Forty-two trees planted along bayfield terrace
Nov. 1 dawned a perfect day for tree planting as the autumn phase of the Bayfield Tree Project took root on Bayfield Terrace with 42 new trees being planted. Left to right: Ainslie Willock, Sondra Buchner and Bill Aberhart of the Bayfield Tree Project were on hand to see the first trees planted by Ryan Watterworth, Nikki Wynja and Mark Falconer of Verbeek's Farm and Garden Centre of Clinton. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
On Nov. 1, the Bayfield Tree Project realized the planting of 42 trees along Bayfield Terrace. This was in keeping with their plans to plant along the Heritage Trail that falls within the village limits.
The plantings selected for Bayfield Terrace were comprised of Lindens and Green Mountain Sugar Maples with Sugar Tyme Crab Apples on the street side where there are wires.
In addition to the plantings, the Bayfield Tree Project has established the “Acknowledgement Board” which appears in the window of the Bayfield Archives on Main Street. Different colored leaves reflect the donation level and are as follows: green, $150 (the cost to plant one tree); red, $500; orange, $1,000; and yellow, $1,500 plus. Blue denotes a memorial donation and there is a minimum donor amount of $150 required. Memorial donors can visit the Bayfield Tree Project’s web page for tree locations.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution to the project will receive a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Cheques should be made payable to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation with Bayfield Tree Project written on the memo line. Cheques can be mailed to PO Box 164, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
The Bayfield Tree Project is under the umbrella of the BRVTA and they are under the umbrella of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
All donors are “Friends of the Bayfield Tree Project” and will be recognized with thanks on our web page. For more information on the Bayfield Tree Project visit:brvt.huronstewardship.on.ca
Quilt featured at St. Andrew's UCW Christmas Holly Bazaar
The Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild, in conjunction with the Goderich Quilting Guild, will be displaying this gorgeous quilt and matching wall hanging at the St. Andrew’s United Church Women’s Christmas Holly Bazaar, Nov. 11-12, in the hope that someone would like to purchase this set for the bargain price of $1,000. The money raised will go to Goderich Tornado Relief. (Submitted photo)
Looking for a most unique Christmas gift idea or perhaps someone you know is getting married in 2012 and is deserved of an extra special wedding present?
The Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild, in conjunction with the Goderich Quilting Guild, will be displaying a gorgeous quilt and matching wall hanging at the St. Andrew’s United Church Women’s Christmas Holly Bazaar, Nov. 11-12, in the hope that someone would like to purchase this set for the bargain price of $1,000.
The queen size quilt and matching wall hanger/table topper was donated to the guild to help raise funds for Goderich Tornado Relief. It has been appraised for $2,800, is a one of a kind collector's creation and originated in the Ottawa area.
A minimum donation of a $1,000 would be greatly appreciated. It is hoped this quilt will be sold prior to Dec. 1 to take advantage of the 2:1 match being offered by the province.
The quilt set can be viewed at the bazaar to be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.
In addition to the quilt set there will be a number of quilted items for sale created by the Sunshine Coast Quilter’s Guild as well as a bake table and a variety of crafts. Lunch will also be served featuring warm chili. The money raised from these items will benefit St. Andrew’s UCW.
Wreath fundraiser underway
Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society have made over 200 wreaths in anticipation of sales during Christmas in Bayfield. The wreaths will be selling for $25 and $35 depending on size, there will be some swags (tails) for $25 with bows. Society member, Afra Van Wonderen was one of the volunteers out on Main Street on Nov. 5 delivering pre-ordered wreaths to Main Street businesses. (Submitted photo)
The annual wreath fundraiser for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is now underway. To have a look at these gorgeous wreaths and tails (swags) hand made from donated greens from the area just take a stroll down the village’s Main Street. Many businesses pre-ordered their wreaths and society members delivered them last weekend just in time for Christmas in Bayfield.
These wreaths are perfect for Christmas decorating and will brighten a door all winter long. An opportunity to purchase wreaths will be available on Nov. 11 and 12 in front of St. Andrew’s United Church during the UCW’s annual Christmas Holly Bazaar or contact Don Brodie 519 263-2404 to order one.
According to Doug Yeo, BAS president, “Our Society has been saddened by the loss of its Secretary, Emma VanderWouden, in September and most recently John Fisher, who was a former president of the society. Our thoughts and support are with their families. They both contributed greatly to the success and stability of the organization.”
While VanderWouden’s contribution to the society was irreplaceable the BAS is now searching for someone interested in continuing her legacy as secretary.
This individual should have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills and will receive an honorarium reimbursement. Responsibilities would include: taking minutes, record keeping, dealing with correspondence, handling fair books, compiling all fair entry data, problem solving issues concerning the fair, and working closely with the Board of the BAS. Office and computer skills are also necessary for this position.
A full job description is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested people are asked to apply by emailing a resume to the above address by Nov. 30.
Membership breaks more trail
The Municipality of Bluewater was recently awarded with Four Blooms as part of the Community in Blooms provincial competition. A Special Mention Award was also bestowed on the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) for building 14 KMs of trails in four years. On Monday evening, Roz Westwood, BRVTA treasurer and Dave Gillians. BRVTA past-president, accepted this award from Jim Fergusson (left) on behalf of the Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to thank everyone who has supported this project, either by membership or volunteer hours. If you are already a member, they encourage you to renew your membership for 2012.
“If you have not yet enjoyed the benefits of a membership, the BRVTA would like you to consider becoming a member and support this project, which has created walking trails for community health, enjoyment, environmental awareness and tourism,” said Helen Varekamp, membership coordinator.
The BRVTA has had another busy year and with the continued support of this community, this project will continue to grow. The Sawmill, Woodland and Heritage Trails, created an opportunity to hike a total of 10 KMS worth of trail and two new trails are under development near Varna, which will bring many new opportunities for the area.
“Your trail association has brought this community closer together; your support and the generosity of our landowner partners have enabled us to sponsor numerous fundraiser walks. We are also happy to share that this year’s Communities in Bloom bestowed a Special Mention Award on the BRVTA for building 14 KMs of trails in four years,” said Varekamp.
Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. Cheques may be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield N0M 1G0. Memberships can also be purchased at Outdoor Projects on Main Street in Bayfield.
If you have further questions regarding membership, please contact Varekamp, at 519 565-5442. If you are a member but are not receiving our newsletters by e-mail, please contact Varekamp at email@example.com with your e-mail address, so that the BRVTA can inform you of new developments.
Band visit a holiday tradition
On Nov. 25 the Bayfield Town Hall will welcome back the London Citadel Salvation Army Band for their sixteenth annual Christmas Concert. Their appearance on the town hall stage is a holiday tradition for many and should not be missed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held on Dec. 2.
The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883. By the early 1900s the band was in demand and performed in such cities as Windsor and Detroit. In the last 128 years the groups’ horizons have broadened considerably and they have traveled to England twice as well as the west coast of Canada and parts of the USA.
Bandmaster John Lam, a native of Owen Sound, joined the band in 1985. Ten years later he became Bandmaster and that year he brought the band to the town hall. Since then they have returned annually except for one year when they were “snowed out”.
Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 per person.
For tickets call Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894 or online at ticketscene.ca
Coincidentally, the Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, the same year that the Bayfield Town Hall was built. All proceeds from the concert will go to The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the maintenance of the hall.
"BIDS 4 KIDS" GENERATES MORE RELIEF
On Oct. 1, the Optimist Club of Bayfield held "Bids 4 Kids" Auction to raise funds for a trio of causes. The Goderich Tornado Relief effort was one of these causes. Mike Dixon, past-president of the Bayfield Club (right), was delighted to give a portion of the funds raised to Salvation Army Suncoast Citadel representative Captain Bram Pearce. The $1,500 donation will go toward helping people in the community effected by the tornado which struck Goderich on Aug. 21. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Christmas celebrations commence in the heritage village on a great lake this weekend Nov. 11-13.
Bayfield will be decked out in holiday splendor for the tree lighting ceremony that will be held in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. on Friday. The jolly old elf, himself will make his first appearance in the village for 2011. Members of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be selling hot dogs and hot drinks in support of the town hall starting at 6:30 p.m.
The following morning at 11 a.m. the Santa Claus Parade will make its way along Main Street complete with pipe bands, floats, horses and the Shriner’s mini cars.
After the parade, free carriage rides will be offered to anyone wishing to take a little tour of town the old fashioned way. Rides will be offered on Sunday afternoon as well.
Also on Sunday, the Main Street shopping experience will be enhanced by some festive music.
Shoppers will also have an opportunity to win Bayfield coupons in the amounts of $500, $300 and $200. This contest runs from Nov. 11 to Dec. 23.
With the onset of the festive season, the members of the Bayfield and Area Volunteer Fire Department would like us to remember those in our community that may be doing without.
During the upcoming Bayfield Santa Claus parade to be held on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., they will be collecting non-perishable food items from spectators along the parade route. Donations will also be accepted at Bayfield Foodland from noon to 2 p.m. that day.
The Bayfield Optimist Club will be holding a Holiday Raffle featuring special toys for a boy or a girl this festive season. The two prizes offered are sure to fill someone's wish list this year when the draw is made Dec. 11.
The club is holding a raffle on a hand painted wooden doll cradle that can also double as a child's stool. This will be the perfect bed for "Sandie" an 18" Our Generation Doll who is sure to be the best-dressed playmate a child could ever have. She comes with nine hand knit outfits (including a Santa's suit) and four beautifully sewn ensembles as well as a number of accessories - even clothes hangers! Her cradle will also be a cozy place to sleep with handmade bedding. The combined creative efforts of Jan Kuntz, Mike Dixon, Joan Schilbe and Reid Kinnear have made this prize possible.
An amazing remote controlled Chevy SSR will be raffled as second prize.
The raffle prizes will be unveiled at the Christmas in Bayfield Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 11. After that date tickets will be available from Optimist members and at the Bayfield Village Inn.
The Holiday Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. The draw will be made at Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 11. This fun family event will be held at the Bayfield Village Inn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is 12 years and up, $6; five to 11 years, $3; four and under free.
Carol Steckle, of Huron Ridge Acres, will be the featured guest at the Annual General Meeting of the Bayfield Horticultural Society on Nov. 21.
She will share with those in attendance how to display and care for Poinsettias and other Christmas plants.
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it.
The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $4 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members or at the Bayfield Village Inn.
Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings.
Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Nov. 22.
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.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.
The time has come to get back into the routines of autumn and fitness for both mind and body is once again a focus. One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to stay fit over.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Starting on Nov. 1, a time of quiet reflection and meditation will follow the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Are you ready to dance yourself into SHAPE? ZUMBA is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party and participants say it is so much fun. ZUMBA classes are held Wednesday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. Drop-ins and beginners are welcome. Drop in rate is $11 or you can purchase a Ten Pass for $90. Please contact Alison de Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Residents of Northwood Beach, just north of Bayfield on Hwy. 21, would like to invite adults with an interest in Line Dancing to join them at their club house on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. This opportunity for some fun exercise costs $5 per session. For information call Jan Leake at 519 482-1103.
Area students are being encouraged to pick up a pen and write creatively about their local watershed as part of the Watershed Tales writing contest.
In 2010, more than a dozen local students were recognized for their winning submissions in the first Watershed Tales writing contest. Following on that success, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced the student environmental writing competition is back for a second year.
Students from Ausable Bayfield watershed schools, with an interest in writing and an interest in their local environment, are invited to submit poems, short stories or essays for the competition until Nov. 30. All watershed schools are eligible.
For map of watershed boundaries, contest rules, submission form, and more information: Watershed Tales Submission Form
Last year’s winning entries were published on a website at: watershedtales.ca
ABCA presented the inaugural Watershed Tales student environmental writing awards at the Conservation Awards evening in March of this year.
Students can win prizes for short stories, essays or poems that have a positive environmental message about their local watershed environment. Prizes will be awarded for prose and poetry in different age groups. There are also short story, poem and essay categories for adults.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the members of the Bayfield Diners’ Club for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers and summer residents are most welcome to join in the meal.
The meals are served at noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
Participants should call Betty Brodhagan at 519 565-4123 on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon.
The sympathy of the entire community is sent to the Merner and Flowers families in the recent loss of Catherine “Jill” Merner (nee Flowers) of Bayfield. Jill died peacefully surrounded by her family on Nov. 3. She was 46.
A well-known resident of the village Jill touched many lives with her kind nature and generous spirit. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and leaves an indelible mark on both her immediate and extended families including her husband, Jeffrey and her children Rebecca and Mitchell, as well as her parents, Jill and Russell Flowers and her in-laws, Jack and Joan Merner, all of Bayfield. She will also be missed by three siblings and six siblings-in-law and their spouses and 30 nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 7. Interment Bayfield Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.