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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 721 Week 19 Vol 14

May 3, 2023


Issue 721 Week 19 Vol 14
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Not only is exercise good for dogs it is also clear that socializing and sharing experiences is beneficial for their human counterparts.

Bayfield PACCIn February 2023, Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) proposed a cost sharing plan to Bluewater Council for a low cost, fully fenced, off-leash dog park at the Stanley Complex in Varna.  The municipality’s 2022 Recreation Master Plan recommended that the south ball diamond be decommissioned and converted to an off-leash park.

The determination of the Recreation Master Plan was that the property at the Stanley Complex was no longer being utilized to its full potential and that the south ball diamond could easily evolve into a dog park with minimal costs and infrastructure changes.  The site was considered a good choice as washroom facilities and a parking area were already in place and walking trails were situated close by.  It was further understood that the playground area and the north ballpark would remain intact for the use and enjoyment of all Bluewater residents.

“We are disappointed to report that in April 2023, Bluewater Council passed a motion to ‘not fund dog parks in Bluewater’,” said Jeff Kish, president of Bayfield PACC. “It should be noted that the motion was specific in its wording to the extent that it addressed only the issue of funding.  It was not intended to be an outright refusal to allow dog parks within the jurisdiction of the municipality.”

To that end, Bayfield PACC remains committed to working with the Municipality of Bluewater to come to an agreeable solution in securing a suitable site for an off-leash area that does not involve municipal funding.

“We are continuing to explore other options with private landowners and have had several encouraging meetings with other parties,” said Kish.


Mille demonstrates how physical play and exercise can promote good health and a calm temperament for all dogs. (Photos by Suzan Johnson)

There are a multitude of studies and surveys that conclude that an off-leash dog park is vital for the health and well-being of any modern community.  Dogs require physical exercise to maintain their health and this type of activity results in calmer and more manageable pets who are less likely to annoy their “dog-less” friends and neighbors.  Aside from providing exercise for dogs, it is also clear that socializing and sharing experiences is beneficial for their human counterparts.

“We know this more than ever after our experiences in dealing with COVID and the resultant isolation,” said Kish.

The Bayfield PACC president added that their proposal and presentation to the Bluewater council are available to the public and can be found by visiting their web page at and by clicking the links under the “news” heading.  The full proposal and the minutes of the Bluewater council meetings can also be found by following the appropriate links at their website at

“We encourage Bluewater residents and other interested parties to view this information for a full understanding of Bayfield PACC’s proposal and the current council position and decision,” concluded Kish.

Bayfield People and Canine Community, Inc. (Bayfield PACC) is a registered “not-for-profit” in Ontario with a volunteer executive management team and volunteer board of directors. Bayfield PACC is supported by an active group of responsible dog owners and volunteers in the community and by like-minded friends of Bayfield PACC on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information please visit:  People are invited to reach out if they have any questions or suggestions for suitable off leash locations.  People can also become an official PACC member by clicking on the membership button on their web site.



Huron County’s Original Brewery, Stonehouse Brewery near Varna, will once again be attending Huron County’s original beverage and food festival on May 13. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are gearing up for the return of Huron County’s original and largest beverage and food Festival on Saturday, May 13.

Twenty-two beverage and food vendors will be showcased at this most highly anticipated spring event returning for its seventh year at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Tickets are going fast for the Festival that includes entertainment provided by three bands, “Steph & the Roadhounds”; “Side Road Reunion”; and solo, acoustic performer, Darryl Romphf.

“This is our major fundraiser and 100 percent of the proceeds go back into both youth sports and senior programs for equipment and subsidies at our facility so everyone can play and stay fit,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair.

The event will run from 2-9 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and will include eight food sample tickets and eight drink tickets. Designated Driver tickets are also available for $30 and include eight food sample tickets. Please note tickets will not be available at the door.

Limited tickets are available now via: Eventbrite – Bayfield Beer & Food Festival or at these Bayfield Main Street locations: Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Brewing Company, and The Albion Hotel. They are also available at River Road Brewing and Hops, 35449 Bayfield River Road; or by calling Whetstone at 519 955-0682. For more information visit their Facebook page @ Bayfield Beer & Food Festival.



The club remains indebted to those friends of Optimism who help with the race, including David MacLaren (left), whose boat is the perfect design to fasten a duck launcher to. Also assisting out on the boat during the 2022 event was Hugh MacLaren. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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.

Tickets are available at  Brandon’s Hardware, 15 The Square in the village; from club members or by contacting John Pounder at 519 525-3830 or via email at

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


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe 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.


Bayfield Indie Film Series will be launching their second film of the Spring series on Wednesday, May 10 at the Bayfield Town Hall. “Decision to Leave”, a murder-mystery thriller set in South Korea, is directed, produced and written by Park Chan-wook.

Decision to Leave received an eight-minute standing ovation from the audience after its Cannes Film Festival premiere. The film is described as a seductively twisted, romantic, Hitchcockian thriller. Detective Hae-joon investigates a man’s mysterious death. Did he jump or was he pushed from the mountain peak? As the investigation continues, he begins to suspect the victim’s wife. This is a timeless story of romantic obsession, a detective who falls for his suspect and is trapped in a web of deception and desire.

Decision to Leave is one of the best films of the year according to The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, The Guardian, and former U.S. President, Barack Obama. This film is in Korean with English subtitles.

There are only a few Bayfield Indie Film Series – Season One Passes available to purchase for the two remaining films. Cost is $20 for a pass to both films. Please contact to purchase and pick up at the door. If there are seats remaining, single tickets may be purchased at the door for $12.

For more info, be sure to follow @bayfieldindiefilmseries on Facebook and Instagram.


Friday, July 14 is the date set for the 74th annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction presented by the Pioneer Park Association. People need to mark their calendars now as they are not going to want to miss out on the chance to scoop up the bargains at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Not only is the annual Rummage Sale the largest revenue generating event to support and maintain Pioneer Park, it is also the event that pulls the Bayfield community together and kicks off the summer season.

This year’s dedicated Team Rummage organizers are: Catherine Tillmann, Dianne Jewitt, Sharon Craig, Danuta Wyant, Trudy Book, Lynn Whaley, Jayne Dietrich and Carole Stinson. Additional volunteers are always appreciated. There are many tasks such as helping to gather and sort donations at the Quonset Hut. For more information on ways to help, please send an email to with “Volunteer” in the subject line.

Every year the Rummage Sale relies on the generosity of the community to donate their no longer needed, clean, complete and in good working order items for the sale. Donation drop-off dates have been set for three Saturdays in the next month: June 10, June 17 and June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Quonset Hut on Hwy 21, just North of the village at 76614 Bluewater Highway.

The following items are always very popular and in great demand: indoor and outdoor furniture (nothing too heavy); tables and chairs; linens, towels, draperies; antiques and collectibles; housewares including, dishes, glasses, pots and pans; baskets; purses and jewellery; garden decor and garden tools; tools of all sorts; decorative items including figurines, vases, framed mirrors and art prints; festive decorations; adult and children’s games, books and puzzles; DVD’s, record albums and stereo equipment; floor lamps and table lamps; sporting goods are very popular; all recreational items including bicycles; home electronics and small appliances.

The following items are not acceptable: mattresses of any size; sofas and sofa beds along with any large, heavy furniture; children’s furniture, strollers, damaged or soiled toys; no large appliances or televisions; monitors, printers or fax machines; Christmas trees, strings of lights; clothing, shoes or hats; Tupperware, plastic utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs; plastic garden pots; life jackets or bike helmets; window blinds with pull strings; unframed mirrors and no used candles.



Angus (Submitted photo)

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

Angus is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

He is a truly unique kitty cat from his orange eyes to his super puffy jowls. Because of his rather unusual look, volunteers at the Rescue have done some research and they believe him to be a British Short-hair.

This fellow was a drop off and was comfortable with people once he got over his initial fear of the shelter. Since his arrival at the Rescue he has become quite confident in his ability to make friends and is super.

“It appears that he would do well with other cats as he has picked his own little group to hang out with and doesn’t seem to need to take on the Alpha role,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Kitten update: BFF had four more kittens born on May 1st to a Momma who is barely more than a kitten herself. They also have three more pregnant Mommas in need of fosters and three young cats with litters that are currently outside and looking for fosters to care for them.

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.

Right now there is a Go Fund Me campaign being run to encourage more donations for BFF. For more information visit: Go Fund Me – BFF.


Editor’s Note: As these pictures show, work crews were active in the early afternoon of Friday, Apr. 28 doing some work along the street. The newly poured sidewalks on the East side from the top of Main to Charles Street had been poured on Thursday and was already being enjoyed by both visitors and shopkeepers alike. 

According to the Municipality of Bluewater Public Works Department, work will continue along Bayfield’s Main Street in the next couple of weeks with sidewalk work and landscaping.  Asphalt is scheduled for installation about the middle of May.

There will continue to be some parking and access restrictions along the East side of Main Street while the sidewalk and curb work is taking place.

The Bayfield Chamber of Commerce has requested clarification from the Public Works Department on a couple of issues related to parking on Main Street.

Issue One: Parking spaces along Main Street that have been reduced.

Answer: Eight standard parking spaces were lost due to hydro transformers, environmental protection of tree rooting systems and the installation of four accessible parking spaces. The current configuration of the road, curbing and planting zones removes the ability to park in areas which were not legal parking spaces and ensures that visibility and sight triangles are maintained.

Issue Two: Parking on side streets from Main Street.

Answer: Parking along the side streets is permissible as long as the vehicle drivers side tires are on the driven portion of the road as per Traffic and Parking By-law 4-2013.

For further information please contact the Public Works Department at 519 236-4351 Ext. 238.



Lion President Tony Van Bakel (right) served pancakes and eggs to guests who came along the line during the 2022 Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast. The 2023 event will be held on May 21. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Lions Club would like to invite everyone to their 54th Lion’s Community Breakfast on Sunday, May 21 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

This breakfast is one of the village’s annual Spring rituals for residents, cottagers, and visitors from the surrounding area, raising funds for important community services. It offers both good food and a good time for the whole family.

On the menu will be eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes with local Maple syrup, toast, jams, juice and lots of coffee.

Attendees pay at the door. The cost for the breakfast will be $12 per person; children three and under eat for free.


Friday, May 5 is a Professional Development Day for some area children and the Bayfield Branch Library is offering a crafting opportunity for them!

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last, youngsters can make a Clothespin Dragonfly Craft at the library.

Participants are asked to pre-register by calling 519 565-2886 or emailing


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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 meet regularly on Wednesdays starting at 8:30 a.m.

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.


Anyone with a flair for, or an interest in, poetry will be excited to learn about “Bayfield Poet’s Corner” to be held at the Bayfield Public Library on May 11.

David A. Bell, of Bayfield, and author of “In the Gardens of our Mind” will host the event that will run for one hour starting at 6 p.m. This month’s topic will be “Displaying Your Poetry”.

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


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


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People 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.


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.


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  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. 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.”


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.

Memberships can be purchased here for $10. 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.


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.



Friends of Bayfield Guiding are organizing a jewelry making night as a fundraiser for the organization on May 24. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

On May 24, Friends of Bayfield Guiding will be hosting a Jewelry Jam Session for grownups at Trinity St. James in the Parish Hall.

For $25 participants will have at their disposal everything needed to create as many jewelry pieces as their time allows resulting in some new bling to take home!  Thanks, in part, to Elements of Design in Seaforth. A trio of Mocktails will also be on offer.

This is a fundraiser for Bayfield Guiding to help cover expenses for their upcoming trip to the Toronto Zoo to participate in their Serengeti Bush Camp overnight experience.

Reservations for this evening that will run from 7-9 p.m. are requested by Sunday, May 21st at 8 p.m. by emailing Space is limited so early reservations are suggested.


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 Cookies are also available at Schaefer’s Ladies Wear, 162 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


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.


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

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

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, May 6 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to May 4 .

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


Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is gearing up for spring and summer!

The congregation is currently collecting used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and used eyeglasses. Each item will be sent on to be reused or recycled. For example, the milk bags are made into sleeping mats for people in Canada and around the world. Anyone who is interested in contributing is asked to please bring  items to the Church, on Mondays, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Starting tomorrow (May 4th) and every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. church members  will be starting up the “Knox Café”. It will be held downstairs in their Church basement. Those who attend can play cards or just drop by for coffee and a chat. All are welcome.

Also in May people can look forward to a Chili Potluck Lunch after the Sunday service on May 7; Soloist Linda Street as a featured musical guest at the Sunday service, May 21; and Communion Sunday, May 28.

Knox Presbyterian Church is located at 2 Main Street in the village.


The Conservation Dinner, a charitable fundraising auction of the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), returned as an in-person event on Apr. 20 with almost 350 people in attendance.

The community fundraiser was cancelled in 2020 during the pandemic and held online as a virtual auction in 2021 and 2022. The Dinner Committee organizing the 2023 event said supporters were enthusiastic about its return.

The money raised at the auction event, in addition to a generous $10,000 individual donation from the Rasenberg family, combined to raise a total of more than $50,000 for needed projects in local communities.

Dave Frayne is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. He thanked all the donors, patrons and volunteers who made the Conservation Dinner a success. The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.335 million, for the community, over its 33-year history.

Scott Rasenberg presented the $10,000 donation, on behalf of his family, to ABCF, at the community fundraising event.

“In this community we are so blessed to have the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club to help establish a great many memories for everyone’s enjoyment,” he said during the presentation. “The trail, and the fishing derby at Morrison Dam, have been paramount in building a passion for nature, and for being outdoors, in people of all ages, not only in our community but the community surrounding South Huron.

After one missed year, and two years of holding the auction virtually online, the Conservation Dinner returned to an in-person event in 2023. Shown at the community fundraiser are from l-r: General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Brian Horner; Lee Finkbeiner, president of the Exeter Lions Club; Dave Frayne, chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF); and Marissa Vaughan, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

“Over the years, our family members have been fortunate enough to take part in the events held by your organization. We wish to offer our support of this great cause. We thank you for the care you take to maintain local conservation within our community.”

The ABCF supports projects such as commemorative woods, accessible trails and facilities, nature areas and conservation lands and conservation education opportunities for local young people.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Brian Horner. “We’re very fortunate to have the Rasenberg family in our area.”

He called the donation an act of amazing generosity.

In addition more than $6,000 in generous individual donations to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides was collected.

After the live auction was completed, Exeter Lions Club Past President Mark Keller invited people to support the Dog Guide program. There were 30 people who volunteered to donate $200 each towards the cost of having a Dog Guide trained for someone in the area who needs one. Andrea Stevens and Sarah Pelleterio, representatives of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, brought dog guides in training to the Conservation Dinner auction event for a demonstration of their exceptional skills.

Over its 33-year history, the Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.335 million, in net proceeds, for needed projects in the community. The success of the Dinner would not have been possible without the participation of the auctioneers over the years who keep the evening moving and keep the crowd involved and entertained. Shown in photo from l-r are: General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Brian Horner; and auctioneers Kevin McArter, Ben Lobb, Bob Heywood and Richard Lobb.

This year’s Conservation Dinner Feature Artist was Dark Horse Estate Winery Inc. of Grand Bend that is also owned by the Rasenberg family.  In attendance at the event were: Andrew Cieszkowski, Sommelier and Hospitality manager; Vice President of Operations, Ashley Horlor; and Kris Simmons, Executive chef.

The money raised at the 33rd Conservation Dinner supports local projects. These projects include recreation such as a family-friendly fishing derby, nature education and events, trails and parks and conservation areas, a youth educational bursary award, habitat enhancement for aquatic species, and a summer employment experience for youth to work in the conservation field.

The Conservation Dinner took place at the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. The annual charitable event featured live and silent auctions as well as special raffles and general raffles.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce its 2023 New Initiative Grant recipients.

“This year we were able to provide a total of over $50,000 in funding to five important programs,” said UWPH Director Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “We are thrilled to be able to support these new approaches and innovations in community services across our region.”

The recipients are: :

Food Insecurity Initiative – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Huron Perth: The CMHA aims to work with small businesses across Huron-Perth to provide hot meals to vulnerable individuals and families for free through tickets provided at the Heart to Home Shelter, Goderich; Connection Centres in Stratford, Listowel, Exeter and Wingham and other service agencies across Huron-Perth. This initiative could provide roughly 40 meals per month or 10 meals per weekend when other services and food banks are not available.

Rapid Response Fund – Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society: The cost of purchasing external or fee-for-service assessments, counselling, and other interventions for local children and youth can be prohibitive since most organizations do not receive funding to provide access. This program would ensure that in times of crisis children and youth in Perth-Huron have access to quality, person-centred care; enhancing the capacity of the family system, service providers, and the community to support children and youth.

Two Row Now – Indigenous-led Community Building – Huron Perth (c/o Huron Perth Public Health): Through a working group including local Indigenous educators, community connectors and developers, and student support workers, funding will help with planning and implementation of Indigenous-led cultural awareness and social connectedness events and activities for Indigenous children and youth and their families. The goal is to help create a sense of belonging and reduce isolation felt by Indigenous children and youth in Perth-Huron.

Vanastra Access Centre (c/o Municipality of Huron East): The Vanastra Access Centre will offer space for human service agencies to connect with residents in the place they live as well as computer access for meetings with service providers if reliable internet or lack of a device is a barrier. The Access Centre may also provide a central area for information such as ride sharing, employment opportunities, educational access and other village events.

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing – Rural Response for Healthy Children: Based on the book of the same name, this facilitated book study program aims to engage professionals who work with children and parents to look differently at the challenges children face and learn new approaches in a safe, supportive space with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of vulnerable children.

New Initiative Grants provide an opportunity to create new and innovative approaches to community programs and services and may include testing and evaluating new models of service, assisting with the pilot of new programs and supporting collaborative partnerships.

Along with New Initiative Grants UWPH offers two other funding streams to help support local human service agencies, Youth in Action Grants and Impact Funding. Youth in Action Grants focus on youth-led projects offering creative ideas to address community issues impacting youth in Perth and/or Huron County. Impact Funding is multi-year funding for ongoing programs that are part of the recipient organization’s overarching structure and mission. For more details on all three funding streams, visit


Employers from across Huron County who are experiencing labor shortages are invited to learn about hiring international workers during an upcoming three-hour event.

Hiring International Workers – Huron County is organized by Huron County Immigration Partnership, Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron; Community Futures Huron and WILL Employment Solutions to help local employers explore what’s involved in hiring international workers.

“Immigration addresses labor shortages in key sectors from health care to technology, sciences to social services, manufacturing to education,” said Mark Nonkes, Local Immigration Partnership manager, Huron County Economic Development.

Employers will be introduced to the Newcomer Talent Retention Network (NTRN) and will learn how to gain access to consultants at no cost. Consultants specialize in: immigration law; intercultural communication; diversity, equity and inclusion in workplaces; relocating international staff to communities; inclusive onboarding strategies; and human resource solutions for international staff.

Some of these consultants will be on site and available during a “speed dating” session during the event.

“We’re pleased to partner with WILL Employment Solutions, which is embarking on this project that brings together strong partnerships and expertise to support employers with their retention strategies,” Nonkes said.

Employers will also get a chance to complete a needs assessment, the first step to building a customized action plan to bring and retain internationally educated and trained workers to business.

“The Chamber is helping to promote this event to employers because we see a diversified labor force as an important key to success in our rural community,” said Heather Boa, Operations manager, Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron.

NTRN is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

This event takes place Thursday, May 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the White Carnation, Holmesville. Complimentary light lunch provided. For more information and to register, please visit: Hiring International Workers – Huron County. 


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.


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Renovations are now complete on the Zurich Fire Hall. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

The Municipality of Bluewater and Bluewater Fire Department would like to invite community members to a two-fold celebration to be held at the Zurich Fire Hall on Saturday, May 13.

The two celebrations will take the form of an open house and a ribbon cutting. The open house will celebrate the retirement of Bluewater Fire Chief Dave Renner while the ribbon cutting will mark the completion of renovations of the Zurich Fire Hall. The celebrations will begin starting with speeches at 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served at noon.

Chief Renner has served as Bluewater Fire Chief for eight years, working with a dedicated team of volunteer firefighters and four district chiefs to promote fire safety, prevent fires, and protect homes and businesses from fire. The Municipality of Bluewater would like to thank him for his years of service and send best wishes for his future retirement.

The Zurich Fire Hall is located at 19 Mill Ave in the village.


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Apr. 24.

  •  Adopted the 2023 municipal budget.
  • Appointed David Erb as Interim Fire Chief effective May 1st, 2023.
  • Directed staff to amend the draft traffic and parking by-law and bring back to the May 1st meeting.
  • Approved the replacement of sidewalk on the south side of Zurich Main Street from Quimby Drive to East Street utilizing $40,000 of surplus funding allocated to the Zurich Main Street Project.
  • Authorized the assignment of a road user agreement with Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.
  • Entered into a licensing agreement with Westdell Beach Association.


Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner in support of Impact Zambia for Adult Education on Thursday, May 11.

Volunteers will be serving Spaghetti with Caesar salad, garlic bread, dessert, juice, coffee and tea from 4-7 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for people 13 years and up and $5 for children five to 12 years. Youngsters four and under are free.

Tickets are available at Knox Church, 519 524-7512 (daytime); Schaefer’s Ladies Wear, 162 Courthouse Square; or by calling Deb Bell at 519 524-2394.

Knox Presbyterian Church is located at 9 Victoria Street North in Goderich.


The Clinton Horticultural Society will once again be hosting their Annual Plant Auction. This year it is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 and will be held under the Clinton Raceway Grandstand on Beech Street.

The event, which will include annuals, perennials and lots of other items of interest, will commence at 6 p.m. The evening will also include a silent auction.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early so they will have time to register and get a good look at everything before the fun of bidding begins.



Paul Finkbeiner and his son Dalton are creating a living local land legacy, through their generous donation of the Finkbeiner Tract, in memory of the late Delton “Fink” Finkbeiner. The land is in the Hay Swamp provincially significant wetland complex. (Submitted photo)

Paul Finkbeiner and his son Dalton have honored the late Delton “Fink” Finkbeiner by donating the Finkbeiner Tract property in the provincially significant Hay Swamp wetland complex. Donating this property to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) was a way for the Finkbeiner Family to create a lasting, local land legacy. The late Delton Finkbeiner commonly went by both “Dalton” and “Fink”.

Paul says donating this property to ABCA is a great way to remember his Uncle Fink.

“It’s wonderful to know his name and memory will always be remembered as that land is conserved,” Paul said. “He loved the great outdoors and I think this is a wonderful way to leave a legacy for the future in his honor.”

Dalton says his great uncle loved the land and loved his community, and the donation of the tract is a fitting remembrance.

“As the Finkbeiner Tract name, and the property, are conserved for the future, it is a way to remember him and his legacy,” Dalton said. “I would like to think people using the property will think about him and his contribution to this area.”

The Finkbeiner Tract is south of Hwy 83 on the east side of Parr Line. The property will be closed to the public until ABCA staff can complete a risk management inspection and erect signage for the property. Please visit ABCA’s website at for updates about the status of the public access to this property.

There will be no formal trails on the Finkbeiner Tract but hiking will be permitted when it opens. Also permitted will be snowshoeing, birdwatching, and hunting (permitted only with the purchase of a valid ABCA Hunting Permit). All motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited in this nature area.

The Ausable River runs through the property and the property plays an important role in managing runoff and contributing towards improved water quality and watershed health. The property will also provide unique opportunities for the community for nature appreciation and permitted outdoor recreation activities.

“I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Paul and Dalton Finkbeiner for this memorial donation,” said Nathan Schoelier, ABCA Stewardship and Lands manager. “Forests and wetlands are important for watershed health. They provide many benefits including wildlife habitat and to contain floodwaters to help reduce downstream flooding and erosion,” he said. “The generous donation of this property, by the Finkbeiner Family, benefits the health of the watershed, and the community.”


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:

Whether people are concerned about memory changes or want to learn more about brain health and current research, the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth is the place to start to find out more.

People can register for the following programs on their website at: Education Hour.

The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth’s popular Dementia Basics Series –  including 10 Warning Signs, Types of Dementia, Brain Changes, and Communication Tips will take place on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the month of  May.

New to the lineup of programs is Demystifying Memory Clinics. On May 18 and 25 at 1:30 p.m., participants can join Christy Bannerman to find out what happens at a Memory Clinic and the steps involved in getting a diagnosis.

Their online “Let’s Talk About…”  sessions are back for another year! Each week they will focus on a topic people have requested. These one-hour sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m. from June 20 to July 18. This year’s selected topics are: Women and Alzheimer’s disease; Sleep and Brain Health; Nutrition and Dementia; Incontinence; Sensory Changes and Dementia.

For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth office using the contact information listed above.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

In recognition of the coronation of King Charles III this Saturday, May 6, we searched the Huron County Museum’s collection for artifacts from past coronations. What we found was an homage to the 1911 Coronation of King George V, King Charles’ great-grandfather, by a locally renowned poetess whose story itself is well worth exploring further.


This is a black and white photograph of Eloise A. Skimings and it is signed by her. Written in ink on the front is “Poetess of Lake Huron” (not shown); on the back of the photo is written “Coronation Costume, Coronation Day, June 22nd, 1911, Goderich, Ontario, Canada.” The photo was taken by Reuban R. Sallows at his studio.

Skimings was born in 1836 in Goderich and died in 1921.  She never married but dedicated her life to teaching and writing. She was the principal at The Goderich Model School and also taught music lessons. She was a news correspondent-columnist in Goderich for the Clinton News-Record. As a poetess she published a book of nearly 1,000 poems entitled, “Golden Leaves”, published in 1904 by the Signal Press, in Goderich.

The introduction of this book stated: “Like whisperings from soul to soul may these Golden Leaves inspire my readers, as I have been inspired, to acts of benevolence, to a study of our beautiful English language, to keep it pure and unsullied, and to acts of kindness, no matter in what sphere of life we are placed.”

Thanks to the website we can share one of her poems with our readers today.



May flowers are shedding their beauty

Over meadow and hill,

And the bright, golden dandelion

Is queen among them still.


Ever studding our path with glory,

Where over we wander,

A golden flower, whose modest duty

Makes the heart grow fonder


Of this fair earth, man’s home, man’s kingdom,

His to hold while life lasts.

And like the flowers, this virginal May,

Has outlived winter’s blasts.


Blossoming May, hope’s flowery banner,

Crown thou the harvest field

With flowers, fruit and ripe, golden wheat.

A truly bounteous yield.

      Eloise A. Skimings




The Bayfield Home and Leisure Show, held on the weekend of Apr. 22-23 was an incredible success, with a record number of guests and exhibitors in attendance. Over 2,500 guests crossed the threshold of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre ready to be inspired by the 120 home and leisure show exhibitors.

The show was organized by the Bayfield Lions Club, a non-profit group that aims to enhance the quality of life within the community. The Lions Club presented a fantastic event, thanks to the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers.

The exhibitors showcased a wide range of products and services related to home and leisure. From landscaping and home renovation services to hot tubs, RVs, trailers, park models and fireplaces, there was something for everyone. The exhibitors also had a chance to network and interact with other businesses, creating new opportunities for collaboration and growth.

There were many highlights of the Home and Leisure Show including the display of an original Penhale Carriage.

In addition to the fun and excitement of the event, the Bayfield Home and Leisure Show also had a positive impact on the community. The event generated a record amount of donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank, a local charity that helps those in need.

The Lions would like to recognize those who won significant door prizes and thank their generous donors. Fran Leahy was the winner of the BBQ donated by Bayfield Garage and Arlene Moffal took home a pizza oven donated by Huron Fireplace.

“Overall, the Bayfield Home & Leisure Show was an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community comes together to support a great cause. The organizers, exhibitors, and volunteers are to be commended for their hard work and dedication, and we look forward to seeing what they have in store for next year’s event,” concluded Tony Van Bakel, representing the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Leisure Show Committee.

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Ashleigh Latimer circa early 1990s. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Ashleigh Latimer, a former Bayfield resident,  is one of my favorite people. I met her when she was a toddler watching her older sister come to Brownies (now Embers) she wanted so badly to join and fortunately enough was the right age to join when Sparks was first launched in Canada in 1989. But still Brownies was her goal. I remember on Enrollment Night she literally jumped up and down with excitement shouting, “I want to be a real Brownie! I want to be a real Brownie!” And with a little “twisting and turning” she became one. And then it was on to Guides, Pathfinders and Junior Leaders working hard, growing in confidence and earning the top awards as she went.

I will never forget when she came to my rescue in 2005 while home from a Katimavik adventure. I had shattered my left elbow that summer and wasn’t able to commit to my usual Guiding schedule that autumn. Ashleigh stepped up and took on the challenge of organizing Bayfield Guiding while I concentrated on my therapy and I will always appreciate that.

So when about five years ago she shared she was having blurry vision and numbness in her hands I was concerned as everyone who knows and loves her was. Finally after a lot of tests she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  on January, 3, 2019. MS is a potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. Now as evidenced by her early Guiding career, Ashleigh is a goal setter and one of the most positive humans you will have the privilege to encounter. So I haven’t been surprised by her response to this diagnosis – becoming an advocate for both awareness and fundraising.

May is MS Awareness month in Canada and Ashleigh has signed up to walk 50 KM for the cause over the month while raising money for the cause. To make it more fun she is simulating a walk to Stratford from her home in Kitchener. On May 1st she logged her first 4 KM and to date has raised just over $400. It is not too late to contribute, watch her progress and cheer her on by going to: Ashleigh’s 50 KM for MS.  Together we can help Ashleigh, and others, leave MS behind. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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