Trinity's pancake supper heralds the dawn of lent
Ken Larone worked one of the three grills called into service at Trinity Anglican Church's Pancake Supper in 2015. The 2016 Shrove Tuesday event will be held on Feb. 9 and all are welcome to partake in the pancakes! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The men of Trinity Anglican Church will have their flippers at the ready on the evening of Feb. 9 when they descend on the Parish Hall kitchen to prepare their annual Shrove Tuesday Supper.
On the menu will be pancakes with Bayfield’s own maple syrup and sausage too. The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is: adults, $6; children under 12 years, $3; preschoolers, free; families, $15. Requests will be accepted for take-out meals. For more information call 519 565-2790.
And then the next morning, Feb. 10, Trinity will hold an Ash Wednesday Service starting at 10:30 a.m.
And then a Lenten tradition begins…
The congregation of Trinity Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held over five Mondays starting on Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is collected with any extra funds going to outreach. All in the community are welcome but need to reserve their spot by calling 519 565-2790 by the Sunday prior to the movie with their name and number of people attending.
The schedule of movies is as follows: Spy, Feb. 15; The Intern, Feb. 22; The Monuments Men, Feb. 29; Woman in Gold, March 7; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, March 14.
Please note the Bayfield Calendar for 2016 has the incorrect dates for the movie nights listed – the movies are on Mondays not Sundays!
Provincial demands frustrate tax reduction efforts
BY KEN LARONE
Bluewater Council has stalled at trying to reduce a huge potential tax increase for Bluewater ratepayers.
Council spent a full day looking for ways to cut fat in an original budget recommending a 33.7 per cent increase. After eight hours of discussion they found their efforts actually increased some of the savings they were able to achieve in two budget meetings. They are still looking at a 29.8 increase.
Two more budget meetings are scheduled by council before it strikes the tax rate for 2016.
A 4.5 per cent increase in police costs by the Ontario Provincial Police plus an additional 2 per cent increase for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority have council frustrated. Both are expenses Bluewater council must provide in their municipal budget on orders from the province. Council believes both amounts are too high and it makes it difficult for them to hold down costs in their own cost of operations.
One per cent increase in the 2015 tax rate represented about $65 in taxes on the assessment of individual properties. This means Ontario’s legislated increase for police and conservation could add another $422.50 to a taxpayer’s bill in 2016 without any additional increases Bluewater Council may need.
Council knows it must cut services from its previous 2015 budget to keep the 2016 budget manageable for taxpayers. That job became more difficult when Bluewater municipal staff recommended an additional 27.2 per cent increase which would cost an additional $1,768 average for each taxpayer. The increase of $422.50 required by the province brings the total to $2,613, a figure which is far too high to expect Bluewater taxpayers to pay.
Councillor George Irvine said, “We can’t carry on expecting our taxpayers to pay increases like this.”
Traditionally the taxpayers west of Hwy 21 pay in access of 74 per cent of Bluewater’s taxes, a rate which is one of the highest residential rates in Ontario.
Mayor Tyler Hessel asked council to take a close look at the staffs’ proposals and “make sure we are putting council’s interest on the right money.”
Councillor Bill Whetstone reminded council Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson asked council months ago to form a budget committee to avoid surprises.
kids' pick up hockey will continue thanks to donor
It was a snowy day when Ron Keys, BACPA Chair, accepted a cheque from Margaret McBride, vice-president of Absolute Automation, to cover ice time for kids’ pick up hockey for the remainder of the season. (Submitted photo)
Due to popular demand, ice time in the Bayfield Arena has been offered on Mondays at 7 p.m. for kids’ pickup hockey.
The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) recently partnered with Absolute Automation to ensure that kids pickup hockey will continue until the end of the season.
“This is exciting news as the number of children playing continues to increase each week,” said Ron Keys, chair of the BACPA. “Several players are children trying the game for the first time. New players are always welcome.”
February is a fantastic month to start a new activity or get reacquainted with an old favorite. For this reason folks are invited to lace up their skates and head to the Bayfield Arena.
Skating is offered free to the public on the afternoon of Feb. 7 from 1-3 p.m. due to the generosity of sponsor Mainstreet Credit Union.
Treat your sweetheart to some warm, comfort food on Feb. 14th at the annual Bayfield Town Hall’s Soup’s On event. Local restaurants and community organizations will compete for the bragging rights of tastiest soup voted on by the people in attendance. This event will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced shortly after 4 p.m. Anyone who would like to participate, or has questions, are invited to please contact Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.
Tonight (Feb. 3) is the night that fans of The Pink Flamingo Bakery have been waiting for, Erin Bolger, owner/operator of the Bayfield business will make an appearance on “Sugar Showdown” a televised baking competition show set to air at 9 p.m. on the Food Network (Channel 356 for TCC customers.)
Bolger’s renowned pink lemonade cupcakes earned her a spot on the show that was filmed last summer. Her employee Sharon Thompson was her assistant during the taping. Both have had to keep the results of the show a secret since filming. No matter the result, The Pink Flamingo Bakery will be open the day after the program airs, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering cupcakes inspired by the television event. (The bakery is normally closed during the winter months.)
super family day
Folks are sure to have a super Family Day if they head to the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 15.
Free Public Skating will be offered in the Bayfield Arena from 1-4 p.m. and those who attend are encouraged to dress as their favorite television character or superhero. There will be prizes for the best child’s costume and the best-dressed family.
Upstairs in the community centre, the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church will be providing cupcakes for decorating, plus crafts and games for the whole family to enjoy.
The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) have partnered with the Bayfield Lions’ Club to present this event.
Home4good's transportation subcommittee, after producing their “Bayfield without Wheel's” brochure, is looking at the need for grocery delivery and bus service within the village.
To this end they will be conducting a telephone blitz on Wednesday, March 2nd. Volunteers will phone everyone in the village between 6-9 p.m. to ask if they would use either of these services and how much they would be prepared to pay.
The Virtual High School has offered their facilities for making these calls. Home4good will use the information collected to support their efforts to get bus service and grocery delivery in the village.
Home4good is asking that everyone in the village answer their phone on March 2nd. The number on the call display will be 416 800-1186.
Anyone wanting to help with this telephone blitz should email Leslie Bella at email@example.com.
More copies of the “Bayfield without Wheels” brochure are available by emailing Bella at firstname.lastname@example.org. A digital version can also be found on Home4good's Facebook page and website.
“Bayfield at the Oscars” is the theme of the Bayfield Town Hall’s fifth annual cabaret to be held on Feb.12-13.
Organizers are very pleased to announce, that as predicted, both shows are now sold out!
Competitive Soccer for boys aged nine to 15 years is now available in Huron County.
The Huron FC is looking for lads born between 2001-07 to join their U9 to U15 teams. Academy style training is offered twice a week with home games played in Huron County and away games played in London and surrounding areas.
Coaching and training is provided by the London Athletic Canadian FC (LACFC) under the direction of Edwin Saraccini, technical director of development for LACFC and the U9 London Youth Whitecaps FC Boys Program.
Their season runs from April to August offering 18 regular season games and 36 training sessions. The cost to join is $495.
For more information or to schedule a player assessment please contact Annie Sparling, Huron FC manager by calling 519 524-0609 or email her at email@example.com.
The Bayfield Euchre Club winter session of cards has begun and all are welcome to join in the evening held at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building on alternate Wednesdays.
The next evening of cards will be held on Feb. 10 starting at 7 p.m. The cost to play cards is $2.
For more information contact Lee Weiss at 519 565-2765.
A SOUND COMMITMENT
Michael and Nevien Ibrahim are pleased to announce that Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her monthly services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy. The next date for the free clinic is Feb. 9; please note change of date due to Family Day Weekend. The Bayfield Hearing Clinic normally offers their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic offers: 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 Gould at The Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)