Beach Clean up this saturday
Brandon Lemieux's favorite place was the beach at Bayfield. He died on Sept. 16, 2016. Three 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)
Over the years, Blue Bayfield has encouraged the community to join it in an “End of Season” beach cleanup. Since 2017, the clean-up honored the memory of Brandon Lemieux.
Lemieux visited his great grandfather’s summer cottage off of Stanley Sideroad 1 since childhood. His summers always included trips to the village for ice cream and a trek down to Bayfield Beach for a swim and fishing off the end of the pier which was his passion.
Later, Lemieux worked as a cook in the kitchen of JD's Restaurant. In any season, Lemiux, later living in Seaforth, could be found wandering the Bayfield Beach. Even after relocating back to his hometown of Kitchener, he made sure his daughter also knew of this special place, a visit to the Bayfield Beach was a must each and every summer.
He was also passionate about the beach and expressed this passion by spending countless hours picking up litter. It was important to him that the beach and Lake Huron be maintained for future generations.
Although there is limited beach due to high water levels, (this images was taken in Sept. 2017) Blue Bayfield would like to invite the community to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Main Beach for their annual clean-up. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Blue Bayfield is saddened to report that recently, Susan, Lemieux’s mother, contacted us to say that his younger sister died this spring.
Although there is limited beach due to high water levels, Blue Bayfield would like to invite the community to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Main Beach for the clean-up. Blue Bayfield members will assess beach conditions. In the past, in addition to beaches, volunteers have purged all water courses that could carry litter to the river or lake, ditches along Hwy. 21 from the top of the hill to the river, from Hwy. 21 to the main beach along Long Hill and Short Hill Roads. Please be advised that bridge construction prep may restrict cleanup in the river region.
Bagpipe instrumentals featured in upcoming concert
Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie have been writing and performing music together for 20 years as members of Toronto’s “Enter The Haggis”.
Career highlights include performances on Live With Regis and Kelly, PBS’s Breakfast With The Arts, and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After Nov. 10 they will be able to add the Bayfield Town Hall to their list.
Lewington and Downie continue to headline festivals across Canada and the US and will be touring Ireland this October. In 2016, Lewington released his debut solo album, “Lion of Grace”, featuring several songs inspired by historic stories from the Bayfield area.
The community is encouraged to come out and join them for a great night of original folk songs, Irish ballads, bagpipe instrumentals and some fun covers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketscene.ca or email Roger Lewington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Biographies related to Huron County profiled by speaker
Launched 60 years ago, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire Biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC) is a research and publishing project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval, Quebec City. More than 8,600 biographies have been published to date in both official languages. Not just in print volumes it has been online for more than a decade. Ranging from explorers to educators, from business moguls to murderers, and from suffragists to soldiers, these carefully researched entries describe subjects’ lives, activities, accomplishments, challenges, and legacies.
Supervisory Editor Julia Armstrong will introduce the DCB/DBC and features of interest to general readers and family historians at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society to be held on Sept. 30 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Starting at 7:30 p.m. she will highlight biographies related to Huron County as well as a selection of other significant stories and remarkable characters.
Armstrong grew up near Bayfield, attending elementary school in Brucefield and high school in Clinton, after which she completed her BA at the University of Toronto. She worked in magazine and book publishing in Toronto for several years before becoming a manuscript editor at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography in 2012; since September 2018, she has been the supervisory editor. Armstrong holds a master’s degree in library and archival science, and is a member of the Archives Association of Ontario, Ancestors Ontario, and the Culinary Historians of Canada.
Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Walk held in support of Hospice
Dave Gillians last presented his "Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Walk" in 2014. Five years later, and perhaps with a few more tales to tell, he will reprise the role as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice, Bayfield Children's Room. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Darkness falls and a hidden side of Bayfield emerges. This is a different place after sunset, full of mystery and intrigue. People are invited to come learn the tales on the “Ghosts, Murder and Mayhew Walk” to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Tickets are $15 in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Huron Residential Hospice
Starting at the entrance of Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dave Gillians, the author of “For the Love of Bayfield” will lead a walk along Main Street and tell tales of murder, mysterious disappearances and hauntings.
Space is limited to 40 people per tour. Tickets may only be purchased online at www.eventbrite.ca or by calling Michelle Field at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.
Fifty youngsters took part in Kintail on the Road day camp
Hank Heard sent the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield a thank you note for sponsoring his first experience at Camp Kintail. (Submitted photo)
It was a busy summer for the 10th Annual Kintail on the Road Day Camp hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield.
The program saw a total of 50 campers of which 14 were new to the Kintail experience including one little camper all the way from Alberta who was visiting family in the area.
Organizers noted that even the children who were hesitant on arrival were singing and laughing and generally having fun by day’s end.
Leaders from Camp Kintail were well organized, enthusiastic and energetic. Parents tell us they were delighted with the full day of activities and expressed appreciation at the low cost.
Each year Knox, Bayfield sponsors one camper to attend the physical camp located on Bluewater Highway north of Port Albert – this year Hank Heard, of Bayfield, was the lucky recipient.
Hank enjoyed attending a three-day Sprout Camp for 5 to 7-year-olds. He said he had fun and his group of boys in the Juniper Cabin were called the Ninjas. When asked if he would like to attend camp next year, he replied simply, “Yup”. Well said Hank.
Drive for Dementia in need of volunteers for this Friday
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness, challenge stigma and inspire action. The Alzheimer Society of Huron County (HC) is taking-action by raising awareness through the “Drive for Dementia” fundraiser.
A boot drive fundraiser, Drive for Dementia, will see volunteers at marked road locations accepting donations from people passing through. But, the Alzheimer Society of HC can’t do it without help. That’s why they are inviting people to join them by donating donate money or time to help during the Drive for Dementia.
With locations throughout Huron County, volunteers are asked to assist between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Locations include Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Exeter, Seaforth, Wingham, and Zurich.
During World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
All funds raised during Drive for Dementia will remain in Huron County to support programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of HC. Supporting people with dementia and their families, local programs can make all the difference in the way families are able to live with the disease.
Right now, more than a half a million Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 15 years, this number is expected to increase to almost one million. Everyone will be touched by dementia, whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in the community. Early access to support and information can help people with dementia and those who care for them live as well as possible.
Anyone who can assist with Drive for Dementia, is asked to please reach out to Erin or Karla at 519 482-1482 or email@example.com. To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of HC, visit www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty.
The Alzheimer Society of HC was founded by a group of family caregivers and incorporated in 1993. It is a non-profit corporation and a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Society is supported by individual and community service sector donations, special events fundraising, and receives funding from the Southwest Local Health Integrated Network.
The Alzheimer Society of HC is affiliated with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. As a local Chapter, they provide programs, services, and education to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families. The Alzheimer Society of HC serves residents of Huron County, with an office located in Clinton and satellite offices located in Zurich and Wingham'
Toronto Authors festival bringing writers to bayfield
“Lit On Tour”, an initiative of Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), returns for its 13th edition this year. Lit On Tour partners with libraries, schools and other community organizations to connect readers province-wide with immersive literary activities. The unique touring event allows participants outside of Toronto the opportunity to take part in enriching activities that might not otherwise be available in their region. Events include book signings, readings, authors in conversation and Q&A sessions that ignite curiosity and enthusiasm for the written word.
Three new stops have been added for the 2019 circuit including Huntsville, Fort Erie and Pefferlaw. A few of this year’s distinguished participants include S. K. Ali, award-winning author of Saints and Misfits; Maureen Jennings, whose bestselling books have inspired the popular television shows Murdoch Mysteries and Bomb Girls; Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Drew Hayden Taylor, an award-winning Ojibway playwright, and more.
"Lit On Tour provides a rare and unique opportunity for book lovers across Ontario to meet, hear and learn from world renowned writers right in their own backyard,” said Geoffrey E. Taylor, director, Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). “Creating meaningful dialogue between readers and writers is a special — and often once in a lifetime — experience and we’re proud to extend this initiative for book enthusiasts outside of the Toronto community.”
Lit On Tour will travel to 15 Ontario cities: Huntsville, Sept. 15; Aurora Sept. 19; Markham, Sept. 26; Owen Sound, Oct. 1; Bayfield, Oct. 20; Midland, Oct. 23; Woodstock, Oct. 25; Etobicoke, Oct. 29; Scarborough, Oct. 30; Keswick and Pefferlaw, Nov. 1; Sudbury, Nov. 2-3; Thunder Bay, Nov. 5; Cobourg, Nov. 17 and Fort Erie, Nov. 20.
The following authors will be touring Ontario to talk about their latest works and literary careers: S.K. Ali, Kelley Armstrong, Dave Bidini, Rune Christiansen, Terry Fallis, Ann Hui, Doyali Islam, Farah Heron, Helena Janeczek, Maureen Jennings, Amy Jones, Roselle Lim, Rabindranath Maharaj, Anna Maxymiw, Isaac Murdoch, Wilfried N'Sondé, Zalika Reid-Benta, Jennifer Robson, Susan Swan, Drew Hayden Taylor and Gabriela Ybarra.
“Lit On Tour Bayfield: In Conversation with Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. According to the Lit On Tour website, authors Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw will read from their latest works, “heft” and “Dirty Work: My Gruelling, Glorious, Life-Changing Summer in the Wilderness”, respectively. In conversation with author Andy McGuire, Islam and Maxymiw will discuss the themes of fortitude and resilience in their books and share their experiences with navigating Canadian publishing. Their books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event. Admission is free but online registration is recommended.
Lit On Tour runs on the dedication and enthusiasm of community partners across the province. This year’s partners include: Huntsville Public Library, Aurora Public Library, Markham Public Library, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, Cultural Services Department - County of Huron, Midland Public Library, Woodstock Public Library, Assembly Hall, Toronto Arts & Culture Services and Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts in association with The Humber School for Writers Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Georgina Public Library, Wordstock Sudbury in partnership with Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, Thunder Bay Public Library, Northern Ontario Writers' Workshop (NOWW), Lakehead University, Recreation & Culture Division — Town of Cobourg and Fort Erie Public Library.
For all locations and event details, visit litontour.com. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or through the venues directly.
Lit On Tour has been financially assisted by the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
The TIFA is Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas. Since 1974, it has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners. Mandated to advance the art of literature, TIFA connects curious readers of every kind with leading authors and provides forums to showcase Canadian talent to the world. TIFA presents events and programs all year round and will celebrate the 40th edition of the Festival Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 at Harbourfront Centre.
To learn more, visit FestivalofAuthors.ca.
The Village Bookshop, on Main Street, is fortunate to have Poet Kim Fahner visiting the shop on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. to read from her latest poetry publication, "These Wings". Fahner is an accomplished writer and poet, and all are welcome to hear her read or just drop by to meet and speak with this wonderfully talented and effervescent woman. (Submitted photo)
Summer may have unofficially ended, but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market continues until Thanksgiving weekend.
A list of vendors is posted every Thursday on the market’s Facebook page. The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join him for Councilor’s Corner this Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Bayfield Community Centre.
This monthly session of updating residents about and discussing community issues starts at 7 p.m.
It’s that time of year! Time to register for the Bayfield Skating Club (BSC).
Registration will be held at the Bayfield Arena on tomorrow (Sept. 19) from 6–8 p.m.
The BSC has expert certified coaches that teach a variety of programs for every level including: Learn to Skate, Can Skate, STARSkate and Power Skate.
Learn to Skate is a program focusing on basic skating skills. CanSkate focuses on basic skating skill development in a fun environment. STARSkate is an opportunity for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills. Skaters gain experience in ice dance, skating skills, free skate, and interpretive skating. Power Skate is a high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.
anything to keep warm collection
Knox Church, Bayfield is collecting items of warmth until Oct. 20. (Submitted photo)
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has launched their annual “Anything to Keep Warm Collection”. The congregation is asking people to clean out their closets, and to ask family and friends for their useful, but no longer used, items of warmth.
Hats, coats, sweaters, mitts, sleeping bags, blankets…anything with potential to provide warmth in the upcoming cold weather season(s).
They will be gratefully receiving donations through to Oct. 20. Items will be blessed during worship service on that date.
Organizers of the event will sort and deliver the items to London Mens’ Mission, Rotholme Womens’ and Family Shelter and Community Mental Health Programs including the Resource Centre and Streetscapes, a school outreach program. Articles will also be distributed locally.
Locally please call Deb at 519 524-0224 to request a pickup of items.
Grief Recovery Method
Myths about grief: "Time heals all wounds", "Replace the loss", "Grieve alone", "Be strong for others" and "Bury your feelings".
“The Grief Recovery Method” is a Grief Support Group that in eight weeks can change a person’s life. This Action Program is for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. Whether a person is experiencing loss from death, divorce, loss of job or childhood issues (recent or in the past), recovery is possible.
This program will be held in Bayfield from Thursday, Oct. 3 to Nov. 28. It will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $35 for the resource material. Participants must pre-register.
Please call Huron Hospice to register, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has a vacancy for the valued position of Archivist.
Experience would be an asset, but a necessity is a keen interest in preserving artifacts and a habit of accuracy and detail.
The BHS now has a museum grade of software called PastPerfect which has already been installed in 59 museums in Ontario, some smaller than Bayfield, and are in the process of converting the paper system to this computer program for easier access and to eventually make the system available online. The BHS has already hired an archival data entry person to start the process of entering documents and have other volunteers lined up to assist with the entry.
Typing skills are needed but the BHS can provide instruction with the PastPerfect program.
Interested persons are asked to please call BHS at 519 441-3224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message for "Archivist".
Friends of the Bayfield Library will be hosting a panel and question and answer time on Saturday, Sept. 21 entitled, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Cannabis and were Afraid to Ask”.
This two-hour program will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Presenters will include representatives from the Huron County Health Unit, Michael’s Pharmacy, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Municipality of Bluewater and a medical marijuana user.
Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to please bring their cup or glass.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will hold their next organized hike along the Lobb Trail.
Starting at 10 a.m. participants will explore this nature trail as it winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area. There is a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical to this type of habitat.
The trail is 7 KMs long and level three difficulty with some hills and nature path. This hike will be approximately two hours long. Participants are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and bring a reusable water bottle.
The Lobb Trail is located on the Maitland Line, turn north/northeast at Holmesville off of Hwy 8 on to Sharpes Creek Line and then turn north/northeast on to Maitland Line. Parking is at the intersection of School House Rd.
The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Roberta Stemp and Peter Jeffers.
“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
Such is the epitome of a new Guiding season.
Sparks, Brownies and Guides in Bayfield will resume tonight (Sept. 18) at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The Pathfinder and Ranger group will be starting soon too!
Girls aged five to 17 are welcome to join and they can register online now at www.girlguides.ca, clicking on Registration and entering the “N0M 1G0” area code.
Bayfield Guiding has had a presence in this community for 60 plus years, Want to learn more about Bayfield Guiding? Contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email@example.com.
ALL AGES LINE DANCING
All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.
Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. Participants are guaranteed to have a great time, all while getting a good heart-pumping workout.
The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. Please note there will not be a class on Oct. 14.
This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week
There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Dinner and Dance
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is pleased to announce that their annual Harvest Dinner and Dance is now sold out.
art for hospice
In support of Huron Hospice, Bayfield artist Roma Harris has graciously donated a wonderful handmade Glass Mosaic, which will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of September.
Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.
The silent auction will close on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.
The piece measures 12” x 16”.
All proceeds will be donated to the Huron Hospice in Clinton.
Margo Robeson (rear far left) and Shelagh Sully (far right), representing the Bayfield Marathon Bridge Club, recently donated $500 to the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton. The cheque was accepted by hospice representatives (l-r) Corinne Simser-Wagg, Jay McFarlan, Michelle Field and Shirley Dinsmore. (Submitted photo)