RECREATION MASTER PLAN
The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to announce the start of the Recreation Master Plan project! The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation (parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery) over the next 15 years. This will include consideration of cost recovery and revenue generation to ensure the Plan is both implementable and sustainable.
Bluewater has contracted thinc design to manage the project and develop the Plan. In preparing the plan, thinc design will conduct an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process to ensure residents across Bluewater and a broad range of recreation users and service providers (both traditional and non-traditional) are considered in its development.
The project will be completed in four phases: Phase 1 Background Review (March), Phase 2 Community Consultation (April-August), Phase 3 Needs Assessment (May-July) and Phase 4 Draft Master Plan and Implementation Strategy (July-September). In September, the Draft Master Plan will be presented to Council and the community for final input.
The community engagement process has been kick-started online with the launch of the Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub, graciously hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community and stakeholders are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas on all things, recreation! This could include parks, facilities, trails, programs, activities, events and service delivery. The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates. In mid-April, the Hub will host a link to an Online Survey where community input is integral to the Plan’s successful development.
The people behind the project welcome individual’s thoughts and participation in the process. Please visit the Municipality of Bluewater’s Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub to learn more: connectedcountyofhuron.ca/bluewater-recreation-masterplan
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on March 21.
- Accepted two resignations from the Heritage Advisory Committee and directed staff to post a public notice, for four weeks, inviting citizens to submit confidential online applications for the two vacant seats.
- Authorized the Manager of Development Services/Chief Building Official to proceed with involvement in the AMO/LAS-MPAC pilot project, including implementation of Cloudpermit EPermitting Software.
- Accepted the recommendation from BM Ross and Associates Limited to award the joint tender between the Municipality of Bluewater and the County of Huron for the Co Rd 84 Watermain and Paving Contract No. HC-22-301, to Birnam Excavating Ltd. for a total contract price of $10,256,822.19 excluding HST but in acknowledgment that Contract Provisional Items 10 being the Blind Line Water Main, will not be executed without future Council approval; and that Provisional Items 11 and 12 (the replacement of sidewalk, Goshen to Fredrick on the Northside of Main and Goshen to Quimby on the South side of Main) be included in the Zurich Main Street and Water Project and funded from the Invest in Ontario Act funds currently in reserves.
- Approved the resignation of Dietrich Engineering Ltd from the Highlands III Municipal Drain Project and that R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited be appointed to investigate and prepare a report for the Highlands III Municipal Drain Project under section 8(1) of the Drainage Act R.S.O. 1990.
Are there Lions in your attic?
This year the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are celebrating 75 years of service to the community. In addition to several big projects to commemorate the occasion, they are gathering items to display at an upcoming event. And the community is requested to help!
“Even a quick glance through our history shows many names that began with founding our club in 1947, helped with building the arena (twice), initiated different area programs, and supported community efforts in countless ways. The descendants of most of these people are still in the area,” said Kathy Gray, with the Bayfield Lions’ Club. “For that reason, if you have pictures, videos or stories of Lions or Lioness in your home, please share with me. I will be sure to return your property to you, or you could even scan photos and email with the description.”
Email email@example.com to share items.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Forget Robins, Tundra Swans and Maple Syrup, nothing signals spring quite like Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies! That’s right, Girl Guide cookie season has arrived.
Cookies are available now from the membership for $5 a box. Please note grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale and they will not be available online this campaign – only in-person!
Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who would like to purchase a box, or two, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Brewing)
Bayfield Brewing is hosting the Bayfield Spring Thaw on Saturday, Apr. 2 to celebrate another year of skating in the Bayfield Arena.
During the event, they will donate to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) from the sales of their Snook Stout created in honor of hockey player, Ryan O’Reilly. This program continues with the support of the O’Reilly family. BFIT is in a private-public partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater for the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
People are invited to attend the event from 1- 5 pm. Tickets are available now for $40, detail on what this fee includes can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca
Bayfield Brewing is also celebrating that their Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Phil Pritchard, the curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, reached out to them recently asking that they donate to their display in Toronto.
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 email@example.com or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
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.
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 church warden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking ahead, during Easter the congregation of Trinity St. James will be participating in joint services with their sister Parish in Seaforth and the community is invited to attend.
The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Apr. 14 at Trinity St. James starting at 6 p.m. followed by the Good Friday service on Apr. 15 at Parish of the Holy Spirit, Seaforth at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday will be observed at Trinity St. James at 11 a.m. on Apr. 17.
The County of Huron commends its Emergency Services Department and Paramedic Team for the exceptional services they have provided since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This team has worked quietly behind the scenes, and helped long-term care and retirement homes in Huron stay safe and healthy as they face the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
When requested, Huron County Paramedics have gone into local long-term care and retirement homes to aid with outbreak support, COVID-19 surveillance testing, fit testing PPE for staff, and to offer on-site vaccination clinics for residents and staff. This team even helped by providing resident care work in some circumstances.
Direct support inside long-term care and retirement homes is not normal operations for County of Huron Emergency Services. However, with the ongoing pressures created by COVID-19 Huron County Paramedics were there, providing support to long-term care residents and staff, on some of the most challenging days of the pandemic.
“The work that we have done with these individual Homes has een a great asset to both Paramedic Services and Long-Term Care staff,” said Chief of Emergency Services, Jeff Horseman. “The relationships, understanding, and support has been second to none for everyone involved and I believe it has strengthened our Paramedic sense of community. We are so happy and proud of what we have been able to do in these Homes.”
The County of Huron Emergency Services Department has also supported local COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, offered programming to vulnerable individuals at the Huron Out of the Cold emergency shelter, and much more, in addition to their regular first responder services for Huron County residents.
“The County’s Paramedic Team have demonstrated exemplary service for the Huron community over the past two years,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “Providing the highest quality of care, the Emergency Services Department has worked to support many of Huron’s residents in high risk settings. On behalf of Huron County Council, I offer a wholehearted thank you to this Team.”
County of Huron Paramedic Services have supported the following Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, with varying service levels, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic: Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich; Exeter Villa, Fordwich Village Nursing Home, Goderich Place, Huronlea Home for the Aged, Brussels; Huronview Home for the Aged, Clinton; and Seaforth Manor.
Emergency Services continues to support the community, including long-term care, in 2022, as needed.