steady progress being made on temporary modular bridge
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Anyone who drives across the Bayfield River via the Bayfield Bridge can see that there is steady progress being made toward the completion of the temporary modular bridge, the first stage in the construction of the new Bayfield Bridge that will replace the existing one, a 70-metre long, two-span, deck-truss bridge built in 1949.
Looby Construction was awarded the contract by the MTO and began site work Sept. 23, 2019. The temporary bridge is being constructed on the west side of the existing bridge location. This modular bridge will maintain two lanes of traffic on Highway 21 and pedestrian passage will also be accommodated. If all goes according to schedule Hwy 21 traffic will be diverted onto the temporary bridge in early spring of this year.
Celebrate international Women's Day with a hike
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host two guided hikes in March including, a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail.
Celebrate IWD by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “an equal world is an enabled world”. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. Two lucky hikers will win a door prize! The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail. The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leaders are: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.
A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after area the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at http://www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail.
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.
Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified hike leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. For more information please visit www.bayfieldtrails.com or call Asst. Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519-525-3205.
The BRVTA is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that plans, builds, and maintains walking trails in Bayfield and the surrounding area. They offer guided hikes on these and other local trails. The BRVTA is a registered member of Hike Ontario. The BRVTA encourages everyone to experience joy and good health in the natural beauty of Huron County. People are invited to become a member ($20 individual/$30 Family) by visiting www.bayfieldtrails.com or subscribe to their free newsletter by writing to email@example.com.
from the ashes to be defended by Don Keillor at bayfield reads
The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.
Over the past few weeks, The Village Bookshop has profiled three Bayfield Reads defenders: Jayne Dietrich, Greg Stewart and Kathy Wilson. This week, they’d like to introduce their fourth defender, Don Keillor.
Keillor moved to Huron County in 1977, where he designed and implemented a Children’s Mental Health Service for the county. His favorite author is Robert B. Parker, who writes “the escapist tales of Spenser the master sleuth”.
Keillor will be defending Jesse Thistle’s memoir, “From the Ashes”, about his challenges growing up in a Métis-Cree family navigating poverty, addiction and the foster care system.
“From the Ashes” is a book for our times,” said Keillor. “Jesse Thistle’s alienation from normal society and struggle with drugs helps us to understand at least a little the lives of those dying of overdoses every day in our cities and the confrontation between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada. What could be more pertinent to this moment in Canada?”
In addition to Keillor, this year’s contenders and defenders are: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Ruth Gibson; “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; “Radicalized” by Cory Doctorow, defended by Greg Stewart; and “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson
Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
The Albion Hotel featured restaurant at Movie Night
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the Lenten season!
The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
This extremely popular community event began on March 3 and will be held on subsequent Tuesdays throughout March from 6-9 p.m.
Those who attend will enjoy sampling a variety of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie. Organizers would like to thank their featured guest restaurant, Renegades Diner, for providing a soup for their first movie night. People will be treated to a soup from The Albion Hotel at the next movie night to be held on March 10. Of course, organizers are also very grateful to all the neighborhood “chefs” who contribute soup for the evenings – ensuring that there is a variety of soups to sample.
On Tuesday, March 10, the second movie to be shown is "On the Basis of Sex” chosen in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8). It tells the story of the early years of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When she takes on a ground-breaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.
This year’s movie schedule also includes: Christopher Robin, March 17; Green Book, March 24; and Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, March 31.
Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.
tax clinics at library sponsored by Bayfield Area Food Bank
Tax time is here again! The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) will be offered every other week in March and April at the Bayfield Public Library.
The CVITP informational sessions will be held on March 10 and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. These clinics are sponsored by the Bayfield Area Food Bank.
Those who attend can get "free" help with their taxes from a Canada Revenue Agency approved and registered program.
People may be eligible if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from: employment, pension, benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance, registered retirement savings plans (RRSP's), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants or interest under $1,000.
Family income levels suggested are: one person, $35,000; two persons, $45,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.
A tax situation is not simple if people are: self-employed or have employment expenses; have business or rental income and expenses; have capital gains or losses; filed for bankruptcy; or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.
Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2018 Income Tax Return, 2018 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2019 Income Receipts - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T5007 etc., 2019 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2019 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2019 Medical Receipts and Statements, 2019 Charitable Donations Receipts.
Due to inclement weather the Councilor's Corner scheduled for Feb. 27 has been rescheduled to March 12.
The topics for this month will include, budget, sewage capacity, Secondary Plan and bylaw updates.
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.
World Day of Prayer
The official artwork of the 2020 World Day of Prayer was created by artist Nonhlanhla Mathe of Zimbabwe. (Submitted photo)
The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 as the theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” is celebrated.
Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite everyone in prayer and solidarity.
The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. WICC invites people to join a service being held in over 1,150 Canadian communities.
In Bayfield, St. Andrew’s United Church will host this interdenominational service starting at 1 p.m. with refreshments to follow.
World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together people pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.
Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.
The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires two positions to be filled, those of Secretary and Treasurer. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the community who are interested in promoting and preserving the heritage of the village and area.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. The Secretary also prepares a summary report of the General meetings for the annual newsletter distributed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping of the funds of the BHS and to maintain adequate financial records. The Treasurer also prepares the accounts for audit and renders an annual report based on the calendar year; which will be given at the AGM.
Anyone interested in either of these positions is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518 4646, or any of the Directors.
The first 2020 general meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be held on Monday, March 9 at St. Andrew's United Church.
The discussions will include planning for the fundraising events leading up to the 164th Bayfield Community Fair in August, the preparations for the fundraising auction and dinner on May 30 and the promotional planning of this year's theme: “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”.
Each year it takes over 100 volunteers to bring about this annual summer event loved by everyone in the community and far beyond. Family members and visitors come from all over to be a part of the Bayfield Fair Parade, the animal shows, the indoor and outdoor events, exhibits and competitions, and the midway rides. It truly is fun for all and respects the history of presenting this community with three days of entertainment over the past 164 years!
Everyone who loves the fair is welcome to attend this general meeting, that will begin at 7 p.m. and bring along their enthusiasm for Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees. The membership would greatly appreciate the help.
The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
They have scheduled their meetings for the next few months. These meetings will be held on March 14, Apr. 18 and May 2.
The club meets in the Community Room at the Bayfield Public Library for one hour starting at 1 p.m.
“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”
“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”
After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.
The two performances scheduled for March 13 and 14 are now sold out. As the response to attend has been so terrific, the dress rehearsal set for Thursday, March 12 will be open to the pubic for a donation. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the run through to start at 7 p.m. Please note there will not be an intermission.
The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.
Life at the Rink
The Bayfield Relics will take on Grand Bend Mariners at the Bayfield Arena tonight (March 4).
The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m.
Then, Goderich 2 will take on Exeter 50+ on Thursday, March 5 at 8 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.
friends of the bayfield Library
Friends of Bayfield Library’s “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues on March 28 when Pauline Hoffman will speak on the topic of putting order into closet and basement storage chaos.
This event will be held in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m.
A Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), Hoffman is an experienced speaker and founder of Just In Time Solutions. All are welcome to attend this session. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.
At the final “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program on Saturday, Apr. 18, attendees will hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank."
The Open Hearts Kindness Group will hold their next workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, Apr. 11. The focus will be on ways to reduce eco-anxiety via discussion and the creation of an Earth Alter.
The other workshops planned are: Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.
Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration. The workshops are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
More info also available at bayfieldactivities.info.