In 1995, the former Lioness Club of Bayfield was responsible for the building of the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and through the years it has become one of the focal points in the park. As part of the Bayfield Lions’ 75th Anniversary celebrations for next year, the Club undertook to refurbish the sign dedicating the Gazebo to the Village by the Lioness Club. In the process, a closer examination of the Gazebo indicated it needed a general cleaning. The Lions’ Club contracted with Extreme Pure Clean to wash the Gazebo, and they report that Jenny and Ben did an excellent job. (Photos by Jack Pal and Tony Van Bakel)
survey regarding space for dogs now open for comment
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is a volunteer group working to create a shared space for dogs, residents and visitors alike. Their goal is to promote responsible dog ownership through educational and recreational activities. To this end, they need people to provide input via their on-line survey which will be available on their website up to Sept. 26.
“Since this is a community driven endeavor, it is vital that your thoughts and opinions are considered. You do not need to be a resident of Bayfield, nor do you necessarily have to currently own a dog to participate. The survey has been artfully designed to facilitate a user-friendly format which will take only a few minutes to complete,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
Johnson noted that the group currently has almost 250 Facebook members and they would encourage as many of this group as possible to share their thoughts and viewpoints.
“Our Instagram account is now active as well and has a growing number of followers. Please share the survey link with anyone else that you believe would be interested in providing their opinions. Thank you for taking the time to assist us in the gathering of this information,” said Johnson.
The link for the survey can be found at the following on-line sites: Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C; Instagram at Bayfield_PACC; or on their website at bayfieldpacc.com.
Preorder Deadline for Fair Chicken dinner approaching
It is quite a feat to think that the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has created a gathering point for the community for 165 years at its fair. It originally was an event to identify where the best breeding stock was for livestock in the area. It was also an opportunity to compete by exhibiting home grown produce and homemade items. Most of all it was a place to meet neighbors and community members and be entertained. Many of those elements have remained over the 165 years but certainly changed to meet the current time period.
This year most of the indoor competition is virtual. Everyone can enter without bringing in entries at specific times and then collecting them after the fair. All virtual entries are due on Aug. 13. People are asked to take a photo of their entry and follow the link on the website to enter one or thirty-one classes. Some entries have already been submitted. Note that when an entry is submitted, entrants cannot send in a better picture of the class but they can keep on sending in further entries for other classes right up until the deadline. Any local people who needs a way to submit an entry can use the computers at the Bayfield Public Library and if the staff have time they will provide some support. People can also contact the BAS at email@example.com and assistance with the process will be provided as long as it is not at the last moment. People can enter from anywhere in Canada.
Some entries will need to be done in-person. Those giant vegetables that people have been nursing along must be delivered to the Office in Agricultural Park on Aug. 20 from 9 to 11:45 a.m. The tall corn must also be delivered that day. The entry/membership fee is just $5 and those who have paid early got some hints at how to grow a giant tomato and bake prize winning bread
A community barbecued chicken dinner will be available on Aug. 20. The dinner will be barbecued quarter chicken with Pineridge sauce, oven roasted potatoes and creamy coleslaw. Tickets can be ordered through firstname.lastname@example.org and payment will be through PayPal. The $20 dinners will only be available through preorders. The deadline to order is Aug. 5th and it is coming quickly. Have a meal in the park and listen to music by Adam Lang, stay for the opening with Senator Rob Black and watch the extended fireworks at 9 p.m. People can bring their lawn chairs or sit at picnic tables.
A draft schedule of events is on the website. There will be some restrictions this year. Safety is a major focus for what will be done and Huron Perth Public Health will be involved all along the way.
The BAS has missed seeing all their regular fairgoers and welcomes everyone back to their 165th version of the fair. Invite neighbors or bring someone. For this special year there will be no admission at the gates. Welcome back!
Sunday last day to Register for Bayfield Talent Search
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.
prints over sixty per cent sold
People can support the Pioneer Park Association 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)
“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.
“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are over two-thirds sold out already and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”
There are 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 are 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.
Rusty used up one of nine lives
Rusty (Submitted photos)
John Vanderhaar, of Bayfield Tree Service, to the rescue!
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Once again, the old adage, “it takes a village” came into play this issue with the story of Rusty, the Adopt-A-BFF Cat of the Week.
Rusty is currently resting at the Rescue and is enjoying being fed and safe. He’s experiencing all the creature comforts, as it were, but it wasn’t always the case.
Recently, Rusty was discovered about 50 ft up in a tree by some people vacationing in the village. His plight was made all the more precarious as he had a can stuck on his head. The holidayers couldn’t reach the cat but as luck would have it John Vanderhaar, of Bayfield Tree Service, and his crew, were working in the neighborhood and had the equipment needed to conduct a rescue.
“As the picture shows it was no easy feat,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Once he reached the cat, John patiently wrapped him in a blanket and carried him down in the bucket to the ground and even removed the can that was stuck on its head.”
According to Penhale, the vacationers offered to pay him for his time but Vanderhaar refused to take any money.
“When they insisted, he asked them to donate the funds to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines,” said Penhale. “We just want this unsung hero to know how very much this gesture means to us, the family that found him and, yes, of course, to the cat, who is now called Rusty!”
Could you be Rusty's forever family? He promises his tree climbing days are behind him. Anyone interested in adopting Rusty 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.
CREATIVE SUMMER VIBES
CREATIVE SUMMER VIBES The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is open this summer for art experiences at the barn behind The Village Bookshop on Bayfield’s Main Street. Workshops for adults and children, as well as special events, are constantly being added to the calendar so to see what is happening this coming week as well as throughout the summer, and to register to take part, visit: www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada--huron/bayfield-centre-for-the... Plus with the addition of four wheels the BCA can deliver art experiences wherever, whenever. To book a pop-up outdoor workshop via the art truck at home, office, park or arena send BCA an email at Bookme@bayfieldarts.ca (Photos courtesy BCA and Jenny Shanahan)
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 email@example.com 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 hills are alive, with the sound of music. Well, maybe...
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka BUS) is now meeting in person again for the first time in 16 months. It’s an exciting time for the more than 80 members who have missed their weekly practices and frequent guest appearances at local events. But more than anything, it is the friendship and laughter that is missed.
The local group is always welcoming new members and those spending a week or two in the area. Although the ukuleles may be a little rusty, the energy will be electrifying. To come play, or just have a listen, members are now meeting at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) from 10-11:30 a.m. Please come prepared with sunscreen and a chair as there is limited seating in the gazebo.
“As we prepare for the future, we realize that we have outgrown the St. Andrew’s United Church basement, and so we have booked the Community Centre in Bayfield starting on Wednesday, Sept. 29th. Thanks to St. Andrew’s for being such a welcoming home in the past,” said Nancy Moore, representing the BUS. “Once we move indoors, we’re committed to doing everything possible to keep us all safe and healthy so members must be fully vaccinated (that’s both shots) in order to attend. More details to follow as we firm up plans for the fall so members should watch your email!”
The summer market season is underway! From now to Aug. 27, the Bayfield Farmers' Market will host an in-person physical market in Clan Gregor Square on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. People can pick-up their online orders and browse both familiar and new vendors.
Shoppers should be aware that not all vendors will be available for both the online and in-person markets.
The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for pick-up at the park.
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop from July 25 at 8 a.m. until today, July 28, at 8 p.m.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer.
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. The first talk was held on July 23 so just three sessions remain.
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: 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.
“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”
This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.
As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."
The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayfield Guiding is organizing a First Aid Recertification Day on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Camp Klahanie, just south of Goderich.
Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be offered for those who hold a current but soon to expire certificate. The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost for the course is $99 plus HST. There will also be a $10 charge to help with the cost of the camp rental.
Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up with a maximum of 10 participants.
Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email@example.com to reserve a spot.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association's (BRVTA) 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
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 Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519 565-5824.
Rev. Mary Farmer will be on holidays from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6 during that time period Rev. Gary Alcock will be officiating the Sunday and Wednesday services.
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, Skippers' Meeting, 9 a.m. followed by the race at 10 a.m.
To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: This is 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 sunscreen damages lake ecosystems as well as marine life? You may already know that Hawaii recently banned many sunscreens, but freshwater lakes are also affected. Oxybenzone, the chemical found in 80 per cent of chemical sunscreens (even those that claim to be natural), and octinoxate, another commonly used chemical, are endocrine disrupters. These chemicals can cause DNA damage, bioaccumulation of chemicals in the ecosystem, lower quality and quantity of food sources in the food chain. Some sunscreens use minerals, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to block harmful sun rays. Zinc oxide is one of the most effective sun protectors available, but we, as consumers, need to be sure that they are not in the form of nano-particles, which are extremely harmful to aquatic organisms.
What You Can Do…Avoid chemical sunscreens. And when buying a mineral-based sunscreen, make sure it doesn’t contain nano particles. And remember, if you wear ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) clothing or even an old T-shirt, you are protecting both yourself and the environment. Yes, you will still need sunscreen, but you won’t need to use as much. For more information, go to www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/the-truth-about-reef-safe-sunscreen/