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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 699 Week 49 Vol 14

November 30, 2022


Issue 699 Week 49 Vol 14
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The special carriage that transported two very special guests in the Santa Claus parade on Nov. 19 was designed and crafted by the late Tom Penhale owner of Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Anyone who attended Bayfield’s Santa Claus parade on the morning of Nov. 19 will have seen that Santa and Mrs. Claus were conveyed in a gorgeous white landau. But some may not have realized that this carriage has historical significance to the community.

This special carriage was designed and crafted by the late Tom Penhale owner of Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works. It was acquired by Doug Vanderhaar from the estate of Murray Gibbons in August of this year and the future plan for this landau is for it to become a village asset.

“The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Mr. Vanderhaar who, very generously, lent the beautiful landau to transport the special couple in style! The addition to the parade made the experience truly magical!” recalled Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Secretary-Treasuer Terri Louch.

She went on to say, “Now that the Christmas in Bayfield events weekend is behind us, remember that the village remains open for visitors and shoppers all season long.”

In keeping with that information, the business owners have organized a Ladies Night for Dec. 1st. Participating stores will have extended hours until 9:30 p.m.

Looking to see what is happening in the area? The BACC website and social media are kept up to date with many local events to make it easier to find what visitors may be looking for. Visit: Bayfield’s Upcoming Events or follow the BACC on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

“Does your not-for-profit group have something they would like shared? Please email the Social Media Manager at to have your event added,” said Louch. “Finally this week – remember you only have until December 1st to share your Christmas in Bayfield photos with us!”

Event organizers would love to be able to share a 360 view of the weekend, but they could not be everywhere, so would love the perspective or others. To learn how to share photos please visit: Christmas in Bayfield Photo Share.


Bayfield Community CentreLife is buzzing along at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena!  Director of Operations Sandy Scotchmer reports that it has been a very busy October and November.

“The ice season is underway and all teams using the Arena are enjoying the return to the ice for the next few months,” said Scotchmer. “We host a mix of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s teams that play everyday, except Saturday.”

The arena is open on Saturdays and welcomes numerous private family skates, as well as hockey tournaments.

“It’s been a very busy few months of ice rentals and we are very grateful to our returning teams, and families for putting the arena to good use,” said Scotchmer.

Bayfield Skating Club now has 75 children in its skating programs.   An unbelievable increase over last year’s record number of 52 children.

“It’s wonderful seeing our local and catchment area youngsters learning to figure skate, or power skate. It’s certainly fun times on Tuesday and Thursday nights watching the progress of the children and their dedicated coaches and volunteers,” Scotchmer shared.

Not to be outdone by the allure of the ice, the community centre (upper hall) is another busy area, with fitness classes running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Scotchmer is the contact for anyone who would like to join in on the fitness classes. She can be reached by calling 519 441-7743.

If fitness classes don’t appeal there are also Tai Chi and Yoga classes being offered at the community centre.  Tai Chi practises are held on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m.  Please contact the Community Centre by calling 519 565-2121 for more information.

Bayfield Fitness Initiative Team (BFIT) is very excited to announce that Yoga has been added to their weekly complement of physical activity. Shannon Malolepszy began teaching an eight-week, one-hour session yesterday (Nov. 29) that commences at 11:30 a.m. These Yoga classes will end on Jan. 17. The hope is that another eight to 10 week session will commence following a break of a few weeks. The cost to attend is $5 each week (payable at each session attended). The low cost for these classes is due to anonymous sponsorship donated to help offset costs.

“We are so grateful to our sponsor for their generosity,” said Scotchmer.

In addition to the physical activities available for people to strengthen their bodies both on and off the ice, the community centre provides opportunities for all ages to strengthen their minds.

The upper hall is home to the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) where people can learn to play this fun instrument. This strong, and vibrant group rehearses at the community centre each Wednesday evening from 6.30-8.30 p.m. Please call the community centre at the number listed above for more details.

On Thursday mornings the community centre hosts Huron County’s EarlyON Child and Family Centre program from 10-11:30 a.m. This is a wonderful program for families with young children in the community and it’s free!  To register please go to or call 519 482-8505.

“Beyond our weekly programs, the upper hall and arena have been booked for numerous meetings, birthday and Christmas parties.   If you would care to book your next party, please visit our website – – go to events and look for your next ice or upper hall rental,” Scotchmer said. “BFIT thanks everyone for their continued support of our Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.”



At the Induction, Ben Woodward (centre) was joined for a photo by Perry Bellegarde (left), the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; and Lois Mitchell, the former Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta. (Submitted photo)

Ben Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield, was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) at a ceremony at the RCGS’s offices in Ottawa on Nov. 16.  At age 21, Woodward is one of the youngest people ever to have received this appointment.

Woodward is the 2017 National Champion of the Canadian Geographic Challenge and represented Canada at the 2018 and 2019 International Geography Olympiad, winning a bronze medal in 2018 in Quebec City and a gold medal (placing third in the entire competition) in 2019 in Hong Kong.  Woodward also co-founded online geography workshops and seminars designed to train high school students to represent their schools and Canada at these competitions.

He is a fourth year Geography and Earth Science co-op student at the University of Waterloo.  After graduation in the Spring of 2024, he is planning to attend graduate school.

Woodward spent one of his co-op work terms developing Bayfield’s historical web map for the Bayfield Historical Society. People can view his work at

Based in Ottawa, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is a national body whose mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world.

The Fellows of the RCGS include educators, academics, politicians, geographers, public servants at many levels of government and other prominent Canadians. The Fellows undertake the work of the RCGS on a volunteer basis and elect the Board of Governors from among their members.

The RCGS offers educational programs accessible to schools across Canada.  The RCGS also runs the Canadian Geographic Challenge: and selects, coaches, and organizes Team Canada for the annual International Geography Olympiad:  The RCGS also offers many other programs and undertakes many other initiatives designed to further its mission.



Back in 2019, the Heard brothers were ready for their close up with Santa – all of them except for wee Huntley that is. Santa and the Optimist elves are happy to share that Breakfast with Santa is returning in 2022! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Optimist Club has received word that Santa Claus has time in his schedule to come down from the North Pole to visit the village on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 11. He is looking forward to partaking in a breakfast with the young and young at heart!

Yes, Breakfast with Santa is returning after a two year hiatus and a few things have changed – like the venue and the times. The Albion Hotel will host from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Instead of a buffet, the meals will be plated and the menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, potatoes, eggs, toast and a beverage. The meal will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Children will also be presented with a special gift (while supplies last).

What is staying the same for this fifteenth breakfast is the chance to make some fun family memories!


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.

Brothers Finn, Max and Gizmo are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

Finn and Max arrived at the Rescue with their little brother Gizmo who had some complicated health issues and was separated from his brothers for some time while he dealt with them. Volunteers are happy to share that all three boys are now healthy and active. They will soon have their surgery and be ready for their forever homes. It should be noted that Max and Finn are bonded as they have been together since birth, Gizmo, although he enjoys the company of his brothers and also other cats, is not bonded due to the time that they spent apart. The trio are, however, hilarious together.

It is the hope of BFF volunteers that they, and all the cats at BFF, find their forever homes soon.

Anyone who would like to meet Finn, Max and Gizmo is invited to contact BFF via email at 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.

And back by popular demand are The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique’s “Christmas Paint Your Own Cookies” with 100 per cent of the proceeds raised from their sale going to BFF. The bakery hours are currently Thursday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 28 Bayfield Main Street North.


For many years children have been invited to write a letter to Santa and drop it in a special box at the entrance to Bayfield Foodland and then patiently wait for a personalized reply. Pandemic restrictions required the Jolly Old Elf to pivot to accepting digital letters only but this year with the dropping of most protocols Santa is back to accepting traditional handwritten letters And the box is back at Foodland!

In fact, to keep up with the times, this year, Santa will accept both physical letters and emailed ones as well. However, so as not to confuse the elves Santa is requesting that children submit only one letter no matter what method they choose to communicate by.

Parents should ensure that their child’s full name and address are included with their letter. Emails may be sent to Letters will be accepted until Dec. 18.


With the focus on the kickoff weekend for Christmas in Bayfield now behind us, the construction slowing down and shopkeepers recuperating, people are invited out for a “Ladies Night of Christmas Shopping in Bayfield” on Thursday, Dec.  1st.

Shoppers are encouraged to fuel up prior to exploring the stores by dining out. Village restaurants are open for dinner reservations beginning at 5 p.m. with the exception of The Albion Hotel, as they can’t accommodate reservations on Wing Night.

Once sated, shoppers are encouraged to enjoy the holiday magic that Bayfield is famous for with shops open from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Some of the businesses taking part in this independently organized event will have special offerings for the evening. The Metamorphic Rock Shoppe and Gallery, for example, is offering readings with Jackie from “Journeys of the Soul”, for a small fee.


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London Citadel Band having some fun in 2019. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Town Hall will be the location for “A Magical Evening of Christmas Music” featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band on Friday, Dec. 2.

For more than 20 years, this talented group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community, in the spirit of the holiday season.

Tickets are $15. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.


Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner on Dec. 6 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The public is invited to attend the session that will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

There is one item on the agenda for discussion. The impact of the recently passed Bill 23 – More Homes Built Faster Act and what it could mean for the future of Bayfield with regards to such things as sewage capacity and the tax base.


The Bayfield Area Food Bank will benefit from the First Annual Engel & Völkers Holiday High Tea hosted by Lady Mary Couturier at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The event will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Complimentary tea and snacks will be offered while attendees enjoy a Fashion Show by local boutique, Déjà Vu. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle draw.

Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite little black dress and pearls.

The cost is $60 per person. In addition, donations will be graciously accepted.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by calling, 905 979-1715 or by emailing,


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One of the most anticipated traditions of the holiday season is returning on Monday, Dec. 12 – Bayfield Lions Turkey Bingo is back!

The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with both regular and share the wealth games being played by folks 18 years of age and older.

Proceeds from the evening will be shared between the Bayfield Area Food Bank and the Huron Women’s Shelter. (AGCO Licence #: M800583)


For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians, Nonagenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift. Christmas is approaching but once again, as COVID is still circulating, Santa will not be able to visit to extend his good cheer in person. However, because he cares for this demographic so very much, he has appointed Lions members as elves and he wanted the community to know that they will be sending something out in the mail very soon!

Anyone who may know of someone who has recently joined this demographic is asked to please email Karen Scott at or call her at 226-441-2042 to ensure no one is missed!

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members extend their best wishes to the community for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield continues to hold services on Sundays at 11 a.m. both in-person as well as on ZOOM for those who can’t physically attend.

The congregation is currently collecting new, warm socks during November and December, for those in need locally.

On Dec. 24 they will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. with special music by soloist Linda Street.


Metamorphic Rock Shoppe & Gallery is currently the location for Tuesday and Wednesday sessions of yoga.

Three yoga teachers lead five different styles of classes: Tuesdays –  Vinyasa with Kim, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Yin with Kim, 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays – Master Your Breath Yoga with Shannon, 9-10 a.m.; and two sessions of Yoga with Liz, 11 a.m. to noon and 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Liz Murtha is an active member of The Society of Yoga Practitioners (UK).

She is a Yoga Teacher Trainer, a Yoga Therapist and a Vedic chant teacher. She has studied and trained in England, France, India and Canada. Murtha can be reached at 519 441-3558.

Shannon Malolepszy leads a gentle and mindful vinyasa flow yoga practice where participants will master their breath, quiet their minds and journey on their mats towards deep relaxation. Malolepszy can be contacted at 519 404-5199 or email

Kim Westbrook is offering classes suited for the evening, with a style for moving between poses smoothly, using breath and as a quiet end of day practice. Text her at 519 955-2728 or email

All sessions are $15 (please check space availability in advance). People can also check the door of the shop for contact information and updates for the different classes.

Metamorphic Rock Shoppe & Gallery is located at 22 Bayfield Main Street North (beside Rumba).


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield continues to hold services on Sundays at 11 a.m. both in-person as well as on ZOOM for those who can’t physically attend.

The congregation is currently collecting new, warm socks during November and December, for those in need locally.

They are also looking forward to two special services. On Nov. 27 they will observe first Advent with a Service of Communion and then on Dec. 24 they will host a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. with special music by soloist Linda Street.


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Bayfield Guiding started their Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookie campaign with 1,680 boxes to sell – less than 20 remain –  so don’t hesitate to reserve a box or two today! These delectable treats make terrific hostess gifts for holiday events.

A limited number of cookies are also now available at Schaefer’s Ladies Wear and Lingerie at 162 Courthouse Square in Goderich.

The cookies are selling for $5 a box.

Anyone who would like to ensure they get some cookies before the campaign ends is invited to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at l 519 525-3830 or email


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!


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.



Huron Shores Area Transit’s Route 3 schedule has recently been updated to include the St. Joseph stop. (Submitted photo)

During the pandemic, the St. Joseph bus stop located at Hwy 21 and County Road 84 – Zurich-Hensall Line was taken out of service due to lack of use. However, since ridership has increased dramatically in 2022, residents are looking at ways to use Huron Shores Area Transit to shop locally, attend medical appointments, visit friends and enjoy a day out and so the bus stop has been reinstated.

The recently reinstated St. Joseph bus stop is located on Park Avenue beside the St. Joseph Memorial Park and is within easy walking distance of Forever Furniture, Lakewood Garden Centre, Hessenland Inn, The White Squirrel Golf Club & Restaurant, and Geo-Teck Heating & Cooling.

The Route 3 schedule has been updated to include the St. Joseph stop.

The bus leaves Sobeys Plaza in Grand at noon and 2:40 p.m., arriving at the St. Joseph bus stop at 12:12 p.m. and 2:52 p.m. respectively, before heading east to Zurich and Hensall, then onwards to Bayfield and Goderich, arriving at the Walmart Supercentre at 1:12 p.m. and 3:52 p.m.. The return trips leave Walmart at 1:20 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Service is year-round every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, including statutory holidays except Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Good Friday.

Visit for information about routes, schedules, fares, Smart Cards and more. Or to speak with a live operator about times and schedules, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, call 1-888-465-0783.


The Huron Country Playhouse has announced a spectacularly ambitious 2023 Season, featuring six productions on its two stages. Mega-musicals, nostalgic revues, hysterical comedies, and plenty of family fare will be on stage June 7 to Sept. 3.

“After a tough couple of years for everyone during the pandemic, we are excited to continue moving forward by uniting people through the shared experience of live theatre,” said Artistic Director & CEO of Drayton Entertainment Alex Mustakas, the award-winning theatre company that operates Huron Country Playhouse. “There really is something for everyone in our 2023 Season.”

The 2023 season in Grand Bend will open on the Main Stage with a tribute to one of music’s greatest stars. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” shares the inspiring true story of her remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This Canadian regional theatre premiere features unforgettable classics such as, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman.” This musical phenomenon runs June 15 to July 1.

The international blockbuster musical Kinky Boots is on stage July 12-29. Winner of six Tony Awards®, London’s Olivier Award, and a Grammy Award®, this huge-hearted, high-heeled hit will delight audiences with its sensational score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Based on true events, this uplifting mega-musical chronicles the story of Charlie Price, who is struggling to save a men’s shoe factory, and a chance encounter with the dazzling drag queen Lola.

Classic rock takes centre stage as the sensational Broadway megahit Rock of Ages turns up the volume in Grand Bend from Aug. 9 to Sept. 3. Aspiring rocker Drew Boley falls madly in love with Sherrie, a fresh-faced Midwesterner chasing her movie star dreams.  Will their stars rise? Will their love last? Find out in this hard rockin’ musical featuring 28 classic rock tunes like “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “We Built This City”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Can’t Fight this Feeling”, “I Want To Know What Love Is” and more.

Three additional productions have been planned for the South Huron Stage.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the theatre because one of the greatest tales ever told is touching down – with a brand-new twist! “Wizard of Oz: The Panto” builds on the theatre’s proud tradition of family programming, complete with incredible music, lively dancing, extraordinary costumes, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic. Audiences can join Dorothy and her newfound friends on their journey over the rainbow June 7-25.

Next, acclaimed Canadian crooner, and Grand Bend native, Michael Vanhevel will bring his smooth and snappy vocal style to “The Crooner”, on stage July 5-22.  This entertaining musical tribute pays homage to unforgettable legendary singers – classic icons like, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, mid-century stalwarts like Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Paul Anka, and Bobby Darin, modern-day superstars like Michael Bublé, and more.

The New Canadian Curling Club is a laugh-out-loud comedy inspired by the local refugee resettlement program. When a small town organizes a Learn-to-Curl class to welcome newcomers, a group of unlikely athletes must face off against prejudice in order to inspire the community. This quintessential Canadian comedy runs Aug. 3-20.

Tickets are on sale exclusively to members on Dec. 1. Tickets are on sale to everyone by phone and online 24/7 at beginning on Dec. 14.  The Huron Country Playhouse Box Office is closed to walk-up traffic and will reopen next spring. To order by phone, please call 519 238-6000 or toll free at 1-855-372-9866.

For more information about Drayton Entertainment’s complete 2023 Season on all seven stages, please visit


The Maple Leaf Motel in Goderich won the top award at the 2022 Spirit of Success Awards Gala, an annual business awards event hosted by the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron on Nov. 25.

“The application for the award was so genuine and so cheerful, it felt real,” said the judges, in their decision. “While they are new to the community, they honor the history of the business and its location. They are problem-solvers.”

The Maple Leaf Motel, located on Victoria Street in Goderich, is managed by Iqbal Shaukat and Tahseen Tahira.

The community offered up a record 92 nominations of businesses, organizations and individuals for 11 sponsored awards. Nominations included organizations that run events that make an impact in the community, young people with the courage to start businesses, businesses that provide stellar service and give back to the community and other criteria of excellence.

Other awards winners were: Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award – Meeting Place Organic Farm; Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award – The Alexandra Rose Long Table Dinner 2022; John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award – Sydney Pollock of Blake Street Bakery; Downtown Goderich BIA Award – Ontario Consolidation Services; Huron County Economic Development New Business Award – Eat Local Huron; MicroAge Basics Service Award – Coldwell Banker All-Points Festival City Realty, Goderich; K2 Wind Ontario Technology/Manufacturing Award – Calhoun Super Structure; Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award – The Maple Leaf Motel; Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award – Chuck’s Roadhouse; and Huron County Diversity Award – Bayfield Berry Farm.

“As I listened to the long list of nominees and winners announced tonight, it occurred to me that they all have a number of strengths. They have resilience. They have worked through a really tough couple of years without compromise. They have pushed back. They have started businesses in the midst of a pandemic, evolved with rapid change, and responded to market needs. And as if that weren’t enough, they all want to have a hand in creating a better community. As a Chamber of Commerce, we are here to support those efforts,” said Jennifer Verdam-Woodward, who is chair of the Huron Chamber of Commerce.

This event was co-sponsored by Libro Credit Union and Zehrs Goderich. Awards were sponsored by Artech Signs and Graphics. Entertainment was sponsored by Community Futures Huron. Media sponsor was Blackburn Media Inc. Decoration sponsor was Jodi Snell of Royal LePage Heartland Realty in Goderich.


HPPH is changing how it displays local COVID-19 information for Huron-Perth. Up until this point, they have been updating their own dashboards on COVID-19 testing, cases and vaccination; now, similar weekly information for Huron Perth region is also available through Public Health Ontario’s: COVID-19 and Influenza Activity dashboard.

While HPPH prepares a new way to display local information on respiratory illness that will be the most helpful to residents, the previous Tableau dashboards will not be updated.

Public Health Ontario’s dashboard includes a wide range of COVID-19 data about Huron Perth, including case counts by hospitalizations and deaths, vaccine uptake by age, sex and public health unit, outbreaks, and more.


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 Nov. 21.

  • Approved the Heritage Advisory Committee Orientation Guide and Heritage Permit Application Guide.
  • Directed staff to post a public notice, for a period of one month, inviting citizens to submit confidential online applications for one vacant seat on the Heritage Advisory Committee.
  • Approved a special meeting of Council for Jan. 26, 2023 for review of the updated Short-Term Rental Licencing By-Law.
  • Passed two road naming by-laws: Infinity Ridge Road and Deer Ridge Lane.
  • Passed highway assumption by-laws regarding Bayview Subdivision.
  • Approved the closing of the municipal office between Christmas and New Year’s.
  • Appointed Council members to various committees and boards.
  • Appointed Geoff King as Drainage Superintendent.
  • Passed a by-law to enter into a Fire Services Agreement with the Municipality of South Huron.


The Livery Film Fest will present “Moonage Daydream – A Portrait of David Bowie” for one showing only on Dec. 8 at the Park Theatre in Goderich.

A kaleidoscopic weave of archival performances and candid interviews, this portrait of David Bowie will begin at 7 p.m. with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. The film from director Brett Morgen, who was also the creative behind, “The Kid Stays in the Picture, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, immerses viewers in the restless Starman’s singular galaxy of music, art and identity.

Bowie had a multitude of personas as a musician, painter, actor, and world traveller. This documentary portrait, told in his own words from decades of interviews, is as bold and visually inventive as he was. Coming six years after his death, the film celebrates the immortality of his art, drawing upon an astonishing depth of rare footage including live performances of quintessential songs such as “Moonage Daydream”, “Space Oddity”, “Sound and Vision”, “Heroes” and more.

Morgen has previously profiled figures as varied as Robert Evans, Kurt Cobain, and Jane Goodall, reinventing his film style to embody each life uniquely. He meets the challenge of Bowie’s career with a kaleidoscope of imagery that moves through the artist’s different phases — from the experimental identities of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane in the 1970s, to the mass appeal of “Let’s Dance” in the 1980s, to later explorations when Bowie’s main goal was to please himself.

Despite his reputation as a trickster, Bowie’s interviews are surprisingly frank, reflecting on his suburban childhood, his years of restless seeking, and falling in love with his wife of 24 years, Iman. The film reminds us how frequently he was ahead of his time, including his normalizing attitude toward bisexuality and gender bending in the early ’70s.

For more information, email


Now more than ever, charities and nonprofits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and nonprofits as they build resilience by making investments in their people, organizations and program innovation.

“The Government supports a more inclusive model of economic growth that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” said Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould. “The Community Services Recovery Fund will strengthen the ability of charities and non-profits to deliver services and resources where they will have the most impact. Because of the National Funders’ strong connections with local organizations, they will ensure funding is distributed efficiently to organizations that provide services to communities in need across Canada.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for local charities and nonprofits to access funding to help them build back from the pandemic,” added UWPH Director Governance & Community Impact Megan Partridge. “We encourage potential applicants to visit and learn more about eligibility requirements, how to apply, explore resources and sign up for webinars in advance of the application period which runs January 6 to February 21, 2023.”

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to be taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund, a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including nonprofit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies and Registered Charities located across Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and nonprofits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Sounds of the Season”, featuring Goderich Laketown Band, Mackay Choristers and special guests “thatotherchoir”, will be performed at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The musical entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. Donations are appreciated with $20 being the suggested amount. Those who wish to mask are welcome to do so but it is not required.

Lakeshore United Church is located at 56 North Street.



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, we get into the spirit of the holiday season by looking at some pieces of a Victorian Village that are part of the Museum’s collection…


These pieces – Corner Barber Shop, General Store and Town Hall – are part of a Victorian Village that comprise a portion of a large collection of Christmas decorations once owned by Doug and Gemey Bland. The couple began collecting the year they were married (1943) and continued for the next 61 years of their marriage.

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Corner Barber Shop

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Town Hall

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General Store




The Glee Sisters interpretation of the children’s story, “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” was well received by two generous crowds at the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 19.

Held during Christmas in Bayfield the performances were interactive with familiar Christmas songs and engaging puppets with complementary rhythm instruments provided courtesy of Greg Stewart.

Following the performances the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society served cookies and hot chocolate.

Those who attended this free event were encouraged to bring a donation, cash or non-perishable item, for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Volunteers had their wagons at the ready at the entrance to the hall to collect the items.

Olaf himself would have been pleased as the entire event felt like one big warm hug for the community to start the holiday season.

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Just another Bayfield sunset

Just another Bayfield sunset… by Gary Lloyd-Rees

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Today, Wednesday, Nov. 30 marks 31 years since John and I were married. Last night I pulled out a book of newspaper columns that I had written around that time in 1991 and thought it might be fun to share with our readers a bit of the one I wrote just a couple of weeks after the wedding when I reflected on the big day and how my professional name had changed from Melody Falconer to Melody Falconer-Pounder. For context it should be noted that the wedding dinner was held at our former home and place of business – the Bayfield Village Inn. Thanks for indulging me in this stroll down memory lane. – Melody 

Well, it’s official. My name has changed to denote my marital status. And it has caused me some confusion during the past 19 days of wedded bliss. I keep forgetting who I am when introducing myself or when signing cheques (my name no longer fits on the line allotted).

But, despite this inconvenience I shall always look back on the moment in the service when the minister introduced us as Mr. and Mrs. John and Melody Pounder with great fondness. After all, despite my liberated feelings it still has a nice ring to it.

Our wedding day couldn’t have gone off better. Even the weather cooperated. I don’t think anyone could complain about a high of 15 degrees Celsius on the last day of November.

People have been asking me if I had it to do all over again would I do it any differently? Well, I have to say that perhaps I’d change one thing. I think next time I’d do without the bird seed roses.

It was a nice idea – people were invited to shower the wedding party with environmentally friendly bird seed rather than confetti. Between the dinner and the reception we made ourselves available to the guests to gently toss the birdseed about in celebration.

All the youngsters at the wedding were very much looking forward to this and in their exuberance they forgot the “gentle toss” part. Instead we had minor league pitchers winding up and letting go.

I ended up with bird seed in my eyes and mouth while my maid of honor received a good-sized helping down her back.

But I really don’t think banning bird seed would have stopped anyone. One guest, left to her own devices, found something else to shower us with.

John owns a restaurant and his trademark is to sprinkle parsley flakes on his dishes. So with this in mind this guest went into the kitchen, got out the tub of parsley and proceeded to dump it over the head of the groom.

Once I picked the bird seed out of my eyes and could actually see what was going on, I found the parsley added a certain “Je ne sais quoi” to his ensemble. He now matched the wedding party colors.

Upon reflection I shall now say that I don’t think I’d change a thing, no matter how dreadful the bird seed tasted it still provided a humorous memory.

No, I wouldn’t change a thing – not even my name.

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