autumnal influx of kittens depletes volunteer funds
The latest cats looking for "furever" homes out of Bayfield's Forgotten Felines program are five month old sisters.
They are very sweet, quiet, affectionate and bonded. Both have been spayed and have received all their shots. To learn more adopting these lovely creatures please contact the Bayfield Breeze. (Submitted photos)
The volunteers behind “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines” are feeling a very overwhelmed these days due to an autumnal influx of mother cats and their kittens.
With winter on the horizon the need to help these vulnerable creatures becomes more pressing. The funds to provide aid and care for these cats and kittens has been depleted and the volunteers are looking to the community to help with monetary donations, fostering or perhaps even adopting. The situation has become critical in the last week alone as volunteers have had to turn away five female cats with litters averaging five kittens each as they have no place to house them and no money to help them.
In addition to the cats and kittens, there is a one-eyed mature cat, nicknamed Pirate, that is looking for a foster home for the winter.
In the summer of 2016 a small group of volunteers organized this Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for the village’s felines and some of the more fragile among the colonies have found forever homes after a little Tender-Loving-Care (TLC). To date 66 cats have gone through the program.
The word "feral" is used to define a cat that lives outdoors. It essentially does not belong to anyone. Feral cats are the result of a domestic cat being abandoned or lost and left to fend for itself. The offspring of the domestic (now considered feral) cat are usually never handled by people and become terrified.
Funds are always needed to support the work, but right now there is an even greater urgency. Financial contributions can be made at Shop Bike Coffee on Main Street. The cats are taken to EVAH in London, ON for neutering. They also receive a rabies vaccine, are de-wormed, given a flea treatment and receive other vaccinations as necessary plus antibiotics if needed.
Currently these cost on average $90 per cat. Females are slightly more expensive to neuter than males. This does not include the transportation costs of volunteer drivers. These costs are totally born by donations as the volunteers receive no money from the municipality.
In addition to the medical and transportation costs, the cats are fed daily. There are also expenses for purchasing shelters, cat carriers and kennels to keep the felines in while they are being held before and after surgery as well as for socializing those that are adopted.
Anyone interested in fostering or adopting one of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines are invited to contact the Bayfield Breeze and their information will be forwarded to volunteers.
Always work to be done in plastic free community
Bayfield recently became the first community in North America to be recognized as a plastic free community but there is always work to be done. Blue Bayfield will be hosting an afternoon on “Strategies to Reduce Plastic Waste” on Oct. 27 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Four speakers will share their knowledge from 1-5 p.m. These speakers will be: Tippi Thole, Achieving Zero Waste; Jen Pate, Love Your Greats: From the Oceans to the Great Lakes; Rachel Handbury, Waste – Not at the Zoo; and Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman, Recycling “right”.
Admission is free but donations are appreciated to support environmental work. For more information please visit, www.bluebayfield.ca.
Jazz Standards to the Bossa Nova highlighted at concert
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is pleased to present a jazz concert by the School Daze Jazz Quartet.
Based in London, ON, the quartet has played together for several years. The group plays many jazz standards from the 1950s-60s but also enjoys journeys into the early days of jazz and the Brazilian sounds of the Bossa Nova.
This group of multi-talented musicians is made up of: Paul Adams, Drums; Randy Bayley, Sax; David Lee, Keyboards; and Steve Harris, Bass.
Adams is a Professor of Medicine at Western University. He has played in a wide variety of jazz groups, rock bands, marching band and is a jazz historian and film maker. He toured Canada and the US with a physician band, the “Marginal Donors”.
Bayley is a multi-instrumental woodwind player. He also teaches private clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons. He currently works as the "road rep" for the brass and woodwind repair shop "Music Aid". He was a member of the clarinet section for the London Community Orchestra for eight years. He is a Past President of the London Concert Band. He played in a 50s-60s, R&B cover band in Australia called, "Take Cover". He is the lead tenor with the Prime Time Big Band, a position he has held for over 20 years.
Lee is a project management consultant. His love for playing many instruments gave him a chance to share the stage with world-renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian at Hart House Theatre (viola), astronaut Chris Hadfield at Roy Thomson Hall (clarinet), and CASA award winning a cappella group Countermeasure at Kennedy Center in Washington DC (vocal).
Harris (bass) is a keen jazz enthusiast and enjoys accompanying the soloists in School Daze. He has played in several bands and frequently performed with his Ska group “The Executives” at Call The Office in London and at The Horseshoe Tavern and El Mocambo in Toronto. He is a past Board Member and remains an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Music Festival of London.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Opportunity to comment on Bayfield Complex Business Plan
The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), has just completed a comprehensive business plan for the community to take over the management and operation of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. During this period a longer-range plan for the repurposing of the current building or possibly a new facility would be developed in consultation within the community. The business plan was recently presented to the consultant, Monteith and Brown, hired by the Municipality of Bluewater to investigate the future role of the centre.
BFIT is holding a public meeting to present the business plan to the residents of Bayfield and catchment area on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bayfield Town Hall. All residents, Bluewater Councilors, and other interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the Bayfield Complex Public-Private Partnership Business Plan.
The community based governance structure for operating the centre would be similar to the way other groups in the village operate their independent physical assets, for example, Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield International Croquet Club’s Courts, Bayfield Archives’ building, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association trails and the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds.
The business plan is based on detailed financial, operating, marketing and sales components.
"Our team is made up of individuals with a broad array of skills and experience in all these areas," said Steve Baker, who co-chaired the Business Plan Working Group, "We have virtually all the major volunteer agencies, interest groups and community centre users signed on as a broader advisory council."
Sandy Scotchmer, the other co-chair of the working group, noted that, "We have visited a number of other community centres in Ontario, the most interesting of which is Belmore a small community of 200 people north of Wingham. Belmore has operated its own community centre, that includes skating and curling rinks, for decades. This is a model we relied on heavily to inform our business plan."
Following the public consultation on Oct. 6, BFIT will present the business plan to Bluewater Council in the very near future.
Scotchmer noted that, "The timing is somewhat complicated by the pending municipal election, but on the positive side it gives aspiring Councilors an opportunity to express their views on the proposal during election debates."
Photography club to assist hikers with camera skills
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Photography Hike at the Hullett Sugar Bush in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and the bush is accessible from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line (just north of Telephone Line)
This hike is ranked as a Level 3 difficulty. It includes some hilly sections and some areas can be slippery when wet. The distance is 4-5 KMs depending on the route chosen and the time for the hike should be 2-2.5 hours, giving us plenty of time to make numerous stops for nature photography. Members of the Photography Club of Bayfield will be there to assist you with any photographic questions.
The Blue Trail, which is the main trail in the Sugar Bush, is one of the most common trails at Hullett and meanders through both woodland and meadow and links to numerous other trails. From stands dominated by sugar maple, white ash and American beech to meadows of grasses, flowers and hawthorns, woodpeckers, flickers and nuthatches abound. Hikers may even catch a glimpse of the pileated woodpecker or rare loggerhead shrike! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise.
The Green Trail, which is also on the hike has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail hikers can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but also travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.
Another trail hikers will take within the Sugar Bush, the Yellow Trail, cuts through the maple and ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. Because of this, it has been hit hard by the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer. This makes it a very interesting habitat to watch as other species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are beginning to flourish. As old ash trees fall, nutrients return to the soil and shelter is created for animals. This is also prime habitat for viewing white-tailed deer.
The whole Sugar Bush is a fantastic venue for autumn photography. Everyone welcome!
The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Conrad Kuiper, 519 482-9724; and Dave MacLaren.
DINNER a chance to thank trail landowners for generosity
The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.
The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis. Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.
The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.
Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.
The BRVTA would like to thank their event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.
They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.
Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets.
Mary Patten celebrated her 100th birthday recently when her family celebrated with her at a gathering at the Bayfield Berry Farm. The family is grateful to the Bayfield Berry Farm staff for making her special celebration a wonderful one. They enjoyed the farm’s famous fruit trifle instead of a traditional cake! Patten, formerly of London, spent many of her summers visiting her Bayfield daughters and now lives in Huronview to be close to them – Sue van Baardwyk, and her husband Mike, and Leigh Selk, and her husband Jerry, as well as her son-in-law, Terry Walzak, who lives in Grand Bend. Patten has the distinction of being the oldest living alumni-graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London. Patten was born in 1918, while her Great-Granddaughter, Andie, was just born in May. There is one hundred years of history between them – a remarkable thought indeed! (Submitted photo)
The last market of the season will be held this Friday, Oct. 5. This is the final opportunity this year to purchase the best of fresh and local right here in Bayfield.
Master sharpener Suzy Lankin will once again be on hand, so bring blades and hand tools. Grassroots Woodfired Pizza will also be at the market, helping to close out a very successful season.
The Bayfield Farmers' Market will reopen on Victoria Day weekend 2019.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Looking for a sweet addition to your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.
They can be purchased from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830. They will also be available at the last Bayfield Farmers’ Market of the season to be held in Clan Gregor Square from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 5.
The girls will also be selling cookies during Cookie Day in Canada, Saturday, Oct. 13 with tables at the Bayfield Foodland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Walmart in Goderich from noon to 4 p.m.
Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.
The West Coast Astronomers will host their last Star Party of the year on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park, weather and sky conditions permitting.
As well as planning to observe the Pleiades, Uranus and the Andromeda Galaxy the amateur astronomers will be aiming for an assortment of deep sky objects such as: double clusters, nebulae and spiral galaxies.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info to reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so they can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately for the weather. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m.
Anyone who may have doubt on the status of the event or have questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. Amateur astronomers are invited to join in with their telescope at sundown.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is organizing a Spaghetti Supper to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 18.
On the menu will be garlic toast, Caesar salad, a selection of sauces, including, vegetarian, plus assorted desserts. There will also be a gluten free option for pasta. Tea, coffee and juices will be included with wine and beer available for purchase. Service will be conducted from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults; children four to 14 years, $7.50; under four years free. Takeout will be available. Please call 519 524-0224 for tickets.
Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) are the “Guest Artist” at Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of October.
Eleven painters, and one potter, from the BAG, will display their artistic endeavors at the gallery for the entire month. All paintings and ceramics are for sale at very reasonable prices. Visitors will find short bios of each artist that will give a small understanding of the artist’s philosophy.
Everyone is invited to a reception at the Co-Op Gallery on Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The gallery is located on The Square.
BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery and support local artists. Its regular hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 10.
This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
WORLD SINGING DAY
World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.
The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!
Want to learn more about WSD? Visit www.worldsingingday.org
BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY
Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).
Beginner workshops with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 6 and 20 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.
Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.
The Fourth annual Witches' Walk to be held at The Ashwood Inn will be held on Oct. 27. (Submitted photo)
Uh, oh…it’s happening again.
Yes, the fourth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 27.
Last year 700 souls of all ages braved the woods and this year organizers are hoping to scare over 1,000! Entering the woods between 6-8 p.m. is by donation with 100 per cent of the proceeds being gifted to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron.
Volunteers are now being sought to set up or man one of the scary stations. It’s so much fun and all are welcome. For more information call The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host an Autumn Hike in Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 28.
People are invited to join for this enjoyable afternoon hike that will begin at 2 p.m.
Hikers will experience a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland. A highlight of the area is the opportunity to watch for trout when crossing over Naftel’s Creek. The trail is 3 KMs long and is a Level 2 difficulty. The hike will take about 1.5 hours.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located 7 KMs south of Goderich on Hwy 21, #79152 between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. Parking available.
Everyone is welcome to join hike leaders, Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850; Gary Mayell, 519 441-0141; and Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
The Bayfield Committee for Huron Residential Hospice is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3. Please note that Friday's performance is now sold-out and Saturday's is selling fast!
Based on one of local playwright, Judy Keightley’s popular “Rose Blair Mysteries”, the play will be performed by local amateur dramatic thespians, a two-course dinner will be served, a cash bar available, and a good time promised for all! The play starts at 7 p.m. each evening. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each and available by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees, 519 565-4404; Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or Kevin Kale, 519 565-4018.
Thanks to the generosity of production sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment advisor with Manulife Securities, all proceeds from the play will go directly to the hospice.
The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.
Thanks to the support of their guests, the trust of their customers and the hard work of their team, Cowbell continues to grow.
Cowbell Brewing Co. announces that it has purchased the former Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC), south of Blyth, from the Township of North Huron. The 18,000 sq. ft. building sits on sevem acres, adjacent to the Cowbell brewery and, subject to engineering and environmental inspections, this deal will close by late November.
For the next year, the North Huron Fire Department, Huron County Emergency Services and Tuckersmith Telecommunication Co-operative will continue to operate from this location, while new facilities are built elsewhere in the village.
Cowbell will renovate office and administrative areas at ESTC for early 2019 occupancy. Starting late 2019, the central section of the ESTC building will be converted to a Packaging Hall and former classroom space will become home to Cowbell College. Plans will be developed to increase parking capacity and to enhance guest safety by re-routing onsite truck traffic at the Cowbell Farm. Work will be completed by late 2020.
“We are excited about this expansion opportunity,” said Grant Sparling, Cowbell’s Chief Development officer, “and we are pleased to be one part of the economic revitalization underway in the village of Blyth and across Huron County. Great things are happening.”