Bookmark and Share   July 3, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 27 Issue 521

extra drop off day announced

IMG_7647Some of the members of Team Rummage would like to thank the community for their donations to date. Two more drop off days remain before the big event on July 12. (Submitted photo)  

Team Rummage is busy preparing for the 72nd Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and they will have the Quonset hut open for two more drop off dates: Saturday, July 6 and Monday, July 8.

Thanks to all who have found fabulous items to donate to this year’s rummage sale. Organizers report that they are receiving fabulous items for both home and cottage. Volunteers who help with the sorting have determined that this year’s sale promises to be as good, or even better than ever. And there’s still time to drop off items. The Quonset hut hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon on the dates listed above.

The Rummage Sale will be held on July 12. Zamboni doors will open on the arena sale at 7 p.m. but eager shoppers can check out the bargains in the outside sales area at 6:30 p.m.

The following items cannot be accepted: large appliances, televisions, printers and faxes, children’s furniture and strollers, shoes, clothing and certain electronics.

Organizers will happily accept: linens, draperies, furniture, furnishings, antiques, boutique items, gardening tools and accessories, housewares, china, Christmas decorations, books that are newish and in good condition and record albums.

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

 people line up early for Firemen's Breakfast 

29435227268_f7fb8d75a9_kPaul Egbers, second from left, cooked eggs for the long lines of hungry visitors to the Bayfield Firemen's Breakfast in 2018. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 6 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, Metger's bacon, Bayfield Foodland's own sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the coffee, generously provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield's Main Street. 

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

Dreamboats coming to Clinton   

43174077471_424d489af2_kMichael's Pharmasave will be hosting “The Dreamboats” in concert as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The guys will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

“The Dreamboats” will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Area residents may be familiar with this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group as they performed at the Bayfield Town Hall the previous two summers. Both concerts were sell-out events!

This time around, Michael’s Pharmasave is hosting this concert in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $45.

The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Established Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the era’s favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.

For tickets visit anyone of the three Michael’s Pharmasave locations or call: Bayfield, 519 565-4454; Goderich, 519 524-2242; or Clinton, 519 482-5037.


43307460051_490c9834ed_kBayfield Vettefest is now in its 13th year! Starting with a Summer’s Night Cruise on Friday, July 5 and culminating in a fabulous show in Clan Gregor Square on July 6. Vette enthusiasts are encouraged to join in the Summer’s Night Cruise departing from Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. on Friday night. They are invited to return on Saturday with registration starting at 8 a.m. The show will end at 4 p.m. The entry fee for car owners is $20 with proceeds going to the Bayfield Skating Club. In 2018, close to 300 Vettes parked in the Square while another 35 could be found just around the perimeter. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


Farmers' market 

The annual Strawberry Social returns to the Bayfield Farmers' Market on Friday, July 5. Fresh, made-on-the-spot strawberry shortcake will be available for sale, as will homemade strawberry lemonade. Bayfield Berry Farm will provide the strawberries and biscuits for a truly local treat.

Customers are strongly encouraged to bring their own containers and cutlery to help support the market's continuing efforts to reduce waste. Everyone with their own container will be entered in a draw to win a strawberry-themed prize basket that includes a pendant from the JMR Collections and greeting cards from Corrine Everson Papercrafting.

The Bayfield Farmers' Market runs Fridays 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square, from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving weekend.

westcoast astronomers 

A Star Party, hosted by the Westcoast Astronomers will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.

Participants can look forward to observing Jupiter, Saturn, Arcturus, Antares, Whirlpool and Needle Galaxies, Bode's, Eagle and Cat's Eye Nebulae, and some clusters including the magnificent Wild Duck.

Visit the Star Party page on to reserve a spot. This allows organizers to communicate with participants in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled.

Anyone who has doubt on the status of the event or has questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.

Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no cost. Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their telescopes at sundown.

glass art for hospice

IMG_1874Art by Roberta Stemp. (Submitted photo)

In support of Huron Hospice, Bayfield artist Roberta Stemp has graciously donated a wonderful handmade glass on glass mosaic, which will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of July.

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time period.

The silent auction will close on July 31 at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.

The piece measures 15 ¾” x 15 ¼” and is mounted on a vintage window frame.

All proceeds will be donated to the Huron Hospice in Clinton.

Tick Talk 

The public is welcome to attend a free talk by local experts regarding the dangers of Ticks and Giant Hogweed on July 8 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

According to organizers, Ticks are widespread in the Bayfield area and their bites can have devastating effects. Lynn Gillians will talk about the effects of ticks, how to spot them and how to remove them from people and pets.

Giant Hogweed is an invasive species that looks appealing, but is poisonous to humans. Roger Lewington will describe the appearance and effects of Giant Hogweed and how to deal with it.

The 30 minute talk on learning how to be safe from these hazards will begin at 10 a.m.

book launch 

The last two winters in Canada have galvanised British author, Holly Jeffers into writing her second novel, entitled, “Fallen Acorns”. This book is an intriguing tale spanning three decades, following the end of WWII.

She certainly set herself a creative challenge developing parallel, inter-related stories in France, England and Canada. As the main characters’ lives take readers through the years, they may find it difficult to predict the eventual outcome!

A Book Launch will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield, 21 Main St North, on Wednesday, July 10 from 2-4 p.m.

A glass of wine will be offered with every $20 book purchase and Jeffers will be delighted to sign copies. She is especially pleased to announce that $3 from each sale will benefit the Huron Hospice.

Seeds Rooted in Youth 

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

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

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

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

To learn more visit:




popular behind the bars is back

Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.

0111_BTB_2017Colleen Maguire has been a costumed interpreter for nine summers at the Huron County Historic Gaol. (Submitted photo)

Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.

Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.

Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website,, or peolce can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.

Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.

sponsorships available and fundraising ideas requested

There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.

Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.

BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.

People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at


The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.

The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.

People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.

The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.

The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.

The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.

Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263.

Communities Collaborative seeking public input 

The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) is seeking input from the public about their experiences with social isolation. The CRCC received a $75,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to work on reducing social isolation and strengthen social inclusion, one of the determinants of health.

The Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams stated in his recent annual report to the Ontario government, “Being socially connected to family, friends and our communities — having a sense of belonging — is important to our wellbeing. People who are connected are happier. They enjoy better health and use fewer health services. They are more resilient in the face of adversity and they live longer.”

The CRCC has developed a survey to learn about people’s sense of belonging and social inclusion, connection to their community, the programs and services they need and want, and the barriers that prevent them from feeling included. The survey can be taken online at The CRCC is hoping to collect 500 surveys from respondents in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex. 

In-person interviews will also help to find out more about people’s stories and how to improve connections and inclusion in this area. People experiencing social isolation are encouraged to contact Matthew Maynard, Community developer, at or call him at 519 262-3459 Ext. 213 to schedule an interview. Each person interviewed will receive a $25 grocery gift card for their time.

A comprehensive list of existing programs, services and activities is being collected and mapped to the area. This asset list will help to determine if there are gaps in opportunities for people to feel included in their community. The CRCC would like to hear from everyone who offers a program, service or activity to the public. Go to and click on the “Add My Service to the Community Asset Map” button.

In the fall of 2019, Maynard, will facilitate community gatherings to present the findings of the surveys, interviews and asset mapping work. Together with the community, decisions can then be made about what is needed to reduce social isolation, strengthen social inclusion and improve the health outcomes for people living in the area.

The CRCC is a group of people and organisations working together in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex. The collaborative includes municipalities, churches, health services, environmental organizations and social services, all working together to build better communities together.

Bluewater area youth invitedto enter community challenge 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 historic places day 

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit


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

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

The reading club will meet once a week at each of the twelve Huron County Library branches until Friday, Aug. 23.

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

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

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

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

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

Maitland El Camino 

The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”

Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.

A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.

“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.

Registration is now open at and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.

Visit the MTA’s website or contact for more information about this exciting event.  


The coordinators, of the Huron County Newspaper Digitization Project (HCNDP), are looking for information about Art Elliott, former editor of The Bayfield Bulletin (1964-68).

The Huron County Library needs help to locate the family of Art Elliott, a newspaperman who came to Bayfield in the 1960s to start the first weekly paper in nearly 70 years. Mr. Elliott had previously worked for the Goderich Signal-Star, the Listowel Banner, Waterloo Chronicle, Malton Times, and Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec).

Anyone with information is invited to contact Beth Knazook, Special Project Coordinator at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2220.

Copies of this newspaper were generously loaned from the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives for the HCND Project coordinators hope to make The Bayfield Bulletin available online shortly.


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

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

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


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

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

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

Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!






Volume 10

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

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

This week, another image from an Admiral Bayfield Day held in the 1990s. This image shows Rick Penhale (left)  in the Penhale Family carriage with Admiral Bayfield. Does anyone recall any details about this event?  



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




In Issue 519, a parade photo of a float created by the Bayfield Lions' Club. Does anyone remember the history behind it or recognize the people in the photo? 

Issue 520


In Issue 520, we highlight another image from Carolyn Snell's collection. Can it really be 28 years since the Bayfield and Area Fire Department got their new buidling? Plenty of familiar faces in this image clipped from the Clinton News-Record in 1991 taken to celebrate the grand opening of the facility. Can you identify a few of the men? 

Here are the names: FR l-r: Walter Turner, engineer; Don Haw, deputy chief; Don Warner, chief; Perce Renner, captain; and Gil Latimer, lieutenant. Middle row: Jim Francis, captain; Mike Warner, Bob Snell, Pat Brandon, Don Lindsay, Steve Shanahan, Tim West, Brian Brandon and Rusty Brandon. BR: Wes Gozzard, Jack Bender and Brad Bagot. (Photo by Christina Strong) 



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Painting,  music, meditation and yoga all part of summer at this favorite lakeside retreat   












Pioneer Park is known as the most terrific location around to watch the sun set but during the weekends in the summer there is even more to do – and it’s free!

The first "Paint the Sunset" with Robin event was held on the evening of June 30th with plenty of folks of all ages and experience levels putting brush to canvas. Don’t worry people still have three more opportunities to get create en plein air on July 13, Aug. 4 and Aug. 31.

For those interested in watching the sun set to music, several concerts in the park are scheduled. John Powers will be providing sun set accompaniment on July 6, July 20, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 while Adam Lang will be performing on July 13, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.

And if Yoga and Meditation are of interest – classes are now being held in the park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 9 a.m. for July and August.









PIXILATED — image of the week

BYC Regatta

BYC Regatta By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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







Birthdays are important to children. As long as I have been Brown Owl we have had the tradition of a “birthday bag”. Members of my Sparks and Brownies often remind me regularly when their birthdays are to ensure I don’t forget when it is their turn to reach in the bag and pull out a little gift and have the group sing “Happy Birthday” to them in the language of their choice – English or French. Sometimes they remind me up to 11 months in advance of their actual next birthday. This is how I know how special it is to provide a moment that is just for them.

When I learned about The Northern Birthday Box Project (NBBP) via Facebook a couple of years ago I knew it was something I could get behind. The NBBP connects families living in Northern and remote areas of Canada with donors in other parts of the country. Families apply to the project requesting a birthday box for their children aged 1-17. Each child is matched with a sponsor who gets the name, age, gender and party preferences of the birthday child. Boxes should include cake mix, icing, candles and a few birthday decorations. The sponsor shops and ships directly to the child's family. All costs are covered by the sponsor, including shipping.

Over the past three years, the project has matched over 6,500 children. The NBBP has been humming along nicely until recently when they reached out via Facebook in hopes of attracting more donors. Currently, the group is receiving close to 300 requests per month and help is needed to ensure all the children can have a birthday to remember.

I reached out last week and was matched by the end of the day – now we are having fun putting a box together so that a little one-year old girl with a love for Minnie Mouse can have a little party with her family on Aug. 1st.

If you would like to join in the merry making visit "The Northern Birthday Box Project" on Facebook. – Melody







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