SEEDS ROOTED IN YOUTH TO CELEBRATE FANTASTIC FUNGI DAY
Janneke Vorsteveld (centre) and the youth who took part in her Seeds Rooted in Youth summer program in August 2018 took to the shade in Clan Gregor Square. Vorsteveld is holding a fundraiser on March 26 to purchase items to enhance her outdoor programming. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
March 26 is Fantastic Fungi Day and to celebrate 500 theatres in 30 countries will be showcasing the film, “Fantastic Fungi”. Due to the efforts of Seeds Rooted in Youth (Seeds), The Livery in Goderich will be one of those locations.
The viewing of the film will also be a fundraiser for Seeds through which Ontario Certified Teacher Janneke Vorsteveld offers week long summer programs in the outdoors. Vorsteveld is expanding to provide a variety of day programs to individual families in the Municipality of Bluewater and surrounding area.
“These programs will foster a deeper sense of self in its participants, while helping cultivate a balanced emotional relationship with the natural world,” explained Vorsteveld, on the event website.
The profits from this evening will help the expansion of Seeds with the purchase of items such as: a four-season portable canvas tent and stove and a set of portable lap desks.
According to the film synopsis, Fantastic Fungi explores “the magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.” Following the screening, attendees can take part in a very special, virtual Question and Answer Session with the film’s Director Louie Schwartzberg and Paul Stamets, a world-renowned mycologist. Prior to the viewing, two guest speakers, Runs with Deer (Nat Tarnawski) and The Fungi Forage (Steph Allen), will be live and in person to share their knowledge of the natural world as it exists in Huron County.
Rounding out the event will be a Silent Auction featuring local entrepreneurs and youth.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. with guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. and the film screening at 7 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided by River Road Brewing and Hops, Cornerfield Wine Co., The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique, and Westcoast Bakes and Cakes.
Tickets are $20 and are available in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or by visiting: www.seedsrooted.org/fantastic-fungi-fundraiser
Bayfield Design empowers online learning experience
Bayfield Design is the latest company to blossom from the innovators behind the Bayfield based Virtual High School (VHS).
“Virtual High School divided in late 2019 to create Bayfield Design,” said Jackie Van Wyk, Marketing specialist with Bayfield Design.
“While VHS continues to focus on academics and serving individual students at the secondary school level, Bayfield Design is focusing on online learning development for other educational institutions and organizations, including the online course development for VHS and Virtual Elementary School,” Van Wyk added.
She went on to explain that Bayfield Design is in the same Main Street building as VHS, with most of the VHS team working upstairs and most of the Bayfield Design team working on the main floor.
Stephen Baker, the owner and principal of VHS, saw the need for online course development in the business-to-institution realm, so he decided to start a company to do exactly that. Bayfield Design’s vision is to empower every organization to deliver meaningful online learning experiences.
“We are excited about spinning out Bayfield Design from Virtual High School. We have been developing courses for other businesses, institutions, and ourselves for many years now, so there was a natural split in the skill set at Virtual High School. While VHS continues to focus on its students at the secondary level, Bayfield Design will focus on online learning services for education and corporate organizations, which would include the design and development of online learning experiences as well as the creation of multimedia assets. We’ve always been passionate about making learning accessible and exemplary to our elementary and secondary students, so we look forward to working with other educational institutions and companies to help develop their online educational offerings as well,” said Baker.
In 2018, the staff of Bayfield Design completed a significant content development project with the largest online school in the United States. Forty-eight fully online courses were created for Kindergarten to Grade 5 across eight subject areas.
Currently, Bayfield Design is working with several clients in the education and training field, including Eastern College of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Eastern College was looking to convert their in-class programs to an online format. Bayfield Design welcomes new opportunities to work with schools and businesses locally or globally.
Visit www.bayfielddesign.com to check out what Bayfield Design is all about. To stay up to date on announcements and get an inside look at some of their projects, follow Bayfield Design on LinkedIn and Facebook. For further details, please contact email@example.com or call 1-866-987-1947.
ENGINEERING APPROVED FOR MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION IN BUDGET
Bluewater Council approved the 2020 budget at its meeting held on March 2.
The Municipality of Bluewater collects taxes for Huron County, as well as the Province of Ontario to fund public education. Approximately 43 per cent of the property tax bill relates to services provided by the County. An additional 15 per cent goes to the Province to fund education. The remaining 42 per cent is kept by the Municipality to provide local services and infrastructure investment to residents in Bluewater. Council approved 2020 operating expenditures at $14,676,884.37 to deliver municipal services, and a capital budget of $8,347,879.01 million for total expenditures at $23,024,763.38.
The approved levy increase is 6.56 per cent which translates to a 2.89 per cent tax increase on the average residential assessment. This means that the average residence in the municipality will see a slight increase of $86.74 on their property tax.
Some of the budget pressures this year are:
• Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund decline ($17,100)
• Policing Costs Increase ($46,498)
• Conservation Costs ($ 1,302)
• Hydro Costs ($36,428)
• Insurance increase (min) ($17,292)
• Water Rate increases ($511)
The remaining tax revenue of $383,755.25 is required to fund ongoing operations and help fund requirements for Asset Management.
A few of the projects to be completed this year include replacement of streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures across the Municipality.
Council approved the engineering for the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization. This marks the first important step forward towards the long-awaited realization of the main street plan.
The Bayfield Fire Station will be taking delivery of a new rescue vehicle while the Zurich Fire Station will purchase updated auto extrication equipment.
A section of Oxford Street in Hensall will be reconstructed including the watermain replacement.
Council reviewed and approved the expenditures of Provincial funding towards the goal of finding service efficiencies and modernizing operations.
Further information is available on the municipal website: www.municipalityofbluewater.ca
President of historical society a defender at bayfield reads
The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.
Over the past few weeks, The Village Bookshop has profiled four Bayfield Reads defenders: Jayne Dietrich, Greg Stewart, Kathy Wilson, and Don Keillor. This week, they are profiling their fifth and final defender, Ruth Gibson.
Although Gibson grew up on a farm, “barefoot running on top of rail fences to round up the cows in the swamp,” she has lived all over Ontario, working with British Airways and later as a realtor. She, and her husband, Tom, retired to the village, where she serves as the President of the Bayfield Historical Society. Her favorite authors include, Anthony Doerr, Orhan Pamuk and Khaled Hosseini.
Gibson will be defending Megan Gail Coles’ novel, “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club”, about a peculiar cast of characters inside a restaurant in St. John’s, Newfoundland during a winter storm.
“By turns biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Coles' debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, building towards a climax that will shred perceptions and force a reckoning. This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.” (Indigo)
Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
tax clinics at library sponsored by Bayfield Area Food Bank
Tax time is here again! The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) will be offered every other week in March and April at the Bayfield Public Library.
The CVITP informational sessions will be held on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. These clinics are sponsored by the Bayfield Area Food Bank.
Those who attend can get "free" help with their taxes from a Canada Revenue Agency approved and registered program.
People may be eligible if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from: employment, pension, benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance, registered retirement savings plans (RRSP's), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants or interest under $1,000.
Family income levels suggested are: one person, $35,000; two persons, $45,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.
A tax situation is not simple if people are: self-employed or have employment expenses; have business or rental income and expenses; have capital gains or losses; filed for bankruptcy; or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.
Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2018 Income Tax Return, 2018 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2019 Income Receipts - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T5007 etc., 2019 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2019 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2019 Medical Receipts and Statements, 2019 Charitable Donations Receipts.
Due to inclement weather the Councilor's Corner scheduled for Feb. 27 has been rescheduled to March 12.
The topics for this month will include, budget, sewage capacity, Secondary Plan and bylaw updates.
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.
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 March 2.
• Adopted the 2020 Budget.
• Recognized Tom Dickins retirement from the Facilities Department.
• Received a presentation from Inspector Rob Scott and Staff Sergeant David Sinko and reviewed the OPP 2019 Year-end Report.
• Appointed 14 members to the Bayfield Secondary Plan Citizen Advisory Committee.
• Amended the Fees and Charges By-law, including the addition of updated Facility Rental Fees.
• Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to receive up to $100,000 funding for the Municipal Modernization Fund for the cost of an independent reviewer to conduct a review of administrative processes to reduce costs.
Dave Pullen will be speaking on the topic, “Forest Conservation History in Huron County; Evolving to protect our health, wellness and economy” at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society, March 30.
Pullen was born and raised in Huron County and has a thirty-year combined background in agriculture and forestry across Southwestern Ontario. A graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, he is a member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association and the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. Pullen “returned to his roots” in 2011 becoming the county forester in Huron where his role includes forest conservation and management along with outreach and extension services.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to attend.
secretary and treasurer needed
The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires two positions to be filled, those of Secretary and Treasurer. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the community who are interested in promoting and preserving the heritage of the village and area.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. The Secretary also prepares a summary report of the General meetings for the annual newsletter distributed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping of the funds of the BHS and to maintain adequate financial records. The Treasurer also prepares the accounts for audit and renders an annual report based on the calendar year; which will be given at the AGM.
Anyone interested in either of these positions is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518 4646, or any of the Directors.
The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
They have scheduled their meetings for the next few months. These meetings will be held on March 14, Apr. 18 and May 2.
The club meets in the Community Room at the Bayfield Public Library for one hour starting at 1 p.m.
"Come taste the wine.
Come hear the band.
Come blow your horn.
Right this way your table´s waiting."
“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”
After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.
The two performances scheduled for March 13 and 14 are now sold out. As the response to attend has been so terrific, the dress rehearsal set for Thursday, March 12 will be open to the pubic for a donation. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the run through to start at 7 p.m. Please note there will not be an intermission.
And there is more...on Friday, March 13, the performance will be streamed live on Facebook at Bayfield Ontario.
The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.
Life at the Rink
The Bayfield Relics will take on SF at the Bayfield Arena tonight (March 11).
The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m.
Then, Bayfield 50+ will take on Goderich 2 50+ on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m.
The Bayfield 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.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host one more guided hike in March.
A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at http://www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail.
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.
friends of the bayfield Library
Friends of Bayfield Library’s “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues on March 28 when Pauline Hoffman will speak on the topic of putting order into closet and basement storage chaos.
This event will be held in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m.
A Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), Hoffman is an experienced speaker and founder of Just In Time Solutions. All are welcome to attend this session. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.
At the final “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program on Saturday, Apr. 18, attendees will hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank."