Bookmark and Share   Apr. 24, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 17 Issue 511

 Bayfield Town hall focus of thirty years of Fundraising  


The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 37 days.

It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”

Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s history is provided by Toni Kemp.

town hall 2The Bayfield Town Hall as it looked in October of 2007. Fundraising events to save and maintain this historic building have been ongoing for the last 30 years. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Village of Bayfield was incorporated in 1876. The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882 as a municipal office and a one cell jail in the lower level.

It was moved to the Clan Gregor Square in 1920. It continued to be used as the seat of village government until 1927, and again from 1965 to 1984 when it was declared a fire hazard and closed.

In 1989, a group of local volunteers convened to resuscitate the building and make it, again, the center of village activity. Those volunteers included Donna Westlake, Maggie and James Carr, Michael Walker, Ruth Brown, Ed Oddleifson, Anne Waite and Gayle Waters. (They retained the old jail cell in the lower level for historic purposes only).

These volunteers, and many recruits, raised the funds through endlessly and tirelessly devising fundraising events and applying for grants and donations. It reopened in 1993.

IMG_1020 What to do with rickety old chairs from the Bayfield Town Hall? Give them new life and auction them off! This chair was purchased by Ariana Gordon, painted by Artist Tony Kemp. It depicts the book, "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood. (Submitted photos)

IMG_1008 Birdhouses that resembled the hall were sold as a fundraiser for the building on one occasion.

The beat goes on! The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), a non-profit corporation continues its creative fundraising efforts selling Town Hall Bird houses, running home tours through local homes and auctioning local treasure, such as Maple Syrup. It even made profit out of the former, wooden, shaky town hall chairs by getting local artists to decorate the chairs with characters from renowned Canadian authors’ books. An autographed first edition copy of each book was auctioned off with each chair.

The current favored fundraiser is the annual Sunset on Summer barbecue held on the Town Hall grounds. Locals and many visitors enjoy great food, music and companionship to continue to fund the upkeep of the hall.

The Bayfield Town Hall is now one of the most popular venue for musicians, playwrights, weddings, business meetings and private parties in Huron County.

It's duck season in bayfield 

IMG_2712Kevin (left) and Glen Steinson are eager to sell Duck Race tickets to anyone who would like them. There is also an option to purchase tickets online at the Optimist Club of Bayfield's website. Those who do will be eligible for a bonus prize on race day! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are currently getting all 1,250 of their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 19.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members or on their website Tickets are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20.

This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. These fantastic prizes have been generously donated by our local businesses that support the club. First place is a 10' Movie Screen with Projector valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty. Second place is a 32” TV valued at $300 and donated by Remax Reliable Realty. Third place is an Electric Model Racing Car valued at $280 and donated by Bayfield Garage. Fourth place is a pair of Men’s Ray Ban Sun Glasses valued at $225 and Donated by Main Street Optometric. Fifth place is a room for two for one night valued at $165 and donated by The Albion Hotel. Sixth place are PharmaSave Gift Certificates valued at $150 and donated by Michael’s PharmaSave.

For those who purchase their tickets online there is a chance to win a bonus prize. Two $50 Gift Certificates for The Little Inn of Bayfield and donated by Lake Huron Chrysler. The winner for this prize will be randomly drawn on race day.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.

 Rain Barrels a BRVTA fundraiser  

image1 2(Photo by Leslee Squirrell)

The Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) is celebrating Earth Month (April) by selling rain barrels. Local people can use the rain barrels to save money, conserve rain water and protect local water quality by capturing water runoff.

The BRVTA has always promoted enjoying the outdoors and creating awareness about water quality and air quality and other environmental issues.

“By using rain barrels, there is less runoff, which reduces flooding and benefits water quality,” said Scott Robeson, a BRVTA member. “As a Blue Community, Bayfield can continue to be leaders in sustainability by demonstrating water conservation and protection through rain barrel use.”

Rain barrels must be pre-ordered online at The deadline for ordering is May 1. People may also contact Roger Lewington at or 519 565-2202 for information about the local rain barrel sale.

Pickup of pre-ordered rain barrels will take place on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at 35 Catherine Street in Bayfield. The rain barrels cost $55 each.

Net proceeds from the rain barrel sales support the BRVTA. Buyers have a choice of colors. Each rain barrel comes equipped with all the parts needed to set it up. Downspout diverters, dispensing hoses, rain barrel stands, and rain tanks are also available at additional cost.

Rain barrels capture and store rainwater collected from a building’s roof through downspouts. This water is diverted from storm water systems. Diverting water helps reduce flooding, reduce pollutants, and slow down the speed of water entering local rivers and streams. Reducing the speed of water reduces its ability to cause erosion. Collected rainwater can then be used for watering lawns and gardens and washing cars. This can save people money on their municipal water bill, reduce stress on a well and reduce stress on storm water infrastructure.

People can help conserve water and protect water quality in their local creeks, rivers, groundwater and Lake Huron by using a rain barrel.

“When you buy a rain barrel, you also help the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association give back to their community,” said Robeson.

Artist Leslee Squirrel, founder of the Bayfield Artist Guild, has painted a rain barrel that will be auctioned off during the Bayfield Home and Garden Show. This event runs from Apr. 26-28 at the Bayfield Arena. Watch for this rain barrel around town. reclaims food-grade barrels to be reused as rain barrels. Partnerships with local non-profit organizations result in fundraising truckload sales events for dozens of communities in Ontario. For more information, visit

Home and Garden Show two decade old spring tradition 

34033336360_b48668fb1f_kCool and rainy weather proved to be that extra perfect incentive to draw people out to the 2017 show. The 2019 show will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre Apr. 26-28. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Be sure to attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 22nd Annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 26-28.

This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors will include experts in lawn and garden, home entertainment, décor and comfort, investments, insurance, landscaping, leisure, pest control, porches and decks, real estate, renovations, travel and water treatment.

Also returning this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community. People are invited to stop by the booth provided by the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association to learn about the impending arrangement with Bluewater for the community to take over management of the arena.

Admission is free. The show is open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

Attendees at the show will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights of the event include face painting for children (Friday, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.) and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the show Saturday midday.

animal display building construction has started  

IMG_0455[1]The site of the new Animal Display Building for the Bayfield Agricultural Society was prepped recently. (Submitted photos)

The Animal Display Building is definitely taking shape and members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) are finding it rewarding to see the building becoming a reality. The pad is now poured and is curing. Workers were able to get the pad completed in the one day of good weather last week.

The funding support from the extended Bayfield community has been impressive. The average personal donation has been over $1,000 which is incredible and speaks to the dedication that many have for the BAS. A couple of donations are in memory of family members but most are from individuals and families named.

There is still an appeal. Anyone who wishes to support this project is asked to contact Doug Yeo by email at or by calling 519 482-9296. Donations from $500-1,999 will have their names engraved on a 6x6” or 4x8” brick, donors of $2,000-4,999 will have their names placed on an 8x8” brick, and donors giving $5,000-9,999 will be recognized with their names engraved on a 12x12” brick. Any donation from $100-499 will be included on a plaque. Those who wish to have a brick engraved will need to phone before this Friday, Apr. 26. Any donation will be recognized on the plaque but because of when the bricks will be laid the inscriptions need to be decided quickly.

IMG_1956[2]Anyone wishing to purchase an engraved brick to help with the costs of this project have until Apr. 26 to do so.  

IMG_1966[2]Workers were able to get the pad completed in the one day of good weather last week.  

IMG_1968[2]The pad for the new Animal Display Building in Agricultural Park is now poured and is curing.  

This building will continue the tradition of inviting the public to see farm animals and learn about them. Fairgoers will be encouraged to touch them also.

The BAS members will be celebrating 165 years of hosting a fair in the Bayfield community in 2021. It is always exciting to celebrate special milestones. A proposal was given to the BAS at its last General Meeting about creating a history book of stories about the fair and Agricultural Park. The group approved the concept of compiling a collection of pictures and short stories that people write about recollections of events, stories, antidotes, or people connected with the fair or the park. These are not to be book length novels but short recollections.

Please start putting things down on paper or in files and assembling your collection of pictures and send them to Doug Yeo.

“Copies will be taken and then put together in a booklet that can be shared in two years. Our future is guided by our past. Future generations will treasure a printed copy of people’s versions of the past, said Yeo. “Please sit down and put your recollections into some format that can be shared –if worried, someone will edit or rework the submission so don’t be afraid to get the stories on paper.”

Home4Good seeks people in need of a shopping buddy 

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Home4Good is delighted with their successful drive to recruit volunteer shopping buddies. Now they are looking for people who need help with their shopping.

Someone whose driving is limited (vision, cognitive and/or physical health might be a developing problem) could use a shopping buddy to take them shopping, or do their shopping for them. Home4Good can help! Someone returning from hospital might need a shopping buddy for a while. Home4good can help there too! Anyone who is interested is invited to contact the group. Anyone who has friends, family members or neighbors who might be helped by having a Shopping Buddy, are encouraged to please talk to them about this program.

All Home4Good’s shopping buddies have been checked out by the police, and Home4Good has checked their references. They have agreed to take their assigned buddy shopping (or do their shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. Apart from that arrangements are very flexible, to be arranged between the pairing.

Anyone in Bayfield and area needing a shopping buddy, or knowing someone who needs a shopping buddy, please call or email Leslie Bella at 519 955-1531 or email

For more information about Home4Good visit or


West Coast Astronomers

The West Coast Astronomers’ second Star Party for 2019 will be held at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.

Participants can look forward to observing M87, Mars, Pleiades, a double and open cluster, a variable and a double star, a spiral galaxy or two and a selection of nebulae.

Visit the Star Party page at to reserve a spot. This allows organizers to communicate with participants in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled.

Anyone who has doubt on the status of the event or has questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.

Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no cost. Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their telescopes at sundown.


Anyone looking for some new fitness experiences might be interested in activities offered at The Lake House of Bayfield or the Bayfield Community Centre.

Gentle Chair Yoga is currently being offered at The Lake House, 21 Main Street, on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend these free classes. In addition, Gentle Mat Yoga is offered on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. These sessions have a fee of $5 per class and participants are asked to bring their own Yoga mat.

Line dancing in Bayfield proved so popular during the winter months it is coming back for the Spring. These sessions are $5 per class and will be held Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. The nights scheduled for dancing are May 6, 13 and 27.

Knox Plant Sale

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is pleased to partner with Huron Ridge Greenhouses for their annual Spring Plant Sale.

Premium mixed hanging baskets (10 inch); and patio pots (12 inch) are available for $25 or $35 respectively can be purchased from any Knox Church member or by calling or by calling Ron at 226 455-0242 or Tom at 519 525-3054 until Apr. 28.

Any questions concerning your prospective order can also be directed to the number above.

If you would prefer a plant not mentioned the solution is easy - gift cards in $10 denominations. Why not give one or several as a gift for Mother’s Day? It is worth noting too that no expiry date means you can shop in any season.

All plants and gift cards will be available for pick up on Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. or can be delivered by request.

Importantly, all proceeds from the sale stay right here in Bayfield to support the annual 'Kintail on the Road' day camp, as an outreach of Camp Kintail it offers programming once weekly for eight weeks.

Qualified Kintail counselors lead campers who have graduated from Junior Kindergaten to Grade 6 in fun and faith-based activities and games.

Friends of Hullett 

Friends of Hullett will present their Sixth annual Charity Dinner and Auction at the Bluewater Golf Course in Bayfield on Sunday, May 5.

The evening will begin with a reception at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m. In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction and door prizes.

Tickets are available now for $100 per person with only 85 seats available. To reserve a spot email, or call, 519 482-7011.

The Friends of Hullett would like to extend thanks to their event sponsors: Clinton Sporting Goods, Bluewater Golf Course, West Coast Leisure Sales and Northern Exposure Sporting Good Inc. The evening will be catered by Bon Vivant Professional Caterer.

Tai Chi

People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Continuing and Beginner Taoist Tai Chi classes are offered in Bayfield. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor. Classes will continue on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.

For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

rummage sale 

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget the 72nd annual Pioneer Park Rummage sale is set for July 12 and would welcome contributions of good, clean, gently-used items.

These donations help fund park activities, park improvements, as well as lake erosion prevention and land protection.

More information on how to donate items will be coming soon.

CPH Card Cavalcade

The Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary’s Card Cavalcade is coming to Bayfield on May 10 and Pepper will be the game of choice.

Dessert, tea and coffee will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the games of Pepper which will begin at 7 p.m. The evening will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church.

Admission is $5 and in addition door prizes will be available to be won with three chances for $5 or a single chance for $2.

Garden Club 

The Bayfield Garden Club members are gearing up for their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11.

The event will run from 9-10:30 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

“We need your help to make our plant sale a success and ask everyone to keep us in mind when doing spring clean-up in their gardens to pot up a few plants for us,” said Susan Beatty, of the Bayfield Garden Club. “We are looking for all manner of plant material including perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, roses, peonies, trees, evergreens, herbs, annuals, veggie plants, houseplants, succulents, ground covers and gently used garden artefacts and tools.”

Donations can be made on Friday, May 10 between 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kales at 55 Victoria Street in Bayfield.

All plant donations are welcome. Donors are asked to please pot and label their plants.

Historical Society

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"For the Love of Bayfield", the revised and updated version soon to be published, will be the topic of discussion at the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on Apr. 29.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome.

Saturdays at the Library 

On Apr. 27, Ben Woodward will be the featured speaker at th next Saturdays at the Library session hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) 

Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, will give a presentation about his experiences including how winning Canada’s largest student geography competition changed his life.

This session is 1.5 hours in length and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.

 Hike Leader Course 

Anyone interested in learning to lead safe and enjoyable hikes is invited to register for a Hike Leader Course, certified by Hike Ontario on Apr. 27

This one-day certification course will cover things such as preparation for leading a hike, backpack recommendations, risk management, advertising, monitoring, and trail etiquette to name only a few aspects of the day.

Successful participants receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Graduates will relate to experienced hike leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.

The course will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The instructor will be Tom Friesen and the cost to participate is $60.

To register and for more details visit the Hike Ontario website at
Click on “Take a course”, “Course Calendar” and select “Bayfield” location

This course is open to interested adults and is sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.


2019 marks the 92nd year for the Girl Guide Cookie. The first generation of these treats took the form of a sugar cookie. These evolved into the now classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies that members of Bayfield Guiding will have available for a $5 donation at the Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show Apr. 26-28.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at (519) 525-3830.

Vendors Wanted

Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?

The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.

Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at and send it to Anna Needles at

Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!

In Memoriam 

Members of the community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of a local resident.

Douglas Lawrence Gough, of Bayfield, died peacefully on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019 at Victoria Hospital, London, with his family at his side. He was 74.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Scrimgeour and her children, Rick (Christene) and Rhonda.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will take place on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 11 a.m., at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Crescent, Bayfield.

Those wishing to donate in memory of Doug Gough are asked to consider Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

Pilates and Joga 

People are encouraged to wrap their bodies in a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness at every level of physical ability. Pilates is coming to the Lake House in Bayfield this spring along with a hot new form of Yoga.

Starting in April, local Stott Pilates Instructor Nicole Miller, of Organic Skeleton will be delivering quality instruction in the Stott Pilates Method and a fire-burning hybrid of Yoga called “Joga”.

According to Miller, “Pilates isn’t just a workout, it’s a mindset and like Yoga and a practice that becomes a lifestyle! In a Pilates class not only will you feel the muscular essence but you will also notice a relief to aches and pains created by emotional and physical stress. Individuals who have been practicing Pilates have seen back pain diminish, shoulder and neck problems decrease, and postural issues change dramatically. Classes focus on the entire body and allow members to modify the exercises with preparations and modifications that cater to many different body types and abilities.”

Joga utilizes all of the great things that people know work in a yoga practice.

“Think about the calm mindset coming from controlled breathing and relaxation techniques and then combine it with movements that challenge the body through proper alignment to gain the safest and most efficient results,” said Miller. “Joga will leave you feeling like your glutes are on fire and at the same time send you home with a mindset that is calm and focused.”

Miller has an introductory offer on private sessions to anyone signing up for the spring session. “Pilates with Nicole” began on Apr. 15 and runs until June 3. These sessions will be held on Mondays starting at 6:30 p.m. Joga will start on Apr. 29 and end on May 29. These classes will happen on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information please contact Nicole Miller at or visit her website at


Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.

The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.

Bayfield Activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.

Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.


2019 OAAS photo competition ribbon presentaionThe Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) held their annual convention in February. It was at this event that the photo competition of entries from Agricultural Societies across Ontario were judged. Shirley Boyes, a member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), received five ribbons. She won the following ribbons in the listed categories: third, candid shot; second, homecraft; fifth, livestock; fourth, live demonstrations; and second, Fair ID. President of the OAAS, Doug Yeo (right) recently presented the ribbons to Boyes. The members of the BAS would like to offer the photographer congratulations on her achievement and they would also like to extend congratulations to Yeo, a very active member of the BAS, for being chosen President of the OAAS! (Submitted photo)  



  foundation donates close to half million to hospital 

190326 Disbursement to CPHThe Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) transferred more to Clinton Public Hospital this year than in any other single fiscal year in the past two decades. A cheque presentation was held recently from l-r are: Steve Brown, CPHF treasurer; Finance and Investment chair; Laura Brown CPH manager of Emergency Department and Inpatient Care Unit; Sibyl Tebbutt, CPHF director; Darren Stevenson, CPHF chair; Mary Cardinal, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Vice-president, People and Chief Quality executive; Anne Newington and Bob Clark, both CPHF directors; Linda Dunford, CPHF Nominating and Bylaw chair; Jane Muegge, Fred Lobb and Sandra Campbell, all CPHF directors. (Submitted photo)  

On March 27, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) completed the final payments of an annual transfer of $466,876.66 to the Clinton Public Hospital in support of various current projects.

“This is an exciting year for the Foundation, as we are transferring more to our hospital this year than in any other single fiscal year in the past two decades,” said Darlene McCowan, CPHF Coordinator. “Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has been able to transfer more than three million dollars to the hospital for a variety of projects, including new equipment, physician recruitment and updates to the infrastructure of the hospital. On behalf of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, I would like to thank all those who support our hospital through financial donations, Planned Giving, gift in kind donations, sponsorships and in volunteering their time and talents. We are truly grateful to have such a kind and caring community.”

This year the disbursement to the hospital supports a wide variety of projects.

Approximately $15,000 of this transfer was raised by the Auxiliary to the Clinton Public Hospital, which allowed for the purchase of two vitals monitors, a rehab trainer, a trauma stretcher, five patient wheelchairs and one bariatric wheelchair. The Auxiliary fundraises throughout the year with events such as their annual Irish Stew Luncheon, Game Days, Tag Days, Hot Dog Days, Penny Sale, Celebration of Lights, 50/50 Raffle and of course through the sales in the Hospital Gift Shop. The public support of these activities is always appreciated.

CPHF fundraising events, including the 2018 biennial Gala, the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon, Giving Tuesday and the Christmas Campaign, raised a net profit of $252,772.21 this fiscal year. Additional funds were raised through a variety of community supported events, memorial and general donations, tribute gifts, the thankful patient program and planned giving. The funds raised throughout the year have been transferred to support the recruitment of new physicians, the purchase of sterilization equipment for the operating room, the purchase of a digital x-ray unit, the purchase of a patient lift, funding for a nursing education program and financial support for the PATH (Partners Advancing Technology in Healthcare) Project

Legion donates funds to hospital

190412 Legion GrantThe President of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140, Doug Stewart (far right) recently presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with a cheque in the amount of $4,495 for the purchase of the Sit/Stand Lift. Accepting the cheque were (l-r): Sibyl Tebbutt, CPHF director; Laura Brown, CPH manager of Inpatient Care and Emergency Department; Mary Cardinal, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Vice-president, People and Chief Quality executive; and Darren Stevenson CPHF chair. (Submitted photo)  

The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation accept applications for their equipment grant in April of each year. These applications are reviewed and organizations are eligible to receive funds for approved projects for two out of every three years. The Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) applies for this grant on a regular basis and is very grateful to have received the grant several times.

In 2018, the CPHF, with the assistance of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s recommendation for capital equipment required, submitted a grant application for funding for a new Sit/Stand Lift for the hospital. In November, the CPHF received notification that their grant proposal had been approved and that the funding was available to proceed with the purchase of this equipment.

On Apr. 12, the President of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140, Doug Stewart presented the CPHF with a cheque in the amount of $4,495 for the purchase of the Sit/Stand Lift. The CPHF Board of Directors and Staff would like to express their sincere gratitude to The Royal Canadian Legion for their generosity with this grant opportunity and their continued support of the Clinton Public Hospital.

Province cuts flood management by 50 per cent 

Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities, including Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), will receive roughly half as much provincial money to deliver flood management programs after a cut of almost 50 per cent to provincial transfer payments in the 2019 Ontario Budget.

“The impacts of these reductions will vary from conservation authority to conservation authority,” said Kim Gavine, General manager of Conservation Ontario.

The cuts “will all be felt immediately, particularly in smaller and more rural conservation authorities,” she said.

ABCA will continue to deliver flood plain management, planning and regulations, and flood forecasting and warning programs but the local, rural conservation authority will have to find a way to deliver those programs with close to half as much provincial funding. The ABCA was expecting $113,000 in transfer payments in 2019-2020 but the local conservation authority will now receive about half of that ($58,000).

“It will be a challenge to deliver the same level of service with less funding but we have a legislated responsibility to protect life and property and we will do the best job we can with the resources we have available,” said ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Horner. “The funding cuts will be difficult and make it harder for us to deliver these important programs in the way they should be delivered. We will take a close look at the programs and develop a strategy for how to adapt to these changes in provincial funding.”

Conservation authority programs save lives, according to Conservation Ontario. These programs prevent flooding, provide flood forecasting and flood messages to municipalities, prevent millions of dollars in flood damages to property, and ensure there is a protected supply of clean water for people and for industry.

The Province of Ontario provided $7.4 million annually in provincial funding transfer payments to 36 conservation authorities in Ontario, for flood management related programs, prior to the funding reduction. This funding supported natural hazards work (flooding and erosion); and $5 million in matching funds to address flood infrastructure (dams, dykes, etc.) issues.

Conservation authorities in Ontario protect life and property through a number of programs. They include:

  •  Forecast flooding and issue flood messages (including flood watches and flood warnings)
  • Monitor streamflow, rainfall and snowpack
  • Update flood plain mapping
  • Manage and operate $2.7 billion in flood infrastructure such as dams and dykes
  • Provide planning support and advice to the Province of Ontario, municipalities, and the federal government to minimize flood impacts
  • Regulate prohibited development and other activities for impacts to the control of flooding and other natural hazards
  •  Contribute to municipal emergency planning and preparedness activities as well as recovery activities
  • Inform and educate the public about flooding
  • Protect, restore and rehabilitate natural cover – reducing the impacts of flooding

Huronview Demo Farm to invest in field drainage 

April 2019_AGREM.KMM.ABCA.HSCIA.Project partners gathered for the ground breaking at the Huronview Demonstration Farm recently from l-r are: Gord Mitchell Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA); Chad McCallum, KMM Drainage; Elizabeth Balfour Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Rick Kootstra, HSCIA; Bob Meiners, AGREM; Mari Veliz, ABCA; Jeremy Meiners, AGREM; and Melisa Luymes, HSCIA. (Submitted photo)  

The public is welcome to stop by one of Ontario’s most innovative field drainage sites as it is being installed on June 15 at the Huronview Demonstration Farm, near Clinton.

The event will include live installation, wagon rides, workshops, food trucks and a trade show. The field is located behind the Huronview complex at 77722 London Road, Clinton, and all are welcome to drop in between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person.

The event is being run by the Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA), which is a volunteer board of farmers that are passionate about improving soil and water quality. HSCIA has a fifteen-year agreement with the County of Huron to farm on the 47-acre Huronview Demo Farm field with cover crops, no-till, and best practices.

“We knew we needed to invest in field drainage there in order to control erosion and we took this opportunity to try the most innovative system out there,” said Doug Walker, president of HSCIA. “And by partnering with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), we’re able to use it for research.”

“It is an unprecedented partnership,” said Melisa Luymes, Project coordinator. “We’re bringing agricultural, drainage, and environmental stakeholders together to innovate and research for water quality. The project is made possible with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding from the federal and provincial governments, along with Huron County’s support.”

Drainage is essential for farming, but it needs to be designed well to reduce the potential for impacts downstream, according to Luymes.

“Essentially, we’re trying to ‘shut off’ drainage systems with underground control gates at certain times of the year,” she said. “It works on flat fields in Ontario, but the key to making it work on a slope is that lateral tiles need to be installed on contour at a very precise grade. Conventional tile lines usually run straight, but these will curve around the field. It should be really interesting to see.”

This is the first time in Ontario that controlled drainage will be tried on a slope, according to Luymes. An Illinois-based drainage design company, AGREM, made the plans for the site and the designers, Jeremy and Bob Meiners, will be presenting their work on June 15 as well.

The site will feature a side-by-side-by-side plot of contoured/controlled drainage, conventional drainage, and an area that will remain undrained. Water quality and quantity will be measured, along with yield and soil data. The site also features a research plot comparing 15-foot vs 30-foot tile spacing and a demonstration of surface drainage with terraces and a grassed waterway.

Farmers, drainage contractors, and the public are invited to attend the field day. There will be wagon rides to take visitors through the field sites to learn about contoured and controlled drainage, wetlands, water quality, terraces and soil health.

The project is being funded and supported by over a dozen partners so far, including the Huron County Clean Water Project, the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO), Ducks Unlimited Canada, and ABCA along with four local drainage contractors and three tile manufacturers. This project is also funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.

To find out more visit

Garlic Mustard Removal a community event 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local residents to connect with neighbors and help remove invasive plant species at two Invasive Species Removal events on Saturday, May 25.

Members of the public are invited to join other volunteers at either Clinton Conservation Area, 77690 London Road, Clinton, from 10 a.m. to noon, or at the MacNaughton Park Pavilion, 56 Hill Street, Exeter, from 2-4 p.m.

“We will be focusing on Garlic Mustard removal,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator. “Once the weeds are removed the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and do their work providing food and shelter for wildlife.”

Invasive species are plants that are not native to the area. They out-compete native species and often spread quickly. Removing invasive species is important because they can choke out native plants, introduce disease, or crossbreed with native species and impact wildlife, according to Sampson.

No experience is necessary to take part in the Invasive Species Removal events and staff from ABCA will provide all equipment. The events are entirely outdoors so those taking part should dress for the weather and wear long pants and boots if possible. Those taking part will have a chance to learn how to identify Garlic Mustard, learn about its growth habits, and get their hands dirty, removing this invasive plant. Those who are interested in volunteering are asked to come ready to dig. Students are encouraged to participate to earn their community volunteer hours.

To learn more about the events and about protecting our communities from invasive plant species, visit

encaustic and stained glass art featured at Toast the Coast 

2019-04-03 LindaLinda Wiebe (Submitted photos)  

There are 3,888 KMs of Huron coastline in Canada, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) cares for them all. Volunteers monitor and report findings weekly, constructing a database which is interpreted by the experts and shared with the people – citizens, students, governments, corporate leaders – to promote Best Practice for the future of Huron.

It’s a lot of work, and it’s worth it. The integral role of our Great Lake to all of life cannot be overstated. And so, it’s time to say thank-you.

LHCCC Executive Director Erinn Lawrie imagined an artistic tribute but didn’t know whom to approach. Bethany Ann Davidson, who grew up in Blind River, ON along the North Channel of Lake Huron and now dwells in Goderich, was facing the opposite problem: lacking the time and place, she had a dozen fellow artists eager to form a coastal-themed exhibition. It was the natural progression of Davidson’s broken-glass wave art she’d been designing to support the LHCCC through WorldRooted: the Art Project for People.

2019-04-03 Linda's art prepArtists Linda Wiebe gathers found objects to incorporate into her work.  

The result is “Toast the Coast” an evening of art, science, cocktails and jazz at Beach Street Station in Goderich on Saturday, May 4.

Linda Wiebe and Brigitte Wolf are joining ten other “WorldRooted” artists in telling of their connection to the coast.

“The Great Lake Huron
welcomes us into her
ebb and flow.

She whispers to us
a multitude of possibilities.

We are connected.
Over half of our body is made up of water.
And so we are easily carried into her rhythm,
opening us to all that is.” – Linda Wiebe

Wiebe is a visual artist living in Goderich. Many who have been to the town have also been inside Wiebe’s creations, for her artwork forms the signature imagery of the annual Celtic Roots Festival, fourth-largest of its kind in the world. Indeed, many a favorite t-shirt boasts here colorful, nature-inspired designs.

Wiebe follows the movements and rhythms of nature, and her passion is to help others find them as well. Her work as an art instructor facilitates the shaping of mixed materials into intuitive forms that speak from a place that, often times, a budding artist didn’t know existed.

In her studio currently, Wiebe is creating images in mixed media combined with encaustic paint – a blend of beeswax, resin and pigment – in the colors of Lake Huron. These form the settings for assemblages of found objects that have been carried on the water to the shore. This is her response to a call from WorldRooted: the Art Project for People to share her visual stories in support of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

2019-04-03 BrigitteBrigitte Wolf  

While Wiebe’s expression is unconfined and spontaneous, the work of her contemporary, Brigitte Wolf, follows a procedural plan with sharp guidelines. Wolf is a stained-glass artist.

Like Wiebe, Wolf tends to favor personal pronouns when referring to the inland sea known as Lake Huron. She speaks fondly of days spent on the coast with her children, of years spent hiking along the waterways that lead there. Time spent in nature is an essential luxury to Wolf – the best way she knows to refresh and recharge.

Wolf learned glasswork 25 years ago after the example of her life partner and has since mastered the meticulous planning, measuring, sandblasting, cutting and fitting demanded by the art. Her completed works allow the light to shine through – and that is when unplanned elements are finally allowed to take creative control.

2019-04-03 Brigitte's artAn example of Brigitte Wolf's stained glass.  

Like the light, Lake Huron’s coast is a changing beauty. As water temperature climbs (by one degree per decade since 1970) and human activity reduces natural landcover (resting at 20 per cent in Wiebe and Wolf's home of Huron County), the shape of water-meets-land shifts in a telltale way. Warmer waters are coursing through the system more quickly than ever – think, for instance, that every felled tree once drank 200 L of water per year and its roots could hold up an embankment – it’s no wonder so much change can be observed in one lifetime.

Wiebe and Wolf are joining ten other WorldRooted artists in telling of their connection to the coast. They’ll be showing their works at “Toast the Coast” a celebration of those who work to document and preserve this invaluable zone of multiple ecosystems. Twenty-five per cent of art sales will benefit the LHCCC. Follow their progress at #carriedtothecoast. Tickets available now at

Earth Day Litter Walk enthusiastically received 


The Fifth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), was held on Monday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Organizers noted they had great weather on Earth Day with good participation and enthusiasm from the residents and visitors and they would like to thank all who pitched in.

Two pickup truck loads of garbage was collected from village routes.

IMG_1926BRVTA volunteer, Helen Varekamp (in green) helped others determine village routes to take on the Litter Walk held on Earth Day.

IMG_1925Helen Varekamp (left) and Pat Pal (right) prepare trash bags for participants.

IMG_1927Doug Brown (black cap) examines the routes for the Litter Walk while others prepare to head out from the coordinating location in Clan Gregor Square.  


livery film series  


The final film in The Livery Film Series is a Scottish delight titled, “Wild Rose” and it will be shown on Thursday, Apr. 25 at the Park Theatre in Goderich.

“Fresh as a Scottish summer evening”, this film is sure to have audience members humming as they leave the theatre. The movie begins at 7 p.m.

The Livery Film Series is organized by a small group of volunteers working as a sub-committee of The Livery Theatre in Goderich. The group subscribes to the regional extension program (Film Circuit) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to offer one film per month on a not-for-profit basis.

Huron Harp School

“Song of Strings” will be presented by the members of the Huron Harp School on Apr. 26.

This evening of lively Celtic music, lyrical song, dance, pipes, fiddles and a plethora of harps will be held at Lakeshore United Church starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 with admission at the door. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Plant Sale and Walk 

The John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund and the Maitland Trail Association will benefit from and host a Plant Sale and Spring Walk on May 5.

The Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plants for all gardens will be available: perennials, sun loving varieties as well as shade-tolerant, native species and herbs. There is also a limited amount of bagged compost available, be advised this often sells out early. The sale will be held in the Columbus Hall parking lot.

In addition to the Plant Sale a free, guided “Jane’s Walk” will be held in the Maitland Woods at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. leaving from the Columbus Hall parking lot. The walk is open to all ages and participants should dress for the weather.

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs held on the first weekend of May every year.

 Connected rural communities 


The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) is seeking input from the public about their experiences with social isolation. The CRCC received a $75,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to work on reducing social isolation and strengthen social inclusion, one of the determinants of health.

The Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams stated in his recent annual report to the Ontario government, “Being socially connected to family, friends and our communities — having a sense of belonging — is important to our wellbeing. People who are connected are happier. They enjoy better health and use fewer health services. They are more resilient in the face of adversity and they live longer.”

The CRCC has developed a survey to learn about people’s sense of belonging and social inclusion, connection to their community, the programs and services they need and want, and the barriers that prevent them from feeling included. The survey can be taken online at The CRCC is hoping to collect 500 surveys from respondents in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex.

In-person interviews will also help to find out more about people’s stories and how to improve connections and inclusion in this area. People experiencing social isolation are encouraged to contact Matthew Maynard, Community developer, at or call him at 519 262-3459 Ext. 213 to schedule an interview. Each person interviewed will receive a $25 grocery gift card for their time.

A comprehensive list of existing programs, services and activities is being collected and mapped to the area. This asset list will help to determine if there are gaps in opportunities for people to feel included in their community. The CRCC would like to hear from everyone who offers a program, service or activity to the public. Go to and click on the “Add My Service to the Community Asset Map” button.

In the fall of 2019, Matthew Maynard, will facilitate community gatherings to present the findings of the surveys, interviews and asset mapping work. Together with the community, decisions can then be made about what is needed to reduce social isolation, strengthen social inclusion and improve the health outcomes for people living in the area.

The CRCC) is a group of people and organisations working together in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex. The collaborative includes municipalities, churches, health services, environmental organizations and social services, all working together to build better communities.

rabies clinic 

Blyth Veterinary Services, in partnership with the Huron County Health Unit, is hosting low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at two different locations this spring.

Clinics will take place at Blyth Veterinary Services’ 234 Queen St. location on Friday, Apr. 26 from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Another clinic will be held at St. Helen’s Community Hall on Friday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

No appointment is needed for any of the clinics.

The cost to vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies is $30, cash only. Please bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.

Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals. Rabies spreads from infected animals to people or other animals by saliva. Cats, dogs and people may become infected with rabies when bitten by a rabid animal or when a rabid animal’s saliva comes into contact with broken skin or moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.

Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans. The best way to protect your pet and your family is to have your pet vaccinated.

Make sure that all dogs and cats, including those in the barn, are vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners are required by law (Regulation 567/90) to have all cats and dogs three months of age or over immunized against rabies. Failure to provide proof of vaccination to a Public Health Inspector investigating a biting incident may result in a charge being laid and a fine of up to $5,000 for the pet owner.

If you or someone in your family makes direct contact with an animal that may have rabies, contact your family doctor.

For more information, contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.

Cultural Plan 

Whether you’re extremely passionate, a sometimes dabbler, or mildly curious about arts, culture and heritage in Huron County the people responsible for creating a new Huron County Cultural Plan would like to hear from you at a special event to be held in Blyth on May 15.

Those who wish to attend a public consultation session to launch the development of a new plan are asked to RSVP to Rick Sickinger at or by calling 519 482-5457 Ext. 2730.

“We’ll be looking for input on where we are currently and where we would like to go as a sector and community over the next few years,” said Sickinger.

The session will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth.

Heritage Fund 

May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield historians with their book “East Ashfield, 1842-2017”, upgrades to Elimville Community Park, renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and recording oral histories of Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy donors.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at

 United Way 

Non-profits face similar challenges to for-profit companies, but they also face their own specific set of challenges. However, time and cost can be a barrier to training and that’s where United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) has stepped in with the support of Libro Credit Union.

“UWPH is committed to helping strengthen the quality and impact of available programs and services,” commented UWPH’s Susan Faber. “We know how costly training can be, especially once you add in travel. We’re proud to bring workshops to our local area that focus on our industry and help staff, management and volunteers alike.”

Upcoming workshops include: “Data Driven Storytelling” in Stratford, on Apr. 18; “Microsoft Publisher Marketing Creation” in Listowel, on May 2; “Change Management” in St. Marys, on May 7; and “Leadership Development” in Clinton, on May 14. Workshops are $35 each for three hours of learning. For board members and staff that work with boards, there is a governance workshop in Stratford on Apr. 27. The full day is $170 and will be led by a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

“Many board members aren’t completely aware of their role and fiduciary duties and may not be sure how to monitor the organization’s performance or assess risk. These are just some of the topics of this workshop,” explained Faber.

Visit for a comprehensive description of all workshops along with facilitator bios, cost and location. Participants can register by email at or call 519271-2978.  

Green River Revival 


Calling all fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)! Don't miss Green River Revival, the world's number one international tribute to the legendary band. Produced by Booking House Inc., this high-energy, harmony-packed tribute concert is coming to the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend on Sept. 21 for two shows.

Green River Revival is made up of world-class musicians who truly capture the passion and soul of John Fogerty and CCR. The members of this band have played together in theatres, casinos and festivals across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. for decades, presenting the ultimate CCR tribute experience. The group performs a hit parade of the band’s timeless hits including: "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Up around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," "Lodi," "Travellin' Band" and many more favorites.

Performance times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $30. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.

Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Health Unit 

On Apr. 11, the Ontario government announced plans to establish 10 regional public health entities and 10 new regional boards of health with one common governance model by 2020-2021. Along with the plan is a provincial budget impact to public health of $220 million over the next two years. There are currently 35 public health units in Ontario.

The details for rolling out this plan are still to be determined. Dave Jewitt, chair of the Huron County Board of Health said, “Huron and Perth want to ensure that public health units will be included in the planning for this reorganization, so that the needs of our local communities are considered.”

“Our local public health units are on the front lines of preventing disease and promoting health in our community,” said Perth Board of Health Chair, Kathy Vassilakos. Public health works within Perth and Huron counties to deliver programs and services aimed at chronic and communicable disease prevention, food and water safety, healthy growth and development, substance use prevention, and healthy environments.

“Each board of health tailors the provincial requirements to meet local needs. This ensures that everyone in the community is well served,” added Vassilakos.

Examples of local public health activities led by the Perth District Health Unit and Huron County Health Unit include:

  • Facilitating community opioid responses, including surveillance and harm reduction programs. This is done locally through the Perth Opioid Strategy Group and the Huron Substance Misuse Working Group.
  • Promoting immunization, maintaining the immunization records for children and adults in Perth and Huron counties and distributing publicly funded vaccines to the community.
  • Inspecting restaurants, salons and spas, pools and small drinking water systems to ensure food and water safety for the public.
  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting population health information for Perth and Huron counties.
  • Supporting new parents and their babies through parenting programs

At this time, it is unknown how the provincial budget announcement will impact the planned merger of the Perth District Health Unit and Huron County Health Unit, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020.

“We will continue to liaise with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care about our local amalgamation plans, and if and how they will be impacted,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical officer of Health for Perth County.

Alice Munro Festival 

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story returns for its fifteenth year on May 24-25 with a line-up of ten award-winning Canadian authors. The two-day event takes place in Wingham and Bayfield and includes: author readings, writing master classes, panel discussion and an awards luncheon for the annual short story contest.

Leading this year’s line-up is respected bestselling author Nino Ricci. His first novel, “Lives of the Saints”, garnered international acclaim, appearing in 17 countries and winning a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. It formed the first volume of a trilogy that was adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren.Ricci also authored the novels “Testament”, winner of the Trillium Award, “The Origin of Species”, which earned him a second Governor General’s Award, and a biography of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, included in the Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series. His most recent novel “Sleep”, won the Canadian Authors’ Award for Fiction. Ricci is currently the inaugural holder of the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at Western University.

The list of guest authors includes three Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists who all have new books being published this spring. Mona Awad, author of “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl”, will be promoting her new novel, “Bunny”. Described as “The Vegetarian” meets “Heathers”, this darkly funny, seductively strange novel will be published by Penguin Random House on June 7. Anthony De Sa’s first book, “Barnacle Love”, was critically acclaimed and became a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. His new novel, “Children of the Moon”, follows the tumultuous story of Pó, a Maasai girl with albinism who is seen as a curse upon her tribe, to be released in May. Anakana Schofield the author of the 2015 Giller Prize shortlisted novel “Martin John”, brings her new unconventional novel “Bina: A Novel in Warnings” that will also be published in May.

Indigenous author, Joshua Whitehead had a break out success with his 2018 novel “Jonny Appleseed”, a unique, shattering vision of First Nations life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams. The novel was long listed for a Giller Prize and short listed for a Governor General's Award in 2018.

Alicia Elliott a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River reads from her new non-fiction release, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma.

Amy Jones’s first novel, “We're All in This Together”, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Her new novel, “Every Little Piece of Me”, examines family, friendship, celebrity, and the cost of living in the public eye -- because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it's easy to forget who you really are.

K.D. Miller’s short story collection, “Late Breaking”, was inspired by the work of Canadian artist Alex Colville. The linked stories form a suite of portraits that bear witness to the vulnerability of the elder heart, revealing that love, sex, and heartbreak are not only the domain of the young.

Vancouver-based author Ian Williams’s 2019 novel “Reproduction”, is a tale of love among inherited and invented families that sweeps through a world of racial and religious mash-ups, cultural collisions, and cross-pollinations galore. William’s poetry collection, “Personals”, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, “Not Anyone’s Anything”, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada.

Rounding out the list of this year’s guest authors is Bayfield’s Andy McGuire. His debut poetry collection, “Country Club”, a lyrical, wilderness of power, wealth, leisure and desire, the poems freewheel across state lines with panache and flagrant feeling. McGuire’s second poetry collection, “I Hate Poems but I Love Poetry”, is forthcoming.

Tickets, and weekend passes, for the festival are on sale now. For more information about the guest authors and festival program, including how to purchase tickets, please visit The festival is supported in part by: The Ontario Arts Council, Township of North Huron, County of Huron, Municipality of Bluewater, Capital Power, The Lake House of Bayfield, Royal Homes, and Dr. Marie Gear.





Volume 10

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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, Captain Berchem along with Scouter John Siertsema inspected the Bayfield Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Brownies who had marched in the parade from the Bayfield Harbour to Clan Gregor Square on Admiral Bayfield Day – July 25, 1981.



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



RF1064 237 Guides at Fairgrounds 1956 

In Issue 509, a photo of Guides on Parade at the fair grounds in 1956. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: RF1064 237)

Jenny Allan and family members provided information regarding the Guiders in this photo. Her grandmother, Barbra McVean is on the left while Ede Turner can be found marching at right.



PB11070 Kay Reid, Capt Bercham, and Peg Willock, July 25, 1981

In Issue 510, Admiral Bayfield Day was celebrated in the early 1980s with a visit by Captain Berchem of the CSS Bayfield. Shortly after he came ashore he was greeted by Kay Reid (left), Peg Willock (in yellow) and others. The photo is dated July 25, 1981. (Archives Code: PB11070)

Doug Willock wrote in to say he believes the unidentified man in this photo to be George Fellows who was the village Reeve at the time. Willock also submitted a newspaper summary of the event by then village correspondent Helen Owen. The article originally published in the Clinton News-Record can be found at left.




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optimist club of bayfield     


IMG_2675Enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters were let loose in the park at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

IMG_2679 The frenzy for chocolate eggs was evident on the "senior" side of the park.

IMG_2682Everly Keys, of Bayfield, concentrated on picking up foil wrapped eggs at the annual hunt in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon.

IMG_2646Colorful stuffed bunnies were handed out to hunt participants due to the generosity of an Optimist friend.  

All the children who wished one were given a colourful stuffed Easter Bunny courtesy of a friend of the Bayfield Optimists.

IMG_2707 Ryan Somers, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner of the Easter Basket of goodies raffled off at the hunt to help cover the day's costs. Optimist Joyce McIlwain presented the prize.

IMG_2687Egg hunting can be serious business.



Sunday, Apr. 21 saw a generous crowd gather in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Skies were overcast but the temps were warm so children could dress in their Spring finery or pay homage to the Easter Bunny through fashion.

About 5,000, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs were scattered on the lawn in the Square and at 1 p.m. the call was given for the hunt to begin. Following the scramble, the children were invited to return to the gazebo for a bonus gift – a colorful, plush, Easter Bunny donated to the club by an Optimist Friend.

An Easter Basket was raffled off to help cover the costs of the event. This prize was won by Ryan Somers, of Bayfield.

Fifteen minutes after it all began the annual hunt was over. Happy families left the park or headed to the playground with their children’s baskets filled with chocolate delights and a plush Bunny and as if things couldn’t get any better, the sun emerged from behind the clouds.

IMG_2653Lucca Graham arrived in style for the Easter Egg Hunt in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon.  

IMG_2655Part of the fun of attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt is getting into the spirit of the event by dressing up!  

IMG_2661Optimist John Pounder was joined by Kevin Steinson in tossing out the eggs on the lawn for the children ages six and up to collect.  

IMG_2668Easter Sunday is the perfect day to don Spring fashions and luckily the weather cooperated for those who wanted to dress up.

IMG_2688Someone gave in to temptation before the hunt was over.  






Members of the Bayfield Lions' Club were the first to contribute to the Bayfield Breeze New Website Appeal with a cheque for $1,500. This donation is to be followed by a matching of dollar for dollar on the next $1,500 we can raise from individuals and groups who want to see this publication continue. Presenting the cheque to Bayfield Breeze Editor Melody Falconer-Pounder (centre) were Lions (l-r) Ian Matthew, Don Vance, Karen Scott, John Zrini, Kathy Gray, Bill Rowat, Rolly Scott and Doug Vanderhaar. (Photo by John Pounder)

A letter from the editor:

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The first issue of the Bayfield Breeze was published in early July 2009 and since then we have published over 500 weekly issues. It was recently brought to my attention that the Bayfield Breeze website is on life support. The host company believes they can keep it alive for a couple more months but no longer. We need to have a new site built on a new platform.

We are quite proud of our weekly publication. Not only does it keep locals and summer residents informed of the happenings in our area but it has grown to be of interest to people in the surrounding communities especially since the shuttering of their small-town papers. We feel strongly that we want to continue the Bayfield Breeze. We hope our readership feels the same way.

Seven days ago (Apr. 17), we launched a New Website Appeal. Due to the generosity of readers we are pleased to announce that we have raised over $1,500 through online giving. In less than a week we achieved the generous dollar matching goal set forth by the Bayfield Lions’ Club! It is a truly great start to our campaign and target of $8,000.

Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution is welcome to send a cheque made payable to the Bayfield Breeze to my attention at 79218 Orchard Line, Goderich, ON N7A 3X8. Donations may also be made through our crowd funding campaign via Fundrazr for anyone who would prefer to use a credit card to donate.

I thank you for your consideration in continuing and growing the Bayfield Breeze – the village’s online news source since 2009. - Melody




Melody Falconer-Pounder


Earlier in the month husband John and I took a pretty intense repositioning cruise with only one actual day at sea. We took in the sites and culture along the coast of Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Montenegro with a brief stopover in Switzerland (Zurich airport).

This week, I am including a few of my favorite images captured on our adventures in Kotor and Perast, Montenegro and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Medieval walled cities with hundreds upon hundreds of years of history and what do I take away most from these visits? How kind the people were to their community cats! In fact, the Cats of Kotor are a phenomena. There is even a gift shop devoted to all things feline. - Melody


Approaching Kotor, Montenegro


Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy  



 Perast, Montenegro


Cats of Kotor, Montenegro


Dubrovnik, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia


Dubrovnik, Croatia

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