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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 776 Week 22 Vol 15

May 22, 2024


Issue 776 Week 22 Vol 15
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And they’re off! The Optimist Club of Bayfield’s Rubber Duck Race was held in the early afternoon of May 19. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The members of the Bayfield Optimist Club dropped 1,250 ducks into a very calm Bayfield River early in the afternoon on May 19 but despite the decided lack of much current six ducks eventually made it across the finish line.

And those six ducks won some pretty fabulous prizes for their “owners”. All the prizes this year were youth themed adding to the excitement for the families that came to watch.   First prize was two teen bicycles valued at $450 and donated by Deb Penhale, these were won by Brielle Steenbeek, of Varna; second prize the Lego Set, “Medieval Town Square”, donated by Reliable Realty and valued at $350, went home with Mike Dietz of Bayfield; third prize was two children’s tricycles, valued at $250 and donated by Virtual High School, these were won by Lorraine Hutt, of Bayfield; fourth prize a child’s red wagon, valued at $200 and donated by Bayfield Garage, went to Paul Hill, of Bayfield

; fifth prize, a teen bicycle, valued at $200 and donated by Lake Huron Chrysler, was won by Jody Whetstone, of Bayfield; and sixth prize, a $120 Disney toy package donated by Michael’s Pharmasave, was won by Phillip Normanton.

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

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out next week’s Bayfield Breeze for full coverage and more photos of the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s Rubber Duck Race!


Julie Lane (Submitted photos)

Julie Lane has been a loyal and enthusiastic volunteer for the annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction for over 25 years, including those years of looking after a young family in the 90s.

She has carried on a family tradition. Julie’s husband Brendan Lane grew up in this area and has many fond memories of Bayfield over the last 60 years.  Brendan remembers volunteering for the rummage sale when he was a young teenager, helping to bring in picnic tables, and other tables, and setting them up on the dirt floor in the arena.  Brendan was proud to introduce his young wife (Julie) and their kids to the Rummage Sale in the late 80s and early 90s.  Julie and Brendan’s three boys were also recruited to work the Rummage Sale, particularly the Toy table, as they were growing up.

Julie remembers working with Pat Carrier who was in-charge of the Kitchen table for many years, after which Julie took over this table and is still the Kitchen table captain. In 2008 Julie Co-Convened the Rummage Sale with Wanda Steadman, then took on the daunting task of organizing the 2009 Rummage Sale by herself.  She followed up in several subsequent years Co-Convening with others.

Julie remembers that there were many challenges in organizing the Rummage Sale back in the day.  One of the most challenging was receiving, pricing and sorting donated items.  For several years, items of all shapes and sizes such as heavy furniture, clothing, dishes, glassware, linens and lamps, to name just a few, were dropped off at the arena the day before the sale.  It took hours to sort, clean and price the items in order to get them ready for the next day’s sale.  That is why the receipt of donations has been revolutionized.  Great minds got together and developed a system to receive items on specific drop off dates at the Quonset Hut just outside of town.  This has made the sorting and the pricing of items not only easier, but also as reported by the volunteers, really fun.  This year’s drop off dates are June 15, 22, 29 and July 6.

Julie fondly remembers purchasing items from the Rummage Sale over the years.  There are three holding a special place in her heart.  Her boys purchased a vintage table hockey game – which was well used and loved for many years until it was re-donated to the Rummage Sale.  Julie and Brendan also purchased an oil painting of the Graham’s General Store front, by Artist Elaine Dowler. The location is now home to The Spotted Cow and Main Street Optometric. As a child, Brendan remembers the Graham’s General Store – home of the black balls, five cent chocolate bars and 10 cent Cokes.

Another memorable Rummage Sale purchase was a miniature terracotta set of Chinese Army figures.

Regardless of the challenges and stresses over the years, Julie would not change a thing.  Volunteering at the Rummage Sale gave, and still gives, her a sense of pride to connect with the Bayfield community, establish and maintain close community relationships, and contribute in a real way to support Bayfield’s Pioneer Park.  The volunteer base has grown from a handful to dozens who willingly turn up each year, and are excited to do so. There is always room for another pair of hands.  The event has grown exponentially, and it requires many hands and minds to pull it off successfully.

For anyone who would like to connect with the fabric of the community and support Pioneer Park, there is no better event to volunteer for than the Bayfield Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. It brings people together, and it creates a sense of kinship, of giving back to this beautiful community.  Best of all, it is fun!

Those who feel a tug to step forward, don’t hesitate.  Please email intent to  Someone from Team Rummage will gladly respond.

Anyone who has a fond memory of the Rummage Sale that they would like to share are invited to send it along in an email to


The artwork on the cover of the 2024 Fair Book was last year’s winning Bayfield Fair Poster in the Junior category (K-Gr. 4), created by Isa Wichger Van Boheemen. Isa’s poster advanced to the OAAS District 8 level of competition where it won second place at last Fall’s District 8 AGM. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is delighted to announce that the print version of the 2024 Fair Book is now available for the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug 16-18. The Fair Book provides all of the information that exhibitors need to enter their exhibits in this year’s Fair.

All exhibitors are encouraged to read the Fair Book carefully. It contains important information on entry rules and regulations, entry forms and deadlines, fees, special category requirements, judging criteria, prizes to be won, and much more.

In Bayfield, copies of the Fair Book can be picked up at the Bayfield Branch Library, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts, Huron Ridge Garden Centre, and the Bayfield Mews Community Centre. Copies can also be picked up in Goderich at the Goderich Branch Library, Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, N Sew On Custom Embroidery, Peavey Mart, and Art’s Landscaping as well as craft/quilt shops, garden centres, and libraries in Blyth, Clinton, Exeter, Hensall, Seaforth and Zurich.

For those exhibitors who prefer to remain paperless, the BAS website offers an online version of the book. It can be found by visiting: 2024 Fair Book. To enter online, exhibitors can use the access link found by going to the page titled:  Online Entry Submission.

The artwork on the cover of the 2024 Fair Book was last year’s winning Bayfield Fair Poster in the Junior category (K-Gr. 4), created by Isa Wichger Van Boheemen. Isa’s colorful poster advanced to the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) District 8 level of competition where it won second place at last Fall’s District 8 AGM. Fair organizers are always amazed at how creative the Fair Poster entries are each year.

There is no end of talent and skills in this community. Several first-time exhibitors at the 2023 Fair surprised themselves by going home with ribbons and prize winnings. The BAS is issuing a challenge to everyone in the community to show their community spirit by entering at least one exhibit in this year’s Fair!

Be a part of the Fair!


“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


Pearl (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.

Pearl is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

This beautiful girl came to the Rescue with babies almost two years ago. She’s been very shy and preferred to keep to herself. She does have a few cat friends so she can be very social with other animals, but it took her a very long time to warm up to people.

“We don’t think the situation she came from was likely a good one as she was found on the street and was probably born to a feral mom herself,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “She is now accepting of pets and is very curious about what’s going on around her. She would likely do better in a quieter home but as she’s been in the shelter for sometime, she certainly is used to chaos and people coming and going.”

According to Penhale, what Pearl needs is a home of her own and patient humans that can help her continue to flourish in the right surroundings.

To learn more about how to adopt Pearl  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.


The next movie on offer at the Bayfield Branch Library as part of Cinephile Connections will be “Supernova”.

Supernova stars Colin Firth (Sam) and Stanley Tucci (Tusker). These partners of twenty years are on a road trip across England visiting friends and family. Enroute they reflect on life’s priorities, dealing with loss and their ongoing commitment to each other.

The film will be shown on Thursday, May 30 at 3:15 p.m.

Cinephile Connections is intended as an adult program because the films shown may include mature themes. Those who watch this film are invited to stay and chat about it after the viewing. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

Movie-goers are asked to register by contacting the library at 519 565-2886 or via email at

As of  May 6, several branches of the Huron County Library (HCL) have new operating hours.

In 2023, branch hours were reviewed using feedback from the public and staff, along with library circulation statistics. As a result, the HCL adjusted hours at certain branches to better align with community needs, to provide increased evening availability, and to ensure adequate staffing levels. The new hours for the Bayfield Branch Library are; Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, and Thursday, 12-7 p.m.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


A sure sign Summer is very nearly here is the migration of the Bayfield Playgroup, hosted by EarlyON, to the great outdoors! This will happen on Thursday, June 6 when the group moves to Clan Gregor Square for their time together until September.

The sessions are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years and runs from 10-11:30 a.m. Participants are invited to join in a variety of activities to enhance all areas of their child’s development, connect with EarlyON staff, other families, as well as community resources. They always end the group with songs and a story.

When the weather proves unfavorable the playgroup will move back indoors to the Bayfield Lions Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.

Anyone who may have questions or require additional information, is asked to please contact Kelly Kyle via email at or or by calling 519 524-9999.


At their upcoming June meeting, members of the Bayfield Garden Club will have the opportunity to listen to two speakers who will share their knowledge on interesting subjects that could potentially enhance the community.

On June 10, starting at 7 p.m., Janneka Vorsteveld and Janet Kurasz will be the speakers. Vorsteveld, from Seeds Rooted in Youth,  will speak about her proposal for a Community Educational Garden while Kurasz, from Lakewood Garden Centre, will speak about native plants.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.


Yoga with Shannon is now being offered two days a week at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

The Tuesday morning yoga sessions held at 9 a.m.will be ongoing throughout the remainder of the year. In addition, there is a new opportunity to practise on Friday mornings at 11 a.m. These classes will be offered for six weeks starting on May 24 and running through to June 28.

Both are $10 drop-in sessions.

For more information please contact Shannon by calling 519 404-5199 or by email at


A few months ago the Dean of Education at Western University put the call out to all UWO alum in hopes of starting a Western University Huron County Alumni Chapter and her fellow alumni answered that call. In addition to her full-time position as Dean, Bayfield resident, Donna Kotsopoulos, is herself a UWO alum (M.Ed.’04, Ph.D.’07).

“I am thrilled to report that local residents have contributed to a Huron County endowed award for a student in need attending Western. We are now going to host events locally to fundraise for more students,” said Kotsopoulos.

On June 26, a Huron County Alumni & Friends Networking Dinner will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. at Cornerfield Wine Company near Bayfield.

The invitation is to alumni from all grad years whether they reside in Huron County or have their vacation home here. It will be a time to celebrate shared Western connections while enjoying a delicious dinner and listening to a guest speaker.

The guest speaker will be Bryan Neff on the topic, “Ecological Echoes: Lake Huron’s Changing Fish Community and the Future of our Global Waters”. Dr. Neff is an Associate Vice-President (Research) and biology professor at Western. This is the perfect opportunity for people to learn more about Dr. Neff’s marine research taking place right in Huron County.

The cost to attend is $50 per person or $45 for alumni from the past five years or current students. Those who wish to attend are asked to register by June 21.  Registration includes a dinner catered by Pineridge Barbecue.  A cash bar will also be available. To register please visit: Networking Dinner.

Proceeds from this event will support the new Huron County Western Alumni Bursary. People are invited to consider making a gift to the Bursary through Western’s secure website.This bursary will support Huron County students attending Western with financial need. Tax receipts will be emailed.

Cornerfield Wine Company is located at 74444 Bluewater Highway, Bayfield.


The RCMP Musical Ride will take place at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st and Sept. 1st. (Photo courtesy of: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society and REACH Huron are proud to present the RCMP Musical Ride at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st  and Sept. 1st.

A symbol of tradition, honor and pride, the RCMP Musical Ride features riders and their horses performing a variety of intricate formations and cavalry drills set to music. The result is a spectacular display of precision and skill!

There will be two performances: one on Saturday, Aug. 31st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.) and the other on Sunday, Sept. 1st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.).

Both performances will take place at the Clinton Raceway, 129 Beech Street in Clinton.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $15; Kids aged six to 12 – $10; Kids aged five and under – free.

Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime experience can be purchased online at

For information, please call 519 482-3998.


“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 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.


On May 26, Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield’s worship service will be in observance of Healing and Reconciliation Sunday. This important day was designated by the 2006 General Assembly recognizing the need for healing and relationship building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. This special service will include Communion and will begin at 11 a.m. All are welcome!

Knox, 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!

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


The 17 piece Central Huron Secondary School Jazz Band, shown here with their music teacher Aaron Neeb, performed a setlist of three pieces for music professors from McGill University and Humber College on Wednesday, May 15 at the 52nd Musicfest Nationals which took place at the University of Toronto and they brought home a Gold Standing. (Submitted photo)

The Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) Jazz Band have an additional plaque to add to their trophy case after their recent competition at the 52nd Musicfest Nationals which took place at the University of Toronto on May 15.

The 17 piece band performed a setlist of three pieces for music professors from McGill University and Humber College at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Pieces performed included “Do the Funky Sam”, “My Funny Valentine” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. The band entered into the A300 level and competed with other jazz bands and students from across Canada.

“Our adjudicators were impressed with the balance, intonation and articulations of our band and gave special mention to our soloists,” said CHSS Music Teacher, Aaron Neeb.

Solos were performed by Parker Street on Alto Sax, Emma Story on Trumpet, Spencer tenHag on Trombone and Ava Dawe on Trumpet.

 “It is an incredible accomplishment for our students and school to receive a Gold Standing after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. It is a testament to the long hours of work that these students put into their craft and the collaboration that it took to get here,” said Neeb.

The CHSS Jazz Band and Concert Band performed closer to home on Sunday, May 19 at the Clinton Raceway where the students opened the season by hosting a trackside BBQ, 50/50, Silent Auction and Bake Sale. CHSS also made face painting and freezies available for children.


As part of its commitment to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hires local students to assist in rural research.

Nicole Gilroy and Neil Haas are the new Gateway research assistants for Summer 2024.

Nicole Gilroy is joining Gateway as a Social Science Research Assistant. She is returning after completing several high school co-op terms with Gateway and working as a high school summer student last year. Nicole will be entering her second year in the Bachelor of One Health program at the University of Guelph, with an area of emphasis in Disease Complexity and Health and a minor in Biology. She is passionate about helping the community from a rural focus and is excited to bring her perspective of One Health into new projects this summer. This summer, she will be working on the “Legion Lounge & Legion Learning Project”. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, boating, and spending time outdoors. Nicole is excited to contribute to rural health research and work alongside the community this summer.

Neil Haas has joined Gateway also as a Social Science Research Assistant. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, having completed his second year of the four year program. Neil aspires to enroll in medical school after graduating. Beyond academics, he actively takes part in the Western Men’s Rugby Team and the Stratford Black Swans. During the summer, Neil manages his business, Ontario’s West Coast Honey. This summer at Gateway, he will be working on the projects “Farmers’ Wellbeing” and “Skilled Healthcare Attraction and Retention Program”.’ Through these projects, he hopes to have an impact on the health of all individuals in the community. Growing up in the community of Saltford, just outside of Goderich, Neil is excited about contributing to community health and education.

Gateway is excited to work with these amazing students over the summer, providing them an opportunity to create value in rural research!

Anyone who would like to learn more about Gateway, and their past or present projects, is asked to please visit their website at:


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 thrilled to announce the overwhelming support of its latest lottery program, which has experienced exceptional results in just eight days since its launch on May 9. Supporting 58 Ontario hospitals, the lottery continues to remain top of mind for Ontarians, with ticket sales surpassing $1,000,000. More tickets purchased means more advancements in health care, plus a larger payout for supporters.

Supporters choose how their purchase makes a difference: They can direct the proceeds from their ticket purchase to a local hospital partner or have the proceeds shared equally among all 58 hospital partners by selecting “All Participating Hospitals” at checkout.

To give players more chances to win, Split the Pot Lottery’s payout will be divided among 13 grand prize winners, with the current payout now over $500,000 and growing! In addition, there are still thousands of dollars in early rewards to be shared among early purchasers.

Split the Pot Lottery has generated significant interest from multiple communities, drawing support from both new and existing supporters who are committed to making a positive impact on health care across Ontario. These funds play a direct role in supporting critical healthcare initiatives within these communities.

“Thank you for impacting care at 58 hospitals by playing Split the Pot Lottery. It’s been incredible to see the payout grow and the wins that will result for all,” said President & CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation, Paul McIntyre Royston. “We know we are strongest when we work together. Your tickets help buy the tools and services to provide the best care.”

Tickets for Split the Pot Lottery are available for purchase through the website:  All other information including ticket prices, prizes, draws, important dates and contest rules can be found on the website as well.

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.


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.


Tomorrow, May 23, Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) will hold a Meet and Greet event during Muffin Time with special guest Bluewater Recreation Coordinator, Denver Boertien.

Beginning at 10 a.m. those who attend are invited to ask Boertien about Bluewater June Participaction programming as well as other upcoming recreational events. People are encouraged to make a day of it, bring their lunch, and stay for Euchre and other games offered in the afternoon starting at 1 p.m.

June is Participaction Month and GNOB is a supporter of Bluewater Participaction.  People are invited to send pictures of Bluewater residents, both young and old in action, to These pictures will be placed in a PowerPoint and shown on the GNOB TV displayed in the window. Residents are also encouraged to register for the Participaction Community Challenge held during the month of June online at – groups or individuals welcome!

And looking ahead, GNOB will host their Third Annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, June 20th from 4-7 p.m. Organizers will be serving up Masse Strawberries and providing live entertainment.

Anyone wondering what the summer hours for GNOB are will find them to be the same as their winter hours: Mondays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays (Room2Grow) and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

GNOB is located at 28 Goshen Street North in Zurich, ON.


It’s time to renew short-term rental licenses in the Municipality of Bluewater.

Short-term rental licenses issued in 2023 by the Municipality of Bluewater will expire in the upcoming months. People will find their unique expiry date on the license. They should apply for renewal well before their license expires and can apply online in Cloudpermit. This is a new system.

Staff are available during business hours if assistance is needed by calling 519 236-4351. Please visit the short-term rentals page for more information and to renew an application: STRentals.


The Huron Song Chorus will present two benefit concerts for the Huron Women’s Shelter in early June.

The first will be held on Monday, June 10 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich followed by a second performance on Tuesday, June 11 at Northside United Church in Seaforth. Both concerts commence at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to both shows is a freewill donation that will be given to the Huron Women’s Shelter.


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 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.


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.


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.


Huron Hospice is currently looking for people who want to make a difference by joining their Board.

Potential members must demonstrate a passion for providing compassionate care and dedication in the best interest of Huron Hospice and the people of the community. They would be working alongside the existing highly talented and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.

Huron Hospice welcomes all applications. Applications are due by May 17. Interested candidates should visit the Huron Hospice website to learn more about the application process: Join Our Board.


The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.

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


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.


“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.

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.

Alice Munro, a Huron County native and a Nobel-prize winning author, died on May 13 in Port Hope, ON at the age of 92. Born and raised in Wingham, and in her later years a resident of Clinton, her work garnered her the reputation as “the master of the Short Story”. The Huron County Museum is honored to hold in their collection numerous of her personal items, books, photographs and awards. In recognition of a life well-lived we feature one of these items this issue…


This is the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Alice Munro in 2013. The award is made of 18 carat recycled gold and was designed by Erik Lindberg and manufactured by Svenska Medalj in Eskilstuna, Sweden (SME BRONS).

One side of the medal has an image of Alfred Nobel with the words “ALFR NOBEL” on the left and “NAT’ MDCCC XXXIII OB. MDCCC XCVI” on the right. On the reverse side is an image of a woman playing a musical instrument and a “young man sitting under a laurel tree who, enchanted, listens to and writes down the song of the Muse”.  The inscription “Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes” is around the outside. The literal translation is “It is beneficial to have improved (human) life through discovered arts.” The name of the Laureate (A. Munro MMXIII) is engraved on the plate below the figures, as well as the text “ACAD. SUEC.” which stands for the Swedish Academy.

The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded, according to the will of Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Bernhard Nobel, “to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” in the field of literature. It is conferred by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Nobel Prize served as a capstone on Munro’s career and it was awarded partly for her final work “Dear Life” but also as an award for her lifetime literary achievements.




Attendance at the 55th Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast remained steady right through the morning of May 19.


The Bayfield Lions Club recently sizzled with excitement at their 55th Annual Community Breakfast, hosted at the vibrant Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. This monumental event brought together an electrifying crowd of nearly 600 community champions and families, all eager to bask in a morning brimming with mouthwatering delights and genuine camaraderie.

From the crack of dawn until late morning, the Bayfield Community Centre pulsated with contagious energy as locals of all ages flocked to support this time-honored tradition.

The turnout this year was nothing short of spectacular, a testament to the enduring devotion and passion this event has amassed over its illustrious 55-year legacy. The Bayfield Lions Club’s unwavering commitment to giving back radiated brilliantly, with every dollar raised earmarked for projects that breathe new life into the community’s fabric.

But this breakfast isn’t just about savoring scrumptious dishes; it’s a catalyst for forging lasting connections. Families, friends, and neighbors converged, weaving a vibrant tapestry of shared moments and treasured memories. Echoes of laughter filled the air as tales were swapped, embodying the very essence of unity that defines Bayfield.

“A resounding round of applause to Rolly Scott, our Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast Chair, and his committee members, who brought an innovative touch this year by bringing scrambled eggs to the table—a delightful twist that left taste buds tingling with delight. Let’s also raise a toast to Sandy Scotchmer, the driving force behind the scenes at the Bayfield Community Centre, whose unwavering dedication ensures every event is an epic success,” said Ian Matthew, president of the Bayfield Lions Club. “Heartfelt thanks is extended to the egg producers of Ontario for their generous contribution, transforming mere meals into wholesome feasts for all attendees. And last but certainly not least, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Bayfield Lions Club membership, whose tireless efforts and endless dedication to preparing and serving everyone have made this cherished event possible for 55 years.”

What truly sets this breakfast apart is its dual purpose: not only does it tantalize taste buds, but it also ignites a spark of hope by raising vital funds that fuel local initiatives. At this year’s Breakfast, Lions President Matthew presented Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp with a $10,000 cheque to honor their pledge towards the Highway 21 Sidewalk.

“A heartfelt thank you resonates across Bayfield and its surrounding areas, for joining us in celebrating not just 55 years of tradition, but also the vibrant future ahead—a future anchored in unity, generosity, and the unyielding spirit of Bayfield,” concluded Matthew.



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A half dug in tire made a nice backdrop to photograph the setting sun above Lake Huron…By Vreni Beeler

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Wednesday, May 8th had our cruise ship dock at Icy Strait Point, Alaska. I wasn’t sure what to expect from America’s only private cruise ship destination – a site that our cruise ship company started developing in 2001. But I was pleasantly surprised and it soon became one of my favorite port stops. There was just the right blend to ensure a little something for everyone on an Alaskan holiday. There was adventure and thrills, in the form of a zip-line; access to nature via walking trails as well as history and culture, found in the cannery museum and Indigenous owned shops.

As we had no shore excursions booked for that day, our family enjoyed time on a nature trail and explored the Hoonah Cannery Museum to learn about the history of the area. Two of the native plants were very intriguing: Skunk Cabbage and Devil’s Club, the first a pungent early Spring bloom consumed by bears coming out of hibernation; the second a prickly plant that can burn and irritate the skin for days if touched. Ironically a salve made from the Devil’s Club is good for numerous ailments from eczema to muscle aches.

While we didn’t see any bears on our trek through the woods we did stop to view a Bald Eagles Nest high up in a tree with one of its residents seated majestically on a branch nearby.

Later in the day from our stateroom balcony I heard the unmistakable call of a bear loud and clear. Perhaps he was bidding us cruise ship passengers adieu? Yes, Icy Strait Point really does offer something for everyone. – Melody

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