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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 685 Week 35 Vol 14

August 24, 2022


Issue 685 Week 35 Vol 14
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Over the weekend, sixty people took part in the “Mower Tournament” at the Bayfield International Croquet Club’s courts to raise funds to purchase a new mower for the club. Teams of varying ability took part in fun games of “Snake Croquet”, followed by dinner at the courts. Organizers note that croquet is a wonderful game for all ages and new members are always welcome. Those who wish to learn more are invited to contact Shelagh Sully by phone at 519 441-2974 or via email at (Photo by Jack Pal)


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Myrtle Earle

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 on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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


“Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.” – Terry Fox

At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Terry started training to run across Canada. In 1980 he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km – covering six provinces – to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, Terry’s health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Terry; over 850 million dollars have been raised for cancer research.

Members of the community are invited to run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep Terry’s dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $50,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. They are excited to announce that this year the Run will be held in person. Three guided group hikes will leave from the Clan Gregor Gazebo at 10 a.m.; participants can choose to walk the 1 km, 3 km or 5 km route.

Anyone who wants to run, bike or rollerblade, should feel free to choose their own route and time. Participants may register online as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple, visit: Terry Fox Run Bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site; people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. They can also scan the QR Codes on all signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to make a donation through their phone.

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 18 between 9-10 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. They will also be selling 2022 Terry Fox T-shirts at $25 each and have 2022 participation seals available. Also, for those interested, selfies can be taken during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Anyone with questions is asked to please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit


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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 ending today (Aug. 24) at approximately 6 p.m.

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 (BFF) 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.

BFF has temporarily closed their doors to intakes.

“We receive calls every day but being able to take in more cats is directly linked to the number that can be adopted or fostered,” she said. “We currently have three mamas with very young or newborn babies waiting for foster homes. Anyone who thinks this might be something they would be interested in doing are welcome to reach out to us for details on how the foster program works.”

Dom and the Danbies are the Adopt a BFF cats of the week.

Who doesn’t love a fluffy black cat with a big plume for a tail?

Well, BFF has three of these gorgeous cats right now.  The Danbies are twins. According to volunteers when they were younger they could tell these two cats apart because one had a white whisker, however, he lost said whisker!  Dom looks like he could be their triplet. He is the most chill, gentle and friendly fellow. All three of them would look fabulous curled up on someone’s sofa, bed or lap. Dom was brought in with the beautiful Calico, Penelope, that was featured in Issue 684. Volunteers believe her to be his girlfriend. The Danbies came to the Rescue with their mother, a beautiful, long-haired, grey cat with amazing gold eyes – still working on her people skills she isn’t yet ready for adoption.

“We have such a plethora of gorgeous cats and kittens, all different ages,  looks and temperaments waiting for their forever homes right now,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.  “They are all deserving and are just waiting for their families to find them.”

BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. If someone thinks Dom and/or the Danbies would be a great fit for their household they are invited to contact BFF.

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 is 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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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.


Volunteers report that at this time of year Bayfield Area Food Bank 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.


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 nearly sold out so anyone who was considering purchasing shouldn’t hesitate.

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.


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!


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. 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. There is one more opportunity left to take part on Sunday, Sept. 4.


On Sept. 15, the lights will go up on the third annual Huron Hospice Telethon.

The Telethon is back by popular demand and will feature some of the best Huron County entertainment starting at 7 p.m. The lineup will include rock, pop, folk, jazz and classical; there will be something for everyone.

First held in 2020, the Telethon was the Huron Hospice solution to fundraising during a pandemic.

“We decided it was important to thank people for standing by us. We did this by celebrating the many ways our home, Huron County, is a great place to live and work. The telethon was originally a response to raising money in a time of COVID, this year, the challenge is an unpredictable economy,” Chair of the Huron Hospice Board of Directors, Jay McFarlan said.

McFarlan added, “We might have said it was ‘One Night Only’! However, the event was so successful that we just had to do it again, the artists, the donors, and the viewers reported that the event was a hit.”

All the entertainers live in Huron County or were born and raised in Huron.  Well-known artists are returning, and new groups are joining the lineup.  Whether new or returning, all the groups are bringing new material. Although it is a third event, it really will be an all-new magical revue.

The organizers are pleased to announce that Gil Garratt from the Blyth Festival and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, are returning as emcees. Joining Garratt and Lobb is well known Huron County personality, Alecia Anderson. Many people will remember Anderson from radio or her time at Cowbell Brewing. She is returning to the Huron Hospice family where she was one of the first emcees of “Handbags for Hospice”.

“We are pleased to have all three of them join us this year, when we know they all have hectic schedules,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director.  “The fact that Ben, Gil and Alecia are making time for Huron Hospice demonstrates how important the Hospice is for everyone in Huron County.”

Van Klooster went on to acknowledge and thank the internationally known creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich.

“With the support of Faux Pop, we are moving outside the box again this year and I encourage everyone to tune in and see what we have planned. It will be an entertaining evening that shows the depth of artistic and technological talent in Huron County.

“There is no ticket price to get into the event.  We want everyone to join in the celebration. However, it is a fundraiser, and we ask everyone in Huron County to consider donating to support Huron Hospice.  When you donate, your name will light up the telethon event!”

Huron Hospice supports many families in Huron County.  There is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice.  Although there is no cost or co-pay, the community is asked to help fund the essential hospice palliative care services.  The community contributes half the revenue Huron Hospice needs annually to provide the services for which it is known.

Huron Hospice invites everyone to tune in on Sept. 15 and support the Hospice.  The Telethon starts at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on the Huron Hospice Facebook page: Telethon Viewing and on Hurontel and TCC cable.

This community has a lot to be proud of, from artists to leading businesses and a wonderful community of donors. Huron County people are worthy of huge thanks and the telethon is a way of offering that thank you.



Paint Ontario opens at the Lambton Heritage Museum on Sept. 2nd and runs until Sept. 25. (Submitted photo)

Paint Ontario 2022 will premiere on Friday, Sept. 2nd at the Lambton Heritage Museum and run until Sept. 25.  Long known as Ontario’s largest show and sale of representational art, the 26th edition of this popular annual event is eagerly anticipated by both the local community and art appreciators throughout the province.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. There will be a “soft” opening again this year due to COVID-19 uncertainty relating to public health directives and indoor capacity restrictions. Organizers very much hope to re-introduce an opening gala event in future years.

The jurying process is now complete and the show, the first event of any kind to be mounted in Lambton Heritage Museum’s newly renovated exhibit space, promises to delight, amaze and inspire its visitors.

Fascinating artist demonstrations and outdoor events will take place throughout the run of the show, intriguing, informing and entertaining Paint Ontario visitors.  Highlights include, “May We Come Together”, a showcase for local area not-for-profit organizations, made possible through a Creative County grant, on Sept. 3-4, and “Perch’n’Paint”, a plein air competition on the weekend of Sept. 9-11.

Organized by the Grand Bend Art Centre, a registered not-for-profit community group, Paint Ontario provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.  Monies raised in sales commissions go straight back into cultural development programs within the community.

Check for Paint Ontario opening times, including Thursday evenings; event and demonstration details at as well as on social media for the latest news updates.  Whether a regular visitor or a new attendee, Paint Ontario’s 26th Show and Sale is an event not to be missed.


As summer winds down people are often reminded of the seasonal change to come by an early splash of color in the trees. The different colors, and the reason for the change, can be explained largely by seasonal changes in the compounds within a tree’s leaves, according to Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

The green color of leaves is due to a compound called chlorophyll in the leaves, he said. Chlorophyll is involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants can use the sun’s energy to build sugars and other compounds from carbon dioxide and water. While trees are actively growing, leaves contain large amounts of chlorophyll which gives them various shades of green throughout the spring and summer.

When day length becomes shorter, trees stop producing chlorophyll. In the absence of chlorophyll, other pigments begin to surface. Carotenoids are responsible for the yellow, orange, and brown colors while vivid reds come from pigments called anthocyanins. While carotenoids are present all season and masked by the green chlorophyll in the spring and summer, anthocyanins are produced mainly in the fall.

Warm, sunny late summer and autumn days, followed by cool, crisp nights are thought to produce the most vibrant reds. Sun and warmth during the day leads to lots of sugar and anthocyanin production, while cool nights cause the leaf veins to begin to close off, trapping the red anthocyanin pigment in the leaves. This provides a partial explanation to the variability in color from year to year, with other factors likely at play.

The start of autumn colors is an indication they are entering their seasonal dormant period which continues through fall, winter and early spring.

Fall and spring are the best time to transplant trees, according to Jean.

“Both are good times to plant trees,” he said. “The weather is cooler and while trees are in dormancy in fall or spring, they are better able to handle the stress of transplanting.”

One common misconception is that trees planted in the fall do not need to be watered. Watering trees is important even when planting in the fall.

“Trees benefit from watering during periods of heat or drought the following spring and summer,” Jean said.

Trees planted in autumn have a very short period of time for root growth before winter. Watering is very important until transplanted trees have recovered a root system, in balance with their top.

ABCA  has posted its tree order form for fall 2022. The tree order form is available online at this link: Order Trees. ABCA will accept faxed, mailed, and e-mailed orders until Sept.  16. They also will accept orders over the phone or in-person accompanied by payment until Sept. 30.

When planting trees in autumn, it’s important to consider winter conditions ahead. Certain trees, types of planting stock, and locations are better suited than others to fall planting.

“Frost heaving is a problem for fall planting of very small, bare-root seedlings,” Jean said. “In the fall, we handle only larger trees in pots or in root-ball-in-burlap format and we have good success planting those larger size trees.”

Smaller seedling trees are offered in the spring tree planting program.

There is a cost to order trees through the fall tree planting program but there may be incentive grants available for some tree planting projects. Cost-share funding may be available for establishing field windbreaks, treed buffers, and other tree planting projects. Staff are available to help with project design and to help people apply for grants. They are invited to contact staff through the website at or to email Ian Jean at or phone him at 519 235-261 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 at Ext. 238.


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 learn to play hockey program in 2022 and 2023. The program will be 10 weeks in length with two start dates.

Children ages four to 11 years are welcome. It is an opportunity for children to learn this game in a fun, safe and structured environment!

It will be held on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m. at the Hensall Arena.

Start times are 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. The first program will run from  Oct. 8 to Dec. 17. The second program will run from Jan. 7 to March 25.

The sessions will be 50 minutes in length and will include skills and drills proven to maximize development while encouraging participation and enjoyment. There will also be scrimmage time where players can put their skills into action.

Equipment required is full head to toe hockey equipment. Free hockey equipment is available! Please visit the Bluewater website for information on equipment availability. The price per child for the 10 week program is $90.

For further details or to register online visit: Learn to Play Hockey.

For more information contact: Shannon O’Reilly, convenor, at 519 262-3206 or email or Maggie Off, manager of Facilities at 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or email


The Municipality of Bluewater is offering a youth house league hockey program this fall and winter season. The league is for children ages six to 15 years.

Teams will be divided into ages and divisions after registration has closed. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.

The league will offer fun, local competition for children of various skill levels. The league will run on Sunday mornings. Game times range from 8-11 a.m. at the Zurich Arena. The program start date is Oct.  2 and the final date is March 26, 2023. There are a total of 22 ice times per team. Coaches will be on the bench and a referee will officiate the games.

Equipment required is full head to toe hockey equipment. Jerseys will be provided. The price per child for the league is $200.

For further details or to register online visit: House League Registration.

For more information contact: Shannon O’Reilly, convenor, at 519 262-3206 or email or Maggie Off, manager of Facilities at 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or email


Now is a great time to plant cover crops, according to the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (SCIA).

Alan Willits, Huron County SCIA president, said cover crops planted this year can help to preserve and build soil health which can help with next year’s crops.

There are many good reasons to plant cover crops, according to Willits.

“Cover crops help to reduce the loss of topsoil and nutrients and increase organic matter and help to create conditions that are favorable for the next year’s crop,” he said. “Those are just some of the reasons to consider planting more cover crops.”

There may be funding available to support cover crops. One funding program is the Huron Clean Water Project which has supported a Cover Crop Incentive since 2015. Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley conservation authorities deliver the program on behalf of the County of Huron. Willits recommends people get in touch with their local conservation authority to find out more.

“Completing an application may be as simple as a short phone call,” he said.

Landowners interested in finding out more about cover crops, and available cover crop funds, may contact Brooklyn Rau, Stewardship technician at Ausable Bayfield at 519 235-2610 Ext 261 or Ben Van Dieten, Stewardship Projects lead at Maitland Valley at 519 335-3557 Ext. 245.


Picture1The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes in January of 2023! on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. This fantastic community event promises lots of skill and lots of laughs, and is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable game for all ages!

This game, originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. has now been officially rescheduled to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 with doors opening at 1 p.m. at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. E, Goderich.

All previous ticket holders from 2022 will be issued new tickets for this rescheduled date.

This event is in support of Huron Hospice. For more than 29 years, families have turned to Huron Hospice for support at the end-of-life.  Huron Hospice provides community-based hospice palliative care and hospice-residence-based care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Huron Hospice also provides loss and grief support for adults and youth.  Since opening in 2018, Huron Hospice has made moments matter for more than 100 families at Bender House, and for 280 families in the community.  There are no costs for any of these services.

For more information visit Tickets are only available through  Pro Hockey Heroes directly at 1-888-777-9793. A portion of the promotion will consist of a telemarketing campaign in Goderich and the surrounding area via Connect Marketing.


Interested in becoming an agent of positive change?

“Lonely No More” service providers and the Municipality of North Perth are teaming up again to provide a skill-enhancing workshop series with an opportunity to make a positive difference for rural older adults this September. People are asked to sign up to journey with their rural neighbors to learn new skills such as: how to have a coaching conversation using appreciative inquiry, how to provide peer support and how to help others navigate to find the resources they need, as part of asset-based community development.

At the end of the workshop series participants can make a positive impact in their community by signing up to become a volunteer in the Lonely No More (LNM) program.

LNM is a nationally recognized social engagement initiative specifically designed to support rural and remote older adults. The discussions in LNMs weekly group calls (Elder Circles) are not “programmed”, older adult participants decide the topics and peer volunteers support equal participation and facilitation of the call. LNM additionally uses a one-on-one, peer-based model enabling participant-centred health coaching dialogues so older adults can create their own action plans to address their issues beyond their participation in the weekly circles. This eight-week volunteer opportunity (two hours/week) will enable people to become an active advocate for older adults in contexts of abuse, neglect, and isolation. Helping give voice to those who self-identify with the negative impacts of social isolation in North Perth and neighboring communities.

Registration is open to community members that want to enhance their skills and heed this call to create connection in North Perth and its neighboring regions. Community members who would like to learn more about empowering their community’s resilience through attending Connectedness Coaching (webinars one to four of the series) are also welcomed to attend.

To learn more, check out their registration page at: Create Connection or call Lonely No More at 519 292-6862. Let’s create connections together this fall.


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar  have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.



PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDERA highlight of the 166th Bayfield Community Fair for many people would have been the opportunity to see displayed on the arena floor a pristine, white, horse drawn landau handcrafted many years ago at the Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works, once located on Bayfield River Road, under the guidance of the businesses’ founder, Tom Penhale.It was a most appropriate venue at which to display the landau as Tom himself had been a life member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, joining in his teens in 1947 and remaining active up until his death in 2010.  He was always coming up with ideas to reinvent the fair and create memories for generations of families.People in the community will no doubt be excited to learn that the plan for this landau is for it to become a village asset.

On Aug. 16, the next chapter in the history of this landau began when Doug Vanderhaar traveled to Waterford, ON to purchase it from the Estate of Murray Gibbons.  He was accompanied by Bill Rowat and Dave Gillians.

Vanderhaar said, “The opportunity to purchase this refurbished landau for the community was too good of an opportunity for me to pass up.”

It will now become a community challenge to do the fundraising to purchase the wagon from Vanderhaar and then find a place to store it, pay for insurance and have it permanently displayed.

Tom first became interested in crafting wagons in the 1970s. Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works was born out of his creativity, unique eye for detail and fine craftsmanship. Tom received North American acclaim in1983 when he was chosen to design and build a wagon for the Walt Disney Company. At its peak in the mid-80s Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works had 14 employees including his son, son-in-law and grandson. A fire destroyed the shop in 1995, but undaunted Tom rebuilt and enjoyed more years making wagons as a “retirement hobby”.

Community members aren’t the only ones excited to have this landau returned to the village, family members are delighted as well.

“I was so happy to get a chance to see this carriage at the Bayfield Community Fair,” said Tom’s granddaughter, Kelsey Johnston. “So many great memories of my Grandpa and the passion he had for wagon and carriage making. I miss him every day and it was so moving to see one of his works of art in person again. Incredibly thankful to the people who have started this fundraising initiative to bring one of Grandpa’s carriages back to the area. Bayfield, Ontario is truly such a special place.”

And Tom’s young great-grandson was given the distinguished honor of being the only person allowed to sit in the landau during its time on display at the fair. He was placed there by his grandfather Rick. Yet another fair memory inspired by its greatest ambassador – Tom Penhale.


The plan for this landau is for the community to take on the challenge of raising funds to have it become a permanent village asset.


A highlight of the 166th Bayfield Community Fair for many people would have been the opportunity to see displayed on the arena floor a pristine, white, horse drawn landau handcrafted many years ago at the Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works.


It was a most appropriate venue at which to display the landau as Tom Penhale himself had been a life member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, joining in his teens in 1947 and remaining active up until his death in 2010.




The 166th Bayfield Community Fair was held on the weekend of Aug. 19-21. This issue we take a look at the event from the perspective of an almost eight year-old first time visitor named Noelle.

When interviewed about her fair experiences over both Saturday and Sunday afternoons she said, “It wasn’t what I expected – it was way better! Overall it was a fun experience and I highly recommend it.”

Noelle explained that she found the fair to be an opportunity to both see and experience new things.

“It was my first time seeing sheep and pigs in person,” she said, adding that she really liked her visit to the Animal Display Barn. Noelle showed a particular fondness for the KuneKune pasture pigs from New Zealand with their unique markings. All animals in the display were courtesy of Justin and JJ Damsma of Zurich. These six month-old pigs were also a highlight for many other visitors. Named Curly and Cookie they were born on 2/22/2022. The Damsmas also sell this variety of pigs.

Watching the Friesian Horse Show while munching on a lunch of French fries and also getting to stroke the mane of a Newfoundland Pony were other memorable moments for Noelle.

She also found the Poultry Show quite impressive, developing a fondness for a particular white Cull.  New to this year’s fair a variety of birds were showcased over two buildings providing fair visitors a great learning opportunity.

Townsend Amusements were back at the fair again this year and Noelle took advantage of their Sunday special – hiking up the stairs to slide down the slide at least a dozen times. In fact she proclaimed the “Super Slide” to be her favorite activity. She enjoyed trying her luck at the games of chance and while she didn’t come home with a goldfish she did manage to “win” a prize. She also put her ball throwing skills to the test, knocking Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Whetstone, into the dunk tank on her very first try.

Wiggle Cars, face painting, watching the Bill Nuvo experience, checking out the exhibits and admiring the prize winning entries, and riding around the fairgrounds on the train were all part of a fun two days at the fair – an event she hopes to be able to attend again next year!

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Centennial Road Sunset…By Reeka Spence

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

It’s Camp Gramel season again. We are fortunate to have our granddaughter, Noelle, with us until Labour Day. 

Now almost eight I’m noticing a shift in her this visit. Gone are the LOL dolls that have been a huge part of her childhood and the desire for a Dr. Suess story every night at bedtime. She is now transitioning into the Harry Potter phase, which is perfect timing because I’ve been wanting to read the books again. She is currently working her way through the second book.  So far this holiday, after dinner each night, we have taken some time to work together on a Harry Potter themed Lego set – pausing occasionally to reenact a scene from the book using the Lego minifigures from the set. And then at bedtime we take turns reading. For me the best part of this time together is watching her face as she listens to the story unfold. Her eyes are wonderfilled.

Revisiting these books with someone for the first time is rather magical. I look forward to the next phases of her youth, as long as they don’t come along too quickly,  because it’s pretty darn fun to be a Gramel to an almost eight-year-old. – Melody 

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