Bookmark and Share   Oct. 3, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 40 Issue 482

autumnal influx of kittens depletes volunteer funds

42649077_10156731518936055_4171697791824822272_n 2 The latest cats looking for "furever" homes out of Bayfield's Forgotten Felines program are five month old sisters.

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They are very sweet, quiet, affectionate and bonded. Both have been spayed and have received all their shots. To learn more adopting these lovely creatures please contact the Bayfield Breeze. (Submitted photos)


The volunteers behind “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines” are feeling a very overwhelmed these days due to an autumnal influx of mother cats and their kittens.

With winter on the horizon the need to help these vulnerable creatures becomes more pressing. The funds to provide aid and care for these cats and kittens has been depleted and the volunteers are looking to the community to help with monetary donations, fostering or perhaps even adopting. The situation has become critical in the last week alone as volunteers have had to turn away five female cats with litters averaging five kittens each as they have no place to house them and no money to help them.

In addition to the cats and kittens, there is a one-eyed mature cat, nicknamed Pirate, that is looking for a foster home for the winter.

In the summer of 2016 a small group of volunteers organized this Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for the village’s felines and some of the more fragile among the colonies have found forever homes after a little Tender-Loving-Care (TLC). To date 66 cats have gone through the program.

The word "feral" is used to define a cat that lives outdoors. It essentially does not belong to anyone. Feral cats are the result of a domestic cat being abandoned or lost and left to fend for itself. The offspring of the domestic (now considered feral) cat are usually never handled by people and become terrified.

Funds are always needed to support the work, but right now there is an even greater urgency. Financial contributions can be made at Shop Bike Coffee on Main Street. The cats are taken to EVAH in London, ON for neutering. They also receive a rabies vaccine, are de-wormed, given a flea treatment and receive other vaccinations as necessary plus antibiotics if needed.

Currently these cost on average $90 per cat. Females are slightly more expensive to neuter than males. This does not include the transportation costs of volunteer drivers. These costs are totally born by donations as the volunteers receive no money from the municipality.

In addition to the medical and transportation costs, the cats are fed daily. There are also expenses for purchasing shelters, cat carriers and kennels to keep the felines in while they are being held before and after surgery as well as for socializing those that are adopted.

Anyone interested in fostering or adopting one of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines are invited to contact the Bayfield Breeze and their information will be forwarded to volunteers.

Always work to be done in plastic free community 

Bayfield recently became the first community in North America to be recognized as a plastic free community but there is always work to be done. Blue Bayfield will be hosting an afternoon on “Strategies to Reduce Plastic Waste” on Oct. 27 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Four speakers will share their knowledge from 1-5 p.m. These speakers will be: Tippi Thole, Achieving Zero Waste; Jen Pate, Love Your Greats: From the Oceans to the Great Lakes; Rachel Handbury, Waste – Not at the Zoo; and Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman, Recycling “right”.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated to support environmental work. For more information please visit,

Jazz Standards to the Bossa Nova highlighted at concert 

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is pleased to present a jazz concert by the School Daze Jazz Quartet.

Based in London, ON, the quartet has played together for several years. The group plays many jazz standards from the 1950s-60s but also enjoys journeys into the early days of jazz and the Brazilian sounds of the Bossa Nova.

This group of multi-talented musicians is made up of: Paul Adams, Drums; Randy Bayley, Sax; David Lee, Keyboards; and Steve Harris, Bass.

Adams is a Professor of Medicine at Western University. He has played in a wide variety of jazz groups, rock bands, marching band and is a jazz historian and film maker. He toured Canada and the US with a physician band, the “Marginal Donors”.

Bayley is a multi-instrumental woodwind player. He also teaches private clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons. He currently works as the "road rep" for the brass and woodwind repair shop "Music Aid". He was a member of the clarinet section for the London Community Orchestra for eight years. He is a Past President of the London Concert Band. He played in a 50s-60s, R&B cover band in Australia called, "Take Cover". He is the lead tenor with the Prime Time Big Band, a position he has held for over 20 years.

Lee is a project management consultant. His love for playing many instruments gave him a chance to share the stage with world-renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian at Hart House Theatre (viola), astronaut Chris Hadfield at Roy Thomson Hall (clarinet), and CASA award winning a cappella group Countermeasure at Kennedy Center in Washington DC (vocal).

Harris (bass) is a keen jazz enthusiast and enjoys accompanying the soloists in School Daze. He has played in several bands and frequently performed with his Ska group “The Executives” at Call The Office in London and at The Horseshoe Tavern and El Mocambo in Toronto. He is a past Board Member and remains an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Music Festival of London.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at

Opportunity to comment on Bayfield Complex Business Plan 


The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), has just completed a comprehensive business plan for the community to take over the management and operation of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. During this period a longer-range plan for the repurposing of the current building or possibly a new facility would be developed in consultation within the community. The business plan was recently presented to the consultant, Monteith and Brown, hired by the Municipality of Bluewater to investigate the future role of the centre.

BFIT is holding a public meeting to present the business plan to the residents of Bayfield and catchment area on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bayfield Town Hall. All residents, Bluewater Councilors, and other interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the Bayfield Complex Public-Private Partnership Business Plan.

The community based governance structure for operating the centre would be similar to the way other groups in the village operate their independent physical assets, for example, Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield International Croquet Club’s Courts, Bayfield Archives’ building, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association trails and the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds.

The business plan is based on detailed financial, operating, marketing and sales components.

"Our team is made up of individuals with a broad array of skills and experience in all these areas," said Steve Baker, who co-chaired the Business Plan Working Group, "We have virtually all the major volunteer agencies, interest groups and community centre users signed on as a broader advisory council."

Sandy Scotchmer, the other co-chair of the working group, noted that, "We have visited a number of other community centres in Ontario, the most interesting of which is Belmore a small community of 200 people north of Wingham. Belmore has operated its own community centre, that includes skating and curling rinks, for decades. This is a model we relied on heavily to inform our business plan."

Following the public consultation on Oct. 6, BFIT will present the business plan to Bluewater Council in the very near future.

Scotchmer noted that, "The timing is somewhat complicated by the pending municipal election, but on the positive side it gives aspiring Councilors an opportunity to express their views on the proposal during election debates."

Photography club to assist hikers with camera skills  

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Photography Hike at the Hullett Sugar Bush in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and the bush is accessible from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line (just north of Telephone Line)

This hike is ranked as a Level 3 difficulty. It includes some hilly sections and some areas can be slippery when wet. The distance is 4-5 KMs depending on the route chosen and the time for the hike should be 2-2.5 hours, giving us plenty of time to make numerous stops for nature photography. Members of the Photography Club of Bayfield will be there to assist you with any photographic questions.

The Blue Trail, which is the main trail in the Sugar Bush, is one of the most common trails at Hullett and meanders through both woodland and meadow and links to numerous other trails. From stands dominated by sugar maple, white ash and American beech to meadows of grasses, flowers and hawthorns, woodpeckers, flickers and nuthatches abound. Hikers may even catch a glimpse of the pileated woodpecker or rare loggerhead shrike! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise.

The Green Trail, which is also on the hike has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail hikers can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but also travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.

Another trail hikers will take within the Sugar Bush, the Yellow Trail, cuts through the maple and ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. Because of this, it has been hit hard by the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer. This makes it a very interesting habitat to watch as other species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are beginning to flourish. As old ash trees fall, nutrients return to the soil and shelter is created for animals. This is also prime habitat for viewing white-tailed deer.

The whole Sugar Bush is a fantastic venue for autumn photography. Everyone welcome!

The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Conrad Kuiper, 519 482-9724; and Dave MacLaren.

 DINNER a chance to thank trail landowners for generosity 

The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.

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 us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.

The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.

Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform 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 event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.

They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.

Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets. 


DSC06731Mary Patten celebrated her 100th birthday recently when her family celebrated with her at a gathering at the Bayfield Berry Farm. The family is grateful to the Bayfield Berry Farm staff for making her special celebration a wonderful one. They enjoyed the farm’s famous fruit trifle instead of a traditional cake! Patten, formerly of London, spent many of her summers visiting her Bayfield daughters and now lives in Huronview to be close to them – Sue van Baardwyk, and her husband Mike, and Leigh Selk, and her husband Jerry, as well as her son-in-law, Terry Walzak, who lives in Grand Bend. Patten has the distinction of being the oldest living alumni-graduate of the University of Western Ontario in London. Patten was born in 1918, while her Great-Granddaughter, Andie, was just born in May. There is one hundred years of history between them – a remarkable thought indeed! (Submitted photo)  


farmers' market

The last market of the season will be held this Friday, Oct. 5. This is the final opportunity this year to purchase the best of fresh and local right here in Bayfield.

Master sharpener Suzy Lankin will once again be on hand, so bring blades and hand tools. Grassroots Woodfired Pizza will also be at the market, helping to close out a very successful season.

The Bayfield Farmers' Market will reopen on Victoria Day weekend 2019.


Looking for a sweet addition to your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.

They can be purchased from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830. They will also be available at the last Bayfield Farmers’ Market of the season to be held in Clan Gregor Square from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The girls will also be selling cookies during Cookie Day in Canada, Saturday, Oct. 13 with tables at the Bayfield Foodland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Walmart in Goderich from noon to 4 p.m.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

Star Party

The West Coast Astronomers will host their last Star Party of the year on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park, weather and sky conditions permitting.

As well as planning to observe the Pleiades, Uranus and the Andromeda Galaxy the amateur astronomers will be aiming for an assortment of deep sky objects such as: double clusters, nebulae and spiral galaxies.

Visit to reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so they can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately for the weather. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m.

Anyone who may have doubt on the status of the event or have questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. Amateur astronomers are invited to join in with their telescope at sundown.

Spaghetti Supper 

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is organizing a Spaghetti Supper to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 18.

On the menu will be garlic toast, Caesar salad, a selection of sauces, including, vegetarian, plus assorted desserts. There will also be a gluten free option for pasta. Tea, coffee and juices will be included with wine and beer available for purchase. Service will be conducted from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; children four to 14 years, $7.50; under four years free. Takeout will be available. Please call 519 524-0224 for tickets.

ARtist Guild 

Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) are the “Guest Artist” at Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of October.

Eleven painters, and one potter, from the BAG, will display their artistic endeavors at the gallery for the entire month. All paintings and ceramics are for sale at very reasonable prices. Visitors will find short bios of each artist that will give a small understanding of the artist’s philosophy.

Everyone is invited to a reception at the Co-Op Gallery on Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The gallery is located on The Square.

BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery and support local artists. Its regular hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 10.

This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.


World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.

The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!

Want to learn more about WSD? Visit


Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

Beginner workshops with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 6 and 20 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.

Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.


witcheswalk1The Fourth annual Witches' Walk to be held at The Ashwood Inn will be held on Oct. 27. (Submitted photo)  

Uh, oh…it’s happening again.

Yes, the fourth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 27.

Last year 700 souls of all ages braved the woods and this year organizers are hoping to scare over 1,000! Entering the woods between 6-8 p.m. is by donation with 100 per cent of the proceeds being gifted to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron.

Volunteers are now being sought to set up or man one of the scary stations. It’s so much fun and all are welcome. For more information call The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host an Autumn Hike in Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 28.

People are invited to join for this enjoyable afternoon hike that will begin at 2 p.m.

Hikers will experience a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland. A highlight of the area is the opportunity to watch for trout when crossing over Naftel’s Creek. The trail is 3 KMs long and is a Level 2 difficulty. The hike will take about 1.5 hours.

Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located 7 KMs south of Goderich on Hwy 21, #79152 between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. Parking available.

Everyone is welcome to join hike leaders, Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850; Gary Mayell, 519 441-0141; and Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555.


The Bayfield Committee for Huron Residential Hospice is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3. Please note that Friday's performance is now sold-out and Saturday's is selling fast! 

Based on one of local playwright, Judy Keightley’s popular “Rose Blair Mysteries”, the play will be performed by local amateur dramatic thespians, a two-course dinner will be served, a cash bar available, and a good time promised for all! The play starts at 7 p.m. each evening. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and available by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees, 519 565-4404; Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or Kevin Kale, 519 565-4018.

Thanks to the generosity of production sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment advisor with Manulife Securities, all proceeds from the play will go directly to the hospice.


The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.

Cowbell Brewery 

Thanks to the support of their guests, the trust of their customers and the hard work of their team, Cowbell continues to grow.

Cowbell Brewing Co. announces that it has purchased the former Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC), south of Blyth, from the Township of North Huron. The 18,000 sq. ft. building sits on sevem acres, adjacent to the Cowbell brewery and, subject to engineering and environmental inspections, this deal will close by late November.

For the next year, the North Huron Fire Department, Huron County Emergency Services and Tuckersmith Telecommunication Co-operative will continue to operate from this location, while new facilities are built elsewhere in the village.

Cowbell will renovate office and administrative areas at ESTC for early 2019 occupancy. Starting late 2019, the central section of the ESTC building will be converted to a Packaging Hall and former classroom space will become home to Cowbell College. Plans will be developed to increase parking capacity and to enhance guest safety by re-routing onsite truck traffic at the Cowbell Farm. Work will be completed by late 2020.

“We are excited about this expansion opportunity,” said Grant Sparling, Cowbell’s Chief Development officer, “and we are pleased to be one part of the economic revitalization underway in the village of Blyth and across Huron County. Great things are happening.”




bayfield woman a winner at the huron county art show 

2018 Art ShowVisitors to the exhibit at the Huron County Museum are invited to submit their vote for their favorite artwork with a special ballot available at the museum.  

The County of Huron and the Huron County Museum are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Huron County Art Show.

2018_1_Having Fun Wish You Were Here_Gillian MitchellGillian Mitchell, of Hensall, took first prize with her work entitled, “Having Fun: Wish You Were Here” at the 2018 Huron County Art Show. (Submitted photos)  

Gillian Mitchell, of Hensall, took first prize with her work entitled, “Having Fun: Wish You Were Here”. Anne Laviolette, of Bayfield, was presented with second prize for her art entitled, “With Eyes To See”.

Honorable Mentions were presented to four Goderich residents, Carol McDonnell for “Roots Run Deep”, Sandy Herbison for “Light in the Midst of the Storm”, Patricia Jennings for “Everchanging Hues of Huron” and William Creighton for “Springtime in Huron County”, plus to Kelly Stevenson, of Blyth, for “The Third Floor” and Benjamin Swartz, of Clinton, for “Seeking Refuge”.

2018_2_With Eyes To See_Anne LavioletteAnne Laviolette, of Bayfield, was presented with second prize for her art entitled, “With Eyes To See”.  

The two winning artworks will become part of the Huron County Art Bank with a purchase award from the County of Huron. Artworks in the Art Bank remain on display in various County buildings.

This year’s show features 31 artworks by artists from across Huron County. The 2018 Huron County Art Show & Sale is on display from now to Nov. 25 at the Huron County Museum in Goderich.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to submit their vote for their favorite artwork with a special ballot available at the Huron County Museum.

The special exhibit is open to the public during Museum hours Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., extended hours Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Admission is free to the Museum for Huron County Library card holders.

Minds in Motion Program  to return to Goderich

There is increasing evidence linking a socially involved, physically active and mentally challenging lifestyle to helping reduce the risk of developing dementia, or slowing the progression of the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, in partnership with the MacKay Centre, is delighted to offer Minds in Motion® to the Goderich area.

The program incorporates physically and mentally stimulating activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners. The program begins on Tuesday, Oct.16th and will be held for eight consecutive weeks from 10 a.m. to noon at the MacKay Centre.

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

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

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

To register for the upcoming Minds in Motion program in Goderich, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email: admin There is a cost of $20 per person for the eight week session.

Goderich Little Theatre hosting october auditions 

01e955b7-ae14-409e-800d-9f716b08ca9aThe Goderich Little Theatre will hold auditions for “The Fantasticks – A Musical” on Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 at The Park House in Goderich.  

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions! The Goderich Little Theatre is hosting auditions for two upcoming shows to grace The Livery Stage in the coming weeks.

The first auditions are for “Seriously Festive – A Christmas Cabaret” to be directed by Jenna Uijye. Performance dates for this production are Dec. 13-15. Auditions will be held today (Oct. 3) starting at 7 p.m. at The Livery Theatre, 35 South Street in Goderich.

Anyone ages eight and up are invited to audition for this seriously festive and fun show. There will be four to six rehearsals and three performance dates. Organizers really want to highlight the variety of artists that are in the community. People auditioning are asked to please arrive 15 minutes before the audition call. Anyone trying for a singing role in the show will need to sing, but do not need to prepare anything. They may be partnered with other people to check harmonies. All are invited to come out and show off whatever special talent they have! Participants are asked to please fill out the linked form and bring it with them:…/6199aa_ba55fabd8b6449d8b9cd4a7…Copies will also be available to fill out at the audition as well.

Later in the month auditions for “The Fantasticks – A Musical” will be held on Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 both starting at 7 p.m. at The Park House in Goderich. This production was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. It will be directed by Jordan Henry along with Musical Director Louise Dockstader.

Those who audition should come prepared to move around and sing a short song to show off their vocal chops. Rehearsals will begin in December with three rehearsals weekly. Performance dates are: Feb. 23 and 24 and March 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9.

The Fantasticks is a joyous and quirky musical comedy about love, loss, self-discovery and growing up (and so much more). Considered ahead of its time, the show uses unconventional storytelling and staging to tell the story of young lovers Matt and Luisa, as their love is challenged not only by their parents and the mysterious bandit, El Gallo, but also by themselves. Through song, dance, and a little bit of magic, the audience is sure to find themselves cheering our heroes, booing our villain, and tapping their toes to the enchanting musical score.

For more information contact Cara Stephenson via email at

Tourney raises close to $10,000 for Bluewater Health Team 

Once again, golfers turned out in force to play in the “Iceculture Wackabout” tournament at the Bayview Golf Club in St Joseph. More than 100 players took part and even though there were several other tournaments on the same day, Sept. 14, the event was considered a success.

The winning foursome representing the Birchbark Trailer Park included, Randy and Jen Glazier, Denise Shaefer and Jim Roberts, but the real winner was the Bluewater Area Family Heath Team (BAFHT) who received the proceeds – close to $10,000!

“I was hoping for a full tournament this year, but we are competing with several other fundraising events on the same day which makes things challenging,” said organizer, Julian Bayley. “However, the majority of players like the September date and so far, the weather has worked with us, too – each of the last three years we have been treated to sunshine and warmth – and you can’t beat that environment.”

A thank you is extended to all the sponsors who supported the tournament this year financially and to the many companies and individuals that donated prizes and items for the draw.

Chef Michael Sanz, an instructor in the Fanshawe College culinary program provided a lobster mac and cheese for lunch and Pineridge Barbecue returned to the tournament with its highly popular chicken and rib dinner. BAFHT Executive Director, Paula Kroll and Board Member, Francine Vanasse pitched in to help serve lunch and dinner. Iceculture President, Heidi Bayley presented prizes and handled the draw.

“Players came from as far away as Toronto and London to participate which really helps,” explained Bayley. “But I would really like to attract more local players to help fill the roster and then you will see a big jump on the bottom line – may be next year?”

He added, “The Bayview Golf Club was acquired by White Squirrel Investments in early spring 2018, and it was exciting to have the new Bayview General Manager, Dan Mudge and one of the owners, Al Orth, join in the tournament. The improvements that have already taken place on the course and in the clubhouse are impressive and with more significant changes in the future, this will surely become a popular destination for both golfers and tourists.”

hospital to raise funds for sterilization equipment 

image6The 2018 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon will be held on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CKNX Radio Station in Wingham. (Photo by John Marshall)  

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) will be taking part in CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon once again on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year’s project goal is to raise $40,000 to purchase new sterilization equipment for the operating room at the hospital.

There is a lot happening in the days leading up to the Radiothon.

A Radiothon Story Writing Contest is being held with the deadline for submissions being Oct. 12. People are asked to share a story as to why their local hospital is special or to share an experience they had at CPH for a change to win a Lenovo Tablet or one of four MicroAge gift cards. Selected stories will be read live on the air at CKNX AM 920 on Oct. 20. Story Contest Forms are available at: The contest is open to residents of all ages in Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey and Wellington counties. Some rules apply.

New this year, a “Challenge” Program is running now until Oct. 20. Organizers are asking donors to challenge others to match their donation. When a donor makes their gift, they can request to challenge other groups (ie. downtown businesses, restaurants, service groups, etc.) to match their donation. It’s a fun way to get people involved in giving to a great cause.

For the entire month of October people can text “HERO Clinton” to 41010 to give $10 towards the CPH goal.

The Clinton and District Kinsmen will be putting on a Breakfast by donation with the proceeds going to the CPH Radiothon goal. It will be held on Oct. 13 from 7:30-11 a.m. at the Central Huron Community Complex (CHCC) Libro Hall.

In addition, the Masonic Lodge will be running their MASONICh.I.P. child identification program at the (CHCC) on the same date (Oct. 13) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program will be sponsored by Morning Star Clinton #309, South Huron District

2018 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon will be held on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CKNX Radio Station in Wingham. There are several ways people can donate:
• Call in a gift of support to 519 357-1310 or toll free at 1-877-227-3486
• Donate online at OR

Donations can also be made specifically toward the CPH goal:
• Online at OR
• On their Facebook Page:
• By Mail or In Person: 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0
• By Calling the CPH Foundation office: 519 482-3440 Ext: 6297
• On Oct. 20 by calling CKNX: 519 357-1310 or toll free at 1-877-227-3486
• Or text “HERO Clinton” to 41010 throughout the month of October to donate $10


Owners of the Layton Funny Farm, east of Clinton, entered three pumpkins into the competition at the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest held recently. The family posed with their entries prior to transport. They are: Denim and Karen with daughter, Ellis, and baby, Wesley Layton. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)


museum walkers

Don’t let the cooler temperatures prevent you from getting your steps in! Why not walk at the Huron County Museum? Did you know that three Museum laps equals approximately 1KM and routes are available with stairs or without!

Visit the Museum between 10 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday to walk and learn about Huron County’s unique history and culture. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a sealed water bottle. The lounge will be open (pending availability) for self-guided stretching and yoga exercises. Walkers are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

Huron County Museum Walkers receive free admission when they show their Huron County Library card! To learn more visit the museum website at

Huron Hospice 


Tom Zink, an author from North Bay with family connections in Huron County, will read from his recently-published book, “Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace” at St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich, on Sunday, Oct. 14.

This event is a fund-raiser for Huron Residential Hospice and will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is by goodwill donation. Books will be available for sale at $20. For each book sold at this event $5 will be donated to the hospice.

“Seasoned” is the story of Zink’s unwitting grief journey of five decades that began when his older brother, Steve, died in a traffic crash when both boys were teenagers. Zink has found that his road to healing began when he was able to start telling his own story. His hope is that by sharing parts of that story of loss, grief, healing and recovery, others may be encouraged to consider doing the same. Telling our stories puts language to our losses so that we can see beyond them.

Zink buried his grief along with his brother so he could carry on with his life. His career after high school took him around the world, across the continent and back again. It was only after Zink was married and a father of two teenaged sons that, in a moment of profound grace, he realized the depth and importance of his loss. His faith and new-found desire as an adult to process his brother’s death lifted him out of his personal permafrost of grief and took him full circle back to his brother’s grave.

But “Seasoned” is not merely a story of grief and recovery; it is also a poignant and, at times, humorous look at laughter and lightheartedness, winning and losing, and doubt and faith. More information about the book is at


Fans of Billy Joel, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis and other piano greats are in for a treat when the production, “Billy Joel and The Piano Men” visits the Hensall Heritage Hall on Friday, Oct 26.

The show, starring piano-wizard and vocalist extraordinaire Bruce Tounay will begin at 7:30 p.m. This unique theatrical performance combines live music with humor, costumes and interesting stories about the songs and performers being highlighted.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They are available at D&D Variety in Hensall; online at; or by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343.

This will be a licensed event held in the one of a kind, historic hall located at 108 King St in Hensall.


Music lovers are invited to attend a very special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear one of Scotland’s as well as one of Canada’s folk music legends in concert together on Thursday, Oct. 11 at St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich.

“The Best Times After All” will start at 7:30 p.m. Archie Fisher, from Scotland and Garnet Rogers, who hails from Hamilton, ON but spent much of his childhood in Nova Scotia, will perform. Both are renowned singer-songwriters and hilarious raconteurs.

These talents have both performed at the Goderich Celtic Festival and this stop on their North American tour is being presented by the Goderich Celtic Folk Society.

Tickets are available now for $20. The fee will rise to $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Ernie King Music and Wuerth Shoes, both in Goderich or online at or by calling 519 524-8221.


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Goderich Little Theatre will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Park House in Goderich.

GLT members are encouraged to attend to hear about our results for the past year and elect our 2018-19 Board. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. New members are welcome!


The MacKay Choristers present: “Those were the Days” a Cabaret and Silent Auction on Friday, Oct. 19.
The event will be held at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Goderich with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m.
Advanced tickets only from Roy or Lynne Price by calling 519 565-5876; also available at Fincher’s or Ernie King Music, both in Goderich.

Alzheimer Society 

Im Still Here 3“I’m Still Here!” is a traveling theatre production presented by act2studioWORKS in Toronto. (Submitted photo)  

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is hosting “I’m Still Here”, a research-based play on the realities of living with dementia.

The play is a sensitive yet upbeat drama that illuminates important aspects of the dementia journey from the perspective of people living with dementia and family partners in care. The message behind “I’m Still Here” benefits all caregivers, family and the community at large and encourages us all to connect in more meaningful ways.

“I’m Still Here!” is a traveling theatre production presented by act2studioWORKS in Toronto. Act2studio is a volunteer driven theatre and drama program for actors who are 55+ years.

The performances will take place at the Clinton Legion on Thursday, Oct.18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. Seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

The play is 50 minutes in length and is followed by a feedback session at the end of each performance.
For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County: 519 482-1482/1-800-561-5012, e-mail at or visit

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County provides information, education, and support through individual counseling and support groups to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their caregivers, families, health professionals and the general public.


Huron County, in partnership with Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. (RTO4), is creating a signage and wayfinding plan with Bayfield selected as the implementation pilot site.

Signs will have an area that can be customized for each community. Drop in at the Follow-Up Open House to be held on Oct. 15, from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bayfield Library, to see what the Bayfield section might look like based on your input from the first Open House and have the opportunity to ask questions about the project.

Huron Heritage Fund 

Nov. 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund (HHF).

Established in 2007, the purpose of the HHF is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents. An initial call for applications was administered in May 2018 with five successful applications.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for the Bell Tower Restoration at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Seaforth, historical theatre performance productions at Goderich Little Theatre and Bayfield River Flats interpretative panels.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Elizabeth French-Gibson, Senior curator. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at

Protecting the flock 

How good are you at protecting your flock when preparing Thanksgiving meals?

A recent Health Canada survey found that Canadians need to pay more attention to safe food handling behavior do’s and don’ts:

  • Do wash reusable shopping bags.
  • Don’t wash your poultry; that only spreads the bacteria.
  • Do thaw meat and seafood in the fridge, not on the counter.
  • Do thoroughly cook frozen, breaded poultry products.

    Not following the above do’s and don’ts can result in foodborne illness. Groups especially at risk of foodborne illness include pregnant women, young children and seniors.

    “Family Thanksgiving dinners are important events, and it’s just as important to keep your family safe from foodborne illness,” said Jessica Van Geffen, Public Health inspector.

    Reusable grocery bags and bins can collect harmful bacteria from foods. These bacteria can also contaminate other foods or items in the bags/bins and put people at risk of food poisoning. Ensure that bags/bins are washed thoroughly before using them for groceries if they’ve been used to carry non-food items and after using them to carry fresh produce, meat, poultry and seafood.

    Raw poultry may have bacteria on it. Never rinse poultry, because the bacteria can spread everywhere the water splashes, creating more of a hazard. Keep raw poultry away from other food while shopping, storing, repackaging, cooking and serving foods.

    Van Geffen recommended storing turkey in a refrigerator at 4° C or lower, or a freezer, immediately after it is purchased.

    “Thawing your turkey in the refrigerator takes time but is the safest way to thaw,” she said. “It should take one day of thawing for every 1.8 kg (4 lbs.) of turkey.”

    Frozen, raw, breaded chicken products such as nuggets, strips, burgers or fries may appear to be pre-cooked or browned, but should be handled and prepared no differently from other raw poultry products. Follow the cooking instructions on the package and wash your hands after handling them. Do not use plates, cutting boards or utensils that were used with frozen, raw breaded chicken products to serve the cooked product.

    Huron County residents can learn more about food safety and “protecting their flock” through an upcoming social media contest on the Huron County Health Unit Facebook page.

    More information on food safety can be found on the Health Unit website,






Volume 10

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 a picture recorded to be taken on Dec.14,1934 of a Mrs. W. Prust. Does anyone remember her or the man she was photographed with? (Archives Code: PB10046 PC)  

PB10046 PC  Remember Me 482

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



PB10058 PC Mrs Marion Malory, Mr Herb Malory, Miss Mitchell c1930 

In Issue 480, a photo of Marion Malory, Herb Malory and Miss Mitchell taken around 1930. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10058 PC)


PB10037 PC Remember Me 481 

In Issue 481, we feature a photo recorded to be of John, Violet and Adelaide taken in 1946. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10037 PC)



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spirit of the day accentuated by the rain 

IMG_6260 In spite of the gloomy weather, Clan Gregor Square was filled with people sporting happy faces and positive attitudes during the fourth annual Bayfield Volkfest on Sept. 30.

IMG_6263The founder of Indiva brought his van to the festival. The delicate graphics painted on it drew a lot of attention from visitors.  

IMG_6264Participants were also invited to join a caravan to and from Grand Bend on Sunday morning with VW owners enjoying brunch at Smackwater Jack’s.  


IMG_6292  In 1950, the first commercial vehicle (Type 2) was developed, known officially as the Transporter or Microbus it is a forward control panel van.  

IMG_6294The “People’s Car” came to Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 30 and so did the people as the fourth annual Bayfield Volkfest celebrated all things Volkswagen.  



The “People’s Car” returned to Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 30 and so did the people as the fourth annual Bayfield Volkfest celebrated all things Volkswagen with a great turn out of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and other Volkswagen designs from a variety of eras.

The spirit of the day was accentuated by the rain that fell with families donning brightly colored raincoats and boots and carrying vibrant umbrellas. In spite of the gloomy weather the park was filled with people sporting happy faces and positive attitudes. Many of the camper vans had lowered awnings that people gathered under and a few even had portable campfires for people to warm themselves near.

A highlight of the day was a performance by The Honey Sweethearts, the children in the crowd seemed to especially enjoy this family group dancing to the live music. The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s portable stage was also home to other great musical talents including, Josh Geddis, Jay Kipps Band, Ryan Malcolm, John Powers and the Bayfield Ukulele Society.

The food booth and craft vendor circle provided visitors ample opportunity to purchase some delicious food and drink as well as some unique handmade craft items.

The day started with a caravan to and from Grand Bend on Sunday morning with VW owners enjoying brunch at Smackwater Jack’s.

IMG_6283Mom Jennifer Reaburn danced to the live music with her daughter, River during the fourth annual Bayfield Volkfest.

IMG_6258Paul the Maker, of Goderich, was a vendor at Bayfield Volkfest. He had a selection of VW themed Cedar BBQ Scrapers for sale. His scrapers are the safer alternative to metal bristle BBQ brushes and with the bonus that they can be personalized.  

42889923_1719875448123347_5065990230020980736_nRyan Somers, founder of Bayfield Volkfest (left), was kept busy in the Volksfest merchandise booth during the event.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

Reflections on a Mushroom Walk

Reflections on a Mushroom WalkBy Gary Lloyd-Reesr

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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


Today you are reading the 482nd 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 482nd 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


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

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder