Bookmark and Share   Oct. 31, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 44 Issue 486

VIDEO RELEASED IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD SINGING DAY 

IMG_6862Organizers were pleased with the turn out for “The Bayfield Sing-A-Long” with about 60 people taking part. The event was held at the Bayfield Town Hall on World Singing Day, Oct. 20 (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Bayfield Town Hall doors were left open so that the delightful sounds of voices united in song could be carried out the door and out onto the Square…World Singing Day (WSD) had arrived.

WSD is a global sing-a-long, celebrating our common humanity on the third Saturday in October. This year 46 countries registered and 219 cities hosted this event. The global goal for 2018 was to create a montage video with each continent represented. Bayfield added their special mark on the globe by launching a video featuring The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) singing in and around the village during the opening of "The Bayfield Sing-A-Long". This locally created video shows members of both the Bayfield Ukulele Society and the Glee Sisters singing the song of the year in various locations around the village.

Anyone who missed the event and would like to watch the video can view it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zwrfEZZuS0&feature=youtu.be 


PURA VIDA BOUND

run for kids cheque 2018_3 On the morning of Sept. 2, Make-A-Wish Child Jesse, an 11 year-old boy from Middlesex County who has been battling cancer, had his wish granted at the 2018 VHS Run4Kids. On Oct. 22, Lori Quick, CEO of Make-A-Wish South Western Ontario, visited the Virtual Highschool in Bayfield to accept a cheque from the run in the amount of $12,653. Organizers would like to thank the Bayfield Optimist Club, run sponsors, the community, VHS staff, participants, volunteers, donors and supporters for making this final tally possible. VHS staffers who presented the cheque to Quick (second from right) were l-r: Amanda Zehr, Denis Lalonde, Jackie Loebach, Samantha Gowanlock and Kaylin Smith. Jesse and his family will be going to Costa Rica in November to fulfill his dreams of zip-lining, seeing monkeys and sloths and visiting the country’s beautiful waterfalls and hot springs! (Submitted photo)  


blue bayfield hosts discussions in support of  zero waste

PHOTOS BY JACK PAL AND STORY BY RAY LETHEREN

_MG_9491Guest speakers Jen Pate and Tippi Thole.

Is Zero Waste attainable? What is the plight of the planet if we don’t come to grips with our abundant and inappropriate use of plastics? On Saturday, Oct. 27, a capacity audience of approximately 100 concerned citizens from Bayfield, Goderich and communities around Ontario gathered to hear these issues addressed by three speakers. This event was hosted by Blue Bayfield.

Local environmentalist Jen Pate took those in attendance on a journey across the ocean and around the Great Lakes. We know the oceans are awash in plastics but the graphic pictures of turtles trapped in fish nets, of beaches and harbors strewn with mounds of plastic no matter where one goes on the planet were still startling. What is shocking information from Pate’s presentation is that the Great Lakes contain more plastic than the ocean, in some areas nearly double the 220,000 pieces per square kilometre found in the ocean. What was inspiring, however, was the desire of thousands to share time with Pate in developing research on the lakes and having a commitment to be the guardian of these waters.

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The Detroit Zoo is regarded as a model for zoos around North America. Not just for its magnificent animals but its environmental consciousness. Rachel Handsbury took attendees on a tour of the projects that make the zoo a very special place. It is plastic free in every respect. Animal waste is an energy source. Not only does the Zoo engage the community in the protection on site, but it has developed an outreach program that reaches far beyond it’s boundaries. It is a model environmental community for both animals and visitors alike.

Tippi Thole knows no waste. The Montreal resident enlightened the audience with her journey from being a producer of waste as most are, to being able to put a month’s waste in a jar. She rejects all packaging, not only taking the reusable bag but also demands of retailers that they permit her to put her purchases in her reusable containers. She encouraged listeners to review their home practices of shopping including ignoring shops that do not offer consumers sustainable products and practices. Paramount in her philosophy is that recycling is an unacceptable alternative; we should be seeking to generate no waste and not be the victims of corporate irresponsibility when it comes to packaging.

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A special treat was a presentation by the Eco Squad from Mitchell District High School. This enthusiastic group of young performers received a standing ovation for their presentation that focused on taking responsibility for protecting the planet. They too reminded those present of our collective responsibility to end the use of non-essential plastics.

Blue Bayfield was honored to be able to offer this forum and expresses its gratitude to our sponsors: The Lake House, Goderich Hyundai, Cowbell Brewery, The Erb Family Foundation, Bayfield Boutique B & B, The Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Windmill Lake Eco Park.


SCHOOL DAZE PERFORM

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_MG_9472On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society were 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: Steve Harris, Bass; Randy Bayley, Sax; Paul Adams, Drums; and David Lee, Keyboards. (Photos by Jack Pal)  

 

bayfield complex feasibility Study

Thursday, Nov. 1 is the date set for a public meeting so that interested individuals can learn about the findings of the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study, and future options for the facility, as a draft of the study is now complete.

The public meeting will begin at 6:30 and will be held at the Bayfield Community Cenre. A presentation will commence at 6:45 p.m. with a question and answer period to follow.
To submit feedback, send an email to bayfieldcomplexstudy
@municipalityofbluewater.ca
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For questions or comments, please contact Jeff Newell Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell by calling, 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or via email at facilities@municipalityofbluewater.ca.

REMEMBRANCE DAY 

Remembrance Day 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War. This is just one reason the community is encouraged to honor all those who have endeavored to keep the citizens of this country safe for decades as well as those who continue to do so on a daily basis.

The Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 4 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.

Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding marching along Main Street to the cenotaph.

The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 10. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.

At sundown on Nov. 11 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI three of the churches in the community, Trinity Anglican, St. Andrew's United and Knox Presbyterian will be joining together to ring their church bells 100 times. It is hoped that those hearing the bells will pause and remember. 

UKULELE WORKSHOP

Over the last couple of months anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele were invited to give it a try at workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

There has been one more workshop added and it will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 3 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. This workshop will be for anyone that has attended at least one of the beginner classes.

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.

Gingerbread decorating 

The cookies are ordered and the decorations are coming!

Volunteers with the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are already preparing for their most popular children’s event of the year. The annual “Decorate Your Own Gingerbread” will be held after the Santa Claus Parade, Nov. 17, at the Bayfield Public Library until only the crumbs are left!

To keep up to date with other FOBL events visit www.fobl.ca.

CHILDREN'S CONCERT

“Muppet Merriment” is the theme of the special children’s concert to be performed by the Glee Sisters, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend celebrations.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. and is geared to children aged seven and under, therefore, it has also been shortened and simplified (compared to recent years) to cater to the attention span of little ones. It will include a screened picture story narrated by “Grandma” and supported musically by the Glee Sisters. There will be some interactive puppet numbers as well as gifts of safety-approved, rhythm instruments for the children to play in the show’s finale.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society after the show. No tickets are needed and the only price for admission is a donation to the Bayfield Food Bank – Feed My Sheep.

heartwarming campaign 

IMG_5903Rev. Lisa Doldon (left), of Knox Church, Bayfield and Judy Pettey pose with just a small fraction of the 700 items collected for the homeless in the region. (Submitted photo)  

The Women of Knox recently collected items for the “Anything to Keep Warm” Campaign.

Co-conveners Judy Pettey and Jan Sloane received and sorted over seven hundred pieces of warmth: socks, hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, boots, underwear, sweaters, coats, vests, blankets and sleeping bags.

Congregants, friends, neighbors and community members came together to exceed last year’s achievement of 600 items.

Many items were new and a substantial number were crafted by generous knitters.

Pettey and Sloane will be delivering this bounty in the next week to the Salvation Army in Goderich and Clinton and the London Mission Services which encompasses the Roth Home Family Shelter, the Men’s Mission, the Gathering Place and Streetscapes.

Conveners acknowledged that London, as a community, has a great need for these items as so many more people experience either homelessness or temporary but severe setbacks meaning they are unable to independently provide cold weather items for themselves and/or their family.

The response has been heartwarming. Thank you to all who have shared so generously.

FIBRE ARTS EXHIBITION

Members of The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters' Guild are always busy creating beautiful textile items. Many of these quilted, woven, and handcrafted creations will be for purchase at a joint show and sale at the Huron County Museum, Nov. 3-4.

Spear-headed by Evelyn Hardy and Ruth Knight, The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Guild began in the spring of 1978. The Goderich Quilters' Guild was formed in 1992. 

The joint exhibition will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. On site demonstrations will also be taking place.

For more information contact Betty Thomasson, of the Quilters' Guild, at 519 524-4695 or Karen Blackwell, of the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers, at 519-524-4497.
 

 

 


 

Conservation passes raise funds for land stewardship

The days are getting shorter but the public use of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties continues to be strong and will even increase with the deer hunting seasons coming up in November.

ABCA is the largest single owner of forests in the watershed. The forests have been acquired over the past 60 years for protection of water, soil and habitat for living things but they are important recreation areas for thousands of citizens as well. When people purchase a Conservation Pass, they are permitted to hunt at certain ABCA properties designated as those Conservation Forests where hunting is permitted.

“Many hunters don’t own land where they can hunt and they appreciate the opportunity to hunt on our land in those areas where hunting is permitted with a Conservation Pass,” said Kate Monk, ABCA’s manager of Stewardship, Land and Education.

Hunters can purchase an annual pass which applies to a section of properties such as Hay Swamp or a Super Pass which allows them to hunt on all the properties where hunting is allowed. They can choose an annual pass or a three-year pass. People have to respect neighboring landowners, follow all applicable legislation, and provide proof of $2 million insurance in order to receive a Conservation Pass for hunting. This is usually provided through their membership in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Hunting is not permitted at any of the ABCA’s properties categorized as Conservation Areas. Hunting is also prohibited at the L-Lake Management Area in Port Franks. These are places where people can hike safely during the hunting seasons.
For maps of areas where hunting with a purchased Conservation Pass is permitted, and those areas where hunting is not permitted, visit the abca.ca website at this link: https://www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=hunting. The Conservation Pass hunting application form is also located on this page.

For more detailed property boundaries, please visit: http://www.camaps.ca and on the ABCA website at: https://www.abca.ca/page.php?page=mapping-portal

There are currently close to 300 active Conservation Passes for hunting purchased at the moment for designated ABCA lands. ABCA does not receive government funding to cover the costs of property management and stewardship on their conservation lands so Conservation Pass hunting fees help to cover costs of property ownership such as property taxes, signs and inspections.

Federal funding to aid in storm water improvements 

The Government of Canada has announced $4.3 million in Canadian funding to support 58 new EcoAction Community Funding Program projects across the country. The announced EcoAction funding includes $100,000 to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) for a three-year project that helps urban and rural landowners to make storm water improvements that benefit Lake Huron.

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the EcoAction funding on Oct. 11. The funds will support concrete local action to help fight and adapt to climate change and to educate and engage Canadians in preserving and conserving water including the Great Lakes.

“We are proud to support community groups that are taking action to preserve water resources and promote energy-efficient practices,” said McKenna, in a news release.

“The Canadian EcoAction Community Funding for the Urban and Rural Storm Water Improvements for Lake Huron Project will make it possible to work with rural and urban landowners in our area to complete on-the-ground projects that improve storm water management to keep our Great Lake great,” said Bob Radtke, chair of the ABCF.
EcoAction projects support communities across the country in protecting the environment and growing the economy by conserving water resources, adapting to climate change, and reducing pollution.

The Urban and Rural Storm Water Improvements (URSI) for Lake Huron project will complete nine storm water improvement projects over three years (2018-2020) in Ausable Bayfield watersheds along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. The storm water improvement projects will include creation of water retention areas at the edge of agricultural fields, wetland enhancement, and riparian plantings on the banks of creeks, drains and rivers. The local project will also educate community members about making storm water management improvements on their properties. The funding will also make it possible to create a community rain garden.

The local storm water improvements made in the project should hold back more than 80 kilograms per year of potential pollutants in order to reduce impacts on Lake Huron. The project plans to improve and stabilize more than six hectares of shoreline; implement management and restoration actions in more than eight hectares; and plant more than 10,000 native plants, trees and shrubs. About 2,500 people will be engaged in activities related to the storm water improvements project. Hundreds of student volunteers will be taking part in planting events or educational activities. There are economic benefits as well through projects completed and jobs created.

The Urban and Rural Storm Water Improvements for Lake Huron project is to provide improved water storage capacity on the landscape. Improved water storage capacity in the watershed can reduce erosion and filter excess nutrients. This can help to protect and improve water quality in creeks, rivers, groundwater and Lake Huron.

Anyone who would like to find out about funding and technical support to help improve storm water management on private property please call Angela Van Niekerk, Wetland specialist with ABCA, at 519 235-2610 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

The EcoAction projects across Canada are forecasted to protect, stabilize, or improve up to 8,558 hectares of shoreline; reduce or divert 30,020,280 kilograms of toxic or harmful waste; and reduce water consumption by 60,925,140 litres – the equivalent of what 685 Canadians consume in a year. The projects are also forecasted to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 7,127 tonnes across Canada. This reduction would be the equivalent of removing 1,526 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

The 58 funded EcoAction projects are expected to reach 119,811 Canadians. Since 1995, EcoAction has approved more than $115 million in funding for 3,150 projects that engage Canadians in direct activities to protect water, soil and habitat.

Since 2006, EcoAction has helped engage more than 2.5 million Canadians in environmental activities. For every dollar received through EcoAction, approximately $1.87 is leveraged from other funding partners.

The EcoAction program supports projects across Canada. In addition to the Urban and Rural Storm water Improvements for Lake Huron Project there is a number of other funded projects taking place along or near the southeast shore of Lake Huron.

Other projects, supported by the funding, in or near Lake Huron include:
• $86,150 to Pine River Watershed Initiative Network for their work in this priority southeast shore area to Increase Habitat Availability and Water Storage Capacity in the Pine River Watershed
• $43,420 to the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association for their work Reviving a Productive Coldwater Stream in a Unique Karst Drainage System, Bruce Peninsula
• $85,791 to the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority for the Fertile Fields and Clean Streams project
• $93,272 to Georgian Bay Forever for the Divert and Capture – The Fight Against Microplastics in our Water project.

To find out more please visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/ecoaction-community-program/projects-2018-2019.html
 

 


 

 

 

Dune grass protection survey

The Great Lakes dune systems are of national significance. Beach-dune shorelines are the most diverse ecosystem in the Great Lakes Basin. They are also the most vulnerable to human pressures. This is primarily due to the large amount of development and recreational activities that have occurred along the shoreline that are eroding, damaging and destroying these dunes and their important vegetative cover. Since the dunes are built and supported by plants, particularly beach grass, the resilience of the dunes depends highly on the presence of this grass. If the grass is lost or removed, then the shoreline can become unstable, and this affects the people, other ecosystems and infrastructures.

In order to protect these grasses, we, at the University of Waterloo need help from people like you. We are conducting research to better understand the human-environment interactions between people and the Lake Huron shoreline by examining the benefits people receive from beach grass, how they perceive and interact with it and gaining insights on how to better manage beach grass along the Lake Huron shoreline for the better of the people and the environment. To do this, we are conducting a 10-minute online or phone survey with local property owners and beach visitors to understand their perspectives on these benefits. The survey aims to understand how you interact with beach grass along the shoreline and the benefits you receive from its presence.

Nearly all communities of the Great Lakes Basin are already experiencing local impacts of global climate change and are expected to need to adapt to future climatic changes. Among many other changes, warming air and water temperatures have been recorded throughout the Great Lakes Basin, which have led to changes in winter ice cover, flooding and storm frequency and intensity, and lake water level fluctuations. The longer free-ice conditions in winter can potentially lead to higher wave energy, and thus, higher erosion levels along the shoreline.

Because of these impacts, the protection and maintenance of sand dunes fundamentally affects the quality of the beaches along the shoreline and the people who live here. The capacity of beach-dune ecosystems to respond favorably to climate change conditions will depend on the establishment of beach grass populations. Beaches and dunes that have little to no human-related disturbances are inherently more resilient to the impacts of climate change, making their preservation even more important to the safety and well-being of the Great Lakes coastal communities.

With a better understanding of these benefits, how they are changing and how this is impacting the social well-being of the property owners and beach visitors of the southeastern shoreline of Lake Huron (Sarnia to Tobermory), the dependence of human well-being on ecosystem health can be better captured. It would demonstrate how potential decisions can affect human well-being by altering or restoring ecosystems and how much these changes matter. This would finally, allow for the emergence of more effective protection and conservation methods for the beach-dune ecosystems of Lake Huron.

If you are interested in participating or would like to receive more information on this research, please contact Charlotte Hings by email at chings@uwaterloo.ca or by phone at 514 261-2677.

Falls Prevention 

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and West Huron Care Centre are joining forces to offer a free lunch and learn on Nov. 21 in recognition of Falls Prevention Month.

“Finding Balance” will be held at the West Huron Care Centre Risi Room, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road in Zurich, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers have planned a free and interactive workshop where attendees will learn about the risk factors for falls and how to prevent them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in both balance and functional exercises. Lunch and beverages will be provided at no charge.

To register please contact Kate Mason, Occupational therapist, at 519 238-1556 Ext. 241.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 

“Home for the Holidays” is a biennial house tour organized as a fundraiser for the Clinton Lions’ Club. Five locations will be decorated for the season by their owners with assistance from local businesses.

The event will run Friday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 and include a refreshment stop. They may be obtained at Backyard Flowers, Groves TV and Appliances, and Interior Trends, all in Clinton and Nature’s Nest in Londesborough.

GIRL GUIDE COOKIES

Bayfield Guiding members are now selling those yummy 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. Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.

 

 

 


 

 

REMEMBER ME?

Volume 10

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at bayarchives@tcc.on.ca or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, we remember. Ernest Kneeshaw is recorded to be the tallest person standing back row centre. Taken circa 1930. (Archives Code: PB10108 PC)

PB10108 PC Ernest Kneeshaw tallest at center back c1930 



Make your comments...click on any image and it will take you to Flickr.

 

ISSUE 484

PB10035 PC Mrs James Thomson, Mrs Adelaide McLeod, Lewis Thomson, and dog Laddie c1925 

In Issue 484, Mrs. James Thomson, Mrs. Adelaide McLeod, Lewis Thomson and Laddie the Dog are recorded to be in this image from 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10035 PC)

ISSUE 485

PB12 1a John Armstrong possibly WW2 

In Issue 485, as Remembrance Day 2018 approaches we feature an image of John Armstrong in uniform. Does anyone remember him or the person he is posing with? (Archives Code: PB12 1a)

 


 

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the witches walk 

one thousand souls braved the trail 

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PHOTOS BY JOHN POUNDER AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

One thousand plus people were estimated to have wound their way along the trail in The Ashwood Haunted Woods as darkness fell on Saturday, Oct. 27. The drizzle that fell gently down through the trees only enhanced the mood and added to the overall spookiness of the event.

The fourth annual walk raised just shy of $2,000 for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron (BBBSNH).

“First and foremost, I wish to extend to each and every one my heartfelt appreciation on behalf of our youth for all your hard work and support which ensured that the Witches Walk was a success. Despite the rainy weather, and because of your efforts, you raised $1,986.55 for youth programs and services. Wow!” said Executive Director, Elaine Osborne, of BBBSNH.

“Teamwork made the scream work,” said Kirsten Harrett, owner of The Ashwood Inn. “Thank you so much to all the volunteers and to everyone that came out to support the 4th Annual Bayfield Witches Walk. We traumatized 1,000 plus people of all ages. It was a huge success and a complete blast!”

For 2018, the People’s Choice Award went to the Dolls and Clowns Station, followed closely by Chainsaw Psychopath and The Scarecrows.

All involved are indebted to Rob MacFie, of The Ashwood Inn, who has spent many hours each year adding exceptionally creative frights to the trail these, comprised with the efforts of local community groups, individuals and businesses, have now firmly established a Halloween tradition for the village.

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PIXILATED — image of the week

Bridge at Bannockburn...By Bonnie Sitter

Bridge at Bannockburn...By Bonnie Sitter

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

SUBMISSIONS

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One of our favorite events on the Guiding calendar is participating in the Witches Walk at The Ashwood Inn to raise funds for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron. It is a rite of passage for girls as they have to be at the Girl Guide level to take part. For me the most fun is watching them take on a character and commit to it – they all come up with different scenarios.

At one point our two smallest ghouls, dressed up as evil twin clowns, were asking people in tandem in their spookiest of voices, “Do you want to play a game?” Not sure how they came up with a quote first uttered in the movie “Saw” released in 2004 but believe me it was chillingly effective. Other girls softly sang nursery rhymes while still another asked me if it was okay if she fainted and then after approval was given promptly fell to the ground as a group of people walked by.

There were many comments about our scary make-up, thanks to my brother-in-law who was trained as a classical animator, as well as inquiries about cookies - perhaps we can somehow incorporate this into the event next year? My favorite comment, however, was one I overheard as someone walked past me, “I can’t tell who is real and who is a mannequin?” My playing a dead person in my high school theatre production of “Our Town” in Grade 10 finally paid off!

However, for me the best part of the whole event came at the end of the night when a Guiding Mom approached me to say that her daughters had declared it, “The best night of their lives!” This, and the fact that we were also able to help raise almost $2,000 for the BBBSNH, made the whole experience spook-tacular! – Melody
 

 

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.


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