BAYFIELD LIONS SUPPORT AMGHF
Representatives from the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) attended the most recent meeting of the Bayfield Lions’ Club to share with their membership what services the hospital in Goderich provides and how the AMGHF supports this work. Following, Bayfield Lions’ Club First Vice President Don Vance presented a cheque for $1,000 to the AMGHF representatives Shannon LaHay (middle) and Brenda Teichert. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)
river flats celebration fast approaching as is closing date
The community is invited to celebrate the overwhelming support that has been given to the purchase of the Bayfield River Flats. Please join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC), the future owners and trustee of the property, at The Ashwood Inn on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for a cocktail party.
Everyone will have the opportunity to give some input on a vision for the River Flats during the event that will begin at 7 p.m. There will be lots of good cheer, door prizes and river music to compliment a cash bar.
The fundraising committee has all been left speechless by the unprecedented donor support from the Bayfield community to add this 4.75-acre parcel of riverbank property with over 1,000 feet of river frontage to the village’s inventory of parkland and green space. Over 200 donors from the village, and many parts of North America, have contributed to guarantee that the River Flats Natural Area will remain a public space for generations to come.
Donations received beyond the total purchase price are being held in trust by the HTLTC for the future development and maintenance of the property. This was truly a grass roots initiative. Closing date for the purchase is currently set for Dec. 15.
A great deal of work has gone into developing Trustee and Management Agreements and the River Flats Management Committee is currently in the process of formulating ideas about what can and should be done in the short term in 2017 before the start of bridge construction.
However, as Helen Varekamp, one of the Management Committee members said, “It is important that the village be part of what is happening, and that we therefore ask questions and obtain ideas from interested people before we start creating formal development plans. This will be the people’s place.”
POLE WALKING HOLIDAY LIGHT TOUR
Bayfield Urban Pole Walkers would like to invite community members to join them in an hour-long, evening walk through the village streets to look at all the beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations on Friday, Dec. 9. The group will depart at 5:30 p.m. from 6 Main Street. Participants can pole walk as there are poles that can be borrowed or just walk. After the tour anyone who wishes can join the group for drinks and/or dinner at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar. (Submitted photo)
IPM Souvenirs are unique gifts
The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) is a sought-after event for a community to host as it brings with it the opportunity to generate profits that are donated back to the community. Selling IPM 2017 souvenirs leading up to the event goes towards covering the costs of hosting the Match, ultimately increasing the opportunity for Huron County hosting a prosperous IPM.
There are many different souvenirs from jackets, golf shirts, sweaters, and hats for youth and adults. There are also cookbooks, market bags, aprons, garden stakes, and pins to name just a few. Selected souvenirs can also be viewed at The Looking Glass, 4 Main St., Seaforth; Brussels Bulk & Bargains, 440 Turnberry St., Brussels; and Total Image II, 59 Main St., Seaforth.
For the IPM enthusiast, the most sought after item is the collector truck. The IPM is full of traditions and commissioning a souvenir truck is one of them. Of course, Huron County set an example commissioning their truck.
"It is the 100th Match, Canada's 150th Birthday, and we are Huron County, so we have to do things differently" enthusiastically stated the IPM 2017 Souvenir Committee.
For the first time, the IPM souvenir collector truck is a tri-axle highway tractor with a tri-axle livestock trailer with a colorful decal paying homage to the previous four matches held in Huron County on the top of the truck. Previous IPM collector trucks have showcased a two-axle highway tractor, two-axle cargo, grain or tanker trailer with decals on the sides.
Just in time for Christmas, Huron Feeding Systems at 61 George St, Brussels has donated space in their retail outlet to sell IPM 2017 souvenirs and memorabilia. Stop by during normal business hours Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Souvenir items can also be purchase by calling Allan and Karen Carter 519 522-0399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central huron mayor acclaimed as county warden
Huron County Warden Jim Ginn (Submitted photo)
Jim Ginn, mayor of the Municipality of Central Huron, has been acclaimed as Warden of Huron County. A special ceremony was held during the inaugural session of Huron County Council on Nov. 23.
“It’s an honor to serve Huron County in this role,” said Warden Ginn. “I look forward to representing our residents over the coming two years.”
Warden Ginn was presented with the Chain of Office, the Key of Office, the Gavel, the Crest and Warden’s Pin during the inauguration ceremony. His initial priorities are to see the improvement of broadband infrastructure in Huron County; finalize and move forward on a plan to renew staff facilities; and, promote Huron County leading up to the 2017 International Plowing Match in Walton. His two-year term begins immediately.
A farmer by trade, Warden Ginn has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service in his lifetime having served on the Municipality of Central Huron Council for 13 years, including the last six as Mayor. A lifelong resident of Huron County, Warden Ginn is now the fourth generation of his family to serve as the head of Central Huron government, formerly Goderich Township.He and his wife Brenda have two adult children.
GIFT GIVING WITH A CHARITABLE TWIST
In what has become a lighthearted annual tradition, Huron County councilors and senior staff participated in a mock gift exchange after their meeting on Nov. 23. After the group shared a little goodwill and a lot of laughter, all items were donated to the Huron County Christmas Bureau (HCCB) – a charitable organization that supports local families during the holidays. For more information about the HCCB and how to participate, call 519 524-7356 Ext. 3271 or 1-800-265-5198 Ext. 3271, or visit their website. (Submitted photo)
Salvation Army Band performs annual concert at town hall
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
Members of the London Citadel Salvation Army Band performed their annual concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 25. A neighborhood carol service held in December 1984 at Saunders Secondary School in London attracted over 600 people. It has since been an annual event held at London's Centennial Hall and often enjoyed by crowds of 1.200 or more.This year's concert is set for Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
On Nov. 25, Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society hosted a Magical Evening of Christmas Music featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood.
The band has been performing under the direction of Bandmaster John Lam since 1995.
Editor's note:Photo captions include files from www.londoncitadelband.on.ca.
The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883.
In the summer of 1976, the band undertook a two week tour of England. The tour's highlight came at a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Citadel band was used for church services at Wolseley Barracks many times during WWII. On one occasion the band went to play to soldiers who were departing for overseas. The bandmaster asked if anyone had any requests. Someone yelled out "Roll Out the Barrel" - somehow the band was able to fulfill this request and played with their usual finesse.
Since the 1970s the band has made several recordings. Their latest work is entitled, "This I Know - Music of Inspiration for Brass Band". It is available for download on iTunes or from the band's website.
In addition to 1976, the band did a second trip to the UK in 1997 as well as trips to the West Coast of Canada and the USA, Southern USA Territory, Old Orchard Maine, Holland Michigan, Columbus Ohio, Chicago Illinois, Syracuse New York, The Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville Kentucky, and many others.
Bandmaster John Lam led members of the London Citadel Salvation Army Band during a concert held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 25. Lam has been bandmaster since 1995.
Dec. 5 is the date for the much anticipated Bayfield Lions’ Annual Turkey Bingo.
The doors of the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. the games starting at 7 p.m. Fifteen turkeys will be available to be won along with several Share-the-Wealth games. In addition a turkey will be offered as a door prize.
Admission remains at $5 per person and includes one Bingo Card. All are welcome!
For too many years to count the Bayfield Lions’ Club have had a Christmas tradition of visiting residents in the community who have achieved the age of 80 plus, as well as anyone who is homebound.
This year the event is planned for Dec. 10 if you know of anyone that would appreciate a Christmas visit from the Lions’ Club Members please call Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786 with their name address & phone number.
All residents will receive a confirmation call prior to the visit on Dec. 10.
Breakfast with santa
The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again selling tickets on a fabulous hand made toy chest filled with toys for children of all ages.
Raffle tickets are available now from Optimist members and at Brandon’s Hardware. Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
The draw will be made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the club’s 11th annual Breakfast with Santa this year being held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.
Community participation is central to the Village Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s United Church to be held on Dec. 11.
Plans for this year’s concert began in September. Anchored by St Andrew’s Church Choir, enriched by guests from the neighborhood, and under the leadership of Liz Tolchard and team, the Village Christmas Concert will feature an hour of Christmas music and poetry, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the church hall. The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jan Searle, flautist, will be a featured performer who has been a welcome addition to St Andrew’s most recent Christmas Concerts. Guests will also include the Huron Harp School. The Bayfield Ukulele Society will accompany the carol sing-along. All are welcome so please come and join in celebrating the season. A free will offering will be collected in support of St. Andrew’s music program.
Calling all bird-lovers! Volunteers are needed for a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held under the auspices of Bird Studies Canada.
The CBC will take place on a day yet to be determined between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. The count will be centered at Parr Line and Bayfield Road with a diameter of 24 KMS.
If interested in learning more or participating please email Eryk Burns at email@example.com.
The Bayfield Historical Society Board (BHSB) announces that Ralph Laviolette is retiring as the volunteer archivist.
For the past seven years, they have benefited greatly from his commitment and contributions. These include but are not limited to organizing and indexing much of the historical material, creating summer student job training and researcher positions, overseeing the website upgrade, researching and writing documents, organizing historical tours, responding to the constant stream of queries and representing the BHS throughout Huron County. The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his extensive work in promoting the history of Bayfield.
Although Laviolette has agreed to continue on a reduced hours schedule for the next few months, the BHSB has formally begun its search for a volunteer archivist. The key expectations of this position include collecting, storing, preserving and cataloging books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks and other historical material and making this information available for research.
Please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187 if you are interested.
Children, parents and grandparents are invited to come join in some reindeer games on Dec. 10 when the Friends of the Bayfield Library host, “Fun with Reindeer” at the Bayfield Public Library.
Games, crafts and more will be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event is now in full flower!
This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by Wheels.ca, will conclude Dec. 1-3.
The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.
CHRISTMAS TREE DAY
Dec. 3 will be Christmas Tree Day in Bayfield as folks can visit Bayfield Foodland or Brandon’s Hardware and pick out the evergreen that shall grace their living room this holiday season and at the same time support the Bayfield Tree Project.
Starting at 1 p.m. on the Saturday, $5 from all trees purchased will be given to the Bayfield Tree Project. There are a limited number of trees available for this event so people should plan to drop by early and enjoy some holiday music and cheer while they select their perfect tree.
HOSPICE FOR HURON
People in the community are working together to achieve a centrally located hospice for Huron County because “hospice is about how you live”.
A general information meeting regarding, “Hospice of Huron” will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Dec. 5.
The meeting shall commence at 10 a.m.
For more information please contact Jay McFarlan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle at Huron Hospice by email at email@example.com or by phone 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
Empties for Alzheimers
Dianne Brandon, Carrie and Ava Sabourin would like to remind everyone preparing for holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.
The trio will be participating in the Huron County 2017 Walk for Memories in May of 2017 and are now collecting donations for the cause.
It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. After living with Alzheimer’s, Elane Brandon, Sabourin’s grandmother died in April 2015 while Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother died in August of 2014.
Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 525-8884. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau is now up and running for 2016.
The Clinton United Church is the location for the Clinton Bureau. Volunteers are sorting items from now until Dec. 2. Distribution week is Dec. 5 to Dec. 8.
Bayfield’s collection boxes are located at the Bayfield Public Library, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy and St. Andrew’s United Church.
“The Wheat and the Chaff: Boyhood Memories of Life on a Huron County Farm in the 1930s and 40s” is a book by Harold (Bud) Dilling.
Dilling will share excerpts from his book at a reading to be held in the Hensall Heritage Hall on Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets are available for $5 at the Huron County Museum, Crossroads in Clinton, Seaforth Library and The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.
The Zurich Lions’ Club members are hosting their 17th Annual Old Fashioned Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
All are welcome to enjoy the illuminated floats and displays starting at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend are invited to meet with Santa after the parade at the Zurich Complex.
Conservationist of the Year
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has celebrated seven decades of partnerships (1946 to 2016) in its 70th anniversary year. The local conservation authority, for more than 30 of those years, has honored local Conservationists of the Year. The annual award returns in 2017. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has presented the award since 1984. The ABCA is inviting you to nominate a person, farm, business, or organization that does positive work in the local watershed community.
“I would like to thank all the municipalities and individuals who have nominated someone for this award in past years,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Brian Horner. “I also invite you to consider nominating a person, farm, business, or organization for the coming year.”
Past winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities. Each award winner is a business, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.
The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the ABCA website at abca.on.ca. Simply type in ‘award’ in the search box at the top of the home page and then press ‘Search’ to find the page. Or, you can go directly to the page at this link: abca.on.ca/page.php?page=conservation-award.
The award is to be presented on March 16 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KM east of Exeter.
The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.
Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. To learn more please call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is because of community partnerships that work can be completed for the benefit of water, soil, and living things, said Horner.
“The Conservationist of the Year Award is a way we say thanks and to honor the community partners who make it all possible,” he said.
Blyth Festival Singers
Join the Blyth Festival Singers and Stratford Concert Choir at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich for the concert event of the season on Dec. 4.
More than 120 singers will raise their voices to perform Handel's master opus "Messiah" starting at 3 p.m. One of Canada's foremost organists, Ian Sadler will accompany the mass choir on Knox's grand pipe organ - flooding the space with the powerful strains of this epic work.
Adult tickets are $20. Youth under 16 years of age can get their first taste of this masterwork for only $10. Tickets can be purchased from the
Blyth Festival Singers or the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or online at www.blythfestival.com. And, with seating for over 400 at Knox, you can even take your chances at a last minute ticket at the door. A reception will follow the performance.
Poelstra is the director of the Blyth Festival Singers. The group falls under the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts.