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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 666 Week 16 Vol 13

April 13, 2022

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Issue 666 Week 16 Vol 13
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BRIDGE CROSSING

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The Bayfield Bridge was opened to two lanes of traffic on Apr. 6 as a result of some good weather that allowed the crew opportunity to progress with the project. Although the bridge is now open the construction project is estimated to continue until August with the dismantling of the temporary Bailey Bridge and the construction of the pedestrian walkway. People should expect that the bridge moves to single lane traffic occasionally until the work is completed. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


HUNT JUST FOUR SLEEPS AWAY

The frenzy for chocolate eggs was evident on the "senior" side of the park during the most recent hunt held in the spring of 2019. Following the relaxation of some provincial COVID-19 protocols the Bayfield Optiimst Club is bringing the hunt back for 2022. It is set for Apr. 17. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The frenzy for chocolate eggs was evident on the “senior” side of the park during the most recent hunt held in the spring of 2019. Following the relaxation of some provincial COVID-19 protocols the Bayfield Optiimst Club is bringing the hunt back for 2022. It is set for Apr. 17. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


It has been a couple of years since children have experienced the thrill of the hunt but it will be back on Sunday, Apr. 17. That’s right, folks – the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club is on for 2022!

Four thousand, molded, chocolate Easter eggs, will be worth their weight in gold to countless youngsters when they are tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children will be invited to scramble for the eggs starting precisely at 1 p.m.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.

BAYFIELD PACC: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bayfield PACCThe Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) would like nothing better than to announce the creation of a safe and secure leash-free play area, but that day is still yet to come.  Rest assured though, the work continues, and they are doubling their efforts to make that dream a reality.  Their commitment to this goal is unwavering and they feel this may be an opportune time to review a bit of their history and to reflect on their activities over the last year.

The PACC came together in 2021 as a group of dog owners in Bayfield who met while walking their dogs during the depths of the COVID lockdown.  They lamented the lack of an off-leash dog park, especially one that would be within walking distance.

What could they possibly do to make that happen?  Get organized, of course, and plan!  Soon after, they incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and created their website at www.bayfieldpacc.com along with an accompanying Facebook Page and Instagram account. Their mission, vision, and values statements can be found at these social media sites.

“It became quite evident that along with finding an off-leash play area, we also had a role to play in the community by promoting responsible dog ownership through education and recreational activities.  Some of these initiatives included communication about poop pickup, the importance of keeping dogs on leash, and providing canine related health and safety information.  We participated in several local walks to assist other community groups in meeting their respective fundraising goals,” said Suzan Johnson, representing the Bayfield PACC.

The past year also saw the Bayfield PACC participating in the Bayfield Community Fair where they set up an information station, operated a “photo booth” for canines and humans, and held a coloring contest for the younger crowd.

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The Bayfield PACC hThe Bayfield PACC had a presence at the Bayfield Community Fair in August of 2021 offering a “Photo Booth” for people and their pets. (Photos by Suzan Johnson) ad a presence at the Bayfield Community Fair in August of 2021 offering a “Photo Booth” for people and their pets. (Photos by Suzan Johnson)

On a more serious note, the group researched over 20 off-leash dog parks in southwestern Ontario, many in small communities like Bayfield, to learn about how they got started, how they are funded and operated, along with their operating rules. They have spoken to many private landowners and continue to pursue opportunities as they become aware of them.

“In the fall of 2021, we conducted a survey to learn more about the community’s interest in an off-leash dog park,” said Janet Deline, of the Bayfield PACC Board. “We asked about potential locations and proposed usage of such a facility.  We also endeavored to gauge the level of volunteer support for such a project.  The information gleaned from this survey was used to prepare our business plan.”

The Bayfield PACC met with representatives from the Municipality of Bluewater and Huron County on several occasions to discuss possible leash-free play areas.

“Unfortunately, there is a very little municipally owned greenspace available in Bayfield at the present time, however, we continue to discuss ideas and we are promoting the incorporation of a dog park in long term planning, such as the Bayfield Secondary Plan (Planned Bayfield),” said Deline.

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Chloe and Audrey are seen here playfully burning off some energy at the Seaforth Dog Park

The group is also excited to be participating with the Municipality in the recently announced Recreation Master Plan.  The Municipality has recognized that the planning of a potential off-leash dog park would definitely fall within the mandate and scope of a recreational plan.

The Bayfield PACC encourages everyone to review the website at https://connectedcountyofhuron.ca/bluewater-recreation-masterplan, to add their ideas to the mix.

“Communication is key to getting our message out to the community. The PACC is ever grateful to the Bayfield Breeze for providing a means for us to speak directly to the citizens of Bayfield,” said Johnson. “Also, we can’t forget the contribution of our Facebook group members whose postings have kept us laughing, and awed by the many humorous jokes and amazing canine related artworks that found their way to our page. Keep it up, gang!”

The Bayfield PACC welcome suggestions and any ideas community members may have on prospective locations, communication initiatives, or any other related issues through their email at  bayfieldpacc@gmail.com

People are encouraged to sign up for their upcoming newsletter through their website at  www.bayfieldpacc.com.

“Please consider supporting us through our membership drive, which will start in the next few weeks,” said Johnson. “Look for our booth at the Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show at the end of April and stop by for a chat.”

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW RETURNS AFTER TWO YEAR ABSENCE

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The Bayfield Lions Home & Garden Show is back, Apr. 29 to May 1st, at the Bayfield Community Centre after a two year absence due to the COVID pandemic. (Photo by Jack Pal)


The Bayfield Lions Home & Garden Show is back, Apr. 29 to May 1st, at the Bayfield Community Centre. The Show is returning after two years of “COVID-interruptus”. Prior to that, the annual Show had run every April for over 20 years.

The largest and most successful spring expo along the Huron coast offers free admission for all, although a donation to the Bayfield Area Food Bank is greatly appreciated. Those who attend also have a chance to win some pretty fabulous door prizes – a Gas BBQ donated by Bayfield Garage and gift certificates from Bayfield Foodland.

Over 70 exhibitors will be featured in the show which will run Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Home and Garden Show regularly welcomes over 2,000 visitors who enjoy the displays set up by a wide array of exhibitors. The exhibitors’ areas of expertise include: lawn and garden, home décor, landscaping, porches and decks, windows and doors, renovations, home comfort, leisure pursuits, health, travel, investment and insurance, real estate and so much more.

A unique component of this Home and Garden show are displays set up by local community groups to promote their mandates and potentially recruit new members. And always a highlight for the younger set, a talented clown will be on hand offering face painting.

And for those who work up an appetite walking around the exhibits, there is a food booth. It is an attraction in and of itself with a selection of delicious lunches, snacks, beverages and a variety of pies and other desserts – all for modest prices.

People are encouraged to mark their calendars, inform their family and friends and bring the kids. All who attend are sure to find something of interest. For more information on the show or to become an exhibitor, visit www.BayfieldLions.ca

ARTIST GUILD LEARNS ART OF DOT PAINTING

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Hira Patel, of Goderich, displays a variety of items she has used as a canvas for her Mandala Dot painting. (Submitted photos)

It begins with a dot.

Hira Patel, owner of the Dunlop Hotel in Goderich, has been practicing the art of Dot Painting over the course of the last two years and all that practice has resulted in the creation of stunning pieces of art.

The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) was lucky enough to have Patel as a guest presenter recently. She shared her skills and joy of creation with the group during their March 23 meeting at St. Andrew’s United Church. Approximately 12 members of BAG enjoyed learning the basics of the Mandala Dot technique and had some time to practice the art form and delight in the magical progression of a dot.

Mandala as an art form, first appeared in Buddhist art and was then produced in India during the first century B.C. Hira commented that in India, children are taught the art of Mandalas in school.

A similar art form called “Rangoli” is an everyday practice in Indian households. This ancient Hindu art form uses materials such as powdered limestone, red ochre, dry rice flour, colored sand, quartz powder, flower petals, and colored rocks. Designs are produced on floors, courtyards, entrance ways and tables. Any special occasion requires the use of the most colorful materials. The Rangoli art pattern is very time consuming.

Patel explained that Dot Mandala paintings are created using the technique of “Pointillism”.

“There is no right or wrong way as far as how many dots you want to start with around the circle. You can start with two, four or six, or eight or sixteen if you choose. it really doesn’t matter,” said Patel.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the BAG is invited to go to: bayfieldactivities.info

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FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is asking people to help fuel the arts in Huron County.

“The BCA is grateful for the support the Bayfield community has shown us over the past two years,” said Leslee Squirrell, president. “With your help we have been able to accomplish some amazing milestones.”

The Centre had more than 400 people participate in 50 BCA classes led by five full-time students and they had over 450 people participate in their successful Year of the Barn Exhibit.

“With the support of Lake Huron Chrysler and government partners, our unique Art Truck travelling studio was launched, and the ‘Arts Trails on 21’ driving adventure began,” she said.

In addition, more than 1,500 people now follow the BCA on social media and their posts engage with more than 35,000 people.

“All this during one of the most difficult times in history as pandemic restrictions affected our ability to operate. While we do receive some government grants, as with many arts organizations the bulk of support comes from individuals who believe in our vision,” said Squirrell.

For this reason, they have launched a “Friends and Family Campaign” to ask for financial help.

“Your donation will help us operate the Art Truck, offer visual art workshops and events and move closer to our goal of making Bayfield and Huron County a more vibrant place to live and work,” she noted.

To assist with the campaign, BCA has partnered with Canada Helps, a national agency that has supported over 24,000 partner charities in their 21-year history. Please donate now by going to: bayfieldarts.ca/donate/ One time or monthly donations will receive an instant tax receipt.

MOOSE CAUGHT IMPERSONATING RACCOON

photo of a cat named Moose (Submitted photo)

Moose (Submitted photo)


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

Moose is a big guy! He was caught while someone was trying to trap a raccoon. When he came to the Rescue he was pretty beat up. He has a big scratch on his nose and looks like he’s been in multiple fights. Although he has a big frame his body weight is a little on the light side.

Volunteers say he’s been pretty chill and hasn’t shown any signs of real aggression. They also note that he seems to be enjoying the perks of being well-fed, warm and not having to be on the defensive 24/7. Moose will soon be spayed and once he’s been further accessed and socialized he will be ready for his forever home.

If Moose is just the guy you’ve been waiting for please email bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information.

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.


STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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Bayfield’s Main Street Revitalization project began in earnest on Apr. 7 but merchants and restauranteurs with businesses along the street are remaining open for business during the construction period. There will be a break from construction from June 24 to Sept. 5 to allow for the peak tourist season. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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

WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS

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The Lions of Bayfield are holding one of their favorite events again this year, “The Walk for Guide Dogs”.

All proceeds from the walk go towards the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support.  Each dog costs approximately $35,000 so anything people can do to help is greatly appreciated.

People are invited to get their pledge forms, or pledge a walker, and bring their dogs on Sunday, June 5 at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will take place  at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

For further information and pledge forms contact Karen Scott at karendscott@eastlink.ca or 226 441-2042.

BAYFIELD BEER, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are gearing up for the return of a highly anticipated spring event. The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is back for year six on May 14th.

“The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is scheduled back to its normal weekend and now at full capacity,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair. “This is our major fundraiser and 100 per cent of the proceeds go back into youth sports, programs, equipment and subsidies at our facility so everyone can play.”

Whetstone went on to say that, just like everyone else, BCCT and BACPA have been hit hard by the pandemic and the organizers are hoping that people will return to support the festival that raises funds for the not-for-profit organization now running the Bayfield Community Centre. He would also encourage newcomers to attend.

“If you’ve never been, consider coming to this great event,” he said. “There are 22 vendors signed up to participate and three bands scheduled to play.”

The event will run from 2-9 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and will include eight food tickets and eight drink tickets.

Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.ca (Bayfield Beer & Food Festival), at ShopBike Coffee Roasters on Main Street, or by calling Whetstone at 519 955-0682. Check Facebook at @ Bayfield Beer & Food Festival for more information.

BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY

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Hop on the BUS!

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka the BUS) is back strumming their stuff at the Bayfield

Community Centre (upstairs) on Wednesday evenings. Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to play and sing with a group of enthusiastic players is invited to come to check out the group. With lots of great music from their own BUS songbook, everyone regardless of experience can join in.

For the month of April, they will be running “learn to play the uke” lessons on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:15 p.m. prior to the regular BUS sessions. Come for a lesson and stay for the jam from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Of course, there is no cost to participate, but small contributions are always welcome to help offset costs.

Anyone who would like to be on the BUS mailing list is asked to please email bayfieldukulele@gmail.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook. Come on out on Wednesday night and find out what the fun is all about!

BAYFIELD GARDEN CLUB

Spring has sprung and the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) is looking forward to resuming activities this year and welcoming new members.

The BGC is a community group most interested in the planting, trimming and tidying of planters and beds in many of Bayfield’s public gardens. They have garden-type activities planned for the summer months and into the fall. They are always looking forward to sharing their gardening stories, best practices and suggestions for future meetings or garden tours. Anyone who has an interest in gardening, flowers, vegetables or the environment may want to consider becoming a garden club member. BGC members are eligible for discounts at many of the local garden centres.

People are encouraged to please mark on their calendars Saturday, May 7 as that is the date the BGC will be holding their annual plant sale in Clan Gregor Square from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out. There should be a wide variety of plants, shrubs, herbs and trees for sale. Anyone who is interested in donating plants to the BGC sale is asked to please contact Lori Hill at 519 565-5278 for more information.

Memberships can be purchased for $10 by visiting the BGC booth at the Bayfield Home and Garden Show, Apr. 29 to May 1, or by contacting Nancy Kale via email at flowerpowerbayfield@gmail.com. Please include name, address and email address.

LIONS CLUB

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 bayfieldlions@gmail.com to share items.

GIRL GUIDE COOKIES

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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 on-line this campaign – only in-person!

Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling these cookies at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show on Apr. 29-May 1st. Be sure to drop by their booth on the second floor of the Community Centre to purchase a box or two!

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email melody.pounder@gmail.com.

OPTIMIST CLUB

The 2022 sale of engraved bricks around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square will close on Saturday, Apr. 16 so now is the time to reserve a brick from the Optimist Club of Bayfield if anyone has been thinking of doing so. 

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 mikedixon@tcc.on.ca or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information. 

WEDNESDAY BRIDGE

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.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

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. Pre-register is no longer required. 

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. 

DAY CAMP

The Municipality of Bluewater is hosting the 2022 Summer Day Camp Program in July and August! Day Camp offers exciting adventures, new friends, and caring staff. Children will create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Each week camp staff plan a variety of themed activities and games. Activities include outdoor adventures, splash pad, crafts, games, sports, guest speakers and trips.

This year, two Day Camp locations are being offered at the Hensall Arena and Bayfield Arena. The Day Camp will be a fun-filled, action-packed seven weeks for children ages four to 12 years. Day Camp will run from July 11 to Aug. 26. The Bayfield Day Camp location is sponsored by Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in cooperation with Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT).

Summer Day Camp registration opens Apr. 14. For more information about registration and pricing, visit Bluewater recreation programming. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Program Subsidy is available through the Huron County Child Services. For subsidy, contact 519 482-8505 or visit Child Services.

IN MEMORIAM

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Mary Jane McConkey (Submitted photo)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a Bayfield resident with deep family connections to the community.

Mary Jane McConkey died at her residence in Bayfield on Wednesday, Apr. 6.

She will be greatly missed by her good friend and caregiver Rubi Smith. Jane is predeceased by her parents, John and Mary McConkey and her brother David McConkey.  She is survived by her sister Ann Roberts (Paul) and her sister in law Suzanne Callon.  Auntie Jane to her five nieces and four great nephews. Mom to her dog Ruby, who was her best friend and meant the world to her.

Jane, during her working career had several successful businesses. Bringing her humor, creativity and flare for fashion into all of her ventures. Jane’s health had declined over these last few years but she was always up for a laugh and a chat with a cup of coffee and smoke. Jane’s comfort was her dog Ruby and her view of Lake Huron and the magnificent sunsets. Jane was a colorful influence in the lives of all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Apr. 30  at 1 p.m. at Trinity St James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield. In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to the Bayfield Area Food Bank in Bayfield 519 565-2790. Online condolences may be made at www.mpcemetery.ca Mount Pleasant Cemetery (London) Inc., London, ON.

JUST NOT MARRIED

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Cheri Shaver and Paul Hill held a “First Fabulous FiveYear Celebration” event for family and friends at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Apr. 2. The evening took the form of a costume party and the couple requested that guests bring a donation for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. The result of a fine evening of merriment was a donation to the BAFB of $700 and approximately 60 lbs of food, in addition, proceeds from the cash bar were donated to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Both Shaver and Hill, shown here in costume as “Beauty and the Beast”, would love to encourage others in the community getting back to hosting parties after two years of staying home to remember their favorite local charities when planning. (Photo by Mary Margaret Driedger)

PROVINCE HELPS AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETIES

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MPP for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson shakes hands with Mike Dupuis, provincial director for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies – District 10, during the Spring Meeting of Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies – District 10 held in Tiverton on Apr. 9. (Submitted photo)


The Ontario Government is providing $32,737.92 to support the agricultural and horticultural societies in Huron-Bruce. This news was shared by Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce on Apr. 9 at the Spring Meeting of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, District 10 held in Tiverton. This investment will help these organizations continue to operate and support their important efforts to educate people about the value and significance of agriculture in the province.

“The agricultural and horticultural societies in Huron-Bruce have traditionally done so much for our local communities, and I look forward to them continuing to make significant contributions,” said Thompson. “From main street beautification projects to hosting annual agricultural fairs, that provide important entertainment and agricultural education events, our local horticultural and agricultural societies celebrate the best of the best in community spirit as well as home craft initiatives such as baking and crafts through to livestock and crops. Our government understands the critical role that agricultural and horticultural societies play in our communities.”

The funding is part of the Agricultural and Horticultural Support and Recovery 

Funding Initiative.

Locally, the following societies that received $1,000 were: Auburn Horticultural Society, Brussels and District Horticultural Society, Clinton Horticultural Society, Goderich & District Horticultural Society, Hensall & Community Horticultural Society, Kincardine & District Horticultural Society, Kirkton Horticultural Society, Lucknow & District Horticultural Society, Lucknow Agricultural Society, Ripley & District Horticultural Society, Seaforth & District Horticultural Society, Seaforth Agricultural Society, Teeswater Agricultural Society, Teeswater-Culross Horticultural Society, Wingham Horticultural Society and Zurich Agricultural Society.

Those societies that received greater than $1,000 were:

  • Bayfield Agricultural Society – $1,325.68
  • Brussels Agricultural Society – $1,076.68
  • Dungannon Agricultural Society – $1,011.29
  • Howick Agricultural Society – $1,125.80
  • Huron Central Agricultural Society, Clinton – $2,395.70
  • Kincardine Agricultural Society – $1,225.05
  • Kirkton Agricultural Society – $1,790.73
  • Mildmay Agricultural Society – $1,292.88
  • Ripley Agricultural Society – $2,786.54
  • Tiverton Agricultural Society – $1,284
  • Walkerton Agricultural Society – $1,423.57

This new funding builds on previous investments of more than $7 million to assist these organizations across the province over the past two years.

There are two streams to this round of funding.:

  • Base Support Funding: will be issued to all eligible Agricultural and Horticultural Societies through funding payments of $1,000 as a means of supporting their continued incorporation and activities.
  • Hardship Funding for eligible Agricultural Societies: will provide additional support which will be based on reported gate revenues from 2019. This will help off-set operating losses, liabilities, and fixed overhead costs related to land and buildings.

Agricultural and Horticultural Societies play a critical role in educating Ontarians on the importance of agriculture and celebrating a rural way of life. Supporting this important sector, at this time, will ensure the long traditions and economic contributions of the societies will continue and strengthen as the province manages the impacts of COVID-19 and moves forward into the future.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETIES AMALGAMATE

They are one! As of Apr. 1, after a year plus of dedication and hard work, the Alzheimer Society Huron County and the Alzheimer Society Perth County are officially one Alzheimer Society – the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth.

“The unification of the Huron and Perth Alzheimer Societies makes sense in so many ways. This allows us to combine our resources to support as many people in Huron and Perth Counties as possible. It also facilitates easier access to us by our community partners. We remain focused on serving people living with dementia and their care partners, the very best that we can,” said Nancy Walker, chair, Board of Directors, Alzheimer Society Huron Perth.

Those involved are excited about the future as they believe, together, they will be stronger and better able to serve those living with dementia and their care partners. They are committed to continuing to provide local and enhanced services throughout the region.

The benefits of the unification will include: more people living with Dementia and their care partners being served; consistency of programs and services across Huron and Perth; more specialized roles for staff; decreasing infrastructure duplication; and contributing to streamlining the system.

According to Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth, Cathy Ritsema, nothing will change for the clients of the now amalgamated society.

“You will remain working with the same workers and any groups you attend or services that you currently receive will all remain the same. The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth remains totally committed to serving you the best way we can,” Ritsema said.

She then went on to address both donors and volunteers: “To our donors, your continued support will remain vital for our work to continue. Know that your donations now and in the future will be able to be directed to a specific program or region. We are committed to honoring our donors’ wishes. We take this moment to thank you for your ongoing commitment to the people we serve. To our volunteers, in a unified agency, your volunteer work will remain as critical as always. We take this moment to thank you for your ongoing commitment to the people we serve.

“Focused on continuing our learning, and building on our strengths, we turn our attention to serving our clients and care partners with even greater vibrancy, resiliency, and determination. We are grateful to all those who have supported us throughout this journey and look forward to our future together!”

“As a care partner to my wife for many years, and as the past chair of the Perth Society, I know firsthand the value of the Alzheimer Society,” said Guy Chadsey, past chair Alzheimer Society of Perth, and care partner. “Having two rural Societies unite means we will be able to offer local, rural services that meet the needs of our communities in more effective ways for many years to come. We are stronger together.”

DINNER AUCTION RAISED OVER $30,000

The Conservation Dinner charitable auction was virtual in 2022, the second year the community fundraiser went online. The online auction ran from March 31 to Apr. 7 and estimates are that it has raised more than $30,000 for needed projects in local communities.

The Conservation Dinner is a fundraising partnership of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club. Dave Frayne is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. He thanked all the generous donors and bidders who made this year’s event another successful fundraiser. He also thanked the volunteers who made it happen.

“I want to thank everyone who donated to the Virtual Conservation Dinner and everyone who bid in the online auction,” he said. “Your donations and your bids will benefit young people and the entire community.”

The Conservation Dinner supports community work by the Lions Club and the Conservation Foundation. These projects, supported by sponsors, donors, bidders and volunteers, are many. They include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor recreation including, a family-friendly fishing derby; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for local students; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; outdoor nature education; and other local projects that could not happen otherwise.

The estimated amount of funds raised does not include additional donations expected through the “Dine for Your Community” program. The following six restaurants are donating some proceeds, from restaurant meals which were ordered on specific dates, to the community projects of the Dinner: Eddington’s of Exeter; Hessenland Inn; Dublin’s Family Restaurant; The Lake Hound of Grand Bend; The Lake House of Bayfield; and Robinson Fresh Café. The Conservation Dinner Committee Chair thanks all the participating restaurants. In addition to these restaurants, many other restaurants generously donated gift certificates or dining experiences to the charitable auction fundraiser. Many other generous businesses and individuals also donated to the online auction.

Frayne said he hopes the Conservation Dinner will be in person in 2023 but he thanked everyone who made it possible to support important community projects online even when planning large gatherings has not been possible over the past two years.

Over the 32-year history of the Conservation Dinner, it has raised more than $1.285 million for projects in local communities. To learn more about the Conservation Dinner visit conservationdinner.com and abca.ca.

MULTIPLE VIRUSES CIRCULATING

It was noted on Apr. 5 that Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is aware of several infectious viruses circulating locally; in addition, a sixth wave of COVID-19 is underway. People were encouraged to act to protect themselves and their loved ones from these illnesses.

The following respiratory viruses are circulating in Huron Perth:

  • Influenza A
  • Adenovirus
  • Human metapneumovirus
  • Enterovirus/rhinovirus
  • Parainfluenza

Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or muscle aches. While anyone can contract these viruses, they are most common in young children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems. There have also been cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in young children, and an increase in Norovirus activity in Huron Perth, with Norovirus outbreaks in childcare and long-term care. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis in people, an illness that usually includes diarrhea and/or vomiting. The illness is easily spread in group settings where people are in close contact, like schools, hospitals, childcare facilities, and nursing homes.

“Many of the public health measures that have been in place over the past two years, such as masking, physical distancing, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and limiting close contacts helped to prevent not only COVID, but also other viruses from spreading,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.  “With most measures lifted and people having more contact with others, it is not surprising that we are seeing the return of other viruses. If you are sick, please stay home to avoid spreading illness to others.”

HPPH reminds people that if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for the virus, they are required to isolate.  Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19, or were exposed to the virus, should visit Ontario.ca/exposed to learn what to do.  They can also call the toll-free Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1-888-777-0730 for answers about COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance.

People should know their risk and their options for early treatment, if eligible. While not a replacement for vaccination, treatment options for COVID-19 are available and can protect against severe outcomes for certain highest risk individuals who are identified early. People can learn about eligibility at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-antiviral-treatment. They can also contact their health care provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.

Anyone who has tested negative for COVID-19 (one negative PCR test or two negative rapid antigen tests at least 24 hours apart) but are experiencing symptoms of illness, should stay home until those symptoms have resolved for 24 hours, or 48 hours for vomiting and diarrhea.  It is very important to avoid visiting a higher risk setting such as a long-term care or retirement home where people are more vulnerable to severe illness.

Vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza continue to be the best defense against severe outcomes of those illnesses.  It is not too late to get a flu shot.  Contact a local pharmacy or primary care provider.  In addition, COVID-19 vaccinations are still available through HPPH clinics, select pharmacies, and primary care providers. Visit www.hpph.ca/GetVaccinated for more information.

With a sixth wave of COVID-19 beginning, Dr. Klassen strongly recommends wearing a mask in indoor settings.

Currently, provincial requirements for face coverings remain in place for several settings, including: public transit; long-term care and retirement homes; other health care settings, including clinics that provide health care services; shelters, jails and congregate care and living settings, including homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Also, some people are required to wear masks for a limited amount of time if they have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 or if they have travelled internationally.

“Although many of us wish otherwise, COVID-19 continues to circulate and risk remains as we navigate this transitional period,” said Dr. Klassen. “Remaining mask-friendly is important; face coverings are a safe, effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

HPPH encourages everyone to practice the following habits for preventing the spread of illness-causing germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand rub. Handwashing is especially important: after using a tissue; before and after preparing or handling food; after using the washroom; after changing diapers or toileting a child.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •  Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, light switches and cell phones, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children out of school and childcare.

For more information contact Huron Perth Public Health: 1-888-221-2133 or email www.hpph.ca

PUBLIC HEALTH

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

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

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

BLUEWATER NEWS

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 Apr. 4.

  •  Approved an exemption request from the Noise By-law at The Hub on the Docks Restaurant in Bayfield (67559 Bluewater Highway) on May 21-22 from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Approved staff apply to the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund for the development of a Bluewater Builds Back program including hiring a community recreation coordinator for two years.
  • Approved an amendment to the Fees and Charges By-law to include the following summer day camp registration costs: Full Week Registration, $130; Short Week Registration, $105; Full Day Registration, $30; Before Care (per day), $5; Discount: $10 off second child, $15 off third plus child per week; $5 off second child, $10 off third plus child per day.

COVID POLICY

Hospitals across southwestern Ontario have updated their ongoing protections against COVID-19 and confirm that current masking requirements for all individuals entering their facilities will continue indefinitely.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have, as a system of hospitals, been continually assessing what we feel are responsible protections for our patients, our teams and those visiting our hospital sites,” said Andrew Williams, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance President & CEO. “As the pandemic continues to impact our communities, including significantly affecting our ability to staff programs and services due to increasing COVID-19 absences, maintaining this level of protection in high-risk environments is prudent. While opinions on direction will always vary, our top priority is the safety of those we serve.”

In addition to continuing to require masking, active screening of all individuals entering hospital facilities will be maintained. COVID-19 Immunization Policies that require all new midwives, physicians, staff, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated will also remain in place.

With these adjustments in place, individuals are reminded that getting vaccinated and boosted remains the best protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. In addition, hospitals urge everyone to continue with public health recommendations such as masking where physical distancing is not possible, staying home if unwell and regular hand washing.

Supporting this announcement are: Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll; Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich; Grey Bruce Health Services, Hanover and District Hospital, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Listowel Wingham Hospital Alliance, London Health Sciences Centre, Middlesex Hospital Alliance, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, South Huron Hospital Association, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and Woodstock General Hospital.

HURON CHILD CARE

The County of Huron Children’s Services Team is excited by the news that Ontario plans to invest 13.2 billion dollars over six years to help offset costs of childcare for families. Once this program is in place, it will help to make childcare in Huron County more affordable.

For participating childcare centres, the Ontario Better Deal promises to reduce child care fees through four steps of reduction over several years for an average of $10 a day per child by September 2025.

“Affordable early childhood education is vital for our community, not just for the families that use these services, but also for the potential economic ripple effect created from helping parents remain in the workforce and families having greater disposable incomes,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil “This news from the Province is exciting for Huron County.”

County of Huron Children’s Services currently maintains 12 licensed childcare centres and an additional 12 licensed home-based locations. Approximately 1,500 children participated in licensed child care programs in 2021.

The County of Huron Children’s Services Team is working with local childcare providers who wish to participate in the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care Plan. Children’s Services staff will continue to communicate updates to families and providers as more information becomes available.

For more information on childcare in Huron County, visit: https://www.huroncounty.ca/social-services/childrens-services

IMPACT FUNDING

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) announces the opening of their impact funding process, with expressions of interest (EOI) accepted until Apr. 15, for three-year funding beginning on Apr. 1, 2023.

“This is an exciting time for United Way and our region as we launch this application process,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “While UWPH continues expanding our work in support of local communities, one of the cores of what we do is address local needs by providing funding to supported partners to help deliver programs to vulnerable people. We look forward to receiving EOIs to deliver programs and services in Perth and/or Huron County from a variety of organizations and groups.”

Three-year impact funding is intended to provide increased financial stability for ongoing projects and/or programs that are part of an organization’s over-arching structure and mission. UWPH gives everyone in our community an equal opportunity to submit program funding requests; organizations not currently funded by UWPH are welcome to apply. UWPH is currently limited to funding registered charities and qualified donees (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency), but encourages any group or organization that does not feel they meet the criteria to reach out to Partridge.

EOI must be submitted by Apr. 15 at midnight. All applicants will be notified by Apr. 26 whether their EOIs are approved, declined or need further clarification. EOIs selected to move on in the process will receive access to the full application.

UWPH is committed to supporting applicants throughout the process. For any questions or help, please contact Megan Partridge at mpartridge@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or 519 271-7730, Ext. 225. For full impact funding guidelines visit, perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of bayfieldactivities.info have 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.

HEALTHCARE WORKERS STUDY

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and University of Guelph Research Partnership are continuing their research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural healthcare workers and would like to invite healthcare workers, including, personal support workers and health support professionals to participate.

Gateway and the University of Guelph partnered on a project in June of 2022 that sought to identify COVID-19 stressors that rural healthcare workers were experiencing and forms of support to mitigate the stress they experienced. The project’s first phase included a survey completed by 153 respondents in Huron county. This follow-up study will help to continue the research into the impact on the well-being of rural healthcare workers.

Dr. Al Lauzon, professor at the University of Guelph and lead researcher on the project, shares that, “to use a running analogy, the first wave was similar to sprinting where circumstances, information, preparation, the uptake of a large amount of stress and fear occurred in an extremely short period of time. Since then, rural healthcare workers are now running an ongoing marathon.”

This second phase will seek to learn more about how rural healthcare workers in Huron are managing and the impact it has had on mental, physical and emotional health. It will also seek to understand if sources of support at home and at work have changed. Lastly, this research aims to uncover possible experiences, challenges and impacts specific to rural healthcare workers as there appear to be very few studies focused on rural healthcare.

According to the study’s initial findings in terms of stressors, fear was the overriding stressor. Fear for their own health, fear that they might infect loved ones, and the fear that arose from the delivery of services to patients and changing protocols. Other stressors were: increased workload or feeling overworked, constant change, and management and communication challenges in an environment that was continually changing. Furthermore, 65 percent of the respondents indicated these stressors did not exist prior to the pandemic. In addition, 76 percent of respondents indicated that workplace stressors impacted their life outside of work with over 50 percent indicating it impacted their physical and mental health. Ten percent indicated that some of the protocols such as social distancing resulted in them feeling isolated and feeling lonely, especially for those who lived on their own.

Gateway’s President Gwen Devereaux said, “We are extremely happy to partner with Dr. Lauzon and the University of Guelph on this very important project. I hope you are able to help us by taking the time to do the interview. It would be so appreciated.”

They would like to invite healthcare workers, including, personal support workers and health support professionals to participate in this follow-up study. Participation in the study requires 60 minutes of time for a phone interview. The interviews will take place from April to May of this year. Anyone who is interested in participating or would like more information, is asked to please contact Casandra Bryant, PhD student and Research associate, at cbryant@uoguelph.ca. People can also submit their interest and availability here: https://bit.ly/3HcYgw3.

ABCA

Earth Day is Friday, Apr. 22. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is inviting schools and community groups in the watershed to take part in a watershed-wide cleanup from Apr. 18-22 to celebrate Earth Day.

ABCA is offering the prize of a conservation education program, valued at $120, to the winner of participating classes or community groups. To be entered in the contest, a school or community group (from the ABCA watershed area) must enter their data in a data collection sheet. The classroom or community group can plan where they will complete their cleanup and then register using this form: https://bit.ly/3MRjzqU

The cleanups may take place in the schoolyard or a local community space and they should take place between Apr. 18-22. Participating classes or groups should enter their data by Apr. 29 to be eligible for a possible prize.

“The Watershed-Wide Cleanup is one way we can take local action to remove plastics from waterways, helping improve water quality and aquatic habitats,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Watersheds connect us all from the smallest creek to the oceans.”

Data collected will be available to participating classes to use in their mathematics classes.

“Nothing beats real-world data,” she said.

Garbage is not only unsightly and unsanitary. Pollution, including pollution from plastics, is a major issue in the Great Lakes. Garbage can also be a threat to wildlife if they ingest it or become entangled in it.

School classes or community groups doing cleanups can expect to need gloves, garbage bags and tongs for picking up Personal Protective Equipment and other items it is advisable to not handle directly.

To learn more visit abca.ca or contact ABCA at info@abca.ca or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

REMEMBER THIS

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.

“Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,

And of the girl I’m taking to the Easter Parade.”

With respect to Irving Berlin, this week we searched out some fancy millinery in the museum’s collection to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday…

STRAW HAT

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This is a lady’s green straw hat with feathers from around 1900. Inside it bears the label, “Hyland New York”.

CLOCHE-STYLE HAT

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This is a lime green, lady’s cloche-style hat with no brim. It has a green, straw-like detail around the bottom edge and a green chiffon, pleated hat band ending in a bow at the back.

This hat belonged to Mary Jane Walters of Benmiller.

CHILD’S BONNET

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This is a child’s, royal blue, velvet bonnet with a large poke-style brim that is lined with pale blue, silk chiffon. There are neck ties at the base of the bonnet.

This bonnet belonged to Mrs. Evelyn Olde from Clinton, who wore it as a child in 1910-1912 when she was 3 to 4 years old. It was handmade by a milliner from the Smallman & Ingram Store in London, ON.

BAYFIELD RIVER VALLEY TRAIL ASSOCIATION

LEARNING ABOUT NATURE THEME OF UPCOMING HIKES

PHOTOS BY JACK PAL 

Almost 20 people visited the Linfield Conservation Area on Apr. 9 to participate in the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hike entitled, “Agriculture and Nature in Harmony”. 

Huron County is the most productive agricultural region in Ontario and also home to beautiful natural areas.  Wayne Cantelon, a third-generation Huron County Farmer, and  Nathan Schoelier, who oversees stewardship and conservation programs for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority explained to the group how the two co-exist. 

Learning about nature is a theme of three upcoming hikes on the docket for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) in Apr. and May: “The Woods are Waking Up”, Apr. 16; Wildflower Hike, May 7; and a Birdwatching Hike, May 15. In addition, Bayfield’s Eighth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, is set for Apr. 22. 

“The Woods are Waking Up”, with environmentalist Michele Martin will take place along the Woodland Trail in Bayfield on Saturday, Apr. 16 starting at 11 a.m. Martin has supervised environmental education programs in Toronto, Waterloo and the Seychelle Islands. A regular visitor to Bayfield, the BRVTA is excited to welcome her as a guest hike leader.  As the forest wakes up from a long winter, Martin will show participants what to look for on the Woodland Trail. Those who take part are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead. A map can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail.

Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the BRVTA for their Eighth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk. This annual spring clean-up event will be held on Friday, Apr. 22 starting at 2 p.m. with Clan Gregor Square the base of operations. Participants are asked to wear gloves and brightly colored clothing or borrow one of the BRVTA’s safety vests. Organizers will provide garbage bags and people can choose the area in the Village where they want to pick up litter. Registration will take place from 2-3 p.m. with garbage to be returned by 4 p.m. 

Guest wildflower enthusiast Robert Tremain, former director of the Lambton Heritage Museum, will point out some of the wide variety of forest plants and flowers in the diverse environment known as Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on a Wildflower Hike to be held on Saturday, May 7. 

Hikers are asked to meet at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area, located off Hwy 21 just north of Kitchigami Road, at 11 a.m. A map is available here for Naftel’s Creek . The trail is an easy natural path with some bridges and boardwalks. Participants are asked to dress according to the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  This hike will be about 3 km and last about 2 hours. No pre-registration necessary and no dogs, please. 

Avid birder George Ebers will lead a Birdwatching Hike at Windmill Lake Farm in search of spring birds at this unique area surrounding a 40-acre lake. This hike set for Sunday, May 15 is open to BRVTA Members only and there is a limit of 20 participants. No dogs, please. Those who take part are reminded to bring their binoculars on the hike that will commence at 8:30 a.m. 

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Windmill Lake Farm parking lot, 35957 Bayfield River Road.  The hike will cover about 3-4 km and last about 90 min.  This is a natural trail with gentle inclines; participants are advised to watch the weather and dress accordingly.

Participants were asked to meet at 37940 Pavillion Road in Bluewater. Linfield Conservation Area can be found west of the Pavillion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.

Linfield Conservation Area consists of woodlots and open trails.

To pre-register for the Birdwatching Hike please contact Ralph Blasting by email at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or phone 519 525-3205. 

For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Blasting using the contact info listed above. 

And looking ahead, hikers should be aware that the Woodland Trail will be closed from Apr. 25 to May 31 for turkey hunting season.  For the safety of all please do not use the Woodland Trail during this time!

PIXILATED

 IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Spring kiss

Spring kiss by Erin Carroll

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

The community lost a vibrant light earlier this month when Jane McConkey died. Although I understand that her health had been deteriorating in recent years, when I think of Jane, and the whole McConkey family really, I am transported back 25 years – when my own family’s business, the Bayfield Village Inn (BVI), was a very popular location to indulge in a hearty Sunday breakfast. Members of the McConkey family were regular fixtures. They also had a standing reservation for Thanksgiving Dinner. 

Their clan would fill one side of our restaurant and just prior to food service they would always sing what they affectionately referred to as the “Turkey Song”. If I concentrate really hard I can hear them singing but all these years later the words escape me. I also recall that no matter what meal they were eating there was always a lot of laughter around the table. Knowing Jane, reunited with those who went before her, there is probably much laughter and singing in heaven about now. – Melody 

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