Community invited to purchase a bench for the south pier
Currently, there is an opportunity for people to purchase four commemorative benches, like the ones shown here around the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square, along the South Pier. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)
Last term Bluewater initiated a commemorative tree and bench program for all of Bluewater.
“Recently I asked staff to send a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans looking for approval for Bluewater to install six commemorative benches on the newly finished South Pier,” said Bill Whetstone, Ward councilor for Bayfield.
Approval has been received and now the plan is moving forward. The benches will be the same commemorative metal benches that are in Clan Gregor Square.
“There will be six benches in total in three locations with two benches back to back in each location,” said Whetstone. “This will allow for a great place to view our marina, second-to-none sunsets, for night star gazing, or a great place to relax and remember the loved one whose name the bench is in dedication of.”
At the time of publication there were four benches left to be purchased.
Anyone interested in purchasing a bench is asked to contact Whetstone or the Municipal office as they would like to order all six benches at the same time if possible and have them installed soon. A PDF order form is available from Whetstone at bwhetstone@municipalityofBluewater.ca
“Please advise me if you intend to purchase. I can provide the form that can then be sent into the Bluewater office. I am looking to move this project forward quickly so we can have them ordered, delivered and installed very soon allowing everyone an opportunity to sit along the pier and enjoy our beautiful village even more.”
Bayfield Croquet Club to Host International Tournament
Pierre Dunn, of B.C., was one of the competitors in the Bayfield International Croquet Tournament in 2018. The public is invited to watch the tournament action again. Games will be played from June 6-10 in Bayfield and Seaforth. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
The Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting an international croquet tournament June 6-10 at the David Street courts in Bayfield and the Lawn Bowling courts in Seaforth.
Twenty-six world ranked players from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States will be competing over the four days. The semi-finals and final play-off will be held Sunday morning in Bayfield.
Tournament Director Bill Rowat noted, "Our annual Bayfield International Tournament in June has become one of the foremost croquet events in Canada if not North America."
Rowat also paid tribute to tournament sponsors Steam Whistle Brewery and Lake Huron Real Estate Ltd. (Deb Penhale).
"They have backed our tournament since its inception; we owe them a big debt of gratitude."
Local residents are invited to come out and watch the play which starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day.
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.
Ten years of a blue flag beach celebrated by library friends
The Blue Flag Program and Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite the whole family to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Bayfield’s Blue Flag Beach on Saturday, June 29.
“Beach, Bags ‘n Buttons” is geared to children aged five and up and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bayfield Public Library.
The event will feature a morning of learning, activities, gifts and lots of fun. Presented in a kid-friendly style, the information and activities will help to raise awareness of actions everyone can take to improve waterways.
Activities will include: The mobile water station called “Blue Betty” will be there to have a selfie taken! A sandbox activity will combine craft making with examples of what should and shouldn’t be found at a beach. Dr. Erica Clark will teach kids how beach water samples are taken to ensure it’s safe to swim. Kids can make their own solar bead bracelet that reminds them to apply sunscreen.
Beach Bags ‘n Buttons will be both fun and educational...the perfect combination to learn about healthy waterways.
Ibrahim honored by Ontario Pharmacists Association
Michael Ibrahim (Submitted photo)
Michael Ibrahim, owner of three Michael’s Pharmasave locations in Southwestern Ontario, has been named the recipient of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented at Pharmacy Experience Pharmacie (PxP) 2019 – a joint conference currently being held by OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Toronto.
Ibrahim has been working as a community pharmacist for the last 24 years. He has successfully implemented community-focused initiatives, such as developing a pharmacy-based travel health program and a point-of-care testing program for patients. Ibrahim is also certified as a Diabetes Educator, Geriatric Pharmacist, Smoking Cessation Coach, and is a PCCA Trained Compounding Pharmacist. He has also presented to different community groups on a variety of health topics, is a Healthy Heart Pharmacist Educator, and has been involved in many charitable fundraising events that support local initiatives.
“This award is dedicated to a pharmacist who has an outstanding record of service to the community,” said Bill Wilson, Interim CEO of OPA. “Michael’s three practices represent only a portion of his overall community involvement and impact, which is why the OPA is pleased to award him with the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award.”
Ibrahim began his career in pharmacy in Egypt where he received his education and had his own practice. Prior to coming to Canada in 1994, he worked in Saudi Arabia as a Senior Hospital Pharmacist. Once in Canada, Ibrahim worked for various companies before becoming the owner of Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield in 2007. He currently owns Pharmasave locations in Goderich, Clinton, and Bayfield. Ibrahim has also won a Commitment to Care and Service Award, the Best Business Award for the Bayfield and Area Chambers of Commerce, and the Pharmasave POPA Award.
OPA’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions that are being made by individuals in the pharmacy profession throughout Ontario. The joint conference between OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association was held in Toronto from June 3-5.
third time is the charm as The Dreamboats return to county
Michael's Pharmasave will be hosting “The Dreamboats” in concert as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The guys will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
“The Dreamboats” will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Area residents may be familiar with this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group as they performed at the Bayfield Town Hall the previous two summers. Both concerts were sell-out events!
This time around, Michael’s Pharmasave is hosting this concert in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $40, after June 29 the cost goes up to $45.
The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Established Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.
The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the era’s favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.
For tickets visit anyone of the three Michael’s Pharmasave locations or call: Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519 482-5037.
Popular Varna Pork BBQ Going Strong after 45 years
Volunteers are the backbone of the Varna Pork BBQ now in its 45th year. (Submitted photos)
The popular Varna Pork BBQ will mark its 45th year when it is once more held at the Varna Complex on June 19. For 39 of those years it was a major fundraiser for the Varna United Church and for the past six years, after the amalgamation of four local churches in 2013, it has been hosted by the Brucefield Community United Church
The Varna United Church BBQ began in 1974 when the Church Stewards felt they needed a fundraiser to help pay church expenses. A new church roof, washrooms and new church hymn books were needed. The date of the first barbecue was set for June 26 of that year, and the Stewards’ wives met only three weeks before to decide on the menu! By June 17 they had sold 350 tickets with a hope to sell as many as 400. A number of the members of that Board of Stewards, and their wives, are still working on the event 45 years later.
“In those days if you were married to a Steward you got the job of helping organize the cooking and baking for the barbecue each year, while the men sorted out the logistics of the picnic tables, and the meat and grilling aspects. Nowadays a committee of “facilitators” runs the show and everyone pitches in to help,” explained Whilhelmina Laurie, an event organizer.
The earliest barbecue events were held in the church sheds - across the road from the church - with everyone’s picnic tables hauled into service. The church sheds also doubled as a skating rink for the community at that time.
“The conditions at the time would make any Health Unit today squeamish. There was only cold water from a single tap for washing and drinking, and the wind blew serviettes and paper plates through the building, into the field beyond,” Laurie recalled.
Tickets in 1975 cost $3.75 for adults and $2 for children. As early as 1976, 1,000 tickets were being printed and each of the Stewards was to sell 100. Prices for tickets went up as the price of pork increased from 50 cents a pound to over $1.70 in the 1980s, and, with demand high, over 1,200 tickets were being sold in the early 80s. The barbecue became a staple fundraiser for the church, earning over three thousand dollars a year at that time - and keeping the church nicely in the black.
The Varna Pork BBQ is fast approaching. Three hundred lbs of coleslaw, 1,100 baked potatoes, over a 1,000 lbs of pork chops, 130 lbs of beans and 1,400 pieces of pie or cheesecake are prepared every year by the church community.
Within fewer than ten years, the barbecue had outgrown its humble beginnings, and, with the building of the new Stanley Complex at Varna the church made the decision to move the barbecue there. The barbecue that year was an inaugural event for the Complex, which did not officially open until July.
“Since then the entire community has participated in providing homemade pies, delicious beans and signature smoked porkchops – even if they were not members of the church! Now a more modest 1,000 tickets are sold annually and people from far and wide come back year after year bringing new generations of barbecue goers,” she said.
Three hundred lbs of coleslaw, 1,100 baked potatoes, over a 1,000 lbs of pork chops, 130 lbs of beans and 1,400 pieces of pie or cheesecake are prepared every year by the church community.
The 45th Annual Varna Pork Barbecue is on June 19 at the Varna Complex west of the hamlet from 4:30-7 p.m. and take out is also available. Tickets are only $18 for adults and $6 for children ages five to 12. (The children’s price has not changed for six years!)
Please call Laurie at 519 482-9265 or Deb Rathwell at 519 233-9153 to get tickets for this year’s event or speak to any Brucefield Community United Church member.
west coast astronomers
The West Coast Astronomers will be holding a Star Party at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.
They are planning to target: Beehive Cluster, Bode's Nebulae, Markarian's Chain, Melotte 111, Black Eye and Sunflower Galaxies, Antares, Hercules Cluster, Jupiter and its moons, Barnard's Star, Moon, Wild Duck Cluster and the Eagle and Ring Nebulae.
Visit the Star Party page on www.westcoastastronomers.info to reserve a spot. This allows organizers to communicate with participants in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled.
Anyone unsure of the status of the event or who has questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event.
Everyone is welcome to join with or without a telescope. There is no cost. Amateur astronomers are invited to please bring their telescope at sundown.
Because kindness rocks...(Submitted photo)
The Open Hearts of Bayfield Kindness Group will be hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, June 22.
All supplies are provided at this free event that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to participate.
The inspirational rocks created will be left in and around the Bayfield area for visitors to discover and enjoy. One message can change someone’s life. Help put Bayfield on the map for kindness!
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 email@example.com or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.
Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND www.huroncounty.ca. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 meet 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.
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.