Bookmark and Share   May 15, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 20 Issue 514

 stores may change but main street flavor a constant 


The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 16 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 reflection is provided by Erin Roy.

20190510_100648 The Main Street has seen an evolution of businesses in 40 years. This image is of the Red Pump Gift Shop, formerly known as The Cluster, at it looked in 1980. (Submitted photos)  

My favorite party dress, ice cream cones on a summer day, a new pair of sporty sunglasses and countless wedding gifts, all these are happy memories of days spent shopping and wandering down Bayfield’s Main Street.

Having raised two children in the village the Main Street of Bayfield feels like the heartbeat of the village and the centerpiece of day-to-day life. Main Street has always felt like a place of refuge for our family at every age - from the days of pushing babies in a stroller while having a relaxing cup of coffee, to teaching the kids how to use their manners when “dining out”, the welcoming, friendly and supportive staff of our local shops have made visiting Main Street a truly wonderful experience. Its funny how we can take for granted the simplicity of the small things that make village life so special. My kids have fond memories of getting off the bus and running up to the candy store after school to buy treats, or biking by themselves for the first time down Main Street with friends to get a hot dog or a taco. Yet the delight in visiting the shops and restaurants on Bayfield’s Main Street never tires. How great it is to have the convenience and selection of so many well stocked shops, set against a charming historic backdrop.

Haven’t you felt those magical moments where it almost seems like we’re in one big movie set, each season bringing us a different storyline? I can’t decide which I like more – Christmas shopping in the winter when Main Street is all decked out for the holidays - the snow falling gently all around and inside each shop and restaurant is a warm glow and people smiling and laughing, or in the summer when all of the shop doors are wide open, summer clothes fill the racks and shoppers with bags in hand line the streets marveling at the charm of it all.

No matter the season, there’s always a moment of gratitude I feel, as we wave to one another, smile at the familiar faces of Main Street business owners, and I think to myself, “I’m so lucky to live here.”

20190510_100518Hewson's Drug Store on Bayfield's Main Street as it looked in the early 1900s. The building was constructed after the original one story structure on the site was ravaged by fire in 1905.

20190510_100605Today's Main Street Optometric and The Spotted Cow are located in the former home of Graham's General Store.

Registration opportunities for conference online now 

The 31st annual Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) is coming at the end of this month to “Ontario’s West Coast” on the shores of Lake Huron. The theme of this year’s conference, being held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich, from May 30 to June 1, is understanding the economic impacts of heritage.

The OHC 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.

After registration on Thursday, May 30, participants are invited to take a self-guided tour of some of the Heritage Walks in the Port of Goderich: booklets will be available at the registration table at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich.

The opening reception on Thursday evening will be at the wonderfully restored Hensall Heritage Hall, which has reclaimed its prominence on the community’s main street. Bus transport will be available from the Knights of Columbus Hall if needed.

Keynote speakers at the OHC will include Kelly Hill, founder and president of Hill Strategies Research, who will deliver Friday’s Welcome Session on Heritage Economics. This presentation will delve into the research and statistical information available to help identify potential key performance indicators to measure the economic contributions of heritage.

At the Gala Dinner, Anthony Smith-Wilson, president and CEO of Historica Canada (best known offerings include Heritage Minutes and the on-line Canadian Encyclopedia) will be the featured speaker.

Sessions over two days at the Knights of Columbus Hall will be led by an array of interesting speakers, including Christopher Andreae, with more than 40 years of professional experience in historical archaeology, built heritage assessments and cultural heritage landscape studies, who will present a session on the Characteristics and Cultural Value of Lime Burning in Ontario.

Professor Robert Shipley, director of the Heritage Resources Centre (University of Waterloo) from 2003-2016, and author, will moderate a panel discussing what’s happening in Heritage Conservation Districts.

And another distinguished panel will discuss what happens when disaster strikes, with lessons learned in the aftermath of the Goderich tornado in August 2011.

Program opportunities include a Guided Walkabout of Goderich Harbour as well as a Walking Tour of Bayfield which looks at how to manage change in a heritage village.

Delegates will also be treated to coach trips to visit heritage sites (and sample local culinary treats) through the delightful agricultural and lakeside villages of St. Joseph and Zurich in Bluewater, with a luncheon at the lovely Hessenland Country Inn on the shores of Lake Huron.

The full conference program, registration details and other information can be found at:

Lions' Club members gearing up for annual Dog Guides Walk 


This year’s Lions Dog Guide Walk will take place on June 2nd starting from Clan Gregor Square.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. All pledged donations go towards the costs of raising dogs to be successful Dog Guide companions for their new owners at no charge. Following the 5 KM dog walk there will be a number of activities and presentations in the Square all having to do with dogs.

“This year we will have a new Dog Guide puppy in training present for all to meet. Her name is Suki and she is being fostered locally for her first year by Darren Stevenson. Elizabeth Jaremko will be back as well with her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart. She always has a “heartwarming” story to tell through her interpreter mom Sarah. Shannon Brennan of Barks of Bayfield and Dr. Nancy Ridder a veterinarian from Goderich will also speak. The St John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program will be represented, perhaps providing opportunities for local pet owners to qualify their dogs for this likewise very important support program,” said Jack Pal, on behalf of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

Once again, the Photography Club of Bayfield has agreed to take portraits of dogs and their owners, all for a simple generous donation to the Dog Guide program. After the sitting participants will be provided with several e-files of photos suitable for printing and framing as they wish.

Pledge forms are available from numerous retail locations in Bayfield and from any Lion. People can also donate on line by going to: or they can call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information.

Farmers’ Market opens for business this Friday afternoon 


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market will open for the season this Friday, May 17. Organizers invite everyone to drop by Clan Gregor Square, from 3-7 p.m., to visit their favorite returning vendors and make the acquaintance of some of the many new vendors joining in the Market’s sixth season.

The Farmer’s Market can be a one-stop shop for the highest quality local foods and artisan products. Not all of the returning and new vendors will be in the park this first weekend but here is a list of who people can expect to see over the season:

Returning Vendors - Alton Farms Estate Winery, Backyard Potter, Bayfield Berry Farm, Bayfield Provisions, Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Corrine Everson Papercrafting, Cudmore Farms, Eagleson Farms, Firmly Rooted Farm, Grassroots Woodfired Pizza, Harvest Pillows, Huron Ridge Acres, JMR Collections, Nan’s Alpha Art, Petojo Foods, Pillitteri Estates Winery, Red Cat Bakery, RW Sharpening and Repair Services, Shopbike Coffee Roasters and Twin Pines Orchard & Cider House.

New Vendors - Anima Mundi Homestead, honey, beeswax products; Bayfield Brewing Company/Bayfield Public House, baked goods, breads, preserves; Bayfield Lavender Farm, lavender products for household and body; Completely Rooted, plant-based, gluten free baked goods, crackers and snacks; Culture Shock Kombucha, kombucha; Da Costa Lifestyle Brand, stone and leather bracelets and necklaces; Georgie’s Flowers, fresh cut flowers; Grey Ox Metals, unique hand-forged jewelry; J Bogal Foods, frozen pierogi (vegan and gluten-free options available); Janice Carruthers, driftwood and sea glass art; Loretta’s Originals, photography art cards, acrylic paintings, ladies’ caftans; Red Cart Farms, grass-fed Highland beef, heritage pastured pork and maple syrup; Spectroom, European style homemade, ready to eat food, cabbage rolls, perogies, meat crepes, salads and soups; and Steve Heuther, Waguy beef.

Tommy youngsteen presents best of Fleetwood Mac   

d4bc93_5aa0de05ab81498c8717c13680c1bb36 Tommy Youngsteen and his band will be returning to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, May 19 performing the best of Fleetwood Mac. (Submitted photo)

Back by popular demand, Tommy Youngsteen and his band will be returning to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, May 19 performing the best of Fleetwood Mac! Last year, Youngsteen and his band played two tribute concerts at the Town Hall: a Bruce Springsteen performance in May and a Tom Petty Tribute in August.

People won’t want to miss hearing this band which includes members and alumni from top Juno-winning Canadian acts: The Sam Roberts Band, The Stills, Stars, Serena Ryder Band, The Dears, The Trews, Sloan, Great Lake Swimmers, Zeus and The Arkells. Over the last ten years, the band members have logged well over 5,000 shows with their respective groups, from Canada all the way to Japan, and have shared the bill and opened for artists such as Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Coldplay, just to name a few. In addition, they have made appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Conan O'Brien Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

For tickets call Sue Howell, 519 565-2551, Sandy Scotchmer 519 565-2830 or purchase tickets online at

 Matthew Barber concert sign of spring at the Rabbit Hole 

imageMatthew Barber (Submitted photo)  

The folks at The Rabbit Hole are emerging from their winter’s hibernation and will be celebrating the Spring season with a concert by Matthew Barber on May 25.

Barber is a singer-songwriter from Toronto who has released eight studio albums and toured extensively across Canada with inroads into Europe, the US, Australia and China. His new album, “Phase of the Moon came out earlier this year.

Barber’s music is inspired largely by the great songwriters of the 20th century in the North American Folk, Blues, Rock’n Roll and Country tradition.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance or $30 at the door. Organizers suggest that people buy their tickets in advance as space is limited. Visit for tickets.

Rummage Sale taking treasures to the bank for 72 years 

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is gearing up for the 72nd annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction to be held Friday, July 12.

“Every year PPA maintains and makes improvements to the Park but this year we also took on a significant capital project. You may have been reading about the Bank Revetment Project - where PPA, the Webb Family, and the Municipality of Bluewater joined forces and hired a contractor to stabilize the lakefront bank at the base of the cliff. Considered a great success, the work is part of a continued effort to protect the park from ongoing high lake levels,” said Peter Brent, PPA Board member.

PPA’s largest source of revenue is the Annual Rummage Sale, and what makes the Rummage Sale successful are the people who donate their items to the sale, the scores of volunteers who give their time, and the hundreds of shoppers who generously fill the PPA coffers. Thanks to the community’s generosity PPA have accumulated enough money over the past few years to finance their share of the Revetment cost. The PPAs mission to maintain and preserve the park remains, and the Rummage Sale continues to be the annual fund generation vehicle.

PPA will soon be accepting Rummage Sale donations. Members of the organizing team noted they anticipate having access to the storage facility in early June and ask their generous donors to hold on to their items until they can be dropped off. Please watch the Bayfield Breeze to see when the drop-off center opens.

The following items cannot be accepted: large appliances, TVs, children’s furniture and strollers, shoes, clothing, printers and faxes.

Organizers will happily accept clean and gently used: linens/draperies, furniture/furnishings, antiques, boutique items, gardening tools and accessories, housewares, china, Christmas decorations, books that are newish and in good condition and record albums. On the day of the sale baking will be gratefully accepted for the Baked Goods table.

Anyone who is looking for an impactful volunteer activity please consider working the event set-up July 11-12 where items are sorted and priced. People may also wish to help on Saturday mornings in June at the drop off centre where donations are accepted and sorted. Organizers are also always looking for those one-of-a-kind item donations for the Silent Auction.

Rummage Sale day, July 12 the Outdoor Sales Pad will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Arena Zamboni doors at 7 p.m.


On May 7, the children who attend the Bayfield Library Play Group got a delightful surprise gift to brighten up a dreary morning. The gift of little chicks that light up brought smiles to their faces and their parents and caregivers wanted to say thank you for this anonymous random act of kindness. Enjoying the chicks from l-r were: Charlie and Fiona Barton, Hendrix Belcourt-Forwell, Bridget Shanahan, Arlo Beattie, Ben Stoye, and Max Murray. (Photo by Jenny Allan)


liOns' breakfast

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.

Plant and Bake Sale 

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is marking 170 years of service to the community this month and are looking forward to continuing to do so even though it will be without the benefit of their Vicar of over seven years, Rev. Wayne Malott and his wife, Lori, who are departing at the end of month.

In the time between officiants the congregation will continue with service to God and community as well as their annual traditions like their Plant and Bake Sales. Held over the Victoria Day weekend the Plant Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Plants, herbs, perennials and other “outdoorsy” items will be offered for sale.

Members of the congregation will have been busy baking in the days leading up to Saturday, May 18 as their Bake Sale will run from 8 a.m. to noon (or until sold out). Those who attend will find squares, cookies, cakes, pies and more. These goodies, all homemade and so delicious, are sure to fly off the table in record time.

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Cres in Bayfield.

Door to Door cookies 

The Girl Guides will be out and about in the village with cookies in tow tonight (May 15).

Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling their classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies for $5 a box from 5:30-7 p.m.

Cookie sales afford the girls those little extras like workshops, field trips and camps, community support is very much appreciated. 


The fourth Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held tomorrow night (May16) at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.
An update on wheelie recycling bins and the landfill will be the focus of discussion. 

Community Lunch 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will celebrate their achievements with the Seventh annual Community Lunch on Monday, May 27.

The Bayfield Town Hall Board of Directors would like to extend a celebratory invitation to community members to say ‘thank you’ for all of their support. Back by popular demand, attendees will enjoy a delicious lasagna lunch prepared again this year by Renegades Diner. Participants will also learn more about the accomplishments made in 2018 by the BTHHS and all of the great events and projects in store for 2019!

The town hall doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.

on Wings of Song

rallsubukata Bruce and Stephen Ralls (Submitted photo)

One of the benefits of living in Bayfield is that sometimes, world class entertainers will honor the community with an intimate concert. Usually they have a connection to the village and they are performing to help support a cause that is important to all.

On June 15, at St. Andrew’s United Church, summer residents, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata will accompany soloist mezzo-soprano Anita Krause-Wiebe in a concert they are calling “On Wings of Song” in support of Huron Hospice.

This trio has performed in many of the greatest musical venues in the world and instead of having to travel to one of North America’s or Europe’s great concert halls, people will be blessed with the opportunity to hear their sublime music right here in Bayfield.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and are available from Margo Robeson at 519 565- 2827 or Arlene Timmins 519 565-2777 or can be purchased on line from

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 begin at 10:30 a.m. and 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.

Blue Bayfield


The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 45 million people. They contain more plastic than the oceans: about 420,000 pieces per sq. km. One hundred tons of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year. Every day, one billion plastic fibres from clothing enter our lakes from laundry.

On Tuesday, May 6, 45 students and their teachers from Exeter’s South Huron District High School visited Bayfield to hear this information from Blue Bayfield. They viewed a slide presentation describing the plastic problem and were presented with strategies to end dependence on (SUP) single use plastics such as straws, take away containers, plastic bags and single use water bottles.

“To say they left committed to changing their community would be an understatement,” said Ray Letheren, representing Blue Bayfield. “In the three days after they were here and heard our presentation, they formed an enviro group, found a name, designed a logo and are planning to turn Exeter Green.”

Students were introduced to the concept of zero waste and were presented with a 500 ml jar. The challenge is to see if they can reduce their waste to fit into this jar over a one-month period. This project was inspired by Tippi Thole, of Montreal, who spoke in Bayfield last fall. She and her son have been successful in achieving this goal.

Blue Bayfield Single Use Plastic (SUP) Mantra: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Join the students. Try it!

June Hikes

Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have an ambitious month of hiking planned for June with walks at the beginning, middle and end.

Saturday June 1 is the date set for the first hike and the Woodland Trail is the location of choice. This walk will begin at 10 a.m. Once in the woods, hikers are sure to enjoy the scenic beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails. Participants should be on the lookout for wildlife, such as birds, deer, squirrels, foxes and possibly coyotes. Pets need to be on a leash to protect the wildlife, as well as the pet.

The distance covered will be 5 KMs and difficulty is a Level 3 with some hills and natural paths. Those who participate are reminded that the terrain will be uneven so they are asked to please wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Be aware that this is a Recreational Nature Trail which means hikers could encounter amazing wildflowers but also poison ivy; therefore, long pants are suggested. For protection against ticks, mosquitos and other insects wear protective clothing and use bug spray. Bring a refillable water container.

The meeting point will be the David Street entrance to the trail.
For more information and driving directions contact hike leaders: Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777, Pam and Chris Bowers, 519 525-8850 or Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382.

A Father’s Day Village Tree Hike is being organized for June 16.

Starting at 2 p.m. a leisurely 1.5-hour hike through the Village of Bayfield is planned revealing the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted, watered and maintained by volunteers during that time. This walk will meander through the streets and “right-of-ways” around town, identifying the areas where trees have been planted, and celebrating the success of this local, grassroots community project.

For further information regarding this Father’s Day Hike please contact Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852 or Sondra Buchner at 519 441-1310.

Then to close out the month people are invited to attend a Land Management Experience at the Linfield Wildlife Area starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.

Join BRVTA members for a walk to learn how water and soil resources and wildlife habitat will be preserved at the Linfield Wildlife Area, one of the newest conservation lands in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation watersheds. This property was in the Linfield family for several generations and lovingly cared for and enhanced during this time by the family. Since the donation of the property, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has continued to manage the property in an environmentally responsible way. The property is about 95 acres in size, including 70 acres of active farm land and 25 acres of natural areas. It is the intention of ABCA to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways, and tree planting in the coming years.

The hike will be about 2 KMs on a primitive trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions, and there may be poison ivy.

Those who take part are asked to wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants, hat, insect repellant and bring a refillable water container. Participants may also bring tree or birding identification books if they wish.

The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich. Hikers will meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign. The walk will take approximately two hours.

The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565 2202; and Dave MacLaren, 519 565 5480.

Clean Water Project 

The Huron County Clean Water Project is gearing up to tackle another source of water pollution: septic systems.

People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste. But they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination.

“Failed septic systems are demonstrated point sources of nutrient loadings, infectious agents, residual medication and domestic products that can have a chronic negative effect on watercourses in Huron County,” said Doug Hocking of Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) . “All septic tile beds eventually require replacement.”

The Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP) is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.

The grant approval process is similar to other HCWP projects. Staff will help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.

The first application deadline is May 31 and the second intake period ends Aug. 31.

The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.

People interested in applying are invited to call Doug Hocking at MVCA, 519 335-3557 Ext. 236 or Kate Monk at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, 519 235-2610 Ext. 227.

Duck Race 

Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club have all of their 1,250 ducks in a row and ready 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 sold out.

This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. For those who purchased 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.




  gateway receives donations at tenth anniversary event 

IMG_2011Gateway Board Member Gwen Devereaux (left), representing One Hundred Women Who Care, presented a cheque for $2,000 to Bonnie Baynham and Nancy Simpson, Gateway Board Members. (Submitted photos)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health celebrated its 10th anniversary at Beach Street Station on the evening of May 2nd. As part of these celebrations, Gateway accepted donations from many supporters including: Lighthouse Money Management, Libro Credit Union, and One Hundred Women Who Care.

One Hundred Women Who Care donated $2,000 and Lighthouse Money Management in Goderich contributed $1,000 while Libro Credit Union acted as the principle sponsor for the 10th anniversary celebrations and donated $1,000 to Gateway in support of this single event.

IMG_9823Gateway Board Members Dan Stringer (far left) and Jay McFarlan accepted a cheque for $1,000 from Glen Steinson and Dean Whalen from Lighthouse Money Management.

IMG_9827Libro Credit Union acted as the principle sponsor for the 10th anniversary celebrations and donated $1,000 to Gateway. Taking part in the cheque presentation were l-r: Regional Manager of Libro, Marty Ropps: Gateway Board Member, Dan Stringer; Gateway Board Member and Manager of the Libro branch in Stratford, Pat Redshaw; President and CEO of Libro, Stephen Bolton; and President of Gateway, Jay McFarlan.  

Hike for hospice drew hundreds out to the Lobb Trail 

HRH logo draft

“Sunday, May 5th was a beautiful day for a wonderful cause,” said Sharon Horton, who was leading a team hiking in memory of her husband Jim at the annual Hike for Hospice. “My family is eternally grateful for the comfort and care we received in our time of need. With continued community support other families will be taken care of when they need it the most.”

Jim Horton passed away at Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) in November last year. He had a sense of humor that brought laughter wherever he went. A team of his family and friends gathered pledges and hiked in his memory, raising $3,259 and earning the prize as top fundraising team as a result Team Horton will enjoy a pizza party courtesy of Boston Pizza in Goderich. There were 17 teams in total, and 207 individual hikers, many of whom were hiking in memory of someone special.

June Robinson, 92, was the top individual fundraiser, raising $1,340 and hiking the Lobb Trail in support of Huron Hospice. Robinson won an outdoor fireplace table donated by Canadian Tire.

Participants collected over $38,600 in pledges for hiking the Lobb Trail outside of Holmesville with all proceeds going to support Huron Hospice.

The crowd gathered afterwards at Bill and Joan Crawford’s home (just down the road from Lobb Trail) for a BBQ pork dinner, Huron County style, with the pig generously donated by Barb and Wayne Fear. Transportation between the Crawford’s home and the Lobb trail was made easier by Murphy Bus Lines who donated a van and driver for the day. The Lobb family, and their large network of friends, worked hard to ensure the trail was ready for the big hike. Coffee and juice were donated by the local McDonald’s restaurant, and parts of the meal were provided at cost by local businesses: Fairholme Dairy and Jerry Rader Homestyle Catering. Snippity the Clown also donated her services. Many thanks to all the volunteers who gave so much of their time and skill to make this event the success it was, and of course, to all of the hikers who chose to hike in support of Huron Hospice.

Proceeds from this event will be used to support all programs at Huron Hospice, including grief and bereavement services, support groups, and the Huron Residential Hospice which had its grand opening exactly one year prior, at Hike for Hospice 2018. Since opening doors at the residential hospice, 49 individuals have received hospice care and support continues for the families grieving their loss.

“It’s all about the care, and making moments matter,” remarked Co-Chair of the Board at Huron Hospice, Jay McFarlan. “Having compassionate care at the end-of-life helps families just like Jim’s to celebrate life. I am proud of our community for coming together to support our wonderful resource. While the government provides some funds towards our operations, it’s up to our community to find the funds and makeup the shortfall.”

The next big event will be Handbags for Hospice on May 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich. It’s an evening of lively entertainment, sharing stories and, of course, handbags auctioned in support of hospice. For event information and tickets check event listings at

Colours and Jazz focus of Blyth Singers end of season concert  

The Blyth Festival Singers are pleased to announce their final concert of the season, “Colours and Jazz”.

The Singers’ popular Cabaret Variety Concert, Dinner and Auction is coming up on May 25 at the Varna Complex, on Mill Road just west of the village.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend are invited to browse the fantastic silent auction before dinner while enjoying libations from the bar prior to the signature full course meal and desserts. Lively toonie auctions will punctuate the evening, as well - with a chance to win even more fabulous prizes. Participants are reminded to bring their toonies!

All that and music too! “Colours and Jazz” will feature an eclectic mix of contemporary and jazz pieces by the choir, in addition to solos and small group numbers that further showcase their talented singers. Patrons are guaranteed a colourful “variety” show that will make them feel anything but the blues!

DawgsGroupPhoto (1)The Howlin’ Dogs Vintage Jazz Band are: Karen Weber, Bass; Steve Hasbury, Clarinet; Ron Daniels, Guitar; Al Mullin, Trumpet; Mike Kelley, Drums; and Dave Schmalz, Trombone. (Photo by Doug Keller)  

The Howlin’ Dog Vintage Jazz Band has been playing a mixture of traditional Jazz styles since its formation in 2002. The band’s mission is to preserve vintage jazz standards and to introduce them to a new audience. Based in the Kincardine area, this six-piece group has performed at many music festivals and celebrations, performed in concert for members of the London Jazz Society, and played at the City of Burlington summer music series and in Jazz by the Bay in the Blue Mountains. The frontline is made up of Dave Jewett on trumpet and flugelhorn, All Mullin on trumpet, Steve Hasbury on clarinet and saxes and Dave Schmalz on trombone. Rhythm comes from Ron Daniels on guitar, Karen Weber on bass and Mike Kelley on drums. Schmalz and Weber look after vocals. The Howlin’ Dog Vintage Jazz Band’s unusual name is a nod to Weber’s yellow lab, Jake, who insists on howling along with every tune in the key of B flat! The Howlin’ Dog Vintage Jazz Band plans to finish off the evening with a dance set after dinner while the auction bids are tallied. Attendees are asked to bring their dancing shoes to enjoy these musical guests to the fullest!

Seating for this event is limited. For a full course meal and concert, tickets are a bargain at $30 for adults and $15 for children ages six to 12. Call the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or go online to their events page After Monday, May 20 call 519 482-9265 or 519 482-9660 for availability or ask any Blyth Festival Singer.

The Blyth Festival Singers are a community based choral organization under the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts, and under the professional direction of Sharon Poelstra.

Five area Walks for the Alzheimer Society to be held  

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is thrilled to partner with IG Wealth Management for the second year as the National Title Sponsor of its flagship fundraising event, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. The Society invites all community members to take part in the annual Walk in support of families, friends, and neighbors living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

“IG Wealth Management is proud to support the Alzheimer Society and their outstanding efforts to improve the quality of life for Canadian families living with dementia,” said President and CEO of IG Wealth Management and IGM Financial, Jeff Carney, “We all know someone touched by this disease. Through our clients, we see first-hand the emotional and financial challenges this critical health issue presents for families. I know our employees and financial advisors across the country look forward to making these walks a success, delivering funds and advice to Canadians in need.”

Last year, more than 300 people participated in the Walks hosted in Huron County, raising over $55,000. Across the country, Walkers raised a record $5 million!

This year the Walks will be held on May 25. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with participants starting the walk at 10 a.m. The locations for the Walks are: Clinton, Betty Cardno Memorial Centre: Exeter, South Huron District High School; Goderich, Rotary Cove Pavilion; Grand Bend, Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre; and Wingham, Maitland River Community Church.

In the absence of effective treatments or a cure for dementia, funds raised through the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s help meet the growing demand for the Alzheimer Society’s services that are a lifeline for many residents affected by this devastating condition.

All monies raised are invested in a broad range of programs and services available through the Society. Offered at little to no cost, these programs enhance the health and well-being of people with dementia and their families, from diagnosis to end of life, and provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk of dementia and maintain brain health.

Families who have been faced with the challenges of dementia will be honored at each location: Bill and Judith Higgs in Clinton, MacKenzie Culbert in Exeter, Ron Gilmar and Sue Fegan in Goderich, Beth Sartori in Grand Bend, and the Hargrave family in Wingham.

“It’s all about community and bringing people together who are affected by this hard reality. No one’s alone through this journey and the Walk for Alzheimer’s is the perfect venue to voice that out loud,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director Alzheimer Society Huron County. “We are appealing for the whole community to come together as we take our next steps forward to tackle dementia.”

The Walk is a fun, family-friendly event open to anyone who wants to make life better for those living with dementia. Participants can register online individually or make an even bigger impact by joining a corporate team or creating a team with family and friends.

To participate in their year’s IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, register online at

Clinton hospital accepts funding for nursing education 

190508 RBC Nursing Strategy GrantRepresentatives from the Royal Bank of Canada presented a Nursing Strategy Grant to Clinton Public Hospital in Celebration of National Nursing Week from l-r: Laura Brown, CPH manager of Inpatient Care & Emergency Department: Linda Dunford, CPH Foundation director; Sandra Reinhardt, Community manager, Lakeshore, RBC; Laurie Hakkers, CPH RN; Lincoln Simmons, Vice president, Commercial, RBC; Kylie Robertson, Laurissa Scruton and Marilyn Somerville all CPH RNs; Dan Woods, Regional Vice president, Central Shores, RBC; and Darlene McCowan CPH Foundation coordinator. (Photo by Taryn McBride, HPHA Administrative assistant)  

On Wednesday, May 8, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) presented the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) with funding to support nursing education. Building on the ongoing commitment to support healthcare and nursing, RBC has announced a $90,000 donation to be shared among various hospitals in the Grey, Bruce, Wellington, Huron, Perth and Dufferin Counties. These donations will fund training programs and educational opportunities that will allow nurses to provide leading-edge care to the communities they serve.

“A community is only as healthy as its people, which is why our rural hospitals are so important. That’s why we’re so proud to present this $5,000 cheque to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation as part of our larger $90,000 commitment to healthcare in local communities,” said Regional Vice President of Central Shores, RBC, Dan Woods. “Since this charitable initiative began in 2009, we’ve donated $780,000 to support the future of nursing through educational programs in Grey, Bruce, Wellington, Huron, Perth and Dufferin Counties.”

This is the second year that the CPH has received this grant from RBC. Last year the funding was used towards nursing staff education in detecting the early warning signs of sepsis. The CPH is very grateful to be receiving this funding again this year.

work to protect drinking water receives good progress report 

Local work to protect municipal drinking water sources continues to have positive progress, according to the second annual Progress Report. The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (ABMVSPR) submitted the progress report to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) at the start of May. Most local source protection plan policies have been implemented and enactment of the remaining policies is progressing well, according to the report.

“Municipalities, stakeholder groups and agencies, and local citizens – through actions at home and where they work – have helped to put plan policies into action,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (ABMVSPC). “Their involvement is reducing risk to our water sources and helping to keep our municipal drinking water safe and clean.”

The ABMVSPC endorsed the Annual Progress Report, by consensus, at a meeting on March 22. The full report can be downloaded at

Ninety per cent of legally binding policies to address significant threats to drinking water have been put into action, according to the report. Enacting the other ten per cent of policies is in progress.

Municipal risk management officials (RMOs) have worked with people in the community to develop and enact risk management plans to reduce risk to local sources of well water. More than 75 risk management plans have been put into place since source protection plans took effect in 2015.

Septic system inspections are also progressing well, according to the report. Septic system inspections are required once every five years, in areas where that system could be a significant threat to drinking water. This applies in the most vulnerable areas close to a municipal well. There are 206 septic systems, in the source protection region, that are subject to the mandatory inspection program. Ninety-nine per cent of these systems have been inspected in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and found to be functioning as designed.

Nine municipalities in the source protection region have wellhead protection areas where water sources are most vulnerable and where significant drinking water threat policies apply. All of the municipalities in the ABMVSPR have processes in place to ensure their day-to-day planning decisions conform with the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection plans.

Municipalities have installed 88 Drinking Water Protection Zone signs in the region. The signs are installed on roads near municipal water sources to alert citizens 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, the report says.

The second annual progress report covers the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. The annual progress report outlines the progress made in implementing the plans for the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Areas, as required by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006 and its regulations. The first source protection plans in the region took effect in 2015 and amended, revised plans were approved on Jan. 31, 2019 and took effect on Feb 5, 2019. The plans were developed locally and approved by the Province of Ontario.

There are 25 municipal groundwater well systems and two Lake Huron intakes in the ABMVSPR. More than half of the people in the region are served by these systems and the rest get their water from private or communal wells and intakes.

Visit the region’s local website at or the Province of Ontario web page at to find out more. If you have questions, please contact Program Co-Supervisor Mary Lynn MacDonald at 1-888-286-2610 or Program Co-Supervisor Donna Clarkson at 1-519-335-3557.


horticultural society - clinton    

The Clinton Horticultural Society’s annual Plant Auction is set for tonight (May 15).

Perennials, annuals and other interesting items will be up for grabs starting at 7:30 p.m. Auction items will be received after 6:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring friends and join in the fun. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will be held at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton.

For more information please call 519 482-7462. 

bluewater news 

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on May 6.

• Instructed staff to contact Bluewater Recycling Association asking to enter into a single Automated Co-collection Contract for household garbage and recyclables pick-up and disposal for 2020. The Waste Management system is to be a “User Pay” system paid by every household and small commercial business currently being assessed in the existing Bluewater contracts. Staff will work with BRA to develop the necessary By-Laws and Policies for Councils’ approval and implementation before December 1, 2019.
• Approved the regulation of speed limits for all municipally assumed roads leading to lakeshore subdivisions at 40 km/hr.
• That May 6-12 officially be proclaimed to be Nursing Week.
• Appointed Brian Brandon as the District Fire Chief of the Bayfield Station.
• Passed a by-law to enter into an agreement with The Corporation of the City of Stratford for fire alarm dispatching services.
• Directed the Community Development Coordination Services position to further develop the Room Rental Facilitation Project and seek information and engagement from the Bluewater community.
• Directed staff to apply to the Rural and Northern Communities Funding – 2019 Intake for grant monies to be used to construct a replacement bridge structure on Airport Line (B35).
• Awarded the Mill Avenue – Zurich – Reconstruction Tender to Lavis Contracting Company Ltd. for a total contract price of $255,987.95.

climate change forum 

The Forum on Climate Change Initiatives in Huron County will be held on May 31st and is now is seeking presenters and participants.

Hosted by the Acting Medical Officer of Health for Huron County, Dr. Maarten Bokhout the forum will allow participants to review what is happening in Huron County to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“This is an opportunity for local groups and individuals to share what they are doing to stabilize or reduce the production of greenhouse gases,” said Dr. Bokhout. “We need to limit the adverse effects of global warming, and this forum will help us discuss the efforts underway in Huron County.”

Those who would like to present are asked to submit an outline of their initiative and deliver a presentation of no more than six minutes at the forum. Participants are also welcome to this free event to hear presenters and join the discussion.

The Forum on Climate Change Initiatives in Huron County will take place at the Huron County Health Unit’s Clinton location on May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.

To submit a presentation, attend as a participant, or to learn more, contact the Health Unit at or 519 482-3416.


Alice Munro Festival Short Story Poster 

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story returns for its 15th year on May 25-26 with a line-up of ten award-winning Canadian authors. The two-day event will take place in Wingham and Bayfield and includes author readings, writing master classes and a panel discussion.

The list of guest authors at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, May 26 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. Anakana Schofield the author of the 2015 Giller Prize shortlisted novel “Martin John”, brings her new unconventional novel “Bina: A Novel in Warnings”.

Vancouver-based author Ian Williams’s 2019 novel “Reproduction”, nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award, 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. Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, ON where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. “Shut Up You’re Pretty” is her debut short story collection.

Mutonji will be joined by Williams and Bayfield’s Andy McGuire for a lunch time poetry reading on May 26 with a brown bag lunch prepared by The Docks Restaurant.

More information about the festival and this year’s guest authors, including how to get tickets can be found at

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

ride to end hunger 

On Saturday, June 8, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting the 4th Annual “Better Together” Ride to End Hunger.

There will be three routes of 10 KMs, 50 KMs and 100 KMs leaving from and returning to the HCFBDC at 39978 Crediton Road in Centralia (corner of Crediton Road and Hwy 4) followed by a BBQ lunch. Registration info, pledge forms, the schedule and additional information can be found at:

Individual registration by bicycle enthusiasts is $25 by May 24 after that date the fee increases to $35. People who collect additional pledges of $25 or more will receive a t-shirt.

On ride day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., riders will depart between 8:30 am. to 10 a.m.; a BBQ lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Rain Garden grants 

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.


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!

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).







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 from the Centennial Parade in July 1967. Does anyone recognize the people on this float representing Pioneer Park?


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



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

In Issue 512, 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)



In Issue 513, an image from the Centennial Parade in July 1967. Does anyone recognize the driver?  

Rick Penhale wrote in with his recollections of this parade. “The driver of the Belgian Draft Horses is Gary Kerr who lived near Dungannon at the time. I believe the horses were owned by Arnold and Donna Young, of Carlow. The wagon was the Penhale's hay ride wagon which Tony Blok had brought over with him from Holland.”



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IMG_2954The Dash Rock Junkies got the music started at the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on May 11 at the Bayfield Arena. Taking to the stage later in the day were the John Powers Band and the Cheap Thrills.

IMG_2972Copenhagens from Bayfield's Main Street served up tacos for enthusiasts at the festival on Saturday from l-r: Jeff and Shari Ball, Noelle Maclellan and Corinn Lostell.

 IMG_2958The fourth annual festival was sold out in record time this year.

IMG_2934 Sarah Keys (far right) and staff were ready to serve those who approached the Bayfield Brewing Company booth at the festival.

IMG_2938Beverages were provided by several Craft Breweries including Railway City from St. Thomas who offered up an Orange Creamsic Ale among their varieties to be sampled.  

 IMG_2935During the first hour of the festival, that ran from 2-9 p.m., there was still elbow room at the bistro tables.

IMG_2949The Little Inn of Bayfield's Chef Dan Stubbs prepared sliders for guests at the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday.

IMG_2968The Craft Brewery Forked River out of London enjoyed a return visit to the festival.

IMG_2974The Snells, Bobby, Serena and Keith are the faces behind the newest eatery in Bayfield: Pizza By the Square. They served up pizza and chicken wings to the hungry masses at the festival on Saturday.

IMG_2975 Stone House Brewing Company of Varna offered samples of their craft beer at the festival.

IMG_2986Laura Rideout, of Culture Shock Kombucha, from Grand Bend, shared a booth with Shopbike Coffee Roasters, of Bayfield, offering visitors a few non-alcoholic beverage options.





The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) held their fourth Annual Bayfield Beer and Food Festival on Saturday, May 11th at the Bayfield Arena.

The festival has become very popular and once again the approximately 1,000 tickets available were sold out even earlier than usual, by mid-April, so no tickets were available at the door. While many locals attended the festival; there were also visitors from neighboring communities as well as the GTA.

People have said this event kick-starts the summer traffic in the village one week earlier, because the event takes place the weekend before the Victoria Day holiday. And organizers noted that the festival is building a solid reputation as one of the best in the province. In fact, the Toronto Entertainment District Residents Association posted on their Facebook Page that it is “the best day trip beer food experience on the market”.

Patrons were given the opportunity to sample food and drink from 24 vendors while enjoying continuous live music from three different acts.

Beverages were provided by nine area Craft Breweries: Bayfield Brewing, Bayfield; Stone House Brewing, Varna; Railway City, St. Thomas; Forked River, London; River Road Brewing, Bayfield; Black Donnelly’s, Lucan; Beaus Brewery, Ottawa; Bad Apple, Zurich; and MacLean’s, Hanover.

The festival also had something for those whose favorite libation isn’t necessarily a brew. Two wineries, Maelstrom, Seaforth; and Alton, Plympton, provided samples as did one distillery, Junction 56, Stratford, offering up moonshine, vodka and gin in various flavors. And for those who don’t choose to imbibe Shop Bike Coffee Roasters were present with an iced coffee and Culture Shock Kombucha with their health-filled juice beverages.

Ten area restaurants offered up food samples although some of these samples seemed more like a meal – all were fab – imagine: tacos, sliders, chicken wings, samosas, poutine, potato dumplings, and slices of pie fresh out of the pizza oven as well as desserts infused with local beer! Those who attended don’t have to imagine because these were just some of the things on the menus at the booths provided by The Albion Hotel, The Bayfield Public House, Pizza by the Square, Renegades Diner, The Little Inn of Bayfield, The Docks Restaurant and Bar and Copenhagens, all of Bayfield; Hessenland Country Inn, St. Joseph; RoRos a la carte, Hensall; and Wicked Witches Food Truck, Goderich.

And to top off the great food, drink and social atmosphere, the Dash Rock Junkies, the John Powers Band, and The Cheap Thrills, played nonstop classic and current songs from 2-9 p.m.

All revenues from the event go to programs for all ages at for the Bayfield Arena and Community Center.

IMG_2932Paul Egbers, from the Bayfield Public House, showed off a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich. Also on the menu were Beer Pretzels with cheese sauce, CPA Apple Crisp, Light Lager Lemon Bars and Dark Brown Ale Brownies.  

IMG_2943Colin Corriveau, owner of The Docks Restaurant, offered a sample of his culinary talents at the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday at the Bayfield Arena.  

IMG_2961Alison Dougherty (left) and Nikki Andrew represented River Road Brewing and Hops at the festival held in Bayfield on May 11.  

IMG_2963Peter Wick, of Wicked Witches Food Truck from Goderich, offered folks at the festival a choice of Funky Poutine or Canadian Girl Sweet Potato Fries.  

 IMG_2965The folks from Bad Apple Brewing Company Ltd, Zurich, shared their knowledge of their products to visitors to their booth.

IMG_2981Potato dumplings or chocolate mousse cups? Why not try both? Yes, please. The offerings at the Hessenland Inn booth looked good enough to eat.  

IMG_2992Volunteers from the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association Ron Keys and Bill Whetstone were kept busy at the fourth annual event which was sold out in record time this year.

IMG_2980Maelstrom a winery from Seaforth had five of their wines available for tasting: 2017 Vidal, Frontenac Blanc, 2016 Blush, Abyss Vintage 2017 and Marquette 2016.  





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. We need to have a new site built on a new platform.

Last week was a fine example of why we are fundraising. At the eleventh hour our old server went off line and we were delayed in putting on the finishing touches and preparing the launch of our 513th issue until it could be resuscitated. Due to the efforts of those working behind the scenes we published but at 1 p.m. instead of our usual 9 a.m.

It is evident from comments received both through the mail, online and in person that the community feels strongly that they want the Bayfield Breeze to continue. I am including a few of these comments here this week:

  • Thank you Melody, and Dennis, and Mike, for all that you do! I so appreciate your dedication, creativeness and passion for producing a local paper that informs and excites. – Anonymous
  • The Bayfield Breeze is an important link to the village for those of us unfortunate to live elsewhere. – JT
  • We really enjoy and appreciate receiving the Bayfield Breeze every week. Thank you for all that you do to keep this fantastic publication going. – B&C.M.

Our resolve is strengthened by each kind word and financial donation. 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






How does one broach the subject of people not picking up after their dog after it defecates in public areas or on private property not belonging to the dog’s owner? It’s a topic I have been mulling over ever since I received a couple of emails from concerned citizens who have been noticing a disturbing trend of people out for walks in the village who are not picking up after their dog at all or leaving the plastic bag on route for some other person to hopefully dispose of.

Here are my thoughts on this fecal matter. Bayfield is a village of people that prides itself on being environmentally conscious – they plant trees, they go the extra mile to protect our water courses and our lake, they’ve practically outlawed single use plastics from the grocery bag to the straw and yet there are those among the masses that leave dog poop as it falls.

Would you believe that in the UK they did a study to see why people don’t scoop when their pooch poops? And it turns out there's some serious psychological stuff going on that makes people feel like they can skip the pickup. But let’s not overanalyse the situation – let me appeal to your save the planet side instead.

Dog poop is not environmentally friendly. It is poison. According to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency, it is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills – a single gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria. It is a great purveyor of diseases and viruses such as, Campylobacteriosis, Salmonellosis, Coccidia, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Ecoli, Giardia and Parvo. It can be a major cause of water pollution as it slowly decomposes and enters into the soil which filters it down into our ground water and out into the lake. And the poop that doesn’t decompose can get spread around via flies, rain, other pets and humans, more often than not children.

Now, of course, bagging and trashing dog waste isn’t perfect, but it is the most environmentally sustainable method of disposal available at the moment. So, for the love of dogs, please scoop the poop and put it in the trash. – Melody

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Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder