Bookmark and Share   June 5, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 23 Issue 517

Community invited to purchase a bench for the south pier  

Cenotaph in Clan Gregor SquareCurrently, there is an opportunity for people to purchase four commemorative benches, like the ones shown here around the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square, along the South Pier. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)  

Last term Bluewater initiated a commemorative tree and bench program for all of Bluewater.

“Recently I asked staff to send a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans looking for approval for Bluewater to install six commemorative benches on the newly finished South Pier,” said Bill Whetstone, Ward councilor for Bayfield.

Approval has been received and now the plan is moving forward. The benches will be the same commemorative metal benches that are in Clan Gregor Square.

“There will be six benches in total in three locations with two benches back to back in each location,” said Whetstone. “This will allow for a great place to view our marina, second-to-none sunsets, for night star gazing, or a great place to relax and remember the loved one whose name the bench is in dedication of.”

At the time of publication there were four benches left to be purchased.

Anyone interested in purchasing a bench is asked to contact Whetstone or the Municipal office as they would like to order all six benches at the same time if possible and have them installed soon. A PDF order form is available from Whetstone at

“Please advise me if you intend to purchase. I can provide the form that can then be sent into the Bluewater office. I am looking to move this project forward quickly so we can have them ordered, delivered and installed very soon allowing everyone an opportunity to sit along the pier and enjoy our beautiful village even more.” 

Bayfield Croquet Club to Host International Tournament

27873695237_b1d971a8f5_k Pierre Dunn, of B.C., was one of the competitors in the Bayfield International Croquet Tournament in 2018. The public is invited to watch the tournament action again. Games will be played from June 6-10 in Bayfield and Seaforth. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

The Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting an international croquet tournament June 6-10 at the David Street courts in Bayfield and the Lawn Bowling courts in Seaforth.

Twenty-six world ranked players from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States will be competing over the four days. The semi-finals and final play-off will be held Sunday morning in Bayfield.

Tournament Director Bill Rowat noted, "Our annual Bayfield International Tournament in June has become one of the foremost croquet events in Canada if not North America."

Rowat also paid tribute to tournament sponsors Steam Whistle Brewery and Lake Huron Real Estate Ltd. (Deb Penhale).

"They have backed our tournament since its inception; we owe them a big debt of gratitude."

Local residents are invited to come out and watch the play which starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day.

Blue Bayfield to host students with environmental concerns 


Ninety students from two regional schools will descend on Bayfield on June 6 as guests of Blue Bayfield. These students from Mitchell District High School (MDHS) and South Huron District High School (SHDHS) will present their ideas on how we can address environmental issues such as climate change and single use plastics.

MDHS’ theatre group known as the Eco Squad is coached by teacher Cam Oates, a Bayfield resident who devotes his time and energy to this project 12 months of the year. Their production, “Better for the Planet”, will be presented in Clan Gregor Square on June 6th at 10 a.m. This is just one of many stops for this theatre group as they toured throughout the region during the school year. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this performance. All too often adults are cynical about the youth and their concern for the environment. This production will prove us wrong. In the event of rain, the Eco Squad will perform at the Bayfield Town Hall thus restricting public attendance.

Mitchell’s production will follow a presentation by South Huron’s Eco Exeter team led by teacher Amanda Keller. This is a return visit to Bayfield for this group and they will showcase the work they have done since their earlier visit. Please note that this presentation is closed to the public due to limited seating.

Ten years of a blue flag beach celebrated by library friends 

The Blue Flag Program and Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite the whole family to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Bayfield’s Blue Flag Beach on Saturday, June 29.

“Beach, Bags ‘n Buttons” is geared to children aged five and up and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bayfield Public Library.
The event will feature a morning of learning, activities, gifts and lots of fun. Presented in a kid-friendly style, the information and activities will help to raise awareness of actions everyone can take to improve waterways.

Activities will include: The mobile water station called “Blue Betty” will be there to have a selfie taken! A sandbox activity will combine craft making with examples of what should and shouldn’t be found at a beach. Dr. Erica Clark will teach kids how beach water samples are taken to ensure it’s safe to swim. Kids can make their own solar bead bracelet that reminds them to apply sunscreen.

Beach Bags ‘n Buttons will be both fun and educational...the perfect combination to learn about healthy waterways.

Ibrahim honored by Ontario Pharmacists Association 

michael_ibrahim_50Michael Ibrahim (Submitted photo)

Michael Ibrahim, owner of three Michael’s Pharmasave locations in Southwestern Ontario, has been named the recipient of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented at Pharmacy Experience Pharmacie (PxP) 2019 – a joint conference currently being held by OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Toronto.

Ibrahim has been working as a community pharmacist for the last 24 years. He has successfully implemented community-focused initiatives, such as developing a pharmacy-based travel health program and a point-of-care testing program for patients. Ibrahim is also certified as a Diabetes Educator, Geriatric Pharmacist, Smoking Cessation Coach, and is a PCCA Trained Compounding Pharmacist. He has also presented to different community groups on a variety of health topics, is a Healthy Heart Pharmacist Educator, and has been involved in many charitable fundraising events that support local initiatives.

“This award is dedicated to a pharmacist who has an outstanding record of service to the community,” said Bill Wilson, Interim CEO of OPA. “Michael’s three practices represent only a portion of his overall community involvement and impact, which is why the OPA is pleased to award him with the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia Award.”

Ibrahim began his career in pharmacy in Egypt where he received his education and had his own practice. Prior to coming to Canada in 1994, he worked in Saudi Arabia as a Senior Hospital Pharmacist. Once in Canada, Ibrahim worked for various companies before becoming the owner of Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield in 2007. He currently owns Pharmasave locations in Goderich, Clinton, and Bayfield. Ibrahim has also won a Commitment to Care and Service Award, the Best Business Award for the Bayfield and Area Chambers of Commerce, and the Pharmasave POPA Award.

OPA’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions that are being made by individuals in the pharmacy profession throughout Ontario. The joint conference between OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association was held in Toronto from June 3-5.

third time is the charm as The Dreamboats return to county

IMG_4582Michael's Pharmasave will be hosting “The Dreamboats” in concert as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The guys will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

“The Dreamboats” will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Area residents may be familiar with this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group as they performed at the Bayfield Town Hall the previous two summers. Both concerts were sell-out events!

This time around, Michael’s Pharmasave is hosting this concert in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $40, after June 29 the cost goes up to $45.

The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Established Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the era’s favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.

For tickets visit anyone of the three Michael’s Pharmasave locations or call: Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519 482-5037.

Popular Varna Pork BBQ Going Strong after 45 years

2018_06_20 Varna BBQ (12)Volunteers are the backbone of the Varna Pork BBQ now in its 45th year. (Submitted photos)  

The popular Varna Pork BBQ will mark its 45th year when it is once more held at the Varna Complex on June 19. For 39 of those years it was a major fundraiser for the Varna United Church and for the past six years, after the amalgamation of four local churches in 2013, it has been hosted by the Brucefield Community United Church

The Varna United Church BBQ began in 1974 when the Church Stewards felt they needed a fundraiser to help pay church expenses. A new church roof, washrooms and new church hymn books were needed. The date of the first barbecue was set for June 26 of that year, and the Stewards’ wives met only three weeks before to decide on the menu! By June 17 they had sold 350 tickets with a hope to sell as many as 400. A number of the members of that Board of Stewards, and their wives, are still working on the event 45 years later.

“In those days if you were married to a Steward you got the job of helping organize the cooking and baking for the barbecue each year, while the men sorted out the logistics of the picnic tables, and the meat and grilling aspects. Nowadays a committee of “facilitators” runs the show and everyone pitches in to help,” explained Whilhelmina Laurie, an event organizer.

The earliest barbecue events were held in the church sheds - across the road from the church - with everyone’s picnic tables hauled into service. The church sheds also doubled as a skating rink for the community at that time.

“The conditions at the time would make any Health Unit today squeamish. There was only cold water from a single tap for washing and drinking, and the wind blew serviettes and paper plates through the building, into the field beyond,” Laurie recalled.

Tickets in 1975 cost $3.75 for adults and $2 for children. As early as 1976, 1,000 tickets were being printed and each of the Stewards was to sell 100. Prices for tickets went up as the price of pork increased from 50 cents a pound to over $1.70 in the 1980s, and, with demand high, over 1,200 tickets were being sold in the early 80s. The barbecue became a staple fundraiser for the church, earning over three thousand dollars a year at that time - and keeping the church nicely in the black.

2018_06_20 Varna BBQ (7)The Varna Pork BBQ is fast approaching. Three hundred lbs of coleslaw, 1,100 baked potatoes, over a 1,000 lbs of pork chops, 130 lbs of beans and 1,400 pieces of pie or cheesecake are prepared every year by the church community.  

Within fewer than ten years, the barbecue had outgrown its humble beginnings, and, with the building of the new Stanley Complex at Varna the church made the decision to move the barbecue there. The barbecue that year was an inaugural event for the Complex, which did not officially open until July.

“Since then the entire community has participated in providing homemade pies, delicious beans and signature smoked porkchops – even if they were not members of the church! Now a more modest 1,000 tickets are sold annually and people from far and wide come back year after year bringing new generations of barbecue goers,” she said.

Three hundred lbs of coleslaw, 1,100 baked potatoes, over a 1,000 lbs of pork chops, 130 lbs of beans and 1,400 pieces of pie or cheesecake are prepared every year by the church community.

The 45th Annual Varna Pork Barbecue is on June 19 at the Varna Complex west of the hamlet from 4:30-7 p.m. and take out is also available. Tickets are only $18 for adults and $6 for children ages five to 12. (The children’s price has not changed for six years!)

Please call Laurie at 519 482-9265 or Deb Rathwell at 519 233-9153 to get tickets for this year’s event or speak to any Brucefield Community United Church member.


west coast astronomers

The West Coast Astronomers will be holding a Star Party at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.

They are planning to target: Beehive Cluster, Bode's Nebulae, Markarian's Chain, Melotte 111, Black Eye and Sunflower Galaxies, Antares, Hercules Cluster, Jupiter and its moons, Barnard's Star, Moon, Wild Duck Cluster and the Eagle and Ring Nebulae.

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

Anyone unsure of the status of the event or who has questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event.

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

Kindness Rocks

IMG_2590 Because kindness rocks...(Submitted photo)

The Open Hearts of Bayfield Kindness Group will be hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, June 22.

All supplies are provided at this free event that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to participate.

The inspirational rocks created will be left in and around the Bayfield area for visitors to discover and enjoy. One message can change someone’s life. Help put Bayfield on the map for kindness!

Newspaper Digitization 

The coordinators, of the Huron County Newspaper Digitization Project (HCNDP), are looking for information about Art Elliott, former editor of The Bayfield Bulletin (1964-68).

The Huron County Library needs help to locate the family of Art Elliott, a newspaperman who came to Bayfield in the 1960s to start the first weekly paper in nearly 70 years. Mr. Elliott had previously worked for the Goderich Signal-Star, the Listowel Banner, Waterloo Chronicle, Malton Times, and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec).

Anyone with information is invited to contact Beth Knazook, Special Project Coordinator at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.

Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.


An opportunity to join in Community Conversations will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on June 12 and 13.

All are welcome to join in one of these group conversations to be held on both nights from 6-8 p.m.

People are asked to share their hopes, concerns and ideas for the Bayfield community. Refreshments will be provided.

Remember your voice can make a difference! Please RSVP to the Bayfield Library at 519 565-2886 or

 Terry Fox Run

Bayfield and the Terry Fox Foundation are looking for two coordinators and four volunteers for the up and coming Terry Fox Run this year on Sept. 15.

The local run has raised $30,000 to date and it is hoped that this wonderful legacy will continue in the village on behalf of a very special Canadian, Terry Fox.

This is a great opportunity to volunteer in the community while helping a wonderful cause. The past coordinators are seeking individuals who has organizational skills, likes a little bookkeeping and can master some easy math. They are hoping such persons will step forward to keep the research dollars coming.

The past coordinators will familiarize the new candidates with the coordinating process to make sure run day is successful again this year.

This event is supported by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA). Anyone who needs further information, or if interested in volunteering, is asked to please contact the BRVTA by sending an email to

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

June hikes 

Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have an ambitious month of hiking planned for June. 

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. Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. 

For further information regarding this Father’s Day Hike please contact Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852 or Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518.

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.

bayfield community fair 

Believe it or not the Bayfield Community Fair, this year themed “From Field to Table” is just three months away!

The 163rd Bayfield Fair will take place from Aug. 16 to 18. The opening day, Friday 4:30-9 p.m., will feature a community supper, Fair opening, music and fireworks. The second day, Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight, will be busy with a parade followed with the grand opening of the new animal display building, 4-H shows, light and Friesian horse shows, the Bubble Queen plus Bella Magic entertainment, a dunk tank, mini tractor pull, face painting and more. Saturday evening, an age of majority concert, “The Woodstock Experience”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic music festival is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., begins with an interdenominational church service under the tent, and continues with miniature and heavy horse shows, watermelon competition, face painting, a Birds of Prey show and even more entertainment.

Throughout the weekend the new building with animal displays will be open, the arena will be packed with exhibits, the discovery tent will be available to the young people, and a modern tractor will be there for all to see.

A packed weekend at the Bayfield Fair with further information and updates available at

Pioneer Park 

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.



  catholic school students visit grand bend wind farm

20190529_102305Students from St. Boniface and Mount Carmel Catholic Schools got a close-up view of the wind turbines at the Grand Bend Wind Farm recently and were amazed to learn that a single turbine is over 100 M tall. (Submitted photo)

Grade 4-5 students from St. Boniface Catholic School and Grade 7-8 students from Mount Carmel Catholic School took a trip to the Grand Bend Wind Farm in Zurich on May 29th to learn how wind power works and to see the future of green energy.

The students learned that the Grand Bend Wind is 50 per cent owned by Northland Power, a Canadian-based renewable energy company, and 50 per cent owned by the Bkejwanong and Aamjiwnaang First Nations. The wind farm’s 40 turbines have a total capacity of 100 MW – that’s enough power for all 28,000 households in Huron Country.

The visiting students got a close-up view of the wind turbines and were amazed to learn that a single turbine is over 100 M tall. They also learned how wind turbines' red obstruction lights are controlled by radar so that the lights only come on when there are aircrafts in the vicinity.

The trip continued indoors, where the students viewed the computer system that manages the turbines. The system shows the current wind speed and electrical output level for each of the 40 wind turbines. This information is constantly being recorded at the facility.

The turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa, has maintenance personnel on staff fulltime. These skilled technicians perform regular maintenance on the wind turbines and repair issues that arise. In 2017, Canada’s energy sector directly employed more than 276,000 people and indirectly supported over 624,000 jobs. The students learned that in the future, offshore wind farms will be a reality.

This was an amazing learning opportunity, and he Huron Perth Catholic School Board are very appreciative of the time the Grand Bend Wind Farm staff took out of their day to share such an enriching experience with these students.

Clinton Public Hospital Second Floor Reopened yesterday

Clinton Public Hospital’s (CPH) second floor has reopened following more than five months of repairs after damages occurred to portions of the original plaster ceiling. The second floor, which is home to Surgical Services, “smallTALK” and the hospital's board and conference rooms, officially reopened on June 4.

The majority of the surgical patients impacted by the closure of the Operating Rooms were able to have their surgeries scheduled at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance's (HPHA) Stratford General Hospital. Equipment and some staff were temporarily relocated to the Stratford General Hospital during the restoration. Now that construction is completed, the equipment and services will return to the Clinton Public Hospital.

Patients of the “smallTALK” pre-school speech and language program were attending at HPHA's Seaforth Community Hospital and will return to the Clinton location.

“Addressing the repairs was only possible through a great team effort,” said HPHA President and CEO, Andrew Williams. “From relocating the majority of the impacted services, and our Surgical team accommodating additional cases, to our Facilities Management team coordinating and overseeing the repairs, to our Medical Devices Reprocessing Department making sure all equipment was readily available and to our Environmental Services and Infection Control team making sure all necessary cleans were completed, all of our team members stepped up for the interests of those we are here to serve.”

medical students spend discovery week in Grand Bend 

964c7f71-fc64-4412-9c29-3a8d21f62e72Research has shown that one of the four factors which increases the likelihood of a physician choosing to practise in rural and remote communities is a positive exposure to rural practise in medical school. First-year medical students, Angela Fan (left) and Kathryn Minkhorst, spent Discovery Week at the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) and the South Huron Hospital. (Submitted photo)  

First-year medical students, Angela Fan and Kathryn Minkhorst, spent Discovery Week at the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) and the South Huron Hospital.

Research has shown that one of the four factors which increases the likelihood of a physician choosing to practise in rural and remote communities is a positive exposure to rural practise in medical school. At Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Discovery Week is one opportunity for medical students to work alongside health care practitioners and physicians in rural and remote areas to better understand what it means to practise there. This year’s Discovery Week took place during one of two weeks, May 20-24 or May 27-31.

Fan and Minkhorst, two first-year medical students from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, shadowed physicians and visited patients at the GBACHC.

Director of Health Support Services, Heather Klopp, was pleased to host the students.

"Community Health Centres in rural communities are a great place for students to learn about primary care's crucial role in helping patients and clients achieve health and wellbeing. We would be fortunate to have either one of these students as a practicing doctor here one day," said Klopp.

The GBACHC works with the South Huron Hospital, the South Huron Medical Recruitment Committee and volunteer Joanne Bowen. To add more value to the students' experiences, the GBACHC and the South Huron Hospital exchanged their assigned Discovery Week students to give all four a well-rounded understanding of the circle of care in rural communities.

huron county included in study of faith building usage 

How many not-for-profit and community groups currently operate programming out of faith buildings?

There are 27,000 faith buildings (defined as a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or gurdwara) in Canada, one third are set to close in the next ten years. Fully half of these are expected to be in rural Ontario.

In rural communities, these buildings operate as community gathering places, providing affordable spaces for the not-for-profit sector to deliver community programs. What will happen to these communities when these faith buildings are closed? How many not-for-profits and community groups will be left without a place to gather?

The Ontario Trillium Foundation Partnership Study of Faith Building Usage has launched in an effort to determine the extent of the risk to these communities and the non-profit sector. The four areas being studied are: Peterborough, Toronto, Sudbury, and Huron County.
Until June 19 there is a ten-minute survey available online at:

“I am asking for your help in notifying all the groups that use a church for anything (besides the actual worship service), and encouraging their participation in the survey. This would include your service groups, not-for-profit uses, community showers, families who have reunions and Christmas parties etc. The more data that shows faith buildings are our rural community hubs, the more opportunity there will be to influence future provincial policies that affect our communities,” said Jennifer Miltenburg.

“Please share as widely as possible, through print and word of mouth. It is imperative that as much information as possible is gathered from our Huron County faith buildings; we are the only rural representation in this study, the first of its kind in Ontario. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have,” Miltenburg added.

Miltenburg can be reach by email at

Rain didn't deter over 300 people 

Goderich WalkersThe IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s largest fundraiser taking place each spring to raise awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of Canadians impacted by dementia. If the rainy weather on the day of the walk deterred anyone from coming out to any of the five walks, like this one in Goderich, donations towards the event are still welcome. (Submitted photos)  

On Saturday, May 25, over 300 supporters from across Huron County gathered in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend and Wingham to participate in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, raising more than $59,000. These funds will directly benefit local residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, their caregivers and their families.

“Most of us are directly or indirectly connected to someone with dementia so it is truly gratifying to see how the community rallied together. The success of this year’s Walk is a cause for celebration, and we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing walkers and volunteers,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director at the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Every dollar raised helps the Society continue its vital work and is invested in a wide range of programs and services that are available from the moment of diagnosis through to the end of life, as well as supports education and other outreach initiatives. One of the programs the walk helps to fund is the Just For You: Volunteer Companion Program. This program matches a volunteer with a person with the disease. They visit once a week for a couple of hours. This visit provides companionship and meaningful activities for the person with the disease while also providing a short time of respite for the caregiver. Volunteers are needed in all areas of the county for this program. People are asked to please reach out to the Alzheimer Society of Huron County if they have a couple of hours to spend making a new friend in their community.

“Our Walk would not have been successful without the generous commitment of our National Title Sponsor, IG Wealth Management, as well as our local sponsors Goderich Place Retirement Residence, MicroAge Basics, Tuckersmith Communications Co-Operative Ltd., Braemar Retirement Centre, Fordwich Village Nursing Home, RPM Promotions, Signature Crane, Country 104.9, CKNX Stations, myFM – Exeter, Gables in the Bend, Wuerth’s Shoes, and The 2 Step Shoes,” added Ritsema. Special mention to the local IG Wealth Management local representatives Stephanie Carter, Wingham; Paul Vandendool, Dwayne LaPorte, and Dawn Bonneau, Clinton; and Kristen Steeper, London, for all their commitment to ensuring the success of the Walk.

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s largest fundraiser taking place each spring to raise awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of Canadians impacted by dementia. If the rainy weather on the day of the walk deterred anyone from coming out, donations towards the event are still welcome. Please visit and choose either Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham to show support.

To check out photos and highlights of this year’s Walk and get updates about the 2020 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, please visit:

Grand Bend WalkFive walks were held in Huron County on May 25, including this one in Grand Bend, raising $59,000. These funds will directly benefit local residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, their caregivers and their families.  


inter-library loan reinstated

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is happy to announce that after extensive consultation work, library users will continue to enjoy the same level of service as they have come to expect at their local libraries including the reinstatement of the inter-library loan program.

The Ministry Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service - North have identified opportunities to modernize and find efficiencies from within their operations without affecting frontline library services. Additional funding has not been provided to either organization – their budgets remain the same as originally provided in the 2019 budget.

“I know how important this service is to rural residents and to my constituents,” Thompson said. She added that she made sure responses, regarding the value of local library services, she had received at her local constituency offices were shared appropriately.

“This is good news,” Thompson added. “Local access to a wide variety of literature will continue to be available across the riding," she concluded.

bafht agm 

The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, June 11.

All interested people are welcome to attend this meeting to be held in the BAFHT Community Room starting at 5 p.m.


photoSarah Versteeg (Submitted photo)  

Sarah Versteeg is a recent addition to the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) team and will be serving as the new Administrative Lead.

Versteeg completed her Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Environmental Toxicology and Masters in Applied Biology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has published over 15 peer reviewed articles in the field of dermatology including treatments for fungal infections and non-surgical therapies for hair loss.

She is a new resident to Huron County and has recently constructed the very first ‘tiny house’ in Howick Township with her husband, Josh. This tiny house is just over 500 square feet and is equipped with all the amenities typically found in a full-size house.

In addition to building and designing tiny spaces, Versteeg also enjoys gardening and playing with her Alaskan Shepherds. She is excited to use her educational background and experience to better her rural community.


2019 04 30 - National Award Ryan ErbCongratulating United Way Perth Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb (centre) for his receipt of the George Hart Award were Board of Directors for the United Way Perth Huron, President Wayne Smith and Vice President Mike Ash (right). (Submitted photo)  

United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director, Ryan Erb, has received United Way’s highest national staff honor—the George Hart Award—for his extraordinary contribution to this community and to United Way Centraide (UWC) at a national level. In an emotional ceremony, United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) presented the award to Ryan at a national gathering of UWC leaders on April 30, 2019 in Toronto.

UWCC—the national office of the UWC federation in Canada—awards the George Hart Award (formerly the President’s Award for Excellence) biannually to a UWC employee of extraordinary distinction on a local or national level.

“Ryan Erb is one of United Way Centraide’s great collaborators,” said UWCC president & CEO Dan Clement during the ceremony. “Not only has his commitment, vision, expertise and leadership made a unique impact on his community, his exceptional efforts have also contributed significantly to the pursuit of overall mission—to empower everyone to improve lives and build strong communities.”

UWPH campaign chair, Andrew Williams, wrote in nominating Ryan for this award, “As a local business person working in a field that bears witness daily to the importance of a visible, values-driven, community-based United Way, I can say with confidence that the quality of life we all experience is positively impacted by Ryan’s leadership.”

“I’m incredibly moved by this honour,” added Erb. “Speaking as someone with deep roots in Perth and Huron, being able to work in the communities I know and love to help give everyone the chance at a better life is a great privilege. The George Hart Award will motivate me to do even more within our region and repay the faith and appreciation United Way has shown me."

The award also represents an achievement for UWPH as a whole. Under Erb’s leadership, UWPH has worked to change the perception of the organization. Thanks to this steady effort, the region as a whole has come to understand what United Way adds to local communities beyond providing funding including as a valued service provider, advocate, incubator of new programs, researcher, planner and collaborator. In 2018, United Way helped 32,226 people across the region access important social services and programs when and where they needed them.

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 $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.

Maitland El Camino 

The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”

Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.
A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.

“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.

Registration is now open at and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.

Visit the MTA’s website or contact for more information about this exciting event.


Now in its sixth season, the Bayfield Farmers' Market has become a valued part of village life, and a welcome harbinger of summer.

Market organizers are offering a shopping bag “Give & Take” service this year. Community members are invited to donate their extra reusable shopping bags to the market. The bags will be offered free of charge to customers in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.

A listing of the vendors attending each week’s market will be posted Thursdays on the BFM Facebook page.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market’s mandate is to provide a marketplace for local products of the highest quality. All vendors are located within 75 KMs of Bayfield, most within Huron County. All of the vendors grow, produce or create what they sell.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held each Friday, 3-7 p.m., in Clan Gregor Square, from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.






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, Carolyn Snell sent in another gem to share. This time the men featured are the Bayfield Firefighters from 1976. How many of these gentlemen do you recognize? Their identities will be revealed next issue.  

volunteer fire dept

Lioness names  

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In Issue 514, an image from the Centennial Parade in July 1967. Does anyone recognize the people on this float representing Pioneer Park?

Doug Darnbrough wrote in to say that he recognized a few of the people on this float.

“Driving the tractor is Carl Humphries. The person behind him dressed in yellow is his then future wife Karen Fitzsimmons (now Humphries). The person with the black beard is Terry Fitzsimmons, Karen’s brother.”

Issue 515 


In Issue 515, vintage fire trucks have been a part of parades in Bayfield for over 50 years as evidenced by this image taken at the village Centennial Parade in July 1967. Does anyone remember the parade?


Bayfield Lioness 

In Issue 516, we feature an image of the Bayfield Lioness Club taken in November of 1975 submitted by Carolyn Snell. She even sent in the names! We will pubish them next issue - for now have some fun and see how many women you can recognize.

As promised the names of the women in this image can be found in the photo at left. 



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twenty-five canines and owners walk for Dog Guides 

IMG_2009Bayfield Lions' Club members and friends took a photo break at the Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday morning. L-r: Tony Van Bakel, Tom Grasby, with Essex; Doug Vanderhaar, special guest, Linda Baker, of Stratford, and her vision assist dog, Kiera; and Jack Pal.  

IMG_0017Twenty-five dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised over $8,000 for the National Dog Guide program on Sunday morning. (Photo by Megan Blakes)

IMG_2034Sarah (left) and Elizabeth Jaremko with Elizabeth's Hearing Ear Dog, Heart (right) attend the Walk regularly to share their experiences with those who attend.  

IMG_0224Dogs can choose from some well deserved prizes after their fundraising 5 KM Walk. (Photo by Megan Blakes)

IMG_0235Dr. Nancy Ridder, from Heubner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital in Goderich, provided some strong explicit warnings about new parasites that are becoming a threat in Huron County to pets and their owners.(Photo by Megan Blakes)  

IMG_0395Lion Kathy Gray, MC, and Lion Jack Pal address the crowd. (Photo by Megan Blakes)  

IMG_2030After the walk, participants and the general public were treated to a variety of dog related activities and presentations in Clan Gregor Square.  

IMG_0208Wendy Donaldson spoke on behalf of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. She made a special appeal to dog owners in the Bayfield area to consider having their pets become therapy dogs like these two. (Photo by Megan Blakes)  

IMG_0333Linda Baker, of Stratford, shared how her Vision Assist dog, Kiera, has made a life changing impact on her life through a short question and answer session led by Deb Grasby (right). (Photo by Megan Blakes)    




This past Sunday, June 2, the 34th annual Walk for Dog Guides in Bayfield took place. The event was held in Clan Gregor Square and this year approximately 25 dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised approximately $8,000 in pledges, on-line donations and cash donations 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, co-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. For the second 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 for the price of a donation. All proceeds went to the Dog Guide program.

Lion Kathy Gray, MC, led off the presentations with a short history of the program and the important role it plays in the lives of people with special needs. New this year was a fun competition she held in between the presentations for prizes for dogs with the longest tail, the best tricks etc.

Darren Stevenson was the first guest presenter and showed off his five-month old Dog Guide pup-in-training, Suki. An adorable black lab, she will be with him till the end of the year when she goes to Oakville to start her formal training.

Elizabeth Jaremko, and her Hearing Ear dog, Heart, were next on the agenda. She, and her mom, Sarah, have become regular presenters as a way of saying thank you to Lions. Becoming deaf immediately after birth, Elizabeth’s life changed for the better when she finally was blessed with her new life partner, Heart, four years ago. Through her mom, she told those gathered that she is now living independently the result of which is that she has to retrain her dog in her new living environment. She will be back next year to share her progress.

Wendy Donaldson followed up on behalf of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. She made a special appeal to dog owners in the Bayfield area to consider having their pets become therapy dogs. Unlike with Dog Guides, their job is to be petted and provide therapy to residents in long term care facilities. 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, provided some strong explicit warnings about new parasites that are becoming a threat in Huron County to pets and their owners and gave us tips on how to prevent their infestation and recognize symptoms and offer treatment modalities.

Shannon Brennan, of Barks of Bayfield, surprised those gathered with a very emotional personal story about grief after a pet dies and the importance of acknowledging the loss and remembering the unconditional love. She had everyone in tears.

As a final bonus, Linda Baker, of Stratford, shared how her Vision Assist dog, Kiera, has made a life changing impact on her life through a short question and answer session led by Deb Grasby.

Two gift baskets from Heubner Ridder and a gift certificate from Pet Valu Goderich were raffled off. Other donations from the Clinton Veterinary Professional Corporation and South Huron Veterinary Services in Zurich made up the prizes that each participant in the walk took home.

“From all the presentations, it became clear yet again that Dog Guides make a huge difference to the lives of their new life partners and underscores all the more the importance of the Lions Dog Guide program,” said Pal. “The overall event on Sunday was both entertaining and educational and helped support a very worthwhile cause. 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.”

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

The Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in over 2,000 communities across Canada. 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 $15 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 these fundraising events.

IMG_2021Darren Stevenson showed off his five-month old Dog Guide pup-in-training, Suki. An adorable black lab, she will be with him till the end of the year when she goes to Oakville to start her formal training.  


IMG_2014The Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of these fundraising events.  

IMG_2019Justyne Chojnacka, of Bayfield, is a regular participant at the annual walk.  

IMG_2015Walks are organized across the country by local volunteers with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

It‘s all about the light

It‘s all about the light by Vreni Beeler

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

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







Seven weeks ago, we launched a New Website Appeal and we are very happy to report that this campaign was a tremendous success.

Not only did we reach our fundraising goal but we exceeded that target. These funds should not only allow us to create the new website but also give us some contingency for the future.

Thank you to all who donated. We received contributions from individuals both near and far as well as from local groups and organizations who have their own causes to support and valued our work enough to share some of their hard-earned funds with us. I especially appreciated the notes and letters of support that were delivered along with the funds. Kindness multiplies and we look forward to serving the community better with a new and improved website. Stay tuned! – Melody



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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