residents asked to keep "save our ice signs" in place
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Two hundred and forty-six days after Bluewater Council voted to permanently remove ice from the Bayfield Arena a majority of councilors finally agreed to rescind the motion giving the area and village residents a local place to skate for the 2018-19 season.
“The motion passed in August of 2017 to remove the ice was rescinded, thanks to Councilor Hill. She has become a great supporter for Bayfield,” explained Sandy Scotchmer, a spokesperson for the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT). Councilor Marnie Hill, is the representative for the Hensall Ward.
Council then passed a motion to install ice for the coming season with a financial contribution of $20,000 from BACPA/BFIT prior to installation. BACPA and BFIT have joined forces to become one entity in their efforts for the community arena to alleviate public confusion.
BACPA/BFIT prepared and submitted to council on Apr. 10 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enter into negotiations with the Municipality on a public-private partnership to operate the arena. At the council meeting staff were directed to review this MOU and report back.
“Council also passed a motion to begin a Feasibility Study of recreation needs in Bayfield and catchment areas that will conclude with a report to Council scheduled for October 2018. Included in the terms of reference for the outside consultant to review, is the public-private partnership that BACPA/BFIT wants to enter into with the Municipality,” said Scotchmer.
Monteith Brown Planning Consultants has been retained by the Municipality to complete the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study at a cost of $56,500 inclusive of tax.
“It was suggested at the Council meeting that the Feasibility Study not be completed at all - save the money and put it towards the ice, or public-private partnership, but Council wants to proceed with the study,” said Scotchmer. “A $30,000 grant was applied for by Bluewater which has now been approved.”
Scotchmer noted that area residents are now asking what should be done with their “Save Our Ice” lawn signs? Scotchmer expressed a strong need to keep the 600 that were distributed in place.
“Just because we have the ice back for a year, we can’t become complacent - we still have much work ahead of us through the summer as the consulting firm Monteith and Brown begins its study of the recreation needs of the village and the public-private partnership preferred by BACPA/BFIT,” she said. “We need to keep the village engaged, especially our summer residents.”
According to Scotchmer, Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson suggested he would like to hear the views of summer residents with regards to the ice and the arena throughout the study.
So to recap, the answer to the question – what to do with those “Save Our Ice” signs?
“Don’t remove them as we want the Consultant to see the support throughout the village,” Scotchmer concluded. “Definitely keep them up!”
SPRING IS FINALLY HERE AND SO IS ANNUAL PLANT SALE
John Siertsema, of Bayfield, oversaw the draw table at the most recent meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club. Some of the prizes at the table were butterfly houses that Siertsema made and donated. (Submitted photos)
Kerry Jarvis presented his slides on Monarchs at the April meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club.
Despite power outages in our neighborhoods and snow squalls in the area, the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) recently had a great turnout for Kerry Jarvis’ talk on Monarch butterflies and the creation of the Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores butterfly friendly habitats in the Southampton area.
And now the club is looking forward to their annual Plant Sale, coming up on Saturday, May 12, the BGC are once again holding this fundraising event in Clan Gregor Square, across from the Bayfield Town Hall, from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out – whatever happens first!
Native plants will be offered with their best growing condition info provided.
The selection includes: Wild Columbine, Blue Flag Iris, Butterfly Weed, Foxglove, Beard-Tongue and Cardinal Flower. There are options for Rain Gardens, woodland areas or naturalizing.
The BCG also have a large choice of annuals, perennials, veggie plants, bulbs, herbs, shrubs, trees, house plants, garden tools and artefacts.
This fundraiser relies on plant and garden donations. They may be taken to the Kales home at 55 Victoria Street, on Friday, May 11 between 6:30-8 p.m. Please pot and label all plant donations.
Rain Garden GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR BAYFIELD RESIDENTS
Bayfield homeowners interested in receiving funding to create a rain garden on their property should contact a local landscape professional who has received a Landscape Ontario endorsed rain garden certificate. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield residents have a chance to protect their lake, make their properties even more beautiful, and get grants to do it by planting rain gardens.
“Local people suggested rain gardens as a management solution for dealing with urban runoff in the community-based Main Bayfield Watershed Plan,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “Now homeowners have this great opportunity to install a rain garden and help protect Lake Huron.”
Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They collect, absorb and filter runoff and help prevent polluted runoff from reaching storm sewers and, ultimately, the lake. Rain gardens are low-maintenance gardens that can be designed to match existing landscaping, formal gardens or natural gardens. Homeowners can choose plants specifically to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
There has been considerable interest in rain gardens since the demonstration gardens went in at Pioneer Park in Bayfield in 2016, said Brock.
“With this funding, we are trying to make it easier for homeowners to bring some of that beauty to their own yard,” she said. “By capturing storm water in rain gardens, homeowners can help with localized flooding as rain gardens actually absorb more water than a grassed lawn.”
Bayfield homeowners interested in receiving funding to create a rain garden on their property should contact a local landscape professional who has received a Landscape Ontario endorsed rain garden certificate. (To find a list, visit the ABCA rain gardens page at abca.ca at this link: https://www.abca.ca/page.php?page=rain-gardens). Once the contractor has provided a plan and a quote for the garden, the homeowner will need to contact ABCA staff for a site visit to complete the application, which is available online at abca.ca. Grants, subject to approval, are paid out upon satisfactory completion of the rain garden. Homeowners can apply for funding without a contractor but preference is given to the applications that use a certified contractor.
A single downspout rain garden typically costs between $1,000 and $3,000 but will vary on the size of the garden. Bayfield homeowners can receive up to 50 per cent of the cash costs to a maximum of $500. The Huron County Clean Water Project and the Municipality of Bluewater, through its Blue Flag initiative, have provided funding.
JESSIE PAYNE JOINS GATEWAY TO PURSUE RESEARCH PROJECT
Jessie Payne (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (GCERH) in Goderich is pleased to announce the arrival of their first research student of the summer, Jessie Payne.
Payne is pursuing her undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Science Honors in Biotechnology with a specialization in Neuroscience at Queen’s University as a Schulich Leader Scholar. She hopes to pursue future studies in medicine and research through a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering.
Growing up in Bayfield, Payne joins GCERH with an understanding of rural life as well as the challenges and beneficial aspects that are part of it. She hopes to apply this knowledge to the research project, “Lonely No More” under the supervision of Dr. Feng Chang, GCERH board chair and research chair, and management of GCERH Board Member Sheila Schuehlein. She aims to enhance our knowledge of seniors in rural areas experiencing isolation and loneliness; with the ultimate goal of supporting these seniors through resources currently available to them and by offering training to their caregivers. This will hopefully provide a sustainably enhanced quality of life for all parties involved.
Payne is focussed on improving rural healthcare in other aspects of her life, in addition to her contribution to “Lonely No More”. After being named the Queen’s University’s Schulich Leader Scholar for 2016, she began to act on the opportunities put forth by the prestigious foundation. While attending a Schulich Leader conference this past fall, Payne saw a presentation given by Dr. Julielynn Wong centered around using 3D printing technology to feasibly innovate healthcare in rural and isolated areas. She signed up to join Dr. Wong’s team as a Medical Maker and has since founded an official Kingston Medical Maker chapter at Queen’s. The Kingston Medical Makers, through her leadership are dedicated to innovative healthcare, research, and bringing the modern calibre of medicine from developed countries to developing countries and rural, isolated areas around the globe through 3D printing. She will head to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in the Spring of 2019 to continue testing the technology, put her designed and printed prototypes to use in the field, as well as explore the efficacy of using drones to restock the 3D printer materials in remote locations.
In addition to exploring the vision of bringing cost effective and innovative medicine to rural areas as a Medical Maker, Payne is pursuing research at GCERH, which is also devoted to the improvement of rural health and healthcare delivery. While working on the “Lonely No More” project, she hopes to improve the quality of life of socially isolated seniors and in turn reduce the loneliness they may feel. This innovative, peer-based model aims to connect seniors with their peers and address the social isolation experienced by seniors of rural Perth, Huron, Grey, and Bruce Counties through education events and coaching sessions. This project will foster community volunteerism and involvement and it will also create sustainable support networks for at-risk seniors by educating them and volunteers on available resources and self-care tactics. GCERH is excited to see this project unfold and see the beneficial impact it imparts onto the community.
Huron Hospice GRAND OPENING AND HIKE FUNDRAISER ON SUNDAY
The official Grand Opening of the new four-bed Huron Residential Hospice will be on May 6. (Submitted photo)
Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), located on Hwy 8, between Holmesville and Clinton, will host this year’s annual “Hike for Hospice” fundraiser on Sunday, May 6 to support the expansion of hospice palliative care programs that will add residential hospice beds in the community this spring.
The event will also include the official Grand Opening of the new four-bed Hospice and the event will provide the public with an opportunity to visit the home before residents are admitted.
HRH will provide daily, around-the-clock care and support through highly skilled registered nursing staff who have specialized training in hospice palliative care as well as dedicated trained volunteers who also have expertise in hospice palliative care.
The “Hike for Hospice” is part of an ongoing $2.5 million capital funding campaign which includes the purchase of the 12-acre property that is home to the Hospice, renovations to the existing home, and financial resources to support the first year of operations.
According to census data, between 500 and 600 Huron County residents pass away each year. The four bed HRH will be able to build upon the wonderful hospice palliative care services that currently exist in Huron and Perth by providing another option where people facing end of life may seek care and support.
Support for grieving family members and friends is also a critical component of a comprehensive hospice palliative care program. It is likely that almost every resident of Huron County will someday be touched by the sensitive supports and hospice palliative programs offered at or associated with HRH.
The Hike for Hospice will be held at the Hospice site and will also include the new “Tranquility Trail” which is located on the property. The trail offers an opportunity for people to experience nature in a quiet setting – a place to reflect, for emotional release and restoration. It is with this intent that members of the Bayfield River Valley and Maitland Trail Associations, with the assistance of Woodland Links Golf Course, have undertaken the effort to create the gift of a walking path, through the tall grasses and natural pasture located behind the home.
Everyone is invited to attend and participate at “The Hike for Hospice and Grand Opening” The event will also feature games for children, music and lots of entertainment for everyone.
Registration for the hike will be held at 12:30 p.m., with the grand opening and ribbon cutting scheduled for 1:15 p.m. followed by the hike at 1:30 p.m. There will be organized tours of the home and the public is invited to come and see the home and stay to enjoy a pig roast at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner are $20, and children under 10 eat free. Hikers that gather more than $100 in pledges will also eat free!
More details about the event, including online registration for the hike, are available at www.HuronResidentialHospice.com or call 519 482-3440 Ex. 6301.
HIGH LAKE LEVELS CAN LEAD TO BLUFF EROSION
Lake levels are the highest they have been in years. These higher-than-average lake levels, combined with rain, high winds and wave action lead to erosion at the base of the bluffs and an increase in gully erosion in some areas. This in turn can lead to risk of slope failures along the lakeshore.
“Property owners should remain aware of natural hazards and risks along the shoreline and monitor their property regularly for any sign of potential slope failure or bluff collapse,” said Geoff Cade, Water and Planning manager with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “It is very difficult to predict when bluff failures might happen or how big those failures could be.”
Property owners should regularly check the condition of their bluff and property and if they have any concerns, to seek advice from appropriately qualified engineering and technical professionals. In the event of a significant bluff or slope failure that impacts residential structures, property owners should notify their municipality and the ABCA immediately.
One resource for shoreline property owners is a fact sheet about Shoreline Slope Stability Risks and Hazards. ABCA contracted Terraprobe Inc. to create this fact sheet. It is available online at abca.ca. Individuals may download a free PDF copy of this fact sheet now at this link: http://www.abca.ca/downloadfile.php?Item=508. The fact sheet includes indicators of potential bluff instability and associated risks; best management practices (BMPs) for bluff stability and shoreline areas; and sources of additional information. The fact sheet includes typical signs of slope instability; recommended management practices (Dos and Don’ts along the shoreline); definitions of cohesive shorelines and shoreline recession; as well as additional shoreline information.
Higher water levels and wet weather add to the inherent natural hazards and risks that exist along shorelines, according to ABCA. Rain, storm melt, and runoff are among contributors to erosion and potential bluff failure. Precipitation totals, calculated from automated rain gages, show that rainfall over the past 12 months has been approximately 20 per cent higher than normal for shoreline areas. So far, in 2018, as of late April, rainfall in the same area is double the normal expected amounts for this time of year.
Much of the Lake Huron shoreline is bluff which is made of silt, clay, sand and small rock and was first deposited by glaciers. This is known as a cohesive shoreline. Erosion of this material by Lake Huron has created the tall bluffs. These shoreline bluffs have been eroding for thousands of years and continue to be subject to wave action at their toe or base. This leads to cycles of erosion and slope instability. This, in turn, results in recession or erosion at the top of the slope. The wave action undercuts and locally over-steepens the slope toe.
Factors affecting bluff erosion include wave action, lake levels, groundwater flow and saturation, wind, freeze-thaw cycles, bluff height, soil type, and the angle of the bluff. Heavy rainfall and freeze-thaw cycles, over the winter and spring, increase the potential for erosion along the Lake Huron shoreline. Saturated clay-till bluffs, combined with erosion from wind, storm events, and higher lake levels, can lead to increased slope instability along the shoreline and increased erosion of gullies.
Water levels in Lake Huron are above the long-term average and higher than this time last year. Lake water levels are, in fact, higher than they have been since 1998 and they have rebounded from the period of lower-than-average levels that took place between late 1999 and early 2014. Lake Huron has not experienced, in recent years, the record-setting water levels seen in other lakes of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin. Water levels are above average and above Chart Datum, however, even if they are not outside the standard range of variation in the Huron-Michigan system. It is predicted that water levels in Lake Huron will remain above average through the summer even if weather conditions are fairly dry.
Bluff erosion is a natural process that has been occurring along the Great Lakes shorelines since they were formed more than 10,000 years ago. This erosion process is necessary to the ecology of the shorelines as sand beaches would disappear without some erosion. However, with higher lake levels, combined with rain and snow events, the erosion process is more visible. Property owners need to be aware of the increased erosion and slope failure potential and watch for any sign of slope failure on their property. ABCA encourages property owners to contact the conservation authority with any questions.
BAYFIELD AESTHETICS GRAND OPENING
Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast is happy to announce its opening May 4. Formerly known as “The Secret Garden” and “Clair on the Square”, the new owners Mary Hughes (pictured above) and John Westerman have been busy giving the place a new look and design. The century plus residence now offers three urban chic rooms with king beds and private baths. Guests will enjoy the Nespresso coffee bar, free trade coffee and teas, fine amenities as well as yummy breakfast each morning! There is an in-house spa called Bayfield Aesthetics that is open to guests as well as the public. Signature facials and body treatments by Comfort Zone and full waxing treatments are amongst the specialties. Set upon a half acre of beautiful gardens in the heart of the village, it is a perfect setting for intimate weddings up to 50 people in the architecturally designed mini barn. Bayfield Aesthetics is offering an Open House Special from May 4-6, book one spa service, excluding eyelash extensions, and receive it for half price! To book online visit www.bayfieldaesthetics.com. For more information please visit: www.bayfieldbedandbreakfast.com or call 519 955-2121.
Without fail for over seven decades there has been a Rummage Sale in support of Pioneer Park and this year is without exception with the date of the 71st event falling on Friday, July 13.
Bargain hunters are sure to be lucky finding treasures starting at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena and outside on the concrete pad beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Donations will be gratefully accepted starting in June through to July 12. Be sure to watch the Bayfield Breeze for more details to come!
Knox Divinity Student
The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to welcome Emily Webb as their summer Divinity Student. She will arrive in early May and be living in the village where she will be welcomed into both the church family and it is hoped the community at large.
Webb is between her second and third year of studies at Knox College in the Master of Divinity program. She is from Sundridge, ON, which is a small village just north of Muskoka. Before following God’s call into ministry, Webb worked as an archaeological scientist at The University of Western Ontario and at the University of Bristol in the UK.
She is passionate about worship: what we do in church on Sundays and how we can live missional, worship-shaped lives that share Christ’s love with the world. She feels called to ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and is looking forward to worshipping, working and growing this summer with the congregation at Bayfield.
Trilliums and other wildflowers should be plentiful on the Family Hike at the Bannockburn Conservation Area hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 12.
Those who participate in this hike that will begin at 2 p.m. are encouraged to bring their wildflower books, if they have any, to help increase their knowledge and to share with other hikers. Cameras are also encouraged.
Bannockburn is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, white cedar, deciduous forest, marsh, old field and aquatic. The trail is 2 KMs long, difficulty is level 3 and the hike will be medium pace, so should take approximately one hour. The trail is also partially wheelchair accessible.
The conservation area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, the first road east of Varna.
The hike leaders will be: Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Gary Mayel, 519 565-5662; and Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382.
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 Apr. 23.
• Passed a by-law adopting the current year budget, with a levy increase in the amount of $100,279 that resulted in a net decrease to the municipal residential tax rate of -3.85 per cent
• Directed staff to review the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the operation of the Bayfield Arena dated Apr. 10, as submitted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association and the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and bring a report back to Council
• Retained the firm of Monteith Brown Planning Consultants to complete the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study, and authorized Staff to provide any documents necessary for Monteith Brown Planning Consultants to compete the works detailed within their proposal, dated Apr. 9 at a cost of $56,500, inclusive of tax
• Authorized the Lifesaving Society to conduct an Aquatic Safety Audit at Bayfield Main Beach to inform the Beach Management Plan
• Approved the installation of one Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bluewater at the Bayfield Library
• Passed a by-law authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to enter into an agreement with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for the transfer of Main Street Revitalization Initiative funds in the amount of $43,958.41
• Adopted a Policy entitled, “Use of Corporate Resources During an Election”
Town hall concerts
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is launching its new concert season with a duo of May concerts that recognize the diverse musical tastes in the community.
To kick things off, on Friday, May 18, the BTHHS welcome North America’s premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street Band.
Twenty-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with over 120 million records sold worldwide, Bruce Springsteen is still one of the most electrifying performers in Rock 'n Roll today. Youngsteen is the premier North American Bruce Springsteen Tribute with an all-Canadian cast. He captures the spirit and intensity of Springsteen's live performance, spanning his entire catalogue.
The Queen Street Band is composed of an all-star, Juno winning, super group made up of members and alumni from The Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Stills, Sloan, The Trews, The Arkells, Zeus, Serena Ryder Band and The Grapes of Wrath.
Tickets are $30 and are going fast. If available tickets at the door will be $35. For tickets call Sue Howell, 519 565-2551, Pat Pal, 519 565-5340, or Nick Thomson, 519 565-2556. They can also be purchased online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The BTHHS Board would like to thank Deb Penhale for her donation in support of this concert.
For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.
At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.
Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.
For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
May 6th is the date set for the annual Huron Hospice Hike.
On previous hikes, several Bayfield residents have individually participated in this special annual fundraiser. This year, Penny Overboe and myself would like to form a “Team Bayfield”,” said Lynda Steenstra, a Bayfield resident. “Let’s hike as an united team!”
“We also encourage anyone who would not be able to hike, to make a donation under “Team Bayfield”, on the Huron Hospice Hike home page (chpca.convio.net),” she added.
Hikers are also able to obtain their donor record sheet at that same web address.
Anyone wanting to join “Team Bayfield” are asked to contact either Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynda at email@example.com for further details.
The hike location will be at the Huron Hospice Residential Home, outside of Clinton. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the hike at 12:30 a.m.
Are you unable to make daytime fitness classes? Are you too tired to travel to Clinton or Goderich after work to work out, even though you know a fitness class will help alleviate stress and optimize health? There is an answer, come out to fitness classes at the Bayfield Arena Community Complex.
Sandy Scotchmer, of Bayfield, is starting fitness classes that will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Classes will begin on Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 5, respectively.
Classes are designed to achieve better overall body fitness, including cardio training and muscle strengthening of arms, legs, abs and back, as well as balance; all while accompanied by fantastic music to help inspire and keep things fun!
Scotchmer has 40 years fitness training experience and currently teaches fitness programs available during the day and would like to offer fitness classes to working gals and guys and to those not able to attend classes through the day for many reasons. The classes are designed to improve your fitness levels, and to get you into better physical shape to enhance good health and less day-to-day stress.
All weight training equipment will be provided, along with mats for floor work. Please wear appropriate footwear, plus bring a refillable Eco bottle - there is a water refilling station on the same floor as the classes.
These classes will end on July 7. There will be a break for a few weeks and classes will then resume.
Attend one class for ten weeks - $90. Attend Tuesday and Saturday classes for ten weeks - $170. Individuals are encouraged to sign up for two sessions per week for maximum results. Summer drop-in rate will be $10 per class.
For more information about the classes please call Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.
All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.
The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.
Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.
Calling all vendors and organizations! The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.
The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.
To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email email@example.com.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
2018 marks the 91st year for the Girl Guide Cookie. The first generation of these treats took the form of a sugar cookie. These evolved into the now classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies that members of Bayfield Guiding are currently selling for $5 a box.
They will also be going door to door in parts of the village tonight (May 2) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.
Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
ONE CARE FITNESS
There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.
On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates
are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.
An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its fifth season!
Opening Day is set for Friday, May 18. The season will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with markets every Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Vendors interested in joining the market may contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and an application form.
OPen hearts of Bayfield
Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s first two meetings will be held on Saturdays in June.
The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.
The group will be joining www.thekindnessrockproject.com by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.
It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!
For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at email@example.com
Come and join the Bayfield Bridge Group for a friendly afternoon of bridge every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. No partner is required. The cost is $2.
Alice Munro Festival
The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is taking some inspiration from its festival namesake, Huron County author Alice Munro, renowned for writing about the lives of girls and women, to focus exclusively on women authors at their 2018 event.
The 2018 line-up of guest authors is anchored by three critically acclaimed and international best-selling authors: Madeleine Thien, Ami McKay and Emma Donoghue.
Thien’s novel, “Do Not Say We Have Nothing”, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, Edward Stanford Prize; and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize.
McKay is the author of three bestselling novels, listed above. Her debut novel, “The Birth House” was a number one bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Donoghue is best known for her international bestseller “Room”, a New York Times Best Book in 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the Orange Prize. “Room” was adapted into a film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award in 2015. Donoghue’s screenplay adaptation was also nominated for an Oscar that year.
The 2018 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story includes author readings, panel discussions, writing master classes and an awards luncheon for the annual short story contest. Tickets and passes for the event went on sale on Apr. 9 through the Blyth Festival Box Office – blythfestival.com or 1-877-862-5984.