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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 755 Week 01 Vol 15

December 27, 2023


Issue 755 Week 01 Vol 15
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The final chapter is being written. More images and details to follow in Issue 756 of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


From now until Jan. 6 it is Warrior Cats Week at the Bayfield Branch Library. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Branch Library will be a busy place in the New Year with lots to do as well as books to check out!

From now until Jan. 6 it is Warrior Cats Week featuring activities inspired by the book series written by Erin Hunter. Highlights include a scavenger hunt, a coloring contest, comic book creating and even making an origami cat! Please note registration is not required to participate.

Once a month Story Time is held at the Bayfield branch with the next opportunity set for Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. This program is geared to children five years and under and features songs, stories and a craft. Participants are asked to register for this 30 minute program by emailing or calling 519 565-2886.

Anyone who received a new tablet, phone or laptop over the holidays and may need a little extra help getting it set up will be pleased to know that the Bayfield Branch is hosting extra Tech Time appointments in January so they can assist. This would also be a great time to learn about the Huron County Library’s popular online resources, like Hoopla CloudLibrary. Registration is required to participate in Tech Time please use the email or phone number listed above. Tech Time will be held on Jan. 2, Jan. 4, Jan. 9 and Jan. 11 from 1-3:30 p.m.

People traveling to a Spanish-speaking country this year might find a free communicative course being offered at the library from Jan. 11 to Feb. 28 helpful. Travel Spanish will be offered starting at 5:30 p.m. for one-hour over eight weeks. Participants will listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish within a cultural context. This course is suitable for beginners or people who wish to refresh their knowledge of the language. Registration is required using the details provided above.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


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.



Jill was very community oriented and she is seen here with her husband Bill Carradine and Philip Keightley (right) at the official opening of the Reading Garden located behind the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives in the Autumn of 2014. (Photo courtesy of Gary Lloyd-Rees)

Jill Carradine (Submitted photo)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a well-respected resident of the village has died. 

Jacqueline (Jill)  A. Carradine (nee Millsap) died peacefully, on Dec. 19, at her home in Bayfield, surrounded and supported by the great love and admiration of her family. She was 92 years old.

Jill will always be loved and forever remembered by Bill, her adoring husband of 70 years, her cherished children, Susan, Catherine, Christopher (Diana), her very special grandchildren, Bronwyn, Alan, James (Casey), Robyn, Jessica and William, her two delightful great- grandchildren, Sebastian and Ellie Brown, and her sister Judy (John Helliwell). The best things in life, that Jill embodied, will live on in her family forever 

Jill and Bill met at Western Ontario University, and it was serendipity and love at first sight. Together, they had many exciting overseas adventures in different countries, where Jill was a stalwart and excited voyager in various languages and cultures for many years. Her three children arrived in different locales, London, Geneva, and Brussels, along with a collection of Boucle Moyen Poodles, Jill’s favorite four-footed friends. 

Jill was a remarkable woman, always attentive to the nurturing and caring of others. She embodied great selflessness, her heart was open to all, and her lifelong mission was to help others less fortunate. 

In Mexico, it was providing hand-stuffed mattresses to needy families, or working tirelessly with “Feed the Hungry”, a church group providing over 5,000 hot nutritious meals daily to hungry rural children. In Brussels, it was doing hand-puppet shows in French, at children’s parties, with the proceeds going to buy coal for impoverished British war widows of Belgian soldiers. Jill’s “must help” list never closed.   

 A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, Jill would have welcomed a donation to the Bayfield Area Food Bank. To make a donation please email or call 519 525-8286.


Bunny (Submitted photo)

What volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) have come to realize is that “kitten season” no longer exists – births are happening all year long.

This knowledge segways nicely into the story of Bunny – the Adopt a BFF of the week.

“Bunny is the latest young pregnant cat to be brought to us in the past couple of weeks,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “The person who found Bunny thought she was a little rabbit hiding between two garbage cans by the beach.  Once they got a little closer this sweet baby came out crying and rubbing against their legs and trying to climb them like a tree. She was scared and hungry.”

Penhale went on to explain that this kind-hearted person took Bunny to warm her up and feed her. It was at that time that they discovered that sweet Bunny is about due to have her babies any day now.

“She was exhausted and grateful as she ate with gusto, put her purr on overload and then curled up and slept the night away,” said Penhale.

Bunny is now safe at the Rescue and will soon welcome her babies in a warm place with lots of food and love.

“If not for the kindness of a passerby Bunny’s story could have been very different,” said Penhale.

Anyone who might find a place in their home for Bunny is asked to contact BFF by email using the address below.

​​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.


Diane Snell, from the Bayfield office of Royal Lepage Heartland Realty Brokerage, recently donated $1,000 to the fundraising campaign to extend the pedestrian walkway under the bridge to the Bayfield River Flats. This walkway will provide safe access to the village directly from the Bayfield River Flats Trail. Snell is pictured here with Roger Lewington, who accepted the donation on behalf of the fundraising team. The pedestrian walkway fundraiser is a dual project for the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). (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.


“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 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 Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, the little church with a big heart, would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and invite them to join in their weekly services Sundays at 11 a.m.

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


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 today (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 South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) 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.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.


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.



The last number of the night featured a fun and lively piece called the “Holiday Tango”.

Hundreds of appreciative concert goers enjoyed the angelic voices of children singing at Clinton United Church on the afternoon of Dec. 17. ”Let it be Christmas!” was the perfect kick-off to the holiday season – an opportunity to enjoy beautiful music and to do some good at this important time of year.

The Fields of Faith Growing Project of Brucefield collaborated with the Clinton Growing Project to raise funds for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) by organizing a concert featuring the talented and award-winning Junior Amabile Singers and the Amabile da Capo Choir from London, ON. Seventy-two young singers in festive formal gowns provided a wide array of Christmas offerings, including several songs in other languages.

The Amabile Da Capo Choir is excited as they embrace the winter weather, singing “Seven Feet of Snow”.

The Amabile Choirs organization is a non-profit with the purpose of bringing together young singers from London and area. The Junior Amabile Singers, which began in 1989, is an all-female choir for singers aged nine to 14, and is regarded among the premiere choral ensembles for children and youth in Canada. The Amabile Da Capo Choir welcomes singers ages eight to 11 and serves as a training choir for the next level.

Together with sponsor donations that supported printing and busing costs, the concert earned a total of almost $4,600. These proceeds will go to the CFGB to help feed the world’s hungry. And monies earned will also be matched by government funding to go even farther!

Last year the CFGB was named, for the fifth year in a row, one of Canada’s top 10 impact charities.  Not only does the Foodgrains Bank deliver emergency food assistance for people in times of crisis, but the organization also uses conservation and agricultural projects as an approach to train people in third world countries through a food-for-work program.  Most CFGB workers are volunteers, so the lion’s share of donations are deployed to feed the hungry. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CFGB. Donations can be made at their website: Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Locally, the Fields of Faith Growing Project has been growing crops to raise funds for the CFGB for over 30 years. Originally begun as a growing project of the Varna-Goshen United Church congregation, now Brucefield, Brussels, and Seaforth-Cavan churches work together to feed the hungry. Clinton also has a growing project and was pleased to collaborate to provide the larger venue needed for this year’s concert.


Taking part in the presentation of a certificate recognizing that Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health is now a partner with the Southwestern Ontario Isotope Coalition were from l-r: Leslie Walker, Gateway Research associate; Gwen Devereaux, Gateway president; Coalition Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer at the Nuclear Innovation Institute, Jessica Linthorne; Dan Stringer, Gateway Board chair; and Co-Chair of the Coalition and Mayor of Owen Sound, Ian Boddy. (Submitted photo)

The Southwestern Ontario Isotope Coalition was formed in June of this year and was officially launched on Oct. 16. The goal of the Coalition is to bring together strengths from the region to support Canada’s national imperative and vision to increase the production, development, and use of medical isotopes in the global fight against cancer.

Southwestern Ontario is uniquely positioned to grow as a centre of isotope excellence. Home to Bruce Power, Georgian College, and regional hospitals, the area is poised for success in supporting Canada’s medical isotope production, education, and research.

The goal of the Coalition is to bring all the partners together to develop a strategic approach to leverage the opportunity presented by the medical isotope industry.

“Innovative technology, training, and advanced research is happening now close to home,” said Coalition Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer at the Nuclear Innovation Institute, Jessica Linthorne.

Linthorne indicated she was pleased to have Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) join the Coalition to bring a rural approach to health and health research.

Gateway is an innovative, community-driven, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education, and communication.

Gateway President Gwen Devereaux attended the December meeting of the Coalition.

Devereaux said, “Gateway CERH is excited to be partnered with an innovative collaborative that will bring minds to bear on rural health research and regional economic development. Gateway CERH builds partnerships with academia and health care centres and now is poised to be an active partner in this new vigorous dynamo that will create a vibrant research and economic engine for the region.”


The Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) has donated $5,000 to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC). Shown in this photo from l-r are: Wim Feddes, president of HSCIA; Rick Kootstra, manager of Huronview Demonstration Farm; and Peter Nonkes, director of North Huron Food Share, accepting the cheque on behalf of HCFBDC. Volunteers from the HCSCIA harvested the crop at the Huron County Demonstration Farm at the Huronview complex near Clinton in Autumn of 2023. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) is donating $5,000, from the sale of its crops at Huronview Demonstration Farm, to Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC).

The HSCIA is pleased to be able to help others, at this time of year, through a donation to the HCFBDC, said Wim Feddes, HSCIA President. He went on to say that he is glad to know the work the volunteers do at Huronview Demonstration Farm improves soil health, crop production and also makes it possible to give back to the community.

The HCFBDC said the Huron Soil and Crop donation will make a difference in the lives of many people who rely on the food bank and that it is a wonderful example for other organizations looking to give back to their communities.

HCFBDC Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman, said she would like to thank all the members of the HSCIA who have been part of the work that has resulted in this generous donation.

“There are many local people relying on the food bank and this donation will make the season brighter for many local residents and their families,” Zielman said.

The HSCIA is able to plant crops, doing trials including cover crops, at Huronview Demonstration Farm, thanks to a lease with the County of Huron.

To learn more about the Huronview Demonstration Farm, please visit


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is preparing for the future of local conservation by creating a new watershed strategy. The local conservation organization is looking to the public to provide input into this plan to guide local watershed management.

A new Watershed-Based Resource Management Strategy (WBRMS) will fulfil requirements of the Conservation Authorities Act. It will also meet local needs to protect life and property from natural hazards and to manage and protect resources on a watershed basis.

During the first phase of development, earlier in 2023, the public was invited to provide feedback on the ABCA vision and mission, guiding principles and objectives.

“The feedback was largely positive,” said Kate Monk, ABCA Projects coordinator. “We are building on the first phase to identify the best way to address the issues, fulfil our responsibilities and serve the community.”

The draft strategy proposes six focus areas for the ABCA:

  • Protecting life and property from natural hazards of flooding and erosion
  •  Conservation authority lands and passive recreation
  •  Research and monitoring
  • Outreach and education
  • Stewardship, restoration and forestry
  • Drinking water source protection

These areas comply with the Conservation Authorities Act and enable the ABCA to deliver the programs identified in agreements with the municipalities.

“No single agency has the capacity to do everything,” she said. “We will continue to collaborate with municipalities, citizens and agencies to work towards the goal of a healthy environment for future generations.”

At their Dec. 14 meeting, the ABCA Board of Directors approved these program areas for public review. Interested people can review this phase of the Strategy and provide feedback through a survey which includes spaces for written comments. The feedback period for this phase of the document continues until Jan. 31st, 2024.

To learn more about the WBRMS, people can visit the: Public Consultation Page on the ABCA website.  If they have questions, they can contact staff by telephone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


The Ontario government is investing $20,279,307 in Huron and Bruce Counties to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF)  and is part of the government’s plan to support economic growth and job creation.

“This incredible investment of more than $20 million in the 14 municipalities across Huron-Bruce demonstrates our government’s continued commitment to our local communities,” said MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson. “By providing funding, we are supporting infrastructure needs today so we can build a solid foundation for future growth and prosperity.”

For 2024, the government has allocated $400 million in OCIF funding to help 425 small, rural and northern communities pay for critical infrastructure projects, including road, bridge, water, and wastewater projects. If necessary, a community may accumulate its funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

“Small, rural and northern communities need stable funding for their unique infrastructure needs and to provide safe and reliable services,” said Minister of Infrastructure, Kinga Surma. “That’s why our government continues to provide funding, especially during these challenging economic times. Our investments in community infrastructure are helping to create jobs, build stronger local economies, and lay the foundation for a stronger, more resilient Ontario for generations to come.”

OCIF provides funding for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000, as well as all rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that takes into account the different needs and economic conditions of each community.

The more than $20 million in funding is being allocated across both regional and municipal governments in Huron and Bruce counties. The funding distribution is as follows: Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, $585,153;

Bluewater, $760,910; Brockton, $830, 296; Bruce County, $1,347,122;

Central Huron, $1,167,970; Goderich, $1,478,266; Howick, $205,717;

Huron County, $5,813,948; Huron East, $1,052,279; Huron-Kinloss, $798,982; Kincardine, $1,525,121; Morris-Turnberry, $307,160; North Huron, $665,361; Saugeen Shores, $1,486,418; South Bruce,$1,071,142; and South Huron, $1,183,426.

The government doubled its annual investment for OCIF to nearly $2 billion over five years in 2022 to support more local infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities.


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.

As the year 2023 comes to a close we feature a calendar in the Museum’s collection created for the year 1928…


This is a calendar for the year 1928. It is composed of an oval shaped picture of poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), his cottage and his house, as well as part of the poem he is most famous for, “Auld Lang Syne”. Suspended from the cardboard oval is a small book-like calendar of the year 1928. On the back of the cardboard someone has written “Wishing you every good luck in the New Year ‘fra’ Scotland”.




The fourth iteration of the “Hopped Up Holiday Market” hosted by River Road Brewing and Hops was held over three weekends in December with the final market occurring on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Over the course of the three Saturdays, different vendors sold their unique wares from the shelter of barn board covered huts near blazing warming fires. The fires were welcomed by visitors at the Dec. 16th market as the air was cool and crisp.

Musician Brad Cassel was on the River Road stage that afternoon, his voice adding to the festive ambience while the food truck from Woodland Drive-In ensured that no one went hungry.

And of course an opportunity to sample some craft beer from River Road’s own selection wrapped up the whole experience with a bright red bow!

And now planning begins for next year…




Snowflakes in Clan Gregor…By Melody Falconer-Pounder

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Sammy, Christmas 2023 (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Our beloved feline Sammy loves Christmas. He loves to help decorate, chasing after the garland and strings of lights as they are wired around stair railings. He loves to help with the wrapping of gifts. He loves to hide among the presents tucked tightly under the Christmas tree and then jump out and sprint away when his humans least expect it. He loves when the house is filled with people and feels a strong sense of duty to ensure all are snug in their beds each night, especially on Christmas Eve. He even tolerates his two younger feline nephews when they visit. He shares both his food, toys and territory with them with nary a growl but an occasional passing swipe just to remind them he is the Alpha.

Monday  he partook in the opening of Santa gifts and stockings and then went off for a nap. When he returned to the living room his manner indicated a certain surprise at finding only space under the tree, just one gift remained to be opened. His body language seemed to say, “Oh, no, I missed it!” In a last ditch effort to slow down the festivities he perched himself  on top of  the only unopened gift, much to our granddaughter’s mild consternation as her name was on the tag. With a little gentle coaxing he did relent his position and the final gift was opened.

As the anticipation and excitement for Christmas 2023 ebbs away not only for our ginger tabby but for his humans as well thoughts turn to the New Year and the prospective anticipation and excitement that a fresh start can bring. And no worries about Sammy’s mood as he loves helping to take down the garland, lights and Christmas trees almost as much as he enjoys helping put them up.

Wishing one and all a Happy New Year filled with only good things. – Melody

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