Bookmark and Share   Aug. 7, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 32 Issue 526

Gigantic crowd turns out for spectacular fireworks 


IMG_4540The skies over the Bayfield Harbour came alive with sparkle and color as the Friends of Pioneer Park and Friends of Bayfield organized a fireworks display for Sunday, Aug. 4 in celebration of the Civic Holiday weekend.  

Stars Hollow or Mayberry (depending on your generation) may be fictitious locations on television but the idyllic community atmosphere they created sparks with most people. Step out of the story and into a real little village known as Bayfield where visitors and residents can often live through moments of a similar feeling, such was the case on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Pioneer Park.

The largest crowd in at least a quarter century gathered in the park to watch a spectacular, 15-minute fireworks display organized by the Friends of Pioneer Park and the Friends of Bayfield in honor of the Civic Holiday. Prior to the 9:40 p.m. start time people laid out blankets, pulled out lawn chairs or crowded around picnic tables. The evening was calm, clear and comfortable with nary an insect in sight. It was a perfect night for boaters to find a vantage point on the lake to view the pyrotechnics set off from the pier as well.

IMG_4507Artist Robin offered some tips on how to paint the sunset as a large crowd squeezed round to look, listen and learn.  

IMG_4504Perhaps the largest crowd ever came out for Paint the Sunset with Robin a regular staple of summer weekends in Pioneer Park.  

IMG_4502Adam Lang performed in Pioneer Park on Sunday, Aug. 4 as the sun set.  

Around 7 p.m. the people slowly began to arrive to enjoy the music stylings of performer Adam Lang or try their hand at the art of painting the sunset with Robin. Perhaps the largest number of people ever enjoyed mixing oranges, yellow and reds to create their very own version of Bayfield’s famous setting sun. All was free.

As early as 6 p.m. people had come to the park to enjoy a picnic or even to prepare their own meals right on the spot. BBQs and large cook pots were all put to work to create both domestic and more cultural fares. Children played ball or frisbee while the grown-ups visited with family and friends and several family dogs relaxed in the shade.

Sounds a lot like Stars Hollow or Mayberry doesn’t it? 

Two iconic books featured at book signing tomorrow 

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.


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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 Brown. To read her interview with Gillians check out Bayfield Breeze Issue 525 published on July 31. 

Patterson: Barbara, what was the impetus for your book “Reflections of Bayfield”?

Brown: Dave remarked one day about “Bayfield’s special feeling” which he had noted in his research and this was expressed through paintings, poetry, photographs and notes. Using these images, Joyce and I wanted to create a book that conveyed this feeling.

Patterson: Your book covers an unusual span of 120 years. Why is that period represented?

Brown: We had initially intended to title the book Across the Century but soon realized that the abundance of material we had gathered covered way beyond a century. So we expanded the time frame and titled the book “Reflections of Bayfield: Images across the Decades”.

Patterson: Publishing material that belongs to someone presents special considerations. Can you tell us about some of your experiences in trying to get permission to publish in your book?

Brown: This took nine months to complete and it was a remarkable experience. We felt like detectives. We sought out not only local people, but also some as far afield as Texas! When we called to request permission, people were initially hesitant and surprised, but once we explained what we were doing and why, people were most generous and accommodating, and many thanked us for putting their own or their relatives’ work in such a book. There was only one person that could not be located so the wonderful image of the town hall with a large sun behind it was omitted.

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

Brown: The book captures the timelessness of our feelings about Bayfield and how others felt in the 1860s we still feel today. It also encapsulates the generosity of people who cared enough to share this collection that would otherwise have remained hidden and inaccessible. And it reminds us that Bayfield is a special place to live or visit with its undeniable sense of beauty, joy and tranquility. The book captures the essence of these feelings through a multitude of artistic endeavors across the decades.

Patterson: Let’s end with the last verse from the poem that Neil Norman McLeod (age 11) wrote in 1895: 
You can row around the river
And have a lot of fun,
O, Bayfield is a jolly place,
You bet it takes the bun.


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.

Deadline for monarch purchase fast approaching 

29661033217_75f5a86113_kThe Monarch butterflies were all snug as bugs waiting for their release at the 2018 event. (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.

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".

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.

Fundraiser to save church building this sunday 

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.


Farmers' market 


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

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

Bayfield Concert Series 

The Little Inn of Bayfield and The Bayfield Concert Series, along with Aguamiel Tequila will present a free night of music tomorrow (Aug. 8) featuring Gabriel Palatchi and his Trio, featuring a cocktail menu designed by the Inn’s own Liam Obs, bar chef.

This evening of music will be held from 6-10 p.m.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Palatchi started his first piano lessons at the age of eight. He spent his formative years in Buenos Aires studying classical piano, and being mentored by some of the great maestros of blues, tango, jazz and Latin jazz. After graduating in 2007 from Berklee International School in Argentina, he spent several months in Cuba where he studied Latin jazz with the master “Chucho” Valdez. Palatchi subsequently became a composer when he moved to Tulum, Mexico in 2008.

Artist Studio Tours

Are you an Artist with your studio located in or near Bayfield?

Seasonal advertised tours are being organized with the first being planned during Christmas in Bayfield held in November. Also, a self-guided tour map will be created for the public to drop by during your studio’s open hours all year.

Join the Facebook and Instagram pages: Bayfield and Area Studio Tours to get your studio and creations known and to see the talented artists who could be located right next door.

Please contact, for more information.

Kintail on the road

IMG_20190728_112942556Leaders In Training (LIT) from Camp Kintail were on hand at Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield on July 28.  

IMG_20190728_121534010_HDRKnox, Bayfield is once again hosting “Kintail on the Road” every Wednesday in August.  

Reverend Theresa McDonald-Lee and Leaders In Training (LIT) from Camp Kintail were on hand at Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield for the Annual Church Camp Service on July 28. The group brought with them the joy of the Camp experience and celebrated the theme through song and their participation in the service.

Knox, Bayfield is once again hosting “Kintail on the Road” every Wednesday in August. Kintail counsellors attend and lead the children in crafts, games and skits all the while helping them to understand the stories of Jesus.

“We emphasize the ‘fun factor’,” said one counselor.

Registration takes place each Wednesday morning at the church at 8:30 a.m. and is open to any child ages five to10. The $5 fee per week includes snacks and lunch and the above-mentioned fun.

 art for hospice

8F9952FDC93541B6883751F43FC9E157Lucia Schatteleyn (left) was the winner of the July art donation for Huron Hospice. Bayfield Hospice Committee Volunteer Dave Gillians presented the piece to her recently. (Submitted photo)  

In support of Huron Hospice, Bayfield artist Roberta Stemp graciously donated a wonderful handmade glass on glass mosaic, which was on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of July. The silent auction closed on July 31 and Lucia Schatteleyn was the highest bidder.

As the July auction closed - the August auction began.

IMG_2747Potted 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.

Memory and Aging Program 

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is pleased to offer the Memory and Aging Program at the Bayfield Public Library this September.

This program, developed at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, describes what memory is and how it changes with age. We review practical strategies to improve your ability to remember everyday things such as names, location of items, and things you intend to do. Equally important, our Memory and Aging Program helps build confidence in your own memory ability. Past participants have reported feeling more knowledgeable about their lifestyle choices that support their brain health and see an increase in their use of personal memory strategies.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four, two-hour sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 8.

People do not need to be a client of the Alzheimer Society to enroll as the course is open to anyone. Class registration is mandatory to ensure materials and space. The workbook and materials fee are $25 per person. Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to register at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email:


Save the date! The Annual Trail Harvest Dinner will be held Oct. 19 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield.

This event sells out quickly every year. Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 21. Further details to follow!

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.

BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery at 54 Courthouse Square, and support local artists. The Co-Op Gallery is open, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FOBL Book Sale 

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

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

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

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

The dreamboats 

“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.

watering reminder 

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.


43550502735_073238bebe_kPeople 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)



 Opportunity to speak out for the great lakes today  

A team of regional agencies, organizations and local governments are partnering with the International Joint Commission (IJC) to host a panel discussion and community conversation today (Aug. 7) in Goderich.

This will be the IJC’s second meeting on Lake Huron as part of the binational organization’s “Step In and Speak Out for the Great Lakes” tour. The first meeting will be held in Collingwood, ON, Aug. 6. The event provides area residents with an opportunity to learn and converse about Lake Huron and Great Lakes water quality.

Representatives from the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities, Huron County, and The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation partnered with the IJC to organize this community conversation.

The meeting will bring together area residents with local experts, professionals and advocates to discuss their priorities for restoring and protecting Lake Huron and the Great Lakes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Goderich Columbus Hall, 390 Parsons Court. The meeting is free and all are welcome to attend with registration at

The panel presentations and ensuing community conversation are relevant to residents living upland in the Ausable, Bayfield, and Maitland River watersheds, as well as residents living on and near the Lake Huron shoreline. Amberley Gavel co-founder Nigel Bellchamber will moderate the panel discussion that includes presentations from:
• The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation about shoreline threats and opportunities on Lake Huron.
• Headlands Ag-Enviro and the Huron Soil & Crop Improvement Association about the water quality implications of Huronview’s innovative drainage demonstration project.
• Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities about the Healthy Lake Huron Collaborative.

Participants also can ask questions and share their views and priorities with the panelists and the IJC’s six new Commissioners.

The IJC is a Canadian-United States treaty organization that seeks to prevent and resolve issues facing the two countries’ boundary waters. By engaging the public on their perspectives of Great Lakes health and completing its own research on issues facing the lakes, the IJC evaluates both countries’ efforts to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem based on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. For more information, please visit the IJC’s website.

Photo contest to celebrate and protect the Great Lakes 

A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 10. Love Your Greats is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes. This year, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.

“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds specialist with ABCA. “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”

The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups.

“If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.”

Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.

You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Monday, Aug. 12 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at at this web page: By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: and the watershed Facebook page is at:

Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician, at ABCA, by phone at 519 235-2610, Ext. 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit Visit to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.

Committee member retires after serving over a decade 

Don_Jones_SPC_Retirement_2019_1_NRMatt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee,(left) presented a gift of acknowledgement to Don Jones, who is retiring after a dozen years of dedicated service as a member of the local committee devoted to the protection of municipal drinking water sources. (Submitted photo)  

Don Jones, a municipal representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC) has retired after more than a decade of service.

The ABMVSPC was Ontario’s first such committee when it was formed in 2007. Jones was an original member of that committee. He is a retired teacher and a former councilor for the Municipality of West Perth. He served as a Director of the Perth Stewardship Network. He also served as Chairman of the West Perth Wetlands Subcommittee, Water and Waste Water Committee, and Energy and Environment Committee.

The retiring ABMVDWSPC member attended the committee meeting on July 31 at the White Carnation Banquet Hall in Holmesville. Matt Pearson, chairman of the ABMVSPC, presented a retirement gift to the long-time committee member and thanked him for his contributions. The Chair, who was also a committee member at the ABMVSPC’s inception (before being named Chair upon the retirement of Past Chair Larry Brown), said Jones made many valuable contributions over a dozen years.

“I certainly want to thank you, Don, for your service over 12 years and for your valuable contributions,” Pearson said. He added that, the committee member’s experience as a former educator and former municipal councilor were very beneficial to the work of the ABMVDWSPC.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on a committee of talented people with different ideas who have worked so well together,” Jones said.

He said he’s gratified to see source protection plan policies being implemented to the benefit of protection of public health.

“I am confident the policies developed by the committee will protect drinking water for the citizens of both watersheds in the future,” he said.

He praised the two people who have served as committee chairpersons – Laurence Brown and Matt Pearson – as “two excellent chairmen” and he thanked his fellow committee members.

“Thank you very much,” he said. “It was fun to serve on this committee and it’s a pleasure to see our discussion come to fruition with policies and progress going’s wonderful.”

He also thanked the staff of the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities as well as source protection.

There are five municipal representatives on the 15-member Source Protection Committee (SPC). Retiring committee member Don Jones represented municipalities in the western part of the region. The region’s ‘West’ municipalities are: Bluewater; Central Huron; Perth South; South Huron; and West Perth. Also retiring from the committee is Mark MacKenzie, who represented the ‘East’ municipalities: Howick; Mapleton; Minto; North Perth; Perth East; and Wellington North.

The Chair thanked the two members who are retiring from the committee: “I would like to thank Don and Mark for their years of service to the committee and their work which has helped to keep our municipal drinking water safe and clean,” he said.

Taking over as municipal representative for the West municipalities is Dave Frayne and taking over as municipal representative for the East municipalities is Allan Rothwell.

The original 15 voting SPC members in 2007 were: Don Jones, Mike McElhone, Keith Black, Ian Brebner, Gib Dow, Karen Galbraith, Al Hamilton, Marilyn Miltenburg, Jim Nelemans, Matt Pearson, Bill Rowat, Gerry Rupke, Mert Schneider, Mike Strang, and Rowena Wallace. John Vander Burgt joined the SPC as an agricultural representative in 2008. Bob Bressette represented Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation at the SPC. Non-voting committee liaisons included Bob Worsell, local public health; and Jim Ginn,Source Protection Authorities.

The current members of the SPC are: Matt Pearson, chair; Municipalities: David Blaney, Central (Huron East; Morris-Turnberry; North Huron); Ian Brebner, South (Adelaide-Metcalfe; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; Warwick); Dave Frayne, West (Bluewater; Central Huron; Perth South; South Huron; West Perth); Allan Rothwell, East (Howick; Mapleton; Minto; North Perth; Perth East; Wellington North); and Myles Murdock, North (Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh; Goderich; Huron-Kinloss; South Bruce). Economic sectors: Mary Ellen Foran, Keith Black, and Bert Dykstra, Agriculture; Philip Keightley, Commerce; and Bruce Godkin, Industry. Other sectors: Karen Galbraith, Public-at-large, Maitland Valley; Gerry Rupke, Public-at-large, Ausable Bayfield; Kerri Ann O’Rourke, Property Owner and Residents’ Associations; Jennette Walker, Environment; and John Graham, Environment.

The SPC members have worked with the public since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans, which have been implemented since April of 2015. This work is made possible by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006, with funding from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). Source protection planning policies help to reduce risk from 22 activities (such as fuel or chemical storage) that can pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain quantities and in the most vulnerable locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas). Plan policies focus on reducing risk that could pose a significant threat to drinking water in municipal wellhead protection areas A, B, and C. Policies in those relatively small areas reduce risk with tools including education and outreach, risk management plans, restrictions on land uses, or the prohibition of some activities in some cases. To find out about wellhead protection areas, and source protection plans, visit the local source protection region website at

Pro Hockey Heroes staff may call to solicit sponsorships 

For one fabulous evening in January 2020, former National Hockey League (NHL) All Stars will take to the ice against the Goderich Firefighters to raise funds for the firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Residential Hospice.

The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event will include lots of skill and lots of laughs and promises to be fun and memorable for all ages.

The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. East in Goderich. The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 3:30 p.m.

A residential hospice had been in the plans for over a decade by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and the Huron Residential Hospice opened it’s doors in May of 2018. This service provides compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. This is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life in the final days, with 24/7 expert care, at no cost to families, in an environment that feels like home.

Even though it is still months away volunteers will start preparing for this fundraiser soon. Solicited phone calls for tickets and sponsorships will be occurring. The calls will be made by Pro Hockey Heroes staff and will come from a 905 area code, 1-800, as well as 1-844, numbers.

For tickets or more information please call 1-888-777-9793 or visit WWW.PROHOCKEYHEROES.COM

no donation too small for All In...for your health campaign 

Young donors do it again!

Lemonade stand 2019The Stainforth sisters served up lemonade to thirsty customers in aid of the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation recently. (Submitted photo)  

Last year, Siana and Elaina Stainforth became two of the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation’s youngest donors. The sisters, aged 11 and nine at the time, sold lemonade on their front lawn to raise funds for the AMGH. Siana had recently visited the Hospital and she was really grateful for the care she received. The lemonade stand was her way of helping to make sure that the Hospital will be there for others who need it too. Their $20 donation made a significant impact by demonstrating that everyone can make a difference when they care and support their community.

“Every gift to the Foundation is meaningful. When people give from their hearts, it makes them feel good, it makes us feel good, and it inspires others,” shared Shannon LaHay, AMGH Foundation Executive director.

Siana and Elaina have done it again. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, they sold cold lemonade from a stand set up on their lawn and raised $105.50 to donate to the AMGH Foundation’s All In…for your health capital campaign!

The Foundation recently announced that they had reached 80 per cent of their goal of raising $3.5 million for the All In…for your health capital campaign, to replace the aging CT Scanner and refurbish the inpatient Mental Health and Addictions Unit at the AMGH.

“When we made our announcement about the progress of the Campaign, we asked the community to help us reach our goal. Siana and Elaina have stepped up to contribute to the success of this campaign and we couldn’t be more grateful.” explained LaHay.

For more information on the All In…for your health capital campaign, please contact the AMGH Foundation at 519 524-8508 or visit the website at


 bluewater news

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on July 29.

• Approved the Pioneer Park Association’s request for exemption to the Noise By-law from 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 to 11 pm on Monday, Aug. 5 to allow a fireworks display at the Bayfield pier in celebration of the Civic Holiday.
• Approved the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s request for exemption to the Noise By-law from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 to allow a fireworks display and the amplification of the human voice and music for a live band performance at 16 John Avenue - 1 Fry Street, Bayfield Agricultural Park, in conjunction with the Bayfield Community Fair.
• Adopted By-law 73-2019, appointing Aird & Berlis as Bluewater’s Integrity Commissioner and Closed Meeting Investigator.

Goderich Art Club

Members of the Goderich Art Club will host their Annual Show and Sale at the MacKay Centre in Goderich on Aug. 9-11.

The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The MacKay Centre is at the corner of North and Nelson Streets in Goderich. The show will be held Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

vehicles Prohibited 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) reminds trail users that all motorized vehicles and carts, whether electric powered or gas powered, are prohibited on all properties owned and/or maintained by the ABCA, including MacNaughton-Morrison Trail and the Morrison Dam Conservation Area trail.

This prohibition includes golf carts, e-bikes, quads, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and off-road bikes – which are all forbidden.

“The vast majority of trail users are protecting the safety of other trail users and are following the rules but we have had reports that a few individuals have broken trail rules by using golf carts and e-bikes on the South Huron Trail,” said Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education for ABCA. “We are issuing this public notice to remind people of the rules. It is trespassing to use the trails in ways that are not permitted and people may receive fines and be denied future trail access as a result of these contraventions.”

ABCA patrol officers, and other staff members, have authority, under the Trespass to Property Act (RSO 1990) and the Conservation Authorities Act, in regards to fines and restricting access to the trails when rules are not followed.

The South Huron Trail Mobile is permitted on the trail as are emergency vehicles and ABCA vehicles required for Ausable Bayfield Conservation use to maintain the trails.

To find out about permitted uses on trails and conservation areas visit this web page:

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, 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.


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: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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





Volume 10

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, another image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection entitled, "Men of Bayfield circa 1920". Looks like beards were in fashion then too. (Archives Code: PB10018)

PB10018 PC Men of Bayfield c1920

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



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)  

Issue 525

In Issue 525, 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 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! 



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record breaking numbers participate in fun run 




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The buzz around Pioneer Park on Monday morning (Aug. 5) was awesome as organizers hosted the Annual 5 KM Fun Run, Walk and Wheel which hit it's 33rd year – amazing!

“As a family event, each year the Fun Run effectively brings our local community together, whether people were physically participating, cheering at the finish line, sipping a Shopbike coffee or simply enjoying the social side of things. Maybe they caught up with some family, maybe they reconnected with some old friends or maybe they met some new ones. Either way, there was a really positive vibe around the park,” said Ann Laudenbach, event organizer.

Each year the Fun Run recognizes strong performances within the categories of Walking, Running, Wheeling and Biking, and importantly, the event also recognize a number of participation and creativity efforts. This helps broaden the appeal and establish that there is something for everyone in this event.

The annual Elliot Lane Good Sport Award was launched this year. The recipients of this award will have demonstrated some kind of notable participatory effort - which is reflective of the person and the values of Elliot himself.

This year we had over 240 registrants and even more fans and dogs in the park - a strong showing!

All monies raised from the entry fee donation and other donations are directed to the Park.

“Thank you to everyone who came out, to our 'crew' and to those that donated a prize. This plethora of people all pitch in and help get this event off the ground. Very appreciated. See you next year,” said Laudenbach.


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PIXILATED — image of the week


                                      Civic Holiday Fireworks...By Dawn Cumming

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






This week marks a milestone for our almost five year old granddaughter as she is staying at the farm solo. No big brother - he is off to Minecraft Camp this week. He left yesterday after completing his second Pioneer Park Fun Run assignment. His work can be viewed in the Photo Story above. Their Dad declared that Noelle was going to Camp Gramel and after my 30 years as a Girl Guide leader he is probably not wrong. 

Swimming, painting, Play-doh, picnics and hiking, kite flying, imaginative play, movies, ice cream cones, Behind the Bars, splash pads, playgrounds and lots and lots of stories. We did it all last week and upon request we'll be doing it all again...

- Gramel   













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