Bookmark and Share   June 28, 2017   Vol. 8 Week 27 Issue 417

O Baby! Happy birthday canada! 


Wishing Canada a very happy birthday are from l-r: Janelle Barton with twins, Fiona and Charlie, 11.5 months old; Danielle Kruse with twins Charlie and Chase, 10 months; Pauline Keys with George 5 months, Jenny Allan with Bridget Shanahan, 10.5 months; Shannon Beattie with Arlo 5 months; Nichelle Steenbeek with Brielle 3 months; Anne McBride with Jackson 7 months; and Cathy Genoch with /Joe 7 months  

We could think of no  better way to celebrate the Sesquicentennial then with pictures of village babies born in the past year, or so, and their proud Mommas! Earlier this week they all donned their red and white and headed to Clan Gregor Square for a photo shoot with the Bayfield Breeze. 

Local mothers and babies who weren't able to join in the shoot were invited to send in photos to share as well. After all, the more the merrier! Happy 1-5-0 Canada! 

Shannon Beattie with Arlo. 

IMG_7644Janelle Barton with twins, Fiona and Charlie.

IMG_7648Bridget Shanahan  

IMG_7638Fiona Barton

IMG_7650Chase Kruse in the background with Brielle Steenbeek and George Keys  

Arlo Beattie  

Robyn McClinchey with Josie 16 months (Submitted photo)

IMG_2137Alisha Schilbe with Scarlett 13 months (Submitted photo)  


IMG_1529 Matthew Curtis 8 months old (Submitted photo)


Amy Saunders with Olive 10.5 months (Submitted photo)  

birthday party for the country at Saturday's Beef BBQ  

IMG_0682In keeping with the environmental theme initiated by the Bayfield Town Hall for their fundraising events, all glasses, plates, cutlery and napkins being used at the BBQ are completely compostable. (Submitted photo)  

The countdown is on! The ukulele band is striking up and the birthday cupcakes are being baked. So don your red and white and get ready to join the community party this Saturday, July 1st as Bayfield joins the nation in celebrating 150 years of Confederation.

Fun, food and entertainment will be on tap for the whole family July 1st at the Bayfield arena. Doors open at 4 p.m. and kids can jump for joy in the bouncy castles before enjoying the magical entertainment of Snippitty the Clown.

Taking to the stage at 5:15 p.m., the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) has been practising hard for their all-Canadian lineup. They hope to have the audience singing along to favorites from Maritime folk songs to iconic national classics such as Neil Young, Barenaked Ladies and Leonard Cohen (with a surprise twist).

London songbird Nicole Coward carries on with the Canadiana theme beginning at 6:30 p.m. performing a lineup including popular favorites by Sarah McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell and Great Big Sea.

St. Andrew’s United Church will be serving up their traditional July 1st BBQ Beef and Sweet Pickled Ham supper between 4-8 p.m. It will be accompanied by a delicious variety of cold salads and followed by homemade desserts – not only their famous fresh baked pies but festive Canada Day cupcakes too.

The Bayfield Brewing Co. will introduce patrons to their newest craft beers. Lemonade and sparkling Bayfield tap water will also be available from the Blue Community Water Wagon.

In keeping with the environmental theme initiated by the Bayfield Town Hall for their fundraising events, all glasses, plates, cutlery and napkins being used are completely compostable.

Tickets for the event and dinner are $20 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and free admission for pre-schoolers. They are still available in advance from The Spotted Cow on Bayfield’s Main Street, at the Friday Farmer’s Market in Clan Gregor Square, or by calling St. Andrew’s United Church at 519 565-2854. There will also be tickets available at the door or by going to

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help, particularly with the children’s activities, is asked to please contact Elise Feltrin at or 519 565-5852. High school students are welcome to work to fulfill their volunteer hours.

Visitors, tourists, families and locals are all invited to attend to celebrate this memorable national milestone!

Geocaching Sunday on July 9th 

_MG_2722Participants are encouraged to bring their Smart phones and Jim Boere will show people how to use them to find special treasures along the trail. Anyone who doesn’t have a Smart phone is still welcome to attend. (Submitted photo)

One of the highlights of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) calendar is Geocaching Sunday!

This year it will be held on July 9 starting at 1 p.m. at the Woodland Trail in Bayfield.

Participants are encouraged to bring their Smart phones and Jim Boere will show people how to use them to find special treasures along the trail. Anyone who doesn’t have a Smart phone is still welcome to attend.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the Geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Participants of the hike can get a free Geocaching App for their Smart phone and sign up for a free Geocaching account at

Meet BRVTA hike leaders at the pavilion at Clan Gregor Square, and stroll through the village to the entrance to the trail at the edge of the woods on Sarnia Street. Once in the woods participants will enjoy the scenic beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails. The trail is 5 KM long, difficulty is level 3 and the hike will take approximately two hours.

Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480; Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; and Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202 will be the hike leaders.

 unicorns, mermaids and turkish delights await at purple peony


IMG_7589Cheri Shaver, owner of The Purple Peony, couldn't be happier with her new location at 8 Main Street North in Bayfield. Known for her delightfully whimsical infant's and children's clothing and toys the larger space has allowed her to expand her adult line, including stuffed creatures with grown up appeal. These include: Ostriches, Flamingos and Owls, oh my! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

As of this spring, The Purple Peony has a new home on the village’s Main Street in the building that is also home to Lake Huron Realty and Coopenhagens.

Owner Cheri Shaver is very happy with her new location. She noted, “Traffic has doubled.” And as one customer exclaimed as she was checking out, “You have so many adorable things.”

In fact, local kids have renamed the shop, “The Unicorn Store” in homage to the giant unicorn shaped pool float hanging off the front porch and the large stuffed unicorn that has been incorporated into the window display.

The Purple Peony has become known as the place to go for activities to keep the children occupied while visiting the beach or when looking for that perfectly unique children’s or baby gift but the new larger space has afforded Shaver the opportunity to expand her adult line including a variety of hats, sunglasses and fair trade, Alpaca shawls, ponchos and blankets that are machine washable and made in Ecuador. She also has a retro line of activities that are proving to be “nostalgia for the adults” and suitable for family time away from devices. And perhaps what she is most excited about is the fair trade, cotton, Turkish towels she has in stock in a variety of patterns and colors. They make a perfect picnic blanket or throw, and yes, they can be used as towels too!

So whether shopping for yourself, someone young, or someone just young at heart, The Purple Peony awaits!



Re: Article “Proposed Code of Conduct for Bluewater Municipal Councilors” Bayfield Breeze Issue No. 425, Published on June 14, 2017.

The Bayfield Breeze makes the following corrections to the above noted article:

1. The Code of Conduct for Bluewater Municipal Councilors is not new or proposed.
2. The Code of Conduct was drafted in 2008 and became effective on January 5, 2009. It was not prepared by CAO Kyle Pratt or Mayor Hessel. It is still in effect. Following discussion at Council of Council conduct at the May 23, 2017 Council meeting, Mayor Hessel asked that the current Code of Conduct be placed on the Council’s next agenda (see Minutes of May 23, 2017 meeting of Council). It was on Council’s agenda on June 5, 2017.
3. The issue of whether to cancel the Ward system of voting in the Municipality of Bluewater was placed before council at the request of Mayor Hessel under New Business with the heading: “Council Composition”.
4. The article characterized the above matters as “surprises” by Mayor Hessel and CAO Kyle Pratt …”created to challenge their Council…” This characterization is not accurate or fair.
5. The Bayfield Breeze apologizes for any confusion or misunderstanding these errors may have caused.

- Melody Falconer-Pounder, Editor Bayfield Breeze

bluewater news

Recent news of a potential 20-seat Tim Hortons restaurant with drive-thru, self-serve Esso station, and a convenience store all complete with an ATM at 89 Main Street South in Bayfield has caused a stir on Social Media as well as around town.

The project was on the agenda at Bluewater Council on June 5. And for those who have an interest it looks like this may be on council's next agenda, Tuesday, July 4th at the Stanley Complex in Varna (start time 6 p.m.).

Please note agendas are made available to the public by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to a council meeting on the municipality's website. 

Boundary Walk 

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more visit

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


The 11th annual Bayfield Vettefest will begin on July 7th with a Summer Night Cruise from Clan Gregor Square starting at 7 p.m. Once gathered, the corvette enthusiasts will head out on a little road trip together.

On July 8th Clan Gregor Square will be filled with both old and new corvettes, vintages ranging from 1954 to present day. Goodie bags will be handed out to the first 200 vehicles registered. Registration for the car show will begin at 8 a.m. in the park. Those who take part are invited to park their cars for display in the square.

Firemen's Breakfast 

The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 8 to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.

And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $8; and children, $5. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.

Boat Parade 

On July 8th, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will host their third annual Boat Parade. Please note that if the weather doesn’t cooperate the rain date is July 15.

This year there will be prizes for the best Sail Boat, Motor Boat and Paddle Boat The prize will be a Bayfield Farmers' Market Bag loaded with Bayfield’s favorite goodies and treats! Organizers are encouraging sailors to use lights, decorations and/or Canada flags and to set sail just before sunset along the shoreline.

For the health of our Great Lake organizers are also asking people to please consider alternatives to disposable plastics and balloons in their decor choices.

Thunderbird Show 

The Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club (SOTC) hopes to have more than 100 Thunderbirds park in the shade of Clan Gregor Square during their 21st annual car show in Bayfield on July 9
All Thunderbird enthusiasts are welcome to this largest single gathering of the SOTC for the year. Participants don’t have to be SOTC members; anyone with a T-Bird can come into the park.

There will be music, door prizes, food and great fun for Thunderbird lovers both old and young. The event begins at 9 a.m. and participants are encouraged to come early to get a nice shady spot under the trees and near the gazebo. The day will conclude about 4 p.m.

Rummage Sale Baking 

Without question the tastiest part of thePioneer Park 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.

knox Church 

20170625_123817Reverend Ted and Flo Nelson. (Submitted photo)

Rev. Ted Nelson celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination this past Sunday, June 25 by being the guest minister at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield.

“It’s been a rewarding path,” he told the congregation as he shared highlights of his career.

Rev. Nelson served numerous congregations over those fifty years retiring from his last charge of over fifteen years, Burgoyne Presbyterian Church in Port Elgin, in 1998.

Post retirement he and his wife Flo relocated to Clinton where the Reverend has enjoyed pulpit supply in numerous churches since that time. Knox, Bayfield has been fortunate to benefit from his ministry on a regular basis.

The congregation helped mark the occasion with a celebratory cake after services.

Flea Market

Bayfield has been home to a Country Flea Market for several decades. In more recent years, it has found a home in Agriculture Park; a home that offers plenty of parking as well as some green space for children to run carefree.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society provides this home for the market that is open on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (maybe a little longer depending on the crowds). There are all kinds of unique items for sale such as antiques, furniture, books, tools, and sports collectibles. The market is also a good spot to pick up fresh produce and plants.


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

Fish Fry

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is inviting the community to come and enjoy a delicious fish dinner with them on July 29 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Meal service for this seventh annual event will run from 4:30-7 p.m. Fresh Whitefish is the main event with homemade tartar sauce served alongside salad, potatoes and a roll. Dessert features include assorted homemade pies, squares and cookies.

Eat in or take-out. Tickets are available now by calling Bettylou at 519 565-4770. Cost is $18 in advance and $20 at the door per adult and $10 for children 12 and under.

Forgotten Felines


Three little kittens still need a forever home.

These cute balls of fluff are eating solid food, are litter trained and are socializing nicely. The two pictured together are very strongly bonded and it would be amazing if they could find a home together!

Please contact the Bayfield Breeze if you are interested in adopting one (or two) of this adorable trio.

Thanks to dedicated volunteers 31cats from the feral cat colony on Main Street have now been through the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program and several of them have found forever homes.


The word "feral" is used to define a cat that lives outdoors. It essentially does not belong to anyone. Feral cats are the result of a domestic cat being abandoned or lost and left to fend for itself.

Financial support from area residents for the TNR program is always appreciated. The volunteers have made arrangements with a Veterinary Hospital in London to have the cats neutered/spayed for approximately $60 each. Funds support this effort as well as travel costs for volunteer drivers. Those who wish to sponsor a “Forgotten Feline” by providing a financial gift may do so at Shopbike Coffee on Main Street.

Let the Rummage Begin

Donations are rolling in for the 70th annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. Organizers are very grateful for all the items that have been dropped off to date. There is three more drop-off dates scheduled at the Quonset hut just north of the village on Hwy 21. They are this Saturday, July 1; Wednesday, July 5, and Saturday, July 8. Drop off hours remain 10 a.m. to noon on each date. The Rummage Sale is set for July 14 and volunteers are still needed for the event. For further information and contact data, please visit their website, at Also be sure to check out the Pioneer Park Facebook Page for photos of one-of-a-kind items.


huron sunrise daylily the official flower of the IPM 

daylilyBasking in the sunshine at Falhaven Farms on Orchard Line in Central Huron are IMP volunteers, from l-r: Monique Baan, Alicia Deitner, and Lynne Godkin. (Submitted photos)  

daylily2Huron Sunrise Daylily

Organizers of the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) are proud to announce their official flower, the “Huron Sunrise” Daylily!

The name was chosen through an online Facebook poll in 2016. Mike Falconer of Falhaven Farm and Nursery, in Central Huron, curated the flower.

Falhaven will be hosting an Open House from July 12 to Aug. 12 and people are invited to come see the Huron Sunrise Daylily as well as the many other Daylilies at the farm.

Falconer has been wholly committed to breeding and growing daylilies for fifteen years but the passion for gardening has been with him since childhood.

"IPM 2017 is thrilled to have our own exclusive Daylily for this special event, and have enjoyed working with Mike at Falhaven. We would encourage everyone to take some time to visit the farm during the Open House as the gardens are absolutely magnificent. All visitors to the farm will have a chance to enter a free draw to win an IPM 2017 Daylily," said Lynne Dodd, secretary of IPM 2017.

As the flower is new, there are a limited number available in 2017. Some will be utilized as prizes for the Queen and Princess of the Furrow and Beautification Award Winners however, eight bulbs will be auctioned off during the week of the match. Following the Huron County Variety Show every day on Main Stage at noon, an IPM 2017 Daylily will be up for auction. Three additional Daylilies will be auctioned during the Auctioneer’s Challenge scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20. Other special items to be auctioned off during the Variety Show and Auctioneer’s Challenge include sold out IPM 2017 souvenir trucks and sold out IPM 2017 benches!

Huron Sunrise will be available for purchase in Spring 2018 for $20.17, with proceeds being donated to the Huron County Plowmen’s Association. Check out Falhaven Farm and Nursery website for tips and tricks on how to plant the Huron Sunrise Daylily!

IPM 2017 takes place Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 and 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.

Open House info for shoreline management plan now online 

Shoreline_Management_Open_House_June_2017_ThedfordPresenting at the second of two public information open houses on shoreline management were, from l-r: Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and Coastal Engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd. They are shown with Deputy Mayor Doug Cook, of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, and Geoffrey Cade, supervisor of Water and Planning with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Cook, a member of the ABCA Board of Directors, chaired the June 17 open house in Thedford, and Cade answered questions from the public that related to current policies in the Shoreline Management Plan (2000) and technical work as part of the 2015-2018 update of the existing plan. (Submitted photo)  

Approximately 220 people showed their interest in the local shoreline by attending two Shoreline Management Plan Public Information Open Houses in June.

The events took place in Zurich and Thedford and were hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Staff members answered questions at mapping stations and displays. The ABCA staff shared information on topics such as water quality issues and community actions to improve water quality; Lake Huron water levels; the effects of a changing lake for cohesive bluffs and dynamic beach systems; how average annual recession rates are measured and mapped along the shoreline; current local and provincial policies; and how lakeshore hazards such as flooding and erosion are determined in the current Shoreline Management Plan (2000).

Attendees also heard presentations from Dr. Robin Davidson-Arnott, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, and coastal engineer Fiona Duckett, M.Sc., P. Eng., of W. F. Baird and Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd. Davidson-Arnott presented on shoreline processes, climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, and shoreline protection. Duckett spoke on types of shore protection that can be considered and about development of policies and procedures for review of applications for shore protection structures along the shoreline. Baird and Associates is updating the Considerations for Shore Protection Structures document which was prepared in 1994.

Links to professionally taped videos of the presentations (when they were presented to the ABCA Board of Directors in April and May) are posted on the shoreline management web page at

The presentations at the open houses were followed by question and answer periods. ABCA has also posted, online at, information materials from the open houses, including a feedback form for those who attended the open houses; a document with proposed steps for future engagement; and fact sheets, brochures, and posters. Those who attended the open houses are invited to submit their feedback forms until July 7.

The ABCA’s Water and Planning Supervisor, Geoff Cade, thanked everyone who attended the open houses for their interest and their time. He also thanked the members of the Bluewater Shoreline Residents’ Association (BSRA) who collected question cards during the question and answer time after the presentations. The conservation authority is planning to update its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to reflect some of the discussion during the question and answer portion of the open house. Please visit the Shoreline Management Plan Update page online at at this link:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority hosted the open houses as part of the 2015-2018 update of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) that has been in effect since 2000. The conservation authority started a process in 2015 to update technical information to support future updates to the 2000 SMP document. The review of local development policies contained in the SMP 2000 is not expected until 2018, according to ABCA. The SMP identifies shoreline hazards for flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches and their impact on shoreline development. Updates to the SMP will provide a consistent and up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to the ABCA. Updates will provide newer information on shoreline recession rates, ensure that local policies and application of the Regulation conform to Province of Ontario policy, and keep policies current in light of emerging land use trends.
Members of the public are invited to subscribe to a free electronic newsletter that provides updates about shoreline management along the shoreline of the watershed. To sign up to receive these updates individuals may visit this link: More than 410 people have subscribed to this online newsletter.

Central Huron no longer considered for nuclear waste 

It was announced on June 23 that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is narrowing its focus to fewer communities as it prepares to further advance the next set of activities in the selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel.

The Municipality of Central Huron and the Township of White River will no longer be considered a potential host for the project. Both will continue to play a role as activities continue in nearby communities of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce in the southwest, and to the northwest in the vicinity of Hornepayne and Manitouwadge.

“As we work toward identifying a single preferred site, we need to increasingly focus on specific locations that have strong potential to meet safety requirements and a foundation for sustained interest in exploring the project,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, vice-president of Site Selection. “Central Huron and White River have each made a significant contribution on behalf of Canadians to this project, and their continued leadership will be invaluable as we work together to plan next steps in their regions.”

The next activities in the areas of Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce; and Hornepayne and Manitouwadge will involve planning for more geological studies and initial discussions about visioning and partnership.

Regional engagement will continue, as the project will only proceed with interested communities, potentially affected First Nation and Métis communities, and surrounding communities working in partnership to implement it.

Studies continue in areas around Ignace, Blind River and Elliot Lake, Ontario, which are also engaged in the process for siting the national infrastructure project. Ongoing field activities and engagement with
municipal, First Nation and Métis communities in those regions are not affected by the recent decision.

The NWMO will continue the process of narrowing down potential sites to host the project until it arrives at one preferred safe and socially acceptable site as the focus of more detailed site characterization. The preferred site must have a suitable rock formation in an area with an informed and willing host.

The NWMOis implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Canada’s nuclear electricity producers created the organization in 2002. Ontario Power Generation Inc., NB Power Nuclear and Hydro-Québec are the founding members, and along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, fund the NWMO’s operations. The NWMO operates on a not-for-profit basis and derives its mandate from the Federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act.

Register by Friday to Paddle for Rural Response  


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.



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

Orchard departs 

Brenda-Orchard-portrait-horizontal-sml-300x219Brenda Orchard (Submitted photo)  

Recently, during a Council Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Administration Officer (CAO) Brenda Orchard announced her pending departure as she has accepted the CAO position with the County of Lennox & Addington in Eastern Ontario.

“I’m really proud of the cultural changes that we’ve made in Huron County and of the working relationship we’ve built between staff and council. This relationship is based on trust, honesty, transparency and mutual respect. Staff and Council build on each other’s ideas to make the best decisions for rate payers,” said Orchard. “I’m looking forward to working with the Council and staff in Lennox & Addington as the next chapter in my career.”

Orchard has been the Huron County CAO for over four years and has spearheaded several organizational improvements that have ranged from workplace culture to the County’s approach to economic development.

“Brenda has been a wonderful leader within our organization and for Huron County, and we’re thrilled for her as she accepts this new role,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “Council and staff are in a very good position going forward, thanks to Brenda.”

Orchard will transition to the new role in August and the search for a new CAO will begin shortly.

Celebrate 1-5-0 through Stories 

What a tale could be told by many items from the past! A collection of historical items will be on display at the REACH Centre in Clinton on July 7-8 as part of the 1-5-0 celebrations in Central Huron. Items that have resided not far from Bayfield will be on display. There will also be several stories that have been shared just for this occasion.

The story was told that when an orchard was being planted in 1918, the young man invited several neighbours in to assist with the task with the added bonus that he would share some beer at the end of the day. When the man brought the helpers in for lunch, his mother took him aside and sternly indicated that he was to dispose of the beer and expressed her displeasure. The neighbors heard this sad discourse and when outside held out their mugs and suggested he pour slowly. Find out whom the owner of that orchard was and what the next few generations remember about the storage shed by visiting the display.

A great way to celebrate this country’s sesquicentennial would be to bring children and grandchildren to see how people communicated a century ago, or how they stored things over winter, or what a school desk was like in a one room school.

The historical display will be open from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, July 7 followed by fireworks and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. Items that have a story can be added to the display.

Doug Yeo is recording the items for the former Goderich Township and can be reached at 519 482-9296. All good stories need good listeners or participants. Find a good story on July 7-8.

Airport Study 

Huron County’s two publicly owned airports are being studied to determine the best uses of these infrastructure assets going forward.

Due to their experience developing innovative solutions to increase the value and competitiveness of small and medium sized airports throughout Canada and the northern US, Explorer Solutions of Montreal has been hired to lead the assessment, which is in its initial stages.

The work will review current airport operations for efficiencies, identify shared-service opportunities, explore ways to reduce costs and increase both aviation and non-aviation based revenue.

Capital investment requirements to maintain the viability of these assets over the next 20 years will also be determined. The results of the study are expected before the end of this year.

Bach Music Festival 

The Bach Music Festival of Canada is excited to announce its stellar line-up of artists, concerts, and programs for the 2017 Summer Season, July 6-16. The Festival continues to build on its relationships with Canada's most renowned and respected artists while cultivating roots in the heart of Huron County.

The opening concert on July 6 will feature legendary Broadway and Concert/Opera star, baritone John Avey in concert with the incomparable pianist Marlene Fagan, presenting 'Just Between Friends'. Avey and Fagan are a fitting launch for the 2017 season, as their partnership embodies the friendship, artistry and community spirit for which the Bach Festival has become known.

Lara St John and Matt Herskowitz return after launching the inaugural Festival in 2011, bringing international star status with a rare intimate appearance July 9 in an afternoon concert that is sure to sell-out.

Artistic Director Gerald Fagan said, “It is a rare honor to have Ms. St John and Mr. Herskowitz return to the Bach Festival for a second performance! This speaks to their love of performing in their home country, and to this community's signature style of warmly appreciating the artists who perform in Exeter.”

Other guest artists include the extraordinary Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice; cellist Cameron Crozman playing on the Bonjour Stradivarius cello and the Shaw Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank; World Champion fiddling sensation Shane Cook with master fiddler Gerry Smith; and the Bach Festival resident chamber choir Chor Amica under the direction of Artistic Director Fagan. A Summer Youth Arts program
ensures the tradition of arts education continues.

The July 16 Closing Gala presentation, “Our Home and Native Land”, will feature soloists, orchestra, the Junior Amabile Youth Singers and a mass choir equaling over 150 performers in total with Artistic Director Fagan conducting and Canadian culture afficianado James Reaney Jr, hosting. Performing traditional Canadian music as well as four newly commissioned works specifically for Canada's birthday, this afternoon performance promises to be the most memorable birthday celebration for this great country! This final gala concert will take place at the South Huron Recreation Centre, as organizers transform this space into a concert hall – truly in the heart of the community.

Full details about the Bach Music Festival of Canada can be found on their website at or check them out on Facebook.

Breakfast on the Farm 

This years Breakfast on the Farm,organized by the Bayfield Agricultural Society,  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


IMG_0612 Members of Bayfield Guiding are selling some cheery and festive bows in celebration of the International Plowing Match (IPM) being held in Walton, ON this September. Volunteers with the IPM Beautification Committee rmade these bows in the theme colors of the Huron County event and they are available now to brighten porches, front doors, planters and mailboxes. The committee hopes many in the county will show their pride of hosting the IPM by purchasing these bows. They are available from Bayfield Guiding members or by calling Melody at 519 525-3830.The price has been set at $10 each. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  





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, as school lets out for summer we feature a picture recorded to be of students from the Bayfield School circa 1920. (Archives Code: PB10012 PC) 

 PB10012 PC Remember Me 417

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PB10024 PC Remember Me 415 

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


 PB10015 PC Remember Me 416

In Issue 416, we feature a photo taken around 1920 of Mrs Thomas Bailey, Leslie Frost, and Thomas Bailey. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10015 PC)



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The long and winding road led to village 

_MG_1204-2  A sold-out crowd was transported back to the 70s on the evening of June 24 at the Bayfield Town Hall by members of "The McCartney Years". The band from l-r: Laura Gagnon, Hubert Orlowski, Braden DeCooman, Dean McKey, Yuri Pool and David Usselman.  

Yuri Pool

_MG_1187-2 Braden DeCooman. with Laura Gagnon in the background.

_MG_1196-2 The sold-out crowd gave the group several standing ovations, and although they confessed that the Bayfield Town Hall was a more intimate venue than they were used to, they were made to feel most welcome and greatly appreciated!



Bayfield rocked on the evening of Saturday, June 24, to the sounds of “The McCartney Years”.

Led by self-described perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band included Laura Gagnon as Linda McCartney; David Usselman as Denny Laine; Braden DeCooman as Jimmy McCullough; Dean McKey as Joe English and Hubert Orlowski on backing vocals and keyboards.

The performance was a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970s McCartney concert, so in addition to many songs from McCartney's years with Wings, the group also performed some Beatles classics.

The sold-out crowd gave the group several standing ovations, and although they confessed that the Bayfield Town Hall was a more intimate venue than they were used to, they were made to feel most welcome and greatly appreciated!

_MG_1121-2 David Usselman

_MG_1220-2  Laura Gagnon

_MG_1154-2 Dean McKey



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Coming home

Coming home..By Marley

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 our Canada 1-5-0 flag arrived in the mail yesterday and is now proudly flying just below the country’s flag on the pole in front of the house in which we reside.

As a Centennial baby I don’t remember anything about the 100th birthday party. But I do collect bits and pieces of the memorabilia that I find when out at yard sales and I have the special coin set. So this time around I am ready to celebrate both at the community events planned on Saturday as well as at a private shindig we’ve been invited to – we have been promised a rather significant fireworks display and my husband has apparently volunteered to set them off. No worries…he has some experience having once helped to organize the Bayfield Optimist Village Fireworks Displays in days of yore.

I had so much fun taking pictures with the Mommas and Sesquicentennial babes for our cute celebratory feature this week…hopefully, the little ones in the group who were born this year will be as proud as I am to share such a special birthday. I had a little chat with five month-old Arlo explaining to him that he would be 50 the next time the big party rolls around in 2067. And then I thought…gee…that will make me 100! Another good reason to celebrate the heck out of this July 1st for it could very well be a once in a lifetime party. - Melody


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