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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 716 Week 14 Vol 14

March 29, 2023


Issue 716 Week 14 Vol 14
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Bayfield Reads slate of Defenders for 2023 were l-r: Tyler Hessel, Kristin Strang, Tina Bax, Judy Whittaker and Dave MacLaren. (Photos by Catherine Tillmann)

Bayfield Reads is a wrap for 2023!


Tina Bax and Judy Whittaker celebrate their respective wins at the 2023 Bayfield Reads event held on Sunday, March 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall. Dave McLaren (seated right) and Michael Peirce look on.

Bayfield Reads is the village’s own local version of Canada Reads – every year the CBC chooses five Canadian books each defended by a notable Canadian. The local version of the event was held on the afternoon of  Sunday, March 26. The Bayfield Town Hall was packed with avid readers and interested supporters.

Judges Abby Armstrong, Ralph Blasting and Rachael Rishworth, determined that Judy Whittaker was the winner with her defence of “Greenwood” by Michael Christie. It was a very close race but Tina Bax won the People’s Choice Award defending “Hotline” by Dimitri Nasrallah. Rounding out the list of Defenders were Dave MacLaren, Kristin Strang and Tyler Hessel who all proved to be tough to beat.

Bookseller Mike Peirce kept things moving as the Master of Ceremonies, while incredible volunteers, Tom and Deb Grasby, Carmine Davis, and Bev Quinn got people in the door, kept them hydrated, made sure they all had the ability to vote and kept the Defenders on time. A special thanks goes out to Gayle Waters who brought all these people together to ensure Bayfield had an interesting and informative event.

The folks at The Village Bookshop would like to thank all those who participated and attended. They are already looking forward to hosting this event again next year.



Last held in 2019, the Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour will take place on Saturday, Apr. 1st. This image taken at the 2016 event shows folks preparing to go on a tractor ride to the Sugar Bush. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

This 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.



Enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters will be let loose in the park at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 9 just as they were in this image taken at the 2022 hunt. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Chocolate loving youngsters need to circle Sunday, Apr. 9 on their adult’s day planners as that is the date for the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club!

Approximately four thousand molded, chocolate Easter eggs, will be tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual event. Children will be invited to scramble for the eggs starting precisely at 1 p.m.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.


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

Screen Shot 2023-03-27 at 12.47.44 PMBayfield Indie Film Series will debut its first film, “Aftersun”, at the Bayfield Town Hall on Apr. 12.

Aftersun is a beautiful and unusual coming-of-age film about a father and daughter who embark on a journey together to a Turkish seaside resort. The story is told 20 years later by Sophie as she struggles to reconcile the father she adored with the person he was. Aftersun is a film about love and loss, and making memories. It’s a film people won’t forget.

Aftersun, written and directed by Charlotte Wells, won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film. The film received seven awards at the British Independent Film Awards, including Best Film. Paul Mescal (of Normal People and God’s Creatures) received a nomination for best actor at the Oscars.

Frankie Corio, who plays the young Sophie, is a first time actor, having won the part because her mother had sent her photo to a casting agent in response to an ad on Facebook looking for “tomboyish girls” between the ages of 10-12. Aftersun could be the debut of a future acting career for Frankie as she has already received nominations for Best Young Actor and Young Performer of the Year at Critics Choice Awards and Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

The film will commence at 7 p.m. with the doors to the Bayfield Town Hall opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or people can purchase a season pass, which includes three movies, at The Village Bookshop for $30.

And congratulations to Meredith Needles on winning two free passes in the Bayfield Indie Film Series Instagram contest. Stay tuned to @bayfieldindiefilmseries for more contests.


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Alexandra Ho (Submitted photo)

Following the Ninth Annual Earth Day Hike and Village Cleanup organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for the morning of Apr 22 members are invited to an Earth Day Celebration hosted by Blue Bayfield.

Starting at 2 p.m., members of the community are invited to St. Andrew’s United Church to hear featured speaker Alexandra Ho, who was a delegate from the University of Waterloo’s Climate Institute at the COP27 Climate Conference, recently held in Egypt.

Ho is a Master of Climate Change student with a background in Psychology and English Literature. She focuses on understanding the relationships between climate change communications and behavioural choice-making as well as the impacts of climate change on mental health and psychological wellbeing, particularly among youth.

Blue Bayfield and the organizing committee are honored to have Jordan George from the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point Community to offer the land acknowledgement.

Bayfield is fortunate, not only to be home to many visual artists, but also instrumental and vocal groups, a few of whom will be highlighted at this day of music and celebration. The afternoon will begin with a performance by accomplished Bayfield artists Mary McGoldrick on piano and Danuta Wyant on cello, performing works by George Harrison and Jay Unger.

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) and the Glee Sisters that will also offer musical performances.

“The beauty of the earth is expressed through art and language in many forms and on April 22, you will hear musical sounds that honor the earth,” said Ray Letheren representing Blue Bayfield. “As our theme for the day, we have chosen the words of Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes, in what is now Washington state. His statement of truth, ‘The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth’, was written in 1854 and is more relevant today than ever before. The vocal edition that will be performed at Earth Day is an inspiring rendition of this writing.”

The MC for the afternoon will be Roz Elliott who is well known for her program on Staysh TV.

Attendees at this performance are invited to take with them white pine seeds and growing pods.

“We hope that in a few years, this day will be recalled by many when the trees mature and take their place in our ecosystem,” said Shelagh Sully, representing Blue Bayfield.

Also available at the afternoon event will be the Blue Bayfield Publication, “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning”. Donations would be welcomed.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.



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!

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Candle Memorial Photo

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)

The Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk will be held on the Taylor Trail in Varna on Saturday, Apr. 1st. The entire trail will be lit by hundreds of candle-lit lanterns, making the experience for walkers magical.

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.

Participants have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Memorial names will be read during the dedication service at 8 p.m. while participants warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. This event is suitable for all age groups and the 1 km self-guided walk is on an accessible nature trail.

All proceeds of this event will go towards nursing care at Huron Hospice. Unlike hospitals, hospices in Ontario receive only partial funding for their daily operating costs, while services are free of charge.

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



Chloe (Submitted photo)

The journey to a happy life with a forever family isn’t always smooth for many of the cats and kittens that find themselves at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines.

Chloe is one such cat.

She was adopted on Dec. 5, 2022 and all was going well until early February when she started demonstrating signs of Feline Intestinal Peritonitis (FIP), a devastatingly fatal disease.  The veterinarian who diagnosed her recommended euthanasia. But her adopted family called BFF instead. Volunteers at the Rescue are currently working with an experimental treatment for FIP that has shown an 85 per cent survival rate and it was decided that Chloe would be a good candidate for treatment so the family returned her to the Rescue in hopes of saving her life.

She is the third kitten at BFF to go through the treatment. The first two, Fig (aka Ollie) and Daisy, are both doing well.

“Daisy is almost done with her observation period with a diagnosis of cured in the wings! Fig (aka Ollie) has only four more days of injections and then will enter into the 84 day observation period. Things are looking very good for him as well,” said Penhale.

Chloe is now one month into the 84 day treatment after which the same number of days is allowed for observation.

“From coming in unable to walk, being lethargic, limp and experiencing incontinence once the treatment was started she showed some improvement within days,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She is now eating with gusto and walking with just a little wobble. She is able to run and climb and give some kitty sass. She is gaining weight and loves squeezable, pureed cat treats and lots of cuddles.”

According to Penhale, Chloe has gone from being scheduled to be euthanized to the point where you can’t really tell there’s anything wrong with her. She still has two months of treatment to go visit.

“Although we are over the moon, thrilled and excited with the results we have had with these three cats it has been very expensive and taken a toll financially on the Rescue,” said Penhale. “Anyone willing to donate to the continued medical care for Chloe, until she has done her treatment, would be very, very much appreciated.”

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 Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner tonight (March 29) at the Bayfield Community Centre.

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

Topics for discussion will include: Budget, Speed Reduction Motion and the Dog Park. There will also be a quick update regarding Short Term Rentals.


The Bayfield Public Library will be the location for an evening of storytelling on Thursday, Apr. 6.

“Tangled Yarns” will feature novelist and short story author, Rick Hundey along with a mystery guest who is a comic and author. The event is being organized by the South Huron Arts Group.

“We will have a mystery guest who is full of true whoppers. And I have a few twisted yarns,” shared Hundey

The evening will run from 7-8:30 p.m. The admission fee is $8.

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Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is a moving meditation that reduces stress and helps people find joy. Physically it will make individuals feel energetic, balanced, strong and supple.

Taoism teaches that health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi® arts grew from this tradition and are a powerfully beneficial path of ultimate transformation.

An Open House and introductory session will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 11 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 1:30-3 p.m. For further information please call Doug at 519 565-5187.


Screen Shot 2023-03-27 at 10.47.18 AMThe Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to invite the community to join them for a trail evening and movie presentation on Wednesday, Apr. 19 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

One of the Top 10 environmental movies of the decade, David Attenborough’s “A Life on Our Planet” will be shown at 7 p.m. Not only is this a beautifully produced and researched documentary on climate change, but it also offers solutions. Admission is by donation.

Also during this evening time will be allotted to thank the BRVTA’s Trail Landowner Partners as well as to provide updates on activities for the coming year and ways to become involved in some of this year’s projects!


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

All business owners are invited to come and enjoy free appetizers as well as $5 beer and wine while catching up with other business owners in the area. The meeting will run from 4-5 p.m. with updates from Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp, some information sharing which will assist your business from the BACC Social Media Manager, Wendy Vasco and a quick year in review from the Chamber. This meeting will be followed by a social time from 5-6 p.m. when attendees will be able to meet and chat with members of the BACC Board of Directors and network with other business owners.

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

Come out, bring a business friend and be sure to ask about a special rate for new businesses that purchase a membership at the Annual Meeting!

“Are you a business owner, tradesperson or do you provide professional services to our community? Are you looking for ways to be more involved in your community? Why not join the Chamber Board of Directors?” said BACC Secretary-Treasurer, Terri Louch. “We invite you to submit a letter of introduction ( and let us know who you are and why you would like to be on the Board. We currently have three Member at Large positions available and look forward to adding your name to our amazing slate!”


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 Logo

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

The AGM will begin at 1:30 p.m. and any interested community members 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 menstruation products such as sanitary pads, liners and tampons to their shopping lists in the coming weeks if they wish to donate as these 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 list


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.

Holy Week is fast approaching and people in the community may wish to note these special service times: Maundy Thursday, Apr. 6 – 6 p.m. at Trinity St. James; Good Friday, Apr. 7 – 10 a.m. at the Parish of the Holy Spirit, 21 Jarvis Street in Seaforth; Easter Sunday, Apr. 9 – 11 a.m. at Trinity St James.

There will be a Morning Prayer service on Apr. 16. A highlight of the month at Trinity St. James will be Camp Sunday on Apr. 23. Gerry Adam from Camp Huron will be a guest speaker during the 11 a.m. service and all are welcome to attend to learn more about this very special place for youth!

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


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


Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (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. All are welcome but people are asked to please leave their canine friends at home for this event. Full details can be found in the article entitled, “Candlelight Walk two weeks away”.

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


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 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.



Alan Brown (Submitted photo)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of a local resident with a nearly 40 year history in the village.

Alan Douglas Brown, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, March 8 at the age of 73. In his last three and a half years, he lived with a terminal diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Despite this, his diversity of interests kept him laughing, learning and loving life.

Al moved to Bayfield permanently in 1989, with his wife Jane and daughter Bri. He spent many a weekend night conversing, dancing, and playing pool at The Albion Hotel, Admiral, Black Dog and The Docks. A Chartered Accountant by vocation, his creativity and genuine concern for his clients earned him their respect and nicknames like ‘Magic Al’ and ‘Al Almighty’. The bonds he formed with clients often developed into friendships for life. An entrepreneur at heart, one of his proudest ventures was a company called Canadian Harvest which Bill Seguin, Peter Stewart and Al created in St. Thomas, ON.

Outside of his professional life, he was passionate about nature and music, sports and literature, and competitive gameplay. He enjoyed building structures and sculptures both practical and artistic. His curiosity was insatiable, his positivity admirable, and his childlike sense of play contagious.

Cremation has taken place. The family invites friends of Al to raise a glass in his honor, wherever they are, on Wednesday, Apr. 5 at 8:30 p.m. under the full moon; a lunar month since his passing.

For those who wish, a memorial donation can be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


A local land trust, permanently preserving several natural properties in an historic part of Ontario, now has two new board members.


Kerry Teske

Jessica Smeekens and Kerry Teskey are the newest members of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) Board of Directors. They fill vacancies which opened upon the retirement from the board of past members Peter Twynstra and Kim McCabe. Twynstra served on the board since the land trust’s inception in 2011 and McCabe served on the board since 2020.

“I would like to thank Peter and Kim for their years of dedicated service and I am honored to welcome Jessica and Kerry,” said Max Morden, chair of the HTLTC. “Kim and Peter provided invaluable service during a very important time as our land trust worked with local donors to permanently protect more local properties and to enhance the natural features of these properties. We are very excited that Jessica and Kerry are joining our board and we will benefit greatly from their expertise.”


Jessica Smeekens

Smeekens is a Registered Professional Forester from Thedford. She is founder of Auxsable Forestry. She also runs Thedford Native Plants, a native plant nursery, with her sister, Sarah Smeekens. She is the Vegetation Services Coordinator for the West Region of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. In her work with the Ministry, she works to transition highways from non-native species into suitable native species and to combat the ongoing spread of invasive Phragmites and other non-native species. Jessica said she loves the biodiversity and climate of southern Ontario and gets outside as often as she can in order to enjoy all four seasons. She grew up in Lambton Shores and deeply cares about local ecosystems.

Teskey grew up on his family’s farm near Orillia and he now lives in Grand Bend. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend and he currently serves as President-Elect. He attended the University of Guelph, where he earned a degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Crop Science. During his studies, Teskey financed his education by growing and selling sweet corn on the family farm. After graduation, he spent more than 30 years working for the DuPont Company in various roles related to vegetation management and crop protection, spanning across Canada and the United States. Throughout his career, Teskey maintained a strong interest in botany and environmentalism. He and his family share a passion for the preservation of the environment and the region’s natural and historical heritage.

The current land trust board is Chair Max Morden, Grand Bend; Past Chair Roger Lewington, Bayfield; Don Farwell, Stratford; Paul Spittal, Bayfield; Philip Walden, Thedford; Steve Bowers, Brussels; Kerry Teskey, Grand Bend; Jessica Smeekens, Thedford; and Alison Lobb, of the Clinton area.

The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping to protect and restore land, water, and nature.

Thanks to generous public donations of land and money, the land trust protects these important nature areas: Heaman Tract (2019), near Ailsa Craig, donated by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman; Woodburne Farm (2018), near Goderich, donated by Ilse Elliott and her late husband William Elliott; Bayfield River Flats (2017), donated by Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and community donors; Mayhew Tract (2015), near Holmesville, donated by the Mayhew Family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew; and coming soon is the Warner Wildlife and Nature Preserve in Grand Bend, to be donated by Peter Warner and his late wife Esther.

A donation to the local land trust is a local way to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. These donations of land and/or funds help to permanently protect nature areas with local benefits such as water quality, forests and habitat, and public enjoyment and recreation. People can help to permanently protect and preserve the natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance of properties in the historic Huron Tract area through their donation to the land trust.

The Chair of the land trust encourages prospective donors to contact any member of the Board of Directors or to contact staff at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. To learn more about the Conservancy, email or call 1-888-286-2610 or visit


2023-03 CCFCC Closing

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic (CCFCC) in Stratford will be closing at the end of the month. Those who have worked to make this clinic possible include l-r: Julie Brown, manager CCFCC; Patty Wells, RN; Ashley McCartney and Dr. Shawn Edwards. (Submitted photo)

Due to a steady decline in patient volume, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic (CCFCC) will be closing. The last day of operation for COVID-19 testing will be Thursday, March 30 and the last day for physician assessment will be Friday, March 31.

COVID-19 Testing began in the Emergency Departments of each of HPHA’s hospital sites in March 2020. By June of 2020 a drive-thru COVID-19 Assessment Centre opened at the Stratford General Hospital. In November of the same year the Assessment Centre moved to the Stratford Rotary Complex. Physician, or clinical, assessments were introduced in October of 2021. In September of 2022, the Assessment Centre relocated to its current location at the Stratford Medical Centre – Stratford Family Health Team office.

In December 2022 the Assessment Centre became known as the CCFCC and featured an expanded clinical assessment eligibility to individuals experiencing a wide range of respiratory symptoms along with COVID-19 testing and antiviral treatment.

To date over 54,000 PCR tests and over 2,000 clinical assessments have been completed.

“The contribution this team has made to the quality of our local health system during the pandemic has been outstanding,” said President and CEO of HPHA, Andrew Williams. “As we close our CCFCC a huge thank you is extended to our community partners including the Stratford Rotary Complex, the wonderful staff at the Stratford Family Health Team, Emad Salama of PrinceRx Pharmacy for generously paying the parking fees for all the CCFCC patients and, of course, all the staff and physicians that worked tirelessly to provide this service.”

For patients seeking COVID-19 assessment, testing or antiviral treatment after March 31, 2023: contact your family doctor; or visit Ontario’s COVID-19 web page ( to find a local pharmacy who offers COVID-19 testing and treatment

Residents of Huron and Perth are encouraged to continue taking actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses including masking in public spaces, keeping up-to-date with vaccinations, washing their hands and staying home when sick (unless seeking medical care).

For anyone who develops severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness, or confusion, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.



Brian O’Reilly (Submitted photo)

The Goderich Lions are thrilled to announce their upcoming series of wellness talks featuring Brian O’Reilly of Human Potential Plus. With over 40 years of experience as a high-performance life coach, O’Reilly is set to deliver a series of four insightful and inspiring talks entitled, “Creating a Caring Community”.

The talks will be held every Monday evening in April and will be hosted at the Mackay Center in Goderich. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. to allow attendees to get settled before the talks begin.

As a community organization committed to promoting wellness, the Goderich Lions are proud to offer this event free of charge to anyone interested in attending. While donations are welcome, the primary goal is to provide access to invaluable information and insights from a seasoned expert.

“We’re excited to bring Brian O’Reilly to our community,” said John Maaskant, the vice-president of the Goderich Lions. “His wealth of knowledge and experience as a high-performance life coach is exactly what many of us need during these challenging times. We’re proud to be able to offer this series of talks to everyone who wants to learn and grow.”

The Goderich Lions encourage anyone interested in attending to mark their calendars and plan to attend all four talks. With each session building upon the last, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of what it means to live a well-rounded and fulfilling life.

The session topics and dates are as follows: Apr. 3rd, “Living into Being a Good Human”;  Apr. 10, “Understanding Conditioned Unhappiness”; Apr. 17, “Reading your Own Book – The Within and Without”; Apr. 24, “The Deep Conditioning of Fear, Depression and Anger”.

For more information on the series of wellness talks, please visit the Goderich Lions’ Facebook Page.



Hearts in the two sizes pictured, but in Neon Blue, are now available from Wuerth’s Shoes on The Square in Goderich as a fundraiser for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation. (Submitted photo)

The Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) is launching a new campaign in support of their treasured healthcare team.

The AMGHF is undertaking a new fundraiser and they hope that as a community people will join with them and show their love for their frontline workers with the purchase of a ‘Hero Heart’.  The AMGHF wants to help the community recognize their Healthcare/Frontline workers in a tangible and visible form. The AMGHF knows firsthand how hard they have worked and continue to work, and they are tired.

“As we reflect on the struggles and challenges brought on by this pandemic, there is also much to be grateful for. Many thanks go out to all the staff and physicians involved in the pandemic response. Thank you to our community and partners for supporting us and each other as we navigated through this once in a lifetime global event,”  said Jimmy Trieu, CEO and president, Huron Health System. “Let us be reminded that when we work together, we can tackle challenges that come our way.  The fight continues and we are prepared to care for the most vulnerable.”

Let’s light up the community with love for them.

“We have partnered with Our Glowing Hearts and we want to see a Neon Blue Heart in as many windows as possible. The hearts can remain in your window as long as you like, all year – even better!” said Sherry Marshall, Board chair, AMGHF. “Drop by Wuerth’s Shoes downtown Goderich (142 The Square) for a look at how beautiful these hearts are, and look around the community to see how many of our local businesses and residents are joining in. Join us and light up our community with love.”

This beautifully crafted LED neon heart is dedicated to the healthcare heroes who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. The heart is designed so that people can give it to a healthcare hero or place it in their front window to spread love to anyone passing by. Every heart comes with a baseplate and a screw for securely attaching it to the base plate. The base plate provides a sturdy base to place on a window sill. The frame is routered out of 3/4″ laminated hardwood, hand sanded, and assembled in Canada.  Each heart is unique and variations should be expected and treasured as a unique element. There are two sizes: Large – 12’x10’ and The Mini Heart – 7’x7’.

“We are so grateful for our healthcare team at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital. We have so many dedicated people at AMGH, they make it all work everyday, all day and all night. They are here for all of you,” said Kimberley Payne,  Executive director, AMGHF.  “We can show them in this beautiful, visible way how much we appreciate them. Let’s light up the community with love.”

For more information or to place an order for a Hero Heart please contact Kimberley Payne at or call 519 524-8508.

The AMGHF works in partnership with AMGH to ensure that quality health care is available to all residents of Huron County and neighboring communities. The AMGHF has been helping to enhance patient care and safety since 1993.


2023 03 13 - Living Wage Maitland Valley Grotto

Maitland Valley Grotto in Goderich is the latest Huron County business to certify as a living wage employer. Recently, celebrating this achievement were Michelle Field, representing the United Way of Perth Huron, and Peter May, owner of Maitland Valley Grotto. (Submitted photo)

Maitland Valley Grotto is the latest Huron County business to certify as a living wage employer.

“We are extremely proud to be certified as a living wage employer,” said Peter May, owner of Maitland Valley Grotto. “Despite opening our doors in February 2020 right before the pandemic, this incredible community has supported us through and through. We’re happy to support them back by paying fair living wages to our employees.”

“Thank you to Maitland Valley Grotto for certifying,” added Ryan Erb, United Way Perth-Huron’s executive director. “Paying a living wage allows workers the opportunity to fully take part in the life of the place they live. We appreciate Maitland Valley’s commitment to their employees and to building a stronger Goderich community.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron living wage of $20.70 per hour was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were taken into account. Everyday expenses in the calculation included food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare and transportation.

For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit


Maitland Conservation (MC) and Green Goderich have come together, with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Bruce Power, to share information on stewardship topics in the Lake Huron Nearshore Assessment on Apr. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich.

This “Land to Lake Huron: Ecosystem Improvements Workshop” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program will include guests Paul Parete from ECCC who will explain the Nearshore Assessment and overall results; and Shannon Millar from MC who will discuss local stewardship stressors in the assessment, how MC has been trying to reduce these impacts, and how landowners can take action.

This will be followed by breakout discussions for attendees to provide feedback and voice their local concerns. Topics of discussion will include stewardship initiatives that improve water quality and aquatic habitat, such as: stream buffering, removing fish barriers, cover crops, and increasing natural cover.

To reserve a workshop spot visit: Spring Workshop Tickets. 

For more information contact Shannon Millar, Maitland Conservation Restoration lead, by calling 519 335-3557 Ext. 233 or via email at

The Knights Of Columbus Community Hall is located at 390 Parsons Court in Goderich.


Similar to other areas in southern Ontario, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is seeing cases of pertussis in children. In 2022, there were three cases; in 2023 to date, there have been 21 confirmed cases. Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial illness.

“The illness can be serious for infants younger than 12 months of age who are not vaccinated, or who have not received all doses of the pertussis vaccine,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Young children have the highest risk for severe complications, such as hospitalization and death, if they get sick.”

Pertussis symptoms usually develop within five to 10 days after exposure to someone who has pertussis. The illness begins with mild cold-like symptoms and may progress to severe coughing that can last for two weeks or longer. Some children will make a whoop sound, gag, or vomit while coughing. Pertussis spreads easily through respiratory droplets when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes, or talks, or through direct contact with objects used by that person.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent pertussis. The pertussis vaccine is part of Ontario’s publicly-funded vaccine schedule and is available through family doctors and public health. The vaccine is given at two, four, six and 18 months of age, followed by booster doses at four to six and 14-16 years of age.

Delays in routine immunizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic may partly explain the increase in cases. Parents are encouraged to ensure their children stay up-to-date with routine immunizations. Pregnant individuals can receive a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) immunization to protect their baby from pertussis after they are born, and before they can receive vaccines.  Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) immunization when pregnant is estimated to protect about 90 per cent of infants less than three months of age from the illness.

If you or your child are sick, stay home except to seek medical attention. If your child has symptoms of pertussis, contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. Avoid contact with others, especially young children who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated against the illness. In addition, wash hands often, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.


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.

Earlier this  month,  The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton became the settings 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 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.

The season of bunnies, chicks and spring flowers have arrived and a quick search of the Huron County Museum online collection revealed this cute little breakfast set that would have made the perfect Easter gift for a grandchild many years ago…


This is an off-white porcelain children’s breakfast set consisting of a cereal bowl, mug and cream pitcher. Each of the pieces have green and black trim with a rooster shaped handle on one side.  The same scene of a boy and girl holding a bear is painted on one side of the mug and pitcher as well as the bottom of the bowl. The color yellow is used as a charming and cheerful accent.

This breakfast set was a gift from the donor’s grandparents in 1932.

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Cereal Bowl, Mug and Cream Pitcher Set

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Cream Pitcher




More than 30 people took part in a wonderful inaugural meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club on March 18.

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again next month when the second meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held on Saturday, Apr. 15.

The club’s second 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 of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

Judging from the turn-out at the first meeting the club is going to need some more Lego to satisfy the demand of their creators. Organizers are now accepting donations of any Lego pieces or sets that people may no longer have a use for. To donate please email Melody Falconer-Pounder at

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

The second meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held on Saturday, Apr. 15 in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church. Club organizers are now happily accepted donations of Lego to keep their club members well stocked with bricks.

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March 24 Sunset…By Elaine Coombs

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Apr. 1st is Cookie Day for Bayfield Guiding! And we’re not joking around as we will have sellers out in two locations that day selling the classics also known as chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies. 

The classics are $6 a box this Spring – the first price increase for Girl Guide Cookies in a decade – so purchasing a box or two would be a great way to use up some of that heavy coin rattling around in your pocket or purse. 

And it would also be a great way to support Bayfield Guiding who have ear marked the funds they raise to help cover the cost of bussing for an overnight adventure to the Toronto Zoo’s Serengeti Bush Camp. 

So where can you get these delicious treats you are asking? We will have members selling at the Goderich Community Mego Garage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is being held at the Goderich Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald Street in Goderich and is sponsored by the Goderich Lions Club. 

We will also have youth selling cookies at the Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour being held at Pine Lake Campground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look for us in the recreation hall at the Maple Syrup sales table. Pine Lake Campground is located at 77794 Orchard Line, Bayfield. 

Our Sparks, Embers and Guides are eager to see how many of their 1,560 boxes of cookies they can sell on Saturday – no foolin’! – Melody 


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