Author Archives: Jan Hawley

Walton Raceway & Edge of Walton Challenge Course

RE-LAUNCH of Walton Raceway

OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 1 – 4 pm.

You are invited to Come Experience Walton!

While many may know a lot of what we do here at Walton, there is so much more being offered at our Open House. We put together a list of stories you may find interesting to share with your readers. Read on…..

The 2017 IPM was definitely one of the most successful plowing matches in the history of this annual event. Riding on its success, Walton organizers are determined to continue its legacy, bringing people out to Huron County, Huron East and sharing their success with all future events and tourist drivers in the area. Warden Jim Ginn and local business owner, Brian McGavin, along with many others from Huron County including Huron East Council will be onsite to discuss the legacy and opportunity.

  • Four-time Canadian National Motocross Champion Colton Facciotti will be onsite testing for the upcoming motocross Nationals. The Alymer Ontario racer hopes to leave Walton a 5-time champion in August 2018. He along with other riders and Walton organisers will be onsite to discuss the 2018 Walton TransCan Grand National Championships.
  • Don Dodds and Wayne Harnock are two friends from Brussels, who are using Walton Raceway for competitive Retriever training. Their duck dogs will be onsite showing off this fascinating sport.
  • Tom Bitz of London Ontario picked up RC car racing as a hobby a few years ago. The multi-time national champion will be onsite with his 1/5 scale remote control car.

 

Edge of Walton also hosts a challenge course that is directed at young people in our schools, giving them outdoor experiences, and confidence-building opportunities. Walton has over one thousand kids per year take in the Edge of Walton Challenge Course.

Edge Of Walton Challenge Course is a Non Profit organization giving back 10% annually to local groups and organizations. It is not only part of our commitment to our community, it is a part of our legacy.

While most associate the Walton Raceway with motocross, Walton is a leader in environmental and community-driven initiatives:

  • Over 80,000 trees have been planted on the 200 acres on the raceway property

  • A giant 100 KW solar building sits at the entrance

  • Acres of wetland habitat has been restored for native species with walking trails to access the areas for education

  • In 2017, Walton rescued more than 100 snapping turtle eggs, and along with Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, released them into the surround area ponds.

Working with local businesses is another important focus of Walton Raceway. The Open House will host five local businesses on site to network and chat about what we are working on in 2018.

“Tanner Steffler Foundation will create a culture of change in Mental Health, Addiction and Wellness services for youth and their families in Huron County”, says Founders John and Heather Steffler.

John Steffler will be on site to bring awareness of their foundation, share their current objectives and provide details of their 3-year plan. The Tanner Steffler Foundation has brought forth the need for an opportunity like the challenge course and will be onsite talking about future partnerships.

Maelstrom Winery will be in attendance as a supportive partner at Walton. Maelstrom is a local winery that will be providing tastings of the outstanding wines they are producing right here in Huron County. Discover Huron County’s first winery. Taste the difference artisanal winemaking and unique terroir bring.

Windmill Lake & Eco Park, is a unique outdoor recreation park located only 5 minutes from Bayfield and Lake Huron. Nestled within 200 acres of forest, their 40-acre private lake offers activities for all ages and interests. Windmill Lake is dedicated to offering everyone an opportunity to sustainably explore the outdoors in Ontario through wakeboarding, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, special events, yoga and adventure retreats! Jennifer Pate will be here to talk Windmill Lake and Walton, Huron Adventures!

G2G Rail Trail, Building Bridges and Connecting Communities. The Walton G2G trailheads is within 250 metres of Walton Raceway, you can easily access this 127 km safe passage to hike, bike, run or walk. Also located across the road from Walton Raceway is the Huron County REA Memorial Forest, part of the Huron County reforestation project. Grace Vandenheuvel, G2G Rail Trail will be here to chat all things trail.

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Any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us anytime.

See you in Walton! 

Brett Lee 

Success is in the Wind at BIA National Conference

For Immediate Release: April 16th, 2018

Success is in the Wind at BIA National Conference

It’s highly unlikely that Alexander Stewart realized he was laying the groundwork for an insightful enterprise that would reinforce the growth of a community. After all, it was 1862 and he was building a traditional, timber-frame barn on his property just north of Brussels, Ontario.

Leap forward 156 years, and thanks to the innovative passion of developer, Bryan Morton, a local businessman, Stewart’s beautiful heritage structure has become a vital keystone in the renewal of this historic downtown.

The significant impact that the Brussels Four Winds Wedding & Event Barn has made upon the community since its opening is remarkable. And as a result, the initiative has been recognized with the prestigious Bricks and Mortar Award at the 2018 National Business Improvement Area Conference held in Collingwood this week.

Introducing a typically rural structure to the core of a village takes some visionary skills. “I have a great fondness for timber-frame barns”, says Morton. “When I was farming, I was too busy to participate in the community, but now it is time to give back.”Morton began conceiving his idea in 2014 to craft a rustic, yet elegant venue available to the public for hosting celebrations and gatherings. The structure was donated by Herman Terpstra and piece-by-piece, the old barn was disassembled, transported and rebuilt on new foundations adjacent to the restored and expanded Brussels Carnegie Library.

And as of April 2018, over 60 weddings and events have been booked with more anticipated; inquiries are already being entertained into 2021.

The barn will also become home to Fresh Petals, a new flower shop, which will reside in the ‘stone house’ portion and the local Farmers’ Market will be housed in the lower level of the building, allowing its season to extend from 5 months to year-round. Barbara Terpstra and Kathy Stephenson, members of Morton’s “Dream-Team” will preside over both.

This win is the sixth OBIAA award for the Municipality of Huron East, and Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley acknowledges that it takes a team to make this kind of change.

“All levels of community need to get behind the project, which was evident in Brussels”, says Hawley. “After years of building a foundation for the revitalization of the village core, this investment is providing the catalyst for growth and property improvement for our quaint, historic community……and the rest is history, so to speak.”

Congratulations to the Morton Family and their dedicated and passionate team.

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For more information contact: Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer – Municipality of Huron East 519.527.0160 x5

What’s in store for Rural Ontario’s future?

The FUTURE continues to shine brightly for the Village of Brussels for 2018.

Municipality of Huron East, Huron County 

Huron East’s Economic Development Officer and Community Futures Huron volunteer, Jan Hawley is smiling a lot these days—for many reasons.  Following three successful “Win This Space” competitions and the Municipality of Huron East’s immensely positive presence at the recent International Plowing Match, the Village of Brussels continues on an upswing with another new business arriving in town with the promise of more to come.

“This federally-funded program has had a presence in Huron East for nearly a quarter of a century through the Community Futures offices of the Huron Business Development Corporation in Downtown Seaforth”, Hawley reports. “However, when the board made a decision to move its offices last year, it triggered an extensive search throughout Huron County for the newly branded “Community Futures Huron” with the location landing in Downtown Brussels.” says Hawley, “And I couldn’t be happier.”

“Momentum is building in the village,” she goes on, “with several additions to its business district—the opening of new ventures Fresh Petals, JD & Companythe Federal Development Community Futures operation, as well as the opening of the unique multi-faceted site, Brussels Four Winds Wedding & Event Barn later this spring.  Additional people living and working in a community are always good for business, and with new enterprise comes renovated and upgraded storefronts.”

Community Futures Huron Staff

(L to R) Natasha Mahon, Heather Little, Paul Nichol, Brenda McGregor, Lisa Houthuyzen

Tina Heathers

Community Futures Huron General Manager Paul Nichol is also looking forward to moving the office and staff to Brussels and to providing the usual excellent assistance entrepreneurs have come to expect.  “In addition to business growth and community revitalization,” states Nichol, “we’ll be focusing on management advice and mentoring to owners, provision of commercial loans, and support to local economic development projects.  We have a new name and a new location, but we’ll continue to offer the same valuable service we have for 25 years.”

Community Futures Huron is particularly excited about a new undertaking—the restoration of two historic mills,” he goes on, “one at Gorrie and the other being Logan’s Mill in Brussels.”

“We’re working with the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority on these projects, which will involve renovation and re-purposing of the mill sites, two of only four remaining of the 68 mills once located along the Maitland River.”

The Management Board of Brussels’ Medical-Dental Centre is particularly happy about soon having the remaining half of the centre’s upper floor occupied and to be welcoming new people to the village’s workforce.  Board Chair Mary Stretton foresees positive spin-offs for the village from the Community Futures relocation, which she is pleased to announce completely fills the centre.

And as of January 2018, Barb Terpstra, proprietor of Fresh Petals, will be offering original and traditional floral bouquets and arrangements, not only for weddings booked at the Four Winds Wedding & Event Barnbut also for locals, who wish to brighten someone’s day.

Jackie deWit, winner of the 3rd annual Huron East Win This Space competition and her JD & Company has already settled into her newly renovated storefront and is now offering village and area residents with exceptional non-toxic household products and commodities by bringing her ‘green’ business to main street Brussels.

“Brussels is booming” saga continues!

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Written by Carolyn Parks Mintz for the Municipality of Huron East

 

 

Contact: Jan Hawley  Economic Development Officer                           

Municipality of Huron East ~ Seaforth, Ontario

Officer: 519.527.0160 Cell: 519.525.7677

jhawley@huroneast.com