funds raised to repair the stairs
Just a few days after the draw, Catherine Tillmann, a member of the Pioneer Park Association fundraising team, presented the prize to winner Karen Heron (right).
The Pioneer Park Association's 50/50 cash draw winner, Karen Heron, stands at the top of the Pioneer Park beach stairs access - plans are underway to have the stairs repaired this fall so that they will once again reach the beach! (Submitted photos)
The “Repair the Stairs” campaign concluded around sunset on Aug. 13 when the winning ticket for the 50-50 cash draw was held in Pioneer Park.
Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp and Ryan O’Reilly, NHL hockey player and Stanley Cup champion, teamed up to roll the drum and draw the winning ticket. The winner was Karen Heron, of Bayfield, whose share of the ticket sales ended up being $9,844.74.
As a result of this successful fundraiser, work can now begin on repairing the park’s stair access to the beach, which is currently closed. Plans are to have renewed access available sometime this fall.
Trillium grant will allow for install of accessible bleachers
Dignitaries that attended the Official Opening of the 165th Bayfield Community Fair on Aug. 20 were l-r: Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp, Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn, Vince Brennan, manager of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies; MPP Lisa Thompson, Senator Rob Black, BAS President Pamela Stanley and MP Ben Lobb. (Photo by Doug Yeo)
Earlier this year, the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) received a $31,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to install three accessible bleachers in Agricultural Park in the village. On Friday, Aug. 21, MPP Lisa Thompson and OTF volunteer Emma Bartz, were there for the opening night of the Society’s annual fair.
“Over the years Ontario Trillium Foundation grants, and the newly created Resilient Communities Fund, have helped a lot of organizations accomplish a great deal of their goals and objectives. However, this grant to the Bayfield Agricultural Society is especially pleasing, important, and indeed, timely,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “It is yet another step towards getting us all back together safely.”
Safety equipment was also provided for volunteers and visitors to the annual agricultural fair organized by the BAS. Consisting of masks, shields and sanitizing stations, this equipment will be used for this year’s fair, which ran from Aug. 20-22. The new bleachers, which will be arriving soon, will provide improved accessibility for everyone for the events that take place in the park for years to come. The Resilient Communities Fund was created to help non-profit organizations rebound and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
"The effect of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant is huge,” said President of the BAS, Pamela Stanley. “This grant has given our Society the opportunity to have a safe fair experience but a long-term benefit of greater accessibility for visitors at events in our park. Our park has always been a community park and now becomes more welcoming to all.”
The BAS is aiming to make this multi-purpose park more accessible for activities, whether sports activities or the fair. Anyone who may want to inquire about using the park for an event is asked to please visit the BAS website at: www.bayfieldfair.ca
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112 million was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020-21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds
Doug Varty is a member of "Beatles in Blue" who will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 28. (Submitted photo)
The bands, “Beatles in Blue” and “Swagger” will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall in the coming weeks and tickets are available now.
Beatles in Blue will take to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 28, followed by Swagger on Sunday, Sept. 5.
Beatles in Blue will offer attendees a Blues Rock tribute to the boys from Liverpool. The Fab Four’s songs are mixed with Blues grooves giving the Beatles songbook a whole new spin. This multi-dimensional trio serve up the Beatles in fresh styles like Texas Boogie, Chicago Schuffle and New Orleans funk.
Swagger is known as London, Ontario’s favorite party band. They have been packing dance floors since 2013 with their mix of pop, rock and country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to present day. Great songs combined with a high-energy show and fun crowd atmosphere has earned the band London Music Awards for Fan Favorite and Best Cover Band.
The cost of tickets for either concert are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online with no extra handling fee at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. There will be a cash bar. The gates and bar will open at 6 p.m. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. As these are both outdoor events people are asked to bring their own blanket or lawn chair.
Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September
At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Fox started training to run across Canada. In 1980, he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km - covering six provinces - to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Fox and as a result $850 million have been raised for cancer research.
Locally people can run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep his dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $41,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. This year the Run will be held virtually again, meaning participants can choose the route and the time when they want to participate. Register as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.
Donations can be made on the same site or people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. People can also scan the QR Codes on all posters and signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to donate via their phone.
Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 19 between 9-10:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. Organizers will also be selling 2021 Terry Fox t-shirts at $20 each. They will also have 2021 participation seals available. In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!
The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Anyone who may have questions is asked to please email email@example.com.
For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit www.terryfox.org
prints seventy-five per cent sold
People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing 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)
“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.
“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are now 75 per cent sold and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”
There are 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 are on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at firstname.lastname@example.org or through The Village Bookshop at email@example.com.
LASSO TRICKS AND WHIP SKILLS ON DISPLAY AT COMMUNITY FAIR
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Tex Rexman Comedy Cowboy, from Toronto, delighted audiences on the Saturday afternoon of the Bayfield Community Fair with his lasso and whip skills as well as his sense of humor and quick wit.
Audience members helped with a few aspects of the program which added to the cowboy chaos as exhibited in this photo story.
Library Friends AGM
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.11 via ZOOM.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.
The AGM is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is kindly asked to register in advance for the ZOOM meeting. To do so, please visit the Friends of Bayfield Library Facebook page or website at www.fobl.ca where the ZOOM link is shared.
Registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the meeting. All are welcome!
Lions' Calendar 2022
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2022 Bayfield Calendar. This twelfth edition of the calendar (tenth as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield) was launched on Aug. 14. The paper quality has been improved so that the calendar is now more vibrant than ever.
These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lions’ member. The calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website www.bayfieldlions.ca/753-2/ and following the instructions there.
Meditation and Mindfulness
In the fall of 2020, Bayfield resident Christine Lang organized a day-long “Meditation and Mindfulness” event at the Bayfield Community Centre. Following COVID-19 guidelines, Instructor Amanda Ingall led the participants on a journey of peace and inner reflection. Lang would like to organize another event in the Spring of 2022 and is reaching out to the community to see if there is interest in participation.
Please email Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To learn more about Ingall visit, www.amandaingall.ca. To learn more about Vicky Morrison, the proposed second meditation instructor, visit, vickymorrison.ca.
Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.
choir director needed
The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.
They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.
Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.
The summer market season is underway! The final in-person Bayfield Farmers' Market of the season is this Friday, Aug. 27, in Clan Gregor Square from 3-6 p.m. People can pick-up their online orders and browse both familiar and new vendors.
Shoppers should be aware that not all vendors will be available for both the online and in-person markets.
The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for pick-up at the park.
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop from Aug. 22 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer.
“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”
This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.
As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."
The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at email@example.com.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.
This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.
The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.
Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519 565-5824.
Rev. Mary Farmer will be on holidays from now to Sept. 6 during that time period Rev. Gary Alcock will be officiating the Sunday and Wednesday services.
Lennie and Foxy (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Lennie and Foxy are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.
Currently in foster care, Lennie and Foxy, a bonded pair, are ready for their forever indoor home together. They are neutered boys, with all vaccinations except rabies.
Could you proivde a forever family for Lennie and Foxy? Anyone interested in adopting them is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org. The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email 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.
Peggy Cunningham (Submitted photo)
Bayfield residents will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent passing of a former local resident with ties to the Bayfield Diners’ Club where she served as volunteer cook for many a meal…
Peggy Cunningham, in her 89th year, formerly of Bayfield, died at Queensway Long Term Care Home in Hensall on Sunday, Aug. 8.
She is survived by her nephew, Mark Cunningham, of London; sister-in-law, Bette Cunningham, and several cousins. Peggy is predeceased by her brother Peter Cunningham (2017) and her niece, Sharon Cunningham (1990). She will be sorely missed by her longtime friends Jean and Peter Imanse, of Goderich.
Peggy was a long-time volunteer with the Bayfield Diners’ Club and will be missed by many of its members.
Cremation has already taken place. A private interment will take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank the staff of Queensway Long Term Care in Hensall for their loving care of Peggy while she was a resident there. Online condolences may be left at www.funeraloptions.ca