Bookmark and Share   Aug. 15, 2018   Vol.10 Week 33 Issue 475

community fair time is here

It is tradition that Bayfield Community Fair Parade spectators follow along to the Agricultural Park to check out the exhibits, demonstrations, midway and more. And so it will be this Saturday, Aug. 18. The parade begins at 11 a.m. The fair will be held this weekend, Aug. 17-19. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

In just a few days trucks pulling trailers of horses, cattle and sheep, transports laden with midway equipment, as well as cars loaded with flowers, vegetables, handcrafts, baked goods and children’s crafts will descend on Bayfield’s Agricultural Park. It is time for the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 17-19.

This annual fair is a celebration of rural life and has been a part of the Bayfield scene for 162 years. Fairs are a community festival where friendly competition occurs whether it is with animals or a variety of indoor classes; it is a source of a variety of ever changing entertainment and a chance to see some of the agricultural industry whether it is getting close to some of the animals, the machines, or products from the farm.

Townsend’s Amusements will have a midway available throughout the weekend and offers special rates on Saturday after 5 p.m. and all-day Sunday. And back by popular demand a “train” will be making regular circuits around the grounds carrying kids of all ages.

The farm animal display will be open every day and is always a popular spot for all ages. A modern tractor will be available for youngsters to imagine driving through the fields. The indoor displays which take up the bulk of the arena are filled with exhibits highlighting the talented, creative and green-thumbed members of the community. The arena also has an area where the young people can play in the grain with some farm toys.

Friday night people can have their hunger satisfied with a ribs meal prepared by Pineridge and enjoy music on the RBC stage by Graham Bedard. Youth compete at the Rise2Fame talent competition for a chance to compete at the Western Fair. Several previous winners have done very well in London. The beer gardens are available for a relaxing night before opening day climaxes with fireworks.

Saturday begins with a light horse show while many congregate along the main street of Bayfield for the parade at 11 a.m. The final float this year will feature an entertainer who will perform later in the day in the arena and also in the tent area. The fairgrounds have a host of activities taking place in every corner including two sheep herding demonstrations, “Bubbleology” performances, a dunk tank, a Friesian horse show, the 4-H dairy and sheep competitions, pig demonstrations, a mini tractor pull, and a Discovery Tent. The day concludes with 21 Gun Salute which is an AC/DC tribute band renowned for their performances.

On Sunday, people will gather under the tent for a community church service. The heavy horses and miniature horses compete in the two show rings throughout the day. The demonstrations of sheep herding and the Discovery Tent will again be held in the afternoon. A jamboree will be held in the air-conditioned community centre while the watermelon competition will be visible near the tent.

The Homecraft President, Jean Dunn, who coordinates all the indoor exhibits, said, “Meet old and new friends over coffee and pie.”

Fairs are a community event for mingling with your neighbors and it is the opportunity to bring your many generations of family to a gathering that has something for all ages. Further information can be obtained from the website

Creative collaboration on display this week only 

Mosaic PaintingThis image, created from a photograph by Jack Pal of the “Bayfield Lighthouse”, was unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11. This collaborative creation will be on display outside the Bayfield Library from now until Aug. 18.  

Earlier this year the Goderich Co-op Gallery displayed a Mosaic Mural which was a collaborative effort of their painter and photographer members. In their words it was a fun and challenging project that kept them busy over the winter. The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) members decided that it was such a successful effort that they wanted to try something similar over the summer.

Near the start of summer, they approached the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and with the help of Angela Kaptein they came together to make this summer creative collaboration a reality.

A photograph was selected by members of the PCoB. The image, unseen by BAG members, was sized and divided into 16 equal parts. Sixteen members were given a 1/16th size numbered piece of the picture and a 16 x 20 inch canvas. Each artist was directed to interpret the image in whatever way that they chose using their own style with the only caveats being the importance of sizing the image so that when put together, the pieces of the mosaic would line up to meet the adjacent pieces and a suggested palette to ensure some visual consistency throughout the finished work.

Mosaic PaintersThe participating artists that were able to attend the unveiling were (l-r): Mary Hurley, Lori Webb Thompson, Linda Kumpf, Trisch Pemberton, Leslee Squirrell, Mary Elizabeth Stephenson, Debra MacArthur and Deb Grasby. A complete list of the painters involved in this project is on display at the library. (Submitted photo)  

The image, created from a photograph by Jack Pal of the “Bayfield Lighthouse”, was unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11. The end result was a surprise to the BAG members, artists and community. This collaborative creation will be on display outside the Bayfield Library from now until Aug. 18.

Finishing out the week the BAG will host their annual “Art in the Garden Show and Sale" this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the actual "Lighthouse Cottage" depicted in the mural. It can be found at the corners of Tuyll, Chiniquy and Colina Streets across from Pioneer Park. Local artists will be on hand offering for sale affordable works. There will also be demonstrations and an opportunity for children to try rock painting for free! 

Calendar to be launched friday at Farmers' Market 

FRONT COVER 2018 PROOFWhat will the 2019 calendar cover look like? Visit the Bayfield Farmers' Market this Friday to find out. (Submitted photo)  

On Aug. 17, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will be launching the 2019 Bayfield Calendar. The calendar is a joint project of the Lions and the PCoB.

“The theme this year was: Bayfield and area architecture interpreted could be a window or door, a barn, a birdhouse, a gable end or other architectural feature and, yes, even a building!” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “We continue to challenge our photographers with new themes every year and make changes which we hope the public will like.”

A short list of 16 photos was selected from 217 entries this year. All members of the PCoB had a vote in selecting this final short list. The thirteen winners were determined by a vote by the members of the Lions’ Calendar Committee. Each of the selected photos has been enlarged and matted to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing. The unveiling of these photos will take place at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market at 4 p.m. on Friday. The enlarged prints will be available for immediate sale at a price of $40 and will include a free copy of the new calendar.

“Something new this year will be the sale of calendar photos printed 24” x 36” in size on canvas and mounted ready for hanging. We hope this will be a popular addition,” said Pal.
The new calendar will also be offered for sale at a price of $10 and will be available at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and Bayfield Foodland as well as from Lions members, PCoB members, community organizations and volunteers. All calendar proceeds go towards Lions projects in the community. Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield.

For those who miss the launch, there will be a display of all the calendar photos at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre until the Bayfield Town Hall’s annual Sunset on Summer event on Sept. 1 when the prints and calendars will once again be displayed and offered for sale from 4:30-7 p.m. Net proceeds from items sold there will be shared between the Lions and Town Hall.

Anyone interested in submitting photos for next year, the new theme will be decided shortly and communicated via the Bayfield Breeze along with submission details. The calendar competition is open to the general public and people do not need to be a member of the PCoB to submit photos. Photographers are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly and creatively.

Celtic music and step dancing ignites at festival preview  


_MG_7131“Rant Maggie Rant”  

“Rant Maggie Rant” and “The Fitzgeralds” performed live at the Bayfield Town Hall, courtesy of the Celtic Festival in Goderich, on Aug. 6. Powerful Celtic music and championship step dancing were enjoyed by all in attendance.

Rant Maggie Rant embraces the time-honored styles of the music from seven Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and the lesser known Isle of Mann, and the Celtic regions of Galicia in Spain and Brittany in France, as well as Quebec and Canada’s East Coast, with each member bringing their individually unique influences to create an uplifting, infectious sound. They were the 2018 Jack Richardson Music Awards Winners for Traditional Folk/Roots.

The Fitzgeralds are a family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings: Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings from outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley have come a long way from their small-town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this is a unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing!

_MG_7134 “Rant Maggie Rant”

_MG_7137“Rant Maggie Rant”

_MG_7165“The Fitzgeralds”


Pipe band

Follow the sounds of the pipes and drums to Clan Gregor Square on the evening of Aug. 16.

The Clinton Legion Pipes and Drum will be practising in the park for about 30 minutes tomorrow (Thursday), starting at 7 p.m., weather permitting, and all are welcome to come out and listen!

Farmers’ Market


This Friday, the Bayfield Farmers’ Market welcome Grassroots Woodfired Pizza back to Clan Gregor Square. Roger and Vicky Morrison’s artisanal pizzas have gained a well-deserved reputation of excellence throughout Huron County and beyond. All are invited to come taste for themselves.

The market coordinator, Mary Brown, thanks everyone who came out on the long weekend and kept RW Sharpening and Repair Services literally humming for the entire afternoon. Sharpener Suzy Lankin will be back at the Aug. 31 market.

“Boaters, we’d love to see you at the market! We have a great little wagon you can borrow to transport your purchases back to the marina,” said Brown.

Aug. 17 will feature the usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering the best in locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more!

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.


FOBL_book_bag1 Friends of the Bayfield Library will be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases at the upcoming annual book sale. (Submitted photo )

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual Book Sale at the Bayfield Public Library on the third weekend in August.

The times for the sale are: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted of gently used, recent books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for children and adults at the library on Aug. 13-16 from 1-5 p.m. only.

Please note that encyclopedias, manuals, magazines and textbooks will not be accepted. Books that are moldy or have torn pages will also be declined.

FOBL will also be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases.

All monies raised from the sale of the books and book bag go towards supporting the library and community programs.

Commercial Book Dealers are asked not to make their purchases until Sunday at 1 p.m.

The FOBL will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.


Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.

Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.

Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.

The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.

The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.


The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will benefit from the bar proceeds of an upcoming concert organized by the folks at the Bayfield Concert Series, LP Productions. The money will go toward the fund for a new animal display and storage building at Agricultural Park.

Barney Bentall will be appearing live at the Bayfield Town Hall with guests Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans on Aug. 16. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now for $40 from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and River Road Brewing and Hops in Bayfield as well as Ernie King Music in Goderich or online at


Bayfield Guiding is organizing two community First Aid weekends.

Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Aug. 25-26 or Sept. 22-23.

Saturdays will begin at 9 a.m. while Sundays will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
Must have a group of eight minimum for the course to happen. Cost of course decreases as attendance increases so please invite others to join. Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up.

Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or to reserve a spot with preferred dates. Keep in mind that the course can be taken over the two weekends if that is more convenient. For example: Day 1 – Aug. 25 Day 3 - Sept. 23.


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. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This second 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.

Please go to to purchase your butterfly prior to Aug. 24. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.

Fall foto fest 

FFF Open For Registration 

The members of the Photography Club of Bayfield are pleased to pass on an invitation for people to attend the 2018 Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) to be held on Sept. 29-30.

There will be a new series of workshops including the Lambton College show, "In the Photographer's Studio" highlighting the photo talents of photographer Richard Beland. His 25-year career in photography has seen him photograph music artists and groups all over the world including traveling several times with the “Tragically Hip” and again on their farewell tour.

Saturday night’s keynote presentation will be "Conversations with Brad Turner". Photography is his passion and the root of his creative eye. Turner is a Bayfield native whose career as a Hollywood director, producer and photographer will make for an inspiring evening. This presentation is no charge and is open to the first 100 guests registered for FFF. A limited number of seats are available for non- registrants by contacting

The two-hour workshop classes include: The Art of Flash Photography, Creating Photo Books, an Outdoor Photo Trek of Bayfield, Sunday Morning Photo Walk, Digital Printing, Wildlife Photography, Raptors Birds of Prey and Photography 101.

Organizers are also pleased to offer three – three-hour master classes: Adobe Photoshop the Art of Design with Stephen Slack, Macro Photography with Alayne Brisson, and Video Creations with Brad Turner.

Participants can also attend the FFF Dinner at Renegades Diner on Saturday night. The cost of the dinner is $25 including taxes and tip. Reservations for this dinner are available when registering for FFF.

Complete FFF details, information about the annual Photo Contest and registration is available by following this link:


This is an invitation to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May. There is a break in December for the holiday season.

This non-auditioned women’s choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The Glee Sisters will be carrying on the joy of singing established by our recently retired and talented founder, Leslie Bella, under the leadership of co-directors Lisa Stewart and Blanche Savage and accompanist Mary McGoldrick.

For further information please consult the Glee Sisters Facebook page or contact our Manager, Christy Lomax at .





all aboard for fun at the children's festival 


IMG_5446Graham Pounder, visiting from Toronto, was pleased with the end result of his time in the face painting chair at the Children's Festival held in Sloman Park in Clinton on Saturday. Dianne McFaddon was kept busy with a steady line up of youngsters waiting for her to work her face painting magic throughout the event.  

Thomas the Tank came to Clinton on Aug. 11!

Once again, the CNR School on Wheels Museum hosted their annual Children’s Festival featuring Thomas the Tank activities. Organizers estimated that over 300 people attended with parents and grandparents bringing their youngsters to join in the fun.

The festival was held in Sloman Park, 76 Victoria Terrace.

Kids climbed aboard Thomas the Tank courtesy of Fincher’s in Goderich, played at a bubble centre, tried mini golf, made some crafts including an Engineer’s cap and had their face painted by the talented Dianne McFaddon. Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Club also entertained the children with some special railway songs.

The fun at the CNR School on Wheels Museum continues today (Aug. 15) with an opportunity to enjoy a picnic in beautiful Sloman Park starting at noon. All ages are invited to bring their own picnic lunch and dine in the serene setting while enjoying some live music. No need to bring dessert or beverages as cake and lemonade will be provided. And as an added bonus the museum will also be open for tours plus there will be some hands-on children’s activities.

IMG_5425Trains were the theme of the day with a number of play tables set up for youngsters to design and play with their own track routes.  

Can’t make it to the picnic on Aug. 15? No worries, a second one is set for Monday, Sept. 10.

On Aug. 25, the Horseless Carriage Club will be making a stop at the museum providing the public an opportunity to see their beautiful 100 year-old cars. The vehicles are scheduled to be at Sloman Park from 5-6:30 p.m. Lemonade will be served at this event.

Earlier in the day, for 30 minutes, starting at 10 a.m., these classic cars will also be on display at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park at 35957 Bayfield River Road.

IMG_5424Constructing train tracks and playing trains was a big part of the festival held in Clinton on Aug. 11.  

IMG_5459Kids climbed aboard Thomas the Tank courtesy of Fincher’s in Goderich during the festival on Aug. 11.


IMG_5455Noelle Pounder, of Toronto, toured the CNR School Car on Wheels Museum on Saturday taking some time in a student's desk to work on a train themed wooden puzzle.  

bayfield watershed enters level 2 low water advisory 

Streamflow in the Bayfield River watershed has continued to decline as a result of prolonged dry weather, prompting the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Water Response Team (WRT) to move from a Level 1 Low Water Advisory, into a Level 2 Low Water Advisory for the Bayfield River watershed.

Rainfall distribution through the month of July varied widely across the ABCA watershed. While some areas received near normal rainfall amounts for the month of July, other areas received very little, as low as 25 millimetres (mm). Much of this had to do with how the rainfall patterns moved through the watershed, generally from south to north.

With some local exceptions, it was the Bayfield River watershed that once again missed most of the rain. This area has been the hardest hit by drought conditions in 2018.

Streamflow continues to decline across the remainder of the ABCA watershed but, based on the Low Water indicator thresholds for July, the Ausable River remains slightly outside of a low water condition. Real-time flows in the Ausable River watershed are indicative of a low water condition and will be monitored closely as we move through August, with the potential to issue additional advisories.

“Most of the rainfall in August was used up at the ground surface, with very little contribution to stream flow. To reverse the trend of declining streamflow, it will take a much wetter than normal August if we are to see sustained improvement in streamflow conditions,” according to Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator at ABCA.

WRT Chair Doug Cook said everyone has a role to play in water conservation. He encourages all water users to look for ways they can conserve water and prevent further reduction in water levels and availability through the summer.

“For areas where a Level 2 Low Water Advisory is in place, we are encouraging water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 per cent,” he said. “For water users that do not fall within areas currently under a low water advisory, water conservation should still be a priority in order that the water resource is available to meet both short and long-term social, economic and environmental needs.”

For ideas on ways you can reduce water use, please visit the water quantity and water conservation page at at this link:

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low water and drought conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries; agriculture and vegetable growers; and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial ministries (such as Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Environment, Conservation and Parks). ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. The WRT relies on both precipitation and streamflow indicators to support any decision to move into a Low Water Advisory. Indicators include one-month streamflow and one month or three-month precipitation.

A Level 1 Low Water Advisory includes a request for a 10 per cent voluntary reduction in water use. A Level 2 Low Water Advisory includes a call for an additional 10 per cent (total of 20 per cent) voluntary reduction in water use. A Level 3 Low Water Advisory may involve mandatory water use restrictions.

Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or the website at for the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

Live auction highlight of "Better Together" Gala 

On Thursday, Aug. 2, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) 5th Annual “Better Together” Gala took place at the Libro Hall in Clinton with guests from across Huron County as well as London, Stratford and area.

Greetings were provided by Huron-Bruce MP, Ben Lobb; Janet Haines, representing Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson; Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn; HCFBDC Board Chair Willemien Katerberg; and HCFBDC Executive Director Mary Ellen Zielman.

Guest speaker Jackie Wells, of Ailsa Craig, ON, spoke about growing up in a large family where there was not a lot of extra money for “luxuries” but that they always had enough food on the table from their garden, field and barn. She talked about poverty and the effect on food insecurity in the area. Her new awareness of HCFBDC and the issue of food insecurity was shared very clearly with the guests.

The evening featured a delicious meal catered by Chef Devin Tabor as well as a silent auction and a raffle table. A lively auction completed the evening with guest auctioneers Ben Lobb, Huron-Bruce MP; Fred Lobb, emcee; and Glen McNeil, councilor representing the Township of Ashfield- Colborne-Wawanosh. Doug Jacob, of Mitchell, was invited to the stage by Ben Lobb to auction off an item as well.

HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the 10 food banks and 15 plus aid agencies in Huron County. The HCFBDC relies on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables (seasonal) and meat products. HCFBDC relies on financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy, fresh produce and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods.

Organizers of the event extend thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2018 “Better Together” Gala a great success and they ask that people save the date for the HCFBDC 6th Annual Gala set for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

For more information, please visit the HCFBDC’s website at or contact the office at 519 913-2362.



The Bluewater Area Family Health Team will be holding a community information meeting on Aug. 16 and all are invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Zurich Community Complex starting at 7:30 p.m.

Topics of discussion will be physician recruitment, the expansion project and Ministry financing.


Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.

The camp will run from now until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.


An upcoming Bone Health Workshop could help people make the necessary changes to live well with Osteoporosis. This four-week program is for those recently diagnosed with Osteopenia/Osteoporosis or those wanting preventative information.

Each week participants will hear from various health professionals to learn about Osteoporosis and the nutrition, exercise and medication that helps to prevent or slow it down.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays starting Sept. 11 until Oct. 2 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) Community Room. A nutritious snack is provided.

Participants do not have to be a patient with BAFHT to attend. Interested people must register before attending by calling 519 236-4373 Ext 632.


The Rotary Club of Grand Bend is extending an invitation to “Puffins to Penguins: Birds of High Latitudes” as part of their Speakers Series on Aug. 21.

The evening, that begins at 7 p.m., will be held at Huron Shores United Church,
25 Main St W. The guest speaker will be photographer, Dan Busby, who will take attendees on a journey to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Busby is a lifelong birder and professional biologist as well as an accomplished wildlife photographer. Since retiring from the Canadian Wildlife Service he has been a resident of Haliburton, ON. He is currently travelling the high Arctic and Antarctic aboard an expedition cruise ship as the resident Ornithologist. He will share his insights about expedition cruising and the wide variety of birds unique to these regions sharing stories and his own wonderful pictures.

There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated. The new Huron Shores United Church Performance Centre is air conditioned and accessible. Seats are limited, to reserve seating please register at or call Rotarian John Smits at 519 238-5215.

To view more of Dan Busby’s work visit his website at

New Smoking By-law

Beginning Sept. 1, a new by-law prohibiting smoking anywhere on Huron County owned property will come into effect.

“This by-law will help protect our staff and visitors from second hand smoke” said Meighan Wark, Huron County CAO. “We know from working with the Health Unit that smoke-free policies are an important way to help create healthier and cleaner environments.”

The by-law prohibits smoking or holding of lighted tobacco, lighted cannabis; lighted, heated, or otherwise activated smoking equipment; or the smoking or holding of any other lighted or heated non-tobacco substance on any County-owned property.

Nearly 20 County-owned properties are impacted by this by-law, including properties such as the museum, social services, health unit, and the areas immediately surrounding the Goderich Courthouse. Signage will be posted at each County-owned property that will now be smoke-free under the new by-law.

County staff have been preparing to implement the by-law since it was confirmed in December 2017.

“There are many benefits to smoke-free spaces,” said Angela Willert, Senior Public Health promoter with the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU). “By-laws such as this one help reduce health risks of second hand smoke, discourages tobacco use, and creates a supportive environment for those looking to quit.”

For more information, visit For questions on enforcement, please call the HCHU at 519 482-3416.


Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.

Bat Season 

Have you found a bat in your home recently? You’re not alone. During the warmer months it is common for bats to find their way into homes through open windows and openings as small as 1.25 cm (3/8 of an inch). The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) reminds residents to avoid bat exposures.

As recently as 2016, a Huron County bat tested positive for rabies. Overall, one to three per cent of Ontario’s bat population is infected with rabies according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to humans.

“If you are bitten or scratched by a bat, or if infectious material (such as saliva) from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, or a wound, wash the affected area thoroughly and seek medical attention immediately,” said Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry. “If you awaken and find a bat in your room or in the room of an unattended child or an incapacitated person, call the Huron County Health Unit.”

When there has been a bite, scratch, or exposure to infectious material, the bat should be captured, if possible, so that the HCHU can arrange for rabies testing. If the bat is dead, put some gloves on and place the bat in an empty container, such as a coffee can. Do not touch a bat with your bare hands.

If you find a bat in your home and are absolutely sure that there was no human contact, try to confine the bat to one room, turn on the lights and open a window so the bat can fly out.

Bats remain active until cooler weather arrives, generally beginning to hibernate or fly south around November.

Residents with questions or concerns should call the HCHU at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.


IMG_3085 The Bayfield Marathon Bridge Club and the Bayfield Wednesday Bridge Club pooled their resources and donated $1,000 to the Huron Residential Hospice. Shelagh Sully (far left) and Leigh Selk recently presented the cheque to Michelle Field, Fundraising chair (second from right), and Darryl Ball, Capital Campaign lead. (Submitted photo)





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, records indicate that this image was taken in the 1930s and that Jack Walters is seated on one of the horses. Does anyone remember him or recognize the other young lad? (Archives Code: PB10109 PC)

PB10109 PC Jack Walters c1930

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



 PB12 2b Jack Kneeshaw

In Issue 473, we feature another traditional summer stop for many - Niagara Falls. Jack Kneeshaw poses in front of this natural wonder. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 2b)



PB10038 PC Lady August 20, 1943 

In Issue 474, we feature an unidentified lady enjoying time on her front porch. The image is dated Aug. 20, 1943. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10038 PC)  



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IMG_1841 JMR Collections, of Bayfield, provided the fashions and accessories necessary for a colourful Vintage Fashion Parade, held at the Opening Night of the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and Sale on Friday, Aug. 10. Some of the models that showed off the fashions were (l-r): Kate Lloyd-Rees, Jamie Thomas, Terry Boa-Youmatoff and Shirley Schilbe. (Photo by Olga Palmer)

IMG_5499Judy Roth, (centre), of JMR Collections, talked to visitors to her booth on Saturday afternoon. This was Roth's first time exhibiting her vintage clothing, hats and handcrafted tea cup pendants at the show and sale.  

IMG_5504Land & Ross Antiques, of Shakespeare, had a very eye-catching and eclectic display this year.  

IMG_5466There was lots to see at the 33rd annual show that is a fundraiser for Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield including these spectacles from the Rare Book & Paint Gallery, of Elmira.  

IMG_5469Urban Forest Design, of London, ON, had a booth filled with some wonderful architectural salvage.  

IMG_5484Kitchener Collectibles, of Hamilton, offered a fine selection of vintage and antique lunch pails just in time for back to school!  

IMG_5476Treasure seekers were drawn to the large display of items offered for sale by Three Squirrel Antiques of Bayfield.  

IMG_5478Frank Hoyles, of Blenheim. is a staple of the show and sale with his fine collection of post cards - folks enjoy taking their time sifting through the cards looking for that perfect one.  


IMG_5488Joan Spittal (left) browsed through the antique linens at the J.R. Kennedy Antiques booth with the aid of the proprietor on Saturday afternoon.  





Progress is a part of everything in life even a more than three decades old antique show! The 33rd annual show hosted by the members and friends of Trinity Anglican Church has a new name: the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and was one day shorter this year.

Due to requests from vendors the show was held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11, at the Bayfield Arena. There was no Sunday show this year. 

In 1985, the event was first organized as the Bayfield Antique Fair and Sale. It was, and remains, a fundraiser for the needs and outreach of Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield.

What has never changed is the quality of merchandise brought to the show by the participating vendors. Once again they brought an impressive collection of antiques and collectibles, big and small, to suit every taste and pocketbook. The arena floor was arranged with a fine array of quality antiques and collectibles such as Canadiana, furniture, books, porcelain, silver, estate and costume jewelry and antique toys.

In addition, the Huron County Museum brought some fun pieces from their historic local collection of clothing and household items as did the Bayfield Historical Society Archives’ Room.

Friday’s Opening Night provided attendees a first opportunity to purchase the offerings for sale while they were treated to wine and cheese. A highlight of the evening was a Vintage Fashion Parade. People enjoyed the looks created by Judy Roth at JMR Collections, on Bayfield’s Main Street, and the models really had a lot of fun in their looks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Gold Coast Landscaping also created an inviting display of colorful flowers at the entrance to the show.TrThe café organized by church members and friends kept shoppers sated on Saturday with a selection of sandwiches, tea, coffee and delicious homemade sweets.

IMG_1891Vintage Fashion Parade Model, Shirley Schilbe, visited with Joyce Chilton during Opening Night at the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and Sale at the Bayfield Arena. (Photo by Olga Palmer)

IMG_1808All ages participated in the Vintage Fashion Parade on Opening Night highlighting fashions from the 1950s to the 1980s. All of these colourful looks were from JMR Collections on Bayfield's Main Street. (Photo by Olga Palmer)

IMG_5489Countrystyle Antiques, of Goderich, had a British Royal family collectible for sale honoring the birth of Prince William, now himself a father of three.

IMG_5472This Butternut cupboard was a featured part of the Three Squirrels Antiques booth at the Bayfield Antiques and Vintage Show and Sale held on Aug. 10-11 at the Bayfield Arena.

IMG_5467The Rare Book & Paint Gallery, of Elmira, had a fun selection of busts for sale at the show and sale held on Aug. 10-11 at the Bayfield Arena.  



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