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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 749 Week 47 Vol 15

November 15, 2023


Issue 749 Week 47 Vol 15
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Christmas in Bayfield Weekend is just two sleeps away! The jolly old elf and his entourage will be making a few appearances in the village on Nov. 17 and 18 including a trip down Main Street In the Santa Claus Parade. (Photo by Jack Pal)

This is the week when the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) unwraps the magic of the season at their 32nd Annual Christmas in Bayfield celebration. This enchanting event, known for kicking off the holiday shopping season, is scheduled to unfold from Nov. 17-19.

Christmas in Bayfield begins Friday evening with the lighting of the lights in the park. All are welcome to come and experience live entertainment and countdown to the magic. The lights will go on at 7 p.m. casting a warm glow over the town. Stay and visit with Santa who will arrive to entertain young and old in the gazebo. Families are encouraged to capture the moment by taking their own pictures.

The celebration is taken up a notch on Saturday with the highlight event – the Santa Claus Parade starting at 11 am. Following the parade, guests are invited to explore Bayfield’s charming boutique shops, many will be tax free, offering sales or special promotions. People are encouraged to warm up by the inviting fire pits, and partake in a variety of delights including food, beverages, free horse carriage rides, live entertainment, and a special opportunity for children to meet Santa at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Bayfield Branch Library – again pictures are encouraged.

The festivities carry over into Sunday as Bayfield welcomes visitors once again. Return to enjoy the warmth of the fire pits, complimentary horse carriage rides, delectable food offerings, and live entertainment throughout the day while finding the perfect gift for that special someone or for yourself and one of the many beautiful Bayfield shops.

People are reminded to follow BACCon Facebook and Instagram and enter the contest to win one of five $100 gift certificates redeemable before Dec. 31st at any participating Christmas in Bayfield business.

For an updated schedule of events and specific times take a peek here: Schedule of Events 2023 — Village of Bayfield.


The Two-Cow Barn project is now complete. A ribbon cutting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, Nov. 18, after the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Main Street behind the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives celebrating the completion of the traditional Bayfield two-cow barn and the permanent home of the beautiful Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works horse-drawn Landau carriage.

The ribbon cutting will be held at 12:30 p.m.

The Landau display will be an enduring tribute to Tom Penhale and his team of local craftsmen who created some of the world’s finest horse drawn wagons and carriages in Bayfield from the 1970s to the 1990s.  Penhale carriages not only participated in most North American draft horse competitions but were also featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade and Disney World. Their horse drawn wagons and carriages were not only practical, they were works of art.

A joint venture between the Bayfield Historical Society and the Bayfield Lions Club, this has been a project that has had universal community support. It adds another chapter to the Heritage District’s unique and special story.

The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives is located at 20 Main Street North in the village.


This is a concept image of what the proposed walkway connecting the Bayfield River Flats and the existing under the bridge walkway could look like. The image used to generate the concept drawing was taken in May of 2021 prior to the new bridge’s completion. (Submitted photo)

A new pedestrian walkway can complete the dream of Bayfield and area residents to “connect the community with nature” at the Bayfield River Flats, according to people involved with the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

It will cost more than $50,000 to complete the walkway and the organizations say public support is needed to make the walkway a reality. The project team plans to hold a fundraising campaign between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15. Fundraising activities include a “Walkway to the Finish Line” evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13  from 7-9 p.m.

The fundraising team hopes the evening will be the “Walkway to the Finish Line” in terms of raising the more than $50,000 needed for this project to extend the under-bridge pathway, from Shorthill Road, to the Bayfield River Flats, which will allow children and senior citizens and people with limited mobility to reach the riverside parkland without having to cross the busy highway.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned by HTLTC and the land trust protects it permanently as a habitat for wildlife.

“The Flats is a natural gem only a short walk from Bayfield’s Main Street,” said HTLTC Chair Max Morden. “Home to eagles and ospreys and species at risk, it’s a place where people can both appreciate and preserve nature.”

Volunteers from the BRVTA manage the property at no cost to the public.

The land trust’s Chair encourages local people to watch for announcements about the fundraising campaign and for details on the evening in support of the project. Updates, and opportunities to donate, will be posted to the web page: Bayfield River Flats.

Roger Lewington is Past Chair of HTLTC. He thanks the trail association for leading the fundraising initiative to make the walkway possible. The new walkway will connect to an existing under-the-bridge walkway at the Bayfield River Flats site. This new feature will make it safer and easier for people to reach and enjoy this special riverbank nature area.

“The trail association and the community had a dream to buy and preserve the Bayfield River Flats,” Lewington said. “The creation of the new pedestrian walkway will safely link people and nature and it will make it possible to fully realize the dream for this site.”

BRVTA led a fundraising campaign, in 2017, to purchase the Bayfield River Flats site. Community support was overwhelming, with donations of more than $70,000 to buy the property. The trail association manages the property and donated it to the land trust so the property will be preserved permanently.

The project team is excited to announce the proposed walkway has received the permissions required to make it happen and now the team will turn its attention to mobilizing the public support needed to make it reality.


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 calendar team goofed!

They have all been very proud of their 2024 calendar and it has proved, once again, to be very popular. However, they have discovered an error which may have an impact for those who use the calendar to track appointments and events. The month of November, instead of being for the 2024 year, unfortunately is for the 2023 year thereby putting out all the dates by one day. The Bayfield Lions Club members sincerely apologize for this error.

The good news is they have created a simple fix for the problem. They have reprinted just the actual calendar block for the month of November making sure it is for the year 2024. The insert can be picked up at The Village Bookshop or at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts. It fits directly over the block in the calendar and can be simply attached with cello tape and be totally unnoticeable. The Lions regret the inconvenience that this has caused and are confident this will not recur in the future.

Although the Lions are running out of calendars, there are still some available at The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts and Bayfield Foodland and each will have the appropriate insert.

The Lions thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to creating the 2025 calendar nine months from now.


It has become apparent that the Municipality of Bluewater is in desperate need of daycare as well as before and after school programs. It has recently been discussed at Bluewater Council the severity of the lack of accommodation.

The Bayfield Community Center, which is operated by a not for profit organization, has heard the call and has stepped up to help.

The Bayfield Community Centre is very excited to announce that, beginning in January 2024, they will be offering a Before and After School Program at the Community Centre, Monday to Friday from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Bussing will be provided to these students enrolled and a form will be available to those parents once Registration is confirmed. This program will have 20 spaces in each program ( a.m. and p.m.) and parents can register on the Google form link on the Bayfield Arena Website located at the top of the page.

Both before and after school programs will incorporate the four foundations of learning: Expression, Well Being, Engagement and Belonging. Students will also be given a simple snack at both sessions.

The Bayfield Community Centre is excited to be offering this program to the residents of  the Village of Bayfield and surrounding areas. With limited space they are asking parents to register quickly.

Registration in a monthly link will be sent out to parents. This Google form will be filled out each month to reserve a space in the program. Bussing for students has also been arranged for this program.

Anyone who would like more information on this program is asked to please contact Emma Campbell at

To learn more or to register for the session from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2nd please go to: Bayfield’s BASP January Registration Form

Organizers are excited to meet all of the students and families in this new program.


On Sunday, Nov. 19 Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will welcome musical guests Roy Price, soloist, and Lynne Price, flautist. All are invited to attend the service that will begin at 11 a.m.

Knox Church  is holding an auction as a church fundraiser, featuring a beautiful 60″ x 80″ quilt.

The pattern is called “Wind and Waves”. It was pieced by Judith Roy and long arm quilted by Teresa Jantzi. The quilt has a reserve bid of $400.

The auction also includes two bird houses: the Condo and the Cottage, both designed and created by Peter Nijp. Each birdhouse offers four nesting boxes, perches, a lovely tin roof and a real sense of community for feathered friends!

The items are on display in the church sanctuary along with sign-up bid sheets to record the bids. Alternatively, bids will be accepted via email to: The auction will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and winners will be notified within 24 hours.

Also, on Dec. 16, “Our Christmas Gift” concert will be held beginning at 3 p.m. featuring Martha Lawrance’s Bluewater Harp Ensemble and “thatotherchoir”. Free will donation. All are welcome!

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

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


This film from 1986 will be shown at the Bayfield Branch Library on Dec. 14. (Submitted photos)

The Bayfield Branch Library is offering a special  author event this coming weekend and plenty of crafting opportunities to look forward to in December.

An  “Author Talk” is set for this Saturday, Nov. 18 and will feature a 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 below.

“Homemade Holidays” will offer library guests the opportunity to create an adorable craft during the festive season. These sessions are open to all ages and the creations may prove to be the perfect gifts for some special people.

All the craft sessions are one hour and start at 5:45 p.m. What people can make and the session dates are as follows: Festive Garden Gnomes, Tuesday, Dec. 5; Puzzle Piece Wreaths, Thursday, Dec. 7; Evergreen Pine Cone Trees, Tuesday, Dec. 12; and Painted Plaster Ornament, Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The Bayfield Library will also offer a Family Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 5:45 p.m. “The Christmas Toy” is the title of this  holiday classic by Jim Henson. The movie tells the story of Rugby the Tiger who was young Jaimie’s favorite toy last year. Those who wish to attend are also requested to register using the information above.

Participants must register to take part in the craft sessions as well as the movie night and can do so by emailing or phoning 519 565-2886.

Both the crafting evenings and the holiday movie night are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

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


Those who attend the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18 should be on the look out for this red pickup truck as it will be wending its way along the route with volunteers from the Bayfield Area Food Bank who will be collecting donations of dried and canned goods from the spectators. It should be noted at this time BAFB are also in need of children’s snack items. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


People are invited to take a survey to determine interest in a community garden for the village. The survey will be open for the next two weeks. (Submitted photo)

Janneke Vorsteveld, of Seeds Rooted in Youth, would like to spearhead the creation of a community garden in the village.

“I’m so excited to share this dream with others,” said Vorsteveld. “I have always believed that Bayfield is the perfect place for a community garden! We have this amazing sense of community that I believe could help bring to life something beautiful for all in a time that it is becoming more needed.”

Before advancing with the idea Vorsteveld would like to gain some insight into how much interest there is in the community for such a project and she has created a survey so people can provide their feedback.

To complete the survey please visit: Community Garden.


Trinity St. James Anglican Church Board members will be hosting an Open House on Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Following the Public Meeting held in July  and a Congregational Town Hall held in October, the members of the Trinity St James Anglican Church Board would like to invite interested clubs, organizations and individuals to explore the facility further during an Open House set for Saturday, Dec. 2nd.

This is the next step in reimagining Trinity St. James with the intent to create a community hub. Representatives from various clubs and organizations as well as interested individuals are now being sought to potentially form a Board to manage the facility.

The Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. where people will be invited to take a closer look at the facility and continue the conversation.

For more information please contact John Pounder at or Godfrey Heathcote at

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


For many years children have been invited to write a letter to Santa and drop it in a special box at the entrance to Bayfield Foodland and then patiently wait for a personalized reply. Exciting news – the box is now at the grocery store ready for the onslaught of 2023 letters!

In keeping with the digital age, Santa will accept both physical letters and emailed ones as well. However, so as not to confuse the elves Santa is requesting that children submit only one letter no matter what method they choose to communicate by.

Parents should ensure that their child’s full name and address are included with their letter. Emails may be sent to Letters will be accepted until Dec. 15.


The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is happy to announce the return of their “Christmas Holly Berry Market” on Nov. 17-18  in conjunction with the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The church hall will be open on Friday, 4-7 p.m. and volunteers will be serving up Chili.

On Saturday the market will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the sale of quilts and other crafted treasures. Another highlight will be a Bake Sale table as well as an opportunity to to sit and relax with a Chili and Bun Lunch served with dessert and coffee.

In addition, the Bayfield Agricultural Society members are planning to set up outside the church, located at 6 The Square, to sell their handcrafted wreaths and greenery. Their sale will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while quantities last.


The Taylor Trail, one of the Varna Nature Trails, will be the location for a Candy Cane Hunt on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.

The Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are partnering together to offer this family-friendly hunt starting at 1 p.m. After the hunt all the participants are invited to warm up with some hot chocolate in the Stanley Complex.

The Taylor Trail is located behind the Complex at 38594 Mill Road in Varna.


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church as well as virtually on ZOOM on Friday, Nov. 24.

This meeting will begin at 8 p.m. and is for the purpose of receiving reports and statements required to be placed before the Annual Meeting, electing Directors and Committee Chairs, appointing someone to review the financial records and prepare a report for the BAS, and for the transaction of such other matters as may properly be brought before the meeting.

Anyone who is a current member and wishes to attend virtually through ZOOM can email to get the link for the meeting.

In addition to receiving reports and financial statements for the period that ended Oct. 31, 2023, there will be greetings from the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Provincial Director, Jentje Steenbeek, and OAAS awards will be presented.


The unexplained: Harvey Elliott’s “orb” at The Albion Hotel, perhaps? (Photo by Kim Muszynski)

On the afternoon of Nov. 18, Dave Gillians, the author of “For the Love of Bayfield” will take a limited number of participants on a walk along Main Street to share some of the unexplained events that have both alarmed and baffled villagers over the years.

Starting at 3 p.m. the local historian will lead the 1.5 hour walk along Main Street starting at the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre located at 20 Main Street North. The tour cost is $20 and all proceeds will go to supporting the Bayfield Historical Society. The tour is limited to 20 guests and reservations are necessary.

Those who wish to take part are asked to call 519 565-5884 to reserve a place.


Gentle Flow Yoga is 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. with a four class pass available for $40 per person. The drop-in fee for this session is $12 per person.

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

Glee Sisters

“Muppet Merriment” is the title of the Children’s Song and Story Christmas Show to be presented by The Glee Sisters on Nov. 18. (Submitted photo)

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.

In keeping with tradition, The Glee Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall after the Santa Claus Parade in Bayfield on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year their Children’s Song and Story Christmas Show is entitled, “Muppet Merriment”, featuring puppet characters from Sesame Street. There will be two performances, the first starting at 1:30 p.m. followed by a second at 3 p.m. The show is especially geared to children between the ages of four to six years. Children will receive a special gift and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies following the performance.

Admission is free, with a donation to the Bayfield and Area Food Bank.


The London Citadel Salvation Army Band is coming to town on Friday, Dec. 1st. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield Town Hall is hosting The Salvation Army London Citadel Band for a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” on Friday, Dec. 1st. This performance will mark their 26th appearance on the town hall stage.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.  This year people are invited to pay what they can with donations going to the Salvation Army.

“The Citadel Band put on a great performance of Christmas favorites that puts everyone in the holiday spirit and supports underprivileged families at Christmas,” said Diane Snell, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “There are very few opportunities to see a large brass band perform indoors!”


Each wreath is one of a kind and generously finished with fresh greenery. Pictured is a standard $30 wreath. (Submitted photo)

It’s only two more sleeps until the start of Christmas in Bayfield weekend! And that means the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) annual fundraiser Wreath Sale is also set to begin this Friday.

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.

Sale times are: Friday, Nov. 17 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while quantities last. Last year, the wreaths sold out early, so anyone interested in buying a wreath is encouraged to come in good time.

Wreath prices range from $30 to $40. Payment is by cash or cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society. All proceeds are used to support the Bayfield Community Fair.

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

This year, there will also be bundles of red dogwood, bundles of greens, large bows, pinecone clusters, and a limited number of tails for sale.

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!

The BAS is very grateful to the dedicated volunteers who have given hours of their time to assist in preparing the wreaths and other items that will be for sale. Without their help, the Wreath Sale fundraiser wouldn’t be possible.


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

Wednesday services are held starting at 10:30 a.m. while Sundays services begin at 11 a.m.

Trinity St. James is looking forward to the Christmas season and would like to extend an invitation to both visitors and local residents to join in their special services. The Lessons and Carols Service will be held on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. And 4 p.m. is the time set for the Christmas Eve service. As Dec. 24 is a Sunday there will also be an online service offered over ZOOM starting at 10 a.m.

Rev. Mary Farmer will be leading a one-hour Advent Study by ZOOM commencing on Nov. 30. It will be held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. For more information please contact the Rector by emailing

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


Anyone wishing Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies should look for this booth in front of Hive on Bayfield’s Main Street on Saturday. (Photo by Kathleen Greer-Armour)

This is very likely the last call for Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookies from members of Bayfield Guiding for 2023.

Embers, Guides and Pathfinders will be selling cookies in front of Hive, 11-17 Bayfield Main Street North, on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or while quantities last!  They are selling for $6 a box

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

Cookies are now also available for a limited time at Schaefer’s Ladies Wear, located at 162 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


An excited group of youngsters and their parents/caregivers joined with dignitaries to cut the ribbon on new playground equipment at the Hensall Kinsmen Park. Dignitaries from l-r were: Kevin Jefferies, Bluewater Parks and Recreation; Laurie Spence Bannerman, Bluewater CAO; Winona Bailey, Zurich Councillor; President of Hensall Kinsmen, Darrin Durand; MPP for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson; Emma Bartz, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation; Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp; and Deputy Mayor John Becker. (Submitted photos)

Although the temperatures have gotten chillier, young people will be able to play on the new, accessible play structure equipment that’s been installed at the Hensall Kinsmen Park. On the morning of Nov. 7, MPP Lisa Thompson and Emma Bartz, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, were there with municipal officials for the ribbon-cutting at the park, and recognized the impact of the $100,000 Capital grant the Municipality of Bluewater received last year from OTF to carry out the work.

“This new playground equipment is a great addition for the community of Hensall,” said MPP for Huron Bruce, Lisa Thompson. “It will be a great space where youth can explore, play, socialize and have fun! In supporting this structure, the Ontario government is affirming its commitment to creating family-oriented, safe communities.”

The Hensall play structure is an important source of fun and activity for many local children and youth. It provides countless hours of entertainment and joy. Replacing the outdated equipment with a new, accessible structure ensures that the playground can be enjoyed by children of all abilities, creating a safe, inclusive environment that supports play and social development.

A closer look at the newly installed playground equipment at the Hensall Kinsmen Park.

“Play is an important part of a child’s early development,” said Maggie Off, manager of Facilities, Municipality of Bluewater. “Through play, children develop social skills, build friendships, and participate in physical activity. By supporting the development of our youngest residents through investing in safe, inclusive spaces where they can grow, we’re supporting our residents in building a healthy, active future.”

Bluewater recognizes that children are the future and an important part of the community. The Municipality would like to thank area residents who participated in the process by providing suggestions for the design. With their contributions, the Municipality was able to choose a playground design that meets the needs of the community. It hopes the new play structure will be used and enjoyed by children and youth for many years to come.

The OTF, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit to learn more.


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is proud to announce partnerships with both Huron Health System and The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy – several people gathered for the officially signing of the partnership agreements at the end of October. (Submitted photos)

Oct. 26 marked a significant advancement in the ongoing commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of rural residents in Southwestern Ontario. Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is proud to announce partnerships with both Huron Health System and The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.

This meeting built upon Gateway’s well-established relationships with both organizations. Notably, Gateway has formalized its collaborative partnership with The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), reflecting their shared dedication to rural health.

The focus of this union is to further streamline inter-organizational collaboration and communication. The objective is clear: to enhance the health outcomes of the rural population in Southwestern Ontario. The collaboration will mobilize resources and expertise across the three institutions, emphasizing health research, education, and communication as the pillars for improvement.

“We are excited to be entering into a regional network with a multi-disciplinary partnership with healthcare delivery, health research, and academics in the health field,” stated Gateway President Gwen Devereaux. “This represents more than an agreement; it’s a commitment to our rural residents in Southwestern Ontario.”

President and CEO of Huron Health System Jimmy Trieu signed a partnership document while University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Hallman Director Andrea Edginton and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health President Gwen Devereaux look on.

President and CEO of Huron Health System Jimmy Trieu said, “HHS looks forward to forming deeper collaboration initiatives in research and is excited to be partnering with leaders in this space. Collectively, we will develop solutions to improve the healthcare of our rural communities.”

“With innovation as the backbone of our institute, we are eager to collaborate with HHS and (Gateway) CERH to address the challenges facing rural healthcare and positively impact rural communities,” said Hallman Director, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Andrea Edginton. “Through education and research, fostering this relationship will ultimately strengthen our future healthcare system.”

The three organizations recognize the strength of collaboration and anticipate that the united front presented by this partnership will facilitate effective research initiatives, enhance educational offerings, and promote better communication pathways – all to the benefit of the rural communities they serve.

HHS includes the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) in Goderich and the South Huron Hospital (SHH) in Exeter and supports more than 19,000 patient days and over 25,000 emergency department visits annually. Across the two hospitals, there are approximately 360 employees, more than 35 physicians and specialists, and more than 200 volunteers working together to meet the healthcare needs of their communities.


The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Team is excited to announce that they will be hosting a Rural Southwestern Ontario S.H.E.D. Talks launch on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Brussels Four Winds Wedding and Event Barn.

This event is the first of its kind and it will include a morning of information sessions discussing S.H.E.D. Talks and how to host one. The guest speaker will be Peter Johnson (Wheat Pete) who is a recognized leader in the agriculture community and sure to entertain with his talk on crops, better farming, and increasing production.

Peter Johnson, aka Wheat Pete, will be the guest speaker at the launch of S.H.E.D Talks in Brussels on Dec. 1st. (Submitted photo)

S.H.E.D. stands for Sustaining Healthy Farms through Empowerment and Dedication. The main objective of the S.H.E.D. Talks project is to focus on reducing social isolation and lessening the daily stressors that farmers experience. S.H.E.D. Talks aims to do this by creating a communal and collaborative space for farmers to gather, build connections and support one another. The four areas encouraged by this project are connection, collaboration, community and conversation.

Tickets for the Dec. 1st event can be purchased through Eventbrite for $20 each. With the purchase of a ticket, those who attend  will get a catered lunch from Pineridge BBQ as well as the opportunity to listen and interact with the various guest speakers.

Please visit and follow the link from the homepage to purchase tickets.


The Auxiliary of Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is once again lighting the Gift of Lights tree.  The tree will be lit on Friday, Nov. 24 radiating its lights throughout the holiday season.

“It has always been a sincere joy to celebrate the lighting of the lights on the hospital’s special tree.  This tree lights the area across the road from the front entrance to CPH,” said Shirley Carter, chair of CPH Auxiliary Gift of Lights.

This year more lights are being added to this celebration. People can look for the new lights on CPH’s front entrance veranda.

The lights are meant to honor the many memories of individuals and families that are special to the donor or as a gift to special people in the donor’s lives.  Many of those being honored in this way have been a part of the community and the hospital for a number of years.  The donations that have been made over the past years have been a gift in another way as well. Those donations have assisted in the purchase of many new items and equipment that has been needed and used at CPH.

“We have been unable to hold a gathering to celebrate the light lighting since 2019.  This year we are happy to announce that we are once again holding a gathering to celebrate this event starting at 6:30 p.m. on  Nov. 24,” said Carter.

There will be entertainment, draw prizes and the drawing of the ticket that announces the winner of the Auxiliary’s 50/50 Draw.  The purchase of a ticket or tickets will help the tree to shine brightly with each light honoring someone special to the donor.

People are encouraged to drive up Shipley Street past CPH and see the glow from the shining lights as a happy reminder of how many people have been helped.

“We would really appreciate your continuing support,” said Carter.

Anyone who would like to make a donation towards the Gift of Lights for 2023 can mail a cheque to: Gift of Lights, CPH Auxiliary; 98 Shipley St., Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0. Any donation of $20 or more will be given a tax receipt.

Tickets can also be purchased from Auxiliary members or at the CPH Gift Shop as a way of continuing to support the tree lighting and the hospital and as a way to continue to honor those special people by gifting them a light.


The public is encouraged to take a survey, towards an updated Conservation Lands Strategy for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. The survey will be available online until Dec. 7 (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is updating the plans that guide the stewardship, restoration, and visitor use of its conservation areas and other ABCA properties. A new Conservation Lands Strategy will update documents that are about 20 years old. The conservation authority would like to hear from people who visit the properties about features and facilities they use and what is needed to improve their experience.

To take the survey please visit: Conservation lands Strategy Survey.  The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 7.

ABCA owns 3,616 hectares of land throughout its 2,400-square-kilometre watershed area. The conservation authority acquired the properties for environmental purposes such as flood control, conservation and restoration. The properties provide food, water and shelter for a vast array of plants and animals, including several species at risk. There are 30 kilometres of trails owned and/or managed by ABCA. Conservation areas have trails, pavilions, privies, boardwalks and bridges. Management areas and tracts are mostly forested and do not have facilities or formal trail systems. To learn more about ABCA properties, visit the Parks and Recreation web page: ABCA Recreation on the website.

Education and recreation are important secondary benefits on ABCAs conservation lands.

“Thousands of people visit our properties,” said Nathan Schoelier, ABCA Stewardship and Lands manager. “These areas improve physical and mental well-being.”

Property uses include hiking, nature appreciation, bird watching, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Thousands of school children visit the properties each year through ABCAs conservation education programs. Some teachers use the areas independently.

Hunting is permitted on some properties, in compliance with provincial and federal regulations, for people who have the appropriate hunting permits and who purchase the appropriate ABCA hunting permits to hunt on designated lands.

There was a huge increase in the number of visitors to ABCA properties, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of visitors has returned to pre-pandemic levels but use of these areas remains strong and provides valuable green spaces for recreation and nature appreciation.

The presence and increase of invasive species and forest pests are among the environmental issues and challenges facing conservation lands. Flooding and weather variability, as the climate continues to change, are also environmental issues and challenges.


During November, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA)  is hosting four Community Connection events to engage, learn and celebrate in the communities they serve Clinton, Seaforth, St. Marys and Stratford.

These evenings will provide updates on the activities happening across the Alliance, including the proposed amalgamation. The annual Awards of Excellence for HPHA team members will also be given out.

The Seaforth Community Hospital event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21 starting at 7 p..m. at the Seaforth and District Community Centre located at 122 Duke Street in Seaforth.

The Clinton Public Hospital event will be held in the Libro Hall at the Central Huron Community Complex, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton on Wednesday, Nov. 22 starting at 7 p.m.

Events will also take place in St. Marys on Nov. 20 and in Stratford on Nov. 23.


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 Nov.  6.

  • Endorsed Ontario Clean Water Agency’s Operation Plan under Section 21 of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Approved the Community Improvement application for 133 King Street in Hensall.
  • Approved the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to include Bayfield Secondary Plan implementation.
  • Awarded the tender for Bridge B15 Deck Repair project no. BR285-B to KB Civil Constructors Inc for a total contract price of $78,623.14 including HST.
  • Awarded the tender for the North Branch of Love Municipal Drain to A.G. Hayter Contracting Ltd. in the amount of $97,487.00 plus HST.
  • Approved the collection of actual costs for the Centennial Municipal Drain.
  • Approved to delegate authority to the Manager of Finance to negotiate and execute tax extension agreements.
  • Entered into a Data Sharing Services Agreement with MPAC.
  • Authorized the amendment of the Huronview Park Shoreline Restoration Agreement.
  • Amended the Flag Policy.
  • Adopted the Beach Access Licence and Stair Repair Agreement Policy.
  • Authorized the Bluewater Marina DFO Lease Agreement amendment.


Living Wage Week in Ontario ran Nov. 6-12 and at that time United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) announced the new living wage to be $22.75 an hour, up from $20.70 last year.

“As the cost of living in the places we call home continues to rise, it’s becoming more important than ever for people across our communities to talk about how we can make our region more livable and that includes concepts like a living wage,” said Kristin Crane, director of Social Research and Planning. “This year, we’re seeing the increases in the cost of food and housing driving the increase in the living wage. Food and shelter are obviously fundamental to personal well-being, and that highlights how important it is for wages to be responsive to inflation so the economic pressures many individuals and families face are reduced.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron living wage was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of three family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were taken into account. Everyday expenses in the calculation included food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit:

“We understand it’s challenging for businesses to think about increasing their expenses, particularly at a time when so many organizations are feeling the pressure of higher pricing themselves,” added Crane. “But we continue to hear from certified living wage employers that paying a living wage helps in many ways and over time, from reducing turnover and increasing productivity to boosting morale. While paying a living wage may seem daunting, organizations benefit in the long run.”

“A living wage is another facet of helping make sure more people are able to take part in the life of their community and not feel isolated or stressed,” added United Way Perth-Huron Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Not having enough to get by has such a profoundly negative effect on a person’s life. If we want a fairer, more welcoming place to live, the living wage is another tool to help make sure that as we continue to grow and create opportunities as a community, everyone can benefit.”


On Oct. 18, Zehrs Goderich Store Manager Jim Bissett was the recipient of a letter of appreciation for the donation from Zehrs to Gateway. Joining him in the photo were Gateway’s Board Chair Board, Dan Stringer, Board Secretary,Nancy Simpson and Research Assistant Jordan Connolly (right). (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is pleased to be the recipient, once again, of a donation of $500 from Zehrs Goderich in support of their Virtual Rural Health Lecture Series.

Gateway’s Virtual Lecture Series is held online, and is free. The series concept has experts discuss topical subjects that involve health in rural communities. Experts involved include a variety of health care providers, Gateway Research Chairs, university professors and graduate students. Some of these lectures have included discussions on artificial intelligence, farmers’ wellbeing and how to build fair and equitable healthcare systems.

These one-hour lectures are held at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. The lectures can be accessed via a ZOOM link from Gateway’s webpage or viewed on the Hurontel channel or


On Nov. 18, Santa Claus will be dropping in to Good Neighbours of Bluewater!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. people are invited to come in and get a selfie with Santa, please bring a camera or a phone to do so as there will not be a professional photographer on hand.

Susan Mills, coordinator of Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT), will be the guest speaker at GNOB on Tuesday, Nov. 21 starting at 2 p.m. Mills will provide information about the HSAT system in a lead up to a very special event on Friday, Nov. 24. On that date, area residents are invited to ride the HSAT for free to Goderich and back but to qualify they must register with GNOB before boarding and indicate what stop they will be getting on to the bus from.

HSAT will pick up at the following locations and times: Sobeys in Grand Bend, noon;  St Josephs, 12:12 p.m.; Zurich, 12:19 p.m.; Hensall, 12:29 p.m.; and Bayfield, 12:49 p.m.  HSAT will arrive at the Walmart Plaza in Goderich at 1:12 p.m. where participants will enjoy free time until the bus departs from Goderich at 3:52 p.m.

Participants who would like to go on the transit ride are asked to register by calling 519 236-7081 or emailing or drop into the GNOB located at 28 Goshen Street North.

GNOB Board members encourage people to explore this mode of transportation even if they do not currently need to travel by bus. They ask those who wish to participate to invite a friend to come along.

For more information on any of the above events please contact the phone number or email listed above.

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 the season of gifting is fast approaching, we explore the Huron County Museum’s collection for an artifact that might have made a lovely handcrafted personal gift for someone over 80 years ago…


This is a sampler, circa 1930s, embroidered by hand with red and green yarn, the design below the embroidery is printed in blue on a backing card pre-punched for embroidery. The sampler reads: “Home Sweet Home”.

This sampler is from the Watson side of the family of Ethel (Watson) Mossop, who lived in the Bayfield area (on Bronson Line, Sauble Line and in Varna).




One of the joys of volunteering with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)  is watching as a person or family find their perfect new furry family member.

“When we think of the horrible circumstances some of these cats have survived, it warms our hearts to see them finally get the life they deserve,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.

Pounder added that many of BFF’s residents aren’t what many people would call “perfect”. Day after day they watch as others leave for their new life and they, once again, are overlooked. Maybe they are too frightened, are not flashy enough or have runny eyes.

“These are our ‘special circumstance’ kitties, and they have just as much to offer if you just give them a chance,” said Pounder.

So in this Issue of the Bayfield Breeze we feature nine of these sweet souls in the hope that people will look beyond the “imperfections” and realize that one of these cats may just be the “perfectly imperfect” fit for their family.

If any of these stories touch at the old heart strings please reach out to BFF through Facebook or email

BFF now has a 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.




Autumn Splendor…Photo courtesy Windmill Lake Farm

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Pax Lodge Pin (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

My alter-ego, Brown Owl, had a pinch me moment when on our recent trip to England. On Sept. 19 I accomplished a Guiding goal with a visit to one of our Guiding World Centres – Pax Lodge in London, England!

For those without a Guiding background there are five World Centres – Pax Lodge in London, Sangam in India, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Nuestra Cabaña in Mexico and Kusafiri, a centre that travels across Africa. For me personally Pax Lodge is the pinnacle of the five as England is also where the whole Guiding and Scouting movements have their roots. Accompanied by my step-daughter, who was a member of Guides in her youth, it was hard not to get emotional as we approached the front door of a place I have hoped for about 30 years to visit and have shared the history and purpose of with countless youth over the years.

We took part in the morning flag raising with the youth volunteers at the centre. We sang the World Song and I was invited to lead the “Reflection of the Day”. This was followed by the pinning ceremony where we made a special promise specific to Pax Lodge.  Each World Centre has a collectable pin. The pin can only be obtained by visiting a particular centre and they request that it not be sold, traded or given away thus making it extra special!

I brought Canadian crests for the volunteers plus a box each of our cookies – mint and classics for sharing. They were excited to receive the badges and very thrilled to get the cookies! The current volunteers hailed from England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and even Welland, Ontario, Canada! There is no age limit on who can volunteer – from teens to senior citizens!

Three of the youth volunteers gave us a private tour of the facility and they were extremely enthusiastic and chatty. They shared the significance of many of the pictures on the walls as well as the items on display in the activity room right down to the significance of the colors on the walls! We also saw the conference room gifted to Pax from donations by the Girl Scouts of the United States and Canadian Guides.

When we left I felt I had made fast friends, as you do with fellow Guides, and my heart was truly full. It was a day I will treasure forever! – Brown Owl Melody

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