LIBRARY FRIENDS HAVE MERRY TIME HANDING OUT COOKIE KITS
In spite of dark skies that threatened snow, not one snowflake fell on the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event held on Saturday, Dec. 4. How fitting that this event coincided with National Cookie Day!
FOBL members handed out nearly 150 Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Kits to happy children, parents, and grandparents. Each kit contained a gingerbread cookie with all the fixings for kids to decorate their own delicious masterpieces at home, along with a tree ornament craft and several other sweet surprises.
Everyone who picked up a cookie kit was invited to fill out a draw ticket for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates for The Village Bookshop. Organizers are happy to report that the winners of the gift certificates were a young boy and a young girl from Bayfield. FOBL gratefully acknowledges The Village Bookshop for their generous donation of the gift certificates this year.
Event organizer Carmen Davies said, “I would like to thank the library staff for their support and the volunteer FOBL members for braving the cold, windy weather to make the Gingerbread Event a success for another year under COVID-19 restrictions. Special thanks to our three festive elves. The team members received many ‘thank yous’ and positive comments from parents and grandparents alike.”
Parents, and grandparents too, are invited to send photos of the completed cookie masterpieces and tree ornament crafts to email@example.com. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. For privacy reasons, no photos of children will be posted.
BAYFIELD TANDOORI HOUSE BRAND NEW LOOK COMING THIS SPRING
Bayfield Tandoori House will be closed for the winter but coming in the Spring of 2022 the restaurant at the Ashwood Inn will welcome people back for a dine-in experience like never before with the authentic taste of Indian grills and curries as well as a brand-new look.
“After a soft launch in the summer of 2021, Bayfield Tandoori House instantly became a household name in and around Bayfield,” said Hina Patel, of the Ashwood Inn. “Soon, we were fielding orders from neighboring towns and counties. Every single compliment and review filled us with gratitude and pride in knowing that our efforts to bring the authentic taste of India to Southwestern Ontario was appreciated and welcomed by everyone.”
Reflecting back when the bistro at the Ashwood Inn had to shut down right after COVID-19 hit, Patel said, “Ever since then, we have been working tirelessly towards reopening the beloved bistro of Ashwood Inn, we met with several chefs and restaurateurs to discuss ideas. This year, around summer, we finally took the leap and launched Bayfield’s first Indian Tandoori Kitchen, due to the uncertainties around indoor dining we started with take-out only. Although we were confident that diners in Southwestern Ontario would appreciate authentic Indian food, we did not expect it to be such a hit in such a short time, on behalf of our Chef and the kitchen staff at Bayfield Tandoori House we thank everyone for the phenomenal response”
Patel went on to say that not only does Bayfield now have its very own Indian restaurant serving up some of the most delicious kebobs and curries, but this has created new employment opportunities for the community.
“And we are just getting started, Bayfield Tandoori House will be returning with dine-in experience and a brand-new look in the spring of 2022, creating more opportunities and bringing back one of Bayfield’ s most cherished food joints. For the next few months Bayfield Tandoori House will be temporarily closed to prepare for the grand return. We will be soon opening our doors to welcome you for an unforgettable Indian dining experience,” said Patel. “Lastly, the team at Ashwood Inn and Bayfield Tandoori House wishes everyone the most wonderful holiday season, we couldn’t have been more thankful to be a part of this incredibly kind and loving community and call the charming town of Bayfield home!”
TRAIL ASSOCIATION TO HOST WINTER HIKE AND LUNCH MID-JANUARY
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will kick off its 2022 season with its traditional Winter Hike and Lunch on Saturday, Jan. 15th.
The event will commence at 11 a.m. at the Varna Complex. Hikers of all ages are welcome to join a guided hike on the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail, followed by a hot dog lunch outside in the covered pavilion. This is also the event at which BRVTA members are encouraged to renew their annual memberships and new hikers to join. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families of two or more.
The Taylor Trail is an easy 1 km loop through the woods, while Mavis’ Trail is a more challenging 2.5 km circuit to the Bayfield River. Hikers may choose to do one or both, with the full distance taking about 90 minutes. Of course, on Jan. 15th trail conditions could be snowy or icy, so warm clothes and snow/ice cleats are recommended. Please note that participants will need to show proof of full vaccination to be admitted to the pavilion lunch, and masks are recommended except when eating or drinking. On the trails, masks are optional when distanced and the vaccination status of hikers is not checked.
Finally, the BRVTA sends a big thank you to everyone who attended 2021 hikes and events in 2021! Even though they had to cancel many dates, the Association hosted 184 people on 15 guided hikes, and that’s not counting those who participated in the Earth Day Litter Cleanup and the Terry Fox Run. The BRVTA sponsors these events and maintains the trails in service to the community.
HOPPED UP HOLIDAY MARKET CONTINUES SATURDAY AT BREWERY
The “Hopped Up Holiday Market” hosted by River Road Brewery and Hops has returned for a second year!
The market began on Dec. 4 with two more to follow on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Visitors will find a scene reminiscent of a Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie: livestock grazing in the surrounding fields while market vendors sell their unique wares from the shelter of barnboard covered huts, warming fires blazing and sampling opportunities of craft beer and wood-fired pizza, the latter thanks to Grass Roots Pizza.
The Brewery is located at 35449 Bayfield River Road, and the Market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each week some different vendors will be in attendance so shoppers will have an excellent excuse to visit more than once. In addition, the musical talent will change up each week too. Scheduled to perform are: Dec. 11, Brad Cassell, noon, followed by Josh Geddis, 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, Ryan Malcolm, noon, followed by Adam Wendler, 1:30 p.m.
River Road Brewery and Hops is also collecting donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank at the upcoming markets.
COVID-19 protocols are closely followed in this outdoor setting with people being screened and registered upon arrival at the entrance. Masks are required.
DONATIONS TO FOOD BANK CAN BE MADE AT BAYFIELD FOODLAND
The Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers and clients are very grateful to have the assistance of Bayfield Foodland again this Christmas season. New this year, Bayfield Foodland can also accept monetary donations at the till in increments of $5 if people prefer to donate in that fashion. Shoppers can also purchase pre-packaged bags of needed non-perishable products, a terrific assortment of foods and home care items, for $5, $10, or $20 a bag.
“By donating dollars at the till, the food bank is able to purchase other much needed foods and personal care items, otherwise not readily available to us, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats; dairy and baked goods for those with food allergies and sensitivities; liquid meal replacements for those recovering from illness or dental surgery; baby diapers and formula; and more,” said President of the BAFB Board of Directors, Terry Henderson. “Monetary donations allow the food bank versatility to purchase what is specifically needed by our clients. BAFB sincerely thanks Bayfield Foodland and the neighboring community, for their extremely generous support of our program.”
Alternatively, for anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website. All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to email@example.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Collection bins for non-perishable items can now be found at Crichet Handmade Designs, 20 Catherine St, Unit C, (the little barn across from Virtual High School); the foyer at the Bayfield Public Library and on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT COMMUNITY CENTRE
The ice is in for the season and the Bayfield Community Centre is open the enjoyment of the public.
“We are pleased to announce that despite the COVID-19 challenges, all our past season hockey teams, events and skating clubs have signed up and booked their days and times for the 2020-2021 season,” said Jeff Kish, director of Marketing. “Thanks again to all our community sponsors for supporting our free community skating programs. Check out their new signs under the new LED lighting adorning the walls of the Arena.”
The Community Skating Program includes: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID-19 safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Community safety is priority one.
The Bayfield Community Centre is also actively recruiting new Volunteers.
“Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the Arena ready for your enjoyment – your help as a Volunteer would be greatly appreciated by everyone in our community,” said Kish.
Check out “Volunteers” on the website, www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca for more information, get involved and sign up today. Also, be sure to visit the website to book an event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.
SCOTTISH TERRIER GIVEN SECOND CHANCE FOR A GOOD LIFE
Meet Mary Hughes and Maggie Mae…
Hughes, originally from Guelph, is now a full time Bayfield resident and proprietor of “Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast – Spa and Weddings”. She has always loved Scottish Terriers and was already the proud owner of two delightful little Scotties, Bo and Brae, aged 11 and one respectively.
Her household unexpectedly acquired a new member a few months ago when five-year-old Maggie Mae joined the fold. A little over two years ago, Hughes lost one of her previous Scotties to old age and she decided to donate in her dog’s name to the Canadian Scottish Terrier Club Rescue organization.
Fast forward to the summer of 2021 when Hughes received a phone call from the organization “out of the blue” asking if she would be interested in adopting another Scottie. Without hesitation, she immediately said “yes” and the process for Maggie Mae’s adoption began.
The rescue group explained to Hughes that Maggie Mae had been owned by an elderly person who was no longer able to care for her. She was not being walked or exercised and had developed muscular atrophy. Relatives of the owner had conducted an intervention of sorts, removing Maggie from the home, and taking her to a veterinarian to be euthanized. By some fortuitous twist of fate, the vet told the family that she would handle the situation and she promptly called the Scottie rescue group to see if they could place Maggie for adoption.
The rescue group paid Hughes a visit and immediately concluded that this would be an ideal home for little Maggie Mae. It was “love at first sight” and Hughes and Maggie Mae instantly bonded. She was a bit fragile upon her arrival and had difficulty navigating the steps, but in only a few short months, her mobility has improved immensely. Maggie, Bo, and Brae have also become inseparable. Because of her muscular condition, Maggie was provided with a memory foam bed which makes it easier for her to get up and down. Her new siblings seem to instinctively know that the special bed is just for Maggie, and despite the normally territorial instinct of Scottish terriers, they make no effort to confiscate it.
Thanks to regular exercise, Maggie’s physical health is steadily improving. Her new vet suspects that she may have some lingering issues with her back knee and that surgery may be required in the future. Hughes knew full well that adopting Maggie would come with some challenges and she is prepared to do whatever it takes to provide her with a full and healthy life. When asked what the greatest reward was in choosing to adopt Maggie, she said that knowing she literally saved Maggie’s life is “the greatest feeling in the world”.
There is an old Scottish saying that goes something like this, “Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye”. It means that whatever is meant to happen, will happen. It seems to be an appropriate phrase to describe Maggie Mae’s journey to her forever home in Bayfield. Clearly, the fates determined that Maggie would get a second chance at life.
Editor’s Note: The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is interested in hearing from residents who have an interesting story to tell about how they came to acquire their dog. Whether your pet came from near, or far, please contact the Bayfield PACC to share your story. They can be reached on Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C, on Instagram at Bayfield PACC or via their website at bayfieldpacc.com.
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season, but just as was done in 2020, he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in a continued effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!
Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com.
The Bayfield Lions Turkey Raffle is sold out! The draw date is tomorrow (Dec. 9) at noon. There are 35 turkeys to be won, with the proceeds going to the Huron County Women’s Shelter and Second Stage Housing, Bayfield Area Food Bank, and the Tanner Steffler Foundation. Best of luck to all who supported the raffle. Licence No.: 800566.
For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians, Nonagenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift.
Christmas is approaching amongst COVID-19 safety measures once again and as a result Santa will not be able to visit to extend his good cheer in person. However, because he cares for this demographic so very much Santa has appointed Lions members as elves and he wanted the community to know that they will be sending something out in the mail very soon!
The Bayfield Lions’ Club members extend their best wishes to the community for a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
From now until the end of April, the Bayfield Artists Guild meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church, Hwy. 21, across from Clan Gregor Square.
The sessioins run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Anyone who likes to paint or draw, and who would like to make new friends with a common interest, should feel free to drop in anytime to check them out. Double vaccination is required.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield will be hosting an in-person Christmas Eve Service but in keeping with COVID-19 protocols worshippers must pre-register to attend.
A Communion Service will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24. In light of the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask and maintaining a safe physical distance from other worshippers.
To pre-register please contact the church warden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day Monday, Dec. 20. Please note additional seating will be available in the parish hall.
There will be no Communion service on Sunday, Dec. 26 or Wednesday, Dec. 29. Morning Prayer will be held on Sunday Jan. 2, 2022 at 11 a.m. Regular services will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Just in time for the holiday season, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has a cookbook available for purchase.
The Knox Church Cookbook has over 150 wonderful recipes provided by the congregation and former Ministers. The books are selling for $15 each and they can be ordered through any member of the congregation or by leaving a message on the Church phone at 519 565-2913.
Knox Church, Bayfield continues to offer book studies on ZOOM and all are welcome to participate. “The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings” by Amy Jill Levine will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to take part are asked to contact Rev. Lisa Dolson by calling 519 955-2158 or emailing email@example.com to be added to the Book Club email list. The ZOOM link is sent each week.
The Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.! These worship services are also live streamed and recorded. For those who would prefer to participate from home the livestream can be found on YouTube at Knox Bayfield Sunday Service. The worship services are also recorded for later viewing on YouTube. Visit pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ for a link to Knox’s YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.
The St. Andrew’s United Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m. and has been decorated for Christmas just in time for some special services to celebrate the season.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, there will be a service of ‘Lessons and Carols’ with Rev. Judy Campbell. It is the 3rd Sunday in Advent and this is a service with many hymns and singing led by Music Director Mary McGoldrick.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 19, there will be a Communion service using the new style, COVID safe, all in one Communion cups.
For the Christmas Eve service to be held on Friday, December 24 at 7 p.m. Rev. Campbell will preside over the service while Paul Howe will act as music director. Please note there will be no church services on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. The congregation will gather again on Jan. 9.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask, providing proof of double vaccination and maintaining safe physical distance. These decisions have been made in the best interest and safety of the majority to keep everyone safe.
The quilters are back in the church hall on Tuesday mornings. A highlight of these get-togethers is coffee which is served at 10 a.m. when all enjoy a little social time. Visitors are welcome to join together to quilt or just to come for coffee.
St. Andrew’s was unable to hold a bazaar this year but they still have two large quilts, several baby quilts, and lots of lap quilts available. They also have some jams and jellies for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing or viewing the items is asked to contact Kathleen Siertsema by calling 519 565-2479 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Due to the absence of a spring campaign, Bayfield Guiding is currently selling Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies this fall. They are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box. And they make terrific stocking stuffers or hostess gifts!
Grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale this year. There will not be a Chocolatey Mint Cookie campaign in 2021.
Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who like to purchase a box, or two is asked to contact Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email email@example.com.
Bring Pioneer Park home for Christmas!
For the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Brad Turner, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and director, and Bayfield resident, has donated a limited edition of four images of Pioneer Park that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Turner’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to the community’s healthy and vital future.
Any, or all, of these images could make a wonderful gift this Christmas for those who hold a special place in their hearts for Pioneer Park with all proceeds going to the PPA. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400.
They are available for purchase at The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield. Inquiries may be sent to Sandra via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 548-388-1101.
Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of bayfieldactivities.infohave completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Majong, are happening and when.
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on the village’s Main Street has come up with a fun way to support the Rescue this holiday season. The Bakery is currently selling cookie kits and paint-your-own cookies for $5 each with all proceeds from these sales going to BFF.
Paloma is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured kitten of the week.
Sweet, yet feisty, little Paloma came to the Rescue on the morning of Dec. 5. Mother cat knew this special soul needed more care than she could give and she chose a wet, cold day to drop her on the front porch of a home. The home owner noted there were no other kittens anywhere to be found.
Paloma had an abscess on her front leg and one in her neck and was missing an eye. Thankfully the young woman who opened the door to the kitten took her in and was able to immediately tend to her wounds, get her dry and warmed up.
Now at the Rescue she is just a little ball of fluff but she also knows what she wants! Paloma is about six to eight weeks old and will be going to see the vet this week for a check-up and to decide on what medical treatment is needed to keep her healthy.
Once she is spayed and had her shots she will be waiting for someone to come and take her home. No instructions needed she will train her adopters quickly!
Please emaiil email@example.com more information if you have room in your home for Paloma.
The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email 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.
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 and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations for this year’s Remarkable Citizens to recognize the dedication and volunteer work done by local residents.
This year, due to COVID-19, the MPP is planning on hosting a virtual levee on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 to ring in the new year and to salute both this year’s and last year’s recipients. Details will be announced at a later date in December.
Each year, Remarkable Citizens who are respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents are celebrated for their positive community impact.
“We have all been through a lot these past few months,” Thompson said. “But I know there are many, many outstanding and remarkable citizens who are doing their part to help others during this pandemic as well as being engaged citizens and making a difference in their communities. As I have said before, volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been honored with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding.”
To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include contact information (mailing address, email, and phone number) for both the nominee and the nominator. Also include two photographs of the nominee.
Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.
“We may not be able to be in person for the levee,” Thompson added, “but there will be plenty of virtual hugs to hand out as we applaud the volunteer work of our local community champions.”
ABCA HIGHLIGHTS HOW BLUEWATER PRIORITIZES NATURE
BY MEGHAN TYDD-HRYNYK, PLANNING AND REGULATIONS OFFICER, ABCA
When we think of the Municipality of Bluewater we think of three historic villages (Bayfield, Hensall, and Zurich) and destinations for culinary, shopping and cultural experiences. We think of five beautiful Lake Huron beaches, of countryside and of schools. We think of trails and nature areas including Bannockburn Conservation Area. We also think of all the landowners and residents and volunteers who devote countless hours towards creation of a healthy watershed community.
There is so much we could share about this vibrant community if we had the time. Since we only have so much space in this article, I would like to focus today on a very special place in Bluewater – Pioneer Park. This is a very special place cared for by a very special group of people, the Pioneer Park Association (PPA).
Pioneer Park is a privately-owned park. It is located on the shoreline of Lake Huron in the scenic Village of Bayfield. In 1945, local resident Lucy Woods, with the assistance of Jessie Metcalfe and John Stewart, organized the purchase of the land for a park. The land was incorporated and named Pioneer Park after an application for a charter was granted by the Government of Ontario in 1947.
The mission and purpose of the PPA is to promote the health and enjoyment of the Village of Bayfield and vicinity through owning, preserving, improving and managing a park or parks open to the public without charge and to undertake other projects for the welfare of the community.
In order for residents and vacationers alike to access the beach and maintain the parkland at the top of the slope, it was decided to complete shoreline protection work at the base of the slope along PPA property. In 1984, the Association contacted Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) to install large concrete storm sewer pipes, 4-5 feet in diameter, which would be placed along the toe of the bank and filled with sand/gravel. This method was employed and can still be seen along the beachfront in certain locations today.
In 2011, a project was undertaken in cooperation with ABCA and the Municipality of Bluewater. A geotechnical investigation was completed for the top of the bank near Bayfield Terrace. A coastal engineer was employed to design 100 feet of Pioneer Park’s shoreline protection project. A permit was issued by ABCA in January 2012. The work was completed in May 2012.
In 2018, more work was required along the shoreline of Lake Huron. Due to the high waters, the bank was sustaining ongoing erosion. A collaborative project between the Municipality of Bluewater, the PPA, and a neighboring property owner, was undertaken to help slow down the erosion process. A geotechnical engineer was employed to drill two boreholes. The project was designed by a Coastal Engineer for all three properties. Subsequently, three permits were issued to each party in November 2018.
A species-at-risk investigation was undertaken on the lake bluff at Pioneer Park by ABCA staff in September 2018 to ensure that any disturbance to the bank during construction was not going to have a negative impact on the environment. The work was completed in May 2019.
A large storm on Nov. 1, 2020 caused more erosion and slumps to the bank of Pioneer Park.
Pioneer Park was issued a minor works permit from ABCA to address the further erosion. Detailed drawings were developed by the PPA. The slumps that developed from the November storm could not be fixed at this time because the equipment couldn’t reach the top of the slump areas. Both ABCA and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have given Pioneer Park extensions to fix the bank slumps. The work is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021 with specialized equipment that will reach the site while maintaining minimal damage to the slope and beach area.
The ongoing collaborative approach with multiple landowners and agencies has allowed Pioneer Park to realize its mission statement. Looking at the tranquil park, people may not know all the dedication and hours that have gone into maintaining this space.
Pioneer Park is one notable example of residents in the Municipality of Bluewater working to the benefit of their community. There are many others. For instance, in 2020, Blue Bayfield won ABCA’s Conservationist of the Year Award: www.abca.ca/post/?ID=1085
In Spring of 2020, the Huron-Perth Boomers magazine published an article, by Ben Forrest, about the work of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). The article described how the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), along with many generous community donors, raised more than $70,000 to acquire the Bayfield River Flats and to donate it to the land trust for permanent preservation as a nature area. To read the article visit: www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63237481/huronperthboomers-spring2020-final
ABCA’s Healthy Watersheds and Forestry and Stewardship staff have worked closely with the Bluewater community on tree planting and stewardship projects and on rain barrel sales and rain garden establishment, a Stormwater Stroll, and much more. The Main Bayfield and Bayfield North communities have created and implemented community watershed plans to protect and improve water quality, forest and wetland conditions, and soil health. The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, a foundation dedicated to advancing an environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant metropolitan Detroit and a flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem, has generously invested considerable resources to support Great Lakes stewardship in Bayfield and area.
Volunteers from Bluewater Shoreline Residents’ Association (BSRA) have had an integral role, for about 15 years, helping ABCA staff with water sampling and monitoring of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at beaches along Lake Huron. The dedication of these and other citizen scientists from Bluewater helps provide valuable data, to numerous agencies, about our local water quality. We simply could not run the program without their help.
Those are all articles for another day! Today we would like to congratulate the PPA on three quarters of a century of stewardship of Pioneer Park. We would also like to thank all the residents, landowners, and volunteers in the Municipality of Bluewater for many decades of partnership on conservation projects that help to create a healthy watershed community.
In 2021, ABCA is celebrating its 75th anniversary (1946-2021) and 75 Years of Conservation. ABCA is honoring its 12-member municipalities, during this anniversary year, for their partnership, over the past 75 years, which helps to protect life and property, water, soil, and habitat for all living things. To learn more visit abca.ca and this web page: www.abca.ca/about/anniversary
THIRD DOSE ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS TO FIFTY PLUS MID-DECEMBER
To provide extra protection against COVID-19, Ontario is expanding eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged 50 and over and additional high-risk individuals. The announcement was made Thursday, Dec. 2, by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Beginning Monday, Dec. 13, individuals aged 50 and over will be able to schedule their booster dose appointment through select pharmacies, mass vaccination clinics, and primary care provider offices. At least six months or 168 days must have passed since the second dose.
A high vaccination rate remains the best tool to protect people, reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and fight the significant surge of new cases and the new Omicron variant.
“Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19, especially as we head into the holiday season” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Expanded eligibility for booster doses is welcome news and I encourage everyone who is eligible to get their third dose when enough time has passed after their second.”
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will open its vaccine booking system to those aged 50 and over on Dec. 13.
Due to a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, effective immediately individuals receiving dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) are eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 56 days since their second dose. Also, effective immediately, the province is recommending re-vaccination with a new COVID-19 vaccine primary series post-transplantation for individuals who receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT), hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) (autologous or allogeneic), and recipients of CAR-T-cell therapy, due to the loss of immunity following therapy or transplant.
People are asked to please make sure they are eligible before attending a clinic. A complete list of eligibility is provided at www.hpph.ca/thirddose. They are asked to use the dose calculator to find out the earliest date they can receive the third dose. Anyone who comes to a clinic and is are not eligible, will be turned away.
Anyone who is eligible, due to being immunocompromised, will be asked for documentation from their healthcare provider or to attest to their medical condition and attest that they have received direction from their healthcare provider to receive a third dose.
Either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) may be used as a booster dose, regardless of which vaccine was received for the first or second dose. For individuals aged 12 and over, COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time, or any time before or after another immunization, such as the influenza immunization (“flu shot”). Children aged five to 11 should not receive another vaccine within 14 days before or after the COVID-19 vaccine.
HPPH clinics are posted at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. They continue to welcome individuals receiving their first and second doses, as well as those eligible for a third dose. Anyone eligible for vaccine can attend any clinic.
• To book an appointment, visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098.
• Many local pharmacies are also still offering COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
A complete two-dose vaccination series continues to meet all proof of vaccination requirements for those aged 12 and over.
The province also announced that a limited supply of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available to individuals aged 18 and over who have an allergy or contraindication to mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) or at the request of an individual who has not yet been vaccinated. Those wishing to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should contact their health unit.
LABOR FORCE ASKED TO TAKE “BE WELL WORK WELL” SURVEY
The “Be Well Work Well” Survey is what rural residents need for their voice to be heard.
The ongoing transition back to the workplace is one of the many disruptions that workplaces across the world have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural communities and local businesses have been uniquely impacted by pandemic-related disruptions. It is therefore crucial that the response efforts are community driven. However, there is a gap in literature and data collection among the impacts of COVID-19 on rural businesses. Huron and Perth counties are no exception to this.
The “Be Well Work Well” survey is part of a study exploring the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the labor market in Huron and Perth Counties. The goal of the study is to provide rural residents with the opportunity to have their voice heard in order to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the labor force. The short, 10-minute survey, available to all employers and employees (18+), will be used to inform local leaders to support the well-being of local businesses, employers and employees.
Project Lead, Bonnie Baynham, stated, “No one has been untouched, either directly or indirectly, by COVID-19 or by mental health. We need to take ‘the temperature’ of the workforce in Huron and Perth County. I believe it’s crucial to connect with the workforce to ensure that we all have a clear understanding of the present so that we can build for the future.”
Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) said, “Please know your 10 minutes to respond to this questionnaire will be so appreciated in giving Gateway CERH the essential knowledge to understand our community’s future needs.”
The first step starts with you. Sharing your input in the “Be Well Work Well” Huron-Perth Survey will develop the local data that is needed to have an impact throughout the community.
Access the 10-minute survey here: uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mCCMuO3gdzGc4K
OAKS AND ACORNS
Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are hosting two free activities for families this season.
“Both of these events are free of charge and families are invited to drop in when they can,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “These two events offer something to do for families to do before Christmas Day while their children are not at school.”
These events are a chance to get outside at beautiful nature areas and to get active, she said.
The first, of the two events, is a free Family Forest Play – Oaks and Acorns Program Drop In. It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This event is for families with children and is “best for children under 10 years old.” It will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area pavilion, south of Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake), at 71042 Morrison Line.
The second, of the two events, is a free Winter Open House – with games, crafts, snowshoeing and “family fun.” It will take place on Thursday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter. Conservation education staff invite teachers to stop by with their children to find out more about new hands-on winter programs for the schoolyard, which don’t require snow.
Staff and participants follow public health pandemic protocols to help keep everyone safe. To learn more contact ABCA at 1-888-286-2610 or through the abca.ca staff contacts web page at this link: www.abca.ca/contact/staff/
The conservation educators also invite caregivers to register for the 2022 Oaks and Acorns program, for ages 2-4 with caregiver. Oaks and Acorns is an inquiry-based education program. It has an emergent curriculum based on children’s evolving interests and the season designed to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to explore nature with guidance and knowledge from ABCA education staff. Registration closes on Dec. 27 for Oaks and Acorns on Tuesdays in 2022: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Caregivers can also register for 2022 sessions in February (1, 8, 15, 22); March (1, 8, 22, 29); April (5, 12, 19, 26); May (3, 10, 17, 24); and June (7, 14, 21, 28).
WATERSHED CHAMPION GRANTS
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local schools to become Watershed Champions. The local conservation authority offers grants of up to $1,000 per project. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include a public educational event or activity.
An application form and guidelines are available online at abca.ca and all Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to apply. New this year (2021), there are two submission deadlines to choose from depending on when the project will take place. For projects taking place from March-June 2022, the deadline will be Dec. 17. Fall 2022 project applications must be submitted by Apr. 8, 2022.
“This year, we are excited to offer ABCA Packages where ABCA staff will help applicants through the project planning process on one of four specific projects,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “Schools want to improve outdoor learning spaces and we want to make it easy as possible for teachers and school administration to apply. We are able to offer this grant again thanks to our partnership with Next Era Energy and Cordelio Power.”
Based on previous grant requests, ABCA Packages will provide solutions to an environmental challenge and streamline the process of applying. Schools will still need to fill out the application form. The ‘Exploration in the School Yard’ package will help students explore their own schoolyard through the purchase of needed tools and equipment. ‘Pollinator Garden’, ‘More Trees Please’ and ‘Restore a Garden’ are three packages which encourage taking-action on the schoolyard through the addition of plants to the schoolyard.
Schools can also apply with their own school-designed project in one of two categories: Creating Awareness or Taking- Action. The Taking-Action category is a hands-on positive action project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things. The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action.
Looking for an important way to serve the community? The Board of Directors for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), located in Zurich, is inviting people to consider becoming a member and serving as a Director.
They are looking for a team player with an enthusiastic interest in sustaining and enhancing primary health services in the community, with a willingness to:
- Be committed to a vibrant future of the Bluewater Area Family Health Centre
- Set aside time to prepare for regular Board meetings and sub-committee meetings
- Actively participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
Orientation and basic governance training are provided to make sure Directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role. Previous Board experience is an asset, but not required.
Responsibilities: Become knowledgeable about BAFHT’s values, mission, programs and performance. Be an ambassador for BAFHT and promote its work in the community. Ensure financial accountability on behalf of the community and funders. Be available to meet once a month, for one to two hours
The Board is comprised of a maximum of nine members. Board members typically serve a term of three years, with the possibility to serve up to two consecutive terms. The BAFHT are currently looking for individuals to replace Directors whose term has ended. A formal election will take place in June at the Annual and General Meeting.
To explore the opportunity to join this knowledgeable and dedicated Board of Directors, please contact: Francine Vanasse, Chair at email@example.com or Sandra Shaw, Vice-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 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.
As the countdown to Dec. 25th has begun in earnest we explore just a few of the Santa Claus collectibles that the Museum has in their possession…
FABRIC WALL HANGING
SANTA HOLDING BELL
FATHER CHRISTMAS DECORATION
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF BAYFIELD
GODERICH CO-OP GALLERY SHOWCASES TALENTED LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
PHOTOS COURTESY PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF BAYFIELD
From now until the end of December, people are invited to take in an exhibit and sale of photographs by some of the members of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) at the Goderich Co-op Gallery located in the lower level at 54 Courthouse Square.
Goderich Co-op Gallery member, Judy Barker, composed a story for the gallery’s website that tells a bit about the history of the PCoB and its members.
According to the article, the PCoB has been in existence for 11 years and presently has 50 active members. One of the club’s founding members, Jack Pal, feels that a mandate for the club is to help people to “really look, and feel the scene, as much as see the world around us”.
Anyone who has an interest in learning photographic techniques should consider becoming a part of the PCoB. Members require no expertise, or expensive equipment. The club’s aim is to help anyone interested to become a better photographer. Equipment is secondary to the simple desire to take good photos. Club members will help anyone to learn photography from the ground up; how to get the best from their own equipment, how to “see” the scene, to envision the eventual result, and how to learn from each other.
The club meets once per month, either in person, or via ZOOM. According to Barker’s article, with the magic of technology, they have been able to invite guest speakers from all over the world. Topics for meetings are selected by members, and range from how a camera works, how to set up a shot, as well as more specialized techniques for portraits, wildlife, macro, landscapes, journalism, and sports photography. Periodically, they return to basics, with a “Photography 101” session, for everyone. They also plan regular photo strolls.
The Goderich Co-op Gallery is open from from Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand sanitizing, masks and social distancing continue.
To learn more about the PCOB visit www.pcob.ca/. To view the full article written by Barker about the exhibit visit: www.gcgallery.ca/special-events/guest-artist/
PIXILATED — IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Email your photo in Jpeg format to email@example.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or…Upload your photo to Flickr.
I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.
So many of you have reached out to me since the tragic event that occurred in London, ON on the evening of Nov. 30 – even people I have never met who know from reading this section over the years that Girl Guides is an integral part of who I am as a person. Words can not express how much your kindness has been appreciated.
While I did not personally know Alexandra (or the Guiders in her unit), I have over the last 33 years had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of wonderful eight-year-olds – each one unique and special – and I, like many others in the sisterhood, are saddened by her loss. May her Guiding light shine on. – Brown Owl Melody