power and sail rendezvous draws more than one hundred
The Goderich Power and Sail Squadron hosted the Western Ontario District Rendezvous with the assistance of the Stratford Power and Sail Squadron at the Harbour Lights Marina in Bayfield from June 22-24.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
One hundred and twenty-two people enjoyed a little “Rendezvous” in the village over the weekend. All had power and sail in common.
The Goderich Power and Sail Squadron hosted the Western Ontario District Rendezvous with the assistance of the Stratford Power and Sail Squadron at the Harbour Lights Marina in Bayfield from June 22-24.
Nine squadrons from Southwestern Ontario were present plus several members from the United States Power Squadron in Michigan. Approximately 20 boats, including, local boats to the Bayfield marinas, made up the representation.
Gary Mayell, was the chair of the organizing committee, with the help of Chis Thatcher, who hosted a similar event in Bayfield in 2006. Mary Montizambert, who is the Commander of the Stratford Squadron, was also integral to the successful organizing of the event.
A Dock Lunch (or Boater's Potluck) was held at the Habour Light's Marina on the Saturday of the Rendezvous Weekend. Fueling up for the Amazing Race which followed were clockwise from front left: Owen Evans, Jeff Evans, Doug Henry, Janette Henry, Nancy McKone, Cecily Chiles and Andris Evans. The contingent hailed from Goderich, Brights Grove and Sarnia - all came by boat for the event.
The array of flags on display in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon were part of the Amazing Race organized as part of the Rendezvous Weekend. Participants had to decipher the flags to reveal a humorous message.
Emerson Stock (centre) led the boat construction for his team.
Stop number two on the Amazing Race had participants creating boats out of popsicle sticks and duct tape. Everyone was eager to see if their boats would remain floating for 30 seconds.
Kathy Homan, of Goderich, shares a laugh with Lorraine Foster, after a balloon full of water she was holding burst. Homan's husband, Scott and their daughters, Loreena and Ainsley look on. Participants, at this the final station in the Amazing Race, had to fill three, one-litre containers with water using balloons as transport.
It is the mission of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron to increase awareness and knowledge of safe boating by educating and training members and the general public, by fostering fellowship among members, and by establishing partnerships and alliances with organizations and agencies interested in boating. It is a non-profit organization.
The Amazing Race took participants from the Harbour Lights Marina to Clan Gregor Square, Pioneer Park and the Bluewater Marina before returning to their starting point.
Mayell described the “Rendezous” as being the partial fulfillment of their mission statement: increasing awareness and fostering fellowship.
Highlights of the weekend included: Conn Smythe, of Stratford, entertaining Friday evening at the marina; a dock lunch or boaters’ potluck on Saturday;
a buffet dinner at the Docks Restaurant Saturday evening followed by entertainment by The Cheap Shirts.
In addition to the food and entertainment there were some fun activities as well. A contest similar to the Amazing Race was held on Saturday throughout Bayfield. This proved to be an exhilarating way to get people to tour the town. And then on Sunday the participants took part in the Commander’s Challenge also known as the Blind Dingy Race.
This race involved teams of two in a dingy with the person paddling blindfolded and the other person giving non-verbal instructions on which way to row in order to reach a destination. Two of the six boats never made it to the finish line and ended up going in hopeless circles
Rob Donaldson's team got into the spirit of the race wearing unifying bandanas.
With the Rendezvous complete now the Goderich Power and Sail Squadron can turn their attention to another portion of their mission statement – education and training.
A Boating Course will be held starting on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. and continue every Tuesday for fourteen weeks. It will be held at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton.
This Boating Course provides in depth learning in the safe operation and maintenance of watercraft whether it be a powerboat, sailing vessel or a kayak.
For more information or to pre-register email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
Jos Rommens at 519 524-2024.
association TO GET CRACKING ON TRAIL GUIDE
Barry Detenbeck, president of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), recently accepted a cheque for $500 from Carol Leeming, chair of the Huron County Egg Farmers. The money is to be used toward the production of a Trail Guide for the BRVTA's trail system. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) Executive have the opportunity to “get cracking” on the production of trail guides thanks to a generous donation by the Huron County Egg Farmers (HCEF).
The HCEF recently gave a $500 donation to the BRVTA for the project.
BRVTA President Barry Detenbeck said, "The donation is very timely with the development of trails at Varna and in particular the development of a mobility trail on the Taylor loop."
When completed, the mobility trail will offer a smoother surface for young children in strollers and seniors who love the outdoors but have some mobility issues. This donation will allow the BRVTA to focus on trails in the local Bayfield and Varna areas.
Carol Leeming, chair of the HCEF said, "This is a wonderful partnership as the trail guide will encourage healthy outdoor activity for all ages and will remind hikers that eggs are a great healthy source of protein."
The BRVTA is a volunteer community organization with a mission to develop and maintain walking trails in the Bayfield River area for the betterment and enjoyment of the community. Started in 2007, the BRVTA has built some 15 KM of trail in the area with the help of community volunteers, businesses and assistance from various levels of government.
There are now four trails: The Heritage Trail, Sawmill Trail, Woodland Trail and Varna Trails. Thousands of area residents and visitors have enjoyed the opportunity to walk the trails and experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna. There is no charge to walk the trails, but users must follow the Hikers Code and any posted information. During the 2011 “Communities in Bloom” campaign the BRVTA received special recognition for their work in developing trails.
The BRVTA is active both on and off the trails. They sponsor the local Terry Fox Run that has raised almost $10,000 for the cancer research. Earlier in June, to clear the landscape of unsightly litter, the BRVTA had approximately 15 trail volunteers working along Hwy. 21 (within the village limits).
Volunteers to assist the organization are always needed and financial donations are always gratefully accepted. The cost of an individual membership is $20, and for a family it is $25.
Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield River Valley Trail Association PO Box 531, Bayfield ON., N0M 1G0.
To learn more visit the BRVTA website: http://brvt.huronstewardship.on.ca/.
ABCA mapping project receives Shell Canada grant
A local conservation agency will be able to update to three-dimensional mapping to better understand water flow paths, and identify areas where water quality projects are needed, thanks to a grant from the Shell FuellingChange™ program.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced that its water quality base-mapping project has received a Shell Canada grant at the $25,000 level, thanks to public voting through the FuellingChange program.
“We would like to thank all the people who voted at shellfuellingchange.com to make this possible,” said Geographic Information Systems Specialist with the ABCA Tracey McPherson. “We appreciate Shell Canada’s program in support of environmental projects in Canada and the public participation and support that made this local project one of the top projects in its category.”
The $25,000 received will help ABCA set up a three-dimensional mapping system for improved collection of features such as watercourses, wetlands, and elevation information. This advanced mapping will assist with modeling of water flow, land use planning and design and location of land and water stewardship projects.
Shell Canada announced $1 million in grants towards 54 Canadian environmental projects through its second round of voting by Shell customers through Shell FuellingChange™.
Environmental projects pre-selected to participate in the FuellingChange program are eligible to receive funding at three different grant levels of $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000. There were 14 organizations that received funding at one of these levels. The remaining 40 organizations receive $10,000 for their project.
The Alberta Conservation Association and the Friends of the St. Clair River will receive grants at the $100,000 level from this year’s program.
The FuellingChange program was launched in May 2011. The program invites customers who make any purchases at Shell service stations to vote for pre-selected environmental projects using a code from Shell purchase receipts. Customers have cast almost 3 million votes since the program began. There were more than 1.9 million votes cast during the most recent period, Cycle 2.
“The beauty of FuellingChange is that is allows customers to select the environmental projects that Shell Canada funds,” said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada’s president and country chair.
She added that FuellingChange has been a great way for the company to listen to its customers.
“I’d like to thank them for voting,” she said.
Pennies starting to add up
Even with the nice rain we experienced on Sunday our area trees will still be thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.
New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method. Trees planted by the BTP can be found on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.
An ongoing fundraising initiative of the BTP is “Pennies for Trees”. Anyone who has accumulated over-time a jar, bag or box of pennies please consider donating them to the BTP for the purchase of trees to provide shade for the village’s streets.
“The pennies received from all our citizens is slowly but surely adding up,” said Sondra Buchner, of the BTP. “A huge thank you to one Bayfield family who gave our Tree Project two of their collected coin jars that they had accumulated over the last while. The amazing total from those two containers was well over $100 - almost the cost of one of our $150 trees. It is remarkable how the coins help out.”
Those who wish to participate in this fundraising initiative can call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies. The volunteers will count the pennies and provide a tax receipt to the donor if the total is over $20.
“Thank you to all the local businesses who are hosting a Pennies for Trees bucket,” said Buchner. “With this in mind please continue to support our project by tossing you pennies in the green buckets.”
The buckets, labeled “Pennies for Trees”, can be found at the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, the Nip N’ Tuck and the Bayfield Village Inn. Shoppers can help purchase trees for the village simply by placing the pennies from their change in the bucket.
Anyone interested in placing a donation bucket in his/her establishment should contact the number listed above.
Financial contributions to the BTP are always welcome as well. Donations of $20 or more will receive an income tax receipt. Cheques should be made payable to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation with Bayfield Tree Project written on the memo line. A donation of $150 to $200 will purchase a tree.
People who would like to participate in the BTP or would like to
make a financial contribution are asked to contact Sondra Buchner, 519 565-2518 or email email@example.com or Harris, 519 565-2373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BTP is under the umbrella of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and they are under the umbrella of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
Local talent showcased
“Bayfield’s Got Talent” and that’s a fact, as evidenced by the show presented at St. Andrew’s United Church on the evening of June 24.
“We had a very successful evening last night - a full house with a wide variety of entertainment and lots of laughter,” said Rosemary Crosthwaite, one of the show’s organizers.
Included in the roster of talent were Lorelei Lingard, piano; Roma Harris, humorous commentary; Roy Price and Paul Howe, soloists; Carol Alce, Sherrie Garton and Liz Tolchard, vocal trio; Janice Nelson, Leslie Bella, Greta Sinclair and Tammy Amos who comprise Four-to-the-Bar, a female barbershop quartet
Demonstrations by the square dancing group, the Clinton Wheel 'N Dealers, The Bayfield Pole Walkers and The Bayfield Fitness Instructors rounded out the evening.
The St. Andrew's United Church Choir, who hosted this event, also performed.
The St. Andrew's United Church Choir sang "Dream a Little Dream of Me" during Sunday evening's "Bayfield's Got Talent". (Submitted photos)
Roma Harris presented, "The Queen's Jubilee - A Downstairs Commentary" to a capacity crowd at St. Andrew's United Church.
The Clinton Wheel 'N Dealers entertained with their square-dancing and brought people up from the audience to teach them some steps resulting in a hilarious and entertaining couple of numbers.
Pioneer Park will come alive with the sound of Elliott’s Liquidation Band on Saturday night, June 30th. The eight-piece orchestra will serenade the sunset starting at 8 p.m.
Elliott’s Liquidation Band earned its name when several years ago a few of their members found their first instruments at Elliott's Liquidation in Clinton. Their repertoire ranges from light classical to palm court music. They have performed on Bayfield streets, at the Bayfield Antique Show, in seniors’ homes, at Christmas concerts, at Earth Hour in St. Andrew’s Church, at birthday parties and even a wedding.
Leslie Bella, who plays Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, also arranges the music. The members include: Charlotte Fanjoy, clarinet; Rosemary Crosthwaite and Lynne Price, flutes; Barb Sturgeon and Nancy Arthur-Ische, violins; and Tammy Amos and Roma Harris, Accordions.
Those who attend the concert are invited to stick around after the sun goes down to watch the first in the summer series of films. The Big Chill, a classic film from 1983, will be the featured presentation. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to get comfortable and take in this comedy.
Other films in the line-up include: When a Stranger Calls, July 14; Daddy Day Care, July 28; Cheaper by the Dozen, Aug. 11; and UP, Aug. 25.
Anyone who has a hankering for BBQ Beef or Sweet Pickled Ham will be able to satisfy his/her craving on Canada Day.
ST. Andrew’s United Church will be hosting their annual barbecue on July 1st at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 4:30 p.m.
Also on the menu are baked potatoes, salads and homemade pies.
Tickets are now available by contacting John Siertsema at 519 565-2479. They are selling for $14, adults; $6, children, six to 12 years of age. Volunteers can also contact the number listed above.
They are part of the common vernacular, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and Pinterest, but does everyone know how to best utilize them?
Now people will get their opportunity as an “Introduction to Social Media” will be held at the Bayfield Library on June 28 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 20 Main Street.
Call 519 565-2886 or visit the library’s circulation desk for more information and to reserve a spot.
Did you know that the Bayfield Library also offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?
Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).
CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.
Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
municipality of bluewater
The Municipality of Bluewater will be hosting an information session for residents on Phase Four of the municipal water distribution system on July 7.
Phase Three of the watermain project has now been completed and the next stage, Phase Four, will be starting soon.
Those who attend the session to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre will learn about the project’s background as well as how to get connected to the system, what permits are required, how to decommission old wells and the expected costs and timing of the project.
Representatives from the Municipality of Bluewater, the consulting engineers and the Huron County Health Unit will be in attendance. A presentation will be made at 10:30 a.m. The information session will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.
St. Joseph historical society
The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society, recipients of the 2011 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, are currently preparing their next presentation as part of their Lakeshore Festival Summer Fundraiser, July 21-22.
This time their stage will be the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery.
"Grave Matters" will feature dramatized Cemetery Tours, highlighting short stories of the history of the French families that settled historic St. Joseph. Their stories will come to life as participants are taken through the cemetery. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and continue at 30-minute intervals with the last tour departing at 4 p.m.
St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery is located at 73334 Bluewater Hwy. 21, St. Joseph.
To order tickets contact Dianne Tucker at 519 236-4925. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7.50 for children 12 years and under; or $25 for a family (two adults and up to four children). Payment accepted by cash or cheque payable to the St. Joseph Historical Society. This event will run rain or shine, no refunds. Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery. Light refreshments will also be available for purchase at the event.
Camp Kintail is returning to Bayfield for the third consecutive summer.
Knox Presbyterian Church is partnering with Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, to offer a Christian based Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.
This Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the program and activities. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all eight sessions or just one or two.
The first camp will begin on July 4. The program will conclude on Aug. 22. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Registration for each session is held at 8:30 a.m. on the day but participants may also pre-register by calling Brenda McLean at 519 524-8645 or by calling the church 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.
st. james', middleton
The congregation of St. James’ Church, Middleton always put up a fantastic meal no matter what event they are hosting and this time around it will be a fundraising barbeque on July 14.
The event will be held at the church from 4-7:00 p.m. On the menu will be bratwurst on a bun or a hamburger both will be accompanied by coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and a beverage.
The cost will be $10, adults; $5, kids 10 and under; and preschoolers free.
Judy Keightley, of Bayfield, is known for her dramatics.
She has been instrumental in carrying out successful fundraisers for the Bayfield Historical Society as the playwright and director for three dramatic productions based on local history. Now she is turning her attention to the younger thespians in the community offering them a Drama Camp.
The Drama camp will be held during the first two weeks of July at the Bayfield Town Hall.
According to Keightley, “By popular request from the “grandma’s” in the village, grandma’s who are looking after their grand children during the summer, I am running a Drama Camp from July 2-6 and then again from July 9-13.”
The camps will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers should be between six and 14 years of age.
Students will be performing a play at the end of each week but as well as rehearsals for the play they will be doing improvisation, mime, dance, and many drama games plus an art session making the props for the show.
“It should be great fun and a wonderful opportunity for children to perform on a stage,” said Keightley.
For information on these Drama Camps email Keightley at email@example.com.
The Fish Fry hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield was such a success last year the congregation has decided to do it again!
The 2nd annual Fish Fry will be held on July 28 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 4:30-7 p.m.
Advance tickets are available now and cost $17 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased by calling Deb at 519 565-5238 or Brenda at 519 565-5404. Organizers note that the tickets sold out quickly last year so people are best advised to get their tickets early.
The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) has openings on its Board of Directors for the up coming year. The BAFHT is a community sponsored family health team.
Board Members must reside or work in the Municipality of Bluewater. The volunteer board meets once a month and the position is for a three-year term. Interested individuals should have a background in health care, human resources or law.
Anyone interested in volunteering within the community in this fashion should submit a letter of interest to Joyce Lambert, chair, PO Box 98, 43 Main Street, Zurich, ON N0M 2T0 by July 9.
Now that summer has arrived thoughts turn to the many traditional summer events held in the village. One integral part of summer is the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. Event coordinators are now looking for volunteers to help at the event to be held Aug. 10-12 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Bayfield Antique Show and Sale now in its 27th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.
To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
music at the barn
The “Music at the Barn” concert series got underway recently at the landmark barn at Kryart Studio.
Four more concerts are scheduled from now to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston opening for The Marrieds, July 15; Danielle Durand and Ben Hermann (tentative), July 29; Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands, Aug. 26; and Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord, Sept. 16.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door for the first show. All other shows are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Or a season pass can be purchased for $50 for all five shows. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.
For more information or tickets contact Danielle Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Music-at-the-Barn-Series/127016440764513 Tickets can also be purchased at ticketscene.ca.
For 65 years, crowds of people have been coming to the Pioneer Park’s Annual Rummage Sale and snapping up all kinds of bargains and treasures. This year the event will be held on Friday, July 13th from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Arena.
The sale, along with a silent auction, provides much needed funding for the maintenance and upkeep of Bayfield’s beautiful lakefront parkland that offers visitors fresh lake breezes and world-renowned sunsets 365 days of the year!
Rummage Sale items may be dropped off at the arena after 11 a.m. on July 12th until 2 p.m. as well as on July 13th. Anyone who is unable to drop items off on these days, can contact Bud Robinson at 519 565-5322 or Claire Trepanier at 519 565-2745 and they will arrange for the items to be picked up prior to the sale.
Please note when donating that baby furniture, sports equipment, and electrical items must be CSA approved. It should also be noted that the following items will not be accepted: clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items.
Bill Rowat is the person to contact if anyone wishes to donate an item or service to the silent auction. He can be reached at 519 565-5838.
This event could not happen without the assistance of over 120 volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or call Trepanier at the number listed above.
A new addition to the Rummage Sale this year will be “TasTee Queen”. They will be set up outside on the fairgrounds selling their famous hand cut fries, hot dogs and other goodies.
Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.
Ann and Rick LeBeau, of Bayfield, are pickle ball enthusiasts and would like to teach Pickle Ball to beginners. They have been playing the sport themselves for many years and will be playing in the Summer Games in London, ON.
"Learn to Play" Pickle Ball is now being held in Varna at the Stanley Complex on Monday nights at 7 p.m. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is really hitting its stride in Bayfield.
New additions to the current Pole Walking schedule include: Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, 9:00 a.m. during July and August; and Tuesday mornings Gentle Jaunt, 9:30 a.m.
The above is in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m.
All walks begin from 6 Main Street.
Pole Walkers might like to mark Aug. 6 and Sept. 16 on their calendars as days they might like to join in the “Pioneer Park Fun Run, Walk and Roll” and the Terry Fox Run.
Besides Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Summer Outdoor Yoga will start July 5 in Pioneer Park at 8:30 a.m. and continue on subsequent Thursdays. The sessions will be free of charge and open to people 13 years of age and up. An adult must accompany any minors that attend. There is a limit of 20 people per class.
Call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638 for more information on the items listed above.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Boot Camp has come to Bayfield due to the efforts of fitness enthusiast, Kaylie Ginn. She plans to offer a large variety of exercises to keep things interesting and challenging. She will be incorporating strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, kick-boxing, interval training and more. One-hour sessions are held Monday to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Each session of the Bayfield Boot Camp costs $10, or a weekly pass can be purchased for $30. First sessions will be free. Participants should wear proper footwear, bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat or towel. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their first session so that Ginn can learn their workout history. For information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959.