Bookmark and Share   Aug. 30, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 26 Issue 426

fourth annual sunset on summer set for saturday 

29453060415_18a01b7eaa_kNo one could complain about the portion sizes at the 2016 Sunset on Summer event. Those were some big chickens served up by Gordon Fraser, Dorothy Griffith and Mary-Beth Larone.(Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

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

Bayfield Calendar  Photos on sale at sunset on summer


The new 2018 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale. This year’s theme, “Blue is the New Green”, is well reflected in the photos most of which involve water in some state.

Selling for $10 these calendars are available from Main Street locations: Shopbike Coffee Roasters and the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre, as well as Bayfield Foodland, Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield and from Justyna Chojnacki as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions.

The 13 images have been enlarged and professionally double-matted, at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend. The images are matted to a 16x20 inch size ready for framing and are being offered for sale to the public on Sept. 2 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall. The matted prints will be sold for $40 each, and include a free calendar.

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 make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community. Revenues from the print sale will be shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.

Help make a wish come true at fifth annual Run4Kids 

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.

20793202324_f5af42a186_bAt the VHS Run4Kids in 2015 it was an exciting day for Reiko and his mother as so many people ran or walked enthusiastically to raise money for his wish. (Photo by Dennis Pal)  

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.

Book launch to be held in support of Alzheimers Society 

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Don Martel’s book “Loaves and Fishes” is based on his epic solo bicycle trip of 8,200 KM across Canada.

On Sept. 7, at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. all are invited to join Martel for the launch of his book. This event, sponsored by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is open to the general public and admission is by donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. No pre-registration is required.

As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of the experiences of his ride across Canada in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in this book. All net proceeds from the evening go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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’ Municipal Building on Friday, Sept. 8 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 them understand how the camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why the camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way a person’s eyes see them and then provide practical simple approaches to use this knowledge when making photos.

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The second workshop to be held the following day, called “Land and Water” will also be in the Lions’ building and take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this moment, there is only one spot remaining for this workshop in which participants will pick up tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. They will learn about light, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections, motion and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques. An evening sunset photoshoot will round out the day.

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 his website at

registration open for Fall Foto fest 

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Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Bayfield Foto Fest on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

In celebration of this fifth annual event year when participants register for FFF2017 their name will be entered in a draw to win a 2018 Photo Tour Trekkers Franklin Island four-day workshop.

As in the past, Fall Foto Fest weekend will feature a series of workshops that will help to hone photographic skills and techniques. This year the offerings include a choice of six two-hour workshops. New this year, three, three-hour master class workshops will also be held.

Click on the link for complete information about the workshops and registration:

“Join us for one day or take advantage of our two-day event options,” said Jack Pal, FFF 2017 Committee Member. “The cost of the event is $55 for one day or $80 for two days. For full-time high school, college or university students, the fee is $35 for one day or $55 for two days…a true bargain.”

For Raptors & Birds of Prey, Adobe Lightroom Master Class and World of Macro Master Class workshop there is an additional fee of $30 for both adults and students. Please note Raptors and Master Class workshops are three hours and include hand out material. Adobe Lightroom and Macro are limited to ten people per workshop session allowing for plenty of one on one time and photography.

At the time of registration, pariticipants can also book a Saturday evening Fall Foto Fest Buffet dinner at Renegades for $25. Dinner and workshop reservations close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25.

“We encourage you to take part in our annual Fall Foto Fest Photo contest as well. There is no entry fee and you do not need to register for FFF to participate,” said Pal. “The photos will be on display at the Town Hall during the whole weekend and the public are welcome to view them.”

Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer to join Photo Tour Trekkers on their May 2018 Italy Photo Tour. There is also a “People’s Choice” award sponsored by The Ashwood Inn (a weekend for two at the Ashwood). All winners will be announced at the Sunday Wine and Cheese event at 5 p.m. Submission deadline for photos is September 15. For details click on the link below:

The exhibition is open all weekend, but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Sept. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. and on Oct. 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. so come out, enjoy the photos and help select the winner.

“We would like to thank our major sponsors without whom this event, which has grown over the years, would not be possible,” said Pal. “Specifically a major shout out to Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: The Ashwood Inn, Turner Gallery, Renegades and Blyth Printing.”

Barlow returning to village for Sustainability Summit

10002798485_9e2e5d803b_hMaude Barlow (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

Canadian best selling author and international activist Maude Barlow is the keynote speaker at the Bayfield Sustainability Summit, taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 23. Titled ‘Big Solutions for Small Communities,’ the Summit will bring together experts in various aspects of environmental sustainability with a particular focus on how rural villages can make meaningful change in the fight against Climate Change.

The National Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, a citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada, Maude Barlow is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the human right to water. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, is a founding member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization, and a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In 2008-2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the United Nations.

Barlow is a prolific author; her most recent book, “Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis”, builds on a trilogy of treatises on global water issues: Blue Future, Blue Gold and Blue Covenant.

In her keynote address, Barlow will lay bare the defining issue of our coming decade: the vulnerability of Canada’s water reserves. According to the Globe & Mail, she delivers, “the most eloquent call to arms we’re likely to hear about the politics of water.”

Joining Barlow at the podium and around the discussion table will be: Tom Davis, a Professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology; Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan; Bayfield’s own Jennifer Pate, a geographer, filmmaker and adventurer; Mari Veliz, the Healthy Watersheds Supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); and Philip Keightley, M. Sc., P. Eng, of Bayfield, a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience specializing in water and sewage projects.

Blue Bayfield is an organization of concerned citizens who reside in the Bayfield area. Its mission is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and prevent plastic and pollutants from entering the Great Lakes and waterways.

Blue Bayfield is responsible for installing multiple water bottle refilling stations throughout the village, providing a mobile water unit at events and locations where no potable water is available, hosting and participating in beach and park clean ups, educating the local community on this important topic and encouraging action. It works alongside many other local community groups, businesses and government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake.

The Bayfield Sustainability Summit: Big Solutions for Small Communities will be held from 9 5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. The cost to attend is $50 per person; save $5 by registering before Aug. 31. Register at Also enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall concert by Trent Severn that evening and save $5 off the price of your concert ticket. Order now to avoid sellout at



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:


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.

Pioneer Park

Members of the Lakeview Mennonite Church plan to sing in the Bayfield Pioneer Park on the evening of Sept. 2, weather permitting.

The concert will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and all in the community are invited to enjoy their performance while waiting for the sun to set over Lake Huron.


IMG_7486 (2) Bayfield Optimist club members Mike Dixon and Joyce Mcllwain recently made a visit to the Bayfield Public Library to acknowledge the donations made this year to the children's area. Librarian, Jamie Thomas gratefully accepted the Read clock and wooden blocks on behalf of the library. “We also appreciate all the craft supplies donated to our Tuesday Morning Playgroup from the Optimist Club, one of our great community partners!” Thomas noted. (Submitted photo)  


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.


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.


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.


IMG_9426 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. Visit for more details, locations and times. (Submitted photo)  


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.

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.

Bluewater News 

The Municipality of Bluewater reports that Jeff Newell has been hired as the new Manager of Facilities.

Newell is a Huron County native who has been working in the recreation and facilities field for more than 25 years. With a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, Newell has a strong background in facilities management. He has worked as the Operations Manager at Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre, in the Community Services Department at the City of Mississauga, and most recently was employed with the University of Waterloo.

Newell will commence his duties with the Municipality effective Sept. 5.


Join the 5,000,000 Step Challenge and show your support for people with Parkinson’s and their families by registering for Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario’s (PSSO) WALK-IT for Parkinson’s taking place in Goderich on Sept. 9 at the Rotary Cove Pavilion.

WALK-IT for Parkinson’s is a fun, family-friendly event that helps keep the Parkinson’s community active and raises funds for support services and research right here in Southwestern Ontario.

Participants have the option of walking a 2 KM or 5 KM route (or not walk at all) and will be entertained by music and provided with snacks and refreshments.

PSSO awarded funds to three graduate students totaling $50,000 this past April at the Parkinson’s Medical Reception. The Graduate Student Research Program is part of a strategic initiative to encourage young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson’s research and to invest in research and training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson’s. PSSO members were excited to award this year’s recipients: Thea Knowles, Olivia Samotus and Andrew Vo.

Registration at WALK-IT for Parkinson’s opens at 10 a.m. with the walk starting at 11 a.m. Bring your friends, bring your family, and even bring your dog! Every step counts.


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.


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

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

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.

In Memoriam 

Members of the community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of a former village resident.

Douglas Grant (1926-2017) died on Aug. 27. His wife of 61 years, Gail; their three children and their spouses as well as four grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive him.

Born in Chatham in 1926, Grant graduated from Western University (then UWO) medical school. He practiced dermatology in Kitchener while also maintaining an interest in his community and broader medical issues: as President of the K-W Academy of Medicine and the Waterloo Rotary Club, and as a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, becoming president of the College in 1974. After he closed his practice in 1985, he and Gail moved to Bayfield where he worked as a consulting dermatologist for a number of hospitals. He continued his interest in community by serving on the Architectural Conservancy Board and acting as Councilor, then Reeve, of the Village of Bayfield before fully retiring.

Cremation has taken place. Family, and friends are welcome to attend an informal gathering at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 1-3 p.m.

Anyone who wishes is invited to make donations to the Pioneer Park Association in Bayfield. Condolences can be sent online at





New Pedestrian crossover design unveiled in clinton


The week of Aug. 28, drivers and pedestrians will see a new addition to the streets of Clinton. Called “pedestrian crossovers”, these street design features will improve public safety for children crossing on their way to and from school and pedestrians accessing the downtown core.

Pedestrian crossovers mean new changes for drivers, too. Failure to stop for pedestrians who have indicated they want to cross could mean a fine of up to $500 and three demerit points. Drivers must also wait for pedestrians to cross completely before proceeding.

“These crossover are a new standard in the Ontario Traffic Manual,” said Mike Hausser, manager of Huron County Public Works. “We’re proactively replacing existing pedestrian crossings to make expectations clearer to drivers and pedestrians.”

“You’ll be seeing these new pavement markings and signs throughout Ontario,” he added.

The new pavement markings include a ladder design marking the crosswalk and a line of white triangles marking the spot where drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian has indicated they’d like to cross. The new pedestrian crossing signs will have a push button and yellow lights to alert drivers of the pedestrian. Both pedestrians and drivers should also make eye contact with each other to be sure they’ve been seen. Several parking spaces will be removed to make space for the crossings, and ensure pedestrians are visible to drivers.

The new crossovers are replacing existing crossings along Victoria/Albert Street in Clinton. They will be found near Albert St. and Park Lane; near Albert St. and Rattenbury St.; near Victoria St. and the plaza, south of the lights; and near Victoria St. and Railway St.

The Coalition for Huron Injury Prevention (CHIP) will be distributing materials to help drivers; pedestrians and cyclists use this new feature correctly.

ABCA now accepting tree orders for fall planting

Autumn will soon sneak its head around the corner. The fact the fall season is waiting in the wings means it’s time to think about fall tree orders, according to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

“Fall is a great time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA.

Local landowners planted more than 53,000 trees last year through ABCA’s spring and fall tree order programs. The local conservation authority has posted the fall tree order form for 2017 at There are fewer tree orders in the fall than there are in the spring but autumn is a good time to order trees and think ahead to the spring season, according to Jean.

There are grants available for some tree planting projects, Jean said, such as field windbreaks, treed buffers, and larger scale reforestation. He encourages watershed landowners to give him a call to find out more.

“We are happy to help with project design and making it very easy to apply for grants,” he said. Funding amounts vary depending on the type of project and the local municipality.

The Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist suggests landowners planning to plant trees next spring should consider starting the planning and preparation in September or October of this year. Proper site preparation is one of the keys to successful tree establishment and fall conditions are more favorable for completing this work than early spring.

“Our staff can help with many aspects of land stewardship,” Jean said. “Our services include planting plans, site preparation, follow-up tending, and forest management plans.”

Local landowners purchase trees for afforestation, windbreaks, and other stewardship projects. Anyone interested in ordering trees through this program should mail or fax their orders by Sept. 15. Payment is due by Sept. 30. Orders are accepted, accompanied by payment in full, until Sept. 30.

The fall tree orders include potted Silver Maple; Sugar Maple; Red Oak; Bur Oak; and Tulip Tree. Tree species for fall tree orders also include ball and burlap White Cedar; Norway Spruce; White Spruce; Blue Spruce; and White Pine.

“Two-foot balled and burlap Spruce and Cedar are ideal to create shelterbelts and windbreaks on fields and farms,” according to Jean.

Call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more or visit

Centralia resident wins environmental award 

Student_Environmental_Award_2017 (2)The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation presented a $1,000 Student Environmental Award to 2017 winner Marina Lather, of Centralia, ON, recently. Foundation Chair Bob Radtke presented the student bursary in a brief ceremony at the boardroom at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter on Aug. 21. (Submitted photo)  

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) presents a $1,000 Student Environmental Award each year. The ABCF announced that the 2017 winner is Marina Lather, of Centralia, ON.

Foundation Chair Bob Radtke presented the student bursary in a brief ceremony at the boardroom at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter on Aug. 21.

Previous winners of the student award have been Samantha Bycraft (2016); Barb Alber (2015); Connor Devereaux (2014); Ryan Carlow (2013); Greg Urquhart (2012); Raina Vingerhoeds (2011); and Ryan Finnie (2010).

In order to apply for this award, a student must be a graduating secondary school student, or a student currently enrolled in university or college, and pursuing education in a conservation or environmental related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education. Eligible students must also be between the ages of 17-25 years, and have a permanent address in one of the 12 member municipalities of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation watershed.

Ausable Bayfield watersheds include parts of the following municipalities: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

Applicants for the award competition submit a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement and meaningful experiences gained while working with a conservation-based project and/or organization.

West Nile Virus has arrived 

West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Huron County. The Huron County Health Unit traps mosquitoes weekly and has them identified and tested. Two samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Positive mosquitoes have also been found this year in neighboring health unit areas.

West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

“The easiest way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites, especially during dawn and dusk when many mosquito species are most active,” said Public Health Inspector Mike Park.

Here are some simple precautions to help protect people from bites:
• Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
• Use an insect repellant that has been approved by Health Canada, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
• Check the screens in doors and windows to ensure there are no tears or holes
• Disturb or eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds on your property. Dump any standing water in places such bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters.

For most people, the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus is low. However people can be at greater risk of serious health effects if they are over the age of 50, have a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or have weakened immune systems.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, stiff neck, weak muscles, mild rash, or swollen glands.

In more rare and severe cases, symptoms may include severe headache, stiff neck, high fever, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, nausea and muscle weakness and paralysis.

Mosquito activity decreases with cooler temperatures, but mosquitoes remain active until a significant frost event occurs.

hockey represented at the IPM 


Hockey is a significant part of the Huron County lifestyle, and five Mutual Insurance Companies in Huron County have united to bring the Hockey Hall of Fame to the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, in Walton, ON.

Brothers Ryan and Cal O’Riley, of Clinton; Dave McLlwain, Boyd Deveraux, Scott Driscoll and Mike Watt, all of Seaforth; Larry Jeffrey, 1967 Stanley Cup Champion for Toronto Maple Leafs, Zurich; and Justin Peters, of Blyth, are just a few of the most common hockey names born and raised in Huron County.

Huron County is also home to two inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Albert Charles "Babe" Seibert, Jan. 14, 1904 - Aug, 25, 1939, raised in Zurich, and Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Nov. 5, 1904 - July 3, 1985, of Seaforth, Ontario.

The Huron County Mutuals Tent will be home to interactive hockey games testing speed and skill and will also include a mini stick ice rink! Additionally, representatives from the Hockey Hall of Fame will be bringing four displays and two hockey trophies for IPM attendees to admire, and hometown alumni will be there for meet and greet opportunities.

“We are so excited to be displaying items from the Hockey Hall of Fame in our tent.” said Sarah Bender, Mutuals Tent co-ordinator, “We hope that people will drop by for a visit and play a game.”

This exhibit is brought to the community by West Wawanosh, Hay, McKillop, Howick, and Usborne & Hibbert Mutual Insurance Companies; proud members of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association. These Mutuals began doing business in the small towns and rural areas of Huron County over 135 years ago, providing farm, residential, commercial and automobile insurance.

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.

Huron Residential Hospice is all about the care


Hospice Logo

For over two decades, Huron Hospice Volunteer Service has been passionately caring for Huron County residents throughout the various difficulties end-of-life can present by offering support to families and individuals. Huron Hospice has been listening to the members of our communities and has been advocating for a residential hospice.

For over two years, dedicated members of our compassionate community have been actively working on a Huron County model of Hospice Palliative Care that incorporates much more than just the “bricks and mortar” associated with a hospice.

Huron Residential Hospice’s vision is “ensuring every moment matters by offering compassion, hope, and care to those approaching end of life, and support and healing to those caring for and grieving for them.”

The hospice will serve as the “hub” for Hospice Palliative Care through leadership, quality and performance improvements, best practices, research, support and training where people can easily access care and services in the communities of Huron County.

The Model of Care will support all residents in Huron County. It is a team approach to quality, equitable care that serves the needs of all individuals and their families. Huron Residential Hospice will be a center of excellence.

The primary focus of this model is providing and delivering integrated patient and family care. The Model of Care is person-centered and person-directed care, which is the core component of the program. The patient and family are at the center.

Incorporated in the care and service model are some of following key elements: Spiritual Care, Grief and Bereavement Support and Counseling, Huron Hospice Volunteer Visiting Program, Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT), Comprehensive Advance Hospice Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) trained nurses, On-site and remote Palliative Pain & Symptom Management support, and Primary Care including, Palliative Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Ancillary professionals.

**Kailyn Pasma, RN, CHPCN(c), Huron Hospice Board Member


food advisors 

Thinking of becoming a Community Food Advisor (CFA)? Watch the CFA demonstrations at the Threshers’ Reunion and International Plowing Match and learn what being a CFA is all about.

The Huron County Health Unit is currently recruiting CFA volunteers. For anyone who enjoys food, nutrition, learning and talking with people in the community, this may be the right opportunity. Training will take place this October.

“You can find the CFAs at the Threshers’ Reunion and the IPM this September. These events are just two examples of the educational, and food-focused, demonstrations the Community Food Advisors do regularly across Huron County,” said Liz Higgins, Public Health dietitian. “This year, we’re really excited to have our CFAs host a make-your-own apple sauce demo at the International Plowing Match in Walton. And, the seasonal taste-testing sessions at the annual Threshers’ Reunion are always a hit with the crowds.”

Visit the CFA booth at the Threshers Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

People can also check out the CFA demonstrations at the IPM on Friday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23 at noon.

“These events are a great chance for anyone interested in becoming a CFA to learn more about the program, talk with the volunteers, and try out a new recipe,” said Higgins.

CFA training provides volunteers with the knowledge and skills to promote healthy eating and food safety through presentations, cooking classes and other educational appearances. In 2016 alone, the 22 Huron County CFAs reached over 2,300 people.

CFA training is free and will begin in October. Volunteers will receive training from professionals, including a registered dietitian, public health inspectors, public health nurses and more. For more information visit or call 1-877-837-6143 Ext. 2260.

Minds in Motion

With increasing evidence linking a socially involved, physically active and mentally challenging lifestyle to helping reduce the risk of developing dementia, or slowing the progression of the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, in partnership with the YMCA, is delighted to return to the Goderich community and offer the Minds in Motion® program again this autumn.

The program incorporates physically and mentally stimulating activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners. The program begins on Thursday, Sept. 28 and will be held for eight consecutive weeks from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the YMCA.

Minds in Motion is a two hour per week fun and family-friendly program which offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living the same experiences. Because keeping mind and body fit has been proven to contribute to improved brain health for everyone, the program consists of two main components: a 45-60 minute fitness session and a 45-60 minute session of mentally stimulating activities, both facilitated by a Minds in Motion coordinator from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Regular physical activity for people with dementia leads to a significant reduction in depression, an increased sense of independence and an improvement in quality of life. Minds in Motion helps care partners to focus on their own health as well, rather than focusing exclusively on the needs of the person they are caring for.

Minds in Motion was first introduced to Huron County in January 2015 as a pilot program and has now been continued on an interim basis with support from the Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government. Minds in Motion is currently offered at six sites throughout Huron County: Goderich, Clinton, Grand Bend, Exeter, Bayfield and Wingham.

To register for the current Minds in Motion program in Goderich, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 1-800-561-5012 or email, admin There is a cost of $20 per person for the eight-week session, current YMCA Members will have the fee waived.


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.


The Taw Connors concert has been scheduled for the Hensall Heritage Hall on Sept. 23.

In his show, Taw Connors takes to the stage in a tribute to his late father “Stompin' Tom" Connors. "Stompin’ Tom” was a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter who is credited with writing more than 300 songs in his lifetime. His music focused exclusively on the Canadian experience and hits such as 'Bud the Spud', 'Sudbury Saturday Night' and 'The Hockey Song' made "Stompin' Tom" a national icon.

The show will start at 7p.m. at the Hensall Heritage Hall located at 108 King Street.

Tickets are $35. For tickets please call Kathy at 519 263-2343. They are also available at D&D Variety in Hensall or Ticketscene.


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.


Bayfield has been home to a Country Flea Market for several decades. In more recent years, it has found a new home in Agriculture Park; a home that offers plenty of parking as well as some green space for children to run carefree.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society provides this home for the market that is open on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (maybe a little longer depending on the crowds).

Bayfield Guiding

“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. 20 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


Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. Their donation box in Bayfield can be found in the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.






Huron residential hospice 

Three hundred butterflies released in pioneer park 


_MG_2525Some very delicate cargo just waiting to emerge as a highlight of the service.  

_MG_2531Butterflies visited for a few moments while they discovered their wings.  

On Sunday, Aug. 27, at Pioneer Park just before sunset, the Huron Residential Hospice campaign hosted a "butterfly release".

Over 300 donors from all over Huron County came to support the Huron Residential Hospice project. A piper from the Celtic Blue Highlanders from Goderich accompanied the release of the butterflies in a moving, spiritual tribute to loved ones who have died. A memorial service was officiated by Eugene Dufour.

The proposed new Ministry of Health endorsed, Huron Residential Hospice, will be located in the centre of Huron County, two miles north of Clinton on Hwy 8. Huron and Perth counties are the only two in Ontario that don't currently have a Residential Hospice and this new facility will meet a critical need and will serve all residents of Huron County.

If you wish to learn more about the Clinton Residential Hospice project and help address this urgent health care need in the region, contact Dave Gillians, of Bayfield, at 519 565-5884.

_MG_2529Pat Pal, of Bayfield, unwraps a butterfly while her daughter, Holly Cooper and her son-in-law, Colin Ellis and grandson, Theo Ellis look on.  

_MG_2538Donors were invited to write notes in honor of the loved ones they were releasing the butterflies for. These were placed around tree trunks and in tree branches in Pioneer Park.

_MG_2527Over 300 donors from all over Huron County came to support the Huron Residential Hospice project, the release of butterflies in a moving, spiritual tribute to loved ones who have died. A memorial service was officiated by Eugene Dufour.  

_MG_2518A memorial service was officiated by Eugene Dufour.  

UntitledPioneer Park was chosen for the release as it is along a migratory route for both birds and insects.  

_MG_2517The co-ordinator of the butterfly release project, Michelle Field, spoke to the gathered crowd.  


 Spiritual Care a factor in hospice palliative care 


HRH logo draft 

Spirituality is dynamic, multidimensional and has no universal definition. It is very personal and refers to our sense of “who we are”, “what we want”, and “what we value”. It encompasses how individuals seek meaning in life, connections with others, the world, with God or a higher being or deity and themselves. Religion and spirituality are not necessarily the same but religion is one way a person expresses spirituality.

Spiritual Care is a factor in holistic hospice palliative care. It is a key element of hospice care as some concerns of a dying patient are spiritual questions related to their sense of purpose, the meaning of life, self-image and hope for the future. Spiritual Care allows the patient and family to be supported and given opportunities to assess and self-evaluate, to explore beliefs of an afterlife, discover meaning, examine relationships and practice religious rituals.

The full integration of spiritual care professionals within the standard practice of palliative care is lacking as it continues to be treated as an ancillary service. Huron Residential Hospice maintains the highest standards by ensuring that Spiritual Care will be a top priority, welcoming all religious and spiritual leaders in the community. Huron Residential Hospice aims to maintain the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Associations’ guidelines and standards, acknowledging that the individual is the spokesperson for their own spiritual care needs. Spiritual Care through Huron Residential Hospice is there to meet the spiritual needs of all hospice patients, whatever their faith or beliefs.

The Hospice is a home-like setting for patients and their families that will enhance and support each individual’s spiritual care. The hospice home is situated in a beautiful natural setting. The design of the home, and each room, ensures that every patient and family member feels comfortable, peaceful and is able to enjoy nature as desired.

The Spiritual Reflection Room is another place within the home for the patient and family to enhance their individual spirituality, religious practices, refective times and moments of quietness. The Spiritual Reflection Room is available for any need the patient and family desires to ensure their spiritual needs are met.

Huron Residential Hospice is more than “bricks and mortar”. Every volunteer and staff member will be trained in supporting the Spiritual Care needs of the patients and families. Huron Hospice currently has trained spiritual care volunteers and staff members who provide this key element of hospice palliative care. Through building trust and relationships, staff and volunteers will help support the patient and families by providing spiritual care through therapeutic listening, focusing on leading as normal a life as possible, and maintaining meaningful relationships. These trained staff and volunteers will provide support to identify personal hopes and goals and find opportunities to achieve them.

Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron-Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT), Eugene Dufour partners and supports individuals in the community who are dying at home and hopes to follow patients to the newly opening residential hospices in Huron-Perth. Dufour has been involved in palliative care, bereavement care, and traumatic events support care for over 30 years. Dufour focuses on reducing physical, emotional, social and spiritual pain, while supporting the individual through the act of reflecting on one’s own “life review”. He aims to support the individual and family at the beginning of a life-limiting illness and accompany them on their journey right through to providing bereavement support for the family.

He stated, “It is such an honor and privilege to ‘walk’ with the dying at this significant time of transition. Palliative Care teams receive…much more than we give.”

Dufour brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Huron Residential Hospice.

Spiritual Care extends beyond the life of an individual into the grief and bereavement care of those remembering the life of their loved one. On Sunday, Aug. 27, Huron Hospice joined individuals from the community at Pioneer Park in Bayfield in releasing butterflies at sunset, while paying special tribute to the memory of loved ones. Those present were fortunate to be joined by pipers who played as the butterflies took flight.

**Kailyn Pasma, RN, CHPCN(c), Huron Hospice Board Member

_MG_2537Messages to grandparents and others lined a tree trunk in Pioneer Park.

_MG_2535A piper from the Celtic Blue Highlanders from Goderich accompanied the release of the butterflies in a moving, spiritual tribute to loved ones who have died.



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Safe harbour run


_MG_2310Dion Killens, of Zurich, Jake McLure, of Seaforth and Robert Sunstrum, of London, head out for the 10 KM Run. Killens finished first with a time of 36:12 in the male 15-19 year-old category.  

_MG_2367One of 50 volunteers prepares to lead runners along the course during the Safe Harbour Run held in Bayfield on the morning of Aug. 20.  

_MG_2371Sam Gould, of Bayfield, Abby Gemmell, of London, Alex Gould, of Bayfield, and Simon Meades, of Bayfield got off to a quick start in the 2 KM Run/Walk.  

_MG_2383Alex Gould, of Bayfield, placed second in the male 12-13 year-old division during the 2 KM Run/Walk with a time of 8:57.  

_MG_2382 Simon Meades, of Bayfield, finished first in the male 12-13 year old division. 

_MG_2417Peter Meades was one of about 200 participants in the Safe Harbour Run held in Bayfield on the morning of Aug. 20.  


On a day with the winds calm and the sun rising above the tree line, 200 walkers and runners dotted the streets of the village in the Seventh Safe Harbour Run in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter.

After a one-year absence and with the organizational support of Blue Bayfield, this year’s event is estimated to have added between $4,000-$5,000 to the coffers of the Shelter. This represents the full amount of registration fees. Sixty-two sponsors contributed $8,500 to cover the operating costs.

Lack of volunteers curtailed the 2016 run but 50 volunteers from Bayfield and Goderich brought it back to life.

The event included 5 KM, 10 KM and 2 KM runs. The longer runs part of the Runpikers Series sponsored by Runner’s Choice. This year also saw the addition of walkers and pole walkers that attracted 45 local enthusiasts. Prize money totalling $1,150 was awarded to winners of each age category and the overall winners of the 5 KM and 10 KM events.

Local resident and ardent hiker Jane Davidson represented one end of the age spectrum. Carlie Arnott and Abby Dale, both age 8, from Woodstock and Ilderton respectfully, were the youngest competitors.

Blue Bayfield, the environmental voice of the village, will use its 20 per cent share of the revenue to further its work in protecting area waters.

_MG_2386Abby Gemmell, of Kippen, was the first female in the 10-11 year old category to cross the finish line during the 2 KM Run/Walk with a time of 9:38.  

_MG_2430Marion (left) and Linda McDougall (right) make an enthusiastic finish with an unidentified participant.

UntitledThere were 30 people registered for the 5 KM Walk several of whom belonged to the "Get UP Bayfield" Pole Walking Group.

_MG_2387Colton and Chantelle Peters, of Thedford, approach the finish line together at the end of 2 KM Run/Walk.



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Dawn Cumming's Butterfly copy

Butterfly Afternoon...By Dawn Cumming

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There are just 21 days until the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo opens in Walton, ON.

Huron County residents are invited to get into the spirit of the match by decorating in the IPM colors of orange and lime green and one way they can do that is to purchase official IPM Bows.

Members of Bayfield Guiding are selling these cheery and festive bows made by volunteers with the IPM Beautification Committee.

They are perfect to brighten porches, front doors, planters, mailboxes and more.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to Bayfield Guiding to help kick start their new season of adventures. The price has been set at $10 each.

They are available from Bayfield Guiding members or by calling Melody at 519 525-3830 or emailing me at the address below. Thanks in advance for your support. Hope to see you at the IPM! – Melody


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