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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 737 Week 35 Vol 15

August 23, 2023


Issue 737 Week 35 Vol 15
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The Bayfield Agricultural Society hosted their 167th Bayfield Community Fair on Aug. 18-20. One of the highlights of the fair for many is watching youth compete in the South Central Huron Dairy Achievement Day sponsored by the Libro Credit Union. Coverage of this event as well as the myriad of other happenings at the fair will be showcased in next week’s Bayfield Breeze to be published on Aug. 30. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


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.


The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) second  “Off the Wall” fundraising event is set for this 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.

And these auction items are sure to be quite a treat for the successful bidders.

One package includes:  two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game during the 2023-24 season (centre ice – green), dinner for two at the famous Bardi’s Steak House on York Street in Toronto, and a signed Hockey Stick and photo from former Maple Leaf , Ryan O”Reilly. This auction item is valued over $1,000 and along with the signed items to a hockey fan it will be truly invaluable.

An oil painting entitled, “Colourful Huron County Fields” by Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, winner of Paint Ontario 2019, is another auction item that guests will surely be excited to bid on. Measuring 48” x 36” the painting is valued at $2,300.

Other bidding opportunities will include a Chef’s Table private dinner for six at the Little Inn of Bayfield; a Hauser outdoor lantern and side table; a Kids Craft Party for six from Crichet Handmade Designs, on Catherine Street in the village; as well as gift baskets from Bayfield merchants.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers who collected food along the parade route were l-r: Ava, Harper, Catherine Tillmann, Mary Hall, Jo Costello, Renee Sandelowsky , Patrick Heffernan, Janet Deline and Bonnie Baynham. (Submitted photos)

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) volunteers participated in the Bayfield Community Fair parade on the morning of Aug. 19.

A dozen volunteers collected dried and canned goods from the spectators as they made their way along the parade route placing the items in the bed of a red, 1955 Ford pick-up truck owned by Brad and Pam Nolan-Buettenmiller.

Anyone who missed donating during the parade is welcome to still do so. Currently the BAFB is in 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.


Persephone and family. (Submitted photo)

Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care, one such feline family is the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.

These charming little creatures – Apollo, Athena, Helena and Zeus –  were born to their mother Persephone on Aug. 11. This is the second batch of kittens that Persephone has had that have come into the care of the Rescue. She and her older kittens were dumped at a trailer park. Her two surviving kittens from the first litter have been adopted thanks to their kind-hearted rescuers but Persephone got pregnant again before she was trapped. However this is the end of the cycle for this sweet girl. This will be Persephone’s last litter and hopefully she will find a home of her own when they are grown.

Anyone interested in adopting Persephone and her brood are asked to reach out to BFF through Facebook or email

BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group”.

“We are working on having all of our adoptable cats and kittens in one place. You can browse easily to find your fur baby,” said Deb Penhale, representing the Rescue. “We will still have our original Facebook page with lots of helpful information, interesting articles and some just plain adorable cat stuff.”

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.


After four years of staying home, the Editor is taking a holiday and as a result readers can look forward to some Hiatus Issues.

Please note that anyone who would like information published in issues dated Sept. 20, Sept 27 and Oct. 4th should submit their information by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Those with events occurring between Sept. 20 and Oct. 4th are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Oct. 11.


How many people would know the proper way to use a fire extinguisher if the situation arose? Firefighters with the Bayfield Fire Department, a division of Bluewater Fire Services, are offering all ages of folks the opportunity to learn in a controlled setting on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

A Fire Extinguisher Training Open House will be held at the fire hall starting at 6:30 p.m. and is open to everyone, from kids to seniors. This training may also prove very useful for business owners and their employees.

In addition to the training, there will be “Touch the Truck” time for youngsters and hot dogs and pop will be served free of charge.

To stay up to date with events relating to the firefighters people are invited to visit their Facebook page: Bayfield Fire Department.


Mah Jongg will be played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month starting Sept. 6.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


The front cover of the Bayfield Lions’ Calendar for 2024 features the mural painted on the side of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena as photographed by Jack Pal. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Bayfield Calendar this past weekend  This is the 14th edition of the calendar and the 12th as a joint project of the Bayfield Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield.

These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member as well as from Bayfield’s premiere volunteer salesperson, Justyne Chojnacka. The calendars can also be purchased at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar  and following the instructions there.


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.


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 now 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.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are looking forward to a couple upcoming hikes including an evening walk and one featuring a climate change educator.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, participants can enjoy a late-summer evening hike starting 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. Those who take part 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. Please follow the signs to trail parking.

Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area will be the location for a guided hike on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. The BRVTA members are pleased to have Michele Martin be their guide for this hike. Martin is a Climate Training Program Specialist at the University of Waterloo’s Climate Institute and has over thirty years’ experience in sustainability and climate change education and capacity building in Canada and internationally. Martin also holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.

Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located at 79154 Bluewater Hwy, just north of Kitchigami Road.

The 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 people can contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


Bayfield Lego Club has moved to the second Saturday of the month – so the next meeting will be held on Sept. 9. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

Mini-figures were introduced at the most recent meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club inviting a new dimension in story-telling for builders. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The club’s seventh 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.


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. 27 and Sept. 3, Morning Prayer with Lisa Currah.

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

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

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2  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. 31.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield celebrated their 166th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 20. The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, guest preacher, joined Rev. Lisa Dolson with harpist Margaret Lawrance. A potluck lunch was served after service to celebrate this special occasion.

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. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased: here. 

The Presbyterian Connection newspaper unites Presbyterians across Canada through stories, reflections, interviews and articles that allow them to share and develop their faith. It is distributed four times per year, free of charge. Anyone interested in reading the publication online can visit:  Presbyterian Connection or they can contact the National Church Office at 1-800-619-7301 Ext. 243 to set up a free paper subscription.

All are welcome to worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m.  Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing for more information.


White Paper Day 2023 was held at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health recently. The participants were from l-r: Amy Sturgeon, Jordan Connolly, Nicole Gilroy, Sage Milne, Maitland Roy, Cameron Brenner and Alexa Harrison. (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) held its annual “White Paper Day” on Aug. 17. This day marks the nearing end of summer before this year’s group of research assistants head back to school or into the workforce.

Held at Gateway’s office just off The Square in Goderich, White Paper Day consisted of presentations by each research assistant, commemorating the work that they have completed over the summer. It affords them the opportunity to present their experiences, successes, and progress working on their respective projects to a varied audience consisting of donors/sponsors, local government officials, Gateway board members and research chairs, as well as family members.

Highlighted below are the projects that the summer research assistants have been conducting over the course of the summer and their current next steps moving forward into their careers.

Cameron Brenner has been working on the “Growing Raising Eating Accessible Thriving (GREAT) Local Food Project” again this summer. He will be returning to Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) as a teacher after having recently graduated from Brock University’s Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours) and Concurrent Education program earlier in the year.

Sage Milne, who graduated this year with a Bachelor’s in Global Health Studies, has filled many roles at Gateway over the years. This summer she has been working on the GREAT Local Food Project and “Cultivating Memories”. Milne plans on staying with Gateway into the fall to assist with the online Rural Health Lecture Series and other projects.

Jordan Connolly has been working on the “Skilled Healthcare Attraction and Retention Program” (SHARP) this summer, conducting a needs assessment for healthcare workers in Huron County. Having graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Public Health and previously a Bachelor of Kinesiology, he plans on working for a year before applying for a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and/or Public Health next fall.

Alexa Harrison has been spearheading the “S.H.E.D. Talks” program as well as the “Remarkable Healthcare Worker Recognition Event” over the summer. She plans on keeping ties with Gateway while she returns to school this fall, entering her third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program at McMaster University.

Maitland Roy has been working on laying the foundation for the “Mental Health First Aid” program over the summer. She will be returning to Western University this fall as she enters her third year of the Bachelor of Integrative Science program.

Nicole Gilroy has been working on the Gateway Alumni project. After completing her high school co-op term with us, she has since joined the Gateway team for the remainder of the summer. She will be heading off into her first year of university this fall, attending the University of Guelph for the Bachelor of One Health program.

Amy Sturgeon is the newest addition to the Gateway team. She is a recent graduate of Carleton University, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies and Biology. She will be taking over the SHARP project, developing a geriatric service framework in collaboration with Gateway research chairs, as well as helping to fill an administrative role.

Gateway would like to thank this group of amazing students for a wonderful summer, wishing them the best in their future endeavors!

Anyone who would like to learn more about Gateway, and their past or present projects, is invited to visit Gateway’s website at:


Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant (left) and Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth are excited to offer a couple of workshops for educators with regards to getting youth outdoors this Autumn. (Submitted photo)

Fall begins on Sept. 23.  At the same time, a new education series will also begin – “No Boundaries Nature Workshops – Falling for Nature”.  Partnering for this educator professional development workshop series is Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth and Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant.  Together they have a combined total of almost fifty years of teaching.

“Any outdoor space provides a valuable learning experience for students,” said Vorsteveld.

Celebrate back to school, with fall themed strategies for teaching outside.  This workshop is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about teaching and learning outdoors.

“We wanted to give back to the community through a workshop which would help give educators the tools and confidence to bring learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Iszczuk.

Sign up now for the session to be held on Sept. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. at Bad Apple Brewing in Bluewater and Sept. 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the West Perth Community Centre in Mitchell.

Registration is limited and registration can be found at  All registrants will receive access to curated teaching materials with Ontario Curriculum connections for teaching outdoors this Autumn because children need nature.

Register by Labour Day to be entered into a draw for a new book from local author Jon-Erik Lappano called “Martin and the River”.  Organizers are pleased to support Lappano’s new book as it examines a child’s perspective on making meaningful connections to nature in the city and on finding ways to accept changes.

For more information, please contact Denise Iszczuk by calling  519 200-8662 or Janneke Vorsteveld at 519 440-2189.

Bad Apple Brewing is located at 73463 Bluewater Hwy near Bayfield and the West Perth Community Centre is located at 185 Wellington Street in Mitchell, ON.


Members of the Coastal Conservation Youth Corps did some work in Sunset Park in Goderich in July to remove invasive plant species with native ones. (Submitted photo)

Wrapping up the 2023 Summer season, participants of the Coastal Conservation Youth Corps feel they’ve made an impact on Lake Huron’s shoreline. Participating in week-long sessions, these high school students took action to restore the ribbon of habitat edging Lake Huron while learning about the dynamic coastal environment.

In Saugeen Shores, restoration work on the Gobles Grove public beach caught the attention of passers-by who learned from participants how newly planted American beach grass and low shrubs will act as a living fence to minimize sand blowing over a newly reconstructed roadway.

“Plants can effectively remove energy from the wind-blown sand, causing it to drop and initiate dune formation,” explained Holly Westbook, “Driftwood sentinels were also fun to construct and install to add a beachy aesthetic.”

While some conservation efforts may be less obvious, they are certainly valued. Litter collection leaves the shore in a healthier and more natural condition and aids in reducing plastic pollution in this freshwater system.

“We combed the beach, picking up every tiny bit we could find – even the smallest pieces of styrofoam were recorded using Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup data sheets,” said Kerry Kennedy, coordinator of the program. “Participants now know it’s easy to plan a cleanup and that tallying the types of litter can inform future policy decisions. Being aware of the magnitude of plastic pollution in the lake motivates us to clean up, even during informal beach visits.”

Removing invasive species makes way for native plant species to flourish which support the food web and habitat needs of diverse organisms. Working alongside residents of Southcott Pines in Grand Bend, the Goderich team pulled heaps of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, using long ropes to drag oversized flexible rakes.

Duncan Croft expressed gratitude when he said, “The time which you put in today will help revive the health of the Old Ausable Channel. As a bonus we got to connect with members of our community and make some new friends”.

Researchers from the University of Toronto will be following up to monitor the impact of this removal effort on the rare aquatic species found here.

Sunset Park, a favorite lookout spot on the steep bluff overlooking the Goderich shoreline, also received a make-over as participants pulled invasive Himalayan balsam before seed development occurred on these pink flowering plants. Planted in their place, deep-rooted native grasses will provide stability without interfering with the view, as will Ninebark, an exceptional native shrub with high wildlife value.

Erinn Lawrie, Executive director of the Lake Huron Coastal Centre (LHCC) said, “Applying their learning about the many impacts on a healthy Lake Huron, youth participants are now better equipped to care for this great lake and support a resilient coastal community throughout their lives.”

The LHCC is seeking financial support from the community to see this initiative succeed into the future. Youth interested in taking part can learn more at

The LHCC is a non-government charity dedicated to supporting a healthy ecosystem through education, restoration, and research.


Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Junior Conservationist Gwen Taylor, of the Township of Perth South, from the St. Marys area, about her experiences this summer as Junior Conservationist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She will be taking Environmental Studies at Canadore College in North Bay, ON starting this Autumn.


Monitoring fish and species at risk populations in the Bayfield River, at the Bayfield River Flats was a job that the Junior Conservationist participated in this summer alongside members of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Taking part from l-r were: Junior Conservationist Gwen Taylor; Assistant Water Resources Technician, Christie Brown; Conservation and Restoration Technician, Jake McClure; and Water Resources Coordinator, Davin Heinbuck. Volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) assisted the aquatic species monitoring team as they did their monitoring work at the Bayfield River Flats. (Photo by Roger Lewington)

Junior Conservationist Gwen Taylor, of the Township of Perth South, is completing her summer term as 2023 Junior Conservationist. This is a summer job experience program, in the conservation field, funded by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The Junior Conservationist is provided with the opportunity to work and learn in different departments of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. (Submitted photos)

I was thrilled to learn about the Junior Conservationist position that Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) had to offer. The opportunity to have incredible learning experiences while being outside all day sounded great to me. I was not disappointed.

The reason I applied for this program is because I love the outdoors and getting a variety of different experiences. Every day is different and I never knew exactly what to expect, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to get some experience in the environmental field to make sure this truly is the right field for me. Working for ABCA has certainly confirmed that my decision, to pursue a career in the environmental field, was a good one.

When I first arrived at the ABCA office, I was welcomed with lots of smiling faces and people you can just tell are very passionate about both their jobs and the environment.  This was the perfect recipe for an amazing work environment.

What I loved best was fish sampling in the community with Kari Jean, the Aquatic Biologist at ABCA. Squeezing into a canoe with all our nets, other equipment and three people … what a great time that was! I enjoyed seeing the variety of species in our rivers and attempting to identify them.

I was grateful to get to work alongside the amazing staff at ABCA.

I had a chance to experience many different jobs and work duties during my two months. I absolutely loved being able to get such a wide variety of experiences. Each job experience was enjoyable, whether it was fishing, beach sampling or helping out with the best nature day camp there is! I always enjoyed working here. Seeing all of the different jobs that are involved with the conservation authority is amazing! I never would have known all the work, in which the conservation authority is involved, without this experience. It is amazing how much they do for the community.

I would like to thank the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) for funding this opportunity. This program is an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors and who loves learning. I cannot wait to show off at school this autumn everything I learned this summer.

I would also like to thank the staff at ABCA for taking me under their wings and making sure I understood all that goes on at this conservation authority.  Everyone took their time with me and made me look forward to work each and every day.

This truly was a job I will never forget and for which I will be forever grateful. Ausable Bayfield Conservation is an incredibly welcoming community. I hope one day I can return to ABCA and all of the wonderful employees who work there.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is preparing for the future of local conservation by creating a new watershed strategy. The local conservation organization is looking to the public to provide input into this plan to guide local watershed management beyond 2023.

The new strategy builds upon the work of the community to develop the Conservation Strategy (in 2011) and the work of staff to develop the previous Watershed Management Strategy in 2015.

A new Watershed-Based Resource Management Strategy (WBRMS) will fulfil requirements of the “Conservation Authorities Act” (CA Act). It will also meet local needs to protect life and property from natural hazards and to manage and protect resources on a watershed basis.

Kate Monk is ABCA Projects Coordinator. She describes the new strategy as an “overarching document” that guides all of the conservation authority’s work with the watershed community.

“This Strategy goes beyond a traditional watershed planning document,” she said. “It is also a business plan for ABCA that includes financial information. It identifies opportunities to engage landowners in the work needed to address issues facing our watershed communities. It also identifies opportunities to collaborate with other organizations.”

The Strategy will:

  • Evaluate programs and recommend future programs and services to address watershed issues facing local communities.
  • Identify infrastructure needs such as stream gauges, flood forecasting and warning communications, water and erosion control projects, and major maintenance of existing projects.
  • Identify future studies and knowledge needs such as subwatershed studies, inventories, research, and stormwater management plans.
  • Include a business plan for delivering programs and services.
  • Integrate climate change adaptation and resiliency into watershed management.
  • Incorporate previous reports and studies.
  • Meet the requirements of the CA Act.

The purpose of the CA Act is “…to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario.”

The ABCA Board of Directors has approved release of the first part of the WBRMS document for public review. Interested people can review the first phase of the Strategy and provide feedback through a survey which includes spaces for written comments. The feedback period for the first phase of the document continues until Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. This first phase of consultation includes the mission and vision statements, strategic priorities, guiding principles for decision-making, and objectives. The Strategy includes characterization of the watershed, setting priorities and objectives, evaluating progress made through the previous strategies, identifying gaps, and creating action plans.

To learn more about the WBRMS, people can visit the: Public Consultation Page on the ABCA website. If they have questions, they can contact staff by telephone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


Amy Sturgeon (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is thrilled to announce that Amy Sturgeon will be joining the team as their newest Research Assistant.

Sturgeon graduated in spring of 2022 from Carleton University, with a BA Honours in Sociology and double minor in Women and Gender Studies and Biology. During her undergrad, she focused her studies on healthcare, ethics, and the impacts society plays on medicine and vice versa.

Since graduating, Sturgeon has moved back to her hometown of Bayfield, and has been finding her footing in rural healthcare by working in a long-term care home and local hospitals. Sturgeon notes that she is very excited to start working with Gateway, especially on specialized projects! More specifically, she will be working on the “Skilled Healthcare Attraction and Retention Program” (SHARP) to promote healthcare opportunities within the rural setting, while researching how to better support front-line workers. Sturgeon will also be exploring geriatric options to better support and service the elderly population.

In her spare time, she can be found by the beach for sunsets, running along the boardwalk, and enjoying an array of locally owned restaurants. She is also a major book reader and has a goal of reading 100 books in 2023.


Huron Hospice’s “No Place Like Home” Telethon Concert is set for Saturday, Sept. 23.

This year the Telethon Concert will be broadcast live from the Kingsbridge Centre starting at 6:30 p.m. 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 MacKay Choristers is a choir for retirees. Their season will begin Tuesday, Sept. 19.

This first rehearsal will begin at 2 p.m. at the MacKay Centre in Goderich

In addition to welcoming new members, the choir is currently seeking a pianist for daytime rehearsals once a week for two seasons.

To learn more about the choir as well as the pianist position please email

The MacKay Centre is located at 10 Nelson Street in Goderich.


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


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.


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


This fall, individuals have the opportunity to join a fun and interactive two-day Feng Shui workshop in Bayfield. And the deadline to receive Early Bird pricing is fast approaching!

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.




With the resounding support of the community, construction of a “two-cow” barn to display a beautiful Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works horse drawn Landau behind the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives and Heritage Centre on the village’s Main Street, will begin in September.

The paperwork and construction details have been completed. An agreement with the Municipality of Bluewater is now in place granting the Bayfield Lions Club and Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) permission to proceed with the project. Permits have been applied for and now Doug Vanderhaar and Mike Decorte, the construction project managers for this joint Lions Club and BHS project, are busy scheduling construction timelines.

This Landau is a fine example of the craftsmanship that characterized every wagon and carriage that was built in Tom Penhale’s Old River Road shop. The order for 36 of these Landau’s from The Westin Hotel Resort in Hawaii came about because the owner of the hotel, Chris Hemmeter, was on the Disney Board of Directors and he saw the incredible craftsmanship that had gone into the creation of a hitch wagon built for Disney World.

During a visit to Disney World in early 1982 with his friend, photographer Mac Campbell, Tom managed to talk with the manager of Fort Wilderness who told him that Disney was contemplating the construction of a new hitch wagon for the 1983 Calgary Stampede. They hadn’t started planning the design or deciding upon a builder but perhaps they would contact Tom to see if he was capable of building to their exacting standards. Tom didn’t hear again from the Disney people for over a year until they showed up at the Bayfield factory asking for a tour.

In April 1983, the lives of the Penhale family were changed forever. The manager of the Walt Disney ranch, “Fort Wilderness”, called with a good news, bad news request. The good news was that Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works had been chosen to build a hitch wagon for the World Percheron Championships at the Calgary Stampede and Disney World. The bad news was that the completed wagon had to be ready for shipping in early June. An almost impossible timeline. Walt Disney’s love of everything equestrian continues to influence Walt Disney World and the Disney Parks around the world to this day! In 1983, the company was determined to win the world championship in the Eight Horse Hitch Class at the World Percheron Congress at the Calgary Stampede in early June.

The World Percheron Congress is a big deal in the horse world. It is comparable to the Super Bowl or World Cup. The participants are judged for the overall presentation of both the horses, equipment and the ability of the drivers. The Disney hitch wagon had to be a reflection of Walt Disney’s and the Disney Corporation’s passion for quality.

The Disney Corporation men were impressed by Tom’s craftsmanship but they had left the order to the very last minute. It had to be completed and shipped in seven weeks, by early June, instead of the usual three to six months. Despite the incredibly short timeline, this was too good an opportunity to pass up. A crew made up of Tom, Tim Curtis, Jake Reder and Dave Webber worked night and day to meet the deadline. The wagon was painted in four shades of blue. To letter and pin-stripe the wagon, a designer and an artist came from Disney. So much 24 karat gold and silver leaf was applied that Tom arranged to have this stored at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Goderich. The wagon was also equipped with a hydraulic brake system and all of the chrome and steel work was handcrafted.

Over 3,000 people attended an Open House at the Penhale’s shop on Old River Road to see this beautiful creation before it was shipped to Calgary. The roadway became so congested that the police showed up to try and create some semblance of order.

Once it arrived in Calgary the wagon was covered to heighten interest until it was pulled into the ring by eight magnificent Percherons. The scene must have been spectacular as the noise from the thundering hooves announced the entrance of the beautifully groomed Percherons with glistening coats, braided manes and tails. Tom and his wife Carol were in the stands and were introduced to thunderous applause as the makers of the beautiful wagon.

Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works was relatively well known and respected before the Disney Wagon but this exposure propelled the business to a level that exceeded the Penhale family’s most optimistic dreams.

The Disney Wagon was now considered the best of the best. Orders started pouring in and a shop that had concentrated on building the best hitch wagons now expanded into Landaus, Vis a Vis and beautiful carriages that were admired by millions of people in the Rose Bowl Parade.

The Municipality of Bluewater owned Penhale Landau that will be on display on Bayfield’s Main Street will be a reminder that while residents are excited by this area’s future they are also very proud of their heritage.




The expression, “Everyone loves a parade!” is an often overused one, however when the parade in question has been in absentia since 2019, it seems appropriate in this instance.

Yes, the Bayfield Community Fair Parade returned to the streets of the village on the morning of Aug. 19 and from the spectators to the participants everyone seemed to be loving every minute.

As is tradition, members of the Bayfield Fire Department, along with some special guests, led the way sounding their sirens.

Three bands made their way along Catherine Street to Main Street, along Clan Gregor Square and down John Street to the fairgrounds filling the air with music. Participating were the Clinton Legion Branch 140 Pipes and Drums, Seaforth All Girls Marching Band and the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums.

Numerous businesses represented themselves in clever ways as did  community members from Pine Lake Campground.

A contingent of Mocha Roadrunners charmed the crowd as did a trio in Vespa Scooters. There was also a collection of collectible and vintage cars driven along the route representing a variety of eras.

This year there were two honorary parade marshalls, Jean Bennett and Gordie the Bear along with Jolande Oudshoorn, president of the Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario. They were chauffeured in a convertible driven by Tom Grasby.

Other dignitaries that had a lot of fun waving and bantering with the crowd as they drove along were Bayfield Agricultural Society President Vicky Culbert and Homecraft President Pamela Stanley, MP for Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb, Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone and Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater Paul Klopp.

Children and kids at heart entered into the decorated bikes section of the parade with great enthusiasm. Pioneer Park and the Bayfield Area Food Bank also represented their respective organizations quite proudly.

And in keeping with this year’s fair theme – “A tractor life for me in 2023” it was the collection of tractors that stole the show as they lumbered down the street at the end of the parade. They made their way from smallest to biggest, all once mighty in their respective eras. They provided an impressive demonstration of just how much farm life has changed in the 167 years since the Bayfield Community Fair first began. And they also gave the spectators something substantial to follow behind as they made their way to the gates of Agriculture Park to enjoy all the fair had to offer…



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Bayfield Bridge…By Erin Carroll

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Curtains, photo frames, decor, craft supplies, pots and pans, bits and bobs…what do we do with the things we accumulate that we no longer have a need for?

We unite with others in the same situation and hold a multi-family yard sale for a cause close to our hearts!

Friends of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) will be holding a Yard Sale to raise some much needed money for the Rescue that has helped hundreds and hundreds of cats and kittens find health, happiness and a forever home!

The sale will be held at 5 David Street in the village from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1st. All are welcome to come find the purr-fect treasure to take home in support of BFF.

Hope to see you there. – Melody

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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.