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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 753 Week 51 Vol 15

December 13, 2023


Issue 753 Week 51 Vol 15
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“Walkway to the Finish Line” will be held in support of a new pedestrian walkway at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area on Dec. 13 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photo)

An active group of community volunteers is working to build a new pedestrian walkway so people don’t have to drive to the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. The creation of a new walkway would mean people could walk from Bayfield to this area of habitat protection and recreation without having to cross a busy highway.

To find out more about the walkway project, people are invited to attend the “Walkway to the Finish Line” event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 7-9 p.m. Those who attend this casual evening are invited to mix and mingle and have some fun while listening to some short presentations as well as learning about and showing support for this project.  There is no cost to attend. 1851 Bayfield Landing is providing a cash bar at the event. There will also be a silent auction table. The night is sponsored by Home & Company Real Estate Corp Brokerage.

If the community can raise the needed $52,000 to build the walkway, it will connect people with nature, recreation and even local history!

The Bayfield River Flats is an important nature and recreation area and it also has a rich history. People walking the trails there can read interpretive signs outlining some of that historical tapestry. Dating back many years, from its use by indigenous people hundreds of years ago to its use by anglers today, the Bayfield River Flats has been a thriving habitat for fish. The location has been the site of a dam and a river crossing and was the location of the former Thomson’s Mill. The ruins of the mill and the old dam, which was also the first bridge across the Bayfield River, are still visible at the site.

An article on the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) website recalls that: “ … During Bayfield’s early years – until 1900 – this tranquil woodland setting was the site of Thomson’s Mill. Until the saw and grist mill were fully operational in the 1840s, area pioneers had to hand saw their lumber and carry their grain on their backs on deer paths to Goderich for milling.”

The Flats was also used for marina storage for many years and at one time, in 1820, this site was even proposed to be a naval harbor.

More recently, the Bayfield River Flats history includes a successful community fundraising campaign in 2017, led by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), that received donations from more than 220 individuals donors, having raised more than $70,000 to purchase the River Flats so the BRVTA could then donate it to the HTLTC to be preserved permanently.

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

To learn more about the illustrious history of the Flats visit: Huron Perth Boomers Spring 2020 to read an article about the HTLTC, written by Ben Forrest, editor of the “Huron-Perth Boomers” magazine. The article is called “Preserving the Huron Tract” and can be found on pages 10-14.

The article includes an historical illustration of Thomson’s Mill, circa 1890, on the land known today as Bayfield River Flats. The article also includes an historical photo of the Bayfield Fish Reel. People walking the Bayfield River Flats trail can even see a fishing net drying reel installed there.

Today, the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area is a place to enjoy nature and recreation and it’s also a place to reflect on a rich local history. The creation of a pedestrian walkway would allow people to walk from Bayfield to this historic site without walking across the highway.

The BRVTA is leading the walkway fundraising project. The Bayfield River Flats Natural Area is permanently protected by the HTLTC as habitat for wildlife and as a recreation destination.

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.


Lions Karen and Rolly Scott prepared to deliver Poinsettias as part of the Bayfield Lions Club’s annual Santa Visits. (Submitted photo)

Santa has now completed the Bayfield Lions Club’s Christmas deliveries for this year.

“We sent out 29 Foodland gift certificates for our most senior residents and shut-ins in Bayfield,” said Lion Karen Scott, who coordinates the project.

In addition, 17 Poinsettias were delivered to previous Bayfield residents who are now living in an alternate care facility in Huron County.

“Thank-you to Bayfield Foodland for helping to make this possible, and to the care staff for all they do throughout the year. Thank-you to all who support the Lions to make this possible. We wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year,” Scott concluded.


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


Gideon is the face of Bayfield Forgotten Felines many success stories! (Submitted photo)

Nov. 28 was Giving Tuesday and Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines is pleased to share that $950 was donated to the Rescue on that date.

“To all the wonderful people who donated to BFF on “Giving Tuesday” our hearts are full and we can’t say thank you enough because of you we can continue to bring a smile to the face and heart of not just these deserving animals but also to the people that they in turn rescue with their unconditional love,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

​​Just a reminder that on Dec. 15, BFF will shut down adoptions until the New Year but the need for financial support never closes.

Financial donations may be sent via E-transfer to 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.

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.

BFF has a Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view more of the fur babies ready for homes. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.


Local author Avery Greaves will be at the Bookshop on Saturday, Dec. 16th to launch, “The Catastrophic Clash of the Canadian Cryptids”, the second book in her middle-grade book series, “The Creature Collection”. Greaves will speak about her new book series and sign copies at the Bookshop for one hour starting at 11:30 a.m. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)


The Bluewater Harp Ensemble and “That Other Choir” are joining together for “Our Christmas Gift” concert on Dec. 16 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield.

All are invited to attend this concert that will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is by freewill donation.

The Bluewater Harp Ensemble founded and directed by Martha Lawrance is composed of eight harpists. The concert will feature special soloists, Goldie Garatt, 7, of Bayfield, and Alexa Yeo, 13, of Goderich, both harpists are students of Lawrance. The 22-member choir is directed by Louise Dockstader.

The choristers and harpists are very much looking forward to the concert which will be highlighted by a Christmas finale where the audience will be invited to join in!

Knox Presbyterian Church is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North.


Mary Ann Walsh, Bonnie Neely and Donna Butson are the newest members of St. Andrew’s United Church. They were celebrated with a welcome lunch on Dec. 3rd. (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, Dec. 3rd, St. Andrew’s United Church welcomed three new members who have transferred their membership.

They welcomed Mary Ann Walsh from Livingston Presbyterian Church in Baden, Bonnie Neely from Home United Church in Caledon and Donna Butson from Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.  The congregation welcomed them with a lunch featuring a special cake.

Each Sunday in December, the congregation has been taking part in the “Let’s fill the Sleigh for Blessings” project. They are invited to help fill a sleigh with items to be donated to Blessings in Zurich.

St. Andrews will be holding one service only on Sunday, Dec. 24. This Christmas Eve will begin at 4 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

St. Andrew’s is located at 6 The Square 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.


Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market and Fish and Chips Takeout located at 1 The Square in the village collected 300 lbs of food for the Bayfield Area Food Bank during one week in November by offering a free lunch special in return for donations. (Photo courtesy Out of the Blue Facebook page)

From Nov. 20-26, Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market and Fish and Chips Takeout invited people to bring in three or more non-perishable food items for a free lunch special.

The response from the community was indeed impressive with the collected items being donated to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).

“A big thank you to ‘Out of the Blue’. Sue Larson and her team donated their time and food to helping people that are facing food insecurity. They collected over 300 lbs of food,” said Claire Trepenier, president of the BAFB Board.

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 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. They would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the advertisers who have supported them over the years. Without the support of these businesses it would not be possible to produce these beautiful calendars which in turn, through their sale, support the club’s many community projects.


The Bayfield Branch Library offered plenty of crafting opportunities in December but there is only one opportunity left!

The final craft session to make a Painted Plaster Ornament is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19, starting at 5:45 p.m. for one hour.

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

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 session 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.


“Pilates with Maria” is a six-week Pilates Foundations Class that aims to teach participants the basic principles of Pilates, such as core stability, proper breathing techniques, alignment, mobility, precision of movement, and flexibility.

The class will begin on Monday, Jan. 8 and run on subsequent Mondays concluding on Feb. 12. The one hour classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Whether a beginner or an intermediate-level practitioner, this class provides a balanced experience and challenges people to work their entire body from head to toe. Building a strong foundation is essential for gaining awareness and fully experiencing the mindful benefits of Pilates. The class is conducted slowly and steadily, allowing individuals to pay close attention to the finer details. This will help them develop a deeper understanding of Pilates and support a healthy back and body. The class is also an excellent opportunity to enhance practice and achieve a more profound level of relaxation.

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable Pilates class experience, organizers kindly request that all attendees bring an exercise mat and a water bottle. Additionally, they recommend bringing a yoga blanket and strap for added support during certain poses. These items are optional but will help participants get the most out of their practice. People should also wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to take part can register online for all six weeks for $60+hst or register online for drop-in for $12.36+hst. To register please visit: Bluewater Recreation Program Registration

Questions? Please email Denver Boertien, Recreation coordinator of Municipality of Bluewater at

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located 4 Jane Street in the village.


Those individuals who composed the panel during the S.H.E.D Talks held in Brussels, ON on Dec. 1st were l-r: Constable Kevin Bilyea, Peter Johnson and Tom Melady. (Submitted photos)

On Friday, Dec. 1st, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted the rural Southwestern Ontario launch of their S.H.E.D. Talks project at the Four Winds Event Barn in Brussels, ON.

This launch was hosted to demonstrate the format of a S.H.E.D. Talk to local farmers while also providing great entertainment from Peter Johnson also known as “Wheat Pete”.

S.H.E.D. Talks 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.

Guest speaker Johnson was able to give great insight into the benefits of this event.

 He stated that “there is nothing like a good discussion on crops to help reset your brain and recharge both your crop thoughts and your mental health!”

On Friday, Dec. 1st, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted the rural Southwestern Ontario launch of their S.H.E.D. Talks project at the Four Winds Event Barn in Brussels, ON.

The event began with greetings from Gateway’s President and Creator of S.H.E.D. Talks Gwen Devereaux; MPP Lisa Thompson, who is also Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Warden of Huron County Glen McNeil.

The event focused on Johnson and one of his famous “Wheat Pete” presentations titled, “Talking Crops”.

Sponsors for this event were, Farm Credit Canada, Corteva Agriscience, Libro Credit Union, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Huron Tractor, and Delta Power Equipment. Without sponsorship support this event would not have been possible. Thanks is also extended to the event speakers: Johnson, McNeil, Tom Melady and Kevin Bilyea.

For more information on S.H.E.D. Talks please visit Gateway at or email, or phone 519 871-3667.


Huron Hospice has recently been awarded full accreditation by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario for its In-Home Hospice Program. Next year will mark the 30th year the organization has offered this program which matches trained volunteers to those in their homes living with life-limiting illness or facing life while grieving. Each year, over 100 such matches are made providing a listening ear, a comforting presence and sometimes a break for a care provider to have a coffee or get groceries.

Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster remarked that, “It is a very significant achievement to receive a full accreditation of this program with no conditions.

“Having this seal of approval from our provincial association can provide people in Huron County additional confidence in the high standards of our programs and services.”

In order to be accredited, Huron Hospice needed to provide evidence to support 221 standards of service. The standards cover board governance, strategic planning, budgeting, code of conduct, conflict of interest, confidentiality, human resources, community consultations, staff and volunteer training, performance reviews, quality improvement, research, client feedback and more.

Deb Shelley, Volunteer coordinator and lead for the In-Home Hospice Program said, “We are celebrating this accomplishment recognizing that by meeting provincial standards in governance, organizational oversight and service provision, we are also raising the bar on the quality of care received by every person supported by Huron Hospice.”

This news comes to the organization as construction has now begun on the expansion of services at Huron Hospice Bender House. The residence will expand from four beds to six, add a reflection room, children’s activity room and appropriate space for the nursing staff. Construction is expected to be complete by July. This will allow approximately 100 individuals and their families to benefit annually from the care of two nurses 24/7 along with volunteer support in this tranquil 12-acre setting just west of Clinton.


From l-r: Jim Lynn, Brian Vincent and Charlene Masschelein of the Sunset Community Foundation presented the Impact Investment Award to Gwen Devereaux and Dan Stringer representing Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health at an event held in St. Joseph on Nov. 29. (Submitted photo)

On Nov. 29, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) attended a celebration event held at the White Squirrel Golf Course in St. Joseph. Gateway received the Huron County Impact Investment Award at the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF) Award Ceremony.

The Impact Investment Award grew out of funds raised by the economic development committee of Huron County. Those funds are administered by the SCF. The funds are loaned to Community Futures Huron and then re-loaned to startup and small businesses. The interest earned is returned to the SCF and used to fund the Impact Investment Award.

This award is given to a business or enterprise that creates economic activity and builds employment opportunities in Huron County. Gateway was found to be an exemplary example. Gateway is a not-for-profit corporation that hires local university students for community-based rural health research projects. This research focuses on health and healthcare delivery in rural areas.

Jim Lynn, one of the founders of the Huron Entrepreneur Fund said, “Gateway makes a great impact across the County and beyond, focusing on the unique health needs of rural communities. Healthy communities are a key foundation for a healthy economy and our quality of life in the County. We are very pleased to be able to support their efforts.”

Based in Goderich, Gateway is in its fifteenth year of operations.

President of the Board of Directors at Gateway, Gwen Devereaux, said, “We are very proud of Gateway’s growth and impact in the region. Our mandate of improving the lives of rural residents through research, education and communication is yielding significant results in many areas. Gateway CERH has mentored over 120 university students through the years and this experience has helped these students to embark on healthcare careers or excel in graduate school.”


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  Dec. 4.

  • Approved the 2022 Draft Financial Statements as presented by Paul Seebach of Seebach & Company, Chartered Professional Accountants.
  • Approved the draft Active Transportation Master Plan be made available to the community and open for community feedback until Monday, Dec. 11. The Active Transportation Master Plan is to be brought forward to Council for approval at theCouncil meeting on Dec. 18.
  • Adopted a two-year phase-in option for the building permit fee increases as set out in appendix ‘A’ of BMA’s Report.
  • Approved that the building permit fees be adjusted annually based on the Statistic Canada Consumer Price Index.
  • Awarded the tender to supply, apply, and stockpile Granular ‘M’ to Clarence Carter and Sons Limited, in the amount of $474,740 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the tender to supply and apply Dust Suppressant on gravel roads in 2024 be awarded to 552976 Ontario Limited (Holland Dust Control) in the amount of $169,200 excluding HST.
  • Accepted the request for drainage works on the Dashwood-Hay Drain in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act R.S.O. 1990 for repairs and improvements, and appointed M. Gerrits Consulting Inc. to investigate and prepare the report.
  • Approved the collection of actual costs for the Madge Municipal Drain.
  • Adopted the 2024 borrowing and interim levy by-laws.
  • Adopted an Asset Retirement Obligations Policy, a Collections Policy, and a Shoreline Protection Policy.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the Advertising Program, visit


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

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

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.


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

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

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

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


The 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 6 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.


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

Remember This

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

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

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


#1: This is a hanging ornament depicting the top half of a Nutcracker King with white hair and a beard. His uniform is blue with gold trim.

#2: This is a wooden nutcracker. His uniform jacket is turquoise while his pants are red.

#3: This wooden nutcracker’s uniform is primarily red with a black hat. He is skiing, sadly, one of his ski poles has broken and is missing.

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.




Breakfast with Santa is a little like getting concert tickets the old school way. Folks lined up outside the doors of The Albion Hotel on Main Street in Bayfield on Sunday morning, Dec. 10 to secure seats for breakfast and a good view of the Jolly Old Elf who had come down from the North Pole specifically to hear the wishes of the children who attended.

But efficient and fast service by the volunteers both in the kitchen and on the floor ensured that everyone who wanted to participate got to do so. Some folks even joked that the volunteers at the breakfast were quicker than a fast food drive-thru!

Staff at The Albion Hotel, members of the Bayfield Optimist Club and Friends of Optimism worked as a team to ensure the 16th breakfast sponsored by the Optimists was a tremendous success with close to 130 people attending.

The event began in 2005 to replace the Bayfield Lioness’ Children’s Christmas Party when that club was dissolved. It was held at the Ashwood Inn (formerly the Bayfield Village Inn) from 2005 to 2018. Then in 2019 it moved to the former Dock’s Restaurant. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 and The Albion Hotel became the host location starting in 2022.

The club is ever so grateful to Jeff and Leigh Graham, and their family, for not only hosting the 2023 event but also donating the proceeds from the morning back to the club – $1,200 in total! This generosity will go a long way to serve the youth in the community.

Those who attended raved about the breakfast! They enjoyed a menu of pancakes with syrup provided courtesy of Bayfield Maple, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, milk and coffee.

In addition to the yummy meal, the children that visited with Santa Claus were also presented with a special gift of a Christmas memento and some chocolate treats thanks to an anonymous donor.




Clan Gregor Christmas…By Melody Falconer-Pounder

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On Sunday morning I volunteered at the Breakfast with Santa for the 16th time. There have been a lot of changes since a very optimistic bunch decided that a Breakfast might be a good event to fill the void left by the Bayfield Lioness when that group disbanded in 2005 thus ending their annual Children’s Christmas Party tradition.

One of my roles back in the early days before the evolution of the camera phone and the selfie was to take pictures of the children and their families with Santa. Today I still snap a few pictures for those families that have been coming for years but mainly the pictures I take now are for our readers to enjoy (please scroll up to the Photo Story – if you have yet to view this year’s instalment). This year was especially fun as a few of the families that attended have been coming since near the beginning. For me there is nothing more enjoyable than seeing children grow up from the vantage point of a camera lens! My 13-year old great nephew obliged me by posing with Santa and when I later sent the image to his Mom she quickly fired back the picture I had taken at his first Breakfast with Santa when he was just five months old, with the caption, “Time flies!”

The location, the volunteers and the families that attend the Breakfast may change but one thing remains constant: the special Christmas memories captured for all to treasure in the years to come. Thank you to the Bayfield Optimists and The Albion Hotel crew for their efforts in keeping the tradition alive! – Melody

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