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Rosalind and Peter Westwood, of Bayfield, could not have looked more quintessentially Canadian on Saturday morning - sitting in Muskoka Chairs on Main Street, sipping Shop Bike Coffee, waving the flag all while sporting the red and white.  

Visitors to the village on this fabulous holiday weekend also brought their patriotism with them!  

IMG_7683Morgan Tyler, the new owner of Rosie's Ice Cream Shoppe, a Main Street staple, gave out Canadian Flags to his customers on Saturday in recognition of Canada's 1-5-0.

Everywhere people walked in the village on Saturday our patriotism could be seen in red and white - this lovely display could be found in front of The Purple Peony on Main Street.  


The Municipality of Bluewater and the Town of Goderich have prepared a bid to host the Ontario Heritage Conference in May 2019.

Famous for their Heritage Conservation Districts, among the oldest in Ontario, Bluewater and Goderich contain deep wells of built and cultural heritage. The Ontario Heritage Conference attracts up to 250 delegates from across the province. There is discussion of current issues and opportunities between professionals and volunteers. An announcement of the successful proponent is anticipated in September.

“We are delighted to work in partnership with Goderich. Both communities have a rich history of heritage conservation and recognition of the contribution heritage makes to our local quality of life,” said Roma Harris, chair of the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee. "We would be delighted to host this event and encourage visitors to explore this special part of Ontario."

The bid to host the conference has enthusiastic support from both Municipal Councils that represent a long tradition of preservation of historical properties. It would be a dream come true for Century Farm owner Bill Dowson, a Bluewater committee member. There are countless multi-generational farms, family cottages and four heritage conservation districts in the area (one district is in Bluewater, three are in Goderich).

If successful, delegates would tour historic Goderich and see for themselves how the centre of the town, including most of the commercial district, has rebuilt from a tornado in August 2011. The unique layout of Goderich's core encompasses eight primary streets radiating from an octagon bounded by eight business blocks. "The Square", "West Street", and "The Outer Square" are three heritage conservation districts within this 65-acre core area. Delegates would tour historic sites in Bluewater where the local history features the oldest Anglican building in Huron County (Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield), three 100-year-old town halls and many unique figures such as Narcisse Cantin who envisioned building a canal from St. Joseph to the St. Lawrence Seaway.


FullSizeRenderCan you believe that all this fab stuff will be available at the 70th annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale? Well, believe it! (Submitted photo)

Fabulous finds and one-of-a-kinds will be available at the 70th Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale on July 14.

Organizers say that this year's Rummage Sale should not be missed as people can shop among new collections of antique and contemporary dishware, outdoor and indoor furniture, lamp sets, garden planters, Christmas decor and much, much more. Browse through classic vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and books, size up sporting gear, get a hand on wood working tools, plug into a wide variety of electronics and small appliances, bolt over to linens and draperies and then linger at the Treasures, the Boutique, and Shabby Chic booths.

Should energy flag, shoppers can re-charge at the Bakery table or outside at the hot dog stand. People will also want their strength to shoulder in and place their bids at the Silent Auction.

This year promises old favorites and many new surprises. It is a wonderful celebration of community - all in support of Pioneer Park.

The sale begins at 6:30 p.m. on the cement pad in the fairgrounds and the Bayfield Arena door will open at 7 p.m.

Volunteers for sorting and selling are still needed. For more information on how to volunteer please email

There are two more dates, July 5th and 8th, to drop off items at the Quonset Hut, 76614 Bluewater Hwy, from 10 a.m. to noon. Items can also be brought directly to the arena on the mornings of July 13th and 14th.

Remembering Canadian Country Dreams aT the fair 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), for its 161st fair set for Aug. 18-20, is working hard to line up all the activities that create a great weekend for residents of Bayfield, its visitors, and of course the surrounding community. New entertainment activities keep the fair an event worth coming back to each year.

For 2017 there will be a midway; however, having one is a task that becomes harder every year. There are fewer operators in the industry and several have reduced the number of rides they carry. People are encouraged to come out and enjoy this form of entertainment when it is in here since it may no longer be an option in the next few years.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th there will be a fireworks display again. Although organizers cannot guarantee there will be nature’s fireworks and the human created variety synchronized to happen at the same time as occurred in 2016. In fact they hope that was a once in a lifetime event.

There will be two entertainers appearing around Bayfield on Aug. 19, Joey The Acrobat Guy and Trulee Odd. Both live for entertaining and are coming to Bayfield because of a joint effort of the BAS and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC). The Chamber will be taking both entertainers around Bayfield to perform in several different locations and they will be performing at the fair by the tent as well.

There will be pigs at the fair this year. Check out their names and the people who created their names. They will be easier to see after 2:30 p.m. on the Saturday of the fair. The Friesian horses this year will actually have a competition with an obstacle course as one of the categories. See the many demonstrations of past activities in the arena.

There is always a need for monetary support for various parts of the fair as well as volunteer assistance. Anyone wishing to provide monetary support or to volunteer is asked to contact the BAS by emailing


image001For the second annual Breakfast on the Farm, Jerseys will be the featured breed of dairy cows. (Photo by Jentje Steenbeek)

School is just out and already the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is letting everyone know of an educational event to be held on July 15.

The BAS is organizing its second Breakfast on the Farm event on a dairy farm from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Located at 41090 Mill Road, East of Brucefield, the hosts Tyler, Emily, Henry and Patti Hendriks welcome everyone to see their 95 milking Jersey cows in a brand new facility.

This year the farming operation will feature Jerseys and the barn will highlight a new tunnel construction method for ventilating the space within it. With any tour of a modern facility, biosecurity risks are a concern so there may be a boot bath needed before entering the barn and no pets are allowed at the farm.

In addition to learning about modern dairy farming, everyone attending will be served a hearty breakfast. This year the BAS is pleased to partner with the Londesborough Lions Club to prepare the meal consisting of sausages, bacon, eggs, pancakes with maple syrup, toast and milk or coffee. The meal can be eaten under a tent set up to keep everyone sheltered. Visitors will be able to eat at the new tables the BAS bought recently.

The children will have some activities to keep them amused while their parents take time to visit with neighbors and friends. There will be some machinery to look over and several organizations will have booths set up to explain what they do to support our agricultural industry in this area.

There will be tickets available at Directors will have tickets and they can be obtained by calling 519 440-6639, 519 482-5490, or 519 482- 9296. Extra tickets were made available this year to accommodate more visitors. A few will be left at the gate but it would be wise to obtain them in advance since the event was sold out in advance of the Breakfast date last year. Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to assist with the event, contact the BAS through

July 15 should provide a great opportunity to learn what is behind another barn door in the community.

Body Break Bayfield

image2For the participants of Friday's One Care Fitness Class, held at the Bayfield Community Centre, Canada Day celebrations started early. Instructor Pam Bowers had made an all-Canadian playlist for the class and participant Reeka Spence brought Canada tattoos for all plus many came dressed in their best red and/or white workout gear. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


Caravan in ag Park

On July 9, after the outdoor market leaves Agriculture Park, a group of tin cans will be found near the pavilion and the cattle barn. These “tin cans” are the affectionately known name for a particular type of vintage house trailers.

The Black Fly Sunset Caravan is on a tour of the Lake Huron shoreline communities and will stop in at Bayfield this Sunday. They are quite proud of their trailers and welcome anyone to take a look and talk with any of the members.

Once they arrive, they do plan on visiting the Main Street of Bayfield and the many sites of interest but there will be someone left behind to answer any questions about these portable vacation homes.

If interested in learning more about these motor coaches, visit This should prove to be a great experience reliving the past in Agriculture Park.

Canadian crafts 

Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite children of all ages to join in the fun of celebrating Canada’s birthday on July 8.

Participants in the event to be held at the Bayfield Public Library will be kept busy from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with several craft activities and games.

They can make a flag, a beaver, a lantern and a bird all in red and white. They can paint a flowerpot, try a Canadian I Spy game and join in a scavenger hunt.

Cycle Talk

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~ Albert Einstein

On July 7, Tyler Hessel, of Outside Projects on Main Street in the village, will be at the Bayfield Public Librry to talk about bikes.

This is a “drop in” session from 3-5 p.m. and no registration is needed to take part.

Paint the Sunset

Pioneer Park will be a very active place on the evening of July 8 as budding artists converge on this lakeside green space.

Starting at 8:30 p.m. there will be an art session as staff from Kryart Studios of Bayfield will head to the park with everything inspiring artists need to paint a beautiful Lake Huron sunset.

Fingers crossed the sun shines!


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.


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.


0139BluewaterPhotoOrganizers of the Bayfield Boat Parade are encouraging sailors to use lights, decorations and/or Canada flags and to set sail just before sunset along the shoreline. (Photo by Erin Samuell)  

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.


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.

Geocaching Sunday 

_MG_2721Participants on the Geocaching Sunday hike 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. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

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.



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.

Hearing Clinic

Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.

July 6 and 18; Aug. 3 and 15; Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.

The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.






class of 2017 looks back on years at huron centennial 

The Huron Centennial School Grade 8 graduation ceremony was held on the evening of June 27. 

Valedictorian address by Brianna Steckle.

Welcome teachers, parents and graduating students.

DSC_3473On the evening of June 27, the Grade 8 students at Huron Centennial School became the graduating Class of 2017. (Submitted photo)

I have been attending Huron Centennial for 10 years. When I add all the years that my grandpas, and parents have attended this school, all together we make up a total of 33 proud years at this awesome school. We hope for many more years to come for our family.

Well, Class of 2017 . . . we made it, the time is finally here. As we enter High School, it’s with mixed emotions I’m sure. There are so many unknowns as we move into Grade 9. Some of us will be going to different schools, we will go on to make new friends and find new routines. This is exciting and scary all at the same time. It’s going to be different leaving a place that has felt so much like home and so familiar for so many years. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

Do you remember?

In Kindergarten, some of us had Mrs. Scruton and some had Mrs. Hill. We only had to go every other day, and then every other Friday. Sweet deal for us! Our memories consist of playing at the centers, singing the clean up song, and just being carefree. I remember walking on the silver lines, with hand on your hip and finger on your lip. Oh, and who could forget being the star of the day. Being able to sit in the special chair instead of the ground. I wish that is how we could spend our days now.

In Grade 1 our gym class consisted of playing with the parachute, tag and sharks. But who could forget getting your fingers run over while playing scooter soccer, because all you wanted to do was get that goal.

In Grade 2, some of us had Mrs. Scruton and some had Mrs Ireland. I had Mrs. Ireland. Man what a year, there are so many amazing memories. One of my favorites was while we were learning about solids, liquids and gases we colored pictures of different solids, liquids and gases. Connor Flynn was doing a gas and colored a fart! While Mrs.Ireland put up some of the pictures the other kids had colored on the board, Connor was still coloring and Mrs.Ireland said “Connor can you pass me your fart?!” She didn't catch herself until after Connor asked her to repeat herself.

And who could forget learning about brilliant beginning, mighty middle and excellent ending while writing our own narratives? I still use it to this day while writing narratives and essays. We were fortunate enough that Mrs. Ireland thought our writing was stellar enough to make a book about all our narratives. It’s still one of the most read books in my house.

Grade 3 included the trip of a lifetime, to the Pioneer village. We went into one-room schoolhouses and we were taught how the pioneers learned in the classroom. Wow, I had so much respect for the teachers after that field trip. Who can forget, Green team with Mrs. Regier and Waste Free Wednesdays? Near the end of the year, we faced the worst possible obstacle - EQAO - which stands for Education Quality Accountability Office in the adult world, or what we kids call it, Evil Questions Attack Ontario. But we endured it anyway.

In our Grade 4 year we didn't have iPads that we could do our work on so we would go to the library and work on the computers. If there was a story on the computer and we weren't finished there was no way to do it at home because WordPerfect would only save on the school computer. Such difficulties!

In Grade 5, we were supposed to have Mrs. Somerville, but she left on a maternity leave. So we had Mrs. Hogan for… about 2-3 weeks. Then, she got a job at a different school, so we had Ms. Robertson. She was great and she stuck it out the longest!

For Grade 6, we used laptops and iPads to do our work. This is the year we got email addresses so then we finally got to use Google Docs. Goodbye Word Perfect, hello being efficient! The biggest perk of all came when the teachers went on strike. So we didn't have to write EQAO. So there were no evil questions that attacked us that year.

Finally Grade 7 and 8, our Grade 7 year we began to anticipate being the ”Kings of the School!” Our highlight of the year was going to Boler Mountain tree topping and finding out if we have a fear of heights. Many of us enjoyed the challenge. Well, my experiences with having Mrs. Moxham as a teacher has enlightened me and entertained me from her crazy ear gestures, to her outbursts from seeing equipment left outside to her need for organization.

Mrs. Brady always has great inspiration for our Art assignments I’m always amazed at how easy she can make it and how great my end result is.

I don’t think that anyone here can say that his/her time at Huron Centennial School has been anything less than extraordinary. Whether you’ve been here for one year or all ten years.

I would like to take some time to thank everyone who has helped this graduating class, in getting us to the place that we are right now. For helping mould us into the vibrant, enthusiastic people we have grown to be.

Thank you to the many dedicated teachers for teaching us with such passion and vigor, for preparing us for what is to come ahead. Thank you to all the other staff members who have contributed to our success. Thank you to our bus drivers for your daily patience and commitment to our safety each and every day. Thank you to our parents, grandparents, and extended families for the way you’ve supported us and helped us in our everyday lives when we needed you most. Thank you for helping us realize full potential.

Thank you to everyone who believed in us and challenged us to be our best. Because you were here for us today, we are ready for tomorrow.

Are you ready for what lies ahead Class of 2017? Your Future self can’t wait to see where you’ll end up.

Kinglyn Stables team members to perform at IPM

Full team shot Canada Parade 2016
Members of the Kinglyn Stables Precision Team (KSPT) will be performing throughout the day on IPM 2017 Opening Day, Sept. 19, with additional performances on Closing Day, Sept. 23rd. (Submitted photo)  

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is proud to announce that Kinglyn Stables Precision Team (KSPT) will be performing throughout the day on IPM 2017 Opening Day, Sept. 19, with additional performances on Closing Day, Sept. 23rd.

The KSPT, has its team headquarters in Monkton, ON and have previously performed at the Royal Winter Fair, been an opening act for the RCMP Musical Ride, and a feature in many parades including Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo and the Niagara Ice Wine Festival Parade.

The team members themselves are all accomplished riders and not only enjoy the precision team performances, they also individually compete in horse shows throughout Southwestern Ontario. The horses on the team are predominately quarter horses and paints, whose speed, strength and athletic ability showcase the versatility of these breeds.

“Many hours of practice and training have gone into each routine for both the riders and the horses,” explained Jeannette Wilson, performance announcer for the team. “We are very proud to be a part of this special milestone, the 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo!”

The team will be performing two different shows during their time at IPM 2017. One will be more traditional riding, highlighting the technical elements with a high degree of precision. The girls will be wearing their traditional blue and white outfits that Kinglyn Stables is known for. The second show will be more adventurous, to upbeat music, with new choreography and new costumes. The shows will take place at the Dodge Ram Rodeo Centre and at the CKNX Event Centre in Tented City. Stable owner, Connie Bull, and her daughter Ashley, are the team coaches.

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.


IMG_7865 In honor of the 1-5-0 people put a little extra KABOOM into their backyard fireworks displays as evidenced by this tremendous sight that was captured overhead just north of Bayfield. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

IMG_7770Six year-old Graham Pounder will hopefully always remember celebrating Canada's 1-5-0 as a special time with family - drawing light designs in the dark with sparklers and watching some tremendous backyard fireworks.



Award winners:

Twenty-four members of the graduating Class of 2017 at Huron Centennial School were presented with awards at their graduation ceremonies on the evening of June 27. 

Maitland Roy -
Huron Tractor Top Academic Girl 
CAP Products French Award HM** 
Gold Coast Landscaping Science Award

Madison Burge -
Huron Tractor Top Academic Girl HM 
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award
Ruth Hayman Elliott Memorial Geography Award

Max Dupuis
Huron Tractor Top Academic Boy
W.S. Jeffery Math Award HM
Glen McLachlan Leadership/Sportsmanship Award

Darren Vandewalle
Huron Tractor Top Academic Boy HM 
W.S. Jeffery Math Award
MacLeans Athletic Award - Male

Mitchell McGregor -
Hensall Co-op Best All Round Boy
CAP Products French Award

Connor Flynn -
Hensall Co-op Best All Round Boy HM

Brianna Steckle -
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All Round Girl
Huron Centennial Staff Valedictorian
MacLeans Athletic Award - Female
Ontario Principals’ Council Student Leadership Award

Amy Brinke -
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All Round
Girl HM

Odin Hessel -
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student - Male

Kirsten McIntosh -
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student - Female
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Huron East Community Development Award –Female

Laney Hayter -
Huron Ridge Art Award
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award HM

Logan Laub
McKinley/Hayter Music Award 

Chayanit Wongwilart -
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award - Female

Wolfgang Schulz -
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award - Male

Abigail Rodgers -
Evelyn H.B. Newton Brady History Award

Rachel Hill -
Lowell B. Mount Virtue Award

Dylan Becker -
Sanford Family “Technology” Award

Devon Durand -
Bluewater Community Development Foundation Award - Male

Katelyn Hammel -
Bluewater Community Development Foundation Award - Female

Connor Flynn -
Huron East Citizenship Award – Male

Emma Devries Yates -
Huron East Citizenship Award – Female

Alecia Poland -
Jeremy Renning Memorial Graphic Arts Award

Owen Gemmell -
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Huron East Community Development Award - Male

Silke Miedema -
Allan Family Spirit Award

**HM - Honorable Mention 



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

Canada 150 Celebrations continue at Hensall Heritage Hall, Saturday, July 15 as Taw Connors takes to the stage in a tribute to his late father “Stompin' Tom" Connors.

"Stompin’ Tom” was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter who is credited with writing more than 300 songs in his lifetime. His music focused exclusively on the Canadian experience and hits such as 'Bud the Spud', 'Sudbury Saturday Night' and 'The Hockey Song' made "Stompin' Tom" a national icon.

Taw has been quoted as saying, "I'll never fill that man's shoes" but his voice sounds uncannily like his fathers and thanks to Taw’s "The Canadian Stompper" tribute concert series, the music of “Stompin' Tom" is alive again at venues across the province.

The show will start at 7p.m. at the Hensall Heritage Hall located at 108 King Street.

Tickets are $35. For tickets please call Kathy at 519 263-2343. They are also available at D&D Variety in Hensall, or Ticketscene. Those who plan to attend are asked to get their tickets early so they don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate Canada and everything that makes this country unique.

Canada 150 Medals

On June 28, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, MP Ben Lobb honored 31 deserving Canadians from across Huron-Bruce at a ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wingham.

“Canada’s 150th birthday is an important opportunity to celebrate Canada’s shared history and achievements. I am honored to recognize these individuals with the Commemorative Canada 150 Medal. They have all demonstrated strength of character, concern and respect for their fellow human beings while giving back to their community and making our country a better place,” said Lobb.

Canada has had a long history of issuing medals to commemorate the Confederation of Canada and recognize deserving Canadians across the country. Commemorative medals are awarded to deserving Canadians who have demonstrated significant contributions to Canada, their community, or to their fellow Canadians. These contributions include volunteerism, military service, charitable work, public service, professional distinction, and community involvement.

The 31 individuals from Huron-Bruce who received medals were: Connie Barker, Southampton; Jay Bell, Dona Swift, Chandrashekher Tripathi, Kincardine; Helen Craig, Walton; Gwen Devereaux, Donald Dodds, Jack McLIwain, John Patrick Ryan, Seaforth; Ralph Dietrich, Mildmay; Donald Farrell, Ripley; Jason Goodall, Timothy Poole, Wingham; Thomas Hayter, Dashwood; Robert Heywood, John Rasenberg, Exeter; Mary Lapaine, Norm Leddy, Maxine Seers, Delbert Shewfelt, David Yates, Goderich; Fred Lobb, Robert “Doc” Miller, Florence Pullen, Clinton; Donald Gordon MacKay, Port Elgin; Doug McArter, Joseph Seili, Brussels; Rick McMurray, Lucknow; Michael Smith, Saugeen Shores; Steven Sparling, Blyth; and Alma Westlake, Zurich.


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.

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. 




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IMG_7708Six hundred plus people came through the doors of the Bayfield Arena on July 1st to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a BBQ, concert and activities for the youngsters.  

 IMG_7713Shelagh Sully (centre) and members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society performed some great Canadian songs such as the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot at the BBQ.

_MG_1497 London songbird Nicole Coward carried on with the Canadiana theme performing a lineup including popular favorites by Sarah McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell and Great Big Sea. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_7715Several folks who attended the BBQ held in the Bayfield Arena took some time to enjoy the concert put on by the members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society.  

IMG_7733Snippety the Clown was kept busy at the BBQ making balloon animals and painting the faces of youngsters who stopped by her station. Children were also kept active in two large bouncy castles set up on the arena floor.  

IMG_7719Joan Brodie was in charge of handing out the plates to attendees at the BBQ. In keeping with the environmental theme initiated by the Bayfield Town Hall for their fundraising events, all glasses, plates, cutlery and napkins being used were completely compostable.

IMG_7727Cupcakes decorated in the spirit of the day - over 200 of these yummy desserts were served at the event.


Six hundred plus people came through the doors of the Bayfield Arena on July 1st to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a BBQ, concert and activities for the youngsters.

Organizers report that lots of families and young kids enjoyed the two bouncy castles and getting their faces painted by Snippitty the Clown.

IMG_7737 Rob Bundy took on the role of the Father of Confederation, Sir John A. MacDonald. He reported that one young girl asked him if he really was the Prime Minister. No word on whether she requested a selfie with him.

People were greeted at the door by Sir John A. MacDonald, aka Rob Bundy, and the welcome committee who applied maple leaf tattoos and got everyone into the festive spirit by handing out flags and pins.

The arena was a sea of red and white - from the flag draped decor to everyone's dress. In addition to the menu of BBQ Beef and Sweet Pickled Ham served alongside a delicious variety of cold salads, volunteers served up over 100 homemade pies and 200 cupcakes.

“People seemed to enjoy this new venue (the event is usually held upstairs in the community centre) as they were able to stay and socialize - everyone really enjoyed visiting and there were many positive comments about what a great community get together this was,” said Rev. Elise Feltrin, from St. Andrew’s United Church, the congregation hosted the event.

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) played for about an hour and had everyone singing - especially to their closing medley of cross-country favorites that covered all of the provinces in folk songs. They concluded by surprising the crowd with O Canada and everyone rose to their feet to join in then they followed with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

In addition to a performance by The BUS, Nicole Coward showed off her beautiful voice by singing songs by Canadian performers such as, Celine Dion and Loreena McKennitt.

“Nicole will be performing at the Hensall Hall in November and she made many new fans here in Bayfield,” said Feltrin. “Organizers issue a big thank you to all who attended, and all who helped. It was not only a successful fundraiser but also a memorable community event!”

IMG_7722Volunteer Jean Dunn shared a laugh with a guest at the BBQ.  

IMG_7725Picking the perfect pie from a sea of choice is never easy. Organizers reported that they served up over 100 pies and over 200 cupcakes at the BBQ.  




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Bayfield river valley trail association

Village pride swelled during boundary walk

DJI_0627All in the park were encouraged to wave and smile at the drone that flew overhead for this fun, impromptu, aerial photo in celebration of Canada Day. (Photo by Donald Munro)

IMG_5947 BRVTA volunteers Roger Lewington and Adriaan Shreuder share a laugh during the walk. (Photo by Reeka Spence)

_MG_1444 Hike Leader Adriaan Schreuder kept the group together by waving a very large Canadian flag. (Photo by Jack Pal)

_MG_1427 The walk started and ended in Clan Gregor Square as participants walked past the village cenotaph erected in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy such milestone moments as citizens of Canada. (Photo by Jack Pal)

_MG_1456This walk used existing pathways, trails, and roads in the village and all who took part received shouts of encouragment from residents as they passed their properties along the route. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

_DSC3376 The crowd winds its way through one of Bayfield's many shaded pathways. (Photo by Adriaan Schreuder)

_MG_1462It rained in the morning as Canada Day in Bayfield dawned but that didn’t prevent nearly 150 village residents, cottagers and their family and friends from taking part in the largest hike in the history of the village. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

_MG_1467 BRVTA volunteer Roger Lewington addresses the crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square on a humid, but sunny, Saturday morning. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The world needs more Canada...(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_7665 Phillip and Judy Keightley, Margo Robeson and Kate Lloyd-Rees joined in singing Happy Birthday Canada during a gathering in Clan Gregor following the Boundary Walk. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

IMG_7671Everyone was curious to check out Donald Munro's drone including Rosalind Westwood, Jane Davidson-McKee and Peter Westwood and others. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


It rained in the morning as Canada Day in Bayfield dawned but that didn’t prevent nearly 150 village residents, cottagers and their family and friends from taking part in the largest hike in the history of the village. In fact although it was a bit humid the sun did shine on the group that donned their best red and white and hiked part of the village’s perimeter.

This walk used existing pathways, trails, and roads in the village and all who took part received shouts of encouragment from residents as they passed their properties along the route.

The Boundary Walk concluded back in Clan Gregor Square where Ryan Malcolm, the first ever winner of the television program, “Canadian Idol”, who now calls Bayfield home, had the honor of leading the crowd in the singing of O’Canada and then an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday Canada!

Participants earned a special commemorative trail badge to recognize the event as well as the 10th anniversary of the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.

IMG_5955 Hike leader Chris Bowers showed his patriotic colors during the hike. (Photo by Reeka Spence)  

Ryan Malcolm led the crowd in singing O Canada and Happy Birthday at the conclusion of the Boundary Walk. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_5963 Pam Bowers and Reeka Spence were caught enjoying the celebrations in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted by Reeka Spence)






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Bluewater: Brown water

Bluewater: Brown water..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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


This week marks our eighth anniversary of producing the Bayfield Breeze. Today we are 418 issues young. But did you know this actually isn’t the first Bayfield Breeze ever published? I was under the impression we were the one and only until recently, when longtime Bayfield resident Pat Graham presented me with a photocopy of a typewritten “Bayfield Breeze” that was produced by students at the local school in 1942. It was filled with student essays, poetry and some community news. My mother-in-law’s name was listed among the staff although none of her work appeared to make the cut even though she went on to be an English teacher.

How wonderful to have an historical reference, albeit coincidentily, for the name of our publication that every week continues to evolve to include articles and events that our subcribers and Facebook fans are looking for. Our subscription list continues to grow each week and we are now over the 1,750 mark. Our Facebook Page averages about 1,000 views on a regular basis as well.

So thank you all for your continued support in making the Bayfield Breeze what it has become to date. This Canada Day issue demonstrates to everyone what a community publication it really is. You will find photos from our seasoned veterans and some first timers as well proving that it takes a village to be the village voice! – Melody


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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The Dock's Restaurant
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder