simons' generosity remembered
Ruth Gibson (right) and Carol Simons (left) visited the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre recently to present a donation to Mary Ellen Zielman in memory of Carol's husband, George. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield resident, George Simons died on Sept. 2 in his 90th year. Neighbors, friends and family collected money in his memory to have a bench placed in his honor at the south entrance to the beach on Tuyll Street.
“Due to the generous contributions for the steel bench in memory of George, we had a surplus of $350. This was donated to one of George’s favorite interests the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre in Exeter,” said Ruth Gibson, who coordinated the donation collection.
Gibson, along with George’s wife, Carol Simons, visited the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) recently to present their donation and also enjoyed a tour of the premises. What the pair learned is that Mary Ellen Zielman, and her husband, Gerry, started coordinating a surplus of crops to local families in need from the mud room of their farm in 2008. Quickly donations outgrew the capacity of the mud room so the project was moved to a location on the Main Street of Exeter. It remained there from 2009 to 2012 when Mike and Kevin Hogan of Premium Transportation offered them space in their large warehouse.
Fast forward to 2020 and the HCFBDC has grown comfortably into that warehouse space. They have a cooler approximately, 30’ x 20’ and a freezer double that size, as well as a large area for dry goods on pallets. They have two trucks and a van. All funded with assistance from the Ontario Trillium Fund, the International Plowing Match, and Exeter Chrysler, as well as other industries and individuals.
Food Banks in Huron County make orders depending on the produce available, which is loaded and delivered from the Premium Transportation Warehouse loading bays. Since 2009 the HCFBDC has distributed 5,116,068 lbs of dry goods and produce. For every pound of food distributed the equivalent is a meal for someone who is food insecure.
There are nine Food Banks in Huron, 15 aid agencies, that receive goods plus four “desert” locations in Huron, populations in need of food but without benefit of a physical Food Bank. Monthly deliveries are made to a parking lot in the desert locations for these families. The distribution of excess produce and dry goods by the HCFBDC is at no cost to the groups they assist.
They have 40+ volunteers a week working approximately 115 hours to meet the needs of the food banks, aid agencies and mobile food truck locations in Huron.
“Our team here at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre want to share our sincerest condolences for the passing of George Simons. George and Carol have been generous supporters of our work and we are so very grateful for their kindness. Their donations provided many meals for families who were food insecure. There are no words to truly show our gratitude but on behalf of all the families and seniors who had a meal because of George and Carol's gifts we would like to say a heartfelt thank you. They have left an incredible mark on this County and we want you to know how humbled we are to have been their charity of choice,” said Zielman.
Any cash donations to this non-profit organization are strictly used in Huron County and a tax receipt is issued for donations over $25. To learn more please email Mary Ellen Zielman at email@example.com.
holiday ornament painting latest workshop offering
As more people than usual will be staying in Ontario this winter season, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts is planning a number of COVID-19 safe offerings over the next five months.
Volunteers with BCA are now taking registrations for the "Painting and Decorating Holiday Ornaments" workshop. Registration includes a workshop kit which includes three or four ornaments, all necessary painting supplies, an outline of tips and tricks and an online tutorial.
The sky is the limit for this paint at home project and the tips and tricks hand out will include lots of ideas and artist Debra MacArthur’s tutorial will talk about lots of different possibilities for creating. Participants can tackle a modern design or try a traditional image. Each kit will include either three, four-inch ornaments or there are a limited number of kits which contain four, three-inch ornaments. Kits also include a festive selection of paints, a variety of brushes, specialty medium and varnish.
Kits will be available for pickup at the BCA barn after Nov. 15. People are invited to paint on their own or with their “bubble” of family and/or friends.
To learn more or to register visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/create-a-new-tradition-painting-and-decorating-holiday-ornaments-tickets-126719977865?fbclid=IwAR3LIEjVsBFNEs7Q6vAGlCSi2O2p8mNpQNZwiLnfyDUbq6jX77-eyMcfjas
It is hoped that some future small group offerings will take place in a convenient, spacious location allowing for safe distancing with health unit oversight and cleaning practices.
In an effort to reach a wide audience and make the events interesting to a range of attendees, organizers are looking for non-professional or professional speakers, instructors, and demonstrations on interesting topics.
These subjects might include food, wine, books, writing, movies, travel, history, genealogy, gardening, florals, health, mediation, interior design, art history, painting, photography, fibre arts, crafts – the list of subjects appears endless…
Anyone who has had an interesting career, hobby, skill, experience or specialty that they are willing to share with others is asked to please get in touch with organizers immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the BCA is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.
Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.
Please email at the address above to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.
Feline amputee finds family
Tilly (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Not everyone is able to adopt one of these kitties in need but people can still help. BFF volunteers are currently looking for good foster homes for some of their cats and kittens. A place where they can learn to trust again, or grow up with space to play and explore. Some of the adult cats are at the shelter for awhile before being adopted, they would love a comfortable place to feel safe.
“Please consider opening your home to a temporary guest. We will match the perfect cat or kittens to your situation and provide supplies and support,” said Mary Pounder, a volunteer with BFF.
Anyone who is interested is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at email@example.com or call 519 565-2717.
Tilly is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.
About five months old, Tilly has had a rought start to life but her future is bright…as she already has a forever family just waiting for her, however, her story is one that still needs to be shared with the community.
This beautiful young Tortoiseshell was spotted by a kind woman who started feeding her and noticed that she was limping. It turned out she was missing her foot and part of her back leg. This concerned citizen called the Rescue and a trap was set to capture Tilly. Once caught she was immediately taken to the vet where it was determined that her leg had to be amputated at the hip.
Volunteers report that Tilly is recouping and getting along very well. They note that despite everything she has been through, she if friendly and loves attention, and being petted. She especially loves Tuna!
Volunteers are also grateful she was found and not left to suffer and fend for herself in the wild any longer. They are also pleased that a family is committing to giving her the best life possible.
The future looks bright for Tilly but many more are still waiting for their forever homes or foster homes. Anyone who can help is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.
Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats like TIlly. Any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above 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.
Novel "The Pull of the Stars" set in time of Spanish Influenza
During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
November’s book is “The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue. Published this year it was reviewed by Susan Williams, a long time Bayfield cottager and a psychologist in Oakville, ON.
Irish born, Canadian author, Emma Donoghue writes this gripping and inspiring three-day story set in a 1918 Dublin city hospital maternity ward during the Spanish Influenza and WWI. Maternity nurse, Julie Power, is the main heroine and narrator of the story and runs a small segregated maternity ward for pregnant women who have the deadly influenza and who are about to give birth. Bridie Sweeney, teenage orphan, and Dr. Kathleen Lynn, maternity doctor, are two other heroines who assist on this ward.
The writing style is intimate, and the reader is drawn into Power’s experiences, from her perspective, moment by moment, as she makes quick life-saving decisions in the small critical-care maternity ward. Child-birth is already risky in 1918 but in addition these mothers also have the rapid health-deteriorating and often fatal Spanish Influenza. It seems to be a bleak reality in the ward and in the ailing, war-weary poverty-stricken society in Dublin at that time. The three heroines, however, contrast this bleakness with their unswerving dedication to keeping people alive and healthy.
The book is fascinating as it provides readers with insight into medicine in 1918. It is clear there is much wisdom at the time but unfortunately without the life-saving mechanisms such as antibiotics of modern medicine. The book also provides insight into other socio-political aspects of 1918 through the three women’s personal lives. Sweeney lives in a harsh Irish orphanage run by the church and Dr. Kathleen Lynn is the name of a real heroine of the time who was a senior member of the newly established Sinn Fein organization lobbying for social, economic and political reform. Donoghue raises awareness of these historical, and still current, social-political issues and touches on other timeless issues such as the neglected, psychological suffering of soldiers of war, gender disparity in the workforce, and the unease in some settings of sexual diversity.
The book is ambitious and succeeds. The writing is crisp and vivid. The reader is engaged from the first sentence to the last page and is drawn into 1918 Dublin and in particular into the daily life and perspective of a nurse on a critical-care emergency ward, and into the life of an orphan and a female doctor as they assist on this ward. The book also inspires readers. Three exceptionally brave women are surrounded by darkness, tragedy and injustice in their work and personal lives. However, these women persevere and embody hope and compassion. The parable is timeless and an inspiration for everyone who lives with challenges in their personal lives or in the societies they live in.
In conclusion, I strongly recommend this book. The writing style is distinct, intimate and detailed and the setting is unique. The book is also highly educational, engaging, and inspiring. I rate this book 5/5.
life at the rink
Nov. 6 is a PD for some area schools. Anyone looking for something to do outside the house on Friday should note that the Bayfield Arena will offer free public skating from 1-3 p.m.
Others who have been missing time on the ice can enjoy it as well with several opportunities for public skating throughout the week.
Currently the Free Skating Schedule is: Sundays from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms and tots and seniors and their care givers; Mondays, from 7-8 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get area youth involved in hockey.
Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted – please abide by the rules.
The schedule for available public open ice times is on website: www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca; or call at 519 565-2121.
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season but he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in an effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return.
Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com.
November Quilt of the Month
November's Quilt of the Month. (Submitted photos)
With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.
This adorable quilt is autumn splendour at its best and will give someone’s décor a wonderful punch of color. This cotton quilt – which is suitable for all ages - was made by members of the local community, measures 43” x 50” and is being sold for $475. It can be mounted horizontally or vertically or used as a throw.
The first person sending an email to the Hospice Manager of Fundraising, Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: email@example.com.
Anyone who would like further information before they decide, should contact Walker.
Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care!
WORLD KINDNESS DAY
Calling on all the wonderful rock painters out there! Don't be shy. Join in “OHearts” Kindness Rock Movement in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 13 in support of World Kindness Day.
It is true that one kind word or message can change a person's life. Kindness Rocks have been appearing in and around Bayfield for some time now. This simple act is providing positive messages to those that have found or connected with them. They have been spotted on trails, in parks, random street corners and at the library. Hundreds of people have taken and or given away their Bayfield finds to people who may need them.
On Nov. 13, let's continue in keeping Bayfield on the map for kindness by dropping off inspirational rocks on the front window ledge (facing Main Street) of the Bayfield Public Library.
Together people can make a difference in someone's life and bring more kindness to the world.
Winter is certainly on the way in and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be endeavouring to keep the trails open and safe for delightful winter walks.
“During this difficult year of lockdowns, we have seen increasing numbers of hiking family groups with children wondering how beavers can possibly eat tree trunks, grandparents enjoying the tranquility of being amidst calming foliage and diligent parents being towed along by the family dog,” said Helen Varekamp, with the BRVTA.
Varekamp reported that the storms and strong winds of the weekend have shaken the trees to their roots and several have succumbed, falling squarely across the trails. But have no fear, the ‘Trailblazers’ team will be out with chain saws to clear the debris and ensure that safe paths are maintained.
But, it is not just the strong winds or heavy snow that create maintenance issues.
“Our wooden bridges, handrails, steps and boardwalks are in constant decline and require regular repair or replacement - the work involves more than just the time and effort of our Trailblazer volunteers, the necessary materials cost money,” said Varekamp.
Anyone who enjoys walking the trails but has never got around to joining the BRVTA, might consider that with a mere $30 annual family membership, they would be making a valuable contribution toward the maintenance of the seven trails, ensuring their viability for the future. Memberships for 2021 are now available on-line at www.bayfieldtrails.com.
People should save their receipt, which will give them shopping privileges at the Columbia Sportswear discount store.
Cheques can also be mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
lost and found
Staff at the Bayfield Public Library found more than just books in their book drop on Saturday, Oct. 24. They discovered one hearing aid, blue-black in color, amongst the returned reading materials. Anyone missing it is asked to contact the library on Wednesdays or Saturdays between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 519 565-2886 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club would like to let everyone know that although the 2020 Witches’ Walk has been cancelled due to COVID-19 they are already planning for their 2021 version to be held in the “haunted” woods at The Ashwood Inn on Oct. 23, 2021.
Organizers are using this time to add to their décor. Anyone who has any outdoor decorations that they would like to donate, or sell for a reasonable price, should contact Joan Schilbe at email@example.com. Only items in good condition and weatherproof will be considered.
Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to enter a scary station along the trail and/or volunteer to help make this a truly inspiring, community event.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Annual General Meeting (AGM for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 28.
It will be held by ZOOM at 10 a.m. Members are invited to join the AGM. Anyone who is interested, is asked to kindly RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who had already responded will automatically be contacted with the link for the meeting.
National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17, to celebrate the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m.
National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.
Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail. The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours.
Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.
For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be thankful for the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.
For anyone who wishes to make a donation of non-perishable food items there is a bin on the south porch of the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall.
BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing email@example.com. All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
It's cookie season
Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce that it is Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! Bayfield Guiding has a limited number of cookies to sell in this format and the profits support the local membership directly. Please note there is a minimum cookie order and a shipping fee.
Here is the link: online cookie portal.
Sometime in early November the Bayfield membership will also have cookies in hand ready to sell for $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. They are taking pre-orders as Girl Guides Ontario determined selling limits and they will only be receiving about one-third of what they normally sell. Don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order.