BELLS PEAL ACROSS THE NATION
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Fourteen people participated in the Ringing of the Bells to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at Trinity Anglican Church on Sunday, Nov. 11. Posing for a picture before the chimes rang out were FR l-r: Barb Graham-Scott, Ashlynn McCowan, 1st Bayfield Girl Guide; Wynn Graham, Gayle Beuermann and Molly Allan, 1st Bayfield Girl Guides. BR: Joan Cluff, Siobhan Kleuskens, Rev. Wayne Mallot, Olga Palmer, John Pounder and Dana McCowan, 1st Bayfield Brownies.
Fourteen people, of all ages, gathered excitedly in the sanctuary of Trinity Anglican Church late on the afternoon of Nov. 11. A timer was set to notify all when 5 p.m. arrived. And at the appointed hour the first person to ring the church bell stepped up to the rope and gave it an earnest tug – the sound of the bell above was clearly heard and then off in the distance there came another bell answering the call and then another...The Bells of Peace were calling out across Clan Gregor Square…just as they did 100 years before.
The 2018 initiative was presented by the Royal Canadian Legion – Veterans Affairs Bells of Peace campaign requesting that the bells ring from places of worship, city halls, military bases and naval vessels. The bell ringing began in St. John’s Nfld., and ended on Vancouver Island, BC, as the sun set in different time zones across the country. Three Bayfield churches, Trinity Anglican, St. Andrew’s United and Knox Presbyterian participated as did the Peace Tower bells in Ottawa. In addition, bells could be heard in Mons, Belgium, the final town freed by the Canadians at the end of WWI.
Olga Palmer, whose father, Maj. the Rev. George Youmatoff; M/CPL served in the second world war helped ring the bell at Trinity.
Trinity is the host location for Bayfield Guiding so members were invited to help ring the bell. Molly Allan was a very enthusiastic participant.
On Sunday, each peal honored the more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders that were killed in WWI and the more than 172,000 wounded.
The bell ringers took turns cycling through ringing five times each…and alternatively they ran to the church door to hear the echoes clearer, as they did so many imagined what it must have been like 100 years ago when news of the armistice arrived in this nation and the spontaneous bell ringing began.
So much has transpired in the decades since the war to end all wars. So much that those people so jubilant on that day could not foresee...100 years later global peace still remains just out of reach but as it was in 1918 so it is in 2018 - hope remains.
Joan Cluff (pictured) and her granddaughter, Siobhan Kleuskens, made it a multi-generational event.
Rev. Wayne Mallot and 1st Bayfield Girl Guide Ashley McCowan shared the honor of ringing the bell the last five times to reach 100.
LET THE MERRIMENT COMMENCE - IT'S CHRISTMAS IN BAYFIELD
Santa arrives in Bayfield this weekend. He will be spreading good cheer along the village parade route starting at 11 a.m. (Photo by John Pounder)
There is a general buzz in the air as the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Christmas in Bayfield Committee makes the final preparations for their annual festive weekend, Nov. 17-19. Now just two sleeps away, the lights are strung in the trees in Clan Gregor Square and along Main Street. Wreaths are being placed on doors and windows creating an inviting ambience for people to begin their holiday shopping and share in some village traditions.
The annual Lighting of the Lights will take place in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. There will be carol singing with Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans plus a visit from a very special guest in a red suit. The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be serving hot dogs and the Bayfield Skating Club will be present with some tasty hot chocolate!
The stores on Main Street will be open on Friday evening until the crowds fade away as well as from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Please find below some of the events planned for this holiday kickoff weekend in the village. There are even more events listed throughout this week’s issue so be sure to read those ones too. Let the merriment begin!
CHRISTMAS IN BAYFIELD PHOTO EVENT:
Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield will be hosting a free photo event in front of their Christmas backdrop on Nov. 16 from 2-5:45 p.m. Great opportunity to have family photos done for Christmas. This is a free event, but donations to the Huron County Christmas Bureau will be accepted and appreciated.
WREATH, SWAGS AND GREENS SALE: The Bayfield Agricultural Society in support of the Bayfield Community Fair will be selling fresh evergreen wreaths and swags outside St. Andrew's United Church on Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special orders can be made by calling 519 263-2404 or 226 441-2016.
HOLLY BERRY BAZAAR: St. Andrew’s United Church Women (UCW) will host their annual “Christmas Holly Berry Bazaar and Market over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend, this year it is scheduled for Nov. 16-17. The sale will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday from 4- 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will feature baking, crafts, quilts and a food booth serving soup, pulled pork on a bun and baked beans.
FREE CARRIAGE RIDES: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday during the kick-off of Christmas in Bayfield.
CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE: The Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast is offering a wonderfully unique gathering of artisans in their new garden house event building. Christmas gifts, flowers, jewellery, candles, Devore and more will be available for purchase on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SANTA CLAUS PARADE: Folks will be able to watch the parade starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17 as it makes its way along Bayfield Main Street North, along Clan Gregor Square and down John Street toward the Bayfield Arena.
PET PICTURES WITH SANTA: Dianne Brandon Photography will be set up in the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 to capture images of furry friends with the jolly old elf. Donations accepted to the Lions Foundation of Canada.
HURON SONG CAROLLING: Some of the Huron Song Singers will be carolling
in front of the Lake House of Bayfield at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17.
ESCAPE TO TUSCANY RECEPTION: The Lake house of Bayfield will be hosting an Escape to Tuscany Reception at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18. The reception will allow people to learn more about this exclusive escorted tour by Carlson Wagonlit Travel through a photographer's presentation. Complimentary appetizers and wine will be served.
MAGICAL MUSICAL TRADITION
The London Citadel Salvation Army Band is coming to town! On Friday, Nov. 23, they will provide a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” at the Bayfield Town Hall. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood. Anyone who has not yet heard them is in for a treat. Come and enjoy fabulous musicians filling the hall with a big brass sound. Tickets are $15 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Life at the rink
There is lots of hockey happening at the Bayfield Arena this week and members of the community are invited to come out and watch a game or two.
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Seaforth Legions tonight (Nov. 14) starting at 8:30 p.m.
Tomorrow night (Nov. 15), the team known as Bayfield 50+ will host Goderich starting at 8 p.m.
To round out the week, the sixth annual Bayfield Relics 50+ tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 starting at 11 a.m.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
The Women of Knox will again be hosting their Chili Luncheon during Christmas in Bayfield weekend.
Regular, Turkey and Vegetarian Chili will be offered as well as garlic toast, beverages and assorted desserts. The meal will be served from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. The cost is $8 per adult and just $4 for children aged four to 12 years.
A great way to refuel during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas in Bayfield events.
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.
“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.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? At $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!
Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling cookies on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Gravy Boat on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can't wait until Christmas in Bayfield weekend? They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.
Gobble up some fun at the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Dec. 3
The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Bingo starting at 7 p.m.
There will be an opportunity to win 14 Turkeys as well as five Share the Wealth games. In addition, there will be draws for two Turkey door prizes.
LETTERS TO SANTA
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 14 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.
NEW INITIATIVE GRANTS
Is your organization aware of local issues that need to be addressed? Are you considering how to best deliver services to the community? United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer these types of questions through their New Initiative Grants (NIG).
“The New Initiative Grant process is a great opportunity for the community,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “It’s a way to respond to emerging needs, test service models, support smaller projects and help pilot new ones.”
NIGs provide up to $20,000 for one year for projects developed by registered Canadian charities or not-for-profits who are planning to, or already deliver, social and community services in Perth and/or Huron County.
Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. Submissions will then be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not their initiative has been approved to move on to the full application stage. Full applications are then submitted by Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight.
This past year’s recipient, the Local Community Food Centre (LCFC), received a grant for their Newcomer’s Community Kitchen to bring newcomers along with their sponsors and friends together over a meal. The food, prepared by the participants, provides an occasion to mingle and meet new friends.
“The grant gave the LCFC the opportunity to address a gap in local services,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to seeing what plans organizations have to help us address needs in their communities.”
For more details, please visit www.perthhuron.unitedway.ca/funding, or contact Megan Partridge, director Governance & Community Impact, at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or email@example.com.
United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and works to inspire lasting change. It helps almost 50 supported partners locally. United Way is the region’s largest non-government funder and a valued advocate, incubator, researcher, and planner. To donate, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
the Art Project for People grows into second show
Proceeds from each work benefit a local or global charity. “Four Seasons” was created especially for Rural Response for Healthy Children. (Photo by Bethany Ann Davidson)
They call it “adding to the beauty”, and they’re doing it however they’re able: WorldRooted: the Art Project for People (WRAPP) founder Bethany Ann Davidson paints and writes to advocate for meaningful change; Paul the Maker crafts works of art from wood; former refugee and middle-school student Baraa Al Ali shares her poetry; Kimberly Hart whips up her famous sugar cookies or a hand-drawn mandala. Up to 100 per cent of the proceeds from each piece benefit a humanitarian or ecological project.
“WorldRooted began when I saw my Syrian friends hurting for the home they’d lost,” said Davidson. “I started painting flowers so I could give them something beautiful – and a little money for their family, too. Since then the tribe has grown, and we’ve sold more than 40 works to send over $2,000 to local and global charities.”
Some of the pieces are on display now at Cait’s Café on The Square in Goderich or visit www.bethanyann.ca to view the whole collection, connect with the charities and buy $25 tickets to the next event: “WorldRooted at the Staysh”, happening on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7-11 p.m.
“The first show was a coffee house at Cait’s and we didn’t want it to be the last. No one knew how WorldRooted would grow after that, but it had to be organic.”
Enter Kati Durst, who declared it was time to add her voice to “something really special”.
And so, it will be a concert. Fauxpop Station (“the Staysh”) has served as Davidson’s second home for years – fire notwithstanding. Food and drink for the evening flows naturally, too: the same Syrian friends are happy to provide a Middle-Eastern buffet; and what better source for refreshment than East Street Cider Company, only a block away?
Local charity leaders, who both inspire and inform the art, will be in attendance not as promoters but as honored guests. Durst’s music will accompany a live art performance by Davidson. Small items will be available to purchase or order in time for Christmas.
As the Staysh fills, the WorldRooted community grows, drawing a culture of awareness and support that’s truly beautiful.
half of households in Huron- Perth don't earn living wage
A Living Wage Week event was held in Goderich hosted by the Social Research Planning Council (SRPC) and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) at Libro Credit Union on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Unveiling the living wage figure was l-r: Tabitha Fisher, Libro; Huron County Warden Jim Ginn, Marty Rops, Libro; Pam Hanington, Huron County Health Unit; Mike Ash, Ryan Erb, Susanna Reid and Kathy Vassilakos, UWPH.
What does it take to make ends meet in our communities?
That was the central question of a Living Wage Week event in Goderich hosted by the Social Research Planning Council (SRPC) and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) at Libro Credit Union on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The answer came in the form of the announcement of the newly calculated Living Wage for Huron and Perth Counties of $17.44 per hour.
“We feel this is an important discussion to have in our communities,” says SRPC Director Susanna Reid. “Numbers show us that about half of households in Perth and Huron aren’t earning a Living Wage. We want to let people know what a Living Wage is, the benefits it brings to families, how employers can become certified and how communities can engage and take action.”
The monthly costs of a family of four, were taken into account, with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week once government transfers and deductions are considered, the Living Wage reflects the point at which a household in Huron and Perth can afford to meet its basic needs including food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. The Living Wage encourages families to participate in the economic and social life of their communities, is voluntary for employers and is adjusted regularly to reflect increases in the cost of living. The new standardized calculation applies province-wide across all communities that are part of the Ontario Living Wage Network.
“As an organization we support the Living Wage,” added Marty Rops, Regional manager at Libro Credit Union. “It aligns with our compensation philosophy of establishing a positive work environment and providing competitive wages which helps us attract and keep great staff; and we believe it strengthens the communities we passionately serve. We recognize different businesses will make their own decisions about the best way to contribute to the health of their communities and Libro encourages that conversation always.”
The SRPC is operated by United Way and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables UWPH to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.
United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and supports 48 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties that address #unignorable issues in our communities. To help UWPH support these services, donations are gladly accepted: call 519 271-7730 / 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
two more nursing students being mentored at Gateway
Holly Al, Gwen Devereaux and Stefani Hickmott presented at "Rural Talks to Rural", a conference held in Blyth, ON in mid-October. (Submitted photos)
Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and Nipissing University are once again collaborating to provide placement for community projects as part of the Nipissing University Distance Learning Program. This semester Vice President Gateway Board of Directors, Gwen Devereaux RN is mentoring two nursing students. This is the third cohort of nursing students that Gateway has hosted.
Devereaux stated she really enjoys assisting these ambitious and dedicated students who are working full time in our communities and at the same time, carrying out a study and placement program that over five years will lead to a BScN.
The two students commented as follows:
Holly Al: “I graduated from HealthKick’s local Practical Nursing Program and began my nursing career in 2010 as a Registered Practical Nurse in the Wingham & District Hospital. The fact that I would be able to pursue a college education in a field I loved and was passionate about was very important. Being able to obtain my education locally was extremely instrumental in where I am today. To further develop my nursing career while working with the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, I returned to school to obtain my nursing degree (RPN-BScN Distance Learning Program) at Nipissing University. The opportunity to work with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health to complete part of my program locally, means everything.”
Stefani Hickmott: “I currently am working on my third year of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Nipissing University. I completed a Bachelor of Health Science (2005) from Western University and the Practical Nursing Program (2013) from Georgian College, through HealthKick in Huron County. I am currently working as an RPN at AMGH while completing my community nursing semester. I am excited to be working for four months with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.”
“We are very happy to assist our nursing students this year. Gateway’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. We are always interested in researching health issues relevant to our local community members. There is no better way than to assist our local health care professionals to advance their education. Once again, we have two very bright students and we are delighted to help,” said Devereaux.
Al and Hickmott have identified a need for information and education around the legalization of recreational cannabis. They are looking at strategies to increase community awareness. Gateway is very interested in learning from this important project.
“Hi my name is Pierce and I am from the Seaforth S.O.A.R program. On Nov. 17, we are taking over the Huron County Museum. We are taking over the Huron County Museum to learn about museums and what better way is there than taking over all the jobs at the Huron County Museum!”
The Huron County Museum’s staff have been working with students from the Avon Maitland District School Board’s S.O.A.R. program since September of this year. Museum staff have been teaching the students about all aspects of Museum operations including curatorial work, artifact care, exhibit creation and design, archives procedures, marketing, guest services and more.
On Nov. 17, the students will use their new knowledge to take over management of the Huron County Museum. Stop in anytime between 1-4 p.m. to meet the kids and see the exhibit they have created called “Dinner Back Then”.
At the request of the students, admission to Takeover Day will be by cash donation to the Huron County Food Bank. The student exhibit, Dinner Back Then will be on display at the Museum until Dec. 1.
Follow the students’ progress on-line: #SOARTakeoverDay.
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.
Estate planning Seminar
Together we can help create a future where dementia is defeated, and Super Heroes rule the day! Current statistics tell us that the prevalence of dementia will skyrocket in our generation. Over the next 25 years, the number of people with dementia in Canada is predicted to climb from over 500,000 to 1,125,000. That means one person will develop dementia every two minutes. A staggering and frightening statistic.
With this health crisis looming, the question that is increasingly on everyone’s mind is: “Will we be ready to face this enormous challenge?” The answer is uncertain, because the future of dementia care for our parents, employees, colleagues, friends and even for ourselves is being created right now. What we do today will make or break our hopes for effective health care tomorrow.
November is Make a Will month. With the rising tide of dementia and other brain related diseases, it is crucial that Canadians complete a valid and up-to-date Will and Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care before any potential capacity issues arise. The Alzheimer’s Society of Huron County is urging everyone to complete their Will and Powers of Attorney.
On Wednesday, Nov. 21, they will be hosting two Will, Estate and Financial Planning Seminars. The seminars will run from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Exeter Lions Youth Centre, 125 John Street.
This free event features a panel of experts including Chief Development Officer for Planned Giving, Colleen Bradley; Dwayne LaPorte, Financial advisor Ig Wealth Management; Norman Pickell, a lawyer specializing in Wills, Estate Planning and Powers of Attorney, and Haskett Funeral Home.
For more information visit: http://alzheimer.ca/en/huroncounty/About-us/Special-Events or call 519 482-1482.
Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people three opportunities to experience their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.
This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by Wheels.ca, will run Nov. 15-17, Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
The greenhouse is open from noon to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.
REMARKABLE CITIZENS SOUGHT
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations to recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.
The Seventh Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 16).
Each year, Remarkable Citizens Awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce.
"Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding,” Thompson said. “It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these special people are. They help make their communities better in so many different and impactful ways and I look forward to honoring even more citizens from our riding this year."
To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include two pictures of the nominee.
Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. P.O. Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, P.O. Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.
“There's no better way to kick off the new year than recognizing remarkable people who are making a difference in our communities," Thompson said.
Five decades of keeping skaters sharp and their skates even sharper
Retired Professional Figure Skating Coach Bruce Brady hopes that his skills as a skate sharpener will help enhance people's ice time experience. His business, Comp-edge is located on Old River Road in Bayfield. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Comp-edge is a skate sharpening business but the man behind the machine brings far more to the process than just a precise blade. Bruce Brady has devoted over six decades of his life to time on the ice.
He retired in 2014 but didn’t want to completely walk away from the skating world so when the opportunity to purchase a skate sharpening machine arose he did so. He was not new to the skill as early on in his career as a coach he had sharpened skates. He has worked with all levels of figure skaters and hockey players, many on the competitive stage. He coached a young Lloyd Eisler who went on to become both a World Champion and Olympic Medalist in Pairs and he also worked with the Ottawa Senators.
He explained that the edge created on the blade is different for each discipline be it free skating, ice dance or power skating.
“I thought I could bring this knowledge to Bayfield and share it. People are travelling to London, Listowel or Port Albert to get their skates sharpened and I am here, ready and willing to do the job. The first person I would look for in a skate sharpener if I was having my blades sharpened is someone with both coaching skills and sharpening experience,” Brady said.
He suggests that the average hockey player should have their skates sharpened once every three weeks.
“It doesn’t use up any more skate blade and keeps the edge constant. It isn’t a money grab, as you can’t perform well on a fresh sharpen and the body acclimatizes to the skate blade until it gradually gets dull.”
He noted he loves sharpening skates; getting to meet the kids and watching them grow and progress.
If life is anything like skating compulsory figures Brady has perfected the circle, returning to Bayfield after spending the 70s as a resident here.
“I was born and raised in Seaforth but came to Bayfield when I was 22 so when I retired at 65 it took me less time than a heartbeat to determine where I wanted to go.”
Brady started his life on the ice in hockey skates playing for Seaforth but he was small for his age and the contact element to the sport proved challenging.
“Jack Eisler was my hockey coach and he said to me one day, ‘Bruce, we’re going to have to let you go. You’re the best skater we’ve got on the team but we’ve carried you off the ice three times in this game.’”
Around the same time, Brady’s father, a Seaforth doctor, had suggested that one of his friends who had been diagnosed with Epilepsy take up figure skating so that he could be active but avoid contact sports as too much jarring could precipitate a seizure.
“I was encouraged to join my friend. My father of course didn’t realize that despite the lack of contact in the sport there would be lots of falls on the ice so my friend quit after three months and I’m still involved some 60 years later despite the fact that being a figure skater in 1959 in rural Southwestern Ontario wasn’t without its challenges.”
Brady moved from skater to coach and his father once again proved to be instrumental in progressing his career.
“My father was Lloyd Eisler’s family doctor. Lloyd had a club foot as a child and so my father suggested figure skating as a sport for him and so for the first four or five years of his skating career I was his coach. I sent him on to my favorite coach in Preston, ON where he began performing at the nation level and then onward – but no matter where he went he always represented Seaforth, Ontario when he skated.”
In 1980, Brady was given the opportunity to go east to Labrador to fill a high-level, professional coaching position and during his tenure there a high-level club was built with skaters placing well in Eastern Canadian competitions.
“Labrador has lovely people with -40C winters and summers with black flies like chainsaws so when a job became available in Edmundston, New Brunswick I moved there.”
While in New Brunswick he coached some national level competitors and also produced some Canadian Winter Game medalists. And then Brady made the move to Ottawa where he worked at the Napanee District Skating Club and enjoyed similar success as he had in New Brunswick.
“The Napanee Club is one of the largest clubs in Canada and the venue meant more hours and more pay. It was an opportunity for me to be able to both pay the mortgage and enjoy some success,” he said.
And he did enjoy every minute of it. The discipline of skating produced not only great skaters but he also can boast a professional golfer and a pro-football player on his list of former students.
“Youth can benefit from any competitive sport – it gets them active and away from the screens. I used to have to talk to the skaters’ teachers about their attendance in class as they would often miss school. Most times their marks would go up, not down, as they were being taught discipline and time management while participating in the sport,” he said.
Life as a figure skating coach has evolved just as the sport did when the ISU Judging System replaced the 6.0 system in 2004. The new system was created in response to the 2002 Winter Olympics figure skating scandal, in an attempt to make the scoring system more objective and less vulnerable to abuse.
“In the 70s through the 90s you could identify a talent, train and teach them. Coaches provided the whole package, technique, music and choreography and I loved doing all of that. In the last ten years with the introduction of the new scoring system programs are better designed with the aid of a computer, when that started to become the norm I decided it was time to retire.”
But in this new capacity as skate sharpener he can still help others enhance their time on the ice. Comp-Edge is located at 35062 Old River Road in Bayfield on the former Carriage Works property. The business is open seven days a week. Call 519 639-4533 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
huron residential hospice
Murder mystery raises funds for children's room
Judy Keightley, who acted as the M.C. for the evening, also wrote and directed the production. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
The audience got to vote on who they thought “did it”. This produced a variety of answers, whilst the responses to “motive” also produced some very inspiring guesses! (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
The play was based on one of Judy Keightley’s famous Rose Blair Bayfield Murder Mystery books. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
The cast included Sandy Scotchmer as Gillian Jeffries, Wayne Malott as Wayne BoyDeed, Linda Forbes as Marnie McNab, Jerry Selk as Jerry Mungo, Peter Keightley as Robbie Saunders and Paul Hill as Hank Miller.
Peter Keightley as Robbie Saunders and Linda Forbes as Marnie McNab, provided an evening of fun and laughter for those who attended the Murder Mystery Theatre. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Volunteers such as Helen Varekamp (left) served up an excellent meal prepared by Renegades Diner. (Photo by Jack Pal)
In the end solving the crime didn't matter as much as raising just shy of $5,000 for the children's room at the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH). A cheque for the money raised at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 2 and 3 was presented to the HRH on Nov. 8. Those gathered for the cheque presentation were (seated left) Michele Hansen, a hospice visitor and Bill Anderson, the husband of a hospice resident. BR l-r: Kate Lloyd-Rees, volunteer with the Bayfield Committee for HRH; Kevin Kale, a HRH board member and volunteer with the Bayfield Committee; Judy Keightley, author and director for the Murder Mystery Theater; and Shirley Dinsmore, Executive director of Huron Hospice. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
PHOTOS BY GARY LLOYD-REES AND JACK PAL
For two nights, Bayfield was witness to murder, mayhem and mystery! Who killed Joe Berry, the lead singer of the famous “The Berries” band, found stabbed to death in the jail at the Town Hall?
This was the question that was asked of attendees at each sold out performance of the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 2 and 3, in aid of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH).
The play was based on one of Judy Keightley’s famous Rose Blair Bayfield Murder Mystery books. A stellar cast of well-known local thespians produced over-the-top performances whilst being “interviewed” by Keightley who acted as the M.C. for the evening in addition to having written and directed the production. The result was an evening full of fun and laughter. Keightley asked the audience to vote on who they thought “did it”. This produced a variety of answers, whilst the responses to “motive” also produced some very inspiring guesses!
The cast included Linda Forbes as Marnie McNab, Sandy Scotchmer as Gillian Jeffries, Peter Keightley as Robbie Saunders, Paul Hill as Hank Miller, Jerry Selk as Jerry Mungo and Wayne Malott as Wayne BoyDeed. Philip Keightley, who played Joe Berry in a video of his last performance, also acted as Sound/Lighting Engineer. Alison Lobb was the show’s Producer.
Michelle Field, representing HRH, shared some information about Hospice on Friday evening and also thanked the director, the actors, and the Bayfield Committee. Gail Trewitt, again representing the Hospice, did the same on Saturday.
The Bayfield Committee for HRH would like to thank the author for suggesting this play as a fundraiser for Hospice, and then putting in many hours getting it to the stage. They would also like to thank and acknowledge the many volunteers who helped out each evening. Thanks also to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for providing and running the bar and to Renegades Diner for producing an excellent meal.
Thanks to the generous donation from the play’s sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment Advisor with Manulife Securities in Exeter, the play raised close to $5,000 for Hospice.
Following the evening, Field commented, “The Bayfield Murder Mystery and Dinner fundraising event was a huge success this weekend in Bayfield. A sold-out performance both nights was so brilliantly done by author Judy Keightley and cast. The Bayfield Committee has been actively fundraising to purchase the naming rights of the Children’s Room in the Hospice. They are well over half way to reaching this goal!”
A stellar cast of well-known local thespians, like Sandy Scotchmer and Wayne Mallot, produced over-the-top performances whilst being “interviewed”. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Linda Forbes and Jerry Selk were two members of the cast. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Who killed Joe Berry, the lead singer of the famous “The Berries” band, found stabbed to death in the jail at the Town Hall? Was it Peter Keightley as Robbie Saunders (left) or Paul Hill as Hank Miller? Or was it one of the other four suspects? (Photo by Jack Pal)
The Bayfield Committee for the Huron Residential Hospice has been actively fundraising to purchase the naming rights of the Children’s Room in the Hospice. And due to the efforts of many volunteers like those who helped serve the dinner at the Murder Mystery they are now over half-way to their goal. (Photo by Jack Pal)
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I knew before I even got out of bed Tuesday morning that winter had come to Huron County. It is a start of day ritual for me to check the weather, emails, Facebook and Instagram on my tablet before my feet touch the ground. In the winter I sometimes add road closures and school bus cancellations to that list.
Yesterday my friends were singing out loud and clear. Winter is here! Winter is here! Videos and snaps of snowy views filled my feed and nourished my soul. The unofficial arrival of the season came in gently and Mother Nature softly painted our world in a palette that was fresh and white. Winter’s first kiss was beautiful and hopefully will help set the mood for the 27th Christmas in Bayfield weekend. And for this moment at least, before the squalls and repetitive grey days tint our rose-colored glasses, we are in love with the white stuff – Melody
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