final design of new bayfield bridge discussed at ROMA
Work to clear the trees in the MTO right-of-way, along the banks on either end and sides of the Bayfield Bridge, began near the end of January. The site restoration of impacted areas following construction will be included in the project’s landscaping plan, which is currently being finalized. This image taken on Jan. 27 is a visible reminder that construction to replace the existing bridge built in 1949 is scheduled to commence in the fall of 2019 according to information provided on the bayfieldriverbridges.ca website. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson, Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone and Chief Administrative Officer Kyle Pratt joined more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2019 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference held in Toronto, Jan. 27-29.
Coming six months after the change in provincial government, the conference focused on the pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing rural communities in Ontario. The Premier, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party spoke to the audience.
In addition to the conference program, Bluewater officials took part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial ministries to discuss local needs and priorities. These included meetings with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to discuss the Annual Repayment Limit, and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to discuss concerns with regards to final design of the Bayfield Bridge.
At the MTO meeting, Bluewater representatives addressed concerns such as sidewalk widening, barriers to prevent snow build up on the sidewalk, lighting, accessibility to the river flats and how the bridge is very important to the future of Bluewater.
“It’s not just a bridge for us. Bayfield had the largest recreational marina on Lake Huron, it’s the gateway to our community, and downtown businesses and separates a portion of Bayfield,” said Whetstone.
According to Whetstone, the discussions were very well received by Ministry officials, with Parliamentary Assistant Kinga Surma stating that she hears Bayfield is a beautiful area and they will work together with Bluewater in the development of the final design.
It is expected that regular meetings will continue between the municipality and the MTO to discuss the Bayfield Bridge.
clarity on Blue Box Recyling focus of presentation
To recycle or not to recycle? A pertinent question for the current age in which we live. Not sure what the best practises are? Find out at a special event hosted by Blue Bayfield at the Bayfield Community Centre on Monday, Feb. 11. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Please note that this presentation has been cancelled and will be reschedule in the spring.
Blue Bayfield is pleased to host an informative presentation by the Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) on the recycling challenges faced in today’s society of the over-use of single use plastic especially in the food industry.
Do you get confused over what goes into your Blue Box these days? You are not alone, so let’s get together on Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre where we will review and discuss Bluewater recycling challenges.
Come out and hear what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled with help from Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman, Special Projects coordinator with BRA. Joining her will be the President of BRA, Francis Villeux. He has led the development, costing and optimization of recycling and waste management programs in more than 80 municipalities. He has developed a number of operation and economics analysis models and guidelines, which can assist municipalities in planning 3Rs programs and improve economics through reduced costs and improved efficiencies. Villeux will review challenges faced by BRA today in the ever changing world of food packaging and use of plastics.
Blue Bayfield members will also introduce some amazing products that can replace the use of single-use plastics at the grocery store, as well as storage of food in the fridge and so much more!
If you have any questions about the presentation, please contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.
play cupid for a cause with a colorful cuddly bear
Colorful and cuddly bears are available from Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield, Goderich and Clinton in time for folks to play cupid and raise money for a cause. (Submitted photo)
The folks at Michaels’ Pharmasave are great fans of Valentine’s Day and once again they want to help area residents spread the love.
“We have a ‘Beary’ great fundraiser on now for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation!” said Kelsey Johnston, of Michael’s Pharmasave. “We have adorable 14-inch teddy bears on sale now at our three Michael's Pharmasave locations.”
Bears can be purchased in-store or for those who would like to surprise someone special, they can place an order to have the Pharmasave staff deliver the bear on Valentine's Day. With a cost of only $15 (local delivery included), this may be a great way to surprise a spouse, significant other, child, parent, friend, co-worker, etc., with net proceeds going towards the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation.
Call or visit Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield (519 565-4454), Michael's Pharmasave in Goderich (519 524-2242) or the new Michael's Pharmasave in Clinton (519 482-5037) to purchase or place an order.
Life Long Learners needs experts to share knowledge
Life Long Learners is coming to Bayfield and to create a chapter experts, teachers, instructors, professors or people with PHDs on interesting or academic subjects are now being sought.
People who are retired, or semi-retired, and would love to continue to teach/share their expertise with others are needed.
Life Long Learners is very popular in local communities including Grand Bend and Waterloo as well as further afield in such states as Florida, due to the condensed nature of the baby boomer population in these areas, who enjoy stimulating learning.
Professionals interested in sharing their knowledge, in lecture form, with other retired or curious people would be perfect for the program. This series is not intended to be a “hands on” or “learn to” experience, but rather a stimulating classroom/academic “lecture-with-discussion” style with an accompanying Power Point Presentation.
Anyone with experience in teaching Arts, Architecture, Business, Science, Design, Psychology, Medicine, Climate/Nature, Technology, History, Travel, Music, Literature, Politics, Archaeology, Photography, Oceanography, Engineering, Animals, Law, or any other subject that may be of interest to others is asked to contact Leslee Squirrell, Designer/ Professor/Entrepreneur/Artist at Leslee@lsqbydesign.ca
She will facilitate a meeting to discuss the concept, use of the Bayfield Town Hall, subject matter, fees and execution in early Spring, with the six-week series to commence this summer.
Squirrel would like to encourage everyone to please pass this on to friends and family who may be interested in delivering an interesting subject, or has organizational skills to help manage this new group.
Interested “learners” are asked to stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for further announcements.
TAKE A LOOK at bayfield in anticipation of heritage event
The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 114 days.
It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”
Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s edition is provided by Jane Davidson.
Bayfield has always been a muse for many artists including Stan Godzez who created this rather intriguing map. This piece of art is a part of the Bayfield Archives Collection. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Our village of Bayfield in the 1830s was a village of fishermen and area farmers bringing grain to be milled. Cows wandered, grazing the grassy patches on Main Street, returning to their homes for milking at the end of the day.
Fast forward to the 1920s when the village was “discovered” by summer visitors and cottages were built along Bayfield Terrace and Tuyll Street. There was always an air of peace and tranquility over the village which made it attractive to outsiders and hardworking families, needing a summer break.
Wars one and two passed us by, taking some of our young men forever.
Then, in 1982 thanks to county architects Chris Borgal and Nick Hill and the Local Advisory Committee of Architectural Conservancy (LACAC), the Heritage District was formed taking in Main Street and the village core. That same year Bayfield was featured in Century Home magazine as a desirable place in which to live, spend a holiday or even, come on a day trip.
And then most recently, in 2005 we celebrated with our first “Doors Open” – provincial event - giving many a look into historic homes and businesses.
life at the rink
Lots of hockey action at the Bayfield Arena this week starting tonight (Feb. 6) when the Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage versus the Seaforth Legion team. Game time 8:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 9 the Relics will be on home ice once again for a game against the Zurich Hasbeans starting at 4 p.m.
Not to be left out the Bayfield 50+ team will play the Exeter over 50s starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 7.
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.
Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.
The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.
Make a difference in someone’s life with a random act of kindness by creating kindness rocks for the Huron Residential Hospice.
“OHearts” is hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Public Library on Feb. 9 for one hour starting at 12:45 p.m.
Just one word can help support grieving and loss. This hour-long session provides supplies and assistance. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone who is a Kindness Rocks buff, but unable to attend, is asked to please send in your donations to the library prior to Feb. 9.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society’s annual Soup's On event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17. Local restaurants, churches and community organizations will once again compete for the coveted trophies and bragging rights.
Attendees are asked to bring their own mug and spoon for the taste testing. This will show their support for the Bayfield initiatives to save the environment.
Tickets are already on sale and the first two time slots are quite popular so if anyone needs tickets please call Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. Tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased for the following time slots: 1:45-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:15-4 p.m.
“Come sample the cuisine, mix and mingle with your friends and neighbors, learn about the many active organizations and groups within our community and have fun! Results will be announced shortly after four o'clock. Looking forward to your support with this annual event to raise funds for the Town Hall," said Baker.
Family Fun Day
Family Fun Day is once again coming to the Bayfield Arena with free public skating on Monday, Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m.
All the usual favorite activities will be back upstairs in the community centre too, including: crazy games, photo centre, craft table, soft play area for infants and food decorating.
The event is hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT).
saturdays at the library
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) are celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 23 as part of their “Saturdays at the Library” series.
The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library starting at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to attend a presentation entitled “Huron’s Unheard Histories: Searching for Grey Township Black Pioneers” by Sinead Cox who is the Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Huron County Museum. She will discuss why research into one Huron County family raised more questions than answers!
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.
The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.
Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.
Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.
The Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) allows all residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including safe, historic and environmentally sensitive walking trails, suitable for every fitness level.
Annual memberships from people like you allows us to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming and training. Our big project this spring is replacing signage on all the trails. A special thanks goes out to all volunteers who have put in so much time and energy this past season. Keeping the trails accessible on a regular basis is an ongoing effort.
A new hiking schedule for the coming season is being developed and will soon be made public. We touch on a wide variety of interests for all age groups and if you have not been on one of these in the past, we encourage you to try it out. We have a large group of certified hike leaders and draw on expertise from numerous experts to make our hikes interesting.
Annual membership fees are $20 or there is a $30 family rate. Membership can be activated or renewed through our website, bayfieldtrails.com. Or a cheque can be mailed to the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association, P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. As a member you will receive our monthly newsletter by e-mail. You will also receive discounted rates to select Bayfield Trail events.
We thank all members who already signed up or renewed their membership for 2019. Your support will keep the trails open!
For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail: email@example.com