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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 694 Week 44 Vol 14

October 26, 2022


Issue 694 Week 44 Vol 14
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Representing the residents of Paul Bunyan Campground, Christine and Austin delivered collected donations for Bayfield Area Food Bank to their headquarters (Trinity St James Anglican Church) at 10 Keith Cres recently. (Submitted photo)

Paul Bunyan Campground was the most recent park to collect donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Volunteers with BAFB would like to express their gratitude for the recent donations from the community.

“Food Banks are part of a healthy community, keeping our community strong helps everyone,” said  President of the BAFB, Claire Trepanier.

BAFB now has a new dedicated phone number: 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

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 listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


Following the close of the municipal election at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24th,  the unofficial results of the municipal election for the Municipality of Bluewater have been declared by the Clerk.

  • Mayor – Paul Klopp, acclaimed
  • Deputy Mayor – John Becker, elected with 1,375 votes
  • Bayfield Ward Councilor – Bill Whetstone, acclaimed
  • Hensall Ward Councilor – Scott Harris, acclaimed
  • Hay East Ward Councilor – Joseph K. Groot, acclaimed
  • Hay West Ward Councilor – Tyler Hessel, acclaimed
  • Stanley East Ward Councilor – Peter Gordon Walden, acclaimed
  •  Stanley West Ward Councilor – Greg Lamport elected with 219 votes
  • Zurich Ward Councilor – Winona Bailey elected with 195 votes

As of the close of the election, the Municipality of Bluewater recorded 8,913 electors with 2,765 ballots cast. This represents a voter turnout of 31 per cent. This is a decline in voter participation from the 2018 Municipal election.

The inaugural meeting of Council will be held Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Varna Council Chambers, 38594 Mill Road, Varna. This will be a hybrid meeting format and will be live streamed to the Municipality of Bluewater YouTube channel.


The Christmas in Bayfield committee has so much going on as they get ready for the magical Christmas in Bayfield Weekend Nov. 18-20. They would like to thank the Municipality of Bluewater Council for reviewing and approving their bylaw exemption requests on Monday, Oct. 17  allowing them to proceed with their plans.

“We have had several interesting artisan/craft vendors request more information and apply for space, so that is moving along,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC Terri Louch. “There is still time to let us know you would like to attend by completing the application.”

The application can be accessed here: Application Form. Cost for the weekend is $100 and applications will be accepted until Nov. 11.

“Do you or your group sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument or perform magic?  Do you have an interesting skill that would entertain watchers? Would you like to be part of our amazing Christmas in Bayfield weekend?” asked Louch. “We are still actively searching for individuals or groups who want to be seen by potentially hundreds of people. There will be an open sided tent available for cover and together we  will be able to schedule your time to perform. We are excited to offer some very interesting talents!”

There will be 30 minute and one hour time slots available Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested people are asked to send an email with their details and their preferred time slot and organizers will work to include them in the line-up.

Buskers or street performers are also being sought. There will be an opportunity to be placed around the town one or both days of the weekend.

Organizers are also seeking a face painter or a team of face painters. They will have a designated area to work with children and adults alike who will love the opportunity to participate in this activity.

“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: Christmas in Bayfield Donors. 

Be sure to watch for further updates here in the Bayfield Breeze, or on the Christmas in Bayfield Facebook and Instagram pages where organizers will continue to highlight those who will be participating in the maker’s market, performing in the Library Square as well as those who are making a difference through financial contributions.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  is happy to announce that the Woodland Trail is now open and will remain so until Monday, Nov. 7.

The trail will be closed again for hunting for two separate weeks: Nov. 7-13 and Dec. 5-11.  Please follow the posted signs.

“As always, we thank the private landowners who support use of the Woodland Trail on their properties,” said Ralph Blasting, representing the BRVTA.

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.



Chester (Submitted photos)

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.

The Adopt a BFF cats of the week – Chester, Dante and Luigi provide two very different stories, equally compelling, but at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The two little fur balls, Dante and Luigi, are three weeks old and were brought to a caring soul by people who’s cat appears to have had a “surprise” litter of three kittens.  The Rescue volunteers were informed that Mama cat could not feed all three of the babies. Feeding kittens is a time-consuming and stressful job for volunteers but BFF was fortunate enough to currently have two nursing Mamas and one of them decided to adopt these two and take them on as her own.

“What could’ve been a very unfortunate situation for these two turned out well in the end but that’s not always the case,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Take Chester for example. Volunteers have no idea how long he has been on the streets, whether he was ever someone’s pet or how he ended up in a person’s live trap.

“As you can see from the picture, he’s pretty beat up andblind in one-eye,” said Penhale. “He also has an upper respiratory infection, is emaciated, has matted fur and is quite scared. Getting him from a live trap to a kennel was a bit of a battle of wills but once he was settled in his kennel was fed and made comfortable and warm he has shown no signs of aggression. He just seems to be happy to be fed regularly and be nice and warm.”

Volunteers are awaiting a report from the vet to see what can be done for Chester. And while everyone at the Rescue is pulling for Chester sometimes the most humane thing to do is provide end of life care.

“Although we try not to dwell on the negative, there is a gut wrenching part to rescue because no matter how hard we try or how much we wish them to get better – we lose the fight far too often. They deserve so much better – there are so many what ifs.”


Dante and Luigi

Anyone who might be interested in adopting any of this week’s featured felines, or donating for medical costs, 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.


Following a very well attended return to Councilor’s Corner in October Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone has some very important topics and updates ready for the next session scheduled for Nov. 1.

Topics to be highlighted include: Short Term Rental Draft Bylaw discussion; Secondary Plan further updates and Committee Report; and Recreation Master Plan Consultant’s Report.

Councilor’s Corner is held in the Bayfield Community Centre from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and all are welcome.


The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is happy to announce the return of their “Christmas Holly Berry Market”  on Saturday, Nov. 19 in conjunction with the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the sale of  quilts and other crafted treasures. Another highlight will be a Bake Sale table as well as an opportunity to to sit and relax with a coffee and a dessert.

Anyone wishing to set up a table to sell their crafts is encouraged to please contact Kathleen Siertsema at

In addition, the Bayfield Agricultural Society members are planning to set up outside the church, located at 6 The Square, to sell their handcrafted wreaths and greenery.


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The Bayfield Community Centre is the new home of the Bayfield Playgroup organized by the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre. (Submitted photo)

The Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, on Thursday mornings.

The sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m. and are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

Staff are planning a special event for the youngsters on Thursday, Oct. 27 when they will be holding their annual Bayfield Halloween Costume Parade. Participants are asked to meet in Clan Gregor Square at 10 a.m. The tykes, along with their adults, will be parading down Bayfield’s Main Street and then back to the park for songs and a story.


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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 Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 6 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.

Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11th when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a short parade of veterans, legion representatives and members of Bayfield Guiding forming up at the gazebo in the park.


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 Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all to attend their  “Coffee & Chat” program in the Bayfield Public Library Meeting Room. The “Coffee & Chat” group meets every Tuesday until the end of March.

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 session runs from 2-3:30 p.m..

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!


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.


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.


R to R Conference 2022

A large contingent from Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) attended the Rural Talks to Rural conference in Brussels, ON that was held Oct. 17-22. They were joined by keynote speaker Dr. Baretta Casey for a photo. FR:l-r: Nancy Simpson, Deb Moran, Becky Higgs, Casandra Bryant, Dr. Casey, Leith Deacon, Feng Chang, Yasaman Eskandari and Bonnie Baynham. BR: Jay McFarlan, Dan Stringer, Grace Bonnett, Ashley Flanagan, Scott Brown, Gwen Devereaux and Dr. Ken Milne.

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) brought the conversation on rural health issues to the participants at the “Rural Talks to Rural” Conference in Brussels, ON.


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) took part in the Rural Talks to Rural conference in Brussels, ON that was held Oct. 17-22. The keynote speaker was Dr. Baretta Casey (right). Dr. Casey was joined for a photo by Gwen Devereaux (left), founder of Gateway, and MPP Lisa Thompson. (Submitted photos)

The conference was held at the Four Winds Barn from Oct. 17-22.  Gateway showcased 10 projects presenting to conference participants during the “Passport to Research” session. These projects showcased work being done on several rural health issues including: loneliness, health, human resources, aging in a rural area, and COVID effects on the rural workforce.

Dr. Baretta Casey, former director of Kentucky’s Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, was the keynote speaker. Several years ago, a group of 15 local citizens made a road trip to Hazard, KY to see their centre and brought the idea back to Huron County. Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health was formed and now 14 years later conference participants  heard from both centres, their challenges and accomplishments.

The people behind Gateway, believe that it is the only rural health research centre in Canada. Dr. Casey, and Gwen Devereaux, founding member of Gateway, reflected on several of the rural health issues and the importance of their work. Both regions’ health issues remain very much the same with higher incidence of diabetes, heart disease, aging population and difficulty recruiting health care professionals. This comparison was of great interest.

It was an amazing educational day at the beautiful “Four Winds Barn” in Brussels with the conference including the first day on well-being followed by adequate housing issues and climate change.


To inspire entrepreneurship and highlight the county’s diverse industrial heritage along Ontario’s West Coast, Mandy Sinclair is returning with a four-part, season two podcast “Postcards from Huron County”. The first instalment was released on Oct.  25. A new podcast episode will be released weekly until Nov. 15.

“As a creative entrepreneur, I’m always keen to meet other business owners and seek out makers, I’m curious about the trades in areas I visit on my travels, and often find connections with these individuals,” said podcast host Sinclair. “Having returned to Huron County after 20 years away, I was keen to explore this aspect of Huron County’s heritage when thinking about season two of Postcards from Huron County. I wanted to know what industries developed here when the settlers arrived? What industries were supporting the creation of our beautiful downtowns? Who were the entrepreneurs? What ideas didn’t come to life? And what did?”

Recorded on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples, an area now known as Huron County, each episode explores an aspect of the industrial heritage as told to Sinclair in conversation with historians and community members who have a close connection to each subject.

Three of the four podcast guests and their topics have been revealed. They are: David Yates, on the rise of tourism in Huron County; Cathy Elliott, on the development of Seaforth’s historic downtown; and Marc Cantin, on his ancestor’s vision for St. Joseph, ON.

A little teaser on the topics is available here: Postcards Listen In  and more information at

Season one of Postcards from Huron County is and season two will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other popular podcast networks.

Postcards from Huron County is made possible with funding from the Huron Heritage Fund and Community Futures Huron Community Projects Initiative. Audio production was completed by Clint Mackie at  Faux Pop Media.


Lighthouse Money Mgmt - Glen Steinson

On Oct. 14, Lighthouse Money Management donated $1,000 to Gateway Centre of Excellence for Rural Health (Gateway) to help finance their student research projects. Glen Steinson, managing partner of Lighthouse Money Management (second from left) was joined for the presentation by representatives from Gateway: Dan Stringer (left), Gwen Devereaux and Nancy Simpson (right). (Submitted photos)

Zehrs Donation - Oct 2022

Members of the Executive of Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health Dan Stringer (left) Nancy Simpson and Becky Higgs (right) were presented with a cheque from Jim Bissett (second from left), store manager of Zehrs in Goderich recently.

During the month of October, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) received what has become annual donations from Lighthouse Money Management and  Zehrs, both in Goderich.

Gateway is very grateful to receive this funding. These monies are used to finance student research projects. Local university students are tasked each summer with real world research projects that have a bearing on the health and well-being of Huron county residents and the well being of local rural communities.

The support of these local businesses who donate each year make Gateway’s work possible and better the lives of all rural residents.


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 office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Oct. 17.

  •  Scheduled a Special Meeting of Council to review the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Approved an exemption for Christmas in Bayfield from By-law 53-2020, as amended, as well as By-law No. 21-2005, to temporarily permit two food trucks by Bullen Food Truck and Food Train by Dominique Giuliano on Sunday morning only as well as wood carving and craft vendors to park and operate for the sale of food and other items, and to allow live music in a public place, at the Christmas in Bayfield event from Nov. 18-20, at Clan Gregor Square, 20 Main Street North and the road allowance of Main Street North.
  • Approved the 2022-2023 Winter Operations Plan and maintenance on the following sidewalks: West side of Hwy 21 from Short Hill Road to Jowett’s Grove Road, North Side of Zurich Main Street from Goshen Street North to eastern sidewalk limit, East side of John Street North, Zurich from Zurich Main Street to Mary Street.
  • Directed staff to work with the County of Huron to install Remembrance Day banners in the villages of Zurich and Varna.
  • Directed the Treasurer to adjust the 2022 Budget and increase the fleet capital expenditures by $182,000 and increase transfers from the Fleet Reserve by $182,000 for the purchase of a Rescue Truck for the Hensall Fire Station.
  • Directed staff to develop a policy for the closure of the Municipal Office between Christmas and New Year’s.


The South Huron Community Choirs are very excited to be back together doing what they enjoy doing and that is singing! They are looking forward to presenting a Christmas Community Concert “Handel’s Messiah and Olde Tyme Christmas” on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Exeter United Church.

The concert will commence at 7 p.m. under the direction of Richard Heinzle and accompanied by Lori Danylchuk.

Advance tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Exeter United Church, Exeter Animal Hospital, South Huron Welcome Centre, Exeter; Pinedale Motor Inn, Grand Bend; or by calling Ruth Petersen at 519 235-1778.

Exeter United Church is located at 42 James Street.

The South Huron Community Choirs are again this year doing their traditional Christmas fundraiser to help cover ongoing costs. For the fifth year they have teamed up with Huron Ridge Greenhouses, near Zurich, for the sale of Poinsettias, winter planters, mixed greenery, outdoor wreaths and gift cards. People can purchase the items from the comfort of their own home and have them delivered.

Deadline for ordering is Friday,  Nov. 11 at noon. The date set for delivery is Nov. 29. To see what items are for sale and their costs please visit  To learn more or to place an order contact Ruth Petersen at 519 235-1778.


Is your organization aware of a local issue that needs to be addressed? Are you considering how to best deliver services to the community? It’s these types of questions United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer through their New Initiative Grants process that opened on Monday, Oct. 17.

“The New Initiative Grant program is a great opportunity for community organizations,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “It’s a way to respond to emerging needs, test service models, support smaller projects and help pilot new ones.”

New Initiative Grants provide up to $20,000 for one year for projects developed by registered Canadian charities, incorporated not-for-profit organizations or qualified donees that are planning to, or already deliver, social and community services in Perth and/or Huron.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Nov. 4. Submissions will be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not their initiative has been approved to move on to the full application stage. Full applications are then to be submitted by Nov. 25.

For more details visit, call 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or emai


One more Owl Prowl is set for 2022.

This Owl Prowl will take place 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.

Nina Sampson is a Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (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,” Sampson said.

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

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.

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 event go to: Owl Prowl.  Register here for 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 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


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


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.




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 third instalment 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 artist Janet Cardiff, who hails from Brussels, ON, featuring the voice of Bayfield Guiding member, Crystal.



In the midst of one of the most glorious and colorful autumns in recent memory members of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) gathered in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Oct. 15 for a mid-afternoon stroll about town.

It was the perfect opportunity for these photography enthusiasts to take some photos to submit for the 2023 Bayfield calendar. It was also an educational experience as they were accompanied by a very knowledgeable tour guide who shared some village history along the route.

Editor’s Note: A few of the PCoB members were kind enough to share some of their images for this week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze so everyone from near and far can marvel at the beauty of the season as it changes.

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



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Issue 700. Can you believe that this milestone is just six short weeks away? I have been so blessed with such an amazingly dedicated team, a tremendously supportive local community as well as folks in Huron County and beyond who are regular readers plus a steady growth of new subscribers. My nine year-old self, who dreamed of being a journalist when she grew up, would be pretty darn impressed I think!

Keeping the dream alive takes determination and dollars. The main revenue stream for this online paper is generated through advertising to keep the editorial content free and accessible for all. We currently have a few ad spots available including one in the coveted position at the top of each issue. We would love to fill those spaces with advertisers that not only want to promote their businesses or organizations in what has become a well read and respected publication, but who also value the work we do and the content we produce each week.

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As always, thank you for reading! – Melody

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