accessible walking pathway at village's southend goal of club
B.M. Ross & Associates, in support of the Bayfield Lions’ Club's proposal, will donate their engineering design work to create a safe accessible walking and bicycle pathway from the Cameron Street-Hwy 21 corner to the Bayfield Foodland-LCBO parking lot. (Submitted photos)
“If there is one place in the village where you risk getting killed, maimed or dismembered, this is it,” said a village resident in reference to walkers and cyclists using the shoulder of Hwy 21 when trying to access Bayfield Foodland-LCBO plaza.
This comment was incentive enough for the Bayfield Lions’ Club. Members have been working with the Municipality of Bluewater, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and adjacent landowners over the past eight months to build a safe accessible walking and bicycle pathway from the Cameron Street-Hwy 21 corner to the grocery store parking lot - a distance of approximately 100 m (328 ft.)
The Bayfield Foodland-LCBO property, developed in 2014, was designed for automobile-access only. Over the years, walkers and cyclists have increasingly been using the dangerous highway shoulder to access the stores.
The final 10 yard (9 m) stretch across the ditch will be reconfigured as an accessible concrete ramp into the grocery store parking lot.
Bluewater Council, at its June 21 meeting, gave approval to do the initial engineering design phase this summer. Lions’ members will donate $10,000 to the total cost of the project. B.M. Ross & Associates, in support of the Lions’ proposal, will donate their engineering design work.
The Bayfield Foodland-LCBO property, developed in 2014, was designed for automobile-access only.
“Over the years, walkers and cyclists have increasingly been using the dangerous highway shoulder to access the stores. Trucks and cars are whizzing by just inches away, often exceeding the posted 60 km/hr limit. Someone getting hit at this speed, has less than a 20 per cent chance of survival,” said Lions’ President Tony Van Bakel.
The proposed new sidewalk, 1.5 m in width, will parallel the highway at the outer fringe of MTO’s right of way - a safe distance from the highway.
“The final 10 yard (9 m) stretch across the treacherous Foodland ditch will be reconfigured as an accessible concrete ramp into the grocery store parking lot,” said Van Bakel.
Once the engineering design work is complete, the next step is for the Municipality to sign encroachment agreements with MTO, Skyline REIT (owner of Foodland/LCBO property) and the owners of the two other adjacent properties, accepting responsibility to build and maintain the new sidewalk.
“Planning for this project has required the cooperation of many people and organizations,” said Lions Van Bakel. “In particular, we want to express our appreciation to Councilor Bill Whetstone, to Heather Church and Sean Taylor, owners of adjacent properties, to B.M. Ross for the engineering and to council and municipal officials who have supported this project from the beginning.”
open house At Bayfield centre for the arts this friday
Summer programming in the “barn-yard” is set to begin with the announcement of several opportunities to get creative at the Bayfield Centre for the Arts location on the village’s Main Street at the barn behind The Village Bookshop.
Things kick-off this Friday, July 2 with an Open House from noon to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to come and visit the barn, meet the summer staff, chat with BCA Board members, tour the Art Truck and learn more about what is in store for July and August.
Here is the schedule so far:
• Drop-In-Sundays - Pick a project to work on with help from the staff.
• Create Together Tuesdays – It’s an open studio and people are invited to come with their own project to work on.
• Kids Thursdays: Children aged four to 11 years are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon. Please note they need to attend with a parent or supervisor over the age of 12 years. Time for youth, aged 12-17 years, to attend has been set from 1-4 p.m
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there will be painting workshops and special events such as, Sign Painting on July 10 and Needle Felting on July 19. Other events in the works include: flower arranging, charcuterie board styling, t-shirt painting and Pizza & Paint Nights.
Art enthusiasts should mark Aug. 20-21 on their calendars as the BCA, along with The Village Bookshop, will be hosting a special event, the “Year of the Barn Show and Sale”. Barn paintings by Ontario artists will be showcased and there will be farm vendors on hand too.
And it is time to rent the Art Truck! People can now arrange to have the Art Truck come to their backyard, office parking lot, park, arena, pavilion…anywhere outside! BCA staff will drive to the location and set up a mobile art studio with instructors, art supplies, tables and easels and give participants (limit is 10 for now) an art experience outdoors that should make the COVID-19 blues disappear. To learn more about renting the Art Truck please email Bookme@bayfieldarts.ca
For opportunities to sign up for these, as well as upcoming, events please visit bayfieldarts.ca or follow on Facebook @Bayfieldart. Spaces are limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.
In an effort to supply these fabulous art programs, BCA organizers need some special water containers for their painting classes and are turning to the community for their support in gathering them. They are collecting plastic containers!
Organizers are asking area residents to wash and save their medium (450 g) and large (900 g) containers of the yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese or similar variety. No lids required. The containers can be dropped off at the barn, located at 24 Main St N behind The Village Bookshop. If the barn is not open the containers can be left in the outdoor sink on the property. BCA volunteers extend thanks in advance to the community for their support in this endeavor.
bayfield tree hike first in july
Guided hikes are back! The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce the reactivation of their guided hike schedule, hikes are now set for July 10, July 18 and Aug. 9.
The Bayfield Tree Hike will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. A leisurely walk through the Village of Bayfield will highlight the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted and maintained by volunteers during that time. Sondra Buchner will point out significant trees and species while celebrating the success of this grassroots community project. The walk is on pavement and is suitable for everyone: wheelchairs, strollers, leashed dogs welcome! Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. The hike will be about 1.5 km and will last about 90 minutes.
National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 18. To help earn that cone, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Woodland Trail starting at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet/park at the David Street trail head: at the south end of town, to access take Sarnia Street to McTavish Crescent to David Street. The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail that traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills. There are some steep inclines and rough areas; the hike duration will be about 90 minutes. Please check the weather and wear appropriate clothing. Dogs on leash welcome.
Monday, Aug. 9th is World Indigenous Peoples Day. Join special guest David D. Plain, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and author of five books on regional Indigenous history, for an engaging hike on the Sawmill Trail starting at 11 a.m. The Aamjiwnaang region covered all of the southern section of Lake Huron, from the Maitland River in the east to the Flint River (Michigan) in the west. This was the traditional territory of the Anishnaabek First Nation, also called the Ojibwe and the Chippewa. Learn about Indigenous life on southern Lake Huron while walking the land. Recommended reading is Plain's book entitled, “Ways of our Grandfathers”, available from the Huron County Public Library or by special order at The Village Bookshop (www.villagebookshop.ca). Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trial head on Old River Road. The hike is a natural trail 2 km long, and the walk will last about an hour.
For more information on any of the hikes visit www.bayfieldtrails.com or contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. Please note that the BRVTA continues to follow all Provincial COVID-19 protocols. People should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have traveled outside of Canada or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. Masks are required during sign-in and on the hike when distancing is not possible.
Bayfield Talent Search only County competition for Fair
Anyone who sings, dances, plays an instrument, executes magic tricks or performs in other ways, and is between the ages of six and 21, may be interested in the upcoming “Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search”. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting a performance.
After a year’s hiatus the Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search will go ahead on a virtual platform. This is one of only three preliminary competitions taking place in Ontario and the only Huron County competition.
Video submissions can be submitted anytime between now and Aug. 1 at www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise2fame-online
Videos will be forwarded by the Western Fair District to a panel of three local judges who will determine the winners.
On Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Bayfield Community Fair, the virtual competition will be followed by a live showcase of selected acts and an awards night. Winners of the virtual competition will be announced and given an opportunity to strut their stuff onstage. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The live showcase will begin at 7 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Community Centre. Beth Sayler, from the Western Fair, will also be recording videos of the performances and winners will have the option of using her videos for submission to the Western Fair if they so choose. We are hoping this combination of virtual competition and live performance will provide a meaningful opportunity for young performers to celebrate and demonstrate their talent.
The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is a 40-year tradition which has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair competition, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to showcase and pursue their talents.
Categories of competition are: Vocal Solo; Instrumental Solo; Dance Solo; Dance Group; Vocal and/or Instrumental Group, including, bands; Variety Solo; and Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.
Participants are asked to read the rules very carefully online before registering by visiting the website at: www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame.
By Wednesday, Sept. 8 all winners’ videos from the three preliminary competitions in Ontario will be featured on the Western Fair website and submitted to a judge’s panel.
On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. the final winners of the Western Fair Rise2Fame Talent Search will be announced. At the Western Fair level there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. Huron County has produced Western Fair winners and many local acts have made it to the finals over the years. A number of local youths, who have performed in this competition in the past, have gone on to careers in music and the arts.
But young people can’t win if they don’t enter the preliminary online competition in Bayfield, so, start practising, then get registered and send in videos before Aug. 1.
Anyone who may have questions is asked to contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie by email email@example.com or by calling 519 482-9265 for more information.
tickets for Pioneer Park's repair the stairs campaign half sold
Tickets are for sale every night at sunset at Pioneer Park, recently (l-r) Morgan Mitchell, 8; and Spencer Mitchell, 13, were given the task of coloring in the stairs on the sign as the sales are starting to mount up. The boys were visiting the park, from their home in the Niagara region, along with their parents. (Submitted photo)
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is looking to the community for support of two alternative fundraisers as their largest annual event the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale has been postponed for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People can support the PPA by purchasing limited edition prints and/or trying their luck by buying some raffle tickets.
“Our long treasured, annual fundraiser needs to be postponed again this year. Not only is this our most important course of funds, it's our biggest community get-together,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the PPA. “We'll miss both the fun and the funds. But perhaps, no. After all, the park is still giving us much enjoyment and we have two ways that all of us can play a part in that.”
One fundraising option being presented is the purchase of limited-edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.
Photographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)
“Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brad Turner has brought his tremendous talent to us in many ways. This time, to offset the loss of funds from the Rummage Sale, Brad is generously donating a limited edition of images that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Brad’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to our community’s healthy and vital future,” said Tillmann.
There will be a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.
Prints will be on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at firstname.lastname@example.org or through The Village Bookshop at email@example.com.
Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.
The PPA wants to give people a new way to play this summer and they are holding a 50/50 Cash Draw. Proceeds will be used to repair the Pioneer Park stairs down to the beach that are currently closed for safety reasons.
“A hard winter may have taken away the bottom of our stairs, but we are going to build them back. With our 50/50 cash draw, you could win up to $12,500! We will also strengthen the stairs and once again race up and down them to the beach,” said Tillmann.
She added that the 50/50 cash draw tickets have been very popular with residents and visitors alike.
“Already we have sold over half of the available tickets,” said Tillmann. “Don’t miss out on this chance for you to win up to $12,500! And in doing so, help all of us, reach the beach!”
Tickets are for sale every night at sunset at Pioneer Park and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of The Village Bookshop on Main Street. Stubs from sold tickets are then placed in the Bayfield Lions’ Bingo Drum to await the draw. The winning ticket will be drawn at sunset (8 p.m.), at Pioneer Park on Aug. 13.
Every single ticket will give people a chance to win a cash prize that has a maximum value of $12,500. A single ticket is $5 or buy a book of 10 tickets for $40. There is a limit of 5,000 tickets available.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book of tickets can also do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets purchases can be made using cash; debit or credit card, using the PPA’s secure Square Reader.
mother cat's determination ensures safe rescue of kittens
Teddy Bear (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Calypso and Voisin are the Adopt-A-BFF kittens of the week.
These two little kittens have big personalities! Volunteers at the Rescue indicate that Voisin is definitely a talker but he’s also very sweet. Calypso is still quite timid but first to the trough for dinner. They are both true survivors with a unique tale to tell.
Their mother, Sassy, was brought to the Rescue a while ago, the people who found her thought that she was pregnant but upon closer inspection volunteers realized that she had had her kittens. That was when the volunteers made the tough choice to put her back where she was found in hopes that she would be reunited with her kittens and when they were big enough she would bring them out. And she did! About four weeks after returning her, Sassy started showing up at her caregiver’s door with a trio of kittens in tow. Up until that point, she had continued to show up every day on her own for food and she was well fed by her caregivers. Calypso and Voisin are two of the three kittens Sassy had – the third one has been adopted by Sassy’s caregivers - a happy ending to a potentially tragic story! (Sassy is now also looking for a forever family.)
Calypso and Voisin (Submitted photos)
BFF has even more happy stories to share this week including updates on Ollie and Teddy Bear!
Ollie, the kitten who had been mauled by a wild animal (See Issue 623) is almost healed and has been vetted and is now seeking his forever home. Teddy Bear the wee kitten who needed surgery (See Issue 624) was able to have the operation last Thursday due to the generosity of the community.
“So far the prognosis is very good for Teddy Bear. He is eating and doing all things kittenish but we had a bit of a surprise when we discovered that he is actually a girl!” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.
Last week a plea was made to help fund Teddy Bear’s rather expensive surgery and volunteers at the Rescue are so grateful for those who helped make it happen so quickly.
Ollie's wounds are healed and he's ready to be adopted.
“We did have several people donate and we had a very generous donor step forward and offer to pay the balance of the bill for Teddy’s surgery after those donations were deducted. There really are some pretty amazing people out there!” Penhale said.
She also noted that the local veterinarian, who did the surgery, came in on her day off to do so after hours. A fine example of the community working together to give Teddy a good start in life. Now the search is on for a forever home for this wee girl.
Anyone interested in adopting Calypso, Voisin, Sassy, Ollie or Teddy Bear is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com. The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Slow but steady progress is being made on the Bayfield Secondary Plan, an initiative known as “Planned Bayfield”. The requirements of COVID-19 have certainly changed how this Plan is being developed but the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is committed to taking the time to “get it right”.
Planning staff have met with various groups including the Bluewater Heritage Committee and the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) group and will be reaching out to other community groups to consult. Interested in having a group session? Please email Senior Planner Denise Van Amersfoort at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 524-8394, Ext. 3.
Rather than holding an online public meeting (which the CAC appreciate some people are rather tired of), they opted to post a video on their consultation site with a follow up survey. This survey is still open and the CAC really encourage residents to take an hour to watch the video and fill out the survey - feedback is critical to ensuring this Plan reflects the vision of the residents of Bayfield! Please visit connectedcountyofhuron.ca and click on the "Planned Bayfield" icon.
The CAC and staff plan to host in-person consultation sessions once the first draft has been released and public health protocols allow.
Do you have other thoughts or questions? Please email Van Amersfoort at the address above or speak to any member of the CAC. Committee members are: Bluewater Councilor Bill Whetstone, chair; Leanne Kavanagh, vice-chair; Andre Mech, Councilor George Irving, Dave Gillians, Dave MacLaren, Elaine Coombs, Gary Davidson, Jean Anne Hamilton, Jeff Graham, John Van Ogtrop, Kim Loebach and Roger Lewington.
The CAC members thank those who have shown an interest in this very important project for Bayfield's future.
The summer market season is underway!
The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for delivery and pick-up at Clan Gregor Square. Organizers are pleased to announce that they have new vendors, returning vendors and lots of delicious local foods!
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
from June 27 at 8 a.m. until today June 30 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on July 2 sometime between 3-5 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.\
The Cracked Knot - Birdhouse Foundation fundraiser for the Bayfield Centre for the Arts is set for July 3. (Submitted photo)
In an effort to financially support the BCA, the long-anticipated sale of birdhouses has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 3.
Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, are returning to the village to help the BCA. The duo behind “The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation” are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square in the area that has traditionally been the location of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during the summer months. Volunteers with the BCA report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists.
Connor began making birdhouses in 2013 at just eight years of age. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last eight years, Connor has raised more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Year by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts. The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong. Over 2,000 birdhouses in support of great causes have now been made by this father-son team.
The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation team are also becoming known for their other beautiful wood products such as, wood spoons, boxes, frames, charcuterie boards, and seasonal décor.
In 2020, The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation made two visits to Bayfield, the first in aid of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department while the second was in support of the Bayfield Breeze.
While St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield remains closed due to the pandemic, the business of the Church goes on. The Finance & Property Committee and the Council are both working hard to take care of the daily needs of the church. As Ontario moves to Step 1 of the reopening plan and more people are getting their second vaccine the St Andrew’s Council made the decision last week to set the date of Sunday, Sept. 5 as the goal to hold the first in-person church service since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, the St. Andrew’s Beef BBQ traditionally held on July 1 will not be happening due to COVID-19. In honor of the BBQ, that would have been the 58th annual, congregation members are asked to consider donating to the church this year in lieu of the event as they are not having to sell tickets, work or bake pies to help make it a success. The suggestion is to donate the year 2021 plus their age. Everyone is encouraged to dress in red and enjoy their own BBQ in their own back yard on Canada Day. Those who do are encouraged to take pictures so that everyone can remember another year of COVID-19 restrictions.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened!
Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify the Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519 565-5824.
Members of the community may be interested to know that although Camp Kintail won't be offering overnight camps or “Kintail on the Road” this summer, they have opened for Day Camps this summer as well as cabin rentals. To learn more about what is offered at the camp, located north of Goderich, please visit: www.campkintail.ca.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website: pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/
Who doesn’t love a long weekend! Canada Day is fast approaching and so many people are eager to celebrate, whether it is in a quiet reflective manner, or in a boisterous gathering with friends and loved ones. Fireworks displays are an integral part of holiday celebrations and they certainly bring excitement and joy to the festivities. As most pet owners are aware, however, fireworks can cause a level of anxiety to some animals.
With this in mind, the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) would like to offer some tips to ensure that both furry friends, and their humans, can enjoy a stress-free weekend.
• Keep pets indoors during firework displays. Startled pets will seek a place to hide and if a dog or cat manages to get outside, it could be very easy to lose them.
• Make sure pets are wearing their collar and ID tags. In case they do manage to run off this will ensure that they can be found more easily
• Give dogs an opportunity for some exercise before any fireworks begin. Physical activity can lessen any levels of anxiety. This works for people too!
• If pets exhibit signs of stress, resist the urge to coddle them as that sends a signal that something is wrong. By staying calm and relaxed people will help to reassure their pet that there is no danger at hand
• Even if a pet does not show any signs of distress around fireworks, it is still a good idea to leave them at home if their owners go out to watch a display. Pets are far more sensitive to the sights and sounds produced by fireworks and would likely be happier to have a quiet evening at home.
Please remember that fireworks do cause a significant amount of debris. It is essential that everyone respect the environment and ensure that they tidy up after themselves. If it is too dark to find trash at night, return to the scene the next day. Bring a few companions and incorporate the post Canada Day clean up as part of weekend activities. A nice brunch thereafter would make a great new holiday tradition.
Most importantly, no matter how people choose to celebrate, stay safe and have a blast on the Canada Day weekend!
Bayfield Yacht Club
Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!
The BYC Executive Board is pleased to announce that three Saturday events comprise their preliminary 2021 summer schedule. The dates and events are as follows:
• July 10 - Boat Parade, commencing at dusk
• July 31 – Regatta, 1 p.m. start
• Aug. 21 – Given’s Memorial Race, 1 p.m. start
To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
take & Make Kits
"Take & Make" kit sample. (Submitted photo)
Due to severe weather warnings last Saturday, June 26, the “Take & Make” Craft Kit event sponsored by Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 3rd.
These kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last.
Each kit will contain materials and instructions for a Canada Goose craft, a make-it-yourself puzzle, and Canada Day items courtesy of local MP Ben Lobb. The kit bag can even be repurposed into a fun beaver puppet ready for coloring! Attached to each kit will be a ballot to fill out for a chance to win a Village Bookshop gift certificate. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed ballots. The draw will take place on July 3rd just after 2 p.m.
In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. FOBL members will be on hand to make sure that social distancing protocols are followed.
After the event, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to email photos of the completed crafts to email@example.com. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. Although this event is all about the children, no photos of children will be posted for privacy reasons.
Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.
Did You Know…that farmers, conservation authorities and drainage experts work together at the 50-acre Huronview Demonstration Farm in Clinton to learn about ways to balance farming and the environment? The Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association, a volunteer board of farmers who are passionate about improving water and soil quality, leads the project, partnering with Huron County, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and other industry and community partners. This diverse group is researching how to build soil health, as well as determining what kind of drainage works best to control erosion and limit farm run-off to protect downstream water quality, while at the same time, growing large yields of healthy and nutritious food. Some of the science-based actions being demonstrated on the property are farming with cover crops, no-till and best practices.
What You Can Do…Learn more about this innovative and forward-thinking project by going to www.huronview.net or contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.