Bookmark and Share   May 31, 2017   Vol. 8 Week 23 Issue 413

close to one hundred people attend Mayor's breakfast

_MG_0150Donations in support of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) were collected at the breakfast. L-r: Rev. Wayne Malott and Terry Boa-Youmatoff represented the Food Bank and accepted $580 in donations from event attendees. Joining them were Jim Ginn, mayor of Central Huron and Huron County warden, Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel, MPP Lisa Thompson, Ian Matthew, treasurer of the BACC and TCC Director and Vice President of the BACC, Shaun Henry. Ben Lobb was unavailable for the photo. (Photos by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) held its 2017 Mayor’s Breakfast at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, May 19.

Renegades Diner, The Pink Flamingo Bakery, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and flowers by the Little Flower Shed all helped to provide a wonderful Huron County breakfast.

Approximately 95 people attended the event including, Mayor Tyler Hessel, Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson, Bluewater council members Marnie Hill and Dave Roy. Also attending were: MP Ben Lobb, MPP Lisa Thompson, Jim Ginn, mayor of Central Huron and County Warden; Maureen Coles, mayor of South Huron, Dave Jewitt representing OLG / Gateway and CAO of Bluewater Kyle Pratt as well as Bluewater staff.

The event was generously sponsored by OLG and a number of OLG guests were in attendance, led by Jewitt.

Leanne Kavanagh, president of the BACC, thanked OLG for their continued support and noted, “This is a great event, as it allows the Chamber to bring chamber members and the business community together with area service club representatives, area council members, county and senior level politicians.”

Jewitt brought a welcome from OLG/Gateway and talked about the investment in the community through support for community groups.

MP Lobb brought greetings from Ottawa. MPP Thompson said she is always impressed with the volunteer activity in Bayfield and that she was delighted to be able to attend.

Mayor Hessel brought greetings from the Municipality of Bluewater and talked about the progress within the municipality as well as the importance of community volunteers to make a vibrant community. Hessel thanked the Chamber for organizing the event and said that the strength of the community is its ability to move ahead.

He also noted “As a municipality, it is great to see the level of activity in the community by volunteers and what they have been able to achieve.”

Mayor Hessel then introduced all members of the Bluewater staff that were in attendance.

Erin Samuell gave an update on the coming year’s activities. Leanne Kavanagh made particular mention of the creative and promotional work done by Samuell over the past year and that the community is indebted to her for her outstanding work.

_MG_0149 Mayor Tyler Hessel

_MG_0148Erin Samuell gave an update on the coming year’s activities.

Also in attendance were representatives of area service clubs and community groups. Joyce McIlwain, of the Bayfield Optimists, gave an outline of Optimist events, most notably the long weekend’s Bayfield River Duck Race, to raise community funds. Jack Pal, of the Photography Club of Bayfield, gave an outline of the photography club and the fifth annual Fall Foto Fest to be held this October. Pal also gave an update on the Bayfield Lions’ events and, in particular, the Lions Community Breakfast and Lions Walk for Dog Guides that raises money for service dogs. Pal also made note of the Lions new Portable Stage for community use. He reminded the audience of the launch of the new Bayfield Calendar on the Bayfield fair weekend. Sandy Scotchmer gave a rundown of the coming Town Hall Events and thanked the Municipality for their cooperation in assisting the Town Hall. She noted that the new roof, installed last year was a major, costly undertaking for the Town Hall. Doug Yeo gave an update on the Agricultural Society and Fair events. Roger Lewington gave an update on the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and the July Canada 150 Walk in the village. He noted that 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the trail association. He also took a moment to congratulate the community on the successful Bayfield River Flats project, and how this important piece of natural river land will be preserved for the public.

Andrea Gardi (Bayfield RTO 4 project leader) from Regional Tourism Office 4 gave a project update on the work that they are doing with the BACC to continue to develop tourism in the area. She showed a number of slides documenting the progress to date, including customer satisfaction surveys and Google 360 videos. Details of the Animation Fund were also reviewed and it was noted that project funds are still available.

BACC Treasurer and TCC director Ian Matthew gave an update on the project to bring rural fiber optic to Huron County. He stressed the importance of this to the future of the area, and asked citizens to voice their support for the project.

Rev. Wayne Malott, of the Bayfield Food Bank, (Feed My Sheep), spoke of the needs in the community, and thanked everyone for their donations which totaled approximately $580.

Rev. Malott said, “Thank you so much for the support the Chamber has provided for the Food Bank these last few years.”

BACC members and events are listed on the BACC website and Facebook Bayfield Ontario.

Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday 

26899248754_d1bf5732a2_k-2At the 2016 Bayfield Lions' Club's Walk for Dog Guides an appearance was made by Deb and Tom Grasby, of Bayfield, with Guide Dog in Training Essex with Master of Ceremonies, Rob Bundy. Essex will be on hand for the 2017 event on Sunday. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Planning is now complete for the annual Bayfield Lions' Walk for Dog Guides this Sunday, June 4.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. from Clan Gregor Square, registration at the gazebo at 9:30 a.m.

“Bring your dog and walk the Heritage Trail through beautiful downtown Bayfield on behalf of Dog Guides. Your participation and donations will help us raise and train more dogs to be of service to those desperately in need.,” said Jack Pal, chair of the Dog Guide Walk Committee. “Dogs cost upwards of $25,000 each to train and are made available free of charge to those who qualify.”

“After the walk is over stick around for an amazing show starting at 11 a.m. all focused on dogs. Rob Bundy is back as this year’s MC,” continued Pal. “Say hi also to Bayfield’s own Essex, former Dog Guide Pup in training, back for a visit with his former foster parents Tom and Deb Grasby who will fill you in on what transpired in the last year.”

Elizabeth Jaremko and Heart, her Hearing Ear Dog will also be back to share some more personal stories about the impact that Heart has had on her life. In addition, her friend Jaime McColl Hooper who is blind and deaf will share her history of how her life changed when Alice, her Canine Vision Dog Guide, came into her life.

Deaf since birth, Jaremko attended Robarts School for the Deaf in London and E.C. Drury Secondary School for the Deaf in Milton. At the end of her time at E.C. Drury, she filled out the extensive application for a Dog Guide and sent it in to the Lions’ Foundation. A year and a half later, Heart a Hearing Ear Dog Guide came into her life and continues to be an immense help and companion to her. Meet Heart and hear Jaremko tell her story through her dad who will act as interpreter.

McColl Hooper was born deaf and with normal vision, then went blind as a child and has recovered enough vision to be able to read in a big font and make out sign language. She has been with her service dog, Alice, for four years. She and her husband, Shawn, and two children live in London. She is studying American Sign Language and training to become a Developmental Service Worker at Fanshawe College, in London.

“Her strength and determination considering her extraordinary life circumstances is nothing short of amazing,” said Pal. “After these two feel-good presentations, attendees will have a true sense of the value of the Dog Guide program.”

Although the main message of the day is about supporting Dog Guides, based on the positive feedback last year, we are continuing to offer additional dog-related activities for both entertainment and educational value including: St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs by Pat Pal; OSPCA Rescue Dogs by Brennan Mulhern; Dog Grooming by Shannon Brennan, Barks of Bayfield; London Police K9 Unit history by Bob Merrimen; Dog Health by Vet Tech Melissa Brighton, South Huron Veterinary Clinic; Dog Training ideas by Judy Ives, Paws Effectiveness Training; Dog agility demonstration by Bonnie Hirst, Paws Effectiveness Training…and hot dogs by Bayfield Lions!

New this year, Kendra Bogie and Jordan Lacombe will be representing their Pet Valu store in Goderich and by extension, The Lions Dog Guide Walk’s national sponsor, PetValu. New this year, the Barkery, an all natural, family owned, Canadian bakery for your fuzzy friend/dog from Stratford will have a display of all their healthy dog treats.

“We are trying to turn the annual Dog Guide Walk into a gala event that will attract dog owners and dog lovers alike to honor man’s best friend and help support some of these unique dogs to become leaders in the service animal community. Come out and enjoy this fun event knowing you are making a difference for the physically and medically disadvantaged among us,” concluded Pal.

Mark Sunday June 4 AM on your calendar and be sure to donate to this worthy cause. Pledge forms are available from most merchants in Bayfield and any Lion. You can also donate on line by going to the Bayfield specific link: . If you cannot be there on Sunday, be sure and visit the Dog Guide Walk booth at the Farmers Market on Friday and in front of the Library on Saturday to learn more about this important program and make a donation. Tax receipts are sent out for all donations $20 or larger.

Please call Pal at 519565-5340 for more information.

First phase of old dumps investigation completed


It will be mid-August before more than 100 property owners in the south-east neighborhood of Bayfield will know if three old dumps are polluting toxins into their homes and property.

Last week Bluewater Council was told the first phase of investigating the three old dumps by Englobe Corporation, a soils and engineering company, is completed and the second phase of investigation has been planned.

Andrew Bicknell, new Works Commissioner for Bluewater, told council in a five-page report the cost for Englobe completing the study will be $49,925. This will be a $9,925 increase above the $40,000 council set aside for the investigation in its 2017 budget. Council said it would use expected budget savings from the Bayfield Bridge on Hwy 21 to pay the extra cost of the dump study.

Bicknell listed eight items Englobe competed in its initial study. They included:
1) Interviews of individuals familiar with the properties.
2) Evaluation of previous environmental studies.
3) Aerial and fire insurance plans.
4) Research private and public environment databases.
5) Review the topography, hydrology, geology and public water-well records.
6) A review of the current and previous operations at the sites.
7) The corresponding potential for off-site impacts.
8) A visual observation of site features.

The second stage will test for combustible fuels such as methane and the presence of waste related contaminants. Intrusive boreholes will be drilled at each site. Soil and surface water samples around ponding areas will also be sampled. Englobe expects it will take 10 weeks to complete the testing.

Councilor Bill Whetstone cautioned “This work gets us to Aug. 15. Any additional work will cost the municipality more money.”

Hospice Hike raises most ever 

Gwen Devereaux Kathy OReilly and Shirley Dinsmore cut ribbon
Gwen Devereaux, chair of the Campaign for the Huron Residential Hospice; Kathy O'Reilly and Shirley Dinsmore kicked-off the hike with a ceremonial ribbon cutting that marked the launch of the capital campaign for Huron Residential Hospice: Moments Matter. (Submitted photos)  

The National Hospice Palliative Care Week was May 7-13 and the annual Hike for Hospice saw record attendance this year as people took to the Varna Nature Trails on the afternoon of Sunday, May 7. The kick-off to the hike started with a ceremonial ribbon cutting that marked the launch of the capital campaign for Huron Residential Hospice: Moments Matter. The campaign will help create a four bed residential hospice in Central Huron and change the way Huron County residents receive hospice care by bringing all existing services under one roof as well as providing families another option for end-of-life care.

Participants gathered over $20,000 in pledges for the hike, more than the annual hike has ever raised in Huron. The event also brought a few significant gifts from local families, with McIntosh Poultry Farms promising $100,000 over five years, and Janet Buchanan and Linda Hatten gifting $5,000 in memory of their parents, Mel and Betty Graham. Tony and Jane Davison, who are long-time supporters of Huron Hospice, donated $4,000. Altogether, these donations bring the fundraising total-to-date to over $300,000 of the $2 million goal for the Moments Matter capital campaign.

“We are amazed with the support we have received before the Moments Matter… $2 Million Campaign was launched with over $300,000 committed prior to May 7! This is just how the people in Huron County give – from their heart and we could not be more appreciative of their support,” said Gwen Devereaux, chair of the Campaign for the Huron Residential Hospice.

Organizers extend thanks to those in the local communities for making the annual Hike for Hospice and the launch for Huron Residential Hospice: Moments Matter a huge success.

For more information on the project and future events visit

Kathy OReilly Janet Buchanan and Linda HattenKathy O'Reilly (left) accepted a cheque from Janet Buchanan and Linda Hatten who gifted $5,000 in memory of their parents, Mel and Betty Graham.  

Agnes Waanders Gwen Devereaux Brenda and Jim McIntosh and Kathy OReillyMcIntosh Poultry Farms promised $100,000 over five years. In the photo, are l-r: Agnes Waanders, Gwen Devereaux, Brenda and Jim McIntosh and Kathy O'Reilly.

Gwen Devereauw with Tony and Jane Davison
Tony and Jane Davison, who are long-time supporters of Huron Hospice, donated $4,000. They presented the cheque to Gwen Devereaux (left).  

Flood forecasting a part of Ausable Bayfield Conservation 

Monitoring_Flood_Forecasting_Network (1) Davin Heinbuck, Land and Water technologist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority monitors Flood Forecasting Network information. Conservation authorities, in their provincially mandated role, do important work monitoring watershed conditions, interpreting forecasts, and sharing with municipalities what local impacts there might be to an approaching flood event. ABCA can warn municipalities if a flooding event is likely to be minor or major and provide technical and planning assistance. (Submitted photo)

Some Canadian communities (including in eastern Ontario, Québec, and British Columbia) faced the worst flooding in decades this month.

Unrelenting rainfall and floods hit more than 130 communities. At least one person died and others were missing. Some communities declared States of Emergency. More than 1,500 people had to evacuate their homes in the Province of Québec and more than 2,400 homes were flooded in the May storms in that province. Hundreds of Canadian soldiers took part in efforts to respond to the flooding. Hundreds of thousands of sandbags were used in Québec to divert water during the flood.

The human and financial costs of extreme weather events like these remind people of the need to promote projects and best practices that address and reduce risks from flooding, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). These flood events reinforce the need to continue to protect life and property through programs such as flood forecasting and warning and flood plain management.

It’s not possible to prevent all risks from floods but the extreme floods which took place in early May are powerful recent examples of why the Province of Ontario has continued to support programs that limit the extent of those impacts. Ontario has programs to manage natural hazards like flooding and, for many decades, the Province has delegated specific flood plain management responsibilities to conservation authorities, where in those parts of the Province where conservation authorities exist. Conservation authorities reduce risk to life and property through a flood monitoring, forecasting, and warning system; flood plain maps to identify flood-prone areas; and regulations to limit or restrict new development in those flood-prone areas in order to protect life and reduce property damage.

Local residents and community groups are helping to reduce risks from flooding by helping to make the local watershed more resilient to extreme weather events. Landowners and communities are using best management practices and completing local projects that slow down and capture water and release it slowly, improve forest conditions, and manage water running off of land during storm events.

“They can also protect, create, and enhance local wetlands, which provide some of the best flood storage during high-water events,” said Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Land and Water technologist.

Conservation Ontario, which represents Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities, has called for increased investment to maintain flood prevention and warning programs to prepare for future floods. The projected increase in the scale and frequency of extreme weather events, as climate continues to change, places increased demands on existing efforts to protect life and property from flooding, according to ABCA.

“The recent flood events in Ontario and Quebec remind us how damaging floods can be,” Heinbuck said. “These major floods show why continued investment is needed to continue natural hazard programs to protect life and property from floods in the future. This investment can help to reduce disruption to people and the economy, reduce risk to people and their homes, and limit the financial and human costs of extreme weather events.”

ABCA issues flood messages through the flood forecasting and warning program. ABCA issued a Flood Watch on May 4.

“We issued a Flood Watch to municipalities, and shared this flood message with local media and on social media, so municipal staff and residents would be aware of the potential for flooding,” said Heinbuck.

Fortunately, observed rainfall amounts in this watershed were on the low end of the forecasted range. Otherwise, flood impacts in the local area could have been worse, he said.

To find out ways to reduce flooding locally, and for other flood forecasting and warning information, visit at this link:

Share the Road signs part of county Cycling Strategy

Share the Road sign intall - May 2017smlMembers of the Huron County Cycling Advisory Committee had their picture taken with a Share the Road sign. These signs are now posted about the county to serve as a reminder to all users of the road to share the space safely. (Submitted photo)  

Huron County Council believes strongly in promoting safety on our roads and recognizes the potential of cycling tourism in the region. The Huron County Cycling Strategy is being implemented to make cycling safer and more enjoyable on Ontario’s west coast.

“The Huron County Cycling Strategy was created by a steering committee that includes stakeholders from the cycling, health, municipal, police, tourism and transportation sectors,” said Laura Dekroon, chair of the Huron County Cycling Advisory Committee. “The strategy recommends a number of actions and an implementation plan that will make our communities more bicycle friendly within the next five years.”

The Share the Road signs serve as a reminder to all users of the road to share the space safely. Provincial law requires motorists to give cyclists at least a 1 M space when passing and should change lanes whenever possible to ensure safety. In addition to the work of the Public Works Department to keep county roads safe all year long, two new infrastructure projects are being implemented this season as part of the cycling strategy.

A total of 60 Share the Road signs are being installed throughout the county to remind all road users to be safe.

Council is implementing a pilot project to pave the shoulders on County Road 31 between Saltford and Benmiller, which is a favorite route among cyclists.

“Whether you’re a motorist, a cyclist, an operator of heavy farm equipment or a driver of a horse-drawn wagon, we all need to get to our destination safely,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “By investing in this infrastructure we’re making our roads safer and increasing the appeal of Huron County as a cycling destination.”

In addition to cycling tourism assets such as the G2G rail trail, infrastructure that supports safe cycling will draw people to Huron County. With the new signage in place, road users in Huron County are reminded to share the road.

community pays tribute to retired MPP Jack Riddell

IMG_9563 Long-timer Liberal MPP Jack Riddell was recently nominated for induction into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled for next month. His friends and neighbors got together ahead of time to salute Riddell’s years of service with a dinner and tribute.(Submitted photo)

A capacity crowd of close to 200 people jammed the Dashwood Community Centre on May 6 to celebrate longtime Liberal MPP Jack Riddell.

Riddell was recently nominated for induction into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled for next month. But his friends and neighbors got together ahead of time to salute Riddell’s years of service with a dinner and tribute.

The Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Association organized the tribute event but people from all political stripes were there to salute Riddell.

“What a great event, overwhelming and humbling and full of great memories and people,’’ Riddell said in his speech after a lengthy tribute that included a slideshow documenting his remarkable career, speeches by other dignitaries and a message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Riddell saluted his family for supporting him, keeping the farm going and working together on political events all those years.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many people,’’ Riddell said. He said his time as agriculture minister was the highlight of his career, “a point of real pride and accomplishment.”

“It means the world to me that you are all here tonight, sharing this special occasion with me,’’ Riddell said. “It makes the years melt away, with the stories and successes that we all built together. I was the lucky one who was honored to represent all of you.’’

Riddell formally ended his 17-year run as a provincial MPP in Huron-Bruce in 1990 after an incredible tenure that also included a period as Minister of Agriculture and Food from 1985-89. While he did not seek re-election in 1990, Riddell has remained an active Liberal, a member of the board of the Huron-Bruce federal Liberals and a key player in the 2015 election campaign.

The official ceremony to install Riddell in the hall of fame takes place in Milton, on June 11. But his friends wanted to get the ball rolling early to celebrate this amazing person. Guests included South Huron Mayor Maureen Cole, former MPP Paul Klopp, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park, Hugh Edighoffer, former MPP Murray Elston and longtime MP Paul Steckle.

One of the organizers of the event, former federal Liberal candidate Allan Thompson, served as the Master of Ceremonies and thanked Riddell for all of his help during the 2015 election.

“Jack joined the team, came out of political retirement and really played an important role in the 2015 election campaign and I am eternally grateful for that,’’ Thompson said.

“As a candidate, it was learning from the master being out with Jack,’’ Thompson said. “I remember going to a fish fry in Zurich with Jack. He worked that room like he was the candidate running for office. It just seemed like he knew everyone. And some of the younger people, if he didn’t know them by name, he would just say: ‘who’s your grandfather,’ and then we’d know them too.’’

There were tribute speeches from former Liberal MPP Murray Elston, former federal Liberal MP Paul Steckle and Riddell’s daughter, Donna Overholt.

“He is a remarkable man and a great Dad,’’ Overholt said. “He has made us proud as he forged ahead with great enthusiasm and determination in his life.
We are all so proud of you and we know that you are so very deserving of this honor. You worked hard all of your life and you gave the best that you had.”

And she recounted one of her Dad’s favorite sayings: “Life is an echo, it all comes back, the good the false and the true. So give to the world the best that you have and the best will come back to you.’’

Elston said that he too learned from the veteran politician.

“Jack is one of those guys who is in your corner, to make sure that you have a chance to succeed. He is a man who knows what he wants and how to get at it,’’ Elston said. “But he is plain spoken, so you’d better make sure you’re ready to listen.’’

“Jack was the Ag minister probably at one of the worst times for agriculture,’’ Elston said, recounting Riddell’s work to help farmers struggling in the face of record high interest rates.

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews also sent a message, congratulating Jack for his work ‘day in and day out’ at Queen’s Park. “You constantly stood up for the interests of the agricultural community.”

And Matthews joked that she would gladly go and knock on doors if Riddell decided to get back into politics. “They say it’s never too late, so if you ever want to get back in the game Jack, I’ll be there,’’ Matthews wrote.

Former Huron-Bruce MP Paul Steckle shared stories of going hunting with his friend Jack, who he joked was careful with his money and didn’t want to part with a pair of boots that got soaked in the mud. Riddell put the boots in the oven, Steckle recounted, but left them there too long.

“When they came out they were well roasted and Jack quietly put them in the woodpile.”

Months later, his friends sent Riddell the boots in a COD parcel.

On a serious note, Steckle said it was easy to sell tickets for the Riddell tribute.

“This is probably the easiest dinner I ever sold tickets for. There were more people wanting tickets than we had tickets. Everybody likes Jack and everybody knew Jack,’’ Steckle said. “We just want you to know how proud we are to have been included in your list of friends.’’

In a letter read out by Thompson, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saluted Riddell.

“As a farmer, teacher, auctioneer, Liberal Member of the Provincial Parliament and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, your contributions to Ontario have been both significant and prolific. Your years of service were characterized by the trust you built with your constituents and the passion with which you stood up for rural communities, a true testament to your character,’’ Trudeau wrote. “I wish to join your community in congratulating you, as well as to personally thank you for your years of service to your community and our country.’’

The crowd included more than 20 members of Riddell’s family, including his wife Anita, some of his children, grandchildren and their families. Dan Overholt, Riddell’s son-in-law, led the band that provided the musical entertainment.

The evening ended with Jack and his children taking to the stage to sing his trademark tune, “The Auctioneer’s Song”.

What's on at the IPM: Freestyle Motorcross Demos

jordan show - 2Jordan Szoke is a five-time National Sport Bike Champion, 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion, and inductee to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Walton, Ontario is home to the Walton Raceway, an off-road vehicle motor sport park that began operating in 1975. Owned and operated by Chris and Judy Lee and their family, it has become a major stop on the competitive circuit.

The 100th International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017) is being held this year in Walton, and as a tribute to the motor sport park, will host Jordan Szoke, for a Freestyle Motocross Trial Demonstration. Szoke is a five-time National Sport Bike Champion, 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion, and inductee to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. This demonstration will occur three times a day, everyday, in the Tented City offering many opportunities for visitors to see this heart-pounding show.

Trials-9993Amy Szoke, a professional motorbike stuntwoman; and her six-year old son, Wolfgang, riding his electric mini-bike, will join in the presentation at the IPM. (Submitted photos)

Szoke’s wife, Amy, a professional motorbike stuntwoman; and their six-year old son, Wolfgang, riding his electric mini-bike will join in the presentation that will be sponsored by Brussels Transport Ltd.

“Unlike traditional motocross, freestyle motocross places less emphasis on high speeds but on the abilities of daredevil riders who perform thrilling and death-defying stunts high in the air,” explained Amy Szoke.

Brett Lee, of Walton Raceway, will be commentating the stunts performed by the Szoke Family to give the audience a full understanding of the difficulty and skill required in the stunts being performed.

IPM 2017 is set for Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15. Tickets will also be available at the IPM for $18 per person.

More information about all the programming and events for IPM 2017 can be found online at or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.



village yard sales 

Attention treasure seekers! This Saturday, June 3, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is promoting as their third Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale.

Residents in the community are encouraged to hold a yard sale at their home on that date and local merchants will be offering up some side walk sales that day as well.

The Bayfield Breeze extended an invitation to yard sale hosts to provide their sale details for publication. Sales run 8 a.m. to 1(ish) p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Here are those that accepted the invite:
• 35089 Old River Road
• 57 Cameron Street
• 17 Fry Street
* 6 Harbour Court
• 38 Cameron Street (Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

In addition, Bayfield Guiding and the Camp Klahanie Friends Association will be hosting a fundraising yard sale in support of Bayfield Guiding and Camp Klahanie that weekend both inside and out at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Crescent. And, yes, they will have Girl Guide Cookies available!

Croquet National Playoffs 

Croquet Canada's Annual National Playoffs are being hosted this year
by the Bayfield International Croquet Club, June 1-4.

Twenty players will compete on four courts over the four days, two in
Bayfield and at two converted lawns at the Seaforth Lawn Bowling club.
The final playoffs of the tournament will be held in Bayfield on the Sunday morning.

Lake Huron Real Estate (Deb Penhale) and Steam Whistle Beer Compnay are the corporate sponsors for the tournament.

Toni Kemp, president of the Bayfield Club, issued an invitation to villagers to come out and watch the action anytime from Thursday through to Sunday.

"We also hope that Seaforth residents can come out to see the games at the Seaforth courts," she said.

Top players from Australia, the USA and Canada will be competing for cash prizes.

"Some of these players are amazing," said Bill Rowat, tournament director. "They can run all the hoops and finish the game in a couple of turns, leaving their opponents twiddling their thumbs on the sidelines. It's like watching Minnesota Fats playing pool, running the table right off the break."


As Canadians celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this summer, they will also be able to visit more clean and eco-friendly beaches and marinas.

This year, a record 27 beaches and eight marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag - a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. To receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.

The latest beaches to fly the flag are Moonlight Beach in Sudbury, ON and Outlet Beach at Ontario’s Sandbanks Provincial Park. Colchester Harbour Marina in the Town of Essex, ON will also raise the Blue Flag for the first time this year.

“Millions of people around the world look for the Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. And there’s a good reason for that,” said Brett Tryon, Blue Flag program manager with Environmental Defence. “A Blue Flag means that a beach or marina is clean, sustainably managed, and meets high safety standards. It is truly a symbol of excellence.”

The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 47 countries fly the Blue Flag. This year marks the 30th year for the program internationally.

Locally beaches and marinas that can proudly hoist the Blue Flag for 2017 are: Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina in the Municipality of Bluewater) and in the Municipality of Lambton Shores are Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina, and Port Franks Marina.

More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and beaches can be found at

Vintage Drivers 

Leslie Bella, chair of Home4Good's transportation committee, is enthusiastic about their plans to help "vintage" drivers keep driving as safely as possible for a long as possible.

The workshop will take place in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on June 2nd from 1-4 p.m.

Home4Good has worked with the Bayfield Garage, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Huron County Health Unit to plan the program, which will include information on the test for drivers over 80, advice on safer driving in all seasons, and some suggestions if you find you have outlived your driving license.

The workshop will include refreshments and practical opportunities to position your wing mirrors correctly, to experiment with marijuana simulation goggles and with the effect of distracted driving. The Bayfield Garage, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society and the Bayfield Lions’ Club have all contributed prizes and there will be prize draws throughout the afternoon.


27525066170_54eeaaceee_bKen Yates  

Ken Yates appeared at the Bayfield Town Hall in July 2016 and performed his award-winning songs before a packed house. He is returning to introduce his latest album, Huntsville on Saturday, June 3.

Fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Jesse Parent will join him as the opening act starting at 7:30 p.m.

On the music scene since 2011, Yates’ reputation as one of Canada's brightest young singer/songwriters continues to grow. Enjoy emotionally charged storytelling and unforgettable melodies. Visit for a preview of his music.

Parent is a self-described folk-rock Canadian artist who takes his cues from the likes of Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Blue Rodeo. He can be found spending a lot of time on the road in Southwestern Ontario, but spends time in other parts of Canada several times a year - traveling anywhere from 200 to 2,000 KMs a week, playing about 200 shows a year. For a preview, go to

Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and can be purchased by calling Mike van Baardwyk at 519 565-5489 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830, or through Ticketscene.


Interested community members are invited to a “Grief Information Session” at Blue Water Rest Home in Zurich on June 7.

Kim Winbow, VON coordinator of Hospice and Bereavement Services will be speaking about various aspects of grief, such as: different types of grief, signs and symptoms and emotions, as well as providing various resources.

The session will be held from 7-9 p.m.

Those who attend should find Winbow to be a very knowledgeable and sensitive presenter for such a difficult topic.

Knit 1-2-3

knit in public 

Knit 1-2-3 is a local knitting group that meets weekly on Thursdays at the Bayfield Public Library.

The local group will take part in Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the lawn of the library on Main Street on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the largest knitter run event in the world with 57 countries participating.

In 2005, Danielle Landes started World Wide Knit in Public Day as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company’. Knitting in public as a process also encourages people to linger, ask questions and share their own knitting stories.

If you are a knitter with any level of experience (or lack thereof) you are warmly invited to drop in and join the group on any Thursday from 1-3 p.m.


The Bayfield Optimist Club, along with sponsor Nahuel Painting, will hold their 12th annual Golf Tournament on June 10 at the Bayview Golf Course in St. Joseph.

The cost is $90 per player and includes 18-holes of golf, cart and dinner and will feature prizes and contests as well as hot dogs at the turn!

The day will conclude with a BBQ Chicken Dinner with all the trimmings and dessert.

All proceeds from the event will go to supporting children and youth projects in the community.

To register call Wayne McKaig at 519 440-7120 or Jay Fisher at 519 482-5557.

Campfire experience 

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Josh Geddis, Kim and Lauri Ladd and Celtae Baxter will be performing at “Campfire Experience at Klahanie” on the night of Saturday, June 17.

Campfires are fun for grownups too and this fundraiser for the youth camp on Black’s Point Road will be sure to prove this fact. The event hosted by the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors will run from 7 p.m. until midnight.

The Bayfield Brewing Company is one of the craft beer companies on board to provide adult beverages and wine will also be served at this licensed event. Participants can nosh on a sampling of campfire themed food delights catered by Sweet Love Eats as well as bid on a selection of silent auction items including a $500 travel voucher from VIA Rail.

“It should be a terrific evening to take in some great live music and partake in some food and drink while enjoying the magical atmosphere that only Camp Klahanie can provide,” said Genelle Reid, an event organizer.

Tickets for the campfire experience are available now for $30 each by calling Reid at 519 639-5742 or Mike Alcock at 519 357-6332.


On Saturday, June 17, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting the Second Annual “Better Together” Ride to End Hunger.

There will be four routes of 10 KM, 40 KM, 50 KM and 100 KM as well as a family friendly route leaving from and returning to the distribution centre located at 39978 Crediton Road. The ride will be followed by a BBQ lunch.

Registration/Pledge Forms and additional information are available by visiting

Participants are asked to register by June 1. The cost to register prior to that date is $25 ($35 after). People who collect additional pledges of $25 or more will receive a t-shirt.

On ride day participants can register at 8:30 a.m. with the event beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at approximately 11:30 a.m.

klahanie grand opening 


It has been a celebration four years in the making! The Board of Directors for Goderich Lions Club’s Camp Klahanie will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration at the camp on Black Point’s Road to unveil the revitalized property on June 17.

“This day is being organized to thank all of the donors and volunteers that have helped to make our vision of Camp Klahanie come true. In 2013 we had a couple of buildings with roofs that were leaking and foundations that were shifted from cold weather because the camp had been closed for four years and no one local was allowed to maintain the buildings,” said Genelle Reid, secretary for the Board of Directors and an event organizer. “Now the camp is alive again. With about $400,000 in improvements it is probably one of the best facilities for youth to camp at around.”

Reid explained that everyone in the community is invited to come and see the improvements to the camp property and join in the celebration. Guided tours will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. of the new Comfort Station and three newly constructed bunkhouses with the main corporate and service club donors in attendance: Libro, AVIVA, Goderich Lioness and the Goderich Kinettes.

Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy children’s performer Richard Knectel (aka Dickie Bird) who will be acting as a strolling minstrel and performing pocket magic as the event progresses. He will also be putting on three stage shows at approximately 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Children will also be able to get a Glitter Tattoo and spend some time in the Jurassic Adventureland Inflatable.

A hotdog barbecue will begin at noon and the first 150 visitors to the food booth will receive a celebratory cupcake!

The day is free for everyone but goodwill donations are always appreciated or people are welcome to bid on some silent auction items that will be offered.

Bayfield Hearing Clinic, Bayfield and Clinton Optimist Clubs, Doug Culbert Land Surveyor, Edward Fuels, Lake Huron Realty, Remax Reliable Realty – Brian Coombs, and Wade Berard Plumbing are all sponsors for this grand opening event and organizers are thankful for their support.

Saturdays at the Library

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will host their next installment of
“Saturdays at the Library” on June 24.

Leslee Squirrel, hobby artist, will be back at the Bayfield Public Library to lead a workshop on how to “Paint the Bayfield Sunset in Acrylics”.

Squirrel is an award winning interior designer, a college professor and a long time cottager in the village. She was also a founding member of the Bayfield Artist Guild.

Those who wish to pick up a brush are asked to pre-register for the program, as space is limited. The session will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please call the library at 519 565-2886 and leave your name and phone number. Anyone who just wants to watch the artists at work is welcome!

Trip a Month 

Bluewater Area Family Health Team (“BAFHT”) is pleased to announce that Jason Schilbe and Sharla Moore, of Zurich, are the winners of the fifth draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The May prize is a $2,900 travel voucher package to Portugal.

BAFHT is holding an Open House on Friday, June 23 from 2-4 p.m. and all are welcome. There will be guided tours of the new clinic at 6 Goshen St. South in Zurich.

The lottery continues with monthly draws for vacation packages to various destinations on the first Friday throughout 2017. The Trip A Month lottery is part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Over a third of our goal has been raised to date and organizers are looking for the continued support of residents. BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.

The increase of 5,000 square feet plus a 3,600 square foot retrofit will accommodate more healthcare staff and the introduction of additional health and wellbeing programs. BAFHT has added a fourth physician and is accepting new patients. BAFHT’s patient roster is growing from 4,100 to 5,300.

For further details on the project or to join our patient roster or to donate, kindly contact Paula at or 519 236-4413.

Behind the Bars 

The Behind the Bars evening tours at the Huron Historic Gaol are returning again this summer! The event takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July 4th until Aug. 31st.

The Huron Historic Gaol is looking for volunteer actors and actresses (ages 12+ and adults) to portray real inmates and staff from the Gaol’s past. Volunteers will take part in interactive evening tours and share their stories with local visitors and tourists at this National Historic Site.

Step into costume and relive the period of the Gaol’s operation from 1841-1911. Volunteers could play the role of a lunatic, thief, or vagrant who occupied a cell at 181 Victoria St. North, and tell visitors about their time Behind the Bars.

If interested, you can turn yourself in by calling the Huron Historic Gaol at 519 524-6971 or by e-mailing Volunteers will meet individually with event coordinators and attend training sessions in June and July.

The Huron Historic Gaol operated as a county jail from 1841 until 1972 and is now a designated National Historic Site. Look for the large road sign on Hwy. 21.
The Gaol’s regular hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m.

For more information about Behind the Bars, and other summer activities at the Huron Historic Gaol call 519 524-6971 or visit the website at


In celebration of Canada's 150th and the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote, MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson and South Huron Mayor Maureen Cole will be co-hosting an event celebrating a Remarkable Assembly of Huron County Women. At the event, which is open to the public, over 150 remarkable women from across Huron County will be recognized for their contributions to their communities.

"Huron is home to so many incredible women: entrepreneurs, community advocates, elected officials, athletes, writers, community volunteers, entertainers, and artists. What they have in common is that they are all role models in their community and are an inspiration to women everywhere," said Thompson.

The event will take place on June 15 at the South Huron Recreation Centre. There will be a 6:30 p.m. reception and a 7 p.m. dinner. MPP Thompson will be partnering with Mayor Cole, who is also one of the women being recognized at the event.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to salute the women of Huron County," said Mayor Cole. "Our community is the vibrant, welcoming place that it is today because of their contributions. These incredible women lead by example to make a positive difference in their communities, and we are very grateful for all that they do."

The event will be open to the public. Tickets for the event are $15 each. Please contact MPP Thompson at 519 523-4251 or email, or call Mayor Cole at 519 630-2891 by June 9th to reserve.

New horizons 

Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb encourages organizations to apply for funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017.

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.

The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 23, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that promote positive aging and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community. Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.

The government recognizes the remarkable contributions that seniors have made over the years and continues to take measures to ensure they enjoy the fulfilling lives they deserve. By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help foster partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, the government is reinforcing its commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

"New Horizons for Seniors Program projects promote seniors' volunteerism, mentorship and civic leadership and inspire goodwill, sharing and friendship in Canadian communities. These projects help seniors in our community keep active, stay connected, share their knowledge and continue to enhance their skills. I encourage local organizations to apply for New Horizons for Seniors Program project funding to provide seniors with the opportunity to both participate in and lead community activities," said MP Lobb.

Through the previous 2016-2017 call for proposals, the Government of Canada provided approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects.

Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.

Based on Statistics Canada data from the 2016 census, there are now more seniors (5.9 million) than children (5.8 million). By 2061, they project 12 million seniors to 8 million children.

For more information visit:

IPM Bows 

Members of Bayfield Guiding are now selling some cheery and festive bows in celebration of the International Plowing Match (IPM) being held in Walton, ON this September.

Volunteers with the IPM Beautification Committee recently made these bows in the theme colors of the Huron County event and they are available now to brighten porches, front doors, planters and mailboxes. The committee hopes many in the county will show their pride of hosting the IPM by purchasing these bows. 

They are available from Bayfield Guiding members or by calling Melody at 519 525-3830.The price has been set at $10 each. 

What's on at the IPM 

IMG_4524 Daniel Steep will perform his Agri-Magic Show daily at the IPM. (Submitted photo)

It has been described as ‘hiding zucchini in chocolate cake’ when Daniel Steep performs his Agri-Magic Show. Through magic and illusions Daniel, 25, communicates to kids that farmers and agriculture are pivotal parts of our communities. Presenting everyday at the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2017), this high-energy, educational and interactive show is dedicated to creating a positive image of the Canadian farmer. Using audience participation, music, comedy, puppetry and magic, this show should not be missed.

“By 2050 the world will need 60 per cent more food and with one in eight Canadian jobs in agriculture, youth need to know this is an opportunity and how much of an impact agriculture has,” said Steep. “I grew up in Clinton, not far from the match site. I am excited to bring the show home.”

Steep travels across North America with this show and has performed at events including the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). He will be performing Tuesday through Friday in the Education Tent and Saturday at the BMO Kids Zone.

IPM 2017 is Sept. 19-23 with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15. 



IMG_0398On May 7, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted a wonderful bird watching hike, at Windmill Lake. Twenty hikers braved the cold along with George Ebers, property owner, who acted as hike leader. (Photos by Adriaan Schreuder)




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IMG_7328Two year-old Noelle Pounder, of Toronto, enjoyed her first ever Bayfield Lions's Big Breakfast at the Bayfield Arena on May 21. She made a valiant effort at cleaning her plate! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Lion Don Vance (centre) was kept busy at the serving table during the 50th annual Bayfield Lions' Club's Breakfast on May 21.  

_MG_0168 On the breakfast menu were eggs, sausage, home fries, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee, also pancakes and Maple syrup.

_MG_0170 Fried breakfast potatoes were just one of the items that the Lions were busy cooking on the morning of May 21st at the Bayfield Arena.


This was the 50th year that the Bayfield Lions’ Club held their community breakfast on the Victoria Day weekend.

On the morning of May 21, more than 500 people crowded into the Bayfield Arena to take advantage of the “Lions Big Breakfast”. The breakfast has become one of the village’s annual institutions. It was noted that the number of kids attending this year was up over 50 per cent.

On the menu were eggs, sausage, home fries, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee, also pancakes and Maple syrup.

Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Lion Dave Nearingburg, breakfast coordinator, said, "Where else can you get a 4,000 calorie breakfast for $8?"




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ONE thousand plastic water fowl hit the water on a day fit only for ducks 

IMG_7354 David MacLaren, who provided the boat from which to launch the ducks, was also given the task of setting the foul free.

IMG_7366 Dwain Forrest, of Timber Outfitters, also acted as duck wrangler for the event.

IMG_7368Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their son, Weylin, helped with keeping the ducks corralled.  

IMG_7373 For the first time in race history the weather really was only fit for ducks.


The Bayfield Optimist Club got all their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race held on May 21. In fact they got 1,000 ducks in row – selling out the largest number of ducks ever offered to date.

For the first time in race history the weather really was only fit for ducks but despite the drizzle and cool temperatures a generous crowd gathered at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor to cheer on the plastic waterfowl.

This year the first five ducks that crossed the finish line earned their “owners” prizes. First prize was a patio set, valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty, it was won by M.E. Marchand. Second prize was a stainless steel barbecue valued at $400 and donated by the Bayfield Garage, Joan Beierling was the lucky winner. Third prize was a pair of Gucci Sun Glasses valued at $250 from Main Street Optometric and won by Fred Lange. Fourth prize was an overnight at The Albion Hotel. Donated by Kim Muszynski, of The Albion Hotel, and valued at $200. Fifth prize wass a $200 gift certificate to the Little Inn of Bayfield donated by Ian Matthew CA. Bob Dundas was the recipient of both fourth and fifth prizes.

The club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the race, including, Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Optimist Glen Steinson was used allowing all 1,000 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their son, Weylin, as well as Dwain Forrest, of Timber Outfitters, acted as rubber duck wranglers at the event ensuring no duck was left behind at the end of the race.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.





PIXILATED — image of the week

Forest Fog

Forest Fog by Jane Seifried

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



They say a picture is worth a thousand words - so with that in mind I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos from our week in Iceland. I hope you enjoy just a few scenes from this remarkable, once in a lifetime, adventure.- Melody IMG_5607
Pingvellir National Park

Strokkur, Geysir  


IMG_5841Puffin takes flight  

IMG_6025 Approaching Lake Myvatn

IMG_6202Icelandic horses  

Country church  

Arctic Tern  

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