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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 777 Week 23 Vol 15

May 29, 2024


Issue 777 Week 23 Vol 15
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The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) “Trailblazers” include: Rob McGuffin. Alex Shevchuk, Nancy McHardy, Sandy Stuart, Roger Lewington, Murray Buchanan, Adriaan Schreuder, Jim Beatty, Dave Gillians, Peter Berkley, Doug Vanderhaar, Peter Karl and Peter Jeffers. Absent: Dave MacLaren.

The under bridge pedestrian path to the Bayfield River Flats is complete and villagers from both sides of the river can safely walk to this natural environmental parkland without having to cross the busy highway. 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) volunteer “Trailblazers” under the leadership of Peter Jeffers, have been working hard to make the Bayfield River Flats, a true community treasure, even more beautiful. They have cut out a new pathway through the woods and meadow to the river lagoons. They have also spread the seeds necessary to establish a new butterfly meadow.

The Trailblazers include: Rob McGuffin. Alex Shevchuk, Nancy McHardy, Sandy Stuart, Roger Lewington, Murray Buchanan, Adriaan Schreuder, Jim Beatty, Dave Gillians, Peter Berkley, Doug Vanderhaar, Peter Karl, Peter Jeffers and Dave McLaren. 

In July, the BRVTA plans to host a community hike to the River Flats but in the meantime, this beautiful area is now safer to access.

Editor’s Note: The following images of the construction of the Pedestrian Pathway as well as the work by the Trailblazers were taken between May 2nd to May 6 and also on May 22. 


Mary Pat Tillmann, and her two sons, Jake (left) and Richard (right) all have fond memories of shopping at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. (Submitted photos)

The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction in Bayfield has always been one the fun highlights of the summer, and as a young child in the 1960s, Mary Pat Tillmann and her many siblings enjoyed attending and participating as volunteers.

Mary Pat helped out at the Shoe table (no longer a Rummage Sale table) and the Linen table.She also helped out as a runner.

In the 1970s, Mary Pat attended Western University and with a couple of other students, rented her first apartment in London, ON.  She was a poor university student, but Mary Pat had to contribute to the furnishings.  What better way to find useful pieces than the Bayfield Rummage Sale?  For pennies on the dollar, Mary Pat was able to furnish her student digs with a blanket chest, desk, brass bed, dishes, glasses, mugs, pots and pans, and cutlery, all purchased at the Rummage Sale.

After graduating from Western, Mary Pat then moved to Toronto – bringing her rummage sale finds to her new apartment.  She also added a few more items including a vintage pull-down table from the Rummage Sale that accommodated four to eight people.  The table was painted, but Mary Pat had a vision, so she used a bit of elbow grease and stripped, sanded and refinished it, making it a source of pride in her dining area.  Mary Pat estimates that over the early years she may have spent $1,000 on her Rummage Sale items, and saved well over $3,000 if she had to buy them new.

Mary Pat can point to a number of Rummage Sale items that are still in her family today. These have been passed down to her two sons, Richard and Jake.  Like herself, both Richard and Jake spent most of their childhood summers in Bayfield and always looked forward to the Rummage Sale in July.  It was where they could get the best toys!  When Richard, who attended Western University; and Jake, who is a Queen’s University alumni, were ready to outfit their first apartments in the 1990s, they also got their pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, linens, chairs, etc. from the Rummage Sale, saving hundreds of dollars.

This year, it is Mary Pat’s granddaughter Jordan, who will be outfitting her first apartment in Waterloo. She is a second year student at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She will inherit some Rummage Sale treasures from her grandmother and her father, and she will also be in line at this year’s Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction, to source more items at bargain basement prices to furnish her apartment when she takes possession in September.

For anyone who may need to outfit an apartment, cottage, new house, or who is just looking for bargains and treasures, there is no better place to go (and save money) than the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction!  Join the fun on Friday, July 12 at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, 4 Jane Street. The outdoor sales start at 5:30 p.m. while the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the main event in the arena!

Mary Pat Tillmann furnished her student apartment with this blanket chest when she attended university in the 1960s. It was just one necessity purchased at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale.


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


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has been inundated with orphaned kittens, expectant felines and Mommas with their babies in the last four weeks and many are still waiting to come into the Rescue.

“Our ability to accept cats and kittens is directly dependent on the number of fosters and homes we have that can help take in the overflow,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

So in this edition, instead of just one Adopt a BFF featured kitten of the week there are many. Please note that the selection of images being shared are but a fraction of the little souls in need of help.

“Kitten season is truly upon us,” said Penhale. “We have had many come in over the last month – several litters have been born here, others were brought to us as young babies and some are still struggling to survive. We have a very long, waiting list of people who have found kittens, pregnant cats as well as nursing cats.”

Anyone who could provide a safe space and foster some of these vulnerable creatures is asked to contact Mary Pounder at

Can’t help but could contribute? Consider donating for medical care and food to via E-transfer or mail financial donations to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered.


The Bayfield Lions Club will host The Walk for Dog Guides this weekend. (Photo by Tom Grasby)

It is almost time for one of the Bayfield Lions Club’s favorite annual events – The Walk for Dog Guides. It is this coming Sunday, June 2nd.

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.

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

It is not too late. There are still pledge forms available at various locations throughout the community.  For further information (or pledge forms if needed) please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.


Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be the host for the Croquet Canada National Association Championship Tournament from June 6-9.

The tournament will be attended by 26 competitors from Australia, USA, Western Canada, Toronto and of course Bayfield. Players include those ranked in the top 100 players in the world.

The tournament will be played at courts in Bayfield at 100 David Street and in Seaforth at 127 Main Street South. Play happens between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with  the final competition being played in Bayfield starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 9.

Croquet Canada is appreciative of the efforts of local Club volunteers in welcoming visitors in typical Bayfield fashion, that players receive food and drink each day and that there are plenty of opportunities for players to socialize and network with each other and BICC volunteers.

The competition is fierce in this prestigious Canadian championship. Everyone is welcome to come out to Bayfield or Seaforth to watch the best croquet in Canada.

BICC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and has a full season of fun activities to mark this amazing milestone. Anyone who may be interested in being part of the BICC is invited to email


Men’s Breakfast makes its return and all men in the community are invited! A fabulous meal and camaraderie will be served up at the TSJ Hall this Saturday, June 1st.

Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at by May 31st at noon.

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


Bayfield’s Second Annual Pride Walk will take place on Sunday, June 9.

The meeting point for the walk that will commence at 11 a.m. is the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square.  Everyone is welcome for this walk along the village’s Heritage Trail in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month. There will be free swag bags for the first 30 hikers to arrive.

The village walk is being held in association with Huron County Pride and will be the official launch of the Bayfield Library’s “ParticipACTION: Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt.” Along the trail, special signs will highlight six books written by LGBTQ2S+ authors.  Collect all six secret words for a chance to win a prize pack!

Those who would like to gather after the hike can join a bring-your-own picnic in the park, with The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique’s cupcakes provided by the Huron County Library.  Come out and show your colors!

For more info, contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205 or


The Optimist Club of Bayfield will be hosting their annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8 at the Bluewater Golf Course. Currently there is a space for two – four-person teams!

Following the tournament, participants will enjoy dinner at The Albion Hotel. There will also be a Silent Auction.

The golf begins at 11 a.m.  Cost per player for golf and dinner is $130.

For more information or to sign up please contact Optimist Jeff Kish by calling 416 358-8700 or emailing

All proceeds to the many “friend of youth” projects supported by the Club.


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!


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 31 members of the St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School Concert Band under the direction of Josh Geddis. (Submitted photos)

The St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School Concert Band, under the direction of Josh Geddis, competed in Musicfest Nationals on Thursday, May 16 at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and received a Gold Standing.

The 2024 St. Anne’s Concert Band joins the 2015 and 2017 Concert Bands as National Gold Standing winners.

In order to attend this festival, bands must qualify with a high standing at a regional competition. The band qualified to attend at an event held at Orillia Secondary School in March. This year the National competition featured over 8,000 students from across the country competing at the highest level.

The 31 members of the St. Anne’s Concert Band performed three extremely difficult pieces and received fantastic feedback from their adjudication panel. The St. Anne’s Concert Band is made up of equal parts junior, Grade 9 and 10; and senior, Grade 11 and 12; students.

“I am extremely proud of what this group has accomplished. The Grade 12 students in the band started their musical journey at St. Anne’s during Covid – we were only able to play bucket drums and ukuleles in class. To turn around a music program in just two and a half short years of playing is remarkable. This achievement is well earned,” said Geddis.

The band played to a packed house of 350 spectators at their annual May Melodies concert earlier this month. Although their performance at Nationals wraps up the band season, there is still a lot happening in the music program at St. Anne’s as the year winds down. Thanks to a partnership with the Huron Waves Music Festival, the school will host a presentation by Jowi Taylor and the Six String Nation Voyageur Guitar – an instrument made out of significant Canadian artifacts, from Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick to a piece of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s canoe paddle. And the school will also be hosting multi-juno award nominee Jeremy Fisher for an end of the year outdoor lunch jam.


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is excited to announce that it is partnering with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 Goderich to deliver two upcoming programs for the community: Legion Learning and Legion Lounge.

Legion Learning is a dedicated space for senior (aged 55+) community members to improve their tech literacy through educational talks and a mentoring system for one-on-one, personalized help. This includes specialized hands-on learning for online banking, fraud/scams, and basic technology use.

Legion Lounge is a social space and café for our senior (aged 55+) community, filled with various physical and cognitive-based games aimed at creating camaraderie and healthy competition while improving both physical and mental well-being. This space holds a driving simulator, which allows the user to engage in cognitive development by practicing their driving skills and enhancing their reaction time and hand-eye coordination.

With these learning opportunities, the aim is to combat social isolation and loneliness through community building and establishing relationships. Both programs will be run out of the Goderich Legion Branch 109 located at 56 Kingston Street and is open to the public on Mondays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

These programs are made possible by the TD Ready Commitment Connected Communities and New Horizons Seniors Program funding, and the dedicated work of Gateway’s research assistants.

Please reach out to or check out for more information.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is celebrating 50 years of sustaining healthy watersheds, through active community partnerships, in the Ausable Bayfield area. The Conservation Foundation received its charter (Province of Ontario Letters Patent) on June 1, 1974.

During this 50th anniversary year, marked on June 1, 2024, the ABCF would like to thank all the people who support its work.

Dave Frayne is ABCF Chair.

“On behalf of the ABCF Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the work of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation over five decades, to everyone who has supported our fundraisers, and to all the volunteers who have provided their time,” he said. “I would also like to thank the current board of directors and all the community members who have served as directors over the years.”

The ABCF is its own organization with a community board of directors. It is a sister organization to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). The ABCF also supports conservation in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and shares, along with ABCA, the values of protecting water quality, soil health, and habitat for all living things.

Marissa Vaughan is ABCA Chair. She says the Conservation Foundation raises money for conservation improvements in watershed communities and makes many important programs possible that could not happen otherwise.

“I would like to congratulate Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation on 50 years of support for conservation of watershed resources,” she said. “Our watershed is healthier thanks to the contributions of the Conservation Foundation and everyone who supports its work.”

The ABCFs mandate is to raise funds and to provide funds for conservation in the watershed and to acquire and preserve conservation lands and to foster partnerships. The Conservation Foundation’s mission is to foster financial partnerships supporting watersheds. Its vision is one of active community partnerships sustaining healthy watersheds.

The ABCF raises funds for local conservation through fundraisers including the Conservation Dinner, a 34-year partnership with Exeter Lions Club. The ABCF has also established five commemorative woods sites across the watershed area.

The ABCF created the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC), which has its own board of directors, in 2011. Land trusts permanently protect the natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance of properties that are donated by generous donors. The HTLTC permanently protects five properties in the historic Huron Tract area within Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, and Perth counties. These five important natural areas are: Mayhew Tract, near Holmesville; Bayfield River Flats Natural Area; Woodburne Farm, near Goderich; Heaman Tract, near Ailsa Craig; and Warner Preserve, Grand Bend.

The ABCF has supported many conservation programs over its 50-year history. These programs include subsidies for conservation education programs, a student environmental grant bursary for a local student, a summer conservation job experience program for a local student as Junior Conservationist, and support for habitat improvements and accessible trails and conservation areas. The Conservation Foundation also partners with Exeter Lions Club to stock Rainbow Trout in Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake) for the annual family-friendly fishing derby.

Anyone who would like to donate to the work of ABCF, is asked to please visit the  Foundation Donation page or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. They may also donate by E-transfer using the email address.


Huron County Pride (HCP) is excited to announce their full slate of events for the Second Annual Pride Festival celebration. The inaugural festival last year was a great success, thanks to wonderful entertainers and vendors, dedicated volunteers, and an outpouring of community support. This year, Huron County Pride is excited to announce even more social and educational events

to celebrate the Pride season.

Pride celebrations are held worldwide to celebrate the achievements and inclusion of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as to advocate for the continued inclusion and safety of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Pride festivities in Huron County will run from June 4-9, and organizers are looking forward to fostering a safe and inclusive community for all participants.

The following is a listing of the events planned:

On Tuesday, June 4, HCP Board Chair Tim Damon will host “Masc-4-Masc: An Interactive Discussion”. In this discussion Damon will look at the dynamics of masculinity and femininity in a different way which might create avenues for true connection in ourselves and with others. This free event will be held at The Yoga Den, 68 Courthouse Square in Goderich starting at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday June 5, “Get Your Gay-me On” Trivia Night will be held at Part II Bistro, 10 Courthouse Square in Goderich from 7-9 p.m. Participants can test their knowledge on 2SLGBTQIA+ trivia while they get to know the HCP Board and their local community. Teams of four will learn and compete for prizes, including a grand prize of four tickets to “Hay Gurl: A Country Burlesque Extravaganza”. Thanks to Part II Bistro for sponsoring and hosting the event. Admission is $20 per team of four. To learn how to register consult HCP social media.

On Thursday June 6, Sarah Smith will perform a concert on the Courthouse Square Stage in Goderich starting at 7:30 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a rocking evening of music with this celebrated singer/songwriter originally from London, ON. Smith is known for her powerful and compelling stage performances and the bold humanity of her songwriting. After honing her craft as a member of proto-Punk band “The Joys”, Smith has spent the last 15 years as a solo artist, touring relentlessly throughout Canada, while also building a growing and deeply loyal fan base in key parts of the United States and Europe. Thanks to the Goderich BIA and the Nuclear Waste Management

Organization for sponsoring this free event.

On Friday June 7, “Hay Gurl: A Country Burlesque Extravaganza” will be held at the Goderich Legion, 56 Kingston Street from 8-10 p.m. Those who attend should be ready for an exciting evening of acrobatic and burlesque numbers they won’t see anywhere else in Huron County featuring the “Vertical Air Diamonds”, a renowned professional artistic fitness studio. Please note that this is an age of majority event. Tickets are $45 per person. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found on HCP social media.

On Saturday, June 8, the Second Annual Huron County Pride Festival will be held in Courthouse Square in Goderich. It will be a day filled with fun and excitement, featuring some amazing drag performances, artisan market, community organization displays and a family pride area sponsored by Cait’s Café in Goderich. There will also be performances by local musicians. This free festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, June 9, a Pride Church Service will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeshore United Church, 56 North Street in Goderich. All are welcome to join  for a time of worship and music in celebration of Pride and inclusion. This service will be led by HCP Board member Rev. Alex Jebson, minister at Blyth and Brussels United Churches. Organizers would like to thank Lakeshore United Church for hosting this service.

Organizers would like to say thank you in advance to all of the community organizations, businesses, vendors, performers, and volunteers who will make the  second annual pride festivities a success.


The Radar and Communications School – 36 Winnipeg Road – will be part of a walking tour to celebrate Air Force Day. The 150,000 square foot Radar and Communications School located on Winnipeg Street was built in 1952-53 at a cost of $2.5 million dollars ($20 million today). It had its own power generators, and housed electronic equipment, then valued at $5 million dollars, in its 80 classrooms and laboratories. During its first year, the school graduated 2,000 students and within four years, 6,500 Canadians and 2,325 Americans graduated from its courses. Following the war, the world-class training centre at RCAF/CFB Clinton was designated a peacetime Signals School. (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


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 Municipality of Bluewater is taking part in ParticipACTION this coming June. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to be offering free sports and wellness classes throughout the month of June and also share some of the recreational opportunities being offered through the municipality in the summer months.

The June programs are funded through ParticipACTION and the Government of Canada as the Municipality of Bluewater’s efforts to participate in the ParticipACTION Community Challenge. It is the goal to be the most active community in Canada! Anyone who organizes any active programs, is asked to record it on the ParticipACTION website to help win the grand prize of $100,000. The grand prize goes towards recreation initiatives within Bluewater.

During the month of June there will be Line Dancing, in Bayfield; Yoga, Pilates and TurboKick, in Zurich; Boot Camp as well as Beach Volleyball for youth and adults in Hensall; Family Pickleball in Zurich and Adult Badminton in Varna. All of these programs are free and drop-in only.

To see what is happening all over the Municipality of Bluewater, check out the Community Calendar found on the Municipality of Bluewater’s website. Anyone who has programs or events happening, is asked to please submit them to the calendar.

Badminton will be offered at the Stanley Complex in Varna this coming July and August on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Pickleball is offered all year round at the Stanley Complex on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Registration is required for both programs. Please go to the Municipality of Bluewater’s website, under Recreation Programming for further details.

A new youth program coming to Hensall is Leaders in Training (LIT) for ages 13- 16 years old. LIT is a four day long program where participants will be provided with the tools and knowledge needed to volunteer at Bluewater Day Camp. Participants will gain experience in program planning, learning the basics of being a camp leader and be introduced to the policies and procedures of the Municipality of Bluewater. Registration is now open!

The Camp Coordinator is busy planning Summer Day Camp for ages four to 12 in Bayfield and Hensall. Both camps are nearly full! If anyone would like to sponsor this program, please contact Molly at

Please contact Recreation Coordinator, Denver Boertien, at for more information or with questions.


“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.


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.


The Huron Waves Festival to be held in Exeter during the month of June will be punctuated by an exhibition and one extra special concert.

From June 9-23, “Trailblazers Exhibition: Honouring Outstanding Canadian Women” will be open in the Trivitt Auditorium so that people can learn about the lives and accomplishments of forty-one women who are recognized through emblematic neck-pieces, researched and designed by Canada’s leading goldsmith and designer, Donald Stuart, along with portraits by artist Susan Benson and bilingual biographies. Tickets for this exhibition are $10 per person with youth under 16 years free.

On Sunday, June 16, “A Guitar’s Story of Canada through Artifacts & History” will be presented starting at 3 p.m. in the Trivitt Auditorium. Those who attend will meet “Voyageur”, a unique, genuine six-string guitar, whose very construction reflects the story of Canada presented by its originator, Jowi Taylor.  Each of the 64 pieces of Canada that comprise the guitar as well as the additional elements in its case and strap comes from a notable Canadian site or individual. Jowi will tell  Voyageur’s (and Canada’s) story that concludes with a performance pocket when one, two or three individuals play the instrument. Tickets for this event are $20 per person.

The Huron Waves Festival’s grand finale will be held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, with a performance by Inuk Musician Susan Aglukark on June 23. Her blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Her most successful single is “O Siem”, which reached number one on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. Overall, she has released seven studio albums and has won three Juno Awards. Tickets for this concert, to be held at 3 p.m. in the Trivitt Auditorium, are $40 per person.

For further details please visit: Huron Waves. The Trivitt Auditorium is located at  264 Main Street South in Exeter, 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 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.


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.


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.


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.

Remember This

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

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

In recognition of Air Force Day upcoming on June 8, and in honor of the Royal Canadian Air Force 100th Anniversary: 1924-2024, we feature an RCAF artifact from the Museum’s collection…


This is a tunic (jacket) part of the RCAF dress uniform circa 1944. It is made from khaki colored polyester. Brass RCAF buttons complement the tunic with four large buttons down the front and four smaller on the front pockets; there is also a ribbon bar with three ribbons above the left pocket.

This Flight Lieutenant Uniform from World War II belonged to James Richard Cooper. He was an RAF/RCAF Officer and served overseas. After returning from the war he was stationed on several bases with his final base assignment at CFB Clinton. After leaving the RCAF, he became a civilian electronics instructor at the Clinton Base. He was also an electronics teacher at Central Huron Secondary School for a number of years after the Base closed. He was also an active member of the Huron Amateur Radio Association. He got his HAM radio license when he was 12 or 14 and was the first Canadian to operate a radio out of an airplane.

He married Clinton native, Helen Louise (McKenzie) Cooper in 1944 and wore his uniform at their wedding.  They had a family and he resided in Clinton until his death in 2001.




Upwards of 300 or more people gathered on the South Pier on Sunday afternoon, May 19, to watch 1,250 rubber ducks go for a dip in the Bayfield River as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race. (Photo by Janneke Voresteveld)


Upwards of 300 or more people gathered on the South Pier on Sunday afternoon, May 19, to watch 1,250 rubber ducks go for a dip in the Bayfield River as part of the annual Bayfield Optimist Club’s Rubber Duck Race.

The day was sunny and quite warm with no wind and not much current. This proved challenging for the contestants who languished lazily on the water. The solution was to change the direction of the finish line and it was then that a few broke free of the flock and earned their “owners” some fabulous prizes.

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.

The club is indebted to those friends of Optimism who helped with the race, including Jane and David MacLaren, who provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. The amazing duck launcher created by Glen Steinson was used once again allowing all the ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! Also helping out on the boat were members of the MacLaren family.

The services of Janneke Vorsteveld and Optimists Maeghan Gerrard, Torrie Dietz and Jeff Kish were very much appreciated. The quartet kept the ducks wrangled using their canoeing and kayaking skills.

The club is so grateful to the businesses that donated prizes and the community that supported the event by purchasing tickets. The tickets were sold out one week ahead of the race date thanks to people’s enthusiasm for the event!

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




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Melody Falconer-Pounder

This Issue my sharing of our family vacation comes to a close – thanks for indulging me and your kind comments regarding the pictures I have shared. Our last two port visits in Ketchikan, Alaska and Victoria, BC were all too short but sweet. 

This was our second time in Ketchikan and we decided that we needed to see Historic Creek Street as we had missed it on our first visit to the community. I’ve picked a couple of pictures from our quick look at this National Historic District. 

Once we departed Ketchikan our next port of call was Canadian – and somewhere none of our family had visited before – Victoria, BC. Sailing in at the golden hour was breathtaking. In fact I left the dining table early when I saw the spectacular light building from the dining room window. I needed to be on the balcony with my camera! I’m not sure if my images captured what I was seeing but the essence is there at least I think. 

Only two in our party actually left the ship to touch Canadian soil. We arrived at 8 p.m. and departed before midnight so most of us decided to stay aboard. In fact what we did was venture up to the very top of the ship in hope that the Northern Lights would appear as it was Friday, May 10th and the Social Media pages of people back in Huron County were filled with colorful one-of-a-kind displays. Lights or no lights it was a lot of fun to enjoy a warm night in Victoria watching the sunset and looking up at the stars while chatting with my granddaughter who had snuggled up beside me on a lounge chair. She did her best to stay awake. We conceded at about 10:30 p.m. only to learn in the morning that the lights “came on” about an hour later. 

Having always wanted to see the Northern Lights I didn’t think it would be in my own backyard when I finally did. But just two nights after we were home from our trip to the North Country that was where I was when I saw them. They weren’t nearly as vibrant as the ones seen here on May 10th but they shared with me a whisper of their color and their whimsy as if to say, “Welcome Home”. – Melody  

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