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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 663 Week 13 Vol 13

March 23, 2022


Issue 663 Week 13 Vol 13
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Conrad Kuiper (Photo by Jack Pal)

Conrad Kuiper (Photo by Jack Pal)

Whether paying tribute to a loved one, honoring caregivers who represent the values of caring and kindness or a personal protest against the darkness of war, each flickering candle on the Taylor Trail in Varna on Saturday night, March 26, will have a very personal meaning.

It doesn’t matter how someone interprets the event, the Candlelight Memorial Walk promises to be a mystical adventure in the nighttime forest. The candles will all be lit during dusk, followed by self-guided walks from 7-9 p.m.

This event is especially important to Huron Hospice’s future “Children’s Room” because every dollar raised by donations and sponsorships will be matched by the Ontario Government. The Children’s Room will be a sanctuary where kids can be in their own space while visiting at Huron Hospice.

The Ontario government recognizes the need in Huron County for a larger hospice because the region has one of the oldest populations in the province. By matching all donations and sponsorship dollars, they are investing in a place that serves the needs of residents and their families at a cost that is much less than a hospital.

Donors have a choice not to brave the elements to participate in this worthy cause. Conrad Kuiper, the president of the Photography Club of Bayfield and the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association, will be on hand to film the nighttime trail experience and the 8 p.m. dedication ceremony when the names of loved ones will be readout. This ceremony will be featured later on the Huron Hospice website,

Each donation will be represented by a candlelit lantern. Participants are asked to make tax-deductible donations from $30 to $100. An online donation site that generates an immediate tax receipt for this event is available at

For anyone who would like to donate in person, Helen Varekamp will be at Huron Hospice, 37857 Huron Road, Clinton, between 2-3 p.m., on Thursday, March 24.  Advance donations are appreciated, however, on the evening of the walk, volunteers will be available as well to accommodate donations, each representing a candle in memory of loved ones.

Organizers of the Candlelight Memorial Walk are closely watching the weather forecast. In case of inclement weather, the alternative date for the event will be Sunday, March 27. Please check the Huron Hospice website and Facebook on the morning of March 26 if it appears that the event may need to be delayed.

For more information call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884

The Taylor Trailhead can be found at the Varna (Stanley) Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on Mill Road. Please, no pets at this event. For everyone’s safety, please no pets.


Bayfield Reads 2022 Banner

bookBayfield Reads is now just days away. This tradition corresponds with CBC’s Canada Reads. Just as they will do on the National level, Bayfield will choose their winner for this annual event determining the results with the help of a slate of local defenders.

The Village Bookshop invites everyone to join them for Bayfield Reads on Sunday, March 27 starting at 3 p.m. on ZOOM.

This year’s books and defenders are: “Five Little Indians’ by Michelle Good, defended by Abby Armstrong (Issue 659*); “Scarborough” by Catherine Hernandez, defended by Sally Leitch (Issue 660*); “What Strange Paradise” by Omar El Akkad, defended by Rachel Rishworth (Issue 661*); “Life in the City of Dirty Water” by Clayton Thomas-Müller, defended by Duncan McGregor (Issue 662*); and “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, defended by Ralph Blasting.  

The fifth and final book to be featured from this year’s slate is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Edugyan’s third novel, Washington Black tells the story of a young boy, born into slavery in the Carribean, who embarks on an impossible adventure with an unlikely friend.

Defending Washington Black is Ralph Blasting, a retired university dean who moved to Bayfield from Buffalo, NY in 2019. While Blasting’s experience in Bayfield so far has been colored by the pandemic, he loves all the opportunities for community involvement, and volunteers regularly with the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association. Typically, a fan of nonfiction books, Blasting is currently reading Michael Ignatieff’s “On Consolation” and Stanley Tucci’s “Taste”.

More details can be found at The ZOOM link for the event is:

*To learn more about the books and the defenders check out these recently published issues of the Bayfield Breeze. 


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce three events for April: “Agriculture and Nature in Harmony”, Apr. 9; “The Woods are Waking Up”, Apr. 16; and Bayfield’s Eighth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, Apr. 22.

Huron County is the most productive agricultural region in Ontario and also home to beautiful natural areas.  Did you ever wonder how they coexist?  Wayne Cantelon is a third-generation Huron County Farmer.  Nathan Schoelier oversees stewardship and conservation programs for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Join them for “Agriculture and Nature in Harmony” a hike in the Linfield Conservation Area on Saturday, Apr. 9 at 2 p.m.

Participants are asked to meet at 37940 Pavillion Road in Bluewater. The area is west of the Pavillion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.  This is an easy walk through woodlots and open trails for about 2 km and will last about 90 minutes.

“The Woods are Waking Up”, with environmentalist Michele Martin will take place along the Woodland Trail in Bayfield on Saturday, Apr. 16 starting at 11 a.m. Martin has supervised environmental education programs in Toronto, Waterloo and the Seychelle Islands. A regular visitor to Bayfield, the BRVTA is excited to welcome her as a guest hike leader.  As the forest wakes up from a long winter, Martin will show participants what to look for on the Woodland Trail. Those who take part are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead. A map can be found at

Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the BRVTA for their Eighth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk. This annual spring clean-up event will be held on Friday, Apr. 22 starting at 2 p.m. with Clan Gregor Square the base of operations. Participants are asked to wear gloves and brightly colored clothing or borrow one of the BRVTA’s safety vests. Organizers will provide garbage bags and people can choose the area in the Village where they want to pick up litter. Registration will take place from 2-3 p.m. with garbage to be returned by 4 p.m.

“Together we can keep our streets clean, protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste, and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors,” said Ralph Blasting, hike coordinator for BRVTA.

April hikes are open to the public without registration.  Dogs on leash are welcome. For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


There are many perspectives from which to view the pandemic.  One that has been noticed by many is that people resolved to become more self-sufficient in so many ways.  People started gardening or expanding their gardens, many learned how to preserve their garden or local produce to enjoy through the winter, people of all ages expanded their culinary skills, some picked up hobbies of handcrafts or woodworking, and others enjoyed being outside and taking images of those experiences. The Bayfield Community Fair is one of those outlets where people can share with others the results of their new-found skills.

 “The competition part of the fair is really a showcase of what the community has to offer as well as having a bit of fun with it.  Do consider entering for the first time or once again,” said Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “It is amazing how many friendships have been created by meeting others who have the same interests and desire to show off something you have grown or made.”

This year, two new classes have been added to a renamed section, “Farm Produce”.  During the past few years several have taken an interest in making maple syrup and in producing honey.  There will be three classes for maple syrup entries: Golden, Amber, and Dark.  Entries must be made solely by the person or family entering the competition.  The winner of the Amber class can move on to a District competition and the winner there can compete at the provincial level.  Entries will be judged on density, flavor, color, and clarity.  All producers of maple syrup are encouraged to put an entry in one or more of these classes.  The other new product is liquid honey.  Once again entries need to be exhibited by the person or family producing the honey. The three classes in this section are: White, Golden, and Amber.  The White Liquid Honey winner can compete at the District level and the winner there has the opportunity to compete at the provincial level.  These entries will be judged on their appearance, clarity, and the container used.  People are invited to encourage local producers, amateur and seasoned, to vie for the best maple syrup and honey in this community.

“This is extremely early to think of most competitions at the fair but it’s never too early to plan for what you may enter.  All ages are represented as competitors. Many will still remember Mrs. Turner showing her flowers when she was over 90 and still winning with her arrangements. Make competing at the fair part of your goals this year. Put the fair in your summer plans,” concluded Yeo.


“Get a Jump on Your Spring Planting.” is the topic of the final Friends of Bayfield Library Winter 2022 Saturdays at the Library series. (Submitted photo)

“Get a Jump on Your Spring Planting.” is the topic of the final Friends of Bayfield Library Winter 2022 Saturdays at the Library series. (Submitted photo)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the final speaker event in the Winter 2022 Saturdays at the Library series on March 26.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting at 10:30 a.m.

The March speaker will be Katrina McQuail, whose topic will be “Get a Jump on Your Spring Planting.” This will be a lively presentation about starting seedlings indoors to get a head start on the garden. McQuail will cover such topics as being ready for the date desired to plant outside, various tricks for maximizing indoor growing space, and tips for growing vegetables and flowers.

McQuail grew up in northern Huron County at Meeting Place Organic Farm, which she now owns and operates. She was part of the farm as a youth and returned to farming in her twenties. McQuail learned everything she knows from her mother, Fran McQuail, who is an expert gardener with over 20 years of market gardening experience and over 30 years of experience in growing commercial seedlings. The farm offers a seedling sale in May of each year.

Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register by clicking on the link provided on the FOBL website:


Peanut (Submitted photo)

Peanut (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Peanut is the Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week.

Peanut is a big, love sponge. He is a handsome and loveable boy with large and expressive green eyes. Through no fault of his own, he finds himself in need of a new forever home. He was quite attached to a very loving and doting Cat Dad who unfortunately died suddenly leaving Peanut without his best friend.

The Rescue has been a bit of an adjustment for this poor boy who was used to having his Cat Dad all to himself and a large space to roam and call his own. He is strictly an indoor cat as are all adopted BFF cats. Peanut was originally adopted from BFF and was so fortunate to have the home he did. He has lived a quiet life without other pets. Volunteers note that he does seem to be a little overwhelmed at the Rescue but is not in any way aggressive towards any of the other felines, just more curious.

If Peanut is the boy for you please email for more information.

“At this time of year things really start ramping up with calls and kitten season is right around the corner,” Deb Penhale, with BFF, said. “We are happy to work with people who have found cats or kittens that they want to bring in and try to socialize. We can’t possibly take them all as we don’t have the space or resources but when we all work together we make things better for everyone involved.”

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop-off or pick-up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to announce the start of the Recreation Master Plan project! The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation (parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery) over the next 15 years. This will include consideration of cost recovery and revenue generation to ensure the Plan is both implementable and sustainable.

Bluewater has contracted thinc design to manage the project and develop the Plan. In preparing the plan, thinc design will conduct an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process to ensure residents across Bluewater and a broad range of recreation users and service providers (both traditional and non-traditional) are considered in its development.

The project will be completed in four phases: Phase 1 Background Review (March), Phase 2 Community Consultation (April-August), Phase 3 Needs Assessment (May-July) and Phase 4 Draft Master Plan and Implementation Strategy (July-September). In September, the Draft Master Plan will be presented to Council and the community for final input.

The community engagement process has been kick-started online with the launch of the Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub, graciously hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community and stakeholders are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas on all things, recreation! This could include parks, facilities, trails, programs, activities, events and service delivery. The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates. In mid-April, the Hub will host a link to an Online Survey where community input is integral to the Plan’s successful development.

The people behind the project welcome individual’s thoughts and participation in the process. Please visit the Municipality of Bluewater’s Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub to learn more:


Are there Lions in your attic?

This year the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are celebrating 75 years of service to the community. In addition to several big projects to commemorate the occasion, they are gathering items to display at an upcoming event. And the community is requested to help!

“Even a quick glance through our history shows many names that began with founding our club in 1947, helped with building the arena (twice), initiated different area programs, and supported community efforts in countless ways. The descendants of most of these people are still in the area,” said Kathy Gray, with the Bayfield Lions’ Club. “For that reason, if you have pictures, videos or stories of Lions or Lioness in your home, please share with me. I will be sure to return your property to you, or you could even scan photos and email with the description.”

Email to share items.


Forget Robins, Tundra Swans and Maple Syrup, nothing signals spring quite like Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies! That’s right, Girl Guide cookie season has arrived.

Cookies are available now from the membership for $5 a box. Please note grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale and they will not be available online this campaign – only in-person!

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who would like to purchase a box, or two, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Brewing)

Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Brewing)

Bayfield Brewing is hosting the Bayfield Spring Thaw on Saturday, Apr. 2 to celebrate another year of skating in the Bayfield Arena.

During the event, they will donate to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) from the sales of their Snook Stout created in honor of hockey player, Ryan O’Reilly. This program continues with the support of the O’Reilly family. BFIT is in a private-public partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater for the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

People are invited to attend the event from 1- 5 pm. Tickets are available now for $40, detail on what this fee includes can be found at

Bayfield Brewing is also celebrating that their Snook Stout cans have made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Phil Pritchard, the curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, reached out to them recently asking that they donate to their display in Toronto.


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2022.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2022 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $110. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 29 and members of BAFB are very much encouraged to attend, to participate in the meeting, and have voting privileges.

The AGM will start at 1 p.m. virtually over ZOOM.

Community and area residents are also most welcome to attend as guests to observe the meeting. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to please email or call/text 519 955-7444 to register for the ZOOM link.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s Gmail account: or a donation can be received online through the website. All donations of $20 or more will be given a receipt for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

Collection bins for non-perishable items can currently be found on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church and in the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street (during opening hours). The library is the best place to donate if items are in danger of freezing, as the donations are kept indoors until a BAFB volunteer can collect them.


Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has returned to in-person Sunday Services, with social distancing and masks, as before. They will also continue to offer the 11 a.m. service on ZOOM and YouTube, for those who are unable to attend in-person.

For a ZOOM link to this special service, as well as regular services, please visit the church website: or follow them on Facebook at


Bayfield Community Centre

The season of ice in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre is winding down with programs concluding by month’s end. 

The regular schedule for community-sponsored free skating programs is: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Safety for the community is priority one. Masks are required while in the Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice.

Check the events schedule for available ice times and free skating opportunities by visiting


Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, worshippers must pre-register to attend the services that begin at 11 a.m and 10:30 a.m. respectively.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask and maintaining a safe physical distance from other worshippers.

To pre-register please contact the church warden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at

Looking ahead, during Easter the congregation of Trinity St. James will be participating in joint services with their sister Parish in Seaforth and the community is invited to attend.

The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Apr. 14 at Trinity St. James starting at 6 p.m. followed by the Good Friday service on Apr. 15 at Parish of the Holy Spirit, Seaforth at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday will be observed at Trinity St. James at 11 a.m. on Apr. 17.


“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” – Unknown.

photo of gardening container

Kevin Kale, of Bayfield, is the builder behind the elevated gardening containers featured in the “Cultivating Memories” project. He is shown here with Gateway Board Member Nancy Simpson. (Submitted photos)

This gardening season, Goderich based Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will be launching an exciting gardening project, “Cultivating Memories”, with local elderly residents in rural communities. Huronview and Huronlea Homes for the Aged, Clinton and Brussels; Bluewater Rest Home, Zurich; and Goderich Place Retirement Residence are the senior’s residences or long-term care facilities participating.

Gateway would like to acknowledge the following funding partners: Libro Credit Union and the Government of Canada. Libro contributed to this project under their “Local Food Accessibility” initiative while the federal government provided financial support through the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.

At Libro, we know Southwestern Ontario is the best place in the world to grow, whether you have a small market garden or a big farming operation. We’re delighted to support this wonderful project, which is making a difference to people while supporting local food accessibility – one of the focus areas where we work to make an impact on our communities. Thank you to everyone involved in this for your hard work,” commended Marty Rops, Regional manager, Huron Perth Region.

Gateway President Gwen Devereaux believes that many families have had experience with a loved one living in seniors’ residences or long-term care facilities. Within these facilities the impacts of the pandemic have been extraordinary.

The residents and staff have clearly been disproportionately impacted in our communities. The social isolation and lack of stimulation during repeated lockdowns in the past two years have undoubtedly taken a toll on seniors’ lives physically, cognitively and emotionally. This gardening project will help to brighten the lives of those seniors and the staff who work there,” Devereaux said.

Imagine the satisfaction and pride the seniors will experience by growing “salad” gardens and herbs in accessible containers, thereby contributing to healthy meal choices at their residences.

photo of Sam Murray

Sam Murray

Project Coordinator, Sam Murray is no stranger to Gateway or gardening for that matter. Murray has recently been project lead for a Food Accessibility Research Project in Huron County, also funded by Libro Credit Union. Murray has also participated in a market garden business with his family in the Brucefield area for the past two years.

“Gardening is beloved by many, and I am thrilled to be part of a project that is making this activity more accessible to seniors in long-term care. I am excited to see this project come to fruition and witness the positive impacts it will have within our community,” Murray said. He is looking forward to working with both the residents and staff of the seniors’ residences in the planning and implementation stages of this gardening project. Community volunteers will be invited to become involved too.

A special thanks to Kevin Kale, of Bayfield, who has been busy building 12, large, raised gardening containers (three for each of the facilities). He has given careful thought to their design and construction to make growing vegetables, herbs and flowers more manageable and allow accessibility for those residents who rely on wheelchairs and walkers for mobility.

Gardening can be empowering and therapeutic. By spending time gardening, even a short amount on a regular basis, seniors can maintain their motor skills (range of motion, hand-eye coordination) and improve their endurance, strength and balance.

AGM of Goderich Place, Annette Gerdes acknowledges the many benefits of gardening for her residents.

“Gardening improves physical and mental health, promotes nature experience, shares knowledge of gardening, promotes friendships, and adds smiles to residents’ faces,” said Gerdes.

Gateway is so pleased to be able to make gardening more accessible for seniors through this “Cultivating Memories” project.



Diane Carson, of Exeter, is the Feature Artist for the 2022 Conservation Dinner online auction event. She is the first quilter to receive this honor. (Submitted photos)

The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced the Feature Artist, of the 2022 charitable online auction event, is Diane Carson, of Exeter. She is the first quilter to receive this honor.

Carson is known as “The Electric Quilter”. She is a longarm quilter. A longarm quilter uses a longarm sewing machine to sew together pieces (such as quilt tops and batting and backing) into a finished quilt. As a longarm quilter she “takes an idea that is inside a client’s imagination and makes it a reality.”

This year’s feature art piece is a beautiful quilt of a lion’s face. Carson is a member of the Exeter Lions Club and the Lions Club nominated her as this year’s feature artist. She took a Violet Craft pattern and expanded upon it to create a visually impressive finished product that is a stunning example of her artistry and workmanship.

“I am honored to be named as the 2022 Feature Artist,” Carson said. “I also feel it is wonderful that this year’s Feature Art is a quilt that honors the Lions Club and its service to the community.”

The Exeter Lions Club has been a partner in the Conservation Dinner for more than three decades. Exeter Lions Club was chartered in 1937. It is part of Lions Clubs International, known as “the largest service club organization in the world.” The Lions Club is a group of service-minded men and women banded together to do things which cannot be done by individuals working alone. Exeter Lions Club has actively fundraised for projects including development and maintenance of South Huron Trail, MacNaughton Park, and other nature and conservation projects. These are just some of the examples of their service in action.

The 2022 Feature Artist has been quilting since 1999 and she is one of Ontario’s first longarm quilters. Since then, Carson has quilted more than 4,000 quilts for clients and patrons. She is Chair of the Southern Ontario Longarm Operators Guild and a founding member of the Canadian Machine Quilters’ Association (CMQA).

This year’s Feature Artist has received many awards throughout Canada and the United States. Her quilt called “Blueberry Cheddar” received the Best Workmanship ribbon from the World Quilt Competition in 2014. That quilt also received first place in the MQX show in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2014. It also received a first-place award in Longarm Quilting at Quilt Canada in Halifax in 2015.

Carson loves her quilting enterprise. “I love my job,” she said. She gets to realize and enhance the pride and vision of her clients and she gets to be a part of important celebrations in people’s lives, making wedding quilts, baby quilts, heirlooms, and quilts to mark other important milestones. It is gratifying, she said, to see people’s pride in the finished work and even, in some cases, tears of joy.

“My job is to take a pieced top, enhance the design using only thread and ingenuity, and create a finished quilt,” she said. “My designs and placement of them is unique, and one-of-a-kind. I try to augment and complement the designs of the tops and I like to think a part of me is infused into every quilt that comes my way.”

Carson and her husband Bill have five children and seven grandchildren.

“I have a wonderful husband who supports me in what I do with never a complaint,” she said.

Carson works collaboratively with her friend Anne Beaudoin and calls her “the best quilt piecer in the world.” Carson and Beaudoin received a Viewer’s Choice ribbon at the Heritage Celebration Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2004. Carson was sole quilter for Beaudoin’s “Fabrications” show at Homer Watson House and Gallery in Kitchener, ON in 2006.

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club. This dinner and auction charitable fundraising event started in 1990. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The event has raised more than $1.255 million for the community over more than 30 years.

Projects supported by the Dinner include community work by the Lions Club and community work by the Conservation Foundation. These projects, supported by auction sponsors, donors, bidders and volunteers, are many. They include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; recreation opportunities such as a family fishing derby; and other projects.

The Dinner Committee plans to host two live TV and Internet broadcasts to kick off and cap off the auction week: The broadcasts are scheduled for Thursday, March 31 and Thursday, Apr. 7 – both at 7 p.m. A video featuring this year’s Feature Artist is scheduled for the March 31 broadcast.


This year’s feature art piece by Diane Carson is a beautiful quilt of a lion’s face.

The Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction begins on March 31 and ends on Apr. 7 at 9 p.m. To learn more about the online auction, or the feature fundraising dinners of participating local partner restaurants, visit this web page: A link to the online auction will be posted on the online auction page when the online auction begins March 31.

To learn more visit and or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


Mary Bruce March 18

Mary Bruce (Submitted photo)

Mary Bruce is the consummate entrepreneur.

She and her husband Steve operate a restaurant on The Square in Goderich. Last year, she became ill and could no longer do the hard, physical work involved in running the restaurant on a daily basis.

In November, someone told her about a market operating in the Suncoast Mall. Bruce started selling her handmade beauty products and then moved into offering yarn for sale.

“The more I did, the healthier I felt,” she said. “Selling at the market gave me the initiative to get up and move!”

When the market closed at Christmas, she still had product left, so she took over a vacant store in the mall. Soon it was clear that her retail concept was resonating with consumers. She found a store to rent at 79 Hamilton Street in Goderich, and applied to Community Futures Huron for a loan to help with renovations and inventory.

The loan was approved, and Bruce received $25,000. The money is part of the Huron Entrepreneur Fund (HEF), donated by individuals and organizations in Huron County and held at the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF).

“This was our first impact investment through Community Futures Huron,” said Deb Gill, chair of the SCF. “We’re delighted that it has gone right to work, supporting a woman entrepreneur.”

Bruce renovated the store and created “Forever and Beyond,” featuring her own beauty products, decor items, and lots and lots of yarn. The store opened its doors for the first time on Sunday, March 20.

“My heart and soul was in the restaurant, so it was hard to be told I couldn’t work there anymore,” she said. “The store has changed that – I’m excited for life again.”’

“This is exactly why Huron Entrepreneur Fund was created,” said Bryan Vincent, chair of the HEF committee. “We want to support the resilient entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Huron County. With the income earned, we will also be able to make grants to local charities – it’s a two-fer!”


The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit:


At a time when many people are searching for meaningful ways to help the beleaguered people of Ukraine, the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF) has established the Ukraine Resettlement Fund (URF). The Fund will support churches, charities and other organizations preparing to help Ukraine refugees make homes in this region.

The SCF will match donations to the URF up to $10,000. All donations will receive an official tax receipt. The SCF is working with the Huron County Immigration Partnership (HCIP) to identify potential grantee organizations. Once the URF is in place, organizations will be asked to complete a simple grant application form. The SCFs Grants Committee will then review applications and make grants.

“Our hearts are breaking as we watch the horrific scenes from Ukraine,” said SCF Chair Deb Gill. “While we can all support international organizations working on the ground in Eastern Europe, this Fund provides an opportunity to provide help in our own communities.”

“We know we can do this, and do it well,” said Jim Jean, chair of the SCFs grants committee. “When Covid hit, the Foundation established a matching fund and granted more than $150,000 in six months. When people begin to arrive, we’ll be ready to help when and where help is needed.”

Kristin Crane, Immigration Partnership Program coordinator, welcomes the involvement of the SCF. “Ukrainian newcomers will have many needs, from food, clothing and housing to translation and legal services,” she said. “We have organizations across the region ready and willing to help, but they will need additional financial resources.”

To donate to the URF, please send an E-transfer to, mail a cheque to Sunset Community Foundation, Box 1114, Grand Bend, Ontario, or go to

For more information, contact SCF Executive Director, Malvin Wright, via email at the email listed above.


Provincial masking requirements changed on Monday, March 21, but Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) advises residents that masks will continue to be required in some situations and settings, including clinics that provide health care services, such as HPPH clinics.

“Provincial requirements for face coverings will remain in place for several settings, including HPPH clinics in the community,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Also, some people will be required to wear masks for a limited amount of time if they have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 or if they have travelled internationally.

“Finally, some people will choose to continue wearing masks due to their personal or loved ones’ risk factors.  For them, wearing masks reduces their risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. Please remain patient and kind as businesses, organizations and individuals follow provincial direction where required, and make decisions on mask use.”

People who visit an HPPH vaccination clinic are required to wear a mask and will continue to be screened for COVID-19 when they arrive at an HPPH facility. Masks will be provided if needed.

The following settings will also remain under provincial face-covering requirements until Apr. 27:

  • public transit
  • long-term care, retirement homes
  • other health care settings, including clinics that provide health care services
  • shelters, jails and congregate care and living settings, including homes for individuals with developmental disabilities

After Apr. 27, and ongoing, all health care settings will continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 transmission, their requirements to protect staff under occupational health and safety legislation, and their duty to provide safe care. This means that health care settings may continue certain public health measures such as screening, masking and proof of vaccination among staff and visitors.

For more information on face-covering requirements that went into effect on March 21, see Ontario Regulation 364/20. For more information on face-covering requirements if a community or household contact of someone who has or may have COVID-19, visit


On March 16, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced that long-term care homes in the riding will be receiving up to nearly $7.5 million in new funding to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents.

Her announcement is part of the Ontario government’s plan to fix long-term care, by providing up to $673 million to long-term care homes across the province to ensure long-term care residents receive, on average, four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.

“We take it very seriously to help increase staffing levels at long-term care facilities across Ontario,” Thompson said. “More direct care is vital to the well-being of our senior population in these homes and I am positive that today’s announcement will improve the quality of life and health care for the residents.”

These funds announced include: Brucelea Haven, in Walkerton, up to $1,255,884; Huronview, in Clinton, up to $1,046,556; Huronlea Home for the Aged, in Brussels, up to $558,168; Bluewater Rest Home, in Zurich, up to $566,892; Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, in Lucknow, up to $462,240; Southampton Care Centre up to $715,152; Fordwich Village Nursing Home, in Fordwich, up to $226,764; Maitland Manor, in Goderich, up to $636,660; Queensway Long Term Care Home, in Hensall, up to $444,792; Seaforth Long Term Care Home, in Seaforth, up to $409,896; Exeter Villa Nursing Home, in Exeter, up to $383,748; Trillium Court, in Kincardine, up to $296,520; and Braemar Retirement Centre, in Wingham, up to $453,504.

“This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve,” Thompson added.

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”

Seniors entering long-term care today are older and have more complex medical needs than they did just a decade ago. The level of care residents need has increased dramatically, but the amount of care they receive each day has not. In the nine years between 2009 and 2018, the amount of care each resident received, by all providers, per day increased by only 22 minutes. Our government, over the span of four years, will increase direct hours of care by 1 hour and 21 minutes.

The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes:

  • $270 million in 2021-22
  • $673 million in 2022-23
  • $1.25 billion in 2023-24
  • $1.82 billion in 2024-25

Ontario now has over 24,000 new and 19,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 80 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.

In 2021-22, the province invested $200 million to train up to 16,200 additional personal support workers through publicly-assisted colleges, private career colleges and district school boards. They also invested $35M to add up to 2,000 additional nursing students at publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province, for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 incoming cohorts.


Huron Waves.

Members of the Huron Waves Music Festival met with Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson recently to express their appreciation for the support of the provincial government. The festival received a $42,500 grant from the Ontario’s Reconnect Festival and Event Program, as well as a $16,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Taking part in the photo with Thompson, left, were: General Manager, Karen Stewart; Chair of the Board, Paul Ciufo; and Artistic Director, John Miller. (Submitted photo)

On Monday, March 14, members of the Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF) visited the Blyth office of Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson to thank the MPP for receiving a $16,000 Community Building Fund operating grant from the province and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The grant has been helping the festival to remain viable during COVID-19 by supporting a key leadership position and, by extension, artistic growth and enhanced social and economic sustainability.

“We are so fortunate to have the Huron Waves Music Festival in Huron-Bruce,” Thompson said. “I appreciate how the dedicated volunteers work so hard to bring amazing concert opportunities to us so we can enjoy the diverse talent we have in Ontario and across this nation. Their showcasing of various talented musicians right here at home, is invaluable and it is important that people from the region support their efforts.”

During the pandemic, the HWMF pivoted to create musical travelogues highlighting exceptional musical talents from the County. It’s now looking forward to presenting its first live concert events in June. The season’s programming will be announced in April.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be understated,” said Paul Ciufo, chair of the Board of HWMF. “Building an engaged and loyal audience through powerful programming requires a wealth of knowledge, experience, and professional connections. This grant has allowed the Festival to retain the services of our gifted Artistic Director, John Miller, who is integral to creating and implementing the long-term vision of the organization. HWMF is alive and well thanks to the OTF.”

The HWMF also last year received $42,500 through Ontario’s Reconnect Festival and Event Program, which was developed to help festival and event organizers adapt to new public health measures with virtual, drive-through and other safe offerings. The program directs support to events with innovative and safe experiences while creating opportunities that encourage Ontarians to reconnect with the beauty and diversity of their communities in new ways.

HWMF aspires to produce a dynamic, live, annual spring music Festival, bringing major Canadian and international talent from a variety of genres to this region to offer expression for public, social and cultural interactions; to bring public awareness and potential action through music and music-related programming for significant public issues such as the environment, First Nations and community well-being; and to attract visitors to Ontario’s West Coast through the Festival’s distinctive presentations. For more information on HWMF please visit their website at:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112 million was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020-21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.


Member of Parliament Ben Lobb is pleased to announce the eighth annual Clinton Minor Baseball Camp and the fifth annual Kincardine Minor Baseball Camp are back this summer after a two-year hiatus.

In 2011, Lobb noticed that the sport was making a comeback in Huron-Bruce and wanted to help foster that growth, so in 2012 he hosted the inaugural Clinton Minor Baseball Camp. Every year he has been able to secure sponsors to make the camp affordable so all kids have the chance to participate. Lobb grew up playing baseball in Clinton and kept playing through his time at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.

Returning to headline the baseball camps this year is former Kansas City Royal, Willie Wilson. Wilson is a former professional baseball player whose career spanned nineteen years in Major League Baseball for The Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and The Chicago Cubs. He was an outfielder known for his speed and ability as an effective lead-off hitter. Wilson’s career total of 668 stolen basis currently ranks him in 12th place all-time among major leaguers.

He is a two-time All-Star 1982, 1983, World Series Champion in 1985, Gold Glove Award 1980, two-time Silver Slugger Award 1980,1982, AL batting champion 1982, AL stolen base leader 1979, and a member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.

In 1980 he led the league in hits, runs scored, triples and singles, and finished second in steals with 79. He won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and was fourth in the AL MVP voting, his best finish.

Wilson is involved in many charity events, does many speaking engagements, participates in the Chicago Cubs and Royals Fantasy Camps and also does a radio show in Kansas City.

This year’s camp will run on July 11-12 at the Clinton Community Ball Park and July 13-14 at Kincardine Connaught Park. It is open to boys and girls, ages 7-15.

Individuals can register online for the camps at and The cost is $60 and space is limited so it is recommended to register early!


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Majong, are happening and when.


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

With hockey season winding down, and the Goderich Lions Club’s 71st Young Canada Week just ended, we take a look back at a few pieces of memorabilia from the tournament that the Museum has in their collection…


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This is an undated, black and white, glossy photograph of 15 young boys and a male adult coach; boys are in hockey gear. Their jerseys show the Lions Club “L” logo. Centre boy in the front row, in goalie pads, holds an award trophy.


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This is a deep purple pennant made of felt. It has yellow lettering that reads: “GODERICH LIONS YOUNG CANADA WEEK 1955”. It has purple ties on the wide end.


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This is a purple crest made of felt in the shape of a maple leaf with yellow lettering that reads: “W.O.A.A. YOUNG CANADA WEEK GROUP B CHAMPS 1953 GODERICH LIONS”.



Proud of our community achievements,

Proud of the difference we have made for individuals and families,

Proud of our international commitment to humanitarianism,

Proud of the leadership we have given to our District.

We can now look to our future opportunities. While our community and our world

will continue to change, the need for Service to others will always be present.

The Lions of Bayfield, with the tremendous and continuing support of our community look forward to our bright future truly knowing that together we will make a difference and that the Lions will always be there!

Lion President Dave Overboe 2007*** 

STORY BY DAVE GILLIANS, an excerpt from “For the Love of Bayfield – The Events and Special People Who Shaped this Village”**. 

In 1947, the Bayfield Lions Club arose from the ashes of the fire that destroyed the landmark Ritz Hotel on Main Street and almost wiped out the entire village core! There was no fire department and no coordinated or trained group to combat the blaze and it was fortunate that other buildings didn’t catch fire on that tinder dry Labour Day weekend. 

Bayfield had a population of less than 350 and a group of 26 community leaders realized that it was that it was time to organize a group that would initiate and fund projects that would make Bayfield a better place to live. 

They understood that collectively they could achieve far more in their community by working together. An organizational meeting was held in the Pavilion at Jowett’s Grove with Lions Club members from London, Zurich and Goderich to form a Bayfield Chapter. 

The first president was George Castle. 

The Charter Members of the Bayfield Lions Club were: George Castle, Alex Rae, John Howard, Lloyd Scotchmer, Maynard Corrie, Grant Turner, Melvin Davidson, Charles Scotchmer, Arnold Makins, Reg Francis, Richard McDool, George Blair, Elgin Porter, Lloyd Makins, Ken Brandon, John Scotchmer, Rev. F.G. Stotesbury, George Little, J. Ernie Hovey, Charles Gemeinhardt, William Parker, Leslie Elliott, Spencer Irvine, High Gilmore, Rev. Laverne Morgan and Ken Merner. 

The first major Bayfield Lions community project was the promotion of a Bayfield Area Fire Department. The Department needed equipment, training and a fire hall before they could begin operations and the Bayfield Lions Club became their major sponsor. 

To get the project started, the club hosted its first summer carnival in 1947 and began a tradition that continued for many years. Most of the fundraising events staged by the Lions Club over the years, are planned to not only raise money and add to the social fabric of the community, but to also attract more tourists who will bring business to local merchants. 

According to an article in June 1976, in the Clinton News-Record by Mrs. F. McEwan, “In 1947, the Agricultural Society was approached by George Castle and two other members of the Lions Club in reference to leasing part of the Fairgrounds to the Lions Club.

“Once a 20-year lease was negotiated, the Club turned its attention to the Fairgrounds and constructed a building to provide cover during the Fall Agricultural Fair and for winter sports. They went over the grounds, fixed drainage issues and created softball diamonds.”

Bayfield needed an arena. The Lions Club under the leadership of President Elgin Porter, enthusiastically jumped into the project, but a violent windstorm in September 1953 almost ruined the project. The trusses had all been erected by the Lion volunteers but the wind was so strong, nine trusses crashed to the ground 35 feet below leaving a tangled, twisted, splintered mess of lumber. 

According to Charlie Scotchmer, one of the original building committee members, “Mother nature didn’t discourage those Bayfield Lions. They promptly set to work, salvaged what lumber they could and rebuilt it all, being careful to brace everything as they went, in case of a windstorm.”

Everything was done with volunteer labour. As Lorna Merner said about her husband, community volunteer, Mert Merner, who spent so much time working on the project with his Lions Club friends, “They talk about golf widows, I’m an arena widow.”

The Community Centre addition was added in 1967, with again all volunteer labour. Ice making equipment was installed to lengthen the skating and hockey season. 

The arena was the centre of activity year-round, and served the community for 25 years until it was condemned by the government authorities and a new one erected on the same location in 1978-79. 

The new arena in 1979, was financed by government grants, the Lions and Lioness Clubs and a house to house solicitation of Bayfield residents. 

In 1976, the Lions sponsored the Bayfield Lioness Club which multiplied the good works carried on in Bayfield. Many of the Lionesses were spouses of Lions and women who had worked hard to support the Lions Club efforts over the years. 

By forming their own club, they dedicated their efforts to other important community projects such as the building of the bandstand in Clan Gregor Square, benches and garbage bins on Main Street. 

The Lioness Club contributed more than $30,000 to the construction of the Community Centre. In a community that had a population of less than 500 people, there were over 60 Lions and Lioness dedicated to making Bayfield and the world a better place. An incredible portion of the population! 

It was a great loss to the community when the Lioness Club disbanded in 2004. 

Lions Club sponsored meals for seniors. It’s a highlight of the week for many seniors to have a meal with their friends. Dozens of seniors attend this weekly event.

In 1987, Helen Owen and Ruby Fitzsimons saw a need in the community to provide a hot meal and fellowship at a reasonable cost to seniors who live in and around Bayfield. The Lions Club was there to help. 

In 1984, the Bayfield Town Hall was condemned by the Ontario Fire Marshall. In 1989, a group of volunteers formed a committee to save the building. They organized many fundraising activities and the Bayfield Lions Club lent its support. 

On Dec. 14, 2005, the Bayfield Lions Club presented a cheque in the amount of $15,000 to the Bayfield Community Group to aid in the Revitalization of Clan Gregor Square project. 

Nora Dowler, chairperson for this community project said, “Without the support of the Lions Club this project would not have gotten off the ground.” 

In 1987, Lions Bulletin Editor and recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones award, Ross Merrill wrote, “Can you imagine what the Village of Bayfield would be like today if the Lions Club had not formed 40 years ago? I’m sure there would be a great void here. The influence of the Bayfield Lions Club has not only been evident in this community but in many countries throughout the world. Our motto is, “We Serve”.

Editor’s Note: Can you imagine what the Village of Bayfield would be like today if the Lions Club had not formed 75 years ago? They continue to serve the community by assisting other groups with their projects as well as many of their own choosing. To celebrate their Diamond Anniversary they are asking the community for the loan of photos and memorabilia from both the Lions and Lioness clubs. Anyone with items to share is asked to contact Kathy Gray at

**“For the Love of Bayfield – The Events and Special People Who Shaped this Village” is available for purchase at the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre, 20 Main Street North in the village as well as The Village Bookshop, 24 Bayfield Main Street North. 

***An excerpt from “The 60 Year History of the Bayfield Lions Club”


An image of The Ritz Hotel before the fire published at Goderich, Ontario on Sept. 4, 1947. (Courtesy London Free Press)




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Tomorrow is Thursday, March 24. The date marks one month since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On this date, Canadians are being encouraged to wear blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show solidarity with the people of that country. Monica Bacic from Chatham, ON posted the idea on her Facebook page after watching Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speak to the Parliament of Canada on March 15 and it is an idea that has taken wing both on social media and in mainstream media. 

It is a simple gesture that can make a strong statement, so I encourage you to join me in wearing something blue and yellow, tomorrow. – Melody 

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