huron sunrise daylily the official flower of the IPM
Basking in the sunshine at Falhaven Farms on Orchard Line in Central Huron are IMP volunteers, from l-r: Monique Baan, Alicia Deitner, and Lynne Godkin. (Submitted photos)
Huron Sunrise Daylily
Organizers of the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) are proud to announce their official flower, the “Huron Sunrise” Daylily!
The name was chosen through an online Facebook poll in 2016. Mike Falconer of Falhaven Farm and Nursery, in Central Huron, curated the flower.
Falhaven will be hosting an Open House from July 12 to Aug. 12 and people are invited to come see the Huron Sunrise Daylily as well as the many other Daylilies at the farm.
Falconer has been wholly committed to breeding and growing daylilies for fifteen years but the passion for gardening has been with him since childhood.
"IPM 2017 is thrilled to have our own exclusive Daylily for this special event, and have enjoyed working with Mike at Falhaven. We would encourage everyone to take some time to visit the farm during the Open House as the gardens are absolutely magnificent. All visitors to the farm will have a chance to enter a free draw to win an IPM 2017 Daylily," said Lynne Dodd, secretary of IPM 2017.
As the flower is new, there are a limited number available in 2017. Some will be utilized as prizes for the Queen and Princess of the Furrow and Beautification Award Winners however, eight bulbs will be auctioned off during the week of the match. Following the Huron County Variety Show every day on Main Stage at noon, an IPM 2017 Daylily will be up for auction. Three additional Daylilies will be auctioned during the Auctioneer’s Challenge scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20. Other special items to be auctioned off during the Variety Show and Auctioneer’s Challenge include sold out IPM 2017 souvenir trucks and sold out IPM 2017 benches!
Huron Sunrise will be available for purchase in Spring 2018 for $20.17, with proceeds being donated to the Huron County Plowmen’s Association. Check out Falhaven Farm and Nursery website for tips and tricks on how to plant the Huron Sunrise Daylily!
IPM 2017 takes place Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 and tickets available at the gates, the day of, for $18 per person. More information about all the programming and events for IPM 2017 can be found online at plowingmatch.org/ipm-2017 or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.
Open House info for shoreline management plan now online
Presenting at the second of two public information open houses on shoreline management were, from l-r: Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and Coastal Engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd. They are shown with Deputy Mayor Doug Cook, of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, and Geoffrey Cade, supervisor of Water and Planning with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Cook, a member of the ABCA Board of Directors, chaired the June 17 open house in Thedford, and Cade answered questions from the public that related to current policies in the Shoreline Management Plan (2000) and technical work as part of the 2015-2018 update of the existing plan. (Submitted photo)
Approximately 220 people showed their interest in the local shoreline by attending two Shoreline Management Plan Public Information Open Houses in June.
The events took place in Zurich and Thedford and were hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Staff members answered questions at mapping stations and displays. The ABCA staff shared information on topics such as water quality issues and community actions to improve water quality; Lake Huron water levels; the effects of a changing lake for cohesive bluffs and dynamic beach systems; how average annual recession rates are measured and mapped along the shoreline; current local and provincial policies; and how lakeshore hazards such as flooding and erosion are determined in the current Shoreline Management Plan (2000).
Attendees also heard presentations from Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and coastal engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd. Davidson-Arnott presented on shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection. Duckett spoke on types of shore protection that can be considered and about development of policies and procedures for review of applications for shore protection structures along the shoreline. Baird and Associates is updating the Considerations for Shore Protection Structures document which was prepared in 1994.
Links to professionally taped videos of the presentations (when they were presented to the ABCA Board of Directors in April and May) are posted on the shoreline management web page at abca.on.ca.
The presentations at the open houses were followed by question and answer periods. ABCA has also posted, online at abca.on.ca, information materials from the open houses, including a feedback form for those who attended the open houses; a document with proposed steps for future engagement; and fact sheets, brochures, and posters. Those who attended the open houses are invited to submit their feedback forms until July 7.
The ABCA’s Water and Planning Supervisor, Geoff Cade, thanked everyone who attended the open houses for their interest and their time. He also thanked the members of the Bluewater Shoreline Residents’ Association (BSRA) who collected question cards during the question and answer time after the presentations. The conservation authority is planning to update its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to reflect some of the discussion during the question and answer portion of the open house. Please visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update page online at abca.on.ca at this link: abca.on.ca/page.php?page=shoreline-management.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority hosted the open houses as part of the 2015-2018 update of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) that has been in effect since 2000. The conservation authority started a process in 2015 to update technical information to support future updates to the 2000 SMP document. The review of local development policies contained in the SMP 2000 is not expected until 2018, according to ABCA. The SMP identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. Updates to the SMP will provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. Updates will provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends.
Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management along the shoreline of the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates individuals may visit this link: http://eepurl.com/bxn8_5. More than 410 people have subscribed to this online newsletter.
Central Huron no longer considered for nuclear waste
It was announced on June 23 that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is narrowing its focus to fewer communities as it prepares to further advance the next set of activities in the selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.
The Municipality of Central Huron and the Township of White River will no longer be considered a potential host for the project. Both will continue to play a role as activities continue in nearby communities of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce in the southwest, and to the northwest in the vicinity of Hornepayne and Manitouwadge.
“As we work toward identifying a single preferred site, we need to increasingly focus on specific locations that have strong potential to meet safety requirements and a foundation for sustained interest in exploring the project,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of Site Selection. “Central Huron and White River have each made a significant contribution on behalf of Canadians to this project, and their continued leadership will be invaluable as we work together to plan next steps in their regions.”
The next activities in the areas of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce; and Hornepayne and Manitouwadge will involve planning for more geological studies and initial discussions about visioning and partnership.
Regional engagement will continue, as the project will only proceed with interested communities, potentially affected First Nation and Métis communities, and surrounding communities working in partnership to implement it.
Studies continue in areas around Ignace, Blind River and Elliot Lake, Ontario, which are also engaged in the process for siting the national infrastructure project. Ongoing field activities and engagement with
municipal, First Nation and Métis communities in those regions are not affected by the recent decision.
The NWMO will continue the process of narrowing down potential sites to host the project until it arrives at one preferred safe and socially acceptable site as the focus of more detailed site characterization. The preferred site must have a suitable rock formation in an area with an informed and willing host.
The NWMOis implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Canada’s nuclear electricity producers created the organization in 2002. Ontario Power Generation Inc., NB Power Nuclear and Hydro-Québec are the founding members, and along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, fund the NWMO’s operations. The NWMO operates on a not-for-profit basis and derives its mandate from the Federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act.
Register by Friday to Paddle for Rural Response
Rural Response for Healthy Children is hosting “Paddle + Party” – two events in one day to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The date is Sunday, July 9 and all are invited to join in one or both events to celebrate and toast the future!
To begin the day – paddle at Windmill Lake and Eco Park, near Bayfield.
Teams of four are welcome to register and participate in a relay heat and final race for each relay winner. Racing on stand-up paddleboards (SUP), two team members paddle their way across the lake while the other two, team members run to the other side of the lake to meet them. Then the team members switch roles and return to the starting point. The winning team from each relay will move onto the final race.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with an optional Team Warm-Up Yoga led by Jennifer Reaburn, plus PFD fittings and reading and signing of waivers. Dianne Brandon will be taking lots of photos so participants should be ready to smile and have some fun.
At 10 a.m. the Relay Races commence. There will be up to eight relay races and one final race.
Team Registration Fee is $100. Registration deadline is June 30. To register go to: www.rrhc.on.ca/paddle-party/
Registration includes; PFDs for each participant, team warm-up yoga, one stand-up paddle board rental per team, swag bag, team photo for each member and a 10 per cent discount for each member’s family to enjoy their choice of activities at Windmill Lake the day of the event.
Later in the day – party at Hessenland Country Inn located along the coast near the Village of St Joseph.
The party kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with an assortment of activities and mingling for guests. There are self-guided, vineyard walking tours where guests explore the rows of vines surrounding the Inn and learn about the variety of grapes being grown on 1.5 acres.
Guests may use their two inclusive tasting tickets to try local beer and wine. Listen to live jazz music provided by Scott Chow while previewing fabulous live auction items donated by artists, residents and local businesses.
Dinner commences at 6 p.m., followed by a Live Auction.
Tickets are $100 per person. Each ticket is eligible for a $60 charitable receipt from Rural Response for Healthy Children. Tables seat eight guests, so gather some friends for a beautiful summer evening at Hessenland Country Inn. Tickets are available from Board members or by calling 519 482-8777, please ask for Nicole.
All are invited to have some good, clean fun at the Huron County Museum’s Temperance Picnic and Ice Cream Social on July 8 at the Huron County Museum.
The picnic will run from 1-4 p.m.
Admission is cash only to the Temperance Picnic and is $10. This money will be used to buy “Tampon Totes” that will be donated to the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services. The totes have a $19.68 retail value and have been generously provided by Michael’s Pharmasave of Bayfield and Goderich. Children accompanying adults are free.
The Temperance Picnic will bring the Museum’s current prohibition exhibit, Huron County: The Dry Years, to life with costumed characters, lawn games, take home crafts, a scavenger hunt, strawberries and ice cream, prizes and much more!
The Museum is located at 110 North Street in Goderich.
For more information visit our website at www.huroncountymuseum.ca.
Brenda Orchard (Submitted photo)
Recently, during a Council Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administration Officer (CAO) Brenda Orchard announced her pending departure as she has accepted the CAO position with the County of Lennox & Addington in Eastern Ontario.
“I’m really proud of the cultural changes that we’ve made in Huron County and of the working relationship we’ve built between staff and council. This relationship is based on trust, honesty, transparency and mutual respect. Staff and Council build on each other’s ideas to make the best decisions for rate payers,” said Orchard. “I’m looking forward to working with the Council and staff in Lennox & Addington as the next chapter in my career.”
Orchard has been the Huron County CAO for over four years and has spearheaded several organizational improvements that have ranged from workplace culture to the County’s approach to economic development.
“Brenda has been a wonderful leader within our organization and for Huron County, and we’re thrilled for her as she accepts this new role,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “Council and staff are in a very good position going forward, thanks to Brenda.”
Orchard will transition to the new role in August and the search for a new CAO will begin shortly.
Celebrate 1-5-0 through Stories
What a tale could be told by many items from the past! A collection of historical items will be on display at the REACH Centre in Clinton on July 7-8 as part of the 1-5-0 celebrations in Central Huron. Items that have resided not far from Bayfield will be on display. There will also be several stories that have been shared just for this occasion.
The story was told that when an orchard was being planted in 1918, the young man invited several neighbours in to assist with the task with the added bonus that he would share some beer at the end of the day. When the man brought the helpers in for lunch, his mother took him aside and sternly indicated that he was to dispose of the beer and expressed her displeasure. The neighbors heard this sad discourse and when outside held out their mugs and suggested he pour slowly. Find out whom the owner of that orchard was and what the next few generations remember about the storage shed by visiting the display.
A great way to celebrate this country’s sesquicentennial would be to bring children and grandchildren to see how people communicated a century ago, or how they stored things over winter, or what a school desk was like in a one room school.
The historical display will be open from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, July 7 followed by fireworks and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. Items that have a story can be added to the display.
Doug Yeo is recording the items for the former Goderich Township and can be reached at 519 482-9296. All good stories need good listeners or participants. Find a good story on July 7-8.
Huron County’s two publicly owned airports are being studied to determine the best uses of these infrastructure assets going forward.
Due to their experience developing innovative solutions to increase the value and competitiveness of small and medium sized airports throughout Canada and the northern US, Explorer Solutions of Montreal has been hired to lead the assessment, which is in its initial stages.
The work will review current airport operations for efficiencies, identify shared-service opportunities, explore ways to reduce costs and increase both aviation and non-aviation based revenue.
Capital investment requirements to maintain the viability of these assets over the next 20 years will also be determined. The results of the study are expected before the end of this year.
Bach Music Festival
The Bach Music Festival of Canada is excited to announce its stellar line-up of artists, concerts, and programs for the 2017 Summer Season, July 6-16. The Festival continues to build on its relationships with Canada's most renowned and respected artists while cultivating roots in the heart of Huron County.
The opening concert on July 6 will feature legendary Broadway and Concert/Opera star, baritone John Avey in concert with the incomparable pianist Marlene Fagan, presenting 'Just Between Friends'. Avey and Fagan are a fitting launch for the 2017 season, as their partnership embodies the friendship, artistry and community spirit for which the Bach Festival has become known.
Lara St John and Matt Herskowitz return after launching the inaugural Festival in 2011, bringing international star status with a rare intimate appearance July 9 in an afternoon concert that is sure to sell-out.
Artistic Director Gerald Fagan said, “It is a rare honor to have Ms. St John and Mr. Herskowitz return to the Bach Festival for a second performance! This speaks to their love of performing in their home country, and to this community's signature style of warmly appreciating the artists who perform in Exeter.”
Other guest artists include the extraordinary Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice; cellist Cameron Crozman playing on the Bonjour Stradivarius cello and the Shaw Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank; World Champion fiddling sensation Shane Cook with master fiddler Gerry Smith; and the Bach Festival resident chamber choir Chor Amica under the direction of Artistic Director Fagan. A Summer Youth Arts program
ensures the tradition of arts education continues.
The July 16 Closing Gala presentation, “Our Home and Native Land”, will feature soloists, orchestra, the Junior Amabile Youth Singers and a mass choir equaling over 150 performers in total with Artistic Director Fagan conducting and Canadian culture afficianado James Reaney Jr, hosting. Performing traditional Canadian music as well as four newly commissioned works specifically for Canada's birthday, this afternoon performance promises to be the most memorable birthday celebration for this great country! This final gala concert will take place at the South Huron Recreation Centre, as organizers transform this space into a concert hall – truly in the heart of the community.
Full details about the Bach Music Festival of Canada can be found on their website at www.bachfestival.ca. or check them out on Facebook.
Breakfast on the Farm
This years Breakfast on the Farm,organized by the Bayfield Agricultural Society, will be held on July 15th, at 41090 Mill Rd. Thanks to farm owners Tyler, Emily, Henry and Patti Hendriks.
Tickets are now available online at www.Bayfieldfair.ca. Buy early to avoid dissappointment, as last years breakfast sold out.
Anyone interested in volunteering at this event is asked to please email Info@bayfieldfair.ca.
DISPLAY YOUR IPM SPIRIT
Members of Bayfield Guiding are selling some cheery and festive bows in celebration of the International Plowing Match (IPM) being held in Walton, ON this September. Volunteers with the IPM Beautification Committee rmade these bows in the theme colors of the Huron County event and they are available now to brighten porches, front doors, planters and mailboxes. The committee hopes many in the county will show their pride of hosting the IPM by purchasing these bows. They are available from Bayfield Guiding members or by calling Melody at 519 525-3830.The price has been set at $10 each. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)