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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 671 Week 21 Vol 13

May 18, 2022


Issue 671 Week 21 Vol 13
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Gayle's Barrystrong Team Shirts for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's

Gayle Detenbeck (Submitted photo)

With spring now underway, the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth is once again urging the community to support the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, which will take place on May 28.

The Walk raises crucial funds that allow the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth to offer programs and services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron and Perth County. But with the number of people living with dementia rising each year and projected to reach more than 900,000 across Canada by 2030, the need for more support for research projects into the causes of dementia and to advocate on behalf of those living with dementia and their caregivers is greater than ever.

“On May 28, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director, Alzheimer Society Huron Perth. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementia and live to their fullest.”

Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s Disease. His wife Gayle is organizing a local walk and is inviting others to join her or sponsor her team known as “BarryStrong”.

“BarryStrong Walk for Alzheimer’s” will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. with participants departing from Clan Gregor Square for a walk around the village.

People can donate to “BarryStrong”  here. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Bayfield IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is invited to contact Gayle at 519 565-2468 or

In addition to supporting the Bayfield walk,  there are a number of ways the Huron Perth community can take part in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. They can sign up individually or with family, or create a team at Organized in-person walks are being held in Clinton, Exeter, Listowel, Stratford and Wingham. People can also walk their own way if they so choose. Those who sign up can choose from the following communities to pledge their support: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, Listowel, St. Marys, Stratford, or Wingham. During the walk take a photo or video, upload it to social media and include the hashtag #IGWalkForAlz. And perhaps most important of all, have fun raising money for a fantastic cause!

Every move walkers’ make will show the 3,047 Huron and Perth residents living with dementia, and those that care for them, that they do not walk on their journey alone but that they are supported one step at a time.



Bicycles are just one of the items that can be found at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. (Submitted photo)

The Pioneer Park Association is very excited to announce that Friday, July 8th is the date for their 73rd Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

“That’s right! We’re back! We’re bigger and we’re better than ever! Let’s get this summer started and keep the park going,” said Catherine Tillmann, a Rummage Sale Convenor. “The Annual Rummage Sale at the Bayfield Arena is the highlight to start your summer fun. If this is your first visit or you are a seasoned Rummage shopper, you know you are sure to find something special – from tables to towels, lamps to linens, carpets to cutlery and everything in between!”

Tillmann wished to convey her thanks to everyone for their continued support of the park over the past two years.

“Because of you, we made it through a two-year hiatus. Now we can all look forward to the return of our traditional fundraising sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds from our sale goes directly to supporting Pioneer Park,” Tillmann said.

The Rummage Sale can only succeed with donations. It is time to empty out the garages, sheds, attics and crawl spaces. All those items people have been thoughtfully saving for the return of the sale can soon be dropped off. Please watch the Bayfield Breeze for drop off dates and locations.

“If you are proud to give it, we are proud to sell it!” said Tillmann. “We will happily accept indoor and outdoor furniture, tables and chairs, linens, draperies, antiques, dishware, housewares, gardening tools, tools of all sorts, decorative items, festive decor, games and books, DVDs and record albums, lamps and lighting, sports and recreational items, home electronics and small appliances if they are CSA approved.”

As in the past, unfortunately, they cannot accept the following items: mattresses of any size, children’s furniture or strollers, large appliances, televisions and monitors, stereo equipment, clothing and shoes.

For questions about donations, please contact and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates and sale teasers.



Art by John David Anderson. (Submitted photos)

Bayfield Centre for the Arts is inviting people to get creative this summer with four workshops exploring the world of writing, painting and the culinary arts.

Have you always wanted to write better and know how to publish your work?

The Village Bookshop and the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are coming together to host a premier workshop offering on May 26 for writing enthusiasts, students and semi-professionals. Anyone who loves to write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, family stories, children’s stories, histories, biographies, adventures – whether these stories be long or short…all are welcome!

Guest writers, Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider will review participant’s written work and make suggestions, followed by a reading from their own work, then a light lunch will be served and the day will end with a discussion on all options of publishing.

This event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required as attendance is limited. The workshop is $25 per person.

To learn more about the featured writers visit: Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider.  

To sign up now for this fun and interesting event go to:  Writers Workshop Registration 

Learning how to paint with more impressionistic strokes will be a highlight of the “Paint Better Reflections in Water” workshop to be offered by John David Anderson on Thursday, June 9.

Anderson enjoys passing the joy of painting on to others. This has led him to teaching summer courses for Fleming College, Southampton Art School and a number of other arts organizations around the province over the last 20 plus years.

This workshop will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $120 per person.

To learn more about Anderson and to register visit: Better Reflection in the Water Workshop.

“Anatomy of the Charcuterie Board” will see participants learning how to create an appetizing and beautiful charcuterie board composed of local food under the direction of Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland Inn and Winery on Thursday, June 23.


Art by Carol Finkbeiner Thomas.

In addition to learning how to create an attractive food presentation, participants will go home with a live edge charcuterie board created by Hunters Charcuterie Boards, they will also have the opportunity to sample two of Hessenland’s wines during the two-hour session to be held in the Inn’s Garden Room.

The cost for the workshop is $150. Participants may bring one guest for an additional $15 charge to help them build the board, wine sampling included.

Hessenland Inn and Winery is located at 72981 Bluewater Hwy., Zurich, ON.

For more info about the BCA’s first culinary event and to register visit: Anatomy of the Charcuterie Board.

After a sold-out session in 2021, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas is returning to the village to offer a “Paint the Abstracted Landscape” workshop on Thursday, July 7.

Participants will learn to paint with loose brushstrokes in oil or acrylic with this artist who was the Paint Ontario First Place winner in 2019.

This workshop will be held from 9:30 am to 4 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $160.

For more information about the artist visit and to register visit: Paint the Abstracted Landscape.



Eli sporting a stylish blue leash and ready for his walk. (Submitted photo)

Anyone who attended the recent Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show at the arena, may have noticed that the People and Canine Community (PACC) operated a booth on the second floor.   Their enthusiastic volunteers spent the weekend introducing themselves to citizens and visitors alike and were on hand to outline their mission statement, values, and goals.  It was quite gratifying to hear the level of support that the community has for their shared vision of an off- leash park.  Community support is the motivation that keeps PACC focused on the path to obtaining a safe and secure play area.

The Home and Garden Show was also an opportunity for PACC to launch a membership drive.  A small annual membership fee of $20 per household will provide the means to offset expenses related to their goal in addition to funding their sign campaigns and supporting responsible dog ownership. Please note that PACC is a “not-for-profit” organization and is made possible with volunteer directors, enthusiastic members, and donations from this amazing community. To become a member, please visit their website at and send them an email from the “contact us” link.  One of their board members will be happy to respond and provide additional information.

The Municipality of Bluewater has recently been promoting the much-anticipated Recreation Master Plan Survey.  Input from the citizens of Bayfield is essential in order for future recreation planning to reflect the needs of the community.  The inclusion of a leash-free dog play area clearly falls within the scope and mandate of this survey, and the PACC hope that people have all had an opportunity to voice their opinion on this urgent issue.  Please note that the survey is available on-line only until today, May 18.  People are certainly able to provide any comments or concerns on the subject of a dog park beyond this date by visiting the PACC website where they can send an email directly to the PACC Executive.

PACC has listened to the citizens of Bayfield who have expressed concern to us regarding dogs that are running at large.  The Municipality does require dogs to be leashed within its boundaries and we understand that being confronted by an untethered canine can be quite an uncomfortable and unnerving experience.  To this end, the PACC are launching a new sign campaign for 2022.  A “sneak peek” at this new signage which will soon be placed at areas throughout the community is included with this article.

And finally, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting a “Dogs on Leash” hike on June 15 at 2 p.m. on the Woodland Trail. Come on out and join the fun! This will be a great opportunity to get in a bit of exercise and meet other local dog owners. This hike will be led by Peter Brant and Jack Pal, two enthusiastic PACC supporters. Don’t forget a leash and poop bags. Thanks to BRVTA for organizing this event!
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Sidewalks along Bayfield’s Main Street remain open during construction. (Photo courtesy the Municipality of Bluewater)

As the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project (BMSR) continues, the intersection at Main and Catherine Streets has reopened!

Construction continues south down Main Street toward Charles Street. The intersection at Charles Street will be closed for construction over the long weekend. Parking is available on the North side of the construction zone. A local detour route is posted for drivers to follow to access the North side of Main Street.

People may notice slopes around sidewalks transitioning from the sidewalk to the road. This is only temporary. Everyone is asked to please continue to exercise caution as they use sidewalks and roadways.

Summer is quickly approaching and the contractors are working diligently on below ground work with little delays so far. There will be a planned break in construction activities in July and August.

During July and August, the Main Street roadway will be open to two lanes of traffic. Parking spaces will also be available. The road will remain gravel. The existing sidewalk will remain functional. During the summer shut down, the metal fencing that is currently around the active construction area will be removed. There will be a few holes and areas around hydro-poles that will remain fenced off with orange mesh fencing. Signage will be posted on the mesh fencing to communicate construction info to visitors. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance such as dust control and grading.

The Municipality of Bluewater will be posting signage for visitors and patrons in mid-May. These signs will help direct road traffic to parking and pedestrian traffic for sidewalks.

Communication with the community as the project evolves is a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

The “Beautifying Bayfield” bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with the construction schedule, info and updates. Share the subscription link with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!

Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:


After a long hiatus and depleted resources, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to concerts from June to December with the first event featuring folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18.

Yates, who was born and raised in London, ON, has gained a reputation as one of this country’s brightest rising singer-songwriters. The winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Yates has spent recent years expanding his sound and touring North America and Europe.  The Bayfield Town Hall concert occurs days before the launch of his upcoming album “Cerulean”.

Kelly, described by CBC’s Tom Power as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters”, has performed and showcased her music across the United States and Europe and in Canada at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival.  Kelly was also a recipient of the Contemporary Singer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The concert, which will feature Yates and Kelly performing separately, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25.

As summer arrives so do more music-filled evenings with performers taking to an outdoor stage. On the schedule are The She Wolves, July 2nd and Lazo, July 30.

In August, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th.  This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.

For all three of these outdoor shows, tickets cost $30 and participants are asked to bring their own chair. The gates will open at 6 pm. and the performers will take to the stage at 7 p.m.

There will be a cash bar at all of the shows. Tickets for all four of these concerts are available now (or coming soon) online at Please note there are no additional surcharges.



Tiny Tina (Submitted photo)

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

Tiny Tina is the Adopt-A-BFF kitten of the week.

People often use the expression, “Good things come in small packages”, and in the case of Tiny Tina they truly do.  Tina is simply a little ball of fluff. She is the smallest of her litter of six but what she lacks in size she makes up for in personality. She knows what she does and doesn’t want and she’s not afraid of anything or anyone. She may be tiny but she doesn’t back down. For example, when the six kittens are all piling on top of each other during playtime she often finds herself at the bottom of the pile but she constantly manages to pull herself out and back on top.

Tina, her Mama Millie and her five siblings were found when the babies were only a few days old and brought to the Rescue for assessment. They were then taken to a loving foster home where they continue to receive lots of love, cuddles and playtime.

Tiny Tina did start off as Tiny Tim because she had a limp leg but it seems to have healed and it certainly has never slowed her down.

Volunteers note that if thinking about adopting a small kitten it’s always a good idea to consider adopting two so that they can keep each other company and provide hours of entertainment for their forever family.

If Tina’s story touched your heart and you might like to adopt her please email for more information.

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 has launched an Online Survey to receive input from the community. Today, Wednesday, May 18th is the last day to complete the survey!

Bluewater is interested in individual households’ use of parks and recreation facilities, participation in programs and activities, and opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality. The survey takes less than eight minutes and is open to the public until May 18.

Additionally, a phone survey is being conducted where 250 randomly selected households will receive a call. Oraclepoll Research will be conducting the telephone surveys and if someone receives a call, Bluewater asks that they take the time for this important phone questionnaire. The Municipality wants to hear from residents, either way!

The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation over the next 15 years. This includes parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery. Let the Council know opinions on the need for future services in the Municipality so they can create a successful Recreation Master Plan.

Community outreach continues online via the Community Consultation Hub, hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community is encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas about recreation! The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates.

Visit the Community Hub here: Bluewater Recreation Master Plan. 

Help Bluewater determine recreation needs and achieve a sustainable and inclusive plan!

Please visit the Survey Link below to take part: Bluewater Households.



Michael Finkbeiner (left), of Bayfield, earned a third-place medal in the Javelin at the National Senior Games held in Florida recently. (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, May 15, Michael Finkbeiner, of Bayfield, earned a third-place medal in the Javelin at the National Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Finkbeiner, the village’s resident Javelin thrower, entered the Senior Men’s Category for 65 to 69 year-olds and garnered third place with a throw of 37.76 metres. Finkbeiner has been competing in Javelin all over the world for more than 50 years.

The National Senior Games Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games’ movement.

“I now own three Ontario Records for my age group in my career as a competitor,” said Finkbeiner of his accomplishment.

Curious residents may have the opportunity to watch him practise occasionally as his training ground of choice is Agriculture Park.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via ZOOM on Monday, May 30. This meeting will feature an exciting launch announcement by Guest Speaker Ben Woodward.

The approximately one-hour long meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and include some brief AGM reports.

Woodward, who is finishing the third year of his undergraduate degree in Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo, will unveil the new Bayfield Historical Web Map. He built the web map as a BHS co-op student last summer, following his employment the previous summer to digitize the contents of the BHS photo albums and postcard collection. Historical images of buildings, homes, cottages, Main Street businesses, Clan Gregor Square, the harbor, and other sites are presented by location on interactive maps (both current and historical) of the village. Woodward will demonstrate the Bayfield Historical Web Map and all the features people can use to search the BHS image collection by address and time frame, or simply browse by clicking around the map.

Members will receive the ZOOM link for the meeting via email a few days prior from the president.  Anyone who is not a member that would like to attend is welcome and invited to consider joining BHS. It’s only $20 annually for individuals and $30 for families; community support of the society’s work is appreciated. To receive the ZOOM link as a non-member and/or to send e-transfers to join/renew membership, please contact


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is offering summer employment for a student at the Archives & Heritage Centre.

The applicant must be comfortable greeting visitors and be resourceful in answering questions or solving issues.  The successful applicant will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling books and other items; collecting and recording cash, and assisting with in-house projects.

The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield and is open from July 2 to Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. The position offers a 30-hour week at $15 per hour.

Applicants are asked to send their resumes before May 30 to


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are looking forward to hosting a Canine Convention on the Woodland Trail on Wednesday, June 15.

Starting at 2 p.m. the BRVTA will welcome dogs and their owners to a “Dogs on Leash” Canine Convention on the Woodland Trail in collaboration with the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC).   This will be a great chance for dogs and owners to socialize while enjoying the woods in spring.  Keeping dogs on their leads not only protects them, other hikers, and the forest wildlife but also meets a condition of the private property owners who make the Woodland Trail possible.

Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead, a map can be found at Woodland Trail. Many thanks to the Brandon, Zavitz, and Dowson families for their ongoing support.

BRVTA’s second annual Indigenous Peoples Day hike will be held on Saturday, June 25 starting at 11 a.m. on the Sawmill Trail. Todd Torresan of the The Talking Circle Group Perth-Huron will be both special guest and guide.  Torresan is a well-known speaker on Indigenous culture and will share his knowledge as hikers stop along the trail.

This will be a BRVTA members-only hike with pre-registration required by contacting Ralph Blasting at or 519 525-3205.

The Sawmill Trail offers a 2 km hike with one steep hill.  The event will last about 90 minutes. Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Sawmill trailhead on Old River Road, on the north side of the Bayfield River.  A map can be found at Sawmill Trail.

The BRVTA is sorry to announce that due to unexpected scheduling conflicts they have had to cancel their June 1st Forest Bathing Mindfulness Walk. They do plan to reschedule this hike for a future date.

And a reminder, hikers should be aware that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now to May 31 for turkey hunting season.  For the safety of all please do not use the Woodland Trail during this time!


The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) will hold a Spring General Meeting and Information Session on Saturday, May 21. All village residents, and interested parties, are encouraged to attend to learn about the topical issues of concern in the community.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 10 a.m.

BRA Directors will be introduced and Bayfield Councillor Bill Whetstone will attend offering an opportunity for residents to get up to date on the most pressing issues facing the village. These topics will include: Bayfield Secondary Plan, Growth and Wastewater Treatment, Bluewater Recreation Plan, Heritage District Plan Update, Bylaw Enforcement and Short-term Rentals.

Looking ahead, the 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held on July 30.


While the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is always grateful for the support of the community they have arrived at that time of year when their shelves could use some restocking. The BAFB currently has on its wishlist: tins of tuna and breakfast cereals, including gluten free options (must say gluten free on packaging).

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

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 on-line 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.

All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.

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.


Harp Therapist and Bayfield resident, Martha Lawrance is offering two new opportunities for community residents starting in May.

The first is a “Guided Imagery/Soundbath with Harp” that will be offered monthly beginning May 19. The second is a Harp Circle where community members can join together for music-making. The Circles will be held bi-weekly beginning May 26. Both sessions will run for one hour starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield.

For more detailed information and any changes check Martha Lawrance’s website at and/or Bayfield Activities Calendar.



Bayfield Lions’ Charles Kalbfleisch and Kim Muszynski greeted people at the door as they arrived for the 52nd annual breakfast hosted by the Lions’ Club in the Bayfield Arena in 2019. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Lions Club’s next big community event is their 53rd Community Breakfast to be held on Sunday morning of the Victoria Day weekend, May 22.

It will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The menu consists of eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee. The cost for the breakfast will be $12 per person; children three and under eat for free.

The breakfast is one of the village’s annual rituals for permanent residents, cottagers and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services.

“Measured in calories per dollar, it is one of the best food values in the village,” said Lion President Tony Van Bakel. “Bring your family and friends.”


The Lions of Bayfield are holding one of their favorite events again this year, “The Walk for Guide Dogs”.

All proceeds from the walk go towards the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support.  Each dog costs approximately $35,000 so anything people can do to help is greatly appreciated.

People are invited to get their pledge forms, or pledge a walker, and bring their dogs on Sunday, June 5 at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will take place  at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

For further information and pledge forms contact Karen Scott at or 226 441-2042.


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 the regular services, please visit the church website: or follow them on Facebook at


Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. The services 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. Pre-registration is no longer required.


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Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment. 

Did You Know that you have an opportunity to restore nature and support biodiversity in your own backyard? The No Mow May campaign originated in the United Kingdom and is being popularized here by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The NCC is hoping that people will wait to mow their lawns this month, providing pollinators (including bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles and ants) with more nectar and pollen from flowering plants in your lawn. The pollinators then provide a food source for migrating and resident birds.

Pollinators have declined sharply due to climate change, habitat loss and pesticides. Without pollinators, we can’t grow our strawberries and melons and other delicious fruits. Additionally, with fewer insects, birds have less food to eat. Unfortunately, our traditional grass lawns are a monoculture of high maintenance grass and provide few benefits to wildlife.

What You Can Do is to reimagine your lawn as an ecosystem providing a function for wildlife and nature by supporting biodiversity. By reducing how often you mow and letting your grass grow longer, you actually increase plant and insect diversity. And if you want to do even more, plant some native plants in your garden!


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on May 16.

  • Directed staff to circulate the proposed draft Short Term Rental Licensing By-Law for public consultation, including a public meeting, and conduct a consultation period through the municipal website.
  • Directed staff to circulate the proposed Regulation of Noise By-Law for public consultation.
  • Approved to exempt Huron Hospice from By-law 53-2020, as amended, to permit a food truck to park and operate for the sale of food at The Annual Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice, on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the Varna Community Centre, 38594 Mill Road.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Recreation Management Software to Active Net in the amount of $25,205.00, excluding HST.
  • Adopted a Roads Damage Deposit Policy.
  • Authorized the Fire Chief to circulate a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek out a qualified and experienced Dispatch Service for the Bluewater Fire Department.
  • Approved the demolition and reconstruction of the east bay of the Zurich Fire Hall to meet current design codes and allowable loading; and approved the additional funds required, up to $200,000, to complete the reconstruction of the east bay as well as other work identified at this time.


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The Huron Hospice Hike and Bike will take place Sunday, May 29 on the trails at the Varna Community Centre and it will be an in-person celebration!

People can also choose to bike on local scenic roads. If people are hesitant, they can “Hike Where They Like”. After hiking or biking, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyone is welcome to enjoy a barbecue at the Community Centre from noon to 3 p.m.

“We are excited to be adding the BBQ back into the event this year. We are celebrating hiking in person. We celebrate the end of one of our most difficult winter seasons – the winter of the flood,” said Hike Organizer Christopher Walker. “Please join us at the community centre and swap stories while enjoying the barbecue.”

“The hike is a significant Huron Hospice fundraising event for the Hospice. Funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund compassionate end-of-life care for families. Each year, hikers and donors help pay for some of the more than half of our operational costs we raise each year,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice and Hiker, Willy Van Klooster. “Hike funds help cover the cost of day-to-day services like nursing and volunteer support. As you can see, donor support is an important part of providing service.”

“People can form teams of family members or friends to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raises the most money.” commented Walker.

To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website Just follow the link to pledge or create a team. Organizers ask that people please send the link to family, friends, and contacts and ask them to pledge.

“Now, more than ever, we need your support. Please join us at the 2022 Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice,” Walker concluded.


Come and be both informed and entertained at “May We Come Together”, an event showcasing the upcoming activities of a number of Grand Bend area not-for-profit organizations on Friday, May 27.

Representatives of these non-profits will be set up with displays and information in the area around the Rotary Community Stage and the Beach House, ready to answer the public’s questions starting at 2 p.m. Participating groups all have much in common, share the same values and are committed to volunteerism.  Together they are greater than the sum of their parts, while still pursuing individual objectives for the benefit of the community.

The Grand Bend Art Centre (GBAC) initiated “May We Come Together”.  It will be unveiling two new beach sculptures and recognising the artists who produced the new Beach House Murals.  Also, the GBAC will provide information on Paint Ontario, the largest show and sale of representational art in Ontario, taking place Sept. 2-25 at Lambton Heritage Museum, together with its new pottery facility and other programs.

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend will be presenting a cheque to the GBAC, sponsoring the new and iconic iron fish sculpture.  Many names have been suggested by the public and the sturgeon’s official moniker will be announced!

As well, the Rotary Club will launch its publicity for the 14 water filling stations, located in key area locations including Exeter, Zurich, Grand Bend, Forest and Port Franks.  The objective is to encourage people to reduce the use of plastic water bottles and eliminate plastic waste.

Information details will be available on all Rotary Club activities, membership and, most importantly, “Autumn Indulgence”, the Rotary Club’s annual gala fundraiser taking place at Huron Country Playhouse on Oct. 1.  This themed, fun-filled event typically raises over $100,000.00 for key local and international projects.

The Grand Bend Optimist Club will be highlighting details of “Beachfest” taking place June 25 at the Main Beach.  This popular annual fundraiser features craft beers, ciders, wines and live music from noon to 10 p.m.

The Grand Bend & Area Horticultural Society is a group of volunteers who beautify the community.  Members will explain their work and many projects.

The Grand Bend and Area Community Centre Committee is an ad hoc group that proposes partnering with the Municipality of Lambton Shores to begin the planning and development of a multi-purpose, multi-generational Community Centre as a Municipal planning priority.

So, come one, come all to this informative and entertaining community event.


Since the beginning of time we’ve been communicating by telling stories.  And even before humans learned to read and write stories were passed through generations to embed family values and to celebrate cultures. Inspired by one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Nobel Laureate for Literature and Wingham native, Alice Munro, a Festival was created with a mandate to nurture emerging writers and celebrate the short story.

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Alexander MacLeod (Photo by Heather A. Crosby Gionet)

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story (AMFSS) is now in its 20th year. In 2022 it hosts a three-day literary festival offering workshops and onstage presentations as well as the annual short story competition for emerging writers in both an Adult and Youth Category. And, in order to bring writers and children of all ages together through storytelling, the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story was expanded to include programming dedicated just to kids – specifically students in Avon Maitland District School Board.  The Kids Festival is a fundamental part of achieving its goal to nurture the next generation of great Canadian authors and is presented in partnership with the Foundation for Enriching Education.

This year’s guest authors include:

  • Alexander MacLeod, a Giller Prize finalist, with “Animal Person”, a magnificent collection about the needs, temptations, and tensions that exist just beneath the surface of our lives.
  • Nita Prose brings mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, as her new release “The Maid” explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different.
  • Martha Schabas has penned a piercing, poignant novel about truth in art and identity in “My Face in the Light”.
  • Danielle Daniel imagines the lives of women in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s in a story inspired by her family’s ancestral link to a young girl who was murdered by French settlers, in “Daughters of the Deer”.
  • “Looking for Jane” by Heather Marshalls tells the story of three women whose lives are connected by a long-lost letter, secrets, loss, and the fight for women’s right to choose.
  • “Buffalo is the new Buffalo” by Chelsea Vowel tells powerful stories of “Metis futurism” that envision a world without violence, capitalism, or colonization; and the
  • Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story for Kids will feature virtual school readings and presentations by David A. Robertson, Tara Anderson, Wesley King and Katherine Battersby.

Workshops are always a popular part of this Festival. This year writers can take five masterclasses with our bestselling Canadian guest authors including: “Process, Prompts and Possibilities”, with Danielle Daniel; “Exceptional Faults – Finding the qualities (and flaws) that make your writing unique”, with Martha Schabas; “Character and Plot in Short Fiction – Who are these people and what is happening to them?” with Alexander MacLeod, and “Publication 101”, with Heather Marshall, a number one, bestselling author.

Workshops and the Awards Luncheon are $30 per person, while the author readings are free.  Friday and Sunday events are virtual and Saturday events will all be held at the Maitland River Community Church in Wingham, ON.

The annual festival is generously supported by: County of Huron, Township of North Huron, Dr. Marie Gear, Royal Homes, Capital Power, Leslie Motors, Stainton’s Home Hardware, Crawford, Mills & Davies Law Office, Joe Kerr Ltd., Hurontel, Britespan Building Systems, MicroAge Basics, John Schenk Legal Howick Mutual Insurance Company and Glassier Physiotherapy Clinic.

Full details and ticket links are available on the website at www.alice munro


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:


An outbreak of COVID-19 at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – St. Marys Memorial Hospital has been declared over by Huron Perth Public Health. The outbreak had been declared on the Inpatient Unit on Apr. 18 after five cases of the virus were identified. Upon declaring the outbreak, immediate precautions were implemented, including prevalence testing in team members and patients.

In total, 16 patients acquired the virus while in hospital, along with six team members.

As there have been no further cases associated with this outbreak, the Inpatient Unit has been reopened to admissions and transfers. Family and Caregiver presence on the Unit has also been restored. Full guidelines can be found on their website at

“While this outbreak is over, community transmission is high and this is putting pressure on many high-risk settings, including the HPHA hospital sites, not only due to staff absences but also because of the extra care required for COVID positive patients,” Vice President Partnerships & Chief Nursing Executive, Deborah Wiseman. “You can help us alleviate this pressure by layering personal protective measures such as keeping up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, staying home if you are sick and wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.”

Appreciation is extended to the HPHA team and regional partners. Their dedication to safe and compassionate care deserves a thank you.  Appreciation is also extended to the community for their support of outbreak measures.


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The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation is currently seeking a Coordinator. The Coordinator plays a vital role in the success of the CPH Foundation as the group raises money to purchase equipment and updates for CPH that the government does not fund. Over the last two years, the CPH Foundation donated 1.47 million dollars for hospital updates and equipment through fundraising events and the generosity of donors.

The overall responsibilities of the Coordinator are: donor relations and fund development;  community relations and marketing; financial planning and management; and operational management.

Applicants must have completed a relevant college or university program and or a combination of education (minimum Grade 12) and several years’ experience in a related discipline. They should also have experience in the field of professional fundraising or equivalent in the public relations and communications field working with the general public.  A full list of the job description can be found  here.

Applicants should have a valid driver’s license and should expect to work four days a week with flexible hours, including weekends and evenings when required for special events. The majority of work would take place in an office setting but candidates should be open to travel to offsite locations.

The hourly wage is dependent on qualifications and experience. The minimum starting wage is $25.00 per hour. Four days a week.

Anyone who feels qualified for the position, and who is passionate about making a difference in healthcare for the Central Huron community, is asked to please send their resume and cover letter by email to or mail it to: Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON N0M 1L0. Please, no phone calls.


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar  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 Mahjong, 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.

Today (May 18) is International Museum Day and what better way to mark the occasion than to look at some of the artifacts once owned by the Founder and Curator of the Huron County Museum, J. Herbert (Herbie) Neil that are a part of the museum’s collection.


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This is a pair of gold-rimmed eyeglasses with round lenses. The bridge has been altered with the addition of a metal nose plate covered with an unknown material. A metal shade has been added which fits over the top of the frame and fastens with the arms fitting through two holes on each side of the shade. The metal shade is painted red.

The glasses were altered and worn by J.H. (Herbie) Neill, founder of the Huron County Pioneer Museum, now known as the Huron County Museum.


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This is a set of 33 leatherworking tools used by Founder and Curator of the Huron County Museum Herbie Neill. Tools include: draw gauge, calipers, cutting tools, awls, punches, square legged steel dividers, palm iron tool, pliers, flat irons, tack lifting tools and wooden container of leather and upholstery needles.




The most anticipated event on the spring social calendar was sold-out once again! The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) hosted their sixth Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, May 14th.

“It was great to see that people still love coming to this festival,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair. “I received so many positive comments: “Another great time.’ ‘Great mix of food and beverages. ‘Great music.’ ‘Can you do this three times a year?’ LOL.”

According to Whetstone the festival would not be possible if not for “the great vendors and bands and of course their huge supporters.”

The six food vendors and 12 businesses that offered samples of their beers, wines and spirits  were: The Albion Hotel, Bayfield; Alton Farms Estate Winery, Forest; Bad Apple Brewing Company Ltd, Bayfield; Bayfield Brewing Co and Bayfield Brewing Co’s Public House; Black Donnellys Brewing Company, Mitchell; Brewster’s Mill Brewery, Grand Bend; Cornerfield Wine Co, Bayfield; Heritage Hops Brew Co, Stratford; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, Zurich; The Lake House of Bayfield; The Little Inn of Bayfield; Market 29 and Olio, Bayfield; Murphy’s Law Distillery Ltd, Elmira; Pizza by the Square, Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Hops, Bayfield; Stonehouse Brewery, Varna; and Square Brew, Goderich.

Three bands,“Weekend Never Ends”, “Brad Cassel” and “The Scott Howarth Band”  kept the people entertained.

“Every year we have people attending not only locally but from Kitchener, London, Sarnia, Toronto and Michigan. This year was no different,” he said. “We can’t thank you enough for helping keep this event a huge success!”

And those who commented that they wished the festival happened more than once a year will be pleased to learn that the organizers are already in the early stages of planning for next year!

The sixth Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival was held on the arena floor of the Bayfield Community Centre on May 14.




Reflections by Erin Carroll

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In Issue 667, I asked our readers to vote for Bayfield Guiding’s entry in a badge design contest hosted by E-Patches and Crests Canada, one of our favorite places to order special badges from.

The badge design was a collaborative effort by our membership drawn to life by one of our multi-talented Guiders. The theme of our design was Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

I am pleased to share with everyone that although we didn’t take first place in the voting competition we were a close second. So close in fact that the company is going to create both badges and our design should be available to purchase in the autumn! Then, Guiding and Scouting groups across the country, and beyond, with a similar interest in completing STEAM challenges may choose to earn our badge to display on their camp blankets, hats or wherever they choose! That’s pretty exciting and I thank everyone who helped us achieve this goal by voting for Bayfield Guiding. – Melody

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