over two hundred attracted to time of our lives expo
Dave MacLaren, of Home4Good’s Housing Committee, presents information about housing options for local seniors, along with offering a brief summary of proposed changes to Bluewater’s Official Plan.
Bayfield’s Home for Good hosted “The ‘Time of Our Lives’ Expo” on Nov. 3 and 200 plus people attended during the course of the day.
The Bayfield Community Centre was transformed with white drapes around the walls, table cloths in lime green, purple and black, and by trees and fresh flowers imported by volunteers. Those enjoying a vintage adult lifestyle were delighted with the lunch from Charles Street Market and enjoyed the various speakers.
Home4Good Chair Leslie Bella welcomes exhibitors and attendees to the ’Time of Our Lives Expo’.
According to one of the organizers, Leslie Bella, of Bayfield, these are some highlights:
Pat Pal told us that “sitting is the new smoking”, and gave us lots of tips to remind ourselves to get up and move around!
Pauleen Hoffman, from “Just in Time Solutions”, had her audience in stitches as she described strategies for ensuring that your children take all their junk with them when they finally leave home.
The Bayfield Ukulele Society entertained us with a sing-along over lunch, and got us all joining them with “You are my Sunshine”.
Neil Murray, from TD Wealth Management, warned us about the dangers of dying without a will, and the importance of ensuring that your children have wills as well.
Dave MacLaren described options for seniors’ housing, and how the new municipal plan could make some of them possible in Bayfield.
We were intrigued to learn how easy it would be to use “urban pole walking” to strengthen both upper and lower body.
Finally, Doug Brown led a graceful demonstration of Tai Chi, which fascinated the uninitiated.
Bella concluded, “Home4Good thanks our provincial funders, all the exhibitors, all the volunteers and the visitors for their enthusiastic support of this event.”
Jacquie Doummar, of CCAC, shares info with seniors about the benefits of actively managing their own health care.
Clad in colorful tie-dye, ten members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society strummed and had the crowd singing along to golden oldies such as “Five Foot Two” & “King of the Road”
More than 100 attendees enjoyed lunch catered by the Charles St. Market as the Bayfield Ukulele Society provided entertainment.
Interested seniors listen to information about the changing role and responsibilities of acting as an executor to a loved one’s estate.
Members of Fung Lok Taoist Tai Chi demonstrate their gentle fitness routine with grace and focus.
shoreline residents receIve support from ABCA Board
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors confirmed through an approved amended motion at a Special Meeting in Exeter on Nov. 3, that the Board does not agree with the draft shoreline management development guidelines proposed by a consulting team in a draft Consultant Recommendation Report. More than 270 interested people, including shoreline residents, almost filled the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter for the Special Meeting.
The conservation authority, working with a Steering Committee that includes industry, shoreline, and municipal representatives, started work in 2015 to update the current Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), which has not been updated since 2000. Originally, the update was to be completed in 2016 but ABCA accepted the Steering Committee’s recommendation to extend the work into 2017. A consulting team doing technical work as part of the update prepared the draft recommendation report. The Steering Committee recommended that the draft report be posted online to provide opportunities for public written comments to help inform development of local policy. ABCA then posted the draft online on Sept. 1 for public written comments until Dec. 1. Since the draft was posted, more than 200 people have provided written comments. Some of the comments have been positive towards aspects of the document but the majority of comments have been critical of at least some of the draft report’s recommendations including proposed development guidelines. Many shoreline residents said the consultants’ draft recommendations went too far. The Board of Directors agreed at the special meeting.
The chairman of the ABCA, Mike Tam, on Oct. 27, called the Nov. 3 Special Meeting, at the written request of one-third of the Directors, to deal with a notice of motion. The motion in the notice was introduced by director Burkhard Metzger. At the Special Meeting, Metzger also introduced an amendment that changed the motion’s wording from the board “does not intend to” implement to “will not” and that deleted the words “in its proposed form.” Director George Irvin requested recorded votes. The votes were recorded and all members of the Board of Directors voted in favor of the motion as amended.
The approved amended motion, moved by Dave Frayne and seconded by George Irvin, was carried and said that: Resolved that the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors declares that it will not implement the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Shoreline Development Guidelines of Section 7.8 in the report (pages 113-117) and does not endorse the underlying principle of ‘managed retreat’ and the outright prohibition of all shoreline protection works, and further, that the Board of Directors continue to endorse the use of policies as contained in the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan and the Board of Directors direct staff to provide options to re-engage the public to update the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan.”
Chairman Mike Tam thanked the crowd for being polite and cordial as the Board conducted its meeting to consider the motions.
“A number of people asked that the Board provide additional clarity in a timely way and the calling of a Special Meeting was a way for the directors to reinforce that they are not going to implement the development guidelines proposed by the consulting team,” said Brian Horner, ABCA General-Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. “We appreciate the interest shown by the public and the input they have provided us to date. Staff will now work to provide the Board with options for re-engaging the public and all our partners to update the 2000 Plan.”
The primary focus of the ABCA Shoreline Management Plan Update is to address shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. According to staff, updates to the 2000 Shoreline Management Plan would provide and support solutions to current and future issues and problems along the shoreline; reduce damage due to periods of erosion, flooding, and dynamic beach movement that may occur to development close to the shore of Lake Huron; direct new development away from hazardous areas; and help to protect existing development from potential impacts of new development. An updated Shoreline Management Plan should reflect current mapping, legislation, policies, guidelines, technical information related to shoreline hazards, and current land use trends along the Lake Huron shoreline, according to ABCA.
Ontario Regulation 147/06 (The Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses) is a provincial regulation that gives Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority a regulatory role to help protect life and property in areas including shoreline hazard areas. The conservation authority’s planning and permits program reviews new development proposals along the shoreline. Updates to a Shoreline Management Plan could provide a more consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to ABCA. Updates could provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends.
To learn more about shoreline management in the watershed visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update page online at abca.on.ca at: http://www.abca.on.ca/page.php?page=shoreline-management. Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management in the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates you may visit this link: http://eepurl.com/bxn8_5
Fair Board busy all year round
Competition still continues for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) long after the fair has concluded. About six categories held at the fair continue for competition against the winners from all the fairs in District 8 that includes Huron and Perth Counties. One of Bayfield’s young exhibitors won the district senior poster competition. Cate Thompson has won in the past and we look forward to seeing how she does when her poster will compete against winners of the Districts in Ontario. She sure makes the fair board members proud of her accomplishments.
A special photo competition has been always available to anyone taking pictures at the fair. In the past no one has participated. This year there were several who entered and the winners in 20 of the categories will be sent to Toronto to compete against all the fairs in Ontario. The winning fair photos will be announced at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Convention in Toronto.
A wine and cheese information night was held on Nov. 4. Several people took the time to chat with the Directors and find out what the needs of the BAS are. Volunteers did step forward and indicate their willingness to support the work of the Society. Anyone is invited to contact President Jentje Steenbeek at 519 482-3020 if they were unable to attend are interested in learning more about becoming a director or a volunteer. It was presented that new ventures are always considered and if there is an interest in entertainment such as remote controlled competitions, boxing, demolition derby, lawnmower racing, drone Olympics, or animal sorting competitions, they would be considered. Anyone interested in a new activity for the fair and a willingness to organize it should let the BAS know by emailing email@example.com.
The date for the Annual Meeting for the BAS has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 22. The potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church. A speaker will follow and the meeting will take place at 8 p.m. All are invited to enjoy the meal and learn about the organization at its annual meeting.
Ugly christmas sweater day
Christmas in Bayfield is just around the corner, Nov. 18-20!
People can check out http://christmasinbayfield.com/ to learn more.
Friday, Nov. 18 will be known as Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in the Village and all are encouraged to root to the back of their closets and pull out that delightful sweater that looked so darling in the 90s, squeeze on into it and head to the tree lighting in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m.
Gave your sweater to charity? No worries, since ugly Christmas sweaters are now considered trendy you can probably buy a new one to wear – maybe even from a village merchant – be on the look out while shopping this holiday season.
We're number three!
Expedia.ca has selected the Village of Bayfield as the third friendliest town in Canada.
Based on 2015 verified Expedia user reviews, they found the top towns, cities, and communities based on friendly hotel staff with welcoming attitudes and an amiable air. Ranked from highest to lowest on their five-star rating system, the article lists the top 25 nicest places to visit in this country. Bayfield was ranked behind Carp, Ontario and North Hatley, Quebec.
The article written by Jennifer Cuellar and published on Oct. 26 noted, “Bobbing boats, charming boutiques, and ringing bicycle bells make it easy to think you’re in some kind of fairytale when you’re walking through Bayfield. Perhaps this is why it’s regarded as one of the friendliest cities in Canada.”
To learn more about the Top 25 please visit: https://travelblog.expedia.ca/friendliest-towns-canada/
SAWMILL TRAIL HIKE
On Nov. 13, hikers are invited to bring their children and grandchildren on a hike along the Sawmill Trail so that they can have an opportunity to learn an appreciation for nature trails, followed by an outdoor craft in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. They will be able to decorate a live Christmas tree and feed the birds and squirrels at the same time.
This afternoon should be fun for the whole family starting at 1 p.m. Those who take part are asked to please bring some canned food for the Bayfield Food Bank.
The trail is 2 KM long, difficulty is level 2 although there is one large hill and the hike will take approximately two hours. To access the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed .5 KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available.
Hike leaders will be Pat Baker 519 565-4015, Dave Gillians 519 565-5884 and Jack Pal 519 565-5340.
On Christmas in Bayfield weekend, Sunday, Nov. 20 people are invited to take part in a hike along the Woodland Trail starting at 1 p.m.
Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo at Clan Gregor Square, stroll through the village until they reach the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street. Once in the woods they will enjoy the scenic beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails. The trail is 5 KM long, difficulty is level 3 and the hike will take approximately two hours.
Hike leaders will be Adriaan Schreuder 519 565-2382, Dave Gillians 519 565-5884 and Gary Mayell 519 565-5662.
Soup and Sweets
St. James’ Church, Middleton presents their Soup and Sweets Luncheon to be held on Nov. 20 after their 11 a.m. service.
The congregation invites everyone to come and join them for delicious homemade soups and desserts about noon. Of course all are invited to come for the worship service as well if they wish.
Those who attend can help make a little one’s Christmas brighter by making a Free Will Offering with all proceeds going to the Huron County Christmas Bureau.
St. James’ is located at the Corner of Tipperary Line and Bayfield Road (77397 Tipperary Line).
Salvation Army Concert
On Nov. 25, join us at the Bayfield Town Hall for a Magical Evening of Christmas Music featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood.
Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for December 2.
Tickets are $20 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Pat Pal at 519 565-5340.
On Monday, Nov. 28, the Bayfield Historical Society welcomes back speaker David Yates.
The always entertaining and informative Mr. Yates will be speaking about “Prohibition in Huron County”, since it was such a contentious issue during its time he should have many stories to relate. Humorous antidotes, factual information and his smooth presentation all combine to make Yates one of the BHS members’ favorite speakers!
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to attend.
Charlie Brown Christmas
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) together with the Glee Sisters presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas Story and Song for the Entire Family” on Nov. 19.
There will be two shows at the town hall at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The entrance fee is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).
The Bayfield Optimist Club and the Glee Sisters will be providing miniature trees to the children attending the show decorated “a la Charlie Brown” and these will have a care label attached for future planting.
Cookies and hot chocolate will be served courtesy the BTHHS.
On Dec. 3, the Glee Sisters will offer a performance of this production at The Livery in Goderich starting at 2 p.m. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Foodbank in Goderich.
United Way grants
The United Way of Perth-Huron has opened for applications for New Initiative grants. Grants will be received from now until Dec. 9.
The new initiative grant funding stream was created to respond to emerging needs, test and evaluate new models of service, support collaborative partnerships or smaller-scale projects and assist in the pilot of new projects.
Previous projects that have been funded include the County of Huron, Local Immigration Partnership. This funding allowed for a settlement counselor to provide support services for newcomers to the Huron community specifically around assistance with government documents.
Another project included the Community Trends Platform, a web-based information platform being created that will track online quality of life indicators that speak to a community's well-being and is available to all members of the community. These community indicators provide information on the overall direction of a community, providing data on where it is improving, declining, and/ or staying the same.
Funding for New Initiative grants is for one year and the information can be found at perthhuron.unitedway.ca under funding.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau will soon be up and operating for 2016 and the coordinators for the Clinton Bureau, Rosemary Edward and Dianne Weber, are already putting out the call for volunteers.
The Clinton United Church is the location for the Clinton Bureau. Volunteers are needed for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 for sorting and Dec. 5 to Dec. 8 for distribution week. Also a driver is needed on Nov. 14 to deliver collection boxes from Clinton to locations in Bayfield.
Anyone interested in volunteering can reach Weber at 519 482-5334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
learn to play
Anyone wishing to learn how to play Mah Jongg should consider coming out for lessons to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Mondays in November.
A simplified version of the game will be taught initially on Nov. 14, 21 and 28 starting at 1 p.m. The cost for the three lessons is $10.
Please call 519 565-2202 to reserve your spot.
Hike leader course
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will be hosting a Hike Leader Course on Nov. 12 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The course will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $75. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Hot water and a coffee maker are available.
Participants are asked to bring a backpack with first aid items they would take on a hike. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for an outdoor hike. Instruction book will be supplied.
If interested in attending, or if any questions, please phone or e-mail Anne Melady at email@example.com or call 519 345-2783.
STUFF THE TRUCK
First Aid for the Hungry “Stuff the Truck” Local Food Drive will be happening across Huron County in November.
Joel Paakkunainen, a paramedic with the Huron County Paramedic Services is the food drive organizer again this year. All non-perishable foods collected will be donated to the Huron County Food Distribution Centre and given to the citizens of Huron who need it most.
The public is encouraged to come check out the ambulance and meet paramedics at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the dates listed: Hansen’s Independent in Exeter, Nov. 12; Foodland in Clinton, Nov. 19; Zehrs and Walmart in Goderich, Nov. 26.
Please contact Paakkunainen at 519 525-8605 for more information.
Letters to Santa
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox but at Bayfield Foodland.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself.