ARE YOU READY TO BINGO!
Gobble up some fun at the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Monday, Dec. 2. The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Bingo starting at 7 p.m. This is one of the most anticipated events of the festive season with an opportunity to win 16 Turkeys as well as some Share the Wealth games. (Photo by Jack Pal)
accomplishment and Meritorious awards presented
Bayfield Lions' Club Treasurer Dave Nearingburg accepted an OAAS Accomplishment Award on behalf of the club from OAAS President Doug Yeo (right). (Submitted photo)
The official 163rd year of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) was celebrated at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, Nov. 22. It began with a potluck meal with as usual endless choices of desserts. It seems that the Society is famous for sharing and consuming desserts.
The Ontario Association of Agricultural Society (OAAS) Awards were presented by its President, Doug Yeo. The OAAS Meritorious Award was presented to Carol Penhale for the endless positions she has held in the organization, including President and Secretary, and the work she has done over the years, especially her long position with running the food booth. She continues to be a promoter of the BAS when she is at other events.
Three OAAS Accomplishment Awards were then presented. The first one was given to the Bayfield Lions’ Club. Both the BAS and the Lions’ Club have had a long history together. The Lions’ used to rent the grounds and use it as a park and eventually a sports park. The group has been a regular supporter of entertainment and ensuring a band was in the parade.
The second Accomplishment Award was presented to Don Brodie. Brodie has been a member for well over twenty years and in that time served on the Board and became President and chaired several committees. He assisted with the organization of having the RCMP Musical Ride perform in the area.
The final Accomplishment Award will be presented to Charlie Kalbfleisch. He is a stalwart advocate for the Bayfield Community Fair. He has ensured the Seaforth Marching Band is always at the parade. He took over the Youth Talent Show now called the Rise2Fame competition and is a definite supporter of the arts in this community and ensures young talent have a stage to present their skills.
In the AGM two Honorary Memberships were announced – one to Brodie and the other to Henry Baker. Both men served many years on the Board and both guided the organization as Presidents.
There was also a guest speaker at the AGM. Bill Ferguson gave an informative talk on bees and the current challenges beekeeping is facing. If anyone has questions, he would genuinely provide answers.
The AGM acknowledged the major accomplishment of completing the Animal Display Building in a report that was presented.
The new Board appointed was Lorraine Shields, president; Pamela Stanley as 1st vice-president; Vicki Culbert, as 2nd vice-president; Jentje Steenbeek, filling in as past president; and Jean Dunn, Homecraft president. The remainder of the Board members are: Gayle Beuermann, Don Brodie, Ted Dunn, Courtney Lang, Doreen MacKenzie and Doug Yeo. Many people stepped forward to ensure the Board had strong governance skills as well as areas needing specific expertise.
During the evening everyone was introduced to Renee Hill who was appointed at the Society’s Secretary. Her previous roles as a corporate secretary for the law firm of Appleby, Bermuda; Crown Counsel in BC; and for the law firm of Paul Johnston & Co. ensured she would get to know our membership quickly and be a good link with our District and Provincial Office.
Two positions are still open –a chair for the Friends of the Fair and a chair for the Youth Section. Both committees have committee members and the Youth group will be meeting in two weeks. Anyone interested in taking a role in the Society is asked to contact: email email@example.com. For those who want to make a difference in helping decide the direction of the organization, positions as a Director are still available. The organization wants to grow that part of the organization so it positions itself heading into the future.
A lot of the planning is already underway for 2020s “Blossoms, Butterflies & Bees” themed fair and much of it confirmed. Two new features that will likely be seen are: a zone Arabian Show on the Sunday and an archery demonstration that will include participation.
Don Brodie accepted an OAAS Accomplishment Award from OAAS President Doug Yeo (right) at the Bayfield Agricultural Society's annual meeting held on Nov. 22.
At the Bayfield Agricultural Society's AGM on Nov. 22, the Ontario Association of Agricultural Society (OAAS) Awards were presented by its President, Doug Yeo (right). The OAAS Meritorious Award was presented to Carol Penhale.
Bayfield Library beehive of activity during December
The Bayfield Public Library will be a beehive of activity this December and they have exciting news for readers of ebooks and listeners of eaudiobooks.
Huron County Library is shifting from Overdrive/Libby to Cloud Library. This should reduce wait times and give people access to even more books. Patrons can learn the fundamentals of finding and downloading ebooks and eaudiobooks at an information session to be held from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 28 or they can book a tech time to learn more.
Then on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon children aged two to 12 can take part in a painting session with artist Karlene Ryan. Please note an adult must attend the session where Winter Wonderland themed paintings will be created. The event is free but registration is required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bayfield Library is also a drop off centre for both the Huron County Christmas Bureau and the Bayfield Food Bank. Tis the season to give!
Please consider others and drop off new items of clothing, toys or gift certificates for the Bureau to Library before Friday, Dec. 6. Non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Food Bank are welcome anytime.
For more information on any of these programs and events please call the Bayfield Library 519 565-2886 or email email@example.com
meeting to reignite ratepayers Thursday night
Concerned village citizens are looking for like-minded individuals to reignite the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).
The BRA was formed in 1983 with the objectives to foster and advance the interests of the permanent and summer residents of the Village of Bayfield. Since that time, many changes have taken place in the community, including the amalgamation of surrounding communities into the Municipality of Bluewater, installation of sewer and water services and significant residential growth in the Bayfield settlement area.
The BRA has played a significant role in helping to shape these changes to meet the following objectives:
· To maintain the desirable features of the Ward of Bayfield
· To keep members informed of matters which affect them as ratepayers or tenants of the Ward
· To foster projects which are in the interest of the Ward as a whole
· Other complementary purposes not inconsistent with these objectives
The organization has participated in the preparation and updating of the Official Plan for the Municipality, the preservation of the Heritage District, the development of a plan for the reconstruction of Main Street and holds the Municipal Council accountable for its various activities and tax levies.
Currently, several issues of importance to the community have arisen: proposed development of a Secondary Plan for the Bayfield settlement area; proposed development of a Service Delivery Review for the Municipality; municipal grant and funding priorities including arenas and other municipal assets; use of and access to Wind Turbine Vibrancy Funds; Main Street Revitalization; and the site traffic issues that may arise from the in progress “Tim Horton’s”.
“We believe we need a unified voice to the Municipal leaders to ensure the Ward’s interests are protected, and that the BRA is uniquely positioned to provide that voice, based on the skills and talents of its residents and its history and reputation with Council,” said Dave MacLaren.
Anyone who has an interest in reviving the BRA and participating in its activities, to protect the quality of life in this unique community, is invited to attend a meeting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., or contacting MacLaren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 565-5480.
distribution centre providing food at no charge for a decade
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be extremely grateful to the community that supports its efforts. They are most appreciative of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) for their ongoing support.
The HCFBDC, located on Crediton Road just south of Exeter, has been in operation for more than ten years. They provide food to all ten of the Food Banks in Huron County as well as other charitable and not-for-profit organizations working to alleviate hunger.
“They are literally our ‘spokespeople’ and accept donations and buy items in large quantities which they in turn pass on to us at no charge. They are constantly looking for new avenues for supporting their vision of the ‘non-existence of hunger’. We have truly benefitted from their generosity and hard work and are very thankful for them,” said Terry Boa-Youmattoff.
The BAFB is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to helping feed those who struggle to put food on their tables in this region. Formerly known as “Feed My Sheep” this local group has been serving the community for over 15 years under the auspices of Trinity St. James Anglican Church, and has just recently applied for charitable status with Revenue Canada.
The BAFB is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly to oversee operations and make plans for budgeting, fundraising, public relations, policies and procedures. The Board is presently seeking someone to serve as Secretary. Computer skills required, and board experience an asset. The job would entail preparing the agenda and taking minutes for the monthly meeting, approximately five to six hours month. Volunteer Police Check required. If you are interested, please contact Boa-Youmatoff by email: email@example.com
NEW LOCATION FOR BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
All was calm when Tara Hessel, and Andy Heard (not pictured) brought their boys, Harvey, Huntley, Hudson and Hank to see Santa during the Bayfield Optimist Club's Breakfast with Santa in 2018. This year the 14th annual event is being hosted at The Docks Restaurant on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Adults $9; children four to 12 years, $6; three and under free. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
cEntre for the arts
Due to a conflicting number of community events on the same day the Outreach Sessions scheduled for Dec. 5 regarding the concept of developing a Visual Art Centre in Bayfield have been cancelled.
In its place those individuals behind the concept are inviting people to participate in a Community Survey. Please take the time to fill out the survey, so that they can better serve the needs of the county. Participation is greatly appreciated and it should take under five minutes.
Click on the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/86FT7WZ
Anyone wishing updates on the project are asked to please go to Bayfieldarts.ca and leave their contact info. A rescheduled date for a community conversation will be announced in the new year.
Three concerned village citizens are looking for like-minded individuals to reignite the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).
Recently, Roger Lewington, Dave MacLaren and Ken Larone were discussing Bluewater Council’s concept of creating a secondary plan to expand the size of Bayfield potentially opening farmland east and south of the village to development. If council decides to proceed with this idea, the three men feel it would be proactive to re-start the BRA.
What is a ratepayers’ association? A ratepayers' association is a group of residents and/or land owners within a geographically bounded area that come together to address issues affecting their community. The BRA has been dormant for the past four years.
Anyone concerned about maintaining the historical character of the village and avoiding potential cookie-cutter neighborhoods while promoting sustainable growth should consider attending a meeting the three men will be hosting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.
Chocolatey mint campaign
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And at $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.
They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.
Life at the Rink
A little competition among the home teams tonight (Nov.27) as the Bayfield Relics compete against Bayfield 50+ at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8:30 p.m.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 28, Goderich 1 50+ take on Goderich 2 50+ starting at 8 p.m.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties
Remembering a life and finding peace is what the Huron Hospice “Hope for the Holidays, Community Celebration” is all about.
This celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.
This evening of remembrance will feature guest soloist Marianne Hogan accompanied by Jennifer Miltenburg. In addition to the music, there will be readings and a candle lighting. Refreshments will be provided by Haskett Funeral Homes.
For more information call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.
Letters to Santa
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 13 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.
Dara Meades, an employee at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, poses with the collection bin for the Period Poverty campaign. People are invited to drop off new underwear and feminine hygiene products to be donated to local schools from now until Nov. 22. Items can also be dropped off at The Bayfield Beauty Shop. (Submitted photo)
Women’s March Canada’s Huron Chapter is working to end Period Poverty during their Panty Drive for local schools from now until Nov. 22.
The group is asking area residents to donate underwear and women’s hygiene products. They are also asking people to think of green options when shopping. These purchases might include 100 per cent cotton Tampons and pads; diva cups or reusable maxis.
Donations may be dropped off in Goderich at Wuerth’s Shoes or Cait’s Café, both located on The Courthouse Square; or in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or the Bayfield Beauty Shop.
Bayfield Travel Club
The third meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.
It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
Due to a dramatic increase in attendance, the club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at a new location, The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.
The point of discussion, will be culinary travel that will continue into the Jan. 11 meeting, with a special guest from Collette Tours.
ART FOR HOSPICE
In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, local artist Tammy Hopper has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art depicting a typical Huron County scene, entitled, "After the Rain".
This piece measures 16"X20" and will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library from Dec. 1-23.
Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame. The highest bidder will be contacted at the close of the auction.
Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people two more opportunities 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, continues Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7.
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.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? The website www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.
Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.
"People are pleased to have one place to visit to find out what is going on in the village on a daily basis,” Spence said.