TABLE STACK 2017 RECOGNIZES CANADA'S BIRTHDAY
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Table Stack 2017 offered up an ode to Canada’s 150th birthday and also boasted some artistic symmetry. Here are a few images of this year’s creation, a part of the end of summer tradition in this community for over 40 years.
book launch tomorrow night
Don Martel’s book “Loaves and Fishes” is based on his epic solo bicycle trip of 8,200 KM across Canada.
Tomorrow (Sept. 7), at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. all are invited to join Martel for the launch of his book. This event, sponsored by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is open to the general public and admission is by donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. No pre-registration is required.
As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of the experiences of his ride across Canada in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in this book. All net proceeds from the evening go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
In addition, Martel has also agreed to hold two photo workshops this weekend, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.
The first of these is called: Introduction to Digital Photography and will take place at the Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. This class, limited to 20 participants, is for anyone with a camera, from a smart phone to the latest digital SLR, who is not fully comfortable with the technology. The class will help them understand how the camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why the camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way a person’s eyes see them and then provide practical simple approaches to use this knowledge when making photos.
The second workshop to be held on Saturday, called “Land and Water” will also be in the Lions’ building and take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this moment, there is only one spot remaining for this workshop in which participants will pick up tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. They will learn about light, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections, motion and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques. An evening sunset photoshoot will round out the day.
The Friday workshop costs $10 and the all-day Saturday workshop costs $85. For any further questions or registration please contact Martel at 519 984-6329 or email email@example.com. You can also visit his website at www.donmartel.com.
bayfield flats location for september hike
September is the perfect time to explore the trails in the Bayfield area and members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association have some great, guided hikes in the works!
The first hike is set for Sunday, Sept. 10 starting at 1 p.m. along the Bayfield Flats.
All are welcome to join guest speaker Ian Jean, forester at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), to discover what’s growing on the River Valley Flats. Jean has an amazing knowledge of trees and forests and will point out; natural features, what to look for when identifying trees, Carolinian species (such as Sycamore trees and Butternut), and other interesting forestry points of interest. The hike will be about 2 KM long, with a difficulty level of two and will take approximately two hours with stops along the way.
To meet Jean and BRVTA hike leaders, head north on Hwy 21, turn right (east) on the lane just before the bridge down to the parking lot (almost across from Short Hill Road). Parking is available but limited, so carpooling is recommended. Please wear suitable footwear and insect protection, and don't forget to bring tree identification books and binoculars if you have them!
The hike leaders will be Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555; Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480; and Roger Lewington 519 565-2202.
Members of the BRVTA also organize the annual village Terry Fox Run and this year this fundraiser for cancer research will be held on Sept. 17 starting at 9 a.m. from Clan Gregor Square.
And then as the month comes to a close the BRVTA will host a hike on the Lobb Trail starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Lobb farm is a heritage property. The Lobb trail is beautiful with several riverside locations, some hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area. The trail is approximately 7 KMs long and passes through mature woodlots with a variety of tree species. It is considered a level 3 trail with some hills, on a natural path. The bridges may be slippery when wet and there is one steep embankment with gradual slopes in two sections.
The trail is located on Maitland Line. To get to the trailhead turn north/north east at Holmesville off of Hwy. 8, on to Sharpes Creek Line. Turn north/north/east on to Maitland Line. Parking can be found at the intersection of School House Rd.
The hike leader will be Peter Jeffers 519 933-4555.
Tom Davis a featured speaker at Bayfield Sustainability Summit
Tom Davies (Submitted photo)
Canadian best selling author and international activist Maude Barlow is the keynote speaker at the Bayfield Sustainability Summit, taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 23. Titled ‘Big Solutions for Small Communities,’ the Summit will bring together experts in various aspects of environmental sustainability with a particular focus on how rural villages can make meaningful change in the fight against Climate Change.
The National Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, a citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada, Maude Barlow is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the human right to water. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, is a founding member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization, and a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In 2008-2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the United Nations.
Barlow is a prolific author; her most recent book, “Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis”, builds on a trilogy of treatises on global water issues: Blue Future, Blue Gold and Blue Covenant.
In her keynote address, Barlow will lay bare the defining issue of our coming decade: the vulnerability of Canada’s water reserves. According to the Globe & Mail, she delivers, “the most eloquent call to arms we’re likely to hear about the politics of water.”
Joining Barlow at the podium and around the discussion table will be: Tom Davis, a professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology; Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan; Bayfield’s own Jennifer Pate, a geographer, filmmaker and adventurer; Mari Veliz, the Healthy Watersheds Supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); and Philip Keightley, M. Sc., P. Eng, of Bayfield, a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience specializing in water and sewage projects.
Tom Davis is a professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology. An environmental pioneer, Davis immigrated to Canada from the United States as an adult and began his teaching career at Fanshawe in 2008. He has an educational background in civil engineering, majoring in environmental engineering; has worked in the highrise construction business; created his own environmental company (Green-tech Environmental Engineering Ltd.); and is an accredited professional with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Davis was also personally trained by former Vice-President Al Gore, chair of the Climate Reality Project, and is part of the Climate Reality Program Leadership Corps. This entails receiving content prepared by Gore and delivering it to students in sustainability at Fanshawe. Most recently, Davis and his students worked on a corporate policy to retrofit 68 townhouses across from the college to net zero design, with the hope of rolling the idea out to four other programs at the college in the fall.
Davis will offer practical solutions for everyday people to lower their carbon footprint and live sustainably, and will also discuss how modern building techniques offer zero energy outputs, as demonstrated by new student buildings at Fanshawe College in London.
Blue Bayfield is an organization of concerned citizens who reside in the Bayfield area. Its mission is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and prevent plastic and pollutants from entering the Great Lakes and waterways.
Blue Bayfield is responsible for installing multiple water bottle refilling stations throughout the village, providing a mobile water unit at events and locations where no potable water is available, hosting and participating in beach and park clean ups, educating the local community on this important topic and encouraging action. It works alongside many other local community groups, businesses and government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake.
The Bayfield Sustainability Summit: Big Solutions for Small Communities will be held from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Register at eventbrite.ca. Also enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall concert by Trent Severn that evening and save $5 off the price of your concert ticket. Order now to avoid sellout at eventbrite.ca
Beach Clean UP organized in memory of Brandon Lemieux
Brandon Lemieux's favorite place was the beach at Bayfield. He died on Sept. 16, 2016. One year later a beach clean up is being organized in his name. During his life, he ensured that his daughter also knew of this special place as a visit to the Bayfield beach was a must each and every summer. (Submitted photo)
Brandon Lemieux, an ardent beach walker and cleaner, died on Sept. 16, 2016. His mother Susan wishes to honor his name and asked if Bayfield would be interested in assisting as a result Blue Bayfield, Bayfield River Trail Association, Pioneer Park Association, Love Your Greats, Beach Management Committee, Municipality of Bluewater and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation are joining forces to coordinate a beach cleanup to honor Brandon.
Interested citizens are asked to meet at the Main Beach parking area at 9 a.m. on Sept.16, 2017. Participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear; gloves and bags will be provided.
Citizens in the village have been willing volunteers for beach cleanups for at least 20 plus years. Cigarette butts and fast food containers, including plastics have dominated the collections over this period. Studies have shown that plastics are becoming a major concern in the Great Lakes and that aquatics species are mistakenly consuming plastics that appear to them as food. Forty-five million people also use the lakes as their source of drinking water and a reservoir for sewage, both storm and domestic.
Lemieux had visited his great-grandfather’s summer cottage off of Stanley Side Rd 1 since childhood. His summers always included trips to the village for ice cream and a trek down to Bayfield Beach for a swim, fishing off the end of the pier, his passion.
Later, he worked as a cook in the kitchen of JD's Restaurant. In any season, Lemieux, later living in Seaforth, could be found wandering the Bayfield Beach. Even after relocating back to his hometown of Kitchener, he made sure his daughter also knew of this special place, a visit to the Bayfield beach was a must each and every summer.
He was passionate about the beach and expressed this passion by spending countless hours picking up litter. It was important to him that the beach and Lake Huron be maintained for future generations.
Lemieux’s connection to the Bayfield Beach was so strong that he always said that he "felt the most himself there”.
All are invited to join in honouring Lemieux’s memory by demonstrating community support for his passion for protecting a most valued resource, water.
Fall Foto Fest workshops feature new master classes
Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Bayfield Foto Fest on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
In celebration of this fifth annual event year when participants register for FFF2017 their name will be entered in a draw to win a 2018 Photo Tour Trekkers Franklin Island four-day workshop.
As in the past, Fall Foto Fest weekend will feature a series of workshops that will help to hone photographic skills and techniques. This year the offerings include a choice of six two-hour workshops. New this year, three, three-hour master class workshops will also be held.
Click on the link for complete information about the workshops and registration: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-fall-foto-fest-2017/foto-fest-registration-2017/
“Join us for one day or take advantage of our two-day event options,” said Jack Pal, FFF 2017 Committee Member. “The cost of the event is $55 for one day or $80 for two days. For full-time high school, college or university students, the fee is $35 for one day or $55 for two days…a true bargain.”
For Raptors & Birds of Prey, Adobe Lightroom Master Class and World of Macro Master Class workshop there is an additional fee of $30 for both adults and students. Please note Raptors and Master Class workshops are three hours and include hand out material. Adobe Lightroom and Macro are limited to ten people per workshop session allowing for plenty of one on one time and photography.
At the time of registration, pariticipants can also book a Saturday evening Fall Foto Fest Buffet dinner at Renegades for $25. Dinner and workshop reservations close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25.
“We encourage you to take part in our annual Fall Foto Fest Photo contest as well. There is no entry fee and you do not need to register for FFF to participate,” said Pal. “The photos will be on display at the Town Hall during the whole weekend and the public are welcome to view them.”
Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer to join Photo Tour Trekkers on their May 2018 Italy Photo Tour. There is also a “People’s Choice” award sponsored by The Ashwood Inn (a weekend for two at the Ashwood). All winners will be announced at the Sunday Wine and Cheese event at 5 p.m. Submission deadline for photos is September 15. For details click on the link below: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/fall-foto-fest-photography-contest/.
The exhibition is open all weekend, but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Sept. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. and on Oct. 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. so come out, enjoy the photos and help select the winner.
“We would like to thank our major sponsors without whom this event, which has grown over the years, would not be possible,” said Pal. “Specifically a major shout out to Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: The Ashwood Inn, Turner Gallery, Renegades and Blyth Printing.”
AVENUE OF ART
The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) members temporarily installed their painted doors at the Bayfield library from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 for local residents to see them, before they took them to the Internional Plowing Match (IPM). The doors were painted for the Avenue of Art at the 100th IPM taking place in Walton, ON from Sept 19-23. Guild members noted that the reaction to the door display was immediate and positive! BAG members are considering a possible auction event for next year. Anyone with old doors to donate can contact Leslee Squirrell at Bayfieldartistguild@gmail.com. (Submitted photo)
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 643 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
It is almost time to lace up those skates and take to the ice in Bayfield Arena with the Bayfield Skating Club. Registration will be held tomorrow (Sept. 7).
Registration for Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, Junior, Senior plus Powerskating 2 (10 week sessions) will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The season will begin Oct. 23 and will conclude March 13, 2018.
The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) is sponsoring new registrants with $50 off the cost to join the Bayfield Skating Club.
For more information please call Jody Whetstone, 519 565-2023.
Together the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) will be holding a Public Meeting regarding the permanent removal of ice from the Bayfield Arena in the spring of 2018 was set for Thursday, Sept. 14. Please note this meeting is being rescheduled due to the fact the mayor was unable to attend.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite everyone to their annual general meeting that will take place in the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the FOBL as a board member or in other capacities, please contact the friends via firstname.lastname@example.org
You have heard of an old fashion ‘barn raising’, well, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is having a ‘building painting’ and they are looking for volunteers to help. All that is needed is a paintbrush, scraper, some clothes to wear while painting and a positive attitude. Anyone who doesn’t have a paintbrush or scraper should then just bring the positive attitude. Supervision will be provided if requested.
Volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Archives Building and Heritage Centre on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and muffins will be available. A small crew is needed for Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon to scrape, sand and prime a few areas on the south and west sides as well as caulk some of the window frames.
Anyone who is able to help then should please call the BHS at 519 441-3224 and leave a message indicating when they can help - Friday, Saturday or both days. Anyone who can bring a step or extension ladder should indicate that as well. Please note that the painting event will be rescheduled if it rains.
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. 7, from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. AM at the town hall.
For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) next Star Party is Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield.
Each party is limited in the number of participants the group can accommodate. Please use the RSVP button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot.
If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled and no one will show up. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691. If you are an amateur astronomer, willing to bring your telescope, and share your knowledge with others, please contact the number listed above in advance.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times.
The music of canada
The St. Andrew’s United Church Choir will be hosting an evening celebrating “The Music of Canada” with The Goderich Harbouraires on Sept. 24, (Submitted photo)
The Goderich Harbouraires and the St. Andrew’s United Church Choir are joining together to offer an evening of music celebrating “the land of the silver birch and home of the beaver.”
“The Music of Canada” is the theme of the evening to celebrate the 150th birthday of this country as well as the 70th anniversary of The Goderich Harbouraires choir.
Sept. 24 is the date set for the concert that will be held at St. Andrew’s Church starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now by calling John Davies at 519 565-2813 or from any choir member.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will be holding a Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield to celebrate the Trail’s 10th Anniversary!
Tickets are $40 and the evening starts with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m/ with dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, those who attend can dance to the live music of “The Saxman”.
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 8 years has raised over $30,000. An additional $1,000 was raised for the Goderich MRI Imaging project and $1,200 for the Clinton Hospital. In 2013, the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield used the trails and raised in excess of $4,000 for the Alexandria Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.
“We are most proud of the initiative to purchase the Bayfield Flats Natural Area for the enjoyment of future generations. In 2016, the BRVTA coordinated a fundraising drive to purchase the property on the Bayfield River and donate it to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. This was an amazing project, thanks to the incredible support of the community,” said Roger Lewington, a BRVTA member.
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. Members hope that people can come out for a wonderful evening and support the Bayfield Trails and the 10th anniversary celebration.
Tickets can be purchased by emailing email@example.com or by calling Roger at 519 565-2202 or Scott at 519 565-2827. Tables of eight or 12 can be reserved.
One Care will continue to offer morning fitness classes at the arena on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting Sept. 6. The schedule will be posted on the arena door and outdoor bulletin board at the library. Some exciting new classes will be added to the line-up.
Bayfield has been fortunate to receive funding through the provincial government’s Seniors Community Grant Program. Some of this funding will be used to provide new fitness opportunities for seniors that emphasize mindfulness and relaxation.
These classes will be offered later in the day so people who still work might be able to fit them into their schedules.
“NIA” will begin on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. NIA classes combine dance, martial arts and mindfulness techniques. According to practioners, flexibility, mobility, agility, strength and stability will all be enhanced. The goal is to leave the class energized and relaxed. Participants may do the class in bare feet or soft flexible sneakers that will bend with your movements.
According to Wikepedia, the NIA technique is a mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics, a health and fitness alternative that emerged in the 1980s and evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings.
The first Total Body Relax class will be held on Sept. 28, also at 5:30 p.m. at the community centre. Total Body Relax offers a gentle approach to stretching, toning and relaxing muscles. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and a small pillow. Note some Total Body Relax classes will be held at the arena and some at the Bayfield Town Hall.
All are invited to come out and give one of these classes a try. There is no charge for either class. Please email plewington @tcc.on.ca for more information.
The Bayfield Lions' Club had the 13 images from their 2018 calendar enlarged and professionally double-matted, at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend. The images are matted to a 16x20 inch size ready for framing. They were offered for sale to the public on Sept. 2 at the Sunset on Summer BBQ that took place at the Bayfield Town Hall. The matted prints were sold for $40 each and included a free calendar. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The new 2018 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale. This year’s theme, “Blue is the New Green”, is well reflected in the photos most of which involve water in some state.
Selling for $10 these calendars are available from Main Street locations: Shopbike Coffee Roasters and the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre, as well as Bayfield Foodland, Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield and from Justyna Chojnacki as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions.
For a look at all the photos in the calendar see the collage in the display window at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.
Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community. Revenues from the print sale will be shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.
“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. 20 at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The Pathfinder and Ranger group will be starting soon too!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.
Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments 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.
The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.
Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.