Public fundraising for farm animal display building begins
For the past several months the members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) have been given updates on the progress of the Farm Animal Display Building Project. It will replace the former Pet Display (Old MacDonald’s Farm) Building. This building will become the society’s agricultural awareness centre.
Generations of fairgoers have had the opportunity to see and touch farm animals that were inside the old building and been able to learn about them. The new building will be identical in size (30’x30’) with a dry storage (15’x20’) attached. This additional space will accommodate a secure office location for the three days of the fair and storage for the remainder of the year.
Architectural Drawing (West view).
The total cost is approximately $85,000. Over half of the cost is already raised through grants, solid commitments, and donations from agricultural organizations and individuals. The members, of the BAS, need the community’s help in raising the remaining $40,000.
A brick wall will recognize these generous supporters: Rafter sponsors, $10,000 and greater, Quoin and interior sign; Beam sponsors, $5,000-$9,999, 12”x12” brick; Frame sponsors, $2,000-$4,999, 8”x8” brick; Wall sheeting sponsors, $500- $1,999, 6”x6” or 4”x8” brick; Floor board sponsors, $100 - $499, included on a plaque.
Support from members of the community is truly welcome. This building will be a positive image for the grounds and become essential for the activity of the BAS in the future.
Donations can be made by cheques made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society and mailed to treasurer, Jim Erwin, Box 236, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. In addition arrangements have been made to handle donations of stocks or bonds. All sponsor level donations will receive a charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes. If further information is required, call Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296.
The cement pad was to have been laid in November but weather did not cooperate. The contractor has assured the building committee that the new building will be completed before the end of winter. The members of the BAS ask the community for support in sponsoring this project and celebrating this achievement.
Access to Council agendas made more user friendly
The way the public can access agendas for the Municipality of Bluewater Council has been made more user friendly.
Implementation of new meeting management software provided by iCompass Technologies, Inc. will increase efficiency, reduce staff time, create more transparency regarding Council business, and provide easily accessible council agendas and minutes, said Bluewater Clerk, Chandra Alexander. Residents have been able to access council agendas using this new tool since Nov. 29, when the Council Portal went live in time for the Dec. 3 inaugural meeting of Bluewater Council. Access to the Council Portal can be found through the Bluewater municipal website, or by visiting bluewater.civicweb.net.
The Clerk noted that, “iCompass agenda management software will reduce staff resources required to support meetings, freeing staff to focus on other important tasks and projects, to better serve council and committees of council. The Council Portal will provide increased transparency, and allow residents to easily search for information and documents.”
Residents are encouraged to subscribe to the E-Updates feature and receive notifications when agendas are published prior to upcoming meetings.
Fees for use of the new iCompass software are $10,400 plus HST annually. Alexander estimates that the iCompass software will realize savings of approximately $6,000 a year in reduced staff costs. iCompass’s cloud-based meeting management solution is compliant with provincial and international accessibility requirements, such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2).
IT'S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TIME!
Nolan Geddis and his little brother, Kyle, were both happy to see Santa at the 12th annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar in 2017. This Sunday, Dec. 9 the club will host their 13th annual breakfast 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. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Life at the rink
Looking to watch some hockey?
Bayfield 50+ will take on Exeter 50+ on Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 8 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena.
Anyone interested in forming a chess club in Bayfield?
The idea is to provide a regular forum, not only for experienced players, but also those who would like to take up the game. Depending on the response, we will pick a place and weekly time that best suits everyone.
For more information please call Ian Scott-Douglas at 519 441-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home4Good would like to announce changes to their Shopping Buddy Program with the regretful closure of the Nip ‘N Tuck which offered grocery delivery in Bayfield over the past few months.
To fill this need Home4Good is recruiting shopping buddies willing to partner with a senior and either take them shopping and/or pick up their groceries. Call Leslie at 519 955-1531 for information about being a buddy or getting a buddy.
Home4Good shopping buddies will take seniors shopping (or pick up shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. They are screened volunteers, and will probably be doing their own errands as they help others.
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on the first Monday of the month at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. At any other time of the month should people have concerns or questions they are welcome to approach library staff who will refer inquiries to Hub volunteers.
To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? 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.
SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
The St. Andrew’s United Church Choir and the Goderich Harbouraires are teaming up to host a concert entitled, “Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 9.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host the afternoon of music starting at 3 p.m.
Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased from John Davies by calling 519 565-2813 or from members of both choirs.
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. 14 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.
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).
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 email@example.com. 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.