Bluewater requests County review ACp cancellation
BY KEN LARONE
More than 1,863*** people believe Huron County Council has made a bad decision by trying to cut 14 specialized ambulance drivers that would save each county citizen one cup of coffee a year ($1.50).
“We find the decision quite alarming,” wrote Leslie Bella, a Bayfield resident, and chair of the village’s Home4Good committee, in a letter to Bluewater Council.
Councillor Bill Whetstone ignited the concern during his monthly Bayfield meeting to Councillor’s Corner held July 21. Last week he convinced Bluewater Council to send a letter to Huron County Council to review it’s decision to cancel Advance Care Paramedic Service in Huron which would involve 14 highly-trained ambulance staff.
Hensall Councillor Marne Hill said she also received numerous complaints about the cancellation.
“This decision was about saving money and not lives,” Hill added.
Whetstone and Hill made a motion to have Bluewater staff send a request to Huron County to review the decision as well as other municipal councils within Huron.
Whetstone asked Bluewater council to have its vote recorded. The vote was supporter by Mayor Hessel, Councillors Becker, Gillespie, Hill, Roy and Whetstone. Opposed were Deputy-Mayor Fergusson and Councillor Irvin.
In her letter to Bluewater council Bella wrote, “It is therefore quite distressing to find these efforts directly undermined by a decision of County Council. We ask that Bluewater Council take a firm stand.”
Bayfield’s Home4Good is an organization established a year ago to make it possible for residents to continue to live in their homes as they grow older.
Throughout 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, county council has held a series of public and closed meetings about Huron’s ambulance service. On July 6th, Huron County Council passed a motion to end the ACP program immediately. Since that time the ire of county residents has been slowly building with a peaceful protest scheduled at the Huron County Courthouse entrance in Goderich this morning (Aug. 10) starting at 8:30 a.m. This is the second protest scheduled the first one having been held on Aug. 3.
The ACP service in Huron County will end on Dec. 31, 2016.
*** Number of people who have signed an online petition against the cancellation of ACPs. This petition can be found at www.change.org.
eXXpedition crew to assist in beach clean up prior to launch
Aug. 20 is the day to show some love for our Greats!
On that day, all-female crews from Canada and the USA are sailing together for the first time this summer on all five of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair and the St. Lawrence River to shed new light on the link between human health and plastic in the world's waterways.
The crews will be made up of women from a range of backgrounds including exploration, sport, science, technology, enterprise and the arts. But perhaps most importantly, they are all Great Lakes residents passionate about protecting our water for future generations. These Lead Boats will be conducting sampling for plastics, specifically microplastics, as well chemicals and toxics. The data collected will be provided to multiple organizations, including the United Nations, to raise awareness of their presence but also help reduce plastic and toxic pollution.
The event has also partnered with two clean-up organizations, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Canada and Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program in the USA, to help facilitate meaningful clean-ups throughout the region that contribute to global datasets, action and awareness.
So in Bayfield anyone who isn’t heading out on a boat can still take part in the project by cleaning the Main Beach. This one hour cleanup will begin at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and water will be served at the beach at 9:30 a.m. All are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle or purchase one on site for $3. At this time participants can meet the eXXpedition 2016 crew that is leaving from the Bayfield Harbour on their adventure starting at 10:20 a.m. This beach clean up and meet and greet is being sponsored by BlueBayfield.
eXXpedition 2016 will heighten our awareness of the pollutants that have invaded the Great Lakes. While the task of cleaning the lakes may be beyond local scope, individuals can do their part to make sure Bayfield does not contribute to the problem of lake pollution. Litter from ditches that feed the Bayfield River is a catchall for plastics and other debris. For years the local community has supported efforts to cleanup near the river and on the beaches. Anyone who has an hour on Saturday morning is encouraged to put on some old clothes, wear good footwear and bring gloves to join their neighbors and the boat crew in this summer cleanup, a special part of eXXpedition 2016.
David Wilcox's Fair Concert close to sell out show
Everyone looks for the things that are “new” at any familiar event or facility. The Bayfield Community Fair being held on Aug. 19-21 balances the fundamentals that make up the fair with activities and events that bring new life into the annual fair.
This year there is at least one new “ribber” at the Ribs Fest. Smackwater Jacks was thrilled to be asked to prepare ribs and will have a prime location on Friday night just inside the gates to the right. They are a known entity in Grand Bend. They were part of an event earlier this year in Bayfield and were excited with the atmosphere and reception they had and want to present their version of excellent ribs.
At the opening at 7 p.m. on Friday there will be a dignitary competition. Each dignitary will be challenged with a timed event of a set of activities. All those watching should encourage them to outdo the others. Their ribbon prizes will be the first given out after the opening takes place.
Also during the Friday in addition to the smell of tasty ribs evening music will fill the air. The Odd Soul Collective is a group of musicians around the Exeter area and they will perform Soul music. They will definitely sooth the spirits of all who attend the opening night while the ribs satisfy their hunger.
All the acts at the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Show in the Bayfield Community Centre are new; however, the climax for the night will be fireworks that will start promptly at 9 p.m. They will be about 10 minutes in length set off by The Weinstein Group from Fergus who are experts in this field. What a way to celebrate 160 years of having a community fair in Bayfield!
On Saturday there are always new floats, vehicles, and performers who participate in the parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, who is organizing the parade this year, will have some new entries and welcome family and community floats. Please contact Ron Keys at 519 263-3031 to register for participation in the fair. Who is this year’s parade marshal? Come to the parade and see!
Zachary Wells is a new performer to Bayfield. He will do a stage performance at 1:30 p.m. with a series of magical and juggling acts. He will be walking throughout the grounds all afternoon performing magical acts with small groups of people seeing if they can figure out how the illusion takes place.
There will be two opportunities to paint a pony. Everything is provided. The pony loves the attention and creativity is the only limitation in the final result.
This year there will be several choices for having your Saturday evening meal or snack before or during the Carnival Music Fest. There will be several food trucks set up just inside the gate. Some will be ready to serve something healthy and fitting any dietary needs. Others will have options that can be enjoyed at on those special occasions when you celebrate being around people you enjoy or being at events that must be celebrated with full abandon to dietary restraint. Please note that only a very few tickets remain before the David Wilcox concert is sold out.
On Sunday the King Lyn Precision Team is performing its precision horse riding again in Bayfield and this time they have a new routine that has received great reviews. They perform at noon and again at 1:30 p.m.
Theatre has always been a part of the rural experience. Communities used to get together and celebrate events with plays – in many cases made up for the occasion. On Sunday, under the tent, Gil Garrett will share a reading from the Blyth Festival Theatre production of “The Last Donnelly Standing”, premiering this summer.
The Inflatables are back this year and these very active outlets will replace a midway. They will be available Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Another new activity will be the Discovery Tent where people will get to experience how some well used tools work. Several old fashioned children’s games will be organized on Saturday and Sunday for youngsters to experience.
The list of new events and activities is rather extensive and that is thanks to the Directors and members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). Their goal is to keep the fair fresh for people who come every year. People who have not been there for some time should see a big change in what happens at the fair and may even be amazed at the large canoe that will be resting on the tables or see some pictures from the past at the information booth.
The young people have a series of special opportunities to take advantage of for preparing for the fair. There will be a crafts session at the Bayfield Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 1-4 p.m. to make some of the crafts that can be entered in the fair. An exciting trike and bike decorating session has been planned in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. (look for the market tent set up near the playground in Clan Gregor Square.) These decorated creations can then be used in the parade the next day.
The BAS Directors could still use some more volunteers to supervise some of the children’s games or the Inflatable activities. Volunteers make the events successful and are appreciated by the BAS. If you can devote a few hours to assist during the fair, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe as Milk to perform at Sunset on Summer
Last year, Peter Westwood (left) enjoyed the barbecue with friends. The Bayfield Town Hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has made arrangements with GreenShift to purchase non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls and cutlery. This year Sunset on Summer will leave a smaller footprint on our environment. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The countdown is now on for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) third annual “Sunset on Summer” Chicken BBQ on Sept. 3 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).
The event runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. will feature BBQ chicken cooked during the picnic, along with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. Those who would like to attend are invited to bring their weekend guests or enjoy take-out.
Entertainment will be provided by Bayfield singer/songwriter Josh Geddis and the group “Safe as Milk”. Activities include a “Kiddy Korner” (with help from the Purple Peony) for the children and a cash bar for adults.
The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. The proceeds from this event will go towards building up the Town Hall reserve fund, which was sadly depleted by the beautiful, recently installed, new roof.
Ticketscene.ca or Eventbrite.ca can be used to purchase tickets or call the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 and leave a message – the call will be returned shortly.
“We are trying a new system with this event to ease the ticket selling burden on our volunteer Board members. The Town Hall Box Office will be open several times each week to buy or pick up your tickets. We will also have tickets available at the Farmers’ Market on Fridays, and at One Care Fitness Classes,” said Pat Pal, representing the BTHHS.
The committee overseeing this BBQ is looking for volunteers to help with the event. There are several categories of volunteering, such as, serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please call Sandy at 519 565-2830 or email her at email@example.com.
RUN4KIDS a family friendly event for Make-A-wish
Before heading back to school and a regular work schedule consider supporting a great cause by running or walking around Bayfield in all of its “end of summer” glory.
The 4th Annual Run4Kids event will take place on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept 4. Once again the Virtual High School (VHS) and the Bayfield Optimist Club are teaming up to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario (SWO) to grant the wish of a Huron County child facing a life-threatening medical condition.
The goal of Make-A-Wish is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy and this year’s Run4Kids will reflect that.
“Each runner will receive a race kit containing some fun surprises,” said Emily Santos, with VHS. “We will have live entertainment by Mike Graham, face-painting, raffle prizes, awards, snacks and hydration and more!”
“Even though this is a competitive race we are adding a fun element to it by opening it up to teams and families. Participants are encouraged to come out in their best outfits and help us grant a wish,” said Cathy Fisher, a member of the Bayfield Optimist Club.
The first Virtual High School Run4Kids was held in 2012.
“We were originally inspired (to organize the first run) by one of our very own students, Will Frassinelli. He has been battling brain cancer for over ten years,” said Santos.
Then last year the focus was on supporting the Make-A-Wish SWO, she said.
“With last years’ proceeds of $6,000, we were able to grant the wish of a Huron County child – Reiko, a five year-old boy who is living with an inherited skeletal disorder. His wish was to take a trip to his favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida. With the help of our community, Reiko’s wish came true.”
On the day of the event, site registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with awards to follow at 10:15 a.m. to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. Twenty-five dollars will be given to first place in each category and $50 to first place overall in each gender group.
There are some advantages to not procrastinating about participating in this year’s run. From now until Aug. 21 the registration fee is $30. Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2 the fee will increase to $35 and from Sept. 3 to the start of the race the fee will be $40. Children under the age of 12 years can register for $10 and there is also a family rate of $50 for two adults up to a maximum of three children.
Anyone who would like to just donate to Make-A-Wish to grant a wish to a local child with a life threatening illness can visit www.vhsrun4kids.com or call Fisher at 519 482-5557. She will collect the donation and send personal info in for a tax receipt for any donation over $20.
To learn more visit the VHS Run4Kids website listed above or go to www.makeawishswo.ca.
On Aug. 14, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will present Dave Gillians, author of the book, ‘For the Love of Bayfield’ who will lead hikers along the path of the pioneers and share some of the stories about the Sawmill Trail.
This hike will begin at 1 p.m.
The trail features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail starts out on the first pioneer path east of Lake Huron leading from the first ford or crossing point on the Bayfield River. It is likely that this shallow crossing was used for centuries before European settlers came to this area. In the early 1840s a dam for the first pioneer grist mill in the area around Bayfield was built. It was also used as the first bridge and hikers can still see the pattern of stones in the river indicating where it was located.
The trail is 2 KM long, difficulty is level 2 although there is one large hill and the hike will take approximately two hours. To access the trail turn east on Old River Road, then proceed half a kilometer and then turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available.
The hike leaders will be Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884 and Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 565-4605.
Pioneer Park AGM
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the park. In case of rain the meeting will move to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Pioneer Park is a privately owned public park. It is the gem of Bayfield's lakefront. The PPA is a not-for-profit corporation and registered charity. The park is open to the public at no charge.
Park users are invited to become members of the PPA. A one-year membership costs $10, five-year $25 and lifetime $60. Members are entitled to vote on Park policies at the AGM. Members can also be nominated for a position as Director on the PPA Board.
If you would like further information, please contact Flo Keillor at 519 565-2640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Care will be offering seated exercises classes starting Wednesday, Sept. 7.
These classes will run every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (same time as Total Body Fit 2). All exercises, except balance, can be performed while on a chair. Balance exercises can be done standing beside a chair.
If you are new to exercise or looking for a different exercise format, these Sit/Fit Classes may just fit the bill.
A “demonstration” class will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 in the community room at the arena at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to either participate or observe and discover if this new class might suit their needs.
MUSIC DIRECTOR SOUGHT
St. Andrew’s United Church, Bayfield, is searching for a new music director.
The church has an enthusiastic 15-member choir and a congregation that sings lustily. The chancel has just been refurbished and they have a relatively new grand piano as well as an electric organ (see http://bayfieldunited.church).
Applications and inquiries should be sent to The Chair, Hiring Committee, email@example.com. Please include a brief CV together along with salary expectations, on or before Aug. 31st.
URGENT: WATER TREES
Bayfield and area is enduring a drought period and so are the new trees planted in the last four years as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to help by watering these trees weekly. Without assistance these young trees will most definitely perish.
New trees need anywhere from one to two and a half inches of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method.
Trees planted by the BTP can be found in such places as Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina, Dow, Delevan, William, Chiniquy, Charles, Jane, Hamilton, Troy, Ducharme, Tuyll, John and Euphemia Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace, Victoria Place, Keith Cresent, Harbour Court and the corners of Sarnia and Hwy. 21 and Mill Road.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library on Aug. 20-21.
Book lovers are invited to pay what they can with all proceeds going to the library and community. The hours for the sale are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gently used books, puzzles and games can be donated to the sale. These can be dropped off at the library from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 16-17.
Commercial book dealers are asked to wait until 1 p.m. on Sunday before purchasing.
Members of the FOBL have an opportunity for an advanced preview and purchase of books on Aug. 19 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone who is not yet a member can purchase a life time membership for a $5 fee.
FAIR CHURCH SERVICE
In what is becoming an annual tradition of the Bayfield Community Fair, local churches will join under the fairgrounds tent on Sunday morning, Aug. 21 to worship together while also learning about and offering support to a local charitable group that supports agricultural related initiatives.
This year’s service takes place at 10:00 a.m. and will be led by representatives of Knox Presbyterian, Trinity & St. James Anglican, St. Andrew’s United and The Church on the Way. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
Special music is being arranged that will include soloists and a community choir.
Each year organizers invite a guest speaker from a local charity that is somehow relevant to the agricultural theme of the fair. This year, Marg and Les Frayne will tell of their stories and experiences working with S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation. S.H.A.R.E., which stands for “Sending Help And Resources Everywhere”, is based out of Caledon but works to help isolated farming communities, particularly in Central and South America. They work on developing sustainable projects that will improve quality of life for impoverished farmers in these areas – with a mandate of offering ‘A hand up’ rather than ‘A hand-out.’ Past projects have included building more efficient and environmentally friendly cook-stoves. These stoves not only alleviate family health problems but also free up time for women to improve their literacy rather than tending cooking fires all day.
S.H.A.R.E. also provides training in subsistence farming techniques, livestock management and soil protection that helps farmers improve crops and livelihoods. They offer workshops in storing feed, marketing to restaurants and improving growing conditions. They also hold conferences to train students and share resources. In addition to providing funding, guiding and expertise, they also provide struggling farmers with fruit trees and livestock - chicks, rabbits and, no kidding - goats, which fits in well with this year’s Fair theme.
A freewill offering will support the work of this charity, but local church members are also invited to bring their regular Sunday offering envelopes in support of their own church.
This outdoor community service has been well received for the past two years as neighbors enjoy coming out to worship with neighbors, while also participating in helping out our global neighbors. The collaborative nature of this event reflects the way God’s spirit is indeed at work in the community of Bayfield!
For more information please contact Rev. Elise Feltrin at St. Andrew’s United Church, 519 565-2854.
Davinci Ristorante presents the music of Jazz musician Glenn Higgins every Friday evening between 6-9 p.m. thru out the summer.
Higgins has been said to sound like a combination of Joe Cocker, Randy Newman and Louis Armstrong.
The folks at Davinci Ristorante can think of nothing better than live music in a beautiful garden patio setting combined with great food and summer drinks. Folks who agree should know that reservations are recommended by calling at 519 565-4076.
Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. People may have noticed that their donation box in Bayfield has moved from the old Foodland lot to the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.
KINTAIL ON THE ROAD
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is now hosting Kintail on the Road for the seventh year.
This Christian Day Camp runs every Wednesday from now until Aug. 24. The day-long schedule includes games, songs and faith driven activities for the children of the community.
Those people with children interested in participating should call Knox Church and leave a message. The number is 519 565-2913. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch and snacks provided. Youngsters who have graduated JK through to Grade 6 are welcome. The cost is $5 per day per child or $7 for two or more children.
Michael and Nevien Ibrahim are pleased to announce that Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her monthly services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy.
The next date for the free clinic is Aug. 16. The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Bayfield has been home to a Country Flea Market for several decades. In more recent years, it has found a new home in Agriculture Park; a home that offers plenty of parking as well as some green space for children to run carefree. The Bayfield Agricultural Society provides this home for the market that is open on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (maybe a little longer depending on the crowds).