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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 718 Week 16 Vol 14

April 12, 2023


Issue 718 Week 16 Vol 14
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Sail painted by Carol Finkbeiner Thomas. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Sails Project initiated by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) in 2022 is about to culminate in a special viewing of the completed sailboat sculptures at an event in Clan Gregor Square over the weekend of May 13-14.

The Bayfield Sails Project is intended to honor the marine history of Bayfield and Lake Huron. The completed project consists of six sailboat sculptures, made of iron and powder coated, with “sails” made of lexan. Late last year the call was put out for artists to apply to be chosen to hand paint the sails and now it is time to preview the results.

“People are invited to come out to see the six fabulous iron sailboat sculptures before they are installed on municipal land in Bayfield this spring,” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

The sailboats were designed and handmade by blacksmith Jim Wallace of Sharpes Creek Forge near Goderich. The design of the hulls replicates specific boats such as the locally renowned “Helen McLeod” as well as the sailboats manufactured by Bayfield Boat Works.

Those who attend the event will also have an opportunity to meet all six of the artists chosen to paint a unique “sail” for the sailboats.

The sailboats will be a permanent installation within the village changing “sails” every one to two years. Each boat will sport a  QR code that will take the viewer to a page of local historical information as well as information about the artist and their website if they have one.

The sailboats will be displayed under a tent in Clan Gregor Square from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The artists involved in the project will be present on Saturday and an opening ceremony with remarks by dignitaries will be held at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday visitors to the installation will not only get to see the works but pick up a free potted Petunia or Geranium courtesy of the BCA in recognition of it being Mother’s Day. There are a limited number of plants available so visitors are encouraged to come early.

“It is hoped that this project will bring further vitality and prosperity to this unique and beautiful village and public marina,” concluded Squirrell.


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Jay McFarlan (Submitted photo)

The Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk was a huge success,  despite the cold north wind, the candles flickered and a large number of bundled-up participants attended this special event held on the evening of Apr. 1st.

The Candlelight Memorial Walk, held at the Taylor Trail in Varna, was organized by a team of local volunteers. Hundreds of candles lit up the forest path, making the memorial walk an absolutely magical experience.

Over one hundred memorial names were read during the Dedication Ceremony while, thanks to a generous donation from Tim Hortons in Bayfield, participants were able to keep warm with a cup of hot chocolate.

Special thanks was given to the team led by Willy VanKlooster, executive director of Huron Hospice.

“I am deeply aware of how much work you put into this – both in terms of raising money and in terms of organizing a meaningful event,” said VanKlooster. “I am aware that you did not do this alone, but want to give you my special thanks and appreciation.”

With 51 Huron County business sponsors and a very large number of candlelight donations, over $25,000 was raised in support of Huron Hospice, with donations still coming in. The team was delighted with these results!

For those family members that were unable to attend, or would like to share the event with others, a video has been created of the memorial walk, which includes the sponsors: Candlelight Walk Video.

A special note of appreciation and thanks to all those who contributed to the success of this event. Community members are encouraged to support the sponsoring businesses.

“It was heart-warming to see so many people attend the second annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, despite the chilly winds that evening,” said Jay McFarlan, speaker at the event and chair of the Huron Hospice Board of Directors. “People came out to honor their loved ones, each with their own unique story of loss. By sharing our stories, we help each other through the process of grief and keep those memories alive.”

Anyone interested in joining the volunteer organizational team for next year’s memorial walk, please contact team lead Roger Mather at 905 630-3571 or


The first offering by the Bayfield Indie Film Series will be held tonight (Apr. 12) when they present “Aftersun” at the Bayfield Town Hall.

The Bayfield Indie Film Series is a new venture brought to the village by six film buffs who hope their enthusiasm for independent features will catch on in the village.

This week the Bayfield Breeze Editor asks the “difficult” questions to create this “just for fun” Q & A. Speaking for the Series are: Lynn Whaley, Walter Gibson, Renee Sandelowsky, Patrick Heffernan, and Rob and Sue McAuley.

Editor: What was your motivation for starting the Bayfield Indie Film Series?

Renee: We know just about everything is available to stream online these days. But it’s just not the same as gathering with friends and neighbors and seeing films on the big screen, the way they were intended.

Editor: How did you pick your movies?

Lynn: It wasn’t easy! We chose current releases for two films because we wanted fresh material for this first series. Home grown ‘Trigger Point’ has never been offered in Bayfield and we thought it was only fitting that we show it.

Editor: Who is funding this venture?

Patrick: We are! We are six Bayfield residents who enjoy seeing great films.

Editor: How much profit do you hope to make?

Walter: It is extremely unlikely we will make a profit. We will be thrilled if we break even!

Editor: What are your expenses?

Rob: Our biggest expense is the royalties we pay to the film companies to show their film to the public. Films are protected by copyright laws and that’s only fair, considering that the creative productions we all enjoy are the result of the dedication, talents, and hard work of many artists.

Editor: What does the future look like for the Bayfield Indie Film Series?

Sue: We’ll have to see how we do at the end of this series. Ideally, we would like to offer another series in the fall. This is all new for us so we would love to hear from our audience. What films would you like to see on the big screen in Bayfield? Please send us an email with your feedback and suggestions to

The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive early as space is limited. Pass holders may head toward the rush line for the best seats! Tickets at the door are $12 each. Or you may purchase a pass for all three films for $30. Snacks and beverages will also be available to purchase.

The remaining films in the series this season are: “Decision to Leave”, May 10; and “Trigger Point”, June 7.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is excited to announce their hiking events for April and May.

To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, the BRVTA is hosting the 9th 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.

Hikers are asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square at 9 a.m. The Village Cleanup will begin at 10:30 a.m. following the hike, also meeting at the Clan Gregor Pavilion. Local groups, businesses and individual citizens 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 gloves.

On May 6, all are invited to join in a Wildflower Hike at the Bannockburn Tract (74739 Bannockburn Line) starting at 10 a.m. Join Huron County Forester Dave Pullen and wildflower enthusiast Robert Tremain to learn about some of the beautiful indigenous flora in the area. This hike is free and open to the public without pre-registration. Attendees are asked to leave their dogs at home for this hike. Please note that this hike is at the Bannockburn Tract, not the Bannockburn Conservation Area.  The tract is south of Mill Road.  The walk will be about 3 km on mostly flat terrain and will last about 90 minutes.

The BRVTA will also be hosting a Birdwatching Hike on May 20 at Windmill Farm with George Ebers as the guide. The hike will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is open to BRVTA members only. There is a limit of 20 participants, and people are asked to pre-register by emailing Ralph Blasting at

Anyone who would like to become a member of the BRVTA can register at Bayfield Trails Memberships. Please leave canine friends at home for this hike as well.

The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact hike co-ordinator Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing him at the address given above.


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 Apr.  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.



The annual Bayfield Lions Club Home and Leisure Show is coming up in a couple of weeks – people should mark their calendars for April 22-23. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Are you ready for a really big show?

The annual Bayfield Lions Club Home and Leisure Show is coming up in a couple of weeks – people should mark their calendars for April 22-23.

“We know homeowners, buyers, renovators, DIYers eagerly await this first sign of Spring and you don’t want to miss it!” said Tony Van Bakel, a member of the Bayfield Lions Home Show Committee.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Although the Lions Club members love to make this a free event for all, they really appreciate food donations at the door for the local food bank. Visitors should also remember to fill out a ballot for a special door prize.

This year along with the usual Expo, food court, free face painting, the Lions Club have added more outdoor exhibitors and have increased the number of new exhibitors to the show.

Van Bakel said he is extra excited about a great show with some captivating exhibitor preparations for inside and outside the community centre and arena. One extra special display will be an original Penhale Carriage showcased on the arena floor. Visitors to the show should be sure to check out the outdoor exhibits that will include some big beautiful boats, park model homes, motorhomes and RV models, golf carts, wood carvings and other vendors.

“Visitors can look forward to seeing close to 100 exhibitors located upstairs and downstairs and outside of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, including: trailers, bear chairs, sheds, electric bikes, and even a hot tub,” said VanBakel.

The Bayfield Home and Leisure Show is a great way to celebrate the warmer seasons in the village and the Lions Club invites everyone to help them welcome Spring by experiencing this one-of-a-kind show!

For more information visit:



Smudge (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now.

Smudge is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

He came into the Rescue with a group of kittens and two Mommas. Since both female felines took on feeding and cleaning duties volunteers were never certain who belonged to who – but this special little family worked together to care for these babies and a few surrogates as well.

Smudge is well socialized and likes to run and play. He even fetches and returns toys too. He also enjoys cuddle time and will melt into his human’s neck and give the best hugs.He is definitely ready for his forever home and family to come and claim him.

To learn more please contact BFF via email at The adoption fee is now $250. 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.


This year to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, Apr. 22, Seeds Rooted in Youth is hosting a free youth Jamboree in Pioneer Park with the support of the Bayfield Optimist and Blue Bayfield. This event will be a fun afternoon of engaging with this amazing community about our home, Earth.  Youth will learn about plants and animals through hands-on lessons.

The afternoon will start at 2:30 p.m. with an opening from Jordan George of the Chippewas of Kettle Point and Stoney Point Community. From there the mini lessons will begin at 2:50 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. Each session will be 20 minutes in length, and will run for three of the four sessions of the afternoon with a maximum of 10 youth per session.  Sign up will start at 2 p.m. at the Jamboree.

For a list of presenters and topics please visit


Thanks to a Youth Employment Grant the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is looking to fill a summer staff position with a person between the ages of 15 to 30 to work at the Archives & Heritage Centre.

The successful applicant must be comfortable welcoming visitors and answering queries as well as opening and closing the facility.  They will be in charge of renting and securing quadricycles; selling merchandise; recording money received and balancing; and assisting with in-house projects. Direction and training will be provided.

This is an opportunity to learn local history and have first hand experience of how museums and archives work.

The position offers a 30-hour week – Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch. The rate of pay is $16 per hour with Mondays and Tuesdays off. The preference would be for the successful candidate to begin on June 7 but this is negotiable. The position will end on Sept. 3.

The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield.

Interested persons are asked to contact


Spring has sprung and the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) is looking forward to another great gardening year and welcoming new members.

The BGC is a community group most interested in the planting, trimming and tidying of planters and beds in many of Bayfield’s public gardens.

They have garden-type activities planned for the summer months and into the Fall. They are always looking forward to sharing their gardening stories, best practices and suggestions for future meetings or garden tours. Anyone who has an interest in gardening, flowers, vegetables or the environment may want to consider becoming a Garden Club member. BGC members are eligible for discounts at many of the local garden centres.

People are encouraged to please mark on their calendars Apr. 22-23 to visit the BGC table at the Bayfield Home and Leisure Show. Memberships can be purchased here for $10. Another option is to contact Nancy Kale via email at Please include name and email address.

People are also invited to please mark on their calendars May 13 as this is the date for the annual Plant Sale that the BGC will be holding in Clan Gregor Square from 9-10:30 a.m. There will be a wide variety of perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and herbs for sale. Anyone who is interested in donating plants to the BGC Plant Sale is asked to please contact Lori Hill at 519 565-5278 for more information.

BGC will also be involved with a children’s activity at the Earth Day Jamboree to be held in Pioneer Park on Apr. 22, part of the Blue Bayfield Earth Day initiative.


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Forget Robins, Tundra Swans and Maple Syrup, nothing signals spring quite like Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies! That’s right, Girl Guide cookie season has arrived.

Members of Bayfield Guiding are currently selling these cookies for $6 a box.

Profits from this campaign will go toward helping with the cost of bussing for an overnight adventure at the Toronto Zoo’s Serengeti Bush Camp. Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email



The Bayfield Lions Club will host their Walk for Dog Guides on June 4. (Submitted photo)

The Lions of Bayfield are holding one of their favorite events again this year, “The Walk for Dog Guides”.

In 1999 the average cost per dog to raise and fully train, was $6,000.   It is now approximately $35,000.  The program has expanded to include  a multitude of services, these are: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support.

“We appreciate the support of the community and hope that you will continue to do so to help us meet this growing need.  All proceeds go directly to the Dog Guides,” said Karen Scott, chair of the Walk for Dog Guides Committee, and second vice-president of the Bayfield Lions Club. “Last year, our small village was number 20 in all of Canada for the amount of money raised.  Way to go all!  Let’s work on achieving at least that this year.”

People are invited to get their pledge forms, or pledge a walker, and bring their dogs on Sunday, June 4th to Clan Gregor Square. Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

For further information and pledge forms please contact Karen Scott at or 226 441-2042.


Special music is in the offing in the coming weeks at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield. At the Apr. 23 service,  Roy and Lynne Price will share their talents as vocalist and flautist respectively and then on May 21 Linda Street will return as a soloist.

Rev. Lisa Dolson will be leading a new book discussion beginning May 1st with a focus on “Shalom Sistas, Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore and Sarah Bessey. The book can be ordered through The Village Bookshop in Bayfield. All are welcome to join.



The second meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held on Saturday, Apr. 15 at Trinity St James Anglican Church where youngsters and their grown-ups can built MOCs (My Own Creation) like this very cleverly designed goldfish. (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” again this month when the second meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held this 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.


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



Members of June Robinson’s family participated in the Hike for Huron Hospice held in 2022. (Submitted photos)


June Robinson

Huron Hospice will recognize hiking leader June Robinson at their much-anticipated Hike for Huron Hospice.  June passed away late in 2022 and the board, staff and volunteers unanimously agreed to recognize her impact by renaming the event, The June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice. Every year June recruited her family to raise money for the Hospice and hike with her.

According to her granddaughters Heather and Patricia, “The Hike was more about bringing family and friends together. Reaching out to support Huron Hospice on the Hike helped to reinforce the connections that Grams cherished with her family and her community. It brought people together.”

Heather went on to say, “It was not so much about the fundraising, but she did keep track of how much money had been pledged. I think secretly she liked being the top fundraiser every year.”

The June Robinson Memorial Hike will take place Sunday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stanley Community Centre in Varna. The hike will start with a light warm up. After the hike everyone is welcome to join in a barbecue.

“We will walk in person again this year, however, if people are still hesitant, they can continue to hike where they like,” said Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development “In person or remotely, we want people to spend time with family and to remember June and other loved ones for whom they may be walking. Please join us at the Stanley Community Centre located at 38572 Mill Road Varna and swap stories while enjoying the BBQ. Summer starts with the June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice.”

“The hike is an important Huron Hospice fundraising event,” said Willy Van Klooster, hiker and Executive director. “The money raised stays in Huron County and is used to pay for end-of-life care for families. Hikers help pay for day-to-day essential services like nursing, home hospice, and loss and grief support for children, youth and adults. As you can see, donor support is critical to bringing our support to Huron County families.

“This year we are also celebrating the construction of new bedrooms at Huron Hospice. The money is in the bank and the drawings are complete. We are just waiting on final government approval so we can put the shovels in the ground. When you join us at the Hike, you can check out the drawings and plans.”

People can form teams of family members or friends to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone.

“Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raises the most money,” said Walker.

To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website June Robinson Hike for Huron Hospice.  Just follow the link to pledge or create a team. Please send the link to family, friends and contacts and ask them to join.

For further information, contact: Christopher Walker, manager Fund Development via email at or by calling 519 525-7352.


The Municipality of Bluewater Council provisionally adopted the 2023 budget at their March 20 regular meeting.

A public meeting will be held on Apr. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 38594 Mill Road, Varna. This will be followed by adoption of the budget by-law. The budget was posted to the budget and financials page of the municipal website for review on Apr. 3rd.

The 2023 tax revenue will see an increase of 6.81 percent. The budget was deliberated by Council over five meetings beginning with the capital budget on Feb. 8. Outgoing Manager of Finance Charlotte Tunikaitis and Deputy Treasurer Arthur Smith presented. The 2023 budget will include $9,312,703 for operating expenses and $6,633,217 for capital projects, funded by a combination of grants, reserves, and tax levy. The tax bill increase is inclusive of 6.81 percent of municipal taxes, 6.5 percent county taxes, and 0 percent for school boards.

Using the typical assessment value for a home in Bluewater, this would mean that a home assessed at $246,000 would see an annual tax increase in 2023 of $152. This breaks down to a $77 increase for Bluewater and $75 from the County. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines assessment values. For 2023, these rates reflect the assessed value and classification of a property as of January 1, 2016, assessment notice (MPAC).

Since the pandemic and with the current economic climate, the Municipality of Bluewater has recognized a significant increase in the cost of contracted services, materials, and overall tender and RFP costs for projects. Some of these costs are offset by user fees, grants, permitting fees and other miscellaneous revenue. Additional budgetary challenges have come from the implementation of Bill-23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 which is changing the way development charges are collected.

Projects scheduled for completion under this year’s budget will focus on supporting growth, prolonging the life of municipal assets, improving safety and providing important services to the Bluewater community. A few of the projects scheduled include replacing expiring bunker gear for firefighters; paving Airport Line from Kippen Road to Mill Road; replacing sidewalks in Dashwood; completing design work for reconstruction of Hensall Main Street and Richmond Street North; replacing various culverts throughout the municipality; replacing the filter medium at the Bayfield lagoon; recoating Bayfield Water Tower; refinishing steel girders at the Hensall and Zurich arenas; replacing the HVAC unit at the Zurich arena; upgrading LED lighting at the Stanley Community Centre and Hensall arena; replacing stairs at the Howard Street beach access; and replacing the Zurich ball diamond lights.

Projects included this year that are partially funded by grants include replacement of the Hensall Water Tower and replacement of the Hensall Playground with an accessible play structure.


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Participating in the virtual lecture held on Apr. 4 were clockwise from top left: Sarah Versteeg, Todd Kasenberg, Christine Wilde, Michelle Melady-Young and Sheila Schuehlein. (Submitted photos)

On Tuesday, Apr. 4, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway)  hosted their 23rd Virtual Lecture Series Event discussing the topic, “Enhancing the Resilience of Our Rural Communities: Moving Knowledge into Practice”, specifically focused on Gateway’s “Lonely No More” Program.

“It really is the loneliness epidemic (and) we’re more familiar with it now since the pandemic and dare I say that rural seniors are still not fully engaging in community as they were before the pandemic,” said Project Lead and Connectedness Coaching Co-Developer of Lonely No More, Sheila Schuehlein.

The lecture was moderated by Michele Melady-Young, Board of Directors member for Gateway and featured speakers, Schuehlein and Sarah Versteeg, coordinator and Connectedness Coaching co-developer of Lonely No More.  Additionally, the event featured panelists: Christine Wilde, Connectedness Coaching graduate and volunteer with Lonely No More and navigator of Huron Shores United Church; and Todd Kasenberg, Connectedness Coaching graduate and volunteer with Lonely No More and mayor of North Perth.

Schuehlein and Versteeg are both highly engaged in the rural community through the Lonely No More Program.

Lonely No More is an effective virtual outreach model that empowers those who self-identify with the negative impacts of social isolation and is currently being used to serve rural older adults. During the lecture, Schuehlein and Versteeg introduced a Knowledge to Action Framework Model that explains the creative process of knowledge and the funnelling effect that could follow. Additionally, they were able to identify that within South-Western Ontario, individuals over the age of 65 make up a significant portion of rural communities with one in three seniors being socially isolated. These statistics led to the establishment of Lonely No More which continues to serve seniors in rural communities, today.

Following the presentation, Schuehlein and Versteeg led a panel discussion, where Wilde and Kasenberg were able to share their personal insights and experiences. Wilde spoke to the outreach programs which she managed for the Lonely No More Program. Within these programs, Wilde was able to engage seniors to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kasenberg then summarized his experience with Lonely No More by sharing the plan interaction prompts that he organized in order to create positive conversation based on lived experiences and memories within the groups. Wilde and Kasenberg expressed a sense of reward from their time volunteering and encouraged those who wish to make a difference in the community to consider volunteering with the Lonely No More Program.

To learn more about the Lonely No More Program, please visit: Gateway.

The next Gateway Rural Health Lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 9. People can join by registering at: Lecture Series. In this lecture, Board of Directors Member for Gateway and a retired Bank Manager with Libro, Pat Redshaw will be discussing “The Threats of Scams”.

Gateway recognizes their generous donors for their support of this lecture series.



Municipality of Huron East Utility Operator Shawn Bromley and Public Works Manager Barry Mills are shown here in a clip from the ninth video created by the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. (Submitted photo)

A new video, called “Be Part of the Water Team”, introduces the viewer to the different team players who work behind the scenes to keep local municipal drinking water safe and clean.

The five-minute video is the ninth video in a local series created between 2020 and 2023. These drinking water source protection videos have received more than 20,000 views on Facebook and YouTube.

The host and narrator of the video is Paul Heffer. He is Reeve of the Township of North Huron and a municipal representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC). He represents the region’s central municipalities (Huron East, Morris-Turnberry, and North Huron) on the committee.

The video shares ten categories of drinking water team players. They are municipal councilors, engineering and consulting firms, well drillers, construction companies, the source protection committee, municipal public works and environmental managers, water operators, provincial water compliance inspectors, septic inspectors, and risk management officials. The video also acknowledges the important role of the public and encourages local residents to “be part of the water team”.

The video features scenes in several municipalities and features their staff, local businesses, and agencies all involved in protection and delivery of municipal water.

Matt Pearson is Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley SPC. He said everyone has an opportunity to be part of the team protecting drinking water sources and keeping municipal drinking water safe and clean.

“Each one of us has an important role in the process,” he said. “This video gives us a chance to take a look behind the scenes at the work of water operators, public works  managers, and infrastructure planners and inspectors as they collaborate in maintaining a safe drinking water supply.”

The SPC Chair thanked the public for their positive response to the video series.

“The Source Protection Committee is pleased with the public response to our video series and we look forward to developing future topics in drinking water protection,” he said.

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region created the Be Part of the Water Team video, it can be viewed by visiting: YouTube.

To learn more, visit the local drinking water source protection website Source Water Info.



Emily Bieman and Ned. (Submitted photo)

Emily Beiman a graduate of F.E. Madill Secondary School, in Wingham is following her dreams at the University of Guelph, with help from Ontario’s former Minister of Agriculture and the Sunset Community Foundation.

Bieman received the 2022 Jack Riddell Scholarship. The Scholarship was established at the Sunset Community Foundation to honor the career of Riddell, long-time MPP for Huron Bruce and Minister of Agriculture for Ontario. It was created with generous contributions from Riddell’s family, friends, and colleagues.

“I was honored to be selected for this scholarship,” Bieman said. “It will relieve some of the financial pressure that comes with pursuing a post-secondary education and will help me achieve my educational goals.”

Bieman is in the first year of a Bachelor of Science program with a major in Animal Biology at Guelph. She chose the program, she said, because she has a passion for animals and wants to learn everything she can about them.

While at university, she plans to continue volunteering as the Huron County 4-H webmaster. She also has participated in the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) Beef Science Club, the OAC Sheep and Goat Club, and the College Royal Dairy Show.

“I look forward to more exciting extracurricular opportunities throughout my undergraduate degree,” she said.

Bieman hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.

“The Riddell Fund ensures that each year a student in the Avon-Maitland District School Board receives both recognition and support,” said Tom Prout, chair of the South Huron Vitality Fund at Sunset Community Foundation. “Scholarships like this make a real difference in the lives of students like Emily.”
For more information please contact Executive Director of the Sunset Community Foundation, Lisa Reaume via email at or by calling 519 280-0944.


HPPH has launched its April COVID-19 vaccination clinics to meet Ontario’s new Spring booster recommendations, including a clinic in Goderich today (Apr. 12).

As of Apr. 6, individuals in specific high-risk groups are recommended to receive a Spring booster dose if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their last dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

These high-risk groups are:

  •       Individuals aged 65 years and older
  •       Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, elder care lodges, and other congregate living settings for seniors
  •       Individuals aged 18 years and older living in congregate care settings for people with complex medical care needs
  •       Pregnant individuals
  •       Individuals aged 18 years and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised
  •       Individuals aged 55 years and older who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis, and their non-Indigenous household members aged 55 years and older.

If you are not a member of one of the above groups, and you have already received a COVID-19 booster on or after Sept 1, 2022, there is no current recommendation to receive a Spring booster. However, if an individual aged five and older wishes to receive an additional booster dose they may do so, with informed consent, if at least six months have passed since their previous dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

HPPH will hold vaccine clinics across Huron and Perth counties in April. Dates and locations are available at: Get Vaccinated. .

Individuals may book a Spring booster now for an appointment time when they are eligible. Individuals ages six months to four years can continue to book for first and second doses. Those aged five and older can continue to book for first, second or booster doses.

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) uses the provincial booking system.

Book an appointment for an HPPH clinic: online at Book Vaccine; by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900, or by calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098.

COVID-19 vaccines also continue to be available through participating local pharmacies and primary care providers.

HPPH is also working with partners to provide bivalent vaccines for long-term care homes, retirement homes and congregate living settings.

Residents are encouraged to continue taking actions to prevent illness from spreading. Layering actions protect individuals, loved ones, and the community. More information on using layers of protection is available through the province at Protection from COVID‑19 and other respiratory illnesses.


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth will be offering their Memory and Aging Program again this May at the Mackay Centre in Goderich. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone experiencing normal age-related changes in memory or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The Memory and Aging Program describes what memory is, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a participant’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things people intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in one’s own memory ability.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon from May 10 through to May 31. There is a fee of $25, which covers the cost of the program workbook and materials. All sessions take place at the MacKay Centre for Seniors, located at 10 Nelson St E in Goderich.

Pre-registration is required for this program. Please contact Jeanette at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth by calling 519 482-1482 or 519271-1910 or via email at:


Spring Green Waste Collection is being offered again this year during the month of April in the Municipality of Bluewater.

In the communities of Bayfield, Brucefield, Dashwood, Hensall, Kippen, Varna and Zurich, collection will take place on the last two Tuesdays of this month – Apr. 18 and Apr. 25. This year, collection will also be offered in the Hay West and Stanley West Ward (lakeshore subdivisions west of Hwy 21). In these two areas collection will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 26 only.

Additionally, the municipality provides two locations for disposing of green waste which are open year round – the Stanley Landfill and the Hensall Green Waste Depot.  Green waste can be disposed of at the Stanley Landfill with a valid blue card when it is open to the public. Green waste can be dropped off anytime at the depot in Hensall which is located at the end of Richmond Street South.

For the do’s and don’ts of how green waste should be presented for collection visit: Spring Green Waste Collection.


The Livery Film Fest’s final film of the season is “Everything Everywhere  All at Once.

People will have an opportunity to view this multiple Oscar award winning film on Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre, located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich. Everything Everywhere All at Once brought home plenty of hardware including: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Directing, and Best Original Screenplay.

When humble laundry owner Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) has to go face to face with tax auditor Deirdre Beaubeirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis), she is able to rely on skills she learned in her “other” lives to save her business, her family, and the world.

This film is charming and funny as Evelyn draws on skills she never knew she had. She is supported by her husband, Waymond Wang (Ke Huy Quan – who’s other memorable roles were as “Short Round” – the child in Indiana Jones, and “Data” in the Goonies).  Besides the tax audit, Evelyn needs to deal with her traditional Chinese father, and her rebellious daughter while they plan for Chinese New Year.  Chaos may reign in life, but it’s the moments of family love and camaraderie that are most important.

This is the perfect film to see with others in a theatre on the big screen! The ticket booth opens at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance.

Following the screening, a film talk will be held immediately after 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 South Huron Community Choir will be presenting two performances of “What a Wonderful World”, a concert featuring an orchestra, soloists and handbells, later this month.

The choir is led by Artistic Director Dr. Richard Heinzle and accompanist by Lori Danylchuk.

Performance will be given on Friday, Apr. 28 at Exeter United Church, 42 James Street, and on Saturday, Apr. 29 at Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main Street in Grand Bend. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. For tickets please call Ruth at 519 235-1778 or Harry at 519 235-0759 or email

To learn more about the choir, an outreach program of Exeter United Church, as well as the upcoming concerts, please visit


The Grand Women, a part of the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF) , will be holding a High Tea Social on Tuesday, Apr. 18 relaunch their event festivities to regroup and catch up!

This event will begin at 2 p.m. at Isadora’s Tea Parlour, 15 Ontario Street South, Grand Bend.

Currently, the Grand Women have 60 plus members and they are always welcoming more philanthropic women to join.  Each member has made a commitment of a minimum of $1,000 to the SCF to show their support for their community.

Tickets are $20. Those wishing to attend are asked to E-transfer funds to  before noon on Apr. 17.

The agenda will include updates about their Strategic Goals and Governance from Deb Gill, Board chair; and Financials and Granting from Chris Thompson, Board and Finance Committee member. Plus they wish to have an open discussion about possible upcoming events, as members will be invited to help SCF with any future initiatives, on behalf of the membership.

The membership does include the intention of getting together a minimum of once a year to have some fun, while being updated on how their funds have been managed and distributed in their community.  Members are encouraged to bring a friend to these events to let them know about the SCF.


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. 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.


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.


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.


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.

Today (Apr. 12) is National Grilled Cheese Day so to celebrate this staple of North American diets we take a look at some of the cheese related artifacts in the Museum’s collection – specifically Cheese Boxes…


This is a wooden Schneider’s Cheese Box held together with 12 nails.

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This is a long wooden box for holding cheese: Kraft brand. At ends there is a ‘K’ logo and “Pasteurized Canadian Cheese” is written with it. The side of the box displays the Kraft logo.

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This is a long wooden box for holding pasteurized cheese: Borden brand. On one end of the box it says, “Chateau Cheese/Company/Division Of/The Borden Co./Limited/Ottawa”.

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Approximately 160 youngsters brought their adults to Clan Gregor Square for the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt held on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 4,000 Hershey's chocolate eggs were tossed on the lawn for the youngsters to scramble for.


When the Bayfield Optimist Club members and friends arrived at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square just past midday on Sunday, Apr. 9 the park was gently buzzing with the activity that one can expect on a pleasant sunny afternoon in early Spring. A few short minutes later, when these same individuals looked up from their task of packing festive Easter goody bags to be handed out to the young participants at their Easter Egg Hunt, they were looking at quite a different scene. The population in the park had exploded exponentially. It is estimated that over 160 youths had gathered to scramble for some chocolate eggs and their family and friends were ready to cheer them on! There could have very easily been 350 people in the park.

Despite the unexpected size of the crowd the event went off without a hitch. Children waited patiently for the volunteers to toss the eggs across the lawn; one area was for five and under and another for six and up. After the signal was given by Optimist President Jeff Kish the children in the senior section raced across the lawn hoovering up all the eggs in sight; while on the preschool side youngsters, some new to the hunt, demonstrated a slower more methodical approach to hunting eggs. No matter their age all had fun filling their baskets!

Following the scramble, the children were invited to return to the gazebo for a bonus gift – a plush bunny or a bunny ball launcher as well as some more chocolate, donated to the club by an Optimist Friend.

And once the last gift bag had been handed out – the volunteers took a moment to glance at their watches – 10 whole minutes had passed since the hunt began. Looking around they noticed that the crowd had dispersed as quickly as they had come and not a single foil wrapper remained.

And now the Optimists are pleased to report they are on to their next event!

The ducks are preparing to go for a swim! The Club will be holding their annual Rubber Duck Race on May 21.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 1,250 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so to avoid disappointment at the pier don’t wait until the last minute to purchase.

This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a gas barbecue valued at $450 and donated by Lake Huron Realty. Second prize is a television set, donated by Brian Coombs’ Remax Reliable Realty. It is valued at $250. Third prize is an Amazon 8”’ Fire Tablet 32 GB valued at $140 and donated by Lighthouse Money Management. Fourth prize is a $100 gift certificate for Rona donated by Meinen Custom Homes. Fifth prize is a $100 gift certificate donated for and by Gold Coast Landscaping. Sixth prize is a $50 gift certificate donated for and by The Albion Hotel.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800587

Members of the Optimist Club will be selling tickets at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Leisure Show Apr. 22-23. Look for them upstairs in the community centre!

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Syrup Season…By Wilhelmina Laurie

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With Spring comes a new advertising cycle for those businesses and organizations who support the Bayfield Breeze by placing an advertisement within our publication. We are grateful for each and everyone of our advertisers for without them this weekly community connection would cease to exist. A lot of new advertisers have joined us in the last couple of months and we would like to take this opportunity to say welcome! We encourage our readership to click on the ads filtered throughout our weekly issues to learn more about our advertisers both veteran and new. By doing so you can view their websites to learn more about the goods and services they offer or the volunteer contributions they make to the community.

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