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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 735 Week 33 Vol 15

August 9, 2023


Issue 735 Week 33 Vol 15
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A large crowd gathered on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 6 for a performance by “The Crazy Diamonds”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band from Kitchener, ON.

Those gathered were ready to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album which the band performed in its entirety after warming up with a few other Pink Floyd classics such as, “The Wall”.

As darkness fell, the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz” was projected on the side of the Bayfield Town Hall, diehard Pink Floyd fans will likely be familiar with the urban legend surrounding both the Dark Side of the Moon album and the film claiming that the two have an incredible synchronicity even though band members and the album’s producer have denied any connection.

The Crazy Diamonds are generally a nine member band, although on the Bayfield outdoor stage they were eight – it was announced during the show that three of their members had contracted COVID and as a result they had to call in a couple of talents to fill in. These two extraordinary talents proved to mix nicely with the band’s regulars who all demonstrated their strong musicianship playing without benefit of intermission as storm clouds loomed overhead.  It was shared that the guest guitarist came in from Quebec while the keyboardist had recently performed as part of the Dave Gilmour Tour – a few in the crowd may have heard of Gilmour who is a guitarist with the one and only Pink Floyd.

At the end of the show the group was brought back on stage for an encore and they performed four more songs while the wind gusted around those who enthusiastically danced on the lawn. At the start of the encore one particularly strong gust, perhaps in an homage to Dorothy and Toto, upended the tent covering the sound technicians but members of the crowd came to their rescue and acted as tent pole guards until the final bows.

The Crazy Diamonds aren’t in Bayfield anymore but they did allude to the fact they would like to come back and play again next summer and with a Pink Floyd discography 15 albums deep the possibilities are endless.


This Tumbler Pigeon was just one of the many birds on display at the Poultry Show in 2022. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

For the second consecutive year, the Bayfield Community Fair will feature a Poultry Show on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lions’ Display Building behind the Bayfield Arena. Exhibitors from throughout Huron County and beyond will be participating in this unique show.

Fairgoers will be given a rare opportunity to see exhibits of more than 100 different breeds of Large Fowl, Bantams, Waterfowl, Turkeys, Pigeons, and Rabbits. The show will include many heritage breeds such as Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns, and Cochins to name a few.

There is also a Junior section, open to exhibitors 16 years of age and under. Several first-time Junior exhibitors went home last year with quite an impressive array of prize ribbons. Organizers of the Poultry Show are looking forward to some friendly competition among Junior exhibitors this year.

Exhibitors are reminded to carefully read the: Poultry Show Rules and Regulations for entering. All poultry exhibits must be in cages and in place in the Lions’ Display Building before 9 a.m. on Aug 19. The judging will begin at 9:30 a.m.

In the past, poultry shows were more common at agricultural fairs in Ontario, but there are fewer shows now. The Bayfield Community Fair and Clinton Spring Fair are now the only fairs in Huron County that feature a poultry show. The Bayfield Fair Poultry Show is a tribute to Barry Cleave and Cliff Pepper who originally started the poultry shows about 40 years ago in Bayfield and in other locations throughout Huron County.

All fairgoers are encouraged to visit the Poultry Show and view the interesting breeds that will be on exhibit. It’s sure to be a hit with breeders and everyone attending the Fair, both young and old.

Join in the fun – visit the Poultry Show!


Jale and Joe Ferland released their first album, “Pink Lem” as the jam band known as “Danceland” in the summer of 2022. The group name as well as two songs on the record were locally inspired. (Photo by Kateryna Topol)

“Danceland” is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall for their end of summer 2023 celebration!

This afternoon outdoor concert will begin at 4 p.m. with the grounds opening at 3:30 p.m.

The jam band is composed of Jale and Joe Ferland as well as drummer Brad Park along with guest keyboard players and bassists.The Ferlands may already be known to many locals as their Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band cover band, “Cherry Garcia Band” has played Bayfield Volkfest and at the River Road Brewery in the past.

Danceland is rooted in a timeless psychedelic Americana tradition, replete with fine, storyteller songcraft; sunny harmonies; lonesome pedal steel; stratospheric lead guitar passages; and a touch of Eastern mysticism. This band evolved during the pandemic when Joe began writing original tunes with additional lyric contributions provided by Jale.

The name Danceland comes from Danceland Road located just south of Bayfield in the Municipality of Bluewater – those who attend the concert will be treated to such locally inspired songs as, “Daneland Road” and “Bluewater Sky”. They will also delight in performances of music by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, selections from the Motown era as well as a mix of Reggae. It sounds like there may be no more appropriate way to say, “Goodbye to summer!”

Tickets for Danceland at the Bayfield Town Hall are $20 each at Tickets.  Cash bar. Please bring a lawn 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 this double-header can be purchased at the link listed above.


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 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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Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care. The stories of two of these wee, defenseless creatures compose Adopt a BFF this issue.

“Domino” a tiny little tabby was found as an abandoned orphan with his umbilical cord still attached. BFF has a wonderful volunteer who takes on babies that need to be bottle fed and has great success. Domino is in her care right now, and considering his very rocky start has gained weight every day so far. Without this volunteer’s nurturing care and regularly feeding this baby every two hours, Domino would not have had a chance at life.

And then there is Baby Gaga, who was trapped when someone realized something was eating from their garbage bin. This tiny female dilute calico was caught and brought to the Rescue.

“It was discovered that she had a horrific injury along her jawline. We don’t know how it happened, but the skin had been pulled back and exposed her complete jaw to the bone. We were fortunate enough to be able to get her into the vet on an emergency basis and she had surgery that day,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “It’s always concerning when a kitten that small has to be put under anaesthetic.”

Penhale reports that Baby Gaga came through the surgery and although she has had a few setbacks, for example she had to be put on an IV drip to keep her hydrated, she has started to eat on her own.

“Fingers crossed that this interest in food is a turning point and she begins to thrive,” she said.  “As you can imagine this surgery was very expensive but absolutely necessary to ensure Baby Gaga’s survival.”

Penhale added, “These are the ones that we were able to bring in. We receive countless calls each week from people wanting to surrender their cats, to people finding litters of kittens, and just recently someone called who had 11 cats that they wanted us to come and get because they were becoming too much to deal with.”

Anyone interested in adopting Domino or Baby Gaga are asked to reach out to BFF through Facebook or email

In addition to accepting 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.

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.


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.


Did you know that a day to celebrate and protect our Great Lakes, called “Love Your Greats Day”, is held the second Saturday of every August? That means that this special day, now in its eighth year,  is happening this coming Saturday, Aug. 12 and there is a whole weekend of events planned locally.

The weekend begins with a cover crop bus tour on Friday, Aug. 11, hosted by Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA). To participate please: Register Here.

The “Land to Lake Cleanup” will take place in Bayfield from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 12. There are five cleanup teams at five meeting points: Beach Team, Bayfield Main Beach; Trails Team, Bayfield River Flats; River Team, Bayfield Main Beach; Marina Team, Bayfield Marine Store; and Dive Team, Bayfield Main Beach). Each team will be led by a different community leader. To find out more visit: Love Your Greats Day.

Following the clean up an afternoon of sorting and celebrating will be held at River Road Brewing and Hops from 1- 6 p.m. More information is available at: River Road Brewing.

The weekend will end with a guided walk on Sunday, Aug. 13. To find out more visit: Stormwater Stroll. More information on this event can also be found under August Hikes in this week’s briefs above.

Please also see the news brief posted below entitled, “August Hikes”, for more information on how the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is recognizing this special day.


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

On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join the BRVTA team for “Love Your Greats” weekend 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.

Ever wonder about those new rain gardens on Main Street?  The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites both residents and visitors to take a guided walk through Bayfield and learn how to slow water down and soak it up to help protect Lake Huron during their “Stormwater Stroll through the Village” on Sunday, Aug. 13. This event is part of the Love Your Greats weekend, presented in partnership with Love Your Greats and the BRVTA. Participants are asked to meet at the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, at 10 a.m, rain or shine. For more information contact Hope Brock at or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 246.

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:


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. 9. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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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!


The upcoming Summer services at Trinity St. James Anglican Church will continue with guests presiding on Sundays as their minister takes some holiday time.

The upcoming Sundays at 11 a.m. services are as follows: ​​Aug. 13, Holy Eucharist with Paul McLean; Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, Morning Prayer with Lisa Currah.

On Aug. 20, starting at 10:30 a.m., the congregation is encouraged to attend the Interdenominational Service being held at Agricultural Park as part of the Bayfield Community Fair.

Rev. Mary Farmer will return for the Holy Eucharist service on Sept. 10.

Please note there will be no Wednesday services from Aug. 9 to Sept. 7. Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will celebrate their 166th anniversary on Sunday,  Aug. 20. The Rev Dr. Stephen Farris, guest preacher, will join Rev Lisa Dolson with harpist Martha Lawrance and her ensemble.

Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats? The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and eyeglasses. People can contribute by bringing their items to the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays (excluding holidays).

People are also invited to join in a book discussion. Participants meet on the lower level of the church at noon on Mondays (excluding holidays). The reading is a launching point for discussions about life and faith. The current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore.

All are welcome to worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m.


Nestled behind the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County can be found one of Bayfield’s best kept secrets – a garden that its caretakers would love to share with the community both as a tranquil place to meditate, sit and read, or enjoy lunch, as well as a place to learn new skills and take pleasure in the beauty of gardening.

With autumn approaching, Trinity St. James Anglican Church is in need of some volunteer gardeners to help with the upkeep of this most serene and beautiful spot.

“No gardening experience is needed,” said Barb Graham Scott, representing Trinity St James. “We are asking if people would be willing to spare one hour a week to help. You can choose to look after your own little spot on your own time or meet with others to garden together.”

Trinity St. James garden volunteers will meet regularly on Wednesdays starting at 8:30 a.m.

Please call Hattie Alcock at 519 955-6033 or Barb Graham Scott at 519 318-0708 for more information.

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


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.


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.



Last month, members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) had a great day assisting the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff as they sampled fish in the Bayfield River Flats.

At that site, they found Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch and numerous types of minnows, sunfishes and suckers. They also found an invasive, non-native Round Goby.

At four sampling sites in Bayfield River watersheds, including the Bayfield River Flats, ABCA staff found the above species as well as Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, and a species at risk (the Northern Sunfish) near the outlet to Lake Huron.

The ABCA’s Aquatic Biologist, Kari Jean, and her crew, will sample other locations in the Bayfield River for fish and freshwater mussels later this summer.

The funding for the monitoring comes from ABCA leveraging the support from local municipalities and the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk.

Tracking changes in fish populations and habitat, over time, tells people about the quality of the Bayfield River. The work also provides a way to evaluate the effectiveness of inland efforts to reduce the amount of water, containing excess sediment and nutrients, running off the land and entering the river.

To find out more about the Bayfield watershed aquatic species monitoring project, or for funding for a stewardship project that people can do on their property, or to volunteer to help with sampling, contact Kari Jean by emailing or by calling 519 235-2610 Ext. 244.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned by the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and managed by BRVTA in partnership with HTLTC.


Take part in the Cultivating Memories Garden Party were l-r: Alexa Harrison, Karla Green, Ronda DeBoer, Ruby DeBrower, Nancy Simpson, Jennifer Black, Marie, and Sage Milne.

On Thursday, July 27, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted a garden party at Harbour Hills Retirement Community in Goderich.

The garden party was held in celebration of the six raised accessible garden beds introduced to Braemar Retirement Centre, Wingham as well as at Harbour Hills. The aim of this project, known as, “Cultivating Memories”, is to re-establish the connection between food production and activities that many residents in Huron County have done all their lives.

The transition from a property with a garden to a retirement residence or a Long-Term Care Facility can be difficult.

One of the residents spoke about the challenges of moving to a retirement residence after losing her husband and losing her house and losing her garden. This project allowed her to continue doing the activity that she had always loved doing, gardening.

The event began with a tour of the three thriving raised garden beds that Harbour Hills residents tirelessly cultivated over the past few months. Snapdragons, Strawberries, Brown-eyed Susans and many other plants have flourished.

During the event, greetings were brought from Gateway, The Town of Goderich, Huron County Council, and Cultivating Memories project leads, Sage Milne and Alexa Harrison.

Thanks were given to the staff member Ronda DeBoer of Braemer as well as Ruby DeBrower of Harbour Hill, to Steve Moran who built the garden boxes, Pam Somers from the Goderich Horticultural Society and local TD Representative, Karla Green whose funding made this project possible.

One staff member commented on how many men with their facility who were former farmers routinely came out to tend to their “crops”.

“It has been an inspiring experience being able to see the enormous growth that has taken place at each of these facilities. In discussion with the residents for which plants they wanted to grow, I had an overwhelming number of ideas for what plants as well as valuable information about how the plants should be arranged among the three garden boxes,” said Milne.

This project was made possible by funding from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.


On Thursday, Aug. 31, is the date set for the Annual Hatchling Turtle Release now in its eighth year. (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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The beautiful sounds of live harp music playing will be a featured part of this year’s Clinton Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show!

The date for the show has been sent for Friday, Aug. 18 from 2-5 p.m. with the added bonus of a Toonie Cafe offered from 2-4 p.m.

The Show will be held at the Clinton Legion located at 95 Kirk Street. All are welcome to attend.


On Aug. 2nd, the Water Response Team (WRT) removed the Level 1 Low Water Advisory for the entire Ausable Bayfield watershed. Watershed conditions have responded well to frequent and often heavy July rains, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Importantly, one of the key indicators in recovering conditions is the return of baseflows to local watercourses.

Davin Heinbuck is ABCA Water Resources Coordinator. He said that one of the main indicators of watershed conditions is the seasonal availability of baseflow.

“After nearly two months without appreciable baseflows, we have now seen a recovery in these flows across the watershed,” he said.

The Chair of the Water Response Team, Marissa Vaughan, thanked both industries and individuals who voluntarily reduced their water usage in response to the recent Low Water Advisory.

“During dry periods, conservation of water is an important measure to prevent further declines in water supplies and actions taken earlier this summer will have helped to prevent any further Low Water Advisories,” Vaughan said.

The Water Response Team was formed in 2001 in response to the low water and drought conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users such as: aggregate industries; agriculture and vegetable growers; and golf and recreation and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial ministries such as: Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Environment, Conservation and Parks.

ABCA staff will continue to monitor precipitation and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions through the winter months.

Visit the: Ontario Surface Monitoring Centre for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or for the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.


Local residents reported dead fish in Port Franks and area and in Lake Huron in July. Sometimes, when there is a die-off of fish of a single species, the cause may be a virus affecting that species. In the most recent occurrence of dead fish, there have been die-offs of fish of several species.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has responded to the reports. MECP staff members have attended sites, where dead fish were found, to investigate possible causes of the fish die-offs. An Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff member has also visited several sites and provided local information and expertise in support of the Ministry investigation.

“We appreciate the concern shown by our watershed residents and the reports they provided, to the Ministry and to us, through phone calls and emails,” said ABCA Aquatic Biologist, Kari Jean.

In a fish die-off, or fish kill, the death of fish may result from a virus or a single point source such as a chemical spill or it can occur as a result of a number of factors. It is not yet known what factor or factors contributed to the dead fish discovered over the past few days, she said. There are many potential contributors including low oxygen, temperature and weather fluctuations, sediment and runoff, among others. After the MECP has concluded its study of the fish die-off, ABCA staff say they will share information they receive from that investigation.

It’s a concern for everyone when an occurrence like this happens, Jean said. Incidences like this underline some of the issues that need to be addressed to prevent and reduce incidences like these and to limit the impacts on freshwater fish species including species at risk. Further implementation of the Ausable River Action Plan is needed, she said, to limit harmful impacts on fish and other aquatic species.

“With the support of funding partners and local landowners, we are completing a number of local projects that can help to protect our fish species by slowing water down and allowing it to soak into the ground so that it doesn’t run off the landscape,” she said. “We need to continue to do more work to protect the habitat these fish need and to reduce the potential for harmful impacts.”

It is also important to continue to monitor the populations of aquatic species, such as fish and the globally imperiled freshwater mussels, in the local watershed, she said, to compare with data from previous years. This makes it possible to better understand the extent of impacts of events like these and to understand the actions needed to reduce the potential for more incidents like this one.

To learn more about the Ausable River Action Plan, and the work needed to monitor and to protect fish species in this nationally important river, people are invited to visit the webpage: Ausable River.


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).


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.


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.

This week we share a fine example of someone’s creativity using items found in nature that are part of the museum’s collection.


This is a horse-shoe shaped, multi-colored wreath with a smaller horseshoe-shaped seed centrepiece from 1870. Some of the seeds making up the wreath are: grain, corn-on-the-cob, bean, pumpkin, brazil, poppy, sesame and acorn. It is mounted on white background that is now yellowed and ripped.  All is displayed in a wood box.




Monday morning, Aug. 7, dawned gloomy and damp but that didn’t prevent people from taking part in the Fun Race for Pioneer Park. An event that has become a holiday tradition for generations of families whether they be summer visitors or full-time residents.

Organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout for the annual race that has been held with regularity on the Civic Holiday Monday for well over 30 years. Participants could walk, run, cycle or roller blade along the almost 5 KM course about town. This year saw a significant increase in those who chose to walk.

With an entry fee of just $5 and a chance to win a fun prize – like a gift certificate for an ice cream cone or french fries at a local eatery – it was a terrific way to brighten a dreary holiday morning in benefit of a much loved village greenspace.




Golden View…By Pam Nielson

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Doug Darnbrough (Submitted photo)

Doug Darnbrough died on Sunday, Aug. 6 at the age of 77 years. Many people in this community will know him as both a local history buff and a talented artist. When he combined those two passions magic happened. His paintings of the historic schooner, the Helen McLeod II; and Tom Castle, lighting the lantern on the Bayfield Wharf, both created to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), are testament to that.

I met Doug Darnbrough many years ago as he was the father of a grade school friend – he always made us youngsters feel welcome at their family home on Black’s Point Road. In my mind’s eye I can still see him sitting at his drawing table in his studio in the backyard as I was ever curious about what he might be painting.

In later years I enjoyed corresponding with him in my capacity as editor for the Bayfield Breeze as he would often write in to comment on pictures published in our Remember Me section (now Remember This) as it featured photos of people from what many might consider the golden era of village life – a time which he recalled with great affection.

It is therefore most fitting that his family has selected the BHS to receive memorial donations as expressions of sympathy. Please visit to make a contribution in Doug’s name if you so wish. Messages of condolence for the Darnbrough family would also be welcomed at

With fond remembrance  – Melody

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