Pioneer Park association looks to alternative fundraising
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.
Pioneer Park has been a muse for many including the artist behind this painting, Catherine Tillmann. The Pioneer Park Association is currently implementing two alternative fundraising projects as the annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale has had to be postponed for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing pandemic. (Submitted photo)
“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.
Raffle winners announced
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) first ever raffle draw took place on the lawn of the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the morning of Saturday, June 5. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) volunteers are excited to announce the winners of their first ever raffle. The draw took place on the lawn of the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the morning of Saturday, June 5.
Rachael Rishworth kindly did the drawing of winners.
Terry Zavitz, of London/Bayfield, won first prize, an original 30”x 60” acrylic painting of Lake Huron by accomplished artist Martina Bruggeman; Irene Brayne, of Bayfield, garnered second prize, a framed professional photograph of her home or cottage; and Geoff Williams, of Stratford, came away with third prize, a basket of Main Street treats valued at $175.
“The BCA would like to thank everyone that participated by purchasing a ticket,” said President of the BCA Leslee Squirrell. “Proceeds will be used to launch workshops and art truck classes this summer just as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Centre for the arts now hiring
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is looking for a creative person who is enthusiastic about community-engaged arts to take a leadership position as their Arts Program Co-ordinator for their summer programming.
This opportunity is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program with employment from July to early September. The position is full-time but flexible and may include evenings and weekends: eight weeks at 35 hours/week, or equivalent. The rate of pay is $25 per hour.
Candidates must be aged 18 to 30 and legally entitled to work in Canada. Unfortunately, temporary residents, such as international students, are not eligible under this program.
Applicants should note that due to COVID-19 there may be some adjustment necessary to the schedule. The BCA will ensure that their working conditions adhere to all safety protocols and government guidelines. Remote work may be necessary although the BCA are hoping to allow for work primarily in-person.
The BCA welcome a wide diversity of applicants with a strong background in the visual arts who are responsible and mature. The successful candidate will be involved in planning and offering programs which focus on all aspects of arts workshops including, children’s programs, adult programs, arts for mental health, open studio, mobile art truck offerings, exhibitions and events.
Those interested in applying are asked to email their resume with cover letter and portfolio or other examples of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10.
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 email@example.com (Licence No.: RAF1201150)
Bayfield forgotten felines in the thick of kitten season
A sampling of images of the kittens featured in Adopt-A-BFF this week. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
A whole litter of kittens are the focus of the Adopt-A-BFF feature this week.
This gorgeous litter of kittens was found when they were one day old. Their Mama, who is barely six months old herself, was found several days later. Not only did she commit to raising her brood of four little black and white kittens she also took on a little calico kitten that was found a week later. As evidenced by the pictures these kittens are doing fabulously well. Once they are big enough they will be vetted and they will all be looking for their forever homes.
A sampling of images of the kittens featured in Adopt-A-BFF this week. (Submitted photo)
These kittens are just an example of the many, many kittens that are now under the care of BFF.
“We now have over 40 kittens and we are getting calls daily,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “It’s so hard to say no but we are literally bursting at the seams. Again, anyone wishing to help out in any way by fostering, adopting, donating food or money towards their medical care would be appreciated. Also volunteering to help socialize these sweet babies is important too. It’s all very much appreciated.”
Volunteers would also like to remind everyone that the world doesn’t just revolve around the kittens, they also have several lovely adult and young adult cats waiting for their forever homes. Supplies and support are given to the Foster Program volunteers by the Rescue.
Anyone who has a place in their hearts for any of these dear creatures is encouraged to contact Bayfield Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Foster Program is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at email@example.com 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.
LINDA HINDMAN REVEALED
A touchstone of Bayfield folklore vanished from the village coastline in mid-November 2018 but it was clearly a case of “out-of-sight, out-of-mind”. The stern of the steamboat, Linda Hindman, may have broken up and disappeared but the portion of the vessel submerged underwater still remains. On July 15, 2020 Transport Canada attached a buoy to the vessel to warn boaters and others of the wreck's existence. On June 3, a fair weather day on the lake, Tom Slama captured this bird's eye view of the sunken vessel. (Photo by Tom Slama)
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/bayfield-secondary-plan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6 at 8 a.m. until today June 9 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on June 11 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.
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) remain humbled by the support they have received during the pandemic.
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 President of the BAFB Terry Henderson.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 scat (waste, poop) from wildlife is actually beneficial to the environment, but your dog’s waste is most definitely not? Wild animals consume nutrients and resources that occur naturally, so their scat simply reintroduces those resources back to the wild. We feed our dogs foods enriched with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, so when we don’t pick up our dogs’ poop, those extra nutrients end up in our rivers, streams and lakes. The extra nutrients promote weed and algal growth, limiting sunlight available to plants which reduces oxygen in the water necessary for fish and other organisms. As well, bacteria in dogs are different from those in wildlife and can be harmful to wildlife and people. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one gram of dog waste can contain upwards of 23 million fecal bacteria, and is considered as toxic as an oil spill!
What You Can Do…You can be sure to always pick up after your dog, even in the woods (!) and dispose of the waste properly.
WALKING FOR DOG GUIDES
On Sunday, June 6th, the Bayfield Lion's Club held their annual Walk for Guide Dogs with over 30 people and dogs participating including, Lion Kathy Gray and Bear, owned by Carolyn Brophy. Organizers would like to extend a thank you to all who supported this cause so dear to their hearts and helped make the day a success. They would also like to offer a special thank you to the Goderich Pet Value, who generously donated goody bags for the dogs. Due to the lockdown, the Lions’ members have extended the date to collect pledges to June 20. Those still interested in pledging are asked to please contact Lion Karen Scott at 226 441-2042. An announcement of how much money was raised in support of Guide Dogs will be made after June 20. (Submitted photo)
"TAKE & MAKE" KITS FOR CANADA DAY
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 Public 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 gift certificate from The Village Bookshop. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed ballots. The draw will take place on June 26th. In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. Social distancing protocols will also be in effect. (Submitted photo)