Hunger is a reality in Huron
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
“Hunger has many faces. The picture that we see isn’t necessarily the reality that exists.”
In 2004, Terry Boa-Youmatoff and a handful of members at Trinity Anglican Church started an offshoot of their Outreach Program called “Feed My Sheep”. The early years of the project saw much instability and limited food availability but they persevered. Then in 2009, with the advent of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC), “Feed My Sheep” found its footing.
Three years later, “Feed My Sheep” has grown into the Bayfield Food Bank. Boa-Youmatoff is the coordinator of this local food bank, capably assisted by Audrey Albiston.
People may be shocked to learn that in a county where food is grown in such abundance that there is hunger.
“Many people exist on a sliding scale after rent, heat, transportation what they give up is food as there is nowhere else to take the money from,” said Boa-Youmatoff.
Families in need received a total of 500,000 pounds of food from the HCFBDC in 2011. Eighteen thousand people, including 4,000 children shared this food. According to an article that recently appeared in Bullet News Huron, census data compiled by Statistics Canada in 2006 indicated that the county had a population of 59,325.
“The reality is there are hunger issues in area schools. The reality is Heartland Community Church in Clinton served 10,000 hot lunches to people in a year. The need is great, we are so cocooned,” said Boa-Youmatoff.
From now until May 11 it is Hunger Awareness Week across Canada. A time when Canadians can emerge from their chrysalis, learn more about the issue of hunger and take action.
There are 10 food banks across Huron County all are faith based. Representatives from these groups meet once a month at the Huron County Health Unit along with Health Unit Community Developer, Janice Dunbar. They recently invited Nancy Fisher, of Huron-Perth Eat and Learn, to join the table and at the last meeting of Huron County Council, Tyler Hessel, councilor-at-large for Bluewater, volunteered to sit at the table as a representative for the county.
“The HCFBDC has become one voice for the local food banks. The Huron County farmers are the greatest contributors to the centre. The HCFBDC is also able to purchase trailers of food from corporate donors like Loblaws,” said Boa-Youmatoff.
According to Boa-Youmatoff, in addition to food donated by local farmers the HCFBDC will purchase a trailer of food for costs up to $5,000. The value of the items on the trailer could range anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 depending on what the goods are. The HCFBDC is able to then help not only the existing food banks but school breakfast programs, women’s shelters and other in need organizations.
The vision of the HCFBDC is to make hunger non-existent in Huron County and beyond. According to their website, they channel large food donations in a free-flowing fashion to the local community food banks. When the center receives donations of food from farmers and food producers, they act as a clearinghouse, dividing the large donations into usable portions, then distributing to the food banks that have need of the products. The HCFBDC helps with the extras such as fresh produce, dairy and meat as well as dry goods. The local food banks continue to count on individual donations for their basic needs.
Boa-Youmatoff stated, Seaforth has the fastest growing food bank in the county.
“They are run by a board and that is what I would like to see happen here in Bayfield. It would be wonderful to have the community involved with representatives from local churches, community and service groups. In fact the Seaforth membership has offered to help us set up a board and use their food bank as an example to follow,” she said.
At the moment, the Bayfield Food Bank continues to run mainly through referrals from the Trinity congregation or people in need can call the church at 519 565-2790.
“We have a new vicar at Trinity, Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott. He has experience with hunger issues having been involved with the breakfast program at his former church in Windsor. He can be contacted directly at 519 565-4009,” said Boa-Youmatoff.
The Bayfield Food Bank provides food once a month but also maintains an emergency food supply if it is needed.
“We are a little different in that we deliver via our referrals in this way our help is almost invisible,” she said.
A week prior to delivery, Boa-Youmatoff places her order with the HCFBDC and they deliver the requested food to Bayfield.
Even with the HCFBDC in place there are always ways that people can help the local food bank.
“Money to purchase eggs is always appreciated. We try and provide one dozen eggs to families and half dozen to singles per month. Things like coffee, peanut butter and diapers we rarely see donated as they are so expensive,” she said.
In recognition of Hunger Awareness Week, Canadians are being encouraged to give up their lunch for one week and donate the money to a Food Bank. To help on a county-wide level, monetary donations can be sent to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center, 63 Main Street, Exeter, ON, N0M1S3.
At the last Huron County Council meeting, following a presentation by the HCFBDC and the local food banks, council donated $10,000 to the HCFBDC from its unforeseen expenditures fund.
“No one chooses this lifestyle – no one chooses to go hungry, but they should know that we are here to make things just a little easier,” concluded Boa-Youmatoff.
Fifty trees planted in village
Bayfield Tree Project members, Bluewater councillors and the planting team from Verbeek's Farm and Garden Centre in Clinton all posed for a picture with the first tree of the Spring planting for 2012. It was placed in the ground at the corner of Charles and Louisa Streets on the morning of May 4. From l-r are: Ainslie Willock, Geordie Palmer, Tyler Hessel, Mark Falconer, Ryan Watterworth, Brent Wilson, Sondra Buchner, Bill Aberhart, Roma Harris and Leslie Bella. Directly in the background can be seen a tree planted by the Bayfield Millennial Trust in the Spring of 2002 (see other images for more info). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
On May 4 and 7, the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) had 50 trees planted on Charles, Anne, Colina, Catherine and Howard Streets, as well as along Victoria Place and in front of the county-owned apartment building on Jane Street.
Esther Wright (centre) posed with members of Bayfield Scouting following the planting of a tree by the Bayfield Millennial Conservation Trust (BCMT) in Spring of 2002. The tree was planted on the corner of the property she owned at the time and she was proud to maintain it. All residents along Louisa Street and Bayfield Terrace are reminded to water the trees planted last year. A slow trickle of water once a week (deep watering) is preferable if there has been little rainfall. The new Spring plantings will also require some stewardship.
“We look forward to undertaking a significant planting in the Fall, provided we continue to receive the very generous support of our community members,” said Roma Harris, a member of the BTP.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution to the project will receive a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Cheques should be made payable to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation with Bayfield Tree Project written on the memo line. A donation of $150 to $200 will purchase a tree.
People who would like to participate in the BTP or would like to
make a financial contribution are asked to contact Sondra Buchner, 519 565-2518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Harris, 519 565-2373 or email email@example.com.
The BTP is under the umbrella of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and they are under the umbrella of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
In the Spring of 2002, Scouter Bill Stauttener watered a newly planted tree at the corner of Charles and Louisa Streets as part of the work done by the Bayfield Millennial Conservation Trust. Watching him work were from l-r: Spencer, Caresse and Shana Barnim, representing Bayfield Girl Guides, Clinton Haggart and Geordie Palmer. THE BMCT was a tree planting group established at the turn of the 21st century. The group's good work is evident as this tree now stands proud and tall a decade on. It will shade and protect the latest planting made next to it on May 4 by the Bayfield Tree Project. (Submitted photos)
A new fundraiser initiative of the BTP is “Pennies for Trees”. Anyone who has accumulated over time a jar, bag or box of pennies please consider donating them to the BTP for the purchase of trees to provide shade for the village’s streets.
Just call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies.
The BTP has enlisted the support of some of our local businesses to assist in gathering “Pennies for Trees”. At the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy and the Nip N’ Tuck people will notice a green bucket labeled “Pennies for Trees”. Shoppers can help purchase trees for the village simply by placing the pennies from their change in the bucket.
Anyone interested in placing a donation bucket in their establishment should contact the number listed above.
Movie to show "the way" to accessible nature trail
Hank Vander Velde delivered a load of gravel to l-r: Jack Pal, Jim Beatty, Barry Amos, and Earl Cherniak. Vander Velde, is one the BRVTA's landowner partners who are strong supporters of nature trails in this area.
The most recent project for the members of the BRVTA is the construction of an accessible nature trail. They are currently 50 per cent finished transforming the already existing Taylor Trail in Varna into a way for those who want to walk in a woodland setting without the challenge of stairs, hills and rougher terrain. From left, Reg Kutanski, Ray Letheren, Lorne James and Ken Forler are laying out a barrier cloth to serve as a base for the gravel surface. (Submitted photos)
A number of village residents have walked the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago as it is known in Spanish. They will share their stories and slides at a special movie night hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 11.
Their presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Town Hall followed by an 8 p.m. presentation of the film, “The Way”.
Donations collected from the showing of the film will be used to purchase gravel to aid in the establishment of an accessible nature trail in Varna. The existing one kilometer Taylor Trail is now under construction and is about 50 per cent complete. When finished it will be accessible to wheelchairs, baby strollers and individuals who want to walk in a woodland setting without the challenge of stairs, hills and rougher terrain.
Bill Steenstra delivers a load of gravel while Dave Gillians and Bob Merrimen rake. When completed the trail will be suitable for both wheelchairs and strollers.
For the past few months, on Tuesday mornings at the Varna Complex, trail development teams led by Bill Steenstra have been working hard to make this dream a reality.
The movie is an appropriate fundraiser for the construction of the trail as it has been described as a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges people face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.
Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor, who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port in France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey.
The Way of St. James is the pilgrimage to the cathedral, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. St. James’ Way has existed for over 1,000 years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. It is believed that his remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where they were buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.
From left, Reg Kutanski, Lorne James and Ken Forler take a break from construction while work bosses Bill Steenstra and Dave Gillians aren't looking.
There is no single route; the Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to the cathedral including through Portugal, Spain, England, France and Switzerland. The distances vary widely from a couple of hundred kilometers to over a thousand kilometers.
During the Middle Ages, the route was highly traveled. However, the Black Plague, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe resulted in its decline. By the 1980s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. However, since then, the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe.
characters created to compliment Maude's story
Jane Rowat as Nurse James.
Bayfield’s own “Aunt Maud” had another identity. Before she settled into the role of the quiet woman who resided with her sister at the corner of Victoria Place and Ann Street, she had been a courageous nursing sister during WWI.
Judy Keightley, Bayfield’s own playwright, has created several characters to compliment Maude’s story. One of them is Nurse James, played by Jane Rowat. As the story unfolds Nurse James has learned that she will be going home to Canada. She and her fellow nurses endured terrible conditions while they were posted in Salonika during WWI. They were under constant threat from enemy bombing as well as suffering from the miseries of disease and insect infestation.
Their tale will be told in the production of “A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story”.
The play will run from May 24-27 at the Bayfield Town Hall. All performances will start at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday on which there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Tickets are selling for $12 per person. There will be a cash bar. For tickets, please call Margaret Clydesdale at 519 236-7590 or Carol Thornley-Hall 519 565-5532. Tickets are also available at the Archives on Main Street between 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or at Cammie's of Bayfield, 14 Main Street, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.
The Bayfield Heritage Town Hall Society will hold their Annual General Meeting on May 14 at 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Bayfield Town Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Looking for a great selection of perennials, annuals, bulbs and even house- plants? Then look no further than the Spring Plant Sale hosted by the BGC.
This sale is scheduled for May 12 from 9-11 a.m. Club members will set up shop in Clan Gregor Square across from the Bayfield Town Hall. It is suggested to come early to choose from the best variety available.
Nancy Kale is collecting the plant donations. All plants should be properly potted and labeled. They can be dropped off to her home at 55 Victoria St. in Bayfield on May 11.
Area women are invited to “Lite the Nite” at the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s annual Ladies Night. Those who attend are encouraged to wear their brightest clothing – think neon – and to come with their purses filled with toonies and loonies.
The evening will feature prizes, games, music, a silent auction and plenty of fun! The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 8 p.m. on May 12.
Tickets are selling for $15 each and are available now at Brandons Hardware, The Albion Hotel, Bluewater Golf Course or Curves in Clinton. The profit from the evening will go to supporting youth projects in the community.
bayfield concert series
Singer/songwriter Andy Kim is the next music icon to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage as part of the Bayfield Concert Series, a Meades Bros. Production.
Tickets are now on sale for the June 16th show entitled, “Songs and Stories”. The cost is $30. The hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the performance scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro in Bayfield, Ernie King Music in Goderich or from ticketscene.ca.
To learn more about all the stellar acts scheduled to come to the village in the coming months visit bayfieldconcertseries.com.
On behalf of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) has been collecting photographic submissions for the 2013 Bayfield Calendar over the past several months. The theme for the upcoming calendar is "Bayfield through the Four Seasons" and although the PCoB already has a good selection, they are looking for more.
If you, or your friends or family, have a digital photograph(s) that you would like to be considered for inclusion, you are encouraged to submit to the dedicated site at http://flickr.com/groups/bayfield-calendar-2013. Alternatively, you can email your photographs to either Gary Lloyd-Rees (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jack Pal (email@example.com). The cut-off for submissions is May 17th.
The final selection of photographs will be made by the end of May, with a special event being planned to launch the calendar shortly thereafter. Be sure to check the Bayfield Breeze for more details regarding the calendar launch in the coming weeks.
Avid Bayfield fishing enthusiasts may be intrigued to learn that Ian James, fly fishing guide and best selling author, will be speaking at the Goderich Library Branch on May 11.
James recently shared that he has been fishing on the Bayfield River every Spring and Fall since 1981. And in fact he developed his “Muncher Nymph” specifically for fishing for steelhead on the Bayfield and the Maitland Rivers.
The talk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Goderich Library, 52 Montreal St. in Goderich
For more information please call the Goderich Library Branch at 519 524-9261.
The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the county thanks to the efforts of the Bayfield Agricultural Society and REACH Huron. The shows will be held at the outdoor ring at the REACH Huron site in Clinton on June 21.
Tickets can be obtained at Nip 'N Tuck, Bayfield; Riverline Nature Company, Goderich; Clinton Convenience, or from members of the BAS. Over 1,500 students from area schools have booked seats for the morning show. Tickets for the evening show are also selling quickly.
Volunteers are needed and welcome at the 11 a.m. student show and at the 7 p.m. public show. Volunteers will get the opportunity to see the horses and riders up close. Anyone wishing to volunteer to direct traffic, direct people to the performance site, sell memorabilia materials, or stay overnight with the horses and an RCMP officer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 482-9296.
Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their third annual Rubber Duck Race on May 20.
The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 1 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now from club members. This year they will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.
Three lucky people will earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes when their ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, BBQ, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 2nd place, $200 gift certificate for Walmart, donated by Brian Coombs Remax Bluewater Realty Inc.; 3rd place, 18 holes of golf for two people and a cart donated by Bluewater Golf Course.
Proceeds from the event will be used for youth related community projects.
books and brunch
History lovers will be excited to learn about a couple of events being organized by The Village Bookshop.
On June 24, The Village Bookshop’s Books and Brunch will return as Hugh Brewster, celebrated Titanic expert and author of “RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage” will be the featured speaker for a luncheon. This very special event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down will begin at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.
Another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall have begun. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Those without a subscription can still attend as a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film.
The spring schedule of films includes: Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail email@example.com; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) provides an opportunity for villagers to have their say. It exists to: represent the interests of permanent and summer residents; maintain the desirable residential features of the village; keep members informed of matters that affect them as ratepayers and tenants, and to foster projects in the interest of the municipality as a whole.
The Spring General Meeting of the BRA is scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. People are encouraged to attend to share any concerns as well as learn the latest about: a proposed "Community Safety Zone" for the highway; Library Complex; Blue Flag Beach Program; and water quality in the Bayfield River and watershed.
It's also time for BRA membership renewals. New members are always welcome. To join or renew, please contact Sondra Buchner at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The BRA can be found on the web at: http://bra.camp8.org/.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is really hitting its stride in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
New additions to the current Pole Walking schedule include: May 20 and 27, Co-ed Pole Walking, 9:30 a.m.; May 22 and 29, Gentle Jaunt, 9:30 a.m.; May 30, Gentle Jaunt, 4:30 p.m.; and Power Pole Walking, 5:15 p.m.
The above is in addition to the usual walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m.
All walks begin from 6 Main Street.
Besides Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Register now for four months of classes for $50 excluding yoga.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $2 per class.
Please note all classes are cancelled for May 21. On May 14, 16 and 18 all classes will be held at the Stanley Complex on Mill Road just west of Varna. Please bring a mat if you would like to attend the Stretch Class on May 18. This change is occurring because the community centre room is being painted. Classes return to the Bayfield Community Centre on May 23.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Call the numbers listed above for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
All are invited to join Zumba Bayfield! The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Center. The cost is $10 per class. Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning dance fitness party. For more information contact Jamie Thomas via email at email@example.com or join the Facebook Group.
Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic is held in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is May 15.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.