RECREATION MASTER PLAN SURVEY
The Municipality of Bluewater has launched an Online Survey to receive input from the community!
Bluewater is interested in individual households’ use of parks and recreation facilities, participation in programs and activities, and opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality. The survey takes less than eight minutes and is open to the public until May 18.
Additionally, a phone survey is being conducted where 250 randomly selected households will receive a call. Oraclepoll Research will be conducting the telephone surveys and if someone receives a call, Bluewater asks that they take the time for this important phone questionnaire. The Municipality wants to hear from residents, either way!
The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation over the next 15 years. This includes parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery. Let the Council know opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality so they can create a successful Recreation Master Plan.
Community outreach continues online via the Community Consultation Hub, hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community is encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas about recreation! The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates.
Visit the Community Hub here: Bluewater Recreation Master Plan.
Help Bluewater determine recreation needs and achieve a sustainable and inclusive plan!
Please visit the Survey Link below to take part: Bluewater Households.
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. 19.
- Directed the Manager of Finance to bring the 2022 budget by-law to the May 2nd meeting.
- Approved to extend the sidewalk and add lighting as part of the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project up to the commercially zoned property of 29 Bayfield Main Street North.
- Approved the use of corporate resources during an Election Policy.
- Gave third reading to By-law 23-2022 regarding the Rader-Hoffman Municipal Drain and awarded the construction tender for this drain to Robinson Farm Drainage Ltd. in the amount of $85,360 plus HST.
BAYFIELD VILLAGE YOGA
Bayfield Village Yoga will be offering Gentle Yoga on Thursday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre starting on Thursday, May 5.
These one-hour sessions will begin at 7 p.m.
The cost is $15 per person, per class. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. Other accessories are available.
To learn more please email: Registered Yoga Teacher (500 YTT), Julie Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People are invited to come out and see what world class croquet is all about on May 7 when the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) holds an Open House.
Interested parties will be able to talk to the club pro’s and try out the game at this event which will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the BICC courts located at 100 David Street in Bayfield
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
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 Saturday, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 GARDEN CLUB
After a two-year, COVID-19 hiatus, the Bayfield Garden Club Plant Sale is back!
Always a highlight of Mother’s Day weekend, the sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out. People are invited to come to the south side of Clan Gregor Square to shop for a large assortment of plants, shrubs, herbs and all things garden.
This is the Garden Club’s major fundraiser and they appreciate both donations and support. Please bring any donations to the Kale residence at 55 Victoria St. on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Organizers request that donations are labelled and in pots, please.
Questions? Call 519 565-4018 for more information.
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.
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.
Turkey Tail (Submitted photo)
Did You Know…that the name of the gorgeous fungus you see on almost all the dead trees and logs in the woods is called Turkey Tail fungus?
What You Can Do… Start to pay attention to all the interesting life on the trails! Like other fungus, Turkey Tail is a decomposer. It gets its nutrients by breaking down dead wood. It recycles the nutrients back into the soil and creates space for new growth. Turkey Tail grows in clusters displaying rings with different shades of white, red, brown, grey and sometimes even blues and greens. And if you use your imagination, it really does look like a turkey’s tail! Turkey tail mushrooms are found all over the world, mostly on hardwood trees, and some people even use them for medicinal purposes. In fact, they’ve been used in China in traditional medicine for more than 1,000 years!