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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 729 Week 27 Vol 14

June 28, 2023


Issue 729 Week 27 Vol 14
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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 last week. On June 23, Taz and Jim set up outside the Bayfield Branch Library from 5:30-9:30 a.m. and welcomed many local guests on their show. Highlights of this as well as their tour of the Bluewater area will be featured in next week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Jack Pal)


The artwork on the cover of the 2023 Fair Book was created by active exhibitor and dedicated Fair volunteer Cate Thompson. Join in the fun – exhibit at the Fair! (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is delighted to announce that the print version of the 2023 Fair Book is now available for the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 18-20.

The Fair Book provides all of the information that exhibitors need to enter their exhibits in this year’s Fair. All exhibitors are encouraged to read the Fair Book carefully. It contains information on entry rules and regulations, entry forms and deadlines, fees, special category requirements, judging criteria, and prizes.

Here in Bayfield, copies of the Fair Book can be picked up at the Bayfield Branch Library and Bayfield Convenience and Gifts. Copies can also be picked up at the Goderich Branch Library, Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, N Sew On Custom Embroidery, and Peavey Mart all in Goderich as well as craft and quilt shops, garden centres, and other libraries in the area.

For those exhibitors who prefer to remain paperless, the BAS website offers an online version of the: 2023 Fair Book To enter online, exhibitors can go to the: Online Entry Submission Page.

The artwork on the cover of the 2023 Fair Book was created by active exhibitor and dedicated Fair volunteer Cate Thompson. Through her willingness to help out with just about any task, Thompson has become a valuable member of the Bayfield Fair family.

The talent, skills, and passion of exhibitors are nothing short of amazing. The BAS is issuing a challenge to everyone in the community to show their community spirit by entering at least one exhibit in the Fair!


Southern Fried is one of two bands that will perform in Agriculture Park on Aug. 19. Tickets are available now! (Photo by Christian Bobak)

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:



Due to the many requests received, one more donation drop-off date has been added for this year’s much-anticipated Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. The date for the final drop-off will be Wednesday, July 5.

Kindly note, donations will not be accepted at the arena on set-up day so this is the last chance for people to donate items. Volunteers will be accepting donations at the Quonset Hut from 5-7 p.m. As it is a busy time for volunteers, donors are asked to please ensure their items are sorted in marked boxes so they may be placed in the correct department.

The Quonset Hut is filling up with some exceptional merchandise. From the rare and unique, to the weird and wonderful and the vintage and collectible, the Rummage Sale is sure to have 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.

For donations, please visit:  Pioneer Park Rummage Sale for the list of items always popular and in great demand as well as the list of items not accepted.  Volunteers thank donors for ensuring donated items are clean, complete and in good working order as this saves them valuable time. Lastly, gather up the loonies and toonies and get ready for Rummage 2023 — coming July 14!


Over 40 players on seven teams competed for bragging rights last Wednesday night at the Bayfield International Croquet Club Pavilion and raised $4,500 for the Bayfield and Area Food Bank (BAFB). The winners received a standing ovation from the crowd as recognition of their brilliance. Unapologetically there were no prizes – not even red liquorice. Organizers report that a great time was had by all, and the big winner was BAFB! Plans are to make this an annual event, so future participants are encouraged to spend the time until the next summer solstice studying geography, music, politics, etc. gathering their team together and rehearsing over the winter. (Submitted photos)


Ben and Jerry received the best foster care. They were patiently and regularly bottle fed and are now thriving kittens who will soon be in need of a forever home. (Submitted photo)

In the last week Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines has been inundated with requests to take in more cats and kittens and unfortunately they are at maximum capacity and cannot take on any more at this time.

“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 the over 80 kittens that we currently have in our care,” said Penhale.

Ben and Jerry are two such creatures and the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. These two kittens were found, along with a sibling that did not survive, when they were just mere days old.

“The most wonderful foster stepped up and took on these two newborn babies and has been bottle-feeding them,” said Deb Penhale representing the Rescue. “They are now two chunky, little monkeys who are starting to play and run around. These two were fortunate as there are so many that aren’t able to be brought in or who don’t survive without a Mama. Bottle feeding newborns can be frustrating and it is very, very time consuming. It is not for the faint of heart.”

According to Penhale, Ben and Jerry have an amazing foster who has done bottle-feeding countless times with success.

“We can’t thank her enough for taking on these two babies, bringing them through the crisis stage and helping them develop into healthy, happy, playful kittens,” said Penhale.

Ben and Jerry will be getting their first shots in the next few days and once they are vetted, they will be ready for adoption.

“It would be lovely to see these two stay together, as two kittens are always better than one. Anyone considering adopting a young kitten should do their research, there is so much amazing and helpful information available on the internet and speaking to people who have cats is helpful too,” said Penhale.

The volunteers continue to be grateful for donations of wet food both for kittens and adult cats as well as financial contributions toward food, vaccinations and surgeries.

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.

“We also want to extend our most sincere thank you to Pet Valu in Goderich for hosting an Adopt-a-thon on June 24-25 as well as our volunteers for their support, especially Mary Pounder for all her hard work in organizing the adoption event,” Penhale said.

Eight cats were adopted over the weekend and several more people filled in adoption applications providing hope for the felines at the Rescue that  a few more of them won’t be forgotten for much longer.

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


Melisse T. Kurtz (Submitted photo)

The time has arrived for the family of a former village resident to host her celebration of life and a long-distance invitation is sent to those who knew her.

Melisse T. Kurtz, 96, formerly of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (PA),  entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Heather Court Assisted Living, Northumberland, PA.

A service for Melisse  will be held on Saturday, July 15 (what would have been her 97th birthday) at the last pastorate of her late husband Rev. Gordon F. Kurtz – First Baptist Church, 51 S 3rd St, Lewisburg, PA. The service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.

For those who have an interest but are unable to attend the service it will be recorded and made available for viewing on the First Baptist Lewisburg YouTube channel at a later date.


The number of people reaching out for assistance from the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to grow with 83 clients receiving help during the month of June. The BAFB is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.

The Bayfield International Croquet Club hosted a fundraising trivia night at the croquet pitch on June 21 to celebrate Summer Solstice, all funds raised at this event went to support the BAFB.

“Trivia under the stars celebrating the Solstice was the perfect way to start the summer and to support our community,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB. “Many thanks to everyone that participated and to BICC for organizing this wonderful event.”

The BAFB were also fortunate to have received over 90 pounds of non-perishables collected by residents of Wildwood by the River.  In addition, donations were also gratefully accepted from O’Hearts Chair Yoga and Bayfield Mews Chair Yoga participants recently.

“Thank you to BICC and Wildwood by the River and the chair yoga groups for strengthening our community. Bayfield Area Food Bank is very appreciative of everyone’s support,” said Trepanier.

At this time the BAFB inventory is low on such items as soup, crackers and gluten free products.

The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.

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.


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 today (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!


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.


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 congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is excited to welcome Jan Searle to their little church on July 2nd.

Searle is a professional flautist and she will share her musical gifts during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday.  She has been teaching flute since 1967 and held principal flute positions in operas, ballets, orchestras, symphonies and musical theatre as well as performed for movies and television.  Searle has performed in many notable venues including the Kennedy Centre and the Stratford Theatre   She is currently the principal flautist for the Blyth Festival Theatre.


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.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, July 1st and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to June 30.

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


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.


“Enter the Haggis” are l-r: Rose Baldino, Brian Buchanan, Trevor Lewington, Caroline Browning, Bruce McCarthy and Craig Downie. (Submitted photo)

“Enter the Haggis” will be performing a rare Canadian date at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 19. 

Band member Trevor Lewington, whose parents reside in the village, recently participated in a fun “Question and Answer” session with the Bayfield Breeze editor. He offered insights into his career as a musician, the band and the Celtic-infused music they have become known for. 

Editor: What is the story behind the name of your band? 

Trevor: Like many band names, it came out of a moment of desperation leading up to the first show. But over the last 25 years we feel like we’ve grown into it. “Haggis” is a Scottish dish that shepherds devised from the random, leftover bits of the sheep that the landlords discarded. Musically, it’s a bit of an analogy for what we do; bringing together unusual instruments to make something that hasn’t been done before.

Editor: Please share a milestone moment in the band’s career. 

Trevor: We spent our first bunch of years playing pubs around Toronto and touring across this wonderful (and huge!) country until we were spotted by some producers from the USA. They loved what we were doing and created a performance documentary DVD about us, which aired heavily on PBS across the states. That was a huge boost for us in a number of American cities. 

Editor: Please share a story behind one of your songs inspired by a person or event that happened in Bayfield. 

Trevor: One of our “Bayfield songs” that you’re likely to hear at most of our concerts is called “Mrs. Elliott”. Mrs. Elliott ran The Albion Hotel and bar stoically, despite a terrible set of circumstances, which led to the demise of almost everyone else in her family. It’s a bit morbid, but many traditional folk songs are too. Here’s a link to the video: Mrs. Elliott 

Editor: What musical genre has the band combined to create their own unique sound? 

Trevor: What we do is mostly a blend of traditional Irish-inspired songs and/or melodies with contemporary rock or folk arrangements. There aren’t a lot of bands that include members who play bagpipes, trumpet, violin, mandolin, harmonica, piano, guitars and drums, so we try to use those instruments together in different ways. 

Editor: Please share a sentence or two about your bandmates. 

Craig Downie – pipes, whistles, harmonica, acoustic guitar, trumpet, vocals. Craig’s the guy who started the band. He came to Canada from Scotland as a kid and started learning to play the pipes after immigrating. He’s very funny and good looking so watch out ladies of Bayfield!

Brian Buchanan – vocals, guitar, keyboards, fiddle. In 2001, Brian agreed to fill in for a weekend of shows in Ottawa and never left (the band, not Ottawa). Our fiddle player at the time had set Brian up as a sub. We hadn’t met him before but were instructed to go to the Toronto bus station and pick up a guy with 12 hole Docs and purple hair. We did as instructed and played nine sets of music over the course of the weekend with no rehearsal – a testament to Brian’s musicianship. At the time we didn’t realize that he was a great guitar player, pianist and vocalist but now we exploit every single one of his talents.

Rose Baldino – fiddle and small drums and shaky things and some keyboards. Brian is Rose’s husband. We all met Rose when her band opened for us in Pennsylvania about 15 years ago. Brian and Rose connected years later and got married. You can’t play in a Celtic band and marry a fiddle player without asking them to join the band. It’s kind of a rule. She’s a badass player and keeps the band looking spectacularly dressed.

Caroline Browning – bass, piano, mandolin. Caroline is from Tallahassee, Florida, speaks with a twang, and may have seen Enter The Haggis perform when she was a child. Brian and Rose met her in Colorado playing in a fabulous folk group called “House of Hamill” and dragged her into Enter The Haggis.

Bruce McCarthy – drums, percussion. Bruce has a great feel and excellent sounding drums. Our previous drummer, James Campbell, and some other musical friends recommended Bruce.

Editor: What would you consider to be the most surreal moment in your career thus far?

Trevor: We were offered the chance to perform on the American TV show, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, after “The Pogues” decided they’d have to get up too early so it wasn’t worth it. We pulled up to ABC Studios at 4 a.m. after playing a show in New Hampshire and driving through the night. It was snowing hard as we waited in our van until the studio let us in at 6 a.m. While we were sitting in the greenroom two kids were escorted into the same room. It was a school closure day because of the snow so Kelly Ripa’s kids had nowhere else to go. Not only did we have to provide the music, we had to babysit! 

Editor: If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?

Trevor: Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Editor: What are you interested in that most people aren’t?

Trevor: Squash. The sport, not the vegetable, though I do enjoy the vegetable too. 

Editor: What was cool when you were young that isn’t cool now?

Trevor: Mini-Pops and Pogo Balls.

Editor: What was the title of the last book you read? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Trevor: The Bruce Springsteen autobiography, “Born to Run”. I thought it was an honest-sounding, rock’n’roll coming-of-age and was impressed by his self-confidence, determination and talent. He really came across as a down-to-earth person you could easily have a conversation with. 

Editor: Can you share a story about filming the video for your most recent release, “Swallowed by a Whale”? 

Trevor: We had a song, Swallowed by a Whale, and needed a cool, maritime-looking venue for our video. Years ago, Craig had lived on a ship in Toronto harbour called “Still Watch”, so he called his old friend, Captain Pete, about the possibility. Pete generously agreed but the ship was a fair bit north now in Georgian Bay, which was fine, but it was very cold. As part of the video we all played different stereotypical characters. I played “Lance O’Blivious”, a tourist, wearing shorts and a shirt and walking around on the deck barefooted. It was very cold. Here’s a link to the video: Swallowed by a Whale

Tickets to the performance by Enter the Haggis are selling for $40 and are available now via Ticketscene: Get Tickets.  The doors of the town hall will open at 7 p.m. with the concert commencing at 7:30 p.m. 

The evening is sponsored by 1851 Bayfield Landing, Stone House Brewery, MacEwan & Feagan Insurance Brokers and Firebrand Entertainment. 


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.

At the workshop participants will learn simple and common-sense methods to assess the energy of indoor and outdoor space and how to make changes through placement, color and texture of certain objects. The workshop has been designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge of Feng Shui, just the desire to learn something new.

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.

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.

According to Varekamp, Feng Shui is the study of how your environment affects you and your quality of life, how to become aware of the deep relationship you have with your surroundings, and how to better arrange your environment. Feng Shui is not a belief system or religion – you don’t need to believe in it in order for it to work. It has nothing to do with changing your luck, but it will help you create a space that promotes feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

“Have you ever been in a space that feels uncomfortable, but don’t know why, let alone how to change it? This is where Feng Shui can help, often by implementing simple and inexpensive changes,” said Varekamp.

Feng Shui can be implemented in any home, regardless of size or ownership, as well as outdoor spaces, and places of business such as retail, office, or classrooms. Learning and implementing the principles of Feng Shui can help you create a house or garden that welcomes you home. Simply put – when you live and work in a place that feels good, your attitude will likely become more positive, improving your quality of life.

Varekamp explained, “Feng Shui observes the relationship between the seen and unseen forces of nature. You too can learn how to blend harmoniously with a friendly, comfortable and positive environment! There is no need to be a designer, Feng Shui can be practiced by anyone. Once you have learned some basic principles, it can be life altering how quickly and easily you will be able to assess any space.”

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.

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! This is a scent-free event.

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


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.

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.


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 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 today (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 include: “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 was held at the Listowel Legion Hall on June 26 while a second session will be held at the St. Marys Friendship Centre today (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


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.


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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 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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At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, the alarm bell sounded at the Bayfield Fire Station.

The siren signalled the start of the procession in honor of volunteer firefighter John Vanderhaar, aged 46, who had died after experiencing a medical emergency while responding to a marine incident on the afternoon of June 10.

Fellow firefighter Ian Gordon was entrusted with John’s remains as they were driven by former Fire Chief Jack Bender in a fire rescue vehicle. The truck was followed by a series of white vehicles transporting John’s family and extended family.

Parading stoically behind were his fellow firefighters from the Bayfield Fire Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services.

From the fire hall the procession travelled along Clan Gregor to John Street and then along the streets surrounding Agricultural Park until entering the fairgrounds at the rear.

As the procession turned onto John Street they were met by a very moving tableau as numerous firefighters from across the county as well as beyond its borders stood on either side of the street to salute their fallen comrade. As the Bayfield Firefighters passed by they joined their ranks marching into step and following at a respectful distance.

Village residents lined the streets as a final offering of thanks to John for his service to the community. Despite the number of people present, silence prevailed, even the birds seemed reverent in their stillness. The only sound that could be heard was the count given by a lone firefighter to keep the masses in step.

At the end of the two long rows of firefighters the public joined in behind and made their way into the fairgrounds where they waited quietly for the procession to enter the park. At the end of the parade John’s remains were respectfully returned to the family – his one last ride complete.

A public reception and time of remembrance followed in the Bayfield Arena.

Shortly after 3 p.m. the community gathered together with John’s family and extended family to share in Words of Remembrance. Reverend Canon Lance Smith, chaplain of the Windsor Police Services presided over the service. He shared special memories of John offered by his family and also poems requested by John’s wife Della and his mother Anita.

Friends of the family were also invited to speak. Brian O’Reilly encouraged everyone to allow time to both mourn and remember John. Ken Johnson brought some levity to the proceedings recalling shared times of laughter over coffee at the Bayfield Garage and also a time when John helped him get an expensive Ragdoll kitten out of a tree which proved to be a most entertaining adventure for both of them. Ken acknowledged that John was never afraid of heights and now as he looked down from above he would have a panoramic view of the village and the tree-scape he helped manage as owner of Bayfield Tree Service.

Warden of Huron County Glen McNeil offered his condolences to those present. He also offered his thanks to John for his service as well as all those in uniform who were present in the arena.

All who spoke were cognisant of the fact that two lives were lost on the afternoon of June 10. Bayfield Fire Captain Don Knox represented his fellow firefighters in addressing those present.

He said, “On behalf of the Bayfield Fire Department, we offer our sincere condolences to the Vanderhaar family, especially to his wife Della, father Doug, mother Anita and siblings – Angie and Brad. We thank you for allowing us to share in his memory. The Bayfield Fire Department family would also like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cody Bunn, particularly his two children Madison and Maxwell, life partner Diana, parents Patricia and Larry and siblings, Alex, Austin and Sydney.”

Don explained to those in attendance that he has long thought that there is no greater service to your community than donning a uniform with a willingness to put yourself in harm’s way to help, serve and protect others.

“John exemplified this. Not just in the fire service but to all those that knew him. John didn’t just show up, he showed up and went above and beyond every time,” Don said.

Don shared that he and John joined the department at the same time.

“He was kind, helpful and thoughtful. I will cherish every memory of the years we served together. He was selfless, going as far as to push others for positions within the department that he was equally qualified for. Myself included. It was an incredible compliment. He was a tireless supporter of all his fellow firefighters and no doubt all his friends and family.”

Don also shared that he had the honor of riding with John on his last call and stayed with him the entire time.

“The memory of that day will reside in me forever. I say this with equal parts sorrow and pride, for while he was one of us…he would have done the same for any of us.

“As part of my final salute to John Vanderhaar, I share the firefighter’s motto: “Semper Paratus – Always Ready”. John was always ready to help and was a lesson to the rest of us to do the same.”

To conclude the time of remembrance a fellow firefighter from North Perth was tasked with ringing a symbolic bell provided by The Firefighters Association of Ontario which was dedicated to the memory of Captain Thomas (Tom) O’Grady a director on the Association’s Board.

As is tradition, the white gloved firefighter struck the bell – three rings in a sequence of three each. The sound echoed through the arena signifying the end of a firefighter’s duties and his last alarm.

And as the last of the ringing faded Don’s poignant final words resonated even stronger still:

“John, we thank you for your service. Rest easy brother, we have it from here.”

“John was a hard working, dedicated Fire Fighter that I had the honor of working with for 14 years. He always had the safety of his coworkers in mind. On more than one occasion, we would be working a fire scene and he would see something that he wasn’t comfortable with. He would make his way over to me and point out the situation. He would look at me and ask, in an apologetic manner, “Do you think that is safe?” Then he would grin, shrug his shoulders and walk away. John will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

Current Fire Chief Brian Brandon

“The first thing that comes to mind about John was how he treated everyone he met with respect. His calmness and attention to detail was a huge asset when dealing with fire calls. John was not only a great firefighter, but a great human being and friend. As a lot of you know, John knew how to handle a chainsaw with great skill. Once I asked him if he would be interested in running a training session on how to cut ventilation and access holes in roofs and buildings. John was happy to help and stressed to everyone how to start and handle the chainsaw safely with enthusiasm and patience that made everyone feel at ease. He would then watch you struggle with the cuts, wait until you were done and with a big smile, say, “Good job, now what if you try it this way?” John will be missed by many in the community and especially missed in the department. Rest easy John, your colleagues will take it from here.”

Former Fire Chief Jack Bender

“In early 2009, John began the process of joining the Bayfield Fire Department. He along with five others including some past firefighters met with the personnel committee to discuss the opportunity to fill vacancies in the department. I had recently been appointed as District Chief after Don Haw had stepped down from the position and had the honor of welcoming this group of six into the Bayfield Fire Department family. It was almost a year of training before John attended his first call. Through the next number of years, John’s hands-on attitude and mechanical abilities made him a valued member of the team. Always wanting to learn and find the best way to deal with potential problems, John brought many great ideas to the department. Who else would have been able to justify the use of a slingshot, which he used in his business, to serve as a great tool to assist in land-based water rescue. If there was ever a question about where to get something or how to get it, John was the guy to make it happen, without question or fanfare. His generous nature was not unique to the Fire Department, willing to lend a hand any time the opportunity was presented. John’s values, dedication and generosity will be missed.”

Past Fire Chief Ian Siertsema




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This week is short and sweet with a  public service announcement…

It has been brought to my attention that some people are still using our old email address – which we officially discontinued using when the new website was launched in the Winter of 2022. This hasn’t been a big concern until just this week as messages were still being directed my way but this no longer seems to be the case. People are reporting that their news items are bouncing back! So if you are a regular contributor, please adjust your address book to accommodate because I don’t want to miss a single piece of news that you have to share. – Melody

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