Jesse is going to costa rica thanks to VHS Run4Kids
PHOTOS BY DAVID LATOUR
The 2018 VHS Run4Kids began with a stretch led by Nicole Rogers, of the YMCA in Goderich.
On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 2, over 105 runners and walkers joined to support Jesse, a 10 year-old boy from Middlesex County who is battling cancer. He is the 2018 Run4Kids Make-A-Wish child.The event is a combined annual effort between the Virtual High School and the Optimist Club of Bayfileld.
Jesse’s wish is to travel to Costa Rica to zip-line, visit monkeys and sloths, and to view the beautiful waterfalls and hot springs. Jesse was very excited to be at the event and organizers cannot wait to see his wish come true. According to those present at the run, when Jesse's family spoke to the crowd there wasn't a dry eye on Main Street.
The fastest time for a male this year went to Simon Meades, of Holmesville, who finished in 18:09, while Jalen Marcil, of London, took the honor for the female participants crossing in 20:00. Runners took part from London, Barrie, Toronto, Sarnia and all points in between.
Jesse and members of his family pose for a picture with all the participants just before the run. The enthusiasm was palpable as everyone prepared to take to the 5 KM course marked out around the village.
Simon Meades, of Holmesville, took the lead at the start of the VHS Run4Kids and never looked back.
Jesse and members of his family were out in full force for the Run4Kids and enjoyed some time hamming it up with Spiderman.
Snippety the Clown provided face painting at the VHS Run4Kids on Sunday while Leanne Kavanagh (right) provided sustenance to runners in the form of coffee. Shop Bike Coffee Roasters is a regular supporter of the event.
Not someone you see in Bayfield everyday - this special guest dropped in to the VHS Run4Kids held on Sunday, Sept. 2.
Virtual High School staff are big supporters of the Run4Kids. This was the fourth year that VHS worked with the Optimist Club of Bayfield in organizing the race.
Jesse's wish is to visit Costa Rica in part to see the monkeys.
The very special moment when Jesse and his mom learned that due to the efforts of the run participants his wish had been granted! (Photo by Jackie Hivert)
The fastest time for a male this year went to Simon Meades, of Holmesville, aged 14, who finished in 18:09.
Jalen Marcil, of London, aged 15 years, took the fastest time honors for the female participants crossing in 20:00.
Quadricycles for rent now a decade old offering
The renting of Quadracycles on Main Street just passed the 10 year mark! Recently celebrating a decade of working together were Doug Brown, current president of the Bayfield Historical Society, the organization that benefits from their rental; Kristyn Waterworth, the owner of KryArt Studios, overseer of the summer rentals; and Bill Roth, the owner and chief mechanic of the 40 year-old cycles. (Photo submitted)
For over a decade, red and yellow Quadricycles have been plying the streets of Bayfield with sounds of gaiety and laughter from riders. The quads have been on rental every summer at KryArt Studio and Gallery on Main Street.
The cycles are very popular with tourists - mainly families and young people - but are also rented out for weddings and special events. They have been a great fit with the other creative and fun activities that go on at KryArt every summer.
The rentals generate a lot of cash for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
"We have a three-way deal," said Kristyn Watterworth, owner of KryArt. "I rent them out from the studio, Bill Rowat owns and maintains them and the Historical Society gets the net revenue after paying insurance and repair costs.”
Over the past ten years the net contribution to the BHS from quad rentals has averaged about $2,500 per year.
Doug Brown, president of BHS, said, “I would like to thank Kristyn and Bill for running the rentals operation each year and Conrad and Nancy Kaptein for storing the quads in the off-season. The money from the quad rentals is one of the society's five revenue sources and helps offset the annual operations of the Archives."
The quadricycles were built in Montreal in the late 1970s and are nearly 40 years old.
"They take a lot of abuse on rental." aid Brown, "Fortunately Bill is a bit of a Cuban mechanic and somehow manages to keep them on the road."
The quads will be on rental again next year when KryArt opens its doors in the Spring.
Remembering Brandon at second annual beach clean up
Brandon Lemieux's favorite place was the beach at Bayfield. He died on Sept. 16, 2016. Two years later a beach clean up is being organized in his name. During his life, he ensured that his daughter also knew of this special place as a visit to the Bayfield beach was a must each and every summer. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s annual fall beach cleanup honours the life of Brandon Lemieux. He spent much of his young life roaming the many Bayfield beaches, never returning without a pail of litter. He died Sept 16, 2016.
In his honor a Beach Clean Up will be held on Sept. 15 starting at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet near the pier, to bring glove and wear good footwear. Shop Bike Coffee Roasters will be serving up some hot brew starting at 8:30 a.m. to properly fuel the volunteers.
While locals commonly call the beach adjacent to the pier “Bayfield Main” much of it is in fact owned by the Pioneer Park Association and properly named the Pier Beach.
“If numbers permit, it is the intention of the organizers to clean as many beach sections as possible however, access and safety may limit our intended tasks due to abnormally high lake levels this year,” said Ray Letheren, a member of Blue Bayfield and an event organizer. “Should conditions permit, we will clean beaches at Paul Bunyan, Cameron St, Tuyll St South, Howard St, Pioneer Park, Pier to Marina, plus the Highway 21 ditches (west side) from top of hill to bridge and the ditches on the north side of the bridge on both sides.”
What is permitted in a cleanup? The great lakes shoreline is a complex ecosystem that is constantly undergoing change. Beach cleaning involves preserving the natural beach environment while keeping it free of human, agricultural and domestic animal waste.
The following are the ground rules for the beach cleanup that have the support of the following participating groups: Blue Bayfield, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park Association, Love Your Greats, Bluewater Beach Management Committee, Municipality of Bluewater and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.
Mechanical cleaning is not permitted, an exception to this practice is if equipment is needed to remove large masses of algae that has washed up on the beach or for other potential human health hazards such as dead birds, fish kills and driftwood trees.
The following definitions of waste apply to the beach cleaning policy: human waste includes all litter and domestic and commercial waste. For example, plastic, cans, cigarette butts, bottles, glass, food, domestic animal waste including feces etc.
The following are not considered waste: Stones or rocks, dune grass, driftwood unless there are whole driftwood trees located at the beach edge and/or clusters of branches that may pose a swim hazard. Please note that during this cleanup, driftwood will be left in place and will be cleared by municipal staff with equipment at an appropriate time.
Online registration option of Terry Fox Run
This September marks the 38th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Hundreds of thousands of people will remember this young Canadian’s audacious effort by uniting from coast to coast to coast for the Annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The longevity of the run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Fox’s run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave us an indelible example of what it means to persevere. With over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide, it is clear that Canadians have every intention to see his dream through to fulfillment.
“I know it can be a busy time of year but there is no better feeling that to come together with family and friends, in your own community, for a great Canadian fall tradition that, quite simply can change lives for the better,” said Terry Fox Foundation Executive Director, Britt Andersen.
Since Fox ran his Marathon of Hope in 1980, Canadians have raised over $750 million for cancer research. This money is invested into projects with the greatest potential impact for patients. One such project is called Terry Fox PROFYLE, which focuses on hard to treat cancers for youth. This project, and others like it, use the principles of precision medicine and big data in a collaborative Pan-Canadian approach in an effort to give kids with hard to treat cancers another chance.
In Bayfield, the run will begin at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 9 a.m. Registration shall commence at 8:30 a.m. participants are also encouraged to register prior to the event online at terryfox.org. Lynn Girard and Paula Letheren are organizing the run this year with help from members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Letheren can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Terry Fox Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Runs, School Runs and other fundraising initiatives. The Foundation headquarters are located in Burnaby, BC with offices in nine provinces.
Summer holidays may be over, but the Bayfield Farmers' Market is still open for business! The market will continue to run every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend.
“We're pleased to welcome a new vendor to the market. Nan's Alpha-Art is the creation of Nancy Kaufman. Nancy uses her own photographic images of "found" alphabet letters to create unique home decor items and greeting cards,” said Mary Brown, market coordinator.
The market's annual "Souper Duper" fundraiser will be held Friday, Sept. 21. Come down to the park for a delicious bowl of homemade soup.
September 7 will feature the usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more!
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held Fridays from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Sept. 13 is the date for the biggest Star Party of the year for the West Coast Astronomers!
This month's Star Party is being held in conjunction with the Equinox Star Party being hosted by the K-W Astronomy Club at Huron Church Camp, located off Hwy. 21 just South of Bayfield. Organizers are expecting over 20 telescopes at this event. The K-W group is hosting a presentation called “Introduction to the Night Sky”.
The Equinox Star Party will be held on starting at 8:30 p.m., weather and sky conditions permitting. If the conditions are not favorable it will be rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 14.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so they can communicate in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Anyone who may have doubt on the status of the event or have questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join with or without a telescope. There is no fee. Amateur astronomers should please feel free to join in with their telescope at sundown.
Are you unable to make daytime fitness classes? Are you too tired to travel to Clinton or Goderich after work to work out, even though you know a fitness class will help alleviate stress and optimize health? There is an answer, come out to fitness classes at the Bayfield Arena Community Complex.
Sandy Scotchmer is once again running fitness classes that will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6.15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9.15 am. Classes began yesterday (Sept. 4) but it isn’t too late to join!
Classes are designed to achieve better overall body fitness, including cardio training and muscle strengthening of arms, legs, abs and back, as well as balance — all while accompanied by fantastic music to help inspire you and keep things fun.
Scotchmer has 40 years fitness training experience and currently teaches fitness programs available during the day and would like to offer fitness classes to working gals and guys and to those not able to attend classes through the day for many reasons. The classes are designed to improve your fitness levels, and to get you into better physical shape to enhance good health and less day-to-day stress.
All weight training equipment will be provided, along with mats for floor work. Please wear appropriate footwear, plus bring a refillable Eco bottle - there is a water refilling station on the same floor as the classes.
Saturday classes will begin on Sept. 8 and run until Nov. 17. Tuesday classes will run now until Nov. 13. Classes will resume after a short break. To attend one class for ten weeks the cost will be $90. Attend Tuesday and Saturday classes for ten weeks for $170. People are encouraged to sign up for two sessions per week for maximum results. The drop-in rate will be $10 per class.
For more information about the classes please call Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.
Members of the Bayfield Garden Club will be holding their annual Plant Exchange on Sept. 17 and all are welcome to attend whether they have plants to bring or not!
The exchange and information session on the care of these plants will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
“Bring a plant of your choice to the meeting and receive a plant in exchange. Everyone gets to choose their plant by a draw process and participation on the discussion about the care is encouraged. Who knows what tips and stories will surface during our open discussion?” said Susan Beatty, club member.
Plants can be from a person’s garden, house or purchased and may include a wide variety such as a perennial, annual, shrub, bulb or houseplant.
“Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to get a potted cutting from Great Aunt Mable’s prize heirloom begonia?” said Beatty.
Refreshments will be served and a sign-up sheet for dinner at Renegade’s Diner on Nov. 19 will be available. There will also be a short business meeting.
Signage Open House
Huron County, in partnership with Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. (RTO4), is undergoing a signage and wayfinding plan with Bayfield selected as the implementation pilot site.
As a result a Signing and Wayfinding Open House has been scheduled for Sept. 18 in the Bayfield Library Community Room from 6-8 p.m.
Signs will have an area that can be customized for each community. Peoplea are invited to drop in to the Open House to learn more about the project and provide their input for what the Bayfield section should look like.
Anyone who cannot make the open house but has questions or comments are asked to please email email@example.com or call 519 271-7000 Ext. 205.
The Lake House of Bayfield will be hosting gentle yoga sessions on Thursdays this fall.
Starting on Sept. 13, Chair Yoga will be held at 10 a.m. followed by Restorative Mat Yoga at 5:15 p.m.
Participants are invited to just drop in. The cost is $5 a class.
The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.
The FOBL will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.
FIRST AID COURSE
Bayfield Guiding is organizing a community First Aid weekend.
A Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Course will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Sept. 22-23.
Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. while Sunday will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
The cost of the course will decrease as attendance increases so please invite others to join. The course is open to people 12 years of age and up.
Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
This is an invitation to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May. There is a break in December for the holiday season.
This non-auditioned women’s choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The Glee Sisters will be carrying on the joy of singing established by our recently retired and talented founder, Leslie Bella, under the leadership of co-directors Lisa Stewart and Blanche Savage and accompanist Mary McGoldrick.
For further information please consult the Glee Sisters Facebook page or contact our Manager, Christy Lomax at email@example.com.
All are welcome to explore the world of mushrooms on a walk at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park on Sept. 23 along with members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
The mushroom walk is a level one hike and will start at the Windmill Lake parking lot on Bayfield River Road at 2 p.m. Parking is available. The trail is mostly on level ground but there may be some wet and muddy areas.
The hike will be led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald, who led the excellent Lambton Shores mushroom walk last year. The event will last approximately 1.5 hours. Hikers will likely see many common mushrooms and the focus will be on identification.
George Ebers, 519 482-7512; and Peter Jeffers will be the hike leaders.
HARVEST DINNER AND DANCE
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be holding their annual Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield.
Tickets are $40 and the evening starts with a reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. After dinner, dance to the live music of “The Cheap Shirts”.
All are welcome to come out for a wonderful evening and support the Bayfield trails. Tickets are available now for $40. Tables of eight or 12 can be reserved.
Tickets can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827.
The BRVTA would like to thank the event sponsors: Virtual High School, TCC and Edward Fuels.
LOST AND FOUND
This necklace was found under the tent at the Bayfield Community Fair after the church service on Aug. 19. Perhaps it was dropped during the Saturday night concert? If anyone recognizes this unique piece of jewellery and would like it returned they are asked to contact the Bayfield Breeze. We will in turn connect you to the person who has been keeping it safe. (Submitted photo)