FRIENDS OF THE BAYFIELD LIBRARY HOST FUN WITH REINDEER
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Faith Brock enjoyed playing in some "snow".
Children, parents and grandparents were invited to come join in some reindeer games on Dec. 10 when the Friends of the Bayfield Library hosted, “Fun with Reindeer” at the Bayfield Public Library. Games, crafts and more were enjoyed by about a dozen children and their caregivers.
Greyson Ross enjoyed "splashing" around in a snow like mixture during time at the library.
Nolan Geddis liked FOBL volunteer Judith Higgs' elf costume.
Josh Geddis, puts the finishing touches on a Reindeer themed craft that his oldest son had started.
Reindeers designed from clay pots were a popular activity.
Travis and Tracey Saunders worked together on a craft.
Coloring a festive reindeer was one of the activities offered at the "Fun with Reindeer" party.
Dead Flowers concert supports Huron Women's Shelter
It isn’t often that a village the size of Bayfield has talents from four accomplished bands come to perform for one night in the same place but tomorrow (Dec. 15) the Bayfield Town Hall stage will see artists from “The Beauties”, “Blue Rodeo”, “Flash Lightnin” and the “Sinners Choi” play together as “Dead Flowers”.
And to top it off the show is by donation! Cash, an unwrapped gift for a child or new and unopened feminine and hygiene products will be accepted as admission to the concert with everything collected going to the Huron Women's Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counseling Services.
According to organizers there is a real demand for feminine items locally so they are asking that those who attend the show give generously.
Elaine Coombs, of Remax Reliable Realty, Jamie McDougall, of Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich and LP Productions with the support of Cowbell Brewing Co., are sponsoring the evening.
Anyone who can’t attend the show and would still like to contribute, or would like the decision making done for them as to what to bring to the concert, should visit Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy in Bayfield. They have made up Tampon Totes that can be purchased for $10 each (valued at $19.68). These are filled with all the necessities needed for women when they are menstruating, yes, even chocolate.
The town hall doors will open at 8 p.m., and the event should get underway around 8:30 p.m. No ticket required to attend. Donations can be made online at Ticketscene https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/16807/.
THEY LOVE ATTAWAPISKAT
On Dec. 7, at the Bayfield Guiding Family Christmas Party and Enrolment held in the Bayfield Community Centre the girls invited representatives of the Virtual High School, Rob McKercher, Sarah Kwasniewski and Jackie Loebach (centre), to receive their personal thanks for providing financial assistance toward a national service project challenge they were working on. Members of Bayfield Guiding have supported the global Operation Christmas Child project for over a decade but this year they were told about a similar project run for young native peoples in Canada. The “I Love Attawapiskat” campaign organized by “I love First Peoples” based out of Quebec had set a goal to collect 600 shoeboxes filled with gifts and necessities to be delivered to the 600 students at Kattawapiskat Elementary and Vezina High Schools in Attawapiskat on Dec. 9. The Bayfield Guiding membership shopped as a group for items to fill 10 boxes for both boys and girls aged three to 17 years. In addition to using Unit funds, VHS donated $200 to help cover costs associated with the project and the girls made individual contributions as well. Next year Bayfield Guiding hopes to make this a community wide project to see how many boxes may be sent to let the native youth know that someone cares. (Photo by BJ Wraith)
POLITICAL DIFFERENCES OF OPINION COULD AFFECT VILLAGE ISSUES
BY KEN LARONE
You might say it wasn’t a good week for Bayfield last week.
Two key community issues hit political road blocks.
Mayor Tyler Hessel decided to give more time to developers of a contentious apartment plan proposed for Bayfield. One week earlier his Bluewater Council unanimously voted to reject the 120 suite apartment plan.
Hessel’s surprise came at a meeting of Huron County Council on Dec. 7. Bayfield ratepayers attending the county council meeting expecting the Bluewater mayor to vote against the 7.4-acre subdivision proposal located near the intersection of Hwy. #21 and Cameron St. in Bayfield.
More than a dozen Bayfield residents who represent several village organizations left the county council meeting upset by the mayor’s vote to defer his decision and not reject the project.
One day earlier at a meeting at the Bayfield Public Library, Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson received a similar reaction of disappointment from representatives of several Bayfield groups who were discussing future plans for redeveloping Bayfield’s Main Street.
For 10 years the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) with other community groups have been working with Bluewater Council to develop a new infrastructure for the Main Street. A big part of their objective is to protect the respected historical character of the street into the future.
At the Dec. 6th meeting the engineering firm of B.M. Ross of Goderich, represented by Matt Pearson, for the first time released a $1.5 million cost estimate for the project. During the financial discussion Fergusson and Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and a member of the Ratepayers’ executive, became embroiled in an argument. Rowat thought a draft of the plan should be sent Bluewater council as soon as possible.
Fergusson said council would be too busy with taxes and other priorities in the early months of 2017. Rowat argued, “Council isn’t being asked to approve $1.5 million estimate as part of the 2017 budget.”
Rowat suggested council should set aside $60,000 in the 2017 budget, similar to the $70,000 Fergusson convinced council to set aside in last year’s 2016 budget.
Fergusson told him, “Council has more important priorities.” The response sparked Rowat’s anger. He said the deputy-mayor didn’t respect the years of work many citizens of Bayfield had invested in developing the plan “because they love their community.”
Pearson told the group a draft plan could be completed in two months which they could take to Bluewater council. The plan would be broken into three phases which would help control costs.
Both Roger Lewington and David MacLaren told Pearson they were pleased with the draft plan. Lewington has worked for years trying to get the plan designed. He has been an active leader of the BACC and the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.
MacLaren is a long-time leader of the Bayfield Historical Society, the Bluewater Heritage Association as well as a member of the Bayfield Ratepayers’ executive. Also, his efforts on the project have stretched a decade.
Both men told Pearson they would like to take the draft plan to Bluewater Council as soon as possible.
Back to the Huron Council surprise
Huron County Council received 93 letters objecting to the Bayfield subdivision proposal. Most letters felt the subdivision was out of character with the historical community. The four, three-storey apartment buildings with 175 parking spaces and five houses would be located on 7.5 acres. Owners of the property are Wieslaw and Jadwiga Kaminski.
After Bluewater council rejected the Kaminski proposal, the owners switched lawyers. Their new one is Nancy Smith of Hamilton.
She asked county council to postpone its decision from last Wednesday until early next year. She needs more time to digest the plan. She wants the plan to be good enough to take to the Ontario Municipal Board for a final decision if Huron County Council eventually rejects the plan. She said she was prepared to start over again if her changes make significant difference. This means her proposal will also come back to Bluewater Council.
Planner Denise Van Amersfoort urged county council to reject Kaminski’s plan as she did at the Bluewater Council meeting a week earlier---no sanitary sewers for the project, poor entrance to the property off Cameron Street, no future access to Hwy. 21 and no proper financial estimates for increasing municipal costs.
MacLaren also represented the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) at the council meeting. He supported Van Amersfoort’s reasons for objecting to the plan. He added that the BRA feels the project didn’t put quantity ahead of quality.
Pat Graham and Don Vance, both active residents criticised the entrance to the property as dangerously small. Graham said at least 100 cars would enter and leave the 175 space parking lot each day. Vance said the Bayfield and Area Fire Department could not handle heights higher than two storeys. The four buildings in the subdivision plan are three storeys.
After county council heard their planner pan the project as well as the opposition from Bayfield citizens, the members approved the deferment Smith requested. Both Hessel and Fergusson are Bluewater representatives on county council. The mayor voted for deferral and the deputy-mayor voted against it.
County folk can buy IPM bench
Neil McGavin, Don Dodds, and George Townsend demonstrate what a comfy seat a bench made for the 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo can be. Jack Ryan wishes there was a spot for him and if people donate to the cause there soon will be. (Submitted photo)
Huron County will be welcoming nearly one hundred thousand guests to Walton, ON for the 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) in September 2017.
As 'Huron Hosts on Ontario's West Coast' all efforts are made to offer an exceptional experience to our visitors, including ensuring everyone has a great place to sit! Helping achieve this goal are students in the construction classes at all five high schools in Huron County and one high school from Perth County. Through hands-on learning building 250 benches, students are learning necessary, real life skills.
Benches are a traditional part of the IPM as community members, businesses, and organizations can purchase a bench, engraved with their name, and the benches will be used as seating at the Match. After the Match is completed the benches will be returned to the owner for personal use. The bench represents a lasting memory of IPM 2017.
"I am proud to be leading the co-ordination of the benches as the IPM 2017 bench represents all that the Match is supposed to be, from empowering youth in our community, organizational leadership, and community spirit," said Jane Zwep, chair of Exhibitors and Bench coordinator.
Special thanks to Pinder, Taylor, McNeilly, Godkin LLP, of Exeter, for supporting this initiative and Watson's Home Hardware, of Gorrie, for the wood to support the bench program. Benches are selling for $350 plus tax. To purchase a bench or receive more information please contact Zwep at email@example.com or by phone at 519 887-6605.
POLE WALKERS TREK ABOUT TOWN
Bayfield Urban Pole Walkers proved it’s not just the postal employees that can deliver in nasty weather. The group promised a walk about town on the evening of Dec. 9 to view village Christmas lights and décor and they braved cold and blustery weather to fulfill that promise. The pole walkers, like Lynn Girard above, were both cheery and determined as well as pleased to be joined by others in the community as well. (Submitted photos)
Anyone who has yet to pen a letter to Santa has a few days left to do so and put it in the special Santa Letter Box at Bayfield Foodland. The box will be removed on Friday, Dec. 16. As Santa’s elves are very busy putting the finishing touches on Christmas 2016 Santa is reliant on Canada Post to get his responses out and he wants to ensure at least a week for these very special deliveries to reach their destinations.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will once again host their "The Longest Night" Service on Dec. 21.
Anyone struggling with Christmas is invited to attend a gentle, hopeful Christmas service for all those who want to cope better with the holidays and have an opportunity to light a candle of hope.
Whatever their reason for coming those who do will find a warm welcome from a supportive community starting at 7 p.m.
All are welcome Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. to a Candlelight Service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and a short, casual service on Christmas Day at the regular Sunday time of 11 a.m.
The ice is back in the Bayfield Arena and with it comes free public skating. Organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association the ice is open for all from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays.
The sponsor for Dec. 11 was Hyundai of Goderich. Wade Berard Plumbing will be the sponsor on Dec. 18.
The Village Christmas Concert scheduled for the evening of Dec. 11 at St. Andrew's United Church was cancelled due to the inclement weather.
Many of the scheduled performers including, young soloists Gabrielle Leblanc-Demers and Mikayla Ansley, along with the Bayfield Ukulele Society and other guest musicians, will perform with the St. Andrew's Church Choir during their regular Sunday service at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18.
So anyone who had wanted to attend the concert is welcome to attend on Sunday morning for a very special, music-filled service.
The “Living Snow Globe” is scheduled to make one more appearance in the village this holiday season. Be on the look out for it on Dec. 17 when The Santa Run Committee will present, “Lazy Santa” at The Ashwood Inn to coincide with the Santa Run fundraiser for Rural Response for Healthy Children. In this photo, members of the Bayfield Ukuele Society performed inside the globe on a very cold Dec. 10th in front of the Bayfield Public Library. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Ashwood Inn folks are hosting a charity run/walk in their forested property on Dec. 17.
The Ashwood Santa Run/Walk will begin at 1 p.m. and is a 5 KM event. All participants are encourages to dress up like Santa Claus – suits are available for sale at a cost of $20.
Registration begins at noon. The registration fee is $15 with proceeds going to Rural Response for Healthy Children. The agency is a non-profit, charity that provides services to families and children in need of support in Huron County.
After the run participants are invited to an all-ages party with drinks, snacks and live Jazz in the Ashwood Bourbon Bar.
The local Anglican congregations request the pleasure of your company at their upcoming Christmas services.
On Dec. 24, Trinity Anglican Church will host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for area children and their families. It will be held in the parish hall starting at 4:30 p.m. After the party all are welcome to attend a Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 p.m. An additional Christmas Eve Service will be held at St. James’ Middleton at 7:30 p.m.
And then on Christmas Day all will be received to herald the birth of the Christ child with a quiet service at Trinity at 10:30 a.m.
The monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre has been rescheduled until Dec. 22.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, generally hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.
This month’s topics will include an update on the Cameron Street apartment plan, feral cat concerns and the 2017 budget "what's important to you and Bayfield for the coming year and beyond”.
Trip a month draw
Looking for a stocking stuffer idea, a gift for that hard to buy for person or just a treat for oneself?
Then consider purchasing a ticket for “A Trip a Month Draw” to benefit the Bluewater Area Family Health Team Expansion Project.
There are 12 monthly draws for two persons and include trips to Jamaica, Cuba, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Portugal, Alaska, Halifax, Quebec City, Dominican Republic, a Caribbean cruise and two travel gift certificates. Tickets are $135 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold and if a person wins their name goes back into the draw.
Travel arrangements are to be made by Ellison Travel and Tours. Please call Barbara Brown at 519 565-5187 for tickets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Michael and Nevien Ibrahim are pleased to announce that Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her monthly services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy.
The next date for the free clinic is Dec. 20. The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Do you know a woman who has improved the lives of other women and children by being a role model and advocate using their talents, vision and determination to make our community a better place?
The YMCA, in partnership with the Huron Women’s Shelter is accepting nominations for the Fourth Annual Inspiring Women in Huron Award. The award recognizes women who have demonstrated a contribution to improving the lives of others in one or more of the following areas: arts and culture, community, diversity, education, business/professional leadership, global action, health and welfare, leadership, philanthropy, social justice, sport, volunteerism, or women's rights. Nominees are in the age categories of 16-29 years and 30 plus years. Last year, Inspiring Women in Huron recognized the contributions of 24 women from across Huron County at a celebration dinner held in Goderich.
Winners will be awarded at the 2017 Inspiring Women in Huron awards dinner on March 3. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 30.
Click here to access the nomination form or by request to: email@example.com. For more information contact Anne-Marie Thomson at 519 524-2125 Ext. 205.
Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. Their donation box in Bayfield can be found in the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.
Main Street Optometric
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.
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.
dining for seniors
Folks 55 plus will be pleased to learn that Bayfield Dining for Seniors will be offered as a year round dining experience at the Bayfield Community Centre. In previous years the organization has shutdown for the winter months or met at local restaurants.
Chef Dawne Erb, of One Care, creates delicious and nutritious, home-style meals for $9 per person. Some of the fare that Erb has created for the luncheons include, Roast Turkey, Swedish Meatballs, Veal Parmesan, Salmon Loaf, Roast Beef, and October-fest Sausage.
Bayfield Dining for Seniors meets every Thursday at noon with the exception of the first Thursday of the month.
To make a reservation, please contact Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 before 11 a.m. Monday to participate in the Thursday meal.
After a break for the holidays, Bayfield Dining for Seniors will resume on Thursday, Jan. 12th.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome to setup and serve. Contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189 to learn how to become a part of the team!
One Care offers many fun exercise and socializing opportunities in Bayfield. There is something happening almost every day! There is a schedule on the arena door and the bulletin board by the library and more information available inside the library. Call 519 565-2202 for more information or to receive monthly information via the Wave to Wellness email. They can also be found on Facebook at Bayfield W2W; Fitness and Leisure. Urban pole walking is also a popular part of the One Care program in the village. They too now have a Facebook page and residents can learn more about their activities at Bayfield Urban Poling.
FIFTY PLUS TOURNEY SCORES BIG
Kim Loebach, BACPA treasurer recently accepted a cheque for $1,335 from Ron Keys, representing the Bayfield Relics Hockey Team. The money was raised during a hockey tournament held on Nov. 19 at the Bayfield Arena in conjunction with Christmas in Bayfield weekend events. Keys, as well as, Mike Gozzard, Chuck Huntington and John Little of the organizing committee would like to extend their appreciation to all the players who participated in the Third Annual 50+ Hockey Tournament. A very special thank you is given to Bob Mommersteeg, Jason Cook, Karen Morrison, Geoff McMurray, Bill and Jody Whetstone for their donations and time. The amount raised would not have been possible without their generosity. (Submitted photo)