Bookmark and Share   June 6, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 23 Issue 265


The Play Group that meets on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Public Library from autumn to spring recently wrapped up for the summer by paying tribute to their volunteer teacher of two years, Louise Sygrove, who has decided to retire from her role. She is shown here with parents and children who regularly attend the Play Group. From top left: Shauna Born, Jenny Allan, Ulrike Stoye, Sarah Hessel, Bonnie Hancox, and Janelle Barton with Fiona Barton. MR: Greyson Ross, Elliot Beattie, Louise Sygrove, Benjamin Stoye, Charlie Curtis, Harm Purser, Charles Barton, and Gen Salapungol. Front row: Nathan McBride holding Jack McBride, Tara Hessel holding Harvey Heard, Georgia Born, Shannon Beattie holding Arlo Beattie, Bridget Shanahan, Olive Saunders, Matthew Curtis and Karlene Ryan holding Mikeala Ryan. Other volunteers and organizations who have made this play group happen include, Karlene Ryan, who provided arts and crafts for the children as was as Jill Bazinet from Rural Response for Healthy Children and the Optimist Club of Bayfield for their financial aid. Participants are hopeful that Early Years Ontario will take over this play group in the fall as there is a need. Some weeks there are over 25 children attending the group under the age of five. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

hold on to those treasures for pioneer park rummage sale

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is gearing up for the 71st Annual Rummage Sale which will be held Friday, July 13th.

Funds raised from the rummage sale are used to maintain the park on a year round Basis for such things as lawn cutting, tree planting and general maintenance. Hopefully in the fall of 2018 the PPA will begin a long awaited and very necessary bank revetment project. Thanks to the fine carpentry work of Mike Graham we have recently completed the third and final phase of replacing the stairs to the beach.

The Zamboni doors will open on the arena sale at 7 p.m. but eager shoppers can check out the bargains in the outside sales area at 6:30 p.m.

Rummage sale organizer, Pattie MacDonald noted, “We will not have access to our storage facility until mid-June so please bear with us and store your items until you hear via the Bayfield Breeze that we are operational. Items can also be dropped off at the arena on Thursday, July 12 or on Friday morning. Please do not drop off items at the Quonset Hut now as boats are still being removed and we do not have permission to use the space at this time.”

The following items will not be accepted: large appliances, televisions, children’s furniture and strollers,
shoes, clothing and certain electronics.

Organizers will happily accept: 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 bake table.

“If you are looking for a fun volunteer activity please join us July 12th and 13th as we sort and price our wonderful donated items. We can always use an extra pair of hands at the Bayfield Arena in aid of Pioneer Park,” said MacDonald.

For more information please call 519 525-8836 or email:

Bayfield Amblers raised six hundred dollars for One Care 

IMG-3426“The Bayfield Amblers”, comprising Gary Lloyd-Rees, a One Care Board Member, and his wife, Kate, took part in the walk raising over $600 out of a total of over $20,000. (Submitted photo)  

June is Seniors Month and One Care Home and Community Support Services kicked off the month with a fundraising and awareness walk, “The Grand Parade”, in Stratford on Saturday, June 2.

One Care is a local, charitable, non-profit organization delivering home and community support services to 6,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Huron and Perth. Programs include: Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Dining for Seniors, Transportation and Exercise and Wellness. These and other programs help people to live in their own homes and be involved in their communities.

“The Bayfield Amblers”, comprising Gary Lloyd-Rees, a One Care Board Member, and his wife, Kate, took part in the walk raising over $600 out of a total of over $20,000.

Gary Lloyd-Rees said, “Funds raised from this event will subsidize clients who cannot afford fees for services like Meals on Wheels, Transportation and Home Help as well as replacing aging accessible vans that are essential to give people transportation to enable them to be active in our community.”

He added, “I would like to thank all local residents and businesses who supported the walk by participating, sponsoring or donating. We would also like to invite Bayfield residents, young and old, to join us as part of the Bayfield Amblers team next year.”

Top international players visit village for  Croquet  Tourney


Some of the world’s best croquet players will be gathering in Bayfield in early June for the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament. And the Bayfield International Croquet Club invites residents in both Bayfield and Seaforth to come out and watch the games.

The Bayfield Open will run from June 7-10. It is considered to be the premier croquet event in Canada and, over the past few years, it has secured a reputation on the global circuit of international tournaments.

The tourney will have 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There are cash prizes for first place in both tiers. The event is sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.

David Wise, one of Australia’s top croquet players, also an opera singer and competitive sailor, is returning this year.

Last year he was quoted as saying, “Of the hundreds of tournaments I have played in worldwide over the years, Bayfield is by far and away the best.”

Rich Lamm, a top US player has also confirmed a spot in the Open, “I’ve heard so much about this charming, hospitable little village and its internationally recognized tournament, that I have to come and see for myself.”

Brian Cumming, Canada’s top ranked player from Elora, ON, is also returning after spending the year on the global circuit.

“I’d never miss Bayfield - top caliber play and fun social events,” he said.

Cumming was the skip for Team Canada last July in Brighton, England, where Canada and Sweden tied for first. The other three players on Team Canada, Bill Rowat, of Bayfield; Nick Mitchell, of Salem, ON; and Jim Wright, of Toronto, ON, have also entered the Bayfield tournament.

Donations to Food Bank welcome at Rogers' concert 

Garnet-Rogers_Photo_Bruce-Dienes-Web-2373Garnet Rogers (Photo by Bruce Dienes)

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15.

When he was barely out of high school, Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother, Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.

Since then, Rogers has established himself as a major talent, hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”. He is also a man with a powerful physical presence, close to six and a half feet tall with a voice to match. The Washington Post refers to him as a “smooth, dark baritone” with incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing. Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.

His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs according to the Kitchener Waterloo Record, “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart”.

An optimist, he sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit can move his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

In 2016, Rogers released his book, “Night Drive – Travels with My Brother”.

According to Rogers, the work contains “stories about how Stan and I grew up together, discovered music together, and learned to play in a band and travel together. How the songs got written and recorded. What life was like on the road before there was an independent music scene. And nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid-70s and early 80s.”

Resolutely independent, Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.

The Bayfield Town Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.

For tickets call Mike at 519 565-5489 or Sandy at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at

Note also that Rogers encourages that when possible, audience members bring non-perishable donations of food, and items of personal care such as, shampoo, toothpaste or soap to help the less fortunate in the community. The BTHHS Board will ensure that all donations go directly to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).



fullsizeoutput_fe5Paul Hill was hoping someone might stop in who was in a real festive mood as he had an 18 foot Christmas tree up for sale at his house on Jowett's Grove Road.

For the first time in the four-year history of the Village Yard Sale I wasn’t volunteering at one so armed with my camera and a pocket full of coin, my husband and I headed out and about.

Our mission was to try and find some outdoor furniture to grace our newly minted campfire area but alas nothing quite suited, despite seeing a couple very nice options. We didn’t come home empty handed though. I did purchase a snow globe and a countertop composter.

Many other locals and visitors to town did much better as a lot of folks were seen carrying off lots of treasures and all seemed quite pleased – both purchasers and sellers!

fullsizeoutput_1125One yard sale host on Tuyll Street had an interesting way of displaying books for sale.  

fullsizeoutput_1129Crowds were drawn to this four family yard sale set up at a house on Cameron Street.  

fullsizeoutput_112bThe weather was picture-perfect for the fourth annual Village Yard Sale held in Bayfield on June 2.  

fullsizeoutput_112cSeveral yard sales, like this one set up on Cameron Street, kept locals and visitors busy on Saturday morning.  



open hearts of bayfield


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

Bayfield Archives 

The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives is hiring for the summer! If you love Bayfield, are social media savvy and want to help promote Bayfield’s history, we want to hear from you.

On-the-job training supplied for planning and participating in summer events, assisting with Facebook maintenance and providing customer service to our visitors.

Interested applicants can email their resume and cover letter with their interview availability to Further information, if required is available by email, or messaging through Facebook.

West Coast Astronomers

Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.


On Sunday June 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a “Land Management Experience” at the Linfield Wildlife Area.

Starting at 2 p.m., join members of the BRVTA for a walk with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management Supervisor Kate Monk 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 ABCA 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, Monk has been the lead manager to continue 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. Hiking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing are permitted activities in the wildlife area. ABCA intends to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways and tree planting in the coming years.

The hike will be approximately 2 KMs on a primitive, natural surface, trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions and there may possibly be some poison ivy. The Difficulty Level is Level 2 with uneven trail. The trail is used all year for walking, bird watching and snow shoeing. Pets are requested to be kept on leash.

It is suggested that participants wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants and insect repellant. They are encouraged to bring a refillable water container plus a tree or birding identification book.

The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.

Participants are asked to meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign at 2 p.m. The walk will take approximately 2 hours. All are welcome to be part of this great hiking opportunity!

The YOung Novelists 

TheYoungNovelists_490-300x225 The Young Novelists (Submitted photo)

On Friday, June 22, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will welcome “The Young Novelists”.

Since the band’s inception in 2009, The Young Novelists’ effortless harmonies have been heard across stages in the U.S. and Canada and have been compared to everyone from “The Band” to “Wilco”. The Town Hall performance follows the recent release of their new album, “In City & Country”, produced by Juno-winning producer Howard Bilerman who has also worked with “Arcade Fire” and “Leonard Cohen”.

When they first met, band members, Graydon James and Laura Spink had no idea that they would be married one day - much less touring the world together as The Young Novelists. They have released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. But for their new album. the Toronto-based band decided to travel out of the city and in to small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places.

After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, James and Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, “In City & Country” was born, a collection of ten songs that tell the universal stories of both parallels while highlighting the differences, similarities and everything in-between. One of the songs, “Two of a Kind”, was inspired by a visit to Goderich!

They both grew up in Ontario; Spink in Peterborough and James in Verona, a small eastern town with a population of a mere 1,800. They both moved to Waterloo for university, where they met via community theatre, but it wasn’t until James decided to refocus his career from drummer to front man that they combined their talent musically.

“I had written a bunch of songs and recorded them in my basement, mostly for posterity,” said James, “I asked Laura to sing harmony on some of the songs and it instantly had this magical vibe.”

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets call Mark Edmunds 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at

Beef BBQ 

St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.

The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.

Yoga at Deer Park

Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.

During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.

If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email

In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from July 5 to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.

Optimist Club 

On Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena.

The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided.

Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855.


Believe it or not the new Bayfield Public Library building will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23.

To mark the occasion cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Bob the Book” and receive a keepsake photo. A “We Love Books” memory quilt is also being made and people will have a chance to add their signature to it.


HRH logo draft 

Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.

Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.

The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!






Tree_Planting_File_Photo_2018_4The majority of the trees are row-planted using a tractor pulling a two-seated planter. Seated planters are able to plant more than 4,000 trees per day. (Submitted photos)  

Tree planters at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have planted more than 56,000 trees in the spring of 2018. This is the highest single-year total for spring tree plantings by staff in the watershed in the past ten years, said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA.

The successful planting of so many trees took place despite a late start this year. Tree planters started planting later than normal this year because of cold and snowy weather in April. The tree planters were still able to get the trees planted before the end of May.

“We finished before the Victoria Day long weekend thanks to hard work by staff and the tree planting crew,” said Jean. “We could not have planted these tens of thousands of trees without the support of local landowners and other partners including those who fund tree planting and stewardship incentive programs.”

Tree_Planting_File_Photo_2018_3Tree planters at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have planted more than 56,000 trees in the spring of 2018.  

The majority of the trees are row-planted using a tractor pulling a two-seated planter. Seated planters are able to plant more than 4,000 trees per day. Crew members must plant trees with a shovel in areas that are steeper or more remote.

ABCA plants trees when funding is available through donations (such as those made through the Carbon Footprints to Forests carbon counter-balance program at or supported by community groups, government departments and ministries, and other organizations with programs that support tree planting.
The majority of tree planting done by ABCA is on privately-owned farms and other rural properties with the participation of local agricultural producers and other rural landowners. Staff work with participating landowners to develop a plan and to access funding to help reduce the cost of the trees and planting.

The spring tree planting work was successful but there is still a lot of work left to do this year for forestry and stewardship staff at ABCA. Staff members will be working closely with landowners, residents, and community groups throughout 2018 to provide grant support and technical expertise in planting and stewardship projects. Now is one of the best times of the year to start site planning and preparation for tree planting later this year or early next year, according to staff.

To find out more about tree planting and forestry services at ABCA visit their tree planting page at at this link:
Trees along watercourses improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat and travel corridors.
ABCA sells more than 50,000 trees each year to more than 200 landowners through tree order programs in the spring and autumn. People in the watershed buy trees for conservation projects such as windbreaks, watercourse buffers, reforestation of erosion-prone slopes, or tree planting on marginal agricultural lands. Trees and windbreaks provide a variety of benefits for soil, water and property owners.

“Planting trees for windbreaks reduces soil erosion, wind stress on field crops, and benefits livestock as well,” said Jean. “Windbreaks keep drifting snow away from homes and farms, reduce winter heating costs and summer cooling costs, keep spray application from leaving the field, reduce soil erosion, protect livestock from extremes of heat and cold, and more.”


fullsizeoutput_eb2The Bayfield Lions’ Club held their annual Breakfast fundraiser on the morning of May 20th at the Bayfield Arena. Hungry visitors devoured 72 KGs of sausage; 96 dozen eggs; 40 loaves of bread and 1,200 pancakes. The membership plated over 580 meals and Lions Tom Grasby and Don Vance helped serve each one with a smile. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


The Huron County Museum will be hosting a STEAM Power Camp for kids aged five to 11, the week of August 13-17.

The cost is $130 per camper for the week (or $115 for Museum Members). Camper drop off is between 8:30-9 a.m. and camper pick up is between 4-4:30 p.m.

Full STEAM ahead - campers will enjoy hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities with an interactive focus on local stories and heritage.

Monday will be Farmtastic: Fun with technology, animals and caring for the land on the farm -not to mention the food - in celebration of the museum’s summer exhibit dedicated to local agriculture.

On Tuesday campers will explore reinventions: This day is inspired by the past creations of J. H. Neill, the Museum’s founding curator, tinkerer, collector, inventor. Campers will go behind the scenes at the museum and make something old new again through innovation, upcycling and creativity.

On Wednesday campers will unlock History: Participants will exercise their brain cells in jail cells! Campers will explore the Huron Historic Gaol and perhaps investigate unsolved historical mysteries, misdemeanors and jailbreaks.

On Thursday campers will explore planes, trains and automobiles: Youth will find out what moves Huron’s vehicles and mighty machines past and present, from boats in the harbor, to tractors in the field, to planes at the air flight training schools as well as the museum’s famous indoor locomotive.

On Friday campers will get animated: Children will animate moving pictures using techniques from 19th century optical illusions to a demonstration of modern 3D modelling.

Campers can test their Victorian manners at an (iced) tea party to end the week!

For more information or to register please contact the Huron County Museum by phone at
519 524-2686 or email

Cycling advisory committee introduces one metre law 


Celebrate Bike Month this June by learning how you can enjoy cycling safely in our communities, and help others cycle safely too.

The Huron County Cycling Advisory Committee (HCCAC) has hosted several Bike Maintenance Workshops at local libraries across the County this May and June. The workshops focus on bike safety and bike maintenance. Two workshops remain – in Goderich on June 14 and in Clinton on June 26 both one-hour sessions will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The committee is also sharing information on important cycling topics for both cyclists and drivers, like the one-metre law.

Under the one-metre law, drivers are required to leave at least one metre when passing cyclists. The penalty for passing within one metre is a $110 fine and two demerit points. The HCCAC and Huron County OPP have developed an educational tool to teach cyclists and motorists about the law.

“Cycling is a great way to see your community, engage in physical activity and is great for the environment as well,” said Laura O’Rourke, Public Health promoter at the Huron County Health Unit. “Celebrating Bike Month allows the committee to raise awareness of cycling through great events and important information.”

The HCCAC is the organization responsible for implementing Huron County’s Cycling Strategy. The strategy is currently in its second year of implementation.

For more information and upcoming local cycling events, check out the Huron County Cycling Strategy’s Facebook page.


The Men of Note donation May 2018 “The Men of Note” is a non-denominational male choir consisting of around 25 members. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary as a choir and performed a concert. Instead of charging admission, a free will offering was collected with all profits being donated to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre. The choir members would like to thank all of those who attended this event and for their generous support for the cause. Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the HCFBDC, recently accepted a cheque from choir members, Owen Numan and Richard Bergsma. The Men of Note practice in Clinton from September to May and perform for various churches as well as seniors’ homes. (Submitted photo)


summer students

The third and fourth summer students to be employed by the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (GCERH) are being introduced to the community this week.

PJ Conlon

PJ Conlon returns to GCERH having recently completed his second year at Amherst College in Western Massachusetts. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts while majoring in Political Science and French. PJ is looking forward to continuing his research project from last summer when he implemented a walking program and evaluated the impact of physical activity for mental health patients at the outpatient clinics in Huron County. He will be expanding the scope of his research to include a “buddy system,” whereby participants will complete the walking program with a friend. Additionally, PJ will be assisting with the Hometown Heroes charity hockey game and he looks forward to playing in the game again this year.

alexAlex Conlon

Alex Conlon recently completed his third year of medical school at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He is excited to be continuing a project focused on educating patients and their families on long acting injectable medications and their use in various mental health disorders. It will take place in the outpatient clinics in Goderich, Seaforth, Wingham, Exeter and Clinton. He is hoping to gain both clinical experience as well as knowledge on mental health in the rural setting. Alex plans to continue his schooling in Ireland and plans on practicing in Canada after he graduates.


On Saturday, June 16, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting the third 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 followed by a BBQ lunch. New this year is the “Slow Roll” Ride (approximately 4 KMs) which will be on the streets of Huron Park.

Registration and pledge forms, the schedule and additional information are available at

Bicycle Enthusiasts from Huron County and area can register at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race.
Departure times for rides will be between 8:30-10 a.m. The BBQ lunch will be served between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants who register prior to June 1st will receive a discounted fee. Early individual registration is $25.00 ($35.00 after June 1st); Family Registration $50.00 ($60 after June 1st) Those who collect additional pledges of $25.00 will receives a T-Shirt.

Hensall Hall 

JamesAlan - 18_previewJames Alan (Submitted photo)  

James Alan, popular magician and sleight of hand artist, will be the next performer to grace the Hensall Heritage Hall stage in celebration of the building’s anniversary.

June 26 is the date for Alan’s appearance. He is well-known for creating unforgettable events that are thought-provoking, funny, astonishing and thoroughly entertaining. Alan’s one man shows have been featured at the Summerworks Performance Festival in Toronto, The Hamilton Fringe Festival, and The Lychwood Theatre. He is also a popular guest on CP24.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. This event is licensed and light refreshments will be offered. Tickets are $25 and are available from, D&D Variety in Hensall or by contacting Kay at 519 262-2050.


The Huronsong Chorus will present their spring concerts on Monday, June 18 at Northside United Church, Seaforth and Wednesday, June 20th at Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich.

Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature guest flautist, Jan Searle, of Stratford. A free will donation will be collected with all proceeds going to the Huron Women’s Shelter.


John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.

The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Be sun safe

With another great summer on the horizon, the Huron County Health Unit reminds residents to enjoy the sun safely.

“Sun safety is important all year round,” said Laura O’Rourke, Public Health promoter. “Ultraviolet radiation, or UV rays, from the sun cause sunburns, skin cancer and eye damage.”

Children are most at risk because they tend to spend more time outdoors when the sun’s rays are the strongest. They also have skin that is generally more sensitive to the sun.

Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family this summer:

Limit time in the sun when the UV index is higher, usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Seek shade or make your own – bring an umbrella.

Wear lightweight clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

Choose an approved broad-spectrum sunscreen. Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Reapply often, especially after swimming or sweating. Use a sunscreen lip balm, too. Wear close-fitting or wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100 per cent UV protection. Do not use sunscreen on babies less than six months old. Protect them by keeping them out of direct sunlight.



The Turner Gallery, on Catherine Street just off Main in Bayfield, opened this weekend with a show by internationally acclaimed graphic and poster designer, artist Andrew Lewis, of London, ON. In conjunction with the show, he is doing a special edition poster series focusing on unique memories from Bayfield like the image shown here – everyone who knows Bayfield will recognize and know the location of this Purple Martin house! Interested in seeing more? Drop by The Turner Gallery this summer – open Thursdays to Sundays. (Image by Andrew Lewis)





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, we feature a summery, undated photo of Mrs. Paull. Lucy Diehl, Mrs. Woods and Canon Paull. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB 12 14a) 

 PB12 14a Mrs Paull Lucy Diehl Mrs Woods Canon Paull undated

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



PB12 11a Jack and Evelyn Sturgeon fishing c1970 

In Issue 463, a sure sign of spring happens when fishing enthusiasts return to the Bayfield River, here we feature an image of Jack and Evelyn Sturgeon showing off their catch in the 1970s. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 11a) 


PB12 14a Dianne Bisson Mr Townsend Canon Paull June1960 

In Issue 464, we highlight an image recorded to be of Mr. Townsend, Dianne Bisson and Canon Paull taken in June 1960. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB 12 14a)



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_MG_6156MC Lion Peter Keightley and Hunter assisted Melissa Brighton during quiz time. Brighton, a Vet Tech, offered prizes for correct answers to dog-related questions. All prizes were generously donated by PetValu of Goderich.  

_MG_6130Jordan Lacombe (left) and Kendra Bogie had a booth set up at the Walk for Dog Guides representing PetValu.

 _MG_6165Sarah (left) and Elizabeth Jaremko took to the stage with Elizabeth's Hearing Ear Dog, Heart.

_MG_6125Thirty dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised over $8,000 for the National Dog Guide program on Sunday morning.

_MG_6135The Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events like the PetValu Walk for Dog Guides.  

_MG_6148A generous crowd including, Pauline Bell and Justyne Chojnacka, listened to the many presenters at the post walk festivities on June 3.

_MG_6138 The PetValu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in over 2,000 communities across Canada in 2018. Each Walk is organized by local volunteers with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.

_MG_6157Shannon Brennan, from Barks of Bayfield, was nearly upstaged by the new Black Dog Pub and Bistro's puppy-in-residence.

 _MG_6169Rosemary Crosthwaite, of Bayfield, led her dog through the obstacle course set up in the park on Sunday morning.



This past Sunday, June 3, the 33rd anniversary Walk for Dog Guides in Bayfield took place. The event was held in Clan Gregor Square and this year approximately 30 dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised over $8,000 for the National Dog Guide program.

“This is something Bayfield can be really proud of. The weather gods smiled on us and helped make this event very successful,” declared Lion Jack Pal, chair of the Dog Guide Walk Committee.

After the walk, participants and the general public were treated to a variety of dog related activities and presentations. With Lion Peter Keightley as MC, leading off the presentations was Lion Dave Overboe who provided a short history of the program and the important role it plays in the lives of people with special needs. Deb Grasby followed with a plea for people to consider becoming foster parents for a Dog Guide pup in training just as they did two years ago.

Wendy Donaldson followed up on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. With her own anecdotal stories of the value that this program provides to people in nursing homes or other restricted environments. She made a strong case to dog owners to consider getting their own pets certified for this program. At the end of Sunday’s event she had registered three new Therapy Dog candidates.  

Dr. Nancy Ridder, from Heubner Ridder Veterinary Hospital, in Goderich, gave some great tips on making dogs less fearful allowing them to be safer pets and easier to treat in a veterinary setting. Shannon Brennan, from Barks of Bayfield, talked about the importance of making your dog more comfortable with being touched all over resulting in a happier dog who is also more amenable to grooming. Both Ridder and Brennan emphasised the value of using treats to accomplish these objectives.

Sergeant Lee Currah, from the London Police K9 unit, explained the various types of activities K9 officers got involved in. His own dog, Cooper, was getting post graduate training in explosives detection.

Melissa Brighton, a Vet Tech, was a big hit again this year as she offered prizes for correct answers to dog-related questions. Along the way everyone became more informed about pet health. All prizes were generously donated by PetValu of Goderich.

Coming back again as Keynote speaker was Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart. Becoming deaf immediately after birth, Jaremko’s life changed for the better when she finally was blessed with her new life partner several years ago. Through her mom Sarah’s interpretation of her signing, she told us and showed us how Heart has made her be more independent and venture out on her own to Mohawk College; Heart always by her side to help.

_MG_6139Lion Dave Overboe provided a short history of the Dog Guide Program and the important role it plays in the lives of people with special needs.  

Bonnie Hirst, of Greenacre Dog Agility and Training, provided some good suggestions on training using only positive methods which included a generous use of treats. Although training through force and fear may give some short term results it inevitably leads to long term issues and makes for a very unhappy, and possibly dangerous, partnership for both dog and owner. As a finale to the morning, her team put on a canine agility demonstration. Audience members were encouraged to have their dogs go through the agility course as well for fun.

A gift basket, generously donated by The Barkery, of Stratford, was raffled off and refreshments in the form of hot dogs rounded out the morning. The event was both entertaining and educational and helped support a very worthwhile cause.

New this year, the Photography Club of Bayfield provided pet owners an opportunity to have portraits taken of their dog(s) with or without human family members throughout the morning. All proceeds went to the Dog Guide program. This feature will be continued next year.

“We will continue to run our annual program in Clan Gregor Square to increase its visibility and to engage the whole community in this important project,” said Pal.

People still interested in contributing to the Bayfield Dog Walk can do so online by going to:

The PetValu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in over 2,000 communities across Canada in 2018. The event raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Each Walk is organized by local volunteers with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.

To date, the walk has raised more than $14 million including over $1.3 million last year. All Dog Guides and required training, including transportation and accommodation, are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. The Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events like the PetValu Walk for Dog Guides.



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Melody Falconer-Pounder


It is with heavy heart that I share this news with our community this week. Richard Dick has died. 

Richard and his wife the late Sarah Dick are the names of a couple that were once synonymous with Bayfield. For forty years they played store in what I believe to be one of the most marvelous shops that ever graced Main Street. The Village Guild closed its doors at the end of 2002 and the couple moved full time to Florida. Sarah was 78 and Richard 83 when they officially “retired”.

The following is Richard's obituary as it was kindly emailed to me. - Melody 

Richard Dick (1918-2018), resident of South Port Square Retirement Community, Florida, passed away at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte on May 28. He was ninety-nine.

Perhaps it was his sense of humor and amiable temperament that made for such longevity. Raconteur and repository of outrageous puns, his light touch delighted his Junior High students in the Dearborn, Michigan, Public School System, his customers at The Village Guild gift store in Bayfield Ontario, Canada and fellow residents at South Port Square Retirement Community, Port Charlotte, Florida. As a math teacher, his long division class frequently required the words “go into” (“How many times does three go into nine?”); he conflated the phrase into a single word “guzzinter” – while still, of course, requiring the right answer. At his last hospital visit when returning from an X-ray, he quipped, “They determined I’m not pregnant.”

He combined jovial informality with engagement in the real world. He, with his late wife Sarah, travelled the world long before travel became a global industry, visiting over one hundred and fifty countries, calling on fellow stamp collectors along the way. Until the last few months, he ran an active business as a stamp dealer. He was the principal of Orleans American School in France (1953-5) and, prior to his teaching career, was a Marine Engineer in World War II. He was an active campaigner for Civil Rights which included a night in jail (an event he considered a badge of honor), a protester against the Vietnam War, and an activist against a phosphate plant near the Peace River.

Such energy was matched by his irrepressible wife of sixty-seven years, Sarah Dick (nee Sarah Kanter) 1924-2014. They married after a storybook love at first sight. He was the son of Harold A. Dick, of Chicago and Florence A. Hallet, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and had a predeceased sister, Betty. He leaves numerous nephews and nieces as well as an extended and extensive family of treasured friends collected over the years, all drawn to such a colorful figure, happy to be included in this world-class stamp collector’s album of life.

The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7th at South Port Square, Gables East.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity or United Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.

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