ag Society looks to maintain green space in building project
Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to the Bayfield Breeze and dated Dec. 11, by the “Barn Raising” Committee for the Bayfield Agricultural Society and is published here in its entirety to inform the public of the organization’s plans to construct a new building on the agricultural grounds as well as an exemption they are requesting from the Council of the Municipality of Bluewater regarding its construction.
Notice for the Residents of Bayfield:
This to inform you that the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has applied to the Municipality of Bluewater for an exemption to the general provisions outlined for Community Facility Zoning, specially dealing with parking requirements, an on-site loading space, and driveway.
The BAS is proposing to build a new 30’ x 50’ structure just inside the main gate at Fry and Jane Streets, to the northeast of the east soccer field. The structure will sit on lot 457 of the Agricultural Park, and be used for storage and the popular animal display. This building will replace the existing building, which sits on Municipal property that was transferred in the1980s when the current arena was expanded.
The intention is to maintain as much green space as possible, as well as giving the trees along Fry Street canopy and root space. If the parking, laneway and loading provisions are applied to this lot and project we believe this will be detrimental to those objectives.
There would have to be a laneway access off of Fry Street, a loading area, and three parking spaces on a level firm surface such as concrete or pavement measuring 35’ x 18’. To meet these provisions it would require tree removal and a diminished green space.
Description of Project
The new facility will consist of three sections. The largest area is 30' x 30' will store all the equipment utilized for the agricultural education component at the annual fair. During the fair the space will be used to showcase and educate the public about small animals. This provides the public with a first hand encounter with farm animals; it also provides the opportunity to educate those attending about the value of all animals to the farm sector. Following the fair this same section will house the equipment such as tables that are used to display all the exhibits in the arena. These tables will be made available throughout the year to be used by community members for events within the arena.
The second portion is 15' x 20' and will be used to centralize all the paper and small materials used by the Agricultural Society throughout the year. Currently these items are scattered throughout many homes of society members and creates many inefficiencies. During the extent of the fair period this space will be transformed into a Secure Space, utilized only by the Fair Administrator and Treasurer of the organization.
The third portion is also 15' x 20' and will be a covered open space. This will be a shaded area for people to be protected as they are waiting for their acquaintances to either arrive or depart the grounds. It will also provide a visible location for our Emergency Plan to be implemented to ensure the fair-goers can easily locate the area and major issues are mitigated quickly.
The building will be a positive image for the grounds and become essential for the activity of the Agricultural Society in the future.
Should you have questions or comments, please contact the Bayfield Agricultural Society, by mail: PO Box 236, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEPING CHRISTMAS WELL
“A Christmas Carol” the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly and transformative Christmas Eve encounters, was presented as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice in the form of a dramatic reading interspersed with seasonal music on Dec. 16-17 at St. Andrew’s United Church. Both performances played to about 50 people raising a total of $1,370. The choir comprised of members of St. Andrew’s as well as The Glee Sisters set the mood with some classic Victorian carols. The audiences enjoyed listening to the story as it unfolded in a five part dramatic reading. Performances on harp and flute were also a production highlight. (Submitted photo)
Life at the rink
People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Lucan Leprechauns tonight (Dec. 27) at 8:30 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.
Public skating is offered on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 1-3 p.m. and Copenhagens of Bayfield will be sponsoring the ice time on this date.
Familes looking for a fun winter activity over the Christmas Break should consider taking a spin around the ice at the Bayfield Arena.
The doors will be open on Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 from 1-3 p.m.; Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon; Jan. 3, and Jan. 4, noon to 2 p.m.; and Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Dine for Hospice
Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits by getting together with your friends and neighbors for a special three-course gourmet dinner at Renegades Diner, in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 31st, Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, the owners of Renegades, will open their restaurant especially for these fundraising events.
Book a table for this celebration with members of your book club, hiking group, bridge club, or just good friends and neighbors and shake off those seasonal blahs.
Dinner will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. on either day and you can make reservations with Renegades for a seating time. The menu will consist of either a salad or soup, chicken cordon bleu (Jan. 23) or a French cut pork chop for the (Jan. 31), followed by a choice of delicious dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available.
Buy your tickets at Renegades Diner between Jan. 12 and 21. The price per person is $50 in advance or $55 at the door, either cash or cheque payable to Huron Residential Hospice. As an extra bonus, each ticket holder will receive a gift certificate from Renegades as well.
Enjoy some good company, great food and help support the creation of a much- needed Hospice.
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 2018 Walk for Memories in May of 2018 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”.
Empties 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.