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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 742 Week 40 Vol 15

September 27, 2023


Issue 742 Week 40 Vol 15
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Stuart Heggie (Photo courtesy Stuart J. Heggie)

The 10th annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), 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.

Did you know that one of the Club’s aims is to promote an increased awareness and interest in photography, regardless of skill level, throughout the community? Everyone is welcome to attend the kickoff event to the weekend with Keynote Speaker, Kyle Blaney, on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. Payment is at the door or in advance online.

Stuart Heggie is an avid photographer and astronomer who merged his two passions into Astrophotography.  He is a proud PCoB member who willingly shares his expertise.

On Saturday afternoon, Heggie’s talk will focus on, “Travel – To the Stars and Beyond – Night Sky Astrophotography”. He will share equipment, techniques and his “out of this world” images. Saturday evening – weather permitting – he will host an evening shoot guided by his expertise.

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.


Brad and Janet meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter in this scene from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” playing on Halloween Night at the Bayfield Town Hall courtesy the Bayfield Indie Film Series (Image courtesy 20th Century Fox)

“Let’s do the Time Warp again!”

Bayfield Indie Film Series is bringing “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to the Bayfield Town Hall for one showing only on Tuesday, Oct.31st at 7:30 p.m.. People are encouraged to dress up in their finest Halloween, Rocky-inspired costumes and join in the mayhem!

For those who have not experienced this comic, cult classic, be forewarned, it can get pretty exciting! The story begins when sweethearts, Brad and Janet, are stranded on a wild and rainy night with a flat tire and they innocently approach a spooky mansion for assistance. They are greeted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter and this odd story unfolds, revealing a cast of interesting, bizarre and extravagant characters.

This will be a licensed event with a cash bar. Advance tickets are $10 and are available by contacting Tickets at the door are $12. After the film, all movie goers are invited back to Bayfield Brewing Company where the festivities will continue!

Bayfield Indie Films is proud to premiere their newly acquired surround sound system, purchased at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and donated to Bayfield Town Hall. Bayfield Indie Film Series is the creation of six local movie enthusiasts who thought it would be fun to offer unique entertainment to this community. All profits from the films will continue to go back into the community to support and nurture creativity in beautiful Bayfield.


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.


Gina (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 cat is the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.

Gina is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Gina was one of the many mothers BFF took in last year. She raised her kittens in foster care and they all quickly found homes. For some reason, Gina became quite timid while raising her kittens. After moving to the shelter, she hid most of the time but that is all changing.

Now Gina comes out looking for pets and has her eye on getting her own forever home. This girl is ready to go!

If someone has a place in their hearts for Gina they 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” 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.


The Editor is currently on holiday! We hope that our readers enjoy these Hiatus Issues that were created in advance of her departure.

Those with events occurring from now until 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.


The congregation of Trinity St James Anglican Church in Bayfield will be hosting a screening of the movie “Jesus Revolution” on the evening of Friday, Oct. 20.

“Jesus Revolution” is the true story of one young hippie’s quest in the 1970s for belonging and liberation that leads not only to peace, love, and rock and roll, but that sets into motion a new counterculture crusade – a Jesus Movement – changing the course of history.

Doors to the Parish Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie to follow at 7 p.m.

Viewing the movie is free – a goodwill offering will be collected to cover the cost of refreshments.


Volunteers are seen here sorting and bundling evergreen boughs for the 2022 wreath-making fundraiser for the Bayfield Agricultural Society. Volunteers are now being sought for the 2023 campaign. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is looking for people who enjoy being outdoors and can spare a few hours to help out with activities for the annual wreath-making fundraiser.

The volunteer activities will include:

  • cutting down grape vines and/or evergreen boughs
  •  making the grapevine bases
  • assembling the grapevine and evergreen wreaths

If anyone has grapevine, cedar, white pine, spruce or juniper trees that can be used for bough cutting, that would also be a great help.  The BAS does not trim hedges though!

All of this work will be completed between mid-October and mid-November, with dates and times to be announced. Assembly of the wreaths will take place inside the new BAS shed/barn in the Agricultural Park.

This is a great opportunity to work with a fun group of people. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact


The Bayfield Garden Club will host an author at their meeting in October.

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 this 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.


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.


Bayfield Lego Club has moved to the second Saturday of the month – so the next meeting will be held on Oct.14. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

The club’s eighth 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 a Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Autumn Sound Bath Sessions on Oct. 19 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

This one-hour session 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. 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!


All are welcome to attend services at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

Wednesday services are held at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.

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


World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.

This year, World Communion Sunday takes place on Oct. 1st. The tradition originated in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA  in 1933, was adopted throughout the United States Presbyterian Church in 1936, and subsequently spread to other denominations.

In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide. World Communion Sunday is a day to remember that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that every Christian church and any denomination that promotes Christian unity are one. On this day, people draw faith and inspiration from seeing that they are part of a community that boasts millions of believers and worshippers.

Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all to come and worship with them for World Communion Sunday as well as subsequent Sundays. Services begin at 11 a.m.

Knox Bayfield members 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).

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister, Rev. Lisa Dolson, by emailing for more information.


On Sept. 8-9, volunteers with the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, including those from other Rotary clubs in the region, loaded the 99th and 100th container that will soon be bound for a developing country in need of school supplies.

A remarkable project led by the Rotary Club of Grand Bend is marking a milestone in its journey to turn surplus furniture, equipment, and books into weapons in the global struggle for literacy.

Appropriately, the event happened on International Literacy Day, created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to shine a light on the role of literacy in building more inclusive, peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

The Rotary Club’s Global Literacy Project started in 2009, as many rural schools in Ontario were closing, and their contents were being consigned to landfill sites. The club members, together with many other volunteers from the area, began loading shipping containers with the surplus equipment and sending them to schools in developing countries, including South Africa, Guyana, Uganda, Philippines, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Eswatini.

In addition to school supplies, the containers have been filled with medical supplies, wheelchairs, hospital beds, and sports equipment. More than 2.5 million books have been shipped, helping to create school libraries where they often didn’t exist in rural schools. Dozens of volunteers have been involved over the years. Roary Clubs in the destination countries share in the cost of shipping and handle final distribution to the schools.

On Sept. 8-9, volunteers, including those from other Rotary clubs in the region, loaded the 99th and 100th container. The cost of shipping these containers is approximately $7,500 a cost covered by the Rotary Club during its annual fundraiser, “Autumn Indulgence” held on Sept. 23.

The total cost of shipping 100 containers is approximately $550,000, and the estimated value of the contents of each container is $125,000. That means the total value of the project to date is more than $12 million.

Rotarian Brian Hall, who has led the project for many years, says this milestone is significant.

“It means that we’ve stayed the course, continuing to seek items to load and then counting on an army of eager volunteers to do the hard work. What started as an idea from Rotarian Peter Twynstra, who knows well the challenges faced by schools in Africa, has blossomed into an ongoing community effort.”

Hall added that container #100 is by no means the last that will be shipped.

“The containers will continue, but this is an opportunity to pause and celebrate,” he said. “Then it’s back to work!”

For more information, please contact Brian Hall by calling 519 238-6116.


Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Did You Know…that Bayfield is the only town in the Municipality of Bluewater that has both recycle and trash bins in its public spaces? People have probably seen the bins on Main Street and at the entrances to the parks and beaches.

Unfortunately, in Bayfield, as well as in many other municipalities around Ontario, there is no satisfactory method to make recycling successful in its public parks or downtown areas.

The problem is that sometimes people don’t pay attention to what they throw in the receptacle and if waste gets mixed with recycling, the entire load is contaminated and Bluewater staff have no choice but to send the contaminated bins to the landfill.

However, there are plans in the works to improve this situation. Starting in 2024, the recycle receptacles in public areas will be clearly labelled to show what recyclable items are acceptable. At this point in time, staff is seriously considering limiting recyclables to just bottles and aluminum cans, which would make it easier for residents and visitors to recycle effectively. This would ensure that items placed in the recycling bins are actually recycled rather than thrown out with the trash.

Please note this does not affect personal recycling which will continue to allow a variety of recyclables. For more information on personal recycling, please go to Bluewater Recycling Acceptable Material List.

What you can do…

  • Try to be aware of what you are putting into the public recycle receptacles. You may not have realized this, but by accidentally throwing in a bag of dog poop, you may be inadvertently undoing the efforts and good intentions of others.
  • And if you’re not sure, call the Bluewater Recycling Association, look at their website, or put it in the trash. If in doubt, throw it out!


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


The next topic of the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) virtual lecture series is “Acute Care Centralisation: What does the evidence really tell us”. All are welcome to take a break at noon to listen and learn all about Rural Health.

This one-hour session is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3rd. The latest instalment of this ongoing monthly series will take place on ZOOM and is also available on Hurontel and

The lecturers will be John Browne, professor of Health Services Research and Louella Vaughan, Senior Clinical Fellow. They will be working together to present evidence-based research.

Those who wish to attend can register online at the Gateway website at: Rural Health Lecture Series.


Lil’ Dart, a Newfoundland Pony and resident of Poppy’s Haven, demonstrates her Yoga skills in anticipation of some classes upcoming at the farm for both adults and children. (Submitted photo)

All are welcome to join Autumn Yoga sessions for both adults and children at Poppy’s Haven!

Adult Classes began on Sept. 6 and will be held on subsequent Wednesdays starting at 12 p.m. under the instruction of  Liz Murtha. The cost is $15 per class.

Classes will overlook the Newfoundland Ponies just outside the pasture, and upstairs in the renovated century barn when it rains. After Yoga, participants can enjoy some quiet mindful cuddle time with the ponies. Please note that closed toed, hard shoes are mandatory for anyone who wishes to spend time with the ponies.

Not to be overlooked, children will have their Yoga time too on Saturdays in September and early October.

Starting on Sept. 16 and running until Oct. 7 children aged six to 12 years can join in sessions which will connect their love of Yoga and the ponies.  The cost for all four sessions is $111 with drop-in sessions being $33. A sibling discount is available.

Katherine Ferris is the instructor for the children’s classes and she can be reached by calling 416 885-4873 or via email at

Poppy’s Haven is located at 39148 Mill Road near Varna, ON.


The application period for United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s annual Youth in Action Grants opened on Sept. 11 for 14–25-year-olds who want to address pressing issues among youth in Perth and/or Huron County.

“UWPH is excited to launch our Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “The ideas and energy in the submissions are always inspiring. Last year’s slate of projects addressed everything from mental health awareness and social connection to mentoring and physical well-being. We look forward to seeing the many creative ways young people choose to address important local issues among their peers.”

To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14–25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25.

Grants up to $1,000 are available and the application deadline is Oct. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at perth huron.united


The Auxiliary to Clinton Public Hospital will be holding their 66th Toonie “Penny” Sale from now until Sept. 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. today and tomorrow. 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 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.


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.




Penhale horse drawn wagons have been featured across North America in countless competitions. The beautiful Landaus were practical works of art. The Disney hitch wagon drew admiring comments wherever it was shown. The huge Grupe carriage was viewed across the world in the Tournament of Roses parades.

Despite the acclaim earned by these famous horse drawn vehicles created by Tom Penhale, his wife, Carol Penhale, says that the family is most proud of the sturdy custom designed hitch wagon that was built in 1992, for Reiman Publications of Greendale, Wisconsin’s, Country Magazine-Reminisce Hitch-Tour for Seniors’ cross country journey.

It is believed to be the only hitch wagon to ever travel the complete 3000-mile journey from Maine to California across the United States. Several professionally produced YouTube videos still dramatically show highlights of the trip and a book which is still available on the ABE Books website was written to celebrate this special event.

Publisher Roy Reiman wanted to stage an event that would reflect the company’s values and give something back to the seven million subscribers who supported the magazine. He chose David Helmuth, the former Grupe Corporation horseman to lead the project and to act as spokesperson and teamster for the journey that would eventually take two years to complete. Helmuth acquired and trained a special team of six Belgian draft horses that was proclaimed National Champion in 1992. He was an admirer of the Penhale Wagon and Carriage Works craftsmanship and chose to have the Penhale shop build a wagon that could withstand the rigors of a journey that started in Kennebunkport, ME and ended in San Diego, CA.

The team traveled on average only 10 miles per day to make certain the horses remained in top condition. They tried to visit as many small towns and villages as possible and invited seniors and school children along the way to climb aboard the beautiful Penhale wagon and experience the thrill of being driven by the six magnificent Belgians. They participated in local parades and fairs and shared the experience with as many “country folk” as possible. In most towns, thousands would line the streets to catch a view of this vestige of a bygone era.

As one elderly spectator in a YouTube video proclaimed, “This is the most magnificent set-up I’ve ever seen.”

In addition to a unique hydraulic braking system and wheels that ran on automotive wheel bearings, Tom designed a unique set of fold down steps and railings to ensure safe accessibility. They would slide under the floorboards when not in use. The wagon had to look good because it would be photographed by thousands of people wherever it went. The wheels, the undercarriage and the striping were all painted in metallic gold with lots of brass trim. The traditional Penhale coach lights were made of solid brass.

It is not known where this very special Penhale hitch wagon is today but soon after the project was completed, Bayfield resident John Siertsema saw the wagon in a specially designed display room at the Reiman Publishing offices in Wisconsin. They recognized the beauty and functionality of this special Penhale Wagon and Carriage Works hitch wagon and wanted to show visitors what the best of the best looked like.

Thankfully the community does know where another of Penhale’s masterful creations is as a magnificent white landau was brought back to the village in the Summer of 2022. This Landau  will soon be displayed in a “Two-Cow” Barn planned for behind the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street.

Editor’s Note: A story on the Disney Wagon can be found in Bayfield Breeze Issue 737 Week 35 (dated Aug. 23, 2023). To learn more about the wagon crafted for the Tournament of Roses parades visit Bayfield Breeze Issue 741 Issue 39 (dated Sept. 2, 2023) .

“The company that purchased the wagon plans to visit several senior’s homes along the way and give them rides on the wagon. It should bring back some fond memories for them,” said Tom Penhale, in an article published in Feb. 1993 with regards to the hitch wagon created for Reiman Publications. “We have never made a wagon with a ladder up to it before. It tucks conveniently on the floor in the aisle between the bench seats, and it is covered so people won’t trip on it.”




The Huron Stewardship Council (HSC) and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) co-hosted the Eighth Annual Hatchling Turtle Release event on Thursday, Aug. 31. An estimated 577 people, including about 300 children, attended the event, at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, two kilometres east of Exeter.

Sheldon Paul is HSC Fieldwork Coordinator. He said the event, to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild, was a great day and the weather was beautiful. He thanked everyone who attended and everyone who donated towards turtle conservation.

“This event is a great way to reach hundreds of people and give them a chance to see turtles and to learn about these important species and the habitat they need to survive and thrive,” he said.

Donations, combined with net proceeds from sales at the event, will support turtle conservation work.

The turtle release event included live reptiles from Scales Nature Park, family-friendly activities, the release of turtle hatchlings back into the wild, and educational displays from many conservation partners.

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 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.

“Some things we can do, to sustain our turtle species, are to plant native trees and shrubs, restore and enhance wetlands, and grow natural areas,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA.

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

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




Extraordinary…By Paul Cocker

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Market Square, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Since I last wrote we have enjoyed some holiday time in the Yorkshire Dales. During this time, we have kept with our tradition of visiting places based on our love of authors and the books they have penned. This time it was the turn of James Herriot, whose stories of life as a veterinary in the Yorkshire Dales between the 1930s to 1960s have enthralled us both over the years, with interest renewed following the creation of a new British version of “All Creatures Great and Small” accessible via PBS.  

Set from All Creatures Great and Small 1978-1990, The World of James Herriot, Thirsk, UK

On Sept. 20 we made the short journey to Thirsk. This is home of “The World of James Herriot Museum” that has been carved out of his family’s home from which he practiced for a number of years. One of the neatest parts of the museum was the recreation of the soundstages and sets used in the TV show that was filmed from 1978 to 1990. Thirsk itself was delightful. It seemed bigger than its population of 6,000 would belie. There is a town square which today is used mainly for parking with a clock tower at its heart. Surrounding this were many tea rooms, charity shops, restaurants and stores of necessity like a pharmacy etc.

Perhaps the highlight of our stay in the Yorkshire Dales has been the time to explore the footpaths behind our rental and the people we encountered along the way. The paths took us out in the fields framed by stone fences and hedge rows – home to both sheep and horses. It was like stepping into a Herriot novel. The people were all so very friendly and delighted in telling us of their own personal connections to James Herriot. One chap shared that they used the front lawn of his cottage to film a scene used in the original series while another woman shared she had once worked with the author’s daughter. 

As always when we travel we are amazed at just how small a world it is. It was here in the Yorkshire Dales we met a woman whose maiden name was Donnelly. She had once visited Canada with her travel-loving father who wanted to see where their descendants – the famous Donnellys – once lived. She was delighted to learn that we lived not too far away from Lucan! Proving that no matter the reason for travel, be it chasing favorite authors or moments in history, it’s all about the memories and connections you make along the way. 

And now as I write this we are on a train bound for Portsmouth and are looking forward to the opportunity to explore some British Marine Heritage. Cheerio! – Melody

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