Bookmark and Share   March 4, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 10 Issue 556

 steady progress being made on temporary modular bridge 






Anyone who drives across the Bayfield River via the Bayfield Bridge can see that there is steady progress being made toward the completion of the temporary modular bridge, the first stage in the construction of the new Bayfield Bridge that will replace the existing one, a 70-metre long, two-span, deck-truss bridge built in 1949.

Looby Construction was awarded the contract by the MTO and began site work Sept. 23, 2019. The temporary bridge is being constructed on the west side of the existing bridge location. This modular bridge will maintain two lanes of traffic on Highway 21 and pedestrian passage will also be accommodated. If all goes according to schedule Hwy 21 traffic will be diverted onto the temporary bridge in early spring of this year.

Celebrate international Women's Day with a hike 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host two guided hikes in March including,  a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail.

Celebrate IWD by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “an equal world is an enabled world”. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. Two lucky hikers will win a door prize! The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leaders are: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.

A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after area the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.

Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified hike leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. For more information please visit or call Asst. Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519-525-3205.

The BRVTA is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that plans, builds, and maintains walking trails in Bayfield and the surrounding area. They offer guided hikes on these and other local trails. The BRVTA is a registered member of Hike Ontario. The BRVTA encourages everyone to experience joy and good health in the natural beauty of Huron County. People are invited to become a member ($20 individual/$30 Family) by visiting or subscribe to their free newsletter by writing to

from the ashes to be defended by Don Keillor at bayfield reads



BR-From The Ashes

The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.

Over the past few weeks, The Village Bookshop has profiled three Bayfield Reads defenders: Jayne Dietrich, Greg Stewart and Kathy Wilson. This week, they’d like to introduce their fourth defender, Don Keillor.

Keillor moved to Huron County in 1977, where he designed and implemented a Children’s Mental Health Service for the county. His favorite author is Robert B. Parker, who writes “the escapist tales of Spenser the master sleuth”.

Keillor will be defending Jesse Thistle’s memoir, “From the Ashes”, about his challenges growing up in a Métis-Cree family navigating poverty, addiction and the foster care system.

“From the Ashes” is a book for our times,” said Keillor. “Jesse Thistle’s alienation from normal society and struggle with drugs helps us to understand at least a little the lives of those dying of overdoses every day in our cities and the confrontation between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada. What could be more pertinent to this moment in Canada?”

In addition to Keillor, this year’s contenders and defenders are: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Ruth Gibson; “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; “Radicalized” by Cory Doctorow, defended by Greg Stewart; and “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson

Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

The Albion Hotel featured restaurant at Movie Night 


“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the Lenten season!

The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

This extremely popular community event began on March 3 and will be held on subsequent Tuesdays throughout March from 6-9 p.m.

Those who attend will enjoy sampling a variety of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie. Organizers would like to thank their featured guest restaurant, Renegades Diner, for providing a soup for their first movie night. People will be treated to a soup from The Albion Hotel at the next movie night to be held on March 10. Of course, organizers are also very grateful to all the neighborhood “chefs” who contribute soup for the evenings – ensuring that there is a variety of soups to sample.

On Tuesday, March 10, the second movie to be shown is "On the Basis of Sex” chosen in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8). It tells the story of the early years of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When she takes on a ground-breaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

This year’s movie schedule also includes: Christopher Robin, March 17; Green Book, March 24; and Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, March 31.

Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.

tax clinics at library sponsored by Bayfield Area Food Bank 

Tax time is here again! The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) will be offered every other week in March and April at the Bayfield Public Library.

The CVITP informational sessions will be held on March 10 and March 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. These clinics are sponsored by the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Those who attend can get "free" help with their taxes from a Canada Revenue Agency approved and registered program.

People may be eligible if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from: employment, pension, benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance, registered retirement savings plans (RRSP's), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants or interest under $1,000.

Family income levels suggested are: one person, $35,000; two persons, $45,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.

A tax situation is not simple if people are: self-employed or have employment expenses; have business or rental income and expenses; have capital gains or losses; filed for bankruptcy; or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.

Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2018 Income Tax Return, 2018 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2019 Income Receipts - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T5007 etc., 2019 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2019 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2019 Medical Receipts and Statements, 2019 Charitable Donations Receipts.


 councilor's corner   

Due to inclement weather the Councilor's Corner scheduled for Feb. 27 has been rescheduled to March 12.

The topics for this month will include, budget, sewage capacity, Secondary Plan and bylaw updates.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.

World Day of Prayer 

ZimbabweArtThe official artwork of the 2020 World Day of Prayer was created by artist Nonhlanhla Mathe of Zimbabwe. (Submitted photo)  

The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 as the theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” is celebrated.

Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite everyone in prayer and solidarity.

The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. WICC invites people to join a service being held in over 1,150 Canadian communities.

In Bayfield, St. Andrew’s United Church will host this interdenominational service starting at 1 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together people pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.

Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.

Historical Society 

The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires two positions to be filled, those of Secretary and Treasurer. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the community who are interested in promoting and preserving the heritage of the village and area.

The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. The Secretary also prepares a summary report of the General meetings for the annual newsletter distributed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping of the funds of the BHS and to maintain adequate financial records. The Treasurer also prepares the accounts for audit and renders an annual report based on the calendar year; which will be given at the AGM.

Anyone interested in either of these positions is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518 4646, or any of the Directors.


The first 2020 general meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be held on Monday, March 9 at St. Andrew's United Church.

The discussions will include planning for the fundraising events leading up to the 164th Bayfield Community Fair in August, the preparations for the fundraising auction and dinner on May 30 and the promotional planning of this year's theme: “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”.

Each year it takes over 100 volunteers to bring about this annual summer event loved by everyone in the community and far beyond. Family members and visitors come from all over to be a part of the Bayfield Fair Parade, the animal shows, the indoor and outdoor events, exhibits and competitions, and the midway rides. It truly is fun for all and respects the history of presenting this community with three days of entertainment over the past 164 years!

Everyone who loves the fair is welcome to attend this general meeting, that will begin at 7 p.m. and bring along their enthusiasm for Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees. The membership would greatly appreciate the help.


The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

They have scheduled their meetings for the next few months. These meetings will be held on March 14, Apr. 18 and May 2.

The club meets in the Community Room at the Bayfield Public Library for one hour starting at 1 p.m.



“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”

“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”

After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.

The two performances scheduled for March 13 and 14 are now sold out. As the response to attend has been so terrific, the dress rehearsal set for Thursday, March 12 will be open to the pubic for a donation. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the run through to start at 7 p.m. Please note there will not be an intermission.

The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Relics will take on Grand Bend Mariners at the Bayfield Arena tonight (March 4).

The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m.  

Then, Goderich 2 will take on Exeter 50+ on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

friends of the bayfield Library 

Friends of Bayfield Library’s “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues on March 28 when Pauline Hoffman will speak on the topic of putting order into closet and basement storage chaos.

This event will be held in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m.

A Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), Hoffman is an experienced speaker and founder of Just In Time Solutions. All are welcome to attend this session. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.

At the final “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program on Saturday, Apr. 18, attendees will hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Boa-Youmatoff, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank."

kindness workshops 

The Open Hearts Kindness Group will hold their next workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, Apr. 11. The focus will be on ways to reduce eco-anxiety via discussion and the creation of an Earth Alter.

The other workshops planned are: Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.

Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration. The workshops are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

More info also available at



   huron waveS music festival launch next tuesday


Be part of the official launch of the Huron Waves Music Festival, and be among the first to hear the lineup for its inaugural season, which will run May 7-17.

The public is invited to the launch event on Tuesday, March 10 at the White Squirrel Golf Club and Restaurant, 72538 Bluewater Hwy. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by an official announcement at 5:45 p.m.

Come hear Artistic Director John Miller, who founded and ran for 18 years, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, announce a season that highlights musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. Mingle with friends and enjoy live entertainment in the restaurant at White Squirrel. RSVP for the free launch event here:

And since the launch is taking place in the late afternoon, those who attend are encouraged to make reservations for dinner in the dining room by calling the restaurant at 519 236-4030. (Please note dinner is not included in the event.)

The board and staff of Huron Waves Music Festival are hard at work putting together this first-year festival to highlight musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. As announced late last year, the festival will open with two performances by the dynamic Kingdom Choir, that amazing choir that sang “Stand By Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Organizers are so pleased to welcome them into the community for two concerts at Goderich and Exeter venues.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is continuing to actively recruit experienced and qualified Registered Nurses (RN) to provide 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) coverage at the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) site.

In order to safely operate the ED, reduced hours of operation have been in effect since Dec. 2, 2019 and will be continuing until the required number of RNs are able to be recruited. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

“At this time, one full-time and three part-time RN vacancies remain in the Clinton Public Hospital ED. While we have had some success in hiring, we have also had staff move to other sites or areas,” said Vice President Partnerships and Chief Nursing Executive, Anne Campbell. “In order to return to 24-hour ED service in Clinton, RNs with experience are required that are confident in their skills and abilities to safely respond to patients’ needs during the overnight hours when there are limited staff in the building.”

The situation HPHA is facing is not unique. The Seaforth Community Hospital site of the HPHA experienced a similar situation between 2009 and 2011, reducing ED operating hours until nursing staffing stabilized. This department reopened to provide 24/7 ED service. The Chesley Hospital site of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre reduced their ED hours in September 2019 due to the same staffing challenges.

Recruitment and retention of RNs is very challenging in rural communities. Nurses are required to develop a high degree of competency in a number of clinical domains and specialties, and new graduates are often unprepared to work in a rural setting without significant orientation and mentorship.

“Historically a minimum of six months to one year is required for an RN with no ED experience to feel prepared to work the night shift alone,” added Campbell.

Since reduced hours were implemented in December 2019, the Clinton ED continues to provide care to 90 to 95 per cent of the volume of patients between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. that are typically seen in a 24-hour period. There have been no negative outcomes and the direct 9-1-1 phone line installed at the ED door for use after hours has only been used once.

Active recruitment and training will continue with the intent to resume 24-hour ED services as soon as staffing resources are stabilized.

“The reduction in hours is an interim measure. We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to explore funding to support our recruitment and retention efforts,” explained President and CEO Andrew Williams. “We are committed to keeping all four of our sites strong and viable. This is evidenced by the investment of $180,000 to renovate the inpatient tub and shower room and $486,000 in the new digital X-ray suite.”

The community is reminded that between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. patients will be able to access emergency services at one of the other area hospitals that provide 24-hour ED coverage including the Seaforth Community Hospital site of the HPHA, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich, South Huron Hospital in Exeter and Wingham & District Hospital in Wingham.

As always, anyone having a medical emergency should call 9-1-1.


Huron County is seeking public input. Local municipalities and police services boards are working on a plan to ensure community safety and well-being.

The Province has made legislative changes to the Police Services Act requiring communities develop and adopt Community Safety and Well Being Plans by Jan. 1, 2021.

The legislation was introduced in recognition of the changing nature of society and the evolution of policing services in providing a safe environment. The focus is on integrating the partnerships of the police within the community and between the community partners themselves.

Municipalities are mandated to work with police services and local service providers in health care, social services and education to develop a Community Safety and Well Being Plan that proactively addresses locally identified community risks.

“Huron County has some well-developed relationships between the existing service providers and is working to build on those relationships,” said Florence Witherspoon, member of the Working Group established to set up the Plan. “In creating the Plan, we will better be able to serve those who utilize these services, reduce duplication and ensure those who need the services have access to them in an efficient manner.”

The focus of the Community Safety and Well Being Plan will be to engage the community in taking direct action to make Huron County a safer and healthier community. In addition to connecting with the different service providers, community engagement is required to compliment the risk factors identified.

To do this the Working Group is asking residents of Huron County to participate in an online survey. The survey will help to identify key concerns that members of the community have about safety, health and well-being.

Residents of Huron County are asked to participate in this online Community Safety and Well-Being Survey by visiting the following link:

A paper copy of the survey can also be made available at local Municipal Offices.

Dental Care Application Days  happening in Huron County 

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care. The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits.

To help eligible seniors enroll in the OSDCP, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will be holding drop-in application days throughout Huron and Perth. Sessions will be held in Huron County at the following times and locations: Blyth Public Library, March 5, 1-3 p.m.; Alice Munro Library in Wingham, March 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Howick Library in Fordwich, March 6, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bluewater Area Family Health Team in Zurich, Apr. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Printed application forms are also available at HPPH.

To qualify for the program, seniors must be 65 years of age or older, Ontario residents, and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while a couple must have a combined income of $32,300 or less.

People must have their Social Insurance Number (SIN) to apply and must have filed their taxes for the previous year. Anyone who plans to attend an application clinic, is asked to please bring their Ontario Health Card and SIN, and if applicable, their spouse’s SIN. Please note that if a couple qualifies, they must both fill out a separate application.

If an application is approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the successful applicant within two to three weeks. The dental card must be presented at the time of an appointment to a dental office that offers the OSDCP. Contact HPPH to learn which dental offices currently offer the program.

Dental services covered under the program include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings. The program will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. For a full list of coverage, please visit

Eligible seniors can also apply to the OSDCP directly online at, or print a hard-copy form to be mailed.

If a senior does not have a SIN or has not filed their taxes in the previous year, they can apply with a guarantor using the Guarantor Form.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-221-2133. 


wine tasting gala    

The Municipality of Central Huron is hosting a Wine Tasting Gala on Thursday, March 12 in the
Clinton Town Hall auditorium.

Those who attend will be able to sample wines from established Second Streetlight Winery, Maelstrom Winery and take part in the launch of the Bayfield Berry Farm Winery.

There will be food pairing samples provided by the Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) Hospitality Catering.

Musicians from CHSS and St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School will be live on stage and their will also be a local Trivia Challenge at intermission.

Proceeds from the evening, that will begin at 7 p.m., will go to support the Huron Hospice.

Tickets are now available for $25 per person at the Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert Street, Clinton, ON or visit Eventbrite at

For more information please contact Angela Smith by phone at 519 476-5922 or via email,

Gateway Speaker Series 


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will launch their 2020 fundraising Speaker Series with a presentation by Exeter author, Bonnie Sitter, at the Huron County Museum in Goderich on Sunday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English co-wrote, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”. They were the girls aged 16-18 who worked on market garden farms and orchards during the farm labour shortage caused by WWll. The Ontario Farm Service Force initiated the Farmerette Program in 1941 and it continued until 1952. The book tells the first-hand experiences of these young women through delightful letters, photos and informative interviews. For many girls it was their first time away from home. It was hard work often in the hot sun, but many of their stories include fond memories of adventure, lasting friendships and camaraderie.

“Kudos to Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English for researching and documenting this history,” said Nancy Simpson, Gateway Board member. “Now the personal experiences of over 50 Farmerettes will live on in this book.”

The book will be on sale at the March 8 event.

“These ladies (Farmerettes) are in their 80s and 90s now and they are thrilled to be finally recognised for their service with the Ontario Farm Service Force,” said Simpson. She added that they are also thrilled with the recent news that the stories of Farmerettes are being adapted into a play for the 4th Line Theatre near Peterborough and it will be called “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”.

The presentation will be emceed by Miss Marcie, Canada’s Pinup Girl. The event, that will run from 1-4 p.m., will include some display booths with representatives from local women’s not-for-profit organizations who continue to do great work to support this community, as well as other communities in need. Many businesses and individuals have made generous donations of silent auction items in support of Gateway’s fundraising efforts. “Dames Rocket” will provide musical entertainment.

Tickets are $25 and available at Fincher’s on The Square, Goderich; online with Eventbrite; or by calling Gateway at 519 612-1053.

“Gateway is most appreciative of the following sponsors of our 2020 speaker Series - Ian Murray CIBC Wealth Management, Larry Otten Contracting, DeJager Town Square IDA Pharmacy and the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh,” said Simpson. “We are currently organizing three other Speaker Series events, one more in the Spring and two in the Fall.”

Caregiver Education 

Community Connections Outreach Services will be hosting a Caregiver Education Event at the West Huron Care Centre in Zurich on March 10. The afternoon session will provide information about services and support for Huron caregivers.

Caregivers are; a family member or friend who provides unpaid support, assistance and care
for someone in need.

Caregivers, or people who know one, are invited to the session to get helpful information to support their loved ones. The session will cover: caregiver programs and services, caregiver website, resources and events in the area and helpful tools and tips.

The one-hour event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Risi Room at the West Huron Care Centre, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road.

For more information and to RSVP please call 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.

livery film fest 

On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.

"Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" will be the final film of the series. It will be shown on Apr. 9. 

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (

Thursday tunes 

“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.

Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.

For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.


Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?

Now celebrating its first year, the website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.





Volume 11

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

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

This week,another image from the Lucy Woods-Diehl collection. Notes with this photograph indicate that this is Dan McGinnis and Miss Cox Leaihu circa 1930. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10052 PC)  

PB10052 PC Dan McGinnis and Miss Cox Leaihu c1930 

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


 ISSUE 554


In Issue 554,  the Bayfield Archives shares a painting of The Little Inn of Bayfield by recognized Canadian Painter, Jack McLaren, who studied with the Group of Seven. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1896, he came to Canada in 1908 and lived in Benmiller, ON. This painting was donated to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) in memory of Ruth Hayman Elliott who was a previous owner of the Little Inn. The BHS is excited to share that the painting will be on loan and exhibited at the Huron County Museum in Goderich from Apr. 15 to Aug. 31 as part of the “Life and Works of Jack McLaren”. Art enthusiasts may also be interested to learn that the BHS also sells blank notecards with envelopes of this painting for $3.50 at the Archives.  

Issue 555 

PB12 5a  Mrs MacPherson undated 

In Issue 555, we highlight an undated image of Mrs. MacPherson from the Lucy Woods-Diehl collection. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 5a)  



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Bayfield volunteers           

summer residents will be delighted with new accommodations boasting lake view  

IMG_0481The excitement was palpable as a new Purple Martin Birdhouse was installed at the Bayfield Harbour on the morning of Feb. 22. Volunteers John Betteridge (left) and John Crosthwaite assisted in getting the new residence up in the air. The entire project was volunteer driven.  

IMG_0477Dave Moloughney (left) and Frank Tuerk work to secure the house to the pole prior to its installation.  

IMG_0497Dave Moloughney works to secure the post and house in place while John Betteridge looks on.  

IMG_0486All hands, and some wooden supports, were needed to put the rather heavy birdhouse in its place. There were a few tense moments but patience and ingenuity persevered.  


IMG_0498How many men does it take to erect a Purple Martin house? The answer is four. Much relieved, after the task was complete, were l-r: Dave Moloughney, John Crosthwaite, John Bettridge and Frank Tuerk.  



A new dwelling has popped up at the Bayfield Harbour and occupancy is set for spring of this year. The new residents will have a bird’s eye view and no one will complain about density. In fact, the more Purple Martins the merrier.

A true community project came to fruition on the morning of Feb. 22 when a brand-new Purple Martin house was erected near the Bayfield Pier, replacing the aged accommodations that had served the birds quite well over the years. The old birdhouse was removed late last year. All of the work was done through the effort of volunteers.

It didn’t take long for members of the community to notice. Reg Thompson, of Bayfield, reached out to the Bayfield Breeze to share his delight at the discovery of the new residence.

“The new birdhouse is quite impressive, painted white and has a wood shingle roof with 48 residential units, each with its own entrance, and porch access,” said Thompson. “The purple martins have a lot of fans, and eat millions of flying bugs, making the areas they frequent much friendlier for us all. And they are a popular feature at the Bayfield Marina and harbor. You see visitors taking photos of them all the time.”

Hinges were incorporated into the new house design so that it can be opened and the nest apartments cleaned.

The people that worked on the project by supplyig materials, removing the old birdhouse and post; erecting a new post, and then finally erecting it were: John Bettridge, John Crosthwaite, Garnet McBride, Dave Moloughney, Doug Vanderhaar and Fred Vanderhaar.

In addition to helping with the tasks listed above, Frank Tuerk was responsible for the construction of the Purple Martin birdhouse. 

Bettridge also noted that they had great support from Pattie MacDonald and Bud Robinson with the Pioneer Park Association on the project.

IMG_0475John Crosthwaite helps support the birdhouse while others work to secure it to the post.  

IMG_0495Hinges were incorporated into the new house design so that it can be opened and the nest apartments cleaned.


4576640299_895a43011b_kThe Purple Martin birdhouses are a popular fixture at the Main Pier with both feathered friends and passersby. In this photo taken on May 5, 2010, the birds were busy setting up housekeeping after a winter away. 



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IMG_3203Pat Graham (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

11035054526_684aca21cb_bPat Graham depicted in an illustration by Mary Lynne Baker from the book, "Dragon on Parade", circa 1974.

The final page in the life book of one of the village’s greatest story tellers has been turned. Pat Graham died on March 1. He was 92. Pat’s kind are rare. He had a passion for his family, his faith and his community. He was proud to call Bayfield home. He experienced and remembered the Bayfield of old and he never hesitated to share his remembrances and recognize milestone achievements.

He was the son of an Anglican minister. Rev. John Graham was charged with service at Trinity in Bayfield from 1939-44. Like many others who experience some of their childhood in Bayfield, he was drawn back to the village as an adult. A bank manager in London he returned to the village with his wife Wynn and their family to operate Graham’s General Store in the space now occupied by Main Street Optometric. Pat, as shopkeeper, was immortalized in the children’s story book, “Dragon on Parade” written by Mary Alice Downie and published in 1974.

I first got to know him in the late 1980s when I was a fledgling reporter at the Clinton News-Record given the task of covering village council. He was the clerk. He always took the time to answer my questions and supply me with any background I needed to understand the processes of municipal government. It was greatly appreciated.

One of my last shared experiences with Pat was at Trinity’s 170th celebration at the end of May 2019. He loved that little church and the people who crossed its threshold. When a birthday or anniversary needed to be acknowledged, especially those of he and his wife of 68 years, he never hesitated to share it with the congregation. I will miss that. In Pat's memory donations may be made to Trinity St. James Anglican Church. 

Pat’s own book may be closed but he no doubt will live on in the stories told in his honor by all who had the pleasure to know him. – Melody


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