Ten thousand to go in appeal for animal display building
The Old MacDonald's Farm Petting Zoo is always a popular stop for youngsters exploring the Bayfield Community Fair. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
As funding is now being sought for a new Farm Animal Display Building in Agriculture Park, long-time members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) find themselves reminiscing about the myriad of uses the soon to be retired building once had.
One BAS Director who had a major attachment and connection to the former Pet Display Building is Doreen MacKenzie. She submitted another story about the building this week. It follows:
Chelsea Mommersteeg was the first Junior Director of the Pet Display (Petting Zoo.) She and her twin brothers, Brett and Alex, had helped with the display since it had been retrofitted. They were enthusiastic, energetic young people who attracted many other young folks as helpers in the display. Their greatest challenge came in what was fondly called, “The Great Rooster Chase.”
The area inside the gate of the pet building was fenced off making a good grassy area where we put a pair of large Muskovi drakes and a pair of large geese – one white, one grey. They were to police the area and intimidate anyone who tried to come through this gate to evade the entry fee. This generally worked really well. One year we tried to improve on the gate guards by adding a Mallard drake, a large red rooster and a pair of guinea fowl. Unfortunately, these reinforcements had other ideas. Some flew over the gate and the Mallard squeezed under! They escaped into the neighboring backyards, and then began “The Great Rooster Chase.”
Some helpful young lads and the twins chased after them and finally cornered the Mallard and the Red Rooster. The guinea fowl disappeared and that fall were heard in different areas of the village, and finally the river flats. The Mallard and the Red Rooster spent the rest of the fair in cages.
One noon hour when most of our animals’ visitors were out hunting for hot dogs and other “fair food”, I saw a tall gentleman pick up a child and place him in the calf’s pen. Now this was against all our rules for the health and safety of both children and animals and I hurried over to explain this to the man. He said that the little child was a member of the “Christian Blind Mission” choir that was touring the area and that he as one of their sponsors wanted the child to experience, with his other four senses, as much of the fair as he could. We persuaded the curious calf to come over to the gate of the stall and with the child on the outside of the gate, had him reach in and pat the silky head and damp nose. Then he had his fingers licked by the curious little calf. (One was reminded of the poem about the blind man who tried to describe an elephant.) Fortunately, there was no sign that the child had stepped in anything “yucky” and the sense of smell was not part of the scenario!
Further stories are encouraged and will be shared through the Society’s Facebook page. This building has made a major impression on many. Lots of volunteers over the years have ensured fairgoers had a hands-on experience with many farm animals. The new building will be a reminder of all the work those volunteers have done over the years to educate the public. The building committee would encourage those who want these experiences to continue into the future to consider donating. If there are questions, call Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296.
The building committee for the BAS Farm Animal Display Building Project wanted to update the community on its fundraising. As of this week there is less than $10,000 to raise of the $85,000 cost for the building.
A brick wall will recognize these generous supporters: Rafter sponsors, $10,000 and greater, Quoin and interior sign; Beam sponsors, $5,000-$9,999, 12”x12” brick; Frame sponsors, $2,000-$4,999, 8”x8” brick; Wall sheeting sponsors, $500- $1,999, 6”x6” or 4”x8” brick; Floor board sponsors, $100 - $499, included on a plaque.
Donations can be made by cheque. They may be made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society and mailed to treasurer, Jim Erwin, Box 236, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. In addition, arrangements have been made to handle donations of stocks or bonds. All sponsor level donations will receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes. Donations may also be made to honor the memory of a loved one.
Doodles for a difference raises money for animal rescues
Daisy Mae "doodled" by artist, Judy Roth.
Since closing her Main Street store, JMR Collections, in Bayfield, Judy Roth has been doodling crazy, but all for a good reason. A very sad reason but one she hopes is making a small difference.
Roth became fast friends with a woman named, Brenda, and her daughter, Carrissa, after meeting them this summer. Roth explained that they were both a huge support to her when after 10 years she decided it was time to close her store.
“In July and August, they volunteered almost every weekend as the closing was near. Brenda dropped in almost every day to work in the store or to check and see if anything was needed. She brought vegetables from her garden to give away. She’d also bring her dogs with her (the oldest dog passed in June) including, her rescue dog, Poppie and her new puppy, Daisy!” said Roth.
Roth added that sadly in October, Brenda was diagnosed with liver and bone cancer and is now no longer able to take care of Daisy. Roth, and her husband, Ken, were honored to be asked to adopt this amazing dog.
“We wanted to give back in some way, so with the love Brenda has for animals the doodles were inspired,” said Roth. “For a donation to your choice of animal rescue/shelter of $20 (or more), you will receive an original doodle that I will create for you.”
The doodles start with a sketch inspired from a supplied photo and then is digitally enhanced. These doodles are perfect for sharing or printing as the quality is great for a 12” square on canvas.
The Roths originally set a goal of $500 and as of this date they have passed this goal and look forward to setting a new one. So far, dogs in shelters/rescues in Ontario, USA and even in Thailand have been donated to. No money is handled, all who wish to participate should donate directly to their organization of choice.
“Brenda is very happy when told about the contributions being made for the dogs. She has cared for many dogs and cats over the years and so we have recently added donations for cats as well as dogs for doodling,” Roth explained.
According to Roth, Brenda will be in the hospital thru Christmas and then moved to hospice in the New Year. She has a small, older Pomeranian that needs to be fostered or given to a “furever” home. Please contact The JMR Collections on Facebook or WhoodleDoodles on Instagram if there is an interest. Instagram is also the place to go to see more doodles.
“Thank you all for your wonderful support. Please share. Let’s see how many dogs, and cats, we can help and smiles we can give to Brenda. Let’s make a difference together,” concluded Roth.
Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Jan. 9. Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
LIFE AT THE RINK
Hockey fans will be able to watch a couple of games early in the New Year.
The Relics have home ice advantage against the Stephen Township Oldtimers on Jan. 2 starting at 8:30 p.m. Please note there will not be a game on Jan. 9.
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.
In additon, Bayfield 50+ will host Exeter 50+ on Thursday, Jan. 3 starting at 8 p.m.
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 2019 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
One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 12.
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 2019. 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. Participants are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. start and to dress appropriately with hiking boots, as the trails may be slippery.
Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and a light lunch. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.
The hike leaders will be: Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480; Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202.
In Memoriam Bricks
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club have learned that this may indeed be possible in the Spring of 2019.
They may have the opportunity to add some “In Memoriam” stones for loved ones with the work being done on site in the spring using the same three brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at email@example.com or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
Anyone interested in forming a chess club in Bayfield?
The idea is to provide a regular forum, not only for experienced players, but also those who would like to take up the game. Depending on the response, we will pick a place and weekly time that best suits everyone.
For more information please call Ian Scott-Douglas at 519 441-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home4Good would like to announce changes to their Shopping Buddy Program with the regretful closure of the Nip ‘N Tuck which offered grocery delivery in Bayfield over the past few months.
To fill this need Home4Good is recruiting shopping buddies willing to partner with a senior and either take them shopping and/or pick up their groceries. Call Leslie at 519 955-1531 for information about being a buddy or getting a buddy.
Home4Good shopping buddies will take seniors shopping (or pick up shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. They are screened volunteers, and will probably be doing their own errands as they help others.
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on the first Monday of the month 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. At any other time of the month should people have concerns or questions they are welcome to approach library staff who will refer inquiries to Hub volunteers.
To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.