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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 756 Week 02 Vol 15

January 3, 2024


Issue 756 Week 02 Vol 15
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The “Linda Hindman” is well and truly gone.

Five years after the steamboat’s stern vanished from the shoreline, what remained below the waterline was removed from the lake just days before Christmas thus closing the book on the tale of the “shipwreck” whose first chapter was written 50 years ago.

It was declared a navigation hazard by the Canadian Coast Guard and Government of Canada and as a result, on Nov. 20, owner operators of C-Tow Southern Lake Huron, a division of River Adventures Bayfield, Becky Kearns and Mark Johnston spent the day charting and mapping the area where the Linda Hindman rested in preparation for its salvage and removal. What remained of the steamboat was about 115 metres off the southern shore of the village. When the mapping was conducted a bit of the stern and rudder shaft could be seen sticking out of the water.

In the summer of 2020 it became apparent that although the majority of the stern had broken off and disappeared back in mid-November 2018 a portion of the vessel still remained below the waterline. For a short period of time that summer a buoy, placed by Transport Canada, marked the location of the wreck.

On Dec. 23, the rusted Zebra Mussel encrusted remains of the Linda Hindman sat on the pier near the boat launch. At the time of publishing it was uncertain what would become of the salvage but the Bayfield Breeze was fortunate enough to capture a few images of its remnants to hopefully bring closure to the story that began in 1973.

To learn more about the Linda Hindman’s history and how she became the Bayfield “shipwreck” visit the Archives section of the Bayfield Breeze – Issue 490 – published on Nov. 28, 2018 as well as Issue 575 – published on July 15, 2020.



Sue Burton was walking with her dog, Lulu, along Long Hill Road on the morning of Dec. 28 when they came across a Snowy Owl on the side of the road. Its lack of movement was an indication to Burton that the owl was likely in distress and in need of assistance. (Photo by Sue Burton)

What began as a simple outing to take her dog out for a walk developed into an extraordinary opportunity to help a creature in distress for a Bayfield resident.

Sue Burton was walking with her dog, Lulu, along Long Hill Road on the morning of Dec. 28 when they came across a Snowy Owl on the side of the road. She stopped to take a photo and while observing the bird she came to the conclusion that something must be wrong with it as it was very still and not reacting to her presence or that of her dog.

Burton decided to reach out for help for the Snowy Owl and started phoning a number of agencies that she thought might be able to assist. Connecting with anyone proved difficult due to the fact that most places were operating on holiday schedules, that was until she called the non-emergency line for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

“They were great!” said Burton.

An OPP officer answered the call and he and Burton worked together to try and find an agency that could help the bird. The officer was connected to The Owl Foundation in Niagara, ON via the Ontario Wildlife Rescue and the International Owl Foundation.

“The officer was given instructions on how to capture the owl. He went to the fish docks at the marina and was able to get help from the fishermen. They gave him a big plastic fish bin, and drilled holes in the top. The officer donned his Kevlar gloves, and put a towel over the owl. He then lifted it into the bin and put the lid on,” said Burton.

The OPP officer then transported the owl to Clinton. From there the bird began his journey to Niagara with the help of two volunteers. The first drove from Listowel, ON to Clinton to retrieve the bird and then drove it as far as Guelph, ON. The second volunteer completed the journey driving the bird from Guelph to The Owl Foundation.

The Snowy Owl is shown here in an intensive care cage at The Owl Foundation on Dec. 30 unfortunately a day later the owl went into organ failure and had to be euthanized. (Photo courtesy The Owl Foundation)

Brian Hayhoe, a wildlife rehabilitator and biologist with The Owl Foundation, was kind enough to send Burton regular updates on the owl’s progress and send her pictures. He informed her that the Snowy Owl would have been in the process of migrating south when it got waylaid in Bayfield.  News of the bird’s rescue was even picked up by CTV and CBC news.

But from the outset the chances of the Snowy Owl’s recovery weren’t very high, when it arrived at the facility it was weak and emaciated. Unfortunately, the Snowy Owl went into organ failure and the foundation had no other option but to euthanize the bird on the night of Dec. 31st. The Snowy Owl will be sent to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for a full necropsy.

Burton takes comfort in knowing that so many came together to try and help the owl.

“At least the Snowy Owl died in a much better way than it would have if it had been left out on its own,” she concluded.

According to their website, The Owl Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization that helps wild Canadian owls and other raptors that are injured or orphaned.  To learn more visit: The Owl Foundation.


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. 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.


Sophie (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 Sophie – the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Sophie has transformed into a beautiful, petite, fluffy feline. Last Spring, when she was a young cat she started showing up at a home in the country. At that time she was matted and scared. Her kind rescuers started to set out food as she would not come near the house if people were about.  She soon took up residence under their porch and would wait for the magic bowl of food to appear.  It was then they discovered that she was pregnant and they slowly were able to coax her into the porch. When she had her kittens she was very proud to show them off and let her rescuers handle them.  As the shelter was full they offered to foster Sophie and her babies.  During this time Sophie remained wary. She would come into the house to feed her kittens, leaving and returning at the behest of her maternal instincts as she was not yet comfortable being in a house.

“Fast forward a bit. Her rescuer continued to work with her and she is now a lovely young cat who loves to be pet and cuddled,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She might be timid with a new family and will need to acclimatize to her forever family but she is definitely worth the effort.”

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

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.


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 on Tuesdays in January.

Drop-ins are welcome to attend “Gentle Flow Yoga with Shannon” on Tuesday mornings starting at 9 a.m. The drop-in fee is $10 per person or $40 for a monthly pass. Participants should note that classes will not be held in February but will resume on March. 5.

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.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to tomorrow (Ja. 4).

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!


Children four and up, accompanied by their parents, are invited to the next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club on Jan. 13. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be Saturday, Jan. 13. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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.


“Anatomy of a Fall” is the next instalment of the Livery Film Fest. The film  takes the viewer on an intimate journey and a courtroom dissection of a complicated marriage. Samuel and Sandra (brilliantly performed by Sandra Hüller, watch for an Oscar nomination!), their son Daniel and his guide dog Snoop are living in a partially renovated chalet in a remote mountain location in France. The marriage is further strained by Samuel’s resentment toward his wife and her current writing successes versus his creative block.

Daniel discovers his father dead below their attic window. At first Sandra assumes it must have been an accidental fall but a head injury suggests Samuel was pushed from the balcony. In the end, it is Daniel’s testimony that will sway the jury.

Justine Triet, the film’s co-writer and director won the illustrious Palme d’Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival becoming the third female director to win the award. This highly recommended film will play for one night only, Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. The Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members.

For more information please email

The Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square.


On Dec. 29, a Respiratory Outbreak was declared at Stratford General Hospital while on the same day an outbreak of Influenza A and COVID-19 at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth Community Hospital was declared over by Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH).

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) declared a respiratory outbreak on the Inpatient Unit – Level 3 at its Stratford General 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 HPPH 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 know many illnesses are circulating in our community,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “Please remember that you should not visit a patient at any of our hospital sites if you are feeling unwell.”

Also on Dec. 29, an outbreak of Influenza A and COVID-19 at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth Community Hospital was declared over by HPPH. The outbreak had been declared on the Inpatient Unit on Dec. 18.

“Upon declaring the outbreak, immediate precautions were implemented, including prevalence testing for patients,” said Jensen.

The Inpatient Unit has been reopened to admissions and transfers. Family and Caregiver Presence on the Unit has also been restored. Full guidelines can be found on their website at

“While this outbreak is over, we can’t stress enough the importance of layering up your protection to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses that are circulating in Huron Perth,” adds Jensen. “Keep up-to-date with your flu and COVID-19 vaccines, wash your hands often, stay home if you are feeling sick and wear a mask when required/needed.”

Speaking of masks, they are required to be worn in all clinical areas of HPHA hospital sites. This includes inpatient units, emergency departments, outpatient clinics, imaging, labs and waiting rooms. Medical grade masks are provided at the entrances and at masking stations throughout hospital sites.

“To keep our patients and team members safe from hospital-acquired respiratory infections it is important to follow the masking requirements when attending medical appointments and visiting loved ones,” explains Jensen. “This includes wearing a mask in the patient’s room when visiting. If you feel sick or have symptoms of illness it is strongly advised that you postpone your visit with your loved one until you are feeling better.”


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 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 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.

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 we usher in the year 2024 we feature a calendar in the Museum’s collection created for the year 1955…


This is a calendar for the year 1955. It is a commercial-type wall calendar; the printed block of 12-monthly pages, usually stapled below, is missing. What remains is a red-colored printed paper frame, within it is a color-printed drawing showing a family saying the grace seated at their dinner table. A small Fahrenheit thermometer is fixed into an oval-shape opening to one side of the picture.

Printed in gold in a smaller frame below the picture are the words: “GODERICH COACH LINES Chartered Buses For Hire, Scenic & City Tours, Educational Groups & Welfare Clubs PHONE 99 DUNGANNON, ONT.”




Apr. 12 - Issue 718 - OPTIMIST CLUB OF BAYFIELD: LARGEST CROWD IN HUNT HISTORY DESCENDS ON CLAN GREGOR SQUARE: Approximately 160 youngsters brought their adults to Clan Gregor Square for the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt held on Sunday, Apr. 9. Approximately 4,000 Hershey's chocolate eggs were tossed on the lawn for the youngsters to scramble for. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


And so a New Year begins… The perfect time to reflect on the year just past.

And in Bayfield during 2023 there was a lot of time spent reflecting on how best to honor, maintain and connect with the village’s heritage while keeping pace with the outside world. Like-minded community members achieved this in many ways this year. The installation of art that reflects our marine heritage, the completion of the upgrades to Main Street, and the creation of the Penhale Landau exhibit in a Two-cow Barn are just three examples of how the residents of Bayfield continue to value their past while embracing the future.

This week we revisit the period of 2023 from Jan. 4 to Apr. 19. As we look back on this time period we would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to those people who contribute both stories and photos from events that happen in the community. It  just isn’t possible for us to attend everything so your talents are very much appreciated by not only our committee but our readers also.

Sending wishes for a healthy, happy New Year with plenty of time to reflect on the past as well as dream for the future.

From the Bayfield Breeze committee – Dennis, Mike, John and myself!



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Melody Falconer-Pounder

In 2021, I was introduced to Good Reads – a website devoted to book lovers who like to keep track of what they read. I think it is a pretty brilliant site and enjoy logging my books and setting yearly reading goals. In 2023, I set what I felt was a realistic goal of reading 12 books and finished 15 before the year ran out.

I have always thought that my favorite modern day author is Sophie Kinsella. Turns out it is actually Madeleine Wickham. Kinsella being Wickham’s pen name. Having read everything she has written under the name of Kinsella you can imagine my delight when I discovered more reading opportunities as the author had written seven books under her real name years before she discovered such great success writing as Kinsella. While these titles are more serious and darker than those she has written as Kinsella they are still quite enjoyable and I read four out of the seven over the course of 2023.

Thanks to Good Reads I know I read 6,113 pages with my shortest book being “The Christmas Book Flood” by Emily Kilgore with 34 pages and the longest being “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” at 912 pages. The highest rated among my chosen titles was “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” – having been virtually shelved by other readers 4,915,725 times!

My titles for 2023 are a mixture of family book club titles, my favorite genres of historical fiction and biography as well as a few influenced by my granddaughter!

So what were my Good Reads for 2023? Here they are in all their page-turning glory:

  • Live Wire by Kelly Ripa
  • The Lego Story by Jens Anderson
  • Life & Laughing by Michael McIntyre
  • The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella
  • A Desirable Residence, Cocktails for Three, The Wedding Girl, The Gatecrasher all by Madeleine Wickham
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Coronation Year by Jennifer Robson
  • Pastoral Song by James Rebanks
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Alien Superstar – Hollywood vs the Galaxy by Henry Winkler
  • The Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore

Here’s to turning more pages and reaching more reading goals in 2024! – Melody

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