pork chops and plenty of pies mark 45th Varna pork bBQ
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The 45th edition of the Varna Pork BBQ was held on June 19. The 1,000 tickets were pretty much all sold with 359 take-outs in the mix.
The popular Varna Pork BBQ marked its 45th year on June 19 at the Varna Complex tonight.
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.
According to organizers, the BBQ proved to be a very successful event raising a little over $11,000 after expenses.
Brenda Consitt was just one of several volunteers that served up food to hungry visitors and she can attest that not much goes better with a smoked chop than baked beans. Yum!
“Brenda Wright the church treasurer said there were 359 take-outs alone and we were pretty much sold out of our 1,000 tickets,” said Wilhelmina Laurie. “Many people commented as they left how great the meal was, and the Metzger pork chops and pies were beyond delectable.”
Laurie went on to say that the pork BBQ is a lot of work, condensed into just a few hours after months of planning, but a real team building effort for the church community.
“Many hands made light work. The steady stream of diners from 4:15 p.m. through to 6:30 p.m. made the time go fast and kept the workers busy, but also meant we were all cleaned up and home by 8 p.m. this year,” she concluded.
On the menu: Metzger smoked pork chops, baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato. Dessert not pictured was equally as pretty - cheesecake or pie.
Tree Project tours hikers around village plantings
Sondra Buchner points out one of the many saplings along the east side of Tuyll St. planted by Bayfield Tree Project volunteers. (Submitted photo)
The rain held off and the cool weather made for a comfortable hike on Sunday, June 16 as about 20 people toured the Village of Bayfield appreciating the work of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP).
From this community group's first plantings along Louisa St. to their newest saplings in the Lidderdale right-of-way, participants learned about the 500 plus trees from 21 different species that have been planted and maintained by volunteers over the past decade. These include six varieties of Maple, four types of Oak, and a variety of other native species such as Tulip, Black Gum, Hackberry and Linden, along with unusual Carolinian specimens such as the Kentucky Coffee tree and the Northern Pecan at the north east corner of Pioneer Park. Flowering trees such as the White Angel Crabapples along Bayfield Terrace and the Red Buds along Louisa St. add spring color to the green palette. Diversifying the plantings helps eliminate the devastating effects of blight and disease such as has destroyed so many Ash in the area in recent years.
Sondra Buchner, of the BTP, accompanied the group on her electric bike and pointed out the many trees planted by this grassroots organization over the years. Participants were surprised to realize how many young trees were tucked away amidst the mature trees already lining our streets. But these new plantings will ensure a shade and oxygen producing canopy for generations to come.
A volunteer group under the auspices of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, the BTP gratefully receives donations that can be made via the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation. All funds of $20 and over are eligible for an income tax receipt. Volunteers to assist with planting or watering the trees are also appreciated.
Please contact Sondra Buchner for more info via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two more Saturdays to donate to Pioneer Park Rummage Sale
There is still lots of fun and plenty to do, when you’re full of variety at 72. The Rummage Sale for Pioneer Park is now over seven decades old and continues to be full of fabulous finds, from the historic to the exotic there is sure to be something for everyone.
Last Saturday, June 22, was the second drop off day for donations to the sale. The Quonset Hut, just north of the village on Hwy 21, was hopping with newly donated items and busy volunteers, helping unload and sort. There are still two more Saturdays to drop off donations at the Quonset Hut: June 29 and July 5.
Team Rummage would like to encourage everyone to scour those basements, reach into those crawl spaces and hunt deep into those garages for gently used items that deserve a second life, pack these items up and bring them out to the team of sorters at the Quonset Hut between 10 a.m. and noon.
Organizers would like to express thanks to all the volunteers, who came to lend a hand on June 22. They would love to see them again on the next two drop off days.
The Rummage Sale will be held on July 12. 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 cannot be accepted: large appliances, televisions, printers and faxes, 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 Linda LeBel at Linda.email@example.com. Anyone wishing to have their name removed or added from the annual call list is also asked to contact LeBel.
PEOPLE CAME FROM ACROSS THE STATES AND CANADA FOR FIELD DAY
One of Ontario’s most innovative drainage and water quality installation and study projects attracted more than 350 people to Huron County on Saturday, June 15, for the Drainage Innovation Field Day at Huron County’s Huronview Demonstration Farm in Clinton. Shown walking through the site are, from l-r: Doug Walker, president of Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA); Jim Ginn, warden of Huron County; and the Honorable Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. To find out more visit huronview.net
Four tile contractors were installing innovative drainage tile at Huron County’s Huronview Demonstration Farm near Clinton on Saturday, June 15 and 350 people came out to see it.
Farmers, drainage contractors and members of the public attended the Drainage Innovation Field Day. Visitors came from across Southwestern Ontario and from other parts of Canada as well as from the United States (even from California) to take part in the day. The drainage demo day included field tours on wagons, workshops, soil and water education activities and an industry trade show.
Attendees during the day included, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honorable Ernie Hardeman as well as Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, county and municipal representatives and other dignitaries from agricultural, drainage, and conservation organizations.
The event was run by the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HCSCIA), a volunteer board of farmers who are passionate about improving soil and water quality. HCSCIA has a fifteen-year agreement with the County of Huron to farm on the 47-acre Huronview Demo Farm field with cover crops, no-till, and best practices.
“We knew we needed to invest in field drainage there in order to control erosion and we took this opportunity to try the most innovative system out there,” said Doug Walker, president of HSCIA. “By partnering with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), we’re able to use it for research.”
Organizers of the Drainage Innovation Field Day thanked the hundreds of people who attended as well as all the funding partners and other partners in the project and the volunteers who organized and ran the day.
“It is an unprecedented partnership,” said Melisa Luymes, Project coordinator. “We brought agricultural, drainage, and environmental stakeholders together to align on innovation and research to improve soil and water quality.”
This is the first time in Ontario that controlled drainage has been installed on a slope, according to Luymes. An Illinois-based drainage design company, AGREM, made the plans for the site and the designers, Jeremy and Bob Meiners, worked with the contractors and then presented their work to the crowd.
Drainage is essential for farming, but it needs to be designed well to reduce the potential for impacts downstream, according to Luymes.
“Essentially, we’re trying to ‘shut off’ drainage systems with underground control gates at certain times of the year,” she said. “It works on flat fields in Ontario, but the key to making it work on a slope is that lateral tiles need to be installed on contour at a very precise grade. Conventional tile lines usually run straight, but these curve around the field. It is quite a sight.”
The demonstration farm site features a side-by-side-by-side plot of contoured/controlled drainage, conventional drainage, and an area that remains undrained. Water quality and quantity will be measured, along with yield and soil data. The site also features a research plot comparing 15-foot and 30-foot tile spacing and a demonstration of surface drainage with terraces and a grassed waterway.
The workshops at the drainage demo day featured speakers including Kirsten Grant, University of Waterloo; Sid Vander Veen, Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO) ; Lynne Warriner and McKenzie Smith, Fertilizer Canada; and Dr. Jeremy Meiners, AGREM. In the soil pit, Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA; Peter Johnson, LICO; and Ross Wilson, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority showed participants how field drainage works and the importance of soil health for water infiltration.
The Huronview Demonstration Farm drainage innovation project was funded and supported by dozens of partners, including the Huron County Clean Water Project, (LICO), Ducks Unlimited Canada, and ABCA. This project was also funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.
Dreamboats concert ticket price increases on Saturday
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.
Giant Hogweed: the facts
Purple Angelica is a safe native plant. (Submitted photos)
That plant you find outdoors may be a common and harmless native plant called “Purple Angelica” or it could be the dangerous and invasive “Giant Hogweed”. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff members advise you to avoid contact with Giant Hogweed.
“Giant Hogweed can pose serious harm to humans if touched,” said Angela Van Niekerk, ABCA wetland specialist.
Conservation authority staff have recently received phone calls and reports about Giant Hogweed on ABCA properties and other properties.
“We deal with Giant Hogweed if it is found on one of our properties,” said Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education with ABCA.
ABCA removes Giant Hogweed along the banks of its own properties – such as conservation areas – but it is not the landowner of lands along other watercourses so the owners of those lands should contact their local weed inspector.
“We advise people to contact their local weed inspector for other properties,” Monk said. “Giant Hogweed is a noxious weed and the weed inspectors will work with the landowner to control the Hogweed.”
Giant Hogweed is an invasive harmful plant.
A list of weed inspectors is posted on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at abca.ca
Some people have confused the Purple Angelica plant with Giant Hogweed. Purple Angelica is not noxious but Giant Hogweed is. The conservation authority has updated a fact sheet at abca.ca to show people the difference between the two plants.
Giant Hogweed can be a serious health hazard. If there is skin contact with this plant, the toxins in the sap, activated by direct sunlight, cause severe burns. Contact with the plant can create painful blisters, reddening and swelling of the skin after a day, and inflammation after three days. If the sap comes in contact with the eyes, it may even cause temporary or permanent blindness. Severe dermatitis can affect some people for months. Some people exposed to the plant even stay sensitive for years.
Public health experts say that if you become exposed to Giant Hogweed you should:
1. Wash all affected areas immediately with soap and water if available.
2. Keep affected areas out of direct sunlight.
3. Seek medical advice immediately.
If you find a suspected Giant Hogweed plant, you are advised to report it to the weed inspector at your local municipality and the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711. Anyone who finds suspect plants on an ABCA property should call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
People noticing the plant should not get near the plant and should definitely not touch it. Anyone who is able to safely take digital photos (at a distance) of the leaf, stem, and flower, can send the photo to the ABCA.
The mammoth size of the towering Giant Hogweed is the plant’s most distinctive trait. The plant can grow to the size of a full-grown adult and can sometimes reach ten feet in height. For more information visit abca.ca or invadingspecies.com or ontarioweeds.com
The ashwood inn
A changing of the guard...
Rob MacFie and Kirsten Harrett handed the keys to The Ashwood Inn over to proud new owners Hina and Mike Patel on June 25. (Submitted photo)
Kirsten Harrett and Rob MacFie, of The Ashwood Inn, would like to extend a sincere thank you to all for the support they received since opening The Ashwood in 2015.
As of yesterday (June 25), the couple have handed the keys to The Ashwood over to the proud new owners Hina and Mike Patel, who will be relocating to Bayfield from Caledon, ON. Hina has a degree in engineering. Mike in commerce. As business owners they bring 25 years of experience in the service industry, including eight years in hotel management in the U.S. and 10 years in franchise development. Their passions include art, cooking, Ayurveda and Yoga.
MacFie and Harrett are very excited to have the opportunity to work and learn from the Patels as they continue to grow Deer Park Lodge alongside their new neighbors.
“The Ashwood Inn was a labor of love for us and we couldn't be more pleased with the lovely people to whom we have handed the keys,” said Harrett. “It has been a pleasure getting to know Hina and Mike so far and there is no doubt we will become good friends. Please feel free to drop in and introduce yourselves as our newest residents adjust to life in beautiful Bayfield.”
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 Davies at 519 565-2813; Marilyn at 519 565-2716; Richard at 519 565-5313 and John or Kathleen at 519 565-2479 or e-mail email@example.com.
Gather up your dull blades! RW Sharpening and Repair Services will be back at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market on Friday, June 25.
Several new vendors will be making their market debut. Bayfield Lavender Farm offering homegrown, handmade lavender products for home and body. J. Bogul Foods selling frozen pierogis by the dozen. Vegan and gluten free options available with local ingredients used including: flour from Arva, potatoes from Port Burwell and cheese from Pine River. Cedar Cottage Beach Art is based in Bayfield selling driftwood art and sea glass art.
Returning this week will be Bayfield Provisions and Georgie's Flowers.
Mark July 5 on the calendar, it's strawberry social time! Strawberry shortcake, made fresh on the spot, will be available at the market. This usually sells out, so get there early!
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs Friday afternoons 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square, from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.
A Star Party, hosted by the Westcoast Astronomers will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.
Participants can look forward to observing Jupiter, Saturn, Arcturus, Antares, Whirlpool and Needle Galaxies, Bode's, Eagle and Cat's Eye Nebulae, and some clusters including the magnificent Wild Duck.
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 who has doubt on the status of the event or has questions should please call Guy Spence 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 bring their telescopes at sundown.
The public is welcome to attend a free talk by local experts regarding the dangers of Ticks and Giant Hogweed on July 8 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
According to organizers, Ticks are widespread in the Bayfield area and their bites can have devastating effects. Lynn Gillians will talk about the effects of ticks, how to spot them and how to remove them from people and pets.
Giant Hogweed is an invasive species that looks appealing, but is poisonous to humans. Roger Lewington will describe the appearance and effects of Giant Hogweed and how to deal with it.
The 30 minute talk on learning how to be safe from these hazards will begin at 10 a.m.
linfield wildlife area
To close out the month members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to invite people 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.
Seeds Rooted in Youth
Janneke Vorsteveld, the educator behind “Seeds Rooted in Youth” will be holding three summer camp programs during July and August using Bayfield as home base.
Eight to 12-year-olds have a choice between camp dates. These are July 1-6 or Aug. 5-10. Youth aged 10-12 years, or those who have taken part in a past program, are eligible for the final camp of the season, Aug. 19-23.
According to Vorsteveld, “The programs are all outdoors for youth with varying locations around the Bayfield region. There will be lots of outdoor skills learned and field trips to different community businesses to learn from them, along with varying guests to come and teach the youth.”
The camps cost $250 for the week and includes all food, camping gear and a t-shirt.
To learn more visit: https://seedsrooted.org/summer-programs-2019
The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is recruiting to fill three director positions.
The Board is responsible for accumulating and maintaining the valuable collection of local artifacts. This collection is available to the public who are seeking answers to questions about their family, property or the village in general. As well the BHS members have a Heritage Centre with displays of selected artifacts that is open to residents and visitors.
The Board plans and offers monthly public meetings where speakers share stories of historical interest. It oversees longer term projects like the restoration of the Helen McLeod II and shorter-term ones like the annual Admiral Bayfield Day celebration. The BHS members are proud of their accomplishments over the past 54 years.
The Board of Directors meets monthly at the Bayfield Archives. If interested in joining please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
With the summer gearing up and more boats being launched in the harbor the Bayfield Yacht Club has an exciting season of summer activities planned.
Sunday afternoons, beginning June 30, and Wednesday evenings, beginning July 3, will be weekly racing nights for BYC boat owners and aspiring crew. Saturday June 29 will be “Movie in the Marina” night. A family friendly feature will be shown in Harbour Lights Marina with complimentary snacks and beverages. For an updated listing of activities the public is invited to check out the new and improved BYC website at www.bayfieldyachtclub.com
The BYC is currently seeking out new members. Those keen to learn more about boating and network with other boaters in the Bayfield community are invited to reach out! To date the BYC has received kind donations in the form of second- hand sailing dinghys and equipment from members of the community and are proud to announce that they will be putting together sailing vessels and equipment for BYC members to utilize. Ultimately the long-term goal of the club is to start a youth sailing and mentorship program with view to getting Huron County youth out on the water.
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.
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 www.huroncounty.ca. Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.
BACK PACKS FOR KIDS
Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.
Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered between July 2 and Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.
To register for a back pack please call after July 2: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387.
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 community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a long-time village resident has died.
Surrounded by his family John (Jack) Edward Merner of Bayfield passed away Monday, June 17, at Clinton Public Hospital in his 84th year.
His wife, Joan, and their family, would like to invite those in the community who would like to share a memory or two to drop in to “Our Sunday Coffee” on June 30 from 2-4 p.m. in Joan and Jack’s backyard. Those who attend are asked to bring their own lawn chair.
At Jack's request cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will take place at a later date. As expressions of sympathy donations can be made, in his name, to the Clinton Public Hospital or Bayfield United Church.
CRAM MY CRUISER
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) was the recipient of a whole car load of groceries on June 15 due to the efforts of Christian and Kailagh Strike, of Vigilant Security Services. The couple held a food drive at Zehrs in Goderich called, “Cram My Cruiser” and collected an amazing amount of groceries for which the volunteers at the BAFB are most grateful. (Submitted photo)