fundraising for the bayfield river flats begins tomorrow
BY DAVE GILLIANS
For over 60 years, one of the most scenic vistas on Hwy 21, at the northern entrance to the village, has been hidden behind a wall of evergreens at the entrance to Bayfield, “beside the bridge”, is one of Bayfield’s best-kept secrets. For many decades, only ardent fishing enthusiasts have enjoyed this privately owned, riverside property, known as the “Bayfield River Flats”.
Now the community has the opportunity to transform this underutilized 4.75 acre green space with over 1,000 feet of river frontage, into an enduring publicly controlled riverside green space with connecting pathways that those people who love Bayfield will cherish forever.
A group of committed volunteers including: Helen Varekamp, Jack Pal, David MacLaren, Roma Harris, Kirsten Harrett, Gayle Waters, Ray Letheren, Larry Dalton, Doug Vanderhaar, Mike Dixon, Wayne McKaig, Sandy Scotchmer and Dave Gillians, who are sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), have on behalf of the community, negotiated an ‘Offer to Purchase’ (conditional on financing) to buy the river flats property, which is located near the southeast corner of the Bayfield Bridge. The BRVTA will purchase the 4.75 acres for $70,000, which includes all expenses.
The financing condition expires on Nov. 30. The anticipated closing date is Jan. 31, 2017 and then the property will be immediately transferred to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (www.htltc.ca), which is organized to hold property in perpetuity.
By acquiring the picturesque river flats before private owners close access because of liability concerns and before negotiations with the Ministry of Transportation regarding the construction of the new Bayfield Bridge are finalized, the Bayfield community will be in a position to shape this hidden treasure now and for future generations. The goal is to make the riverbank accessible to everyone and encourage community groups who want to improve and transform the land, within the “Natural Environment” zoning limitations, to make the village even better for future generations.
This hidden jewel is multifaceted. Everyone who ponders its uses sees something different. Some people only see the flood plain mudflats directly beneath the bridge that aren’t even part of this property, while supporters see an urban forest beside a beautiful river setting which will be transformed for the use and enjoyment of the community.
The fundraising campaign doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 1. Early indications are that there is a great deal of enthusiasm building in the village. All contributions in excess of $50 will be tax deductible. “Bayfield River Flats” T-Shirts or tote bags will be offered to the first 200 contributors for donations of $250 or more.
A “crowd funding” program is set up through the website www.BayfieldRiverFlats.ca so that donors from all over the world who cherish Bayfield, can help. Follow, Like and Share us on Facebook at www.bayfieldriverflats.caand follow on Twitter using Hashtag#BayfieldRiverFlats.
The campaign’s headquarters, where donation cheques can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is at Main Street Optometric. A Bayfield River Flats campaign booth will also be at the Friday Farmer’s Market in Clan Gregor Square.
Parkland and natural spaces define a place where people are proud to live and the river flats’ property will someday be the only place that provides public access to the Bayfield River in the village. In 25 or 100 years, residents will probably lament that it was only 4.75 acres of riverbank property that was available, but they will certainly be grateful that when the opportunity arose, this generation proudly accepted the challenge.
Residents continue to express concern for ACP cuts
BY KEN LARONE
Huron County Council’s decision to eliminate the county’s Advance Care Paramedic (ACP) program is getting more criticism from the nine municipalities within the county.
Bluewater Council has joined the almost 1,900 citizens (online petition) who have asked county council to reconsider its decision.
In early August, Bayfield Ward Councilor, Bill Whetstone convinced Bluewater Council to send a letter to Huron County Council asking them to review its decision to cancel the ACP Service in Huron. Whetstone and Hensall Councillor Marne 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.
On Aug. 25, the 40 people attending Whetstone’s Councilor’s Corner at the Bayfield Community Centre spent more than 30 minutes criticizing the county’s decision to cut the 14 ACP jobs by the end of this calendar year.
Whetstone told those present at the meeting his five concerns for how the county’s decision will impact on Bayfield:
* As individuals of ‘a certain age’ living in a rural area, this is a regressive step and one that threatens our future medical care.
* County residents went from a 22 per cent chance of getting an ACP to zero.
* Can seniors feel comfortable not having service? Will they move away in order to be closer to hospitals?
* Directly in contradiction to Bayfield’s definition of “What Makes a Healthy Community”: “Womb to tomb”.
* Directly in contradiction of the mission of Bayfield’s “Home 4 Good” committee.
This week Whetstone will be asking doctors in Huron’s five community hospitals what they think of the county council’s decision.
Whetstone has also learned that many communities are in the process of expanding or initiating ACP services not discontinuing them.
Middlesex-London EMS Chief Neal Roberts said no consideration is being given to eliminating advanced paramedics from the service he oversees.
“It is certainly not a trend across Ontario, even across Canada,” Roberts said in an article that appeared in the London Free Press on July 31.
And earlier this year New Brunswick introduced ACPs to their ambulance program. They were the last Canadian province to do so.
Whetstone expects county council will be asked to reconsider its decision at its first meeting September.
The online petition is available at www.change.org and was created by Concerned Citizens of Huron.
Team element a new aspect of the Terry Fox Run
Graham Wallace, owner of Charles Street Market on Main Street, is offering two large pizzas for the registered team with the highest average donation and two pizzas for the team with the highest number of participants. Register teams for Bayfield's Terry Fox Run at www.terryfox.org. (Submitted photo)
“A single dream. A world of hope.” These words not only symbolizes the Terry Fox Foundation but also the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) as their members organize their eighth annual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 18.
Cancer is something that touches every family. Those who have undergone cancer treatment and are fortunate enough to be cancer survivors is no doubt due in no small part to cancer research.
The ultimate goal of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope that began in 1980 was to find a cure for cancer. All monies raised under the Terry Fox name go strictly to cancer research.
“The Bayfield Terry Fox run is just a small way for our community to contribute time, energy, and donations to a cause that effects so many of our friends, relatives, and neighbors so that one day there will be a cure and Terry’s wish can be fulfilled,” said Roger Lewington, representing the BRVTA.
The Terry Fox Foundation is the second largest non-government fundraiser for cancer research in Canada. More than $400 million (CDN) has been raised by the Foundation that prides itself on its ability to direct close to 90 cents of every dollar raised to support cancer research in Terry’s name.
Registration is now online for individuals and teams at www.terryfox.org. Participants can also register on the run day at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. The route may be run or walked. The event starts at 9 a.m.
“We hope you can come out for a wonderful day and help raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation,” said Lewington. “New this year, you can be part of a team challenge. You can register a team, club or organization, office group, family, to participate. The team with the highest average donation and/or the team with the highest number of participants will win two large gourmet pizzas from Charles St Market! Thank you Graham Wallace.”
The Terry Fox Run is an all-inclusive, non-competitive, family oriented event.
The Bayfield run has been a BRVTA initiative and is scheduled to start and end at Clan Gregor Square and incorporates various parts of the Heritage and Sawmill Trails. Alternate routes will be offered to ensure that it is an inclusive event so that anybody wishing to participate in the run will be able to do so. Pledge sheets are available around the village at various locations.
The BRVTA has been actively building and maintaining a network of trails in Bluewater over the past 10 years. These trails, built entirely by volunteers, are for public use by local residents and tourists alike thanks to a partnership with Bluewater and the generosity of private landowners.
Over the years the BRVTA has contributed much to community improvement through fundraising. The Terry Fox Run in Bayfield has raised over $24,000 over the past seven years.
The trails are free of charge to the public and provide a superb opportunity for families and people of all generations to enjoy the beauty of our area.
According to the Terry Fox Foundation, since Terry’s run in 1980, there has been great progress in cancer research. Over 60 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in Canada today will survive. Death rates for childhood cancers have fallen by more than 50 per cent since the 1950s. Cancer treatments are more effective and have fewer side effects.
Children and youth who have the same bone cancer Terry had would have a good chance of surviving their disease today and most will not lose their legs or affected limbs.
For more information on The Terry Fox Foundation visit the website listed above. If you are interested in volunteering with the Bayfield run please contact organizers Paula Letheren by email at email@example.com or Lynn Girard firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
New Minister for Knox church
Rev. Lynn Nichol (Photo by Rev. John Henderson)
Rev. Lynn Nichol will be inducted as the minister of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sept. 4
Rev. Nichol succeeds the Rev. Susan Moore who served the congregation from 2005 to 2011. The service will begin at 7 p.m.
The minister is no stranger to the Bayfield community having served as a summer student for the congregation in 1994. A graduate of Knox College at the University of Toronto, she has served a number of congregations including Knox Monkton and Knox Cranbrook in the Presbytery of Huron-Perth and Knollwood Park Presbyterian in the Presbytery of London. For the last 5 years she has led mission trips to Malawi.
She is also a graduate of Augustana University College in Music and Religious studies and is trained as a Stephen Minister leader; in Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved and in Prepare/Enrich pre marital and marital counseling.
Rev. Nichol has four sons and is moving to Bayfield at the end of August and will lead her first service Sunday morning service on Sept. 4.
“The congregation of Knox is very excited to welcome Lynn and her family and encourages you to meet Lynn and give her a warm Bayfield welcome!” said Deb Grasby, representing the church membership.
folks are invited to join the coolest club in town
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka The BUS) began last August with their first get together at the Bayfield Public Library and they are now inviting others to join them strumming and a singing for season two! (Submitted photo)
Area residents are encouraged to hop on “The Bus” and join the coolest club in town at it celebrates its first birthday.
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka The BUS) began last August with their first get together at the Bayfield Public Library. The group still meets at the library and is grateful for their ongoing support. Every week, local “uke” enthusiasts gather for a very informal session of strumming and singing. The group is presently attracting about eight to ten regular strummers.
The BUS is changing their schedule to every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. as of Sept. 10th.
The group will be singing and playing at Volkfest on Sept. 25. Stop by and see us at Volkfest on Sept 25th to hear us sing and play
The great thing says member Nancy Moore,”Is that we’re really just learning together and having fun. We welcome all levels. So why not dust off your old ukulele and come hop on ‘The BUS’ with us.
Sunset on summer
The Bayfield Town Hall’s third annual “Sunset on Summer” Chicken BBQ is but three sleeps away!
It will be held on Sept. 3 from 4:30-8 p.m. With only a few days left, it is important that people get their tickets now so that organizers can ensure there is enough food! This is a great way to feed guests visiting this Laour Day weekend and take-out is available too.
Entertainment will be provided by Bayfield singer/songwriter Josh Geddis and the group “Safe as Milk”. Since this is a family event, there will be a new Kiddy Korner (with help from the Purple Peony) for the children. The popular raffle is returning and, of course, there is a cash bar for the adults.
Tickets are available now, adults are $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. They can be obtained several ways by calling the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 and leaving a message; at the “Box Office” at the Town Hall on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon; by visiting the booth at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market on Sept. 1; or by ordering through Ticketscene.ca or Eventbrite.ca.
The theme of the 2017 village calendar is “Bayfield from a different perspective”, and organizers feel that the theme is well reflected in the photos.
The Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale for $10 at the Village Bookshop, the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre (BAHC), Bayfield Foodland and from Justyne Chojnacki as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB. They will also be for sale at the Bayfield Farmer’s Market this Friday, Sept. 2.
All of the selected photos have been enlarged and professionally double-matted to a 16x20 size ready for framing and are being offered to the public through a silent auction taking place on Sept. 3 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Winning bids will be announced at 7 p.m. sharp. For a look at the prints visit the BAHC during regular business hours.
Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales and the silent auction go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community.
The 4th Annual Run4Kids event will be held on Labour Day weekend, Sunday Sept. 4. The run/walk will be raising funds to grant a very special wish for a Huron County Make-A-Wish child - nine year-old Memphis. And his wish is to meet his favorite YouTube star!
Memphis has Cystic Fibrosis but this doesn’t deter him – he plays hockey and does triathlons. He loves video games and building Lego. He has a cat named Trader and a dog known as Lightning.
So before heading back to school and a regular work schedule consider supporting Memphis by running or walking around Bayfield in all of its “end of summer” glory.
Once again the Virtual High School (VHS) and the Bayfield Optimist Club are teaming up to raise enough funds for Memphis’ wish to be granted.
“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.
“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.
From now until Sept. 2 the entrance fee will be $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.
Pioneer Park will be a very active place on the Labour Day Weekend with singers and artists all converging on this lakeside green space.
The Lakeview Mennonite Church choir will be raising their voices in song as the sunset approaches starting at 7:30 p.m. until the sun goes down on Friday, Sept. 2.
And that same night starting at 7 p.m. there will be an art session as staff from Kryart Studios of Bayfield will head to the park with everything inspiring artists need to paint a beautiful Lake Huron sunset.
Fingers crossed the sun shines!
One Care will be offering new, seated exercises classes starting Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the Bayfield Community Centre.
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. For anyone who uses a walker, there is an elevator available to take them to the second floor.
Anyone new to exercise or looking for a different exercise format, these Sit/Fit Classes may just fit the bill. Come out and give them a try!
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be holding their second annual Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Oct. 15th at Renegades Diner, Bayfield.
Tickets are $35 and the evening starts with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, attendees can dance to live music by “Cheap Shirts”.
The BRVTA has been actively building and maintaining a network of trails in Bluewater over the past 10 years. These trails, built entirely by volunteers, are for public use by local residents and tourists alike thanks to a partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater and the generosity of private landowners.
Over the years the BRVTA has contributed much to community improvement through fundraising. Sponsorship of the Terry Fox Run for the past 7 years has raised over $24,000. An additional $1,000 was raised for the Goderich MRI Imaging project and $1,200 for the Clinton Public Hospital. In 2013, the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield used the trails and raised in excess of $4,000 for Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.
The trails are free of charge to the public and provide a superb opportunity for families and people of all generations to enjoy the beauty of the area.
“We hope you can come out for a wonderful evening and support Bayfield Trails!” said Roger Lewington, representing BRVTA.
Folks are encouraged to get their tickets now. Tickets can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Roger at 519 565-2202 or Scott at 519 565-2827. Tables of eight or more can be reserved.
Strength, Flexibility and Stillness Through Taoist Tai Chi® Practice
People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.
Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield starting in September. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.
An Open House and free class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at the Town Hall.
For more information call Doug at 519 565-5187.
“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
Such is the epitome of a new Guiding season.
Sparks, Brownies and Guides in Bayfield will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The older girls, Pathfinders and Rangers will meet up again starting on Sept. 21 immediately following the younger girls meeting. They will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Girls aged five to 17 are welcome to join and they can register online now at www.girlguides.ca, clicking on Registration and entering the “N0M 1G0” area code.
Bayfield Guiding has had a presence in this community for 60 plus years, Want to learn more about Bayfield Guiding? Contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email@example.com.
There is a motion on the table at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) to be held on Sept. 15.
The following motion will be presented at that time for consideration: "That two new Board members from the FOBL membership be appointed to the Board of Directors subject to the resignation of two current Board members."
FOBL members are requested to attend the meeting that will be held in the Bayfield Library Community Room at 7 p.m. so that they might cast their vote.
Trip a Month
Support the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) and earn a chance to win a great vacation at the same time.
The BAFHT Trip a Month Draw will start in January 2017. Only 300 tickets will be sold and at $135 per ticket, there are 12 chances for your ticket to win – that’s just $11.25 per month! And perhaps most importantly even if you win, your name is returned to the draw for another chance.
The draw will be made the first business Friday of the month at the BAFHT clinic (the following business day in the case of an overlap with an official holiday). Tickets are available from BAFHT Board Directors and at the front desk at the clinic. Payment can be made by cheque, cash, VISA and Master Card. Contact Paula Kroll at the BAFHT firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.