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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 678 Week 28 Vol 14

July 6, 2022


Issue 678 Week 28 Vol 14
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Admiral Bayfield (Submitted photo)


Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield was a surveyor for the British Admiralty who prepared nautical charts of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and waterways east of the river in the early 19th century. His charts made travelling on these waters safer and contributed to the development of early Canada. His name was given to the Village by Baron van Tuyll who had set aside 388 acres of his land holdings for settlement around the mouth of the river.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is having a dedication ceremony for Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield at the Admiral Bayfield Square on Saturday July 9 starting at 1 p.m.

The Admiral Bayfield Square includes a paving stone area surrounding a compass rose, bollards, a small garden, a bronze plaque and four information panels. As well there is a sculpture of Admiral Bayfield that will be unveiled that was created by Frank Moore, a sculptor who lives in Bayfield. Representatives from all levels of government will join us in this celebration. A video about Admiral Bayfield including greetings from several relatives was made for this event and will be shown in the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.

Financial support for the Admiral Bayfield Square was provided by the Federal Department of Heritage Canada, Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Lions Club and BHS. In addition, the volunteer contributions of many members of the community have made this special project possible.

The BHS invites everyone to please join them on July 9 to celebrate a truly remarkable individual, Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield.


Ready, set, rummage!

It is very nearly here – the 73rd Rummage Sale for the Pioneer Park Association is this  Friday, July 8.

“This year we have a ‘bumper crop’ from our generous donors, who have held on to these treasures over the COVID hiatus,” said Catherine Tillmann, one of the convenors. “This year’s Silent Auction is bigger and better than ever and our bake sale table will be brimming with homemade goodies. There will be music and hot dogs, excitement and deals galore. So come early and enjoy it all.”

The gates to the outdoor portion of the sale will be opened at 6 p.m. The Zamboni door to the Arena will be lifted at 6:30 p.m.

With so many goods for sale organizers will be expanding use of both the inside and outside grounds.

“We are optimizing space for ease of circulation, access to the tables, and ease of movement,” said Tillmann.

Tillmann suggests that shoppers pack a hat to shade themselves from the sun, a strong shopping bag to transport their purchases, a refillable container to use at the water station and a healthy stack of loonies and toonies.

 “This is the return of our annual opportunity to get great deals, join in on the community fun, and, most of all, support Pioneer Park. Do not miss it!” concluded Tillmann.

The sale will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre,  4 Jane Street.

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.


As planned, the summer shut-down for Bayfield’s Main Street Revitalization project started on June 24.

During the summer shut-down, the metal fencing which was around the active construction area has been removed but will be reinstalled in the fall. There will be a few holes and areas around hydro-poles that will remain fenced off with orange mesh fencing. The orange mesh fencing will also remain around the trees during the summer in an effort to protect the trees. Signage has been posted on the orange mesh fencing to communicate construction info to visitors. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance such as dust control and grading.

The “triangle” intersection at Main Street and The Square will be reconstructed and the traffic flow will be much the same as it was prior to construction. For the summer shut-down, markers and barrels will remain in this intersection to help with traffic flow.

Hydro One is anticipating to pull the wires through the underground conduit starting early July in hopes to get ahead of schedule. This work is expected to be non-invasive.

The new sidewalks in part of the finished project will be exposed aggregate concrete sidewalks. Part of the design consultation process was ensuring they met sidewalk accessibility requirements and the Huron County Accessibility Committee reviewed and provided input on the design.

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The new sidewalks in part of the finished project will be exposed aggregate concrete sidewalks. (Photo courtesy Ron Koudys Landscape Architects)


The Canada-themed Take & Make children’s event took place on Saturday, June 25, outside of the Bayfield Public Library. It was a day filled with brilliant blue skies!

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) members were greeted by many smiling faces as they handed out the Take & Make craft kits to eager children and their appreciative parents as well as grandparents, who were just delighted to have something for their visiting grandkids to do.

Event Coordinator Carmen Davies said, “If you missed out on this event, there are still a few extra craft kits at the Bayfield Library. We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to The Village Bookshop for donating two $25 gift cards for our Scavenger Hunt draw. Many thanks to all the FOBL helpers who contributed to the success of this event.”

To give the children a little extra time to get their Scavenger Hunt sheets into the draw, the deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 7. The draw will take place on July 7 at 6 p.m.

Parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to send photos of the completed crafts to – no photos of children please. The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the next week.


Huron 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 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 or call 519 565-5788.


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.


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

Burt and Ernie are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.

Everything about these two boys is extra-large! They are a pair of 10 year-old bonded brothers who lost their doting human and are now left looking for a new home.  They are both calm, loving and curious while Ernie (who is an all orange Tabby) is a bit more adventurous.

When he arrived at the Rescue Ernie needed to have some fur knots shaved from his back. Due to his extra-large size, grooming is a bit difficult. He misses his beloved human who used to brush him regularly.

“We have these boys on food to help get them down to a healthier weight,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “They are well behaved but still can be playful. They were very much loved and continue to enjoy being pet and cuddled.   They have  adjusted surprisingly well and quickly to the shelter environment considering the current upheaval in their lives but they deserve a home of their own and the opportunity to connect with a special human(s).”

Anyone who would like to meet Burt and Ernie 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.




Bayfield residents, Meredith Needles and Evan Bullen, are the new owners of the Woodland Drive-in currently serving up a variety of delicious ice cream options to customers from Wednesday to Sunday this summer!


Evan Bullen is no stranger to Bayfeld, in fact he literally grew up on Main Street in the 1990s with his Dad owning Admiral Bayfield (today’s Black Dog) and his Mom the proprietor of The Wardrobe (today’s Fab). As a youth he himself was an entrepreneur running The Fry Shack, next to his Dad’s restaurant, so when the opportunity presented itself to return to the village and become the co-owner of an already well established business he took the leap.

Bullen, and his partner Meredith Needles, became the new owners of the Woodland Drive-In in the middle of March of this year. This staple of fun food has been serving the community for over four decades with the previous owner Jennifer Fuller owning it for nearly 20 years.

Needles also has local routes growing up in nearby Central Huron. Both went off in the world to work, study and explore.  The pair first met in the village when they were both home for the summer. They spent a few years residing together in Little Portugal in Toronto before they decided they wanted to move to Bayfield and establish some roots in the community. They purchased a house in the village that was also owned by Fuller. When they did so they penned her a letter letting her know that when she was ready to sell the Drive-in they would be interested in purchasing it as well. For Fuller that time arrived this Spring.

Bullen and Needles opened the Woodland for the season in early April and Fuller was there showing them the ropes and helping them learn the operation. Needles works in recruiting Bachelor of Arts students in policing and public safety for Wilfrid Laurier University. As her job is 100 percent remote when time allows she doesn’t hesitate to jump off the computer and help out at the Drive-in.

People in the community were wondering what changes the couple might make to the establishment with Bullen having a background working for the Beer Store in Draft Services  but Needles noted, “don’t mess with something that’s not broken.”

“The plan is to keep it basically the same – just a little different – leading into the season we were having fun playing with the menu but such things as The Woodland Burger will remain a staple,” said Bullen. “We will continue to use Metzgers for our meats as they offer a quality product that has been working really well.”

He added, “It is exciting to be a part of the restaurant community – we have friends in the business here and they have been so supportive, offering helpful advice.”

“Local interest has also been wonderful,” said Needles.”People want to see this business thrive and everyone has been really caring and great and our family has been very supportive as well.”

One of the challenges the couple are facing is that this is a staff turn-over year. Many youth have worked at the Woodland Drive-in over the years and a lot of them stay with the business right through their secondary school days so about every four or five years there can be a big shift. Bullen pointed out that there are some perks to working at the Woodland, the pay is good, most days the team is out by 8:30 p.m. and all staff get free ice cream!

The couple invite their customers to get creative and make suggestions for future features. They also have a “Needs and Wants” Board for their employees to participate as well. Banana milkshake? Mint-Oreo Blizzard? Make you own chilli cheese fries? The possibilities are indeed endless.

“We more-so want to give the customers a blank canvas with our menu items to spark their creativity. We have a section on our Instagram page that shows previous creations, however, we love to see the new and wild ideas being ordered. By giving them this outlet, it allows the customer the opportunity to customize what they like and limits any and all food waste,” said Bullen.

As a youth Bullen imagined owning a place in the village and now that the dream has become a reality he said that even at this early stage, it is, “One hundred percent living up to my hopes, no more or no less, it is what I expected it to be.”

The Woodland Drive-In is currently open Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and every holiday Monday! It is located at 17 Mill Road in the village. Their menu can be found on their Facebook Page: Woodland Drive In.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) extends an invitation to an official book launch they are hosting today (July 6).

The launch will feature 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


After a COVID-related hiatus Bayfield Vettefest is back for its 14th year this coming weekend.

Things kick off in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, July 8, when vette enthusiasts are invited to gather for a cruise – vehicles will depart the park at 7 p.m. They will return to the park on the morning of July 9, for the car show where visitors can get a closer look at what is under the hood starting at 8 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.


As the village prepares to once again welcome the roar of Corvettes this weekend for Bayfield Vettefest, the Bayfield Lions Club members are getting ready to provide a yummy breakfast option to residents and visitors on Saturday, July 9.

Lions will be serving up peameal bacon on a bun, with coffee, tea or juice for $10 from 8-11 a.m.

This scrumptious fare can be found at the Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road, right next door to the Bayfield Fire Department and across the street from Clan Gregor Square.

Proceeds from the breakfast will go to community projects.



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

Volunteers Needed!

The Bayfield Agricultural Society is actively seeking volunteers from the community to help with the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 19-21.

Help is needed both in setting up the fairgrounds and arena for the fair as well as cleaning up after the event is over by taking down and storing away equipment. Wednesday, Aug. 17 is the date that set up help is required while Monday, Aug. 22 is scheduled for the clean up, 9 a.m. to finish is the time to help on both occasions.

Volunteers are needed to help with transferring exhibits from vehicles to the right tables in the arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Help is requested with sorting exhibits, recording winners, and adding winners’ ribbons on Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And once the fair begins volunteers are sought to help with the food and beverage aspects of the fair during Friday evening meal service; Saturday afternoon meal service; and Friday and Saturday evening bartending.

Over the course of the three day event volunteers are needed to assist with gate admissions and supervising booths or activities, such as the “What Is It?” table, dunk tank, animal display barn and surveying visitors.

Volunteer help is always much appreciated. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help out is kindly asked to email Please include dates and times of availability. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome.


Bayfield Yacht Club welcomes new members. (Submitted photo)

Good day boaters! The Bayfield Yacht Club Committee are happy to announce that after a few years of pandemic driven restrictions the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) is back!

Jayne Dietrich, BYC commodore for the last four years, has made the tough decision to step-down from her post  to pursue travelling and to spend more time with her fantastic grandchildren. The Committee wishes her well and still hopes to see her at BYC events when she is available.

One of the things that the Committee have loved the most about the BYC in the last few years is their diverse base of Members.  They have been fortunate to have a wide range of skill sets, interests and both power and sail boaters.  They have been very fortunate with having members who simply wish to crew and learn, to having seasoned boaters wanting to share their knowledge and experience with others.  It is their hope that this year they will be able to reassemble an even more diverse collection of members.   It is with that goal in mind that they would like to announce that the annual membership fee for the BYC has been lowered to $80 per household.   The membership fee will cover the cost of the insurance that is required for the BYC to operate, an end of season BBQ and few other events throughout the summer.  They will also be hosting a monthly regatta as well as the Given Race on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The BYC is down to only two volunteer Committee members. For the BYC to continue forward past this season they will need more people on the Committee. They are looking for individuals interested in joining (spouses welcome too).  Anyone who is interested in becoming a Committee member or coming out to help out with regattas or events can reach out directly to Happy boating!


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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 9 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.

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.

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. Visit or to learn more.


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

Pre-sunset concerts have begun 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: 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.


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


“Sometimes donations come inside a box,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). “Farm share produce was donated to the Food Bank by individuals that were away. We were happy to pass it to households in need. Also, this week a donation was provided by family members that were cleaning out their parent’s home.”

BAFB is currently looking to the community for donations of cereal and canned tuna – added to the list this week are canned vegetables and fruits.

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.



Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield have been busy during June collecting cereal and tuna for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Organizers note that the congregation did a super job and they have plenty of goods for the BAFB. Posing with the collected items on Sunday after the church service were l-r: Deb Cosford, coordinator; Jim Knox, church member and BAFB representative and Rev. Lisa Dolson. (Submitted photo)

Summer is finally here and Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, is offering people an opportunity to explore the big questions in life virtually!

People are  invited to explore faith in Alpha online.  Alpha sessions explore the big questions of life. It’s an opportunity to discover more about the Christian faith in a friendly space.  Watch an episode on a topic of faith. Ask questions, share thoughts, or simply listen.

Participants will meet online via ZOOM every Thursday at  noon. Individuals  can access the ZOOM link on the church’s website at: Knox, Bayfield , call/text Rev. Dolson at 519-955-2158, or email, to be added to the weekly email reminder.

Knox is also hosting a new virtual book discussion. It started on July 5th but it isn’t too late to join. 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 at the contact information listed above.



On June 27, prior to hoisting the large Canada flag 40 feet in the air a photo was taken for posterity of Lions Club members and Municipality of Bluewater officials. From l-r Rolly Scott, Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone, Karen Scott, EJ Bauer, Don Vance, Brent Gotts, Bill Rowat, Dave Nearingburg, Andrew Widdis, Doug Vanderhaar, and Bluewater’s Facilities Manager Dave Kester.


As part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations, the Bayfield Lions Club decided to commemorate the Signal Pole which once stood at the foot of Bayfield Terrace. For many years this pole warned local fishermen and passing sailors of impending weather changes. It was a lifesaver for many.

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, June 23, members of the Lions Club formed their own “pole walkers” club to move the 40 foot flagpole from its storage place at the arena to a new traffic island being constructed as part of the Main Street Revitalization project near the northwest entrance of Clan Gregor Square. With the help of a crew from Lavis Construction, the pole was lifted and mounted on its base. On Monday, June 27th members of the Lions Club and officials from the Municipality of Bluewater gathered to raise the Canadian flag for the first time. The result – the flag was flying proudly in time for Canada Day!


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 are still being offered on Friday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. Please note that the Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. tour is now fully booked. 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 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 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.


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



Editor’s Note: This week, a special instalment of “Remember This” as Doug Yeo has submitted two pictures that belong to his 96 year-old aunt. He recently visited with her to learn more about the pictures and she was able to identify several of the students in the image taken 87 years ago.  


As the school year closes, it seems appropriate to have had two school pictures from the past resurface.  It is always a time to reflect on all the good times that were had during the year as well as things you would rather forget.

These two pictures depict a former time when education was carried out in one-roomed schools across the countryside.  The picture from 1894 was of students from SS#8 Goderich Township.  The picture says Porter’s Hill but it was usually referred to as Gully School.  The teacher Edwin Jervis is shown with his mode of transportation and a small globe tucked in behind his front tire.  Three students are holding up books and if you look closely at the windows, two charts are posted: lesson 12 and lesson 30.  The clothes worn are certainly not school clothes and with the branches of leaves specially laid out, this was staged and was considered a very special occasion on September 14.  Jane (Woods) Yeo is pictured in the second row from the front, fourth from the right and her sister Annie (Woods) Cox is in the row above her fourth from the right.  Many students also are carrying or have maple leaves pinned to their clothing.

The second picture from SS#9 Goderich Township (Tipperary School) was taken in 1935.  It was taken when Reta Yeo went to school and at 96 she provided names as best as she could remember.  The back row from l-r: Keith Miller, Murray Miller, unknown, Muriel (Rowden) Manning, Anna (Cole) Stirling, Harriet (Wise) Tyndall.  Second row: Reta Yeo, unknown, June (Miller) Irvine, Jessie (McCullough) McKenzie, Harold McIlveigh, Ed Wise, Ray Wise. Third row: Betty (Harris) Feagan, Edna (McCullough) Oakes, Ken Steep, Muriel (Wise) Glen, Ruth (Harris) Talbot, Gordon Gilbert.  Front row: Don Colclough, Howard McCullough, ? McIlveigh, Bea (Grigg) Cooke, Gwen (Miller) Corriveau.  The teacher was identified as Meta Sheardown.

The only story my father ever told about his elementary education was the day Inspector Tom visited Tipperary School.  The inspectors visited the schools at least once a year to see how good the teacher was doing.  Inspector Tom was a somewhat imposing figure.  Pictures of him display a man with a long white beard and a stern face presenting these young students with a frightening image.  My father was in Grade 1 and Inspector Tom asked them to take out their tablets (a term for their books).  At that point, since he had another image of tablets, he ran out of school and went home.  He was not letting any scary man give him any tablets.

Thoughts are that all those students (the same as today) looked forward to the summer days before them and the experiences and learning opportunities being out of school.

Best wishes to all our students during their summer holidays.

1894 SS#8 Gully School

SS#8 Gully School 1894

Tipperary School 1935

SS#9 Tipperary School 1935




Members of Bayfield Guiding were invited to ride on the float representing Camp Klahanie in Goderich’s Canada Day Parade by the Goderich Lions Club. The Goderich Lions are marking their 100th year as a club in 2022 so Bayfield Guiding was happy to oblige and celebrate with them.

Prior to the 2 p.m. parade, hours of effort went into preparing the float with input from Lions members, Bayfield Guiding members and the artistic talents of Kevin from N Sew On of Goderich. Arts Landscaping loaned plants and shrubs to help create a woodland scene and Huronia donated the helium for the special woodland creature themed balloons.

As demonstrated in these photographs, a parade isn’t just about the entries. In fact, riiding on a float always allows for a special vantage point to photograph the people watching the parade, many of whom are in turn photographing the parade entries. The excitement of the youngsters along the route was infectious and as the parade rolled along it was evident that their enthusiasm was spreading through the crowd. There were hundreds of flag waving people dressed in the patriotic colors of the day all eager to celebrate this country’s 155th birthday!



North Pier Beach Fireworks...By Tom Slama

North Pier Beach Fireworks…By Tom Slama

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Bayfield Breeze is officially a teenager with the publishing of this issue! A person whose journalistic talents I have always admired wrote to me recently and said, “I can’t believe how much energy you have to sustain this online publication.” I took a break from editing copy and thought about that for a little while. Sometimes I can’t believe it either. But I’m definitely not alone in this endeavor… 

I have committed people who provide regular content and fabulous photos to keep our publication both vibrant and interesting. I have strong and dedicated supporters from the local community in addition to communities even further afield. And I have a tremendous team keeping the books, selling the ads and working creatively behind the scenes both in graphic design and publishing. All of these things combined sustain my enthusiasm for this online newspaper. 

And then there is my nine year-old self who once only dreamed of doing what I now get to do every week and truthfully her ambition is probably what energizes me most of all!  – Melody 

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