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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 767 Week 13 Vol 15

March 20, 2024


Issue 767 Week 13 Vol 15
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Work on the sidewalk which runs from the corner of Cameron Street at Hwy 21 to the shopping plaza began on March 6 and was completed on March 15 – two months ahead of schedule. (Photo by Jack Pal)

As introduced in last week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze, the Bayfield “Foodland” Sidewalk project commenced on March 6 and was completed on March 15. But as information supplied by the Bayfield Lions Club indicates this “sidewalk to somewhere” didn’t necessarily follow the path of least resistance. However, with perseverance and diligence all the parties involved ensured a successful result and this sidewalk, long requested by village residents, will allow safe passage to those walking or cycling to the shopping plaza. 

The sidewalk project, among others, were part of the plan for the Bayfield Lions Club to commemorate their 75th Anniversary which they celebrated in 2021. 

The following is a timeline supplied by the Lions Club:

Apr. 2021 – Lions members approve 75th Anniversary project list and budget which includes a clock tower, flagpole, Foodland sidewalk and other items totalling $50,000. 

May 12, 2021 – Lions approach Council for approval of Flag Pole and Clock Tower components of 75th Anniversary projects. 

May and June 2021 – Lions efforts to develop an alternate walkway to Foodland are unsuccessful leading to discussions with Bluewater and MTO about possible route along Hwy. 21. MTO agreed subject to several conditions. B.M. Ross and Associates Ltd. (BM Ross) were impressed with the initiative and volunteered their services at no cost. 

June 21, 2021 – Lions present their proposal to the Municipality of Bluewater Council to build a safe, accessible walking and bicycle pathway to the Foodland/LCBO property.

Throughout the fall of 2021 – Bluewater staff and BM Ross held meetings with MTO to finalize sidewalk design and sidewalk agreement. 

Dec. 6, 2021 – Council voted to receive the proposal from the Bayfield Lions to fund up to $10,000 for an accessible pedestrian/bicycle pathway from Cameron Street to Foodland using the MTO right of way along Hwy 21 and directed staff to work with the Bayfield Lions on this project.

March 7, 2022 – Council directed staff to apply to the Infrastructure Canada Transportation Fund under the Capital Projects Stream for the Zurich replacement sidewalk and Bayfield Foodland Sidewalk projects. The municipality received 60 per cent funding for the project.

Sept. 18, 2023 – Council awards contract to Albeck Construction with a proposed completion date of May 15, 2024. 

March 15, 2024 – Sidewalk is completed two months early


Sunday, March 31 is the date for the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt in Clan Gregor Square. Hopefully the weather forecast will be as nice as it was in this photo taken at the hunt in 2023. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Chocolate loving youngsters need to circle Sunday, March 31st on their adult’s day planners as that is the date for the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club!

Approximately four thousand molded, chocolate Easter eggs, will be tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual event. Children will be invited to scramble for the eggs starting precisely at 1 p.m.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.


The 2023 Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe’s Sugar Bush Tour was the first one held since 2019 due to the pandemic. The 2024 instalment will be held on Apr. 6. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

On Saturday, Apr. 6, it will be pancake breakfast time!

Volunteers with, and friends of, Trinity St James Anglican Church, are joining together to host The 12th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Pine Lake Campground.

On the menu for brunch will be genuine Maple syrup poured over hot pancakes and sausage accompanied by coffee, tea and juice.

For those who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Maple Syrup will be available for purchase. Folks will also be able to purchase a box or two of Classic Girl Guide Cookies as members of Bayfield Guiding will be in attendance as well.

Before or after partaking in the brunch served in the Campground’s Recreation Hall, people can hop on a wagon for a short tractor ride from the campground through Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Sugar Bush to the shanty. Once at their destination they will see first hand how Maple Syrup is produced.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12; and preschoolers free.

Over the past year the public was invited by the congregation of Trinity St James Anglican Church to help them reimagine their place in the community. The reimagining continues with the church transitioning to a Chapel of Ease as of Apr. 15. Although regular Sunday services will cease at Trinity St James, it is not closing! The chapel will be hosting special services throughout the year as well as still being available for family events such as weddings and funerals. The Parish Hall will be evolving into a space run by a Community Committee and its name will change with the times as well becoming known as the TSJ Hall. The Pancake Brunch is the first fundraiser for the Community Committee with all proceeds being used to support the hall and work of the committee. Another chapter in the life of the 175 year old village church has begun!

Pine Lake Campground is located at 77794 Orchard Line, Bayfield.


A youth competitor representing the Bayfield Community Fair has made his Agricultural Society extremely proud on a provincial level.

In August 2024, Jackson Hivert won first prize for his chocolate chip cookies at the Bayfield Fair. This meant he could compete at the District level and he entered the District #8 competition in Milverton in the Fall where he also took first place. Then it was time to get baking to enter the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’  competition which was held at their Annual Meeting in February.

A first place result at the provincial level earned Jackson the title of Reserve Champion for all Ontario, in the “up to age 15” category in Youth Culinary provincial.

According to Pamela Stanley, Homecraft president for the Bayfield Agricultural Society, “Competition was tough as all fair boards in Ontario had entries, and Jackson was one of the younger entrants.

“I’ve got his ribbon, cheque and plate to give him…as for the cookies, all entries get auctioned off at the annual meeting. However, it seems that there was considerable taste testing going on in the Hivert household, since Jackson was meticulous in quality control practice,” said Stanley.

Congratulations Jackson from all who love the competition at the Bayfield Community Fair!


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.


This week’s story from Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) illustrates how people agreeing to work patiently alongside the Rescue volunteers are key to the success of the organization.

Dolce and Mac are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

“These kittens were trapped a day apart by someone who had seen activity outside their home over the winter. They started putting out food and had a warming spot set up.  The kittens were not really seen except for foot prints but the food was always gone.  Since we had an opening at the shelter it was time to set the live trap – it caught not one but two,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Penhale describes them both as being super sweet and these two have also known people.

“Our guess is that they are likely siblings, about six months old, and could be from a litter born last Fall,” said Penhale.

Dolce is a petite little girl while Mac is an orange male. He has a deep wound in his back leg but volunteers note that it seems to be healing and is clean.

According to Penhale, they have been dewormed and given flea meds. They will be vetted, spayed/neutered, given rabies shots and their first round of vaccines in the next couple of weeks. And then they will be ready for their forever homes by the end of the month.

Dolce and Mac 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.


On Thursday, March 28, the Bayfield Branch Library will host “Cinephile Connections” offering the movie “Ordinary Love”, from 2019, it is an extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis. The movie shall commence at 3:15 p.m.

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

Movie-goers are asked to register by contacting the library at 519 565-2886 or via email at

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


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. But the deadline for ordering a brick is fast approaching. March 31st is the cutoff date.

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.


Everyone is invited to celebrate World Water Day by taking part in a guided hike along the shores of Lake Huron hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).  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.

This hike is 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


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 by phone at 519 525-8286 or email at

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.


On Sunday, March 24, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will welcome musical guests Roy Price, 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.

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.


Huron Hospice is offering four 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 19 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.

Also, 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.

And for those looking for additional support Huron Hospice will be starting a Grief Recovery Alumni Group starting today (March 20) running for weeks until Apr. 10.

This group is for people who have previously participated in a Grief Recovery Group and would like to continue. The program is suitable for people aged 18 and up. The sessions will run from 7-9 p.m.

For more information or to register for these programs, 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.


St Andrew’s United Church will hold their Annual Meeting this Sunday, March 24 following the 11 a.m. church service.

Looking ahead, the Covenanting Service for St Andrew’s part-time minister, Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor has been set for Sunday, April 21 following the church service with lunch to follow.


The “Coffee & Chat” group meets in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday. The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

The program, which runs from 2-3:30 p.m., will continue until the end of June 2024.

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!

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.


The transition from hospital to home care can be a difficult experience for both the patient and the caregiver.

On Apr. 9th, starting at noon via ZOOM, a one-hour lecture will be offered exploring that transitional experience. Season 4, Episode 7 of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health’s (Gateway Virtual Lecture Series event is titled, “Hospital-to-Home Transitional Care Interventions to Support Functioning in Older People in Rural Communities”.

Dr. Mary Fox (Submitted photo)

The lecturer is Dr. Mary Fox. She is a Registered Nurse and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at York University in Toronto. Her academic research responds to profound social and economic changes affecting healthcare today, such as patients being discharged “quicker and sicker.” This lecture is based on an ongoing research study on interventions to better the physical and cognitive functioning of older patients after a hospital stay. Her previous work has been credited with providing the evidence needed to ‘Make the Case for ACE’ – a function-focused approach to older people’s care and a fundamental pillar of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.

Panelists that will assist with the knowledge translation of this lecture include: Ann MacLeod (MPH), a Registered Nurse and Professor at Trent University; and Evelyne Durocher (PhD), an Occupational Therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

To register for the event, visit Gateway’s website at Gateway.


Six million Canadians live in rural and remote communities, making up almost 20 per cent of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that less than ten percent of physicians practise in those areas, but that number has been on the steady increase since 2013.

With the recent announcements of emergency room closures due to staff shortages, the spotlight continues to shine on the need for an increase in a variety of healthcare professionals.

Discovery Healthcare is a summer camp that provides a unique learning opportunity for high school students who have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, dentistry, paramedics, kinesiology or other healthcare professions.

“Through a dynamic blend of interactive workshops, expert lectures and fun, Discovery Healthcare Camp not only strives to ignite a passion for health and medical sciences, but it also cultivates a spirit of curiosity and leadership in our participants,” said Assistant Dean, Distributed Education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Victor Ng. “The positive impact of this program extends far beyond the summer, shaping the future of healthcare by mentoring the talents and inspiring the bright and ambitious healthcare professionals of the future.”

The camp is led by first and second year medical students from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. These future medical professionals spend the week providing mentorship and learning opportunities for the campers.

Discovery Healthcare aims to be a socially accountable initiative supported by the Office of Distributed Education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. By fostering a passion for healthcare among our local youth, Discovery Healthcare will serve as an initiative to encourage sustainability of our future healthcare system.

Discovery Healthcare is being offered in eight communities over one week.These include Goderich, Sarnia, Chatham, Stratford, St. Thomas, Windsor, Owen Sound and Woodstock.

The Goderich camp is being held in partnership with Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health.

Campers engage in a variety of activities allowing them to learn hands-on clinical skills, gain understanding of local health issues and social determinants of health, learn about the pathways to different careers, and see healthcare professionals in action through shadowing opportunities.

Campers participate in unique learning opportunities such as:

  • Clinical skills sessions (suturing, casting, stethoscope activities, wound dressing)
  • Talks from healthcare professionals and opportunities for clinical exposure (job shadowing)
  • Discussions involving the path to various healthcare professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, EMS, and dentistry)
  • Stand Up for Health (teaching Social Determinants of Health)
  • An introduction to case-based learning and sample diagnostic cases
  • Recreation sessions incorporating fun and team-building activities

The pandemic has shone a light on the need for youth to explore careers in the healthcare field. Discovery Healthcare hopes to build confidence and a passion to explore all healthcare career opportunities.

Additional information can be found by visiting:  Discovery Healthcare. 


Huron Shores Area Transit logoHuron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) has teamed up with Lambton, Huron, North Middlesex and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Public Libraries to launch its Smart Card Library Pass that provides library cardholders unlimited free rides during a five-day loan period.

The new Smart Card Library program is designed to encourage residents who have not yet tried local public transit to experience convenient and affordable travel options and access various destinations and venues without worrying about transportation or parking costs. The program is planned to be in place for the full year and may be extended into 2025.

Regular HSAT rides cost $5 or $10, depending on a passenger’s starting location and destination. For example, from Grand Bend, Bayfield, or Exeter, the fare to London or Sarnia is just $10. The 2024 Canada Revenue Agency mileage (combined gas and maintenance value) allowance of $0.70 per kilometre means the average car owner’s 63-km jaunt to London or Sarnia costs $44 one-way!

Smart Card Library Passes can be borrowed from libraries in Arkona, Bayfield, Exeter, Forest, Goderich, Grand Bend, Hensall, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Port Franks, Sarnia, Thedford, and Zurich. The pass is non-renewable, enabling as many cardholders as possible to borrow the pass and try out local public transit.

“We are proud to partner with local libraries in offering Smart Card Library Passes,” said Susan Mills, Transit coordinator from HSAT. “This collaboration aligns perfectly with our mission to provide accessible transportation solutions and enhance community connectivity. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this initiative will have on residents.”

HSATs affordable, inter-community public transit links Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex, Bluewater and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation with each other and Sarnia, London, Goderich and Strathroy. The fully accessible service provides an important transit service for seniors, students, workers and youth for employment, education, health and wellness, and leisure.

For more information about routes, schedules, fares and Smart Cards, visit To speak with a live operator about times and schedules, call 1-888-465-0783 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.


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 three 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; Week Three will run from July 29 to Aug. 2nd for ages nine to 12.

Week four will be held at Rock Glen Conservation Area near Arkona from Aug. 12-16 and will be 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 Clinton Horticulture Society is holding their first meeting for 2024 tonight (March 20) at the OMAFRA building.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

They are pleased to feature a very knowledgeable guest speaker,  Wendy Van Soest, owner of Simply Divine Essentials, located at 17 Victoria Street in Clinton. She will be speaking about the holistic health food, products and accessories that she has available in her store featuring many local products. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

The horticulture society is always looking for new members. They are the caretakers of Clinton’s Sloman Park flower beds and extra hands to help with those would be truly appreciated.

The OMAFRA  building is located at 100 Don Street in Clinton.


Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn (left) is shown here with Edge Wood Decor Owner Cindy Scholten at the 2023 market. (Submitted photo)

Event coordinator and owner of Edge Wood Decor Cindy Scholten, is set to launch another market for Huron County coming Saturday, March 30th at the Knights of Columbus Community Hall in Goderich.

Scholten said this will be her third Easter market held in the town.

“I like to change up the theme and shake things up a bit,” said Scholten. “This year’s market is called ‘Peeps N Treats’ and will feature a food truck, live music, all your local vendors and artisans, an Easter Bunny Selfie Stage, a chance to win a $100 cash prize and even a side petting room with chicks and bunnies for the kids. This market is not just focused on children, we have something for everyone in the family.

“The retail side of my business was hurt as a result of the Covid lockdowns, so I leaned on my special event experience to launch markets for other small business owners like myself. It’s important that we promote local business and support our small communities.”

The Peeps N Treats Easter Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free.

The Knights of Columbus Community Hall is located at 390 Parsons Court. in Goderich.


The next film presented by The Livery Film Fest is the riveting documentary “500 Days in the Wild” by award-winning Canadian filmmaker, author, photographer and storyteller, Dianne Whelan. It will show on the big screen at the Park Theatre in Goderich on Thursday, March 28.

The Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. showing.

When Whelan set off to be the first person to travel the entire Trans Canada Trail, the longest trail in the world, she envisioned it would take 500 days. Six years later, she completed the epic 24,000 kilometre, mostly solitary, journey. From east coast to west coast, Atlantic to Arctic to Pacific ocean, she traveled by foot, by bicycle, snowshoe, skis and by canoe.

Whelan is not an extreme athlete, she was in her 50s and recently divorced when she began this journey. She was equipped with five cameras, a drone, her cell phone, GPS, a lighter and a huge desire to get away from it all. Six years later, she has profoundly changed.

Whelan describes her journey as a way to honor the land, the water and to pay respect to the First Nations peoples of Canada. A Haida Gwaii Elder gifted her a feather to accompany her as a reminder to walk lightly upon the earth, a treasure she was later able to return. Whelan weaves humor and intimate moments of reflection with adventure and stories of kindness and generosity she received, not only from friends, but from strangers she met along the way.

Some of the most challenging portions of the trail included paddling more than 8,000 kilometres of lakes and rivers. One infamous section required 168 portages. As Whelan explains, the sections of the journey she most dreaded were the long stretches of open-water canoeing. The journey is gruelling, harrowing, surprising, and exhilarating. She encounters raging forest fires, curious bears, swarms of insects and the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown.

At times, friends accompanied Whelan for stretches of the trail. She relied on friends and connections for much of her food and supplies. Some Indigenous Elders she met along the journey reminded her Winter was a period of rest, a chance to reflect and make necessary repairs and so she does.

Amidst it all, it is the rolling landscapes, the whispers in the wind, the mountains and the wildlife Whelan captures so eloquently through her lens and storytelling, the audience is reminded how vast and incredibly stunning this country is. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler and Victoria Film Festivals and the Grand Prize at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, this film is highly recommended.

Readers are encouraged to listen to Matt Galloway’s interview with Dianne Whelan on his program “The Current” on CBC radio which aired on Feb. 29. Canadian donations in support of “500 Days in the Wild” can be made through the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society at


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.


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.

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 honor of St Patrick’s Day just past, a little story with an Irish bent highlighting a museum artifact from the early 1800s…


This is a wooden blanket box brought from Ireland by Susanna (Parkhill) Sheffield in May 1861. The box is mostly made of wood, but it has two metal handles on each side, metal hinges for the box’s lid and metal feet.  There is a metal chain situated on the left side of the box that shows when the lid is open this is held there by two screws. Additionally, there is a metal locking mechanism. The interior of the box is plain wood, with another four wooden boards covering roughly 70 per cent of the bottom of the box.

On the interior lid of the box, there is a note written in pen that reads:

“Note: The above is the marriage certificate of James Gillespie + Maria Elliot of County Tyrone – Ireland, who were married in Providence R. Island, May 1861. Family: Martha Gillespie, John Gillespie, Eliza Jane + Alice. This chest was ‘brot’ from Ireland in May 1861.”

Dawson Sheffield, from England, married Susanna Parkhill, from Ireland in Haldimand County. This was Susanna’s blanket box. Sometime after getting married they arrived in Wingham in Huron County with the blanket box they brought from Ireland in May 1861. Many of the family and their descendants are buried in the Wingham Cemetery.



David Yates (Submitted photo)

Huron County author and historian, David Yates, has recently released an expanded second edition of “That Freedom Might Survive: Stories of Huron County During the Second World War”.

This second edition showcases nine new stories. These new story topics include: “Hell on Wheels”, the Self Propelled Armoured Regiment that fielded a troop from Wingham; the Japanese Labour Camp in Usborne Township; and, the RCAF Streamliners whom big band leader Glen MIller called, “The Best Band in Europe”.

This week, Yates shares one of the new stories from the second edition about the RCAF Streamliners with Bayfield Breeze readers.

“That Freedom Might Survive: Stories of Huron County During the Second World War” – second edition can be purchased by contacting the author at or from Finchers’ in Goderich or The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

David Yates recently released the expanded second edition of “That Freedom Might Survive: Stories of Huron County During the Second World War”. (Submitted photo)


Excepting his own band, in 1944, the legendary big band leader, Glenn Miller called the RCAF Streamliners, “the best band in Europe.” It was high praise, indeed, for the Canadian airmen who entertained thousands in over 600 concerts in Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. It is all the more remarkable because the founding members of this extraordinary group of wartime musicians were Huron County lads. Their story has been recounted by Andy Sparling, a son of one of the Streamliners, in “Dance through the Darkness” (2020).

In the spring of 1941, Goderich native, Billy Carter, was a young airman at the RCAF Technical Training School in St Thomas. He was a talented trumpet player who had played professionally before enlisting in the air force. With the intention of forming a dance band, Carter recruited Phil Sparling and Jack Perdue. Like Carter, Sparling and Perdue had been professional musicians prior to the war. Both Sparling and Perdue were reed instrument players from Clinton and attended the Clinton Collegiate where they played concerts before the war. Other musicians who had cut their chops in the local big band dance bands that played at the dance halls and pavilions in southern Ontario were induced to join the RCAF band.

In July 1941, they were officially designated RCAF bandsmen and played their first concert at the St Thomas Masonic Hall on July 25, 1941. The St Thomas Times Journal reported that “over two hundred couples were in attendance and, in spite of the extreme heat, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.” By the fall, the 15 members of the future Streamliners band had come together. All of them were talented musicians. Among them was bassist Jack Fallon, of London, Ontario. Fallon, after the war, went on to work with such music greats as Duke Ellington and The Beatles.

While stationed at St Thomas, the band started to come together as a cohesive musical ensemble. Their regular Saturday night dances at the station’s Recreation Hall were a hit with both airmen and their dates. One account in the station newspaper stated that “the jollity of these occasions was abetted by the excellent music of the Station Orchestra” which ‘merrified’ the evening.

In August 1943, the band was posted to Gander, Newfoundland. Gander in 1943 was the world’s largest and busiest airport. It was the hub of air traffic between the United Kingdom and North America. According to band member, Phil Sparling, Gander “is where it all came together; much rehearsing, many dances and concerts for us, and many funeral services for those insanely courageous” aircrews lost in the North Atlantic. It was also while at Gander that the band officially became known as the “RCAF Streamliners.”

Saxophonist, Pat Riccio, of Toronto, gave the Streamliners a unique sound. His clever arrangements, or ‘de-rangements’ as the base newspaper called them, of contemporary tunes were a hit with appreciative audiences. However, it was Goderich trumpeter Billy Carter, who as band leader wielded the band into “one of the greatest big bands ever produced in Canada.” The Streamliners had a weekly broadcast on the Gander radio station which could be heard as far away as eastern Ontario and beyond.

The Streamliners received orders for overseas duty in the European Theatre in July 1944. Their role as entertainers was vital to maintaining the morale of the troops and British homefront. After a rough sea crossing on board the Empress of Scotland where many of the Streamliners suffered from seasickness, the band arrived in Liverpool in August 1944.

The Streamliners were a much in demand dance band travelling the length and width of the British Isles and performing in music halls, parks and canteens. They were regular performers on the BBC’s Overseas Service radio program “Canada Calling”. Among their many venues were the Lincoln Inn Fields Park concerts held in London in broad daylight when, in the summer of 1944, V-1 and V-2 rockets, or “Buzz Bombs” threatened to break up the performance. Thousands turned out in defiance of the danger to hear the Streamliners play their dance tunes.   

As accomplished musicians with a wide audience, the Streamliners played with French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and the iconic British songstress, Vera Lynn, whose “White Cliffs of Dover” became a British anthem of hope during the early years of the war. However, it was Major Glenn Miller, the most famous big band conductor of the age, who after seeing the Streamliners perform at London’s Queensbury Club, called them “the best band in Europe—next to mine.”

A Dakota DC-3 aircraft transported the Streamliners to Eindhoven, Holland on December 18, 1944 to entertain Canadian and British troops bogged down in the fighting against a well entrenched and determined enemy. At Nijmegen, just yards away from the front, the Streamliners gave a concert to battle weary troops within the sound of mortar and gunfire. It was one of several battlefield concerts the band gave.

The winter of 1944-45 was the “Hunger Winter” in the Netherlands. One of the sights that disturbed the bandsmen was the sight of starving Dutch children. One Streamliner remembered that “all of the boys in the band would put extra food on their plates that they wouldn’t eat, and when they went to clear off their plates, they would feed it to the Dutch kids who were standing there.”

After touring more of the Netherlands and Belgium, the Streamliners were back in the United Kingdom performing on the radio and touring service camps. On May 8, 1945, the Streamliners were in London for VE Day celebrations. Swept up in the emotions of the day, Phil Sparling remembered being part of the cheering crowd that descended on Buckingham Palace to see the Royals salute the victory. Sparling remembered that “they wept, we wept, the Gods wept.”

Despite the war in Europe’s end, the Streamliners continued to perform for the troops both on the continent and in the British Isles. On November 17, 1945, the Streamliners took time to visit Bergen-Belsen, a notorious concentration camp where tens of thousands were exterminated including 15 year old Anne Frank. Although it had been liberated months before, bandsman Len Coppold, recalled “the stench of the place” and the sight of bone fragments and clothing still lying on the ground. Coppold said “I never saw one child among the living survivors, but we saw a lot of kids’ clothing” lying on the ground and “stuck in the fences.” Don Hilton, another Streamliner, could only say that “it was quite the experience.”

The Streamliners played a few more concerts in Brussels before flying back to England in late November 1945. With most troops finally returned home, the Streamliners played their last of over 600 concerts in their three and a half year existence at RAF Station Topcliffe on January 31, 1946. In early February, the last band members received orders to disband.  After the war, many Streamliners had successful careers in music after the war but they would never play together again as a complete band. The RCAF Streamliners as “the best band in Europe” fought the war with their instruments and contributed in no small part to victory.

A free PDF copy of “Dance Through the Darkness” (2020) can be obtained by emailing

David Yates is an award winning author and semi-retired teacher with the Avon-Maitland District School Board. He has taught history in Huron County highschools since 1988 and served five terms on the Goderich Town Council. 

Since 2007, his local history column has appeared regularly in Huron County papers. He has written several books on Huron County history and enjoys doing historical talks virtually from anywhere. He received, among other awards, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his historical writings. 

David and his wife, Kathryn, live in Goderich where they raised their three children Joshua, Jessica and Tyler.




Fishing boats dredging at Bayfield Harbour entry… By Jillian Jones

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Barry Kilpatrick (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

It has been a challenging month in the Falconer-Pounder household and the outcome was not what anyone wanted. This week, I share with you my ‘In Memoriam’ for a man who became a permanent fixture in my life when he met my Mother at a single’s dance nearly 20 years ago.

Sending light and love your way dear Barry. – Melody

George Barry Kilpatrick

June 10, 1943 to March 16, 2024

Barry Kilpatrick, of Lucknow, ON, died on Saturday, March 16, 2024 in Stratford General Hospital surrounded by those who loved him. He was in his 81st year. The only son of Laura (Isabel) nee Pollock (2007) and Clifford Elliott Kilpatrick (1993). In his youth, he worked alongside his parents on the family beef farm near Dungannon before the family moved into town (Lucknow) in the early 1990s.

Off the farm he enjoyed his time driving truck for a construction company. Cars of all eras, collecting ball caps, travelling and photography were also early interests.

In 2005, he met his life partner, Arlene Falconer. They shared many mutual pursuits – going to dances, country music, attending concerts and plays and dining out together.

Barry will be remembered fondly by his many cousins as well as Arlene’s family – daughter Melody Falconer-Pounder, her husband John Pounder, their children and grandchildren.

Barry may have been a very quiet person but both his engaging smile and sparkling bright blue eyes spoke volumes.

Funeral details have been entrusted to MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Homes Ltd, 595 Campbell Street in Lucknow, ON. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 as well as one hour prior to the funeral service which will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22.  Internment Dungannon Cemetery.

Donations to the Wingham and District Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated in Barry’s memory.

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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