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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 765 Week 11 Vol 15

March 6, 2024


Issue 765 Week 11 Vol 15
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Students at Goderich Public School were enthusiastic about the Coldest Night of the Year event.

United Way Perth-Huron and the Goderich & Area Community Committee are proud to announce results from the Coldest Night of the Year event held in Goderich on Feb. 24.

“Because of an incredible outpouring of generosity, Goderich and area has raised $125,497 so far — that’s 96 per cent of our goal of $130,000,” said Michelle Millar, United Way’s Community Development manager, Goderich and area. “Thank you to everyone for supporting this year’s event and making it such a success. We also wanted to remind people that, if you haven’t given to Coldest Night but would still like to support vulnerable local people, donations are open until March 31 at”

In total 290 walkers took part in this year’s event. The top five fundraising teams were Bernie’s Bunch, The Town of Goderich, Wonderful Walking Women (and some amazing men), Donnelly Murphy Dames and Seaforth Community Circle. The top five individual fundraisers were Randy Carroll, Bernice Glenn, Cheryl Dunn, Dianne Wood and Jaden Mitchell. Keep watching the Goderich Coldest Night of the Year Facebook group for updated pictures and video of the event, people with team photos are invited to join to add them.

Funds raised help support the Huron Homelessness Initiative, that supports shelter for women and children, shelter supports for youth, emergency shelter during cold months, transitional housing for men and housing support.

United Way would like to thank the many event sponsors for CNOY. To view the list of sponsors as well as walk results from around Perth Huron please visit: Sponsors and Walk Tallies.


Bayfield Reads, hosted by The Village Bookshop took place at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, March 3. This year’s defenders were from l-r: Peter Ferguson, Catherine Tillmann, Madison Thornton, Paula Brent and Faith Wyant. Mike Peirce (far right) acted as Master of Ceremonies. (Submitted photo)

That’s a wrap folks! Bayfield Reads finished up Sunday, March 3rd with a packed house at the Bayfield Town Hall.

“A special thank you to our defenders: Peter Ferguson, Catherine Tillmann, Madison Thorton, Paula Brent, and Faith Wyant. Everyone worked so hard to defend their books and they were fabulous!” said Nonie Brennan, representing The Village Bookshop, organizers of this annual event.

The People’s Choice Award went to Faith Wyant who moved the crowd with her passionate defense of “Denison Avenue” by Christina Wong.

Paula Brent’s well researched and enthralling defence of “You’re Pretty” by Tea Mutonji was chosen by Bayfield Read’s esteemed judges as the winner of Bayfield Reads. This year’s judging panel was composed of Tyler Hessel, Dave MacLaren and Rachael Rishworth.

“Congratulations to Faith and Paula and a special thank you to the judges who had a difficult job as all of the defenders were top notch,” said Brennan.

The Village Bookshop would also like to give a big thank you to their  volunteers: Renee Sandelowsky, Pat Heffernan and Dianne Jewitt.

“Thank you Shop Bike for the refreshments which included the best cookies ever. Events like this could not happen without the commitment and support of our community,” concluded Brennan.

Stayed tuned to CBC radio this week for Canada Reads to see how Bayfield’s version compares.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host two hikes in March.

The first will celebrate International Women’s Day with a village walk along the Heritage Trail on Friday, March 8. This year marks the 113th International Women’s Day, and the fifth annual BRVTA hike honoring the day and celebrating women.

The late afternoon walk, with a start time of 4 p.m., will conclude on Main Street in time for a happy hour gathering at one of Bayfield’s local establishments for those so inclined.

Hike leaders Annerieke VanBeets, Nancy McHardy, and Ralph Blasting will stop along the way with stories of how Canadian women have contributed to greater equality for women.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join.  The walk will start at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and proceed through the village for 2 km, lasting about an hour.

World Water Day has been held every year since 1993 and focuses on the importance of freshwater. This year’s theme is “Water for Peace”. Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will host a hike in recognition of the day on March 23. (Submitted photo)

Everyone is invited to celebrate World Water Day by taking part in the second guided hike of the month along the shores of Lake Huron. Their special guest presenters will be Jen and Shaun, co-founders of “Love Your Greats” (

World Water Day has been held every year since 1993 and focuses on the importance of freshwater. This year’s theme is “Water for Peace”.

The hike will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Hikers are asked to meet at Deer Park Lodge Cottages, just north of Bayfield at 76803 Bluewater Highway. All are welcome!

People are invited to mark their calendars as Love Your Greats Day will take place on Aug. 10 this year.

These hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. Or people can contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


Organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Lambton area naturalist and author Larry Cornelis will be making a presentation at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 19. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Forests with an evening at the Bayfield Town Hall on Tuesday, March 19.

Organizers are delighted that Lambton area naturalist and author Larry Cornelis will be making a presentation starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Cornelis is a Horticulturist, Naturalist and Ecological Restoration Consultant. He is also vice-chair of Ontario Nativescapes, a conservation-ecological restoration non-profit organization which has done thousands of acres of habitat restoration work in Southern Ontario specializing in Tall Grass Prairie restoration. He has worked with Ontario Nature and Nature Conservancy Canada, protecting ecologically significant lands and consulting on stewardship and restoration plans for these properties. He is a popular speaker for clubs and associations across Southwestern Ontario and Michigan.

Cornelis’ presentation will include: “The Story of Our Local Landscapes” and “Reflections on Our Future Path”.

For the first part of the evening, the naturalist will take attendees on a journey through time, from the last ice-age to present day, focusing on the impacts of climate change, Indigenous land-care, colonialism, and industrialism on the local Great Lakes landscapes. To conclude the evening he will share his personal reflections for the future considering the multiple crises that both humans and Mother Earth are facing. His path is one of value change.

For more information on BRVTA and the Bayfield Trails please visit:


In its third annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, Huron Hospice invites families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed by donating to light a memorial candle that will line the Taylor Trail by Varna’s Community Centre.

“This event is both celebratory and soulful. The candlelight walk through Taylor Trail offers time for pause and shared memories, while the event provides an opportunity for everyone to gather in remembrance,” said Roger Mather, who is chairing the walk.

This year, the event will feature an opening procession led by the Clinton Legion Pipe Band followed by reflections on Huron Hospice’s impact in serving families, and the memorial reading of names of people who have passed and have a candle lit in their honor.

“Our volunteers have included additional elements this year including stations along the walk to pause and reflect, as well as hand crafted tables and warming quilts for guests to huddle with during the reflection ceremony while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. We are once again appreciative of the support of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their volunteerism in preparing the trail and lighting candles,” he said.

Each candle represents a remembered family member or friend.

The event will take place on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Trail located at 38572 Mill Road, Varna.

The Memorial Candlelight Walk welcomes sponsors in support of the event. Funds raised will be directed to Huron Hospice’s capital campaign to expand to a six-bed hospice facility.

People may donate online at: 2024 Candlelight Memorial Walk — Huron Hospice to have a candle lit in remembrance of a loved one. Anyone who may wish to support through sponsorship is asked to please reach out to Roger Mather at 905 630-3571.

For almost 30 years Huron Hospice has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. Care can be provided in a home, a hospital, a long-term care setting or at the hospice residence. Volunteers offer relief to enable primary caregivers to feel comfortable to take time away or rest. Support is also provided to caregivers and families who are grieving the loss of their loved one.


Triscuit (Submitted photo)

This week’s story from Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) illustrates that kitten season is a thing of the past and that kittens are now being born all year long making volunteers at the Rescue strong proponents of spaying and neutering.

Triscuit is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Triscuit is a sweet girl who was found wandering around outside. She was taken in by a  family, who thought she might be pregnant.

“Since we were full at the shelter they fostered her for over a month until we had room,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She is a very calm girl, which is unusual as orange tabbies are male 86 per cent of the time. It is a genetic mutation of color; so ginger girls are rare.”

Volunteers do believe that Triscuit is indeed pregnant so once she has delivered, and her kittens are weaned she will be available to adopt.

Triscuit 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.


Bayfield Lego Club will celebrate their first year of creative storytelling through brick building on Saturday, March 9 at Trinity St James Church Parish Hall. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Lego Club will turn one year old on Saturday, March 9! Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”.

Over the last 12 months organizers have seen an incredible growth in confidence among the builders. There has also been a natural move toward creative storytelling in small teams as friendships flourish during this unique social time.

The meetings take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and are sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks are provided for use at the meetings and participants are 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.


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.


Bayfield resident Sam Robinson recently won a Youth in Action grant sponsored by the Perth Huron United Way to create a microscope lending program through the Huron County Library.

To celebrate the start of the program Sam will help youngsters discover the magic of the unseen by leading activities at six Huron County Libraries over the course of March Break. Sam would like to thank Avery Greaves for acting as his supervisor for this project.

Designed for curious minds, aged six and up, this interactive adventure introduces kids to the wonders of microscopy through easy-to-follow lessons and exciting activities, making science fun and accessible for budding young scientists.

Microscope 101 will be touring to the following:  Brussels Branch, Monday, March 11, 2-3 p.m.; Bayfield Branch, Tuesday, March 12, 12-1 p.m.; Goderich Branch, Wednesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m.; Clinton Branch, Thursday, March 14, 4-5 p.m.; Exeter Branch, Friday, March 15, 3-4 p.m.

Those who wish to participate are asked to please register by calling the branch they wish to attend.

For branch contact information visit: Huron County locations.


Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner on March 6 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

“Unfortunately with meetings and vacation and other commitments I am passed due having a meeting and there is lots going on to talk about,” said Whetstone.

The public is invited to attend the session that will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Items on the agenda for discussion will include such topics as: budget, sewage capacity, ROMA Ministry delegations, STR Stats update and a Bedrock update.


The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) currently has 35 households accessing the food bank for a total of 80 people on a monthly basis, with 23 of these people in need of food being children and teens.

Since last Autumn, the BAFB has been providing snack packs for children in their distribution. These packs consist of granola bars, crackers, tuna/cracker packages, juice boxes, oatmeal packets, hot chocolate, and fruit.

“We have now run out of these snacks and would appreciate your support in helping children in our community,” said Trepanier.

People can contact the BAFB at 519 525-8286 or email

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFBs gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


The Bayfield Historical Society will hold its annual 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


Spring is in the air and this often gets people thinking about their garden.  Communities in Bloom has announced that their color of the year is orange, so for those who choose to support the theme, this color is sure to brighten up people’s flowerpots.

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) has another exciting year planned with several garden tours and speakers.  Purchasing a $10 membership will provide people a discount at most garden centres…as well as helping to beautify the village.  The BCG maintains several gardens in town and is now looking for more volunteers. Anyone who feels they could spare an hour or two a week to assist, is asked to please call Lori Hill at 519 565-5278.

Stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for more information about the BGC coming soon.


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.

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.


The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all 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.

“The congregation would like to sincerely thank the community for their ongoing generous donations of clean outer milk bags, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  It truly is appreciated. You are making a difference in the lives of others.  From our big hearts to yours, we say thank you!” said Teresa Steel representing Knox Church, Bayfield.

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 would like to invite community members to join them for the next two sessions of their Lenten Book Study held on Fridays at 10 a.m. in the church hall.

The group will be discussing the book “The Great Spiritual Migration” by Brian McLaren. Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is necessary. Even those who are unable to access the book or read the chapters ahead of the sessions are welcome to join in the discussions or just come and listen. Rev. Sheila Macgregor will summarize the chapters and also provide a video presentation and some brief handouts.

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.

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 event entitled, “Life After Doom – Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 per person (additional $25 for lunch). The ZOOM presentation cost is $30.

Wesley-Knox United Church is located at 91 Askin Street, London, ON.


The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members.  The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


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

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

Players do not need to attend with a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. New people are invited to join in this great opportunity to make new friends as partners are switched after every four hands. There are weekly reviews on bidding responses at the beginning of each session for example, responses to a No Trump open etc.

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



A map showing the Huron County Sugar Bushes open for visits on Saturday.

The County of Huron’s Economic Development Department, in partnership with local Maple Syrup Producers, is hosting Maple Mania again March 9-10.

Maple Mania will celebrate local food, Huron County’s agricultural producers and those who use spring’s sweet syrup in menus and tasty treats.

From now until March 17, thirteen area restaurants will offer sweet dining experiences by providing Prix Fixe menus featuring spring’s natural sweetener in every course. The participating restaurants are 1851 Bayfield Landing; Bayfield Brewing Company; The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; Blyth Inn; Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Eddington’s of Exeter; Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, St. Joseph; The Little Inn of Bayfield; Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend; Part II Bistro, Goderich, West Street Willy’s Eatery, Goderich; and The White Squirrel Golf Club & Restaurant, St Joseph. Also, local cafes and bakeries will prepare sweet treats from locally sourced Maple Syrup available at participating locations across Huron County.

On March 9, Maple lovers can also enjoy these sweet activities:

  • Visit local area sugar bushes including Amalgamation Acres, Bayfield Maple, Blyth Creek Maple Farm, Coastal Coffee, Freedom Syrup, Robinson’s Maple Products, and Schilbe Family Maple Syrup.
  • Experience Birds of Prey Demonstrations at the Wingham and Seaforth Libraries
  • Decorate maple cookies at the Blyth and Clinton Libraries
  • Visit the Maple Market at the Huron County Museum
  • Participate in the Great Maple Mania Bake Off at the Huron County Museum

On March 10, two pancake breakfasts will be held, one hosted by The  Auburn & District Lions Club and a second at the Bad Apple Brewing Company.

There’s something for everyone during Maple Mania in Huron County!
For full details and information on participating partners visit or for up-to-the minute details go to @ontarioswestcoast on Facebook.


Tanya Masanovets, a recent newcomer from the Ukraine, made borscht for the 34 guests who came to hear her story of leaving her home during the recent, ongoing war in the Ukraine on Feb. 27 at Good Neighbours of Bluewater in Zurich. (Submitted photo)

A quote often attributed to Ian Maclaren says, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

A Ukrainian Lunch organized by Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) in Zurich on Feb. 27 resulted in a donation of $500 being donated to the Huron Area Newcomer Fund.

It’s not often a guest speaker at a luncheon also cooks the soup but that is what Tanya Masanovets did. Masanovets, a recent newcomer from the Ukraine, made borscht for the 34 guests who came to hear her story of leaving her home during the recent, ongoing war in the Ukraine.

She was joined by Annie Zielman who shared her story of leaving Ukraine 80 years ago.

Zielman, at the age of 12, was separated from her parents, leaving her, her 88 year-old grandmother, and 6 year-old brother, fending on their own as they made their way through Europe and finally to Canada.

It is the hope of GNOB that in sharing personal stories people will extend to each other compassion, friendship and a welcome place in the community.


(Image courtesy Split the Pot Lottery)

Split the Pot Lottery is thrilled to announce the overwhelming support of its latest lottery program, which has experienced exceptional results in just three weeks since its launch. Supporting 51 Ontario hospitals, the lottery continues to remain top of mind to Ontarians, with ticket sales surpassing $1,000,000. Supporters have the ability to select their local hospital at the checkout, with the proceeds from their ticket purchase going to the chosen hospital partner. By selecting “All Participating Hospitals”, proceeds of these ticket sales are split among the 51 participating hospitals.

To give players more chances to win, Split the Pot Lottery’s jackpot will be divided among 13 grand prize winners, with the current jackpot now over $500,000 and growing. In addition, there are still thousands of dollars in early rewards to be shared among winners!

Split the Pot Lottery has generated significant interest from multiple communities, drawing support from both new and existing supporters who are commited to making a positive impact on health care across Ontario. These funds play a direct role in supporting critical healthcare initiatives within these communities.

“We’re excited to see so many individuals and communities coming together in this fun and innovative way to support our hospitals,” said Paul McIntyre Royston, president and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone by playing Split the Pot so far — your support is an investment in health care across the province and will help patients access the technology and services they need to have the best possible outcomes and experiences!”

Tickets for Split the Pot Lottery are available for purchase through the website: Split the Pot. All other information including ticket prices, prizes, draws, important dates and contest rules can be found on the website as well.

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.


A March 31 deadline looms for Ukrainians escaping the country’s conflict.

March 31 is the date the Canadian government has issued for all Ukrainians entering the country on a special temporary three-year open work visa to be eligible for various support.

Local groups are anticipating an increase of newcomers arriving in Huron County in March.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in January 2022, dozens of Ukrainian families have arrived in Canada and settled in Huron County. The Ukrainian families have been supported by volunteers who have welcomed new arrivals into their homes for short-term stays and were supported by a number of local service providers to find work, acquire official documents and enrol in schools.

Upon finding jobs in the manufacturing, agriculture, education, engineering and banking sectors, Ukrainian families transitioned into longer-term housing.

Many organizations have played important roles in supporting Ukrainian newcomers as they have arrived in Huron County.

Volunteers at the Goderich Lions Club set up the Huron Area Newcomer Fund (HANF) to provide newcomers with financial assistance for unforeseen or emergency needs. Since the HANF was formed, more than $25,000 has been distributed to support 79 individuals – helping families pay dental bills, purchase eye glasses, cover the cost of getting a driver’s licence, and fund medical appointments required to meet immigration requirements, among other needs.

“While our fund started with the intention of meeting the financial needs of newcomers from Ukraine, we were intentional in ensuring that any newcomer who had settled in Huron County could apply for funds within their first 18 months in Canada,” explained John Maaskant, the chair of the HANF. “We established a process that identified what costs could be covered through our fund, how much a single family could apply for, set up an application system and a group of seven volunteers reviewed applications as they arrived.”

The HANF has been able to operate due to donations from private individuals, other service clubs, faith organizations and the Sunset Foundation.

“We continue to seek donations to ensure that newcomers transitioning to life in Huron County are supported and their settlement is as smooth as possible,” Maaskant said.

More information about the Huron Area Newcomer Fund can be found on the Goderich Lions Club website at Goderich Lions Donate.


Jane’s Walk Huron is looking for passionate local volunteer storytellers to lead community walks across Huron County this spring as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival, held worldwide the first weekend in May. 

Named after the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a global movement that organizes free, citizen-led walking tours in communities around the world. These walks offer an intimate glimpse into the heart of neighborhoods, highlighting the stories, histories, and issues that define them. From hidden gems and historical landmarks to local legends and grassroots initiatives, each walk offers a unique perspective on a community and its inhabitants. 

Jacobs was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become conceptual pillars for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists and other city builders. 

Huron County Cultural Services will be hosting Jane’s Walks across the County May 4-5 and is seeking storytellers to lead walks in a community or neighborhood anywhere in Huron County. Volunteers from all ages and all walks of life are welcome. Whether someone has a passion for local architecture, planning, social justice, or simply loves sharing anecdotes about favorite local spots, there’s a place for all to join this diverse community of storytellers. 

“Everyone has a story to tell about their neighborhood,” said Cultural Development Officer for the County of Huron, Karen Stewart. “Through the power of storytelling, we can foster a deeper connection to our communities and celebrate all that makes them vibrant and resilient.” 

As a walk leader, volunteers will have the opportunity to: 

  • Lead a walking tour that showcases the unique character of their neighborhood 
  • Share personal stories, historical anecdotes and local insights with their community
  • Connect with like-minded people who share a passion for community engagement
  • Contribute to a global movement that celebrates community vitality 

No prior experience is needed to become a Jane’s Walk Huron storyteller – all that’s needed is a love for community and a willingness to share local stories with others. Each walk is between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours long, and will be scheduled on May 4 or 5. Training and support will be provided to help storytellers craft engaging narratives and lead memorable walking tours. To join Jane’s Walk Huron as a volunteer storyteller visit: Jane’s Walk Huron – Huron County Connects or contact Karen Stewart  at or 519 524-8394 Ext. 2730. Submission deadline is March 7. 


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.


Flooding. Wildfires. Severe storms. Extreme heat. Already, Canadians are seeing the effects of climate change in their daily lives. Yet it’s a difficult topic to talk or even think about. That’s why Lakeshore Eco-Network (LEN) is launching a series of Climate Cafés – informal, comfortable events that provide an opportunity to share ideas and concerns and explore solutions.

Launched in Scotland in 2015, Climate Cafés are a global movement with events happening in dozens of locations around the globe. The first Climate Café in this region will be held March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunes Refillery in Northville, an innovative business committed to reducing solid waste and plastic pollution.

Future events will focus on topics such as cycling, hiking, native plants, green investing, and more.

“Talking about climate change isn’t always easy, but the cafés are designed to make it as open and comfortable as possible,” said LEN Co-chair Max Morden. “It’s only through these kinds of conversations that we can move forward together to solve the problems we face.”

All are welcome, admission is free, and coffee and snacks will be provided.

Looking ahead the subsequent meetings will be held at Grand Bend Place 25 Main Street in Grand Bend starting at 10 a.m. The dates and topics will be: Apr. 17, How our local climate is changing and what we can do; May 15, Why native species matter; June 19, Alternate sources of energy; Sept. 18, Cycling; Oct.16, Walking and hiking; Nov. 20, Investing in the green economy.

These cafés are presented by LEN with support from Grand Bend Place and the Rotary Club of Grand Bend.

For more information, check out the website,, their Facebook page, or call Pat Morden at 226 520-2050.


Huron Hospice is offering three different sessions over the course of the Spring in support of people navigating loss.

Women who have lost a life partner are invited to come and check out WINGS (Women In New Growth Stages) where women support each other. The sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from March 20 until May 7. Men who have lost their life partner are invited to attend “Sharing the Load” sessions on Thursdays from Apr. 4 to May 23.

Both WINGS and Sharing the Load will run from 10-11:30 a.m. and will be held at The Centre For Employment & Learning located at 41 West Street in Goderich.

For more information about WINGS please reach out to Deb Shelley via email at or by calling 519 525-8648. Any questions with regards to Sharing the Load can be sent to Don Procter via email at or by phone at 519 357-0684.

In addition, a Grief Recovery Method Group is coming to two locations this Spring that will teach people how to dispel such myths as, “Time heals all wounds”, “Hide your feelings” and “Be strong for others”.

The program will be offered in Zurich starting on Tuesday, Apr. 9 through to May 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It will also be offered in Clinton commencing on Friday, May 10 through to June 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn new tools on how to move forward after a death, divorce and many other losses. Cost for material is $35 with scholarships available. The program is offered to people aged 18 years and over.

For more information or to register for this program, please contact Sally Brodie, coordinator of Loss Grief and Bereavement at Huron Hospice, by calling 519 525-6331 or emailing

These groups are sponsored by Clinton Family Health Team, Bluewater & Area Family Health Team, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton; and the Trillium Insurance Company.


An outbreak of Influenza A at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Stratford General Hospital has been declared over by Huron Perth Public Health. The outbreak was declared on the Medicine Unit on Feb. 19.

The Medicine Unit has reopened to admissions and transfers. Family and caregiver presence on the Unit has also been restored. Full guidelines can be found on the HPHA website at

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

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

“To keep our patients and team members safe from hospital-acquired respiratory infections it is important to follow the masking requirements when attending medical appointments and visiting loved ones,” explained Jensen. “This includes wearing a mask in the patient’s room when visiting. If you, or anyone in your household, feel sick or have symptoms of illness it is strongly advised that you do not visit people in the hospital until you are fully recovered. Patients in the hospital are vulnerable and are at a higher risk of developing more severe illnesses from the flu, COVID-19 or even a simple cold.”


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!


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.


The South Huron Community Choirs will be holding a Take-out Turkey Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 17 at the South Huron Recreation Centre.

Those who purchase dinners can pick up their meals between 4:30-6 p.m. at the centre’s South entrance.

Tickets are cash only or orders can be made online using E-transfer: Tickets are adults, $27; kids 12 and under, $10; kids five and under, free. The deadline to order meals is Thursday, March 14.

Visit or order online or call Ruth at 519 235-1778 for tickets.


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.


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

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.


The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

With the mild temperatures of late the Maple sap is running so in anticipation of upcoming area festivals we highlight a Museum artifact from a very popular longtime event…


This is a matchbook from the 1978 Belmore Maple Syrup Festival. The text reads: “Come to Belmore Maple Syrup Festival. A friendly place where friends meet. Saturday, April 15, 1978.”

There is a maker’s mark that reads “Eddy Match Co. LTD. Pembroke, ONT”. There are no matches in the matchbook and it is flattened.

The Festival began in 1968 as a fundraiser for the Belmore Community Centre.




Fifty-six youth participated in the Bayfield Skating Club’s carnival on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2nd.

“Skating into the Cinema” was the theme of the event which saw youngsters taking to the ice decked out in costumes to celebrate such films as: “Blue’s Big City Adventure”, “The Super Mario Bros.”, “Hocus Pocus 2”, “Barbie”, “Trolls Band Together”, “The Secret Life of Pets”, “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” and “Wonka”.

The carnival also showcased the many talented skaters that belong to the club including solo performances by Lili Glen, Emma Arts, Freya Toccalino,  Evelyn McBeath, Mia Woodman, Noah Woodman, Madelyn Harmon and Brooklyn Byrne.  Bayfield Skating Club members were honored to have MacKenzie Slatter and Sarah Evans as guest skaters.

In addition to their coaches the young skaters were assisted on the ice by six youth assistants.

The generous crowd, composed of proud parents, grandparents, friends and community members, filled the bleachers, the stairs and surrounding rink. Those who preferred a warmer viewing spot peered out from the windows overlooking the ice from the hall above. Everyone was very enthusiastic – cheering and clapping for all that took to the ice to showcase their newfound skills.

“A huge thank you to all our volunteers that worked on all aspects of our carnival,” said Jody Whetstone, a coach with the club. “Thank you for everything, it would not have gone as smoothly, without everyone’s help! Costumes were great, the building looked great and of course our skaters were phenomenal – nothing beats those smiling faces!”

The club’s 2024 carnival was sponsored by Re/Max Reliable Realty – Brian Coombs and Bayfield Vette Fest.




March 4…By Tara Heard

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From time to time our readers send me notes of interest. Recently I received one from longtime Bayfield resident Steve Argyle who shared information about a project he had undertaken that he thought might be of interest to our readership. And so this week I turn my Submissions section over to him. Thank you Steve for sharing. – Melody 

In the winter of 2023, I was part of a coffee and chat group held at the Bayfield Library.

Perhaps my only asset to the group was my knowledge of people and dates I’ve known in my 53 years in Bayfield.

I decided to document a list of people i knew, who are no longer living, that i got to know personally, while they lived in Bayfield. In my mind it speaks volumes about the benefits of living in a small community.

Sadly, by June 1st, 2023, the list contained 255 names.

Thanks for the memories…Steve Argyle

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