Bookmark and Share   Sept. 27, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 40 Issue 430


_MG_3229 The Bayfield Town Hall and Blue Bayfield co-hosted a performance of Trent Severn, a Canadian folk trio composed of Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning, and Lindsay Schindler on the evening of Sept. 23 in conjuction with the Bayfield Sustainability Summit held earlier in the day. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


sarah slean OCT22
ron sexsmith OCT26


The Bayfeld Concert Series is celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing musical entertainers to town with a quartet of shows from well-known performers including Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, Sass Jordan and the Good Lovelies.

Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth.

Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings and shared the stage with eight of the country’s professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of five, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers. Citing such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, Philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”.

In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Slean has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak and Buck 65.

“Metaphysics”, her first recording in five years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.

Slean will grace the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall for a matinee performance on Oct. 22.

Ron Sexsmith is a favorite of Bayfield concert attendees and he will be back in the village for a performance on Oct. 26. His latest album, “The Last Rider” was released in April giving audiences an opportunity to hear new music as well as their favorites from a career that has spanned more than a quarter-century.

Canada’s Queen of Rock, platinum selling, Juno and multiple award winner Sass Jordan, is making a stop in Bayfield on Nov. 9 as part of her “Racine Revisited Tour” to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of her 1992 Sophomore album, “Racine”. This album made her an international success and produced some of the most memorable songs of the 90s including: “Make You a Believer”, “I Want to Believe”, “You Don’t Have to Remind Me” and “Goin’ Back Again”.

“Racine Revisited”, a brand new rendition of the classic album, was released on Sept. 15 via True North Records, and the Racine Revisited Tour should be an unforgettable night for Jordan fans. It's a chance to hear this timeless record performed live in its entirety. The show will consist of two 45-minute sets, stripped down with some stories from Jordan, and a Question and Answer element woven into the show.

sass jordan NOV9
good lovelies NOV23


Still merry after all these years, the Good Lovelies will be headed across Canada this November and December with their annual Christmas show returning to Bayfield for a performance on Nov. 23.

Accompanying the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men - Steve Zsirai and Robbie Grunwald on upright bass and piano. As a five-piece, this band will have audience members humming along, laughing and full of mirth by the show's end.

The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection. They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.

Fans should keep an eye out for their new release, “Shapeshifters”, coming February 2018.

All shows are held in the Bayfield Town Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sarah Slean concert that will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for these licensed concerts from, Ernie King Music in Goderich and Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield. Tickets are $40 each with the exception of the Sass Jordan performance that is $45.

Any local artists that might be interested in performing as an opening act at any of these concerts should contact Peter Meades at


image2 Those who attended “The Dreamboats” concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, July 21 enjoyed an amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll concert, but they also helped Michael’s Pharmacy celebrate their 10th anniversary in Bayfield. Kelsey Johnston, a Michael’s Pharmacy employee, organized the sold-out concert as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS). As a result, the Town Hall recently received a donation of $2,000 from Michael and Nevien Ibrahim, for the net profits from The Dreamboats concert. Sandy Scotchmer, president of the BTHHS, was on hand at Michael’s Pharmacy to accept the donation and once again thank Michael, Nevien and Kelsey for their support of the Town Hall. The money will help with ongoing maintenance and renovation projects. And as special note, with the assistance of Johnston, the Town Hall has arranged for a return of The Dreamboats on June 28, 2018!


Two motions put forth by Bluewater Council from the Committee of the Whole Session on Sept. 5 regarding the future of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre were tabled at the Sept. 18 regular council meeting.

The first tabled motion was, “that the recreational feasibility study consist of a committee formed of the consultant, who has yet to be hired, the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), who has representation from the majority of the service clubs in Bayfield and two members of council.”

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone suggested that this motion be tabled for clarification on terms of reference in a staff report. Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson added that the report could include what other municipalities have done.

The second tabled motion was, “that the correspondence from the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) and Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) expressing their interest in the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre be discussed at the next meeting of Council on Sept. 18, 2017.”

Whetstone suggested that staff create an informational report to determine what the value of entering into either a lease or a purchase agreement would be to Bluewater.

Later in the meeting council “awarded a tender for full restoration of the Bayfield Arena roof to Bullock and Sons Roofing in the amount of $151,950 (pre-tax) for the 2017 year with the cost of the restoration being split between two fiscal years. The cost overage will be funded from the Recreation and Park Reserve for contingency with the Reserve being replenished in the 2018 budget.”

Conversation arose as to why money was being spent on the Bayfield facility at this time when its future use is in question. Manager of Finance Ansberth Willert noted that it is a health and safety issue, the roof was deemed to have failed last spring, and now that work on the roof trusses has been completed the municipality needs to protect that investment now.

On Aug. 21 at the regular meeting of council a motion was carried “that Council approves that the ice be removed from the Bayfield Arena effective Apr. 2018; and that staff provide Council with the public input received regarding the repurposing of the Bayfield Community Centre, and that a feasibility study be initiated to develop a plan for the future use of the Bayfield Community Centre.”

In keeping with this motion the Council agreed on Sept. 18 to “reallocate $30,000 from the Recreation Master Plan towards a Feasibility Study to determine the future direction of the Bayfield Community Centre.”


_MG_3006-2Valdy did it again. For the second consecutive year he sold out the Bayfield Town Hall. He performed to a delighted, capacity crowd on the evening of Sept. 21. (Photo by Jack Pal)



An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 681 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please

Bayfield Tree Project 

The Bayfield Tree Project, which is funded by donations from villagers, is planning to again plant trees on municipal properties in front of residences here in the village.

This project has planted nearly 500 trees over the past six years and the committee members are now asking that residents submit a request to have a tree planted in front of their house if they have not yet done so.

In order to have a tree planted on your frontage, the committee asks that homeowners commit to watering and taking care of the tree (mulch, do not damage the bark); and if possible, they make a donation ( $20 plus - gets a tax receipt) in order to keep the project going. Every tree planted costs approximately $125.

Anyone interested in participating in the project should please contact Sondra Buchner at

West Coast Astronomers

The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) enjoyed a spectacular observing night on
Sept. 20 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. The astronomy enthusiasts viewed, Saturn, Neptune, M3: a globular cluster, M31: Andromeda Galaxy, M33: Pinwheel Galaxy, M51: Whirlpool Galaxy, M57: Ring Nebula and M81: Bode's Nebulae.

Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. Their next Star Party is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield.

Visit for more details, locations and times. Each
party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt
on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.

Any amateur astronomer, eager to bring their telescope, and share their knowledge with others, please call the number listed above.

October 18 


On Oct. 18, over 90 restaurants in 19 Canadian cities will join together to donate proceeds from dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), supporting community food programs that build health, hope and belonging in low-income communities across the country. Funds raised will directly support local Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.

Participating in the event is easy: Diners visit to find a participating restaurant near them and make a dinner reservation for Oct. 18. Locally The Black Dog Pub and Bistro will be taking part.

More than a dozen chefs from participating restaurants across Canada flew to Toronto on Sept. 17 and 18 to learn more about the issues of food insecurity, poor health and social isolation that affect low-income Canadians, and how CFCC is using food as a tool to build healthier and more inclusive communities. They then launched the Restaurants for Change campaign with a packed event at Baro restaurant, where they cooked their favorite dishes from their menus—dishes that Canadians can order when they go out for dinner on Oct. 18.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will be holding a Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield to celebrate the Trail’s 10th Anniversary!

Tickets are $40 and the evening starts with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m/ with dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, those who attend can dance to the live music of “The Saxman”.

The BRVTA has been actively building and maintaining a network of trails in Bluewater over the past 10 years. These trails, built entirely by volunteers, are for public use by local residents and tourists alike thanks to a partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater and the generosity of private landowners.

Over the years the BRVTA has contributed much to community improvement through fundraising. Sponsorship of the Terry Fox Run for the past 8 years has raised over $30,000. An additional $1,000 was raised for the Goderich MRI Imaging project and $1,200 for the Clinton Hospital. In 2013, the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield used the trails and raised in excess of $4,000 for the Alexandria Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.

“We are most proud of the initiative to purchase the Bayfield Flats Natural Area for the enjoyment of future generations. In 2016, the BRVTA coordinated a fundraising drive to purchase the property on the Bayfield River and donate it to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. This was an amazing project, thanks to the incredible support of the community,” said Roger Lewington, a BRVTA member.

The trails are free of charge to the public and provide a superb opportunity for families and people of all generations to enjoy the beauty of our area. Members hope that people can come out for a wonderful evening and support the Bayfield Trails and the 10th anniversary celebration.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Roger at 519 565-2202 or Scott at 519 565-2827. Tables of eight or 12 can be reserved.


September is the perfect time to explore the trails in the Bayfield area and members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have some great, guided hikes in the works!

As the month comes to a close the BRVTA will host a hike on the Lobb Trail starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The Lobb farm is a heritage property. The Lobb trail is beautiful with several riverside locations, some hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area. The trail is approximately 7 KMs long and passes through mature woodlots with a variety of tree species. It is considered a level 3 trail with some hills, on a natural path. The bridges may be slippery when wet and there is one steep embankment with gradual slopes in two sections.

The trail is located on Maitland Line. To get to the trailhead turn north/north east at Holmesville off of Hwy. 8, on to Sharpes Creek Line. Turn north/north/east on to Maitland Line. Parking can be found at the intersection of School House Rd.

The hike leader will be Peter Jeffers 519 933-4555.

Girl Guide Cookies 

Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it.

The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $5 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members.

If the chocolatey mint variety of cookie isn’t a favorite, not to worry, the girls also have the Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich cookies available for the same great price. 

Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings. Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830. 


The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.

Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.


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

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

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.








Palliative outreach team gives comfort on the journey


Hospice Logo

While journeying on the path of a life-limiting illness, people are often asked about the setting in which they would like to spend their final moments. Some prefer to stay at home; some prefer to be in a hospital or a Long Term Care setting and some would love the opportunity to have the comfort of a hospice.

Wherever the individual and family decide to spend these precious moments, the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT) and Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) want to ensure the best support for each person. The PCOT and HRH aim to integrate resources to ensure that wherever an individual decides to palliate, at home or in their setting of choice, they will have access to the best resources.

The PCOT is defined as a “secondary level consult team that will work in partnership with primary care providers to provide support and consultation in symptom management including psychosocial and spiritual aspects to care.”

The PCOT specializes in end of life care and has the ability to support the patient’s symptom management in the community setting. They address complex symptom management issues in a timely manner thereby reducing hospitalization and allowing the individual to stay in the comfort of their home or setting of choice. It provides the unique opportunity to meet the needs of individuals in their home community and improve patient quality of life. Since the initiation of this team, more families have been able to support their loved ones in their home.

The team members include Palliative Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Pain and Symptom Management Consultants, Spiritual Care Advisors and Volunteer Program Coordinators. The team also works closely with the South West LHIN program manager who implements care plans, liaises between healthcare sectors and patient needs. The program manager acts as a system navigator, ensuring the care provided is seamless and barrier-free.

The PCOT offers 24-hour nursing care, expert pain and symptom management, a palliative care physician, psychosocial, spiritual and practical support. A PCOT physician is available 24/7 to support and collaborate with primary care providers, assisting them in caring for palliative care patients in Huron-

Dr. Agnes Kluz is passionate about Hospice Palliative Care and has been advocating for its excellence in Huron County for several years. Dr. Kluz is the lead physician for the PCOT and has many roles such as coordinating and developing the frameworks for the Model of Care, developing and supporting education for physicians, and ensuring that care is delivered smoothly.

Dr. Kluz said, “Patients living with a life limiting illness have special needs that often require immediate attention. If these needs are not met, patients may be forced to visit Emergency Rooms. The PCOT enables primary care providers to address their patient’s needs, prevent avoidable hospitalization, and meet care needs of individuals and their family.”

The goals of the PCOT are to increase access to specialized Palliative Care, ensure dignity at the end of one’s life in the setting of one’s choice, and to decrease the dependence on acute care settings. Since the PCOT was initiated in February 2017 the team has made a significant difference in Huron-Perth as more individuals have been able to spend their final moments at home.

Kathy O’Reilly, chair of HRH said, “The PCOT is an extension of the services Huron Residential Hospice supports, allowing more individuals to remain in the comfort of their own homes if desired.”

HRH supports and will work in collaboration with the PCOT ensuring that everyone in Huron County has access to excellent Hospice Palliative Care.

Referrals for the Huron/Perth PCOT are now being accepted throughout Huron and Perth County. Please contact your local Health Care Provider or HRH for more details.

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


Tree Service Haskett Funeral Homes in Exeter, Lucan and Zurich, ON and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation held their annual Tree Dedication Service at Morrison Dam on Sept. 17 at Morrison Dam in Exeter. About 350 people attended the service officiated by Father Ross Bartley to remember loved ones who had died in the past year. Throughout the next year over 200 trees will be planted within the watershed area. (Submitted photo)  

Behind the Bars Encore Production this October 

This year’s Behind the Bars evening tour program at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich was the most successful ever! The demand for this program was so high that the Huron County Museum has decided to host an encore production on Oct. 27th from 7-9 pm (last entry at 8:00 pm). Tickets for this event are being sold in advance on Eventbrite or at the Huron Historic Gaol during regular hours.

For the first time ever, the Museum is hosting three evening Ghost Tours at the Historic Gaol - these events have also proved to be very popular as all three tours sold out in record time!

Thursday evening Movie Nights in the Museum’s theatre are returning this fall. “Beetlejuice” will play on Oct. 19 and the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be featured on Oct. 26. Movie screenings are included in the regular admission rate and are free for Museum members. Beetlejuice will also be free to Huron County Library cardholders in celebration of Ontario Public Library Week.

The Children’s Garden Project, hosted by the Friends of the Museum, continues this fall. This Saturday morning program is available for free to children aged eight to 10, but preregistration is required. Simply call the Museum to enroll.

Kids will also be able to enjoy the Kids Sushi Workshop on Nov 3. Children aged eight to15 are invited to make their own sushi with Drift of Bayfield’s own Peter Keightley. Preregister now at the museum front desk or call 519 524-2686.

The Friends of the Museum will again host their Halloween Main Street in the Museum’s History Hall on Oct. 31 from 3:30-8 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

There is always something new and exciting happening at the Museum and people won’t want to miss a minute of it. A great way to save is with the purchase of a Museum Membership these can be purchased at the front desk for only $30 for student/senior, $40 for individuals or $60 for families. Memberships allow unlimited regular admission to the Museum and the Gaol plus regular admission to four other great Ontario Museums.

Visit the Museum’s website at to learn more.

Halton county youth crowned Queen of the furrow 

The 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) had a busy and exciting day on Friday, Sept. 22 with good weather, great crowds and lots to see and do.

The day was capped off by the Celebration of Excellence banquet – celebrating the winners of the BMO Plowing Competition and the crowning of the Queen of the Furrow. The Banquet was held at the Brussels arena and is the final event in the Queen of the Furrow program. Throughout the week, the 25 local county Queen of the Furrows had participated in numerous activities and events and had toured much of Huron County.

Judging for Queen of the Furrow is based on their performances in: Plowing Ability, Appearance and Deportment, an Interview, a Speech and Impromptu Speech.

Kailey Donaldson, from Halton County, was crowned 2017-2018 Queen of the Furrow. Donaldson grew up in Acton, ON and has been an active 4-H member for years. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. The new Queen was honored with a car for the year courtesy of the Ontario Plowman’s Association (OPA), as well as a scholarship. First Runner Up was Caleigh Van Kampen, of Peel Dufferin, and Second Runner Up was Andrea Chesney, of Oxford Blenheim. Two other finalists were Josie Linton, of Durham County and Olivia Bolender, of York County. These young ladies will continue to contribute their time over the course of the next year along with the other 25 county Queens representing and educating their communities in regards to farming, agriculture, business and volunteerism with the OPA.

There are a number of special awards offered as part of the Queen of the Furrow program. BMO Bank of Montreal donated two Scholarships to the participating Queens – the scholarships are chosen randomly and the winners were Chloe Croghan, of Grenville County and Billie Diemert. of Grey Normanby. Diemert was also honored with the title of Miss Friendship.

The top five Queens of the Furrow recognized for their plowing skills were honored with a $100 scholarship from the OPA. This years top finishers were: first, Caleigh Van Kampen, of Peel Dufferin; second, Olivia Bolender, of York County; third Josie Linton, of Durham; fourth, Shannon Little, of Perth; and fifth, Michaela Lievre, of Oxford County.

Congratulations from the IPM and OPA is extended to all the competitors. A thank you is also extended to all of the program organizers, judges, and sponsors. A special thank you is given to the Anita Rastapkevicius, outgoing Queen of the Furrow 2016-2017, from OPA directors and staff, as well as the executive of IPM.


United Way

From now until Oct. 8, the LCBO is launching a second round of their ‘Giving Back in Our Community’ campaign in 17 stores across Perth and Huron counties to benefit United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH). To support this fundraiser visitors to the LCBO can make a donation when an LCBO employee at their local retail location asks if they want to give $10, $5 or $2.

In 2016, the LCBO donated more than $52,000 to United Way Perth-Huron. In fact, the LCBO is the single largest United Way contributor province-wide from the Ontario Public Service sector.

These generous donations from the LCBO and its customers come at an important time; at a kick-off lunch in Stratford on Sept. 15 and Tour through Huron and Perth Counties on Sept. 18, UWPH announced a courageous goal of $1,556,445 for the 2017 campaign.

“All these generous donations from the LCBO and its customers help ensure existing needs in our community continue to be met,” said United Way Executive Director Ryan Erb, “Of course United Way Perth-Huron’s mandate goes well beyond money to affect lives across our region in a positive way, but without donations we can’t begin to do the work that needs to be done across Huron and Perth Counties.”

United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cen local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way continue supporting these local services, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford,ON N5A 2M4 or visit


The 16th annual CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon will be back on the airwaves of AM920 and Saturday, Oct. 21 to raise funds for eight local hospital foundations.

The Clinton Public Hospital Foundation aims to raise $20,000 towards the purchase of new sterilization equipment for the Medical Imaging Department.

Pledges towards this goal can be made in advance of the Radiothon by mail, in person or at Pledges can be made live during the Radiothon by calling 1-877-CARE-4U.

People are invited to tune into the broadcast all day on AM920 and or catch hourly check-ins on 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic Rock. Listeners will hear heartwarming patient stories, descriptions of the medical equipment needs at each participating hospital and listeners will be treated to one-of-a-kind musical performances.

In addition to collecting funds during the Radiothon, the Clinton Kinsmen are hosting a Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7:30-11 a.m., with
proceeds to benefit the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation’s Radiothon project goal. The Kinsmen wills serve up a delicious breakfast for a donation.

More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at Visit the website to enter the story writing contest, download the pledge form, donate online and learn about the eight participating hospital foundations and their fundraising projects.


Need some trees to fill a space or create a windbreak? Consider buying from Bluewater Communities in Bloom and support a positive community-wide effort at the same time.

Residents have planted over 300 trees through the CIB Annual Fall Tree Sale program. Trees are purchased from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Buyers will pick up their orders at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Zurich Community Centre parking lot. For tree species, pricing and ordering, please visit our webpage at

Communities in Bloom (CIB) sprouted seven years ago from an idea to bring villages, lakeshore and farming communities together. It brings together passionate volunteers and unique initiatives. The program involves creation of a community profile book, or brag book, professional judging in the provincial competition and a handful of local beautification and environmental programs.

New members for the Bluewater Blooms Committee are always welcome. For more information contact Secretary Nellie Evans at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236 or email

Hensall Heritage Hall 

The fall schedule of the Hensall Heritage Hall was released recently. 

The Hall will welcome the Classic Country Show with CCR featuring, Elton Lammie and Wendy Lynn Snider, on Oct. 14. Tickets are $30 and available from Kathy at 519 263- 2343, Carolyn 519 262-3444, or Liz 519 262-2715. Tickets are also available at or D&D in Hensall. 

Nicole Coward will entertain Nov. 2nd at 7 p.m. Coward's show features hits from such classic Canadian musicians as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan and more. Tickets are $25.

On Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., the Hall is proud to welcome back the always-popular Larry Mercey Trio Christmas Show with special guest Cousin Clem. Tickets are $30 and will be available soon.


BEN1 Saxophonist, Ben Luelo, a fifth year Grade 12 student at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School has been selected as one of 68 of the province’s best high school musicians to take part in an intensive four-day music workshop as a part of the Ontario Provincial Honour Band. To participate in this ensemble, students, from across the province, audition for the privilege. Members of the Honour Band experience a sensational four-day camp (Nov.1–4) at the Salvation Army Shoreline Camp in Jackson’s Point on the shores of Lake Simcoe. Their experience culminates with a performance at the Ontario Music Educators’ Association Conference that is being held at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville this year. The Honour Band will perform for a room full of approximately 1,000 of the Provinces top music educators. The 2017 Honour Band will be conducted by Dr. Peter Boonshaft who is regarded as one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today. He works at Hofstra University, NY when not travelling and working with young musicians. Luelo, who is a resident of Grand Bend, is currently studying Saxophone privately with Bobbi Thompson at UWO and hopes to study Saxophone and Music Composition at University next year. He is a member of the St. Anne’s Concert and Jazz Band and highly active in the music community at St. Anne’s. (Submitted photo)





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Sustainability Summit a Success 


_MG_3100Canadian bestselling author and international activist Maude Barlow was the morning keynote speaker. Gayle Waters (pictured) introduced Barlow and welcomed her back to the village.  

_MG_3109People interested in small communities came to hear a number of experts, including morning keynote speaker, Maude Barlow, in various aspects of environmental sustainability with a particular focus on how rural villages can make meaningful change in the fight against Climate Change.

_MG_3115Philip Keightley, M. Sc., P. Eng, is a professional engineer and Bayfield resident. He described how increases in climate change guarantee that we’ll all have to deal with the effects of more extreme weather in the future. He is shown here with Elise Feltrin who acted as Mistress of Ceremonies at the event.  

_MG_3123The Summit had the support from a number of expert local workshop facilitators and other volunteers.  

_MG_3128Tom Davis, a Professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology, sat in on a discussion among participants at the summit held in the Bayfield Town Hall.  

_MG_3146Jen Pate, local environmentalist and social entrepreneur, shared her love story for the Great Lakes at the portion of the summit held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building.  


_MG_3165Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), discussed both rural and urban storm water management best practices, focusing on the rain garden that was built in Bayfield.  


The Bayfield Sustainability Summit, titled, ‘Big Solutions for Small Communities,’ had a sellout registration at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23. People interested in small communities came to hear a number of experts in various aspects of environmental sustainability with a particular focus on how rural villages can make meaningful change in the fight against Climate Change.

After an introductory welcome from Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel, Summit MC Elise Feltrin welcomed the enthusiastic group who came from across southwestern Ontario and Michigan. Feltrin gave a welcome to all and thanked Summit sponsors RTO4 , Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Bluewater for the support. The Summit had the support from a number of expert local workshop facilitators and other volunteers.

Canadian bestselling author and international activist Maude Barlow was the morning keynote speaker. Gayle Waters introduced Barlow and welcomed her back to the village. In her keynote address, Barlow laid bare the defining issue of our coming decade: the vulnerability of Canada’s water reserves. According to the Globe & Mail, she delivers “the most eloquent call to arms we’re likely to hear about the politics of water.”

The afternoon keynote speaker was Tom Davis, a Professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology. Davis gave a dramatic and sobering presentation outlining the history and the causes of climate change. He also outlined the solutions to mitigating climate change offering practical solutions for everyday people to lower their carbon footprint and live sustainably. He furthermore discussed how modern building techniques offer net-zero energy solutions as demonstrated by new student buildings at Fanshawe College in London that are leading the way in responding to climate change.

Detroit Zoo Environmental Manager Rachel Handbury highlighted the Zoo’s sustainability projects, current and future, including their Anaerobic Digester which converts ‘poo at the zoo’ into compost and methane fuel. The Zoo has also successfully weaned its visitors off single-use water bottles, and is looking to install Tesla solar roof tiles in the future. Handbury’s informative presentation and workshop offered suggestions as to the ways in which municipalities and universities can create less waste and lower their energy use at the same time.

In her presentation, Jen Pate, local environmentalist and social entrepreneur ( ) shared her love story for the Great Lakes – a unique tale of people’s passion for their local waterways and their willingness to instigate meaningful change for a healthier future. In her workshop, participants provided meaningful and actionable solutions to dealing with plastic pollution all the way from the source to the lake and beyond.

Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), discussed both rural and urban storm water management best practices, focusing on the rain garden that was built in the Village of Bayfield. During rainstorms or periods of melting snow, the run-off created picks up contaminants that can then flow into large bodies of water … lakes and rivers that are a source of drinking water for nearby communities. Shallow, sunken gardens appropriately called rain gardens protect local water quality by collecting, absorbing and filtering this run-off. Rain gardens not only reduce flooding and erosion they can also create habitat for wildlife and add beauty to a community.

Philip Keightley described how increases in climate change guarantee that we’ll all have to deal with the effects of more extreme weather in the future. This will have a major impact on our civil infrastructure, yet traditional engineering solutions seem out of reach for small municipalities experiencing increasing budgetary constraints. Keightley presented ideas and examples of simpler and more practical solutions that are appropriate to small communities.

The Blue Bayfield Committee was delighted to invite local area high school students and the response was very positive .Approximately 10 students were able to participate in the sessions. All presenters made note of the importance of young peoples' involvement as they are the future change makers.

Blue Bayfield is an organization of concerned citizens located in Bayfield. Its mission is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and prevent plastic and pollutants from entering our Great Lake and waterways.

Blue Bayfield spearheaded the drive to install multiple water bottle refilling stations throughout the village, providing a mobile water unit (Blue Betty) at events and locations where no potable water is available. This was made possible through donations from the community, in conjunction with the Municipality of Bluewater. Blue Bayfield also hosts and participates in beach and park clean ups, educates the local community on this important topic and encourages action! It works alongside many other local community groups, businesses and government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake.

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_MG_3169Detroit Zoo Environmental Manager Rachel Handbury highlighted the Zoo’s sustainability projects at a portion of the summit held at St. Andrew's United Church.

_MG_3160-2 A fact from the summit.




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third annual volkfest

festival's popularity on the grow

IMG_9781Johm Beattie, of Windsor, ON, sits in the Volkswagen Westfalia that he and his wife got for their 40th wedding anniversary at the third annual Volkfest held in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday morning.              

IMG_9730Nancy Moore surveyed the stage filled with members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society prior to their performance at Volkfest on Sunday morning.  

IMG_9742Not only did Todd Baker perform with the Bayfield Ukulele Society at Volkfest he also participated in the Beard Competition.  

IMG_9745  L-r: Sondra Buchner, Lucia Schatteleijn and Shelagh Sully performed folk songs suited to the pinnacle era of the VW during the Bayfield Ukulele Society's performance at Volkfest.  

IMG_9748Mom Jennifer Reaburn watched as her daughter, River, "played" the Ukulele on the Bayfield Ukulele Society's sign.  

IMG_9751The crowd shows their appreciation for the performance by the Bayfield Ukulele Society.

IMG_9756Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society filled the portable stage provided by the Bayfield Lions' Club.  

IMG_9779  It proved to be one of the hottest and humid days of 2017 but that didn’t keep the large crowds away.

IMG_9787The cheerful interior of a 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia owned by Pete and Simone Young, of Kilworth, ON - an anniversary gift!  



The “People’s Car” returned to Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 24 and so did the people as the third annual Bayfield Volkfest celebrated all things Volkswagen with a tremendous turn out of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and other Volkswagen designs from a variety of eras.

A new event was the Beard Contest (beard and moustache) sponsored by Wisers Whiskey, Windsor; The Bayfield Beauty Shop, Intuitive Sense by Maggie, River Road Brewery and Elephant Juice. A number of handsome, Grizzly Bear types had their facial hair judged by Marcie McLean.

The food booth and craft vendor circle grew substantially over last year with jewellery, upcycled drums, musical instruments, art as well as healthy food and drink products being offered for sale.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s portable stage was the place to gather around to listen to some fabulous music by Josh Geddis, Celtae Lynne, Andrew & Veda, The Honey Sweethearts and the Bayfield Ukuele Society.

The weekend event included a camping opportunity at Hartman’s Pond in Dashwood with camper vans parking there on Saturday night. There was also a caravan to and from Grand Bend on Sunday morning with VW owners enjoying brunch at Smackwater Jack’s.

It proved to be one of the hottest and humid days of 2017 but that didn’t keep the large crowds away. All seemed to be enjoying the good vibes, swaying to the music and breathing in the smell of incense that hung in the air.

IMG_9717Spirit Drums was a vendor at Volkfest. According to their website, "Each instrument is uniquely handcrafted, from recycled materials, tuned to 432Hz for optimal health and healing through music and sound reverberations."  

IMG_9708Pianovations from Blyth had a booth at Volkfest offering up some finely designed Ukueles.

IMG_9752 Visitors to Volkfest and event volunteers share a laugh.

IMG_9757Several food vendors provided good eats at the festival including this decadent dessert offered up by the Wicked Witches of West Street Food Truck from Goderich.

IMG_9771 VW offered a porcelain "blumenvasen" from the very beginning and the vase became a US dealer option in the early 1950s.

IMG_9784The weekend event included a camping opportunity at Hartman’s Pond in Dashwood with camper vans parking there on Saturday night.  

IMG_9797Volkswagen accessories helped to make the vehicle displays all the more interesting.  

IMG_9700The third annual Bayfield Volkfest celebrated all things Volkswagen with a tremendous turn out of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and other Volkswagen designs from a variety of eras.  

IMG_9767Three decades a part parked side by side. On the left, a Deluxe Beetle from 1969 owned by Rob Gillespie, of Sarnia, ON and on the right a 1999 VW owned by Ken Coutts, of Grand Bend, ON.  





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Habour...By Steve Rome

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


Today you are reading the 430th weekly issue of the Bayfield Breeze. I thank you for scrolling all the way down to the bottom to see what I have to say. We are brought to your email inbox each week because a number of people advertise their service or business throughout the issue. I encourage you to click on their advertisements and tour their websites to see what they are all about. We wouldn’t have been able to create this 430th issue if it weren’t for them.

That’s right, folks, it is that time of year again when our Advertising Representative Mike Dixon is out pounding the pavement checking in with returning advertisers and hoping to enlist a few new ones too. It takes more than the time and enthusiasm of our merry little band to put out an issue every week. It takes money – albeit we do our best to be frugal. There are costs to send out our weekly emails, costs for domaine services and costs to host the wonderful myriad of pictures that make our publication rather unique, I think.

Anyone is welcome to support the Bayfield Breeze financially – advertising is just one way – donations to the cause are always gratefully accepted. If you would like to advertise or know someone who should be please send me an email. And as always thanks so much for reading. – Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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