PROSPERITY FUND SUPPORTS OPTIMIST PROJECT
Libro Credit Union presented cheques to the recipients of the 2017 Prosperity Fund in parts of Bruce, Huron and Perth counties on Sept. 8. Members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield were invited to the Goderich Libro branch to receive their cheque for $5,000 toward an educational tutoring program they are sponsoring. Accepting the cheques on behalf of the club were Optimists John Pounder, Mike Dixon and President Glen Steinson, also pictured is Toni Gale, the educator tutoring the children who attend Huron Centennial School. Representing Libro were Marty Rops, Regional manager; Tanya Quipp, Branch manager; Jane Muegge, Owner Rep Clinton Branch; Daryl Ball and Susanne Robinson, both Owner Reps with the Goderich Branch. Libro’s annual grant program will invest $460,000 this year to support programs and projects across southwestern Ontario that are helping to grow prosperity in three focus areas: regional economic development, youth leadership and money-smarts. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
local experts are at the table for sustainability summit
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.”
Philip Keightley (Submitted photo)
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.
Mari Veliz (Submitted photo)
Mari Veliz is the Healthy Watersheds supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), a watershed management agency with a 2,400 KM2 area of jurisdiction along the south-east shore of Lake Huron. She has supervised ABCA’s water quality and bio-monitoring program since 2002, and also works with communities and agencies to undertake and implement watershed projects and plans. Veliz has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta.
During rainstorms or periods of melting snow, the run-off created picks up contaminants that can then flow into large bodies of water, lakes and rivers that are a source of drinking water for nearby communities. Shallow, sunken gardens appropriately called ‘rain gardens’ protect local water quality by collecting, absorbing and filtering this run-off. Rain gardens not only reduce flooding and erosion they can also create habitat for wildlife and add beauty to a community. Veliz will discuss rural and urban stormwater management best practices, focusing on the rain garden that was built in the Village of Bayfield.
Philip Keightley, M. Sc., P. Eng, is a professional engineer with more than forty years of experience specializing in water and sewage projects and the design and management of commercial and industrial projects in both Canada and overseas. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Birmingham University and his Master’s degree in Construction Engineering from Leeds University, England.
Increases in climate change ensure we’ll all have to deal with the effects of more extreme weather in the future. This will have a major impact on our civil infrastructure, yet traditional engineering solutions seem out of reach for small municipalities experiencing increasing budgetary constraints. Keightley will present ideas and examples of simpler and more practical solutions that are appropriate to small communities. His presentation will be of interest to municipalities, regulatory agencies and concerned citizens that are interested in adopting an alternative strategy to addressing Climate Change in their community.
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.
Canadian Folk Trio to perform at Bayfield town hall
The Bayfield Town Hall and Blue Bayfield are pleased to co-host Trent Severn, a Canadian folk trio composed of Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning, and Lindsay Schindler. Founded in 2011, all three women share vocal duties and contribute to the songwriting process. Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs described easily as “Canadian History in Harmony”. Topically modern with a humorous twist, Trent Severn have inspired audiences all over Canada to share a patriotic laugh and let their glowing hearts melt away.
Continuing the deeply poetic legacy of true ‘red and white’ pioneering troubadours such as Stompin’ Tom Connors, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot, the eminently talented Southern Ontario trio planted their Maple Leaf flag deeply in the firmament of the Canadian roots music scene with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012. On March 15, 2013, they became the first band to receive a phone call to a concert from space, when they played a live song for Commander Chris Hadfield while he was on the international space station. On Canada Day of that year the band was part of Hadfield's first performance back on earth, of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.
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, and allows you to save $5 off the price of your concert ticket. Register at eventbrite.ca.
Even if you are unable to attend the Summit, you can still enjoy this amazing concert, which takes place at the Town Hall on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. To buy tickets, call Shelagh at 519 565-2572 or Mark at 519 521-2994.
World of Macro Master Class new to Fall Foto Fest
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.”
Architecture theme of 2019 calendar photo contest
A new Flickr site ( https://www.flickr.com/groups/bayfieldcalendar2019/ ) has been created to accept photos for the 2019 Bayfield Calendar and the general public is strongly encouraged to be part of this exciting annual project by submitting their favourite photos. Submission deadline will be end of May 2018.
The theme this year is: Bayfield and area architecture. Feel free to interpret this liberally...it could be a window or door, a barn, a birdhouse, a gable end or other architectural feature and, yes, even a building!
Preference will be given to photos that clearly interpret the theme in and around Bayfield throughout the 4 seasons in new artistic, creative ways including: macro/close-up shots, different angles, exposure times and lenses, unique viewpoints, etc. More standard interpretations of Bayfield and area will still be given serious consideration. The ultimate selection criterion will be the quality of the photographs as determined by the judges.
For a more detailed look at the Submission Rules, click on https://www.flickr.com/groups/bayfieldcalendar2019/rules/
The current, new 2018 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is still on sale for $10 at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre, Bayfield Foodland, Dublin Mercantile of Bayfield and from Justyna Chojnacka as well as a number of other local merchants, clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions. People are encouraged to act quickly as supplies are running low.
Remember, that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community.
POWER WORKERS SUPPORT KLAHANIE
Bill Whetstone, representing the Bruce Site Power Workers Union, presented a cheque for $2,000 to Melody Falconer-Pounder, co-chair of the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors, along with members of Bayfield Guiding at a special family event held at the camp recently. The camp was the recipient of a donation from the Power Workers Union Bruce Site Equity Fund. (Photo by Lee Harney)
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 673 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:www.change.org.
A weekend celebration of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and good vibes is happening this Sunday, Sept. 24 in Clan Gregor Square for the third annual "Volkfest"
“VWs” will be on display in the park along with live music, craft vendors and food trucks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist scheduled to perform are Josh Geddis, Celtae Lynne, Andrew & Veda, The Honey Sweethearts and the Bayfield Ukuele Society.
On Sunday morning a VW Brunch will be held at Smackwater Jack's in Grand Bend starting at 9:30 a.m. and then a caravan of the vehicles will make their way from Grand Bend to Bayfield around 10:30 a.m.
New this year is a Beard Contest (beard and moustache) sponsored by Wisers Whiskey, Windsor; The Bayfield Beauty Shop, Intuitive Sense by Maggie, River Road Brewery and Elephant Juice. All those handsome, Grizzly Bear types are invited to come and be judged starting at 2 p.m.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is pleased to present Carole Huband as the speaker for the September Speaker’s Series meeting. Huband is the current President of the Architectural Conservancy Organization in Stratford/Perth County. This is the group that is responsible for the Historical Plaque program and just recently the group presented its 200th plaque!
To learn more about the program and the steps involved in leading up to the awarding of a plaque please plan to attend. The meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building.
Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting. Memberships are also available.
As a side note: remember to pop into the BHS display when visiting the 100th IPM in Walton, ON this week!
Fall is a great time to visit the Bayfield Farmers' Market. Not only is it the best place to find fresh local food, it will also provide a showcase for fantastic local music this September!
The Cultural Collective Jazz Band will keep toes tapping on Sept. 22. The music will begin around 4 p.m.
The Bayfield Farmers' Market runs Fridays from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square until the Thanksgiving weekend.
GRIEF RECOVERY METHOD
Myths about grief: "Time heals all wounds", "Replace the loss","Grieve alone",
"Be strong for others" and "Bury your feelings".
“The Grief Recovery Method” is a Grief Support Group that in eight weeks can change a person’s life. This Action Program is for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. Whether a person is experiencing loss from death, divorce, loss of job or childhood issues (recent or in the past), recovery is possible.
This program will be held in Bayfield from Tuesday, Sept. 26 to Nov. 14. It will be held at Bayfield Public Library from 7-8:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for the resource material. Participants must pre-register.
The program will also be offered in Wingham, ON, at Sacred Heart Elementary School starting on Sept. 27 to Nov. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Please call Huron Hospice to register, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
Music of Canada concert
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.
September is the perfect time to explore the trails in the Bayfield area and members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have some great, guided hikes in the works!
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.
“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 start on Thursday, Oct. 5.
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.
Valdy returns Sep. 21 to the Bayfield Town Hall and another sold-out house. Tickets are no longer available.
Tomorrow (Sept. 21) is the day for Councilor’s Corner.
It will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions.
At this month’s session Whetstone's topics will be the recently released landfill report and a Bayfield facility update.