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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 752 Week 50 Vol 15

December 6, 2023


Issue 752 Week 50 Vol 15
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The Bayfield River Flats has been constantly improved since its inception in 2017. In this photo, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s Trail Blazers works crew volunteers and a planting crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority worked together late this past spring to add native-species plantings to the site. (Photo by Roger Lewington)


“We are over halfway to our goal of raising enough money to complete the partially finished under-bridge path to the Bayfield River Flats,” said Roger Lewington, the leader of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) fundraising team. “We are hoping that we can get enough financial support on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at a wine and cheese social event at the town hall to get the job done next spring. This event will give us the opportunity to thank our donors and sponsors and to bring everyone up to date.”

Those who attend this social event can look forward to an extensive Silent Auction and Jack Pal has created an informative PowerPoint presentation that will be a featured part of the night.

This wine and cheese social event known as, “Walkway to the Finish Line”,  will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. 1851 Bayfield Landing is providing a cash bar. The night is sponsored by Home & Company Real Estate Corp Brokerage.

Helen Varekamp will be handling administration at a donation table. She has also made arrangements for credit cards to be processed in addition to cheques and e-transfers.

All donations are sincerely appreciated and tax receipts will be given for any contribution over $20. For the first 65 donors who contribute $500 or more, VareKamp has crafted 65 unique tote bags (while supplies last) as tokens of appreciation. Donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be recognized on a sponsor acknowledgement board on the River Flats and anyone or any organization who donates more than $5,000 will have their names inscribed on an armour stone.

Over a decade ago some community members shared the vision that Bayfield needed some accessible parkland on the river. Then six years ago, in 2017, the 4.75 acre Bayfield River Flats was offered to the BRVTA if it could raise the purchase price within three months. Over 220 Bayfield residents and supporters contributed enough money to purchase and maintain the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area which was then transferred to the HTLTC to ensure that it would always remain as part of Bayfield’s public spaces.

This is an aerial photo of the site taken prior to the construction of the new Bayfield Bridge. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

In a walkable village like Bayfield, the Hwy. 21 crossing to the River Flats is just too dangerous.

As Janneke Vorsteveld, owner and lead facilitator of Seeds Rooted in Youth, a local outdoor education program, recently said, “I won’t take my students across the highway to the River Flats. A safe under bridge walking path is a great idea so that we can enjoy this beautiful natural area without worrying about dodging trucks that are coming down the hill.”

Now that the bridge is complete, the Ministry of Transportation has finally agreed to allow for an extension of their under-bridge maintenance path. Now the objective is to raise the required $52,000 required to complete the job.

One of the best things about Bayfield is that a shared community vision can transform our local landscape in an environmentally sensitive manner and make it welcoming and safe.

To learn more, or to donate, people are invited to visit: Bayfield River Flats Donation Page or to call 519235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Visit Huron Land Trust and Bayfield Trails to find out more.


These folks were patiently waiting for the doors to open for Santa’s Breakfast at The Albion Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. The doors to The Albion will open for the next instalment of this breakfast sponsored by the Bayfield Optimist Club this Sunday, Dec. 10! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Optimist Club has received word that Santa Claus has time in his schedule to come down from the North Pole to visit the village on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 10. He is looking forward to partaking in a breakfast with the young and young at heart!

Breakfast with Santa will be held at The Albion Hotel from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Instead of a buffet, the meals will be plated and the menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, potatoes, eggs, toast and a beverage. The meal will cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years of age.

Optimists, volunteers and The Albion Hotel staff look forward to helping families make some fun holiday memories at this sixteenth breakfast – the first being held in 2005.


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.


This quilt shown here on display in the sanctuary at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is being offered for auction with the bidding ending on Dec. 16. (Submitted photo)

All are invited to join the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield for some “Moments of Solace” on Thursday, Dec. 21.

Starting at 7 p.m. this is an opportunity to just “be” in the candlelight and blanketed with quiet songs because sometimes the season is anything but “merry”.

This evening is sponsored by Solace Bedside Singers; St George’s Anglican Church in Goderich, Knox, Bayfield; Huron Hospice, near Clinton; and Jessica’s House in Exeter.

The deadline to bid during Knox, Bayfield’s silent auction is fast approaching.

Knox 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 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


Scream and Tabbs (Submitted photo)

Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care – two such sweet creatures are featured in this issue.

Many people have heard of panleukopenia in cats. It is a viral disease that is very transmittable. Luckily there is a vaccine to protect people’s furry friends and vaccinated cats over five months old are usually able to fight the virus and fatalities are relatively low. Unfortunately, it is especially fatal to young, unvaccinated kittens. Extensive supportive care is required to pull a sick kitten through which can involve fluids, tube feeding, medications and luck. Not all of the kittens survive as the virus takes a toll on their tiny bodies.

This fall Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines admitted a mother cat, Meis, with very young kittens.

“We did not have a foster home available for them so they had to be housed in the shelter. This situation is not optimal since it exposed the kittens to all the other cats, just one reason foster homes are so very important to BFF,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.

Meis’s kittens developed Panleukopenia and BFF volunteers worked around the clock to save them. Sadly two kittens passed away.

“Scream and Tabbs, our kittens of the week, survived. Tabbs only exhibited minor symptoms but Scream was not expected to survive but she proved us wrong! They are both beautiful kittens looking for a forever home,” said Pounder.

According to Pounder, many people will shy away from kittens that were so ill, fearing it means they will be sick throughout their life. However, the exact opposite is true.

“These kittens are strong fighters, survivors. They have built up a strong immunity to this virus and are unlikely to contract it again,” said Pounder. “Anyone would be lucky to adopt one or, better yet, both of these little purr-bots.”

Anyone who is smitten with Scream and/or Tabbs is asked to please contact BFF through Facebook or email at

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

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

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


The Salvation Army London Citadel Band played heart-warming Christmas favorites to an appreciative audience at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 2. (Submitted photos)

The Bayfield Town Hall welcomed The Salvation Army London Citadel Band for a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” on the evening of Friday, Dec. 2nd for their 26th performance in the heritage building.

As always, the performance was festive and engaging, with lots of audience-participation singing Christmas Carols.  The 25-piece band played heart-warming Christmas favorites including, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Good King Wenceslas” and “Silent Night” along with a Renaissance piece and a newer arrangement written for a virtual choir and rearranged for brass.

Thanks to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society and the concert attendees, nearly $1,600 was raised for The Salvation Army.

There are very few opportunities to see a large brass band perform indoors. The Salvation Army London Citadel Band fulfilled that opportunity for those who attended a concert held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Dec. 2nd.


The Bayfield Lions Club will host their very popular Turkey Bingo at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena on Dec. 11. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

One of the village’s favorite pre-Christmas events returns with the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Monday, Dec. 11.

The games will begin  at 7 p.m. sharp at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. The doors to the centre will open at 6:15 p.m.

This fun event is always well-attended. There will be 16 turkeys up for grabs and in addition, there will be some Share-the-Wealth games to boost the lucky winners’ holiday spending allowances.

The funds raised are to be split between the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) and the Huron Women’s Shelter and Second-Stage Housing. New this year, the Lions will also accept donations of non-perishable items for the BAFB at the door in an effort to help fill their shelves.

This event holds Licence #M800595.


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.


For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians, Nonagenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift.

Christmas is fast approaching and once again COVID and flu rates are rising so the club will unfortunately not be sending Santa to visit to extend his good cheer in person. However, because he cares for this demographic so very much Santa has appointed Lions members as elves and he wanted the community to know that they will be sending something out in the mail very soon!

Anyone who may know of someone locally who has turned 80 in the past year, or due to ongoing health issues cannot go out into the community, or someone new to the community that falls into either category, please contact Lion Karen Scott at 226 441-2042 with details.


Children four and up, accompanied by their parents, are invited to the next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club on Dec. 9. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be this Saturday, Dec. 9. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

The club’s tenth session will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and will be sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

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


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 ingredients needed for preparing baked goods, examples of items to be donated include: flour, butter, baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips.

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.


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.


The Bayfield Branch Library is offering plenty of crafting opportunities to look forward to in December.

“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: 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.


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


Volunteers decorated for the Christmas season last week enhancing the charm of the historic Trinity St. James Anglican Church and readying it for Christmas. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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. 17 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.

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


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


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.


Philip Keightley, of Bayfield, is featured in the latest video produced by the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee. (Submitted photo)

What would the public, or a business, do if they didn’t have a clean, safe supply of drinking water?

That’s a question posed in a new video called “The Worth of Water”. The video features Philip Keightley, M.Sc., P. Eng., of Bayfield. He is the Commerce representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC).

The committee member wants local business owners and local residents to think about how important clean, safe drinking water is to public health and to the economy. He also gives local business owners some ideas on how they can help to protect local water sources. In this region, those sources of drinking water include groundwater in wells (drawn, for treatment, from aquifers underneath our feet) and surface water (drawn, for treatment, from Lake Huron).

“We need clean, safe water every day, in our homes and in our businesses,” he said. “We are fortunate we have a clean, safe, abundant water supply provided by our municipalities…but it’s not something we can take for granted.”

In the video, he quotes Benjamin Franklin saying that, “When the well runs dry, we know the worth of water.”

The worth of “reliable, clean water is not just a number on your municipal water bill … the real value of water is way beyond the numbers,” he said in the video. “It’s essential to your business and to your family, so be vigilant to ensure contaminants such as waste oil, fuels, and chemicals don’t enter our water supply.”

The host of the video prompts local businesses to think about how important water is to their livelihoods.

“Imagine if your local business had its source of water cut off or contaminated, how would you find a source of water to replace it?” he asked in the video.

Keightley also provides some history of water protection and treatment going way back to ancient Mesopotamia.

The Commerce representative thanks all the local businesses who are taking positive actions including risk management plans that reduce risk to drinking water sources.

“I’d like to thank all our local businesses, who keep our water safe by following the risk management plans that you developed in areas of vulnerable water supply,” he said.

He explains how source water protection policies help to protect local drinking water. He also provides local businesses some ways they can protect drinking water sources.

“History has shown us you can take actions, at work and at home, to protect our water for today, and for generations to come,” he said. “If you work with chemicals, read the label and follow instructions. Could you switch to a more environmentally friendly product?”

He urges business owners to “safely store only what you need” and to properly dispose of the rest at designated hazardous waste sites. Proper storage of chemicals, a spills response kit, a spills prevention and spills response plan, can help prevent contaminants from getting into the ground or into water sources, he said.

“You can help, at your home and your businesses,” he said in the video. “Review your practices, equipment, technology, and processes, and look for ways to reduce water use.”

To view the video visit: The Worth of Water. It can also be seen on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel or on the local source protection region’s video web page.

The new video is the twelfth video in a series of water videos that began in 2020. These videos have received more than 30,000 views on Facebook and YouTube.

The SPCs outreach to the public includes videos like this new one, as well as public information campaigns like the current #WaterWednesdays social media initiative. The most important way to reach the public, according to the committee, is through direct personal outreach. In-person events include the #WaterWise events taking place in local communities to encourage local well owners to sample their well water. These #BestPractices education events have taken place in partnership with several local Lions Clubs as well as resident associations, local volunteers, and local public health. To learn more, visit: Best Practices on the local source protection region’s website.


Eat Local Huron was presented the award for Agri-Food Promotional Excellence by MPP Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, earlier this month. Accepting the award were Board Member Dana Lumby (left) and Executive Director Chris Spaleta. (Submitted photo)

A local food non-profit won the Ontario Agricultural Excellence award for agri-food promotion at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

Eat Local Huron was presented the award for Agri-Food Promotional Excellence by MPP Lisa Thompson, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, earlier this month.

Eat Local Huron is an online farmer’s market where anyone in Huron County can order from local food producers and get that food delivered to their door.

“I am very proud to present the 2023 Excellence in Agriculture Awards at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, where it is a tradition to celebrate the best of the best,” said MPP Thompson. “The recipients lead by example and have demonstrated ingenuity, drive, and passion. Their impact on Ontario’s agriculture and food industry is invaluable.”

Board Member Dana Lumby and Executive Director Chris Spaleta accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Anyone interested in more information on buying local food can check out their website at or social media @eatlocalhuron.


Dan Stringer, chair of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), recently welcomed Dr. Mike Beazely to Gateway as Research Chair of Rural Substance use. (Submitted photo)

The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) team is delighted to announce it has a new team member, Dr. Mike Beazely.

Dr. Beazely is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and has joined the Gateway team as Research Chair of Rural Substance Use.

As a research chair Dr. Beazely assists Gateway by providing expertise in the field of pharmacology and substance use. This role involves consulting on Gateway’s community projects, promoting healthcare education of rural residents and mentoring summer students. Previously, Dr. Beazely worked with the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy, working closely with community service providers, educators, public health, and law enforcement.

An educator and expert in the field of pharmacology, Dr. Beazely’s current research pursues understanding the role of health professionals in reducing harms associated with problematic substance use. Since joining Gateway, he has already been involved with the creation of a project interested in promoting the health of rural, volunteer firefighters. In January he will be making his proper début by educating rural residents on substance use as part of Gateway’s ongoing rural health lecture series.

“I am thrilled to be involved with Gateway CERH. As a long-time educator, I really enjoy working with students and the innovative ways people involve themselves with promoting health,” said Dr. Beazley

Gateway’s president Gwen Devereaux commented that, “Gateway CERH has really expanded our partnership with the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. With Dr. Beazely involved, we can introduce new perspectives on rural substance use and are looking forward to his involvement with Gateway CERH’s activities.”

Opportunities to learn more about the future lecture and Dr. Beazely’s involvement can be found by visiting:


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.


The Huron Song Chorus and Friends will present “A Christmas Concert” in two different communities later this month to benefit the Huron Women’s Shelter.

They will perform in Goderich at Knox Presbyterian Church on Monday, Dec. 18 and at Northside United Church in Seaforth on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is by donation to the Huron Women’s Shelter.

Knox Church is located at 9 Victoria Street North in Goderich while Northside United can be found at 54 Goderich Street West in Seaforth.


HUUG (Help Us Understand Grief) is a new program to Huron Hospice that will be hosting two events on Dec. 16 in Bayfield and Goderich.

HUUG is a program to educate and support children from four to 17 years of age and their families who are grieving after a death, divorce, or other major events in life.

Participants are invited to join for some creative fun as they make a festive ornament to help them remember a loved one. There will be time to share stories, offer support, and make new friends.

This one hour event will be held in Bayfield starting at 10 a.m. and in Goderich beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information or to  register for this program, please contact Sally Brodie by calling 519 525-6331 or emailing


The next movie on the docket for Livery Film Fest is “Priscilla”, a biographical film written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola. It was almost entirely shot in Toronto.

Priscilla Beaulieu (played by Cailee Spaeny) was only 14-years-old when she met 24-year-old Elvis Presley (Jacob Elorbi) in Germany where Priscilla’s father was stationed in the U.S. Military and Elvis, at the peak of his career, was also stationed. This was 1959. They met at a house party and began casually dating.

They reconnected three years later in the U.S. and their courtship continued. The film is based on the 1985 memoir “Elvis and Me” by Priscilla and details her complicated love story with a rock-and-roll superstar who becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments:  a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness and a vulnerable friend.

Perfectly timed for date night during the holiday season! ‘Priscilla’ plays for one night only on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


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.


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.


Attention Bridge playing enthusiasts the cost to attend an afternoon at the Bayfield Bridge Club has been reduced by half – the cost to join the fun is now just $2.

That is quite a bargain that includes coffee, tea and a yummy snack plus a prize for both the winner and the loser.

Players do not need to attend with a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. New people are invited to join in this great opportunity to make new friends as partners are switched after every four hands.

The games are played on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.  The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m.  All levels of players are welcome to take part in these games that are played year-round.

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 countdown to Dec. 25th has begun in earnest we explore just a few of the Santa Claus collectibles that the Museum has in their possession…


These two Starfish Santas are made from a dried painted Starfish – one is painted with the colors red, white, pink and black while the other is painted blue and gold with black boots.

Doug and Gerney Bland acquired a large collection of Santas and Christmas decorations beginning in 1943, the year they were married. They continued collecting for the next 61 years of their marriage. Many of the Santas were collected while travelling both personally and professionally. Some came from as far away as Honduras and Mexico, as well as many of the southern states including Tennessee, Florida and Texas.




A generous crowd gathered mid-day on Nov. 18 to watch the ribbon cutting on the Two-Cow Barn the new home of a Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works Landau. A joint project of the Bayfield Historical Society and Bayfield Lions Club the exhibit can be found behind the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives on the village's Main Street. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Mid-day on Nov. 18 a generous crowd gathered under bright sun and blue skies to watch the ribbon be cut on a joint venture between the Bayfield Lions Club and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). The cutting of the ribbon celebrated the completion of a modern Two-cow Barn and the unveiling of a Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works Landau which was now on permanent view from within.

From the outset with the bringing home of the Landau in the Summer of 2022 this project really struck a chord with the community. Funds were raised swiftly to both purchase the Landau and construct the barn during the Spring of 2023 with the actual construction process completed this Fall. The Landau was designed and built by local craftsman, the late Tom Penhale – whose extraordinary work helped put Bayfield on the map internationally and remains a point of pride with residents.
“In the Spring of this year, the Bayfield Lions Club and the Bayfield Historical Society put a joint venture into action with the support of the Municipality of Bluewater. We wanted to honor one of Bayfield’s truly special people, Tom Penhale,” said Ian Matthew, president of the Lions Club and master of ceremonies for the proceedings. “Tom had a dream! His dream was to build exceptional handcrafted horse drawn wagons right here in Bayfield. Well, he did it. His wagons were sold throughout North America.”

Prior to the ribbon cutting guest speakers included, Past President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson; local historian, Dave Gillians and Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp.

“This project has been the most enjoyable project to be involved in with the community working together,” said Gibson. “The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child…It took our village coming together to complete this project.”

Gibson was tasked with thanking those people and businesses that made exceptional contributions to the project on behalf of BHS and the Lions Club.

“We wish to thank the volunteers of our village for working together to complete the Penhale Project. First we thank Doug Vanderhaar. When we were approached about purchasing the Penhale landau, the idea went out to the village. Doug came forward, and purchased this piece of history on our behalf until we could raise the money for the wagon and the shed,” she explained. “Doug stored the wagon and moved it several times for exhibitions. Thank you Doug!”

Doug was also one of the contractors working long days on site. He inspected and coordinated workers through stages of construction. He made sure all permits and inspections were done in a timely manner. Doug, who is a member of the Bayfield Lions Club, was assisted by fellow Lion Mike DeCorte with both the construction and planning.

Mike Graham and Liam Pal, of Bayfield Contracting, built the shed frame, and installed the windows and doors at a reduced rate. Darcy Rathwell, of Gold Coast Landscaping, excavated 80 feet of walkway to the shed for no charge. Matt Wilkinson, oversaw the grading and compacting of the walkway. Adam Nuetel, of ACN Concrete, provided the concrete slab at a reduced rate. Garnet McBride and Fred Vanderhaar helped with the installation of the interior panels. McBride also helped with the walkway. Easy Building Products, of Hensall, provided the steel roof at a reduced rate. Bayfield Tree Service, provided the dump truck and tractor for gravel. The cedar hedge was planted by mostly Lions Club members. Brad Vanderhaar created the architectural drawings. Doug Culbert, surveyor, provided the survey for the building site and the lot.

“I’d also like to thank Ian Matthew and Dave Nearingburg of the Lions Club for fundraising and their involvement from start to finish,” said Gibson.

She also thanked Gillians for writing articles for the Bayfield Breeze and area media to let the community know about the project and the story of the Penhales.

She offered special thanks to Maggie Off from the Municipality of Bluewater for guiding them through the paperwork and remaining enthusiastic in helping create this memorial to local history.

Gillians addressed the crowd from his perspective as a local author and historian.

“This project not only honors the craftsmanship and artistry of Tom Penhale but it also celebrates the community values that makes this Bayfield so unique and special,” Gillians said. “Many towns and villages honor their entertainment stars or powerful politicians. We are honoring a local farm boy, the son of area pioneers who left school in Grade 8. He served with the Bayfield Agricultural Society for 62 years. Many of them as president and he was named Bayfield Citizen of the Year in 1992.”

According to Gillians, Penhale’s practical genius emerged when he started crafting horse drawn wagons. He had a natural gift for creating visual harmony of line and color and a determination to make each custom wagon a work of art. He seldom worked from blueprints but like other great artists, he could visualize and transform materials into a beautiful piece.

“One year at the Royal Winter Fair, four out of six  wagons in the competition ring were from Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works,” noted Gillians.

He added, “Typically, it would take almost three months to create a wagon but there were exceptions. Tom and his team of local craftsmen completed the famous Disney wagon in five weeks.”

Gillians explained to those gathered that Bayfield will never have this kind of opportunity again – 45 Penhale Landaus were built in the 1980s, many went to Hawaii, California and Taiwan.

“Penhale wagons are treasured! Our Landau is rare and pristine.” Gillians said.

According to Gillians, after almost 40 years of hard use, it seems logical that most would be in sad condition, especially carriages such as the Landaus which were often used daily in commercial situations.

“It’s unlikely we will ever be able to acquire the Disney wagon, the carriage that was used in the Rose Bowl parade by the Grand Marshall Bob Newhart (1990), and American Presidents; or the wagon used on the  ‘Reminisce Hitch Tour’ that was the first to do the 3000-mile journey across the United States. It is also unlikely that we will be able to acquire any of the other wagons and carriages used in events such as the Royal Winter Fair, Michigan State Fair and numerous other prestigious events.”

Gillians went on to explain that this reconditioned Landau stored in a modern version of a Bayfield “Two-cow” barn is a superb example for the community to use to celebrate the work of Tom Penhale and the local artisans who worked with him at Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works.

“This is our opportunity to honor local excellence. It’s an expression of what we value,” he concluded.

Mayor Paul Klopp was also invited to say a few words and he spoke of his recollections and interactions with Penhale over the years.

Then it was time for the official ribbon cutting with the whole Penhale family invited to take part but it was Tom’s wife, Carol, who was handed the scissors. She enthusiastically cut the ribbon while her daughter, Wendy Penhale, her son, Rick Penhale, several of her grandchildren and their partners cheered her on.

Carol, Rick and Wendy were all given time to speak to the crowd. They shared their pride in Tom’s work and how touched they were at just how the community has embraced his legacy by providing such lasting recognition.

The Two-Cow Barn, home to the Penhale Landau can be found behind the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre at 20 Main Street North.




Shore Birds…By Sally Leitch

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

A few Issues ago we offered a link to a survey regarding interest in starting a Community Garden in Bayfield and just this afternoon the results of that survey were shared with us. Seventy-four people responded to the survey with nearly 92 per cent of those surveyed saying they are in support of the idea.

To view the results of the full survey please visit: Community Garden Survey Results.

Janneke Vorsteveld, of Seeds Rooted in Youth, who would like to spearhead the creation of the community garden, was quite encouraged by the survey’s findings.

“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.”

Her next step is to go before the Municipality of Bluewater Council in hopes of garnering their support for the project. She will make her presentation at the council meeting scheduled for the evening of Monday, Dec. 18 in the Council Chambers at the Varna Complex. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Over the last four years my husband and I have cultivated our own garden, learning as we grow. We are among the fortunate. Not everyone has the space on their property to indulge in gardening, not everyone has the time, stamina and inclination to do it all on their own making a community garden a very possible and plausible solution.

I, and at least six dozen other individuals, look forward to seeing how this project evolves. Best of luck Janneke in following your dream. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.