Bookmark and Share   July 24, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 30 Issue 524


Recently the Bayfield and Area Fire Department acquired some new heavy hydropic equipment. This equipment was partially funded by a generous donation from the Bayfield Lions' Club. Taking a closer look at the new equipment were l-r: Deputy Chief Wade Berard, Bluewater Councilor Alwyn Vanden Berg, Lion's Club President Don Vance, District Chief Brian Brandon, Chief Dave Renner and Training Officer Kyle Kruse. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

fun race time is almost here 

30021823848_2ca2bcc104_kSandy Scotchmer and John Erb always enjoy a little friendly competition and so in 2018 they crossed the finish line first together! Question is will the rivalry be rekindled during the 2019 race? Head to Pioneer Park on the morning of Aug. 5 to find out. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race is turning 33 this year and it's coming Monday, Aug. 5th. Participants can run, walk or wheel or whatever – anything goes and the organizers love creativity.

The entry fee (donation) remains at $5 per person. Canines are most welcome and encouraged. All proceeds go to Pioneer Park. Race fans are invited to come out, enjoy a cup of coffee, visit with friends old and new, and cheer on the entrants.

Registration will be held for one hour starting at 8:30 a.m. in the park.
Walkers depart at 9:30 a.m. and everyone else goes at 10 a.m. or shortly after.

Helmets are required by Provincial law for bikers under the age of 18 years.

The Fun Race has become a cherished community tradition - thanks to all the racers and the race crew who make this event happen every year. It is time to start stretching, oil that bike chain and better yet, dust off those roller blades!

Anyone who might have questions, would like to donate a little something, or just want to say, “Hi”, is asked to please call Ann Laudenbach at 416 527-5898.

 scavenger hunt and a moonlit walk are on the August agenda 

A “Moonlight Walk” and a “Nature Scavenger Hunt” are two events planned for the month of August by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the Nature Scavenger Hunt will be held along the Sawmill Trail in Bayfield. It is located just off Old River Road on the north side of the Bayfield River.

A Nature Scavenger Hunt is a great way to turn nature and the outdoors into a fun activity for kids. Weather permitting, children and their families will have the opportunity to explore and search together in this beautiful riverside setting starting at 2 p.m. Instructions will be given at this time at the entrance to the trail.

The hike leaders will be Annerieke VanBeets, 519 482-9005 and Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884

The trail distance is 2.5 KM while the difficulty is a Level 2 moderate with a steep hill. The trail is natural with some bridges and boardwalks and there is poison ivy.

Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants as well as bring water.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, a Moonlight Walk will be held along the Woodland Trail starting at 8 p.m.

Participants are invited to join in a walk under the light of the full moon. Once in the woods they will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as the walk proceeds along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.

This hike will take approximately two hours. Those who attend are asked to please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the night’s special guest, the full moon, is hidden by clouds.

This walk will be 5 KMs and is a Level 3 in difficulty with some hills and natural paths. The bridge along the trail may be slippery if wet. The terrain will be uneven so people are asked to please wear sturdy walking shoes. They should also be aware that this is a Recreational Nature Trail. For protection against ticks, mosquitos and other insects wear protective clothing, long pants and sleeves are suggested, use bug spray and bring a refillable water container. Pets need to be on a leash to protect the wildlife, as well as the pet.

Participants are asked to meet at the David Street entrance. To access this entrance, turn east at Renegade restaurant onto Mill Rd. (Cty Rd 3). Immediately turn left onto Sarnia St. Turn right onto MacTavesh Crescent, then right onto David Street. Follow David Street until it becomes a T. Turn left and park along the road.

The hike leaders will be Adriaan Schreuder, 519 565-2382 and Jack Pal, 519 565-5340.

Bayfield Tree Project offers reminder to water young trees 

The Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) folks would like to remind everyone that now that the warm, dry weather is here the younger trees in the village are in dire need of watering each and every week. Particularly the over 475 relatively new trees that have been planted by the BTP over the last few years.

The best and most efficient watering practices are those that provide the tree with a steady trickle of water rather than an over powering gush which just ends up as run off not helping the tree at all.

People can provide this steady flow by placing the garden hose to low water pressure and leave it to trickle away for an hour or so, this way the tree roots will receive the required moisture and it will flourish. It is advisable to do this once a week during the growing season particularly if there is little to no rain fall.

Historical Society seeks cataloguer of artefacts 

The Bayfield Historical Society, Board of Directors is currently seeking an Artefact Cataloguer for a contract position. Resumes should be submitted by Aug. 7.

The position’s main role will be to enter artefact catalogue records into the PastPerfect software including a photograph or scan of the artefacts. The duties of the successful candidate will also include: completing catalogue records for some artefacts before entering them into the software; monitoring and recording the condition of the items in the collection; and from time to time greeting guests in the Heritage Centre.

The qualifications being sought include: enrollment in a museum studies program or related program such as archaeology or history or have experience working with a collection in a museum/heritage setting; attention to detail including the ability to enter data accurately and proof read in a meticulous manner to ensure that information entered is correct and free of grammar and spelling errors; well- developed computer skills; excellent writing skills; competence in using a digital camera; and the ability to work both independently and with other volunteers.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their resume to or by mail to Bayfield Historical Society, PO Box 161, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Runa to perform at the Bayfield Town Hall on Civic Holiday 

RUNA imageOne of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 5.(Submitted photo)  

RUNA will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival on Monday, Aug. 5.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.

Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30

p.m. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets can be purchased online at no additional cost at

BBQ in support of saving church building happening next month 

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 dismatling 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. (To see an image of the painting please visit the Bayfield Breeze Issue 522.) 

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

woodstock experience highlight of saturday at fair

Woodstock experience image

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.


IMG_20190721_110556_515 Unfortunately weather conditions didn't cooperate for the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Boat Parade that was first scheduled for July 13 and then rescheduled for July 20. Sadly, even though some participants had started to decorate their vessels for the parade on Saturday night an aggressive weather system made the event a literal wash out. In fact, the power went out in parts of the village and area for several hours afterwards. Organizers hope that calmer seas will prevail in 2020. (Photo by Hildy Steiner)



Farmers' market 


Summer is in full swing, and Huron County’s fields and gardens are once again producing gorgeous fresh foods. 

Green bean fans, keep your fingers crossed! If the weather cooperates you should find the first pick of the season at Huron Ridge Acres’ stall this Friday, July 26.

Baker Karen Steckly joins the market this week with a sweet selection of baked goods including doughnuts, cinnamon buns, Chelsea buns, squares and cookies. Selection may vary from week to week.

The Aug. 2 market will feature the return of RW Sharpening Services. Music will be provided by the Bayfield Ukulele Society.

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

Fireworks at Park

Celebrate the Civic Holiday Weekend with the Friends of Bayfield and the Friend of Pioneer Park as they host a Fireworks Display on the evening of Aug. 4.

The fireworks will be launched from the South Pier at 9 p.m. so Pioneer Park will be an excellent vantage point from which to watch the spectacle. Also, that evening, starting at 7 p.m., special music will be provided and an opportunity to Paint the Sunset with Robin will be offered. People are encouraged to pack a picnic and make a full night of it!

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.


Take 3 and company  Take 3 & Company (Submitted photo)

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.


West Coast Astronomers and Blue Flag are joining together to host a Star Party from 9-11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1st on the South Pier in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.

The astronomers are planning to target: The Andromeda and Pinwheel Galaxies, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn, Double, Butterfly and Wild Duck clusters and the Dumbbell and Ring Nebula along with whatever else attracts their attention.

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

If anyone has doubt on the status of the event or has questions they are asked to please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.

Everyone is welcome to join with or without a telescope and there is no cost. Amateur astronomer, are encouraged to bring their telescope at sundown.

BAG Art Show 

28915984107_0f32786f0c_zMembers of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) are combining to be the “Guest Artist” at the Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of August!

Eleven painters from BAG will display their artistic endeavours at the gallery for the entire month. All paintings are for sale at very reasonable prices. Visitors will find short bios on each artist that give a small understanding of the artist’s philosophy.

Everyone is invited to a reception at the Co-Op Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 2-4 p.m., 54 Courthouse Square, Goderich. BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery and support local artists. The Co-Op Gallery is open, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FOBL Book Sale 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) want to remind everyone of their annual Book Sale coming up on Aug. 16-17.

The sale will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Gently used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and board games will be accepted for the Book Sale. Donations will be accepted at the Bayfield Public Library on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 12-15, 1-5 p.m.

FOBL is grateful for the support and donations from the community and look forward to welcoming everyone at the sale! They would like to remind everyone that encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals, damaged, soiled or mouldy items will not be accepted.

The dreamboats 

42456432674_9d12b57fb5_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.

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 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.



IMG_6571 The Congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield gathered on Sunday, July 21, to wish their retiring treasurer, Sharon McNeilly, all the best in the next chapter of her life. A luncheon prepared by the Women of Knox was enjoyed by all as was the celebratory cake. (Submitted photo)  



 cowbell to sponsor play development at Blyth festival  

e6b5b330-0ffc-4e11-b3c2-825395aeb1fdIn celebration of a recent sponsorship announcement, Blyth's Cowbell Brewing Co. and Blyth Festival representatives gathered at the “Absent Landlord”, the namesake of the company’s Kölsch-style beer. From l-r: Cowbell Founder and CEO, Stephen Sparling; Blyth Festival Artistic Director, Gil Garratt; Cowbell Chief Development Officer, Grant Sparling II; and Cowbell Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Clarke. (Submitted photo)  

The Blyth Festival Theatre is pleased to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement between Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. and the Blyth Festival. Cowbell Brewing will be the exclusive Hospitality Sponsor and will sponsor the development of a new play, focusing on a remarkable, historic Blyth resident.

“Cowbell Brewing is proud to support the Blyth Festival Theatre, a unique Canadian theatre company,” said Grant Sparling II, Cowbell’s Chief Development officer. “The Festival is integral to the culture of our community, the remarkable village that my family has called home for three generations. I am pleased that we are continuing a tradition begun by my grandparents, Grant and Mildred.”

The Blyth Festival Theatre is pleased to receive continued generational support from the Sparling family. The Blyth Festival continues to forge a path as a leader in telling authentic rural Canadian stories on stage; providing a voice to this region and across Canada.

“The Sparling family has supported the Festival at every turn, from the very beginning,” said Gil Garratt, Artistic director of the Blyth Festival Theatre. “We are now continuing to grow as a community, as a destination, and as a true Canadian institution. The sponsorship with Cowbell Brewing ensures this tradition will continue. In our 45th season, we are pleased to have their support to continue our mandate of enriching lives through the arts.”

HPHA campaign encourages organ and tissuE donation 


Registered Nurse Claudette Begg knows the importance of organ and tissue donation. Over 15 years ago, she received the gift of sight with a corneal transplant.

Begg had suffered from keratoconus since her early twenties, a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. By age 25 Begg could no longer see with glasses.

“I had to switch to hard lenses and was required to wear them at all times,” said Begg. “These lenses would fall out easily due to the shape of my cornea and often I had corneal abrasions. Closer to my transplant I was even wearing two contacts in each eye, one hard and one soft. I was having difficulty at work and I kept losing my lenses.”

That all changed for Begg after her transplant.

“Now every morning I wake up and can simply put on a pair of glasses to see. I thank my donor for their gift of sight.”

In an effort to increase awareness about the value of organ and tissue donor registration, members and friends of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) have created a poster campaign that was unveiled across the Alliance and on social media on July 9.

“Organ and tissue donations are a vitally important part of medical care. In Ontario, there are over 1,600 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Dr. Tyler Rouse, Hospital Donation physician and Co-Chair of HPHA’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee. “A single donor can save up to eight lives, and can enhance the lives of up to 75 or more people through the gift of tissue. While those numbers are staggering, we wanted to show how organ and tissue donation affects real people in our community. We are so grateful to the people who have shared their stories through this campaign, and we hope it will highlight how very real the impact of donation can be to our friends, families and colleagues.”

Participants in the poster campaign, in addition to Begg, include; Jason Hammond, Medical Laboratory assistant and a kidney transplant recipient; Chantale Hammond, Patient Partner and a liver transplant recipient; Rena Spevack, Board member, Patient Partner and a living donor; Ryan Morrison, heart transplant recipient and Cecily Kowalik, advocate.

To register your consent to donate visit and speak to your family about your wishes.

Fast Facts about Organ and Tissue Donation:

• The Stratford General Hospital is a designated hospital for organ and tissue donation within the Trillium Gift of Life Network.
• In the 2018/19 fiscal year two organ donors from HPHA have saved five lives.
• In the 2018/19 fiscal year, four multi-tissue donors from HPHA enhanced many lives along with 16 eye donors giving the gift of sight to up to 32 people.
• As of April 1, 2019, three eye donors from HPHA have given sight to up to six people.
• St. Marys leads HPHA communities with a 53 per cent donor registration rate, meaning that out of 8,289 health card holders, 4,426 are registered donors. This ranks St. Marys is 16th in all of Ontario. Stratford is ranked 34th with a 50 per cent donor registration rate, Southern Bruce and Huron Counties at 99th with a 43 per cent donor registration rate and Perth County at 107th with a 42 per cent donor registration rate.
• Age does not disqualify someone from becoming an organ or tissue donor. Current or past medical history does not prevent anyone from registering to be a donor.

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is comprised of Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital.

Second driver added for South Huron Trail Mobile 

Nr_2_Jim_Hayter_n_Norm_Eckel_Volunteer_Trail_Mobile_DriversExeter’s Jim Hayter (left) is the newest volunteer driver of the South Huron Trail Mobile, a modified electric cart for people with limited mobility. He joined Norm Eckel in the enjoyable task of escorting people around the trail earlier this year. (Submitted photo)  

People who cannot easily walk the South Huron Trail still get a nature enjoyment experience thanks to two volunteer drivers of the South Huron Trail Mobile. Exeter’s Jim Hayter is the newest volunteer driver of the Trail Mobile, a modified electric cart for people with limited mobility. Hayter began in May and joins the other volunteer driver, his Exeter neighbor, Norm Eckel.

Hayter grew up in Dashwood and later moved to Goderich before retiring to Exeter about 12 years ago. His wife, Linda, is from Exeter. When Eckel first asked Hayter if he wanted to be a volunteer driver of the Trail Mobile, he wasn’t sure at first – but, after giving it some thought, and encouraged by his wife Linda, he decided it would be good to do. He says he’s really enjoying it and likes the chance to “give back” to his community.

“I enjoy the trip myself, just to see the trail and I also enjoy meeting the older people and how much they appreciate getting out for a ride,” Hayter said. “A lot of them say ‘I’ll be out again.’”

Hayter said some of his passengers have commented about the positive changes to the trail – including the addition of Jones Bridge, the new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. The new pedestrian bridge gives passengers a totally different view of Morrison Dam, according to Eckel.

“It’s a great view...something new,” Eckel said.

The passengers also note how generous the community has been in its support of South Huron Trail.

Eckel used to farm north of Zurich before moving into Exeter. The long-serving volunteer said he enjoys being a Trail Mobile driver.

“I enjoy seeing nature and I enjoy taking the people out, plus I enjoy getting out myself,” he said.

A trip on the Trail Mobile is often the only chance many passengers have to get outside and into nature, according to Eckel.

“To see the smile on their faces makes me quite happy,” he said.

There is something different to see all the time along the trail, according to the volunteer drivers.

“In the springtime there are the wildflowers, and in the fall, there is the changing of the colors of the leaves on the trees,” Eckel said.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed a nature experience, since 2006, thanks to the South Huron Trail Mobile. Early in the 2019 season, people really wanted to see the wildflowers along the trail and over a two-week period the drivers had the Trail Mobile out on about 10 different days. Even when the weather wasn’t cooperating (with rainy weather or weather that was too hot or too cold) the drivers were still able to take out passengers once or twice a week.

The first two Trail Mobile drivers were Herman Steffens and Jerry Mathers. Eckel has driven the Trail Mobile since 2012, after Steffens retired as a volunteer driver, and Hayter began this year, upon Mather’s retirement as a volunteer driver.

The first vehicle was donated by the Strang family in memory of the late Gordon Strang. Twelve years later, in May of 2018, after many years of service by the first cart, it was time to retire the first Trail Mobile and get a new one. A South Huron Community Grant, from the Municipality of South Huron, combined with a donation from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation made it possible to acquire and fit a new Trail Mobile, that’s faster and better able to navigate tight areas. The new trail mobile has room for a driver and three passengers. The electric motor makes it a quiet ride, so people can enjoy plants and animals along the trail.

The volunteer drivers had the Trail Mobile out in July on the new boardwalk decking that was replaced early in the month thanks to generous community donors.

Staff at Ausable Bayfield Conservation say the Trail Mobile would not be possible without the countless hours devoted by the volunteer drivers.

“We welcome Jim and thank him for his service this year and I can’t say enough about the years of generous and dedicated service by Norm, Jerry, and Herman – they have all made their community a better place,” said Tim Cumming, Communications specialist. “The hundreds of people who have this special nature experience really value the chance to enjoy this nature trail and that would not be possible without the volunteer drivers.”

Residents of the area’s nursing and retirement homes, as well as individuals who aren’t able to walk the trail, have enjoyed this unique experience. There is no fee but donations are welcome. Rides depend on weather and volunteer driver availability. To book a ride on the Trail Mobile, please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 and staff will link the public with the volunteer drivers.

Huron County municipalities launch digital main street 

Huron County Economic Development is thrilled to announce that Municipalities and Business Improvement Associations across Huron County have received a $70,000 Digital Main Street grant to help Main Street businesses improve their digital marketing and online presence.

A joint program delivered by the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative and the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street aims to help businesses with everything from their websites and social media, to launching ecommerce platforms and using data to drive new business opportunities and become more successful.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the many small businesses in Huron County to enhance and grow their digital capabilities with no impact to their operating expenses,” said Jeff Kish, Entrepreneur and Business coach. “Small Main Street businesses are the heart of our communities, and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to flourish.”

Trained digital specialists will begin visiting small, independently-owned businesses in the downtown areas to conduct an audit which will take into account their current online or e-business capabilities and open the door to enhancing those capabilities. They will assist Huron County’s downtown businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business, conduct a digital-readiness assessment and apply for a $2,500 digital transformation grant.

Businesses within Huron County will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad over the coming months. For more information about the Digital Main Street program, contact Jeff Kish at


 behind the bars

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

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 people 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.

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

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.  


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. 


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.

Tranquility Trail

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce that it is adding the “Tranquility Trail”, located on the property behind the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) on Hwy 8 across from the Woodland Golf Course, near Clinton, to its group of area nature trails.

The trail is approximately 1 KM long and BRVTA volunteers will be enhancing this new trail over the next few months to ensure that it is accessible to HRH residents, their family members and the general public looking for a bit of Zhen time.

The Tranquility Trail was originally constructed in the spring of 2018 by volunteers of the BRVTA, in partnership with the Maitland Trail Association.

The HRH is currently developing a program for a Memorial Forest – which will include some benches – along the trail to enhance the setting and provide an area to remember loved ones.

Visitors can park on the hospice parking lot, and follow the signs toward the back of the property.







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 revisit the photo collection of Lucy Woods Diehl to find these people all dressed up for the wedding of Doug and Jean - no date was provided. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 2ba) 

 PB12 2ba Wedding Doug and Jean undated 2 pix

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In Issue 522, 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 could be identified by Snell. Two people came forward to help fill in most of the blanks. Thanks to Vicky (Guilfoyle) Ramsay and Barb Sturgeon.

In the photo are: ____, Lloyd Clifton, Eric Earl, Alice and Joe Brandon, Myrtle Robinson and MP Bob McKinley (cutting ribbon), Marilyn Kalanzis, Walter Erickson, Violet Sturgeon, Evelyn and Jack Sturgeon.

We also learned that Lloyd Clifton was the summer minister at Knox Presbyterian Church and Marilyn Kalanzis was the original owner of the Totality Gift Shop, now Hive. They were both friends of Myrtle Robinson.

Issue 523


In Issue 523, another photograph from the Admiral Bayfield Day held in the 1990s. Identified in the photo are Ian Marr (left) and Michael Diamond in costume. Does anyone recognize the women Diamond is posing with? 

Thanks to Michael Falconer who identified the woman as Ernestine Atkinson.




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tip toe through the daylilies at Falhaven farm 


IMG_4291Fifteen members of the Bayfield Garden Club enjoyed a tour of the colorful gardens at Falhaven Farm and Nursery late on the afternoon of July 22.  

IMG_4301Club members learned that many of the plants have nice flowers but do not live up to the hybridizer's strict criteria for future selection.  

IMG_4299Nancy and Kevin Kale were just two of the Bayfield Garden Club members who received a lesson in the science of Daylily hybridzing and asked questions regarding the process from life-long gardener Michael Falconer (right).  

IMG_4293Falhaven Farm currently grows about an acre of Daylilies and when the weather conditions cooperate the property comes alive with colorful blooms from mid-July to late August.  

IMG_4313At the end of the talk, members of the Bayfield Garden Club were invited to stroll around the gardens.

IMG_4308Falconer’s interest is primarily in the full formed Daylily (as shown) while other breeders have chosen to concentrate on spiders, doubles or UFO’s.  



Fifteen members of the Bayfield Garden Club enjoyed a tour of the colorful gardens at Falhaven Farm and Nursery late on the afternoon of July 22. They also received a lesson in the science of Daylily hybridizing and asked questions regarding the process from life-long gardener Michael Falconer.

Falconer has had passion for growing and developing new varieties of Daylilies for almost 20 years. Falhaven Farm currently grows about an acre of Daylilies and when the weather conditions cooperate the property comes alive with colorful blooms from mid-July to late August.

“Every morning I walk the seedling beds looking for new flowers that catch my attention,” said Falconer. “I always look at the overall plant habit, branching, bud count and last but not least the flower. Many plants have nice flowers but do not live up to my strict criteria for future selection. Thus, in the end they will end up on the compost pile.”

Falconer’s interest is primarily in the full formed Daylily while other breeders have chosen to concentrate on spiders, doubles or UFO’s.

His hybridizing talents have been showcased on two occasions locally with his flowers representing both the 2017 Huron International Plowing Match (The Bell of Blythe) and the Municipality of Bluewater (Bluewater Sunset).

Falconer has been very active in the Ontario Daylily Society (ODS) and is a member of the American Hemerocallis (Latin for Daylily) Society. In 2018 he received the Award of Merit from the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).

At the end of the talk, members of the Bayfield Garden Club were invited to stroll around the gardens and if they wished they could select Daylilies for purchase at $10 each. At the appropriate time Falconer will dig these plants out and contact the purchaser to return for them. Others are invited to visit Falhaven Farm and Nursery, located at 79217 Orchard Line, but please call 519 525-2281 to arrange a time to stop in.

IMG_4304Garden Club members learned that Michael Falconer has had a passion for growing and developing new varieties of Daylilies for almost 20 years.

IMG_4300Club members learned that the hybridizer looks for overall plant habit, branching, bud count and then considers the flower itself when choosing to hybridize.

IMG_4309In 2018 Falconer received the Award of Merit from the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).  

IMG_4310Falconer has been very active in the Ontario Daylily Society (ODS) and is a member of the American Hemerocallis (Latin for Daylily) Society.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

Drift - Into the blue...

Drift - Into the blue... By Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








Over the last little while I have been sharing pictures sent in by a subscriber for our Remember Me section. These pictures have been more current then what I am able to obtain from the Bayfield Archive collections and therefore more of our readers are engaging with them. And though, I am very grateful for the story that the older images from the Bayfield Historical Society tell of the village I am hoping that more subscribers might be interested in sharing their photo collections of times spent in Bayfield.

Parade floats, special events, group shots, team photos they are all welcome. Images from 20, 30 or 40 years ago - with names or without – our readers can help fill in the blanks and share the memories that these photos spark.

Please send images as large Jpeg files to the email given below. I look forward to sharing more of Bayfield’s collective history in photos with all of you. – Melody












Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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