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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 688 Week 38 Vol 14

September 14, 2022


Issue 688 Week 38 Vol 14
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Andrew McLachlan (Submitted photos)

Anyone who has a camera, any type of camera, and wants to upgrade their skills should consider registering now for Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) coming up on Sept. 23-24.

During this event presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and Bayfield Centre for the Arts, skilled photographers will demonstrate techniques to advance everyone’s photographic journey.

Andrew McLachlan will start off the events of Saturday, Sep. 24 with a presentation on macro photography. He will share his techniques in magnifying small insects and flowers to create fascinating photos. McLachlan will then lead two hands-on workshops in the afternoon where participants can apply his techniques.

Other Saturday afternoon sessions will be led by Conrad Kuiper, Elizabeth van den Broeck, Debra Friedman and B.D. Colen.

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Conrad Kuiper

Conrad Kuiper will lead the session entitled, “Kickstart Your Creative Eye”.  Learning more about photography allowed him nearly unlimited opportunities to explore creative expression and growth. Kuiper will help participants slow down, read their surroundings and give more thought to their photographic compositions while exploring the Bayfield River Flats.
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Elizabeth van den Broeck

Elizabeth van den Broeck owner of Elizabeth’s Art Gallery in Goderich creates award winning work in a variety of mediums such as:  photography, oil, acrylic, encaustic and pastel work. She will help participants see new ways to move their images from their computer to their walls.
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Debra Friedman

Portrait photography can be challenging but Debra Friedman will present ways to take shots that go beyond the everyday. She is an established and internationally exhibited photographer and educator living in Toronto. Some discussion and mostly hands-on work will bring her expertise and tips to light.

B.D. Colen

B.D. Colen has been taking photos of life lived in public – street photography – for many years. Participants will meet with Colen to hear about some of the great street photographers, learn some of his tips and tricks and then hit the streets to get some great shots of their own on The Square in Goderich.

On Saturday night, registrants can look forward to a bonus evening workshop as they are guided through the night sky with Astrophysicist and photographer, Stuart Heggie. His enthusiasm for skyscapes will be shared and participants will see the night sky in a whole new light.

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Stuart Heggie

FFF is about advancing photographic skills – no matter where someone’s current skills lie or the type of camera they own. Register soon at as space is limited! This is a reduced capacity event and masks are welcome.


Carrie Snyder, the award winning author of “Francie’s Got a Gun”, will be a special guest at The Village Bookshop on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Snyder will be reading from and signing her book starting at 2 p.m.  and all invited to attend. The Village Bookshop will be offering 20 per cent off all copies of Francie’s Got a Gun sold during the signing.

The story of Francie’s Got a Gun takes place on a June afternoon in a small city, a wild-eyed girl named Francie dashes down a neighborhood street, clutching a gun. She doesn’t know exactly what she’s running from, and she doesn’t know what she’s heading towards. All she understands is the need to survive. To save herself, she has no choice but to run—and to save those she loves, she must hold tight to that gun.

Swirling around Francie is a chorus of friends, family, and neighbors, each person with a different view of her. As we hear from these voice – Francie’s steadfast best friend, Alice; Alice’s comically unaware mother, Sally, and struggling mathematician father, David; Francie’s distressed and distracted mother, Marietta, and troubled, unwell father, Luce – a fractured portrait emerges of the girl and the village surrounding her. And at last readers arrive at a still point in the chaos: a tall tree where Francie takes shelter, and where the meaning of her flight – for herself, and for the people around her – becomes clear.

The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main St North in Bayfield. For more information or to order books please visit their website at:


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now that they have 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,” said Deb Penhale, representing Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF).

So many beautiful cats and kittens are looking for their forever homes right now that it was hard to pick just one or two for the Adopt a BFF profile of the week – so featured are six furry sweethearts to tug at the heartstrings.

This pack of rascals are heading off for spay/neuter next week and will be ready for their forever homes at that time.  They are playful and affectionate and love to run and wrestle – there are even more to this group (not pictured) so being adopted in pairs would be fabulous for them and for their families. It helps to give them a playmate and a companion for when their  family is at work or school – they can burn off some energy and be ready for cuddles at the end of the day.

“We currently have over 60 kittens and have many waiting to come in,” explained Penhale. “We will be doing an adoption event at Pet Valu in Goderich at the end of September and another one in October but feel free to come visit these little rapscallions and some of our more mature kitties before then.”

This month’s adoption event at the Pet Valu in Goderich will be held on Sept. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. The following month an event will be held on Oct. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“As always we are begging for fosters so we can get more little ones (and bigger ones) off the streets before the cold weather hits – their chances for survival drop along with the temperatures,” Penhale said.

Does fostering sound like a rewarding way to support BFF? Reach out to the email listed below to learn more. BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. If someone thinks one of this week’s featured kittens 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.


Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater is pleased to announce the return of “Councilor’s Corner”.

“After way too long a break from Councilor’s Corner. I am happy to announce that it’s back!” he said.

Everyone is invited to attend these monthly sessions; the first one is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

“As always the purpose is to discuss with residents the items council is dealing with and get their feedback,” he said.

This month’s topics will include Bayfield Secondary Plan Update, Fall Municipal Election, Main Street Revitalization Schedule Update and a Recreation Master Plan Update. There will also be an open questions period regarding any other topics of interest.


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The one hour meeting will start at 7 p.m. and be held via ZOOM. The meeting will cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.

The AGM is open to the public and all are welcome. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is kindly asked to email to receive the ZOOM link.


Anyone who has ever thought about taking up the harp will have an opportunity to do so this fall as Harpist Martha Lawrance, of Bayfield, will be offering “Beginner Adult Group Harp Lessons”. She is hoping to start the program in the third week of September.

No musical experience is necessary. Individuals can learn to play by ear as well as reading simple songs of their preferred genre. Rental harps will be available by the month and a free demo lesson will be offered at her studio prior to joining the group.

For more information please contact Martha Lawrance by emailing:


Mother Nature had other plans on the evening of Sunday, Sept 4 and what was to be the final “Paint the Sunset” of the summer at Pioneer Park was postponed due to rain. Good news is there will be one last chance to capture the sunset on canvas as the event has been rescheduled to coincide with Volkfest weekend on Saturday, Sept. 24.

On that date the sunset time is 7:20 p.m. Artist RobIn Ellis will offer two demonstrations – the first at 6 p.m. followed by a second at 6:45 p.m. All are welcome to take part. The event courtesy of Pioneer Park is free to all with materials and instructions provided.


Clan Gregor Square will be the location for the Eighth Annual Bayfield Volkfest on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Visitors to the park can look forward to seeing a wide array of vintage and classic VWs, shopping at an Arts and Crafts Makers Market and indulging in treats from Food Truck vendors all while enjoying live music. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VW owners are invited to join in the Weekend Campout at Rock Glen Resort in Arkona, ON. On Sunday morning, participants will leave the resort at 9:30 a.m. for a cruise to Bayfield.

For VW owners there is a $20 entry fee to Clan Gregor Square with the first 200 vehicles getting a welcome bag.

For more information please contact Ryan Somers 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


For over 15 years the Glee Sisters women’s choir have enthusiastically entertained young and old alike with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music from various genres.

After a two-year hiatus, the Glee Sisters are ready and eager to perform once again. Their “Autumn Joy” Benefit Concert for Huron Hospice Bender House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. The concert will feature a joyful mix of folk, pop, swing, rock, novelty, classical, and spiritual songs. All proceeds will support the new Children’s Room at Bender House.

“Many choir members have a close connection to our local hospice and we are delighted to have this opportunity to show our support by doing what we love,” said Lisa Stewart, who is preparing the program.

There is no need to purchase tickets; people are invited to simply show up and enjoy the performance. Of course, they are welcome to show their appreciation with a donation to Huron Hospice. Tax receipts can be issued for all donations of $20 and over.

The Benefit Concert will be conducted by Stewart, accompanied by pianist Mary McGoldrick and Laurie Hazzard on guitar, bass and banjo ukulele.

Everyone is welcome to attend the concert, a delightful event not to be missed!

For further information, feel free to contact Helen Varekamp at



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.


Volunteers report that at this time of year Bayfield Area Food Bank shelves can use restocking of soup, rice, tuna, and beans. 

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.


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.


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.


McFeagan Donation

On Aug. 5, Beth Feaganof MacEwan and Feagan Insurance in Goderich (centre), presented a cheque for $500 to Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health Board members, Nancy Simpson, secretary; and Dan Stringer, co-chair, in support of their Lecture Series. (Submitted photos)

At a special Donor Recognition event held at 2nd Streetlight Winery on June 8, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) had the opportunity to meet and greet, face to face, the donors whose financial support contributed so much to Gateway’s operations and special activities during the past two years.

Gateway president Gwen Devereaux said, “After two long years of COVID shutdowns and isolating we were able to finally come together to celebrate Gateway success and to honor and thank the donors whose funding made it possible”.

The event was planned and organized by Nancy Simpson, chair of Gateway’s Sustainable Resources Committee.

Simpson said, “It’s great to be able to come together and extend personal thank yous to all our supporters.”

The occasion also allowed Gateway students to introduce themselves and discuss their summer projects with the gathering.

Donations can be made to Gateway at


John and Lisa DeJager, owners of I.D.A. – De Jager Pharmacy in Goderich, presented a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to Gateway Centre for Rural Health Board members Dan Stringer, co-chair (left) and Nancy Simpson, secretary (right) on Aug. 5. The funds were given in support of Gateway’s Lecture Series.



Ross Wilson, Water and Soils Resource coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, is shown at the Old Ausable Channel near Grand Bend with one of the newly-installed water level gauges helping the public to better understand water level information in this distinct ecosystem. (Submitted photo)

The World Water Monitoring Challenge (EarthEcho Water Challenge) is held each year to highlight work that takes place around the world to monitor water quality. In past years, World Water Monitoring Day has been celebrated on Sept. 18.

The EarthEcho Water Challenge now takes place between March 22 (World Water Day) and December of each year. People can find out more by visiting: EarthEcho Monitoring Challenge.

Mari Veliz is Healthy Watersheds Manager at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She said this world-wide World Water Monitoring education event is a chance to highlight some of the important Great Lakes and climate research taking place locally.

Environmental monitoring staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) collect data on the Old Ausable Channel (OAC) in Grand Bend. This information helps with restoration work of the channel. 

Veliz said it is important to know about water levels and the concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus and oxygen in this important channel ecosystem.

The OAC is home to three at-risk fish species: Pugnose Shiner; Lake Chubsucker; and Grass Pickerel. Low oxygen concentrations, nutrient enrichment, sediment loads, and invasive species can all impact aquatic species. 

ABCA works with local communities, including Southcott Pines and Huron Woods, on projects to monitor and improve the channel. This year the ABCA has installed staff gauges at the road crossings so local people can better understand water level information. ABCA is also helping to prepare a Natural Infrastructure Grant to improve habitat conditions for the channel.

To learn more visit: and the Friends of the Old Ausable Channel website at

People are also invited to contact Healthy Watersheds staff at ABCA by email or phone. Their contact information can be found here: Staff Contacts.


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People are encouraged to hop on over to “Froggy Fest” to be held in Goderich’s Courthouse Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Froggy Fest will feature reptile and amphibian special guests, free face painting, arts and crafts with professional artists, yummy treats, including, compostable, individually-wrapped, peanut-free snacks, and cool eco-swag for sale.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude with a free noontime concert by “Boy in December”.

“Proceeds from the whole day will support local conservation work – how great is that?” said Bethany Davidson, founder of WorldRooted: the Art Project for People.

Davidson encourages people to arrive early to purchase their Froggy Fest Map, for $5, then get it stamped at all the amazing conservation booths.

“Once it’s full, turn it back in for your chance at an awesome Door Prize, supplied by some lovely local shops and incredible artists. One hundred per cent of map sales go straight to the charities of Froggy Fest… as a thank-you, the first 25 participants will be given a free, hand-potted cup!” Davidson explained.

Anyone who can’t make it to Froggy Fest but would still like to donate, or those who want to pre-purchase a map, or don’t want to carry a paper map is invited to go to: to securely purchase a digital copy.

Froggy Fest is a prime opportunity for responsible high-school students to pick up volunteer hours! Contact to get involved.

A rain date of Oct. 1st has been set.

Froggy Fest was founded by WorldRooted: the Art Project for People with the Lake Huron Coastal Centre and is presented in partnership with the Goderich BIA.

The Premium Sponsors for this event are: Huron Contractors, Inc., the Town of Goderich, Bruinsma Excavating, Enbridge and the Lions Club of Goderich; in addition there are  a number of Community sponsors and “Friends of Fest” sponsors.


On Sept. 12, the Ontario government announced that the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster will be available to all individuals aged 18 and over, beginning with the most vulnerable populations.

Health Canada authorized this vaccine on Sept. 1. The bivalent vaccine targets both the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron BA.1 subvariant, and also generates a good immune response against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

“Staying up-to-date with vaccination maintains our protection against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen, “and allows us to safely participate in more activities and safely spend time with the people we love.”

As of Sept. 12, the following select groups can receive a booster of the bivalent vaccine, if enough time has passed since their last dose:       individuals aged 70 and over;  residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services; First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over; moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and over; pregnant individuals aged 18 and over; and health care workers aged 18 and over.

The recommended interval at which a bivalent booster dose can be administered is six months after an individual completed their primary vaccine series or received their most recent booster dose.

To prioritize distribution to the priority populations listed above, new booster appointments for other Ontarians aged 18 and over will be paused until Sept. 26. However, individuals 18 years of age and older who do not belong to a priority population can start booking their appointments today for later dates. Please note that availability of bivalent vaccine depends on shipment schedules and supply from the federal government.

All previously-booked booster appointments for Sept. 12-25 will be honored and, if available, the bivalent vaccine will be offered.  As of Sept. 26, Ontarians aged 18 and over who are not part of the above groups can receive the bivalent vaccine.

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) uses the provincial booking system. Individuals may book now for an appointment time when they are eligible.

  •   Healthcare workers and pregnant individuals both aged 18+ should call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 – booking online is not yet an option for these groups
  •  Adults ages 70+,   Immunocompromised individuals, and First Nations, Inuit, Metis (FNIM) individuals 18+, and their household members 18+  can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 or book online at Book Vaccine.

The remaining population (individuals ages 18-69) can book into any available clinic with appointment dates beginning Sept. 26.

Individuals ages six months to 17 years can continue to book monovalent vaccines for first, second, or booster doses (based on eligibility) online at Book Vaccine, by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or by calling HPPH’s vaccine booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

HPPH has opened up clinics from now to Oct. 22. Dates and locations are available at

HPPH is also working with partners to provide bivalent vaccines for long-term care homes, retirement homes and congregate living settings.


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Members of team “Masquerade Parade” participated in the 2021 ONE CARE’s Grand Parade virtual event by walking the boardwalk at the beach in Goderich. (Submitted photo)

One Care Home & Community Support Services is encouraging the community to get moving in support of their annual walkathon – “The Grand Parade”. This is an exciting year as One Care re-introduces their in-person event, in addition to their virtual event for those unable to attend in person.

This family-friendly team event is fun for individuals of all ages and accessibility levels. It is a great way to connect with family and friends, and support those in need of One Care’s services.

Participants have the option to do any activity they want, where they want, the distance they want, or they can join One Care for an in-person event taking place in Stratford. Teams have participated virtually by biking along the Maitland Trail, hosting campfire gatherings, or walking the boardwalk down at the beach in Goderich. Doing an activity is one way to participate, but there are many ways to support this event. People can also be a sponsor, or donate to a participant.

To register a team and start fundraising, become a sponsor, or to make a donation visit the One Care website at: or The Grand Parade – Stratford.

“We are excited to have the option to gather this year, safely, and feel the enthusiasm from our community in person,” said Kathy Scanlon, Executive director, One Care. “These past few years have been an extraordinary and challenging time for everyone, and there are so many people living right in our community who rely on our essential services. Not only do our clients need our care, but their spouses and families need the support that our programs and services can provide. Anything you can give makes a significant difference to someone and their family.”

The Grand Parade is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Upper Queen’s Park in Stratford starting at 11 a.m.

The agency is excited to announce that local radio host, Jamie Cottle, will  emcee the in-person event, with Home & Company Real Estate also on hand to welcome walkers and manage registration. Energy is sure to be high with DJ Harv on site. Plus, New Orleans Pizza, Soup Surreal, and the Perth Dairy Producers Committee will be generously donating lunch for all participants after the walk.

Foxton Fuels, Compass Minerals, and Tuckersmith Communications have generously come on board again this year as Lead Sponsors of The Grand Parade.

Funds raised through The Grand Parade will go directly towards a senior or person with health challenges in need of subsidized fees, as well as client-related equipment and facilities, such as the purchase of accessible vans. One Care has no regular source of funding for accessible vans and they are critical to ensuring people are able to get to the services they need. The agency is also working very hard to ensure cost is not a barrier to receiving the programs and services that clients rely on. Many require fees, and especially in these times people need help with the cost of services like Meals on Wheels and transportation. Many people in the community are elderly, alone and isolated, and trying to deal with the cost of living while also receiving the services they need. With the help from the community, One Care can support them.

“Last year, we really enjoyed the flexibility to do any activity we wanted at a time that was convenient for us,” said Janice Johnson, Grand Parade participant. “Being a part of an event that virtually brought together people from across Huron Perth, all doing a fun activity to support and strengthen our community was inspiring. Supporting someone who could be my neighbor or someone I see at the grocery store is very important to me.”

Supporting seniors in the community has never been easier or more fun. Register a  team, start fundraising, and enjoy an activity with the team. Skip rope with the kids, play basketball in the driveway, or join One Care on Sept. 17 at Upper Queen’s Park in Stratford.


Tomorrow (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.


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:


Film buffs will be delighted to learn that the Livery Film Fest is returning to the Park Theatre in Goderich.

There will be screenings of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movies shown monthly, at the theatre located on The Square. The first runs tomorrow, (Sept. 15th) at 7 p.m.

Rob McAuley is the Chair of the Livery Film Fest committee. He said, “We have a great line up planned for the fall. Our first film is about a non-golfing hoaxer, who gets to golf at the British Open – only to score the worst round on record.”

The movie, entitled, “Phantom of the Open” stars Oscar winner Mark Rylance and two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins.

McAuley noted, “The Park Theatre was closed all through the COVID pandemic, but finally opened in May.  TIFF also shuttered their Film Circuit program, which promoted festival films, and arranged for them to be played in other venues across Canada.  Now, with the Park going strong, they are letting us show these films every month, and TIFF is offering some great titles!”

The Livery Film Fest’s schedule is set for the next three months, with “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” playing on Oct. 20th, and “Official Competition” on Nov. 10.

The Leonard Cohen film features interviews with a number of artists, including, Bob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins.  Official Competition is a Spanish farce about a rich benefactor who wished to produce a film that he hopes will win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.  It stars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

All showtimes are 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the Park Theatre box office at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the show.  They cost $12.  Livery Theatre members pay $8.


Clinton Horticultural Society, proudly presents a Bluewater Recycling Information Night featuring guest speaker, Special Projects Coordinator Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Libro Hall,  upper level, 239 Fleming Drive, Clinton, ON.

Everyone is most welcome. Those who attend are encouraged to have questions ready.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce the Southern Huron Campaign Kickoff, in collaboration with the Experience Exeter BIA, featuring a community volunteer fair and soup competition; happening Friday, Sept. 16 at the South Huron municipal building in Exeter.

The event will be held from 3-7 p.m. The campaign goal will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s campaign launch,” said Darren Boyle, UWPH Southern Huron Community Committee co-chair. “The volunteer fair and soup competition are such popular events. They’re great ways to encourage community building through good food, volunteering and celebrating the local work UWPH is involved with. We’ll also announce our fundraising goal for this year’s campaign.”

The community volunteer fair gives local residents the chance to explore volunteer opportunities. Featured organizations include: 211, Art Around Town, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CMHA Thames Valley, Community Living South Huron, Exeter & District Heritage Foundation, Exeter BIA, Exeter Library, Exeter Legion, Exeter Legion Auxiliary, Huron Middlesex 2923 Army Cadet Corps, Huron County Food Distribution Centre, Huron Fidget Makers, iVolunteer, Municipality of South Huron, Noah’s Ark, South Huron Arts Centre, South Huron Community Choir, South Huron Community Theatre and UWPH.

The kickoff celebration also spotlights local restaurants through a soup lunch and competition featuring last year’s winner, The Barn Restaurant & Pub, along with Canton House Buffet Restaurant, Crabby Joe’s Bar & Grill, Exeter Thai Cuisine, Golden City Restaurant, Huron Family Restaurant, Ironwood Golf Club, Jerry Rader’s Homestyle Catering & Market, Malibu Restaurant and Robinson’s Fresh Café. For $10, attendees can sample delicious soup creations and vote for their favorites. Proceeds go to UWPH. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information 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


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.


Enbridge Inc. has provided a grant, through its Fueling Futures program, to make it possible to plant 2,500 trees in Ausable Bayfield watershed communities.

Ian Jean is Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). He said the Enbridge Fueling Futures grant makes it possible to support local landowners who are planting trees to protect and improve forest conditions.

“I would like to thank Enbridge for making it possible to plant trees in a part of Ontario where more trees are needed,” he said. “I would like to invite landowners in our watershed to call me or email me to find out about how grants for tree planting may help them with their tree planting projects.”

ABCA staff work with participating local landowners. They provide technical expertise and they also help to connect interested landowners with financial incentives that help them to plant trees. Thanks to the Enbridge grant, combined with other programs, landowners can apply for funding that may, in some cases, cover up to 100 per cent of the cash costs of a tree planting project.

Anyone who would like to purchase trees, can order trees through spring and fall tree order programs at: Tree Orders. Anyone who would like to find out about grants that may help to cover or reduce the costs of a tree planting project, is invited to email Ian Jean at or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 238.

Trees provide many benefits to humans and other living things, according to the Forestry Specialist. Trees can help to protect and improve air quality and water quality. They capture and store carbon and they help to keep temperatures down by providing shade. Trees are green infrastructure and help to manage stormwater. Trees and forests also provide habitat for many species. They are good for ecosystem health and human health, Jean said.

Enbridge Fueling Futures supports a number of initiatives that include contributions to a sustainable future by helping to improve, grow and nurture the environment. This funding supports projects such as environmental education; habitat conservation and remediation; and supporting energy transition, among other programs. To learn more visit the Enbridge Inc. website at:


The Sunset Community Foundation’s annual community grant program is now available for applications from eligible organizations for projects and activities that improve the vitality of communities within Lambton Shores and Huron County. The annual grant program will award up to $100,000 in addition to the $20,000 it has already granted in 2022. 

“As a community foundation, we partner with leaders and advocates in the community to identify needs, arising issues, and opportunities within our local area. Since our inception over 20 years ago, we have donated $2.1 million, and in 2021 we granted $107,000,” said Chair Deb Gill. “Our committed board of directors stewards an endowment that has grown to $3.2 million.” 

Grants Chair Dr. Jim Jean and a group of community representatives will review all the applications in mid-October with applicants being notified by early November. “We are continually impressed by the thoughtfulness and creativity of applicants in putting forward grant requests,” said Dr. Jean. “We have funded projects and initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability, food insecurity, accessibility, education, health, and technological support. We review all grants through the perspective of diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

The Sunset Community Foundation welcomes grant applications up to Sept. 30. General information and a simplified application form is available at: Applying for a grant.

For more information, contact Chair of Sunset Community Foundation, Deb Gill at


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 Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters’ Guild are combining their talents once again to present their annual Textile Show and Sale during the first weekend of November in Goderich.

The public will be able to view and purchase unique traditional and modern weaving, basketry, beading, spinning, knitting and felting. Also for sale will be quilts and quilted items from wall hangings through to queen size bedding.

There is no admission fee to this event that will feature two of Huron County’s most creative groups at the same time in one location. The show will run on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Huron County Museum, 110 North Street in Goderich.

For more information please visit the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Facebook Page or


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.

Huron County Museum


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.
This week, as many mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II after her remarkable 70 year reign, we take a closer look at two museum artifacts that represent her heritage, Canadian coins carrying the images of her grandfather, King George V and her father, King George VI.


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This is a Canadian nickel. This is a commemorative Tombac V nickel made of chromium-plated steel. On one side of the coin is the image of King George VI. Inscribed around the circumference is “GEORGIVS VI DEI GRARTIA: REX ET IND: IMP”. On the reverse side is a torch superimposed on a central V. Inscribed around the circumference with two maple leaves are the words: “CANADA” and “CENTS”. On each side of the V are two numbers that make up the coin’s date. This coin is dated 1944.

The Tombac V nickel was minted to commemorate the war effort. The central V with the torch represents victory. The design also included a Morse Code message around the rim of the coin: : “We win when we work willingly”.

This design was the first mint to be wholly prepared at the Royal Canadian Mint.

Due to demands on copper and zinc during the Second World War the Tombac V nickels were made with chromium-plated steel instead of brass, copper, zinc and tin.


This is a Canadian copper penny with the image of King George V on one side. Inscribed around the circumference reads “GEORGIVS V DEI GRA: REX ET IND: IMP:” and on the reverse side reads “CANADA / ONE CENT / 1921”. There are two maple leaves on each side of the word CENT.

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Coins minted prior to 1948 include the phrase “IND: IMP” to represent British rule over India as an imperial colony. Coins minted after 1948 have the phrase excluded to represent the independence India gained in July of 1947 which was passed by the British Parliament.




Under beautiful sunny skies, 76 golfers from as far away as Windsor teed it up for the Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the lovely Bluewater Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 9.

Not only was this the 34th year for the tournament it also marked the 75th Anniversary of the Lions Club’s founding in 1947.

At the registration desk, golfers could see three of the outstanding prize auction items they would be bidding for later that night – framed and signed Maple Leaf jerseys of Austin Mathews and  William Nylander and also the NBA Raptors Rookie of the Year, Scotty Barnes.

Two foursomes tied for the win at 11 under par: Andy Heard, Chris Jantzi, Tom Genoch, Cody Symes and Barb Sturgeon, Kim Muszynski, Roma Harris and John Arthur.

A great day of golf was followed up with a delicious dinner of chicken and ribs hosted by The Albion Hotel. As dinner was wrapping up, event Chair Ian Matthew began his program by calling on everyone for a moment of silence and a toast to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II followed by a hearty God Save the King! The chairman then briefly addressed the crowd highlighting the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Lions have put back into worthwhile charities and organizations over its 75 years.

Brian O’Reilly spoke briefly on his “Talks in the Park” addressing the mental health crisis facing so many. He took time to thank the Lions for supporting his talks the past two years. He then took the time to thank all those present for their participation at this event.

After dinner, Matthew introduced auctioneer Pat O’Connor to start off the live auction. Thanks to the wonderful support of Bayfield businesses, lucky winners took home some incredible Bayfield experience packages donated by local merchants, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The Lions thank the many event sponsors for their continued support of this major event.

As the night wound down, everyone couldn’t wait for next year!

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Sunset between storms…By Sally Leitch

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