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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 739 Week 37 Vol 15

September 6, 2023


Issue 739 Week 37 Vol 15
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A sketch of the two cow barn by Architect Adolpho Spaleta. Construction is set to begin on the project very soon. (Submitted photo)

Soon, construction of a traditional Bayfield two-cow barn behind the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street will begin. This building will display a beautiful horse drawn Landau created by Penhale Wagon and Carriage Works Ltd.

Most of the details and permits have been worked out by Mike Decorte and Doug Vanderhaar, the volunteer Project Managers for the joint Bayfield Lions Club and Bayfield Historical Society endeavor. Soon work crews will be starting to excavate, fill and compact to prepare for a cement pad.

Mike Graham, a local contractor, has been chosen to build the “barn” and he has already ordered windows, doors and the building materials. Mike’s family have been important contributors to Bayfield since the 1930s. His great-grandfather was the minister at Trinity St. James Anglican Church and his grandparents, Wyn and Pat Graham operated a general store on Main Street (now the location of Main Street Optometric). Pat was also Bayfield’s last Village Clerk in the 1990s.

Depending upon sub-trade availability, it is anticipated that building construction will be completed in October. This will add another chapter to the Heritage District’s presentation of some of the stories that make Bayfield unique and special.


Kyle Blaney (Submitted photo)

The 10th annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, will take place on Friday evening, 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. All are welcome to attend, payment is at the door or in advance online. Blaney has travelled extensively in every Canadian province and territory and is an avid bird photographer.

On Saturday morning, Blaney will lead participants to a natural spot to learn how to photograph scenes and living things through various photographic techniques.

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.


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.  


 “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


Audrey (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 is the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.

Audrey is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week.

“Audrey is a six week-old orphan that was found alone and once again our amazing bottle feeding miracle worker stepped up and raised her to be a beautiful, saucy, little ball of fun,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

And if that wasn’t enough this volunteer then took on another six orphans that came into the Rescue at just under a week old.

“They are now just about to turn four weeks old,” said Penhale. “It certainly hasn’t been without its struggles and these sweet littles have had a bit of a roller coaster ride but our Wonder-Mom seems to keep one step ahead of them and keeps them going.”

But Penhale notes that there are still many more kittens out there and soon the autumn babies will be arriving. For that reason she appreciates the efforts of people and groups that hold fundraisers for BFF.

“A great big shout out and thank you to Melody and John Pounder for putting on a very successful yard sale last weekend to help the many kittens and cats of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines. Your dedication and support have been unwavering and so very much appreciated! And thank you for adding an extra day of sales to your already extraordinarily busy schedule. The gang at BFF think you are ‘pawsitively pawsome’.”

Anyone interested in adopting Audrey is 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” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.

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.



Bill Webb (Photo courtesy Toronto Arrows website)

The community will be saddened to learn that a person whose family has  long-standing ties to the village has died.

William “Bill” Reid Webb was born Oct. 17, 1963. He passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Monday, Aug. 28, in the presence of family after a bout of prostate cancer.

Bill was the loving son of the late Roberta Webb (née Heard) and was survived by his father, William A. Webb. He was the beloved husband and “the rock” to Dr. Agnes Wong for more than 26 years. Devoted and proud father of sons James and Stephen. Loving brother to Robert J. Webb, brother-in-law to Noriko, and a caring uncle to Masato and Aiko. Bill’s unwavering dedication to his family truly reflected his character.

Bill was born in Toronto, ON. Throughout his 59 years, Bill led a life of accomplishments filled with adventures. He was a proud graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (BBA ‘86). After spending two years working in the UK and travelling extensively around the world, including being a trekking guide in the Himalayas, he went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University (MBA ‘93), where he met his wife and soulmate, Agnes. Bill had a long and distinguished career, including being the Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer at Gluskin Sheff + Associates (1995-2015), a founding partner and later an advisor at Waypoint Investment Partners (2017-present), and most recently, the Co-Founder and President of the Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club (2018-present).

Rugby was a fundamental part of Bill’s life, from his early days with Brantford Collegiate Institute, the Brantford Harlequins, and the Laurier Golden Hawks to leading Canada’s first and only professional rugby union team. He also served on the Rugby Canada Board of Directors, co-chaired the campaign for building the Al Charron National Training Centre, and passionately supported the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF). His friends and family will deeply miss him, as he left a lasting legacy in the rugby community.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal friend and compassionate man who believed in giving back to the community through his actions and philanthropy. His legacy of kindness and integrity will live on in the hearts of those who had the opportunity to know him.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests a donation be made in memory of Bill to Toronto Inner-City Ruby Foundation;  the Canadian Cancer Society or True Patriot Love.

The family will receive visitors at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes (6191 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) on Sept. 8th from 4-8 p.m. Another brief visitation will be held from 9-10:00 a.m. on Sept. 9, followed directly by a funeral mass at Blessed Trinity Parish (3220 Bayview Ave, North York, ON). The funeral service will be followed immediately by a reception at the Miller Tavern (3885 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) from noon to 3 pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Webb family.

To read the tribute to Bill published by the Toronto Arrows visit: Club Message.


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

Thank you to everyone who has submitted early already! This is the last call for anyone who would like information published in issues dated Sept. 20, Sept 27 and Oct. 4th. Material can be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10th. Those with events occurring between Sept. 13 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.


On a stormy night in November of 1882, the Malta, a three-masted wooden Schooner, was enroute to the Port of Goderich.  The captain mistakenly took the lights of Bayfield as his destination and ran aground below Pioneer Park. Local residents rescued everyone onboard including nine men, one woman and a parrot.

In collaboration with the Pioneer Park Association, the Bayfield Lions Club undertook to repatriate Malta’s rudder as part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations. In late Summer 2022, the rudder was removed from its location at Gozzard Yachts in Goderich and following extensive restoration work, it was mounted on the grounds of Pioneer Park.

Pioneer Park has now memorialized the rescued Parrot with a metal representation fabricated by Jim Wallace and then the Bayfield Artist Guild brought his work to life. Bayfield Lion Tom Grasby together with Pioneer Park’s Bud Robinson, John Frezell and Scott Gregory recently installed the Parrot onto Malta’s rudder for all to enjoy.


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.


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 Bayfield Skating Club is ready to glide into the fun of their 2023-2024 season at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena!

Their programs suit a range of skating levels. From learning the basics in “Learn to Skate”, building skills for all ice sports in “CanSkate”, an introduction to figure skating in “Intro to STAR”, and fast-paced “Power Skills and Drills”, skaters will have fun staying active this winter. Programs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Tuesday schedule is: Learn to Skate, 5-5:30 p.m.; CanSkate, 5:40-6:30 p.m.; and Intro to STAR, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Two sessions of Power Skills and Drills will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:20 p.m.

Registration opens Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. and will be held online at:  Bayfield Skating Club Registration.

Questions? Email to learn more.


The Bayfield Garden Club will be hosting two guest speakers at their upcoming meeting in September and October.

On Sept. 11, the members will welcome Master Gardener Rhea Hamilton-Seeger who is also a contributing writer for The Rural Voice. She will be speaking on “How to Create a Pollinator Garden”.

And then on Oct. 16, Bonnie Sitter, co-author of the book “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz – Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” will be speaking about the stories in and creation of this book.

All are welcome to attend one or both of these meetings that will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments and a draw table will also be highlights of the evening.

The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


A Taoist Tai Chi Arts Open House and  Introductory Session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The event will run from 1:30-3 p.m.

Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is a moving meditation that reduces stress and helps participants find joy. Physically it will make them feel energetic, balanced, strong and supple.

Taoism teaches that health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi® arts grew from this tradition and are a powerfully beneficial path of ultimate transformation.


“Coffee & Chat” will resume at the Bayfield Branch Library on Sept. 12. (Submitted photo)

The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members.  The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


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!


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes Rev. Mary Farmer back from her holidays. She will preside over the Holy Eucharist service on Sept. 10.

Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m.

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.


Sage Milne (Submitted photo)

Ready to learn this fall? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is beginning a new semester of their Virtual Rural Health Lecture Series.

Started in 2021, this series continues to offer monthly hour-long lectures and panel discussions the first Tuesday of every month. With every lecture, a new expert speaker and group of panelists offer insight into their field of expertise and the impact on rural health. Lectures take place on ZOOM.

The new semester will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 12, via ZOOM at noon, where Gateway Research Assistant and Project Lead, Sage Milne will present “Cultivating Memories: A Community Gardening Project”. This lecture will discuss a Gateway initiative that added raised accessible garden beds to six different long-term care facilities and retirement residences within Huron County.

Joining her are three local panelists Michell Melady-Young, Ruby DeBrouwer and Betty Hendricks.

Melady-Young is a member of Gateway Board of Directors, a retired nurse and a Master Gardener. After a successful nursing career in Canada and the United States, she returned to her roots in Huron County. Since 2016, she has held the designation of Master Gardener providing the public with relevant, evidence-based horticultural information.

DeBrouwer, Recreation Manager at Harbour Hills in Goderich, grew up in Lucan and eventually settled in Goderich. She studied at Brock University, earning an undergraduate degree in Community Recreation and then a Master’s degree with a specialization in Community Sport. During her studies she was able to study abroad for a year at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

Hendricks is the President of the Goderich and District Horticultural Society and a volunteer at the Huron County Museum in Goderich. Since retiring as a Registered Nurse, Hendricks has assisted with administering vaccines for the Huron-Perth Public Health Unit and dedicates her time to various community initiatives supporting food security, celebrating local culture and beautification through gardening. She founded the Huron Historic Gaol Garden in 2015 and the Huron County Museum Garden in 2016. Both supply local food banks with fresh produce and educate visitors on local gardening traditions.

All are welcome to sign up on the Gateway website at: Lecture Series Registration to learn and engage in relevant, diverse topics. Other upcoming lectures are scheduled for Oct. 3rd, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Past lecture topics have included: “Taking Leisure Seriously”; “Societal Implications of Artificial Intelligence”; and “Food Insecurity Am


This fall, the Livery will be showing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movies at the Park Theatre on The Square in Goderich once again.

On Thursday, Sept. 21 the first film will be “The Lesson”; followed by “You Hurt My Feelings” on Oct. 19.

The Lesson is the story of Liam, played by Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) who is an aspiring and ambitious young writer. He eagerly accepts a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renown author J.M. Sinclair, played by Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park). But soon, Liam realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution.  Sinclair, his wife Hélène, played by Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight), and their son all guard a dark past, one that threatens Liam’s future as well as their own.

Organizers of the showing are very excited to see this film, with its twisty noir plot and great actors!

You Hurt My Feelings stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep). She plays a writer, whose husband, played by Tobias Menzies (The Crown) praises the draft of her book, but whom she later hears saying it isn’t very good. Critics say the film is “smart, funny, and above all entertaining”.

Event organizers believe this film experience should be a lot of fun!

Both films will begin at 7 p.m., with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members. People are reminded to renew their memberships before the first film!

Plans are in order to show films monthly on Thursdays through the fall, winter and spring. And after each viewing attendees are encouraged to meet up afterward at Paddy O’Neils in the Bedford Hotel.

For more information, please email Chair of the Livery Film Fest Committee, Rob McAuley at


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.

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.


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.


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.


Movie buffs will be delighted to learn that there are now options for viewing films in Grand Bend – the Sunset Cinema will host the viewing of “Jerry & Marge Go Large” tomorrow night (Sept. 7).

The film will begin at 7 p.m. and a goodwill offering will be collected.

Jerry & Marge Go Large is a true-life story. Jerry Selbee and his wife, Marge, through a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery, win millions and use the money to revive their small Michigan town. This comedy-drama from 2022 stars Brian Cranston and Annette Bening. It was directed by David Frankel.

The movie will be shown at Grand Bend Place – Centre for the Living Arts located at 25 Main Street East.


September means back to school for many, but the change in the calendar also means the return of United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) annual campaign. The organization is marking the beginning of its fundraising year by holding a “Feels Like Home — Lunch ‘n’ Learn” on Friday, Sept. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Exeter Pentecostal Tabernacle.

“Since UWPH’s Connection Centre opened in Exeter, we’ve seen the positive impact it has on the lives of vulnerable local people,” said Michelle Millar, UWPH manager community development, Southern Huron. “Our Southern Huron committee thought this was a great opportunity to bring people together to share more about the work of the connection centre and how UWPH’s local work helps build a stronger community through the centre and 13 other supported programs and services.”

For a $20 ticket (plus fees), attendees will enjoy a Chinese lunch catered by Canton House Buffet, along with a panel of guest speakers from local social service organizations who will share their experiences and roles working within the Southern Huron Connection Centre. Attendees will also hear a personal story of how the Southern Huron Connection Centre helped in a time of need. A question-and-answer session will follow and there will also be a tour of the Connection Centre for anyone interested in seeing the location firsthand. For more information and a link to buy tickets, visit


The Auxiliary to Clinton Public Hospital will be holding their 66th Toonie “Penny” Sale from Sept. 22-30 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Clinton.

There are over 200 items and gift certificates that have been donated by many businesses and individuals for the Toonie Sale.

The Toonie Sale will be open for both prize viewing and the purchase of tickets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting on Sept. 22 through to Thursday, Sept. 28. On Friday, Sept. 29 the event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon when the sale will be closed. Drawing of the prize winners will begin at 12:30 p.m. and winners will be notified later that afternoon.

Each $2 ticket gives the purchaser 25 chances at winning one or many of the items they selected.

The Royal Canadian Legion in Clinton is located at 95 Kirk Street.


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.

Remember This

Editor’s Note: “Remember This” wouldn’t exist without the efforts of the people who have logged artifacts into the Museum’s collection over the years, for nearly 30 of those years this has been the job of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol’s Registrar, Patti Lamb.

Lamb is retiring from her position as Registrar but before she departs she shared on the Museum’s blog some reflections on her career. With the kind permission of the Museum we are able to reproduce the article here.

All are welcome to drop into the Huron County Museum tomorrow (Sept. 7) from 3-6:30 p.m. to join in her retirement celebration.



Wow…29 years! For 29 years I have been enveloped in the fabric of this building we call the Huron County Museum. In September 1994, I surely could not have imagined that my part-time job on evenings and weekends (taken so a new Mom could get out of the house and enjoy adult interaction) would become a rewarding, fulfilling, and exciting 28-year full-time career in the museum field.

Each day has brought a smile to my face and as I reflect on the changes, the people that have come in and out of my life, the artifacts, and the work we do, I am overwhelmed with emotion. I’ve watched students grow and mature to fantastic professionals in a variety of occupations, many in the museum/history field.

There have been so many memorable moments for me. As a Registrar, I get to look at, hold, catalogue, and photograph the objects that come into the Museum.


Patti Lamb (Submitted photo)

Some of the highlights of my career include:

  • Cataloguing William “Tiger” Dunlop’s silver cup with an 1817 gold sovereign inlaid in it. The silver cup was left to Tiger’s sister Janet in his will and, having been passed down through generations, it finally made its way to the Museum.
  • Retrieval of a large oil painting, dated 1861, of the Goderich Harbour by renowned Huron County artist William Nichol Cresswell.
  • Transfer of objects recovered from the SS Wexford, one of the cargo ships lost on Lake Huron during the Great Storm of 1913.
  • The discovery of studio backdrops that were once used by photographer Rueben R. Sallows at his studio in Goderich. R.R. Sallows was a brilliant photographer ahead of his time.
  • Rehousing of intricate sprig molds, molds, tools and kiln furniture, intact jugs, crocks, jars, flowerpots, and bowls from the Huron Pottery archaeological dig conducted by archaeologist David Newlands. The Huron Pottery in Egmondville was one of the oldest and longest running potteries in Ontario operating for nearly 60 years, from 1862 – 1910. The opportunity to discuss the dig and the artifacts with archaeologist and author David Newlands was very exciting.
  • Accessioning artifacts that belonged to Canadian short story writer Alice Munro. The artifacts included some personal items, books, and several writing awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature which she won in 2013. To be able to hold the Nobel Prize in my hands was nothing short of awe inspiring.

As much as these artifacts are incredible and certainly historically significant both locally and nationally, it is the objects and stories of everyday people that I am most drawn to. Their photographs and prized possessions passed down through their families tell the tales of everyday life, of joy and celebrations, of sorrow and hardship, and give a glimpse of what life must have been like growing up, living, and working in Huron County. I’m truly honored to have been a small part of their stories as we strive to share and preserve our Huron County histories with future generations.




Approximately 65 people attended the “Off the Wall” event hosted by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

The BCA members that organized the evening would like to thank all that attended and supported the cause!

Organizers noted that the Public Exhibition held in the afternoon preceding the event was also well received.

During the course of the evening attendees experienced the excitement of having their names called at random to be able to choose their piece of art right “Off the Wall” of the hall. Participation in both a silent and live auction rounded out the fun. Those who attended also enjoyed partaking in food and drink supplied by The Little Inn of Bayfield.

The BCA will use the funds raised to support their upcoming “That’s a Wrap Bayfield” project as well as support other organizations with sponsorship funds such as the Kids Art Workshops at Crichet Handmade Designs and Fall Foto Fest hosted by the Photography Club of Bayfield.




After the music…By Greg Csullog

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Tuesday night musings: Table Stack 2023 has raised some controversy in the village. When the participants gathered at the park on Labour Day evening the police arrived and the project never got off the ground.

The Table Stacking tradition goes back to the 1970s. Participation is something of a rite of passage for the youth in this community. I always look forward to seeing this temporary art installation on the Tuesday morning that marks the unofficial end of summer and a return to routine. And judging from the disappointment in Social Media conversations yesterday I’m not alone.

Back in 2016, I was in the park photographing the scene as the stack was being safely dismantled. A senior resident out for a morning stroll questioned why they were taking it apart so early? She thought it should be left up longer so more people could enjoy it because she said there are far worse things our young people could get up to.

Over the years, perhaps unintentionally, the Table Stack has become a symbol of community building and if one doesn’t materialize this September let’s hope a compromise can be found for the next.

Wednesday morning thought: Well, we didn’t have to wait until next year – despite reported police presence in the village a successful Table Stack was completed last night. Word on the street is that some in the community united for the cause – people brought stuff to the park and left it there for participants to use as decor and also several businesses left stuff out specifically marked for use – business signs proclaiming “Table Stack 2023” can be seen in the accompanying pictures. Now if that isn’t a symbol of community I’m not sure what is.- Melody

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