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Make out like a sandwich bandit at new village deli


IMG_7876Pete Meades, Leanne Kavanagh and Robert Whyte are the trio behind Highway Robbery Deli and Sandwich Shop now open at 2 The Square in Bayfield (beside New Orleans Pizza). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Alongside the pizza place and the fish and chips take-out now sits an “old world deli style sandwich shop” known as “Highway Robbery”. It is the latest addition to “grab and go row!” This is the nickname, Pete Meades, co-owner of Highway Robbery, has given to the stretch of businesses across from Clan Gregor Square on Hwy. 21.

Highway Robbery Deli and Sandwich Shop is the vision of Meades, Chef Robert Whyte and Leanne Kavanagh.

“A village deli can become a traditional social hub, part of the fabric of the town,” said Whyte and this is a goal of the trio.

They also hope to fill a gap left by the closing of the Black Dog Pantry and Clay Gourmet by offering locally made gourmet food staples in addition to their signature, fresh made sandwiches. In the off-season they also hope to offer some special events mixing music (Meades and Kavanagh also run LP Productions) with chef tables as well as catering.

Whyte is no stranger to the Bayfield food scene. The chef graduated from the Culinary Arts program at Liaison College in 2002. He apprenticed at the Toronto Granite Club and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s first Canadian restaurant also in Toronto. He has taught with the Humber College’s culinary arts program and has a second home in Bayfield with plans to become a full-time resident in the near future.

“Everything is made from scratch,” explained Kavanagh. “When the ingredients are gone that offering is done for the day. We of course keep the items needed for our most popular sandwiches well stocked.”

Examples of their sandwich offerings include a Korean Chicken BBQ and Deli Trio, three stackable meats served on Rye bread reminiscent of the Carnegie Deli. Whyte’s own slaw is made fresh daily as demand permits.

The deli counter is also stocked with cheeses and meats and other delectables so that people can make their own sandwiches. Lesters meats, Blyth Farm Cheese and Stonetown Cheese are just a few of the brands that can be found behind the glass.

Anyone wishing a charcuterie board is invited to call ahead to have one custom made.

Highway Robbery, 2 The Square, has been designed to resemble an early village style deli. Stepping through the doors people are transported back to a simpler time and right now this opportunity is available every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch. Deli pick-up is offered until 5 p.m. The deli can be reached by calling 519 565-4327.

Quinn Ross current president of Ontario Bar Association 

i-Quinn-RossQuinn Ross (Submitted photo)  

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is pleased to announce Quinn Ross as the 83rd President of the OBA.

Ross, Managing Partner of The Ross Firm, with offices in Goderich, Kincardine and Stratford, has been an active member in senior roles on the OBA board since 2012. In 2015, Ross was elected Second Vice President and has been involved in numerous committees that include chairing the Working Group on Alternative Business Structures, the Technology and Practice Innovation Committee, the Governance Committee and Strategic Planning.

“The OBA has become like a second family to me since joining almost a decade ago, and now, as President, with a holistic view of the association, I know the changes that need to be made and how to make them happen, starting with a transformative fall council meeting,” said Ross.

In his upcoming term, Quinn looks forward to continuing the OBA’s leadership in addressing challenges and opportunities in the legal system that face all stakeholders, from the professional members of the association to the most vulnerable in society.

“I grew up in a family that emphasized inclusion, within the walls of our house and as members of the community,” said Ross. “With greater diversity than ever at the OBA, it’s an obvious position for me to ensure that when making decisions as an association, all voices are heard, all talent is leveraged and both are representative of the bar and the public we serve.”

Through his involvement with professional development programs and committees, Ross has also enabled practitioners to leverage technology and innovation in order to better serve their clients and will continue to champion these efforts during his term.

“Ensuring lawyers have the tools to meet the needs of the public and to practise law in a way that is modern and responsive is critical,” said Ross. “These are practical things that can save time and costs that can then be passed along to the public.”

Under the OBA’s governance structure, the second vice-president is elected and then successively becomes first vice president and then president. The OBA also alternates between presidents from Toronto and other regions of Ontario in order to ensure all regions of the province have a strong voice.

Ross officially took office on Aug. 15.

High Calibre acts compete in only County Competition 

21034934_10154614382291933_616158726_oCompetitors in the Junior Rise2Fame competition at Bayfield were Madyx Carrothers and Hailey Turnbull, 1st place; Cassidy Dibsdale, Ava Alcaidinho, 2nd place; Everly Durst, and Alexa Yeo, 3rd place. In addition, Madyx will also be going on to the Western Fair with her solo act. (Submitted photos)  

This year's Rise2Fame preliminary competition for the Western Fair held in Bayfield was even more successful than in previous years. Organizer Charlie Kalbfleisch and Western Fair representative Beth Sailor both remarked on the extremely, high calibre of acts competing in both the Junior and Youth Categories. 

The theme for the Bayfield Fair this year was "Remembering Canadian Country Dream!" and certainly many young dreams will come true as nine young people move on to compete at the quarter final competition in September at the Western Fair.

20988039_10155735070940774_217431085_n  Youth Talent Search winners 2017 Seaforth's own St. Onge sisters, Mary Paige and Irelyn, were first place winners at the Bayfield Rise2Fame Youth Talent competition and will go on to compete at the Western Fair.

Bayfield's Rise2Fame contest is now the only preliminary competition for the Western Fair in Huron County. Former Huron County competitors have moved on to careers in the arts, teaching, acting, in music, and in the television and film industry.

Emcee Wilhelmina Laurie also remarked on the quality and variety of the competition.

"This year our competitors have come from as far away as Strathroy, St. Marys and Parkhill to compete at Bayfield, and the level of expertise among all these young people is astounding. This year more kids were accompanying themselves on their own instruments, we had two bands participating and even a young harpist performed for us! Rise2Fame gives kids a venue for performance and a boost of confidence and we are pleased to be able to support our talented youth in this way."

20987796_1881920248793743_492003084_n Delaney Schoelier 2nd prize at Bayfields Rise to FameDelaney Schoelier, of St. Marys, was the second place winner at the Bayfield Rise2Fame Youth competition, and will compete at the Western Fair in September.

Judges Heather Dawe, Elise Feltrin and Sarah Broadfoot had an extremely difficult time determining the winners of the competition.

Winners in the Junior Category, of children under 12, were: Hailey Turnbull and Madyx Carrothers who performed a variety solo dance called "Sea Cruise". In second place was the vocal solo "Rise Up" by Ava Alcaidinho. Third place winner Alexa Yeo sang and played "It's a Better Place" on the harp. Also moving on to competition at the Western Fair is Madyx Carrothers for her Variety Solo ribbon dance "Dream a Little Dream".

In the Youth Category, of ages 12 to 21, first place winners were Seaforth's own, Irelyn and Mary Paige St. Onge. This entertaining country duo sang and performed "Head over Heels". They were also the winners of last year's competition in Paris, ON. In second place was Delaney Schoelier, of St. Marys. whose vocal solo "Creep" brought down the house. Third place Rory McLachlan performed an evocative vocal solo, "Burn" and played his acoustic guitar. Also moving on to the Western Fair is Maya Alcaidinho for her beautiful "Arabian Nights" dance and a band from St. Marys comprised of Mason Otte, Dinith Nawaranme and Adam Swallowell who performed "Crazy

Congratulations to all the winners and best wishes as they follow their Canadian dream to the Western Fair. Organizers thank the Bayfield Agricultural Society and the Bayfield Optimists for supporting Rise2Fame at the Bayfield Community Fair.

Advance ticket purchases for Sunset on Summer encouraged

IMG_0145Barbecued chicken was the feature of the menu at the 2016 Sunset on Summer event. It was prepared by Jim Mehlenbacher and his crew. The delightful aroma's could be smelled throughout the town hall neighbourhood. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fourth annual “Sunset on Summer” (SOS) family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 2 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall.

The event will run from 4:30-8 p.m. and will feature BBQ chicken cooked during the picnic, along with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out.

“The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON will provide the entertainment. They were 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominees in the Folk/Roots category.

Activities at SOS will include, a Kiddy Korner, with help from The Purple Peony, located on Bayfield’s Main Street, as well as a return of the Thomas the Train table, sponsored by the CNR School Car in Clinton. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults. Once again, the event will include a raffle with a variety of fun items.

Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2018 Bayfield calendar (as opposed to the silent auction of previous years). The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the town hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. In case of rain the event will move to the Bayfield Arena.

The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the town hall reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall. These funds were depleted by the expense of the beautiful new roof and new furnace installations in 2016.

The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. Call the Bayfield Town Hall at 519 565-5788 or visit to purchase tickets. Anyone who calls the town hall is asked to leave a message and someone will return the call. The Bayfield Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to buy or pick up tickets. Volunteers will also have tickets available at the Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 18 and 25 as well as Sept. 1. Tickets will also be available Fitness Classes held in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

As was done last year, the town hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. SOS will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.

The committee overseeing this BBQ is looking for volunteers to help with the event. There are several categories of volunteering, such as serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please call Sandy at 519 565-2830 or email her at

RUN4Kids helps youth become Prime mInister for a day 

aidenFourteen year-old Aiden is living with a serious cardiac condition. His wish is to be the Prime Minister of Canada for a day and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation the community can make his wish come true. (Submitted photo)

The 5th Annual Run4Kids event will be held on Labour Day weekend, Sunday Sept. 3. The 5 KM Run/Walk will be raising funds to grant a very special wish for a Make-A-Wish child – 14 year-old Aiden is living with a serious cardiac condition. His wish is to be the Prime Minister of Canada for a day and through the Make-A Wish-Foundation the community can make his wish come true.

So before heading back to school and a regular work schedule consider supporting Aiden by running or walking around Bayfield in all of its “end of summer” glory.

Once again the Virtual High School (VHS) and the Bayfield Optimist Club are teaming up to raise enough funds for Aiden’s wish to be granted. The run/walk starts and finishes at the VHS building on Main Street South in the village.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children living with a life threatening condition. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s going to Walt Disney World, playing golf at the Masters, a new computer or even being the Prime Minister of Canada.

“Even though this is a competitive race it is open to teams and families to enter and have some fun,” said Cathy Fisher, a member of the Bayfield Optimist Club.

The first Virtual High School Run4Kids was held in 2012. VHS was originally inspired to organize the first run by one of their very own students who was battling brain cancer. Will Frassinelli.

Since 2015 the focus of the event has been on supporting the Make-A-Wish of South Western Ontario. That year $6,000 was raised to grant the wish of a Huron County child – Reiko, who at the time was five years old. He has an inherited skeletal disorder. His wish was to take a trip to his favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida. And with the help of the community, his wish came true. Reiko and his family will in attendance at the 2017 event to help Aiden’s wish come true.

On the day of the event, site registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with awards to follow at 10:15 a.m. to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. Twenty-five dollars will be given to first place in each category and $50 to first place overall in each gender group.
To learn more about registration fees and to register visit: There are registration categories for individuals, youth, families and teams.

“One hundred per cent of your donation will go toward Aiden’s trip to Ottawa to perhaps run our country for a day. With your help we can make this happen,” said Fisher.

Anyone who can’t participate but would still like to donate to Make-A-Wish to help grant the can visit or call Fisher at 519 482-5557. She will collect the donation and send personal info in for a tax receipt for any donation over $20.

To learn more visit the VHS Run4Kids website listed above or go to

And to get runners in the right mindset for this event here is a little more information on Aiden. He enjoys playing video games and country music. His favorite foods are steak and hamburgers and he loves The Keg Restaurant. His favorite memory occurred when he got his dog Lulu.

Another way the community can help is to eat! The Optimist Club of Bayfield will be running a hot dog BBQ at Bayfield Foodland on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all donations going to the wish for Aiden. 



An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 621 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:

Councilor's Corner 

As the Bayfield Community Fair conflicted with the third Thursday of the month Councilor’s Corner has been rescheduled to Aug. 31.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The topic will be "Bayfield Arena". The evening will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre  starting at 7 p.m.


The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) had an out of this world observing night on Aug. 15th at the Agricultural Park in the village. Those in attendance viewed Saturn, Jupiter, M3, M31, an Iridium flare and meteors. Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. Their next Star Party is Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield. Each party is limited in the number of participants the group can accommodate. Please use the RSVP button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled and no one will show up. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691. If you are an amateur astronomer, willing to bring your telescope, and share your knowledge with others, please contact the number listed above in advance. for more details, locations and times. (Submitted photo)    

BHS hosts BUS 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is delighted to announce that the speakers for the August meeting will be members of the fun loving and locally famous Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

This fast growing group has grown from two members to 16 in just two years; they get together at the library, generate some great music and have a great time.

If you want to learn their story, if you are searching for a fun social activity to join or are simply curious about this group please plan to attend the BHS evening. The musical program for the evening will be ‘Strumming Down Memory Lane’ featuring songs from each decade of the past century with interesting historical facts about each piece.”It will be held on Monday, Aug. 28 commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting, memberships are available and all are welcome to attend.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite everyone to their annual general meeting that will take place in the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the FOBL as a board member or in other capacities, please contact the friends via


You have heard of an old fashion ‘barn raising’, well, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is having a ‘building painting’ and they are looking for volunteers to help. All that is needed is a paintbrush, scraper, some clothes to wear while painting and a positive attitude. Anyone who doesn’t have a paintbrush or scraper should then just bring the positive attitude. Supervision will be provided if requested.

Volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Archives Building and Heritage Centre on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and muffins will be available. A small crew is needed for Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon to scrape, sand and prime a few areas on the south and west sides as well as caulk some of the window frames.

Anyone who is able to help then should please call the BHS at 519 441-3224 and leave a message indicating when they can help - Friday, Saturday or both days. Anyone who can bring a step or extension ladder should indicate that as well. Please note that the painting event will be rescheduled if it rains.


The residents of the Bayfield Mews are happy to announce that the development is now on it’s final phase as Phase Two residences are now being sold and the 39 homes in the first phase of the project are now sold out!

As “it’s all about community” at the Bayfield Mews the residents are opening their doors for people to come out and tour three of the beautiful townhome styles available in this 55 plus adult lifestyle community.

At this event to be held on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to the tour people will be treated to a hotdog BBQ and refreshments will also be served.

The Bayfield Mews homes can be found along Bayfield Mews Lane just south of the village.

Tai Chi 

People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield starting in September. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.

An Open House and free class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. AM at the town hall.

For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

BHS Quilt 

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming 100th International Plowing Match, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has initiated a small project to share memories of Bayfield.

Organizers would like to make the project a community one and ask that people share their favorite memories, places, and things about Bayfield by using permanent markers to write on a “piece” of the quilt block. This quilt block will be on display at the society’s booth in the IPM Heritage Tent.

People can participate in this project and share a memory by visiting the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives at 20 Main St. N during their hours of operation (Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). A donation to participate would be appreciated. Sharing a memory on the quilt block will be based on a first come basis.


One Care will continue to offer morning fitness classes at the arena on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting Sept. 6. The schedule will be posted on the arena door and outdoor bulletin board at the library. Some exciting new classes will be added to the line-up.

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Bayfield has been fortunate to receive funding through the provincial government’s Seniors Community Grant Program. Some of this funding will be used to provide new fitness opportunities for seniors that emphasize mindfulness and relaxation.
These classes will be offered later in the day so people who still work might be able to fit them into their schedules.

“NIA” will begin on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. NIA classes combine dance, martial arts and mindfulness techniques. According to practioners, flexibility, mobility, agility, strength and stability will all be enhanced. The goal is to leave the class energized and relaxed. Participants may do the class in bare feet or soft flexible sneakers that will bend with your movements.

According to Wikepedia, the NIA technique is a mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics, a health and fitness alternative that emerged in the 1980s and evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings.

The first Total Body Relax class will be held on Sept. 28, also at 5:30 p.m. at the community centre. Total Body Relax offers a gentle approach to stretching, toning and relaxing muscles. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and a small pillow. Note some Total Body Relax classes will be held at the arena and some at the Bayfield Town Hall.

All are invited to come out and give one of these classes a try. There is no charge for either class. Please email plewington for more information.


The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.

Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.

Martel Book Launch 


The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is pleased to sponsor the launch of Don Martel’s book, “Loaves and Fishes” on Sept. 7.

The launch will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and is open to the general public. Admission is by donation to the Alzheimers Society.

As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of his experiences from his 8,200 KM solo bike ride across Canada in support of Alzheimers in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in the book “Loaves and Fishes” All net sales proceeds of the book will also go to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

In addition, Martel has also agreed to hold two photo workshops on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

The first of these is called: “Introduction to Digital Photography” and will take place at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.
This class, limited to 20 participants, is for anyone with a camera, from a smart phone to the latest digital SLR, who is not fully comfortable with the technology. The class will help you understand how your camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why your camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way your eyes see them and then provide you with practical simple approaches to use this knowledge to your advantage when making photos.

The second workshop, called “Land and Water”, will also be in the Lions building and take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After a break there will be an evening beach shoot starting at 7 p.m. In this workshop, restricted to a maximum of 12 people, you will learn tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. You will learn about light, motion, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques.

The Friday workshop costs $10 and the all-day Saturday workshop costs $85. For any further questions or registration please contact Martel at 519 984-6329 or email You can also visit


image1 The Bayfield Artist Guild Show and Sale held on Saturday, Aug. 19 was a huge success. There were many, many paintings shown against the beautiful backdrop of the Lighthouse Cottage gardens in the village along with rock painting for children, learn to paint for adults and a number of artists painting "en plein air " to watch. Interest was high and the Guild members agree that it will be held again next year. Guild members will be painting again this Friday, Aug. 25 in Pioneer Park 9 a.m. to noon if anyone wants to join in. (Submitted photo)  







next generation leahy to perform at IPM 2017

NGL Studio 2015 - 2The Next Generation Leahy has been performing for audiences all over Canada and the United States for the past three years. (Submitted photo)  

A Next Generation Leahy performance has been described as “breath-taking”, “astounding” and “unforgettable.” Audiences simply don't want the night to end because they have experienced something truly amazing and beautiful. The 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) are pleased to announce that Next Generation Leahy will be performing two shows Thursday, Sept. 21 on the Main Stage.

The Next Generation Leahy has been sharing their gift of music with audiences all over Canada and the United States for the past three years. With these young minds leading the way, their music is constantly evolving bringing Celtic music into the modern era for a new audience.

All under the age of 16, they are accomplished multi-instrumentalists whose live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music associated with their Leahy heritage - fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano and French-Canadian step-dancing.

The Province of Ontario is generously sponsoring their performances at IPM 2017.

IPM 2017 takes place Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 until Labour Day weekend. Tickets will be available at the gates on the day of for $18 per person. More information about all the entertainment schedules and programming for IPM 2017 can be found online at or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.

Food Bank Gala raises awareness of hunger in huron 

On Aug. 3, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) Fourth 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.

Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn; HCFBDC Board Chair Willemien Katerberg; and HCFBDC Executive Director Mary Ellen Zielman welcomed those gathered.

Guest speaker Glen Pearson from the London Food Bank brought further awareness of food insecurity to the audience. Pearson challenged the community to work together to solve the issues of poverty and hunger. He noted that as citizens it is up to each of us to make a difference.

The evening featured a delicious meal catered by Chef Devin Tabor as well as silent auction items and raffle table. A lively auction completed the evening with guest auctioneers Bob Heywood, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb and Glen McNeil, councilor for the Municipality of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh.

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. They rely on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables in season and meat products. HCFBDC relies on financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods.

HCFBDC extends thanks to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2017 “Better Together” Gala a great success. Aug. 2, 2018 is the date set for the HCFBDC 5th Annual Gala.

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

source protection committee in need of members 

A local source protection authority has issued a notice calling for applications to fill three vacant seats on a committee that is protecting municipal sources of drinking water.

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC) is a 15-member committee in addition to the Chair. The committee reduces risk to drinking water in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas. The ABMVDWSPC does this by putting into action locally developed and provincially approved source protection plans. The Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Authority (ABSPA), on behalf of the source protection region, is seeking applications from individuals to fill two vacant committee seats from the Economic-Agriculture sector and one vacancy for a committee member from the Other-Environmental public interest sector.

The ABSPA issued the call for applications on Aug. 15. Applications (cover letter and résumé), with position title clearly marked, are to be submitted by Monday, Sept. 25 by 4 p.m. local time to be considered. For a summary of member obligations, job description, and full posting visit: After the closing of the application period, the source protection authority will then interview a short list of candidates.

ABMVDWSPC Chair Matt Pearson said a committee member’s work is interesting and important.

“We have benefitted from the expertise, knowledge and commitment of our past and current members,” he said. “We have three committee seats that are vacant at this time. We are looking for strong candidates to take on these vital roles as committee members.”

It’s important to find the right people who can bring their knowledge and questions to the table, according to Pearson.

“This helps to improve the work we do to implement, monitor and update policies that are reducing risk to our local drinking water,” he said. “It helps to keep our drinking water safe and clean, starting at the source.”

The ABMVSPC was Ontario’s first. The committee has worked since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans. The Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006 has made this work possible. The Province of Ontario approved the locally developed plans on Jan. 19, 2015 and the plans took effect on Apr. 1, 2015. The source protection plans include policies to address 21 activities that can pose a threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas and in certain quantities).

The make-up of the committee is shaped by the source protection committee regulation (Ontario Regulation 288/07) and by a local process that took place to decide how to include diverse voices at the committee table. One third of the committee is from municipalities. One third of the committee (five members) comes from economic sectors. Locally, three of those five economic member seats are from agriculture and the other two are from industry and commerce, including tourism. The other third of the committee represents Other- Environmental, Health, and other interests of the general public (including property owner association representation; public representation from the two source protection areas; and environmental sector representatives).

Visit and to find out more. Interested people may also call Geoffrey Cade, Program supervisor, at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

The link to the posting notice calling for applications is at this link:

Source protection plan policies address a list of 21 activities (such as fuel or chemical storage, among others) in four types of vulnerable areas. The four vulnerable areas are wellhead protection areas which are zones to protect municipal wells and the groundwater that supplies them; surface water intake protection zones; significant groundwater recharge areas; and highly vulnerable aquifers. People may find the maps of these areas by visiting Threat activities may be assessed as low, moderate or significant threats to municipal drinking water sources. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are found only in wellhead protection areas A, B, and C. The policies in those relatively small vulnerable areas reduce risk by using tools ranging from education and outreach to risk management plans, to restricted land uses, or prohibition of some activities.

Anyone who wishes to see if they reside in a vulnerable area near a municipal well, use the interactive maps, or read a fact sheet on one of the 25 municipal well systems in the region can find information at People are invited to review the page on their community’s well, consult a detailed map of wellhead protection areas and read a fact sheet that lets them know about the water source and treatment, explains the wellhead protection areas, and provides ways to protect these local drinking water sources. Anyone who would like to learn if plan policies apply to them, or how they can protect local drinking water sources, can visit the website at or phone toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email


Bayfield Calendar launch

_MG_2255 Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Lions' Club unveiled the 13 images included in the Bayfield Calendar for 2018 with assistance from Bluewater Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson. (Photos by Jack Pal)

The 2018 Calendar is now officially launched and is available for sale for $10 at Shopbike Coffee, Bayfield Foodland, Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield and the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre. Local organizations and volunteers will also be selling them.

The matted prints will be sold for $40 each, and include a free calendar, at “Sunset on Summer” to be held on Sept. 2 at the Bayfield Town Hall. All calendar proceeds support Bayfield Lions’ initiatives.

_MG_2259Suzan Johnson is a member of the PCoB and her photograph graces the cover of the 2018 Bayfield calendar.  

“I want to thank the PCoB (Photography Club of Bayfield) members who provided the photos and to the great Lions committee who are undertaking the business end of this project,” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “ This is the fifth year of the Lions-PCoB partnership and has resulted in probably the best calendar to date. Hurry up and get your own copy...last year we sold out early”

The theme for this year was “Blue is the New Green” and next year’s theme is “Architecture of the Bayfield Area” which can be interpreted in many photographic ways. Details for submitting photos for consideration will be released shortly.

Submissions are open to all members of the public.

Bone Health Workshop 

A four-week Bone Health program will be offered in Zurich at the Bluewater and Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) on Tuesdays starting on Sept. 12.

The workshop, which will run from 1-3 p.m., will be useful to those recently diagnosed with or interested in preventing, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Each week, various health professionals: a pharmacist, social worker and dietician will present and take questions. Each week a nutritious snack will be provided. This is being offered in partnership with Community Connections Outreach Services and One Care along with other various organizations.

To register, call Heidi, Wellness coordinator at 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.


The annual Iceculture Wackabout Golf Tournament returns to the Bayview Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 15 with proceeds going to the Bayfield Area Family Health Team expansion project. The tournament was revived last year after a 15-year break specifically to raise money for the new clinic.

In 2016, 94 golfers participated and early indications are the 2017 event will attract a full house of 144 players. In the past, the four-person, scramble format was popular with all those who participated.

It is an open tournament and anyone interested in taking part can contact organizer, Julian Bayley for further details at 519 857-6654 or by e-mail at


The Maitland Trail Association 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 Maitland Trail Association’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 23-24.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the beautiful, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron. Participants will traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. They may see wildlife, including deer, eagles, ravens, salamanders, snakes and toads. Along the route there will be checkpoints where water and snacks will be provided, and enthusiastic volunteers will cheer you on. Participants may choose to hike the entire 49 KM trail, or select shorter distances to challenge themselves with.

The Harvest Supper on Saturday evening will be a casual meal with delicious, locally sourced choices. 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.

Registration is now open at and spaces are filling up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $25 for adults and $10 for children. This fee includes, shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion.

Visit or contact for more information about this exciting event.


Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.

Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.




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IMG_8674 Bayfield Agricultural Society President Doug Yeo reacted to seeing some familiar faces along the parade route.

IMG_8825The train tour was a first for the fair and probably the most popular activity by far even late into Sunday afternoon the cars were filled with eager tourists.

IMG_8858Agricultural Society volunteer Bil Dowson made countless happy trips around the fairgrounds as the train conductor on the weekend.  

IMG_8857This young lad motioned for the train whistle as he rode along.

IMG_8855Snippety was on hand at the fair to make balloon creations and paint faces - this young lady followed these activities with a train ride.  

IMG_8863Many youngsters who rode on the train were heard to exclaim, "We're going into the forest!" It was actually the hedge row between the ball diamond and the fairgrounds but for youngsters it was still quite an adventure!  

IMG_8638Scott Miller, a reporter with CTV, officially opened the Bayfield Community Fair on Friday night and then was challenged to some tasks that included sawing a piece of wood. President of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, Doug Yeo, timed his efforts.

IMG_8624 Travis Saunders, 8, of Bayfield, earned a "Best in Show" for his very detailed "Lego parade float".

IMG_8626Linda Dixon's entry in the "Biggest Carrot" category took third prize.  

IMG_8631 Charlotte Williamson's creation appeared too cute to think about eating. She made "a beaver using Rice Krispies and decorated it with edible materials".

IMG_8619Old MacDonad's Farm offers all ages a chance to get up close to some very loveable livestock.

 IMG_8617Old MacDonald's Farm showcases a variety of animals and birds many on loan from the farm of John Siertsema, of Bayfield.

IMG_3156Randy, the Three-toed Box Turtle, met a lot of visitors to the Discovery Tent on the weekend as part of a display by the Huron Stewardship Council.(Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_8790This ride was an impressive sight at the midway for the 161st Bayfield Community Fair.

IMG_8791Some brave souls spinning.

IMG_88284H events are a big part of Saturday at the fair. Participants at the South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day start young in the judging circle.

IMG_8850Before the Huron County 4H Sheep Club Competition could begin on Saturday afternoon competitors had to ensure that their sheep were looking spiffy.This duo took a break from grooming to watch some of the Dairy show.

IMG_8871Aidhan Kleuskens celebrates dunking Fadi Didi, radio personality from 104.9 The Beach in Goderich, at the Dunk Tank on Saturday afternoon.


The 161st Bayfield Community Fair is now but a memory for many people from near and far.

Several new folks to the fair found the event has retained the traditions that their image of a “fair” has. Many like the opportunities to see the animals from the large heavy horses to the small chicks. Others are attracted to the new competitions or entertainment that is offered each year. Organized by volunteers who want to see this annual event be a highlight for the community every summer is a truly an amazing fact!

Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) President Doug Yeo would like to thank everyone who helped make the 161st fair such a success. He listed his highlights for the 2017 fair:

• Irene Okahashi being absolutely shocked being given the President’s Award for being a long-term vendor at the Bayfield Fair. She has been a vendor, exhibitor and ticket seller for a long time and what is quite amazing is the fact that the money for anything she sells goes to Crime Stoppers. She proudly had her ribbon pinned at the front of her booth.

• The three dignitaries were great sports about the competition they faced at the Opening. What was inspiring is they were encouraging each other and helping one another with suggestions.

• The fireworks were great but when speaking with Michael, who set off the spectacle, it was strange to be doing it with the sign saying “No Smoking” just behind him and with several fire department members nearby.

• It was a proud moment to see so many flags that the BAS gave out at the beginning of the parade being waved as the parade wound its way through the heart of the village. The families lining the route were definitely patriotic and enthusiastic.

• The quilt car was a unique combination of blanket and vehicle and as the owner said she can always keep warm. Many stares were observed when it slowly drove along the parade route.

• The dunk tank proved to be a centre of a lot of excitement with children dunking their parents and the public dunking a police officer, or mayor, or fire department member, or radio celebrity. Everyone was a great sport and got into the spirit of challenging each person throwing the ball.

• A lot of skill had been noticed for the drivers of the Friesian horses as they drove through the obstacle course. They were brought from a trot to walk to fast pace as they manoeuvered though the various sections of the course.

• Who thought watching pigs run for a drink of milk could be so entertaining and exciting. The large crowd that gathered were delighted doing much cheering and pig calling. The winner in addition to bragging rights, which went well into the night hours, got to also provide a charity with a donation. People became very attached to their pig and there is rumour that possibly a few of the pigs had their feelings hurt with some of the names provided.

• Exploding watermelons are hard to describe until you experience it. Many of the participants in the watermelon competition ended up with blisters and aching muscles as they put repeated layers of elastic bands on a watermelon. The melons did not disappoint as they took their time but they did explode.

• A visual highlight was seeing one busker walking around on stilts and being so tall he was looking down at the folks who were in the cab of the modern tractor.

• A special highlight was checking the statistics of the number of entries on all the exhibits in the arena. Except in two sections there were increased entries. The handcraft section has the most with over 300 entries.

• My final highlight was seeing the number of young people carrying stuffed toys away after having a great time at the midway. They were leaving with a souvenir of a happy experience and that is what a fair should provide.

Reports are already written and being written about suggestions for next year and the BAS welcomes input by asking you to fill in a questionnaire online on the website Volunteers are always welcome and an invitation to come to the after-fair meeting is extended for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church.

IMG_8861The train was reportedly on loan from the Parkhill Agricultural Society and judging from its popularity hopefully it will be back again next year!

IMG_8622 Doug Yeo's "collection of vegetables" earned a "Best in Show" ribbon at the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair.

IMG_8633Katie Nurse, 7, of Kingsville, ON earned a first place ribbon for her "birthday cake for Canada using recycled materials".

IMG_8621Visitors to Old MacDonald's Farm have a chance to vote for their favorite creature on display.

IMG_8867Volunteers with the Huron Stewardship Council were on hand in the Discovery Tent at the fair on Saturday and Sunday to introduce visitors to reptiles like the Red Corn Snake.

IMG_8793Folks watching the youngsters ride the Dragon Coaster at the fair on Saturday looked to be having just as much fun as the riders!

IMG_8819 The South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day had a number of young Holsteins entered by their proud owners.

IMG_8851A judge watches how well the youth control their bovine during the South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day.  

IMG_8830 The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the conformation of the breed resembles that of a light draught horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. These horses proved just how nimble they are during the Friesian Horse Show held on the fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon.

IMG_8843Friesians are known for their brisk, high-stepping trot.

 IMG_8837The Friesian stands on average about 15.3 hands (63 inches, 160 cm), tall. 

IMG_8878 A crowd gathered on the fairgrounds to watch Hamilton based performer Trulee Odd entertain with fire eating, juggling, unicycle riding and some balloon buffoonery. Not all at the same time mind you but almost!

IMG_8882Parents didn't want their children trying this activity during the show so Trulee Odd encouraged them to try it at home!

IMG_8893Trulee Odd has been performing for audiences for twenty years and his zany talent has allowed him to do shows around the world.  

IMG_8895A variety of reactions were noted as Trulee Odd displayed his talents at fire manipulation.



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IMG_2878Bayfield Firefighter Dave Andrew (left) and Fire Chief John Bender lead off the Bayfield Community Fair Parade on Saturday morning. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_8746Some of the horns on the vehicles in the Mocha Jeepsters Unit made untraditional sounds - like a cow mooing!

IMG_8664The Parade Marshall this year was former longtime fair volunteer and honorary board member, Afra Van Wonderen.

IMG_8656 Members of the Stratford Police Band made music together as they marched down John Street.

IMG_8666Although a smaller contingent of antique tractors were in the fair parade this year their drivers seemed happy to take part.

IMG_8706John Robinson, of Bayfield, had a great vantage point to see the spectators as he was driven down John Street.  

IMG_8717The Mocha Temple Road Runners are always a favorite entry in the annual parade.

IMG_8748Elise Brady, of Bayfield, waves to the crowd as her family's entry made its way along the parade route.


Saturday dawned overcast that proved to be perfect viewing weather for the Bayfield Community Fair Parade on Aug. 20. The parade made its way along Main and John Streets at the stroke of 11 o’clock and at its end folks were encouraged to follow along to Agriculture Park for the 161st Bayfield Community Fair. And follow they did!

The Parade Marshall this year was former longtime fair volunteer and honorary board member, Afra Van Wonderen.

For the second time the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association organized the parade on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society. Those supporting the parade this year were: Bayfield Convenience & Gifts, Bayfield Lions’ Club, Den-Way Auto, Municipality of Bluewater, and the Virtual High School

Three bands performed for the crowds as they walked along the route nicely spaced between vintage vehicles and tractors and youngsters on decorated bicycles. The Stratford Police Band, Clinton Legion 140 Pipes and Drums Band, Seaforth All Girls Marching Band and kept many a foot a tapping as they marched by.

The Shriner’s presence always adds flair to the festivities and they did not disappoint with representation from the Mocha Motor Corps, Mocha Temple Road Runners and the Mocha Jeepsters Unit.

Both Paul Bunyan Campground and the Egerton Beach neighborhood entered floats with a patriotic theme in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday – a young nation compared to the fair that is 11 years its senior!

 IMG_2994This entry is a regular in all the local parades promoting boat safety. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_8714Yes, this convertible is covered in a quilt! Both quilt and car were on display at Ag Park after the parade on Saturday.

IMG_2919The Tyler family, new owners of Rosie's Ice Cream Shoppe, suggested parade goers "eat dessert first". Sounds like a great idea! (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_3004Members of the Mocha Jeepsters Unit are always a bright and shining entry in the August parade. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_3021Harry Dykstra once again was behind the steering wheel for the parade entry from the Bayfield Garage. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_3027"Loonies of Egerton Beach Tour of Canada" entry in the fair parade was both humorous and colorful. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_8701Perhaps two future Mocha Motor Corps make their way down John Street behind the aforementioned Shriners.

IMG_8763After the parade the spectators followed along to the Agricultural Park to check out the exhibits, demonstrations, midway and more.

IMG_8739The Bayfield Bass Masters were represented in the parade held on Saturday morning.

IMG_8744Lynne Gillians, of Bayfield, appeared to be delighted by a parade entry as she watched the spectacle with her family.



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Okay, I want to take you on a little walk around the village. Let’s go to the library first, stroll over to the children’s corner. The storybooks on the shelves are dusty. In the corner the reading chair sits empty. The children’s computers turned off. The toys that were once out on the play rug are now away in a box.

Leave the library and head to Clan Gregor Square. The swings sit rusted from lack of use. The Splash Pad sits quiet, as there is no one who has happily pushed the on button in quite awhile.The place is eerily silent.

Take a stroll down a side street – basketball hoops and road hockey nets are disintegrating where they were left. No shouts of “car” can be heard from young voices as no games are being interrupted.

Approach the door of the Bayfield Arena…the front door is locked. The ice is gone…no games of pick up hockey, no organized hockey, no skating lessons, no tournaments, no public skating.

The children and their families are gone…moved to centers with amenities that can offer more for their young, active lifestyles.

And then it happens like a game of more MILKs Group, no more Preschool, no more Ontario Early Years program, no more church day camps or summer camps, no more Girl Guides, no more Optimist Club…no need, there are no children living here.

Ice or no ice - ask yourself how sad would a village be with no children?

Some will say this is an exaggeration but it was a recurring theme noted by the two delegations and the members of the very, large crowd that gathered in the council chambers in Varna on Monday night when council voted to remove the ice from the Bayfield Arena permanently in March of 2018. Thankfully it wasn’t unanimous and my inner child remains hopeful that both the BACPA and BFIT won’t give up the fight for both the young and young at heart in this community. – Melody


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