The Huron County Library system has organized a collection drive and the Bayfield Public Library is currently collecting donations to be sent to the London Ukrainian Centre in London, ON.
Due to an outpouring of support the London Ukrainian Centre has had to adjust what items they will accept. As of tomorrow (March 10), in keeping with the Centres guidelines, the Bayfield Library, will for the time being, only be accepting: first aid kits, gauze, adhesive tape, bandages, PPE gloves, goggles and masks; life straws and water purifying tablets; adult and children’s vitamins; over-the-counter medications such as, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Pepto and Gravol; baby food and diapers.
In addition to the library branches, a group is also collecting donations from the list above in Goderich. Donations can be dropped off at the Memorial Arena,180 McDonald Street, when it is open and volunteers are present, or when they are not items can be delivered to the Goderich-Huron YMCA, 190 Suncoast Drive.
Women who love to sing are invited to attend the 2022 opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, March 11.
This first rehearsal will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until a yet to be determined summer break date.
In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, double vaccinations are required and masks mandatory. Participants are asked to please enter the church through the front west door facing Hwy. 21.
This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006.
The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.
Anyone who is planning to attend is asked to please RSVP as organizers need to prepare music for participants. To RSVP email: email@example.com or phone 519 565-5443.
The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.
All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.
People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2022.
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2022 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $110. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 29 and members of BAFB are very much encouraged to attend, to participate in the meeting, and have voting privileges.
The AGM will start at 1 p.m. virtually over ZOOM.
Community and area residents are also most welcome to attend as guests to observe the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to please email email@example.com or call/text 519 955-7444 to register for the ZOOM link.
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 online through the www.canadahelps.org website. All donations of $20 or more will be given a receipt 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 currently be found on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church and in the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street (during opening hours). The library is the best place to donate if items are in danger of freezing, as the donations are kept indoors until a BAFB volunteer can collect them.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has returned to in-person Sunday Services, with social distancing and masks, as before. They will also continue to offer the 11 a.m. service on ZOOM and YouTube, for those who are unable to attend in-person.
For a ZOOM link to this special service, as well as regular services, please visit the church website: knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.
LIFE AT THE RINK
There are daily opportunities for children to skate for free at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena over the March Break.
In addition to the regular community-sponsored free skating programs listed below, youngsters will be able to get out on the ice from 1-2 p.m. from March 14 to March 17 thanks to sponsors: Optimist Club of Bayfield, Bayfield Maple and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association. Then on Friday, March 18, from 1-2 p.m., youth can take part in some Shinny Hockey also sponsored by the BACPA. Don’t forget to bring a helmet as this is required to play!
The regular schedule for community-sponsored free skating programs is: 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 safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Safety for the community is priority one. Masks are required while in the Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice.
Check the events schedule for available ice times and free skating opportunities by visiting www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca
Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, worshippers must pre-register to attend the services that begin at 11 a.m and 10:30 a.m. respectively.
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 churchwarden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), is shown inputting and reviewing data in the flood forecasting model of ABCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning program. (Submitted photos)
More than 30 people, including municipal Community Emergency Management Coordinators, local public health, police and municipal personnel, took part in the annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting on Feb. 22. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted the meeting, virtually.
Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Water Resources coordinator, outlined ABCA’s Flood Emergency Plan and the roles and responsibilities of the conservation authority, municipalities, and the Province of Ontario (through the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry). He also outlined the different levels of flood messages including, Watershed Conditions Statements – Flood Outlook and Water Safety; Shoreline Conditions Statements (for flooding and erosion); Flood Watches; and Flood Warnings. To learn more, visit the flood messages page: www.abca.ca/news/flooding/
The three most common types of flood events in ABCA watersheds are heavy rains, rain and snowmelt, and ice jams, Heinbuck said. There has also been coastal flooding along Lake Huron’s shoreline especially during the recent period of relatively high lake levels near record highs or at record monthly high levels. He also provided an overview of recent watershed conditions.
Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources engineer, is shown measuring and weighing snowpack to acquire snow density data that is included (along with water levels, precipitation, temperature, etc.) in the flood forecasting model for Flood Forecasting and Warning flood messages to municipalities and agencies.
Ross Wilson, ABCA Water and Soils Resource Coordinator provided an overview of the history, design and operations of the Parkhill Dam. He said the dam and diversion channel are integral parts of flood management on Parkhill Creek. About one-third of the acreage in the Parkhill Creek Watershed has been protected by the dam since its creation in 1969, he said. ABCA staff are active in operation, maintenance, repair and monitoring of the dam structures which help to protect downstream infrastructure, and Parkhill properties, during flood events.
Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources engineer, reviewed flood events and responses in 2021. He focused on the watershed’s major flooding event of last year which was a heavy rainfall event in September. He said that event was a large and slow-moving low-pressure system that drew in warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. It brought heavy rains to the ABCA watershed in a short period of time. Precipitation totals averaged between 90 and 130 millimetres (mm) in a 24-hour period and the Parkhill area received record streamflow. The heavy and intense rains, combined with saturated soil conditions, caused flash flooding of fields and washouts on some local roads. Riverine flooding resulted in some road closures and staff operated Parkhill Dam for six days.
ABCA has created a new video about the monitoring of snowpack density and the importance of this snow survey data to the Flood Forecasting and Warning program. The video features ABCA staff conducting the monitoring of the snowpack including measurement of the water equivalent in the snowpack. The video also explains how this snow course data is needed (along with water level, weather, and precipitation data) for flood forecasting and warning for municipalities and agencies. The snow monitoring answers questions such as: How deep is the snow? How much water is in it? How much water can it hold?
The video (Youtube) is posted to social media channels including Facebook and Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/TheAusable. Recordings of the meeting presentations can also be found here.