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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 763 Week 09 Vol 15

February 21, 2024


Issue 763 Week 09 Vol 15
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The cover of a brochure promoting a Bayfield sailboat. The brochure is in the digitized archives of the Bayfield Historical Society. (Photo courtesy the Bayfield Historical Society Archives)

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) receives many requests to research family histories but earlier this year they received an inquiry into the history of a boat!

The request came from Willard Sunderland, a history professor at  the University of Cincinnati.

In 2016, Sunderland acquired a 32-foot vessel that was made at the Bayfield Boat Yard in 1976. After refurbishment and repairs, his goal was to sail it to Russia. The Russia–Ukraine war interrupted that plan, however, so his “Plan B” was to learn all he could about the origins of his boat.

Volunteer BHS Archivist Julia Armstrong searched for articles in the digitized Huron County historical newspapers and sent them to  Sunderland along with notes and a brochure from the BHS digitized collection.

Bayfield Boat Yard was established by Ted Gozzard and Nelson Gatehouse. In December 1974, the Clinton News-Record reported that the enterprise had gone “from shed to international fame in four years.” It started constructing dinghies and canoes in a Bayfield church shed in 1970. A little over a year later, the builders switched to sailboats, and in the fall of 1972, production began on 25-foot yachts in a large building in Vanastra; the following year, a 32-foot model was introduced. These sailboats, which have been spotted around the world, are easily identified by their unique design and much loved for their stability and craftsmanship.

The information Armstrong forwarded intrigued Sunderland further and since he had decided to make a visit to the area, he arranged to make a stop at the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives. BHS board member Gwen Patterson arranged to meet him on Jan. 29, along with local historian Dave Gillians, a past president who knows a lot about the boats crafted by the company. Gillians kindly took the professor on a tour of the village and marina. Additionally, Sunderland planned to visit Mike Gozzard, son of Ted, at Gozzard Yachts in Goderich the next day.

This story demonstrates the important role that the BHS plays in keeping the history of the village alive. One way that people can support the organization is through the purchase of memberships and attendance at the BHS Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The BHS will hold its annual general meeting on Apr. 15 at the Bayfield Lions Club building. The business portion will start at 11 a.m. and conclude with a short presentation by guest speaker Ben Woodward, a University of Waterloo student who has been studying the history of lake levels and bluff erosion between Grand Bend and Goderich. A light lunch will follow.

Only paid-up members can vote on BHS business. BHS membership runs from January to December; people are encouraged to renew (or sign up) before the end of February. The membership fees are as follows: individual $20 or family $30. Cheques can be sent to the Bayfield Historical Society, 20 Main Street North, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0; or e-transfer to


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. Those who attend will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

Defended by Faith Wyant, “Denison Avenue” brings together ink artwork and fiction, by Daniel Innes (illustrations) and Christina Wong (text). 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.

Wyant is a health and wellness enthusiast with a keen interest in holistic living. In her free time, she can often be found reading novels ranging from sci-fi and fiction to personal development literature. She enjoys being on a journey of continuous learning.

Denison Avenue, 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


The reason why Tippy has no hair on her neck is a mystery to the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photos)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) volunteers know that the cats and kittens that come into their care all have a story to tell – a few are happy, some infuriating and others just plain sad, but this week – the story is rather curious.

Tippy is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Volunteers at BFF describe Tippy as being over-the-top adorable. She was found wandering at a rural property on the outskirts of Bayfield. The residents at the property were able to secure her easily once they began feeding her because she was just so hungry. She has also proven to be quite a friendly feline.

“They reached out to us as they weren’t in a position to take on this beautiful but pregnant cat. They are already looking after many strays, not just cats, that have shown up at their place; in addition to having several of their own kitties to care for,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “They brought her to us and you could see it was difficult for them to let her go even though she had only been with them a short time.”

What’s curious about Tippy’s story is why is she missing the fur on her neck?

“We aren’t sure why she is missing the fur on her neck, it could be stress related, maybe a collar that rubbed or even a flea collar, again, this leads us to believe that at some time she either had a family or someone may have tried to help her,” said Penhale.

Tippy is currently in foster care and once her babies arrive, and are weaned, this ball of love will be spayed. At that time she will be ready for a forever home free from the worries of life as a stray.

Tippy 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.

Tippy is currently in foster care awaiting the arrival of her kittens.


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.


“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.


An Arts & Craft Supply Swap will be happening at the Goderich Branch Library on Saturday, March 2nd and Bayfield residents are invited to contribute as well as participate.

People are encouraged to clean out their stash of craft supplies and swap them for supplies they can use! They can drop off these unwanted supplies in clean, usable condition to the Bayfield Branch Library during regular open hours and receive an Early Bird ticket.

Early Bird ticket holders will be allowed to “shop” the donations from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will open to the general public from noon until 2 p.m.

The Goderich Branch Library is located at 52 Montreal Street in Goderich.


Coming in March, Pilates by The Wellness Potion will be offered for all levels at the Bayfield Community Centre over a period of six weeks.

The classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting on March 4th and 7.  The classes will then run on subsequent Mondays and Thursdays, concluding on Apr. 8 and 11.

The Wellness Potion’s signature Pilates class is a meticulously curated and well-planned Pilates workout designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging exercise routine.  The class is centred around a wide range of classical and creative Pilates exercises and sequences designed to target every muscle group.  This class is perfect for both beginners or  an experienced Pilates enthusiast.  It aims to improve a person’s overall strength, flexibility and balance while also helping to tone and sculpt.

All attendees should bring an exercise mat and a water bottle.  They can also bring a yoga blanket and strap for support during certain poses.  These optional items will help participants get the most out of their practice.  Participants are asked to please wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to participate are asked to please register online at The Wellness Potion. The exchange is $60 HST for all six weeks.

For more information, please call Maria at 416 587-9913 or email


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.

On Sunday, March 3, the church family will welcome Rev’d Dr. Justin Comber, from St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich as their special guest. Dates and times for additional special services at Trinity St. James 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.


Rev. Lisa Dolson welcomed guest soloist Peter Postill to the service at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sunday, Feb. 18. (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, Feb. 18, Rev. Lisa Dolson and the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcomed musical guest soloist Peter Postill.

He was accompanied by Knox Bayfield’s organist-pianist Jean Walker.

“Peter’s ability to convey emotion and meaning was felt deeply throughout Sunday’s service, and from our big hearts to yours the congregation would like to say a huge thank you to Peter. Please come back and see us soon!” said Teresa Steel, on behalf of the congregation.

All are welcome to join in weekly services at Knox Bayfield on Sundays 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.

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.

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.


Michelle Millar, United Way Perth-Huron’s manager of Community Development in Goderich and area (in back holding up United Way sign) recently visited Jokey North America’s factory in Goderich to celebrate along with several Jokey employees their becoming a certified living wage employer. (Submitted photo)

Jokey North America, located in Goderich, is the latest Huron business to certify as a living wage employer.

“Jokey North America is a team of some of the finest people I know,” stated Paul McInnis, president of Jokey of North America. “Each and every person here deserves a safe and supportive work environment as well as the financial means to provide for themselves and their families. We are proud to be a certified living wage employer and we challenge all businesses in Huron Perth to do everything they can to provide a living wage for their employees. The only effective way to elevate the standard of living in our communities is to pay people fairly and give what we can.”

“Our thanks to Jokey for certifying,” added Michelle Millar, United Way Perth-Huron’s manager of Community Development in Goderich and area. “Part of addressing unaffordable living locally is making sure workers are paid a living wage. We appreciate Jokey’s commitment to their employees and to building an even stronger community.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron living wage of $22.75 per hour was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child, and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were considered. Everyday expenses in the calculation included food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare and transportation.

Jokey is a leading international manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging. They produce plastic buckets and lids by injection moulding. They offer food and non-food producers sophisticated, industry-specific packaging solutions. Their standard range includes round, rectangular, square and oval plastic packaging from 120 ml to 35 L. Their buckets and lids are 100 per cent recyclable in the recycling cycle. From the resulting secondary raw materials, they produce environmentally friendly packaging for non-food products. For 55 years, the name Jokey has stood for outstanding know-how in plastic injection moulding and customer-oriented service. With 2,300 employees, they produce in 16 plants in 13 countries and supply customers in around 80 countries.

For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit


United Way Perth-Huron would like to remind area residents there’s still time to register for the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) on Saturday, Feb. 24.

“We are grateful to Goderich and area residents for stepping up to make a difference in our community,” said Beth Blowes, chair of UWPH’s Goderich and Area Community Committee. “This is the fifth year for CNOY in Goderich and the enthusiasm and energy Goderich and area puts into supporting Coldest Night is really special. If you haven’t registered to walk, or donated to someone you know who’s walking, we encourage you to join us. If you’ve already signed up to walk, thank you for helping support vulnerable local people.”

So far, Goderich CNOY walk has raised $62,510, almost 50 per cent of the $130,000 event goal.

Walker check-in at the Goderich Legion starts at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Steve and Mary’s On The Square will supply homemade soup for walkers. Participants can choose a two-or- five-kilometre route around Courthouse Square. Those raising over $150 — $75 for youth under 18 — receive a CNOY toque. Walkers are also invited to head back to the Legion after walking to enjoy music from local band, “Irish Cowboys”, and participate in the Legion’s 50/50 and raffle draws. Proceeds from the evening will support the Huron Homelessness Initiative. To register or donate, visit For event updates, join the Goderich Coldest Night of the Year group on Facebook.

There is also a CNOY walk in Seaforth on Feb. 24 starting at 10 a.m. People interested in walking in support of projects in Huron East can join, or donate to, the Seaforth Community Circle team.

CNOY sponsors include Bruce Power, Canadian Tire Goderich, Capital Power, Community Futures Huron, Compass Minerals, Goderich Legion Branch 109, Ideal Supply, Libro Credit Union, McDonald’s Goderich, Scotiabank, Steve and Mary’s On The Square, the Town of Goderich and West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance Company.

United Way is also holding an online auction in support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich. Until 2 p.m., on Sunday, February 25, people can bid on over 20 items including classes, clothes, fitness, gift baskets and more. To bid, visit

The Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich includes programs such as shelter for women and children, shelter supports for youth, emergency shelter during the cold months, transitional housing for men and housing support.


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

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.


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.


Joel Hordijk (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) welcomes back Joel Hordijk to the team.

Hordijk is a recent health science graduate from the University of Ottawa who plans to start medical school this August. As a student, he worked on investigating sustainability for Gateway in 2020.

“I am thrilled to be back as part of the Gateway CERH team. Gateway CERH is full of like-minded people, from various backgrounds, driven towards the same goal. Our rural communities are facing many challenges regarding health. Gateway CERH is facing those challenges and shaping the way rural health is viewed and approached in our communities. I look forward to rejoining the organization and using the knowledge, connections, and skills acquired to contribute to their ongoing mission, said Hordijk.

He will be working closely on an upcoming project that is to be announced soon and Gateway is excited to have him on board!


International Women’s Day is just around the corner on March 8 and the Huron Women’s Shelter (HWS) and McDonald’s locations in Exeter, Grand Bend, Goderich and Wingham are joining together to celebrate.

On Friday, March 8, these four McDonald’s locations will generously donate $1 from every coffee sold to support the HWS.

People are encouraged to bring their mom, sister, aunt, cousin, bestie – all the incredible women who have shaped their lives – and treat them to a cup of coffee to raise funds and celebrate. HWS staff will be participating at the restaurants and support from the public will mean the world to them.

Let’s make this International Women’s Day memorable at McDonald’s!


On Feb. 19, an Influenza A outbreak was declared at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) on the Medicine Unit at its Stratford General Hospital site.

Outbreak status refers to 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 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 the flu, COVID-19 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.”


Bayfield resident Richard Marier will be performing as part of the Nashville Opry Country Hits Concert on March 10 in Wingham. (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.


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, planted 500 plants and shrubs around some newly constructed wetlands at Triebner Tract in November 2022 as part of the first phase of the Triebner Tract Forest and Wetland Restoration Project. (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.

In recognition of Guide-Scout Week, we examine a Scouting artifact from the Museum’s collection…


This is a Boy Scout themed copper-colored two piece belt buckle circa 1960. It has a circle inside a circle fastener. The centre circle bears the Boy Scout emblem (Fleur de Lis) with the inscription “BE PREPARED” around the bottom. The words “BOY SCOUTS CANADA” are printed on the raised outside circle. On the back of the centre circle is engraved the word,  “COPYRIGHTED”.

This belt buckle was part of the Boy Scouts uniform worn by Brad Craig who attended Boy Scouts in Goderich in 1960.




The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosted “Winter Wonderscape” on Saturday, Feb. 17 to provide a little extra fun for both residents and visitors to the village over the Family Day Weekend.

“Despite the snow and cold, many guests ventured into the village and enjoyed the snow globe entertainment with Zero Gravity dancers, danced in the Library Square to the rockabilly sounds of ‘Jason and the Nomads’, hung hearts with amazing messages on the Heartstring Tree and visited our amazing boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants,” said BACC Secretary-Treasurer Terri Louch.

Shopbike Coffee Roasters and Hive went an extra step and created special Winter Wonderscape hot beverages for the weekend. Guests got to watch the magic happen at Hive when they ordered a S’more Latte or enjoyed  a sweet indulgence in the form of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Shopbike. Of course hot chocolate remained a perennial favorite for the youngsters. Over the course of the afternoon, all ages could be seen strolling along the snowlined streets holding a steaming hot cup.

The hot beverage selections were the perfect reward for those who took the brisk walk to Clan Gregor Square where the Heartstring Tree waited to be adorned with wooden hearts.  These hearts were complimentary offerings available at participating retailers. People were invited to write a personal message on the hearts and then hang them from the tree.  The Heartstring tree, an already magnificent Maple, looked resplendent; decorated with bright hearts and bows befitting the season of love and family, the various shades of pink really popped against the snowy landscape.

“We cannot thank all of our volunteers, led by Wendy Vasco, enough for the work to pull together and manage this great day!” said Louch.

Louch offered special thanks to BACC members, as well as those non-members, who stepped up to sponsor and make Winter Wonderscape possible. These included: The Little Inn; Hessenland Inn & Schatz Winery; Gurpreet Mann, Edward Jones; Goderich Print Shop and Zero Gravity.

“Finally we would like to express our appreciation to all of the community members and out of town guests that came out to support the event. Without all of you we would not succeed. Be sure to see our stories on social media to experience this weekend for yourself if you missed it!” concluded Louch.




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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Did you know that it’s Freedom to Read week in Canada? I didn’t until someone shared a post on social media from the Huron County Library (HCL).

They were announcing that their mascot, “Bob the Book” has been banned and were inviting children to help him get back in circulation by picking up an activity sheet that features a maze and a list of children’s picture books that have come under scrutiny and faced bans or attempted bans in the last few years. These books are all still available for reading through the Huron County Library system. I took a look at the list – Staff Picks – and was surprised to find a few of our family favorites on it. As the HCL suggests, “You may not be interested in reading all of them, but we believe in the freedom to read them.”

Then I took a deeper dive into the subject and learned that this is the 40th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week in this country. The Book and Periodical Council has been the organization behind the campaign for the last four decades. In 2024, Freedom to Read Week entered a new chapter as the Book and Periodical Council joined with Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, and the Ontario Library Association in an effort to further their mission and growth.

And I’d say this new collaboration is already helping to spread the word as HCL got my attention and hopefully I’ve gotten yours because the freedom to read should never be taken for granted. – Melody

P.S. Want to learn more about censorship challenges in Canada? I invite you to visit Freedom to Reads: Challenged Works List.

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