Bookmark and Share   May 1, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 18 Issue 512

 Quality of End of life journey improved by hospice experience 


IMG_0016 Ginny Wadel and Krista Lloyd stand by the Giving Tree in the kitchen area of the Huron Residential Hospice. Requests on the tree include: pillows, twin bed sheets, paper towels, laundry soap, Kuerig pods, AA and AAA batteries and tissue. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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“Peacefully at Huron Residential Hospice, Clinton, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 Mr. Ray Wadel of Bayfield in his 77th year. Loving husband of Virginia Wadel…”

It is difficult to compress a life story into an obituary. Everyone’s journey whether it be long or short is unique and filled with challenges. It is often how a person faces those challenges that makes the story the most interesting.

Take Ray Wadel, for example…he spent the final 12 days of his life at Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) just outside of Clinton. The experience changed his story, and that of his family, for the better and his wife, Virginia (Ginny), wanted to share it with the community, to let those who haven’t made the drive down the long, winding lane know what the world is like behind the expansive, yet welcoming, front door.

A few weeks ago, Ginny, Ray’s nurse, Krista Lloyd; and Michelle Field, manager of Fundraising for HRH, sat down together at the round table in the bay window just off the large kitchen of the HRH to reflect on their experience. Ray may have dropped in to oversee the discussion as well. Soon after the conversation began the women paused to watch a bright red, male Cardinal that appeared at the feeder just outside the window. The red cardinal has long been held as the most notable spiritual messenger.

IMG_20190126_212322~2-1An off-duty Krista Lloyd, and her son, also hockey fans, watched the game with Ray Wadel in his room at the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)

Ginny describes the HRH as, “The best place to be when you are that sick and near the end of your life. It is a little piece of heaven before you go there. When I walked in the front door I knew right away that I was going to want to volunteer here.”

For Ray the reaction wasn’t quite as immediate.

“He looked around and shared that he was worried about how we were going to pay for this. When I told him that we didn’t have to pay a cent he relaxed and from that moment he loved it. He looked at it like he was staying in a five-star hotel.”

Ray and Ginny were together for 23 years and married for 22.

“Our wedding anniversary is May 31st. We wanted to make it to 25 but God had other plans,” she said.

Ray was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The journey began with cancer of the bowel. After a cancer free respite of five years it returned in his lungs and started to spread, rounds of radiation and chemotherapy followed until eventually they too stopped working.

In January, after Ray had experienced three falls in their home, it was their Nurse Practitioner that made the couple aware that a bed was available at the HRH and that it was probably time to make the move.

“I had slept on the couch for the past two years but now I wasn’t getting any sleep. We were fighting with each other and that was not characteristic of us. We were both exasperated and tired. At home he never said please and thank you, not like he did with the nurses here,” she recalled. “In here I was no longer his caregiver, I got to be his wife again.”

Pain management is a big part of care at the HRH.

Krista, is a nurse at the HRH, who looked after Ray, “Ginny was able to go home and have a good sleep. At 3 a.m. he wanted to call his wife and I asked him why? He wanted to tell her that he wasn’t in any pain. He didn’t know how much pain he was in until he wasn’t.”

IMG_20190306_194420_003A bright red, male Cardinal appeared at the feeder just outside the window at the Huron Residential Hospice. The red cardinal has long been held as the most notable spiritual messenger. (Photo by Krista Lloyd)

Ginny referred to the nurses at the HRH as “Ray’s Angels”.

“For the nurses that work here the HRH is our passion,” said Krista. “It is not just a job to any of us.”

As a teen, Ray was a goalie for the Kitchener Rangers and never lost his love of the game. His favorite team was the Toronto Maple Leafs. His room at the HRH was personalized with a hockey theme. An off-duty Krista, and her son, also hockey fans, watched the game with him in his room. When Ray died, Krista washed his Leafs blanket and then covered him with it for his departure from the hospice.

While Ginny agreed that it would be wonderful to die at home if a person can be comfortable there, the hospice setting is definitely preferred over a hospital stay.

“The hospice is just like being at home,” she said. “Ray was asked what he wanted to eat and they would make it for him. I brought in a couple of beers for him so if he wanted them they were here. Ray was able to go outside and have a couple of smokes. His great granddaughter was welcomed. They brought a table into his room so that she could color. Our dog, Lacey, a nine year-old, Pomeranian-Bichon mix, was allowed and she spent a lot of time laying up on Ray’s bed. We found a big extended family here, the care and compassion that everyone showed was tremendous.”

“Family members are welcome to grab food and coffee at their leisure. There is a loft above the garage where family can go to lie down if they want. We try to make everyone feel comfortable and at home,” said Michelle.

Ray and Ginny had lived in Five Seasons Estates outside of Bayfield for almost 13 years. They moved there from Pike Lake, outside of Mount Forest, ON, after a visit to see a home that her Aunt had just bought in the adult community. Ginny already had cousins living there and by the end of the day they too had purchased a home. They moved a couple of months later.

Ray was a firefighter in Kitchener for 17 years before a back injury sidelined him. Ginny described him as very handsome, picture: “Rock Hudson-handsome”.

In the night leading up to Ray’s death, Ginny sat up with him. She described him as restless and having difficulty getting comfortable so the HRH staff were able to manage his pain to allow him to sleep more calmly. At one point she felt he was perhaps experiencing a visit from a relative that had preceded him in death as he appeared to be communicating with someone. Ginny said he asked her when he was going to die and she responded that it was up to God. She recalled that he seemed to relax after that conversation. By 6 a.m. their sons, granddaughter and great-granddaughter had arrived to be with him and at 8:30 a.m. Ray died.

But the care at HRH didn’t end with Ray’s last breath.

“They took away all the stress,” said Ginny. “We were able to have more time with him. There was no rushing. They called the funeral home when we were ready.”

Of the end of life experience, Krista said, “A nurse will read from a book of poems at the person’s bedside. We play their favorite song, lower the flag and present the family with a beautiful donated quilt. Staff on site form an honor guard. We walk to the vehicle with the deceased and stand out on the driveway as they leave.”

“Ray passed on a cold and blustery day and we watched him leave from the window,” recalled Ginny. “And we hugged and hugged, both family and staff.”

Michelle noted that the experiences at the HRH are not all sad.

“There is a lot of sharing and talking both remembering and making memories,” she said.

Ginny plans to volunteer at the HRH in the future. She is a retired Personal Support Worker but noted that she doesn’t want to fill a role like that at the hospice.

Michelle said, “Anything that happens in a home happens here and we are always in need of volunteers to fill those roles. And for those who don’t want to volunteer in the hospice setting there are fundraising opportunities.”

20190306_120258A tasty gift from Ginny Wadel to the staff of the Huron Residential Hospice. This gift had been a final wish of Ray's to say thanks. (Photo by Krista Lloyd)  

Volunteers are welcome for a few hours a week, a couple hours a month or just one-time. Currently, the Huron Hospice volunteer program is looking for community-minded people to volunteer in the following areas at the HRH:
• Providing companionship to our clients and their families*
• Support clients in the community*
• Gardening
• Lawn Care and Snow Removal
• Kitchen*
• Maintenance
• Reception*
• Administration
• Cleaning
• Bereavement & Supportive Care Programming*
• Special Events & Fundraising
• Board of Directors, Campaigns or Special Committees
• Contribute your professional expertise

For more information please contact Constance Russo, manager of Volunteers Huron Hospice Volunteer Service by email at or by calling 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302

*Please note volunteers interested in supporting clients and their families directly must complete a mandatory 30-hour training course.

The first Sunday in May is National Hike for Hospice Day. Locally the Hike for Hospice will be held on May 5th on the scenic Lobb Trail, located at 81002 Maitland Line, Clinton, alongside the Maitland River in Central Huron.

Participants can choose to hike a 1, 3, 5 or 7 KM loop trail from 1-4 p.m.

Registration, parking and post-hike activities will take place at 81317 Maitland Line, Clinton. Hikers must register between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will be shuttled to the start of the trail when ready to hike.

Following the hike, a Pork Roast Dinner with prizes, games and more will be served from 3-5 p.m. Please RSVP for dinner to Michelle by calling 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302 or email

The cost for dinner is $15 per person or $35 per family of three or greater. Individual hikers with pledges of $100 or teams with pledges of $500 or more eat for free.

For online registration and pledges visit:

Photo hike rescheduled for this Saturday afternoon 


The Bayfield River Trail Association (BRVTA) invites you to enjoy a hike with a difference on Saturday, May 4 (rescheduled from Apr. 20).

Participants should check in at the Stanley Recreation Complex (0.5 KMs west of Varna) at 2 p.m., bringing with them a mobile phone or camera. Ten pictures of sites/items found on Mavis' Trail will be on display.

Participants will be able to photograph (or memorize) the pictures before setting off to search for and take their own photographs of the subject matter. Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team that finds and is the first to submit photographic proof of the most targets. Photographic proof should aim to recognizably duplicate the target photo and can be submitted to Peter Jeffers at

First prize is $50 and second is $25, but the real prizes are available to all - the fresh air, the exercise, the wonderful company and the opportunity to support and make use of well-kept trails.

For anyone unfamiliar with the trails, Mavis' Trail is a delightful route through woodland with occasional views of the Bayfield River. It is about 2.5 KMs long with a difficulty level of 3 and natural trail surfaces. At this time of year, it is advisable to wear good treads or cleats as the trails can be slippery at times.

The hike leaders will be: Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers 519 482-7572. Everyone welcome!

Take a look at the library and the people between the stacks 

8299994825_28be801890_kD. Grant and Sons Ltd., of Lambeth, managed the Bayfield Library Complex construction under the direction of Marc Cantin, superintendent. Skinner and Skinner Architects, of London, were the creators of the design with Brad Skinner taking the lead. This image was taken in December of 2012. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 30 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 Joan Spittal.

The Bayfield Library has a tale to tell. From its inception as The Bayfield Library Association (BLA) in 1915 to the present day, the Bayfield Library continues to offer the community “a passport to a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment”, as noted by area resident Audrey Bellchamber in her 1966 article about the history of the Association.

20190321_121814In 1964, the library was moved, to the Thom Building, which was purchased and donated to the Bayfield Library Association (BLA) by Dorothy and Harold Ormond. In 1966, the BLA held its last meeting before becoming the Bayfield Public Library. In 1968, the Bayfield Public Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library. The building was then moved across the road in 1977 to the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives Building. This newspaper clipping shows the building where it first sat beside the building that today is home to the Clay Gourmet. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Archives)  

The first meeting of the BLA took place in 1915 in the office of H.W. Erwin, local undertaker. An annual membership fee of $1 was set, a board was elected, and rules of operation were established. Until the Bayfield Library became part of the County of Huron Public Library system in 1968, the BLA also supported itself over the years through donations, fundraising efforts, and grants from the school board and various levels of government.

Over time, the Bayfield Library has been located in no less than eight places around the village. The library first opened its doors at the A. Galbraith home, and then at Harry Drehmann’s tailor shop, in 1918. The library rented space in Thomas King’s bakery shop in 1920. This building and two others adjoining it were destroyed by fire in 1922. Baking and books…

The library then re-located to a store owned by the Misses Fowlie (where the Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique is now located). A long-time resident of Bayfield recalls being greeted by the smell of “rotting books” upon entering the Fowlie store as a child. In 1941, the BLA joined the Huron County Library Association, allowing it to receive a selection of books on a quarterly basis. The library remained at the Fowlie sisters’ store until re-locating to the E.A. Featherstone property on Louisa Street in 1950.

In 1964, the library was again on the move, this time to the Thom Building, which was purchased and donated to the BLA by Dorothy and Harold Ormond. In 1966, the BLA held its last meeting before becoming the Bayfield Public Library. In 1968, the Bayfield Public Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library. The building was then moved across the road in 1977 to the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives Building. In 2012, construction began on the new library, which opened its doors in 2013.

Beyond the building and books, the people associated with the Bayfield Library have their own tales to tell. Ev Earl was the first librarian, after the Bayfield Library became a branch of the County of Huron Public Library, followed by Maude Weston in 1977. Anny Johnston, who served as librarian from 1983 to 2014, recalls Maude telling her she had to stoke the fires at the old library as part of her assigned duties.

27261115612_dbfd0fc531_h Two Bayfield Librarians photographed together in 1985: Maude Weston (left) and Anny Johnston. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Archives)

When Anny first took over as librarian, there was no drop box for books. Folks returned their books at Sinammon’s Village Market or left them in front of the library itself. The honor system prevailed. At summer’s end, it was not unusual for Anny to find a pile of 150 books outside the library. Anny’s husband, Bruce solved this dilemma by making a hole in the exterior wall of the library. A book drop was thus created!

Anny has many funny recollections of her time as librarian. She remembers one library patron whose wife would often call Anny to ask her to tell her husband (in the library at the time) to pick up a loaf of bread on his way home. Then, there was the travelling fisherman - Anny often helped him with his emails while he was in port. He repaid Anny for her efforts with 15 pounds of fish.

Anny helped with the transition from the old library, which now houses the archives, to the new building at its current location. The new space included a program room, allowing more space for various activities. Anny can lay claim to establishing the first book club in Bayfield. Now retired, and herself an author of children’s books, Anny considers the library to be “a vital community hub” and accessible to everyone.

9774881242_e9ce40f332_k Jamie Thomas, the current librarian at the Bayfield Public Library, accepted the position in 2014. For Jamie, the Bayfield Library means “Community!” (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Jamie Thomas, the current librarian, accepted the position of in 2014. Jamie had previously worked for 17 years at various locations in the county – including Bayfield before accepting her present position. Jamie’s best memory as librarian is the time she was approached by a library patron, who asked for assistance with a postal code lookup at the Goderich library branch 11 years ago. Jamie helped this woman as she would help anyone with such a request. It was only after a co-worker greeted this woman, with “Alice, how are you today?” that Jamie realized she had been helping Alice Munro! More recently, Alice visited the Bayfield Library; she and Jamie shared a lively conversation about the upcoming Alice Munro Writer’s Festival, which is held partly in Bayfield.

For Jamie, the Bayfield Library means “Community!” While always a pillar or hub of our community, Jamie notes the library has become a centre for such diverse programs as Coffee and Conversation, a knitting group, bridge, Mahjong, a children’s playgroup, and a public space for various community meetings in its program room.

Services at Bayfield Library include the lending of books, visual and audio materials. The library’s new Objects Collection allows patrons to borrow such items as S.T.E.A.M. toys, ukuleles and a telescope, to name a few items. The library has a WIFI hub, and a library card gives people access to online collections of Ebooks, audiobooks, music, DVDs, magazines and newspapers.

The life of the Bayfield Library has been further enriched by volunteers, who have contributed their time and talents over the years. Bayfield resident Helen Latimer is one such example. Helen, a former nursery school teacher volunteered every Tuesday at the library, from the early 1980s to the 1990s. She provided a craft and told stories to the village children while their parents socialized in a separate room. She was rewarded with a provincial volunteer award for her services. Helen loved interacting with the children and enjoys seeing her former “customers” as grownups today. She considers her services as an essential part of engaging children to read.

12592884095_77678c122b_k Not only did Helen Latimer volunteer with children's programming at the library in the 1980s and 90s she also opened the "Winter Wonderland" event at the library in February of 2014 by reading the book entitled, "The Gruffalo Child", to those gathered. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

No discussion of the role of volunteers at the Bayfield Library would be complete, without including the contribution of the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL). Village resident Roma Harris, who had previously worked in library and information services recognized that the old library, in the present-day location of the Bayfield Archives was “too small, too crowded” and not meeting the needs of the community. Through her other community connections, Roma knew that funding was available to build municipal infrastructure projects. Roma was instrumental in establishing the FOBL group to advocate for the building of a new library. Following a preliminary planning meeting in May 2011 to discuss formation of a group, membership in FOBL quickly grew to more than 100.

Today, FOBL, with current President Barbara Brown and a membership of approximately 158 members, remains an active partner, along with Huron County Library staff and other like-minded community groups in the enhancement of the Bayfield Public Library’s pivotal role as a cultural and educational institution in the community.


On wings of song

A22954706CC64031A96F298F1220CF04Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. (Submitted photo)  

Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata, two of Canada’s most renowned musicians, will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Saturday, June 15 in a concert in support of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH).

The duo is calling this concert, “On Wings of Song”, a title that fits so meaningfully with the spirituality of Hospice care. The performance will begin at 4 p.m.

According to concert organizers, “To call these two renowned musicians, masters of their craft, is to understate their status both in Canada and on the international musical stage. They have accompanied many of Canada’s finest singers and musicians in concerts, broadcasts and on recordings.”

Thirty-seven years ago, Ralls and Ubukata began a concert series called the “Aldeburgh Connection” with the aim of promoting young singers, the art of the song and musical inspiration. Their success has earned them many accolades including the ‘Order of Canada’.

“Bayfield is blessed to have them perform,” noted concert organizers.

Tickets are $40 each and are available from Margo Robeson at 519 565-2827 or Arlene Timmins, 519 565-2777. They may also be purchased online at


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.


The Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary’s Card Cavalcade is coming to Bayfield on May 10 and people can choose to play Bridge, Euchre or Pepper.

The Card Cavalcade will begin at 1 p.m. with a Bridge Party followed by an evening of Euchre or Pepper starting at 7 p.m.

Dessert, tea and coffee will be served prior to the games. Both afternoon and evening events 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.

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.

Garden Club 

plantsale3The Bayfield Garden Club members will host their annual Plant Sale on the morning of Saturday, May 11 by the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. (Submitted photo)  

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 or until plants are sold out, whichever comes first.

There will be a wide selection of plants, shrubs, herbs, annuals, bulbs, houseplants and a variety of anything else related to gardening. Once again, they will be selling native plants sourced through Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Plant Sale Convener Nancy Kale said, “We also need plant donations to make the sale a success, so please pot up a few plants, label them and drop them off at our home. Spring is here and all those beautiful plants are poking up out of the ground. Now is a great time to be dividing and transplanting those perennials when the earth is moist and loose. Happy Gardening”.

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

Kindness Gnomes

IMG_5162Kindness Gnome (Submitted photo)

Open Hearts of Bayfield will be presenting a “Kindness Gnome Workshop” on Saturday, May 18 at the Bayfield Public Library. Awaken your heart through enlivening group activities and discussions of what it truly means to be connected to community and the spirit.

This workshop will focus on creating 3D Kindness Gnomes. Children ages six to 12 years are invited to attend accompanied by an adult. Discussions will evolve around how small random acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life.

There will be a $5 fee for supplies and pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Reeka Spence by email at Please note group size is limited to 10 participants.


The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite everyone to their 52nd Community Breakfast on Sunday, May 19. The breakfast is one of the village’s annual rituals for permanent residents, cottagers and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services.

On the menu is eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee. The event will be held at the Bayfield Arena from 7:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, six to 10 years.

Organizers note that it is, “Good food and a good time for the whole family”. They look forward to seeing everyone on May 19.

Duck Race 

IMG_2797Bayfield Optimists Phil Graham and Wayne McKaig sold Duck Race tickets to anyone who wanted them at the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show on Sunday afternoon. A few lucky little ones also got a plush bunny leftover from the club's Easter Egg Hunt last week. Anyone who missed out on purchasing tickets may do so 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.

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!


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.


Home4Good button

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

Garlic Mustard Removal 

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

In Memoriam 

The community will be saddened to learn of the death of The Reverend Phil Gandon who presided over many services, weddings, funerals and baptisms over the years as an interim or guest priest for Trinity Anglican and St. James’ Middleton churches. He died on Apr. 26 at the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton.

He was born in Manchester, England in 1931. He married Jean Croft in 1956 and they emigrated to Canada in 1958.

He had a challenging career as an Anglican Parish Priest and as the CEO of several major non-profit charitable organizations, most notably Goodwill Industries.

He and Jean retired to Goderich from Toronto in 1992 and in his retirement, he volunteered with a number of non-profit charitable organizations and Boards throughout Huron County. He took services in several churches in Huron and Perth counties.

He is survived by his wife Jean after 63 years of loving marriage and by their sons Peter and Richard and daughter Debbie (Doug) and by six granddaughters, Chelsea, Eva, Darah, Abigail, Hannah and Madison, as well as two great-grandchildren, Ella and Jaxon. His daughter Catherine predeceased him.

A memorial Eucharist and Celebration of Life will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 87 North Street, Goderich on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation or the Huron Residential Hospice and would be greatly appreciated.









  rwanda genocide topic of new book by Allan Thompson 

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_DSC8068Allan Thompson (Submitted photos)

Allan Thompson, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), journalism professor at Carleton University and the Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce, will hold the Huron County launch for his new edited volume from CIGI Press: “Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwanda Genocide and Beyond”, at the Bayfield Town Hall on May 13.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

It has been 25 years since Rwanda slid into the abyss. The killings happened in broad daylight, yet many of us failed to grasp the unfolding events. When human beings are at their worst — as they most certainly were in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide — the world needs the institutions of journalism and the media to be at their best. Sadly, in Rwanda, the media fell short.

Confronted by Rwanda’s horrors, international news media at times turned away, or muddled the story when they did pay attention by casting it in a formulaic way as anarchic tribal warfare rather than an organized genocide. Hate media outlets in Rwanda played a role in laying the groundwork for genocide, and then encouraged the extermination campaign.

The lessons of Rwanda, in some respects a textbook case, should have been clear. But a quarter century later, these are lessons that we still struggle to absorb.

The global media landscape has been transformed since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. We are now saturated with social media, frequently generated by non-journalists. Mobile phones are everywhere. And in many quarters, the traditional news media business model continues to founder. Against that backdrop, it is more important than ever to examine the nexus between the media and the forces that give rise to mass atrocity.

Thompson, editor of Media and Mass Atrocity, will be on hand to talk about the 25th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide and how the intersection between media and mass atrocity events has evolved in the intervening quarter century.

There will be a question and answer session after Thompson's presentation, then coffee and a chance to purchase a copy of the book.

Admission is free, but those who wish to attend are asked to register in advance at:

Grants available to residents for rain gardens and soakaways 

Bayfield residents have a chance to protect their lake, make their properties even more beautiful, and get grants to do it – by planting rain gardens or installing a “soakaway”.

New to the program this year are soakaways. Soakaways are similar to rain gardens in that they collect water from downspouts and/or rain barrels. The main difference is that rain gardens are filled with a sand/compost mix, and soakaways are filled with stone or storm water crates. Soakaways can be used in tight spaces, or locations that are not suitable for plants.

“By capturing storm water in rain gardens or soakaways, homeowners can help with localized flooding as rain gardens and soakaways can actually absorb more water than a grassed lawn,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Local people suggested rain gardens, in the community-based Main Bayfield Watershed Plan, as a management solution for dealing with urban runoff, said Brock.

“Now homeowners have this great opportunity to install a rain garden, or a soakaway, and help protect Lake Huron,” she said.

Bayfield homeowners interested in receiving funding to create a rain garden or soakaway on their property should contact a local landscape professional who has received a Landscape Ontario endorsed rain garden certificate. To find a list of some of these local contractors, visit the ABCA website at or contact Hope Brock at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Once the contractor has provided a plan and a quote for the garden, the homeowner will need to contact ABCA staff for a site visit to complete the application, which is available online at Grants, subject to approval, are paid out upon satisfactory completion of the rain garden or soakaway. Homeowners can apply for funding without a contractor but preference is given to the applications that use a certified contractor.

A single downspout rain garden typically costs between $1,000 and $3,000, but will vary on the size of the garden. Soakaways are typically less than $1,000. Bayfield homeowners can receive up to 50 per cent of the cash costs to a maximum of $500. The Huron County Clean Water Project and the Municipality of Bluewater, through its Blue Flag initiative, have provided funding.

Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They collect, absorb and filter runoff and help prevent polluted runoff from reaching storm sewers and, ultimately, the lake. Rain gardens are low-maintenance gardens that can be designed to match existing landscaping, formal gardens or natural gardens. Homeowners can choose plants specifically to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Huronview Demo Farm to invest in field drainage 

Huronview_outreach.eventThe Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (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. (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

Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show gets jump on Spring 


About 2,200 people took advantage of a chilly yet mostly pleasant weekend to travel to the village for the Bayfield Lions' Club’s 22nd Annual Home and Garden Show, Apr. 26-28.

With over 70 exhibitors, some of them at the show for the first time, there was a lot to see and talk about. Community groups were well represented upstairs, and the first booth inside the entrance belonged to the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), with people ready to talk about the next steps for the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

The show is always a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors included 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. There were several new vendors this year.

Always popular are the displays by local volunteer service and interest groups where visitors are invited to consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community.

Admission to the show was free but the public was encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). Nine grocery carts filled with food were collected over the weekend!

Attendees at the show also had a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights included face painting for the children and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 also broadcast live from the show midday Saturday.

IMG_27942019 marks the 92nd year for the Girl Guide Cookie. Bayfield Spark Valerie King, Brownie Leora Greer-Armour and Guider Kathleen Greer-Armour were at the Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show on Sunday selling the classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies. Anyone who missed them can still get cookies from Bayfield Guiding members. They are selling them now for $5 per box with profits from sales helping with program activities and field trips. Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at (519) 525-3830.  

IMG_2778Becker Power Small Engine Sales and Service from Exeter showed off plenty of options for people to keep their property looking its best this spring.  

IMG_2798Once again, Tory McDonald, of Goderich, had a terrific display of the signs she creates. She also leads fundraisers, workshops and private parties. Please call 519 955-9603 to learn more.  

IMG_2787Nathan Hammond, owner of Huron Fireplaces on Bayfield's Main Street, shared his knowledge of a unique European Pizza Oven he had on display at his booth at the show on Apr. 26-28.


IMG_2780 Brian's Service Centre, of Hensall, had some toys for all ages on display at the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show held on the weekend.  

IMG_2776Snippety the Clown was kept busy on all three days of the show as the kiddies lined up for some pretty magical balloon creations.  


IMG_2771 Watson's Home Hardware, of Goderich, had samples from their Home Furniture department on display at the 22nd Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 26-28.

IMG_2793Sheds 81, of Parkhill, ON, had a couple of their handcrafted sheds on display at the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show, cute little details like flower boxes demonstrated how they could personalize the sheds to suit individual tastes.  


Plant sale and walk   

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.

 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: “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.

“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).


The Huron County Health Unit’s 2018 Beach Water Monitoring Report is now available.

The report provides background on sources of E. coli at freshwater beaches, outlines the 2018 beach sampling protocol, and presents the results from the 2018 beach water quality monitoring program in Huron County.

Those interested in viewing current and historical data from the Huron County beach water quality monitoring program are encouraged to explore in the Environment domain using the interactive graphs.

At, visitors can search all water quality data from 2000 to present for the 14 public lakeshore beaches in Huron County. The myPerthHuron website was developed by the Social Research & Planning Council, United Way of Perth-Huron, and the University of Waterloo Computer Systems Group to provide access to information on community wellbeing.

For a copy of the 2018 Beach Water Monitoring Report, please visit or contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.

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

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, an image of Captain Berchem of the CSS Bayfield coming ashore on July 25, 1981 as part of Admiral Bayfield Day celebrations. Does anyone recognize the person steering the boat? (Archives Code: PB11072)

 PB11072 Captain Bercham of the CSS Bayfield coming ashore 2, July 25, 1981

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 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 in the Bayfield Breeze dated Apr. 24, Issue 511 Week 17.



In Issue 511, 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.



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Play celebrates unsung hero in Canadian history 

IMG_1976The cast l-r: Steve Baker, Leanne Kavanagh, Mike Dietrich, Ian Rutherford, John Dietrich and Cam Oates.

IMG_1944Ian Rutherford as Young Bayfield and Steve Baker as Admiral Owen.  

IMG_1952Ian Rutherford as Young Bayfield and Cam Oates as Collins.  

IMG_1961John Dietrich as Baron Van Tuyll and Ian Rutherford as Young Bayfield.  

IMG_1967Leanne Kavanagh as Fanny and Mike Dietrich as Admiral Bayfield.  

IMG_1955 Ian Rutherford as Young Bayfield.




The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.

One of the first events on the celebratory schedule was a play about the Admiral himself written and directed by Judy Keightley and produced by Jayne Deitrich. Premiered on the stage of the Bayfield Town Hall on Apr. 26 and 27 the production was sold out well in advance. For those who failed to get tickets we offer a few photos of the Saturday evening performance here.

The cast was comprised of: Admiral Bayfield, Mike Dietrich; Young Bayfield, Ian Rutherford; Fanny, Leanne Kavanagh: Collins, Cam Oates; Admiral Owen, Steve Baker; and Baron Van Tuyll, Jayne Dietrich (Friday night), John Dietrich (Saturday night).

According to Keightley, Bayfield spent over sixty years of his life surveying the Great Lakes and the Eastern seaboard. He has been very largely left out of the annals of history, but without his detailed charts thousands of lives would have been lost in navigational history. He truly is one of the unsung heroes of Canadian history.

IMG_1957Cam Oates as Collins.  

IMG_1974Mike Dietrich as Admiral Bayfield.

IMG_1972Leanne Kavanagh as Fanny.  

IMG_1966John Dietrich was Baron Van Tuyll on Saturday evening. This role was performed by Jayne Dietrich for the Friday evening performance.  





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.

Two weeks ago (Apr. 17), we launched a New Website Appeal. Due to the generosity of readers we are pleased to announce that we have raised more than $2,255 through online giving and cheques have also started to arrive in the mail. For both we are very grateful. We continue to work toward our 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


Last 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 Corfu, Greece, Taormina and Messina, Sicily (Italy).

Docking in Corfu was a big deal for us. A stop at this Greek island was the whole reason behind our choosing this cruise. In 2015 we made a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island (PEI) for me to experience the island that my favorite author had written about it. This time it was John’s turn to see the country that his favorite author, Gerald Durrell, had brought to life in his books. And just as PEI had lived up to my expectations, Corfu did not disappoint. - Melody


 Corfu, Greece


Corfu, Greece



Corfu, Greece


Taormina, Sicily, Italy




 Taormina, Sicily, Italy


Messina, Sicily, Italy

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