Bookmark and Share   Feb. 26, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 9 Issue 555

 Bayfield represented at OAAS Annual convention    

Farmer Tim May and incoming President Brian Slaughter Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Incoming President Brian Slaughter presented guest speaker Farmer Tim (May) with a gift at the Annual Convention held in Richmond Hill, ON recently. (Photos by Doug van Wolde)  


The 174th Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Annual Convention was held from Feb. 13-15 in Richmond Hill, ON. Over 1,100 people attended this event. Young ambassadors, representing fairs across the province, also gathered to build their leadership skills as well as learning of careers in agriculture.

The OAAS Convention organized a special session on governance to meet a growing demand from their membership. Presenters Cathy Redden, Shawn LaPalm, and Tim Carson (from the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies) spoke on the basics, best practices and the roles and responsibilities as Board Members.

Seminars and panel discussions continued over two days. Over 40 sessions covered topics such as attracting youth to the Board level, being better at meeting with local politicians, getting messages out into the community and current regulations such as livestock traceability. At the same time people could view provincial competition winners in posters, quilts, cookies, tarts, and photography. Entertainment showcases were held every night as well as a busy auction which saw a John Deere pedal steel tractor donated by Huron Tractor in Exeter sell for $825. There was a heavy competition to see if it could surpass the winning bid on a New Holland tractor, which it did.

The opening speaker, Farmer Tim (Tim May), addressed a crowd of over 600 on his journey to “agvocacy”. He is a dairy farmer near Guelph who has just under 60,000 followers on Facebook. He shares stories and pictures of the everyday activities of his family and their animals on their farm and takes a lot of time answering questions and explaining farming practices to his many followers on his Facebook page. His humor and pictures illustrate the love farmers have for their animals and how they treat them with respect. Many of his online followers in the audience waited patiently following his message to get their pictures with him.

Doug Yeo PresidentOutgoing President of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Doug Yeo, from near Bayfield, spoke on the things he learned during his year as President. He stressed that Ag Societies need to dream big, that fairs are thriving throughout Ontario and that the Ag Societies need to tell their stories.

The Convention closed with the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Convention Administrator, Kathryn Lambert, and Manager, Vince Brennan, spoke to the delegates about what they have done during the past year. Outgoing President Doug Yeo, from near Bayfield, spoke on the things he learned during his year as President. He stressed that Ag Societies need to dream big, that fairs are thriving throughout Ontario and that the Ag Societies need to tell their stories.

The OAAS presented Helen Scutt, a recently retired OMAFRA specialist, with its highest honor – the Meritorious Award during the meeting. Scutt formerly worked with Agricultural Societies assisting with their needs and questions about government regulations and programs and was a yearly presenter at the Convention. She was extremely well respected by the membership and proof of that was receiving two standing ovations during the presentation.

The closing speaker, Jen Puente from the Wisconsin State Fair, stressed the need to drop being around negativity and remember to do the things that actually make you positive. At one point some in the crowd proved they could make the situations as positive as she could. The room was filled with smiles and laughter and the challenge was to do that every day. The incoming President Brian Slaughter from near Forest announced that the OAAS would be celebrating their 175th Anniversary next year and invited everyone back.

The OAAS is very grateful to their many sponsors that make it possible for them to continue to provide the many programs and services for their member Agricultural Societies.

The OAAS is the umbrella organization representing over 200 Agricultural Societies in Ontario. These Agricultural Societies organize and manager fairs in many communities ranging in size from small one day events to large multi-day events. The OAAS provides guidance, education and programs to assist the Agricultural Societies host their fairs and promote agriculture and a rural way of life in Ontario.

Blossums, Butterflies and Bees theme of 164th Bayfield Fair

The first 2020 general meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be held on Monday, March 9 at St. Andrew's United Church.

The discussions will include planning for the fundraising events leading up to the 164th Bayfield Community Fair in August, the preparations for the fundraising auction and dinner on May 30 and the promotional planning of this year's theme: “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”.

Each year it takes over 100 volunteers to bring about this annual summer event loved by everyone in the community and far beyond. Family members and visitors come from all over to be a part of the Bayfield Fair Parade, the animal shows, the indoor and outdoor events, exhibits and competitions, and the midway rides. It truly is fun for all and respects the history of presenting this community with three days of entertainment over the past 164 years!

Everyone who loves the fair is welcome to attend this general meeting, that will begin at 7 p.m. and bring along their enthusiasm for Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees. The membership would greatly appreciate the help.

March hikes celebrate Women and the arrival of spring 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host 15 guided hikes for 2020 and will again sponsor the Earth Day Litter Walk and the Terry Fox Run in Bayfield and all in the community are invited!

Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified hike leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. For more information please visit or call Asst. Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519-525-3205.

The BRVTA is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that plans, builds, and maintains walking trails in Bayfield and the surrounding area. They offer guided hikes on these and other local trails. The BRVTA is a registered member of Hike Ontario. The BRVTA encourages everyone to experience joy and good health in the natural beauty of Huron County. People are invited to become a member ($20 individual/$30 Family) by visiting or subscribe to their free newsletter by writing to

Hikes upcoming in March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail.

Celebrate IWD by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “an equal world is an enabled world”. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. Two lucky hikers will win a door prize! The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leaders are: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.

A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after area the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.

A list of upcoming hikes & BRVTA activities for 2020:

Apr. 3: National Walking Day, 1 a.m., Bannockburn Trail
Apr. 22: 6th Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk, 2 p.m., Village of Bayfield
May 16: Bayfield Bird Day, 9 a.m., Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park
May 24: Wildflower Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
June 5: World Environment Day Hike, 7:30 p.m., Sawmill Trail
June 21: Father’s Day Photo Hunt, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
July 18: Bayfield Tree Hike, 10 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Aug. 23: Cemetery Historical Hike, 7 p.m., Bayfield Cemetery. BRVTA members only.
Sept. 9: Trail Blazers Hike, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
Sept. 20: Terry Fox 40th Anniversary Run, 9 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Sept. 27: Mushroom Hike, 2 p.m., Lobb Trail. BRVTA members only.
Oct. 2: Full Moon Hike. 8 p.m., Sawmill Trail
Oct. 25: Fall Colors Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Naftels Creek Conservation Area
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day, 2 p.m. Mavis/Taylor Trails
Jan. 9, 2021: Annual Winter Hike and Lunch. 11 a.m., Mavis/Taylor Trails

we have Always been here defended by Kathy Wilson


BR-We Have Always Been Here

The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.

Over the last couple weeks, The Village Bookshop has profiled two Bayfield Reads defenders: Jayne Dietrich and Greg Stewart. This week, they’d like to introduce another defender, Kathy Wilson. A resident of Bayfield for just over two years, Wilson is a retired Technical Director and teacher from Scarborough. Her favorite author is Diana Gabaldon, famous for writing the Outlander series of novels, which Wilson describes as “well researched, historically rich and descriptive, and ridiculously romantic!”

Wilson will be defending Samra Habib’s powerful memoir, “We Have Always Been Here”, about her journey from life as a religious minority in Pakistan to a Canadian refugee learning to embrace her queer, feminist identity.

“Defending a book is a new challenge for me and I'm fortunate to live in Bayfield having this opportunity. I have several of my book club friends lined-up to read the book and I'm really looking forward to some good discussions with them before Bayfield Reads,” said Wilson.

In addition to Wilson, this year’s contenders and defenders are: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Ruth Gibson; “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; “Radicalized” by Cory Doctorow, defended by Greg Stewart; and “From the Ashes” by Jesse Thistle, defended by Don Keillor.

Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

Attendees can sample six soups prior to film   


“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!

The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 3 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy sampling a variety of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.

The first movie to be shown is "Yesterday". It tells the story of Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Malik wakes up to discover that "The Beatles" have never existed. Imagine a world without the lads from Liverpool? It isn't hard to do...or is it? 

This year’s movie schedule also includes: On the Basis of Sex, March 10; Christopher Robin, March 17; Green Book, March 24; and Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, March 31.

Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.

conversing with shopping buddies from Home4Good 

IMG_1058Participants in Bayfield's Home4Good Shopping Buddy program since its inception in Spring 2019, Helen VareKamp is a shopping buddy driver while Marjorie McCaughey (right) is a shopping buddy passenger. (Photo by Arlene Timmins)

Bayfield’s Home4Good decided a year ago to start a Shopping Buddy Program, and now has nine shopping buddy drivers paired with people around Bayfield who need help to go shopping or run other errands. Being a shopping buddy has proved a satisfying assignment for Home4Good’s volunteers, who are enthusiastic about helping their neighbors.

Arlene Timmins, a member of the Home4Good Coordinating and Transportation Committees, recently sat down with Helen VareKamp and Marjorie McCaughey at VareKamp’s home. VareKamp is a shopping buddy driver while McCaughey is a shopping buddy passenger with Home4Good’s Shopping Buddy program. The trio chatted about their experiences with the program over a cup of tea and cake graciously served by VareKamp. The following is an edited transcription of their conversation.

Timmins: Why did you decide to be a shopping buddy driver?

Varekamp: I think it’s fabulous for our community to have an organization like Home4Good and the Shopping Buddy program that is part of it. I have had some health issues in the past where I counted on others to drive me temporarily so I know how important this service is.

Timmins: What kinds of things have you been doing together?

VareKamp: Marjorie and I try to combine appointments. If she has a medical appointment we will coordinate groceries and banking around that appointment. We have gone to Clinton, Goderich and London for appointments.

Timmins: How long have you been shopping buddies?

Both: Since the program started in the spring of 2019.

McCaughey: I was very reluctant to have a shopping buddy. I knew it was necessary but it felt like a loss of independence. It is very difficult to come to realize that you do need some help. On the other side, it really has been very helpful for me.

Leslie (Bella - from Home4Good) came over and we sat on my deck and she went through the application with me. Then she offered some choices from a list of shopping buddy drivers. I chose Helen because we knew each other a bit. She had given me rides home from events before. Also, she and I had some things in common. Both of our daughters went through similar health challenges.

Timmins: Do you drive at all now?

McCaughey: I still have my license but I don’t feel comfortable driving. It is lovely to be picked up and to get into a nice warm car and Helen has heated seats. I have used One Care in the past and still do if Helen isn’t available when I need her for an appointment.

Timmins: Marjorie, what would you say to others who are considering being a shopping buddy passenger.

McCaughey: In my case, I know my sight isn’t going to come back so I would say to others you might as well do it now. My kids are delighted that I have a shopping buddy. Two of them have met Helen. My kids don’t live close by so when I need help, they know I have it near.

Timmins: Do you pay Helen to drive you?

McCaughey: Helen didn’t want any money for it. When I feel I must give her money for gas, she tells me she puts it away and once a year, donates it to Huron Hospice. When we go out together, we take turns buying coffee.

It has become a good relationship. Helen has spoiled me. When we go into a store and I can’t see things so well, she picks out stuff that she thinks I would like and asks me if I want it.

VareKamp: It has become a win/win situation. We look out for each other. The flexibility of the program is advantageous. There are no strict guidelines and not much red tape. It can be challenging to use other services. I filled out a form, gave references and had a police check. I went to a meeting where I met other drivers and we learned about the program.

We share phone numbers with each other and to arrange our time together. Both of us agreed that if weather is bad, the appointment would be cancelled and other arrangements made.

I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for something to do, to give back to the community and they can do their own errands at the same time.

Home4Good is recruiting more shopping buddy drivers for 2020. Drivers are expected to take their shopping buddy passenger shopping (or do their shopping for them) at least once a month, but not more than once a week, at mutually agreed times. For more information about the program, and to download an application form go to Home4Good’s website at

If you, or someone you know, could use the help of a shopping buddy, please contact the coordinator of Home4Good’s program, Leslie Bella, at 519 955-1531 (text) or (email).


 councilor's corner   

Due to inclement weather the Councilor's Corner scheduled for Feb. 27 has been rescheduled to March 12. 

The topics for this month will include, budget, sewage capacity, Secondary Plan and bylaw updates.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m. 

World Day of Prayer 

ZimbabweArtThe official artwork of the 2020 World Day of Prayer was created by artist Nonhlanhla Mathe of Zimbabwe. (Submitted photo)  

The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 as the theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” is celebrated.

Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite everyone in prayer and solidarity.

The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. WICC invites people to join a service being held in over 1,150 Canadian communities.

In Bayfield, St. Andrew’s United Church will host this interdenominational service starting at 1 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together people pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.

Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.


Members Travel ClubMembers of the Bayfield Travel Club chat with the representative from Collette Tours at their meeting on Jan. 11. (Submitted photo)  

On Jan. 11, the Bayfield Travel Club welcomed a representative of Collette Tours who shared with the group some of the amazing tours they offer.

The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

They have scheduled their meetings for the next few months. These meetings will be held on March 14, Apr. 18 and May 2.

The club meets in the Community Room at the Bayfield Public Library for one hour starting at 1 p.m.



“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”

After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.

The two performances scheduled for March 13 and 14 are now sold out. As the response to attend has been so terrific, the dress rehearsal set for Thursday, March 12 will be open to the pubic for a donation. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the run through to start at 7 p.m. Please note there will not be an intermission.

The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.

Tickets are currently available for $20 online at and in person at Shopbike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield.

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Relics will take on Goderich Lakeport at the Bayfield Arena tonight (Wednesday).

The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m.  

Then, Goderich 2 will take on Bayfield 50+ on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.

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

friends of the bayfield Library 

Friends of Bayfield Library’s “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues on March 28 when Pauline Hoffman will speak on the topic of putting order into closet and basement storage chaos.

This event will be held in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m.

A Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), Hoffman is an experienced speaker and founder of Just In Time Solutions. All are welcome to attend this session. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.

At the final “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program on Saturday, Apr. 18, attendees will hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and a representative from the Bayfield Area Food Bank.


Tax time is here again! The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) will be offered every other week in March and April at the Bayfield Public Library.

The CVITP informational sessions will be held on March 10 and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. These clinics are sponsored by the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Those who attend can get "free" help with their taxes from a Canada Revenue Agency approved and registered program.

People may be eligible if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from: employment, pension, benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance, registered retirement savings plans (RRSP's), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants or interest under $1,000.

Family income levels suggested are: one person, $35,000; two persons, $45,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.

A tax situation is not simple if people are: self-employed or have employment expenses; have business or rental income and expenses; have capital gains or losses; filed for bankruptcy; or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.

Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2018 Income Tax Return, 2018 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2019 Income Receipts - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T5007 etc., 2019 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2019 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2019 Medical Receipts and Statements, 2019 Charitable Donations Receipts.

food bank distribution centre 

Cheque Preentation Feb 2020A donation from the ROOTS Community Fund has enabled the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to purchase a walk-in cooler in order to safely store food. Participating in the cheque presentation were from l-r: Larry Holmes, Trillium staffer; Mary Ellen Zielman, HCFBDC Executive director; Angela De Groot, Trillium Board member; and Margaret Jack, ROOTS Council member. (Submitted photo)

The Recognizing Our Opportunity to Support (ROOTS) Community Fund is pleased to support the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre in the amount of $5,000. Funding has enabled the purchase of a walk-in cooler that is needed in order to safely store food. The HCFBDC’s intent is to provide food security to all who have a need and work towards making hunger non-existent.

The Trillium ROOTS Community Fund was established by Trillium Mutual Insurance Company in Listowel, ON, to administer the company’s philanthropy program. Through ROOTS, Trillium continues to provide meaningful financial assistance and support to rural communities which its policyholder members live and serve. The ROOTS program will continue to fund capital projects in 2020 with a focus in the areas of Agriculture, Emergency Response, Healthcare, Recreation and Wellness, and Eco/Sustainability. The next
intake deadline for applications is March 17.

More information about the ROOTS Community Fund can be found at

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.

kindness workshops 

The Open Hearts Kindness Group will hold their next workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, Apr. 11. The focus will be on ways to reduce eco-anxiety via discussion and the creation of an Earth Alter.

The other workshops planned are: 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.

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 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.

More info also available at




  Huron Country playhouse II renamed south huron stage 

As award-winning Drayton Entertainment prepares to entertain over 70,000 visitors to the Huron Country Playhouse this summer, theatregoers will notice a significant change.

The Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium will be renamed the “South Huron Stage”, through a multi-year sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron. The name of the overall complex will remain Huron Country Playhouse, as it has since its inception 49 years ago. The venue has two stages: the 642 seat Mainstage and 300 seat Playhouse II.

A registered, not-for-profit charitable arts organization, Drayton Entertainment does not receive day-to-day operations funding from any level of government. Its business model is predicated on self-sufficiency so the organization is not an ongoing financial burden to any of the communities in which it operates.

South Huron Council Meeting 02.18.20  It was announced on Feb. 18 at a South Huron Council Meeting, that the Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium will be renamed the “South Huron Stage”, through a multi-year sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron. L-r: Deputy Mayor Jim Dietrich, Councilor Dianne Faubert, Mayor George Finch, Neil Aitchison,as his iconic Mountie character Constable Archibald F. Inkster from many Huron Country Playhouse shows; Aaron Neeb, Marissa Vaughan and Barb Willard, all Councilors; and Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director Alex Mustakas. (Submitted photo)  

The sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron will not support the Huron Country Playhouse’s annual operations, but will instead focus on new marketing tactics for the theatre to expand its reach and bring additional tourists to the municipality, as well as invest in capital infrastructure upgrades in anticipation of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2021.

“This partnership is particularly significant because it speaks to the value the Municipality of South Huron places on both tourism and arts and culture as contributors to a happy, healthy, and prosperous community,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment. “The Huron Country Playhouse is an environmentally-friendly, non-polluting, labour-intensive, tourism-generating, community-responsive renewal resource – a combination desired by all municipalities throughout the country.”

The humble beginnings of Huron Country Playhouse date back to 1972, when the inaugural season launched in a big top tent on a farmstead on the outskirts of Grand Bend. It has since evolved into one of the province’s leading professional theatres. The Province of Ontario’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) estimates the theatre’s economic impact in visitor spending in the local area is $17.1 million annually.

Seventy-nine percent of annual attendees are tourists, with the remaining 21 per cent of the audience living in Huron County. The largest tourist markets are London, Waterloo Region, Greater Toronto Area, and Sarnia/Windsor area.

“We are fortunate to have a major arts and cultural attraction in South Huron that is rapidly evolving and creating a significant impact on the economy and benefiting our quality of life,” said George Finch, mayor of the Municipality of South Huron. “We believe such accomplishments should be celebrated, nurtured, and supported, so that the myriad economic, cultural, social, and educational spin-off effects may continue to be felt for many years to come. The South Huron Stage will be a home for shared experiences between residents and visitors alike that will educate, enlighten, and above all, entertain.”

“The Municipality of South Huron is committed to making our communities better places to work, live, and play,” said Dan Best, Chief Administrative officer for the Municipality of South Huron. “The Huron Country Playhouse is a proven entity that contributes to a strong local economy, inspires revitalization within our community, and spurs additional economic development. This is the very definition of a win-win partnership.”

The annual $25,000 naming rights sponsorship is for the renaming of the Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium. Drayton Entertainment is also seeking a major corporate sponsor or local family to rename the Mainstage Auditorium.

“Naming sponsorships have become increasingly popular in recent years because they are an innovative way for charitable organizations to contribute to their long-term sustainability and provide a pathway for future planning,” said Mustakas.

Productions on the newly named South Huron Stage during the 2020 Season include, “Sleeping Beauty: The Panto”, July 2 to July 18; “The Dixie Swim Club”, July 22 to Aug. 8; “Frozen Jr.”, featuring aspiring young performers from the area, Aug. 11-15; and “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”, Aug 19 to Sept. 5.

Roland Howe joins Source Protection Committee 

Rowland_Howe_Industry_Rep_SPC_NRRowland Howe (Submitted photo)

A mining engineer with more than 35 years of experience in mining operations is the new industry representative on a local committee working to protect municipal drinking water sources. The source protection authorities have announced that Rowland Howe is the newest member of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC). He joined the committee effective Feb. 20.

Rowland Howe is a Chartered Engineer and President of the Goderich Port Management Corporation. He also acts as an independent consultant offering strategic and leadership services. The committee’s new industry rep worked in a strategic engineering role for Compass Minerals, delivering key projects across the company’s divisions, before retiring in November 2016. Starting in 1995, he was Mine Manager at the largest salt mine in the world, the Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich. He previously worked in the British coal industry and continued his mining career in the United Kingdom working for Imperial Chemical Industries at their salt mine before moving to Canada.

The new industry representative has served on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Road Salt Working Group. He is a board member at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich. In 2019, he joined the Town of Goderich’s Environmental Action Committee. He has served as a board member of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) and on the OMA energy committee. He is a resident of Exeter.

SPC Chair Matt Pearson welcomed the new industry representative to the committee.

“Rowland brings a great depth of experience and knowledge to the Committee,” said Pearson. “He understands complex issues and his opinion will be valuable as we work towards protecting our drinking water sources and, in turn, our natural environment.”

The newest committee member thanked the local source protection authority for choosing him as the new industry representative.

“I am delighted to be joining this committee to help further this important work that must be undertaken to keep our drinking water clean and safe,” he said. Source water protection helps to educate people of the challenges to ensuring clean water reaches homes, businesses, and other locations, he said. The program helps to educate people about how to keep that water clean and helps to ensure people take the necessary actions to protect that water.

“We so often take it for granted in Canada that when we turn on the faucet clean, fresh, drinkable water will be there,” he said. “History teaches us that there can be no room for complacency and that we must be vigilant to ensure this basic human need is met.”

The SPC works to create policies to protect local sources of drinking water from activities that pose possible threats in areas near municipal wells.

The 2020 committee includes Chair Matt Pearson and the following members: Municipal – Allan Rothwell, East; David Blaney, Central; Myles Murdock, North; and Dave Frayne, South West; Economic – Rowland Howe, Industry; Philip Keightley, Commerce; Bert Dykstra, Agriculture; Mary Ellen Foran, Agriculture; Other – John Graham, Environment; Jennette Walker, Environment; Ian Brebner, Property Owner; and Alyssa Keller, Public-at-Large.

To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region website at

EcoExeter guest speakers at partner appreciation evening

Local young people are bringing a message to “move away from pollution, towards solutions” to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s (ABCA) annual Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award event in March.

Students from EcoExeter will be the special guest presenters at the event on Thursday, March 26 at Ironwood Golf Club. The students will speak about ways the community is doing more, and can do more, to keep plastics and other pollution out of water.

“On behalf of the Board, I welcome the students from EcoExeter to our event and I look forward to hearing the message these young people bring to our annual Partner Appreciation Evening,” Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors said. “Their presentation is to help us move away from pollution and towards solutions and that’s an important message for all of us.”

It is inspiring to see the positive changes our youth are making at the global and local scales, the ABCA Chair said.

“Our young people are often the leaders in driving us to make positive changes that protect water, soil, and habitat,” he said. “Young people at our local schools have been very successful at encouraging others to reduce pollution in order to protect our creeks, rivers, and Lake Huron.”

The conservation authority announces the winner of this year’s Conservationist of the Year Award at the Partner Appreciation Evening. The event starts with a social time at 5 p.m. followed by a light supper at about 5:30 p.m. The formal program begins at approximately 6 p.m. with presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award and Years of Service Awards for directors and staff. The awards will be followed by the keynote presentation by EcoExeter.

Anyone who would like to attend, is asked to please reply in advance to Sharon Pavkeje at, by March 19 to allow for meal numbers. (Anyone with special dietary needs are asked to inform organizers in advance.) The public is invited.

“We invite you to attend our Partner Appreciation Evening so we can say thank you, in person, for all you do, as a partner in conservation, to protect our watershed resources,” said Cook.

The partner appreciation evening is also a chance to learn about what others are doing to protect life, property, water, soil, and habitat for living things, he added.

ABCA presents the Conservationist of the Year Award each year to a person, farm, business, community group, or organization doing good work in the watershed.

“It is an honor to recognize these award winners,” said the ABCA Chair. “We would also like to thank all the nominees for this award and all the landowners and community groups who are creating awareness and taking positive action. We have so many people taking positive actions in our communities … I thank you all.”

Visit or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.

The Ironwood Golf Club is located at 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KMs east of Exeter.

Flood emergencies from 2019 discussed at annual meeting 

Flood_Emergency_Planning_Meeting_2020_Speakers_NRPresenting about local flood response, Flood Emergency Planning Meeting held on Feb. 11 in Exeter were, from l-r: Jonathon Graham, Chief Administrative officer and director of Operations with the Municipality of North Middlesex; Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority; Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources E.I.T.; Steve McAuley, director of Community Services, Municipality of Lambton Shores; and Chris Martin, Lambton Shores Community Emergency Management coordinator. (Submitted photo)  

More than 30 people, including municipal Community Emergency Management Coordinators and local emergency response personnel, attended the annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Municipal staff presented to this year’s meeting about their responses to major flood events in 2019. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted the meeting at the Masonic Hall in Exeter.

Coastal flooding along Lake Huron’s shoreline has become more frequent as lake levels reach and even set all-time record levels for a given month. Monthly average lake level for Lake Huron in January 2020 set a record high for the month but was below the overall record high level for Lake Huron, said Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Water Resources coordinator.

It is predicted Lake Huron levels will continue to set monthly records through spring and possibly summer, he said. Lake Huron may experience all-time record highs this year. Shoreline dunes and bluffs are being eroded by wave action during this period of high lake levels, the Water Resources Coordinator added. The erosion problem is worse during large storm events in autumn and winter. Strong northwest winds produce storm surges that increase water levels and wave action. Bank failures along bluffs can occur at any time during a storm event or even days, weeks, or months later.

ABCA provides flood forecasting and warning messages, to municipalities, in advance of major weather systems likely to cause flooding and that contribute to bank failures and erosion along the Lake Huron shoreline. The May 25, 2019 flood event hitting Parkhill and other communities, however, was an example of an intense local event that was not predictable based on forecasts. This heavy, intense, localized rainfall event occurred in the southern portion of the Ausable Bayfield watershed.

Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources E.I.T., shared how the Cameron-Gillies Diversion Channel is designed to divert water away from the town of Parkhill, and into the reservoir, during severe runoff events.

“The diversion channel bypassed about 50 per cent of the flow from this event, that would have normally gone into the town of Parkhill,” said Kokas. “You can imagine if all that extra flow had gone into Parkhill, the issues that would have occurred.”

Floods do happen, said Kokas, and we need to be prepared.

“There is a need for continued vigilance, staying alert,” Kokas said. “This can happen at any time.”
The conservation authority stream gauges, river watch and snowpack water-equivalent monitoring, modeling, and other tools help to provide municipalities with better information before and during flood events. Structures such as the Parkhill diversion channel also help.

Municipality of North Middlesex Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Jonathon Graham shared about costs from the flood event including repairs to infrastructure. He also said the flood had other impacts such as bypasses of sanitary pumps. He said the flood underlined the importance of planning and maintaining communication before and during events. The municipality and ABCA were in regular contact during the May 25, 2019 event, he said. Lines of communication were open with conservation authority staff and that was important as information provided by ABCA during the flood gave him information council and staff needed, Graham said. Even when the flooding began to recede there were weather forecasts with a potential for 30 millimetres more of rain and the municipality had to be prepared for that possibility.

Other local flood events in 2019 included flooding in Port Franks and Grand Bend areas in October and November. Flood waters remained for two whole days during the Oct. 17, 2019 event and high lake levels contributed to drainage problems.

Lambton Shores Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), Chris Martin said high lake levels have created challenges for Lambton Shores. In a period of about six years, Lake Huron has gone from record lows to almost record highs. The impacts of these high lake levels include reduced beach size at Grand Bend beach and increased traffic to the beach as other beach areas have receded. He said beaches are smaller during times of high lake levels so crowds of people are concentrated in smaller areas. The municipality has had to adapt to respond to this increased density. Creating policies for the size and location of beach umbrellas, to ensure sight lines for lifeguards, was an example of a response to this challenge. Another issue was wave action and energy eroding the Mud Creek shoreline. The sustained impact resulted in the loss of dunes along the shore. Martin described the cleanout the municipality conducted at the mouth of Mud Creek. The high lake levels make it challenging to provide an outlet in order to open up Mud Creek, he said.

Steve McAuley, director of Community Services, Municipality of Lambton Shores, said the municipality worked with residents and the property owners’ association and was able to dig out the mouth of Mud Creek but for emergency purposes only as roads were flooded and to preserve emergency access. McAuley said continued increases in the Lake Huron water level would have major impacts to Mud Creek, Grand Bend, and River Road.

“The information we get from ABCA is really imperative to understand what is going on (during a flood event),” McAuley said.

Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning manager, thanked the presenters and said flooding and high lake levels demonstrate how important it is to ensure development takes place outside of the most hazardous areas. He thanked the municipal staff for having worked closely with ABCA during the recent flooding and for having kept lines of communication open.

wainman and friends going to conservation dinner in limo 

The Conservation Dinner Committee has drawn the winning ticket for the 2020 Early Bird Prize. Seree Wainman, of London, purchased her ticket early and with the picking of her ticket she wins a limousine ride for up to 10 people, to and from the charity auction event, courtesy of Bradley Oke and Wave Limo and Tours (, of Grand Bend.

Early_Bird_Prize_Draw_Winner_Drawn_2020_Conservation_Dinner_NRConservation Dinner Committee members Charles Miner and Marcy Merner drew the winning ticket for the Early Bird draw at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Dinner Committee. (Submitted photo)

Conservation Dinner Committee members Charles Miner and Marcy Merner drew the winning ticket at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Dinner Committee.

The 31st Conservation Dinner will take place on Thursday, Apr. 16. To buy a ticket, or to donate to the event, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) 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 The Conservation Dinner takes place at the 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.

The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and the watershed community, on the dinner since 1991. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of the ABCF and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. To find out more visit or

County residents asked to take survey regarding safety 

Huron County is seeking public input. Local municipalities and police services boards are working on a plan to ensure community safety and well-being.

The Province has made legislative changes to the Police Services Act requiring communities develop and adopt Community Safety and Well Being Plans by Jan. 1, 2021.

The legislation was introduced in recognition of the changing nature of society and the evolution of policing services in providing a safe environment. The focus is on integrating the partnerships of the police within the community and between the community partners themselves.

Municipalities are mandated to work with police services and local service providers in health care, social services and education to develop a Community Safety and Well Being Plan that proactively addresses locally identified community risks.

“Huron County has some well-developed relationships between the existing service providers and is working to build on those relationships,” said Florence Witherspoon, member of the Working Group established to set up the Plan. “In creating the Plan, we will better be able to serve those who utilize these services, reduce duplication and ensure those who need the services have access to them in an efficient manner.”

The focus of the Community Safety and Well Being Plan will be to engage the community in taking direct action to make Huron County a safer and healthier community. In addition to connecting with the different service providers, community engagement is required to compliment the risk factors identified.

To do this the Working Group is asking residents of Huron County to participate in an online survey. The survey will help to identify key concerns that members of the community have about safety, health and well-being.

Residents of Huron County are asked to participate in this online Community Safety and Well-Being Survey by visiting the following link:

A paper copy of the survey can also be made available at local Municipal Offices.

huron wave music festival launch at White Squirrel 


Be part of the official launch of the Huron Waves Music Festival, and be among the first to hear the lineup for its inaugural season, which will run May 7-17.

The public is invited to the launch event on Tuesday, March 10 at the White Squirrel Golf Club and Restaurant, 72538 Bluewater Hwy. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by an official announcement at 5:45 p.m.

Come hear Artistic Director John Miller, who founded and ran for 18 years, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, announce a season that highlights musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. Mingle with friends and enjoy live entertainment in the restaurant at White Squirrel. RSVP for the free launch event here:

And since the launch is taking place in the late afternoon, those who attend are encouraged to make reservations for dinner in the dining room by calling the restaurant at 519 236-4030. (Please note dinner is not included in the event.)

The board and staff of Huron Waves Music Festival are hard at work putting together this first-year festival to highlight musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. As announced late last year, the festival will open with two performances by the dynamic Kingdom Choir, that amazing choir that sang “Stand By Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Organizers are so pleased to welcome them into the community for two concerts at Goderich and Exeter venues.


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) held its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, and elected a new Vice Chair and new Chair for the Board of Directors. They are from l-r: the new Vice Chair Dave Jewitt, who represents the Municipality of Central Huron, and new Chair Doug Cook, who represents the Municipality of Lambton Shores and the Township of Warwick on the ABCA Board. ABCA will host a Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award event on Thursday, March 26. To learn more visit (Submitted photo)  


Gateway speaker series    


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will launch their 2020 fundraising Speaker Series with a presentation by Exeter author, Bonnie Sitter, at the Huron County Museum in Goderich on Sunday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English co-wrote, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”. They were the girls aged 16-18 who worked on market garden farms and orchards during the farm labour shortage caused by WWll. The Ontario Farm Service Force initiated the Farmerette Program in 1941 and it continued until 1952. The book tells the first-hand experiences of these young women through delightful letters, photos and informative interviews. For many girls it was their first time away from home. It was hard work often in the hot sun, but many of their stories include fond memories of adventure, lasting friendships and camaraderie.

“Kudos to Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English for researching and documenting this history,” said Nancy Simpson, Gateway Board member. “Now the personal experiences of over 50 Farmerettes will live on in this book.”

The book will be on sale at the March 8 event.

“These ladies (Farmerettes) are in their 80s and 90s now and they are thrilled to be finally recognised for their service with the Ontario Farm Service Force,” said Simpson. She added that they are also thrilled with the recent news that the stories of Farmerettes are being adapted into a play for the 4th Line Theatre near Peterborough and it will be called “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”.

The presentation will be emceed by Miss Marcie, Canada’s Pinup Girl. The event, that will run from 1-4 p.m., will include some display booths with representatives from local women’s not-for-profit organizations who continue to do great work to support this community, as well as other communities in need. Many businesses and individuals have made generous donations of silent auction items in support of Gateway’s fundraising efforts. “Dames Rocket” will provide musical entertainment.

Tickets are $25 and available at Fincher’s on The Square, Goderich; online with Eventbrite; or by calling Gateway at 519 612-1053.

“Gateway is most appreciative of the following sponsors of our 2020 speaker Series - Ian Murray CIBC Wealth Management, Larry Otten Contracting, DeJager Town Square IDA Pharmacy and the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh,” said Simpson. “We are currently organizing three other Speaker Series events, one more in the Spring and two in the Fall.”



It was announced on Feb. 12 that the Port of Goderich is the newest Green Marine participant and the tenth Great Lakes port authority to become part of the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.

“We are pleased to be engaged as a member of Green Marine. The program is consistent with the goals of both the Port and the Town of Goderich to strive toward continuous environmental improvement. Our operations, the Town of Goderich and wharf expansion projects are inherently aligned with addressing key environmental issues,” said Rowland Howe, president of the Goderich Port Management Corporation.

The Port of Goderich is committed to sustainability as it continues to expand its regional economic importance, being the only deep-water port on the east shore of Lake Huron.

“We’re so pleased to welcome the Port of Goderich into the Green Marine program where it can benchmark its progress along with more than 40 other U.S. and Canadian ports,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director.

Green Marine offers a step-by-step roadmap for port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines and shipyard managers to voluntarily and measurably reduce their environmental footprint. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using 12 performance indicators that include lowering air emissions, minimizing community impacts, and demonstrating environmental leadership.

The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent. Results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual results are published annually and made available on line at

As the only deep-water port on Lake Huron’s East shoreline, the Port of Goderich is an important commercial shipping hub in Southwestern Ontario, providing services to the region’s agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries. Approximately 250 ships dock at the port annually, either loading or delivering commodities such as salt, grain and calcium chloride. The port is also used by fishing vessels and other boats. Owned by the Town of Goderich, the port and its administration are overseen by the Goderich Port Management Corporation.

Established in 2007, Green Marine is a leading North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program stems from the maritime industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements. There are currently more than 125 companies – ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers – from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the program. The program’s unique character derives from the support earned from more than 65 environmental organizations, scientific research programs and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program.

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.

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.

Two films remain: Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

Both 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 (

Thursday tunes 

“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.

Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.

For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.

Paint Ontario

Now in its 24th year, Paint Ontario, organized by the Grand Bend Art Centre (GBAC), is the province’s leading art show and sale of representational art. In 2019 Paint Ontario attracted approximately 600 entries, of which some 200 were juried into the show. The event generated over $100,000 in sales, together with significant economic activity for Grand Bend area businesses during the challenging “shoulder season”.

The event’s success is thanks to the many artists who reach for higher and higher standards every year and to dozens of dedicated volunteers, as well as the patrons who visit the show and buy art for their homes and offices.

The 2020 version of Paint Ontario will be held at the Lambton Heritage Museum from March 27 to Apr. 19

The largest portion of sales revenue goes to individual artists, with a percentage going to event expenses and the remainder towards GBAC programs and activities. Paint Ontario art purchases help support arts in the community, including the expanding kids’ music programs; specially themed summer camps; further expansion of painting, drawing and pottery workshops and seminars and demonstrations for all ages. The GBAC is run by volunteers and is registered as a charity with the CRA.

The Board of the GBAC looks forward to welcoming people to the Opening Gala on Friday, March 27 and invites them to be a “Paint Ontario Ambassador” by bringing friends from outside the local area to share in the wonder and joy that visitors experience at the Gala and throughout the show’s three week run.

Businesses and individuals are also asked to consider sponsoring a prize, an event or a demonstration. Those who do are eligible for a full tax receipt. Sponsorships start at $100 for demonstrations and $250 to sponsor a painting of their choice.

For more information please go to or contact: Teresa Marie Phillips, Executive director of the GBAC, at 519 859-1662 or email at

museum grants 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson celebrated Ontario Heritage Week (Feb. 17-23) by presenting cheques to two local museums totaling $135,036.

“We have a rich history here in Huron-Bruce that is worth preserving and protecting,” Thompson said in announcing that the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is receiving $71,830 and the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol will be getting $63,226.

“These two museums, and their staff, do an incredible job of not only preserving our history but also of presenting the amazing stories of our ancestors and settlers in the region,” Thompson said. “We are so fortunate to have these facilities.”

Through the Community Museum Operating Grant, 166 eligible community museums receive just over $4.8 million annually. The grant provides operating funding to community museums that may fund staff salaries, museum maintenance, building and preserving collections, exhibitions and educational programs.

In addition, 176 heritage organizations receive a total of nearly $240,000 in funding through the Heritage Organization Development Grant. This grant provides annual operating funding to not-for-profit heritage organizations and historical societies, and supports community engagement activities such as exhibits, public programs, lecture series and walking tours.

“Community museums and heritage organizations support local tourism, community well-being and learning,” said Lisa MacLeod, minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “They also contribute to a spectacular double bottom line - the financial bottom line of the province as well as the equally important bottom line of our cultural fabric and identity. Our financial support for heritage organizations and community museums helps ensure that current and future generations can continue to learn about our province’s rich history and culture.”

The province’s annual Heritage Week celebrations are led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The Trust's mandate is to identify, protect, promote and preserve Ontario’s heritage. Community museums throughout Ontario are custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. They contribute to Ontario communities' economic well-being, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually.

In total, the government is investing more than $5 million in 342 community museums and heritage organizations across the province. Many heritage organizations are operated exclusively by volunteers. Each year, thousands of community volunteers contribute tens of thousands of service hours for these organizations.

In the 2019 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed a new program to provide free admission for children and youth to cultural sites and attractions across the province.

HPPH dental application days 

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care. The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits.

To help eligible seniors enroll in the OSDCP, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will be holding drop-in application days throughout Huron and Perth. Sessions will be held in Huron County at the following times and locations: Blyth Public Library, March 5, 1-3 p.m.; Alice Munro Library in Wingham, March 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Howick Library in Fordwich, March 6, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bluewater Area Family Health Team in Zurich, Apr. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Printed application forms are also available at HPPH.

To qualify for the program, seniors must be 65 years of age or older, Ontario residents, and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while a couple must have a combined income of $32,300 or less.

People must have their Social Insurance Number (SIN) to apply and must have filed their taxes for the previous year. Anyone who plans to attend an application clinic, is asked to please bring their Ontario Health Card and SIN, and if applicable, their spouse’s SIN. Please note that if a couple qualifies, they must both fill out a separate application.

If an application is approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the successful applicant within two to three weeks. The dental card must be presented at the time of an appointment to a dental office that offers the OSDCP. Contact HPPH to learn which dental offices currently offer the program.

Dental services covered under the program include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings. The program will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. For a full list of coverage, please visit

Eligible seniors can also apply to the OSDCP directly online at, or print a hard-copy form to be mailed.

If a senior does not have a SIN or has not filed their taxes in the previous year, they can apply with a guarantor using the Guarantor Form.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-221-2133.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), believes that patient, family and caregiver engagement is key to changing the healthcare system in a way that makes it truly person-focused. They encourage and support patients, families and caregivers as members of the health care team. They work together with care providers to shape and improve the way care is delivered today and tomorrow.

A Patient Partner is a community member that has been a patient, a patient’s family member or caregiver and has experienced care at any of the four hospital sites of the HPHA (Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and/or the Stratford General Hospital). Patient, family and caregiver engagement provides the HPHA an opportunity to listen and learn from lived experiences and interactions in the health care system.

There are many benefits to becoming a Patient Partner. Not only do people gain more knowledge about their local health care system, they can contribute in ways that match their interest, experience and availability. Several examples of Patient Partner engagement opportunities include: Patient Partnership Council, Program Councils, Hospital Committees, quality improvement projects, and Story Sharing where Patient Partners share their lived experiences and perceptions of care with staff, physicians, leaders and other patients.

“Patients, families and caregivers have valuable thoughts and ideas gained from their lived experiences that can provide insight for those working to improve the healthcare system,” said Vice President Partnerships & Chief Nursing Executive Anne Campbell. “Patient Partners help to change the conversation and shift the care experience to a more person-focused approach.”

Anyone interested in making a difference is invited to contact the Patient Experience Office by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2737 or toll free 1-888-275-1102 Ext. 2737 or via email at Alternatively an online application is available by visiting





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 highlight an undated image of Mrs. MacPherson from the Lucy Woods-Diehl collection. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 5a)

PB12 5a  Mrs MacPherson undated 

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.


 ISSUE 553

PB12 4a Bill Robinson in cameo undated donated by Alma Bassett 1976

In Issue 553, Bill Robinson is shown in this undated cameo donated to the Bayfield Archives by Alma Bassett in 1976. Does anyone remember Bill or Alma? (Archives Code: PB12 4a)

Issue 554 


In Issue 554,  the Bayfield Archives shares a painting of The Little Inn of Bayfield by recognized Canadian Painter, Jack McLaren, who studied with the Group of Seven. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1896, he came to Canada in 1908 and lived in Benmiller, ON. This painting was donated to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) in memory of Ruth Hayman Elliott who was a previous owner of the Little Inn. The BHS is excited to share that the painting will be on loan and exhibited at the Huron County Museum in Goderich from Apr. 15 to Aug. 31 as part of the “Life and Works of Jack McLaren”. Art enthusiasts may also be interested to learn that the BHS also sells blank notecards with envelopes of this painting for $3.50 at the Archives.  




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87150591_908362949597994_6952666198039330816_nTrekking Trash Pandas were the second highest fund raisers at the Coldest Night of the Year Walk held in Goderich on Saturday evening. The team members raised a combined $2,570. The team members were: Stephen Tamming, Jenny Shanahan, Shannon Daniels, Nina Reynolds, Kimberley Payne, Leigh Ann Van Aaken, Maria La Croix, Heather Ross and Shayna Ross-Kelly.  

85226548_436913643721496_7334853618060754944_nBayfield was well represented at the Coldest Night of the Year Walk on Saturday evening held in Goderich. Jenny Shanahan (right) and Gayle Beuermann were among the over 200 participants.

UntitledThe Goderich and Area Community Committee of the Perth-Huron United Way organized a Coldest Night of the Year Walk for Feb. 22 and were blessed with temperatures on the mild side.  

87128397_228088425016887_4311950734854717440_nThe Goderich Homelessness Initiative hoped to raise $30,000 at their Coldest Night of the Year Walk - overachieving by 144 per cent - they raised $43,205.  








On Feb. 22, families, friends, sports teams, service clubs, co-workers, youth groups, even political parties came together to take part in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Walk. Events were held in 145 communities across Canada. Two walks were held in Huron County one in Goderich and another in Exeter.

In both cases the participants were over-achievers with Goderich raising 144 per cent or their goal and Exeter achieving 129 per cent. Both towns had hoped to raise $30,000 each. In the end Goderich raised $43,215 and Exeter $38,955 to combat chronic homelessness in their communities.

According to the United Way's Goderich Homelessness Initiative, in Huron County 100 individuals identified themselves as experiencing homelessness during 2018. Homelessness isn’t just about sleeping on the streets. A person may be in a temporary shelter, incarcerated without a place to go afterwards or “couch surfing”. It affects almost every aspect of life including family well-being, employment and physical and mental health.

In Goderich, over 200 participants, many walking as members of 32 registered teams, walked around The Square on a very forgiving evening weather wise. The 19 members of Bernie’s Bunch, captained by Bernice Glenn, were the top fundraisers bringing in $9,065 for the cause. They were followed by the nine members of the Trekking Trash Pandas, led by Kimberley Payne, that raised $2,570 and the seven members of the United Way Team, under the direction of John Clark, that collected $1,715 for the cause.

Following the walk, a warm meal and refreshments were made available at the Goderich Legion as well as a CNOY-themed dance.

CNOY is part of a bigger action plan in Goderich and area. In addition to existing resources through Huron Safe Homes for Youth and the Huron Women’s Shelter, United Way Perth-Huron is working with local government and organizations on continuing emergency shelter during the cold months and a new Housing Advocate to find housing for those in need and provide ongoing support for successful tenancy.

87092220_1037000646683161_7078905276962701312_nCo-workers, members of organizations, teams, friends and families all came together to raise funds to end homelessness in Goderich.

87221790_1319544388253944_2790744546349154304_nVolunteers are always at the heart of any successful fundraiser.  

87070455_2861805953873775_7204168543611387904_nParticipants could partake in a hot, nourishing meal at the Goderich Legion following the walk.  



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– Michael Potters (on Twitter)

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I didn’t know Michael Potters personally. I had but one encounter with him. Back in 2017, I photographed him while he tasted and judged the soups at the Bayfield Town Hall for Soup’s On. I snapped his image and we acknowledged each other with a smile. But, even, in such a brief encounter Potters left an impression on me. I remembered that moment this past Sunday morning when I first learned that Potters had died.

Potters was General Manager and Executive Chef at The Little Inn of Bayfield from Sept. 2015 to Sept. 2018. Most recently he was the Executive Director of The Culinary Arts Prince Edward (The CAPE) in Picton, ON.

Social media tributes have been flooding my feed in the last few days, and so, I will let those who knew him better than I, do the eulogizing.

From the Food Service and Hospitality Website: The foodservice world lost a culinary shining light last week when chef Michael Potters passed away suddenly…During his storied career, Potters trained, mentored and inspired many young chefs in the industry.

The Little Inn of Bayfield Facebook Page: Michael was one of the most passionate chefs we have ever met and those that had the privilege of dining on his food knew he was also one of the best chefs in the country.

Bayfield Lions’ Club Facebook Page: His good-natured willingness to contribute his time and skills to different projects helped make him a valued member of the club. (Potters was a member of Lions’ Club while he resided in Bayfield)

All have extended heartfelt condolences to his daughter Mia, his friends and family – as do I. Good night Chef. – Melody

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