hikers learn about the canopy planted by the Tree project
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
Sondra Buchner, representing the Bayfield Tree Project, shared her knowledge of the many trees that the group planted in the village over the last decade during a hike on July 10. The tour started at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, a park which benefited greatly from the tree plantings.
Guided hikes hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) returned on July 10 with a Bayfield Tree Hike. Sondra Buchner, representing the Bayfield Tree Project, took people on a tour sharing the results of the groups efforts over the last decade to provide more shade in the village.
Over 500 trees of different species have been planted and maintained by volunteers during that time. Buchner pointed out significant trees and species while celebrating the success of this grassroots community project.
The BRVTA will hold their next guided hike on National Ice Cream Day, 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.
Sondra Buchner and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association's Ralph Blasting used an alternate, and fun, means of transportation on the tree hike.
The first hike in August will coincide with World Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Aug. 9. 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.
Several people came out for the first hike hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association since the spring lockdown.
Sondra Buchner, representing the Bayfield Tree Project, brought visual materials to enhance her lecture. Ralph Blasting assisted in the presentation.
A Sunset Red Maple on Louisa Street planted by the Bayfield Tree Project. It is one of six varieties of maples that were planted along village streets.
Immature crab apples growing on the White Angel Crab Apple trees located on Bayfield Terrace planted as part of the Bayfield Tree Project.
survey regarding off-leash play area for canines coming soon
Dude enjoying a day at the Seaforth Dog Park. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) has been diligently working on preparing a survey which will soon be presented to the community. The goal of this survey is to gauge the concerns and desires of citizens with respect to securing an off-leash play area for local canines. One does not need to be a pet owner to participate, in fact, PACC would encourage everyone to take part as the issue affects all, whether they have a pet or not.
People are asked to please give some thought as to what they would like to see in terms of achieving this goal. How far would they be willing to travel to a dog park? Would they be willing to volunteer their time to maintenance chores? These are some of the questions that will determine how PACC can move forward to obtain a safe and secure play area. Public input is absolutely vital as it is always the grass roots community that drives projects such as this.
Once the finishing touches have been applied, the survey will be available through social media channels and other means. Please stay tuned for further announcements. In the meantime, PACC invites everyone to view a brief video trailer which will introduce some of the PACC dogs and puppies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr9mY_csiVc
People are invited to join the group’s Facebook page: Bayfield P.A.C.C. or visit their website at bayfieldpacc.com
some in-person events returning to Bayfield Community Fair
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Board of Directors has been meeting monthly and carefully following the updates from Huron Perth Public Health, OMAFRA and the province. They have determined that hosting the 165th annual summer fair is possible with the "post Step 3" guidelines under consideration. So, they are happy to advise the community that there is a 2021 Prize Fair Book on their Website (www.bayfieldfair.ca), and they will be adding to their schedule over the next six weeks as they prepare a variety of live and virtual events.
"Harvesting Memories and Planning the Future" is this year's theme. What good timing for respecting past accomplishments and celebrating the move into the "new normal"!
BAS President Pam Stanley recently shared “just a taste” of what's in the planning stages for the Bayfield Community Fair weekend, Aug. 20-22.
“We look forward to hosting a Grand Opening on Friday, Aug. 20 that will feature Senator Rob Black, along with a guest list of federal, provincial, municipal and local friends and neighbors. Without the support of all these folks, we would not be in this great position after the past 18 months. There will be a BBQ dinner, refreshments and fireworks!” said Stanley.
She went on to explain that there will be animals in the new display barn, and the 4-H Club and Junior Farmers will be participating. There will be horses. Friesens, Arabians and heavy horse competitions will be held. Children will be welcomed to see (and maybe, touch) the tractors of old and new vintages! Dog agility shows, a mini-tractor pull and some familiar kiddie's entertainment will be provided with special supervision. And the Bayfield Community Fair is very lucky to be one of only three Showcases in Ontario for the "Rise to Fame" talent competition.
“This year, we would like to invite non-profit community groups and service clubs to set up their own outdoor display tents as an opportunity to show community visitors how we are all working through COVID-times together,” said Stanley. “There will be no space rental charge, but we would ask that a "kid friendly" display be part of your information booth.”
Any group wishing an outdoor display space is asked to contact Stanley by phone at 519 482-9914 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are also needed to help the fair run smoothly. Anyone who would like to give some time to the event is asked to contact Stanley using the information provided above.
“Some restrictions this year are providing the opportunity to get back to the roots of what agricultural fairs started 165 years ago to be...about the farm, the animals, the children, the families, and the community supporters of how it all works together,” said Stanley. “Even though the food and crafts will be primarily "virtual", we will strive to make coming to the fair...the summer event not to miss. See you at the fair!”
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.
Pioneer Park's raffle sold out
Celebrating selling all 5,000 raffle tickets for the Pioneer Park "Repair the Stairs" Campaign were l-r: Emily O'Halloran, Pattie MacDonald and John Rishworth. The draw for the 50/50 cash prize will be held on Aug. 13. (Submitted photo)
The Pioneer Park stairs will once again reach the beach! Organizers are pleased to report that all of the tickets for their 50/50 Cash Draw have been sold – 5,000 tickets went in three short weeks. Now all ticket-holders have to do is wait for the draw.
The draw will happen on Friday, Aug. 13 at sunset in Pioneer Park.
“If you’re not in attendance jumping up and down, we will have you on your phone shortly there after,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Assocation (PPA).
People can also support the PPA by purchasing 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. Rumour has it they are more than 50 per cent sold so anyone who was planning to purchase one (or four) should do so very soon.
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 July 11 at 8 a.m. until today, July 14, at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on July 16 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.
Brian O'Reilly (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite people to attend “4 Talks in the Park” on Fridays in Clan Gregor Square starting on July 23.
Brian O’Reilly, founder of Human Potential Plus, providing high performance internal psychology transformation coaching, with 35 years of private practice counselling, will be the guest speaker.
O’Reilly will tackle the following topics: Understanding Suicide, July 23; Creating Great Relationships, July 30; The Source of Unhappiness, Aug. 6; and The Secret of Staying in Love, Aug. 13.
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs to these evenings that will run from 7-8:30 p.m.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.
This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.
The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.
Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519 565-5824.
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/
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.
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!
BYC has two summer events remaining for 2021:
• 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 email@example.com.
Cover Crops program
Landowners in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops.
“If you have been thinking about trying cover crops, this is an excellent opportunity,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Hope Brock.
When the program is coupled with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project, agricultural producers in these watersheds can receive a total of $45 per acre thanks to the enhanced Cover Crop Boost Program. New this year is that a multi-species cover crop is no longer required if planted after corn or soybeans. Farmers planting one or more species after wheat are still eligible for the $30 per acre grant.
To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact Hope Brock by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nathan Schoelier at email@example.com, at ABCA, or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are July 31 and Aug. 31.
Cover crops have many benefits to the farmer and the community. They help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.
Anyone who might need some help to decide what to plant is asked to contact their local cover crop seed supplier,talk to their neighbor, or contact their certified crop advisor.
They may also want to use the cover crop decision tool here: decision-tool.incovercrops.ca
For Bayfield and Gully Watershed boundaries consult the Watershed Report Cards at abca.ca.
Gillies (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Gillies is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.
Gillies is about four or five years old. He has spent most of his life in a colony. He had a bit of an upper respiratory infection that needed to be looked at so he was brought in to see a vet. It was at that time he was discovered to be very friendly and calm. He likes being indoors and isn’t much interested in going back out to the colony. He loves attention and being brushed.
Rescue volunteers have noted that he gets along with some cats better than others. He can sometimes try and be the boss, so every now and then, there’s a dust up or a standoff with another male cat. This is probably due to his position in the colony. He was more than likely one of the leaders. As a result, volunteers feel he may be happiest as an only cat. He will definitely be a great companion and will give his adopters all the attention that they want and more.
Could you be Gillies forever family? Anyone interested in adopting Gillies is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 all the creeks and streams and rivers in our watershed eventually flow into Lake Huron? That means if your car leaks motor oil, if you flush your expired meds down the toilet or if you use pesticides on your lawn, it all ends up in the lake. These toxic chemicals result in poor water quality and degraded wildlife habitat.
What You Can Do…you can take your household hazardous waste, including your batteries, to the Huron County Hazardous Waste Depot located at the Mid-Huron Landfill Site, 37506A Huron Road (Hwy 8), Clinton. Disposal of hazardous waste is free of charge.
For more information, go to www.municipalityofbluewater.ca