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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 758 Week 04 Vol 15

January 17, 2024


Issue 758 Week 04 Vol 15
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The Heritage Conservation District Plan for Bayfield Main Street North and Clan Gregor Square is currently being updated and people will have a chance to join in on the conversation on Feb. 7-8. 

On Nov.  4th of last year, 20 members of the community and five members of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee attended the initial project open house hosted by the Municipality of Bluewater and the consultant team, ERA Architects and GSP Group.

The take-away from this open house was that the heritage value of Clan Gregor Square and Main Street North is valued by residents, business owners and visitors to Bayfield. The hosts heard that the current Plan, written in 1983, does not contain detailed design direction which has created subjectivity in terms of criteria. They also heard that the process for changes to a building is not well understood.

There are three purposes for updating the Heritage Conservation District Plan. 

The first purpose is to confirm the boundaries of the Study Area. Which properties should be included as part of the district? Several properties along Main Street North and around Clan Gregor Square ‘opted out’ in 1983 and are not included in the current Plan. There is an opportunity to include new properties based on community input.

The second purpose is to update the design direction. What specific character elements contribute to the district? The public’s insights will assist with development of guidelines that will include detailed design direction on elements such as entrances, windows, rooflines, materials, additions to existing buildings, new buildings, etc.

The third purpose is to clarify the process. This is an opportunity to ensure that flexibility is maintained for property owners and business operators within the district. What is the process when a property owner would like to add an addition to their building? What is the process should a building be proposed for demolition? What is the process when a business owner would like to install a new sign? 

The project consultants, ERA Architects and GSP Group, will be in Bayfield on Feb. 7-8 to gain community input on the Heritage Conservation District Plan. During this two-day session, there will be designated times for input from members of the community, property owners within the Study Area, business owners within the Study Area, and members of the Heritage Advisory Committee and Council.

Members of the public are invited to drop by the Trinity St James Anglican Church Parish Hall, 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield, and provide their input. An Open House style format will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon and on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m. A formal presentation and an opportunity for questions will be offered on Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

For further information, visit: Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan or email


They are at it again folks! Just as CBC is doing on the National level, The Village Bookshop is hosting Bayfield Reads 2024 on a local scale. CBC has again developed a theme that allows the review of five Canadian books and allows people to decide the “one book to carry us forward”.

According to the CBC, “When we are at a crossroads, when uncertainty is upon us, when we have faced challenges and are ready for the future, how do we know where to go next? This collection of books is about finding the resilience and the hope needed to carry on and keep moving forward.”

This year the village’s local defenders are: Madison Thornton, Paula Brent, Catherine Tillmann, Faith Wyant and Peter Ferguson. They are all excited and starting to prepare to defend their book. The judges this year include: Tyler Hessel, Dave MacLaren and Rachael Rishworth.

The 2024 Bayfield Reads Books are: “Meet Me at the Lake”, by Carley Fortune; “Bad Cree”, by Jessica Johns; “The Forture”, by Catherine Leroux; “Shut Up You’re Pretty” by Tea Mutonji; and “Denison Avenue” illustrated by Daniel Innes with text by Christina Wong.

Peter Ferguson will defend Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune. In this breathtaking new novel from the number one bestselling author of “Every Summer After”, a random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects.

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns is a national bestseller that will be defended by Catherine Tillmann. Mackenzie, a Cree millennial, wakes up in her one-bedroom Vancouver apartment clutching a pine bough she had been holding in her dream just moments earlier. When she blinks, it disappears. But she can still smell the sharp pine scent in the air, the nearest pine tree a thousand kilometres away in the far reaches of Treaty 8. In this haunting debut novel, dreams, family and spirits collide.

The Future by Catherine Leroux will be defended by Madison Thornton. One of CBC’s best books for 2024, readers encounter an alternate history of Detroit as the Motor City was never surrendered to the United States. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of racism—and strange and magical things are happening: children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves. When Gloria arrives looking for answers and her missing granddaughters, at first she finds only a hungry mouse in the derelict home where her daughter was murdered. But the neighbors take pity on her and she turns to their resilience and impressive gardens for sustenance.

The Globe and Mail’s Best Book of the Year, Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji will be defended by Paula Brent. In Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humor, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.

Defended by Faith Wyant, Denison Avenue brings together ink artwork and fiction. Illustrated by by Daniel Innes with text by Christina Wong, the book follows the elderly Wong Cho Sum, who, living in Toronto’s gentrifying Chinatown–Kensington Market, begins to collect bottles and cans after the sudden loss of her husband as a way to fill her days and keep grief and loneliness at bay. In her long walks around the city, Cho Sum meets new friends, confronts classism and racism, and learns how to build a life as a widow in a neighborhood that is being destroyed and rebuilt, leaving elders like her behind.

Bayfield Reads will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Those who attend will get to watch Bayfield’s “own” defending great Canadian Literature and have a chance to mark a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.

This year’s Bayfield Reads book selection, and so many more, are available at The Village Bookshop located at 24 Bayfield Main Street North in Bayfield. People can also shop online by visiting: village



Volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) witnessed an example of animal cruelty last week when four kittens were discovered abandoned in Clan Gregor Square early on the morning of Jan. 11.

The Adopt a BFF kittens of the week are Louisa, Maple, Juniper and Clifton.

“These kittens were discovered by a young woman who was walking her dog in the park,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “The four of them were curled up together in the snow at the base of a large tree. When we arrived at the park one of the volunteers was able to quickly get two of the kittens into a carrier. The other two were scared and they ran.  It took some time but rescuers were able to secure the remaining two.”

Penhale went on to say that there were not many kitty tracks around or leading up to the tree which leaves the volunteers to believe that they were dumped.  They also noted that their mother was not found with them nor was there evidence that she was with the kittens.

“These kittens were 50 yards from the highway, just hours before a forecasted winter storm was to hit the area. Maple, the little Tabby was very thin and dehydrated and would not have survived much longer in the cold,” said Penhale. “The fact that all but one kitten can be held and cuddled leaves us to think they have known people and their lack of a winter coat also leads us to believe they might have once had shelter. They are now safe and warm, well fed and being vet checked but their story could have gone terribly wrong and is a sad indicator of how unthinkingly cruel people can sometimes be.”

Juniper, Louisa and Clifton (Submitted photos)

This little quartet serves as a reminder that BFF is desperately looking for foster homes for cats and kittens like these ones.

“The phone never stops ringing with regards to cats and kittens in need,” said Penhale.

Foster homes are great but forever homes are even better and with that in mind BFF will be hosting their first Adoption Weekend Event of 2024 at Pet Valu in Goderich on Jan. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster or adopting is encouraged to email BFF at the address listed 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.


On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Bayfield Branch Library will host “Cinephile Connections” offering the movie “The Wife”, from 2017,  starring Glenn Close and Jonathon Pryce. In this film, a “wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature”. The movie shall commence at 3:15 p.m.

Cinephile Connections is intended as an adult program because the films shown may include mature themes. Those who watch this classic film are invited to stay and chat about it after the viewing. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

Movie-goers are asked to register using the contact information provided above.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North 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. Please note there will not be a service today (Jan. 17).

Jan. 21st is the date set for the annual Vestry meeting to be held following a potluck lunch after the church service. Morning Prayer with Lisa Currah will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield  has reconvened their Book Study following a break for Christmas. They meet on the lower level of the church on Mondays at noon (excluding holidays). The reading is a launching point for their discussions.

Their current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore. All are welcome to join. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.

Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions, for example, the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. These mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers clean outer milk bags that have been previously washed and dried, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  Items can be dropped off at the church from 10 a.m, to  2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday (excluding holidays). People’s generous contributions are warmly accepted and will change lives.

All are welcome to join in weekly services at Knox Bayfield on 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 Street North. To learn more visit or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.


On a stormy Saturday night (Jan. 13), twelve brave people came out to St. Andrew’s United Church for their traditional January gathering to “un-decorate” the church of Christmas decorations followed by a potluck supper and a games night.  Due to the weather it was decided to skip the games portion of the evening so that everyone could get home safely.

Sunday morning with most churches in the area closed due to the weather, the congregation wondered what to do and they decided for the first time to try having a church service over ZOOM.  Due to the efforts of Kevin Kale and Rev’d Dr. Sheila Macgregor this was accomplished and it worked quite well.  Rev. Macgregor led the service from her home and she was joined online by a small group for a church service.

Rev. MacGregor, and her husband, Richard, recently offered their thanks to the congregation for the welcome reception they were given at St. Andrew’s on Jan. 7: “We would like to thank everyone for the lovely reception and welcome to St. Andrew’s that we received last Sunday. The lunch was delicious, the balloons added such a festive touch, and we are still enjoying the beautiful flowers. Thank you for inviting us into your Church family!”

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


Gayle and Brian King (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a former resident who had strong ties to the village.

On Jan. 7, Brian Alfred King, the loving husband of Sharon ‘Gayle’ King (nee Turner) died at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich. He was in his 81st year.

He is survived by his sisters Judy (the late Dan) and Mary Lou (Sam), sister-in-law Pat (the late Jim) and brother-in-law Phil Turner (Chris) along with all their extended families. Brian son’s, Mathew King (Patty) of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Tim King (Claire) of Victoria, BC, mourn their father. Loving and caring grandfather to Dawson, Julia, James and Juno. Brian was loved by all and will be abundantly missed.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring or summer allowing everyone to remember and honor him. As we mourn the loss of Brian, we are reminded of his loving legacy that has left a lasting impact on all those surrounding him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to in his memory.

Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes, 201 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich. ON. Condolences for the King family are welcome at www.falconer funeral


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!


On Dec. 19, Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) were pleased to host Blessings Community Store staff, volunteers and Board members for their Annual Christmas Social. GNOB provided a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and Christmas goodies to approximately 35 guests. It was a great opportunity for all in attendance to enjoy a tasty lunch and time to chat with their coworkers.

Anyone looking for a homey gathering space for ten to 35 people, with use of the facility’s kitchen or an in-house catered meal is invited to contact GNOB via email at or by calling 519 236-7081 and leaving a message.

GNOB is excited to announce the return of “Muffin Time” starting tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18 for one hour beginning at 10 a.m. This is a great time to renew acquaintances, meet new friends and indulge in baked goods! Muffin Time is sure to become a Thursday staple amid the other GNOB activities of the day.

In addition to their coffee hours, exercise classes, cards and board games, GNOB has a couple of special events planned.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Barb Passmore Rau will be on hand to show participants how to recycle pieces of jewellery into art. The program will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a Soup and Sandwich Lunch for $15. (Snow date Jan. 30). Registration required – please see contact information below.

GNOB will host two Learning Hub “Staying Safe Online: Internet Safety for Everyone” classes. The first will be held on Feb. 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m. followed by the second on Friday, Feb. 2 from 1-3 p.m. In this course, participants will look at how to safely navigate the Internet including creating strong passwords (and how to remember them), social media safety, how to avoid phishing and malware and learn about two factor authentication. For more information or to register please contact the Learning Hub directly at 519 527-2288 Ext. 2508.

Good Neighbours of Bluewater is located at 28 Goshen Street North in Zurich. People can learn more about GNOB by visiting:


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has declared a combined COVID-19 / Influenza A outbreak on the Medicine Unit at its Stratford General Hospital site.

Outbreak status refers to two or more confirmed positive COVID-19 and two or more confirmed Influenza A cases among patients that could have possibly been acquired in the hospital.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice. HPHA is working in collaboration with Huron Perth Public Health (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 that when you have a family member or friend in the hospital that you likely want to visit them as much as possible. But if you are sick, your visit may end up doing more harm than good,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “Patients in the hospital are vulnerable and are at higher risk of developing more severe illness from COVID-19, the flu or even a simple cold. If you, or anyone in your household, are feeling unwell, it’s important that you not visit people in the hospital until you are fully recovered.”

HPHA has declared seven outbreaks since September 2023. Outbreaks have huge impacts not just on patients, but on the hospitals’ ability to function efficiently.

“Outbreaks have a domino effect. Hospital stays become longer for patients and they may need more care, leading to delays in care for other patients. For example, surgeries can be delayed or cancelled, and patients wait longer in the Emergency Department for a bed,” added Jensen. “In addition, a patient who catches a respiratory illness while in hospital may experience complications and delays in their own recovery. For the health and safety of our patients we can’t stress enough the importance of staying home when you are sick.”


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), working with local landowners and other project partners, has planted more than one million trees since 2006.

Ian Jean is ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist. He said it is the work of local landowners, and the support of project partners including funding partners, that has made the tree program so successful. Local landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year.

“When we looked back at the numbers recently, we noted that, since 2006, just more than one million trees had been planted across the watershed,” he said. “The other thing we noticed was an increasing trend in the number of people planting trees.”

While more people are planting trees, this does not necessarily translate to more trees being planted each year. The number of trees planted in the watershed remains steady, fluctuating between 35,000 and 70,000 annually. The presence or absence of one or more large planting projects can make the difference between tree planting numbers at the higher or lower end of that range, according to Jean.

Trees and forests help to create clean air and clean water, Jean said. Trees and forests also contribute to better mental and physical health.

More than 200 landowners in the watershed planted trees or had ABCA staff plant trees for them in 2023. This high level of interest, in taking action to improve the water, air and soil, is worth noting.

“People are engaged, and they are working to make positive improvements,” he said.

Spring is not far away and ABCA staff say a sure sign of spring coming is the Spring Tree Order Form. It is posted at the conservation authority website at on this web page: Order Trees.

Interested landowners may submit mail-in tree orders until Jan. 31. Tree orders accompanied by payment are taken until Feb. 29.

ABCA offers a wide range of trees through its spring tree planting program. The Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist encourages interested landowners to visit for the spring tree order form or to give him a call at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to discuss planting projects.

“We’re happy to help with project design and help to apply for funding for eligible projects,” he said.

Funding programs are available in many areas for naturalization dependent on the type of project, location and specific program details.

ABCA thanks grant program funding partners including member municipalities, Huron County Clean Water Project, Forests Ontario, the Government of Canada’s Canada Nature Fund, Sunset Community Foundation and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, along with other funding partners, community donors and other valued funding partners.

Anyone who has property on which they can plant trees, is asked to consider purchasing a tree through the tree order program. If someone doesn’t have room on their property for trees, they can still help to improve forest conditions by donating to tree planting through the Footprints to Forests program. To learn more visit:  Footprints to Forests.


In 2024, the South Huron Arts Centre (SHAC) continues to offer a wide range of programs in the arts. But SHAC has also made additions to its calendar in response to community interest. As always, whether people are interested in art, music, crafts, cooking, photography, fabrics, decorating, self-care, or dance, they can find what they are looking for.

Registrations are picking up, but all programs still have openings. While readers are asked to check the SHAC website for details, here is an overview.

As noted, arts and crafts remain very popular. People may wish to spend time with Denise Antaya as she explores ‘landscapes through the eyes of the artist.’ Or bring a preschooler where they will learn to love the arts.  New and intermediate artists will find programs in acrylic painting and of course, watercolor programs are big again. Pick from evening watercolor parties or actual classes or learn about watercolor with wool.

For the ‘hands-on’ artist, afternoon and evening programs are offered in pottery. People can get creative with clay, stained glass, printmaking or landscape design.

Crafts remain a strong program area. Perhaps a person’s interest lies in creating a spring floral display, a project in crochet or Ukrainian Easter eggs. SHAC also offers an upcycling custom flannel program.

Moving to music, SHAC still offers lessons in guitar whether for beginners or for those wishing to improve their skills. It’s expected ukulele lessons will be popular again.

For individuals who enjoy cooking SHAC offers four programs including, meal planning and preparation, the art of canning and gluten free cooking. BYOC (bring your own crock) is a program that helps people learn how to make bread.

Last but not least, SHAC believes people need to take good care of themselves. Opportunities in this regard include: the art of the pedicure, morning wake-up dance-exercise class and how to learn the Texas two-step, the waltz and  jive among others.

To register, or to find out more, visit: or email

The South Huron Arts Centre is located at 42 James Street, Exeter in the Exeter United Church.


Well owners may know that having well water tested is an important part of ensuring their family, friends and neighbors are safe but they may find it isn’t always as convenient as they would like. Getting a sample bottle locally and having someone deliver it to Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) for them, makes it much easier, according to organizers of water wise well testing events.

The Londesboro and District Lions Club is hosting a water sampling event on Thursday, Jan. 25  between 7-9 p.m. at Lions Hall, 282 Kings Road. Lions members are distributing sample bottles to homes in Londesborough prior to the event. Water testing sample bottles are also available for pickup, in advance of the event, at Nature’s Nest and Hensall District Co-op’s Londesborough locations. Sample bottles will be available at the event as well.

The Londesboro and District Lions Club is working with drinking water source protection to host the event. The Lions Club volunteers and source protection staff ensure samples are kept chilled and delivered to Huron Perth Public Health for testing the next morning. Experts on well protection and septic maintenance are to be available to provide information and answer questions at the event.

The Londesboro and District Lions Club encourages well owners to take advantage of this convenient way to check on the safety of their well water. When water sampling of private wells is made easier, more people will do it. That’s the idea behind the “Water Wise” events happening in some villages, hamlets and shoreline communities in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region.

In case of extreme winter weather, the snow date is Jan. 29. Please visit the: Londesboro Lions Facebook page for updates.

Other community groups who might be interested in partnering or hosting a “Water Wise” water sampling event can contact Mary Lynn MacDonald, Source Water Protection Program co-supervisor, by email  at or by phone 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 247.  To learn more, visit the local drinking water source protection web page: Best Practices. The region is sharing information about the events on social media with #BestPractices and #WellWise and #WaterWise hashtags.


“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.


The cost of housing is top of mind for many, and United Way Perth Huron (UWPH)’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) wants to learn how individuals and families across the region are being affected.

“The news is full of housing statistics,” said Kristin Crane, director of Social Research and Planning for United Way. “What we hear less often are stories about the people behind the numbers. The Cost of Housing survey offers a safe space for people to share their experience. The SRPC and United Way are in the business of helping us all understand and build our communities. We want to cultivate compassion and caring and learn how we can better help those facing the challenges of homelessness, precarious housing and unaffordable housing.”

Open during January, the survey offers people a chance to share how they have been impacted by the current crisis. The digital-only survey is anonymous and takes around seven minutes. For a link, visit

“This information is critical from the perspective of community building,” added Ryan Erb, UWPH executive director. “It also helps UWPH as we continue addressing housing and homelessness regionally, whether that’s helping with rent arrears through the Urgent Needs Fund, connecting vulnerable people with services at our Connection Centres or developing and sustaining housing through United Housing. We encourage people to take the survey.”


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth will host two movies, “The Father” and “Supernova”  at the Huron County Museum in Goderich as part of their 2024 Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

These movies will be presented for free but donations to the Alzheimer Society would be gratefully appreciated.

The Father will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. and again on Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7 p.m. Supernova will be presented on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and once more on Feb. 1st at 2 p.m.

The Father is an Academy Award Winning movie that stars Anthony Hopkins (Antony)  and Olivia Colman (Anne). It tells the story of how father and daughter navigate difficult choices – safety and independence, good days and bad, boundaries and love.

Supernova stars Colin Firth (Sam) and Stanley Tucci (Tusker). These partners of twenty years are on a road trip across England visiting friends and family. Enroute they reflect on life’s priorities, dealing with loss and their ongoing commitment to each other.

For more information please contact the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth by emailing or by calling 519 482-1482.

The Huron County Museum is located at 110 North Street in Goderich.


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 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.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation and stewardship, each year, with conservation awards. In 2024 the conservation authority will present its Conservationist of the Year Award for the 41st time.

Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities.

The local conservation authority invites the public to nominate a person, business, farm, community group, or organization in 2024 for the Conservationist of the Year Award. People may make nominations until Feb. 9. To submit a nomination, visit the website. The nomination form on the Conservation Award web page can be found by visiting: Conservationist of the Year.

Marissa Vaughan is Chair of the ABCA Board of Directors. She says the award is one of the ways the conservation authority thanks local stewards for protecting and enhancing local watershed resources.

“We appreciate all the local landowners and residents who are taking positive actions to create healthy watershed communities for today, and for future generations to come,” she said. “It is an honor to recognize one of these worthy stewards with the Conservationist of the Year Award. Although we select one winner each year, we know there are many, many individuals and groups who are worthy of recognition and I thank you all.”

Individuals, organizations or companies who either reside in, or have completed conservation work in, the ABCA area are eligible to win the Conservationist of the Year award. Current ABCA staff members and directors are excluded. The Conservation Award acknowledges one individual or group per year who demonstrates positive, sustainable conservation principles. The nominee must have undertaken conservation efforts over a number of years showing long-term benefits for nature and society. Examples of conservation work include: improving local water quality; conservation farming; reforestation; conservation education; providing wildlife and fish habitat; and promoting awareness and action for soil, water, and habitat for all living things.

ABCA presents the winner with a hand-crafted gift and makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

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.

With the frigid temperatures we are currently experiencing we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the thermometers in the Museum’s collection…


This is a large, round, outdoor thermometer from Saltford Heights Creamery, it has a metal back with a glass front. The thermometer base is white with a yellow circle in the middle. The numbers on the thermometer are black.  The temperature ranges from -50 degrees to 120 degrees. The needle on the thermometer is red with a crescent at one end. The words “At Any Temperature – It’s the Best” and “Bisset’s Ice Cream” are written in red.




Oct. 4 - Issue 743 - BAYFIELD VOLKFEST: NEARLY 300 VW VANS AND BUGS ATTENDED: On the morning of Sept. 24 nearly 300 Volkswagen Microbuses and Beetles made their way to Clan Gregor Square ensuring that the ninth Bayfield Volkfest was the biggest to date. Beautiful weather helped entice one of the largest crowds ever to the park to not only see the vehicles but to indulge in all things from the era in which the VW reigned. Food trucks offered up delectable treats, crafters and artisans shared their talents with vibrant colors being the order of the day, and several musicians provided stellar entertainment – with the headliners, members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society – truly committing to their parts. Everything and everyone came together to make it a fun and nostalgic day for all! Organizers are already looking forward to the next one – be sure to put Sept. 29, 2024 on the calendar now! (Photo by Jack Pal)


This week we conclude our Review of 2023 by highlighting happenings from Aug. 23 to Dec. 27.

This is the perfect time for us to extend our heartfelt thanks to our advertisers for without their financial support we wouldn’t be able to come into your email inbox each Wednesday morning. Several of these advertisers have been with us since “Issue 1” and we are so happy to acknowledge this fact. We would also like to welcome our more recent advertisers, interest in advertising in the Bayfield Breeze seems to grow each year and we are truly grateful for this vote of confidence in our publication.

We encourage our subscribers to support our advertisers by visiting their websites (click on their ad) and consider them first when in need of a product or service.

We are also very excited to report that our number of Sustaining Patrons and Spontaneous Supporters is also growing as we now have an option for individuals and organizations to donate. These donations contribute to the costs associated with creating and publishing this weekly online newspaper. People can donate via cheque or E-transfer or by using their Credit Card through Paypal. Sustaining Patrons pledge a monthly amount and several people have chosen to do this – some giving the equivalent of a cup of specialty coffee monthly. Still others have become Spontaneous Supporters with an equally appreciated one time gift.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Brian King died on Jan. 7th. I considered him a friend. 

I came to know Brian when we both served together on the board of Trinity St. James Anglican Church about 20 years ago. While he resided in Bayfield, and even after he and his wife Gayle moved to Goderich, he remained a champion for both the church and the village. He was always a reassuring presence in both times of challenge and times of joy. He was the kind of person that made you feel like you were the most important person in the room. When engaged in conversation he always gave you his full attention, a special gift that not many of us possess. 

I shall miss his gentle humour and kind heart. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. – Melody 

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