organizations working together make Trail a gem
(L-r): Peter Jeffers, Ralph Blasting, Jack Pal, Jim Beatty, volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) put some lovely finishing touches on the Tranquility Trail recently. (Submitted photos)
On Thursday, June 11, a small group of volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) put some lovely finishing touches on the Tranquility Trail.
This trail was the latest one added to a good selection of recreational trails, known for their variety and natural beauty. The Tranquility Trail is located behind the Huron Hospice, west of Clinton on the Huron Road. The trail is accessible to staff, patients and family members of the Hospice, as well as to anyone from the community who is looking for a moment of reflection. Benches are placed along the trail, enabling peace and quiet moments, complemented by birdsong.
The volunteers placed directional signage along the trail, as well as signs with reflective poems by famous poets, which make this trail very special. The trail is approximately 1 KM long and is suitable for all ages. Trail maintenance volunteers are complemented by volunteers of the Hospice, taking care of cutting grass as well as watering the newly planted trees. The collaboration between numerous community volunteer organizations is what makes this trail so unique.
The meadow area around the trail has received certification from Monarch Watch, an organization which promotes habitat for Monarch butterflies. Last fall a group of volunteers from the Bayfield Garden Club planted several types of milkweed and other pollinating plants to enhance the natural butterfly meadow. The monarch butterfly is considered the international symbol for hospice and palliative care. It shows the metamorphosis or transformation that can occur both in the process of dying and the journey of grief.
The volunteers placed directional signage along the trail.
The Tranquility Trail is also surrounded by the Memorial Forest, which was established last fall. This forest will be a green legacy for future generations to enjoy and a living memorial that will grow and flourish over the years. A tree symbolizes strength, shelter and durability; it is a living tribute and source of comfort to those who have suffered loss. Community members will have the opportunity to donate a tree in memory of a loved one, and participate in an annual dedication service. Donors can choose to display the names of their memorialized persons on a commemorative sign at the forest entrance.
Trees can be ordered through the Huron Hospice website and include professional planting, as well as a five-year warranty. The emphasis is on native species suitable for this area, such as fir, sycamore, maple, Tupelo black gum, white pine and several species of oak. The program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a loved one, and is not limited to those who have passed through the Hospice.
The volunteers placed signs, with reflective poems by famous poets, along the trail.
At the moment plans are underway to erect a Pet Memorial Wall near the Tranquility Trail. This wall will be dedicated to the memory of the much-loved animals who gave so much joy to their owners during their lifetime. Grieving pet owners will have the opportunity to place a commemorative plaque on the wall. More details will be made available this Summer.
Anyone who has not yet had a chance to check out this little gem of a trail, now is a good time to put it on the to-do list!
For more information on the Tranquility Trail, visit the Bayfield River Valley Trails website at www.bayfieldtrails.com/the-tranquility-trail. To learn more about the Memorial Forest, visit the Huron Hospice website at www.huronhospice.ca. To discover more information on Monarch Butterfly habitat and certification, visit Monarch Watch at monarchwatch.org.
Beef Barbecue re-imagined
Due to COVID-19, the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church aren't able to host their annual Beef BBQ fundraiser in the way they did in other years, like in 2014, the year this image was taken. Instead they are inviting people to celebrate Canada Day with their own backyard barbecues and to think of the church and their many causes by making a donation. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Due to recent global events so many local happenings have had to take on a new look. The "57th" Annual St. Andrew’s United Church Beef BBQ is no exception. The annual Canada Day event, a vital fundraiser for St. Andrew’s, has been re-imagined as an “Isolation Celebration”.
“We invite you to celebrate "Canada Day" with us in the beauty of your own backyards. Prepare your own specialties and don your best red and white outfits, wave your flags and know it is good to live in our beautiful Canada,” said Elda Tindall, representing St. Andrew’s United.
She added, “Please take pictures of all your good times and share the frolicking with us so we can share your fun on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.”
Pictures can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted on their Facebook page: St. Andrews United Church, Bayfield.
“As we enjoy ourselves, and each others company let us not forget that this "Isolation Celebration" is a fundraiser for St. Andrew's,” said Tindall.
According to Tindall, the ministry at St. Andrew's doesn't end after the Sunday service but reaches and touches many levels of the community - lives are touched both locally and abroad.
Examples of this ministry include: assisting with food and clothing drives, youth and camp groups, food grain initiatives, supporting local endeavors and helping groups and services to function and practice.
“This only touches on the spirit that abounds at St. Andrew's, and the many ways in which our building is shared with the community,” said Tindall. “We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.”
People are encouraged to be generous with their thoughtful donations to St. Andrew's, which are fully tax deductible. There are three ways to support the church by providing a cheque, donating online directly or through “CanadaHelps”. Cheques (please mark BBQ on the cheque) may be mailed to P.O. Box 202, Bayfield, N0M1G0 or dropped off at 40 Bayfield Mews Lane. To donate directly visit: www.bayfieldunited.church and click on “Donate” or go to canadahelps.org and search Bayfield United Church (immediate tax receipts issued for the latter option).
A Letter from Lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on June 15.
Lockdown Day #89: Phase 3 Day #4 - June 11 - The couple ventured down to the South West corner of the island. Normally at this time of year, Kate Lloyd-Rees wouldn't have the whole beach to herself. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Today, Monday, is our 93rd day of the lockdown under the “State of Alarm” that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15th. The “State of Alarm” will come to an end at midnight on June 21st - 99 days after it began – so this week’s edition (the 14th) is our last letter from a state of lockdown.
Monday is the day that regions have been approved (or not) to change phases. The updated map of Spain shows which regions are, as of today, in which phase: there are now no areas in Phase 0 or Phase 1, 25 per cent of the population remain in Phase 2 (primarily Madrid and Barcelona), 70 per cent are in Phase 3 (including the Balearics) and the region of Galicia (which will be familiar to many Bayfield residents as the end point of the Camino de Santiago) has today moved out of de-escalation and into the nueva normalidad. However, this all changes next Monday when the “State of Alarm” ends as Phases are then irrelevant.
What rules are there in the nueva normalidad?
Health safety protocols have now been decreed by the national government – the regional authorities are responsible for deciding and implementing specific measures. These protocols will last until the government “declares that the crisis is over” – in practice, this is not likely to be until an effective vaccine or therapy is developed. Under the protocols, and unless specifically changed by an individual region, social distancing continues albeit at a reduced distance of 1.5 metres – this change in distance is a huge boost to the tourism sector as it dictates the space between tables in bar and restaurants and between sun loungers at beaches and pools. Masks continue to be mandatory for those over six years old where a (1.5 metre) safe distance cannot be achieved. Other protocols include hygiene and prevention measures in places where there is possibility of contagion, and the need for guarantees of hospital bed, ICU, and testing capacity.
The government has also acknowledged that remote learning has proved challenging for many young children and is planning to fully open junior schools in September and is developing guidelines. For children in early education (aged three to five) and in the first four grades of school, classrooms should have a maximum of 20 (ideally 15) children who will not have to observe physical distancing rules within their classroom “group” and will not have to wear masks – whereas Grade 5 and 6 students will have no set maximum class size (subject to desks being 1.5 metres apart) and will need to wear masks when away from their desks and unable to be 1.5 metres apart.
Unlike Canada and many other countries, there is no introduction yet of “bubbles” or “circles” – outside of your household unit you should still be maintaining physical distance.
How are the health statistics in Spain and Mallorca?
The Spanish Health Ministry continues to work on revising the “historical” data – it’s obviously proving to be a time-consuming task…
The “current” data indicates that there were “only” 26 deaths across Spain in the past seven days and no deaths in the Balearics in the past 18 days. Newly identified cases across Spain for the last 24-hour period were under 50. In essence, this wave of the virus has passed in Spain and infections are now isolated to breakouts linked to specific locations and/or events (mainly parties) – the Health Ministry’s focus is on continued testing, tracking and tracing. In preparation for an expected second wave, significant stockpiles of PPE are being put in place together with additional hospital bed and ICU capacity.
What is the latest on flights and the return of tourism?
The situation gets clearer, and more confusing, by the day.
In theory, on June 22nd with the end of the State of Alarm, there will be internal freedom of movement across all of Spain – how this works in practice for inhabitants of Madrid and Barcelona remains to be seen.
The EU has been trying to coordinate the internal opening of borders between the “Shengen Agreement” countries (these are the 26 EU and non-EU countries that had agreed mutually unrestricted free movement – as examples, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are Shengen but not EU whereas Ireland is EU but not Shengen) before dealing with non-Shengen countries (including the UK and Canada). Making things far more complicated, many EU/Shengen countries have already done their own thing - Italy opened its borders on June 3rd to both EU and Shengen countries; on June 4th Austria opened its land borders to adjoining countries except Italy; on June 7th Germany and Hungary opened their mutual borders; on June 9th Hungary abolished all checks at its Shengen borders, and today a slew of countries opened their borders to various uncoordinated groups of Shengen and non-Shengen countries. Yesterday, Spain announced that as of June 22nd it will open its borders to EU and Shengen countries (other than Portugal which will open on July 1st) and would not impose a quarantine requirement. And then today, to confuse things further, the Spanish foreign ministry said that they regard the UK as part of the EU and that British tourists could come as of June 22nd - this is despite the fact that the UK is neither in the EU nor in Shengen and that any Briton would have to do 14 days quarantine on return to the UK. All of the above will undoubtedly have changed by the time you read this…
Despite the Spanish borders still being closed for a further week, the Spanish and German governments have reached agreement on a pilot scheme to bring in German tourists across an “air bridge” from Germany to the Balearic Islands as from today. A similar scheme proposed with the Canary Islands failed to be established as the Canaries insisted on COVID-19 testing as a part of the entry requirement. Under the scheme, 10,900 German tourists will spend a minimum of five days in specific vacation destinations across the Balearics - 10,900 being two per cent of the number of tourists for the same period in 2019. After some intense lobbying, Germans who own second homes in the Balearics were also given permission to use the “air bridge”. There are numerous health protocols as part of this pilot; however, there is no quarantine requirement on either end of the travel.
We continue to be safe and well and know that with the opening of borders our extended stay in Mallorca is coming to an end soon. We are making our final visits of this stay to our favorite places on the island and are relishing the lack of crowds and traffic although we fully realize that, with an economy heavily dependent upon tourism, this quietude comes with a significant economic price for the island and its inhabitants.
We remain grateful to our friends back home in the Bayfield area for your continuing best wishes and words of support.
See you back in Bayfield soon. Stay safe and well everybody.
A local resident found these keys (for an E-Bike) in Pioneer Park late in the afternoon on Friday, June 11. If they belong to you or someone you know please email the Bayfield Breeze - email@example.com and you will be connected with the person keeping them safe. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their sixth market of the season on Friday, June 19.
Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop. All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store, www.localline.ca/firmly-rooted, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.
Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).
Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.
The community continues to come together to serve each other during this time of crisis.
Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich, in conjunction with The Little Inn of Bayfield, is putting a van on the road with a driver to pick up and deliver groceries to people from Bayfield Foodland and Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy’s Bayfield location.
There will be no charge for this service. Please contact Dean O’Brien at 519 525-0420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BAYFIELD FOOD BANK
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be holding its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, June 18.
Since the province’s state of emergency limits the number of people permitted to congregate to ten, the Board has arranged to have the AGM electronically. Members of the community are welcome to attend via Zoom at 1 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending the AGM is asked to please send their e-mail address to email@example.com. Those who request to do so will be provided with the link to access the AGM. This information will be sent one or two days prior to the AGM.
The Board of the BAFB would like to remind people that they have free, prepackaged boxes ready for delivery to someone in need of assistance all they need do is call 519 955-7444.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 8.
• Directed staff to include the Ontario Provincial Police Non-Emergency phone number, 1-888-310-1122, on all beach signage for the enforcement of physical distancing.
• Directed staff to cancel the children’s summer program for the 2020 season.
• Adopted a by-law to suspend certain provisions of the Encroachment Policy, specifically around Commercial Patios and Sidewalk Cafes, to assist business owners during the pandemic to accommodate and maintain social distancing.
• Adopted a policy for Best Management Practice for Infection Prevention and Control.
• Authorized an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for the lands for the new Hensall Water Tower.
• Directed the CAO to proceed with the procurement process for a Service Delivery review.
BHS Now Hiring
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving and making accessible local historical legacy. The Board is looking to hire a Heritage Centre Student Assistant for July 1 to Aug. 31.
The candidate will work 35 hours per week from Wednesday to Sunday. They must be between 18 and 30 years of age to qualify for this position, made possible through Employment and Social Development Canada. The hourly rate is $15. The job entails engaging with the public as well as working on one’s own on a scanning and data entry project.
The successful applicant will report to members of the BHS board. Their main duties will include:
● Greeting Heritage Centre visitors (ensuring COVID-19 public health guidelines are met);
answering questions about the archives/Bayfield’s history; selling books/notecards;
opening and locking up the Heritage Centre.
● Renting quadricycles (just outside Heritage Centre) to the public; ensuring users follow
safety guidelines; sanitizing after use according to public health guidelines.
● Digitizing photographs and recording relevant data and metadata in cataloguing
software (PastPerfect), under the direction of the Archivist and Assistant Archivist.
● Experience working in a museum/heritage site setting is preferred. Ideally, the
candidate will be enrolled in an archive, museum studies, or public history program.
● Superior communication skills. Comfortable greeting the public in a welcoming,
professional manner. Demonstrated experience handling cash.
● Familiarity with and interest in the history of Bayfield and area.
● Excellent organization and attention to detail; strong proofreading skills.
● Well-developed computer skills; highly accurate data entry.
● Able to work independently and with volunteers and cataloguing assistant.
● Experience using a scanner/digitizing photographs would be an asset.
Please email cover letter and resumé by June 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line Summer Assistant followed by your full name. Those shortlisted will be contacted to set up an interview conducted via Zoom.
Kintail on the Road
Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and for the health and safety of staff and campers, Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield has cancelled the 2020 summer session of Kintail on the Road.
The usual program ran Wednesdays during July and August and organizers regret the loss, for this year, of being able to offer such a dynamic day camp experience for local kids.
Organizers hope for better days ahead and the opportunity to see campers again in 2021.
Bayfield Community Fair
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is "staying home" this year and will suspend hosting a traditional style fair and instead provide an alternative fair experience this year.
On June 10, the BAS Board of Directors announced their decision to suspend hosting a traditional fair in its 164th year.
Although this announcement likely comes as no surprise, it was a difficult decision to make as the Board knows how much the greater community looks forward to this event each year. However, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting mass gatherings of people for the foreseeable future and a commitment to keeping the community safe and healthy they truly believe this is the best decision.
As a Society they remain committed to celebrating and supporting tagriculture in he community. In place of a traditional fair this year, they will be offering an alternative fair consisting of a variety of other events both online and around Bayfield. They hope to interact with the communty through these events.
Please monitor the BAS website and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updates and the latest news on the 2020 alternative Bayfield Fair. They hope to see everyone back at the fairgrounds in 2021!
centre for the arts
In an effort to stay in touch with the community and offer creative experiences to its followers, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is posting carefully curated links to a variety of artistic organizations on their Facebook page Bayfield Centre for the Arts (@ bayfieldarts). To date, painting tutorials, photography workshops and performances have been popular.
To support the continued growth of the BCA, the organization is now selling custom designed journals with three different custom covers. The creatives behind the covers are Debra Macarthur, Leslee Squirrell and Jack Pal. Each journal measures 6” x 9” and has 200 acid free, archival pages of 28 lb paper, lined or unlined. The journals are selling for $15 each.
These journals could be used as diaries, sketchbooks and travel logs. They are also perfect notebooks for gardening records, meetings or workshops. The journals are available on the BCA Facebook Page. Details can be found by clicking on the “Shop” button. At the moment those who purchase journals are asked to pick them up from the front porch of 15 Dow St in Bayfield.
Or they can also be found at The Village Bookshop on Main Street in Bayfield. In addition to the great selection of books they are known for, the bookshop is now carrying artist supplies, including the beautiful, creamy Chroma acrylic paints which some members of the BCA are fans of.
The purchase of these journals will help the BCA provide workshops, studios, mobile art programs and exhibitions in the visual arts for all ages and abilities.
For more information email Hello@bayfieldarts.ca.
Due to compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions and out of concerns for community safety, the June 29 monthly speaker’s meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has been cancelled. The BHS look forward to resuming this series in the future.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.
Launched Apr. 20, Shorelinetogo.ca already has 32 food and beverage businesses listed, a number that grows daily. Published with address, phone number, takeout-delivery menu and hours of operation, restaurants, farm-gate operations and craft beer, wine and cider producers are ready and open to serve. Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.
Restaurants, farm-gate and beverage producers throughout the market area – Bluewater - Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex - are encouraged to visit ShorelineToGo.ca to register and showcase their delivery or takeout options. There is no cost to any business to participate and the process is the completion of a simple online form. Any business needing resources or assistance can contact Chamber Manager Susan Mills at email@example.com.
Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.
Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.
According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”
Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.
“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.
For more information on this BHS project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.