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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 771 Week 17 Vol 15

April 17, 2024


Issue 771 Week 17 Vol 15
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Advanced Masonry 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 BAFB will have grocery carts available at the entrance to the centre to allow people to deposit their donations. Anyone wondering what to contribute should consider the BAFBs current wish list: peanut butter and jam, tuna, crackers, cookies, snacks for children, frozen or canned vegetables and fruits.

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.


Spring has finally sprung and that means it is time for the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) to hold their Annual Meeting.

“This year we will be hosted by our friends at the Little Inn  – May 9 at 4:30 p.m. They will be serving some complimentary hors d’oeuvres and offering happy hour pricing for beverages,” said BACC Secretary-Treasurer Terri Louch.

Those who wish to attend are asked to please book early to ensure their spot as space is limited. Tickets can be found by visiting: Annual Meeting and Social.

“Not a member of the BACC yet? Join the meeting and see why you should be,” said Louch. “Are you a Member in good standing? Something you would like added to the agenda? Please reach out and discuss it with the Chamber. We look forward to having you join us! “

The meeting portion of the evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a municipal update from Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone. His update will be followed by the BACC Treasurer’s Report; the introduction of the BACCs new logo and if required the election of a new Board of Directors (BOD).

Each Member in good standing will be asked to vote for those positions open on the BOD. Should there be no election necessary, the vote will be to accept the BOD as presented. All Members are asked to pick up voting cards and an Annual Report when they arrive.

There are currently single candidates declared for the two year terms of President and Vice President. Positions are also available for the two year term of Treasurer and four spots are open for Member-at-Large which may be a one or three year term.

“As we move forward we look forward to welcoming new voices and ideas to the BOD. This is a working BOD and as such members are asked to head committees or offer assistance in some way outside of attending to BOD business,” said Louch. “From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m there will be a time for social networking. Participants are also encouraged to reserve a table and stay for dinner.”

Anyone interested in any of the available positions or for more information is asked to please reach out to


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 1 p.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.


Molly (Submitted photo)

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!

Molly is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Molly is a petite young girl who had babies of her own by the time she was six months old!  She was always curious about people but also a little wary as she was born to a feral feline. She was running around with her siblings but was being fed by a group of people who were working on trapping mom and her kittens.  Eventually the entire family was gathered up and brought in but by that time several of the kittens were already pregnant and became moms themselves within a short time of arriving at the shelter.

After spending time at the shelter, Molly now loves attention and is not shy about asking for it – she is ready to go!

Molly 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.


The Bayfield community contributes significantly to the economic health of Bluewater and Huron counties.

“Approximately 25 per cent of the residential taxes collected in the Municipality of Bluewater comes from Bayfield,” said Don Schafheitlin, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA).

Bayfield residents, cottagers and visitors are drawn here by the natural beauty of the lake, unspoiled beaches, hiking trails, shops and restaurants, Pioneer Park and the opportunity for fishing, swimming and boating within the community.  Preserving all of this and retaining the inherent charm and vibrant “small town” character of Bayfield for current and future generations, while advocating for positive change, is the BRA charter.

“Join us in this ongoing effort to maintain the unique character and cohesiveness of this community by joining BRA,” said BRA Vice President Anette Christensen Kalm, Vice President.

The BRA is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to presenting issues of importance to the community and representing residents at council, planning boards and committees. Dues are $20 per year and the major annual expenses include liability insurance for the directors, hall rental for meetings and communication materials.

Look for the BRA booth at the Bayfield Lions Home & Lifestyle Show on Apr. 20-21 at the Bayfield Community Centre.  BRA volunteers will also be hanging door membership invitations to join the team out in the community very soon.

Anyone who has input on how to make the organization even more effective and responsive is asked to attend the BRA Spring Meeting on May 18 or the Annual Meeting on Aug. 3rd at the Bayfield Community Centre or contact the BRA at


It’s Girl Guide Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookie season! Say that three times fast and then get them before they are gone.

Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling these cookies for $6 a box at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home & Lifestyle Show on Apr. 20-21. 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 able to attend the event, who would like to make a purchase, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


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.


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.


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 Apr. 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.


On Sunday, April 21, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will welcome Rev. Joseph (Joe) Gray to lead worship while Rev. Lisa Dolson is on study leave.

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. 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. Please note that there will be no Book Study on Apr. 22.

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.


Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Did you know that moths, butterflies, bees and other pollinators overwinter in many locations in your garden and cleaning up your garden too early will disturb or destroy these invertebrates? Some spend the winter in the dead leaves, piles of brush, and hollowed out stems of last year’s plants. Some nest underneath the soil and some spend the winter in bark and crevices above the soil.

What you can do is to wait till temperatures are consistently 10 degrees C or higher before you start cleaning up. Trim stems to between 20-60 cm and use leaves and chopped stems to mulch your beds. Our wildlife will thank you!


The Conservation Dinner took place on Thursday, Apr. 11, at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. Shown in photo, from l-r are: Dave Frayne, chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation; Darryl Beaver, president of Exeter Lions Club; Marissa Vaughan, chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Davin Heinbuck, ABCA General manager and secretary-treasurer; and Chris Keller, chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. (Submitted photos)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and Exeter Lions Club hosted the 34th Conservation Dinner and Auction, on Thursday, Apr. 11, at the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. More than 340 people attended the gala community fundraiser and they generously raised tens of thousands of dollars for community projects.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.39 million, in net proceeds for the community, over its 34-year history. The final tally is not in yet for the 2024 Dinner but organizers are hoping to have raised close to $50,000 at the Dinner. The Conservation Dinner Committee says the success of the Apr. 11 fundraiser is thanks to the generosity of guests bidding at the Auction as well as the generosity of sponsors and donors and artists and volunteers. Organizers say the success is also thanks to the generous contributions of the auctioneers, who were: Bob Heywood, Ben Lobb, Richard Lobb and Kevin McArter.

At the end of the evening, patrons at the Dinner generously donated more than $4,400 to make it possible to send 22 young people to summer nature day camp.

Chris Keller, of Exeter Lions Club, is Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee.

“I would like to thank everyone who was part of making the evening a success,” Keller said. “The Lions Club members and other volunteers work hard all year to host this event, and they work hard setting up for the evening, and that night taking everything down, but it’s a wonderful feeling to see everything come together and to know we are making a difference. On behalf of the Conservation Dinner Committee, I would like to thank the sponsors and donors and guests, feature artist Stephanie Denomme, the auctioneers, the volunteers, and everyone else who made this possible.”

The 2024 Feature Artist was Stephanie Denomme, owner of Blush & Blossom Floral in Exeter.

“It is an honor standing up here today at the 34th Conservation Dinner,” Denomme told the crowd of more than 340. “It truly brings me so much joy being a part of your memorable celebration. I would like to thank Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation as well as Exeter Lions Club for this amazing opportunity to be part of tonight. I would like to thank my family and friends for attending tonight. Without your love and support, Blush & Blossom Floral would not exist. It truly means the world to me you’re all here.”

This year’s auction provided a golden opportunity for people to have beautiful photos taken thanks to Kimberly Roy Photography and those photos were taken under a beautiful arbour provided by Dave and Brenda Erb and decorated by this year’s feature artist.

The Dinner and Auction featured live and silent auctions of art and distinctive items such as travel packages and entertainment and sports memorabilia including framed, autographed jerseys. The Dinner had special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal and appetizers from Donnelly Café of Lucan.

Kevin McArter and Ben Lobb, two of the auctioneers at the 34th Conservation Dinner, are shown as 2024 feature artist Stephanie Denomme, of Blush & Blossom Floral in Exeter, holds up a display for the feature art with help from Tom Hartai of the Exeter Lions Club.

Darryl Beaver is President of the Exeter Lions Club.

“The Exeter Lions Club is pleased to partner with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation to present this excellent Dinner and Auction,” Beaver said in his remarks to the crowd. “Exeter Lions Club thanks everyone for their continued support and contributions.”

The Dinner, he said, has made it possible to support important projects such as the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail and stocking Morrison Reservoir with Rainbow Trout for the fishing derby each year for young people and the young at heart.

Dave Frayne is Chair of the ABCF.

“Fifty years ago, the Conservation Foundation was started,” Frayne said in his remarks. “We have some wonderful groups here with the Lions Club, the volunteers, and everyone else who helps out…thank you.”

Net proceeds are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The auction and dinner supports projects such as a family-friendly fishing derby, accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter and Varna; opportunities for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental grant for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat work in the Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; nature day camps; Owl Prowl; and parks and conservation areas.


Meagan Nolan (Submitted photos)

Death with dignity and quality of life until the end are two features of hospice care. In general, hospice and palliative care are concerned with providing care, support and comfort for a person until the end.  Dying and end-of-life care can be difficult yet meaningful subjects of discussion.

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will offer a discussion in hopes of providing a breadth of understanding on the subject as a special bonus virtual lecture series one-hour event on Tuesday, Apr. 23 at noon.

The upcoming lecture, Season 4, Episode 9, will feature co-presenters from the Huron Hospice, Erin Donald (PhD), director of Clinical Services and Meagan Nolan (MD), Medical director. Donald has an extensive career in palliative care as both a clinical nurse and academic. Nolan is a family physician in Seaforth, ON and has a large focus on palliative care.

Erin Donald

The lecture is entitled “Predicting and Planning for End-of-Life Care” and will draw on their experience of working within the Huron Hospice and research surrounding palliative care.

Supporting a robust discussion will be three panelists who are all Registered Nurses:  Laura Hawkins, Tracy Snell, and Lorna Coombs. Their work includes managing the Huron-Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team, acting as the Executive Director for Jessica’s House, and operating as a Nurse Educator for the palliative pain and symptom management consultation program respectively.

Anyone who wishes to attend this free lecture, can register by visiting the Gateway website at: Gateway Lecture Series.


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.


Marjorie McCaughey a vibrant part of the Bayfield Community died on Apr. 12. (Submitted photos)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent passing of a Bayfield resident.

Marjorie McCaughey, beautiful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, left this world on Apr. 12, after a life full of adventures. She loved living in Bayfield and she was a vibrant part of the community.

Marjorie’s free spirit and sense of adventure will live on in her children: Terri Hillis (Bill), Joanne McCaughey (Helmut – deceased), Colin McCaughey and Alison Rahm (Scott). Her grandchildren: Nicole Bartlett (John); Haakim Samuel; Nolan and Brady Rahm. Her great grandchildren: Aidan and Rowan Bartlett; and her siblings Graham Lowe and Barbara Dempsey.

A church service will be held to honor her at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Friday, Apr. 19 at 3 p.m. Her ashes will be scattered in Portballintrae, Northern Ireland.

Marjorie McCaughey

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall at a future date where everyone can sing, dance and raise a glass to her.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Huron Hospice would be appreciated. The family would like to extend thanks to her family physician, Dr. Salisbury; Dr. Potvin, nurses and staff for the care she received at Clinton Public Hospital and thank you also to the nurses, staff and volunteers at Huron Hospice for their loving care.


Campaign Co-chair Leslie Edney (left), UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb (centre) and Campaign Co-chair Rob Edney (right) at United Way Perth Huron’s Spirit of Community Celebration held on March 21. (Submitted photo)

Volunteer Week is happening from now until Apr. 20 and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is celebrating the passion and commitment of the volunteers who bring so much to the organization.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the incredible people across our region who help make UWPH the strong, 100 per cent local organization it is,” said Executive Director, Ryan Erb. “Volunteers contribute to what we do in so many ways, from addressing envelopes, to fundraising in the community to sitting on our Board and committees that work on an incredible variety of pressing issues in the communities we care about. We deeply appreciate every one of our 600-plus volunteers and the time and effort they invest in United Way’s work.”

At the recent Spirit of Community Celebration marking the end of the 2023/24 fundraising campaign, UWPH took time to recognize seven people from across Perth-Huron with Volunteer Spirit awards, in appreciation of the work they did on the organization’s behalf in their regions.These volunteers are:  Lee Anne Andriessen, North Perth; Andrea Bernard, Stratford and area; Don Dingwall, St. Marys and area; Tabatha Fisher, Goderich and area; Wendy Haggitt, Southern Huron; Susan Moffat, Board of Directors; and Patricia Smith, Northern Huron. They all  displayed love for their community and dedication to UWPHs mission of helping ensure vulnerable people across the region have the chance for a brighter future.

For more on each of the volunteer award winners, visit UWPHs Facebook page during Volunteer Week: United Way Perth Huron.

UWPH also recognized outgoing Campaign Co-chairs Rob and Leslie Edney for their work over the past three years. As UWPHs highest profile volunteers, they have been advocates for the organization and helped push it to even greater heights.

Campaign Co-chairs Rob (far right) and Leslie Edney take part in the 2022 St. Marys Bed Race as part of United Way Perth Huron kickoff that year.


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.


Stephen Fearing is a Canadian gem – a very talented roots/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist who will be performing in the auditorium in the Clinton Town Hall on May 4 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation.

In addition to his solo career, Fearing co-founded Canadian roots-rock supergroup “Blackie and the Rodeo Kings” with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. He is one half of the duo “Fearing & White”, with Irish artist Andy White.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. At the May 4 show, Fearing will be fresh off recording new material for another solo album in Nashville.

Tickets are $35.00 available at the CPH Foundation office or by emailing


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.

Remember This

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

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

In recognition of National Volunteer Week (Apr. 15-20) we learn about a medal earned by those who voluntarily served in WWII. A number of deserving local citizens received these medals and we are pleased to highlight one of these individuals this week…


This is a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. It is a silver circular medal. The outside rim has raised letters reading: “1939 CANADA 1945 VOLUNTARY SERVICE VOLUNTAIRE”. There are with raised Maple leaves between the words. At the centre of the medal is a raised image of people marching.  The back of the medal displays a raised Canadian crest. The medal is attached to a silver ring and bar with a green, blue, and red striped ribbon going through the bar. The ribbon has green stripes at the outer edge, red stripes beside the green, and one blue stripe at the centre. 

 The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal was awarded to persons of any rank who voluntarily served on Active Service and honorably completed 18 months total voluntary service from Sept. 3, 1939 to March 1, 1947. 

This medal belonged to Elgin Evan Coutts, of Wingham, ON. 

Coutts was born in Wingham on Sept. 1, 1917. He attended Wingham High School and obtained his senior matriculation in June, 1938. Coutts voluntarily enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force on Aug. 28, 1940 and was ordered to attend the Galt Aircraft School as an airframe mechanic. He had hoped to become a pilot but learned that he did not qualify because pilots were required to have a university degree. However, in June 1942 he was reclassified and earned his pilot’s wings in April 1943. He became a pilot instructor for 18 months and was then posted to Iceland as a member of the North American Squadron. 

His total length of active service was 61 months and he was overseas for five months. Coutts was honorably discharged in October 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He settled in Toronto, ON after the war and lived there until his death in August 2019. Coutts was proud of his Huron County heritage and felt that it provided him with a solid footing for success in life.




Warm and sunny conditions prevailed for the Third Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, organized by volunteers of Huron Hospice in collaboration with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Over 150 Huron County residents enjoyed this magical evening held on Apr. 6 and close to $40,000 was raised toward the building fund for Huron Hospice.

The Clinton Legion Branch 140 Pipes and Drums kicked off the evening with a performance and in addition to providing music they offered up a wonderful surprise when their members presented a $1,000 donation to light a candle.

Jay McFarlan, past chair of the Huron Hospice Board of Directors, acted as Master of Ceremonies. He welcomed and thanked all participants, sponsors and volunteers. Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster gave a thoughtful reflection on grief and love.

Helen Varekamp read close to 100 memorial names at the dedication ceremony. These names were each symbolized by a lit candle along the trail. The Pipe band then played “Amazing Grace” to an emotional audience and piped the participants onto the trail.

As the sun was setting, participants enjoyed walking the trail, which was lit by hundreds of candles. Along the trail, there were times to pause to read memorial poems. Also, the Solace Singers were stationed on the trail providing the gift of song.

As the sun set and the temperatures cooled, afghans were provided for the comfort of the participants as well as hot chocolate. This welcome warm drink was provided by the Bayfield-Goderich Tim Hortons. Tables and chairs were also set up to accommodate those who took part.

Fifty-three Huron County businesses sponsored the event. These businesses were recognized on a large banner displayed at the event.

“This event gives Huron County residents, who have lost loved ones, an opportunity to reflect, remember and celebrate,” said Roger Mather, an event organizer.

“We received such positive feedback from the large crowd attending who are already looking forward to next year’s Candlelight Memorial Walk,” added Varekamp, another event organizer.

A video was made of the event, which can be watched on the website of Huron Hospice by visiting:  Candlelight Memorial Walk.




Surf’s Way Up…By EJ Bauer

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

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In the summer of 2023 I was assigned the task of writing a letter to the community explaining that the future of Trinity St. James Anglican Church was in jeopardy unless people rallied together and assisted in its “reimagining”. The letter served also as an invitation to a community meeting. 

The night of that July meeting the Parish Hall was filled to near capacity with concerned citizens wishing to learn more and also provide their thoughts on the future of the property. It was heartening to know that others were rather fond of the oldest Anglican Church in Huron County too. 

This meeting furthered the congregations’ resolve to “reimagine” the space and an Open House was held in early December to provide groups and individuals a chance to see behind the scenes to consider how they might further make use of the facility. 

By Vestry, the annual meeting of the congregation held at the end of January 2024, a plan had been formulated and after much discussion the church family supported that plan. As of Apr. 15, Trinity St. James would move from full church to a Chapel of Ease and a Community Association would take over the operation of the attached Parish Hall. 

This scenario is far more positive than what could have been. It is confusing for some to understand that although regular Sunday services at Trinity St. James concluded with a wonderful celebration on Apr. 14 the church is not being closed, it is not being deconsecrated, it is simply transitioning. The Community Association that will run the newly monikered TSJ Hall and the two trustees appointed to oversee the chapel under the auspices of St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich are pioneers. I think it is very appropriate that Bayfield be chosen to be the community to embrace such new territory because I know when our residents unite the power working in us is more than we can ask or imagine.  

Was Sunday’s service emotional? Undoubtedly. Was Sunday’s service hopeful? Definitely. Was it the last chapter for Trinity St. James? Absolutely not. It was the start of a new chapter…one I hope that the residents of Bayfield and surrounds will help us write. – Melody 

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