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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 733 Week 31 Vol 15

July 26, 2023


Issue 733 Week 31 Vol 15
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Mid-day on July 15 Bayfield's Main Street was closed from Charles to Catherine Street so that the community could celebrate its grand reopening. (Photo by John Pounder)


Bayfield’s Main Street was closed for a period of time mid-day on July 15 so that the community could come together and celebrate its grand reopening.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater, hosted the ceremony in-turn inviting honored guests to speak including, Bill Strong, representing Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb as well as the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency, Filomena Tassi; Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson; Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp; and Secretary-Treasurer of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Terri Louch.

Strong shared greetings from both Lobb and Tassi saying, “Congratulations on today’s reopening of Bayfield’s Main Street. We applaud your efforts in revitalizing the downtown of Bayfield making it a destination for residents and visitors to enjoy. These improvements honor the village landscape while supporting the success of many local shops, restaurants and other attractions in that line. Our government was happy to support the Municipality of Bluewater with $650,000 to support the revitalization of the town’s main business district.”

MPP Thompson shared that she was happy to be in Bayfield to both celebrate and to say thank you.

“First to the Municipality of Bluewater thank you for the vision that you had for this community. Bill I know you are a very proud representative on the municipal council and to you and to Mayor Klopp and to the team this mattered,” she said.

The project has been on the docket for a long time, some long-time residents could perhaps trace its origins to the early 1980s, while Mayor Klopp shared with those gathered that he recalled talk of the project during the era of amalgamation around the year 2000. He recognized the focus and trust of both the council and municipal staff for finally getting the job done, paying special tribute to the late former mayor, Bill Dowson. He also acknowledged past and current councillors present at the ceremony inviting them to step forward to be recognized. He noted that it was a true community effort, thanking the residents of Bluewater as well as the upper levels of government for seeing the plan to fruition.

Louch shared that it has been a very tough stretch for the Bayfield businesses first weathering the pandemic storm and then having to navigate the construction project that began in the spring of 2022. The work was stretched out over two years to allow a break for the busy summer tourist season followed by more construction from Labour Day to just prior to Christmas in Bayfield weekend with the finishing work being completed this spring ending just prior to Victoria Day weekend. Louch praised the businesses for their patience and the municipality for keeping the lines of communication open throughout the construction period ensuring the work remained on schedule and was done properly. As Secretary-Treasurer Louch monitors the BACC email and she was pleased to report that comments from visitors regarding the revitalization have been very positive with people liking how user-friendly the street is now while still having maintained that historic feel. She also shared that businesses have already seen an increase in visitors with mobility issues since the work has been completed.

Whetstone was the last to speak and he acknowledged contractor Lavis Contracting and consultant B.M. Ross for their work in making the vision a reality.

“This village is my passion,” said the councilor, who has served the Bayfield Ward for nine years. He cited the burying of the hydro lines as a game changer in the project as this will allow the tree canopy once a unique focal point of the street to return its former splendour. He also noted that the new aggregate sidewalks, although at times  contentious during the planning stages, work very well to allow for ease of use as well as maintaining the heritage look and feel that the village is known for.

Following the speeches, Paul Hill, portraying Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, the village’s namesake, acted as town-cryer proclaiming the news that the project was complete.

And then Mayor Klopp gripping a big pair of red handled scissors snipped the blue ribbon that was draped across the street in front of Admiral Bayfield Square held by several of the key players in the final evolution of the revitalization of Bayfield’s Main Street.

But the festivities were far from over as Admiral Bayfield, followed by bagpipers Alan Grant and Scott Macaulay led an eight minute procession of politicians, municipal staff, chamber and community members up and down both sides of Main Street crossing at Charles and Catherine Streets. This was to allow people to see and experience the work that had been done first hand – the sidewalks, stormwater infrastructure, heritage streetlights, pedestrian lighting and landscaping as well as acknowledge the work essential to the end result but no longer visible – road construction, stormwater infrastructure and the burying of the hydro.

The formal part of the ceremony, complete, people enjoyed a social time over refreshments on the grounds of the Bayfield Branch Library where a display of before and after panels could be viewed.

The Bayfield Ward Councilor shared that during the social time visitors that had been to Bayfield previously commented to him what a great job was done.

“They said it still looks old but it’s new and that is exactly what we were shooting for,” he said.

Whetstone went on to say that having the project come in under budget and on schedule was a team effort.

“It was truly an amazing job by all to make that happen,” he said.

The final costs on the project came in  at just under $3 million dollars with funding coming from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund and the Ontario Rural Economic Development Fund with a portion being derived from municipal reserves and the Canada Community Building Fund (the former Gas Tax Fund).


The countdown is on! The Bayfield Community Fair is just four weeks away – Aug. 18-20. Fair organizers encourage everyone in the community to come out and experience the “small-town fair with a big heart”.

The Fair has something for everyone: food, a full parade, homecraft exhibits, activities and entertainment for kids, as well as unique events for all ages, competitions, demonstrations, vendors, educational displays, fireworks, a Rock Revival concert, and so much more.

One of the questions that fairgoers frequently ask is, “What food can I get at the Fair?” Well, the Bayfield Fair has that covered!

Fair organizers are delighted to welcome “Truckin Mamas on the Run”, a food truck with a great menu. Among their specialties are burgers, wraps, hot dogs and sausages, tacos, fries (including pickle fries!), poutine, churros, and old-fashioned milkshakes. Truckin Mamas offers lots of choices to satisfy every craving!

Naomi’s food booth will feature thirst-quenching lemonade and ice cream to beat the heat.

And what’s a community fair without candy floss? Yes, there will be candy floss!

This is also a good time to remind everyone about the Fish Fry Dinner that will be held at the Bayfield Agricultural Park on Friday, Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Full details and ticket information can be found by visiting: Fish Fry Details.

Organizers are fine tuning the food lineup for this year’s fair. If there are still food, or craft, vendors who would like to be part of the Bayfield Fair, they are encouraged to visit the: Vendors Page. Booth spaces are filling up quickly. Anyone interested should secure their space soon.

Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will be providing filtered water at a booth close to the back door of the arena. Attendees are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and OCWA will be happy to fill it with refreshing water. There is also a water refill station in the arena foyer area.

For the full 2023 schedule and details, please visit

There are lots of fun events and activities in the works, so check back often and stay tuned.

Join in the fun – enjoy the food choices at the Fair!


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.


The kitten care satellite-centre also has three smaller cages for shorter term stays, often prior to spay/neuter appointments.

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) are busier than ever with over 80 kittens looking for their forever homes.

They have been extremely fortunate to have a wonderful team of foster care volunteers who have taken on a mother and kittens, often from birth, providing housing, care and love. These volunteers have raised beautiful, socialized kittens. However, BFF found they needed more space for kittens coming back from foster and additional litters. To accommodate these little ones, BFF added a kitten care satellite-centre with additional caging aimed at keeping these young ones healthy and happy until their big adoption day. The new site has three large enclosures with windows, cat trees and space to run around and play. There are also three smaller cages for shorter term stays, often prior to spay/neuter appointments. This space also allows BFF to have more kittens in one location for people to visit and find their perfect match. They have cuddle chairs and toys to interact with the kittens, giving prospective adopters a better look at the different personalities.

With all these kittens and adult cats, BFF needs a great many supplies. People have been so generous with their donations in the past but the need continues.

In addition to monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Amazon Wish List.

BFF continues 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. As they receive more adoptions, they will be able to open their doors once more.

Austin is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week.

This handsome man was born on a back porch. At only two days old, he, his siblings and mother were brought into BFF. His sisters have gone to their forever homes but sadly Austin was overlooked. He is a playful kitten but is happy to take a break for a snuggle and can this little guy purr! He is also a talker. Austin is neutered and has all his shots. He is ready to go to his forever home. He is currently housed at BFF’s new satellite in Bayfield, and people are welcome to visit him. Just contact BFF through facebook or email

Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above 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.


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 tonight (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.


August hikes offered by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) include river clean-ups, a scavenger hunt, and an evening hike.

On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join the BRVTA team for “Love Your Greats Day” at the Bayfield River Flats. Two events will start from the River Flats parking lot, just below the Bayfield Bridge on the east side.  The Love Your Greats clean-up of the Flats will include a Scavenger Hunt for natural items found in this popular riverside area.  For those looking for a longer tour, a group will walk from the Flats across the bridge to the Sawmill Trail and down to the river on the opposite side, picking up litter along the way. The River Flats cleanup will cover about a kilometer.  The Sawmill Trail walk will be about 5 km round-trip.  For the clean-up, please bring a bucket or older reusable shopping bag (some buckets will be provided on site) and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. After the river clean-up, all participants are invited to River Road Brewing & Hops for sorting, a vendors market and live music. All collected materials will be sorted and recycled through TerraCycle.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, enjoy a late-summer evening hike at 7 p.m. on the Woodland Trail.  This will be a 3.5 km walk through the woods as the day ends, returning to the parking lot by sunset at 8:20 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead: from the Mill Road/Hwy 21 intersection, take Sarnia Street to Mactavish Crescent, then right onto David Street. Follow the signs to trail parking.

These hikes are 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 or contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


Saturday, Aug. 12 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023.

The AGM will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Pioneer Park (rain location Bayfield Community Centre, 4 Jane Street). Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For further information please email:


Howdy Partners! Saddle up and ride into Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield on Aug. 1st and 2nd for their Wild West Fest which will feature a Silent Auction in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, as well as loot bags available by donation!

This western-themed extravaganza will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. It will also feature a savings stampede of 20 per cent off almost all over-the-counter purchases! Those who attend can even enjoy free coffee at the pharmacy’s Starbucks Coffee Saloon and sample their flavored coffee syrups to boot!

So round-up friends and family and come into the pharmacy to lasso some great savings and have some fun, y’all!

Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is located at 2 Main Street South.


The night sky is an infinite canvas of intrigue.

The Perseids Meteor shower will grace the night skies across Canada with ideal seeing conditions Aug. 11-13. People can take advantage of the celestial event by attending a “Dark Sky Party” at the Bayfield South Pier on Friday, Aug. 11 hosted by the Westcoast Astronomers and Municipality of Bluewater.

The event is free, and will run from after dusk until late, with ideal viewing conditions between 10-11:50 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope, amateur astronomers are asked to bring their telescopes at sundown to take advantage of the daylight to set-up their gear.

Refreshments will also be available.

People may register in advance online at: Dark Sky Party. In the event of poor weather the rain date will be Aug. 12, please check the Westcoast Astronomer’s and municipality website and socials for updates.

“Dark skies are one of the many beautiful natural features Bluewater offers, I hope this event will raise awareness of the importance of dark skies and inspire people to act to prevent light pollution. One way the Village of Bayfield Marina and the municipality have taken action is by successfully converting the marina dock lights to dark sky compliant lights,” said Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator with the Municipality of Bluewater.

This event is the final community outreach event of the 2023 Blue Flag program being offered by the municipality. 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

This program is a part of the Blue Flag Canada Program operated by Swim Drink Fish.


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 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.


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. Those who attend on July 30 can look forward to celebrating Christmas in July! As the Dec. 24, 2022 service was cancelled due to the blizzard – Rev. Mary Farmer will be sharing her Christmas Eve Homily and all can join in the singing of carols. Attendees are invited to dress in festive red and green. A Christmas themed treat will follow at coffee hour.

Also Sunday is the last day to bring in donations for the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. The club will be forwarding these school supplies to Rotary Clubs in South Africa who distribute the supplies to rural schools who have almost no supplies or teaching resources.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to Aug. 3.

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.


Ian Jean poses with a healthy Red Oak tree. (Submitted photo)

A fungal disease called “Oak Wilt” has been detected in southern Ontario. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff are urging people to help prevent the spread of Oak Wilt. People can help by not transporting firewood and by avoiding the pruning of Oak trees between April and November.

Oak Wilt grows in the sapwood of Oak trees. Recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Oak Wilt has been detected in Niagara Falls and in the Township of Springwater, near Barrie. While the disease is new to Ontario, it has been known from the Midwest United States since the 1940s. Red Oak trees are particularly susceptible, resulting in tree death within a single season. All Oak species can get the disease but in White and Bur Oak trees the disease is not always fatal and is sometimes limited to branch dieback.

Experience from the U.S. Midwest provides knowledge on how to reduce the spread and impact of the disease. Oak Wilt moves slowly on its own. However, Oak Wilt can be moved long distances when people move infected firewood from one location to another.

“Transporting firewood is the main way that Oak Wilt is introduced to a new location,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry Specialist. “We need to get the message out to not move firewood. When visiting or vacationing please use local sources of firewood.”

Transporting firewood from other areas of Ontario, to campgrounds or cottages, increases the risk of introducing the disease locally.

Oak Wilt may spread short distances when fungal spores are moved by sap feeding insects from an infected tree to a freshly pruned or injured Oak tree. The current CFIA guidelines are to avoid pruning Oak trees between April and November, except for emergency purposes. The Ontario Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has relevant guidelines for Certified Arborists and tree service providers.

Once a tree is infected, the fungus moves very efficiently from an infected Oak tree to a healthy Oak tree through grafted root systems.

“It is common for trees to form root connections with nearby trees of the same species,” said Jean. “Unfortunately, this trait enables the fungus to spread through root grafts such that any Oak tree with a root connection to a diseased Oak tree will get the disease.”

According to the Invasive Species Centre, symptoms of Oak wilt usually appear in July and include leaf drop that starts at the top of the tree and progresses to the bottom. Similarly, the dying leaves show browning that starts at the tip of the leaf and progresses toward the base or stem of the leaf. Suspected cases of Oak Wilt can be reported to Invasive Species Hotline 1-800-563-7711 or to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency via their online form: Inspection Canada.

It is important to note that in areas of the United States, where Oak Wilt has been present for several decades, it has not resulted in total loss of Oak. There are still healthy Oak trees, and Oak continues to be a major proportion of natural and urban forests throughout the U.S. Midwest. However, in local areas where Oak Wilt becomes established, considerable effort and expense must be undertaken to remove and destroy infected trees and to sever underground root grafts to prevent the disease from spreading from tree to tree.

Forests makeup just more than 14 per cent of the land cover across the Ausable Bayfield watershed according to the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card (2023). Oaks are an important component of local forests, which contribute towards watershed health and resilience. Not only do they produce acorns, a high value food source for wildlife, Oaks also host many leaf-eating caterpillars and insects that, in turn, feed birds and small mammals.

“Fortunately, we do have ways to prevent the spread of Oak Wilt,” said Jean. “Please leave your firewood at home,” he said. “There is a supply of firewood available when you arrive at your destination.”



Participating staff at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) contribute to a Dress-Down Day Fund. As contributors to this charitable fund, they donate to the community and they get to dress casually on Fridays. The staff have decided to donate the money they have raised, over the past year, to two charitable causes: Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) towards turtle hatchling release and to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) towards the South Huron Trail fundraising initiative. On behalf of the staff, ABCA Communications Specialist Tim Cumming (third from left in photo), recently presented cheques for $312 each to the two organizations. Accepting the cheque, on behalf of HSC, are Natasha Dobos, field technician, and Sheldon Paul, species at risk technician. Accepting on behalf of the Conservation Foundation is ABCF Chair Dave Frayne. (Submitted photo)



Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted their

“Discovery Healthcare Camp” (DHC) from July 10-14 at Camp Klahanie. The property owned by the Goderich Lions Club is located just south of Goderich. The camp was held in partnership with the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.

This is a week-long camp allowing local high school students to explore career opportunities in the healthcare field. DHC counselors Aaron Lewis, Nathan Gould and Emily Horse, all medical students from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, engaged with students to serve as teachers and mentors throughout the program.

During camp, representatives from the local government, economic development, the medical community, and the funding partners were provided opportunities to meet with the medical students socially.

President and CEO of the Huron Health System for Goderich and Exeter Hospitals, Jimmy Trieu said, “I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all involved in organizing this healthcare camp. As the healthcare industry grapples with significant human resources challenges, we recognize the importance of innovative approaches for recruiting healthcare professionals in the future. This camp serves as a remarkable platform to introduce the younger generation to the world of healthcare. I am grateful for the opportunity it provides participants to engage in informative sessions and gain hands-on experience. Through these interactive experiences, we hope to ignite a spark of interest in healthcare within their hearts, motivating and guiding them as they progress on their educational journey. This camp plays a vital role in nurturing and cultivating the potential talent that will contribute to the future of healthcare and make a positive impact on the well-being of our communities.”

A shortage of healthcare professionals is an issue in many rural areas, a trend that has been exacerbated by the pandemic and is expected to continue in the future. The economic costs associated with this are severe. Gateway hopes to continue to grow and develop their Discovery Healthcare Camp in partnership with Schulich School of Medicine. Gateway is dedicated to supporting the sustainability of local healthcare resources. Through networking with local healthcare professionals and partners, they hope to continue to provide an educational camp experience that provides students both knowledge and hands-on skills related to rural healthcare for years to come.

“We are pleased to partner with Goderich Hospital at Schulich’s DHC for a second year. This is an innovative strategy for future recruitment of our health human resources. The students learn about healthcare careers in such a fun motivating environment,” said President of the Gateway Board of Directors, Gwen Devereaux.

Highlights of the 2023 camp included a career panel with local professionals where students were able to learn about careers such as general surgery, nursing, paramedic and more. They also participated in hands-on workshops with a surgeon where students learned to do sutures with real medical equipment on stuffed animals. In addition students took part in a workshop with a family medicine physician and obstetrical nurse regarding delivering babies, obstetrical assessments and more.

Students toured the Goderich hospital and were able to interact with professionals within departments and ask questions regarding their careers. A highlight of the week was also participating in a mock disaster where they could be the patient or on the treatment team!

COPA-45 gave a warm welcome with a dinner at the airport for Western’s medical students and Gateway’s students. These students are the future and welcoming communities can make the difference in where they establish their careers.

The week ended with a great barbeque provided by the Goderich Lions Club and a fun graduation ceremony with students’ families attending.

Several local organizations provided funding to ensure the success of this camp and Gateway welcomes additional support to guarantee this becomes an annual event. A special thanks goes out to the Goderich Lions Club for the beautiful camp and to the Lions members who provided custodial services through the week.


As part of “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care”, the Ontario government is improving hospital and community care by investing $9,351,891 to support critical upgrades and repairs at hospitals and community health facilities in Huron, Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound. This funding is part of the government’s investment of over $208 million provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund (CIRF) to 131 hospitals and 58 community health facilities across the province.

This year, Ontario has increased the HIRF by over 14 per cent and the CIRF by over 10 per cent.

“This funding is a significant investment by the Ontario government to our local hospitals and community health centres to help maintain and upgrade our facilities,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Rick Byers. “This funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.”

“These investments in our local hospitals not only ensure they are well-positioned to handle the medical needs of Huron, Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound for years to come – this funding is necessary in the spirit of providing the best-equipped work environment for our health care professionals, who in turn have good conditions in which they care for local residents across the riding,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson

Investments include: 

“Ensuring Ontario’s hospitals and community health facilities have the infrastructure in place to deliver the high-quality care patients expect and deserve is a priority for our government,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones. “This year’s increased funding will help these facilities address priority renewal needs while ensuring people can continue to receive the world-class care they need in a safe and comfortable environment.”

With “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care”, the province is moving quickly to expand and modernize Ontario’s hospitals to ensure patients and their families are able to connect to the quality care they need, when they need it, closer to home.

“Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Funding is one of the most important provincial investments made by this government, and Minister Thompson’s ongoing commitment towards ensuring our hospitals receive the funds necessary to address facility needs is key in our ability to meet patient needs,” said Andrew Williams, CEO, Huron Perth Health Alliance

“This announcement of funding ensures the government’s visionary investment and commitment to quality healthcare will continue and allows hospitals to upgrade our facilities to meet the challenges of aging infrastructure. My sincerest thanks for the invaluable support in funding hospital infrastructure,” said President and CEO of the Huron Health System, Jimmy Trieu.


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.


Huron Shores Area Transit logoHuron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) has launched a special Agency Day Pass Smart Card for use by social, health and wellness agencies that assist their clients with the cost of travel to and from appointments.

The Agency Day Pass is sold to agencies and provides unlimited same-day travel for the client on HSAT’s bus service. Typically this provides the agency with a 50 per cent discount on the regular fare. The special pass is expected to help a broad range of residents, including low income individuals, those with physical or mental illness, employment seekers, those attending special education programs and other such services with the cost of travel and improve access to appointments.

Although set up for a single day’s use, the Agency Day Pass is a Smart Card with the same reload and reuse potential that HSAT’s set dollar value or unlimited travel Monthly Pass Smart Cards offer. For some clients, this may be their first introduction to HSAT’s public transit service and a channel for HSAT to further expand awareness and use of its service.

To date, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Bluewater Health are two agencies that have invested in the Agency Day Pass for their clients.

“There’s lots of other agencies out there that have not yet heard we offer an unlimited travel day pass,” said Transit Coordinator Susan Mills. “We’re working to get the word out as quickly and widely as we can and to offer features to the agencies that help them help their clients.”

Later this year, the manufacturer of the Smart Card and its associated web-based utilities will be adding additional features to enable agencies improved web-based expense tracking and reloading of dollar value to clients’ cards.

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

Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) is funded by the Ontario Community Transportation Grant Program to support local rural and intercommunity bus service. HSAT is also supported by its municipal partners and passengers’ fares. Municipal partners include Lambton Shores, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, South Huron, Bluewater, and North Middlesex.


Jayne Crebolder is one of 23 artists displaying their work at the 2023 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale. This piece by Crebolder is entitled, “No One’s Watching”. (Submitted photo)

The 2023 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale will feature over 23 artists and over 400 works of original art at The MacKay Centre from Aug. 11-13.

The Show and Sale will run Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome to come and view what should be a pretty fabulous display of art! For those who wish to purchase a piece or two cash will be accepted as well as credit and debit.

The MacKay Centre, an accessible building, is located at 10 Nelson Street East, Goderich (corner of North Street. and Nelson).


There is no more disc golf at Clinton Conservation Area. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, at the regular board meeting on Thursday, July 20, approved the removal of the disc golf course.

“Our priority is the safety of conservation area visitors, the community, and neighbors of our properties,” said ABCA Stewardship and Lands Manager, Nathan Schoelier,

The disc golf course opened in 2016. There has been limited use of the course since that time, according to ABCA. The closure of the course is in effect immediately following the board decision on July 20.

The decision to close the course was made based on a staff recommendation in a report to the ABCA Board. The recommendation was made after a third-party consultant, with expertise in assessing disc golf facilities, looked at the site and found ” …numerous and significant safety issues…” with the disc golf course that was in place.

Several factors were considered prior to making this decision, according to ABCA. These factors included safety concerns the course presents; other permitted uses of the conservation area; the amount of use the course receives; the lack of available area for a course reconstruction; and the ecological benefits of the property, which is situated along the Bayfield River.

Clinton Conservation Area remains an excellent area for the community to enjoy outdoor, passive recreation activities.

Schoelier said, “There are two kilometres of trails along the Bayfield River, providing excellent hiking and bird watching opportunities.”

People may also access the Bayfield River to fish at Clinton Conservation Area, he said.

To learn more about Clinton Conservation Area, and activities that are permitted there, please visit: Clinton Conservation Area.


As part of “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care”, the Ontario government is investing over $7,405,600 in base funding to deliver faster, more convenient access to healthcare closer to home for people in Huron, Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound. This is part of Ontario’s $850 million additional investment for the 2023-24 year to ensure that all public hospitals across Ontario receive a minimum two per cent funding increase.

In recognition of the unique challenges faced by small and northern hospitals in the province, the government is making an additional one-time investment of $22 million to establish a Small and Northern Hospital Stabilization Fund. This fund will support ongoing efforts to build a strong and resilient health system by easing pressures faced by small and northern hospitals.

“Our government is working hard to deliver care in the community and relieve pressures on our hospitals, so patients can receive the care they need faster and in more convenient ways,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones. “By providing hospitals with this extra layer of support, we are supporting future growth, reducing wait times and ensuring Ontarians can connect to the care they need when and where they need it.”

The following hospitals will receive funding: 

“This additional funding is great news for residents of Huron, Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson. “Our government is committed to ensuring that everyone in our region has confidence in and access to the best healthcare available, and this is another step towards achieving our goal. Through this funding, we are positioning our communities for long-term health and prosperity.”

“This increase in base funding to hospitals in our community will help ensure people can continue to connect to world-class care, including emergency department services, trauma, pediatrics, medicine, obstetrics, cancer care, and hospital-based mental health service close to home,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Rick Byers.

“The tireless advocacy of MPP Thompson and her team on behalf of her constituents and the hospitals serving them is remarkably important to and appreciated by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. The operating funding being confirmed today is just another example of this support and is instrumental in our ability to provide the highest quality hospital-based services possible to our population,” said Andrew Williams, CEO of the Huron Perth Health Alliance.

“We extend our gratitude to the government for their unwavering commitment to funding hospitals. With this base funding announcement, we stand better equipped to provide exceptional care to our communities, ensuring a healthier future for all,” said President andCEO of the Huron Health System, Jimmy Trieu.


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.


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.


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.



Many towns and villages honor their entertainment and athletic stars or powerful politicians. Bayfield honors their history. Once the Penhale Landau is housed in a replica two-cow display barn behind the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street, the community will be honoring a self-taught area farm boy, the descendent of local pioneers. Tom Penhale exemplified the spirit of local farmers. The community will also be paying tribute to local excellence.

This relatively unobtrusive display will honor Tom’s creative genius but he would be the first to say that he would not have been successful without the many fine craftsmen that shared his passion for precision and detail.

At its peak, Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works employed 14 men. The 10,000 square foot Penhale shop had a paint booth, upholstery shop, sand blasting room, carpentry shop, welding and machine shop, assembly area, showroom and offices.

Brad Bagot, who now owns Brad’s Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing on Wildwood Line, was Tom’s first employee. Tim Curtis did a bit of everything and Bagot called him Tom’s right hand man. Peter Payne did the pinstriping and graphics and eventually became nationally renowned for his work. Jake Reder, Harold Seaman, Don Lindsay, Tom Johnston, Ted Dunn, Don Brodie and John Siertsema all worked on carriages and hitch wagons with Tom. Lloyd Otterbein spent countless hours carving the Penhale wagons’ signature engravings and his son John operated the Harness Shop for several years. John Mackenzie and Lloyd Garland did the fine upholstery. Tom had connections throughout the horse world and a Mennonite Shop in Conestogo fabricated wooden wheels.

Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works was a family business and son Rick started helping his Dad in 1986. His forte was working on designs and fabricating the signature Penhale wagon lights and hinges. Tom’s wife Carol, supported Tom in countless ways and her baking for morning coffee breaks is remembered fondly by everyone who worked there.

Tom Penhale was creative and unique. He seldom worked from plans and each morning his employees would wait for his directions and then they would work their magic together to produce what Draft Horse Journal in 2002 called “works of art”. Penhale wagons put Bayfield on every horse lovers’ map in America.


Completed Landau's ready for shipping. (Photo by Mac Campbell)





Mid-afternoon on July 14 the skies over Bayfield darkened and volunteers with the 74th Rummage Sale and Silent Auction prepared for the worst, covering with tarps the items in the outdoor sales area and moving the framed art into the arena changing rooms. Their work was not in vain as ample rain followed but to everyone’s relief the sun returned just prior to the start of the sale.

As evidenced by this week’s selection of photographs the weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of treasure hunters who once again turned out in large numbers to support the decades-old tradition held in support of Pioneer Park.




Green Herons…By Jan Simonson

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We all want to do our part to be more environmentally conscious but navigating the world of what can and cannot be recycled isn’t always as easy as reciting our ABCs…so when Blue Bayfield shared a ‘Did You Know?’ with me recently it really struck a chord and I thought I’d share their findings here with you this week in my bit at the bottom. – Melody 

Did You Know… that you can’t put beverage cups, gable top milk containers, and paper based ice cream tubs in your blue bin? Because they are laminated, they can contaminate other recyclables. Putting the wrong items in your blue bins increases the cost of the recycling program, in addition to possibly spoiling the rest of the batch. It’s important to pay attention to what products are acceptable for the blue bin, since recycling rules may differ in each municipality.

What You Can Do… go to the Bluewater Recycling Association website and download and print their PDF guide of acceptable blue bin items. Put the guide where everyone in your home can see it so we all can benefit from a successful recycling program here in Bayfield (and area). You can also use this link:  to see acceptable materials.

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