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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 734 Week 32 Vol 15

August 2, 2023


Issue 734 Week 32 Vol 15
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The Annual Pioneer Park Association 5 km Fun Race is this Monday, Aug. 7th! Participants can walk, run, roll or bike this year, all four categories will be open. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Annual Pioneer Park Association 5 km Fun Race is this Monday, Aug. 7th! Participants can walk, run, roll or bike this year, all four categories will be open. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Pump up your tires and dust off your sneakers – the time set for the Annual Pioneer Park Association 5 km Fun Race is this Monday, Aug. 7th! People of all ages and categories are welcome and encouraged to participate.

“It will mark over 30 years we’ve had this race and we are looking forward to seeing returning racers and newcomers for another year,” said Ann Laudenbach, one of the event organizers.

Participants can walk, run, roll or bike this year, all four categories will be open.

Registration will be held in the park from 8:45-9:30 a.m. Walkers will depart at 9:30 p.m. Dogs on leash are welcome. Cyclists and runners will leave within a space of five minutes starting at 10 a.m. Please remember that helmets for cyclists under the age of 18 years is an Ontario legal requirement.

The entry fee remains at $5 per participant. Donations will also be very much appreciated with all proceeds going to help with the general maintenance of Pioneer Park.

Hope to see you on Monday!


The Bayfield Secondary Plan was approved by Bluewater Council in February of this year and included several ‘Implementation Actions’. Two of these actions are underway with proposed amendments to the Bluewater Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to formally integrate the policy direction of the Secondary Plan.

The Plan included specific policy recommendations for various sections of the Official Plan including Urban Settlement Area, Natural Environment, Heritage and Community Design. A series of changes to the Zoning Bylaw are recommended to provide more specific direction for land uses and lot development requirements in Bayfield. The entire amendment is available on the Municipal website.

The implementing amendments will set out the policy framework for future residential and commercial development with the understanding that the majority of development will not proceed until capacity is available within the Bayfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. Further, the amendment will achieve compliance with recent Provincial legislation (e.g. Bills 23 and 97) and will consider the draft Provincial Planning Statement (2023).

A small number of property-specific zone changes have been included in the amendment; these changes are minor, address errors or facilitate improved development options.

Staff completed public consultation as part of the Secondary Plan development including an Open House (50 attendees) and Public Meeting (100 attendees) in November of 2023. Feedback from both sessions was incorporated into the draft document prior to Council approval.

Additional public consultation is required as per the Planning Act process and will include much of the same information.

This next Open House will be held at the Bayfield Branch Library on Friday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The formal Public Meeting will be held at a regular Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Have a question? Get in touch with Denise Van Amersfoort, manager of Planning and Staff Lead for the Bayfield Secondary Plan at or call 1-888-524-8394 Ext. 3.

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A row of maple syrup and honey entries at last year's fair, complete with Entry Tags and prize ribbons. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)

A row of maple syrup and honey entries at last year’s fair, complete with Entry Tags and prize ribbons. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)

The Bayfield Community Fair is now less than three weeks away – Aug. 18-20. Fair organizers encourage everyone to get their exhibit entries ready for the Bayfield Fair. The opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking are at the heart of the indoor Homecraft show. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers have come to appreciate each year.

The exhibit categories and entry requirements can be viewed online in the: 2023 Fair Book, and entries can be completed online. Here in Bayfield, printed copies of the Fair Book can be picked up at the Bayfield Library and the Bayfield Convenience Store. In Goderich, copies can be picked up at the Goderich Public Library, Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, N’ Sew On Custom Embroidery, and Peavey Mart as well as craft/quilt shops, garden centres, and other libraries in the area.

To avoid congestion, there are two time periods for dropping off exhibits prior to the Fair: Thursday, Aug. 17 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 18 from 8:30-11:45 a.m. All exhibits for inside departments must be received at the Bayfield Arena before 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug 18.

Entry tags can be picked up at the next General Meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, which will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. By picking them up ahead of time, entries can be delivered on the Thursday night (Aug. 17) or Friday morning (Aug. 18) drop-off times with their Entry Tags already attached, saving everyone a bit of time.

The parade, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, still has room for more participants. Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! Please visit: 2023 Parade for details and contact information.

As with all community events, volunteers are very much needed to help make the Bayfield Fair a success. Fair organizers are still looking for extra volunteers to help with set up, take down, parade, and activities during the Fair. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone who is interested in volunteering and has not already been contacted can email:

Join in the fun – exhibit, participate, volunteer!


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

Tickets are still available to see Crazy Diamonds perform their tribute to Pink Floyd at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo courtesy LRG Photography)

This 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:


This piece of art by Rick Cullis (<a href="" rel="noreferrer nofollow"></a>) is just one of the pieces that will be available "Off the Wall" on Aug. 26. (Submitted photo)

This piece of art by Rick Cullis ( is just one of the pieces that will be available “Off the Wall” on Aug. 26. (Submitted photo)

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.


From l-r: Asher, Jonah, Noah and Jude are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. (Submitted photo)

From l-r: Asher, Jonah, Noah and Jude are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. (Submitted photo)

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

Asher, Jonah, Noah and Jude are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

“This adorable quartet came to BFF recently from an ‘oops’ litter – while waiting to get their cat spayed, someone let the cat out because ‘she really wanted out’ – yes, she sure did because she was in heat and all the boys came running! And ‘oops’ the cat got pregnant,” shared Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

This female, a beautiful Tuxedo cat, proved to also be very fertile as she had seven kittens – three of which have found their forever homes.

Momma is now spayed and staying inside, her desire to “go outside” has pretty much diminished.

“The remaining four cutie pies are very social and have been raised by a loving, albeit embarrassed, human who says she learned the hard way that letting your unaltered cat outside is never a good idea and continues to add to the kitten/cat overpopulation crisis,” said Penhale. “Their human did the best she could in an unexpected situation and raised the babies along with Momma and managed to find furever homes for three of the kittens while she fostered them,” said Penhale.

Anyone interested in adopting from the Tuxedo quartet are asked to reach to 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.


The Bayfield Water Tower received a fresh new look recently as a crew from Landmark Municipal Services painted the tank. The distinctive blue and white colors (with the addition of some grey) have been restored with the latest iteration of the Municipality of Bluewater logo. The Bayfield water tower recoating project commenced in late June and was anticipated to be completed in July. Activities included overcoating the full exterior of the existing 22.6 m diameter and 4,000 m3 volume elevated water storage tank as well as painting of the logo. This is the first time since the tower was erected almost 14 years ago that the tank has been repainted. To revisit the day the tank was lifted onto the tower by Landmark Structures readers are invited to view Issue 18 Week 45 (Nov. 4, 2009) in the Bayfield Breeze’s Archives section. To see a before and after picture of this most recent painting visit Issue 731 Week 29 (July 12, 2023). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Water Tower received a fresh new look recently as a crew from Landmark Municipal Services painted the tank. The distinctive blue and white colors (with the addition of some grey) have been restored with the latest iteration of the Municipality of Bluewater logo. The Bayfield water tower recoating project commenced in late June and was anticipated to be completed in July. Activities included overcoating the full exterior of the existing 22.6 m diameter and 4,000 m3 volume elevated water storage tank as well as painting of the logo. This is the first time since the tower was erected almost 14 years ago that the tank has been repainted. To revisit the day the tank was lifted onto the tower by Landmark Structures readers are invited to view Issue 18 Week 45 (Nov. 4, 2009) in the Bayfield Breeze’s Archives section. To see a before and after picture of this most recent painting visit Issue 731 Week 29 (July 12, 2023). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder


Registration for Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) launched on Aug. 1st!

The 10th annual FFF, presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, takes place this year on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and all-day Saturday, Sept. 30.  The theme this year is “Travel: Near and Far”. All the presenters are eager to provide people with great learning opportunities to expand their photographic horizons regardless of their current skill level.

It all starts with an opening Keynote on Friday followed by a series of workshops throughout Saturday and into the evening. The workshops are each limited to 15 registrants to ensure the maximum interaction and learning. Given the limited number of registration spots available, interested individuals are therefore encouraged to register early so that they can guarantee getting the workshop of their choice.

Follow the link to: Fall Foto Fest  to learn more details about presenters and instructions on how to register. See you in September.


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! Today (Aug. 2nd) is the final day to Saddle up and ride into Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield 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. 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.


Gardeners or farmers are requested to share their bounty with the Bayfield Area Food Bank. A drop off day has been organized for Aug. 8. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Gardeners or farmers are requested to share their bounty with the Bayfield Area Food Bank. A drop off day has been organized for Aug. 8. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield Food Bank Logo

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is asking for local gardeners to share their bounty.

“This week we would like to put a call out to anyone that has extra produce to share that they have grown in their gardens or on their farms, such as, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB Board of Directors. “We will be at the church (Trinity St James Anglican) from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 to accept donations or can pick up if there is an abundance.”

In addition, the BAFB pantry is in dire need of soup, crackers, peanut butter and jam.

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.

Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Cres. in the village.


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.


Aug. 12 is the next date for a meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Aug. 12 is the next date for a meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield Lego Club will move to the second Saturday of the month for August – so the next meeting will be held on Aug. 12. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

The club’s sixth session will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and will be sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

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


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


Trinity St. James Anglican Church hosts two services a week that members of the community are most welcome to attend.

Services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Please note there will be no Wednesday services from Aug. 9 to Sept. 7. Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13.

Those who attend the Sunday service on Aug. 6 will be treated to some beautiful harp music provided by local harpist, Martha Lawrance.

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.


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

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

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


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

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

Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.


People of all ages had an opportunity to learn about turtles at the 2019 Turtle Hatchling Release and they will be able to do so again at the eighth annual event to be held on Aug. 31. (Submitted photo)

On Thursday, Aug. 31, the Huron Stewardship Council (HSC), in partnership with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), is bringing back the Annual Hatchling Turtle Release for the eighth year.

This event, to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild and to show the public how to protect Ontario’s at-risk freshwater turtle species, will take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter, from 1-4 p.m.

The turtle release will take place rain or shine. Admission is free but the organizers encourage donations. The afternoon will include live reptiles, family-friendly activities, educational displays, a bake sale and merchandise for sale. Proceeds from the turtle event support Ontario turtle conservation.

Sheldon Paul is a HSC Fieldwork Coordinator. He said the turtle event draws crowds every year and is a great way to educate people of all ages about the need to protect Ontario’s eight turtle species.

“It’s fun, it’s free and we look forward to seeing everyone there,” he said.

Hope Brock is ABCA Healthy Watersheds Technician. She said turtles help to control aquatic vegetation and to clean creeks and wetlands by eating algae and dead and decaying fish and other organisms. People can protect turtles, she said, by watching for turtles on roads when driving, helping them safely cross roads in the way they are headed, protecting nests from predators, and reporting turtle sightings to community monitoring projects. Enhancing turtle habitat is also vital.

“Preserving and creating habitat for turtles and other species is one of the most important things we can do to sustain our turtle species,” she said. “Planting native trees and shrubs, restoring and enhancing wetlands, and growing natural areas all help to protect turtles locally and across Ontario.”

The turtle hatchling release event has taken place since 2016 (it was held as a virtual event in 2020 and 2021).

People attending will not be able to hold the turtles. This is to protect the animals and reduce their stress. Those attending will be able to see the turtles as they are released. The HSC staff releasing the hatchlings are trained and authorized to release them. (Organizers would like to remind the public to never release species, especially non-native species, into the wild.)

Ontario’s native freshwater turtles face many threats including habitat loss and road mortality (death by cars and other vehicles). Hundreds of turtles in Ontario are hit by cars each year in the spring, summer and autumn. These could be gravid (pregnant) females looking for a place to lay eggs, or males and females looking for new ponds and mates. People can help turtles by creating nesting habitat on their properties, stopping to help turtles cross the road in the direction they are heading (when it is safe to do so), and working with their local municipalities and communities to erect turtle crossing signs and build safe passages. People can also arrange for transport of injured turtles to the turtle hospital. People can also act to protect, create, and enhance the natural areas that provide the habitat for turtle hatchlings to eat, drink, reproduce, and grow and become the adult turtles of tomorrow.

To learn more visit: Huron Stewardship Council  and the ABCA’s Turtles Page or email the HSC at


On July 28, it was announced that a 20-unit affordable housing project will be constructed in Exeter. This image is an architectural rendering of the project. (Photo courtesy Huron County)

On July 28, it was announced that a 20-unit affordable housing project will be constructed in Exeter. This image is an architectural rendering of the project. (Photo courtesy Huron County)

The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario are providing $6,424,000 to help create 20 affordable community housing units in the Municipality of South Huron. The new housing development will contribute to supporting a new diverse neighborhood and strengthen social networks of those residing in the community.

This project is part of an investment of over $46 million through the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) to create 267 affordable housing units across the province. COCHI is an initiative of the Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy (NHS).

“This investment is good news for the people in our communities,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson. “Ensuring that our residents have comfort in accessing housing is critical to creating a place where they can live, grow and thrive, while simultaneously facilitating economic growth and development.”

Located at 134 Sanders St, Exeter, the two-storey, one-bedroom per unit apartment building will offer each future resident their own independent living space. This facility will include on-site laundry, an elevator and common space; as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living room in each individual unit. The new apartment building has been designed to exceed energy efficiency standards by 18 per cent, as well as exceed the Ontario Building Code’s accessibility standards by 20 per cent. The design also includes seven barrier free units.

“This investment is improving affordable and supportive housing in the region and is facilitating real change for those that need it most,” said Tim Louis, member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga. “Projects like this one in Exeter are the result of a partnership between the Governments of Canada and Ontario, who are responding to local housing needs. Today’s announcement puts us one step closer to our goal of ensuring that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home.”

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home”, said The Hon. Steve Clark, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario. “That is why our government is working hard to help more Ontarians find a home that is affordable and meets their needs. I am pleased to see the strong relationships we have built with all levels of government, and we will continue to work hard to tackle Ontario’s housing crisis.”

The Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) provides funding to repair, regenerate and expand community housing so tenants can live in a home that is affordable. It can also be used to support community housing providers whose original program arrangements are expiring and help them to become more sustainable.


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.


Headliner Ad Card advertising is considered one of the most cost-effective marketing methods and is now being offered by Huron Shores Area Transit. (Submitted photo)

Huron Shores Area Transit logo

As part of Huron Shores Area Transit’s (HSAT) ongoing development and goal of long-term sustainability, it has introduced an Advertising Program to generate supplementary revenue. This initiative will help the transit agency transition to Ontario’s Gas Tax Fund in 2025, ensuring the continued provision of public transit in the region.

The Advertising Program’s first phase offers Headliner Ad Card advertising opportunities. This type of advertising displays above the bus windows, ensuring maximum visibility for all passengers. Future expansion of the program will include transit shelter, bench, and bike rack advertising options. This means even more opportunities for local businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services to local residents and area visitors while supporting public transit.

Headliner Ad Card advertising is considered one of the most cost-effective marketing methods because passengers on public transit can be a captive audience for an extended period, potentially up to an hour and 50 minutes, providing businesses with ample exposure time.

The number of headliner ad spots is limited to 18, nine on each of HSAT’s two buses and Transit Coordinator Susan Mills reports three of those 18 spots are already sold for late summer and early fall.

Mills said, “Any business curious about trying this advertising method should not wait but call and book their spot.”

Pricing is reasonable, with winter months priced at $12.50 per week, spring and fall priced at $18.75 per week, and peak summer months priced at $25 per week.

HSAT’s Advertising Program is part of the agency’s strategy to achieve financial sustainability while providing a valuable platform for businesses to reach a captive audience. Under the Ontario Gas Tax Funding formula, the more revenue HSAT generates through advertising, fares, and donations, the less financial contribution is needed by local municipalities. The current municipal contribution is estimated at $3.52 per person per year (for comparison, Crossing Guards cost $3.21 per capita, and Harbours cost $11.75 per capita). That amount can be lowered by increasing HSAT’s net revenue. The Advertising Program is a win-win solution that benefits the transit agency, businesses looking to promote their products or services, municipal budgets, and local residents.

For more information about the Advertising Program, visit


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).


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.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

As the Zurich Country Fair has just past and the Bayfield Community Fair is but three weeks away we are featuring a fair entry from year’s past to perhaps inspire future exhibitors…


This is a button sampler. The various buttons are in a Christmas tree pattern, sewn between two pieces of green paper. A pencil outline of the Christmas tree is visible. “Christmas 1969” is written in the bottom left corner in green marker.

There is a white and blue piece of paper attached to the sampler near the top left-hand corner that notes that Marjorie Beierling won second place at the Zurich Agricultural Society Fair Competition for her picture made of buttons.

This sampler was created by Marjorie Beierling of Hay Township in 1969. Majorie was a teacher at S.S. #11, Hay until 1949. She married Herbert Beierling in 1946.

Button Sampler


Button Sampler




Mid-day on Saturday, July 29, a small contingent gathered at the Bayfield Splash Pad but their plan was not to frolic in the streams of rising water although they were pleased to see that there were several youngsters doing just that. No, they were on a mission to surprise an integral member of both their club and the village with some highly deserved recognition.

Members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield, as well as several friends of local Optimism, were on hand to honor Optimist Mike Dixon, who for over three decades as a member of the club has worked to ensure that Bayfield is a wonderful and welcoming community for all and especially for the kids!

When Mike arrived at the park he thought the club members had gathered to discuss an issue with regards to the Splash Pad itself, the largest project ever undertaken by the club since its inception in the early 1980s, that he, along with the late Optimist Wayne McCaig, spearheaded a decade ago. But it was all a ruse. Current Club President Jeff Kish presented Mike with an item to open. Upon doing so Mike revealed a plaque inscribed with the announcement that the Bayfield Splash Pad would henceforth be recognized as the Optimist Mike Dixon Splash Pad. Ever the team player Mike quickly noted that he didn’t do it alone…and while his name is now on the Splash Pad that is but one project that he has led the charge on with both dedication and much devotion – for the kids!

The plaque itself reads: OPTIMIST MIKE DIXON SPLASH PAD – In recognition of Mike’s tireless commitment to providing educational and recreational opportunities for the youth of our community.

Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater was unable to attend the unveiling of the plaque but he did send his best wishes that the Optimist President read out to those gathered.

“…I truly wanted to be there to celebrate such a worthy leader, friend and community minded person. Congratulations on this well-deserving honor.  The splash pad is just one of many examples where you have led the charge for this community over the years. The dedication, time and passion you bring to our community is second to none. Without you, Bayfield would not be the place that those that live here cherish. Congratulations once again and even more thank you for all that you do,” wrote the councilor.

No doubt, members of the community would agree – especially the kids!




Bayfield sail boat sunset

Sunset Shimmer…By Richard Woods

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Due to an urgent family matter I was unable to attend the Public Open House held on Tuesday, July 25 at the Stanley Complex in Varna with regards to the plans by Bedrock Energy Corporation to create a compressed air storage facility on Goshen Line. (I did, however, sit in on the Virtual Meeting held back in May.) Since the Public Open House a few people have reached out to share their opinion with me and that is always valued. Many have also said they were unaware that this project might be happening. As a journalist my job is to inform without bias (which is probably the most difficult part of my chosen vocation) so for these reasons I have done some research and compiled some links that I will share with my readers here so that they can learn more if they so choose.

One of the articles notes that the Municipal Council of Bluewater would like people to share their opinions on the matter and there is a link to their email addresses within. The project could be a rather big NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) for some folks while being welcomed by others. How will things develop? Only time will tell. But thankfully people still have some time to research, ask questions, formulate opinions and express them. – Melody

P.S. Special thanks to Kate Otterbein from CKNX News Today for compiling these articles:

Compressed Air Storage Facility – What Does It Mean – link to May meeting found here

Bedrock Energy Corporation Public Open House – link to Councilors’ addresses found here

For videos on the project etc. visit: Bedrock Energy Corporation Website 

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