hikers enjoy wildflowers along bannockburn trail
Taking a break along the Bannockburn Trail were l-r: John and Hazel Legate, new BRVTA members, Mark Edmunds, Peter Jeffers and Joan Schreuder. (Photos by Jack Pal)
Trilliums and other wildflowers were plentiful on the Family Hike at the Bannockburn Conservation Area hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 12.
Those who participated in this hike enjoyed great weather and were encouraged to bring their wildflower books to help increase their knowledge and to share with other hikers.
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. The trail is also partially wheelchair accessible.
The conservation area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, the first road east of Varna.
The most recent hike organized by the BRVTA was very successful offering up great weather and wonderful wild flowers.
Adriaan Schreuder is seen at the top of the stairs during a hike organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association along the Bannockburn Trail.
Bayfield Main Beach and Marina to fly Blue Flag once again
After a long winter, 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada are welcoming the upcoming beach and boating season by raising their prestigious Blue Flag eco-certification.
The Blue Flag represents the internationally recognised gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and amenities.
This year, a record number of beaches and marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag, including Canada’s first ever coastal flag, flying at Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pelé, NB. Ontario also welcomes the addition of two new Blue Flags, at Trent Port Marina in the Bay of Quinte, and Port Burwell East Beach in the Municipality of Bayham.
“Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. And there’s a good reason for that,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Blue Flag Program manager with Environmental Defence. “When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, sustainably managed and a safe place to swim. Great family vacations start with finding a Blue Flag.”
The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag.
The beaches and marinas selected to fly the Blue Flag in Ontario are:
Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina (Municipality of Bluewater)
Bell Park Beach and Moonlight Beach (Sudbury)
Bluffer’s Park Beach, Centre Island Beach, Cherry Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Ward’s Island Beach and Woodbine Beach (Toronto)
Canatara Park Beach (Sarnia)
City of Barrie Marina (Barrie)
Colchester Harbour Marina (Town of Essex)
Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina (Municipality of Lambton Shores)
LaSalle Park Marina (Burlington)
Outlet Beach (Sandbanks Provincial Park)
Port Burwell East Beach (Municipality of Bayham)
Port Glasgow Beach (Municipality of West Elgin)
Port Stanley Main Beach (Municipality of Central Elgin)
Trent Port Marina (City of Quinte West)
Victoria Beach (Cobourg)
Wasaga Beach areas 1, 2 and 5 (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park)
Waubuno Beach (Parry Sound)
More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and beaches can be found at BlueFlag.ca.
Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program. Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action organization. It challenges and inspires change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
Learn more about dog walk and donate prior to June 3
Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart (Photo by Jack Pal)
This year’s Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Walk for Dog Guides will take place on June 3 starting at Clan Gregor Square.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk to follow at 10 a.m. Those unable to attend the walk are invited to visit with the organizers at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market on May 25 at 3 p.m. or in front of the library on May 26 at 2 p.m. People can find out more about the program as well as make pledges and give donations for the Dog Guide campaign.
“Our post-walk dog event on June 3 will start at 11 a.m. from the Lions’ portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers. Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, will join us again. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about,” said Jack Pal, event organizing chair.
People will also be able to say hello again to Bayfield’s former Dog Guide Pup-in-Training, Essex, now fully grown, who is back in town for a visit with his owner Sylvie Tafts.
In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations highlighting: Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Dog health, training and grooming as well as a full-scale Dog Agility demonstration presented by Bonnie Hirst of Greenacre Dog Agility and Training…along with hot dogs. And Melissa Brighton will also be back with her fun quiz about dog health…with prizes donated by PetValu! This should be an entertaining, educational and fun event for the whole family.
New this year are dog portraits. The Photography Club of Bayfield is providing portrait sittings for dogs with or without family members, for $20, all of the proceeds will go to the Lions Foundation. Participants will get three high definition photos via email.
The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada, which thanks all local Lions Clubs for their annual participation, is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that raises funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog. Thanks to sponsors like the generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised goes directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually.
The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired.
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities.
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy.
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children 3-12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder.
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.
“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause. Bayfield has been there since the inception of the walk 32 years ago and its fundraising on a per capita basis ranks near the top in Canada. Let’s keep with that tradition!” said Pal.
Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Anyone who wishes can also make a local Bayfield donation online as an individual or as a team by going to: www.walkfordogguides.com or call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.
last call for lunch
Please join the Bayfield Town Hall Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.
It 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 the current year.
Starting 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. Also, the Board needs to order food for this event and wants to be able to feed everyone. Anyone who doesn’t already have tickets, is requested to get them as soon as possible so the food order is sufficient.
Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.
VILLAGE YARD SALES
Treasure seekers should mark June 2 on their calendars as the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is promoting their fourth Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale on that date.
Residents in the community are encouraged to hold a yard sale at their home on that date and local merchants will be offering up some side walk sales that day as well.
Are you hosting a yard sale on June 2? Share the location details and times with the Bayfield Breeze! We will publish a list of locations in our May 30th issue. Please submit by Sunday, May 27 at 4 p.m. to be included.
Optimists and friends will take to the links at the Bayview Golf Club in St. Joseph for their 13th annual Bayfield Optimist Club Golf Tournament on June 9.
Tickets are available now for $90 for 18-holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings and dessert. There will be prizes and contests including, for a Hole-In-One, plus Hot Dogs at the turn
The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start tee-off at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m.
All proceeds go to support children and youth in the community. Want to play? Call Wayne McKaig, 519 440-7120 or Mike Dixon, 519 955-5254.
Organizers are now seeking prizes and silent auction items if anyone would like to make a donation please call Jay Fisher at 519 524-3511.
And then on Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena.
The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided.
Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855.
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.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door if any remain. 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.
ONE CARE FITNESS
There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.
An introduction to Nordic Pole Walking is currently taking 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 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.
OUTDOOR FLEA-PRODUCE MARKET
A long-standing Bayfield tradition is ready once again. The Outdoor Flea-Produce Market opened in Agricultural Park on Sunday, May 20. Vendors included antique dealers, arts and crafts, farm produce in season and collectables.
The Market, in good weather, opens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Jack at 519 482-7921 or if there are any questions about the Market, contact Jim at 519 565-2328. The vendors are all from the local community.
The Market has always been a place of business but many of the people attending enjoy it as a social gathering place. Many people are huddled in conversation as they catch up with their lives. It becomes the place to see neighbors or friends.
The Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, May 26. Walks will begin from the Betty Cardno Memorial Centre in Clinton; South Huron District High School in Exeter; and the Maitland River Community Church, in Wingham.
The three walks will begin at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. This is an event for all ages, with routes of varying lengths, participants can select their own personal goal; no walk is too short to show support.
Families who have been faced with the challenges of dementia will be honored at each location: the Feltz family in Clinton, the Carroll family in Exeter and the Eadie family in Wingham.
To register for an Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s or to donate online, get started at www.walkforalzheimers.ca. Click Ontario in the first drop down menu and then select Clinton, Exeter or Wingham, on the following page. Individuals can register, start or join a team, pledge someone or make a donation towards one of the events.Participants that raise $100 or more will receive a t-shirt at the walk. The Society is looking for volunteers to assist with the Walk.
Anyone who would like to get involved in this event or are interested in other volunteer opportunities that are available, please call 519 482-1482 or email email@example.com.
It’s the time of year for increased outdoor activities. The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) reminds people to be careful if they come across discarded needles or other sharp objects on beaches, parks or other recreational areas.
“While the risk of being infected with a disease can be low, it is important that people know what to do if they come across a sharp object,” said Michelle Carter, Public Health nurse.
Sharp objects, such as used needles, glass, razor blades or any item that could cut skin should be handled carefully. Parents should make sure children understand that:
• A child should never touch any needle. Tell them that used needles can be dangerous and might make them sick.
• If children see a needle, they should tell an adult where the needle is.
• If a child is poked by a needle, they should tell someone right away. The child will need to see a healthcare provider immediately.
Adults can safely pick up a sharp object by the following steps: Get a free sharps container if you find a needle. Call the Health Unit at 519 482-3416 (1-877-837-6143) or after hours at 519 482-7077 to ask where in your community you can get a sharps container and where you can take it after you have put the sharp object in.
If that is not possible, bring a non-breakable, puncture proof container with a screw-top lid to where the sharp object is. Use a thick plastic jar, empty bleach bottle or water bottle. Use pliers, tongs or tweezers to pick up the object. If it is a needle, hold the needle tip away from you. Put the needle into the container needle end first. Close the container tightly. Wash your hands. Take the container to the site recommended by the health unit.
If you have been scratched, poked or cut by a discarded sharp object, let the cut bleed freely. Wash the area well with soap and water. Afterwards, apply an antiseptic like rubbing alcohol or peroxide. Follow up with a healthcare provider immediately.
For more information, visit www.huronhealthunit.ca/needles.