another chapter in the osage-orange tree story
Brodie Tree Services donated this mature Osage-Orange tree to the Bayfield Tree Project recently. Sondra Buchner represented the BTP Committee at its planting conducted by Dave Brodie.
At Mill Rd. and Hwy. 21, north of the willow tree and east of the Lions' sign, there has been recently planted a very full new tree. It's a mature Osage-orange tree that was donated to the Bayfield Tree Project by Brodie Tree Services.
This tree was grown from a seed from the fruit of one of the Osage-orange trees at 74124 Airport Line, south of Dave Brodie's tree farm. The tree is now about 10 years old and hasn't had any fruit yet, so it may be a male.
There are also three little Osage-orange trees now about two feet tall that were earlier planted in the same area. They were grown from seeds Thyra Knudsen, of Clinton, was given by a friend who got them from a cluster of trees growing along the side of the road near Skunk's Misery (a significant Carolinian Forest located 60 km southwest of London, ON). Knudsen noted that one big rotten fruit produced close to 200 small trees.
According to Ainslie Willock, of the Bayfield Tree Project, “We don't know where the seeds came from for the five mature Osage-orange trees that the Ministry of Transportation cut down, in 2010, just south of where we planted along the highway. And, we don't know when they were planted.
“What we do know now is that they were planted by William "Big Bill" Laurence Forrest (1871-1953). He lived on a farm in Tuckersmith Twp. North West of Seaforth.”
He was the eighth child of John Forrest and Margaret McLeod. "Big Bill" is the great-uncle of Jeanie and Heather McLeod. Jeanie lived on the Bronson Line.
“Heather referred to him in an email to me as a "giant of a man". He was 6' 6" and wore a very large black Stetson,” said Willock. “In the fall, Jane Davidson McKee, of Bayfield, used to pick Osage-orange fruit from the side of Hwy. 21 with Jeanie. That's how we found out who planted the original Osage-orange trees.”
Brodie's Tree Service truck has an attachment that allows it to dig a very big hole and then dig up a tree and place it right into the new hole, as it waters the tree roots. (Photos by Ainslie Willock)
According to history, Big Bill was a physically large man but it was his spirit and actions that earned him his name. In Bill Forrest's obituary, Professor James Scott wrote, "... a legend in himself. He, being of the race of giants, was a trailbreaker, a man who loved to pit his great strength of muscle, mind and heart against the forces of primitive nature. He wasn't afraid of anything, [yet when] he wanted to say something important, he would quote poetry to you to make sure you got the point."
In 1908, it was Big Bill and his business partner Bill Bermingham who finished the building of Goderich's outer North Break-wall, after others had failed. In 1911, they built the southerly barrier. For 45 years, Bill was also a dredging contractor for the Port of Goderich.
“With our four Osage-orange trees, in Bill’s spirit, we've continued the story he started when he planted Bayfield's first Osage-orange trees. The trees and the break-walls are two of a giant of a man's legacy,” concluded Willock.
In addition to the Osage-orange tree planting, trees have also been planted in Clan Gregor Square due to the generosity of the Bayfield Community Group.
In early September, Brodie Tree Services planted a beautiful tulip tree flanked by two sugar maples directly east of Clan Gregor Square's playground. The Bayfield Community Group, that oversaw the park’s revitalization, funded the planting that was organized on their behalf by the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP).
Main Street Sailor to winter at DL Creations
Progress continues on the new Main Street Sailor. It is being carved by woodcarver Ted Hayes as time allows at DL Creations on Hwy. 21 South. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Progress on the new Main Street Sailor continues. In late August the sailor’s predecessor was transported to DL Creations on Hwy. 21 South. It was then determined that the sailor was beyond repair and a new one would have to be created in his likeness.
Ted Hayes, of London, a talented wood and ice carver, has been working on a fresh trunk of Poplar tree removed from a property on Glass Street as time allows.
Hayes noted that the challenge for him is to recreate the detail in the face and hat of the sailor that was made in the early 1990s as a novelty for Harry’s Restaurant. Unfortunately, the necessary steps were not taken at the time of construction to properly preserve the wood and age and weather rotted the structure. That mistake will not be made the second time around.
He was happy to note that the original sailor’s steering wheel is still in good shape and will be reused.
The wood carver has also discovered that the trunk’s internal moisture level is very high and that the carving will need to be coated with preservative before painting. No paint can be applied over the preservative coating until it is well cured. Hayes also noted that the sailor must be watched over for inevitable cracking as the moisture evaporates. If cracks develop they will be repaired with sawdust and glue.
If any cracks develop in his lower leg area, his future anchoring (drilled rods into his legs) may be compromised. To ensure that repairs to any cracking in the anchoring area are done well, it would be best if the carving is stored for a few months before preparing his anchoring system.
David Loerchner, owner of DL Creations, has agreed to store him under cover, to ensure that any cracking is well repaired. And then once all that is done he will then be painted.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) fundraiser for the “restoration” and relocation of the Main Street Sailor continues. More donations are welcome as the painting materials for the project are rather costly and the wish is to create a sturdy base on which to mount the sailor that will be restored to his original 10-foot tall stature.
The face of the Main Street Sailor slowly evolves as the poplar trunk is carved.
People are invited to drop by and visit DL Creations to see the work as it progresses. When the work is complete the new sailor will be moved to a spot near the Heritage Centre and Archives building at 20 Main Street.
Anyone wanting to contribute can donate cash or a cheque to the BHS Salty Fund at several locations including: The Heritage Centre and Archives any Wednesday or Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m.; Tous Jours, on Charles Street; DL Creations, or The Village Bookshop, on Main Street. Donations may also be mailed to the BHS, Box 161, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Tax-deductible receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. ‘Salty’ also needs an official Bayfield nickname. Any donation of $25 or more can also suggest a nickname that will keep him going for the next 30 years. Donation and name forms are available. As soon as he is back on his feet, the BHS and the Bayfield Breeze will offer an opportunity for the community to vote on his new nickname from the names suggested.
The BHS would like to encourage people to also send in their pictures of the Main Street Sailor who has no doubt joined in many a family “photo-op” over the years. These photos may also be used in upcoming issues of the Bayfield Breeze. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BHS hopes to have an official unveiling on the Victoria Day weekend 2015 if all goes well.
And what will become of the old sailor? Plans are to preserve him at the shoulders to make a bust that will be displayed at the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives.
Bluewater residents to mail in their election vote
The Municipality of Bluewater will be utilizing the vote by mail method for the 2014 Municipal Election.
Eligible voters will receive their ballot in their mailbox. Voters will simply follow the instructions in the kit; deposit the ballot in the mail using the postage paid response envelope.
Voting Kits mailing began on Monday. In order to ensure delivery in time to be tabulated on Voting Day, Oct. 27, voters must ensure their ballots are mailed back by Oct. 18.
If a person does not receive a ballot in the mail, voting kits are available at the Municipal Office in Zurich during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Should voters be unable, or choose not to mail their vote, ballots will be received at the Municipal Office up until 8 p.m. on Oct. 27. In order to accommodate voters that are not able to get to the Municipal Office during regular business hours, the office will be open for election purposes only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11.
For more information, please contact Deputy-Clerk, Charlene Overholt at 519 236-4351 ext. 223.
Are you on the Voters' List? Check here: http://www.town.bluewater.on.ca/amionlist or call Overholt at the number listed above.
In the Bayfield Ward the candidates to vote for are: Bill Dowson, Tyler Hessel, Paul Klopp and Cindy Moyer, for Mayor; Jim Fergusson and Peter Walden, for Deputy Mayor; Geordie Palmer and Bill Whetstone for Bayfield Ward Councilor.
Anyone who needs help in deciding who to vote for in Bluewater can visit the Bluewater Shoreline Residents Association’s website. They have posted a summary of candidates' answers to their questions. It can be found by visiting: http://bsra.ca/2014-municipal-election/.
For more info on the election visit: http://www.town.bluewater.on.ca/election-2014.
thanksgiving hike to feature an autumn scavenger hunt
October is one of the most enjoyable months for hiking. The cooler weather brings on the fall colors and the insects are not so ambitious as they were in the summer. Hikers may need water proof footwear now, as the grass is quite wet with dew, in the mornings. Walking outdoors now is comfortable and refreshing and so rewarding. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hikers invite community members to join them in enjoying autumn.
Their next hike will be in celebration of Thanksgiving on Sunday, Oct. 12th. The Varna Nature Trails will be the location for this 1 p.m. family event, an autumn scavenger hunt and hike combined. In addition donations to the local food banks will be accepted at the beginning of the hike.
Family hiking tool kits will be introduced during this hike and are available free of charge to families with children who attend. The toolkit will be used as a guideline for the autumn scavenger hunt. Children of all ages are welcome.
The BRVTA recently received these toolkits, “Happy Healthy Hiking…with Kids”. They were researched and designed by Gwen Richardson during her contract as Active Transportation Lead with the Sustainable Priorities Job Creation Project; HBDC and assisted by the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU). The kits are designed to be kept in the family backpack, and have a whistle for children and the adult, some surveyor’s tape and an emergency blanket, and informative cards highlighting both safety essentials and fun things to do with kids while hiking.
Richardson and Laura DeKroon, a Health Promoter with HCHU, are also collaborating on the development of additional resources regarding hiking for the Active Transportation section of the Health Unit’s website. Watch for it by mid- October!
The hike itself will begin at the Stanley Complex, just west of the village of Varna. Hikers will meander through planted fir trees and deciduous woods towards the Bayfield River, where they will get a good view, before looping around and hiking back to the starting point. This is a Level 2 hike taken at a casual to moderate pace lasting one hour and fifteen minutes. Hikers are asked to meet in the parking lot at the Stanley Complex. The hike leader will be Jack Pal. He can be contacted by calling 519 565-5340.
camp klahanie needs voters
Camp Klahanie is now entered in the first round of voting in the AVIVA Community Fund competition for a chance at winning $50,000. First round voting is from now to Oct. 13.
In 2013, Camp Klahanie finished 14th in the semi-final round of the AVIVA campaign - although the idea finished just out of the money the committee felt that their participation should be considered a success because it helped the Goderich Lions Club put this magical eight acre property into the hearts and minds of the residents of the community and beyond.
For almost 40 years Camp Klahanie, located just south of Goderich on Black’s Point Road, was a training ground for girls and women to gain an appreciation for nature and the environment while developing leadership and social skills. It served the local community as a Girl Guide Camp from 1973 until it was abruptly closed in 2009. Opportunities ceased as the weeds grew tall and the buildings sat abandoned.
A few of those local girls and women could not let the property go without a fight. The Goderich Lions Club got involved and the property was purchased from Girl Guides of Canada in the summer of 2013 opening the door to new possibilities for the camp. With upgrades and proper facilities the camp could become a training ground for not just girls and women but boys and men as well as people with disabilities. The community is rallying around the project and has been diligently raising funds since the Lions took ownership to improve the property. However, two of the larger items on the list would benefit greatly from money available through the AVIVA Community Fund.
Co-ed accessible washrooms with showers and the supporting septic system need to be constructed at a cost of $100,000. There is also a need to construct four, 10-person bunkhouses at a total cost of $60,000 to be nestled at the edge of the property's woodlot to further camping opportunities.
When the money is raised the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors has volunteers at the ready to begin – using apprentice carpenters and plumbers to get the job done. And when the bunkhouses are built and the Camp Klahanie Comfort Station is up and running the property will be able to accommodate a greater number of campers for longer sessions – the ultimate goal of camp supporters.
With the necessary funds the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors would oversee the construction of the bunkhouses, the co-ed, accessible washrooms and supporting septic system for use by July 2015.
However, they can’t get the projects going without the necessary funds and they can’t win the necessary funds without the community’s daily voting efforts.
The competition has three qualifying rounds. Voting in the first round will continue until noon on Oct. 13. If the project places in the top 15 in the first round it will advance directly to the semi-finals that begin Dec. 1.
Voters will have to register but all it takes is an email and a password. Here is the link https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19522.
Anyone on Facebook who would like helpful daily voting reminders is asked to join the group known as: “Goderich Lions Club – Camp Klahanie Revitalization”.
The Aviva Community Fund is, according to their website, “an annual competition that is changing Canadian communities by bringing great ideas to life. The most popular ideas, as determined by passionate Canadians like you, will have a chance to win a share of the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund.”
“Non-top Slam! Bam! Action!” is promised at the next musical event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 11.
The Mackenzie Blues Band, winners of the 2014 Maple Blues Award for the Best New Group, is scheduled to appear starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $20 and are available at www.ticketscene.ca or by calling Pat McDougall at 519 565-2572 or at Ernie King Music in Goderich.
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to CPH should be of interest.
For anyone interested in attending their next meeting will be held on Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the CPH Conference Room.
huron heritage fund
November 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.
The Huron Heritage Fund has supported many initiatives from throughout Huron County since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Goderich Little Theatre’s production of The Great Storm, exhibit enhancement funds for the North Huron Museum as well as the publication titled, “The Beauty and Bounty of Huron County” by David Bishop, Bonnie Sitter and Telfer Wegg.
According to Meighan Wark, director of Cultural Services, “The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000.”
This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also. Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.
More information about the application process can be found on the County’s web site at: http://www.huroncounty.ca Brochures are also available at all branches of the Huron County Library.
Zumba in Bayfield is back with a new instructor, Paulien Keys.
The fitness activity will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays for one hour starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Classes are $10 per person with the second class free for any newcomers.
To learn more contact Keys at 519 440-9723 or visit her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zumbainbayfield.
The Bayfield Euchre Club will be starting their fall session of cards on Oct. 1.
The club meets at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building on alternate Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
The cost to play cards is $2. All are welcome. For more information contact Lee Weiss at 519 565-2765.
Oct. 6 is the date set for the next Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) meeting.
It is a wonderful time to join the group as planning is just evolving for the 2015 fair.
The meeting shall begin at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church.
One of the organization’s fundraisers is the sale of Christmas wreaths made from local grapevines and evergreens. Some members are already cutting grapevines and making the grapevine bases. If there are yew, juniper, cedar, spruce, or white pine prunings available, call Don Brodie at 519 263-2404 to see if they could be used for the wreath making. The sale of wreaths helps to cover some of the costs of the fair and volunteers are always welcome to participate in their creation.
Knitting 1-2-3 is the new name of the Bayfield knitting group! The name was chosen because the group meets from 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Bayfield Library.
The group currently has 16 knitters of various levels.
Organizers note that this is a relaxed group and members are welcome to attend when they can and work on whatever project they wish to with other knitting enthusiasts.
The next meeting has been set for Oct. 2.
Please email Carole at email@example.com or Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
One Care offers many fun exercise and socializing opportunities in Bayfield. There is something happening almost every day! There is a schedule on the bulletin board by the library and more information available inside the library. Or call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638 for more information or to receive monthly information via the Wave to Wellness email.
The Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies have arrived in Bayfield and for a limited time only there are some Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Classic Cookies in the inventory too.
Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443. Cookies are selling for $5 a box.
And it is never too late to become a member of Bayfield Guiding.
Bayfield Guiding has openings for Sparks, aged 5-6 years; Brownies, aged 7-8 years; Guides aged 9-12 years; Pathfinders, aged 12-15 years; and Rangers, aged 15-17 years.
The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders and Rangers will meet twice monthly at the Bayfield Village Inn on Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a member of Guiding is all about.
Registration is $150 per girl – with an average of 30 meetings a year – it works out to about $5 a week – there is some bang for your extracurricular buck! Plus a subsidy is available from Girl Guides of Canada for families who require it.
If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 or email her at email@example.com. Registration to be a member of Girl Guides of Canada is now exclusively on-line. Parents are encouraged to register their daughters prior to the first meeting by visiting https://register.girlguides.ca/ use the postal code N0M 1G0 to find the Bayfield branches.
Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Oct. 21.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: 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 Shannon Gould at The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Fall Foto Fest
For a second year, the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is partnering with Photo Tour Trekkers, the leading Canadian photographic adventure travel organization, to bring a number of well-known photographers to Bayfield to make presentations and hold workshops over the weekend of Oct. 4-5.
The PCoB was established in late 2011 with a purpose to share and promote photography within Bayfield and the surrounding area. The club now has 40 active members and is a member of both SWOPA (Southwestern Ontario Photographers’ Association) and CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art). The aims of the club, extend beyond providing information and activities for its members to sponsoring lectures, demonstrations, and exhibitions for the benefit of the local community and also being actively involved in projects of a photographic nature with local community organizations.
Gary Lloyd-Rees, co-Founder of the PCoB and co-Chair of the Fall Foto Fest (FFF) organizing committee, said, “Through the FFF event, we continue to look to promote Bayfield and the surrounding area as a photographic destination: not just during this festival, but throughout the year. We found last year that a number of attendees were visiting the Bayfield area for their first time and were impressed by what we had to offer - over and above its photographic opportunities."
Registration for this year's event, themed “Embrace Your Creativity”, was widely promoted to photographers of all abilities - from beginner to professional. There are currently over 100 photographers registered to attend, with over 320 workshop places booked by photographers from across Southwestern Ontario including Sarnia, London, Woodstock, Stratford, St Mary's, Port Franks, Goderich, Seaforth, Clinton and Wroxeter. As well as noted keynote speaker presentations on both days of the event, participants have a choice of six workshops over the two days:
• Photography 101: Take the triangle route to the perfect image
• Digital Video: Get more from your video-capable digital camera
• Embrace Your Creativity: Break the rules
• Post Processing: Explore Adobe Lightroom, Elements & Photoshop
• Creative Lighting: Illuminate your ideas with studio and flash lighting
• Phoneography: Create images with your cell phone
In addition to the weekend event itself, the FFF committee this year introduced a national photography contest that has as its Grand Prize a place on a Photo Tour Trekkers trip to Iceland to photograph the Northern Lights in 2015. Winners will be announced at the FFF event itself; however, the public will have the opportunity to see a selection of the entries. These will be on display in the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 3 between 5-7 p.m. as part of the (final) First Friday Artwalk.
It looks as if the FFF will be expanding its horizons even further for 2015.
Lloyd-Rees said, "We were immensely grateful to our first year sponsors who took a "leap of faith" in supporting us in getting the event off the ground last year. We would like to again thank the sponsors who have made the 2014 FFF event even bigger and better: Photo Tour Trekkers and Carlson Wagonlit, Virtual High School, Turner Gallery/Urban Farm Media + Design, Blyth Printing, Baillie's Picture Framing, The Little Inn of Bayfield, The Secret Garden B&B, The Albion Hotel, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and many more "in-kind" sponsors. Due to this continuing support and the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from attendees at last year's event, we are beginning to plan for an extended breadth and reach for the 2015 event."
There are still a few remaining spaces available for the weekend workshops and photographers can attend either, or both, of the days.
Lloyd-Rees said, "For anybody thinking about signing up but are feeling a bit intimidated about attending a photography festival - please rest assured that this is a very friendly and welcoming event. If this is your first time attending a photography workshop, then for a one day selection, the Photography 101, Embrace your Creativity and Phoneography workshops would be a great place to start."
Further information, including registration details, can be found athttp://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-foto-festival/ or by contacting the PCoB at firstname.lastname@example.org