Known best for their fabulous Turkey Bingo events in December the Bayfield Lions Club is adding to their repertoire by hosting a Summer Bingo this coming Saturday July 16 downstairs in the Bayfield Arena.
In celebration of their 75th anniversary, this super-sized event will feature both regular and share-the-wealth games – sorry, no poultry this time around!
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with games being held from 1-4 p.m. People must be 18 years and over to play. AGCO Licence #M800579.
SHORT TERM RENTALS SURVEY
The Municipality of Bluewater staff and Council would like to create a short term rental policy that balances the economic benefits of short term rentals with the needs of the neighborhoods. A key part of this process is to work with the community toward this goal. The Municipality would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short term rentals.
As part of the process, the Municipality of Bluewater invites the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short term rentals and the draft by-law. This includes feedback from short term rental operators, neighbors of short term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short term rentals. A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short term rental operators.
The purpose of the proposed by-law is to ensure safety of all parties in and around all properties. It will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbours. Some items to be included in the by-law are:
- A parking management plan to ensure that people do not park on streets outside of permitted areas and to prohibit parking on private lots where damage to septic systems could happen.
- A maximum occupancy limit that reflects a maximum number of people per bedroom and/or per dwelling.
- A requirement that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes.
- A demerit point system is proposed to give negative points to rentals that do not comply with the licensing by-law or other municipal by-laws. If a maximum number of demerit points is reached, the license may be revoked. This will ensure that all municipal by-laws and requirements will be followed within the most vulnerable residential areas.
The Municipality welcomes individuals to complete the short term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Any information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is currently looking for additional members to join their Board of Directors including a Secretary, a “House” director and a “Rental” director.
According to existing members of the Executive, the workload for a Director is not daunting…and it’s fun! Participation includes: attendance at monthly Board meetings;
bringing ideas and participation in an annual Town Hall Planning session for the following year; volunteer time to help at Town Hall Events (there are six this year); and participate in the annual Town Hall spring yard clean up.
The “House” Director position will be available soon. This position involves the maintenance and upkeep of the building working closely with the part time custodian. The person in the “Rental” Director position will work closely with the rental coordinator for weddings and events. The person who fulfils the “Secretary” position will participate in Board decisions, take minutes and help the President set the agenda.
The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920. The Town Hall was the seat of Village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984 at which point, the aging building was closed and in disrepair.
In 1989, a committee was formed to restore and re-energize the Town Hall. The committee was known as the “Friends of the Town Hall” and after years of fundraising, private donations and grants, monies were raised to restore and maintain the historic building.
Today, the BTHHS, a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep with a mandate to provide cultural events and activities for the Village. All of this is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.
The following is an overview of what these fundraising efforts pay for:
- Repairs and upgrades to the building
- Heat, hydro and operation of the building
- Maintenance and cleaning including a part-time staff custodian
- Renting the hall for weddings and community use including a part-time staff rental coordinator
- Hosting events and performances at the Town Hall
To learn more or to apply for a position please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 565-5788.
Huron County Economic Development is working with six communities to provide grant funding to create murals to be completed by the end of 2022 and Bayfield is one of them!
Bayfield’s contribution to the Huron County Mural Project will be located on the south wall of the Bayfield arena, facing Jane Street. Bluewater Council has granted permission for the mural to be located on a portion of this wall with the Facilities Manager, Maggie Off, in support.
A Selection Committee made up of local community members will be convened to help steer the concept and make final selection, ensuring that it fairly represents the Bayfield community. The artist’s concept of the work will be shared along with virtual voting on the final design via social media. Council will also have final approval as it will be painted on Municipal property.
The Bayfield Centre For The Arts (BCA) will be the managing partner in this public art project.
Anyone with interest in being on this Public Mural Committee, who may represent any of the following sectors of the community are encouraged to contact the BCA immediately: any Bayfield residents, Chamber businesses, non-profit organizations, service providers, Heritage Committee members, Art Gallery owners, artists, youths, or under-represented communities.
Please send a short paragraph explaining the group you would represent and reasons for your interest. Six successful people will be contacted. Please email Hello@bayfielarts.ca.
The other Huron County communities that have been awarded a public mural are Goderich, Wingham, Exeter, Seaforth and Clinton.
Each of these murals will be included in a digital mural trail.
“Public art has many benefits, not the least of which is enhancing the human experience, celebrating community identity and culture, promoting economic development and tourism, creating jobs in creative industries — for artists, and enhancing the human experience in the public realm,” said Huron County Economic Development Officer, Rick Sickinger.
FAIR HELP WANTED
The Bayfield Community Fair is 166 years young and organizers invite everyone to “put the Fair in your summer plans”! (Photo courtesy Pixabay)
The Bayfield Agricultural Society is actively seeking volunteers from the community to help with the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 19-21.
Help is needed both in setting up the fairgrounds and arena for the fair as well as cleaning up after the event is over by taking down and storing away equipment. Wednesday, Aug. 17 is the date that set up help is required while Monday, Aug. 22 is scheduled for the clean up, 9 a.m. to finish is the time to help on both occasions.
Volunteers are needed to help with transferring exhibits from vehicles to the right tables in the arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Help is requested with sorting exhibits, recording winners, and adding winners’ ribbons on Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And once the fair begins volunteers are sought to help with the food and beverage aspects of the fair during Friday evening meal service; Saturday afternoon meal service; and Friday and Saturday evening bartending.
Over the course of the three day event volunteers are needed to assist with gate admissions and supervising booths or activities, such as the “What Is It?” table, dunk tank, animal display barn and surveying visitors.
Volunteer help is always much appreciated. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help out is kindly asked to email email@example.com. Please include dates and times of availability. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome.
On Saturday, July 23, the whole family is invited to a Scavenger Hunt on the Varna Nature Trails hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
The event will start early at 9 a.m. and participants will be sent off with a list of items to collect along the way. Can you find a snail shell? A feather? Something blue? Bring a bag to collect your treasures and everyone will gather at the end to see how participants did. This event will be great for kids, but people of all ages are welcome. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road and the trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot. A map can be found here: Mavis’ Trail – Taylor Trail .
For more information about any BRVTA hikes, please contact Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 525-3205.
Now is also a great time of year to utilize the BRVTA’s “Hiking Buddy Program”.
“We want to encourage you to use our beautiful trails year round for fitness and fun as much as you desire,” said Blasting, “The Hiking Buddy program is a membership benefit designed to help you meet other members of the BRVTA to organize a hiking time, with at least one other person, outside of the scheduled group hikes our association offers.”
Anyone interested in joining this program, is asked to please contact the coordinator, Laurie, by email at email@example.com.
“She will gladly answer any questions you may have. If you decide to join, Laurie will obtain your contact information to be distributed to the other buddies. Your contact information will be shared only with the other hiking buddies and our hiking coordinators. We do not allow your personal info to be shared for marketing purposes,” concluded Blasting.
Quilting and a food bank event are happening at St. Andrew’s United Church.
On Sunday, July 17, St. Andrew’s will be hosting a special event in support of Blessings Community Store in Zurich: “Fill the Truck” for Blessings. They will have a truck parked out in front of the church ready to hold donated non-perishable items. Church members as well as anyone in the community who wishes to donate as part of St. Andrew’s outreach is welcome to participate.
The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s. All are welcome to join in quilting at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.
PIONEER PARK SUMMER EVENTS
Pioneer Park is the place to be in July and August. Yoga, music and art events are all planned for the lazy, hazy days of summer!
“Yoga in the Park” is happening on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer months starting at 9 a.m. The last session is set for Monday, Sept. 5. Please note that there will be no Yoga on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 1st.
Pre-sunset concerts have begun as part of “ Music in the Park”. The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform on two Fridays during the summer: July 29 and Sept. 2. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Phil Cook will provide music on July 16 and Aug. 27; Dave G. will be the performer on July 30; and Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13.
A favorite of park goers is returning this summer dates scheduled for “Paint the Sunset” with Robin Ellis. Canvas and water colors are provided for budding artists of all ages to use. The dates for “Paint the Sunset” are: Sunday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 4.
Summer is finally here and Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, is offering people an opportunity to explore the big questions in life virtually!
People are invited to explore faith in Alpha online. Alpha sessions explore the big questions of life. It’s an opportunity to discover more about the Christian faith in a friendly space. Watch an episode on a topic of faith. Ask questions, share thoughts, or simply listen.
Participants will meet online via ZOOM every Thursday at noon. Individuals can access the ZOOM link on the church’s website at: Knox, Bayfield , call/text Rev. Dolson at 519-955-2158, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to be added to the weekly email reminder.
Knox is also hosting a new virtual book discussion. It started on July 5th but it isn’t too late to join. The book is entitled, “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu. The talks will be held on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to join the conversation.
Books can be ordered from The Village Bookshop, be sure to mention you are part of the group at the time of ordering. Please contact the minister for more information at the contact information listed above.
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 the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee has recently completed its review of Bill S-5, a bill to update the 1999 Canadian Environmental Protection Act? Many environmental and health groups, including Environmental Defence, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the David Suzuki Foundation, to name a few, are concerned that the Senate will weaken and delay this bill because industry groups lobbied the Senate to reverse the amendments recommended by the Committee. The bill is now waiting for final debate and vote in the full Senate.
What you can do…many of you already raised your voice and told your MPs that you wanted the Canadian Environmental Protection Act strengthened. The Senate listened by adding stronger amendments to the original legislation. But now, in light of industry lobbies, you need to speak out again. Contact your MP and ask him/her to listen once more – you and your children and grandchildren have a right to a healthy environment!