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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 677 Week 27 Vol 13

June 29, 2022


Issue 677 Week 27 Vol 13
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Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoHuron County Economic Development is working with six communities to provide grant funding to create murals to be completed by the end of 2022 and Bayfield is one of them!

Bayfield’s contribution to the Huron County Mural Project will be located on the south wall of the Bayfield arena, facing Jane Street.  Bluewater Council has granted permission for the mural to be located on a portion of this wall with the Facilities Manager, Maggie Off, in support.

A  Selection Committee made up of local community members will be convened to help steer the concept and make final selection, ensuring that it fairly represents the Bayfield community.  The artist’s concept of the work will be shared along with virtual voting on the final design via social media. Council will also have final approval as it will be painted on Municipal property.

The Bayfield Centre For The Arts (BCA) will be the managing partner in this public art project.

Anyone with interest in being on this Public Mural Committee, who may represent any of the following sectors of the community are encouraged to contact the BCA immediately: any Bayfield residents, Chamber businesses, non-profit organizations, service providers, Heritage Committee members,  Art Gallery owners, artists, youths, or under-represented communities.

Please send a short paragraph explaining the group you would represent and reasons for your interest. Six successful people will be contacted. Please email

The other Huron County communities that have been awarded a public mural are Goderich, Wingham, Exeter, Seaforth and Clinton.

Each of these murals will be included in a digital mural trail.

“Public art has many benefits, not the least of which is enhancing the human experience, celebrating community identity and culture, promoting economic development and tourism, creating jobs in creative industries — for artists, and enhancing the human experience in the public realm,” said Huron County Economic Development Officer, Rick Sickinger.



The Bayfield Community Fair is 166 years young and organizers invite everyone to “put the Fair in your summer plans”! (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

“Blossoms, Butterflies & Bees!” Nature’s hard-working pollinators are a fitting theme for the 166th Bayfield Community Fair, which will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Agricultural Park on Aug. 19-21. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is excited to host a fully in-person fair experience for the first time in three long years!

The Bayfield Community Fair has something for everyone: fireworks, a midway, a parade, evening entertainment, as well as unique events for all ages, competitions, demonstrations, vendors, educational displays, and so much more. A complete schedule of events and the 2022 Fair Book will soon be available on the Bayfield Fair website to visit click here: Bayfield Fair. 

For those who have been expanding their culinary skills or exploring other creative endeavors, there will be plenty of opportunities to enter exhibits in the Homecraft show.

Over the past few years, some community members have taken an interest in making maple syrup and producing honey.  The Fair offers a perfect opportunity to showcase these two products. This year, two new classes – Maple Syrup and Liquid Honey – have been added to the renamed section of Farm Products. There are three classes for maple syrup entries: Golden, Amber, and Dark. There are also three classes for the liquid honey entries: White, Golden, and Amber. The BAS encourages local producers, both amateur and seasoned, to compete for the best maple syrup and honey in this community.

An exciting addition to the Fair this year is a Poultry Show on Saturday, Aug. 20 featuring more than 100 categories. The exhibits will include large fowl, bantams, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, and a full section for junior exhibitors to enter. This is sure to be a hit with breeders and everyone attending the Fair, both young and old. More information on this special show will be available in the coming weeks.

Vendors who wish to have an indoor or outdoor booth to sell crafts or promote a business should click on: Vendors to learn more about rates and for contact information.

Volunteers from the community are needed to help make the Bayfield Community Fair a success. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone interested in volunteering can email:


The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is currently looking for additional members to join their Board of Directors including a Secretary, a “House” director and  a “Rental” director.

According to existing members of the Executive, the workload for a Director is not daunting…and it’s fun!  Participation includes: attendance at monthly Board meetings;

bringing ideas and participation in an annual Town Hall Planning session for the following year; volunteer time to help at Town Hall Events (there are six this year); and participate in the annual Town Hall spring yard clean-up.

The “House” Director position will be available soon. This position involves the maintenance and upkeep of the building working closely with the part-time custodian. The person in the “Rental” Director position will work closely with the rental coordinator for weddings and events. The person who fulfils the “Secretary” position will participate in Board decisions, take minutes and help the President set the agenda.

The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920.  The Town Hall was the seat of Village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984 at which point, the aging building was closed and in disrepair.

In 1989, a committee was formed to restore and re-energize the Town Hall.  The committee was known as the “Friends of the Town Hall” and after years of fundraising, private donations and grants, monies were raised to restore and maintain the historic building.

Today, the BTHHS, a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep with a mandate to provide cultural events and activities for the Village. All of this is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.

The following is an overview of what these fundraising efforts pay for:

  • Repairs and upgrades to the building
  • Heat, hydro and operation of the building
  • Maintenance and cleaning including a part-time staff custodian
  • Renting the hall for weddings and community use including a part-time staff rental coordinator
  • Hosting events and performances at the Town Hall

To learn more or to apply for a position please email



Jordan George (Submitted photo)

A new website under construction by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) and Archives will do far more than recreate a timeline of First Nations people from the Ice Age to settlement of the Huron Tract to present day, predicts researcher and writer Jordan George.

“It’s going to benefit people because they’re going to learn about the history, and the present-day too,” said George, who has spent the past two months immersed in researching and sometimes transcribing documents, history books, treaties and agreements for the website, “A Brief History of Indigenous People in Huron County Prior to European Settlement”, which is expected to launch by September.

“When it gets to the end it’s really going to tie it nicely to the meaning, the impact, of the treaties and of the sacred connection to today; the interactions between First Nations people and non-First Nations people to protect the waters and be aware of what’s going on in the lands, and to find comfort in talking about collaborative learning,” he said.

The site will outline the activities of Indigenous Peoples along the eastern shore of Lake Huron from Paleoindians to the developments of the Algonquian peoples from the northwest and the Iroquoian groups from the east.  The site will describe the social structures of these various First Nations along with their seasonal activities of hunting, fishing, maple sugaring, and agriculture.  Ending with notes on the first contact with European explorers, the web site will illuminate the continuing importance of Indigenous culture in the 21st Century.

“The audience is the people of Huron County in Southwestern Ontario, youth and elders, native and non-native,” George said. He expects to make a number of public presentations on the project shortly after its launch.

George, who lives and is from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Western University and will be returning in September to pursue a teaching degree. He has taught Ojibwe and is interested in language revitalization.

Funding for this project was provided by Michael and Stephanie McDonald. It is being overseen by Ralph Blasting, of Bayfield, a retired professor of theatre history, Towson University, Maryland.

Community Futures Huron is a proud partner of the BHS and Archives.


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The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) extends an invitation to two events, an official book launch and a memorial dedication.

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. Special guests will bring congratulations: Municipality of Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp, Huron County Warden Glen McNeil, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, and Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.

Thompson will also take the opportunity to present the Remarkable Citizen Award to two Bayfield residents. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, all are invited to browse the display in the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.

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 and with the generous support of Huron County, the Municipality of Bluewater, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bayfield Lions Club, and Diamond Concrete Inc. In addition, Bayfield resident and sculptor Frank Moore has created a statue of Admiral Bayfield, which is in the process of being installed.


The Municipality of Bluewater staff and Council would like to create a short term rental policy that balances the economic benefits of short term rentals with the needs of the neighborhoods. A key part of this process is to work with the community toward this goal. The Municipality would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short term rentals.

As part of the process, the Municipality of Bluewater invites the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short term rentals and the draft by-law. This includes feedback from short term rental operators, neighbors of short term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short term rentals. A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short term rental operators.

The purpose of the proposed by-law is to ensure safety of all parties in and around all properties. It will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbours. Some items to be included in the by-law are:

  • A parking management plan to ensure that people do not park on streets outside of permitted areas and to prohibit parking on private lots where damage to septic systems could happen.
  • A maximum occupancy limit that reflects a maximum number of people per bedroom and/or per dwelling.
  • A requirement that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes.
  • A demerit point system is proposed to give negative points to rentals that do not comply with the licensing by-law or other municipal by-laws. If a maximum number of demerit points is reached, the license may be revoked. This will ensure that all municipal by-laws and requirements will be followed within the most vulnerable residential areas.

The Municipality welcomes individuals to complete the short term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Any information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared.


Honk! Honk! The last drop-off day at the Quonset Hut is this Saturday, July 2. This is everyone’s last chance to load up all those used and once-loved treasures before Rummage Sale day, July 8!

The  Quonset Hut is located on Hwy 21 just North of the village at 76614 Bluewater Highway. The final drop off opportunity will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

“It’s been so exciting to see the turnout of donors and volunteers. It is clear the community is thrilled to have this Annual event back again,” said Catherine Tillmann, one of the convenors of the 73rd Rummage Sale for the Pioneer Park Association. “We can report that the donations are already many and there is definitely going to be something for everybody… and then some.”

She added, “There will be furniture finds that are a perfect fit, dishware to add to a collection, that one illusive album or book will finally be rewarded, and perhaps a few new pieces of art to decorate your home or cottage.  There is no telling what you will find, but find something fabulous you will.”

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.

The sale will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre,  4 Jane Street. The outdoor sale will start at 6 p.m. with the Zamboni door opening to the arena floor at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend are encouraged to come early, there will no doubt be a line-up so people are encouraged to bring a mask. They should also bring plenty of loonies and toonies as prices have been streamlined this year.

Another highlight of the Rummage Sale is the Silent Auction table. People won’t want to miss out on the chance to take home one or two of these treasures.

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.



Zinnia and her brood (Submitted photo)

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

Zinnia and her four adorable babies are the Adopt-A-BFF family of the week.

Zinnia welcomed two boys and two girls. Rescuers believe that this poor Mama was likely dumped when people discovered she was in the family way. Zinnia was very timid but a lovely woman took her in, as well as another young, pregnant feline. This person generously cared for the two Mothers and their 11 kittens.

“She obviously couldn’t keep everyone, along with her own cats but she did take care of them and did a great job in socializing everyone to this point,” said Deb Pehale, representing the Rescue.

Anyone who would like to meet Zinnia and/or her kittens 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.


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.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has two events organized for the month of July.

The BRVTA will be joining the celebrations in dedicated  Admiral Bayfield Square  with a walk through the village led by historian David Yates on Saturday, July 9.

Yates is the author of “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.”

Starting at Clan Gregor Square at 11 a.m. the walk will last about 90 minutes. It will follow the Heritage Trail through the Village to Pioneer Park and return to Main Street prior to the dedication of Admiral Bayfield Square at 1 p.m.  Along the way, Yates will share some stories about the man after whom the Village is named. All are welcome.

On Saturday, July 23, the whole family is invited to a Scavenger Hunt on the Varna Nature Trails!  The event will start early at 9 a.m. and participants will be sent off with a list of items to collect along the way.  Can you find a snail shell?  A feather? Something blue?  Bring a bag to collect your treasures and everyone will gather at the end to see how participants did.  This event will be great for kids, but people of all ages are welcome. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road and the trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot.  A map can be found here: Mavis’ Trail – Taylor Trail .

For more information about any BRVTA hikes, please contact Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at or call 519 525-3205.

Now is also a great time of year to utilize the BRVTA’s “Hiking Buddy Program”.

“We want to encourage you to use our beautiful trails year round for fitness and fun as much as you desire,” said Blasting, “The Hiking Buddy program is a membership benefit designed to help you meet other members of the BRVTA to organize a hiking time, with at least one other person, outside of the scheduled group hikes our association offers.”

Anyone interested in joining this program, is asked to please contact the coordinator, Laurie, by email at

“She will gladly answer any questions you may have.  If you decide to join, Laurie will obtain your contact information to be distributed to the other buddies.  Your contact information will be shared only with the other hiking buddies and our hiking coordinators.  We do not allow your personal info to be shared for marketing purposes,” concluded Blasting.


Quilting, the lifting of mandates and a food bank event are all happening at St. Andrew’s United Church.

On Sunday, July 17, St. Andrew’s will be hosting a special event in support of Blessings Community Store in Zurich: “Fill the Truck” for Blessings.  They will have a truck parked out in front of the church ready to hold donated non-perishable items. Church members as well as anyone in the community who wishes to donate as part of St. Andrew’s outreach is welcome to participate.

The members of St. Andrew’s Council have made the decision that since many of the COVID restrictions have been lifted, they are now able to lift the mask mandate in the church. Individuals and families are asked to do what feels most comfortable for them to participate fully in worship. Attendees are welcome to wear a mask if that is what they require to feel safe. Council asks that people only come to worship in person or to other events at the church if they are healthy in order to continue to take care of each other and the wider community.

The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s. All are welcome to join in quilting  at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.


Pioneer Park is the place to be in July and August. Yoga, music and art events are all planned for the lazy, hazy days of summer!

“Yoga in the Park” will be held on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer months starting at 9 a.m. The first session was held on June 27. The last session is set for Monday, Sept. 5. Please note that there will be no Yoga on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 1st.

Eight pre-sunset concerts have been scheduled for the season as part of “ Music in the Park”.

The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform on two Fridays during the summer: July 29 and Sept. 2. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Harpist Sharon Johnston is set for July 2nd;  Phil Cook will provide music on July 16 and Aug. 27;  Dave G. will be the performer on July 30; and Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13.

A favorite of park goers is returning this summer with four dates scheduled for “Paint the Sunset” with Robin Ellis. Canvas and water colors are provided for budding artists of all ages to use. The dates for “Paint the Sunset” are: Saturday, July 9, Sunday, July 31, Saturday, Aug.  20 and Sunday, Sept. 4.


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This is one example of the Paint by Number kits that will be available. There are three others to choose from. (Submitted photo)

An exciting giveaway for Canada Day is in the works!

The Bayfield Centre For The Arts and Crichet Handmade Designs will be handing out free Paint By Number kits, t-shirts, Canada flags and pins on July 1st!

There is a limited quantity of kits and t-shirts available for both adults and kids. These will be handed out from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. or while supplies last – so come ealy!

The giveaway will be held at Crichet Handmade Designs located at 20 Catherine Street in Bayfield.



The Friends of the Bayfield Library Book Sale is planned for Aug. 18-20. (Submitted photo)

The annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library is a “Go” this year! After a pandemic hiatus of two years, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is delighted to announce that the book sale will be held Aug. 18-20, coinciding with the Bayfield Community Fair weekend.

As in the past, FOBL depends on donations of gently used books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs to make the sale a success. This year, FOBL has new donation restrictions on what can and cannot be accepted. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale should visit to view or download the Donation Guidelines. Paper copies of the Donation Guidelines are also available at the library.

FOBL wishes to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who has been saving books to donate over the past several years. People are kindly asked to continue storing books at home until the drop-off dates, which are listed in the Donation Guidelines. Please do not drop off or leave boxes of donation items outside the library as there is no space to store them.


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


According to Bayfield Area Food Bank President Claire Trepenier, “The giving is always there.   Thank you to Greyhaven Gardens in Londesborough for donating tomato and pepper plants.  They were well received by several households.”

She also noted that, “Cereal, tuna, and oatmeal packets are main staples that we do not have in our inventory. If you can add one of these items to your grocery list and then drop them off it would be appreciated.”

Items are collected in the donation boxes provided by the entrance to the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield and at the Bayfield Public Library.

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 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.


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 besides being able to fly, invertebrates, such as bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds (and some bats*) all share something else in common? Yes, they are all pollinators! Pollinators transfer pollen from one plant to another ensuring the development of edible fruit for us and other wildlife. Without pollinators, flowering plants would not be able to bear fruit and we would not have blueberries, squash, cherries, and pears, to name just a few.   Farm produce, valuing billions of dollars here in Canada, depends on the more than 1,000 species of pollinators in Canada. Sadly, pollinators are in serious trouble because of pesticides (neonicotinoids), habitat loss and climate change.

What you can do…1) Write to your MPP and ask them to support the abolishment of neonicotinoid pesticides, 2) plant native plants to create pollinator habitats, and 3) raise awareness! Talk to your friends, family and neighbors. And if you are interested in making your school a  “Bee School” or Bayfield a “Bee City,” find out more by clicking here:  Bee City. 

(* Bats in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico are pollinators of agave and cactus, though Canadian bats are not pollinators.)


A drop in location for conversation, connection and community awareness. Play cards or games with old friends or make new friends over your cup of coffee.

After some refurbishment, “Good Neighbours of Bluewater” opened its doors late last week at 28 Goshen Street North in Zurich in the building that was once home to a hardware store.

The premise behind the drop in location is to offer “conversation, connection and community awareness.” People are invited to come by to play cards or games with old friends or make new friends over a cup of coffee.

“A group in Zurich realized that a place for people to just get together and socialize was lacking in Bluewater.  Especially during the pandemic, people were feeling lonely and isolated, so they organized a program in Zurich called ‘Good Neighbours of Bluewater’ –  find your connection,” said Dawne Erb, one of the people involved in the project. “This will be a place to drop in and socialize with friends, play cards or other games, and participate in other activities. Organized programming will happen as well under the leadership of a hired coordinator.”

Good Neighbours of Bluewater will be open to the general public on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Erb noted that with their programming they want to be inclusive to people of all ages in Bluewater  – from babies to grandmas & grandpas.

She added that the Room2Grow Pregnancy and Parenting Support Centre that offers programming in both Clinton and Goderich will also be starting a program out of the Good Neighbours of Bluewater location.  This program provides a place for moms to get together, share ideas, learn new skills, receive child care education and receive emotional  support and encouragement.

“This will be a once a week program on Wednesdays for moms and babies,” said Erb, “We also will have children’s programming and some light meals with food prep instruction later on.”

Good Neighbours of Bluewater will be holding their first event on Thursday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. in the form of a Strawberry Social. A free will offering would be appreciated. Live music will be provided by Marcel and Martin Gelinas from 5-7 p.m.




The Gallery House, located at 16 The Square in Bayfield will be premiering Christine Fitzgerald’s Last Light series at 11 a.m. on July 9 and the community is welcome to attend. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


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Christine Fitzgerald’s pieces are one-of-a-kind, hand printed photographs on the best quality archival cotton paper. Images for Last Light were captured using both digital and analog cameras. She created her pieces using historical photographic processes from the 19th century merged with modern technology. Her process is labor intensive, complex and prints take several days to create.

“Last Light” a new art series by photo-based artist Christine Fitzgerald, of Ottawa, ON is making its debut in Bayfield on July 9th at The Gallery House and the gallery owners couldn’t be more delighted to be able to share Fitzgerald’s work with the community.

Fitzgerald herself explained that “the images in the series present vulnerable places and species at risk along the majestic St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic coast.”

The American Eel, birds, plant life, fish and fossils have all been captured through Fitzgerald’s vision and meticulous eye for detail. In creating the series, she returned to what many consider to be obsolete photography techniques using wet plate collodion camera work first invented in the 1850s. She combined this process with specialized printing techniques such as cyanotype or pigmented gum bichromate impressions on platinotypes to create stunning monochromatic images in shades of blue.

“I have used blue as a tool to express how we are ultimately all connected with the health of the planet,” said Fitzgerald.

Sandra May, and her husband Rob, are the owners of The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield and they are delighted to be premiering Fitzgerald’s Last Light series at 11 a.m. on July 9.

“As a gallerist it is an exciting opportunity to show the work of such talented Canadian artists as Fitzgerald,” said Sandra.

Sandra first connected with Fitzgerald in May of 2021.

“I was looking for a photographer-artist to display in our gallery and I was connected to her through an east coast gallery owner who felt that she and I would be a good match. I drove to Ottawa to meet her and see her studio,” said Sandra.

Sandra was enthralled with her process. “How she does things is so different from everyone else. For example, she is one of few artists in the world that has used salt water in the processing of her photos before she adds multiple layers of pigments using a separate technique also from the 19th century .”

Only a limited number of pieces from this series will be available for purchase at each gallery as the exhibition travels. Last Light will be showcased in an exhibition in Toronto and then Ottawa later this fall.

Fitzgerald’s passion for both photographic art and the environment translated on a global scale when she had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall to commemorate the conservationist’s 85th birthday. She was recently a featured speaker during Ocean Week Canada. Fitzgerald’s work has been featured by the CBC, The Washington Post and National Geographic.

“As a collaborative gallery we work with other galleries to ensure that artists’ works can be seen across the country,” said Sandra. This is the second summer for The Gallery House, the business only represents and displays Canadian artists. They represent Senior Canadian Artists, Mid-Career Artists and a select group of important young artists.

“We as collectors only collect Canadian artists. We feel that it is important to support people within our own country and then in turn we are also supporting Canadian culture and Canadian museums as works can later be gifted to a museum,” Sandra said.

Sandra added that she and her husband both have a strong affinity for the village and the people who reside in it, noting how much creativity there is here with such groups as the  Photography Club of Bayfield, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts and the other art galleries along Main Street.

“We support the other galleries and encourage everybody to go explore and enjoy all the art options offered in town,” she said.

The Mays have also embraced being part of the village’s history, setting up The Gallery House in a property within the heritage district with a story going back to the 1840s when it was site of the barn and driving shed for The Albion Hotel. The previous tenants were Dr. Charles Wallace and nurse practitioner Marg Vischer who set up offices in the home in 1984, adding onto the building in 1994. Since taking ownership the Mays have done some minor upgrades installing new windows and doors, painting and enhancing the landscaping. Sandra said she found the Bluewater Heritage Committee great to work with, being exceptionally fair and helpful in providing guidance in keeping within the parameters of the heritage district.

Last Light is The Gallery House’s first show of the season and the Mays welcome everyone to come view Fitzgerald’s series, as well as the work of other artists currently on display. The Gallery House is open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. after July 1st. Visit or to learn more.


Summer 2022 Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) staff are back in the office and ready for a very busy summer! Gateway students are preparing for two camps. Discovery Healthcare Camp July 11-15 and GrandSparks July 18-22.

Thirty high school students will collect at Camp Klahanie, south of Goderich, to have a week of learning all about healthcare careers. GrandSparks brings grandparents and grandchildren together for some fun-filled bonding and learning.

All this and working hard on several research projects “Farmers Well Being”, “Be Well-Work Well”, “Skills in Healthcare Attraction Recruitment Project” (SHARP) and working with local producers with the “GREAT Project”.

President of Gateway Gwen Devereaux said, “Our students are so important to the operation of Gateway CERH. They gain great experience while building their resumes and we are rewarded with the talent and energy they bring to our organization. It is especially great this year because of working virtually the last two years. It is such a relief to be working together face to face on our projects.”

The Gateway Summer Students for 2022 are:


Cam Brenner (Submitted photos)

Cameron (Cam) Brenner has joined Gateway as a summer student working as a research assistant. Brenner is currently enrolled in his last year of Concurrent Education at Brock University with plans to become a high school PE and Mathematics teacher. He brings a variety of experiences and knowledge to the team in areas such as mental health, nutrition, and lifelong wellbeing. In his spare time, Brenner enjoys sports, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. He is very motivated and excited to join the Gateway team this summer.

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Megan Kovats

Megan Kovats is joining Gateway this summer after completing her Co-op term as a GDCI student. In September, Kovats will be attending the University of Guelph in the One Health Program. In her spare time, Kovats enjoys being active in many activities, especially playing field hockey with her teammates. She is excited for this opportunity to learn from all that Gateway has to offer.


Becky Higgs

Becky Higgs has joined Gateway as a research assistant. Higgs is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She was a student-athlete while completing her Psychology and Sociology degree. Higgs is grateful to have grown up on a farm in Huron County where she first understood the unique challenges rural residents face. Higgs enjoys spending time with family and friends and participating in activities to improve her overall health. She is thankful for the opportunity to join the Gateway team and contribute to local projects that will benefit the health of rural communities


Sage Milne

Sage Milne is a Research Assistant at Gateway. She is an Undergraduate Social Science student at Huron University who is involved in an interdisciplinary program combining Health Science and Global Development. She has been involved in previous projects in Health Care for the communication and promotion of “The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine” podcast and has volunteered within her local community as a trainer for a Ringette team. She is passionate about photography and music. Milne hopes to contribute to the excellent development of health care within rural communities.


Huron Hospice is fortunate to be located on a beautiful 12-acre property, and we are excited for a new opportunity to offer a guided grounds tour to the community. The volunteer grounds care team has been busy this year, and they can’t wait to show off their hard work and the variety of flora and fauna on the property.

During the tour, participants will walk the Tranquility Trail and explore the Memorial Forest and Pet Memorial Wall. They will learn more about the native species of trees that have been planted recently and discuss the variety of native plants on the grounds, as well as the impact of invasive species.

Participants will learn about the planned expansion of the Bender House, and future plans for the property, as they tour the many flower beds. They will have a chance to relax by the waterfall gardens and reflection pond. If they’re lucky, they will even get a chance to see one of the turtles on their new basking log.

Refreshments will follow the tour, with a chance to win one of the exciting door prizes!

Small group tours will be offered on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. and Friday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. Rain date will be the following week at the same time. There is no admission fee, but donations will be appreciated.

To register, please contact Helen Varekamp, the volunteer grounds care team lead, at: or 519 565-5442. Limited space available; register today to avoid disappointment!

Huron Hospice Bender House is located at  37857 Huron Road, Clinton ON. To learn more visit: 



The 2022 Shoreline Information Video Series provide information on four themes: shoreline processes; living with erosion; what you need to know before planning to build along the shoreline; and what you need to know before buying property along the shoreline.(Submitted photo)

Three local conservation authorities, working with community partners, have released four videos on shoreline themes for public information. The 2022 video series, videotaped by a professional video production company, includes two new videos and two updated videos.

The videos provide information on four themes: shoreline processes; living with erosion; what you need to know before planning to build along the shoreline; and what you need to know before buying property along the shoreline.

“We hope this series of videos will provide valuable information to people who own property near Lake Huron, to those who are considering a shoreline purchase or who are planning to build here or people who are simply planning to visit,” said Ashley Richards, Communications coordinator with Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA). “Some people who are new to Lake Huron, or who are considering moving here or building here, may want more information about the natural hazards that exist along the shoreline, such as erosion, the permits that are required, and how to find out more.”

The 2022 Shoreline Information Video Series is possible due to funding support from federal departments and provincial agencies supporting the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Watershed Canadian Community Action Initiative; Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership; and local sources through Ausable Bayfield Conservation; Maitland Conservation; and Saugeen Conservation. The Shoreline Processes and Living with Erosion videos were created thanks to the support of the Ashfield-Colborne Lakefront Association.

The video series includes participation of people in the community such as Wendy Little, real estate broker with Peter Benninger Realty.

To watch the videos, individuals may visit the YouTube channel of the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership click here: Healthy Lake Huron on YouTube Healthy Lake Huron on YouTube.  People may also visit the Healthy Lake Huron Facebook to view the videos. To do so click here: Healthy Lake Huron on Facebook.


Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will be holding community vaccination clinics this summer for students born in 2007-2009 to help them stay up to date with routine immunizations.

The clinics are open to youth who have previously received a dose of Hepatitis B (HB) or Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and/or the Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW-135) vaccine and need to complete the series; or have not yet received these vaccines and need to start the series.

Typically, students receive these immunizations at school-based clinics; however, HPPH was not able to hold school clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, many youth may not be 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 Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth,Dr. Miriam Klassen. “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 meningitis.

Anyone who isn’t sure whether their children are up to date on certain immunizations  can take a look at their child’s immunization record using the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) system. Visit to access the records. People can also call 1-888-221-2133.

Please note that ICON only lists immunizations that have been reported to HPPH; if a child received immunizations that haven’t been reported yet, they will not appear in this record. Parents are asked to report all immunizations to HPPH so they can ensure their child’s record is up-to-date.

Youth vaccine clinics dates are listed below please note that all clinics will take place from 1- 6 p.m.

  • June 28 – Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford
  • June 29 –  Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive, Clinton
  • July 6 – Pyramid Recreation Centre, 317 James Street South, St. Marys
  • July 12 – Steve Kerr Memorial Complex, 965 Binning Street West, Listowel
  • July 13 – Seaforth & District Community Centre, 122 Duke Street, Seaforth
  • July 26 – Wingham Knights of Columbus Centre, 99 Kerr Drive, Wingham
  •  Aug. 17 – Goderich Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald Street, Goderich
  •  Aug. 18 – Stratford Intermediate School, 60 St. Andrew Street, Stratford
  •  Aug. 23 –  West Perth Community Centre, 185 Wellington Street, Mitchell
  •  Aug. 24 – South Huron District High School, 92 Gidley Street East, Exeter

Appointments are required and can be booked online at or by calling the booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

The clinics are also open to students born in 2004-2006 who need their Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) immunization and were not able to attend one of the clinics held between May 25 and June 10.

In the fall, HPPH plans to resume school-based immunization clinics.  Immunizations are also available through a family doctor.


The Lake Huron Coastal Centre (LHCC) is encouraging youth ages 14 to 18 to join their Coastal Conservation Youth Corps program (CCYC) in Goderich and Port Elgin this July, August, and September. The free outdoor education program uses Lake Huron as a classroom to teach youth about coastal ecology, helping them learn new skills in the field while earning up to 30 volunteer hours towards their high school diploma requirements.

The CCYC program provides youth with an opportunity to learn about topics such as coastal processes, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, low-impact design and development, shoreline history, and coastal economies. Participants gain valuable experience with stewardship activities, like dune restoration, plant species identification, invasive plant removal, shoreline clean-ups, microplastic testing, and community planning.

Although Week One is full, some spaces are available for July 18-22 and July 25-29 in Saugeen Shores. In Goderich the sessions are Aug. 8-12 and in the fall over a pair of weekends Sept. 17-18 and Oct. 1-2. Interested participants can register or learn more at

Coastal Education Technician and ecology expert, Kerry Kennedy, will teach participants the practical skills commonly used by local environmental practitioners that help enhance shoreline resilience and reduce the impacts of climate change.

She said, “Many threats to the health of our water and shoreline such as temperature and plastic pollution are trending upward, which can be confusing and scary at times. Participating in the CCYC can be the first step in preparing youth with the skills and knowledge to care for our ever-changing environment”.

The LHCC shared a few of the many enthusiastic comments from past CCYC participants:

“I have learned a lot this week about the environment and all of it would be helpful in a future career.”

“I do believe this program brought me closer to nature. I didn’t know much about plants before joining this.”

“I now know more ways to conserve the natural areas and keep the great lakes great!”

The LHCC says that the positive feedback demonstrates the impact and success of the program and the importance of educating the next generation of decision-makers and conservationists.

Primary funding support for the program comes from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.

The LHCC is a non-governmental charity dedicated to supporting a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research. To learn more, visit or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using @coastalcentre.

For further inquiries or to resolve potential barriers to participation, email


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

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

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


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 20.

  •  Approved a request by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts for the painting of a mural on the Jane Street side of the Bayfield Arena which will be funded through the Huron County Economic Development grant. The final mural design will be approved by Council.
  • Appointed Charlotte Tunikaitis as the new Manager of Finance/Treasurer.
  • Approved the revised Development Charges By-law for public consultation and consideration at the July 4th, 2022 public meeting, and directed staff to create a policy for the adoption of development rate freezes or deferrals for certain types of developments, where The Act states that Charges can be deferred for a certain period, with an interest rate included.
  • Approved an application made under the Ontario Heritage Act to install a 5-foot tall, stone statue of Admiral Henry Bayfield in the location shown on the site plan dated January 2020 on municipal property known as 20 Main Street North, Bayfield, with endorsement from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation; in concurrence with advice received from the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee.
  • Awarded the RFP for Fire Dispatching Services to Owen Sound Emergency Communications Centre (OSECC) with the initial start-up costs for infrastructure being in the amount of $52,600.00 exclusive of HST; and the prorated fee for dispatching for the remainder of 2022 in the amount of $7,772.42.


The Municipality of Bluewater is offering a youth ball hockey program this summer. Through a grant provided by the Jumpstart Foundation, the municipality will be hosting a six-week program at the Hensall Arena. It is an excellent opportunity for children to learn a new sport or practice their ice hockey skills during the off season!

The program will run from July 19 to Aug. 25.

On Thursday nights, the ‘Learn to Play’ session for children ages four to six will include skills and drills followed by a scrimmage. This one-hour program will begin at 5:30 p.m. After this session, a ‘House League’ program will run for ages seven to 10 for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. ‘House League’ will be 10 minutes of warm-up with 50 minutes of game time. Coaches will be on the bench and referees will officiate the games.

On Tuesday nights, one-hour sessions of ‘House League’ will be offered in two age groups, 11-13 (6 p.m. start) and 14-16 (7 p.m. start).

Equipment required is helmet, hockey stick, and running shoes. Gloves are optional. The Municipality can provide equipment to loan upon request.

The price per child for the six-week program is $15. A registration night will be held on July 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hensall Arena, 157 Oxford Street  West.

For more information, contact the Ball Hockey Convenor Shannon O’Reilly by email at or by phone at 519 262-3206 or visit the recreation programming page on Bluewater’s website here: Recreation Programming. The registration form can also be found online at the same location after today (June 30). Registration deadline is July 12.

CPH Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Clinton Public Hospital will be closed on the following dates: Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 3; and Monday, July 4.

The department will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.

This temporary closure is due to nursing and physician staffing shortages.

Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1. Paramedics will get you to the nearest Emergency Department for care.

The closest Emergency Departments to the Clinton Public Hospital are:  Seaforth Community Hospital  (HPHA); Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich;  South Huron Hospital, Exeter; and Wingham & District Hospital (LWHA)


On June 24, Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce was reappointed by Premier Doug Ford to serve as the Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.

“I am very honored to be reappointed as the Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs and to be able to continue to serve the people,” said Thompson. “I am committed to continuing our good work to support the province’s agri-food sector and rural Ontario.”

Over the last four years, the Progressive Conservative government has engaged across the province with farmers, processors, suppliers, farm and commodity organizations, transporters, rural municipalities and businesses in the sector.

Thompson will continue that engagement to inform a collective vision for a strong and vibrant agri-food sector. As a farmer, Thompson understands the importance of ensuring that rural Ontario and the agri-food sector has every chance to succeed and is prepared for a changing world.

The success of the agri-food industry and rural Ontario is inextricably linked to growing the agri-food workforce, growing Ontario’s processing capacity, capitalizing on new technologies and innovation, building the right infrastructure in the right place, strengthening the supply chain, supporting local food and reducing red tape while maintaining the highest level of food safety.

“Rural Ontario, and the agri-food sector, has my commitment to work with you in the days, months and years ahead,” said Thompson.


Hospitals across the South West continue to experience human resources shortages, including physicians, and all hospitals are working closely together to minimize potential service impacts and manage wait times. Despite the incredible efforts of all staff and physicians, and after a very challenging two years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to staff all programs and services. In fact, localized nursing shortages have already resulted in overnight Emergency Department closures and temporary suspensions of Labour and Delivery Services.

At the request of Ontario Health West, all hospitals in the South West region have prepared a coordinated summer planning overview that predicts staff availability across programs such as Emergency, Surgery, Labour and Delivery and Laboratory. The goal of the overview is to identify where there are concerns regarding consistent service provision and to ensure that necessary contingency and communication plans are in place.

“Our commitment to providing high quality, safe health care services will be balanced with the availability of resources and respect for the wellness of our teams,” said President & CEO Andrew Williams, of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. “Where service adjustments become unavoidable, often at the last minute due to either unplanned staff absences or high bed occupancy, our commitment is to make sure that all healthcare partners and communities are aware. This includes knowing plans that are in place to ensure continued service access through adjacent organizations.”

Over the past four years, more than 4,400 staff have retired from the healthcare field with the number of unfilled positions in 2021 increasing 91 per cent from the previous year. As one in five staff are over the age of 50, turnover in the healthcare field is expected to remain high. In a recent Ontario Hospital Association survey, burnout and stress from caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were the main reasons cited by staff currently leaving their roles.

Hospitals are very aware that all healthcare partners are facing the same staffing challenges. There is a shared responsibility to look to broader system solutions to ensure health care programs and services are provided in a manner that reflects the staffing realities they are collectively facing now and into the future.

In emergency situations, hospitals remind the public to call 9-1-1, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a key part of the Emergency Response Team. These team members will start immediate care when dispatched and will transport patients to the best hospital location for continued care.

If needs are non-urgent, please consider other health system supports, such as a primary care provider’s office or Health Connect Ontario (formerly Telehealth Ontario).


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship in 2022.

“We are very proud to offer the Student Environmental Award in 2022,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF chair. “This $1,000 student bursary helps a local student in their studies and we encourage local young people to apply.”

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30 by 4:30 p.m. local time.

For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the website at this web page link: Student Environmental Award. 

The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture, or outdoor education.

Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide, Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

There have been ten local recipients of the award. Past winners are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018; and Meghan Glavin, 2019.


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 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.

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit:


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.



Editor’s Note: In lieu of our regular “Remember This” feature we provide coverage of a special event that occurred in Varna, ON on the weekend. 


The site of the former Varna United Church and its accompanying cemetery was turned over to the Municipality of Bluewater in a ceremony on Saturday, June 25.

The original property was purchased in 1859 and a graveyard opened by Presbyterians connected to the Church of Scotland. This cemetery was used from that time until church union in 1925 with few burials after 1900. Unfortunately, over the years, various cemetery markers succumbed to the ravages of time.  A further loss occurred when the burial records were lost by fire. Only the names of the remaining stones are recorded in county historical records. Among these stones are the graves of Josiah Brown Secord, first postmaster and namer of the hamlet of Varna, and his parents, Stephen Secord and Alice Moffatt Secord, the former being a nephew of the famous Canadian heroine, Laura Secord.

In 1899, a Presbyterian Church was built on this site which continued as a United Church from 1925 until 2013. At that time Varna amalgamated with three other local churches. and the congregations moved to Brucefield Community United Church.  In an unexpected twist, the property deed was still in the name of the former 1899-1925 Presbyterian Church!  A long legal process was set in place, to designate the property as belonging to the United Church before anything else could be done. In 2016, as a gravesite, the church was unable to be sold and so was demolished.

A legacy donation from the late Floyd McAsh, benefactor, church organist and village historian  made it possible for the new church to restore the property.  A decision was taken to build a central monument of the remaining gravestones in a new park where locals and strangers alike may find a quiet place to rest. On June 25, relatives of the late Floyd McAsh were among the invited guests, which included descendents of Varna pioneers, past members of Varna United Church, and past ministers Rev. Sam Parker, Rev. Colin Snyder, and Pastor Elly Dow.

Current Brucefield Community United Church Minister Pastor Randy Banks read the official declaration to acknowledge the transfer of property to Mayor Paul Klopp and Councillor Peter Walden, on behalf of the Municipality of Bluewater.




As part of ongoing 75th Anniversary projects, the Bayfield Lions Club invited the public to an Open House at the Lions’ Community Building on June 18. Organizers noted that it was wonderful to see former Lions and Lioness, as well as interested members of the community.

Many thanks go out to Bayfield residents John and Kathleen Siertsema for providing photo albums and a lot of background to help illustrate the evolution and development of so many features that are now part of Bayfield’s landscape. Joan Merner, of Bayfield, as the first president of the Bayfield Lioness, shared the welcome letter she received from Lions International upon chartering in 1976.

The Lions would like to thank Bayfield’s own ADS Advertising for their help, and Gold Coast Landscaping in particular for the gorgeous planters they provided for the entrance.

Next on the calendar and in the same building, the Lions will be providing a breakfast option for Vettefest on July 9 from 8-11 a.m.

And be sure to keep July 16 open for the Lions’ Super Summer Bingo to be held at the arena from 1-4 p.m.!



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Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) is a volunteer-driven cat rescue. They do what they do because they are passionate about how felines are treated and hope to provide them with the best possible forever homes after giving them a good start. However, they are volunteers and are not obligated to answer every call, even though they would like to be able to do so. Nor should they be expected to.

“We are receiving multiple calls daily about abandoned and or stray cats,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We are truly overwhelmed with requests and we just cannot keep up.”

BFF is bursting at the seams and currently has over 30 kittens with Momma’s needing vetting.

Just on Monday, Penhale received four calls requesting that she come and take a stray away. She realizes that not everyone can take in a cat or support a stray until a solution can be found but she also finds it very difficult when people demand that she do so because “what’s one more cat?”

“I have to remember that we already have a number of cats in our care and they don’t get a say if we bring in yet another one – maybe they won’t be happy about it,” Penhale said. “How do we feed it?  House it? Pay to vet it?”

Penhale is asking people to be part of the solution, not the problem. “Feed the cat and keep it safe until a rescue can find a place, please.”

And even better yet, keep your cats indoors and spay/neuter them to help control the ever-spiralling population of strays.

Penhale notes that for every difficult person there are good, supportive people out there and their support is greatly appreciated. Anyone who can help BFF by offering financial support, by giving of time or talents, or by providing foster care is asked to please reach out today at – Melody

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