Bookmark and Share   June 14, 2017   Vol. 8 Week 25 Issue 415

Perfect day for best ball 


Kim Muszynski, Brian Moody, John Knight and Tom Grasby emerged as the champions of the Bayfield Optimist Club’s annual Golf Tournament held at the Bayview Golf Club on June 10. Grasby accepted the trophy on behalf of the team from Optimist Jay Fisher (right).  

Kim Muszynski, Brian Moody, John Knight and Tom Grasby emerged as the champions of the Bayfield Optimist Club’s annual Golf Tournament held at the Bayview Golf Club on June 10.

Seventy-two players took part in the best ball style tournament that featured a hot dog lunch, due to the generosity of Bayfield Foodland.

Huron Shores Catering provided the evening meal and all enjoyed a Silent Auction and 50/50 draw during the cocktail hour. Prizes were presented to all golfers through a random draw. It is estimated that the tournament raised over $5,000 for the Optimist Club’s Friend of Youth projects.IMG_7561
The Ladies Champions were Mary Warner, Kim Kruse, Shirley Schilbe and Carol Kruse.

IMG_7564The Mixed Team winners were Vic and Jane Gillman and Mary and Bill Wilkinson.  

hIgh-speed Internet allows people to work wherever 

Tony Scott (Photo courtesy London Free Press)

Tony Scott is the founder and president of Akira Studio, an established web-based tech company that designs, develops and hosts websites for over 450 companies across the globe. Akira employs web developers, software engineers, network analysts and content creators that work together to optimize the online presence and competitiveness of a business. All of these jobs require high skills, are in demand, and can be performed anywhere – anywhere with a high-speed Internet connection.

“My team and I rely on high-speed fibre to meet with clients using video conferencing and to connect with web servers based all over the world,” said Scott. “The nature of our work means that we can choose to work wherever we want.”

Just like many others in the growing cohort of successful Millennial entrepreneurs, balancing work and lifestyle is an important goal for Scott. Drawn to the lifestyle benefits and sense of community in rural Huron County, Scott wants to relocate fulltime - himself and Akira Studio headquarters - to his seasonal residence located south of the Village of Bayfield. However, the Internet service currently available to his rural residence isn’t able to meet his business needs.

“I know there are other people like myself who want to relocate and work from nicer surroundings like those found in Huron County - especially the Millennials who have a life ethic of not wanting to work in a fixed office during regular hours,” added Scott.

In April, Huron County Council partnered with Comcentric – a cooperative of local Internet service providers - to submit an application to the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate program. The project proposes to connect 98 per cent of Huron County’s population with high-speed fibre within three years. To leverage federal investment in this project, which is expected to cost a total of $31.5M, County Council has committed 22 per cent or $7M over seven years to help make it happen.

“Huron County’s project to expand broadband connectivity would attract highly-skilled labor and the human capital that comes along with it to rural Ontario,” said Huron County Warden Jim Ginn. “However, we can’t build this infrastructure alone and are calling on the federal government to partner with us.”

For Scott, having reliable high-speed fibre is the difference between being in business and not being in business. Huron County Council recognizes this reality and is trying to attract these entrepreneurs and grow the regional economy.

“Expanding high-speed connectivity is a top priority of Council,” added Warden Ginn.

Home to 60,000 full-time residents, Huron County is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in Ontario. Major sectors of the local economy include agri-business, manufacturing, professional services and tourism.

ABCA Shoreline Management open house draws crowd 

The first of two public information open houses on shoreline management drew about 170 people. Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and coastal engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd., presented at the meeting, which was held at the Zurich Arena on Saturday, June 3.

The two speakers are also scheduled to present at an open house at Legacy Recreation Centre Hall, 16 Allen Street, Thedford, ON on June 17. The open house will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The presentations begin at 10:30 a.m.

Davidson-Arnott presented on the topics of shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection. Duckett spoke on different types of shore protection that can be considered and Development of Policies and Procedures for review of applications for Shore Protection Structures along the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) shoreline.

Links to professionally-videotaped videos of their presentations, when they were presented to the ABCA Board of Directors in April and May, are posted on the shoreline management web page at

ABCA is hosting the open houses as part of the 2015-2018 Update of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) which has been in effect since 2000. The Conservation Authority started a process in 2015 to update technical information to support updates to the 2000 SMP document. The 2017 open houses provide information on the existing plan and current policies as well as an update on the technical work completed to date to support future updates.

The review of local development policies contained in the SMP 2000 is not expected until 2018, according to ABCA. The SMP identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. Updates to the SMP will provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. Updates will provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends.

To learn more about shoreline management, along the ABCA shoreline, visit the SMP Update page online at at this link: Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management along the shoreline of the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates you may visit this link: More than 400 people have subscribed to this online newsletter.

Rural response marking milestone anniversary 


Rural Response for Healthy Children is hosting “Paddle + Party” – two events in one day to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The date is Sunday, July 9 and all are invited to join in one or both events to celebrate and toast the future!

To begin the day – paddle at Windmill Lake and Eco Park, near Bayfield.

Teams of four are welcome to register and participate in a relay heat and final race for each relay winner. Racing on stand-up paddleboards (SUP), two team members paddle their way across the lake while the other two, team members run to the other side of the lake to meet them. Then the team members switch roles and return to the starting point. The winning team from each relay will move onto the final race.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with an optional Team Warm-Up Yoga led by Jennifer Reaburn, plus PFD fittings and reading and signing of waivers. Dianne Brandon will be taking lots of photos so participants should be ready to smile and have some fun.

At 10 a.m. the Relay Races commence. There will be up to eight relay races and one final race.

Team Registration Fee is $100. Registration deadline is June 30. To register go to:

Registration includes; PFDs for each participant, team warm-up yoga, one stand-up paddle board rental per team, swag bag, team photo for each member and a 10 per cent discount for each member’s family to enjoy their choice of activities at Windmill Lake the day of the event.

Later in the day – party at Hessenland Country Inn located along the coast near the Village of St Joseph.

The party kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with an assortment of activities and mingling for guests. There are self-guided, vineyard walking tours where guests explore the rows of vines surrounding the Inn and learn about the variety of grapes being grown on 1.5 acres.

Guests may use their two inclusive tasting tickets to try local beer and wine. Listen to live jazz music provided by Scott Chow while previewing fabulous live auction items donated by artists, residents and local businesses.

Dinner commences at 6 p.m., followed by a Live Auction.

Tickets are $100 per person. Each ticket is eligible for a $60 charitable receipt from Rural Response for Healthy Children. Tables seat eight guests, so gather some friends for a beautiful summer evening at Hessenland Country Inn. Tickets are available from Board members or by calling 519 482-8777, please ask for Nicole.

ABCA announces New Employees for permit department

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority has announced that it has hired Daniel King as the new Regulations Coordinator and it is promoting Meghan Tydd-Hrynyk to the position of Planning and Regulations Officer. (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced that it has hired Daniel King as the new Regulations Coordinator and it is promoting Meghan Tydd-Hrynyk to the position of Planning and Regulations Officer.

“The planning and regulations program plays an important role protecting life and property from natural hazards and we believe these two staff members will be wonderful assets in their important roles in that work,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA’s Water and Planning supervisor.

Daniel King has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo with a Water Resources Option. He completed a Master of Engineering and Public Policy at McMaster University. He also has experience presenting to municipal decision makers as a finalist in the Cities of Tomorrow competition hosted by the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario.

“Daniel will be a valuable addition to this department,” said Cade. “Daniel brings with him a great deal of knowledge and interpersonal skills which will be great assets as he works closely with local property owners to respond to requests for permits.”

King has held positions at engineering consulting firms throughout Ontario and British Columbia. This has fostered in him a strong set of skills communicating science and engineering to clients in a variety of industries and the public sector.

The new Regulations Coordinator said he is pleased to be in this new role. He said his training in environmental engineering has “made me first and foremost a problem solver.”

The newest member of the ABCA staff replaces Andrew Bicknell, who assumed the role of the new Manager of Public Works at the Municipality of Bluewater after having served many years at the conservation authority.

ABCA’s regulations program has also announced that Tydd-Hrynyk, formerly the Planning and Regulations Assistant, has been named Planning and Regulations Officer.

“Ever since Meghan came to us from Conservation Halton she has become someone upon whom we rely as a major asset to this program and we are pleased to announce that she is taking a more significant role as Planning and Regulations Officer,” said Cade.

She graduated in 2007 from the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Urban Planning program at Fanshawe College. Prior to joining ABCA in 2015, she worked at Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) and Conservation Halton. She said her previous work as a GIS and Cartographic Specialist is helpful in her new role as “it gives me the ability to understand the mapping and to provide valuable information and to respond effectively to questions.”

The conservation authority mandate includes prevention of loss of life and property damage from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion. It accomplishes this through programs, including planning and regulations, supported by the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 147/06 (the Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses).

ABCA invites anyone who requires a permit through the conservation authority to contact King or Tydd-Hrynk to find out more about the permitting process.

sitter wins maple 150 contest 

Bonnie Sitter's winning photograph for the Maple 150 contest. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)

More than 20 people entered Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Maple 150 photo contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year in 2017. A judging panel selected a short list of the top photos and the Board of Directors of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) reviewed the short-listed photos and chose a photo by Bonnie Sitter, of Exeter, as the winning entry. The photo is an autumn scene of the bright red Sugar Maples along Bannockburn Line, north of Mill Road near Varna.

“We were moved by all the beautiful photos and stories that people shared showing majestic and storied Maple trees in our local watershed communities. We heard of the importance of Maple trees in the lives of citizens,” said Kate Monk, ABCA’s manager of Stewardship, Land and Education. “The photos were all great but the winning photo was a stand-out and it is visually stunning, capturing the eye with its bold and contrasting colours along a beautiful country road.”

The winning photographer receives a 200-centimetre (six-foot-tall) Autumn Blaze Maple tree for winning and she has chosen to donate it to the site of Jessica’s House (Residential Hospice Campaign) in Exeter for planting next year.

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, ABCA held a photo contest to feature the Maple tree. The conservation authority encouraged people to post Maple tree photos and stories, with the hashtag #Maple150, to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year in 2017. Some of the entries are posted on the watershed Facebook page at:

The Maple tree has played a major role in Canada’s history and the Maple remains a powerful Canadian symbol today.

“In my travels throughout our watershed I have seen some fantastic Maple trees in farmyards, woodlots, and old fencerows,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist.

To learn more visit

countryside and coastline theme of county showcase 

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Themed “Countryside and Coastline”, Huron County’s Showcase is comprised of a trio of tents and a connecting outdoor space. (Submitted photos)  

At each International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) the host County puts forth a large exhibit to showcase how they see themselves, what they are proud of, and their amazing experiences. The team putting together the County of Huron’s Showcase is ready and will not disappoint.

Themed “Countryside and Coastline”, Huron County’s Showcase is comprised of a trio of tents and a connecting outdoor space. A tent designed to highlight the Countryside, profiling all nine municipalities, their unique features, and our agriculture dynasty in Huron County. Another will highlight the Coastline, where natural and built heritage will be featured, our arts and culture communities will be profiled, and a beach bar sampling our emerging and dynamic local microbreweries and wineries. There will also be two distinct outdoor displays allowing you to get up close to the County Vehicles and a native Species Forestry Walk, highlighting Indigenous agriculture traditions.

IPM Capture 1The County of Huron Showcase Tent is proud to be an inclusive exhibit making provisions to ensure accessibility to all.

“The County of Huron Showcase team has set four objectives”, explained Jenna Ujiye, co-ordinator of the Huron County Showcase Tent. “Showcase Huron County as an amazing place to live and visit, highlight the exceptional agricultural production of Huron County, promote the economic opportunities within Huron County, and illustrate the quality of life available in Huron County.”

Interactive programming will support the major focus area displays outlined: local musicians, commodities display, ignite speaker series, guided tours, heritage displays, art installations and creations. The County of Huron Showcase Tent is proud to be an inclusive exhibit making provisions to ensure accessibility to all. They are doing this by building a boardwalk throughout the entire display, all built from sustainably farmed wood from Huron County tracts.

show recreation of mid-70s McCartney concert 

There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. (Submitted photo)  

There appears to be a real appetite for good quality tribute bands these days and therefore the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is thrilled to announce that “The McCartney Years” will be taking to the stage to perform at the hall on June 24.

There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. And this is it. Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein, the man who brought the original Beatles to North America, as “the best on the scene today”, The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970s McCartney concert.

Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band has a commitment to 100 per cent live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience. The show is period true, technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. It has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work. And in addition fans report that it is a blast to watch and listen to.

In addition to Pool the cast includes: Laura Gagnon as Linda McCartney; David Usselman as Denny Laine; Braden DeCooman as Jimmy McCullough; Dean McKey as Joe English and Hubert Orlowski - backing vocals, keyboards.

These amazing musicians will be performing songs written by McCartney, according to the band’s website they perform “note for note, harmonies and riffs - every song is played with nothing pre-recorded and to the standard set by McCartney himself in the early 1970's."

Fans are encouraged to relive their passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performed sold-out shows across Canada and been featured on CNN. Visit their website at

Tickets are expected to sell out so be sure to get them soon. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door, if any are left). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets, call Nick at 519 565-2556 or Sue at 519 565-2551, or go to Ernie King Music, 37 West Street, Goderich, or

The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this event.

all welcome to celebrate the success of camp klahanie 

It has been a celebration four years in the making and it is but three sleeps away! The Board of Directors for Goderich Lions Club’s Camp Klahanie will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration at the camp on Black Point’s Road to unveil the revitalized property on June 17.

“This day is being organized to thank all of the donors and volunteers that have helped to make our vision of Camp Klahanie come true. In 2013 we had a couple of buildings with roofs that were leaking and foundations that were shifted from cold weather because the camp had been closed for four years and no one local was allowed to maintain the buildings,” said Genelle Reid, secretary for the Board of Directors and an event organizer. “Now the camp is alive again. With about $400,000 in improvements it is probably one of the best facilities for youth to camp at around.”

Reid explained that everyone in the community is invited to come and see the improvements to the camp property and join in the celebration. Guided tours will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. of the new Comfort Station and three newly constructed bunkhouses with the main corporate and service club donors in attendance: Libro, AVIVA, Goderich Lioness and the Goderich Kinettes.

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Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy children’s performer Richard Knectel (aka Dickie Bird) who will be acting as a strolling minstrel and performing pocket magic as the event progresses. He will also be putting on three stage shows at approximately 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Children will also be able to get a Glitter Tattoo and spend some time in the Jurassic Adventureland Inflatable.

A hotdog barbecue will begin at 11 a.m. and the first 150 visitors to the food booth will receive a celebratory cupcake!

As parking around the camp property is limited, attendees are asked to park in the parking lot at the end of Black’s Point Road. They will be transported to and from the camp property by a “People Mover”!

The day is free for everyone but goodwill donations are always appreciated or people are welcome to bid on some silent auction items that will be offered including a $500 travel voucher for VIA Rail, Blyth Festival passes, tickets to the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre and Steam Whistle Brewery.

Please note the evening fundraiser event, "Campfire Experience" has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. 

Bayfield Hearing Clinic, Bayfield and Clinton Optimist Clubs, Doug Culbert Land Surveyor, Edward Fuels, Lake Huron Realty, Remax Reliable Realty – Brian Coombs, and Wade Berard Plumbing are all sponsors for this grand opening event and organizers are thankful for their support.

attendance lacking but enthusiasm Great 


_MG_1014Several gallant hikers took to the Mavis’ Trail to take part in a Scavenger Hunt organized by members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.  

_MG_1025The winners were presented with a trophy.

Sunday, June 11, was a beautiful day in Bayfield, perhaps a little too hot for trail walking and more suited to swimming in the lake. However, several gallant hikers assembled at the start of Mavis’ Trail to embark upon a Scavenger Hunt organized by members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

The aim was for teams to find and collect 12 items along the trail route, ranging from Fir cones and Maple leaves to snail shells and worms. Two outstanding teams comprised Roy and Alysha, and Lindsay and Latisha van Bab. Both teams managed to find 11 of the 12 items listed, only failing to locate ‘a broken egg shell’. Roy and Alysha, were declared winners, this was decided by the longest blade of grass they had found and the trophy was duly awarded.

Next on the BRVTA's agenda is a hike at the Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on June 22.

Starting at 9 a.m. join hike leaders for an early summer hike at Naftel's Creek Conservation Area. The Naftel’s Creek trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow hikers to enjoy the wetland. Hikers can watch for trout as they cross the Naftel’s Creek bridge. The trail is 3 KMs long, difficulty is level 2 and the hike will take approximately 1.5 hours. Located 7 KMs south of Goderich at 79152 Bluewater Hwy between Union and Kitchigami Roads. Parking is available and all are welcome.

The hike leaders will be Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 565-4605; and Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884.

_MG_1015The aim was for teams to find and collect 12 items along the trail route, ranging from Fir cones and Maple leaves to snail shells and worms.





MG Car Show

“Mr. MG” John Thornley (right) is pictured with the owner of the MG Car Company, Cecil Kimber. The Thornley family has a Bayfield connection with John being the uncle of Rob MacFie, of Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

The Ashwood Inn will be hosting the first annual Brits in Bayfield MG Car Show on June 17th.

This event will be a celebration of the Iconic MG and the man deeply responsible for making it what it still is today. All are welcome and admission is free.

Visitors can expect a fun day of cars, a BBQ, and live music as well as a special appearance by two of John Thornley’s children – Peter and Diana. John was the founder of the MG Car Club and later the General Manager of the MG Car Company. He became known as “Mr. MG”. He died in 1994.

Cars are scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. Peter will be signing copies of his book Mr. MG starting at 11:30 a.m. A BBQ will begin at noon followed by live music on the lawn at The Ashwood starting at 1:30 p.m. Prizes for best in class will be handed out on Saturday afternoon with judging by Peter at 2:30 p.m. Participants will embark on a village cruise led by Peter at 4 p.m. The day will end with cocktails and MG Trivia on the patio at The Ashwood followed by a 5 p.m. dinner at the Bourbon Bar.

“Mr. MG” John Thornley (right) is pictured with the owner of the MG Car Company, Cecil Kimber. The Thornley family has a Bayfield connection with John being the uncle of Rob MacFie, of Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

Blue Flag unfurled 

All in the community are invited to come and help celebrate the renewed Blue Flag status for Bayfield’s Main Beach and Marina on June 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Rain Gardens on Colina Street in the village.

Led by Kelly Vader, the Bluewater Beach Committee and members of Pioneer Park will offer visitors a tour of the rain gardens followed by a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. which will include remarks by Mayor of Bluewater Tyler Hessel and Pioneer Park representatives. There will also be a presentation by Brett Tryon of Blue Flag Canada.

The celebrations move to beach level at 2:10 p.m. for a session on Storm Water Sampling led by Hope Brock, of ABCA, Sandy Scotchmer and the Bluewater Beach Committee.

The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a Main Beach Inspection led by Mari Veliz, Erica Clark, Arlene Parker and the Bluewater Beach Committee. This session will include: Sand Erosion Controls, Stormceptor Installation, Dune plantings, #LoveYourGreats initiative, Butt Free Beach program and Blue Community.

For more information please contact Arlene Parker at 519 236-4351 Ex. 235.

Councilor’s Corner

The 3rd Thursday of the month has rolled around again and that means it's time for Councilor’s Corner, June 15.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will be held in the Bayfield Arena starting at 7 p.m.

Spencer Burton

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Looking for something musical to do on Friday night?

Singer-songwriter Spencer Burton will be performing live at The Little Inn starting at 7:30 p.m. on June 16.

General Admission tickets are available now for $15 at

Plaid for Dad

The JMR Collections, Elements of Design, The Pink Flamingo Bakery and The Little Shed Flower Co. are all on board to support the #plaidfordad National Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign and they challenge other Bayfield businesses to do the same. Let's unite for a great cause and paint Bayfield Plaid for Dad!

On Father’s Day, June 18, drop by to get a “Dad Dog” at a fundraising BBQ to be held across from the Bayfield Public Library. The BBQ will begin at noon and go until sold out! One hundred per cent of the profits will go to Plaid for Dad. Volunteers and donations are greatly appreciated for this event. Please contact The JMR Collections for more information.

From now until Father’s Day when people drop by any of the participating Bayfield businesses, and donate any amount they will receive a plaid 'tie' for their wrist, hair, purse, belt loop - where ever someone would like to wear it, to bring awareness to this cause.

Not going to be in Bayfield? No problem. Go to and search for The JMR Collections Workplace donation page. Help spread awareness and donate for a cure!

Decoration Day

The annual Bayfield Cemetery Decoration Day Service will be held Sunday, June 25 and will be led by Pastor Randy Banks from the Brucefield United Church.

Weather permitting the service will be held outdoors beginning at 2 p.m. It will be held near the chapel so those who attend are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the service will move inside the chapel.

Historical society 

World War II has generated untold numbers of printed stories from first-hand accounts to “twenty-twenty” hind sight insights, tales of heroism and tales of politics, but on this side of the pond invariably the view point is from the Western world.

Author Douglas Gagel has taken first hand conversations with his father and written a book based on his father’s military service, the horrors he faced in war and the difficulties in making it back home again, Albin Gagel served in the German Army.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), as part of their Speaker’s Series, is honored to present the author of the book “Fuhrer, Folk and Fatherland: A Soldier’s Story”. It may give some thought provoking viewpoints on a very important historical topic.

This month’s meeting will be on Monday, June 26, commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting, memberships are available and all are welcome to attend.

Boundary Walk

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Participants in the Canada Day Bayfield Boundary Walk will receive a commemorative trail badge. (Submitted photo)  

Everyone is invited to celebrate Canada’s 1-5-0 with the largest ever trail celebration!

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) invites one and all to join them in Clan Gregor Square on July 1st starting at 11 a.m. to take part in a Bounday Walk of Bayfield to mark the anniversary of our home and native land!

Participants are encouraged to wear red and white as they hike or stroll the perimeter of Bayfield with other community members. This walk will use existing pathways, trails, and roads and follow a part of Bayfield’s perimeter. Return to Clan Gregor Square for a mass singing of “Oh Canada” at noon, led by a very special guest!

Walkers must register to participate. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. at the Gazebo in Clan Gregor. Participants will receive a commemorative trail badge.

To learn more visit

The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884 and Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.

Canada Day BBQ 

Fun, flags and food! In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, a family-friendly community event for local residents and visitors is being planned for Saturday, July 1st at the Bayfield Arena. Everyone is invited to dress in red and white and drop in between 4-8 p.m. to enjoy music, a great BBQ beef and ham supper and entertainment for all ages.

Snippitty The Clown will kick off the party for the young and the young at heart with face-painting, tricks and balloons. Children will also enjoy Canada flags and tattoo giveaways plus some other surprises! Entertainment continues with the Bayfield Ukulele Society taking the stage at 5:15 p.m. to perform a coast-to-coast set of Canadian folksongs and favorites that will be sure to have the audience singing along. At 6:30 p.m. London songbird Nicole Coward follows with her all-Canadian set featuring songs ranging from Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan to Great Big Sea. Feel free to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music after supper.

The traditional July 1st BBQ Beef and Ham supper served up by St. Andrew’s United Church will provide the usual delicious meal that has been enjoyed on July 1st in Bayfield for over 40 years. The buffet line begins at 4 p.m. and of course features a selection of homemade pies. This year additional desserts will include assorted cakes along with festive red and white cupcakes in celebration of this special national birthday party. Bayfield Brewing Co., the area’s newest craft brewery, will also be on hand for those who wish to toast the occasion with a pint.

Other beverages will include lemonade and fresh Bayfield tap water off “The Blue Bayfield” water cart. In keeping with a ‘green’ environmental mandate, the organizers are also reducing waste by ensuring all paper plates, cutlery and cups are recyclable or compostable.

Admission to this event, that includes the supper, is $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12, with free entry for preschoolers. Advance tickets are available at The Spotted Cow on Main Street in Bayfield, at or call St. Andrew’s United Church and leave a message at 519 565-2854.

Tickets will also be sold at the Bayfield Farmers Market on Friday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Capacity is limited and as this is the only local community event celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st organizers suggest buying tickets early as a crowd is expected. A small number of tickets will be available at the door and take out meals will be available.

Rummage Sale 

The Pioneer Park Association would like to remind all villagers and area residents that they are gratefully accepting donations for the 70th annual rummage sale held this year on July 14th.

Outside sales will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the doors will open at the Bayfield Arena at 7 p.m.

Volunteers will happily accept donated items at the green Quonset hut located at 76614 Bluewater Hwy. Pat and Ron Reder have once again generously donated this storage facility. Volunteers will be at the Quonset Hut on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon to receive and sort your items right up until the week prior to the sale.

Organizers are unable to accept large appliances, televisions, strollers/infant cribs, or clothing/shoes.

Contact Nick Howell at 519 565-2551 to arrange the pick up of items the day before sale after 11 a.m.

Anyone wishing to volunteer may email organizers, or call 519 525-8836 help is especially needed in sorting at the Quonset Hut on the two days prior to the sale.

Hensall Hall

Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Hensall Heritage Hall in the style of the original opening in 1914 on June 24th.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be Bicycle Decorating in the Dr. Smilie Parkette followed by a parade. Youngsters are asked to bring their bikes to the Parkette and decorate it for the Bicycle Parade taking place at 12:30 p.m. For $2 all supplies will be provided. Please register through the Hall’s Facebook Page. Clowns, balloon animals and face painting will also be offered.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Hensall Heritage Hall will take place at 1 p.m.
Listen for the Town Crier’s call at 12:45 p.m. He will welcome everyone to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Also at this time attendees can meet the Hensall Heritage Hall Committee and be the first to enter the new and improved Hall!

An Open House at the Hall will run until 4 p.m. Visitors will explore exhibits and discover a world gone by plus they can enjoy musical entertainment all afternoon.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red and white as organizers also celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. There will be antique cars and farm equipment on King Street. Plus traditional Yorkshire dancing by Morris Dancers at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Onsite food will be available and catered by Hensall United Church.

For more information visit


Are you interested in the night sky? Then attending a Star Party hosted by the West Coast Astronomers may be right for you.

A star party is a gathering of amateur astronomers and interested participants to contemplate and observe our night skies. Huron County is a good dark sky area with less light pollution and in turn, allows for better viewing.

Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes and binoculars, but this is not mandatory. The night sky viewings may include planets and stars; deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

There is no charge and no age limit. Children must be supervised and accompanied by an adult.

Upcoming dates for viewing in the Bayfield area are June 22, July 24 and Aug. 15.

Please visit for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants the group can accommodate. Please use the RSVP button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled and no one will show up. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.

If you are an amateur astronomer, willing to bring your telescope, and share your knowledge with others, please contact the number listed above in advance.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will host their next installment of “Saturdays at the Library” on June 24.

Leslee Squirrel, hobby artist, will be back at the Bayfield Public Library to lead a workshop on how to “Paint the Bayfield Sunset in Acrylics”.

Squirrel is an award winning interior designer, a college professor and a long time cottager in the village. She was also a founding member of the Bayfield Artist Guild.

Those who wish to pick up a brush are asked to pre-register for the program, as space is limited. The session will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please call the library at 519 565-2886 and leave your name and phone number. Anyone who just wants to watch the artists at work is welcome!

Geography Challenger

Congratulations from the community are sent to Ben Woodward, a village summer resident, who recently won the Canadian Geographic Challenge in Ottawa.

The Grade 10 student who hails from London, ON volunteered at the Bayfield Archives on Main Street last summer and this year has a summer job at Shop Bike Coffee.

He credits the Bayfield Public Library with helping prepare him for the challenge as he borrowed many geography-related books from the library last summer to study.

The prize is a pretty exciting trip and a $5,000 cash award! To learn more visit:

Trip of the Month

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Bryan Beattie

The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is pleased to announce that Bryan Beattie, of Grand Bend, is the winner of the sixth draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The June prize is a $3,000 Alaska Cruise travel voucher package. The lottery continues with monthly draws for vacation packages to various destinations on the first Friday throughout 2017.

Our other winners have been Lindsay and Ryan Ralph, of Lucan (January); Andrea Kleiman, of Middlesex Centre (February); Ron Rader, of Exeter (March); Pauline McFadden, of Dashwood (April); and Jason Schilbe and Sharla Moore of Zurich (May).

All are invited to attend BAFHT’s Open House on Friday, June 23, from 2-4 p.m. There will be guided tours of the new clinic at 6 Goshen St. South in Zurich.

The Trip A Month lottery is part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Over a third of the goal has been raised to date so continued support is needed BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.

For further details on the project or to join the patient roster or to donate, please contact Paula at or 519 236-4413.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is seeking to fill the vacant Treasurer position on its board of directors. The Society’s mission is to promote the education of Bayfield area residents and others through the discovery, collection, classification and preservation of material about the history of Bayfield and its people. The BHS has two part time voluntary archivists who carry out directly this objective and a board that guides and supports their work.

Over the past several years, the Board including our archivist has assumed a long term lease for the building; overseen significant capital upgrades to it; designed and renovated the Heritage Centre; continued to collect and index historical materials; obtain grants/donations to hire part-time staff to help with this work and carry out projects; served thousands of visitors and people doing research; and, fundraised for the restoration of the Helen MacLeod II. Currently the BHS’s goals include contracting out the restoration of the Helen MacLeod II, continuing the valuable project work, categorizing and digitizing historical materials, increasing the visibility and profile of the BHS and being available as much as possible to visitors and researchers.

It is a fun board that is responsible for important historical work in the community. The board meets once a month in the archives building. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187 or call 519 441-3224 and leave a message.

Shipwreck presentation

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The Bayfield Public Library presents an afternoon “All About Canada's Great Lakes Ships and Shipwrecks!" with Great Lakes Explorers Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg on June 19.

The presentation will run from 2-3:30 p.m. This is a free program and everyone is welcome but registration is required.

Please call 519 565-2886 or email

What’s On at the IPM

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The 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, Sept. 19- 23 in Walton, ON is a jammed packed week with many entertainment and musical acts. First to be announced is Canadian alternative country artist Sean Hogan who is set to perform on Wednesday Sept. 20th.

Sean Hogan born and raised in Sarnia, released his debut album in 1996. In 2002 his third album Late Last Night was named Album of the Year by West Coast Music Awards and in 2003 he was named Roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. He was nominated again for this award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He has had seventeen music videos on CMT and in 2005 the Saskatchewan Country Music Association named him Humanitarian of the Year for his charitable work and contributions.

Hogan’s rising career was almost derailed in 2011 after what was thought to be a long, drawn out case of tonsillitis turned out to be stage four oral pharyngeal cancer. After six weeks of intensive chemo and radiation therapy, and six months of recovery, Hogan is now cancer-free. This experience led him to push the boundaries, play the music he wants to play, and write his latest album he named Phoenix. Hogan will be performing on Tented City’s Main Stage in the morning with a second performance on the Lounge Stage later that afternoon.

Advanced tickets for the IPM are being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 with tickets available at the gates the day of for $18 per person. More information about all the programming and events for IPM 2017 can be found online at or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.







Volume 8 

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, an image of Jessie Metcalf circa 1916. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10024 PC )

PB10024 PC Remember Me 415 

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



PB10060 PC Remember Me 411 

In Issue 411, an image taken exactly 81 years ago today on May 17, 1936 of Dorothy Hall and Earl Schneider. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB 10060 PC)


 Remember Me 412

In Issue 412, an image dated Aug. 29, 1928. Records give names for five of the seven people in the picture to be Douglas Fraser, Jack Thomson, Olive Masen, Kate Janicoch, and Jean Burchill. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10089 PC)



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Jordan Lacombe and Cory Anderson of Pet Valu had a booth at the Dog Guide Walk event held in Clan Gregor Square. Pet Valu sponsored the 2017 walk.  

 _MG_0838 Rick and Heidi Rolleman from the Barkery in Stratford had a booth set up in the park.

_MG_0845On June 4th, the 31st annual Walk for Dog Guides in Bayfield took place. The event was held in Clan Gregor Square and this year approximately 20 dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised over $9,100 for the National Dog Guide program.

Pat Pal spoke on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program as Bailey listened attentively.  

The Keynote presenter for a second year was Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear dog, Heart. Through her dad Dan’s interpretation of her signing, she told a heartwarming story of how having a Hearing Ear dog changed her life completely and forever.  

Master of Ceremonies Rob Bundy, chats with Deb Grasby former foster pup parent, and the visiting former Dog-Guide-In Training as well as village celebrity, Essex.  


_MG_0895 The last event was a full canine agility demonstration by Bonnie Hirst and some of her very enthusiastic and skilled “students” from P.E.T.S. of Clinton.

_MG_0905This presentation by P.E.T.S. of Clinton delighted all the dog lovers in the audience.  


On June 4th, the 31st annual Walk for Dog Guides in Bayfield took place. The event was held in Clan Gregor Square and this year approximately 20 dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised over $9,100 for the National Dog Guide program.

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

After the walk, participants and the general public were treated to a variety of dog-related activities and presentations. Leading off the presentations was Lion Dave Overboe who provided a short history of the program and the important role it plays in the lives of people with special needs.

Essex, Bayfield’s popular and former Dog Guide In Training from last year was back for a visit. Deb Grasby, his foster parent during his first year, talked about his new life outside of Dog Guides.

Pat Pal followed up on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. With her own anecdotal stories of the value that this program provides to people in nursing homes or other restricted environments she made a strong case to dog owners to consider getting their own pets certified for this program.

Brennan Mulhern, from the Goderich OSPCA, along with his rescue dog Shadow D, made us aware of the OSPCA’s program in Huron County and the hope that in the future there might be a dog component to it.

Bob Merrimen, a Bayfield Lion and organiser of the first Police K9 unit in a metropolitan Canadian city, talked about his history with the unit and shared some informative anecdotes about the duties of K9 officers.

Melissa Brighton, a Vet tech with the South Huron Vet Clinic was a big hit with young and old alike as she offered prizes for correct answers to dog health questions. Along the way everyone became more informed about pet health.

Shannon Brennan, from Barks of Bayfield, had some very important tips on grooming and the importance of making a dog positively disposed to a crate. Judy Ives, a certified dog trainer from PETS dog training centre in Clinton had much good advice for everyone on training their dog to be the best possible pet. A lot of this involved training the owner.

The Keynote presenter for a second year was Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear dog, Heart. Through her dad Dan’s interpretation of her signing, she told a heartwarming story of how having a Hearing Ear dog changed her life completely and forever. Becoming deaf immediately after birth, Elizabeth’s life changed for the better when she finally was blessed with her new life partner, Heart, several years ago. Today she amazed everyone with a demonstration of all the things that Heart can do to make her life as close to normal as possible and provide her with full independence.

The last event was a full canine agility demonstration by Bonnie Hirst and some of her very enthusiastic and skilled “students” from P.E.T.S. of Clinton. This presentation delighted all the dog lovers in the audience.

Refreshments in the form of hot dogs rounded out the morning.

The event was both entertaining and educational and helped support a very worthwhile cause.

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

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

The PetValu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk that was held in 2008 communities across Canada in 2016. The event raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Local volunteers organize each walk with support from Lions Foundation of Canada.

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

_MG_0824After the walk, participants and the general public were treated to a variety of dog-related activities and presentations.

_MG_0831 Wayne McKaig and Molly are regular participants in the walk.




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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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


Tim Hortons – a bastion of “Canadiana” that some residents may get excited about or a sign of progress that some living in a small town may not welcome?

These are the questions I put to my subscribers this week as it was recently brought to my attention that a development company out of Toronto has purchased the piece of vacant land to the south of the Bayfield Foodland and LCBO on Hwy. 21. I also just learned that they have for about the last year been working with the municipality staff to get all their ducks in a row to put in a 20-seat Tim Hortons restaurant with drive-thru, self-serve Esso station, and a convenience store all complete with an ATM. It all sounds similar to the business now operating on the edge of Blyth across from the Cowbell Brewery.

Sometimes as the “journalist” in town I am the last person to know things…people either assume I already know or don’t say anything for fear I will broadcast it everywhere. But I find it surprising that as it may be brought forth to council for approval Monday night, June 19th, that no one has even raised an eyebrow about it. No doubt, as awareness in the community grows, it will be a topic of discussion at Councilor's Corner tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m. 

It took us over thirty years to get public washroom facilities on Main Street, the process of redesigning the streetscape on said Main Street continues to plod along and yet in just a year there could be permission for a Tim Hortons granted for this, dare I use the word, “quaint” community.

The project was on the agenda June 5th and although it can't be confirmed until later this week it looks like this may be on council's next agenda as well, so if you wish to witness the proceedings, whether in favor or otherwise, perhaps Monday night’s council meeting at the Stanley Complex in Varna (start time 7 p.m.) should be on your agenda. - Melody 

To learn more about the proposal check out the agenda from the June 5th council meeting – starting at page 45:

Update - Saurday, June 17 - I have looked closely at the council agenda for June 19 and it does not appear there will be anything brought forward at the meeting regarding this development's approval. 

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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Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
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Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
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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