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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 746 Week 44 Vol 15

October 25, 2023


Issue 746 Week 44 Vol 15
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The wording of the dedication plaque.

Family members, close friends, and Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) board members gathered at the Bayfield Branch Library on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to honor the memory of Arlene Timmins with the dedication of a Lego table, which was donated to the library by FOBL in her name.

The date chosen was just a few days past the first anniversary of Arlene’s death and coincided fittingly with the library’s celebrations for Ontario Public Library Week.

FOBL board member Margot Sippel welcomed everyone and opened the short ceremony by recounting Arlene’s many contributions to the Bayfield Library through her involvement with FOBL.

Arlene’s close friend, Truus Dragland, also spoke at the ceremony, sharing reminiscences provided by past FOBL presidents Roma Harris and Barbara Brown as well as former fellow board member Gayle Dunn. Arlene was a tireless advocate for the library, having served as a FOBL board member from the time of its formation in 2011 until 2019. She was instrumental in the planning and development of the beautiful new library that Bayfield now enjoys.

The ceremony ended with Sippel and Elaine Swan (Arlene’s daughter) affixing the plaque that dedicates the Lego table in Arlene’s memory. The plaque reads: “In memory of Arlene Timmins – a champion of the library, children, and our community. Donated by Friends of Bayfield Library.”

Those gathered for the dedication ceremony were treated to a wonderful display of Lego building, which showed the freedom of imagination that the table inspires. It is very clear that the Lego table is already a magnet for young children visiting the library!


Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) and others in a scene from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” playing on Halloween Night at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Image courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Audience participation is a tradition when attending a viewing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Many attendees dress up like their favorite character or create unique, extravagant costumes. Hint, fishnet stockings are a great addition to almost any Rocky-inspired costume. Dressing casual and comfortable is perfectly acceptable as well.

Learning to do the “Time Warp” is almost mandatory and the song plays two times during the film. There are several sites online with instruction so newbies can practice at home.

Rocky “virgins” will be most impressed by the audience’s ability to heckle the narrator and shout out the appropriate call-outs on cue, as if they were scripted into the show.

Lastly, throwing props is another favorite at Rocky!  Please remember, props are meant to be used in moderation, never to harm someone or damage a costume. Most importantly, this event is about having fun!

The following is a list of props and when to use them:

  • Rice – to be thrown during the two wedding scenes
  • Water pistols – to simulate the rain of the storm
  • Newspaper – worn over the head during the rain scene
  • Toast – thrown during the dinner scene
  • Rubber Gloves – to be snapped in time with Frank-N-Furter during the creation scene
  • Light – flashlight or glow stick used during the song “There’s a Light”
  • Party Poppers or noise makers – used during the birthday dinner scene
  • Playing Cards – thrown during the line “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”

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

This will be a licensed event with a cash bar hosted by Bayfield Brewing Company. 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.


Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series at the Bayfield Branch Library on Nov. 18.

The Bayfield Branch Library is offering two author events and a movie matinee during the month of November.

The first “Author Talk” will be held at the library on Thursday, Nov. 2 in celebration of “I Read Canadian Day”. Local author Rick Hundey will be the special guest. He will be discussing the sixth and most recent book in his Jack Beer mystery series, “One Last Fix”.

This one hour presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. and a limited number of Hundey’s books will be available for purchase.

In honor of Remembrance Day the library will be showing “The Trench” in the library starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.

It is June 1916, the British Army is planning a big offensive in the Somme region in France. This PG-13 film follows a platoon of British soldiers as they sit in a forward trench, anxiously awaiting the order to go over the top. The movie stars Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw and Paul Nicholls

People who wish to view the film are asked to register by emailing or phoning 519 565-2886.

The second scheduled “Author Talk” is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 and will feature another local author and coincidentally a local librarian! On this day, Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series, “The Creature Collection” (featuring The Creature Collection and “The Curious Case of the Canadian Cryptids”).

For one hour starting at 10 a.m. visitors to the library can have their burning questions about sasquatches, garden gnomes, swamp monsters, and more answered, plus they can pick up their free activity book, and have their book signed! In addition, a limited number of copies of books will also be available for purchase.

Those who wish to attend Greave’s presentation are asked to register by email or by phone at the contact information listed above.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main St. North.


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines held a very successful Adoptathon Weekend at Pet Valu in Goderich but not everyone found their forever homes. Zeus, sleeping on sister Hera, is still hopeful that they will both find their family soon! (Submitted photos)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) Adoptathon at Pet Valu in Goderich this past weekend was a resounding success. Volunteers from BFF would like to thank the gang at Pet Value ever so much for their ongoing support!

“We had eleven adoptions at the event plus four the day before the Adoptathon!” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.  “That is fifteen lovely kittens and cats that are now settling into their forever homes. Sadly, not everyone was chosen but we know their homes are out there.”

Zeus and his sister Hera are two such kittens and they are also the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

Zeus, Hera and their siblings made their public debut at the Adoptathon. They are just nine weeks old and were attending with their mother Persephone. According to volunteers, she kept a close eye on them all and fed them a few times during the day.

“The kittens were fawned over, held and cuddled until Zeus was so worn out he fell asleep on his sister Hera,” explained Pounder.

She added that they have some time before they go to a forever home, their spay/neuter appointment isn’t until Nov. 29.

“However, you are able to pre-adopt them, to ensure they find their place in your home,” said Pounder.

Zeus and Hera as well as their siblings, Apollo and Athena are inquisitive, playful and very, very cuddly.

“We would love to see these darlings go in pairs, they are all closely bonded and what’s more fun than a kitten…two kittens!”

If someone has a place in their hearts for Zeus, Hera or their siblings  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.


On Oct. 18, police were present at The Hub on the Docks following a fire at the location the night before.


The restaurant overlooking the Bayfield Marina has been part of The Hub Family of restaurants since 2021.

Anyone driving past The Hub on the Docks on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 18 might not have at first glance noticed anything out of the ordinary but closer inspection would reveal shattered glass at the front door, what appeared to be char on the roof, yellow police tape barring the entrance, and an unmarked cruiser sitting in the parking lot.

The scene was far different the night before, Tuesday, Oct. 17, when emergency responders from the Bluewater Fire Services Bayfield and Brucefield stations along with Central Huron Fire Department were called to a fire at the building at approximately 10 p.m.  Images on social media from that time reveal flames licking above the roof through the windows on the south side until the fire crews extinguished them.

The next day signs of the fire were more prevalent on that building’s side; what appears to be significant damage was evident through a row of shattered windows.

An Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office investigator, a Blue Water Fire Department investigator and the members of Huron OPP were on scene Thursday, Oct. 19. Following their visit the windows to the property were boarded up.

The owners of the property noted on their social media that at the time of the fire the restaurant was closed and no staff were on site.

The Hub on the Docks is located at 76559 Bluewater Hwy, overlooking the Bayfield Marina. The location has been part of the The Hub Family of restaurants since 2021.



Teams of students from Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) will be holding their “Scare Away Hunger Food Drive” on Oct. 30th in Clinton, Seaforth, Blyth and Bayfield.

Students will be going door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items, hygiene and menstrual products for the Huron County, Clinton and Seaforth food banks from 9:15-11:30 a.m.

It would be greatly appreciated if people who won’t be home that morning could leave their donations outside for the youth to pick up. Anyone who is concerned that their house might get missed is asked to send a text with their street address and town to 519 777-4172 or call prior to 9 a.m.

Those people who would prefer to drop their donations off are invited to do so at three locations. Collection boxes will be provided at CHSS, 165 Princess Street East in Clinton; Avon Maitland Board Office, 62 Chalk Street North in Seaforth; or at The Albion Hotel, 1 Bayfield Main Street North in Bayfield.


​​​The final guided hike hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  for 2023 will be the Harvest Hike for the Bayfield Area Food Bank on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Mavis’ Trail in Varna.

The hike will commence at 10 a.m.

Please bring a food item or a donation (cash or cheque payable to Bayfield Area Food Bank).  Preferred items are canned soup, beans (canned or dry), tuna and crackers, snacks for children (fruit cups, packages of dried soup, granola bars). Tax receipts will be issued for monetary donations of more than $25.

Mavis’ Trail starts at the Varna (Stanley) Complex on Mill Road, 7 km east of Bayfield.  The hike will be 2.5 km and will last about an hour.  Dogs on leash welcome; no pre-registration necessary.

Bayfield and area hikers please note that the Woodland Trail will be closed for hunting Nov. 6-12 and Dec. 4th-10.  People are asked to please obey the “trail closed” signs during these two weeks.

The Trail Association would like to thank all who have participated in the guided hikes or have used the trails this year.  They invite everyone to look for an announcement of the 2024 hikes coming in January.


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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.


Do you have a connection with heritage properties on Bayfield’s historic Main Street, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield Terrace, or other streets close to the district? What aspect of the district is working? What is not working? What are the benefits and challenges with owning or renting a heritage property?

The 40-year-old Bayfield Heritage Conservation District and District Plan is being reviewed. People are invited to join in a conversation about the heritage district. Meet one-on-one with consultants, GSP Group Inc. and ERA Architects, at an Open House on Nov. 4, at the Bayfield Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road. Drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Project information will be available soon on the municipal website


Volunteer John Siertsema displays one of the many beautiful wreaths he made for last year’s Wreath Sale. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be holding a Wreath Sale during the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The Wreath Sale will be held in the parking lot in front of St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 6 The Square, directly across from Clan Gregor Square.

The sale will run Friday, Nov. 17, 4-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18,10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while quantities last. Prices range from $30 to $50. Payment is by cash or cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society.

Anyone wishing to place an order ahead of time to ensure availability may do so by emailing or by calling 519565-4163. Payment can be made in advance by Etransfer or by cash/cheque at pickup.

These beautiful wreaths are made of natural grape vine, cedar, spruce, white pine, juniper, and yew. Each wreath is one of a kind and will add a special warmth to any holiday décor.

All of the wreaths have been handcrafted by local volunteers using locally-sourced greens as a fundraiser for the BAS – a local organization with a 167-year history in the Bayfield community. It doesn’t get more “local” than that!


All are welcome to worship services at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sundays at 11 a.m.

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

Members of Knox  Bayfield are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox 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).

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main St. N. To learn more visit


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.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to Nov. 2nd.

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


Some examples of snacks for children now being requested by the Bayfield Area Food Bank. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.

At this time the BAFB is requesting afterschool-type snacks for children, such as, granola bars, fruit cups, crackers and cheese etc. as well as cat food to add to their inventory.

“We have been providing snack bags for children for the last two months,” explained Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB. “This was precipitated by a testimonial from one of our clients that they were not able to provide something to eat when their child comes home from school.”

Trepanier went on to say that “a lifeline for many of our clients are their pets.” Although the BAFB are fortunate enough to receive dog food from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre they do not receive any cat food. This addition to their inventory would be heartily appreciated.

The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


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 “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.


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!


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.


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

Did you know…that there is a new trend in manufacturing where various materials are mixed together to create new products and packaging? Think musical birthday cards, these contain cardboard, cheap electronics and toxic batteries; stand-up plastic pouches for baby food; juice or dish detergent pods are created with multiple types of plastic and foil; recyclable bottles; and cans wrapped in extra plastic. These new products, sometimes called hybrids, are difficult to recycle because the mixed materials or layers of various materials cannot be separated properly. 

This is making it more and more difficult to recycle. For example, you need to remember to take off the spray top on a spray cleaner bottle before you throw it in the blue bin because the spray cleaner container is recyclable, but the spray top is not. If you throw the entire bottle in the blue bin, you can contaminate the whole stream. Same with your toothpaste tubes!

And did you also know that you can’t recycle anything that has food scraps on it? Or wet paper? So, don’t throw your pizza boxes in the blue bin unless you’ve torn off the part with oil and pizza remains. And carefully wash out your peanut butter jar before throwing it in the blue bin. Large yogurt containers are fine but the small single serving packs are not; large ibuprofen and acetaminophen bottles are fine, but the smaller ones are not, because the machines cannot sort anything less than three inches. 

It’s also complicated because while some items are technically recyclable, there may be no market for the material. That means municipalities can’t sell them and therefore don’t want them in their blue bins. The other reason is that each municipality has its own rules about what they accept and what they don’t. So if you come to Bayfield during the summer or for a vacation, you will need to remember the rules here might be different than the rules in your hometown.

What you can do: 

Think about the 4Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – notice that Recycle is the final option!

  • Refuse to buy products that are over-packaged, products that are in black plastic containers and single use bottles or multi-layer packaging such as juice boxes. Instead use reusable cups and bottles.
  • Reduce your waste. Try not to waste food. You can freeze your leftovers, control your portions, and start a compost pile to throw in your organic scraps.
  • Reuse what you can. Use fabric shopping bags and cloth napkins; use containers with lids or beeswax wraps to store food or sandwiches, rather than using plastic wrap; use reusable water bottles and coffee cups.

On the Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) website, check out the  to help you learn what can go in your blue bin. Or contact BRA at or 1-800-265-9799 to find out if your item can be recycled. The folks at BRA are always happy to help! You can also go to New Acceptable Material List 2 and download a pdf file showing the new acceptable material list that you may want to print and hang on your fridge.

Remember, don’t be a wlshcycler. Wishcycling is the well-intentioned but unfounded belief that something is recyclable when it is not. If you aren’t sure whether something can be recycled, BRA asks that you please don’t toss it in the blue bin. Their motto is, “If in doubt, throw it out!”

Recycling is not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. More waste is generated in the world than ever before. Unless we can “refuse, reduce, reuse or recycle” all this waste gets burned or dumped in landfills and becomes a huge stress on the environment. Thank you for doing your part.

A sampling of trash and how to dispose of it:

#1 – The white cardboard box is not permitted in the blue bin because there are food stains on it. 

#2 – Razor blade packaging: Blister packaging can go in the blue bin but the paper should be removed and placed in the blue bin separately (plastic packaging with numbers 1-7 may be recycled).

#3 – This plastic piece with a suction cup attached is not permitted in the blue bin. 

#4 – Brown cardboard ice cream containers can not be recycled because there is a coating on the inside. 

#5 – The red onion plastic container is ok to go in the blue bin since it is over three inches long.

#6 – Meloxicam for dogs is not permitted, no prescription medication is permitted in the blue bin. 

#7 – Washed-out peanut butter jar with a lid can go in the blue bin. 

#8 – The cardboard box may not go in the blue bin because it has food/oil stains.  

#9 – The feta cheese packaging is permitted—the glossy top of the boxboard is fine, it’s just like a magazine cover. 


Mudmen (Photo courtesy Mudmen website)

The Mudmen have been entertaining audiences around the world with their brand of Celtic rock for 25 years. As part of their silver anniversary tour, they are making a stop in Wingham at the Town Hall Theatre with a concert benefiting United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s Northern Huron Connection Centre.

“We are excited to welcome the Mudmen to Wingham,” said Lisa Harper, UWPH’s manager of community development in northern Huron. “We appreciate their support of UWPH’s work. I know the show will be amazing and we invite everyone to wear plaid and come together in support of the Northern Huron Connection Centre.”

“We are from a small town, and we love the small town, help-each-other community mindset,” said Robbie Campbell of the Mudmen. “United Way is a great organization to support and the community is lucky to have such a great team organizing this event.”

Happening Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., the Mudmen’s stop in Wingham promises an unforgettable night of music and stories. Tickets for the all ages show are $40 each and are available locally at Annette’s Treasures in Wingham, at Ticketscene or at the venue on the night of the event. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Dubbed “Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors,” the Mudmen have performed over 3,000 shows in eight different countries, including 40 cross-Canada tours. They have opened or guested with music luminaries from  “ZZ Top”, to “Spirit of the West”. They have performed at seven Grey Cups, three Memorial Cups, 12 Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremonies and eight Molson Canadian Snow Jams. Their music has been featured in shows including HBO’s “Shameless”, NBC’s “The Black Donnellys”, WWE Wrestling and on MuchMusic.

Serving Howick, Morris-Turnberry and North Huron, the Northern Huron Connection Centre at St. Paul’s-Trinity Anglican Church in Wingham is a housing-based program with access to Housing Stability and Peer Outreach Workers and supported by trained volunteers. It is a welcoming, safe space for the community’s most vulnerable citizens to rest, access basic needs, healthcare services, identification assistance and more.


The Rotary Club of Goderich is once more hosting Oktoberfest, an evening of food and dance in celebration of the harvest.

It will take place this Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Goderich starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each and include a $10 voucher to the Gateway Casino in Clinton. A number of local food baskets will be drawn as door prizes.

Tickets can be procured online at Eventbrite: Oktoberfest or by calling Aurelio Henriques, at 519 524-0216.


The South Huron Community Choirs are preparing to present, “Exeter Sings – Cheers to 150 Years – A Christmas Celebration” featuring the Adult Choir, Handbells Choir and premiering the “Kidschoir” with two performances coming up in early December.

The celebration kicks off in Exeter on Friday, Dec. 1st at Exeter United Church located at 42 James Street. This concert will commence at 7 p.m. A second performance will be held in Grand Bend on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at the Oakwood Resort starting at 3:30 p.m. The resort is located at 70671 Bluewater Hwy.

Katherine Marie Neeb, the director of the children’s choir will also be a featured soloist. The Adult Chor will be directed by Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Richard Heinzle. Accompanist is Lori Danylchuk.

Tickets for both performances are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Ruth at 519 235-1778 or Harry at 519 235-0759.


Now through to 10:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, choose from a selection of 55,000 book titles, puzzles, games and more. Twenty percent of sales go to United Way Perth Huron in support of the Northern Huron Connection Centre, located at St. Paul’s Trinity Anglican Church in Wingham. To check out the selection of items being offered visit: Spark Book Fairs.


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 one more Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movie at the Park Theatre on The Square in Goderich.

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

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

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.

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


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

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

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

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


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

Remember This

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 Remembrance Day approaches we take a look at one of the World War II uniform pieces in the Huron County Museum’s collection…

This is a man’s double-breasted blue wool World War II Air Force Greatcoat. It has two rows of brass buttons down the front, five buttons per row. Epaulettes on each shoulder carry a single rank-stripe and a brass button. Each brass button bears the Crown and eagle of the Royal Canadian Air Force. A self-belt with a rectangular brass slide buckle is stitched in place on the back. A cloth badge on each shoulder reads “CANADA”. There is one large pocket, with a flap, on each side on the front and one interior breast pocket on the left side. There are additional brown plastic buttons under the collar to allow a protective blue wool patch to be buttoned at the throat; this patch normally is buttoned inside the front of the coat. On the back, a single vertical vent down the centre seam can be closed with two brown plastic buttons. Small slits at the waist on the back allow the belt to be buckled under the coat, or hang inside. There is a blue polyester three-quarter-length lining, which extends down the sleeves. A loop to allow hanging from a hook is stitched inside at the neck.

There are two small cloth labels stitched inside near the inner pocket. The top one reads, “MONTAGUE BURTON The Tailor of Taste/118-132 New Oxford St., London/18-19 Princes St. Edinburgh”; and the second reads “Cloth made by Crombie of Aberdeen/Air Ministry Standard”.

In the right side pocket was found a pasteboard railway ticket dated “14 MAR 45”.

These military items belonged to Robert John Snell. He was born on Feb. 19, 1921 and lived in Goderich before moving to Londesboro, ON at age 15. Robert married Marion Ada Nethery on March 9, 1944 just hours before he flew out. He served as a Sergeant.



Emerald Dragon at sunset. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)


At the beginning of October the excitement of film making magic once again captivated the Village of Bayfield as local residents Jessica Petelle and Brad Turner brought another of their creative projects to town.

This time Petelle was at the helm as director of a short film entitled, “To Hold the Night” (formerly known as “The Night We Met”). Many residents may recall autumn of 2020 when the duo assembled a cast and crew to film a number of scenes of the motion picture “Trigger Point” in Bayfield.

This time around, people may have noticed the team in action at certain times between Oct. 2-5 at Pioneer Park, the area around Catherine and Main Street, as well as Jowett Lane to the beach and pier areas. Village locations like The Little Inn and the harbor are prominently featured in the film as well as River Road Brewing and Hops located just north of the community.

Turner and Petelle will be joined in the film credits as producers by Alyson Shelton, Jen Prince, Alana Omolayole and Nikki Andrew.  Jamie McDougall and John Rishworth of The Little Inn are Executive Producers.

The film stars Anwen O’Driscoll, Megan Hutchings, Mike Taylor and a very special resident of Bayfield, Chris Potter.

The story is set in the 1960s, where Nadine wakes up in her father’s house on her wedding day.  Not only does she not remember getting there, she doesn’t remember the groom or their courtship…

The film was written by Shelton, who also collaborated with Petelle on the comic series “REBURN”. This was Shelton’s first visit to Bayfield.

Shelton shared her thoughts on the visit saying, “Bayfield is such a beautiful and friendly community; the historic main street, the generous people, the delicious food, the list goes on. It was a dream to shoot here. I cannot wait to come back!”

Many local residents and businesses provided support to the production as extras and behind the scenes.  The production wishes to thank Dianne Brandon, Judy Whittaker, Jessica Roselli, Matthew Bokor, Debbie and John Erb, Scott Gregory, Pioneer Park, HASAR, Rob and Sandra May, of the Skwirl Gallery; Dave and Nikki Andrew, of River Road Brewing; Shaun Henry and Leanne Kavanagh, of Shop Bike Coffee;  Mark Hussey and the FauxPop Media team, Mary Hughes, of the Bayfield Boutique B&B, and Rob McGuffin who provided his boat, the “Emerald Dragon”.  The sailboat took off with a crew and the cast, sailing into the sunset on one of the most beautiful nights of the Fall.

“We are so grateful for the support of Bayfield residents and businesses during our four day shoot in Bayfield,” said Petelle. “We honestly couldn’t have done it without the local support!  We believe bringing film crews to Bayfield and Huron County during the shoulder season can provide a boost to our local economy, and a lot of fun.  Although we were a low budget production, we spent well over 50 per cent of our budget here in the community.”

The short film is now in post-production and will be applying for festivals in 2024.  The best way to stay up to date with the production is to follow @toholdthenightfilm on Instagram

“We’re excited to work with Huron County Economic Development to continue exploring how we can attract more filming in Bayfield and surrounding areas,” commented Turner.

Anyone who might like to pick up copies of the REBURN comic, the collaboration that ignited the film project spark, can find copies available at The Village Bookshop, 24 Main Street North in Bayfield.




After the Storm…By Nancy Ruhl

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

If you’ve been following my sharing of our English holiday experiences in this space over the last few issues you’ll know I wrapped it up just prior to us boarding the plane for our return home last week. I wish I could say the flight home was both mundane and uneventful but I can’t. 

Somewhere out over the Atlantic Ocean as we were approaching the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador a flight attendant made an announcement that you never want to hear on a plane. “Is there a doctor on board?” There was a passenger experiencing a medical emergency that required assistance. A few minutes later the request was issued for a nurse, paramedic or anyone with some medical knowledge. There didn’t appear to be anyone on the plane with such skill sets. The strain was evident on the faces of the flight attendants as they moved quickly about. It was probably the quietest flight I ever been on.

The flight attendants were in constant consultation with the flight crew as well as a medical team standing by on the ground as they assisted the passenger with oxygen and anything else she required. They also did an amazing job at attending to the needs of all of the other passengers despite the ongoing emergency –  the meals, snacks and beverages kept coming – when clearly they need not have been a priority as a person’s health was the primary concern. 

The pilot announced that we would be making an unscheduled landing in Montreal so that the person in distress could receive proper medical attention. Less than one hour later we had descended into Montreal, paramedics boarded and the passenger was removed via a wheelchair. Following a brief refuelling we were back in the air and landed in Toronto a short time after. As we departed the plane, we thanked our flight attendants profusely for their efforts in not only assisting the distressed woman but also keeping us calm and comfortable and well fed throughout the flight. One of them acknowledged that thankfully these situations are not an everyday occurrence but it is good to know there is a team of well-trained professionals on board if and when they do happen. No truer words were spoken. – Melody

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