blitz supports trail association
Margaret McBride and Elise Feltrin, of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), are among the local volunteers helping to get more rain barrels in the Bayfield and area community in order to help reduce runoff to protect the Bayfield River and area water quality and to conserve water. (Submitted photo)
Though it’s hard to imagine with the very cold temperatures we have been experiencing, spring rains are not far off. And conserving rainwater is one of the best ways to protect local water quality. In an effort to encourage local households to capture and store rain water, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is participating in a “Rain Barrel Blitz”.
Getting more rain barrels in the area is one of the ideas from a community advisory committee in their recently released Main Bayfield Watershed Plan.
“One of the challenges we identified in the planning process is stormwater runoff, which can carry a variety of pollutants with it,” said Ainslie Willock, a community member of the advisory committee.
The BRVTA is one of four groups hosting this effort to conserve rainwater and protect water quality. The other groups are Brucefield Community United Church, Vanastra Recreation Centre and Goderich District Collegiate Institute Green Industries students. The BRVTA is a charitable organization whose vision includes enhancing and promoting local trails, while also encouraging environmental sensitivity. The BRVTA Board felt this fundraising opportunity was a good fit with the group’s mandate.
Rain barrels capture and store rainwater collected from a building’s roof through downspouts. This water is diverted from stormwater systems. This reduces the pollutants and the speed of water entering local rivers and streams. Reducing the speed of water reduces its ability to cause erosion. Collected rainwater can then be used for watering lawns and gardens, or washing cars. This can save people money on their municipal water bill, stress on their well, and stress on stormwater infrastructure.
Rain barrels must be pre-ordered and people can get on a waiting list now at RainBarrel.ca/bayfieldtrails. They may also call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 for information about the local Barrel Blitz.
Pick-up of pre-ordered rain barrels from the BRVTA will take place in Bayfield on Apr. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. The rain barrels cost $50 each with a portion of proceeds supporting the BRVTA. Buyers have a choice of colors and each rain barrel comes equipped with all the parts you need to set it up. Downspout diverters, dispensing hoses, and rain barrel stands are also available at an additional cost.
RainBarrel.ca reclaims food-grade barrels to be reused as rain barrels. Partnerships with local non-profit organizations result in fundraising truckload sales events for dozens of communities in Ontario. For more information, visit rainbarrel.ca.
old fashioned winter prompts spring flooding concerns
There is a lot of snow and ice in the area after one of the coldest and snowiest winters in three decades. That poses a high risk of floods when the snow begins to melt, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
ABCA staff members do regular monitoring of the amount of snow and the water equivalent in the snow at several locations in the watershed. This provides valuable information in assessing the potential for flooding. The depth of snow pack and the water equivalent in that snow were at the highest early-March levels in about 30 years, according to Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Lands and Water technologist. Water equivalent in snow ranged from 75 millimetres (mm) up to 150 mm, which is more than three times the average for the beginning of March.
The large amount of snow isn’t the only problem, either. The lake and rivers are covered with ice and that ice is very thick. With the current snowpack, flooding and ice-jam flooding risk is high, especially if the weather gets too warm, too fast and there is rain at the same time.
The ABCA watershed has the potential for flows similar to the December 2008 and February 2009 floods, according to the conservation authority. Those two events were among the largest and most widespread flooding events recorded in the watershed.
“The risk of flooding is high,” said Alec Scott, ABCA Water and Planning manager, in a March 13 interview. “A rapid melt, or a rapid melt combined with rain, could lead to very high runoff, high flows in rivers and creeks, and it could break up river ice.”
The high volume of ice in local watercourses increases the chance that ice jams could occur and that would add to flooding, according to Scott. When ice jams add to flooding, water levels can rise quickly. That means there could be little or no time for the conservation authority to issue a flood message such as a Flood Watch or a Flood Warning.
Several communities in the ABCA area are prone to ice jam flooding. They include Port Franks and, to a lesser extent, Grand Bend and Bayfield. Some Ontario communities have called in icebreakers to clear river mouth channels in the past but at the more traditional ice jamming location in Port Franks the mouth of the river is too shallow for an icebreaker, according to ABCA staff.
Other factors such as saturated or frozen ground conditions may contribute to flooding problems, causing water to run off rather than soak into the ground. Branches and trees left behind by winter storms can pose a risk of clogging bridges and culverts and adding to localized flooding issues.
Local streams are expected to be fast flowing with near zero degree water temperatures over the next few weeks. The public is reminded to stay away from stream banks as they will be slippery and unstable. Areas with ice and snow covered watercourses should be considered unsafe.
Water levels in the flood control reservoir in Parkhill are being kept low to be able to capture as much water as possible when the snow melts to reduce the impact of flooding in downstream areas. ABCA staff members will be monitoring weather forecasts and watershed conditions. They will advise watershed municipalities if the risk of flooding seems imminent.
The ABCA held a Flood Emergency Planning Meeting on March 4 with community emergency management coordinators and municipal staff. ABCA provides flood forecasting and warning to municipalities and can also assist municipalities with technical advice in the case of a flood event. In the event of a flood, ABCA provides flood warnings to municipal flood coordinators and emergency services personnel who then carry out the local flood response.
There are three levels of flood messages:
• Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook / Water Safety
• Flood Watch
• Flood Warning
There are several ways for the public to find ABCA’s flood messages. Visit www.abca.on.ca and click on the Flood Messages dial icon on the home page. Or follow ABCA on Twitter or Facebook.
Anesthetic Machine Campaign comes to successful end
Myles Murdock, chair of the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) is pleased to announce the completion of the foundation’s ‘Anesthetic Machine Campaign’ to support the hospital’s surgical program.
“Our community and region takes pride in ownership of their hospital, and this fundraiser to replace Anesthetic Machines is another example of that pride; to everyone who donated thank-you,” said Murdock.
With limited provincial funding for hospital equipment, tools and new technology it has become each community’s responsibility to raise funds to make priority patient equipment available for the hospital’s medical, support and clinical teams each year.
When patient equipment is to be replaced or new equipment is added, it must meet the high quality standards of best practice for patient safety, and pass approval of an extensive selection process within the hospital.
To support a strong team of Anesthetists and Surgeons, and with an expanding surgical program, the fundraising campaign was launched by the hospital foundation to replace the older Anesthetic Machines with brand new technology to carry AMGH into the future and to meet the demands of the program.
“This investment in our surgical programs at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital allows for continued expansion of our services over the next ten years. Your support also will surely impress some newly graduating physicians and help draw physicians to this area,” said AMGH Chief of Anesthesia, Dr. Paul Gill, MSc MD, CCFP.
SKATE THE DAY AWAY
BAYFIELD ICE SEES PLAYERS from morning to night on saturday
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Members of the BCH IceDogs Novice Local #1 and Novice Local #2 teams took to the ice as part of Skate the Day Away at the Bayfield Arena on March 16. Bluewater Council recently voted to uphold their decision to make it the last year for ice in the Bayfield Arena.The event was organized so that community members and ice users could come together to honor the ice legacy in the village.
BCH Hockey was well represented with players from Bantam Girls, Junior Tykes and Novice Locals taking to the ice over the course of the day.
The Novice players played a very entertaining game before a large crowd of spectators. In the end Novice # 1 (blue jerseys) came out on top 2-1, however, Novice #2 (white jerseys) scored with less than two minutes left in the game to really get the arena spectators excited.
Novice #2s, Kaissen Gerrits (in white) steers the puck around his teams net with Novice #1s, Braden Klomps coming up fast behind.
Novice #2 Goalie, Kaleb W. prepares to block a shot by Bryce Collins of Novice #1.
The Novice #2s in white jerseys put pressure on the opposing teams net in the third period. From l-r: Kyler Meade, Dillon Oesch, Braden Klomps (in blue) Sam Gould, and Kaissen Gerrits.
Novice #2s Sam Gould fires away a shot while Braden Dykstra (blue) attempts to stop him. In the background are Braden Klomps (left), Kyler Meade and Dillon Oesch.
Novice #1s Jack Hayter moves the puck with support from Tallis Baldwin (left) and Clara Leduc while Novice #2s Dillon Oesch and Preston Harris prepare to steal.
Novice #2s Aiden Bell prepares to take a shot on goalie Cameron Williscraft with just minutes left in the third period, He was supported by teammate Preston Harris while members of the Novice #1s Connor Ward, Brayden Dykstra, Tyler Chuter and Scott Gould (Novice #2) look on.
And with minutes left in the third period Novice #2s Aiden Bell scored a goal closing the gap by one. There was much jubilation especially from the veteran men waiting to take the ice for their game (top left).
Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will host the next installment of their “Show Me Series” on March 22. And those who attend will need to pay “sharp attention” as honing culinary knife skills is the topic of the day.
Chef Devin Tabor will be the featured presenter. He will provide insight into cutting styles, as well as how to choose and care for culinary knives. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a kitchen knife of their own choosing so that they can receive some first hand instruction.
The event will be held at the Bayfield Library starting at 11 a.m.
Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 29. 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 for a sing-along in celebration of the earth and to express joint concern about its future. The program will commence at 8 p.m. It will feature performance by the Glee Sisters and St. Andrew’s Church Choir, as well as the Elliott’s Ensemble. There will also be a presentation by the Bayfield Tree Project announcing their plans for 2014.
The church lights will be turned off at 8:30 p.m. so those who attend are asked to bring a flashlight so they might see the words for the sing-along portion of the evening.
There is no admission but a collection for the Bayfield Tree Project will be taken.
Lift your spirit and renovate your body by joining Taoist Tai Chi classes. Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield in April.
The Taoist tradition teaches that a person's health depends on the harmony of body and mind. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. People may immediately experience the benefits of these arts through the gentle yet powerful movement of Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.
An one-hour Open House for Taoist Tai Chi will be held on Apr. 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Two-hour Beginner classes will start on Apr. 10 starting at 9 a.m. in the same location. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
Bayfield Guiding and the Camp Klahanie Friends Association will be hosting a “Just Books Sale” at the Bayfield Village Inn on Apr. 12 and 13.
With proceeds being shared between Bayfield Guiding and Camp Klahanie, organizers are hoping this will be their biggest and best book sale ever.
Donations of gently used books in good condition can be made from now until Apr. 11 at the Bayfield Village Inn. Please call Melody at 519 565-2443 to arrange drop off. Books can also be given to members of Bayfield Guiding.
The sale itself will coincide with Cookie Days in Bluewater and will be held on the Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Encyclopedias or magazines will not be accepted.
The cookies are coming! The cookies are coming! Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce their classic chocolate and vanilla cream sandwich cookies will arrive in the village on March 22.
They will be selling for $5 a box. Profits from the cookies will go toward the girls’ year end trip to Rally 2014 at Canada’s Wonderland where thousands of girls and women from Ontario and Nunavut will join in a memorable Guiding experience.
Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody at 519 565-2443 (Bayfield Village Inn).
St. James', Middleton
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 fifth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on March 29. All in the community are invited to join in the festivities.
All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage with real 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 1 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.
The rural photographs of Reuben Sallows were used to entice settlers to come to Canada and those who attend the March 24th meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will get a first hand look at some of these images.
This remarkable photographer from Goderich produced thousands of photographs recording landscapes and daily life of Canadians, many in Huron County, in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth. He brought everyday existence to life and has provided us with extraordinary insights into what it was like to live in harsh conditions surviving winters in this region with few comforts. He also captured natural scenes and human-interest pictures of folks at home, at work and at play, in the fields and on the beaches. He also took wonderful pictures of children.
His body of work can be found in the National Archives of Canada, at Guelph University and, most importantly, in the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery in the Goderich Public Library.
The BHS will offer a presentation of Reuben Sallow’s work by two members of the gallery staff, Colleen Maguire and Charlene Blondy. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to share in this fascinating glimpse into history.
The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is planning a bus trip to Windsor, ON resulting in a photo walk with Mel Diotte on March 22.
Diotte has been recognized for the terrific nature images he often posts on the PCoB’s Flickr site and has offered to host a group of photographers on that date for a day of picture making.
Travel to Windsor will be by chartered bus and non-members of the club will be charged $40 for the return trip transportation. Stops will be made for lunch and supper.
The PCoB will be visiting Ojibway Park for a chance to photograph the animals and birds that reside there. They will also visit Windsor’s Graffiti Alley and will be guided to Mel’s favorite locations to shoot some modern “art”.
Anyone who has a camera and would like a new opportunity to take pictures in two fresh locations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Marty Bond at 519 525-2267 for more information.
It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church 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 on Mondays from now until Apr. 7. The evenings begin at 6 p.m.
A free will offering is asked to collected for church outreach programs. All in the community are welcome. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 519 565-2790 so that organizers can ensure enough food for all.
The schedule of movies is as follows: March 24, Captain Philips; March 31, The Butler; and Apr. 7, 42 - The Jackie Robinson Story.
The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) in partnership with the Bayfield Lions’ Club is once again creating a Bayfield Calendar for 2015.
“The 2014 calendar was completely sold out speaking well to the quality of the product. Because of the high demand we will be printing more copies this year. To assure that the quality will be at least as good as 2014 we are now actively soliciting photos,” said Jack Pal, on behalf of the PCoB and the Lions’ Club.
Anyone can submit photos and there is no limit. Please post entries to the calendar Flickr site: www.flickr.com/groups/bayfieldcalendar2015
Photographs should be recognizably Bayfield and reflect the variety of the many aspects of our village throughout the four seasons.
“Since we are now (hopefully) approaching the end of winter, many of the photos we are looking for have already been taken. The deadline is fast approaching so please take out your cameras and start shooting your favorite spring photos,” said Pal.
Preference will be given to those photos that provide an artistic interpretation of the heritage aspects of Bayfield in line with the declaration of Bayfield as a Heritage Community in 1982. Photographs should not have been used in previous years' calendars however they do not need to be current.
Since the calendar will be printed in "landscape" (most likely 8x12) format photos should be edited to that format. Photos should be available, if selected, in a sufficient size (preferably seven megapixels or greater) to allow them to be printed at a resolution of 300 dpi.
Participants do not need to be a member of the PCoB in order to submit. Photographers whose photos are selected for inclusion in the 2015 calendar will receive a free membership to the PCoB.
bayfield concert series
The Bayfield Concert Series is bringing to Bayfield two rather well-known entertainers as part of their spring concert series.
Two Meades Bros. Productions announced recently that Jay Malinowski, of Bedoin Sound Clash, and Ashley MacIsaac will be taking the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall in the coming months.
Malinowski will perform at the hall on Apr. 2 followed a month later by MacIsaac on May 2. Tickets for Malinowski are $35 while MacIsaac’s show will cost $50.
Both shows are sponsored by briandupuis.com. The town hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with a showtime of 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now at tunestub.com or The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro in Bayfield.
Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Apr. 15.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: 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 Shannon Gould at The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Fitness activities under the One Care banner are gearing up for spring!
One Care offers Gentle Yoga every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Newcomers are always welcome.
Exercise classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Please call 519 565-2202 for more information an any of the above activities.