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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 727 Week 25 Vol 14

June 14, 2023


Issue 727 Week 25 Vol 14
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Flags across Bluewater, Central Huron and Goderich were lowered to half mast on Monday to honor a volunteer firefighter with the Bayfield Area Fire Department, part of Bluewater Fire Services, who died on Saturday.

According to a statement released by the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), members of the Huron OPP, Huron County Paramedic Services, and Bluewater Fire Services responded to a marine incident on June 10 at approximately 2:20 p.m. to a beach front address just North of Bayfield in the Municipality of Central Huron.

The incident involved a pleasure craft operator in distress. When police arrived, Huron County EMS and Bluewater Fire Services personnel were performing life saving measures on an individual who had been brought to shore. A 32-year-old Bluewater resident was pronounced deceased at the scene.

While assisting at the marine emergency, a 46-year-old volunteer from Bluewater Fire Services experienced a medical emergency themselves, and were transported immediately to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, where they were later pronounced deceased.

The causes of these two tragic deaths have yet to be determined, however post-mortem  examinations have been scheduled for both.


Taz and Jim will be joined by some local residents as they host their morning show live from downtown Bayfield on June 23 from 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Submitted photo)

Back in 2020 Bayfield won the “FM96 Best Small Town Competition” in the FM96 listening area out of 32 towns participating. The prize for winning this voting competition was a visit from morning show hosts Taz and Jim who would broadcast live from the village. Due to the pandemic the visit was delayed until now. Yes, Taz and Jim will be visiting on June 22-23 with their broadcast happening in Bayfield in the early morning hours of the second day!

According to Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Whetstone, Taz and Jim will be joined by some local residents as they host their morning show live from downtown Bayfield on June 23 from 5:30-9:30 a.m.

“They will be arriving on June 22 and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, along with myself, will be touring them around our area to show them the hot spots and what makes Bayfield so special and to meet and greet with local folks,” Whetstone said.

Included in their visit will be a driving tour between 2-5 p.m. of such places as Pioneer Park, Bayfield Beach and Marina, the Bayfield Mural, Clan Gregor Square and the Bayfield Town Hall. They will also be given a tour of the local wine and beer making establishments including: River Road Brewing and Hops, Stonehouse Brewery, Hessenland inn and Schatz Winery, Bad Apple Brewing, Cornerfield Winery and Bayfield Brewing Company. Community members are invited to come along on the tour as well.

The formal meet and greet for the public will take place at The Albion Hotel starting at 7 p.m. on June 22 and all are welcome!

“We are hoping the community will come out to the meet and greet along with the morning live broadcast and take the opportunity to tell them what makes Bayfield so great,” concluded Whetstone.


Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is thrilled to join forces with Bayfield Foodland to make donating to the food bank even easier.

Now, whenever people do their shopping and they are planning to make a donation, they can simply pop it into the specially marked BAFB shopping cart. People will find the cart at the checkout.

All of the donations will go directly to those who can absolutely use it. Volunteers with the BAFB would like to thank all of their donors for their efforts in strengthening the community through ensuring food security.

At this time the BAFB 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

In addition to Bayfield Foodland’s new location, 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.


The warm weather has finally arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner. And that means it will be no time at all until the annual Bayfield Community Fair – always on the third weekend of August. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) would like to remind everyone that the Fair will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Agricultural Park on Aug. 18-20. This year’s theme is “A Tractor Life for Me in 2023”.

Now is a perfect time to start getting entries ready for the Bayfield Fair. The opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking are at the heart of the indoor Homecraft show. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers have come to appreciate each year.

A new vegetable category has been added this year for Best Quad of Baking Potatoes (four shown on a plate) with a first prize of $50. This new category is expected to generate some serious interest. In 2022, two new “sweet” categories were added for Maple syrup and honey, with three classes each. Fair organizers encourage local producers to get their Maple syrup and honey entries ready for some friendly competition!

All of the entry categories and requirements can be viewed online in the 2023 Fair Book. Entries can be completed online. A print version of the 2023 Fair Book is currently being published and will be available by mid-June. A digital copy can be viewed now by visiting: Fair Book Online.

The BAS is pleased to announce the return of the Poultry Show and competition on Saturday, Aug. 19 featuring more than 100 categories. The exhibits will include large fowl, bantams, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, and a full section for junior exhibitors to enter. This is sure to be a hit with breeders and everyone attending the Fair, both young and old. For more information on entering the Poultry Show, please visit: Fair Book – Poultry Section.

Vendors who wish to have an indoor or outdoor booth to sell crafts or promote a business are asked to go to the BAS website to learn more about: Concessions as well as rates and contact information. Booth spaces are filling up quickly. Anyone interested should secure their space soon.

Volunteers from the community are needed to help make the Bayfield Fair a success. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone interested in volunteering can email:

Be sure to join in the fun and start getting those entries ready!


Participants in a workshop scheduled for September can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks! (Submitted photo)

This fall, individuals have the opportunity to join a fun and interactive two-day Feng Shui workshop in Bayfield. The workshop will be of interest to professionals who would like to add Feng Shui to their skill set or anyone who is interested in applying Feng Shui to their home and/or personal life.

Participants will uncover the myths and discover the common-sense principles of Feng Shui! They will learn how to bring harmony and balance to their home and workplace, garden and health, with the aim of reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing. Registrants may bring a floor plan of their home or office, which can be evaluated during the workshop.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 at the Bayfield Town Hall, 11 The Square, Bayfield. The event will run each day from 9-4:30 p.m.

A lovely lunch as well as snacks and beverages will be served on both days. Participants will receive a binder with course information, a Feng Shui book, and a certificate of achievement.

Helen Varekamp will be facilitating the workshop. Varekamp was an instructor for QC Design College, teaching Feng Shui workshops, and had a consulting business in interior design and Feng Shui design. Now retired, she volunteers for several community organizations, and is dedicating her time and knowledge to this event, with all proceeds going to Huron Hospice.

“There are so many great fundraising events, but I felt like doing something a bit different,” said Varekamp. “I enjoy Feng Shui and love sharing the subject with others. I feel everyone can benefit from learning how to create a space that feels as good as it looks. Feng Shui workshops have rarely been offered this side of Toronto – I really want to give residents in this area an opportunity to attend a local and affordable workshop, while supporting a great cause.”

The early bird registration fee is $675 which is HST exempt; after Sept. 1 the fee will be $750. Participants will receive a $500 charitable tax receipt from Huron Hospice. Early registration is recommended, as limited seating is available!

For more information and registration, visit the Event page of the Huron Hospice website at Feng Shui Workshop.

This is a scent-free event.

Participants can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks!


The Groove will be performing an outdoor concert at the town hall on July 1st. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to three concerts this summer with three tribute bands sharing their talents from Canada Day to Bayfield Community Fair weekend.

“The Groove”, a nine-piece disco band based in London, ON, will perform on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, July 1st. They are sure to perform people’s favorite hits from the disco era including the “Bee Gees”, “Donna Summer”, “KC and the Sunshine Band”, and more! Attendees are encouraged to represent the 1970s by dressing in their disco finest and to head on up to the “dance floor”.

The gates for this concert open at 6 p.m. with the band getting their groove on starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $25 per person.

Civic Holiday weekend will bring “Crazy Diamonds”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band from Kitchener, ON to the outdoor stage at the town hall. This is a great opportunity for Pink Floyd fans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” album and hear it in its entirety.  The band will also perform other Pink Floyd classics.

The gates for this outdoor concert open at 7 p.m. with the tribute beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are selling for $40.

For both of these concerts a cash bar selling beer and wine will be available. Those who attend are asked to bring their own chair.

And then on the third weekend in August, the BTHHS and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to bring a “Rock Revival” to the Bayfield Community Fair! Two bands – “ZED” and “Southern Fried” – will take over the Bayfield Fairgrounds at Agricultural Park on Saturday, Aug. 19.

ZED will bring Led Zeppelin’s rock to life as this band faithfully recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy while also capturing the magical aura of the Led Zeppelin live experience.

Established in 2003, Southern Fried has been stunning audiences with a true experience of Southern rock music. They have been hailed as simply the most authentic-sounding Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute anywhere!

Tickets are $30. Fairground gates for this Rock Revival will open at 6:30 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $30. There will be a cash bar. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.

Tickets for all the concerts listed in this summer line-up can be purchased online by visiting:


Bayfield Indie Film Series (BIFS) featured the last film of their spring trilogy to a sold-out crowd last Wednesday, June 10.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to debut ‘Trigger Point’ on the big screen with our Bayfield community in attendance. We really loved having Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle join us to introduce the film and talk about the challenges they faced while filming here in Bayfield during the pandemic. And it was wonderful to continue the discussion with them at the Bayfield Brewing Company that evening,” said BIFS member Renee Sandelowsky.

BIFS extends a heartfelt thank you to The Village Bookshop for supporting their new endeavor by selling the movie passes. Thank you to Melody Falconer-Pounder of the Bayfield Breeze for the community connection and thanks to all the folks at Bayfield Town Hall for their technical support.

“A huge thank you goes out to the audience who share a passion for viewing films together on a large screen as they were meant to be seen!” said Sandelowsky.

What’s next for the Bayfield Indie Film Series? The audience is encouraged to offer their suggestions and comments. Did you enjoy the film series? Would you like to see a fall film series in Bayfield? What films would you enjoy watching – more independent films, foreign films, Canadian content, oldies, classics, documentaries, others?

The organizers would like to thank everyone for sharing this opportunity to show films in Bayfield. Please send any comments or suggestions to Follow @bayfieldindiefilmseries on Instagram and Facebook for further information.



Honk! Honk! Saturday, June 17, is the date set for the second donation drop-off for the Rummage Sale! The third donation drop-off date is set for June 24.

Both of these drop-offs will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

Team Rummage was impressed with the quantity of donations received on the first drop-off date and, with the help of so many dedicated volunteers, the day simply flew by.

This coming Saturday, the trusty group of volunteers will assist drivers to unload their vehicles. Please advise the team if there are items of special value, anything especially noteworthy or fragile items so they may take extra care. If required, it will be possible to drive right in to unload furniture items. Team Rummage also asks donors to please be mindful of the items that cannot be accepted. These items are listed below.

To donate something specific for the Silent Auction tables, please contact and include “Silent Auction” in the subject line. These items are safely stored and registered in a different location.

The date for the 74th Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction is Friday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. The sale takes place at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street in Bayfield.

Kindly note, donations will not be accepted at the arena on set-up day so people should be sure to bring their items to the Quonset Hut located on Hwy 21, just north of Bayfield at 76614 Bluewater Hwy.

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.


Fergie, Bean and Bob (Submitted photo)

According to volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) they know Spring has truly arrived when kitten season hits.

Fergie, Bean and Bob are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

This adorable trio is part of a litter that is being fostered locally. These three are little posers and seem to just love the camera! They are active and playful and oh, so, sweet.

“These little fluffers will melt the hearts of all who see them. They love playing tag, leapfrog, wrestling, and climbing all over their foster parents,” said Deb Penhale, representing the BFF.  “They are three of 58 kittens who will soon be ready for their forever homes.”

They will be spayed or neutered, vet checked and given their shots as funding becomes available.

Volunteers at BFF are busy compiling a “CATalogue” so that people can view their adorable gang of potential adoptees some of which will be at Pet Valu in Goderich for an Adoption Event on June 24-25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This would be the perfect time to visit and let one (or two) of these adorable babies pick their human!

The Rescue is also in need of kitten milk replacement (KMR) for babies without mothers to provide them with proper nutrition as well as wet kitten food. They could also use soft baby blankets and stuffed animals both used to comfort orphaned kittens.

The adoption fee is now $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, Ont., N0M 1G0. E-transferred donations and inquiries for adoptions can be sent to

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

Pet Valu is located at 35400 Huron Road in Goderich.



The Optimist Club of Bayfield held their Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course on Saturday, June 10 with the top three teams scoring within just a few strokes of one another.

A fine day of golf was followed by a wonderful meal at The Albion Hotel. To add to the fun and to raise even more funds both live and silent auctions were held.

The club members would like to thank all who contributed to make the day a success and a terrific fundraiser for their many Friends of Youth projects.


This is a reminder to friends and family in the community that they are invited to a Celebration of Life in memory of Dr. Charles James Wallace which will be held this Saturday, June 17.

Dr. Wallace died at the South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Saturday, March 18 at the age of 93. He was a long-time resident of Bayfield and formerly of Zurich and Grand Bend.

The celebration will be held at the Coach House at Hessenland Inn, 72981 Bluewater Highway, Zurich from 2-5 p.m.  To RSVP please send an email to


Tuesday, June 20 is the date set for the next Councilor’s Corner hosted by Municipality of Bluewater’s Bayfield Ward Council Bill Whetstone.

Two very important topics will be on the agenda – the Bedrock Energy Compressed Air Project and the passing and implementation of the Short Term Rental Bylaw.

The two-hour session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street in the village. All are welcome to attend.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to thank those people who came out to the BRVTA’s First Annual Pride Hike this past Saturday, June 10.

All are welcome to join the BRVTA for the annual National Indigenous Peoples Day Hike this Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails on Mill Road, 1 km west of Varna. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join in.

Organizers will welcome Jordan George as the special guest. George 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 as well as George, please visit  Bayfield Historical Society.

For the month of July, there are two hikes planned.

On July 8, learn more about the history of Bayfield on the “Admiral Bayfield Walk”. This will be along the Heritage Trail through the town. Participants are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square playground at 10 a.m.

On July 22, there will be a guided tour of Hullett Marsh at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area, east of Clinton. This is a major wetland habitat with a variety of unique flora and fauna. The meeting point is to be determined. Stay tuned!

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 Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


A local small-scale lavender operation will soon be welcoming visitors for the first time.

The Bayfield Lavender Farm will be open to visitors beginning on June 15 through the end of August.

Located on Porter’s Hill Line, slightly North of Telephone Road, the farm has been producing small-batch handcrafted lavender products on site since 2018. The French and English lavenders are sustainably grown without the use of sprays and each plant is harvested, cleaned, and steam distilled for essential oil by hand. The farm offers a peaceful vibe where visitors will be able to see a number of lavender varieties in bloom or being processed, say hello to the colorful chickens and soap-making goats, as well as grab some lavender goodies, and more, at the farm’s rustic gift shop.

Open Thursdays to Sundays, there may be adjustments to operating hours throughout the season so visitors are encouraged to check the website for updates and details: or follow along on the socials with @bayfieldlavender.

Bayfield Lavender Farm is located at 77881 Porter’s Hill Line, Bayfield.


The Bayfield Dining for Seniors Program is now up and running 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.


Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is pleased to announce a “Red Table Book Sale” at the Bayfield Public Library starting on June 28.

This “book sale reimagined” will replace the regular August book sale at the library for this year. The Red Table Book Sale will be held inside the library during regular library hours from June 28 to Aug. 31.

All books displayed on the Red Table will be available for purchase with a financial donation. The table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. With two full months of book browsing, this will be a great opportunity for everyone to stock up on summer and autumn reading!

To make this book sale a success, FOBL is asking for donations of used books in very good condition. Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are welcome. Due to limited space on the Red Table, the following items will no longer be accepted: cookbooks, coffee table books, travel books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games.

Book donation drop-off dates are Thursday, June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the library.


VHS Run For Kids LogoThe Virtual High School’s (VHS) Run4Kids is back!

All are invited to join in the event to be held in Bayfield this Saturday, June 17. Runners and walkers will set off at 9 a.m. for a 5 km run or 3 km walk in support of Rural Response for Healthy Children.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.

There are many prizes to be won, and swag bags and t-shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is for runners of all ages, and is a great activity for families to enjoy together. Participants can also enjoy on-site activities at the Registration Centre located at the Virtual High School, 27 Bayfield Main Street N, in Bayfield. Activities will include: face painting, bubbles, snacks and more!

To learn more or to register visit


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:;;


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.


Bayfield Food Bank Logo

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is planning an evening for trivia buffs in support of their cause! “Summer Solstice Trivia” is set for June 21.

The venue chosen for Summer Solstice Trivia is the large pavilion at the Bayfield International Croquet Club located at 100 David Street in the village. This event presents a great opportunity to support people in the community currently facing food insecurity. BAFB now reportedly has over 80 users.

Celebrate the longest day of the year at what promises to be a fun-filled evening running from 7-10 p.m.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BAFB. Teams of six may be entered for $600. Solo players are most welcome and may participate for $100 and organizers will arrange a team for them! Entry fees represent a charitable contribution and will be tax deductible.

Wine and beer will be available at cost – sorry, but that’s not deductible!

To enter, please contact Dave MacLaren via email at or by calling 519 565-5480.


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 one more Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Spring Sound Bath Sessions on June 29 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

The final one-hour session until September will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. 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.


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


Throughout the month of June, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be collecting children’s books and school supplies to support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend Education and Youth Services Committee.

Since 2010, Southwestern Ontario Rotary Clubs have shipped almost 100, 40-foot shipping containers loaded with school furniture, blackboards, books and school supplies to developing countries such as South Africa and Eswatini. The containers are then received by Rotary Clubs in those countries, and are unloaded and distributed to rural schools. There is a big need for basic supplies, such as: pencils, pens, crayons, pencil crayons, sharpeners, rulers, scissors, markers, paper, scribblers or exercise notebooks, erasers, glue or glue sticks, construction paper, and art supplies. Also requested are teacher aids such as: flash cards, stickers, learning games, tape, and used and new books to assist the children with their reading skills. Toothpaste and toothbrushes gladly welcomed as well.

Donations can be dropped off at Knox Presbyterian Church located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North on Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; or Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

Additionally, all are welcome to join Sunday worship service which begins at 11 a.m. People are welcome to speak with Rev Lisa Dolson at 519 955-2158 for more details.

And on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. church members are hosting the “Knox Café”. It will be held downstairs in their Church basement.


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

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

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend has been sending school supplies to Rotary Clubs in South Africa who distribute the supplies to rural schools who have almost no supplies or teaching resources. Trinity St. James is currently collecting basic school supplies as well as children’s books in new condition in support of the club. This collection will run until July 30.


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.


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.


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


Taking part in a recent cheque presentation of funds raised at a hockey tournament held in memory of Matt Huether were l-r: Vice Chair Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation, Sheila Morton; Brad Vanbakel and Dean Johnston (holding Cooper Johnston) both Young Buck’s players; Vice President, People and Chief Quality Executive, Mary Cardinal; Manager Inpatient Unit & Emergency Department (Seaforth site), Michele Tyndall; Director Patient Care, Kelly McDonald-Jarosz; Melissa Wilson, Administrative Assistant, Melissa Wilson; and Ron Lavoie, chair of the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation. (Submitted photo)

The Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation (SCHF) is very grateful to receive a memorial donation in the amount of $23,150 from the annual hockey tournament held in memory of Matt Huether.

The Young Buck’s hockey team plays in Seaforth and hosts an annual tournament in memory of their close friend, Matt, who passed away in 2018. People are encouraged to keep an eye out for next year’s tournament as this is a community event they won’t want to miss!

The SCHF acknowledges Matt’s family and friends’ actions to honor his memory and is very grateful to all those that have made this donation possible. They are honored to be part of Matt’s legacy.

This donation will enhance the care provided in the Emergency Department at the Seaforth Community Hospital with the purchase of a Slit Lamp to assess eye injuries and a Tornado to support the required level of cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment.

Memorial donations to the SCHF are a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one.


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (ASHP)  has completed its first year serving the communities of Huron and Perth Counties. This past year has been one of dedication and hard work, as the new organization has grown stronger and better able to serve those living with dementia and their care partners. The ASHP is committed to continuing to provide local and enhanced services throughout the region and are grateful to all those who have supported the organization along this journey.

Some of the highlights of the past year have been broadening the reach and availability of programs, services and education across Huron and Perth Counties, and streamlining the systems in place to decrease infrastructure duplication. Throughout the unification, the clients have remained as the focus, and programs and services have been tailored to their needs.

To celebrate the new beginnings and achievements in the first year of the unified Society, the public is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation event on Wednesday, June 28. Located at the Mitchell Golf and Country Club, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a business meeting and awards ceremony, followed by light refreshments and live music. The guest speaker for the evening will be Cathy Barrick, the CEO from the Alzheimer Society Ontario who will provide highlights from the provincial work and the Landmark Study.

To learn more or to reserve a spot, please contact Lori by emailing or by calling 519 482-1482 or 519 271-1910.

ASHP also has a new line up of summer in-person and virtual free education opportunities. Whether people are concerned about memory changes or want to learn more about brain health and current research, they can start with ASHP to find out more.

Online “Let’s Talk About…” sessions are back for another year. Each week they focus on a requested topic. This year’s topics are: “Women and Alzheimer’s disease”, June 20; “Sleep and Brain Health”, June 27; “Nutrition and Dementia”, July 4; “Incontinence”, July 11; and “Sensory Changes and Dementia”, July 18.  Join one or more “Let’s Talk About…” sessions on Tuesday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m.  Participants can register on the ASHP website at: Education Hour.

In June and July, ASHP are joining forces with the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) to offer their popular four week “Memory and Aging Program” on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The program will start on June 29.  Participants will discuss how memory works, brain health – and memory strategies. All sessions will take place in Grand Bend at the GBACHC.

ASHP is also hosting two in-person “Senior Safety Sessions” in June. The first will be held at the Listowel Legion Hall on Monday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m. while a second session will be held at the St. Marys Friendship Centre on June 28 at 9:45 a.m. Presenters will include the OPP and fire services, and will cover topics including: “Scams and Fraud”, “Fire Safety Planning”, “Aging and Driving”, and “Optimizing Brain Health”.  Plans are in the works to offer a similar program in Goderich this fall. Stay tuned!

Again, to find out more and register for any of these programs, contact the office by calling at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by emailing


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) will be hosting a Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, June 26.

The AGM will begin at 7 p.m. on ZOOM.

The HPHA is composed of the members of the Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital.

The AGM is being held to:

  • Receive Annual Reports of the Board of Directors, including Financial Statements, together with the Auditor’s Report thereon
  • Appoint Auditors
  • Amend each of the Hospital Corporation’s By-Laws.
  • Receive the Ad Hoc Nominating Committee Report.

Only members of the hospital corporations shall be entitled to vote at the Virtual AGM.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can RSVP to Executive Assistant Sue Davey at 519 272-8205 or to receive the ZOOM link in advance of the meeting.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Grant in 2023. This grant was formerly called the “Student Environmental Award”.

“We are honored to present the Student Environmental Grant, each year, to provide financial support to help a local student in their studies,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF chair. “We encourage eligible local young people to apply.”

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 29  by 4:30 p.m. local time.

For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the website at this web page link: Student Environmental Grant.

The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.

Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17-25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

Past winners of the Student Environment Grant are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018; Meghan Glavin, 2019; and Kirsten McIntosh, 2022.


Huron Song Chorus will present “Shine”, a benefit concert for the Huron Women’s Shelter, with guest soloist, Rene Stalenhoef, later in June at venues in Goderich and Seaforth.

On Monday, June 19, the concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church – 9 Victoria Street North in Goderich and then a second performance will be given at Northside United Church – 54 Goderich Street West in Seaforth on Tuesday, June 20. Both benefits will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by free will donation.


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 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.

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The Bayfield Town Hall was transformed into a fine art gallery over the weekend of June 10-11 for the “Reflections of Bayfield” Art Exhibition which showcased 102 pieces depicting the village landscapes from the early 1900s to the present day.

The show was presented by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) and Archives. The inspiration behind the show came from a book published in 2015 entitled, “Reflections of Bayfield – Images Across the Decades” compiled by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert. Many of the works on display had appeared in the book and were on loan from both private collections as well as the BHS Archives and the Huron County Museum.

Both Brown and Lambert were present for the opening of the show.

At a luncheon held prior to the show’s opening on Saturday afternoon President of the BCA Leslee Squirrell offered thanks to Brown for spending many hours over the winter months contacting the owners of the pieces and inviting them to participate in the exhibition. Squirrell noted that both Brown and Lambert had envisioned a similar show when they finished the book eight years ago but after working tirelessly on the publication they lacked the energy needed to make it happen at that time.

Squirrell also thanked those who helped with the art intake and joined in on Friday working from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to bring the show to life. The task was daunting with so many pieces to hang and highlight but all involved were very pleased with the end result.

Volunteer Executive Director with the BCA John Rishworth thanked Squirrell for her undaunted enthusiasm in bringing such projects to fruition in the village for which those gathered offered a round of applause.

A bonus to the show was seven Bayfield depictions by renowned artist JW (Jack) McLaren. These were prominently displayed in the show and the book published late in 2020 about his life was for sale alongside “Reflections of Bayfield”. The book written by McLaren’s great-grandson-in-law, Shawn Henshall is entitled, “The Forgotten Legend – The Live Story of John Wilson McLaren O.S.A.”

Squirrell explained that McLaren who retired with his wife to Benmiller was a prolific painter and Bayfield was often his muse. He was friends with many in the group of seven and was invited to join them but declined as he felt his work was not good enough to be included amongst theirs.

In addition to the art by McLaren, works from the early 1900s by such artists as Agnes Metcalfe and A.B. Stapleton were shown alongside pieces by more contemporary artists like Elaine Dowler, Lonny Doherty, Jim Taleski and Joan Bailey. No matter what decade they were depicting, all demonstrated the subtle changes in village life over the years and helped to create a further understanding of just why Bayfield remains both an artist’s and an art-lover’s delight.

Both books referred to in this article are available for purchase. The Village Bookshop is selling “Reflections of Bayfield” for $35 with all proceeds going to the BHS. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North. Copies of “The Forgotten Legend” can be purchased at The Book Peddler located at 34 West Street in Goderich.

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Texas Longhorn…By Elaine Coombs

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This week, I would like to recognize our volunteer firefighters that are so often called upon to protect us from the dangers of fires and accidents both on land and on the water. Words can not express my gratitude for the unselfish way that they put their lives on the line in order to save others. Their families are equally unselfish for letting them go each time the siren rings.On Saturday afternoon the village alarm sounded and one of our Bayfield firefighters who answered the call did not come home. Sadly, the life he and his fellows were trying to save was also lost.

The families of these two individuals are now grappling with this tragedy and are in mourning. I hope they know they are not alone in their grief, for it takes a village to lift you up in times of both joy and sorrow.

Extending sympathy to all involved with both admiration and respect. – Melody

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