yates autographs copies of new historical society book
As part of Christmas in Bayfield, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) welcomed Huron County historian David Yates on Nov. 13-14 to autograph his new biography of Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. The local author personalized copies for shoppers who were excited to find the perfect gift for history lovers. On Saturday afternoon, Yates, who is a retired high school teacher, had the opportunity to write a special inscription for his much-admired elementary school teacher, Bayfield resident Carol Simons. On Sunday, Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp came in to say hello and pick up his book.
On Nov. 13, Yates, who is a retired high school teacher, had the opportunity to write a special inscription for his much-admired elementary school teacher, Bayfield resident Carol Simons. (Photo by Julia Armstrong)
On Nov. 14, Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp came in to say hello to author David Yates (right) and pick up his book. (Photo by Deborah Curran)
Anyone looking to pick up a copy of the book can still do so as volunteers will be at the BHS Archives and Heritage Centre on 20 Main St. N., each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. until Dec. 19.
“Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield” written by Yates, and published by the BHS, explores the life and work of this remarkable navigator and chart maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. It is available in limited-edition hardcover, numbered and signed, for $40. The softcover version is $15. The book is 48 pages and offers full-color images.
Foodland supports food bank through holiday campaign
The Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers and clients are very grateful to have the assistance of Bayfield Foodland again this Christmas season.
Shoppers can purchase pre-packaged bags of needed non-perishable products, a terrific assortment of foods and home care items, for $5, $10, or $20 a bag. New this year, Bayfield Foodland can also accept monetary donations at the till in increments of $5 if people prefer to donate in that fashion.
“By donating dollars at the till, the food bank is able to purchase other much needed foods and personal care items, otherwise not readily available to us, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats; dairy and baked goods for those with food allergies and sensitivities; liquid meal replacements for those recovering from illness or dental surgery; baby diapers and formula; and more,” said President of the BAFB Board of Directors, Terry Henderson. “Monetary donations allow the food bank versatility to purchase what is specifically needed by our clients. BAFB sincerely thanks Bayfield Foodland and the neighboring community, for their extremely generous support of our program.”
Alternatively, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Collection bins for non-perishable items can now be found at Crichet Handmade Designs, 20 Catherine St, Unit C, (the little barn across from Virtual High School); the foyer at the Bayfield Public Library and on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.
Gingerbread Cookie event happening early december
“Take & Make” Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last. (Submitted photo)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bayfield! And the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) elves are busy getting ready for their biggest children’s event of the year – Gingerbread Cookie Decorating.
This year’s event will be a “Take & Make” format. The gingerbread cookie decorating kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last. There is no need to register for this event.
Each cookie kit will contain a gingerbread cookie with all the decorations needed to create a delicious masterpiece at home. A gluten-free cookie option will be available. Also included in the kit will be a fun craft and a draw ticket to be filled out at the event for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to The Village Bookshop. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed draw tickets. The draw will take place on Dec. 4 just after 2 p.m.
In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. FOBL members will be on hand to make sure that social distancing protocols are followed.
After the event, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to send photos of the completed cookie masterpieces to firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. For privacy reasons, no photos of children will be posted.
Optimists hosting meet and greet this Saturday
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.
volunteers needed at Community centre
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.
vote for your favorite businesses until NOv. 22
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.
Nominations for businesses and services in Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron concluded on Nov. 12. People can see the nominated businesses and services online by visiting welovewhatslocal.ca.
The top five businesses in each category will be highlighted on the GBACC social media and website. Public voting is happening now until Nov. 22. 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!”
rough start for Magnum
Magnum (Submitted photo)
Magnum is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.
Magnum arrived at the Rescue on Saturday in very rough shape. He had a ruptured eye, bad limp, a belly full of worms, an upper respiratory infection, was malnourished and in overall distress. Volunteers rushed him to the weekend emergency clinic and he is now on medication, health-related food, pain meds and has a prescription for lots of love and snuggles.
Those currently caring for him describe him as a fighter. They note he has had to have a few baths as in his current state with limited vision and balance going to the litter box properly is a challenge but he climbs in and makes the effort everytime.
Magnum has lost the vision in one eye and will likely lose this eye but nothing seems to be keeping this little guy down. Given his age and condition it has been decided to hold off on surgery until he is stronger but when he’s ready he will need a forever loving home.
Please emaiil email@example.com for more information if you have room in your home for Magnum.
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.
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season, but just as was done in 2020, he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in a continued effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!
Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com.
The Bayfield Lions are holding a turkey raffle once more! There are 35 turkeys to be won, with the proceeds going to the Huron County Women's Shelter and Second Stage Housing, Bayfield Area Food Bank, and the Tanner Steffler Foundation.
Tickets are $10 each or five for $40. Only 500 tickets have been printed! The draw date is Dec. 9, at noon.
There are four ways to purchase tickets: online at www.bayfieldlions.ca/turkeyraffle; by calling and leaving a message at 519 565-2944, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-person at the Lions Booth set up in front of the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. until Dec. 4. Licence No.: 800566.
Just in time for the holiday season, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has a cookbook available for purchase.
The Knox Church Cookbook has over 150 wonderful recipes provided by the congregation and former Ministers. The books are selling for $15 each and they can be ordered through any member of the congregation or by leaving a message on the Church phone at 519 565-2913.
Knox Church, Bayfield continues to offer book studies on ZOOM and all are welcome to participate. "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to take part are asked to contact Rev. Lisa Dolson by calling 519 955-2158 or emailing email@example.com to be added to the Book Club email list. The ZOOM link is sent each week.
The Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.! These worship services are also live streamed and recorded. For those who would prefer to participate from home the livestream can be found on YouTube at Knox Bayfield Sunday Service. The worship services are also recorded for later viewing on YouTube. Visit pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ for a link to Knox’s YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.
Bring Pioneer Park home for Christmas!
For the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Brad Turner, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and director, and Bayfield resident, has donated a limited edition of four images of Pioneer Park that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Turner’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to the community’s healthy and vital future.
Photographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)
Any, or all, of these images could make a wonderful gift this Christmas for those who hold a special place in their hearts for Pioneer Park with all proceeds going to the PPA. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400.
They are available for purchase at The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield. Inquiries may be sent to Sandra via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 548-388-1101.
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.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) final hike of the year will be held on today (Nov. 17) – 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.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened!
Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519 565-5824.
COOKIE DAY SUCCESS
Cookie Day in Bayfield held on Nov. 13 was an unequivicol success with members of Bayfield Guiding selling 229 boxes of cookies in five hours! The membership and their families would like to thank Jenny Wallace, owner of the Hive for allowing them to sell in front of her store. There are now a very limited number of the Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Cookies remaining for sale. Anyone who would like a box, or two, of these tasty treats can reach out to Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In this photo Guides Valerie King and Leora Greer-Armour pose with the sales display they organized. (Photo by Kathleen Greer-Armour)