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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 732 Week 30 Vol 15

July 19, 2023


Issue 732 Week 30 Vol 15
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Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Bill Strong (far right), representing Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb watch as Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp cuts the ribbon during an official re-opening of Bayfield Main Street marking the completion of the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project. More coverage of the festivities will follow next week in Issue 733 of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Bill Strong (far right), representing Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, watch as Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp cuts the ribbon during an official re-opening of Bayfield Main Street marking the completion of the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project. More coverage of the festivities will follow next week in Issue 733 of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


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:


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. on Aug. 26. (Submitted photo)

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. on Aug. 26. (Submitted photo)

The BayfiBayfield Centre for the Arts Logoeld 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.


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) continue to receive requests to take in more cats and kittens and unfortunately they are at maximum capacity and are only accepting cats on an emergency, case-by-case basis.

Buddy is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week.

This wee lad was found all alone on the side of the road on July 12, the night of the big storm. His rescuer who happened to be driving by isn’t even sure how she managed to see him as he was so tiny.

Once he was safe in her vehicle she discovered that Buddy is quite a young kitten, maybe four to five weeks old. He had the crusty, goopy eyes not uncommon to new kittens and although he was quite fluffy she could count his every rib. Buddy’s rescuer called a vet and although they weren’t able to see him as it was closing time they did provide her with some flea medication. Once home she dried Buddy off, warmed him up and then called BFF and he was admitted to the Rescue as an emergency case.

“Buddy arrived just as the skies really started to open up and the rain was pounding down,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “He was super hungry, but we had to feed him in small increments to avoid over feeding and making his situation worse. We got his eyes cleaned up and were able to start some medication on his eyes. We are pleased to report that he is slowly gaining some weight and seems to be doing OK. He just loves to be held and is a purr machine.”

Penhale went on to say that the lovely person that brought him in was kind enough to also leave a donation towards his care.

“This is greatly appreciated as there seems to be no end to the number of kittens and cats that are in need,” Penhale said. “We receive on average four or five calls or emails daily from people reaching out for help and as much as it breaks our hearts to say, ‘No’ we can’t accept them all as we don’t have the funds to care for them.”

BFF have 47 kittens scheduled to be vetted this month as people can imagine this is a very expensive undertaking and so they are reaching out to the community to see if anyone would like to sponsor a kitten’s surgery or donate to the overall cost of their medical care.

Penhale is very grateful to all those who do financially contribute to support the poor, little forgotten felines, like Buddy, as this money truly does save lives.

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.


The Village Bookshop hosted a show and sale of works by the Bayfield Artist Guild, inspired by the bookshop building itself.

The Friday evening, July 7, preview in the Bookshop garden was more successful than expected, with 10 of the 15 artworks having sold.  An appreciative crowd of 40 artists and invited guests enjoyed a balmy summer evening with wine service provided by the 1851 Bayfield Landing.

All of the artworks were on display for the public on Saturday afternoon, July 8, with additional sales that day.

“This exhibit far surpassed any of our expectations,” said Guild member Trisch Pemberton.  “It was a wonderful social event on a perfect summer evening!”

This was the first joint effort of the Village Bookshop and the Bayfield Artist Guild, but both look forward to future collaborations.


Map of projectBedrock Energy Corporation (Bedrock) is initiating a Class Environmental Access (Class EA) for Minor Transmission Facilities for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) System Project, a proposed compressed energy storage system located outside of Bayfield.

The project is a Class EA, in accordance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act for Minor Transmission Facilities (MTF). The MTF Class EA is a process for projects anticipated to have a predictable range of environmental effects that can feasibly be mitigated with protection measures in place.

Bedrock will be hosting an in-person Public Open House on July 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Stanley Complex in Varna.

This Public Open House is an opportunity for Bedrock to share information and the community is invited to come ask questions and provide comments about the project.

For more information about the project and to provide feedback visit or email the project team at info@bedrocken


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. This 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. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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. This 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. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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.

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

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 tonight (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.


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. Please note there will not be a service this Wednesday, July 19. Those who attend on July 23 can look forward to some special music provided by a local harpist.

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.


Twenty people composing seven teams competed for the title of “Fastest Puzzle Making Team” at the Bayfield Branch Library on the morning of Saturday, July 15. People were invited to assemble a team of two to four members ready to go head-to-head against other teams to see who could assemble a 300-piece puzzle the quickest! The puzzles were generously donated by the Rotary Club of Goderich. The winning team members were: Angie Steckle, M’Lynn Gingerich, Marie Ward and Isaac Ward. The second place team were from l-r: Xavier Davis and sisters Laura Hegberg and Jen Davis, from Kelowna, BC. The trio were visiting family in Bayfield. This second place team came in 3-1/2 minutes behind the winners, at 35 minutes 20 seconds. (Photos courtesy Bayfield Branch Library and Ralph Blasting)



The Bayfield Firemen's Breakfast was held on the morning of July 8 attracting over 1,000 people to indulge in the most important meal of the day.

The Bayfield Firemen’s Breakfast was held on the morning of July 8, attracting over 1,000 people to indulge in the most important meal of the day.

Firefighters with the Bayfield Department were up bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 8 to prepare for their first Firemen’s Breakfast since 2019. And so were many hungry people as many started lining up in advance of the 7 a.m. start time. In fact, at times the line reached all the way back to the corner of Municipal Road and Clan Gregor Square.

New this year was a “touch the truck” opportunity that was wholeheartedly enjoyed by a countless number of youngsters while a family member waited in the breakfast line.

Over 1,000 people were served pancakes with real Bayfield Maple Syrup, Metzger’s bacon, Bayfield Foodland’s own sausages, potatoes, toast, juice, coffee provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters and chocolate milk donated by the Dairy Farmers of Huron County.

Organizers deemed the event a great success and wanted to thank all the community volunteers that came out to help. They are also grateful to those businesses that donated their products to the cause: Bayfield Maple, the Dairy Farmers of Huron County; and Shaun Henry and Leanne Kavanagh from ShopBike who not only donated their coffee but their time serving it.

Members of the Bayfield Fire Department, a part of Bluewater Fire Services, would like to extend an additional heartfelt thank you to those who donated to the John Vanderhaar Memorial Fund at the event as well.


Huron Hospice is pleased to announce the return of two of their most popular events as they were meant to be experienced. The Seventh Annual Butterfly Release will be back at Bender House and the “No Place Like Home” Telethon will be live.

The Telethon Concert is set for Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. This year the Telethon Concert will be broadcast live from the Kingsbridge Centre. Set to perform are headliners:Amanda McClure and Tom Burke, from Seaforth; Josh Geddis, Steve Dawe and Jess Langan, from Bayfield and Clinton, and Clinton’s own Grant McMillan.

Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, will join Huron County Coordinator of Tourism and Local Food, Alecia Anderson as celebrity emcees.

“We are pleased to have the three of them join us again. Each brings a deep understanding of Huron County and the arts scene. The fact that Alecia, Ben and Gil are making time for Huron Hospice shows how important the Hospice is for everyone across the County.” said Christopher Walker, Huron Hospice manager of Fund Development.

Walker also thanked the creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich for their dedication to the event.

“Faux Pop helps us put together a wonderful show. It will be an entertaining evening,” he said.

For those who wish to attend the concert live and in-person, tickets are selling for $50 each. This ticket price includes a complimentary Concert Shuttle. Guests must reserve their shuttle seats when they buy their tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will have cash bar service and beef-on-a-bun. A vegetarian option and cookies will also be available. Goodwill donations will cover food costs.

The annual butterfly release is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m., in the Huron Hospice Bender House garden.

“Butterflies are an important symbol of transformation for families at Huron Hospice. People gather and release butterflies each year as they remember loved ones who are no longer with them. Children marvel at the butterflies they release to begin their migration south,” said Walker.

He announced some changes to the event this year, “we always release ethically raised butterflies. We know that our pollinating friends, the butterflies and the bees, need us now more than ever. They are losing their habitat and their feeding grounds. Just as you have done in the past, you can purchase a butterfly for the commemorative release or you can do more for these remarkable butterflies. You can also buy a Butterfly Bush or a Black-eyed Susan for your garden.”

Please note these plants will be made available for planting next Spring.

Butterflies are $40 again this year. Butterfly bushes cost $35, and Black-eyed Susans are $20 and can be ordered at Butterfly Release.

Anyone who would prefer to order butterflies in-person are asked to email or for more information.

In case of rain, the release will be held on Monday, Aug. 28.

Huron Hospice Bender House is located at 37857 Huron Road in Clinton.


The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $1.4 million to bring reliable high-speed internet to more than 720 families, farms, and businesses in Huron County.

“Providing reliable internet access is especially important for rural communities to prosper in our increasingly digital world,” said Peter Fragiskatos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Today’s (July 14) announcement marks another milestone for homes, businesses, and farms in Huron (County) that can now connect to essential online services and enjoy the additional economic opportunities made available through high-speed internet.”

The federal and provincial governments have partnered with Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. to provide 720 residents in rural areas near Bluewater Beach and areas south of Benmiller, as well as residents in the communities of Porter’s Hill, Marnoch, and Hutton Heights in Huron County, with access to broadband infrastructure that will enable high-speed internet service.

“By continuing to build new broadband infrastructure in Huron County, we’re helping strengthen our local rural community. This investment is helping to support the growing utilization of real-time data on farm and in our rural businesses, as well as helping people stay in touch with loved ones, enabling them to access the supports they need while proving to be a foundational pillar for economic success across the riding,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson

Huron County provided an additional investment of more than $1 million to support the project in communities near Bluewater Beach and more than $729,211 to support the project in the communities of Marnoch and Hutton Heights. They also contributed $731,886 to bring connectivity to areas just south of Benmiller.

“Connectivity is key to empowering businesses, strengthening local economies and unlocking new opportunities for innovation and growth in our small and rural communities across Southwestern Ontario,” said SWIFT Board Chair, Gary McNamara. “Together with the governments of Ontario and Canada, SWIFT continues to make strong progress in the expansion of high-speed broadband infrastructure across Southwestern Ontario. Today’s (July 14) announcement builds on our program’s commitment to drive greater connectivity throughout the region as we mark the successful completion of (four) additional high-speed broadband projects in Huron (County).”

This announcement marks the completion of four more projects under SWIFT and builds on the Ontario government’s plan to get the right infrastructure in the right places – ensuring people can live, work, and farm where they want.

The contract to expand broadband services in Huron County was awarded by SWIFT, a not-for-profit corporation initiated by local municipalities to address connectivity in Southwestern Ontario.

More than $255 million has been invested by the governments of Canada and Ontario and the private sector to bring high-speed internet access to more than 63,000 homes and businesses in Southwestern Ontario through SWIFT.

The Ontario government is investing nearly $4 billion to bring high-speed internet access to every corner of the province by the end of 2025. This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet in Canadian history.

Ontario launched a new interactive online map that shows where provincially funded high-speed internet projects are planned, currently underway, or have been recently completed in communities across the province. Ontarians can visit and search by address, community or municipality to find out more about provincially funded high-speed internet projects and where high-speed internet service is currently available.


Together the Maitland Valley Family Health Team and the MacKay Centre for Seniors have organized “Caring for the Caregiver Day” to be held on Saturday, July 29.

This will be a day to recognize, educate, pamper and thank family caregivers. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided at this free event.  This special day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mackay Centre for Seniors located at 10 Nelson Street East in Goderich.

Those who wish to attend are asked to register by July 24 by emailing or by calling 519 524-6660.


The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting their 10th Better Together Gala on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Libro Community Hall in Clinton.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Martin Ritsma and special musical entertainment will be provided by Sophie Gingerich. The meal will be catered by Pineridge Barbecue Co., of Hensall. The doors to the Hall will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The cost is $75 per person. Tickets can be ordered by contacting the HCFBDC office at 519 913-2362 or by ordering online at: Gala Tickets.

More information is available on the HCFBDC Event Page at: Better Together Gala. 

The Libro Community Hall is located at 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton.


On July 14, an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth Community Hospital was declared over by Huron Perth Public Health. The outbreak was declared on the Inpatient Unit on July 6.

“Upon declaring the outbreak, immediate precautions were implemented, including prevalence testing for patients,” said Manager Quality, Patient Safety & Infection Control, Erica Jensen.

The Inpatient Unit has been reopened to admissions and transfers. Family and Caregiver Presence on the Unit has returned to regular guidelines which can be found on the HPHA website at

Families and caregivers are reminded that they should not visit loved ones in the hospital if they are feeling unwell.

Masks continue to be available for those entering any HPHA hospital site and are mandatory for patients and caregivers in the Emergency Department and for those with symptoms of a respiratory infection.

“Masks continue to be a key tool for infection prevention and control,” added Jensen. “Beyond masking requirements you may want to wear a mask if you have an underlying medical condition, are immunocompromised or an older adult; if your close contacts are more likely to get sick if they contract COVID-19; or if you’ve had a high risk exposure and may become sick.”


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 in Grand Bend on July 29; and Kettle Point on 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.



It takes a story…

The Bayfield Lions Club members have quietly unveiled the final piece of their Clock Tower and Flagpole Project bringing to a conclusion their community projects organized in recognition of their 75th year of service in the village.

Two interpretive stands at the corner of Main and Charles Streets, pay tribute to Bayfield’s early maritime history symbolized by the Ships Wheel Clock Tower and Flagpole erected where Main Street meets Clan Gregor Square.

“Already numerous visitors to the Village are stopping to read the story boards,” said project co-ordinator Lions member Dave Nearingburg.  “They add another valuable feature to Bayfield’s Heritage Main Street.”

The wording on the interpretive plaque is as follows:

The Ships Wheel Clock Tower: The Ships Wheel symbolizes Bayfield’s historic and sometimes tragic connection with Lake Huron. From its earliest days, Bayfield’s commercial fishermen bravely plied Lake Huron’s coastal waters harvesting their catches in small locally built, sail-powered boats. With the permission of the Art Gallery of Ontario, an 1876 painting by renowned Seaforth artist William Cresswell has been reproduced on the stands depicting the small fleet braving a sudden gale and unable to reach the safety of Bayfield’s harbour.

Bayfield’s Signal Pole: For almost 75 years, a signal pole at the foot of Bayfield Terrace, served as Bayfield’s Marine Weather Warning Station.  From the late 1800’s to the mid 1950’s the Canadian Meteorological Service used a simple system to warn mariners of approaching gales. The central weather office in Toronto would send warnings by telegraph to a local operator.  The operator would use a simple system of wicker baskets in the shape of drums and cones to indicate wind direction and strength of approaching storms.  At night, combinations of red and clear lanterns were used. The Southampton Propeller Club has reproduced a complete full-scale replica of the system used there.

Prior to this system, Bayfield’s sail powered fishing fleet, unaware of impending gales, were helpless to reach safety.



The 74th Rummage Sale and Silent Auction for Pioneer Park was held on Friday, July 14. People formed a long line waiting to enter the outdoor sale area prior to the ribbon drop at 6 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The 74th Rummage Sale and Silent Auction for Pioneer Park was held on Friday, July 14. People formed a long line waiting to enter the outdoor sale area prior to the ribbon drop at 6 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


That’s a wrap! The 2023 Rummage Sale and Silent Auction has left the stage or arena in this case! Now in its 74th year, who could have predicted this annual fundraiser, in support of the beautiful lakeside greenspace known as Pioneer Park, would still be flourishing today?

There is perhaps no more appropriate event than the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale to use the old adage, “It takes a village”. This week, the 2023 Team Rummage Coordinators reflect and pay homage to the 200 plus volunteers that make this grand event possible.

The 2023 Team Rummage coordinators were watching the radar and the clouds on Friday afternoon with dread. When it looked like the storm was definitely coming, the volunteers danced their way through the rain to protect the outside merchandise and displays – only to be saved by Mother Nature herself, who later delivered the sunshine! And when the sun came out, so did hundreds of attendees, lining up all around the building. The excitement and relief was electrifying! All involved could not have asked for a better outcome.

Sharon Craig, of Team Rummage reflected, “We’ve worked hard this year to ensure we’ve maintained the essence of the Rummage Sale while incorporating some improvements we hope will help to streamline the workload in future years. And we’ve had fun at the same time, that’s most important!”

Jayne Dietrich, a member of Team Rummage exclaimed, “The Rummage Sale would not be possible without the generosity of this community and the hundreds of people who donated their no-longer needed, preloved goods at the Quonset Hut on the designated drop-off dates. Credit for the genius idea to establish a common drop area five years ago go to Terry and Helen Lazaretto. Thank you Terry and Helen for all that you do for the Rummage Sale.”

Danuta Wyant and Carole Stinson, the Team Rummage Volunteer Coordinators said, “We are grateful to all the volunteers who came out on Saturdays and Mondays to receive, sort and pack boxes at the QHut. Thank you to the volunteer crews who transported the goods to the arena. We applaud the Silent Auction Team, Table Captains and their trusty crews of volunteers who set up their displays, priced their wares and then turned into super salespeople, to work the crowd! Thanks also to an amazing tear-down crew, the clean up was a breeze with so many helpful hands. We are grateful to our accounting team who are tasked with tallying the totals at the end of the evening.”

“Thank you to the Reder Family for the use of their Quonset Hut, the Bayfield Agricultural Society, all the local and area merchants for their generous donations including Brad and Melissa Maidment at Bayfield Foodland, who donated all of the pop, wieners, and buns for the barbecue. We were pleased to have Nick Howell and John Thornton back at the grills, keeping folks fed and entertained. A special thank you goes out to Sandy Scotchmer who effortlessly coordinated the mayhem at the arena and kept us all in line,” said Lynn Whaley, also a member of Team Rummage.

Catherine Tillmann concluded by sharing her thanks “to this outstanding community and all the volunteers who stepped up to make this another successful Rummage Sale and Silent Auction event.”

Editor’s Note: Our story continues next week in Issue 733 when the Bayfield Breeze takes a closer look at the excitement when the people descended on the 74th Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction ready to shop and bid!




Main Street Ribbon Cutting…By Brad Turner

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The folks at Ontario’s West Coast are always coming up with fun ideas to encourage both residents and visitors to explore Huron County. This summer they are travelling around with a cardboard cut-out of an Alpaca named Tribble inspiring photo opportunities. The real life Tribble resides on the Malette Family Farm at Brussels, ON.

Tribble has become a mascot for a contest that Ontario’s West Coast is running from now until Labour Day. The concept is pretty simple, share your best selfie at the Huron County places you visit this summer. Use the hashtags #OntariosWestCoast and #TribblesAdventures for a chance to win a weekly $100 gift card from a local tourism business.

To learn all about this contest please visit: Tribble the Alpaca. 

Tribble made an appearance at the 74th Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction on Friday night and even photobombed one of my pictures. He gave me a real good giggle when I was editing pics for this week’s Issue as I didn’t notice him when I was actually taking the photo. I invite you to scroll through the selection of images in our Photo Story section to see if you can spot him! Perhaps his cheerful visage will inspire you to safely take some selfies to enter into the contest while you are out and about in the county this summer. – Melody

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