celebrate earth day with a litter walk and a film
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) invites the community to celebrate Earth Day on Apr. 22 with two special Earth Day events that focus on both local and global environmental concerns.
The Second Annual Earth Day Litter Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield. Walkers can check in with organizers at the pavilion, where they will choose their own route or area and be given bags to collect garbage and recycling as they walk. Filled bags should be returned to the park. The garbage will be picked up there for disposal by the municipality.
Last year over 50 volunteers participated in gathering up litter from streets and public lands throughout Bayfield. Those wishing to participate should dress for the weather and wear their own work gloves. They can sign up to collect garbage anytime between 1-4 p.m.
Groups and local organizations are also urged to participate, by encouraging their members to come out on Earth Day to clean up the parks and public areas in our community. The last of the melting snow always reveals a disturbing amount of garbage on local highways and byways, but the concerned residents of Bayfield can be applauded for tackling this problem through what is becoming an annual ‘spring cleaning’ by local volunteers.
Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, 11 Main Street N. in Bayfield, is proudly sponsoring the Earth Day Litter Walk by donating 50 cents from every cup of coffee or tea sold during the entire day to the BRVTA
And then later that same evening, the BRVTA is hosting a special screening of the documentary “This Changes Everything”.
This game changing and provocative film by Avi Lewis premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and is based on the critically acclaimed best seller by award-winning journalist Naomi Klein. She changed the global conversation on climate change by asking the question, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”
The film recently aired on CBC. It was shot in nine countries over four years, and presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving. Going beyond simply exposing and criticizing this looming global crisis, Lewis and Klein propose a call to action for a new future. Their hope is that through community viewings of the film, the public will become engaged in conversation and dialogue about the crucial issue.
The film builds to a controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Whether you agree with their proposal or not, the film promises to be a thought provoking and controversial conversation starter for Earth Day.
“This Changes Everything” will be screened at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 22. Admission is by free will donation, with all proceeds going towards BRVTA re-forestation projects on local trails.
Bluewater Community plan needs some improving
A public meeting on the Bluewater Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is being held on Monday, Apr. 11 for the purpose of discussing proposed revisions.
Bluewater Council originally passed the CIP in April of 2015, however, in using the document it became apparent that it lacked detail in several key areas; in response to this, council initiated a staff review of the document in December of 2015.
The public meeting will be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna starting at 6:30 p.m.
The CIP continues to fund grants for commercial façade redevelopment and for properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. The main areas of change include: more specific project criteria, amendments to the project area mapping and additional details regarding how the municipality will administer grants and the overall program. The CIP has also been scaled down in length to create a user-friendly document.
Many Bluewater residents participated in the development of the 2015 CIP. Anyone with questions is encouraged to attend the meeting on Apr. 11 or contact Denise Van Amersfoort, planner for the Municipality of Bluewater, at email@example.com. A draft of the revised CIP and mapping can be found on the municipality’s website.
Following the April 11th meeting, input from the public will be incorporated into the CIP and a final draft will be forwarded to Council for adoption at the May Committee of the Whole meeting. Applications will be posted on the municipal website following the CIP’s adoption. The municipality is excited about this program and eager to fund projects for the 2016 construction season. Please contact Van Amersfoort with questions relating to potential projects. She can be reached at 519 236-4351, Ext. 247 or at the email listed above.
museum making informal visit to Goderich library
Bill Wark and Beth Zurbrigg (eventually married and became Beth Wark) in 1958 at the Huron College Ball.
The Huron County Museum and Huron County Library, Goderich Branch, are hosting Huron County’s first ever Pop Up exhibit on Apr. 9 and it has a “Prom” or “Formal” theme. The museum will be showcasing some of the striking formal wear and accessories from their collection and are inviting the public to add to the display.
People are asked to search their closets, photo albums and boxes for clothes, photos and memorabilia, and take it all to the Pop Up exhibit where proms of the past will come alive within shared stories.
“We are very excited to partner with the fine folks at the Goderich Branch Library to bring this exciting event to Huron County. We want everyone to bring an object or memory from their prom, and come to the library to share their history,” said Curator of Engagement and Dialogue, Huron County Museum, Will Kernohan. “Pop Up exhibits only last for a couple of hours and are a great chance for the museum to get out into the community and show off some of our artifacts and more importantly, to allow the community to participate by bringing theirs. We see ourselves as creating space for residents to participate and be co-exhibit creators. Really, it’s a show and tell for everybody and we want people to have a good chat and a great time.”
Sisters Renee Lehnen (Grade 12), pictured on right, and Christa Lehnen (Grade 10) taken May 1984 before CHSS Formal. (Submitted photos)
“Prom related sharing and conversations have already begun at the Goderich Branch Library,” added Christa Lehnen, branch assistant. “Staff have dug through their closets and shoeboxes, and found some vintage pictures and formal fashion circa the 1960s and 1980s, prompting funny and tender memories. We are excited about the possibilities this event offers. This event is for everyone! If you didn’t go to the graduation dance, come share stories of what you did instead (an anti-prom memory), or engage with other people’s prom stories and memorabilia. We are really excited to see what the community will bring in and the conversations it will inspire!”
“The Memories of the Prom Pop Up” exhibit will take place Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Home and Garden Show fast approaching
The public is invited attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 19th annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, April 22-24. There are more than 65 exhibitors this year displaying their newest products, technologies and services.
This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Also new this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities.
This free show will be open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).
The public will also have a chance at some fabulous door prizes, a BBQ donated by Mcllwain’s Garage and gift certificates from Bayfield Foodland. Other highlights of the event include, face painting for the children and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices.
The Bayfield Lions’ Club organizes and runs the Home and Garden Show every year as well as many other annual fundraising events including the Lions’ Breakfast in May, Walk for Dog Guides in June, Bayfield Calendar launch in July, a Golf Tournament in September, a Fishing Derby in October, a Turkey Bingo in December. Profits from all these events go to local projects, programs, and persons/families in need and various national and international Lions’ projects.
water-quality improvement projects milestone reached
The two local conservation authorities recently acknowledged marking 2,000 county clean water supported projects with the presentation of a shovel to the county. Those taking part in the presentation in honor of this achievement by the County of Huron and the people of the county, were from l-r: Susanna Reid, planner, Huron County; Rachel White, stewardship coordinator, Huron Stewardship Council; Neil Vincent, county councilor and member of the Huron County Clean Water Project Review Committee (HCCWPRC); Dave Pullen, forest conservation officer; Paul Gowing, warden, Huron County; Jack Kroes, HCCWPRC member; Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority; Doug Hocking, water quality specialist, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority; and Jim Ginn, county councilor and chairman, Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee. Not in photo is Ben Van Diepenbeek, county councilor and chairman, HCCWPRC. (Submitted photo)
Jim Ginn, chairman of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee (HCWPSC), made an historic announcement at that organization’s meeting in Holmesville on Apr. 1. He shared with those in attendance that the Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) has achieved the mark of providing grants that have helped to fund 2,000 water-quality improvement projects completed by Huron County landowners, residents, and community groups.
The County of Huron funds the HCCWP. The Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield conservation authorities provide service delivery. To recognize the success of the County of Huron, and its residents, to date, the conservation authorities presented the county with a shovel marking 2,000 projects completed in the county, by people of the county, with county support.
The plaque attached to the shovel reads as follows: “Presented to the County of Huron, by the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield conservation authorities, in recognition of 2,000 water quality improvement projects completed on the ground by landowners, residents, and community groups through grant support from the Huron County Clean Water Project. April 1, 2016, Holmesville, Ontario.”
Please note that the Bayfield Breeze will be taking a hiatus from “live” issues from Apr. 27 to May 15.
Issues published on Apr. 27, May 4 and May 11 will be completed prior to Apr. 25 so if anyone has any news they wish to have published in any of these three issues they must submit no later than Thursday, Apr. 21 at 4 p.m.
Mavis’ Trail, located just south of Varna, is one of the region’s hidden gems. It begins in a quiet pine reforestation area with tranquil meadows and then after crossing a 65 foot bridge, walkers will meander through a heavily wooded deciduous forest with towering Maple, Birch and Ash trees. The path eventually leads to a lovely, tranquil lookout over the charming Bayfield River.
Anyone who would like to experience this trail on a guided walk is invited to join the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association as they host a Family Walk along Mavis’ Trail at 1 p.m. on Apr. 10.
The trail is 2.5 km long, difficulty is level 3 (moderate) and the hike will take approximately one hour. The trail starts at Stanley Recreation Complex, 1.6 km. west of the village of Varna on County Road # 3. Parking is available.
For more information please contact hike leaders, Pat Baker, at 519 955-1456, or Elise Feltrin, at 519 565-5852.
“To hear an owl hooting on a moonlit night is nothing short of magical. Then to be lucky enough to see one; that’s an experience with nature that one doesn’t soon forget.”
Families are invited to take an exciting moonlit, guided hike on Apr. 23 at 8 p.m. and learn about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations. Explore owl habitat, try owl calls and (if really lucky) maybe see one of these amazing birds.
The Eastern Screech Owl is this area’s most common owl. Its habitat ranges from woods to urban areas. This small owl is a cavity nester. It makes use of large bird boxes and cavities created by other animals, as well as natural cavities.
A special guest from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will call out the owls during the Owl Prowl. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight, wear warm clothing and proper footwear! Hot chocolate will be served at the end of the hike. Donations are welcome to cover expenses.
The Sawmill Trail features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail is 2 KMs long, difficulty is level 2 although there is one large hill and the prowl will take approximately 1 1/2 hours. To find the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed ½ KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available.
The leaders on this hike will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202, Roberta Stemp 519 565-2777 and Adriaan Schreuder, 519 955-7030.
Spring Plant Sale
Knox Presbyterian Church is once again holding their Mother’s Day Potted Plant Sale. The beautiful, healthy potted plant arrangements are provided this year through Scott’s Flowers in Mitchell on Hwy 8.
The pre-potted arrangements include a multi-colored patio pot and hanging baskets of trailing Petunias in shades of red, pink and blue. Also available are Mini Mother Geranium plants.
Wanting to plant specific bedding plants, herbs, shrub roses etc. or to give a unique hostess gift or Mother’s Day gift? Gift cards are also available in $10 denominations. Patio pots are $20, hanging baskets of trailing Petunias are $18 and the Mini Mother Geranium plants are $10. In addition 1 lb bags of 20-20-20 fertilizer are available for $4. Prices include HST, and delivery to the purchaser’s door.
Proceeds from this sale will help the congregation of Knox Church fund their seventh Christian Summer Day Camp held in Bayfield by Camp Kintail.
Order deadline is Apr. 22 with delivery to home or business on May 8. Please order through any member of the congregation or call 519 565-5238.
The Bayfield Optimist Club is getting all their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 22.
The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.
Tickets are now available from club members or Brandons Hardware and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 750 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so don’t wait to the last minute to purchase.
This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a stainless steel barbecue valued at $400 and donated by a Friend of Optimists. Second prize is a Norco BMX Bike donated by Outside Projects and a friend of Optimism. It is also valued at $400. Third prize is an overnight at The Albion Hotel including breakfast. Donated by Kim Muszynski, of The Albion Hotel, this prize is valued at $200. Fourth prize is a gift certificate for Michael’s Pharmasave worth $150 and donated by Michael and Nevien Ibrahim. Fifth prize is a handcrafted stone birdhouse created and donated by Tony Laporte. It is also valued at $150.
Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.
County Historical Society
“Vanastra” is the topic of the April meeting of the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS).
Jack McLachlan, retired clerk-administrator of Huron East and Clerk of Tuckersmith before the amalgamation, will talk about the years when Vanastra was known simply as “The Base”. McLachlan was part of the history of the transition from Radar Base to village and has some interesting stories to tell.
The HCHS holds general meetings for members, guests and the public five times a year in various venues across the county with a speaker on an issue of local and county historical interest.
This months HCHS meeting will be held on Apr.13 at the Vanastra Community Christian Reformed Hall at 50-5th Street in Vanastra. It will start with a meet and greet, Followed by a hot dinner at 6 p.m. and the speaker set for 7 p.m. A pre-booking is required for the meal only. Please register with Ralph Laviolette at 519 565-2454.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is seeking two new board members.
People interested in event planning, the rental business, marketing and/or advertising, may find that the Town Hall committee has everything that they might be looking for in a volunteer position. Or, if anyone just wants to work with a great team of volunteers, the Town Hall is calling out to them.
Anyone who is interested and would like to ask more questions, please feel free to contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830
huron heritage fund
May 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.
To date, over 50 heritage initiatives in Huron County have received support from the County of Huron through this program. In recent years, projects have included support for the development of a virtual tour for the Bluewater Heritage Committee, exhibit enhancement funds for the North Huron Museum as well as an initiative by the Huron Historical Society to honor Jennie Smillie through a plaque in the Dr. Jennie Smillie Parkette, in the community of Hensall.
“The county will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” said to Meighan Wark, director of Cultural Services.
This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.
Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.
More information about the application process can be found on the County’s web site at: www.huroncounty.ca/
Brochures are also available at all branches of the Huron County Library.
The County of Huron is pleased to announce that Environment Canada is offering a free CANWARN training session in our region this spring.
CANWARN volunteers are trained to look for clues in the sky that indicate severe weather may be approaching. When members spot severe weather, they send their reports to Environment Canada meteorologists who use the information to refine their forecast or prepare a severe weather watch or warning.
CANWARN training is open to members of the public who have an interest in weather monitoring and reporting. A session will occur on Apr. 20th from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Emergency Services Training Centre, 40193 Blyth Road, Blyth, Ontario.
Individuals interested in participating are required to register by contacting Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Geoff Coulson at geoff.coulson@Canada.ca.