black locust among four trees removed from Main Street
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Early on the afternoon of March 4, the Bayfield Tree Service began the removal of a Black Locust (left) and a Horse Chestnut (right) on Bayfield Main Street N. following a report prepared by the Public Works Department from findings by an independent consultant. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
There will be four less shady spots on Main Street this summer as four trees were removed from the street during the winter months due to such factors as age and disease.
Two Sugar Maples, one at 21 Main Street N. in front of the Red Pump and another at 20 Main Street N. by the Bayfield Archives were removed in January. The trees were estimated to between 20-40 years old and were suffering from vehicular damage and stress.
On March 4, two neighboring trees, one an 80 year-old Black Locust standing at 11 Main Street N. in front of Shop Bike Coffee, and the other a Horse Chestnut estimated to be between 30-40 years of age located at 13 Main Street N. near The Heritage Group were removed by the Bayfield Tree Service. The Locust had stress cracks migrating up its branches while the Chestnut was suffering from leaf blotch disease.
According to a report presented to Bluewater Council on Jan. 5 given by Jennette Walker, manager of Public Works for Bluewater the Horse Chestnut and Black Locust needed to be removed by a tree removal company, due to their size and in keeping with standard municipal practices. Municipal staff cut down the smaller Sugar Maples.
Walker noted in her report that as part of the preliminary design work for the Bayfield Main Street – Streetscape and Reconstruction Project, Martin Quinn (Parks Supervisor for the Town of Goderich) was hired to consult on the construction survivability of the trees within the proposed two blocks of the future Main Street N. project.
She stated to council that since the topic of trees can be a very sensitive subject for the public, it was felt that hiring an outside consultant to work with the Bayfield Main Street Reconstruction Design Project Advisory Team would be an asset.
The report stated that Quinn reviewed 27 trees (plus two stumps) within the proposed two blocks. From his review it has been estimated that, in all seven trees will not likely survive through construction or much longer after construction due to their roots being disturbed by the work. However, only the four trees noted above needed to be removed post haste due to age, vehicular damage and/or disease. Some branch pruning on some of the remaining healthy trees may also be necessary along Main St N to continue to maintain tree health and it is hoped to complete this in May.
The report concluded that by removing these trees based on their age and/or health the municipality’s liability from property damage from falling branches, etc., would be reduced.
Walker also pointed out that part of the new streetscape project is the planting of new trees in this section of Main Street N. The new trees are proposed to be native species, able to withstand the climate and conditions of a well-traveled street, with better protection from vehicle traffic.
And both the Black Locust and Horse Chestnut will live on albeit in other forms as the lumber from these trees was given to woodworker Dave Loerchner, of DL Creations.
“I will be making one table to be donated for auction to plant new trees on Main Street and the rest will be available for custom pieces to whomever desires,” said Loerchner.
Bluewater to flaunt hospitality at tourism event
According to the Huron Tourism Association (HTA), tourism has become the world's largest industry with revenues of over $500 billion including travel, tourism and hospitality businesses. In Huron County tourism is a major economic driver welcoming over one million visitors to the region annually.
Tourism businesses are invited to join the HTA as they present, “Hospitable Huron – We’ve got it! Let’s Flaunt it!” at the 26th Annual Tourism Event and Brochure Swap in Huron County, on Apr. 14 from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Zurich Arena and Community Centre.
"This year, we're proud to highlight the Municipality of Bluewater," said Cindy Fisher, Huron County Tourism co-ordinator. The annual tourism industry event is hosted in a different community each year to showcase what great things each area can offer to residents and visitors to Huron County.
Participants can take part in the morning Familiarization Trips, choosing one of three themed tours:
• "Tasting it" - in Historic Zurich – The town founded in 1856, is known for its Swiss heritage, reflected in some of the architecture. Guests will enjoy a guided historical tour of the down-town area of Zurich.
• Making it" - in Creative Hensall - Firmly rooted in the heart of Huron County's agricultural land sits Hensall, the White Bean Capital of Canada and home to the country's largest inland granary. But that's not all. Participants will also find a thriving garlic industry at the Garlic Box; explore ice at Iceculture; discover innovations at Metzgers; and celebrate culture at the historic Hensall Opera House.
• "Discovering it" - on the Bluewater Shoreline - The beautiful waters of the Bluewater Shoreline beckon tourists and residents to the lake all year round. Businesses located along the Hwy. 21 corridor promise family fun, fabulous food, destination weddings or rich local stories about the French settlement at St. Joseph. Meanwhile in the beautiful town of Bayfield, the oldest continually operating Inn in Ontario still opens its doors to welcome guests and new niche businesses add a modern esthetic to the old world charm of this heritage village.
Two awards are presented during this annual event: an Annual Tourism Development Award presented to a business that demonstrates leadership, creative inventions, partnership initiatives, community impact and excellence in the tourism industry and the Tourism Champion Award, presented to an owner, operator, staff or volunteer of a business, attraction or special event who advocates for local tourism initiatives. Businesses are asked to nominate those who are worthy of these awards by March 20th (Forms available from Rachel Lynn at 519.524.8394 x3 or email@example.com).
The day also includes a buffet lunch prepared by Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland with desserts made by Jerry Rader's, a silent auction and the Brochure Swap - an opportunity to distribute promotional literature to other businesses and promoters.
"As a tourism business operator, it's important that you and your staff are educated on what's available in the area," said Co-ordinator Karen Stewart. "It helps to provide the best customer service experience to visitors."
This event provides a great opportunity for businesses to collect material, distribute brochures and network with other businesses in the county who can promote tourism businesses to clients, friends and family who are visiting Ontario's West Coast. The 2015 Ontario's West Coast Vacation Guide will be available for pick-up that day along with the other specialty brochures such as fishing/paddling, hiking, cycling, Shakespeare to the Shoreline, the Huron-Perth "Buy Local Buy Fresh" map and the Huron-Perth Garden Touring brochure.
This business-to-business event is hosted by the Huron Tourism Association in partnership with the County of Huron; the Municipality of Bluewater and Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG). Many other businesses also contribute to its success year-after-year.
For registration information visit www.ontarioswestcoast.ca or call 519-524-8394 Ext.3. The registration deadline is March 27.
residents encouraged to register with "Huron Ready"
Huron Ready, the County’s Community Notification System, conducted a verification call-out the week of March 2. This test allowed registered participants to confirm the accuracy of their contact information so they can be reached during an emergency situation.
“Over time the phone numbers for individuals, homes and businesses change, so it’s important to verify them periodically,” said David Lew, Huron County Chief of Emergency Services. “If you are not signed up you will not receive a call.”
Currently, 14,686 participants are registered with Huron Ready, and close to one third of them verified their information during the March call-out. Huron Ready will attempt to reach only those whose information was not verified during another call-out in the late summer of 2015.
“Huron Ready is our best method for alerting our communities about an emergency and we encourage everyone to sign up,” said Lew.
County staff noted several comments from participants about poor voice quality during the verification process, which is an area that will be targeted for improvement. However, staff would like the public to be aware that, in the event of a notification, the message will be recorded by a person and will not use the text-to-speech voice.
Registration to participate in the Huron Ready program is free and can be completed in a few minutes by calling toll free 1-888-524-8394 ext. 3711 or by completing the online form at www.huroncounty.ca/huronready.
water source protection committee needs new members
Local citizens on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC) have worked since 2007 to create terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans. Now that the Province of Ontario has approved the new plans, about one third of the committee members are about to complete their terms. That has created the opportunity for more local people to submit their names as potential committee members. The deadline for applications has been extended to Apr. 3.
The current members of the committee have shown great dedication in their work, said Jenna Allain, program supervisor.
“Their work has resulted in approved local plans to reduce risk to municipal drinking water sources,” she said. “Some members have decided that now is a good time to step off the committee. This creates an opportunity for other people to be part of this public health initiative.”
An advertisement calling for applications was published in local newspapers in January. The region has received several applications since that time. The deadline has been extended to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be considered, said Allain.
The source protection plans take effect Apr. 1. Allain said the region is entering an exciting new phase of the committee’s work.
“We are pleased that most committee members are able to continue as members and bring their experience to the next phase of source protection,” Allain said. “We are also excited at the chance to add new community voices at the table.”
The region is seeking applications for four vacancies on the source protection committee. The new members are to come from the following interests: Economic Sector – Industry (1); Economic Sector – Commerce (1); and Environment/Health/Public/Property Association (2). If interested in consideration for appointment to the ABMVDWSPC, please submit a cover letter and résumé, with position title clearly marked, by Apr. 3 at 4 p.m. local time. Please indicate clearly for which of the three seats your application is to be considered.
Applications should be submitted to: Brian Horner, general manager and secretary-treasurer, Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Authority, 71108 Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON, N0M 1S5.
For a summary of member obligations and full job description please visit: sourcewaterinfo.on.ca. For more information call Allain at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ABMVDWSPC is a committee of 15 people from the region. To fufill the requirements of the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006 and Ontario Regulation 287/07, one third of the source protection committee membership is now changing.
Citizens interested in finding out more about the committee, or source protection planning policies, are invited to a free open house on March 25 from 3-7 p.m. at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex, Hot Stove Lounge, 99 Kerr Drive, Wingham. People are welcome to drop in at any time during the open house to find out if planning policies affect them directly and to find out how they can help protect drinking water sources.
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. The source protection 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). The most common threat activities in wellhead protection areas of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region include: below-ground home heating oil tanks; large commercial fuel tanks; storage of enamel paints or some degreasers, metal cleaners, or solvents in quantities more than 25 litres; pesticide, fertilizer, and manure storage and application; storage of hazardous waste; and septic systems.
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 www.sourcewaterinfo.on.ca. Threat activities may be low, moderate or significant. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are only found in wellhead protection areas (WHPAs). 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.
Anyone located close to a municipal well who would like to learn if plan policies apply to them, or how they can protect local drinking water sources, are invited to attend the open house, visit the website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca or phone toll-free 1-888-286-2610, or email email@example.com.
“INTOLERABLE” WINS BAYFIELD READS
There was a strong turnout for Bayfield Reads 2015 and all five books, and their defenders, were well matched to compete against each other. From l-r: John Lalor, who defended, “And the Birds Rained Down”, by Jocelyn Saucier; Quinn Ross, “Intolerable”, by Kamal Al-Solaylee; Leanne Kavanagh, “When Everything Feels like the Movies”, by Raziel Reid; Allan Thompson, “Ru” by Kim Thuy; and Dave MacLaren, “The Inconvenient Indian”, by Thomas King. The defenders presented very convincing cases for their books and it became clear that all of the books had the ability to break down barriers and change perspectives. The audience had a tough decision to make that was reflected in the distribution of votes. It was Ross whose tight, and solid defense of “Intolerable”, earned him first place. Lalor's captivating portrayal of “And the Birds Rained Down”, earned him a second place finish. Kavanagh, MacLaren, and Thompson were all within a couple of votes from first place. According to Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop, it was a challenge that the defenders all met with success and she would like to thank them for taking it on. (Submitted photo)
The third Thursday of the month has rolled around again with a Councilor’s Corner scheduled for tomorrow night (March 19).
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone invites everyone to come out and hear about the happenings at Bluewater Council. Suggested topics are the budget, bridge construction, dog parks and community improvement plans.
According to Whetstone, this is your opportunity for input to building a better Bluewater.
Councilor’s Corner is held on the third Thursday of the month from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Heroes of Huron
Jim Rutledge, of Goderich, is ensuring that the fallen boys and men of Huron County will not be forgotten.
In April, he will lead a group of local people on a third visit to France and Belgium to visit the grave sites of the Huron soldiers lost in WWI. They will also be participating in ceremonies at Vimy Ridge and Leper.
They will then move further into Belgium and also the Netherlands to visit the cemeteries of those who lost their lives in WWII. While in the Netherlands the group will be participating in the ceremonies and celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of that country.
At all gravesites they visit they will mark the headstone with a Canadian Flag, as well as the historically appropriate Canadian and Ontario ensign. They will also photograph the headstone or memorial.
Rutledge is asking for the community to support this initiative by joining the “Heroes of Huron Journey of Honour and Remembrance 2015” on Facebook.
He is also requesting that anyone from the Bayfield area who is planning to attend any of the Netherland’s celebrations and ceremonies contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
History maker Jackie Rowe, from the Garlic Box in Hensall, will be presenting her “Innovative Process to Help Ontario’s Beleaguered Garlic Industry” at the March 23rd meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS)
Anyone who reads the Rural Voice magazine will recognize Rowe from the cover of their February 2015 issue and will be aware that she is the recent winner of the Leader’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Her business was the first in Canada to apply the Individually Quick Frozen process to garlic and thereby making its all-natural goodness available for consumers year round. She will explain to all who attend how this process works without damage to the garlic and what this could potentially mean to the local garlic industry. Having more than 17 years in the local garlic industry Rowe knows all of the benefits and challenges of convincing people to support our local producers, her incites should prove to be very interesting.
All are welcome to attend the meeting at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building beginning at 7:30 p.m. 2015 memberships to the BHS will also be available.
Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 28. 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 and St. Andrew’s United Church Choir.
The program will commence at 8 p.m. with a presentation by Roma Harris on “Trees and Heritage in Bayfield” launching the Bayfield Tree Project’s 2015 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. so those who attend are asked to bring a flashlight so they might see the words for the sing-along portion of the evening.
On May 3, St. Andrew’s United Church will host a special musical evening featuring, “The Four Men Sing”.
This popular group will perform, starting at 8 p.m., a variety of music from inspirational ballads to wistful Maritime folk songs as well as Broadway tunes and jazz numbers.
Tickets will be available after March 23 by calling Nancy at 519 565-4460 or Carmen at 519 565-2813. Tickets are selling for $20 each; seniors, $15; youth (7-18 years) $10.
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 sixth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on March 28. 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 Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will also provide an alternative to the wagon ride this year. Hike leaders will accompany groups of walkers through the Schilbe maple bush to visit the shanty for the tour. Walkers will depart at 10 a.m. and again at 10:30 a.m. This is an easy ¾ KM walk along an old bush road.
The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds from the event will go to world outreach.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is planning a great community event to celebrate Earth Day while helping clean up the village of Bayfield.
On Apr. 22 local groups and individual citizens are invited to check in at Clan Gregor Square anytime between 2-6 p.m. After choosing their route, BRVTA volunteers will provide them with collection bags for garbage and re-cycling. They will then go for a walk in their area picking up litter. Bags can be dropped back at the Square for disposal.
Not only simple, but also a “win-win” event for the whole community! Folks get fresh air and exercise and the whole village looks better.
So the BRVTA would like to challenge local groups to show up with as many participants as possible. They should dress for the weather and bring their own gloves.
For further info contact: Helen Varekamp at email@example.com or Elise Feltrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) Program Committee has had a very successful season thus far.
“Our ‘Saturdays at the Library’ series is going over very well thanks to the imaginative work by the volunteers. If you haven't attended a session there are still three more events scheduled,” said Jim Fergusson, president of the FOBL Board in a recent newsletter.
Two of the sessions were recently announced for next month.
On Apr. 11, Roger Goddard will present, "Not Just Your Little Brown Birds". He will help attendees learn how to create the perfect garden environment and get the perfect feeder to find the perfect birds.
And then on Apr. 25, the Huron Harp School led by Sharon Johnston shall return to the library to provide and help attendees make some beautiful music!
Both sessions are scheduled to run from noon to 1:30 p.m.
In November and December of 2014, a crew of 14 women crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board the Sea Dragon, a 72-foot sailboat. Included were scientists, activists, artists and technologists. The mission for the crossing of 2,600 nautical miles from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, to Martinique in the Caribbean, was to make the unseen seen — from the pollution in our oceans to the toxins in our own bodies.
Local resident Jen Pate, co-owner/operator of The Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park, was part of this team and has completed a documentary of the trip and will present it together with her experiences at the Bayfield Town Hall on Apr. 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. The film entitled, “eXXpedition: Making the Unseen Seen” premiered at the Royal Geographic Society in London, England on March 7.
It took 19 days of swells, squalls and intense heat to complete the passage. Water samples were taken and conditions were recorded while sampling for plastic pollution of the Atlantic in conjunction with the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) Marine Microplastics Project (ASC Microplastics Project website).
The film presentation, sponsored by the Photography Club of Bayfield, will be open to the public with admission by donation. Proceeds will go to the Bayfield Blue Community.
Please mail, email@example.com for further information on the presentation.
Lost and Found
An IPhone has been found along Mavis’ Trail, one of the Varna Nature Trails. The owner is asked to contact Patrick Capper at 519-606-0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reclaim.