Bookmark and Share   Jan. 29, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 5 Issue 551

 Time slots filling quickly for soup's on at town hall 

39655735324_fab6d4eb82_k-2Renegades owner and chef, Wayne McDougall served his Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup during the 2018 event. Renegades went on to win the People's Choice award in the Restaurant category that year. What soups will emerge victorious at the 2020 competition? Now is the time to reserve a spot to find out. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Association is happy to announce that Soup’s On is back again on Family Day weekend, Sunday, Feb. 16th. All are welcome to sample the soups, meet up with friends and neighbors, learn about the many active organizations in the community and have fun!

Local restaurants and community organizations compete in two categories (one for restaurants and one for community groups). Two judges are selected for this event – a non-participating restauranteur will judge the restaurant entries and a member of the community will judge the local organization entries. The Winners earn bragging rights and get their names added to the coveted Bayfield Town Hall ‘Soup’s On’ Plaque.

Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are available for one of three 45-minute time slots: 1-1:45 p.m.; 1:45-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person (children under 12 free). Book your tickets online at for the start time that works best!

All proceeds go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the Town Hall.

As always, the organizers are asking everyone to bring their own spoon and mug to test the soups. This helps the Bayfield Town Hall’s commitment to do their part for the environment and their efforts in reducing waste. 

Committee supports Clinton Hospital to the tune of $1,000

200123 Thursday Tunes DonationOn Thursday, Jan. 23, the Thursday Tunes Committee (TTC) visited the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) to make a $1,000 donation to the Foundation. From l-r: Murray Cook, TTC; Sibyl Tebbutt, CPH Foundation director; Joyce Cook, Joan Kleser, Wilfried Kleser, Peter Roy, Paul Cook and Josie Cook, all members of the TTC; and Darlene McCowan CPH Foundation coordinator. TTC member Vivian Roy was unavailable for the photo. (Submitted photo)  

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Thursday Tunes Committee presented members of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with a donation in the amount of $1,000.

Thursday Tunes is a weekly dance that takes place on Thursday afternoons from 1-3:30pm at the Libro Hall in Clinton. The group welcomes all musicians, dancers and spectators alike. People come from near and far to enjoy an afternoon of music and dancing. Spot dance gifts are donated by local businesses, who are then highlighted at the event. Admission to the weekly dance is by donation and the Thursday Tunes Committee has decided to give back the community through donations to local charities. For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.

CPHF Coordinator Darlene McCowan and CPHF Director Sibyl Tebbutt accepted the donation on behalf of the Foundation and expressed their gratitude to the Thursday Tunes Committee on behalf of the CPHF Board of Directors.

“The generosity of our community groups never ceases to amaze me. We really appreciate this donation from Thursday Tunes and are always grateful for the financial contributions made in support of our rural hospital,” said McCowan.

The CPHF raises funds for the purchase of new equipment and costs associated with infrastructure upgrades at CPH, to help reinforce the existing strengths of the hospital and to enhance patient care services.

 Community surveys help define centre for the arts 

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Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is an emerging creative centre focusing on the practice, advancement and appreciation of visual arts, to be developed in the village.

As the 21st century continues to unfold people are learning more about the importance that arts and culture hold for individuals looking to add quality experiences to their hectic and stressful lives. Art and creativity that takes place in a positive environment play a significant role in enhancing quality of life, offering opportunity for community connectivity while increasing public knowledge that develops and fosters the growth of artistic vison and abilities.

BCA intends to offer structured, high quality, public seminars and presentations as well as one day and multi-day workshops, open studio time, lectures, traveling and student gallery exhibitions, education, festivals and many other inclusive opportunities for residents and visitors, with differing abilities, in Huron County.

The Centre will focus on promoting the industry of the visual arts, consisting of, but not limited to all widely accepted art forms and styles of painting and drawing, photography, fibre arts, culinary arts, ceramics, sculpture, metalworks, calligraphy, woodworking, glass and many fine crafts.

Uniquely, BCA will also offer attendees the opportunity to engage in Digital Arts and New Media with digital painting, video and film, animation and other creative experiences made possible through the use of computer technology.

The centre intends to be located in the village, with easy highway access and parking, while also partnering with other communities in Huron County through a Mobile Art Program to take the visual arts experience to their hometowns and residents of all ages and abilities.

A determined group of residents have undertaken the lead in developing the BCA. As an Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporation, start-up programming will commence in the summer of 2020 in a variety of locations. Once the organizations charitable status has been approved the BCA has plans to purchase and renovate a building as its programming and operational base. More volunteers, leaders, advisors and help are needed to make it happen. Please consider volunteering.

To add your name to the BCA newsletter please go to are also invited to take the programming survey at as well as their volunteer survey at

Stay tuned for a fundraising campaign, website launch and community meetings
in the spring of 2020.

citizen advisory committee to be sounding board for project 

Are you interested in how Bayfield grows over the coming decades? The range of housing options it will provide and how it will influence the village’s charm, feel and aesthetic? How new areas will support walking and cycling like current areas do? What about additional/enhanced trails and more publicly accessible natural areas as part of future growth?

If you’re interested in any of the above, be sure to become involved in Bluewater’s Secondary Plan project for the Bayfield area. The Plan will be an amendment to Bluewater’s Official Plan and set the course for the undeveloped areas of Bayfield to the Crystal Springs Road at the south and Bronson Line on the east.

Developing the Plan is expected to take approximately a year with ongoing public input focused in the spring, summer and early fall when the village’s population is at its greatest.

One opportunity for involvement in the project is the Citizen Advisory Committee that’s being formed. This Committee of 12 citizens will serve as a “sounding board” for project staff as the Committee informs the development of the Secondary Plan and ensures it reflects the Bayfield community’s interests, priorities, needs, and perspectives. Included on the Committee are two Bluewater Councilors: Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward; and George Irvin, Stanley West Ward. The Committee will meet approximately six times during the Plan’s development and also be in attendance during public consultation sessions with the community.

The Committee will represent the broad spectrum of the Bayfield community, both seasonal and permanent residents as well as all age groups. If you’re interested in joining the Committee there’s an application form available on the project’s page on Bluewater’s website: The webpage serves as a central point for information on the Secondary Plan’s development throughout the project and will list all public input opportunities as they become available.

Participation on the Committee is one opportunity but there will be many others throughout the year for all residents to participate in the Plan’s development. To receive notice of these opportunities as they come available it’s as easy as adding your email address through the sign-up process on the website. And, of course, there’s always Bluewater’s Facebook page ( which will also have postings related to the Plan’s development on an ongoing basis.


 Splash pad pavers  

People may have noticed that the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square is looking like a bit of construction zone these days but never fear it will be undergoing a refurbishment in the spring and should be better than new for those hot, hazy days of summer!

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who missed out on purchasing an engraved paver to grace the Splash Pad surround. The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are once again providing this opportunity.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2020 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May and/or early June.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information. 

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Arena will play host to a 50+ Hockey Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1. Games will be played from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the community is encouraged to come out and cheer for their favorite teams.

Tonight (Jan. 29) the Bayfield Relics will compete against the Seaforth Legion starting at 8:30 p.m.

Please note there will not be a 50+ game on Thursday.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Farmers' Market 

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2020 season.

The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m., Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield and grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market.

Deadline for applications is March 1st. Applications can be submitted at All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.

Applicants may address questions to Mary Brown, Market manager, at or

valdy in concert 

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There is no better way to beat the January blues then an evening with Canadian Folk Musician Valdy. He will make a return visit to the Bayfield Town Hall on Jan. 31.

Valdy began his career in the early 1970s with the release of "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. To date he has 14 albums, 22 singles and four gold records and has sold nearly half a million units worldwide. Since 1974 he has received 12 Juno nominations winning two Juno Awards - Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year.

An energetic performer, Valdy already has 26 concerts booked in 2020 throughout the US and Canada, with this visit to Bayfield on that list! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.

People can order tickets online (at no extra cost) at

friends of the bayfield Library 

There’s still time to take a chance on a “Blind Date with a Book” at the Bayfield Public Library. This program runs until Feb. 15. Check out a brown paper wrapped book from the Blind Date display. Take it home and unwrap it, and then cozy up for a reading experience with your “book date”. There is no limit, so be daring—check out more than one book to help you find the right connection! Don't forget to "rate your date" with the bookmark included and enter the draw for a prize. The draw will take place on March 13.

Friends of the Bayfield Library's “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues. Next up in the series is “Bringing Stories to Life on Stage or In Print”, presented by local playwright David Scott on Saturday, Feb. 22. Three of Scott’s plays have been produced by the Blyth Festival, including the popular, “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.” All are welcome to attend this session to be held at the Bayfield Library in the Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.

Upcoming “Saturdays at the Library” programs include: March 28, learn about how to sort/store old photographs presented by Pauline Hoffman, Just in Time Solutions; and Apr. 18, hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Henderson of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Kindness Workshops

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Open Hearts of Bayfield will be hosting a series of Kindness Workshops throughout 2020.

Awaken your heart through enlivening activities and discussions of what it means to be connected to community and the spirit. Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration.

The workshops will be held at the Bayfield Public Library. They are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

The first workshop will take place Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Design and make earrings in time for Valentine's Day! Create something beautiful for yourself, a friend or loved one.

The other workshops planned are: Earth Alter, Apr. 11; Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.

More info also available at 



  tree planting grants return  

Tree_file_1Planting trees locally, in this 2019 file photo, were, from l-r: members of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) tree planting crew, Aimee Rush; Kevin Yang; and ABCA field services staff member Tony Drinkwalter. The conservation authority is able to continue, in 2020, to link landowners with financial grants that help them with their tree planting projects. (Submitted photo)  

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) can continue to help landowners with tree planting grants in 2020 thanks to recent support from several funding partners.

“There was some uncertainty in 2019 about future tree planting funding in the watershed but now we have a solid base of grants in place to help landowners with the costs of planting trees this spring and throughout the year,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA.

Cost-share funding is available for many projects, such as field windbreaks, buffers and reforestation.

“Tree planting is one of the most important services we provide for landowners and the local community at large,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “We are pleased to be able to continue this important work in 2020.”

Tree planting helps to protect water and soil resources. It also helps to reduce risk from extreme weather and natural hazards such as flooding or drought.

Interested landowners can call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.

Tree order forms are available now by calling ABCA or by visiting

Mail-in orders can be sent in until Jan. 31 or orders can be made accompanied by payment until Feb. 29.

Local landowners continue to plant tens of thousands of trees each year locally to the benefit of watershed health and human health. ABCA staff work all year to access funding support, for tree planting by landowners, from governments, non-government sources, industry, and the community.

Sunday is World Wetlands DAy 

World_Wetlands_Day_Photo_NR_1Wetlands provide habitat and breeding areas to more than 600 species of plants and animals in Southern Ontario. (Submitted photo)  

World Wetlands Day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 2. This day is a chance to reflect locally, and globally, on the value of wetlands and natural areas. The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands and Biodiversity; Life thrives in wetlands”.

Wetlands provide habitat and breeding areas to more than 600 species of plants and animals in Southern Ontario, said Angela Van Niekerk, Wetland specialist at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

“World Wetlands Day is a perfect time to thank the local people who have protected wetlands on their property or who have completed wetland restorations and other storm-water management improvements,” she said.

Landowners in the Ausable Bayfield watershed have restored 77 wetlands on 247 acres over the last decade with support from local wetlands programs.

ABCA encourages people to consider enhancing a natural area on their property. They are invited to phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to learn more or to talk to staff about a site visit.

People can help to improve soil health and water quality in many ways in this new decade by planting trees or other native pollinator species, creating buffer strips, adding sediment basins, or natural shallow ponds. Farmers can use cover crops, longer hay and pasture rotations, and reduced tillage.

World Wetlands Day raises local and global awareness of the vital role of wetlands for people here in Canada and around the world. To learn more, visit the website ( and People may also use the #WorldWetlandsDay hashtag at to find out more.

The Ausable Bayfield watershed has lost 90 per cent of its wetlands since the years before European settlement. This makes wetland restoration and other storm-water improvements and planting enhancements vital for water quality and soil health, according to Van Niekerk.

Staff at ABCA can help with technical advice and grants thanks to the Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative and the Urban and Rural Storm-water Improvements (URSI) for Lake Huron Project.

Wetlands are often considered “nature’s kidneys.” Kidneys remove impurities and waste from the human body. Wetlands do the same for land and water. Wetlands are vital natural systems that reduce erosion and flooding and filter sediment and pollutants from water and recharge groundwater supplies. That means wetlands help with water quality and water quantity. They help to store and filter water when there is too much water on the landscape and they help to release water during droughts and times of water shortage when that water is needed.

Funding support for local wetland projects and other storm-water improvements has been made possible by financial support from funding partners including EcoAction Community Funding Program of Environment and Climate Change Canada; WWF-Canada’s Loblaw Water Fund; and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Call aBCA first when looking to build in a regulated area 

Anyone who has a property in a regulated area, such as the shoreline, that are thinking of building or doing upgrades, are encouraged to call Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff before the work begins. ABCA regulations and planning staff say talking to them during the planning stages can save time and save unnecessary expenses later.

“Most residents call us early on and that helps us to provide them with important information about whether their property is in a regulated area and what policies allow and what they don’t,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning manager. “This saves them money and time by letting them know if their planned work meets provincial regulations and local policies and whether it can be considered for permit approval.”

Most people call ABCA early on during a planned project, according to Cade. That makes things easier during the review of development and permit applications. There have been some cases, he said, where property owners did not find out in advance what was allowed and that has been costly for them.

“We don’t want to see anyone face the expense of building only to have to remove it later,” Cade said. “When people talk to us early it saves them time and it saves them potential costs later on.”

Lake Huron water levels, at near-record highs, have reinforced the need to protect people and property from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion. The conservation authority protects people and property by keeping development out of the areas of highest natural hazards. The ABCA regulates development, interference with wetlands, and alterations to shorelines and watercourses through the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 147/06.

Before undertaking any shoreline building project, ABCA advises people to contact their municipality and the conservation authority to ensure their plans meet policies.

“A good rule of thumb is the earlier the better,” Cade said. “Our staff can tell you if or how regulations and policies affect your property. In some cases, the staff member may offer advice on how you can amend your plan so it could meet the regulation and policies. Staff can also let you know what documents to submit and if any studies are needed.”

For maps of regulated areas visit this web page:

To find out more visit or call Meghan or Daniel at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Conservationist of the year nominations now sought 

Do you know a person, business, farm, community group, or organization doing great work to protect water, soil, and habitat for living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, you are invited to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will accept award nominations until Feb. 15. The award winner is recognized at the Partner Appreciation Evening, an early-evening event to show appreciation for conservation partners, to be held at Ironwood Golf Club, in March.

“The Conservationist of the Year Award is one way we can say ‘thank you’ to some of the active local stewards who are helping to protect our water and soil resources and to improve our forest and wetland conditions,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “I invite you to nominate a person, farm, business, community group, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community.”

ABCA has recognized, with conservation awards, outstanding achievements in conservation each year since 1984. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Koos and Nathalie Vermue, agricultural producers from the Bayfield area, were winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award in 2019.

To submit a nomination, visit for the nomination form and award information or visit the office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line for a printed copy of the form. People may also call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email for more information about the award. The nomination form is at this web page link:

Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. ABCA will make an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests ( on behalf of everyone who attends the Partners in Conservation Evening in March. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.

Huron Perth Public health monitors novel coronavirus 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is working with the Ministry of Health, Health Canada, and local partners and stakeholders to monitor the novel coronavirus situation.

“While there are two presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario, the risk to Ontarians and our residents remains low at this time,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen “The public health risk is continually being reassessed as new information becomes available, and we will let residents know if the risk level changes.”

On Dec. 31, 2019, a cluster of cases of pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has been confirmed as a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. This virus is now known as the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.

HPPH is recommending that if you have travelled to Hubei province in China and develop symptoms of novel coronavirus infection, avoid contact with others, stay home (self-isolate), call your healthcare provider. Tell your healthcare provider:
• your symptoms
• where you have been travelling or living
• if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market)
• if you have had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Common symptoms include fever, cough and respiratory symptoms, and difficulty breathing.

On Jan. 22, 2019-nCoV became a reportable disease in Ontario, meaning that healthcare providers and organizations are required to report any suspect or confirmed case of 2019-nCoV to local public health authorities, so that public health can take measures to contain spread of infection.

If a suspected or confirmed case of novel coronavirus were to be identified in Huron or Perth, HPPH would work with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario Laboratory, and local hospitals in the management of the case and any contacts.

For more information, residents are advised to seek information from credible sources, including:
• Huron Perth Public Health: or call 1-888-221-2133
• Ministry of Health at
• Public Health Agency of Canada at 


caregiver education  

Community Connections Outreach Services will be hosting a Caregiver Education Event at the West Huron Care Centre in Zurich on March 10. The afternoon session will provide information about services and support for Huron caregivers.

Caregivers are; a family member or friend who provides unpaid support, assistance and care
for someone in need.

Caregivers, or people who know one, are invited to the session to get helpful information to support their loved ones. The session will cover: caregiver programs and services, caregiver website, resources and events in the area and helpful tools and tips.

The one-hour event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Risi Room at the West Huron Care Centre, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road.

For more information and to RSVP please call 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.

Bacharach tribute concert 

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Take 3 & Company will be performing, “A Tribute to Burt Bacharach”, on Feb. 1 at the Grand Bend Place Centre for the Living Arts.

The trio, Theresa Wallis, Jenny Nauta and Ron Nauta will perform Bacharach's greatest hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. The audience is sure to enjoy their amazing harmonies to such songs as: Walk On By, You'll Never Get To Heaven, Alfie, One Less Bell To Answer, and I'll Never Fall In Love Again.

Door will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the centre located at 25 Main Street in Grand Bend.

Tickets are $25 and are available now from Janice Sinker, 519 238-5436; The Garden Gate, 519 238-1701; or

alzheimer awareness Library tour 

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. Representatives from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County will be visiting libraries across the county to ensure people have the information they need. They will be offering a 20-minute presentation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Topics will include:
• Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
• What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
• Should I be worried? What is the difference between “normal age-related memory change” and dementia?
• I am worried about myself or someone I care about. What can I do?

There will also be plenty of time to answer questions and provide resources and needed information.

Here is the library visiting schedule: Exeter Library, Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m.; Zurich Library, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.; Howick Library, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; and Blyth Library, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email

Alzheimer Awareness Month 

Every year the Alzheimer Society of Huron County selects movies for their January Awareness Month. These movies are selected to start the conversation about dementia. This year’s movies are both documentaries, depicting how people with dementia and their families are living with disease. These stories are honest, real, sometimes raw and genuinely inspiring.

The Caregivers Club (2018) steps inside the private lives of four Toronto families as they navigate through heartbreak with humor and frustration. It’s an inspiring journey of love, loss and letting go that thousands of families will take as their family members age. Audiences will get to know four middle aged caregivers – Dominic, Karen, Susan, and Barbara – each taking care of a spouse, or parent, who can no longer care for themselves. All four stories take the audience far beyond the practical problems of navigating a seemingly fickle healthcare system and into the psychological challenges of coping with the deterioration of their loved ones. Unfolding over a year, the stories told in The Caregivers Club resonate with reality for many families.

The Caregiver Club will be shown at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

Alive Inside (2014), the winner of many awards including the Sundance Audience Award, is a “joyous cinematic exploration” of the capacity of music to reawaken the soul. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennet chronicles the experience of many people who explore the simple act of listening to the music of their youth, along with the experience of family members, friends and healthcare professionals who help make that happen. This movie is simultaneously poignant, joyful and inspirational.

Alive Inside will be shown at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

All movies are free; donations gratefully accepted.

For more information, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482/1-800-561-5012 or

livery film fest 


On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.

Here are the offerings: Feb. 6, The Peanut Butter Falcon; Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is described as a “modern day Mark Twain fable”, telling the story of a young boy who leaves home to become a wrestler. And yes, there is a raft scene, and lots of “heart and humour”. This film has been enthusiastically received by other film circuit audiences. Critics rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website is 95/100.

All films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (

It’s the start of a new decade and a local community committee is set to embark upon its fourth decade of a charity auction event in support of conservation projects in local communities.

Conservation Dinner 

It’s the start of a new decade and a local community committee is set to embark upon its fourth decade of a charity auction event in support of conservation projects in local communities.

The 31st Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, Apr. 16 and tickets are now available, said Dave Frayne, chair of the Dinner Committee.

There are many reasons to buy a ticket early for the Conservation Dinner, according to the Chair. There is a limited number of tickets, the charity fundraiser is a sold-out show year after year, and the Dinner Committee expects a great deal of excitement for this year’s event – the Dinner’s 31st year. Here’s another reason to purchase tickets early: Wave Limo and Tours (, of Grand Bend, is donating a limousine ride for up to 10 people, to and from the event, to this year’s winner of the Early Bird Prize Draw, drawn from early purchasers of Dinner tickets. Only people who buy Conservation Dinner tickets before Monday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. are eligible for the Early Bird Prize Draw.

“If you buy a Conservation Dinner ticket you know you will get fun, fellowship, good food and that you will be helping your community,” said Chair Dave Frayne. “If you buy a ticket before February 10 you will also get a chance to win the great Early Bird Draw Prize of a limo ride for up to 10 people.”

The Dinner Committee Chair thanked prize donor Bradley Oke and Wave Transportation for this year’s prize.

The Conservation Dinner takes place at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. To buy a ticket or to donate to the 2020 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email Find out more at and

The Conservation Dinner started in 1990. This gala charitable auction and dinner event has raised more than $1.2 million over three decades for projects in local communities. These projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.







Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

This week, we look back on a Remember Me featured in Issue 541. The Bayfield Archives had accepted a rather unique donation, an LP produced in 1967 showcasing some local talent. The LP was donated by Jamie McDougall of the Little Inn of Bayfield.

The album was recorded by “The Bayfield Ladies Trio” comprised of Ann Chapman, Louise Talbot and Anna Nichols with Muriel Snider on the piano. Chapman recently contacted the Bayfield Breeze with some background on the recording and an update on the performers. 

Chapman shared that the former Baptist Church in Bayfield was the location in which the recording was made and 300 albums were made. She reported that the members of the trio are all “alive and well” and the trio and their spouses still get together.

Chapman now resides in London with her husband Joe. She lived in Bayfield at 15 Clan Gregor Square for 36 years and worked at the former CIBC branch on the village’s Main Street for 34 years. According to Chapman, Talbot also now lives in London with her husband, David and Nichols is a resident of Barrie, ON with her husband, Gerry. Talbot’s husband played trumpet on the record.

Organ and guitar music were also provided for the recording by Norm and Mary Lou Tait. The couple now reside in Exeter, ON. Unfortunately, Snider, their pianist, died on Dec. 7, 2012.

“We were just a group of friends getting together to sing beautiful gospel songs,” concluded Chapman.


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 ISSUE 549

PB12 5b Jim McPherson undated 

In Issue 549, we feature an undated photo of Jim McPherson from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 5b)

Issue 550 

PB12 6a Mr Mrs Wilson Cox nee Mary Parker c1890s 

In Issue 550, an image of Wilson and Mary Cox (nee Parker) taken in the 1890s. Another photo courtesy the Lucy Woods Diehl collection. (Archives Code: PB12 6a)



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village resident world's top piaggio restorer

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3Photo of Ken Johnson taken by one of his customers in France who has a photography studio in the back of his Ape.

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-2Ken Johnson's first P501 Piaggio was located in a barn after it had been abandoned in a field for years  

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-3 When the restoration was complete, Ken Johnson had transformed the rusted vehicle into a moving work of art.

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-12How the Police Ape looked lwhen it arrived at the Bayfield shop.

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-11Ken Johnson is shown working in his Bayfield shop, on his latest Piaggio Ape project, an old traffic patrol police vehicle from New Jersey.  

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-10The most elaborate Ape van that Ken Johnson has completed was the "Presto Café" for a company in Arcada, California. He said they wanted the coffee truck to be fully functional as a mobile café and he considers it the "Rolls Royce” of Piaggios.  

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-9 APE P601 - "Wheelie Good Coffee"

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-8"Bellissima Bubbles"



Bayfield’s Ken Johnson is known throughout the world as the top restorer of the iconic, three-wheeled Piaggio Apes (pronounced “ah-pay”)! An Ape is a bee in Italian. He has not only worked on about one half of the 140 vehicles that were originally shipped to North America, he has thoroughly documented each restoration, collected and uploaded to the internet all available service manuals so that restorers everywhere, have one source for reference.

Johnson describes himself as the “hub of the wheel” for Piaggio Ape restorations and repairs. He generously helps Piaggio lovers from all over the world and all of his manuals and advice are available for no cost. His website is a virtual library with just about everything one needs to know about restoring one of these unique and practical cars and trucks.

This labour of love for Johnson first started in 1983 when he was one of the founders of the Old Homestead Campground, just outside of the village. He saw a brochure for a Piaggio truck which he thought would be ideal for working around the campground and zipping into the village. His partners didn’t agree and the idea was left to simmer until autumn 2000.

Finally, Johnson found his first Ape in a barn. Its engine was seized and the chassis was rusted throughout. It took him a year to complete the restoration and turn the tiny vehicle into an exquisite moving billboard advertising his residential construction business. Most of the time was spent searching for parts and manuals.
Although Johnson had a knack for fixing things and had worked on several English sports cars while he was a policeman in London, ON, he had no formal training as a mechanic. He started a residential construction business in Bayfield and is known for his ingenuity and creativeness and he has applied the same traits to his Piaggio restoration business.

Johnson credits Don Mcllwain and the staff at Bayfield Garage for always being helpful when a mechanical problem was too difficult for him to figure out on his own. Two local mechanic friends and others supply assistance and ‘grunt work’ when asked.

Every restoration that Johnson has completed is a unique work of art. Some of the Apes that Johnson has transformed are showcased within this article. His current project is an old rusted-out New Jersey traffic police car.

There are over 2.5 million Piaggio Apes on roads all over the world but in North America, Government Transportation authorities have decided they are unsafe. Narrow streets meant for donkey carts, affordability and pollution make them a great solution to many of the world’s transportation needs. When travelling in the far east, Africa or Europe they seem to be everywhere.

There are factories in India turning out thousands each day and soon there will even be electric versions of these tiny workhorses. Only 140 Piaggio Apes were imported into Canada before the rules changed and Johnson fell in love with their design, their practicality and their uniqueness.

There must be something in the village’s water because over the decades, Bayfield has had several self-taught geniuses who have solved complicated mechanical problems to produce world-class innovations.

Walter Westlake invented his ‘Auto-Sled’ almost a decade before Bombardier produced his first half-track snowmobile. Ted Gozzard’s distinctive Bayfield Yachts are still coveted around the world. Tom Penhale’s horse drawn wagons and carriages are still cherished by owners and George Ebers, who is working to restore Frank de Jong’s Folmar Windmill, has learned that de Jong’s engineering ingenuity makes it a one-of-a-kind in the world. Johnson is following in the footsteps of these Bayfield innovators.

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-5 Ape P501 - "Grande Giovanni"

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-6APE P501 - "Diablo"

APE P501      Bella Bianchi-Birra E Vino APE P501 - "Bella Bianchi-Birra E Vino"

Ken Johnson Piaggio article 3-7 Ape P601 - "3 Wheel Cafe" California



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Bird Wings Snow Angel By Conrad Kuiper

Bird Wings Snow Angel By Conrad Kuiper

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I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








Valentine PicThis Michael's Pharmasave mascot will deliver sweet wishes to your Valentine on Feb. 14 as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)

The folks at Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield, Goderich and Clinton are playing cupid for a cause again! This time the cause is the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton. And as I am a romantic at heart I thought I’d share their project with you here. – Melody

Want to surprise someone special this Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14? When you purchase any Valentine's gift at retail price, you can have it delivered by a mascot to a local recipient of your choice for a donation of $15 to the HRH. With a wide variety of Valentine’s gifts to choose from, Michael's Pharmasave has something for everyone, such as, Rheo Thompson chocolates or a Valentine’s plush.

This would be a great way to surprise someone - spouse, significant other, friend, co-worker or parent - while also supporting a very important cause. Don't delay, all three Michael’s Pharmasave locations are currently taking orders. Please call or visit Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519-482-5037 to place your order!

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.

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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder