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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 692 Week 42 Vol 14

October 12, 2022


Issue 692 Week 42 Vol 14
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Bayfield Harbour was a major entry point for settlers in Huron County starting around 1830 and became an important fishing centre on the shore of Lake Huron.  The village of Bayfield grew around the harbor and has changed many times over the years.  The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) works to preserve the village’s history and maintain its appeal as a tourist destination.  In 2021 there were 858 visitors to the Heritage Centre on Main Street North.

After the Huron County Historical Society was formed and had made provision in its constitution for branch societies, BHS was established on Jan. 27, 1965. A major focus of the Society’s work over the past three years has been the digitization of articles, letters and photographs documenting the history of the village.  Until now they have been able to support a part-time archival assistant to undertake this work but funds for this salary will be exhausted by the end of December.

“BHS is the only local heritage centre funded largely by donations.  Guaranteed funding from the government does not exceed $1,600 per year, and BHS must compete with other community groups, 20 known groups in Bayfield, for additional provincial and municipal funding.  BHS is now facing increasing costs associated with the internet, museum software support, utilities and mandatory insurance,” said Ruth Gibson, past-president of BHS.

Gibson went on to say that there has been no response to recent requests for volunteers and it has now become necessary to close the Heritage Centre to visitors except by appointment. Appointments can be made by emailing the address listed below.

“We need volunteers to fill positions on the Board of Directors, including those of President and Treasurer as well as volunteers to assist with administrative and archival research,” said Gibson.

Anyone who is able to maintain the work of the BHS through either financial support or volunteer time, is asked to please contact Gibson at


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The 22 members of the Glee Sisters Choir performed some some lively tunes on Oct. 2 at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. (Photo by Ralph Blasting)

The Glee Sisters Choir, directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick, brought “Autumn Joy” to a full house at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. The benefit concert for the Children’s Room at Huron Hospice Bender House raised $1,835.

At the event, Executive Director Willy Van Klooster spoke of plans to expand Bender House to six beds along with the dedicated Children’s Room. Construction is likely to begin next spring.

Van Klooster also shared that the hospice’s former garage was renovated last year to accommodate a meeting room, two offices and an accessible washroom.

Since all Ontario hospices are only partially funded by the Ministry of Health, the community is expected to fundraise the remainder. Patients and their families can use the facility at no charge.

Unlike the hospital model, hospices are run in large part by volunteers. Huron Hospice Bender House has about 130 volunteers working in such areas as: resident care, janitorial services, kitchen duties, gardening, fundraising and maintenance.

VanKlooster highlighted how creative Huron County residents have been with numerous fundraisers over the years. He gave thanks that events have been picking up once again since COVID.

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Willy Van Klooster, Executive director of Huron Hospice Bender House presented flowers to Glee Sisters Choir Director Lisa Stewart. (Photo by Ralph Blasting)


The Christmas in Bayfield committee has kicked into high gear now that they know the Municipality of Bluewater Council will hear their bylaw exemption request on Oct. 17.

“We are so excited to announce that, pending Municipal approval, we will be hosting a crafters’ market this year and as such we are looking for interested vendors,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC Terri Louch.

Vendors will be considered who create original and unique items which are not mass produced. The market will be outdoors, so participants should be prepared to bring a tent and tables. Please note that tents cannot be hammered into the ground so they must be weighted. The application can be accessed here: Application Form . Cost for the weekend is only $100.  Responses will be sent and money required after the meeting on Oct. 17.

“We are also thrilled to be able to include music and buskers! The Chamber of Commerce will have a 10 x 10 tent set up in the Library Square where we will present all entertainment,” said Louch. “Do you or your group sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument or perform magic?  Would you like to be part of our amazing Christmas in Bayfield weekend?”

There will be 30 minute and one hour time slots available Saturday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 20. Interested people are asked to send an email to the address given below with the details and their preferred time slot and organizers will work to include them in the line-up. Are you a Busker? There will be an opportunity to be placed around the town one or both days of the weekend.

Christmas in Bayfield organizers would like to remind everyone that their bottle fundraising drive is going forward as well. Any coins or cash from returned empties can be dropped in the container at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts. Anyone who would like to donate is asked to please email

“We could not host Christmas in Bayfield without support from our businesses. Thanks so much to the members who have generously supported Christmas in Bayfield with a donation so everyone can enjoy a fun-filled weekend:  It takes a village to put this event together, and we are very grateful to have amazing supporters. Where possible, stop in and visit their businesses today!” said Louch.

To view the list of businesses that have donated to date please visit: Services 1 — Village of Bayfield.

“Be sure to watch for further updates on the Christmas in Bayfield Facebook and Instagram pages where we will continue to highlight those who are making a difference in our little village!”


After a successful introductory session regarding the relaxing properties of a soundbath, Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance will be offering two more opportunities this year for those interested in experiencing the process of using guided imagery along with the sounds of the harp.

The program will be offered on Oct. 27 and Nov. 24 both at 3:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The program will not be held again until March of 2023. The cost is $20 per session or $35 for both. Payment can be made by e-transfer. Participants are asked to register. They can sign up on Wednesday morning during exercise classes at the centre or by contacting Lawrance at her website:

As the floor can be a little hard, those who take part are asked to bring a comfortable mat plus a pillow and/or blanket if desired.

The session will offer a deep relaxation soundbath that combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with Guided Imagery (GIM) techniques and voice. Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourselves. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, sleeplessness, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice.

Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed.

Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) reminds hikers that the Woodland Trail will be closed for the month of October for turkey hunting season.  Please abide by the posted signs.

There will be two guided fall hikes in the coming weeks: Climate Change on the Great Lakes and National Take a Hike Day.

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., environmental educator Michele Martin will lead a walk through the village and down to the waterfront, pointing out how climate change is affecting the area and what people can do to help.  Those interested are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square Gazebo for a walk lasting about 90 minutes.

The final guided hike of 2022 will be on Mavis’ Trail  and the Taylor Trail on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day celebrates the nearly 300,000 km of trails in Canada, 80,000 of which are in Ontario.

This little hike of 3.5 km will start at the Varna Complex parking lot and take participants  through evergreen and deciduous forests, over small streams, and down to the Bayfield River.  A map can be found at Mavis-Taylor Trail.

For questions or more information contact Ralph Blasting via email at or call 519 525-3205.


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 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 in October.”

The adoption event at the Pet Valu in Goderich will be held on Oct. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two young moms and their Spring and Autumn litters of kittens are the Adopt a BFF cats of the week. And they are a fine example of just how fast the cat population can grow if felines are not neutered or spayed.

“These two Momma cats had over 20 kittens between them – each having two litters,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We were able to catch the Spring litter several months ago but not their mothers. Finally this Fall, we managed to get the moms with the fall litters but not all the babies survived.”

Penhale explained that these two young moms take turns nursing the kittens so volunteers really aren’t certain who birthed which ones.

“They don’t seem to mind sharing nursing duties at all,” she said. “They are super friendly and very loveable and all these felines are now off the streets and none of them will be making more babies.

“In theory this will save hundreds of kittens being born in the elements and all these kitties will find loving forever homes. Thank you to the kind couple who spent so much time and effort catching, fostering, mentoring and socializing all these babies.”

Anyone who might be interested in adopting any of this week’s featured cats and kittens 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 Bayfield River will be bustling with eager anglers this coming weekend as the 44th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Bayfield Lions Club Rainbow Trout Derby returns to the village, Oct. 14-16.

Fishing enthusiasts will be trying for prize money for the heaviest catch throughout the weekend with the weigh closing at noon on Sunday. Competitors should note that the station is not open 24 hours.

Tickets are $30 and are available locally at Brandon Hardware, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts and Bait Master and in London, ON at Angling Sports.

The event headquarters is located in Rainbow Valley Campground, 26 Keith Cres in Bayfield.

For more information please email Lion Tom Grasby at



Jacquie van Klaveren an artist who participated in the creation of the book, “Cheesies & Root Beer: The Art of Pairings” peruses a copy. The project has now evolved into an Art Exhibit to be run at Goderich’s 33eaststreetgallery opening on Oct. 8. (Submitted photo)

From now to Nov. 13, Goderich’s 33 Eaststreetgallery is hosting an exhibit of the art and writings that inspired the book “Cheesies & Root Beer: The Art of Pairings”.

Both the creators of the book – artist Judy Roth and author H. Reid – hails from Bayfield.

The gallery located at 33 East Street is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; other times by appointment.

For more information regarding the exhibit please call 226 927-4838. To read more about the collaborative book visit: Bayfield Breeze Issue 675.


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Julian Taylor (Submitted photo)

Julian Taylor will be the next musical talent to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage with a concert date set for Nov. 5.

Taylor is a Toronto-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over the course of his esteemed career, which spans 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band, and his solo work, he has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours.

His 2020 LP, “The Ridge”, earned two Juno Award nominations, along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards for Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year, five Native American Music Award nominations, plus a nomination for Canada’s most prestigious music accolade, the Polaris Music Prize.

Taylor’s new album, “Beyond the Reservoir”, to be released this month and preceded by the single “S.E.E.D.S,” builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes first explored on The Ridge.

The doors to the hall will open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a cash bar offering beer and wine.

Tickets to see this Indie artist perform are available now at


The Bayfield Skating Club is offering skating programs this 2022-2023 season at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre!

Their programs suit a range of skating levels. Skaters will have fun staying active this winter through a variety of programs: learning the basics in Learn to Skate, building skills for all ice sports in CanSkate, an introduction to figure skating in Intro to STAR, and fast-paced Power Skills and Drills.

Tuesday classes are: Learn to Skate, 5-5:30 p.m.; CanSkate, 5:40-6:30 p.m.; and Intro to STAR, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Power Skills and Drills are offered on Thursdays at 5:30-6:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:20 p.m.

Their season begins Oct. 25. Learn to Skate is currently full, but registration is open for all other programs! For further details or to register online, visit: Bayfield Skating Club Registration.

Email with any questions. Instructors can’t wait to see their skaters on the ice!


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The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all for a new “Coffee & Chat” program started on Oct. 11 in the Bayfield Public Library Meeting Room.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members. The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion.

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet every Tuesday, from 2-3:30 p.m., until the end of March.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


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The Bayfield Agricultural Society is looking for volunteers to cut the grapevines and/or evergreen boughs and assemble the wreaths for their annual holiday fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is still looking for sources of grapevines and cedar, white pine, spruce or juniper boughs for the BAS annual wreath-making fundraiser. If anyone has grapevines or evergreen trees on their property that could be used for some bough cutting, the BAS would be very grateful. A volunteer coordinator for this work would also be welcome.

The BAS is also still looking for volunteers to cut the grapevines and/or evergreen boughs and assemble the wreaths.

All of this work will be completed between mid-October and mid-November, with dates and times to be announced. Assembly of the wreaths will take place inside the new BAS shed/barn in the Agricultural Park.

Anyone who can help out is asked to contact


After a two year absence the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookie is back and available now from members of Bayfield Guiding!

They are selling for $5 a box and there is a limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly.

Anyone not familiar with a youth member who would like to purchase a box or two is encouraged to call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


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.


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John Erb (Photo courtesy Erb Family Foundation website)

Editor’s Note: John Erb, a person with a strong connection to Bayfield has been recognized for his philanthropy and contributions to life in the State of Michigan. 

The Erb Family Foundation is excited to announce that their chair, John Erb, is the 2022 recipient of the Michigan Executive of the Year Award from the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. He will be honored at the Ilitch School’s 42nd annual Recognition and Awards Program on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Roostertail in Detroit, Mich.

John is deeply engaged in the Erb Family Foundation’s work to improve watershed quality; promote environmental health, justice, and sustainable business; support the arts in metropolitan Detroit; and advance Alzheimer’s research. With his experienced leadership and dedication to his parents’ vision, the Erb Family Foundation has made more than $100 million in grants since its inception and will award $14 million in grants this year.

Established in 1999 by the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, the Michigan Executive of the Year Award recognizes an individual in a senior leadership position at a business, government, or nonprofit organization that is based in or has a substantial presence in the State of Michigan. In addition, the actions of the honoree and/or their organization reflect positively on the State of Michigan and the disciplines researched and taught within the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

John’s dedication to community is also reflected in his service on the boards of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit Zoological Society, and The Nature Conservancy. He shares his enthusiasm for education by serving on the Board of Governors for Cranbrook Institute of Science. He also serves through the University of Michigan as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and the Advisory Board for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

John’s leadership is informed by these roles and by his past contributions as a board member for Council of Michigan Foundations, Cranbrook Educational Community, Detroit Public Television, Stratford Festival, and Bank of Birmingham.

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, founded in 2009, advances environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metropolitan Detroit and a flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem. The Foundation will award $14 million in grants this year. For more information, visit


Taste of Huron invites Huron County residents and visitors to support local farmers, producers, suppliers and chefs as they savor the flavor of local food and drink this October.

“Participants are sure to feel good about celebrating the Huron Harvest at several events while enjoying the food we grow, produce and prepare,” said Project Coordinator Karen Stewart.

The following is a full lineup of activities from now until Oct. 23 at locations across the County.

Participating farm-to-table restaurants from across the County will feature their own unique in-house menu options through Taste of Huron’s “Huron Harvest Tables” dining program.  Prix Fixe, three-course menus, for $55, will be available throughout the 10 days of this program, Oct. 13 – 23. Suggested pairings with local wine and beer products will also be available at each site.

Restaurants taking part in the dining program are: Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth; Eddington’s of Exeter, Part II Bistro, Goderich; The Lake House of Bayfield, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Bayfield Brewing Company’s Public House.; Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; and The White Squirrel Restaurant, Zurich.

Taste of Huron’s Oktoberfest on Ontario’s West Coast, a Bavarian celebration, kicks off Friday, Oct. 14 at the Exeter Farmers’ Market.  Walter Ostanek (Canada’s Polka King) will set the tone during a concert from 4-6 p.m., while market-goers enjoy samples from local wineries and breweries, as well as traditional German sausage paired with mustard and sauerkraut. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 15, three farm visits are supplemented with opportunities for learning and fun through Eat Local Huron’s “Farm Crawl” (a pay-what-you-can activity).

The participating farms are Trick’s Creek Farm, Clinton; Farm Little, Bayfield and Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Zurich.

Oktoberfest continues when five wineries and five breweries in Huron County serve as stops along the “Vine & Ale Trail” on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Aside from offering samples of their in-house beer and/or wine, each brewery and winery will be paired with a local food truck, restaurant or caterer allowing visitors a taste of delicious bite-sized fare on tasting plates featuring locally grown and produced ingredients. Entertainment will be available at each site to enhance the atmosphere and participants may travel via self-guided driving tours or by a free shuttle service available first-come, first-served from four sites within the County (Blyth, Goderich, Bayfield and Exeter). The Vine and Ale Trail runs both Saturday and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. Passports are valid for samples at three sites either day.

Participating Breweries are: Bayfield Brewing Co.; Bad Apple Brewing Company, Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Hops, Bayfield; Square Brew, Goderich; and Cowbell Brewing Co, Blyth. Wineries taking part are: Maelstrom Winery, Seaforth; East Street Cider Co, Goderich; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Hessenland Inn and Shatz Winery, St Joseph; and Cornerfield Wine Company, Bayfield.

The Bavarian bonanza continues Saturday night (Oct. 15) with R’oktoberfest, an open-air concert featuring Bif Naked and Coleman Hell at River Road Brewing and Hops at 6:30 pm. Gemütlichkeit!

Taste of Huron wraps up with an information sharing and networking opportunity for Huron County producers, growers and chefs. “ Bounty of the County”, a B2B industry event will be held in Clinton at the Libro Community Hall on Oct. 19.

For more information about all these fabulous events and ticket links, please visit

Taste of Huron is coordinated through a Huron Community Futures and Huron County Economic Development partnership.


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 popular Owl Prowl is returning in 2022 with two dates and locations.

These Owl Prowls will take place at Rock Glen Conservation Area (RGCA), Arkona, on Saturday, Oct. 22  and at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA), east of Exeter, on Saturday, Nov. 5. There will be two time slots for the Owl Prowls – 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both dates.

Nina Sampson is a Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She said the two Oct. 22 sessions are the first times this conservation authority is hosting an Owl Prowl at Rock Glen.

“We are excited to bring back the Owl Prowl in 2022 and we are also excited to host our first Owl Prowls at Rock Glen Conservation Area,” she said. “It’s wonderful to host this event at different times and at different locations in our watershed area.”

The Owl Prowls are held to raise awareness of nocturnal creatures in the watershed and to raise funds for conservation education programs provided by ABCA.

“These events are a great chance to get out and get active in nature, listen for owls, learn about animals that are active at night, and to support needed conservation education programs.”

The maximum number of people at each time slot is 50. Half of each group starts inside to learn about adaptations owls make. The other half of the group begins with a short trail walk to listen to, and call for, owls. Afterwards, each half switches so the inside group goes outside and the outside group goes inside. Space is limited for the events and tickets must be reserved in advance, according to organizers.

Rock Glen Conservation Area is located on the outskirts of Arkona at 8680 Rock Glen Road. Morrison Dam Conservation Area is located at 71108 Morrison Line, just two km east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.

To learn more about the events go to: Owl Prowl.  Register here for the Rock Glen Owl Prowl  or the  Morrison Dam Owl Prowl .

When registering for the event, registrants have the option to add a donation to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Foundation provides charitable gift receipts, for income tax purposes, for donations of $20 or more.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.


The application period for United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s annual Youth in Action Grants initiative is now open for 14–25 year olds who have ideas to address pressing issues among youth in Perth and/or Huron County.

“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We look forward to seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues among their peers.”

To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14–25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at

Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, promotion of equity and inclusion, creation of outdoor learning spaces, increased social connection, mentoring, access to art materials to explore creativity and wellness and connection.


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



In February of this year, Bayfield Guiding was invited to take part in an exciting opportunity by the Huron County Museum – “The Young Canuckstorians Project” (Canuckstorians). The Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers were asked to select from a list of historically significant Huron County women to research and write a script about with guidance from Sinead Cox at the Museum.

After a few weeks of dedicated work they made a visit to Faux Pop Station in Goderich where under the enthusiastic direction of on-air personality Roz Elliott and audio expert Andrew Bouck they became voice actors! Their voices were then lended to animated characters created to share the stories they wrote.

Canuckstorians is the brainchild of animator Mickey Maple who brought Bayfield Guiding’s characters to life while highlighting some exceptional people, both living and dead, that once called Huron County home. The projects were sponsored by Bruce Power, Goderich IODE and Local LiUNA 1059.

Today marks the start of  a seven part series on “The Young Canuckstorians Project” in Remember This. We will be sharing this series of animations with our readers in the lead up to their Gala Premiere which will take place in the Huron County Museum theatre on Saturday, Nov. 26. This week we share the story of Cela Sloman, and her husband Fred, and their days on The School on Wheels, featuring the voices of Bayfield Guiding members, Clara, RIley, Mekka and Ariya.




Saturday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)


Following a break during the peak tourist season, the Village of Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project started up again mid-September and now construction is back in full swing.

Improvements to look forward to this Fall include the installation of sidewalks, street, and pedestrian lighting, paving of the street and landscaping.

Crews began pouring sidewalks last week along the west side of Main Street with work progressing from the south, northbound toward Catherine Street. In the coming weeks, they will eventually transition to the east side.  People out and about will have noticed that the curbs and sidewalks are now poured and shaped in front of the businesses starting at The Albion Hotel to Charles Street. And then crossing Charles Street work has been completed in front of Archies. The community will no doubt look forward to the continued progress along Bayfield’s Main Street through the Autumn.

Pictures of the work to date posted on Social Media have garnered many positive comments including these from Bayfield residents Sue and Mike van Baardwyk: “We walked Main Street and noted the wide comfortable sidewalks made with quality aggregate stone. A spray finish was being applied. The street seems just as wide and angle parking seems well thought out. I think we will like the new Bayfield Main Street improvements. We have an exceptionally beautiful artistic town. The new streetscape should add to it.”

Editor’s note: For those who haven’t been able to enjoy a stroll along Main Street recently we offer a glimpse into the work being done last week. The image taken by Judy M. Roth of the crew at work was captured on Friday, Oct. 7 while the pictures shot by Gary Lloyd-Rees were taken on Saturday, Oct. 8. 

For a closer look at these images click on any one to open a pop up gallery.




Morning Joy…By Greg Csullog

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Last week I took the members of 1st Bayfield Rangers for a session with a local potter at her workshop. The Rangers had requested such an opportunity and as their Guider it is my job to facilitate if I can. One of the highlights of their evening was trying the pottery wheel and I must say they did very well for a first go with bowls readily taking shape, although their main project is making a Lantern by hand rolling the clay.

Watching one of the Rangers at the wheel took me back about a decade when that same youth was a five year-old Spark. We took them for a tour at a pottery shop on Bayfield’s Main Street where the owner demonstrated his skill on the wheel. She and a fellow Spark were very animated watching him work. They kept exclaiming that he was magic. Of course, I had to remind her of that long ago day and remark on how things had come full circle. “Yes,” responded the Ranger with a smile. “Now I’m magic too.”

There is truth in that as it continues to be rather magical to watch these youth experience new challenges as they grow with Guiding. – Brown Owl Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.