Goderich tornado relief updates
Edgefund established following letter of hope
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Four days after a devastating F3 tornado struck our neighbors to the north some words of hope from across the Atlantic.
On Aug. 25, the people of Goderich received a letter from Marcy McCall MacBain, formerly of the Seaforth area and her husband John, both of Geneva, Switzerland, confirming a message of hope and renewal for the Goderich community with a pledge of financial support from The McCall MacBain Foundation.
“Both my husband John and I want to provide some assistance in this time of great need in Goderich…I am particularly fond of Goderich, and I treasure its wonderful Western Ontario heritage,” stated part of that message.
The Foundation wishes to provide leverage funding to support the restoration of the built heritage of Goderich – its wonderful inventory of treasured architecture – as well as its natural heritage elements – in particular, the magnificent treescape and, any related undertakings to recapture that very special essence of the community that has been lost in the recent horrific environmental catastrophe.
An initial lead cash grant of $100,000 will be made to an approved organization, with an additional amount of leverage funds, up to $200,000, to be matched by cash, not in kind, donations, to enable a minimum total of $500,000 to be raised specifically in support of heritage retention and restoration for the ‘built’ and ‘natural’ environment of the community. (Only funds donated following this announcement will be eligible for matching funds.)
This letter spurred community members to establish the “EDGEFUND” created to rebuild the essence of Canada’s Prettiest Town.
According to the EdgeFund website, the purpose of the fund is to support rebuild projects that commit to re-create community heritage from three perspectives: built environment, natural landscapes, and the cultural milieu. Together, these three strands are interwoven to recapture and support what has been described as the specific “essence of Goderich”.
An action committee of local activists and heritage experts has been formed to oversee the disbursement of grants. It will work closely with the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) and is committed to working as a close partner to the larger community effort. The committee will work in concert with the Goderich-based ODRAP, Heritage Goderich, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Heritage Canada and other support agencies.
The “EdgeFund” will accept donations large and small. It will earmark and direct funds to projects that are designed to help restore, not just the homes and buildings of this community, but that essential spirit that has made the town of Goderich.
“EdgeFund” is a legally autonomous arm of the Huron Business Development Corporation. The EdgeFund core group has the full authority to administer this fund and any earmarked matching donations.
Cash donations can be sent to the Town of Goderich, 57 West Street, N7A 2K5, attention Judy Kay, treasurer. Charitable receipts will be issued.
Donations can also be made securely on-line at www.edgefund.org. Cheques must be made payable to Goderich EdgeFund. Donations will generate matching funds from the “EdgeFund”. Other charitable organizations such as Heritage Canada and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario are also soliciting donations to help. Numerous private corporations are also contributing.
In kind donations can also be accepted, particularly for the restoration of the natural environment in parks, boulevards and public places such as the Town Square. Please contact: email@example.com.
To learn more about the EdgeFund and its core group please visit their website.
United Way raises over $14,000
On Aug. 23, the Bayfield Breeze received a press release from the United Way of Perth-Huron in which Ryan Erb, executive director, announced that a Goderich Tornado Relief Fund has been created.
To assist in receiving donations, United Way of Kitchener Waterloo & Area, with sponsorship from Libro Financial in Kitchener-Waterloo, had generously offered to support via-text donations. Text donations in the amount of $5 could be made in support of the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund from Aug. 23-31.
One hundred per cent of all donations made to the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund will support the community of Goderich. Those without text capabilities were still able to contribute by calling, 1-877-818-8867 (toll-free); online, perthhuron.unitedway.ca; or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two days later on Aug. 25 an update was sent out by United Way of Perth-Huron to announce that the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund had raised $12,185 with an additional $1,950 raised via the text-to-donate program.
portion of proceeds from dinners will go to relief fund
Plans for the third annual, award-winning Taste of Huron Culinary Festival were well underway when the tornado struck the heart of Goderich on the afternoon of Aug. 21.
The event planned for now to Sept. 10 is organized to celebrate all things food and blues in Huron County. New this year plans were being made to combine with two other festivals, the West Coast Bluefest in Goderich and the Huron Pioneer Threshers Reunion in Blyth. The organizing committees of Taste of Huron and West Coast Bluesfest have made the decision to cancel the events scheduled for Labour Day weekend in Goderich as well as all scheduled workshops.
"Both committees are re-focusing their efforts on organizing a fundraiser in early fall, with all proceeds going towards the Goderich Tornado Relief Fund through the United Way of Perth-Huron," said Jenna Ujiye, tourism marketer for the County of Huron. "Understanding that there are many organizations and individuals wanting to help, we invite them to contact us to get involved so that we can work collaboratively to host a meaningful event in support of the community."
If you are interested in helping or contributing to Tornado Aid 2011, please contact Ujiye at email@example.com or 519-440-2673.
Food for Thought Dinners planned for outside of Goderich are going ahead with $5 from each meal served going to Tornado Relief. The dinner series will see various dining establishments located in the county present a special menu to compliment a food-related topic discussed by a guest speaker at a $40 price point. All dinners will be served starting at 7 p.m. All menus can be found online.
One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato More will be the topic of the dinner to be held at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro in Bayfield on the evening of Aug. 31. The evening will feature a five-course dinner showcasing the world’s favorite vegetable, the potato! For reservations call The Black Dog at 519 565-2326 or visit their website www.blackdogpubbistro.ca.
The Development of Huron County’s Wine Industry will provide plenty of food for thought when The Little Inn of Bayfield hosts a dinner on the evening of Sept. 7.
It is believed that where peaches can grow, so can grapes. To learn more about this blossoming new industry plan to attend the meal. A wine flight will be available for an additional $20, one glass per course; featuring all grape styles that will be grown in the county. For reservations call The Little Inn at 1-800-565-1832 or visit www.littleinn.com.
On Sept. 10, the Taste of Huron Gala Dinner will be held at Bluewater Shores Resort in Bayfield. For $100 per person, an elegant five-course meal that emphasizes the quality and taste of ingredients produced within Huron County will be served. Prepared by a team of the best chefs found in the county, the gala dinner highlights a different locally produced ingredient with each course. Each course will be paired with a glass of Pelee Island wine. Shuttle services will be provided from Goderich and Bayfield to Bluewater Shores.
For ticket or event information visit www.tasteofhuron.ca or call 1-888-524-8394 ext.3. Taste of Huron tickets can be purchased through the Blyth Festival box office at: 1-877-862-5984. Reservations for the Food for Thought Dining Series can be made by calling the restaurants directly. Maps and accommodation information is available online: www.ontarioswestcoast.ca.
time is now to order trees for fall planting
Wayne Ford, field services staff member with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), unloads two-foot conifers earlier this year during the spring tree program. The ABCA has announced the fall tree order program is now underway. (Submitted photo)
Property owners can order trees now through the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) fall tree planting program.
“We have many local landowners who order trees from us for windbreaks, roadside plantings, and other planting projects,” said ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist, Ian Jean.
Local residents have participated in spring and fall tree order programs for many years. Last year, ABCA planted tens of thousands of trees in cooperation with landowners. Jean added that although Spring is the most active time of year for tree orders and planting, autumn is a good time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees.
A number of grant programs are available to help with the cost of planting farm windbreaks, watercourse buffers, land retirement, and other stewardship projects, he said. ABCA staff can provide landowners with information on funding programs such as the Huron County Clean Water Project, the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program, Trees Ontario, Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship Program, and local grant programs through Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Funding is also available, in some cases, from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for windbreaks along provincial highways 4 and 21.
Even when grants are not available, landowners and municipalities are helping to improve forest cover in the watershed.
According to Jean, local people may have many reasons to plant trees. They may want to help improve air and water, create windbreaks, have more birds and wildlife, or better mark property lines.
“Windbreaks can be very helpful to a landowner. They can keep drifting snow away from homes and farms, reduce winter heating costs, reduce soil erosion, protect livestock from extremes of heat and cold, increase yields, provide habitat for birds, and moderate soil and air temperatures,” he said.
Trees have benefits in both winter and summer. “It’s been said that one mature deciduous tree can cool the air as much as ten room-sized air conditioners,”
The Fall Tree Order Form is available online at abca.on.ca or http://abca.on.ca/downloads/Tree_Flyer_ABCA_Fall_2011.pdf or by calling 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610. Mail and faxed orders must be returned to the ABCA by Sept. 16 and paid by Sept. 30. In-person orders, at the ABCA’s office at 71108 Morrison Line, can be placed, accompanied by payment in full, until Sept. 30. Trees purchased through the ABCA program cannot be used for landscaping purposes but must be used for forestation, windbreaks, and other stewardship projects. There is a minimum order requirement of 20 trees and trees must be ordered in multiples of 10 by species.
The fall tree order form has just been posted but Jean said it’s not too early to plan ahead for spring tree planting too.
“Landowners who want to plant trees next spring are encouraged to begin site preparation in September or October,” he said. “We can help them with many areas of land stewardship, such as planting plans, site preparation, forest management plans, wildlife habitat improvement, and erosion control – people can give us a call to find out more.”
Local run has raised $5,500
In this photo, participants in the 2nd annual Terry Fox Run, hosted by the BRVTA, are seen departing from Clan Gregor Square. Walkers could choose routes of varying distance, two of which followed BRVTA trails, Sawmill and Heritage. This year the event will be held on Sept. 18. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are asking members of the community to save the date for the of the village’s 3rd Annual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 18.
“Since the Bayfield run was started in 2009, it has raised over $5,500. We’re hoping to continue adding to that total this year and get more people out walking the streets and trails of Bayfield,” said Heidi Hessel, one of the event organizers for the BRVTA.
It will be an all-inclusive, non-competitive, family oriented event. The Bayfield run is a BRVTA initiative and is scheduled to start and end at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with the event to begin at 9:30 a.m.
To be a part of the Terry Fox Run people can choose to walk, run, bike or wheel. In town there are two routes; the two kilometer route is suited to wheelchairs, strollers or roller blades and the five kilometer route is perfect for running and walking. Participants up for more of a challenge can choose to walk or run distances of either seven or 10 kilometers. These longer distances include the Sawmill Trail Loop, which travels along the Bayfield River. There is also an in-town 10 kilometer route for cyclists.
There is no minimum pledge and donations can be collected through pledges, personal donations or on-line pledging. Pledge sheets are available at Outside Projects, Post Office, and This N' That.
“The Terry Fox Run is meant to be an event that anyone can do. It’s not about being the fastest its about coming out for a great cause and doing what you can in order to help raise money for cancer research. Everyone is connected to someone who has cancer, or has had cancer, and this event is another great way for people to be able to do something to help the cause,” said Hessel.
According to Hessel, The Terry Fox Foundation is an industry leader in fundraising accountability as three cents of every dollar goes towards administration and 10 cents goes towards fundraising costs, leaving 87 cents of every dollar raised going towards cancer research.
the female form focus of art
Bayfield will be the place to run, walk, cycle or purchase art in support of a full-field digital mammography unit for Huron County on Oct. 1. The Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield will be held on that date with organizers hoping to raise a minimum of $10,000 toward the cause.
“Breastworks” is the title of the art portion of the Festival of Fitness and Art. Fifty artists have donated their work in support of this fundraising project. The artists include painters, potters, quilters, poets, musicians, bakers, chefs, woodworkers and more. Contributing artists were required to feature and celebrate the breast in their works.
The intent, in addition to raising funds for the unit is to encourage both women and men to use this technology.
Breastworks will open with a wine and cheese reception on Sept. 30 from 7-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction of the donated art that will continue on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This portion of the Festival of Fitness and Art is generously hosted by The Little Inn of Bayfield. To learn more about it and the other events planned for that day please visit www.amghfoundation.ca/festival.php.
Bayfield “Hearts” Goderich is a fundraising campaign established by the Optimist Club of Bayfield just hours after the tornado struck on Aug. 21.
Club members have placed collection boxes in prominent locations around the village to accept cash donations and “spare” change.
The boxes are located at: Dock's Restaurant, Albion Hotel, Bayfield Garage, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, Bayfield Convenience, Brandon's Hardware, Bluewater Golf Course and The Black Dog Pub and Bistro.
The money collected will go to the Goderich Salvation Army to help people affected by the disaster.
partners in learning
Environmentalist, and photographer, Peter Kelly, will be making a presentation based on his latest book, “The Last Stand: A Journey Through the Ancient Cliff-Face Forest of the Niagara Escarpment” on Sept. 8.
The event hosted by Partners in Learning will be held at the Grand Bend Community Health Centre starting at 7 p.m. and is free of charge and open to all.
The most ancient and least disturbed forest ecosystem in eastern North America clings to the vertical cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. You will hear about the amazing discovery of these unique eastern white cedar trees and the amazing properties that they possess.
Partners in Learning is based on a peer-learning concept that has proven to be a great success in many communities throughout Canada and the world. A local, non-profit group of volunteers has undertaken to provide this unique enrichment program to the Grand Bend and area community, including Bayfield residents.
The autumn program starts on Sept. 19 and runs every Monday until Nov. 28.
For more information or to register see www.partnersinlearning.ca or email Lynn Wilbur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our resident playwright and director, Judy Keightley, is calling all local thespians to join her in auditions for her latest work on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
The play to be staged is called, “The Black Pearl Murder Mystery”, and will be a fundraising event for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. The play will be performed on Oct. 29.
For more information please contact Keightley at 519 565-4515.
bayfield concert series
Jazz artist, Denzel Sinclaire will be the next performer to grace the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Bayfield Concert Series.
The show is set for Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The cost is $45 per person. Tickets are available at ticketscene.ca.
The Bayfield Film Society’s autumn season will kick off on Sept. 13 with a viewing of The First Grader.
Three other films will be viewed at The Bayfield Town Hall as part of the season including: Made In Dagenham, Tamara Drewe and Brighton Rock.
Season tickets are now available for $35 and can be obtained by contacting Jane Rowat at 519 565-5838; or Lynne Gillians, 519 565-5884.
If singing is a favorite pastime and you are of the female persuasion, then the Glee Sisters may be just the choral group you’ve been looking for.
The group rehearses on Friday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. The group is now accepting new members regardless of singing experience. Rehearsals for their new season will begin after Labor Day.
There is also an opportunity for women to join a musical group if they currently play an instrument or would like to learn how to play one. Interested individuals can learn more about Elliott’s Liquidation Band by contacting the Glee Sisters’ Musical Director, Leslie Bella.
To learn more about these fun musical opportunities for women please contact Bella at 519 565-2373 or email email@example.com.
The very future of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society (BAHS) may depend on the outcome of the organization’s next general meeting to be held on Sept. 19.
According to Sue van Baardwyk, secretary for the BAHS, “The focus of the meeting will be to discuss and vote on the future of BAHS. We need you to come out, to bring all members and friends of BAHS and to be ready to talk and cast votes for our future.”
She noted that this is an extremely important general meeting for all members, and those who would like to become members. The meeting will be held in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
Prior to this discussion and vote, a guest speaker will share his knowledge on a popular subject with the BAHS membership – Trees. The speaker will be Ian Jean from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
books and brunch
The always popular “Books and Brunch” returns to the village with an opportunity to dine with a talent behind some contemporary titles.
On Sept. 18, Brian Francis is scheduled to be the guest author at the luncheon.
The Little Inn of Bayfield will play host to Books and Brunch starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for both luncheons are $30 each. They can be purchased at The Village Bookshop, 20 Catherine St. or by calling 519 565-5600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Sept. 19.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.
Clinton Communicators Toastmasters Club is coming to Bayfield!
The group will be holding an Open House at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. For any local residents interested but unable to attend the Bayfield event a second Open House will be held on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street, Clinton, ON. Guests are invited to attend one or both meetings.
Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that encourages its members to improve their public speaking, communication and leadership skills, in a mutually supportive environment.
For more information, contact Dorothy Griffith at 519 565-2879 or email email@example.com.
bids 4 kids auction
The “Bids 4 Kids” Auction, organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield, is set for Oct. 1.
The membership took a break from this fundraising staple, holding their last one in the fall of 2008, but the members are now ready to host their biggest and best auction yet. The idea for this fundraiser for the Bayfield Optimists began in the early 90s. Back then; the items auctioned off were primarily handcrafted by area wood working talents. In more recent years anything and everything has been added to the mix, with a few key pieces of handcrafted wood being auctioned to pay homage to the early days.
The event will be held at the Varna Complex with cocktails and viewing beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Cheap Shirts.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Make A Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario, a cause dear to the hearts of the membership. In light of the recent disaster in Goderich it has been determined that another twenty-five per cent of the auction proceeds will go to tornado relief. The remainder of the funds will benefit local youth activities.
Donations of all sorts are now being accepted for both the live and silent auctions until Sept. 12. If you would like to make a donation please contact Optimist Tara Hessel at 519 565-2136.
If you would like tickets for this social event of the season they are available now for $30 each at the Bayfield Village Inn, Brandons Hardware or by calling Hessel at the number listed above. Anyone who wishes to reserve a table of eight or ten can also do so by contacting Hessel. To provide more support for our neighbor to the north through the Optimist's Bayfield "Hearts" Goderich campaign $5 from every ticket sold will go to tornado relief.
Summer is fleeting and thoughts are now turning to fall routines but there are some new fitness opportunities on the horizon – read on to learn more.
Local folks may be interested in a new wellness program that is starting in September known as "YEAH". This acronym stands for “You Effectively Achieving Healthy Habits”. YEAH will promote exercise and nutritious eating. Two levels will be offered - Boot Camp and Soft Shoe. This program is offered free of charge. Come to the Bayfield Community Centre at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 2 to learn more about this program.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to stay fit over.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Starting on Sept. 26 people will have the chance to play indoor pickle ball (think, slower paced tennis indoors) or indoor badminton on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex. The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise options.
An opportunity to try Kundalini Yoga is being offered through The Spa in Bayfield.
Kundalini Yoga is a most powerful and effective form of yoga. It stimulates optimal health with simple yogic techniques that can be practiced by anyone.
Instructor Anne Near will be hold an introductory class on the practice at the spa on Aug. 31 from 7-9 p.m.
Please contact The Spa in Bayfield at 519 565-2123 for more information. Please note space is limited.