AN APPLE FOR TUTOR
Bayfield Optimist Club President Glen Steinson got a very pleasant surprise recently when he went to present a plaque to the Virtual High School in recognition of their partnership in the club's tutoring program by supplying access to courses to the tutor, in addition VHS also contributed $5,000 to the project. Presenting the cheque to Steinson (far right) were from l-r: Jackie Loebach, marketing and user experience at VHS; Kelli McGregor, assistant registrar and Richard Vallejo, director of First Impressions. (Photo by John Pounder)
Bayfield residents launching a coffee tree for hospice
For many years there has been a desire – and need – to create a residential hospice in Huron County, and thanks to the efforts of many people in the community, this has now become a reality. For many people with life-threatening illnesses the only choice for end of life care has, up to now, been a hospital palliative care bed or home care. There are many people who are not able to be cared for at home, and the hospital choice is extremely limited in our area, with little facilities for visiting families. A residential hospice offers a completely different choice. A home-like place where families can be together for the final days of their loved one’s life, without having to worry about them being kept comfortable; a place where children and grandchildren can all visit; a place where families can even celebrate birthdays or other special events that the loved one would otherwise miss
An aerial view of the Huron Residential Hospice set to open in the spring of 2018. (Submitted photo)
On Aug. 31, a beautiful 12-acre property near Clinton was purchased by Huron Hospice with a view to renovating and extending the house to offer a four-bedroom residential hospice. A fundraising committee has been established to raise at least the $2.5 million needed to complete the purchase and renovation of the property. It is hoped that the Huron Residential Hospice will open its doors in mid-March 2018. Hospice embraces the unique needs of each of its residents, helping them to live life as fully as possible until the end of life. It will offer 24-hour care and support by staff with specialised skills in palliative care, as well as highly trained volunteers. This service will be provided free of charge to residents and their families.
A group of Bayfield residents have come together to add their support to the “Moments Matter” fundraising campaign for Huron Residential Hospice. As part of this initiative, they are holding a series of unique social fundraising events – the “Coffee Tree for Hospice”!
The idea is based on a “pyramid scheme” but the end result being a very large financial donation to the residential hospice. Seven people (one each from various towns in Huron County) become individual hosts for a coffee morning (or afternoon tea, cocktail party, etc). The guests will be given information on the new Hospice and what the fundraising aims are. These seven people will then go on to be hosts themselves and they will each invite six guests (making a total of 42 people). Over the course of five rounds, the number of guests at each coffee morning goes down from seven to three, but the number of total guests grows exponentially, with the final round amassing 840 coffee events, hosting 2,520 guests, and the total number from the whole tree is 3,619. (In Bayfield the total number would be 516).
Each invitee will be asked to donate a minimum of $10 to Huron Residential Hospice. Any donation of $20 or over will receive a tax receipt. This means that the minimum amount raised would be $36,190! All coffee events will be concluded by mid-December.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this special (and fun!) initiative, please contact Kate Lloyd-Rees at email@example.com and your name will be passed on to the existing local hosts.
Turner to speak at fundraiser for village foodbank
The Photography Club of Bayfield PCoB) is proud to sponsor an “Evening with Brad Turner” on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
The general public is invited to come to what should be a very entertaining evening starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep).
Born and raised in Bayfield, Turner attended high school at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, ON to pursue radio and television production. While there, he borrowed the money from his mother and beloved local teacher, Ede Turner, to buy his first camera – a Pentax film camera.
He began taking pictures of his childhood home of Bayfield and taught himself how to process the film. What began as a creative exploration of his unique point of view of Bayfield has led to an award-winning career as a producer and director in television and film.
Turner also has a love for fine art, and owns the Turner Gallery in Bayfield, which sells and promotes living Canadian artists.
As most of area residents probably already know, Turner has become a genuine Bayfield success story having directed over 300 episodes of popular television. During his four-year tenure on the critically acclaimed FOX series, ‘24’, he won an Emmy Award and served as an Executive Producer for the final two seasons.
In 2005, he directed the CBC mini-series, ‘Human Cargo’, which won several Gemini Awards, including Best Director, and garnered a prestigious Peabody Award.
Over the past few years, Brad and his wife, Jessica, have worked in New Zealand producing the fantasy series, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’. The second season begins premiering this fall on SpikeTV and Netflix. Other recent credits include: ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.’.
From Los Angeles to New York and Vancouver, Paris to Auckland and Capetown, Turner has maintained a passion for photography.
“Over my career I’ve seen camera formats change from film to digital with a wide variety of technology available, but one thing that has remained constant is the narrative power of good composition,” he said.
In his presentation, Turner will share his journey through the various camera formats he has utilized in his highly successful career – starting with his early photographs from Bayfield, work from his travels in production - and video work, including drone footage from this past summer in Bayfield.
Members of the PCoB feel that this is truly an amazing opportunity to see and hear the “Boy from Bayfield”.
still time to apply for funding for a village Rain Garden
Village residents could create their own rain gardens similar to this one found on the East side of Pioneer Park with funding help form ABCA. (Submitted photo)
If you have been thinking about installing a rain garden on your property in Bayfield, there is still time to apply for funding, according to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). A single downspout rain garden typically costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Homeowners can receive up to 50 per cent of the cash costs to a maximum of $500.
Design of the garden and the application can be completed now in preparation for garden construction, which takes place next year. Rain gardens are low-maintenance gardens that can be designed to match existing landscaping, formal gardens or natural gardens. Homeowners can choose plants specifically to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
There has been considerable interest in rain gardens since the demonstration gardens went in at Pioneer Park last year, said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA. “Not only is this funding a great opportunity to beautify your property, but homeowners can actively help protect water quality,” she said. “By capturing stormwater in rain gardens, homeowners can slow down runoff, and help prevent polluted runoff from reaching storm sewers and, ultimately, the lake.”
Bayfield homeowners interested in receiving funding to create a rain garden on their property should contact a local landscape professional who has received a Landscape Ontario endorsed rain garden certificate. (To find a list, visit the ABCA rain gardens page at this link: abca.on.ca/page.php?page=rain-gardens). Once the contractor has provided a plan and a quote for the garden, the homeowner will need to contact ABCA staff for a site visit to complete the application, which is available online. Grants, subject to approval, are paid out upon satisfactory completion of the rain garden. Homeowners can apply for funding without a contractor but preference is given to the applications that use a certified contractor.
Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They protect local water quality when they collect, absorb and filter water running off of land during storms. When it rains or when snow melts, water runs off roofs, patios, and driveways. Rain gardens can prevent this water, along with contaminants the runoff picks up, from draining directly into a local storm sewer or nearby watercourses.
“Rain gardens provide benefits to water quality,” said Brock. “Rain gardens reduce flooding and erosion, and they can also add beauty to your yard and create habitat.”
COOKIE DAYS This weekend
Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it. And on Oct. 14 and 15 the girls will be selling these cookies at the Bayfield Foodland plaza and the Michael's Pharmasave Plaza.
Come visit these super cookie sellers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days and help them reach their goal of selling 1,800 boxes of cookies!
The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $5 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members.
If the chocolatey mint variety of cookie isn’t a favorite, not to worry, the girls also have a few boxes of the Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich cookies available for the same great price.
Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings. Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 689 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
Artists Guild Workshops
Bayfield has many creative people living here both full and part time and many of them comprise the Bayfield Artist Guild. These members are hosting a couple of workshops this month.
The first is “Learn to Paint II” to be held on Monday, Oct 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by “Learn to Zentangle” on Friday, Oct. 27.
The “Learn to Paint II” workshop will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 16. Participants will paint in acrylic and a color theory lecture is included.
The session is limited to 20 participants. The event cost is $20 or join the Guild for $25. A supply list will be sent to participants.
To register please email Bayfieldartistguild@gmail.com.
Steve Jenkins, of Portershill Wild Bird Seed Co., in Bayfield, is an enthusiastic “birder”. He will be the guest speark at the Bayfield Garden Club meeting to be held on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Startig at 7:30 p.m. he will share with those who attend tips and ideas on how to welcome and attract the many overwintering birds to local gardens.
There will be refreshments and a lucky draw after the speaker.
The Third Annual Witches Walk in the woods behind The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 28.
Those who dare can take part in a spooky walk along the trails from 6-8 p.m.
With 10 groups already signed up and planning their scary stations along the trails, this year's event is set to be the biggest and best yet! There are still spaces available so if a local business, community group or just someone who loves Halloween would like to take part they can contact the The Ashwood through Facebook messenger, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519 565-4444 to reserve their scary station location along the trail.
Entrance is by donation with this year's proceeds going to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron and Huron Residential Hospice. Free goody bags will be provided again this year thank you to The Bayfield Optimist Club.
In honor of this special event, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar will be serving up Butter Beer ala Harry Potter!
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are embarking on a new method of entertaining children at the Bayfield Public Library. They hope that the "Games" event planned for Saturday, Oct. 28 will be a fun opportunity to learn a new game or play a familiar game with others: parents, sisters, brothers or friends.
For Settlers of Catan FOBL members request players to sign up at the Library Circulation Desk.
The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and children aged six and up are welcome to take part in new games, old games, long games, short games – board games!
He is a retired Federal Deputy Minister and a member of the Bayfield Lions’ Club. He belongs to the Pioneer Park Association as well as the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association and is a former Bayfield Historical Society President. He is also one of the players on the award winning Bayfield International Croquet Club team!
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is more than pleased to announce Bill Rowat as their speaker for the October meeting. The Croquet Club’s tale of climbing to international award winning status should be a most interesting story.
All are welcome to the meeting that will be on Monday, Oct. 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting and memberships are available.
WEST COAST ASTRONOMERS
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) invites everyone to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. Their next Star Party is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. Each
party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt
on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.
Any amateur astronomer, eager to bring their telescope, and share their knowledge with others, please call the number listed above.
On Oct. 18, over 90 restaurants in 19 Canadian cities will join together to donate proceeds from dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), supporting community food programs that build health, hope and belonging in low-income communities across the country. Funds raised will directly support local Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.
Participating in the event is easy: Diners visit www.restaurantsforchange.ca to find a participating restaurant near them and make a dinner reservation for Oct. 18. Locally The Black Dog Pub and Bistro will be taking part.
Oct. 13-15 are the dates set for the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s annual Joe Brandon Memorial Fishing Derby.
This popular annual event often sells out with 250 guests. Fish may be caught from the Bayfield River only from 11 a.m. on Friday to noon on Sunday. The weigh station is set up at Rainbow Valley Campground. The fishing is only allowed east of the Hwy 21 bridge.
The top prizes are: first, $800; second, $400 and third, $300.
The Eric Earle Memorial will be awarded to a contestant aged 15 or younger. It consists of a cash award of $100 and a plaque. The Bill Thorpe Memorial will go to a person in the 16-18 years category. It is also a $100 cash award and a plaque.
All participants will have the chance to win a variety of other prizes generously donated by area merchants.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Lion Tom Grasby at email@example.com or call 519 565-5142 or from Nip & Tuck, Brandon Hardware, both in Bayfield; Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports of London, ON.