terry fox run this sunday
Terry Fox Committee member, Heidi Hessel, spoke to a cyclist prior to the start of the 2nd annual event held in 2010. This year's event will be held on the morning of Sept. 18. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The village’s 3rd Annual Terry Fox Run is set for this Sunday, Sept. 18 and is hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
Since the Bayfield run was started in 2009, it has raised over $5,500.
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 2 KM route is suited to wheelchairs, strollers or roller blades and the 5 KM 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 KM. These longer distances include the Sawmill Trail Loop, which travels along the Bayfield River. There is also an in-town 10 KM route for cyclists.
There is no minimum pledge and donations can be collected through pledges, personal donations or on-line pledging. Pledge sheets will be available soon.
According to Heidi Hessel, event organizer for the BRVTA, it is important to note that the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) functions as the research arm of the Terry Fox Foundation, overseeing the full research investment portfolio. TFRI works with partners such as Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and more than 50 cancer research hospitals, centers and educational institutions across the country.
It is the Terry Fox Foundation’s single mission to fund innovative cancer research. It funds research in many types of cancers such as lung, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, oral, and liver.
The Foundation is independent and not associated with the Canadian Cancer Society or any other cancer fundraising national organization.
Goderich and area eligible for Ontario Disaster Relief
On Aug. 22, the Honorable Rick Bartoulucci, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
declared the community of Goderich and area a "disaster area" relating to the Aug. 21
tornado, making Goderich and area eligible for funding under the Ontario Disaster Relief
Assistance Program (ODRAP).
ODRAP is a source of financial aid for losses of essential private property, not covered by
insurance, suffered by private homeowners, farmers, small businesses and non-profit
The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee (GADRC) has been established by the
Goderich, ACW and Central Huron Councils and will be responsible for fundraising and settling eligible claims made by affected residents. The province may match funds up to a 2: 1 ratio to settle claims, up to 90 per cent of the estimated eligible amount.
The GADRC has arranged for several financial institutions in the area as donation locations where businesses and individuals can make donations. The GADRC will also be contacting other municipalities and major businesses across the province. Numerous fundraising events will be held over the next three months.
Anyone seeking more information about contributing to the fund or wishing to help with the local campaign can call the GADRFC Chair Tom Jasper at 519 524-4270.
To learn more about eligibility for the ODRAP or how to apply visit www.GoderichAndAreaDisasterRelief.org and then click on Press Release.
The EdgeFund has been established independently to raise funds for the Heritage, Culture and Essence of Goderich. An initial lead cash grant of $100,000 was given by the The McCall MacBain Foundation 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.
Both the committees responsible for the GADRF and The EdgeFund are working together for the benefit of Goderich and area. It should be noted that the GADRF cannot allow for earmarked funds. Therefore it comes down to donor preference how they wish to support the relief efforts.
According to Duncan Jewell, chairperson of the GADRC, the GADRF hope to realize $10 million in financial aid from the province to do so the committee must raise over $3 million.
“Our campaign team is confident we can do this,” he said.
Cheques made out to The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund or The EdgeFund may be sent to Disaster Relief Fund, Goderich Town Hall, 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5.
historical society donates in support of heritage retention
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) made a donation of $1,000 to the Goderich EdgeFund in support of heritage retention and restoration after the recent devastating tornado.
Following an article in the Bayfield Breeze (Vol 3. Week 36 Issue 113) which outlined the generosity of the McCall MacBain Foundation in setting up a matching pledge program, the Historical Society Board voted to make a donation.
Over the past few years the BHS has worked closely with the Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society, both centered in Goderich.
"They have assisted us with many projects," said Bill Rowat, president of the BHS.
He added, "Our own organization has many priorities that need funding but in the larger scheme of things, the devastation in neighboring Goderich has to take precedent. The tornado just as easily could have hit Bayfield and we could now be struggling to recover."
bayfield guiding: membership has its privileges
On Aug. 29, Bayfield Guiding members (l-r): Sydney Pitt, Deb and Dana Wilson, Fiona Brands, Raven Wild and Melanie Wilson posed for a photograph in front of their tent at the end of Bush Camp at the Toronto Zoo. The girls and young women of Bayfield Guiding are now looking forward to more adventures together in 2011-12 and new members are welcome to join. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Attention girls and young women of the community, have you ever slept in a tent in the middle of the Toronto Zoo waking up to the call of a lion at sunrise? Have you ever got your feet wet cleaning trash out of a stream? Have you ever tried snowshoeing, laid a wreath at the village cenotaph, or looked at the planets from a powerful telescope?
If you were a member of Bayfield Guiding last year you could answer “yes” to all those questions. Why not join them this year?
The benefits of being a member of Bayfield Guiding are many – girls enjoy trying a variety of new skills in a comfortable, relaxed environment. They also learn an appreciation of the world around them by exploring their own great outdoors as well as taking a virtual look at countries far, far away. They are instilled with the desire to do service for their community, their environment and for others across the globe. And perhaps above all they develop confidence and make lasting friendships all in the name of fun!
The season lasts from mid-September to early June.
Bayfield Guiding has openings for Sparks, aged 5-6 years; Brownies, aged 7-8 years; Guides aged 9-12 years; Pathfinders, aged 12-15 years; and Rangers, aged 15-17 years. Women interested in joining as leaders are also welcome to contact the number listed below for more information.
The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Tuesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders and Rangers will meet twice monthly at the Bayfield Village Inn on alternate Wednesdays from 6:30-9 p.m.
The first meeting of the year for Sparks, Brownies and Guides will be held at Trinity Church on Sept. 20. All girls in these age groups are invited to come out and see if Guiding would be of interest to them. This will be a funky craft night – attendees should wear old clothes and bring with them a plain dark colored t-shirt, black, navy, dark blue or green work best.
Pathfinders and Rangers will have their first meeting on Sept. 28. And again anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.
If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 or email her at email@example.com.
CPH Auxiliary keep busy with annual penny sale on horizon
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
On Sept. 6, the monthly meetings of the CPH Auxiliary resumed after a busy summer of members volunteering at the hospital Day Surgery Unit, and the Gift Shop. They could also be found volunteering at Hot Dog Days, Legends Days and the Walton Motocross.
At the meeting a moment of silence was observed in memory of Dr. Jan Raczycki.
Guest speakers, Jeanette Sears, public education coordinator, and Kirsten Passchier, community outreach coordinator, both for the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, told those present about Alzheimer Society’s programs for support and education.
It was noted that The Ruby Haddy Award for education in health related fields was presented to St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School student Natalie Husnik at the school’s June ceremony. A Central Huron Secondary School graduate will also be presented with this award at their fall ceremony.
The 57th Annual CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Clinton from Sept.15-24. The sale will be open weekly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; draw day 9 a.m. to noon. Drawing will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The CPH Auxiliary is indebted to the community for their support of this fundraiser for their local hospital. They invite all to come out and win a prize!
A “Coffee Break” supporting The Alzheimer Society will be held at the CPH Auxiliary’s Oct. 3 meeting at 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome.
The members of the CPH Auxiliary are also selling Quilt Draw tickets at the Gift Shop or at the Penny Sale. It’s not too late to win! The winning ticket will be drawn at the October meeting.
baker discovers talent for table topics at toastmasters
Table Topics Master, John Roe, isn't sure what to make of the friendly jousting between Gemma Mendez-Smith and Todd Baker (far right) at the latest Clinton Communicators Toastmasters meeting held on Aug. 30. Mendez-Smith and Baker tied for first during the Table Topics portion of the evening. (Submitted photo)
The first time Todd Baker was a guest at a Clinton Communicators Toastmasters meeting, he enjoyed himself so much he decided to join the group.
Unlike a lot of new guests, Baker, a resident of Bayfield, had some idea what to expect at a Toastmasters meeting, since his sister-in-law is already a member. What he didn’t expect was to be invited to speak extemporaneously in the Table Topics portion of the meeting, and he certainly didn’t expect to tie for first place with a seasoned Toastmaster, Gemma-Mendez-Smith.
Baker is already fairly comfortable speaking to people, since his work requires him to meet the public and regularly give presentations. At his first Toastmasters meeting, he quickly realized that this club was a place where he could hone his skills, to become an even better speaker and listener.
What also appealed to Baker was the fact that there are Toastmasters Clubs in most cities throughout the world, so because Baker travels extensively in his job, he can attend meetings wherever he goes.
For anyone who would like to discover just how much fun public speaking can be, Clinton Communicators Toastmasters invites them to attend an open house in Bayfield on Sept. 20 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. A second open house will be held in Clinton on Sept. 27 at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don St. Both meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guests may attend one or both meetings.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members improve their public speaking, communications and leadership skills in a mutually supportive environment.
For more information about Clinton Communicators Toastmasters, please contact Dorothy Griffith at 519 565-2879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to visit the local club website http://clinton.freetoasthost.info or the Toastmasters International website www.toastmasters.org.
rally for goderich
On Sept. 17 the people of Bluewater can make a difference for residents of Canada’s Prettiest Town by attending “Goderich Tornado Fundraiser” in Bayfield’s Pioneer Park at 10 a.m.
This “rally” is being organized to bring together concerned citizens – there won’t be any speakers but a donation box will be passed around for people who would like to contribute. One hundred per cent of the money collected will be donated to the people of Goderich.
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 Optimists are pleased to announce that as of Sept. 9 close to $400 has been collected thus far.
The money collected will go to the Goderich Salvation Army to help people affected by the disaster.
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. His new novel, Natural Order, is already a local favorite.
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 email@example.com
And also on The Village Bookshop schedule is a Celebration of First Nations with James Bartleman on Oct. 2 at the Bayfield Town Hall. There is no admission fee for this event that shall begin at 1 p.m.
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.
bids 4 kids
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. 19. 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.
huron master gardeners
Bayfield is very fortunate to have several Master Gardeners residing locally. Individuals such as Sue van Baardwyk, Susan Beatty and Leigh and Jerry Selk volunteer both in the community as well as for the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society.
They are also a part of Huron Master Gardeners, one of 39 Master Gardener groups across Ontario comprised of 750 dedicated volunteers. These individuals are dedicated to providing accurate and relevant home gardening horticultural information to the public. In other words, they love to talk gardening!
Huron Master Gardeners will be holding a special speaker evening on Sept. 26 and invite all in the community to attend. Paul Kelly, manager of the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre will present the topic, “What's the Buzz about Bees?”
This evening will be held at the OMAFRA Building at 100 Don St. in Clinton starting at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is a donation. Please note this meeting will be held in a “fragrance free” building.
Master Gardeners aren’t just active in Bayfield, volunteers can be found residing in Wingham, Seaforth and Hensall as well.
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.
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.
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 opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Are you ready to dance yourself into SHAPE? ZUMBA is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party and participants say it is so much fun. ZUMBA classes are now held on Wednesday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. Drop-ins and beginners are welcome. Drop in rate is $11 or you can purchase a Ten Pass for $90. Please contact Alison de Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet next on Sept. 14 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the members of the Bayfield Diners’ Club for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers and summer residents are most welcome to join in the meal.
The meals are served at noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
Participants should call Betty Brodhagan at 519 565-4123 on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon.