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canadians adopted Terry's cancer research legacy

30879058108_2c4f907c1f_k Organizers were very pleased to announce that the 2018 run generated $2,785 with about 50 people taking part. The 2019 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.

Blue bayfield invites community to take part in Beach Cleanup

43740815744_6989f2f719_oBrandon Lemieux's favorite place was the beach at Bayfield. He died on Sept. 16, 2016. Three years later a beach clean up is being organized in his name. During his life, he ensured that his daughter also knew of this special place as a visit to the Bayfield beach was a must each and every summer. (Submitted photo)

Over the years, Blue Bayfield has encouraged the community to join it in an “End of Season” beach cleanup. Since 2017, the clean-up honored the memory of Brandon Lemieux.

Lemieux visited his great grandfather’s summer cottage off of Stanley Sideroad 1 since childhood. His summers always included trips to the village for ice cream and a trek down to Bayfield Beach for a swim and fishing off the end of the pier which was his passion.

Later, Lemieux worked as a cook in the kitchen of JD's Restaurant. In any season, Lemiux, later living in Seaforth, could be found wandering the Bayfield Beach. Even after relocating back to his hometown of Kitchener, he made sure his daughter also knew of this special place, a visit to the Bayfield Beach was a must each and every summer.

He was also passionate about the beach and expressed this passion by spending countless hours picking up litter. It was important to him that the beach and Lake Huron be maintained for future generations.

Blue Bayfield is saddened to report that recently, Susan, Lemieux’s mother, contacted us to say that his younger sister died this spring.

Although there is limited beach due to high water levels, Blue Bayfield would like to invite the community to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Main Beach for the clean-up. Blue Bayfield members will assess beach conditions. In the past, in addition to beaches, volunteers have purged all water courses that could carry litter to the river or lake, ditches along Hwy. 21 from the top of the hill to the river, from Hwy. 21 to the main beach along Long Hill and Short Hill Roads. Please be advised that bridge construction prep may restrict cleanup in the river region.

Toronto Authors festival bringing writers to bayfield 


“Lit On Tour”, an initiative of Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), returns for its 13th edition this year. Lit On Tour partners with libraries, schools and other community organizations to connect readers province-wide with immersive literary activities. The unique touring event allows participants outside of Toronto the opportunity to take part in enriching activities that might not otherwise be available in their region. Events include book signings, readings, authors in conversation and Q&A sessions that ignite curiosity and enthusiasm for the written word.

Three new stops have been added for the 2019 circuit including Huntsville, Fort Erie and Pefferlaw. A few of this year’s distinguished participants include S. K. Ali, award-winning author of Saints and Misfits; Maureen Jennings, whose bestselling books have inspired the popular television shows Murdoch Mysteries and Bomb Girls; Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Drew Hayden Taylor, an award-winning Ojibway playwright, and more.

"Lit On Tour provides a rare and unique opportunity for book lovers across Ontario to meet, hear and learn from world renowned writers right in their own backyard,” said Geoffrey E. Taylor, director, Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). “Creating meaningful dialogue between readers and writers is a special — and often once in a lifetime — experience and we’re proud to extend this initiative for book enthusiasts outside of the Toronto community.”

Lit On Tour will travel to 15 Ontario cities: Huntsville, Sept. 15; Aurora Sept. 19; Markham, Sept. 26; Owen Sound, Oct. 1; Bayfield, Oct. 20; Midland, Oct. 23; Woodstock, Oct. 25; Etobicoke, Oct. 29; Scarborough, Oct. 30; Keswick and Pefferlaw, Nov. 1; Sudbury, Nov. 2-3; Thunder Bay, Nov. 5; Cobourg, Nov. 17 and Fort Erie, Nov. 20.

The following authors will be touring Ontario to talk about their latest works and literary careers: S.K. Ali, Kelley Armstrong, Dave Bidini, Rune Christiansen, Terry Fallis, Ann Hui, Doyali Islam, Farah Heron, Helena Janeczek, Maureen Jennings, Amy Jones, Roselle Lim, Rabindranath Maharaj, Anna Maxymiw, Isaac Murdoch, Wilfried N'Sondé, Zalika Reid-Benta, Jennifer Robson, Susan Swan, Drew Hayden Taylor and Gabriela Ybarra.

“Lit On Tour Bayfield: In Conversation with Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. According to the Lit On Tour website, authors Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw will read from their latest works, “heft” and “Dirty Work: My Gruelling, Glorious, Life-Changing Summer in the Wilderness”, respectively. In conversation with author Andy McGuire, Islam and Maxymiw will discuss the themes of fortitude and resilience in their books and share their experiences with navigating Canadian publishing. Their books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event. Admission is free but online registration is recommended.

Lit On Tour runs on the dedication and enthusiasm of community partners across the province. This year’s partners include: Huntsville Public Library, Aurora Public Library, Markham Public Library, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, Cultural Services Department - County of Huron, Midland Public Library, Woodstock Public Library, Assembly Hall, Toronto Arts & Culture Services and Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts in association with The Humber School for Writers Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Georgina Public Library, Wordstock Sudbury in partnership with Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury, Thunder Bay Public Library, Northern Ontario Writers' Workshop (NOWW), Lakehead University, Recreation & Culture Division — Town of Cobourg and Fort Erie Public Library.

For all locations and event details, visit Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or through the venues directly.

Lit On Tour has been financially assisted by the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

The TIFA is Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas. Since 1974, it has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners. Mandated to advance the art of literature, TIFA connects curious readers of every kind with leading authors and provides forums to showcase Canadian talent to the world. TIFA presents events and programs all year round and will celebrate the 40th edition of the Festival Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 at Harbourfront Centre.

To learn more, visit

hikers viewed mushrooms in all their late summer glory  


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted a Mushroom Walk on Sept. 8.

The Mushroom Walk was held at the Windmill Lake and was led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald. Participants saw many common mushrooms and the focus was on identification.

The hike leaders were be George Ebers, Peter Jeffers and Jack Pal. Due to the limited number that could be accommodated, this hike was open to current BRVTA members only!

IMG_2932The Mushroom Walk was held at Windmill Lake and was led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald.

IMG_2934George Ebers was a hike leader around the property he calls home.

IMG_2935Due to the limited number that could be accommodated, this hike was open to current BRVTA members only.

IMG_2937Participants saw many common mushrooms and the focus was on identification.  

IMG_2941The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted a Mushroom Walk on Sept. 8.  

IMG_2939Mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald displays one of the mushrooms identified on the hike.  

IMG_2949Windmill Lake and the windmill that sits on it provide a beautiful backdrop for the hikers to view as they explore.


Farmers' market 

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

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.

ZAZ Bistro


ZAZ Bistro in Cambridge is excited to announce the opening of its second location, ZAZ Bistro - Bayfield!

The community is invited to The Ashwood Inn for the soft opening tomorrow (Sept. 12) of the village’s newest restaurant. Local beers and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. According to the bistro’s owners, the dinner menu offers something for everyone, from homemade vegan burgers, gluten free pastas to creatively prepared meats and beautiful salads. They will also be serving breakfasts that are reasonably priced and equally delicious.

ZAZ Bistro, 34777 Bayfield River Road, can be found on Facebook at “Zaz bistro Bayfield”, or call 519 565-4089, for hours, menus, reservations and upcoming events.

Archivist Wanted

The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has a vacancy for the valued position of Archivist.

Experience would be an asset, but a necessity is a keen interest in preserving artifacts and a habit of accuracy and detail.

The BHS now has a museum grade of software called PastPerfect which has already been installed in 59 museums in Ontario, some smaller than Bayfield, and are in the process of converting the paper system to this computer program for easier access and to eventually make the system available online. The BHS has already hired an archival data entry person to start the process of entering documents and have other volunteers lined up to assist with the entry.

Typing skills are needed but the BHS can provide instruction with the PastPerfect program.

Interested persons are asked to please call BHS at 519 441-3224 or email and leave a message for "Archivist".

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.


On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will hold their next organized hike along the Lobb Trail.

Starting at 10 a.m. participants will explore this nature trail as it 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.

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.

Jean will be bringing order forms for the ABCA fall tree sale to the meeting. There is a minimum order of 20 trees, so it is best to get together with friends and neighbors to order. The deadline for ordering is Sept. 30.


“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 has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.

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. 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

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.



level 2 low water advisory issued for bayfield River

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Water Response Team (WRT) has upgraded the Low Water Advisory to Level 2 for the Bayfield River and a Level 1 Low Water Advisory has been issued for Ausable River and Parkhill Creek watersheds

July and August rainfall totals across the ABCA watershed have been well below normal, resulting in dry conditions and stressed flows in local streams and rivers, according to the ABCA. The dry, low-flow conditions have prompted the ABCA WRT to upgrade the Low Water status across the entire ABCA watershed.

August stream flows for indicator stations at Springbank, Exeter and Varna, range from 15 per cent (Bayfield River) to 60 per cent (Ausable River) of normal. This is well below the Level 1 indicator of 70 per cent of the lowest average summer monthly flow (August). Flows, as of early September, have yet to show any signs of recovery.

In addition to low streamflow, the WRT also relies on the three-month precipitation indicator for low water advisories. Most of the watershed has fallen below the low-water threshold of 80 per cent of the normal three-month precipitation, which was buffered by more substantial rainfall amounts in June.

Extended dry conditions into the autumn and winter can have a significant impact on aquatic life in local watercourses, and nearby Lake Huron.

“Seasonal flows are essential for the life cycles of fish movement both upstream and downstream,” said Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Water Resources coordinator. “Low flow conditions are a barrier to fish migration and reproductive success, which has direct impacts on the population of fish and other aquatic organisms that support the fishery.”

WRT Chair Doug Cook thanks water users for their continued water conservation efforts to prevent further reduction in water levels and to preserve availability through the remaining days of summer and into the autumn and winter.

“We are encouraging water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 per cent in those areas under a Level 1 Low Water Advisory condition, and an additional 10 per cent within the Bayfield River watershed,” he said.

If dry conditions persist through autumn it may be necessary for the WRT to consider keeping a Low Water Advisory in effect through the winter in preparation for any potential long-term water shortage.

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low water conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries, agriculture and vegetable growers, and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial departments (such as Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks).

ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at for the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

applications open for youth in action grants in perth-huron 

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is seeking 14 to 25 year-olds with ideas to address youth issues in Perth and/or Huron Counties. UWPH’s Youth in Action Grants (YIAG) are an opportunity for youth to access up to $1,000 to develop and implement projects that address important issues in their community. Past grant recipients have shown how creative the youth of Perth and Huron Counties can be.

“The number and quality of applications last year was inspiring,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “We’re looking forward to seeing what type of projects youth from across our region present to us this year.”

Last year’s YIAG encompassed a broad range of projects from across Perth and Huron Counties. They allowed young people the opportunity to address issues they care about with their peers and community. Grants included “Out of My Mind School Workshops” with support from Facile; “BlueBuds Mentoring Program” at Mitchell District High School; promoting mental health at Goderich District Collegiate Institute; “Youth Cooking in Action” at South Huron District High School; “Include 2 Improve” with support from Community Living St. Marys; an Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving leadership workshop in Goderich; “Don’t Waste the Chance to Recycle” program with support from the City of Stratford, a “Youth Action Counci”l at the Township of Perth East and “Pride Week and Gender and Sexuality Alliance” support at Listowel District Secondary School.

YIAG allow young people to directly impact lives. To be eligible, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14 to 25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an Adult Trustee over the age of 25. Applications are open from now until Oct. 4. More details can be found at

Coastal conservation to benefit from Hop Hearted 

The Fermented Femmes are excited to present the Third Annual Hop Hearted Craft Beverage Festival – supporting the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

As in years past, this all-women’s beer festival is designed to encourage women to explore exciting new flavors in craft beer. It is set for Sept. 27 at The Livery in Goderich from 7 to 11 p.m. Each of the Femmes – Kati Durst, Kimberley Payne, Nicole Miller, and Nina Reynolds – and each of the brewers, will be available to offer education about the evening’s assortment of beer, and to suggest flavors for those new to craft beer.

For craft beer lovers, a variety of breweries will be sharing both traditional and more exotic recipes, from familiar faces like River Road Brewing and Hops near Bayfield to new ones like Mudtown Station in Owen Sound. And for fans of Square Brew in Goderich, get ready for something extra special, brewed especially for and only available at Hop-Hearted – stay tuned for more details to come!

Come hungry and enjoy food from the popular Wicked Witches Food Truck. There will also be local retailers, Femmes merch, and other limited offerings of beverages.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Organizers are also working with staff at the centre to “green” the festival this year. In addition to reducing the festival’s consumption and waste, there will be a variety of prizes that will encourage festival goers to “green” their own lives, donated by local businesses.

Tickets are being sold in two tiers – purchase early to take advantage of reduced pricing! Tier 1 tickets are $25 each, and are available until midnight on tonight (Sept. 11), after which time Tier 2 tickets will be available for $35 dollars each. Tickets include a souvenir sampling glass and sample tickets, and are available at Additional sample tickets will be available for purchase.

ABCA to offer PA Day camps 

Nature Day Camp isn’t just a summer activity anymore. Ausable Bayfield Conservation plans to bring back “rain, snow, or shine” nature day camps on three Professional Activity Days (PA Day) for the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board on Fridays this autumn.

“We are excited to once again offer parents and guardians an option for keeping their young people active and engaged on PA Days this fall,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator.

Conservation education staff say campers will “explore and discover the natural world” through educational activities. The camps take place on the following Fridays in 2019: Sept. 13; Nov. 8; and Dec. 6.

The camps take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, and are for young people ages seven to 11. The cost for the camps is $35 per day. Parents/guardians save $15 if they register for all three PA Day camps.

The day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Before and after care is available, at no extra charge, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Space is limited so conservation educators encourage people to register today. Programs are run indoors in the case of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, or high winds.

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until camp is full and can be dropped off or mailed to Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Administration Centre Office (71108 Morrison Line), RR 3 Exeter, or register online at For the registration form and other information please visit this ABCA web page:

People may also call ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email Nina Sampson at


 el camino hike 

The Maitland Trail Association’s (MTA) annual El Camino hiking event is now sold out. 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.


On Saturday, Sept. 21, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson will be at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) to officially cut the ribbon on the International Refrigerated Delivery Truck which was purchased thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Donations by the Huron County IPM2017 Committee and Exeter Chrysler for the purchase of the Ram Pro-Master Van will also be recognized.

Mary Ellen Zielman, HCFBDC’s Executive Director will share information on HCFBDC and the benefits the new vehicles will have for those who are food insecure in our communities.

An Open House will begin at 10 a.m. with speeches at 10:30 a.m. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

The HCFBDC is located at the corner of Hwy. 4 and Crediton Road, 39978 Crediton Road, Centralia, ON.


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.


Bayfield based, Vigilant Security Services, will be holding a Thanksgiving “Cram A Cruizer” event in Exeter on Oct. 5 in support of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre.

Non-perishable food items will be collected from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hansen Your Independent Grocer located at 62 Thames Road in Exeter.

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.


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, we feature an image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection of folks in front of the Rutledge house circa 1925. (Archives Code: PB10029 PC)   

PB10029 PC Rutledge house c1925 

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



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)

Issue 530 

PB12 12a Children group photo by Sallows c1900s 

In Issue 530, in honor of back to school, we feature a group of children photographed by well-known Reuben Sallows in the early 1900s. (Archives Code: PB12 12a)



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two hundred and fifty butterflies take flight   


Butterfly release-28The 45 Monarchs released at the event were tagged. These tags will identify them as having been released from Bayfield should they complete a successful migration to Mexico where Canadian scientists will be looking out for them. (Photo by Nancy Denham)  

IMG_0014asDonors were invited to write notes in honor of the loved ones they were releasing the butterflies for. The youngsters who attended really seemed to enjoy this part of the afternoon. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

Butterfly release-14This youngster placed a message on a tree in Pioneer Park denoting who she was releasing a butterfly in memory of. (Photo by Nancy Denham)

IMG_0013asThe facility acts as a hub for hospice outreach services, support, education and counselling. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)

IMG_0062asResidential Hospice is about supporting families by providing end-of-life care at no cost and aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

IMG_0101asTwo hundred and twenty-five butterflies were released at Pioneer Park in Bayfield on Sunday afternoon as part of a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

IMG_0114asSeveral individuals shared in the honor of reading out the names of the loved ones remembered, all of them work in residence care. L-r: RPN, Krista Lloyd; Volunteer, Pat Martin; RN, Lyndsey Nuhn; RN and Clinical Care Coordinator of the Hospice, Kate Nesbitt; Volunteer, Arlene Timmins; and Volunteer, Paula Taylor-Morgan. Eugene Dufour, is also shown in the background, he led the memorial service. He is a board member of Huron Hospice. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

IMG_0051asDonors were assigned a ticket and then volunteers distributed the butterflies through the crowd collecting the tickets as they went. Cathy (centre) and Sarah Strickland (left) were among the volunteers. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

Butterfly release-29Pioneer Park is situated along the migratory route for Monarchs. (Photo by Nancy Denham)  

IMG_0329asOpened in May of 2018, the Huron Residential Hospice is located in the centre of Huron County, two miles north of Clinton on Hwy 8. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  



Two hundred and twenty-five butterflies found their wings on the afternoon of Sept. 7 as part of the third annual Memorial Butterfly Release, a fundraiser for Huron Residential Hospice (HRH).

“This was the best event yet, for both weather and the turn-out of people to be a part of it. I was a wee bit nervous considering the start to the day was very dark, and cool!” said Michelle Field, manager of Fundraising for HRH.

A new element added to the event held in Pioneer Park in Bayfield was that people could pre-order tagged Monarch butterflies. The park, located along the shores of Lake Huron is on the migratory route for butterflies.

“A small serialized tag was placed on the wing which is then traced back to our event showing that the Monarch was raised and released at Pioneer Park in Bayfield on the event date,” explained Field.

“Canadian Scientists who are in Mexico where the monarchs migrate to, can, if the monarch is tagged, identify this, report it and then we would be notified of that butterfly having actually made it to Mexico. The research will help to determine if these farmed monarchs are actually making it to Mexico and if we are doing the things we hope to be doing with the monarch population.”

Despite scientific efforts, Mother Nature will always give notice as to who is really in control, Field noted. Unfortunately, due to “something” that happened in the Monarch cycle, this year the farm couldn’t deliver any more than 45 Monarchs that were the pre-ordered tagged ones.

“It’s thought that the egg laying rotation started earlier this year, and this last cycle that has been the norm before is now changing. It’s an issue that has been noted by a few farms (that we know of) and is being researched further,” said Field.

In lieu of the Monarchs, Painted Butterflies were provided, which according to Field are very similar to the Monarch just smaller.

A constant, and what is really at the heart of the Memorial Butterfly Release, is remembering cherished loved ones. Once again people were invited to write messages to the deceased and clip them from string tied to low hanging branches and wrapped around tree trunks.

Eugene Dufour, who is a board member with Huron Hospice, led the Memorial Service. Several HRH staff and volunteers took turns reading the list of names of those being honored. And once again, Piper Matt Hoy, from the Celtic Blue Highlanders in Goderich, was present to pipe the butterflies off.

With the permission of the Pioneer Park Association, organizers plan to return to the park for the Fourth Annual Memorial Butterfly Release on Saturday, Sept. 12 – the Saturday following Labour Day Weekend. Please watch the HRH website for details.

IMG_0024asMessages to grandparents and others lined a couple of tree trunks in Pioneer Park. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)

IMG_0130as A listing of all of the loved ones who were remembered with butterflies were available to those who attended the release. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)

IMG_0124asMatt Hoy, a piper from the Celtic Blue Highlanders from Goderich, played just prior to the release of the butterflies in a moving, spiritual tribute to loved ones who have died. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)

IMG_0216asOnce the butterflies realized their freedom, some briefly rested on their donors or headed to the nearest tree branch or blade of grass before taking flight. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

Butterfly release-21All donors were encouraged to warm their butterfly while it was still in its little box to aid in their release. (Photo by Nancy Denham)  



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IMG_6116Alex & Heather

About a decade or more ago, I was enjoying an adventure with my best gal (since Grade 9) and her daughter. The daughter said, “It’s like the two of you share the same brain.” Our mutual response was so which one of us is using it right now? I guess we made her point for her.

Over those years I have been blessed to watch her daughter grow and share in many of her special moments – birthday parties, Grade 8 grad dress shopping and the graduation itself, first big music concert, shopping trips, preparing for prom, getting engaged and all the traditions that go with that. And as of Saturday, I was honored to be a part of the moment when she said, “I do”.

The wedding was perfectly Heather. Bohemian chic in her father’s sun dappled apple orchard, even the neighbor’s cows got into the spirit of the party and came over to the nearby fence to listen to the acoustic music prior to the ceremony.

During the speeches at the reception, this young woman took a moment to thank John and I for always being there just when she needed us most. Those words meant so much to me. She also took a moment to acknowledge how happy she was for her parents, divorced for some time, as they had both found their soulmates in their new partners. My best gal, and her village, truly brought this one up right.

My wish for Heather and husband, Alex: may your future be as bright as the sun that shone on your wedding day! Heartfelt congratulations. – Melody

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