Bookmark and Share   Sept. 4, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 36 Issue 530

sunset on summer A sell out

48660028577_8e33ada0cd_kVolunteers with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society always breathe a sigh of relief when the BBQ sells out as it is a major fundraiser for the hall. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

The Bayfield Town Hall’s Sixth Annual Sunset on Summer BBQ was held on Saturday, Aug. 31 and it was once again a sell out! 

This community event has become a great place to enjoy the Labour Day weekend with friends and family. 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 is for many the perfect way to wrap up the summer season (unofficially). 

IMG_2907Justyna Chojnacka, Leigh and Jerry Selk, Dave and Lynne Gillians were volunteers on the front line of food service during the Sixth Annual Sunset on Summer BBQ held on Aug. 31. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2901Shelagh Sully and Paul Hill ensured the beverages were, beer and sodas were on tap. (Photo by Jack Pal) 

IMG_2912Bronwyn Bechard, Walter and Helen Varekamp served guests who attended the sold out BBQ at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday night. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_2915Bill Rowat and Pattie MacDonald visited the water station at the Sunset on Summer BBQ as provided by Blue Bayfield represented by Ray Letheren (right). (Photo by Jack Pal)  

48659547063_84ca11bd78_kJim Melanbacher (right) was in charge of the chicken on the barbecue. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

IMG_2926Live entertainment was provided by “Carry On”, performing the music of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

48660067347_bb2258bb99_kThe weather proved very cooperative for the annual barbecue held on the Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)     

48659917121_8b2f2fb3fb_kThe music by the group, "Carry On" encouraged people to get up and dance. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

IMG_2900The 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 photos were enlarged and professionally double-matted at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing. These were for sale at the Sunset on Summer BBQ. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions activities throughout the community. Net revenues from the print sale were shared with the Bayfield Town Hall. (Photo by Jack Pal)   

Bayfield's terry Fox Run one of 10,000 across country 

30879068068_e4142a9b6f_k-2The weather cooperated for the 2018 Terry Fox Run held in Bayfield. It proved to be a fine end of summer day for participants to enjoy as they made their way along Bayfield Terrace in the village. This year's run will be held on Sept. 15 (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

It’s not how far Terry got. It’s how far he got us.

This September marks the 39th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. People across Canada will come together to honour the courageous spirit of this young man by fundraising for cancer research at The Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The village Terry Fox Run is organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Registration will take place on that date in Clan Gregor Square at 8:30 a.m. or participants can also register at

Pledge sheets are available at the Bayfield Public Library, Bayfield Foodland, The Lake House of Bayfield and The Little Inn of Bayfield.

Terry ran an unbelievable 5,373 KMs in 143 days. He persevered through pain, weather, personal doubt, frustration. He never gave up. And neither have Canadians, who have taken his remarkable example to heart and assumed his cancer research legacy as their own. With almost 10,000 fundraising events nationwide Terry’s footsteps echo loudly in Canada in September.

“I know how proud Terry would be to know that the Terry Fox Run has become a fall tradition for millions of Canadians,” says Terry’s older brother Fred Fox.

So much has changed since Terry’s run in 1980 yet the drive for significant results in cancer research projects is just as strong as ever. One such project is The Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network which is the most ambitious cancer initiative ever undertaken in Canada. This unprecedented collaboration will unite Canadian researchers and clinicians, and leverage big data to make precision medicine the standard of care for delivering best outcomes for patients no matter where they live.

Mushroom Hike and Lobb Trail exploration on for September 

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.


Farmers' market 


Summer may have unofficially ended, but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market continues until Thanksgiving weekend.

Grassroots Woodfired Pizza returns this week - a perfect supper plan for Friday night! In addition, Karen Rickers will bring her delicious local honey and beeswax products.

Labour Day marked the end of the season for some of the market vendors. Customers can look forward to seeing Completely Rooted, Corrine Everson Papercrafting, J. Bogal Foods and Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House next year.

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

cannabis info

Friends of the Bayfield Library will be hosting a panel and question and answer time on Saturday, Sept. 21 entitled, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Cannabis and were Afraid to Ask”.

This two-hour program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Presenters will include representatives from the Huron County Health Unit, Michael’s Pharmacy, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Municipality of Bluewater and a medical marijuana user.

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees are asked to please bring their cup or glass.

Garden Club

The members of the Bayfield Garden Club are pleased to have Ian Jean, of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), as their guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 16.

Jean is the Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA. He will talk to those who attend about the best native trees to plant in this area and answer questions about growing healthy trees.

He explained that there are some advantages to planting ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees in Autumn in a recent press release provided by ABCA.

“The trees can get used to the new conditions and be ready to grow the following spring. Rainfall is also more reliable which helps with the survival,” Jean said.

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening that shall begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. There will be refreshments and a raffle.


“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

Bayfield Calendar 

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.

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

Monarch release 

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


In support of Huron Hospice, Bayfield artist Roma Harris has graciously donated a wonderful handmade Glass Mosaic, which will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of September.

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 frame.

The silent auction will close on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted.

The piece measures 12” x 16”.

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. 

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:





IMG_5633The Brady family of Bayfield: Elise, Carson, Sonya and Tyler were prepared to have some mementoes signed at Ryan O'Reillys Signature Day held at the Bayfield Arena late in afternoon on Aug. 28.  

IMG_5650Ryan O'Reilly promised he would return to the county to sign autographs after his day with the Stanley Cup and he is a man of his word! O'Reilly signed shirts, pictures, sticks, jerseys, ball caps and more for more than two hours on Aug. 28 at the Bayfield Arena.

Ryan O'Reilly promised he would return to the county to sign autographs after his day with the Stanley Cup and he is a man of his word! O'Reilly signed shirts, pictures, sticks, jerseys, ball caps and more for over two hours on Aug. 28 at the Bayfield Arena.

The Ryan O’Reilly’s Signature Day was hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partner’s Association. The hosts estimate that between 500 and 600 people lined up for the meet and greet.

O’Reilly, a Huron County native and a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, signed autographs for a large contingent of fans some who drove over three hours for the honor of a signature. Reports were that people came from as far away as Durham, Sarnia, Windsor, London, Watford and Walkerton.

The event started at 3:45 p.m. to accommodate the volume of people, some of whom had lined up at 12:30 p.m. The lineup was through the arena and lobby and out the front door until 5 p.m. when it finally started to taper off.

IMG_5627Ryan's dad, Brian O'Reilly, took the assist during the signing session providing support as needed to ensure a smooth process for all.  

IMG_5632Ryan O'Reilly's Signature Day was hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association and held in the Bayfield Arena. The event started a few minutes prior to the planned 4 p.m. start time due to the volume of people that lined up. It was reported that people started lining up at 12:30 p.m.  

IMG_5653Huron County native Ryan O’Reilly, as a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, was in Bayfield on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to sign autographs for a large contingent of fans some who drove over three hours for the honor of a signature.  

IMG_5643The Bayfield Arena was lined with Ryan O'Reilly's own treasures from his hockey career including some terrific enlarged photographs and his life in jerseys...these three were some of his earliest, no doubt!  

"Shellabration" draws well over a thousand visitors 

6_Turtle_Release_2019_Thanks_for_all_your_help_NRAfter a long day of organizing and hosting the most successful turtle release event ever at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter ... Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) volunteers and some of the other community partners celebrate at the end of a successful day that educated about 1,500 people about turtles and the need for turtle habitat ... these are just some of the many individuals, partners, agencies, local businesses, etc. that made the event possible! (Submitted photos)  

4_Turtle_Release_2019_Marcus_Maddalena_NRHuron County biologist Marcus Maddalena educates young people about turtles at the 2019 Shellabration turtle release event, held east of Exeter, at Morrison Dam Conservation Area on Aug. 29.

A public education event to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild was held east of Exeter for the fourth year in a row and it drew a record crowd of about 1,500 people. Huron Stewardship Council, and community partners including Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), hosted the “Shellabration” turtle release event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) on Thursday, Aug. 29.

The event drew hundreds of people in its first two years (2016 and 2017) and last year (2018) the event drew more than 900 people. Organizers say 2019 is the first year the event has surpassed 1,000 visitors.

The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) supervised release of Painted Turtle native hatchling turtles at the event. Organizers remind people never to place invasive non-native turtle species – such as the Red-eared Slider – into local water bodies. All the turtles at the release were hatched from eggs laid in locations at Morrison Dam Conservation Area that were unlikely to allow the eggs or hatchlings to survive on their own. Staff of the HSC collected the eggs in June and incubated them to save the turtle hatchlings.

Turtles were released every 20 minutes. Many visitors took photos as HSC staff released turtle hatchlings and shared facts about these important Ontario freshwater species, the role they play in the ecosystem, and ways we can protect turtles – from monitoring, to helping them across the road, to protecting and enhancing their habitat.

The event gave people of all ages a rare chance to meet local wildlife up close and to learn about local reptiles.

8_Turtle_Release_2019_Returning_to_the_wild_NRPainted Turtle hatchlings, like this one, were released back into the wild – back into their native waters – at the turtle release event while hundreds, upon hundreds, upon hundreds of people came to Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) to see it.  

“We were amazed by the public support shown for this event and some of Ontario’s at-risk wildlife,” said Cristen Watt, Species at Risk technician with HSC. “I want to thank all the people who took part, everyone who donated, all the volunteers and community partners, and everyone who is helping to save these species.”

Ontario’s turtle populations are declining and the turtle release event is one way to raise awareness about local species-at-risk, according to Watt.

“Educational displays by several local organizations showed the many ways people can help these important animals, their habitat, and the environment,” she said.

New this year was a short survey about turtle habitat. Some people took the survey at the event. Anyone who attended the event but who did not take the survey is invited to complete it online at this link:

People taking the survey can get a free turtle bookmark (while supplies last). The bookmark explains how “turtles need your help to protect their habitat” and offers ways you can help, such as: create and protect local wetlands; ‘use your voice to speak up for turtles’; and to learn about protecting water, soil, and living things in your watershed community. It also explains some things that impact turtle habitat – from loss of wetlands; to water quality impairment; to properly managing activities we do and where.

There were reptile and environmental displays, reptile-themed merchandise for sale, a guided walk, and fun, active learning stations. Staff from Scales Nature Park, of the Oro-Medonte area, brought turtle species. Pinery Provincial Park, Hullett Marsh, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Green Goderich, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, and Huron Stewardship Council had interactive educational displays. A turtle-themed story along the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail remained posted throughout the long weekend. (Those interested in the Storytime Trail should park at the MacNaughton Park kiosk entrance, and the story begins at the 0.4 km sign post.)

The turtle release event was free to attend but donations by attendees supported conservation of Ontario’s turtles. Hundreds of dollars were raised for Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC), raising “much-needed funds” for Ontario’s largest turtle hospital.

Ontario’s native freshwater turtles face many threats. Road mortality, death by cars and other vehicles, and habitat loss are some of those threats. Thousands of turtles in Ontario are hit by cars each year. In spring, most of those turtles are pregnant females looking for a place to lay eggs. In summertime and autumn, most are males looking for new ponds and mates. People can help turtles by creating nesting habitat on their properties, stopping to help turtles cross the road in the direction they are heading, and working with their local municipalities and communities to erect turtle crossing sings and build eco-passages. People can stop for injured turtles and help arrange their transport to the turtle hospital.

Turtles play an important part in a healthy local ecosystem, according to Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA. Each species of animal plays an important role to keep the system healthy.

Turtles “help to clean our creeks and wetlands by eating algae and dead and decaying fish and other organisms,” Brock said. “Turtles help to control aquatic vegetation.”

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


 el camino hike 

The Maitland Trail Association’s (MTA) annual El Camino hiking event is approaching quickly. This challenging, family-friendly event is a 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail, which will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29.

There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM.

The first day of the hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in Benmiller. On Saturday night a post-hike dinner will be held, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery. Participants then begin where they left off in Benmiller on the second day of the event. They will hike through towering forests, past beautiful river vistas, and through autumn meadows, finishing on the shores of Lake Huron.

Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.

Registration for the Camino closes Sept. 14 and there are limited spaces remaining. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The supper is $30. All of the funds raised at the El Camino go towards the MTA’s projects, improving and maintaining local trails for all to enjoy.

Visit the MTA’s website or contact for more information about this exciting event.

Cargiver support 

Today (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.

ARt Around Town

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.

For tickets call Laura Dykstra at 519 235-2326 or Bonnie Sitter at 519 235-1909. For more information visit


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.

South Huron CHOIRS

South Huron Community Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Richard Heinzle, would like to invite people who enjoy singing and performing to join them for a new season.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights at the Exeter United Church located at 42 James St. Choir rehearsal starts on Sept. 17 starting at 7 p.m. while Handbells will begin on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

For more information call Jean at 519 235-0629 or Mary at 519 228-6992.

Horticultural Society - Clinton

The Clinton Horticultural Society will host a workshop on" Weeds that Heal" by Vicky Cooper, of Staffa, on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street in Clinton. All are welcome to attend.

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.

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


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.






Volume 11

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

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

This week, in honor of back to school, we feature a group of children photographed by well-known Reuben Sallows in the early 1900s. (Archive Code: PB12 12a) 

PB12 12a Children group photo by Sallows c1900s 

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



PB10018 PC Men of Bayfield c1920 

In Issue 526, another image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection entitled, "Men of Bayfield circa 1920". Looks like beards were in fashion then too. (Archives Code: PB10018)

 Issue 527 

PB10023 PC Old Jersey cow c1910 

In Issue 527, we recognize the Bayfield Agricultural Society's achievement of 163 Community Fairs with a picture of an old Jersey Cow taken around 1910 - at that time the fair would have been 54 years young! (Archives Code: PB10023 PC)



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Make a wish supporters and make a wish families connect at vHS Run4Kids  


IMG_5703Make A Wish child Jennica soaks in the moment as she is introduced to the runners and walkers at the starting line.  

IMG_5711   It is a tradition of the event to take an enthusiastic group photo with the Make A Wish family prior to the starting bell.  

IMG_0016The VHS Run4Kids had about 100 participants take to the streets of Bayfield on a rainy morning. Some light drizzle didn't dampen spirits however. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5754Chief executive officer at Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario, Lori Quick (left) approached the finish line with daughter Jenna and husband, Steve.  

IMG_5791Chuck Bradley and Chandal Bradley approached the finish line with the family pet in tow. Chandal achieved first Female Over 20 with a time of 22:53. 

IMG_5815Spencer Hivert (left) and little brother Jackson finished strong and crossed the line together.  

IMG_5821Jeremiah Sommer (right) finished the run early on and then joined others at the line to cheer on family, friends and random strangers.  

IMG_5856Area businesses donated fuel for the hungry runners and walkers after the event.

IMG_5871The VHS Run4Kids is very much a family event where everyone encourages each other to persevere and cross the finish line strong.  

IMG_5884The VHS Run4Kids was a family affair for the Larocques as all members crossed the finish line with enthusiasm.  

IMG_5908Spiderman attracted a lot of attention at the VHS Run4Kids. In fact a lot of the time he found himself surrounded.  

IMG_5921The VHS Run4Kids raises money for a great cause and is just plain fun!  

IMG_0145Lisa Boonstoppel-Pot and Brian Prouse crossed the finish line within seconds of one another. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5974Following the race, the participants, supporters and volunteers gathered to hear Jennica's mother tell their family's story.  

IMG_5978The VHS Run4Kids' Make A Wish family for 2019 shared the story of their daughter's struggle with kidney disease and the roller coaster ride that was their first transplant journey. The story offered in Mom's words moved Make A Wish Child Jennica to tears. It is believed that Jennica will need to undergo multiple kidney transplants during her lifetime. The family encouraged all present to register to be organ donors.  



The 7th Annual Run4Kids event was held on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 1. Figures are still being tabulated for this fundraiser to grant a very special wish for Make-A-Wish child Jennica, 16. Her wish is to visit her favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida with her family.

So before heading back to school and a regular work schedule about 100 people supported Jennica by running or walking around Bayfield on a dreary and drizzly “end of summer” morning.

Following the race, the VHS Run4Kids' Make A Wish family for 2019 shared the story of their daughter's struggle with kidney disease and the roller coaster ride that was their first transplant journey. The story offered in Mom's words moved Make A Wish Child Jennica to tears as well as many of the runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers who were listening. It is believed that Jennica will need to undergo multiple kidney transplants during her lifetime. The family encouraged all present to register to be organ donors.

Following the run the participants needed fueling and the food and drink supplied by The Pink Flamingo Bakery, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, both of Bayfield, and Fairholme Dairy, of Clinton, wasn’t long to disappear. The “kids” were treated to balloon animals and selfies with Spiderman.

Jackie Hivert, a Bayfield native now living in Waterloo, ON, and a volunteer with Make A Wish Southwestern Ontario commented on how very impressed she was with the organization of the event again this year and how much she loved the new addition of motivational signs along the race route.

“This is an awesome event because it gives Make A Wish supporters and Make A Wish families a chance to connect in person so that people can see and hear what a difference they are making. I think it is great that we rally behind a specific wish and then become the reason that it is granted,” said Hivert.

Hivert has a tradition of taking a selfie with the Make A Wish Child standing out front with everyone involved in granting the wish in the background. She said it demonstrates to the child that all of these people have got their back. The giant grin on Jennica’s face as she posed for this picture was confirmation that she got the message!

IMG_5741Jordan Kadlecik was the first runner across the finish line with a time of 17:48 earning the title of First Male Overall.
 IMG_5744Michael Hogan was the second runner across the finish line with a time of 17:56. He took first in the Male Over 20 category.

IMG_0056Lee Coates (left) congratulated Simon Meades as they crossed the finish line together with a time of 20:29. Simon took first for a male between 13-19 years of age. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5781Ava Garcia took the honor of First Female Overall with a time of 22:17.  

IMG_5799 The MC for the event was Andy McGuire, a member of the staff at the Virtual High School. Youngsters were treated to balloon animals crafted by other VHS employees.  

IMG_5807John Baker, president and CEO of Desire2Learn, is a regular participant in the VHS Run4Kids.  

IMG_5826Smiles were the order of the race!  

IMG_5852This young fellow finished a strong fourth in the Males 0-12 years category pulling away from his mother at the end of the race.  

IMG_5957The 2019 VHS Run4Kids was held in support of Jennica, 16. It is her wish to visit her favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida.  






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Monarch Morning in Bayfield...By Dawn Cumming

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A long-standing tradition in the village that dates back to the early 1970s didn’t go according to plan on Monday night. The Table Stack got built but then some disgruntled individuals came around and purposely knocked it down. Rumour has it the hooligans were mature adults (at least in age). Why they felt it necessary to do something so dreadful is beyond my comprehension. So in honor of this community tradition I thought I’d offer a look back at the creations I found in our archived photo collection from the last 10 years. – Melody



8965680420_7521596f48_kTable Stack 2009 - Photo by Dennis Pal

4969720032_878ed85775_bTable Stack 2010 - Photo by Dennis Pal

IMG_1581 Table Stack 2012 - Photo by Jayne Milligan

9665462138_de3ed5c5f6_kTable Stack 2013 - Photo by Olga Palmer  

14931331279_9220d396ee_k Table Stack 2014 - Photo by Dianne Brandon

21060417618_b1838bfd04_kTable Stack 2015 - Photo by John Pounder  

29419721311_d89178e033_kTable Stack 2016 - Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder

36236890393_787ce2574e_kTable Stack 2017 - Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder  

43560612465_f2bd216d1c_kTable Stack 2018 - Photo by Dianne Brandon

192A7202 Table Stack 2019 - Photo by Dianne Brandon

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