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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 728 Week 26 Vol 14

June 21, 2023


Issue 728 Week 26 Vol 14
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Taz and Jim (Photo courtesy FM 96 London website)

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. Look for them to be set up in Admiral Bayfield Square between the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Welcome Centre and the Bayfield Branch Library.

“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.

Taz and Jim will be the literal toast of the town with a tour that includes many of the local wine and beer making establishments. Community members are invited to come along on the tour as well. Their afternoon tour has been scheduled to the minute with a drive past Pioneer Park, Bayfield Beach and Marina at 2 p.m. The tour will then take them further into Bluewater as well as  Central Huron with stops at River Road Brewing and Hops, 2;15 p.m.; Stonehouse Brewery, 3 p.m.; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, 3:45 p.m.; Bad Apple Brewing, 4:15 p.m.; and Cornerfield Winery, 4:40 p.m. They will return to the village at 4:45 p.m. for a glimpse of the Bayfield Mural, Clan Gregor Square and the Bayfield Town Hall before a 5 p.m.  stop at Bayfield Brewing Company.

The duo will be fêted with dinner at the Black Dog Pub and Bistro at 5:30 p.m. with overnight accommodations being provided by The Little Inn of Bayfield.

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.


Those who took part in the 2023 Croquet Canada National Championship were back row l-r: Adriaan Schreuder, Don Oakley, Lou Schenck, Chris Percival-Smith, Doug Grimsley, Jerry Selk, David Druiett, Peter Jeffers, Bill Rowat, Rich Lamm, Bill Sullivan, Stuart Lawrence, Pierre Dunn, Mike Sully, Chris Loat, and Nick Howell. Front row l-r: David MacLaren, Jim Wright, Michael Albert, John Davies, Donna Dixon, Arlene Parker, Jane Beharriell, Chris Smith, Phil Parsons, Patrick Little and Brian Cumming. (Submitted photo)

The Association Croquet National Championship was held between June 7-11 in Bayfield and Seaforth.

Twenty six players competed in three flights over four days. This popular tournament attracted players from British Columbia, Ontario, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia and Michigan. Three courts were in play at the Bayfield International Croquet Club while the Seaforth Lawn Bowling Club hosted two courts.

The weather was sunny and cool but rain-free until Sunday when light rain occurred for a short time. Air quality was somewhat affected by forest fires in Quebec for the first two days.

Top level play in the Championship Flight drew enthusiastic spectators. Five players finished 14 of their games with triple peels. Brian Cumming from the Aboyne Club in Elora, ON won the title.

The A-flight was won by John Davies from the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC).  The B-flight was won by Peter Jeffers, also from the Bayfield Club.

Players had the opportunity to socialize at the opening reception on Wednesday and at a member’s home on Friday. Saturday featured a tournament closing dinner at a member’s heritage home on Main Street.

BICC loves hosting this prestigious event! The opportunity for their members to play in the premier Canadian croquet tournament with and against some of the best players in North America is spectacular.


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!


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:



Honk! Honk! Saturday, June 24, is the date set for the third and final donation drop-off for the Rummage Sale! 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 this weekend.

Volunteers will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. until noon.

It’s not too late to donate something specific for the Silent Auction tables. Please contact and include “Silent Auction” in the subject line. These items are safely registered and stored in a different location.

The Quonset Hut is filling up with some exceptional merchandise and volunteers have been gushing over all the rare and unique treasures! It really is exciting to see what arrives and to imagine where it may end up. Whether someone is just starting out, a collector of vintage finds, setting up a new cottage or sending a young person off to post-secondary, the Rummage Sale truly offers something for everyone and every budget.

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. For everyone’s safety, Team Rummage asks people to be mindful of the limited space in the arena and not to bring bicycles, wagons and dogs onto the sale floor. Guide and service dogs exempted.

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.


Blackwell aka Mr B (Submitted photo)

Blackwell, affectionately known as Mr. B, now a long time resident of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF), has lived a life somewhat akin to a feline soap opera. He is the Adopt a BFF of the week.

As a kitten he survived by eating out of a restaurant’s dumpsters and begging for food at the patio where unfortunately customers tossed him morsels that were not always suitable for a feline diet like chicken topped with extremely hot sauce. This thoughtless practice destroyed his stomach.

He eventually moved to a new neighborhood where a caring family started feeding him but they couldn’t keep him due to allergies and travel commitments. It was then he was trapped and brought to the Rescue.

“Although at first glance, he seemed to be in not too bad of shape he was very scared and feral, wanting nothing to do with people,” recalled Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We noticed an abnormality in his mouth and got him to the vet. It turned out Mr. B was missing most of his front teeth and had extensive gastro issues due to the poor, and inconsistent, diet he had for years.”

He was provided proper nutrition, neutered and monitored by volunteers.

“He soon was giving the absolute best hugs and would allow people to pet him for hours on end,” said Penhale. “He became the most affectionate cat in the shelter as well as a caretaker of kittens.”

Mr. B has had a couple of adoption fails, his good nature and big personality not superseding recurring gastro problems that have led to poor litter box behaviour.

“Both times his gastro problems resurfaced and using the litter box consistently became an issue,” explained Penhale. “When he was returned we, took him to the vet and had multiple tests done. We got him back on a very strict gastro diet and changed his litter and as a result we are happy to say that Mr. B has not had any litter box issues for some time.”

According to Penhale that when adopted Mr. B will need to remain on his special gastro food and use paper litter to keep him on track. BFF is now looking for a foster family that would welcome Mr. B for a trial run.

“It would be wonderful if we could find someone who would be willing to even foster him on a short-term basis just so we can ensure that this issue has 100 per cent been rectified, he is so deserving of his forever home and is truly one of the most amazing cats to come through our doors. They are all special in their own way, but Mr. B has a special place in our hearts,” she said.

Penhale reports that BFF continues to receive daily calls about Momma cats and their kittens. They now have over 60 kittens and have a waiting list of 20 plus.

The volunteers continue to be grateful for donations of wet food both for kittens and adult cats.

“Once again we cannot move forward without fosters and financial assistance. At this point in time we are looking at almost $16,000 to spay or neuter and vet all the kittens that we currently have in our care,” said Penhale.

If anyone would like to send their donations directly to Clinton Veterinary Services where BFF’s rescues receive their care they can do so by sending E-transfers to Please make note that the money is to go to “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines”. Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.

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

And this coming weekend an adorable gang of potential adoptees 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 kittens pick their human! Pet Valu is located at 35400 Huron Road in Goderich.

“Some days it feels like we are trying to empty an ocean with a teaspoon but seeing these once forgotten felines, like Mr. B, healthy, happy and blossoming makes us all the more determined to get them into the homes that they deserve with the families that deserve them,” concluded Penhale.


For the month of July, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has 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


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.


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 June 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 next on Saturday, July 15.

The club’s fifth 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.


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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


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 River Valley Trail Association’s Trail Blazers works crew volunteers and a planting crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority worked together on June 14 to add native-species plantings to the Bayfield River Flats which is permanently protected by the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). (Photo by Roger Lewington)

Volunteers from Bayfield and area, working with planting crews from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), have been busy planting native-species shrubs at the Bayfield River Flats, a nature area preserved by the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC).

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s Trail Blazers works crew, led by Works Manager Peter Jeffers, and ABCA staff worked together to enhance the Bayfield River Flats through shrub planting on June 14. There were nine community members who helped with the planting.

The community members planted 445 pollinator plants and shrubs. Some of the wet-tolerant plants are nearer the Bayfield River and some species favoring drier conditions were planted on the flood plain flats.

Angela Van Niekerk is Wetlands Specialist with ABCA. She said the plants planted at Bayfield River Flats will add habitat for species, help to filter water during flooding, and hold the soils in place.

In May of this year, a tree planting crew also planted 200 Sandbar Willow shrubs along the river embankment to help reduce bank erosion. The Sandbar Willow is a shrub willow that forms thickets, helping to hold together and protect the riverbank.

The planting is possible thanks to federal, provincial and county funding partners. The Government of Canada’s Canada Nature Fund (CNF), to protect species at risk, and the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks both provided funding in support of the streambank planting. Huron Clean Water Project, under the auspices of the County of Huron, also provided grant support that made the planting possible.

The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping to protect and restore land, water, and nature.

Thanks to generous public donations of land and money, the land trust protects these important nature areas: Heaman Tract (2019), near Ailsa Craig, donated by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman; Woodburne Farm (2018), near Goderich, donated by Ilse Elliott and her late husband William Elliott; Bayfield River Flats (2017), donated by Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and community donors; Mayhew Tract (2015), near Holmesville, donated by the Mayhew Family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew; and coming soon is the Warner Wildlife and Nature Preserve in Grand Bend, to be donated by Peter Warner and his late wife Esther.

The current land trust board is Chair Max Morden, Grand Bend; Past Chair Roger Lewington, Bayfield; Don Farwell, Stratford; Paul Spittal, Bayfield; Philip Walden, Thedford; Steve Bowers, Brussels; Kerry Teskey, Grand Bend; Jessica Smeekens, Thedford; and Alison Lobb, of the Clinton area.

A donation to the HTLTC is a local way to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. These donations of land and/or funds help to permanently protect nature areas with local benefits such as water quality, forests and habitat, and public enjoyment and recreation. People can help to permanently protect and preserve the natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance of properties in the historic Huron Tract area through their donation to the land trust. The Chair of the land trust encourages prospective donors to contact any member of the Board of Directors or to contact staff at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. To learn more about the Conservancy, email or call 1-888-286-2610 or visit:


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!


Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) is placing an extra bus in rotation on the London to Grand Bend Route 2 again this summer to meet the expected increase in ridership of day trippers heading to the local beaches of Grand Bend, Pinery Provincial Park and Port Blake Day Park.

In July of last year, HSAT faced an unexpected challenge with a dramatic increase in the number of passengers getting on the bus in London (at London Transit stop #705, opposite Masonville Mall) heading for Grand Bend.

“At times,” said Transit Coordinator Susan Mills, “so many people wanted on the bus that there was not enough room for everyone! So we added an extra bus with multiple trips per day from London to Grand Bend. This year, we’re working proactively expecting similar ridership demand.”

Beach-goers can take their summer to the next level and enjoy a hassle-free bus ride from London to Grand Bend and back every Saturday and Sunday in July and August. With four return trips scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., the express bus leaves London with a non-stop, direct run to Grand Bend. The earlier start and later finish are expected to meet the needs of visitors looking to get a full day at the beach.

HSAT estimates 160 to 200 passengers each weekend will take advantage of this low-cost, stress-free escape-to-the-lake travel method. No parking or traffic worries! Passengers do not need to book ahead for a spot; simply be at the bus stop five minutes prior to the pick-up time with the exact cash fare or Smart Card. A one-way trip from London to Grand Bend costs $10 ($20 round-trip), and children aged 12 years and under ride free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information about routes, schedules, fares and Smart Cards, visit To speak with a live operator about times and schedules, call 1-888-465-0783 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Goderich Lion Rick Alcock (background) was on grill duty at the Club’s Beef Barbecue held in 2022. (Submitted photos)

The Goderich Lions Club is excited to announce the highly anticipated 49th Annual Goderich Lions Beef BBQ, scheduled to take place on July 2nd at the scenic Lions Harbour Park. This beloved community event is set to offer a mouthwatering feast and a memorable experience for attendees of all ages.

The event will feature a delicious spread, including hot roast beef, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, beverage and ice cream. Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in a sumptuous meal while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Lions Harbour Park. Rain location will be Goderich Memorial Arena.

To ensure maximum convenience, tickets for the event are available for purchase in advance at a cost of $23. For those who prefer to purchase tickets at the event, the price will be $25. Furthermore, children under 12 can enjoy the festivities for just $15.

A Goderich Lions Club member ensures the beef is seasoned just right!

Tickets can be obtained from the following Goderich locations: Fisher Glass, Finchers, Goderich Tourist Bureau, and Huronia. Goderich Lions Club members also have tickets. Organizers encourage all interested individuals to secure their tickets early to avoid disappointment as this event is expected to be immensely popular.

The Goderich Lions Beef BBQ would not be possible without the support of their generous sponsors. They would like to express their gratitude to Shanahan Meats for supplying the high-quality meat, Jerry Radars for providing the delectable coleslaw, Culbert’s Bakery for their freshly baked rolls, Evans Wholesales for the dairy products, and Huronia for providing the coolers. The club members appreciate their contributions, which help make this event a resounding success year after year.

All are welcome to join in the meal being served at Lions Harbour Park from 3:30-6:30 p.m. – an extraordinary dining experience and a wonderful community celebration. Funds raised will support the charitable initiatives of the Goderich Lions Club, which aims to make a positive impact in the local community.


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.


The Ontario government is connecting people to timely and convenient mental health and addictions services in the Huron–Bruce and Perth–Wellington regions by launching a new mobile mental health and addictions clinic in partnership with Medavie to deliver timely care in the community.

“The launch of the Mobile Mental Health and Addictions Clinic is welcomed news for our local rural communities,” said MPP of Huron Bruce, Lisa Thompson. “Removing barriers to care for mental health services is paramount when it comes to the recovery and overall well being of those facing these challenges – no matter where they call home. The fact that we can now provide expert support to people where they are and when they are at their most vulnerable – and in a timely manner – is invaluable.”

The new mobile clinic will make it easier to access high-quality mental health and addictions services by bringing the care closer to home – in the community. Mobile clinics operate by having a clinical team that travels between communities, reducing the distance that people in rural communities have to go to find care and serving more people in the process.

“Individuals living in rural and underserved communities often face additional barriers connecting to the mental health and addictions care they need, and we are taking action to remove them,” said Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo. “This new clinic will offer clients and families in the region low-barrier access to high-quality mental health and addictions services close to home, in a discrete and fully supported setting.”

The clinic will have a multidisciplinary team which includes a trained social worker and registered nurse or nurse practitioner who can deliver a wide range of services, including intake and brief services, referrals to existing services, and psychiatric support and follow-up.

The team will also have extensive knowledge of the programs and services that exist in the region, allowing them to help guide people to the most appropriate care based on their individual needs. It will operate 8-10 hours per day, five days per week and will be in set locations identified through consultation with the community.

As part of “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care”, the government is making it easier and faster for individuals of all ages to connect to mental health and addictions support by building on the Roadmap to Wellness. With this new clinic, Ontario will have six mobile mental health and addictions clinics supporting individuals and families living in rural and remote communities by bringing these much-needed services directly to them.

Currently mobile mental health and addictions clinics have been launched and are delivering services to communities in Peterborough, Kenora, Niagara/Haldimand/Norfolk, Manitoulin Island and Hastings Prince Edward County.

“Working on the frontlines of health care, we know the toll that mental health and addictions issues can have on individuals, families and communities,” said Erik Sande, president, Medavie Health Services. “Now, more than ever, we need to find ways to increase access to mental health and addictions support to ensure Ontarians can receive high quality care when and where they need it. We look forward to collaborating with the Ontario government and community stakeholders to deliver an effective mobile mental health and addictions clinic that supplements existing local services while creating a new pathway to care.”


Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is offering N95 respirators to residents who are at high risk for respiratory problems when wildfire smoke results in poor air quality. The N95 respirators and other high quality masks are being provided to public health units by the Government of Ontario.

Those at greatest risk of experiencing negative health effects from poor air quality are people with lung disease (such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors.

Huron Perth residents at higher risk will be able to come to HPPH to pick up two respirators per person while supplies last. The respirators will be available during regular business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The HPPH Clinton site is location at 77722B London Road, Clinton while the HPPH West Gore site can be found at 653 West Gore Street, Stratford.

Some municipal offices, including the City of Stratford and Town of Goderich, may also offer masks.

Many regions, including Huron Perth, recently experienced several days with poor air quality as a result of wildfire smoke coming from northeastern Ontario and Quebec. Although air quality has improved locally, the situation could worsen again.

The higher the air quality health index (AQHI), the greater the health risk and the need to take precautions. It is recommended that high risk populations try to stay indoors as much as possible when air quality is poor, especially if experiencing symptoms.  If they need to go outside, a well-fitted respirator type mask, such as an N95, can help reduce their health risk. However, masks may not fully protect people from poor air quality. Residents at higher risk may consider wearing a respirator type mask when AQHI is ≥7 (high or very high).

Environment Canada and the Province of Ontario monitor air quality. They provide current and forecasted AQHI values and related information on health risks at: and While there are no air quality monitoring stations in Huron or Perth, residents can check the results for Grand Bend, Kitchener-Waterloo, and London to see general air quality trends for their region. In addition, individuals can subscribe to receive weather and air quality alerts from Environment Canada at EC Alert Me.

By visiting the websites listed above residents can also find information on recommended actions they can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution and protect their health.

Some ways that people can lower the risk of respiratory problems from poor air quality include:

  • Monitoring for symptoms such as coughing, throat irritation, shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain.
  • Staying indoors when the AQHI is seven or greater (high risk) and reducing or stopping strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Checking on people in their care and those around then who may be more susceptible to air pollution.
  • Going to a location in their community where they can find clean, cool air, such as the library or community centre.
  • Drinking plenty of water.

Health Canada also suggests ways to reduce infiltration of outdoor air pollutants into the home. This can be done by:

  • Keeping windows and doors closed, and using air conditioning, or fans.
  • Properly sealing windows and doors with weather stripping.
  • Setting ventilation systems to recirculate when the outdoor air is poor and bring in fresh air when the outdoor air has improved.
  •  Installing a high-quality high-efficiency particulate air filter.


Plans for the first corporate challenge are underway, after a three-decade hiatus for this fun and zany afternoon for the business community.

After a tornado, a pandemic and the threat of a recession, the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron are sure it’s the right time to bring business owners and staff together to challenge their brains and brawn, share a few laughs and try to capture the top three awards.

The Chamber and Engage Goderich have teamed up to present the Royal LePage Heartland Realty 2023 Corporate Challenge, with a nod of thanks to their title sponsor.

“Engage Goderich is extremely excited to bring the Corporate Challenge back and partnering with the Chamber of Commerce is a perfect fit for our newly formed board. Providing networking, connectivity, recognition and fun are all main pillars of what both organizations want to bring attention to in Goderich. We cannot wait to see all of our attendees having fun, making memories and starting an amazing tradition for their teams, hopefully for years to come,” said Ralph Rubino, who is a director on the boards of both organizations.

The Challenge will be held Friday, June 23 at the Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald St. in Goderich. Organizers expect the weather gods will co-operate and provide a warm-but-not-too-warm and sunny-but-not-too-sunny day to hang out outdoors. Should it rain, the event will head indoors.

Participants should check in at 12:30 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies will commence at 1 p.m. with competition to follow. The Closing Ceremonies and awards will be held at 4:30 p.m. and spectators are welcome.

“There’s a buzz out there. Whether they’re members or non-members, businesses are ready for the challenge. They’re ramping up their competitive spirit and gathering team players. Big brains or big muscles alone won’t win the top trophy. Every person brings their own set of skills to a team that will likely be called upon over the course of the afternoon,” said Heather Boa, who is operations manager for the Chamber.

A Chamber committee is sworn to secrecy on the zany competitions that are in the works. But they say there are Challenge Stations that will put problem-solving, brute strength, attention to detail, communication, patience and teamwork to the test. Certainly, there’s no cheating, but if participants can distract their competition, they are encouraged to go for it. This is also a chance to dress in some crazy uniforms.

Chamber members and non-members are welcome. Member rate, $175, will apply if the majority of team players are from Chamber member businesses. The non-member team rate is $225. Organizers will do their best to connect those who would like to participate but are short a few players.

Square Brew will be set up for beverages and Harbour Hill Retirement Community will run the barbecue. Those who attend should stuff some cash in their socks ’cause these folks may not be set up for plastic.

Title sponsor is Royal LePage Heartland Realty. Refreshment tent sponsor is Real Estate Broker, EXP Realty Brokerage, Jodi Snell.

To register a team, volunteer or learn more about challenge sponsorship, please visit the Chamber’s website Corporate Challenge  or call the office at 519 440-0176. Registration deadline is June 16.


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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A marine incident just north of the village on June 10 resulted in the deaths of two local men, the loss of which residents in the community are mourning alongside the families of the deceased. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)



Two families that have provided a richness to the village tapestry find themselves bereft following a marine incident on June 10. And now that both the men who died, Cody Bunn, 32; and John Vanderhaar, 46, have been publicly identified the community mourns as well.

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.

Bunn had been brought to shore after two people fell off a personal watercraft and despite efforts of CPR he died at the scene.

While attending at the scene Vanderhaar, a long-time volunteer with the Bayfield Fire Department, part of Bluewater Fire Services, suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital where he too was pronounced dead.

Vanderhaar not only served the community as a volunteer firefighter he was also the owner of Bayfield Tree Services using his skills to manage much of the tree canopy in the village and area. He used both his equipment and skills to help in his community adding lights to the focal point Christmas tree in Clan Gregor Square and dismantling the annual Labour Day Table Stack – a village tradition. Such was his community spirit that he once even rescued a distressed cat from a tree and instead of accepting payment for the task encouraged those offering to pay to donate the funds to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines instead.

Bunn was a proud father of two young children. He came from a family that has also supported the village and its residents however they could, whenever they could. A trust fund has been set up for the benefit of his children.


Two fiddle playing sisters Nia and Claire Bracken (far right) presented Bayfield Fire Department Captain Paul Egbers with $400 in contributions collected when they performed on Main Street on Saturday, June 17. The money collected as well as their performance was dedicated in memory of volunteer firefighter John Vanderhaar. John’s father, Doug (far left), was on hand for the presentation. He acknowledged with thanks the caring of both the sisters and the community. (Photo by Jack Pal)

When two sisters from Stratford were saddened by the tragic marine incident that claimed two lives near Bayfield on June 10 they decided to use their musical skills to help the community heal and make a contribution to the Bayfield Fire Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services.

Claire and Nia Bracken are frequent visitors to Bayfield and they decided to do some fiddle playing on Main Street to raise donations in support of the Bayfield Fire Department in memory of volunteer firefighter John Vanderhaar.  The sisters were delighted to be able to donate over $400 in contributions.

Claire and Nia would like to encourage others to support the cause. Donations can be made to the Bayfield Fire Department with cheques payable to the Municipality of Bluewater. According to the wishes of the Vanderhaar family , donations can be arranged and entrusted to McCallum & Palla Funeral Home, 11 Cambria Road North, Goderich.


Cody Bunn (Submitted photo)

It is with heavy hearts that his family shares the passing of a beautiful son, brother, father and life partner. Cody Bunn was born on Apr. 26, 1991 and died on June 10, 2023.

Cody loved his children so much, loved being at the beach with all his family, gardening and time spent at the shack.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his two children Madison and Maxwell Bunn. His life partner Diana Van Boxtel. His parents Patricia and Larry Bunn and younger siblings Alex, Austin (Sam) and Sydney (Cam), nephews and niece, Bentley, Valerie, Levi and his grandfather “Fafi” Willy Bunn. All aunts, uncles and cousins in Sweden, as well as all his friends.

His family would like to extend their deepest condolences to all the family of the firefighter that also lost his life that day. They would like to encourage any donations to be made to the Bayfield Fire Department.

A trust fund for Madison and Maxwell has also been set up, and people may contribute via E-transfer to

A Celebration of Cody’s Life will be held on July 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the home of Patricia and Larry Bunn.

N MEMORIAM – John Vanderhaar

John Vanderhaar in dress uniform representing the Bayfield Fire Department part of Bluewater Fire Services. (Submitted photo)

Johnathon (John) William Vanderhaar of Bluewater died unexpectedly on June 10 at the age of 46 while on duty as a volunteer Firefighter.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 12 years, best friend, and travel partner Della (Hayden) and his dog Daisy. Cherished son of Doug Vanderhaar and Anita Vanderhaar of Bayfield. Brother to Angie (Bob) Fisher of Bayfield and Brad (Amanda) Vanderhaar of Kingston. Son-in-law of Bill Hayden and Barb Desjardins of Port Albert, and Barb Hayden of Goderich. Brother-in-law to Dan (Bridget) Hayden of Port Albert. Fun and loving uncle to Cole, Denver, Finley, Amelia, Sawyer, Carman, Anthony and Sebastian. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Predeceased by Oma and Opa Teresa and Gysbert Vanderhaar, grandparents Ethel and Bernie Tipert, uncles John and Don Vanderhaar, and fur babies Shya, Sam, and 6 month-old Buddy, who joined John just two days later.

John was born on May 17, 1977 in Goderich. Throughout the Bayfield area, John was known for lending a hand for jobs big and small, in his quiet and humble way. He was widely known as a hard worker and the proud owner of Bayfield Tree Service. As a respected and dedicated member for 14 years of the Bayfield Fire Department, he honorably served his community. Above all, he was always on call for family and friends when they were in need.

John’s generosity, kind smile, blue eyes and laid-back personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family funeral. To also honor John,, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Friday, June 23, from 1-5 p.m. with Words of Remembrance at 3 p.m.

Special thanks to the Bayfield Fire Department, Huron County Paramedics, and the emergency staff at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.

Donations can be arranged and entrusted to McCallum & Palla Funeral Home, Goderich. Donations can be made to the Bayfield Fire Department, cheques payable to the Municipality of Bluewater; The Heart & Stroke Foundation; Children’s Health Foundation at LHSC; Bayfield Community Centre, cheques payable to BFIT; or a charity of one’s choice.




Female American Redstart…By Elaine Coombs

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I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.


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The grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side of the bridge – just taller. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield has a beautiful and uniquely designed new bridge which includes a pedestrian walkway and sidewalks that residents strongly advocated for. After a couple of years of navigating the construction, this is the summer that everyone should be able to share their pride in all the work that has been done. But instead of instilling village pride, the new pedestrian area and sidewalks are an embarrassment. The vegetation has been allowed to grow to the point that neighboring businesses and the iconic harbour views are disappearing behind the weeds.

After consulting with folks at the municipality, I have gleaned that the area is the responsibility of the MTO. The office of MTO Operations considers the area to still be an active construction project, and staff have reported that the vegetation is not encroaching on traffic sightlines and, for that reason, have no immediate plans to cut it.

I have been informed that the Miller group was seen doing a bit of cutting recently, which, although appreciated, is not enough to make much of a difference.

Is anyone else disappointed in how things are looking? Drop me a line, and I will endeavor to forward your thoughts through the proper channels. Perhaps collectively we can get the mowers moving. – Melody

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