Bookmark and Share   May 9, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 19 Issue 461

food bank biggest winner after home and Garden show

IMG_2200Members of the Bayfield Lions' Club joined with representatives from the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) Geordie Palmer, far left; Rev. Wayne Malott, third from right; and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, far right, in posing with the seven cart loads of groceries that were donated during the 21st annual Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 27-29 at the Bayfield Arena. (Submitted photos)  

IMG_2210In keeping with tradition, the carts of food are paraded down John St. from the arena to Trinity Anglican Church home of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). During the 2018 parade Rev. Wayne Malott led the way.  

The Bayfield Lions are grateful for the community support of their 21st Annual Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 27-29. It was a busy weekend, with lots of interest in the various business, community and social groups represented. Snippety the Clown was kept busy with painting faces and creating Balloon animals, and many attendees warmed up with coffee and sandwiches from the Lions’ Bistro upstairs.

Although admission was free, most people showed up with food or cash to donate to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) that is coordinated through Trinity Anglican Church. Seven grocery carts full of food and a cheque for over $640 were presented to Rev. Wayne Malott and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representatives of the Bayfield Food Bank.

In turn, Boa-Youmatoff extended thanks to the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

“The Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is so appreciative for the food items and cash collected at the Home and Garden Show,” she said. “Once again, Bayfield has shown itself to be a caring, supportive, generous community!”

Everyone who attended the Home and Garden Show is given an opportunity to win a door prize. The Lions were quite pleased with the quality and quantity of door prizes donated – there were 18 in all including a gas BBQ, donated by Don McIlwain of the Bayfield Garage. Thanks to the generosity of Brad and Melissa Maidment of Bayfield Foodland, four lucky people won $100 Foodland gift cards and Diane Snell, and the Bayfield contingent of Heartland Realty, provided the funds to purchase gift certificates to local restaurants and more. Thanks also to the Albion, The Lake House and the Little Inn for donating gift certificates. Check the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s website for a full list of winners and sponsors.

Special thanks from the organizers goes to John and Arlene Meinen, of Meinen Custom Homes, for supplying the fuel to keep the heaters going all weekend. The exhibitors, workers and attendees all appreciated it!

Native varieties highlght of Garden Club Plant Sale 

plantsale3The Bayfield Garden Club (BCG) is looking forward to their annual Plant Sale, this Saturday, May 12, on the South side of Clan Gregor Square. (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Garden Club (BCG) is looking forward to their annual Plant Sale, coming up on Saturday, May 12, the BGC are once again holding this fundraising event in Clan Gregor Square, across from the Bayfield Town Hall, from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out – whatever happens first!

Native plants will be offered with their best growing condition info provided.The selection includes: Wild Columbine, Blue Flag Iris, Butterfly Weed, Foxglove, Beard-Tongue and Cardinal Flower. There are options for Rain Gardens, woodland areas or naturalizing.

The BCG also have a large choice of annuals, perennials, veggie plants, bulbs, herbs, shrubs, trees, house plants, garden tools and artefacts.

This fundraiser relies on plant and garden donations. They may be taken to the Kales home at 55 Victoria Street, on Friday, May 11 between 6:30-8 p.m. Please pot and label all plant donations.

eight new vendors to attend bayfield Farmer's Market 


Friday, May 18 is opening day for the Bayfield Farmers’ Market (BFM). Now in its fifth season, the market has become a valued part of village life and a welcome harbinger of summer.

The BFM organizers are proud to provide a marketplace for local products of the highest quality. All vendors are located within 75 KM of Bayfield, most within Huron County. All of the vendors grow, produce or create what they sell. Many returning vendors have developed a loyal following. And this year’s lineup will introduce customers to some very fine new vendors who are sure to become favorites.

The eight new vendors are: Blossoms, Blooms and Heirlooms, Corrine Everson Papercrafting, JMR Jewellery and Art, Ontario Cottage Mixed Bag, Petojo Food and Catering, The Barking Crow, The Turner Gallery and Twin Pines Orchard Orchards and Cider House.

The returning vendors are: Alton Farms Estate Winery, Backyard Potter Kimberly Wilbee,
Bayfield Berry Farm, Bayfield Provisions, Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Cudmore Farms,
Eagleson Farms, Firmly Rooted Farm, Grassroots Woodfired Pizza, Huron Ridge Greenhouses,
Pillitteri Estate Winery, Red Cat Farm Bakery, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and Vertigo Fibres.

The BFM also provide community groups with an effective public forum. One goal for the 2018 season is to continue to feature live music at the market. Musicians, singers and choirs are all welcome! Please contact market manager Mary Brown at for more information.

canine portraits a new addition to Dog Guide Walk events 

2018 Dog Guide Coroplast

The 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions’ Dog Guide Walk will take place on June 3.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m.

“We are once again holding a post-walk dog event starting at 11 a.m. from the Lions portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers,” explained Lion Jack Pal, event organizer. “We are especially blessed this year to have Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, join us again. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about.”

Those who attend will also be able to greet Bayfield’s former Dog-Guide-in-Training, Essex, who will be back in town for a visit with his owner, Sylvie Tafts. She will share with attendees that there is a wonderful life for a dog after Dog Guide School even if it does not include being a Dog Guide.

In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations all to do with dogs including: presentations on Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, dog health, training, grooming and a full-scale Dog Agility Demonstration presented by Greenacre Dog Agility and Training…along with hot dogs. This should be an entertaining, educational and fun event for the whole family.

New this year will be dog portraits. Members from the Photography Club of Bayfield have offered to take a portrait of your dog with or without family members. For just $20, all of which goes to the Lions Foundation, participants will get three photos mailed electronically.

The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada, which thanks all local Lions Clubs for their annual participation, is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that raises funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog.

“Thanks to sponsors like our generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually. Bayfield has been taking part from the inception of the walk 32 years ago,” Pal said.

The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired.
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities.
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy.
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children three to 12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder.
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.

“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause and help maintain Bayfield’s reputation as one of the most generous communities in Canada,” said Pal.

Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Local Bayfield donations can also be made online for individuals or teams by going to: or call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.

a closer look at gateway's "Lonely No More" Project 

headshotJessie Payne (Submitted photo)

Editor's Note: In Issue 460, Bayfield resident Jessie Payne was introduced as the newest research student at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Goderich. In that story, her summer research plan, "The Lonely No More Project" was announced. This follow-up article explains the project in more detail. 

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (GCERH) is pleased to introduce a new, innovative, peer-based model to reduce social isolation in seniors of rural Perth, Huron, Grey, and Bruce counties. The Lonely No More Project will strengthen and expand social connections of over 200 rural seniors by improving opportunities for participation in existing social support networks and building new social support networks. The project will empower community volunteers to become peer advocates for more isolated and at-risk seniors. These peer support volunteers will assist fellow older adults in the access of appropriate services through system navigation assistance; initiate one-on-one engagement to explore and confront the factors causing the individual’s isolation; encourage healthy behaviours to help prevent caregiver burnout; and will link the participants to resources dedicated to helping seniors in areas of fall prevention and elder abuse identification.

Social contacts tend to decrease with age for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, and/or lack of mobility. Regardless of the cause of senior isolation, the consequences can be alarming and harmful. Socially isolated seniors are more likely to be victims of elder abuse and are more at risk of negative psychological and physiological health effects. On average, socially isolated seniors have up to a five times greater risk of being hospitalized than those with social networks*. Social isolation is also a predictor of mortality from both coronary heart disease and stroke and is associated with higher levels of various mental illness; all of which has the potential to negatively affect the quality of life of our community’s seniors*. (National Seniors Council Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, 2014). In addition to negatively affecting the seniors themselves, social isolation in seniors affects communities as a whole. The contribution of seniors, both socially and physically, to neighborhoods cannot be quantified. “Lonely No More” aims to tackle social isolation in seniors with the help of community members in Grey, Perth, Bruce, and Huron Counties.

The objective of “Lonely No More” is to implement a sustainable intervention for individuals underserved, at-risk, and/or unable to access support services. It intends to create new points of support for rural seniors, enhance opportunities for senior participation, increase the link between rural and older adults through new peer relationships, as well as promote feelings of individual value and increased self-worth through volunteerism and giving back to the community. Through funding by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and the efforts of Dr. Feng Chang, GCERH board chair and research chair; Sheila Schuehlein, GCERH board member: and Jessie Payne, GCERH summer research student, “Lonely No More” is expected to improve the health and quality of life of older adults in rural communities.

Stay tuned; more information will be coming soon. For more information please contact Payne or Schuehlein at 519 612-1053.

*National Seniors Council Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, 2014


May 6th was the date set for the annual Huron Hospice Hike. This year it was held on the Tranquility Trail at the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton. On previous hikes, several Bayfield residents have individually participated in this special annual fundraiser. This year it was decided to organize a group and as a result Team Bayfield had a very successful Hospice Hike Day. The members would like to thank their many donors who helped them raise over $3,000 for Hospice. (Photo by Lynda Steenstra)  


Lions' breakfast

The Bayfield Lions’ Club kicks off breakfast season with their annual event on Sunday, May 20.

The Bayfield Arena is transformed into an eatery with Lions serving up over-easy eggs, pancakes, toast, sausage and fried potatoes to the multitudes that attend.

The meals are served from 8 a.m. to noon with children under six eating for free! Adults can fill their plates for $8 while youngsters under 11 are $5.

Trinity Plant Sale 

The gardens at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres., in Bayfield are a wonder to behold due to the efforts of some parishioners with very green thumbs. But one cannot garden on talent alone some money helps too. For this reason, the congregation of Trinity Church will be holding their annual plant sale on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.

Organizers are currently looking to the community for donations of potted plants or garden supplies. These donations may be left behind the garden shed (just off the parking lot) at the church. Those who donate are asked to please include the name and the color of the plant with the potted donation.

The sale will run on Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bayfield Food bank

Bayfield Foodland provided ways for the community to support the village’s local food bank over the Easter season and the results helped replenish the shelves.

“Thank-you, Bayfield Foodland – Brad, Melissa and staff,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, co-ordinator of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). “It was perfect timing for the Easter Brown-Bag sale as our food supply was practically depleted after the April delivery. Our shelves are now comfortably stocked with a new supply of various canned foods, pasta, cereal and peanut butter.”

Boa-Youmatoff noted that these prepackaged bags make for easier distribution to food bank clients.

The coordinator also would like to pass on her appreciation to the community to giving so generously to the Easter campaign.


Bayfield without Wheels 

At the recent Bayfield Home and Garden Show Home4Good launched the 2018 issue of their “Bayfield without Wheels” brochure, intended to help those who live in the area but are unable to drive, or whose driving is limited for any reason. Home4Good introduces a number of new options in this issue.

For those who want help shopping for groceries, a grocery delivery service has been introduced by the Nip ‘N Tuck. People can phone in orders Monday to Thursday at 519 565-2655, for delivery between 3-5 p.m. on Fridays, for a fixed delivery fee of $5 within Bayfield.

Ride sharing is another option encouraged by Home4Good. Both passengers and drivers can sign up at (a website sponsored by counties across the region) to find others going in their direction.

The brochure lists local services that will deliver services to people’s homes as well as community groups offering rides to their events. Brochures are available through the Bayfield Public Library or from Home4Good volunteers. It can also be found on Home4Good's Facebook page and website.

Bannockburn Hike 

Trilliums and other wildflowers should be plentiful on the Family Hike at the Bannockburn Conservation Area hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 12.

Those who participate in this hike that will begin at 2 p.m. are encouraged to bring their wildflower books, if they have any, to help increase their knowledge and to share with other hikers. Cameras are also encouraged.

Bannockburn is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, white cedar, deciduous forest, marsh, old field and aquatic. The trail is 2 KMs long, difficulty is level 3 and the hike will be medium pace, so should take approximately one hour. The trail is also partially wheelchair accessible.

The conservation area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, the first road east of Varna.

The hike leaders will be: Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Gary Mayel, 519 565-5662; and Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382.

Town Hall Concerts 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is launching its new concert season with a duo of May concerts that recognize the diverse musical tastes in the community.

To kick things off, on Friday, May 18, the BTHHS welcome North America’s premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street Band.

Twenty-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with over 120 million records sold worldwide, Bruce Springsteen is still one of the most electrifying performers in Rock 'n Roll today. Youngsteen is the premier North American Bruce Springsteen Tribute with an all-Canadian cast. He captures the spirit and intensity of Springsteen's live performance, spanning his entire catalogue.

The Queen Street Band is composed of an all-star, Juno winning, super group made up of members and alumni from The Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Stills, Sloan, The Trews, The Arkells, Zeus, Serena Ryder Band and The Grapes of Wrath.

Tickets are $30 and only a very limited number remain. For tickets call Sue Howell, 519 565-2551, Pat Pal, 519 565-5340, or Nick Thomson, 519 565-2556. They can also be purchased online at

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The BTHHS Board would like to thank Deb Penhale for her donation in support of this concert.

For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.

At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.

Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door if any remain. For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

Community Lunch 

All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.

The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.

Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.


There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.

On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates
are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.

An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.


untitled-5781Doug Sinnamon, pictured with his wife of 52 years, Sharon. (Submitted photo)  

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a long-time resident and former Main Street merchant, Doug Sinnamon.

Peacefully, surrounded by family at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich on Friday, May 4, Douglas Bryon Sinnamon, of Bayfield, died. He was 73. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Sharon (Switzer) Sinnamon. He was the loving father of Bill and Amber Sinnamon, of Newmarket; Lori and Brent Brooks, of Blyth and Cori and Paul Hoggart, of Ilderton. He was the cherished grandfather of Alexa, Markaysa, Kiera, Denver, Cole, Connor and Tanner. Dear brother of Jeanie Sinnamon and Mike Brehm and brother-in-law of Dianne Alexander and Deb and Darcy Roblin. Also missed by many nieces and nephews and many close friends.

He was predeceased by parents Ken and Jean Sinnamon, brother William “Billy”, and parents-in-law Eric and Marg Switzer.

Doug and Sharon spent many years owning and operating Sinnamon’s Village Market on Main St. in Bayfield. This was a lifelong dream of Doug’s. He was also a long-time member of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Falconer Funeral Homes, Bluewater Chapel, 201 Suncoast Dr. East, Goderich on Wednesday, May 9 at 1 p.m. with visitation two hours prior, commencing at 11 a.m. Reverend Elise Feltrin officiating.

Donations to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, the London Health Sciences Foundation or the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be placed at




joudry made county's economic development director 

HC Ec Dev Team - April 2018- 1Members of the Huron County Economic Development Department are l-r: Cody Joudry, director; Reanne Clark, Office administrator; Patrick Donnelly, Small Business coordinator; Nicki Darbyson, Small Business coordinator; Mark Hussey, Multimedia developer; Kim Postma, Small Business coordinator; Kristin Crane, Immigration liaison; and Chris Watson, Economic Development officer. (Submitted photo)  

The County of Huron, along with the Huron County Economic Development Board (HCEDB) is pleased to announce Cody Joudry as the new Director of Economic Development, a position that he has been acting in for the past eight months. Joudry started at the County as an economic development officer in April 2017. He brings more than 10 years of relevant industry experience to the role.

“Cody comes to the position with an extensive background in economic development with a specialization in agriculture, a business segment critically important to Huron’s success,” said John Marshall, HCEDB chair. “I have found Cody to be diligent in his efforts, thorough in his research, courageous under fire and respectful in his dealings with all involved.”

“I am pleased that Cody has accepted the position, we have been happy with his performance as acting director and we look forward to great things ahead,” said Huron County Warden Jim Ginn “The economic development team is ready to move forward on their main areas of focus: workforce development, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.”

Economic development is one of the priorities of Huron County Council.

"Our priority is to reduce the barriers to economic prosperity, build capacity for growth, and support our existing business community,” said Joudry.

grants available as part of county's Clean Water Project 

Tree_Planting_File_Photo_4A new brochure for the Huron County Clean Water Project is ready and is to be posted online at,, and The new brochure provides the 17 categories of grants available to Huron County landowners and community groups; maximum grant levels; and contact names and information. (Submitted photo)  

The County of Huron is investing in the local environment by continuing its funding support, in 2018, for the Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP).

A new brochure for the project is ready and is to be posted online at,, and The new brochure provides the 17 categories of grants available to Huron County landowners and community groups; maximum grant levels; and contact names and information.

Since 2004, Huron County landowners and community groups have, with support of the HCCWP, completed close to 2,700 projects to protect local water quality. The total value of the completed projects is more than $10 million. Last year, $1 million worth of environmental projects were completed through the program. That’s good for water quality and good for the economy, according to staff delivering the program.

“Projects help to control erosion, preserve topsoil, keep nutrients on the land and out of creeks, and provide economic benefits as well,” said Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

The program has done a lot to protect groundwater with more than 500 unused or abandoned wells properly decommissioned with support of the county program. There’s still more work to be done to further protect the groundwater for local wells, according to Monk.

“There are still dug wells in the countryside and even in towns and villages, that haven’t been used in decades,” Monk said. “These wells are direct connections to the shallow aquifer and anything that gets into the well can pollute drinking water.”

People in Huron County can receive up to $750 per well to help with the costs of hiring a well contractor to properly decommission the well.

Cover crops are catching on with agricultural producers and the HCCWP helps cover the costs.

“Cover crops have really proved their worth during the winter rainfall events by holding the soil,” said Doug Hocking, Water Quality Specialist at Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA).

The $10 per acre incentive helps producers to try different cover crop mixtures to see what works best for them to improve their soils and control erosion. The program can also help with the costs of controlling barnyard runoff, by funding eavestroughs and berms.

“It’s amazing to see the difference diverting rainwater away from a barnyard can make,” Hocking said. “It’s good for water quality and makes it a better area for livestock and equipment.”

Grant categories include: erosion control measures; special projects; rural storm water management and wetland creation; clean water diversion; fragile land retirement; livestock fencing; manure storage decommissioning; cover crop incentives; community projects; forest management plans and woodlot enhancement; composting toilets and on-site wastewater inspections; wellhead protection; well decommissioning; stewardship guide implementation; wetland restoration incentives; municipal wellhead protection area reforestation; and living snow fences.

The program’s success has three pillars: stable funding from the county, environmental knowledge and one-to-one assistance by the conservation authorities and, most importantly, landowner participation.

“If landowners weren’t willing to do projects, the program wouldn’t exist,” Monk said.
Huron County property owners have, with the support of the county program: completed more than 700 tree planting projects; planted more than 50 acres per year in trees; established 170 KMs of windbreaks; planted 10,000 acres of cover crops in the first two years of the cover crop incentive category; decommissioned more than 500 unused wells and more than 90 liquid manure storages; fenced cattle out of 20 KMs; completed more than 200 erosion control projects; completed more than 80 forest management plans; and upgraded more than 380 private wells.

The HCCWP is funded by the County of Huron. Service delivery is provided by the MVCA and ABCA.

To learn about grant rates and eligible projects people are invited to phone the MVCA at 519 335-3557 or ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. Those interested may also find out more online at or or

 Source Protection Committee approves first progress report 

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC) has approved the source protection region’s first annual progress report to the Province of Ontario. The progress report documents the achievements that have been made, by implementing bodies in the source protection region, to enact policies that add protection to local municipal drinking water sources. The full report can be downloaded at

The Province of Ontario approved the locally developed source protection plans on Jan. 19, 2015 and the plans took effect on Apr. 1, 2015. The source protection authorities submitted the first annual progress report, on behalf of the source protection region, in April. The progress report documents policy implementation achieved from Apr. 1, 2015, the effective date of the source protection plans, to Dec. 31, 2017.

“This region has been able to add protection to local municipal drinking water sources thanks to the outstanding efforts made by our local municipalities and all our other partners and stakeholders,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the ABMVDWSPC.

The report said that implementation is “progressing well” and is “on target.” The majority of the source protection plan policies have been implemented or are in the progress of being implemented, according to the report.

“Committee members from all sectors, municipalities, staff, and members of the public have all contributed to the development of source protection plans since 2007 and to the progress that has been made since 2015 to put into action the locally developed policies,” said Pearson. “It’s exciting to be at this stage of source protection planning, where policies are now put into action and are adding protection to our municipal drinking water sources.”

Plan policies address 21 activities (such as fuel or chemical storage; among others) that can pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain quantities and in the most vulnerable locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas). The progress report says that 77 per cent of policies, to address activities that could pose a significant threat to drinking water, have been implemented. Eighty-eight per cent of policies, to address moderate and low threats to drinking water sources, have been implemented, according to the report.

There have been 65 risk management plans (RMPs) established in the region since plans took effect in 2015. Almost 70 per cent of the estimated number of required risk management plans are in place or are in progress, according to the progress report. There is a 100 per cent compliance rate with the risk management plans established in this source protection region.

“People living and working near a municipal well want to keep the water supply safe and clean,” said Pearson. “Our hats are off to the leadership they are showing by reducing risk on their properties and at their work through risk management plans.”

The progress report documents a number of actions taken by municipalities. Local municipalities have processes in place to ensure their day-to-day planning decisions conform with the approved source protection plans. Eighty-five per cent of municipalities have amended, or are in the process of amending, their Official Plan to conform with source protection plans for the region.

“It is anticipated that all municipalities will complete their Official Plan update within the five-year timeline stated in the source protection plans for our source protection region,” according to the progress report.

Eighty-five drinking water protection zone signs have been installed in the source protection region. The signs are installed on roads near municipal water sources to alert citizens that their actions in these zones can have an impact on a municipal drinking water source. The signs are an effective way to educate and remind everyone of the need to protect our sources of water.
There are 205 on-site sewage systems (including septic systems), in the ABMV Source Protection Region, that are in the most vulnerable areas around municipal wells and subject to the mandatory re-inspection program under the Ontario Building Code. Ninety-eight per cent of those systems have been inspected in accordance with the Ontario Building Code. Inspection results found the majority (99 per cent) are functioning as designed or carrying out required pump-outs, according to the progress report. Four sites have connected to sanitary sewer and decommissioned the on-site septic system.

Together, the MVAB source protection areas have a combined population of 105,000 people and cover an area of about 5,690 square KMs. There are six counties and 24 lower-tier municipalities entirely or partly within the source protection region.

The ABMVDWSPC is a 15-member committee in addition to the Chair. The committee was Ontario’s first SPC. The members have worked with the public since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans. This work is made possible by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006. There are four types of vulnerable areas. They are wellhead protection areas (zones of protection around municipal wells, to protect groundwater); surface water intake protection zones (in this region, around Lake Huron intakes); significant groundwater recharge areas; and highly vulnerable aquifers. Activities in vulnerable areas are assessed as low, moderate or significant threats to municipal drinking water sources. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are found only in wellhead protection area zones A, B, and C. Plan policies in those relatively small areas reduce risk by using tools ranging from education and outreach, to risk management plans, to restricted land uses, or prohibition of some activities in some cases. To find out about wellhead protection areas, assessment reports, and source protection plans, visit


Memory and Aging

• What kind of memory changes should I expect as I grow older?
• What memory changes are “normal” and which are not?
• Can I improve my memory?

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is once again offering a Memory and Aging Program™ at the MacKay Centre in Goderich starting on May 15. The program will describe what memory is and how it changes with age. It will review practical memory strategies to improve a person’s ability to remember everyday things such as names and the location of items. Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program seeks to build confidence in a person’s own memory ability.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four weekly, two-hour sessions. The Goderich course will be held at the MacKay Centre from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, May 15, 22, 29 and June 5. The course is currently being offered for $25 which includes the cost of the program workbook. (Regular price is $40)

To register contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email:

nursing week 

All across Huron County, nurses are making a difference in people’s lives each day and building healthier communities. From now until May 13 is an opportunity to celebrate the profession, during National Nursing Week.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members, including public health nurses from the Huron County Health Unit, are marking Nursing Week with a theme of “Better Care Starts Here”.

“Huron County public health nurses promote, protect and restore people’s health in the communities where they work, live and play,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “It is vital that once a year, public health nurses take the time to celebrate the important roles they play in the community.”

Public health nurses support the people of the community and the community itself in many ways, such as providing sexual health services, pre-natal, post-natal and parenting supports, infection control, disease prevention and emergency management. They are also responsible for harm reduction strategies, early childhood development, delivering comprehensive school health programs and working with students, staff and their families. In addition, Huron County public health nurses also work with community health agencies to improve the health of residents, identify populations at risk, and identify populations as priorities for intervention.

“As our communities’ populations and needs change public health nurses are always ready to respond,” said McKenna. “The work our nurses do is built upon the idea of health equity – ensuring that all people can reach their full potential regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, socioeconomic status or other socially determined circumstances.”

Members of the public are encouraged to take a moment to join in celebrating the work all nurses do each and every day for the people of Ontario.

ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.


Without fail for over seven decades there has been a Rummage Sale in support of Pioneer Park and this year is without exception with the date of the 71st event falling on Friday, July 13.

Bargain hunters are sure to be lucky finding treasures starting at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena and outside on the concrete pad beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Donations will be gratefully accepted starting in June through to July 12. Be sure to watch the Bayfield Breeze for more details to come!


2018 marks the 91st 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 are currently selling for $5 a box.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

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


Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s first two meetings will be held on Saturdays in June.

The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.

The group will be joining by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.

It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!

For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at


Come and join the Bayfield Bridge Group for a friendly afternoon of bridge every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. No partner is required. The cost is $2.


The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is taking some inspiration from its festival namesake, Huron County author Alice Munro, renowned for writing about the lives of girls and women, to focus exclusively on women authors at their 2018 event.

The 2018 line-up of guest authors is anchored by three critically acclaimed and international best-selling authors: Madeleine Thien, Ami McKay and Emma Donoghue.

Thien’s novel, “Do Not Say We Have Nothing”, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, Edward Stanford Prize; and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize.

McKay is the author of three bestselling novels, listed above. Her debut novel, “The Birth House” was a number one bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Donoghue is best known for her international bestseller “Room”, a New York Times Best Book in 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the Orange Prize. “Room” was adapted into a film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award in 2015. Donoghue’s screenplay adaptation was also nominated for an Oscar that year.

The 2018 Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story includes author readings, panel discussions, writing master classes and an awards luncheon for the annual short story contest. Tickets and passes for the event went on sale on Apr. 9 through the Blyth Festival Box Office – or 1-877-862-5984.


The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring. CHAP is a free service providing a reliable screen and follow up through a program based out of McMaster University. To learn more visit -

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician if they are participating in the program.

The sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. (Please note date and time change.) First visits require an onsite registration.

Contact One Care for more information at 1-877-502-8277.








Volume 8 

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, in honor of Mother's Day we feature a picture from the 1920s of this mother and child. Records indicate that Mrs. Howe is the mother and grandmother of the pair. Does anyone remember them? (Archive's Code: PB10080 PC)

PB10080 PC Daughter and baby of Mrs Howe c1920 

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 PB10026 PC Jessie Metcalf c1975

In Issue 459, a photo of Jessie Metcalf is highlighted. It was taken around 1975. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10026 PC)

Tracey Church wrote in with some remembrances of Jessie Metcalf.

“Thanks for the great picture of Jessie Metcalf in this week's Bayfield Breeze. That is pretty well exactly as I remember her! When our (Guilfoyle) family first started to come to our cottage on Bayfield Terrace in 1970, my dad (Bill Guilfoyle) made fast friends with the neighbors which included Morgan Smith and Jessie Metcalf. I remember sitting in her garden with my Dad as she showed us around and talked about the history of Bayfield and Pioneer Park. A great memory.”


PB12 7b Mrs Weir and son Fred realted to Higgins c1900s 

In Issue 460, as we approach Mother's Day we share a picture of Mrs. Weir and her son, Fred, taken around 1900. The records note that they were related to Higgins? Does anyone remember them? (Archive's Code: PB12 7b)



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spring dream Lottery 2018

Take a stroll through a cottager's delight

fullsizeoutput_969Arlene and John Meinen, of Meinen Custom Homes, and Jillian Summers, of Upstaging Limited, are the construction and creative team behind the latest Dream Home to grace the Village of Bayfield.  

fullsizeoutput_c2aGrand Prize Option #3 in the 2018 Spring Dream Lottery in support of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care in London is located in Bayfield at 22 Delevan Street. It was first unveiled to the public on the last weekend in April.









Grand Prize Option #3 in the 2018 Spring Dream Lottery is located in Bayfield at 22 Delevan Street. It was first unveiled to the public on the last weekend in April.

The public is now able to tour the home on Fridays, 2-7 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, noon to 5 p.m.

The 2,315 sq. ft. Dream Home on Delevan Street is built in the Muskoka Style and is a Zero Energy Ready Built Home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. This means that the home is built to the same high standards as a zero-energy home. It has been designed to support solar panels that could be installed in the future if the homeowner chooses. To learn more visit:

The lucky winner of the Bayfield Dream Home will receive the home, all the furnishings and $300,000 cash. The total value for the Bayfield Dream Home Grand Prize is $1,253,572.00.

The home was built by Meinen Custom Homes, staged by Upstaging Limited with products from Accents Home Furniture, Voelkel and Simple Designs.

According to the “Dream It Win It” website, the Dream Lottery proceeds support enhanced patient care, innovative equipment, education and research at London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. These hospitals receive more than 1.5 million patient visits each year, providing care for patients and families from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond. In addition to caring for local residents, the hospitals are referral centers providing specialized services in support of the excellent care of the region’s community hospitals.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can visit the Dream Lottery website at or drop by any of the participating hospitals. The final sales cut-off for tickets is midnight on Thursday, July 5 with the draws taking place on July 18 and the announcements on July 19.











PIXILATED — image of the week


Pretty in purple...By Bonnie Sitter

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

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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


This is the first May since 2014 that I haven’t been on vacation – the other day as I stood out on the porch and felt the warm breeze kiss my cheeks I realized it. In 2015, I was delighting in the many shades of green while literally watching the grapes grow in the Dordogne and Burgandy areas of France. In 2016, I was taking in the glaciers of Alaska from my cruise ship balcony and last year I was enjoying a magical holiday in Iceland and Sweden.

From these adventures we discovered that May is a wonderful time to travel as you don’t have to worry about driving home in a snowsquall from the airport – that tends to zap all the restorative effects of a vacation in a hurry.

And although there are no holiday plans for the foreseeable future for us, I am enjoying the transformation that is taking place around me. It is my first spring back in my childhood home. A place I am now really seeing for the first time as an adult and I must say I have an even greater appreciation for it. Last night sitting on the covered front porch, working on this issue of the Breeze, I could see the lake and watch the setting sun. As I typed I watched as the last vestiges of mauve and pink and orange disappeared from the sky and my heart was full. Now, of course, the sunsets in France, Alaska, Iceland and Sweden all have their charms but the best sunsets will always be the ones where I am from. – Melody

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

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


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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