society focusing on the future
In 165 years, a rich history in Bayfield has been established by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) in this community.
“Whether you were born and raised in the area or have moved here later in life, you will likely have encountered activities hosted and supported by the Bayfield Agricultural Society,” said Past President Jentje Steenbeek. He went on to list some of these past events to include the annual agricultural fair, annual wreath fundraiser at Christmas in Bayfield, local Breakfast on the Farm events, and the RCMP Musical Ride.
Agricultural Societies plan and host annual agricultural fairs, among the other events, as well as promote and develop an awareness of agriculture whether it is the production, manufacturing and/or consumption side of things. In some cases, they also are guardians of Agricultural Parks in their communities. In the village, the BAS is proudly the guardian of over seven acres inside this beautiful town, that they share with the community for sports and recreational purposes.
“Having navigated a challenging past two years in hosting our annual fair we are now turning the page and focusing on our future. As with many local organizations we in Bayfield are having a major turnover in our Board this year with the retirement of several of our over 80-year-old Directors and are looking at replacements who ensure the continuance of the fair, which is a family-oriented event in Bayfield attracting between 2,500 to 3,000 people over the third weekend in August,” said Steenbeek.
He added that the organization is fiscally strong with the completion of a new $100,000 storage facility/office in 2019 and is looking at its next infrastructure project for next year.
“Right now, we are looking for five Directors, the Agricultural Society is not a governance board; it is a working board and so Directors do their share in the workload that is involved, along with committee leaders focusing on the many components that create the annual fair experience,” said Steenbeek. “In fact, experience has shown those busiest in day-to-day life are motivated to bring their skills to the table and can often accomplish great things without being over burdened by time commitments. Crucially, it is a society that doesn't sit still in time and repeat the same events continuously rather it looks for ideas and new direction to keep it self relevant and engaged with the community in its offerings.”
The BAS encourages people to consider becoming a Director to help drive the evolution of fairs into the future but also craft the message about agriculture that needs to be delivered to the fairgoers through the fair experience. Not only is it a leadership opportunity which is supported through the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) annual Convention, which attracts over 1,000 people, but a rewarding experience as well. According to Steenbeek, many find the networking and workshops and new friends they meet at the local Board level, the District level, and the provincial Convention a valuable support for their work as a Director.
“For me, Jentje Steenbeek as a Past-President, I joined the organization in the fall of 2012 and have grown to appreciate the strengths and opportunities it has in serving the community. Bringing my own background growing up on a dairy farm not far from Bayfield gave me lots of insight into how agriculture is progressive and modernizing to meet the current expectations and needs of the consuming public for all types of agricultural products, and how to integrate it with an event that is interactive and serves the educational objectives we carry as the Agricultural Society for families of all ages through a diverse set of events at our annual fair. The society also endorsed my concept of bringing to the community a locally focused version of the Breakfast on the Farm event, that allowed crowds of over 1,000 people to look behind the 'barn door' and see the innovation and progress made in the industry over the years,” he said. “This shouldn't limit the imagination though, as we have had large music events featuring David Wilcox, but could even extend into tractor pulls or local demolition derby events for family entertainment.
“In my time I have served in leadership roles locally as President and have even been elected as a District director for Huron-Perth. The chances to contribute locally and on a large scale are without limits and is rewarding along the journey, I invite you along with our dedicated Directors, to join me on this journey.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the roles and areas where they may be able to constructively contribute are asked to please contact the Bayfield Agricultural Society at email@example.com or speak with a current director.
Optimists hosting meet and greet for new members
A community organization that has provided opportunities for young people and their families is in dire need of new members.
The Bayfield Optimist Club currently has 12 members but to really benefit the community in the way they have been accustomed they need some new recruits. They are hoping that interested people will attend a “meet and greet” to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn how they can become a part of the club over a cup of coffee. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
The Optimists have been responsible for youth-oriented projects in the village since September 1984. Currently, they are active supporters of Seeds Rooted in Youth, The Tanner Steffler Foundation and the Bayfield Community Centre.
Major projects they have undertaken within the village include the playground, splash pad and washroom in Clan Gregor Squre as well as the Skateboard and Basketball Court in Agricultural Park. They are also responsible for such fun family activities as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with Santa.
To allow for sponsorship, major projects and fun events, they host fundraisers such as the Rubber Duck Race as well as a Golf Tournament. The men and women of the Bayfield Club are always looking for new ideas to keep the organization relevant to today’s youth and look forward to meeting some like-minded individuals on Nov. 20.
the ice is in for the season
The ice is in for the season and the Bayfield Community Centre is open the enjoyment of the public.
“We are pleased to announce that despite the COVID-19 challenges, all our past season hockey teams, events and skating clubs have signed up and booked their days and times for the 2020-2021 season,” said Jeff Kish, director of Marketing. “Thanks again to all our community sponsors for supporting our free community skating programs. Check out their new signs under the new LED lighting adorning the walls of the Arena.”
The Community Skating Program includes: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID-19 safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Community safety is priority one.
The Bayfield Community Centre is also actively recruiting new Volunteers.
“Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the Arena ready for your enjoyment - your help as a Volunteer would be greatly appreciated by everyone in our community,” said Kish.
Check out “Volunteers” on the website, www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca for more information, get involved and sign up today. Also, be sure to visit the website to book an event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.
One more week to nominate
It’s time to show some love to favorite local businesses and services in the “Best Of” Contest as part of the “We Love What’s Local” campaign, made possible by a $45,000 grant through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC). The OCC’s “Ontario Shop Local Program” is supporting shop local initiatives throughout the province.
People are invited to nominate their go-to shops, services, restaurants and more and help spotlight businesses and services in Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. All businesses, including retail, services and manufacturers, throughout the three municipalities are eligible and do not need to be a member of a local chamber of commerce or Business Improvement Area (BIA). People can see the complete business category listing and submit a nomination online by visiting welovewhatslocal.ca.
Nominations will be accepted from now until Wednesday, Nov. 10. The top five businesses in each category will be highlighted on the GBACC social media and website. Public voting will be held from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Category winners will be showcased in a short video telling their unique stories, created and produced by FauxPop Media.
Campaign Coordinator, Nicci Podolinsky, said, “Supporting local businesses and services has been essential in the past year and a half. We want to keep that focus, help residents realize the full scope of goods and services available locally and celebrate those entrepreneurs doing a great job.”
She went on to say that “many of our local establishments have been run by local business owners and families for multiple generations, and that deserves some recognition, and we hope to do that with the ‘We Love What’s Local’ campaign through the next four months and beyond. We’re not necessarily pushing ‘Shop Local’, more ‘we love what’s local’ and this is what we love about this campaign’s direction!”
A special campaign branded envelope is being mailed to every local business with campaign items for display and use at business locations or as part of normal business operations. Meanwhile, local residents should be on the look out for a full color ‘We Love What’s Local’ postcard with more information and details.
four furry Bundles of energy looking for forever homes
Thanks to members of Bayfield Guiding these four squirming tabbies have been named l-r: Cookies, Henry, Catalina and Willow. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
This issue there are not one or two featured Adopt-A-BFF cats but four!
These four little tabbies will need their forever homes in six to eight weeks! Their mother raised them for the first three weeks of their lives but then she disappeared. Luckily, a kind person took over their care but the runt and another sibling didn't make it. Now in a foster home these four little ones are quite doing well…they are the recipients of names suggested by members of Bayfield Guiding: Cookies, Henry, Catalina and Willow.
If one, or two, pull at the heartstrings email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
As the province has lifted capacity restrictions on outdoor pubic events a plan is now in place to go ahead with Bayfield’s Remembrance Day Services in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 7.
The scaled down service will begin at 11 a.m. and will include many of the traditional aspects of services past from the reading of the Roll of Honor to the laying of wreaths.
Those who attend are requested to where a mask when physical distancing of two meters or six feet cannot be maintained.
world kindness Day
World Kindness Day is Nov. 13. (Submitted photo)
World Kindness Day is Nov. 13th. It is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and to the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.
In Bayfield, #Oheartskindnessrocks will be donating and displaying inspirational rocks on the front window ledge of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street and invites other Kindness Rock painters to leave their rocks at the display for visitors and locals to enjoy. If you are interested in contributing, but new to kindness rock painting, go to #thekindnessrocksproject for more information.
Thank you for putting Bayfield on the map for kindness.
Colleen Maguire (Submitted photo)
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor another speaker in the Virtual Saturdays at the Library speaker series.
All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Nov. 27th at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be local historian and genealogist Colleen Maguire, whose topic will be “Moments in Time: The Life and Times of Reuben R. Sallows.” Maguire will speak about the photography of Huron County native Reuben R. Sallows, who came to be known as a “Canadian Photographic Genius”. Sallows travelled across Canada with his camera on his back, preserving a bygone era. His photographs provide a valuable depiction of life in Canada from 1881 to 1937.
Maguire has spent many years researching the life of Reuben R. Sallows. She was instrumental in establishing the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery at the Goderich Public Library in 2001. Maguire is a recipient of both the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s Heritage Award.
Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register using the link provided on the FOBL website: www.fobl.ca.
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) volunteer staff and clients are so very appreciative of a large donation they recently received – nearly 250 lbs of food and personal care products were donated from a local food drive.
“Thank you to the Vandenbussches, and residents at Paul Bunyan Lake Front Resort, for the terrific food drive they held recently in their park, they had a most generous response!” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB.
“We also would like to thank those people that kindly donate at our bins, located at the church and in the foyer at the library. We frequently find donations tucked inside these bins, and are always grateful for the thoughtfulness of area residents that are donating.”
Currently, donations of preserved fruit in tins or jars such as, apple sauce, fruit cocktail, peach slices or pineapple would be appreciated. There is also a need for such personal care products like, hair shampoo and conditioner, deodorant as well as laundry detergent.
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: email@example.com 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.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Girl Guide Cookies
Cookie Day in Bayfield will be Saturday, Nov. 13!
Members of Bayfeild Guiding will have a table set up in front of Hive on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell their Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies. These sweet treats are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box.
Grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale this year. There will not be a Chocolatey Mint Cookie campaign in 2021.
Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who can't wait for Cookie Day can purchase a box, or two by contacting Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email email@example.com.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) final hike of the year will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17th – National Take a Hike Day which is observed each year in Canada and the United States.
There are over 90,000 km of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. Try 3.5 km of them on Mavis’ Trail and Taylor Trail on this day starting at 2 p.m.
Mavis’ Trail is named after area community activist Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. The Taylor Trail is an optional 1 km loop. The hike will last about 90 minutes. Meet at Varna Complex on the Mill Road (Rt 3) 5 km east of Bayfield. A map of the trails can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail. Dogs on leash welcome. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington and Annerieke VanBeets.
For more information contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. People are asked not to participate if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.
The BRVTA members would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail is now closed for hunting season through Dec. 31st..
A veteran of the Napoleonic Wars at 11 years of age, Henry Bayfield came to Canada commandeering a gunboat on Lake Champlain until the end of the American war in 1815. He then began the task of surveying and mapping the East coast of Canada, the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. He developed friendships with the First Nations, speaking five indigenous languages. People can now read about this man who helped shape the country that we live in today in “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield” by David Yates. This book is available at the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre located at 20 Main St. N or by mail. This limited edition, hardcover book is being sold for $40 while the softcover is $15. Please visit www.bayfieldhistorical.ca for more information. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)