service of remembrance set for this sunday
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton paraded to the Bayfield cenotaph at the start of the 2016 service. (Photo by John Pounder)
Remembrance Day 2017 will mark 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge and also the 150th birthday of Canada. These are just two reasons the community is encouraged to honor all those who have endeavored to keep the citizens of this country safe for decades as well as those who continue to do so on a daily basis.
The Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 5 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.
Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians and clergy can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding and Scouting marching along Main Street to the cenotaph.
The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.
Naftel's Creek setting for October BRVTA hike
A dozen hikers enjoyed the beauty of a fall morning at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26. (Submitted photos)
A dozen hikers enjoyed the beauty of a fall morning at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26 on one of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) regularly scheduled hikes.
Undaunted by fallen trees across the path and wet leaves causing slippery conditions on the boardwalk the group gamely explored the terrain and admired the fall colors. Pausing by memorial plaques on large stones deep within the woods, participants learned the story of John Hindmarsh and his love of the area from his longtime friend Jane Davidson, who just happened to be along on the hike. They then followed the loop that led to a rustic cabin in the woods where they were lucky enough to meet and thank its present owner for his generosity in allowing them to walk through his enchanting property. The long pine-lined driveway led them back to the path where they circled past the duck pond and returned to the parking lot.
A little exercise, a little history, a chance to enjoy nature and to appreciate local naturalists - all rolled into one hike! Watch for news of the BRVTA’s next hikes or check out the Bayfield Trails website to become a member and support the ongoing work of this local hiking and trail group.
Pausing by memorial plaques on large stones deep within the woods, participants learned the story of John Hindmarsh and his love of the area from his longtime friend Jane Davidson (far left), who just happened to be along on the hike.
Tom Thompson print prize in silent auction for BRVTA
"The Canoe" by artist Tom Thomson (Submitted photo)
“The Canoe” a beautiful, framed, limited-edition print, by famous Canadian artist Tom Thomson, is being offered for purchase as a fundraiser for the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA).
Adam Bergeron, of Art East, donated the print to the BRVTA, who will be selling it through a Silent Auction. The Bayfield Library has offered to host this event, by displaying the print from Nov. 1-18. Bid sheets are available at the library and can be deposited into an enclosed box during this period. Two members of the BRVTA will open the box on Monday, Nov 20 and the highest bidder will become the new owner of this beautiful print. If the highest bid is a tie, a draw will be made to determine the winner.
The print measures 33” x 38” and will make a beautiful statement in someone’s home or make a wonderful Christmas gift.
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 715 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
ONe Vision - One Plan
Signs are popping up on village lawns and in the surrounding area as the “One Vision One Plan” campaign progresses. The venture is being organized jointly by the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club.
Anyone wishing these signs bearing the message “Save Our Ice” should contact
Sandy Scotchmer, 519 565-2830; Karen Morrison, 519 902-8631; Ron Keys 519 263-3031 or send a request to the “Bayfield Arena Community Partners” Facebook Page. Members of BFIT, BACPA and the Optimists can also provide signs to people upon request.
These signs are one way area residents can show their support in requesting Bluewater Council keep the ice in the Bayfield Arena past Spring 2018 while the groups work together to determine the future needs of the community with regards to a new facility for all to enjoy.
Jewelery for Hospice
Artisan Jan MacLaren, of Bayfield, is hosting a special fundraising event in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice on Nov. 4.
She will be holding a Costume Jewelry Sale at her home at 41 Main Street South (Hwy #21) from 2-5 p.m. The items will not be priced shoppers are simply asked to make a donation with all proceeds going to the hospice that is scheduled to open just outside of Clinton in the Spring of 2018.
cookies at the library
The holiday season is just around the corner and one event that youngsters will not want to miss is the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at the Bayfield Public Library.
Following the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18, families are invited to join the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) to decorate their own gingerbread cookie.
This deliciously sweet event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Coast Astronomers
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) invites everyone to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. The last Star Party for this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park in Bayfield. The first Star Party for 2018 is scheduled for mid- March.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691. If you are an amateur astronomer, bring your telescope and join the party!
LEAF PICK UP
From now until Nov. 17 the Municipality of Bluewater will be conducting their Fall Leaf Pick Up.
All bags must be placed at the curb for pick up. All leaves must be in brown paper bags. Brush and garbage will not be picked up.
Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich have daily pick up routes while Brucefield, Dashwood and Varna have weekly routes.