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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 780 Week 26 Vol 15

June 19, 2024

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Issue 780 Week 26 Vol 15
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RIBBON CUT ON PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TO BAYFIELD RIVER FLATS

PHOTOS BY JACK PAL

On June 7, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pedestrian walkway linking the Village with the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area was held. Shown just having cut the ribbon, are l-r: Dave Gillians, of Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA); Paul Klopp, mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater; Kelly Vader, BRVTA president; Max Morden, chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC); and Helen Varekamp, of BRVTA. Generous community donors and funding partners raised more than $70,000 to build the new walkway which is now open following construction earlier this Spring.

A new pedestrian walkway now links the Village of Bayfield with the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area and as a result people no longer have to drive from town to reach this special greenspace or walk across Hwy 21 to get there.

Generous community donors and funding partners raised more than $70,000 to build the new walkway which is now open following construction earlier this Spring.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned and permanently preserved by Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and maintained by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

A number of community partners attended a ribbon cutting ceremony, on Friday, June 7, to celebrate the walkway’s completion. Two young violinists provided a musical interlude prior to the start of the event. The ceremony began with acknowledgement of the area’s Indigenous people and then several people in the project as well as dignitaries spoke.

Roger Lewington is Past Chair of the HTLTC and a leader with the fundraising campaign committee for the walkway organized by BRVTA. He provided thanks, at the ceremony, to the many community partners, and hundreds of volunteers and donors, who made the pedestrian walkway possible.

“It’s pretty amazing…” what community volunteers and donors have accomplished, he said. He also extended, “…a special thanks to our Bayfield River Flats committee and fundraising team…”

Max Morden, Chair of the Land Trust, thanked BRVTA and their fundraising team for the work they put into the walkway project.

“This is an amazing community, you’re an amazing group,” Morden said. “Thank you to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for the incredible work they’ve done, for their vision in bringing this together, for their passion and perseverance to bring this to fruition. They couldn’t have done it without the support of the community, the volunteers and donors who’ve supported this. Thanks to you all for the way you’ve supported this project.”

He went on to call the walkway project “…a  tremendous example of what can be done when a community comes together and forms partnerships and does something really special for nature.”

The HTLTC Chair thanked the Municipality of Bluewater for their support. The municipality, he said, “…really got behind this project in a big way to ensure its success.” He also thanked the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) “… who really came through and went the extra mile to make sure this…got completed.”

Dawson Hallahan, student intern with the office of Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, attended the ceremony on her behalf. The MPP is Ontario’s Minister of Rural Affairs.

“I would like to thank you all for having me here today to represent MPP Thompson,” Hallahan said. “Seeing something like this in her riding and in a rural community is something she loves to see. It’s truly a special moment to appreciate the hard work and the collaboration that went into making this project a reality.”

In remarks from the MPP, shared with the crowd, the attendees heard that “…it is an absolute pleasure to celebrate the completion of the under-bridge pedestrian path to the Bayfield River Flats…this new pathway is a significant achievement, providing a safe and convenient route for our villagers to enjoy the stunning parkland without having to navigate the busy highway. The Bayfield River Flats is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together. The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and their incredible team of volunteers, and their trail blazers led by Peter Jeffers, have transformed this area into a true community treasure. Their hard work and dedication have created beautiful new pathways and a butterfly meadow that will be enjoyed by all. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each volunteer for their tireless efforts. Your commitment has made the Bayfield River Flats safer and more accessible, enriching our community in countless ways. Thank you again to everyone involved. Together we are building a stronger and more connected community.”

The Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, Paul Klopp, extended thanks to MPP Thompson and to MTO for their roles in the project. He also thanked B.M. Ross and Associates Ltd. for their work and support of the project. Despite budgetary pressures, Mayor Klopp said the municipal council wanted to support the walkway project.

“We really felt this was the right thing to do and the right time and it’s going to be good for the community,” said Klopp. The community support for the walkway “… shows the spirit of the area here. To all of you who have taken the time to be here today, it shows what it is all about…you make Bluewater proud.”

Kelly Vader is BRVTA President. “Anyone who has made the dash across the highway knows this will be a really great addition to the trail system in Bayfield,” she said. “Hopefully people who come to Bayfield to see the downtown will see there’s an easy way to get to the other parts of Bayfield that they maybe don’t know exist, the beautiful river and these beautiful natural areas, so I think this is a really great opportunity.”

She thanked  the entire BRVTA fundraising team.

“Without their vision and tireless work this would not happen,” she said. “They’re the reason we’re all here and that this has gone so well…I just want to thank them.”

The ceremony concluded with a ribbon-cutting to officially open the walkway.

Visit the HTLTC website: Properties and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association website: Bayfield Trails to find out more. To learn more about the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area and Pedestrian Walkway, visit the web page: Bayfield River Flats.


PLAYERS FROM NORTH AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA COMPETE IN CROQUET CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2024 Croquet Canada Championship tournament was held at Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) from June 6-9. The tournament players included, FR (l-r): J. Hall, J. Davies, M. Albert, A. Parker, D. Dixon, C. Smith, J. Beharriell, M. Rodeberg, D. MacLaren, and D. Druiett BR (l-r): A. Widdis, B. Cumming, M. Sully, B. Rowat, M. Selman, A. Giraud, D. Wise, N. Howell, J. White, L. Schenck, B. Waslyk, T. Simmonds, B. Sullivan, S. Lawrence, and P. Parsons. Absent: D. Grimsley, J. Easton. (Submitted photo)

The 2024 Croquet Canada Championship tournament was held at Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) from June 6-9. Players arrived from Ontario, British Columbia (BC), from the American states of California, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Florida, as well as from Australia. There were eleven BICC members competing.

Twenty-six competitors in three divisions played at Bayfield and Seaforth in sunshine, rain and hail. Despite the variable weather conditions players and spectators enjoyed high level play in this prestigious event.

In the Championship Flight, Alain Giraud ranked 25th in the world was victorious against nine players who sought the title. Giraud recently moved from the United Kingdom to Toronto, ON. Giraud bested Stuart Lawrence from Massachusetts in two games.

In the First Flight, BICC player Mike Sully beat John Davies in the final game in the rain.

In the Second Flight, James White from Saturna Island, BC beat Arlene Parker in the final game.

BICC hosted a reception on Wednesday, June 5 and a closing dinner on Saturday, June 8.  Players, hosts, club members and visitors roamed Main Street throughout, socializing at local restaurants in the evening.

BICC is honored to host the National Championship and to have the opportunity to share the beautiful Village of Bayfield with enthusiastic visitors.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME TO ASSIST WITH PIONEER PARK RUMMAGE SALE AND SILENT AUCTION

Linda Kumpf, a Pioneer Park Rummage Sale volunteer, purchased an electric chainsaw at the event in 2023. (Submitted photo)

Linda Kumpf epitomizes the kind of joyful enthusiasm that draws many of the volunteers to the Pioneer Park Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.

Her love for Bayfield grew over a number of years.  Linda, and her husband, Sonny, spent many summers on their boat in Grand Bend getting to know many of the surrounding towns and villages.  They used to bring visiting family and friends to Bayfield to explore the shops, beach and Pioneer Park, and then they began to look forward to the annual Rummage Sale.  Linda was an active member of the Bayfield Artists Guild, and spent many happy hours in Pioneer Park painting the sunsets.  The Kumpfs fell in love with the town, and when it was time to retire nine years ago, they decided Bayfield was the place that they wanted to be.

Linda is a voracious reader, consuming five or six books per month.  She has a monthly subscription to Indigo, and her Kobo contains a sizable library of about 1,600 books.  Last year, her friends Diane and Charles Jewitt asked if she would like to volunteer to help out at the book table, where Diane has been the captain for many years, and Linda jumped at the chance to help out.

Linda lights up when she talks about her experience sorting and setting up the table, and especially when she recounts the fun she had interacting with the buyers at the sale.  She was able to direct them to find books suitable to their taste to ensure they got their money’s worth.  She loved dealing with the children who had some money in their pockets for books, and she was able to help them choose.  They would walk away beaming at the treasure they found and had negotiated the price for, and she could see the pride on their parent’s faces.

Each year, Linda would walk away with one or two purchases of useful items.  Last year was a particularly good year as she bought herself an electric chainsaw.  If anyone needs to borrow a chainsaw, look no further!

Linda is an eager volunteer again this year.  She emphatically recommends volunteering for the Rummage Sale as she sees it as a great opportunity to support a wonderful cause: the maintenance and improvement of Pioneer Park which serves the residents and visitors to Bayfield.  On top of that, it is a way to have fun with neighbors and friends and make lasting connections within the community.

Anyone who feels a tug to come out and help with the collection of items at the Quonset Hut, or to help with setup or the manning of a booth at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena on the day, please email info@pioneerpark.ca. Those who have memories of the Rummage Sale they’d like to share are invited to email wendyfredricks@aol.com

PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR BAYFIELD COMMUNITY FAIR PARADE

Always a crowd favorite, the Bayfield Fire Department trucks round the corner onto John Street as they lead the 2023 parade toward the fairgrounds. In the foreground are Bayfield Fair volunteers Cate Thompson and Brandon Lowrey-Romanuk carrying the Bayfield Agricultural Society banner. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Following the huge success of last year’s Bayfield Community Fair Parade, planning is now underway for the 2024 parade. And it promises to be bigger and better than ever!

The dates for this year’s Fair are Aug. 16-18 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m.

Organizers have been busy working on the parade lineup and are very pleased to welcome some new entries for this year’s parade: Edward Jones Investments, Papple Aviation, Bayfield Recreational Sales, Bayfield Ukulele Club as well as the Bayfield International Croquet Club celebrating their 50th anniversary. Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, kids on bikes, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “Farms, Food & Family”. Organizers believe that it should be easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.

Several new sponsors have also come forward to help with this year’s parade expenses. The Bayfield Agricultural Society is grateful for their donations. The donations make it possible to bring in marching bands and groups that add to the parade experience each year.

Parade Chair Nancy Lowrey said, “I’m very excited about the enthusiasm from the Bayfield community surrounding this year’s parade.  You’ll see several new floats and entries, along with most of the favorites everyone loves.”

Additional information about this year’s parade can be found on the BAS’s website: Bayfield Community Fair -Parade.  Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email info@bayfieldfair.ca with a few details. Parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on the morning of Aug. 17 is asked to send a message to the same address.

In the weeks and months leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more, please visit: Bayfield Community Fair.

Join the fun – be part of the parade!

COUPLE FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS OF ICONIC CANADIAN PAINTERS TO SHARE THEIR STORY

On the afternoon of Aug. 20 at the Bayfield Town Hall,
Jim and Sue Waddington will share about their adventures of searching for Group of Seven painting locations. Signed copies of the Waddingtons’ stunning book, “In The Footsteps of The Group of Seven” will be available for purchase after this illustrated talk, (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will present a rare opportunity for lovers of the Canadian landscape and art enthusiasts alike on the afternoon of Aug. 20 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Jim and Sue Waddington have spent 47 years documenting more than 800 locations that the renowned Group of Seven artists, and Tom Thompson, have famously painted.

These artists rode trains, weedled boat rides, climbed rock faces, camped and hiked backcountry and paddled waters to reach views that inspired them across Canada.

Since these artists left no detailed records of the exact location they painted, Jim and Sue will discuss the puzzle of locating the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters.

Many of these paintings are now found at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg, The National Gallery in Ottawa and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery in Owen Sound.

In this interesting and informative talk see photographs from Killarney, Algonquin, Neys, Lake Superior and Bon Echo Parks, the Georgian Bay Islands, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, the Yukon and Nunavut.

“Join us for a fascinating  presentation by Jim and Sue Waddington and this one of a kind opportunity to ‘see’ our own country through the eyes of our most famous painters!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

Signed copies of the Waddingtons’ stunning book “In The Footsteps of The Group of Seven” will be available for purchase after this illustrated talk.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Those who wish to attend can reserve their tickets now at: In the Footsteps – Tickets.

To learn more about the Waddingtons visit: CBC Interview.

The Bayfield Town Hall is located at 11 The Square in the village.

NEED FOR FOSTER FAMILIES CONTINUES

These five little kittens (one is napping and missed the photo call) are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. (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.

Five little siblings are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. These two long-haired Tabbies and three black kittens were recently brought into the Rescue.

“The person who brought them in had been watching them, along with their Mama, and hoped to trap them all when the kittens were big enough. They did manage to get five of the kittens, but Mama escaped with one of her babies, so we’re still on the lookout for the Mom and the missing sibling,” explained Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Penhale went on to explain that the five did have a little bit of an upper respiratory infection when they arrived but seem to have recuperated.

“Now it’s like watching team wrestling to see them play. We have thankfully lined up a foster for them so they should be moving into a foster home in the next few days,” said Penhale.

More kittens continue to arrive daily so foster homes are in great demand. Anyone who feels they might like to give fostering a try is asked to please email Mary Pounder at jackabunny@gmail.com.

Can’t help but could contribute or adopt? Consider donating for medical care and food to bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com 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.

AG SOCIETY AUCTION

This locally cast tractor seat was generously donated to the auction by Lenus Yeo. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society’s live fundraising auction is coming up on Saturday, July 6.

The auction will be held at the Bayfield Agricultural Park starting at 11:30 a.m. Auction enthusiasts can start their day with the Firefighters Breakfast at the Bayfield Fire Hall, followed by the fundraising auction, and then take a trip back in time at Vettefest being held at Clan Gregor Square.

The proceeds from the fundraising auction will help with the expenses of the last section of fencing needed to ensure the security of animals at the Agricultural Park during the Bayfield Community Fair.

The auction will feature a great selection of items donated by local residents and businesses. Among the unique items in the auction lineup are an exquisite handmade quilt, a colorful and quirky birdhouse, a fabulous three-seater garden swing set and a whole lot more!

Donations of additional items for the auction are still being accepted and greatly appreciated. Anyone who has items or gift cards to donate for the auction is kindly asked to contact info@bayfieldfair.ca.

Bayfield and area residents are invited to come out and show their community spirit by bidding on one or more of the many auction items just waiting to find a permanent home.

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

BAYFIELD LIBRARY

Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library just got more exciting this summer with two fun events planned for July!  “Crafts for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF)” will be held on July 9 followed by “Creative Kids: Telescope Time” on July 16.

All ages are invited to join in an enriching experience at Crafts for a Cause: Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines on July 9! Delve into the inspiring world of cat rescue with a presentation by representatives from BFF, followed by a hands-on crafting session where participants can create meaningful crafts to be donated in support of the Shelter. Registration is required to take part. This 30-minute presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by an hour of crafting starting at 1 p.m.

Then on July 16, starting at 1 p.m. youth are invited to attend the one-hour session, Creative Kids: Telescope Time. Youngsters are welcome to join in an exciting space adventure at the library where they will have a blast decorating telescopes, then embark on a journey to explore the world around them! As space is limited for this activity registration is required.

Please register by emailing  bayfieldlibrary@huroncounty.ca or by calling 519 565-2886.

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

FOBL

The summer-long Red Table Book Sale is returning to the Bayfield Library from June 29 to Aug. 31st during regular library hours. (Submitted photo)

Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) is happy to announce the return of the summer-long “Red Table Book Sale” at the Bayfield Branch Library starting on June 29 and running until Aug. 31st during regular library hours.

The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. This means two full months of book browsing and time to stock up on Summer and Fall reading!

Payment is by financial donation. All proceeds from the Red Table Book Sale will be used by FOBL to sponsor activities and programs at the Bayfield Library throughout the year.

New this year – FOBL is organizing outdoor, pop-up book sales from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the library on the following Saturdays:

  • June 29
  • July 6
  • Aug. 3rd
  • Aug. 17
  • Aug. 31st

FOBL greatly appreciates the community’s support for this major fundraising project.

JULY HIKES

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting two hikes during July that both celebrate heritage!

They have organized a Canada Day Community Walk to the Bayfield River Flats starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 1st. This community walk will begin in Clan Gregor Square at the gazebo. From there participants will make their way to the River Flats using the new connecting path under the Bayfield Bridge.  This 2.5 km round-trip walk will go down Main Street to Bayfield Terrace, down Short Hill Road, and along the new connecting pathway to the Flats. Hikers may then explore the Flats on their own, or return through town to the Square. Come celebrate Canada Day with a walk from the village to the river!  Dogs on leash are welcome.

On Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m., local historian David Yates will lead the Admiral Bayfield Walk along the Heritage Trail. Yates has written six books based on area history including, “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River” and his newest release, “Gothic Huron: Heroes, Rogues, Murders, Daring, Bawdy Houses and Other Tales”.  Participants are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square gazebo. The walk is entirely on village streets, is 2 km long and will last approximately 90 minutes.

For more information on either of these hikes, contact Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing rjblastingjr@gmail.com.

FIRST AID COURSE

Bayfield Guiding is hosting a Standard First Aid Course with CPR by First Aid  4 U in July which is open to the public to register for.

The course will be held over three sessions: Wednesday, July 3rd – 6-9:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 10 – 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from noon to 8 p.m. (time will be given to accommodate an evening meal).

The location for the course will be the TSJ Hall, 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.

To learn more please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder by calling 519 525-3830 or emailing melody.pounder@gmail.com.

DANCE CLUB

“Bayfield Dances Barefoot”, an ecstatic dance club, will host their inaugural dance on the morning of July 6 upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena.

All ages and abilities are welcome to take part from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and wear loose fitting clothing.

Suggested donation is $20 with proceeds to Shake Your Toejam and Unbroken House.

For more information please contact Bud Taylor at 519 331-6327.

TOWN HALL

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 first concert to be held outdoors on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall, will feature “Pretzel Logic” on Sunday, June 30th.

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.

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 this performance.

Tickets for Pretzel Logic are available from www.BayfieldTownHall.com.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

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

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 knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.

PILATES-YOGA SCULPT

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 maria@thewellnesspotion.com.

YOGA

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 shannon@saintongealliance.com.

WESTERN ALUMNI

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.

RCMP MUSICAL RIDE

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 https://events.frontdoor.plus/event/555.

For information, please call 519 482-3998.

PIRATES OF THE PHARMA-SEA

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.

WARNER PRESERVE LATEST ADDITION TO HURON TRACT LAND TRUST

Peter Warner and his late wife Esther donated 55 acres in Grand Bend to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy and members of the Grand Bend and area community celebrated this extraordinary gift on Saturday, June 15. (Submitted photos)

The Grand Bend and area community celebrated an extraordinary gift on Saturday, June 15. Peter Warner and his late wife Esther donated 55 acres in Grand Bend to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). Named the Warner Preserve, this legacy protects a significant natural area comprised of mature Carolinian forest, meadows, and wetlands,

The property, originally named Merrywood Farm, was purchased by the Warners in 1988 from two of Grand Bend’s historic figures, Eric and Ella McIlroy. The McIlroys owned and operated the famous Lakeview Casino during the days of the big band era, and raised and trained racehorses.

Over the years Peter and Esther worked hard to improve the natural features of the property, and planted more than 10,000 native trees.

“We just fell in love with the place,” said Peter. “We felt so lucky to live in this beautiful oasis, right in the heart of Grand Bend.”

Although this property was slated by the Municipality of Lambton Shores for future residential development, Peter and Esther had different ideas. Their vision was that the property be protected as a refuge for wildlife and nature, and used for outdoor nature education for children and adults.

To help develop their vision, Peter and Esther approached the HTLTC.  The mission of the Land Trust is to hold and conserve natural areas and protect them for future generations.

“We live in a critical time when precious natural areas are under pressure,” said HTLTC Chair Max Morden. “We’re so happy that we’ve been able to help Peter and Esther realize their dream.”

Peter is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, which became an enthusiastic community partner, providing seed money to get the project off the ground. At “Autumn Indulgence”, the Club’s gala fundraiser, a further $55,000 was raised from the community to create an arboretum. The newly planted arboretum now includes more than 70 species of native trees, including some Carolinian species not generally seen this far north.

Grand Bend Rotary Club President Kerry Teskey said, “The Warner Preserve is a perfect opportunity to foster in people – both young and old – a love and appreciation of nature. It’s a priceless gift.”

In addition to the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, The Lawson Foundation provided essential seed money. Thanks also to the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund, who funded the creation of 1,000 m of accessible trails on the property. The Sunset Community Foundation sponsored this launch.

As a refuge and protected area, the Warner Preserve will be used for educational activities and events, but will be open to the public by invitation only.


HURON HONOUR BAND BEGINS THIRD SEASON

Started in the summer of 2022, the Huron Honour Band is Huron County’s premier youth concert band showcasing Huron County youth up to the age of 19. (Submitted photo)

The region’s most promising musicians are coming together this summer to learn and perform in Huron County as part of the Huron Honour Band. Started in the summer of 2022, the Huron Honour Band is the County’s premier youth concert band showcasing Huron County youth up to the age of 19.

“The Huron Honour band is a really good team building environment because everyone is working towards a common goal,” said member Ava Dawe. “It is fun because I get to learn new things and be with people who are interested in the same things as me.”

As the Huron Honour Band enters its third performance season, the group is also creating its third ensemble for intermediate students.  The Honour Intermediate Band will develop reading and performance skills for students who are aged 12-15 or are starting out on a new instrument. Special guest conductors will work with the groups in order to develop skills including playing an instrument and reading music.

“We are excited to be continuing the band which has seen a marked increase in musicians since we started three years ago,” said Aaron Neeb, the director of Honour Bands. “I credit this to some outstanding youth leaders who have created an incredibly positive learning environment that includes everyone.”

The opportunity is free for youth and rehearsals begin in late June. If a student doesn’t have an instrument, one can be provided for free for the summer. Young musicians who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, bass, drums, guitar or piano are encouraged to contact huronhonourband@gmail.com.

FINAL DRAFT OF BAYFIELD’S HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLAN READY

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.

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING

Joyful Pepper, a Newfoundland pony foal, is one month old! Those long legs are growing so quickly and she is so full of energy and pepper! (Submitted photo)

Poppy’s Haven welcomed a Newfoundland Pony foal about a month ago who they have named “Joyful Pepper”.

A critically endangered breed, Poppy’s Haven’s Joyful Pepper is one of only seven known Newfoundland Pony foals born in the world this year to date. An important part of Canada’s heritage, their survival depends on the next generation of Newfoundland Pony stewards and breeders.

One way people can connect and learn about the Newfoundland Ponies is through Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which is being offered for children at Poppy’s Haven this summer.

Session 1 will be offered July 2-5 and is for ages eight to 10 years. Session 2 will run from Aug. 6-9 and is for ages 10-12 years. Both of these sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $240 including HST.

EAL is a unique experiential learning experience where youth develop critical life skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork. Through a series of very fun team-based obstacles using the ponies as team members, participants build confidence and learn the value of trust, respect, boundaries, co-regulation, creativity and thinking outside the box.

Visit www.poppyshaven.com for more information and to register.

Poppy’s Haven is located at 39148 Mill Road near Varna.

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

Dr. Joshua Armstrong (Submitted photo)

The Board of Directors of the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (HP) is pleased to host Dr. Joshua Armstrong at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 26 at Brussels Four Winds Barn.

Dr. Armstrong, PhD, Research Scientist at the Alzheimer Society of Canada, will present on the “Many Faces of Dementia in Canada”, highlighting aspects from the “Second Landmark Study”.

According to research in “The Landmark Study”, more people are being diagnosed with dementia, with over 1 million people living with dementia by 2030 and nearly 2 million by 2050.

“We are excited to listen to his insights on dementia, how it affects different populations and learn about the role of modifiable risk factors in reducing risk,” said Nancy Walker, Alzheimer Society HP Board chair.

The Alzheimer Society’s three-part Landmark study examines the impact of dementia on Canadian Society. Part Two is a focus on the experience of ethnic, gender and culturally diverse populations and people with Young Onset dementia. The importance of inclusion for all people living with dementia is the final takeaway.

In addition to Dr. Armstrong’s presentation, the work of the Alzheimer Society HP will also be highlighted at the AGM. Through dedication and hard work, the Alzheimer Society HP has grown stronger this past year and remains committed to continuing to provide local and enhanced services for those living with dementia and their care partners in communities throughout Huron and Perth counties.

The evening will begin with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the AGM and awards presentations at 6 p.m. and closing with Dr. Armstrong at 6:45 p.m.

All are welcome to attend this free event and are encouraged to RSVP by June 21 to either 1-800-561-5012 or loris@alzhp.ca. For more information, visit www.alzheimer.ca/huronperth.

BLUEWATER RECREATION

The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to be offering free sports and wellness classes throughout the month of June funded through ParticipACTION and the Government of Canada as the Municipality of Bluewater’s efforts to participate in the ParticipACTION Community Challenge (ParticipACTION),

The Bluewater Recreation Coordinator Denver Boertien would like to extend thanks to those individuals that have and are participating in ParticipACTION  through June. The Challenge is an initiative for communities to work together to offer activities, programs and events for people to get active! Organizations keep track and record the number of participants in their programs, and submit it to their ParticipACTION website. Canada’s most active community will win $100,000 to support local sport and physical activity initiatives. The Municipality of Bluewater is currently seventh in Ontario! They still have a ways to go to get to the top in Canada, so if anyone is active this June be sure to track and record on the ParticipACTION website: Community Challenge.

Thank you to the current organizations that are registered. These include: West Huron Care Centre, Zurich Minor Athletic Association, St. Boniface School, Bayfield International Croquet Club, Huron County Library, Good Neighbours of Bluewater, White Squirrel Golf Club, Zurich Community Soccer, River Adventures Grand Bend Inc., Kingsfield Zurich Mennonite Church and Bluewater Coast Elementary School. Anyone who offers physical activity programs is asked to track and record for the month of June!

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.

Please contact Recreation Coordinator, Denver Boertien, at reccoordinator@municipalityofbluewater.ca for more information or with questions.

GOOD NEIGHBOURS OF BLUEWATER

Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) will host their Third Annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, June 20

Organizers will be serving up Masse Strawberries and providing live entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

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.

HURON WAVES FESTIVAL

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 now until June 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.

SHORT TERM RENTALS

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. Ple

SOUTH HURON CLINIC

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.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

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.

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 huroncountymuseum.pastperfectonline.com.

“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 dresses found in the Museum’s collection…

WEDDING DRESS

This is a cream-colored lace wedding dress. The bust is gathered to an empire waist. The lace collar at the neck is edged with tulle picot. It is open down the front and closed with ball-shaped, lace covered, buttons and loops. The dress has long, fitted sleeves with circular flounces at the bottom edges. The dress is domed to fit at the bottom. It has a slim skirt with three gored inserts of tulle in front and two gored inserts of tulle in the back, going into a long train. There is a lace and fabric belt which fastens at the back with a fabric-covered diamond shaped buckle. The dress has a tulle picot edge hem and a satin fabric lining with a v-neck gathered under the bust to the empire waistline. There are thin straps over the shoulders to the v-neck at the back. The dress has 1/8 inch rolled hem.

This was Helena Martin’s wedding dress from her marriage to Joseph Lane on Sept. 21, 1939. They were married in Kingsbridge Catholic Church (ACW). Helena’s family lived in Martin House beside the church and her father played organ for the church.

AVRO LANCASTER FM 213

PLANE’S VISIT MARKS 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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The Avro Lancaster FM 213 - also known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster visited Goderich from 10 a.m. on June 14 to 2 p.m. on June 15 and thousands of people got to see it up close! (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

PHOTOS AND STORIES BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

Friday, June 14 there was not a cloud in the sky over Goderich Regional Airport as Avro Lancaster FM 213 appeared on the horizon just in advance of 10 a.m. The date held historical significance for the community as it marked 60 years to the day that the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) flew retired Avro Lancaster FM 213 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 (CWHM)  in Hamilton, where the aircraft was painstakingly restored until its triumphant return to the air in 1988.

This wasn’t the Lanc’s first return to Goderich, in fact it was its third. On Aug. 25, 1990 the plane visited the community and once again on Aug. 14, 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of VJ Day.

On this third visit, the WWII aircraft’s arrival delighted thousands of people that lined the edges of the runway and filled the grassy areas on the airport grounds. Others watched this graceful bird come in from their vehicles. At one point it was reported that traffic was backed up from the airport access all the way to Food Basics located on Goderich’s south edge. Even the Mayor of Goderich, Trevor Bazinet, found himself stuck in traffic and missed his opportunity to bring greetings from the town. Having left at about 9 a.m., it took him an hour and ten minutes to get from Victoria Street to the airport.

Residents of Goderich and area are quite proud of their historic relationship to Lancaster FM 213 also known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster and a huge cheer went up when Museum Chief Pilot and Lancaster Pilot Leon Evans stuck his head out of the cockpit window and asked, “Is this Goderich?” after he had successfully navigated the Lanc into position in front of the gathered dignitaries in preparation for the welcoming ceremony.

And what a welcome it was! The Celtic Blue Highlanders pipes and drums led a color party from Goderich Legion Branch 109 as well as several other neighboring legion branches and reenactors dressed in historical garb.

During the ceremony, two wreaths were laid at the airport memorial, there was a moment of silence as well as The Last Post and Reveille.

Speakers at the event included, Randy Carroll, president of Goderich Legion Branch 109; Allan Livingstone, branch chaplain; Bill Strong, representing MP Ben Lobb; Dawson Hallahan, representing Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson; CAO of the Town of Goderich Janice Hallahan, representing Goderich Mayor Bazinet; Derek Moore, president Legion Ontario Command; and Dave Rohrer, president, CEO and Lancaster pilot of the CWHM.

Rohrer shared with those in attendance that the Avro Lancaster FM 213 was something of a phoenix – rising to fly again after many challenges, including most recently escaping a fire at the CWHM in February of 1993 when a large part of Hangar #3 was destroyed.

According to the history section on the CWHM website, “The fire spread quickly, reaching temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees, through the north side of the building requiring the assistance of four fire departments and fifty-five firefighters. Volunteers who arrived to lend assistance could only watch helplessly as the fire was fought only a few feet away from the Avro Lancaster. At the time, the Lancaster was sitting on aircraft jacks. With fear that the roof might collapse, it was hours before the decision was made to allow the wheels to be installed and the aircraft removed.”

Rohrer also told the story of how the Lancaster realized a dream of flying across the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2014. The plane flew to England to join the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster for a two month tour. According to the website, “This tour of two Lancasters was witnessed by millions of people throughout England as well as Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.”

Rohrer introduced to the crowd the team of four that flew the Lancaster to Goderich: Leon Evans, Craig Brookhouse, Peter Boeringa and Derrick Kuipers.

Phil Nelson was also recognized as he flew in as a special guest along with the team. Nelson had been on the Armed Services Chinook Helicopter back in 1979 when the partially dismantled Lancaster was lifted out of Goderich bound for Hamilton Airport.

Formalities concluded, the waiting crowd was invited to get a closer look at the aircraft and surge forward they did! Many lined up to have a glimpse inside the aircraft.

It was estimated on the Friday alone between 8,000 to 10,000 people were in attendance to see the Lanc.

Highlights on Saturday included a Dignitary Flight with two local individuals, Michelle Millar and Mike Sully, given the opportunity to take to the air with Rohrer piloting.

During his speech to the crowd on Friday morning, Rohrer shared that the flight crew refer to the Lancaster affectionately as “Vera” and so as it departed once again Hamilton bound on Saturday afternoon, many in the crowd may well have been thinking – “until we meet again”…

LANCASTER TIMELINE 

  • Avro Lancaster FM 213 was manufactured in Malton, ON by Victoria Aircraft at the end of hostilities in 1945 and therefore was not used in the war effort. The Lanc was used as a search and rescue plane stationed out of Torbay, Nfld. It was retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1964.
  • In an effort to capitalize on its war assets the Canadian government then sold the outdated Lancs’ to the highest bidders. With the desire to save this WWII aircraft from aluminum salvage, members of the Goderich Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, formed a Lancaster Memorial Committee. The group purchased FM 213 for the price of $1,300.
  • On June 14, 1964 the Lanc flew from its storage site in Dunnville, ON to Goderich where a formal ceremony took place with a color party and a guard of honor. In 1968, the Lanc was placed on pedestals on land adjacent to the airport. It was mounted at the jack points to ensure minimal structural damage and stress. Something that President, CEO and Lancaster pilot of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM), Dave Rohrer, remains very grateful for to this day as this one decision made it possible for the FM 213 to be restored for flight.
  • The CWHM began a search for a Lancaster to restore for their collection around 1976. After looking at 12 planes left across the country it was determined that the Goderich Lancaster would fit the bill. In 1978 ownership of the Lancaster was transferred from the Legion to the CWHM. In 1979 the partially dismantled Lancaster was lifted out of Goderich bound for Hamilton Airport by an Armed Services Chinook Helicopter.
  • Restoration on the aircraft began in 1983. The plane had to be put together with bits and pieces from all over the world, plus a lot of large companies donated parts. The hunt for suitable engines to be used on the plane began as soon as CWHM took possession. A total of 22 Merlin engines were collected as possible hopefuls, but four completely restored Rolls Royce Packard Merlin 224 engines now power the Lanc.
  • In 1984 it was dedicated to Andy Mynarski, a mid-upper gunner aboard Canadian Lancaster, VR.A KB 726. The Lanc was gunned down on June 12, 1944 near Amiens in Northern France. It was on this mission, which proved to be Mynarski’s last, that he earned the Victoria Cross for an act of unselfish bravery – saving the life of Pat Brophy, rear gunner on the Lancaster. In 1988 the aircraft was painted to look like the Mynarski Lanc.
  • On Sept. 11, 1988, after a 24 year retirement the Lancaster lifted off the ground and flew under its own power. It made its inaugural flight on Sept. 24 of that same year at the Hamilton Airport.

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June meadow…By Sally Leitch

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

A few moons ago, fresh out of journalism school, I spent my first year as a reporter with the Clinton News-Record. The first 52 weeks were very exciting as every event I was called upon to cover was a new experience. It was in the second year I realized that the calendar was pretty much cyclic with the same fairs, festivals, and holiday events on repeat and the challenge for me would be how to keep coverage of these things fresh, informative and entertaining not only for our readership but also for myself.

As time went on I also learned that mixed in with these recurring events were extra special ones – such as the visit of the Avro Lancaster FM 213 whose coverage I was assigned to when working at the Goderich Signal-Star in 1990. I wrote about that adventure last issue and also shared my hope to be able to see it again last week when it returned to the community for the third time.

My husband and I were up bright and early on Friday morning and excited to have been given press passes for the arrival of the Lancaster. The weather was perfect and kudos to all the members of the organizing committee that ensured everything else was too.

As the giant bird rolled past my husband and I standing at the edge of the tarmac near where the welcoming ceremony was to take place, I happily remarked, “I love my job but some days I really love it!” It was a full circle moment for this reporter.

And after 30 some years writing community stories I have learned that there is comfort in the calendar cycle. I look forward to seeing you at these many events as the summer days roll by and thank everyone who helps make them fresh, informative and entertaining not only for our readership but for me as well. – Melody

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