generosity overwhelms bayfield food bank
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Upper photo:Brad and Melissa Maidment offered shoppers the opportunity to purchase pre-packaged groceries for the Bayfield Food Bank and the Bayfield Firefighters held a food drive at the grocery store on Saturday as well as collecting cash donations and food along the route of the Santa Claus parade. Rev. Wayne Mallot and Terry Boa-Youmatoff from Feed My Sheep accepted the food from the Maidments on Saturday afternoon. Lower photo: On the job accepting donations at the grocery store were l-r: Don Knox, Tim Hoover, Brad Maidment, Kyle Kruse, Josh McClinchey, and Chief Jack Bender. (Submitted photos)
Once again visitors to and residents of the Bayfield community proved that they care by sharing with those less fortunate.
The Bayfield Fire Department held their annual Food Drive on Saturday collecting non-perishable items and cash donations along the Santa Claus parade route and then they set up camp at Bayfield Foodland accepting pre-packed grocery bags for the Bayfield Food Bank, Feed My Sheep.
“From donations along the parade route and the fire department spending the afternoon at Bayfield Foodland, they were able to collect six heaping grocery carts full of food and over $1,200 in cash donations!” said Brad Maidment, owner of Bayfield Foodland, as well as a Bayfield Firefighter.
Later in the day The Glee Sisters choir also collected cash donations and food items for the local food bank at their annual children’s concert.
Feed My Sheep representatives were overwhelmed by the generosity.
“Saturday was a busy, fun day for all in Bayfield! The spirit of Christmas abounded at the Santa Claus Parade where the firefighters collected donations as well as the delightful presentation of the Glee Sisters concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing Feed My Sheep. “We thank all those who so kindly contributed to the many events in support of our project to provide food in a dignified manner for those struggling to meet their needs. Thank-you for caring and sharing.”
Even the community’s youngest members got into the spirit of giving. Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders from the Bayfield units took up the task of sorting and packing the donated non-perishables on Sunday afternoon to lessen the work of Bayfield Food Bank volunteers.
first responders recognized for life-saving skills
Those involved in a life saving operation in Zurich on Aug. 27 were honored and recognized by county officials recently. L-r: ACO Kellie Lawson, ACO Alicia Dodds, Paramedic Marion Taylor, Fire District Chief David Erb, Firefighter Doug Findlay, Firefighter Marty Merner, Retired Paramedic Brian Steckle, Sandra Barkley, Past Warden Joe Steffler, CAO Brenda Orchard, Chief of Emergency Service Jeff Horseman and Director of Operations Steven Lund. (Submitted photos)
Huron County Council recognized several first responders from the region for their life-saving skills during a special ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
These two real life scenarios that the first responders found themselves in played out as follows:
On Saturday, Aug. 27, a couple from Niagara Falls, ON were visiting the Zurich Bean Festival for the annual car show. They arrived early with other family members and decided to go to the arena for the Zurich Minor Athletic Association breakfast.
Upon entering the ice surface, Mrs. Barkley collapsed after having a sudden cardiac arrest. Zurich Firefighters Marty Merner, Doug Findlay and retired paramedic Brian Steckle came to Mrs. Barkley’s aid. They quickly did an assessment and found her to be without vital signs, at which point CPR was initiated. These first responders called 911 and used the Public Access Defibrillator from the Zurich arena to administer a shock. Upon calling 911, Ambulance Communication Officer (ACO) call-taker Kellie Lawson and ACO Alicia Dodds assisted the responders on scene with instructions for Mrs. Barkley’s care and dispatched an ambulance.
Huron County Paramedic Services crew Mitchel Homuth and Marion Taylor were at the Zurich station and subsequently arrived to the scene within three minutes of being contacted. Upon arrival they found Mrs. Barkley to be unconscious but with a pulse. After completing their assessments and stabilizing Mrs. Barkley, the crew transported her to South Huron Hospital with District Chief Erb attending as Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). Homuth felt there was a possibility of re-arrest. To their amazement, upon arrival at South Huron Hospital, Mrs. Barkley was conscious and able to answer simple questions. After being stabilized further at South Huron Hospital the crew transported Mrs. Barkley to London for further treatment.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the London Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) received a 911 call for an individual in medical distress in the Town of Goderich.
Those involved in a life saving operation in Goderich on Aug. 31 were honored and recognized by county officials recently. L-r: Paramedic David Wagner, ACO Virginia Davis, ACO Sheri Berndt, Paramedic Gary Renaud, Paramedic Heather Malley, Allan Pollard, Past Warden Joe Steffler, CAO Brenda Orchard, Chief of Emergency Service Jeff Horseman and Director of Operations Steven Lund. (Submitted photos)
ACO Virginia Davis took the call from Mrs. Pollard and assisted her over the phone to provide first aid to her husband, Allan, who was suffering chest pain. At the same time, ACO Sheri Berndt was dispatching an ambulance from the Huron County Paramedic Services’ Goderich station. Mr. Pollard’s condition worsened and ACO Davis listened to Mr. Pollard’s breathing over the phone and attempted to have Mrs. Pollard get her husband to the floor to start CPR as she recognized he was having agonal respirations. Mrs. Pollard was unable to do so as she could not lift her husband.
Huron County Paramedic Services PCP crew Heather Malley and Gary Renaud were dispatched to the residence and upon arrival assessed Mr. Pollard and found that he had now suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Malley and Renaud initiated their medical directive for sudden cardiac arrest. Renaud started CPR while Malley attached the cardiac monitor. Malley was then able to shock Mr. Pollard. After a reassessment his pulse had returned. As Mr. Pollard was being packaged for transport he experienced another cardiac arrest. Malley administered a subsequent shock. After two minutes of CPR, Mr. Pollard was reassessed and a strong carotid pulse was found. PCPs David Wagner and David Ludwig arrived to assist in removing him from his house where he became semi-conscious.
The crew then transported Mr. Pollard to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital where he was stabilized. The crew then transported Mr. Pollard to St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener to be treated further.
VIRTUAL WISH NOW REALITY
The VHS Run For Kids event held on Labour Day Weekend has reached its final tally - $7,754 was raised to support Make-A-Wish Child Memphis. Nine-year-old Memphis is living with Cystic Fibrosis. He enjoys video games and building Lego in his spare time. He plays hockey and does triathlons! Memphis has a cat named “Trader” and a dog known as “Lightning”. Memphis’ wish is now to go on a Caribbean Cruise so he can experience the greatest adventure of his life! He loves exploring and learning about history and culture and is excited to eat different kinds of food and try new things. The Virtual High School and the Optimist Club of Bayfield teamed up for the second time to host the run for Make-A-Wish South Western Ontario (SWO). The cheque was recently presented at the VHS’ office in Bayfield. L-r: Carley Andison and Charlene Marsman, of Make-A-Wish SWO; Joyce McIlwain, president of the Bayfield Optimists; Janet Brunswick, Bayfield Optimists and Jackie Loebach, Kim Loebach and Lisa Bedard, all representing VHS. (Submitted photo)
Time to nominate the Conservationist of the Year
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has celebrated seven decades of partnerships (1946 to 2016) in its 70th anniversary year. The local conservation authority, for more than 30 of those years, has honored local Conservationists of the Year. The annual award returns in 2017. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has presented the award since 1984. The ABCA is inviting you to nominate a person, farm, business, or organization that does positive work in the local watershed community.
“I would like to thank all the municipalities and individuals who have nominated someone for this award in past years,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Brian Horner. “I also invite you to consider nominating a person, farm, business, or organization for the coming year.”
Past winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities. Each award winner is a business, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.
The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the ABCA website at abca.on.ca. Simply type in ‘award’ in the search box at the top of the home page and then press ‘Search’ to find the page. Or, you can go directly to the page at this link: abca.on.ca/page.php?page=conservation-award.
The award is to be presented on March 16 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KM east of Exeter.
The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.
Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. To learn more please call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com.
It is because of community partnerships that work can be completed for the benefit of water, soil, and living things, said Horner.
“The Conservationist of the Year Award is a way we say thanks and to honor the community partners who make it all possible,” he said.
RIBBON CUTTING AT CONNOR HOUSE
Lorraine Dietz, of Massage Therapy on the Square, (centre) invited special guests to join her in an official ribbon cutting for her new business located in the historic Connor House on Clan Gregor Square. Joining in the ceremony were: Shaun Henry, vice president of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC); Mayor of Bluewater Tyler Hessel, Cathy Armour, Registered Massage Therapist; and Leanne Kavanagh, president of the BACC. (Submitted photo)
More than one hundred Voices to Perform Messiah at Knox
More than 120 choristers, including these members of the Blyth Festival Singers, will raise their voices to perform Handel's master opus "Messiah" on Dec. 4 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich. (Submitted photo)
Join the Blyth Festival Singers and Stratford Concert Choir at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich for the concert event of the season on Dec. 4.
More than 120 singers will raise their voices to perform Handel's master opus
"Messiah" starting at 3 p.m. One of Canada's foremost organists, Ian Sadler will accompany the mass choir on Knox's grand pipe organ - flooding the space with the powerful strains of this epic work.
Collaborations between Ian Sadler and conductor Sharon Poelstra have included Messiah on three previous occasions but this is the first time that their two choirs, the Blyth Festival Singers and the Stratford Concert Choir, will have the pleasure of performing together.
Soprano Jessica Tweedle, Mezzo Soprano Amanda Weatherall, Tenor Marcel vanHelden and Baritone Pat Bowman will join the mass choir. Goderich's own Murray Keith, on Timpani, and Julia Vaughan, on Trumpet will add their own special magic to the performance.
Many are not aware that Handel turned to composition when a stroke rendered him unable to perform. He was nearly blind when he composed 'Messiah".
Though traditionally sung at Easter or Christmas, the sacred work encompasses the life and passion of Christ. Its first performance was on Apr. 13, 1742 in a concert hall on Fishmongers Street in Dublin, Ireland because it was considered too controversial for a church. Two hundred and seventy-two years after its inaugural performance audiences still flock to hear this majestic oratorio at Christmas, and rise in elation as the signature "Hallelujah Chorus" fills the hall.
Adult tickets are $20. Youth under 16 years of age can get their first taste of this masterwork for only $10. Tickets can be purchased from the
Blyth Festival Singers or the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or
online at www.blythfestival.com. And, with seating for over 400 at Knox, you can even take your chances at a last minute ticket at the door. A reception will follow the performance.
Poelstra is the director of the Blyth Festival Singers. The group falls under the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts.
help raise the Thermometer
The target is set - $600,000 – and there’s a long way to go. The new Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017; help is needed now to reach this fundraising goal.
“Fundraising is a key part of the strategy and we are approaching corporations and service industries, local business, financial institutions and insurance companies to donate to the cause – and a good number have already lent their support. For this, we are very thankful, but the drive is still on. The $600,000 is the balance needed to boost the Ministry grant to be able to complete the expansion,” said Julian Bayley, a member of the BAFHT Board of Directors.
Several local initiatives such as, the Wackabout Golf Tournament and the Trip a Month draw have been introduced to raise funds – the golf tournament contributed significantly to the expansion and the vacation draw will bring in even more.
The thermometer is currently at 25 per cent of the fundraising goal of $600,000.
The new BAFHT medical facility will be an important health care hub in the area, so now is the time to get involved. It’s not just about money either, there is always something to do, volunteer to help organize and run an event, but make a point of being part of this exciting development, he suggested.
With another physician joining the team, BAFHT staff includes four doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, registered nurse and social worker. The facility has 13 examination rooms and is poised to register new patients.
Patients looking for a new family doctor or anyone wanting to help with fundraising should call Executive Director, Paula Kroll at 519 236-4413.
YOU'RE THE CHARLIE BROWNIEST
On Nov. 19, after the Santa Claus Parade, the Glee Sisters gave two performances at the Bayfield Town Hall that were fun for the whole family. This year they chose "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as their theme because it has been 50 years since the original television special first aired and a book has been published in celebration. Here from l-r Sue Scott, Sharon Brown and Elise Feltrin rock out! To see all the antics of Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the whole gang be sure to check out next week's issue of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Dec. 5 is the date for the much anticipated Bayfield Lions’ Annual Turkey Bingo.
The doors of the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. the games starting at 7 p.m. Fifteen turkeys will be available to be won along with several Share-the-Wealth games. In addition a turkey will be offered as a door prize.
Admission remains at $5 per person and includes one Bingo Card. All are welcome!
Calling all bird-lovers! Volunteers are needed for a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held under the auspices of Bird Studies Canada.
The CBC will take place on a day yet to be determined between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. The count will be centered at Parr Line and Bayfield Road with a diameter of 24 KMS.
If interested in learning more or participating please email Eryk Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bayfield Historical Society Board (BHSB) announces that Ralph Laviolette is retiring as the volunteer archivist.
For the past seven years, they have benefited greatly from his commitment and contributions. These include but are not limited to organizing and indexing much of the historical material, creating summer student job training and researcher positions, overseeing the website upgrade, researching and writing documents, organizing historical tours, responding to the constant stream of queries and representing the BHS throughout Huron County. The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his extensive work in promoting the history of Bayfield.
Although Laviolette has agreed to continue on a reduced hours schedule for the next few months, the BHSB has formally begun its search for a volunteer archivist. The key expectations of this position include collecting, storing, preserving and cataloging books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks and other historical material and making this information available for research. Please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187 if you are interested.
Children, parents and grandparents are invited to come join in some reindeer games on Dec. 10 when the Friends of the Bayfield Library host, “Fun with Reindeer” at the Bayfield Public Library.
Games, crafts and more will be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event is now in full flower!
This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by Wheels.ca, will continue Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3.
The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.
Blue Bayfield is inviting the community to an evening with Pat Donnelly and Jennifer Pat as they present, “The ‘Greats’: A Duet” on Nov. 24.
Donnelly is the Coastal Science and Stewardship Advisor for the Lake Huron Coastal Centre. He is a leading authority on coastal processes. He uses his background in hydrology and geomorphology to explain how the coast “works”. His topic for the evening will be “Coastal Processes 101”.
Pate is a Great Lakes and ocean researcher, geographer and film maker who recently lead a research eXXpedition of the “Greats”. She is proud to be a member of Blue Bayfield. Her topic of discussion will be “Plastices in our Waters”.
The event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshment will be served. Entrance to the event is by donation.
CHRISTMAS TREE DAY
Dec. 3 will be Christmas Tree Day in Bayfield as folks can visit Bayfield Foodland or Brandon’s Hardware and pick out the evergreen that shall grace their living room this holiday season and at the same time support the Bayfield Tree Project.
Starting at 1 p.m. on the Saturday, $5 from all trees purchased will be given to the Bayfield Tree Project. There are a limited number of trees available for this event so people should plan to drop by early and enjoy some holiday music and cheer while they select their perfect tree.
HOSPICE FOR HURON
People in the community are working together to achieve a centrally located hospice for Huron County because “hospice is about how you live”.
A general information meeting regarding, “Hospice of Huron” will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Dec. 5.
The meeting shall commence at 10 a.m.
For more information please contact Jay McFarlan by email at email@example.com or Michelle at Huron Hospice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau will soon be up and operating for 2016 and the coordinators for the Clinton Bureau, Rosemary Edward and Dianne Weber, are already putting out the call for volunteers.
The Clinton United Church is the location for the Clinton Bureau. Volunteers are needed for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 for sorting and Dec. 5 to Dec. 8 for distribution week.
Bayfield’s collection boxes are now in place. They are located at the Bayfield Public Library, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy and St. Andrew’s United Church.
Anyone interested in volunteering can reach Weber at 519 482-5334 or at email@example.com.
WINE AND DINE
The Little Inn of Bayfield is delighted to reintroduce their popular “Wine and Dine Series”.
Three dates have been scheduled for these evenings sponsored by Lifford wines and each night has a different theme: Nov. 26, Wines of France; Jan. 28, Wines of California; and March 4, Wines of New Zealand and Australia.
The cost for these evenings is $119 per person per event for the Wine and Dine Package. For more information or to book call 1-800-565-1832.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the purchase of the Bayfield River Flats will be celebrated and supporters will have an opportunity to do some brainstorming about what should be included in a ‘Masterplan’ for the 4.75 acre river front property.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. at The Ashwood Inn.
This will be the fundraising volunteers; Mike Dixon, Helen Varekamp, Kirsten Harrett, David MacLaren, Wayne McKaig, Roma Harris, Jack Pal, Gayle Waters, Ray Letheren, Doug Vanderhaar, Sandy Scotchmer, Larry Dalton and Dave Gillians’ opportunity to thank everyone for their support. They especially want to single out Roger Lewington, chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, Erin Samuell, the Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of Bluewater, Dr. Richard Samuell and his staff at Main Street Optometric, Barb Harmos and Chantal Murray, for special mention, because without them, this ambitious project probably wouldn’t have succeeded.
This celebration will also ensure that villagers are brought up to date on the current status of the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area and provide a forum for all community input, so that everyone’s ideas are heard and priorities can be organized.
All of the necessary legal and administrative details are ready and the lawyers for all involved parties have set Nov. 25 as the closing date for the purchase.
As Conrad Kuiper, chair of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) remarked, “For a small village to purchase its own 1,000 feet of riverbank parkland without any government financial support is a unique achievement, especially in today’s political environment. Over 20 per cent of the population of Bayfield has contributed to make this community project become a reality. This is an event worth celebrating!”
In addition to some brainstorming there will be time for dancing as well. And to get into the festive spirit of the evening, Sarah Sylvester, from the Little Shed Flower Co. is generously donating some Winter Woodland decor for the River Flats Celebration Event.
SOUND OF GODERICH
Nov. 27 is the date set for an annual musical event known as the “Sounds of Goderich” that features many talents from Bayfield and area.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Goderich and will highlight both choral and instrumental music. It will feature the MacKay Choristers, Goderich Laketown Band, Goderich Harbouraires and guest performers, the Huron Handbells.
Tickets are $10 with donations being accepted for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. Tickets are available now from participants as well as Ernie King Music, Knox Presbyterian Church, both in Goderich; or at the door.
HARMONY AT CHRISTMAS
The Seaforth Harmony Kings are hosting a musical afternoon of quartets and a massed choir at Northside United Church in Seaforth on Nov. 27.
“Harmony at Christmas” will feature Forest City Fire, London Men of Accord, Sarnia Bluewater Chordsman and the Strathroy Vocal Federation.
A freewill offering will be collected for the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation.
salvation army band
On Nov. 25, join us at the Bayfield Town Hall for a Magical Evening of Christmas Music featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band. 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.
Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for December 2.
Tickets are $20 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Pat Pal at 519 565-5340.
On Monday, Nov. 28, the Bayfield Historical Society welcomes back speaker David Yates.
The always entertaining and informative Mr. Yates will be speaking about “Prohibition in Huron County”, since it was such a contentious issue during its time he should have many stories to relate. Humorous antidotes, factual information and his smooth presentation all combine to make Yates one of the BHS members’ favorite speakers!
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to attend.
The Larry Mercey Trio and guests Naomi Bristow and Michael Warren will have the honor of being the first performers to grace the stage of the newest oldest Bluewater facility – the Hensall Heritage Hall on Nov. 26-27.
“The Christmas Show with Larry Mercey” will be the first event held in the hall since it’s re-opening. Tickets are available now for $30 for an evening performance on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Please note there are only a few tickets left for the afternoon show.
Tickets are available by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343, at D&D Variety in Hensall and Rona in Exeter and Seaforth or by e-mailing info@HensallHeritageHall.ca.
“The Wheat and the Chaff: Boyhood Memories of Life on a Huron County Farm in the 1930s and 40s” is a book by Harold (Bud) Dilling.
Dilling will share excerpts from his book at a reading to be held in the Hensall Heritage Hall on Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets are available for $5 at the Huron County Museum, Crossroads in Clinton, Seaforth Library and The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.
Hensall’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Nov. 25. All that day area residents are encouraged to wear their most ugly holiday sweater to school and work.
Then at 6 p.m. all are invited to make their way to the Dr. Jennie Smilie Parkette for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Following at 6:45 p.m. hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served at the Hensall Arena. Santa will arrive at the arena at 7 p.m.
Those who attend are asked to please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation as the Hensall Firefighters will be collecting for the Food Bank.
The Zurich Lions’ Club members are hosting their 17th Annual Old Fashioned Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
All are welcome to enjoy the illuminated floats and displays starting at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend are invited to meet with Santa after the parade at the Zurich Complex.