ABCa presents the a-B-C's of local watersheds
Healthy Watersheds Coordinator, Mari Veliz, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Association, spoke at the Conservation Awards held on March 21. The local conservation organization released Watershed Report Card 2013 at this event. (Submitted photo)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation has released its second Watershed Report Card. The document reports on five years of environmental monitoring to let people know the state of groundwater and surface water quality, wetland cover, and forest conditions in their watershed. This is the second time the local conservation authority has prepared a report card of this kind. It will be at least five years until the next one is published.
“The Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2013 provides an opportunity to present environmental information to the community to help people, community groups, and agencies to protect and enhance our local water, wetland, and forest resources,” said Healthy Watersheds Coordinator, Mari Veliz, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “The 2013 grades suggest this is a watershed where improvements are needed but the report card also shows that improvement can occur and can be measured.”
Veliz spoke about the new report card in a public talk as part of the Conservation Awards held on March 21 near Exeter. Veliz said some of the improvements measured in the document likely reflect some of the changes made and project actions taken by area landowners and communities.
“We need to continue to recognize that positive actions have started to make a difference and new actions continue to make positive change,” she said.
The Watershed Report Card includes individual report cards completed for 16 local watersheds in the area served by Ausable Bayfield Conservation. These watersheds include the Bayfield River (three watersheds), Ausable River (eight watersheds), Parkhill Creek (two watersheds), Mud Creek, and smaller Lake Huron watersheds (two areas). Grades from 2013 were compared between watersheds and with the Watershed Report Card 2007.
Highlights of the report card include:
• Forest conditions remain low in the Ausable Bayfield watersheds. Grades range from A to D, with most watersheds receiving a D grade.
• Wetland cover in the Ausable Bayfield watersheds is also limited. Grades range from B to F, with most watersheds receiving F grades. More wetlands are needed in strategic locations across the watersheds, according to the ABCA.
• Surface water quality measured at Ministry of the Environment and ABCA stations, has remained steady for most watersheds. Grades ranged from A to D, with the majority of watersheds receiving C grades. Compared with the Watershed Report Card 2007, in which only one watershed met the recreational guideline for E. coli, eight watersheds now meet this guideline. Furthermore, two watersheds (Bannockburn and Main Bayfield) have had measurable improvement in the concentrations of total phosphorus and E. coli.
• Groundwater quality measured at Ministry of the Environment monitoring wells in the Ausable Bayfield area is generally good. Several wells, however, tend to approach the drinking water standard for nitrate and the guideline for chloride, and therefore received less than an A grade. (Different types of aquifers exist throughout the region and ABCA reminds notes that the quality of an individual’s well water may vary from that of the provincial monitoring wells.)
According to ABCA, protecting and improving watershed health will require different approaches. These include actions individuals can take on their properties, community actions, and actions by agencies. Each local watershed report card suggests positive actions that each of these groups can take. When these actions are implemented together, they will have positive cumulative effects.
For more information on the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2013 visit abca.on.ca or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
A closer look at the Bayfield Main Watershed Report Card:
Ainslie Willock, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA), was an invited guest at ABCA’s annual Conservation Awards evening held near Exeter last week.
The BRA was part of a committee that worked on a 2012 Community Watershed Plan, launched last fall at the Bayfield Town Hall by local organizations and the ABCA. It's available on the BRA web site in the "Reports" section: http://bra.camp8.org/.
At the dinner, the ABCA launched their second "Watershed Report Card". Of particular interest to Willock was the report on the health of the Bayfield Main Watershed. This is the name given for the section of the watershed from Clinton to Lake Huron. Conservation Ontario and the 36 conservation authorities developed the standards for the Report Cards.
“The Reports tells us about the state of the groundwater, surface water, wetlands and forest. It compares current data to the data in their first Report Cards, prepared in 2007. This information helps us make decisions on how to have a healthier environment both on the land and in the water. We received a "C" for forest cover; a "D" for wetland coverage; and a "B" for surface water coverage,” said Willock.
Read the Bayfield Main Watershed Report Card: Main_Bayfield_2013.pdf
“When we create ideal situations, Mother Nature is able to fix the problems we've created,” said Willock. “That's why planting trees, especially along the rivers and tributaries, is so important. All plantings slow the water down and help reduce nutrients entering the water as the plants absorb them. To improve our lowest score, ideally we need a plan for a wetland. Wetlands are extremely effective at cleaning up the environment.”
Willock also expressed her thanks to all the talented staff at the ABCA for helping improve the health of the environment.
“They're here to help us and they're doing a great job!” she concluded.
Easter Egg Hunt this sunday to feature special guest
The Optimist Club of Bayfield will be raffling off this Easter basket of goodies at their annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of March 31. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Nearly 60 pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The club members are also very “hoppy” to announce that there will be an extra special guest at this year’s hunt.
Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on March 31.
Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.
Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.
Anyone interested in a sneak preview of the contents of this fabulous Easter basket should stop by the Bayfield Archives’ Room on the village’s Main Street as it is now on display in the window!
EASTER WEEKEND START OF MEET THE ARTIST SERIES AT GALLERY
The work of Artist Catherine Shane will be featured this weekend as part of the first Meet the Artist Reception for 2013 at the JMR Gallery on Main Street. The work pictured above is entitled, "Basically Bayfield – Sunsational". It measures 40”x20” and is acrylic on canvas. (Submitted photo)
JMR Gallery on Main Street in Bayfield will kick off their “Meet the Artist” Series for 2013 with a reception on March 30 to introduce new works by two Ontario Artists.
Mara Schiavetto and Catherine Shane will be in attendance from 1-3 p.m. and during that time some light refreshments will also be served. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. that evening so there is plenty of time to drop by and take in the work of these two talented ladies.
Although there are obvious differences in what appears on their canvases both women changed career paths to pursue their true passion – making art.
Mara Schiavetto’s notes on her website, “My recent paintings place emphasis on textures, color combinations and rhythm of lines to achieve a pleasing aesthetic, inviting the viewer to linger on passages, with the hope of creating an intimate dialog with the work."
Mara Schiavetto will display her works at the JMR Gallery from now until Apr. 28. "Celebration No. 27" is an acrylic on canvas painting that will be featured in the show. Visitors to the gallery will have an opportunity to meet the artist on the afternoon of March 30. (Submitted photo)
Schiavetto emigrated from Treviso, Italy settling in Montreal,Quebec to study art at McGill University. A developing interest in a travel career brought her to Toronto where she continued to study art and work in travel. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design to become a full-time artist in 1998.
“My current series of abstracted florals, however, resulted form a spontaneous burst of energy that needed to be expressed brightly, directly and without hesitation. The vivid colors, textures and vigorous mark making are in contrast to my series of non-objective abstractions,” Schiavetto continued. “While the non-objective abstracts came from deep introspection, the current florals are a direct expression, an immediacy from my heart and soul. Although this is essentially a personal expression, it nevertheless finds universal appeal. One's soul responds to joy, its innate state, and color is an element that helps nourish and invigorate our souls.”
Catherine Shane, of Oakville, is both an artist and illustrator. Her interactive abstract art is intended to “Exercise Your Eyes”.
According to Shane’s website, “I changed my career focus from the corporate world and pursued my artistic passion to embark on my “Make Your Walls Laugh” series of imaginative, whimsical and abstract acrylic paintings, consisting of vibrant palettes and occasional humor in paintings that often tell a story. I am inspired by my surroundings and travels. People, activities and situations that I see often appear in my paintings.
“I want the viewer to not only look at the piece, but to look through the piece, to discover depth and dimension, to enjoy color and texture.”
The exhibit of work by Schiavetto and Shane will be on display at the JMR Gallery from now until Apr. 28.
GROUP CLEANSE OFFERS SUPPORT TOWARD LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Willow Creek Wellness, Diana Trzok, is inviting all in the area to join her in Bayfield’s First Annual Spring Community Cleanse.
“I want to help people train themselves to make good lifestyle changes instead of looking for the quick fix. A group cleanse is more about support. Often times you are the only person in the household cleansing and this can prove to be challenging,” she said.
People are asked to meet at the new Bayfield Public Library on Apr. 6 at 10 a.m. to discuss and learn about the benefits of nutritional cleansing, the who, what, when, where and how's of bodily detoxification, effective cleansing programs and techniques to help rid the body of toxins. She will offer high, medium and low impact suggestions for cleansing to suit individual comfort levels.
"So you can still eat food and some of your favorite meals, as it is not necessarily a juice cleanse or fast," said Trzok.
It isn’t always about fasting but it is about moving away from the standard Canadian diet and adding healthier practices to the diet. There will be a recipe swap so participants should bring a notebook and pen.
“We will plan to embark on a 10-day cleanse together as a community where we can benefit from the mutual support of like-minded, health conscious friends, colleagues and neighbors,” she said.
The cleanse will go from Apr. 8-18. Participants can join the event on Facebook at “Bayfield Community Cleanse”.
If there is enough interest Trzok plans to host a celebratory end-of-cleanse meal at the newly renovated Willow Creek Country Inn just south of Bayfield on Hwy. 21.
For more information about the cleanse please call Trzok at Willow Creek Wellness Retreat Centre at 519 955-6088 or visit willowcreekwellness.ca.
AUXILIARY'S Card Cavalcade COMING TO TOWN IN APRIL
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
Twenty-seven members of the CPH Auxiliary met in the conference room at the hospital on March 4. The Auxiliary is working with Cheryl Hunt, volunteer coordinator for Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance in planning increased volunteer duties within the hospital.
The CPH Auxiliary’s Card Cavalcade will be visiting Bayfield for one fun-filled day of cards and socializing over dessert and coffee. The date is Apr. 19. A “Bridge Party” will start the day off at 1 p.m. followed by a “Euchre Party” at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church. Admission is $5 per person.
The Card Cavalcade will also make a stop in Blyth on Apr. 4 at the Royal Canadian Legion. Games of Euchre will be played starting at 1 p.m. On Apr. 11, it moves to Clinton when the Clinton United Church will host both Bridge and Euchre games at 1 p.m.
And looking ahead, the CPH Auxiliary Tag Day will be held in Clinton on May 3.
The CPH Auxiliary members will meet next on Apr. 1 at 9 a.m. for their annual meeting. Please note the change of time. The regular meeting will follow the annual meeting. New volunteers are always welcome.
Holy Week has arrived and Trinity Anglican Church will offer a variety of worship opportunities for those in the community.
A Good Friday service will be held on March 29 starting at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday will be celebrated at both the 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. church services at Trinity.
And in keeping with tradition, a Maundy Thursday service will be held at St. James’, Middleton at 7:30 p.m. on March 28.
Easter Sunday is a highlight of the church calendar for the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church and they welcome all in the community to attend their holiday services.
The 3Ms Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the church starting at 7:30 a.m. on March 31.
Following the program, those in attendance will share a potluck breakfast in the church basement.
The traditional Easter Service will be held at the church later that same morning at 11 a.m. This service will be presided over by Bill and Karen Butt. The choir will offer special music with Trumpeter Victor Carriere as a featured guest.
About 100 people turned out their lights at home and headed to St. Andrew’s United Church to celebrate Earth Hour on March 23.
“The Bayfield Tree Project Committee thanks everyone for joining them to celebrate our third annual Earth Hour event,” said Roma Harris, of the Bayfield Tree Project Committee (BTPC).
Leslie Bella directed both The Glee Sisters and United Church Choirs during the evening program that focused on environmentally friendly themes.
“The choirs performed some beautiful music and led an enthusiastic audience in a fun ‘lights-out’ sing-along all the way through Earth Hour; a great time was had by all and over $1,000 was raised to plant trees in the village,” added Harris.
The BTPC will announce their plans for the 2013 spring tree-planting season in the Bayfield Breeze soon.
Friday, July 12 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. But the event doesn’t happen overnight; in fact it is only a success if people remember the event when they are Spring cleaning. Organizers are now asking people to set aside their unique, nearly new, antique and quality castoffs for the sale that provides funds for the ongoing maintenance of Pioneer Park in addition to the lake bank restoration project.
Donors should be aware that clothing, magazines, encyclopedias, shoes, large appliances, televisions, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items, and baby furniture cannot be accepted. Sports equipment and electrical appliances must be CSA approved.
Pick up of large items will start in June. Donors can also drop off their contributions at the Bayfield Arena on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New volunteers are welcome to take part in this great community event. Organizers report that it is an excellent way to meet people!
Anyone wishing to volunteer, or for more information should contact the sale convenors: Claire Trepanier by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandy Scotchmer at email@example.com.
SAIL AND CANVAS FESTIVAL
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sail and Canvas Festival will celebrate its 11th anniversary on the weekend of June 15-16. The Sail and Canvas Committee is looking for exciting, fresh talent to showcase their work.
Artists, artisans and digital artists who would like to participate should email a short bio and website address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If potential participants do not have a website they should email seven to 10 jpeg images of their work instead. Please put Sail and Canvas Committee/ Artist Participation in the subject line. The deadline to apply is Apr. 25.
A committee will determine an artist’s acceptance in the festival. Artists not affiliated with a Bayfield art gallery must pay a $50 registration fee. This fee confirms their participation in the festival, helps advertise the weekend, ensures artists have a volunteer to watch over their set-up during breaks, an artist reception and coffee from the Bayfield cafes. The fee is non-refundable.
Artists are responsible for their own set-up. This involves a tent or umbrella structure, a way to hang work, a table, a chair and working materials. On Saturday, set-up would begin between 8-9 a.m. with artists working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist reception would follow at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, artists are expected to work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF BAYFIELD
Following the positive feedback on the quality of photographs included in the 2013 Bayfield Calendar, the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will again be coordinating the photographic submissions for the 2014 Bayfield Calendar on behalf of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC).
This year the BACC and PCoB are looking for photos that, in addition to being recognizably of Bayfield, also reflect the many different aspects of the village. Some suggested topics are: beach or marina scenes, the artistic side of village life and views of historic buildings and sites.
Gary Lloyd-Rees, co-president of the PCoB, said, "We encourage every Bayfield Breeze reader, and their friends or family, to look through their digital photographs and to submit any that they would like to be considered for inclusion in the 2014 calendar.”
Images can be sent to the dedicated Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/groups/bayfieldcalendar2014/. Anyone who is not a regular user of Flickr can email their digital photographs directly to the PCoB at email@example.com.
Please note that the cut-off for submissions is May 22.
The final selection of photographs will be made by the end of May, with a special event being planned to launch the calendar over the Sail and Canvas weekend of June 15-16. Be sure to check the Bayfield Breeze for more details regarding the calendar launch over the coming weeks.
The Bayfield Film Society’s new season is now underway and with the updated audio-visual equipment at the Town Hall the society film nights promise to be even better.
The spring schedule includes the films: Rebelle, Apr. 11; Inch'Allah, May 9; and The Intouchables, June 13.
Tickets are available now. They can be obtained by calling Lynne Gillians at 519 565-5884
TAOIST TAI CHI
In view of the success of the second introductory class in January, Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering its third Taoist Tai Chi™ introductory class on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. starting Apr. 8 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
The Taoist tradition teaches that a person's health depends on the harmony of body and mind. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. Participants can immediately experience the benefits of these arts through the gentle yet powerful movement of Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.
An Open House for Taoist Tai Chi will be held on Apr. 3 at the Bayfield Town Hall from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information call the Taoist Tai Chi Kincardine location at 519 396-2262.
Anyone who has ever had the desire to learn to play Bridge the opportunity to do so is at hand.
Tom Rajnovich, an experienced bridge instructor from Goderich, will be offering lessons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Monday afternoons in May and June from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rajnovich started teaching beginners' bridge in Seaforth last year and now has 24 students enrolled in a third session there. He needs a minimum of 12 participants to run a similar Audrey Grant style program in Bayfield.
The Audrey Grant system is what many people in Bayfield play. These classes are designed for people that have had some exposure to bridge and/or are strong euchre players, as a good understanding of trump and trick taking is a prerequisite. As the class will progress fairly quickly, homework will have to be completed in between each class. The cost is $75 and includes eight sessions and an Audrey Grant instruction book.
For more information or to register for these lessons call after Apr. 1: Pat Lewington at 519 565-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Rajnovich at 519 524-6374 or email@example.com. For more information visit Rajnovich’s web page at http://users.eastlink.ca/~trajnovich/
Anyone who wishes to receive a monthly online schedule of some of the One Care sponsored fitness opportunities available in Bayfield should call Lewington at the number listed above.
Total Body Fit co-ed classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. Please bring a mat to Monday classes. The cost is $4 per class or register for four months for $50.
Stronger Seniors co-ed classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Please bring a mat. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.
Please note classes are cancelled on Good Friday, March 29.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Badminton continues at the Stanley Complex in Varna. The games begin at 7 p.m. No equipment or experience needed.
“Guys on the Go” meet at 6 Main Street on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. What’s on the agenda? Anything goes – biking, hiking etc.