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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 761 Week 07 Vol 15

February 7, 2024


Issue 761 Week 07 Vol 15
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“Jason and the Nomads” will perform in Library Square on the village’s Main Street on Feb. 17 as part of Winter Wonderscapes. (Submitted photo)

After a brief respite, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is back and hard at work and they have some great news to share. Wendy Vasco, the Marketing Committee and the BACC have been working diligently during the down time and have created an amazing single day event to be held on the Saturday of Family Day weekend.

“To be held on Feb.17, Winter Wonderscape, is to be a pilot project for future years. Visitors and residents are not going to want to miss this!” said BACC Secretary-Treasurer Terri Louch. “Creating an opportunity to draw people to the area during the shoulder seasons has been the focus for the Marketing Committee during the last few months. With support from several businesses we were able to create this single day event.”

Highlights of the day will include: dancers from Zero Gravity who will perform inside a giant snow globe on the grass beside Hive; three performances by the hit artist “Jason and the Nomads” in Library Square; and the opportunity for guests to create a memory by stopping into participating stores to pick up a free heart and pen a message for a loved one and then hang it on the Heartstring Tree in Clan Gregor Square.

“We look forward to having you join us and experience all that Bayfield and Area has to offer in the winter season,” said Louch.

Organizers would like to offer special thanks to their BACC members and those non-members who stepped up to sponsor and make this day possible. They are The Little Inn; Hessenland Inn & Schatz Winery; Gurpreet Mann, Edward Jones; Goderich Print Shop and Zero Gravity.

“We also appreciate Shopbike Coffee Roasters and Hive for creating special Winter Wonderscape hot beverages for the weekend. Special events are made possible by special businesses!” said Louch.

Louch added that in addition there are several businesses that will be contributing with their own specials and there will be lots of free activities throughout the area during the weekend as well.


In the center of the Bayfield Heritage Conservation District, Admiral Bayfield Square is a gathering place for residents and visitors. Local history is valued, but how should the community move forward? People can share their thoughts on how to update the heritage district plan during sessions in February. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

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.

The Heritage Conservation District boundary map. (Image courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

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?

ERA Architects have prepared a heritage analysis report for review and discussion. The report will be posted on the project website this week: Bayfield Heritage Analysis Report.

People are invited to join the project consultants, ERA Architects and GSP Group, to review their recommendations in Bayfield on Feb. 7-8. The purpose is to gain community input on the Heritage Conservation District Plan update as it relates to you. 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


The Village Bookshop is hosting Bayfield Reads 2024 at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 3rd.

For Canada Reads, the CBC has again developed a theme that allows individuals to review five Canadian books and decide which is the “one book to carry us forward”.

At the Bayfield event, the panel of judges for this year are: Tyler Hessel, Dave MacLaren, and Rachael Rishworth.

Starting at 2 p.m. five locals will each defend one book and the audience will choose which is the “one book to carry us forward”. The  local defenders are: Madison Thornton, Paula Brent, Catherine Tillmann, Faith Wyant, and Peter Ferguson.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5 and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

“The Future” by Catherine Leroux will be defended by Madison Thornton.

Thornton lives in Bayfield. She describes herself as “inquisitive, fun loving, and empathic”. Thornton enjoys the simple things in life and doesn’t mind taking on a challenge every now and again.

Thorton said, “I find having an open mind to learning through others is key to growth. The more you know the more you grow.”

Bayfield Reads might just be the challenge that brings such growth.

The Future is listed in CBC Books of Fiction to Read in Fall 2023, in addition, it is one of CBC Books’ Best Books of 2023. This book provides readers with an alternate history in which the French never surrendered Detroit, and children protect their own kingdom in the trees. It is a lyrical testament to the power individuals hold to protect the people and places they love—together.

The Future, and all the other Bayfield Reads Books, are available at The Village Bookshop located at 24 Bayfield Main Street North in Bayfield. People can also shop online by visiting: village


Dash (Submitted photo)

The volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) would like to send a huge thank you to Goderich Pet Valu for an over-the-top, successful Adoption Weekend event on Jan. 27-28. As a result of the weekend, 15 cats have now found loving homes!

But there are many more still in need, such as Dash, the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Trapped just outside of Bayfield, people had noticed him hanging around for a while but there was growing concern for him as he was displaying some “pretty mean looking battle scars”.

“When he came in, he escaped into the Rescue while we were transferring him from the live trap to his kennel thus he came to be known as Dash. He would dash and hide whenever someone came into the Rescue,” said Deb Penhale representing BFF. “He was scared, confused and determined that he was not going to be kennelled but eventually we won and a very angry boy was kennelled.”

Penhale went on to explain that he had some very deep scratches in his face which were concerning as there had been no evidence of fighting and he got along with the other cats.

“Turns out it was food allergies that were causing the scarring,” said Penhale. “He had to be put on a special diet which cleared it up. His change from scarred angry Tom to an extra-large love bug has been astounding.  Unfortunately, due to his food allergies he will need to be an only cat, however, rather fortunately, he has plenty of love to give!”

Dash is a reminder that ensuring these cats are happy and healthy comes at a financial cost.

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.

Exciting news for potential volunteers or fosters! BFF will be hosting an orientation on Saturday, Feb. 10 for people interested in becoming volunteers and/or fosters. The one-hour orientation will begin at 11 a.m. To learn more and to register please contact Mary Pounder at


The Bayfield Community Centre has been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville and now we need folks to rally to win!

It’s pretty simple – register an email on the website and then post up to five pictures of life at the rink and also write a brief rally note – do that and voila 16 points have been generated for Bayfield! Please note that it takes a bit of time for the notes and pictures to appear on the page as Hockeyville staffers have to approve them. People can also generate more points by placing emojis on each of the pictures already posted – one point for every like!

The Bayfield Rally started last week and so far we’ve seen a few people contribute but a few aren’t enough to win, we need a lot of support to make it to the top four community centres and the next round. But anything is possible when Bayfield residents get behind a cause!

Chat it up Bayfield and get more people involved in the game. The community centre could use the grand prize of $250,000 to finish upgrades to the ice system, purchase a new time clock and do some renovations in the community hall!

Community support will go a long way in enhancing the long-standing  tradition of hockey and skating and community gatherings in this beloved landmark.

To rally for Bayfield go to: Bayfield Community Centre – Kraft Hockeyville. This first round ends Feb. 18.


People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2024.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2024 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $120. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


The Board of Directors of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is looking for someone to fill the volunteer position of Secretary.

Previous experience is helpful but not necessary. A working knowledge of Word and Outlook would be an asset. Attention to detail is important.

The duties of this position include: preparing meeting agendas with assistance from the BAS President; taking, preparing, and circulating minutes; correspondence; and maintaining a membership list.

Meeting attendance would be two hours (evening) per month. Training and support will be provided for all duties. A complete job description is available upon request.

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


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) welcomes all to a hike on the Varna Nature Trails on Monday, Feb. 19.

Starting at 10 a.m. this Family Day hike will be family-friendly, with options for an easy 1 km hike on the Taylor Trail or a continuation onto Mavis’ Trail which is 2.5 km. Participants are asked to dress for the weather: the hope is for some lovely snow, but in an El Niño year anything is possible.  Hike leaders will be Annerieke VanBeets and Nancy McHardy.  Those who attend are asked to meet and park at the Varna Community Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road.

A map of the Trails can be found by visiting: Bayfield Trails  For more information contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205 or email


“Skating into the Cinema” is the theme of the Bayfield Skating Club’s Skating Carnival and Showcase to be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the Bayfield Community Centre.

This year’s carnival is being organized to showcase the many talented skaters in the Learn to Skate, Can Skate and Intro to Star programs that are offered by the club.

The skaters will take to the ice at 1 p.m. providing attendees with two hours of great entertainment.

Admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and under admitted for free.

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


The next meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be Saturday, Feb. 10. 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.


Who has what it takes to be the fastest puzzle maker around? Find out on Feb. 10 at the Bayfield Branch Library when they host a Puzzle Building Competition.

The competition shall be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those who wish to take part are asked to assemble a team and go head-to-head against other teams by seeing who can assemble a 500-piece puzzle the quickest! Registration is required. There is a limit of six teams with two to four members per team. Please register a team via email at or by calling  519 565-2886.

In keeping with the theme, the Bayfield Branch Library also has a puzzle exchange which people are welcome to use. It is available during regular open hours. People are welcome to trade what puzzles they have at home or can just take one – no library card needed!

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


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.

Rev. Mary Farmer will soon lead a one hour, six-week, Lenten Study starting on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. This Study will be held on ZOOM to allow folks to take part without the worry of travel. It is open to all in the community that may have an interest. Please reach out to Rev. Mary Farmer for further details and a link by emailing

In preparation for the Lenten season the Imposition of Ashes will be held at Trinity St. James on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield generally holds their Book Study on Mondays at noon (excluding holidays) on the lower level of the church. 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.


The members of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield are happy and excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor as their part time minister.

Community members are invited to join them in a four week Lenten Book Study on Fridays at 10 a.m. in the church hall starting on Feb. 23.

The group will be discussing the book “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian McLaren. Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is necessary.

McLaren is a popular author, gifted speaker, and one of the leading voices in contemporary spirituality. On Saturday, May 11, he will be speaking at Wesley-Knox United Church in London, ON. And so the book study is in preparation for his visit. For those interested in the event but not wishing to travel, McLaren’s presentation will also be available that day via ZOOM.

The book argues that the Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. In this study, McLaren invites people to reimagine the Christian life and focus on new ways of reading scripture and on living the life of love to which Christ calls them.

This book can be ordered through The Village Bookshop for $23. Please note that it will take approximately eight days to arrive once ordered.

For more information about the study and to register please contact Sheila Macgregor via email at or call 519 235-0613.


Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Do you know…where your food comes from? February 13 is Canada’s Agricultural Day (#CdnAgDay), a day to celebrate and support  our hardworking farmers who produce the food we love!

What can people do…to support our farmers? Shop local. Visit Eat Local Huron  and Taste Our County to learn more.

Support food events in Huron County. Visit  Taste of Huron to learn about events in the area.

Learn more about farming and agricultural best management practices by visiting the Huronview Demonstration Farm. You can learn more about the farm near Clinton online at: For an overview of farm life in Canada visit: On the Farm.


Stephanie Denomme (Submitted photo)

The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced that the 2024 Feature Artist, for the 34th Conservation Dinner, is Stephanie Denomme, owner of Blush and Blossom Floral in Exeter.

Chris Keller, of Exeter Lions Club, is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee.

“On behalf of the whole Conservation Dinner Committee, we are excited to announce that the Conservation Dinner featured artist in 2024 is Stephanie Denomme,” he said. “Stephanie’s floral designs are works of art and having her creative talents showcased at the 34th Conservation Dinner is sure to make this year’s Dinner and Auction a special one indeed.”

The Conservation Dinner community fundraiser and auction takes place on Thursday, Apr. 11 at the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

Each year, the Conservation Dinner Committee selects a featured artist. Past Dinner artists have worked in a range of media including, visual arts, culinary arts, wine-making, ice sculpture, metal sculpture, quilting, and woodworking. In the 34-year history of the Dinner, Denomme is the 25th person to be named a feature artist.

“I am very honored to be selected as the 25th featured artist,” she said. “This community has been extremely supportive of both my business as well as family. I am so excited to showcase my talents to everyone attending the Dinner.”

The Seaforth-area native and Exeter resident has been designing floral arrangements since 2018. In 2023, she opened her own shop, specializing in weddings and events.

“I have put a lot of hard work driving my business to where it is today, whether it be furthering my skills at the Canadian Institute of Floral Design in Toronto, as well as overcoming the hurdles of opening a small business,” she said.

Floral design is a creative endeavor. Every creation is unique with different flowers and textures.

“No two pieces are the same,” Denomme said.

“I like the challenge,” she said of putting her own creative twist on design concepts.

This year’s feature art is a spring seasonal insert with planter included as well as three other inserts to be filled in future (summer, autumn, and winter) plus one vase arrangement and a $100 gift card used for future purchases.

In becoming a florist, this year’s feature artist has taken a winding career  path. She once studied to be a police officer before embarking on her current career. She and her husband Marc have four young children so her floral design studio, constructed in 2023, is part of her home.

“If I need to be inside I’m a few feet away,” she said.

The Conservation Dinner is the unofficial start of Spring and the colourful “coming out of winter and into spring” motif is something that may find its way into this year’s feature art.

To find out more about Blush and Blossom Flora visit the firm’s website at: Blush and Blossom Floral.

In the last decade the feature artists have been: Dark Horse Estate Winery Inc., 2023; Diane Carson, The Electric Quilter, Exeter, 2022; wood craftsman David Loerchner, D. L. Creations, Bayfield, 2018; Iceculture Inc. of Hensall, 2017; Jim Dawe, Murals in Metal, 2016; culinary feature artist Chef James Eddington, 2015; and Tammy Laye, 2014.

To see a full list that goes all the way back to 1990 visit: Feature Artist Details.

The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and the watershed community, on the Dinner, since 1991.

Tickets are available now for the Conservation Dinner. 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 Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Hwy 83). Tickets are $100 each and patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.

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.

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

The South Huron Recreation Centre is located at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter.


Mike Strang spoke to the crowd about his experiences using cover crops.

Kelly Consitt, an agronomist with Agri-Solve Inc., provided a summary of the first-year results of the rye-after-corn trial at a Cover Crop Workshop held in Clinton on Jan. 26. (Submitted photos)

More than 50 people attended the annual cover crop workshop hosted by Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) on Jan. 26 in Clinton.

Four local agricultural producers, Mike Strang, Alan Willits, Joanna Wallace and Ethan Wallace spoke to the crowd about their experiences using cover crops. They outlined both the successes of cover crops as well as the challenges. Planting and harvesting can be particularly stressful for producers, especially with unfavorable weather and field conditions. It was encouraging to hear from producers who found their cover crops allowed them to get back on their fields more quickly during the wet autumn experienced last year.

Local, on-the-ground experiences are what seem to draw producers to this workshop, said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds Technician with ABCA.

“It is great to be able to provide a space for producers to share and these discussions are so important in furthering the use of cover crops in our watershed communities,” she said.

In addition to the producer presentations, Nicole Menheere, a past University of Guelph graduate student, spoke about her research on cover crops and climate change. Kelly Consitt, an agronomist with Agri-Solve Inc., provided a summary of the first-year results of the rye-after-corn trial. Marisa Roefs, Stewardship Technician with Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), outlined the funding available for cover crops through the County of Huron’s Huron Clean Water Project.

Wim Feddes is President of Huron Soil and Crop.

“It was great to see this well-attended workshop and hear what producers are doing to incorporate cover crops into their rotations,” he said. “I found it encouraging to see the interest in the rye-after-corn trial as the more producers that are involved, the better we can generate and share information.”

The workshop organizers would like to thank all the producers for attending the workshop, sharing their experiences, and continuing to innovate when it comes to incorporating cover crops into their operations.

For more information about the Huron Clean Water Project and other cover crop funding, please contact your local conservation authority: Brooklyn Rau at ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 261, or by email at or Marisa Roefs at MVCA at 519 335-3557, Ext. 235, or by email  at


Two Bayfield residents will be performing in Wingham on Sunday, March 10 as part of the Nashville Opry Country Hits Concert.

Bayfield residents, Richard Marier and his son, Memphis Aaron, will join performers Sue Weber and Randy Satchell on stage at the Wingham Columbus Centre at 3:30 p.m.

Richard was a member of the house band at the Ranch House Saloon in Exeter for 15 years and has been mentoring his son Memphis, aged 10, since he was four.

Doors to the centre will open at 3 p.m. with a roast beef buffet being served at 4:30 p.m. This is a general seating event but tables of six can be reserved by calling Sue at 519 357-1270 (if ordering online).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the centre or online at

The Wingham Columbus Centre is located at 99 Kerr Drive in Wingham.


St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich will host their 44th Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday, Feb. 13 with three meal service times and some special musical entertainment.

The first opportunity to indulge in some pancakes will happen at lunchtime. This meal service style is designed for people to come and go between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There are two evening sittings. The first sitting will be at 5 p.m. The doors will open at 4:15 p.m. for pre-dinner music in the church sanctuary provided by the Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) Jazz Band. The second sitting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:45 p.m. and once again the GDCI Jazz Band will provide some musical entertainment for attendees.

Tickets for the Supper are $10 per person; children under five years of age are free. Tickets are available now by visiting Fincher’s and Cravings, both located on The Square in Goderich or by calling the church office at 519 524-2274.

St. George’s Anglican Church is located at 87 Nelson Street in Goderich.


People are invited to check out the window display at Good Neighbours of Bluewater, 28 Goshen Street North in Zurich to see some of the results of the recent Jewellery Workshop. They are also invited to drop in on Mondays or Thursdays for social time and games. (Submitted photo)

Good Neighbours of Bluewater will host an Ukrainian Lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Borscht will be on the menu and served from 12:15-1 p.m. after which two former citizens of Ukraine will share their stories of life in that country. Reflections will be provided by Annie Zielman, who left Ukraine almost 80 years ago; and Tanya Masanovets who left more recently.

The cost per person is $15 with a donation from the proceeds going to the Huron Newcomers Fund. Seating is limited and registration is required.

To register please email or call 519 236-7081.

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


An entry door into the Hensall Community Centre will be replaced due to money received from the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a $22,500 grant from the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund which will be used to make some energy efficient upgrades at the Hensall Community Centre.

FCC’s AgriSpirit Fund supports community improvement initiatives in communities across Canada with a focus on enriching the lives of residents in communities with fewer than 150,000 people.

The Hensall Community Centre houses one of Bluewater’s ice pads and the adjoining hall is used for various adult and youth programming. The hall is also used by the community throughout the year for different events, making it an important gathering place for the Hensall and greater Bluewater community.

Bluewater’s project will see upgrades made to LED lighting throughout the community centre. In addition, an entry door into the community centre will be replaced. Both projects combined will help improve the energy efficiency of the building with the ultimate goal of reducing the carbon footprint at Bluewater’s recreational facilities.

“We’re grateful to FCC for supporting these improvements to our community centre. It can be a challenge in small, rural communities to make necessary improvements to facilities and this funding will ensure safe access to the building and continued enjoyment for our community, said Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, Paul Klopp.


Students from Eco Exeter are presenting at Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Partner Appreciation Evening. The event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at Ironwood Golf Club near Exeter.

The Partner Appreciation Evening will run from 5-7:30 p.m.

The topic of the presentation by Eco Exeter is “Away from Pollution, Towards Solutions: Keeping plastics and other contaminants out of our water”.  The Eco Exeter students are from South Huron District High School.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), for the 41st consecutive year.

Marissa Vaughan is Chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome the Eco Exeter students to present on moving from pollution to solutions, and protecting local watercourses from plastics and other contaminants, at our annual Partner Appreciation Evening,” she said. “These young people are truly inspiring and they show the promise of the next generation of watershed stewards. We look forward to this evening where we will announce the Conservationist of the Year Award winner, honor our valued community partners, and present years of service awards to directors and staff.”

In order to attend the evening, guests must RSVP in advance, by March 14, to Sharon Pavkeje via email at or by calling 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Conservationist of the Year Award, and the Partner Appreciation Evening, visit the web page: Conservationist of the Year.

Ironwood Golf Club is located at 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter.

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.

In the countdown to Valentine’s Day, we take a closer look at the jewellery accessories that are a part of the Museum’s collection…


This is a bronze cast metal jewelery box on four legs. It is lined on the inside in blue silk, and on the bottom is stamped B.&W. 126.




On Saturday, Jan.  27, the Optimist Club of Bayfield and the Bayfield Lions Club co-hosted a multi-service club conference at the Bayfield Community Centre. 

The purpose was to get all the Bayfield service clubs in one room to enjoy a social time as well as share their challenges, objectives and plans for 2024. 

“It was a huge success!” said Jeff Kish, president of the Bayfield Optimist Club. “We have a very exciting year ahead for the residents of Bayfield.”

According to Kish, the event was supported by 23 service clubs. Each club was given about five minutes to present their challenges and plans to those gathered. 

“The overall objective is to develop more programs and events for Bayfield, as well as to attract more members for our clubs. The more members we have the more value we can deliver to our community,” said Kish. “The village’s strong community spirit  is what built Bayfield in the first place and this continues to add opportunities for community socialization, recreation and education. Supporting our clubs, supports our community.”

He noted that a common theme from the presentations was that all clubs are looking for new members. People have many options to choose from – there is a club or group for every interest! 

Here is a list of the groups that presented: 

  • Photography Club of Bayfield
  • Bayfield River Valley Trail Association
  • Bayfield Lions Club
  • Bayfield Yacht Club
  • Bayfield Agricultural Society
  • Bayfield Historical Society
  • Bayfield Community Centre
  • Huron Land Trust Conservancy
  • Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Friends of the Bayfield Library
  • Bayfield Centre for the Arts
  • Bayfield Town Hall
  • Blue Bayfield
  • Pioneer Park Association
  • Bayfield People and Canine Community
  • Optimist Club of Bayfield
  • Bayfield Forgotten Felines
  • Bayfield Area Food Bank
  • Bayfield Ratepayers Association
  • Bayfield Community Garden Initiative
  • Bayfield International Croquet Club
  • Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation
  • Sunset Community Foundation




Frozen…By Melody Falconer-Pounder

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

When looking for a conversation starter Canadians will undoubtedly use weather as a topic. And sometimes, Mother Nature helps by using her artistic talents to create an extraordinarily pretty picture. On Sunday morning, in Bayfield and the surrounding area, people woke up to a frozen landscape. Hoar Frost thickly coated the ground, fence lines and trees turning everything a magical, translucent white.

It was a very pretty drive into the village that morning and I brought along my camera to capture what I could through the car windshield before the day progressed and it all dissolved. Judging by my social media, quite a few other folks had the same idea and the topic of conversation both in-person and online was just how beautiful everything looked.

Now I have seen Hoar Frost before, just maybe not in February. And Sunday’s display was next level – something akin to fairy magic. However magical it seemed I looked to Science to learn more.

Here is the definition of Hoar Frost according to the Royal Meteorological Society: “Under clear, cold nights in winter, a Hoar Frost can form. Hoar Frost forms when water vapour in the air comes into contact with an object that is below freezing. Rather than the water vapour first condensing onto the object and then freezing, the water vapour immediately freezes to form ice crystals. The Hoar Frost is distinctive due to its feathery structure, and the freezing process is so quick that it traps air, giving it a white or silver opaque appearance.”

Next week we shall examine another rare phenomenon known as sunshine as its absence in 2024 has also been a topic of conversation both online and in-person. Just kidding. Who else is counting down until Spring? Just 42 more days to go! – Melody

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