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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 744 Week 42 Vol 15

October 11, 2023


Issue 744 Week 42 Vol 15
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Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a 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…

The 1975 cult classic musical, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, stars Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Meat Loaf. Audiences everywhere enjoy taking part by singing along to such classics as “Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite”. Even the nerdy Brad, played by Barry Bostwick, was able to convince the world that “Damn it” and “Janet” rhyme in the song, “Dammit Janet”.

Get ready, Bayfield! 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.. Dress up in your finest Halloween, Rocky-inspired costumes and join in the mayhem!

This will be a licensed event with a cash bar. Advance tickets are $10 and are available by contacting or tickets can be purchased at The Village Bookshop. 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 the 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.

People can follow the Bayfield Indie Film Series on social media @bayfieldindiefilmseries.


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.


Iris (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 sweet creature is featured in this issue.

Iris is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Iris arrived at BFF with three kittens, two of which, Sapphire and Dandy, are also still at the Rescue.

Iris will require a loving and patient home for her to come out of her shell and bloom into the “purrfect” family member.  She likes to hide, but can be coaxed out and will sit and listen to you…however, she still needs to understand that a human hand can be very loving!

If someone has a place in their hearts for Iris 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.


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.


The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

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

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

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


Mah Jongg 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.


The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Team, dedicated to enhancing the health of rural communities, hosted a remarkable event at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich on Sept. 28, to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions of healthcare professionals within the region.

In rural areas facing a critical shortage of healthcare professionals, community members often go above and beyond to provide outstanding caregiving. The event aimed to honor individuals who tirelessly worked during critical and uncertain times, as nominated by their peers, patients, and community members. These unsung heroes were acknowledged for their unwavering commitment to community health.

The evening, masterfully spearheaded by the Gateway Team, provided a platform for respite and celebration for the diverse group of caregivers’ present – ranging from doctors, nurses and PSWs to fitness instructors and pharmacy technicians. The event unfolded with warm greetings from local dignitaries expressing support and well-wishes for the dedicated healthcare workers. They also had the privilege of having support from the Town of Goderich, the County of Huron, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, Maitland Valley Medical Centre, and the Huron County Warden.

University of Guelph PhD Candidate Casandra Bryant delivered a poignant presentation, sharing insights from the research that validated and expressed the experiences of healthcare workers within the community. The event also featured a heartwarming gift and certificate presentation ceremony for all nominees, with gifts sourced locally to highlight the community’s appreciation.

Reflecting Gateway’s commitment to addressing community needs, this event not only acknowledged the hard work of healthcare workers throughout their careers but also provided a sense of unity during the uncertainty of the past few years.

Plans for future events have not been discussed, but the Gateway Team hopes that the recognition and celebration of these caring and compassionate individuals will continue to inspire everyone in rural communities.

If you see a healthcare worker, or know a health care worker, the Gateway Team encourages you to thank them for their ongoing efforts, dedication, and support of their local community.


The Owl Prowl is returning to Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter, for one special night. The 2023 Owl Prowl will take place on Friday, Oct. 27.

The first of the two Owl Prowls will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. The second Owl Prowl that evening will happen from 7:30-9 p.m.

Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) is located at 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter. It is 2 km east of Exeter and just south of Hwy 83.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)  is hosting the event. People interested in participating need to register ahead of time to attend. Registration is free but organizers encourage donations to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) in support of Foundation programming.

Cassie Greidanus is the Conservation Education Coordinator with ABCA. She has five years of experience leading night hikes.

She invites you to “explore our nocturnal world, including owls and other nocturnal species of Ontario.” She invites people registered for the event to ” …be prepared to learn all about the nightlife happening when we are normally tucked into bed…” and to ” …discover the adaptations of our owls and the creatures with which they co-exist.”

The Owl Prowl gives people a way to be active in nature, listen for owls, learn about local animals that are active at night, and to show their support for conservation education, according to Greidanus.

“This event is possible thanks to the donations by those taking part,” she said. “That generous support raises money to support conservation education programs for the next year.”

To find out more visit the ABCA: events page Events Page or contact Greidanus on the: Staff Contact Page. by email at or by phone at 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 262.

To register for the Owl Prowl, register now, on Zeffy: Owl Prowl 2023.

There is only one Owl Prowl evening this year so organizers are making it possible for up to 75 people to attend each session. There are no live owls at the event this year.

The Owl Prowl rain date is Saturday, Oct. 28.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.

The Owl Prowl is possible thanks to the support of ABCF, and its donors and community supporters, and the support of ABCA and its member municipalities.


Doug Hocking (Submitted photo)

Owners of private wells are responsible for protecting their drinking water source to keep their families, friends, guests, and neighbors safe. Whether you have a drilled, shallow or shared well, a new video offers “practical and easy-to-implement” ideas to protect your well water.

The “Your Well, Your Responsibility” video is hosted by Doug Hocking, property owner representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC). Before retirement, he worked for more than 30 years in water quality stewardship at Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield conservation authorities. In his career, he worked in close partnership with many property owners including agricultural producers, shoreline residents, and other urban and rural landowners.

The new Your Well, Your Responsibility video includes the idea of creating a protection zone, around your private well, of at least 15 metres. (Municipal wells have a 100-metre wellhead protection area around them). Well owners are encouraged to look at anything in that area that could contaminate their water if located too close to the well. This could include animal waste, composters, faulty septic systems, or brush piles – among others. The video also discusses “simple and economical” ideas for containing fuel, chemicals or paint so that they don’t accidentally spill and leak into the ground. There is information on water sampling and testing, where to get well records, and well and septic system maintenance.

Matt Pearson is the local SPC Chair.

“Our committee is promoting best practices, for private wells, through public education like this video,” he said. “We are also organizing community Water Wise water sampling events, hosted by local service groups and residents, to encourage positive action by well owners to protect their water.”

Unlike residents on municipal water services, where water is tested and monitored daily, private well owners are responsible for ensuring their own drinking water quality.

The Your Well, Your Responsibility video is the eleventh in a series of videos featuring SPC members on a wide range of water topics. The series includes behind-the-scenes tours of water facilities. The 11 videos have received more than 28,000 views on YouTube and Facebook.

“Whether you have lived here all your life, or you are new to our area, the videos provide interesting and helpful information,” according to the SPC Chair.

The new video: Your Well, Your Responsibility  is available on YouTube. To learn more, visit the local drinking water source protection web page: Best Practices.


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


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 Oct. 2nd.

  • Appointed David Erb as Fire Chief for the Municipality of Bluewater effective Oct. 10.
  • Approved the implementation of an invasive species public awareness program through social media and the municipal website.
  • Delegated authority to the Clerk to comment on undisputed consent applications and approve extensions of the draft plan of subdivisions.
  • Awarded the RFP to PSD Citywide for the delivery of the 2024 Asset Management Plan in the amount of $38,533.00 including HST.
  • Scheduled a 2024 Budget Meeting for Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Approved the request from the Bayfield Agricultural Society for the installation of a fence on the Christy Street and Glass Street Road allowances adjacent to the Bayfield Agricultural Society Lands being 16 John Avenue and that the Municipality will assume ownership of the sections of fence installed on the road allowances.
  • Directed Staff to post a public notice, inviting citizens to submit applications for the vacant seats on the Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee.
  • Directed Staff to revise the Official Plan and Zoning by-law amendment regarding the implementation of the Bayfield Secondary Plan per the direction of Council.
  • Directed Staff to bring the Ward Distribution report forward in the first year of a reassessment cycle.
  • Authorized the closure of the municipal office between Christmas and New Year’s 2023.


The Bluewater Harp Ensemble and “thatotherchoir” are combining talents for an afternoon concert, “A Musical Journey” on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The concert will commence at 2:30 p.m. and will be held at the Huron County Museum. Admission is by donation.

The Huron County Museum is located at 110 North Street in Goderich.


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth has many online education programs coming up this fall – including their annual Fall Virtual Dementia Education event. Whether you are concerned about memory changes or want to learn more about brain health and current research, start here to find out more. Register for any of the programs below on their website at: Education Hour.

Dr. Peter Lin will be the guest speaker at the annual Fall Dementia Education Night: “Baby Boomers and Aging – A Checklist for Staying Well and Inspiring Change in the Healthcare System”. This event will take place on ZOOM on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Lin, is Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre and is an expert in the field of health research and aging. He has been featured on the CBC’s “The National” and is a favorite presenter at health conferences. Bring your questions! Organizers always look forward to the audience Q&A time following the Dementia Night presentations. This event is free, thank you to the event sponsor, the Municipality of Central Huron. Register directly for this event at: Dementia Night 2023.

The ongoing Education Hour programs are short one-hour sessions – great starting points to learn more about dementia and brain health. Topics range from Dementia Overview to Brain Health 101 or What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? The popular Dementia Basics Series – including 10 Warning Signs, Types of Dementia, Brain Changes, and Communication Tips – starts on Monday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Join for one – or all of these sessions at: Education Hour.

For more information, contact the office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email


The Ontario government is investing more than $4 million across the province to help support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, human trafficking, and child exploitation. The funding is being delivered through the Victim Support Grant  (VSG) and includes $100,000 for Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in the Town of Goderich.

OPP in Goderich will enhance knowledge and support for victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, as well as focus on the urgent need to address the rising incidents of gender-based violence within the community through preventative awareness, community engagement, and collaborative efforts.

“Ensuring that victims receive the support they need is key to the healing process,” said MPP for Huron Bruce, Lisa Thompson. “The Victim Support Grant is one of many actions taken by our government to combat crime and ensure public safety across Ontario.”

“Support for victims and survivors is a crucial first step to recovery,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “This important grant is part of our government’s plan to combat violent crime on our streets and ensure that victims are not left behind.”

The VSG is part of Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy and complements the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, 2020-2025 and Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021.

All municipal and First Nation police services as well as the Ontario Provincial Police are eligible to apply for funding through the VSG.

The VSG can be used for a variety of projects and initiatives, including specialized training for law enforcement, culturally responsive education and awareness campaigns, and purchasing technology and equipment to enhance police investigations and provide survivors with the option to complete interviews remotely.

Of the 45 projects being funded across the province, 19 will focus on intimate partner violence and domestic violence, five on human trafficking, three on child exploitation, and 18 that will focus on all three areas.

The Ontario government is investing over $2 million in the Partner Assault Response (PAR) program to help break the cycle of intimate partner violence and keep communities safe. The PAR program provides specialized group education and counselling for people charged with intimate partner violence offences and offers support to current partners of those in the program. This two-year investment is in addition to the more than $2 million given to PAR providers in 2022.


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


As part of Huron Shores Area Transit’s (HSAT) ongoing development and goal of long-term sustainability, it has introduced an Advertising Program to generate supplementary revenue. This initiative will help the transit agency transition to Ontario’s Gas Tax Fund in 2025, ensuring the continued provision of public transit in the region.

The Advertising Program’s first phase offers Headliner Ad Card advertising opportunities. This type of advertising displays above the bus windows, ensuring maximum visibility for all passengers. Future expansion of the program will include transit shelter, bench, and bike rack advertising options. This means even more opportunities for local businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services to local residents and area visitors while supporting public transit.

Headliner Ad Card advertising is considered one of the most cost-effective marketing methods because passengers on public transit can be a captive audience for an extended period, potentially up to an hour and 50 minutes, providing businesses with ample exposure time.

The number of headliner ad spots is limited to 18, nine on each of HSAT’s two buses and Transit Coordinator Susan Mills reports three of those 18 spots are already sold for late summer and early fall.

Mills said, “Any business curious about trying this advertising method should not wait but call and book their spot.”

Pricing is reasonable, with winter months priced at $12.50 per week, spring and fall priced at $18.75 per week, and peak summer months priced at $25 per week.

HSAT’s Advertising Program is part of the agency’s strategy to achieve financial sustainability while providing a valuable platform for businesses to reach a captive audience. Under the Ontario Gas Tax Funding formula, the more revenue HSAT generates through advertising, fares, and donations, the less financial contribution is needed by local municipalities. The current municipal contribution is estimated at $3.52 per person per year (for comparison, Crossing Guards cost $3.21 per capita, and Harbours cost $11.75 per capita). That amount can be lowered by increasing HSAT’s net revenue. The Advertising Program is a win-win solution that benefits the transit agency, businesses looking to promote their products or services, municipal budgets, and local residents.

For more information about the Advertising Program, visit


The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is now offering hours on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day).

Appointments are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.

The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter.


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

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

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

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

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 we highlight the most recent Fall Foto Fest, organized by the Photography Club of Bayfield, in this issue, we felt it most appropriate to take a look at one of the cameras in the Huron County Museum’s collection…


This is a Polaroid Automatic 320 Land Camera from the 1960s-70s. The body is largely made of dark and light grey plastic, with metal switches. The camera has a textile strap attached to it. A switch at the bottom opens the back where the user would insert the film into the camera. Inside, a maker’s mark reads “Polaroid Land Camera Polaroid Corporation Cambridge, Mass Made in USA” followed by a series of patent numbers.

This camera was used at the Robert Nephew Photography Studio in Goderich.




The tenth annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, was held on Sept. 29-30.

Participants immersed themselves in the theme of, “Travel: Near and Far” and enjoyed a variety of workshops on this topic.  The presenters, Kyle Blaney, Vanessa Dewson, Don Johnston and Stuart Heggie provided great learning opportunities, shared stunning images and helped participants directly to expand their photographic skills.  The weather was fabulous and enjoyed by everyone.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our local sponsors and to John Rishworth of the Bayfield Centre of the Arts for facilitating a Q&A for the keynote speaker Friday evening.

The sponsors of the tenth annual FFF were: Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, 1851 Bayfield Landing, Bayfield Centre for the Arts, Cornerfield Wine Co., Blyth Printing Inc, Edward Jones, West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance, Bad Apple Brewing Co. Ltd. and Diane Snell Royal LePage Heartland Realty.

Participant Photos




Bald Eagle, Bayfield Harbour…By Jan Hogeveen

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HMS Alliance is a Royal Navy A-class submarine, laid down towards the end of the Second World War and completed in 1947. The submarine is the only surviving example of the class, having been a memorial and museum ship since 1981. The submarine is quite large and impossible to fit all in one picture! It is on display in Gosport, UK.

Image of Melody Falconer-Pounder


Melody Falconer-Pounder

The final leg of our UK tour saw us travelling by train to Portsmouth, UK. We had an apartment overlooking Gosport Harbour in an historic building that was once part of a bustling navy dockyard and it afforded some pretty spectacular views of both the Spinnaker Tower located across the Solent in Portsmouth as well as of passing cruise ships, ferries and sailboats.

For the two full days we were there we immersed ourselves in all the navy history we could muster at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards. This included touring inside both the HMS Warrior from Queen Victoria’s era and HMS Victory built during King George II’s reign. We also got to learn all about the Mary Rose, a ship commissioned by King Henry VIII, whose sunken remains were retrieved from the Solent in 1981 and a museum designed around them. The next day we visited The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the highlight of which was a guided tour of the HMS Alliance with a retired officer who was once part of its crew.

Our love of naval history sated, for now, it was time to board the train once more. This time we were London bound – our circuit of the UK was nearly complete save for one more day in “The Old Smoke”. Cheers! – Melody

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