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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 754 Week 52 Vol 15

December 20, 2023


Issue 754 Week 52 Vol 15
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A generous Bayfield and area community raised thousands of dollars, through a silent auction at the Bayfield Town Hall on Dec. 13, and thousands more in donations at the event in support of a new pedestrian walkway to Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. In addition to thanking the bidders and donors, the fundraising team would like to thank everyone who generously donated items to the silent auction. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield and area community showed their continued generosity, and support for nature and recreation and habitat and community improvements, at an evening event held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Dec. 13.

About 100 people attended the “Walkway to the Finish Line – Connecting the Village to Nature” fundraising and public information wine-and-cheese social event. Donors generously contributed to the campaign to create a new pedestrian walkway at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. A silent auction, made possible by donations from local individuals, groups and businesses, also moved the effort closer to its goal.

A new pedestrian walkway will mean that people can walk from Bayfield to the nature area without having to drive and without having to walk across a busy highway. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is leading the community campaign to raise $52,000 to make the walkway construction possible.

As the evening began, the fundraising team was also able to announce that an anonymous donor pledged $5,200 in matching funds to support the project.

“This is an amazing contribution,” said Roger Lewington, Past chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). The Land Trust owns and permanently protects this important local nature area. Lewington is also part of the fundraising team.

“It was heartwarming to see so many people attend the evening at the Bayfield Town Hall and to experience their generosity and support of this project,” Lewington added. “The whole community was part of this event and it is moving us closer and closer to reaching and even surpassing our fundraising goal. The finish line is truly in sight now and I thank everyone who is part of making this happen. You are all part of this local success story.”

Paul Klopp, mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, attended the evening and expressed his thanks to the trail association and volunteers for their leadership and work to preserve and improve the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. Also expressing thanks to the community were presenters including: Max Morden, HTLTC Chair; and Kelly Vader, president of BRVTA.

Home & Company Real Estate Corporate Brokerage sponsored the fundraising evening. Lewington thanked Brad Douglas and Tong Zhou, from Home and Company, for making the evening possible.

The evening included cheese and hors d’oeuvre prepared by Bayfield resident Judy Keightley. Helen Varekamp brought handcrafted tote bags which she made with upcycled materials and donated to the fundraising campaign. Those who donate $500 or more to the walkway project receive one of these one-of-a-kind creations, while supplies last. Tyler Hessel and 1851 Bayfield Landing hosted a cash bar. Those who attended watched a multimedia presentation created by local volunteer Jack Pal and a video about the pedestrian walkway project. To view the video visit: New Pedestrian Walkway.

The fundraising campaign continues and the fundraising team is to make an announcement, on progress towards their goal, in the New Year. The fundraising team members say they are humbled by the community response and feel confident they will meet or even surpass their fundraising goal.

Team member Dave Gillians said, “We can’t begin to thank everyone who has been part of this. As soon as we told the community what was needed, they responded generously. This is a project that will make Bayfield a better place now and for many future generations.”

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.


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.


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

“We had amazing attendance numbers, the church was packed. It literally was standing room only. What a gift,” said Teresa Steel, representing Knox Presbyterian Church.

Steel went on to say that the harp ensemble was sensational and the choir sounded beautiful and their performance was quite uplifting. The concert lasted two hours and the audience proffered a standing ovation at its conclusion.

She also noted that the performers had fun with the music and included the audience in singing their last song which was “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

“We are so grateful for all that attended and packed themselves elbow to elbow into our little church with a big heart. We want to extend our sincere thanks for attending especially at this busy time of the season. Thank you!” said Steel.

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

The next event to be hosted by the congregation of Knox Church in Bayfield will be “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.

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


Volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)  would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and share the news that over 100 felines were adopted in 2023!

“We have had over 100 adoptions and these deserving cats and kittens are now living in their ‘furever’ homes,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.  “We can’t thank our foster’s, volunteers and adopters enough for the support we have received – our hearts are full of gratitude.”

This week the Bayfield Breeze shares a few pictures of those cats and kittens that were adopted in 2023 with the hope that these images will inspire others to help find homes for those still waiting as the calendar turns to 2024.

​​Just a reminder that BFF has 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.

Pet Valu in Goderich is another location where donations can be made or items purchased for the benefit of BFF. The business is located at 35400 Huron Road.

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.


President of the Bayfield Optimist Club Jeff Kish (right) recently presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Jeff and Leigh Graham, owners of The Albion Hotel, for recently hosting the Optimist’s Breakfast with Santa for 2023 as well as donating the proceeds from the morning back to the club – $1,200 in total! Their generosity will help to further support the communities youth programs and for that the club members are truly thankful. (Photo by Jack Pal)


All in the community are invited to join the members of Lakeview Mennonite Church for an evening of Christmas Caroling at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday evening, Dec. 22.

Voices will be united in song starting at 7:30 p.m.


The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) wishes everyone in the community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The kind support of sponsors and community volunteers at the 2023 Bayfield Community Fair is greatly appreciated. The BAS extends a sincere thank you to all who helped or participated in any way. Planning is well underway for the 2024 Bayfield Community Fair – always held on the third weekend of August. (Submitted photo)


The Board of Directors of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) invites applicants for the important role of Secretary. This is a volunteer position.

The Board is looking for an individual who is interested in helping to preserve 167 years of agricultural/rural history in the Bayfield area while working with a congenial and like-minded group of people. The BAS organizes and promotes the Bayfield Community Fair and other events throughout the year.

Previous experience is helpful but not necessary. Basic computer experience (Word and Outlook) would be an asset. Attention to detail is important.

Duties include: preparing meeting agendas with assistance from the BAS President; taking, preparing, and circulating minutes; correspondence; maintaining a membership list; and helping with event and Fair planning. Meeting attendance would be two evening hours per month. Additional meetings may be called as needed. The Board is looking for a two-to four-year commitment. Training and support will be provided for all duties. A complete job description is available.

For more information, please contact or Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296.


Each Sunday in December, the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church have 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 service will begin at 4 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

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


“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.


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 or by email at


The congregation of Trinity St. James invite all to their Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. (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. Please note there will not be a Wednesday service on Dec. 27. On Dec. 31 a Morning Prayer Service will be held under the direction of Lisa Currah.

Trinity St. James would like to extend an invitation to both visitors and local residents to join in their special Christmas Eve Service which will begin at 6 p.m. As Dec. 24 is a Sunday there will also be an online service offered over ZOOM starting at 10 a.m. Anyone who wishes the link to this service should email

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.


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. Please note that there will be no Wednesday Bridge on Dec. 27 but games will resume on Jan. 3.

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.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has declared a respiratory outbreak on the Inpatient Unit at its Seaforth Community Hospital site.

Outbreak status refers to two cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) within 48 hours within the same unit, at least one of which must be laboratory-confirmed; or three cases of ARI (laboratory confirmation not necessary) occurring within 48 hours within the same unit.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice. HPHA is working in collaboration with Huron Perth Public Health to manage the outbreak. Patients, family/caregivers and team members affected are in the process of being notified and testing of patients is taking place.

Family and Caregiver presence on the unit has been modified. Patients may only have one family caregiver/visitor per day with no in-and-out privileges. Family/caregivers will be required to wear personal protective equipment including mask, eye protection, gown and gloves.

“We’d also like to remind our community members to please not visit a patient at any of our hospital sites if you are feeling unwell,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control.


Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) implemented its first flex bus stop on its Route 2 Grand Bend to London bus, on Monday, Dec. 18. The flex stop will enable HSAT passengers to connect with Megabus, an inter-city bus service offering bus travel to major cities in southern Ontario and Quebec, such as Toronto, Kingston, Windsor, Kirkland and Montreal.

HSAT is funded through the Community Transportation Grant Program (CTGP), which supports local and intercommunity bus service in underserved areas. One program objective is to encourage coordination between transit services to enable travel to destinations farther afield.

The Megabus bus stop is located on the parking lot turning circle behind the Elgin Hall Residence.

London Transit has allowed Huron Shores Area Transit to use another of its bus stops. Bus stop #1820EB, located at University Drive and Sunset Road, across from Elgin Hall Residence is within walking distance of the Megabus Stop. (Photos courtesy of Google)

London Transit has allowed HSAT to use another of its bus stops (already using LTC #1817SB and #705). Bus stop #1820EB, located at University Drive and Sunset Road, across from Elgin Hall Residence, is ideally situated to enable passenger access to the Megabus bus stop, located on the parking lot turning circle behind the residence building. From bus stop to bus stop, it’s just a three-minute, 240-metre walk!

To use the flex bus stop, HSAT passengers must book two business days ahead of when they want to access the bus stop. Bookings can be made by phone at 519 243-1400 Ext. 8108 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) or by email to When boarding the bus, the passenger tells the driver they have booked to use the flex stop (the driver will have a matching confirmation).

“We’re always looking for ways to make bus travel with us easier and more convenient,” said Transit Coordinator Susan Mills. “Collaboration with London Transit has enabled us to provide connection points into the London Transit system, PC Connect, Strathroy-Caradoc Transit, and now Megabus. It gets meaningful when passengers without access to a vehicle can independently travel to other cities to visit family and friends.”

For more information about routes, schedules, fares and Smart Cards, visit To speak with a live operator about times and schedules, call 1-888-465-0783 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.


December is traditionally a time meant to bring together communities in celebration. United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) would like to remind everyone to remember the vulnerable people across Perth-Huron struggling to make ends meet and the organizations tasked with helping those in need that must work harder to make sure support is available.

“There’s no doubt we’re feeling the effects of the uncertainty in the world right now,” said Ryan Erb, UWPH executive director. “The campaign is behind 16 per cent compared to last year and the goal is bigger this year because the needs are greater. Just like everyone else, we are faced with needing more funds just to keep up with what our partners need to run their programs and for UWPH to continue working on our own initiatives addressing important local issues.”

UWPH is 100 per cent local and positively impacts communities across Perth-Huron through Connection Centres in Stratford, Exeter and Wingham; their Urgent Needs Fund, supporting individuals and families in a time of immediate need with financial support for rent arrears, winter clothes, groceries and more; the new United Housing initiative meant to help address the housing crisis locally; and 40-plus local partners and services that benefit from the support of UWPH. Last year alone, UWPH helped over 25,000 people through its partners and in-house programs.

“What I would say to our communities is, we appreciate you and the generosity you’ve shown,” added Erb. “But for us to continue supporting our partners and critical programs, we need everyone to rally around the work we do on behalf of vulnerable people and give more if you can. We understand the holiday season is busy, but if you just take an extra moment to put a donation in an envelope, drop a gift off at our offices, or give online, that moment you spend will ripple across the region and create positive impact in the lives of those who need it for months to come.”

To donate to the UWPH campaign, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit


The Conservation Dinner community fundraiser and auction will take place on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024. Tickets are available now.

Chris Keller, of the Exeter Lions Club, is Conservation Dinner Committee Chair. He said people are encouraged to buy tickets for themselves and guests. He also said tickets are a great gift during this holiday season.

People can buy their tickets from a Conservation Dinner Committee member or from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) office. People can pay for their tickets by cheque, cash or credit card. They can even pay by e-Transfer. Anyone who is buying their ticket by e-Transfer, is asked to use the email address and include their mailing address and/or email address in the e-Transfer message box and specify if the payment is for a Conservation Dinner ticket or if the payment is a donation to the Dinner.

The Conservation Dinner takes place at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $100 each and patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.

To buy tickets to the Conservation Dinner, or to donate, phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email or visit the ABCA office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Hwy 83).

The 2024 Conservation Dinner is the 34th event since 1990. This community fundraiser has raised more than $1.335 million for the community over 33 years. The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and the watershed community, on the Dinner, since 1991. Net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the ABCF and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

The auction and dinner supports projects such as a family-friendly fishing derby, accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; opportunities for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental grant for students in local communities; a summer job at ABCA for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; nature day camps; Owl Prowl; and parks and conservation areas.

The annual event features live and silent auctions of art and distinctive items such as travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner has special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, a wonderful meal, and fun and fellowship.

Find out more at or visit the ABCF’s webpage: Conservation Dinner.


The Ontario government is now accepting applications for the Regional Development Program’s Southwestern Development Fund. This program supports business growth in Southwestern Ontario, including in Huron-Bruce, by providing support to eligible small and medium sized businesses investing in new equipment and training to expand operations and to community economic development projects.

Program applicants can receive financial support and advisory services to help navigate government programs, such as guidance on compliance approvals as well as assistance with skills and talent.

“Our government recognizes that small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our regional economies and that investments in local businesses create good paying jobs in communities like those in Huron-Bruce,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP. “Our communities need these jobs so I encourage all business owners who might be looking to expand to investigate this program and apply.”

As a quarterly program, applications open four times a year for the Southwestern Regional Development Fund. The most recent application period opened on Dec. 7 and will close on Jan. 14, 2024. The following intake will accept applications from March 28 to May 16, 2024.

To be eligible, businesses in Huron-Bruce must be able to produce three years of financial statements, employ at least five people, commit to creating at least five new jobs or a 30 per cent increase for companies with fewer than 15 employees, and invest at least $200,000 in the project. Community economic development projects are eligible to apply if they are led by municipalities, economic development organizations or sector organizations, invest in infrastructure or implement strategies to advance regional economic development priorities, lead to measurable outcomes including private sector investment, growth, and job creation, have private sector support and invest more than $100,000.

To date, the government has provided more than $110 million to support 100 projects across the province through the Regional Development Program. This has helped leverage $1.1 billion in new investments by businesses and created more than 2,300 jobs.

Businesses and organizations can expect to hear back on the status of their applications within 60 business days.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund was first launched in November of 2019.

For more information visit: Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.

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.

One of the fun parts of Christmas for some is setting the holiday dinner table. This week we looked through the Museum’s collection of artifacts for vintage Christmas themed salt and pepper shakers. After all, “tis the seasoning”!


#1: This vintage salt shaker has Mrs. Claus looking festive and holding a gift.

#2: This pepper shaker shows Santa emerging from a chimney.

#3: This salt shaker depicts Mrs. Claus holding a pie.

#4: This pepper shaker illustrates Santa holding both a green tree and brown bag.

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.




On Dec. 11, the doors to the Bayfield Community Centre were opened 45 minutes prior to the start of the Bayfield Lions Club’s annual Turkey Bingo and the people poured in – nearly 180 in total. All participants were ready for an evening of laughter and for some it also proved to be a night for winning!

The crowd was a wonderful mix of first time participants and veterans all with their Bingo dabbers at the ready. Lion Tom Grasby was in for an evening of good natured ribbing during the 19 games that he called alongside his capable assistant Lion Rolly Scott. Grasby took it all in stride, living up to the Lion Motto, “We Serve”.

Sixteen turkeys (two were door prizes) were won with four of these birds being donated back to the club who in turn gave them to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). There were also cash winnings for five lucky individuals. Due to the players’ enthusiasm to support two fine charitable causes the Share-the-Wealth games ranged from $107 to $146. A little over $1,200 each was given to the BAFB and the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The Lions are grateful to everyone who came out for a fun evening in support of these two charities.




River Valley Christmas…By Sally Leitch

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

In March of this year my husband and I decided to share the joy that constructing with Lego brings us out into the community by starting the Bayfield Lego Club. With Trinity St. James Anglican Church providing the perfect venue, the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club and the enthusiasm of area families the club has grown into something truly wonderful.

When doing the holiday decorating at home this Christmas we were inspired by the creativity of our young members and their imaginative storytelling abilities and set a goal to improve our own Winter Village. So instead of just displaying the sets we have collected and built over the last few festive seasons we strived to create a Lego community filled with mini figures enjoying a magical holiday season. We invited our Lego Club families to come to our house a couple of weeks ago to see the village and a few of the other sets we have on display at our house. And those who accepted the invitation truly brought the merry and bright into our home! It was so much fun to see the collection and the village through their eyes. In fact, one young fellow with a keen eye for Lego design even noticed that I used cookies for cobble stones in front of the Lego gingerbread house. We Lego fans call such things Easter eggs and I was delighted that this club member took notice.

Every month I look forward to seeing what these young Lego fans create and what stories they will tell. We have watched our members grow in confidence and skill level. The club has inspired teamwork and compromise and it has helped to solidify new friendships. There really is something to be said about the power of the brick and I look forward to seeing what energy it generates in the New Year.

I have included here a few pictures of our Winter Village that I hope will also spark joy in our readers. Happy Christmas one and all! – Melody

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