Bookmark and Share   June 21, 2017   Vol. 8 Week 26 Issue 416



Bluewater's Deputy Mayor, Jim Fergusson and Mayor Tyler Hessel unveil Blue Flag 2017 at a presentation held at the rain garden by Pioneer Park on Thursday.  

_MG_1057Arlene Parker, Planning coordinator for the Muncipality of Bluewater, spoke at the Blue Flag unveiling.

The 2017 Blue Flag Awards were celebrated on Thursday, June 15. The day was designed as a Beach Manager’s Workshop. The topic was stormwater impacts on water quality.

Blue Flag Canada representatives Brett Tryon and Kelsey Scarfone facilitated a lunch and learn session which was attended by Beach Managers from Lambton Shores, Sarnia and Ontario Parks along with the Bluewater Beach Management Committee and Pioneer Park representatives.

The session continued at Pioneer Park at the rain garden installation. Mayor Tyler Hessel unfurled the 2017 flag and welcomed everyone to Bluewater. Kelly Vader, represented the Pioneer Park/Beach Management Committee and described the rain garden process from idea to construction and results.

Mayor Tyler Hessel spoke to those gathered at the Blue Flag unveiling event on Thursday afternoon.

Sandy Scotchmer and Erica Clark demonstrated the beach stormwater sampling program at the Colina Street outlet.

The group travelled to Bayfield Main Beach and discussed common beach management issues. Ray Letheren and Jen Pate met everyone at the beach. Ray Letheren detailed the evolution of Blue Bayfield and Jen Pate described the #LoveYourGreats initiative.

“This fantastic beach day was successful due to the continued collaboration of agencies, residents and environmental leaders. One participant described the Bayfield experience as “inspiring.” That’s the spirit of Bayfield,” concluded Arlene Parker, Planning coordinator for the Muncipality of Bluewater.

Kelly Vader, represented the Pioneer Park/Beach Management Committee, and described the rain garden process from idea to construction and results to those gathered at the event.  


The new Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich is fast developing into a comprehensive health care hub for the Bluewater and surrounding communities. The expanded clinic is now completed – ahead of schedule and on budget.

An Open House on June 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the new facility will provide an opportunity for existing and new patients to walk through the facility on Goshen Street and learn about the many new programs that are being offered. The clinic is staffed with four full-time physicians, nurse practitioners, and many other health care specialists.

To date, 1,400 patients have registered for health care with the BAFHT from Zurich and Dashwood and surprisingly, another 650 come from Hensall and Exeter, 600 from Grand Bend and 600 from Bayfield. Some patients live further afield – from as far north as Kincardine and as far south as Sarnia.

With 13 examination rooms, more patients can be accommodated more quickly. Evening hours will be extended and more health care programs and services will be offered. With an aging population, the incidence of chronic diseases is more common and the new clinic will be able to meet the challenge.

A large activity room provides space for three new programs – Sleep, Mindfulness and ‘Healthy You’. These will be in addition to the current schedule of Pain Management and Support, and Memory programs. It will also provide ample space for exercise and other physical activities.


BAFHT is still fundraising to reach a target of $600,000 to cover the balance of the cost required for the new expansion. There is still some way to go and the BAFHT asks you to support the cause and make a contribution to help reach its goal. It will take a community effort to succeed, and the result will benefit everyone. Log on to to make a donation or drop by the clinic and donate directly. For more information, please contact Executive Director, Paula Kroll, at 519 236-4413.

Also, remember to note June 23 in your diary, come to the BAFHT Open Day and meet the team. Organizers are sure people will agree that it is truly a new health clinic to be proud of.

takeaway containers are designed for the Dump



Visit any food service establishment and it is given that someone will leave the facility with a box of leftovers. While many restaurants have made the switch to compostable products, the majority of these continue to offer their customer the white package, foamed polystyrene.

This product has its roots in the chemical styrene. It is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the US National Toxicology Program in 2011 and listed as a carcinogen under California's Proposition 65 in 2016. From the 5 Gyre Institute, “these types of plastics are extremely toxic to make and difficult to recycle”.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks product manufactured from the chemical styrene as the fifth worst global industry in terms of hazardous waste creation. Polystyrenes are even banned from many recycling programs because of contamination problems—less than 2 per cent of polystyrene was recycled worldwide in 2013”. Americans use 25 billion “Styrofoam” coffee cups each year—most with a polystyrene lid. Since they are not typically recycled, Styrofoam products end up in landfills and waterways.

Alesia Lucas in Find Safer Products said, “As if the public health impact of polystyrene isn’t enough, its environmental effects are well documented. It takes 500 years to decompose, and it takes up 25-30 per cent of our world’s landfills. In addition our lakes, waterways and oceans are suffering thanks to Styrofoam waste. There are 57 chemical by-products released during the manufacturing of Styrene, polluting our air and waterways.”

Local groups, including Blue Bayfield and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, have been unsuccessful in finding a recycling plant. The Bluewater Recycling Association likewise acknowledges a similar frustration.

While an individual may not be able to influence industries to find an alternate, one can act to end the use of the ubiquitous white container in favour of a compostable product. The Bayfield Town Hall has opted to use only compostable products at its fall Sunset on Summer BBQ.

Sandy Scotchmer, president of the Town Hall, acknowledged the additional cost but said, “It was well worth making this change to our 2016 BBQ and in fact to all our events. We were pleasantly surprised by the total cost for dinner and dessert plates, take-away containers, knives, forks, spoons, as well as the various glasses needed for the Bar – it was a huge number! The Board actually voted to purchase a two-year supply for the BBQ, plus 500 tasting bowls for February 2017’s Soup’s-On! The quality of the product is outstanding, composts completely, making event cleanup easier – no separation required: everything is compostable. This decision also fits perfectly with the Town Hall policy that bottled water is not served at fundraising events; instead, iced tap water is served, or Blue Community is brought into help.”

It is hoped that the Bayfield food service industry and others, will follow the lead of Shop Bike Coffee. Since its inception, owners, Leanne Kavanagh and Shaun Henry, have opted to use biodegradable container products and have consciously chosen not to sell single use bottled water.

On a larger scale, “San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ban on the sale of polystyrene foam, popularly known by the trademarked name Styrofoam. Foam packing, cups, and mooring buoys are prohibited since Jan. 1, 2017. The reason why this was passed is that it’s not practically recyclable, causes a unique harm in the environment, and there were better alternatives,” Jack Macy, commercial zero waste senior coordinator for San Francisco’s Department of the Environment.

Everyone has a responsibility to those that follow to leave the planet in better shape than they found it. While many steps forward have been taken over the last centuries, an equal number have been backwards. No one disputes the value of plastics for medical care products and other uses. But plastic is forever – the first piece produced still exists in an altered form. They “adorn” waterways, threaten aquatic species and expand landfill sites.

“While we can’t change the world, we can make a difference locally. Just like we did with the single use bottled water,” said Scotchmer. “If San Francisco can do it, we can too. Suggestion: if you are offered a white take away box, say something and that polystyrene coffee cup…say something and carry your refillable cup,” said Scotchmer.



Celebrating its 70th year, this year's Pioneer Park Rummage Sale comes with the traditional variety of fabulous finds, plus some special surprises.

The Rummage Sale, held annually at the Bayfield Arena on the second Friday of July, has long been Bayfield's kick-off summer community event. Did you know that it is the primary fundraiser, in support of Pioneer Park? Yes. Proceeds from this event, all go to keeping the park beautiful and open to the public. It repairs the stairs, mows the grass, plants the trees, and clips the cliff greenery - all while providing a great prospect for enjoying the Lake Huron sunset.

Begun 70 years ago, the sale itself is a highly anticipated tradition of this village community. The agricultural fairgrounds and arena host hundreds of bargain hunters and treasure seekers alike. Villagers, cottagers, farmers and visitors all come for the excitement and fun.

Organizers note that the community is lucky that a few long ago Bayfielders had the vision to both save the park land for all, and to create such a wonderful community gathering to sustain the park too.

Item donations are already pouring in. The Quonset hut, on Hwy 21, just north of the village is available for donation drop-offs. Every Saturday, from now until July 8, donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and noon.

Volunteers are welcome for both sorting and selling. Please check the park website, for details and more information.

Without question the tastiest part of the Rummage Sale can be found at the Bake Table. The call is now out for as many bakers as possible to help this continue to be so. If you can, and/or can persuade someone else to contribute as well, that would be appreciated. Please contact Lynne Price at 519 565-5876 or if you can help.


IMG_4006Joy Yates looks fashionable in her plaid for dad.  

The JMR Collections, Elements of Design, The Bayberry Shoppe, The Pink Flamingo Bakery and The Little Shed Flower Co. supported the #plaidfordad National Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign (NPCAC) on Father’s Day, June 18.

They served up “Dad Dogs” at a fundraising BBQ across from the Bayfield Public Library. 

Thanks to community support they raised $200 for the NPCAC #plaidfordad.

“And even more important, we raised awareness for the importance of early detection!” said Judy Roth, of JMR Collections. “Thanks for a fun #fathersday! Let's do it again next year with even more Bayfield businesses. A big thank you to the owners and staff at The Bayberry Shoppe and Elements of Design for all their help in planning this event with us.”

The NPCAC runs to June 29th. Please visit to donate or for more information.

IMG_3982 Shannon Latour kept the onions frying at the Plaid for Dad BBQ held on Main Street in the village on Father's Day. (Submitted photos)

IMG_4005Judy Roth, of The JMR Collections on Main Street, spearheaded the day's events with support from area businesses.

A youngster was all smiles to wear her plaid for dad.


bAyfield fair

Time to get your creative juices flowing! There are so many catagories to enter at the Bayfield Community Fair.

Did you know that you could win a prize for: Growing the biggest pumpkin? Baking the best cookie? Putting together a beautiful flower arrangement? Even taking a photo! Pick up a Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Fair Prize Book, or check it out online to see all of the different catagories that can be entered.

The Homecraft Display that is set up inside the Bayfield Arena, is one of the largest in the area, and is a huge part of the Fair.

Whether you are a brand new exhibitor or have been doing it for the last "150" years, the fair board welcomes everyone, young and old to enter the Homecraft Division. Everything you need to know about entering can be found at

This years Breakfast on the Farm, will be held on July 15th, at 41090 Mill Rd. Thanks to farm owners Tyler, Emily, Henry and Patti Hendriks. Tickets are now available online at Buy early to avoid dissappointment, as last years breakfast sold out. Anyone interested in volunteering at this event is asked to please email

The 50/50 jackpot is growing! Tickets are available now on Fridays at the Bayfield Farmer’s Market or email Jayme Dowson at

McCartney Years

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. And if you didn’t get your tickets already then sadly you are out of luck as this concert is sold out.

Tree Legacy 

IMG_7040 A Maple tree removed from the park recently is currently being prepared by Dave Loerchner at DL Creations to be recycled into some furniture.  

In 1882, twenty shade trees were planted on the cleared ground that was designated to be a park. Some of these original trees remain along with many others that are over 100 years old. A certified arborist's analysis of the 94 trees in the Square has provided a 203-page report that details the health of every tree and also gives recommendations as to the most critical actions to help sustain the park's beauty and character.

Six were earmarked for speedy removal in the interests of public safety and were removed recently.

David Loerchner, of DL Creations, on Hwy. 21 South of the village, is pleased to report that all the wood from the trees that were recently removed from Clan Gregor Square will make its way to his business location.

He looks forward to being able to create some beautiful items from these trees so that they won’t be forgotten.

“Community members are welcome to come to his workshop and have something built out of these trees so that they cn be recycled back into the town,” said Loerchner.

IMG_7043Loerchner noted that while cutting the trees taken from the park into slabs he encountered several nails that the tree had grown around. If only these nails could talk?  

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members wanted to ensure that the tree cover is protected in the park for generations to come. As well as paying for the arborist's inspection and report, the Lions have committed $9,000 over the next two years to fund tree replacements.

This was chosen as a fitting Legacy Project for the members in this, the year celebrating the Bayfield Lions' 70th Anniversary, Lions International's 100th Anniversary, Canada's 150th Birthday and also the 185th Anniversary of the Founding of Bayfield.


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.


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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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.


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.

Star Party

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!

Wilderness Camp 

Anyone looking for a unique experience for their 12-14 year olds might want to consider a “Headwater Experience Wilderness Summer Camp” being offered by Bayfield resident Janneke Vorsteveld this coming July and August.

Backcountry Canoe Trips will be held in Massasauga Provincial Park from July 22-26 or July 31-Aug. 4. These trips will include an art and outdoor skills curriculum and will offer a small group size (eight maximum); increased self reliance, deeper sense of self, enhanced connection with nature, healthier communication skills, growth of teamwork skills and real-world problem solving.

For more information and for pricing please contact Vorsteveld at


Lisa and Remarkable Woomen Some of the 190 women honoured were: L-r: Jacquie Bishop, chair of the 2017 IPM; Nicole Whyte, (Seaforth Fall Fair Ambassador; MPP Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson; Marion Studhalter, 2016/17 Huron County Queen of the Furrow; and Betty Glanville, Homecraft president, Seaforth Agricultural Society. (Submitted photos)

Alice and ElizabethCommunity Champion Alice Thiel and former Provincial Minister Elizabeth Witmer were on hand for the cake cutting.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and South Huron Mayor Maureen Cole recognized almost 200 women for their leadership and community spirit at an event held at the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

The event, which was inspired by Canada and Ontario's 150th anniversary, as well as the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in Ontario, recognized a wide range of volunteers, advocates, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, writers and athletes. The common theme was that each of the women has worked to make their communities better.

Women recognized from the Bayfield area were: Paula Letheren, Leanne Kavanagh, Joyce McIlwain, Sandy Scotchmer, Penny Overboe, Jean Dunn and Melody Falconer-Pounder.

A highlight for Thompson was having Zurich native and centenarian Alice Thiel attend, who was born the same year that women achieved the vote. As shared with the crowd, Thiel has experienced a century of evolution and transition all the while she has maintained a strong sense of community.

"Huron County is home to some remarkable women, who strive every day to make their corner of the world a better place for all those around them. They are passionate about making a difference, and inspire all those who know them," said Thompson. "It's a great honor to recognize the strong, caring women who are proud to call Huron home. They truly are a remarkable assembly of women."

Among the guest speakers for the evening were former Provincial Ministers Elizabeth Witmer and Helen Johns, as well as Jacquie Bishop, chair of the 2017 IPM in Walton.

"The women of Huron County are strong, passionate and caring. They work every day in big and small ways to build others and their communities up. We recognize and thank them for their efforts," said Maureen Cole. "We stand on their shoulders, and the shoulders of all those who have come before them. Through their example, we will continue to make a difference in all the places we can, in all the ways we can. I hope we can continue to lead and support the next generation to continue all the good work these women have done."

A similar event, which will be co-hosted with Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, will be held in Bruce County in the fall, with details to be announced at a later date.


Riders join the annual PwC MS Bike for so many reasons, from riding for a friend or family member living with MS, to just getting out to exercise and socialize in the summer sun.  

In Canada’s 150th year, what better way to celebrate than to ride 150 KMs to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a truly Canadian disease.

In 2013, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation published a study called The MS Atlas, which ranked Canada as the country most affected by MS, with 291 cases per 100,000 people.

The MS Society’s PwC MS Bike – Grand Bend to London is a fun and engaging way to raise money, awareness, and support for Canadians living with MS.

“I hadn’t realized it was such a Canadian disease, and I didn’t know how impactful it was,” said Anne Thibert, the team captain of C.T. Soil’s Mighty Celtic Warriors. “I now know a lot of people who have it, and I’ve also seen the positivity that the ride has given to a lot of people in various different ways.”

Riders join the annual PwC MS Bike for so many reasons, from riding for a friend or family member living with MS, to just getting out to exercise and socialize in the summer sun.

“I’m looking forward to the camaraderie of the ride, but that’s what attracts me to it every year,” said Stephen Anderson, co-captain of Team Anderson Craft Ales. “This is such a fun, casual ride that is so well supported.”

Anderson, who has MS, joined the ride back in 2012 to increase his activity level, and found a positive, fun and supportive environment.

“Even from my first year when I rode by myself, and because I have a jersey that says I ride because I have MS people rode up and would ride with me and tell me their life story and I thought that it was kind of inspirational,” said Anderson.

Paul Fraser, member of Team Bike for Mike, that just won the 10 Days To Fundraise challenge, has no personal connection to the disease, but sees the PwC MS Bike as a personal fitness challenge that benefits more than himself.

“What I like most about this event is that it’s a win-win for me,” said Fraser. “It gives me something to work for and keep me active, and at the same time it raises money for such a worthy, Canadian cause.”

If there’s one thing that makes someone a good fundraiser it’s dedication, and veteran PwC MS Bike – Grand Bend to London participant, Barry Travnicek, could not be more dedicated.

This year will be Travnicek’s 27th time participating in the PwC MS Bike, making him the only rider who has been involved every year since the event’s inception in 1990.

He got involved with the PwC MS Bike to start fundraising in support of his sister, who was diagnosed with MS back in 1990.

“When my sister was diag

nosed she was told to go home and see if it got any worse,” said Travnicek. “Not being a doctor or a scientist, the only way I figured I could help was to raise money to help end MS and that’s basically what I did since day one.”

MS Bike 2016The MS Society’s PwC MS Bike – Grand Bend to London is a fun and engaging way to raise money, awareness, and support for Canadians living with MS.  

Travnicek’s dedication to raising money for MS research has grown exponentially over his time fundraising for the PwC MS Bike.

“In my first year of fundraising I raised $750 and last year I raised $61,280,” he says. “My lifetime fundraising over the 27 years is somewhere around $620,000 for the MS Society.”

Travnicek has been the Top Fundraiser for the PwC MS Bike for the last six years, which he does every year without a team, and has no intention to join one in the future.

“Obviously now because I raise all kinds of money I get asked by lots of teams to join them, but it wouldn’t be fair to the other teams,” he said.

To other riders he may seem like a miracle worker when it comes to raising money, but in reality it all comes down to his willingness to ask anybody and to think outside of the box.

“The last thing you want to be when it comes to fund raising is shy,” said Travnicek. “It’s a worn out and tired old thing, but you’ve got to ask everybody that you know and the people that you don’t know.

Ride of Champs 2017 (1)This year’s PwC MS Bike – Grand Bend to London kicks off on July 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Grand Bend Motorplex. To join the 1500 other cyclists riding 150 KMs for Canada’s 150th visit the MS Society’s website at 

“Look at something you do, or know somebody that does, something really special and kind of unique and people wil l pay for that stuff, especially when it’s going towards a charity. If you can wood work, raffle off some of that off, or if you’re a great cook, maybe have a dinner party and raise funds that way.”

With all the money that he has raised Travnicek is pleased with the results he sees his hard work funding.

“The great thing about raising the money that we have over the years is that there was nothing you could do for MS cases when my sister was diagnosed, but now there are about six or eight treatments for people with the early stages of MS and they’re starting on some pretty good research on the people who progress with it,” he said.

With the progress he’s seen, Travnicek is optimistic looking to the future of those living with MS.

“I still firmly believe that in our lifetime we will end this disease,” said Travnicek. “I mean, with the headway we’ve made and the progress that’s coming up it’s going to happen.

“You’ve got to feel pretty good that this is going to be everybody’s Stanley Cup or Super Bowl when it happens.”

This year’s PwC MS Bike – Grand Bend to London kicks off on July 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Grand Bend Motorplex. To join the 1500 other cyclists riding 150 KMs for Canada’s 150th visit the MS Society’s website at


The Executive Committee of the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) is happy to announce that Maelstrom Winery will be the official supplier of wine at IPM 2017 and its related events. Maelstrom Winery, and the Landsborough Family, was the first to plant grape vines in Huron County.

Battling the Huron County climate, that is very diverse from the traditional grape growing regions in Ontario that is Niagara Region and Prince Edward County, Maelstrom has achieved VQA, a strict designation to achieve.

wine IMG_0058 The Executive Committee of the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) is happy to announce that Maelstrom Winery will be the official supplier of wine at IPM 2017 and its related events. (Submitted photo)

The two wines selected for IPM 2017 include their white wine 2015 VQA Vidal, silver medal winner at the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and their red 2016 VQA Tempest. Maelstrom Winery is located at 78925 Sanctuary Line, just off Hwy 8 between Seaforth and Clinton. Open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. offering the opportunity to drop by to taste and purchase.

“IPM 2017 is about showcasing the people and community Huron County is home to,” said Jacquie Bishop, chair of IPM 2017, “We are proud to have Maelstrom represented at IPM 2017 because their passion and innovation is a representation of the many families in Huron County.”

The selections will be featured at the IPM 2017 Beautification Banquet Thursday, Aug. 31, where winners of the Beautification and Barn Quilt Competitions will be announced in addition to live entertainment by The Ballagh’s of Teeswater, and at the IPM 2017 Celebration of Excellence, Friday, Sept. 22, where the Queen of the Furrow is selected and the Plowing Champions are announced. Tickets for both events are available to purchase at Maelstrom Winery for $40 and $50 each, respectively. Visitors can also enjoy a glass throughout the Match at the Lounge Tent in Tented City.

ballaghs2The IPM 2017 Beautification Banquet will be held on Aug. 31, where winners of the Beautification and Barn Quilt Competitions will be announced in addition to live entertainment by The Ballagh’s of Teeswater.  

“The Celebration Banquet – is a night you will not want to miss,” explained Melissa Veldman, chair of the Celebration of Excellence and Queen of the Furrow Competition. “This is the night we get to celebrate an amazing week gone by, crown the Queen, and announce the champion plowman in addition to those representing Ontario at the Canadian Championships. Plus, great local food by Cardiff’s Catering.”

IPM 2017 is Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets 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.


temperance picnic

All are invited to have some good, clean fun at the Huron County Museum’s Temperance Picnic and Ice Cream Social on July 8 at the Huron County Museum.

The picnic will run from 1-4 p.m.

Admission is cash only to the Temperance Picnic and is $10. This money will be used to buy “Tampon Totes” that will be donated to the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services. The totes have a $19.68 retail value and have been generously provided by Michael’s Pharmasave of Bayfield and Goderich. Children accompanying adults are free.

The Temperance Picnic will bring the Museum’s current prohibition exhibit, Huron County: The Dry Years, to life with costumed characters, lawn games, take home crafts, a scavenger hunt, strawberries and ice cream, prizes and much more!

The Museum is located at 110 North Street in Goderich.

For more information visit our website at

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

Paddle plus Party 


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.

Summer Reading

Are you looking for a summer program that exhilarates, engages, and educates your children over the summer months? The Huron County Library has the perfect program for you: The TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC)!

The TD SRC is a program for youth between the ages of four and 12 that encourages readers to have fun while learning through exciting crafts, activities, games, and of course, reading! Through the TD SRC, 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 that encourages them to use the library as a lifelong resource for learning.

The reading club will meet once a week at each of the 12 Huron County Library branches starting on Tuesday, July 4th and will run until Friday, Aug. 25.

All participants will receive a reading club notebook, a pack of 12 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 “Canada” so get ready to celebrate and learn more about our country!

Registration is now open so head to your local library to sign up and reserve your 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.

See you at the Huron County Library to get your reading on! Call or visit your local library branch for more information and to register for the TD SRC.

Contact Sarah Krupka or Kaitlyn Michie, Summer Literacy coordinators for the Huron County Library at 519 482-5457 or for more information.

Ride to end hunger 

On the morning of June 17, 45 cyclists took part in the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) second “Better Together Ride to End Hunger”. The cyclists encompassed all ages and rode various bicycles including a Penny Farthing. The majority of the riders pedaled the 50 KM route and there were also 10 KM; 40 KM and 100 KM routes followed by a BBQ lunch.

South Huron Mayor Maureen Cole; HCFBDC Board Chair Willemien Katerberg; and HCFBDC Executive Director Mary Ellen Zielman offered greetings.

“It is not just about the funds raised here today. It is about the hungry people here in Huron County. So remember, when you are out riding today – you are not doing this for HCFBDC but rather you are riding for the people – the senior citizens, the children, the families who do not know where their next meal is coming from,” Willemien Katerberg, Board chair HCFBDC.

HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the 10 food banks and 15 plus aid agencies in Huron County. They rely on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables in season and meat products. HCFBDC relies on financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods.

HCFBDC extends thanks to all the riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors for making the 2017 “Better Together Ride to End Hunger” successful and helping to raise over $4,000.

For more information, please visit the HCFBDC website at or contact the office at 519 913-2362.

Multicultural Festival 

The annual Huron Multicultural Festival takes place in Goderich’s Courthouse Park on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free of charge and this year’s theme is Celebrating Canada’s Colours as part of Canada’s and Ontario’s 150 celebrations.

Samba Squad

The outdoor performance stage features eight hours of entertainment including: First Nation dancers and drummers, Metis Fiddling, demonstrations of Syrian and Filipino folk dance, Goderich’s pipe and drum band, Celtic Blue Highlanders, Morris and Scottish Highland dancers and a festival favorite Bollywood and Bhangra dancing. A highlight will be a performance by the world-renowned, sixteen-member percussion group Samba Squad.

Along with the onstage music and dance, attendees can purchase foods from around the world in the international food marketplace including Indian, Laotian, Mexican, Japanese, Indonesian, Ethiopian, Turkish and Thai. Dishes showcasing the flavors of Canada will also be on hand including a booth featuring traditional Canadian indigenous foods.
A free children’s activity and crafts areas is provided by the Goderich Library and Huron County Museum. Several community organizations will have staffed booths and information set-up around the festival site.

The licensed beer garden area will feature beers from Goderich’s new craft brewery, Square Brew, along with a few specialty Canadian themed cocktails.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to The Square and enjoy the day marking Canada’s Sesquicentennial with a celebration of our diversity and multiculturalism. More event information available at, or find the event on Facebook.

The Huron Multicultural Festival is produced by Huron Arts & Heritage Network in partnership with the County of Huron and is sponsored by The Province of Ontario’s Ontario 150 Program, Town of Goderich, Goderich BIA, Capital Power, Goderich Library and the Local Immigration Partnership Council.  





Volume 8 

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

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

This week, we feature a photo taken around 1920 of Mrs Thomas Bailey, Leslie Frost, and Thomas Bailey. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10015 PC)

 PB10015 PC Remember Me 416

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



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) 


PB10024 PC Remember Me 415 

In Issue 415, an image of Jessie Metcalf circa 1916. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10024 PC )



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the ashwood inn 










Organizers deemed the first annual Brits in Bayfield MG Car Show held on June 17 at The Ashwood Inn a resounding success with eighty vehicles on display.

“The show was a big success thanks to Ryan Malcolm’s organizational skills even though the weather was volatile,” noted owner of The Ashwood Inn, Kirsten Harrett.

This event was a celebration of the Iconic MG and the man deeply responsible for making it what it still is today.

Visitors enjoyed 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.











PIXILATED — image of the week


Hungry Tree Swallow...By Bonnie Sitter

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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


So we threw a grand opening celebration at Camp Klahanie on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - and it pretty much rained from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - this allowed us time to cut the ribbons as planned but the weather definitely scared the people away. For the benefit of those who were unable to attend I share below the speech that I delivered that day. A huge thank you to all who did brave the weather to see the property's transformation. As one visitor expressed, "It is spectacular!" And I couldn't agree more. - Melody 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

I’m sure most of you are familiar with this quote by Margaret Mead.

It has become a favorite of mine – a mantra if you will – it is a quote that I repeat to myself regularly.

I was walking down a street in Goderich on one particularly unsettling day in the saga that we called bringing Camp Klahanie home. For those who may be unaware our journey began in November of 2009 when this camp was abruptly closed…I was struggling…and that is when I saw it…a handwritten sign on a chalk board outside a charitable shop…”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world”…the words resonated…an inner voice told me we could do this. And we did. On Aug. 1, 2013 Camp Klahanie was returned to the community thanks to the efforts of so many and the never ending resolve of members of the Goderich Lions and the Camp Klahanie Friends.

Exactly three years, 10 months and 17 days ago we celebrated the purchase of Camp Klahanie by the Goderich Lions Club – it was an incredible opportunity to transform the property into something truly wonderful for the whole community and beyond to enjoy.

We are so grateful to the community for their support to get us to this day. Every slab of concrete poured, every nail hammered, every blade of grass planted, every grant proposal written, every online vote, every dollar donated…there probably isn’t a person here today that hasn’t supported our cause in some way.

I look at what has been accomplished and I am truly amazed. I have the honor of bringing young girls and women here to camp and I know that they do not take this place for granted. They can see, hear and touch the beauty of nature all around them. They just love it. They can feel the magic.
It is more than just a camp. It continues to be an opportunity that thanks to the ongoing support of thoughtful, concerned citizens like you will be here for not only children and youth but all members of our community, today, tomorrow and many, many years to come.


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

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


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder