Bookmark and Share   July 10, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 28 Issue 522


IMG_4831 Mike Dixon, representing the Optimist Club of Bayfield, was pleased to donate $2,000 to the Second annual Six-String Music Fest in support of the Tanner Steffler Foundation to Brian Coombs (left) and Elaine Coombs on July 6. Both Brian and Elaine are members of the Entertainment Committee for the festival and in addition Elaine also sits on the Fundraising Committee. The Six-String Music Fest is set for July 27 in Seaforth and will feature local artists and bands as well as tribute bands Crush (Bon Jovi) and Simply Queen. Tickets are available now at The Tanner Steffler Foundation will use the funds raised to implement mental health and addiction initiatives within Huron County for youth ages 12-24 and their families. (Photo by John Pounder)  

Rummage sale two sleeps away

417B24A1-80B7-4D44-89B4-4BC2D1BE2FE9Ryan O'Reilly, a Huron County native and member of the recent Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues has donated a signed jersey and autographed photo to be auctioned off at the Silent Auction in support of Pioneer Park to be held on Friday, July 12. Incidentally O'Reilly will be bringing the Stanley Cup to Huron County on July 25 with parades in Seaforth and Goderich. (Submitted photos)  

It's almost here! The summer event that kicks off the season is just two days away - the 72nd annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. Organizers note that this year's event promises to be another night of fun times and good finds.

0E1D4416A144054A97805A7BC52FC4E8"Springtime in Bayfield" an archival print from the original, is just one of the beautiful items available for bidding on at the Rummage Sale held in support of Pioneer Park on Friday, July 12.

“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 12 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 11 and Friday, July 12, both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone with electronics they no longer want but can’t donate? New this year: Seeds Rooted in Youth will operate an Electronic Recycling Depot at the arena. The Depot’s hours will match the Thursday and Friday drop-off times and the Rummage Sale times.

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 Friday.

“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.

“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.

Beach bags 'N Buttons best ever educational experience 

MVIMG_20190629_111813Dr. Erica Clark, of the Bluewater Beach Management Committee, (centre) showed some young visitors to the Bayfield Public Library on June 29 how to work a water filter as part of “Beach Bags ‘n Buttons” hosted by the Friends of Bayfield Library and the Municipality of Bluewater Blue Flag Program (Submitted photo)

“This is the best day ever!” said one very excited child.

It was a feeling shared by many of the participants in the “Beach Bags ‘n Buttons” event, held at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, June 29.

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Municipality of Bluewater Blue Flag Program partnered to deliver the environmental education activity, and a happy crowd of 25 kids, with their parents in tow, had a great time while learning important lessons regarding water safety and conservation. Delivery of the program was also supported by Blue Bayfield volunteers.

After being issued a passport for the land of sand and water, children cozied up to Blue Bayfield’s (nearly) world famous Blue Betty water bike, which provides delicious tap water at community events, replacing any need for single use water bottles. Participants posed for selfies, learned to ‘Drink Tap Water’, and earned their first passport stamp.

For their second stamp, they ‘cleaned up’ the beach, courtesy of a simulated beach environment in a large wading pool. Participants removed the trash and discussed the good and bad things found at their very own Bayfield Blue Flag Beach.

For their third stamp, Dr. Erica Clark, of the Bluewater Beach Management Committee, dove into the area of water safety by sharing the video, “A Day in the Life of Beach Students”. Curious kids used grab poles to take water samples from a turtle pool; learned to look for their feet in three feet of water to discern water clarity; and discovered how to use a water filter to make water potable. Lots of discussion about their friend (not) Escherichia coli, better known simply as E.coli, ensued!

Passport stamp number four was issued after participants had drawn and colored a booklet detailing all the things they’d learned during this ‘trip’ into the world of beach and water safety.

Finally, each child received a prize bag with a silicone straw and cleaner, a beach ball, a book mark, a special treat, a solar bracelet and other goodies selected to delight and inspire a young mind.

A big thank you goes out to the volunteers and FOBL for providing a learning experience that was, according to the kids, also a wonderful time!

Bayfield Yacht Club has grown to sixty-five members 

DSC02055The Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) held their first Sunday Regatta of the 2019 Boating Season on June 30. The regatta was a great success with land bound and boat bound spectators coming out to enjoy the race as well. (Submitted photo)  

On June 30, the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) held their first Sunday Regatta of the 2019 Boating Season. The regatta course ran North West from the mouth of the inlet and provided an hour of competitive and fun sailing for the sailboats that entered.

The regatta was a great success with land bound and boat bound spectators coming out to enjoy the race as well. The regatta included a fantastic mix of young and more seasoned sailors ranging in skill set from novice to expert; a dynamic that provided for an enjoyable day for all involved. Congratulations for a regatta very well raced goes out to the skillful crew of the victorious sailboat Fantastic. 

BYC, re-established in April of this year, has already grown to sixty-five members strong and has created an action-packed summer of regattas and events. Anyone interested in joining the Yacht Club is encouraged to sign up at They don’t even need to have a boat to join in the fun!

Movement to save St. James', Middleton begins with bbq 

IMG_1506 (1)Nancy Harper is the artist being this original oil painting of St. James', Middleton Church that is being raffled as a fundraiser to help save the building. The painting is currently on display at Fincher’s in Goderich and tickets are available there as well. They are selling for $20 each or three for $40. (Submitted photo)

St. James’, Middleton Church was deconsecrated on Jan. 20, 2019 but its story is not yet ended. The Huron County Historical Society is hoping to designate the church, established in 1872, as an Ontario historical site. There is also a grass-roots group looking to save the former church building from potential dismantling once sold by the Diocese of Huron.

“The Huron Anglican Diocese has granted us a year, until June 2020, to achieve funding and a viable plan to repurpose St. James Middleton Church,” said Janice Middleton.

With that cause in mind a Summer BBQ and Silent Auction will be held at Bayfield Arena from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11.

“This Summer BBQ will kick off the first of a series of fundraisers aimed at reaching our goal of $100,000,” said Middleton. “The money is needed to maintain and care for the building while the friends of St. James’, Middleton attain designation for the building as a heritage site and a new community purpose for the building is established.”

On the menu for the BBQ, prepared by Chef Devin Tabor of Bon Vivant Catering in Clinton, will be BBQ beef, gourmet burgers and dogs, corn cobettes, salads,bread and assorted desserts.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Children 10 and under eat free. Tickets are available at Brandon Hardware in Bayfield, 519 565-2677; Bartliff’s Restaurant and Bakery in Clinton, 519 482-9727; and at Fincher's Books and Gifts in Goderich, 519 524-6901.

In addition to the silent auction, the winning ticket for an original oil painting by artist Nancy Harper will be raffled at the BBQ. The painting is currently on display at Fincher’s and tickets are available there as well. They are selling for $20 each or three for $40.

For further information please contact Janice Middleton at 902 634-3371 or find the group on Facebook at Saint James' Middleton Anglican Church.

three days of celebrating Woodstock coming this august

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) are pleased to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with three Woodstock-inspired events on Aug. 16-18.

On Friday, Aug. 16, “Woodstock In Bayfield” kicks off at the Bayfield Town Hall with Janis Joplin-inspired music by the group “Inspired by Janis”. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar. For tickets, call Patricia Baker, 519 955-1456 or Mark Edmunds, 519 521-2994.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, “Woodstock Experience” will perform songs by Joe Cocker, Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane and many others. This concert will be held in conjunction with the BAS and will be held at Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.

Members of the band include Grant Heywood, drums, guitar, congas and vocals; Cheryl Lescom, vocals, percussion; Marc Shickluna, bass; Rick Taylor, guitar, congas, harmonica, and vocals; Steve Toman, guitar and vocals; Chuckee Zehr, keys, vocals and Musical Director. The gates for this show will open at 7 p.m. with the concert following at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Refreshments will be available at the BAS Beer Tent plus there will be a food truck on site for those who get the munchies. 

Best of all, now people can purchase tickets online at no additional cost! Visit and select “purchase tickets” from the Events menu at the top of the page. Select the desired event, select the number of tickets and then ‘check out’. The email confirmation acts as the ticket and should be brought to the concert as proof of purchase.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, take a seat at the Bayfield Town Hall to view “Woodstock The Movie”, the Oscar-winning documentary which captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances and the experiences of those who were there 50 years ago. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations to the Bayfield Town Hall would be appreciated.


Farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market hosted another successful Strawberry Social on July 5. Organizers were very pleased with the number of customers who brought their own food and beverage containers. Each of them had their name entered into a draw for a strawberry themed prize package that included jewellery from The JMR Collections, handmade greeting cards from Corrrine Everson Papercrafting and strawberry jam from Eagleson Farms. Live music was provided by the very talented Tom Taylor.

New vendors joining the market recently include Completely Rooted from Grand Bend, offering plant based, gluten free products such as crackers, muffins, trail mix and dips. Most products are raw and vegan as well.

The July 12 market will feature the return of Bayfield Provisions, Harvest Pillows and Huron Ridge Acres (Mother Nature permitting). Live music will be provided by Lachlan Chow.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday, 3-7 p.m., in Clan Gregor Square, from now until Thanksgiving weekend.

glass art for hospice

IMG_1874Art by Roberta Stemp. (Submitted photo)

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

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

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

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

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

book launch 

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

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

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

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


An award-wining vocal Jazz ensemble from London, ON will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 27.

“Take 3 & Company” will be performing songs from Burt Bacharach and Sergio Mendes including: Bacharach songs such as “Walk On By”, “You’ll Never Get To Heaven”, “Alfie”, and Sergio Mendes’ “Mas Que Nada”, “The Look of Love”, and “Fool On The Hill”.

The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Now people can purchase Bayfield Town Hall events tickets online at no additional cost as there is no surcharge to buy online! Visit and select “purchase tickets” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. This page will display images of all of the great Town Hall Events for the season.

To purchase tickets, click on the desired event and select “add to cart”, then select the number of tickets and “check out”. At “check out” simply include an email address, and provide credit card information including, name and address. The Town Hall will send a confirmation to the email address. The email confirmation acts as the ticket and should be brought to the concert as proof of purchase or present the confirmation on a mobile phone.

Anyone who would prefer to pick up their tickets, should call 519 565-5788 and Press ‘1’ for ticket sales or call Patricia Baker, 519 955-1456 or Mark Edmunds, 519 521-2994.

Bayfield Fair Prizes 

Those folks responsible for the prizes at the Bayfield Community Fair are quite excite to announce a late addition.

“We've had an anonymous donor contribute $500 toward special crop prizes this year,” announced Jillianne Reinseth, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS).

The prizes are in the soybean and wheat categories with 1st prizes earning $150 each plus a special non-GMO soybean category will fetch $200.

“There aren't many farmers anymore using non-GMO seeds so our anonymous sponsor wants to reward them,” said Reinseth.

The beans and wheat can be from this year's or last year’s crop and are to be shown in one quart jars with three seed head stalks attached to the jar (ripe or immature).

The entrants can get more information on the BAS website at

BEACH hike 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association members would like to invite people to take “A Walk on the Beach” on the morning of Wednesday, July 17.

Starting at 9 a.m., join in a walk on the Bayfield Beach to learn about the beach, lake and river and how the lake interfaces with the land. Nina Sampson, Education coordinator from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will be discussing beach formation, geology, erosion process, beach restoration as well as fossils found on the beach.

Sturdy walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen and a refillable water container are recommended. The walk will be approximately 2 KM in length on the beach with no discernable trail. It will be a Level 2 difficulty over natural beach material and depending on the day there may be some wet inlets to cross.

Participants are asked to meet at Pioneer Park at the Colina Street parking area to meet other hikers for the hike. The walk will take approximately two hours.

The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202 and Gary Mayell, 519 565 5662.

The dreamboats 

42456141294_39e98532a9_kMichael's Pharmasave will be hosting “The Dreamboats” in concert as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. The guys will be returning to the county this year to perform in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 21. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

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

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

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

Tickets are on sale now for $45.

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

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

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

Seeds Rooted in Youth 

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

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

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

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

To learn more visit:




 stellar breakfast cooked by firefighters and friends 


IMG_3876The Bayfield and Area Fire Department held their annual Firemen's Breakfast on the morning of July 6. L-r: Firefighter Ian Siertsema and friend of the department, Ian McLean got cracking on the egg line while firefighter Thomas Genoch flipped the pancakes.  

Nearly 900 people lined up at the Bayfield and Area Fire Department Fire Hall on the morning of July 6 in anticipation of another stellar Firemen’s Breakfast and as always, the food did not disappoint.

Served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., folks could fill their plates with pancakes topped with real maple syrup, eggs, Metger's bacon, Bayfield Foodland's own sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, and new this year, the coffee, was generously provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield's Main Street.

The proceeds from the breakfast will go to purchase equipment to help the community and to keep the firefighters safe. The department members would like to offer a big thank you to all the people that helped to make the breakfast a success.

In addition, Ryan O'Reilly, a Huron County native and member of the recent Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues sent a signed jersey and autographed photo to the Firemen's Breakfast to be raffled off for some funds for the department. His father Brian O'Reilly dropped in to the fire hall to make the draws. The winner of the jersey was Halle Corriveau, of Bayfield, while Joe Wild, also of Bayfield, won the signed photo. The fire department is very grateful to the O'Reilly family for their contribution to the event as the raffle raised $1,160 for the department.

IMG_3873Friend of the department, Julie Brandon, was in charge of collecting the fee for the breakfast. This money will go toward the purchase of equipment to keep both the firefighters and the community safer.  

IMG_3878Friend of the department, Rebecca Phillips, was kept busy clearing trays and serving refreshments.  

IMG_3877Friend of the department, Dawson Roy served up the sausages while firefighter, Jack Bender concentrated on potatoes.  

0F5A3077Ryan O'Reilly, a Huron County native and member of the recent Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues sent a signed jersey and autographed photo to the Firemen's Breakfast to be raffled off for some funds for the department. His father Brian O'Reilly dropped in to the fire hall to make the draws. The winner of the jersey was Halle Corriveau, of Bayfield, while Joe Wild, also of Bayfield, won the signed photo. The fire department is very grateful to the O'Reilly family for their contribution to the event as the raffle raised $1,160 for the department. Joining O'Reilly for the draw were Captain Don Knox, Auxiliary Firefighter Hannah MacDonald and Captain Jim Koene. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

All in...campaign reaches 80 per cent of fundraising goal 

John and Maureen PeetOn June 27, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) and the “All In…for your health” capital campaign team, hosted a donor recognition event. The campaign partnered with Elizabeth Van den Broeck, of Elizabeth’s Gallery in Goderich, to present each donor who had pledged $25,000 or more with a beautiful framed piece of local art. Each donor was able to choose their print individually. From l-r: Shannon LaHay, Executive director of the AMGHF; John Peet, donor, and chair of the campaign; Maureen Peet, donor and Shawn Lynn, chair of the AMGHF Board.(Submitted photo)  

On Thursday June 27, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) and the “All In…for your health” capital campaign team, hosted a donor recognition event and made an exciting announcement.

The AMGHF’s mission is to support quality health care close to home by raising funds to support the patient care needs at AMGH. Working closely with the Hospital, the Foundation identified two significant needs: replacing the aging CT Scanner and a much-needed refurbishment of the 40-year-old inpatient mental health unit. In Huron County, these services are only available at AMGH.

Shawn Lynn, chair of the AMGHF, welcomed guests to the event, held at the Beach Street Station in Goderich. He acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the All In…for your health campaign team who have been working very hard to reach out to the community, share the importance of the campaign, and raise funds to ensure that AMGH can provide the very best services locally.

“This campaign began in February of this year, when we set out to raise $3.5 million,” shared John Peet, chair of the campaign. “The generosity of the community and their support for quality health care close to home, was quickly evident.”

John Peet went on to announce that, with the support of many of the people attending the event, the campaign had reached 80 per cent of its goal.

“We could not have reached this milestone so quickly without the early support of so many significant donors.”

The All In…for your health campaign partnered with Elizabeth Van den Broeck, of Elizabeth’s Gallery in Goderich, to present each donor who had pledged $25,000 or more with a beautiful framed piece of local art. Each donor was able to choose their print individually.

“It is now time for us to reach out to the community as a whole and invite them to help us meet or exceed our $3.5 million campaign goal before the end of 2019. Every donation makes a difference and every donor will be acknowledged for their support,” Peet shared.

The community is invited to contact the AMGHF office or visit the Foundation website for information on how to support the All In…for your health capital campaign.

Gateway centre welcomes new executive team 

PhotoGateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health's New Executive Team are from l-r: Gwen Devereaux, Jay McFarlan, Dan Stringer, Fionn O'Flanagan, Phil Maier and Nancy Simpson. Absent for photo: Feng Chang. (Submitted photo)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is a not-for-profit corporation located in Goderich that aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents. Since inception, Gateway has been governed by community-based volunteers who aim to advance rural health teaching and community-based research across four rural counties; Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce.

Why study rural residents? As compared to urban residents, rural residents have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, chronic lung disease, depression and heart disease. Additionally, due to their occupation, healthy rural residents actively contribute to both local and national economies. These motivating factors have made rural residents a focus for Gateway’s research, education and communication.

To advance rural health and community-based research, Gateway has collaborated with community health centres, rural health professionals, academic institutions and rural residents. Gateway has also invested in the next generation by providing summer employment for university students who are interested in healthcare. Providing opportunities for students to get involved in rural health will encourage them to become practicing health care professionals in rural communities. In fact, Gateway has worked with over 90 students with many returning to benefit local communities.

On June 28, Gateway held their annual general meeting where board members and students welcomed new members to the executive team. The meeting saw Gwen Devereaux elected president; Jay McFarlan, vice-president; Dr. Feng Chang, chair; Phil Maier, vice-chair; Dan Stringer, treasurer; Fionn O'Flanagan, vice-treasurer and Nancy Simpson, secretary. With many new faces on the executive team, Gateway looks forward to the next few years of innovative ideas to combat rural health issues in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties.

For more information on Gateway, visit

Dementia simulation to promote caregiving skills 


Over the next 20 years, the number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to double. Currently, over half a million Canadians have dementia, with two-thirds living in their own homes. In Canadian nursing homes, 87 per cent of residents have some form of cognitive impairment. With these numbers only expected to increase, it is important that caregivers, community members and healthcare professionals have the empathy, communication skills and tools needed to support this population.

The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), is excited to announce the upcoming launch of “Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes” to be held on July 16 at the Huron Community Family Health Team in Seaforth.

As the first institution in Canada to receive Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch® training from the AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, we will be offering student-run dementia simulation and learning experiences to the community. In the United States, these experiences have been shown to improve empathy, knowledge of dementia, communication and caregiving skills.

With the Dementia Live® specialized equipment, participants will be able to experience what it feels like to have dementia. A discussion and skill building session will follow, in which community members will gain important knowledge and skills in an engaging way. For students, these skills will be used in their future care for dementia patients. For caregivers, the learning experience will help them understand their loved one’s feelings and allow them to better provide for their loved one’s needs. For the general public, empathy and understanding will be developed.

Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes will begin at 2 p.m. Please note this is a free event but registration is required. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Sara Robinson at or visit

Popular behind the bars is back 

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

0103_BTB_2017James Donnelly is just one of the colorful characters visitors to the Behind the Bars program will meet this summer at the Goderich Gaol. (Submitted photo)

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

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

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

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


 CPH renovations

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is advising the public that the Admitting Entrance at their Clinton Public Hospital site will be closed from now until July 19. This is due to replacement of exterior doors.

Patients visiting the Emergency Department should use the Ambulance doors.

All other patients and visitors are asked to use the Main Entrance during this closure.

The HPHA thank hospital visitors and patients in advance for their patience and cooperation as the work is completed.

 Horticultural Society - clinton

Wednesday, July 17 is the date set for the Clinton Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour.

Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the OMAFRA office, 100 Don Street in Clinton, at 9:15 a.m. for carpooling. Money will be required for their lunch stop as well as the $5 membership fee.

For more information please call 519 441-1318. 

Better together gala 

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting the Sixth Annual “Better Together” Gala at the Libro Hall in Clinton.

CTV News Report Scott Miller will be the master of ceremonies for the evening and Huron Shores Catering will provide the dinner. There will also be a live auction featuring, “Layne, The Auctionista” as well as a silent auction, raffle table, “fund-a-need”, entertainment and guest speakers.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $60 each and are available from HCFBDC Board Members;; or by calling the office at 519 913-2362.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maitland El Camino 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Please note that food vendors are also most welcome!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bayfield activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?

A new website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.

Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.








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 another image from the Carolyn Snell collection. She notes that it was taken the year The Albion Hotel obtained its liquor licence. Not all the individuals in this picture can be identified by Snell – perhaps others can help fill in the blanks? To date we have: ____, ____, Eric Earl, Alice and Joe Brandon, Myrtle Robinson and MP Bob McKinley (cutting ribbon), ___ Walter Erickson, _____, ____ and Jack Sturgeon.



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


Issue 520


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

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

ISSUE 521 


In Issue 521, another image from an Admiral Bayfield Day held in the 1990s. This image shows Rick Penhale (left) in the Penhale Family carriage with Admiral Bayfield. Does anyone recall any details about this event?




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Vette fest 2019           

Great weather, volunteers and corvette owners: the recipe for a  successful weekend    


IMG_4844Two hundred and fifty Corvettes registered for the 13th annual Bayfield Vette Fest held July 6 while an additional 20 vehicles could be found outside Clan Gregor Square. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_3936The owners of this 1964 Corvette travelled to Bayfield from Komoka, ON.

IMG_3927Dan Muscat, of St. Thomas, ON, is the proud owner of this 1963 Corvette.

IMG_3944Using Clan Gregor Square for Vette Fest allows both cars and owners plenty of shade - this 1959 Corvette had a prime location for a warm and sunny day.  



Two hundred and fifty Corvettes registered for the 13th annual Bayfield Vette Fest held July 5-6 while an additional 20 vehicles could be found outside Clan Gregor Square.

“Vette Fest 2019 was a success once again because of all who attended. The weather gods definitely co-operated with us again this year. We want to thank you all for coming out,” wrote one of the organizers of the event, Brian Coombs, on their Facebook Page. “A huge thanks to all our area businesses that provided door prizes, to Corvette Depot that provided us the swag bags and dash cards too.”

He added, “Thanks to all our volunteers that came out today, and earlier this week to help out, you truly are a huge help and to all of the Corvette Clubs and owners that come year after year. This show is an awesome couple of days because it takes us all to make it great!”

He noted that proceeds from the show go to area causes as well as The Coping Centre was once again at the show selling raffle tickets on a Corvette.

The kick off to the weekend, Cruise Night, was held on Friday, July 5, with 83 Corvettes taking part. The group took a scenic route to Goderich Beach with a return trip to the village for a reception at the Little Inn of Bayfield.

IMG_3930Plenty of hoods were up in the park so that people could take a look at the power behind the vehicles.  

IMG_3941The relaxed atmosphere created at Vette Fest provided this visitor an opportunity to catch up on the news.

image8Mark Edmunds, and his wife Karen, joined in the fun at the Vette Fest Cookout on Saturday, July 6 in Clan Gregor Square. Volunteers with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, Paul Hill, Mike van Baardwyk, Sandy Scotchmer, Sue Howell and Kim Koegler served up juicy sausages and hot dogs as well as provided cold drinks for countless hungry Corvette admirers at their booth with proceeds going to the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photo)



PIXILATED — image of the week


Silhouettes By Conrad Kuiper

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








And seemingly within the blink of an eye the Bayfield Breeze marks its 10th year of publication with this issue. I could wax nostalgic or marvel at just how far we've come but I think it would be more fun for our readers to link back to where it all began - so I invite you to revisit our first issue from July 9, 2009. - Melody 

Bayfield Breeze Week 28 Issue 1










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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