south pier deck replaced as part of funding to small harbors
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $8.3 million in harbor infrastructure in Ontario, including $875,000 in Bayfield during a visit to the village on May 21 (Photos by Karen Rickers)
Examining the Canadian Coast Guard Navigational Aid at the end of the pier were from l-r: Mark Sandeman and Julie Yusek of the Small Craft Harbours program, DFO Central and Arctic Region; Parliamentary Secretary Sean Casey; Mayor of Saugeen Shores Luke Charbonneau; Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater Paul Klopp; and Mayor of Northern Bruce Peninsula Milt McIver. It is a wharf light, called LL776 Bayfield Wharf. This new navigational aid replaces the old one. It was fabricated by Canadian Coast Guard employees and installed by the contractor.
Communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbors that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. The communities of Bayfield, Lion’s Head, Port Elgin, Dyer’s Bay, Howdenvale, Meaford, Big Bay (North Keppel), White Cloud Island, Pembroke, and Silver Water in Ontario are welcoming important federal investments that will benefit their local harbor infrastructure.
With approximately 45,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours. They are doing so in partnership with municipalities and other key stakeholders where investments and divestitures will bolster rural economic growth for fishing and tourism hubs like these communities.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $8.3 million in harbor infrastructure in Ontario, including $875,000 in Bayfield.
As part of the $250 million investment in its network of small craft harbors across the country under Budget 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertook work to replace the South Pier Deck at Bayfield Harbour. CSL Construction completed the work in March.
“We have listened to the people of Bayfield and the other communities across Ontario where we are investing in their harbors to help local commercial fishing, recreation and tourism industries to support rural economic growth. We are investing in people, promoting growth and building stronger and safer communities. The work carried out will not only renew and maintain the infrastructure that is essential to the region, but also stimulate job opportunities and development that will benefit fishers, residents and visitors alike, all in support our local communities,” Casey said.
DFO also invested in the rehabilitation of the breakwater that was damaged due to a storm event in 2017 at its Small Craft Harbour facility in Meaford, ON. A contract valued at $519,000 was awarded to Bronte Construction and the work was completed at the end of March.
In Lion’s Head, ON in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, a similar breakwater reconstruction project valued at $498,000 was completed by Bridge Excavating Ltd in April. In Big Bay, (North Keppel) ON, in the Township of Georgian Bluffs, a $270,000 wharf reconstruction project was completed by East Elgin Concrete Forming Limited in March, while a $90,000 rehabilitation of a wharf in Silver Water, Ontario on Manitoulin Island was completed by J.I. Enterprises, also in March.
Projects in Port Elgin in the Town of Saugeen Shores, Dyer’s Bay in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, White Cloud Island in the Township of Georgian Bluffs, Howdenvale in the Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula and Pembroke are all in the preliminary design phase, with contracts going to tender shortly. Construction at White Cloud Island is anticipated to begin this summer, with work beginning at the remaining four locations anticipated to begin in the fall of this year.
“Investments that support economic growth in rural communities are a priority for our Government. When we invest in infrastructure to support rural fishing and tourism communities, Canadians and our economy benefit. Small Craft Harbour investments demonstrate the federal government’s commitment to local economies. We are proud of our investments to support the recreational and commercial fishing—a key economic sector that helps support communities across the country,” said Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard,
The mandate of the Small Craft Harbours Program is to keep harbors critical to the commercial fishing industry open and in good repair.
Lions' Club annual Dog Guides Walk this weekend
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.
Lion Karen Scott and Lion Jack Pal, along with Bailey the therapy dog, are counting down the days to the annual Bayfield Lions' Club's Walk for Dog Guides to be held this Sunday. (Submitted photo)
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.
Bayfield old Bike Day at The Albion Hotel this Sunday
This Sunday, vintage and classic bikes will set up in the parking areas in front of The Albion Hotel on Main Street as “Bayfield Old Bike Day” returns from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Submitted photo)
Vintage Motorcycles are returning to Bayfield for their 10th Annual Rally on June 2.
Motorcycles are fast becoming the way for many folks to get out on the weekend and tour the countryside. The number of bikes that can be seen parked around or driving through the village is becoming increasingly evident, as the official start of summer grows closer.
This Sunday, vintage and classic bikes will set up in the parking areas in front of The Albion Hotel on Main Street as “Bayfield Old Bike Day” returns from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All makes and models of older motorcycles will be on display, and many Southwestern Ontario cruising clubs will be riding in as well, to enjoy Bayfield’s unique atmosphere.
Participants should note there is no registration fee, no official judging, no vendors and it is not a swap-meet. The day is loosely organized by members of the Sarnia Section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group with support from the Windsor-Essex and London clubs.
Bayfield residents are invited to drop by, chat up the owners and relive their days when they owned “one of those” bikes.
One Care's The Grand Parade this saturday in Stratford
“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.
Blue Bayfield to host students with environmental concerns
Ninety students from two regional schools will descend on Bayfield on June 6 as guests of Blue Bayfield. These students from Mitchell District High School (MDHS) and South Huron District High School (SHDHS) will present their ideas on how we can address environmental issues such as climate change and single use plastics.
MDHS’ theatre group known as the Eco Squad is coached by teacher Cam Oates, a Bayfield resident who devotes his time and energy to this project 12 months of the year. Their production, “Better for the Planet”, will be presented in Clan Gregor Square on June 6th at 10 a.m. This is just one of many stops for this theatre group as they toured throughout the region during the school year. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this performance. All too often adults are cynical about the youth and their concern for the environment. This production will prove us wrong. In the event of rain, the Eco Squad will perform at the Bayfield Town Hall thus restricting public attendance.
Mitchell’s production will follow a presentation by South Huron’s Eco Exeter team led by teacher Amanda Keller. This is a return visit to Bayfield for this group and they will showcase the work they have done since their earlier visit. Please note that this presentation is closed to the public due to limited seating.
Bayfield marina established in early 1950s by scotchmer family
The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich starts tomorrow.
It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and 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.”
Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs came together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. This is the final instalment of the series. Cal Scotchmer has the last word with his memories of the Bayfield Marina.
The Bayfield Marina has a fresh new look for Spring 2019 and is all set for both motor and sailing vessels to dock alongside, an annual occurrence since 1951. (Photo by Jane Seifried)
The first marina in Bayfield was started in 1951 by Alf and Bessie Scotchmer where the Docks Restaurant and Bayfield Marina are now located. The original owners of the property were the Mustards who ran a small restaurant below the house where old Hwy 21 then ran. It also had a small garage and one of the first gas pumps in Bayfield. The Scotchmer’s purchased the property in 1948 from then owners Mr. and Mrs. Finch and in 1951 decided to start the Bayfield Boat Club with Alf as president and Bill McCash from Varna as secretary treasurer. Alf cleared the land and leveled it with an old horse drawn grader. There were also four rustic cabins that overlooked the river for summer vacationers and boaters.
The docks were constructed by volunteers who were awarded free dockage the first year for their services. Those who had not contributed toward the construction were charged an annual fee of $25. The club held about 20 boats the first year and had a gravel pad for launching. The second year there was a flood which caused considerable erosion and most of the docks were lost. Alf and one of the local fishermen tried to retrieve the docks with a fishing boat but were unsuccessful due to the ice jams.
Because of the previous year’s erosion, Alf constructed a pile driver with a 500- pound hammer and 45-gallon drums for floatation. This was used to shore up the banks and he also built a wooden ramp for launching, out of barn beams from the old Gardiner barn. At that time there were only motorboats in the marina as sailboats could not get under the old bridge because of the tall masts. In 1958 the old bridge was torn down and they were able to expand with dockage for around 40 including, sailboats.
In 1959, Alf and Bessie decided to build a restaurant with curb service and car speakers for ordering, it was one of the first of its kind at that time. With Alf’s electronics background for the speaker system and Bessie’s great cooking skills it was a perfect fit. They named the restaurant the CASME, which is the first letter from each family member name. C for Cal, A for Alf, S for Steve, M for Mike and E for Elizabeth. Patrons and boaters, fondly referred to Alf and Bessie as Aunt Bess and Uncle Alf.
Alf and Bessie continued to expand the Boat Club and operate the CASME until 1968 when they sold it to Messers Schram and Zeigler who continued to enlarge the club and use the old family residence as a Clubhouse.
Since 1951 the Club has changed hands a few times but still remains one of the best and largest marinas on Lake Huron.
Ontario Heritage Conference begins tomorrow
The 31st annual Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) is coming 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:
village yard sales
Attention treasure seekers! The fifth annual Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale is this coming Saturday, June 1. The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) are promoting the big day.
Most sales begin at 8 a.m. and will wrap up around 1 p.m.
Rumour has it there is a multi-family garage sale happening at 57 Cameron Street and another perennial favorite at 17 Fry Street, undoubtedly there will be many others so remain vigilant when driving the streets in search of bargains and have a great day!
The coordinators, of the Huron County Newspaper Digitization Project (HCNDP), are looking for information about Art Elliott, former editor of The Bayfield Bulletin (1964-68).
The Huron County Library needs help to locate the family of Art Elliott, a newspaperman who came to Bayfield in the 1960s to start the first weekly paper in nearly 70 years. Mr. Elliott had previously worked for the Goderich Signal-Star, the Listowel Banner, Waterloo Chronicle, Malton Times, and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec).
Anyone with information is invited to contact Beth Knazook, Special Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.
Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND https://www.huroncounty.ca/library/special-collections/digitized-newspapers/. Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.
An opportunity to join in Community Conversations will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on June 12 and 13.
All are welcome to join in one of these group conversations to be held on both nights from 6-8 p.m.
People are asked to share their hopes, concerns and ideas for the Bayfield community. Refreshments will be provided.
Remember your voice can make a difference! Please RSVP to the Bayfield Library at 519 565-2886 or email@example.com.
Girl Guide Cookies
Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling their classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies for $5 a box on Friday, May 31 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. Participants are asked to met at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square.
For further information regarding this Father’s Day Hike please contact Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852 or Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518.
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.
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!
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.