Bayfield fair winner takes top honors at western fair
Alexa Yeo poses with her harp and the trophy she won at the Bayfield Community Fair in August that win sent her on to the next level. She recently learned she also won the Western Fair District, Rise2Fame, Junior competition held in London, ON. (Submitted photos)
Alexa Yeo had the honor of performing during the opening segment of the Huron Hospice Telethon aired on Sept. 16. In this photo, she is shown pre-recording her number at The Staysh (FauxPop Media) in Goderich.
About a month ago, Alexa Yeo, of Goderich, took first place in the Junior Category at the Rise2Fame Competition at the Bayfield Community Fair hosted by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). This allowed her to move on to the next level of competition at the Western Fair. On Friday, Sept. 17, Alexa learned she had also won first place in the London, Western Fair District, Rise2Fame, Junior competition this year!
Alexa would like to offer her thanks to the BAS for hosting the preliminary competition and outdoor showcase in August. She noted that it was a wonderful experience both virtually and in person.
This young musician has been playing the harp for five years and has even written her own pieces. Her competition numbers were “River Flows in You” and “The Nightingale” by Deborah Henson Conant. Alexa performs in the area and is sometimes known as “The Hometown Harpist.”
While taping her segment for the Huron Hospice Telethon held on Sept. 16, Alexa Yeo met Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development at Huron Hospice.
The news of her win at the Western Fair came after she performed as part of the
Second Annual Huron Hospice Telethon, which aired the night prior, Sept. 16. Alexa had the honor of performing the opening number – singing, “What a Wonderful World” while accompanying herself on the harp. Later in the program she delighted viewers with some more harp instrumentals. It has been reported that the telethon raised over $84,000.
Between winning first at the finals in the London Western Fair Rise to Fame Junior Division and participating in this telethon, it was a fabulous week for The Hometown Harpist!
Pine lake golf tournament raises funds and food
Pine Lake Campground residents held a golf tournament at their Pine Rock golf course on Saturday. A total of $1,366 was collected for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Gayle Sabine, representing the BAFB, accepted a cheque from event organizers Al Brunette (right) and Ken White on the morning of Sept. 20. (Submitted photos)
Al Brunette and Ken White pose with the food donations collected for the Bayfield Area Food Bank during a golf tournament held at Pine Lake Campground on Saturday.
Residents at Pine Lake Campground, located just north of the village, held a tournament at their “Pine Rock” golf course on Saturday, Sept. 18 to collect some food donations and raise some funds fo the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).
Sixty-four golfers participated and it was reported that a lot of fun was had by all. Al Brunette spearheaded this tournament and many volunteers helped make it a success. Golfers, and park members, raised a total of $1,366 plus collected a lot of food donations. The money and donations were presented to Gayle Sabine, representing the BAFB, by Brunette and Ken White on the morning of Sept. 20.
Terry Fox run well supported
Ava McCann, of Varna, who raised over $500 this year and ran for her grandmothers, checked in at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday, Sept. 19 during the 2021 Bayfield Terry Fox Run. (Submitted photo)
The organizers of the 2021 Bayfield Terry Fox Run want to express their sincere thanks to the community of Bayfield and area as they have shown their support for this wonderful cause once again!
Although the event was held virtually again this year and most donations were made on-line, many participants came out in person to make donations, buy a t-shirt and have their selfie taken with the big Terry Fox poster.
Organizers note they are incredibly grateful to live in such a supportive community.
The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
croquet and golf croquet tourneys start tomorrow
Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting the Canadian Open Association Croquet tournament from Sept. 23-26.
Players from Canada and North America will be coming to play in this prestigious tournament. Bayfield's own Bill Rowat and David Druiett are previous Canadian Champions! For the first time Bayfield will also be hosting the Canadian Open Golf Croquet tournament from Sept 20-22nd. These tournaments are sanctioned by Croquet Canada which is the national governing body for croquet in Canada. The results of the tournaments are added to players' Canadian and World rank. Bayfield members will be playing in both tournaments. The three world-class courts and this beautiful heritage village entice the best players from around the world to return to Bayfield year after year.
BICC is one of the largest croquet clubs in Canada. The Club has a robust offering of both competitive and recreational play. All croquet programming and social activities are provided by passionate, committed volunteers. Anyone interested in trying out croquet is welcome? Visit their website at bicc.ca to learn more and to view the contact list.
Lobb trail and hullett marsh destinations for BRVTA hikers
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 4 km and last about two 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.
Bayfield Forotten Felines in need of monetary donations
Men in Black Trio - Finn (black and white), Romeo (black in the back), and Smokey (front). (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting, in fact as of this week 84 cats and kittens are looking for their forever homes – for 47 of which vetting (shots and spay or neuter) is needed.
“Donations are being sought to provide this care. It seems for every cat we adopt out we get two or more in,” said Deborah Penhale, a volunteer with the rescue.
This week, the Adopt-A-BFF are a trio of handsome brothers.
Known affectionately as the “Men in Black”, they have been raised by a loving foster from birth. They were born May 14th and are the life of the party! Romeo and Smokey are black cats while their brother Finn is black and white.
Volunteers haven’t told them yet, but, they are going to the vet on Thursday for shots and their neuter and then very soon after that they will be ready for their forever homes.
Anyone who thinks they have room in their homes and hearts for one of these boys 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.
Thank You Bayfield! In 2018, with the help of individual citizens, citizen groups and the municipality, Blue Bayfield installed five water refill stations in the village. There are two located in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, as well as ones located at the Bayfield Public Library, in Clan Gregor Square, and outside at the Bayfield Marina south side washrooms. To date the five refill station counters indicate that over 80,000 bottles have been refilled.
Quite remarkable, given that only two stations are outdoors and the others, for nearly two years, have had few to no visits due to COVID-19.
What does it all mean? Since it is known that less than five per cent of single use bottles are recycled, Bayfield has effectively diverted that number of single use bottles from landfill sites or ending up as plastic waste in the Great Lakes!
It is also known that it takes about 5.3 litres of water to produce a typical single-use water bottle. Using this data, Blue Bayfield can say that the community has saved about 424,000 litres of water!!
Mother nature must be happy! A big shout out to area retailers and eateries committed to staying plastic-free!
The water refill stations were sponsored by the Erb Family Foundation, Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Croquet Club, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Glen Steinson, the Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Optimists and two families that wished to remain anonymous.
Exciting news from the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) as many of their membership will have their works displayed at the Goderich Co-op Gallery for the month of October.
To view the art be sure to visit the gallery at 54 Courthouse Square in Goderich. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the the second Wednesday of the month when they open at noon.
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. Thanks so much to the library staff for their support.
“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.
At this time, BAFB volunteers are looking to replenish their inventory of Mac and Cheese dinners.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.!
For those who are unable to attend in-person, the services will continue to be posted on pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ with a link to Knox’s YouTube page.
Knox Church members have decided to hold their upcoming book studies via ZOOM only. All are welcome. Unfortunately, plans for an in-person gathering for the book studies will need to be delayed until pandemic-imposed challenges lessen. Please contact Rev. Lisa Dolson via email at email@example.com for the ZOOM link to join.
"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., on Sept. 28. 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. beginning Oct. 3. 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. starting Nov. 14.
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!
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.