines at email@example.com. Supplies and support are given to the Foster Program volunteers by the Rescue.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Foster Program is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 565-2717.
Can't adopt or foster? Donations are always appreciated. The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email listed above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Community consultation on Planned Bayfield continues. A video explaining “What We Heard & Early Ideas” has been posted. Once people have watched the video, they are asked to provide feedback in the Second Round Survey.
What is Planned Bayfield? It is the development of a Secondary Plan for Bayfield; a document which will provide more detailed direction for future growth and change in Bayfield.
Public consultation on this project is hosted at connectedcountyofhuron.ca/. Public input is critical to the successful development of the Plan – visit this link and have a say in Bayfield’s future!
Anyone with questions, comments or concerns, is asked to please email Denise Van Amersfoort, Senior planner, at email@example.com.
The summer market season begins this week!
The market will now be open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for delivery and pick-up at Clan Gregor Square. Organizers are pleased to announce that they have new vendors, returning vendors and lots of delicious local foods!
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
from June 13 at 8 a.m. until today June 16 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on June 18 sometime between 3-5 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.
Bayfield Yacht Club
Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!
The BYC Executive Board is pleased to announce that four Saturday events comprise their preliminary 2021 summer schedule. The dates and events are as follows:
• June 19 and July 31 – Regattas, both 1 p.m. starts
• July 10 - Boat Parade, commencing at dusk
• Aug. 21 - Given's Memorial Race, 1 p.m. start
To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
take & Make Kits
"Take & Make" kit sample. (Submitted photo)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are busy preparing “Take & Make” Kits with a Canada Day theme that will provide hours of crafting fun for kids.
These kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Library on Saturday, June 26th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last.
Each kit will contain materials and instructions for a Canada Goose craft, a make-it-yourself puzzle, and Canada Day items courtesy of local MP Ben Lobb. The kit bag can even be repurposed into a fun beaver puppet ready for coloring! Attached to each kit will be a ballot to fill out for a chance to win a Village Bookshop gift certificate. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed ballots. The draw will take place on June 26th just after 2 p.m.
In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. FOBL members will be on hand to make sure that social distancing protocols are followed.
After the event, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to email photos of the completed crafts to email@example.com. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. Although this event is all about the children, no photos of children will be posted for privacy reasons.
Blue Bayfield Book
More than 50 copies of “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning” has been distributed through The Village Book Shop demonstrating that even during a pandemic people are looking to be informed about the threats to the Great Lakes and what individuals can do to mitigate those threats.
The book was produced by the Blue Bayfield Outreach Committee with the intent of informing and inspiring locals to take care of area waters. Copies of the book are free but a minimum donation of $2 is appreciated.
“The Great Lakes are the shared legacy and treasure of all humanity. This timely and informative report gives us a history of the Great Lakes and their importance to the millions who live on them, as well as a thorough chronicling of the many threats to their very existence. Fortunately, it also offers solutions and hope and serves as a clarion call to protect these magnificent lakes for future generations,” said Maude Barlow a patron of Blue Bayfield who is also an author and activist. She chairs the Board of Food and Water Watch and the Blue Planet Project.
To preview the book online visit www.bluebayfield.ca. To obtain a copy from The Village Bookshop visit villagebookshop.ca. The store is currently open noon to 4 p.m., Thursday thru Sunday.
Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) would like to thank the members of the Bayfield Optimist Club for their recent donation of two refurbished bicycles for client children in need.
“The members of BAFB are extremely grateful to the Optimists for this thoughtful and generous donation providing these bikes to two deserving young clients,” said President of the BAFB Terry Henderson.
The BAFB remains in need of donations of “healthy breakfast choices” such as: instant oatmeal, unsweetened cereals, low sugar jams, peanut butter and other nut spreads.
“We have added a second bin for the collection of donated goods, and it is on the south side porch of the Trinity St. James Parish Hall (10 Keith Cres) this means that both porches now have covered bins for the collection of non-perishables,” said Henderson.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
Since COVID-19 closed the doors of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield many changes have taken place but even though the doors are closed things are still happening.
St. Andrew’s congregation has transitioned to new ways of supporting their Outreach Projects during this pandemic, so that they continue to be a caring and compassionate church community. Each month they chose an outreach project. Some of the outreach projects this year have been donations to Blessings, Healthy Babies Healthy Children and for the month of May their outreach project is giving support to Camp Menesetung.
A few weeks ago, the church members were sent a message from the Executive Director of Camp Menesetung, Clayton Peters outlining the current plans for Spring and Summer 2021 camping. Anyone who would like to learn more can view the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOv1sbliJ-Y
Anyone wishing to donate to the camp can do so by mailing contributions to St. Andrew’s United Church, P.O. Box 202, Bayfield, ON, N7A 3X8 - be sure to mark the designation of "Camp Menesetung" on the cheque. Anyone wishing to drop off a donation in-person can email Kathleen Sietsema at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website: pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/
Trinity St. James Anglican Church has now suspended their in-church Wednesday morning, Communion Services.
Sunday services will continue at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at email@example.com.
After an extended hiatus the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) is back. A new Board of Directors was established in 2020 to inform Bayfield residents of the major items of concern for the current growth and future of Bayfield.
The BRA Constitution supports three membership classes: Property Owners, Tenants and Associate Members. There is a limit of two eligible members per household or residence and members must be at least 18 years of age.
Property Owners, may be either absentee, seasonal or a resident in the Ward of Bayfield; and Tenants have their principal place of residence within Bayfield. Associate Members are those who do not own property in Bayfield, and do not reside in the ward, but have a genuine interest in the welfare of Bayfield. Associate Members have to be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors. Associate Members are not entitled to be an officer or director of the Association, or to vote at the Annual General Meeting or general meetings of the BRA.
BRA current membership rates are $20 for two years and $40 for five years. They no longer offer lifetime memberships. As a result of the COVID-19 disruption, the Board has decided to waive membership fees until the next general meeting of the Association, hopefully in the fall of 2021.
All in the community are invited to become a member of the BRA so that their voices will be heard. For more information visit bayfieldratepayers.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.
Did You Know…that some common household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that could be dangerous to you, your children, your pets, and the environment? We’re talking about laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, bleach, dishwasher detergent, oven cleaners, window cleaners, toilet bowl and drain cleaners, furniture polish, upholstery cleaners, and air fresheners, just to name a few—these all need to be used with caution. Are there other options? Yes, there are!
What You Can Do…You can clean your home and save money at the same time by making your own cleaning products. Yes, we know it sounds like a lot of work but it’s really not. For example, to make a household cleaner, you can mix together baking soda, borax, vinegar and water. For a window cleaner, you can use vinegar or borax and water. Personally, we think we’d rather have baking soda, vinegar and borax in the house than toxic chemicals. How about you? Check out this website for more ideas: www.ecocycle.org/hazwaste/ecofriendly-cleaning