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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 743 Week 41 Vol 15

October 4, 2023


Issue 743 Week 41 Vol 15
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Gwen and John Patterson, of Bayfield, designed and constructed a catio for their trio of felines after collecting ideas from watching YouTube video tutorials.

There are probably not a lot of people in the village that don’t have at least one cat adopted from Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines – for Gwen and John Patterson their magic number of adoptees is three.

Callie, Misty and Heidi took up residence in the Patterson home just over two years ago. That is when the couple learned they needed a bit more space to accommodate a family of five.

“We would come out to the porch and the cats would have claimed the good comfy chairs and we’d have to sit on the hard ones,” she said, goodnaturedly. And since the cats seemed to really enjoy the sense of being outdoors that this three season room allowed, the couple decided to come up with a way to give the trio more safe “outdoor” space.

They decided to construct a “catio”. They watched a few YouTube videos where there are a myriad of ideas on the subject, from simple to grandiose. The design that the Pattersons came up with was customized to suit their location and needs and then personalized to suit their felines’ interests and enrichment.

“It was a labor of love,” said John.

Once work was finished on the catio they discovered they had one problem.

“Because of their feral history, our cats don’t like to be picked up,” said Gwen.”They will jump up and sit by you but they prefer not to be carried. So we couldn’t get them out into the enclosure easily.”

The answer was to add something to the enclosure to allow the cats to get in and out on their own as they pleased. To accommodate this idea they constructed a thru-way from the closed in porch to the catio via a raised tunnel. And then they mounted a cat tree with various perches down from the tunnel entrance to the floor of the porch.

Gwen noted that Callie was the very first to explore the catio followed by Misty but Heidi has yet to venture out.

“Heidi didn’t have the easiest life before she came here as she had a number of litters. When she arrived she hid for days; under the bed, under chairs, but we left her alone for a while and eventually she came around. She is still quite timid but you never know one day she might give the catio a try,” she said.

The Pattersons feel that there are many advantages to having a catio including it being “a good neighborly thing to do”, as not everyone likes cats roaming freely through their yards. The safety of the cats is also paramount as they aren’t outside roaming where they could be struck by a vehicle or attacked by a larger animal; and reciprocally birds and small animals are safer as they aren’t being hunted by roaming felines.

And now on a fair weather day Callie and Misty can be found in the catio lounging on their respective cat beds enjoying the fresh air while the Pattersons can settle back in the good, comfy chairs from which to watch them.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has three final guided hikes of the season scheduled on three consecutive Saturdays in October with opportunities to enjoy the fall colors, learn more about Bayfield’s history and support the local food bank.

On Oct. 14, people are invited to join in a Fall Colors Hike at the Lobb Trail starting at 10 a.m. This is a beautiful well-groomed trail with several riverside locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The Lobb trail is located at 81077 Maitland Line, Clinton. From Hwy. 8, turn north onto Sharpes Creek Line and then right onto Maitland Line. The entrance to the trail is at the intersection of Maitland Line and School House Road. Canine companions on leash are welcome.

On Oct. 21, a BRVTA members only event will be held. The membership is invited to a Historic Cemetery Tour with Dave Gillians, author of “For the Love of Bayfield”. Much of Bayfield’s history is reflected through the headstones in this sacred place. During this walk, stories about some of Bayfield’s most fascinating people will be respectfully told. This 1.5 hour hike is limited to 20 people. No dogs, please! Participants are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the cemetery on the north side of Mill Road, 1 km east of Hwy. 21. Pre-register by contacting Ralph Blasting at or call 519 525-3205.

Not a member yet? Go to and click “Memberships”. Dues are $20 per year for individuals and $30 for a family. By becoming a member, you’ll be supporting an organization that actively promotes environmental awareness, outdoor recreation, as well as fitness and community engagement.

The final guided hike of the season is the Harvest Hike in support of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Join the BRVTA on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails, just west of Varna on Mill Road. As they hike the 2.5 km Mavis’ Trail, participants will recognize the important work of the BAFB. Please bring a non-perishable food item or a donation (cash or cheque made out to Bayfield Area Food Bank). Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.

These hikes are free and open to the public except where noted. 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, via the contact information listed above.


Valdy (Submitted photo)

Members of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society are excited to announce that Valdy will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Oct.  20.

Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years and has performed at the Bayfield Town Hall many times.

A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and one of Canada’s most influential songwriters, capturing the small but telling moments that make up life. Remembered for “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song”, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

The doors to the hall will open at  6:30 p.m. The concert will start at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at


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.


Sweet Sunny has a heart shaped pattern on her back. (Submitted photos)

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 – a pair of adorable siblings are featured in this issue.

Sunny and Kirby are the Adopt a BFF cats of the week.

Who could say no to a cat with a heart shaped pattern on her back? Sunny is the younger sister of her look-alike but larger brother Kirby. She is quiet and shy around people unlike her brother. Sunny gets along with others and can be seen playing with cat toys. She knows her name when called for treats which she will gently take from a volunteer’s hand. Sunny is getting more comfortable with being touched. A patient person will bring her out.

Kirby is the handsome big brother of Sunny. He is outgoing and loves to play with toys and other cats. He is affectionate and goes out of his way to get people’s attention.

Sunny and Kirby love hanging out together and so it would be nice if they could be adopted together. If someone has a place in their hearts for this pair 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.

Sunny’s big brother Kirby.

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 Bayfield River Valley Trail Association organized a 3 km walk, led by Ralph Blasting and Roger and Pat Lewington, as part of Bayfield’s Terry Fox Run held on Sept. 17. (Submitted photos)

The 43rd Terry Fox Run was held on Sept. 17. The village event, organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) was started in 2009 and to date has raised approximately $61,500 for cancer research.

Organizers would like to pass on a big thank you to all those who donated, participated and volunteered at the local Terry Fox Run. Together they raised over $6,500 this year with funds still being received.

Participants had a choice of walking on their own, or joining the organized 3 km walk in the village that was led by Ralph Blasting and Roger and Pat Lewington. Helping on the registration desk this year were Heather Hamilton, Donna Martin and Helen Varekamp.

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 started 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; over 850 million dollars have been raised for cancer research.


Glee Sisters LogoThe Glee Sisters will be hosting their annual “Autumn Joy” concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 in Bayfield.

For over 15 years the Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike, with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music. The concert will feature a joyful mix of various genres including, folk, pop and swing. This benefit concert will be conducted by Lisa Stewart, accompanied by Mary McGoldrick, with Laurie Hazzard on strings.

The concert will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield starting at 2 p.m.

There is no need to purchase tickets, simply show up and enjoy the performance. Financial donations will be accepted in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services. Tax receipts will be issued upon request.


Gentle Flow Yoga is now being offered at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena twice weekly.

Drop-ins are welcome to attend “Gentle Flow Yoga with Shannon” on Tuesday mornings starting at 9 a.m. The drop-in fee is $8 per person.

Practices are also being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. from now until Oct. 27. The drop-in fee for these sessions is $12 per person.

For more information please contact Shannon by calling 519 404-5199 or by email at


The Bayfield Branch Library is inviting youth to design their own spooky ghost friend and one lucky winner will have their creation made into a custom plushie!

Coloring sheets can be picked up at the Library located at 18 Main Street North. Entries are due back to the Bayfield Library by Oct. 23 (during regular open hours or in the book drop).


After a summer out-of-doors, the EarlyON is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village. Playgroup runs every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. The sessions are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Pre-registration is recommended by emailing or calling 519 482-8505. To learn more visit or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.

As spooky season is just around the corner the Bayfield Playgroup is preparing for their EarlyON Annual Halloween Walk on Oct. 26.

Participants are asked to meet in Clan Gregor Square from there they will walk down Bayfield’s Main Street North to the Virtual High School. Then they will come back down the other side of Main Street and return to the park for songs and a story.

Organizers invite all businesses and residents to greet us along the Main Street if they are able to. Treats are welcomed, but not necessary – the youngsters just love to show off their costumes!


Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookies are available now from members of Bayfield Guiding!

They are selling for $6 a box and there is a limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly.

Anyone not familiar with a youth member who would like to purchase a box or two is encouraged to call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


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.


Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

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.


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!


Thanksgiving is nearly here and all are welcome to attend Sunday service at Trinity St. James Anglican Church to reflect on and delight in the miracle of the harvest season.

This service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 starting at 11 a.m. Prior to that all are welcome to help decorate the church with some of the season’s bounty on Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

Please note there will not be a Men’s Breakfast for October.

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


Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all to come and worship with them on Sundays 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch)  is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to December 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?

For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below.  Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.

Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.

Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society; handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.

All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to by the end of 2023.


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


The wind phone at Huron Hospice is beside the Tranquility Trail in the Memorial Forest. (Submitted photo)

As part of Huron Hospice’s effort to make moments matter, they have constructed a wind phone at Bender House. The phone will help grieving people get in touch with their feelings of loss. The wind phone was first developed ten years ago in Japan by a man who needed to talk with his  cousin who had died from cancer. Since then, phones have popped up worldwide and are now catching on here in Canada.

“We will all experience loss, and when it happens, we grieve. When we grieve, we do so in different ways. Some people accept the loss and grieve privately. For others, it is not so simple. They may sweep it ‘under the carpet’. When loss gets swept under the carpet, it can lead to long-term complications. For some of us, part of the grieving process is saying the things we wished we had said when that person was alive,” said Sally Brodie, the Huron Hospice coordinator of Loss and Grief.

She went on to say that  “unchecked grief can be like a heavy backpack of rocks that weigh us down. It is essential to begin unpacking the rocks and taking a load off our shoulders. Talking into the wind phone can be an important first step in unpacking the grief. When we can talk about grief, it’s like lifting the weight, and there is space for healing to begin.”

The antique dial phone allows visitors to make moments matter by enabling people to express their feelings. Talking to loved ones in this way may help people who feel disconnected to feel more connected with their loved ones. The wind phone was set up by volunteers, hoping that families would find one more outlet for their grief.

Loss and grief recovery is one of the essential end-of-life services offered for families by staff and volunteers at Huron Hospice. Last year, 150 youth and adults took part in the grief program. Over 100 families took part in the home visits and respite, and 40 people and their families received hospice palliative care at Huron Hospice Bender House.

The wind phone at Huron Hospice is beside the Tranquility Trail in the Memorial Forest. The five-acre forest is managed by a professional arborist and volunteers and is filled with trees and flowers indigenous to Huron County. Garden practices at Bender House are sustainable. They make every effort to be pollinator-friendly, providing a home for bees and butterflies. The Bender House grounds are a certified Monarch Butterfly waystation.

Families are encouraged to stop by and stroll along the Tranquility Trail, remembering loved ones. They have been found laughing or with a tear in their eye as they think about things. The important thing is to use the time on the trail and at Bender House to clear one’s head and unpack the backpack. Every year, new trees are planted in memory of loved ones. The memorial forest is a place for people to feel connections.

“Having the phone located on the Tranquility Trail is all part of making moments matter at Huron Hospice,” said Brodie.


World Water Monitoring Day is held on Sept. 18 each year. In this photo a staff member from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, takes water samples in Lake Huron to sample and test water quality as part of their long-term monitoring of watershed resources such as water quality. This water sampling program is possible thanks to community partnerships. (Submitted photo)

Conservation education and environmental monitoring staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) taught  local students about monitoring water on World Water Monitoring Day held on Sept. 18.

Staff at ABCA said it’s important for local youths to learn about water resources in their local watershed community and about the importance of monitoring water quality and protecting it. The lesson they are providing to students meets Ontario Curriculum educational expectations for science and geography. The students also learn about careers in conservation.

The staff said that “monitoring matters.” Quoting from the 2023 Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card, monitoring is important because “…it provides baseline data for current conditions that allows us to detect changes in environmental conditions.”

These changes may be gradual or ‘chronic’ and take place over many years from many sources. They can also be sudden or ‘acute’ – such as a spill or contamination.

“Monitoring indicator species, such as benthic invertebrates and mussels, can tell a longer-term story of ecosystem health,” according to the Watershed Report Card.

Monitoring can also identify new threats such as invasive species or other concerns, such as poor drinking water.

“Without monitoring, these threats could go undetected and have implications for human and ecosystem health,” according to the Report Card.

“Monitoring helps to evaluate progress towards our goals,” the report says. “This helps us to determine the effectiveness of our actions, and how best to proceed in the future.”

To learn more about local work to sample water and monitor presence or absence of aquatic species in local watercourses, and to monitor water quality for the long term, visit the web page” ABCA Environmental Monitoring.  To find out about groundwater and surface water quality visit”  in the Watershed Report Cards Watershed Report Cards.

People are also invited to contact Healthy Watersheds staff at ABCA by email or phone. Contact information can be found by visiting the: Staff Contact Page of the website.

World Water Monitoring Day is traditionally celebrated each year on Sept. 18. This is part of the World Water Monitoring Challenge (EarthEcho Water Challenge) which is observed each year to highlight work that takes place around the world to monitor water quality. This world-wide initiative takes place between March 22 (World Water Day) and December of each year. Find out more at EarthEcho Monitoring Challenge.


On Sept. 14, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), research assistant, Sage Milne presented at “100 People Who Care”, a giving circle that brings together community members to collectively donate to one charity of choice. This ten-minute presentation competed against various local charities for community support. Gateway was successful with their pitch and received donations for a new local endeavor to support firefighters in the Huron County community.

This new project, “BRAVE F” (Benefiting Rural Area Volunteer Emergency Firefighters), is a firefighter project aimed at providing volunteer firefighters in Huron County with free confidential medical screening and education for cardiovascular health.

As of 2022, 71 per cent of the total number of firefighters in Canada are volunteers. In Huron County, there are 18 fire halls and a large volunteer workforce that serves the residents of Huron County. This project was initiated out of a desire to support local volunteer firefighters.

This project aims to support volunteer firefighters by providing access to free, confidential medical screening where there may be a shortage of opportunities from primary care providers in rural areas to both provide screening and educate on their personal risk for cardiovascular disease. Research shows that of the many volunteer firefighters, only a small proportion of these individuals had relevant physical screening tests performed within the past year.

Gateway cares about local volunteer firefighters, and the BRAVE F project will help to maintain their health.

Anyone wishing to sign up for 100 People Who Care is invited to contact Deb Shelley at


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

On Thursday, Oct. 19 the next film in the Livery Film Fest line-up will be shown.  “You Hurt My Feelings” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep) with Tobias Menzies (The Crown). Also featured are Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.

In the film, a novelist’s long-standing marriage suddenly turns upside down when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book.  Reviewers call it “Smart, funny and entertaining.” It has a 94 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

Then on Nov. 9, “Past Lives” will be presented. This romance follows the relationship of childhood friends over 24 years as they grow apart and live different lives. It has a 97 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been universally praised.

For both films the Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members.

For more information please email


Only about three per cent of residential private wells in this area have had water tested recently. Do you know if your well water is safe?

When water sampling of private wells is made easier, more people will do it. That’s the idea behind the “Water Wise” events happening in some villages, hamlets and shoreline communities in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region. Shoreline residents and service clubs are distributing water sample bottles directly to residents’ doors, giving bottles to neighbors, providing local pickup locations or having the sampling bottles available at their meetings.

When residents drop off their water samples at the Water Wise events, their water samples are kept chilled overnight and delivered to Huron Perth Public Health the next morning for delivery to the lab in London. It’s very convenient, according to event organizers. People attending the events also learn how to protect their private wells and maintain their septic systems.

“Working with a local group to champion the ‘Water Wise’ water sampling events is key,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. “I would like to thank all of the people and groups who are helping to make these events possible and encouraging people to sample their well water as one of the first actions in protecting private sources of water.”

The first event was held along the Lake Huron shoreline in August. It was hosted by Beth Ross and John Thompson. Ross is the Mid-Huron Beach representative on the Ashfield-Colborne Lakefront Association. The commitment to the event, by these local event hosts, included delivering more than 90 water sampling bottles, several days before the event, directly to residents’ doors. They delivered the water sampling bottles to cottages in three lakeside communities: Cedar Grove, Maple Grove, and Mid-Huron Beach. There were 30 water samples brought to the first event. This represents about one third of the people who received bottles. Some of those tests were for communal wells shared by multiple people. The event organizers delivered the water samples to local public health for testing.

The Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh also took part in the first Water Wise event and provided information about maintenance of septic systems to protect well water.

At the Goderich Lions Club meeting in September members who were well owners were encouraged to take home sample bottles for themselves and their neighbors to be returned the following meeting. The Dublin Lions Club will hold a Water Wise sampling event on Oct. 17 and the Monkton Lions will host one on Oct. 25.

Other community groups who might be interested in partnering or hosting a Water Wise water sampling event can contact Mary Lynn MacDonald, Source Water Protection Program co-supervisor, by emailing or by calling 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 247.

To view the initial August event visit: Water Wise. To learn more, visit the local drinking water source protection web page: Best Practices. The region is sharing about the events on social media with #BestPractices and #WellWise and #WaterWise hashtags.


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Sept. 18.

  • Amended section 5.2 of the Short Term Rental By-law to limit the time existing applications can be issued for Short-Term Rentals to Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Directed staff to purchase short term rental software to conduct online short term rental scouring.
  • Directed staff to post a public notice, for a period of one month, inviting citizens to submit confidential online applications for two vacant seats on the Heritage Advisory Committee.
  • Accepted the request for drainage works on the Luther-Miller Drain in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act R.S.O. 1990 for repairs and improvements and appointed RJ Burnside & Associates Ltd. to investigate and prepare the report.
  • Awarded the installation of a sidewalk on Bayfield Main Street South (Highway 21) from Cameron Street to the Foodland Plaza Tender to Albeck Construction Inc. in the amount of $66,100.90 excluding HST.
  • Approved a single day of leaf collection pick-up in the fall to the lakeshore subdivisions and reduced the leaf collection from five weeks to four weeks for the current fall green waste service areas of Bayfield, Brucefield, Dashwood, Hensall, Kippen, Varna and Zurich.
  • Entered into an agreement with Farm Credit Canada for funding for the replacement of the Hensall Community Centre door and LED lighting.
  • Supported in principle the Huron Shores Area Transit application to the Federal Rural Transit Solutions Fund (Capital Stream) for the purchase and installation of bus stop assets.
  • Adopted the Community Grant and Vibrancy Fund Policy.


Good Neighbours of Bluewater would like to invite representatives from both local churches and organizations to a morning Coffee Time on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Although an RSVP to this event that commences at 10 a.m. would be appreciated, last minute guests will also be welcomed.

At the Coffee Time volunteers with Good Neighbours of Bluewater will introduce their guests to their facility, share what is already happening at the Centre as well as their hopes and dreams for the Centre.

They would also like to learn about what is happening in the other parts of Bluewater with regards to special events and projects so they can learn how best to support each other and at the same time not duplicate or double book public events. Coffee Time organizers note that they are also open to private use of their facility.

They are also looking for volunteers to be able to expand their service to the community at large and work toward overall community betterment.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Phyllis Ramer via email at or by calling 519 878-9232.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) launched the 2023 campaign with an event in Wingham on Sunday, Sept. 24, announcing a campaign goal of $2,508,598 to meet the needs of vulnerable people across Huron and Perth counties.

“Now more than ever, we’re seeing people in the Huron community struggling with the cost of everything continuing to rise,” said Ryan Erb, UWPH executive director. “Our partners are also affected, so they need more funding just to keep their current service levels. These are critical programs including the Northern Huron Connection Centre.

“UWPH is also committed to sustaining our Urgent Needs Fund to offer an added resource to people facing an immediate, pressing need, whether that’s an unpaid utility bill, or groceries to feed a family. Together, what all of this means is we have to raise more than ever before to help ensure people have access to important programs. There’s no doubt these are challenging times, but northern Huron has consistently shown a willingness to support its most vulnerable citizens. We appreciate everyone joining us to kick off the campaign in Wingham and we look forward to a great year.”

UWPH was part of the Wingham Community Connectors Volunteer Fair at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex. Speeches were held at 2 p.m. and a Lucky Local Raffle Draw took place. Winners of the three Huron County prize packs were: Don Dalton, of Walton, who won the Blyth package; Debbie Busby, of Wingham, who won the Wingham package; and Laurie Hughes, of Whitechurch, who won the music and food package.

For more information on UWPH’s local work visit:


The LCBO “Give at the Till” campaign is now on. LCBO staff across 17 stores in Perth and Huron counties will be asking their customers to support their community through United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH), and help address unignorable issues including homelessness, mental health and access to services.

“We’re grateful to the LCBO for their ongoing support of United Way,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “All donations from the 17 LCBO locations in Perth-Huron stay in Perth-Huron, so when customers say yes to giving, they’re helping right in their own back yard through programs like our Urgent Needs Fund (UNF).

“We started the UNF three years ago, and it is designed to support local residents in a time of crisis with funds for essentials such as rent, groceries, car repairs and medication.”

The UNF is accessible through the 211 hotline 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year in over 150 languages. A trained 211 Navigator will assess the caller’s challenges and determine if the UNF would be the best way to help before beginning the simple, non-judgemental application process.

“Around half the families across Perth and Huron are living on less than a living wage, and it is well known that most families are $200 away from not being able to pay their bills,” Erb added. “These are working families who just can’t stretch to make ends meet, especially when something unexpected happens. So, when you say yes to giving at the LCBO, know that you could make all the difference in keeping a family housed, paying for an important prescription or helping keep a job through needed car repairs.”

The LCBO give at the till campaign runs from now until Oct. 8.


On Sept. 7, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) Board of Directors unanimously agreed to start the process to amalgamate the four corporations of the HPHA.

Since its inception in 2003, the HPHA’s four hospitals, including the Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital, and Stratford General Hospital, have effectively operated as an integrated organization, including a single Board, administration and professional staff. The HPHA is also the single employer of the hospitals’ employees.

“This is an important and necessary step for the HPHA as we continue to provide the very best governance to our four hospital sites, and quality care to those we serve,” said Board Chair Stephen Hearn. “The amalgamation will not affect our staff as they are already all employees of the HPHA, or the programs, services and staffing offered across our sites. It will also continue to ensure our four strong Foundations remain independent and raise funds vital for their own local hospital and healthcare priorities.”

This decision is a result of a recent review of the 20-year old Alliance Agreement. Required updates were identified in order to align with the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act that Ontario not-for-profit corporations must comply with by Oct. 19, 2024, and other applicable laws, such as health privacy laws. These updates, combined with the HPHA’s current, integrated operating reality reinforced amalgamation as the most responsible step in today’s healthcare environment.

As the HPHA moves forward with the amalgamation process, interested members of the public will be provided various opportunities to understand the process and provide feedback. The organization is targeting Apr. 1, 2024 as the effective date of the amalgamation to align with its fiscal year.


The Ontario government is investing $73,942.76 to help Ontario Provincial Police in Kincardine and Huron County and the Town of Goderich expand their video surveillance programs and better protect their communities against gun and gang violence.

The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program and can be used to replace outdated equipment, expand or enhance current technology and install new or additional CCTV surveillance cameras in areas where gun and gang violence, illegal drug activity and human trafficking are prevalent.

“This funding is welcome news for Huron-Bruce,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson. “The Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program will support a continued effort to ensure people in our communities can remain safe, and have confidence in the policing services.”

Ontario Provincial Police Services in Kincardine and Huron County and the Town of Goderich are two of 24 police services across the province receiving funding with more than $2.8 million being allocated through the 2023-24 CCTV Grant Program.

“Our government is taking action to keep Ontarians safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “CCTV surveillance systems are an important part of local police work to detect, prevent, and deter criminal activity. The systems also enhance police efforts to investigate crimes and provide evidence necessary to lay charges.”

The CCTV Grant was first introduced in 2020. Since that time, the Ontario government has allocated approximately $7.4 million in funding for surveillance systems to police services across the province.

The grant funding covers 50 per cent of project costs up to a maximum of $200,000 for each successful project.

The Ontario government is investing $163 million to immediately strengthen the province’s efforts to fight crime including combatting bail non-compliance and auto thefts.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is updating their masking guidelines ahead of the respiratory season in anticipation of increased spread of influenza, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and COVID-19.

As of Sept. 20 masking is required when in any clinical area of their hospitals and recommended, but not required, in non-clinical areas. Hospital-provided medical grade masks will be provided with masking stations set up throughout HPHA hospital sites, not just at entrances.

“Masks continue to be a key tool for infection prevention and control,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “Currently the rate of COVID-19 and test positivity rates are higher in our area than in others throughout the province. We are also seeing an increase in respiratory outbreaks, including our own recent COVID-19 outbreak, so the decision has been made to return to masking in clinical areas to help keep our patients and team members safe from hospital-acquired respiratory infections.”

Masking is required in all clinical areas where patient care is provided. This includes: Inpatient Units, Emergency Departments, Outpatient Clinics, Imaging, Lab and waiting rooms.

Masking is recommended, but not required, in public spaces and non-clinical areas. This includes: hallways, elevators, cafeterias, meeting rooms and administrative offices.

“Clinical areas that require masking will be clearly marked,” added Jensen. “If you are not sure, wear a mask. If you feel sick or have symptoms of illness, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all areas of our hospitals. If you are a family member or caregiver who is feeling unwell, it is advised that you postpone your visit with your loved one until you are feeling better.”

It is also important to note that Universal Masking may be reintroduced based on disease activity, during respiratory season and for outbreak management.

The HPHA was established in 2003 and is a voluntary collective of four hospitals: Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

As Thanksgiving approaches we examine a piece of handcrafted art in the Museum’s collection created using items that may have been collected during the harvest season…


This is a horseshoe-shaped seed wreath with a fruit and leaf centrepiece. Some of the items making up the flowers are pumpkin seeds, beans, walnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts, rice and wheat. The flowers are multi-colored with artificial green paper leaves. The lily-shaped flowers have a fabric backing, the others have cardboard backing. The wreath is mounted on light brown paper. The wood shadow box has a plaster of paris smooth surface on the frame. There is a gold plaster of paris edge around the inside of the frame. There is a crack in the glass and the box is beginning to rot.

This wreath was made by Elizabath Graham of Ashfield near Shepperton. She was the daughter of James Graham and the Aunt of Doctor Graham of Goderich.




On the morning of Sept. 24 nearly 300 Volkswagen Microbuses and Beetles made their way to Clan Gregor Square ensuring that the ninth Bayfield Volkfest was the biggest to date.

Beautiful weather helped entice one of the largest crowds ever to the park to not only see the vehicles but to indulge in all things from the era in which the VW reigned. Food trucks offered up delectable treats, crafters and artisans shared their talents with vibrant colors being the order of the day, and several musicians provided stellar entertainment – with the headliners, members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society – truly committing to their parts. Everything and everyone came together to make it a fun and nostalgic day for all! Organizers are already looking forward to the next one – be sure to put Sept. 29, 2024 on the calendar now!




Fall Flowers…By Jack Pal

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Telephone box now a planter – Bath, UK

The next stop on our whirlwind tour of England was the Cotswolds area between Bristol and Bath. As enchanting as the Yorkshire Dales were, the Cotswolds were equally charming. One Yorkshire resident described the hills and valleys of the Dales to be sharp in comparison to the gentle hills in the Cotswolds and I think he summarized both landscapes quite succinctly.

While in the Cotswolds we stayed on a farm on the edge of Timsbury in Somerset whose resident horses provided opportunities for riding lessons for both young and young at heart. It was also home to a garden centre and a café that served proper English breakfast and cream teas. Owing to the fact there was a garden centre on the property the gardens at our rental were beautifully landscaped with the focal point being a Koi pond that was also home to a family of ducks who shared their shangri-la with passing Mallards. It was difficult to leave such a relaxing and welcoming environment but we did venture out to explore both the city of Bath as well as the village of Cheddar.

Driving in the Cotswolds was an adventure in itself as a lot of the roads were more what we would consider to be very curvy, narrow country lanes. Lined either side with high hedgerows there was very little space to manoeuvre when encountering oncoming traffic and very little time to react as most drivers obeyed the posted speed limit of 96 km an hour.

It’s no wonder many people take advantage of the footpaths that dominate the surrounding hillsides and tree lined fields as they offer a safer route to the local pub! – Melody

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