hopped up holiday market returns to river road brewery
River Road Brewing and Hops will host their first of three "Hopped Up Holiday Markets" on Dec. 4. They will be hosting two more - Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The “Hopped Up Holiday Market“ hosted by River Road Brewery and Hops is returning for a second year!
Running on three Saturdays in December, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18, visitors will find a scene reminiscent of a Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie: livestock grazing in the surrounding fields while market vendors sell their unique wares from the shelter of barnboard covered huts, warming fires blazing and sampling opportunities of craft beer and wood-fired pizza, the latter thanks to Grass Roots Pizza.
The Brewery is located at 35449 Bayfield River Road, and the Market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each week some different vendors will be in attendance so shoppers will have an excellent excuse to visit more than once. In addition, the musical talent will change up each week too. Scheduled to perform are: Dec. 4, Capucine Onn, at 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, Brad Cassell, noon, followed by Josh Geddis, 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, Ryan Malcolm, noon, followed by Adam Wendler, 1:30 p.m.
River Road Brewery and Hops is also collecting donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank at the upcoming markets.
COVID-19 protocols are closely followed in this outdoor setting with people being screened and registered upon arrival at the entrance. Masks are required.
Local Climate Action Groups collecting signatures
Green Goderich has joined other local climate action groups in Huron County to respond
to the Climate Code Red as declared by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC). The action is to collect batches of 25 signatures on Parliamentary
petitions urging Meaningful and Just transition legislation.
Green Goderich, C4th Climate Action, and Blue Bayfield, are asking people in their communities for signatures to join the Council of Canadians’ plan to flood Parliament
with petitions from across the country demanding a response to the climate crisis.
“We’re in a code red for the climate. Our communities are on fire. They are flooding.
They are struggling to make ends meet while the one per cent’s profits and emissions soar,” said the Council of Canadians.
Dean Whalen, of Green Goderich, said, “Look at the unfortunate example of the recent flooding and destruction in British Columbia. The impacts are magnified for those who are impoverished or who have little or no savings. Climate Change and Social Justice concerns are interlinked.”
Armed with as many petitions as possible, these climate action groups will be asking
Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb to table the petitions and speak to the pressing concerns of
his constituents. The first petition of 25 signatures was presented to Ben Lobb recently.
Local groups plan to continue submitting petitions over the first 100 days of this session
The petition asks for legislation that:
● reduces emissions by at least 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
● winds down the fossil fuel industry and related infrastructure, ends fossil fuel
subsidies and transitions to a decarbonized economy
● creates good green jobs and drives inclusive workforce development
● protects and strengthens human rights and worker rights, respects Indigenous
rights and ensures migrant justice
● expands the social safety net through new income supports, decarbonized public
housing and operational funding for affordable and accessible public transit
● pays for the transition by increasing taxes on the wealthiest and corporations
The Huron County effort will join more than 115 petition drives from across Canada.
Anyone who would like to sign a petition can contact: Dean Whalen, of Green Goderich, at email@example.com; Francis Hogan, of Green Goderich, at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Susan Hundertmark, of C4th Climate Action, at 519 527-1963 or email@example.com; or Betty Durst, of Blue Bayfield, at 647 528-3536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HURON HOSPICE RECEIVES ONE TIME PROVINCIAL FUNDING
It was announced on Nov. 19, that the Ontario government is investing $190,000 to help Huron Hospice continue to provide compassionate end-of-life services and care to people and their loved ones. This one-time funding represents a 45 per cent increase from last year and brings the 2021-22 investment to $610,000.
“I am very proud of the service Huron Hospice has been providing to families in Huron County for more than 25 years now,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson when making the funding announcement at the hospice in Clinton. “The volunteers are incredible and have been so dedicated; giving compassionate care and emotional support where needed. This is why I am also very proud to share this important news.”
Thompson also announced two other hospices are getting one-time bump ups as well: Jessica’s House will receive an increase of $142,000, which brings their 2021-22 funding to $457,500 and Huron Shores Hospice will receive an additional $47,000, bringing their 2021-2022 funding to $152,500. Both of these increases are also 45 per cent.
Huron Hospice has acquired Level II Accreditation for the visiting hospice program, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.
Huron Hospice Volunteer Service was established in 1993 as a newly formed agency from existing programs in Clinton, Goderich and Seaforth. Huron Hospice continues to be a volunteer supported agency, and is governed by a Board of Directors which is drawn from the surrounding communities.
Huron Hospice applied for a venture grant in 1998, becoming a United Way agency. In 2005, Huron Hospice was approached by the Wingham and Area Palliative Care Board of Directors to consider merging the two agencies. It was decided this was a positive solution for both agencies and the WAPC became known as Huron Hospice, Wingham Site.
In 2006, Huron Hospice obtained a Trillium Grant to expand visibility and board representation to Wingham and Goderich. Huron Hospice moved the administrative offices to Clinton Public Hospital in November 2014. In May 2018, the hospice opened its four-bed residence just outside Clinton, on Hwy 8.
“This one-time funding will really assist us given that our fundraising has been hampered by COVID-19,” said Willy Van Klooster, Executive Director of Huron Hospice. “We very much appreciate the support of MPP Thompson.”
Hospice palliative care plays a vital role in Ontario’s health care system, providing people with additional options for high-quality end-of-life care outside of hospitals. This year the provincial government is investing up to $23 million in eligible hospice residences across the province as part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, ensuring that people can access high-quality care in the right settings now and in the future
The funding will be used to address additional costs associated with COVID-19, including the procurement of personal protective equipment. This is in addition to the province’s annual investment of over $74 million per year in palliative care, and ensures all eligible hospices received a minimum increase of 30 per cent this year.
“As part of our plan to end hallway health care, our government is building capacity to create an integrated health care system centred around the needs of patients, families and caregivers, including compassionate end-of-life care,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “This funding will help Ontarians receive the respect, dignity and care they deserve at every stage of their lives, while ensuring the province’s hospices have the tools they need to continue to provide high-quality care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested $40 million to add over 200 new hospice beds across the province that support high-quality care for more than 7,000 additional patients per year. Once opened, these beds will be supported by an annual investment of $23 million in operating funding. To date, 149 beds have been opened and are supported by $15.5 million in annual funding from the province.
The province has increased its dedicated investments in hospice expansion and palliative care quality improvement initiatives from $67 million in 2018 to over $74 million in 2021. This represents a 10.5 per cent increase.
Hospices provide compassionate end-of-life services to people and families in their communities. Services can include 24/7 professional nursing and personal support services, caregiver supports, and pain and symptom management.
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: 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.
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 email@example.com. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. For privacy reasons, no photos of children will be posted.
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.
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.
From now until the end of April, the Bayfield Artists Guild meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church, Hwy. 21, across from Clan Gregor Square.
The sessioins run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Anyone who likes to paint or draw, and who would like to make new friends with a common interest, should feel free to drop in anytime to check them out. Double vaccination is required.
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.
Girl Guide Cookies
Due to the absence of a spring campaign, Bayfield Guiding is currently selling Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies this fall. They are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box. And they make terrific stocking stuffers or hostess gifts!
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 like to purchase a box, or two is asked to contact Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Liza (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on the village's Main Street has come up with a fun way to support the Rescue this holiday season. The Bakery is currently selling cookie kits and paint-your-own cookies for $5 each with all proceeds from these sales going to BFF.
The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique in the village is currently selling paint-your-own cookies and cookie kits to benefit Bayfield's Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photo)
Liza is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.
This long, lean, purring machine arrived at the rescue with one kitten. She was friendly from the get go and attempts to find an owner were not successful. She has now been spayed and had her shots and is looking for her forever home. She gets along well with the cats at the rescue but volunteers don’t know about dogs, however, people are good, very, very good - as she has lots of love to give!
Please emaiil firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you have room in your home for Liza.
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.