community reaps rewards of fourth annual tournament
The Bayfield Lions Club and The Albion Hotel held their fourth annual golf tournament on Sept. 9. Bayfield Lion Tom Grasby (far left) presented the trophy to the winning team comprised of Brian and Anne Johnston and Krista and Derek Jefferson. Kim Muszynscki (far right), owner of The Albion Hotel, assisted with the presentation. (Photos by Tony Van Bakel)
A Sleemans cooler donated by Kim Muszynski (far right) was auctioned off by Sleemans representataive, Ross Danbrook (far left). The winner of the auction was Lion Andy DeVries and second last bidder Jamie McDougall matched the last bid for a similar prize.
The Bluewater Golf Course was bustling with activity on Sept. 9 when the Bayfield Lions’ Club and The Albion Hotel hosted their 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament there raising about $11,000 in the process.
Lake Huron Chrysler and The Dale Group once again provided the major sponsorship for the event that continued the tradition of being a sell out. Mother Nature also smiled on the event with glorious sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
After the tournament, the golfers were treated to a delicious roast pork meal in a tent behind The Albion Hotel. Lion Larry Simpson thanked all the sponsors and golfers for their enthusiastic support and reminded all present that the money raised will all flow back to community projects through the Lions; Club. Healso thanked Albion owner, Kim Muszynski for his continued support of the Lions and the accommodations for the dinner.
One of the highlights of the awards ceremonies was the auctioning off of a Sleemans cooler donated by Muszynski. Sleemans representataive, Ross Danbrook did the honors and also donated six cases of beer to sweeten the pot. The winner of the auction was Lion Andy DeVries and second last bidder Jamie McDougall from Lake Huron Chrysler also offered to match the last bid for a similar prize. This resulted in $1,200 being raised for the club that is greatly appreciated.
Organizers would like to congratulate the tournament’s winning team comprised of Derek and Krista Jefferson and Brian and Anne Johnston with a score of -10. The winner of the closest to the hole for the men was Willy Hancock, and for the ladies it was Kathy Dawson. The closest to the line winner was Chris Babbs. All won a $100 prize. The lucky winner of the 50/50 draw was Shawn Simpson.
Songs from the Woods to aid River Flats campaign
Bayfield River Flats Committee member Jack Pal took members of Get UP Bayfield, an urban pole walking group, on a walk through the River Flats recently. Lynn Girard, a participant, noted that it was a beautiful morning to take in this gem of a property with Canada geese flying overhead, fishermen on shore and in the river and someone canoeing by. Get UP members can't wait to be able to add this location to their regular walking areas. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Supporters of the Bayfield River Flats property purchase campaign can enjoy a great party and celebration at the Ashwood Inn on Saturday evening October 1. Inn owner Kirsten Harrett is donating 10% of bar sales to the River Flats campaign from the end of summer "Songs from the Woods" party where The Sadies will be playing live.
Something very special is occurring in Bayfield. The Flats Fundraising Committee (FFC) is overwhelmed by the generous support this project has received. By mid- October, they will publish a donations update.
After the fourth week of the fundraising campaign to purchase the Bayfield River Flats, “approximately 60 per cent” of the $70,000 objective has been reached. (Check out the progress thermometer at www.bayfieldriverflats.ca/donate.html). With eight more weeks until Nov. 30 when the Financing Condition must be waived, the FFC can now confidently predict that the new “River Flats Natural Area” will add another green area to the village to complement Pioneer Park, Clan Gregor Square, and the Agricultural Fair Grounds.
In a world where the nightly news tells us about hate, anger, killing and pessimism, the little Village of Bayfield is demonstrating optimism, kindness and selflessness. The purchase of the River Flats isn’t about today’s gratification or “what’s in it for me.” It’s a legacy
“When you see someone proudly wearing their T-Shirt or badge or carrying their groceries in a Bayfield River Flats tote bag, you can be certain that they understand. They are part of something that is very unique and special,” noted a FCC member.
All donations $50 and over made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on behalf of this River Flats acquisition are income tax deductible which significantly reduces the actual cost. Everyone making a donations at campaign headquarters, Main Street Optometric, will receive a badge while supplies last.
‘Bayfield River Flats’ T-shirts or tote bags are offered to donors who contribute $250 or more at Main Street Optometric in the village. Campaign sponsors who donate $1,000 or more, will be publicly recognized on a permanent plaque installed on the ‘Flats’ property.
Donors from all over the world, can contribute to this campaign through a “crowd funding” program on the website www.bayfieldriverflats.ca but to control costs, no T-shirts, tote bags or badges will be mailed.
For information on reserving tickets to “Songs from the Woods” please visit
http://www.theashwood.com or call 519 565-4444.
New volunteers needed to see community fair growth
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) held its after fair meeting earlier this month. Reports indicated a great deal of satisfaction with the involvement of the community in providing entries at the fair and with attendance at the events. There were some suggestions for changes that could be implemented for the next fair and how the fair might be run.
There are many opportunities for the community to become part of the BAS. There will be openings for some of the committees and for Director positions. Some of the more experienced Directors would like to make room for folks who would like to assist with the direction of the fair. The role of the Director is being streamlined so each person can get to know one part of the fair and lessen the load on the Executive. As new Directors who have joined over the past couple of years have indicated, it is a great group to be part of. The Society and its members believe in putting together a weekend of events that draws over 2,500 people to the village. This brings many new people into the village and an awareness of what the village has to offer. The BAS is involved in more than the fair. It has assisted with serving food at special events at the arena, being part of the Lions Home and Garden Show, initiating the Breakfast on the Farm event in the Bayfield area, hosting the Outdoor Market every Sunday, and preparing wreaths for the Christmas season.
The next meeting will be earlier than usual in October. It will be Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church. Planning for the 161st fair will be started and anyone interested in being part of this process is certainly welcome to the meeting.
A not just wine and cheese information evening will be held on Nov. 4 for people who would like to be part of the BAS Board and Committees or would like information on what the Society does or needs. There is a real desire to attract residents from the Bayfield community to continue developing activities that encourage growth not the status quo. The BAS is solid financially, has made some great connections that strengthen the organization, has focused on a variety of entertainment for various age groups, and has community support while retaining the agricultural components of the fair. It now wants new people who would like to make a commitment to the BAS and might be willing to try events such as a demolition derby or boxing. The BAS can only be as strong as its community and it welcomes everyone to its information evening.
members needed to protect and foster village interests
BY KEN LARONE
For several decades, the executive of the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) has been the eyes, ears and voice of the permanent and summer residents of the Village of Bayfield. There is currently no shortage of matters that affect both residents and tenants but there is a growing shortage of people interested in becoming involved.
The BRA welcomes anyone who wishes to maintain the desirable residential features of the village while helping to foster projects that are in the interest of the ward as a whole to attend their annual meeting on Oct. 8.
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 10 a.m. The meeting will elect a new executive that will include a new president, secretary and treasurer.
The current BRA executive will identify what they feel are the key issues facing the community in the coming year. Two that are currently evolving are the reduction in the quality of ambulance service operated by Huron County Council and the possibility that homeowners along the Lake Huron Shoreline may lose thousands of dollars in property values as a consultant’s report created for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Association would introduce a new erosion policy for its Lake Huron shoreline. Three additional issues affecting the community in the next few years include the new Bayfield River bridge construction on Hwy #21, an expanded sewer system for the community as well as an extensive renovation of the village’s Main Street.
The following list describes the focus of interest on each priority:
Main Street - Bluewater Council should be encouraged to proceed with a plan to install new sewers and lower the road as well as bury hydro wires. The plan should be financed and completed over one year and not be phased over a number of years. Costs of the revitalization should come from Bluewater general revenues and grants that will qualify for funds from other levels of governments.
Sewage Capacity - No further new subdivisions should be approved for Bayfield until additional sewage capacity is installed. Meantime, only sites with existing sewer hook-ups should be approved. No action should be taken to expand the system until a significant portion of the financing is available from other levels of government. There should be no surtax on existing residents who have paid for the existing system.
Recreation Centre - The old community centre should be replaced. A new multi-use facility should be developed to better meet the needs of the community and its growth. A consultant should be hired to assess community needs. After the assessment, an architectural design should be developed. An advisory group should be developed by community groups to advise the consultant and architect. The municipality should pay the cost of the consultant and the architect. Once a construction-ready plan is complete it should be placed on the shelf until funds are available from another level of government or as Bluewater borrowing capacity becomes available.
Beach Water Quality - The BRA supported and helped lead the initial Blue Flag status for the Bayfield Beach and Bayfield River. It will continue to monitor all criteria to maintain the designation. The BRA will work the Huron County Health Unit and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority to reduce E.coli counts from all sources.
Harbor Rehabilitation - The BRA will coordinate a lobby effort with other Bayfield groups to have the Federal Government restore the federally owned harbor assets to a safe standard. The Bluewater Municipal government will be urged to seek legal advice on the practicality of suing the federal government for negligence in the maintenance of their assets, endangering the safety and security of users. If Bluewater chooses to negotiate with the Federal Government (Small Craft Harbors) to take over ownership of all federal assets around the harbor, the assumption of ownership should be conditional on SCH bringing all federal facilities up to agreed standard before devolving them. If the municipality takes over ownership, it should introduce user fees among boat owners and other facility owners to cover ongoing costs. Expenses for these facilities should not be paid from general municipal tax revenues.
Hwy. 21 Bridge - Reconstruction should include broad sidewalks with a protective barrier from traffic. The railing on the riverside should include see-through spaces and facilities for flower boxes. Safe pedestrian walk ways leading to the bridge should make it possible to reach under-bridge walk ways on the east side of the bridge. Bluewater and Huron County should be prepared to protect Bayfield’s request for a safe wide walkway crossing. Bayfield’s future resident expansion and business expansion will take place on each side of the river.
Villagers accept invitation to old catholic church nuptials
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
After standing empty for almost a decade, the former Catholic Church at 27 Louisa Street was the setting for a wedding on the afternoon of Sept. 22.
After standing empty for almost a decade, the former Catholic Church at 27 Louisa Street was the setting for a wedding on the afternoon of Sept. 22.
The new owners of the property, Mary Cross and John Williams, shared personal vows, exchanged rings and sealed their troth with a kiss all under the guidance of Rev. Elise Feltrin, of St. Andrew’s United Church.
The sun was intermittent and the air rather humid for the nuptials held on the front steps of the old church. The couple, who currently reside in Burlington, had sent out an invitation in last week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze encouraging neighbors and any interested parties to come share in the moment. Several people did, one guest even sported a fascinator hat for the occasion. Another remarked that she had been married in the church 24 years ago and so many wonderful memories were coming back to her as she watched the couple take their vows.
The couple shared personal vows and exchanged rings under the guidance of Rev. Elise Feltrin, of St. Andrew’s United Church.
All in attendance were treated to a bit of bubbly to toast the occasion and a group picture was taken. During the organizing of the photo an impromptu receiving line was formed so that onlookers could introduce themselves to the couple. And then the newlyweds were off with their attendants for a celebratory dinner at The Little Inn before returning home by limo at day’s end.
The little church stands quiet once again but not for long as the couple has wonderful plans for the renovations, so although this was the last public event for the site, there will be new life for this historic building.
The new owners of the property, Mary Cross and John Williams sealed their troth with a kiss.
The couple, who currently reside in Burlington, had sent out an invitation in last week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze encouraging neighbors and any interested parties to come share in the moment.
One of the wedding guests shared that she had been married in the church 24 years ago and so many wonderful memories were coming back to her as she watched the couple take their vows.
During the organizing of this group photo an impromptu receiving line was formed so that onlookers could introduce themselves to the couple.
Thursday will be a very big day in Bayfield if you are an Urban Pole Walking enthusiast. Pole walking group Get UP Bayfield has invited several other Southwestern Ontario groups to town to take part in two walks.
Registration will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 in Clan Gregor Square.
People from groups located in such places as Stratford, London and Clinton will be joining the Bayfield group on a historically themed walk as well as a trail walk with a yoga session in between. Participants are encouraged to enjoy lunch in a Bayfield eatery or bring their own lunch to enjoy in a village park.
A HOBO has gone missing off the shore in Bayfield and the community is being requested to keep an eye out for it.
The Onset HOBO U22-001 Underwater Temperature Data Logger was being used in a multi-year study of water temperatures at Bayfield’s Main Breach. The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, located in Goderich, had it placed on a swim marker buoy for the second consecutive summer to aid in determining if there is a correlation between algae blooms and water temperature.
President of the LHCCC, Pam Scharfe, of Bayfield, noted that the Municipality of Bluewater buoy contractor attached the data logger to a buoy in early summer and when they recently retrieved the buoys the logger was gone but the lock it was attached to was still present.
“It is possible but unlikely that someone removed it. It is also possible that the constant wave action wore through the fastening hole at the top,” said Scharfe in an email. “The unit cost approximately $150 so not a great financial loss just the loss of data. The unit is all one solid piece of hard durable plastic and specifically manufactured for up to 400 feet under water.”
The unit may even find its own way back up onto the beach so if anyone has it or finds it they are asked to contact the LHCCC at 226 421-3029. If located the unit will still be logging temperature data if not damaged.
The monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre has had to be rescheduled to Sep. 29.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening usually 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. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.
The 43rd Bannockburn Fall Hike on Oct. 2 will showcase a new section of boardwalk and celebrate 70 years of partnerships in Ausable Bayfield watersheds.
Local people and visitors to the area have made the Bannockburn Fall Hike an autumn tradition for more than four decades. The annual family-friendly hike will take place on Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bannockburn Conservation Area.
Improvements to the conservation area have been made recently and organizers invite people to hike on a newly replaced section of boardwalk through the wetland area. A one hour-long guided hike will be held. This group will leave from the parking lot at 1:30 p.m.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016 so the hike will highlight seven decades of community conservation partnerships. Ontario’s first conservation authority was formed on July 30, 1946. It was then called the Ausable River Conservation Authority at that time. The first report for the Bayfield River Watershed was created in 1971 and the Bayfield Watershed was added to the conservation authority’s area the next year. In 1972, the local agency became Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
“It’s hard to believe the conservation authority has been working with the community for 70 years,” said Denise Iszczuk, conservation educator with ABCA. “The Bannockburn Fall Hike gives people a chance to enjoy nature, get active, and to learn about ways we are working with local residents, community groups, and other partners to protect the health of water, soil and living things.”
Iszczuck added that the annual event offers people a great chance to experience the change in seasons, to enjoy the colors of the leaves, wildflowers and view migrating birds.
The hike also offers attendees a chance to speak with conservation staff, learn about new conservation programs and how they can get involved.
Fresh local apples and some apple cider will be served in the parking lot for participants to enjoy. Staff invite those who attend to ‘lug a mug’ to reduce waste.
The Bannockburn Fall Hike is a Healthy Hikes event. Visit healthyhikes.ca to find out about this and other hikes in Ontario and prizes that are available; to find out more visit abca.on.ca or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Donations to conservation education programs are always welcome but there is no fee to attend.
“Boost your health by stepping into nature this fall through the Conservation Ontario Healthy Hikes initiative,” said Iszczuk.
The Bannockburn Conservation Area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, two KMs north of Huron County Road 3, near Varna, between Bayfield and Brucefield.
Valdy in Concert
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society invites community members to a special concert with an incredible story teller/songwriter on Oct. 20. Valdy, who has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years, will grace the Town Hall stage.
A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who can recognize the small but telling moments that make up life in his music.
Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards, Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
The concert will begin at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door (if any are still available). Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketscene.com, from Ernie King Music in Goderich, or by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.
St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich is an historic and impressive building. It will be apart of the guest speakers’ topic at the next Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting to be held at Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Oct. 24.
The parish and its records date back to 1835, and its first minister, Rev. Robert Francis Campbell later served at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield from 1849-60. The present St. George’s building is celebrating the 135th anniversary of its dedication. To celebrate this occasion, Eleanor Smith a former long-time Bayfield-area resident and Trinity Anglican parishioner has published a book commemorating the 43 people honored in its 26 stained glass windows. The oldest window pre-dates the existing church building and the newest was installed in 1964.
She will be presenting a power point program to the BHS, starting at 7:30 p.m., in which she will tell the stories about some of the people to whom the windows were dedicated. The stories are of tragedy and heroism, of victory and defeat.
Ninety-five players participated in the Iceculture’s Wackabout Golf Tournament recently to raise funds for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) expansion project.
The tournament, a Texas scramble format, that was initiated 15 years ago to raise funds for the Grand Bend Winter Carnival and other community projects was brought back specifically to help with the BAFHT expansion.
As players passed the clubhouse they were presented with tasty, hand-held New Zealand meat pies in a variety of flavors for lunch. A Pineridge Barbecue chicken and rib dinner was served at the event’s completion. All this, coupled with a warm sunny day, was the formula for a successful tournament. And the results were impressive, too – more than $8000 was raised for the cause!
Sponsors supported the tournament enthusiastically and many local businesses were actively involved. Jim Masse, of the Bayview Golf Club, set up the format that enabled the event to be completed in just four hours. This is highly unusual for a large tournament with players of all skill levels. Every player left with a 10- inch savory meat pie and a gift, and the event was wrapped at 5.30 p.m.
Organizer, Julian Bayley, of Iceculture, who was assisted by Heidi Bayley, president of the company, said that 40 players have already made it known that they would be back next year.
“That is very encouraging,” he added. “The BAFHT is becoming a health care hub in the local community and it’s great to see local business and the community itself, get behind the project.”
As a result a new physician will join BAFHT next month and the facility will be able to roster more than 1,000 new patients. If you don’t have a family doctor, now is the time to register with BAFHT. Please call Paula Kroll at 519 236-4413 to register.
attention shoreline residents
Anyone living near or on the lake shore is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan Update Consultants’ Recommendation Report available now for public review until Dec. 1.
The local Shoreline Management Plan Update Steering Committee has asked that the Draft Updated Shoreline Management Plan Consultants’ Recommendation Report (DUSMPCRR) be posted online for review and that the public have the opportunity to provide comment. That document – along with draft mapping and appendices – is now available for free download on the Shoreline Management Plan Update Web Page: www.abca.on.ca
Written comments on the document, or questions, may be sent to Alec Scott or Geoff Cade through the staff contacts page at abca.on.ca.
A printed copy of the document is to be available at the ABCA office, at 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter, for people who do not have convenient access to the Internet. Copies are also to be available in the coming week for the public to review at a number of local libraries. Anyone who wishes the report in an alternate format should contact staff at ABCA
Shoreline property owners and other interested people are invited to review the document, download it for free, and provide written comments to ABCA. To reach the web page, click on the Shoreline Management icon on the abca.on.ca home page or use the search tool on the home page.
After comments on the document are received, reviewed, and considered by ABCA and the Steering Committee, the ABCA will work with municipalities and other reviewing bodies in early 2017 to develop draft local policies through a draft local policies implementation plan.
Comments received during the current review period will help to inform the development of draft local policies for implementation.
The DUSMPCRR and local implementation policies is also expected to be presented in public events in spring or summer 2017.
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.
To connect area seniors with the many resources and services available to them, Home4Good will host, “The Time of Our Lives Expo: Products and Services for Vintage Adults” on Nov. 3.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Exhibitors from around the region will showcase their products and services. Presentations and demonstrations will be featured, along with entertainment, food and door prizes throughout the day. This fun and informative event is made possible with the help of a Seniors Community grant funded by the Government of Ontario.
Home4Good is a community-based group in Bayfield. They want to ensure that services are available so that older people and those with mobility challenges can age ‘in place’ and continue living in their own homes in the village.
Started in 2014, with input from local residents, Home4Good has three areas of priority: Transportation, Information and Housing. The upcoming Expo will provide an opportunity for people from the area to meet service providers, try out products, watch demonstrations of fitness activities and hear about issues ranging from seniors’ housing options, the changing role of estate executors, and how to downsize a household. There will even be a chance to enjoy a brief massage!
For more information visit the Home4Good website at www.home4goodbayfield.ca. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hom4GoodinBayfield/ or contact Roma Harris (email@example.com), Elise Feltrin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Arlene Timmins (email@example.com).
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) welcomes people with an interest in learning to play to join them at their meetings held at the Bayfield Public Library.
They hold meetings on alternating Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. The meetings conclude at 11:30 a.m. And then every Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The BUS is free for anyone to join who wants to learn in a fun "hands on" group way. No registration required just drop in. Folks do have to supply their own ukulele however.