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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 779 Week 25 Vol 15

June 12, 2024


Issue 779 Week 25 Vol 15
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Tournament organizer Bill Whetstone is flanked by the 2024 winners of the Slap-shot Classic. From l-r are: Sawyer Olmstead, Ryan McGee, Darcy McGee and Ryan Olmstead. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, June 1st, Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) held their 11th annual Slap-shot Classic. The nine-hole tournament has been sold out every year with all proceeds going to Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

Sawyer and Ryan Olmstead and Ryan and Darcy McGee were the winners of this year’s tournament. As winners their names will be placed on the highly sought after golden stick.

According to organizer Bill Whetstone, the tournament remains a success for a couple of reasons.

“It’s for a great cause, having a community centre and arena are pivotal to the continued success of the Village of Bayfield. Many people from outside Bayfield come to use the facility and then head downtown,” Whetstone said. “The other reason is that this tournament is all about fun. Any skill level enjoys this tournament. No pressure at all. As the motto states, ‘It’s about fun, the prizes suck.’ In 11 years I have yet to advertise the tournament and spots fill within a couple days of registration opening.”

Whetstone reported that the tournament generates between $4,000-$5,000 each year and this year was no exception.


Since 2008, the Reder family – Holly, Adam, Pat, Ron and Shelley – have donated one of their boat storage units known as Quonset Huts to the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale team to sort and prepare for the annual event. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Rummage Sale - Paper Boy@0.5xThe founders of Pioneer Park knew they would need an annual fundraising event to finance the preservation and ongoing maintenance of the greenspace and thus, the Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction was born. So just how does the event continue to improve each year? Well, it’s the community, it’s the donations, it’s the volunteers, and it is all about the Park.

For almost sixty years, the community would bring their donated items to the Bayfield Community Centre the day before the sale, and volunteers then had about 24-hours to sort, price and showcase items for the sale the following evening.  It grew to the point that there was a lot of inventory coming in too late to be given the treatment and showcasing it deserved.

In 2008, volunteers Terry and Helen Lazaravitch saw how unwieldy donation drop-off had become, making the organization of the sale more challenging.  They concluded the process could be improved, and that a larger space off-site needed to be secured where donations could be gathered a few weeks ahead of time, sorted and stored until the day of the sale.  They had the vision, as well as the energy to see the vision through, and after some enquiries for a suitable space, Ron and Pat Reder, owners and operators of Bayfield Marine Services generously stepped forward to donate a corner of one of the Quonset Huts they own, and use for boat storage, just north of Bayfield.

Terry and Helen coordinated the very first year that donations were collected at the Quonset Hut.  As with any new procedure, there was a steep learning curve for them.

A couple of things became apparent that first year in the Quonset Hut.  It was marvelous to have the bigger space, but the dirt floor proved to be a challenge to keep donated items dry when it rained.  Terry lined the floor with cardboard, but this too became soggy, so he and Helen procured some heavy-duty tarps that are still in use today.  It also became apparent that the space they were allotted in the hut was not sufficient for the amount of donated items coming in.  Ron and Pat Reder were quick to support the effort and offered to clear whatever space was required.  Over the years, the amount of inventory coming in grew exponentially, and today, the entire Quonset Hut is devoted to the sale.

They needed to be flexible and creative in order to modify and streamline the process. Items that were not suitable to be sold, along with the boxes and materials used to transport the goods had historically gone to the landfill.  They devised a greenlining system where goods that could not be sold were redirected to places like Goodwill, Parson’s Used Furniture and the Goderich Restore.  Cardboard and paper materials were bundled up and recycled.  They are proud to report that they are now able to recycle 80 per cent of these materials, with only a small amount going to landfill.

Controlled drop off dates have provided a means to manage inventory collection, so volunteers have the time to devote to the donated items and are no longer overwhelmed by the large volume with a short turnaround.

2024 drop off dates are successive Saturdays starting this week from 9 a.m. until noon. The dates are: June 15, June 22, June 29, and July 6.

The Quonset Hut is located at 76614 Bluewater Hwy at the north end of Bayfield.

Volunteers are shown in the Quonset Hut preparing donations for the 2022 Rummage Sale. This year donation drop off dates are on Saturdays from June 15 to July 6. (Submitted photo)

It has become the foundational underpinning of the event. Each year, Terry, Helen and the volunteers have looked at ways to improve the process and each year it gets better.  Use of the hut revolutionized the organization and management of the sale, creating far less stress for the volunteers.  Terry and Helen reflect fondly on their past years volunteering at the hut, working with other volunteers and feeling good that they were contributing to the preservation of Pioneer Park, not only giving back to the Bayfield community, but having a lot of fun doing it.  They are fine examples of the many volunteers who participate with joy, and their joy is infectious.

One of Helen’s own favorite treasures was purchased at the Silent Auction.  It is a watercolor painted by Elaine Dowler.  She was thrilled to meet Elaine after the purchase, and the painting hangs in a prominent place in their home today.

The success of the Rummage Sale is in great part due to the generosity of the Reders – a great community family.  This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary of the Marine Store.  They have passed the business down to their children Shelley, Holly and Adam, but they have also passed their commitment, enthusiasm, and participation in the Rummage Sale to their children as well.  Shelley recalls driving past the Quonset hut last year and getting goosebumps when she saw the lineup of cars bringing donations.  She and her siblings looked forward to the Rummage Sale each year growing up, and now take their own kids to the sale.

It took vision to buy Pioneer Park, it takes vision to preserve the Park, and it takes enthusiastic participation as well as vision to continuously improve the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

This year is the 75th anniversary and it will take place at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena on Friday July 12th.  Outdoor exhibits can be viewed starting at 5:30 p.m., and the doors to the main event will open at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone who feels the pull to join the fun and volunteer, is asked to let organizers know by emailing Those who have memories of the Rummage Sale they’d like to share are invited to email

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

One of volunteer Helen Lazaravitch’s favorite purchases from the Silent Auction at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale is this watercolor painted by Elaine Dowler. (Submitted photo)


This colorful and quirky birdhouse, crafted by Claude and Sharon Leonard, will be auctioned off on July 6 as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Agricultural Society. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be holding a live fundraising auction at the Bayfield Agricultural Park on Saturday, July 6.

The auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. following the firefighter’s breakfast, which will be at the fire hall that morning. After the auction, participants can walk over to Vettefest held in Clan Gregor Square and dream of what life could be like with a Corvette.

The fundraising auction is being held to help with the expenses of the last section of fencing needed to ensure that the Agricultural Park is secure if an animal at the Bayfield Community Fair gets loose. Following an incident at the fair several years ago when a horse escaped from its owner’s control, the BAS Board realized that the park’s perimeter fencing was not sufficient to contain an animal on the grounds and there was potential that animals could get onto the streets.

The auction will feature a great selection of items that have been donated by local residents and businesses. A few examples of the auction lineup include an exquisite quilt in the Periwinkle pattern made and donated by Sybil and Bill Henderson, a colorful and quirky birdhouse made by Claude Leonard, and a fabulous three-seater garden swing set.

Donations of additional items suitable for the auction would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who has items or gift cards that they can donate for the auction is kindly asked to contact

The BAS invites the Bayfield community to come out and show their community spirit by bidding on one or more of the many auction items ready to find a permanent home.

No pre-registration is required. Just show up and get ready for some lively bidding! Payment by cash, credit/debit or cheque. No delivery.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets for all four of these concerts are available from


Cougar (left) and Jaguar (Submitted photo)

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

Two such felines in need of a home are bonded siblings Cougar and Jaguar. They are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

These two adorable siblings fell out of someone’s car engine, needless to say all were shocked by such an event. A short time after Jaguar was located and found to have his fur full of both oil and grease.  He was cleaned up by his rescuers and then the search was on for his siblings (there were thought to be three kittens) but the search proved futile and Jaguar alone was brought to BFF.

According to Deb Penhale, representing BFF, “He was a happy, active, little guy at first but after a few days started to seem sad. He wasn’t eating properly and had to be fed as he started to lose weight. It was then we got a call, saying a sibling had been found and he was on his way! Once Cougar and Jaguar were reunited a big sniff fest ensued, there were a few hisses, a couple growls and they took several swipes at each other but then suddenly it was all love as they licked and wrestled with one another!”

Jaguar’s demeanor changed as a result of this reunion.

“He suddenly perked up and when he saw his brother trying to eat his food, he decided it was time to step up and start eating again. We’re happy to say that both the boys seem to be doing well, they are happy to be reunited and we’re also hoping that the third sibling will soon be found,” said Penhale.

Penhale added that Jaguar and Cougar are typical kittens who love to climb, wrestle, run, eat, sleep, and then repeat the whole process over again.

“You can’t help but smile watching these two little crazies, trying to outdo each other,” she said.

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

Can’t help but could contribute or adopt? 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.


On the evening of June 9, Helen Varekamp, a volunteer extraordinaire with Huron Hospice, was honored with the June Callwood Volunteer Award at the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) Conference in Toronto. Helen (middle) is joined in this photo by Jennifer Wilson, chair of HPCO’s Board of Directors and Fred Tufnell, chancellor of Saint Lazarus Canada. According to Helen’s nominators, they were tasked with describing her in just 100 characters as she walked across the stage. They chose: “Helen = creative energy & zest for life; networking, leadership, team & committee work; gardening, décor & generosity.” Congratulations from the community on this well-deserved recognition, Helen! (Submitted photo)


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) “Red Table Book Sale” will be starting up at the end of June and running throughout the summer until the end of August.

To help make the book sale a success, FOBL relies on donations from the community of used books in 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 listed below:

  • Thursday, June 13 – 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14 – 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This list is also posted on the library’s front window and is featured on the FOBL website 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.


Bayfield Brewing Company will be holding a Maker’s Market this Saturday, June 15 hosted by Endless Designs by KJR.

The Market featuring a variety of vendors will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the vendors please visit Bayfield Brewing Co. on Facebook.

Bayfield Brewing Company is located at 14 Main Street North in the village.


My Harp Heals, Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery, will be holding a Sound Bath session at the TSJ Hall on Wednesday, June 19.

This one-hour session will start at 3:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at

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


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is hosting a “Speaker Series” on topics of interest to seniors and their families.

The next instalment of the Series will be held on Monday, June 17 at 1 p.m.  Genelle Reid, of the Huron Women’s Shelter, will provide an informative presentation on gender-based violence and its impact in rural communities. A free will offering will be collected for the Huron Women’s Shelter.

In addition, Knox is delighted to share that One Care will speak about their programs on Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.  More information to come in the coming weeks. There is no cost to attend. A free-will offering would be appreciated.  All are welcome!

On Sunday, June 23 Knox Church will welcome Soloist Linda Street as their musical guest. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are open to everyone.

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


Starting later this month, Pilates-Yoga Sculpt  by The Wellness Potion will be offered for six weeks at the Bayfield Community Centre for all levels.

These one hour classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

The Monday classes will run from June 17 to July 29. The Thursday classes will begin on June 20 and conclude on July 25. Both Monday and Thursday sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Wellness Potion’s Pilates-Yoga Sculpt combines Pilates and Yoga, incorporating hand-held weights and a small Pilates ball. This workout targets multiple muscle groups and enhances flexibility, strength, and endurance. The carefully curated movements and poses provide a full-body workout that challenges the body and the mind. Whether participants are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, this class can be tailored to all needs and abilities. Those who take part will improve their overall fitness, boost their energy levels, and foster a sense of calm and well-being.

Participants must have a set of two – 5 lbs weights and a small Pilates ball. All attendees should bring an exercise mat and a water bottle. They can also bring a yoga bolster, blanket and strap for support during certain poses. These optional items will help participants get the most out of their practice. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to participate are asked to register online at The Wellness Potion. The exchange is $60 HST for all six weeks.

For more information, please call Maria at 416 587-9913 or email


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 are being offered now until 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.


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 now until June 16.  An  opening reception was held on Friday, June 7 and the artist was in attendance during the day June 8.

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


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

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

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

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


The “Coffee & Chat” group meets in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday. The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

The program, which runs from 2-3:30 p.m., will continue until the end of June 2024.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members.  The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


Attention Bridge playing enthusiasts the cost to attend an afternoon at the Bayfield Bridge Club has been reduced by half – the cost to join the fun is now just $2.

That is quite a bargain that includes coffee, tea and a yummy snack plus a prize for both the winner and the loser.

Players do not need to attend with a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. New people are invited to join in this great opportunity to make new friends as partners are switched after every four hands. There are weekly reviews on bidding responses at the beginning of each session for example, responses to a No Trump open etc.

The games are played on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.  The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m.  All levels of players are welcome to take part in these games that are played year-round.


People may be aware of or even participated earlier this year in the update of the Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan. The final draft Heritage Conservation District Plan is now ready to present to the community and municipal Council. Those involved would like to hear from the public who are invited to review the final draft plan and attend the open house and public meetings on Monday, July 8, at the Stanley Community Complex.

Those behind the creation of the Plan have heard that the character of the Bayfield Heritage Conservation District is valued by both residents of Bayfield and visitors alike. The conservation district plan is an important tool in protecting that character and managing change within this special space. Since the project began in November 2023, public consultation, open houses and discussions with business operators and landowners have informed the direction of the project and the proposed changes. This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Rural Economic Development program) and the Municipality of Bluewater.

What changes are proposed?

  • Updated boundary
  • Updated design direction
  • Permit process improvement

Several properties along Main Street North and around Clan Gregor Square “opted out” in 1983 and they were not included in the original Plan. The updated district plan proposes to include more properties because they collectively define Bayfield’s distinct Main Street.

Secondly, the Plan proposes an updated design direction. The Plan details heritage attributes that contribute to the character of the district. The Plan outlines best practices when changes are proposed to elements such as store fronts, covered porches, windows, roof lines, materials, etc. The Plan also includes direction when a major change is proposed such as demolition of a building, additions to existing buildings, and new construction.

Lastly, throughout the update process, feedback was received that the heritage permit review process felt lengthy and overly detailed for relatively minor alterations. The updated Plan proposes streamlining approvals for business operators and property owners. The Plan recommends not requiring heritage permits for certain minor alterations such as replacing an asphalt roof with new shingles. It also recommends delegating authority to staff to issue certain types of permits such as minor heritage permits and new signs. Heritage permits would still be required in the case of proposed restoration, repair or alteration of character-defining elements of the property. Major heritage permit applications are referred to the heritage advisory committee and Council.

The proposed Heritage Conservation District Plan will be presented by project consultants, ERA Architects and GSP Group, at an open house and public meeting. The public meeting will be held during the regular Bluewater Council meeting on July 8, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. An open house will be held prior to the Council meeting from 4-6 p.m. and will be an opportunity for residents, business operators, and landowners to view the final draft and ask questions.

Affected landowners will receive a letter from the municipality. Landowners who do not receive a letter, and wonder if their property is impacted, may contact Nellie Evans, Administrative assistant, Development Services, Municipality of Bluewater at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236.

For further information about this project, visit: Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan.

The Stanley Community Complex is located at 38594 Mill Road.


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

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

The Lancaster will arrive on Friday, June 14  at approximately 10 a.m. There will be a brief welcoming ceremony and after allowing time for the Lancaster to get parked and situated the schedule of events will begin.

There will be a formal welcoming ceremony which will include speeches by dignitaries starting at 10:30 a.m. The Lancaster will be open to the public for tours on a first come, first serve basis from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The line for touring the Lancaster will be closed at approximately 3:30 p.m. A BBQ hosted by COPA will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For one hour starting at 4 p.m. people will be able to walk around and view the Lancaster from the outside only. A full list of the schedule of activities to be held on June 14 can be found at: Goderich Legion Lancaster Visit.

On Saturday, June 15, the public will once again be able to walk around and view the Lancaster from the outside for one hour starting at 10 a.m. and again for one hour starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be no interior tours on Saturday.  There will be a local fly by – Dignitary Flight taking place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are four individuals who will be taking part in the flyover, two seats were sold at auction and two seats are reserved for local dignitaries. The Goderich Lions Club will host a BBQ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Lancaster departing at 2 p.m.

Entry to the Lancaster, BBQ and parking is by cash donation only. All donations will go back into the community by supporting the Goderich Legion Branch 109, the Goderich Lions Club and COPA. The queue for pics or getting inside the plane will be on a first come first serve basis. Donations will be requested.

Parking will be made available onsite for as many cars as possible. Organizers are estimating parking for 500 cars so they are encouraging car-pooling and alternate modes of transportation where possible. There will be no parking on the side of Airport Road or allowed on Hwy. 21. Local authorities will be monitoring parking. Guide Dogs and Service animals are welcomed but organizers request that pets stay home.

They are looking for volunteers to assist with various roles such as crowd control, parking, donation collection etc. Volunteers may assist for full or partial days. Please email to sign up and receive further information. Or people can submit their name on the website listed above.

Tickets for the dinner to be held at Goderich Branch 109 on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.) are still on sale at the Legion and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. The crew of the Lancaster will be in attendance to answer questions and mingle with those in attendance. There will be a keynote presentation following dinner by David Yates about the Lancaster’s history. Tickets are $40 per person.

Local sponsors of the event include Goderich Legion Branch 109, COPA,  Goderich Lions Club, Compass Minerals, Coldwell Banker All Points-Festival City Realty, Hotel Bedford and Med-E-Ox Mobility.


In recognition of the Lancaster coming to Goderich on June 14-15, the Park Theatre will be showing the film, “Lancaster Above and Beyond” for a limited engagement June 12 and June 13.

The movie will be shown at 7:15 p.m. each night.

The film tells the story of the iconic WW2 bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members.  Responsible for some of the most famous and infamous missions in WW2 history, from the Dambuster raids to the controversial bombing of Dresden, the Lancaster would help turn the tide of war. But there was a deadly price to be paid. Half of all the Bomber Command’s aircrew –  55,000 young men – died over Nazi occupied Europe. Their average age was just 22.

Lancaster Above and Beyond is an epic and poignant story of courage, friendship, fear and the moral complexities of war.

The Park Theatre is located at 30 The Square in Goderich.

IPM ‘26

The Ontario Plowmen’s Association and the Bruce County Plowing Association are pleased to announce the International Plowing Match (IPM) will be hosted by Lang Farms on Sept. 22-26, 2026 in Walkerton, ON.

This will be the fourth time the International Plowing match has been held in Bruce County marking its 50th year anniversary. The Executive Committee is excited and committed to making it the best ever!

Local farmer, businessman and entrepreneur Gord Lang has accepted the role of Chairperson and has already begun to assemble his Executive Committee and begin the planning that will require upward of 1,500 volunteers to successfully host this international event. The Executive has started to meet and put together the program as well as all of the sub-committees that will be required to make the week-long event a reality and a success.

One of the first orders of business that Chairperson Lang is focussing on is engaging the community to develop a logo and slogan and he issued a challenge to everyone in Bruce County to put on their thinking caps and their ideas to paper. It can be a brand-new idea, or as desired could be a culmination of favorite items included in past logos/slogans. “Expressions of Ideas” for proposals can be sent to the IPM 2026 email address listed below prior to the deadline of July 1st, 2024.

It is also the first call for volunteers who wish to be involved in one of the biggest events that the area will realize with over 200,000 people expected to attend.

“Show your pride in agriculture, community and Bruce County and step up and help in one of the thousands of roles that will be required” stated Lang enthusiastically.

Interested participants, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, can send an email to identifying their area of interest and one of the volunteer organizers will respond.


What is her name? What did I come down here for? Where did I put…? The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth and the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) are working together to bring the Memory and Aging Program to Grand Bend this summer. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone experiencing normal age-related changes in memory or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The Memory and Aging Program describes what memory is, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a person’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things they intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in one’s own memory ability.

The Memory and Aging Program will consist of four sessions to be held on Tuesdays from July 9-30th. All sessions will take place at the GBACHC, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. These sessions are free – GBACHC is providing the workbooks for use during the course. They will also be available for purchase for $25 for anyone who would like a workbook to keep.

Organizers note that when they offered this popular program in 2023, it filled up quickly! People can register for the Memory and Aging Program by emailing Jeanette Sears at or calling 1-800-561-5012 or emailing Kate Mason at

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre is located at 69 Main Street East in Grand Bend.


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.

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.

June is traditionally the month for weddings so in recognition of this fact we highlight one of the wedding day accessories found in the Museum’s collection…


These are a pair of white leather wedding shoes with leather soles. The right shoe is featured in the photos. It has three eyelet tie-ups and a medium thick heel. It appears to have been coated with a white paint or polish as it seems to be cream under the white coating. The size inside is shown as: “38-00 54297”.

These shoes were worn by Jennie Maud Maclagen on June 24, 1909 for her marriage to Amos David Cox. Amos Cox was from Goderich and the bride was from Chicago, Illinois, USA, but originally from Sombra, ON. The couple honeymooned in Goderich and visited his mother, Mrs. Samuel (Catherine) Cox who lived at 87 Patrick Street in Goderich.




Nearly 40 people took a tour through the village on the Heritage Trail during Bayfield’s Second Annual Pride Walk held on the morning of Sunday, June 9.

Participants gathered at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square for the event organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library. All were welcome for this walk along the village’s Heritage Trail in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month. There were free swag bags for the first 30 hikers to arrive.

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

People were invited to gather after the hike to join in a bring-your-own picnic in the park. Also after the walk,  The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique’s cupcakes were a yummy and colorful treat provided by the Huron County Library.




Willow Tree – Bayfield River Flats…By Sally Leitch

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

The “Old Bird” is returning to its Goderich roost this Friday. The Lancaster Bomber FM 213 officially known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster since its dedication in 1984 is making its third appearance in Goderich since it was refurbished and made flight worthy in 1988.

The Lanc had been scheduled for aluminum salvage but a committee with the Goderich Legion rallied to save it purchasing it for $1,300 in 1964. From 1968 to 1977 it served as a monument on land near Sky Harbour Airport. Fortunately it was mounted at jack points to ensure minimal structural damage and stress so when the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton decided they wanted to add an airworthy Lancaster to their collection it proved to be the best candidate. The first time it made its return flight into Goderich airport the date was Aug. 25, 1990. I had the good fortune to be there to cover its arrival for the local newspaper. I missed out on its second visit in August of 2005 but I hope to see it again this Friday morning.

It’s been nearly 34 years since I watched it appear majestically on the horizon, as it came in for a landing at Sky Harbour, alongside a large crowd of people on the ground watching and cheering its arrival. It was one of those career highlights that stick with you. I can see the picture I captured in my mind’s eye even now. I am grateful to also have the newspaper clippings glued in a scrapbook – concrete evidence that the day so long ago wasn’t just a dream. – Melody

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