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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 714 Week 12 Vol 14

March 15, 2023


Issue 714 Week 12 Vol 14
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Several firefighters were recognized by the Municipality of Bluewater Council on Monday, March 6, for their long service to the community in the field of fire services.

Members of the Hensall, Brucefield, Bayfield and Zurich stations were presented in December with their long-service awards.

According to an article posted by the Municipal Information Network, the Provincial Fire Services long service medal and subsequent service bars are presented to Ontario firefighters who have served a minimum of 25 years in suppression, training, public education, inspections and communications.

As explained on The Governor General of Canada website, firefighters with 20 years of service in Canadian fire services and who have served at least 10 of those years in the performance of duties involving potential risk received federal recognition with the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal.

March 6th’s recognition included firefighters who reached these important service milestones from 2020 onwards.

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2020 Long Service Award Recipients were from l-r: Chief Dave Renner, Mayor Paul Klopp, Marty Merner, Dale Miller, Dan Turkheim, Brian Brandon, Wade Berard, Ian Siertsema and Gerard Boon (Photos courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

Those who achieved milestones in 2020 were: Captain Dan Turkheim and Firefighter Gerard Boon, 40 years; Station Chief Brian Brandon, 30 years; Past Chief and Firefighter Ian Siertsema, Past Station Chief Jack Bender (Retired), Firefighter Dale Miller, and Firefighter Marty Merner, all 25 years; and Deputy Station Chief Wade Berard, 20 years

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2021 Long Service Award recipients from l-r: Chief Dave Renner, Mayor Paul Klopp, Bob Merner, Steve Consitt, Doug Finlay, Randy Geoffrey and Brad Maidment.

Honored for achievements reached in 2021 were: Firefighter/Radio Operator Bob Merner, 50 years; Firefighter Randy Geoffrey, 40 years; Captain Doug Hulley and Firefighter Doug Finlay, 25 years; Captain Pete Bedard, Firefighter Steve Consitt, Firefighter Tim Hoover (Retired), and Firefighter Brad Maidment, all  20 years.

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2022 Long Service Recipients from l-r: Chief Dave Renner, Mayor Paul Klopp, Darrell DeJong, and Jeff Allan.

Those who reached milestones in 2022 were:  Captain Jeff Allan, 35 years; Station Chief Dave Erb, 30 years; Station Chief Paul Clendenning, Captain Jason Clarke (Retired), and Deputy Station Chief Darrell DeJong, all 25 years.

“Being a volunteer firefighter is a large commitment for both the individual, their families and employers. Getting out of bed to respond to a call and then going to work the next day, missing that birthday party or Christmas dinner, to explain to your boss that it was not a routine call and sorry for not making your shift on time, to give your children that extra hug while fighting back tears are some of the sacrifices we make,” said Bluewater Fire Chief, Dave Renner. “But as a firefighter we know the family at the fire station is as important. We rely on each other to get through those tough times. Being able to share the good times, the comradery, training as a unit and to wear the uniform proudly for 20 plus years is something a lot of other groups don’t have. It has been an honor to lead and work alongside these dedicated individuals in Bluewater.”



Watson’s Home Hardware in Goderich had a cheerful spring display at the Home and Leisure Show in 2022. Close to hundred exhibitors are set to take part in the 2023 show coming up in April. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The annual Bayfield Lions Club Home and Leisure Show is back and better than ever! It is the event of the season for homeowners, buyers, renovators, DIYers and more! And it’s springing up fast this year. People are encouraged to mark their  calendars for Apr. 22- 23.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The Lions Club pride themselves on making this event “free to the public” and although the admission is free, they gratefully accept donations to the local food bank.

Attendees are asked to remember to get their door prize ticket when they enter, then proceed to “Open Expo” located on the main floor. Those who work up an appetite strolling the booths can grab a bite at the food court upstairs as they stroll by even more exhibitors.

A highlight of this year’s show will be the display of an original Penhale Carriage. It was crafted by the late Tom Penhale of Bayfield who found international fame as the world’s foremost maker of horse-drawn wagons. Snippety the Clown will be on hand to provide free face painting for the kids while the big kids will no doubt enjoy a stroll outside to see an exhibit of fun recreational vehicles.

This is going to be one of the biggest home and leisure shows in the area, not only because it’s the only Home Show in the area, but because it’s a full show of everything needed to get ready for the Spring and Summer seasons be it home, cottage, camper or rental.

Visitors can look forward to seeing close to 100 exhibitors located upstairs and downstairs and outside of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, including: park models, trailers, bear chairs, home improvement, electric bikes, and even a hot tub.

“We sold out of our main floor Exhibitor booths very quickly this year,” noted Tony Van Bakel, of the Bayfield Lions Home Show Committee.  “I think it had to do with the earlier start of our marketing this year.”

For anyone interested in signing on as an Exhibitor there are two options left: upstairs booths for $350 and outdoor booths for $150.  This year, the Lions Club Committee is extra excited about a great show with some fascinating exhibitor arrangements for inside and outside the community centre and arena.

This is a great way to celebrate the warmer seasons in Bayfield, as the days will be brighter, the flowers will be starting to blossom and the buds will be popping on the trees!  The Lions invite everyone to help them welcome Spring and come on out and experience this one-of-a-kind show!

For more information visit:



Snowflakes were in the air when people boarded the hay wagon bound for the Schilbe Sugar Bush on a tractor capably driven by Paul Aldwinkle during the 2018 event. Apr. 1st is the date to save in 2023. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

On Saturday, Apr. 1st, no fooling, it will be pancake breakfast time!

Volunteers, with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) and Trinity St. James Anglican Church, are joining together to host the 11th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pine Lake Campground.

On the menu for brunch will be genuine Maple syrup poured over hot pancakes and sausage accompanied by coffee, tea and juice.

For those who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Maple Syrup will be available for purchase. Folks will also be able to purchase a box or two of Classic Girl Guide Cookies as members of Bayfield Guiding will be in attendance as well.

Before or after partaking in the brunch served in the Campground’s Recreation Hall, people can hop on a wagon for a short tractor ride from the campground through Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Sugar Bush to the shanty. Once at their destination they will see first hand how Maple Syrup is produced.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12; and preschoolers free. All proceeds will be shared between BAFB and Trinity St James. Come and join in this celebration of community, springtime and food security.

Pine Lake Campground is located at 77794 Orchard Line, Bayfield.


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The Bayfield Indie Film Series will soon be making its debut!

“You know what Bayfield needs? It needs cool movies!” 

So said a small group of Bayfield residents last summer and they decided to go for it. These residents thought there must be others like themselves who wanted to see independent Canadian and international films in Bayfield, so Bayfield Indie Film Series, a not-for-profit, community-spirited group was born! They talked to Film Circuit, the national film outreach program for the Toronto International Film Festival group (TIFF), and decided to become a part of the Film Circuit community.

Founded in 1989, Film Circuit has partnered with grassroots communities all across Canada to bring the best of Canadian and world cinema across the country. Film Circuit offers filmgoers an opportunity to see films that may not otherwise be available in their region.

The Bayfield Indie Film Series will be debuting three films at the Bayfield Town Hall all on Wednesdays: “Aftersun”, Apr. 12; “Decision to Leave”, May 10; and “Trigger Point”, June 7. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime will be 7 p.m. With community at the heart of this venture, organizers plan to include some special additional features people won’t want to miss.

Film enthusiasts can purchase Spring Season Passes at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street North, for just $30, or tickets will be available to purchase at the door, on the night of the film, for $12 each. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, as well.

Bayfield Indie Film Series is excited and proud to begin this new venture and look forward to seeing community members at the films!

For regular updates, follow @bayfieldindiefilmseries on Instagram and FaceBook. For any additional information, please email

The Bayfield Town Hall is located at 11 The Square in the village.


The countdown is now on for Bayfield Reads! This tradition corresponds with CBC’s Canada Reads. Just as they will do on the National level, Bayfield will choose their winner for this annual event determining the results with the help of a slate of local defenders.

And for the first time since prior to the pandemic, Bayfield Reads will be live and in person. People are invited to attend the event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, March 26 starting at 2 p.m.

Those who attend will be able to vote on the popular “People’s Choice Award” but the panel of local Judges including Abby Armstrong, Rachael Rishworth and Ralph Blasting will have the last word.

This year’s defenders are: Dave MacLaren, Judy Whittaker, Tina Bax, Kristin Strang and Tyler Hessel. In the weeks leading up to Bayfield Reads, these defenders and the books they are defending will be profiled in the Bayfield Breeze. This week Tyler Hessel is the featured defender.

Hessel will be defending “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. He grew up in Bayfield and is well known for his community involvement. Although Hessel has traveled around the world he always comes back home to Bayfield. As a child, he struggled with reading. He volunteers at Huron Centennial Public School as a reading assistant. It’s important to him that children struggling to read should have the support they need to be successful.

Station Eleven is a dystopian novel that takes place on an Earth undone by disease, following the interconnected lives of several characters — actors, artists and those closest to them — before and after the plague. One travels the wasteland performing Shakespearean plays with a troupe, while another attempts to build community at an abandoned airport and another amasses followers for a dangerous cause.

This novel, as well as the other four Canada Reads Books for 2023, are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop located at 24 Main Street North in the village or online at

Tickets to Bayfield Reads will be $5 at the door and refreshments are included.



Weather permitting on Apr. 1 along the Taylor Trail in Varna, volunteers will place hundreds of candle-lit lanterns, lighting the pine forest path for the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk. (Submitted photo)

Members of the community are encouraged to keep the evening of  Saturday, Apr. 1 open on their calendars so they might participate in the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail in Varna.

This event is being organized by volunteers from Huron Hospice and the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) to raise funds for the hospice. The walk will begin at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until Apr. 2nd.

All along the Taylor Trail, volunteers from the BRVTA and Huron Hospice will have placed hundreds of candle-lit lanterns, lighting the pine forest path. This will create an enchanted setting, providing a thoughtful venue for participants to reflect on memories of loved ones during this peaceful 1 km self-guided walk.

Huron Hospice opened their residence in 2018, providing care to approximately 60 residents yearly, at no cost to the residents or their families. Unlike hospitals, hospices in Ontario receive only partial funding for operating expenses, creating a shortfall of approximately $1,000 a day. Events like this one will assist in raising the additional funds.

Participants can make a tax-deductible donation to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Memorial names will be read during the Dedication Ceremony at 8 p.m., while walkers warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

For more information or to donate, visit Huron Hospice events or call Roger Mather at 905 630-3571.



Chase and Marshall (Submitted photos)

Due to rising veterinary and care costs, Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) will be raising their adoption fees. The good news is that this will not be happening until April and they currently have many amazing cats and kittens available for adoption at the low fee of $200. Now is the time to add a loving cat or kitten to the family. BFF’s cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They have a cat for everyone’s lifestyle and personality.



The Adopt a BFF cats of the week are Larry, Marshall and Chase.

Larry is almost a year old and wants nothing more than to sit on your lap and return affection. He was wary when he arrived but quickly discovered that people are amazing. He gets along well with other cats and children.

Marshall and Chase, two sisters, are little balls of energy. Chase is still a bit shy and needs the support of her sister so these two six-month-olds need to go together. Marshall is extremely affectionate, and once Chase gets to know someone, readily joins in the cuddles. These two are good with other cats, children and dogs.

There are many more lovelies like Larry, Marshall and Chase ready to go to a home and now is the perfect time for adoption. BFF volunteers look forward to hearing from potential adoptees and helping them find their perfect family member.

To learn more please contact BFF via email at The adoption fee remains at  $200 until April. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Not able to adopt but still want to help? Donations are always gratefully accepted and can be e-transferred to the email above.


Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) are seeking new candidates to fill three vacant Member at Large positions on their Board of Directors (BOD). They are looking for epic, community minded people!

“We would appreciate being able to round out the skill sets of our BOD by including someone from the Real Estate, Legal, Accounting and Medical fields, but would love to hear from all interested parties,” said Secretary-Treasurer Terri Louch.

What’s required?

  • passion for the community and the success of business in the area
  • willingness to share ideas and have discussions in a respectful manner
  • commit time to attend the meetings (10 per year), head a committee of the BOD (as required), answer email in a timely fashion and volunteer to represent the Chamber (as required)
  • Membership or Associate Membership in the BACC

Interested applicants are asked to please send a resume with a cover letter or letter of introduction indicating that they are interested in a position and why to

“If we receive more than three candidates the matter will go to vote at the Annual Meeting. This will necessitate sharing any information about yourself that you provide with the Membership,” explained Louch.

Three applications or less will be reviewed by the BOD at their end of year meeting in March.

“Approved candidates will be asked to join us at the Annual meeting in April as part of the team who will be approved as a slate,” said Louch. “We look forward to having you join us!”

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Annual Meeting will be held on Apr. 19.

Business owners are invited to gather at 4 p.m. at Oilo for free appetizers, to listen to a special guest provide an update on local happenings and to learn ways to get involved in helping local business with a brief presentation by BACC Marketing Manager Wendy Vasco.

After the meeting there will be time to relax and enjoy some networking, speak to the BACC team to discuss how they are working to support businesses with both staffing shortages and housing issues as well as chat with other business owners all while enjoying $5 beer or wine.

All documents will be sent to BACC members attending in advance of the meeting in order that they may be reviewed. Voting on issues will be by members only, but all business owners are welcome to attend.

Tickets are free but space is limited so people are encouraged to reserve as soon as possible by visiting:  BACC Happy Hour Tickets.


The Dean of Education at Western University is putting the call out to all UWO alum in hopes of starting a Western University Huron County Alumni Chapter. In addition to her full-time position as Dean, Bayfield resident, Donna Kotsopoulos, is herself a UWO alum (M.Ed.’04, Ph.D.’07).

“Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Elgin County Alumni Chapter event, this group of alumni host events to raise funds for Western scholarships for Elgin County students,” said Kotsopoulos. “I wonder if there is interest in starting a similar group for Huron County?”

Anyone who may have an interest in establishing such a group is invited to fill out this form: Expression of Interest Huron County Alumni Chapter.


Bayfield Agricultural Society LogoThe Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is looking to engage those new to the community, those who have wanted to support the BAS and the Bayfield Community Fair, those who believe in organizations that promote agriculture and food, and those who are interested in supporting a local longstanding organization.

The BAS offers anyone interested the opportunity to:

  • Volunteer in a wide range of activities at the Fair
  • Draw on strengths and support a good cause
  • Grow leadership skills in a supportive environment
  • Meet new people
  •  Share new ideas

Some committees require less than five hours a year of time, some require organizational skills, and some activities require hands-on workers.

The main focus of the BAS is the Bayfield Community Fair – a three-day festival that brings rural and urban residents together through competitions, entertainment, and rural displays of animals and equipment. The Bayfield Fair is always held on the third weekend in August. This year’s Fair will take place on Aug. 18-20.

It has been said that it takes a village to make the Bayfield Fair happen each year, and it’s never too early to start recruiting volunteers to help with all aspects of organizing the Fair.

Specific areas of the Bayfield Fair that the BAS currently needs volunteers for include woodworking, farm products, youth section, fundraising letter writing, flowers, parade, gate coordination, food booth, setting up and taking things down after the Fair, and wreath making in the fall.

The response from the community and beyond in 2022 brought volunteers, both young people and those more seasoned, who worked together to get the fairgrounds ready and help put on last year’s Fair. Anyone who can spare a few hours or more to help out with the 2023 Bayfield Fair is kindly asked to email


Bayfield Food Bank LogoBayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) over ZOOM on March 29.

The AGM will begin at 1:30 p.m. and anyone who would like to attend should email the address provided below for a ZOOM link.

Volunteers with BAFB would like to invite people to add canned tomatoes and pasta sauce to their grocery shopping lists in the coming weeks if they wish to donate as these two items are low in stock on the BAFB shelves.

BAFB now has a 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.


Trinity St. James Anglican Church hosts two services a week that members of the community are most welcome to attend.

Services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, March 25 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to March 23.

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


Anyone with a flair for, or an interest in, poetry will be excited to learn about “Bayfield Poet’s Corner” to be held at the Bayfield Public Library on March 9.

David A. Bell, of Bayfield, and author of “In the Gardens of our Mind” will host the event that will run for one hour starting at 6 p.m.

All are welcome and encouraged to bring both their writings and a friend!


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the final speaker event in the 2023 Virtual Saturdays at the Library Speaker Series.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.

The topic will be: “The Fresh Water Crisis – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” with guest speakers from Blue Bayfield: Ray Letheren, retired teacher, Bayfield resident, and co-founder of Blue Bayfield; and Betty Durst, retired nurse, health sciences teacher, community health promoter, and Blue Bayfield volunteer.

The health of citizens throughout the world is threatened by the diminishing access to clean water for consumption and sanitation. As an important resource, water is becoming increasingly precious and valuable. The water crisis is not restricted to developing countries; it also impacts the health of the 45 million people who are dependent on the Great Lakes for clean water. The Great Lakes represent the largest body of freshwater lakes on earth (by area) and contain 21 percent of the earth’s surface freshwater (by volume).

Participants will learn about Blue Bayfield’s recent initiatives to raise awareness about the global water crisis and the pressing need to protect and conserve the life-sustaining water resources closer to home – the Great Lakes.

Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register by clicking on the link provided on the FOBL website:



Young Lego enthusiasts and their adults are invited to the first meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club on March 18. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” at the inaugural meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club on Saturday, March 18.

The club’s first session will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and will be sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation based on a monthly theme.

For more information please email Melody Falconer-Pounder at

Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) invites all to join in their next hike on Saturday, March 18.

This will be a “Species at Risk” hike at the Morrison trail in Exeter starting at 10 a.m.

Denise Iszczuk, the conservation educator from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will be leading the hike as participants learn about species at risk and actions that can be taken to protect these species. Hikers are asked to park and meet at the Pavilion at 71042 Morrison Line, Exeter. Those interested in carpooling to Exeter (as driver or rider) are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square Gazebo in Bayfield at 9:15 a.m.

BRVTA volunteers will be assisting Huron Hospice with the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail in Varna on Saturday, Apr. 1st. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Sunday, Apr. 2nd. For more information see the next article below. All are welcome but people are asked to please leave their canine friends at home for this event.

To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, Apr. 22, the BRVTA is hosting their Ninth Annual Earth Day Hike and Village Cleanup. The theme of the hike is “What is a Watershed?” with special guest Michele Martin, an environmental consultant from Kitchener, ON. Hikers are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 9 a.m. The Village Cleanup will begin at 10:30 a.m. following the hike. The clean up will also be organized from the gazebo. Local groups, businesses and individuals are invited to check in and choose a route from the Village map. The Bayfield Trails Team will provide garbage bags. Participants will then go for a walk in their assigned area picking up litter. Bags can be returned to the Square for disposal. Those who take part are asked to please wear bright colored clothing and bring gloves!

BRVTA hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, on the BRVTA Facebook page and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact hike coordinator Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


Time is running out for people to add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square. The last day to order for 2023 is March 31.

Organized by members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield, the engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2023 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $120. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


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.

The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Pre-registration is recommended by emailing or calling 519 482-8505. To learn more visit or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.


Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch)  is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to June 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?

For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below. Draws will be made at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.

Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.

Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society;

handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm and Great Lakes Glory; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.

All completed tracking forms must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to  by the contest deadline of Wednesday, June 28.


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.



Doug Hocking (Submitted photos)

A local committee, working to protect municipal drinking water sources, has two new members. Doug Hocking, of Exeter, and John Thompson, of Goderich, are the newest members of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC). They took part in their first SPC meeting on March 1st in Holmesville.

The SPC creates policies to protect local sources of municipal drinking water from possible threats such as fuel, chemicals, nutrients, pesticides, and hazardous waste in areas near the wells.

Doug Hocking is the Property Owner representative on the committee and John Thompson is a Municipal representative for the region’s northern municipalities (Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Goderich, Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce).

SPC Chair Matt Pearson welcomed the two new members to the committee.

“Both John and Doug have a great deal of interest in, and knowledge of, drinking water source protection,” Pearson said. “With their strong backgrounds in environmental issues they will provide great insight and commitment as we continue to implement source protection planning policies.”


John Thompson

Thompson was elected Councilor for the Town of Goderich in 2022. He has a lifelong interest in ecological concerns. He earned a Masters in Environmental Studies degree from York University in 1992 and a PhD in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He has been a volunteer in his community including work with environmental organizations. He has worked as a journalist and rural economic development researcher. He has also been a library planner and computer consultant.

Hocking has Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honors Program) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Guelph. He is a long-time resident of Exeter who was raised on a farm in West Perth and who also lived in Listowel. Before retirement, Hocking worked in close partnership with local urban and rural landowners for more than 30 years in water quality stewardship at Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley conservation authorities. In addition to stewardship work, he also analyzed thousands of surface water and sediment samples from drains, rivers and Lake Huron.

The SPC has 12 members plus a Chair and non-voting liaisons. The 2023 committee includes Chair Matt Pearson and the following members: Municipal – Allan Rothwel, East; Paul Heffer, Central; John Thompson, North; and Dave Frayne, South West. Economic – Philip Keightley, Commerce; Rowland Howe, Industry; Bert Dykstra, Agriculture; and Mary Ellen Foran, Agriculture). Other – John Graham, Environment; Jennette Walker, Environment; Doug Hocking, Property Owner; and Alyssa Keller Public-at-Large.

To find out more visit: Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee or the local source protection website at:


Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) recently installed security cameras and updated its Passenger Courtesy, Conduct & Safety policy in a proactive effort to maintain and enhance passenger and driver safety.

Two new security cameras, one for each bus, will focus on the passenger compartment and record video and audio. The buses’ digital recording will be kept for seven days, at which time the system automatically records over the previous recording. If an incident requires action by the Municipality of Lambton Shores or the police, that specific piece of the digital recording can be downloaded, saved and used as necessary for the safety and security of employees, the public and physical property.

“We want to make sure our transit system is safe and welcoming for everyone,” said Susan Mills, Transit coordinator.

Accompanying the installation of the cameras, Lambton Shores updated its Surveillance Policy, which seeks a balance between an individual’s right to privacy while committing to the safety and security of the public, employees, and property. Surveillance technology is used only in a manner compliant with the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Since its launch, HSAT has asked passengers to be courteous of each other and the driver, to allow passengers to exit before boarding, not to take up seating with bags and personal belongings, not to block the aisle, not to smoke and to use headphones when using a personal audio device. Those good manners have expanded to include a list of banned items and behavior. It might seem obvious, but HSAT has identified illegal drugs, weapons and flammable materials as items passengers cannot bring onboard. Smoking has been clarified to include vaping, e-cigarettes and cannabis.

Banned behaviors include verbal or physical harassment, use of profanity, racial slurs, racial/ethnic name-calling, drinking alcohol or having an open container of alcohol, or causing damage to a vehicle.

Drivers may ask offending passengers to leave the bus and/or call for police assistance, and it is possible to be banned from using the bus system altogether. HSAT reminds passengers that drivers watch the road, not the passengers, so if you see dangerous and illegal activity on a bus, call police to report it.

For more information, visit:

HSAT is funded by an Ontario Community Transportation Grant and supported by its municipal and First Nation partners and its passengers through fares. Partners include the Municipality of Lambton Shores, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, the Municipality of South Huron, the Municipality of Bluewater, and the Municipality of North Middlesex.



The County of Huron’s Economic Development department, in partnership with local Maple syrup producers, is hosting a new Food Festival called Maple Mania this March.

Maple Mania will celebrate local food, Huron County’s agricultural producers and those who use spring’s sweet syrup in menus and tasty treats. Maple Mania will run all month long as cafes and bakeries prepare their sweet treats from locally-sourced Maple syrup ranging from tarts, tea biscuits, and cookies to French toast and danishes. Maple lovers can also enjoy apple Maple schnapps, a sweet Maple BBQ sauce and delightful candy confections. Joining in the fun locally are Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique and Bayfield Berry Farm.

From now through until the end of the month, nine area restaurants will offer sweet dining experiences by providing Prix Fixe menus featuring spring’s natural sweetener in every course. From appetizers and salad dressings to meats and vegetables and drinks and desserts, Maple’s versatility offers a range of textures and presents an infinite variety of tastes. The participating restaurants are: The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; Blyth Inn; Eddington’s of Exeter; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, St. Joseph; The Little Inn of Bayfield; Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend; Olio, Bayfield; Part II Bistro, Goderich, and The White Squirrel Restaurant, St Joseph.

On March 18, Maple lovers can also enjoy these sweet activities:

  • Visit local area sugar bushes including Bayfield Maple, Schilbe Family Maple, Westlake’s Maple Syrup
  • Take a sugar bush walk with Indigenous Food Historian or experts on trees and forest animals from the local Ausable Bayfield or Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities
  • Enjoy Pancake Breakfasts hosted by local Firefighters in Blyth (Saturday) and Zurich (Sunday, March 19)
  • Experience presentations on such topics as Candy Making or Birds of Prey
  • Meet some live reptiles (Bayfield Public Library, 11 a.m.)
  • Build a Playmobil story (Village Toy Castle in Brucefield)

On the evening of March 18, the White Squirrel Golf Course and Restaurant is hosting “Maple Meal & Comedy Mayhem”. This event will include a three-course dinner featuring Maple infused dishes along with a comedy show by three stand-up comedians, Cassie Cao, Jarrett Campbell and Nour Hadidi, who have all appeared on “Just for Laughs”. Tickets are $60 plus tax and include dinner and the show. Beverages and gratuity are separate.

There’s something for everyone during Maple Mania in Huron County!

For full details and information on participating partners visit or for up-to-the minute details go to @tasteofhuron on Facebook or Instagram.

The County of Huron thanks Community Futures Huron for their support in the early planning of this event.


The first annual “Easter Makers Market”, hosted by Edge Wood Decor, will take place Saturday, March 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich.

Event organizer Cindy Scholten, owner of Edge Wood Decor, said she is thrilled to be hosting another event in support of the Goderich Knights of Columbus. This event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The first event I held for the Knights of Columbus was the Farmers Market Christmas Craft Sale last November, and we raised over $1,000 for them. People don’t realise that COVID really hurt service clubs and the charities they serve. The Knights support well over 30 local charities, so by coming out to my events, you’ll also be doing your part in supporting their efforts. I’m really hoping to surpass the total from last November.”

Scholten hosts several different vendor markets across Southern Ontario.

“I decided to host these markets as a way to support other makers and small business owners like myself,” she said. “The event is free to attend, but we do ask for a small cash donation at entry, which goes directly to the Knights of Columbus.”

From 11 a.m. to noon and again from 1-2 p.m., the Easter Bunny will be on stage for free selfies and suckers will be handed out as well.

The market should have something for everyone, with over 40 one-of-a-kind local vendors consisting of artists, crafters, makers and bakers and small business owners.

“We will have some of the most unique items to shop from, as well as home decor, pastries, face painting and tons of treats,” added Scholten. “The fun doesn’t end there, this year I’m doing a free cash prize draw for two $100 cash prizes, we have Bobby’s Tandoori House from Bayfield back selling hot lunch and we are so fortunate to have Kim Ladd back with his music on stage.”

Vendors looking to book a space can email Scholten directly for an application at: She shared that there are only a handful of spaces left at this time.

The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 390 Parsons Court 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.


Part of what makes United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) strong is its committed volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure the organization continues moving forward and serving the communities of Perth-Huron. Now, UWPH is looking to add a new treasurer and a director from Huron County to its board.

“As a non-profit, we rely on a strong group of passionate volunteers to help steer the organization,” said Ryan Erb, UWPH executive director. “Our current treasurer, Howard Minett, has done great work for the organization. We appreciate his commitment to UWPH and his hard work as treasurer over the past two years. If anyone is interested in taking on this important role, we encourage them to reach out and learn more. We are always looking for new perspectives to add to our board.

“We also would like to add another director from our Huron community. Huron has seen tremendous growth within UWPH. We want to continue to ensure voices from both Perth and Huron are heard as we continue addressing the issues that matter to each region.”

As a key member of UWPH’s Board of Directors, the treasurer is responsible for chairing UWPH’s Audit & Finance committee and reporting back to the board. The treasurer also consults on budget and investment matters for the organization and acts as a signing officer. The board member from Huron would be part of a team contributing to the overall vision and direction of the organization. Board terms are three years, with members normally serving two terms. To learn more, visit: United Way Volunteer.

“We are always on the lookout for people who want to make a positive impact locally,” added Erb. “We encourage anyone interested in serving their community through the United Way to consider these opportunities.”


The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is selling 50-50 tickets, leading up to the Conservation Dinner, in support of local community projects.

There are 1,000 tickets printed and the cash prize could be as high as $5,000 if all tickets are sold. Tickets are $10 each. The draw is to be held during the 33rd Conservation Dinner, on Thursday, Apr. 20, at 9 p.m. at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

To buy tickets for the 50-50 raffle, people may phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83).

Alternatively, people can contact members of the Conservation Foundation or Dinner Committee to purchase tickets. Net proceeds from the draw are to be donated to local community projects, including the South Huron Trail.

Dave Frayne is chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Conservation Dinner Committee.

“Buying tickets for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation 33rd Conservation Dinner 50-50 raffle is a convenient way for people to support needed local community projects,” he said.

To learn more visit the ABCA Foundation .


Goderich Lions Club members understand that people are missing the social aspect of in-person Bingos and their volunteers have been exploring ways to bring this style of fundraiser back to the community and surrounding area.

Starting on March 6, The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton will be the setting for Goderich Lions Club Bingo on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Please note that Bingo tickets will not be available at these new sites.  People can get their tickets at the locations listed below. For more information visit Goderich Lions on Facebook.

For those who prefer to play from the comfort of their own home Goderich Lions TV Bingo will continue also on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. They are broadcast on Eastlink Channel 10, Hurontel Channel 1 and Tuckersmith Channel 1.

Tickets for the televised games are available at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts; Clinton Foodland and Clinton Convenience; Buckey Joes, Vanastra; Hodgins Home Hardware, Lucknow; Goderich Convenience; Suncoast Variety, Goderich; and Finchers in Goderich and Kincardine. Lottery License #: M717413.


Applications are now being accepted for grants from the South Huron Vitality Fund (SHVF). Deadline for applications is Apr. 1st.

The SHVF was created through the generosity of the South Huron Municipal Council and many community members through Family Funds and personal donations. It provides small grants to organizations offering community programs, events, and activities in South Huron.

“This is an opportunity for these organizations to receive financial support for innovative ideas to strengthen our community”, said Tom Prout, chair of the SHCF Committee.

Information about how to apply is available on the Foundation’s website at: Sunset Community Foundation.  The first step is to contact Lisa Reaume, Executive director, via email at or by calling 519280-0944 to discuss your organization’s idea.

In previous years, the SHVF grants have supported Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron, Exeter Skating Club, Exeter Branch Library, South Huron Creative Arts Centre, the Huron Waves Music Festival, Noah’s Ark, Winterfest, and Friends of Pinery Park.


The Livery Film Fest continues with “Living” on March 23.

“Living” stars Bill Nighy in an Oscar nominated role as a British Civil Servant forced to re-evaluate his life choices after a medical diagnosis.  He tries to cram as much fun as he can into his previously staid life.  In addition to Nighy’s Best Actor nomination, the film is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.  The film has played at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where it has been described as “uplifting” and “deeply moving” and the actors as “pitch-perfect”.

The film will be shown at the Park Theatre, located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich and begin at 7 p.m.

A new opportunity at the Film Fest is a film talk to be held immediately after the shows at Paddy O’Neil’s Restaurant Pub. The pub is located in the Bedford Hotel at 92 Courthouse Square.’

For more information, please email: Livery Film Fest Chair Rob McAuley at


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (ASHP) is currently looking for dedicated volunteers to help with their In-Home Recreation Program.

The In-Home Recreation Program allows short-term respite for the care partner, while providing companionship for the person with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Fully trained volunteers provide 1:1 weekly visits with the person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia with visits ranging from one to hours. Volunteers will facilitate activities and provide social and cognitive stimulation for the person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

For more information regarding volunteering please contact Paulina Balch via email at or by calling 519 271-1910.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.


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.

Now that we have entered Daylight Savings Time we take a closer look at one of the interesting clocks found among the Museum’s collection of timepieces…


This is a 400 days key wind clock. The glass dome can be lifted off. The clock and the pendulum are probably brass. The maker’s name, Kienzle and trade mark can be found on the dial. The pendulum is kept moving by a type of escapement. People only have to wind the clock once every 400 days and the mainspring will keep it going.




United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) and the Goderich and Area Community Committee are proud to announce results from the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) event held in Goderich on Saturday, Feb. 25.

“Because of an incredible outpouring of generosity, Goderich and area has raised $125,005 to date (March 1st), surpassing our goal by over $25,000, and as donations are still being counted,” said Michelle Field, UWPH Community Development manager, Goderich and area. “Thank you to all the volunteers, walkers, and donors from the Goderich and area community for supporting this year’s CNOY and making it such an incredible success.

“We also wanted to remind people if they haven’t given to CNOY yet, but would like to support vulnerable local people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness, donations are open until March 31 at”

In total 285 walkers, including 53 teams, participated in raising this year’s total. The top five fundraising teams were Bernie’s Bunch, the 16th highest fundraising team in all of Canada; Trail Blazers, Donnelly Murphy Dames, Wonderful Walking Women (and some amazing men); and Goderich Councilors and Staff. The top five individual fundraisers were Bernice Glenn, the 12th highest individual fundraiser in all of Canada; Randy Carroll, Cheryl Dunn, Dianne Wood and Trevor Bazinet.

For updates, pictures, and video, visit UWPH’s Goderich Coldest Night of the Year Facebook group.

Funds raised help support the Huron Homelessness Initiative, including shelter for women, children and youth, emergency shelter during the cold months, transitional housing for men and housing support.

UWPH would like to thank their CNOY sponsors: Town of Goderich, the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Canadian Tire, Scotiabank, Capital Power, Meridian Credit Union, Ideal Supply, Libro Credit Union, McDonald’s, Bruce Power and West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company. In-kind donations were provided by Goderich Legion Branch 109, Goderich BIA, Zehrs Goderich, Steve and Mary’s On the Square and Coastal Coffee. Thank you to Natasha Colling of Reflections Photography for her photos and videos of the event.

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


The Goderich Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) event received a donation in the amount of $1,000 from the Goderich Lions Club. Taking part in the presentation prior to the walk on Feb. 25 were l-r: Bernice Glenn and David Mackechnie, Goderich CNOY Committee members; Vice President of the Goderich Lions, John Maaskant; Gloria Workman, Goderich CNOY Committee member; Cindy Scholten, Goderich Lions Club member; and Michelle Field, Goderich CNOY Committee member and United Way Community Development manager. (Submitted photo)


One of the Goderich Lions Club’s newest members, Cindy Scholten was on hand on Saturday, Feb. 25 to pass along a $1000 donation to the Goderich Coldest Night Of The Year event.

“I was thrilled to be a team Captain for my first CNOY walk this year,” said Scholten. “When my Lions Club found out that I was walking, they tasked me with this very special responsibility. Vice President John Maaskant joined me for a brief cheque presentation before the walk began.”

Masskant said, “This was a special donation indeed. Our club donated these funds in memory of Mayor John Grace, who always did the walk, and of course it was also in full support of the causes the Coldest Night of The Year supports. We were happy to do it.”


On Feb. 25, several Coldest Night of the Year Walks were held across the region organized by the United Way of Huron-Perth. One such walk was held in Goderich that proved very successful. In addition to the actual event an on-line auction is currently ongoing and is open to anyone who would like to bid on some fabulous merchandise!

To make a bid visit: Goderich Coldest Night of the Year Facebook group. This auction will close on March 31 at noon.

Items to bid on include a quilt, seven different beach glass necklaces, two separate pieces of wood art, and a toque and mug package.

All proceeds will help support the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Huron County including: shelter for women, children and youth; emergency shelter during the cold months; Connection Centre; as well as transitional housing for men and housing support.

Winners of all items will be posted on the United Way Perth-Huron website and Goderich Coldest Night of the Year Facebook page.

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Mr and Mrs Goose…By Sally Leitch

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I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.


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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Delighted to learn that vinyl is trending again we purchased a portable record player for our music loving, drum playing grandson for Christmas. Since then he has been on the quest to curate his own personal record collection. And as he is currently visiting the farm during March Break a trip to a local second-hand record store was on the to-do list of activities. 

Problem: Are there any local second-hand record stores? Solution: Google. 

Much to my delight I discovered one in Auburn: Vaughan and Sullivan, located at 130 Goderich Street. Although only open by chance or appointment at this time of year the owner when contacted was amenable to opening for us on Sunday afternoon. 

What we found was a very tidy shop with a curated music collection showcasing a variety of genres and eras of records affordably priced for both the collector and the novice. Our grandson came away with a title or two he was excited about and his grandfather did as well. 

While visiting the store we learned that they will be moving to a new location in Goderich come May and will be opening under a new name. We look forward to going for a browse even closer to home on our grandson’s next visit. 

If anyone knows of any other local second-hand record stores please share the details with me so that we can plan to visit them in the future as well. – Melody 

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