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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 762 Week 08 Vol 15

February 14, 2024


Issue 762 Week 08 Vol 15
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During Winter Wonderscape there is an 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. The tree is sponsored by Gurpreet Mann of Edward Jones in Bayfield. (Photo Courtesy Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce)

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.

“Jason and the Nomads” will perform in Library Square on the village’s Main Street on Feb. 17 as part of Winter Wonderscape. (Submitted photo)


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.

In “Shut Up You’re Pretty” by Tea Mutonji a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, and a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish.

Mutonji’s book was the winner of the Trillium Book Award and Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; finalist for Rogers Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize; and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Shut Up You’re Pretty is the first book to be published under the imprint “VS. Books”, a series of books curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers or writers of color.

Paula Brent will be defending Shut Up You’re Pretty. Brent is a community-minded, nature lover. She can often be found at the Bayfield River, watching birds, sketching plants, and reading Mary Oliver alongside her pup, Violet. Brent is a curious learner and looks forward to diving into this year’s Bayfield Reads!

Shut Up You’re Pretty, 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


This photo of Cocoa Puff abandoned in harsh conditions was taken prior to her being live trapped and taken to the Rescue. (Submitted photos)

This week volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) ask, “What is stranger than finding one emaciated abandoned Siamese kitten in winter conditions?” The correct answer is finding three!

During the last round of wintery weather, two kittens were found in Goderich, several blocks away from each other while a third was later discovered in Bayfield. One of the Goderich rescues was taken in by the people who found her and they have decided to keep her.

So that leaves Cocoa Puff and Bixby as the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

“When Cocoa Puff was discovered an amazing woman, who had been notified of the emergency situation heightened by an impending snowstorm, set a live trap and monitored it continuously for several hours and into the night to ensure she was trapped safely,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

According to Penhale, Cocoa Puff was in pretty rough shape.

“But with lots of attention and a slow feeding plan to get her on the right track she has gained weight and seems to be doing very well,” she said.

Almost a week later, there were sightings of another Siamese cat this time on Glass Street in Bayfield.

“Bixby was trapped and found to be in the same poor body condition, the same age and coloring,” said Penhale. “These kittens had no winter coat, which is an indication they were once kept indoors. They were very scared when they were found but soon became super friendly which is also an indicator that they have known people. It appears that whoever released them in winter conditions also took the time to drop them in different areas.”

Thankfully, Cocoa Puff and Bixby are now warm, well fed and well loved, their frightening adventure in the cold, often cruel world, drawn to a positive conclusion thanks to the efforts of kinder humans.

Cocoa Puff and Bixby are 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.


The Bayfield Community Centre has been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville and now we need folks to rally to win for a chance to win the grand prize of $250,000 for facility improvements.

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. People can also add their own nomination story or video. Each contribution helps with the point tally: nomination story, 10 points; supporting photos, three points; supporting note, 1 point; react with emojis to nominated stories and photos, one point.  Please note that it takes a bit of time for the stories, notes and pictures to appear on the page as Hockeyville staffers have to approve them.

The Bayfield Rally has been active for two weeks and organizers are pleased to see that people are taking part but more are needed to make it into the top four. And time is running out as this first round ends on Feb. 18th!

To rally for Bayfield go to: Bayfield Community Centre – Kraft Hockeyville.

Editor’s note: To discover more about the history of the Bayfield Community Centre and why winning would be such a fitting chapter in the facility’s story scroll down to our Photo Story section. 


Prolific author and local librarian Avery Greaves has had a children’s picture book published which she is excited to share with the community on Monday, Feb. 19 at a Family Day Author Event to be held at The Village Bookshop.

Starting at 2 p.m. Greaves will read from “Wanda the Witch’s Wish”  as well as her middle-grade book series, “The Creature Collection”. The event will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. with signed copies of Greaves’ books available.

The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North in Bayfield.


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 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 Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.

In preparation for the Lenten season the Imposition of Ashes will be held at Trinity St. James today (Feb. 14) at 10:30 a.m. Dates and times for upcoming special services at Trinity St. James have also been set, these include: Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.; Good Friday, March 29, 2 p.m. and Easter Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m.

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


On Sunday, Feb. 18, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will welcome musical guests Peter Postill, soloist. All are invited to attend the service that will begin at 11 a.m.

Knox 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.

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.


As of Feb. 12, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has appointed former Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck, a St. Marys resident and Mitchell native, as the ABCAs new General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. Shown in photo, from l-r are: Brian Horner, outgoing GM who will return to his previous role as Financial Services Supervisor as he assists the organization with the transition to the new General Manager; Davin Heinbuck, new ABCA General Manager; and Marissa Vaughan, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.(Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has named Davin Heinbuck as the ABCAs new General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. He assumed his duties as General Manager on Feb. 12.

Heinbuck is a St. Marys resident and Mitchell native. He was Water Resources Coordinator prior to his new appointment. He has worked at Ausable Bayfield Conservation since 2003.

Marissa Vaughan is Chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

“On behalf of the Human Resources Committee and the entire Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce our new General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer is Davin Heinbuck,” Vaughan said. “Davin has the technical skills and watershed management knowledge required for this position and he has the team-building and organizational skills needed to lead us confidently into the future.”

The new General Manager has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and watershed management. Locally, he has worked closely with municipal representatives and staff and community partners in his previous role as Water Resources Coordinator.

“He brings extensive subject-area knowledge to his new role and strong interpersonal skills,” Vaughan said. “Davin is skilled in all aspects of watershed management. He knows the watershed and our local communities.”

In addition to his work on local programs such as flood forecasting and warning and groundwater monitoring, Heinbuck has played significant roles in provincial conservation. He has served as Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning Alliance and as Chair of the Southwest Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network Working Group. He has also instructed workshops for drainage engineers and drainage superintendents.

“Davin has been a leader in conservation locally and he has been recognized province-wide for his contributions to effective watershed management across Ontario,” Vaughan said.

Outgoing GM Brian Horner remains at ABCA to assist in the transition to the new General Manager and he will return to his former role as Financial Services Supervisor.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Brian for his successful ten years as General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer at ABCA,” Vaughan said. “The ABCA is highly regarded in the community and much of this is due to his fine leadership. We are grateful that he will continue at ABCA. He will be an asset in the transition to a new General Manager.”

The selection of the new General Manager took place after a job competition that attracted numerous excellent candidates from within the organization and from outside the organization, according to ABCA. After in-depth interviews with several candidates, the conservation authority found their preferred candidate from within the organization.

It is an honor and a privilege to step into the role of General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer with Ausable Bayfield Conservation, Heinbuck said.

“I look forward to working closely with our member municipalities and our other community partners as we continue to protect life and property and watershed resources, and build healthy, resilient watersheds, in the years to come,” he said. “One of the great strengths of ABCA is our dedicated and knowledgeable staff. I look forward to working with the entire staff to realize the mission and vision the community has provided for us.”

Outside of his professional work, Heinbuck is an avid angler who is National Research Director for Muskies Canada Inc. and Chair of the Muskies Canada Science Advisory Committee. He received the Paul Gasbarino Distinguished Service Award in 2022. He was inducted into the Muskies Canada Hall of Fame in 2023.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is an independent, corporate body in Southwestern Ontario on the southeast shores of Lake Huron. It is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities with the mandate to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario’s water, land and natural habitats through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs. To learn more visit their website


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. (Submitted photos)

ABCA Summer Nature Day Camps will be held at even more sites throughout the watershed during July and August.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. This year there are even more sites throughout the watershed where young people may attend the day camps.

There will be WILD (Wonder, Investigate, Learn, Discover) day camps at Rock Glen and Morrison Dam conservation areas. There will also be one-day camps at five other locations: Warner Preserve in Grand Bend; Clinton Conservation Area; Lucan Conservation Area; Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna); and Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks).

Cassie Greidanus is ABCA Conservation Education Coordinator. She said the return of popular summer nature day camps is exciting. She said it’s also exciting that day camps will take place at seven different locations across the watershed.

“We are really excited to expand our current day camp offerings across the watershed this year,” Greidanus said. “After hearing feedback from kids, staff and guest speakers, we are doing what we can to offer the children of our watershed a chance to see areas they do not normally get the chance to see. This is all while learning, playing and creating memories they will never forget. We look forward to learning about topics such as: water, forests, habitats, invertebrates and all forms of wildlife.”

The Summer Nature Day Camps take place in July and August.

The first two camps are at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter: Week One will run from July 8-12 for ages six to nine; while Week Two will be held July 15-19 for ages nine to 12.

Camp weeks three and four are at Rock Glen Conservation Area near Arkona: Week Three will run from  July 29 to Aug. 2nd for ages nine to 12; and Week Four will be held  Aug. 12-16 for ages six to nine.

Day camps between Aug. 19-23, will be for ages six to 12 and will take place at five different locations. They include the following dates, locations and themes: Aug. 19, Warner Preserve in Grand Bend with the theme of Harmonious Habitats; Aug. 20, takes place at Clinton Conservation Area with the theme Wonderful Water; Aug. 21, Lucan Conservation Area with the theme Amazing Adaptations; Aug. 22, Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna) with the theme Into the Woods; Aug. 23, Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks) with the theme Natural Curiosity.

To learn more visit the web page: WILD Summer Nature Day Camps. To register for Summer Nature Day Camp click on the Google Forms link: Register Here.


(Image courtesy Split the Pot Lottery)

After a successful pilot campaign this fall, Split The Pot Lottery is back in support of hospitals across Ontario. This collaborative fundraising effort returns bigger and better than before. From now to March 21, this lottery supports an additional 30 hospital partners and offers players 13 more chances to win early bird prizes. The number and breakdown of the grand prize draws remains the same.

Split the Pot Lottery gives players the chance to win big while contributing to vital healthcare initiatives in their communities. With a total of 51 hospital partners and a guaranteed minimum $500,000 jackpot, it also presents the unique opportunity to participate in the largest partnered fundraising initiative in Ontario.

“As lead sponsor of the Split the Pot Lottery initiative, we’re very excited to see so many hospital foundations come together. The initial lottery exceeded expectations, and we can’t wait to see the impacts of Split the Pot on our local health care. Our portion of the proceeds will support critical projects and infrastructure that improve patient experience across Grand River Hospital,” said Paul McIntyre Royston, president and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation. “By participating in Split the Pot, you help to ensure Care Never Stops in our communities and that patients receive access to the technology and services they need to have the best possible outcomes. Thank you for your rallying support and showing our patients that you care!”

To give players more chances to win, the Split the Pot Lottery jackpot will be divided among 13 grand prize winners, and there will be 26 chances to win a total of $76,000 in early bird prizes. And, of course, Ontario patients win big too, with a portion of proceeds from every ticket purchased going directly to support partnering hospitals through their foundations.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Split the Pot website: All tickets purchased before midnight, Thursday, Feb. 15 will be eligible for all 26 early bird prizes, plus the grand prize draws.

Learn all about Split the Pot Lottery, including ticket prices, prizes, draws, important dates, and contest rules by visiting the website listed above.

Split the Pot Lottery (Licence Number: RAF1365458), is a joint venture of 30 hospital foundations across the province including two close to home: Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, Goderich and South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter.


Six Bluewater Firefighters from the Brucefield and Hensall stations were honored with years of service awards at the meeting of Bluewater Council on Feb. 5. Congratulating each of the men whose names are shown in the above collage were Bluewater Fire Chief David Erb (left) and Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp (right). (Image courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on  Feb. 5.

  • Six Bluewater Firefighters with 20 plus years of service were recognized. They include: Gerard Boon, 45 years of service: Ron Thompson and Greg Campbell, both 40 years of service; Brian Cooper, 30 years of service; and Jeff Denys and Pete Bedard, 20 years of service.
  • Appointed Council as members of the Committee of Adjustment for the term of Feb. 5, 2024 to Jan. 1, 2025.
  • Appointed Councilor Lamport to the OPP Detachment Board.
  • Amended the Fees and Charges By-law.


Ten year-old Memphis Aaron, a Bayfield resident, is just one of the performers to take to the concert stage in Wingham on March 10. (Submitted photo)

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.


In what is becoming an annual event for Huron County hockey fans, former NHL stars are facing off with local firefighters in support of Huron Hospice. This year, the team will be led by firefighters from Central Huron.

The puck will drop in Clinton at Eastlink Arena on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. This fantastic community event promises lots of skill and lots of laughs and is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable event for all ages.

“When Huron County families are on a difficult end-of-life journey, they turn to Huron Hospice for compassionate care. Nurses and volunteers provide care at Bender House so families can focus on being families. Since 2018, 250 people have used the services at Bender House. Trained volunteers work with families in the community providing care and respite for more than 100 people each year. There are no costs for any Huron Hospice services. The Ontario Government contributes half of our annual revenue, and we rely on donors to contribute the other 50 per cent. Events like the celebrity hockey game are an important part of our being able to provide care for local friends and families,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster.

Tickets for the game cost $30 and a limited supply are available by emailing Christopher Walker at Huron Hospice or by calling 519 525-7352.


The Livery Film Fest will present its next film “Ferrari” on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Park Theatre in Goderich.

This biographical film will commence at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $8 for Livery members. Sorry, advance tickets are not available at this time.

The film covers Enzo Ferrari’s life in 1957, as the company is on the brink of bankruptcy, his marriage is crumbling and his only legitimate son has recently passed away. Penelope Cruz, in what is described as one of her best performances, plays Ferrari’s wife and business partner, Laura. The film also stars Shailene Woodley as Ferrari’s mistress and mother of his other son. Ferrari tries to hold onto both relationships while struggling with his grief.

In a plan to revive the company and retain his ‘crown’, Ferrari (brilliantly played by Adam Driver) plans to enter – and win – the Mille Miglia, an open road, endurance-based race running one thousand miles across Italy.

This film is perfect for director Michael Mann. He specializes in high energy films with personal conflict at their core. While the dynamics between the cast are intense to watch, the real action is in the cars.

Mann knows just where to place a camera, whether it’s in the car, on the car, or beside the car, he captures the speed and danger. The actors who play the race car drivers include Patrick Dempsey, who is also a professional racer, having competed at the LeMans 24 hour race.

This film has been selected by many critics as one of the top 10 films of the year for 2023, coming out right at the end of the year.

The Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


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:


Eco Exeter students, from South Huron District High School, will be presenting at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Partner Appreciation Evening on Thursday, March 21. (Submitted photo)

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.

As Valentine’s Day has arrived with the publication of this issue, we take a closer look at a piece of jewellery that is a part of the Museum’s collection…


It is estimated that this silver chain and pendant were created sometime between 1920 and 1935. Considered to be costume jewellery it was made in the art deco style and features a silver diamond shaped pendant. Details on the front of the pendant include mother of pearl triangles placed opposite to each other (one is missing). There is a flower design on opposing sides.

This necklace, with pendant, was worn by Catharine Lucinda (Graham) Honeyford.




In the Spring of 2020, a Public-Private Partnership that transferred the Operations and Marketing of the Community Centre back to the community was entered into. With the snip of a ribbon, six years of perseverance was celebrated by all involved in the process on July 16, 2020 including l-r: Ron Keys, EJ Bauer, Bill Rowat, Jeff Kish, Sandy Scotchmer, Mayor Paul Klopp, Bill Whetstone, CAO Laurie Spence Bannerman, Jeff Newell and Kevin Geoffrey. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The current Bayfield Community Centre logo. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Community Centre has been an integral part of village life since the first iteration of the facility was constructed in 1953. Time and time again this gathering place for recreation and socialization has been challenged. Over the decades, weather, aging infrastructure and municipal budget constraints have all caused setbacks but each time volunteers rallied, persevered and sometimes even triumphed.

And now people have an opportunity to rally together again and do something marvellous for the Bayfield Community Centre by participating in Kraft Hockeyville – posting notes and pictures on the Bayfield Community Centre Rally Page and/or liking these same pictures and notes with emojis – every post and every like garners votes to help Bayfield make it into the top four and the next round. These simple gestures combined could garner the Bayfield Community Centre $250,000 to go toward improvements to the facility.

According to historical information found on the Bayfield Lions Club’s website, the first arena’s construction was hampered by a violent windstorm in September 1953. The trusses had all been erected by the enthusiastic Lion volunteers but the wind was so strong, nine trusses crashed to the ground 35 feet below. What was left was a tangled, twisted, splintered mess of lumber.

The late Charlie Scotchmer, one of the original building committee members, is quoted as having said, “Mother nature didn’t discourage those Bayfield Lions. They promptly set to work, salvaged what lumber they could and rebuilt it all, being careful to brace everything as they went, in case of another windstorm.”

The year Canada turned 100 saw volunteers once again in action adding a community centre and ice making equipment to lengthen both the skating and hockey season. The arena and community centre served the community in good stead for 25 years. When the original facility was condemned by government authorities the village residents sprang into action. Through grants, tremendous service club support and community donations a new facility was built in its place. This second iteration was completed in 1979 and responsibility for it was passed from the Village of Bayfield to the Municipality of Bluewater at the time of amalgamation in 2000.

Just over a decade ago the council of the day decided that 2013-14 would be the last for ice in the Bayfield Community Centre.  After a groundswell of community support the arena ice was granted a reprieve that lasted until the summer of 2018 when Bluewater decided that they would no longer support the Bayfield Community Centre for the next and subsequent Winter seasons.

Amid the chaos two groups of volunteers rallied to save the ice and ensure a future for the facility: the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT). Their perseverance resulted in the creation of a Public-Private Partnership that transferred the Operations and Marketing of the Community Centre back to the community.  Since the Spring of 2020, BFIT has run the facility on behalf of the community.

A ribbon cutting to mark the transfer was held on July 16, 2020 at which Bayfield Councilor Bill Whetstone said, “ “What would life in Bayfield be without our arena and community centre? This was the question that concerned many residents in 2014. An aging building forced the Municipality of Bluewater to consider closing the ice arena. In 2016 a group of local residents formed the not-for-profit BFIT with the vision to enter a Private – Public Partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater to seek alternative options to provide the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area with the recreation and community events that are an important part of living and providing economic benefit in Bayfield.”

Just prior to cutting the ribbon, BFIT representative Sandy Scotchmer said, “…we don’t have to let these buildings close. We know how important this building is to the community and to the children and to the seniors so I’m glad that the municipality has worked together with us so closely and we will continue to work together, closely…”

Pandemic restrictions at the time of the ribbon cutting prevented it from being a grand celebration for the community but winning Kraft Hockeyville could result in something even grander with the promise of a NHL game as well as  $250,000 for the community that ends up on top of the podium.

Upgrades to the ice system, the purchase of a new time clock and some renovations in the community hall are all things that the money would be put towards.

People are invited to join the legacy created by the volunteers that have rallied, persevered, and yes, even triumphed, in their support of the Bayfield Community Centre. By doing so they are upholding 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.

Editor’s note: To learn the finer points of how to participate in Kraft Hockeyville scroll up to the first section of this issue. 




Clouds just west of Bayfield…By Jill Jones

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

The editor enjoying the winter weather in 1971. (Submitted photo)

This rather mild winter has afforded my husband and I the opportunity to resume our regular walks on our property earlier than usual this year. One of the routes we take is up an old childhood favorite tobogganing hill of mine.

When I was a kid, interest in playing in the snow usually lasted about as long as it took me to get dressed to go out. But I considered myself to be quite a champion tobogganer. My family’s farm is well equipped with several challenging slopes and I often attempted to conquer the most difficult configurations of snow.

One winter along this particular hill I had worn some well packed snow into a smooth slide. As I recall it featured a steep slope, a small jump and then a sharp curve. One afternoon after a rather heavy snowfall I ventured up this hill. I had been warned to always check the hill before I went down it in case the drifts had changed their depths, but being anxious to hit the slopes, I rarely bothered. So down I went.

What I learned upon my descent was that the snowfall had adversely changed the slope conditions. The once steep slope had turned into a steeper slope and the small jump had transformed into a huge jump. I hit the edge and was suddenly airborne.

My little red toboggan went out from under me and headed north while I travelled south east. I landed head first in a cold drift and lay there for a while contemplating life.

I first had to determine whether I was indeed still alive. When I opened my eyes all I could see was white. I must be in heaven I thought. A life snuffed out during prime tobogganing season seemed hardly fair. But then I heard a voice calling my name. It was my grandmother who had come out into the pasture to check up on me. Much to my relief I was still among the living, just very embarrassed.

In what seems like the blink of an eye I’ve traded places on that hill with my grandchildren. When wintery weather coincides with their visits to the farm it is they that fly on their sleds head first down that hill. And it is I that comes out to check on them. I wonder if they too will embellish their tobogganing stories as much as I have done. Only time will tell. – Melody

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