Bookmark and Share   Aug. 28, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 35 Issue 529

sunset on summer this saturday 

44410120272_aac9f2910a_kVolunteers make the annual Sunset on Summer BBQ run smoothly. In 2018, Karen Dalton, Gayle and Barry Detenbeck were just three of the volunteers that served food to those who attended. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

People are encouraged to mark their calendars for the Bayfield Town Hall Sixth Annual Sunset on Summer BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 31.

This community event is a great place to enjoy the Labour Day weekend with friends and family. Enjoy a delicious BBQ chicken dinner, a beverage at the wine/beer tent and live entertainment by “Carry On”, performing the music of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young.

The BBQ will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. rain or shine.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at no additional cost! Visit to purchase or call 519 565-5788 and Press ‘1’ for ticket sales.

Annual Run4Kids a highlight of Labor Day weekend 

37030357495_10cc883a97_kIn 2017, the weather was perfect for running the 5 KM VHS Run4Kids along the streets of the village. This year's race is scheduled for Sept. 1. (Photo by Jack Pal)

There are just four days remaining until Run4Kids 2019, a 5 KM Run/Walk in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario sponsored by the Virtual High School (VHS) with support from the Optimist Club in Bayfield.

In anticipation of this seventh annual event to be held on Sept. 1 a little Q & A was done with the event organizers:

What is the history of the Run4Kids event?

The Run4Kids 5 KM Run/Walk was started in 2012 to raise funds to support a child undergoing cancer treatment. Staff at VHS were inspired by the story of Will Frassinelli, a VHS student who has been battling brain cancer for over ten years. Encouraged by the generosity of participants in the past Run4Kids events, we have sought out other children’s charities in the Huron County region.

How do you go about selecting a wish child to sponsor?

VHS contacts Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario (SWO) who is responsible for finding a suitable candidate to sponsor. The child is typically from Huron County or a nearby region. This year’s wish child is Jennica, a 16 year-old girl living with a kidney disease. Her wish is to travel to Orlando with her family to her favorite theme park.

What has the reception been like from the community? Does the Run4Kids receive a lot of support?

The success of the event is highly dependent on the support of the community. Each year we receive support from local businesses across the county in the form of food and drinks at the event, raffle prizes or sponsorships. We are always looking for more support in the form of donations or participation from the community. We strive to make every year a greater event than the last and the community support is a chief contributing factor to the event’s success. For anyone interesting in donating they can reach out to or come to the school located at 27 Main St. N, Bayfield, ON.

How did last year's event go?

Last year. we had approximately 120 runners/walkers as well as 35 volunteers helping to make the event a success. Jesse, the 2018 wish child, and his family were ecstatic with the support received and even more excited to receive news of his wish being granted to travel to Costa Rica to go zip-lining, see monkeys, sloths, waterfalls and hot springs.

How much was raised for Make-A-Wish Southwestern last year?

Last year, we were able to raise $12,653 with the support of the community.

How can people register?

People are able to register on Registration will also take place onsite at VHS, 27 Main St. North in Bayfield on Sept. 1st from 7:30-8:55 a.m. before the race.

Where can people go for more information?

For more information on the event please visit or contact the race coordinator, Amanda Zehr at


GROUP SHOT 1The Bluewater Babes recently held a special luncheon at the Benmiller Inn to mark the fifteenth anniversary of their founding. (Submitted photo)  

On Aug. 20, the Bluewater Babes held a special luncheon at the Benmiller Inn to mark the fifteenth anniversary of their founding.

A highlight of the afternoon was Keynote Speaker, Kelly Elson, who spoke to the group about "The Grounded Goddess".

Edie Allaster also addressed the group at the luncheon noting that the Bluewater Babes began as a chapter of the Red Hat Society in 2004.

"Over the past several years our expectations of what we do has changed and all formal procedures that were relevant in the early years are no longer applicable including the dress code as well as our association with the Red Hat Society,” said Allaster. “Today, we continue to enjoy meeting for lunch once a month and engage in enjoyable and creative events locally and out of the county. Our continued support to the Women's Shelter is deeply gratifying."

The Bluewater Babes currently enjoy a membership of 34.

Allaster concluded, "The bold new colors of blue and gold on our logo redefine a fresh approach for the future as we continue to inspire and support one another and enrich each other's lives by focusing on fellowship.”

calendar enlargements available at sunset on summer 

The new 2020 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now available for purchase. 

The calendars are now on sale for $10 at Shopbike, Bayfield Foodland, the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre and from Justyna Chojnacka as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions. This year’s theme, “Bayfield: As you like it”, was broadly interpreted by the creative photographers who submitted entries.

All of the selected photos have been enlarged and professionally double-matted at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing and are being offered for sale for $40 (includes a free calendar) to the public on Aug. 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall.

As well, there is an opportunity to buy a canvas mounted print 24” x 36” for $150 with a prepaid order. Smaller sizes can also be ordered.

For a look at all the photos in the calendar see the collage in the display window at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.

Organizers note that the calendars and matted prints make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions activities throughout the community. Net revenues from the print sale are shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.




The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) has been busier than ever this summer playing at local events throughout Huron County.

They recently entertained for the Friends of Bayfield Library Book Sale, Bayfield Farmers’ Market, the Community Church Service at the Bayfield Community Fair and opened for the Celtic Blue Highlanders in Goderich.

It’s not unusual for 30-40 strummers to perform at these gigs. Donations received from their performances are now being paid forward to local charities such as the food bank and hospice.

Bayfield Volkfest is the next big event on their schedule. They will be performing at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Information about upcoming events and jam sessions/practices can be found on their website or on their Facebook page: Bayfield Ukulele Society. New members are always welcome.

IMG_2665The Bayfield Ukulele Society entertained for the Friends of Bayfield Library Book Sale in mid-August.  

IMG_2669Paula Letheren and Shelagh Sully performed with other members of the BUS at the Bayfield Public Library recently.  

IMG_2668Nancy Moore and Elise Feltrin encourage the performers at the Bayfield Public Library.  

IMG_2666It has been a very busy summer for members of the BUS.  


IMG_2662Bayfield Volkfest is the next big event on the BUS schedule. They will be performing at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29.


IMG_6747 “Sometimes music can speak to us, offering comfort and peace when words fail.” Rev. Lisa Dolson was joined by the singing group Solace for a photo following the joyous 162nd Anniversary of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield on Sunday, Aug. 25. Solace, under the direction of Deb Shelley, gifted those present for the service with their special music and harmonies. (Submitted photo)  


Farmers' market 


Summer may be waning, but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market is still going strong!

Returning this week are R.W. Sharpening and Repair Services. People are encouraged to bring their dull blades to the market to for a sharpening while they shop. Bayfield Provisions will also be back with the best granola around. Karen Rickers will return with her honey and beeswax products, J. Bogal Foods will be back with their tasty pirogies, and Red Moose Beverage Bar returns with their deep-fried dill pickles. Shoppers are reminded to arrive early if they want Bismarck donuts from Karen’s Kitchen as ten dozen sold out by 4:30 p.m. last Friday.

The Aug. 30th market will be the last of the season for Corrine Everson’s Papercrafting and Twin Pines Orchard and Cider House. So those who attend the market are invited to stock up on hard cider and handcrafted greeting cards.

Tom Taylor will entertain with live music. Sunset on Summer tickets will be available for purchase.

A list of vendors is posted every Thursday on the market’s Facebook page. The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Glee sisters

Women of Huron County who love to sing are invited to attend the season opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 6.

Rehearsals are held from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield weekly until mid-May with a holiday break in December.

This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and surrounding area since 2006. The Glee Sisters have welcomed a new accompanist, Mary McGoldrick, this year and will carry on the joy of singing under the direction of Blanche Savage and Lisa Stewart.

For further information please consult their Facebook Page: Glee Sisters Choir or email Arlene Timmins at or Blanche Savage at


“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

Such is the epitome of a new Guiding season.

Sparks, Brownies and Guides in Bayfield will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The Pathfinder and Ranger group will be starting soon too!

Girls aged five to 17 are welcome to join and they can register online now at, clicking on Registration and entering the “N0M 1G0” area code.

Bayfield Guiding has had a presence in this community for 60 plus years, Want to learn more about Bayfield Guiding? Contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or


All Ages Line Dancing is returning to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session starting on Sept. 9.

Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. Participants are guaranteed to have a great time, all while getting a good heart-pumping workout.

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. for 10 weeks concluding on Nov. 18. Please note there will not be a class on Oct. 14.

This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email

BRVTA september hikes 

September has arrived and so has the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s schedule of hikes. The first is a Mushroom Walk open to BRVTA’s members only. The second is a hike on the Lobb Trail open to all.

The Mushroom Walk is set for Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. It is a level one hike and will start at the Windmill Lake parking lot on Bayfield River Road. Parking available.

The trail is mostly on level ground, but there may be some wet and muddy areas. The hike will be led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald. The event will last approximately 1.5 hours. Participants will likely see many common mushrooms and the focus will be on identification.
The hike leaders will be George Ebers, 519 482-7512; Peter Jeffers and Jack Pal.

Due to the limited number that can be accommodated, this hike is open to current BRVTA members only!

Then on Saturday, Sept. 21 starting at 10 a.m. the next organized hike will be held along the Lobb Trail.

This nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area. There is a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical to this type of habitat.

The trail is 7 KMs long and level three difficulty with some hills and nature path. This hike will be approximately two hours long. Participants are asked to please wear appropriate footwear and bring a reusable water bottle.

The Lobb Trail is located on the Maitland Line, turn north/northeast at Holmesville off of Hwy 8 on to Sharpes Creek Line and then turn north/northeast on to Maitland Line. Parking is at the intersection of School House Rd.

The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Roberta Stemp and Peter Jeffers.

The Knitting Pilgrim

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield and the Bayfield Knit 1-2-3 Group would like to make the community aware of a theatrical event coming up in Stratford on Sept. 21.

“The Knitting Pilgrim”, featuring actor and knitter Kirk Dunn, is a multidisciplinary one-man show that combines personal storytelling, image projection, and three huge knitted panels that look like stained glass windows, to explore the connection amongst the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

According to the website, the play recounts Dunn’s fifteen-year artistic and spiritual journey of hand-knitting the ambitious project, and looks at why people struggle to get along today, the meaning of art, the hell of grant-writing and the power of love to overcome major obstacles and minor mishaps.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, located at 28 St. Andrew Street in Stratford. Admission to the event is by donation with refreshments to follow.

For more information please call the church at 519 271-5668.

Monarch release 

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

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

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

To learn more visit or find them on Facebook at “Huron Residential Hospice".

Harvest Dinner and Dance 

The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis.

Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow people to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal at the Harvest Dinner and Dance, so that trail supporters can give them a round of applause.

The Harvest Dinner is also the only fundraiser the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association organizes and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.

Event organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Thrills are able to entertain again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.

The BRVTA would like to thank their sponsors, The Lakehouse of Bayfield, Diane Snell of Royal LePage and Edward Fuels to step up to the plate; their support is so much appreciated.

They are also happy to announce that they have numerous wonderful and unique items for a raffle, as well as some great door prizes.
Anyone who has not yet purchased tickets is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun!

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Renegades Diner. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. during which appetizers and a free glass of wine will be served. The three-course dinner will begin at 7 p.m., followed by music and dancing. A vegetarian and gluten-free option is available. Tickets are $45 each. Tables of four, eight or 12 can be reserved.

Please contact Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or for tickets.

art for hospice

IMG_2747Potted Pansies Encaustic art piece by Paula Letheren. (Submitted photo)  

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

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time period.

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

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

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

Memory and Aging Program 

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

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

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

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



talent advances to western fair 

IMG_1065Youth Talent Search Winners were: Triads, first place; Hannah Thomas, third; Mary Paige and Irelyn St Onge, second. (Photo by Wilhelmina Laurie)  

Organizers behind the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Competition at the Bayfield Community Fair, held on Aug. 16, thought all of the acts this time around were fabulous and wish all of the performers going on the best of luck at the Western Fair in September.

There were competitors from the local area as well as Stratford, London and St. Thomas. Three Junior winners and five Youth acts will go on to compete at the Western Fair. The evening was a fun night with trivia between acts related to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival.

Junior Rise2Fame competitors advancing were: Ava Alcadinho, first place; Cierra Satterley, second; and Emily Ducharme, third. The Youth Talent Search winners were: Triads, first place, Hannah Thomas, third Place, Mary Paige and Irelyn St Onge, second place.

IMG_4837Emily Ducharme performed “Fight Song”. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_4825Adriana Dorssers singing "Rainbow". (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

gateway summer students shared research results 

Gateway summer students 2019Gateway’s Research Chair Dr. Al Lauzon (left) and Gateway's President Gwen Devereaux (right) presented gifts to the Gateway Summer Students recently, receiving the gifts were (l-r): Shanna Cardno, Emma Warren and Valerie Steckle. (Submitted photo)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) summer students Valerie Steckle, Emma Warren and Shanna Cardno presented the results of their research, study and data compilation to a large group in Goderich on Aug. 23.

Under the tutelage of Dr. Al Lauzon from the University of Guelph, Warren and Steckle did an in-depth study of Food Insecurity in Seniors in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. They highlighted the variety of issues that cause this serious health and economic problem. Their study included interviews with 76 health care providers and local government representatives. This is the first part of a two-year study that will continue between Gateway and Guelph University through 2020.

Dr. Lauzon praised the students' work and their work ethic. Steckle and Warren will be returning to their studies in September, Steckle to do a Master’s degree at McMaster University and Warren to continue her medical studies in Dublin, Ireland. In the mean time they have contributed valuable research into the plight of many seniors in rural areas some with limited income, many no longer drive and often have to make choices between household expenses and food. It is hoped that this study will affect policy in the provision of affordable healthy food for some of this region’s most vulnerable residents.

Dr. Lauzon provided the funding to employ these two students. This fulfills a goal that Gateway has pursued from the outset.

“We have always wanted to have rural health research conducted in our rural area by local students and health practitioners and to have it funded through regional universities,” said Gateway’s President Gwen Devereaux. “The research dollars spent here are a direct benefit to our region and greatly assist the students in funding their education.”

Cardno worked with Devereaux and Sarah Versteeg to do a literature review of mental health issues in the farming community. Studies and data from around the world show that the farm community world wide suffers from aggravated mental stress. These ladies are developing a program to look at the stressors of Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce County farmers and help develop some coping strategies. Cardno is returning to Western University to continue her studies in Health Sciences.

While Grace Bonnett, a fourth summer student, was unable to be present, her insight into lung clinics for poultry farmers was a valuable piece of work that will lead to more lung function testing and mask fittings in that segment of the farm economy of Huron. Bonnett is returning to University of Toronto to continue her studies in neuroscience.

Gateway was pleased to host these four students this summer. They did remarkable work and contributed significantly to the health of the region. Gateway hopes that by providing a summer research opportunity, that area young people will feel the challenges of rural health and take an interest in returning to the area when they have completed their university education.

aBCA concerned over possible provincial constraints 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has shared the concern, expressed by Conservation Ontario in an Aug. 19 news release, about a letter from the Province of Ontario that “moves to constrain” programs and services provided by conservation authorities. The Honorable Jeff Yurek, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), issued a letter to conservation authorities on Friday, Aug. 16. The letter was addressed to “whom it may concern.” The letter included a “request” to conservation authorities to “...begin preparations and planning to wind down those activities that fall outside the scope of your core mandate.”

Conservation Ontario is the association which represents Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities. Kim Gavine, General manager of Conservation Ontario, called the content of the letter “extremely disappointing.” The news release said Conservation Ontario and conservation authorities are “stunned” by the Minister’s letter.

“We’ve been caught completely by surprise,” Gavine said. “We’ve been working for months in good faith with the government to make a number of planning and development approvals streamlining changes to support their agenda to eliminate the deficit and implement the Housing Strategy.”

There was no consultation with Conservation Ontario or the CAs about the content of the letter before it was circulated, according to the news release.

Earlier this year, the Province of Ontario proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act through Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019. The Act received third reading and Royal Assent on June 6. The Minister said, in the Aug. 16 letter, that changes to the Conservation Authorities Act will require conservation authorities to “re-focus their efforts” on delivery of programs and services related to their “...core mandate, such as those related to ...” risk of natural hazards; conservation and management of conservation authority owned or controlled lands; drinking water source protection; protection of the Lake Simcoe watershed; (and) other programs or services, as prescribed by regulation.

“Furthermore, over the coming months,” the Minister wrote, “I will be reviewing all of the relevant legislation and regulations that govern Ontario’s conservation authorities to explore even more opportunities to re-focus their efforts and to ensure they are best serving the interests of the people of Ontario.”

The Minister’s letter was issued before discussion of regulations that would go with the legislation, according to Conservation Ontario. Discussions are “…only beginning... about the regulations that go with the legislation which will specify which actual programs and services are mandatory,” Gavine said.

The Province of Ontario cut funding, by about 50 per cent earlier this year, for natural hazards and flood forecasting and warning work by conservation authorities. Ontario provides a minority of the funding conservation authorities receive. Conservation authorities provide a variety of watershed management programs in partnership with all levels of government. These programs help to reduce or prevent costly and devastating damages of flooding, protect water resources, help to reduce pollution from reaching the Great Lakes, and support healthy watersheds, according to Conservation Ontario.

Conservation Ontario’s concern with the content of the Province’s letter is shared by ABCA. General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner said he hopes the Province of Ontario will reconsider the approach in the letter and will speak with the conservation authority, local municipalities, and the public before making changes that would negatively impact, water, soil, and the health of the local watershed.

“We would like to have an opportunity to speak with the Minister,” he said. “The community doesn’t even know the effect of these changes yet. People here have not had a chance to provide input and we have not had a chance to speak with our local municipalities. It would be premature, and have a negative effect, to wind down activities that benefit water, soil, and the health of this rural watershed when there are still so many unanswered questions and the regulation is not in place.”

Many local programs, identified by the community as needed, could be threatened if the Province’s approach is too restrictive, he said.

“Traditionally, the mandate for conservation authorities and the successful watershed management model in Ontario has always made it possible for us to respond to local needs, especially in a rural area like ours,” Horner said. “I hope that we can meet with the Province to ensure this will still be possible.”

Great lakes Photo contest deadline extended 

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

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

The deadline, for the first Love Your Greats photo contest, has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 3, to give people lots of time to enter their photos of their actions helping to protect Lake Huron and “helping to keep your Great Lake great.” The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups.

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

Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Tuesday, Sept. 3 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at at this web page: By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: and the watershed Facebook page is at:

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

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


IMG_5153 Southern Huron County’s Art Around Town group, along with some friends, have once again planned an exciting event to raise funds for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, on Sept. 5. There will be an Art Show and Sale and a Soup Dinner for $10 at the Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West in Exeter. The Silent Celebrity Auction that has proved popular at previous fundraisers will be even more exciting this year. Exeter Mayor George Finch and Councilor Aaron Neeb both participated in making signs with local artist George Wilson. The Art Show and Sale will feature work by 20 artists from the surrounding area some of which is currently on display at the Exeter Library. Pottery birds and pottery plant holders for succulents are just a couple of examples of items. Culinary art and wall art will also be in the auction with additional donations from two artists from Goderich. In this photo, Mary Lou and Jim Hyde made pottery items for the silent auction. For tickets call Laura Dykstra at 519 235-2326 or Bonnie Sitter at 519 235-1909. For more information visit (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)





 behind the bars 

The annual Behind the Bars program wraps up this week at the Huron Historic Gaol.

The final 2019 Behind the Bars will run tonight (Wednesday), and tomorrow (Thursday). The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.

Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.

Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website,, or people can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.

Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.

Cargiver support 

On Sept.4, Blue Water Nursing Home in Zurich, in conjunction with the residents Family Support Group, will be hosting a presentation by Jackie Alves of the South West LHIN on Caregiver Support.

This is a free presentation and all are welcome to attend the session that will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For more information please contact 226 222-1282.

Huron Hospice Anniversary 

Members of the community are invited to join in marking the 25th Anniversary of Huron Hospice on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the White Carnation in Holmesville with a dinner and celebration followed by the Annual General Meeting.

The evening will be a celebration of agency, volunteers, staff and supporters and a way to recognize
the success of a quarter of a century for Huron Hospice and plan for the next few years.

The evening agenda includes: a light dinner at 5:30 p.m.; speeches and recognition of retiring board members and Executive Director, Shirley Dinsmore at 6:15 p.m.; welcome with coffee or tea and dessert at 7 p.m.; and formal Annual General Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

RSVPs would be appreciated by Sept. 12 through EventBrite at There is no cost to attend the AGM, however there is a $30 fee to attend the dinner and celebration.

For more information contact Michelle Field by email at or call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.

Health unit 

Thinking of quitting smoking? Why not win some money while you’re at it? The Huron County Health Unit encourages those over the age of 19 who smoke to sign up now for the First Week Challenge Contest.

“Quitting is a process that takes multiple attempts, and September is a popular month for a quit attempt,” said Public Health Nurse, Katie Crocker. “The First Week Challenge Contest provides the motivation to make a quit attempt.”

Organized by the Canadian Cancer Society, the First Week Challenge Contest asks people who smoke to stay tobacco-free for the first seven days of the month for the chance to win $500.

The contest helps give those thinking of quitting smoking that extra nudge to take the first step.If $500 isn’t incentive enough, the health benefits from quitting smoking are a huge win. Those successful in staying tobacco-free during the one week are nine times more likely to quit smoking, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

There are two easy steps to enter: Register before midnight on Aug. 31 at to be entered in the September challenge.Remain tobacco-free for the first seven days of September for a chance to win $500.

One winner will be randomly chosen from six provinces across Canada after the September contest ends. This contest is open to those 19 years of age or older.“Start planning for a September quit attempt now,” said Crocker. “Having a plan, along with entering the First Week Challenge Contest, increases your chances of quitting for good.”

To sign up for the First Week Challenge Contest, or for more information, visit or call the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.

For more information on local quit smoking supports and services available, visit or call the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or toll free 1-877-837-6143.

Hockey for hospice 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turtle Release

A new generation of turtle hatchlings will return to the wild at the Fourth Annual Turtle Hatchling Release east of Exeter on Aug. 29.

This turtle education opportunity, for all ages, attracted hundreds of people last year. The 2019 event will take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, at 71108 Morrison Line, south of Highway 83, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The release is free to attend. Event proceeds support conservation of Ontario’s turtles. Organizers encourage attendees to donate to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC). The turtle release has raised thousands of dollars, over three years, in “much-needed funds” for Ontario’s largest turtle hospital.

The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) will supervise the release of native hatchling turtles. Participants can join staff to observe, as turtles are released, and to take pictures. Turtles are released every half hour from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Cristen Watt, the Species at Risk Technician with HSC, said, “It is incredible to see such strong public interest in turtles and their conservation. Unfortunately, Ontario’s turtle populations are declining, so this event raises awareness about local species-at-risk, and teaches everyone about the many ways they can help.”

The turtle release gives people of all ages a chance to meet local wildlife up close and to learn about local reptiles. Event plans include reptile displays, reptile-themed merchandise, and fun and active learning stations. Staff from Scales Nature Park, of the Oro-Medonte area, are bringing reptile species. Their turtles can be viewed and their snakes can be handled. The HSC will have outreach activities and merchandise, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation will bring an outreach display, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will have a geocaching station and other education and outreach. Pinery Provincial Park will have two naturalists at their outreach booth and turtles will be the theme of the Storytime Trail along the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail. There will also be cupcake sales in support of turtle conservation.

Parking at the turtle release will be available in the spillway, as well as on the south side of Morrison Lake (Morrison Dam Reservoir) and at the Woodland Reflection Shelter on the west side of Morrison Line (across from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Administration Centre).

To learn more about protecting turtles, and the release event, visit and or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.

Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.

BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.

People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at


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

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




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highlights of the 163rd bayfield community fair from a volunteer's perspective   


IMG_5092The train on loan from the Parkhill Agricultural Society was back for its third consecutive year!  

IMG_2833 The bounty and the beauty of the harvest was on display in the Bayfield Arena over the weekend during the 163rd community fair. (Photo by Jack Pal) 

IMG_2814A 4H club member waits for his turn in the show ring during the South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day held at the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2791Townsend Amusements were back at the fair with their Dragon Coaster a popular ride with the little and medium sized amongst us. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


IMG_2783Bubbleology was back for a second consecutive year entertaining all ages with her bubble stylings. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2780The weather was quintessentially summer for the Saturday instalment of the 163rd Bayfield Community Fair. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_5161Participants in the 4-H Sheep Show competition took to the show ring on Saturday afternoon.  

IMG_51424H 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_5133The Friesian Horse Show is a highlight of Saturday at the fair as these magnificent creatures are put through their paces.  

IMG_5115The Grain Box at the Bayfield Community Fair was a beehive of activity on Saturday mid-day.  

IMG_5085"Miss T the Bubble Queen" performed her Bubbleology Show for all ages in the Bayfield Arena on Saturday afternoon as part of the activities at the 163rd Bayfield Community Fair.  

IMG_5053Agricultural Society volunteer Bil Dowson made countless happy trips around the fairgrounds as the train conductor on the weekend.  



There is always a sense of anxiety when all the fencing is up, all the display units are in place, the judging is completed and the exhibits are organized and displayed. Normally there is not much time after the preparation is fully complete and the fairgoers start arriving. This year there was such an increase in woodworking that an extra table had to be put up. Several of the sections noticed an increase again this year – a sure sign that the Bayfield community likes to exhibit and compete.

On Friday, as people ate their pork meals, listened to Graham Bedard singing, they were able to relax and let the stress from the week fade. At the opening ceremony youth awards were passed out to Mack Andrew, Oliver Blakey, Cate Thompson, and Clay Siertsema before Mayor Paul Klopp opened the fair. People streamed in as daylight was fading filling the bleachers to watch the fireworks with beautiful open skies.

Saturday morning dawned after an early morning shower which dampened the ground keeping dust at bay. The parade featuring Charlie Kalbfleish as parade marshal attracted crowds along the downtown and streets leading to the fairgrounds. This year some new Shriner groups added a lot of energy to the annual event. As people entered the grounds choices were made to see the exhibits, go to the Discovery Tent, get faces painted, catch the 4-H shows, see the Friesian Horse show, be entertained by Bubbleology or the Funny Waiter, participate in the mini tractor pull or watermelon challenge, or enjoy the midway. The adults concluded their evening by attending the Woodstock Experience with perfect weather.

On Sunday the interdenominational community church service attracted a large crowd. The heavy horse show was being held as a demonstration on birds of prey was presented. The dog lovers enjoyed the agility clinic held under the tent. The crowd for the jamboree was the largest seen in many years and the music was enjoyed. As warnings of severe thundershowers were received, everyone inside the arena was encouraged to pack up early. The arena was cleared this year the earliest many ever recollect. The 163rd fair is now a memory but one that brought many smiles to many faces.

My highlights as a volunteer:

1. Noticing the bleachers filled before the fireworks show and being amazed at the twizzler fireworks that seemed new.

2. Watching the gates just after the parade and seeing a massive surge of people wanting in – I have been on the gates in the past and it feels like a tidal wave hitting you.

3. The opening of the new building brought out comments from our guests that there is an understanding of agricultural fairs and their role in the community.

4. Seeing Doreen MacKenzie and John Siertsema cut the wheat rope opening the building after their many years of service introducing farm animals to fairgoers.

5. Watching the young 4-H members looking after their sheep or calf.

6. Hearing from Fadi Didi, radio host for 109.5, who has volunteered for the dunk tank for several years saying the Bayfield Fair is the highlight of his summer.

7. Noticing that the high school volunteers were willing to work at whatever was assigned and sometimes with little supervision.

8. Listening to a youth who has been showing tall corn apparently for a couple of years and stating he finally beat the competition – a bit of satisfaction seemed to be in the tone he used.

9. Speaking with a Director eating fries for lunch and when asked if his wife knew, a quick response was that some things don’t need to be shared – fair food is only once a year.

10. The steady running of the train filled with young train riders waving and smiling.

IMG_2776Todd Baker was busy at the barbecue over lunch at the fair on Saturday. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2781Snippety the Clown was kept busy painting faces on Saturday at the fair. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_4793Rolf Stoye, of Zurich, took first place for this Sunflower display.  

IMG_4812Marg Fouts took first place for this Marine Compass design in the Hand Quilted Quilt Competition.  

IMG_4807Ulrike Stoye, of Zurich, placed first for this collection of vegetables in a basket.

IMG_4991This ride was an impressive sight at the midway for the 163rd Bayfield Community Fair.  



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the dreamboats delight with their fab harmonies 














The Dreamboats made their “junior” appearance in Huron County on Wednesday, Aug. 21. This time they performed in front of 200 people at a larger venue - the Libro Hall in Clinton.

Although the venue was different, the boys had played the Bayfield Town Hall in previous years, what remained consistent was their fab harmonies, skilled musicianship, humor and smooth moves. Things did get a bit sweaty once again but this time they provided their own towels and in the style of Elvis one lucky fan got a sweaty towel to take home!

For the third consecutive year, Michael’s Pharmasave with pharmacies in Bayfield, Goderich and Clinton, brought these four young talents from Mississauga, ON, back to the area. This time as a fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Audience members hailed from all three aforementioned towns as well as many outlying communities. The larger Libro Hall allowed more people to experience the group, many for the first time.

The Dreamboats, who formed in 2009 had previously noted that they developed a love for the music from watching movies like “Back to the Future” that featured songs from this time. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

The Dreamboats, whose average age is 30, perform music from the 50s and 60s and cover all the greats from Chuck Berry to the Beatles. They also perform several of their own compositions written in the early Rock N’ Roll style and as an added bonus at this concert offered up two acoustic numbers. Their unplugged versions of “This Boy” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” were very well received. In fact, the applause and cheering for these performances was so great one band member said he might never pick up a guitar again. Luckily however, he did and the band closed out the evening with a variety of stellar tunes, encoring with their version of “Twist and Shout”.

Hopefully, if audience enthusiasm is any indication,The Dreamboats will return in 2020 for their “senior” appearance in the county.









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I can sense autumn is in the air as I walk in our big backyard. The sun sets from bright yellow to more mellow hews, a charmingly warm breeze kisses my face while Barn Swallows swirl somewhat urgently above my head. These signs perhaps more so than the calendar would indicate that it is time for my remembrances of Summer 2019.

1. A new feline companion: We invited Sammy, my late mother-in-law’s cat, to come live with us in our old rambling farmhouse and he curiously accepted. He seems to be adapting to his new life quite comfortably, enjoying exhilarating runs up and down the staircases with daily jaunts behind all the doors generally kept closed, policing crickets, drinking cold water from the bathroom sink tap and politely asking for treats whenever we stir in the wee hours.

2. Camp Gramel: Also known as two weeks with my granddaughter and one week with our grandson here on the farm. I have summarized some of their adventures in previous missives but one I didn’t mention was Graham’s request to go to Behind the Bars again this visit. I think I sense a tradition starting. Watching him and his little sister helping snap green beans while happily talking to a character in the Gaol’s kitchen was priceless! All Huron County residents need to play tourist and go check this program out – it is tremendously well done.

3. A Greater Appreciation for Pioneer Park: Sunday, Aug. 4 afforded us the perfect summer’s eve. We enjoyed a picnic in the park with family, followed by participating in Paint the Sunset and then we settled down on blankets to watch a most spectacular fireworks display. Kudos to all involved for creating a night to remember.

4. The Dreamboats in Concert: Third time was more than charming! These four lads from Mississauga are now ensconced as one my most favorite groups to see live – seriously, if they come back to the area next summer you’ve got to get tickets!

5. Living Life with a Fit-Bit: My watch of a number of years retired and I replaced it with a Fit-Bit Versa. Summer has afforded me time (pun intended) to concentrate on getting those 10,000 steps a day in the great outdoors. It may be a little thing but it has made a big difference in mind set and self-esteem. Something I hope I can carry over into Autumn…

Happy Labour Day one and all! – Melody





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