LIVING SNOW GLOBE CAUSES STIR
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Rich and Erin Samuell, and their sons Will and Eddie, were a "Bayfield Family in their Natural Habitat" on Nov. 18 at the tree lighting. This first appearance of the Living Snow Globe caused quite a stir when it was set up in Clan Gregor Square.
Ever wonder what it might be like to spend some time in a Snow Globe? Many members of the community have had the opportunity to find out this festive season due to an initiative by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.
The first appearance of the village’s newest holiday attraction the “Living Snow Globe” caused quite a stir when it was set up in Clan Gregor Square for the tree lighting on Nov. 18. Rich and Erin Samuell, and their sons Will and Eddie, were a “Bayfield Family in their Natural Habitat”.
On the Saturday afternoon of Christmas in Bayfield weekend, Nov. 19, members of Bayfield Sparks, Brownies and Guides set up a pretend campfire in the globe to “roast” marshmallows by. And Girl Guides can’t have a campfire without a sing-a-long so they performed several of their favorite campfire songs as well as some festive carols as shoppers past by.
Members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association were the next to take up residence in the snow globe and they brought with them everything required to enjoy “Hockey Night in Bayfield”. The Bayfield Breeze is pleased to report that super fans of both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings coexisted peacefully within the confines of the globe.
“Cluck Cluck Christmas” was the theme inside the Snow Globe on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 27. The Village Bookshop Silkies, known as the Teddy Bears of the poultry world, charmed passersby with their satiny good looks and holiday garb. The owners of the Village Bookshop and Shopbike Coffee Roasters created the exhibit combining birds, books and coffee in a delightfully festive display.
Saturday, Dec. 3, the Snow Globe traveled to Bayfield Foodland in support of the Bayfield Tree Project Tree Sales event. The Bayfield Skating Club members demonstrated that they could skate any where, any time with the mini rink they created inside the globe.
The “Living Snow Globe” is scheduled to make two more appearances in the village this holiday season. Be on the look out for it in front of the Bayfield Public Library on Dec. 10 when the Bayfield Ukuele Society will take a turn in the spotlight. And then on Dec. 17, The Santa Run Committee will present, “Lazy Santa” at The Ashwood Inn to coincide with the Santa Run fundraiser for Rural Response for Healthy Children.
Bayfield Girl Guides Rebecca Phillips and Olivia Sonke kept passersby entertained with their song selections when Bayfield Guiding set up a pretend campfire in the globe on Nov. 19.
Bayfield Guider Vanessa Phillips laughed at the antics of the Girl Guides in the globe.
Shoppers often stop and take pictures of the Snow Globe as was the case on Saturday, Nov. 26 when Dale Evans, Stephanie Allen, Bill Whetstone and Ron Keys from the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association presented, "Hockey Night in Bayfield".
“Cluck Cluck Christmas” was the theme inside the Snow Globe on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 27.
The Village Bookshop Silkies, known as the Teddy Bears of the poultry world, charmed passersby with their satiny good looks and holiday garb.
The owners of the Village Bookshop and Shopbike Coffee Roasters created the exhibit combining birds, books and coffee in a delightfully festive display.
Saturday, Dec. 3, Bayfield Skating Club members demonstrated that they could skate any where, any time with the mini rink they created inside the globe.
Light danced and rain drops reflected off the Living Snow Globe with smiling members of the Bayfield Skating Club warm and cozy inside.
BAYFIELD DINING FOR SENIORS NOW RUNNING YEAR ROUND
Folks 55 plus will be pleased to learn that Bayfield Dining for Seniors will be offered as a year round dining experience at the Bayfield Community Centre. In previous years the organization has shutdown for the winter months or met at local restaurants.
Chef Dawne Erb, of One Care, creates delicious and nutritious, home-style meals for $9 per person. Some of the fare that Erb has created for the luncheons include, Roast Turkey, Swedish Meatballs, Veal Parmesan, Salmon Loaf, Roast Beef, and October-fest Sausage.
Bayfield Dining for Seniors meets every Thursday at noon with the exception of the first Thursday of the month.
Dining for Seniors will host their Christmas Dinner featuring all the usual yuletide trimmings on December 15th. All are welcome to attend and enjoy good company and good food!
To make a reservation, please contact Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 before 11 a.m. Monday to participate in the Thursday meal.
After a break for the holidays, Bayfield Dining for Seniors will resume on Thursday, Jan. 12th.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome to setup and serve. Contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189 to learn how to become a part of the team!
I-Volunteer MATCHES PEOPLE WITH PROJECTS
Imagine finding a volunteer opportunity that matches your talents, skills and schedule, an opportunity that is close by and interests you. Imagine finding interested volunteers; individuals that understand what you are looking for and reach out to your organization. Thanks to funding from the Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) and a $9,800 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation that was made in late 2015, and further support from United Way Perth-Huron, Huron Business Development Corporation and the County of Huron this is now a reality across Perth and Huron Counties.
“Congratulations on today’s launch of the I-Volunteer website,” said Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. “Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and many other organizations, the I-Volunteer website offers “everything volunteer” to the people of Perth (and Huron) County.”
The I-Volunteer website was launched in Perth County on Nov. 29 and in Huron County on Nov. 30. The new website provides a matching service between volunteer opportunities and volunteers within our communities.
“Today’s volunteers range from simply wanting to give a specific amount of time and energy that fits their schedule to individuals that are focused on expanding their skills and talents to achieve new goals,” said Tracy Birtch, director of the SRPC, a supported partner of United Way. “However finding the opportunity that fits can be a challenge – that’s where I-Volunteer Perth-Huron steps in.”
The website was developed with the guidance of the SRPC Volunteer Working Group, with representatives from across both counties.
“We are so excited to watch this online volunteer portal become the go-to conduit between potential volunteers in our county and the organizations who need them,” said Kate Schillings, a representative from the Stratford Library.
The website is available to all non-profits and individuals across Perth and Huron Counties and can be found at ivolunteerperthhuron.ca. A link is also available through www.perthhuron.unitedway.ca
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
IPM SOUVENIR TRUCK ROLLING ALONG
The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is a sought-after event for a community to host as it brings with it the opportunity to generate profits that are donated back to the community. Selling IPM 2017 souvenirs leading up to the event goes towards covering the costs of hosting the Match, ultimately increasing the opportunity for Huron County hosting a prosperous IPM. For the IPM enthusiast, the most sought after item is the collector truck. The IPM is full of traditions and commissioning a souvenir truck is one of them. For the first time, the IPM souvenir collector truck is a tri-axle highway tractor with a tri-axle livestock trailer with a colorful decal paying homage to the previous four matches held in Huron County on the top of the truck. Souvenir items can also be purchased by calling Allan and Karen Carter at 519 522-0399 or by email at email@example.com. (Submitted photo)
breakfast with santa
Some lucky person will go home with this chest filled with toys and treats on Sunday afternoon when the Optimist Club draws the winning ticket at the conclusion of Breakfast with Santa. Tickets are available now from club members and Brandons Hardware. (Photo by John Pounder)
The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again selling tickets on a fabulous hand made toy chest filled with toys for children of all ages.
Raffle tickets are available now from Optimist members and at Brandon’s Hardware. Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
The draw will be made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the club’s 11th annual Breakfast with Santa this year being held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.
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.
For too many years to count the Bayfield Lions’ Club have had a Christmas tradition of visiting residents in the community who have achieved the age of 80 plus, as well as anyone who is homebound.
This year the event is planned for Dec. 10 if you know of anyone that would appreciate a Christmas visit from the Lions’ Club Members please call Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786 with their name address & phone number.
All residents will receive a confirmation call prior to the visit on Dec. 10.
The Ashwood Inn folks are hosting a charity run/walk in their forested property on Dec. 17.
The Ashwood Santa Run/Walk will begin at 1 p.m. and is a 5 KM event. All participants are encourages to dress up like Santa Claus – suits are available for sale at a cost of $20.
Registration begins at noon. The registration fee is $15 with proceeds going to Rural Response for Healthy Children. The agency is a non-profit, charity that provides services to families and children in need of support in Huron County.
After the run participants are invited to an all-ages party with drinks, snacks and live Jazz in the Ashwood Bourbon Bar.
The local Anglican congregations request the pleasure of your company at their upcoming Christmas services.
On Dec. 24, Trinity Anglican Church will host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for area children and their families. It will be held in the parish hall starting at 4:30 p.m. After the party all are welcome to attend a Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 p.m. An additional Christmas Eve Service will be held at St. James’ Middleton at 7:30 p.m.
And then on Christmas Day all will be received to herald the birth of the Christ child with a quiet service at Trinity at 10:30 a.m.
As of Nov. 28, Bayshore Financial has relocated to Goderich and has merged with Lightouse Money Management Inc. The business owned by Glen Steinson formerly operated out of the Bayshore Plaza in Bayfield.
“By joining our teams, you’ll have a more diverse group supporting you with extensive knowledge in the areas of wealth management, insurance protection, tax-reduction strategies and legacy planning,” said Steinson in a notice on his website for existing and future clients. “A lot of thought and effort has been put into this merger and we’re extremely pleased with the results. You’ll have a very dedicated team working for you!”
Lighthouse Money Management Inc. that is owned by Dean Whalen and Judy Jenkins, with three support staff, has operated from its location at 124 Courthouse Square (beside BMO) for 16 years. Steinson noted that if anyone is unable to visit the Goderich office he continues to make home visits.
Anyone with questions is welcome to call Steinson at 1-800-920-5258 Ext 1.
Do you know a woman who has improved the lives of other women and children by being a role model and advocate using their talents, vision and determination to make our community a better place?
The YMCA, in partnership with the Huron Women’s Shelter is accepting nominations for the Fourth Annual Inspiring Women in Huron Award. The award recognizes women who have demonstrated a contribution to improving the lives of others in one or more of the following areas: arts and culture, community, diversity, education, business/professional leadership, global action, health and welfare, leadership, philanthropy, social justice, sport, volunteerism, or women's rights. Nominees are in the age categories of 16-29 years and 30 plus years. Last year, Inspiring Women in Huron recognized the contributions of 24 women from across Huron County at a celebration dinner held in Goderich.
Winners will be awarded at the 2017 Inspiring Women in Huron awards dinner on March 3. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 30.
Click here to access the nomination form or by request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Anne-Marie Thomson at 519 524-2125 Ext. 205.
Community participation is central to the Village Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s United Church to be held on Dec. 11.
Anchored by St Andrew’s Church Choir, enriched by friends of the choir, and under the leadership of Liz Tolchard and team, the Village Christmas Concert will feature an hour of Christmas music and poetry, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the church hall. The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jan Searle, flautist, will be a featured performer who has been a welcome addition to St Andrew’s most recent Christmas Concerts. Guests will also include the Huron Harp School; members of the Glister Children’s Choir and Gabrielle Leblanc-Demers of St. Anne’s Secondary School. The Bayfield Ukulele Society will accompany the carol sing-along.
All are welcome so please come and join in celebrating the season. A free will offering will be collected in support of St. Andrew’s music program.
Bayfield Urban Pole Walkers would like to invite community members to join them in an hour-long, evening walk through the village streets to look at all the beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations on Friday, Dec. 9.
The group will depart at 5:30 p.m. from 6 Main Street. Participants can pole walk as there are poles that can be borrowed or just walk. After the tour anyone who wishes can join the group for drinks and/or dinner at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar.
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 email@example.com.
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.
EMPTIES FOR ALZHEIMERS
Dianne Brandon, Carrie and Ava Sabourin would like to remind everyone preparing for holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.
The trio will be participating in the Huron County 2017 Walk for Memories in May of 2017 and are now collecting donations for the cause.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. After living with Alzheimer’s, Elane Brandon, Sabourin’s grandmother died in April 2015 while Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother died in August of 2014.
Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 525-8884. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names.
Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. Their donation box in Bayfield can be found in the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.
Main Street Optometric
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.