bayfield breeze issue

The Bayfield BreezeIssue 738 Week 36 Vol 15

August 30, 2023


Issue 738 Week 36 Vol 15
Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is calling for submissions from photographers to wrap the eight hydro transformer boxes now installed on the village’s Heritage Main Street. The 2023 call for submissions is for nature and outdoor-themed designs. Through this public call, it is hoped that the beauty and natural splendor of Huron County will be captured, displayed and promoted on the pad-mounted transformer boxes on Main Street Bayfield for years to come.

The “That’s a Wrap Bayfield” hydro box art program will enliven the landscape, help to camouflage the presence of the many boxes on the heritage street and visually connect the community of Bayfield to residents and visitors.

The BCA is seeking photographers to submit large format images of flora, water, river and other natural, lush and blooming vegetation such as plants, shrubs, ivy, bushes, weeds, flowers, grasses, fields, rivers, (no sky in image) all captured in full bloom in August, September and October. Please note no late fall or winter photography will be considered. Original photographs only.

This opportunity is open to photographers who live, work or operate in Ontario. The theme of the design must include plant life from nature that is natural to Huron County. No imagery that includes people, buildings, man-made structures or vehicles will be considered.

Photographers must complete entry submissions by Nov. 30. The target installation date on the hydro boxes is early summer 2024. Upcoming events surrounding this project for which dates have yet to be determined, include an exhibit of the project entries, People’s Choice Award voting and the announcement of winning photographs.


  • Send submissions to with the Subject line That’s a Wrap with your name and phone number, image name (if any), and location of where the image was taken by Nov.  30. 
  • Each artist is only allowed to submit a maximum of three images 
  • Upload a panoramic or wide angle photo, @300 DPI min. (Boxes measure approx. 55” wide x 45“ long x 40“ high.)
  • Repeating or landscape images are required (no vertical imagery) You do not need to show how it will wrap around the hydro box, but you may include that if you wish. The That’s a Wrap Committee will determine how the selected artworks will be applied to the box and the box location.

Any artists in Ontario can submit to the competition.  If their photography is selected the artists will receive the following:

  • A $150 honorarium cheque per image from BCA for use of their artwork on the wraps. 
  • Their name and title (if any) of the photograph will be shown on the BCA website only (not on the boxes).
  • The photograph will be displayed as part of the That’s a Wrap exhibit.
  • The photographer still owns, and can sell, the artwork.  

A That’s a Wrap Committee (made up of community members) will evaluate the submissions and choose the winning images. Additionally, the community is invited to participate and select the recipient of the highly coveted People’s Choice award.

All submissions must then be approved by the Heritage Advisory Committee of Bluewater and Hydro One.  


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.


 “Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter. ” – Terry Fox

The Terry Fox Run shirt designed for 2023 “celebrates the countless messages Terry received from the millions of people he continues to inspire.” This shirt will be available for purchase at the Bayfield event. (Photo courtesy

At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Terry started training to run across Canada. In 1980 he began his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km – covering six provinces – to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, Terry’s health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Terry and as a result over 850 million dollars has been raised for cancer research.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, people are encouraged to run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep Terry’s dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $55,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers are truly very grateful. A guided group will be leaving from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo at 10 a.m. to walk a 3 km route.  If people would prefer to run, bike or rollerblade, they should feel free to choose their own route and time. Participants may register online as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit: Terry Fox Run Bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site; people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. They can also scan the QR Code on all the signs posted in town, enabling them to make a donation through their phone. 

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 17 between 9-10 a.m. at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. They will also be selling 2023 Terry Fox T-shirts at $25 each and have 2023 participation seals available. Also, for those interested, they can take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. If you have any questions, please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit


The Christmas in Bayfield kick-off weekend is set for Nov. 17-19 and the committee behind the magic is working hard to make it happen. They are currently inviting people to support the event in a variety of ways be it with ideas, donating funds or volunteering. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Christmas in Bayfield (CIB) is fast approaching.

“We look forward to hosting guests the weekend of Nov. 17-19. The committee has already been working hard to be prepared. Look for posters and bag stuffers at supporting businesses, if you are shopping in the village,” said Secretary-Treasurer of Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, Terri Louch. “The posters are also distributed across Southwestern Ontario in order to spread the word.”

Louch would like to thank the businesses that have already pledged funding to support this event and encourage people to follow and support the CIB participating businesses. The list is constantly evolving and a current list can be viewed by visiting: link here. These businesses will be eligible places to spend the gift certificates which will be given away. Watch for the upcoming social media contest to enter!

“As we look to build an even bigger attendance than usual, the Chamber is getting the word out as early as possible. While CIB is a great weekend, we want to ensure that people know we are here year round as well,” said Louch. “We utilize CIB weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season with most businesses remaining open for business until the end of the year. Look for print ads, the posters as discussed and this year we have introduced double sided bag stuffers with one side advertising CIB and the other offering information about shopping and activities year round in the area.”

Each year one of the many highlights of CIB is the parade. CIB has a new coordinator for the parade this year!

“Thanks to Paul Hill for taking on this role. If you or someone you know would like to be part of the parade this year for CIB please have them send an email to: We would love to have you join us,” said Louch.

She went on to say that they are looking for street performers and buskers to once again entertain guests.

“This was quite successful last year and we would like to be able to expand this type of offering. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send an email to,” Louch said.

The CIB Committee will not be organizing an outdoor artisan market this year. Given the unpredictability of the weather they cannot ensure success for those vendors. Last year the weather and placement of the vendors did not lend itself to success. The CIB Committee learned from the vendors feedback and until they can support this type of opportunity in a better way they will refrain.

“As you might imagine, this weekend requires a great deal of work both prior to the weekend and during the weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly. Have some time and would like to volunteer to help out?  We would love to have you,” said Louch.

Interested individuals are asked to please drop an email to

“We will find something that interests you and utilizes your considerable skills. No time but have ideas that we could incorporate into the weekend? Once again email us as we would love to discuss your ideas,” she said.

Finally, the costs to create the magic for the holiday season continue to increase. The CIB Committee looks to their businesses, grant funding and community for financial support in order to continue offering this great opportunity for guests and locals alike! Anyone who would like to support with a financial contribution is asked to please reach out to the BACC at with an E-transfer or to find other ways to contribute.

Louch went on to say that BACC would like to acknowledge and thank the Municipality of Bluewater for their support.

“We were awarded funding to help support this event through the Vibrancy Funding grant stream allowing us to do more but not ask more of our businesses!” explained Louch.

The BACC and the CIB Committee would like to thank everyone very much for their continued support.  Businesses are encouraged to reach out to discuss ROI for their investment.

Currently in the works for CIB 2023 with more to come are:

  • The Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square Friday evening where Santa will stop by for a visit.
  • The annual CIB Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the north end of Main Street.
  • Santa will see children in front of the Bayfield Branch Library after the parade on Saturday
  • Free Horse and Carriage Rides Saturday and Sunday
  • Buskers
  • Face painting both Saturday and Sunday in the lobby of the Post Office Box Building (Library)
  • Social Media event and gift certificate giveaway – All CIB participating merchants will be eligible to redeem gift certificates. A running list will be available in all social media channels acknowledging those businesses and ensuring guests know where they will be able to spend their winning gift certificates.


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.

In addition, there will be an Adopt-a-thon happening at  BFF’s kitten headquarters at 16 Keith Cres. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. So after browsing and buying at the Yard Sale all are invited to swing by and meet all manner and age of kittens that are currently or nearly ready for their forever homes and enjoy a cuddle or two!

Kittens that people will be able to visit with at the Adopt-A-Thon include: Austen, Everest, Venus and Wren. They are also our Adopt-a-BFF kittens of the week.

Austen is 19 weeks-old and he has the cutest face and biggest eyes! Austen likes to be in the action but is also happy to take a break from his antics for a nice cuddle which always gets rewarded with a loud purr!

Everest is 14 weeks-old and is a real lover. This beauty with the most intense eyes is cuddly, playful and full of spunk.

Thirteen week-old Venus has recovered from an illness she came to the Rescue with and has become a beautiful kitten. She is a little shy so will need a patient home in which she will have time to adjust.

Wren was found as a small kitten and adopted by Nanny, one of the BFF Mommas. Wren is still a bit skittish but with a little extra love should make a great companion.

Anyone interested in adopting Austen, Everest, Venus or Wren 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”.

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. 3rd. 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.


As the school year is fast approaching, the Municipality of Bluewater is inviting families with young children in the community to fill out a survey with regards to the need for before and after school programs in the area.

They would like to hear from as many families as possible to see where the need is and work toward providing a solution. A link to the survey can be found by visiting: Before and After School Care.


Day Campers with the Municipality of Bluewater enjoyed some fun at Storybook Gardens in London on July 28. (Photos courtesy the Municipality of Bluewater)

The Municipality of Bluewater Day Camp has ended for the season but the youngsters that participated will have a lot of fun memories to look back on thanks to a number of sponsors that stepped up to make special activities possible.

“We would like to thank all our 2023 sponsors for allowing us to run a successful day camp this summer as we were able to provide our campers with day trips and new equipment!” said Molly Vincent, Day Camp coordinator.

Vincent went on to share some of the activities the campers enjoyed during the season. These included outings to the Exeter and Goderich YMCA pools; Town and Country Bowling Lanes, in Zurich; Storybook Gardens and the Children’s Museum, both in London; and the Varna Nature Trails, with Seeds Rooted in Youth. They also enjoyed visits from Snippety the Clown.

The Bayfield community also offered campers with many experiences such as having movie days at the Bayfield Community Centre, Show-and-Tells at the Bayfield Town Hall, visiting The Village Bookshop every week, and a trip to the Bayfield International Croquet Club courts as well as to the Bayfield Branch Library to take part in the TD Summer Reading Program.

“Our campers have loved being a part of everything that Bayfield has to offer!” said Vincent.


Glee Sisters LogoWomen who love to sing are invited to attend the 2023 opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 8.

Weekly rehearsals are held on Fridays at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield from 2-3:30 p.m. until Winter break – this date is still to be determined.

Those who attend are asked to enter the church through the front West door facing Hwy. 21.

This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.

Anyone who would like to take part is asked to RSVP as their sheet music will need to be prepared in advance. Please contact Lisa Stewart by email at or phone 519 565-5443.


The tenth annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, takes place this year on Friday, Sept. 29 and all-day Saturday, Sept. 30.

The theme this year is “Travel: Near and Far”. The presenters, Kyle Blaney, Vanessa Dewson, Don Johnston and Stuart Heggie are eager to provide people with great learning opportunities to expand their photographic horizons regardless of their current skill level.

Kickoff to the weekend will be with Keynote speaker Kyle Blaney on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Workshops will run throughout Saturday with morning and afternoon sessions along with a bonus evening workshop (weather permitting). 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. Organizers hope to see you in September.


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 River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are looking forward to an upcoming hike featuring a climate change educator.

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 hike is free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. Or people can contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.

This one hour meeting shall begin at 11 a.m. in the Bayfield Branch Library Meeting Room. Anyone who wishes to join the meeting via ZOOM is welcome to do so. Please pre-register to receive the  link at: ZOOM registration.

The meeting will cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.


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”!

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.


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering two Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Autumn Sound Bath Sessions on Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

These one-hour sessions will be held starting at 3 p.m. and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. While listening to the harp, participants will use imagination and visualization to achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Those who attend are asked to bring a mat or chair and a pillow. The cost to participate is $20 for one session or $30 for both. To learn more visit and to register please email

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


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!


Lisa Currah, will lead those who attend the Sept. 3 service at Trinity St. James Anglican Church while their minister takes some holiday time.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature some special music.

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 this 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.


Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield 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 at: The Village Bookshop.

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.

Health, social and economic wellbeing diminish when housing is unstable.There are steps people can take to advocate for cooperative or social housing initiatives to allow for housing equity for all. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion held in the church basement most Mondays 1:15-2 p.m. (excluding holidays). What can individuals do? They can advocate that adequate housing is a human right. They can also get involved and support cooperative or social housing initiatives. Please speak with Rev Lisa Dolson to join in the letter campaigns to elected officials. More information can also be found at: Presbyterian Advocacy.

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.


Binnie and Elaine Sturgeon (Submitted photo)

The community will be saddened to learn of the recent passing of an individual who had strong ties to the village.

Bernard (Binnie) Frederick Sturgeon passed away peacefully at Huron Hospice on Aug. 18. Binnie, who was born on Nov. 2nd, 1941, lived in Bayfield with his wife, the love of his life, Elaine Marie Sturgeon (Rathwell) where they shared 30 beautiful years of retirement together until her passing in 2022.

He is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey Bernard Sturgeon (Tracey Denham) and Roland Edgar Sturgeon and his two grandchildren, Taylor (Tracey) and Arielle (Roland).

Also left to mourn are his brothers and sister Rhea (Gary) Campbell, Bud (Barb) Sturgeon, Andrew (Sheryl Sturgeon, and his in-laws Marilyn (Fred) Bruinsma, Lynda (Bob) Smith, Steven (Sally) Rathwell, and Mark (Crystal) Rathwell.

If desired, memorial donations to Huron Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home, Clinton, Chapel, 153 High Street Clinton. A celebration of life will be announced shortly.

Condolence messages for the Sturgeon family are welcome at


There were 20 people, including interested woodlot owners and project partners, who attended a groundbreaking ceremony, on Friday, Aug. 18, at the new Butternut Archive Orchard at Triebner Tract near Exeter, ON. The new seed orchard, to help protect an Ontario species at risk, is a project of Forest Gene Conservation Association and local partner Ausable Bayfield Conservation.

The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony, on Friday, Aug. 18, at the five-acre Butternut Archive Orchard at Triebner Tract northwest of Exeter. There were 20 people at the ceremony including project partners and interested woodlot owners. The archive orchard is created to help protect the endangered Butternut tree species.

The ceremony began with brief remarks, in front of the Southern Ontario Butternut Seed Orchard sign, and concluded with the planting of a Butternut tree at the site. The project partners planted other Butternuts, at the site, in May of this year.

Heather Zurbrigg is Manager of Species Conservation with Forest Gene Conservation Association.

She said she was “excited to see so many people here to join us for this groundbreaking of the Butternut archive … it’s amazing.”

She said FGCA is involved in four main program areas: seed management; education and advocacy; climate change adaptation; and species conservation.

“Our largest project area, under the species conservation program, is our Butternut recovery program,” she said. FGCA now has six Butternut archive orchards. “This is a huge step both for the FGCA and for Butternut recovery.”

She added, “North American research indicates searching for genetically disease-tolerant Butternuts is one of the best strategies for recovery of this species. We need to maintain as many trees as possible showing signs of tolerance to the Butternut canker and that have seed production capabilities across the range of Butternut to allow the exchange of genetic material and hopefully the production of the next generation of potentially tolerant trees.”

She thanked Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) for their work on the new archive orchard.

The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA), and local partner Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony, on Friday, Aug. 18, at the new Butternut Archive Orchard at Triebner Tract northwest of Exeter, ON. Shown at the ceremony, in front of the sign, are from l-r: Heather Zurbrigg, FGCA manager of Species Conservation; Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist; and Corey Gent, FGCA Butternut technician. (Submitted photos)

“We are so happy to have Ausable Bayfield Conservation as our newest partner in this Butternut recovery effort and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership together,” she said.

The creation of the seed archive orchard is possible thanks to species-at-risk funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

“MECP has been integral for this archive,” said Zurbrigg. “They have funded more than half of this orchard with the Species at Risk Stewardship Program. We are so thankful for all of the funding, facilitation of funding and in-kind partnerships we have received over the years from many organizations and we couldn’t have the robust Butternut recovery program we do without all of you.”

Ian Jean is Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with ABCA. He began his remarks at the ceremony by thanking the Triebner family for making it possible, in 2009, to acquire the Triebner Tract. The five-acre Butternut Archive sits in the northwest corner of this 100-acre tract of land.

“I also want to recognize our local municipalities for their leadership and support in enabling the conservation authority to acquire and conserve these important land parcels and to enter into these important collaborative partnerships to conserve and restore the watershed and contribute to broader conservation initiatives such as Butternut recovery,” he said.

The conservation authority, with support of federal and provincial funding partners, has been restoring habitat at the site including tree planting and wetland creation to complement the adjacent provincially significant wetland in Hay Swamp.

“The Butternut was an important tree for wildlife and for people,” Jean said. Historically, the nuts were a food source for First Nations peoples and settlers.

“Butternut was quite common locally and grows very well on our local soils,” he said. “We believe this Butternut Archive Orchard site should grow very nice Butternut and we hope it will contribute to the recovery of this species.”

He ended his remarks by saying, “I love trees and everything about them and to be able to play a small part in species recovery is very special for me.”

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson provided remarks that were read at the ceremony.

“We live in a beautiful province with a bounty of natural resources and, as stewards of the land, it’s our job to protect and preserve it for future generations,” she said. “Initiatives like this allow us to do exactly that … I encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing – you are paving the way towards a brighter, more environmentally-sustainable future for all Ontarians by maintaining the biodiversity within our forests, fields, and bodies of water. And, for that, you have my utmost thanks.”

Planting a Butternut seedling, at the Butternut Archive Orchard at Triebner Tract near Exeter, ON, during the seed orchard groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Aug. 18, were from l-r: Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Heather Zurbrigg, manager of Species Conservation with Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA); and Corey Gent, FGCA Butternut technician.

Butternut is a species at risk throughout its natural range in Canada and the United States. Butternut is impacted by Butternut Canker (Ophiognomonia clavigignenti-juglandacearum) which is a fungus that affects the cambial layer of Butternut usually causing tree mortality. Once a common tree throughout eastern North America, Butternut is now uncommon and is listed as endangered under the Ontario’s provincial Endangered Species Act (ESA). Healthy Butternut are very rare and now considered too few and too far apart for natural recovery. Butternut trees on the landscape throughout the natural range of Butternut that are showing tolerance to the Butternut Canker are the foundation of the FGCA archiving recovery efforts. Archive orchards are planted with grafted trees grown from scions (twigs) collected from these healthy Butternut. Establishing archive orchards will enable cross-pollination and future seed production between tolerant trees to aid in the re-introduction of healthy Butternut on the landscape and recovery of Butternut in Ontario.

The Forest Gene Conservation Association is a not-for-profit organization in Ontario. FGCA’s goal is to assist forest practitioners to conserve and augment the genetic diversity of forests through Species Conservation, Seed Management Expertise, Climate Change Adaptation, and Education and Advocacy. FGCA partners with the government, forestry sector, not-for-profit organizations, landowners, conservation authorities and other groups on projects across southern Ontario.


Jess Langan and Josh Geddis from Bayfield and Steve Dawe from Clinton will once again unite to perform at the upcoming telethon for Huron Hospice. (Submitted photo)

Get Ready! In September, Huron Hospice has something for everyone.

Join them on Saturday, Sept. 23, when the lights go up on the “No Place Like Home” concert Live from the Kingsbridge Centre.

The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with 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.

First held in 2020 as a virtual event, No Place Like Home was an original Huron Hospice solution to fundraising during a pandemic.

“We thought it would be One Night Only! However, the event was so successful and so much fun that we just had to do it again and again and again,” said Christopher Walker Huron Hospice, manager of Fund Development. “The event allows us to celebrate the best of our home, Huron County.”

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 honored to have the three of them join us again. Each brings a commitment to Huron County and a deep understanding of 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,” commented Walker.

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 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 a cash bar service and beef-on-a-bun. A vegetarian option and chocolate chip cookies will also be available. Goodwill donations will cover food costs.

Funds raised at the event ensure the Hospice can support over 200 families across Huron County at no cost. The last thing a family should worry about is the cost of hospice palliative services at the end of life.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: Telethon 2023.

The West Coast Blues – BluesFest in Goderich on Sept. 1st and 2nd is supporting Huron Hospice this year. Some great acts will entertain. Tickets are available at Ernie King Music, Finchers and Wuerth Shoes, all in Goderich.

To learn more visit:  West Coast Blues.

Anyone looking for ways to bring harmony and balance to their life may like to participate in a two-day workshop helping people understand the principles of Feng Shui in the home, garden and workplace.Led by Feng Shui instructor Helen Varekamp, participants will learn to change their thinking, their surroundings, and their lives. Huron Hospice will receive proceeds from this workshop. To register visit: Feng Shui Workshop.


Fran and Tony McQuail, were honored by the Huron-Bruce New Democratic Party (NDP) Riding Association for their tireless efforts in support of the party for over four decades. The couple are shown standing at the podium on the stage at The Livery where the evening was held on Aug. 24. (Submitted photo)

The Huron-Bruce New Democratic Party (NDP) Riding Association came together on Aug. 24 to host an unforgettable fundraising dinner at The Livery in Goderich. The event was a heartfelt tribute to the resolute spirit and unwavering dedication of Fran and Tony McQuail, two stalwart champions of progressive values and longstanding pillars of the community.

The evening was filled with camaraderie, inspiring speeches, and lively music as attendees gathered to honor the McQuails’ profound impact on the region. The distinguished lineup of speakers included Huron-Bruce NDP President Angela Keeley, Huron-Bruce NDP Vice President Nick McGregor, Huron-Bruce NDP Secretary Jillian Bjelan, former Ontario NDP Candidate Laurie Hazzard, as well as the honorees themselves, Fran and Tony.

The evening’s festivities were heightened by the delectable offerings of Pineridge Barbecue, tempting attendees with an array of culinary delights. Musical entertainment was provided by The Devon Drive Drifters, adding a lively rhythm to the event and creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

For over four decades, Fran and Tony have been unwavering pillars of the Huron-Bruce NDP, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to their community. Tony’s political journey began with his 1980 candidacy for Member of Parliament, marking the start of his unyielding dedication to his constituents. He has fearlessly contested in five federal elections and twice provincially, solidifying his status as a champion of progressive ideals. Tony’s passion for public service extended beyond elected roles, including his tenure as a school board trustee, president of the Huron County Federation of Agriculture, and executive assistant to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. His tireless activism has left an indelible mark on numerous causes, enriching the very fabric of the community he holds dear.

Fran’s impact, though often operating behind the scenes, has been equally profound. In 1984, her instrumental role in the establishment of Women Today of Huron showcased her visionary spirit and unwavering dedication to empowering women in the region. Her contributions have garnered recognition, including the Agnes MacPhail award by the Ontario NDP in 2016, a testament to her outstanding service.

The evening’s success would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Huron-Bruce NDP Riding Association, event organizers, volunteers, and the generous support of attendees.


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.


On Sunday, Oct. 1st,  residents have an opportunity to participate in a fun event and give back to a very unique organization – the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG).

LFCDG is an accredited non-for-profit that relies on its largest fundraising event, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, to empower Canadians living with disabilities by providing Dog Guides at no cost and supporting them in their journey together.

“With one in five Canadians living with a disability, Dog Guides are in high demand,” explained Andrea Stevens, manager of Events at LFCDG. “Each Dog Guide team costs $35,000, however, none of that cost is passed down to the applicant. LFCDG relies on the success of all Pet Valu walks for Dog Guides that take place across Canada, to continue to create an impact for Canadians through Dog Guides. With this year’s goal set to $1.6 million, the organization needs the public’s support now more than ever.”

Goderich Walk Co-chairs Ron and BJ Finlay are excited to be hosting the walk again.

“Here’s everything you need to know,” explained Ron, “the Goderich Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is taking place on Oct. 1st at the Lions Park on West Street in Goderich with registration starting at 10 a.m. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., and is roughly 2.5 km. The walk will conclude with a BBQ lunch.”

Pledge forms are available at many stores such as banks, convenience stores and many others around The Square and elsewhere. Pledge forms will also be available at the Goderich Lions’ TV Bingo card sales establishments.

Walkers can call 226 421-2190 for information or go visit online to:  Goderich Walk for Dog Guides.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support, so please sign up and help us make a difference,” concluded Ron.


The South Huron Community Choirs are composed of people who love to sing and share the gift of music with the community. The KidsChoir, Handbells and Adult Choir will resume rehearsals in September.

The schedule is as follows: KidsChoir, starting Thursday, Sept. 7,  6-7 p.m.; Handbells, starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6-7 p.m.; and the Adult Choir, starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m.

The KidsChoir is under the direction of Katherine Neeb while the Adult Choir and Handbells are the responsibility of Dr. Richard Henizle, artistic director for the South Huron Community Choirs. Their accompanist is Lori Danylchuk.

Anyone Interested in joining the choirs is asked to email: or call Jean at 519 235-0629 or Carol at 519 235-0759. Visit or for further details.


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.


Goderich Lions Club members understand that people are missing the social aspect of in-person Bingos and their volunteers have been exploring ways to bring this style of fundraiser back to the community and surrounding area.

The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton are now the settings for Goderich Lions Club Bingo on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Please note that Bingo tickets will not be available at these new sites.  People can get their tickets at the locations listed below. For more information visit Goderich Lions on Facebook.

For those who prefer to play from the comfort of their own home Goderich Lions TV Bingo will continue also on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. They are broadcast on Eastlink Channel 10, Hurontel Channel 1 and Tuckersmith Channel 1.

Tickets for the televised games are available at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts; Clinton Foodland and Clinton Convenience; Buckey Joes, Vanastra; Hodgins Home Hardware, Lucknow; Goderich Convenience; Suncoast Variety, Goderich; and Finchers in Goderich and Kincardine. Lottery License #: M717413.


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


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.


Tomorrow, 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

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 feature artifacts that reflect both the current fair season and the fast approach of the new school year…


These are 44 prize ribbons that have been sewn together, The ribbons are colored white, gold, blue and pink.

These prize ribbons were won by Ruby (Hidden) McDonald while attending Crediton Public School in the 1920s. She won the ribbons at school fairs throughout Huron County.




After months of planning, the 167th Bayfield Community Fair held on Aug. 18-20 has now come and gone. The bleachers are empty, the grounds have been returned to pre-fair condition, the arena has been swept clean, and all of the Fair equipment has been stowed away for another year. But memories of the 2023 Bayfield Fair will linger for some time to come.

It would be impossible to select only one highlight of the Fair from among so many. There are numerous memorable moments about the Fair events, activities, and demonstrations, not to mention the smiles and great conversations with visitors in the arena and on the fairgrounds. This article briefly summarizes the highlights of this year’s Fair – in no particular order of importance.

The Bayfield Fair opened on Friday, Aug. 18 under clearing skies following high winds and torrential rains that occurred the night before. A well-attended Fish Fry dinner was held at the fairgrounds followed by the opening ceremony. Bayfield Agricultural Society President Vicky Culbert and Homecraft President Pamela Stanley welcomed everyone to the 167th Bayfield Fair. Dignitaries on hand for the opening ceremony included Bill Strong representing MP Ben Lobb, Municipality of Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp, Municipality of Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn, and Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) District 8 Secretary Treasurer Janet Cameron. OAAS Provincial Director Jentje Steenbeek read greetings from Lisa Thompson MPP and also brought greetings on behalf of the OAAS. The guest speaker for the evening was Lauren Bos, who spoke about 4-H, junior farmers, and entrepreneurship.

The evening was capped off by a fabulous fireworks display. For anyone who may have missed the fireworks, here’s a link to the video: Bayfield Fair Opening Fireworks

After a three-year absence, a full Bayfield Community Fair Parade returned on Saturday, Aug. 19 with great fanfare! Local businesses, marching bands, pipe and drum bands, Shriners Roadrunners, dignitaries, fire trucks, vintage vehicles, kids on bikes, and more were well represented in the parade. The appreciative crowds that lined the streets cheered them all on!

The homecraft displays in the arena were beyond awe-inspiring. The exhibits of handcrafted quilts, knitting, crocheting, flower and plants, farm products, vegetables, culinary arts, woodworking, art, photography, and youth class showcased the high level of talent in this community. It was apparent that the number of exhibit entries were up over last year’s Fair, and it was heartening to see the large number of entries from young people.

For the second year in a row, the Bayfield Fair hosted a Poultry Show that featured poultry, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, and rabbits. The Bayfield Fair is now one of only two fairs in Huron County with a poultry show, so this was a rare opportunity for fairgoers to see so many different breeds including a number of heritage breeds. Judging from the number of visitors to the Poultry Show, it was a very popular stop at the Fair.

There were more presentations and demonstrations woven into the Fair events this year. In the arena, the Penhale Landau made a special appearance with a place of prominence where visitors could view it from all angles. In addition to the textile weaving and rug braiding demonstrations, special presentations included an informative flower arranging session and another on how to plant a pollinator garden. Outside on the fairgrounds, two students from Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton wowed everyone with a robotics demonstration on both Saturday and Sunday of the Fair. The Bayfield International Croquet Club provided a croquet demonstration on Sunday afternoon and invited interested spectators to participate. Greenacre Dog Agility & Training put on a well-attended demonstration at the Fair on Sunday afternoon. Special music presentations at the Fair included children’s entertainer Erick Traplin, on Saturday; the Bayfield Ukulele Society, on Sunday; and the Rock Revival tribute bands Zed and Southern Fried were part of the Saturday night entertainment.

The 4-H Dairy Achievement and Sheep Clubs competition on Saturday, Aug. 19 drew a lot of interest from visitors to the Fair. The bleachers were packed for the fast-paced Friesian Horse Show on Saturday. Making a return to the Fair this year on Sunday, Aug. 20 was the Heavy Horse Show, which had to be cancelled last year due to inclement weather. And the Heavy Horses didn’t disappoint the large crowd that turned out to watch the competition!

Fair organizers made a decision this year to focus on family fun and agricultural roots without a midway. In lieu of a midway for children, age-appropriate inflatables were offered along with activities, such as a fish pond, a Lego station, and a variety of lawn games. Judging from the children’s smiles and the positive feedback from parents on how much more affordable this option was for families than the midway costs of previous years, the change proved to be a success. Fair organizers will build on this knowledge in the planning process for next year’s Fair.

This article would be incomplete without acknowledging the efforts of all the community volunteers who came forward and offered their time to help with the smooth running of the Fair, from setup before the Fair, through the Fair opening days, to take down day on Monday, Aug. 21. Their help was invaluable and so greatly appreciated.

Planning for next year’s Fair begins almost as soon as the last piece of equipment is stored away from this year’s Fair. Anyone who would like to be a part of the planning or a volunteer to help out with next year’s Fair is asked to contact



Marina Bridge

Marina… By Erin Carroll

Submit Your photo

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or…Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.


Image of Melody Falconer-Pounder


Melody Falconer-Pounder

My Uncle John, my late father’s younger brother, celebrated a milestone birthday over the weekend. He turned 90 years young. I was so pleased to be invited to his party and to be able to visit with him and also three generations of cousins – some of whom I hadn’t seen in a decade.

As an only child my cousins were the closest thing to siblings I had growing up and so any time I get to spend with them is always special.

My Uncle John means a great deal to me as he and my late Aunt Sandra invited me to move into their finished basement in the big city to live while I went to college to study Print Journalism. Their generosity made the whole endeavor both possible and affordable. My Aunt ensured I ate at least one nourishing meal a week at their table and my Uncle made himself available to regularly pick me up at the train station that first year before I was able to secure my first set of wheels!

My Uncle is also an exceptional person because he is the only one remaining that can remember life on our home farm in the 1930s, 40s and early 50s. On Sunday we walked out past the bank barn and up the glacial moraine behind it so that he could see a bit more of the farm he grew up on. As we walked back down the sights around him triggered memories and he told stories of bringing in the potato harvest, spreading manure with the aid of a horse in the surrounding fields and rescuing the farm dog after it accidentally got shot down the road at a neighbors. It may have been his birthday but it was I who received the gifts.

Happy 90th Uncle John! – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.