Lobb trail and hullett marsh destinations for BRVTA hikers
Jack Pal (right) of the Photography Club of Bayfield, offered interested hikers insights into some fun photography techniques as they walked through the Hullett Sugar Bush in 2018. He will do so again on Oct. 3, 2021.. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
In addition to the upcoming virtual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 19th, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is organizing two in-person hikes – one near September’s end and another at October’s beginning.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Lobb Trail. This is a beautiful well-groomed trail with several riverside locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. There is also a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat. Hiking enthusiasts may note that this was to be the Mushroom Hike, but unfortunately the local mycologist, Dr. Jen McDonald, is no longer residing in the area. This hike, that will begin at 2 p.m., is open to all.
The meeting point for the Lobb Trail is at the intersection of Maitland Line and School House Road. To arrive there take Hwy 8 north of Clinton towards Holmesville; turn right on to Sharpes Creek Line; and then turn right on to Maitland Line. A map can be found at: ontarionaturetrails.com/trail/lobb-trail/.
Those who wish to carpool are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 1:30 p.m. Masks will be mandatory for car poolers. This hike is moderate in difficulty, will be 7 km and last about three hours. The trail is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and check the weather report to dress accordingly. Dogs on leash welcome.
The hike leaders will be George Ebers (519 482-7572) and Ralph Blasting.
A Fall Colours Hike will take place at Hullett Marsh on Oct. 3rd at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Bayfield Photography Club (PCoB). The hike will follow the Red Trail for 2.2 km of medium difficulty. This beautifully pathed trail meanders through a mix of mature hardwoods and fallow fields.
Please be advised that poison ivy lines the trail in areas, including vines that wind up many trees, so hikers are asked to please stay on the trail and wear appropriate footwear. Since hikers will be taking photographs, this short hike could last for up to two hours.
Participants are asked to meet and park at 81001 Burns Line. A map can be found at files.secure.website/wscfus/10187783/7980458/user-guide-map-2016-23.pdf
The hike leaders will be Jack Pal (519 440-9542) and Conrad Kuiper.
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 support pioneer park
People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing limited edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.
A limited number of these 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.
Canine siblings not a concern for Blaze and Twinkle
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Twinkle (Submitted photos)
Blaze and Twinkle are the Adopt-A-BFF kittens of the week.
Blaze, who is male, and Twinkle, who is female, are almost 3 months old. They arrived at the Rescue, about two months ago, along with their mother and three siblings. Mom was living in the wild but judging by her sweet disposition she had once been a pet. Their siblings have found their forever homes but Twinkle and Blaze have not been as lucky. They are affectionate, playful kittens that would make excellent companions. There are two large dogs in their foster home so canine siblings are not a problem. Volunteers note that Twinkle has a slight birth defect on her back, right foot where she is missing her toes, but this has not slowed her down.
Anyone who thinks Blaze and/or Twinkle might be perfectly suited to their home 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.
Fourth wave rising in counties
On Sept. 7, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) announced that they have seen a significant rise in COVID-19 activity and outcomes since its last data update on Sept. 3, similar to the increase happening across Ontario that is driven by the Delta variant.
HPPH recorded 20 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 38 active cases in the region. Seven people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. In addition, HPPH is saddened to report three deaths, all associated with the outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home. HPPH extends their condolences to the residents’ loved ones and to the staff at Knollcrest Lodge during this difficult time.
“This is a stark reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating and we all need to be vigilant in order to decrease community transmission,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.
HPPH advises everyone to continue following public health measures, regardless of vaccination status, including: screening before going to work or school; staying home when ill, even with mild symptoms; wearing masks in indoor public settings; maintaining distance of two metres from people not in their household; and washing hands frequently.
Ontario is in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This wave is being driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, and the majority of new cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. According to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the Delta variant is causing an estimated 98.8 per cent of the province’s current COVID-19 cases.
The Delta variant is more than twice as transmissible as the original form of the virus, and the risk of hospitalization and ICU admission is two to three times higher.
Vaccination continues to be effective, and is highly effective at protecting against severe outcomes. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, on their Ontario Dashboard, covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/#riskbyvaccinationstatus, reports unvaccinated individuals have a seven-fold higher risk of contracting COVID-19, 24-fold higher risk of hospitalization, and 43-fold higher risk of ICU admission compared to fully vaccinated people.
“Vaccination offers the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Klassen. “Getting fully vaccinated not only protects ourselves, but those around us, especially those who are more vulnerable. I urge anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so as soon as possible.”
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!
Glee Sisters Choir is now organizing for their 2021-22 season.
Women who love to sing are invited to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May with a holiday break in December.
COVID-19 protocols will be followed – masks are mandatory and double vaccinations are required.
This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.
For further information, please consult their Facebook page, “Glee Sisters Choir” or email Lisa Stewart at email@example.com
Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to report that the collection bin for non-perishable donations has been returned to the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library.
“The bins will also remain on the porches of Trinity St James’ Parish Hall, (10 Keith Cres) but for many Bayfield residents the library is a handy spot, and having an indoor collection location is especially appreciated over the winter months,” said President of the BAFB Board, Terry Henderson.
All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.
With back-to-school approaching, healthy snack or lunch items are being requested as donations at this time, examples of what would be appreciated are: pudding or fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars, small cereal boxes, crackers and peanut butter.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
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.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519 565-5824.
GRAND BEND ROTARY
The Grand Bend Rotary will host their 2021 Virtual Gala, Autumn Indulgence, on Sept. 25.
The fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. with local favorite Michael Vanhevel and comedian and host of CBC's "Laugh Out Loud" Ali Hasan.
Among other highlights will be a virual silent auction.
For more info and for tickets visit autumnindulgence.ca