gimli mercedes-benz garage one cool structure
A new Mercedes-Benz garage in Gimli, Manitoba is made entirely of ice. (Submitted photos)
Most people have seen today’s car dealerships and service centres which for the most part involve a modern building design with loads of glass, spotless showroom and new, highly-polished cars on the floor and sales offices strategically placed to house eager representatives.
Many popular car brands have standardized showrooms in terms of interior and exterior design, and a dealership on the East Coast is likely very similar in appearance to its sister display in Vancouver or any city in between.
A new Mercedes-Benz garage in Gimli, Manitoba however, is turning heads. It is nothing like other Mercedes outlets in Canada, nor does it follow the pattern of other car brand facilities. This new structure is made entirely of ice. It is not a long-term project and will only last as long as temperatures in the area remain well below zero.
A five-man team from Iceculture in Hensall, with help from a two-man crew from Fire & Ice in Saskatchewan, worked for a week to build the 54 ft x 40 ft ice structure which consisted of 450 x 300 lb blocks. With temperatures hovering between minus 10 and minus 42 degrees C, working conditions were a little less than ideal, but the freezing environment couldn’t have been better for the project.
This ice garage is the first of its kind in the world and it tied in with the icy conditions surrounding the structure which were a perfect backdrop for test driving high-performance cars and shooting various videos as part of a new Mercedes-Benz promotion centering on handling vehicles in tough winter conditions.
The event was organized by the AMG Driving Academy, a division of Mercedes-Benz. Under the guidance of some of the world’s best driving instructors, some of them race car drivers, 50 plus members of the media were given a taste of proper driving techniques in a typical Canadian winter.
They were invited to drive a number of high-performance cars and learn how to handle sliding, drifting and general handling on the 8 KM track. An off-road track was also laid out where visitors could try their hand driving SUVs on a snow-covered motor-cross course.
A five-man team from Iceculture in Hensall, with help from a two-man crew from Fire & Ice in Saskatchewan, worked for a week to build the 54 ft x 40 ft ice structure which consisted of 450 x 300 lb blocks.
With temperatures hovering between minus 10 and minus 42 degrees C, working conditions were a little less than ideal, but the freezing environment couldn’t have been better for the project.
Under the guidance of some of the world’s best driving instructors, some of them race car drivers, 50 plus members of the media were given a taste of proper driving techniques in a typical Canadian winter.
This ice garage is the first of its kind in the world and it tied in with the icy conditions surrounding the structure which were a perfect backdrop for test driving high-performance cars.
Dixie Demons coming to Grand Bend Living Centre for the arts
The Dixie Demons will perform in Grand Bend on Feb. 22. (Submitted photo)
The Grand Bend Centre for the Living Arts will host the Dixie Demons in concert on Feb. 22 for a Mardi Gras evening.
The Dixie Demons have been dazzling audiences for the past 26 years. This prestigious Toronto-based performing group entertains with a catchy and exciting repertoire of traditional jazz. Anyone who has seen this stellar six-piece band on stage knows that the chemistry they share is what makes them tick. Their performances are a real treat of great music, amazing virtuosity and showmanship.
The doors to the centre located at 22 Main St. in Grand Bend will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance to follow at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are $25 and are available now by calling Janice Sinker at 519 238-5436 or The Garden Gate at 519 238-5436 or visit ticketscene.ca
avon crest to be redeveloped at Stratford General Hospital
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is excited to confirm that it has formally begun the process to redevelop the Avon Crest property at the Stratford General Hospital. (Submitted photo)
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is excited to confirm that it has formally begun the process to redevelop the Avon Crest property at the Stratford General Hospital. This “once in a generation” opportunity will aim to develop facilities and space that will contribute to the health and wellbeing of Stratford and surrounding communities for decades to come.
The process has begun with the release of a Request for Solutions that aims to identify qualified groups interested in partnering with the HPHA to develop the property in a manner that both respects the heritage significance of the original hospital and brings significant value to the health and wellness system supporting the population.
“While confirming the exact direction we will pursue will take some time, we are really excited to finally begin looking for partners that have the same vision we have of turning the Avon Crest property into a world class development that will support the ever-changing health and wellness needs of this community,” said Andrew Williams, HPHA president and CEO.
HPHA is required to follow a very prescriptive process as outlined through the Province’s Broader Public Service Procurement Guidelines, and will look forward to sharing information with, and receiving feedback from the community as the project proceeds.
Those interested in reviewing project material are welcome to visit the public websites www.biddingo.com and www.MERX.com for further information, and/or forward questions directly to Jennifer Lubbers, manager, Materials Management at email@example.com. General inquiries may be directed to Andrew Williams at Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 274-0021.
Tree Planting orders accepted until end of month
In this file photo, rows of trees are being planted, thanks to a participating watershed landowner and with help from an Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) tree planting crew, to help reduce erosion, manage stormwater runoff, and improve habitat and air and water quality by increasing forest cover. Landowners in Ausable Bayfield watersheds plant tens of thousands of trees each year and ABCA staff say the recent support of funding partners makes it possible to continue to link landowners to grants that help them with tree planting. (Submitted photo)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) can continue to help landowners with tree planting grants in 2020 thanks to recent support from several funding partners.
“There was some uncertainty in 2019 about future tree planting funding in the watershed but now we have a solid base of grants in place to help landowners with the costs of planting trees this spring and throughout the year,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA.
Cost-share funding is available for many projects, such as field windbreaks, buffers and reforestation.
“Tree planting is one of the most important services we provide for landowners and the local community at large,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “We are pleased to be able to continue this important work in 2020.”
Tree planting helps to protect water and soil resources. It also helps to reduce risk from extreme weather and natural hazards such as flooding or drought.
Interested landowners can call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.
Tree order forms are available now by calling ABCA or by visiting www.abca.ca/forestry/treeorders/
Orders can be made accompanied by payment until Feb. 29.
Local landowners continue to plant tens of thousands of trees each year locally to the benefit of watershed health and human health. ABCA staff work all year to access funding support, for tree planting by landowners, from governments, non-government sources, industry, and the community.
Conservationist of the year nominations now sought
Do you know a person, business, farm, community group, or organization doing great work to protect water, soil, and habitat for living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, you are invited to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will accept award nominations until Feb. 15. The award winner is recognized at the Partner Appreciation Evening, an early-evening event to show appreciation for conservation partners, to be held at Ironwood Golf Club, in March.
“The Conservationist of the Year Award is one way we can say ‘thank you’ to some of the active local stewards who are helping to protect our water and soil resources and to improve our forest and wetland conditions,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “I invite you to nominate a person, farm, business, community group, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community.”
ABCA has recognized, with conservation awards, outstanding achievements in conservation each year since 1984. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Koos and Nathalie Vermue, agricultural producers from the Bayfield area, were winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award in 2019.
To submit a nomination, visit abca.ca for the nomination form and award information or visit the office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line for a printed copy of the form. People may also call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com for more information about the award. The nomination form is at this web page link: https://www.abca.ca/community/conservationistoftheyear/
Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. ABCA will make an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests (footprintstoforests.com) on behalf of everyone who attends the Partners in Conservation Evening in March. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.
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 Jan. 27.
• Appointed Laurie Spence Bannerman as Interim Chief Administrative Officer and Deputy Clerk.
• Approved the Class Environmental Assessment for the Expansion of the Bayfield Waste Water Treatment Plant, and assume a phased in approach, beginning with a capacity requirement of 1,750 m3/day.
• Approved that the Ministry of Transportation pays the Municipality of Bluewater for the Ministry's portion of the 2018 and 2019 dredging activities in the total amount of $7,823.21, and that the Ministry will not be apportioned and levied annual dredging costs in 2020 and in perpetuity.
• Directed staff to pay the Municipality of South Huron the 46 per cent share of the final invoiced amount for the Dashwood Community Centre Washroom Project, with the additional $11,528 being applied from the Dashwood Hydro Electric Fund Reserve.
• Established that the Municipality of Bluewater will not maintain dog parks.
• Passed a By-law to include the Bayfield Slippery Elm Tree in the Municipal Heritage Register.
• Directed staff to send a letter to the Ministry of Transportation in support of a roundabout at the corner of Airport Line and County Road 83, and that the letter be sent to the Premier and MPP, and Huron County.
Open Hearts of Bayfield will be hosting a series of Kindness Workshops throughout 2020.
Awaken your heart through enlivening activities and discussions of what it means to be connected to community and the spirit. Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration.
The workshops will be held at the Bayfield Public Library. They are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
The first workshop will take place Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Design and make earrings in time for Valentine's Day! Create something beautiful for yourself, a friend or loved one.
The other workshops planned are: Earth Alter, Apr. 11; Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.
More info also available at bayfieldactivities.info
“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.
Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.
For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.
Community Connections Outreach Services will be hosting a Caregiver Education Event at the West Huron Care Centre in Zurich on March 10. The afternoon session will provide information about services and support for Huron caregivers.
Caregivers are; a family member or friend who provides unpaid support, assistance and care
for someone in need.
Caregivers, or people who know one, are invited to the session to get helpful information to support their loved ones. The session will cover: caregiver programs and services, caregiver website, resources and events in the area and helpful tools and tips.
The one-hour event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Risi Room at the West Huron Care Centre, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road.
For more information and to RSVP please call 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.
alzheimer awareness Library tour
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. Representatives from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County will be visiting libraries across the county to ensure people have the information they need. They will be offering a 20-minute presentation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Topics will include:
• Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
• What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
• Should I be worried? What is the difference between “normal age-related memory change” and dementia?
• I am worried about myself or someone I care about. What can I do?
There will also be plenty of time to answer questions and provide resources and needed information.
Here is the library visiting schedule: Howick Library, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; and Blyth Library, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
livery film fest
On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.
Here are the offerings: Feb. 6, The Peanut Butter Falcon; Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is described as a “modern day Mark Twain fable”, telling the story of a young boy who leaves home to become a wrestler. And yes, there is a raft scene, and lots of “heart and humour”. This film has been enthusiastically received by other film circuit audiences. Critics rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website is 95/100.
All films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (www.thelivery.ca).
Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb invites local businesses and organizations to apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applications close on Feb. 24.
Those interested can apply online through Service Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html).
In 2019, 300 summer employment positions were created by 126 successful applicants in Huron-Bruce. 2020 applicants should receive word about their funding starting in May.
ART AROUND TOWN
Vreni Beeler was raised on a small farm in the Swiss Alps but nearly 30 years ago she and her husband, Tom, chose Huron County to be their new home. They live on a farm in the Zurich area where they raise chickens and do cash crop farming.
Until April visitors to the Exeter Library can enjoy Beeler's creativity as Art Around Town is displaying seven pieces of her photography on canvas at the Exeter Library. Also displayed is a quilted wall hanging titled, "OWLS". Beeler also makes creative art with cement and wood. She offers her art for sale from her home and on Instagram.
One of Vreni Beeler's photographs on canvas that is displayed at the Exeter Library until April. (Submitted photos)
She can be contacted at email@example.com
It’s the start of a new decade and a local community committee is set to embark upon its fourth decade of a charity auction event in support of conservation projects in local communities.
The 31st Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, Apr. 16 and tickets are now available, said Dave Frayne, chair of the Dinner Committee.
There are many reasons to buy a ticket early for the Conservation Dinner, according to the Chair. There is a limited number of tickets, the charity fundraiser is a sold-out show year after year, and the Dinner Committee expects a great deal of excitement for this year’s event – the Dinner’s 31st year. Here’s another reason to purchase tickets early: Wave Limo and Tours (Wave.limo), of Grand Bend, is donating a limousine ride for up to 10 people, to and from the event, to this year’s winner of the Early Bird Prize Draw, drawn from early purchasers of Dinner tickets. Only people who buy Conservation Dinner tickets before Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. are eligible for the Early Bird Prize Draw.
“If you buy a Conservation Dinner ticket you know you will get fun, fellowship, good food and that you will be helping your community,” said Chair Dave Frayne. “If you buy a ticket before February 10 you will also get a chance to win the great Early Bird Draw Prize of a limo ride for up to 10 people.”
The Dinner Committee Chair thanked prize donor Bradley Oke and Wave Transportation for this year’s prize.
The Conservation Dinner takes place at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. To buy a ticket or to donate to the 2020 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at abca.ca and conservationdinner.com.
The Conservation Dinner started in 1990. This gala charitable auction and dinner event has raised more than $1.2 million over three decades for projects in local communities. These projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.