Bookmark and Share   Apr. 7, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 15 Issue 613

Bayfield lions club donates to Historical book  production

IMG_1449On Apr. 1st, the Bayfield Lions’ Club donated $2,200 to fund the production of a limited release, hard copy book on Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. L-r: BHS President Ruth Gibson and BHS Project Chair Doug Brown accepted the cheque from 75th Anniversary Chair Bill Rowat and President Tony Van Bakel. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022.

“To commemorate the occasion, our club will be carrying out a number of projects throughout the village over the next twelve to eighteen months,” said Bayfield Lions' Club President Tony Van Bakel.

One of these projects evolved from a request from the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).

On Apr. 1st, the Bayfield Lions’ Club donated $2,200 to fund the production of a limited release, hard copy book on Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. BHS President Ruth Gibson and BHS Project Chair Doug Brown accepted the cheque from Van Bakel and 75th Anniversary Chair Bill Rowat.

The Village of Bayfield takes its name from Admiral Bayfield who was the first marine surveyor to chart the coastlines of the Great Lakes in the early 1800s. Written by well-known author David Yates, with a forward by The National’s long-time anchor, Peter Mansbridge, the book will be launched in conjunction with Admiral Bayfield Celebrations this summer. The proceeds from the sale of these books will help fund the society’s ongoing archival digitization effort.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members continue to work on another one of their 75th anniversary projects, restoring the community bulletin board. They would like to inform residents that as this project progresses, the board will be absent for a short time to be restored.

The community bulletin board is part of the designated streetscape under the Main Street Heritage Conservation District Plan 1983. The board is part of the historic triumvirate, along with the post office and library/archives where villagers would informally convene to get their mail, borrow books, and catch up on local news and gossip.

Cave art enthusiast next speaker in library series 

SATL_Apr2021-MargotMargot Sippel is an Art Therapist, cave art enthusiast, and Bayfield resident. (Submitted photos)

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor another speaker in the “Virtual Saturdays at the Library” Speaker Series.

Margot Sippel’s topic will be “Back in the Caves”. In her talk, Sippel will explore how some recent discoveries have deepened the mysteries of prehistoric cave art. Archaeologists and researchers now believe they may have been off by thousands of years in some of their theories about the beginnings of art. This new information has them asking what might have led to the rush of creativity more than 50,000 years ago?

Sippel is an Art Therapist, cave art enthusiast, and Bayfield resident. Anyone who has heard her speak about prehistoric cave art before knows what a fascinating talk this will be!

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Apr. 24 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Those wishing to participate are asked to pre-register for the Zoom meeting by

SATL_Apr2021-1Recent discoveries have deepened the mysteries of prehistoric cave art. Curious people can learn more at the next virtual "Saturdays at the Library" on Apr. 24.

Mellow fellow looking forward to a life indoors 

166328530_737835456923203_1564850403338935233_nBeau (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Beau is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.

Volunteers estimate that Beau is about 18 months-old and because his ear is tipped they think he belonged to an outdoor colony at some point. Beau was found under a deck and was very hungry and in need of some grooming. This super sweet boy is quite mellow. He loves to be brushed, petted and cuddled. He is soon headed to the vet for a check up and to get all his shots updated. He has made it “purrfectly” clear to volunteers that he wants a family and an indoor home.

Anyone who thinks Beau could be “the one” should contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Donations are always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

reviewer finds new title by macmillan engrossing  


During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.

April’s title is “War – How Conflict Shaped Us”, written by Margaret MacMillan and reviewed by Bayfield resident Ken Balderson.

War – what is it good for? MacMillan writes that “War has repeatedly changed the course of human history, opening up pathways into the future and closing down others” in the introduction of her engrossing book.

Readers will be familiar with MacMillan’s acclaimed “Paris 1919”, her Governor General’s Award winning “The War That Ended Peace” and her 2015 Massey Lectures titled, “History’s People”. Her new book, based on her 2018 BBC Reith Lectures, is a dazzling overview of the why, how and who of war.

MacMillan argues persuasively that “we do not take war as seriously as it deserves”. She reminds us that “by 1914 many Europeans came to think of war as obsolete, something only the less civilized did”. The formation of the League of Nations would take the lessons learned from the ‘War to End All Wars’ to ensure that humankind would avoid any similar conflict going forward. Yet since WW2, invasions, civil wars and disturbances, uprisings, and insurgencies continue to be fought throughout the world, with profound effects on countries, peoples, warriors and civilians. Her reminder of how small events have triggered major conflict – the assassination of the Archduke and his wife in Sarajevo in 1914 being the best-known example – will give pause to anyone following events ranging from China’s increasing military presence in the South China Sea to the mass migrations of peoples fleeing military conflict, and increasingly the effects of climate change.

The book is organized thematically, and for each theme MacMillan interweaves historical examples and perspectives in lucid prose, taking what could be very dry material and making it consistently rich and engaging. She lists some of the reasons for why people fight: “because they have no choice; to protect their loved ones or their nation; out of a sense of honor; for fear of their officers; to win the approval of those they respect; to show off; to test themselves; to rape, pillage and loot; for glory; for a cause; for their comrades; or to get ahead in the world.”

MacMillan is unsparing in documenting the horrors and carnage of war, while noting that “fighting can bring out the noblest and basest sides of human nature.” She describes and provides examples of many paradoxes of war. By producing employment and technological advances, some wars have acted “to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor”. War has involved the sacking of cities and the rape and slaughter of women but has also helped women “gain access to careers, education and rights as a result of their participation”.

MacMillan describes how changes in political organization and technological advances have changed how wars have been fought and led to evolution in the organization and training of warriors. She uses evocative source materials to describe the experience of fighting in wars, as well as the impact of war on civilians. She reviews attempts to limit, control or eliminate war subject matter into compelling and understandable themes, in a manner that this brief review can only hint at.

“War - How Conflict Shaped Us” is a Tour de Force, and fully deserved its recognition as a best book of 2020. I strongly recommend it for any reader looking for a clear synthesis of this complex subject which can serve as an introduction and as an enriching overview.



Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, were planning to return to Bayfield on Apr. 10 to help the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) with their fundraising efforts. Their visit has been delayed due to provincial COVID-19 restrictions. The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation will now be bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell in Clan Gregor Square on May 22 instead. (Submitted photo)  

farmers' market 


People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 9.

People can place their orders by visiting
from Apr. 4 at 8 a.m. to Apr. 7  at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on Apr. 9 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.

Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting:


The three Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored events scheduled for April have been cancelled in accordance with Provincial guidelines. The Apr. 7th and Apr. 30th hikes as well as the Apr. 22nd Earth Day Village Litter Walk will have to wait until another time.

But BRVTA volunteers say, “don’t let the “Emergency Brake” break your spirit!” The trails remain open for individuals to enjoy fresh air, exercise and natural beauty. The BRVTA request that people please keep their hiking groups to not more than five people and to maintain distance from other hikers.


COVID-19 restrictions continue to cause havoc with best laid plans.

Ticket holders please note that the Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA), scheduled for May 15 has been postponed until Sept. 11.


With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

April is a month of new beginnings and this baby quilt would be a wonderful gift for a newborn. The prints used in this quilt are a delight and are gender neutral. The soft flannel quilt was made by members of the local community, measures 41”x 50” and is selling for $250.

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DSC_1337  April is a month of new beginnings and this baby quilt would be a wonderful gift for a newborn. (Submitted photos)

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: Anyone who would like further information before they can decide is asked to please contact Walker.



The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support. 

The BAFB is currently in need of donations of personal care products, such as, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, small shampoos, toilet paper and facial tissues.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation or personal care items, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, can be found at the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures.

Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

knox, bayfield 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website:

Rev. Lisa Dolson will host a new book study mid-May and all will be welcome to join the discussion. Please contact Rev. Dolson at 519 572-8529 for more information. 



United way announces record breaking campaign total 

2021 03 25 Martin and KathyUnited Way Perth-Huron Campaign Co-chairs Kathryn and Martin Ritsma celebrated the announcement of a record breaking campaign for 2020-21 recently. (Submitted photo)  

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) marked the end of the 2020/2021 annual campaign and was proud to use part of this year’s Spirit of Community online video celebration to announce a record-breaking total of $1,924,517, well past the campaign goal of $1.762 million and up 18 per cent over last year.

“The response by donors across Perth and Huron counties has been beyond our expectations,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “With everyone dealing with the ongoing pandemic and the challenges it presents, we weren’t sure what to expect. But our communities responded and embraced how important it was to help those in need.”

“We’re grateful to our communities for stepping up,” added UWPH Campaign Co-chair Martin Ritsma. “The incredible level of generosity and caring really stand out to me as a highlight of the past seven months. A lot of vulnerable local people will receive help thanks to support from donors in communities across Perth-Huron.”

Demonstrating the power of local love in the face of unprecedented challenges, UWPH celebrated the powerful work local individuals, organizations and communities helped them achieve, featuring the efforts of community committees in Exeter, Goderich, North Perth and St. Marys, along with ongoing work in Stratford at UWPH’s United Centre as well as in the larger community. Impact stories of local people who have the chance for a brighter future because of the help they received from a UWPH supported partner or program were also highlighted.

Leader Match donors — individuals and organizations giving $6,000 or more to help inspire others to become Leader ($1,200+) donors and increase impact in their communities — also received special thanks during online Spirit of Community celebrations, as did the Top 20 workplace campaigns.

This year’s Top 20 workplaces are: FIO Automotive Canada, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Steelcraft, City of Stratford, LCBO, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, Famme & Company, Hendrickson Spring, Cooper Standard Automotive, Scotiabank, Dyna Mig Manufacturing of Stratford, Avon Maitland District School Board, Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Professional Accountants, Curtiss Wright, FGC Limited, TD Canada Trust, Huron Perth Public Health, Sun Life Financial, EFS-plastics and Medavie Health Foundation.

For a complete list of volunteers, sponsors and donors, and to view UWPH’s Spirit of Community videos, visit

UWPH is grateful to Famme & Co. Professional Corporation, investStratford, McCutchen & Pearce Professional Corporation and Monteith Ritsma Phillips Law Offices for sponsoring this year’s Spirit of Community videos.

Provincial Emergency brake pulled for next four weeks 

The provincial government announced on Apr. 1st that all of Ontario would enter a shutdown effective Saturday, Apr. 3, at 12:01 a.m. The government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks.

“We know this is difficult news for Huron Perth residents and business owners,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “While COVID-19 case numbers have been relatively low in Huron Perth over the past several weeks, we have seen an increase in Variants of Concern (VOC) locally. There has been an alarming increase in other parts of Ontario, including some of our neighboring counties, also driven by VOCs. Further, our health system is connected across the province; and the health system’s ability to deal with regular ICU admissions and the ability to care for all patients is threatened.”

VOCs spread more easily and can lead to a rapid escalation of cases. They also increase the risk of hospitalization and death. There is a need to decrease virus transmission across Ontario while continuing to vaccinate as many people as possible to bring the third wave of the pandemic under control, and reduce the strain on the healthcare system.

Shutdown measures include, but are not limited to:
• Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a five-person maximum;
• Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings;
• Prohibiting personal care services;
• Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Take-out, drive-through, and delivery are permitted.
• Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;
• Requiring day camps to close; and,
• Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain 2 Ms (6 ft) of physical distance outdoors.

Full details are available at:

April dates set for virtual dinner, auction and raffle

The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, in 2019. The Dinner and Auction is online this year (2021) and the Lions Club is bringing back the 50-50 draw for the third year.

The winner will be drawn, virtually, on Earth Day, Apr. 22 at 7 p.m.

People can buy ten tickets for $10; 60 tickets for $20; or 200 tickets for only $50. They can purchase the tickets online, easily and safely, through the Exeter Lions Club 50-50 draw web page at Tickets are all sold electronically through the website and tickets are emailed to the buyer once purchased.

Buying a 50-50 ticket online is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing.

“We are proud to be able to support needed community projects through the 50-50 draw,” said Mark Keller, president of the Exeter Lions Club. “This is just one of the ways the Exeter Lions Club helps our local community. It’s really a win-win when people have a chance to win a big prize and are able to help their community all at the same time.”

Organizers say supporting the 50-50 draw is a great way to support local community projects even when some live events are postponed until next year. Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanks the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.

“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and even though the Dinner and Auction event is online this year, the Exeter Lions are finding ways, like the 50-50 raffle draw, to support their community,” said Frayne.

The Conservation Dinner is online this year as a #VirtualConservationDinner. This fundraiser is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, a family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.

Visit and the online auction web page at for the Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction with bidding between Apr. 15-22. The draw of the 50-50 winner is to be shared on Apr. 22 during the last day of the online bidding period.

The Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee encourages people to bid, between Apr. 15-22, at the first #virtualconservationdinner online auction. The organizers say it’s a chance to get some amazing items and experiences and to support projects in local communities. Visit to find out more




public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

environmental youth corps 

Are you a young person between the ages of 14 and 18? Do you want to do something for the environment in your local community? Do you want to “jump-start a potential career in watershed conservation and management”? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, this new program may be for you.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is starting a new program called the Ausable Bayfield Environmental Youth Corps (EYC). The program is made possible thanks to financial support of NextEra Energy Canada, LP.

The EYC program will allow youth to gain valuable education and experience into watershed management from local experts including staff of ABCA and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Area young people will receive ‘hands-on’ learning experiences in the EYC program, according to Denise Iszczuk, ABCA Conservation Educator. Those taking part will “increase their appreciation and responsibility towards their environmental surroundings, as well as learn the importance of voluntary community involvement.”

The young people will increase their knowledge and awareness of water quality and quantity, soil health, forest conditions and habitat, and natural hazards such as flooding and erosion.

Youths in the program can earn volunteer hours for participating in field-day experiences, which will help to improve and protect the watershed.

“We believe the EYC program is going to provide young people with a chance to contribute to their community,” said Iszczuk. “Young people recognize the value of protecting our environment and the hands-on projects throughout the watershed will benefit from their energy and enthusiasm.”

The Ausable Bayfield EYC program consists of two meetings per month for six months. One meeting will be virtual and one meeting will be an in-person field experience (limitations or changes may be necessary due to local public health unit and government recommendations). Each meeting will focus on a different conservation topic including: Invasive Species; Forest Management; Soil Health; and Ecosystem Restoration. The virtual meetings will run from 4-5:30 p.m. The field experiences are two hours in length but times and places will change depending on the activity.

“In April, we are excited to start with the topic of how wildlife is studied,” said Iszczuk. “We are looking forward to doing an amphibian and reptile survey with the young people and also building some turtle nesting boxes.”

There is no cost to apply to the program. Applications will be accepted now until Apr. 12. Interested youth may attend a virtual Open House on Apr. 1 from 5-5:30 p.m. to learn more about the program and have their questions answered.

Information about the Open House, the details about the program, and the application process can be found at

 Move for Mentoring

From May 1st-15th community members are invited to “Move for Mentoring” by getting active, having fun, and helping to ignite the power and potential of young people in the area in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron (BBBSSH).

BBBSSH provides their services to Ailsa Craig, Bayfield, Brucefield, Centralia, Crediton, Clinton, Dashwood, Exeter, Grand Bend, Hensall, Huron Park, Lucan, Parkhill, Seaforth, Vanastra, Zurich and surrounding areas.

They provide a variety of quality mentoring programs that are supported by professional caseworkers, ensuring their programs meet agency and national standards while ensuring safe, positive and healthy relationships between Big and Little. These programs, the support, and professional case work, are offered at absolutely no charge to young people and their families. The agency relies primarily on funds raised through The Little Shop (their children’s consignment store), grants, fundraisers, sponsorship and individual donations, to provide programming.

Move for Mentoring is a simple and fun way to help support BBBSSH. People are invited to challenge themselves (and each other) to be active while raising pledges to support area young people. During the first two weeks of May participants will commit to a movement of their choice – walking, running, cycling (one, two or five kilometres) or holding a one-hour dance party are but examples, participants are encouraged to get creative on how they can Move for Mentoring. The next step is to let everyone know about the challenge completion by tagging Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron on social media with photo or video evidence of the challenge as it happens or after it happens using the hashtags #BBBSSH #BiggerTogether

People can sign up as an individual or part of a team. To register visit: Register by Apr. 24 to receive a branded BBBSSH bandana to wear while moving, sponsored by Canadian Tire. Participants will also have a chance to win a daily draw prize, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, from May 1st-15th on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron.

Participants are asked to collect pledges using their online fundraising page. Paper pledge forms are also available. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.

More than ever before, BBBSSH needs to be there for the young people in the community. The BBBSSH waiting list continues to grow, and the need for support in the community is dire. Many young people face adverse barriers, which can escalate during the pandemic when they are at home, isolated and distancing from others.

For more information, or to register, please contact the BBBSSH office at or call 519 235-1780, or visit their web-site at, or reach out on Facebook.




Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, we take a look at some of the treasures the Museum has in their collection donated from area churches…


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This is a chandelier removed from Crewe United Church. The chandelier is comprised of four coal oil lanterns

The small Hamlet of Crewe was located in Ashfield Twp at the intersection of Concession Road 6-7 and Sideroad 4, Eastern Division. In 1890, the southwest corner of Lot 4, Concession 7 was purchased by the Trustees of Crewe Methodist Church.

The church was built and opened Feb. 8, 1891. In June 1925 during church unions it became Crewe United Church. There was never a marriage ceremony held in the Crewe Church. Weddings were held in homes or at the parsonage. Church funerals were few but baptisms were said to be common.

The final service at Crewe United Church was held on June 29, 1953. The church was then closed and amalgamated with Dungannon United Church. The building was dismantled and moved to Mitchell, ON where it became the Loyal Orange Lodge Hall.


preacher's chair 

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This is a maroon, plush, preacher's chair featuring a carved back. It was used in Duff’s United Church in Walton, On from 1860 to 1959. Duff’s United Church is now closed. The final service was held there on Sept. 27, 2015.  


 Communion set 

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This is a wooden, pedestal stand for a communion set. It holds 35 glass communion cups. It has a silver handle in the centre and three wooden pedestal legs on the bottom. There is a silver plaque in the middle which reads: "Toronto. Ont / LePage Individual Communion Cup Co. / U.S. Pat. Nove. 5. 95 Can Pat. Jan. 21. 96 / Canada".

This stand dates back to 1896 and was found during renovations at Brussels United Church.





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EASTER EGG HUNTS always a community favorite 

 5650475283_56d556c335_k 2011 - When the hunt began participants needed to be quick off the mark to share in the 4,000 eggs that were scattered across the lawn.

7061574971_e2c10373b0_k2012 - The Gilberts, of Bayfield, listened attentively for the announcement that the hunt was on.  

17057296345_4778e72de1_k2015 - People made their way across a snowy Clan Gregor Square in anticipation of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt, Apr. 5.  

34081409885_9645901a22_k2017 - Another record-breaking crowd descended on Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt organized by the Bayfield Optimist Club.  

47614965442_f7667cb91a_k-22019 - Enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters were let loose in the park at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

39382562590_7b47d3a032_k2018 - Children scrambled for chocolate eggs while the adults snapped pictures on their cell phones.  





The Bayfield Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt has been absent from the holiday weekend schedule for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is undoubtedly the fastest event on the community calendar, only lasting about 10 minutes from the drop of the foil covered chocolate eggs until the last one is hoovered up by tiny hands, but it is definitely a favorite as evidenced by these pictures from the past decade.

Here’s hoping the world will right itself and the Bunny can come hopping back to town for a public appearance next Easter – Apr. 17, 2022.  

4493702481_23b57d6a98_k2010 - Elise Brady, of Bayfield, plans ahead as she carefully picks up a chocolate treasure.  

8608566830_8eb32f3fc7_k2013 - Hudson Hessel, of Bayfield, proved to be a very methodical egg gatherer.  

13955817302_62ed6cf31b_k2014 - Sarah Hessel smiles at the enthusiasm put forth by Madelyn Baldwin and Vada Purser when they "high-fived" with the Easter Bunny.  

25830527740_cf9cf2b3a8_k2016 - Part of the fun of attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt is getting into the spirit of the event by dressing up!  

26319957357_9eaaad50ee_k2018 - The windchill made the afternoon feel like -8C despite the sunshine so smart hunters came all bundled up.  



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The Fleet's in.

The Fleet is in...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

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








At the beginning of 2021 our family decided to start a book club. Everyone who wished could put forth suggestions for the reading list and then we voted – the titles that generated the highest number of votes now comprise our reading for the next year. Every two months we gather on ZOOM to talk about the current selection. Right now, the book we are to be reading is “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne. I haven’t started it yet as I’m waiting for the virtual meeting date to be set before I dive in, that way it will be fresh in mind on the call. However, a family member suggested it also might be fun to watch the 1959 movie of the same title. We watched it over the holiday weekend.

About 30 minutes in those watching who had read the book were confused enough that they started "Googling" about the history of the movie.  Now without offering up too many spoilers, be advised that by the screenwriter’s own admission there is very little of the novel left in the film, case in point, one of the most beloved characters in the flick is a duck named Gertrude. Thank goodness Jules Verne, who died in 1905, didn’t live to see his work altered so.

After watching it I wondered if the audiences in the cinemas six decades ago laughed as hard as we did. Am I happy I watched it before reading the book? That remains to be determined. I know it did accomplish what all good movies and many books set out to do, help people escape from the real world for a while, and that can’t be a bad thing as pandemic protocols drag on. – Melody




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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