Bookmark and Share   July 31, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 31 Issue 525



IMG_4321On July 26, the owners of ShopBike Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Bayfield, Shawn Henry and Leanne Kavanagh accepted the donation of a defibrillator for emergency use in the community from members of the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund. Presenting the device were from l-r: Patrick Armstrong, Jen Pecoskie and Heather Mackenzie. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

According to their website, the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund (DMMF) is dedicated to the donation of life-saving defibrillators to public buildings in the name of fallen Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Military members who have died in the line of duty.

Members of the DMMF Patrick Armstrong, Jen Pecoskie and Heather Mackenzie made their 113th donation to the owners of ShopBike Coffee in Bayfield on the morning of July 26. This defibrillator can be accessed by anyone in need seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer season at 11 Main Street North, a location central to the activities along the street.

IMG_4324 Seaman Robert Hopson, of Bayfield, was honored on July 26 as the Dave Mounsey Memorial Fund donated its 113th defibrillator in his name. A merchant marine, Hopson was killed in 1941 while on convoy in WWII by a u-boat, along with 40 crew. His image can be found on display, along with others who did not return home, around the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square for all to remember his service.

Armstrong noted that it is the hope of the DMMF that this defibrillator will never need to be used. Since the fund was started a decade ago the donated defibrillators have been used three times – most recently in London at a high school in the spring of 2018.

Armstrong said that placing defibrillators throughout Huron County is the priority of the DMMF but they have also provided them further afield. One travels with the Canadian Snowbirds ground crew as well as the RCMP on visits to the Dominican Republic.

The 113th donation was made in honor of Bayfield’s Robert Hopson.

Who was Robert Hopson? Here is his narrative as told in the book, “For the Love of Bayfield – The Events and Special People who Shaped this Village” by author, Dave Gillians:

Hopson lied about his age to enlist to serve in WWII.

According to family, Hopson got into trouble for beating up a man who was abusing his horse. Soon after, he lied about his age, ran away from home and joined the Air Force but his poor vision forced him to transfer to the Merchant Navy.

He along with 39 other crew members of the freighter S.S. Empire Blanda, perished in the cold waters near Iceland. A German Submarine, U-69, torpedoed their ship, which was having trouble keeping up with its convoy on Feb. 19, 1941.

Hopson’s parents operated a small store on Main Street in Bayfield that sold produce from their gardens and other related goods.

Dave Mounsey made the most out of his 50 years and contributed much to the world. He was born in England and was a member of the Royal Air Force serving throughout Europe. He moved to Canada and after working as a Corrections Officer in this province he joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1998. His work with the OPP included becoming a trained Crisis Negotiator. He also volunteered with the Blyth Fire Department and played a pivotal role in raising funds for a new defibrillator for the department. In October of 2006 he was involved in a collision while responding to a call in Huron County and died of his injuries one month later.

Three years on, in 2009, the first DMMF defibrillator donation was made to the Blyth Festival.

Armstrong explained that when the fund was first started they were donating two defibrillators a year and now they are able to donate 20 a year.

Anyone interested in donating to the DMMF can mail cheques to: DMMF PO Box 153, Zurich ON, N0M 2T0.

Annual Fun Race happens this coming holiday monday

28954720797_69cdb4eb17_kVolunteers at the 2018 Fun Race watched the finish closely to ensure that there were winners in all categories. (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.

Tag a Monarch at the third annual Butterfly Release 

44549148122_b2f93b5b25_kMessages to grandparents and others lined a couple of tree trunks in Pioneer Park during the 2018 Butterfly Release. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.

In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 7 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This third annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

New this year, a Tagged Monarch Butterfly can be purchased for $24 by July 31. Those who purchase a tagged Monarch will be given the amazing opportunity to experience actually tagging the butterfly. This tag assists Canadian scientists to track the Monarch migration to Mexico and certify the number of butterflies that successfully migrate.

A Non-tagged Monarch Butterfly may also be purchased for $20. The deadline for these is Aug. 23.

Please go to to purchase a butterfly or call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302 for more details. To learn more visit or find them on Facebook at “Huron Residential Hospice.

Bayfield Historical Society Plans Book-Signing Promotion

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There will be a book signing on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) Heritage Centre on Main Street from 2-4 p.m. Dave Gillians, author of the revised edition of “For the Love of Bayfield”, along with Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert, co-authors of “Reflections of Bayfield”, will happily sign these iconic Bayfield books.

A limited-time promotion is offered of $60 for both books, which is a savings of $15 when purchased separately.

BHS Board member Gwen Patterson recently interviewed authors Dave Gillians and Barbara Brown.

Editor’s note: This week we feature Patterson’s transcript from the interview with Gillians. Next issue Brown’s interview will be featured.

Patterson: Dave, tell us why you needed to publish a second edition of “For the Love of Bayfield”?

Gillians: Since “For the Love of Bayfield” was first published in 2012, I realized that I had missed several great Bayfield stories and that some chapters needed to be updated. This new edition has 50 more pages.

Pattterson: What additional stories did you include?

Gillians: I added stories and new images about the 350 million year-old tropical fossils that sometimes litter our beaches, shipwrecks and murderers, our internationally renowned Croquet Club, the Bayfield River Flats and our incredible Tree Committee. Melody Falconer-Pounder graciously updated her chapter about Windmill Lake.

Patterson: I did notice that the images are sharper and there are many new ones.

Gillians: Yes, I was able to include images of the iconic Bayfield Boats and shipwrecks. When I received that picture of Tom Penhale riding in the Rose Bowl Parade in the carriage that he built for Disney, I just had to share the incredible images.

Patterson: Looking back on completing your book, what are your reflections?

Gillians: I just couldn’t let these stories about Bayfield disappear because they are an important part of why the village is so special. “For the Love of Bayfield” was written to capture the stories that will resonate now and for future generations. I couldn’t leave it partially complete.


Lighthouse cottage site of third annual art show and sale 

image5Once again, the Bayfield Artist Guild will host their annual Show and Sale at Lighthouse Cottage from noon until 3 p.m. (Submitted photo)

The public is invited to come see the great variety of paintings and pottery created by members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) at their Third annual Art Show and Sale on Aug. 17.

Once again, the Guild will host the Show and Sale on fellow member Deb Grasby’s property from noon until 3 p.m. Nestled amongst lush and manicured gardens, Lighthouse Cottage can be found at the corner of Chiniquy and Tuyll Streets, the setting itself is a work of art!

Visitors will find works in acrylic and oil, on canvas and paper, all very affordable and many of them local scenes – perfect for that empty spot on a wall. For those who have always wanted to paint there will be painting demonstrations and free for the children a straw painting activity table.

For those who purchase some color for their walls cash, cheque or credit cards will be accepted.

People are encouraged to mark their calendars for this great Bayfield experience, coinciding with the Bayfield Community Fair weekend!

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.

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

woodstock experience highlight of saturday at fair

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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.


44459424311_23c0b9c628_kGood music, good food and a great community make the annual Sunset on Summer event a successful fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall each year as evidenced by this picture from 2018. People are encouraged to mark their calendars for the Bayfield Town Hall Sixth Annual Sunset on Summer BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 31. This community event is a great place to enjoy the Labour Day weekend with friends and family. Enjoy a delicious BBQ chicken dinner, a beverage at the wine/beer tent and live entertainment by “Carry On”, performing the music of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. The BBQ will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at no additional cost! Visit to purchase or call 519 565-5788 and Press ‘1’ for ticket sales. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  


Farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is the place to visit this long weekend.

R.W. Sharpening and Repair Services return this Friday with their mobile sharpening shop. Bring kitchen blades and garden tools down to the park for on-the-spot sharpening. While there, people are encouraged to pick up green beans, blueberries and cherry tomatoes, all in season now. Company coming? How about a lovely bouquet from Ruth at Cudmore Farms and a bottle of wine from Alton Farms Estate Winery to set the stage.

The Bayfield Ukulele Society will perform for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m. Savour a plate of perogies from J. Bogal Foods or a donut from Karen’s Kitchen while enjoying the music.

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!

Pioneer Park AGM

Aug. 10 is the date set for the 2019 Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in Pioneer Park starting at 10 a.m.

In case of rain the meeting will move to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Municipal Road.

The draft minutes of the 2018 AGM are available to read at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street North. They will also be available at the meeting.

People are reminded that they must a member of the PPA to vote at the AGM. For membership information, please contact Secretary Pattie MacDonald, via email at

Town hall help wanted 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is always looking for volunteers to help with events and they are currently looking for help for two specifically.

The first is the “Woodstock Experience” concert to be held in Bayfield Agriculture Park during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17. The second being their annual “Sunset on Summer” BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 31. This is a great Labour Day weekend event for the whole family with live music, a chicken BBQ and a beer/wine tent. Anyone who would have a few hours to volunteer is asked to please call Diane Snell at 519 852-9392.

The BTHHS is a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Bayfield Town Hall. This upkeep is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.

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 has been on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of July.

The silent auction will close today (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.

As the July auction closes - the August auction begins.

IMG_2747 Potted Pansies Encaustic art piece by Paula Letheren. (Submitted photo)

Another Bayfield artist, Paula Letheren has graciously donated a beautiful handmade Potted Pansies Encaustic art piece, which will be on display at the Library during the month of August.

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.

This silent auction will close on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.

The piece measures 13 1/4” x 13 1/4" and is framed.

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


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.

Church Building BBQ 

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.

The dreamboats 

42375716504_bf9e217a9b_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.

Bayfield Tree Project 

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 

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.


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.







 Over sixty pilgrims celebrate st. James day in bayfield   


IMG_2552-2Hike leaders from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) led a pilgrim hike along the Woodland Trail to mark St. James Day on July 28. There were 44 hikers present to enjoy the 7 KM hike and later in the day over 60 people shared in a potluck dinner.  

On Sunday, July 28, a pilgrim hike along the Woodland Trail was led by hike leaders from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) to mark St. James Day. Many individuals from the Camino Pilgrims of London were in attendance as well as many others with interest. There were 44 hikers present to enjoy the 7 KM hike.

Members from the London group have either hiked one or more of the routes on the Camino de Santiago or have future plans to do so. This pilgrimage can be very powerful for those who chose to take the plunge and challenge themselves both physically and spiritually.

IMG_2548Following the morning hike, everyone was invited to John and Ana Thomson’s house to enjoy a bowl of Spanish soup and bread.  

Following the morning hike, everyone was invited to John and Ana Thomson’s house to enjoy a bowl of Spanish soup and bread. After filling up with soup it was time for another walk, since that is what pilgrims love to do. This was a slightly shorter walk, a yellow arrow walk, through town with a stop at Trinity St. James Anglican Church for well wishes to past and future pilgrims. This was followed by a stop at Pat McDougall and Sheila Sully's home to enjoy much needed lemonade and water.

IMG_2556Many individuals from the Camino Pilgrims of London were in attendance on July 28 when a pilgrim hike was led by hike leaders from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) to mark St. James Day.  

The walk ended again at the Thomson’s where the number in attendance exceeded 60! The group than shared an amazing potluck feast featuring many traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes. Pilgrims seem to know how to both cook and eat food! Many stories and inspirational words were shared during the meal. Many thanks to all who contributed!

Huron Perth Groups to apply for OHT Designation 

2019 07 18 OHT Group - celebratingPartners celebrate the news received to move forward to complete a full application to be designated as an Ontario Health Team. (Submitted photo)  

In response to submitting a formal Self-Assessment to the government, over 50 independent healthcare organizations from across Huron Perth and area have been invited to complete a full application to be designated as an Ontario Health Team (OHT). The introduction of OHTs is a key piece of the ongoing healthcare reforms across the province. The formation of OHTs is intended to better integrate services around the patients, families and caregivers.

Over 150 self-assessments were received by the province as a result of this initial call for interest, with 31 submissions being invited to submit a full application. In correspondence received from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Deputy Minister, Helen Angus stated that “the team’s self-assessment submission demonstrated a strong commitment to all OHT model components and showed a high degree of readiness to complete a full application and potential to implement the OHT model.”

The Huron Perth and Area OHT represents a collaboration of many partners including Emergency Medical Services, Home Care and Community Support Services, Hospitals, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Midwifery Services, Palliative Care and Residential Hospices and Primary Care. This collaboration is possible in part due to the strong relationships that have been in place for years to serve the people of Huron Perth.

The partners have volunteered to work together with patients and caregivers to ensure the OHT is developed around the true needs of those using and providing services. Ultimately, all provincially funded health service providers will be expected to join OHTs.

Initially, the emphasis will be placed on: defining shared governance accountabilities between the partners; including the important leadership role of clients, patient partners and residents; and identifying digital health opportunities that will make services more accessible and progressive. The team’s initial focus will be supporting individuals who have chronic conditions, those accessing palliative care supports and individuals of all ages in need of mental health and addiction services.

The deadline for submitting the completed application is Oct. 9. In advance of this, there will be significant discussion between the partners, frontline healthcare providers, and with patients, families, caregivers and community members from across the region aimed at ensuring that care and support are well connected, sustainable, and designed around the needs of the people using and working in the system.

Lobb visits Gateway to learn about student projects 

Picture 2MP Ben Lobb and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health's summer students discussed farmer’s mental health and food insecurity recently. (Submitted photo)

On Thursday, July 25, MP Ben Lobb, spent the afternoon with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway).

The afternoon started at the parade held in Goderich to honor the Stanley Cup winner, Ryan O’Reilly. Lobb and other Gateway team members sported Hometown Heroes jerseys at the parade to show their support.

After the parade, Gateway’s summer students, Emma Warren and Shanna Cardno; Gateway’s President Gwen Devereaux and Gateway’s Administrative Lead Sarah Versteeg sat down with Lobb to discuss some of the research being conducted at Gateway.

Warren spoke about her food insecurity project that she is conducting with Valerie Steckle, another Gateway summer student, under the supervision of Professor Al Lauzon and Valencia Gaspard of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph. This project will examine food barriers faced by rural seniors and determine their potential impact on senior’s health and wellbeing.

Cardno also described her summer project on farmer’s mental health and farmer resiliency across Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties.

Gateway would like to thank Lobb for his time, support and passion for the health of his local community.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Gateway’s projects, is invited to visit their website:



 horticultural society - Clinton

The Clinton Horticultural Society will host their annual Flower Show and Toonie Café on Aug. 9 at the Clinton Legion.

The Legion, located at 95 Kirk Street, will be open to view the floral displays from 2-5 p.m. The café will run from 2-4 p.m. And all are welcome to attend.

Bone Health 

Improving bone health and facing the challenges of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia are the topics of a four-week program starting in September in Zurich.

This Bone Health program will be held at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team located at 6 Goshen Line in Zurich. The fee to attend is $5 to cover the cost of a nutritional snack. The sessions will run Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The program offers information on lifestyle strategies to maintain bone health and prevent fractures with sessions about: Osteoporosis and risk factors; the role of exercise, medication and supplements; the role of nutrition and lifestyle choices; action planning and how to live with Osteoporosis.

For more information and to register please call Heidi Klopp at 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.

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. 





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, instead of a photo we offer a reminiscence from a subscriber, Ted Aitken. He is wondering if anyone remembers and/or has pictures taken at the Saturday night movies offered at Pioneer Park during the summer months a few years ago?

Though from London our family has been 'summering' in Bayfield since the 1940s.
Something came to mind while visiting Pioneer Park. There was a roadway between the two gates and cars would park looking out over the lake. At dusk a converted bread truck or the like would back up open up a projection screen on its back facing the lake. Between 100 to 125 children would sit on blankets and watch the movies. That is how much area at the cliff of Pioneer Park has been lost.

“Would anyone have photos of those Saturday night movies? I looked through our collection and have nothing. Does anyone else remember those times?”

If you remember the movie nights or have pictures from them please consider sharing them with the Bayfield Breeze!

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




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.

Issue 524

PB12 2ba Wedding Doug and Jean undated 2 pix 

In Issue 524, 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)  



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RYAN O'REILLY DAY             

family, friends and fans bask in the afterglow of stanley cup win with Local hockey hero 














Granny O'Reilly







“It’s an inanimate object that’s lifelike, and people look at it that way.” Phil Pritchard explained in an interview with USA Today Sports in 2018. **

Pritchard is the curator at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where he has been taking care of Lord Stanley’s Cup for more than 30 years. As the main “Keeper of the Cup” he is just one of several people who travel with the Stanley Cup in the summer as the players from the winning team get to enjoy a day with it.

The Stanley Cup is made of silver and it weighs 35 lbs but when the players hoist it above their heads they say it seems weightless. It is a hockey tradition that a person can only hoist the cup if they have won it.

According to Pritchard, “If your name is on it, you can pick it up any time.” **

And so, on July 25, Huron County native Ryan O’Reilly, as a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, spent the day carrying it around from community to community sharing it with family, friends and fans. The Cup was kissed by O’Reilly’s 99 year-old grandmother, Deirdre, rode a top a fire truck, in a convertible and took flight in a helicopter, it was photographed with hundreds and hundreds of people and became a seat for O’Reilly’s 18 month-old son, Jameson.

It was O’Reilly’s day with the Cup and he very generously shared it with Huron County as a way of saying thank you.

In an open letter he shared leading up to the big day he wrote, “I would like to formally thank the community of Huron County for the ongoing love and support you have shown me throughout my entire career as well as specifically throughout this year’s exciting playoff run.

“Huron County will always be home to me. From the calming open spaces to the warm greetings everyone gives one another around town, this is a place that I always come back to relax and reconnect with myself, friends and family.”

The day started at the Seaforth Fire Department where O’Reilly presented his grandmother with a first look at the trophy. In his letter to the community he explained why this moment was such a special one.

“To my amazing grandmother Deirdre O’Reilly, I can still remember you buying me brand new skates because my other ones were falling apart. Thank you so much for being my biggest supporter and always having my back.”

A celebratory parade followed along Seaforth’s Main Street to the Arena where there was some time for photographs with O’Reilly and all of the hardware he earned this NHL season. In addition to the Stanley Cup, the Campbell Bowl was on display. This NHL trophy is awarded to the Western Conference playoff champions. As an individual player, O’Reilly also earned the Conn Smythe Trophy, as MVP of the playoffs with 23 points; and the Selke Trophy, awarded to the NHL forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game.

After the stop in Seaforth, the Cup and O’Reilly’s entourage were Goderich bound. There was even some celebrating on route as several folks in Clinton stood outside to watch the procession go by. At 1 p.m. it was time for a second parade, up West Street around The Square and out to the Goderich YMCA for more picture taking opportunities.

In both parades, Huron County natives with their own NHL hockey history were included in the celebrations and folks along the parade route got to interact with: Ron Ellis, Larry Jeffrey, Dave McIlwain, Boyd Devereaux, Dave Farrish and Cal O’Reilly. And in Seaforth the staff at the Seaforth Arena also rode in the parade.

O’Reilly shared in his letter why he had selected Seaforth and Goderich as the locations to host his day.

“To the staff at Seaforth Arena (Graham, Kevin, Skinny, Todd, Doug, John and others), thank you for the countless times you let me come in and skate when the ice wasn’t being used. I fell in love with the game of hockey there and your kindness made the world of a difference. You were never obliged to let me skate there but you always did and I am forever grateful.”

“And lastly, to the staff at the Goderich YMCA, thank you for providing me with a place to train and push myself. You’ve always been so accommodating with our family to make sure we had everything we needed to train over the years,” he wrote.

After the second parade and photo opportunity O’Reilly, the Stanley Cup and his family flew via helicopter to the home of his parents near Bayfield. It was here that he took the time to do more photos with family and friends before a private party for about 300 people.

One attendee at the party shared that O’Reilly spoke to the crowd about how much he appreciated every single person for supporting him on his journey. He played the guitar and sang a few songs before he handed the microphone over to one of his favorite singers, Dallas Green, lead singer of “City and Colour” who entertained the crowd for about half an hour – dancing and more celebrating followed.

At midnight, O’Reilly’s day with the Cup came to an end – the Cup handlers took the trophies a short drive away to the Little Inn of Bayfield where they spent the night – and then as day dawned on July 26th they were off to visit another St. Louis Blue’s player to spend the day with this inanimate object with a life all its own affectionately known as the Stanley Cup.

** USA Today Sports Interview by Michelle R. Martinelli on May 28, 2018









PIXILATED — image of the week


Ahoy Mates!...By Hildy Steiner

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






“Best Day Ever!” That’s a phrase that grandparents love to hear their grandkids say when they come to visit for a week or two in the summer months.

Yesterday, up on the highest hill on our family farm - three kites flying high into the air – I heard that phrase repeatedly voiced by my grandson. His little sister was right there beside him grinning from ear to ear. At four years-old being able to command control of a big kite was something she was quite proud of.

I shared stories about flying my own kite from that very spot when I was a child and relayed the harrowing tale of how one time I almost lost it when I completely ran out of string. They thought that was funny. Hearing their laughter ring out across the hills is pretty special as well - so I think “Best Day Ever!” - may apply for this grandparent too! – Melody












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