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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 775 Week 21 Vol 15

May 15, 2024


Issue 775 Week 21 Vol 15
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Ready to serve at Sunday’s Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast are from l-r: Tony Van Bakel, Jack Pal, Gurpreet Mann, Bill Rowat, Robert Tremain, Karen Scott, Rolly Scott and Doug VanderHaar. (Submitted photo)

Brace yourselves, breakfast lovers! The Bayfield Lions Club is back with their aprons and spatulas, and ready to serve at  the beloved 55th Annual Community Breakfast. Get ready to kick off Sunday, May 19 with a gastronomic extravaganza at the iconic Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Served from 7:30-11:30 a.m., this isn’t just an average breakfast affair; it’s a legendary tradition etched into the very fabric of the community. Picture this: a bustling hall filled with laughter, the aroma of sizzling goodness wafting through the air, and over 600 eager community-minded supporters coming together for a hearty meal and an even heartier cause.

And here’s the twist: the Lions are flipping tradition on its head! Say goodbye to fried eggs and hello to the fluffiest, most indulgent scrambled eggs this side of Ontario. Why the change? Well, when serving up smiles to hundreds, speed and satisfaction are key. The volunteers, clad in their iconic yellow gear, are ready to whisk, flip, and serve with boundless enthusiasm. Over 55 years, they’ve cracked more eggs than they can count but they’re guessing about 40,000 eggs were used, to serve up sunny-side-ups, and now, the grand scramble. They’d like to thank Egg Producers of Ontario for graciously donating the eggs for the breakfast over the years.

But it’s not just about the food; it’s about the heart and soul of the Lions Club. Did you know? The Bayfield Lions Club isn’t just for the boys; they’ve got a powerhouse of women leading the charge, side by side with their male counterparts, making magic happen every year.

Attendees’ breakfast bucks go a long way, for  just $14 per person, people can indulge in an 800-calorie feast fit for champions. Cash or debit are payable at the door, and children under three dine for free. 

This breakfast of champions will include: eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, juice, and, of course, pancakes topped with the finest maple syrup courtesy of Westlake Maple. Its local flavor served with a side of community love.

Now, let’s talk about impact. Every bite individual’s take fuels the club’s mission to support local heroes like the Clinton and Goderich hospitals, the Women’s Shelter, Huron Hospice, the Bayfield Area Food Bank, and Lions camps for individuals with special needs. The generosity of those who attend directly transforms lives and uplifts spirits.

“But behind every great event is an unsung hero. A round of applause to Sandy Scotchmer, the unstoppable force behind the scenes at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. Her dedication and support pave the way for unforgettable moments and lifelong memories at every Community Centre event we coordinate with her,” said Ian Matthew, president of the Bayfield Lions Club. 

So, mark those calendars, set those alarms, and bring an appetite! 

“Join us on May 19th for a morning filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the most important meal of the day,” concluded Matthew. “Let’s eat, let’s laugh, and let’s make a difference together.”


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.


“Pretzel Logic” a tribute to “Steely Dan” will perform on Sunday, June 30th at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photos)

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


At the end of the 2023 race veteran duck wrangler Janneke Vorsteveld sprang into action. The Optimists are most appreciative of all who support this fundraiser and are pleased to share that all the duck race tickets have been sold for the 2024 event. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are pleased to announce that all the tickets for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 19 have been sold!

They are very appreciative of the community’s support and invite people to come and cheer on the ducks on race day. 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.

This year the first six ducks out of the flock 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



Jane Davidson (Submitted photo)

People will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a longtime village resident.

Jane Marianne Davidson (née Walmark) was born in Sweden on Apr. 19, 1936, lived life on her own terms and died peacefully surrounded by her children on May 1, 2024, at the age of 88. Having bravely faced the long journey of failing health, Jane was grateful to her MAID (medical assistance in dying) team for their compassionate support.

As a young bride, Jane travelled from England with her husband, Malcolm, and forged a life in Brucefield, ON, and the farming community of Stanley Township. While caring for her husband and five children there, she established strong local friendships that would last a lifetime.

After Malcolm’s tragic death in 1970, Jane, now a widow, with the help of hired men, maintained the farm. These experiences led to Jane being featured on an episode about widows on CBC’s “Man Alive”. In 1972, she traveled to India to pursue Malcolm’s dream of working and living alongside the people of Kurseong, Darjeeling Dt., India. This epic year-long journey with five children (all under 12) redefined Jane and helped create lifelong global bonds. With the support of friends and family, Jane became a dedicated advocate and integral part of an international fundraising program for the St. Alphonsus Social and Agricultural Centre  (SASAC). Her work included mailing campaigns and cross-Canada tours, as well as additional visits to India that provided supporters a firsthand opportunity to see the difference their donations made to the “poorest of the poor” as part of the SASAC mission.

Jane, the “Swedish, piano-playing cook”, was passionate about many things, including hiking, knitting, and reading. She loved solving The Globe & Mail cryptic crossword with her best friend Elizabeth (Burry), thrashing another victim at scrabble and backgammon, and keeping beautiful gardens, both flower and veg. Hosting friends gave her a special joy; feeding people brought her purpose and delight, you never knew who you’d be sitting beside at Jane’s table for every-day meals or gourmet feasts. If you arrived a little early, you might hear her playing Chopin or Swedish folk songs on the piano. In the summer, it was beach trips with all the kids in the back of the station wagon and green Kool-aid in the thermos or poolside weekends spent with friends and family. In the winter, she was always on her skis, cutting a trail to the backwoods. If you were lucky, she had a thermos of hot chocolate (with rum).

Jane’s pets were a constant in her life as people ebbed and flowed.

In 1985, Jane moved the short distance to Bayfield, where she already felt at home. She formed special bonds with members of many groups, including, The Maitland Trail Association, the Tuesday Trompers, Bayfield Diners’ Club, Bayfield International Croquet Club, 1-2-3 Knit, Blyth Festival, and the Bayfield Literary Guild.

In 2002, Jane married Dr. Beverley McKee, and together they built a loving life of travel, adventure and many other shared interests. Jane and her children were thrilled to welcome Bev and his children into their lives.

Jane will be deeply missed by her children: Karin Davidson Taylor (Nick, deceased); Elizabeth Davidson (Laura); Andrew Davidson (Simone); Clare Davidson Rogers (Stewart); and Bev’s children: Ryan McKee (Kendra); and Pam McKee.

A caring mother who gave her children room to grow and was proud of the lives they chose to lead, she cherished her grandchildren: Malcolm (Maureen), Jocelyn (Philippe), Hannah (Matt), Max, Lucas, Nathan (Maddy), Philip, Monty, Maya, Matthew, Lina, Stella, and Laura Rose. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren: Charlie, Katie, and Laurie.

She will be remembered fondly by her siblings:  David (Mary) Walmark, Sheila (John) O’Connor, and Karin Thwaits and her ever-loving in-laws, Angus (Philippa) and Ian (Jenny), and all their children. Jane is predeceased by her husbands, Malcolm Lodge Davidson and Beverley William McKee, her son Matthew Gordon Onundawanemaun Davidson, and her brother Paul Carl Walmark. A special thank you to Nicole Townsend, our flexible, funny, devoted friend.

We extend our gratitude to the following supportive friends who brought joyful light into this challenging year and for whom we are ever grateful: Jan Jamula, Jan and Jeff, Kate Fischer, Irma Niemi, Sudhir Bhitrikoty, Roberta Stemp, Juliet Franke, Sandy Scotchmer, Julie Taylor, Cathy and Gord Cannon, Leslie Bald, Alice Lama, Jane’s Sunday Supper Club, and the Ws: Cindy, Liz, Alison, Valerie and Charlotte.

We sincerely thank the organizations and teams who made it possible for Jane to live her last days in her home: her health care team, Dr. Alexander Chun, Dr. L Saini; the Stroke Team, Kyle; Palliative Care Team Coordinator, Patty MacDonald; the Paramedics, Christian and Ashley; the ER staff and doctors at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and Clinton Public Hospital; Michael’s Pharmasave team in Bayfield; Erica Kerkhof; St. Elizabeth’s Home Care staff, coordinator Marni, nurse Melissa and Personal Support Workers Marilyn, Stephanie, Rachel, Wendy, Nicolle and Heli. Special thanks to Jane’s end-of-life team, Dr. Eric Thomas and Dr. John Clifford. and countless other devoted and loving friends and neighbors.

We will raise a dram of scotch and listen to Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn To Freedom” in your honor. We will miss you, Jane.

Donations to Huron Hospice or the charity of your choice. There will be a private family interment at Bayfield Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes, Bluewater Chapel, 201 Suncoast Dr. East, Goderich.

Messages of condolence for the Davidson family are welcome at


Sassi (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has many lovely adult cats waiting for their forever homes in advance of the onslaught of kitten season – the story of one such cat is shared below.

Sassi is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

This dark grey and white beauty found her way to the door of a loving woman who knew she had to try to save her. She started feeding her in November of 2023 and eventually with the help of BFF she was trapped and brought into the Rescue in mid-January of this year.

Sassi was thought to be pregnant when she came in and sure enough she was, however, at such a young age she lost all of her kittens. Sassi has had some time to heal since her little heart was broken.  She has now been spayed and vaccinated. The Vet believes she is approximately one year old.

“Sassi will require a loving, quiet home with a family that can give her the space and love that she requires to really bring out her beautiful little soul,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She does like to purr and be petted and in the right environment she will thrive! Is there anyone that can finish mending her heart and give her the furever home that she truly deserves?”

To learn more about how to adopt Sassi please reach out to BFF via email at the address listed below. This is also the time of year when fosters are desperately needed. Inquiries about the process can be made to Mary Pounder at

The BFF shelter has been undergoing a renovation these last few weeks and Penhale is happy to share that these are now “in the home stretch”.

“Thank you to those who have donated to help us achieve our goal of a safer and healthier shelter for our felines. Thanks to all of you our community cats will thrive while awaiting their forever homes,” said Penhale. “We are just in time as kitten season is upon us and we feel good that we have reached our goal in time. And once again with the help of our generous community our wish list is becoming a reality list.”

Although nearly done financial assistance for this project continues to be gratefully accepted.

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.


“One Fish Two Fish” by Meaghan Claire Kehoe, Acrylic on canvas – 60” x 48”. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is excited to host Meaghan Claire Kehoe in the village again this June!

Many will recognize Kehoe from the two weeks she spent painting the Bayfield Mural on the wall of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena  in September of 2022.

Kehoe was overwhelmed with the positive response to her work, the friendliness of the townspeople and the beauty of Bayfield. Subsequently she contacted the BCA to enquire about a solo exhibition of her gallery paintings.

The exhibition will be held at the 1851 Bayfield Landing Community Room from June 8-16 with an opening reception the evening of Friday, June 7. The artist will be in attendance during the day Saturday, June 8.

Organizers would like to encourage the community to come out to enjoy the paintings and add to their art collection!


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 information contact Ralph Blasting via email at or call/text 519 525-3205.


Based on the success of the summer-long “Red Table Book Sale” last year, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is pleased to announce its return at the Bayfield Library starting on June 29. The Red Table Book Sale will be held inside the library during regular library hours from June 29 to Aug. 31st.

All books displayed on the Red Table will be available for purchase with a financial donation. The table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. With two full months of book browsing, this will be a great opportunity for everyone to stock up on summer and fall reading!

Book lovers should also watch for news about outdoor pop-up book sales at the Bayfield Library throughout the summer!

To make this book sale a success, FOBL is asking for donations of used books in very good condition. Fiction, non-fiction and children’s books are welcome. Due to limited space on the Red Table, the following items cannot be accepted: cookbooks, coffee table books, travel books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games.

Book donation drop-off dates and times at the library are: June 1st, 5 and 14, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; June 11, 1-3 p.m.; and June 13, 4- 5:30 p.m. This list will also be posted on the library door as a reminder.

The FOBL book sale organizers ask that people who are donating books do not leave boxes or bags of books outside the library doors.


The main focus of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is the Bayfield Community Fair – a three-day festival that brings rural and urban residents together through competitions, entertainment, and displays of animals and agricultural equipment. The Fair is always held on the third weekend in August. This year’s Fair will take place on Aug. 16-18.

The expression “it takes a village” applies most aptly when considering how the Fair comes together each year. It’s never too early to start recruiting volunteers to help with all aspects of organizing the Fair.

The BAS is looking for additional volunteers to head sections of the Fair, some taking a couple of hours and others as much as five to 10 hours.

Specific areas of the Fair that the BAS currently needs volunteers for include:

  • Farm products coordinator
  •  Fruits & Vegetables coordinator
  •  Gate assistance
  • Volunteer coordinator
  •  Parade day assistance
  •  Setup and take-down after the Fair

The response from the community in 2023 brought volunteers – both young people and those more seasoned – who worked together to get the fairgrounds ready and help put on last year’s Fair.

Volunteering with the BAS gives anyone interested the opportunity to draw on personal strengths while supporting a good cause; grow leadership skills in a supportive environment; meet new people; and share new ideas.

Anyone who can spare a few hours or more to help out with the 2024 Bayfield Fair is kindly asked to email or complete the online form: Volunteer Sign Up.


“Vee is for Venus” is the latest novel by local author Holly Jeffers. (Submitted photo)

Local author Holly Jeffers is inviting people to save the afternoon of  Friday, May 31st to attend the launch of her latest novel, “Vee is for Venus”.

The Book Launch will be held from 2-4 p.m. and generously hosted at 1851 Bayfield Landing located at 21 Main Street in the village.

Jeffers will be signing copies of her book. A complimentary glass of wine will be offered for each $15 book sale, $2 of which will be donated to the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Vee is for Venus is a captivating story prompted by a real and bizarre event. The consequences are alarming and the results shocking. An historical backdrop of the British Channel Islands brings an added dimension to this curious tale.


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.


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.

“We are pleased to 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 update us on the state of Lake Huron and Bayfield River water quality and what we can do to improve it,” said Don Schafheitlin, president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA).

Veliz has over 20 years of experience with ABCA and managed the bio-monitoring efforts and water quality results as the Healthy Watershed Manager.

“Please join us for Mari’s presentation and a discussion on key issues facing the residents of Bayfield,” added Schafheitlin.

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


For a limited time Bayfield Guiding has both kinds of cookies available to purchase! (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Guiding has some exciting news to share! Girl Guides of Canada has released a limited number of cases of Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies and the local group managed to get nine cases which translates into 108 boxes of these yummy treats.

The 1st Bayfield Pathfinders and Rangers will be selling the mint cookies as well as the remaining Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies at the Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast on Sunday morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Profits from this campaign will go toward helping with the cost of two 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


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 walk for Dog Guides is fast approaching.  The date, Sunday, June 2nd is just around the corner.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square. After the walk there will be refreshments provided and a 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.

“Pledge forms are still available at various locations throughout the community.  So hurry and get yours, bring your dogs, your kids, your friends.  The event is enjoyed by all,” said Scott.

For further information (or pledge forms if needed) please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.


Yo-ho-ho and a whole lot of deals! Ahoy Mateys! Pirates are preparing to land at Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield for a two-day, customer appreciation event on July 24 and July 25.

These pirates will be slashing prices on almost all in-store over-the-counter products by 20 per cent. People could sail the Seven Seas and not find deals like these.

Those folks who have some spare coin after taking in all the deals are invited to check out the Silent Auction in support of Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, and pick up one of the loot bags that will be available by donation.

Anyone who would like to see what is in store for all landlubbers who visit the pharmacy on those two days in July should check out this video: Pharmasave Pirates.


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is hosting a “Speaker Series” on topics of interest to seniors and their families. Their first session will take place on Sunday, June 2nd.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. Jeanette Sears, Public Education coordinator at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth will be their first speaker.

The Alzheimer Society offers programs and support services, in communities like Huron County across Canada. Sears will speak on topics such as: education, awareness programs and resources for health care providers on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  Learn more about dementia help available in the community today.

This is the first speaker in Knox, Bayfield’s lineup of individual speakers who will present information over a period of time. The next speaker will be shared in the coming weeks. No cost to attend. Free will offering. All are welcome to join!

Sunday services at 11 a.m. are open to everyone.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North. To learn more visit or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.


Attention Mah Jongg enthusiasts! The last date of play for the 2023-24 season is today (May 15). Organizers look forward to resuming the games mid-September.

The Bayfield Branch Library is the location of the games held on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


Students in the Central Huron Senior Band performing “Incantations” by Robert W. Smith during a Cabaret held on May 2nd. (Submitted photo)

The Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) Music Department hosted a Cabaret on May 2nd. The event featured multiple student ensembles including the CHSS Jazz Band, Concert Band, Intermediate Band, solo acts, small ensembles and rock groups.

 “It was nice to see people come together to enjoy music and perform for our community,” said Hope Jackson, a Grade 9 student at CHSS. “Music connects people in ways that words cannot. It was awesome to have played a part in creating that.”

In addition to over 10 acts performing, the event helped fundraise for the Central Huron Jazz Band who will be attending the National Musicfest Competition in Toronto on May 15.


The Radome – 40 1st Avenue in Vanastra – will be part of a walking tour to celebrate Air Force Day. The building and dome were built to the specifications of Air Defence Command in 1960 to house a state-of-the-art radar antennae and its corresponding electronics. RADAR-an acronym of RAdio Detection And Ranging utilizes pulses of radio energy which show up on a radar set as a single line (the time base). When reflected from a target, a radio echo is sent to the receiver, and a vertical ‘blip’ appears on the time base line. From this, distance, speed and location are determined. During the war, operators also learned they could identify weather systems with radar-a surprise even to scientists. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Huron East Tours and Trails)

Vanastra, formerly RCAF Station Clinton, is celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force 100th Anniversary: 1924-2024. What began on April 1st, with Blue Lights on Canadian military installations across the country, and around the world continues with the Air Force Day events on Saturday, June 8.

For one day, the RCAF Clinton Mini-museum will be the location for the participants to view the displays. The Mini-museum is located in the former A.V.M. Hugh Campbell School, now Fellowship Hall, Vanastra Christian Church, at Front Road and 7th Avenue.

The 1941 construction of the only highly top secret Radar and Communications School, was the beginning for RAF, then RCAF, then CFB Station Clinton. The wartime training included British, Canadian and American personnel in the most timely undertaking, working to help save Britain and eventually Europe. This was considered the “university” of the latest training and equipment in flight electronics, and some of that equipment will be here for all to see. RCAF Clinton was the only base in Canada without a runway, and it became the largest base with the population of up to 3,000 training personnel and students.

The Secrets of Radar Museum began in the old Sergeants Mess, but moved to London 21 years ago. Now, for Air Force Day, an RCAF veteran honorary curator and support staff will be bringing back pieces of Radio & Communications School history. There will be so many stories to tell!

The Huron County Museum will show artifacts from their local military collections. Huron had four major military installations established through the 1900s.

The Huron County Historical Society will be releasing the 2024 Historical Notes, featuring stories of RCAF Clinton gleaned from diaries and scrapbooks of an actual resident of the PMQs then and now. From the words and photos of the personnel on base in the 1950s, the opening of the #1 School of Food Service, the first in Canada, will also be on display.

Local historian David Yates will have the revised edition of “That Freedom May Survive” available. Bonnie Sitter, author of “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes”, will be on hand to discuss the play of the same name running at the Blyth Festival Theatre, Aug. 14 to Sept. 7.

The “Streamliners RCAF Swing Dance Band 1941 to 1946” play will be running at the Goderich Livery Theatre, Oct. 16-27 and at the event there will be a sneak preview from the cast and crew. This play is based on the story of two airmen from Clinton (Jake Perdue and Phil Sparling) and one from Goderich (Billy Carter), who became the founders of the best frontline entertainment band in Europe. The play is based on Andy Sparling’s book “Dance Through the Darkness”.

In addition, the Vanastra Heritage Trail as presented by Huron East Tours and Trails will be available in guide book format, for people who wish to follow the streets of the old base, now a commercial and industrial park.

June 8 is also the date for the Annual Village of Vanastra Yard Sale Day, This year with the addition of a popular food truck to be located at the ball diamond/recreation centre.

More participants and displays are coming forward each week. To join in the sharing of family stories please contact Pamela Stanley by calling 519 482-9914 or by emailing


On May 25, the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth will once again host the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

The Walk raises crucial funds that allow the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth to offer programs and services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron and Perth counties. The number of people in Canada living with dementia is rising rapidly. By the year 2050, more than 1.7 million people will be living with dementia in Canada. As the number of people affected by dementia increases, so does the need for services.

“On May 25, we’re calling on you to make ‘connections matter’ and show your support by walking or donating towards a walk event in a community near you,” said Executive Director at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth, Cathy Ritsema. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ The funds raised at the walk stay in Huron and Perth Counties and provide crucial funds for the Alzheimer Society to continue to allow accessibility to programs and services for people affected by the challenges of dementia.”

Here’s how to get involved in the Walk and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families:

  1. Register for a local Walk – sign up as a team captain, team member or as an individual
  2. Start fundraising – Share the fundraising page and the reasons for walking on social media using the official hashtag #IGWalkForAlz. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors and colleagues (in person and online) to ask for support.
  3. Take part in the Walk on May 25  joining dedicated people who are committed to helping people living with dementia and their caregivers. Get inspired and get moving!

Let’s rally for brain health and make meaningful strides to ensure no one has to face Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias alone. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at each location at 10 a.m.

Walks well be held in the following locations: Clinton, Central Huron Secondary School; Exeter, South Huron District High School; Goderich District Collegiate Institute; Listowel, Between the Lines; St. Marys, Solis Park; Stratford, Upper Queen’s Park; and Wingham, Maitland River Community Church.


(Image courtesy Split the Pot Lottery)

Split the Pot Lottery is back, and it’s bigger and better than before with larger early reward prizes and more hospital partners. From now until June 20, this collaborative fundraising effort supports 58 participating hospitals across Ontario and offers players 34 chances to win a minimum of $600,000 in prizes — 21 chances to win early bird prizes totaling $100,000 and 13 chances to win a split of the grand prize payout totaling a guaranteed minimum of $500,000. The most recent grand prize draw in March saw the grand prize payout climb to $1,077,915.

Split the Pot Lottery gives players the chance to win big and empowers them to choose how their support helps advance hospital health care. By participating in the largest partnered fundraising initiative in Ontario, they have the power to make a big impact, contributing to vital healthcare initiatives in their communities and across the province.

“We’re excited to see so many hospital foundations come together, with even more new partners joining us for this next campaign,” said President & CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation, Paul McIntyre Royston. “Everyone wins when you play Split the Pot Lottery. Not only does it make a difference for hospitals of all sizes and from all communities throughout Ontario, but it also celebrates our dedicated donors and supporters in a fun way that gives them tons of chances to win great prizes!”

To give players more chances to win, the grand prize payout will continue to be divided among 13 winners, and there will be 21 chances for players to win a total of $100,000 in early bird prizes. And, of course, Ontario patients win big too, with a portion of proceeds from every ticket purchased going directly to partnering hospitals through their foundations.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Split the Pot website: All tickets purchased before 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (May 16) will be eligible for all five early bird draws, plus the grand prize draws.

Learn all about Split the Pot Lottery, including ticket prices, prizes, draws, important dates, and contest rules by going to the website listed above.

Split the Pot Lottery (Licence Number: RAF1383479), is a joint venture of 58 hospital foundations across the province including two close to home: Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, Goderich and South Huron Hospital Foundation, Exeter.

This fun and innovative game of chance both raises funds for and awareness of Ontario’s hospital healthcare system. How? Participants have a say. Proceeds from every ticket sold can either be split among participating Ontario hospitals or be directed to a participating hospital of their choice. By playing, they’re also telling others they believe in supporting hospital health care in the province.


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 flowerbed in front of the Clinton Cenotaph has been revamped by members of the Clinton Horticultural Society (CHS). The placement of the bulbs was designed by long time CHS member Michael Falconer. The planting of the bulbs was done by Falconer and fellow members Dave Sowerby and Joan Addison. Funding for this project was provided by the Municipality of Central Huron. (Submitted photo)

The Clinton Horticultural Society will once again be hosting their Annual Plant Auction. This year it is scheduled for tonight (May 15) and will be held at the Society’s meeting space, the OMAFRA Building.

The event, which will include annuals, perennials and lots of other items of interest, doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on May 6.

  • Approved the circulation of the draft amendments to the Bluewater Zoning By-law for public consultation and scheduled a public meeting for July 8 2024.
  • Supported the tender award of Huron County’s project being the Dashwood Main Street Reconstruction to Van Bree Construction Limited in the amount of $6,885,961 including HST and approved an “Amendment to Budget” to increase the 2024 Water Capital budget for the Dashwood Main Street Water by an additional $17,000 for the Bluewater water contribution component of the Dashwood Main Street Reconstruction Project with the cost overage to be taken from the Water Reserve Fund.
  • Approved the following vehicles be declared surplus and that they be disposed of through the public disposal process after the vehicle replacements have been delivered: Vehicle 7069, a 2011 Dodge RAM 1500; Vehicle 7073, a 2012 Dodge RAM 1500; Vehicle 7034, a 2007 Case Wheel Loader; Vehicle 7024, a 1995 Kubota tractor; and Vehicle 7081, a 2014 Kubota Zero Turn Mower.
  • Directed Staff to work with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association to install posts for wayfinding signage to the Woodland Trail within the municipal boulevard.
  • Authorized staff to procure the services of CIMCO through the Canoe Procurement Group to complete the 2024 Capital Project for the Hensall Arena Reciprocating Compressor and Motor Replacement Project in the amount of $85,000 excluding HST.
  • Authorized staff to notify User Groups who rent ice at Hensall and Zurich arenas of the requirement to submit registration data for the purposes of allocating ice contracts in the 2025/2026 season, and the upcoming public consultation period for the Ice Allocation Policy.
  • Authorized staff to issue notices to all current users connected to the Zurich Water Line requesting that they indicate their preferred payment options for the capital cost of the project. The payment options include full payment received by June 18, 2024, partial pre-payment received by June 18, 2024 with remainder added to property taxes over 20 years, or adding the full cost to their property taxes over 20 years. Any amounts not prepaid shall be added to property taxes effective the final property tax billing for 2024.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Grant in 2024.

Dave Frayne is ABCF Chair. He said the ABCF has been pleased to present this scholarship to 12 different students since 2010. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. local time, Friday, May 31st.

“We are honored to provide this financial support to help a local student in their studies,” Frayne said. “We encourage eligible young people to apply.”

The application form and complete details are on the website on the Foundation’s Projects web page: Scholarship.

The $1,000 Student Environmental Grant is awarded to a graduating secondary school student or a student enrolled in university or college. The student receiving the award is someone pursuing a post-secondary education in a course of study related to conservation/environment. Examples are: biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture, and outdoor education.

The student must be between 17 and 25 years of age and have a permanent address within a member municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed area. Those municipalities are: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, Perth South, South Huron, Warwick, and West Perth.

Past winners of the Student Environment Grant are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018); Meghan Glavin, 2019; Kirsten McIntosh, 2022; and Gwen Taylor, 2023.


The Municipality of Bluewater has launched online Land Use Planning applications using Cloudpermit, a cloud-based software. All residents and professionals can now submit applications online through Cloudpermit.

The digital process benefits the community and local municipal staff by improving efficiency. The system offers communication and file management. It also allows access to applications outside of office hours. Cloudpermit also gives real time updates on application status.

Online applications include:

  • Consents/Severances
  • Site Plan Control
  • Minor Variances
  • Official Plan Amendments
  • Subdivisions/Condominium
  • Zoning By-Law Amendments, and more

For more information and to apply online, visit the Municipality’s Planning & Development Planning Applications webpage: Planning and Development.


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.


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.

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.

With all the excitement surrounding the recent local appearance of the Northern Lights we decided to take a look at another of the camera models in the Museum’s collection. Anyone else wondering what kind of pictures of the aurora borealis this camera might have recorded?


This is a “Graphlex 4×5 Flash Camera” from 1955. It is a black, fold-out model. manufactured by Graflex Inc., Rochester 8, New York, USA. This camera can also be used as a view camera. Shutter speed 1-400 seconds. It uses a #11 flashbulb.

This camera was used by Robert Henry. He was a photographer and reporter with Signal-Star Publishing Ltd. from 1945 until 1964.




On the first weekend in May “Jane’s Walks” were held across Huron County. Two were held in the Village of Bayfield and were organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). The first on Saturday, May 4th had a heritage bent while the one held the following day, Sunday, May 5, had an environmental theme.

On May 4th, under sunny blue skies, an eager hiking group congregated in the gazebo at Clan Gregor Square. Led by local historian Dave Gillians, the Heritage Walk through the village offered a refreshing focus not simply on the architectural landmarks but on the people who shaped its history.

From the group’s vantage point in the Square, encompassing a panoramic 360-degree view, Gillians unraveled tales of influential figures like W.W. Connor and Brigadier Frederick Clift, highlighting their pivotal roles in the community’s development.

As they strolled down Main Street, Gillians unveiled another layer of Bayfield’s rich heritage. He did not just talk about landmarks as bricks and mortar; each one was a symbol of the community’s spirit. What emerged was a poignant acknowledgment of the unwavering dedication of Bayfield’s volunteers, whose tireless efforts have indelibly shaped the town’s character. Their stories, a blend of historical fact and an occasional urban legend tidbit, painted a vivid picture of Bayfield’s past. It was a picture of determined, sometimes stubborn, generous, and always passionate folks who loved their town.

In the closing moments of the walk, amidst heartfelt thanks to Dave Gillians for his informative and enjoyable guidance, there lingered a shared sentiment of gratitude and a renewed commitment to preserving Bayfield’s unique charm. The Heritage Walk served not only as a journey through time but also as a reminder of the collective responsibility to uphold and cherish the legacy left by those who came before. As Bayfielders, it is a privilege and duty to continue supporting endeavors that honor the town’s past while nurturing its future, ensuring that Bayfield remains a cherished haven for generations to come. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone did this ‘for the love of Bayfield’?

On the afternoon of May 5, the sky was grey and overcast, yet a goodly number of participants gathered at Clan Gregor Square to join Sondra Buchner for her “Tour of Trees”. It promised to be an enlightening exploration of the town’s arboreal features, and it did not disappoint.

As the group met, Buchner’s enthusiasm for trees was most clear, her love for these silent giants infectious. Before setting off, walkers were treated to a brief overview of recent tree-planting activities by local enthusiasts, a testament to the community’s commitment to greening their surroundings.

With Buchner leading the way, the group then wandered through the streets and “Right of Way” paths, where a diverse array of tree species had been planted. Beyond mere identification, Buchner explained the ecological significance and even the cultural heritage of specimens. As the walk progressed, a sense of stewardship and reverence for the environment permeated the group, inspired by Buchner’s advocacy for trees. She shared that the best time to plant a tree was yesterday—and if not yesterday, then certainly today?

Like the Heritage Tour the day before, the dedication of volunteers shone through on this walk. Buchner’s dedication as a volunteer bore fruit, quite literally. Through her efforts, she not only educates but also nurtures a deeper connection between people and nature, doing her part to ensure that the legacy of Bayfield’s trees will endure for generations to come.

Named after the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a global movement that organizes free, citizen-led walking tours in communities around the world. These walks offer an intimate glimpse into the heart of neighborhoods, highlighting the stories, histories, and issues that define them. From hidden gems and historical landmarks to local legends and grassroots initiatives, each walk offers a unique perspective on a community and its inhabitants.

Jacobs was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become conceptual pillars for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists and other city builders.



On Friday, May 10th, the skies over Bayfield came alive with the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, thanks to a powerful solar storm. Several people were out and about, many at Pioneer Park, to see this extremely rare occurrence and with their phones and cameras all turned to the night setting, they were able to capture a very colorful display. The Bayfield Breeze thanks these photographers for sharing!

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Greetings from Juneau, Alaska! Just kidding, we are back home now after a week’s holiday with our family but I thought I’d share my reflections of the part of our cruise vacation that took us out into the Tongass National Rainforest to experience how sled dogs are trained in the summer months and down a Fjord to view a glacier –  all over the course of a Tuesday!

Sixteen very excited dogs pulled us along a mile long trail using a custom designed, wheeled, summertime sled. We learned about this official state sport and how generations of Mushers live for their dogs and their dogs live to run! It was truly an exhilarating experience.

The Summer Camp tours provide the Mushers with an income to support their teams, allow their dog teams to continue training in the off season and help to socialize the dogs. I thought it very interesting that one of the Mushers shared that dogs born during the pandemic, when all tours were shut down, are now rather shy around people as they didn’t get that early interaction.

At the end of the excursion we returned to the cruise ship for a long anticipated afternoon of cruising up Endicott Arm in hopes of seeing the Dawes Glacier. In early May being able to sail close to the glacier isn’t always guaranteed. We were fortunate despite rather wet and dreary weather conditions to not only see the glacier but soak in the stillness and beauty of the wilderness surrounding it. Viewing such a spectacle with our children and grandchildren will remain a treasured memory for years to come – future Tuesdays will no doubt be hard pressed to beat this one, I’m sure. – Melody

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