over the streets they went laughing all the way
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Over 35 people suited up to take on the challenge of running along the snow covered streets of Bayfield for the third annual Santa Run held on the afternoon of Dec. 16.
Lee Coates celebrated his completion of the run as he approached the finish line.
Jolly folks in bright red suits could be seen running along the village streets on the afternoon of Dec. 16 as the organizers of the third annual 5 KM Santa Fun Run/Walk changed up the location of this third annual event.
For the first two years the run was held on The Ashwood Inn property and area surrounding it. This year’s registration was held at the Bayfield Town Hall with over 35 people suiting up to take on the challenge of running along the snow covered streets.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau was the benefactor of the $1,100 in funds raised that was generously donated by the particpants.
One contestant commented that it was a like running in sand and even the first place winner was overhead to say that it was even difficult for him to find a good footing. But despite the challenges all seemed to have fun and were well rewarded for their efforts. After the 5 KM trek participants were treated to a post run social in the Bayfield Town Hall. Highway Robbery Deli and Sandwich Shop, River Road Brewing Co and Square Brew, of Goderich, provided the refreshments.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau was the benefactor of the $1,100 in funds raised that was generously donated by the particpants.
Organizers extended their thanks to the The Little Inn of Bayfield and the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for their support as well as Lake Huron Chrysler for providing the pace vehicle. They are all looking forward to holding the event again in 2018.
Anyone driving past the Bayfield Town Hall must have wondered how many Santa's could fit inside the historic building. (Photo by John Pounder)
The Santa Run began promptly at 1 p.m. with Tony Scott (94), Simon Meades (101), Kristen Harrett (86) and Rob MacFie (87) leading the way.
Jamie McDougall, co-owner of The Little Inn of Bayfield, a sponsor of this year's Santa Run had the honor of counting down the runners.
The runners headed toward Main Street at the start of the event held on the afternoon of Dec. 16.
Simon Meades, of Bayfield, was the first participant to cross the finish line in the Santa Run for the third consecutive year. Yes, there has only been three runs!
Julian Bolinger, smiled for the camera as he ran along the snow covered village streets.
Haley Gibson, was the first female runner to cross the finish line with a time of 23:01.7. (Photo by John Pounder)
Terry Stanley acknowledged the photographers stationed near Pioneer Park as he ran the 5 KM route.
Krista Potter (115) and Derek Forman (95) turned on to Tuyll Street during the first Santa Run to be held in the village of Bayfield.
Lee Coates was chased by a large pack of Santas on Saturday.
Not everyone dressed as Santa. Shelley Saunders (83) and Andrew Kaastra (82) chose the latest in elf wear.
Joe (103) and Rebecca (102) Pelletier were two of more than 35 people that took part in the third annual run. (Photo by John Pounder)
Katherine Godwin (93), Robyn McClinchey (99) and Marcie McLean (114) appeared in fine form as they rounded the corner to Tuyll Street. (Photo by John Pounder)
The Huron County Christmas Bureau was the benefactor of the $1,100 in funds raised that was generously donated by the run particpants.
life at the rink
People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Zurich Hasbeans tonight (Dec. 20) at 8:30 p.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.
“While the economic impact is uncalculated, it is well known these visiting players often return to Bayfield with their families throughout the year,” said Ron Keys, chair of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA).
Public skating is offered on Sunday, Dec. 23 from 1-3 p.m. and Wade Berard Plumbing will be sponsoring the ice time on this date.
Tomorrow (Dec. 21) is the day for Councilor’s Corner.
It will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions.
At this month’s session Whetstone's topics will be 4 Cameron St. and a Bayfield Complex feasibility study update.
Bayfield Food Bank
A message from the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep):
The Feed My Sheep volunteers extend wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas!
Thank you for making the Christmas Hamper Delivery a very successful one. The support and generosity of the community of Bayfield have enabled us to provide the staples and also many festive items.
We’ve had fun packing the fixings for Christmas Dinner, candy and a small gift bag.
An awful lot of hard work went into your many fundraising events. We also appreciated the individual donations. The management and staff of Bayfield Foodland deserve special acknowledgment for their very successful Brown-bag Drive.
Your caring for your neighbors in the community shows the true Spirit of Christmas. Thank you – Terry Boa-Youmatoff, coorindator Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep)
Looking to go on a tour of Christmas lights? Folks are invited to take a drive through the Bayfield Mews 50+ Lifestyle development to see one of the largest outdoor lighting displays in the area with over 60 trees having been lit up.
“We encourage folks to drive through and enjoy this site and also view the various homes that have lighting displays,” said John Elmslie, a resident of the Bayfield Mews. “These lights will be on well into January for folks to view more than once. And now that there is snow on the ground the lights are sure to be even more impressive.”
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 2018 Walk for Memories in May of 2018 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 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.
The members of the Bayfeld Historical Society (BHS) are looking foward to the New Year and their Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Jan. 29.
Tickets are now on sale for the AGM that will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at noon. A hot lunch will be served, followed by the meeting and guest speaker.
Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained by calling Doug at 519 565-5187 or Jim at 519 565-2328.
LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will once again host their "The Longest Night" Service on Dec. 21.
Anyone struggling with Christmas is invited to attend a gentle, hopeful Christmas service for all those who want to cope better with the holidays and have an opportunity to light a candle of hope.
Whatever their reason for coming those who do will find a warm welcome from a supportive community starting at 7 p.m.
All are welcome Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. to a Candlelight Service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And all in the community are invited to the The final Advent Service leading up to Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 24l at 11 a.m.
JESUS' BIRTHDAY PARTY
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.
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.
One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocation (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 13.
The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2018. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail.
Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and hotdogs. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.
Katherine Hewitt (Submitted photo)
Anne Fontana, chair Hospice Care Avon Maitland (HCAM), announces the appointment of Katherine Hewitt as Executive Director for HCAM.
As Executive Director, Hewitt will be accountable for the planning, implementation and monitoring of an innovative model of care at the two hospice facilities operated by HCAM. One site will be located in Stratford and one located in Central Huron near Clinton.
The Huron Residential Hospice site plans to open in March 2018 at the same time the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice plans to break ground for their new facility. Both sites will provide residential hospice palliative care for people in their final days of life, as well as support for their extended family. The new beds are expected to serve up to 100 individuals and their families each year.
Hewitt was born and raised in Stratford, ON and is a graduate of the Nursing Program at Douglas College, Surrey, BC. She has a broad range of experience in the acute health care setting starting as a Staff Nurse, Nurse Manager and Director of Care not only in Ontario but also British Columbia, Alberta, Texas and Saudi Arabia. While in the Middle East, Hewitt completed a Masters in Business Administration from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Upon return to Canada in 2000, she held a variety of leadership positions in a variety of hospital settings. These roles included Program Director for Emergency, Ambulatory Care, and Critical Care.
The latter part of her career was in the community sector with Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre (MHCCAC) as a Director of Patient Care.
Hewitt retired from MHCCAC in 2015 and returned, with her husband, to her hometown of Stratford, after 37 years away. Since December of 2016 Hewitt has been involved in the residential hospice project for Huron and Perth as a volunteer, and looks forward to the excitement of this new challenge.
“As Executive Director, I look forward to working towards the official opening of both facilities, to better serve the palliative care needs of our region,” shared Katherine. “This is an exciting opportunity to develop a center of excellence for death and dying, and provides a meaningful way to share in our future patient’s end of life journey. I look forward to being a part of their choice to die with dignity.”
St. Elizabeth Health Care is providing the funding for the first year of this position. The organization has provided millions of dollars to support the hospice care movement and improve access to end-of-life care across Canada. Hospice Care Avon Maitland is grateful for their contribution to this important project in Huron and Perth Counties and look forward to the successful opening of both residential hospices.
For more information, please contact Anne Fontana at email@example.com or call 519 574-2825.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.