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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 770 Week 16 Vol 15

April 10, 2024


Issue 770 Week 16 Vol 15
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960 Woodshop from Brucefield was one of the exhibitors at the 2023 Bayfield Lions Home and Leisure show. This year the 2024 event has been dubbed the Bayfield Lions Home and Lifestyle Show. It will be held Apr. 20-21 at the Bayfield Community Centre. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

Anyone who is looking for inspiration to enhance their home, garden, or overall lifestyle should look no further than the Bayfield Lions Home & Lifestyle Show, happening on Saturday, Apr. 20, and Sunday, Apr. 21, at the Bayfield Community Centre. This highly anticipated event promises to be a treat for anyone seeking ideas and products for their living spaces, whether indoors or outdoors.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Sunday.

The Bayfield Lions Club is dedicated to giving back to the community, and to do so community support is vital. Admission to the show is free, with food donations welcomed for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. These contributions will help make a positive impact on those in need within the community.

The Bayfield Lions Home & Lifestyle Show is renowned as the biggest in the area, offering a diverse range of indoor and outdoor booths. People can step into a world of possibilities as they explore everything from home improvement and décor to recreational and lifestyle amenities.

Those who attend the show can expect to discover fresh ideas and products from new exhibitors joining this year’s event. They will also have the opportunity to explore inspiring displays. There will be a wide array of indoor and outdoor displays designed to inspire projects in the home, cottage, trailer or any living space. Event guests will discover RVs, patio furniture, sheds, fencing, pest control solutions, financial services, and more, all ready to transform one’s home and lifestyle.

They can also experience some family fun. There will be face painting offered for the kids and a lively atmosphere throughout the show. There will even be an on-site  food court where visitors can indulge in delicious treats and meals.

Those who attend can participate in the excitement of winning fantastic door prizes generously donated by local businesses, including a BBQ from Bayfield Garage and a Patio Heater from Wade Berard Plumbing.

“Whether you’re seeking landscaping tips, real estate insights, travel ideas, or even pest control solutions, you’ll find it all under one roof at the Bayfield Lions Home & Lifestyle Show. Engage with exhibitors showcasing the best in home, garden, and lifestyle offerings, and take your vision of paradise to new heights,” said President of the Bayfield Lions Club, Ian Matthew.  “Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to gather ideas, connect with experts, and envision a dream home and lifestyle. Mark your calendar for Apr. 20th and 21st and join us at the Bayfield Community Centre for a weekend filled with inspiration and innovation!”

For more information and updates, visit Bayfield Lions.


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.


Looking forward to race day 2024, the club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the 2023 race, including Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all 1,250 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! (Photo by Suzan Johnson)

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.


Merle (Submitted photos)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has seen many young kittens become mothers who are often left behind when their broods are adopted but they too are deserving of a forever home!

Merle is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Sweet Merle, she became a momma while she was still a baby herself.  She was a loving and attentive mother and was happy for the volunteers at the shelter to handle and play with her babies but she remained very reserved and preferred to stay out of the limelight. She was shy and timid, and went out of her way to avoid being handled.

Merle took her time and volunteers gave her space until she became more comfortable in her new surroundings. She started to seek attention from volunteers and also started to play with other cats as she never was able to do so as a young kitten.

“Now she’s one of the first to greet people as they come into the shelter, and she is more than happy to receive pets and to be picked up. She is ready for her forever home,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Merle is a reminder that ensuring these cats are happy and healthy comes at a financial cost and one of the biggest expenses is happening now as the shelter is currently under renovation.

The volunteers with BFF are giving the shelter a full refresh as well as updating their failing heating and cooling systems. 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 Penhale.

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 the email listed below.

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.


Bayfield Guiding will be selling Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies at two upcoming events. This Saturday, Apr. 13 they will be at the Goderich Lions Mega Community Garage Sale at the Memorial Arena from 8:30-3 p.m. They will also be at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home & Lifestyle Show on Apr. 20-21. Members of Bayfield Guiding are currently selling these cookies for $6 a box. And for the first time in addition to cash sales they can accept Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Apple Pay and Google Pay using Square! Profits from this campaign will go toward helping with the cost of two upcoming camps and the senior members upcoming trip to Turkey Point. Anyone not attending either event, who would like to make a purchase, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


The members of the Glee Sisters choir are looking forward to their “Spring Sing” on Apr. 28 at St. Andrew’s United Church. (Photo by Jack Pal) l

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

Proceeds from this year’s Spring Sing to be held on Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. will support the Alzheimer’s Society Huron Perth.

This benefit concert hosted at St. Andrew’s United Church will be conducted by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by pianist Mary McGoldrick, and Laurie Hazzard on bass ukulele.

Everyone will at some point be impacted by Alzheimer’s, whether through a family member, a neighbor or a friend. For this reason the Glee Sisters are pleased to dedicate this concert to all who provide care and support.

There is no need to purchase tickets, people are invited to simply show up and enjoy the performance. Donations will be welcomed to help support the Alzheimer’s Society. Tax receipts will be issued upon request for donations $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.


Talented Lego builders always showcase their story telling abilities at the meetings of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month as the Bayfield Lego Club will meet this Saturday, Apr. 13.

This free activity, thanks to the sponsorships of the Optimist Club of Bayfield will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

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


The Walk for Dog Guides organized by the Bayfield Lions Club has been set for Sunday, June 2nd. (Photo courtesy Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides website)

The Walk for Dog Guides organized by the Bayfield Lions Club has been set for Sunday, June 2nd. (Photo courtesy Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides website)

The Bayfield Lions are getting ready for one of their favorite annual events – the Walk for Dog Guides. It has been set for Sunday, June 2nd.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square followed by the walk, refreshments and show.

“With the help of our community, and our sponsor, Pet Valu, we raise money to provide dogs for those in need of a service dog,” said Karen Scott, an event organizer.

The various areas of support are hearing, canine vision, seizure response, diabetes alert, service for physical or medical disability, autism assistance, and facility support (that is assisting professionals working with vulnerable people who have experienced trauma).  A dog costs $35,000 to train and prepare for his life of service from birth until the time of placement.

“So whether you have a dog to walk or care to pledge, all are welcome.  Mark your calendars and join us for this fund raising event,” said Scott.

Pledge forms are at various locations throughout the community.  For further information (or pledge forms if needed) please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.


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.


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.

If you are a member and cannot attend but wish to vote by proxy, please email to request details and an electronic ballot form.

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


Starting later this month, Pilates Yoga Flow by The Wellness Potion will be offered for six weeks at the Bayfield Community Centre for all levels.

These one hour  classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

The Monday classes will run from Apr. 22 to May 27 and commence at 6:30 p.m. The Thursday classes will start at 7 p.m. They will begin on Apr.  25 and conclude on May 30.

Wellness Potion’s Pilates Yoga Flow class is an excellent choice for those seeking a dynamic and invigorating workout routine. This class is specifically designed to combine the best of Pilates and Yoga, providing a comprehensive exercise experience that targets multiple muscle groups and increases flexibility, strength, and endurance. Through a series of carefully curated movements and poses, participants will engage in a full-body workout that challenges both the body and the mind. This class is perfect for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as it can be adapted to suit individual needs and abilities. Overall, the Pilates Yoga Flow class is an excellent way to improve overall fitness, increase energy levels, and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

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

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

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


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


The Bayfield Garden Club will be at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Lifestyle Show on Ap. 20-21.  

This is a good opportunity for people to purchase their 2024 membership. Along with their $10 membership, they will get a card which they can show at many garden centres for a discount. They will also get a list of events which the garden club is hosting.  

The money from memberships goes directly into planting gardens and containers around the village.  

Look for garden club members at Table 3 upstairs at the Bayfield Community Centre.


Trinity St. James, the oldest Anglican Church in Huron County, recognized in part for its stunning stained glass windows will be transitioning to a Chapel of Ease on Apr. 15. The Parish Hall will be renamed the TSJ Hall and will continue its role in providing space for village groups and events. Its operation will be overseen by a community committee. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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.

The last regular weekly services at Trinity St. James will be held today Wednesday, Apr. 10 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, Apr. 14 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to join in these times of reflection and celebration.

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!

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


Celebrating the donation of $20,000 to the Huron Homelessness Initiative were from l-r: April Selkirk, Goderich & Area Community Committee volunteer; Dave Sjaarda and Doug Kuyvenhoven, co-owners of Goderich Super Storage; and Michelle Millar, United Way Perth-Huron manager Community Development for Goderich and Area. (Submitted photo)

United Way Perth-Huron is proud to celebrate Goderich Super Storage’s donation of $20,000 to the United Way campaign, focusing on the organization’s support of programs associated with the Huron Homelessness Initiative.

“We view ‘Business as Mission’ and therefore intentionally take a portion of the profits generated from Goderich Super Storage to invest in the community where we do business,” said co-owner Doug Kuyvenhoven. “We are called to care for the least, the lost, the lonely. So following Jesus’ lead we felt compelled to give this donation to help those experiencing homelessness in Goderich.”

“We’d like to thank Goderich Super Storage for their generous donation,” said United Way’s Manager Community Development for Goderich and Area, Michelle Millar. “The community has embraced the importance of supporting vulnerable people. We appreciate great local businesses donating to our local work helping ensure important programs and services are available for people when they need them.”

The Huron Homelessness Initiative includes shelter for women and children, shelter supports for youth, emergency shelter during cold months, transitional housing for men and housing support. Last year, over 700 individuals and families were helped by the programs and services included in the Huron Homelessness Initiative.


Cindy Scholten, market organizer posed with Mayor of Goderich Trevor Bazinet during the Easter Market held on March 30th at the Knights of Columbus Centre in Goderich.

Event coordinator and owner of Edge Wood Decor Cindy Scholten launched another successful event for Huron County. Scholten hosted her third annual Easter market on March 30th at the Goderich Knights of Columbus Centre.

“I’m really happy with the turn out,” said Scholten,  “but most importantly, it was great to have such huge support from our leaders here in Huron County.”

Dignitaries MPP Lisa Thompason, Goderich Mayor Trevor Bazinet with Councillor Liz Petrie and Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn were on hand to offer their support and encouragement to the small business owners and artisans present.

“It was great to see the families out enjoying the market and petting room,” said MPP Thompson, “Cindy always puts on a great event and this is such a special way to kick off Easter weekend.”

The event featured live music, pictures with the Easter Bunny, food truck, a live petting room and more. To learn more about Edge Wood Decor go to the website


Savor the date, Thursday, Apr. 25, for the next delicious offering from the Livery Film Fest held in Goderich. “The Taste of Things” is a sensual story of love and food, desire and taste buds. It is a pure feast for the eyes that will warm the heart.

The film stars Juliette Binoche as Eugénie, a brilliant cook, and the well-known gourmand she works for, Dodin Bouffant (Benoît Magimel). The chemistry is undeniable between these actors who were once in a relationship and share a child.

The majority of the film, set in 1889, takes place in an idyllic French countryside chateau. In the opening sequence, the characters are so perfectly connected, balanced and entwined, there are few words exchanged as they go about gathering, tasting, chopping and preparing a magnificent feast for their guests. French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung captures their shared passion and joy of creating a work of art that will soon be a fleeting memory, as is every great meal, once shared and devoured.

The two lovers, Eugénie and Dodin, have worked and lived together for 20 years and yet Eugénie resists Dodin’s proposals of marriage. She simply does not want their relationship to change. She is a woman perfectly at peace with herself. Dodin is Eugénie’s boss, a renowned chef, and she is his cook yet their union is one of mutual respect, generosity, desire and adoration. This film is about their love story as much as it is about French culinary magic.

Unlike many foodie films where food stylists will sometimes use tricks to enhance the food, here the recipes and ingredients are all real and true to the time period. No electricity, no kitchen gadgets or appliances were used. In fact, no food was wasted. When scenes were completed and the actors heard “cut”, they continued to finish the food on the table. For those who feel inspired, the recipes have been published and are available online.

“The Taste of Things” was France’s choice for the Oscar nomination for Best International Film. Director, Tran Anh Hung, won the Best Director at The Cannes Film Festival.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a hearty appetite for this fine film! The Park Theatre box office will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 7 p.m.  Please note that this movie is in French with English subtitles.

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


Late last year nine new members were welcomed into the Knox Church, Bayfield family, from left to right: Marten Dykstra, Laurie Dykstra, Susanne Carter, Judith Roy, Lois Kacsandi, Gerry Roy, Pieter VanMeekeren and Teresa Steel. Absent for the photo were: Jan Meyer and Rev Lisa Dolson. (Submitted photo)

A joyful celebration at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield took place late last year and cake was served of course!

By profession of faith into the church family, the congregation warmly welcomed nine new members to their vibrant, spiritual community. These new members will help to shape the direction of Knox and its presence in the beautiful community of Bayfield.

Joining the little church are: Marten Dykstra, Laurie Dykstra, Susanne Carter, Judith Roy, Lois Kacsandi, Gerry Roy, Pieter VanMeekeren and Teresa Steel and Jan Meyer.


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Apr. 2nd.

  • Declared Christmas in Bayfield, Bayfield Fair, Bayfield Vettefest, Bayfield Volksfest, Zurich Fair and Zurich Bean Festival to be community events and granted them exemptions from the Noise By-law and the Hawkers, Peddlers and Buskers By-law for the year 2024.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for consulting services for the design of the replacement of bridge structure B25 on Ausable line to Driven Engineering Inc. in the amount of $50,557.50 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the Richmond Street North reconstruction tender, Contract No. 22292 to Cope Construction in the amount of $274,998.85 excluding HST.
  • Awarded the tender for Hot Mix Paving of Wildwood Line from Mill Road to Northern Extents be awarded to Lavis Contracting Co. in the amount of $232,300.00 excluding HST.
  • Accepted the request for drainage works on the Shapton Municipal Drain and appointed Streamline Engineering Inc. as the project Engineer.
  • Adopted a Personal Information Bank Policy and an RZone Policy.
  • Adopted the 2024 Tax Rates and Council Remuneration Rates.
  • Authorized the Manager of Corporate Services to enter into a rental agreement with the Canadian Armed Forces for use of the Hensall Arena during their 2024 military training exercise.


Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) has organized a Gardening Night with Kevin Steckle to be held on Thursday, Apr. 11 at Huron Ridge Greenhouses.

Participants will gain gardening insights, tour the greenhouse and learn the process of mass planting. The two hour event will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information please contact GNOB at by calling 519 236-7081 or emailing

Huron Ridge Greenhouses is located at 74101 Bronson Line near Zurich.


The Kincardine Brass Band presents “April Show(ers)“ to be held at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich on Sunday, Apr. 28.

This evening of musical entertainment will not only feature the Kincardine Brass Band but will include performances by The MacKay Choristers, and the unusual musical duo of Mary (harp) and Clayton (vibraphone).

The performances shall begin at 3 p.m. Admission is by a free will offering (suggested donation $15).

Lakeshore United Church is located at  56 North Street in Goderich.


What is her name? What did I come down here for? Where did I put…? The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth has your back! They will be offering their Memory and Aging Program again this May at the Mackay Centre in Goderich. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the effects of aging on memory.

The Memory and Aging Program consists of four sessions, 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, starting May 8 to May 29. There is a fee of $25, which covers the cost of the program workbook and materials. All sessions take place at the MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich.

The Memory and Aging Program describes how memory works, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a participant’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things they intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in a person’s own memory ability.

Please register for the Memory and Aging Program by contacting Jeanette at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth at 519 482-1482 or email

For more information about free online dementia education, see Education Hour at

The MacKay Centre for Seniors is located at 10 Nelson St E in Goderich.


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.


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


This week in place of the usual “Remember This” we share a photo from Sue Patten van Baardwyk of Bayfield. Shown in this image are family and childhood friends who gathered together to watch the Solar Eclipse that occurred in the summer of 1963 from the shores of Lake Huron. She noted there were no special glasses, just “lots of magical viewing inventions”. 

A Total Solar Eclipse occurred on July 20, 1963. Totality was visible in Alaska, Maine, the United States and Canada on that day. 




Shortly after the doors to the Recreation Hall at Pine Lake Campground were opened hungry brunch goers began filling the seats at the 12th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour held on the morning of Apr. 6.


One hundred and twenty-five pounds of pancake mix was turned into golden brown and delicious pancakes consumed by approximately 450 people, at the 12th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour held on the morning of Apr. 6 at Pine Lake Campground.

The weather was picture perfect allowing many people to enjoy a tractor drawn wagon ride through the nearby Schilbe Sugar Bush and to visit the shanty where the Schilbe family shared how their Maple Syrup harvest is conducted.

People can’t learn about Maple Syrup production and not get to taste this sweet treat and brunch was the perfect excuse! Warm syrup was generously ladled on to the aforementioned pancakes alongside sausages for all to indulge in. The grown-ups also got to try Maple Coffee if they wished.

This year the brunch was organized by volunteers from and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church. As of Apr. 15 the 175 year-old church will be transitioned to a Chapel-of Ease and the Parish Hall will become known as the TSJ Hall overseen by a Community Committee. This reimagining of the facility allows the church to remain open for special services and functions like weddings and funerals and allows the use of the hall to further expand to suit the needs of the community. The brunch was the first fundraiser to be held  in support of the TSJ Hall.

“All of the volunteers and the members of Trinity St. James Church would like to hugely thank Rick and Rusty for putting together the wagon rides and tours of their sugar shanty, and for the wonderful syrup that was so enjoyed by the brunch goers,” said Terry Henderson, chair of the organizing committee. “It was very encouraging to have eager volunteers from a wide cross section of our community pitching in together. A committee member shared with me that they were delighted to  see a six year-old and an octogenarian working side by side on the clean up crew – the spirit to help with the cause spanned generations!”

The organizing committee would like to extend their gratitude to those in the surrounding community that supported the cause. These include the Goderich Print Shop and Metzger Fine Quality Meats, Hensall.

Organizers are also indebted to the residents of Pine Lake Campground for allowing the use of their recreation hall for the brunch as well as their laneway allowing for the wagon runs and extra traffic.



Partial Eclipse at Bayfield, Apr. 8…By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

The last time a Total Solar Eclipse passed nearby I was in Grade 6 at Holmesville Public School. The internet informs me that it happened on Monday, Feb. 26, 1979. We didn’t get the day off school – they kept us indoors with the curtains closed. I don’t recall having the option of watching it on television. What I do remember is watching our teacher peek out the curtains at the sky above and all of us shouting at him not to look or he’d go blind!

On Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, a lot of young people had quite a different experience with the day off from school and the advent of special glasses allowing them to be outdoors and to safely take a peak at the Total Solar Eclipse or Partial Eclipse as was the case in our region. I opted instead to watch the process on television, enjoying the stories shared by people in the areas experiencing totality as it passed from Mexico through to Newfoundand in about 34 minutes. It was interesting to watch it unfold elsewhere as the skies outside our own home turned to a dusky blue and long shadows were cast by the trees and surrounding buildings before returning to bright sunshine.

My reasons for not wanting to look at the Eclipse even through special glasses stems from the fact that a number of years ago my Optometrist asked me if I had ever looked directly at a Solar Eclipse? He noted some damage to one of my eyes that could have been caused by doing such a thing. Recalling my experience in the classroom back in 1979 my answer was unequivocally, “No!” In all likelihood this condition stems from watching my dad weld when I was a child. He had on the protective equipment, not me!

Hopefully everyone who viewed the Eclipse on Monday will experience no ill effects – locally the next one isn’t expected until 2044 and who knows what terrific viewing devices they will have invented for that one! – Melody

P.S. The Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) is suggesting that instead of trashing those Solar Eclipse glasses they can be donated instead.

According to the BRA, Eclipse Glasses USA , launched a Give-Back Program to deliver donated Solar Eclipse glasses  to school children throughout Latin America, where full annularity will be seen during the October 2024 eclipse.

The glasses can be mailed to:

Eclipse Glasses USA, LLC, PO Box 50571, Provo, Utah, 84605 USA

If not donating, the BRA requests that eclipse glasses be placed in the waste bin. They cannot be recycled!

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