Bookmark and Share   Oct. 2, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 40 Issue 534

seventh annual foto fest offers new twist for photographers 

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Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) are pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6.

“This year we have taken a leap into the past by inviting the 1812 Royal Scots Re-enactors and the 17th US Infantry Re-enactors to show us what life was like during the war of 1812 and to entertain us with a real live battle scene with vintage muskets,” said Jack Pal, a member of the organizing committee.

Two mock battles will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Just the registered FFF participants will get the opportunity for an intimate photo encounter before, during and after the battle scenes. Others may view only from a distance on the bleachers in the Fairgrounds behind the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre so as not to impede the FFF photographers. Entry to the grounds is via the main gate only.

As in the past, FFF weekend will also feature a series of workshops that will help to hone registrants’ photographic skills and techniques. This year the offerings include a choice of five 2-hour workshops as well as two 3-hour master class workshops on each of Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the annual FFF Photo Exhibition and judged competition at the Bayfield Town Hall. The two categories this year are Wildlife and Landscape. Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer to join Photo Tour Trekkers in 2020 on a Scotland Photo Tour. The first prize in each category is $150 and the People’s Choice Award is $100. This is where the general public gets a chance to vote on their favorite photo in the exhibition. All winners will be announced at the Sunday Reception at 5 p.m.

The exhibition is open all weekend but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Oct. 5 from noon until 2 p.m. and on Oct. 6 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. so come out, enjoy the photos and help select the winner.

“We would like to thank our major sponsors without whom this event, which has grown over the years, would not be possible” said Pal. “Specifically a major shout out to James Cowie and Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: Renegades, Blyth Printing, Brad Turner and the Bayfield Agricultural Society.”

Bannockburn Fall HIke to be hosted by Trail Association 

8044145987_206e2b34d3_kFor more than forty years, a guided hike has taken place annually on an October weekend at Bannockburn Conservation Area. This year the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will play host with a guided hike beginning at 2 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bannockburn Fall Hike is a four-decade old tradition and this year the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will play host with a hike set for Sunday, Oct. 6.

For more than forty years, a guided hike has taken place annually on an October weekend at Bannockburn Conservation Area, 76249 Bannockburn Line, 2 KM north of Huron County Road 3, near Varna, between Brucefield and Bayfield. The conservation area is owned and maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

People are invited to continue the tradition of enjoying this nature destination by hiking the trail starting at 2 p.m. with knowledgeable guides. Professionally-narrated audio and video tours are also available on the ABCA website at
Bannockburn Conservation Area is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, eastern white cedar, deciduous forest, old field and mixed scrub and marsh.

The trail starts with a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. The full trail is approximately 4 KM long and includes several changes in elevation. It is considered medium difficulty.

The Hike Leaders will be Dave MacLaren, 519-565-5480; and George Ebers.

laviolette honored with first place at county art show 

Anne first prize 18sep26Anne Laviolette was awarded first place honors for her work entitled, “Stream in Deep Forest” at the Huron County Art Show and Sale on Friday evening, (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield resident and artist, Anne Laviolette was awarded first place honors for her work entitled, “Stream in Deep Forest” at the Huron County Art Show and Sale on Friday evening, Sept. 27. This was Laviolette’s fifth award at the annual show, in 2018 she took second place.

The 2019 show features 35 works of art by artists from across Huron County. The art is on display at the Huron County Museum in Goderich from now until Dec. 8. The Show has been an annual event for Huron County residents since 2005-2006.

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

Madeleine Roske, of Goderich, took second place for her work entitled, “McKnight's Milk House”. 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.

 celebrate italy in support of the Bayfield Children's Room 

PositanoRenegades Diner in the village will become Italy for one magical evening, Nov. 9. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

Italy is coming to Bayfield as “La Dolce Vita” is the theme of an evening celebrating all things Italian in aid of the Huron Residential Hospice on Nov. 9.

Renegades Diner in the village will become Italy for one magical evening. The restaurant will open its doors at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tables will be decorated and named for Italian villages, towns or cities. A three-course Italian dinner will be accompanied by a cash bar serving Italian wines. A talented musician/singer will serenade with favorite Italian songs. There will be games and prizes, and both a Silent and a Live Auction.

The event is hosted by the Bayfield Committee for the HRH in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Hospice. Tickets are $45 per person.

For tickets please call Kevin Kale at 519 565-4018 or Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4404. Tickets can also be obtained through Eventbrite at

Two thousand dollars derived from The Dreamboats concert 

190919 The Dreamboats 04Two thousand dollars raised at The Dreamboats concert held in Clinton in August was presented to members of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation recently. On hand were (l-r): Kelly Semple, Michael’s Pharmasave staff; Jane Groves and Bob Clark, CPH Foundation directors; Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation chair; and Michael and Nevien Ibrahim, Pharmacy owners and General Manager of Michael's Pharmasave, Kelsey Johnston. (Photo by Darlene McCowan)  

On Aug. 21st, Michael’s Pharmasave hosted The Dreamboats in concert at the Central Huron Community Complex Libro Hall, as a third-party fundraiser to raise funds for the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH). Tickets went on sale early in the summer and by the evening of the event 200 people were in attendance to witness the musical talents of this rock n’ roll quartet from Mississauga.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Michael’s Pharmasave presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with the proceeds from the concert, in the amount of $2,000. The CPHF expressed their appreciation to Michael and his staff for their continued support of CPH.

The Dreamboats, consisting of Sir Ritchie Hummins, Bryan Lewis, Matt Best and Johnny G. Wiz, were not only amazing musicians, but also wonderful story-tellers and quite the entertainers with their dance moves and high energy. As the audience listened to The Dreamboats 50’s and 60’s inspired music, feet were tapping, hands were clapping and some were even dancing, while the band delivered well-known music from the era, along with some original songs of their own. It was an evening to remember and all for a good cause!

original folk songs featured in upcoming concert 

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available online at or email Roger Lewington at


43534749420_71cec996a0_kThe fifth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 26. Last year 1,000 plus souls of all ages braved the woods. Entering the forest 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 or email (Photo by John Pounder)  


Vacation deadlines

A change of scenery for the Editor is upcoming and as a result, readers can soon look forward to some Hiatus Issues.

Please note that anyone who would like an article published in the Bayfield Breeze issues to be dated Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30 should submit their information by Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Nov. 6.

Trinity Winter Clothing Drive 

Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield is reaching out to the community in support of their annual Winter Clothing Drive.

Organizer Audrey Albiston is collecting gently used warm winter coats, blankets, and other articles that will help keep the homeless warm throughout the winter months. There is also a great need for warm socks, hats and gloves or mitts.

Items should be brought to the church as early as possible in October.

 Book Club Query 

Jamie Thomas, librarian with the Bayfield Public Library is posing the question, “Book Clubs in Bayfield: Just how many are there?”

She is currently doing some research on the book clubs in Bayfield, and to date the answer to her question is 15! She would like to know if there are others she is unaware of.

“Please provide the name of your book club so I can add it to my inventory. The information can be sent to ,” said Thomas. “Thank you and keep reading Bayfield!”

Aging by the Book

“Aging by the Book: A Reading Circle” is an upcoming opportunity hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) starting in late October.

FOBL is offering a six-week group that uses selections by various writers to spark conversations about aging. It will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. starting Oct. 22 to Nov. 26 in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room. Participants are asked to register at the Library. The group is limited to 12 people.

For more information please call Arlene Timmins at 519 565-2777 or Barbara Brown at 519 565-5187.

Farmers' market 

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

A list of vendors is posted every Thursday on the market’s Facebook page. The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

anything to keep warm collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grief Recovery 

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

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

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

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


All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.

Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. 

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. Please note there will not be a class on Oct. 14.

This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email

lit on tour 

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

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

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

The program runs on the dedication and enthusiasm of community partners across the province including the Cultural Services Department - County of Huron

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

art for hospice

IMG_0992This lovely encaustic art is the October piece being auctioned silently for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)

In support of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), Bayfield artist Margot Sippel has graciously donated a wonderful piece of encaustic art, entitled, “Lake Huron in July”.

This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of October. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.

The silent auction will close on Oct. 31st at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 8” x 10”.


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

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

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

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




food bank distribution centre now has refrigerated delivery 

IMG_5311Cutting the ribbon on the new refrigeration truck were l-r: Dave Bieman, Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDCD) Director; Nancy Buttar, HCFBDC Director; South Huron Mayor George Finch; OTF Volunteer Rena Spevack; Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson; Kevin Varley, Huron County IPM2017 Committee; Mary Ellen Zielman HCFBDC Executive Director; Jacquie Bishop, Huron County IPM2017 Committee; Brian McGavin, Huron County IPM2017 Committee; Huron County Warden Jim Ginn; and Willemien Katerberg, HCFBDC Board Chair (Submitted photo)  

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Rena Spevack Orr, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, cut the ribbon on the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) new refrigerated delivery truck. Thanks to a $140,000 Capital grant from OTF earlier this year, the Centre was able to buy a new truck to safely transport the perishable, nutritious foods to the various food aid agencies that are served in Huron County and area.

“With a renewed focus on fresh and healthy produce, this grant has enabled the centre to purchase a much-needed truck that will keep dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and meats fresh and safe,” said Thompson. “It represents a major investment to the area and for local residents.”

HCFBDC has been able to channel large food donations to the community food banks and other food aid agencies, downsizing donations of fresh produce, meats and dry goods. It also buys milk, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables and other necessary food items so that a variety of nutritious foods are available for the local food aid agencies and their clients.

At the event, the HCFBDC also shone the spotlight on the much-appreciated financial contributions by the Huron County IPM2017 Committee and the Clarke family from Exeter Chrysler for helping with the purchase of the new Ram
ProMaster Van.

For more information on the HCFBDC, please visit their website at:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities.

new members sought For source protection committee 

A committee devoted to protection of municipal drinking water sources has five vacant seats and the local source protection region has issued a call for applications. The local source protection authority is accepting applications for public-at-large; commercial; industrial; property owner; and environment positions on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC).

The vacancies have opened up as some members are choosing to retire after years of service. The change is also to meet regulatory requirements that ensure a portion of the committee changes on a regular schedule.

“The scheduled rotation of a portion of the committee’s membership ensures there is a mix of new voices and experienced members on the committee,” said Program Co-Supervisor, Mary Lynn MacDonald. “The committee was first formed in 2007 and some members, after years of dedicated service, have told us they are ready to retire.”

There are about four committee meetings (half-day or full-day meetings) per year. There is remuneration for time and travel. Those who would like to apply are asked to indicate the position in which they are interested on their cover letter attached to a résumé. The source protection authorities are accepting applications until Monday, Nov. 4. A summary of member obligations, full job description, notice, and application details are on the local source protection website (

The make-up of the committee is shaped by the source protection committee regulation (Ontario Regulation 288/07) and by a local process that took place to decide how to include diverse voices at the committee table. One third of the committee is from municipalities. One third of the committee comes from economic sectors (agriculture; industry; commerce). The other third of the committee represents other interests (e.g., general public; property owner and residents’ associations; environmental).

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water SPC was Ontario’s first SPC when it was formed in 2007. The committee reduces risk to local municipal drinking water sources. It makes this happen by putting into action policies in locally developed, provincially approved source protection plans. This work is made possible by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006.

To find out more visit or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

province to help small wineries and distilleries 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is welcoming the announcement that the province is providing, once again, more than $15 million in funding to help small wineries, cideries and distilleries with key business decisions and planning while the government continues to conduct its review of the beverage alcohol sector.

This transition funding will extend support for another year to the following initiatives:

· The Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) Wine Support Program to help Ontario wineries increase competitiveness and innovation. The program supports wineries investing in growing their VQA wine business, including tourism development activities.

· The Small Cidery and Small Distillery Support Program to help provide eligible businesses with support to grow and scale up their operations.

· Marketing, Tourism and Export Development; Performance Measurement and Research and Development Initiatives.

“These programs are important to the industry as they help the sector with key business decisions and planning while the government continues to conduct its overall review of the beverage alcohol sector,” Thompson said. “It’s a growing industry right here in Huron-Bruce, so I am glad to continue our support.”

Thompson also said that the government is proposing further changes to cut red tape for the sector that would make it easier for businesses in the alcohol beverage sector to market their products:

· Giving wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries with a ‘By the Glass’ licence the flexibility to extend the allowed service from 9 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

· Allowing authorized wineries to sell their wine at farmers’ markets and return unsold products to their on-site retail store within a 72-hour period. The previous 24-hour period forced wineries to bring products back and forth over the course of the weekend which made retailing at farmers’ markets not economically viable.

Thompson said these changes reflect the government’s commitment to improving choice and convenience for consumers, creating more opportunities for businesses, and reducing regulatory burden on alcohol producers in the province.

“Our government’s priority is to make Ontario more competitive, and this includes strengthening the craft producers’ sector,” said Ernie Hardeman, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “By delivering these transition programs, we are recognizing the urgent needs of the industry and helping small and medium-sized wineries, cideries and distilleries scale up, drive tourism, and increase demand for quality Ontario grapes, apples and grains.”

singers from far and wide invited to join in Messiah 

Messiah is one of the most loved and often performed pieces in the choral world. Yet, some choristers may never get the chance to sing the Messiah, because their choir might not have enough resources.

Have you ever thought of singing Handel’s Messiah, or have you not sung it in a while? The South Huron Community Adult Choir invites you to join their practices for six Tuesdays (7-9 p.m.) beginning on Oct. 22 at Exeter United Church. An additional rehearsal will be held on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The performance will be on the evening of Friday, Dec. 13, when everyone will join together with a small orchestra to offer this wonderful music to our extended community. Bring your own score or borrow the music from the South Huron Community Choir.

Do you just want to sing some but not all the selected Christmas Choruses? You love the Messiah, but you don’t feel ready to sing the whole thing? Come out on Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and join Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn to sing the Hallelujah Chorus and a couple of the most approachable choruses. You’ll then join in those three choruses for the Dec. 13 performance. If you don’t have your own score, music will be loaned out.

Please contact us by email or call Jean at 519 235-0629 or Mary 519 228-6992) for more information and to let us know of your interest.

County paramedics awarded with exemplary service medal 

On Sept. 26, the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) concluded its 2019 Annual General Meeting in Windsor, ON at an Awards Dinner recognizing worthy paramedics awarded the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal.

The 2019 recipients from Huron County are: Harold Martin, Kelli Regier, Joel Siebert, David Wagner and Bradley Watters.

The Service Medal was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc, as a component of the Canadian Honours System. The Award is presented to paramedics who have served for at least twenty years in a meritorious manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least ten of these years of service must have been street level (or air) duty involving potential risk to the individual. Nominees must have been employees on or after Oct. 31, 1991, but may now be active, retired or deceased. Since the Award’s inception, there have been approximately 2,100 Ontario recipients of the Medal.

The Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs is the voice of paramedic leadership in Ontario. The organization promotes a culture of change surrounding paramedicine that is guided by evidence-based decision-making and seeks best practices in the provision of paramedic services. The Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs represents the Paramedic Services leadership in 52 Designated Delivery Agents (DDA), consisting of regional, county and municipal governments, and District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) across Ontario. The members also include Ornge and the six First Nations Emergency Medical Services. Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs members oversee the work of 8,600 primary, advanced and critical care paramedics as well as 830 ambulances and 300 emergency response vehicles across the Province.



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

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

Horticultural society - clinton

“Invasive Weeds” will be the next topic featured at the next Clinton Horticultural Society meeting to be held on Oct. 16.

Marcus Maddelana will be the guest speaker at the meeting that will begin at 7:30 p.m. The society will gather at OMAFRA, 100 Don Street in Clinton and all are welcome to attend.

Fine Free Library  

All twelve branches of the Huron County Library will be participating in a new Fine Free October event, to celebrate Canadian Library Month, and Ontario Public Library Week Oct. 20-26.

Throughout the month of October, all Huron County Library patrons are invited to have all outstanding fines (new or old) waived by coming into any library branch.

Over the past two years the Huron County Library has been going out into their communities and engaging with users and non-users about their aspirations and concerns. A major concern identified was that costs and fees are barriers to participation in many communities.

“Breaking down barriers to access library services is a priority. We are thrilled to be offering a month of fine amnesty to anyone with outstanding fines. It is our hope that those who have stopped using our programs and services will return and discover all of the wonderful things today’s library offers,” said Beth Rumble, County Librarian.

For more information on this program or other events at the library check with the local branches, visit them on Facebook, or


Oktoberfest is coming to Goderich for the third consecutive year thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club.

The Goderich Memorial Arena upstairs will be the location for the event to be held on Oct. 26. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with dancing from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

There will be a Schnapps Bar, Beer and Wine and Homestyle German Food all available for purchase.

For tickets or more information please contact Werner Ritgen at 519 524-3759.

youth in action grants 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

united way workshops 

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

This fall three workshops are being offered:

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

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

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

To learn more visit





Volume 11

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

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

This week, a newspaper clipping provided by Carolyn Snell from Feb.1968 that tells an interesting village story. 


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



PB10038 PC Lady August 20, 1943 

In Issue 532, we feature an image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection. Records indicate the image was taken on Aug. 20, 1943 but does not say who the woman was. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10038)  


PB12 3b A E  Alfie Erwin undated 

In Issue 533, records indicate that the person in this undated image is Alfie Erwin. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 3b A E)



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BAYFIELD volkfest                

 good vibes continue to grow at fifth annual event   







IMG_3024(Photo by Jack Pal)

DSC_0379(Photo by Bill Oldroyd)

DSC_0375(Photo by Bill Oldroyd)  

DSC_0364(Photo by Bill Oldroyd)  



The “People’s Car” returned to Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 29 and so did the people as the fifth 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.

In fact, it may have been the biggest show yet with vehicles filling the park to the brim and tons of people out to share in good vibes. The food booths, vendors and activity area had also grown by leaps and bounds and so had the Bayfield Ukulele Society! And it didn’t go unnoticed that there were an awful lot of interesting dogs out and about on a perfect fall day – it was like a dog show within a car show.

To learn more about the success of the day visit Bayfield Volkfest on Facebook.



IMG_3030(Photo by Jack Pal)


IMG_3029(Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_3013(Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_3010(Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_3014(Photo by Jack Pal)




PIXILATED — image of the week


Mother Nature's Call...By Linda Kumpf

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









Last week's Submissions was devoted to a public service announcment regarding the Tomato Hornworm as submitted by Willy Simpson. The story generated a follow-up photo from another reader who happened to find a Hornworm covered in wasp larvae as had been described - while not a particularly pretty image it does serve to educate gardeners as to what they should be on the look out for so I thought I'd share it here. - 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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Outside Projects
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The Dock's Restaurant
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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