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bayfield arena benefits from snook stout sales 

IMG_1842On the morning of Thursday, July 16, the Bayfield Brewing Co. represented by Head Brewer Ryan Keys (left) presented $450 to members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) for the Bayfield Arena. The funds were a portion of the sales of Snook Stout developed in honor of local hockey player Ryan O'Reilly. Ryan’s father, Brian O’Reilly (red t-shirt) attended the presentation on his son’s behalf. Accepting the cheque for BFIT were from l-r: Bill Whetstone, Sandy Scotchmer, EJ Bauer, Jeff Kish and Ron Keys. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


Snook Stout (Submitted photo)

In November 2019, the Bayfield Brewing Co. introduced a new beer created in honor of local NHL hockey player and Stanley Cup winner Ryan O’Reilly with the idea that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer would be given to the Bayfield Arena. On the morning of Thursday, July 16, $450 was presented to members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT).

Ryan’s father, Brian O’Reilly attended the presentation on his son’s behalf. The recipe for “Snook Stout” was developed by Head Brewer for the Bayfield Brewing Co., Ryan Keys. The brew took its name from O’Reilly’s nickname and apparent love for stout.

The beer is the darkest in the brewery’s collection featuring the creaminess and deep flavor of an Irish style stout, with a rich and balanced flavor profile including hints of caramelization. Snook Stout registers at 40 IBU, showcasing some hop, but isn’t overly bitter due to the flavor balancing. And those who have become fans of the brew will be pleased to note that Snook Stout has become a staple beer for the brewery and is brewed on a regular basis.

Agriculture Park will be site of drive-thru chicken dinner 

20636002976_df57fdc902_kCreating a robot out of recycled materials proved to be a popular entry at the 159th annual fair. The 164th will be primarily virtual this year but there are still several opportunities for people to get creative! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

A large portion of the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 14-16 will be experienced virtually this year but the food will be real and tasty too!

“Food is always linked with being at a fair,” said Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “One of the only activities bringing people into the fairgrounds this year during the fair weekend will be picking up a drive-thru chicken dinner on Friday, Aug. 14.”

Pre-sold meals of a quarter chicken, roasted mini-potatoes and creamy cole slaw will be picked up just inside the Agricultural Park gates. Following pick-up, cars will then be driven through the park departing via the John Street exit. The $20 tickets for the dinner can be purchased online from the BAS website or by following the links from the social media sites. For those who want to pay cash, they can purchase the tickets from Culbert Surveyor’s Office on North Street in Goderich. The meal will be prepared and packaged by Pineridge Catering Co.

“Start your fair weekend by picking up a great meal from 5-7 p.m. and then follow the videos that will be downloaded for the evening,” said Yeo.

Need a change of pace after all this heat and humidity? The BAS has a few ideas that might focus people’s attention on something other than the weather, preparing for the 2020 Bayfield Community Fair - virtual version! 

There has been a youth talent competition for many years at the fair. This year organizers are asking individuals or groups (even the whole family) to send a video of two to three minutes sharing their talent. It does not matter what age participants are, organizers just want to see the talent in this region. The videos will be seen on the Sunday of the fair weekend with a random set of acts chosen and others shared on the BAS’ social media.

The BAS has several prize books which won’t be used this year. People are invited to pick one up at the Bayfield Convenience Store and send in a picture of themselves or someone else reading it with a local site in the background. People are also asked to share in a photo an interesting new use for one of these prize books. Organizers encourage people to be imaginative!

Send both videos and photos to by July 31 with the names of those featured and also indicate permission to use on the BAS’ sites if there are children included.

The Bayfield Community Fair theme is “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”. People are invited to spend some time creatively and construct a large blossom, butterfly or bee that can be displayed in the fairgrounds during the fair weekend. More than one creation is encouraged and the bigger the creation the better. Jumbo sizes are encouraged. All finished projects can be dropped off at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be displayed outside so take that into consideration in choosing materials. They can be picked up on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 3-4 p.m.

Youngsters are also being invited to create posters for the 2021 fair with its theme, "Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future". It should include the date of “August 20-22” and the fair name, "Bayfield Community Fair" or "Bayfield Fair". Winning posters will be on the cover and back cover of next year's prize book. These posters may also be submitted at the fairgrounds on Aug. 8 (times listed above) or a photo of the poster may be submitted to (on or before Aug. 8).

“Don’t be bored during these lazy summer days. Put your mind into a creative mode and see what you can do to be involved in the “changed” Bayfield Fair. There are other competitions for the children listed on the website and on our social media locations,” concluded Yeo. 

Just five more days to purchase a monarch butterfly 

36074526553_9db0a1edb2_kThis year the Huron Hospice team has arranged what should be a wonderful virtual event. Families can purchase Monarch Butterflies online and release them privately. Butterflies can be purchased for $30 until July 27. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

The Fourth Annual Huron Hospice Monarch Butterfly Release is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation and the release is a much-anticipated event for families and children across Huron County. It is a beautiful way to honor and remember the losses in the community and recognize the important work being done at the Hospice. It is also an important annual fundraiser for Huron Hospice.

“For these reasons and despite the challenges COVID-19 has presented, we felt it was important to hold the event this year in an alternate way,” said Willy Van Klooster, Executive director of Huron Hospice.

He went on to say, “We invite families to join us virtually after releasing their own butterfly and memories in safe surroundings.”

This year the Hospice team has arranged what should be a wonderful virtual event. Families can purchase Monarch Butterflies online and release them privately. Butterflies can be purchased for $30 until July 27. They are available on or email

On the day of the release, participants will be able to pick up their butterfly at the REACH Huron Centre at 169 Beech St. in Clinton between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The curbside-pickup method is the safest way to participate in this year’s event, for both people and butterflies.

Families are encouraged to make it a special day to remember their loved one by releasing their butterfly in a special place with close friends and family. After they release their own butterfly, participants will be able to join virtually with Hospice representatives for a livestream of a special commemorative event from the Memorial Forest at the Hospice starting at 4 p.m.

“You will feel close to your loved one, and you will appreciate the life cycle of migrating butterflies. After their release and temperatures cool, your butterflies will come together and migrate south with other butterflies. In a way, it is representative of how Huron Hospice brings together members of our community who are going through similar experiences or have the same passion to support our cause,” said Kayla Gauthier, Fund Development intern at Huron Hospice.

The International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) has done thorough research on butterfly releases that demonstrate that these events are safe, if done correctly. They state the following:

● Captive monarchs retain their instinct to migrate so relocation and release will not impact their ability to find resources and migrate during the appropriate season
● Scientists have no evidence of a negative effect on the gene pool of wild populations after captive-bred monarchs have been released
● It is rare that butterflies die in shipping and the IBBA has a shipping policy that breeders must follow to prevent such deaths from happening

The IBBA also explains the benefits of butterfly releases which include butterfly gardens that decrease the need for the use of insecticides, the opportunity to educate schools and other organizations in their communities about butterflies and the importance of them in addition to the promotion of wildlife and other natural resources. There is also the potential to spark an interest and appreciation of entomology in the community.

A sunflower field where selfies are encouraged 

192A1154The sunflower crop was made possible through the generous support and work of the Van Aaken family who recently got together to enjoy pictures in the field. L-r: Brian, Shelley, Jocelyn, Aaron, Taylor and Sam with Abbey the Dog. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

Something bright and sunny is popping up all over in a field just south of the village – sunflowers are beginning to bloom at 75774 Bluewater Hwy just across the road from Bayfield Foodland.

Thousands of yellow miracles are raising their heads to the sky in memory of a very special little guy. The field was planted to honor Miracle Max, a brave young boy who fought every day of his life against leukemia.

The field is owned by Brian and Mary Ellen Coombs who are also friends of Max’s parents Jamie and Kevin Rombouts. The sunflower crop was made possible through the generous support and work of Taylor Van Aaken, Greg Keys, Brian Van Aaken and Brian Schoonjan.

The Coombs and Rombouts invite people to visit the sunflower field.

“Although Max’s fight on earth ended at the tender age of two, Max’s spirit lives on in our hearts and in this field,” said the Rombouts and Coombs in a joint press release.

With social distancing measures in place this field was opened to the public on July 8. A donation box (or etransfer) is on site and all proceeds will go to Miracle Max’s Minions. E-transfers are also welcome. Please send them to

Parking lots are on the south and north ends of field. Those who choose to use the parking lot entrance adjacent to the Bayfield Convenience Store are asked to please drive right into the field parking lot where the straw bales are.

Donation boxes and “you pick” areas are set up adjacent to both parking lots. People are invited to walk the paths, go into the rows, take lots of photos, donate if they can, take a flower home and most of all enjoy! Donations will be made to a variety of agencies that helped Max and his family during their fight, with the hope that they can help other families in their time of need.

 bayfield Centre for the Arts conceptualized 

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For some time now residents and visitors alike have been hearing about a possible Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). Due to COVID-19, plans to further inform the community about the project in a public forum have been put on hold. Instead, a series of articles explaining the project’s concept will be published in the Bayfield Breeze. These articles have been written by Leslee Squirrell, a driving force behind the BCA.

What is an Art Centre?

Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant community as evidenced by the many ways that Ontarians participate in culture…as audiences, entertainers, volunteers, investors, professionals and amateur artists.

BCA has embarked on a transformative campaign to build an innovative visual art centre in the village that is poised to become the ideal project to strengthen tourism and contribute to cultural offerings in Huron County. It is hoped that it will also develop and contribute to community businesses, significantly impact job creation, population retention and secondary tax revenue all while providing additional social and health benefits for area residents as well as visitors.

BCA will enhance the many ways visitors experience the Lake Huron shores through the power of art. By being a year-round venue, it will add much needed opportunities for activities in the shoulder and winter months. This centre will play a significant role in heightening Bayfield and Huron County’s reputation as a vibrant place in which to live and visit.

It is hoped to repurpose an existing building in the community to house the BCA. This repurposed building will be a creative gathering place operating as a Canadian charity, sanctioned by the Federal Government and following the business model of other well-established centres such as Elora Centre for the Arts, Southampton Art Centre, Leamington Art Centre, Sunbury Shores NB, and so many more in Canada and the United States. Paid professional staff will run the centre augmented by board members, summer students, volunteers and visiting professionals.

Workshops will reflect the diversity of requests indicated by survey results such as pay-for-use classes in one-day and multi-day workshops that develop and enhance skills in a variety of mediums. These workshops could include: oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing, photography, fibre arts, culinary arts, ceramics and pottery, digital and new media studies via computer technology, film, sculpture, metalworks, calligraphy and writing, wood, glass and metal arts, and many fine crafts.

BCA intends to offer a variety of workshops year-round, to fit all levels of income and abilities. These could range from Master-Classes by accomplished artists to affordable learn-to classes as well as free or sponsored classes. Discounts would be offered through memberships to the BCA. There would also be open studio time available for practising artists. Networking within the community would be an integral part of the BCA through the offering of events such as, festivals, guest lectures, school and seniors’ outreach programs, and mobile art programs. The BCA would also allow for venue rentals, exhibitions spaces as well as provide art supplies for purchase and a café.

For many residents of Huron County this will be the most important project of a generation…a model of what can be accomplished when individuals and business come together to build a new cultural facility for all.

For more information please email Leslee Squirrell at


IMG_2132Arlo Beattie and Bridget Shanahan, both aged 3, enjoyed a few minutes of pure joy in the water at the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad on the afternoon of July 21. Over the weekend and at the beginning of the week it was an on-again-off-again scenario for the pad as it was purposely shutdown due to the storm until things were safe and everything was checked over in case of damage. As of press time all was running smoothly. (Photo by Shannon Beattie)


 farmers' market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their ninth market of the season on Friday, July 24 and are now highlighting fresh berries! This will be the first week for blueberries, black currants and gooseberries from the Bayfield Berry Farm.

With over 325 products on the Farmer’s Market online store, there is something for everyone.

Shopping online is perfect for weekend visitors. Order by Wednesday night and pick up fresh and delicious local products when upon arrival in town Friday afternoon. What could be easier?

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.

artists' demonstration 


The Village Bookshop and Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are partnering in an “en plein air” painting demonstration as well as an art and arts and crafts book sale on Friday, July 31.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the side lawn of The Village Bookshop on Bayfield’s Main Street.

Four accomplished local artists will be painting for all to watch and chat with. The participating artists are: Debra MacArthur and Leslee Squirrell, both of Bayfield; Martina Bruggeman, of Strathroy; and Laura Dirk, of London. Please note that COVID-19 protocols and distancing will be in place.

Visitors are invited to watch artists transform a white canvas as well as browse through the bookshop. The artists’ paintings will be for sale and the shop also will have artists’ supplies and BCA journals available for purchase.

fire ban lifted 

On July 8, the Huron County Fire Chiefs declared an open-air fire ban in Huron County. As of July 20, conditions have improved enough and the open-air burning ban has been lifted.

The Huron County Fire Chiefs stress people should still use extreme caution when conducting any open air burning and offer these fire safety tips: 

  • Contact your local fire department for information on burn permits and regulations for open air burning in your municipality.
  • Do not leave any fire unattended and completely extinguish fires when finished.
  • With seasonal crops being harvested, farmers are encouraged to use extreme caution when operating equipment as field fires can quickly overtake equipment, neighboring crops and these fires can spread quickly into adjacent woodlands.
  • Use extreme caution when parking/idling or refueling engines on dry grass/fields.
  • Do not just drop or discard cigarette butts from vehicle windows.

Contact the local fire department for information regarding burn permits and open-air burning regulations in area municipalities:Bluewater, 519 236-4351; Central Huron, 519 482-3997; Huron East, 519 527-0160, Ext. 28; South Huron, 519 235-1981; and Goderich, 519 525-7229 or 519 524-8344.

Lions' Club 

After postponing the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show this spring because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the club members have decided that they have no reasonable chance of producing a successful event in the near future.

Therefore, they are announcing the cancellation of the show for 2020 and hopefully they will be back with a “roar” in 20121.

The club members wish to thank the vendors for their patience and look forward to seeing everyone next year.


With community events and public gatherings put on hold during these uncertain times, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s book sale at the Bayfield Public Library until 2021.

While FOBL recognizes this news is a disappointment for everyone who looks forward to this annual event, there just isn’t any safe way to hold a used book sale at present. FOBL looks forward to planning and hosting the book sale again in 2021. Anyone who has been saving books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games to donate to the book sale, please hold onto them until next year when these donations will be more than welcome!

Garden Club 

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) executive have decided to cancel the garden tour planned for July and the August summer potluck and tour due to COVID-19 and the need to limit group activities and continue physical distancing.

They had a great line-up of speakers and events planned for this year and they will keep people informed of future events later in the season.

The BGC executive will keep people informed as to when they can resume their regular meetings.

historical society 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from today (July 1st) to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.

framed Helen MacLeod II paintingThis painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)

According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. For good luck, Louie used a piece of the Malta, which had been shipwrecked near the Bayfield shoreline in 1882. Cypress wood was ordered from Louisiana, and local Red Beech wood was used in the “boxed heart” keel. The Bayfield hardware store ordered a barrel of nails for the construction.

The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”

The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.

“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.

This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email

How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.

To learn more or to check on the bids visit:

Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies. His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.

Pandemic project 

Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic.  And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email  


The County of Huron’s annual Supporting Local Economic Development program (SLED) launched recently, providing an opportunity for municipalities and other non-profits to receive funding for projects which target key regional economic development priorities in either workforce attraction, agriculture, tourism, or investment attraction.

Successful projects will be provided up to $10,000 through the SLED fund and must be completed within 12 months from the date of application.

Recipients of the SLED program funding are required to use funds in a way that has a clear and measurable economic impact, includes substantial private sector participation, and must provide financial resources and support to the project.

Eligible projects must achieve at least one of the following objectives in Huron County: grows the workforce; creates diversification of the existing agricultural industry; creates a visitor experience with clear best-in-class potential; develops investment attraction material or resolves investment attraction issues; or implements measures that support businesses communities in adapting to a changing business environment.

The program is delivered on a first come, first served basis, closing Aug. 31.

For more information about the SLED program and application process, please visit or contact Rick Sickinger, Program advisor at

Healthy babies 

Huron Perth Public Health recently received a $3,375 donation from the United Way Perth Huron. The donation will help local Perth families, connected to the Health Unit through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, purchase food and other essential baby items.

The funding comes at a critical time as some local families continue to struggle with financial hardships, increased stressors and anxieties, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Families connected to the program receive a one-time $75 gift card to use at a local grocery store.

“Receiving this one-time grant helps ease some anxiety around money for groceries and other essential items during this unprecedented time,” said Amanda Kerr Lange, Public Health nurse.

Local families expressed much thanks for the timely donation and shared common sentiments such as, “this is amazing and helps out a lot during this time. Thank you!”



  gateway investigates impacts of covid on syrian refugees 

Gateway student Rana Telfah 2020Rana Telfah (Submitted photo)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is a community driven not-for-profit organization that has collaborated with community health centres, rural health professionals and academic institutions to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents. One of Gateway’s research and education partners is the University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

Dr. Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning and Development and alongside his PhD student Rana Telfah, they are investigating the economic impacts and influence of COVID-19 on Syrian Refugee settlement and Integration into rural Canada.

Dr. Caldwell commented on Gateway being the perfect partner for their project, “Given Gateway’s broad interest in health and this vulnerable population it was a natural partnership to work with Gateway to make this happen. … Certainly, Gateway is focused on rural and that is what Rana’s research is focused on.”

Telfah was raised in the country of Jordan where she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Jordan. In 2012, she moved to Guelph with her one son at the time. She applied to the University of Guelph and got accepted for the Rural Planning program.

“I did program evaluation and by the end of the program, I grew some interest in doing research about the Syrian families who recently moved to Ontario,” said Telfah.

After growing this interest, she started her PhD under Professor Caldwell four years ago in 2016. Her PhD research is about applying gender analysis to Syrian families in Southwestern Ontario.

“When I came to Canada, I stayed in Guelph. I realized that Guelph had so many things that are missing for Immigrants, especially women. From my personal experience, I see how hard it is for all women coming from a different country to come in and integrate easily. So, when Syrian families come to Ontario and live in even smaller rural communities, I know they feel the same pressure I felt. Speaking [to them] about the challenges they face and highlighting the voices of the Syrian families is important,” said Telfah.

Telfah started interviews with Syrian families in January, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic her focus shifted.

“When I started to do phone interviews due to COVID, families started to speak about COVID-19 and the impact it had on their babies’ lives, how they are losing their jobs and how they are being more isolated,” Telfah said. She was able to re-evaluate her research design to add the impact COVID-19 is having on Syrian families.

“This was Rana’s research before COVID came along. With the opportunity through Mitacs (a non-profit national research organization), which encourages people to look at COVID-19 and the impact it has on rural families. It was a great opportunity to dove tail the work Rana was already looking at,” said Dr. Caldwell.

“We have been working on a number of projects related to COVID- 19,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of the board of directors of Gateway. “This is such important work in a population that may not have had a voice in rural without this effort by our Guelph University partner.”

Dr. Caldwell and Telfah’s project is only one of a few projects Gateway is currently a part of. To learn more about Gateway and their work go to:

Article explores protections in the years since walkerton 


The June-July 2020 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine includes a new article about how Ontario has added protection to drinking water sources over the past 20 years since the Walkerton water contamination tragedy of 2000.

To read the article please visit this link:

In May of 2000, seven people died and more than 2,300 people became ill after the drinking water supply in Walkerton, ON, was contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. Severe long-term illnesses, from that contamination, have included kidney failure, arthritis, and neurological damage.

The article documents many of the needed improvements put into place since the Walkerton Inquiry, an independent Commission presided over by Commissioner Dennis R. O’Connor, a Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The inquiry recommended improvements to “all aspects of the drinking water system in Ontario, including the protection of drinking water sources; the treatment, distribution, and monitoring of drinking water; the operation and management of water systems; and the full range of functions involved in the provincial regulatory role.”

The new magazine article was co-authored by municipal and source protection staff (including program managers from local source protection regions and source protection authorities and Conservation Ontario). Elements to successful drinking water source protection, according to the article, include: sound technical information; support from landowners who understand the need for ongoing protection of our drinking water sources; and strong working relationships with local municipalities and provincial ministries.

The article focuses on one of the laws passed and enacted since the Walkerton tragedy, the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006. The law mandates protection of drinking water sources for municipal residential drinking water systems. Nineteen local source protection committees in Ontario have put into action locally developed, provincially approved source protection plans to reduce risk to drinking water sources. The article explains some of the tools used to manage risk from activities that could pose a significant threat to drinking water. One of the ways water is protected, as outlined in the article, is through risk management plans required to manage and reduce risk from certain activities near municipal wells.

The June-July 2020 article also shares the science and technical work that has been completed over the past 20 years, including identification of water quality issues and mapping of municipal wellhead protection areas and surface water intake protection zones. The article shares some recent technical work including a climate change vulnerability assessment pilot study, led by Conservation Ontario, the network organization of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities. The Municipality of Huron East assisted with the study to help municipalities gain an understanding of climate change impacts on the source water quality of their wells.

Local drinking water source protection program co-supervisors Mary Lynn MacDonald and Donna Clarkson, of Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region, and Kyle Davis, Risk Management Official with Wellington County Source Water Protection, are among the new article’s co-authors. The other authors are Carl Seider (Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region); David Ellingwood (North Bay-Mattawa Source Protection Authority); Amy Dickens (Quinte Conservation and Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region); Melissa Carruthers (Severn Sound Environmental Association and Source Protection Authority); and Chitra Gowda (previously at Conservation Ontario).

Huron county Clean Water Project grants available 

Are you a homeowner in Huron County considering a septic upgrade? Are you a farmer in Huron County wanting to address erosion in your field? Are you a Huron County landowner or community group member with an idea for a project to protect water quality? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, staff are ready to help you and there may be grants to help too.

Huron County Clean Water Project is launching a public information campaign to run for the rest of July and start of August. The message is simple: there are grants to help county residents and community groups to do water quality projects and program staff are here to help.

The campaign will include photos and videos posted on social media as well as website posts, advertising, and news items. Staff are using the hashtags #HuronCleanWater and #categoryaday for the campaign. The county project is to share one social media post every day for 17 days to inform county residents and landowners about each grant support category.

Conservation authority staff deliver the county program. They hope to engage more people in projects in the 17 categories. Project types include erosion control, septic systems and composting toilets, cover crops, tree planting, wetland creation, watercourse fencing, manure storage decommissioning, well decommissioning, well casing improvements, forest management plans, and community projects.

Funding in Huron County covers up to 50 per cent of project cash costs.

“The Huron County Clean Water Project helps people do practical, on-the-ground projects that make a difference,” said Jamie Heffer, Huron County councillor and chair of the project review committee. Water quality projects through the program help local water quality and soil health, benefit residents and visitors, and are good for the economy, he said. County residents and community groups have completed about 3,000 projects since 2005, thanks to the support of Huron County.

If you’re a seasonal resident or full-time resident, if you are living along the shoreline or anywhere else in Huron County, if you’re an agricultural producer or residential homeowner or cottage owner or a community group member, there’s a category of project you can do, staff say.

Interested in finding out more? Phone Maitland Conservation at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610, Ext. 263 or call toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

Find out more at and and the County of Huron at this website link:

Clinton farmer experiments with wider corn rows 

Things may look a little different this season on some farms in the Clinton area. Several producers have been trying different methods to get cover crops established in corn. A demonstration project, just south of Clinton, is looking at cover crops and whether 60-inch corn rows can help establish a cover crop better than 30-inch rows. Wider corn rows can increase light penetration to the ground to improve cover crop establishment but the impact on corn yield or the following bean yield is not known.

In response to a growing interest from local farmers wanting more information on this practice, a community-led demonstration project was established at a farm, belonging to participating landowner Bill Gibson, along Hwy 4. The trials include 30-inch versus 60-inch corn, different corn populations, effect of different cover crop mixes tailored to the corn crop and subsequent bean crop, and effect of cover crop seeding rate.

“Twin rows of 60-inch corn were planted in early May, and the cover crop mix was drilled in at the V4 stage in early June,” said Ross Wilson, Water and Soils Resource coordinator with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Wilson provides video updates on the progress of the project every few weeks. These videos are on Facebook ( and Twitter ( and on the website. The video updates and project design are also available by visiting the website at this web page link:

“We will be monitoring the corn yield, cover crop biomass production, as well as soil health indicators this autumn,” said Wilson, who is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). “Next year we plan to track the bean yield and the subsequent soil health indicators.”

ABCA would like to thank project partners Claussen Farms Custom Farming Inc.; Pioneer Seeds Canada; Hensall Co-op; and Bill Gibson and family. The project also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership.

Landowners in the Clinton area, as well as the farms along the lake, are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops. When the program is paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project, eligible agricultural producers can receive a total of $40 per acre thanks to the enhanced Main Bayfield Cover Crop Boost Program.

To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact ABCA via email, Hope Brock, or Nathan Schoelier,, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are July 31 and Aug. 31.

United way shares report on need for  Basic Income 

Lack of a Basic Income is a pressing issue in communities across Perth-Huron. The effects, and challenges people face, often go unnoticed but they are profound and long lasting — and COVID-19 has made things worse.

“The need for a Basic Income has existed for a long time,” said Joelle Lamport-Lewis, director of Research at United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC). “Because of the sheer number of people whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic, that need has become clearer. We’re glad to see momentum building across the social and political spectrum, in part because of the relative success of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The SRPC is committed to working locally to help advance the discussion on Basic Income and I encourage everyone to read our report at"

A Basic Income is an unconditional cash transfer from government to individuals enabling everyone to meet their basic needs, participate in society and live with dignity regardless of employment status. Around the world, a Basic Income is becoming recognized as an effective way to help eliminate income and wealth inequalities, reduce or eliminate poverty and economic insecurity, improve health for individuals, address gender equality and transform the relationship between people and work.

Locally, the SRPC has been heavily involved in discussions around income inequality. The organization has championed the Living Wage calculation — currently set at $17.55 an hour — reported on the struggles of those in local communities trying to get by on less, made recommendations around creation of a Regional Poverty Reduction Strategy and adapted an existing committee to look at the broader issue of income security in Perth and Huron.

For the people in communities struggling to afford even the most basic needs, their suffering is often voiceless. Because of overwhelming shame, many hide the extent of their struggles, even with those they’re closest to. Trapped in a cycle of poverty and social stigma, already vulnerable people are forced even further to the margins of their communities.

“An open, honest discussion about Basic Income is an important step at this moment in history,” added United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We need to dispel the myths about Basic Income and show its importance to individuals and the larger community. Vulnerable people, including some affected by the pandemic who may have never faced income insecurity before, aren’t looking to take advantage of the system. They want to work. They want to feel valued as neighbors and community members. A Basic Income can help achieve that and right now, the world is finally ready to hear it.”

“Those who think a Basic Income would make people lazy and unmotivated are underestimating the power of the human spirit to survive, to fight against all odds and build a good life,” said a local resident who lives on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). “I have so many dreams of what I want to do with my life, dreams that have kept my hope alive since I was a very young child. If I just had half a chance, I would conquer every obstacle to get there.”


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:


With the expectation of people entering establishments to be wearing face coverings in Perth and Huron County, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) and 211 in Perth-Huron, has compiled a list of makers and suppliers of masks throughout the region. The list is available by calling 211, or through the UWPH website.

“The 211 helpline is the place to phone when you need help, and finding a mask is no exception,” said Susan Faber from UWPH. “We thought it would be handy to have a centralized list, both on our website and through the helpline with further details about obtaining funding for masks, for those that can’t afford them.”

The list is available on the UWPH website – under the COVID-19 tab or by calling 211. Mask makers and suppliers are listed regionally and there is information about where to obtain funding if someone cannot afford to purchase them.

“The list is a work in progress,” added Faber. “Makers and suppliers that are not yet listed are encouraged to contact us to be included”. To be added to the list call 519 271-7730 or email”.

united way 

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce the results of a partnership forged between United Way Centraide Canada and the Government of Canada to help vulnerable seniors; funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“We appreciate the federal government’s confidence in United Way,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “UWPH has always worked to mobilize local people and resources to meet pressing community needs. We’re glad to see the positive impact these partners and programs have had on the lives of vulnerable seniors across our region.”

Organizations receiving funding from the more than $50,000 that UWPH distributed worked hard to help seniors and caregivers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether ensuring a senior just discharged from the hospital had a delivery of nutritious food or providing a sense of connection to isolated seniors, funded programs covered a wide range of local needs including: 8,043 lbs. of nutritious food provided to seniors via the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre; 329 connections made for resident well-being and support, as well as 1,368 subsidized grocery/meal deliveries made to seniors in the Town of St. Marys; and 133 care packages, meals and gift cards provided via VON Canada Perth Huron. In addition, One Care Home and Community Support Services was able to subsidize both the cost to deliver 981 grocery orders as well as the actual cost of 103 grocery orders. One Care also subsidized 270 hours of respite to help support care providers and subsidized 200 essential trips provided for seniors.

“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community,” said The Honorable Deb Schulte, minister of Seniors. “That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time. By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way.”


The National Trust for Canada indicates that a third of Canada’s 27,000 faith buildings - more than 9,000 buildings - could close permanently within the next ten years. A new report released on July 16, “No Space for Community,” measures faith building usage and how closures could impact the wide range of not-for-profit services, organizations and community groups that rely on those buildings.

Daycares, women and seniors’ programs, arts and culture organizations, community groups, twelve step groups, food banks, blood donor clinics, community meetings, and others, would have nowhere to go in the absence of those buildings and the free or affordable space they provide.

The two-year study, conducted by Faith & the Common Good in partnership with Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Nonprofit Network, the City of Toronto, Cardus, and the National Trust for Canada, gathered new data through surveys of existing non-profit and community groups that make use of faith building space. Case studies were developed for Toronto and Peterborough as well as Huron County with a focus on a church in Grand Bend, ON.

The surveys asked groups to report on their usage patterns and activities within these spaces. Questions were designed to determine what types of groups were utilizing these spaces, who they served, how much they paid, and what alternate locations would be available to them in the event of closure of the building supporting them. The report is based on 948 valid survey respondents across Ontario.

“The current crisis has reminded us of the importance of not-for-profit landowners,” said Kendra Fry, project lead. “The survey results have made it clear that faith buildings are host to a myriad of groups including a large number of daycares and arts groups who have their offices and performing spaces in faith buildings. Thirty-eight per cent of survey respondents indicated that they were paying nothing for their spaces in faith buildings, and a large group report paying minimal amounts. These important not-for-profit and community groups cannot afford commercial spaces. If the faith buildings close, what will happen to these groups and the people they bring together?”

A large percentage of the groups working out of local faith buildings are serving women, children, seniors, and low-income individuals. The top five of 14 not-for-profit sectors working out of faith buildings are: culture and the arts; recreation and sports; social clubs; education and research; and social services. The organizations surveyed indicated that they utilized faith buildings to provide their services because of the convenient location within the community and the affordability of the space.

The not-for-profit ownership of the buildings and spaces means that these groups are paying well below market rent or nothing at all. For some organizations and services, their entire model relies on free space to continue operating. Fifty per cent of respondents report that they have no other option if the faith building they reside in closes. Another 20 per cent report that another faith building would be their next best option.

The risk to groups inherent in faith building closures, and the loss of that community infrastructure, is evident.

The complete report, “No Space for Community,” is available at:

Museum Selfie Contest

IMG_20200702_182123 As part of the Historic Places Day Selfie Contest, Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Huron County Museum, Sinead Cox has recreated this inhabitant of a doll house handmade by wood carver George Turton. The detailed handmade furniture in the dollhouse includes a grandfather clock, bowls, plates, toys, and a chimney with stones gathered along the lakeshore. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol invites you to join the Canada Historic Places Day Selfie Contest for your chance to win $1,000 for yourself as well as $1,000 for the Museum and Gaol. The contest runs from now until July 31.

Canada Historic Places Day is a national celebration of our country’s historic places hosted each year by the National Trust of Canada. It was held on July 4.

While historic sites, including the Museum and Gaol, remain temporarily closed, you can still celebrate and support these sites by getting creative with your digital selfie. Simply visit, find the Museum or Gaol under the places tab, and upload your selfie which will be placed on virtual backgrounds of the sites. You can also have fun recreating a historic photo or artifact from the Museum’s collection, or share a throwback!

Find inspiration for your selfies from the Museum’s virtual collection and historic photos at or visit You can post one selfie per day.

To enter the contest:
• Share your Museum or Gaol selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
• Use #historicplacesday
• Tag the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol: @hcmuseum on Twitter, @huroncountymuseum on Instagram, and @HuronCountyMuseum on Facebook
• Tag and follow @nationaltrustca

For more information, please contact Curator of Engagement and Dialogue Sinead Cox at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2213.


Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.

Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.

Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.




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IMG_0401Damage on Charles Street near Louisa Street.

IMG_0402Bayfield Firefighters were out in force after the storm including, Don Knox (right). This image was taken on Catherine Street between Colina Street and Bayfield Terrace.  

IMG_0404Trees were uprooted and branches fell bringing down hydro lines in many areas of the village midday on Sunday, July 19.  

IMG_0410Limbs on cars near the end of Main Street's business area.  

IMG_0417Patio umbrellas at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro were toppled over in the strong winds that blasted the village around noon on July 19.    



Around noon Sunday, July 19, a storm system moved across Southwestern and Central Ontario. In Bayfield, and area, several trees fell as did a lot of limbs, including one off the heritage Slippery Elm on Main Street, these fallen trees and branches reeked havoc with hydro lines but the community got off fairly easy considering the intensity of the storm in some other areas.

Thirty-seven thousand Hydro One customers were left without power and four possible tornadoes are now being investigated in the communities of Belmont, Beachville, Exeter and Grand Bend.

Bayfield resident, Elise Feltrin, reported, “It was not a Bayfield breeze but a Bayfield blast, that swept through the village! People were immediately out with chainsaws, rakes and brooms cleaning up and helping neighbors after the storm - hydro and fire department were working hard - people were out wandering around checking out the damage and some were enjoying ice cream!”

Jenn Wallace, owner of the Main Street business Hive, noted that parts of the village were without hydro longer than others.

“The Lake House of Bayfield (at the west end of the street) was off for about 4.5 hours, so it came on around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The middle of the Main Street, (including, such places as the Bayfield Public House) was off until 4 p.m. on Monday,” said Wallace.

E3F06157-659A-4891-8241-46229958BEE8During the storm on July 19, a large branch off the heritage Slippery Elm on Main Street came down. (Photo by Jenn Wallace)

IMG_0415Firefighters were also stationed at the corner of Main Street and Charles Street.  

IMG_0419Lots of limbs were collected near the Paul Bunyan Campground playground area.  

IMG_0407The beloved Beech Tree in Pioneer Park was also not spared damage as a large limb also snapped to the ground.

IMG_0398One tree arched over the path at the Victoria Street right-of-way at Blair Street.



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Private - Public partnership  

arena Operations and marketing now responsibility of Bayfield facility initiative team 


IMG_1793The time has come to celebrate an achievement by the community six years in the making. When the calendar was turned to July, the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) officially took over the operations and marketing of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.  

There is a sign of the COVID-19 times posted at the entrance to the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena: “Facility closed until further notice.” Despite the challenges of life during a Pandemic there was also a more hopeful indicator draped across this same entranceway on the morning of Thursday, July 16 – a red ribbon.

The time had come to celebrate an achievement by the community six years in the making. When the calendar was turned to July, the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) officially took over the operations and marketing of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 and its current restrictions have overshadowed what was to be a community celebration. However, BFIT is planning for an in-depth Community Meeting in the Community Centre hosted by the new Private-Public Partnership,” said Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater.

IMG_1779Sandy Scotchmer, of Bayfield, representing the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), spoke to the small crowd prior to the ribbon cutting.  

IMG_1785Sandy Scotchmer, representing BFIT, celebrated with Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp as the ribbon was cut on the Private-Public Partnership.  

Attendance at the ribbon cutting was by invitation only with members of Bluewater Municipal Council and staff, representatives from the Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Optimist Club, Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA), Goderich Kinsmen and the media taking part. Socially distancing protocols were followed.

Whetstone acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event with Mayor Paul Klopp and BFIT representative, Sandy Scotchmer, speaking to the small crowd prior to the ribbon cutting. Cheque presentations followed by the Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Optimist Club and the BACPA. And then those who wished went inside the arena to see the refurbished Olympia Ice Surfacer provided through the generosity of the Goderich Kinsmen Club.

“What would life in Bayfield be without our arena and community centre? This was the question that concerned many residents in 2014. An aging building forced the Municipality of Bluewater to consider closing the ice arena,” said Whetstone. “In 2016 a group of local residence formed the not-for-profit BFIT with the vison to enter a Private – Public Partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater to seek alternative options to provide the residence of Bayfield and surrounding area with the recreation and community events that are an important part of living and providing economic benefit in Bayfield.”

Whetstone went on to say that on March 20, a five-year agreement was reached and a new plan was put in place. While the Municipality of Bluewater will retain ownership, BFIT has now assumed the marketing and operations of the facility and over the life of the agreement will begin planning for a new facility, meeting the wants and needs of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area.

“This agreement will reduce the cost of operation to the Municipality of Bluewater, by shifting part of the overhead to our volunteer team. BFIT will also energize the revenue opportunities and expand the promotional programming for the community,” said Whetstone. “This is truly a win-win solution, achieved by working together to find a solution that all will benefit from.”

Mayor Klopp reminded those present at the ribbon cutting that the arena had been an issue during the last election, “…the people of Bluewater gave a commitment in that last election to please work with the organization to see if we can get a deal made.

IMG_1774The ribbon cutting held to recognize the take over of the operations and marketing for the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena by the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) was invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Representatives were present from the Goderich Kinsmen, Bayfield Optimist Club and Bayfield Lions' Club.  

IMG_1769Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp recalled how the potential closure of the Bayfield Arena was an election issue while members of the municipal staff look on - Chief Administrative Officer Laurie Spence Bannerman, Manager of Facilities Jeff Newell and Facilities Supervisor Kevin Geoffrey.

IMG_1783Sandy Scotchmer for BFIT and Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp were given the honor of cutting the ribbon while Bayfield Ward Councillor Bill Whetstone watched the process.  

IMG_1788With the snip of a ribbon, six years of perseverance was celebrated by many involved in the process including l-r: Ron Keys, EJ Bauer, Bill Rowat, Jeff Kish, Sandy Scotchmer, Mayor Paul Klopp, Bill Whetstone, CAO Laurie Spence Bannerman, Jeff Newell and Kevin Geoffrey.  





“I thank my council because it is an effort from all of us for what we are here today on, from the staffs’ point of view they did their job, they are there to represent all of Bluewater, they know how the system works and we needed that technical support. And finally, to the group that came together from the Bayfield area, we sat down and we went with the goal that we are all in the same boat and this part of the boat wanted to try something new.

“It is a business that we are looking at here,” said the Mayor. “How can you get things done that are going to make things successful. I, and the deputy mayor, and council, looked at it to make sure that it does succeed. So, we went at it with I think the right attitude and today is just the beginning. All of Bluewater wishes this corner of our boat to succeed because we all succeed.”

Scotchmer, representing BFIT, noted that it took about nine months to get the lease to where it is currently at but it was all cooperation along the way. She wanted to offer a personal note of thanks to Manager of Facilities for Bluewater, Jeff Newell.

“He showed a lot of grace and a lot of patience under duress and he was actually really new to this community and to this position,” Scotchmer said.

She went on to say that the project “is a case that can be looked at by other municipalities, we don’t have to let these building close. We know how important this building is to the community and to the children and to the seniors so I am glad that the municipality has worked together with us so closely and we will continue to work together closely…”

Scotchmer then thanked the Lions, the Optimists and the Kinsmen from Goderich for their support and for their assistance with funds that have helped with operations. In addition, both Mayor Klopp and Scotchmer noted the negotiating fortitude of Bill Rowat, who became co-chair for the negotiating team on BFITs behalf, during the process.

BFIT has introduced a new website for the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena which people can consult for more details and also to book their events at the facility. Visit to learn more.

IMG_1799The Bayfield Lions' Club donated more than $18,000 to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team on the morning of July 16. Joining in the invitation only ceremony were l-r: Doug Vanderhaar, EJ Bauer, Kathy Gray, Bill Rowat, Don Vance, Tony Van Bakel and Dave Nearingburg.  


Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) took over the operations and marketing of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena on July 1st. On Thursday, July 16, they unveiled a shiny new piece of equipment that will benefit the facility for years to come – an Olympia Ice Resurfacer.

Bayfield Ward Councilor for Bluewater, Bill Whetstone revealed the ice resurfacer to those who helped with the project elaborating on how this community effort evolved.

“Goderich Kinsmen had an Olympia in storage and I reached out to them and they in turn reached out to me. It wasn’t in good shape when we went to look at it. They weren’t sure what they wanted to do with it so they gave it to us for pretty much next to nothing with the option that if it works, great, and if it doesn’t we could do with it what we wanted,” said Whetstone.

The BFIT Refurbishment Team comprised of Jamie Reis, Wayne Pollock, Steph Allen and Mike Gozzard had a lot of fun with the project to the point that they added some fun blue running lights to the unit. Also providing support was the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA), Bayfield Garage, Bayfield Lions’ Club members, providing money for materials; and Gozzard Yachts, providing the shop, some tools and the decaling of the Olympia.

It is estimated that the Olympia new would have cost $90,700. Due to everyone’s efforts, this refurbished machine cost about $7,500.

“It looks brand new, it looks spectacular, and has been desperately needed here for years, understandably with the age of the facility there wasn’t going to be a whole lot of money spent on a new ‘Zamboni’,” Whetstone concluded.

But now with the Private-Public Partnership between the Municipality of Bluewater and BFIT this new ice resurfacer is but one goal accomplished in the community effort to build toward the future.

IMG_0293Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone acted as Master of Ceremonies at the ribbon cutting. He spoke of the valuable contributions that were made to BFIT by the Bayfield Optimist Club during their cheque presentation - taking part were Optimists Vic Gillman, Mike Dixon and Jeff Kish. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_1822Members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) also made a cheque presentation to BFIT at the event. Ron Keys, Wayne Pollock and Jamie Reis took part.  

IMG_1830This Olympia Ice Resurfacer will keep the ice smooth in the Bayfield Arena hopefully for many seasons to come. It is estimated that the Olympia new would have cost $90,700. Due to a community effort, this refurbished machine cost about $7,500.  

IMG_1824Those people that had a vested interest in the unveiling of the Olympia Ice Resurfacer got a first look at the machine at the Bayfield Arena on the morning of July 16.  

IMG_1826Bill Pollock, Mike Carter and Earl Pennington representing the Goderich Kinsmen Club were in attendance at the unveiling of the newly refurbished Olympia Ice Resurfacer for the Bayfield Arena. The Goderich Kinsmen were very generous in their sale of the machine to BFIT.  




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Neowise Comet over Harbour Lights Marina

Neowise Comet over Harbour Lights Marina...By Jane Seifried

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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








IMG_6546Callie (Submitted photo)

This week, I’m sharing my bit at the bottom with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines as we launch a new recurring feature – “Adopt a BFF!”           - Melody

Callie is our inaugural cat in search of her forever family. She has been at the rescue for awhile now. She came from a small farm where people, unfortunately, kept dumping cats. The owners did their best to accommodate the constant arrival of cats and kittens and they found homes for many but when the numbers reached 20 they knew they couldn’t keep up and asked Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines for help.

The rescue accepted Callie along with 15 other cats. She had some older kittens. Rescue volunteers tried to figure out the family dynamics. She was very shy and always stayed in the background and did not think much of humans. Fast forward to now. Although occasionally still shy with new people she is a character and loves her petting time. Treats are especially welcomed. She will let her human know when either of these, or both, are needed. She can still be playful as a kitten. Callie will be a delightful companion or a loving member of a family. This precious girl is ready for her family to come get her.

Interested in providing Callie with her forever home? Reach out to Bayfield's Forgotten Felines at

Anyone who might wish to adopt a kitten or cat but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this kitten find a forever home. The cost of a vet visit is $125 per kitten, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, BAYFIELD, ON, N0M 1G0.

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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