RESERVE A SPOT FOR SOUP’S ON
“Soup’s On” the annual fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is this Sunday, Feb. 17. Those who have reserved tickets to attend are reminded to bring their own mug and soup for sampling the delicious soups prepared by many local restaurants and organizations. Tasting and voting will begin at 1:45 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. and results will be announced shortly thereafter. Tickets can still be purchased for one of the three time slots by calling Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456. The times available for entry into the hall are: 1:45-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:15-4 p.m. Baker notes that the participants seem quite keen this year so she believes that the soups are sure to be scrumptious! Chefs from The Little Inn of Bayfield and The Lakehouse of Bayfield were kept busy at the 2018 event supplying samples of soups to the multitudes. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR soup and a movie at trinity st. James
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!
The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 12 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.
This year’s movie schedule is: Crazy Rich Asians, March 12; The Soloist, March 19; Battle of the Sexes, March 26; Breathe, Apr. 2; and The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Apr. 9.
Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.
Merger explored for two area Health Organizations
Gary Alcock, the chair of the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) and Dave Crockett the chair of the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) are pleased to share with area residents that the two organizations have jointly entered into a process to explore the possible benefits of unifying as a single organization.
Their Boards unanimously agreed to begin “Phase One” of exploring and assessing this possibility. Many possible benefits will be explored, such as: sharing of collective expertise and resources, improving capacity to respond to emerging needs, expanding programs and services to their communities and keeping their resources for their communities.
“As we begin this exploration, everything remains the same with respect to staffing and program delivery in each of our organizations. We are excited about what this possibility could mean for our patients and the communities we serve!” said the two board chairs in a recent press release.
Come Everything is ready for World Day of Prayer
The official artwork of the 2019 World Day of Prayer was created by Slovenian artist, Rezka Arnuš. (Submitted photo)
At the core of the theme for World Day of Prayer 2019, an invitation – Come. And to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.
The invitation is grounded in the parable that Jesus told about a great dinner which was attended by the ones called off the streets, as the ones invited excused themselves. The community formed around the table is not enough to fill the house – there is still room. Who are missing from the table in your community?
Trinity St. James Anglican Church will be hosting World Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 2 and invites the community to come together, along with people in over 170 countries to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children worldwide.
The ultimate goal of this annual program, that will begin at 2 p.m., is best expressed in its Mission Statement: "Empowering Christians to pursue Justice, Peace and Reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action."
Each year a country is chosen and a service written to address their concerns and challenges. This year people will learn about Slovenia.
Joining members and friends of Trinity St. James in presenting the service will be women from the Church on the Way, St. Andrew's United, Knox Presbyterian Church and the Zurich Mennonite Church.
Light refreshments will be served following the service.
bicentennial begins with show
The Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5 to kick off the 2019-20 celebrations of Admiral Bayfield's surveying Lake Huron. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.
To kick off the celebrations the Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5. According to organizers, these amazingly talented musicians and will be a fitting start to April events.
The Ennis Sisters stepped into the spotlight in 1997 with the release of their debut album, “Red is the Rose”. Twenty years later, with 12 albums, a Juno award and multiple music awards to their credit, Maureen, Karen and Teresa have toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals. Flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, the Ennis Sisters are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous, storytelling.
Their 2018 release, “Keeping Time”, is reflective yet uplifting, about keeping time in both life and music. Produced by Alan Doyle, the album was inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, and is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honors their father, whom they recently lost to dementia.
Tickets are $40 and are available on www.ticketscene.ca. There will be a cash bar. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.
The BACC would like to thank the concert sponsors: Scotiabank, the Lake House of Bayfield and the Little Inn for their support.
And in keeping with the Admiral Bayfield celebrations later in April, the BHS will be presenting a play by local playwright Judy Keightley on the subject of this great explorer and surveyor himself.
Amendments to source protection plans approved
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has approved the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Authorities’ amendments to source protection plans to reflect recent changes in six area municipal well systems: Benmiller, Blyth, Dungannon, Molesworth, Ripley and Varna. The Ministry also approved revisions to two source protection plan policies. The Ministry approved the amendments and revisions on Jan. 31 and they took effect on Feb. 5.
“The approved changes to wellhead protection area mapping and source protection plans reflect improvements that local municipalities have made to their drinking water systems,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. “Wells have been added or replaced to ensure communities continue to have reliable drinking water. The plan amendments ensure municipal water supply continues to be protected through the drinking water source protection program.”
The provincial approval follows a public notice period held from Jan. 3 to Feb. 8, 2018. Consultation included direct notification to landowners in the affected areas plus two Open House sessions held in Blyth and Varna in January of 2018. The local source protection region submitted the proposed amendments to the source protection plans, to Ontario’s environment ministry, on Feb. 16, 2018 for review.
Drinking water sources in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region include groundwater, drawn from aquifers underground, and water drawn from Lake Huron. The source protection plans set out policies that use a variety of tools to protect municipal drinking water sources from contamination. These tools include education, risk management planning, prohibition and land use planning. Policies in the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Plans first came into effect on Apr. 1, 2015.
Visit the region’s local website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or the Province of Ontario web page at ontario.ca/page/source-protection to find out more. These web pages provide information about source protection plan policies, mapping of municipal wells and water resources, activities that could contaminate drinking water in certain circumstances and that require risk management and positive actions you can take at home and work to help keep our drinking water safe and clean.
The Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area is also posted on Ontario’s environmental registry at https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/
If you have questions about the approved changes, please contact Program Co-Supervisor Mary Lynn MacDonald at 1-888-286-2610 or Program Co-Supervisor Donna Clarkson at 519 335-3557.
life at the rink
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage versus the Zurich Avalanche tonight (Feb. 13).
The blades will hit the ice at 8:30 p.m.
The Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Family Fun Day is once again coming to the Bayfield Arena with free public skating on Monday, Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m.
All the usual favorite activities will be back upstairs in the community centre too, including: crazy games, photo centre, craft table, soft play area for infants and food decorating.
The event is hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT).
The folks at Michaels’ Pharmasave are great fans of Valentine’s Day and once again they want to help area residents spread the love.
“We have a ‘Beary’ great fundraiser on now for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation!” said Kelsey Johnston, of Michael’s Pharmasave. “We have adorable 14-inch teddy bears on sale now at our three Michael's Pharmasave locations.”
Tomorrow may be the big day (Feb. 14) but it is not too latet to buy a bear for a loved one!
Bears can be purchased in-store or for those who would like to surprise someone special, they can place an order to have the Pharmasave staff deliver the bear on Valentine's Day. With a cost of only $15 (local delivery included), this may be a great way to surprise a spouse, significant other, child, parent, friend, co-worker, etc., with net proceeds going towards the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation.
Call or visit Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield (519 565-4454), Michael's Pharmasave in Goderich (519 524-2242) or the new Michael's Pharmasave in Clinton (519 482-5037) to purchase or place an order.
SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) are celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 23 as part of their “Saturdays at the Library” series.
The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library starting at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to attend a presentation entitled “Huron’s Unheard Histories: Searching for Grey Township Black Pioneers” by Sinead Cox who is the Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Huron County Museum. She will discuss why research into one Huron County family raised more questions than answers!
Engraved Pavers Deadline
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club have learned that this is indeed possible and will be completed in the Spring.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site in the spring using the same three brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time. The deadline to order has been set for Feb. 24.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
Members and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will once again be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year the event falls on March 5.
Pancakes and sausages are turned into tasty delights with the simple addition of locally crafted Maple Syrup! Also on the menu are juice, tea or coffee and dessert.
All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship while supporting Trinity’s ministry in the community. The event will be held in the Trinity St. James Parish Hall, 10 Keith Cres, from 5-7 p.m. Admission at the door will be adults, $8; children under 12 years free. There is a family rate of $20.
Take out is available by calling 519 565-2790 on the day of the event.
Lenten Bible Study
Members of the community are welcome to join in a Lenten Bible Study at Trinty St. James Anglican Church starting on Thursday, March 14.
“It’s Time to…Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love” will run for five weeks starting at 1:30 p.m.
According to Rev. Wayne Malott, “A video format from the Society of St. John the Evangelist will be used. It should be thought provoking but no home work is involved.”
To learn more please call the church at 519 565-2790.
Anyone interested in playing Chess may be interested to learn that there is a newly formed Chess Club that meets every Tuesday at the Bayfield Public Library.
Club members meet from 1-4 p.m. Both beginners and experienced players are more than welcome to join.
If you are interested please contact Ian Scott-Douglas at 519 441-2433 or email at Valian@hotmail.ca.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.
The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.
Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.
Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at email@example.com or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.
Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.
The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.
Victor Lecompte (Submitted photo)
The community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of a former resident.
Victor Lecompte passed away peacefully in London, ON on Monday, Jan. 21 in his 76th year. A long-time resident of Bayfield, he is survived by his daughter Chantal, son Eric and four grandchildren.
He enjoyed snowmobiling and WWE wrestling but Vic truly loved to sail and being on the lake was his greatest passion. At his request, cremation has taken place.
A small celebration of life will be held sometime this summer and will be announced in the Bayfield Breeze. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com.