bayfield lions' replace posts around clan gregor square
Bayfield Lion Bill Steensra was just one of the volunteers that worked on removing the old posts around Clan Gregor Square at the end of last week (Photos by Dave Nearingburg)
Lion Don Vance helped with the removal of the posts around Clan Gregor. New cedar posts will be placed this week. The work was done as part of the Bayfield Lions' Legacy Project.
Work began on the final phase of the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Legacy Project on Friday morning, Sept. 14 when the club members began pulling out old posts outlining the perimeter of Clan Gregor Square.
At the same time, they filled the holes left with gravel provided by the Municipality of Bluewater. With equipment provided by Bayfield Tree Service and Lions’ members, together with a crew of Lion laborers, the work was done over a two day period ending mid-morning on Saturday.
This week, a specialty crew from Brussels Ag Services will be on site to pound in approximately 300 cedar posts replacing the decade’s old posts that have done their job for many years. A shift in the site line along the southwest corner of The Square is designed to move vehicles further in from the road at that corner. While eliminating one or two parking spots, pedestrian safety will be improved.
This particular part of the Lions’ Legacy Project is being undertaken with matching municipal funds and a grant under the Huron County Heritage program.
This will conclude a $48,000 project started last year to honor Canada’s 150th; Lions’ International’s 100th; and Bayfield Lions’ 70th anniversaries. In addition to the new posts, the project included new picnic tables and large caliper trees in Clan Gregor Square, bike racks located around the village core and a mobile stage for community events.
information session on beach management this saturday
Sept. 22 is an important date on the calendar for Bayfield area residents as they will have an opportunity to provide input on how their beach is managed.
The Bluewater Beach Committee and the Pioneer Park Association are jointly developing a plan which will provide community derived recommendations for the ongoing co-management of the Bayfield Main/Pier Beach. It’s important that community members give their input into this beach plan as it will direct how the beach is managed.
A Public Information Session is set for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. All are invited to come and see what the plan details. Comments and feedback may be sent to:
To view the plan and its appendixes visit: http://municipalityofbluewater.ca/Public/Have-Your-Say-Bayfield-Main-Pier-Beach-Management
turner keynote at Foto Fest
There is still time to register for Fall Foto Fest 2018 scheduled for Sept. 29-30.
Organizers have an exciting line up of workshops including creating, photo books, digital printing and the “In the Photographers Studio” interview series with special guest, Richard Beland. He has spent the last 25 years traveling around the world photographing music artists. His story is amazing, photos inspiring and a great way to learn more about photography.
Plus, the Fall Foto Fest dinner is back! It will be held on Saturday night followed by a keynote presentation by Hollywood director producer and photographer Brad Turner. He is a native of Bayfield and has an interesting story having directed well known shows like 24, Designated Survivor, Hawaii Five-0, The Twilight Zone, and MacGyver just to name a few. He loves capturing moments of time that will never be duplicated, creating a collection of buildings, objects, and landscapes of past eras. This allows him to share the ever-changing world we live in through his photography. His keynote will be held Saturday evening at the Bayfield Town Hall doors open at 7 p.m. People don't have to be registered for Fall Foto Fest to take in the keynote but they must register for the event due to limited space please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping with tradition there will be a Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest. There is still time to enter and people don't have to attend to take part in the contest. Grand Prize is a trip with Photo Tour Trekkers on their upcoming 2019 Cuba Tour. For contest details and contest forms please use the link provided below. Please also note all the contest images will be on display in the Bayfield Town Hall during Fall Foto Fest and open to the public to view
The link to the Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest is
The link to registration and event information is:
the cheap shirts will entertain at BRVTA Harvest dinner
The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.
The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis. Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.
The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.
Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.
The BRVTA would like to thank their event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.
They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.
Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets.
volunteers clean waterfront areas on foggy morning
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Organized by Blue Bayfield and supported by Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park, Bayfield Beach Management, Love Your Greats and the Municipality of Bluewater this year’s clean up attracted several enthusiastic cleaners.
Justyna Chojnacka was one of the volunteers combing Pier Beach on Saturday morning collecting trash left by summer frolickers.
Bayfield’s annual fall beach cleanup honoured the life of Brandon Lemieux. He spent much of his young life roaming the many Bayfield beaches, never returning without a pail of litter. He died Sept 16, 2016.
In his honor a Beach Clean Up was held on the foggy morning of Sept. 15. Shop Bike Coffee Roasters served up some hot brew prior to the start to properly fuel the volunteers.
While locals commonly call the beach adjacent to the pier “Bayfield Main” much of it is in fact owned by the Pioneer Park Association and properly named the Pier Beach.
Due to abnormally high lake levels this year organizers were only able to clean the sections of the beach they could reach safely. They also cleaned Howard St, Pioneer Park, Pier to Marina, plus the Highway 21 ditches (west side) from top of hill to bridge and the ditches on the north side of the bridge on both sides.
The beach cleanup had the support of the following participating groups: Blue Bayfield, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park Association, Love Your Greats, Bluewater Beach Management Committee, Municipality of Bluewater and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.
One participant noted there seemed to be fewer plastic bottles but just as many if not more cigarette butts among the trash. Big items discovered included a car axle and bed springs.
Volunteers worked their way up Long Hill Road searching for trash.
Pete and Roz Westwood and Pat McDougall picked up litter near the bridge. They noted that there were fewer plastic bottles but just as many if not more cigarette butts to be collected. (Photo by Shelagh Sully)
Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association were among the volunteers at the Beach Clean up on Saturday morning.
Bayfield Ward Councilor, Bill Whetstone will be holding a Councilor’s Corner tomorrow (Sept. 20).
Acclaimed for the next term Whetstone was going to take a break until after the election but the ongoing need for communication with area citizens changed his mind.
“I have received multiple questions via email and calls on some of the topics that have been asked at the last couple all candidates’ debates as well as others such as, the farm tax ration, voting procedures and, of course, the Tim Hortons,” he said. “Many have also asked what my priorities are for the next term of council. At this meeting I will do my best to explain and provide updates.”
Councilor’s Corner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Sept. 21 is the date of the Bayfield Farmers' Market popular fall fundraiser.
“Souper Duper Friday” offers customers the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade soups created from the freshest market ingredients. This year's soups will feature beef and ham from CedarVilla Angus Farms and produce from Firmly Rooted Farm. Each bowl of soup will be served with a slice of Red Cat Farm's bread. Vegan soup and wheat free bread will be available.
The price is just $5 per bowl, with all proceeds supporting ongoing market operations.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs until October 5, Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
BFIT public meeting
The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), has just completed a comprehensive business plan for the community to take over the management and operation of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. During this period a longer-range plan for the repurposing of the current building or possibly a new facility would be developed in consultation within the community. The business plan was recently presented to the consultant, Monteith and Brown, hired by the Municipality of Bluewater to investigate the future role of the centre.
BFIT is holding a public meeting to present the business plan to the residents of Bayfield and catchment area on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bayfield Town Hall. All residents, Bluewater Councilors, and other interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the Bayfield Complex Public-Private Partnership Business Plan.
The community based governance structure for operating the centre would be similar to the way other groups in the village operate their independent physical assets, for example, Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield International Croquet Club’s Courts, Bayfield Archives’ building, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association trails and the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds.
The business plan is based on detailed financial, operating, marketing and sales components.
"Our team is made up of individuals with a broad array of skills and experience in all these areas," said Steve Baker, who co-chaired the Business Plan Working Group, "We have virtually all the major volunteer agencies, interest groups and community centre users signed on as a broader advisory council."
Sandy Scotchmer, the other co-chair of the working group, noted that, "We have visited a number of other community centres in Ontario, the most interesting of which is Belmore a small community of 200 people north of Wingham. Belmore has operated its own community centre, that includes skating and curling rinks, for decades. This is a model we relied on heavily to inform our business plan."
Following the public consultation on Oct. 6, BFIT will present the business plan to Bluewater Council in the very near future.
Scotchmer noted that, "The timing is somewhat complicated by the pending municipal election, but on the positive side it gives aspiring Councilors an opportunity to express their views on the proposal during election debates."
“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 10.
This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
WORLD SINGING DAY
World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.
The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!
Want to learn more about WSD? Visit www.worldsingingday.org
BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY
Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).
Beginner workshops with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 6 and 20 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.
Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.
All are welcome to explore the world of mushrooms on a walk at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park on Sept. 23 along with members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
The mushroom walk is a level one hike and will start at the Windmill Lake parking lot on Bayfield River Road at 2 p.m. Parking is available. The trail is mostly on level ground but there may be some wet and muddy areas.
The hike will be led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald, who led the excellent Lambton Shores mushroom walk last year. The event will last approximately 1.5 hours. Hikers will likely see many common mushrooms and the focus will be on identification.
George Ebers, 519 482-7512; and Peter Jeffers will be the hike leaders.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
The Bayfield Committee for Huron Residential Hospice is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3.
Based on one of local playwright, Judy Keightley’s popular “Rose Blair Mysteries”, the play will be performed by local amateur dramatic thespians, a two-course dinner will be served, a cash bar available, and a good time promised for all! The play starts at 7 p.m. each evening. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each and available by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees, 519 565-4404; Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or Kevin Kale, 519 565-4018.
Thanks to the generosity of production sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment advisor with Manulife Securities, all proceeds from the play will go directly to the hospice.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.
The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.
The benefits of being a member of Bayfield Guiding are many – girls enjoy trying a variety of new skills in a comfortable, relaxed environment. They also learn an appreciation of the world around them by exploring their own great outdoors as well as taking a virtual look at countries far, far away. They are instilled with the desire to do service for their community, their environment and for others across the globe. And perhaps above all they develop confidence and make lasting friendships all in the name of fun!
The season lasts from mid-September to early June. This year marks the 65th anniversary of Girl Guides in Bayfield so members both new and returning should have a lot to celebrate.
Bayfield Guiding has openings for Sparks, aged 5-6 years; Brownies, aged 7-8 years; Guides aged 9-12 years; Pathfinders, aged 12-15 years; and Rangers, aged 15-17 years. Women interested in becoming leaders are also welcome to contact the number listed below for more information.
The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders meet twice monthly while the Rangers meet once a month. Email for dates, times and location.
The first meeting of the year for Sparks, Brownies and Guides will be held tonight (Sept. 19) at Trinity Church. All girls in these age groups are invited to come out and see if Guiding would be of interest to them.
Pathfinders will have their first meeting on Sept. 27. Rangers start date will be determined soon. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.
Registration is $175 per girl – with an average of 30 meetings a year – it works out to about $6 a week – there is some bang for your extracurricular buck! Plus a subsidy is available from Girl Guides of Canada for families who require it. It is a good idea to register early as there are a limited number of subsidies given out.
If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email her at email@example.com Registration to be a member of Girl Guides of Canada is now exclusively on-line. Visit https://register.girlguides.ca/ use the postal code N0M 1G0 to find the Bayfield branches.