Bookmark and Share   June 19, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 25 Issue 519

Congrats "snook" O'Reilly 

image1 3About fifty people of all ages came out for the photo op on June 14 organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team and the Bayfield Lions’ Club to recognize the achievements of Ryan "Snook" O'Reilly - a NHL hockey player who skated during his formative years at the Bayfield Arena. (Photo by Megan Blakes)  

Bayfield and area were beyond jubilant on the evening of June 12 when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to take home the cup. The Blues were the last remaining expansion franchise from 1967 to finally capture the coveted prize. So why was this little Canadian community so excited about the Blues win? Ryan “Snook” O’Reilly, of course.

A good section of Huron County can lay claim to the Blues Centre and now as MVP of the playoffs the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. In his early years on blades, he played hockey in the Bayfield Arena. O’Reilly also took time out of his busy schedule to help with Bayfield’s recent “Save Our Ice” campaign.

“Snook gave his time to contribute to our “Save Our Ice” video,” said Ron Keys of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA). “He submitted his video where he stated how important it is for local arenas to be kept open and specifically Bayfield. His contribution video was filmed at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, where Ryan was a Sabre at the time.”

His contribution to the campaign, and that of his family, has not gone unnoticed by the community so a number of people wanted to acknowledge his remarkable achievement this week by posing for a picture around a celebratory sign at the Bayfield Garage. About fifty people of all ages came out for the photo op organized by the BACPA, Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

And now that the excitement of the series is over the big question is will Ryan “Snook” O’Reilly bring the cup home to Huron County this summer and perhaps make a stop in Bayfield so that even more people can show their appreciation? Stay tuned!

Three more Saturdays to donate to Pioneer Park Rummage Sale 

IMG_7454An antique blanket box with folk art painting is just one of the many wondrous finds donated for this year's Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. (Submitted photos)  

On Saturday, June 15, the doors were opened on the Quonset hut, located off Hwy 21 just north of the Bayfield Bridge, and the donated items began rolling in.

Thanks to “Team Rummage”, and the terrific organizational skills of Terry and Helen Lazerovitch, volunteers were all set to unload and accept the donations.

The volume and variety of items are already encouraging and organizers expect much more to come in over the next three consecutive Saturdays.

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.

IMG_7453An antique cow bell, once owned by the late Elva Metcalf, a prominent Bayfield resident, has been donated to the 72nd annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale.

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.

The Rummage Sale keeps the grass green, plantings healthy and the cliff standing at Pioneer Park and in turn this green space gives the village a natural and open, lakeside, gathering place.

There are scores of volunteers, who put this event together, but this year, even more are needed to help sort all of the donated items and get them ready for the big night. This is a call for all those with community in their heart, a spring in their step and some time to spare, please contact Nick Howell at 519 565-2551 and volunteer or email

The Rummage Sale will be held on July 12.  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.

film connected to county on multiple levels debuts 

64761975_10161952122750092_1703882602282221568_nLaura Tremblay, star of the movie, "Drowning" with producer Valerie Laurie (right) at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto where the film premiered on Saturday, June 15. (Submitted photo)

Produced by Huron County native, Valerie Laurie, the film, “Drowning” premiered Saturday, June 15 at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival held at the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto.

Starring Laura Tremblay and written and directed by Italian-Canadian Pasquale Marco Veltri, Drowning is a psychological thriller that delves deep into the mind of a damaged woman desperate to escape a lifetime of sexual abuse and prostitution. Veltri takes the viewer on a twisted journey through the psyche of the protagonist, Anna, an emotionally void woman suffering from mental illness, and trying to re-invent herself while struggling to come to grips with her difficult past. Anna returns to her childhood home to face her demons and take back control of her life. Often blurring the lines between desolate reality and vengeful fantasies, this dark psychological thriller is not for the faint of heart.

Laurie and Veltri shot the film in multiple locations across Ontario including Toronto, Hamilton, Elmira, Bayfield and Clinton. Locally, it was partially shot at Central Huron Secondary School, the Clinton Family Health Team Clinic and The Ashwood Inn in Bayfield. Laurie grew up in the area and it was important to her to bring the production of her first feature film home. That translated to some local faces and venues being exhibited on the big screen as well as a boost to the local economy from the production's spend. Laurie’s day job is working at the CBC in Toronto.

Veltri is a hugely successful filmmaker, writer, photographer and producer. His works have been screened all over the world, including in Britain, France, Italy, the United States and Egypt. Veltri’s films have screened at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival in France, as well as the Montreal World Film Festival. He has won several awards, including the Chris Award for Narrative at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. His Italian roots helped score a spot on the ICFF.

Valerie’s partner, Mark Zsifkovits, a Gemini award winning sound engineer, also provided his talents to the production of the film.

Funding obtained for additional Nurse Practitioner at BAFHT

The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) will be able to provide more service and more patient care with the addition of another Nurse Practitioner at the Family Health Team in Zurich.

“This is something we have been working hard to obtain and we are very grateful to our MPP Lisa Thompson for going to bat for us to make this happen," announced Dwayne LaPorte, chair of BAFHT.

“I am beyond pleased that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided this special funding of $149,668 to the Bluewater Area Family Health Team,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “This announcement will help continue the excellent front-line health care for local residents.”

The additional funding allows the Zurich location to better support patients without them having to drive long distances to go to walk-in clinics to get the care they want, need and expect in their own community.

“We have an excellent new facility here in Zurich, but like all rural communities, we are challenged in attracting and retaining physicians. This new funding for a Nurse Practitioner will help us to stabilize care and meet the needs of our community’s population by increasing our programs and services,” added BAFHT Executive Director, Paula Kroll.

“I have been working for several months with volunteers and staff at BAFHT to obtain this much needed money. I want to thank everyone involved for their patience as we worked through the Ministry and for their dedication to local health care. Their commitment is inspiring,” Thompson said.

Kroll added the campaign to bring another Physician to the community has also met with success and there will be more good news coming soon.

Dreamboats return to county in support of Clinton hospital

42270346275_ddaa349a35_kMichael'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.

Public invited to Experience Linfield Wildlife Area 

To close out the month members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to invite people 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.


unnamed Prolific Canadian songwriter Eamon McGrath is heading back to Ontario after his successful recent tours of Germany and Japan. Having recently signed to Uncle M Music, the first single from his upcoming label debut album “Guts” can be heard by visiting, Hot on the heels of last year’s acclaimed Tantramar album, 2018-2019 will prove to have seen an outpouring of work from this young musician. McGrath continues to expand on his trademark mix of dark and atmospheric sounds and lyrics, blended with exciting and visceral onstage energy. Accompanying him is his backing band the Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio, featuring Canadian punk/country music legends Darrek Anderson and Tom Murray on pedal steel and upright bass. Catch McGrath with band one night only in Bayfield on Thursday, June 20 at The Rabbit Hole, showtime 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $20 advance until 6 p.m. on Thursday; $25 at the door. For tickets send a message to The Rabbit Hole Bayfield on Facebook or Instragram or call 519 441-8804. First five to mention “Breeze” will get two for one advance tickets, offer ends at 6 p.m. on Thursday! (Photo by Danny Miles)


varna pork bbq 

The popular Varna Pork BBQ will mark its 45th year when it is once more held at the Varna Complex tonight (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.

The BBQ will be held 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. 

Councilor's Corner

Just a note to let those in the community know that the June Councilor’s Corner scheduled for tomorrow night (June 20) at the Bayfield Community Centre has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances of a personal nature.

Farmers’ Market

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market 2019 season is off to a great start! Cool weather hasn’t kept customers from accessing the freshest local food products and fine artisan crafts.

What’s happening at the market this Friday? Grassroots Woodfired Pizza will be back serving up the best pizza in the county. New vendor Bayfield Lavender Farm will be making their debut, offering homegrown, handmade lavender products for household and body. And rumour has it that Bayfield Berry Farm may have the first berries of the season. If they go as quickly as Firmly Rooted Farm’s peas did last week, shoppers will want to get to the market early!

The reusable bag “Give and Take” program has been very well received. Please consider donating extra tote bags to the market for customers who need one.

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

Seeds Rooted in Youth 

Janneke Vorsteveld, the educator behind “Seeds Rooted in Youth” will be holding three summer camp programs during July and August using Bayfield as home base.

Eight to 12-year-olds have a choice between camp dates. These are July 1-6 or Aug. 5-10. Youth aged 10-12 years, or those who have taken part in a past program, are eligible for the final camp of the season, Aug. 19-23.

According to Vorsteveld, “The programs are all outdoors for youth with varying locations around the Bayfield region. There will be lots of outdoor skills learned and field trips to different community businesses to learn from them, along with varying guests to come and teach the youth.”

The camps cost $250 for the week and includes all food, camping gear and a t-shirt.

To learn more visit:


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.

yacht club 

With the summer gearing up and more boats being launched in the harbor the Bayfield Yacht Club 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.

 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.

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.

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.


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!


The Huron Song Chorus will be performing a benefit concert for the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The choir will unite their voices in song tonight (June 19) in Goderich at Lakeshore United Church. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is by free will offering. 


F285A5D218AB4BB7B19E873E8455194F On Saturday, June 15, at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (left) accompanied by mezzo soprano, Anita Krause, delivered a performance that will be remembered for a long, long time. The concert, which they called, “On Wings of Song”, was performed in support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH). After all receipts and expenses were calculated, another $4,600 from this event, was donated towards the future ‘Bayfield Children’s Room’ at the HRH. Over the past two years, supporters of this sanctuary for youngsters have contributed approximately $70,000 towards a goal of about $120,000. (Submitted photo)  





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The Huron County Health Unit opened its doors 70 years ago on July 1, 1949. Those doors belonged to Kildonan House in Clinton, the first site of the Health Unit. In recognition of this milestone, Public Health Nurse Michelle Carter, left, and Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Maarten Bokhout stand in front of Kildonan House. (Submitted photo)

  gateway students examine food insecurity among seniors

According to Food Banks Canada, seniors account for 6.3 per cent of food bank users across the country. However, local food bank statistics in rural Southwestern Ontario indicate that seniors account for 10-20 per cent of clients.

This summer, a research team is working in the region to investigate “Food Insecurity and Rural Seniors Living Independently”. Professor Al Lauzon and Valencia Gaspard of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph are supervising two local students, Emma Warren and Valerie Steckle as they work on the research project. Warren, who hails from Listowel, is a second-year medical student at Trinity College in Dublin and Steckle, from Zurich, is a Master’s of Global Health student at McMaster University.

The study team is interviewing medical professionals, service providers, home care staff and public health officials to determine the barriers preventing older people from accessing nutritious meals in Huron, Perth, Grey, and Bruce Counties. Steckle and Warren were connected with Dr. Lauzon through Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), a local not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. Through this partnership, the students are working locally at Gateway’s office in Goderich.

Food insecurity is defined as a state in which consistent access to adequate food is limited. Food insecurity can be classified into three categories:
1) Marginal food insecurity: Worry about running out of food and/or limited food selection due to a lack of money for food.
2) Moderate food insecurity: Compromise in quality and/or quantity of food due to a lack of money for food.
3) Severe food insecurity: Miss meals, reduce food intake, and at the most extreme, go days without food.

One in eight Canadian households are currently food insecure. Research suggests that when people are unable to meet their most basic living needs, such as housing and heating, they make difficult trade-off decisions with more flexible expenses, including food.
When compared to food secure seniors, food insecure seniors are more vulnerable to a wide range of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and back problems. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions. Additionally, there is a particularly strong relationship between food insecurity and poor mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicidal thoughts).

In Canada, the proportion of older adults is rapidly increasing amidst constant threats to the social safety net. There are current concerns regarding increased costs of living and a lack of government subsidies/pensions to keep up with inflation. In addition to income-based barriers, seniors in rural areas are subject to inadequate public transit and other accessibility barriers that exacerbate issues of food insecurity. Other contributing factors that may make seniors more vulnerable to food insecurity, include: cognitive decline, diminished mobility, low income, poor dental health and social isolation.

To combat the food security challenges facing the community, many programs and services have arisen across the four counties. Some examples of services include: food banks, cooking classes, tax clinics and assistance filling out applications for government subsidies. Meal delivery services and community cupboards/food shares have also become increasingly popular, especially in towns where grocery stores have been permanently closed or are located on the town borders.

This exploratory study is being conducted to assess the food barriers faced by rural seniors and determine the implications for seniors’ health and wellbeing. This research will ultimately guide clinical practice, service provision and public policy development.

Anyone who is a part of an agency that has information relating to this topic, or would like to stay informed on the status of the study, email Dr. Al Lauzon at or visit

Bluewater area youth invited to enter community challenge 

Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address urgent local priorities.

“This is incredibly exciting,” said Bre Thompson, 29, a member of the GBCF Community Challenge review team. “Our communities are facing challenges on many fronts. Youth want to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and fairness and help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities -- all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. Later this year, GBCF will also bring youth and community members together for “Vital Conversations”, a community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.

This Community Challenge goes far beyond the communities of Lambton Shores, South Huron and Bluewater. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with the youth in our communities,” said Penny Nelligan, GBCF chair. “Although all applications will be considered, we hope the focus will be on environmental issues, especially plastic pollution and climate change – major challenges in our communities and across Canada. I can’t wait to see what creative ideas our young people come up with!”

“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future,” said Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).

“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, Senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work."

Grant applications will be accepted from now until Sept. 18. Contact the GBCF or call 519 619-8630 for more information on how to apply, or visit

The GBCF works to make our community stronger, smarter and more caring. They support local organizations that have innovative ideas to improve Grand Bend and area, provide thoughtful community leadership and attract and manage permanent endowment funds.

The Foundation is home to the South Huron Community Fund, which is focused on supporting charities and projects in the South Huron area.

Since GBCF was founded in 2001, they have supported dozens of organizations in fields from health and education to recreation and the environment, making grants totaling some $1.5 million.

Participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge builds on GBCF’s commitment to support local youth and youth leadership.

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will be hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services.

Huron Multicultural Festival now in its eighth year 

The Huron Multicultural Festival returns to Goderich for its eighth year on June 23.

The free annual festival will be held in the Courthouse Square. It is a celebration of diversity and community spirit and aims to bring together the people of Huron County to celebrate their rich medley of cultures. The event will run from noon to 7 p.m.

Lemon Bucket OrkestraThe Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's original guerrilla-folk, party-punk ensemble will headline this year’s festival on June 23. (Submitted photo)

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's original guerrilla-folk, party-punk ensemble will headline this year’s festival. The multi-award-winning group has been heralded as a ground-breaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past eight years have performed all over the world.

The day also features a variety of global performances including: KIREZI Rwandan Performing Group, Puro Mexico Ballet, a traditional Mexican Folk dance group; Whakatipu Kotahi, a Kapa Haka Group (Maori Dance); Bollywood performance by Neeti Dreams & Dance; a six-piece traditional Colombian band; and a demonstration of Dabke, Syrian dance.

The Global Food Market will offer tastes from around the world, including, Exeter Thai Cuisine, RoRo’s a la Carte, East Indian and Caribbean: Howling Moon, Canadian Indigenous; West Sushi, Sweet Love Eats, Wicked Witches of West Street food truck and more. In addition, the licensed Beer Garden features local brews by Bayfield Brewing Company and Square Brew, as well as Sangria and Limonada de Coco, a traditional Colombian beverage.

Interactive activities throughout the day include, yoga, Mahjongg, Tai Chi, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Hands on Harps, as well as a variety of children’s activities facilitated by the Huron County Museum and Huron County Library.

The Festival is presented by The County of Huron, Huron Arts & Heritage Network, Town of Goderich, Capital Power, Compass Minerals and Goderich BIA.

For more information about the festival, visit or Huron Multicultural Festival on Facebook.

free entry to museum and gaol for historic places day 

The National Trust for Canada’s annual Historic Places Day is on July 6 and the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol is celebrating with not one but two amazing events!

Visit the Huron County Museum between 1-4 p.m. for the S.T.E.A.M. Expo. Explore hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning interactives with visiting STEAM experts including: Ingenium: Canada Museum of Science and Innovation, Earth Science Museum: University of Waterloo, Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Nick Bastian, St. Thomas STEAM Centre, Huron County Library Maker Technology, Avon Maitland District School Board and much more.

Visit the Huron Historic Gaol between 1-4 p.m. for the Crimes and Escapes event to investigate true crimes, real escapes and modern police technologies. Activities include: Meet a real police officer, see a modern police car, take your mug shot, try prison rations, investigate true crimes and real escapes, try exercise yard activities (provided by Highland Strength) and much more.

Both events offer interactive activities that are fun and exciting for kids of all ages plus admission is free all day!

Those who attend are asked not to forget to enter the #HistoricPlacesDay’s selfie contest for a chance to WIN $1,000 for you and $1,000 for the Huron County Museum! To learn more about this exciting contest visit:

For more information 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 today (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

Three doctors receive awards 

Drs & Lisa Thompson june  2019Three of the Goderich Medical Team doctors recently received awards: Dr. Patrick Conlon, Dr. Don Neal and Dr. Sam Appavoo were congratulated by MPP Lisa Thompson. (Submitted photo)

“Recognizing the excellent Goderich Medical Team (GMT) is easy because there are so many true leaders!” said Gwen Devereaux RN and Business Innovation and Recruitment leader at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH). “Goderich has successfully recruited 28 doctors to the community and we wanted to let all the doctors know we appreciate their excellence in providing healthcare!”

For this reason, the Town of Goderich, AMGH and the Maitland Valley Family Health Team hosted a reception in their honor on Thursday, June 13.

In addition, it should be acknowledged that three of the GMT doctors recently received awards: Dr. Patrick Conlon, Dr. Don Neal and Dr. Sam Appavoo.

Dr. Donald Neal and Dr. Samuel Appavoo received a Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites. This award recognizes outstanding faculty educators who have displayed exceptional interest and enthusiasm for the learning needs of their trainees. The award considers contributions in the areas of superior leadership, teaching ability, willingness to help trainees beyond the norm, the ability to serve as an exemplary role model and other important traits such as research. Winners are chosen by the Schulich Awards Committee from nominations put forward by students, department chairs, and peers.

Dr. Patrick Conlon received an award as a Distinguished Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in San Francisco in May. Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, as well as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members. Their slogan being: “Excellence, not mere competence, is the hallmark of an APA Distinguished Fellow."


horticultural society - clinton 

The Clinton Horticultural Society are planning a Show and Tell meeting tonight (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.

Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 3 .

• Authorized an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation for the construction of a new sidewalk from Short Hill Road to Jowett’s Grove Road, for pedestrians travelling along Hwy 21 at the Bayfield River
• Authorized an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation for the removal and replacement of existing streetlights leading to and from the bridge along Hwy 21
• Passed a by-law to adopt a Strategic Asset Management Policy
• Awarded the Reservoir Outlet – Zurich - Tender to A. Van Egmond Construction (2005) Ltd. for a total contract price of $152,550
• Gave a resolution of support for the Alzheimer Society of Huron County Tag Day activities within the Municipality of Bluewater

Clinton hospital 

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is advising the public that the Main Entrance at the Clinton Public Hospital site will be closed from now until June 29. This is due to replacement of exterior doors.

Patients and visitors are asked to use the Admitting Entrance during this closure.

The HPHA would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation as the work is completed.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, June 20 at the Mitchell Golf & Country Club.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. The HPHA Awards of Excellence will be presented at the AGM. Please note that only members of the hospital corporation are entitled to vote.

The HPHA is comprised of Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital.

Mayor’s Mingle

Central Huron will host their seventh annual Mayor’s Mingle at the Clinton Community Park on June 24.

Mayor Jim Ginn, Deputy Mayor Dave Jewitt and councilors, Mike Russo, Alison Lobb, May Anderson, Adam Robinson, Dan Colquhoun and Alex Westerhout will be on hand to socialize with attendees starting at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m. a complimentary BBQ dinner will be served under the Grandstand at 129 Beech Street in Clinton. All are welcome to share in a meal, hear what is happening in Central Huron and get a first-hand look at the improved park.

The event is sponsored by 101.7 The One and Chicken Farmers of Ontario.

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


Anyone looking for a summer program that exhilarates, engages, and educates their children over the summer months? The Huron County Library may have the perfect program: The TD Summer Reading Club!

The TD Summer Reading Club is a program for youth between the ages of four and twelve that encourages readers to have fun while learning through exciting crafts, activities, games, and of course, reading! Through the TD Summer Reading Club, children improve their listening skills, share with others in a team environment, and stimulate their creative capacity through arts and crafts, active play and reading. Programs such as this introduce children to the library as a source of pleasure and information which encourages them to use the library as a lifelong resource for learning.

The reading club will meet once a week at each of the twelve Huron County Library branches starting on Tuesday, July 2nd and will run until Friday, Aug. 23.

All participants will receive a reading club notebook, a pack of twelve stickers, a top summer reads list, as well as a bookmark with a web-access code that can be used on the website to track reading progress and receive additional club benefits! This year’s theme is “Natural World” so get ready to unplug and take a moment to explore the stories and science of nature through adventure and play, as participants trek through the wilderness, real or imagined, and let their playful curiosity give rise to questions about the world!

Registration is now open so head to a local library to sign up and reserve a place in the program as space is limited!

This local program is sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Financial Group and partially funded by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Call or visit a local library branch for more information and to register for the TD Summer Reading Club.

Contact Lydia Kim or Faith Sebastian, Summer Literacy coordinators for the Huron County Library at 519 482-5457 or email for more information.

Back Packs for kids

Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.

Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered between July 2 and Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.

To register for a back pack please call after July 2: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387.

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.

Cowbell Brewing

Cowbell Brewing Co. in partnership with Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH), is pleased to announce the launch of a new helicopter transportation service to Cowbell Brewing. Beginning Saturday, June 22, guests will be able to travel from Grand Bend to the Cowbell Farm by helicopter every Wednesday to Sunday.

Great Lakes Helicopter, of Breslau, is a Transport Canada approved, Ontario Private Career College Flight Training School and a charter company. With their operation based at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, in the heart of southern Ontario, GLH is a perfect match to showcase the beauty of Huron County.

“The Great Lakes Helicopter team is excited to announce this new and unique service, in cooperation with Cowbell,” said Bill Leyburne, owner of Great Lakes Helicopter. “Our two local companies are working together to create memorable experiences for every Cowbell Guest, whether they live down the road, or half-way around the world!”

Flights depart from Grand Bend and travel along the beautiful Lake Huron coastline. Once guests arrive at Cowbell Brewing, Canada’s first Destination Brewery, they are invited to take a VIP Guided Tour of the brewery, enjoy a local farm-to-table meal and award-winning craft beer. The return flight will showcase the rolling fields of Huron County, a bountiful agricultural area, dotted with small towns and villages.

Helicopter flights will be available for custom charters, and scheduled flights. Helicopters will vary from three passenger to six passenger machines, with custom flight packages beginning at $75 per person. Tickets from Grand Bend to Cowbell and return will start at $299 per person.









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, a parade photo of a float created by the Bayfield Lions' Club. 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.



Ivolunteer 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.

Issue 518 


In Issue 518, 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?

A reader wrote in to say they recognized the person in the middle to be Bluewater's current Mayor, Paul Klopp. They estimated the photo was taken between 1990-95 possibly when Klopp was MPP for Huron. 



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Mitchell's eco squad and Eco Exeter shared their ideas on climate change through drama  and more  


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

MDHS’ theatre group known as the Eco Squad is coached by teacher Cam Oates, a Bayfield resident who devotes his time and energy to this project 12 months of the year. Their production, “Better for the Planet”, was presented in Clan Gregor Square. This was just one of many stops for this theatre group as they toured throughout the region during the school year. The public was welcome and encouraged to attend this performance.

Mitchell’s production followed a presentation by South Huron’s Eco Exeter team led by teacher Amanda Keller. This was a return visit to Bayfield for this group and they showcased the work they have done since their earlier visit. This presentation was closed to the public due to limited seating. (Exeter students are wearing green t-shirts in the photographs.)












PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield Pier in Peach

Bayfield Pier in Peach...By Jane Seifried

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







This week in sports…

  • June 12 – St. Louis Blues take their first Stanley Cup title in the 51-year history of the franchise – Huron County native, Ryan O’Reilly, awarded the MVP – Conn Smythe Trophy.
  • June 13 – Toronto Raptors players are crowned the NBA Champions becoming the first Canadian team ever to win the title. Things finally came full circle as Canadian Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891.
  • June 16 – Brooke Henderson took the Meijer LPGA Classic to break the Canadian record for professional golf titles with nine wins.

I am the first to admit that I don’t get overly excited about professional sports. I didn’t watch a single game of the Stanley Cup play offs, the battle over the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy or any of the LPGA tournament.

However, I do admire all the players for their determination, commitment and love for their chosen sport and recognize that these three moments in sport history are the pinnacle of a life-long dream for many and for that I offer my own heartfelt, congratulations! – Melody





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