lions support anglers efforts to stock trout in river
Bruce Johnston, on behalf of the Bayfield Anglers Association, accepted a cheque for $750 from Bayfield Lions' Club President, Bill Rowat, to aid in the work of the association. The presentation was made at the 37th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)
Over 200 hardy fishermen took part in the annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby on Oct. 16-18. The Bayfield Lions’ Club sponsors the derby, now in its 37th year.
Nearly 30 trout were caught in this year’s derby and once again the Bayfield Lions Club members made their annual contribution to the Bayfield Anglers Association (BAA) in recognition of the valuable work the anglers do.
“If it wasn’t for the efforts of these volunteers, there would be very few trout caught on the Bayfield River and there would be no trout derby,” said Lion Tom Grasby, coordinator of the trout derby.
Over 30 years ago the gradual depletion of rainbow in the Bayfield River was a big concern. These volunteers started a hatchery and have been stocking the Bayfield River with Rainbow Trout ever since - in fact about 90 per cent of the trout found in the river start their lives in the hatchery. The BAA’s hatchery is reputed to be one of the oldest in Ontario.
Editor's Note: For a full story on the BAA, the hatchery and their stocking program read the story published in the Bayfield Breeze on Sept. 7, 2011 – Week 37 Issue 114.
Discounted incentives to become a certified hike leader
Twenty-five hardy hikers took to the Sawmill Trail on the afternoon of Nov. 12, 2014 as part of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend events. They were led by Bayfield River Valley Trail Association Certified Hike Leaders. On Nov. 1 people have the opportunity to take a Hike Ontario workshop and join the list of local hike leaders. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has found that hikes are much more enjoyable when there is a Hike Leader. Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, local knowledge and the ability to work with his or her group to make a successful outing. The BRVTA currently has 10 Certified Hike Leaders and would like more so that they can increase the number and variety of guided hikes in this area.
On Nov. 1, instructors from Hike Ontario will be training new Certified Hike Leaders at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Course topics include: risk management, leadership, Trail Guides, maps, outdoor techniques, environmental appreciation and hike planning. The cost of this Certified Hike Leader training course is $55 per person.
However, this weekend there are some special incentives to encourage more participation. Because of a Seniors Hike Initiative Sponsorship Program developed for Hike Ontario, the cost of the course has been reduced to $15 for those who are age 55 and older. In addition the BRVTA will pay the costs of local participants who agree to lead at least two hikes per year in and around Bayfield.
Prerequisites for taking the course include the need for a level of hiking competence and experience and participants will be asked to list five recent day hikes that they have taken over the past year.
For more information call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202.
founding fathers take a seat on Hensall's Main Street
The Petty brothers, George and James, were instrumental in the erection of Hensall’s famous town hall in 1914. (Photos by Erin Samuell)
The Petty brothers, George and James, are attributed with being the founding fathers of Hensall.
Arriving in Canada from Yorkshire, England in the early 1850s the brothers purchased land in Hensall and successfully attracted the “London, Huron & Bruce Express”, a rail line that ran from Wingham to London. With the addition of the new railroad the brothers were able to open The Yorkshire Packing House shortly after 1876. The Packing House was Ontario’s largest at the time, handling over 12,000 pigs per year. The character of the Hensall settlement, still known today for its stockyard, mills and elevators, is attributed to the Petty brothers.
The brothers were also instrumental in the erection of Hensall’s famous town hall in 1914. The hall has remained a cultural hub of the community ever since, hosting dances, performances and celebrations attracting people from far and wide. The lower level of the town hall is also the home of the Hensall Public Library.
Today the hall remains a focal point of the community. The Hensall Heritage Hall Committee (HHHC) was formed in 2011 and this group has been working tirelessly to restore the hall to its former glory. It is the hope of the HHHC and its many supporters that following restoration the hall will once again be a vital part of life in the community. Once restoration is completed the hall will feature such modern amenities, as an elevator and comfortable portable seating that will allow for greater accessibility and multi-purpose usage.
A semi-circular bench can now be found in front of the town hall. It features a life-size sculpture, by local artist and blacksmith, Jim Wallace, that honors the village’s founding brothers and offers patrons of the hall a chance to take a seat beside Hensall history.
Oct. 22 marked an exciting milestone for the HHHC as they proudly returned the Petty Brothers to their home on Main Street. In front of the town hall building a semi-circular bench featuring a life-size sculpture, by local artist and blacksmith, Jim Wallace, honors the village’s founding brothers James and George Petty and offers patrons of the Hall a chance to take a seat beside Hensall history.
“We’re proud of this monument that honors both the cultural and agricultural history of Bluewater,” said Mayor Tyler Hessel. “The Hensall Heritage Hall Committee continues to dedicate themselves to this project and we are appreciative of all of their efforts so far. We look forward to continuing to work with the committee and celebrating many future successes together.”
From Kay Wise, HHHC chair, “We are seeing our efforts become part of the community and the best part is that the committee members are the same people for the most part who started with only a dream and much dedication because we knew it could be done.”
To learn more or to donate to the Hensall Heritage Hall project please visit: www.HensallHeritageHall.ca.
those interested in shoreline issues invited to take survey
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) last completed a Shoreline Management Plan in 2000. A steering committee and consulting team are now conducting work to update the plan. The end of 2016 is the timeframe set for the completion of the updated Shoreline Management Plan.
The steering committee includes local people with an interest in shoreline issues, representing seasonal and shoreline residents, industry, neighboring conservation authorities, the counties of Lambton and Huron, and representatives of the four municipalities along the shoreline in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. The steering committee is providing individuals in Ausable Bayfield watersheds with a chance to provide early input through an online survey. The survey has 18 questions so property owners can offer some of their concerns, issues, and priorities as the steering committee moves forward with its work.
The conservation authority is to send correspondence to a number of people with an interest in shoreline management to invite them to complete the survey. The survey is also available online. People may complete the survey directly by visiting this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Shoreline-Management-Plan-Update. The survey is to be open until Feb. 1, 2016.
Survey respondents may provide their name and contact information to be entered into draws to possibly win one of three grand prizes to be awarded of a family pass for the year to Rock Glen Conservation Area in Arkona. Each Family Season’s Pass prize is valued at $45. Public opportunities for input, in addition to the survey, are to include public open houses planned for 2016 when some of the technical work is to be ready in draft.
The ABCA Shoreline Management Plan was completed in 1994 and updated in 2000, water and planning Manager with ABCA, Alec Scott.
“It is important to regularly review these documents, as lake levels fluctuate with weather and climate changes,” he said.
According to Scott, it is important to ensure the Shoreline Management Plan captures the priorities of the people along the shoreline and in our inland communities.
“We need to ensure the science is current, that we share knowledge and ideas with municipalities and people in the watershed community, and ensure that strategies are reasonable and effective to manage a number of shoreline issues,” he said.
A key component of the Shoreline Management Plan addresses the shoreline hazard limits for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches. The document is used both for reference and to direct changes to land use planning documents of lakeshore municipalities.
Some of the main objectives of a Shoreline Management Plan include:
• Reducing or eliminating damage due to periods of erosion, flooding and dynamic beach movement that may occur to development close to the shore of a Great Lake or large inland lake.
• Directing new development away from hazardous areas.
• Helping to protect existing development from potential impacts of new development.
People may find out about the plan update by visiting the shoreline management plan web page at www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=shoreline-management. The page includes answers to a list of frequently asked questions. It also includes the link to the survey.
Anyone with further questions is also invited to contact Alec Scott or Geoff Cade at Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com.
The 2 KM trail in the forested area behind The Ashwood Inn, just north of Bayfield off Hwy. 21, is going to be transformed into a Witches Walk on the evening of Oct. 30 and all are invited to summon the courage to attend!
Local businesses and organizations are creating the scary stations along the path including: Fly Fitters, Copenhagens, Main Street Optometric, The Village Bookshop, Windmill Lake Ecopark, Shop Bike, The Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast, Bayfield Optimists and Bayfield Arena Community Partners.
The event will run from 5-7 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. Included in the fun will be hot dogs, apple cider and a candy station.
Admission and hotdogs by donation, money raised will go to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron.
Inside The Ashwood Bourbon Bar there will be some special “Black Magic” cocktails brewing and for anyone who wishes to make a weekend out of it accommodations are also available at a discount. Reservations for dinner are recommended.
St. Andrew’s United Church Women (UCW) will host their annual “Christmas Holly Berry Market and Bake Sale over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend, this year it is scheduled for Nov. 13-14.
The sale will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market will feature crafts, quilts and a food booth serving lunch.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society will also be selling their always- popular fresh green wreaths and swags outside at the front of the church with proceeds going to the Bayfield Community Fair.
Members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are partnering with the folks at The Albion Hotel to host an untraditional evening of fundraising on Nov. 25.
“Not Your Traditional Holiday Cooking Class with Chef Bone” will begin at 6 p.m. at The Albion and includes a four-course meal.
Tickets for the event are available now for $65 with proceeds going to the BACPA.
Please call Sarah at 519 639-9103 or visit The Albion to purchase tickets.
snack bar helpers
When you’re a kid there is nothing better than getting a treat when visiting the old ice rink. So it is exciting to know that the snack bar at the Bayfield Arena is back up and running again. Can’t you just feel that cup of hot chocolate warming your hands?
This comforting drink, and other treats, will be served to more arena visitors if volunteers can be found to operate the booth, especially on Saturdays.
The Bayfield Arena Community Partners are looking for Grade 9 and 10 students who would like to earn their community hours volunteering at “The Pit Stop” snack bar.
Anyone interested can call or text Tracey Johnston at 519 525-0291 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writer’s Circle is returning to the Bayfield Library on Wednesday nights from Oct. 28 to Dec. 2.
The Circle will help anyone interested in learning how to write. It will be a safe place for sharing your writing, be it poetry, your new novel, or even your grocery list! The Writer’s Circle will help build better writers and a literary community based on respect and trust.
Judy Keightley will facilitate the group. Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Please contact Keightley at 519 565-4515 for more information or ask Librarian Jamie Thomas at the library.
The Municipality of Bluewater has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment process for expansion of the Bayfield Sewage Treatment Facility. A public information meeting has been planned to advise residents of the status of study investigations and to provide a tentative timeline for completion of the Environmental Assessment and implementation of the project.
Representatives of the Municipality and the Project Engineers will be in attendance at the Bayfield Community Centre on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. A presentation will be made at 10:30 a.m.
The following information will be presented: project background and description, current facility description and performance, what expansion options are being explored, potential service area expansion into Central Huron and expected timeline for implementation.
Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. People may have noticed that their donation box in Bayfield has moved from the old Foodland lot to the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.
It is flu shot season once again. The Bluewater Area Family Health Team will be holding an Influenza Clinic at the Zurich Community Centre on Nov. 4.
The clinic will run from 4-6 p.m.
Those people receiving the shot are asked to wear a top with sleeves that will roll up easily and also bring their OHIP Health Card.
The Bayfield Community Playgroup, supported by Rural Response for Healthy Children, is making a comeback!
Parents or caregivers are invited to come to the library on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. to play and learn together with their youngsters.
The Bayfield Euchre Club will play their next session of cards on Nov. 4.
The club meets at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on alternate Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The cost to play cards is $2.
All are welcome. For more information contact Lee Weiss at 519 565-2765.
Main Street Optometric
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.
Community Connections Outreach Services from Zurich is hosting blood pressure monitoring and measurement as part of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) in Bayfield.
The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring.
Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician if they are participating in the program.
The sessions run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the third Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy.
To learn more please call local CHAP Coordinator, Heidi Klopp at 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.
Members of Bayfield Guiding are now selling Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box. Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips. Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.