RYAN O'REILLY'S SIGNATURE DAY DRAWS OVER 500 FANS
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Brady family of Bayfield: Elise, Carson, Sonya and Tyler were prepared to have some mementoes signed at Ryan O'Reillys Signature Day held at the Bayfield Arena late in afternoon on Aug. 28.
Ryan O'Reilly promised he would return to the county to sign autographs after his day with the Stanley Cup and he is a man of his word! O'Reilly signed shirts, pictures, sticks, jerseys, ball caps and more for more than two hours on Aug. 28 at the Bayfield Arena.
Ryan O'Reilly promised he would return to the county to sign autographs after his day with the Stanley Cup and he is a man of his word! O'Reilly signed shirts, pictures, sticks, jerseys, ball caps and more for over two hours on Aug. 28 at the Bayfield Arena.
The Ryan O’Reilly’s Signature Day was hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partner’s Association. The hosts estimate that between 500 and 600 people lined up for the meet and greet.
O’Reilly, a Huron County native and a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, signed autographs for a large contingent of fans some who drove over three hours for the honor of a signature. Reports were that people came from as far away as Durham, Sarnia, Windsor, London, Watford and Walkerton.
The event started at 3:45 p.m. to accommodate the volume of people, some of whom had lined up at 12:30 p.m. The lineup was through the arena and lobby and out the front door until 5 p.m. when it finally started to taper off.
Ryan's dad, Brian O'Reilly, took the assist during the signing session providing support as needed to ensure a smooth process for all.
Ryan O'Reilly's Signature Day was hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association and held in the Bayfield Arena. The event started a few minutes prior to the planned 4 p.m. start time due to the volume of people that lined up. It was reported that people started lining up at 12:30 p.m.
Huron County native Ryan O’Reilly, as a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, was in Bayfield on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to sign autographs for a large contingent of fans some who drove over three hours for the honor of a signature.
The Bayfield Arena was lined with Ryan O'Reilly's own treasures from his hockey career including some terrific enlarged photographs and his life in jerseys...these three were some of his earliest, no doubt!
"Shellabration" draws well over a thousand visitors
After a long day of organizing and hosting the most successful turtle release event ever at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter ... Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) volunteers and some of the other community partners celebrate at the end of a successful day that educated about 1,500 people about turtles and the need for turtle habitat ... these are just some of the many individuals, partners, agencies, local businesses, etc. that made the event possible! (Submitted photos)
Huron County biologist Marcus Maddalena educates young people about turtles at the 2019 Shellabration turtle release event, held east of Exeter, at Morrison Dam Conservation Area on Aug. 29.
A public education event to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild was held east of Exeter for the fourth year in a row and it drew a record crowd of about 1,500 people. Huron Stewardship Council, and community partners including Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), hosted the “Shellabration” turtle release event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) on Thursday, Aug. 29.
The event drew hundreds of people in its first two years (2016 and 2017) and last year (2018) the event drew more than 900 people. Organizers say 2019 is the first year the event has surpassed 1,000 visitors.
The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) supervised release of Painted Turtle native hatchling turtles at the event. Organizers remind people never to place invasive non-native turtle species – such as the Red-eared Slider – into local water bodies. All the turtles at the release were hatched from eggs laid in locations at Morrison Dam Conservation Area that were unlikely to allow the eggs or hatchlings to survive on their own. Staff of the HSC collected the eggs in June and incubated them to save the turtle hatchlings.
Turtles were released every 20 minutes. Many visitors took photos as HSC staff released turtle hatchlings and shared facts about these important Ontario freshwater species, the role they play in the ecosystem, and ways we can protect turtles – from monitoring, to helping them across the road, to protecting and enhancing their habitat.
The event gave people of all ages a rare chance to meet local wildlife up close and to learn about local reptiles.
Painted Turtle hatchlings, like this one, were released back into the wild – back into their native waters – at the turtle release event while hundreds, upon hundreds, upon hundreds of people came to Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) to see it.
“We were amazed by the public support shown for this event and some of Ontario’s at-risk wildlife,” said Cristen Watt, Species at Risk technician with HSC. “I want to thank all the people who took part, everyone who donated, all the volunteers and community partners, and everyone who is helping to save these species.”
Ontario’s turtle populations are declining and the turtle release event is one way to raise awareness about local species-at-risk, according to Watt.
“Educational displays by several local organizations showed the many ways people can help these important animals, their habitat, and the environment,” she said.
New this year was a short survey about turtle habitat. Some people took the survey at the event. Anyone who attended the event but who did not take the survey is invited to complete it online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/turtle-event-mdca-2019
People taking the survey can get a free turtle bookmark (while supplies last). The bookmark explains how “turtles need your help to protect their habitat” and offers ways you can help, such as: create and protect local wetlands; ‘use your voice to speak up for turtles’; and to learn about protecting water, soil, and living things in your watershed community. It also explains some things that impact turtle habitat – from loss of wetlands; to water quality impairment; to properly managing activities we do and where.
There were reptile and environmental displays, reptile-themed merchandise for sale, a guided walk, and fun, active learning stations. Staff from Scales Nature Park, of the Oro-Medonte area, brought turtle species. Pinery Provincial Park, Hullett Marsh, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Green Goderich, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, and Huron Stewardship Council had interactive educational displays. A turtle-themed story along the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail remained posted throughout the long weekend. (Those interested in the Storytime Trail should park at the MacNaughton Park kiosk entrance, and the story begins at the 0.4 km sign post.)
The turtle release event was free to attend but donations by attendees supported conservation of Ontario’s turtles. Hundreds of dollars were raised for Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC), raising “much-needed funds” for Ontario’s largest turtle hospital.
Ontario’s native freshwater turtles face many threats. Road mortality, death by cars and other vehicles, and habitat loss are some of those threats. Thousands of turtles in Ontario are hit by cars each year. In spring, most of those turtles are pregnant females looking for a place to lay eggs. In summertime and autumn, most are males looking for new ponds and mates. People can help turtles by creating nesting habitat on their properties, stopping to help turtles cross the road in the direction they are heading, and working with their local municipalities and communities to erect turtle crossing sings and build eco-passages. People can stop for injured turtles and help arrange their transport to the turtle hospital.
Turtles play an important part in a healthy local ecosystem, according to Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA. Each species of animal plays an important role to keep the system healthy.
Turtles “help to clean our creeks and wetlands by eating algae and dead and decaying fish and other organisms,” Brock said. “Turtles help to control aquatic vegetation.”
To learn more about protecting turtles, and the release event, visit abca.ca and hsc.huronstewardship.ca or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
el camino hike
The Maitland Trail Association’s (MTA) annual El Camino hiking event is approaching quickly. This challenging, family-friendly event is a 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail, which 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.
The first day of the hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in Benmiller. On Saturday night a post-hike dinner will be held, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery. Participants then begin where they left off in Benmiller on the second day of the event. They will hike through towering forests, past beautiful river vistas, and through autumn meadows, finishing on the shores of Lake Huron.
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.
Registration for the Camino closes Sept. 14 and there are limited spaces remaining. 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 supper is $30. All of the funds raised at the El Camino go towards the MTA’s projects, improving and maintaining local trails for all to enjoy.
Visit the MTA’s website www.maitlandtrail.ca or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this exciting event.
Today (Sept.4), Blue Water Nursing Home in Zurich, in conjunction with the residents Family Support Group, will be hosting a presentation by Jackie Alves of the South West LHIN on Caregiver Support.
This is a free presentation and all are welcome to attend the session that will begin at 1:30 p.m.
For more information please contact 226 222-1282.
ARt Around Town
Southern Huron County’s Art Around Town group, along with some friends, have once again planned an exciting event to raise funds for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, on Sept. 5.
There will be an Art Show and Sale and a Soup Dinner for $10 at the Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West in Exeter.
The Silent Celebrity Auction that has proved popular at previous fundraisers will be even more exciting this year. Exeter Mayor George Finch and Councilor Aaron Neeb both participated in making signs with local artist George Wilson. The Art Show and Sale will feature work by 20 artists from the surrounding area some of which is currently on display at the Exeter Library. Pottery birds and pottery plant holders for succulents are just a couple of examples of items. Culinary art and wall art will also be in the auction with additional donations from two artists from Goderich.
For tickets call Laura Dykstra at 519 235-2326 or Bonnie Sitter at 519 235-1909. For more information visit artaroundtown.net.
THE KNITTING PILGRIM
The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield and the Bayfield Knit 1-2-3 Group would like to make the community aware of a theatrical event coming up in Stratford on Sept. 21.
“The Knitting Pilgrim”, featuring actor and knitter Kirk Dunn, is a multidisciplinary one-man show that combines personal storytelling, image projection, and three huge knitted panels that look like stained glass windows, to explore the connection amongst the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
According to the website, the play recounts Dunn’s fifteen-year artistic and spiritual journey of hand-knitting the ambitious project, and looks at why people struggle to get along today, the meaning of art, the hell of grant-writing and the power of love to overcome major obstacles and minor mishaps.
The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, located at 28 St. Andrew Street in Stratford. Admission to the event is by donation with refreshments to follow.
For more information please call the church at 519 271-5668.
South Huron CHOIRS
South Huron Community Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Richard Heinzle, would like to invite people who enjoy singing and performing to join them for a new season.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights at the Exeter United Church located at 42 James St. Choir rehearsal starts on Sept. 17 starting at 7 p.m. while Handbells will begin on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.
For more information call Jean at 519 235-0629 or Mary at 519 228-6992.
Horticultural Society - Clinton
The Clinton Horticultural Society will host a workshop on" Weeds that Heal" by Vicky Cooper, of Staffa, on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street in Clinton. All are welcome to attend.
Huron Hospice Anniversary
Members of the community are invited to join in marking the 25th Anniversary of Huron Hospice on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the White Carnation in Holmesville with a dinner and celebration followed by the Annual General Meeting.
The evening will be a celebration of agency, volunteers, staff and supporters and a way to recognize
the success of a quarter of a century for Huron Hospice and plan for the next few years.
The evening agenda includes: a light dinner at 5:30 p.m.; speeches and recognition of retiring board members and Executive Director, Shirley Dinsmore at 6:15 p.m.; welcome with coffee or tea and dessert at 7 p.m.; and formal Annual General Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
RSVPs would be appreciated by Sept. 12 through EventBrite at
huronhospicecelebrationagm.eventbrite.ca There is no cost to attend the AGM, however there is a $30 fee to attend the dinner and celebration.
For more information contact Michelle Field by email at email@example.com or call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.
Hockey for hospice
For one fabulous evening in January 2020, former National Hockey League (NHL) All Stars will take to the ice against the Goderich Firefighters to raise funds for the firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Residential Hospice.
The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event will include lots of skill and lots of laughs and promises to be fun and memorable for all ages.
The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. East in Goderich. The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 3:30 p.m.
A residential hospice had been in the plans for over a decade by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and the Huron Residential Hospice opened it’s doors in May of 2018. This service provides compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. This is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life in the final days, with 24/7 expert care, at no cost to families, in an environment that feels like home.
Even though it is still months away volunteers will start preparing for this fundraiser soon. Solicited phone calls for tickets and sponsorships will be occurring. The calls will be made by Pro Hockey Heroes staff and will come from a 905 area code, 1-800, as well as 1-844, numbers.
For tickets or more information please call 1-888-777-9793 or visit WWW.PROHOCKEYHEROES.COM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.