Local students heading to canada wide science fair
STORY AND PHOTO BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Jessie Payne, of Bayfield (left), and Sam Murray, of Brucefield, took first place at the Senior Science and Inventor’s Fair held in Seaforth on March 30. This win will afford them a week at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Toronto in May as well as a meeting with Dr. David Suzuki when he visits Stratford on Apr. 12. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Jessie Payne, of Bayfield and Sam Murray, of Brucefield, are on their way to the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Toronto after taking first place in the Senior Science and Inventor’s Fair held on March 30 in Seaforth.
The two Grade 7 students from Huron Centennial School took part in the event that was open to all Grade 7-12 students in both the Avon Maitland District School Board and Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.
The Science and Inventors’ Fair allows students to show their own research or invention to a series of judges. The projects can take the form of an experiment, a research paper, or an engineering project and students are asked to create a report, design a display and be prepared to present their project to the judges. The process usually begins in the classroom where the teacher is using the science fair or invention process as a means of teaching the scientific method.
Jessie and Sam set out to discover if algae could convert car emissions into oxygen.
“The idea came from a talk that my mom and I had when we were driving on our way to hockey,” said Jessie. “We discussed trying to solve existing problems with what we already have instead of coming up with new materials that could create more problems.”
From that discussion she and Sam began to do research into photosynthesis; learning that algae can convert more carbon dioxide than any other living plant material. So then they decided to focus their attention on algae.
“We took two jars and put algae in one and then we injected car emissions into the jars and recorded how long it took to convert the carbon dioxide,” said Jessie. “By using carbon dioxide detectors we learned that in 12 hours the algae had taken the levels to under 30 parts per million which is considered to be a safe level, while the jar without algae sat at 500 parts per million.”
Jessie and Sam will share their findings at the CWSF to be held at the Seneca College-Newnham Campus in Toronto from May 14-21. This week long national competition will bring together over 500 finalists and 500 highly qualified judges from local colleges, universities, and public and private sector labs. The students will compete for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes worth $1 million.
Apart from the science, the fair is its own unique experience with banquets, sightseeing tours, special events, dances and more. According to their website, the CWSF goes out of its way to create an exciting cultural experience for all participants. The CWSF is organized by Youth Science Canada in partnership with a local volunteer committee.
Due to their win, Jessie and Sam are among the selected students from across the Avon Maitland District School Board that will meet with Dr. David Suzuki when he visits Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford on Apr. 12.
Included on the agenda for the day, Suzuki will join a small group of students, among them Jessie and Sam, for a chat session on the environment, personal health and food.
fourteenth Home and Garden Show boasts 75 exhibitors
In 2010, close to 70 exhibitors filled the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre as part of the Bayfield Lions' Club's 13th annual Home and Garden Show. This year's show is shaping up to be even bigger. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show, now in its 14th year, will see 75 exhibitors displaying everything a person needs to make their house a home.
The show will be held Apr. 29 to May 1 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
The show features interior decorators, renovation specialists, hot tub and pool dealers, as well as a cross section of household necessities from furnishings to lawn mowers. There will also be some exhibitors devoted to active living and still others who can help you get away from the household chores and take a vacation.
There is no admission fee and those who attend and fill out a ballot will have a chance at two great door prizes. Bayfield Foodland has generously donated a $500 food voucher and the Bayfield Garage a gas barbecue.
For those who work up an appetite touring the exhibits a lunch counter is provided upstairs featuring home style cooking and pies.
The members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club state that this is their major fundraiser of the year with the proceeds from the event going back into the community through their many projects and causes.
The show hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Collector Exhibition offers something of interest to all
Paul and Sharon Johnston shared their tremendous collection of clocks at the 2010 Collector's Show and Exhibition. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Historical Society’s 11th annual Bayfield Collector Show and Exhibition is fast approaching. The event will be held on Apr. 16-17.
The exhibition will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. with several local dignitaries in attendance.
Historical Society member, Phil Gemeinhardt works very hard all year round at finding new and different collections and exhibitors for this event. Pedal tractors, vintage toys, rope making, museum and archive displays, sewing, dolls, china and sometimes even the weird and the un-identifiable; this show offers something of interest for everyone.
Popular aspects of the show continue to be the silent auction, appraisal corner and lunch booth.
The silent auction always has a vast selection of items generously donated by area businesses and society friends. Organizers note that bidding on the items is brisk on both days but to be sure to be the winning bidder it is best to be there when the auction closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more than a decade now, Tim Saunders, owner of Three Squirrels Antiques as well as a Historical Society past-president, has volunteered his time to preside over the appraisal table. With over 20 years experience in the antiques and collectables business, there is very little he cannot appraise. Those who wish to consult with him should bring no more than three items per person and pictures of furniture or other large items will suffice.
The Bayfield Historical Society is able to carry on many local projects because of the generous donations they receive at the door to this event as well as at the appraisal table. The spirited bidding that occurs on many of the silent auction items also makes this the largest annual fundraiser for the society.
For exhibitor or show information please contact: Phil Gemeinhardt, 519 482- 9230 or Binnie Sturgeon 519 565-2376.
After a long winter, the members of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society are ready to start the gardening season.
Apr. 18th is the date for their first meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
Linda McDougall, Landscape Planner for the City of London, will be the featured speaker for the evening. She will give a presentation on “Planting for the Environment”.
McDougall will present the work and publications of three Landscape Designers she admires and then focus on what makes their work environmentally friendly. Her favorites include the gorgeous landscape designs by Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, of the USA; Piet Oudolf, of the Netherlands; and Lorraine Johnson, of Canada.
McDougall will also bring a range of materials offering advice on planting from local environmental groups for members to take home with them.
Youth in Grades Six to Eight are invited to a Much Music Video Dance to be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna on Apr. 21.
The dance will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 each.
The Optimist Club of Bayfield is hosting this fun event. For more information contact Teri Ladd at 519 565-2995.
The Bayfield Optimist Club is planning a Greek Toga theme for their upcoming Ladies’ Night, May 7. Those who attend, “Almost Heaven in 2011” are encouraged to come draped in their best Grecian sheet.
Organizers have some special activities in the works for the evening including a Zumba Demonstration, Silent Auction and Cash Draw. The women are sure to be kept laughing all evening thanks to a stellar comedienne – who will it be this year?
The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 each from Optimist members and at Brandon's Hardware. They would make a great gift for the mother figures in your life! All proceeds go towards Friends of Youth projects and activities.
bayfield Concert Series
John K. Samson of the Weakerthans will take to the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall this Saturday night, Apr. 9. Special guest Andy McGuire will join him.
Tickets, for this Bayfield Concert Series event, are available now for $35. Hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit
The 26th Annual Stanley Canoe Rally is set to run Apr. 10.
The cost to enter is $20 for one poker hand. Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants enter the race at Tyndall’s Bridge on Airport Line (2nd of Stanley) and enjoy a five-mile run on the Bayfield River ending at the Varna Bridge.
To ensure a safe and fun time for all participants the following rules will be enforced: no motorized vehicles, everyone in the canoe must wear a life jacket; and participants must be 16 years or accompanied by an adult.
The event is organized by the Bluewater Stanley Recreation Committee with proceeds going to support minor sports in the community.
For more information please call Pete Walden at 519 233-7525 or Jeff Brandon at 519 565-2878.
It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
“Soup and a Bun and a Movie Night” will conclude on Apr. 11 with a showing of Finding Neverland. The evening will run from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.
There are three shows remaining in the Bayfield Film Society’s spring series. Next on the docket is the documentary, Force of Nature, to be shown on Apr. 14.
Also scheduled are the films: "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
To learn more about tickets for these productions please contact Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.
Jean Bowman and Brenda Blair were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on March 30.
The club will meet next on Apr. 13. The hands will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Spring is here, albeit it in name only, there is still time to resolve to get fit for Summer!
Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.
One-hour Zumba classes are held every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and on Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at The Bayfield Town Hall. The cost to attend is $90 for a ten-pass card or there is an $11 drop-in fee. Ten pass cards are also honored at the one-hour Seaforth Zumba classes held every Monday evening at 7 p.m. and some Wednesday mornings starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Seaforth Community Centre. Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz teach the classes. For more information email De Groot or Dietz at email@example.com or visit them on Facebook at ZUMBA Bayfield and ZUMBA Seaforth.
The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.
Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. There is also a Stretching Class held on Fridays at 10 a.m., participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. All of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.
Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.