record breaking crowd came out to cheer on the ducks
STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their children Weylin and Bridget, kept a watchful eye on which ducks crossed the finish line first during the annual Bayfield Optimist Club's Rubber Duck Race held on May 19 along the Bayfield Harbour's South Pier. (Photo by John Pounder)
It is estimated that about 400 people came out on Sunday afternoon, May 19, to see the Bayfield River turn to a sea of yellow as 1,250 rubber ducks were dropped as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race. As it felt like 30C at race time the currents along the South Pier in the Bayfield Harbour were a bit uncooperative and the ducks preferred to huddle together rather than taking wing and exploring the waterway on their own…that is all but the one that crossed the finish line first - and in record time.
This year the first six ducks that crossed the finish line won prizes. These fantastic prizes were generously donated by local businesses that support the club. First place, a 10' Movie Screen with Projector valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty, was won by Mark Hewer. Second place, a 32” TV valued at $300 and donated by Remax Reliable Realty, went to Joe Richard. Third place, an Electric Model Racing Car valued at $280 and donated by Bayfield Garage, was won by Carol Carter. Fourth place, a pair of Men’s Ray Ban Sun Glasses valued at $225 and donated by Main Street Optometric, went to Sue Weston. Fifth place, a room for two for one night valued at $165 and donated by The Albion Hotel went to Jackson Hivert. Sixth place, PharmaSave Gift Certificates valued at $150 and donated by Michael’s PharmaSave, were won by Robert Watson.
Seeds Rooted in Youth owner, Janneke Vorsteveld, along with Rowan and Kyle Watson were part of the "duck wranglers" tasked with scooping all 1,250 "quackers" out of the river flowing the race. Jane and David MacLaren, once again provided their boat from which to launch the ducks (background).
For those who purchased their tickets online there was a chance to win a bonus prize, a Kindle Reader donated by Lighthouse Money Management. The lucky winner was Sue Burton.
Several people agreed to have a lawn sign promoting the event displayed on their lawn and as a thank you their names were placed into a random draw for two $50 Gift Certificates for The Little Inn of Bayfield, donated by Lake Huron Chrysler. The winner was Gay Reynolds.
The club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the race, including, Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Optimist Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all 1,250 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! Charlie Greidanus helped load and unload the launcher while young, Kevin Steinson was given the honor of releasing the pin to set the ducks free.
The services of veteran canoeists, Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their children, Weylin and Bridget. as well as Janneke Vorsteveld, Kyle and Rowan Watson, Holly Gushue Tulk and Greg Mutterback were greatly appreciated in controlling and collecting the ducks. It truly takes a village to make this event a success.
Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.
To learn more about coming Bayfield Optimist events please click on their advertisement in the Bayfield Breeze. By doing so you will be sent directly to their website!
Lions' Club members gearing up for annual Dog Guides Walk
June 2nd is the date set for this year’s Bayfield Lions’ Dog Guide Walk.
The walk will start in Clan Gregor Square at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. All pledged donations go towards the costs of raising dogs to be successful Dog Guide companions for their new owners at no charge. Following the 5 KM dog walk there will be a number of activities and presentations in the Square all having to do with dogs. Participants and visitors won’t want to miss it!
“This year we will have a new Dog Guide puppy in training present for all to meet. She is an adorable black lab puppy named Suki and she is being fostered locally for her first year by Darren Stevenson. Elizabeth Jaremko will be back as well with her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart. She always has a “heartwarming” story to tell through her interpreter mom Sarah. Shannon Brennan of Barks of Bayfield and Dr. Nancy Ridder a veterinarian from Goderich will also speak,” said Jack Pal, on behalf of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.
The St John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program will be represented, perhaps providing opportunities for local pet owners to qualify their dogs for this likewise very important support program. There will also be some fun doggie competitions for everyone’s enjoyment and no Bayfield Dog Guide Walk event would be complete without hotdogs.
Once again, the Photography Club of Bayfield has agreed to take portraits of dogs and their owners, all for a simple generous donation to the Dog Guide program. After the sitting participants will be provided with several e-files of photos suitable for printing and framing as they wish.
“Mark June 2 on your calendar and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause. Come for the walk and stay for the show,” added Pal.
Pledge forms are available from numerous retail locations in Bayfield and from any Lion. People can also donate on line by going to: https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walk.cfm?ID=1694 or they can call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information.
Farmers’ Market offering shopping bag program
Market organizers are offering a shopping bag “Give & Take” service this year. (Submitted photo)
The sun shone and the customers returned for last Friday’s opening of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market (BFM). Now in its sixth season, the market has become a valued part of village life, and a welcome harbinger of summer.
Market organizers are offering a shopping bag “Give & Take” service this year. Community members are invited to donate their extra reusable shopping bags to the market. The bags will be offered free of charge to customers in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.
A listing of the vendors attending each week’s market will be posted Thursdays on the BFM Facebook page.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market’s mandate is to provide a marketplace for local products of the highest quality. All vendors are located within 75 KMs of Bayfield, most within Huron County. All of the vendors grow, produce or create what they sell.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held each Friday, 3-7 p.m., in Clan Gregor Square, from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.
Matthew Barber concert sign of spring at the Rabbit Hole
Matthew Barber (Submitted photo)
The folks at The Rabbit Hole are emerging from their winter’s hibernation and will be celebrating the Spring season with a concert by Matthew Barber on May 25.
Barber is a singer-songwriter from Toronto who has released eight studio albums and toured extensively across Canada with inroads into Europe, the US, Australia and China. His new album, “Phase of the Moon came out earlier this year.
Barber’s music is inspired largely by the great songwriters of the 20th century in the North American Folk, Blues, Rock’n Roll and Country tradition.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance or $30 at the door. Organizers suggest that people buy their tickets in advance as space is limited. Visit sidedooraccess.com for tickets.
ONE CARE’s Grand Parade walk to celebrate seniors
“The Bayfield Amblers”, comprised of Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees, took part in The Grand Parade in Stratford in support of One Care in 2018, They will be joined by Roger and Pat Lewington this year and are currently collecting pledges. (Submitted photo)
June is Seniors’ Month and One Care Home & Community Support Services is kicking off the month with a fundraising and awareness walk in Stratford on Saturday, June 1.
One Care is a local, charitable, non-profit organization delivering home and community support services to 6,000 seniors and disabled adults in Huron and Perth. Programs include Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Dining for Seniors, Transportation and Exercise & Wellness. These and other programs help people to live in their own homes and remain involved in their communities.
The Grand Parade, which is now in its second year, is a family-friendly 2 or 5 KM walk along the Avon River in Stratford. The Grand Parade is about local people walking to support local seniors and to celebrate older adults. For One Care it is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support people who use the services.
Board members, staff, volunteers, local businesses and many individuals are all working to support The Grand Parade fundraising event to celebrate seniors.
“Cost should not be a barrier to receiving that care that our seniors need. For programs like Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Programs, Transportation and Home Help, we offer subsidies for clients who have significant financial challenges. By raising money for One Care’s Subsidy Program, you can support some of our most vulnerable neighbors when they need it most,” said One Care’s Executive Director, Kathy Scanlon.
“As well, we need to replace our aging accessible vans and buses. These vehicles accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids and are essential for the One Care transportation program, which provides rides to clients who are not able to travel in regular vehicles. One Care staff drive thousands of individuals to Adult Day programs, medical appointments, grocery store and to other social outings and errands,” said Gary Lloyd-Rees, Bayfield resident and One Care board member.
Lloyd-Rees added “Last year, we had one local team participating in The Grand Parade: “The Bayfield Amblers”, comprising my wife, Kate, and myself. We will be walking again this year joined by Pat and Roger Lewington. Anybody wishing to join or support us can do so through The Grand Parade website or by contacting me directly at 519 565-4404.”
The One Care Grand Parade takes place on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 1 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Stratford. Walkers, donors and volunteers are welcome to get involved.
Registration is now open and further details can be found at either the Grand Parade website thegrandparade.org/home or the One Care website onecaresupport.ca.
Spreading kindness one Gnome and chick at a time
Kindness Gnomes ready for home. (Submitted photos)
The opportunity to create a Kindness Gnome brought out a full house of folks to the Bayfield Public Library on May 18.
Children, their parents and grandparents created adorable Kindness Gnomes. In preparation to share a little “Kindness”, the group suggested ways to show kindness to others.
And once again the anonymous “Kindness Chick” donor (see Bayfield Breeze Issue 514) left glow chicks behind for the kids to enjoy. Stay tuned to this publication for another Kindness Rock Project, coming up in June.
Happy Gnome creators.
Kindness Chicks made an appearance at the Gnomes building workshop.
Rummage Sale taking treasures to the bank for 72 years
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is gearing up for the 72nd annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction to be held Friday, July 12.
“Every year PPA maintains and makes improvements to the Park but this year we also took on a significant capital project. You may have been reading about the Bank Revetment Project - where PPA, the Webb Family, and the Municipality of Bluewater joined forces and hired a contractor to stabilize the lakefront bank at the base of the cliff. Considered a great success, the work is part of a continued effort to protect the park from ongoing high lake levels,” said Peter Brent, PPA Board member.
PPA’s largest source of revenue is the Annual Rummage Sale, and what makes the Rummage Sale successful are the people who donate their items to the sale, the scores of volunteers who give their time, and the hundreds of shoppers who generously fill the PPA coffers. Thanks to the community’s generosity PPA have accumulated enough money over the past few years to finance their share of the Revetment cost. The PPAs mission to maintain and preserve the park remains, and the Rummage Sale continues to be the annual fund generation vehicle.
PPA will soon be accepting Rummage Sale donations. Members of the organizing team noted they anticipate having access to the storage facility in early June and ask their generous donors to hold on to their items until they can be dropped off. Please watch the Bayfield Breeze to see when the drop-off center opens.
The following items cannot be accepted: large appliances, TVs, children’s furniture and strollers, shoes, clothing, printers and faxes.
Organizers will happily accept clean and gently used: linens/draperies, furniture/furnishings, antiques, boutique items, gardening tools and accessories, housewares, china, Christmas decorations, books that are newish and in good condition and record albums. On the day of the sale baking will be gratefully accepted for the Baked Goods table.
Anyone who is looking for an impactful volunteer activity please consider working the event set-up July 11-12 where items are sorted and priced. People may also wish to help on Saturday mornings in June at the drop off centre where donations are accepted and sorted. Organizers are also always looking for those one-of-a-kind item donations for the Silent Auction.
Rummage Sale day, July 12 the Outdoor Sales Pad will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Arena Zamboni doors at 7 p.m.
ENGRAVED IN STONE
Over the winter, the Bayfield Optimist Club provided an opportunity for people to purchase an engraving on an existing brick around the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad. The work was completed last week and people are invited to go check out the newly dedicated stones. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
PLANTS SPROUT WHEELS
The Bayfield Garden Club held their annual Plan Sale in Clan Gregor Square on May 11. Shauna Born (left) and Shannon Beattie had an innovative way of bringing home their plant purchases from the event. Organizers would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the sale. (Submitted photo)
Charles Kalbfleisch will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society, May 27.
The meeting will take place in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 7:30-9 p.m.
Kalbfleisch will talk about the founding of the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band. He is currently writing a book about the band and will discuss the reasons behind its success and where it has performed over its 70-year history.
Door to Door cookies
The Girl Guides will be out and about in the town of Goderich with cookies in tow tonight (May 22).
Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling their classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies for $5 a box from 5:30-7 p.m. And on Friday, May 24, cookies will also be for sale at the Bayfield Farmers' Market from 3-7 p.m.
Cookie sales afford the girls those little extras like workshops, field trips and camps, community support is very much appreciated.
Terry Fox Run
Bayfield and the Terry Fox Foundation are looking for two coordinators and four volunteers for the up and coming Terry Fox Run this year on Sept. 15.
The local run has raised $30,000 to date and it is hoped that this wonderful legacy will continue in the village on behalf of a very special Canadian, Terry Fox.
This is a great opportunity to volunteer in the community while helping a wonderful cause. The past coordinators are seeking individuals who has organizational skills, likes a little bookkeeping and can master some easy math. They are hoping such persons will step forward to keep the research dollars coming.
The past coordinators will familiarize the new candidates with the coordinating process to make sure run day is successful again this year.
This event is supported by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA). Anyone who needs further information, or if interested in volunteering, is asked to please contact the BRVTA by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who may go for a stroll along the shoreline in the coming days is asked to keep a look out for a missing Kiteboard.
On Sunday, May 19, John Shapton was out on the water when the storm rolled in. He got caught in the bad weather and as a result his Kiteboard was lost. He was in front of Norman Heights at the time and the wind was blowing South more than likely taking the board towards Bayfield. It is a NAISH DUB Kiteboard and green-yellow-red in color.
Please call Shapton at 519 608-4675 if found. He will offer a reward if returned.
on Wings of Song
Bruce and Stephen Ralls (Submitted photo)
One of the benefits of living in Bayfield is that sometimes, world class entertainers will honor the community with an intimate concert. Usually they have a connection to the village and they are performing to help support a cause that is important to all.
On June 15, at St. Andrew’s United Church, summer residents, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata will accompany soloist mezzo-soprano Anita Krause-Wiebe in a concert they are calling “On Wings of Song” in support of Huron Hospice.
This trio has performed in many of the greatest musical venues in the world and instead of having to travel to one of North America’s or Europe’s great concert halls, people will be blessed with the opportunity to hear their sublime music right here in Bayfield.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and are available from Margo Robeson at 519 565- 2827 or Arlene Timmins 519 565-2777 or can be purchased on line from Eventbrite.ca
Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have an ambitious month of hiking planned for June with walks at the beginning, middle and end.
Saturday June 1 is the date set for the first hike and the Woodland Trail is the location of choice. This walk will begin at 10 a.m. Once in the woods, hikers are sure to enjoy the scenic beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails. Participants should be on the lookout for wildlife, such as birds, deer, squirrels, foxes and possibly coyotes. Pets need to be on a leash to protect the wildlife, as well as the pet.
The distance covered will be 5 KMs and difficulty is a Level 3 with some hills and natural paths. Those who participate are reminded that the terrain will be uneven so they are asked to please wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Be aware that this is a Recreational Nature Trail which means hikers could encounter amazing wildflowers but also poison ivy; therefore, long pants are suggested. For protection against ticks, mosquitos and other insects wear protective clothing and use bug spray. Bring a refillable water container.
The meeting point will be the David Street entrance to the trail.
For more information and driving directions contact hike leaders: Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777, Pam and Chris Bowers, 519 525-8850 or Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382.
A Father’s Day Village Tree Hike is being organized for June 16.
Starting at 2 p.m. a leisurely 1.5-hour hike through the Village of Bayfield is planned revealing the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted, watered and maintained by volunteers during that time. This walk will meander through the streets and “right-of-ways” around town, identifying the areas where trees have been planted, and celebrating the success of this local, grassroots community project.
For further information regarding this Father’s Day Hike please contact Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852 or Sondra Buchner at 519 441-1310.
Then to close out the month people are invited to attend a Land Management Experience at the Linfield Wildlife Area starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.
Join BRVTA members for a walk to learn how water and soil resources and wildlife habitat will be preserved at the Linfield Wildlife Area, one of the newest conservation lands in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation watersheds. This property was in the Linfield family for several generations and lovingly cared for and enhanced during this time by the family. Since the donation of the property, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has continued to manage the property in an environmentally responsible way. The property is about 95 acres in size, including 70 acres of active farm land and 25 acres of natural areas. It is the intention of ABCA to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways, and tree planting in the coming years.
The hike will be about 2 KMs on a primitive trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions, and there may be poison ivy.
Those who take part are asked to wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants, hat, insect repellant and bring a refillable water container. Participants may also bring tree or birding identification books if they wish.
The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich. Hikers will meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign. The walk will take approximately two hours.
The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565 2202; and Dave MacLaren, 519 565 5480.
bayfield community fair
Believe it or not the Bayfield Community Fair, this year themed “From Field to Table” is just three months away!
The 163rd Bayfield Fair will take place from Aug. 16 to 18. The opening day, Friday 4:30-9 p.m., will feature a community supper, Fair opening, music and fireworks. The second day, Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight, will be busy with a parade followed with the grand opening of the new animal display building, 4-H shows, light and Friesian horse shows, the Bubble Queen plus Bella Magic entertainment, a dunk tank, mini tractor pull, face painting and more. Saturday evening, an age of majority concert, “The Woodstock Experience”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic music festival is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., begins with an interdenominational church service under the tent, and continues with miniature and heavy horse shows, watermelon competition, face painting, a Birds of Prey show and even more entertainment.
Throughout the weekend the new building with animal displays will be open, the arena will be packed with exhibits, the discovery tent will be available to the young people, and a modern tractor will be there for all to see.
A packed weekend at the Bayfield Fair with further information and updates available at www.bayfieldfair.ca.
Ontario Heritage Conference
The 31st annual Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) is coming at the end of this month to “Ontario’s West Coast” on the shores of Lake Huron. The theme of this year’s conference, being held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich, from May 30 to June 1, is understanding the economic impacts of heritage.
The OHC features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.
After registration on Thursday, May 30, participants are invited to take a self-guided tour of some of the Heritage Walks in the Port of Goderich: booklets will be available at the registration table at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich.
The opening reception on Thursday evening will be at the wonderfully restored Hensall Heritage Hall, which has reclaimed its prominence on the community’s main street. Bus transport will be available from the Knights of Columbus Hall if needed.
Keynote speakers at the OHC will include Kelly Hill, founder and president of Hill Strategies Research, who will deliver Friday’s Welcome Session on Heritage Economics. This presentation will delve into the research and statistical information available to help identify potential key performance indicators to measure the economic contributions of heritage.
At the Gala Dinner, Anthony Smith-Wilson, president and CEO of Historica Canada (best known offerings include Heritage Minutes and the on-line Canadian Encyclopedia) will be the featured speaker.
Sessions over two days at the Knights of Columbus Hall will be led by an array of interesting speakers, including Christopher Andreae, with more than 40 years of professional experience in historical archaeology, built heritage assessments and cultural heritage landscape studies, who will present a session on the Characteristics and Cultural Value of Lime Burning in Ontario.
Professor Robert Shipley, director of the Heritage Resources Centre (University of Waterloo) from 2003-2016, and author, will moderate a panel discussing what’s happening in Heritage Conservation Districts.
And another distinguished panel will discuss what happens when disaster strikes, with lessons learned in the aftermath of the Goderich tornado in August 2011.
Program opportunities include a Guided Walkabout of Goderich Harbour as well as a Walking Tour of Bayfield which looks at how to manage change in a heritage village.
Delegates will also be treated to coach trips to visit heritage sites (and sample local culinary treats) through the delightful agricultural and lakeside villages of St. Joseph and Zurich in Bluewater, with a luncheon at the lovely Hessenland Country Inn on the shores of Lake Huron.
The full conference program, registration details and other information can be found at:
Clean Water Project
The Huron County Clean Water Project is gearing up to tackle another source of water pollution: septic systems.
People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste. But they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination.
“Failed septic systems are demonstrated point sources of nutrient loadings, infectious agents, residual medication and domestic products that can have a chronic negative effect on watercourses in Huron County,” said Doug Hocking of Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) . “All septic tile beds eventually require replacement.”
The Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP) is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.
The grant approval process is similar to other HCWP projects. Staff will help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.
The first application deadline is May 31 and the second intake period ends Aug. 31.
The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.
People interested in applying are invited to call Doug Hocking at MVCA, 519 335-3557 Ext. 236 or Kate Monk at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, 519 235-2610 Ext. 227.
Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?
The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.
Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at http://bayfieldfair.ca/?page_id=886 and send it to Anna Needles at email@example.com
Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!
COLLECTING RAIN WITH STYLE
Lori Hill was the lucky winner of the creatively painted rain barrel offered for raffle at the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show as part of the Bayfield River Valley Trial Associations' display. The painting was generously donated by Creative Design Guru Leslee Squirrell in support of the BRVTA's Rain Barrel Sale held earlier in the spring. (Submitted photo)