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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 731 Week 29 Vol 15

July 12, 2023


Issue 731 Week 29 Vol 15
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A sketch of the proposed Two Cow Barn by Adolpho Spaleta, architect. (Submitted photo)

Due to strong financial support from the community, the Two Cow Barn project is moving closer to reality.

The Penhale Steering Committee would like to thank everyone for the unprecedented community support of their fundraising campaign. The committee is proceeding with next steps to construct a Two Cow Barn which will house the pristine Landau carriage built by Bayfield Carriage Works’ Tom Penhale.

The Steering Committee is composed of members of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), Bayfield Lions Club and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. They include: BHS President Ruth Gibson, Dave Gillians, Lions Ian Matthew, Doug Vanderhaar, Bill Rowat and Dave Nearingburg; and chamber representatives Mike DeCorte and Roger Lewington.

The barn will be built behind the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre  and next to the Friends of the Bayfield Library “Reading Garden”.

From the mid-1800s, the number of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks living in the village of Bayfield far outnumbered the human inhabitants. To house these animals, many village homes had a Two Cow Barn. Several of these barns still exist behind some of the older homes in the village.

The plan is to replicate the rough cedar siding and use simulated shake steel for the roof. The building will be placed on a cement pad and will be visible from Main Street.

Doug Vanderhaar and Mike DeCorte have assumed the role as construction managers and are determined to make the Two Cow Barn as attractive and practical as possible within their budget. They are now reviewing contractor quotes before they submit the necessary planning permit applications.

Doug’s son, Brad Vanderhaar has drafted the necessary construction plans.

The building will be closed with no public access and the group is now working on storyboards that will feature the history of Penhale’s Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works.

Community pride is difficult to quantify but stories and displays like this show that for a small village, Bayfield is indeed a special place.


It’s time to rummage, friends! After months of preparation, the big day has finally arrived. On Friday, July 14, the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre is the place to be.

The outside grass area will open at 6 p.m. Outside is where treasure hunters will discover furniture pieces, outdoor garden furniture, the garden section, the kid’s section, art, art prints and frames, tools and sports and so much more! Be sure to visit volunteers Nick and John for a freshly barbecued hotdog and soft drink.

The arena opens at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The entrance is through the Zamboni doors on the south side. The inside portion of Rummage is a treasure trove of delights! There will be many volunteers happy to assist people as they make their purchases. Cash is preferred but, if need be, there is a debit machine on site. Shop the many booths inside the arena showcasing kitchenware, collectibles, linens and draperies, electronics and lighting, books and puzzles, specialty baked goods and, of course, the Silent Auction tables. Attendees are asked to pay special attention to the announcements throughout the evening so they know when bidding at the Silent Auction comes to a close.

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.

Come prepared to have fun! Bring those loonies and toonies and shopping bags and take home some treasures. The Rummage Sale has something for everyone at every price range. All proceeds from the event go toward the care, programming and maintenance of Pioneer Park for all to enjoy!


Chris Brown, along with other dedicated members of the Brussels Legion, is shown here preparing and frying the fish at a recent fish fry. (Submitted photo)

Chris Brown, along with other dedicated members of the Brussels Legion, is shown here preparing and frying the fish at a recent fish fry. (Submitted photo)

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned fish fry! The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be hosting a Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, Aug, 18 to kick off the opening of the 2023 Bayfield Community Fair.

Dinner will be served continuously from 4:30-7 p.m. Each dinner will include two pieces of Alaska Pollock with dinner roll, coleslaw, and a dessert. Dine at the Bayfield Agricultural Park or get dinners to take out.

The BAS is happy to welcome volunteers from the Brussels Legion who will be preparing and cooking the fish to perfection. The Brussels Legion is well known for its fish fry expertise!

Dinner tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online by emailing Payment will be through PayPal.

Tickets can also be purchased at the BAS booth at the Bayfield Sunday Market any time between now and Aug. 6. There will be a very limited number of tickets at the gate. Fish fry enthusiasts are encouraged to get their tickets early and avoid disappointment.

The dinner will be held on the grounds of the Bayfield Agricultural Park at 1 Fry Street in the village.

Join in the fun – come to the Fish Fry!


ZED is one of two bands that will perform in Agriculture Park on Aug. 19. Tickets are available now! (Photo courtesy)

ZED is one of two bands that will perform in Agriculture Park on Aug. 19. Tickets are available now! (Submitted photo).

Music lovers can look forward to two more concerts this summer with three tribute bands sharing their talents.

Sunday, Aug. 6 is the day that “Crazy Diamonds”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band from Kitchener, ON will perform on 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.

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! In addition to Lynyrd Skinner tunes, Southern Fried plays southern classics by such groups as the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top and more.

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

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


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will be holding their second  “Off the Wall” fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

“We invite you to light up your Saturday and be a part of this delightful summer art event!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

More than 45 artists answered the call to explore the theme, “Year of Land or Lakes” and the results will be open to the public for a free exhibition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then in the evening from 4-7:30 p.m. those with tickets will have the opportunity to take home a piece of art right off the wall!

Ticket purchasers will be treated to delightful hor d’oeuvres and adult beverages (beer/wine) as well as an opportunity to bid on both live and silent auction items while waiting for their opportunity to choose a painting…off the wall.

There are three ticket types available for purchase: Golden Ticket, Art Lovers Ticket and Social Butterfly Ticket.

The one and only Golden Ticket is $500 and gives two guests “front of the line” access to choose their painting first from all the works available.

The cost of the Art Lovers Ticket has been set at $175 for two guests and includes one painting. They will have the opportunity to pick a single painting from the wall when their ticket is drawn at random.

Social Butterfly Tickets are available for $45 each. These tickets are for those guests who want to experience all the evening has to offer, including the food, beverages and bidding on the auction items but without the art to take home.

To purchase tickets for the BCA Off the Wall fundraising event please visit: Year of Land or Lakes Tickets.

The premier sponsor for this event is Diane Snell of Royal LePage Heartland Realty.


Casper (Submitted photo)

Casper (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) continue to receive requests to take in more cats and kittens and unfortunately, they are at maximum capacity and cannot take in any more at this time.

Casper is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

He is the poster feline for good intentions and the battle cry, “Someone needs to do something…” after a life of suffering on the streets finally a few “someones” rallied together and did something.

“Casper is so named not just because of his color but because he truly became invisible,” explained Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “This cat has been spotted over the years with such a long list of horrific injuries it is mind-boggling how he survived and each time he was seen injured the call went out that someone needed to do something.”

Penhale noted that not everyone was indifferent to Casper’s plight as people don’t often know what to do when an injured cat presents itself on their doorstep aside from giving them food and water.

“This is a kindness to be sure as without being fed and hydrated he wouldn’t have had the strength to pull through everything that he has but it is still falling short of the attention this poor guy needed,” said Penhale.

Recently a final call for help went out when Casper was suspected of having a broken leg after possibly being hit by a car – social media proved helpful in narrowing down his location and people were able to successfully trap him and bring him to the Rescue.

“Somebody did something,” said Penhale. “Actually a bunch of somebody’s banded together and now Casper has been vetted and although he still needs some surgery we anticipate a long, pain free life for this boy who will never have to fight for anything again.”

Casper will soon be looking for his forever somebody and a comfortable, indoor life of being loved – something Penhale is sure he will give back ten-fold.

BFF 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.

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


Residents and visitors will have noticed new 30 KM per hour road signs have been installed in Bayfield as part of a pilot project The positioning of several of the signs near the entrance and exit of Hwy. 21, like this one on Jane Street, is a requirement of the Highway Traffic Act. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Residents and visitors will have noticed new 30 KM per hour road signs have been installed in Bayfield as part of a pilot project The positioning of several of the signs near the entrance and exit of Hwy. 21, like this one on Jane Street, is a requirement of the Highway Traffic Act. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Residents and visitors will have noticed new 30 KM per hour road signs have been installed in Bayfield as part of a pilot project to see if lowering the speed limit within the village would make streets safer.

Included in the lowering of the speed limit are the community’s northern residential areas: Carriage Lane, Fisherman’s Wharf Road and Harbour Court. Border roads shared with the Municipality of Central Huron will not see a speed reduction. These roads are Jowett’s Grove Road, Old River Road and Bayfield River Road.

The public should note that police will be enforcing this new speed limit.

The positioning of several of the signs near the entrance and exit of Hwy. 21 is a requirement of the Highway Traffic Act.

In Bayfield, 21 signs will be erected in total with the cost of the signs and their installation being $9,660.

To learn more about the 30 km an hour pilot project visit: Council Meeting June 19.


Bayfield Firefighter Joel Paakkunainen kept his head down and worked at the task at hand, cracking eggs, dozens and dozens of eggs, as the Bayfield Fire Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services, held their Firemen’s Breakfast on Saturday, July 8. Be sure to check out next week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze for more coverage of the return of this very popular event (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner on July 18 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The public is invited to attend the session starting at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda will focus on Bayfield Secondary Plan implementation; Short-term Rental Bylaw, post license due date, stats thus far; and clarifications on the new 30 km an hour speed limit pilot project.


The Bayfield Branch Library is looking for the fastest team of puzzle makers around as a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be held there on Saturday, July 15.

People are invited to assemble a team of two to four members ready to go head-to-head against other teams to see who can assemble a 300-piece puzzle the quickest! Registration is required and there will be a limit of eight teams allowed. The competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Puzzles generously donated by the Rotary Club of Goderich.

Please call 519 565-2886 or email to register.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.

The Bayfield Branch Library is the place to go this summer for some fun activities no matter your age!

Kids Kite Making will be the focus of the Creative Kids Program to be offered on Friday, July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Those who attend Adult Craft Night on Tuesday, July 18 will have the opportunity to create a beautiful Succulent Book Planter between 5:45-6:45 p.m.  This will be the first Adult Craft Night to be held at the Bayfield Branch.

On Thursday, July 27 from 1:30-3 p.m. “Playful Plastics” will be the theme of a session presented by the Bayfield Branch and the Municipality of Bluewater.

And then on Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 1- 2 p.m. a ceramics painting program for kids will be led by the folks from County Clay Cafe. At this session, children will paint their own special item and then it will be glazed, fired and returned to the Bayfield Branch for pick up.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North 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. 

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. 


The Village of Bayfield Marina and Municipality of Bluewater would like to invite the public to a “Litter Clean Up” on Saturday, July 22..

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon with registration starting at 9 a.m. at 33 Longhill Rd. in Bayfield. Trash bags and gloves will be provided at registration. Refreshments will also be available.

Participants are asked to please wear brightly colored clothing and practice safety around roadways and water.

“Join our litter clean up event and become a citizen scientist,” said Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator with the Municipality of Bluewater. “Litter cards will be provided at registration to write down the types of litter collected and can be submitted at the registration desk when finished.”

The data from the cards will contribute to the national litter database in efforts to help enact national shoreline cleanup goals through the Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup Program.

This event is one of several 2023 Blue Flag community outreach programs being offered by the municipality.  Other events this summer include a DIY kids recycling activity “Playful Plastics” in partnership with the Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch on July 27 from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and a Dark Sky Party in partnership with the West Coast Astronomers hosted at the Bayfield Pier on Aug. 11 after dusk.

For full details on the Blue Flag community events, please check the Municipality of Bluewater’s website and social media or contact Lindsay Whalen by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 235 or by emailing


The numbers 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.

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.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is offering one more planned hike during the month of July.

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 hike will begin at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at 80602 Wildlife Line, in the parking lot at the start of the Blue Trail. This is the first parking lot on Wildlife Line going north from Clinton. Hikers are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and to wear long pants (due to ticks).

The hikes is free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. People can also contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


The Red Table Book Sale offers a good variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books as well as children’s books. Payment is by donation. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Red Table Book Sale is now underway at the Bayfield Branch Library. Visitors to the library will find the Red Table inside the library just in front of the window. Book sale times are during normal library hours from now to Aug. 31.

Unlike the two-day book sales held in previous years, this one will be running continuously until the end of August. That means two whole months of book browsing and lots of great reading!

The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. Payment is by donation. All funds raised through the Book Sale will help to support the Bayfield Library and community programs such as “Saturdays at the Library” speaker series, “Coffee & Chat” groups, and Gingerbread Decorating as well as other fun events throughout the year. The generous support of the community is so appreciated!

FOBL sincerely thanks everyone who answered the call for book donations to make this special book sale possible.


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

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 this 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!


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.

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.


Summer is here and the EarlyON Child and Family Centre is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup outdoors!

The group meets in Clan Gregor Square every Thursday morning 10-11:30 a.m. Please note that on those days when the weather proves unfavorable the group will return to the Bayfield Community Centre.

The sessions are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


The Bayfield Water Tower will be getting a fresh new look over the next six weeks as a crew from Landmark Municipal Services are undertaking the painting of the tank. Once painted the distinctive blue and white colors will be restored to their former glory along with the latest iteration of the Municipality of Bluewater logo. This is the first time since the tower was erected almost 14 years ago that the tank has been repainted. To revisit the day the tank was lifted onto the tower by Landmark Structures readers are invited to view Issue 18 Week 45 (Nov. 4, 2009) in the Bayfield Breeze’s Archives section. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


On July 5, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, presented funding for 21 local wetland restoration projects to Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager and Angela Van Niekerk, Wetlands specialist, both with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. (Submitted photo)

On July 5, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, presented funding for 21 local wetland restoration projects to Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager and Angela Van Niekerk, Wetlands specialist, both with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. (Submitted photo)

Funding from the Province of Ontario in 2023 is making it possible for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) to work with participating local landowners to enhance 21 needed wetlands. The funding is provided through the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“Our government continues to invest in wetlands restoration through the Wetlands Conservation Partner Program,” said David Piccini, minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Since 2020, we have supported 330 wetlands conservation projects, including 21 wetland sites that have been restored or enhanced in partnership with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. It’s important projects like these that will help prevent flooding, improve water quality and build climate resiliency across Ontario.”

“Acting as a natural filter, wetlands are an important part of local conservation efforts,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce. “By working with local landowners and expanding the presence of wetlands throughout our communities, we are laying the foundation for more resilient land and water management in the future.”

The MPP visited Morrison Dam Conservation Area to present the funding, for $143,900, to ABCA, for the 21 wetland enhancement projects.

Angela Van Niekerk is Wetlands Specialist with the ABCA. She said more wetlands are needed in the area and this funding is essential to make it possible for landowners to increase wetland cover.

“We are enhancing 21 different wetlands, with the help of this funding, in partnership with landowners who are taking part,” she said. “These wetland improvements add needed habitat. They also hold back water during storm events, help to better protect water quality, and help to keep water on the land during times of low water.”

These nature-based solutions also help to reduce downstream flooding and erosion, she said.

Wetlands in Ontario are described as the ‘kidneys of the landscape’. They absorb, store and filter water before it reaches nearby waterways.

Wetlands provide ecological goods and services that have environmental, economic and social benefits. When wetlands are restored and enhanced it’s possible to see some of the habitat improvements in the first two or three years, said Van Niekerk.

“Landowners who add wetlands on their properties begin to see a greater diversity of species in just a few years,” she said. “They may see more frogs and different species of frogs, for instance.”

Wetlands are lands that are wet for all or some of the year. They support water-loving plants such as Cattails, Sedges, Rushes, Blue Flag Iris, Willows, and Dogwoods. Wetlands filter water and remove contaminants. Wetlands benefit water quality and also water quantity. Wetlands capture water when there’s too much water on the landscape during flooding and runoff and release water gradually when water is needed during times of low water and drought. Wetlands also capture carbon. Wetlands provide habitat for waterfowl and for more than 600 species of plants and animals. They are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world.

To find out more about stormwater management improvements and wetlands, and projects individuals can do to enhance them, visit: ABCA Wetlands. Are there wet areas on your property? Contact ABCA staff for a site visit. To contact staff about technical expertise and grants which may be available to help with potential projects visit: Staff Contacts.


Dr. Alexandra Peel (Submitted photo)

Dr. Alexandra Peel (Submitted photo)

On Tuesday, June 20, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway)) hosted their 25th Virtual Lecture Series. The topic was “Fabulous at Every Age: Healthy Aging”.

The lecture featured speaker Dr. Alexandrea Peel from Royal Oaks Health and Wellness Centre and Chair of Rural Senior Care at Gateway.

“It’s important not just to retire from something but retire to something, whether this is physical exercise or getting more involved with a hobby,” said Dr. Peel.

The lecture was moderated by Gateway Student Research Assistant Sage Milne. The featured panelists were: One Care Executive Director Kathy Scanlon, a not-for-profit health organization that provides support for seniors and older adults in Huron and Perth counties;  Dianne Fox, retired registered nurse, who worked alongside Dr. Peel at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital; and Dan Stringer, retired pharmacist and chair of the Gateway Board of Directors.

Dr. Peel defined healthy aging, introduced factors associated with healthy aging, and talked through practical things that people can do to age well. The doctor shared the fact that 25 to 30 per cent of our lifespan is determined by genetic makeup, and the other 70 to 75 per cent is defined by life choices. This means that people have control over their longevity through their daily decisions. Dr. Peel focussed on topics surrounding decision-making regarding exercise, diet, sleep, attitude, social connectedness, smoking and being a lifelong learner. The doctor’s facts were all backed by scientific research, and simplified so that anyone could learn something valuable.

Dr. Peel reported an interesting result from a study about attitude, where 600 Americans were surveyed for their agreement on different statements regarding aging. An example of a statement that they used was “How useful are you as you get older?”. The researchers followed these people over 23 years after recording their responses and they found that people who answered positively to many of the statements lived 7.5 years longer on average than people that answered negatively about these statements. Dr. Peel stated that many people believe that they can’t change their attitude, however literature and scientific fact states that they can.

The next Gateway Rural Health Lecture will be held on Sept. 12. People can register to attend virtually by visiting: Lecture Series Registration. In this lecture, Gateway team members Nancy Simpson and Sage Milne will be discussing the “Cultivating Memories” project.

Gateway recognizes their generous donors for their support of this lecture series.


On July 6, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Inpatient Unit at its Seaforth Community Hospital site.

Outbreak status refers to two or more confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among patients or team members that could have possibly been acquired in the hospital. The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is working in collaboration with HPHA and patients, family/caregivers and team members affected by the outbreak are in the process of being notified. Testing of inpatients is taking place.

Those visiting patients at the hospital are required to follow any posted instructions and are asked to limit their interaction to one patient per visit. Patients may only have one family caregiver/visitor per day with no in-and-out privileges. All caregivers and visitors will be required to wear a mask. Those visiting infected patients will be required to wear personal protective equipment including mask, eye protection, gown and gloves. Patients with symptoms are being isolated and common areas have been restricted.


The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is now offering hours on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day).

Appointments are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

To book an appointment, please call 519 235-3343.

The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter.


The Lake Huron Coastal Centre (LHCC), in collaboration with Georgian Bay Forever, Keep the Bruce Clean and Green, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, and local municipalities, is thrilled to invite volunteers to participate in the upcoming shoreline clean-up events along the breathtaking shores of Lake Huron in July. With help, they hope to engage over 700 volunteers to remove a staggering 1,000 pounds of litter by the end of summer.

The July Clean-up the Coast events will take place at the following dates and locations: Kincardine, July 15; Southampton, July 16; Grand Bend, July 29; and Kettle Point, July 30.

With support, LHCC can accomplish their shared mission of improving the health of Lake Huron for communities and local wildlife. Each piece of litter removed contributes to a healthier ecosystem, cleaner communities, and safer habitats. Let’s work together to “Clean-up the Coast” and protect the natural beauty of Lake Huron.

To learn more and RSVP, please visit

The LHCC is a non-government charity dedicated to supporting a healthy ecosystem through education, restoration, and research. To learn more, visit, or follow @coastalcentre on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Clean-up the Coast would not be possible without generous funding from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund and Sunset Community Foundation.


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)

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.

“Once again, appreciation is extended to the students of the leadership class and Ms. McLeod for their efforts,” concluded Lavoie.


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.


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.



An integral piece of Bayfield’s heritage is in jeopardy unless members of the community can be rallied to preserve it or perhaps assist in its reinvention.

Built in the historic Georgian style Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Crescent, was constructed in 1855 making it not only the oldest church in the village but also the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County. 

For nearly 170 years the church building has been a place for people to worship, celebrate, mourn and serve together. The church building has also provided opportunities for outreach inviting other groups to make use of their fully accessible Parish Hall. The congregation themselves started the program that has evolved into a registered charity known as the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Today this food bank provides vital support to over 80 clients. 

For over 40 years, members of Bayfield Guiding – Sparks through to Rangers – have used Trinity St. James as their home base. Weekly from September to June, upwards of 40 youth and their Guiders benefit from the space provided for their non-denominational meetings – learning new skills and gaining confidence to become the leaders of the future. 

The church itself hosts a monthly Men’s Breakfast which is open to men regardless of their take on religion. And while the breakfast offerings may vary from pancakes to omelettes – the coffee and conversation are always a constant – and all for a good will donation. 

Most recently the Parish Hall has become a very popular spot on the third Saturday of the month when young Lego enthusiasts spill through the door ready to construct wonderful creations with a supplied bounty of bricks. The only limitation are their imaginations and the participants seem to have no shortage of that! The Bayfield Lego Club is generously sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Facility rentals by other groups from card parties to harp therapy sessions are welcomed at Trinity St. James as this accessible space has plenty to offer including a beautifully equipped kitchen and internet. 

In addition to the quiet, rustic majesty of the church sanctuary and the welcoming space provided within the Parish Hall, the love for Trinity St. James shines through in the beautiful grounds that have been so carefully curated and tended over many years by parishioners and friends. With the Daffodils first bright pops of color, followed by the rich fragrance of Lily of the Valley in late Spring combined with Roses blooming into summer and fall the gardens are truly a work of art. 

On Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. the sound of the church bell rings out across the village inviting all to come and hear God’s holy word. The service at Trinity St. James can be an ethereal experience as light bounces from the intricately designed stain-glass windows and voices unite in both song and prayer. It is a time of true meditation and reflection. Following the Sunday service fellowship is enjoyed with the Coffee Hour sometimes running longer than the service itself!  And in this time of hectic schedules those at Trinity St. James realize that traditional Sunday worship doesn’t suit everyone’s needs so a second service is offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. 

In addition to the events held within the church walls Trinity St. James has been an active and viable contributor to the community. For over 30 years the church hosted the annual Bayfield Antique Fair and Sale. Held in the local community centre over a period of three days in August the show drew both antique dealers and visitors from far and wide creating an extra busy summer weekend for merchants, restaurant owners and innkeepers. “Soup and a Bun and a Movie” has been a mainstay for many locals during the Lenten season and the countless yard sales, bake sales and plant sales have been enjoyed by many. Plus, there have been GST (Goods-Services-Talents) Auctions, Street Dances and more that all contributed to the fabric of the village. 

When highlighting all of the activities provided it becomes evident that for Trinity St. James it is clearly a case of the spirit is willing but the body is not. The future of the church is in question. Attendance has declined considerably in recent years and the majority of regular attendees are seniors on fixed incomes with limited capacity to physically and financially do what is necessary to maintain the church property, as well as a full complement of worship and outreach activities. And it is with regret that the Wardens of Trinity St. James announce that they will be recommending to a special meeting of the congregation to be held in October that the necessary steps be taken to close the church within the next two years. 

However, before that meeting the Church Board members would like to hear from the residents of the village, both permanent and summer, as well as the surrounding community to allow their input into the future of the church building and property. 

Do they wish to see the buildings preserved for the benefit of the wider community as a site for cultural and social activities? Do people have the capacity to help “Reimagine Trinity St. James”?

Collecting community input is the first step and all are invited to a Public Meeting to be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, July 26, starting at 7 p.m. The doors of both the church and the Parish Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will also be served. For those who cannot attend in person but would still like to participate there are two ways they can contribute. The first would be by providing written comments to: The second would be to attend virtually. For those wishing to join a ZOOM call during the meeting they are asked to please email the address above for the required information. 

If a way of preserving Trinity St. James for the benefit of the community cannot be found, and supported, the eventual outcome will be the sale of the building and property by the Anglican Diocese of Huron and an integral element of the village’s heritage and home to vital community services will be forever lost. 





The official count for attendance at Bayfield Vettefest 2023 was just shy of 400 Corvettes – 356 inside and another 41 parked around the outside – shattering all previous records! 

Bayfield Vettefest was the brainchild of Brian Coombs who started the show 17 years ago and continues to devote countless hours to the event alongside some very dedicated volunteers.  The 15th event held July 7-8 saw corvettes enthusiasts join together to display their vehicles on Saturday in Clan Gregor Square, one person even driving 10 hours from Montreal to take part in the experience. Someone guesstimated the value of the collection to be over $40 million. The number of people that came out to view the cars was also unprecedented, even with the threat of rain, the park was bustling in the morning and into the afternoon when raindrops began to chase the cars and crowd away. 

Vettefest always opens with a Night Cruise on the Friday evening and 130 corvettes took part driving together along the backroads of Huron County with a stop at River Road Brewing and Hops. 

Event organizers would like to thank all of their volunteers who continue to help every year and make this fun couple of days run smoothly. They appreciate the work of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for running a hotdog booth and also opening the washrooms at the hall for use by attendees.  They are also indebted to the Bayfield Firefighters for serving up their delicious breakfast for the community on the Saturday morning an added bonus for those who take part in the show. 

“And thank you to the Bayfield and area businesses for donating to the door prizes,” said Elaine Coombs, a show organizer. “The lucky 50-50 winner took home over $1,100.  All proceeds are given out to area causes!

According to Coombs, Vettefest brings a lot of people into the village and as a result hotels in both Bayfield and Goderich were fully booked. 

She added, “Thanks also to everyone who purchased tickets for the Coping Centre’s Corvette Raffle! They always bring the corvette up and sell tickets at our show. They had record sales at our show so thank you to all who supported this great cause. Good luck to all who bought tickets! Last year’s winner purchased his ticket right here at Vettefest and he brought it to this year’s show!”

Anyone who would still like to purchase a ticket can do so online by visiting: Coping Centre Raffle.



Park colours

Park colors by Erin Carroll

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Just as I was dotting the last ‘i’ and crossing the last ‘t” on this week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze, I received a time-sensitive press release and as it is essentially an invitation to a “street party” about 40 years in the planning I thought I’d share it here. Hope to see you there! – Melody 

The Municipality of Bluewater is pleased to announce that the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project has been completed and wishes to celebrate this achievement by hosting an official re-opening of Bayfield Main Street.

The objective of this project was to implement necessary improvements such as major stormwater infrastructure and to make the Main Street Heritage district more accessible for visitors of all ages in all seasons in addition to making the area more appealing to year-round business visitors. This was achieved by installing major stormwater infrastructure, burying the hydro lines underground and updating heritage street lights and pedestrian lighting, as well as installing rain gardens, trees and other beautiful landscaping.

This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through the Rural Economic Development Program and additionally made possible by the work from past Council, the community and staff.

There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, July 15, at noon outside of the Bayfield Branch Library, 18 Bayfield Main St N, to commemorate the re-opening of Bayfield Main Street and the improvements made. The event will be hosted in part by the Municipality and Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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