community consultation on arena future begins tonight
The Municipality of Bluewater has contracted Monteith & Brown Planning Consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the future uses of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
Bluewater’s Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell, worked with members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Mayor Tyler Hessel and Councilor John Gillespie, to set the “Terms of Reference” for the study.
“The Consulting firm will be collecting demographic data, reviewing the aging infrastructure of the Bayfield complex and gathering feedback on the recreational needs of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area,” explained Newell.
Community consultation is an important part of the study, and Bluewater residents and users of the current facility are invited to contribute their opinion on this issue in any one of the following ways:
• Interested parties are invited to a ‘drop-in’ Open House being held tonight (June 13) from 6:30- 8:30 pm in the Bayfield Community Centre.
• An Online Community Survey will be collecting data until June 29th at www.surveymonkey.com
• Written comments may be submitted at any municipal facility, or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the feasibility study may be found on the municipal website at municipalityofbluewater.ca.
Quonset hut open saturdays for rummage sale donations
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Rummage Sale organizers are pleased to announce that they are accepting drop off donations for the 71st annual event at the Quonset hut located just north of Bayfield (76614 Hwy 21) starting Saturday, June 16th.
Hours of operation will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the sale. They will also be open Monday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Please do not drop anything off unless volunteers are there to receive donations. Future dates during the week will be posted in The Breeze.
The PPA wishes to thank Pat and Ron Reder, of Bayfield Marine Services, for their ongoing support of the park through this very generous donation of storage space.
Funds raised from the rummage sale that will be held on Friday, July 13 are used to maintain the park on a year-round basis for such things as lawn cutting, tree planting and general maintenance. Hopefully in the fall of 2018 the PPA will begin a long awaited and very necessary bank revetment project.
The Zamboni doors will open on the arena sale at 7 p.m. but eager shoppers can check out the bargains in the outside sales area at 6:30 p.m.
The following items will not be accepted: large appliances, televisions, children’s furniture and strollers, shoes, clothing and certain electronics.
Organizers will happily accept: 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.
With the Rummage Sale approaching, coming too is a call for bakers to help fill the tables with homemade yummies. Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to email Lynne Price at email@example.com. Anyone wishing to have their name removed or added from the annual call list is also asked to contact Price.
“Your contribution of time and goodies to this part of the Rummage Sale is greatly appreciated,” said Price.
“If you are looking for a fun volunteer activity please join us July 12th and 13th as we sort and price our wonderful donated items. We can always use an extra pair of hands at the Bayfield Arena in aid of Pioneer Park,” added Patti MacDonald a Rummage Sale organizer.
For more information please call Nick at 519 565-2551 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
bayfield library to get Electric vehicle Charger
Drivers of electric vehicles will soon have another place to re-charge in Bluewater.
Thanks to a grant from Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (WEVCIP) through the Government of Ontario, a Level 2 dual Electric Vehicle Charger will shortly be installed behind the Bayfield Public Library.
The WEVCIP is specifically intended for use by the staff of the owner and tenants of a building, but municipal residents and visitors will also have access to the charger. Electric Vehicles (EV) Chargers tend to increase ‘dwell times’ in a village, providing an economic benefit to their location.
Industry data shows that ownership of EV is growing steadily, fuelled by environmental concerns and the rising cost of gasoline. According to a recent report, electric plug-in and hybrid vehicle sales in the US have risen by 45 per cent in the past 12 months compared to the year prior. This trend should continue as a lowered cost and increased efficiency of batteries and the higher availability of EV Chargers make EV ownership more viable.
The grant received comprises 80 per cent of the complete cost of installation of the EV Charger; the remaining 20 per cent will be funded by $3,722 from the Northland Power Grand Bend Wind LP Community Fund. Fees for use of the charger will offset associated costs such as hydro and maintenance, making the unit expense neutral after installation.
The unit should be installed and operational by the end of July.
The Young Novelists to perform at Bayfield Town Hall
The Young Novelists (Submitted photo)
On Friday, June 22, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will welcome “The Young Novelists”.
Since the band’s inception in 2009, The Young Novelists’ effortless harmonies have been heard across stages in the U.S. and Canada and have been compared to everyone from “The Band” to “Wilco”. The Town Hall performance follows the recent release of their new album, “In City & Country”, produced by Juno-winning producer Howard Bilerman who has also worked with “Arcade Fire” and “Leonard Cohen”.
When they first met, band members, Graydon James and Laura Spink had no idea that they would be married one day - much less touring the world together as The Young Novelists. They have released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. But for their new album. the Toronto-based band decided to travel out of the city and in to small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places.
After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, James and Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, “In City & Country” was born, a collection of ten songs that tell the universal stories of both parallels while highlighting the differences, similarities and everything in-between. One of the songs, “Two of a Kind”, was inspired by a visit to Goderich!
They both grew up in Ontario; Spink in Peterborough and James in Verona, a small eastern town with a population of a mere 1,800. They both moved to Waterloo for university, where they met via community theatre, but it wasn’t until James decided to refocus his career from drummer to front man that they combined their talent musically.
“I had written a bunch of songs and recorded them in my basement, mostly for posterity,” said James, “I asked Laura to sing harmony on some of the songs and it instantly had this magical vibe.”
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets call Mark Edmunds 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Audiences sure to swoon over The Dreamboats return
The Dreamboats with their MARTY Award for Best Emerging Music Group in Mississauga. (Submitted photo)
Back by popular demand, “The Dreamboats” will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 28. They were here last July to help Michael’s Pharmacy celebrate their 10th anniversary in Bayfield. Kelsey Johnston, a Michael’s Pharmacy employee, organized the sold-out concert as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall. This year, Johnston also assisted the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society with the arrangements for the return of this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group.
The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Emerging 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 eras favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, with a cash bar. For tickets visit Kelsey at Michael’s Pharmasave or call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca. Note that last year, tickets sold out very quickly!
twenty-three trees added to village canopy - just add water
The 2018 spring planting by the Bayfield Tree Project will bring the total to 475 trees planted in the village over the last several years. (Submitted photos)
Last week the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) planted another 23 trees in the village. Maples, Sycamores, Oaks, Tulips, and Lindens now will grace our streets and Right of Way walkways providing beauty and shade for all.
This planting will bring the total to 475 trees planted in the village by the BTP over the last several years.
“Thanks to the work of our volunteers and the donations by residents this endeavor continues to beautify our streets and walkways,” said Sondra Buchner, with the BTP. “Your donation would be greatly appreciated to keep this initiative alive until our village once again has a full tree canopy throughout.”
Each tree planted, mulched, fertilized and staked costs approximately $150 and all donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt. Donations can be sent to: ABCA Foundation: Bayfield Tree Project, c/o PO Box 164,
Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Now that the warm, dry weather is here these newly planted trees are in dire need of watering each and every week.
And now that the warm, dry weather is here these trees are in dire need of watering each and every week. Particularly the 475 relatively new trees that have been planted by the BTP over the last few years including those planted as recently as last week.
The best and most efficient watering practices are those that provide the tree with a steady trickle of water rather than an over powering gush which just ends up as run off not helping the tree at all.
“You can provide this steady flow by placing the garden hose to low water pressure and leave it to trickle away for an hour or so, this way the tree roots will receive the required moisture and it will flourish. It is advisable to do this once a week during the growing season particularly if there is little to no rain fall. Your attention to this watering is greatly appreciated,” concluded Buchner.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.
The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.
open hearts of bayfield
Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s next meeting will be held on Saturday, June 16.
The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.
The group will be joining www.thekindnessrockproject.com by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.
It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!
For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at email@example.com.
On June 18, the Bayfield Garden Club will host a Rain Garden Tour in the village and all are welcome.
Participants are asked to meet at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7:30 p.m. to car pool to two beautiful village rain gardens.
Special guests will be Hope Brock, who is a specialist in Healthy Watersheds, and Anna Dalton-Needles, who is a Landscape Designer, leading participants through the advantages of Rain Gardens. In case of rain a presentation will be held at the Lions’ Building.
The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives is hiring for the summer! If you love Bayfield, are social media savvy and want to help promote Bayfield’s history, we want to hear from you.
On-the-job training supplied for planning and participating in summer events, assisting with Facebook maintenance and providing customer service to our visitors.
Interested applicants can email their resume and cover letter with their interview availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information, if required is available by email, or messaging through Facebook.
WEST COAST ASTRONOMERS
Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.
The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15.
The Bayfield Town Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets call Mike at 519 565-5489 or Sandy at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Note also that Rogers encourages that when possible, audience members bring non-perishable donations of food, and items of personal care such as, shampoo, toothpaste or soap to help the less fortunate in the community. The BTHHS Board will ensure that all donations go directly to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).
On Sunday June 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a “Land Management Experience” at the Linfield Wildlife Area.
Starting at 2 p.m., join members of the BRVTA for a walk with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management Supervisor Kate Monk 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 ABCA 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, Monk has been the lead manager to continue 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. Hiking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing are permitted activities in the wildlife area. ABCA intends to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways and tree planting in the coming years.
The hike will be approximately 2 KMs on a primitive, natural surface, trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions and there may possibly be some poison ivy. The Difficulty Level is Level 2 with uneven trail. The trail is used all year for walking, bird watching and snow shoeing. Pets are requested to be kept on leash.
It is suggested that participants wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants and insect repellant. They are encouraged to bring a refillable water container plus a tree or birding identification book.
The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.
Participants are asked to meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign at 2 p.m. The walk will take approximately 2 hours. All are welcome to be part of this great hiking opportunity!
YOGA AT DEER PARK
Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.
During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.
If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email email@example.com.
In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from July 5 to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.
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.
Believe it or not the new Bayfield Public Library building will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23.
To mark the occasion cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Bob the Book” and receive a keepsake photo. A “We Love Books” memory quilt is also being made and people will have a chance to add their signature to it.
garden tour for hospice
Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.
Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.
The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!
John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.
The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.
The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.
To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email email@example.com.