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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 724 Week 22 Vol 14

May 24, 2023


Issue 724 Week 22 Vol 14
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“It was a wonderful long weekend in the area! There were lots of visitors appreciating all there is to offer,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Terri Louch. “Businesses in the village reported that people were thrilled with the revitalization efforts to Main Street and made mention of the changes many times.”

Louch noted that there are a few items left to complete and then there will be “a wonderful celebration”. She invited everyone to stay tuned for the exciting details.

“Recently we asked for input from businesses via a ‘SurveyMonkey’ survey about what the Chamber can do to help businesses in the area succeed,” said Louch.

The survey is now closed and the BACC members involved will take time to unpack all of the information they have gathered and develop move- forward strategies based on the information that was provided to them.

“Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to answer and be involved!!  Watch for upcoming action plans,” said Louch.

Early last summer the Executive talked about the tagline they were developing for the BACC.

“We asked business owners to give us their feedback on what makes Bayfield, and area, special. We utilized that info, as well as the many responses from visitors and other stakeholders, to develop a tagline that was inclusive of all the businesses we support!” said Louch.

Why is this so important? A good tagline is memorable and becomes part of a community’s or company’s culture. It can reflect the personality, goals and voice of a business or community. It increases recognition. Customers remember strong taglines and the communities they represent. This can help generate new customers and increase brand awareness.

“A very special thank you to Wendy Vasco and her Marketing Committee, which is made up of small business owners in the area, who worked extremely hard to develop this perfect representation,” said Louch. “Drum roll please…

“The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce’s new tagline is ‘Discover Our Hidden Treasures’.”

She shared that this tagline encompasses so much of the feedback they received regarding what people loved about the village and surrounding area – shopping, food/beverage establishments, hiking, wine/beer tours, beach, cottage life, peaceful environments, calming atmosphere and so much more.The statement has an implied call to action and promotes curiosity as to what those hidden treasures could be. Watch for this tagline to appear in all of the BACC’s social media and traditional advertising.

Louch explained that the Executive would love to share what the BACC can do to help support business success. Reach out for information today to


“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.

All in the community are welcome to a complimentary evening of wine and cheese on May 31 at the Bayfield Town Hall. From 5-7 p.m. attendees can explore the fascinating history of the Penhale Landau, a magnificent carriage made by Bayfield Wagon & Carriage Works. This event is being graciously sponsored by the Bayfield Lions Club allowing all funds raised for the barn project to go toward its completion.

The carriage will be on display and 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 while contributions of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged with a commemorative plaque displayed on the building.

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 two specially themed hikes during the month of June. .

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.

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.


Both village residents and visitors may have been surprised to find themselves in the heart of a film being shot on location if they failed to heed the signs back in the autumn of 2020. The movie filmed here will finally have its local screening on June 7. (Photo by EJ Bauer)

Bayfield Indie Film Series is proud to present the third and final film of their Spring trilogy. People are invited to save the date – June 7 – for the much anticipated, action-packed thriller, “Trigger Point”, filmed right here in Bayfield — a first for the village!

Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle will be joining the audience for a friendly Q&A before the film starts. Bayfield Indie Film Series recently had a chance to chat with Jessica Petelleabout her role as Executive Producer and to learn some interesting scoop on how the film developed.

BIFS: For those of us who are not familiar with the role of Executive Producer, can you give us a brief description.

Jessica:  As Executive Producers, we are able to get involved in a project at an early stage. We spend a lot of time with the writers working on the script and discussing casting and location.

BIFS:  What made you decide to film Trigger Point in Bayfield?

Jessica: The script included a bookshop. Other towns we were considering didn’t have a bookshop which meant we would have to create one. That was our opportunity to pitch Bayfield because we have a bookshop on our Main Street!

BIFS: Your filming was delayed due to the COVID pandemic. Did that pose any extra challenges for you?

Jessica: The film was originally meant to take place during the winter, so filming in the fall definitely changed the vision. Since we were one of the first productions to go back to work in Ontario, the COVID safety protocols were still very new and it made everything more difficult. But we felt very fortunate to have no Covid cases on our set and we kept everyone healthy and safe.

BIFS: Do you see yourselves returning to Bayfield to film again?

Jessica: Our hope is that we can bring another film to Bayfield in non-Covid times so that the community and our crew can truly enjoy all that Bayfield has to offer!

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

For more information and updates, be sure to follow @bayfieldindiefilmseries on Social Media.


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.

One of the most successful attractions at the Rummage Sale is the Silent Auction. Each year the PPA team reaches out to the local business community for their support. Members of Pioneer Park are encouraged to consider what they may have to add to the Silent Auction tables this year. Some items of interest that have been donated in past years are antiques, framed paintings, fine crystal and figurines, a brand new rototiller, extension ladder, power washer and an inflatable boat.

Pattie McDonald, who heads up the Silent Auction said, “Your generosity in donating to the Silent Auction helps ensure the overall success of the Rummage Sale and is critical to raising operating funds necessary to help Pioneer Park.”

To donate something special for the silent auction table, please reach out to with Silent Auction in the subject line.

Donation drop-off dates for the Rummage Sale are June 10, June 17 and June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Quonset Hut on Hwy. 21, just north of Bayfield – 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.


Roxie and friend. (Submitted photo)

The journey to a forever family sometimes isn’t a straight line for a few of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF).

Roxie is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Volunteers at BFF believe this two-year-old is the perfect cat just waiting for her perfect person. Born to BFF two years ago, Roxie quickly found a home but it wasn’t to be forever. Her people’s lives changed and there was no room for Roxie. She was returned to BFF. While up at Pet Valu in Goderich for potential adoption opportunities, Roxie endeared herself to the staff and became their official store cat…until she decided to open some expensive bags of cat food. Sadly they returned Roxie to BFF once again.

“The fact that this beautiful girl hasn’t been snatched up is unbelievable,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF. “Roxie really is the perfect cat. An affectionate lap kitty, gentle, playful, good with children, the whole package. Roxie would prefer to be an only kitty but could possibly get along with another cat.”

To learn more about Roxie 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.



Earth day should be every day so when inclement weather caused the postponement of the Jamboree in Pioneer Park on Apr. 22 the date for the event was moved to May 13 which proved to be a much nicer day to learn, explore and have fun!  Families that attended had an opportunity to celebrate plants and animals through hands-on lessons.

The day was organized by outdoor educator and facilitator Janneke Vorsteveld from Seeds Rooted in Youth with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club and Blue Bayfield.

Families were encouraged to visit stations set up in both the old and new sections of Pioneer Park. These stations were provided by: Bayfield Garden Club, Cam Oates, Denise Iszczuk,  Huron Stewardship Council, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Saratoga Custom Bows, Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) and Folk Craft Herbs.


The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) no longer has use for this bike and is offering it to another group for free. It was given to BCA for free and they want to pass it on with the stipulation that it not go to an individual nor is it to be sold. The bike gears have been serviced but the box needs paint. It will be given away to the first group that comes to get it! Please email for more information. (Submitted photo)


June 1st is the date that has been set for the return of the Bayfield Dining for Seniors Program after a three year hiatus and organizers couldn’t be more thrilled.

This dining program offers the opportunity for seniors, 60 years and older, to partake in a social gathering with their peers and enjoy a delicious full course meal.

The program will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at a cost of $12 per person.

Diners will need to register with Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon on the Monday prior to the Thursday meal, so there is an accurate count on the number of participants.

Volunteers for preparation and serving are always needed. This can be a very satisfying volunteer activity. Please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189 to become a volunteer.


Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) is thrilled to host the Croquet Canada National Championship Tournament from June 8-11. Twenty-six top players from across North America will compete over four days in this prestigious event.

BICC encourages all local residents to come out and watch the play. Organizers share that it’s a very exciting time!

This Tournament happens in both Bayfield at 100 David St. and at the Seaforth Lawn Bowling Club at 127 Main St. S. in Seaforth. The games rum from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. daily.


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 fourth meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held Saturday, June 17.

The club’s fourth 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.

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


Recently the clients with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) were presented with patio kits and seed packets thanks to the efforts of a local avid gardener with a passion and desire to help others in the community.  BAFB volunteers would like to thank this person for undertaking this project.

The volunteers with the BAFB are always amazed at the ongoing generosity of donors. At this time their inventory is low on such items as crackers as well as personal hygiene products like bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo. In addition the shelves could use restocking in feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons.

BAFB now has a new dedicated phone number: 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


Bayfield Food Bank LogoLast week the Bayfield Area Food Bank offered 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 to organize a six person team!

Here are a few more details…

The cost to enter will be $600 per team, $100 per individual – which will be tax deductible.

For enquiries please contact David MacLaren via email at

Additional 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.

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

“We encourage people to put this event in their calendars as it will be a show not to be missed with more than 100 pieces having been committed to the exhibition including a number of works by J.W. (Jack) McLaren,” Leslee Squirrell.

The book that is the inspiration for this show is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop for $35 with all proceeds going to the Bayfield Historical Society.

The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is now accepting applications from highschool students, 15 years and older, for July and August.

Thanks to a Youth Employment Grant the 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 as well as opening and closing the facility.  They will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling merchandise; recording money received; 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 minimum – 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


As many now know, The Bayfield Lions Club is having “The Walk for Dog Guides” on Sunday, June 4th starting in Clan Gregor Square.

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, one of the Lions involved in organizing the event. “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.”

Following the walk, the Lions will have guest speakers, fun for the dogs, and door prizes for the walkers with completed pledge forms.

“So get your pledge sheets, or sponsor someone, bring your dogs, and come out to have some fun while we continue to support those who are in need of Dog Guides,” said Scott.

Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

Pledge sheets and further information still available.  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.

Communion Sunday has been set for 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.


The Dean of Education at Western University is putting the call out to all UWO alum in hopes of starting a Western University Huron County Alumni Chapter. In addition to her full-time position as Dean, Bayfield resident, Donna Kotsopoulos, is herself a UWO alum (M.Ed.’04, Ph.D.’07).

“Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Elgin County Alumni Chapter event, this group of alumni host events to raise funds for Western scholarships for Elgin County students,” said Kotsopoulos. “I wonder if there is interest in starting a similar group for Huron County?”

Anyone who may have an interest in establishing such a group is invited to fill out this form: Expression of Interest Huron County Alumni Chapter.


The EarlyON Child and Family Centre is hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, on Thursday mornings.

The sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m. and are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Pre-registration is recommended by emailing or or calling 519 524-9999. To learn more visit or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.


Bayfield Guiding members are pleased to report that there are a very limited number of Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies remaining.

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

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


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


Participating in a recent cheque presentation from the Sunset Community Foundation to the Huron Area Newcomer Fund were from l-r: Gord Grant, Goderich Lion; Mark Nonkes, of the Huron County Immigration Partnership; Peter Shepherd, John Maskaant and Michael Daley, all Goderich Lions; and Sunset Community Foundation Chair Charlene Masschelein. (Submitted photo)

At its Annual General Meeting on May 17, the Sunset Community Foundation announced a $10,000 contribution to the Huron Area Newcomer Fund, which supports Ukrainian families dealing with the challenges of life in a new country.

The funds come from the Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund, created by the Sunset Community Foundation shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

“We wanted to give people in our communities an opportunity to help in a direct, local way to support the struggles of the Ukrainian people,” said Foundation Chair Charlene Masschelein. “As always, our communities responded with exceptional generosity. Now we’ve found a way to put those funds to use right here at home.”

Sunset Community Foundation was proud to match all donations to this fund.

The Goderich Lions Club created the Huron Area Newcomer Fund in August 2022, in collaboration with the Huron County Immigration Partnership, the Goderich Ministerial Association, the Wingham Community Connectors, and other groups.

“Our goal was to provide a financial solution for temporary service and support gaps that are experienced by newcomers in their first 18 months,” said Michael Daley, director of Communications for the Goderich Lions Club. “It’s a way for us to welcome and support people who are trying to rebuild their lives in our communities.”

Since April 2022 more than 70 people from Ukraine have arrived in Huron County. The Newcomer Fund provides up to $1,500 to each newcomer family. The Fund committee expects that as much as $30,000 will be needed to meet the needs of newcomer families in 2023.

“This contribution from Sunset Community Foundation really helps,” said Mark Nonkes of the Huron County Immigration Partnership. “The Fund committee will ensure that the funds are focused on urgent needs and have as much impact as possible in the lives of Ukraine newcomers.”

Already, several newcomer families have received assistance from the Huron Area Newcomer Fund, which helped families pay for unforeseen expenses that include emergency dental work and other unplanned financial needs.

The Goderich Lions Club has a 100-year history of helping to build community through recreation projects and by supporting the needs of seniors, children and youth.

The Sunset Community Foundation, one of nearly 200 Community Foundations across Canada, has made grants to community organizations throughout the region totaling nearly $2 million. Founded in 2000, it currently holds an endowment of more than $3 million.

“This is a marriage made in heaven!” said Lisa Reaume, Executive director of the Sunset Community Foundation. “Thanks to the Huron Area Newcomer Fund, we are confident that the funds so generously donated by our communities will find their way to the right people.”


On May 17, the Sunset Community Foundation announced grants to a variety of organizations in South Huron, totaling more than $6,700.

“We are thrilled to support a diverse group of organizations that truly reflect the spirit and vitality of South Huron,” said Sunset Community Foundation Chair Charlene Masschelein. “From children to seniors, from sport and social services to culture and heritage, these grants are helping to make great things happen in our communities.”

The organizations receiving grants are:
• Thames Road Elimville Community Park, to build a toddler swing set
• Stephen Central Public School, for outdoor learning resources
• Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
• South Huron Arts Centre toward creation of pottery studio
• Huron Waves Music Festival for specialty program for LGBTQ2S+
• Foundation for Enriching Education Perth Huron, to support the Caring Fund
• Exeter Skating Club for skating bursaries
• Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron to support the summer day camp program
• Alzheimer Society of Huron Perth to support the Minds in Motion program
• The Exeter and District Heritage Foundation for Exeter 150th celebration programming

The grants were made from the South Huron Community Fund, held by Sunset Community Foundation. The Fund includes the South Huron Vitality Fund, established by the Municipality of South Huron, and several family funds created by generous community members.

“The grants committee was impressed by the number and quality of applications,” said Tom Prout, liaison of the South Huron Community Fund. “They chose the recipients they felt would make the greatest impact in our communities. We’re delighted with the results.”

Amy Wilhelm is Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron.

“We are so grateful to receive this support,” Wilhelm said. “It will help us provide new experiences for children from six to 13 who might otherwise not have these opportunities.”


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.


At its Regular Meeting of Council on May 15, 2023, Council of the Municipality of Bluewater:

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 May 15.

  • Directed the Manager of Development Services to work with the Municipal solicitor to bring forward one consolidated revised draft short term rental by-law, which includes proof of being a pre-existing rental prior to May 1st, 2023, to be provided as part of the application process, and the implementation date for registering being July 4th, 2023.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for consulting services for the design of the replacement of bridge structure B27 on Rodgerville Road to Driven Engineering in the amount of $29,055.70 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for consulting services for the design of the replacement of the Vienna Street watermain in Varna to BM Ross and Associates in the amount of $14,100 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for consulting services for the Shoreline and Erosion protection design at the west end of Colina Street in Bayfield to BM Ross and Associates in the amount of $28,500 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for the Hensall Park Playground Removal and Replacement to Blue Imp Recreational Products Ltd. in the amount of $112,029 excluding HST.
  • Approved the temporary partial road closure request for the road frontage areas around 28 Goshen Street North for a Strawberry Social hosted by Good Neighbours of Bluewater on June 29.
  • Declared the 2006 Ford F150 (#7001) surplus and approved the purchase of a trailer for the purpose of watering in the amount of $7,000. The funds from the Fleet Reserve are to be used to cover the cost of the trailer in 2023 and that the Facilities Department will replenish the Fleet Reserve through the 2024 capital budget.
  • Passed a by-law regulating speed limits on certain streets in the municipality.
  • Amended the lease agreement with the Bayfield Historical Society.
  • Entered into a lease agreement with the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.


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:


“Sounds of Goderich”, featuring Goderich Laketown Band, Mackay Choristers, and special guests the Bluewater Harp Ensemble, will be performed at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich on Sunday, June 4th.

The musical entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Lakeshore United Church is located at 56 North Street.


The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting their Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 10.

Exeter Chrysler is sponsoring this tournament to be held at the Seaforth Golf Club. Individuals and foursomes are now being sought to take part in the day. Funds raised will support HCFBDC in their continued efforts to provide nutritious foods for the food-aid agencies they serve in Huron County, Stratford, St. Marys and Mitchell.

The cost to participate in the tournament is $150. This covers 18 holes of golf with a cart, includes a $50 tax receipt, a light lunch, and dinner. The golf will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Participants are asked to arrive at noon for cart and hole assignments. A limited number of “dinner only” tickets are also available for $40.

To register online for the tournament visit: Register. For more information go to: Golf Tourney.

The Seaforth Golf Club is located at 42990 Front Road, Seaforth, ON.


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 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.

Editor’s Note: Over the next several weeks we will highlight each of the artists as well as their sailboat locations within the village here in our “Remember This” section. 

Bayfield Sailboat locations
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A very large crowd of people gathered on the South Pier on Sunday afternoon, May 21, to see the Bayfield River turn to a sea of yellow as 1,250 rubber ducks were dropped as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race.


A very large crowd of people gathered on the South Pier on Sunday afternoon, May 21, to see the Bayfield River turn to a sea of yellow as 1,250 rubber ducks were dropped as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race.

The day was sunny and warm with an idle wind and current and thus the race lasted for a generous 15 minutes or so. Once again a few broke free of the flock and earned their “owners” some fabulous prizes.

This year the initial six ducks that crossed the finish line were winners. For the first time in recorded history people won multiple prizes. Lucky ducks! First prize, a gas barbecue valued at $450 and donated by Lake Huron Realty, as well as fifth prize, a $100 gift certificate donated for and by Gold Coast Landscaping were won by Angela Daniel-Burwash. Second prize, a television set, donated by Brian Coombs’ Remax Reliable Realty valued at $250 and third prize, an Amazon 8”’ Fire Tablet 32 GB valued at $140 and donated by Lighthouse Money Management were won by Tom Chase. Fourth prize, a $100 gift certificate for Rona donated by Meinen Custom Homes, was won by Derek Verzyl. And sixth prize, a $50 gift certificate donated for and by The Albion Hotel went to Edna Keown.

The club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the race, including Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all 1,250 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! Also helping out on the boat was Hugh MacLaren.

The services of Janneke Vorsteveld and Optimist Maeghan Gerrard were very much appreciated. The pair kept the ducks wrangled using their canoeing and kayaking skills.

The club is so grateful to the businesses that donated prizes and the community that supported the event by purchasing tickets. The tickets were sold out days in advance thanks to people’s enthusiasm for the race!

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

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

I celebrated my birthday on Sunday, May 21. I have always thought I was fortunate that my date of birth often falls on the Victoria Day long weekend. When I was a student this would mean a day off school or on other occasions it would coincide with “Play Day” for those of us not coordinated or motivated enough to make it to the next level of track and field.

These days it means that children and grandchildren make the trip to the farm for the holiday. And this particular birthday meant breakfast out at the Lion’s Community Breakfast –  a family tradition! Our appetites’ sated we did a quick tour of the Market in Ag Park. We checked out the Dr. Suess selection at our favorite booth and were reassured that there were no titles in stock that we didn’t already have in our collection. And then it was time for the Optimist Club’s Duck Race and while our ducks didn’t cross the finish line in the top six it was still a lot of fun.

Once home I was fortunate enough to enjoy a Mexican-themed dinner along with two birthday cakes! I also received a couple of handmade cards from two of my favorite young people. My granddaughter also treated me to a special birthday manicure. Honestly, she may have a future as an esthetician if she so chooses.

And then she asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my day? And what I really wanted to do was read out loud about four chapters of a Harry Potter book while she built a Harry Potter Lego. Of course, what I really, really wanted to do with the rest of my day was spend extra time with her and so my wish was indeed granted.  I do hope however you chose to spend the first long weekend of 2023 it was filled with only good memories like mine! – Gramel

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