Bookmark and Share   July 11, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 28 Issue 470

just two more days until pioneer park rummage sale

pastedImageThe 71st Pioneer Park Rummage Sale will be held on Friday evening. - someone will no doubt delight in discovering these photo prints from the British Museum and/or these one of a kind decorative tiles. (Submitted photos)  

IMG_1684Antique fishing lures anyone? Just a sampling of the interesting things that can be found at the Rummage Sale for Pioneer Park this Friday night.

It's almost here! The summer event that kicks off the season is just two days away - the 71st annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale.

Organizers note that this year's Rummage Sale promises to be another night of fun times and good finds.

“Once again - we have it 'all' - collectibles, treasures, home furnishings, draperies and fabrics, hardware, tableware, lighting, electronics, tools and toys. There is more to see and buy than we could ever list, so come see for yourself and take home a must-have bargain,” said Catherine Tillmann, an event organizer.

The sale will be held on Friday, July 13 at the Bayfield Arena. The outdoor sales begin at 6:30 p.m. while the Zamboni doors will open to the arena promptly at 7 p.m. Donations are still being accepted now only at the Bayfield Arena, on Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Please be advised that while organizers are delighted with donations, there are some items that they cannot accept. These include: appliances including microwave ovens, children’s furnishings, clothing, shoes, computers, faxes, printers, large kitchen appliances and any electricals that are not CSA approved.

Volunteers make this event run smoothly and new ones are always welcome. Please email or text Mike Peirce at 312 618-5825 prior to Thursday or feel free to just show up on Thursday or Friday morning.

“We always need more helping hands, limber muscles and sunny smiles,” said Tillmann.

Veteran table team members are asked to contact their team captains now! Table teams will meet their captains beginning on Thursday at 10 a.m. to set up.

Not to be out done by the rummage there is also a show-stopping Silent Auction! The list of items up for bid include: fine art paintings, limited edition prints and spectacular photography, treasured antiques and one-of-a- kind crafts, gift baskets and certificates from area service providers and retailers.

“There is something for everyone at this year's Silent Auction. Gather 'round, enter your bid and keep tabs on the competition,” said Tillmann.

And back by popular demand grilled hot dogs and ice, cold pop will also be available.

John Lennon tribute artist performs this weekend 

Mark Staycer

Mark Staycer’s portrayal of John Lennon has been called "spot on" by thousands who have enjoyed seeing him "live" and in-person. His authentic singing style and Liverpudlian accent receive the thumbs up from Beatle people everywhere including those closest to the group over the years.

Louise Harrison, sister of Beatle George Harrison's said, "I thought they were playing John's records when I heard him."

His credits include featured actor in the popular indie Canadian movie "Let Him Be"; voice-over talent for radio-television commercials, animation and narrations; and finalist on the hit ABC-TV network program "The Next Best Thing" celebrity look-alike show.

Staycer performs in full costume and plays authentic-style guitars that were used by John Lennon during his Beatles and solo years. Thousands of enthusiastic fans have witnessed his stunning portrayal at theaters and venues around the world, including Beatles Week in Liverpool, Abbey Road on the River, and at music festivals across the United States and Canada.

And now audiences at the Bayfield Town Hall can too! Staycer will be performing two shows on July 15 a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7 p.m.

Give Peace A Chance Summer Concert Tour A Production of the London Beatles Festival.

“ImagineLennon” is part of the Give Peace a Chance Summer Concert Tour, a production of the London Beatles Festival. It is sponsored by the Bayfield Town Hall and The Little Inn of Bayfield.

Tickets are $30 and are available now at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield or by calling 1-877-700-3130. Tickets can also be purchased at

 years and years of history explored beyond the shore 

Five new tours of Bluewater’s three villages and two townships are now available for free download at

Thanks to a grant from the Huron Heritage Fund and under the auspices of the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee, both residents and visitors can enjoy approximately one-hour walking tours of Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich, while driving tours cover Hay and Stanley Townships.

The tours display the presence of almost 200 years of settlement but the stories reveal the drama - the fires, the faith, the rebuilding, the ghost towns, the murders and the resilience of the people and places.
Many clues about the area’s past are scattered throughout Bluewater’s villages and countryside. The familiar brick Ontario Gothic farmhouses are more decorative, revealing the presence of highly skilled bricklayers whose unsigned work beautifies buildings large and small. The intricate work of blacksmiths shows up in the cemeteries. The imagination and invention of craftsmen can be seen when looking up at church towers.

The tours reveal a past and present unexpected and rich to those who venture along their route - by foot, bicycle, car, motorcycle or from the comfort of their home. Tours are easily downloaded onto your Smart Phone or Tablet or printed and brought along for those who prefer to do so. It’s all waiting to be discovered at

The Heritage Tours project was supported through staffing from a Job Creation Partnership project through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Bayfield artist donates work to Huron Residential Hospice 


IMG_7033Anita Vanderhaar  


Anita Vanderhaar, resident of Bayfield and member of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG), recently presented the Huron Residential Hospice with two wonderful, tranquil paintings, which will add a beautiful finishing touch to the space.

“I was very honored to be asked if I would donate these two paintings to the Hospice,” said Vanderhaar, who has been painting since 2005. “I paint for the pleasure and the quiet state of mind it puts me in. I feel very blessed myself with my children and grandchildren and I hope these paintings will bring some comfort to the residents and visitors at the Hospice”.

The paintings were received by Michelle Field, fundraising manager for the Hospice, who gave them each a special spot on a wall.

“It is donations like these that make this project so special and I cannot think Anita enough for her kind gift,” Field said.

fullsizeoutput_1cbdHuron Residential Hospice was the recipient of this wonderful, tranquil painting by a Bayfield resident. It provides a beautiful finishing touch to the space. (Submitted photos)

fullsizeoutput_1cbcThis ethereal painting was donated to the Huron Residential Hospice by Bayfield artist, Anita Vanderhaar.  

vettes basked in the Sunshine at 12th annual festival


fullsizeoutput_1da7Close to 300 Vettes parked in the Square for the 12th annual Vette Fest while another 35 could be found just around the perimeter.  

Two hundred and ninety Corvettes registered for the 12th annual Bayfield Vette Fest held July 6-7 while an additional 35 vehicles could be found outside Clan Gregor Square.

“The weather was perfect and many spectators enjoyed the day as well! A huge thank you to all Vette owners that took part in Friday’s Cruise and Saturday’s show,” wrote one of the organizers of the event, Brian Coombs, on their Facebook Page. “We had someone drive their Vette from Winnipeg for this weekend!

He continued, “Thanks to all the Bayfield and area businesses that donated amazing door prizes that were very much appreciated. And thanks to all the volunteers that assist in making this weekend possible, together we all assist area charities with their fundraising efforts!”

Coombs also sent a big shout out to the Corvette Depot, Adams Shine and the Coping Centre for bringing their booths to Vette Fest

Cow Bell Brewery in Blyth was the destination for the 80 Corvettes that took part in the Friday Night Cruise.

fullsizeoutput_1dabThe perfect vanity plate for a visit to Bayfield - don't 'ya think?

fullsizeoutput_1da5There isn't much better than soaking up some rays with fellow Vette enthusiasts on a perfect summer's day.

 fullsizeoutput_1dadA Vette from the 1970s receives some TLC from its owner - this activity also proved interesting to show visitors.

fullsizeoutput_1daaThe sunny skies and reasonable temperatures brought a number of spectators out to Clan Gregor Square on Saturday for Vette Fest.  

fullsizeoutput_1da8Brian Coombs, organizer of the annual Vette Fest, had the latest edition of the Vette at this year's event. Yes, this is what a 2019 looks like!

_MG_6784Len Slipacoff was also the owner of this colourful beauty on display. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

_MG_6783-2The sun bounced off this 1960 Corvette owned by Len Slipacoff on display at the 12th annual Vette Fest in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

_MG_6801Vanity license plates are lots of fun especially when they are displayed on some stellar Vettes. (Photo by Jack Pal)



fullsizeoutput_1d33 On Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimists invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Members of the Bayfield Optimists (l-r): Vic Gillman, John Pounder and Jay Fisher donned their cowboy hats to promote the event this past weekend, tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder )

star party tonight

Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. tonight (July 11) at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.

Farmers' Market 

Grassroots Woodfired Pizza will be back for the July 13 Bayfield Farmers’ Market. Owners Roger and Vicky Morrison delight in making rustic artisan wood fired pizzas with heart and soul. Always striving to use seasonal, organically grown, unrefined and local ingredients whenever possible for a pizza that keeps people wanting more.

Volunteers from St Andrew’s United Church will be on hand throughout the summer months with a free craft activity for children. Another reason to spend some quality leisure time at the market!

July 13 will feature our usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering you the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more! Don’t forget to enter the free draw for a chance to win a market bag filled with products from our generous vendors.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.


Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.

The camp will run from now until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.


Green River Revival, will have the audience rocking in their seats at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 12th! Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 70s and Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR Tribute band.

Their 2016 live CD sounds so much like Creedence Clearwater Revival that producers at the CD company thought it was the real CCR. The members of this band have played in CCR tributes across Canada, Scandinavia and the US for the past two decades and then joined together to bring audiences the ultimate Creedence Revival.

Most people don't realize just how many songs they actually know in the show that features hit after hit after hit. All of these greatest hits will come back to you during this amazing live concert.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Cash Bar.

For tickets call Mark at 519 521-2994 or Sue at 519 565-2551 or purchase them online at

Antique Show 

Progress is a part of everything in life even a more than three decades old antique show! The 33rd annual show hosted by the members and friends of Trinity Anglican Church has a new name: the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and will be one day shorter this year.

Due to requests from vendors the show will be held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11, at the Bayfield Arena.

Every newly monikered show deserves an Opening Night and one will be held on Friday from 6-9 p.m. This is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some refreshments. Tickets for Opening Night purchased prior to Aug. 9 are $10 ($12 at the door). They are on sale now and can be reserved by calling 519 565-4102.

In addition, visitors to the Opening Night should be on the lookout for models dressed in fashions of yesterday as part of a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.

The fun of exploring through the antique and vintage items will continue into Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $5.

As always, the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturday when visitors can enjoy very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.

Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.

Sawmill Trail hIke 

On Aug. 12, the Sawmill Trail will be the location for a Foresters Walk.

All are welcome to join the BRVTA for a walk with ABCA Forester Ian Jean starting at 2 p.m. Jean is very knowledgeable about forestry and is an avid naturalist. People are encouraged to bring their tree and birding identification books along.

There will be a number of stops on the way as Jean shares his knowledge of nature on the Sawmill Trail, one of the BRVTA’s original trails. This is a Carolinian forest with interesting flora and fauna as well as having a rich historical component. The Sawmill Trail also faces the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, offering a unique perspective.

This walk will take about two hours over 2 KMS at a Level 2 difficulty with one steep hill at the beginning and end.

Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trail head at 1:45 p.m. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850.

Youth Talent Search 

If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting your performance.

The Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 8.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 37-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.

Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.

Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. The Junior Winner in 2015 at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals! A number of local youth who have performed in this competition in the past have gone on to careers in music and the arts.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult, get free admission to the fair. So get registered and start practicing! Then bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair!

Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at

Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie via email or phone at 519 482-9265 for more information.


The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.

The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.

To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email


The Outdoor Flea-Produce Market, in good weather, opens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Jack at 519 482-7921 or if there are any questions about the Market, contact Jim at 519 565-2328. The vendors are all from the local community.

The Market has always been a place of business but many of the people attending enjoy it as a social gathering place. Many people are huddled in conversation as they catch up with their lives. It becomes the place to see neighbors or friends.

Sundays are a great day to go treasure hunting as Agriculture Park isn’t the only spot a Flea Market can be found. People can also visit the Pinery Antique and Flea Market in Grand Bend, the Bayfield North Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market and the Goderich BIA Flea Market.

Health Unit 

As the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) continues its regular mosquito trapping, it reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Diseases such as West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The HCHU traps mosquitoes weekly and has them identified and tested.

“While we don’t have any positive pools so far, in 2017 two samples tested positive for West Nile virus,” said Public Health Inspector Keshia Hackett. “The easiest way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites, especially during dawn and dusk when many mosquito species are most active.”

Here are some simple precautions to help protect yourself from bites:

• Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
• Use an insect repellant that has been approved by Health Canada. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
• Check the screens in doors and windows to ensure there are no tears or holes
• Disturb or eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Dump any standing water in places such bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters.

For most people, the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus is low. However, people can be at greater risk of serious health effects if they are over the age of 50, have a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or have weakened immune systems.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, stiff neck, weak muscles, mild rash, or swollen glands.

In more rare and severe cases, symptoms may include severe headache, stiff neck, high fever, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, nausea and muscle weakness and paralysis.

For more information, visit


Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.

During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.

If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email

In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from now to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.


Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.


The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring. CHAP is a free service providing a reliable screen and follow up through a program based out of McMaster University. To learn more visit -

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician if they are participating in the program.

The sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, on the first Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. First visits require an onsite registration.

Contact One Care for more information at 1-877-502-8277.


fullsizeoutput_1d21Ron Keys, representing the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, recently accepted a cheque for $1,000 from members of the Bayfield Optimist Club (l-r): Treasurer John Pounder, Vic Gillman and Jay Fisher. The money was raised at the club's annual Duck Race held on the Victoria Day weekend. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)









The Huron Centennial School Grade 8 graduation ceremony was held on the evening of June 26.

Valedictorian address by Kennedy McGregor.

Huron Centennial Grad Comp 

Welcome parents, staff, family members, and of course my fellow graduates. We did it! It's a little sad that we will have to leave each other after so many years but as Dr. Seuss said, “Don't cry because it's over smile because it happened.” Can you believe that we have been together for ten years? Only ten years and we have made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. I'd like to take a minute to look at those memories.

Let's start in Grade 1. Some of us had Mrs.Ireland. She was really good at teaching us life lessons like, “Don't stand on ledges” or “Don't throw markers”. As she then proceeded to stand on the ledge tottering on one leg trying to throw markers into the bin. We all watched in horror as she would tell us, “Don't do this, kids”.

In Grade 2 I had Mrs. Regier. My favorite times were the parties we would throw to celebrate Christmas or Halloween. Also, at recess we would build the biggest snow forts we could until they were taller than us; even then we were such good friends that we would join them together to make one big community.

In Grades 3 and 6 we fought through as we battled the “Evil Questions Attacking Ontario”...I mean EQAO. Our Grade 4 trip to Medieval Times and our Grade 7 trip to Boler Mountain were also very memorable.

Overall the most memorable year for many of us was Grade 5 when we were all in one class. Poor Ms. Sommerville probably shudders at the thought. She actually deserves an award for putting up with all of us. To this day we still walk down to her classroom just to say, “Hi”, because we were secretly all of her favorites.

Now here we are in Grade 8. We all had Mrs Moxham, Mrs. Brady and Mr. Rumble. We have learned that if you want to get on their good side do the following: Mrs Moxham loves when you leave the equipment out on the yard, use the word “stuff” as many times as possible when you are around Mrs Brady, and Mr Rumble really enjoys cleaning up your failed egg drop project.

We just recently returned from our Grade 8 trip to Forest Cliff Camp and we had a really great time. Some of which included jamming out to Justin Bieber's “Baby” on the bus, volleyball tournaments on the beach and cracking eggs on Mr Rumble’s head.

We had some great teachers over the years but I think it is safe to say that Disco Sally, our dance instructor, was our favorite. Seriously though, teachers and staff on behalf of my friends, thank you. You never gave up on us even when the road got a little bumpy and we needed someone to guide us along the way. We also had a few good laughs together, so thank you we can't express our gratitude enough.

We all had something we were good at; something we will be remembered by. For example, Anna, Emilie, Talon, Mia, Kalli, Troy and Summer you will be remembered for your artistic abilities. Lindsay was the best at archery and Simon, Morgan and Wyatt are the fastest runners.

Erika, Tyler and Owen could jump the highest in high jump. Alex, Jonas, Katelyn and Ken are all tremendous basketball players. Chris, Patrick and Chase are the best soccer players. Angelina and Jori for being funny and always making people laugh, Kalan, Isaac, Colton, Mitch and Samantha were the people to ask if you needed dirt biking or farming advice. Lainie and Jillian will be remembered for being the kindest people ever. Jilaine, Paige, and Jessica were very good at field events at track.

I loved how our class could bond and come together over things. Some of the best memories I have is when we went to volleyball or soccer and cross country meets. Relay teams and cheering for each other at track. We bonded over hats and mats or band. We were at our best when we all worked as a team.

To end off I would like to share a quote with all of you. I hope you will take it to heart and use it as you continue your journey.

“The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.” - Thomas Edison

I wish you all luck on whatever path you end up on. I will remember all of the good times we had together. Good luck and thank you for the memories.

Level 1 low water advisory issued for Bayfield Watershed 

Dry weather and very low streamflow has prompted the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Water Response Team (WRT) to issue a Level 1 Low Water Advisory for the Bayfield River watershed.

As reported at automated rain gauge locations, the Bayfield River watershed received about 50 per cent of the normal precipitation totals for the months of May and June combined, according to ABCA staff. Streamflow in the Bayfield River watershed has fallen well below the springtime Low Water Level 1 indicator threshold, which is 100 per cent of the August flows. August is when staff members typically see streamflow at its lowest. Actual June streamflow values for the Bayfield River were at 69 per cent of the Low Water indicator. As we move into July, real-time streamflow is indicative of Level 3 low water conditions.

Rainfall totals across the remainder of the ABCA watershed have been below normal over the past two months as well. However, a band of heavy rain passing through the central and southern parts of the ABCA watershed, from June 22-24, brought some reprieve to declining streamflow in the Ausable River. The Water Response Team relies on both precipitation and streamflow indicators to support any decision to move into a Low Water Advisory. Indicators include one-month streamflow and one-month or three-month precipitation.

The prolonged period of below-normal precipitation could have a long-lasting impact on streamflow and water availability this summer, according to Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator at ABCA.

“In some areas, water availability in streams is vitally important to sustaining crops through very dry periods,” he said. “The focus should be on sustaining water availability through responsible management and conservation of the water resource. If a dry weather pattern continues, a recovery of the already stressed watershed will become more difficult as we move through the summer.”

Water Response Team Chair Doug Cook said everyone has a role to play in water conservation. He encourages all water users to look for ways they can conserve water and prevent further reduction in water levels and availability through the summer.

“For areas that are in a Level 1 Low Water Advisory condition, we are encouraging water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 per cent,” he said. For ideas on ways you can reduce water use, please visit the water quantity and water conservation page at at this link.

If dry conditions persist through July, it may be necessary to for the WRT to consider issuing Low Water Advisories for the entire watershed, and consider the possibility of the Bayfield River watershed moving into a Level 2 Condition in August.

A Level 1 Low Water Advisory includes a request for a 10 per cent voluntary reduction in water use. A Level 2 Low Water Advisory includes a call for an additional 10 per cent (total of 20 per cent) voluntary reduction in water use. A Level 3 Low Water Advisory may involve mandatory water use restrictions.

The Water Response Team was formed in 2001 in response to the low water and drought conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries; agriculture and vegetable growers; and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial ministries (such as Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Environment, Conservation and Parks). ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions.

Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or the website at for the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

clinical lab at amgh hockey game benefactor 

lab pictureOne of the causes supported by the Hometown Heroes Charity Hockey Game is the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Clinical Laboratory. Pictured l-r are: Sam Murray, Gateway summer student;
Rob Kerekes, manager, Laboratory and Cardiorespiratory Services; Austin O’Meara, MLT, Laboratory; Britt Dahl, MLT, Laboratory; and Jess VanBeets, MLA, Laboratory. (Submitted photo)  

The Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game is proud to have the opportunity to support deserving causes. This year, one of these causes is the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Clinical Laboratory.

One of the services offered at the AMGH Clinical Laboratory is Transfusion Medicine. When ordered by a Practitioner, a technician takes a patient's blood sample to determine their Blood Type, performs a Screen for antibodies to donor blood, and matches donor blood (from community volunteers through Canadian Blood Services) if requested.

AMGH has acquired a semi-automated analyzer called the BioRad Saxo, which aids the Technologist in performing these tests. The Saxo is interfaced with the Hospital Information system to ensure reliable data transfer, as well as an internal camera to accurately read the results of the testing. This new, innovative technology will assist the Laboratory staff in performing Transfusion testing more efficiently and reliably, while continuing to deliver high level, quality patient care.

The 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes Hockey Game will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. on this fifth annual event. The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the YMCA Strong Kids Program are all beneficiaries of the funds raised from the game.

Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children.


award winners

Nineteen members of the graduating Class of 2017 at Huron Centennial School were presented with awards at their graduation ceremonies on the evening of June 26.

Kennedy McGregor –
Ruth Hayman Elliott Memorial Top Academic Girl
Huron Centennial Staff Valedictorian
Ontario Principals’ Council Student Leadership Award
MacLeans Athletic Award – Female

Jillian Roes –
Huron Tractor Top Academic Girl HM
Tuckersmith Communications Cooperative Geography Award

Christopher Postl –
Evelyn H.B. Newton Brady Top Academic Boy
W.S. Jeffery Math Award

Patrick Denys –
Huron Tractor Top Academic Boy HM
Gold Coast Landscaping Science Award

Simon Meades –
Hensall Co-op Best All-Round Boy
Glen McLachlan Leadership/Sportsmanship Award

Colton Dalton –
Hensall Co-op Best All-Round Boy HM
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award – Male

Morgan Colclough -
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All-Round Girl
Lowell B. Mount Virtue Award

Anna Trick –
DeJong Auto Sales & Service Best All-Round Girl HM
Jeremy Renning Memorial Graphic Arts Award

Summer Carter –
W.S. Jeffery Math Award HM
CAP Products French Award HM

Owen Kerr –
MacLeans Athletic Award – Male

Lainie Tremeer –
CAP Products French Award
McKinley/Hayter Music Award

Wyatt Kerr –
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student Award – Male

Jilaine Dunn –
Dawn Rathwell Most Improved Student Award – Female
Bayfield Optimists Citizenship Award – Female

Mia Harvey –
Huron Ridge Art Award
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative History Award

Talon Laub –
Hay Mutual Insurance English Award HM

Isaac Bennewies –
Sanford Family “Technology” Award

Jonas Howes –
Huron East Citizenship Award – Male

Kalli McCowan –
Huron East Citizenship Award – Female

Jessica McBeath –
Allan Family Spirit Award

**HM - Honorable Mention

Movie Night 

The fun of watching a free movie outside comes to Goderich’s Courthouse Square on July 20.

Families are invited to come to Courthouse Square Park and watch Despicable Me 3. In this popular animated children’s comedy, Gru teams up with his long-lost twin brother Dru to defeat their new enemy, Balthazar Bratt.

The movie is part of a tobacco-free event which includes activities, games and trivia to promote tobacco-free living. Activities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

This family-oriented event brings attention to the role of media messaging in tobacco use.

“Movies remain one of the last places that the tobacco industry can advertise to youth,” said Jacqueline Uprichard, public health promoter with the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU). “Our efforts aim to get tobacco imagery out of youth-rated movies.”

At the event, HCHU staff and students will be addressing the issue of smoking in movies rated for children and the effects that these movies may have.

The rain date for the smoke-free movie night is July 27 at the Courthouse Square Park.

This event is hosted by the Goderich Business Improvement Area in partnership with the HCHU and the municipality of Goderich.

Behind the Bars

The popular Behind the Bars evening tours at the Huron Historic Gaol are returning again this summer with new characters to meet! This event takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in August.

Visitors to Behind the Bars will have the opportunity to meet and interact with characters from the Gaol’s past including the Gaol staff, thieves, accused murderers, lunatics, and even inmates as young as 12 years old!

The Huron Historic Gaol operated as a county jail from 1841 until 1972 and is now a designated National Historic Site. Visitors should look for the large road sign on Hwy 21.
Behind the Bars tickets are available to purchase on-line: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and children under five and Museum Members are free.

The Gaol’s regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m. For more information about Behind the Bars and other summer activities at the Huron Historic Gaol please calln 519 524-6971 or visit their website at

rural health 

A delegation from Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Goderich attended the Annual General Meeting of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) at the Durham Hospital/Clinic complex on the beautiful summer evening of July 4.

At the meeting, Gateway President Jay McFarlan and Paul Rosebush, CEO of the SBGC, signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Cooperation. The shared vision of both organizations is to explore and promote health research in rural settings, engaging academic leaders from Ontario universities and local health care providers.

Four years ago, the two groups signed the first ever MOU between a community based rural health research organization and a rural based hospital.

Both McFarlan and Rosebush talked about the opportunities such an agreement presents to rural communities and how the first four years of cooperation had been very productive and enlightening. Most health research in Canada is based in and funded from teaching hospitals in urban settings. This renewed partnership affords a continuing opportunity to explore the issues in rural Canada that affect rural residents’ health and healthcare.


C29DF3B1-0EA5-40BE-9CF5-6C9DE127B009 The 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. on this fifth annual event. Local businesses donating in support of the event include, James Lounsbury (right) of the Main Street Credit Union. The business has donated each year since they opened in Goderich. He is pictured with Gwen Devereaux who graciously accepted his donation. Anyone wishing to support the "Raise a Little Health" cause is asked to please call 519 612-1053. (Submitted photo)





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, we feature an image of Agnes Metcalf at work circa 1945. Artists have always been drawn to Bayfield as evidenced by the work of this women, that can be found at the Bayfield Archives on Main Street. (Archives Code: PB10013 PC)

 PB10013 PC Mrs Agnes Metcalf c1945

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



PB10040 PC Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary, and Susan Jean Kneeshaw c1925 

In Issue 468, a summery family picture of Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary and Susan Jean Kneeshaw circa 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10040 PC)


PB10107 PC Mrs May, December 12, 1953 

In Issue 469, we celebrate the upcoming 12th annual Bayfield Vette Fest with an image dated Dec. 12, 1953 of Mrs. May behind the wheel of a Plymouth DeLuxe. This car was manufactured from 1946-50. Corvettes will be the featured vehicle about town on July 6 and 7. The show will be held in Clan Gregor Square this Saturday and the opening cruise night will be held on the Friday evening prior. Does anyone remember Mrs. May? (Archives Code: PB10107 PC)




Bookmark and Share  PHOTO STORY

huron residential hospice 

perfect summer's day
for a stroll in the garden


Purple clematis adorns the welcome sign at "Goaway Garden", the home of Jen Smith, just north of Bayfield.

    A water feature in the garden of Leigh and Jerry Selk, south of Bayfield at Houston Heights North. This pond existed long before the property had water. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society serenaded visitors who toured the gardens on Saturday. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Artists and/or their work could be found sprinkled among the flowers on the garden tour. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Rain Gardens at the south edge of Pioneer Park were a bonus feature of the tour. A rain garden is a shallow, sunken garden that is designed to collect, absorb and filter storm water runoff from roofs, roads and driveways. These were a project of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and the community.

Lynne Gillians, of Bayfield, was a volunteer at the Garden Tour at the Letheren's home. She offered visitors a nice cool glass of tap water courtesy Blue Bayfield and their mobile water unit.  

  At the home of Bob and Carol Morley Lake Huron provided the border edging and decor.  

Jen Smith's "Goaway Garden", on Cedar Crest Avenue north of Bayfield, is designed to ensure that something is blooming from April to October. The Garden also includes a labyrinth - a pathway for healing and reflection.  

Visitors enjoyed catching glimpses of the chorus of frogs that live in the water garden at the home of Jim and Susan Beatty.



Vettefest wasn’t the only thing enticing people to Bayfield on Saturday, July 7 when six unique gardens were featured on the Bayfield Garden Tour for the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH). A perfect summer’s day was the backdrop for viewing and savoring these carefully designed showpieces. The tour raised $2,770 for the Bayfield Children’s Room at HRH.

The owners who so graciously opened their garden gates were: Jen Smith and Laurie Hazzard, Leigh and Jerry Selk, Paula and Ray Letheren, Susan and Jim Beatty, Carol and Bob Morley, and Nancy and Frank Moore. All worked tirelessly since spring finally arrived to ensure their gardens were in top notch form for viewing.

Organizers thank them for sharing their creations and talents as many of them also displayed their own works of art and that of other local artists.

Further enhancing the gardens, were the sweet sounds of local musicians: The Bayfield Ukulele Society, the trio, “And Then There Were Three” and members of  The Huron Harp School.

An added attraction, was the Friends of the Bayfield Public Library Reading Garden. Here the Bayfield Artists Guild displayed numerous art works, adding beauty to the quiet space and the front lawn. The Rain Gardens at Pioneer Park were another bonus feature and an excellent means of educating the public on the prevention of water pollution.

Any time during the tour, one was welcome to stop at St. Andrew’s United Church for refreshments donated by Renegades Diner, Bayfield Berry Farm, Bayfield Foodland and Tim Hortons of Clinton/Seaforth.

The Bayfield Hospice Committee wishes to thank those who supported the Garden Tour and the many volunteers who made it possible. Tammy Hopper designed the poster and the Bayfield Optimist Club covered the cost of printing and advertising so all money raised will go directly to the HRH located between Clinton and Goderich on Hwy. 8.

_MG_6825Kniphofia, also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa but can also be found in the gardens of Frank and Nancy Moore on Delevan Street in the village. (Photo by Jack Pal)

_MG_6844This pond at the home of Jim and Susan Beatty, on Euphemia Street in the village, started as a small puddle to house many tadpoles brought home by the children. (Photo by Jack Pal)

43217135572_aa37442aa8_kMembers of the Bayfield Artist Guild set up a display at the Bayfield Reading Garden at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday in conjunction with the Garden Tour for the Huron Residential Hospice.

43216301192_ede4b7aeac_k  A member of the Huron Harp School performed in the garden of Jerry and Leigh Selk.  

43265780111_a5d6a3e648_kThe music stylings of Leslie Bella, Barb Sturgeon and Roma Harris, who comprise "And Then There were Three", were enjoyed at "Felicity", the gardens of Bob and Carol Morley on Cedar Crest Ave, north of Bayfield.  

The Letheren's garden is a product of 20 years of trial and error inspired by travels to the UK and done in the English Country Garden style.  



PIXILATED — image of the week


Splash Pad Action...By Jack Pal

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 is not a drill! Fire call interrupts annual Firemen's Breakfast

John and I drove down to Bayfield on Saturday morning expecting to take a cheque presentation photo, cover the Firemen’s Breakfast, partake in the eggs and bacon, cover the Vette Fest and then maybe swing by Clinton for their town yard sale, checking out the new inventory at Elliot’s and dropping in for a coffee with a friend before heading to Goderich to pick up a couple things then returning home to put a first coat of paint on our soon to be new kitchen.

Well, Saturday had other plans for us and many others too…

Just after taking the cheque presentation photo, and while mingling outside the firehall with attendees, the village fire alarm sounded. Folks just looked around at each other, their expressions begged the question, “Is that for real?”

For some unfortunate souls at Paul Bunyan Lake Front Resort it was very real as they experienced a trailer fire after an incident in their kitchen.

All those people waiting in line for breakfast learned that it was indeed a real fire call when the firefighters, who just a few minutes earlier were flipping eggs and serving up bacon, came running across the lawn in full fire gear, jumped into the trucks and mere seconds later pulled away. 

fullsizeoutput_1d57 Paul Egbers, second from left, cooked eggs for the long lines of hungry visitors to the Bayfield Firemen's Breakfast on Saturday morning. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

fullsizeoutput_1d67Firefighters' Dennis Roy and Don Knox served sausage and bacon to the breakfast attendees.  

fullsizeoutput_1d3eAbout 9:15 a.m. the fire alarm rang out across the village. Those standing in line for breakfast wondered if it was a test until the firefighters that only moments before were cooking and serving up their annual breakfast came running out of the hall in full gear and headed for the trucks. Preparing to depart and visible in this truck were Don Knox and Dave Andrew.  

fullsizeoutput_1d4e All ages were curious to watch the Bayfield Firefighters spring into action in the middle of their annual breakfast - some found the fire alarm rather loud but most were awed at the speed in which they departed. It isn't every day everyone is at the hall when a call comes in.

fullsizeoutput_1d3aBayfield Firefighters answered a call to a trailer in Paul Bunyan Family Resort on Saturday morning right in the middle of their annual breakfast - a first for the firefighters.

John and I looked at each other and I said, “So with our restaurant experience we should probably go see if they need a hand.” He nodded agreement and through the crowd we went. We were both able to find jobs rather quickly – John at a deep fryer station preparing sausages for the multitudes and I discovered a young lady of about 10 years up to her eyeballs in dirty serving trays. I asked her if she needed help and the response was a resounding, “Yes!” For the next little while I dried and she washed and then she dried and I washed and we took turns taking trays to the front so that the long lines of people had something to put their plates and cups on. Others dropped by to help us out too in between their being whisked away to other tasks.

Joan Cluff, and her granddaughter, Siobhan Kleuskens, arrived and asked me how they could help as they had heard the alarm sound. Soon they were working the juice and coffee station. Brian Coombs showed up with two of his student volunteers from the Vette Fest and these two young women went to work clearing tables and bringing us empty trays for cleaning. Existing volunteers shuffled positions and fire fighter spouses showed up to help out too. A firefighter from Seaforth that had been enjoying the breakfast joined John on fry duty. Essentially with little interruption, thanks to those extra hands, and I’m sure I am missing some and for that I humbly apologize, the people were fed!

Just before 11 a.m. the final truck returned from the call so the brigade was once again intact for clean-up. John and I sat down to enjoy a really great breakfast our appetites enhanced by the knowledge that once again Bayfield residents had demonstrated just how great this community is.

And now a word from Jack Bender, Bayfield District Fire Chief, “On behalf of the Bayfield Fire Fighters and myself, we would like to thank all of the members of our community that stepped up and assisted with our breakfast when the Department was summoned to a fire call on Saturday, July 7th. It is actions like these in a situation such as this, that makes us proud to be members of this community. We at the Bayfield Fire Department, are very proud to serve such a community and hope that you know just how much your assistance was appreciated!”

Many people asked if this event had ever been interrupted by a fire call before and I asked others at the Breakfast this question. Volunteers that had helped for the last 25 years couldn’t remember it ever happening before and I’m pretty sure they would have remembered if it had. Let’s hope it never happens again. We also send our thoughts to those who sounded the alarm on Saturday and hope that the harm their property suffered will be rectified soon. – Melody

       Bayfield District Fire Chief Jack Bender was kept busy at the seemingly never-ending task of drying food trays during the first two hours of the breakfast.

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.

Bookmark and Share

Click to sign up for weekly email notices.

Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


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