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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 684 Week 34 Vol 14

August 17, 2022


Issue 684 Week 34 Vol 14
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In a throwback to the1950s and 60s when school children paraded to Agriculture Park during the fair, children and their families will process to the fairgrounds from Clan Gregor Square on Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy Bayiled Historical Society)


On Friday from 5-7 p.m., a meal of pulled pork on a bun, homemade baked beans and coleslaw will be served up – advance tickets available now. (Submitted photo)

With only two more days to go until the opening night of the 166th Bayfield Community Fair, the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is excited to once again be holding a fully in-person Fair for all to enjoy, Aug. 19-21. This year’s Fair promises to be a truly family-oriented community event.

The BAS has some important reminders for residents and visitors to the community:

Procession – The “parade reimagined” this year will form up at Clan Gregor Square by 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Children with their parents and grandparents are invited to join the walking procession led by pipers as they make their way to the fairgrounds at 11 a.m. The BAS encourages children, and those young at heart, to dress up in costumes. Strollers and wagons can be decorated for the occasion too. The “Blossoms, Butterflies & Bees” theme of this year’s Fair should provide lots of ideas for costumes and decorations. This is a great opportunity for the community to get out and have some fun with the occasion

Exhibit Entries – There is still time to enter exhibits in the Fair. Just choose the category of interest and fill out the entry form in the centre of the Fair Book. To save time, homecraft entries can be submitted online until tomorrow (Aug. 18) at midnight. Click here to go to the form: Online Entry Submission. Exhibits must be dropped off at the Bayfield Arena tomorrow between 7-9 p.m. or Friday between 8:30-11:45 a.m. to be eligible for judging. Fair Books are still available at the Bayfield Public Library, the Bayfield Convenience Store, craft and quilt shops in the area, and the Goderich Public Library, as well as Elizabeth’s Art Gallery and Peavey Mart in Goderich.

Pulled Pork Dinner – On Friday from 5-7 p.m., enjoy a meal of pulled pork on a bun, homemade baked beans and coleslaw, while listening to the talented Adam Lang on stage, all in a lead-up to a spectacular fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. For $20 advance dinner tickets, please contact If there are any tickets left at dinner time they will be $23 at the gate.

The Bayfield Fair will offer displays, demonstrations, exhibits, and attractions for all ages. For the fairgoers who appreciate the time-honored traditions of the Fair, there will be plenty to see including:  4-H Dairy Achievement and 4-H Sheep Club competitions, Friesian and Heavy Horse competitions, farm animals in the Animal Display Barn, homecraft displays and exhibits inside the arena, and so much more. Enhancing these traditional attractions are exciting new displays such as a Poultry Show featuring more than 100 classes of poultry, a presentation about Newfoundland Ponies, an interactive reptiles “Jurassic Adventure” show, and demonstrations of how alpaca fleece is turned into saleable products as well as the upcycling of scrap cloth into braided rugs. New to the Fair this year are the maple syrup and honey categories in the Farm Products exhibits. Fair organizers expect that these new categories will stimulate some friendly competition among local producers.

There will be plenty going on at all times during the Fair. The BAS reminds fairgoers to check the Bayfield Fair Schedule for times and locations of all events and attractions.

Volunteers are still needed for setup on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and take down on Monday, Aug. 22 or any time in between to help with the smooth running of the Fair. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help out is kindly asked to email


Calling all True Crime fans! Join the folks at The Village Bookshop in the Bookshop Garden, on Thursday, Aug. 18th as they welcome Founder and President of Big Coat Media, Television Producer, Storyteller and Author Catherine Fogarty. She will be discussing her book, “Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penetentiary”.

Starting at 4 p.m. Bayfield’s own Jennifer Campell will conduct the interview. Campbell’s background as a Reporter with “Fifth Estate” and a “W5” Producer and her three Gemini awards position her perfectly for this role. Following the interview there will be an opportunity for audience questions and Fogarty will be signing books.

Murder on the Inside has been shortlisted for the Speaker’s Book Award and for The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book.

On Apr. 14, 1971, a handful of prisoners attacked the guards at Kingston Penitentiary and seized control, making headlines around the world. For four intense days, the prisoners held the guards hostage while their leaders negotiated with a citizens’ committee of journalists and lawyers, drawing attention to the dehumanizing realities of their incarceration, including overcrowding, harsh punishment and extreme isolation. But when another group of convicts turned their pent-up rage towards some of the weakest prisoners, tensions inside the old stone walls erupted, with tragic consequences. As heavily armed soldiers prepared to regain control of the prison through a full military assault, the inmates were finally forced to surrender.

Murder on the Inside tells the harrowing story of a prison in crisis against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in the history of human rights. Occurring just months before the uprising at Attica Prison, the Kingston riot has remained largely undocumented, and few have known the details—yet the tense drama chronicled here is more relevant today than ever. A gripping account of the standoff and the efforts for justice and reform it inspired, Murder on the Inside is essential reading for today’s times.

Admission to the event is free. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main St. N.



Friends of the Bayfield Library volunteers look forward to welcoming everyone back to the book sale after a two-year absence! (Submitted photo)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) book sale starts tomorrow!

Donated books, puzzles, and games have been received, sorted and set up over the past week. FOBL sincerely thanks all who dropped off their generous donations, ensuring that there will be books for all age groups and reading preferences. Organizers are now ready to welcome everyone to the long-awaited book sale, which promises to be the largest yet!

The book sale dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Aug. 18, 4-6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days.

Weather permitting, some of the tables will be outside to help relieve any congestion inside the library.

The payment for books is by donation only. Books will not be priced individually. All funds raised at the book sale will support the Bayfield Public Library and community programs.

FOBL is offering a special Book Sale Promo. A limited quantity of attractive FOBL tote bags will be available for purchase at $15 per bag. Anyone who purchases one of these bags at the sale (or brings their previously purchased bag) can fill the bag for free during the last hour of the book sale on Saturday, Aug. 20.


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The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be celebrating the Labour Day Weekend with “Sunset On Summer Revisited”.  According to organizers, things will be a little simpler this year with three bands taking the stage.

Set to perform are Myrtle Earle, Jesse Webber and Carry On. Music will be offered from 3- 7 p.m.

Myrtle Earle will get things started. This Alternative Country Trio have been playing in and around London, ON for more than 10 years covering favorites like: Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, the Beatles and much more.

Jesse Webber was raised on a steady diet of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. He started playing and singing professionally while still in his teens. Now averaging well over 200 shows a year, Webber wins over audiences of all ages with his soulful, soaring vocals, amazing guitar chops, and all-around musicianship. He has performed in the UK, New York City, at the Kitchener and Ottawa Blues Festival, and at hundreds of other venues in Ontario.

Carry On will be performing the classics from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Spanning performances from the legends second appearance at Woodstock right up to the early 90s with songs that include “Deja Vu”, “Helpless”, “Carry On”, and of course, “Suite Judy: Blue Eyes”.

This “revisited” version of Sunset On Summer is about keeping things simple with people being able to just come, relax and soak in the summer weather and enjoy the music. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.

As always, there will be a cash bar (beer and wine) plus there will be food for purchase on-site and children under the age of 12 will be treated to a free hot dog and pop!

Tickets are $25 and are available now at


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Doug Darnbrough’s work entitled, “Lighting the Lantern on the Bayfield wharf” featuring lamplighter Tom Castle, is currently being auctioned online to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society. The initial pencil sketch of the painting (on right) is also being auctioned. (Photos courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)

In 2020, an original painting of the historic Helen MacLeod II fishing boat, by local artist Doug Darnbrough, was auctioned online to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).

Now in 2022, Darnbrough has created another original, historical painting that will also be auctioned online to help the BHS raise funds for their ongoing Digitization Project. The auction will end on Aug. 24.

Darnbrough’s work is entitled, “Lighting the Lantern on the Bayfield wharf” featuring lamplighter Tom Castle, an integral character in the village’s fishing and farming history.

Also being auctioned is the initial pencil sketch of the finished painting created by Darnbrough. A sketch is done prior to painting to plan positions and proportions. These are often altered in the final painting.

Both the original painting and pencil sketch are framed and measure 18”X24”. For anyone wishing a closer look both the painting and the sketch are currently on display inside the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street. The Archives is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday or by special appointment.

Interested bidders are asked to register for the auction by emailing: or they can visit the website: Bayfield Historical Society for more information.

Bidders should note that part of this fundraiser will be considered a donation, making it tax-deductible.

Here is some family history behind the subject for this piece: Thomas William Castle was born in Bayfield in 1892. The Castle family fished on Lake Huron and were farmers.

George Castle, Tom’s great-grandfather was born in 1829 in Weedon Flore, Northamptonshire. George and his wife, Mary Lamb, had three sons, all born in Weedon Flore: James (b.1823), Elijah (b. 1826), and George H. (b. 1829).

The first record of this family in Stanley Township, Canada is from 1855.

Sometime between 1851 (record in England) and 1855, George Castle (60) came to Bayfield with his wife; his son James (30), who never married; son Elijah (33), who married in Bayfield at the age of 76; and son George Henry (25), already married, with his wife, Jane. George Henry and Jane had two children in Bayfield.

George Henry’s son George Sidney was Tom’s father. Tom  was a third-generation member of the Castle family from Weedon Flore. The death certificate for Tom’s grandfather, George Henry, aged 67, gives the cause of death as “general exhaustion.” It was a hard life. These immigrants started with nothing – striving to feed, house, and clothe their families in another country. They are all buried in Bayfield Cemetery.


Registration is open for Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) which is back in a brand new incarnation taking place the evening of Sept. 23 and all day Sept. 24. The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCOB) and the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) have teamed up in a new partnership to bring an exciting program of presentations and a selection of familiar hands-on workshops.

FFF has a very exciting keynote presenter for Friday, Sept 23: Robert Burley. Burley, currently Professor Emeritus at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), is a Canadian artist who has lectured extensively across the globe and whose photographs of the visual landscape have been celebrated internationally. He sees the camera as a means to document and promote social change. His photographs can be found in numerous museum collections around the world.

Burley was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2018 and a Senior Mellon Fellow (Canadian Centre for Architecture) in 2010.

His presentation will explore with stunning visuals the connections between nature and the city in relation to the overall impact people have on the environment both positive and negative. The Great Lakes feature strongly in his interests. He will include a discussion of several of his books.

Because of the broader appeal of the subject matter, the presentation will be open to the general public as well as FFF registrants. Visit the Robert Burley website to see more of this Keynote Speaker’s work.

The Saturday morning FFF program will consist of a keynote seminar by Andrew McLachlan. His extensive travels have resulted in a large, diverse collection of images that feature landscapes and the flora and fauna. His eBook: A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape is the first ever-comprehensive guide to photographing Ontario’s vast and varied landscape. McLachlan’s presentation will focus  primarily on his own Macro techniques for photographing flowers and insects.

McLachlan will be holding two Macro workshops in the afternoon on those two subjects. To learn more about this photographer visit the Andrew McLachlan website.

Other workshops in the afternoon and evening will include the following facilitators: Conrad Kuiper, Elizabeth van den Broeck, BD Colen, Debra Friedman and Stuart Heggie.

Registration is now open at: Fall Foto Fest. Those interested can register on-line, and follow with payment using Eventbrite through the BCA account.

For more information about FFF please contact Jack Pal at 519 440-9542 or 


Bayfield’s  Forgotten Felines has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now. They currently have sixty plus kittens waiting for vetting and homes to go to.

“And the timing couldn’t be worse because we are just going into the fall kitten season. We already have had so many calls from people with cats and kittens but we just cannot take on anymore at this point in time,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Finances, manpower and space are all ongoing issues.

“We are bursting at the seams, just as all rescues are right now, and as much as we hate to say it we may need to close our doors temporarily until we can get caught up. Without more foster homes and ways of raising funds we are at a standstill,” she said.

Despite this setback Penhale would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has stepped up to help out.

“Thank you to those who have helped in whatever capacity – be it by donating food which is always more than welcome, especially canned food as it seems to be difficult to come across at this time.”

She would also like to thank Pet Value in Goderich for their ongoing support.

“They have been a Godsend to us over the years, not just with their generosity in doing fundraisers for us, but also in the day-to-day help they provide. They help us and other rescues too. For the day-to-day kindness they show to everyone who goes into their store they certainly do deserve a tremendous thank you.

BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. Although BFF prefers kittens to be adopted in pairs, they will consider applications for singles.

Anyone who can help financially or by donating food, applying to become a foster home, volunteering at the Rescue or adopting a cat or kitten is 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 Municipality of Bluewater would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short-term rentals. They invite the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short-term rentals and the draft by-law. Please complete the short-term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. 

The goal of the survey is to include feedback from short-term rental operators, neighbors of short-term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short-term rentals. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared. The proposed by-law will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbors. Some items to be included in the by-law are parking management, maximum occupancy limits, requirements that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes, a demerit point system and more. 

A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short-term rental operators and feedback is much appreciated!



The cover of the 2023 Bayfield Calendar. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2023 Bayfield Calendar this weekend at the Bayfield Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21. This will be the thirteenth edition of the Calendar (eleventh as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield).

These beautiful Calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member. The Calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar  and following the instructions there.



The Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast garden is currently the location of Nia classes while the weather cooperates. (Submitted photo)

Ruth Percy is offering people an opportunity to indulge in a one-hour gentle movement class and to find some joy through dance offering Nia classes in a beautiful Bayfield garden as long as the weather cooperates.

Nia is a wonderful practice that incorporates dance, martial arts and healing yoga moves to inspirational music and is suitable for all levels of fitness.

Classes are currently being held on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the garden of Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 12 The Square. Classes are $10 for drop ins or a six week pass is available for $50.

The sessions are led by Percy, a local Black Belt practitioner of the Nia Technique. To learn more about Nia visit:

In addition, Percy is available for workshops and private classes for all ages. She is also an Ageless Grace educator and uses Melt Method therapies for continued healing practices.

For more information please contact


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An example of recycled sails made into Sea Bags. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater, the Bayfield Village Marina and Sea Bag Sails Trade Program will be teaming up to host a sail drive!

People are invited to drop off their used sails at the Marina Office during the one remaining “Sail Drive” date: Aug. 18 anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Sea Bag Sails Trade Program reclaims old sails and turns them into useful, sustainable items thus helping to keep sails out of landfills.

Those who donate can enter into a draw to win a Sea Bag. Donations will be accepted at the Village of Bayfield Marina Office located at 33 Long Hill Road in Bayfield.  The office phone number is 519 565-2233.

This program is a part of the Blue Flag Canada Program operated by Swim Drink Fish. More info can be found at the Municipality of Bluewater.


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The Glee Sisters are currently planning for a new season starting in September. (Submitted photo)

Women who love to sing are invited to attend the 2022 opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 2ndat St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

Rehearsals are held at the church from 2-3:30 p.m. weekly until winter break; date to be announced.

This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.

Anyone who plans to attend is asked to contact Stewart in advance so that music can be prepared. For registration or further questions, please c email: or phone 519 565-5443.

Please note that double vaccinations for COVID-19 are required while masking is optional.

Attendees are asked to please enter the church through the front west door facing Hwy 21.



On May 1, Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers l-r: Gayle Beuermann, Nora Dowler and Kevin Burton prepared to wheel the groceries donated during the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show from the arena to the BAFB’s home location at Trinity St James Anglican Church. BAFB volunteers are hoping for similar results following the Bayfield Community Fair to be held Aug. 19-21.(Submitted photos)

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will have a presence at the Bayfield Community Fair on the weekend of Aug. 19-21 providing people with an opportunity to donate and help fill up some grocery carts similar to the campaign that occurred at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show that was held in April. So when heading to the fairgrounds don’t forget to bring a box of cereal or a can of tuna or other non-perishable item!

Volunteers report that at this time of year BAFB shelves can use restocking of soup, rice, cereal, packets of oatmeal, tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

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

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

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


Saturday, Aug. 20 is the date set for the annual Bayfield Artist Guild Show and Sale.

The event will run from noon until 3 p.m.

All are invited to the gardens at 52 Colina Street in the village (across from Pioneer Park) to view and purchase work by Guild members.


Argentine Tango, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Bachata, Jive, Rumba, Samba, and Tango – these are all dances that people will have the opportunity to learn during a “Weekend Dance Blitz” featuring Ballroom, Latin and Social Dancing, Aug. 26-28.

Michelle Ariss, a certified dance instructor, will be offering lessons geared to new dancers. Singles and couples are welcome. The cost is $40 per person whether they wish to learn just one or two dance styles or take part in all 18 sessions. Each lesson will run for 45 minutes with the dance styles changing at the top of each hour.

The Blitz will be held on Friday, from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street.

“Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the basic steps and rhythm of a dozen dances in one weekend,” said Ariss. The dance instructor went on to say that following this introductory weekend she will be offering further classes in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Michelle Ariss at 519 994-0294 or email

To register visit: Weekend Dance Blitz.


Screen Shot 2022-07-25 at 4.48.58 PMTrinity St. James Anglican Church members are organizing a Pineridge Chicken Drive-thru Dinner for Sunday, Sept. 11. The event coincides with Grandparent’s Day! Could there be a better way to honor that generation than by sharing a meal in support of the church that is also home to the Bayfield Area Food Bank and Bayfield Guiding?

Organizers are pleased to report that tickets are selling briskly so anyone who was considering purchasing should do so soon.

The menu consists of a half chicken and roast potatoes provided by Pineridge Barbecue Co. as well as a vegetable, garden salad and fresh fruit salad.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this takeout only dinner. They are available now for $25 each by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or via email at Dinners will be available for pick up from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on  Sept. 11 at Trinity St. James. The church is  located at 10 Keith Cres in Bayfield.


The Bayfield Library Community Room will soon be home to afternoons of Mah Jongg starting in September.

All are welcome to join and instruction will be provided for new players. Starting on Sept. 7, Mah Jongg will be played on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 12:45-3:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Pat Lewington via email at:


The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that the Christmas Parade will once again be part of the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend activities. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 with a start time of 11 a.m.

Of course a parade needs participants and those are being sought now. Anyone who would like to take part in the parade is asked to email indicating their intention to participate, the length of their entry and the contact person’s name and email.

Participants will be sent notification of their position in the parade as well as further details two days prior to the event. Participants are asked to line up at 10 a.m. in anticipation of the start of the parade one hour later.


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Thunderstruck – AC/DC Tribute Band

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th.  This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.

Tickets cost $30. 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 both of the shows and tickets for both  are available now online at Please note there are no additional surcharges.


For the month of August, the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) will be jamming outdoors in Clan Gregor Square twice a week.

Members of the BUS will be meeting Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m., weather permitting. All are welcome!

When at the park, folks are invited to come sing and dance along to songs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.  And if anyone has a ukulele, they can join in on the strumming too!


The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s United Church. 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.

Pre-sunset concerts have begun as part of “ Music in the Park”. The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform once more on Friday, Sept. 2. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13 and Phil Cook will provide music on Aug. 27.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church, Byafield will be holding their anniversary service on Aug.  21. On this auspicious occasion they will have special music provided by Harpist, Martha Lawrance.



Dave Frayne, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), presented the $1,000 Student Environmental Award to Kirsten McIntosh, of RR 4 Seaforth on Aug. 9. Kirsten is the eleventh local student, since 2010, to benefit from this award given to the winning candidate pursuing post-secondary studies in a conservation-related field. This award is possible thanks to people in the community who donate to the ABCF and who support its charitable fundraising activities. (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) has presented the $1,000 Student Environmental Award for 2022 to Kirsten McIntosh, of the Seaforth area.

Kirsten is the eleventh local student to win this recognition since ABCF first began presenting the award in 2010. ABCF Chair Dave Frayne presented the award at a brief ceremony on Aug. 9.

Kirsten is studying at Lambton College in Sarnia in the Environmental Technician Water and Wastewater System Operations program.

“I would like to thank the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for presenting me with this award today and I am so grateful to receive this award,” she said. “It will help me with my education at Lambton College.”

Kirsten’s interest and experience in the environment has included helping out for three summers at Summer Nature Day Camps hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

“Working with staff and students made me want to learn more and do more to protect our local environment,” she said.

While a student at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton, Kirsten took part in a Co-op placement at Veolia Water in Goderich. She learned about testing water for E. coli bacteria, chlorine, fluoride levels and water clarity. Kirsten also completed a Co-op placement with the Municipality of Central Huron in the Water and Wastewater Department. She learned about water distribution and the wastewater treatment plant. She also enjoyed a Co-op placement, with Friends of Hullett, at Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area. She monitored wetlands, checked nesting areas for turtles, collected data on duck boxes, and maintained trails.

She also volunteered at the Lake Huron Coastal Centre. She learned about how sand dunes help to prevent erosion, plant identification, and the impact of harmful invasive species. She took part in a beach cleanup, studied species at risk, and learned about different types of wetlands.

Kirsten said her experience growing up on a cash crop and poultry farm has taught her about the importance of protecting water and soil. Her family plants trees and uses cover crops to prevent soil erosion in the fields. They use a Nutrient Management Plan to properly handle manure and practise the Four Rs: right source, right rate, right time and right place.

To see a video of the 2022 award presentation click here: Kirsten McIntosh.

To view a video about previous recipients of the prize, between 2010 and 2019, click here: Ten Years of Students.

The entire amount of this award is raised through community fundraising and donations. Donors can get a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for their donations to the ABCF. People can also support the student award, and other ABCF charitable activities, through fundraising events such as the Conservation Dinner.

The ABCF awards this prize to the winner of an application process. The award is presented to a graduating secondary school student or student enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related (environmental) course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education. Students write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization. Award winners are between the ages of 17 and 25, and have a permanent address in a municipality of the ABCA watershed. Those watershed municipalities are: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

The ABCF recognized Ryan Finnie in 2010 with the first Student Environmental Award. Winners in the succeeding years were: Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018; Meghan Glavin, 2019; and Kirsten McIntosh (2022).

To learn more about this award visit the website and click on the Student Environmental Award.


Students 2022

Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health bid adieu to their summer students recently. Photographed on presentation day were the students back row l-r: Sam Murray, Grace Bonnett, Megan Kovats, Becky Higgs, Cam Brenner and Sage Milne. Seated in the front row were Gateway board members: Nancy Simpson, Gwen Devereaux and Dan Stringer. (Submitted photo)

On Friday, Aug. 12, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) held its annual Student White Paper Day.

This day affords the Gateway summer students the opportunity to present their project work and research to a mixed audience of Gateway board members, research chairs, sponsors and members of the public including the students’ parents.

At the same time it is always a sad event, as Gateway says goodbye to some of the brightest and most engaging and cooperative young people in the community.

Gateway wishes their students all the best as they head to university for the first time (Megan Kovats) and return for the fall semester (Sage Milne and Cameron Brenner), clinical experience (Becky Higgs) and medical school (Sam Murray). Grace Bonnett continues to work on the “Be Well Work Well” program examining the mental health of the workforce post COVID-19.

Gateway is most appreciative of all the great work done by the students as they immersed them in a variety of activities through the summer.  From board meetings to taking meeting minutes, to research and grant applications and preparing elevated gardens at nursing homes, they had a busy time and for many of them, some very unique experiences.

Board Chair of Gateway,  Dan Stringer said, “It has been a great summer at Gateway. The students bring life, energy and enthusiasm!  We always look forward to enjoying their bright minds and positive attitudes.”

The day was capped with lunch at the Benmiller Inn and then as a few tears were shed, the students headed off into their futures.


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 Clinton Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Toonie Cafe is this coming Friday, Aug. 19.

Open to the public the event will be held from 2-4 p.m. under the Clinton Raceway Grandstands, 129 Beech Street.


Fridays for Future International, which was founded after Greta Thunberg began a school strike for the climate in 2018, has declared a Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 23.

A local environmental group, Green Goderich, will be hosting a lunch hour gathering in Goderich at the Courthouse Square in the South Plaza (near the fountain) from noon until 1 p.m.

The purpose is to create awareness that Huron County, and all of Canada, is being impacted by the climate crisis. Changing weather patterns and extreme weather events are forcing all people to adapt. Climate change affects everyone. There will be some music, short speeches, and visible support for the growing movement of school strikes worldwide.

Alex Robinson, the Chair of Green Goderich, said “We are a volunteer environmental group of concerned citizens. Our planet is literally burning. The young organizers of the Global Climate Strikes are inviting all adults, organizations, and businesses to support their desire for a safe and liveable planet. It has been almost three years since over 200 people in Goderich joined millions worldwide in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. Hopefully we can surpass that number this year!”

Striking has historically been one of the most impactful methods for achieving considerable gains in matters of equality and social justice. The time has come to channel that social power towards facing humanity’s most important collective challenge ever: Climate change.

Everybody, young, old, and in between are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and a climate sign. The event location is accessible to all.

More information on the event can be found by visiting the Green Goderich website here: Climate Strikes.


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.


Paint Ontario, the largest show and sale of representational art in the province, returns to the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, on Sept. 2.

This will be the 26th edition of this popular annual event that is eagerly anticipated by both the local community and art appreciators throughout the province. The show will run until Sept. 25.

This year’s show will be presented in a newly renovated space at the Lambton Heritage Museum.  It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.  Sculpture, which was featured for the first time in 2021 will again, literally, provide an additional dimension to the visitor experience.

Paint Ontario is organized by the Grand Bend Art Centre itself a registered not-for-profit community group.

“Our mission is to inspire creativity in the community,” said GBAC Executive Director Teresa Marie Phillips.

“Monies raised in sales commissions go straight back into cultural development within the community,” added GBAC President Nette Pachlarz.

Whether a regular visitor or new attendee, Paint Ontario’s 26th Show and Sale is an event not to be missed. Go to for further details and follow social media for the very latest news.

Huron County Museum

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

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A photo of the Hotel London circa 1949 where the matchbook originated. (Source: London Free Press Collection)

Sometimes people in the community provide items from their own personal collections to share and so this week we are featuring a matchbook that Bayfield resident, Steve Argyle found. This treasure offers an interesting perspective on the prices of food and accommodation back a few short years ago.

Hotel London, was located at the corner of Dundas and Wellington Streets in London Ontario. It was a prominent building that dominated the intersection from 1927 to the early 1970s.




The matchbook advertises that Hotel London had 350 outside rooms complete with bath in a European plan.


According to a post on the “Vintage London, Ontario” Facebook page the hotel was frequented by many Londoners and visitors from out of town as this building was a destination worth visiting.




Seventy-five years after Pioneer Park was incorporated for the enjoyment of all, it has officially grown by one full acre. On Sunday afternoon, a small gathering was held on the property just across Tuyll Street to recognize the family that made the generous gift of land and all those who have worked since late 2018 to make it possible.

The gifted and fully transferred/deeded land comprises three lots. These three south-facing lots that run along Colina Street are shown on the town plan as lot 57, B, and 58. It is a beautiful piece of property that has an abundance of untouched flora and fauna that contribute to a bountiful ecosystem.

Many of those who attended the ceremony that included the unveiling of a special plaque honoring the matriarch and patriarch of the Thompson family – the late Walter and Juanita Thompson – remarked on how curious they always were to see beyond the fence into this beautiful property. This included Ann Laudenbach,  president of the PPA, who in welcoming everyone to the event recalled how she used to be sent on errands by her Mom to Century House as a youngster. She recalled that the reception she received at the door by the Thompsons was always one of warmth.

This warmth translates into the majestic property itself as all who will now get to walk through it on their way to or coming from Pioneer Park will soon learn. Time spent on one of the newly placed park benches will be a time for tranquility.

Peter Brent, past-president of the PPA, was asked to address those gathered.

“I had the privilege of being president of the PPA in November of 2018 when PPA was contacted by Roger Lewington about a possible generational gift to PPA by the Thompson family and here we are a mere three and a half years later honoring this amazing family,” Brent said.

Brent noted that in thinking of what to say at this gathering the themes relationships, determination and community, and the role of women came to mind.

“We would not be here today if Lucy Woods-Diehl, a group of likeminded women, and a few good men, didn’t have the vision, foresight and commitment to purchase land on what is now Pioneer Park in a not-for-profit and to make it open in perpetuity to the public.”

“We would not be here if Juanita Wildrose Thompson had not in 1962, when Century House was for sale, entered the southeast gates of the property and uncharacteristically said, ‘Let’s buy it.’”

According to Brent, the Thompson family and Pioneer Park were not only neighbors for six decades but Walter was both a director and president of PPA and in 1979 performed the dedication ceremony of the plaque in Pioneer Park honoring the founders of the park.

“John, Ana, Sue and Lise Thompson continue to be active members of PPA for which the organization is very grateful,” Brent said.

Brent noted that a gift of this nature is never easy to complete and there were numerous discussions with John Thompson, Charles McKenzie (Sue Thompson’s late husband) as well as legal counsel, tax counsel, the Municipality of Bluewater and members of other organizations in determining how to best accomplish the task.

“Despite this, and over the course of COVID’s impact, John Thompson and his family never waivered in their commitment,” he said.

In conclusion, Brent said, “John, Ana, Lise and other Thompson family members, we thank you for your generosity and promise to act as stewards of this beautiful property and magnificent addition to Pioneer Park and hope you will continue to visit us often.”

Members of the Thompson family, John and Ana, as well as the youngest member of the family were invited to lift the fabric covering on the dedicated plaque.

Following the unveiling, John Thompson spoke briefly.

“I am absolutely delighted with what has happened here today,” he shared. “I am so grateful for the people of Bayfield and the people of Pioneer Park for making this happen.”


According to local historian Dave Gillians, the one acre of land donated to the Pioneer Park Association was until recently a part of what is currently known as “Century House”.

The main house was built in 1841 of Bayfield made bricks for Tudor Marks, a businessman and grain buyer who also owned a brickyard and a men’s clothing store. His clay pit for brick used in many Bayfield homes was on what is now the Bluewater Golf Course property. The second floor was added in 1882 and the eastern block of land was acquired in 1896 to establish the property known today.

Named Llandudno by the Balkwills who resided there in 1919, it was renamed Century House when the Roddicks bought it in 1951. In 1962, the property was bought by Walter and Juanita Thompson. Their daughter, Susan Thompson (McKenzie) shared that the couple visited the property in the month of May as they were enticed by Robert Roddick’s ‘For Sale’ sign. Before they stepped into the home, Juanita responded to the beauty of the dark spruce and tall birch by tightening her hold on Walter and saying, ‘Let’s buy it!’

In July of 1992, Juanita and Walter transferred the ownership of Century House to their children who spent many years using the home as a gathering place for their family.

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Juanita and Walter Thompson lived happily on this property for many years, nurturing wildflowers, vegetables and grandchildren. 

Their family is pleased that this land has become a park, under the stewardship of the Pioneer Park Association, for the enjoyment of future generations. 

Walter Thompson served as President of the Pioneer Park Association from 1977-1979 and 1980-1982. Juanita, through her love of nature, was instrumental in keeping this land undeveloped and in its natural state. 



Race and fishing

Race and fishing by Erin Carroll

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

So how is everyone’s garden growing? Aspects of ours are doing quite well so far, due in large part to my husband’s patience and myopic superpowers. He has single-handedly plucked over 200 camouflaged hornworms off of our tomato plants and it would seem that he is finally winning the battle. Some of the tomatoes should be ready for picking in just a few days!

Sadly my Big Max pumpkins did not flourish this year despite my diligently carrying water out to them every day. They’ve flowered and flowered but no pumpkins have ever materialized. We tried a different growing location for them away from the rest of the vegetables and I guess they didn’t enjoy the solitude.

But that’s the thing about having a hobby garden – you win some and you lose some. One big win was last night’s supper. Eggplant Parmesan with a side of yellow beans. The sauce was made from last year’s crop of tomatoes, both the eggplant and the beans were freshly picked as was the basil garnish. Eggplant parmesan is one of my top five favourite meals and I anticipate a few more servings as the season progresses alongside green beans, carrots, cucumbers, shallots and more.

And for those of you who also tried your hand at gardening this season, may you enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor as harvest season approaches. – Melody

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