stellar breakfast cooked by firefighters and friends
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield and Area Fire Department held their annual Firemen's Breakfast on the morning of July 6. L-r: Firefighter Ian Siertsema and friend of the department, Ian McLean got cracking on the egg line while firefighter Thomas Genoch flipped the pancakes.
Nearly 900 people lined up at the Bayfield and Area Fire Department Fire Hall on the morning of July 6 in anticipation of another stellar Firemen’s Breakfast and as always, the food did not disappoint.
Served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., folks could fill their plates with pancakes topped with real maple syrup, eggs, Metger's bacon, Bayfield Foodland's own sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, and new this year, the coffee, was generously provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield's Main Street.
The proceeds from the breakfast will go to purchase equipment to help the community and to keep the firefighters safe. The department members would like to offer a big thank you to all the people that helped to make the breakfast a success.
In addition, Ryan O'Reilly, a Huron County native and member of the recent Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues sent a signed jersey and autographed photo to the Firemen's Breakfast to be raffled off for some funds for the department. His father Brian O'Reilly dropped in to the fire hall to make the draws. The winner of the jersey was Halle Corriveau, of Bayfield, while Joe Wild, also of Bayfield, won the signed photo. The fire department is very grateful to the O'Reilly family for their contribution to the event as the raffle raised $1,160 for the department.
Friend of the department, Julie Brandon, was in charge of collecting the fee for the breakfast. This money will go toward the purchase of equipment to keep both the firefighters and the community safer.
Friend of the department, Rebecca Phillips, was kept busy clearing trays and serving refreshments.
Friend of the department, Dawson Roy served up the sausages while firefighter, Jack Bender concentrated on potatoes.
Ryan O'Reilly, a Huron County native and member of the recent Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues sent a signed jersey and autographed photo to the Firemen's Breakfast to be raffled off for some funds for the department. His father Brian O'Reilly dropped in to the fire hall to make the draws. The winner of the jersey was Halle Corriveau, of Bayfield, while Joe Wild, also of Bayfield, won the signed photo. The fire department is very grateful to the O'Reilly family for their contribution to the event as the raffle raised $1,160 for the department. Joining O'Reilly for the draw were Captain Don Knox, Auxiliary Firefighter Hannah MacDonald and Captain Jim Koene. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)
All in...campaign reaches 80 per cent of fundraising goal
On June 27, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) and the “All In…for your health” capital campaign team, hosted a donor recognition event. The campaign partnered with Elizabeth Van den Broeck, of Elizabeth’s Gallery in Goderich, to present each donor who had pledged $25,000 or more with a beautiful framed piece of local art. Each donor was able to choose their print individually. From l-r: Shannon LaHay, Executive director of the AMGHF; John Peet, donor, and chair of the campaign; Maureen Peet, donor and Shawn Lynn, chair of the AMGHF Board.(Submitted photo)
On Thursday June 27, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) and the “All In…for your health” capital campaign team, hosted a donor recognition event and made an exciting announcement.
The AMGHF’s mission is to support quality health care close to home by raising funds to support the patient care needs at AMGH. Working closely with the Hospital, the Foundation identified two significant needs: replacing the aging CT Scanner and a much-needed refurbishment of the 40-year-old inpatient mental health unit. In Huron County, these services are only available at AMGH.
Shawn Lynn, chair of the AMGHF, welcomed guests to the event, held at the Beach Street Station in Goderich. He acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the All In…for your health campaign team who have been working very hard to reach out to the community, share the importance of the campaign, and raise funds to ensure that AMGH can provide the very best services locally.
“This campaign began in February of this year, when we set out to raise $3.5 million,” shared John Peet, chair of the campaign. “The generosity of the community and their support for quality health care close to home, was quickly evident.”
John Peet went on to announce that, with the support of many of the people attending the event, the campaign had reached 80 per cent of its goal.
“We could not have reached this milestone so quickly without the early support of so many significant donors.”
The All In…for your health campaign partnered with Elizabeth Van den Broeck, of Elizabeth’s Gallery in Goderich, to present each donor who had pledged $25,000 or more with a beautiful framed piece of local art. Each donor was able to choose their print individually.
“It is now time for us to reach out to the community as a whole and invite them to help us meet or exceed our $3.5 million campaign goal before the end of 2019. Every donation makes a difference and every donor will be acknowledged for their support,” Peet shared.
The community is invited to contact the AMGHF office or visit the Foundation website for information on how to support the All In…for your health capital campaign.
Gateway centre welcomes new executive team
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health's New Executive Team are from l-r: Gwen Devereaux, Jay McFarlan, Dan Stringer, Fionn O'Flanagan, Phil Maier and Nancy Simpson. Absent for photo: Feng Chang. (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is a not-for-profit corporation located in Goderich that aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents. Since inception, Gateway has been governed by community-based volunteers who aim to advance rural health teaching and community-based research across four rural counties; Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce.
Why study rural residents? As compared to urban residents, rural residents have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, chronic lung disease, depression and heart disease. Additionally, due to their occupation, healthy rural residents actively contribute to both local and national economies. These motivating factors have made rural residents a focus for Gateway’s research, education and communication.
To advance rural health and community-based research, Gateway has collaborated with community health centres, rural health professionals, academic institutions and rural residents. Gateway has also invested in the next generation by providing summer employment for university students who are interested in healthcare. Providing opportunities for students to get involved in rural health will encourage them to become practicing health care professionals in rural communities. In fact, Gateway has worked with over 90 students with many returning to benefit local communities.
On June 28, Gateway held their annual general meeting where board members and students welcomed new members to the executive team. The meeting saw Gwen Devereaux elected president; Jay McFarlan, vice-president; Dr. Feng Chang, chair; Phil Maier, vice-chair; Dan Stringer, treasurer; Fionn O'Flanagan, vice-treasurer and Nancy Simpson, secretary. With many new faces on the executive team, Gateway looks forward to the next few years of innovative ideas to combat rural health issues in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties.
For more information on Gateway, visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca.
Dementia simulation to promote caregiving skills
Over the next 20 years, the number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to double. Currently, over half a million Canadians have dementia, with two-thirds living in their own homes. In Canadian nursing homes, 87 per cent of residents have some form of cognitive impairment. With these numbers only expected to increase, it is important that caregivers, community members and healthcare professionals have the empathy, communication skills and tools needed to support this population.
The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), is excited to announce the upcoming launch of “Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes” to be held on July 16 at the Huron Community Family Health Team in Seaforth.
As the first institution in Canada to receive Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch® training from the AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, we will be offering student-run dementia simulation and learning experiences to the community. In the United States, these experiences have been shown to improve empathy, knowledge of dementia, communication and caregiving skills.
With the Dementia Live® specialized equipment, participants will be able to experience what it feels like to have dementia. A discussion and skill building session will follow, in which community members will gain important knowledge and skills in an engaging way. For students, these skills will be used in their future care for dementia patients. For caregivers, the learning experience will help them understand their loved one’s feelings and allow them to better provide for their loved one’s needs. For the general public, empathy and understanding will be developed.
Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes will begin at 2 p.m. Please note this is a free event but registration is required. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Sara Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca.
Popular behind the bars is back
Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.
James Donnelly is just one of the colorful characters visitors to the Behind the Bars program will meet this summer at the Goderich Gaol. (Submitted photo)
Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.
Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.
Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website, www.huroncountymuseum.ca, or peolce can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.
Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is advising the public that the Admitting Entrance at their Clinton Public Hospital site will be closed from now until July 19. This is due to replacement of exterior doors.
Patients visiting the Emergency Department should use the Ambulance doors.
All other patients and visitors are asked to use the Main Entrance during this closure.
The HPHA thank hospital visitors and patients in advance for their patience and cooperation as the work is completed.
Horticultural Society - clinton
Wednesday, July 17 is the date set for the Clinton Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour.
Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the OMAFRA office, 100 Don Street in Clinton, at 9:15 a.m. for carpooling. Money will be required for their lunch stop as well as the $5 membership fee.
For more information please call 519 441-1318.
Better together gala
On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting the Sixth Annual “Better Together” Gala at the Libro Hall in Clinton.
CTV News Report Scott Miller will be the master of ceremonies for the evening and Huron Shores Catering will provide the dinner. There will also be a live auction featuring, “Layne, The Auctionista” as well as a silent auction, raffle table, “fund-a-need”, entertainment and guest speakers.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are $60 each and are available from HCFBDC Board Members; www.eventbrite.ca; or by calling the office at 519 913-2362.
There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.
Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.
BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.
People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at email@example.com
SUMMER READING CLUB
Anyone looking for a summer program that exhilarates, engages, and educates their children over the summer months? The Huron County Library may have the perfect program: The TD Summer Reading Club!
The TD Summer Reading Club is a program for youth between the ages of four and twelve that encourages readers to have fun while learning through exciting crafts, activities, games, and of course, reading! Through the TD Summer Reading Club, children improve their listening skills, share with others in a team environment, and stimulate their creative capacity through arts and crafts, active play and reading. Programs such as this introduce children to the library as a source of pleasure and information which encourages them to use the library as a lifelong resource for learning.
The reading club will meet once a week at each of the twelve Huron County Library branches until Friday, Aug. 23.
All participants will receive a reading club notebook, a pack of twelve stickers, a top summer reads list, as well as a bookmark with a web-access code that can be used on the http://tdsummerreadingclub.ca website to track reading progress and receive additional club benefits! This year’s theme is “Natural World” so get ready to unplug and take a moment to explore the stories and science of nature through adventure and play, as participants trek through the wilderness, real or imagined, and let their playful curiosity give rise to questions about the world!
Registration is now open so head to a local library to sign up and reserve a place in the program as space is limited!
This local program is sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Financial Group and partially funded by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Call or visit a local library branch for more information and to register for the TD Summer Reading Club.
Contact Lydia Kim or Faith Sebastian, Summer Literacy coordinators for the Huron County Library at 519 482-5457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Maitland El Camino
The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.
The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.
The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.
Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”
Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.
A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.
“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.
Registration is now open at www.maitlandtrail.ca and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.
Visit the MTA’s website or contact email@example.com for more information about this exciting event.
The coordinators, of the Huron County Newspaper Digitization Project (HCNDP), are looking for information about Art Elliott, former editor of The Bayfield Bulletin (1964-68).
The Huron County Library needs help to locate the family of Art Elliott, a newspaperman who came to Bayfield in the 1960s to start the first weekly paper in nearly 70 years. Mr. Elliott had previously worked for the Goderich Signal-Star, the Listowel Banner, Waterloo Chronicle, Malton Times, and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec).
Anyone with information is invited to contact Beth Knazook, Special Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.
Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND www.huroncounty.ca. Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.
BACK PACKS FOR KIDS
Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.
Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered before Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.
To register for a back pack please call after July 2: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387.
Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?
The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.
Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at http://bayfieldfair.ca/?page_id=886 and send it to Anna Needles at email@example.com
Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!
CLEAN WATER PROJECT
The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.
The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.
People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.
The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.
The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.
The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.
Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?
A new website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.
Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.