The achievements of local businesses and individuals as they pertain to the strength of the village were recognized at the Annual General Meeting for the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) on Sept. 17 at the Bayfield Town Hall. Three awards were presented at the conclusion of the meeting and the worthy recipients were: Mike Dixon, Volunteer of the Year; Virtual High School (VHS), Business of the Year, accepted by Stephen Baker, owner and founder of VHS; and Tyler Hessel, owner of Outside Projects, Community Enrichment Champion Award. Hessel's award was accepted by his wife Heidi Martin. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
local watershed protection begins with community
Community organizations and Bayfield-area residents will learn about the development of the plan to protect and improve the Main Bayfield River Watershed during an event planned for Sept. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Photo by Daniel Holm Photography / Courtesy: Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches)
A committee including landowners and residents of Bayfield and area want to ensure that the “green fire” is never extinguished in the Bayfield River Watershed. They are inviting community groups and people from the Bayfield River watershed to attend a documentary film and learn how they can be involved in the creation of a watershed plan.
The Main Bayfield Watershed Community Advisory Committee (MBWCAC) is bringing the highly praised film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m.
Following the screening, community organizations and Bayfield-area residents will learn about the development of the plan to protect and improve the Main Bayfield River Watershed. They can find out about the current health of the watershed, how to help determine key actions in the plan, and start to choose actions they can take.
“Protecting the Bayfield River can only happen if the community is involved,” said Roger Lewington, a member of the MBWCAC. “Local people are already active on the committee and the meeting is a chance for more community groups and individuals to get involved in this important work and tell us what they want to see and what they feel they can do to help.”
The film Green Fire explores Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, revealing how he shaped conservation and the modern movement to protect land, air, water, and living things. The film shows Leopold’s idea of a community that cares about both people and land. His idea continues to inspire people around the world.
There is no admission charge for the film. Freewill donations are welcome, with proceeds to the Bayfield Tree Project.
Anyone interested in more information on this evening are invited to contact MBWCAC members, Lewington, at 519 565-2202, or Ainslie Willock, at 519 565-2469. They are also invited to visit abca.on.ca or phone Jessica Schnaithmann, Healthy Watersheds Technician, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MBWCAC would like to express thanks to the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation for the financial support that is making the Main Bayfield Watershed work possible.
stream flows at record setting lows
The Water Response Team (WRT) has maintained a Level 2 Low Water Advisory for the entire watershed area of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) in response to record-low stream flows.
The Water Response Team was in consensus to remain at a Level 2 condition, despite stream flows that are well below 30 per cent of the lowest summer monthly average. Stream flows that low reflect a Level 3 condition.
The Water Response Team decided to remain at Level 2 based on reports from different sectors represented on the team. Water demand has dropped significantly in the past two weeks, according to the WRT, and it is expected that demand will continue to decrease through the fall. Also, most of the watershed received two inches of rain or more during the first week of September. The rain has not been enough to sustain stream flows but the team felt that as autumn approaches wetter weather can be expected and it is hoped that more water will become available to area streams.
There are three levels of low-water advisories. Level 1, the least serious, asks water users to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 per cent. Level 2 is more serious and asks for an additional 10 per cent voluntarily water use reduction for a total of 20 per cent. A Level 3 low water advisory would be the most serious and could include mandatory water use restrictions for holders of permits-to-take-water.
August stream flows, measured at three local indicator stations, ranged from 10 to 15 per cent of the lowest summer monthly average flows, according to ABCA.
“The stream flows are so low they set a record low monthly flow,” said ABCA Lands and Water Technologist, Davin Heinbuck. “Some smaller streams have either dried up or have stopped flowing entirely.”
In August, the WRT and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment held a meeting of all surface-water and surface-water/groundwater Permit to Take Water (PTTW) holders in the Hay Swamp Low Water Management Area to outline the current conditions and promote discussion about a proposed Irrigation Advisory Committee (IAC). The formation of a committee would allow local water users a forum to develop their own solutions to ensure that a sustainable supply of water would be available during dry periods. There are 79 surface-water or combination surface-water/groundwater taking permits issued to 18 property owners within the ABCA watersheds. Almost 25 per cent of these permits are within the Hay Swamp Low Water Management Area and are held by five property owners. Most of the affected permit holders in Hay Swamp attended the meeting. The ABCA will continue to liaise with the Hay Swamp irrigators and if an IAC is formed, the watershed will be better prepared to manage water during the next low-water or drought situation.
WRT Chair Mike Tam said that stream flows are still very low despite recent rain and “we continue to encourage water users to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they use by at least 20 per cent.”
The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low-water conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries, agriculture and vegetable growers, and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial departments (such as Natural Resources; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Ministry of the Environment).
ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit www.ontario.ca/lowwater for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at abca.on.ca and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.
Penny sale in support of cPH begins tomorrow
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
On Sept. 4, the Auxiliary to CPH enjoyed a tour of the Central Huron Fire Station. They also learned about the training and duties of firefighters.
The fall newsletter, “Between Friends” was distributed thanks to Diane Aitken.
The auxiliary membership would like to congratulate Shannon Murray who received The Ruby Haddy award at St. Anne's commencement in June.
Summer fundraisers included Hot Dog Days, the Hospital Gift Shop, and selling Tim Horton coffee and donuts at the Walton Raceway.
The CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale is fast approaching. It will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Clinton from Sept. 20 until noon on Sept. 29. The draws will be held on the Saturday afternoon. The committee reports there will be lots of good prizes to be won.
The next meeting of the Auxiliary to CPH will be held on Oct. 1 in St. Paul's Parish Hall starting at 9:30 a.m. Members are asked to note the change in location.
"From my backyard" to the gallery wall
"Raven" one of Ron Milton's works inspired by the feathered friends who visit his backyard. (Submitted photo)
“From My Backyard” is the title of the most recent exhibition at the Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street.
Artist Ron Milton’s work will be featured at the gallery from now until Oct. 4.
Milton, a London, ON native, has employed a wide spectrum of artistic techniques over the years including printmaking, sculpting and painting. According to his bio, he incorporates images from books and museums into his artwork, adapting them to create a contemporary image.
Milton studied art at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. His work has been exhibited in various locations across Ontario and the East Coast of Canada.
Currently, he is teaching intaglio (etching) at his childhood secondary school in London where he also continues to produce a variety of artwork in different media.
The annual Bannockburn Fall Hike will not have to compete with Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings this year as the popular annual hike is taking place a week before the holiday weekend.
Bannockburn fall hike nearly four decades old
The 39th annual hike at Bannockburn Conservation Area will be held on Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m.
“We are hoping for some great September weather for this year’s hike,” said Conservation Education Technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Denise Iszczuk. “We hope the change of date will allow people with commitments over Thanksgiving to enjoy the hike, perhaps for the first time.”
ABCA staff members will be located along the trail to share information about trees, plants, wildlife, water quality, and outdoor programs.
For almost four decades, the annual hike usually draws between 100 and 300 local visitors to the scenic conservation area. There is no cost to take part in the hike but donations to conservation education will be gladly accepted, according to organizers. Hikers are asked to bring their own mugs, or ‘lug-a-mug,’ to enjoy cider. Apples will also be available.
Bannockburn Conservation Area has diverse species, and six different types of natural communities including a wet meadow, river systems, field, marsh, and forest.
“You can see diverse plants and wildlife when hiking through the conservation area,” said Iszczuk. “This time of year, it is common to see plants such as Goldenrod and asters in flower and see the fruits of Highbush Cranberry, and Wild Grape,” she said. “You may also see raccoons, turtles, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers or migrating birds.”
Nature lovers are invited to download, free of charge, a self-guided tour booklet and a professionally narrated audio file from the ABCA website at abca.on.ca. The guided audio tour interprets 13 points of interest throughout the 2 KMs of trails. The audio file and interpretive signs at Bannockburn Conservation Area were developed through a partnership effort initiated by the Friends of the Bayfield River, and funding partners, called the Walk a Mile Trail Information Project. The interpretive points-of-interest talk and digital audio player, pedometers for step counting, and GPS units may be borrowed anytime of the year from the ABCA Administration Centre near Exeter for use at Bannockburn Conservation Area.
Bannockburn Conservation Area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line. It is located 2 KMs north of Huron County Road 3 and is located between Varna and Brucefield.
For more information on the hike visit abca.on.ca or e-mail email@example.com or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Time to oil up the bike chains and put air in those tires as Outside Projects on Main Street is organizing a Bike Tour for Local Health Care on the morning of Sept. 29.
All proceeds from the day will go to the Clinton Community Hospital Foundation and participants can choose to cycle either a 40 KM or 60 KM route. Cyclists will depart from the Bayfield Arena on John Street. Those who choose the shorter route will leave at 10 a.m. while the longer route participants hit the road at 11:30 a.m.
The registration fee is $35. Cyclists can register prior to the date at Outside Projects or on the day of the race at the Bayfield Arena.
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 Tuesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders and Rangers will meet twice monthly at the Bayfield Village Inn on alternate Wednesdays from 6:30-9 p.m.
Sparks, Brownies and Guides have begun meeting but all girls in these age groups are invited to come out and see if Guiding would be of interest to them at subsequent meetings.
Pathfinders and Rangers will have their first meeting on Sept. 26. And again anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.
If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration to be a member of Girl Guides of Canada is now exclusively on-line. Parents can register their daughters prior to the first meeting by visiting https://register.girlguides.ca/ use the postal code N0M 1G0 to find the Bayfield branches.
"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”
According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.
“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.
The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. will also be available shortly. Orders for this smaller version can be taken by using the contact info below.
The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at email@example.com.
Get your tickets soon for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".
Bayfield Concert Series
Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.
Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from Sept. 2012 to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Jeremy Fisher with Rose Cousins on Sept. 20; Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.
Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Fisher and Smith concerts, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.
All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from ticketscene.ca. They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.
bayfield tree project
Our area trees are thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.
New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) 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 on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.
Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Oct. 16.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: 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 The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering Taoist Tai Chi™ classes at the Bayfield Town Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays starting on Sept. 27.
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.
The program is offered for both the old and young and the moves can be adapted to suit a person’s physical conditioning. People can learn more about Fung Loy Taoist Tai Chi by attending an one-hour Open House to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 20 starting at 10 a.m. For more information please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
The Pickle Ball season will come to its conclusion in Bayfield on Oct. 18. The sport described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong has been offered on Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.
Badminton will reconvene on Oct. 15 at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, at 9 a.m. continues for September, in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Those who attend will be broken up into several groups so everyone can walk at a pace they enjoy. After walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.
Pole Walkers should note that on Sept. 27 the group plan to walk the Woodland Trail. Participants are invited to park at the trail entrance on the David St. extension. They will set out from there at 8:30 a.m. rain or shine. If on this date walkers would prefer to do a Gentle Jaunt in the village, please let one of the instructors know and they will make arrangements.
Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.
One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Total Body Fit classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class or $50 for four months.
Stronger Seniors classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class or $20 for four months.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Mah Jongg is played on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gayle at 519 565-2468.
The Bayfield Euchre Club will start its fall session on Oct. 3. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building. The cost is $1.50 and everyone is welcome. For more information call Lee at 519 565-2765.