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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 672 Week 22 Vol 13

May 25, 2022


Issue 672 Week 22 Vol 13
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Claire Trepanier (right) was recently installed as President of the Bayfield Area Food Bank Board In the fall of 2021 she had the honor of presenting long-time volunteer Audrey Albiston (left) with a token thanks. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Board of Directors for Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to announce that as of May 17 Claire Trepanier has taken on the position of President of the organization.

Trepanier has been serving as Vice President of BAFB and is also Chair of the Distribution Management Committee.  In both those roles, she has brought much energy and initiative while demonstrating a genuine care and concern for clients and the service that BAFB strives to provide for them.

The new President  brings with her an interesting and relevant background in charitable work, having worked with at-risk children in the city of Toronto, including reading programs with the Children’s Aid Society, and teaching gardens with an organization based in Regent Park called “Green Thumbs Growing Kids”.

Locally, she has served as Secretary for the Pioneer Park Association and assisted as Rummage Sale Convenor, a major fundraiser for Pioneer Park held in July.

“Our Board members are grateful to Claire for taking on the position of President of Bayfield Area Food Bank, and for planning as well to continue to manage our monthly distribution,” said Terry Henderson, past-president of BAFB. “Personally, I have enjoyed serving BAFB for over eleven years now, three of those years on the Board, and will continue as a Board member in the role of Past President for a further year.  I will also be continuing to serve our food bank as Chair of the Client Liaison Committee.  I am greatly looking forward to having more time to devote to the work of this committee.”

BAFB has had a busy number of years since its inception in 2019, however, many of the volunteers have been involved with the food bank for years prior, through the work of Trinity St. James’ Outreach Program known as “Feed My Sheep”.

“It has been exciting and humbling, to have witnessed the growth of this food bank from food cupboard, through the early days as a small food bank, to the busier registered charity BAFB has become,” said Henderson. “May I offer a sincere thank you for the privilege of having served as President these past two years, and with a heartfelt welcome to Claire.”


Gayle and Maggie

On Saturday afternoon, Gayle Detenbeck, and her dog, Maggie, will be leading the “BarryStrong” team on a village walk in support of the Alzheimer Society and invite others to join them. (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 the Clan Gregor Square gazebo for a walk around the village.

“We will do a leisurely walk-through our wonderful village. Please join us on the walk to help support the BarryStrong team and the Alzheimer Society to end Alzheimer’s,” said Gayle.

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.



Food seed packages are a new project for the Bayfield Area Food Bank that was co-ordinated by a local avid gardener. These kits came in three parts with most of the gardening elements required to grow a patio garden, with the main part packaged as an attractive gift basket. (Submitted photo)

On May 18, the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) was able to distribute many donated food seed packages to interested food bank clients.

These food seed packages are a new project that was co-ordinated by a local avid gardener. These kits came in three parts with most of the gardening elements required to grow a patio garden, with the main part packaged as an attractive gift basket.

Some of the gardening elements included about 25 packages of vegetables, edible flower and herb seeds, onions and garlic bulbs, potted garlic and onion starts, sprouted seed potatoes, pots of various sizes, bagged potting soil, quality garden gloves, a trowel, plant markers and felt pen, flower pot charms, a nice galvanized “Flowers and Garden” container, various gardening printouts and a greeting card of encouragement.

A number of individuals from the Bayfield area helped fill out the baskets with a range of useful items with the Huron County Seed Library and Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre in Clinton making significant contributions.

The Seed Library donated a neatly prepared seed kit (10 seed packages) for each interested household. The BAFB would like to thank Tanis VanderMolen from the Huron County Library for her support.

Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre was also approached and owner Mark Falconer said that he liked the idea and would support it with some products. The Garden Centre followed through with bulk seed packages of a range of vegetables, a range of pots and peat moss for the potted plants.

Due to the kindness of the community, and one keen local gardener, a number of food bank clients will have the opportunity to eat the food they cultivate for themselves this growing season.


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!”

TIllmannn 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.


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoBayfield 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 participants’ 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.

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.


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.


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


Moonpie (Submitted photos)

Ginger brothers, Moonpie and Sam-I-Am are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.

How best to tell them apart? Well, Sam has full white cheeks and Moonpie has half white cheeks. They are approximately 11-months-old and have been raised with children, dogs and other cats. These boys are very affectionate and playful. If they aren’t exploring, playing or sunbathing, they can be found in a lap.

Moonpie and Sam-I-Am are neutered, vaccinated and ready to go to their forever home. This pair would be a perfect addition to anyone’s family, especially a family with children.

Anyone who would like to meet this duo in-person are asked to 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.



Coming soon to Admiral Bayfield Square on Main Street is this five-foot stone statue of Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield holding a sextant. It has been generously donated to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) by Frank Moore, a sculptor and Bayfield resident. Moore took up sculpting upon retirement.The BHS is in the process of obtaining permission from the Heritage Committee of the Municipality of Bluewater to install the statue as part of the Admiral Bayfield Square display beside the Archives. The BHS members feel that this will be a very exciting addition to Main Street and they are very grateful to Moore for his donation. (Photo by Ruth Gibson)


It’s Croquet season once more with a week of tournaments in the offing!

Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) is hosting a Golf Croquet Open Tournament from June 4-8. Fourteen players will compete over four days. The 2021 Canadian Champion will be returning to Bayfield for this competition. It is not a  titled event.

Immediately following, Croquet Canada’s Annual Championship Association Croquet Tournament will be held from June 8-12. Twenty-seven players from North America and Australia will compete for this prestigious title. Bayfield is attracting five of the top Canadian players and three of the top 20 players from the United States to this tournament.

BICC encourages all local residents to come out and watch the play. It’s an exciting time. The Association Tournament happens in both Bayfield at 100 David St. and at the Seaforth Lawn Bowling Club at 127 Main St. S. in Seaforth.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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



Jane Gillman (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The community will be grieved to hear that a former local resident has died. 

Jane Ellen (Carswell) Gillman died peacefully in Surrey Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, BC on May 16 after a courageous fight with cancer. 

She was born on March 20, 1956 and leaves behind her husband of 35 years Vic, of Bridgetown, NS; son Daniel, of Argyle, NS; and sons Brent and Aron of Edmonton, AB. She is survived by her sister Margaret Carswell of Tampa, FL; and her brother David Carswell, and her Aunt Orpha, both of London , ON;. in-laws Betty Robinson, of Vancouver, and Doug Gillman of Cochrane; AB; 13 nieces and nephews scattered across the world, three grandchildren; and five grand nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and a multitude of loving friends. 

Jane was a feisty, strawberry blonde with a beautiful smile who lived life to the fullest and brought light, life, laughter and love to every room she walked into. Jane made and kept friends easily due her generous spirit and forgiving nature. A lover of travel from her youth to her present age she has graced most of Canada and the four corners of the world. Jane loved the company of friends, food, wine, music and sang beautifully but never enough for her admirers. She also loved a debate and never lacked for an opinion if one was needed. A graduate of Laurier University she enjoyed career success in multiple fields and retired in 2006 from her management position to travel the world with Vic, and enjoy their retirement homes in Bayfield and Ft Lauderdale, FL., and more recently Bridgetown, NS.

Cremation will occur in Vancouver and opportunities to celebrate her life with friends and family are planned for the summer of 2022. 

Thanks are extended to the wonderful people in the medical community who assisted Jane throughout this journey. 



Elaine and Binnie Sturgeon (Submitted photo)

The community will be saddened to learn of the recent passing of an individual who had strong ties to the village.

Elaine Marie (Rathwell) Sturgeon died at Huron Hospice on May 18.

She was born on Apr. 3, 1944 and is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bernard (Binnie) Sturgeon and two sons, Jeffrey (Tracey) Sturgeon and Roland Sturgeon. Two granddaughters Arielle and Taylor will miss Grandma very much. Also left to mourn her passing are sisters, Marilyn (Fred) Bruinsma and Lynda (Bob) Smith and two brothers, Steven (Sally) Rathwell and Mark (Crystal) Rathwell with nephews and nieces, Tina (John) Bos, Tara (Dave) Vanderloo, Lori (Brad) Bagot, Cindy (Doug) Bain, Adam (Natalie) Rathwell, Michael (Jolene) Rathwell, Tyler (Kirsten) Rathwell, Chad (Joy) Rathwell, and Wade (Krista) Rathwell

She was predeceased by her parents Edgar and Helen Rathwell, and also her brother-in-law Gary Talbot

She will be missed by sister-in-law Rhea (Gary) Campbell, brothers-in-laws Bud (Barb) Sturgeon, Andrew (Sheryl Bigney) Sturgeon, and nephews and nieces Merry (David) Booth, Michael (Elizabeth) Potter, Sally (Chad) Eden and Kira Sturgeon.

After high school graduation, Elaine worked for Bell at the West Street office in Goderich. When Binnie was transferred with the Ministry of Transportation to the Toronto office Elaine stayed home to raise her two boys. Later she was employed at Dr. Robert Orr Optometrist in Orangeville, then as a Weight Watchers spokesperson in Dufferin County and finally Barth’s Dry Cleaners until retirement when Elaine and Binnie returned to Bayfield to live on Louisa Street. Here they became involved in the Bayfield Historical Society. She led historical walking tours of the village to help visitors better appreciate their vacation by Lake Huron.

Keeping with Elaine’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will occur later at the Bayfield Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home, Clinton Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

Donations may be sent to South West Cancer Centre, Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield, and Huron Hospice.


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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. 


The Rain Garden found on the East side of Pioneer Park. (Submitted photo)

Did You Know that there are two beautiful rain gardens at Pioneer Park in the village? And what is a rain garden, you may ask.  A rain garden is a shallow, sunken garden that replaces an area of your lawn and is meant to collect and soak up rainwater and stormwater runoff. The soil in the garden absorbs and filters the water entering the system.  By providing a place for water to be stored, ditches and sewers are less likely to flood and less erosion occurs.. A rain garden cleans urban runoff by filtering the water that reaches it and provides a habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Rain gardens add beauty to a community. And a rain garden can actually absorb more water than a grassed lawn!

What You Can Do…You can help protect Lake Huron from urban runoff by creating a rain garden in your yard. Fill it with native plants which have deeper root systems that absorb more water than non-natives. If you are interested in learning more, go to Community Rain Gardens. And go have a look at the rain gardens at Pioneer Park. They can also be found in neighboring Clinton or Hensall


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Stratford General Hospital (SGH) Archive volunteers Joan MacDermid (left) and Janette Veal showcase some items from the collection. McDermid is holding a photograph of Alexandra Munn. She was a graduate of the SGH Training School for Nurses in 1913. She was Lady Superintendent of the school from 1919 to 1927. In 1927 she was asked by the Ontario Department of Health to set up standardized registration exams for graduating nurses in Ontario. Below the photo on the left is the gold and red enamel pin given to Munn at graduation. It has a gold ‘S’ with an engraving of SGH superimposed over a red enamel cross, embellished with gold filigree. The pin on the right is the gold medallion given by the City of Stratford for highest proficiency. It features the Coat of Arms of Stratford with a locomotive in the centre. Veal is holding a silver sugar bowl presented to SGH on its opening in May 1891. It was a gift of Mrs. W. E. Jones, wife of William Jones, a jeweler on Market Street. (Submitted photo)

The Stratford General Hospital (SGH) Archives is actively seeking items to add to its collection that will enhance its knowledge and understanding of the rich history of medicine in Stratford and area.

Established in 1993, the Archives showcases the history of the nurses training school which operated from 1892 to 1971, and the hospital. The Archive’s collection includes various records, medical equipment and commemorative nursing pins and rings.

“Each and every piece from the collection tells a story, makes a historical statement. It reflects the values and influences of its time in our institution and in our community. It’s the real deal about our past,” said Janette Veal, Archives volunteer.

Donations of SGH School of Nursing pins and rings would be especially appreciated. Memorabilia and artifacts such as: nursing documents, early 20th or late 19th century napkin rings, nurses’ instrument kits, vintage stethoscope, vintage labelled medication containers, vintage Oxford style duty shoes (white or black) and wrought iron basin stands are also of interest.

All donations will be catalogued and preserved by Archive volunteers. Throughout the year the Archives creates displays for the hospital’s Main Lobby and other events to showcase their proud heritage and the changing face of hospital care.

“It is our hope in partnership with SGH Foundation to expand our exhibit space with the creation of a new gallery to accommodate larger furnishings, medical equipment, and mannequins,” added Veal. “Community donations are an excellent opportunity to contribute to the growing awareness of the rich resources of our hospital history.”

Those interested in donating items can leave a message at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2547 or fill out a form on the HPHA’s website at


To help students get up to date with routine immunizations, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will offer catch-up community clinics starting this week and continuing through the summer.

Routine immunizations for school-age youth include protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap vaccine); human papillomavirus (HPV vaccine); hepatitis B (Hep B vaccine); and meningococcal disease (MenC-ACYW-135 vaccine).

Typically, students receive these immunizations at school-based clinics. However, disruptions to healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that many youth have not been able to stay up to date on immunizations.

“We encourage youth and their parents/guardians to take the opportunity to stay up-to-date on their immunizations,” said Dr. Lauren Hayward, Physician consultant at HPPH. “Routine immunizations help build up and strengthen the immune system, protecting youth from serious diseases.”

Under Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), all students attending elementary or secondary school are required to provide proof of immunization against certain diseases, including tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

HPPH is holding Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) immunization clinics in May and June for youth born in 2004-2006.

Appointments are available for the following locations and dates:  Wednesday, May 25,  Libro Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Dr., Clinton;   Thursday, May 26, Steve Kerr Memorial Complex, 965 Binning St. West, Listowel; Tuesday, May 31, Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Rd., Stratford;  and Wednesday, June 8, Goderich Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald St., Goderich. All of these clinics run from 1-6 p.m.

In addition two clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10. These will be held at the HPPH Clinton site located at 77722B London Rd., Clinton and the HPPH West Gore site which can be found at 653 West Gore St., Stratford.

Appointments for these clinics can be  booked online at or by calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.  If a child has already received the Tdap vaccine, please ensure it has been reported to HPPH.  To view or submit immunizations, please visit or call 1-888-221-2133.

In July and August, HPPH will hold clinics to offer HPV, Hep B, and MenC-ACYW-135 vaccines for students born in 2009, and those born in 2007-2008 who previously missed receiving these immunizations. Appointments for the July and August clinics will be available once clinic dates are finalized. Please do not try to book for one of these vaccinations at the May or June clinics; only Tdap vaccine will be available at the May and June clinics.

In the fall, HPPH plans to resume school-based immunization clinics.


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.

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


There is less than a week remaining before the 2022 Hike and Bike for Huron Hospice. It is set for this Sunday, May 29.

Huron County residents can hike on Mavis’ Trail and/or the Taylor Trail at the Varna  Community Centre or cycle on local scenic roads. After hiking or biking, everyone is welcome to celebrate with a barbecue at the Community Centre. For those who are COVID hesitant, that is okay. They are encouraged to hike where they are most comfortable.

“We are celebrating hiking in person. We celebrate the end of a difficult winter season,” said Hike Organizer Christopher Walker. “Please join us at the community centre and help raise money for Hospice.”

“The hike is a significant Huron Hospice fundraising event for the Hospice. Each year, hikers and donors help pay for more than half our operational costs,” said Willy Van Klooster, hiker and Executive director of Huron Hospice. “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 how we provide service.”

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

“People can form teams of family members or friends to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and individuals who raise the most money,” concluded Walker.


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:


The Huron County Museum is pleased to welcome “Speaking of Democracy”, a travelling exhibit from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on display at the Museum until July 10.

Launched in 2019 as an art exhibit in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park, Speaking of Democracy was developed in response to the observation that both at home and abroad, many were starting to express concerns about the fragility of democracy and its foundational institutions.

“Drawing from diverse historical and geographical sources, this exhibition explores the roots of, threats to, and promise within democracy. It aims to provoke the viewer to do two things – one is to think and the other is to act,” said 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Speaking of Democracy is designed to engage Ontarians in conversation about these significant and timely issues. The exhibit invites visitors to consider: Are we taking democracy for granted? What is democracy all about? In these rapidly changing times, is it important to maintain and support democracy? Fully bilingual, the exhibit is composed of 28 quotes by historic and contemporary sources and individuals exploring these issues.

“The Museum is pleased to host this important opportunity for our communities and visitors to explore what democracy means in 2022,” said Senior Curator Elizabeth French-Gibson.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular Museum hours fr operation and is included with regular admission to the Museum, free for Museum members, or free/by-donation with a  Huron County Library card.

For more information, visit:


The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting their Second Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 11.

Exeter Chrysler is sponsoring this tournament to be held at the Seaforth Golf Club. Individuals and foursomes are now being sought to take part in the day. Funds raised will support HCFBDC in their continued efforts to provide nutritious foods for the food-aid agencies they serve in Huron County, Stratford, St. Marys and Mitchell.

The cost to participate in the tournament is $150. This covers 18 holes of golf with a cart, includes a $50 tax receipt, a light lunch, swag bag and dinner. The golf will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Participants are asked to arrive at noon for cart and hole assignments.

To register online for the tournament visit: Golf Tourney.  For more information go to: Event Info.  

The Seaforth Golf Club is located at 42990 Front Road, Seaforth, ON.


After introducing access to its Urgent Needs Fund (UNF) through the 211 helpline, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is now working to grow the fund, helping ensure it can continue assisting people across Perth-Huron with immediate, pressing needs.

“The UNF fills a gap in the local network of human services,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “This past year alone, we helped over 800 people with pressing needs such as groceries, emergency car repairs, bill arrears and more. To make sure the UNF continues, we’re asking people in the community who already have a safety net in times of need to give in support of those who don’t.”

As part of UWPH’s efforts to grow the UNF, the organization is appealing to local members of the health-care community — including chiropractors, physiotherapists, dentists and more.

“Our local health-care providers often see firsthand those who are struggling, such as patients who need treatments but can’t afford them,” added Erb. “We know they understand the needs in the community and we want to work together to ensure vulnerable people can get help in a time of need.”

To give, people can drop off or mail donations to the UWPH offices at 32 Erie Street in Stratford, N5A 2M4. Donations can also be made online. Visit and click ‘Donate Now’.

The UNF is designed to support local residents in a time of crisis with funds for essentials such as rent, groceries, car repairs and medication and is now accessible through the 211 hotline. Available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year in over 150 languages, dialling 2-1-1 puts people in touch with a trained 211 Navigator who will assess the caller’s challenges and search for local support. If the navigator determines the UNF would be the best way to help, they will begin the simple, non-judgemental application process.


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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.


On Feb. 7, Conservative Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb, tabled Bill C-234, Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel). This legislation will exempt farmers from paying the Liberal carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for farming operations.

Late last week, Bill C-234 was referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food for further study, at which point, it will receive its third reading in the House of Commons prior to a referral to the Senate. Bill C-234 passed Second Reading by 170 votes to 143, and was unanimously supported by all opposition parties.

Bill C-234 eliminates the carbon tax on propane and natural gas used on-farm for things like grain drying, and heating livestock barns. They are critical to the security of Canada’s food supply, and the long-term sustainability of farms.

“My Private Members Bill is all about ensuring that farmers’ environmental contributions are fairly recognized, and ensuring that Canada’s food supply remains secure and sustainable now and into the future. I’d like to thank the Members from my own party, the NDP, Bloc, and Greens for their support, and I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion at Committee,” said MP Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb.

The Liberal carbon tax will reach $170/tonne by 2030. Bill C-234 provides farmers with relief by extending the exemptions to include grain drying and housing livestock. This is a crucial change, as these activities are not optional for farmers.

In January, the Parliamentary Budget Officer found that Bill C-234 will save farmers over $1.1 billion over the next 10 years. For farmers that have dealt with unpredictable weather conditions and global trade wars, this will be a much-needed relief and a necessary change for farmers and producers.


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.

The season of dressing up for prom, graduations, parties and weddings is approaching – the perfect time to take a closer look at some of the myriad of fancy dresses in the museum’s collection.


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This is a short, party dress from the 1960s with spaghetti straps. It is lime green in color. It is made with taffeta fabric and has netting over the fabric. It features a sequined bodice (overset).

This dress was worn by Sandra Finnigan, of Wawanosh Twp.


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This is a short, V-neck, party dress from the 1960s. This dress is made with chiffon and taffeta fabric. It is teal blue color over purple lining. There is gold embroidery featured on the skirt.

The dress was worn by Sandra Finnigan, of Wawanosh Twp.


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This is a yellow, cotton dress with a white flower pattern accented with a turquoise satin sash.




After a two year absence from the community events calendar, a crowd of people returned to the South Pier on Sunday afternoon, May 22, to see the Bayfield River turn to a sea of yellow as 1,000 rubber ducks were dropped as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race.

It was a chilly afternoon with some attendees wrapped in blankets and sipping hot beverages while they watched as the plastic water fowl were pushed by the evolving winds along the South Pier. Finally a few broke away from the flock, the anticipation grew and the cheering started. Duck #94 took an early lead but eventually fell to second place conceding first to #452. This pair were followed by #500, #197 and #289.

This year the first five ducks that crossed the finish line won prizes. First prize was a gas barbecue valued at $500 and donated by Meinen Custom Homes. It was won by Doug Timmermans of Zurich. Second prize was a 32-inch television, donated by Brian Coombs’ Remax Reliable Realty. Emma Matthew of New Hamburg, ON was happy to accept this prize. Third prize was a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses donated by Main Street Optometric. The lucky recipient was Shirley McAlister of Bayfield. Fourth prize was a Fire HD 10-inch Tablet donated by Lighthouse Money Management. The winner of the Tablet was Roddy MacDonald of Bluewater. Fifth prize was a gift certificate for accommodation at The Albion Hotel in Bayfield. The Albion Hotel was the donor of this prize won by Owen Fisher of Oakville, ON. .

The club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the race, including Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all 1,000 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! Also helping out on the boat and later during the great duck round-up were Hugh MacLaren and Lisa Harvey.

The services of canoeists Janneke Vorsteveld and Jess Langan as well as young duck wranglers Nolan and Kyle Geddis were very much appreciated.  Optimist Jeff Kish was invaluable in his kayak catching the prize winners as they crossed the finish line.

The club is so grateful to the businesses that donated prizes and the community that supported the event by purchasing tickets. The tickets were sold out days in advance thanks to people’s enthusiasm for the return of the race!

Money raised from the event will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800571




Bayfield Eye…By Sally Leitch

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Since retiring as Innkeepers in 2015, Victoria Day has become one of our favorite holidays due in no small part to being able to attend the Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast.  During COVID-19 in 2020 when we were all isolating our family attempted to simulate the event by holding a virtual breakfast but it wasn’t quite the same. So when the grandkids learned that the breakfast was back in 2022 they were pretty excited and it was an added bonus of a visit to the farm.

On Sunday morning, my seven-year-old granddaughter was chatting with her eight-year-old cousin via Messenger. She could barely contain her enthusiasm.

“We’re going to the Lions breakfast today. It is in a very big building and almost the whole village will be there!”

And then she went on to extoll high praise on what has become known in our household as “Lions’ potatoes”.

She also shared with her cousin that she was going to her very first Rubber Duck Race (organized by the Bayfield Optimist Club) made all the more exciting because she had her own ticket and thus a chance to win a prize. But she also said that if she didn’t win she’d be pretty happy for whoever did because it was raising money for a good cause.

That is just one of the things I love about my granddaughter. She may be too young to join the club but she is definitely already an Optimist who savors life’s little moments such as the yumminess of a plate of Lions’ potatoes. – Gramel

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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