Jan. 23 was a perfect winter's day filled with sunshine and very little wind, so even a windchill of -25 couldn't keep hearty Bayfield residents indoors. These folks were seen checking out the frozen landscape along the coastline. (Photo by Dennis Pal)
merrimen to share stories of his work with canine police
STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Snow and cold are four-letter words to a lot of people but the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to ward off the negativity that winter can bring by offering a series of stimulating programs plus some fun social interaction.
The third year of the “Take Time in 2011” programs will run from now until Feb. 14. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.
The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event.
Even if people didn’t preregister they can still attend any or all of the remaining sessions that they would like. They can register at the door or call the church coordinator of the session they wish to be a part of. The cost will be $2 per session.
Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.
Knox Presbyterian Church will host the Jan. 31 session but participants should note that the talk is being held at the Bayfield Town Hall. Bob Merrimen will present the topic, “Working Dogs for London Police”. Those wishing to learn more about this session should contact coordinator Deb Amos at 519 565-5238.
Merrimen can boast of more than a 40 year career in policing but when prompted he will probably say that the six years he spent with the London Police Canine section was one of the areas he most enjoyed.
He was one of the original dog handlers for this section. It was the first Canine Section for a municipal police force in Ontario. It started as a trial experiment in 1970 and still exists today.
Participants at the Feb. 7 session can learn more about “Hospice and Palliative Care in Huron” with guest speaker Gail Trewhitt. St. Andrew’s United Church will play host to this session and Flo Keillor is the person to get a hold of for more information. She can be reached at 519 565-2640.
Gail Trewhitt will be the guest speaker at the third Take Time 2011 session to be held at St. Andrew's United Church on Feb. 7. (Submitted Photo)
Trewhitt has been a nurse for more than 40 years and worked for more than half of those years as an Emergency Room nurse in Toronto. She moved to Huron County in 1999 and joined Saint Elizabeth Healthcare as a visiting nurse working in the community for 11 years. She joined the Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehab nursing team in 2000, supervising classes and teaching whenever the opportunity arose.
In 2004 Trewhitt became a facilitator of The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care. As a facilitator she teaches this eight week course twice a year to nurses, personal support workers, volunteers in hospice, social workers, pastoral care workers (including clergy) and other healthcare providers of hospice palliative care.
The final session in the series will be held at The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and hosted by The Church on the Way. Participants will learn about “Adventures in Nature” with Tom Dunbar. Anne Laviolette is the coordinator of this session and she can be reached by calling 519 565-2454.
The Good Food Box can help you get your fruits and veggies
Are you getting your recommended servings of fruits and veggies this winter? Are you longing for some fresh produce? The Huron Good Food Box (HGFB) can help you with both of these concerns.
The HGFB is a volunteer-based program that provides a monthly box of fruits and vegetables to all Huron County residents for only $15. The Good Food Box also provides an introduction to delicious new products and recipes.
“The program runs year-round to offer fresh vegetables and fruits at an affordable price to all Huron County residents, not just low-income families,” said HGFB Coordinator, Brittany Fry. “We continue to purchase locally-grown foods throughout the year, but in the winter months, we purchase about half of the box items from a local grocery store.”
The HGFB offers great value because the program is able to purchase produce in bulk and pass the savings along to the customers, often saving up to 40 per cent off of grocery store prices. It provides consumers with access to healthy, nutritious food products while supporting local farmers and suppliers, the local economy and the sustainability of a healthy community.
"As outlined in the County of Huron's 'Take Action' report, the Good Food Box is a great initiative to support the long-term health of our communities as well as the local economy", said Huron’s Sustainability Consultant, Lindsey Goodchild.
Bayfield and area residents can purchase the Good Food Box at their neighborhood host site, Trinity Anglican Church by calling Nancy Scotchmer at 519 565-2596. Orders must be placed by the first Friday of every month and must be pre-paid in cash ($15) at the time that orders are placed. The pick-up location is also Trinity Anglican Church. Pick up is scheduled for the third Thursday of each month, from noon to 4 p.m.
Orders for the upcoming month need to be placed by Feb. 4 and are to be picked up Feb. 17 at Trinity Anglican Church. Participants are asked to bring a bag or a box to take their items home in.
“There is no obligation to order every month, but we do encourage customers to try boxes over a two or three month period because box contents vary according to season and availability”, said Fry.
The HGFB program has distribution sites throughout Huron County including: Blyth, Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, Seaforth, Wingham and Zurich. A complete list of order and pick-up sites in Huron can be seen at www.huroncounty.ca/health/food/gfb.php.
If you have any questions about the HGFB program or how you can get involved, please contact Brittany Fry, HGFB Coordinator at 519 482-3416 x 2244 or email@example.com.
ABCA seeking conservationist of the year
Do you know a person or organization that is improving the natural health of Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites you to nominate them as Conservationist of the Year.
The ABCA has presented this award to a deserving recipient every year for more than 25 years. The award recognizes people or organizations from your watershed community who have demonstrated outstanding conservation achievements. Their positive actions might be improving forest conditions, bettering local water quality and quantity, supporting environmental education, implementing best management practices, restoring wetlands, or protecting fish and wildlife habitat.
“This award is our way to thank those people who build environmental conscience and take positive action in their community to benefit land and water,” said Tom Prout, general manager and secretary-treasurer of the ABCA.
Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 17. Information and nomination forms are available at the ABCA online at abca.on.ca or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
The Conservationist of the Year will be named at an annual early-evening awards ceremony hosted by the ABCA Board of Directors on March 17 at Ironwood Golf Club on Morrison Line, just east of Exeter.
This year’s early-evening event celebrates the International Year of Forests and features keynote speaker Terry Schwan. He is a Registered Professional Forester and District Forester with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). He will speak on “Sustainable Forestry: Is It Happening in the Ausable Bayfield Watershed?”
Landowners and organizations help keep your natural environment healthy. Now you can honor that individual, business, family or organization by nominating them as the Conservationist of the Year. Last year’s Conservationist of the Year winners were Patricia Down (posthumously) and Robert Down.
To be eligible for the award, recipients must be located within the jurisdiction of the ABCA. Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible.
The Bayfield Film Society is taking a break for the month of February but will be starting a brand new film series on March 10 with the film, "Get Low".
This film will be followed by the documentary "Force of Nature", April 14; and movies, "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16.
For just $35 you can purchase a series of tickets for all four films. Series tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.
The Bayfield Film Society wants to continue to bring the latest and greatest films to Bayfield, and with your series purchase this goal can be achieved. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to encourage everyone in the community to get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer. With this in mind they are hosting a Snowshoeing Party and Potluck Lunch at the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 30.
A pleasant walk to the scenic lookout at the Bayfield River will kick off the event at 10:45 a.m. Snowshoes can be rented at Outside Projects, 6 Main Street, Bayfield.
Those who attend are invited to bring some food and, following the walk, share in a potluck lunch at the pavilion. The site has hydro if any food items need warming.
For more information please call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.
People are invited to support the trails financially by joining the BRVTA. Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. These memberships will be available at the event. Or cheques for memberships can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531 Bayfield, ON. N0M 1G0. Memberships are also available from Outdoor Projects.
Looking out the window at all the snow on the ground doesn’t exactly conjure up images of the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. However, the event coordinators are hoping to get people thinking about it and maybe even considering volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 5-7 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Antique Show and Sale now in its 26th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.
To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendors that specialize in antiques are also currently being sought for the August show and sale. Anyone with an interest can use the above contact information to find out more.
The Bayfield Historical Society is planning to keep the Bayfield Archives Room open at least five afternoons per week this coming summer by enlisting volunteers and hiring a summer student.
In previous summers, the Archives Room has only been open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The expanded hours will accommodate the increasing interest by both residents and visitors in the displays, programs and publications at the Archives. The historic building itself has become a central tourist attraction during the summer months.
To carry out this expanded summer service, the Historical Society will create a roster of volunteers to staff the Archives from early June to Labour Day. Volunteers would be expected to do the following: respond to questions from drop-ins, sell publications, plus complete some modest archival activities.
Interested individuals, who can commit to one afternoon per week for the summer, are asked to contact Bill Rowat at 519 565-5838 or email@example.com
The Society has also applied for assistance from Young Canada Works to hire a summer student to work five days per week, 6 hours per day. Senior high school and university students who have an interest in local history are encouraged to register on the Young Canada Works website by Feb. 1 to be eligible to apply for the position. A job description can be obtained from Bill Rowat at the contact information listed above.
“Soups On, Bayfield” is guaranteed to provide participants with some comfort food on a cold winter’s day. Set for Feb. 20, this fundraising event for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will allow participants to sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.
The event, to coincide with the Family Day long weekend, will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. As the event draws nearer more details will follow.
Folks can keep the winter doldrums at bay by staying active, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.
Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes have now started in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.
The classes will be held on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The class will run until Jan. 31, at $10 per class. There will then be a two-week break and the second session of Zumba classes will move to Thursday evenings starting Feb. 24.
Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz, will teach the class. For more information email De Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.
Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For the more adventurous among us, Pole Walking will also begin again. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.
Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Ann Smith and Robert McFarlane were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met on Jan. 19 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The club will meet next on Feb. 2. The decks will be shuffled at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.