about fifty people enjoyed a winter walk
PHOTOS BY GARY LLOYD-REES
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted their annual Winter Walk on Jan. 17 along the Varna Nature Trails at the Stanley Complex in Varna.
Thirty people took part in the guided hike along Mavis’ Trail, while 20 people enjoyed the shorter more easily accessed Taylor Trail. Six intrepid hikers did both!
As there was sufficient snow, Dwain Forrest, of Timber’s Outfitters in Seaforth, gave a quick “lesson” on the trail on snowshoeing. And a number of people donned the rental snowshoes that were available, or brought their own, to test the trails.
Starting at noon at the Stanley Complex a hot dog lunch was served along with hot apple cider.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff was also on hand to share information about the Bayfield Watershed Plan. And there were additional displays set up by the BRVTA and the Bayfield Blue Community Project.
Dwain Forrest, of Timber’s Outfitters in Seaforth, gave a quick “lesson” on the trail on snowshoeing.
Approximately 50 people took part in the Winter Walk sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. These hikers were photographed at the entrance to Mavis’ Trail.
The Scott Robeson Bridge is always the perfect spot along Mavis’ Trail for a photo op.
The Varna Nature Trails has two loops. Mavis’ Trail goes to the river and is approximately 4 kms. It is relatively flat with one steep area at the Robeson Bridge, a 90-foot trestle bridge.
A number of people donned the rental snowshoes that were available, or brought their own, to test the trails
The markings of a fine day on the trails.
“HOW’S IT GOIN’, EH?”
Bayfieldʼs own Doug and Bob McKenzie, also know as (aka) Paul Hill and Dwight Nelson, are really excited to host the 2015 Bayfield Town Hall Cabaret entitled, “THE GREAT WHITE NORTH CABARET, EH?” This year there will be two performances: Feb. 6-7. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. All your favorite Canadian artists (aka Bayfieldʼs local talent) will be performing some of their greatest hit songs. Tickets are $15 each and still available for both performances through ticketscene.ca or by calling either Pat at 519 565-2572 or Margo at 519 565-2827. Seating will be cabaret style and there will be a cash bar. Get your tickets now as these shows tend to sell out. (Submitted photo)
Tree Project looking for ways to fill the void on Main Street
A total of 308 new trees have been planted in Bayfield and along the river bank since 2011 at a total cost of $46,200, the executive of The Bayfield River Valley Tail Association (BRVTA) was told last week.
Roma Harris, speaking on behalf of the Bayfield Tree Project told the trail executive another 200 trees are still needed to complete the new-tree project. Each tree costs an average of $150, depending on the variety.
There were 69 trees planted in 2014.
“Project volunteers work not only to initiate tree plantings by negotiating with property owners who live adjacent to planting areas along municipal streets, but also caring for trees by wrapping, pruning and in some cases watering them. We also do fund raising to support the project,” Harris said.
Revenue for the trees are collected by the BRVTA that divides its revenue between tree planting and maintaining the trails.
Harris also told the committee that, based on the advice of Martin Quinn, who undertook an inventory of the trees along Main Street, four large trees on Main Street are scheduled to be removed by Bluewater as they are in bad condition.
Quinn, parks supervisor with the Town of Goderich, was hired by the Municipality of Bluewater as a consultant to review the survivability of 27 trees that are within the two block area of the future Bayfield Main Street – Streetscape and Reconstruction Project. According to a report by the Bluewater Public Works Department, Quinn determined that four of these trees – two Sugar Maples, a Black Locust and a Horse Chestnut should be removed this winter due to age, vehicular damage and/or disease.
Harris noted to the BRVTA that their removal will leave a void appearance on the street. Because of the disruption to Main Street that will occur when the long-anticipated storm drainage project is underway (a project which, as yet, is still unfunded), no new trees are being planted in that area of Bayfield. One remedy to the increasingly tree-less appearance of the street would be to purchase large-diameter trees and plant them in boxes to be placed along Main Street until they can be permanently planted. If partners could be found, funding for the boxed trees could be sought through grants and donations.
SILVER AT THE SILVER STICK
The BCH Pee Wee Local 2 team took silver in the First Annual International Silver Stick Local League Invitational Tournament in Pelham, ON on Jan. 11. Coached by Jeff Stoll, the Pee Wee’s played three games against Collingwood, Lincoln and Petrolia before advancing to the semi final against Pelham and the final against Collingwood. Those who attended noted that the team played a great game losing by just one goal to a very strong team. The community would like to extend their congratulations to both coaches and players. (Photo by Dennis Pal)
The Friends of Bayfield Library will be hosting a monthly series of events called “Saturdays at the Library” starting on Jan. 31.
The event to be held at the Bayfield Library will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. The first session will feature artist Joan Bailey demonstrating landscape painting in acrylic paint as well as local clay artist Tony Eyamie working magic on the potters wheel.
There is no charge to attend and all ages are welcome to watch and learn from these two talented individuals.
Cast a vote for your favorite soup at the Bayfield Town Hall’s annual “Soup’s On” event Feb. 15.
Once again local groups and organizations, as well as many of Bayfield’s restaurants, will compete for the honor of winning one of the coveted Soup Ladles. Who will be the best of Bayfield’s soup chefs in 2015?
As in previous years, there will be a People's Choice Award and also a Celebrity Award, where judge Richard Fitoussi will select his favorite soup in a "blind" tasting.
“Soup’s On” will run from 2-4 p.m. (voting will end at 3:30 p.m.). The cost to sample as many soups as desired is $5 (at the door); children under 12 years are free. Or, sample all the delicious soups, served in your very own Bayfield Town Hall mug for just $10 and after the tasting is done, it's yours to take home!
Cards and pizza – a surefire recipe for a fun evening!
On Jan. 21, the Bayfield Euchre Club will be holding their annual Pizza Night and participants are asked to arrive between 6:15-6:30 p.m.
The club meets on alternate Wednesday evenings for a fun evening of cards. The cost to play is only $2. For more information call Lee at 519 565-2765.
The Bayfield Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting and Lunch will be held on Jan. 26 at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon.
Bayfield’s own, Dave MacLaren, will be the guest speaker. He is an experienced sailor and will tell attendees about his adventures and misadventures on the high seas. Rumor has it that a rescue at sea is there for the telling!
Other highlights of the afternoon event will include door prizes and an auction of two-one hour certificates for ice time at the Bayfield Arena.
The ladies of St. Andrew’s United Church are again catering the dinner that is always delicious and features scrumptious desserts.
All are welcome to come and hear about the BHS’ projects and initiatives of 2014 and plans for 2015.
Dinner tickets are $18 and are available by advanced sale. For tickets please contact Bud or Pat Langley at 34 Dow St. or by calling 519 565-2894.
Two Bayfield women would like to remind everyone cleaning up after their holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.
Dianne Brandon and Carrie Sabourin will be participating in the Huron County 2015 Walk for Memories on Jan. 31. The duo are now collecting donations for the cause.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. One of the ladies being honored is currently living with Alzheimers, Elane Brandon, Sabourin’s grandmother. Unfortunately, Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother died on Aug. 4 at the age of 80.
Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677 or 519 565-2545. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names.
The ice is now in the Bayfield Arena and some new skating opportunities are being combined with some old favorites.
On Mondays, “Moms & Tots Skating” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Municipality of Bluewater is sponsoring this ice time for the youngest in the community.
All skill levels are welcome to enjoy a free one-hour skate at the arena every Wednesday starting at 9:30 a.m. All are encouraged to come and enjoy this free time on the ice thanks to the sponsorship of Absolute Automation. Please note that this free skate was originally on Monday mornings.
And on Fridays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Men’s Pickup Hockey games are being enjoyed – very little skill is required. Also on Fridays, Women's Pickup Hockey is held. Participants take to the ice at 7p.m. Fun, exercise and laughs all for $15 per game.
For additional information please contact the Bayfield Arena at 519 565-2121.
Stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze and www.bacp.ca for more information and announcements on ice availability and events this winter at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
The Bayfield Public Library will be providing free computer and technology instruction on Wednesdays and Saturdays under the direction of Grant Richard, the new Internet Access Assistant for the Goderich and Bayfield branches of the Huron County Library system.
Sessions are to be booked by appointment. Four hour-long sessions are available Wednesdays and may booked on the hour between 1-4 p.m and on Saturdays on the hour between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to Richard, "The Government of Canada provides funding for this initiative. We are aiming to hopefully hold some group sessions in the future. The program is aimed at patrons of all ages, and is held within the library. We ask that interested patrons provide their own devices.”
Please call the library at 519 565-2886 to book an appointment.
One Care offers many fun exercise and socializing opportunities in Bayfield. There is something happening almost every day! There is a revised winter schedule on the arena door and on the bulletin board by the library and more information available inside the library or call 519 565-2202 for more information or to receive monthly information via the Wave to Wellness email.
The New Year is a great time to check in with our hearing health. A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Feb. 10.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices. Please call Shannon Gould at The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Start the New Year off right by taking part in Zumba in Bayfield with instructor, Paulien Keys.
The fitness activity is held on Mondays and Wednesdays for one hour starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Classes are $10 per person or $90 for a 10-pass.
To learn more contact Keys at 519 440-9723 or visit her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zumbainbayfield.
Exeter Quilt Show
On April 16-18, the Exeter Quilt Show will be held at Trivitt Church. The committee is now seeking the help of the surrounding communities to collect quilts made before 1960.
Organizers note that the older the quilts are the better and condition is not critical. They realize that heritage quilts are not usually in mint condition. They have been used and loved. If the quilts have a story to accompany them, that is even better.
Vintage hats will be displayed throughout the venue and they plan to have a few mirrors for those who want to try on a few for pictures.
The committee is hoping to have 85-90 quilts for the display. To learn more contact Bonnie Sitter by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BUS comes to Bayfield every Tuesday as part of the Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) programming.
The playgroup at the Bayfield Library occurs every Tuesday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and includes an opportunity for toy lending.
THE BUS offers its lending services to community daycares and Full Day Early Learning classrooms throughout the county on a mutually agreed upon schedule.
The community will be saddened to learn of the death of Dorothy Mae Hardy (ne Walter) on Jan. 10. She died peacefully in her sleep at the Bluewater Rest Home in Zurich at the age of 101.
She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Norman E (Peter) Hardy. She was survived by her daughters and their spouses, Gayle and Patrick, of Bayfield; and Beverley and Michael as well as eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She is described as being an honest, humorous, loving and adventurous lady whose mind, at 101 years, remained clear and interested in the world. She was a 'presence' among her family and friends who will be long remembered.
In lieu of flowers a donation to Sleeping Children Around the World or the London Mission would be appreciated. A Celebration of Dorothy's life will take place in the spring.