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Beach Clean up this saturday 

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.

37095644506_24d8709e61_k Although there is limited beach due to high water levels, (this images was taken in Sept. 2017) Blue Bayfield would like to invite the community to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Main Beach for their annual clean-up. (Photo by Jack Pal)

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.

 Bagpipe instrumentals featured in upcoming concert 

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Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie have been writing and performing music together for 20 years as members of Toronto’s “Enter The Haggis”.

Career highlights include performances on Live With Regis and Kelly, PBS’s Breakfast With The Arts, and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After Nov. 10 they will be able to add the Bayfield Town Hall to their list.

Lewington and Downie continue to headline festivals across Canada and the US and will be touring Ireland this October. In 2016, Lewington released his debut solo album, “Lion of Grace”, featuring several songs inspired by historic stories from the Bayfield area.

The community is encouraged to come out and join them for a great night of original folk songs, Irish ballads, bagpipe instrumentals and some fun covers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are available online at or email Roger Lewington at

Biographies related to Huron County profiled by speaker 

Launched 60 years ago, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire Biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC) is a research and publishing project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval, Quebec City. More than 8,600 biographies have been published to date in both official languages. Not just in print volumes it has been online for more than a decade. Ranging from explorers to educators, from business moguls to murderers, and from suffragists to soldiers, these carefully researched entries describe subjects’ lives, activities, accomplishments, challenges, and legacies.

Supervisory Editor Julia Armstrong will introduce the DCB/DBC and features of interest to general readers and family historians at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society to be held on Sept. 30 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Starting at 7:30 p.m. she will highlight biographies related to Huron County as well as a selection of other significant stories and remarkable characters.

Armstrong grew up near Bayfield, attending elementary school in Brucefield and high school in Clinton, after which she completed her BA at the University of Toronto. She worked in magazine and book publishing in Toronto for several years before becoming a manuscript editor at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography in 2012; since September 2018, she has been the supervisory editor. Armstrong holds a master’s degree in library and archival science, and is a member of the Archives Association of Ontario, Ancestors Ontario, and the Culinary Historians of Canada.

Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Walk held in support of Hospice 

15227772146_8c23ba084e_kDave Gillians last presented his "Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Walk" in 2014. Five years later, and perhaps with a few more tales to tell, he will reprise the role as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice, Bayfield Children's Room. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Darkness falls and a hidden side of Bayfield emerges. This is a different place after sunset, full of mystery and intrigue. People are invited to come learn the tales on the “Ghosts, Murder and Mayhew Walk” to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tickets are $15 in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Huron Residential Hospice

Starting at the entrance of Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dave Gillians, the author of “For the Love of Bayfield” will lead a walk along Main Street and tell tales of murder, mysterious disappearances and hauntings.

Space is limited to 40 people per tour. Tickets may only be purchased online at or by calling Michelle Field at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.

Fifty youngsters took part in Kintail on the Road day camp 

IMG_6776Hank Heard sent the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield a thank you note for sponsoring his first experience at Camp Kintail. (Submitted photo)  

It was a busy summer for the 10th Annual Kintail on the Road Day Camp hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield.

The program saw a total of 50 campers of which 14 were new to the Kintail experience including one little camper all the way from Alberta who was visiting family in the area.

Organizers noted that even the children who were hesitant on arrival were singing and laughing and generally having fun by day’s end.
Leaders from Camp Kintail were well organized, enthusiastic and energetic. Parents tell us they were delighted with the full day of activities and expressed appreciation at the low cost.

Each year Knox, Bayfield sponsors one camper to attend the physical camp located on Bluewater Highway north of Port Albert – this year Hank Heard, of Bayfield, was the lucky recipient.

Hank enjoyed attending a three-day Sprout Camp for 5 to 7-year-olds. He said he had fun and his group of boys in the Juniper Cabin were called the Ninjas. When asked if he would like to attend camp next year, he replied simply, “Yup”. Well said Hank.

Drive for Dementia in need of volunteers for this Friday

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness, challenge stigma and inspire action. The Alzheimer Society of Huron County (HC) is taking-action by raising awareness through the “Drive for Dementia” fundraiser.

A boot drive fundraiser, Drive for Dementia, will see volunteers at marked road locations accepting donations from people passing through. But, the Alzheimer Society of HC can’t do it without help. That’s why they are inviting people to join them by donating donate money or time to help during the Drive for Dementia.

With locations throughout Huron County, volunteers are asked to assist between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Locations include Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Exeter, Seaforth, Wingham, and Zurich.

During World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

All funds raised during Drive for Dementia will remain in Huron County to support programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of HC. Supporting people with dementia and their families, local programs can make all the difference in the way families are able to live with the disease.

Right now, more than a half a million Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 15 years, this number is expected to increase to almost one million. Everyone will be touched by dementia, whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in the community. Early access to support and information can help people with dementia and those who care for them live as well as possible.

Anyone who can assist with Drive for Dementia, is asked to please reach out to Erin or Karla at 519 482-1482 or To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of HC, visit

The Alzheimer Society of HC was founded by a group of family caregivers and incorporated in 1993. It is a non-profit corporation and a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Society is supported by individual and community service sector donations, special events fundraising, and receives funding from the Southwest Local Health Integrated Network.

The Alzheimer Society of HC is affiliated with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. As a local Chapter, they provide programs, services, and education to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families. The Alzheimer Society of HC serves residents of Huron County, with an office located in Clinton and satellite offices located in Zurich and Wingham'

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



Kim These Wings The Village Bookshop, on Main Street, is fortunate to have Poet Kim Fahner visiting the shop on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. to read from her latest poetry publication, "These Wings". Fahner is an accomplished writer and poet, and all are welcome to hear her read or just drop by to meet and speak with this wonderfully talented and effervescent woman. (Submitted photo)  

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.

councilor's corner 

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join him for Councilor’s Corner this Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Bayfield Community Centre.

This monthly session of updating residents about and discussing community issues starts at 7 p.m. 

Skating Club

It’s that time of year! Time to register for the Bayfield Skating Club (BSC).

Registration will be held at the Bayfield Arena on tomorrow (Sept. 19) from 6–8 p.m.

The BSC has expert certified coaches that teach a variety of programs for every level including: Learn to Skate, Can Skate, STARSkate and Power Skate.

Learn to Skate is a program focusing on basic skating skills. CanSkate focuses on basic skating skill development in a fun environment. STARSkate is an opportunity for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills. Skaters gain experience in ice dance, skating skills, free skate, and interpretive skating. Power Skate is a high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance.

anything to keep warm collection

imagesKnox Church, Bayfield is collecting items of warmth until Oct. 20. (Submitted photo)

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has launched their annual “Anything to Keep Warm Collection”. The congregation is asking people to clean out their closets, and to ask family and friends for their useful, but no longer used, items of warmth.

Hats, coats, sweaters, mitts, sleeping bags, blankets…anything with potential to provide warmth in the upcoming cold weather season(s).

They will be gratefully receiving donations through to Oct. 20. Items will be blessed during worship service on that date.

Organizers of the event will sort and deliver the items to London Mens’ Mission, Rotholme Womens’ and Family Shelter and Community Mental Health Programs including the Resource Centre and Streetscapes, a school outreach program. Articles will also be distributed locally.

Locally please call Deb at 519 524-0224 to request a pickup of items.

Grief Recovery Method

Myths about grief: "Time heals all wounds", "Replace the loss", "Grieve alone", "Be strong for others" and "Bury your feelings".

“The Grief Recovery Method” is a Grief Support Group that in eight weeks can change a person’s life. This Action Program is for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. Whether a person is experiencing loss from death, divorce, loss of job or childhood issues (recent or in the past), recovery is possible.

This program will be held in Bayfield from Thursday, Oct. 3 to Nov. 28. It will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $35 for the resource material. Participants must pre-register.

Please call Huron Hospice to register, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.

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.


“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 tonight (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 River Valley Trail Association is pleased to announce that their annual Harvest Dinner and Dance is now sold out. 

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.


Margo Robeson (rear far left) and Shelagh Sully (far right), representing the Bayfield Marathon Bridge Club, recently donated $500 to the Huron Residential Hospice near Clinton. The cheque was accepted by hospice representatives (l-r) Corinne Simser-Wagg, Jay McFarlan, Michelle Field and Shirley Dinsmore. (Submitted photo)  




wackabout golf tournament raises $10,000 for BAFHT

20190906_084452Held on Sept. 6, the Wackabout Golf Tournament was organized by Iceculture in Hensall to raise funds for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. (Submitted photo)  

A steady, light rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 90 or so golfers taking part in the Wackabout Golf Tournament organized by Iceculture in Hensall to raise funds for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich.

Held on Sept. 6, this was the fourth annual tournament to be held at the new White Squirrel Golf Club in St Josephs. Two foursomes shared the top prize with a score of minus 8.

Organizers would like to thank all the sponsors and of course, the players. Executive Director, Paula Kroll assisted by BAFHT Board Directors, Francine Vanasse and Sandy Shaw helped with serving lunch and dinner while Chairman of the Board, Dwayne Laporte fielded a foursome of his own in the tournament. Director, Dave MacLaren, and his wife Jane, entered another team with two more MacLarens playing as a twosome.

“It was great to see more local participation this year, both in sponsorship and players,” said organizer, Julian Bayley of Iceculture. “We must also give credit to the White Squirrel team of Brittany Nigh and Dusty Carter who helped stage the event. Running a tournament in a large tent away from the club house while construction of the new facility is underway, was not an easy undertaking.”

Pineridge Barbecue provided the chicken and rib dinner and Carter’s idea of a ‘walking taco’ lunch was a unique presentation enjoyed by all.

At the end of the day, the BAFHT was the overall winner with more than $10,000 being raised for new programs at the clinic. Prizes were awarded in three categories – tournament winner, leading couples and all ladies team, a category where three foursomes shared the honors.

United Way to host workshops in Clinton and Stratford 

Professional development and training and vital to an organization’s well-being. It can improve employee performance, build morale and increase productivity. It can also be prohibitively expensive for many organizations, especially not-for-profits. That’s where the Keep Educating Yourself (KEYs) program from United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) comes in.

This fall three workshops are being offered:

“Boards that Work” will be presented by Ryan Erb, Non-profit Board consultant with BoardSource on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Local Community Food Centre in Stratford. This one-day workshop provides an overview and updates for board members and senior staff on basic concepts and frameworks in governance. All organizations are welcome to attend, pre-registration is required and the cost is $55 including lunch.

“Volunteer Management” is being held in Clinton on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Huron County Health Unit from 1-4 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Helen Dowd, a Perth East resident, who has been working with volunteers for two decades. The cost is $35.

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Murray Comber will be facilitating a full-day workshop at the Stratford Public Library covering “Personality Dimensions”. The workshop aims to help individuals discover their true personality and how it fits in and works with colleagues and family members. The cost of $55 includes the preliminary questionnaire and workbook.

“UWPH is dedicated to offering local, affordable training to non-profits and other organizations across Perth and Huron Counties,” said UWPH Director of Communication Susan Faber. “We have a great lineup of workshops this fall and more coming in the spring. We thank Libro Credit Union for its continued, generous sponsorship of this program.”

To learn more visit

Learn about owls and their nocturnal adaptations 

Learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at the annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter on Saturday, Nov. 2. It’s a hoot.

People can learn about owls and even meet them at the “fun, local” Owl Prowl. This event will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, south of Hwy 83.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.

“People of all ages and abilities are welcome at this event,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “The guided hike portion will take place on fairly flat trails and cover a distance of less than 500 metres. Families can use this event as a chance to get outside and get active.”

Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The live owl presentation is sponsored by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10 per family. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase new education equipment to support ABCA’s in-school water safety program.

The Owl Prowl has three sessions. Families with children under six years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m. The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls followed by the night looking and listening for owls.

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from ABCA. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch. Attendees who started inside with Conservation Halton then go outside and those that were on the night hike finish up inside. Everyone gets a chance to see and do everything, according to conservation educators.

The Owl Prowl event starts at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main public office of the administration centre building. Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Event hosts ask participants to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate.

To learn more, visit the ABCA website at at this link: or contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

beer crafted exclusively for hop hearted festival  

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. Tier 1 purchase opportunities have expired. Tier 2 tickets are now 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.


refrigerated truck  

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.


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.

youth in action grants 

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


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: 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





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. Records indicate the image was taken on Aug. 20, 1943 but does not say who the woman was. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10038)  

 PB10038 PC Lady August 20, 1943

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



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)


PB10029 PC Rutledge house c1925 

In Issue 531, we feature an image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection of folks in front of the Rutledge house circa 1925. (Archives Code: PB10029 PC)   




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IMG_2964Trail Maintenance Manager Peter Jeffers (seated), with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association Trail Blazers acting as route Marshals.  

IMG_2958Peter Jeffers (centre) examines the map of routes for the Terry Fox run with members of the Trail Blazers including, Roger Lewington (far left).  

IMG_2969Helen Varekamp and Bronwyn Bechard helped people register for the Terry Fox Run on Sunday morning.  

IMG_2967Bayfield hosted one of over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide.  

IMG_2971The Bayfield Urban Pole Walkers group were in full support of the run!  

IMG_2972Despite the rain, organizers were very pleased to announce that the 2019 run generated $3,145 with about 50 people taking part.  



The weather proved rather soggy on Sept.15 as the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored the 11th annual Terry Fox Run in Bayfield. Participants, of all ages, ran and walked in support of the 39th annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research.

Despite the rain, organizers were very pleased to announce that the 2019 run generated $3,145 with about 50 people taking part.

The organizing team was led by Heather Hamilton and her team included: Helen Varekamp, Bronwyn Bechard and Wendy Gallant. Route marshals from the Trail Blazers works group were organized by Peter Jeffers, BRVTA trail maintenance manager.

Since 2009 the local run has raised more than $35,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The longevity of the run and the cancer research legacy inspired by Fox’s run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave Canadians an indelible example of what it means to persevere. Bayfield's run was one of over 10,000 fundraising events taking place nationwide, it is clear that Canadians have every intention to see his dream through to fulfillment.

Next year, 2020, will be the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Foundation is an international organization whose mission is to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Runs, School Runs and other fundraising initiatives. The Foundation headquarters are in Burnaby, BC with offices in nine provinces.

IMG_2965Since 2009 the Bayfield run has raised more than $35,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

IMG_2966Participants, of all ages, ran and walked in support of the 39th annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research.

IMG_2973The weather proved rather soggy on Sept.15 as the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored the 11th annual Terry Fox Run in Bayfield.  

IMG_2974The annual Terry Fox Run is a remarkable reflection of Canada’s respect for a man who gave Canadians an indelible example of what it means to persevere.



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Howard Street Welcome...By Elise Feltrin

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued









“So, what did you do on your weekend?” This was a rhetorical question posed by one of my Pathfinders as she braved the mist rising from the Horseshoe Falls as the Hornblower sailed ever closer to the rapidly falling water.

Her comment made me smile. It summarized for me why I am about to start on my 31st year as a leader with Bayfield Guiding tonight. Providing girls with opportunities that they might not otherwise get and gently pushing them outside their comfort zone is what a year end adventure, or in this case year beginning adventure, is all about.

It is a Bayfield Guiding tradition (since 2006) that at some point as a Pathfinder you get to go to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for a couple nights. This was my fifth excursion there. These girls had been waiting half their lives to go as they knew right from Sparks (age five) that this trip was their goal. And it isn’t all about the waterpark, on this adventure we did some new things – Sky Wheel, Niagara Speedway and three Clifton Hill attractions as well as some old favorites – Brock’s Monument, Laura Secord Homestead, the Hornblower Niagara Cruise and the Whirlpool Aero Car.

The girls were a delight to take on this trip, very respectful and obliging. In fact, no one grumbled when I brought them to a tree in Queenston Heights to take their picture because doing so has been a Bayfield Guiding tradition since 2006 – come to think of it none of the girls have ever complained about doing that!

On the drive home one of the girls said, “I hope we’re all still friends 20 years from now!” This I know it is a strong possibility as I see Bayfield Pathfinders (since 1996) from days gone by sharing in each other’s trials and triumphs every day on the social media platforms we share and that always makes me smile too. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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