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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 723 Week 21 Vol 14

May 17, 2023


Issue 723 Week 21 Vol 14
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Join in the fun – be part of the parade – just like this member of the Stratford Police Band was in 2019! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is very pleased to announce that several people from the community have come forward to plan and coordinate a parade for the Bayfield Community Fair this year. What this means is that the BAS will be able to put on a full community parade for the first time since 2019!

The dates for this year’s Fair are Aug. 18-20 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, Aug 19 at 11 a.m.

The parade organizers are eager to get started on the parade planning. The first order of business is getting all the parade entries lined up.

Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “A Tractor Life for me in 2023”. Organizers are hoping that it is easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.

Parade organizer Jenny Shanahan added, “We look forward to coming together with this year’s Bayfield Fair parade after a long break and celebrating all that’s special about our community.”

Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email with a few details. The parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on the morning of Aug. 19 is asked to send an email to the address above.

Over the coming weeks leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more please visit:;;


“The Penhale Carriage Barn Raiser” has been launched as a fundraiser by the Bayfield Lions Club in partnership with the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) in an effort to honor the historical significance of Tom Penhale’s Horse-Drawn Landaus (carriages) to the village.

The plan is to create a reproduction of a Bayfield two-cow barn as a permanent location in the village for an original, Penhale Landau. This new home for the carriage is to be built behind the Archive Building, home of the Bayfield Historical Society,  at 20 Main Street North.

To officially kick-off this fundraising project the Bayfield Lions and BHS are inviting everyone to their “Wine and Cheese Launch” at the Bayfield Town Hall on Wednesday, May 31, from 5-7 p.m. where the carriage will be on display. Local dignitaries will be attending the event as well as a member of the Penhale family.

Anyone who would like to learn more and support the cause can attend and/or directly donate online at:  Donations of $25 and over will receive a tax receipt. Large contributors will also be recognized at this launch.

Penhale grew up on a farm in Huron County and learned all of his skills there as far as building and repairing his own equipment was concerned. These skills led him to create the carriages that made him famous. From the 1970s to the 1990s, Penhale built some of the most beautiful horse-drawn carriages in North America, including carriages for Disney, the Rose Bowl Parade Grand Marshall, Weston Foods and Wells Fargo.

Watch for more updates on this project on the Bayfield Lions Club, Bayfield Historical Society and Bayfield Chamber of Commerce social media pages. People can also visit: for more historical information.


Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2022, his wife Gayle organized a local walk in his honor and invited the community to join her. The response was terrific! (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

With spring now underway, the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth is once again urging the community to support the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, which will take place on May 27.

The Walk raises crucial funds that allow the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth to offer programs and services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron and Perth County. But with the number of people living with dementia rising each year and projected to reach more than 900,000 across Canada by 2030, the need for more support for research projects into the causes of dementia and to advocate on behalf of those living with dementia and their caregivers is greater than ever.

“On May 27, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director, Alzheimer Society Huron Perth. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementia and live to their fullest.”

Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s disease. His wife Gayle is organizing a local walk and is inviting others to join her or sponsor her team known as “BarryStrong”.

“BarryStrong Walk for Alzheimer’s” will be held on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. with participants departing from Clan Gregor Square for a walk around the village.

To donate visit: BarryStrong 2023. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Bayfield IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is invited to contact Gayle Detenbeck at 519 565-2468 or

In addition to supporting the Bayfield walk – there are a number of ways the Huron Perth community can take part in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. They can sign up individually or with family, or create a team at Organized in-person walks are being held in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Listowel, St. Marys, Stratford and Wingham. People can choose one of these locations to pledge their support. During the walk take a photo or video, upload it to social media and include the hashtag #IGWalkForAlz. And perhaps most important of all, have fun raising money for a fantastic cause!

Every move walkers make will show over 3,100 Huron and Perth residents living with dementia, and those that care for them, that they do not walk on their journey alone but that they are supported one step at a time.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting three specially themed hikes over the next few weeks.

To start things off a Birdwatching Hike will be held 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 interested individuals are asked to pre-register by emailing Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at Anyone who would like to become a member of the BRVTA can register at: Memberships. Please leave canine friends at home for this hike.

On Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. the BRVTA is proud to host their First Annual Pride Hike in recognition of Pride Month. All are welcome with a special invitation to members of the LGBTQAI2S+ community. The hike will be on the Woodland Trail but participants will meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square in the village.  The hike from there is 5 km and will last about 90 minutes.  Dogs on leash welcome. For more info please go to or contact Blasting at the email listed above or by calling 519 525-3205.

This hike is being offered in association with the first Huron County Pride Festival to be held in the Courthouse Square in Goderich also on June 10. This full day of Pride fun and community will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More information is available at

The annual National Indigenous Peoples Day hike will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails on Mill Road, 1 km west of Varna. Organizers will welcome Jordan George as their special guest. Jordan is a Kettle and Stony Point member who specializes in Indigenous research. He will share the history of Indigenous peoples in the Bayfield area. He has recently collaborated with the Bayfield Historical Society. To learn more about the First Nations on the Huron Tract and to meet Jordan, go to All are welcome for the hike including canine companions.

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 the hike coordinator. His contact info is listed above.


Bayfield Indie Film Series is proud to present the third and final film of their Spring trilogy on June 7. Film buffs will want to reserve that date to see the much anticipated, action-packed thriller, “Trigger Point”, filmed right here in Bayfield, Ontario – a first for the village!

Many Bayfield residents will remember the filming of Trigger Point in late October 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Familiar landmarks such as The Village Bookshop, Renegades Diner, The Lake House and the Bayfield Garage all feature in the film. Watch for one stunning scene in particular, that was filmed on the Bayfield pier, with Lake Huron as the backdrop.

Trigger Point stars Barry Pepper, a native of Vancouver, BC, as retired U.S. special operative, Nicolas Shaw, who is coerced back into service to save a former colleague. Co-star Colm Feore, a resident of Stratford, ON, plays Shaw’s former boss and it is his daughter whom Shaw must save.

Director Brad Turner was born and raised in Bayfield. Turner’s list of directorial accomplishments and awards is vast. Some television directing credits include “24”, “La Femme Nikita”, “Homeland”, “The Shannara Chronicles” and “Beachcombers”. Executive Producer, Jessica Petelle and Turner will be joining the audience for a friendly “Question and Answer” before the film starts.

Bayfield Indie Film Series is thrilled to be offering the first public showing of Trigger Point in Bayfield. There are still a few tickets available to purchase for $12 by contacting


Spring cleaning alert! Once again, it is the time of year to prepare cottages or homes for another summer season of fun. The organizers of the annual Rummage Sale, set for Friday, July 14 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, encourage everyone to save their no longer needed, clean, complete and in good working order items for this community fundraiser in support of Pioneer Park.

A heartfelt thank-you is extended to Ron and Pat Reder who generously donate the use of their Quonset Hut on Hwy 21, just north of Bayfield – 76614 Bluewater Highway, for the collection and sorting of donations prior to the sale. Drop-off dates for donations at the Quonset Hut this year are June 10, June 17, and June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Although we can’t imagine the same volume of goods being donated this year, compared with the epic 2022 year, we do expect the unexpected! As with every year, it is always a wonderful surprise to see the enormous quantity of useful household items and treasures generously donated by this community,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing Team Rummage.

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 and welcome. Whether it’s a morning of accepting and sorting donations at the Quonset Hut or helping out during the set-up of the Rummage Sale, volunteering is a fun way to meet new friends and to get involved in this community fundraising event. For more information on ways to help, please send an email to with ‘Volunteer’ in the subject line.

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.


It continues to rain kittens at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF).

The most recent arrivals are a little gang of furballs that managed to stay out of sight for over four weeks due to the diligence of their protective Mama that volunteers have named Callie.

Callie was first seen months ago when it was thought that she was pregnant. Although neighbors, and her caretaker, were diligent in trying to track her, she was very elusive and many unsuccessful attempts at trapping her were made.

They noticed that she had likely given birth, and although she picked one particular caregiver whom she trusted to constantly go to for food, the babies were nowhere to be found. It was decided to wait until she brought the kittens to her caretaker, but as fate would have it, they were discovered on May 14. The kittens were successfully taken in and though it took most of the day Callie finally, but grudgingly, went into the trap. They have now been reunited and will be heading to a foster.

“Thank you to the caretaker and neighbors for their diligence, determination and unwavering efforts in taking care of Callie and helping to socialize her until such a time as her kittens were located. Mama and her babies will stay together until they are all vetted and ready for their forever homes,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

She added, “Although we may sound like a broken record, we are constantly looking for Fosters. We still have many more kittens and moms out there to bring in. We have a beautiful black part-Persian pregnant Mama right now who will be heading to foster care tomorrow. But we have more young Mamas with kittens that we can’t bring in until we have a safe place for them until they are old enough to be vetted.”

Penhale went on to say that with the increased number of kittens in need of both food and vetting donations would be gratefully appreciated – wet food is something that is always needed at the Rescue.

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.



One of the last remaining Bayfield Lions’ 75th Anniversary projects has been installed on Main Street. The elevated Ship’s Wheel pays tribute to the generations of Bayfield’s fishermen whose dangerous livelihoods were, and still are, shaped by the mercurial waters of Lake Huron.

It also commemorates the original Mackinaw wooden fishing boats first built in Bayfield by Scottish settlers in the 1860s, the later class of “Turtleback” fishing boats first introduced to the Harbour in the 1840s and the internationally renowned Bayfield sailboats designed and built in the Village in the 1960s and 70s.

Despite the beauty of the tower itself, it will take the story behind its symbolism for visitors to fully understand its true significance. To that end, the Lions will soon also be installing two interpretive panels on Main Street. They will articulate to visitors and residents alike the connection between the Clock Tower, and the adjacent flagpole that was installed in 2022, and Bayfield’s historic and sometimes tragic links to Lake Huron. These panels will also explain the purpose and innovative design of the storm warning system constructed at the foot of Bayfield Terrace that was in continuous use by the Canadian Meteorological Service for over 75 years from 1876 to the mid-1950s.

The Clock Tower was designed and fabricated by Jim Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge near Goderich. Final landscaping around the clock will be completed in the coming weeks.


The Lake Huron Coastal Centre will be organizing a beach clean-up event at Howard Street Beach this Friday, May 19.

The clean-up will be held from 1-3 p.m. For more details and to register attendance please visit:


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 this 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.


The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) will hold their Annual Spring Meeting this Saturday, May 20 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Starting at 10 a.m. members of the public are invited to join their Board for an open discussion of issues affecting Bayfield Ratepayers, including: the 2023 Municipal Budget, Bayfield Secondary Plan, Short Term Rental By-law, Strategic Plan Update and the Heritage District Plan Update.

There will also be an opportunity to bring forth other issues of concern to the Bayfield community.  All are welcome!

For more information contact:


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)

Quack! Quack! No ducks will be held back! Yes, that is right folks, the annual Rubber Duck Race is sold-out once again.

The Bayfield Optimist Club members are sincerely thankful for the community’s ongoing support of this fundraiser and invite everyone to come out and cheer their ducks on as they bob along toward victory on May 21.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the 1,250 plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

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.

The club members would also like to thank their prize donors for their generous contributions.

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


People are encouraged to register soon for the Jewelry Jam happening on May 24 to have an opportunity to get creative and make some lovely pieces like these! (Submitted photo)

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!  And in addition professional designers from Elements of Design in Seaforth will be on hand to guide and assist DIYers through the process.  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.


Talented Lego builders showcased their story telling abilities at the April meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month when the third meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held this Saturday, May 20.

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

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

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

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


Bayfield Food Bank LogoThis week the Bayfield Area Food Bank is offering up a tease for trivia buffs as they are planning a Summer Solstice Trivia in support of their cause!

They are asking people to keep June 21 open from 7-10 p.m. and organize a six person team!

Entry details to follow…


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.


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!


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Spring Sound Bath Sessions on the last Thursdays in 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


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.


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.

Thursdays 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 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.


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.


Representatives from RBC joined the Clinton Public Hospital Manager and Nurses for a photo following the cheque presentation. They are l-r: Jamie Pereira, RBC; Sarah Brenneman, Laurissa Scruton, Janine deJong, Barb Dalgliesh, and Jennifer Gleason, all from CPH; Scott Suchard and Saquib Ansari, both from RBC. (Submitted photos)

Several people took part in the “Cheque” presentation from the RBC to the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation. From RBC were: Scott Suchard, Saquib Ansari and Jamie Pereira. From the CPH Foundation were: Bob Clark, Jane Muegge, Kaushik Patel, Darren Stevenson, Anne Newington, and Steve Brown; as well as Melissa Rathwell and Sarah Brenneman representing CPH and Lori Merner representing the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation recently ceived a $15,000 grant from the RBC Foundation which will be directed to nurses training. The grant of $15,000 is to be split $5,000 a year over a three-year period.

Pediatric training will be the main focus of the grant. With the increase in pediatric respiratory illness in 2022 and 2023, the training will better equip the nurses in the Emergency, Inpatients and Surgical Departments to look after these young patients.

On Monday, May 9, RBC Community Manager Jamie Pereira along with the Assistant Community Manager Scott Suchard and the Commercial Account Manager Saquib Ansari came to CPH to present the cheque, go for a tour of the hospital, and observe a mock code blue training session.

The heads of the Emergency, Inpatient and Surgical Departments were in attendance along with the Board of Directors from the CPH Foundation.

In 2022, RBC gave the Foundation a $6,000 grant that was directed towards code blue training. The mock code blue training session that RCB observed was to reinforce the skills the nurses learned throughout the year.

The CPH Foundation Board of Directors and Staff would like to express their sincere gratitude to RBC for their generosity and their continued support of training at CPH.

Several people took part in the “Cheque” presentation from the RBC to the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation. From RBC were: Scott Suchard, Saquib Ansari and Jamie Pereira. From the CPH Foundation were: Bob Clark, Jane Muegge, Kaushik Patel, Darren Stevenson, Anne Newington, and Steve Brown; as well as Melissa Rathwell and  Sarah Brenneman representing CPH and Lori Merner representing the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.



Twenty-eight doctors at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital were honored last week for National Doctor’s Day, on May 1st.

Goderich Mayor Myles Murdock said, “We really can’t thank our doctors enough in normal times. What they have done in the last few years is incredible. Thank you, every one of you.”

In any small town, there are a finite number of health care professionals holding a town’s medical services together. During these past few years, they have been asked to extend themselves to staff and support community vaccine clinics, assessment centres and more. Many rural doctors around the country are experiencing burnout as a result. That’s why it was so refreshing and rejuvenating to see all the appreciation from our community on Doctors Day. The huge banner from the students at St Mary’s School was amazing and uplifting.

Dr. Shannon Natuik Chief of Staff, Huron Health System Goderich site, said, “All health care employees, including the team of doctors in Goderich, have continued to go above and beyond in providing service to the hospital and its patients. The response and support received back from the community on this day of physician recognition is greatly appreciated.”

The Doctors were treated with an excellent lunch and cake from AMGH, chocolates from the AMGH Auxiliary, Smile cookies from AMGH Foundation and coffee and muffins compliments of Tim Hortons.  Each doctor took home a beautiful spring plant donated by the Town of Goderich.  Perfect thank you gifts to lift these doctors’ spirits!

“Many thanks to all the physicians at AMGH who have demonstrated tremendous commitment and dedication to our patients. This is a small token of appreciation for all their hard work during these very challenging times,” said Jimmy Trieu, president and CEO Huron Health System.


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. 


On Sunday, May 28, is the date for the annual fundraising Hike for Hospice and this year it has been designed with activities for the whole family.

The Hike will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the trails at Stanley Community Centre in Varna.

Huron Hospice will also recognize past hiking leader June Robinson at the much-anticipated annual Hike having renamed it the “June Robinson Memorial Hike”.

According to June’s granddaughter Heather, one of the hike organizers, “Grams recruited her family to raise money for the Hospice and hike with her. The Hike was more about bringing family and friends together. While it was not so much about being the top fundraiser, I think she secretly got a kick out of being in the lead! Since the beginning of the idea of a residential hospice in Huron County in 2017 June never missed a hike – pretty impressive for a 95-year-old!”

The family-friendly event will start with a light warm-up. Children can do a woodland scavenger hunt on the trails, and local gyms will offer fun fitness challenges for the whole family. After all that exercise, everyone is welcome to join in a BBQ. There will be hamburgers and black bean burgers on the grill, healthy fruit kabobs, and protein snacks. All will be available for a free will offering.

“While the Hike is about bringing family and friends together, it is an important fundraising event,” said Willy Van Klooster, hiker and Executive director. “The money raised pays for end-of-life care for families. Hikers help pay for essential services like nursing, home hospice and loss and grief support for children, youth and adults.”

“We want to thank local businesses helping at the Hike,” said Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development.

These supporters include: Corrie’s Foodland, of Clinton, who are donating fresh fruit for the kabobs; Shanahan’s Quality Meats, who are supplying hamburgers and black bean burgers, and Tim Hortons who are providing coffee; both of these businesses are from Goderich.

Three Goderich fitness conscious businesses are also taking part. Fit Body Boot Camp will lead the pre-hike warm-up and bring healthy protein snacks; The Ridge CrossFit and the Yoga Den as well as Workhorse Strength and Conditioning of Clinton will lead fun trail workouts.

“Huron Hospice staff will also be on hand to answer questions that people might have about what a day in the life of the Hospice is really like,” said Walker.

People can form teams with family or friends to hike and obtain pledges to support the Hospice.

“Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to pledge their support by email, mail, or phone. Teams can have fun challenging each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raises the most money,” said Walker.

The walk will be held in-person this year; however, if people are still hesitant, they can hike where they like.

“In person or remotely, we want people to spend time with family. Come for a hike and stay for the BBQ at the Stanley Community Centre, 38572 Mill Road, Varna and swap stories while enjoying the BBQ,” concluded Walker.

To register for the Hike please visit: June Robinson Memorial Hike for Hospice and follow the link to pledge or create a team. Please send the link to family, friends, and contacts and ask them to join. Pledge sheets can also be printed from the Huron Hospice website to bring along on the hike day. Remember – summer starts at the June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice!

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


Bedrock Energy Corp. (Bedrock) is proposing to construct a Compressed Air Energy Storage  (CAES) Facility in the Municipality of Bluewater that will supply green energy to Ontario’s power grid during off-peak hours.

According to Bedrock’s website CAES is an innovative way to use proven technology to address energy waste, safeguard the environment, and stabilize energy costs, ushering in a more sustainable future for Ontario and for Canada.

Bedrock’s website  notes that CAES can make Ontario’s energy grid more efficient and resilient. CAES has the ability to power more than 624,000 homes for up to eight hours a day using repurposed green energy. Harnessing renewable energy sources like wind and solar helps reduce the province’s reliance on non-clean sources which can be subject to shortages.

Bedrock is seeking a Council Support Resolution from the municipality and will be holding a Virtual Public Meeting on Monday, May 29 starting at 6 p.m. for people to learn more about the project.

During this meeting representatives from Bedrock will share information via a formal presentation and members of the community will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. Prior to the meeting members of the public are encouraged to review Bedrock’s website by visiting: They can also leave their feedback via Bedrock’s: Contact Us page.

To see a map of the proposed locations for the energy storage as well as a ZOOM link to the virtual public meeting visit:


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is committed to addressing important local issues including homelessness, mental health and access to services. As part of these ongoing efforts, the organization announced more than $3.2 million in impact funding over the next three years.

“UWPH is proud to fund 20 local partners encompassing 25 programs and services,” said Megan Partridge, UWPH’s director of Governance and Community Impact. “The needs in our community continue to grow, both in terms of dollars requested and the number of people who need support, which made for some difficult decisions on the part of our volunteer Community Impact and Allocations Committee. We thank all the organizations that applied and look forward to working with our partners to continue strengthening support for vulnerable local people.”

Impact funding is multi-year support for ongoing programs that are part of the recipient organization’s overarching structure and mission. Multi-year funding provides increased financial stability for organizations and promotes sustainability of services for the community.

Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron, Big Brothers Big Sisters South Bruce North Huron, CMHA Huron Perth, the Community Table, the Emily Murphy Centre, Family Services Perth-Huron, Huron County, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Huron Safe Homes for Youth, Huron Turning Point, the Huron Women’s Shelter, the John Howard Society of London & District, the Local Community Food Centre, The Salvation Army – Listowel, the Stratford Pride Community Centre, Stratford/Perth Shelterlink, the Town of St. Marys, YMCA of Three Rivers and the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario.

Impact funding is just one part of UWPH’s work. The organization continues focusing on addressing chronic homelessness through initiatives including UWPH Connection Centres in Stratford, North Perth, Exeter and Wingham and attainable housing projects through the new UWPH Community Renewal Company. In addition, UWPH works to address short-and-long-term needs in the community through initiatives such as the Urgent Needs Fund, providing individuals with funds in a time of crisis for necessities such as groceries, vehicle repairs and rent arrears. UWPH also works through its Social Research & Planning Council to advocate on important issues including living wage, basic income, food security and quality of life.

For more information visit


On Tuesday, May 2nd, Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted their 24th Virtual Lecture Series discussing the topic, “The Threat of Scams”.

“In 2022, according to the RCMP website, $531 million was lost to fraud of which $2 million was recovered. As of March 2023, there have been 18,645 frauds reported that resulted in 12,094 victims in the loss of $133 million dollars” said retired Branch Manager at Libro Credit Union, Pat Redshaw, who is also a member of the Board of Directors at Gateway.

The lecture was moderated by Paul Tufts, a Gateway Board member. In addition to Redshaw the featured speakers were: Operational Risk Specialist at Libro Credit Union Project Lead,  Meredith Bouckley; and Craig Soldan, a constable with Huron County OPP.

Redshaw began the lecture by giving an overview of her experience with scams while working at Libro Credit Union. She then introduced Soldan, who has been a Huron OPP Constable for over 24 years and is currently serving as the Community Safety and Media Relations Officer, specializing in frauds and scam presentations, and delivering media news to partners. Soldan shared a presentation involving the most common scams in Huron County. Currently they are romantic, emergency, door-to-door, and purchase of merchandise. Additionally, Soldan touched on the red flags to be aware of as a precaution, and the steps to take when reporting a scam. Bouckley spoke about her experience through Libro Credit Union regarding customers being scammed. She gave insight into the more common scams they come across in relation to crypto currency, bitcoin, ATMs, computer viruses, and phone calls. As well, she shared some resources for individuals to use to receive assistance in better recognizing a scam.

Following the presentation, Redshaw concluded the lecture by referring to the number of scams that occur daily and assuring individuals not to be afraid to reach out to file a report.

The next Gateway Rural Health Lecture will be held on Tuesday, June 6. It is entitled, “Fabulous at Every Age: Healthy Living” presented by Dr. Alexandrea Peel. To register for this virtual lecture please visit: Gateway Lecture Series.

Gateway would like to recognize their generous donors for their support of this lecture series.


The Clinton Horticultural Society will once again be hosting their Annual Plant Auction. This year it is scheduled for today (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.


The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley (ABMV) Source Protection Committee (SPC) approved the 2022 Annual Progress Report for submission to the Province of Ontario. This progress report documents the achievements made together with municipalities, agencies and ministries to implement local source protection plan (SPP) policies that add protection to local municipal drinking water sources.

People may view or download this report on the local source protection website documents page: Source Water Info.

The ABMV source protection region includes almost all of Huron County and parts of Bruce, Perth, Wellington, Lambton and Middlesex counties. There are 26 municipal groundwater well systems and two Lake Huron intakes (Goderich and Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System near Grand Bend) in the region. The source of water for the wells is typically deep bedrock aquifers which are protected by a thick overburden.

The SPC reviewed the Annual Progress Report and agreed implementation was “progressing well” as all policies that address significant threats are implemented or in progress. Most municipalities in this region have updated their official plans to incorporate source protection plan policies. Also, more than 98 per cent of the required risk management plans are in place. These plans address activities such as fuel, waste and chemical storage. In this region, 204 septic systems close to municipal wells require inspection every five years. The second round of inspections is underway, with 73 systems inspected in 2022.

The source protection region encourages people to keep an eye out for the 88 drinking water protection zone signs installed on roadways in the region near municipal water sources. The signs alert citizens that they have entered a vulnerable area around a municipal well and that actions in these zones can have an impact on a municipal drinking water source.

The region created a series of eight videos, between 2020 and 2022, featuring source protection committee members. The videos promote source water protection. These videos can be found on the local source protection region website at: Source Water Videos. 

The SPC reviewed the annual report and acknowledged “… the local municipalities, stakeholders, and other implementing bodies for their contribution to this annual progress report, and for their ongoing efforts to implement the SPP policies. The great progress made to date on SPP implementation would not have been possible without their strong support.”

To learn more about drinking water source protection visit the local source protection region website:


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.




A generous crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square mid-day on May 13 to be the first to see the results of the long anticipated Bayfield Sailboat Public Art Project.


Under sunny skies, a generous crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square mid-day on May 13 to be the first to see the results of the long anticipated Bayfield Sailboat Public Art Project.

The project initiated by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) in 2022 culminated in a special unveiling following a few guest speakers. Volunteer Executive Director for the BCA John Rishworth welcomed everyone and introduced BCA President Leslee Squirrell who explained how the project came to be and also how the day’s events would transpire. Also addressing the crowd were: Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Bluewater Laurie Spence Bannerman, Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater Bill Whetstone and Jessie Farris from Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4).

The Bayfield Sailboat Public Art 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. The six artists chosen were Joanne Mackenzie, Lynne Huras, Kathy White, Robert Johnson, Nick La Rocca and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas. Their works depict historic locations, sunsets, marine heritage as well as the natural environment and metaphorical impressions.

The sailboats will be a permanent installation within the village changing “sails” every one to two years. Each boat has 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 were designed and handmade by blacksmith Jim Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge near Goderich. The design of the hulls replicates specific boats such as the locally renowned schooner “Helen McLeod II” as well as the sailboats manufactured by Bayfield Boat Works.

Visitors to the village had an opportunity to view the projects close up on Sunday, May 14 as well and then on Monday, May 15 the staff at the Municipality of Bluewater were busy installing the sailboats into their permanent locations throughout the village in areas with marine heritage significance.

Editor’s Note: Starting next week and over the subsequent five weeks each of these art projects as well as their locations within the village will be showcased here in “Remember This”.

Bayfield Sailboat locations




Attendees at the Festival had an opportunity to choose samples from a selection of food and drink vendors showcasing their products at the event.


The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) hosted their seventh Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, May 13th and it proved to be another great success!

“Seven years and this festival is still a hit with great music, great food and of course great wine, beer, seltzers and moonshine,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair.

According to Whetstone, the crowd came to the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre early and stayed longer making for a terrific day.

The six food vendors and 16 businesses that offered samples of their beers, wines and spirits were: The Albion Hotel, Bayfield; Alton Farms Estate Winery, Forest; Bad Apple Brewing Company Ltd, Bayfield; Bayfield Brewing Co and Brew Pub; Black Donnellys Brewing Company, Mitchell; Torched Brewing, Grand Bend; Cornerfield Wine Co, Bayfield; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, Zurich; The Little Inn of Bayfield; Market 29, Bayfield; Murphy’s Law Distillery Ltd, Elmira; River Road Brewing and Hops, Bayfield; Stonehouse Brewery, Varna; Square Brew, Goderich; Rusty Wrench Brewing Company, Strathroy; Top Dog Brewing Company, Kingsville; Neustadt Springs Brewery; Imperial City Brew House, Sarnia; Stonepicker Brewing Company, Forest; Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market and Fish and Chips Take-Away, Bayfield; and Woodland Drive-In, Bayfield.

Live music kept people entertained as they indulged in both the food and beverages offered. Taking the stage over the course of the event were Darryl Rompht, Sideroad Reunion, and Steph and the RoadHounds.

“This is the place where all demographics come together and have a great time for a single cause. Singing, dancing and just having fun,” said Whetstone.

Whetstone added that the new breweries that attended this year had never seen anything like it.

“Marvin from Neustadt Springs Brewery told me that he sold more beer from 2-9 p.m. than he does in some of the two day festivals in larger cities and will be back for sure next year!”

Proceeds from the festival go toward supporting programs for both seniors and youth at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Whetstone concluded, “I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support of the event. I’m pumped to get working on next year’s festival already!”

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Beautiful Spring…By Gayle Detenbeck

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One of my favorite places to take members of Bayfield Guiding is the overnight experience at the Toronto Zoo known as the Serengeti Bush Camp. I have taken youth there three times over the last couple of decades and we were organizing a fourth trip for 2020 but you can imagine that plan evaporated like most things did at the height of the pandemic. Now this year our two oldest youth members who were fortunate enough to be part of the experience when we last went in 2016 expressed interest in going again, recalling how much fun they had at eight and nine years old and wanting to share that experience with our newer, younger members. So we’re making it happen at the end of June!

And although the camp fee remains incredibly reasonable for the actual experience we are challenged with the cost of bussing from a rural community to the city. Since it is an overnight adventure we essentially are paying for two buses. And as the difference in cost for a regular school bus and the cost of a coach was miniscule we’ve opted for the latter plus it has far better storage for luggage and camping equipment for close to 50 people.

In an effort to keep the outing affordable some Bayfield Guiding Friends are holding a fundraiser for us next Wednesday, May 24 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in the village. They are hosting a Jewelry Jam Session from 7-9 p.m. where people can make their own jewelry using supplied materials under the guidance of creative talents from Elements of Design in Seaforth (and formerly of Bayfield).

Organizers are a little disappointed in the response they’ve received so far for attendance and are hoping a few more people will want to sign up to join in the fun. Don’t miss out on trying some fancy mocktails and creating some bling that all your friends are sure to be jealous of. Better yet don’t make them jealous bring them along! Please reach out to me at if you’d like to reserve a spot. – Brown Owl Melody

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