Bookmark and Share   June 12, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 24 Issue 518

bayfield yacht club launches an activity filled summer season 

image1 2 With the summer gearing up and more boats being launched in the harbor the BYC has an exciting season of summer activities planned. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) had its first party of the summer at Drift on Saturday evening, June 1st despite the inclement weather.

Brugal rum representative John Easton provided refreshments to BYC members in the form of a Brugal rum punch. Drift provided an assortment of canapés including: brisket sliders, devilled eggs, cheese platters and other yummy passed items.

The club gained four new members as well as provided information to over twenty interested aspiring sailors. With the summer gearing up and more boats being launched in the harbor the BYC has an exciting season of summer activities planned.

Sunday afternoons, beginning June 30, and Wednesday evenings, beginning July 3, will be weekly racing nights for BYC boat owners and aspiring crew. Saturday June 29 will be “Movie in the Marina” night. A family friendly feature will be shown in Harbour Lights Marina with complimentary snacks and beverages. For an updated listing of activities the public is invited to check out the new and improved BYC website at

The BYC is currently seeking out new members. Those keen to learn more about boating and network with other boaters in the Bayfield community are invited to reach out! To date the BYC has received kind donations in the form of second- hand sailing dinghys and equipment from members of the community and are proud to announce that they will be putting together sailing vessels and equipment for BYC members to utilize. Ultimately the long-term goal of the club is to start a youth sailing and mentorship program with view to getting Huron County youth out on the water.

Donation drop off location opens this Saturday 

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Rummage Sale organizers are pleased to announce that they are accepting drop off donations for the 72nd annual event at the Quonset hut located just north of Bayfield, starting Saturday, June 15.

Hours of operation will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon until the sale. Please do not drop anything off unless volunteers are there to receive donations. Future dates during the week will be posted in the Bayfield Breeze.

The PPA wishes to thank Pat and Ron Reder, of Bayfield Marine Services, for their ongoing support of the park through this very generous donation of this storage space located at 76614 Hwy 21.

Funds raised from the rummage sale that will be held on Friday, July 12 are used to maintain the park on a year-round basis for such things as lawn cutting, tree planting and general maintenance. This year PPA also invested in a capital project - the bank revetment.

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.

The following items cannot be accepted: large appliances, televisions, printers and faxes, 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.

With the Rummage Sale approaching, coming too is a call for bakers to help fill the tables with homemade yummies. Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to email Linda LeBel at Anyone wishing to have their name removed or added from the annual call list is also asked to contact LeBel.

“Your contribution of time and goodies to this part of the Rummage Sale is greatly appreciated,” said LeBel.

“If you are looking for a fun volunteer activity please join us July 11-12 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,” added Pattie MacDonald a Rummage Sale organizer.

For more information please call Nick at 519 565-2551 or email:

Ten years of 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.

Dreamboats return to county in support of Clinton hospital

28224535427_3f0456278f_k-2Michael'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 BBQ Just one week away

2018_06_20 Varna BBQ (3)The 45th Annual Varna Pork Barbecue will be held on June 19 at the Varna Complex west of the hamlet from 4:30-7 p.m. and take out is also available. (Submitted photo)  

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 entire community participates in providing homemade pies, delicious beans and signature smoked porkchops – even if they are not members of the church! A modest 1,000 tickets are sold annually and people from far and wide come back year after year bringing new generations of barbecue goers.

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 will be held 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 Willi 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.

Former Church in Varna now home to Wedding Cake Cottage

image2 2Wedding Cake Cottage is open for business. The former church building is a new wedding venue offering elopements for two; small, intimate weddings, dinners and teas for up to 50 people. (Submitted photo)

Over 200 people attended an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly baptized “Wedding Cake Cottage” original home to St. John’s Anglican Church in Varna built in 1862.

The church was closed in 1965 and in more recent years had been home to a gift shop and a flower shop as well as a cottage rental.

Current owners Mary Hughes and John Westerman, who also own the Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast on The Square in the village, purchased the property earlier this year from Kirsten Harrett and Rob MacFie.

The event was held on the afternoon of June 2. Refreshments and appetizers were served throughout the afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at 3 p.m. Hughes cut the ribbon while Westerman, Municipality of Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp and Liberal nominee for the riding, Alan Thompson looked on. Harrett and MacFie were given the task of holding the ribbon.

“People came as from far away as Cambridge, Elora and Guelph and many locals came to see the significant changes,” said Hughes.

The restoration included: a new roof, interior paint, exterior landscaping, new driveway and a completed side door.

Hughes envisions the former church building as a new wedding venue offering elopements for two. The couple can even spend the night in the loft bedroom after the ceremony. In addition, she plans to host small, intimate weddings, dinners and teas for up to 50 people.

To learn more visit:

Nine area students pursue the apprenticeship pathway 

OYAP St. Anne's June 2019St. Anne's Signed Apprentices are from l-r: Owen Otten, Luke Durand, Eli Goodburn, Karter Brown, Ben Hoonaard, Josiah Wozniak, and Chris Gulutzen. (Submitted photo)

The Huron Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) is extremely proud to have nine students signing apprenticeships with their co-op placements and continuing their pathway in the skilled trades.

Beth Anstett, from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, was at St. Annes Catholic Secondary School in Clinton on June 3 to conduct the group signing and to share information about the apprenticeship process with the students, parents and employers in attendance.

St. Anne's Signed Apprentices include: Owen Otten, plumber - Scott Townsend Plumbing & Heating; Luke Durand, agricultural equipment technician - Hyde Bros. Farm Equipment; Eli Goodburn, automotive service technician - Redline Trucks Inc.; Karter Brown, automotive service technician - South Huron Automotive; Ben Hoonaard, agricultural equipment technician - Huron Tractor; Josiah Wozniak, welder, Wozniak Welding & Fabrication; and Chris Gulutzen, powerline technician, Montgomery Industrial Services.

St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford Signed Apprentices include: Jared McCarthy, plumber - Parr Mechanical; and Clayton McCarthy, electrician - Dougall Electric.

The HPCDSB would like to thank everyone for their support of the co-op program in the community and for promoting the apprenticeship pathway.



Garden club 

Bakers Nursery will be location of the next meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club on June 17.

Participants will see how the wonderful plants purchased in garden centres and markets are propagated and grown to garden size.

Those who wish to carpool are asked to meet at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7 p.m. After the tour those who attend are invited back to Pioneer Park in Bayfield for refreshments by 8:30 p.m. (weather permitting). All are welcome.


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 Davies at 519 565-2813; Marilyn at 519 565-2716; Richard at 519 565-5313 and John or Kathleen at 519 565-2479 or e-mail

Historical Society

The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is recruiting to fill three director positions.

The Board is responsible for accumulating and maintaining the valuable collection of local artifacts. This collection is available to the public who are seeking answers to questions about their family, property or the village in general. As well the BHS members have a Heritage Centre with displays of selected artifacts that is open to residents and visitors.

The Board plans and offers monthly public meetings where speakers share stories of historical interest. It oversees longer term projects like the restoration of the Helen McLeod II and shorter-term ones like the annual Admiral Bayfield Day celebration. The BHS members are proud of their accomplishments over the past 54 years.

The Board of Directors meets monthly at the Bayfield Archives. If interested in joining please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

bayfield area food bank 

Feed My Sheep (Bayfield Food Bank) has served the community for the past 19 years helping clients who struggled to meet their food needs. As community awareness grew so did community support of the program for which organizers and volunteers are forever thankful.

As of June 1st, a volunteer Board of Directors was established and the Feed My Sheep (Bayfield Food Bank) will now be known as the Bayfield Area Food Bank. This new name reflects the territory that the food bank serves. The Board has also applied to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for charitable status which will allow them to issue income-tax receipts for personal donations.

It is hoped that the community will continue to support the food bank as these changes are being made to further support the organization’s volunteers and better serve those in need.

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!


The annual Bayfield Cemetery Decoration Day Service will be held on Sunday, June 23.

Rev. Elise Feltrin, of St. Andrew’s United Church, will preside over the service that will begin at 2 p.m.

Weather permitting the service will be outdoors. It will be held near the chapel so those who attend are asked to please bring a lawn chair. In the event of rain, the service will move inside the chapel.

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.

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)

The June 15th, “On Wings of Song” concert in support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), featuring Stephen Ralls, Bruce Ubukata and Anita Krause is sold out!

The Bayfield group that is working towards raising the village’s proportionate share of the costs of HRH is very grateful for the community’s support of this wonderful event and know that this performance will be one that will be talked about for years.

“Already, after one year, HRH, which is located between Holmesville and Clinton on Hwy 8, has served the needs of some Bayfield area residents and their families, and now, more than ever, we are convinced that someday, some of us and our friends are going to be incredibly grateful for Huron Hospice’s support,” said Dave Gillians.

The informal group of Bayfield residents who are working to raise money to ensure that someday there will be a room at the HRH designated as the ‘Bayfield Children’s Room’ are; Margo Robeson, Arlene Timmins, Kevin Kale, Nancy Kale, Kate Lloyd Rees, Sondra Buchner, Susan Irwin, Sally Leitch, Barbara Brown, Michael Ibrahim, Liz Borrowman and Dave Gillians.

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.







Heaman_Tract_Dedication_Ceremony_NRThe sun shone as the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) hosted a dedication ceremony on June 3 to recognize the donation of, and to dedicate, the 5.5-acre Heaman Tract, north of Ailsa Craig, ON, donated by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman. Shown at the ceremony, from l-r are: Sandra (née Heaman) Vanos, Jan Heaman, Larry Heaman, Janet Heaman, Roger Lewington, chair of the HTLTC; Peter Twynstra, HTLTC director; Rick Heaman and Melanie Heaman. (Submitted photo)  

A tract of land more than five acres in size, north of Ailsa Craig, will be preserved for future nature enjoyment opportunities and water, soil, and habitat protection. This is thanks to a generous donation by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman. The tract has been donated to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC).

Heaman Tract is on West Corner Drive in the McGillivray Ward of North Middlesex. The Ausable River runs through this rolling plot of land. The river is home to aquatic species at risk. Heaman Tract will provide recreation benefits such as fishing and canoeing and benefit local residents and tourists. The property offers food, water and shelter for wildlife. It has positive impact on water and soil as a vegetated, natural buffer to protect water in the river. The property provides much-needed forest cover in the area. There are mature hardwood and conifer trees there and younger trees as well.

Jack and Janet Heaman purchased the parcel in the mid-1960s as part of a farm to the east. A dedication ceremony for Heaman Tract was held at the property on June 3. Janet Heaman and all of her children, as well as other family members, attended. The land trust board of directors was represented by Chair Roger Lewington, Peter Twynstra, Don Farwell, Max Morden and Philip Walden.

The riverside property was a place of memories for Janet’s and Jack’s children whether it was Larry meeting his future wife, Jan, at the bridge or the children looking at turtles.

“The kids used to like to come and sit and watch the river and fish off the bridge,” Janet recalled.

It was also a special place for Jack. “It was Jack’s oasis down there,” Janet said.

John Lewis ‘Jack’ Heaman passed away in 2014 at the age of 79.

“It’s awesome this property is being dedicated to our Dad, Jack Heaman,” said Sandra (née Heaman) Vanos, one of Janet’s and Jack’s three children.

She said it is nice that people will have a quiet place and “thinking spot” where they can go to find solace.

Larry Heaman, another of Janet’s and Jack’s children, shared what the property means to him.

“When I was a teenager I used to come down here periodically just because it was a quiet, tranquil place and a nice place to sit and watch the river and collect your thoughts and watch the turtles and the muskrats,” he recalled. “It would be my hope that future generations could continue to have that experience.”

Jack Heaman maintained the tract of land almost like a park, Janet’s and Jack’s son Rick recalled.

“Dad was proud of the property,” Rick said. “I’m proud that Mom has donated the property – she came up with the idea and we supported it. We thought it was a good idea once she thought of it. It seems like the right thing to do.”

Peter Twynstra, Ailsa Craig resident and a volunteer founding board member of the HTLTC, said he knew Jack a long time as a “fixture in the community” as Jack had worked for years at the County of Middlesex roads department.

“Thank you, Janet, and the whole Heaman family, for your very kind gesture of considering the land trust (to entrust with this property),” Twynstra said. He invited ceremony guests to look around not only at the glorious sunshine of the ceremony day but also at the trees and beauty of an “absolutely wonderful” property. It is a natural space of great quality and importance to the whole community and for all who love nature, he said, and “I can tell you the Heaman family loves nature.”

Kate Monk, staff advisor to the land trust, said Heaman Tract is an important “piece of the puzzle” to protect the Ausable River and Lake Huron.

“Everything along the river is important. This is the Ausable River down here,” Monk said at the ceremony. The Ausable River “starts just outside of Staffa in Perth County, and it comes all the way down through Huron County and into Middlesex County, and from here down through Ailsa Craig it goes to Arkona, and then it makes its way up and enters Lake Huron at Port Franks.” Through this donation “we can protect this property for generations to come. People will be able to come and enjoy it and walk through here.”

The tract has many tree species and a lovely waterway for canoeing and fishing. Birds that visit include Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and American Goldfinches.

“They all fly through here,” said Janet. “I think Jack would be thrilled” that the property is preserved for the future.

Janet added that it was “wonderful” to have her children with her at the ceremony.

“You couldn’t ask for the day to be any better ... and a sunny day on top of it,” she said.

Heaman Tract is the fourth property donated to the land trust and the one furthest to the south. HTLTC also owns and protects Woodburne Farm, south of Goderich; Bayfield River Flats at Bayfield; and Mayhew Tract near Holmesville.

The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract from the early days of settlement. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water and nature.
For more information on the HTLTC, please call 1-888-286-2610 or visit

Clinton Kinsmen donate to local hospital foundation 

190605 Kinsmen Breakfast ProceedsThe Clinton and District Kinsmen recently presented a cheque to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Coordinator Darlene McCowan. L-r: Tyler Brady, Adam Boyer, Curtis Meyers, Paul McCullough, Darren Brenjes, Kyle Ropp, McCowan, Tom Williscraft, Dave Hanley and Greg McCullough. (Submitted photo)

On Tuesday, June 4, the Clinton & District Kinsmen presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with a cheque in the amount of $2,073.50, from the proceeds of the breakfast they hosted last fall in support of the Foundation’s CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon project.

These funds will be used towards the costs associated with the installation of a new X-Ray Unit in the Medical Imaging Department at Clinton Public Hospital (CPH).

The Clinton & District Kinsmen hosted their annual breakfast in support of the CPHF on Oct. 13, 2018 and served more than 400 people in less than four hours. The Kinsmen have made a commitment to host the breakfast again this year, which is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, the same day as the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon.

“The Clinton Public Hospital Foundation transferred funds to the hospital for the purchase of the new Digital X-Ray Unit in March of this year, with the commitment to support the project further in funding the necessary renovations for the installation of the unit. The Foundation’s goal for this year’s CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon is to raise $40,000 towards the purchase and renovations required for the installation of a new accessible shower for the in-patient unit at the hospital,” reported Darlene McCowan, Foundation coordinator. “On behalf of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and myself, I would like to thank the Kinsmen, our volunteers and those who attended the breakfast for their continued support of our hospital! We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community.”

Schuehlein new research chair of Rural Health Coaching 

Image for paperJay McFarlan, president of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, recently congratulated Sheila Schuehlein on her new role as Research Chair of Rural Health Coaching. (Submitted photo)

On May 29, Sheila Schuehlein accepted her new position as the Research Chair of Rural Health Coaching at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway).

Schuehlein has served on the Board of Directors for Gateway since 2013 and currently serves as a Director and Program Lead of "Lonely No More", a program aimed at tackling the problem of social isolation in rural seniors. In her new Chair position, she hopes to improve the well-being of rural residents through collaboratively developing and facilitating innovative research projects and community programs using a “coaching” approach to care. She incorporates a client-centred empowerment approach in all aspects of her work and believes coaching is a missing link in the current health system.

To date, Schuehlein has been a secondary investigator on four research projects with her findings published peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2014, she graduated from Duke University, completing the Integrative Medicine Health Coach Program. She was among the first cohort to successfully pass the American Board of Medicine Certification Examination for Health and Wellness Coaches, and one of only two Health Coaches in Canada with this level of expertise.

Schuehlein is the West Regional Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario, a non-profit organization that aims to make Ontario a healthier place for aging individuals. For nearly 25 years, she has developed, facilitated and evaluated health promotion initiatives geared to age related issues. For over a decade, she has also served as VON Canada’s National Seniors Wellness Project's Manager. In this role, she assisted communities across the country to develop exercise programs, such as the VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Programs®. These programs help combat social isolation and improve balance, cardiovascular health and strength in senior citizens. In 2010, her work was recognized in the Chief Public Health Officer’s “Report on Public Health in Canada”.

Gateway is happy to have Schuehlein join the team of Research Chairs, all working to deliver on the mission to improve health and quality of life for rural residents through education, communication, and research. To learn more about Gateway’s projects, visit

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





horticultural society - clinton 

The Clinton Horticultural Society are planning a Show and Tell meeting for June 19.

Those who attend are invited to bring a plant and tell the group about it. After that a plant exchange will take place. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

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

Looking ahead, interested people are invited to take part in the society’s Garden Tour on July 17 – details to follow.

Huron Song Chorus 

The Huron Song Chorus will be performing two benefit concerts for the Huron Women’s Shelter later this month.

The choir will unite their voices in song on June 17 in Seaforth at North Street United Church and again on June 19 in Goderich at Lakeshore United Church. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is by free will offering.

West Coast Antique Show

Bisback’s Farm will once again be the location for the Ontario West Coast Antique Show on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16.

The farm is located at 72040 London Road (Hwy 4) and as always admission is by donation to the Exeter Scouts who assist with the parking.

Twenty plus vendors will be on hand offering Canadiana and unique antiques. In addition, there will be a food booth manned by the Hensall Horticultural Society and the Exeter Culture Collective Jazz Band will provide entertainment. 

Entrepreneurial workshops 

What does it take to be a first-time entrepreneur?

Not sure how to start up a business? Perhaps you have an idea for a business, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you don't have an idea yet, but know you want to work for yourself!

People are invited to attend a free “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” event sponsored by the Huron County Economic Development department at FauxPop Station in Goderich on Thursday, June 27. Then sign up for additional workshops offered in a 12-part series, to find out what it takes to start up a business, from concept to commercialization.

Come solo, with a business partner, or a friend for an evening of inspiration starting at 6 p.m. To register visit:

ABCF scholarship 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship for 2019. The Conservation Foundation awards this bursary to the winner of an application process.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28 by 4:30 p.m. For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the website at this link:

The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related (environmental) course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.

Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe; Bluewater; Central Huron; Huron East; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Perth South; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; South Huron; Warwick; and West Perth.

The ABCF has presented this annual $1,000 bursary since 2010. Past winners have included: Ryan Finnie (2010); Raina Vingerhoeds (2011); Greg Urquhart (2012); Ryan Carlow (2013); Connor Devereaux (2014); Barb Alber (2015); Samantha Bycraft (2016); Marina Lather (2017); and Ethan Quenneville (2018).
Full details on eligibility are included on the application form available online at


As a result of ongoing staff recruitment challenges, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is restructuring laboratory operations to ensure timely and appropriate support to patients in their emergency departments, inpatient units and registered hospital clinics.

Community laboratory services at the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) and the Seaforth Community Hospital (SPH) will no longer be offered effective Monday, June 17 until further notice. This applies to “walk-in community patients” only. Laboratory services will continue to be provided to inpatients, hospital clinic patients and the emergency department.

Similar changes were made at the St Marys Memorial Hospital in March. At this time the laboratory department at Stratford General Hospital remains open for community patients. The Clinton Family Health Team will continue to offer laboratory specimen collections in their offices for rostered patients. The Huron community Family Health Team in Seaforth will direct patients to Dynacare Laboratories located in the same building.

Alternate laboratories for community patient specimen collection include the following:
• LifeLabs with locations in Stratford, Listowel, Zurich, Mitchell, Milverton and Wingham
• Dynacare Laboratories and Health Services Centre with locations in Stratford, Seaforth and Goderich

The HPHA apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of those who use their services.

Anyone with questions or concerns should please contact Program Director of Diagnostics, Graeme Johnston at 519 272-8210 Ext 2604.

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.


Anyone looking for a great venue to sell crafts, promote a business or sell fundraising tickets?

The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 16-18. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40. Hydro will cost an extra $10 per day. More space is available for $1 per foot.

Interested parties are asked to please fill out the application at and send it to Anna Needles at

Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!







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, judging from the garb this photo was taken at another Admiral Bayfield event. Does anyone remember the history behind it or recognize the people in the photo? 



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



Bayfield LionessIn 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.

Their names can be found in the Remember Me section of the Bayfield Breeze dated June 5, 2019 Vol.10 Week 24 Issue 516.

Issue 517 

volunteer fire dept 

In Issue 517, 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.

This image of the Bayfield Volunteer Fire Department was taken by staff at the Clinton News-Record. The caption noted that it was the last privately-owned department in Ontario. FR l-r: Ken Brandon, Tom Penhale, Pat Graham, Bob Snell, Arnold Makins, assistant chief; Don Warner, chief; Les Elliott, treasurer; Gary Triebner, Bill Talbot, Don Lindsay and Steve Argyle. BR l-r: Bob Orr, Joe Koene, Walter Turner, Don Haw and Jim Francis.



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48033605642_4b09e3bd04_kAccording to event organizers, the BICC’s event has been deemed the preferred international tournament by the players and the local club is thrilled to host it.  

48026771476_01ac2a6e98_kTop US player Stuart Lawrence from Massachusetts lines up his final peel to win the tournament Championship.  

48026955517_f14838df72_kLou Schenck from the Bayfield club plays a long shot - wearing his cap backwards to confuse his opponent.

48026811543_5513473147_kThe event was sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.  

48026810636_0bdb75b3ed_kBayfielder Nick Howell (holding mallet) explains one of the finer points of the game to his opponent, Michael Albert, a top American player from Florida.  

48026800646_6f6927176d_kChris Percival-Smith, Victoria, BC takes a break in the shade at the Bayfield Courts.  

48026838396_f3aec9d08e_kThe weather over the weekend tournament certainly cooperated to allow for stellar performances by such players as Peter Westaway, NZ, (foreground) and Donna Dixon, of Mission Hills, California.  

48026903062_790ac8939e_kDuring the first three days the 26 contestants played over 200 games on courts in both Bayfield and Seaforth to try to qualify for one of the eight spots in the semi-finals and finals played on Sunday.  

48036723642_7b79ce5b9d_kOver the past five years the tournament has grown from a small regional event with a limited number of contestants to the largest tournament in Canada.  

48026803636_21e2d07501_kGeorge Saad, of Chicago, played in the games on Friday.  

48033556478_c338c4f0d2_kJohn Erb, of Bayfield, played on the courts in Seaforth on Saturday as part of the A Flight.  

48036726422_21bd130cb5_kPhil Parsons, of Toronto, played in the games on Sunday on the Bayfield courts.



For four days last week, June 6-9, there was some serious competitive action at the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC). The Club hosted its annual International Open Croquet Tournament with top players from around the world.

During the first three days the 26 contestants played over 200 games on courts in both Bayfield and Seaforth to try to qualify for one of the eight spots in the semi-finals and finals played on Sunday.

“This tournament provides some of the best croquet played anywhere,” said David Wise from Australia. “I also love the social events and this gorgeous little village. I make it a point to come every year.”

In the Championship flight, the tournament winner was Stuart Lawrence from New York, who played the final match against Jim Wright, one of Canada’s top players.

In the A Flight, Cal Scotchmer, a seasoned Bayfield player, relied on his years of experience to eke out a win over rookie John Davies, also from Bayfield. The crowd of spectators was breathless as Scotchmer took his final shot from six feet to win the final.

Dave MacLaren, president of the BICC, was extremely pleased with the success of the tournament.

“Over the past five years our tournament has grown from a small regional event with a limited number of contestants to the largest tournament in Canada with accomplished international competitors vying to enter,” he said.

The tournament included the best Canadian players from BC and Ontario and many top players from the US (Florida, New York and California). Other players came from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

MacLaren also extended the BICC’s appreciation to the sponsors of the tournament, Steamwhistle Brewing and Deb Penhale at Lake Huron Real Estate.

The BICC welcomes new members. Check out their website by visiting

48026871773_b2ffe86f5c_kDonna Dixon from Mission Hills, California, shows a big smile after making an impossible shot.

48026888927_8a2fa1e3fc_kMichael Albert from Florida played with a very patriotic mallet.

48026835646_31ab87c3eb_kDon Cook, of Bayfield, took part in the games on Friday at the Bayfield courts.

48033656042_34ab88ec72_k Arlene Parker, of Bayfield, took part in the A Flight games in Seaforth on Saturday.

48036706053_275e6b077f_kSome of the world’s best croquet players gathered in Bayfield in for the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament this past weekend. The Bayfield International Croquet Club invited residents to come out and watch the games.  

48036709426_ae66e7221e_kCal Scotchmer, of Bayfield, made the match on Sunday very entertaining for the spectators.  

48036782807_0ae40b7f58_kIn the A Flight, Cal Scotchmer (right), a seasoned Bayfield player, relied on his years of experience to eke out a win over rookie John Davies, also from Bayfield.  


48036718206_23657afae5_kBill Rowat, of Bayfield, presents Stuart Lawrence, of New York, with a cheque for taking the Championship flight. Also pictured is runner up Jim Mitchell.   

48036739331_bffeeacdd2_kBill Rowat presents Cal Scotchmer, of Bayfield with a cheque for winning the A Flight in the tournament. Also shown is runner-up John Davies (far right). 



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Planting into the sunset hours.

Planting into the sunset hours...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







Back in the early days of my career I wrote a lot of historical features for the local papers I worked for. I spent a lot of time heading to the library to view issues on microfiche and at other times went straight to the museum to turn the pages of the actual newspapers stored in climate-control.

So, I’m pretty excited to report that the Bayfield Breeze will soon be included in the Huron County Digitized Newspaper collection. This project of digitizing papers, the earliest of which dates back to 1848, is a wonderful way to preserve our history and make it accessible to all.

Of course, the Bayfield Breeze is already digitized so it should make adding it to the collection a simple process. Issues from 2009 to 2018 will be available in the near future with additions to the collection provided one calendar year after receipt. I really like the fact that our body of work will now be accessible in two places online – on our own website as well as at alongside our predecessors the Bayfield Post, and if permission can be granted, the Bayfield Bulletin. – Melody




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

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


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
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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