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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 773 Week 19 Vol 15

May 1, 2024


Issue 773 Week 19 Vol 15
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The folks from The Little Inn of Bayfield were busy serving up some tasty bites at the 2023 Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival. This year The Little Inn is a major sponsor of the event along with the White Squirrel Golf Club. Tickets are available now for the event coming up on May 11. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

bayfield beer and wine finallogo only-colourThe Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are currently making preparations for their eighth Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, May 11.

“This year’s proceeds are going to the Before and After School Program being started up by the nonprofit organization currently running the Bayfield Community Centre,” said Bill Whetstone, chair of the festival. “We really need the support of this event, our largest fundraiser of the year, as costs are growing.”

Music will be provided by bands: “Sideroad Reunion” and “Debrownus”.

Participants will be able to sample beer, wine, spirits and mead.

Event organizers would like to extend many thanks to their two major sponsors: The Little Inn of Bayfield and the White Squirrel Golf Club, St. Joseph.

Tickets are $45 each which provides participants with eight food and eight beverage tickets as well as a souvenir sample glass.

Tickets are available by calling 519 955-0682 or through Eventbrite at Bayfield Beer Food Festival.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  is offering five guided hikes and walks this May, with topics including: birds, trees, village history and demonstration farming.

The weekend of May 4-5 is dedicated to “Jane’s Walks”. In honor of urban planner Jane Jacobs, communities across Huron County are offering community walking tours.  On Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m., local historian Dave Gillians will lead a Heritage Walk through the Village of Bayfield.  On Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. join Sondra Buchner on a tour of trees planted along the village streets and byways.  Both walks begin at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and will last about 90 minutes. All are welcome, including dogs on leash.

Birdwatching at Windmill Farm will be held on Saturday, May 11, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Expert birder George Ebers will lead a search for Spring Warblers and many other species that frequent Windmill Pond. Participants are asked to meet and park at 35957 Bayfield River Road.  This is a BRVTA members-only hike, no dogs please.  Sign up by contacting Ralph Blasting at or call/text 519 525-3205.

On Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m., join cultural historian Robert Tremain for “Early Woods” at the Bannockburn Conservation Area.  Tremain will explain how Indigenous and early settler communities used some of the plants and trees still found in this area.  Those who attend are asked to meet and park at 76249 Bannockburn Line: take Mill Road (Rt 3) and travel 2 km east of Varna and then turn north onto Bannockburn Line.  This hike is open to the public but no dogs, please.  The trail is beautiful but somewhat challenging, with several hills and valleys.

Anyone interested in how the latest and best agricultural practices help preserve the Huron County landscape should plan to attend an event on Sunday, May 26. Rick Kootstra, representing the Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA), and Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), will be offering a tour of the Huronview Demonstration Farm on that date starting at 10 a.m. This beautiful 50-acre site is managed collaboratively by the HSCIA, ABCA and the County of Huron.  The walking tour on sloping grassland will be about 2 km and will last about 90 minutes.  Most suitable for ages eight and up; children and families are especially welcome. The farm is located at 77722 London Rd Clinton, behind the Health Unit.

For more info on any of these events, contact Ralph Blasting at the email address and phone number listed above.


Bayfield Rummage Sale - Paper BoyThe countdown is officially on! The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will take place on Friday, July 12.  This year is particularly special because it marks the 75th anniversary of the Sale, making it one of the largest and longest running Rummage Sales in North America.

Pioneer Park was the vision of a half dozen local villagers who saw the need to preserve this beautiful land for the future. The same visionaries also created the means to support this idea: the Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

This sale is the largest event fundraiser and most consistent source of funding for the Park. It takes money to keep the park a safe and inviting space to gather, to sit in the sun, take in a yoga class, have a picnic, play games, access the beach, or just to enjoy the unbeatable lake views and world famous sunsets.  Memories are made there. It relies heavily on the revenue from the Rummage Sale, so everyone is invited to make the 75th year the most successful ever!

This event, held at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, is eagerly anticipated and attended by all ages.  It is exciting and fun! It draws the community together, and it is the best form of recycling for those unused items that still have a lot of life. Donated treasures are sold at bargain basement prices, and all proceeds collected from the sale go toward the upkeep and improvements of the community’s cherished Pioneer Park.

“If you are spring-cleaning or just doing a purge of items that are still useful, now is the time to start a rummage pile,” said  Catherine Tillmann, member of Team Rummage. “Things that last take time to grow.  Everyday we see the proof of it in our park, and every year we feel the joy of it at our annual sale.”

Volunteers are lined up and will be ready to price items for the sale.  Donations can be dropped off at the Quonset hut, located at 76614 Bluewater Road on the following dates: June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 6,  from 9 a.m. until noon.

The outdoor sale will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Arena opening at 6:30 p.m.

The following items are always very popular and in great demand: indoor and outdoor furniture (nothing too heavy); tables and chairs; linens, draperies; antiques and collectibles; housewares including, dishware, glasses, pots and pans; baskets; purses and jewellery; garden decor and garden tools; tools of all sorts; decorative items; festive decorations; adult and children’s games, books and puzzles; DVDs, record albums and stereo equipment; lamps and lighting; sporting goods; recreational items; children’s toys; bicycles; home electronics and small appliances.

The following items are not acceptable: mattresses of any size; sofas and sofa beds along with any large, heavy furniture; children’s furniture, strollers, damaged or soiled toys; stuffed toys; no large appliances or televisions; monitors, printers or fax machines; Christmas trees, strings of lights; clothing, shoes or hats; Tupperware, plastic utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs; plastic garden pots; life jackets or bike helmets; window blinds; unframed mirrors and no used candles.

All items must be in good working order, clean, complete and CSA approved if required.


The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands – one of which will be Simply Queen Live. This concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Town Hall has a great line-up of concerts again this year, featuring four tribute bands and a founding member of “Great Big Sea”. The funds from these shows will be used toward the ongoing operation and maintenance of the hall.

“The Bayfield Town Hall concerts are put on by the Board of Directors of the hall to cover all of the costs to maintain and operate the Town Hall. We receive no funding from the municipality,” said Diane Snell, president of the Board of Directors. “People may not realize that all capital costs, such as the furnace, elevator, and any major repairs plus operating expenses including, heat, hydro, maintenance and minor repairs are paid for entirely through the funds that are raised through concerts and hall rentals.  We greatly appreciate the support from the community by attending these concerts and renting the hall for private events and gatherings.”

The concert lineup this year includes two outdoor shows on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall, “Pretzel Logic”, Sunday, June 30th and the “The Woodstock Experience”, Saturday Aug. 3rd; plus “Simply Queen Live” and “Sir Elton’s Greatest” at the Bayfield Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), Saturday, Aug. 17; and an indoor concert at the hall on Nov. 1st featuring Sean McCann.

Pretzel Logic performs the music of “Steely Dan” blending their undeniable elements of rock, jazz, Latin music, R&B, blues and cryptic/ironic lyrics. The lineup includes hit songs ranging from “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”, “My Old School” and “Hey Nineteen” to the masterful “Kid Charlemagne”, “Deacon Blues” and “Gaucho”, to name a few.

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Woodstock and back by popular demand,  The Woodstock Experience returns featuring Cheryl Lescom, Chuckee Zehr, Rick Taylor, Dylan Wickens, Dale Ann Brendon, and Mark Shickluna. People are encouraged to break out their hippie style clothing for this one!

For both Pretzel Logic and The Woodstock Experience the gates to the town hall grounds will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and people are asked to bring their own lawn chair for these performances.

The Bayfield Town Hall and the BAS are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands!  Simply Queen Live faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s iconic songs that have made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and Sir Elton’s Greatest, starring Edward Greene, brings to life the essence of the legendary musician in an evening that promises to be an unmissable musical extravaganza.

The gates at the Fairgrounds will open at 6:30 p.m with the performances starting at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. People are asked to bring their own lawn chair.

Then looking ahead to November the music will move indoors at the town hall with Sean McCann who joined forces with Darrell Power, Alan Doyle, and Bob Hallett to form Great Big Sea, a band that revolutionized traditional Newfoundland music and captivated audiences worldwide.

Great Big Sea’s meteoric rise to fame saw them become one of Canada’s most beloved musical exports, with a string of platinum-selling albums and countless memorable live shows. McCann’s songwriting and powerful vocals were integral to the band’s success, earning them legions of dedicated fans and critical international acclaim. Since then, he has continued to make waves in the music world as a solo artist. His latest effort “Shantyman” is a rollicking return to his traditional Newfoundland roots.

The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and chairs will be provided!

Tickets for all four of these concerts are available from


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.


Cappaccino gave birth to six kittens over the weekend – heralding the start of kitten season at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photo)

Kitten season is in full swing at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)!

Cappuccino and her “brew” of six babies are the Adopt a BFF family of the week.

Cappuccino was spotted hanging out in a shed and was making herself at home when someone noticed she might be in the family way. They put out some food and were hoping she would stick around so they could get her to safety.  After a few days they realized she was super friendly but also very pregnant. They were able to get her into a carrier and she was brought to the Rescue, on Thursday, Apr. 25; taken to a foster on Friday, Apr. 26 and delivered six babies, presumed to be five girls and one boy, on Saturday, Apr. 27. So far volunteers report that Mom and her babies are doing well.

“But this is just the tip of the iceberg!” exclaimed Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We have three nursing Mommas with babies in care right now and are averaging about four calls a day about pregnant Moms  and their young kittens.

“In 2023, we had 121 kittens come through our doors and the last ones are now just being adopted. We will be in need of fosters as we can only take in so many without assistance and a place to put them while the babies are nursed and socialized before being vetted and ready for adoption.”

Cappuccino and her “brew” will need to percolate for a while before they are ready to be adopted but if anyone is interested in adopting or fostering they are asked to reach out to BFF via email at .

The volunteers with BFF are currently 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 sun shone on Earth Day morning, Apr. 22, making the task of picking up trash along the village streets a pleasant one for volunteers. (Submitted photo)

Earth Day is an annual event held on Apr. 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

First held on Apr. 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by involving 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2024 was “Planet versus Plastics”.

The 10th Annual Earth Day Bayfield Village Cleanup was sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) and was held on Earth Day morning under sunny skies.

Local residents from all walks of life participated enthusiastically. People gathered at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and after selecting the street of their choice on the village map, took a provided garbage bag and went off to pick up litter in their assigned space.

The BRVTA is grateful for the help received again this year. It is their hope that the event will raise awareness in the community to put litter in garbage receptacles. Organizers note that an ongoing problem in the village remains the proper disposal of cigarette butts and dog poop.

They would like to offer special thanks to the Municipality of Bluewater for providing garbage bags for the cleanup as well as disposing of the garbage.


The Editor is taking a brief holiday and as a result readers can look forward to an upcoming Hiatus Issue.

Those with events occurring between May 1st and May 12 are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on May 15.


The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Auxiliary Card Cavalcade is returning following a lengthy absence due to the pandemic and its coming back with a different twist on this old favorite fundraiser.

On Friday, May 10, people are invited to St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield for a light lunch with dessert, coffee or tea followed by such games as Bridge, Euchre, Canasta and Pepper. The lunch will be $10 per person and will begin at noon. Draw tickets will also be sold at the event for $2 each or three for $5.

The money raised helps support CPH.

Tickets for the lunch are available by contacting Grace Koehler at 519 565-4554; Elizabeth Cloran, 519 565-4810; or Kathleen Siertsema at 519 565-2479 or email


My Harp Heals, Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery, will be holding two Sound Bath sessions at the TSJ Hall on two upcoming Wednesday afternoons.

These one-hour sessions will be offered on May 22 and June 19 starting at 3:30 p.m.

Each session will offer a deep relaxation sound bath that combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with Guided Imagery (GIM) techniques and voice.

“Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourselves. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, sleeplessness, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice,” explained Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance. “Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed.”

The cost is $20 for one session or $35 for both. Participants are asked to pay via E-transfer to register. Those who take part are asked to bring a mat, blanket, pillow and an open mind.

Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at

The TSJ Hall (formerly Trinity St James Parish Hall) is located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village.


People are invited to register to attend a Sacred Geometry Healing Workshop on May 14. (Submitted photo)

Anyone looking for a transformative experience that combines relaxation, soul connection, mindfulness, healing and self-discovery should look no further than the “Sacred Geometry Healing Workshop” that is upcoming at the Metamorphic Rock Shoppe and Gallery on May 14.

The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants will be led by Marcella Riveros, who has an MBA and is a Reiki Practitioner, Mandala Artist and Writer. She will guide people on a three hour journey of meditation, sacred geometry connecting, art making therapy, journalling and community. The session will allow participants to connect with their inner-self and discover the power of a calm and focused mind.

“Through the fusion of Reiki and sacred geometry, I facilitate holistic healing,” Riveros said. “Also in the book I seamlessly blend my passion for mandala art, journaling and mindfulness into a transformative experience to help reduce stress and anxiety.”

The session includes Riveros’ “Mandala Coloring Journal”, pen, notebook, one mandala and cardstock.

To register please email or go to Eventbrite: Workshop Tickets. To learn more please visit

The Metamorphic Rock Shoppe and Gallery is located at 22 Main Street North in Bayfield.


The Bayfield Town Hall is looking for people that are passionate about supporting their community to join the Bayfield Town Hall Board of Directors. This would also be the perfect opportunity for people who love planning events and working on exciting projects.

As a member, they will play a vital role in keeping the town hall vibrant and active. From discussing budgets to organizing fundraisers and concerts, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Responsibilities include: Participating in monthly board meetings; contributing to budget discussions and decision-making; planning and organizing fundraising events; assisting with concert lineups and venue operations; and exploring new ideas to enhance the town hall experience.

The benefits to being a member of the board include: Making a meaningful impact in the community; connecting with like-minded individuals who share the same passion; gaining valuable experience in event planning and non-profit management; and having fun while giving back!

No previous experience is required, just a willingness to get involved and to make a difference. Anyone who is interested in joining the town hall  team is asked to please contact Diane Snell, president of the Board of Directors, at 519 852-9392 or email The current Board members look forward to welcoming new members aboard!


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


On Saturday, May 18, people are invited to the Bayfield Community Centre to learn more about the 2024 key Bayfield Ratepayer issues facing the Municipality of Bluewater.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

Municipal short and longer term operating and capital budget plans will be discussed in addition to the Short Term Rental By-law status, storm and ground water inspections and their impact on sewerage plant capacity as well as many others.  People are encouraged to find out how these issues might impact them!

“We will also have guest speaker Ms. Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) presenting an educational lecture ‘Think Like a Watershed’ which will be an update on the main Bayfield Watershed Plan,” said Don Schafheitlin, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA).

Veliz has over 20 years of experience with ABCA and has managed the bio-monitoring efforts and water quality results as the Healthy Watersheds Manager.  She works with communities and agencies to implement watershed projects and undertake best practices to ensure water quality improvement and sustainability. Veliz has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Alberta.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.


Members of Bayfield Guiding were busy selling cookies at the Bayfield Lions Clubs Home and Garden Show over the weekend – just a few boxes remain! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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.

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 who would like to make a purchase, is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


Bayfield Lion Jack Pal and Bailey were busy spreading the word about the Bayfield Lions Club’s Walk for Dog Guides during the Home and Lifestyle Show. (Photo by Wendy Vasco)

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 Garden Club is having its Annual Plant Sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, on the South side of Clan Gregor Square.

The sale will run from 9-10:30 a.m. and people are encouraged to come early for the best choice of perennials, shrubs, trees, house plants, tools and artifacts.

People are also encouraged to donate plants.  These can be delivered to  the Kale residence at 55 Victoria Street in the village on Friday, May 10 between 6:30-8 p.m. Donors are asked to please pot and label their offerings.


The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield would like to thank Rev. Joseph (Joe) Gray for leading their worship while Rev. Lisa Dolson was on study leave.

All are invited to attend Sunday services 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.

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.


Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) bands recently received accolades and awards following performances at the Kiwanis Musicfest at Saunders Secondary School in London, ON. Two of the bands were awarded Gold finishes and as a result will be advancing to the National level of competition in Toronto later this month. (Submitted photo)

On Apr. 18, Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) bands received accolades and awards following performances at Kiwanis Musicfest at Saunders Secondary School in London, ON. This is the first time the bands have competed at a Musicfest competition since the pandemic.

In total, nearly 50 students across three bands performed a total of nine pieces for an adjudicator at the festival.

The awards also came with an invitation to the National Musicfest competition in May in Toronto. The CHSS Jazz band was awarded Gold and was invited to the National level competition for their performance of “Do the Funky Sam”, “My Funny Valentine” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. The CHSS Intermediate Concert band also received Gold and an invitation to Nationals for “Squonk Blues”, “Expedition” and “Crusade”. The CHSS Senior Concert Band received a Silver award for their performance of “Three Folk Miniature”, “Old Churches” and “Incantations”.

“Our adjudicator praised our bands’ energy, artistic interpretation, stage presence and style,” said CHSS Music Director Aaron Neeb. “It was rewarding to see the many hours of student rehearsal and hard work pay off. These students have contributed a lot to their craft of music making while doing it as a team. To hear that our students’ artistic interpretation was unique and original says a lot about the maturity and skills that these students have honed over the past year.”

The CHSS Jazz band will be attending the 52nd Musicfest Nationals in Toronto on May 15. The National competition brings approximately 7,000 of Canada’s top young musicians together to celebrate excellence in musical performance.

The CHSS Music Program will be hosting a “Cabaret” on Thursday, May 2nd at CHSS at 7 p.m. The evening will feature soloists, small ensembles and the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Intermediate Band performing their award-winning setlist. Donations will be collected for the music program and to assist in sending students to Nationals.


The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story will feature 12 Canadian authors celebrating writing and reading in the landscape that inspired Canadian author Alice Munro. (Artwork by Jessica Masters)

Huron’s 2024 Literary Festival Explores “Lives of Girls and Women” in the landscape that inspired its namesake, Canadian author Alice Munro.

Lives of Girls and Women is a celebrated novel that tells a coming-of-age story that follows Del Jordan as she navigates the complexities of growing up in rural Ontario during the mid-20th century. Munro’s writing is celebrated for its depth, insight, and realism and Lives of Girls and Women is often praised for its richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and nuanced exploration of the complexities of female relationships and experiences. From June 5-9, organizers of the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, invite people to explore the multifaceted lives of girls and women, and the diversity of their experiences.

The Alice Munro Festival is expanding in 2024 to include a live theatre production and a film screening in addition to its captivating author events including readings and masterclasses.

A stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, which blends local history and literature, will be performed at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. First performed at the Here for Now Theatre Festival held in Stratford, ON in 2021, the play was written by Taylor Marie Graham.

The synopsis of the play is as follows:  “Inspired by four haunting characters from four iconic Alice Munro stories, Post Alice is a contemporary play which asks the question: what really happened to Mistie Murray? And what happens to all our missing girls? Come sit around the fire with four bright and hilarious Huron County women as ghost stories emerge, songs fill the air, family secrets are revealed, and mysteries unravel into those wonderful contradictions which live inside us all.”

From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, the Festival will host workshops by award-winning and bestselling authors Cindy Matthews, “Ignite the Writer Within”; Jann Everard, “Mastering the Submission Process”; Paola Ferrante, “Tell the Truth but Tell it Spec: Using the Genre Conventions of Horror and Science Fiction to Tell Stories that Matter”; and Emily Paskevics, “Place as Character: Crafting Dynamic Settings for Your Stories”.

Included in the 2024 festival will be a stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. (Submitted photo)

Eight celebrated authors will share a reading from their newly published collections and discuss their writing through a moderated Q&A. From experiences of searching for, and teaching about belonging in a deeply divided world and intergenerational relationships that unfold in a context of environmental change, to a gripping World War II novel about two sisters who join the war effort, the stories shared are sure to deeply resonate with festival-goers.   Authors include:  Annahid Dashtgard, “Bones of Belonging”; Jann Everard, “Blue Runaways”; Paola Ferrante, “Her Body Among Animals”; Genevieve Graham, “The Secret Keeper”; Heather Marshall, “The Secret History of Audrey James”; Cindy Matthews, “The Roach Family and Other Stories”; and Emily Paskevics, “Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter”. Additional authors will be announced soon.

On June 7, the Festival will host the Awards Presentation of the 2024 Short Story Contest and the new Digital Art Contest. They received record numbers of entries this year and once again were impressed by the talent and creativity that emerges from area communities when it comes to this contest! With cash prizes for both adults and youth, choosing a winner is difficult, luckily the celebrity judges are up to the challenge!

Following the awards presentations in Wingham, a film screening of “Lives of Girls and Women” will be held in the Wingham Heritage Town Hall Theatre. It is a made-for-tv movie by Munro, Charles K Pitts, and Kelly Rebar, created in 1996. One reviewer critiqued it as “a great down to earth movie. It is a tribute to Canadian actresses. Tanya Allen and Wendy Crewson were excellent in their portrayal of a mother and daughter during a girls entering adulthood time. The aunts and uncle, as well as the boyfriend and his family played the inhabitants of a small town in that time period to perfection.”

There is something for everyone at this year’s Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story. Events take place in Bayfield, Blyth and Wingham.  Visit @AliceMunroFestival on Facebook for late breaking news and find event information and links to tickets at  Save on multiple events with a Daily Pass or purchase an All-Access Pass to enjoy several events during the Festival weekend.

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story nurtures emerging writers and celebrates short stories in the landscape that inspired Munro. It is generously supported by the County of Huron, Township of North Huron, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield; Royal Homes, Wingham; Capital Power, Virtual High School, Bayfield; and several corporate and individual donors.


The Maple Leaf Chapter of the IODE, in Goderich, was thrilled to be awarded the First Place Membership Award for 2023. Co-regents Ann-Marie Becke and Heather Stewart (far right) accepted the award from Provincial President Helen Danby. (far left).

On Apr. 19-20, the Maple Leaf Chapter IODE Goderich hosted the 104th IODE Provincial Annual Meeting with 79 members from across the province attending, both in person and on ZOOM. This was the first in-person meeting since before COVID. The Goderich Columbus Convention Centre was the host location.

Friday’s highlights included an informative and enthusiastic presentation by Curator of Engagement and Dialogue for the Huron County Museum, Sinead Cox. She shared information about the Museum, the Huron Historic Gaol and the Salt Mine. Goderich Mayor Trevor Bazinet and Goderich Deputy Mayor Leah Noel brought greetings from the town. Part 2 Bistro and Bon Vivant catered the event. Time also was provided on Friday for visitors to explore local shopping venues.

Saturday’s highlights included an address from the National President, Jane Cushing from New Brunswick who attended.

The IODE Jean Throop Book Award was presented to Maria Birmingham, author of their book, “Odd Couples: A Guide to Unlikely Animal Pairs”. Each year the IODE Jean Throop Book Selection Committee considers books that appeal to children three to seven years, the nature of the contribution to children’s literacy and the quality of the book. The first book award was presented in 1975 to “Alligator Pie” written by Dennis Lee. It has been presented every year since. Next year the IODE will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this award.

Another highlight was the presentation on ZOOM, of the OPP Community Relations Award to Officers from Carleton Place near Ottawa for their efforts on creating an all season community outdoor rink/basketball court allowing them a lot of positive interaction with youth.

The Maple Leaf Chapter was thrilled to be awarded the First Place Membership Award for 2023 with nine new members! Co-regents Ann-Marie Becke and Heather Stewart accepted the award from Provincial President Helen Danby.

Organizers of the Annual Meeting felt it was a tremendous success and they look forward to the next time the Provincial Annual meeting is brought to Goderich.


On June 14, 1964, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flew retired Lancaster FM213 to Goderich, where the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion displayed it as a war memorial. In 1977, it was acquired by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, where the aircraft was painstakingly restored until its triumphant return to the air in 1988. The Lancaster continues to fly and remains one of only two airworthy examples in the world.

On June 14, 2024, sixty years to the day since its arrival – the Lancaster is set to make a celebratory return visit to Goderich Regional Airport. This momentous occasion will be celebrated with a series of exciting events and activities, providing a unique opportunity for residents and visitors alike to witness the legendary aircraft, which holds a special place in the hearts of local aviation enthusiasts and history buffs, up close.

Spectators are invited to witness this historic event and experience the thrill of seeing the Lancaster touch down on the runway. Following the arrival, a series of activities and exhibits will be available for attendees to enjoy. On June 15, as the aircraft bids farewell to Goderich once again, spectators will be able to witness the aircraft’s majesty in flight.

“We are thrilled to welcome back the Lancaster to Goderich on this significant anniversary,” said Legion President Randy Carroll. “This iconic aircraft holds a special place in the hearts of our community, and we are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate its history and pay tribute to the brave individuals who served during World War II. We invite everyone to join us in this momentous occasion and experience the magic of the Lancaster firsthand.”

The Lancaster is scheduled to arrive on June 14 at approximately 10 a.m. and depart on June 15 at approximately 2 p.m. The visit promises to be an unforgettable experience for young and old alike. This historic event will provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the aircraft’s remarkable engineering, its historical significance, and the heroic stories that surround it.

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For all up to date information on the event, people are encouraged to visit here: The Lancaster.


June Robinson (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, May 26, the Goderich boardwalk at Rotary Cove will be bustling with hikers participating in the annual June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice. After walking, hikers can join in a BBQ at the Wheelhouse.

This event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are excited to change the hike location and celebrate another wonderful Huron County walking route, the Goderich Boardwalk,” said Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development. “We want people to spend time outdoors with family and friends, and the Boardwalk is an ideal spot.”

Since 2018, hiking leader June Robinson recruited her family to hike and raise money for the Hospice. June passed away in 2022. Her family and hospice staff agreed it was important to recognize her impact by naming the event The June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice.

“Recognizing June at the family-friendly event will be an honor,” said Board Chair and Hiker Lisa Taylor.

According to June’s granddaughter, Rebekah Clarke-Robinson, “June dedicated her life to the service of others and was an avid supporter of any of the causes her family worked on. When her granddaughters got involved in fundraising for Huron Hospice, she immediately signed up for the first Hike. While fundraising brought out June’s competitive spirit, she was amazed at how her community pledged support for a great cause. More importantly for June, the Hike brought her family together and allowed her to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She continued to be a top fundraiser each year, even throughout COVID-19, and most impressively made a comeback after a partial foot amputation in 2019. The Hike for Hospice gives our family a yearly opportunity to support a wonderful local cause and remember our grandmother.”

“The hike is an important fundraiser for Huron Hospice,” commented Taylor. She pointed out that “money raised stays in Huron County and is used to pay for essential services like nursing, home hospice care, and loss and grief support for children, youth and adults.”

The Hike will begin at 10 a.m. with a light warm-up. Families can also participate in a beachfront scavenger hunt and other games. Local gyms will lead folks in a series of low-impact challenges. After the Hike, everyone is welcome to join the barbecue starting at 11:30 a.m. People are encouraged to register online early. If they do, they can enjoy a fresh fruit cup and enter to win a prize basket.

“Family and friends can form teams to obtain pledges and Hike. Children could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to pledge their support by email, mail or phone. Teams can have fun challenging each other,” commented Walker.

To register for the Hike, go to the Huron Hospice website, and follow the links. People can send the link to family, friends, and contacts and ask them to join in!

“Remember, summer really starts on the Sunday after Victoria Day with the June Robinson Memorial Hike for Huron Hospice,” said Walker.


May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And over the course of the month, the Town of Goderich is ensuring that survivors of sexual violence are believed, supported, and encouraged to seek out services in the community.

The “We Stand With Survivors” campaign will take place in Goderich with many local businesses and organizations taking part.

“Sexual violence is a prevalent issue in Huron County and survivors feel isolated, silenced and invisible in our community,” said Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services (HWS) Executive Director Corey Allison. “This campaign is about our community speaking directly to those survivors. We see you. We believe you. We are here for you.”

The campaign consists of large banners being displayed in town as well as posters also being hung in the windows of participating businesses.

“Our hope is that in addition to letting survivors know that we are here to support them, we can also start having conversations aimed at creating a safer environment for survivors to seek assistance and feel supported within our community,” said HWS Fund Development Manager, Genelle Reid.

The We Stand With Survivors Campaign originally began in Renfrew County at the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. It came out of interviews with hundreds of survivors who said they didn’t feel seen, heard, or believed in their rural communities. The campaign, started in 2017, was such a success, the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre started partnering with other organizations and communities across the province, and the country.

For survivors seeking support, please reach out to the HWS 24/7 support number: 1-800-265-5506.


On Apr. 27, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Seaforth Community Hospital declared a gastrointestinal (gastro) outbreak on the Inpatient Unit.

“In response to the outbreak, we are reminding everyone to clean their hands upon entering and exiting the hospital, patient care areas and patient rooms,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “Hand washing is key to stopping the spread of bacteria.”

Gastro, also known as the stomach flu, causes an infection in the stomach and intestines called gastroenteritis. This infection is not caused by the influenza virus.

“Most individuals with gastro infection will experience one to three days of nausea, vomiting, and watery diarrhea,” added Jensen. “Other symptoms may include fever, headache, and stomach cramps.”

Gastro infections have been linked to outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhea in schools, long term care homes, cruise ships, camps, dormitories, restaurants, households and other places where people gather in groups. A person who is ill with a gastro infection is most often able to spread the virus up to 48 hours after the symptoms subside.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice.

Family and Caregiver presence on the unit has been modified. Patients may only have one family caregiver/visitor per day, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no in-and-out privileges.

Family/caregivers visiting infected patients will be required to wear personal protective equipment and must use the hand sanitizer provided to wash their hands upon leaving the patient’s room. Patients with symptoms are being isolated and common areas have been restricted.

“We are working with the Huron Perth Public Health to take all possible steps to stop the transmission, prevent any further infection, maintain bed availability and provide the best care to our patients,” concluded Jensen.

Visitors are also reminded that if they aren’t feeling well, they should postpone their visit to at least 48 hours after symptoms clear.


It’s tax season and most people are busy doing their own taxes or paying someone to do them. But access to tax services is not equitable, and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) and Poverty to Prosperity Huron Perth (P2P) want to help get the word out about a valuable existing service available to residents who qualify.

“Research shows that 10 to 12 percent of Canadians don’t file their taxes,” said UWPH Director of Research, Kristin Crane. “Among this group, modest income households — especially those with children  —  are particularly affected because if they don’t file taxes, they can’t claim the refunds and benefits they are entitled to. These volunteer tax clinics play a vital role in ensuring that gap is addressed.”

Helping people get access to their benefits and credits through the tax system has proven to be a successful poverty reduction strategy. P2P co-chair Pam Hanington notes that “income is the most significant determinant of health. As income increases, health improves. Having more income also allows people to participate more fully in their communities.”

Seniors, newcomers, students, and those receiving income from social assistance programs, among others, meet the criteria for the free clinics, which make a positive impact on the lives of those they work with. In 2022 alone, volunteers at free tax clinics in Huron County and Grand Bend filed over 1,000 returns, resulting in a staggering $1.7 million in returns and benefits.

“We appreciate so much the work that volunteers have done on this service over the years, which is why we want to lend UWPH’s voice to help raise awareness. We encourage anyone who doesn’t normally file taxes, or who may meet the criteria, to take advantage of this service or talk to a tax clinic volunteer,” added Crane. “Some clinics even help with filing returns over multiple years.”

To find out about the nearest tax clinic, call or visit 211. If people are owed money, they can file taxes at any time of year. It isn’t too late. Some tax clinics can even help file taxes at any time during the year.

There are significant portions of Perth County and Stratford in dire need of volunteers to get clinics started in these underserved areas. Anyone who is interested in learning more about volunteering with the tax clinics in a variety of roles, is asked to please contact


On Monday, Apr. 29, Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT) launched an engaging customer data collection campaign to gather passenger information to help fine-tune the transit system’s services. This initiative features a series of six one-question polls designed to gain insight into passenger needs and demographics.

The polls will be published sequentially on, with a new poll appearing every two weeks. HSAT is incentivizing passengers’ participation by offering an opportunity for every poll completed to receive a chance to win one of ten $80 Monthly Passes. These passes serve as a “golden ticket” to a month of unlimited travel aboard the transit system’s network.

To maximize awareness and engagement, the polls will be promoted using various traditional and digital media. Outreach efforts will include local print media, newsletters, flyers, Facebook, websites, on-the-bus advertisements and notifications via HSATs email subscription list and service alert system.

By embedding the data-gathering activity within an appealing contest framework, HSAT hopes to overcome survey fatigue, which can be a barrier to gathering first-hand customer data. The significant incentive – an entire month of unlimited free travel – aims to encourage participation levels that will result in a substantial number of completed polls. With accurate customer data, organizations can make informed choices that align with customer needs.

The polls represent HSATs first significant research activity since the background studies and research conducted for the Community Transportation grant application in 2019.

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.


Good Neighbours of Bluewater is hosting their second annual Tea Time on Saturday, May 4th.

Participants are welcome to dress in their favorite “high-tea attire” for the event that will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and everyone is welcome!

Those who wish to attend are asked to please register on their website at, leave a message at 519 236-7081, or email, specifying their preferred time and number in the party along with a contact number.

Organizers are looking forward to having guests join them for a time of meeting friends, while sipping and savoring delightful teas, sandwiches, and dainties.a


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 4th 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 4th  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


Clinton’s 1-5-0 is coming in 2025 and members of the community want to celebrate!

What would Clintonians like to see during this celebration? A small committee has begun planning for the event that is currently scheduled for early July 2025. They are looking for volunteers to share their ideas. Would people like to see: Displays? History? A dance? Fireworks? Church service? A car show? Golf tournament? Variety show? All of the above?

Their next planning meeting will be Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in Clinton. Organizers need to begin booking events now. All are encouraged to come and share their ideas and enthusiasm.

For more details, contact Alison Lobb at

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.

This week we take a closer look at one of the many furniture pieces in the collection…


This is an upholstered armchair covered with a durable fabric. The floral pattern on the chair consists of red, yellow, green and blue colors on a gold-beige background. The back and sides are fully covered, and the attached back cushion has six covered buttons. The seat cushion is removable and is covered on both sides with a rope detail around the edges. Beneath the cushion, the under surface is covered with plain brown fabric. Rope detail is used on the rolled arms and the back cushion. Dark brown curved wood trim is attached on each side of the front. The frame is hardwood with steel corner brackets screwed in place.

A gold-on-black metal label is nailed on the back of the frame under the seat. It reads: “X-RAYED FURNITURE (NAME REGISTERED) Patented May 31, 1927. Invented and manufactured by FRY & BLACKHALL LIMITED, WINGHAM, ONT.” There are two decorative dark brown wood feet at the front corners, two plain legs at the back. Each foot has a metal slider. A paper label is not legible. The seat structure is removable using two fabric straps on the sides. It has a hardwood frame; an inner steel frame has three rows of three steel springs supported by cross-springs.

The chair was manufactured by Fry & Blackhall Ltd. of Wingham, ON. At peak production the factory employed 55 people.

In 1895, the Walter and Clegg Factory was built on Alfred Street in Wingham. In 1919, Fry & Blackhall Limited was formed with a new partnership to carry on the furniture business. Norman Fry had been the upholstery foreman, Charles Blackhall was the frame production foreman, Water VanWyck was a skilled upholsterer, and Samuel Bennett had operated a planing mill in town for several years. In 1927 the Union Factory building on Victoria Street was purchased to accommodate the growing operation and in 1945 an addition was added to the factory.

Over the years the company was granted several patents for new and useful improvements in the manufacture of upholstered furniture.



When people drive into the village they are greeted by the Bayfield Lions Club’s sign bearing the motto, “We serve”. But members share that they often get asked the question, “Exactly how do you serve the community?”

“In 2023, we carried out our usual fundraisers,” said Vice President Karen Scott. “These included the Bayfield Home and Lifestyle Show, Bayfield Lions Breakfast, Lions Foundation Walk for Dog Guides, golf tournament, Trout derby, and the ever popular Turkey bingo.”

She went on to say that they were proud to have their Lions float in the Santa Claus parade accompanied by members handing out candy. Also during the holiday season the club ensured that those over 80 years of age as well as shut-ins in the community received Foodland gift cards. The annual distribution of chocolates and Poinsettias having been adjusted due to COVID-19.

“We were able to deliver Poinsettias to former Bayfield residents who now reside in assisted living facilities throughout Huron County,” said Scott.

Scott went on to explain that a significant portion from their fundraisers go to support the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) as well as the Huron Women’s Shelter.

“Other organizations and charities we contribute to regularly are the Clinton and Goderich hospitals, Huron Hospice and camps for children with diabetes, vision loss, as well as the home for the deaf,” she said. “Other requests for charitable donations are considered on a needs basis as they arise.”

The Bayfield Lions Club initiated a project to build a walkway to Bayfield Foodland, for pedestrian safety.

“As the leader of the initiative we worked closely with the Municipality of Bluewater, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Skyline Retail Real Estate, owners of the Foodland site, to complete the project recently. Feedback for this project has been tremendous,” she said.

They also led the fundraising effort to accommodate a Penhale Landau in a Two-cow Barn on the grounds behind the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street.

“The clock tower and flag pole now on display were part of our 75th anniversary projects on Main Street. Maintenance work on the Clan Gregor gazebo was funded by the Lions as was the refurbishment to the Community Bulletin Board on Main Street beside the Bayfield Branch Library,” said Scott.

The regular Lions events that people have come to know and love continue in 2024.

The first of the year was the Bayfield Home and Lifestyle Show recently held on Apr. 20-21 raising over $2,300 along with 10 heaping grocery carts full of food all being donated to the BAFB.

Other upcoming events include:

  • Bayfield Lion’s Breakfast, Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, May 19;
  • Walk for Dog Guides, Clan Gregor Square, June 2;
  • Golf Tournament, Bluewater Golf Course, Sept. 6;
  • Trout Derby, Rainbow Valley Campground, Oct. 18-20;
  • Santa visits, early December;
  • Turkey Bingo, Bayfield Community Centre  and Arena, December date still to be confirmed.

“We were pleased to join in with other local service groups in an effort to coordinate our combined efforts and navigate our resources to more effectively help our community,” said Scott. “A donation was made to BRVTA to assist with the walkway to the Bayfield River Flats.  As operators of the Lions’ Community Building, we offer the community low cost meeting facilities.  Recently we were able to offer a new home to BAFB to continue to provide their valuable service.”

The Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village. They can be reached by phone number at 519 565-5170 or via email at To learn more people are welcome to visit their website at: Bayfield Lions.

“Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that there is something we may become involved in, or if you would like to join our service club.  Look for updates throughout the year. As Lions in the Bayfield community, we are proud to serve in our many efforts to improve life in our lovely village,” concluded Scott.




Keeping watch over waters of Lake Huron…By Pam Nielsen

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

My fellow Owls and I took a plethora of campers to Klahanie this past weekend. Some of these children are veterans to our routine but for many it was their first time experiencing it. I continue to be grateful for the parents that volunteer to join us to ensure that we have the proper ratio so that everyone can enjoy the privilege of camping in such a magical space.

Going on a weekend overnight adventure and learning how to be responsible and respectful while having fun and sharing in lots of laughter and silliness can be overwhelming at times for all ages. Sometimes little tempers flare and other times there are tears but knowing it is okay to express emotions in a safe and inclusive setting is an important part of Guiding in the 21st century.

One tired camper burst into tears on the second evening while working on a craft. When prompted by an Owl she expressed that she didn’t really know why she was crying but it was eventually shared that the results of her crafting weren’t living up to her vision and growing frustrated she had abandoned the activity in tears. That’s when the true meaning of what it is to be a Guide surfaced in her fellow campers. They set upon her craft and each completed a different section of it, added to it, personalized it to her taste and made it something really special. They then went and presented her with the finished work and she was so delighted that her fellow Guides, her friends, put her first and were so thoughtful and kind to take the time to complete her project as a gift to her.

As one of their Owls I was so proud of them and praised them for their actions. Their shining eyes and smiling faces beamed up at me as I spoke to them and I knew at that moment they understood what it means to be a Guide. And as a veteran leader there is no more rewarding feeling. – Brown Owl Melody

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