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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 673 Week 23 Vol 13

June 1, 2022


Issue 673 Week 23 Vol 13
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Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s Disease. His wife Gayle organized a local walk in his honor and invited the community to join her. The “BarryStrong Walk for Alzheimer’s” was held on Saturday, May 28 with participants departing from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo. The response was terrific and Gayle would like to thank everyone who participated in the BarryStrong team walk and fundraiser to end Alzheimer’s. She noted it was a very successful day and they had a lovely walk through the streets of this beautiful village on a summery day. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)



Charles Street remains closed as work on the intersection progresses. Once the work at Charles Street and Main Street is finished over the next two weeks, the intersection will be opened, and two-lane traffic will resume. The metal construction fencing will be relocated to the new construction area towards Clan Gregor Square. This image was taken on the morning of May 22. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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Signage and detour routes have been posted for visitors to access the north side of Main Street while construction continues on toward the south end of Main Street. Over the next two weeks the work on the new storm sewers, electrical duct and pedestal placement will continue. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

The Victoria Day Weekend brought bustle and excitement to Bayfield Main Street despite the construction, and as the calendar turns to June, no major delays prolong the project ahead of the summer shutdown.

Signage and detour routes have been posted for visitors to access the north side of Main Street while construction continues on toward the south end of Main Street. Over the next two weeks the work on the new storm sewers, electrical duct and pedestal placement will continue.

Charles Street remains closed as work on the intersection progresses. Once the work at Charles Street and Main Street is finished over the next two weeks, the intersection will be opened, and two-lane traffic will resume. The metal construction fencing will be relocated to the new construction area towards Clan Gregor Square.

Residents can anticipate the break in construction activities in July and August as planned.

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 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 has been posted on the mesh fen

cing to communicate construction info to visitors. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance with regards to such details as dust control and grading.

Signage has now been posted for detours to help direct road traffic to parking and pedestrian traffic to sidewalks. Residents can look forward to great progress over the weeks to come as the contractors work diligently to stay on schedule and keep a safe construction area for visitors and businesses alike.

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. Click here for the: subscription link. This can be shared 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:


The Pioneer Park Association (PPA)  is very excited to announce the return of the 73rd Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale on Friday, July 8 – their number one fundraising event of the year for the park and the unofficial kick-off to the summer season in Bayfield.

Organizers expect this year to be their best ever so be sure to save the date, gather friends and arrive early! This year, they are trying to round off purchases to $1 values so people are requested to save their loonies and toonies. There should be something for everyone at this event.

All sales proceeds go directly to Pioneer Park, a privately owned public space that all can enjoy. People will soon be able to drop by to see progress at the new addition to the park, a generous donation of neighboring land by the Thompson family.

Donations for the Rummage Sale are greatly appreciated.  As in years past, donations can be dropped off at the Quonset Hut on Hwy 21 just North of the village at 76614 Bluewater Highway.

Donation dates have been arranged for three Saturdays in the next month: June 11, June 18 and June 25. On all three of these dates drop off times are 9 a.m. to noon.

Event organizers like to say, “If you are proud to give it, we are proud to sell it!”

The following items are welcome for donation: indoor and outdoor furniture, tables and chairs, linens, draperies, antiques, dishware, housewares, tools of all sorts, gardening tools,  decorative items, festive decor, games, books, DVDs, record albums and stereo equipment, lamps and lighting, sports and recreational items, home electronics and small appliances provided they are CSA approved and in good working order. These are just some of the items in great demand and always popular.

There will also be a silent auction section featuring extra special items, gift certificates and/or gift bundles generously donated by the community and local businesses. In the coming weeks, members of the PPA will be dropping by local businesses to see if they would like to include a donation in this year’s Silent Auction.

As in the past, the following items cannot be accepted: mattresses of any size, sofa beds, children’s furniture or strollers, damaged or soiled toys, large appliances, televisions or monitors, printers or fax machines, no clothing or shoes, Tupperware or plastic kitchen utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs and no used candles please.

If anyone has questions, please email  Volunteers look forward to greeting people at the Quonset hut!


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoBayfield Centre for the Arts is hosting two workshops this summer that invite people to play with paint or with their food!

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.

People can register here by clicking on 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.

To register for BCA’s first culinary event click on: Anatomy of the Charcuterie Board.


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Sarah Smith of The She Wolves

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. The kick-off event features folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18 while The She Wolves will offer a variety of genres on July 2nd.

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.

The She Wolves are next on the docket on Saturday, July 2nd. This group of talented musicians are returning to the village to perform an outdoor concert. The She Wolves is composed of some of the best female musicians in Southwestern Ontario and includes, singer-songwriter Sarah Smith, blues-rock singer Cheryl Lescom, keyboardist and Rhythm and Blues artist, Chuckee Zehr, singer-songwriter Laurie McColeman and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.

Each of these women have recorded their own albums, or recorded for other artists during the years and each has their own style.  Be prepared for a mix of great original music and covers from artists including, Amy Winehouse, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Rait, Aretha Franklin (Zehr’s specialty), Etta James, Melissa Ethridge and even a little Joe Cocker.

Tickets for The She Wolves concert are $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 these concerts are available now  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.

Milly, a lovely Tabby, was trapped and admitted to BFF just in time to deliver her six kittens. She is a very attentive mother though she is still not sure about people. It will take her time once her kittens are gone to realize she is safe and can trust humans. In the meantime, she has raised six wonderful kittens – three of which – Cutie, Fred and Ginger – join her as the Adopt-A-BFF family of the week.

Playful and cuddly Cutie is a gorgeous, female Tabby with beautiful markings. Her name says it all, just look at that face!  Fred and Ginger are also very playful and cuddly and can usually be found alongside each other. They are definitely a couple balls of energy. They are very bonded and volunteers would like to see them adopted together.

This trio of kittens will be ready for adoption after June 6 once they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

Anyone who would like to meet this family 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.



London artist, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, who was the 2019 Paint Ontario winner has generously donated this large, colorful piece of Huron County to help the BCA raise funds to offer visual art workshops for the general public.(Submitted photo)

One again the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is offering home and cottage owners a chance to win a fabulous piece of art.

London artist, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, who was the 2019 Paint Ontario winner has generously donated a large, colorful piece of Huron County to help the BCA raise funds to offer visual art workshops for the general public.

The painting entitled, “Colourful Huron County Fields” measures 36” X 48” and is valued at $2,300.

To learn more about Finbeiner Thomas visit

The BCA would like to thank Main Street Optometric for allowing this spectacular piece of art to be “seen” in person hanging in their window on Bayfield’s Main Street.

Raffle tickets will be on sale from today (June 1) until June 29 at a cost of $100 each.  Only 147 tickets are available to be sold. The draw will take place on June 30, at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

There are also two secondary prizes to be won. Second prize is a Dyna-Glo patio floor-standing heater and tank, valued at $400 and third prize is a basket of Bayfield Treats valued at $250.

Tickets are available by emailing or by calling 519 588- 2078. Licence #800574.


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.


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A sneak peak of the Canada Day 2022 “Take & Make” kits. (Submitted photo)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are busy preparing “Take & Make” kits with a Canada Day theme that will provide hours of crafting fun for kids.

The Take & Make kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while quantities last. Anyone picking up a kit is kindly asked to respect social distancing at this event.

Each kit will contain materials and instructions for a Canada Day lantern craft, a sweet treat to make at home, Canada Day stickers and pencils. There will also be Scavenger Hunt sheets available for both the junior and primary age groups. The Scavenger Hunt sheets will include a draw slip to fill out for a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards from The Village Bookshop to be used for the purchase of a child-related item. Participants in the Scavenger Hunt can return their completed sheets to the library any time before June 30 as the draw will take place on that date.

After the event, parents, and grandparents too, are invited to send photos of the completed crafts to The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is offering employment at the Archives & Heritage Centre to a mature individual who will be able to work with limited supervision. Funding for this position specifies that applicants must be under 30 years of age but is not limited to students. 

The successful applicant must be comfortable greeting visitors. They will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling books and other items; and assisting with in-house projects. Direction and training will be provided. 

The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. The position offers a 30-hour week at $16 per hour The individual should be able to start immediately until Sept. 3. 

Interested persons are asked to contact


The shelves at the Bayfield and Area Food Bank (BAFB) are currently light on two of their staples – breakfast cereals and canned tuna – and they are asking community members to consider donating said items.

BAFB is always grateful for the support of the community and would request that donors consider gluten free options (must say gluten free on packaging) when donating breakfast staples.

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.


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.


Summer is finally here and Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, will be starting a new book discussion on July 5. The book is entitled, “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu.

The talks will be held on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to join the conversation.

Books can be ordered from The Village Bookshop, be sure to mention you are part of the group at the time of ordering. Please contact the minister for more information and to be added to the ZOOM email list by emailing or at the phone number listed below.

The congregation of Knox Church, Bayfield is sorry to note that “Kintail on the Road” won’t be offered at the church again this summer, but they are hopeful for next year.

Knox members would like the community to know that they still have some recipe books left to sell, at $15 each. These would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook! To purchase please leave a message at the church by calling 519 565-2913.


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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 at Sloman Memorial Park in Clinton is currently blooming gorgeous. (Photo by Janet Deline)

In Issue 672, the rain gardens at Pioneer Park in the village were highlighted but gardens are being crafted in neighboring communities as well, this week one in Clinton, ON is detailed.

Did you know there is another rain garden full of native plants in Clinton? And right now, it is very lush and beautiful. The wild geraniums are just popping! The milkweed is getting large but no monarch eggs yet (though a local butterfly guy has found some eggs at Hullett Marsh already). The columbines are totally regal-looking. The prairie smoke is just perfect. The Canada anemones are all about to bloom those creamy white flowers. Also, there are a lot of Canada anemones at the riverbank. Maybe the rain garden spread a bit?

What you can do…visit Sloman Memorial Park at 76 Victoria Terrace in Clinton to explore the rain garden. After admiring and enjoying the native plants in the garden, people can also take a look at the CNR School on Wheels which also has residency in the park.



Alex Mustakas at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, ON, wearing his Meritorious Service Medal. (Submitted photo)

Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas was recognized on May 26 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa with the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon.

Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honor to Canada. Meritorious Service Decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System and highlight remarkable achievements that are accomplished over a limited time period.

Mustakas is being celebrated for his lifelong commitment to making the performing arts affordable and accessible. His distinctive business model has created one of the largest and most well-respected charitable arts organizations in Canada. At the height of operations, Drayton Entertainment stages over 800 performances annually at its various venues, with attendance exceeding 250,000 each year. The Government of Ontario’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) estimates the organization’s economic impact on visitor spending at over $80 million annually, positively affecting multiple communities throughout the province.

“I am beyond humbled to be singled out with this honor, and share this recognition with everyone involved in the success of Drayton Entertainment. It takes an entire creative community to produce such an ambitious lineup of shows each season, including our artists, musicians, technical crew, administrative staff, volunteer Board of Directors, sponsors, donors and front-line volunteers. Each person involved with our organization plays an integral role and shares in this accomplishment,” said Mustakas. “It’s especially meaningful to receive this medal as we launch a new season after two years of closure. It’s a reminder of the success we’ve had in the past and hopefully will continue to have in future.”

Mustakas emigrated from Cyprus at the age of six. As a natural performer, he was drawn to the stage, but he honored his father’s wishes by earning a business degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. He found employment in the corporate sector, but seemed unable to shake his draw to the performing arts.

In a bold move, he handed his degree to his father and said, “This was for you. Now I want to do something for myself. I’d like to become a professional actor.”

Mustakas set off for uncharted territory, but after a few years on the stage, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration at City University in London, England.  His dream of a small theatre of his own began to take shape during these years, providing the impetus to become an agent of change. He was acutely aware of the physical, social, economic, and cultural barriers that limited access to the arts, particularly in rural areas. He also recognized the stigma that surrounded the arts in terms of their perceived value and contribution to society.

Mustakas returned to Canada and began to build what would become a thriving theatre organization starting with an all-but-abandoned opera house in the small hamlet of Drayton, ON. Mustakas has repeatedly noted that he’s grateful to his father for encouraging him to pursue economics training – his business acumen and artistic vision converged to create Drayton Entertainment’s unique theatre model that amortizes production and administrative costs across numerous venues, and enables live theatre to flourish on seven unique stages across Ontario: the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge in Cambridge, Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, and St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. By merging his creative and commerce knowledge, Mustakas has set a path for long-term sustainability within the charitable arts sector.

Meritorious Service Decorations are given to recognize outstanding contributions in any field, from advocacy initiatives and health care services to research and humanitarian efforts.  Past recipients include Colonel Chris Hadfield (Ret’d), Clara Hughes, Colette Roy Laroche, Sarah Burke, and Thérèse Tanguay Dion.


The County of Huron is reviewing, expanding, and developing new youth engagement opportunities. This includes providing youth with professional development opportunities directly with the County. These internship programs and work placements are of great benefit to Huron’s youth. They help to ensure that the youth of today have access to the kinds of experiences they need to find fulfilling careers in the future. 

The County of Huron is working to develop a youth engagement inventory and strategy. This strategy is being drafted, in part, by youth who are currently participating in an internship program with the County. It will highlight further engagement opportunities and potential future actions by the County. 

“Co-op placements are essential when it comes to gaining valuable experience, and engaging with youth. This placement has afforded me the chance to reevaluate my future career, and find something I truly enjoy doing,” said Maddy Gilbert, a GDCI Highschool Co-Op student. Gilbert recently drafted a report on youth experiences and opportunities on behalf of the County. 

Some of the current youth engagement opportunities available at the County of Huron include: High School Volunteer Credit, Highschool Co-Op Placements, Summer Employment, the Summer Company and University Internships. 

There are many creative ways students can complete their high school volunteer credit, by completing their required community service hours through the County. Opportunities include, event participation at the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol, becoming a book reviewer at the Huron County Library and engaging seniors at Huronview and Huronlea Homes for the Aged, Students interested in volunteering with the County of Huron can contact the department head directly. 

Highschool Co-Op Placements are unpaid positions that offer local high school students, who are currently registered in a cop-op program at their school, an opportunity to work in their desired field and gain real-world experience. Co-op placements may be arranged by contacting the department head directly. 

The County of Huron offers a variety of paid summer employment positions for students aged 15-30, who are returning to school in the fall. These positions are offered in partnership with Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs. Students interested in these positions should visit the funding website for eligibility requirements and apply for available positions through 

Students between the ages of 15 and 29, who are returning to school in the fall, can receive up to $3,000 as well as the mentorship required to start their own business and become entrepreneurs through the Summer Company program. The deadline for applications for 2022 has closed. 

Students who take part in an University Internship Program at the County of Huron will be offered meaningful assignments that include active participation. By working with staff and leadership, Huron County interns apply their classroom learnings to actual municipal projects that provide unique solutions for Huron’s vibrant community. These positions may be paid or unpaid. Internship opportunities are available in every department. Students interested in an internship with the County of Huron can contact the department head directly. 

“It’s through this type of direct engagement with youth that we’re able to learn what the next generation needs and expects from their employer as well as their municipal government,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “This is essential if we wish to remain a modern and innovative county!” 

The report on “Youth Experiences and Opportunities”, drafted by high school Co-Op Student Maddy Gilbert can be accessed by clicking here. 

Learn more about employment opportunities with the County of Huron at, 


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


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:


Six million Canadians live in rural and remote communities, making up almost 18 percent of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that less than ten percent of physicians practise in those areas.

Research has shown that one of the four factors which increases the likelihood of a physician choosing to practise in rural and remote communities is a positive exposure to rural practice in medical school. At Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, “Discovery Week” is one opportunity for medical students to work alongside health care practitioners and physicians in rural and remote areas to better understand what it means to practise there.

This unique learning opportunity provides medical students with the chance to be embedded into the health care environment in communities across the region for a week, providing a first-hand look at the diverse experiences which impact health and wellness.

This year, from now until June 3, 28 first-year medical students from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will shadow physicians and visit patients at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA). In total 33 communities, extending from Windsor to Wiarton, will participate in Discovery Week.

“Discovery Week allows our students to understand the opportunities and challenges of rural and regional medicine,” said Dr. George Kim, Assistant dean, Distributed Education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “We are so pleased to be able to work in collaboration with our partners across the region to provide future physicians with this important learning opportunity.”


July 2022 is Huron Hospice – Let’s Have a Party month. “Let’s Have a Party” is an exciting new way to connect with friends and neighbors and an ideal way to have a charitable impact.

Current world circumstances have allowed people to re-evaluate their priorities. The “great reset” helped many people realize that it is possible to do good things, help the community, and have fun at the same time. One example is the Huron Hospice – Let’s Have a Party. Throughout July, people can invite friends to an event with the understanding that the event is a fundraiser for Huron Hospice. It could be a cocktail party, a dinner, a BBQ, a themed event or even a lakeside social.

Donations from the event will help cover a day of operations at Huron Hospice.

“Huron Hospice needs $1,000 a day to cover operations. The government covers half of hospice residence operations annually. We ask the community to fund the other half, $1,000 each day. In July, we are asking 30 people to have a party – a social gathering and raise $1,000. When this happens, Huron Hospice will finance operations for the month,” said Willy Van Klooster, Executive director at Huron Hospice.

He went on to explain further, “When you have a social gathering with 50, you would ask people to contribute $20; 20 people would donate $50. Ten guests at a dinner party would contribute $100. The result is the same; these gifts will cover nursing and other programs and maintenance of the hospice residence for a day. A member of the Hospice board of directors is hosting a Lakeside Social at their cottage. They will invite 50 people to visit for sandwiches, snacks, and summer conversation at the cottage. When they invite people, they will ask everyone to give $20. Collectively the Lakeside Social will contribute $1,000 to Hospice operations.”

People choose to support Huron Hospice for many reasons. It could be the in-home care and respite offered by a trained volunteer. It could be personal experience in the hospice residence or grief recovery support for someone who has experienced a loss.

For anyone who would like to host a Huron Hospice, Let’s Party event, Huron Hospice is available to help. They will provide electronic or printed pamphlets about Hospice, issue tax receipts, and send a thank-you note for donations over $20.

To learn more, contact  Van Klooster by calling 519 525-6856 or by email at


How are you adjusting to the “new normal”?  What might help you feel comfortable joining back into your community?

The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in collaboration with Connectedness Coaching Service Providers and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health are inviting community members to reflect on where they were, where they are and where they’d like to go in their own pandemic recovery.

People are invited to attend this free, interactive webinar hosted on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will be provided with take away material to help resource their re-engagement journey. Register online by clicking here or over-the-phone at 519 292-686.

Content for this event was developed and will be facilitated by Connectedness Coaching Service Providers. This webinar is a part of the “Reaching Rural: Building Vaccine Confidence in Rural Southwestern Ontario” project, led by the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) will be holding their Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 16.

The meeting will be held over ZOOM starting at 7 p.m.

This AGM is for the members of the Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital. At this meeting those present will receive Annual Reports of the Board of Directors, including Financial Statements, together with the Auditor’s Report. In addition, auditors will be appointed, amendments will be made to each of the Hospital Corporation’s By-Laws and the Ad Hoc Nominating Committee Report will be received.

Please note that only members of the hospital corporations shall be entitled to vote at the AGM but members of the public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Sue Davey, Executive assistant at 519 272-8205 or email to receive the ZOOM link in advance of the meeting


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (ASHP) is offering a new line up of Summer Education Programs both  in-person and online.

In July, join them for ASHP’s inaugural Brain Health Academy – a free four-week online education series focused on specific areas of brain health. The Brain Health Academy will be held over  ZOOM on Thursday mornings, July 7-28 for one hour starting at 10 a.m.

The dates and topics are as follows: July 7, Nourish: Feed the body, feed the brain; July 14, Replenish and Restore: Rest and mindfulness as brain health support; July 21, Engage and Connect: Stay social, keep sharp; and July 28, Move: Keeping the body – and the brain – active.

People are invited to join in just one or all four sessions. ASHP may even be sending out diplomas for attending all four sessions of the Brain Health Academy; join in to find out!

To sign up for the Brain Health Academy, and see ASHPs other online courses, visit Education Hour on their website by clicking here.

The ASHP’s second offering for July is the Memory and Aging Program. It will be held  in-person at the MacKay Centre in Goderich. This engaging program explains how memory works and addresses age-related memory changes. Participants will learn and practice proven and effective memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook.

The Memory and Aging Program will take place over four Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on July 6-27. The MacKay Centre is located at 10 Nelson St. East in Goderich. Interested individuals are asked to please register for this program by June 30.

People may register for Memory and Aging, or any other program, by contacting the ASHP office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by emailing


Canada Day celebrations in Grand Bend are a go! People can look forward to a day filled with music and an evening filled with fireworks.

The Grand Bend Canada Day Organizing Committee and community would like to thank all the sponsors who stepped up and supported the return of this event with Needham/Southwest Marine and Powersports stepping up as the major sponsor.

Music will be provided by “Upside of Maybe” and “Jane’s Party” at the Rotary Stage on the Main Beach in Grand Bend.

Upside of Maybe is a family friendly, award winning, roots-based pop rock band from Stratford. They will play from 7-8 p.m. Then Jane’s Party will perform from 8- 9 p.m. Jane’s Party‘s onstage prowess has had them touring with Blue Rodeo, Tom Odell and the Arkells.

Mike & Terri’s No Frills, Rotary of Grand Bend, Sunset Community Foundation, and MyFM are band sponsors.

Then starting at 10 p.m. the fireworks are shot off at the main pier and the sky above main beach becomes the stage for a 30-minute fireworks display claimed to be the largest in Southwestern Ontario.


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.

June 1st is World Milk Day and to recognize this we take a look at a sampling of the milk bottles in the Museum’s collection once used in the local dairy industry.


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This is a cream bottle from Baxter’s Dairy. The  label on one side reads, “For QUALITY & SERVICE USE BAXTER’S DAIRY GODERICH/ PASTEURIZED MILK & CREAM DRINK MILK FOR HEALTH”. On the other side of the bottle there is a picture in black ink of a sailboat on the water The caption reads, “Products Fresh as a Breeze” (not shown). The top is closed with a cardboard stopper. The stopper has some graphics and reads “Skim MILK” in green ink and “PASTEURIZED” in red ink.

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This is a Quart size, round, glass milk bottle. Marked on the bottle are the words, “The Andrew Dairy. Goderich, Ont. Phone 104”.


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This is a half pint milk or cream glass bottle. Etched on the surface are the words, “Saltford Heights Dairy Bisset Bros”.




The Annual Lions’ Breakfast returned to the Bayfield Community Centre after a two-year absence on Sunday, May 22. For the 53rd time, Lions served up eggs, sausages, hash brown potatoes, pancakes, toast, juice and lots of coffee.

No one knew if pre-COVID attendance could be achieved again, but although the weather was cool and rainy, over 500 people made their way to the arena for the event. Rave reviews were abundant as the happy crowds departed. There were quite a few first-timers, some asking if this happened every week! (No, it doesn’t.)

The success of any event of this nature relies on many elements coming together. The event Chair, Lion Mark Richardson, would like to thank the following: Ontario Egg Farmers; Bayfield Foodland, for their delicious store-made sausages; Westlake Maple Syrup; Renegades Diner for the potatoes and toast toppings; Bayfield Firefighters for equipment; arena staff for setup and cleanup; and Keith Nesbitt, from Blyth, for the loan of two fryers.

The breakfast is a huge undertaking, requiring many Lions to make it work. Organizers offer an equally huge thanks to all who took part.

Most importantly, the Lions are extremely grateful to the community for their unfailing support. Funds raised from this event will go back into several different area projects as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. Stay tuned for more fun coming up!



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Kayak Sunset byErin Carroll

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Cross-border rockabilly legend, a mentor to many rock greats and an endearing showman, “The Hawk” has died.

News that Ronnie Hawkins passed away on Sunday, May 29th at the age of 87 made me pause. I’ve been reading a few of the articles written about his career. They are filled with many deserving platitudes, several of which were combined to comprise my opening paragraph. My own would be a little different, for you see I knew him best as the man who ate raw onion with a glass of milk prior to eating breakfast because “it was good for the voice”.

Back in the day when my family owned the Bayfield Village Inn (now known as The Ashwood Inn) Ronnie Hawkins stayed with us on a couple occasions when he was jamming with some folks that lived in the area. I think it was late summer 1994. I had the pleasure of serving him and even chatting with him for a bit. My step-son had the distinction of being able to say he prepared his breakfast. In fact he kept a copy of one of his order receipts for quite a number of years following. Neither of us were brave enough to ask him to autograph it.

Many people will remember Ronnie Hawkins through the music he created and the musicians he inspired but not me – I will always fondly recall his penchant for raw onions and milk. Almost thirty years later, and on this sad occasion, the memory still makes me smile. – Melody

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