RECREATION MASTER PLAN SURVEY
The Municipality of Bluewater has launched an Online Survey to receive input from the community. Today, Wednesday, May 18th is the last day to complete the survey!
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.
Michael Finkbeiner (left), of Bayfield, earned a third-place medal in the Javelin at the National Senior Games held in Florida recently. (Submitted photo)
On Sunday, May 15, Michael Finkbeiner, of Bayfield, earned a third-place medal in the Javelin at the National Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Finkbeiner, the village’s resident Javelin thrower, entered the Senior Men’s Category for 65 to 69 year-olds and garnered third place with a throw of 37.76 metres. Finkbeiner has been competing in Javelin all over the world for more than 50 years.
The National Senior Games Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games’ movement.
“I now own three Ontario Records for my age group in my career as a competitor,” said Finkbeiner of his accomplishment.
Curious residents may have the opportunity to watch him practise occasionally as his training ground of choice is Agriculture Park.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY AGM
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via ZOOM on Monday, May 30. This meeting will feature an exciting launch announcement by Guest Speaker Ben Woodward.
The approximately one-hour long meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and include some brief AGM reports.
Woodward, who is finishing the third year of his undergraduate degree in Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo, will unveil the new Bayfield Historical Web Map. He built the web map as a BHS co-op student last summer, following his employment the previous summer to digitize the contents of the BHS photo albums and postcard collection. Historical images of buildings, homes, cottages, Main Street businesses, Clan Gregor Square, the harbor, and other sites are presented by location on interactive maps (both current and historical) of the village. Woodward will demonstrate the Bayfield Historical Web Map and all the features people can use to search the BHS image collection by address and time frame, or simply browse by clicking around the map.
Members will receive the ZOOM link for the meeting via email a few days prior from the president. Anyone who is not a member that would like to attend is welcome and invited to consider joining BHS. It’s only $20 annually for individuals and $30 for families; community support of the society’s work is appreciated. To receive the ZOOM link as a non-member and/or to send e-transfers to join/renew membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARCHIVES SUMMER STUDENT
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is offering summer employment for a student at the Archives & Heritage Centre.
The applicant must be comfortable greeting visitors and be resourceful in answering questions or solving issues. The successful applicant will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling books and other items; collecting and recording cash, and assisting with in-house projects.
The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield and is open from July 2 to Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. The position offers a 30-hour week at $15 per hour.
Applicants are asked to send their resumes before May 30 to email@example.com.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are looking forward to hosting a Canine Convention on the Woodland Trail on Wednesday, June 15.
Starting at 2 p.m. the BRVTA will welcome dogs and their owners to a “Dogs on Leash” Canine Convention on the Woodland Trail in collaboration with the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC). This will be a great chance for dogs and owners to socialize while enjoying the woods in spring. Keeping dogs on their leads not only protects them, other hikers, and the forest wildlife but also meets a condition of the private property owners who make the Woodland Trail possible.
Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead, a map can be found at Woodland Trail. Many thanks to the Brandon, Zavitz, and Dowson families for their ongoing support.
BRVTA’s second annual Indigenous Peoples Day hike will be held on Saturday, June 25 starting at 11 a.m. on the Sawmill Trail. Todd Torresan of the The Talking Circle Group Perth-Huron will be both special guest and guide. Torresan is a well-known speaker on Indigenous culture and will share his knowledge as hikers stop along the trail.
This will be a BRVTA members-only hike with pre-registration required by contacting Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 525-3205.
The Sawmill Trail offers a 2 km hike with one steep hill. The event will last about 90 minutes. Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Sawmill trailhead on Old River Road, on the north side of the Bayfield River. A map can be found at Sawmill Trail.
The BRVTA is sorry to announce that due to unexpected scheduling conflicts they have had to cancel their June 1st Forest Bathing Mindfulness Walk. They do plan to reschedule this hike for a future date.
And a reminder, hikers should be aware that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now to May 31 for turkey hunting season. For the safety of all please do not use the Woodland Trail during this time!
The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) will hold a Spring General Meeting and Information Session on Saturday, May 21. All village residents, and interested parties, are encouraged to attend to learn about the topical issues of concern in the community.
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 10 a.m.
BRA Directors will be introduced and Bayfield Councillor Bill Whetstone will attend offering an opportunity for residents to get up to date on the most pressing issues facing the village. These topics will include: Bayfield Secondary Plan, Growth and Wastewater Treatment, Bluewater Recreation Plan, Heritage District Plan Update, Bylaw Enforcement and Short-term Rentals.
Looking ahead, the 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held on July 30.
While the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is always grateful for the support of the community they have arrived at that time of year when their shelves could use some restocking. The BAFB currently has on its wishlist: tins of tuna and breakfast cereals, including gluten free options (must say gluten free on packaging).
Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be given a receipt for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
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.
Bayfield Lions’ Charles Kalbfleisch and Kim Muszynski greeted people at the door as they arrived for the 52nd annual breakfast hosted by the Lions’ Club in the Bayfield Arena in 2019. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The Lions Club’s next big community event is their 53rd Community Breakfast to be held on Sunday morning of the Victoria Day weekend, May 22.
It will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The menu consists of eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee. The cost for the breakfast will be $12 per person; children three and under eat for free.
The breakfast is one of the village’s annual rituals for permanent residents, cottagers and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services.
“Measured in calories per dollar, it is one of the best food values in the village,” said Lion President Tony Van Bakel. “Bring your family and friends.”
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.
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 you have an opportunity to restore nature and support biodiversity in your own backyard? The No Mow May campaign originated in the United Kingdom and is being popularized here by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The NCC is hoping that people will wait to mow their lawns this month, providing pollinators (including bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and ants) with more nectar and pollen from flowering plants in your lawn. The pollinators then provide a food source for migrating and resident birds.
Pollinators have declined sharply due to climate change, habitat loss and pesticides. Without pollinators, we can’t grow our strawberries and melons and other delicious fruits. Additionally, with fewer insects, birds have less food to eat. Unfortunately, our traditional grass lawns are a monoculture of high maintenance grass and provide few benefits to wildlife.
What You Can Do is to reimagine your lawn as an ecosystem providing a function for wildlife and nature by supporting biodiversity. By reducing how often you mow and letting your grass grow longer, you actually increase plant and insect diversity. And if you want to do even more, plant some native plants in your garden!
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 May 16.
- Directed staff to circulate the proposed draft Short Term Rental Licensing By-Law for public consultation, including a public meeting, and conduct a consultation period through the municipal website.
- Directed staff to circulate the proposed Regulation of Noise By-Law for public consultation.
- Approved to exempt Huron Hospice from By-law 53-2020, as amended, to permit a food truck to park and operate for the sale of food at The Annual Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice, on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the Varna Community Centre, 38594 Mill Road.
- Awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Recreation Management Software to Active Net in the amount of $25,205.00, excluding HST.
- Adopted a Roads Damage Deposit Policy.
- Authorized the Fire Chief to circulate a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek out a qualified and experienced Dispatch Service for the Bluewater Fire Department.
- Approved the demolition and reconstruction of the east bay of the Zurich Fire Hall to meet current design codes and allowable loading; and approved the additional funds required, up to $200,000, to complete the reconstruction of the east bay as well as other work identified at this time.
The Huron Hospice Hike and Bike will take place Sunday, May 29 on the trails at the Varna Community Centre and it will be an in-person celebration!
People can also choose to bike on local scenic roads. If people are hesitant, they can “Hike Where They Like”. After hiking or biking, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyone is welcome to enjoy a barbecue at the Community Centre from noon to 3 p.m.
“We are excited to be adding the BBQ back into the event this year. We are celebrating hiking in person. We celebrate the end of one of our most difficult winter seasons – the winter of the flood,” said Hike Organizer Christopher Walker. “Please join us at the community centre and swap stories while enjoying the barbecue.”
“The hike is a significant Huron Hospice fundraising event for the Hospice. 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 some of the more than half of our operational costs we raise each year,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice and Hiker, Willy Van Klooster. “Hike funds help cover the cost of day-to-day services like nursing and volunteer support. As you can see, donor support is an important part of providing 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, and uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raises the most money.” commented Walker.
To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website www.huronhospice.ca/hikeandbike. Just follow the link to pledge or create a team. Organizers ask that people please send the link to family, friends, and contacts and ask them to pledge.
“Now, more than ever, we need your support. Please join us at the 2022 Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice,” Walker concluded.