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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 719 Week 17 Vol 14

April 19, 2023


Issue 719 Week 17 Vol 14
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Since construction in 2012 (the year this image was taken) the new home of the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library has matured into a community hub but there is always more that can be done! People are encouraged to join in the conversation on how the community as a whole can become more inclusive at an upcoming event to be held at the library on Apr. 25. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Huron County Library is excited to announce it is resuming its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) project and invites the public to join the conversation!

As part of this project, the Huron County Library is hosting a series of Community Conversations. The next conversation will be held at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library on Tuesday, Apr. 25.

This evening will run from 5:30-7 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to participate are asked to pre-register by calling the Bayfield Branch at 519 565-2886 or by emailing

Based on the method developed by the American Library Association, the library is hosting roundtable community conversations and interviews across Huron County to identify what people’s concerns and aspirations are for their communities. These conversations provide residents the opportunity to share their aspirations for their local community with the goal of becoming more inclusive.

Facilitated by library staff, these community conversations began in the winter with the Brussels Branch starting things off in early February. For those not able to join a conversation at their closest branch a virtual session is taking place today (Apr. 19) from 6:30-8 p.m. In addition two more Branch sessions are scheduled, in Clinton on May 9 and in Exeter on May 11, both from 6:30-8 p.m.

“The goal of these conversations is to gather information that will be shared and used to help achieve the aspirations identified by the community,” said County Librarian and Director of Cultural Services Beth Rumble. As the Huron County Library also prepares to develop a new strategic plan, this information gathering will support this work by identifying the role the library plays in helping create safe and inclusive communities for all.

This is the second round of LTC information gathering being undertaken by the library. The first round was interrupted by the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but led to some substantial outcomes. “Welcome to the Neighbourhood” packages were developed and distributed through the library in response to the struggles many newcomers face in finding connections. Community calendars and newsletters were distributed in response to the concern that the lack of community event and service information served as a barrier to community participation. Networked community groups were also established to continue the work of coming together to address community concerns.

For more information about the Libraries Transforming Communities project, visit: Huron County Library.


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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.


Organizers behind the Bayfield Indie Film Series were overjoyed to have such a great turnout for their first film shown on Apr. 12 at the Bayfield Town Hall but sometimes the unexpected happens…

Bayfield Indie Film Series wanted their audience’s experience to be outstanding and perfect in every way, especially for a full house! Unfortunately, the sound quality made their debut film just too difficult to understand. “Aftersun” is a film so filled with subtle nuances that were probably missed because it was too difficult to understand the dialogue. As a result, the overall experience did not meet their expectations. They are disappointed and embarrassed about the sound quality.

Bayfield Indie Film Series would like to make it up to those who attended. Please contact for a cash refund of your ticket price.

Rest assured, they are working to resolve the issue. By this time next month, they will be better prepared with the May 10 film, “Decision to Leave”. Stay tuned for details about this murder mystery. They look forward to gathering again under the big screen with everyone soon!!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who attended the first film night in Bayfield. It takes a village and the Bayfield community did not disappoint. The list of people that helped is long and while this isn’t the Oscars, they would like to mention a few—Danuta Wyant for her cello performance while the hall filled with movie lovers, Noni Brennan and Mike Peirce and the rest of the gang at The Village Bookshop for selling the Season Passes, the Bayfield Breeze for helping to promote the event each week, the local restaurants, shops and businesses who helped to spread the word and the Bayfield Town Hall folks for their assistance during set-up.


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.



During the Home and Garden Show held in 2022 volunteers were kept busy in the kitchen serving up snacks and light lunches to visitors. They were from l-r: Kim Muszynski, Nellie Van Bakel, Don Vance, Kathy Gray, Brent Gotts, Lynne Gotts and Lisa Downs. (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:



Jimmy Feral (Submitted photos)


Not everyone adjusts to their new circumstance quickly.

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

Jimmy Feral is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week. He may not be wonderful yet but with time he will be.

Jimmy is a good example of some of the cats that are trapped and brought to the Rescue – not everyone comes through the door of the shelter willingly or are overly happy about coming in.

“This boy was in one of the Bayfield OATES? SHOULD THIS BE BOATS? and no doubt partly responsible for the explosion of kittens that are coming in this spring,” explained Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

He was trapped while trying to secure some of the pregnant females.

“He is young and scared and needs to be neutered in order to help slow down the never-ending number of kittens being born,” said Penhale. “Jimmy Feral will not be released but will spend some time being socialized, however long it takes him to be friendly and accepting of people. He will likely end up being a super suck as most of the Tom’s that come in turn out to be and then he will be ready for a home.

“We just wanted to share the process that comes along with cat rescue – this young boy did not choose to be born outdoors and be terrified of people – people made that choice for him. People let him down. But now the people who trapped him and brought him in are stepping up to give him a chance at a life that he deserves.”

Penhale promises to share Jimmy Feral’s progress on his journey to becoming Jimmy Friendly.

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.


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Trinity St James is looking for some community assistance in maintaining their beautiful gardens this season. This would be the perfect opportunity for people with an interest in gardening to both learn and share skills in horticulture. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Nestled behind the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County can be found one of Bayfield’s best kept secrets – a garden that its caretakers would love to share with the community both as a tranquil place to meditate, sit and read, or enjoy lunch, as well as a place to learn new skills and take pleasure in the beauty of gardening.

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is in need of some volunteer gardeners to help with the upkeep of this most serene and beautiful spot.

“No gardening experience is needed,” said Barb Graham Scott, representing  Trinity St James. “We are asking if people would be willing to spare one hour a week to help with weeding and watering? You can choose to look after your own little spot on your own time or meet with others to garden together.”

Trinity St. James garden volunteers will begin to meet regularly starting on Wednesday, Apr. 26 starting at 8:30 a.m. and weekly thereafter.

Please call Hattie Alcock at 519 955-6033 or Barb Graham Scott at 519 318-0708 for more information.

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


The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is pleased to be the location for the Earth Day Celebration hosted by Blue Bayfield on Saturday, Apr. 22. Starting at 2 p.m. those who attend will enjoy special musical performances as well as a guest speaker.

And then the next weekend, on Sunday, Apr. 30, all in the community are invited to return for a Chili Lunch followed by the presentation of a travelogue by Rev. Joe and Beth Gray who will share their experiences and photos from their trips to Israel.

This special event will be held following the church service starting with the lunch, that will include dessert and beverage, being served at noon. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

The travelogue presentation will be held in the sanctuary at 1:30 p.m.

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


BICC Croquest Club LogoPeople are invited to an Open House at the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) on May 6 and have a ball trying croquet!

The Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Club located at 100 David Street in the village.

BICC offers recreational, social and competitive croquet programming from April to October and everyone is welcome.

In addition, members of the BICC will also have a booth at the Bayfield Lions Home and Leisure Show on Apr. 22-23.


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering three Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Spring Sound Bath Sessions on the last Thursdays in April, May and June at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

These one-hour sessions will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. on  Apr. 27, May 25 and June 29 and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. Participants will use imagination and visualization to achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Those who attend are asked to bring a mat or chair and a pillow. The cost to participate is $20 per session or $55 for all three sessions. To learn more visit and to register please email

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


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The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will be hosting a fantastic art exhibition of images painted of Bayfield as featured in the book published in 2015 titled, “Reflections of Bayfield – Images Across the Decades” compiled by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert. (Submitted photo)

The “Reflections of Bayfield Exhibit” is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall, June 10-11.

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will be hosting a fantastic art exhibition of images painted of Bayfield as featured in the book published in 2015 titled, “Reflections of Bayfield – Images Across the Decades” compiled by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert.

More than 50 recognizable paintings will be displayed along with some very important paintings of Bayfield by renowned Canadian painter J.W. (Jack) McLaren.

The exhibit will run on Saturday 2-7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The BCA is now looking to both owners and painters of Bayfield art to expand the exhibition.

“If you own a painting of Bayfield not in this book we would be happy to hear from you to have it included in the exhibition,” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA. “If you are a painter of current Bayfield scenes we will have a section of the show dedicated to contemporary scenes of Bayfield called ‘The Tradition Continues…’ Please email us at to enter the exhibition.”


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


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!


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. Alternatively anyone wishing to purchase a membership can contact Nancy Kale at 519 565-4018, Anny Johnston at 519 565-2955 or Lori Hill at 519 565-5278.

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 the number listed above 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.


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 December 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.  Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw 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; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.

All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to by the end of 2023.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to invite the community to join them for a trail evening and movie presentation tonight (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!


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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 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.


A complement of both paid professionals and caring volunteers working together provide essential services at Huron Hospice Bender House yet many people may wonder what precisely happens inside the walls of the Hospice located along Hwy. 8 just west of Clinton.

Volunteer Coordinator at Huron Hospice Bender House, Deb Shelley said, “Sometimes I think that ‘hospice’ is the world’s best kept secret. “We’re doing all we can to change that!”

At least two nurses can be found at Huron Hospice Bender House at any time, 24 hours a day. Their care goes well beyond meeting the array of residents’ physical needs. Their training and skill sets support a reduction of psychological, emotional, spiritual, social, or practical suffering for both residents and their family members. They maintain contact with local doctors and hospitals, liaise with family members, and document all aspects of care provision.

Volunteers, ranging in age from late teens to nonagenarians, engage in a surprising number of ways at the residence. They can be found doing delivery runs, grocery shopping or preparing meals, taking inventory of pantry or freezer items, welcoming visitors, making tea and visiting with family members or residents, offering live music, cleaning, watering plants, arranging décor or maybe stopping in to assist with a mailing or tend to maintenance tasks. Outdoors, they keep the bird feeders filled and the grounds cared for through planning, mowing, planting, pruning, and patio enhancement. They wheel out the garbage and recycling bins and wheel the empty containers back in again.

Beyond the Bender House property, throughout Huron County, volunteers engage one-to-one with palliative and bereaved clients. They provide visits, phone calls, emails or text check-ins. They co-facilitate Grief Recovery groups and WINGS (a support group for widows) and a support group for widowers. Sometimes, they prepare a light meal for a client or read aloud, or sing with one who loves having someone to sing along. They stuff envelopes and plan and execute fundraising events. They provide vision and cohesive leadership through their various roles on the Board of Directors.

“Our talented, trained volunteers truly are the backbone of Huron Hospice,” said Shelley. “We’re always welcoming new volunteers who want to make life better for someone else by being themselves and engaging in the ways they love to engage.”

If you’d like more information about hospice, or ways to volunteer with Huron Hospice, please call, text or email Deb Shelley anytime at  519 525-8648 or



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.”

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June and family. (Submitted photos)

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.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce its support of a new Goderich Huron YMCA initiative called the Goderich Youth Collective leadership program.

“After our local volunteers identified youth isolation as a significant concern, we’re excited to help fund this new program,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact, Megan Partridge. “As an organization, UWPH believes in building stronger communities and part of that is getting youth engaged in the place they live. The Goderich Youth Collective provides a leadership development opportunity for young people who might not otherwise have a chance to get involved in community leadership.”

“We are grateful to receive this funding from UWPH to support youth in Goderich,” said Andrew Lockie, CEO, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. “The chance to access and develop skills focused on mental and physical health will be life-changing for many youths in the community.”

A YMCA-run program funded by UWPH, the 16-week Goderich Youth Collective leadership program focuses on healthy and active living, both mental and physical. Participants will learn new skills, discover community resources, and make new friends in a safe and welcoming environment. A YMCA membership is not required and enrollment is free. The first launch aims to engage Goderich area youth, with later offerings expanding to youth across Huron. Space is limited. Contact program coordinator Belinda Skuta at for more information and to apply. The application deadline is Sunday, Apr. 30.


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 Tuesday of this month – 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 tomorrow (Apr. 200 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 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.

From now until Apr. 22 is National Volunteer Week. Volunteers take on many forms and some are true angels serving among us as evidenced by the story behind this week’s featured artifact…


This is a silver lifesaving medal which hangs from a gold colored Eagle attached to a navy blue ribbon. The Eagle is in the shape of an inverted triangle; on the front there is a robed woman rescuing a drowning man.

The front of the medal reads, “United States of America. Act of Congress June 20, 1874″ while along the edge of the back of the medal are found the words: “In testimony of heroic deeds in saving life from the perils of the sea.” Engraved in the centre of the back of the medal are the words: To John McDonald for Heroism in Rescuing the Crew of the American Schooner, ‘AC Maxwell’. December 9, 1885.”

This medal was awarded to John (Jack) MacDonald, who was one of the Goderich Life Boat Crew who completed a daring rescue of the crew of the Schooner “A.C. Maxwell” in 1885.

“The Gold and Silver Lifesaving Medals are civil and military decorations of the United States Coast Guard. They are two of the oldest medals in the United States and were originally given by the Department of Treasury. The Lifesaving Medals may be awarded to any member of the U.S. military, or to a U.S. civilian, who rescues, or endeavors to rescue, any other person from drowning, shipwreck, or other peril of water. The rescue or attempted rescue must take place in waters within the United States, waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction, or one of the parties involved must be a citizen of the United States or be from a vessel or aircraft owned or operated by citizens of the United States.”

Below is a description of the rescue from page 39 of the 1889 “Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Lifesaving Service”:

“The first case was the award made to the volunteer crew of the life savers at Goderich, Ontario who rescued six men and a woman from the stranded schooner “A C Maxwell” of Cleveland, Ohio, at day break on Dec. 9, 1885. This vessel while on voyage home from Marquette, Michigan in tow of a steamer broke adrift and was buffeted helplessly about on Lake Huron during a furious storm lasting five days. Her sails were blown to shreds, the rudder, anchors, and only boat lost, and in a sinking condition she was driven on the shoals several miles south of Goderich. Those on the ill-fated vessel were exhausted and half frozen, with apparently no prospect of ever getting to a place of safety.

“Fortunately, they kept the ship’s bell ringing, which, at an early hour in the morning, attracted the attention of William Babb, captain of the Goderich life-boat, who hurried down to the beach, and, although not able to make out the situation in the darkness, instantly recognized the signal as one of distress. The wind was still blowing a gale from the southwest with a heavy sea, thick with floating ice, running along shore. Captain Babb, notwithstanding the almost hopeless prospect of reaching the craft and the imminent danger which confronted the undertaking, quickly mustered a crew of volunteers and launched the life-boat. He had forewarned each man of the great peril he was about to face, but the sturdy group of fishermen were undaunted, and, with unflinching heroism, put forth through the angry breakers on their errand of mercy.

“Then followed a terrible struggle against wind, wave, and drift ice before they gained the vessel. Less determined and stout-hearted men would have given up long before the four miles of storm-tossed waters had been conquered, but the lofty spirit that animated them was far greater than the thought of personal danger, and they steadfastly kept at their oars until the rescue was an accomplished fact. It was with great difficulty that the suffering crew were taken from the schooner and conveyed in safety to the shore. They were then kindly cared for, and when their condition warranted, were sent to their homes.

“Unquestionably every soul would have perished had it not been for the supreme and gallant efforts of the life-boat men. In recognition of their heroic act on this occasion, a gold medal was awarded to Captain Babb and silver medals to the other participants, namely: Thomas Finn, Daniel McIver, Malcolm McDonald, Neil McIver, John Mclean and John McDonald. The presentation of these awards was subsequently made by the United States Consul in the Town Hall of Goderich, before a large and enthusiastic gathering of citizens.”

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Silver Lifesaving Medal

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Back of medal

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Close-up of Eagle




Following a break to accommodate old-man winter, the Village of Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project started up again last week and the community will no doubt be very pleased to learn that construction has entered the final phase.

This phase will include streetlights and sidewalk replacement on the East side of the street; as well as additional landscaping work, followed by a top coat of asphalt along the street and final restoration tasks.

Communication with the community as the project nears its end remains a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

They also welcome people to sign up for the municipality’s “Beautifying Bayfield” newsletter to get all the latest updates! This bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with construction schedule, info and updates. Share the subscription link above with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!

Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:

Editor’s note: For those who haven’t been able to enjoy a stroll along Main Street recently we offer a glimpse into the work being done last week. These images were taken on Sunday, Apr. 16. 

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




Peaceful easy feeling…By Greg Csullog

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

I first read this quote when touring Give the Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida about 20 years ago. It had been etched into the paving stones along a walkway in this resort that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. Organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada have sent many families there over the years and members of our extended family have worked hard to raise funds to help make a couple of those wishes come true and that is why I was fortunate enough to find myself on the grounds touring the property.

In that moment that quote became something of a motto for me. I came home and immediately crafted it onto the wall in the entrance of our apartment for all who passed by to reflect on.

For me, making a life by what I give is giving the gift of my time and what talents and skills I have to lift up others. And I’m sure it is the same for many of our readers. This is National Volunteer Week and I just wanted to let you know that in whatever capacity you choose to volunteer I thank you for sharing your passion and compassion with others.

I hope you agree with me when I say what I get back from volunteering far outweighs what I give. And while I do occasionally find myself volunteering in various and sundry capacities throughout the community, I always come back to Guiding, for me it is the most rewarding of experiences. There is nothing like being presented with a tiny bouquet of Spring Violets from an appreciative child or peering down at a smiling cherub who has wrapped their arms around you in a friendly greeting or the call of “Brown Owl” from across the parking lot shouted by a 30-something woman who remembers her time with you in Guiding fondly.

Which brings me to another quote that I have also found inspiring. It often pops up just when I need it and I will end with it today – may it spur you on to further volunteering or to discover your niche.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Happy National Volunteer Week all! – Melody

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