Women and Children of Cuba inspire uplifting day of prayer
"Receive children - receive me" was the theme of World Day of Prayer 2016 held on March 5 at Trinity Anglican Church. Uplifting music inspired by the theme was a highlight of the service and a trio of youth, Krysten Berg, Caileigh Russelo and Nola Gibson (not pictured) performed two numbers as well as leading the hymns. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
More than 50 people attended the World Day of Prayer service held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on the afternoon of March 5.
The women of Cuba were the creators of this year’s service that is open for both men and women to attend. The theme of their service is “Receive children. Receive me.”
Rev. Elise Feltrin, of St. Andrew’s United Church, was the guest speaker sharing her experiences on a recent visit to Cuba.
The program featured a strong emphasis on youth and as a result young people were both participants as well as part of the audience. Members of the 1st Bayfield Pathfinders took part in the service. A trio of young women provided special music. They performed charming arrangements of “Awesome God” and “A Gift To You”.
A good will offering was collected and over $480 will be donated to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada for their work on issues concerning women of faith across the country and globally.
Following the service, a time of fellowship and refreshment was enjoyed in Trinity’s parish hall with many gathering to enjoy foods and fruits of Cuban origin.
Rev. Elise Feltrin, of St. Andrew’s United Church, was the guest speaker sharing her experiences on a recent visit to Cuba.She travelled with a church group that handed out musical instruments to music students. A shipping container full of items like pianos was transported. In addition the group members carried smaller instruments, like violins, on board the flight. Having their own instrument means the world to the young people of Cuba with an interest in music. It allows them to to practise at home and as a result pursue a career in music, a highly respected job in Cuba.
The origins of World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women of the United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women's involvement in mission at home and in other parts of the world. These activities related to the following areas: concern for women and children, the role of prayer in mission work, a vision of Christian unity, study, the organization of interdenominational structures by women and world peace.
In Canada, Presbyterian women called together representatives of women's missionary societies from five denominations in 1918 for united prayer and action. It organized the first national Day of Prayer in Canada on Jan. 9, 1920. This committee, which now has expanded to include 11 church partners is known today as the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada.
No kidding around plans for community fair underway
The convention and annual meeting of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) was held on Feb. 18-20 in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel and some Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) members attended.
Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society attended the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies held in Toronto recently. This is an image of some of the posters entered into the Intermediate level competition in which a Bayfield youth was competing.
The winning poster that Cate Thompson prepared for the Bayfield Community Fair, which then won at the District level, competed at the provincial level. This is the third year that Cate has had an entry compete at this level. She didn’t place this year but the BAS is so proud of her efforts and entering against excellent posters from other districts.
The convention had a unique situation occur this year. One person who had quilts entered in three districts, won at the district level, and then won first, second, and crowd’s favorite in the quilt competition in Toronto. No one had ever achieved that feat!
The BAS will be holding its first meeting for 2016 on March 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. One item that likely will be discussed is alternatives for a midway. It became clear at the convention that midways tend now to only go to summer events that have about 10,000 people attending. There are fewer midways in operation and they need more money to generate a profit.
Anyone interested in helping with ideas for the fair or assisting on committees is welcome to attend the meeting. The fair is a community event that provides information about modern agriculture.
One sure sign that Spring must be almost here occurs when the Bayfield Fair prize book becomes available. Copies of the book will be brought for distribution at the March 14th meeting. Many new categories can be found and there is lots of time to have things ready for the 160th fair on Aug.19-21. “No Kidding We’re 160” is the theme this year.
In keeping with the theme there will be a demonstration of milking goats on the fairgrounds. Hopefully there will also be a 4-H goat show.
For those interested in art and photography, plans are being organized for a workshop to assist those who want to have some guidance in producing a prize winning photo or art piece.
The first prize winning quilt at the provincial level competition held in Toronto in February.
Entertainment plans are being developed for this anniversary year. Those who would like to suggest activities or entertainment for the upcoming fair are welcome to attend the meeting.
Entertainment will accompany the Ribs Fest on the Friday night. People will have the chance to eat some great ribs and then listen to some wonderful music all for the cost of a ribs meal. The Youth Talent Show is being moved back to the Friday evening in the Bayfield Community Centre. Music Fest will be bigger than ever and take place on Saturday evening.
Opportunities for vendors of all kinds are also available during the fair. Anyone wishing to sell craft items, promote their business, sell fundraising tickets or food vendors is now being sought. Food vendors for Saturday and Sunday are especially needed. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40 ($1 per foot extra, $10 for hydro). Interested vendors should contact Ted Dunn by email at email@example.com or by calling 519 565-5316.
March Break events at arena geared to keep families active
March Madness has taken over the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre offering up insane prices on available ice time for private bookings as well as lots of crazy free fun for the whole family every day of the week.
Free skating is being offered from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, March 14 and Friday, March 18. On Tuesday, March 15 it’s time for Family and Kids Zumfit followed on Wednesday, March 16 with Family and Kids Yoga. Both these activities will be held in the community centre from 1-2 p.m.
That leaves Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – and not only will there be free skating offered from 1-3 p.m. but upstairs in the community centre there will be a time of crafts, games, cookie decorating and refreshments for the whole family.
The week is brought to the village by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in partnership with St. Andrew’s United Church and friends, Bayfield Agricultural Society, Bayfield Optimist Club and the Virtual High School.
Plus the BACPA will be subsidizing ice rentals all week long. Please check their website for rates and availability, www.bacp.ca.
Want to learn more about the BACPA? They will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the community centre on March 10 at 7 p.m. and the community is encouraged to attend.
raterpayers suggest austerity budgets for municipality
The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) formally asked Bluewater Council to strike austerity budgets for the next few years and asked their CAO and department managers to cut their 2016 budgets 10 per cent.
A letter delivered to Mayor Tyler Hessel and all members of council claimed their four reasons for Bluewater’s “serious financial situation.”
Those reasons included:
1) A flawed process, including vague direction to staff regarding budget priorities and the need to respect taxpayers’ concerns.
2) Presentation of financial information that is difficult to understand and on which it is impossible to base decisions.
3) Uncontrollable expenses controlled by higher levels of government, including Huron County, OPP, school boards and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.
4) Lack of oversight by staff and council on important financial matters, including the Hensall Hall renovations grant application and expenses, the Hensall dump and Varna water grant application.
“Council should implement an austerity budget for the next few years, and only authorize must-do-projects. All other proposals for new and discretionary projects should be deferred or turned down.
“Council should consider converting services and facilities by devolution to private community service groups. Options to consider are shedding of non-core or non-essential services, contracting out, sale of surplus assets and partnering with private and public organizations.
"Each year reserve funds should be rebuilt for major projects. They can be Bluewater’s share of grants from upper tier governments.
"The current council should freeze the property tax rate at the 2015 level for the rest of its term. It should reduce taxes be contracting out; establishing hiring freezes as well as salary freezes using retirements and staff resignations.
"Council should not be in the grant business. They should rely on volunteer groups to provide non-essential services and facilities.
“These proposals are consistent with the Canadian Taxpayer Federation tax cap policy for municipal governments,” the letter concluded.
The letter was written by Acting BRA President Ken Larone, past BRA Presidents Dave MacLaren, Geordie Palmer and Bill Rowat.
musical theatre program launches at playhouse
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will offer six, week-long training programs for aspiring young artists throughout southern Ontario.
Sessions will be offered in Grand Bend, July 4-8; Penetanguishene, July 25-29; Kitchener-Waterloo, Aug. 15-19 and Drayton, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. All sessions are for ages 13 to 18 years. Cambridge is the exception and is offering a session for ages 13-18 from July 18-22 and another for ages 9-12 from Aug. 22-26.
“There is a wealth of young talent in Canada and we feel it is our responsibility to help develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our new program will help cultivate young talent and give novice performers some insight about the expectations of the theatre industry while honing techniques for future success.”
This new initiative expands on Drayton Entertainment’s existing youth engagement offerings, which include the Children’s Chorus Program (enabling young performers to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals) and the Youth Usher Program (offering young people the opportunity to gain work experience as theatre ushers).
The Youth Musical Theatre Program is designed to cultivate creativity, ignite imagination and boost confidence while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. The program requires an entrance audition, and has a maximum enrollment of 30 students per week in order to guarantee personal faculty-student attention.
Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants will study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests. Tuition for each program will include a ticket to a professional Drayton Entertainment production.
Hopefuls are required to submit video auditions conveying vocal and dance skills along with a photo and résumé outlining previous experience. The deadline for applications is Apr. 4. More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and application requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com
Find out more about local municipal wells online
Upgrades to a local website include an interactive map to help people find out more about their local municipal wells. The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (ABMVSPR) has updated its local website with added new features and content. The website is found at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca. It now includes pages and fact sheets about 25 municipal well systems. It also provides information about zones of protection around municipal wells and where planning policies require action by people living and working near those wells.
“Locally-developed source protection plans are now in effect to protect municipal drinking water sources,” said Jenna Allain, program supervisor with the ABMVSPR. “We have entered an important new phase of this work. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to find out about the municipal well in their community. We also want to make it easy for people to find out if source protection plan policies require them to take any action at their home or work.”
The website’s new home page provides three high-profile windows to find maps, fact sheets, and information about the Risk Management Office. There is also a news feed with current news about drinking water source protection in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas.
The new interactive mapping feature shows the two watersheds as well as the names of several towns. There are dots on the map for each of the 25 municipal well systems of the region. People can click on these dots to find the name of the well and then click on a link for more information. By clicking on that link people can find a page about the community’s well, a detailed map of wellhead protection areas, and a fact sheet. The fact sheets let people know about the water source and treatment, explain the wellhead protection areas, and provide ways to protect these local drinking water sources.
The source protection region wanted a website that was modern, better suited to smart phones and devices, clean and uncluttered, and one that made it easy to find maps and policy impacts, according to Allain. The website changes also make it easier to find documents, she said, since tabs and drop-down menus have been added to the top of the page for easy navigation. New content on the website includes a new video showing the work that local people are doing to protect drinking water sources.
The upgraded website includes a page about risk management plans. A risk management plan (RMP) is a tool that regulates activities that pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources. Risk management plans include best management practices designed to reduce or eliminate risks to the municipal drinking water source. These RMP plans are generally negotiated between the person doing the activity and a municipally appointed risk management official. For example, if fuel were stored at a service station where there is a significant threat to drinking water sources, a risk management official would work with the gas station owner. Together, they would develop a risk management plan to reduce the chance of spills from an underground tank.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) approved source protection plans for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas on Jan. 19, 2015. The source protection plans took effect in April of 2015. The plans include policies to address 21 activities that can pose a threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain locations and in certain quantities).
Source protection plan policies address activities in four types of vulnerable areas: wellhead protection areas (groundwater) around municipal wells; surface water intake protection zones; significant groundwater recharge areas; and highly vulnerable aquifers. People may find the maps of these areas by visiting sourcewaterinfo.on.ca. Threat activities may be assessed as low, moderate or significant threats to municipal drinking water sources. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are only found in wellhead protection areas (WHPAs) A, B, and C. The policies in those relatively small vulnerable areas reduce risk by using tools ranging from education and outreach, to risk management plans, to restricted land uses, to prohibition of some activities.
If you are located close to a municipal well and would like to learn if plan policies apply to you, or how you can protect local drinking water sources, visit the website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or phone toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bayfield Public Library is offering some March Break activities for youngsters!
On March 14th, Melted Crayon Art will be the focus of four 30-minute sessions running from 2-4 p.m. The free sessions are limited to three participants at a time and registration is required. All ages are welcome but children under 12 years need an adult present.
The regular Tuesday Play Group for early learners under five years will be held on March 15th from 10-11:30 a.m. and features time for free play as well as crafts and stories. Please note that adults or caregivers must be present with the youngsters.
On March 17th, Mad Science presents Optical Illusions will be featured from
1:30-2:30 p.m. for the five to 12 year old set. Again registration is required with adults present. To learn more visit http://london.madscience.org/.
For more information and to register for programs call the library at 519 565-2886 or email email@example.com
Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 19. All are encouraged to turn their lights off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m.
To celebrate Earth Hour in Bayfield everyone is invited to turn off lights at home and head to St Andrew’s United Church to join in a one-hour sing-along of songs from all over the world with the Glee Sisters.
The program will commence at 8 p.m. launching the Bayfield Tree Project’s 2016 season. There is no admission fee to this event but a free will offering will be collected for the work of the Bayfield Tree Project Committee.
The church lights will be turned off at 8:30 p.m. This year the words to the sing-along portion of the evening will be projected on a big screen to make participation easier.
Canada Reads 2016 is all about “starting over.” The national debate will be held from March 21-24 on CBC Radio One. In Bayfield the debate will be held on March 20.
The featured book titles are: “Minister Without Portfolio”, “The Illegal”, “Birdie”, “The Hero’s Walk” and “Bone and Bread”. Who will defend these books? Attend and find out!
Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop, invites community members to be the judge, and learn the winner here in the village first at 'Bayfield Reads 2016'. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Tickets are available now for $5 each at The Village Bookshop. Tickets will also be available at the door.
In addition to the bookshop sponsors of this year’s event are Shop Bike Coffee and Friends of the Bayfield Library. To learn more check out The Village Bookshop on Facebook or visit www.thevillagebookshop.com.
Pancake Brunch & Sugar Bush Tour
The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. It definitely is for the congregation of St. James’, Middleton as they host their seventh annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on March 19. All in the community are invited to join in the festivities.
Pancakes and sausage with Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and dessert will be served at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In addition to brunch participants will be able to go on a hayride and once they reach their destination see first hand how maple syrup is made at the Rick Schilbe Farm. Wagon rides will leave from the recreation hall for the short ride across the road to the sugar bush and shanty.
The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds to St. James’, Middleton Anglican Church and world outreach.
On March 2nd, a group of 18 volunteers phoned over 900 numbers in the Bayfield telephone book to ask about the need for a local bus or a personal shopping service. Preliminary results showed that 24 people would use a personal shopping service and 27 people would use a local bus within the Bayfield Settlement area. Other people were more interested in a bus to Clinton or Goderich, and many commented that while they do not need these services now they would like to have access to them as they get older themselves. The volunteers still have some callbacks to make, so these figures could change.
Many people were missed during these calls. So, if anyone thinks they would use a bus within Bayfield one day a week, and/or would use a personal shopper to buy groceries or pick up supplies from the LCBO for example, or If they know someone who might be interested in either of these services, please email Leslie Bella at firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide her with a phone number and a member of Home4Good's transportation committee will call.
Soup and a movie
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” started on Feb. 15 and will be held over five Mondays 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.
One movie remains: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, March 14.
saturdays at the library
The Friends of the Bayfield Library are once again hosting their Saturdays at the Library series with two more presentations on the schedule.
Rounding out the series will be a presentation by the Huron Harp School from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 19 and a one-hour program by the Elliot’s Quartet on Apr. 2 starting at 11 a.m.
The Bluewater Area Family Hearth Team (BAFHT) clinic is expanding to meet the growing needs of its communities by constructing a new medical centre.
The public is invited to hear about these plans and how they can help by attending an information night at the Zurich Community Centre on March 10 from 7-9 p.m.
Project details will be shared at the meeting as the BAFHT medical centre will become a comprehensive health care hub and with more space and resources, will be able to: see more patients sooner, increase evening clinics, deliver more programs and provide a rewarding work environment that attracts and keeps quality health care professionals.
This important project will help ensure the residents of Bluewater and surrounding communities have access to high quality primary and preventive care today, and in the future.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is hosting a Certified Hike Leader Course on March 13.
This Hike Ontario approved course will teach interested people how to lead safe and enjoyable hikes. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The course will cover: preparing for leading a hike, backpack contents of the hike leader, hike leadership styles, proactive and reactive risk management, advertising your hike, and nutrition and hydration.
The day will also detail aspects of actually hitting the trail such as, getting to the trail using car shuttles, signaling, hiking pace and breaks, monitoring hikers, “What-if” scenarios, Leave No Trace and trail etiquette.
The Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is supporting the course and participants 55 years and older can take the course for $15. Successful participants will receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Participants must be 16 years of age or over and current First Aid and CPR are recommended. The fee for those under 55 years is $60.
The Safe Hiker Program is the prerequisite for the Certified Hike Leader course unless exempted by demonstrated previous experience (a minimum of five day hikes within the last year and a reference or recommendation from a recognized authority such as a hiking club, conservation area, or provincial park).
For more information please contact Tom Friesen by calling 519 439-8900 or by emailing email@example.com.
Graduates will be connected with experienced Hike Leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.
To register online go to :
Healthy living Workshop
Bayfield and area residents are encouraged to live a healthy life by taking charge of their own health and one way to do this is through education.
A free, six-week, self-management workshop that can put people and caregivers on the road to living a better quality of life is now being offered in the village starting on March 23.
Topics will include getting active, medication use, healthy eating, managing pain and fatigue, getting a good night’s sleep, and making informed treatment decisions.
The Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions workshop is a licensed program from Stanford University that has been carefully developed and evaluated. This program follows a standardized format that provides information and teaches practical skills to manage ongoing (chronic) health conditions. Most importantly, it gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with an ongoing condition.
The workshop encourages participants to use self-management skills and tailor them to their own needs and lifestyle. In addition to learning about healthy living, participants develop skills in areas such as goal setting, problem solving and communications.
These small group workshops are open to six to15 participants. Two individuals, who have received specialized training to deliver the workshop series, lead. These leaders are volunteers and/or health care professionals, many of whom have ongoing conditions themselves.
The program is funded by the South West LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is delivered through the South West Self-Management Program.
This workshop would also be beneficial for any adult who is interested in learning about how to better manage an ongoing (chronic) condition including but not limited to arthritis, asthma/COPD, chronic pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, mental health issues, obesity, Parkinson’s and stroke. Caregivers are welcome to attend the workshop to learn self-management skills themselves and how they can support others. Participants will need to be able to set goals and be comfortable in a group setting.
The six-week workshop will run until Apr. 27 on Wednesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Participants will receive a free Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions reference book that accompanies the workshop. Please note that preregistration is required.
Patients/clients can register by calling 519 421-5691 or 1‐855‐463‐5692 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more visit the website: www.swselfmanagement.ca.
Main Street Optometric
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.
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 March 9 starting at 7 p.m. The cost to play cards is $2. For more information contact Lee Weiss at 519 565-2765.