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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 745 Week 43 Vol 15

October 18, 2023


Issue 745 Week 43 Vol 15
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Under beautiful sunny skies, 76 golfers from as far away as Windsor teed it up for the Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the lovely Bluewater Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 8.

Under beautiful sunny skies, 76 golfers from as far away as Windsor teed it up for the Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the lovely Bluewater Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 8.  This was the 35th anniversary of the tournament that is always a sell out.

A great day of golf was followed up with a delicious dinner of smoked pork chops hosted by The Albion Hotel. As dinner ended Jeff and Leigh Graham introduced the Albion staff to a loud applause of appreciation. Ian Matthew, Lions president, then briefly addressed the crowd highlighting the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Lions have put back into worthwhile charities, organizations and local initiatives over its 76 years.

Local golfers Cody Symes, Andy Heard, Mike McMann and Dustin Steckle topped the field with a nine under par score for the scramble format.

Attention was then turned to the several silent auction packages local businesses donated including golf, restaurant, accommodation and beauty gift certificate packages.  The live auction was conducted by Lion Tom Grasby who drew on his unique auctioning skills by fluttering his lips to the delight of the crowd who mimicked his novel approach. The crowd had great fun. Jerseys available included John Tavares, Maple Leafs; Scotty Barnes, Raptors; and Ryan O’Reilly, Maple Leafs.  A special one-of-a-kind item donated by Melaine Buffinga, whose dad Larry Jeffrey played on the last Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup winning team in 1967 was a great hit.  The original photo was signed by many Leafs legends.

All in all, a very successful night raised $16,500 for local initiatives and charities.  The Lions Club would like to express their gratitude to all the sponsors and local businesses that make this event a fabulous success.


Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) 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)

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” is described as a campy masterpiece and a tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s.  Forty-eight years after it premiered, it is the longest running theatrical release in film history. It is believed Rocky Horror became a cult classic because the film celebrates people who may feel like outcasts. It created a safe place for everyone to celebrate their own uniqueness.

Bayfield Indie Film Series will present Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bayfield Town Hall for one showing only on Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 7:30 p.m. Those who attend are invited to dress up in their finest Halloween, Rocky-inspired costumes and join in the mayhem! Advance tickets are available to purchase for $10 at The Village Bookshop. Or people can purchase tickets by emailing Tickets will be $12 at the door.

This will be a licensed event with a cash bar. After the film, all movie goers are invited back to Bayfield Brewing Company where the festivities will continue! For more information, stay tuned by following Bayfieldindiefilmseries on Instagram and FaceBook.

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


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has two final guided hikes of the season scheduled on two 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. 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


Catkin, and his siblings, look forward to meeting potential adoptees at the Adoption Event being held at the Goderich Pet Valu on Oct. 21-22. (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.

Catkin is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Catkin is always the first to poke his nose into whatever is going on – sweeping is always a fun activity! He also loves a good cuddle and will reward those who oblige him with his big purr. Catkin is full of energy and would do best with another kitten to play with or an older cat companion. He is neutered and has all his vaccinations and is ready to go to his forever home!

If someone has a place in their hearts for Catkin they are asked to reach out to BFF through Facebook or email

Catkin is but one of the felines currently in need of homes at BFF. People will have the opportunity to meet a few of them at Pet Valu in Goderich this coming weekend, Oct. 21-22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during a special adoption weekend event.

BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Wish List.

Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.


The beautiful weather last month drew local artist Robert Johnson out to do some plein air painting along Bayfield’s Main Street on Sept. 16 with Rosie’s Ice Cream Shoppe being his muse of choice. Johnson’s no stranger to the village as he was one of the artist’s involved in the Bayfield Sailboat Public Art Project launched earlier this year by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts. (Photos courtesy Sandra Young)


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St. Andrew’s United Church will host a concert by the Glee Sisters on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

The 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.


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.


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering a Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Autumn Sound Bath Sessions tomorrow (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!


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Sunday service begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by a Coffee Hour. For those with less conventional schedules a service is also offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. .

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


Celebrating Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s, and Canada’s, first Sensory Delivery Room are l-r: Leah Cocker, patient partner; Medical Program Director Maternal Child Dr. Cheryl Hillyer; Lori Merner, director Patient Care; Perth Wellington MPP Matthew Rae; Martin Ritsma, mayor of Stratford; Vice President Partnerships & Chief Nursing Executive, Lynanne Mason; Audra Boersen, manager Maternal Child & Scheduling Office; Clinical Nurse Educator, Katie Fearns; RN Julie Thistlethwaite, Team leader; and Catherine Goudy, midwife, Countryside Midwifery Services. (Submitted photo)

The cutting of an umbilical cord is normally accompanied by the cries of a newborn and tears of joy from new parents. On Oct. 11, a cord was cut, this time to ecstatic cheers of the Maternal Child team at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Stratford General Hospital as they celebrated their new Wavecare Sensory Delivery Room (SDR).

“We are so excited to share with our community the benefits of this type of delivery room,” said Audra Boersen, manager Maternal Child Unit and Scheduling Unit. “This project has truly been a labor of love and we are so proud to have the first delivery room of this kind in Canada.”

Installed in several hospitals in Denmark and China, the Wavecare SDR provides a stress-reducing environment and supports the labor process with customized programs for childbirth.

A SDR has the same equipment and features as an ordinary delivery room but also includes a digital screen that plays nature scenes, dynamic lights in calming colors and specially designed sound programs such as wave ripples, all of which help to create a more relaxed environment that seems less clinical.

First-time mom Leah gave birth to her son in the SDR in September.

“I was nervous about my labor experience and didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “When we learned the SDR was available I was thrilled as I was hoping this would help put my mind at ease. From the moment we arrived in the room, I felt a sense of calm. I was induced and as we waited for labor to start we were taken to the SDR and we met our nurse. The digital screen was on and was displaying colored lights along with calming music. It made the room feel so cozy and home-like. This set the tone for how the rest of our experience went.”

As Leah’s labor progressed the team made use of the different programs to support her through the different stages of birth.

“In total there are nine different themes and patients and their partners are encouraged to change themes as they desire,” said Dr. Cheryl Hillyer.

“For example, the breathing program is beneficial for pain relief and focus and can also be used for relaxation between contractions.”

“We used the welcome program when our son was born and the breastfeed one as well,” added Leah.

“The Welcome program creates a “nest” ambience, supporting the skin-to-skin contact with the child and the lighting is dimmed reddish, positively affecting the newborn’s rooting and sucking reflex and attachment to the parent,” explained Dr. Hillyer. “The Breastfeed program creates a relaxing environment to instil a sense of security and calm to promote successful breastfeeding.”

Not only does the SDR offer benefits to the laboring patient and their family/caregiver, but it has also been valuable to the team members working on the Maternal Child Unit.

“Being a nurse, physician or midwife is physically and mentally demanding,” said Audra. “When team members are working in the SDR they are reporting decreased stress levels and more professional satisfaction.”

Catherine Goudy, Registered Midwife is one of these team members.

“I value the ability of the SDR to create a calm and relaxing environment for the healthcare providers as well as the patient,” she said. “I’ve really seen the benefits with my students. Labor is not always predictable and things can get a bit intense and I’ve seen it work at calming my students. For me, it’s like I just walk in and it’s like a breath of fresh air. The lighting is amazing and I do have favorites, the optimism theme with the waterfall being one of them. You do have the option of keeping it at one theme, if it is helping the patient.”

With the first SDR now fully operational, and based on positive feedback, the hope is to add more of these rooms.

“I would highly recommend the sensory room to any laboring person. I am so grateful it was available for my family and I to use!” added Leah.


Laura Herman, (far left) a director with the AMGH Foundation Board, is joined by Dr. Tiffaney Kittmer and Dr. Aaron Daters (far right) for a cheque presentation with donors Sarah and Matthew Evans who organized a lemonade stand in support of the Endoscope fundraising event. The youngsters raised $73 for the cause. (Submitted photos)

Zehrs in Goderich was a happening place on Friday, Oct. 6 as it was the site of the second annual Radiothon for Hometown Health with the support of “morning men” J.C. Coutts and Roland Archer from Shoreline Classics FM. The phones were ringing and people were coming in the door with their generous donations for the Endoscopes needed at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH).

Event organizers had a fun volunteer team working together both at the store and back in the AMGH Foundation’s office. They are so thankful for the volunteers who helped bring the event together.

Plus there was a fabulous team on the grill for the BBQ, featuring ‘grill masters’ Gerry Potter and Chief Financial Officer Matt Trovato assisted by Chief Nursing Executive Michelle Wick. The BBQ Captains were Jen Yule and Chelsea Adamson, both staff from AMGH, who demonstrated incredible organizational skills looking after the BBQ which raised over $1,000!

At the end of the day, just over $38,000 in donations were received compared to $29,000 last year, a remarkable achievement. Organizers are so proud of their community and their ability to rise to the occasion whenever needed.

The AMGH Foudation’s fundraising goal for the Endoscopes is $50,000. Organizers are still hoping people will fill out the Radiothon postcard they received in the mail with a donation and help them reach their goal. Donations can also be made online by visiting: Donate, by calling 519 524-8508 or in person at the office at 120 Napier Street in Goderich.

Why are Endoscopes so important? They provide enhanced visualization which helps with precision and accuracy during procedures. They are used to get tissue samples to help with early detection of cancers etc. and thus assist with improved diagnosis and biopsies.

“Endoscopes are fantastic instruments that allow us to look inside the body without making any incisions. With them, we can find cancers before they are big enough for people to have any symptoms. Earlier treatment leads to better outcomes. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer and by removing the polyps early, we can even prevent cancer before it happens! Endoscopes also help us in emergencies. We can remove swallowed objects or chunks of food stuck in the esophagus and we can stop bleeding ulcers that would otherwise require surgery. Endoscopy services at AMGH are an important part of keeping our community healthy and safe,” said Dr. Aaron Daters, a General Surgeon at AMGH.

The AMGH Foundation supports AMGH’s goal to provide quality health care in their community. They do this by raising funds to ensure the equipment, services and resources are there when needed.


Jennifer Roggeman (Submitted photo)

Local employers interested in hiring and retaining internationally trained and educated workers are invited to join a presentation by two immigration experts at the Blyth Memorial Hall on Oct. 24.

The event, which will run from 5-7 p.m., will focus on the legal processes that employers need to take to support temporary foreign workers and international students to become permanent residents. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask the immigration experts questions.

“More and more employers are exploring the opportunity to hire international workers as a key tactic for alleviating the labor shortage. This event can help to provide a roadmap through the process,” said Mark Nonkes, who is manager of the Huron County Local Immigration Partnership, part of the County of Huron’s Economic Development department. “This offers a free forum for asking questions and hearing answers from two immigration experts. With a gathering of employers, there are bound to be answers that will benefit everyone.”

Featured speakers are lawyer Jennifer Roggeman, owner of Jennifer Roggeman Law Office in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, which specializes in immigration law, and Gemma Mendez-Smith, an immigration consultant and owner of Live by Design Immigration Services Inc. based in Paisley, ON.

Mendez-Smith was executive director of the Four County Labour Board and a 20-year veteran of labor market research and workforce engagement before launching her own business in 2021. As an immigrant herself, she took the path of the Caregiver program many years ago. She has lived through the experience of the immigration process.

Roggeman was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She came to Canada as a teenager to complete her BA at the University of Guelph and LLB (law school) at University of Victoria, B.C.  She started practising law in 2000 and now focuses on immigration law exclusively in Kitchener/Waterloo where she has resided for over 25 years with her spouse and two children.

These immigration specialists have helped hundreds of employers navigate the legal processes of bringing internationally trained workers and students to Canada and to help secure workers as permanent residents of Canada.

This event is organized by the Huron County Immigration Partnership, Huron Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Huron, WILL Employment and Huron County Economic Development. It is funded with support from the Government of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Refreshments will be served. Cash bar is available. Employers may register to take part in this event at Huron Employers Registration.


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


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

Tomorrow ( 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


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.


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.


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

Remember This

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

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

This issue we share an item found in the Huron County Museum’s collection that once belonged to one of Bayfield’s legends – Lucy (Woods) Diehl…


This is a guitar zither made by Meisenhauer from around 1900. The zither is largely made out of dark wood with metal strings. The Meisenhauer logo is near the top left of the instrument, and reads “Meisenhaur Guitar Zither” on a red scarf, surrounded by red olive branches. Inside the sound hole, a red logo reads “Meisenhaur Guitar Zither Berlin, Germany, Size 2 Patent Applied.” Along the bottom of the zither, the cord of each string is written out in a yellow and gold rectangle.

The instrument was found in a house on Bannockburn Line in 1954 when Gregor McGregor bought the property for farmland. The house previously belonged to the Diehl family and the zither is believed to have belonged to Lucy Diehl. Lucy Diehl wrote “Lucy’s Ramblings” for the Clinton New-Record. Over the years, her name has become synonymous with Pioneer Park in Bayfield as she took the lead in the creation of this lakeside greenspace.




The fish were biting at the 45th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Bayfield Lions Club Rainbow Trout Derby that was held over the weekend of Oct. 13-15.

Thirty Rainbow Trout and 15 Salmon were caught by fishing enthusiasts over the course of the weekend with the event headquarters being Rainbow Valley Campground in Bayfield.  Weighmaster for the event was Dave Heatherington. Any fish caught that weighed under three pounds were released.

Winners for reeling in the heaviest trouts were: 1st, Mike Poitier, of Stratford, with a Rainbow weighing 9.8 lbs; 2nd, Tyler Elliott, of Stratford, 8.4 lbs and (27.5”); and 3rd, Austin Ranton, of Cambridge, 7.8 lbs (27.5”).

“One point of interest was the third place finish as four trout came in at 7.8 lbs.,” said Lion Tom Grasby, an event organizer. “In case of a tie it goes to length. Two fish measured the same length. After that the win is determined by the fish that was caught first.”

The Eric Earle Trophy, awarded to participants aged 15 and under, went to Danyar Mohammadzadeh, 11, of London, with a 7 lb trout. The William Thorpe Trophy, given to participants aged 16-18, was awarded to Aaron Pigg, of Goderich, with a Rainbow weighing 6.2 lbs.

The prize for the largest Salmon was won by Nolan Gagnier with a catch weighing 9.8 lbs.

Joy Tyler, of Bayfield, took the women’s division title for the largest Rainbow with a 6 lb catch (24.5”).

“Special shout out to The Albion Hotel, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and Metzger Meats for their last minute help with our food booth at the event,” said Grasby.

The winner of the draw for a Nautibouy Fishing Charter was Josh Rowse of London.




Main Street…By Anne Marie Madziak

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Closeup Clock in Elizabeth Tower.

After two weeks of touring England we found ourselves with one last day in London and I was determined to see some of the iconic sights we didn’t get to see at the start of our holiday. Luckily the city is home to several “Hop On, Hop Off” bus style companies and we hopped on one – and true to form we never hopped off – we just soaked in the culture and marvelled at the history for the 2.5 hours it took us to do the full “loop”.

It proved to be a rather high octane history lesson but a few moments stand out – having the Elizabeth Tower (home to the famous bell known as Big Ben) come into view through the sun’s glare was gasp worthy; finally seeing the Victoria Monument (which we somehow missed the day we toured Buckingham Palace at the start of our holiday) and realizing the dome I was looking at was actually part of St. Paul’s Cathedral and I was really being driven by it were all pinch-me moments.

Trying to capture with a camera images of all these “tourist-attractions” while being driven through the busy streets of the city atop a double decker bus proved challenging but it was a challenge I relished. As we boarded the train to head to Gatwick Airport to prepare for our flight home I knew although I still hadn’t seen all of the city and English countryside that I would have liked to, I had certainly seen enough…for now.

Thanks for indulging me and being a part of the journey. – Melody

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