Bookmark and Share   Nov. 11, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 46 Issue 592

  BAYFIELD SHOOT ALL WRAPPED UP

Trigger Point 2Bayfield native, Brad Turner provides direction to actors Colm Feore (centre) and Carlo Rota (right) prior to shooting a scene for the feature film, "Trigger Point" on Bayfield's Main Street recently. (Photo by Peter Stanks)

PHOTOS BY PETER STRANKS

From Oct. 22-30, Bayfield enjoyed a taste of Hollywood as about 100 cast and crew members for the feature film, “Trigger Point” descended on the village to shoot portions of the upcoming thriller starring, Barry Pepper and Colm Feore.

Feore is perhaps best known locally for his work on the Stratford Festival stage. He is currently appearing in the Netflix series, “The Umbrella Academy” the second season was launched mid-summer. Pepper’s myriad of credits include, “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Green Mile” as well as playing Robert F. Kennedy in the mini-series, “The Kennedys” and “The Kennedys: After Camelot”.

The west end of Main Street was closed off to traffic for the week with scenes being shot both outside and inside The Village Bookshop and The Lakehouse of Bayfield. Mara Street Walkway, the Bayfield Garage, Renegades Diner and the harbor area were also locales used in the film shoot.

Brad Turner is directing the film while his wife, Jessica Petelle is one of the producers. Turner is a Bayfield native who has an incredible body of work to his credit including such popular television productions as, “Twenty Four” and “Hawaii 5-0”. Petelle has been recognized on the festival circuit recently for her directing of a short film, “Age of Dysphoria”, starring Laura Vandervoort and Gordon Pinsent, Parts of which were also shot in the Bayfield area. The couple, who live in the village part time, suggested Bayfield for a location for Trigger Point.

Shooting a film in the time of COVID-19 is of course different and protocols were closely followed to keep everyone healthy and safe. Everyone working on location had COVID-19 tests, including, any locals involved with the production.

And as quickly as they descended on the community they departed with shooting to continue in Hamilton, ON.

Trigger Point 3Shooting a film in the time of COVID-19 is of course different and protocols were closely followed to keep everyone healthy and safe. Everyone working on location had COVID-19 tests, including, any locals involved with the production. (Photo by Peter Stanks)

Barry Pepper takes aim in the feature film Triggerpoint.Actor Barry Pepper in a scene from the upcoming feature film, "Trigger Point". Pepper’s myriad of credits include, “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Green Mile” as well as playing Robert F. Kennedy in the mini-series, “The Kennedys” and “The Kennedys: After Camelot”. (Photo by Peter Stanks)

Trigger Point 4From Oct. 22-30, Bayfield enjoyed a taste of Hollywood as about 100 cast and crew members for the feature film, “Trigger Point” descended on the village to shoot portions of the upcoming thriller starring, Barry Pepper and Colm Feore. (Photo by Peter Stanks)


Christmas in Bayfield embraces an outdoor market vibe 

The calendar denotes that “Christmas in Bayfield” is this coming weekend and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) has been creatively working to revise plans to keep everything compliant with COVID-19 protocols

On Friday, Nov. 13, the trees in Clan Gregor Square will be lit at 7 p.m. People are invited to enjoy the lighting from their car or while taking a stroll through the park.

At noon on Saturday, Nov. 14 a very special guest will come to town. Santa Claus will ride around the village on the fire truck greeting everyone and signaling the start of the festive season.

As this year is different, the BACC invite visitors and residents to shop small in Bayfield this holiday season with the “Christmas in Bayfield: Outdoor Market”. Main Street between Charles and Catherine Streets will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday’s from Nov. 14 to Dec. 19 to help facilitate safe shopping.

There will be a Christmas Photo Station outside the Bayfield Public Library where visitors can take selfies in a safe outdoor environment. Use the hashtag #BayfieldOntario to be entered to win a $1,000 shopping spree giveaway.

In addition, Main Street merchants are planning to light up the street with their holiday decorations. They are on a mission to sparkle this year like never before and all are welcome to come check out their glow. In fact, they are inviting the entire community to deck the halls and join in the fun!

Growing on the BACC’s idea, Elaine Coombs, broker with Re/Max Reliable Realty Inc, Brokerage in Bayfield, is offering some fun incentives to residents who decorate their homes. She is offering a $200 gift certificate to a local restaurant as well of some other prizes to the winner of the best decorated house in the village which will include the Carriage Lane area. Coombs, and a friend, will act as the judges and the prize will be awarded on Dec. 21.

the birdhouse foundation returns to village Saturday

IMG_20190612_194320Connor Withers is the youth behind The Birdhouse Foundation whose generosity has recently reached Bayfield organizations. He, and his team will be in the village this week selling birdhouses in support of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photos submitted)

Screenshot_20201021-103710_GalleryExamples of the whimsical Christmas decor that will be for sale at the corner of Clan Gregor Square and Hwy. 21 on Saturday, Nov. 14 when The Birdhouse Foundation comes to town. (Submitted photos)

At the end of June people driving through Bayfield may have noticed a colorful display of birdhouses for sale just before the turn onto Clan Gregor Square. The Birdhouse Foundation was having a sale from which $1,000 was given to the Bayfield Fire Department. The youth behind the Foundation, Connor Withers, wanted to raise some funds to support the community’s first reponders as the Bayfield firefighters were unable to hold their annual Firemen’s Breakfast this year due to COVID-19.

The community will no doubt be excited to learn that The Birdhouse Foundation team is returning to the village for the Christmas in Bayfield weekend and should fit nicely into the Outdoor Market theme during this time of COVID-19. This time around donations from sales will go to the village’s online newspaper, the Bayfield Breeze!

The sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Connor, and crew, will once again be set up at 19 The Square using the garage which faces Hwy. 21 as their base. They will be selling birdhouses in support of the Bayfield Breeze along with a variety of hand made wood products including, Chacuterie boards and Christmas decor.

Connor began making birdhouses in 2013 at just 8 years-old. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last seven years, Withers has rasied more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Yeat by the Ontario Community Newspapers Assocation. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts. The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong.

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holiday ornament painting latest workshop offering 

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As more people than usual will be staying in Ontario this winter season, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts is planning a number of COVID-19 safe offerings over the next five months.

Volunteers with BCA are now taking registrations for the "Painting and Decorating Holiday Ornaments" workshop. Registration includes a workshop kit which includes three or four ornaments, all necessary painting supplies, an outline of tips and tricks and an online tutorial.

The sky is the limit for this paint at home project and the tips and tricks hand out will include lots of ideas and artist Debra MacArthur’s tutorial will talk about lots of different possibilities for creating. Participants can tackle a modern design or try a traditional image. Each kit will include either three, four-inch ornaments or there are a limited number of kits which contain four, three-inch ornaments. Kits also include a festive selection of paints, a variety of brushes, specialty medium and varnish.

Kits will be available for pickup at the BCA barn after Nov. 15. People are invited to paint on their own or with their “bubble” of family and/or friends.

To learn more or to register visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/create-a-new-tradition-painting-and-decorating-holiday-ornaments-tickets-126719977865?fbclid=IwAR3LIEjVsBFNEs7Q6vAGlCSi2O2p8mNpQNZwiLnfyDUbq6jX77-eyMcfjas

It is hoped that some future small group offerings will take place in a convenient, spacious location allowing for safe distancing with health unit oversight and cleaning practices.

In an effort to reach a wide audience and make the events interesting to a range of attendees, organizers are looking for non-professional or professional speakers, instructors, and demonstrations on interesting topics.

These subjects might include food, wine, books, writing, movies, travel, history, genealogy, gardening, florals, health, mediation, interior design, art history, painting, photography, fibre arts, crafts – the list of subjects appears endless…

Anyone who has had an interesting career, hobby, skill, experience or specialty that they are willing to share with others is asked to please get in touch with organizers immediately at hello@bayfieldarts.ca.

In addition, the BCA is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.

Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.

Please email at the address above to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.

kourtney ready to be adopted  

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Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Kourtney is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.

Meet sweet Kourtney, she was the most petite of her litter. She also struggled the most but seems to be well on the road to being a sassy, but, oh so, cuddly girl.

Kourtney arrived with her Momma and five siblings. She was ill and needed extra care so she went to stay with a very dedicated BFF foster family, along with little Newt (who was featured in Issue 590 and is still available). Together they have worked hard to overcome the disadvantage of being the tiniest kittens with the biggest personalities. Kourtney is now ready for her forever home and a lap or more to settle on.

Anyone interested in adopting Kourtney is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com.

Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats like Kourtney. Any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

 

 

 life at the rink     

Anyone who has been missing time on the ice can enjoy it now with several opportunities for public skating throughout the week.

Currently the Free Skating Schedule is: Sundays from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms and tots and seniors and their care givers; Mondays, from 7-8 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get area youth involved in hockey.

Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted – please abide by the rules.

The schedule for available public open ice times is on website: www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca; or call at 519 565-2121. 

Gingerbread Decorating 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are still planning to host their annual children’s Gingerbread Decorating Event this year but it will be held a little later than usual and a little differently.

Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be held outside with gingerbread cookie decorating kits ready for pickup. Each kit will contain a delicious gingerbread cookie with all the decorations needed to create a masterpiece at home. Also included in the kit will be a craft and a few other fun surprises. A gluten-free option will be available.

The cookie kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Bayfield Public Library (outside the main library doors) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At pick up people are sasked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. People should watch for the candy cane lineup path and FOBL’s festive elf!

People should note that each kit will have a special ballot stapled to it. People are invited to fill it out and enter it in the provided box for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from The Village Bookshop. The draw will take place on Dec 5th.

Wreath Sale

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will still be offering their beautiful handmade wreaths for sale this holiday season just not in their traditional manner.

They won’t be hosting their Annual Christmas Wreath Sale normally held on the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend at St. Andrew’s United Church but organizers are happy to announce that people can still order a wreath. Orders will be taken from now until Nov.25th.

Please contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404 to place an order or to learn more.

Santa Visits 

For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift.

While everyone loves participating in these visits, it may not be in the community’s best interest to have Santa visit this year because of COVID-19 concerns, but rest assured, the Lions will be doing something for these most valued citizens.

Anyone who knows someone in Bayfield who has turned 80 this year, or who now cannot get around due to health issues, is asked to please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042 by the end of November with the person's name and phone number so that they may be included.

SANTA LETTERS

Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season but he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in an effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return.

Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com.

Secretary Wanted 

The Board of Directors for the BAS also have a vacancy for the role of Secretary-Administrative Support. This is a volunteer position with a possible stipend provided annually.

The BAS Board members are seeking an individual who is interested in the preservation of 164 years of agricultural and rural history while enjoying time with a group of like-minded people. Attention to detail, basic computer skills and experience in Word and Outlook would be assets. Duties will include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence and membership. Training and support will be provided for all duties.

Attendance would be expected at general meetings two hours per month (March-November) plus director meetings four times per year (or as needed). Meetings will be electronic (Zoom) or in-person.

For more information, please contact: Lorraine by email at rainy13@tcc.on.ca or by phone 519 653-7039 or email Doug Yeo at dougyeo@tcc.on.ca.

November Quilt of the Month 

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With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

This adorable quilt is autumn splendour at its best and will give someone’s décor a wonderful punch of color. This cotton quilt – which is suitable for all ages - was made by members of the local community, measures 43” x 50” and is being sold for $475. It can be mounted horizontally or vertically or used as a throw.

The first person sending an email to the Hospice Manager of Fundraising, Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: chris.walker@huronhospice.ca.

Anyone who would like further information before they decide, should contact Walker.

Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care!

WORLD KINDNESS DAY 

Calling on all the wonderful rock painters out there! Don't be shy. Join in “OHearts” Kindness Rock Movement in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 13 in support of World Kindness Day.

It is true that one kind word or message can change a person's life. Kindness Rocks have been appearing in and around Bayfield for some time now. This simple act is providing positive messages to those that have found or connected with them. They have been spotted on trails, in parks, random street corners and at the library. Hundreds of people have taken and or given away their Bayfield finds to people who may need them.

On Nov. 13, let's continue in keeping Bayfield on the map for kindness by dropping off inspirational rocks on the front window ledge (facing Main Street) of the Bayfield Public Library.

Together people can make a difference in someone's life and bring more kindness to the world. 

BRVTA Membership

Winter is certainly on the way in and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be endeavouring to keep the trails open and safe for delightful winter walks.

“During this difficult year of lockdowns, we have seen increasing numbers of hiking family groups with children wondering how beavers can possibly eat tree trunks, grandparents enjoying the tranquility of being amidst calming foliage and diligent parents being towed along by the family dog,” said Helen Varekamp, with the BRVTA.

Varekamp reported that the storms and strong winds of the weekend have shaken the trees to their roots and several have succumbed, falling squarely across the trails. But have no fear, the ‘Trailblazers’ team will be out with chain saws to clear the debris and ensure that safe paths are maintained.

But, it is not just the strong winds or heavy snow that create maintenance issues.

“Our wooden bridges, handrails, steps and boardwalks are in constant decline and require regular repair or replacement - the work involves more than just the time and effort of our Trailblazer volunteers, the necessary materials cost money,” said Varekamp.

Anyone who enjoys walking the trails but has never got around to joining the BRVTA, might consider that with a mere $30 annual family membership, they would be making a valuable contribution toward the maintenance of the seven trails, ensuring their viability for the future. Memberships for 2021 are now available on-line at www.bayfieldtrails.com.

People should save their receipt, which will give them shopping privileges at the Columbia Sportswear discount store.

Cheques can also be mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

lost and found  

Staff at the Bayfield Public Library found more than just books in their book drop on Saturday, Oct. 24. They discovered one hearing aid, blue-black in color, amongst the returned reading materials. Anyone missing it is asked to contact the library on Wednesdays or Saturdays between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 519 565-2886 or sending an email to bayfieldlibrary@huroncounty.ca.

brvta agm 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Annual General Meeting (AGM for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 28.

It will be held by ZOOM at 10 a.m. Members are invited to join the AGM. Anyone who is interested, is asked to kindly RSVP by email to info@bayfieldtrails.com. Anyone who had already responded will automatically be contacted with the link for the meeting.

guided hikes 

National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17, to celebrate the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m.

National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail. The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours.

Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.  

FOOD BANK

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be thankful for the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.

For anyone who wishes to make a donation of non-perishable food items there is a bin on the south porch of the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall.

BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com. All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

It's cookie season

Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce that it is Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! Bayfield Guiding has a limited number of cookies to sell in this format and the profits support the local membership directly. Please note there is a minimum cookie order and a shipping fee.

Here is the link: online cookie portal.

A limited number of cookies have been distributed to the Bayfield membership for in person selling at $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. Girl Guides Ontario determined selling limits and Bayfield only received about one-third of what they normally sell. So don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing melody.pounder@gmail.com to make arrangements for cookie delivery.

 

 

 


 

robinson newest member of gateway board of directors   

Capture 4Members of the Board of Directors for the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health recently welcomed their newest member, Patricia Robinson during a meeting held over ZOOM. (Submitted photos)

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Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is happy to announce that Patricia Robinson has recently joined their Board of Directors. Robinson grew up in Huron County and has returned to Goderich as a Nurse Practitioner at the Maitland Valley Medical Centre.

Robinson has embraced learning throughout her life with several university degrees. She has volunteered with organizations, including the Huron Hospice Site Development Committee and the Canadian Ski Patrol. She has also volunteered in Tanzania and Guyana, teaching and delivering primary care.

Her work experience includes being a primary school teacher in such diverse locations as Chad in Africa, Mexico, Spain, Toronto and Thunder Bay. Following her teaching career, she stepped into nursing and has had experience working in long term care settings, First Nations clinics, hospital emergency departments and numerous family health teams in Ontario. She helped author a Clinical Practice Guideline for Nurses in a First Nations setting.

She enjoys travel, within Canada and internationally. She likes being active, whether it is hiking, kayaking, gardening, or skiing. Her interests in mentoring health care professionals and improving community health align well with Gateway and its goals.

Robinson commented that she is committed to people and communities. She looks forward to the challenge of being a member of the Gateway board.

Gateway President Gwen Devereaux said that “with Patricia’s background our board is one step closer in Gateway CERH becoming Canada’s leader in rural health research”.

The board is excited to welcome and work alongside Patricia to improve rural health. Her interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills will be a tremendous asset for Gateway.

Check out Gateway's website to learn more about Gateway and how they are improving the health and welfare of local communities at www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/.

Huron Out of the Cold program expands support for homeless 

Opening Nov. 16, the “Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home” program will expand on the efforts of the previous “Out of the Cold” program, with increased funding and staff specially trained in trauma informed care, substance use, and mental health services. The new program aims to provide an emergency shelter that also offers wrap-around supports for homeless individuals in Huron County.

“It’s important that we build relationships with vulnerable members in our community, including those who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “Our Social and Property Services staff along with CMHA Elgin-Middlesex and Choices for Change will be coordinating an emergency shelter that also provides wrap-around services with a long-term goal of ensuring that all Huron County community members have a home.”

Through a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Choices for Change, Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home will be staffed with trained professionals and aims to provide wrap-around supports and services with a goal of transitioning guests into permanent housing solutions.

“As a community mental health agency, we know how critical and necessary wrap-around supports are in helping individuals who are experiencing or are at risk for homelessness.” said Beth Mitchell, CEO of CMHA Elgin-Middlesex. “We look forward to working closely with our partners and the community to ensure those most vulnerable are receiving the supports they need, such as a listening ear, coping strategies, a connection to housing resources and other services, and more.”

“Choices for Change is very pleased to be part of this very important initiative,” said Choices for Change Executive Director, Catherine Hardman. “Although not all individuals experiencing homelessness have addiction and/or mental health issues, it is important to have that expertise available for those that do. We are glad to work with CMHA to provide support to those in the shelter and assist in their move to more permanent housing.”

The emergency shelter will be located in Goderich at Lakeshore United Church and will be able to accommodate up to 15 individuals per evening, with meals provided, for the cold weather season.

“The Town of Goderich is supportive of this important initiative being located in our community,” said Goderich Mayor, John Grace “Ensuring the safety of all of our community members during the colder season is of critical importance. I am glad that we have been able to work with the County of Huron and all of the partner agencies and municipalities on the Homelessness Task Force to make this emergency shelter happen.”

Through the County of Huron Homelessness Task Force, efforts to advocate on behalf of local communities and vulnerable individuals continue on the municipal and provincial level, including member representation by the County’s Warden and local mayors from the Town of Goderich, Municipality of South Huron, Township of North Huron, Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, and Municipality of Central Huron. Local government in Huron County is committed to working together to address and prevent homelessness in Huron communities.

The County of Huron and its partner agencies are dedicated to taking both immediate and long-term actions to improve the quality of life for all residents of Huron County. These actions encompass inclusivity and awareness of intersectionality, acknowledging the differences and complexities for every individual in need of support.

The County extends its thanks to the Lakeshore United Church, and to every other agency, community group, and volunteer, who has and continues to contribute time and resources for Huron’s Out of the Cold program and showing compassion to taking care of the community’s most vulnerable persons.

For more information on Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home, including emergency shelter contacts, please visit www.HuronCounty.ca/housing.

Covid case counts climbing 

As of Nov. 10, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is reporting three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, 48 of which are active cases, the highest number of active cases at a time seen so far in the pandemic in Huron and Perth. The outbreak continues at Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence, and there are now 50 confirmed cases associated with the outbreak, including 34 residents and 16 staff; three residents who tested positive have unfortunately passed away.

“I understand the level of concern in our community with the increasing numbers and with the unfortunate ongoing outbreak in one of our retirement homes,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Local public health, provincial organizations, the hospital and community partners have all been working collaboratively alongside the leadership at Cedarcroft Retirement Home to stabilize care, and work to prevent further spread of illness.”

Organizations and partners that are assisting with the response include the Huron Perth Pandemic Response Triad, South West Pandemic Response Triad, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, South West LHIN and Ontario Health West. An infection control specialist from Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is currently on-site working with the staff.

Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East continues to be in outbreak with no additional cases at this time. The outbreak at Mitchell Nursing Home, which had been declared out of an abundance of caution, was declared over on the afternoon of Nov. 10.

There are currently nine active community cases of COVID-19 not counted as part of the outbreaks, most notably with four active cases in Perth East. No additional cases have been confirmed that are associated with Milverton Public School.

“We expected a second wave and it has arrived,” said Dr. Klassen. “It’s important now more than ever that we remain vigilant and continue to limit your contacts, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands often, wear a face covering, and maintain physical distance from people outside of your household. The more actions we can take on a personal level, the better we can protect our vulnerable residents, such as our community members who live in retirement and long-term care homes.”

It’s important for residents across Huron-Perth to continue public health measures:
· Stay home if sick
· Wash hands regularly and thoroughly
· Maintain physical distance of 6 feet / 2 metres from those not in the same household
· Wear a non-medical cloth face covering where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

“We must all act as if we could come into contact with COVID-19 anywhere in any community and act as if we could pass COVID-19 on unknowingly,” said Dr. Klassen.

Huron Waves Music Festival to host online auction 

Get ready to have some fun completing Christmas shopping this year, with the “Celebrate the Season with Huron Waves Auction”, set to open online on Monday, Nov. 16. Personal visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus; a spring golf tournament for eight, including dinners and bus transportation; collections of holiday music CDs; Samsonite luggage; paintings and framed photographs; cooking classes and fine dining, they are all up for auction to the highest bidder, in support of Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF).

“There are more than 100 items with a distinctively local flavor, all graciously donated by individuals who have readily offered support to Huron Waves despite the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cass Bayley, who is chair of the fund-raising committee.

Every Monday from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, a new lot of new products, services and experiences will be listed on-line, with bidding open until that Saturday. The auction closes on Saturday, Dec. 12.

“We have so many wonderful fund-raising ideas that tie together music, food and companionship, but we’ve had to put them on hold for now. This auction is a safe way for everyone to have fun, be entertained, and raise funds so that we can bring international artists to our area,” she said.

Bidders are encouraged to register for the auction now, at www.huronwavesauction.ca, and be poised to start bidding on Nov. 16. Safely gather family in your bubble every Saturday afternoon to see who submitted the highest bid.

All funds support Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF), which will showcase the best of Canadian and visiting international artists at an annual springtime music festival in the region that includes Grand Bend, Exeter and other communities.

Its 2020 Festival was originally scheduled for the first two weekends of May, but emergency measures initiated to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic have twice delayed it.

rural response and gateway Help Seniors stay connected 

Worry about aging parents is raising stress levels for Huron County’s sandwich generation. By the end of March, Rural Response for Healthy Children’s (RRHC) parent support team contacted over 200 families from their client list. Parents and caregivers expressed a multitude of factors causing more stress during the pandemic. Juggling their family needs at home while also checking in on aging parents, undertaking a list of to-dos to support their aging parents to isolate, worry about the virus and the longevity of the new normal are heavy weights.

In early March, pre-pandemic, RRHC received approval from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors program to build understanding and awareness about grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Huron County. By early April, the project funding was leveraged to provide immediate pandemic support to Huron County seniors who isolated at home to decrease their risk of exposure to coronavirus.

“This was our chance to respond to what the support team was hearing from parents as a major stressor in their lives,” said to Selena Hazlitt, RRHC’s Executive director. Five-thousand dollars was immediately transferred to OneCare’s grocery delivery efforts and collaboration was struck with the Huron County Food Distribution Center (HCFDC) to provide food to grandparents who are raising grandchildren as well as weekly support and provision of masks.

As a follow-up to the initial funding, in September 2020, the federal government provided RRHC with additional funds from the New Horizons for Seniors program. These funds are being used to build opportunities for seniors to stay connected during the second wave of the pandemic. It is anticipated that by providing $3,000 to the “Lonely No More” program, developed by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), some of the stress of parents/caregivers who continue to worry about their aging parents will be alleviated.

The Lonely No More program is an excellent example of a proven model that responds to the needs of isolated seniors. The Lonely No More program consists of weekly teleconference calls between isolated older adults facilitated by trained community members (peer facilitators). These peer facilitators are trained in resource navigation, health coaching dialogues, elder abuse bystander prevention, peer support and the program’s outreach model.

Lonely No More was originally piloted in 2019 to combat loneliness and social isolation felt among rural older adults. During the pilot, the program demonstrated success in providing rural older adults the ability to participate in a free phone based, peer support program that addressed their need for socialization and provided rural older adults a chance to take leadership positions within their community. A number of positive impacts were seen during the pilot program such as the creation of new points of support for rural older adults, created a sense of connection, links between rural older adults through new peer relationships were improved and feelings of self-worth and giving back to the community were created. Due to the positive impacts the program’s peer support model and community interest, the program was offered again this year. With the additional sense of distance and isolation associated with the COVID-19 health pandemic it has been a welcomed service in surrounding rural communities.

Gateway’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. For more information or to donate, visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca

RRHC envisions a responsive community that supports, nurtures and strengthens Huron County families. For more information or to donate, visit www.rrhc.on.ca or call 1-800-479-0716.

 

public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca

Greener Pastures 

Cowbell Brewing Co. is pleased to announce it has achieved a major milestone with its “Greener Pastures Community Fund”. As of Sept. 30, Cowbell has raised and donated over $500,000 in support of vital, life-saving programs at Ontario’s four children’s hospitals.

Cowbell has been raising the funds, one nickel at a time, since May 2016 - and 100 per cent of funds are donated.

The Greener Pastures Community Fund is just one of the heartfelt and purposeful ways Cowbell gives back to the broader community.
“The entire team at Cowbell Brewing appreciates the support for our beer, our people and our story, from our Guests and customers across Ontario. Thank you for making this possible,” said Alecia Anderson, Cowbell’s director of Greener Pastures.

Hospitals that benefit from the funds are: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa; SickKids, Toronto; McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton; and Children's Hospital, London.

At the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario funds are directed to the Art Therapy Program, helping young patients and family members with healing and self-expression through art. This program is provided by accredited art therapists.

At SickKids, a specific donation has been made to the Epilepsy Classroom, as well as continuing support for the greatest priority needs within patient care, research and education that have life changing and saving effects on young patients and families.

Donations are directed toward necessary renovations to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the McMaster Children’s Hospital.

At London’s Children's Hospital ongoing support is given for the Music Therapy Program for patients to improve areas of health, functioning, and well-being within a therapeutic relationship with an accredited music therapist.

“Thanks to the healthcare heroes for the sacrifices made every day, and especially during this time of such uncertainty. Their service, commitment and courage deserve our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation,” said Anderson.

Cheers to making a difference, one nickel at a time! Find out more at cowbellbrewing.com/sustainability/community 

International Trade 

Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb will be serving on the Standing Committee on International Trade during this Parliamentary session.

“Canada is a trading nation, and our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic depends on building strong trading relationships with our friends and allies,” said MP Lobb.

The Standing Committee on International Trade is tasked with matters such as international trade policy, and the global trade and investment environment. Lobb has worked on a diverse range of portfolios during his time as a Member of Parliament, including Health, Veterans Affairs, and Public Safety and National Security.

ABCA Outdoor Family Experiences 

The traditional one-night Owl Prowl is cancelled for 2020, as part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) response during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the conservation authority is offering activities for the entire month of November to replace the popular event this year.

ABCA is making November, Birds of Prey Month.

Raptors are meat-eating birds of prey and include owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons and they play a very important role in the local ecosystem, according to ABCA.

During the month of November, people may find out more about birds of prey including owls through Outdoor Family Experiences offered by ABCA, through social media posts, and webinars on ZOOM and YouTube.

Interested parties may book a ‘COVID-friendly’ Owl Prowl for their family at Morrison Dam Conservation Area for dates starting in November until Feb. 27, 2021. Staff at ABCA ask everyone to please note that conservation area trails are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. The public can only use trails at night when a program is booked and they are accompanied by ABCA staff.

Weekend outdoor family experiences can be booked through Eventbrite.ca and include owl prowls; autumn hikes at Bannockburn Conservation Area; pond studies at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA); fossil hunts at Rock Glen Conservation Area; a nature awareness hike at any conservation area; or ‘Christmas in the Forest’ at MDCA. The Eventbrite.ca website has the available dates and times to register for one of these experiences.

For more information contact conservation education staff at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The education programs adhere to the pandemic protocols for gathering sizes and social physical distancing, etc. from public health authorities. 

 MCLAREN EXHIBIT

The Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) are pleased to announce that the much-anticipated exhibit “Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren” opened on Oct. 8. People are invited to pre-arrange their visit at their convenience to catch the exhibit, which is on until Apr. 30, 2021.

From mirth and mud at Ypres Salient and Vimy Ridge to the vibrancy of landscapes from Huron County and the Maitland Valley, the exhibit explores McLaren's prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer. Reflections is presented in partnership with the HCHS and features close to 100 works on loan from the community.

At this time, the Museum is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. To pre-arrange a visit, please call 519 524-2686 and be sure to review the latest guidelines for visiting the Museum on their website.

Reflections is included with regular admission or free for Museum Members and Huron County Library card holders. Please call the Museum at 519 524-2686 to pre-arrange a visit today.

COVID-19 IMPACT Survey 

COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.

“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”

The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.

The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit linktr.ee/RURAL_RESPONSE to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail, including a prepaid return envelope. 

“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”"

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.

KNOX CHURCH

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.

Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/weekly-sermon/.

 


 

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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (open Thursday to Sunday by appointment - call 519 524-2686) . But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at https://huroncountymuseum.pastperfectonline.com.

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

Bayfield’s own Maude Stirling was a highly respected nursing sister in WWI. Some of her belongings are in the collection at the Huron County Museum and we are honored to share them here this week in this special Remembrance Day issue.

Wool Belt

This is a navy blue, wool belt worn with a Nursing Sisters uniform. The belt has a brass buckle with nine grometted holes used to tighten the belt. There is an interlocking belt closure in the centre of the belt. It is decorated with acorns and oak leaves surrounding a wreath, surrounding a lion atop of a crown.

This belt belonged to Maud Stirling, of Bayfield, while a Nursing Sister in the First World War with the No. 4 University Base Hospital in Salonika, Greece.

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brass buttons

This is a set of brass buttons for a Nursing Sisters uniform. The button is engraved with the Canadian Medical Corps crest. There is a wreath with a crown at the op and a banner that reads "Canadian Medical Corps" along the bottom. The wreath surrounds a staff with a coiled serpent. The back reads "Army and Navy CO-OP S.L.D."

These buttons belonged to Maud Stirling, who was decorated with the Royal Red Cross by King George V for her dedicated service.

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we will remember them       

 Recalling bayfield's fallen from the great wars

 

Every year as the cold winds of November blow across Clan Gregor Square people gather at the cenotaph to remember. This year with a global pandemic a top concern the annual ceremony was cancelled with people encouraged to show their respects in more solitary ways – but those who fought in war for peace are not to be forgotten.

In Clan Gregor Square there is a special tribute to the 11 soldiers from Bayfield who perished in the two Great Wars, their images are engraved on granite plaques that stand guard around the cenotaph. Since these plaques were first dedicated in the summer of 2008 (with the exception of two that were dedicated in 2011) people can visit the memorial and put faces to the names on the Roll of Honor. But who were these young men? This week the Bayfield Breeze digs deep into the archives – to a time before the online newspaper - to share stories of these soldiers first shared in the Bayfield Bugle (Clinton News-Record, summer 2008).

Prior to WWI there were 130 families residing in Bayfield. From this community, 27 men and women enlisted and one in three never returned. Many of those who did come home were affected for life by their many wounds.

World war I

IMG_2911Kenneth Currie - WWI

Harvey and Kenny Currie - When Agnes Currie unveiled the village’s new memorial cenotaph on July 26, 1933 she was still mourning the loss of her two sons in WWI. Her grandchildren remembered that she never accepted that they were dead. Their loss was not the first tragedy that Mrs. Currie had to endure. Her husband had died of pneumonia as a result of falling through the ice while fishing. Instead of going home to get warm, he reset his nets because his family needed food. Widowed, she struggled to feed her four daughters and two sons by sewing and accepting the generosity of local fishermen. The men would bring fish to the Currie’s old                           home on Tuyll Street in an effort to help supplement the family's meager diet.                                           

IMG_2914Harvey Currie - WWI

Harvey, her 20-year-old son, joined the Huron Battalion in Clinton in August 1915. He was sent to trenches outside of Albert, France where he was killed in the Battle of the Somme in September 1916.

His youngest brother, Kenny, at only 17, lied about his age and enlisted in Clinton in February 1916. He eventually ended up in the 1st Battalion, Western Ontario Regiment which saw action in most of the horrific battles of WWI. Sadly, as the allies were making their final push and the war was almost over, Kenny was killed on Aug. 30, 1918, along with 226 soldiers during the Battle for Upton Woods.

IMG_2922Wilfred Toms - WWI

Wilfred Toms and Bobby McLeod - Both families sent two of their sons to WWI only to have one return.

Wilfred Toms and his younger brother, Malcolm (Punch) enlisted. Wilfred was killed in action while Punch returned home badly wounded during the Battle of Amiens.


IMG_2901Robert McLeod - WWI

Bobby McLeod was 18-years-old and the son of the one of Lake Huron’s most famous fishermen, Hugh McLeod. He fished with his father and brothers, Jack and Louis on the Helen MacLeod I. Bobby enlisted with the 71st Huron Battalion while his brother Louis enlisted with the 91st Battalion at St. Thomas. Bobby did not return home.


IMG_2910Alan MacDonald - WWI

Alan McDonald - Alan was a young Bayfield man who worked on the fishing boats. In his book, “My Memoirs”, the late Harry Baker wrote that Alan, “Had a very quarrelsome father and one night he and Alan got into a fight and the next day Alan enlisted and was killed Aug. 8, 1918 during the Battle of Amiens.”


IMG_2905Edward (Ted) Adley - WWI

Edward “Ted” Adley” - Ted was an Englishman who immigrated to Canada to seek his fortune. He worked on the Galbraith Farm, which was located on today’s Hwy. 21 near the Clinton Road. When Canada declared war, he joined the thousands of other young English immigrants to this country who returned to fight for England. He was killed in action.


IMG_2907Arthur Edward Clarke - WWI

Arthur Edward Clarke - Arthur was an Englishman who had spent eight years in the British Navy before emigrating to Canada. He had come to Bayfield from the Hensall area with his wife, Emily, and their four young children before he enlisted as a Signaler in 1916 at the age of 34. He spent about three months in the trenches before he was killed at Vimy. His wife, Emily, died on July 8, 1950 and is buried in Bayfield.


IMG_2903Victor Evans - WWI

Victor Evans - Victor’s obituary from May 2, 1918 began, “The residents of this village were greatly shocked on Thursday last when the sad news was received of the sudden death of one of our most highly esteemed young men, in the person of Victor Evans, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Evans of this village.”

Victor had been a school teacher on the Parr Line before he enlisted in the Aviation Corps. He was killed after landing his plane when he was struck by the propeller. His funeral at St. Andrew’s United Church was attended by almost everyone in the village.


 

"They shall grow not old,

as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning,

we will remember them."*

- Laurence Binyon, "For the Fallen" 

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: With special thanks to the Bayfield Historical Society and to author Dave Gillians who wrote the histories of the soldiers compiled here in anticipation of his book, “For the Love of Bayfield” that was first published in 2012.  Thanks also to Claudia Barrett, assistant volunteer archivist with the Bayfield Historical Society for providing the summary of monuments.

 
 

 

War memorials abound in Huron 

IMG_2896 Fresh wreaths were placed at the cenotaph sometime over the weekend as the Royal Canadian Legion provided commemorative wreaths to organizations wishing to present and display at the local cenotaphs at their leisure. Due to the pandemic the regular ceremony was cancelled. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Of course, Bayfield’s cenotaph is not the only memorial to fallen soldiers in the area. In fact, Huron County boasts several tributes many of which were compiled into a brochure in 2012 by the Huron Arts and Heritage Network (HAHN). The Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre has one available for viewing – some of the details can be found below. Anyone looking to honor Canada’s war dead, veterans and those still in active service, that can’t do so in a traditional way during COVID-19 might like to consider a driving tour of the memorials.

Based on the HAHN brochure, the Huron County monuments include: 

• Exeter Monument located on Main Street in front of the Exeter Library. It was designed by James Weeks in 1920. He was a local marble works manufacturer.
• Usborne Township Memorial, Hurondale, since 2012 it can be found in Hensall Union Cemetery off Rogerville Road East, south of Hensall. It was designed by James Weeks in 1919. It was first erected at SS#1 Hurondale School in Usborne Twp which no longer exists.
• Hensall Memorial is located at the town hall on Hensall’s Main Street. It was built in 1919 by Cunningham and Pryde of Exeter.
• Varna Monument, originally called the Soldier Monument, was created in 1920. In 1967, it was moved from the west end of Varna to the crossroads at Varna.
• Bayfield Monument, located in Clan Gregor Square, was erected in 1933 and refurbished in 2008.
• Clinton Memorial can be found at the library park on Albert Street (London Road). It was designed by Jack Pryde in 1965.
• Goderich Cenotaph is located in Courthouse Park. It was created in 1924 by Cour de Leon McCarthy of Montreal. It was refurbished in 1987.
• St. Helen's Cenotaph is located on the south side of W Hall at the crossroads of Belfast Road and the St. Helen's Line. The Village of St Helen's is near Lucknow. The cenotaph was built in 1924 by John Joynt.
• Blyth Memorial Hall, located on the Main Street in the Village of Blyth was built as a tribute to the local men who died in WWI. Inside the hall, wooden plaques list all of the fallen. The plaques were hand carved by Rev. George Telford, assisted by Adam Elliott. Blyth Memorial Hall was rescued from demolition in 1973.
• Wroxeter Monument, located in the Wroxeter Cemetery on County Road 87, Howick Twp, was erected in 1921.
• Fordwich Monument, located in a small park on the south edge of the village, on the Fordwich line, Howick Twp, was placed in 1919.
• Wingham Monument located in a triangle park set back from the east corner of John Street East and Josephine Street it was created in 1924.
• Brussels, Morris and Grey Monument, located on the Main Street beside the Legion in Brussels.
• Seaforth War Memorial, located at the west end of Victoria Park in Seaforth, it was sculpted by Emmanuel Hahn in 1921.

World War II

IMG_2921Robert Hopson - WWII

Robert Hopson – For many decades, starting in the 1930s, diminutive, quick witted Mabel “Mae” Hopson had a fruit and vegetable stand in one of the buildings across Main Street from today’s location of the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre. She was active in community affairs, especially during 1964, when she fought to have Bayfield regain its village status. Her husband George, a veteran of WWI, was far from well, so the burden of gardening and selling produce fell on Mae’s shoulders and those of her sons. Her three sons helped her until Robert left home to join the Canadian Merchant Navy. He lied about his age so that he could enlist and was killed when his ship the SS Empire Blanda was torpedoed off Iceland on Feb. 19, 1941.

IMG_2918Richard (Dick) Weston - WWII

Dick Weston – Dick’s family operated The Little Inn and managed the Jowett’s Grove Pavilion. Dick was one of three Weston brothers who enlisted during WWII. Dick was a well-known musician and his death hit the community hard. According to family members, he was supposed to meet his brother, White Weston, in London, England on New Year’s Day 1945 but instead he took one last bombing raid over Germany on Jan. 2. It was on this raid that his plane was shot down and he was killed.

IMG_2915Charles Stewart Cann - WWII

Charles “Stewart” Cann – Stewart was part of a large family whose father, Sylvanus Cann, was awarded the Military Medal after the Battle of Passchendale in WWI. They lived in a farmhouse about a mile north of Bayfield which Sylvanus said was constructed from lumber floated across Lake Huron in the 1840s. At the age of 22 years, Stewart was killed near the Moro River just before the Battle of Ortona in Italy. During the fighting his brother, Bruce, was a medic who was treating the wounded nearby.

 

 


 

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 A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from someone wondering if the Bayfield Breeze could benefit from a special fundraising event? It was very gratifying that out of so many worthy causes in the community they might think to support our online newspaper.

Connor Withers, the talented youth behind The Birdhouse Foundation, along with his father, Tim, are coming to town on Saturday to sell their birdhouses and other wood crafts to raise some funds to help us continue to do the work we do to be the voice of the village and surrounding area. I look forward to meeting this inspiring youth and his father and thank them in person for their support.

And so here is my shameless pitch. Anyone who may be looking for a unique Christmas gift, with a cause attached, should drop by their “pop up shop” in the garage at the corner of Clan Gregor Square and Hwy. 21 (the old Clifton Manor house for our longtime residents). They will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Melody

 


 

 

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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.

 


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