HIKERS DISCOVER A WAKING WOOD
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
Hikers on the Woodland Trail learned some of the early signs of spring with environmental specialist Michele Martin on Saturday, Apr. 16th as the theme of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) hike was “The Woods Are Waking Up”.
Martin, who teaches environmental studies at York University, pointed out the changes in the trees and the earliest wildflowers to show their heads from the forest floor. The next few weeks will bring lots of new greenery to the woods – she promised! Just in time for the next BRVTA hike with Robert Tremain who will take participants on a guided wildflower hike on Saturday, May 7th,
Tremain, former director of the Lambton Heritage Museum as well as a wildflower enthusiast, will point out some of the wide variety of forest plants and flowers in the diverse environment known as Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area. 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 two hours. No pre-registration necessary and no dogs please.
Looking ahead, 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.
To pre-register for the Birdwatching Hike please contact Ralph Blasting by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519 525-3205.
For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Blasting using the contact info listed above.
And a reminder, 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!
PIONEER PARK RECEIVES GENEROUS GIFT
Seventy-seven years after Pioneer Park was created for the enjoyment of all, the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) are both pleased and proud to announce that property is expanding due to a generous gift from a family long synonymous with the village.
The PPA is the new owner of one acre of land comprising three lots gifted and fully transferred/deeded to the association by the Thompson family. These three South-facing lots that run along Colina Street are shown on the town plan as lot 57, B, and 58. It is a beautiful piece of property that has an abundance of untouched flora and fauna that contribute to a bountiful ecosystem. The PPA is very grateful for this generous donation made by The Thompson family and is committed to honoring their wishes that the land donation becomes a part of the park.
It is PPA’s intention to take its time to fully appreciate and understand the full natural beauty of both the flora and fauna of the property, thus better understanding the ecosystems that are supported in the natural habitat, before moving forward with any notable changes to the property.
The PPA has established a working group, which consists of three Board members: Scott Gregory, Peter Brent and Bud Robinson plus five additional PPA members that bring forth diverse talents and skills such as Landscape Architects and Arborists. These five are: Maggie McLean, Carl Humphries, Alex Shevchuk, Klasina VanderPloeg and Pattie MacDonald. This group will identify and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on how the PPA can best develop this generous donation of land.
The development of this newly donated park by the Thompson Family will be done in accordance with the PPA Master Plan. The top priorities of the working group are honoring the Thompson Family with a plaque, the construction of a three-rail split fence between the two properties, a pedestrian walkway off Tuyll St. into the new park, and planting 30 cedar trees around the north property line to provide privacy for the VanDer Ploeg family, the new owners of Century House that abuts the newly donated land.
The PPA Board Executive would like to thank the Thompson family for their extreme generosity. They would also like to thank its members who have been instrumental in making this happen along with professional assistance from the Ross Law Firm, Culbert’s Surveying, Roger Lewington, Peter Brent, Bud Robinson and Pattie MacDonald. They look forward to the memories that will be created and the moments that will be shared by all in the new addition to the community’s beloved Pioneer Park.
THIRTY-FIVE TREES TO BE PLANTED
The Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project (BMSR) is now underway!
The Municipality of Bluewater Council awarded the tender for the BMSR construction to Lavis Contracting Co. Limited during the council meeting held on Jan. 24th and following some site prep work the project commenced on Apr. 7.
Over the last two weeks, Main Street and Catherine Street have seen the removal of the asphalt. Upcoming work will include work on the Main St. and Catherine St. storm sewer heading West from Catherine St. and South on Main St. towards Charles Street. The electrical contractor will be on-site installing hydro vaults and ductwork. Due to a recent site visit from the Ministry of Labour, work crews were directed to put up metal fencing around active construction zones. Pedestrians will have to be mindful to go around these fences and stay on the sidewalks.
During the consultation process for the BMSR it became clear that trees are beloved by the majority of Bayfield residents. Through consultation with Ron Koudys Landscape Architects it was decided by both the landscape architecture firm and BM Ross and Associates which trees would have to be removed in preparation for the project.
Some trees were removed to make way for the proposed sidewalk location, proposed parking location and the installation of services and utilities. However, there are plans to replace these trees and add many more, 35 in total, along Bayfield Main Street during the later phase of construction in fall of 2022.
Here are the plans for the tree planting:
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Quantity||Size (Caliper)|
|Robin Hill Serviceberry||Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’||5||50 mm|
|Red Maple||Acer rubrum ‘Sunset’||6||60 mm|
|Hackberry||Celtis occidentalis||5||60 mm|
|Maidenhair Tree||Ginkgo biloba||2||60 mm|
|Shademaster Honeylocust||Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’||5||60 mm|
|Tulip Tree||Liriodendron tulipifera||1||60 mm|
|Pin Oak||Quercus palustris||4||60 mm|
|Ivory Silk Lilac||Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’||7||60 mm|
Regular services continue in the area during construction. Business owners are reminded that their garbage and recycling bins should be put out in their usual location (i.e. roadside or alley). On Monday, Apr. 25, the Contractor will double check their list of the bin serial numbers and addresses provided by the Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) and place an adhesive sticker with your address on the inside lid of your bin. The Contractor will ensure that the garbage and recycling are collected. BRA has requested that residents make note of the serial number on their wheelie bin rather than writing permanently onto the wheelie bin.
There will be a break in construction activities in July and August. During which, the Main Street roadway will be open to two lanes of traffic. Parking spaces will also be available. The road will remain gravel. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance (i.e., dust control and grading). The existing sidewalk will remain functional. During the summer shut down, the metal fencing that is currently around the active construction area will be removed. There will be a few holes and areas around hydro-poles that will remain fenced off with orange mesh fencing. Signage will be posted on the mesh fencing to communicate construction info to visitors.
Communication with the community as the project evolves is a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.
They also welcome people to sign up for the municipality’s “Beautifying Bayfield” newsletter to get all the latest updates! This bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with construction schedule, info and updates. Share the subscription link above with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!
Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:
FOLK MUSIC KICKS OFF CONCERT SERIES
After a long hiatus and depleted resources, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. The first of the concert series for 2022 will feature folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18.
Yates, who was born and raised in London, ON, has gained a reputation as one of this country’s brightest rising singer-songwriters. The winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Yates has spent recent years expanding his sound and touring North America and Europe. The Bayfield Town Hall concert occurs days before the launch of his upcoming album “Cerulean”.
Kelly, described by CBC’s Tom Power as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters”, has performed and showcased her music across the United States and Europe and in Canada at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Kelly was also a recipient of the Contemporary Singer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The concert, which will feature Yates and Kelly performing separately, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Tickets for this concert are available online for $25 (no additional surcharges) at www.bayfieldtownhall.com.
HOME AND GARDEN SHOW RETURNS AFTER TWO YEAR ABSENCE
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
FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
The 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.
CUDDLE-PUDDLE SEASON HAS ARRIVED
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
It’s cuddle-puddle season! This week, our Adopt-a-BFF’s are all the kittens that have arrived and will soon be arriving at the Rescue!
According to Deb Penhale, representing BFF, “It’s the start of kitten season and we are receiving calls daily about kittens and pregnant cats. This past weekend alone we took in three expectant Mamas. We also have three litters that will soon be moving around and starting to wander, getting into things and doing all things kittenish!”
She added that while the arrival of kittens has always been associated with spring, with many more being born at this time, they would seem to be a year-round concern now as well.
Penhale also noted that if someone is interested in adopting a more mature feline, the Rescue has a wonderful array of cats aged six months to six years currently ready to be adopted.
She was pleased to share that the senior cats that were at the Rescue all found their forever homes over the winter months.
“We have had some amazing and heartwarming reports from their adopters that bring a tear to the eye and a smile to the heart,” she said.
If you have been waiting to adopt a kitten or a cat, now is the perfect time! Please email email@example.com for more information.
An update on Moose who was the featured Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week in Issue 666. He has since been to the vet for his neuter and health check. It was there that it was discovered that his tail was fractured in multiple places and it had to be completely amputated. Volunteers are pleased to report that he is coming along well following the surgery.
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.
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
Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association 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.
BAYFIELD TREE PROJECT
More than 600 trees have been planted along Bayfield streets and closed road allowances by the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). This has been achieved by donations, volunteer efforts and more recently with help from the Municipality of Bluewater.
Recently the BTP took on a different type of endeavor, one that brought people together, one knock at a time. BTP volunteers have long known that one of the reasons people love Bayfield is for the trees. They recognized a new opportunity to continue to add to Bayfield’s tree cover by planting trees along a gully just south of the Fawn Creek Lane development. After going door-to-door, they came away with overwhelming support for adding these trees along the gully. Although there was no requirement for these trees to be planted by any municipal condition of development, these homeowners saw the value, and perhaps the beauty, in adding trees to their properties.
Hats off to the BTP and the Fawn Creek Lane homeowners for striving to achieve a balance between people’s needs and the needs of the natural environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the BTP.
Want to plant trees or a windbreak on private property? Contact Ian Jean at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
The Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee is looking for people who have a passion for the environment or an interest in community beautification!
The Committee is seeking four volunteers to join. Part of the mandate of the committee is fostering environmental awareness, advising the Municipality of Bluewater Council on environmental items as applicable to Bluewater and community beautification initiatives.
They want to welcome those who are interested to apply to become a member by completing the Application to join the Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee Form available on the municipal website.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 30th. Please note that all persons must be appointed to the Committee by the Municipality of Bluewater Council.
Anyone who has questions is asked to please contact Lindsay Whalen at 519 236-4351 Ext. 238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harp Therapist and Bayfield resident, Martha Lawrance is offering two new opportunities for community residents starting in May.
The first is a “Guided Imagery/Soundbath with Harp” that will be offered monthly beginning May 19. The second is a Harp Circle where community members can join together for music-making. The Circles will be held bi-weekly beginning May 26. Both sessions will run for one hour starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield.
For more detailed information and any changes check Martha Lawrance’s website at www.myharpheals.com and/or Bayfield Activities Calendar.
WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Please include name, address and email address.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 the 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. The services 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-registration is no longer required.
Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.
Did You Know… that Earth Day is coming up soon? Given the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report dealing with the impacts of climate change, adaptation, and our vulnerability to it, you may want to consider what you can do as an individual.
What can you do? There are so many ways you can help, but one of the most effective, and perhaps most fulfilling, is to plant a tree!
Trees clean our air, absorb carbon, filter our water, provide medicines and jobs for people and habitat for wildlife.
Do you want clean air? Plant a tree! Trees release oxygen for us to breathe. The leaves and the bark absorb pollutants and carbon dioxide. Healthy trees store carbon which slows down the effects of climate change.
Do you want less flooding? Plant a tree! The root systems filter pollution, prevent erosion and reduce the risk of flooding by absorbing water into the soil.
Do you want biodiversity? Plant a tree. Hundreds of species, including insects, fungi, moss, mammals and plants can make their home in one single tree!
To learn more visit: Why trees?
HURON STUDENT HONEY EARNS TOP AWARD
What do the Huron Student Honey project and the Back Alley Artist Extravaganza have in common? They are both award winning initiatives started by Community Improvement Coordinator for the Municipality of Central Huron, Angela Smith.
“These two projects recently earned three separate awards at the President’s Dinner hosted by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario at their 65th Annual Convention,” said Smith
The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) recognized excellence in economic development initiatives and leaders from communities across the province at the event held in Toronto the first week of April. EDCO’s membership encompasses over 1,100 members and is Canada’s largest provincial professional economic development association.
Communities made submissions for 88 projects commencing in 2021 across the province. The announcement celebrated winning communities of all sizes and for a variety of economic development projects: from tourism products to planning strategies. A large panel of experts, selected by the EDCO awards committee, judged submissions.
EDCO’s most prestigious award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Economic Development Excellence, was presented to the Municipality of Central Huron for their Huron Student Honey project.
“This award recognizes the best overall project by judging the winners of all categories. Out of the 88 outstanding submissions received from communities across the province, Central Huron took home the top prize,” said Smith.
In addition, Huron Student Honey earned the “Rural Excellence Award”. According to the EDCO website, “This award aims to recognize a rural community that is doing extraordinary work in economic development with outstanding results.”
“You may remember the Huron Student Honey project that had students working alongside seniors, learning about honey bees and processing their own honey,” said Smith. “Huron Student Honey is a volunteer project that teaches people how to raise bees and harvest honey, which is then sold in the community. The project focuses on youth but also gives people of all ages the skills and knowledge to raise their own bees, thanks to the guidance of Jonathan Cucksey, Adi Treasurywala, and the Ausable Bee Club. The project is sponsored by Community Futures Huron and Libro.”
The Back Alley Artist Extravaganza also brought Central Huron some hardware earning second place with the Honorable Mention Award in the “Tourist Attraction & Tourism Product Development” category. This project featured an outdoor art exhibit created to enhance Clinton’s business district during the summer and fall of 2021 when the town’s main street was under construction.
“As part of the Back Alley Artist Extravaganza paintings were created by residents ranging in age from nine months to 97 years and hung in the town’s back alleys. This project was sponsored by Bruce Power and Community Futures Huron,” said Smith.
She added, “Our success is 100 per cent attributed to our supporters: the volunteers, students, Council and sponsors! So please join me in celebrating the success of these projects!”
“The EDCO’s Awards program recognizes leaders in economic development and their unique ideas and initiatives,” said Rob Nolan, EDCO 2022 president. “Sharing these award-winning projects with the community provides an opportunity to learn and grow economic development across Ontario.”
EDCO is proud of the many initiatives and projects it has helped celebrate that have contributed to the overall excellence of Ontario competitiveness. A complete list of 2021 award recipients can be found on the EDCO website at www.edco.on.ca.
To learn more about the two projects visit: Huron Student Honey an: Back Alley Art Extravaganza .
BIKE OPTION ADDED TO HIKING EVENT
The summer of ‘22 begins with the annual Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice.
Sunday, May 29, is the date set for the Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice. After two years of hiking on our own, this event will be live, and it will be a celebration. The hike will take place on the trails at the Varna Community Centre. However, people who are still nervous about COVID can continue to “Hike Where They Like”. The organizers have added the bike option on scenic Huron County roads which will start and finish at the community centre.
“After two years of COVID we are excited to be hiking in-person and have chosen Mavis’ Trail and the Taylor Trail in Varna because there is a mix of easy and moderate hiking. There are a number of scenic road routes close by for cyclists,” said event organizer Christopher Walker.
He went on to say, “We want to celebrate hiking in person and also celebrate coming out of one of the most challenging winters in Huron Hospice history. Hikers and bikers will finish their ride or hike at the community centre and swap stories while enjoying a barbecue. We will also share more photos of the newly renovated hospice.”
“The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s biggest fundraising events. Funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund compassionate end-of-life care for families. Each year, hikers and donors help pay for more than half our operational costs. They are an important part of the Huron Hospice family,” said Jay McFarlan, hiker and Board chair of Huron Hospice.
He added, “Operational funding covers the cost of day-to-day services like nursing and volunteer support and our grief support program. As you can see, donor support is an important part of how we provide service.”
People can form teams of family members or friends, to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other.
“There will be prizes for both the team and the individual who raises the most money,” said Walker.
To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website Hike and Bike. Just follow the link to pledge or create a team. Please send the link to family, friends and contacts and ask them to pledge.
Remember, summer does not start until the Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice!
For further information, contact: Christopher Walker, manager Fund Development via email at Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 525-7352.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HEALTHCARE CAMP
During the week of July 11-15, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), in partnership with Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) in Goderich, will be hosting the Discovery Healthcare Camp. This is a one-week camp allowing high school students in grades nine to 12 from local rural communities to explore career opportunities in the healthcare field. Discovery Healthcare Camp counselors (medical students from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University) will be in the community and serve as teachers and mentors throughout the week-long program.
During the camp, representatives from the local government, economic development, the medical community, and the funding partners will have opportunities to meet with the medical students socially.
President and CEO of AMGH and South Huron Hospital in Exeter, Jimmy Trieu said, “Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is an on-going challenge, and we welcome this unique opportunity to partner with Gateway in this important initiative.”
The camp will be held in Goderich this summer, where this region is currently experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers. This is an issue in many rural areas, a trend that has been exacerbated by the pandemic and is expected to continue in the future. The economic costs associated with this are severe. It is hoped that this matter can be proactively addressed through this initiative. Gateway feels strongly that if there ever was a time to reinforce youths’ dreams or goals of careers in the healthcare field, it’s now. Rural areas will always have the challenge of competing with urban centres for healthcare professionals and this camp will help support Gateway’s journey into encouraging more youth to consider a healthcare career.
“We are excited to partner with AMGH in Schulich’s summer camp. This is an innovative strategy for future recruitment of our health human resources and we plan to make this the best experience for our students,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway’s Board of Directors. “Several organizations have already provided funding to ensure the success of this camp and we welcome additional support to guarantee this becomes an annual event.”
Camp registration is open, and the local high schools have registration information. To date they have 21 registrants and there are still a few spots left.
For more information visit Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health or call 519 612-1053
SIX DAY CAMPS OFFERED THROUGH ABCA
Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are offering six specialty one-day summer nature day camps, at three different locations in the watershed, in August. These one-day summer nature camps will be held on Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 9-11.
There are two different one-day camps at Rock Glen Conservation Area in Arkona; two one-day camps at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter; and two one-day camps at Clinton Conservation Area. The camps have different themes such as: Fantastic Fossils, Beautiful Bugs, Delightful Decomposers, Wonderful Water, Tremendous Trees and Marvelous Macros (Bugs).
“These new, specialty one-day nature camps provide an opportunity for young people in different watershed communities to learn actively in the great outdoors and to connect with nature,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Parents and guardians can choose the location that is most convenient or the theme that is of greatest interest.”
To learn more visit ABCA’s website (abca.ca) at this web page: www.abca.ca/education/daycamps/ The deadline to register for the camps is July 4.
Once parents/guardians have completed registrations, they receive an automatic email that includes what to pack, where to pick up and drop off and how to pay.
Here are the six one-day summer nature day camps and the links to register:
Aug. 3 – Rock Glen Conservation Area – Fantastic Fossils: (This camp is full.)
Aug. 4 – Clinton Conservation Area – Beautiful Bugs
Aug. 5 – Morrison Dam Conservation Area – Delightful Decomposers
Aug. 9 – Clinton Conservation Area – Wonderful Water
Aug. 10 – Rock Glen Conservation Area – Tremendous Trees
Aug. 11 – Morrison Dam Conservation Area – Marvelous Macros (Bugs)
Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents/guardians can drop off their children as early as 8:30 a.m. and pick them up until 4:30 p.m. The cost of each day camp is $40. Each camp will run only if there are enough registrations (at least 10) and the maximum number of campers on each day is 16.
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
The Ontario government has recognized Patrick Armstrong, of Bayfield, with the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.
At a virtual ceremony held on Apr. 13, the Ontario government recognized the outstanding contributions of 22 individuals with the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for 2019 and 2020. This medal is the province’s second highest award for civilians and is given to those who made a lasting impact in their communities and the province.
Originally a 2019 Honoree, Armstrong created the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund, dedicated to donating defibrillators across Ontario following the death of his policing partner. To date, 137 defibrillators have been donated across Ontario through the fund. He also built the Huron & Area Search and Rescue (HASAR), a growing civilian volunteer organization that can respond and assist with search and rescue efforts. In 2021, it became a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment.
In addition, Justin Digby, a resident of Grand Bend, was also recognized as a 2020 honoree. Digby serves on the town’s volunteer fire department, where he leads the Firefighter Charity Boot Drive. He lends a helping hand at a local food bank, men’s mission, and serves on the Muscular Dystrophy Committee. A member of the Canadian Coast Guard’s National Response Team, he also responds to emergencies throughout Eastern Canada and the Arctic.
The Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Billy Pang, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism on behalf of the Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism Parm Gill, honored 2019 and 2020 recipients at this virtual ceremony. To learn about all of the individuals recognized visit Ontario.ca
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) works in communities across the region aiming to improve the health and well-being of residents. This includes actions to reduce poverty and address health inequities. Now, HPPH is making a public commitment to the continued well-being of their employees by certifying as a Living Wage Employer.
”Income is an important determinant of health and a living wage not only improves an individual’s quality of life, but also benefits the broader community,” said Kathy Vassilakos, Board of Health chair. “I’m pleased that Huron Perth Public Health is joining the growing list of local organizations who recognize the value of paying a living wage.
“We thank HPPH for taking this public step to advocate for the well-being of their employees and the region,” added United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Their continued leadership and advocacy in support of building stronger local communities is greatly appreciated.”
Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron Living Wage is calculated regularly using local data and takes into account the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions are factored in. Everyday expenses in the calculation include housing, food, utilities, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
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.
Did you know that Apr. 20 is World Stationery Day? For those who fondly remember the days when people composed a letter by sending ink flowing onto some daintily decorated, crisp white paper, here is a look at some artifacts housed in the Museum’s collection…
FOUNTAIN PEN AND CASE
This is a black pen case with a blue interior. There is an elastic to hold a pen in place and a hook and eye at each end to hold the case closed. Inside the case there is a gold-nibbed, fountain pen with a French ivory handle and scrollwork on the lower half. On the nib is written: “William S Hicks New York No5”.
This pen and case belonged to the Eilber and Fritz family of Exeter, Zurich and Crediton. It was used by Conservative MPP Henry Eilber, who served the South Huron District for 22 years from March 1, 1898 to Sept. 23, 1919.
This is a writing chest or box. It is sometimes known as a scholar’s writing desk box or scholar’s companion. It is made of wood and wood inlay. It is felted with spaces for an inkstand, penholders, pencils, erasers, writing paper, etc. The folding desk surface is lined with blue velvet material. Inside is written the name “T. Elder”. On the lid and front there is an inset in the design which appears to be mother-of-pearl. The inset on the front of the box features a keyhole so that the box may be locked.
This writing box belonged to Mr. William Elder, of Seaforth.
This is a ballpoint pen. The barrel is white with a Canadian flag logo. Underneath the logo, “Kingston” is written in blue letters. There is a spring inside the barrel and “Made in USA” is written on the bottom of the pen. The grip is black, and the cap is red with a metal accent and clip. “Sheaffer” is engraved on the clip. Inside the pen, the ink chamber reads “Sheaffer Ballpoint Refill Blue Med”.
This pen was produced at the Sheaffer Pen factory in Goderich. All the assembly, printing on the barrels, and packaging were done in Goderich. The Sheaffer Pen factory in Goderich employed roughly 140 workers from 1953-93 and was located at 520 Huron Road.
Sheaffer Pen also made high end pens and Spiedel bracelets. Engraving also took place on site. In the 1970s there were approximately 100 people employed in the Goderich factory with salesmen across Canada.
OPTIMIST CLUB OF BAYFIELD
THRILL OF THE HUNT RETURNS
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
It has been a couple of years since children have experienced the thrill of the hunt and a very large crowd came out to experience it when the Bayfield Optimist Club hosted their Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, Apr. 17.
Despite there being snow on the ground in the morning, all had melted by the time the event rolled around at 1 p.m. and the chilly temperatures weren’t going to stop anyone from having a good time. The Optimist Club volunteers fielded many thank yous from the adults who brought their youngsters to the park for the event. These comments were very much appreciated by all involved.
Four thousand, molded, chocolate Easter eggs, were collected by the approximately 115 children that took part in the hunt held in Clan Gregor Square. The six years and up gang could barely contain their excitement as they watched the eggs being tossed on the lawn but they had to wait until the countdown was complete before they made the mad dash for the treats. The five and unders, some perhaps experiencing the hunt for the first time, took a more methodical and slower approach.
Following the scramble, the children were invited to return to the gazebo for a bonus gift – a plush bunny, as well as a Russel Stovers Chocolate Bunny, donated to the club by an Optimist Friend.
And now the Optimists are pleased to report they are on to their next event!
After a two-year absence the ducks are ready to go for a swim! The Club will be holding their annual Rubber Duck Race on May 22.
The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.
Tickets are now available from club members and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 1,000 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so to avoid disappointment at the pier don’t wait until the last minute to purchase.
This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a gas barbecue valued at $500 and donated by Meinen Custom Homes. Second prize is a 32-inch television, donated by Brian Coombs’ Remax Reliable Realty. It is valued at $280. Third prize is a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses valued at $200 and donated by Main Street Optometric. Fourth prize is a Fire HD 10-inch Tablet valued at $200 and donated by Lighthouse Money Management. Fifth prize is a gift certificate for accommodation at The Albion Hotel in Bayfield. It was donated by The Albion Hotel and is valued at $180.
Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800571
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Members of Bayfield Guiding are always keen to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and so they brainstormed recently on a concept for a badge. Then one of our multi-talented Guiders combined the youth’s ideas to create a badge design that we submitted into a contest being hosted by E-Patches and Crests Canada, one of our favorite places to order special badges from.
I just learned last night that our crest creation has made the final four in the contest and has been entered into a voting competition with three other entries. The other contenders are pretty great too so we could use the help of the community in our quest for success. Can you help us emerge as the top crest creators for 2022? I invite you to go to this link and cast your ballot:: Vote for Design #4 please! – Melody
Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.