White Squirrel Golf Club to host toy drive this saturday
Not so long ago once the weather got cold and snowy the Bayview Golf Club in St. Joseph would hibernate until spring but that is no longer the case. In recent months the business has transitioned to become the White Squirrel Golf Club with plans to offer more to its patrons all year in addition to a challenging 18 holes.
The Bayfield Breeze recently conducted the following Q&A with the folks at the White Squirrel Golf Club to introduce them to our readers.
The clubhouse at the White Squirrel Golf Club in St. Joseph has been remodeled to host events as well as live entertainment. Food and beverages are served Tuesday to Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Who are the new owners of the White Squirrel Golf Club and when did they take ownership of the property?
The new owners are Mac Voisin, Marcela Bahar and Al and Lynn Orth. The change in ownership took place in the Spring of this year. They held their Grand Opening on Nov. 23-24, with free menu samples as well as tastings from the Bad Apple Brewery. In addition, talents Greg Gallello, and Graham Bedard provided live music on Friday and Saturday respectively.
What changes have been made to the property/business thus far?
The clubhouse has been remodeled to host events as well as live entertainment. Food and beverages are served Tuesday to Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). People are encouraged to come and in and see the changes for themselves and perhaps partake in a week-day $10 lunch special.
And not to neglect the links we have added to the staff to ensure the maintenance of our tournament-friendly golf course.
What are their future plans?
It is our intention to maintain the high standards of the golf course while adding to the esthetics. We have purchased new equipment to better maintain the property. We have many ideas going forward and we look forward to announcing them at a later date. At this time our goal is to continue to bring live entertainment, good food and drinks to the community
Are there any upcoming events you would like to share with our readers?
This coming, Saturday, Dec. 1, we our holding our first annual Toy Drive with live entertainment by Monday@Mikes starting at 8 p.m.
We are working with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Huron. They also share gifts with North Huron to ensure that no kids go without. We are respectfully requesting that donors focus on gifts for youth aged 12-17 years old. To learn more about what gifts these teens and pre-teens might like visit the White Squirrel Golf Club Facebook Page.
The White Squirrel Golf Club is located at 72538 Bluewater HWY in St. Joseph and their phone number is 519 236-4030.
ABCA releases new draft Shoreline Management Plan
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors met on Thursday, Nov. 22 and approved the release, for public review and comment, of a new draft, updated Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).
Members of the public can download the document online at abca.ca and interested people can provide written comments until Jan. 25, 2019. The document is to be posted, by today, Nov 28, on the abca.ca shoreline management plan page at this link: https://www.abca.ca/page.php?page=shoreline-management A hard copy of the document will also be available for inspection at the ABCA administration centre office east of Exeter.
The current SMP was created in 1994 and updated in 2000. The conservation authority started work in 2015 to update technical information to support updates to the 2000 SMP document.
“This new draft updated Shoreline Management Plan is the result of in-depth technical work completed since 2015,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA manager of Water and Planning. “This new draft document has benefitted from comments from the public and municipalities over the past four years. This new draft reflects a great deal of research, thought, and local input.”
Updates to the SMP provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. The draft plan includes draft development guidelines and policies for proposed shore protection structures by proponents. Updates to the current plan provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends. The draft plan identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development.
“We look forward to written comments on the new draft plan and we will provide all those comments to the Board of Directors for their consideration prior to any decision on the draft plan in the new year,” said Cade.
Interested people can provide their written comments by email to email@example.com – and are encouraged to put ‘Draft SMP 2018-2019 Review and Comment’ in the subject line. Those people who would like to submit comments by mail are invited to submit written comments by mail to: 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5 and to put ‘Draft SMP 2018-2019 Review and Comment’ on the envelope.
If you have any questions you are invited to contact Planning and Regulations staff at ABCA or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
More than 530 people have subscribed to a regular e-newsletter about shoreline management. To sign up to receive these email updates you may visit this link: http://eepurl.com/bxn8_5.
Gateway partners with hospital out of Southwestern Ontario
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner together. At the signing ceremony were BR l-r: Dan Stringer, treasurer, Gateway Board of Directors; Dr. Mohamed Gazarin, Chief Research officer at WDMH; and Marieke van Noppen, Past chair at WDMH. FR l-r: Gwen Devereaux, vice-president, founder of Gateway; and Lynn Hall, Senior VP of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing executive/Professional Practice leader. (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Board members Dan Stringer and Gwen Devereaux recently travelled to Winchester, ON to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).
Gateway and WDMH have agreed to partner in rural health research. The agreement marks the sixth MOU that Gateway has signed with a rural hospital, but the first outside of Southwestern Ontario. Gateway’s previous partnerships have seen innovative research programs develop that address the community’s local needs.
WDMH is in eastern Ontario, 50 KM south of Ottawa and services a rural population of 11,000. It is a regional hospital with a highly respected and capable healthcare staff who value the importance of rural health research. Partnering with Gateway will add to the growing network of rural hospitals that face similar challenges and help improve the capacity of the hospital to conduct research.
Located in Goderich, Gateway is Canada’s only community-driven rural health research organization; it strives to improve the health and well-being of its’ rural residents. This most recent agreement marks a new outreach for Gateway and a recognition that Gateway provides a unique service to not only rural SW Ontario but to all rural Ontario.
“It was very evident from our visit that this hospital is clearly a leader in innovation and quality improvement as they work to improve the health of their rural residents. As such, our values align very closely and WDMH has become the sixth hospital to join our team,” said Gateway Founder Gwen Deveraux.
“Introducing research as one of our strategic priorities is one of the most exciting things to happen at WDMH. Research shakes and moves individual minds and directions. It empowers our team to challenge the unchallengeable and question the unquestionable,” said Mohamed Gazarin, Chief Research officer at WDMH.
“As we expand our network beyond Southern Ontario, we search for innovative and forward-thinking partners who want to improve quality of life for rural residents. WDMH is a leading-edge and resourceful group of people who are continually working to ensure healthy lives in rural Ontario. We look forward to working together towards our common goals,” said Jay McFarlan, president of Gateway.
Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people one last opportunity to experience their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.
This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by Wheels.ca, will conclude Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
The greenhouse is open from noon to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.
red scarf Campaign
The incredible advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention are still overshadowed by stigma around the subject. To help raise awareness and fight stigma, the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) is bringing Red Scarf and the “Know HIV. No Stigma.” campaign to Seaforth on Nov. 30.
Red Scarf is a movement that lets people know about the positive advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Red Scarf also stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in our community.
“Many people may not know that correct use of antiretroviral (ART) therapy and prevention strategies help people living with HIV to maintain an undetectable viral load. When HIV is undetectable, it is not transmittable,” said Public Health Nurse Kate Underwood.
“At the same time, every three hours a person is diagnosed with HIV in Canada. The stigma connected to HIV makes it hard for people living with HIV and their caregivers to live their lives.”
The last week of November, including World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, is AIDS Awareness Week. HCHU staff will be bringing red scarves to Seaforth on the morning of Friday, Nov. 30. Starting at the town hall at 9 a.m., they will be placing scarves around the downtown area as part of a conversation about HIV/AIDS services and supports in Huron County. Anyone is welcome to take a scarf for themselves or pass it along to someone else. Follow the HCHU Facebook page for more information.
Learn more about Red Scarf and local AIDS Awareness Week events at redscarf.ca. Learn more about HIV/AIDS and local services at hivaidsconnection.ca.
The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it, so be sure to pick the right radon kit.
A naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground, radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. Radon released from the ground into the air is not a concern, but in enclosed areas radon levels can build up and be harmful to health. Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
“Radon test kits are widely available at most major home renovation stores or on-line,” said Chris Boyes, Public Health Inspector. “Before buying, make sure the radon kit you choose includes laboratory testing in the price. Also check whether you will have to pay additional shipping fees to send the kit to the lab for testing.”
Health Canada recommends homeowners do a long-term radon test, for a minimum of three months, during the fall or winter months. To get the most accurate results, the radon detector should be placed in the lowest level of the home where homeowners spend a minimum of four hours per day.
For more information on radon and radon testing, call the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143 or visit huronhealthunit.ca.
Cowbell Brewing Co., is proud to announce they are the 2018 recipient of the Environmental Wood Design Award at the Ontario Wood Works! Wood Design Awards held in Vaughan on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
“The Cowbell Brewing building is built in the traditional style of a Huron County barn, using stone and a timber frame, built to stand the test of time,” said Grant Sparling, Chief Development officer for Cowbell Brewing. “Cowbell is committed to reducing our environmental impact and we purposely chose sustainable wood, materials and leading environmental technologies for our build.”
The Wood Works! Awards program honors people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction. The Environmental Wood Design Award is awarded to a building in Ontario which prioritizes the use of sustainably-sourced wood products contributing significantly to the overall environmental performance of any building by reducing the embodied energy of a building, minimizing pollution, improving energy performance, and sequestering carbon. Each of these environmental benefits helps mitigate climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment.
Whether through the brewery building or design and operation, Cowbell is committed to maintaining highly sustainable practices. Beyond the beautiful wood frame structure, Cowbell has used building design, materials, and ongoing operations to become more efficient and reduce the impact on the local environment. Cowbell also participates in an onsite carbon sequestration program, achieved through a 23-acre reforestation project.
Remarkable Citizens Sought
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations to recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.
The Seventh Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 16).
Each year, Remarkable Citizens Awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce.
"Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding,” Thompson said. “It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these special people are. They help make their communities better in so many different and impactful ways and I look forward to honoring even more citizens from our riding this year."
To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include two pictures of the nominee.
Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. P.O. Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, P.O. Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.
“There's no better way to kick of the new year than recognizing remarkable people who are making a difference in our communities," Thompson said.