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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 674 Week 24 Vol 13

June 8, 2022


Issue 674 Week 24 Vol 13
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David and Susan Bender, of Kitchener and Bayfield, recently made a generous contribution to the Huron Hospice Capital Campaign. (Photo courtesy Huron Hospice)

Huron Hospice recently announced a lead donation to the $1.6 million “Moments Matter … Even More” Capital Campaign with their gift of $500,000, David and Susan Bender are helping Huron Hospice reach the community phase of the campaign.

“We are honored to accept this gift from David and Susan. In recognition of this gift, the Board of Directors has approved the renaming of the Huron Hospice Residence. As of today, the residence will be called Huron Hospice Bender House,” said Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice chair of the Board at the recognition event held at Huron Hospice on Saturday, June 4.

“Eighteen months ago, David and Susan told us of their vision for end-of-life care in the family home and in the hospice. Their vision was influenced by the experiences of a friend and a family member. When they were not able to receive the compassionate care they needed, David and Susan became firm believers in the importance of hospice care.”

David and Susan believe that the gentleness of spending time with a person is so important. No one should die alone.

“Sometimes people just need tea and a cookie while others need someone to talk to and share with. Hospice affords dignity and the personal care and kindness at the end of life, so a person can die with dignity,” commented David and Susan.

“Today as we embark on an exciting new phase of our service, we are honored to name the hospice residence after David and Susan,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director. “Twenty-eight years ago, generous donors made Huron Hospice possible. Four years ago, they made the residential Hospice a reality. Today David and Susan have brought us close to the finish line and are helping us launch the next exciting phase of Huron Hospice.  They invite everyone in Huron County to join them in this final push to make these new beds at Huron Hospice a reality.”

“This final Community Phase is the one where everyone can join us and push fundraising over the finish line,” said David and Susan.  “Alongside the Hospice Board of Directors, we encourage everyone in Huron County to join us and help reach the goal of increased high quality hospice care close to home where it matters most.”

“Today is an important milestone, since the Ontario Government has previously committed to match all dollars we raise to a maximum of $800,000,” added Van Klooster. Since $120,000 of the provincial contribution was provided earlier to prepare the drawings, the combined contributions from the Benders, other donors and the province is now $1,500,000. We need $1.6 million to be able to put shovels in the ground. We ask others in Huron County to join us and close out the campaign. Now is the time that we say no gift is too small, or too large. Every gift matters as we approach the goal.”

The Huron Hospice Project will be one of the most cost-effective hospice capital projects in Ontario and will increase care provided at Bender House from 65 to 100 families per year.


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The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) extends an invitation to two events, an official book launch and a memorial dedication, now that it is possible to gather again

They invite the community to join them on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. for the official launch of the book “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River”, written by historian David Yates and published by BHS. The event will be held in the Bayfield Town Hall.

Yates will present an illustrated talk about Bayfield’s fascinating career as a naval surveyor.

Admission is $20 and includes a copy of the book signed by the author. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are available in person at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre located at 20 Main St. N. or online here via: Eventbrite.  For additional information visit

Three days later, on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m, members of the BHS will gather to officially dedicate Admiral Bayfield Square on Main Street and they invite people in the community to join them.

This memorial – which includes a landscaped area with rose compass, a commemorative plaque, and information panels – was established by BHS through the leadership of the Admiral Bayfield Project Committee. They are deeply appreciative of the committee members’ work as well as the generous support of Huron County, the Municipality of Bluewater, the Bayfield & Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bayfield Lions Club, and Diamond Concrete Inc.

Special guests will bring congratulations, and after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, all are invited to browse the display in the Bayfield Archives & Heritage Centre.



Bill Whetstone, far left, presents the 2022 winners Ninth Annual Snapshot Golf Classic with the highly sought after golden hockey stick. The winners were (l-r): Shelby Lovett, Ian Gould, Becky Meriam and Dave Meriam. (Submitted photos)


Similarly to other events hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, this event was sold out with little effort due to the continued great support of the people residing in Bluewater and its surrounding area,

On Saturday, June 4, the Ninth Annual Bayfield Slapshot Golf Classic hosted by Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) was held at the Bluewater Golf Course.

Similarly to other events hosted by the BACPA,  this event was sold out with little effort due to the continued great support of the people residing in Bluewater and its surrounding area,

Eighty golfers took to the course to raise money to subsidize programs at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre so everyone can play or take part.

This year’s winners of the highly sought after golden hockey stick were: Shelby Lovett, Ian Gould, Becky Meriam and Dave Meriam.

Event Coordinator Bill Whetstone said, “It’s incredible that this tournament has sold out since the first year. The dedication that the community has for this event and the others that BACPA puts on has been outstanding.  Our tournament is much different than most.  It’s not about prizes, it’s about fun. In fact, there are basically no prizes so many non-golfers take part as well simply due to the cause. Our slogan is: ‘The prizes suck, it’s all about the fun and fun we do have.’”


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! The outdoor sales area will open at  6 p.m. with the arena door rising at 6:30 p.m.

But before the sale begins there is some work to be done. Volunteers are now being sought for donation sorting, for sale day set up, for during the sale and cleaning up afterward. Organizers encourage people to join the team of over 200 volunteers it takes to make this event happen. To lend a hand email and join in the fun!

And it is difficult to have a successful event without donations so now is the time to clear out all the things that have been accumulating in basements, spare rooms, garages and attics since the pandemic began.

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.

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.

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. Organizers would like to thank Ron and Pat Reder for their generous loan of this facility for collecting treasures. Having this space to use prior to the sale makes a world of difference for pre-sale organization. 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.

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.

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.

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


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Bayfield Centre for the Arts is hosting three 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.

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 click on: Paint the Abstracted Landscape.


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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.



Tiffany and Tina (Submitted photo)

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

“We’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to those people who have been supportive and helpful and to let them know that we are desperately in need of fosters,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “In the past 24 hours alone we have had calls for close to 50 kittens and a number of adult cats. We also have several mature cats at the Rescue that would do well to be in a foster situation and out of the shelter while a pending adoption is found.”

Penhale went on to say that it’s been the most overwhelming kitten season to date and that BFF is backlogged with requests.

“We are trying to get everyone in to be vetted,” Penhale said. “As adorable as all these sweeties are, they aren’t inexpensive to take care of. Sadly, we have also lost some babies along the way. That is another one of the heartaches of doing Rescue and something that our volunteers will never get used to.”

The Adopt-A-BFF kittens of the week are Tiffany and Tina.

These two adorable sisters come from a litter of six. They are the smallest ones of the bunch.  Their Mama Millie (who was featured in Issue 673 along with three others in the brood) was a feral kitten herself when she became pregnant with this large group. She has been an amazing mom but is still skittish around humans. However, her adorable babies are super friendly and love to play hard, cuddle lots, eat plenty and sleep like only kittens can!

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.


On June 1st, a dedicated group of 30 riders rode through the rain and thunder from Goderich to London, ON with a stop in Bayfield on day five of the “7 Days in May” charity cycling event.  “7 Days in May runs from May 28 to June 3rd to raise funds to combat  Pancreatic Cancer.

Pancreatic cancer remains the deadliest of all adult cancers in Canada with a 93 per cent mortality rate.

The initial  leg of the 154 km journey took the riders out of Benmiller and along Porters Hill Line.  The first rest stop was in Pioneer Park in Bayfield where much needed refreshment and local encouragement was given before the journey continued along Bronson Line through Dashwood and on to Lucan until arriving in  London.

To learn more about the event click here: 7 Days in May – Pancreatic Cancer Canada.


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At its Annual General Meeting held on May 30, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) announced the launch of the Bayfield Historical Web Map:

People can now browse hundreds of historical images on an interactive map of the village. They can explore Bayfield sites and addresses from their desktop or tablet. They can also compare current views of the lots and shoreline to historical maps layered over top of the current-day one.

“Our sincere thanks and congratulations to Ben Woodward, who created the beta version for BHS as a University of Waterloo co-op student last summer and completed it over the past few months,” said Julia Armstrong, BHS archivist.

To watch Woodward’s video instructions for navigating the site please click on “TUTORIAL” found in the top menu bar.

Thanks to Woodward and cataloguing assistant, Stephanie Talbot, BHS has digitized and described many records in their holdings, and the web map is one way the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre has worked towards making them more accessible for viewing by the community.



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.


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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 looking to the community to help with restocking.

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.

The needs of the BAFB aren’t always food related as they are also hoping the community would be open to providing them with feminine hygiene products.

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.


Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is excited to support and participate in the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) “Dogs on Leash” Canine Convention! What a fun time for people and canines to mix on the trail, and protect the dogs, the hikers, and the trails at the same time. This Canine Convention will take place at the beautiful Woodland Trail on Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m.. Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead. Bayfield PACC would like to offer many thanks to BRVTA for hosting this event and to the property owners for allowing dogs on leash. They look forward to seeing both the people and the pups! (Submitted photo)

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 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.


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. 

Did you know that June 6-12 is Turtle Week at Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend? Turtles are being celebrated this week because it’s peak turtle nesting time! Since all eight species of turtles in Ontario have been designated as Species at Risk, the Pinery is looking to educate the public on the obstacles facing turtles and what the public can do to ensure the continued survival of these amazing animals. The Pinery is working hard to protect these ancient creatures that have been on the planet for 200-300 million years. (They were around even before dinosaurs!)

What you can do…download the activity schedule for the Pinery Provincial Park at to get details. There will be Turtle Talks and Guided Hikes and “Ask the Naturalist” events happening all week.


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 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.



Whiskey Jack (Photos by Gary Beechey, BDS Studios)

Huron Waves Music Festival is thrilled to present its first live Festival events this June, with varied programming that’s sure to captivate music lovers all month long.  The Festival’s first is a concert saluting Canadian Country Music legends.

Stompin’ Tom Connors’ tremendous backup band “Whiskey Jack” will appear at Wingham Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m., presenting their brand-new show, a “Salute to Canadian Country Music Legends”. Everyone is invited to sit back and reminisce through the songs and stories of the good times shared among friends: Tommy Hunter, Gordie Tapp, Gordon Lightfoot, Hank Snow, Lucille Starr, Willie P. Bennet, and more.

This year, Whiskey Jack celebrates 45 years as a musical force in the Canadian country music community. During the pandemic, it was only natural that they should sit around the dinner table talking about the “old days” – exploring their roots.

“If there’s one thing COVID gave us, it’s time to reminisce,” said Duncan Fremlin, producer, raconteur, and band leader . “It’s also only fitting that this inaugural show be presented in the town many consider to be the home of Canadian country music – Wingham, Ontario.   The local CKNX barn dance during its 60-year run, spawned a generation of performers who almost single handedly created the soundtrack for the nation – Tommy Hunter for the singers and Al Cherney for the fiddlers. They grabbed the heart of the nation and never let go.”

Members of the band feel they owe a debt of gratitude to those who paved the road and made it possible for each to enjoy a career in music. It began with Wilf Carter, the father of Canadian country music, who began his professional career in 1920, when there were no fancy PA systems, no promoters handing out gigs, no contracts offering some assurance that payment would be made when the gig was over, no proprietary rights to the songs that he wrote, no record companies to finance and distribute his 78’s, no TV, few if any professional musicians to accompany him on stage, perhaps only one radio station, and few if any music stores. Plus the highways were terrible! His most popular song and the one most associated with the Carter legend, is the song parents of Whiskey Jack members would listen to when they tuned into the CBC on a Saturday night. “Blue Canadian Rockies” will be sung by another renowned Canadian songwriter, multiple Juno Award nominee, Douglas John Cameron, Whiskey Jack’s guitarist who won nominations for his 1983 hit, “Mona With The Children” and his 1996 TV hit, “Ants in Your Pants”.  The link between Wilf Carter and Stompin’ Tom Connors is a straight line. According to Connors, “Wilf was my inspiration. That’s all there is to it.”  Fremlin will dip into his 25-year history with Connors and sing “Bud The Spud”. He might even share a story or two from his best-selling book, “My Good Times With Stompin’ Tom”.

Whiskey Jack has invited even more Canadian country music royalty to join them as they celebrate the superstars that inspired them.  Marie Bottrell has her own supply of “road stories” having been a pioneer, one of the first, and most definitely the youngest woman to lead her own band on endless tours of North American beer halls and theatres. Her hard work and exceptional talent earned her eight Juno nominations. Besides her own hit, “The Star”, Bottrell will sing what has become a Canadian National Anthem, “Snowbird”.

Brian and Susie Good are the gold standard in their field. Country duets? You bet! One of the songs they will sing was made famous by their good friends, Ian and Sylvia. “Four Strong Winds” is another anthem having been voted Best Canadian Song in 2008. Brian of course is one of “The Good Brothers”. What you might not know is that Susie learned her chops from another Country Music Royal Family. Her dad Rex Yetman is the founding member of Canada’s very first bluegrass band, “The Yorktown Boys”. The supporting cast will be featured throughout the show. Stompin’ Tom’s long time fiddler from PEI, Billy MacInnis, will show us why Don Messer, Al Cherney and more were so important to our version of country music. Not to be outdone, bass player Tim Hadley is another Juno nominee with “The Grievous Angels”.

For tickets or more information about this presentation as well as the Festival’s many other offerings in June, please visit:


The Municipality of Bluewater is pleased to announce that Charlotte Tunikaitis, CPA, CA has accepted the position of Manager of Finance.

Tunikaitis will officially start with Bluewater on Wednesday, June 22nd. She comes to Bluewater from the Town of Pelham where she has served as the Manager of Financial Services and Deputy Treasurer for seven years. Tunikaitis is well-versed in municipal financial processes and accounting procedures, having completed the Ivey AMCTO Executive Leadership program in addition to completing an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree. As Manager of Finance, Tunikaitis will serve as Treasurer, overseeing municipal finances, budgeting, financial reporting and tax collection.

“Ms. Tunikaitis’ experience speaks for itself. Her time as a senior accountant and then as Manager of Finance and Deputy Treasurer has allowed her to gain a lot of valuable experience. That experience is going to benefit Bluewater going forward,” said Mayor Paul Klopp

Tunikaitis will take over for the current Manager of Finance, Ansberth Willert, who announced her retirement after a full career in municipal government. Willert has successfully fulfilled this role with the Municipality over the last thirteen years. During her time as Manager of Finance, Willert provided overall stewardship of the Municipality’s finances while also implementing numerous new policies and procedures to modernize Bluewater’s financial processes to bring the municipality into compliance with provincial and federal legislation.

“Ansberth’s knowledge of the Municipality and municipal finance will be missed upon her retirement, but we wish her well. She’s dedicated a lot to the Municipality over her career and we want to thank her for her service. At the same time, we look forward to working with Charlotte over the years to come,” said CAO Laurie Spence Bannerman.


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Cait’s Cafe in Goderich is participating in a new fundraiser for ONE CARE. Looking forward to the program are l-r: Trista Billings, Spencer Vail, Cait Vail, Devin Sturgeon and Kim Hart. (Submitted photo)

Cait’s Café in Goderich is proud to support ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services this June, and is encouraging businesses and community members to do so as well.

They are one of many local businesses who are participating in ONE CARE’s month-long “Shop for Seniors” campaign where people can shop, dine and golf locally in support of seniors and people with health challenges living in Huron County. Throughout the month of June, retail businesses, restaurants and golf courses will be generously donating a portion of their proceeds to ONE CARE.

“ONE CARE is a vital beat in our community,” said Caitlin Vail, owner of Cait’s Café. “We are honored to help support their programming to allow those in need access to a better quality of life.”

Funds raised through the Shop for Seniors campaign will go directly towards a client in need of financial subsidy, and the purchase and maintenance of essential program equipment and facilities. ONE CARE is working hard to ensure cost is not a barrier to receiving the programs and services that clients rely on. Many of these programs and services require equipment, and funding does not cover the cost of many of these essential items.

More than 25 businesses across Huron and Perth counties will be participating in ONE CARE’s Shop for Seniors campaign. Participating businesses in Huron County are: Woodlands Links Golf Course, Clinton; Beach Street Station, Cait’s Café, Fincher’s, Olive & Rose Flower Studio, Park House Restaurant, Shanahan’s Quality Meats, Steve & Mary’s On The Square, Watson’s Home Hardware and West Street Willy’s, all in Goderich; Castings Public House, Wingham; and Hansen’s Grocery, Exeter.

Additional businesses in Perth County are also participating. Visit or follow ONE CARE on Facebook for more information on the participating businesses and their designated dates throughout the month of June.

“We are grateful to these generous businesses and to everyone who supports this campaign as you are helping us to provide care for people in need living right in our community,” said Kathy Scanlon, Executive director, ONE CARE. “As a not-for-profit agency, we rely on funding from the government to operate and keep fees low for our clients, especially those who are on a fixed income. Over the past decade, we have received little to no funding to support the essential work we do, making our fundraising efforts that much more critical.”

In honor of Seniors’ Month, the community is encouraged to come together this June to support local businesses who have been operating at a reduced capacity or were temporarily shut down throughout the pandemic, while also helping to make a difference in the lives of people living in the community.


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 June for youth born in 2004-2006.

Appointments are available for a clinic to be held on Wednesday, June 8 at the Goderich Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald St., Goderich. This clinic will 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.


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


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:


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Port Albert Beach is one of the locations for Sound Waves. Bayfield’s Howard Street beach will also be featured on the morning of June 11. (Photo courtesy Port Albert Inn)

For those who want to experience a very different sort of music, HuronWaves presents “Sunrise Sound Walks”. Beginning on June 9, interdisciplinary artist, composer, and ecologist Anne Bourne will combine her specialties into a unique environmental and musical experience.

Oceans, lakes and rivers have always inspired and prompted creativity in the arts, so nature has been made a distinct element in 2022 programming.  Music is sound, and sounds can be music.  After experiencing a flood in 2017, Bourne wanted to go out into the world to experience the truth of climate change.   At the shoreline, where the water meets the land, or in a wooded trail Bourne leads her audience to listen to the music of nature.

Four active, waterside or woodland explorations will begin at 7 a.m. each morning during three beach walks to be held in Port Albert, on June 9; Port Blake, on June 10; and Bayfield, on June 11 and one trail walk along the G2G Trail in Blyth on June 12.

For tickets, or more information about these presentations and as well as the Festival’s many other offerings in June, please visit:


The company Lakeshore Construction pleaded guilty, in Huron County Provincial Offences Court, on May 31,  to one count of “undertaking development, to wit, the construction of a dwelling contrary to the Conservation Authorities Act.”

Lakeshore Construction is owned by Steve Regier. The Court heard that an existing structure had been torn down north of Bayfield and a new residential structure was constructed, by the company, at that site, without the permit required by law. Lakeshore Construction admitted in court that the company was aware that a permit was required for construction at that location and proceeded without one. The Court imposed a fine of $5,000 on the company.

Charges against the property owners are still before the courts.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff say contractors and property owners can avoid costly and unnecessary fines, removal of the offending work, and time in court by contacting staff early to apply for permits for proposed work in regulated areas.

“Anyone who is considering development activities should contact us first to find out if a permit is needed or not,” said ABCA Regulations Coordinator and Provincial Offences Officer, Daniel King. “All development activities in a regulated area require permission from the conservation authority and contacting us early on prevents unnecessary costs later.”

The prosecution and fine in this most recent case are reminders of the need for contractors and property owners to abide by laws that are in place to protect life, property, and the environment.

“The verdict and fine in this case are reminders to service providers and property owners of the need to obtain the required legal permissions before proceeding with proposed development,” King said. “Staff here work very hard to make sure that anyone who contacts us receives a timely response with the information they need.”

Most contractors and property owners contact ABCA early to obtain the required permits but, he said, in some cases of unpermitted work, prosecution is required.  This is the second time in less than a year that contractors have pleaded guilty and received significant fines for working without necessary permits in the ABCA watershed.

Property owners or agents are encouraged to contact ABCA staff when considering proposed development in regulated areas. They are invited to contact the following staff at ABCA by calling 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610: Daniel King, Regulations coordinator and Provincial Offences officer, Ext. 224, or email; Andrew Bicknell, Permitting and Regulations, Ext. 243 or email, ext. 243; or Meghan Tydd-Hrynyk, Planning and Regulations officer, Ext. 258, or email

Permits are required for work in regulated areas, through Province of Ontario enabling legislation including, but not limited to, Ontario Regulation 147/06: Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses under Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.

Details regarding ABCA’s Planning and Permits are available online on the website or by clicking here: Planning. 


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.


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.

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 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 6,700 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 Museum has a lovely selection of handcrafts collected through the years, one of which is featured here this week.


Screen Shot 2022-06-06 at 9.10.10 PMThis is a quilt made with grey quilt blocks separated by blue borders; the grey squares are cross-stitched with scripture verses. The scripture text was created using brown, red, yellow, green, black and pink using variegated yarn. The colors are quite vibrant. The backing (not shown) was made from the same fabric used for men’s shirts of the time and is perhaps a cotton material.


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The quilt was made by the Swaffield sisters. The following is the label that came with the quilt:

“This scripture text quilt was worked in cross stitch in the 1880s by the Swaffield sisters: Rebecca, Naomi, and Jessie. They lived in Dorset Cottage, Lot 10, Concession 1, Goderich Twp, with their parents Mr. & Mrs. William Swaffield. There were five girls and two boys in the family; Esther, William, Rose, Joseph, Rebecca (Muff), Naomi, and Jessie.

“At a very young age each girl learned to handle needle, thread and thimble to make neat, careful, uniform stitching and then embroidery stitches – often used around blocks on crazy quilts. They sewed carpet rags and made quilts. Their mother made her sons suits until they were young men and made sure her daughters were accomplished seamstresses also. Older girls assisted in teaching younger ones.

“How did they choose the texts to embroider? Were these texts of sermons they had listened to in Victoria St. Methodist Church, Goderich, or in Union Presbyterian Church where Dr. Ure preached on Sunday afternoons? They attended both churches. Possibly, the texts were written and quoted in one of their autograph albums. No doubt the older girls arranged the letters and words and the verse on each block. That was where their natural artistic ability was helpful. Rose was very accomplished at this.

“What a lovely, interesting coverlet especially if one were confined to bed! One can fancy the girls pointing to certain blocks, “I worked that one!” “Where is the text Dr. Ure chose for his sermon the Sunday Jim went to church with Muff?”

“This quilt, like others made by our forebears, reminds us of their carefulness, frugality, and faith. Hopefully we will profit from their example.”




On Sunday June 5, members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club were able to host their Walk for Dog Guides just like in the days prior to COVID. And it was perfect weather for people and pooches alike to enjoy the walk.

After the walk, everyone returned to Clan Gregor Square for refreshments, prizes, and presentations.

Lion Jack Pal provided  those present with an interesting history on how the need for service dogs was identified and how the Lions evolved in their commitment to this noble cause.

Guest speaker for the event was Lions’ District Rep, Cheryl Bauman. She brought her two pups that are being fostered to be future service dogs.  While Peko, aged 10 months, showed some of her training skills, it was two-month old Riley who stole the show.

Organizers would like to offer a  big thank-you to all who participated in any way, the walkers, the pledgers, the volunteers.  A special thank you to Culligan Water in Goderich for donating the drinking water.

And as always, thank-you to Pet Valu in Goderich for their enormous support of the Lions’ Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and helping to make this particular event a success.

The cost for a Dog Guide is approximately $35,000 and 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.




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Last night I finally got to see the movie “Marlene” based on the life of Steven Truscott and the miscarriage of justice he lived through from the time he was wrongly accused of murder at the age of 14 until his exoneration of said crime 48 years later. It is his story told from his wife Marlene’s perspective, a woman with unfailing faith and determination in seeking his vindication. 

This is the second week that the Park Theatre in Goderich has offered the movie for viewing and the community has responded with line ups around the corner and down West Street on repeat occasions. People have been turned away a number of times because the show has sold out. For our community Marlene isn’t just a movie, it is part of local history. 

Lynne Harper disappeared on June 9, 1959 – 63 years ago tomorrow.  I’m sure many older people in the theatre remember it as though it was yesterday. For my generation it is a well-known story gleaned from books, television interviews and the recollections of our parents and grandparents. For those younger than myself there is a curiosity to learn more about how these events transpired and how many years it took to right the wrong. All three of these demographics were evident in the theatre when the lights dimmed and the film began. 

As I travelled deeper into the world of Steven and Marlene I honestly forgot I was in a theatre and then part way through the movie I noticed just how quiet it was. There was no shuffling of people in their seats, no subtle coughing or conversation, just a collective gathering of people bearing witness to a story that needed to be told for Lynne, for Steven and for Marlene. – Melody


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