bayfield breeze issue

The Bayfield BreezeIssue 769 Week 15 Vol 15

April 3, 2024


Issue 769 Week 15 Vol 15
Print Friendly, PDF & Email


A highlight of the Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour is taking a tour of the sugar shanty. At the 2023 event, people had the opportunity to take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the Schilbe Sugar Bush to reach the shanty. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

This 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.

The Pancake Brunch is the first fundraiser for the Community Committee in support of the soon to be renamed Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield. All proceeds will be used to support the TSJ Hall and the work of the operating committee.

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


The third annual Candlelight Memorial Walk supporting Huron Hospice brings to light not just candles in memory of loved ones, but also the tremendous contribution of local volunteers with their gifts and talents.

“Every aspect of this year’s Candlelight Walk pays homage to the talents and offerings so many volunteers provide to the Huron Hospice to brighten the experience for residents and their families,” said event organizer Roger Mather.

“One element is the gift of music. This year we welcome the Solace Choir, who regularly visit the Hospice by invitation of guests. The Solace Choir describes itself as a group of ordinary people who love to sing and bring the gift of song and harmony to the bedside of those who are palliative, along with their friends and family. During the Candlelight Walk, the Solace Choir will be present on the trail offering their harmonies. We are also honored to have members of the Clinton Legion Pipe Band lead the procession and are thankful for their visits to Huron Hospice. They set the tone for the evening as we reflect on the memories of loved ones.”

Like the Solace Choir and the Clinton Legion Pipe Band, other volunteer contributions are felt first-hand at the bedside. Maddie Graham, both an event and hospice volunteer, acknowledges her interest is founded upon both her academic studies in health and ageing, as well as a passion for non-profits.

“The end of life is a difficult time for both individuals and their families. Being there to support them in any way is crucial. The most rewarding aspect is knowing that every contribution, no matter how big or small, goes towards making residents more comfortable during their time at Bender House,” said Graham.

For Sharon Jerome, a visit to a Huron Hospice booth at a local event drew her interest as a volunteer.

“I have always had a passion for helping others. Following the death of family members, the option to have them in a home setting was much more appealing than a clinical setting,” shared Jerome. “When I leave at the end of a shift, it’s rewarding to know that I have helped even one resident or family member have an opportunity to share what they hold dear to them. It’s an honor to be accepted into their lives and to be trusted with their sacred sharing.”

Both Maddie and Sharon echo a common observation. They both see up close the effect of the caring and compassionate connections between hospice staff and residents and their families. It’s more than providing medical care. It’s about taking a holistic approach and providing comfort to each individual that comes to Bender House.

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. Individuals may donate at 2024 Candlelight Memorial Walk — Huron Hospice online. Funds raised will be directed to Huron Hospice’s capital campaign to expand to a six-bed hospice facility.

The event will take place on Saturday, Apr. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Trail at 38572 Mill Road, Varna. In case of inclement weather, the event will occur on Sunday, Apr. 7.

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.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) membership looks forward to more hiking and some cleaning up in April.

The BRVTA will offer a special Interactive Family Hike called “Secrets of the Woods” on Saturday, Apr. 20 at 1p.m.  People are invited to join them to discover hidden wonders in the woods and riverbank of the Bayfield Sawmill Trail.

Environmental educators Michele Martin and Janneke Vorsteveld will guide hikers of all ages in searching for the small creatures and plants to be found on this 2 km trail through forests, along the Bayfield River, and across wetlands.

All are welcome; families with children ages five and up are especially encouraged. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The hike duration will be about 90 minutes.  All hikes are free and open to the public with no pre-registration necessary.

Hikers are asked to meet and park on the north side of Sawmill Road.  From Hwy. 21, just north of the Bayfield bridge, turn east on Old River Road. Proceed .5 km and turn right at Sawmill Road. The trail entrance is at the end of this short cul-de-sac.  A map can be found at Sawmill Trail.

For more information contact Ralph Blasting at or 519 515-3205.

The BRVTA will also host their 10th Annual Earth Day Village Cleanup on Monday, Apr. 22.

Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 10 a.m. to join in this annual spring litter collection in honor of Earth Day.

Local groups, businesses and individual citizens are invited to check in and choose a route from the village map. The Bayfield Trails Team will provide garbage bags. People will then go for a walk in their assigned area picking up litter. Bags can be returned to Clan Gregor Square for disposal. Participants are asked to wear bright colored clothing and gloves.


Rusty (Submitted photo)

Sometimes, through no fault of their own, cats adopted from Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) find themselves back at the Rescue looking for a second forever home, such is the case for this week’s featured feline.

Rusty is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

This, oh so, handsome, fluffy feline made Bayfield Breeze headlines several years ago when he was discovered 50 feet up in a tree with a tin can stuck on his head. The late John Vanderhaar, owner of Bayfield Tree Services, happened to be in the neighborhood trimming trees. He used his bucket truck to retrieve the cat and removed the “rusty” can from its head. After his rescue he was brought to the shelter and given the appropriate name of Rusty. He was adopted and was living his best life with his loving adopter. Unfortunately, Rusty’s person had to go into long-term care and can no longer keep Rusty who is now back with BFF.

“Rusty has been somewhat traumatized by the loss of his home and his companion but he is slowly coming back out of his shell, and now looks forward to the attention given to him by volunteers at the shelter,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “He is ready for a new home but anyone who chooses him will need to realize he will need plenty of patience and time to adjust.”

Rusty 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.


On March 23, the Bayfield Over 50 League held their annual year end fundraising tournament. This year Big Red came out on top. The tournament raised $1,000. One hundred per cent of these funds were donated back to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) who operates the Bayfield Community Centre. Pictured are two members of the league Mike King (far left ) and Ron Keys (far right) presenting the donation to BFIT President Bill Whetstone (centre) who is also a member of the league. Special thanks to Chuck Huntington who organizes both the league and tournament. (Submitted photo)


Glee Sisters LogoFor over 16 years, the Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music. Their “Spring Sing” concert, on Apr. 28, will feature a joyful mix of various genres including: pop, folk, rock, swing and show tunes.

This benefit concert to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church will begin at 2 p.m. It will be conducted by Lisa Stewart. Pianist Mary McGoldrick, and Laurie Hazzard, on bass ukulele, will provide accompaniment.

All proceeds from this year’s Spring Sing will support the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth. There is no need to purchase tickets. People are encouraged to just simply show up and enjoy the performance.

Donations are welcomed to help support the Alzheimer’s Society.. Tax receipts will be issued upon request for donations of $20 and over.

For further information feel free to contact Lisa Stewart at 877 210-0586.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.


Accessing the latest bestseller, cookbook, or DVDs for visiting grandchildren has become even more convenient, thanks to the latest addition to the Bayfield Branch Library: a Holds Pick-Up Locker!

Library patrons can unlock a new era of accessibility as they embrace the freedom to retrieve their library holds 24/7. Gone are the days of waiting for the library to open or rushing to beat the closing hours. With these state-of-the-art lockers, literary treasures await at any time that suits the schedule!

Find more information at: Holds Pick-Up Lockers.


A Taoist Tai Chi® arts Open House and first introductory session will be held on Apr. 8 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The session will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is a moving meditation that reduces stress and helps people find joy. Physically it will make individuals more energetic, balanced, strong and supple.

Please call Doug at 519 565-5187 for more information.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will hold its annual meeting on Apr. 15 at the Bayfield Lions Community 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 as part of his thesis work, which included collaborations with the Pioneer Park Association and the Lake Huron Coastal Centre. A light lunch of sandwiches and sweets will follow.

All are welcome to attend but please note that only paid-up members can vote on BHS business. Membership fees are: individual $20 or family $30. Cheques can be sent to the Bayfield Historical Society, 20 Main Street North, PO Box 161, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0; or e-transfer to

There will be one very important Item of business. Last year, a group of interested villagers revisited research into possibilities for preserving the remains of the Helen MacLeod II, the last Lake Huron commercial fishing schooner. It has been stored for several years in a shed just north of the village. The BHS Board of Directors is deeply grateful to the members of that group for coming together last year. Representatives and Board members will update those in attendance about the investigations and share details about why restoration is not feasible. However, BHS has exciting ideas for several alternative ways to memorialize the boat using the funds originally raised for an HMII legacy project. The BHS Board invites all who are interested to attend and find out more.

The Bayfield Lions Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


On Saturday, Apr. 27, the Goderich Branch Library will host “Craft for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines”.

People are invited to join in this enriching experience to be held from 1-3:30 p.m.

Delve into the inspiring world of cat rescue with a presentation by Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, followed by a hands-on crafting session where participants of all ages can create meaningful crafts to be donated in support of this noble cause.

This event is open to all ages. Registration is required. Those who wish to take part can register at 519 524-9261 or by emailing


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.

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. Another chapter in the life of the 175 year old village church will soon begin!

Regular weekly services at Trinity St. James will conclude after Wednesday, Apr. 10 and Sunday, Apr. 14 respectively. All are welcome to join in these times of reflection and celebration.

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


Frances Cosens celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 3 with five generations of her family. The family gathered together for a celebration at her current residence in Goderich. Cosens is pictured with Loreen Ambler, Jane Ambler (on the left) Bishop West and Sarah West (on the right). (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, Feb. 3rd, Frances Cosens, a long time resident of the Moorefield/Drayton area, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and five generations of her family!

Cosens was born in a farmhouse near Drayton, and lived most of her life in the Drayton/Moorfield area. Along with her husband, Sheldon, she raised four children while running a successful farming operation. During World War II, Frances joined the war effort as a “bomb girl” at Beatty Bros Fergus, packing ammunition.

After retiring from farming, Frances and Sheldon moved to Bayfield, where she had attended Knox Presbyterian Church with her daughter, and current congregant, Viola (Vi) Miller. Frances now lives at Harbour Hill Retirement in Goderich.  Frances has 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and a great great grandson!

The Knox Presbyterian Church family in Bayfield wishes Frances a Happy 100th Birthday!

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. They will begin “Sensible Shoes – A Story About the Spiritual” Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown at the beginning of May. 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.


St. Andrew’s United Church will hold a Covenanting Service for St Andrew’s part-time minister, Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor on 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!


Dr. Leslie Walker, successfully defended her PhD thesis on AI at the University of Technology in Vienna. She will now advance to become the research chair of AI-enabled Rural Health Research at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. (Submitted photo)

Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is committed to evolving with the world of research as technology changes, progresses, and improves. As is shown in the media, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot topic of today as it starts to be integrated into many different areas of life, including healthcare.

Gateway is thrilled to share that their very own Dr. Leslie Walker, successfully defended her PhD thesis on AI at the University of Technology in Vienna.

“It feels wonderful to have successfully defended my thesis, both for the personal and professional milestone but also so that I can share my research insights more broadly,” said Dr. Walker.

Dr. Walker was a research associate at Gateway, involved with multiple different projects, bringing her unique skill set and knowledge to understanding and exploring the future of healthcare technology. She will now advance to become the research chair of AI-enabled Rural Health Research.

“Research is most valuable when it ‘gets off the shelf’ so I deeply hope that some of the practical outcomes of the thesis can be applied in real-world settings,” said Dr. Walker.

She also mentioned that her focus on “Responsible AI” can help Gateway support rural communities with the management of incoming AI in areas such as healthcare while mitigating risks associated with AI integration such as job loss.

Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway said: “We are thrilled for Leslie for completing her PhD studies in Vienna. Leslie has been a key part of Gateway’s business planning, and the lecture series, over the past few years. She will now bring her AI expertise to rural health research, which is a big win for us, and for the region.”

Congratulations Dr. Walker!


The success of the Conservation Dinner would not have been possible without the participation of the auctioneers over the years who keep the evening moving and keep the crowd involved and entertained. Shown in this photo taken at the 2023 event from l-r are: General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Brian Horner; and auctioneers Kevin McArter, Ben Lobb, Bob Heywood and Richard Lobb. (Submitted photo)

The excitement is building for the 34th Conservation Dinner on Apr.11.

This gala charity Dinner and Auction is a chance for fun, fellowship, and to support needed projects that benefit the community – projects that could not happen otherwise.

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the entire community.

This year, guests at the Dinner can “Capture the Moment” with a photo under a decorated arbour, thanks to: Kimberly Roy Photography, who is donating her time and skills; Feature Artist (2024) Stephanie Denomme, of Blush & Blossom Floral; and Dave and Brenda Erb, who are generously donating the use of their arbor.

Organizers invite people to get their Conservation Dinner ticket now.

Also, they encourage individuals to buy their 50-50 raffle draw ticket for only $10. They could win a prize that may be as high as $5,000 if all tickets are sold by Apr. 11.

People can phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to get their Dinner ticket or 50-50 ticket.

Those who attend can enjoy such highlights as a delicious meal, wine at the tables, special and general raffles, live and silent auctions, and photos under a decorated arbor.

Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, the auctions this year promise to have many coveted items for bidding including: a wood sculpture of two cardinals by Fred Negrijn; the feature art package from featured artist Stephanie Denomme of Blush & Blossom Floral; a beautiful cottage stay for four days near Bayfield (thanks to Ben and Sue Hoogenboom); framed Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys from Darcy Tucker and Tomas Kaberle; a signed jersey from Blue Jays superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr.; four VIP tickets to the Friday night of the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival with Nate Bargatze and TV’s Gerry Dee; and many, many more! The full program will be shared soon.

Organizers note they have been extremely grateful for all the support, from their generous donors, for this year’s Dinner and Auction.

To learn more people can visit the Exeter Lions Club Facebook page or Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s social media platforms for posts about many of the generous donors this year and some of the wonderful auction bid items they have made possible.

This event helps make it possible to provide needed community programs such as accessible trails, parks and conservation areas; habitat enhancement; outdoor recreation and events; and programs for young people, such as conservation education, grants for schooling, and job experiences.

Patrons and guests, donors and sponsors, artists and volunteers are helping to make needed projects possible, right at home, with their support of the Dinner and Auction…the Dinner Committee thanks them all and they hope to see lots of guests on Apr. 11 at the 34th Conservation Dinner!


The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has approved updated source protection plans and assessment reports for the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley source protection areas.

The updated plans took effect on Tuesday, March 26, when they were posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario. These can be viewed by visiting:  Approved Updates.

The locally developed, provincially approved source protection plans were first approved in 2015 and were later amended in 2019 and now 2024.

The Honourable Andrea Khanjin is Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. In a March 2024 letter to the source protection region and source protection authorities, she said, “I appreciate the dedication of the local municipalities, source protection authorities and committees, and all our partners and stakeholders for their work and contributions to these updates.”

The Minister added that, “Our strong protection framework will continue to help ensure Ontario’s drinking water is held to high safety standards and that sources of drinking water in the province are protected for future generations.”

Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley (ABMV) Source Protection Committee (SPC), commented that “…the Committee continues to provide oversight on source water protection for municipal drinking water supplies – their input is locally based and this helps keep the plans relevant and up-to-date.”

The updates were completed under Section 36 of Ontario Regulation 287/07 under the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006. Key changes include the following:

  • New and revised policies to align with the 2021 provincial Technical Rules, and to address policy implementation challenges
  • Revised wellhead protection areas for Belgrave to reflect a new well
  • Minor changes to Auburn, Palmerston and Wingham wellhead protection areas

People can find the updated source protection plans on the local source protection region’s source protection plan web page: The Plans.


Huron 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.


The Municipality of Central Huron is seeking a few good pitches.

Central Huron Council is inviting interested stakeholders from what was once known as the Town of Clinton — including service groups, history buffs, community boosters, promoters and advocates — to attend a community information session with the goal of creating a committee that will lead the charge in organizing Clinton’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2025.

The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., Apr. 16, in the Central Huron council chambers, is designed to be the first. The goal is the creation of a steering committee that will be entrusted with taking the helm to create, design and implement an anniversary bash for the town formerly known as “The Four Corners”.

All ideas, pitches, celebratory suggestions and fundraising proposals are welcome.

While no RSVP is required, those with questions are encouraged to contact Councilor Alison Lobb at 519 525-2229.

The council chambers are located in the Central Huron Municipal Office at  23 Albert Street in Clinton.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has worked closely with our partners in Infection Prevention and Control to ensure patients, staff, physicians and families/caregivers are safe and protected while in their hospitals. Along with their partner hospitals throughout the South West Region, and based upon the most recent Public Health Ontario guidance, updates will be made to their Universal Masking Policy to reflect current health and safety risks.

Effective Wednesday, March 27, masking will be welcomed, but no longer required, in many clinical areas of HPHA’s hospital sites. The exception to this is any of HPHA’s Emergency Departments where masking will be required. Masking will also be required throughout the hospital sites for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection such as cough, fever and sore throat, and for those who are accompanying or visiting a patient with these symptoms. Hospital-provided medical grade masks will continue to be provided with masking stations set up throughout HPHA hospital sites, not just at entrances. Anyone entering the hospital is welcome to wear a mask.

“Masks continue to be a key tool for infection prevention and control,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “We encourage anyone who wishes to wear a mask to do so to help protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Masking is required if:

  • You are a patient or caregiver in the Emergency Department
  •  If you are a patient or caregiver who must travel from the Emergency Department to another area of the hospital such as Medical Imaging
  • You have symptoms of a respiratory infection (such as cough, fever, sore throat)
  •  You are visiting a patient who is in isolation precautions
  • You are caring for someone with a respiratory infection

People may choose to wear a mask if:

  • You have an underlying medical condition, are immunocompromised or are an older adult
  • Your close contacts are more likely to get very sick if they contract COVID-19
  • You are in a crowded space
  • You had a high-risk exposure and may become sick

“Our staff and physicians in the Emergency Department will be required to wear masks when providing care to patients,” added Jensen. “Staff and physicians will also continue to wear masks when providing care to patients in isolation precautions or with symptoms of respiratory illness. And of course, staff and physicians will be required to wear a mask if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.”

It is also important to note that Universal Masking may be reintroduced based on disease activity, during respiratory season and for outbreak management.


The Student Sculpture Garden project recently received the “Rural Excellency Award” from The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). Community Improvement Coordinator for the Municipality of Central Huron, Angela Smith accepted the award on behalf of the municipality. (Submitted photo)

It’s time to celebrate! Community members are invited to attend the official launch of the Student Sculpture Garden on Apr. 4 at Millennium Park in Clinton.

The festivities shall begin at 2 p.m.

The Student Sculpture Garden project recently received the “Rural Excellency Award” from The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).  All are invited to come see the whimsical and intriguing sculptures that were crafted by area youth.  This project was a great way to introduce youth to the trades.

The Student Sculpture Garden is a display of lighted metal sculptures located in Clinton’s Millennium Park. These sculptures were created by students and will be a beacon of hope, creativity and community for all to see.

Many groups across the community supported the project, including:  Avon Maitland School Board, Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, Cornerstone Schoolhouse, Huron Manufacturing Association, Technical Training Group and First Choice Metal Fab. Inc.

Young people designed, created, and installed the project. During the creation process, students learned about the trades, networked, and explored career options. This project was a great opportunity for students to shine in their community while creating a lasting landmark.

The sculptures should entice visitors to the heart of our downtown, providing more customers for local businesses while showcasing the talents of tradespeople and students. The project will also facilitate the connection of talented and passionate youth with industry professionals who are seeking new workers. The community as a whole should benefit from this wonderful initiative!

Millennium Park is located at 27 Ontario Street in Clinton.


Dr. Mary Fox (Submitted photo)

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”.

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.


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.

The South Huron Medical Centre is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter, ON.


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.

The Huron County Museum recently received a painting by local artist Thomas (Tom) Pritchard to add to their bountiful collection of his work. This week we showcase three of his oil pieces that have been in the collection for sometime. To learn more about the more recent donation visit the “Huron County Museum” page on Facebook.


Artist Tom Pritchard was born in Manchester, England, in 1878 and died on July 17, 1968. He came to Canada in 1908. He lived in Toronto for a short time before moving to Goderich. He was a veteran of the Boer War (1899 – 1902) and WWI. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry when war was declared, and was in Europe before Christmas 1914. His regiment was the victim of the first gas attack at Ypres, in which he lost the use of one lung. As one of the surviving veterans of this attack, at a reunion in 1964 he was made a free citizen of Ypres, at age 86.

For many years he was Harbour Master at Goderich. He was a charter member and guiding light of the Goderich Art Club.

He studied at the Chicago Institute of Art to improve his painting, which had been a dominant factor in his life from childhood. He would never sell his paintings, but gave them to relatives and friends who now have them as cherished mementoes. He used both watercolor and oils; many of his oils were quite large and were scenes in Huron County. He also did many small sketches of Goderich scenes which he used for Christmas Cards.

Still Life

This is a still life by artist Tom Pritchard. The oil painting depicts a small brass kettle, blue green bottle and a white vase created around 1955. The canvas is displayed in a cream and gold colored frame.


Still Life by Tom Pritchard

Two Trees

This is an oil on canvas painting of two trees with a laneway in between by artist Tom Pritchard. On the back of the frame written in ink is: “To Ernie and Margaret 1965 – Tom”. Printed on a sticker on the back of the canvas is “Weber Art School Canvas Board”.

St. Christopher’s Beach

This oil painting on canvas is signed by artist Tom Pritchard and dated 1953. It depicts St. Christopher’s Beach in Goderich looking north. There are a number of small marks on the back of the canvas as well as a sketch.


St. Christopher's Beach by Tom Pritchard




Approximately 160 youngsters brought their adults to Clan Gregor Square for the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt held on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 6,700 Hershey's chocolate eggs were tossed on the lawn for the youngsters to scramble for.


Easter Sunday, March 31st was a chilly one but conditions proved favorable for the Easter Egg Hunt held in the early afternoon in Clan Gregor Square – so very favorable in fact that the Easter Bunny even attended!

It is estimated that about 160 youngsters with their adults in tow descended on the park for the event organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield. Anticipating big numbers after last year’s record setting attendance the club ensured extra eggs were tossed around by enthusiastic Optimists. Organizers shared that just over 6,700 Hershey chocolate eggs were provided.

And the youngsters were really eager to scoop those eggs up into their baskets. In fact several children in the senior division bolted across the lawn before the countdown to begin was even over! But the Optimists ensured no one left without more than an ample supply of sweet treats as once again following the scramble, the children were invited to return to the gazebo for a bonus gift – a plush bunny or a bunny ball launcher as well as some more chocolate, donated to the club by an Optimist Friend.

And now the Optimists are pleased to report they are on to their next event!

The ducks are preparing to go for a swim! The Club will be holding their annual Rubber Duck Race on May 19.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbour – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 1,250 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so to avoid disappointment at the pier don’t wait until the last minute to purchase.

This year the first six ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. And all the prizes this year are youth themed!  First prize is two teen bicycles valued at $450 and donated by Deb Penhale. Second prize is a Lego Set, “Medieval Town Square”, donated by Reliable Realty. It is valued at $350. Third prize is two children’s tricycles valued at $250 and donated by Virtual High School. Fourth prize is a child’s red wagon valued at $200 donated by Bayfield Garage. Fifth prize is a teen bicycle donated by Lake Huron Chrysler. Sixth prize is a $120 Disney toy package donated by Michael’s Pharmasave.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects. Licence #M800596

Members of the Optimist Club will be selling tickets at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Leisure Show Apr. 20-21; look for them upstairs in the community centre. Tickets will also be available at Brandon’s Hardware, 14 The Square in the village.




Chocolate eggs in the wild…By Melody Falconer-Pounder

Submit Your photo

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or…Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.


Image of Melody Falconer-Pounder


Melody Falconer-Pounder

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) is so appreciative of all the help they receive from the community in support of the many cats and kittens that come into their care on a yearly basis. This week they are reaching out for help with their infrastructure to ensure a safe and healthy environment for future furry residents and I am happy to share my space with them to provide more details. – Melody 

The volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines have embarked on a renovation project at the Rescue to give it a full refresh as well as update their failing heating and cooling systems. As you can imagine this project will be a costly one and BFF is hoping some members of the community would be willing to help fund these necessary improvements either through active fundraising or with monetary gifts.

“Because of the overwhelming number of felines that have crossed our threshold, have occupied, or continue to occupy, our space we need to complete this project for the overall health of both our resident cats and the volunteers who care for them,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Penhale explained that a new heating and cooling system is a priority for the project.

“We need to maintain a consistent temperature in the shelter,” she said. “We have gone through many small air conditioners, usually about three a year, and our original heating system is nearing the end of its life expectancy.”

The unit that BFF is hoping to purchase would be a combination heating and cooling unit with an estimated cost of $1,500.

Anyone willing to assist with this project financially or in-kind is asked to contact Penhale at

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