Bookmark and Share   Jan. 20, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 4 Issue 602

Bayfield Agricultural society asking for community votes 

192A2820Community members are asked to show their support for the Bayfield Agricultural Society by voting for Bayfield's photo entry in the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) 175th Photo Competition.(Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Executive is hoping the residents of the community will once again show how supportive they can be by voting, and inviting others to do so, in a fun little competition between local ag societies. And in the true spirit of small-town fairs – the prize is a red ribbon and bragging rights!

Community members are asked to show their support for the BAS by voting for Bayfield's photo entry in the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) 175th Photo Competition.The picture entered was to best depict the local Ag Society. It was taken, by photographer, Dianne Brandon, with members of all ages posing in the sunflower field at the south end of Bayfield last summer.

The BAS Executive selected this photograph to enter as they felt this image best illustrated their organization. This particular field of sunflowers was planted so that people taking pictures in it could also support a community fundraising effort with a health theme and as a community group these Society members wanted to be supportive of this cause. The BAS also promotes agricultural awareness and what better way to show that than by literally standing in a field! And finally, as fairs are held to attract all ages, a variety of age groups are depicted in the picture.

To vote use the following link: Click on District 8 and then click on the first picture which is Bayfield's.

As of Jan. 18, Bayfield was trailing the Brussels’ Agricultural Society by a significant margin. Help them close the gap by voting and inviting others to do so. The deadline for voting is Jan. 31. Share with your friends to have them support a Bayfield organization that has been around for 165 years.

Timely offering for january's hospice Quilt fundraiser 

A new year. A new quilt. Don’t let time pass you by.



The theme of the January quilt is antique pocket watches; what a fun reminder for taking time to reflect and to set new goals. This adorable quilt is made of earth-colored cotton by local members of the community. It is great for a throw or in front of the fire while losing track of time. OR take time to plan ahead and take it to the cottage or on a picnic. The quilt measures 75” x 63” and sells for $475.

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: If you would like further information before you can decide, please let Walker know.

Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care!

Rosie and five fellow felines in need of dental surgery 

IMG_8130Rosie (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Rosie is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.

Rosie is a petite, medium-length haired girl and is approximately five years-old. Up until about foru months ago she was living on the streets. She has been spayed and had her shots but due to poor nutrition and a tough life she is scheduled to have some significant dental surgery at the end of the month. Once she has recovered from her surgery she will be ready for her forever home! Another charming fact about Rosie is that she is a Polydactl; she has extra toes on her front paws that allow her to sit like a ballerina with her toes pointed out.

Anyone interested in adopting Rosie is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Sadly, Rosie is not the only cat at the rescue waiting for dental surgery – there are currently five others. It is a costly endeavour for the Rescue but a necessary one in order to allow these felines to live the long and healthy lives they all deserve. Donations to help with such procedures are always appreciated.

The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Library Reads available via curbside appointment 

IMG_9662The staff at the Bayfield Public Library look forward to days when they are able to provide their regular services. With the present lockdown they are offering curbside pick up by appointment only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. (Photo by Jamie Thomas)  

The year 2021 will mark eight years since the current Bayfield Public Library building opened to the public and that is reason to celebrate.

The staff at the Bayfield Library would like to offer thanks to the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL), patrons, volunteers and all their visitors who have made this library the vibrant hub of the community!

They look forward to a brighter future, days when they are able to provide their regular services. With the present lockdown they are offering curbside pick up by appointment only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

People are encouraged to check the library catalogue online at to place their holds and the staff will set up at time for people to come and pick them up! Or feel free to contact staff by calling 519 565-2886 or email They are ready to assist with everyones library needs and reads!

Planned Bayfield seeks online public consultation 


Are you interested in the future development of Bayfield? A Secondary Plan is being developed for the Village. Community input is currently being sought. 

How can I get involved? Visit and register as a participant in Planned Bayfield. There are different ways to give input such as surveys, dropping pins onto a map to identify key locations, telling stories, etc. For example, in the first round, aerial imagery of Bayfield in 1955, 1978 and 2015 allows for reflection on how the Village has changed over the past 65 years and how it might change moving into the future. What is the community vision for Bayfield in 20 years and beyond?

Why develop a Secondary Plan now? With increased capacity at the wastewater treatment plant, Bayfield will have the infrastructure required to accommodate new growth. The purpose of the Secondary Plan is to ensure that change and growth, such as new residential and highway commercial developments, are designed to meet the community's long term vision.


farmers' market 

49518362936_295f7f7852People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29.

People can place their orders by visiting
from Sunday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on Jan. 29 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout. 

Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting:

Optimist Club

People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2021.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2021 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $70; and large, $90. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May and/or early June.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) Executive reports that the Saturday 10 a.m. guided hikes at the Varna Nature Trails are suspended for the time being, in compliance with the Ontario government stay-at-home order. All trails maintained by the BRVTA remain open for personal exercise by groups of not more than five people. Please remember to comply with provincial policies and recommendations: maintain 2Ms (6ft) distance, wear a mask when distancing is not possible, stay at home except for work, exercise, or medical reasons. The executive thanks everyone for their cooperation.

Are you interested in a hiking buddy? If you are a new resident or hiker, single hiker, don’t want to hike alone, or would love to meet new people through hiking the BRVTA trails, you can now take advantage of the Hiking Buddy Program they have in place. This new program will enable hikers to connect with others on the trails and is available to all BRVTA members. If interested, or for more information, please send an email to

Anyone who enjoys walking the trails but has never got around to joining the Association, might consider that with an affordable $30 annual family membership, they would be making a valuable contribution toward the maintenance of our seven trails, ensuring their viability for the future. Membership funds are also needed for programming and insurance. Special thanks to all of you who have supported the BRVTA through membership; they’ve seen record numbers this past year.

If you already are a member, the BRVTA would love you to refer them to your friends! For a limited time – during January and February – they have a special offer. If you refer three new members during this period, please send the BRVTA an email with the details and you will receive “For the love of Bayfield”, a gorgeous and informative book, written by local historian and one of the founders of the BRVTA, Dave Gillians.

Memberships for 2021 are available through the BRVTA website, Save the receipt, which will give you shopping privileges at the Columbia Sportswear discount store as well as to several other events and programs.

Anyone who would prefer to write a cheque, is asked to please mail it to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield N0M 1G0.


The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, has been moved to the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures to come.

Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church has now suspended their in-church Wednesday morning, Communion Services. 

Sunday services will continue at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at

Centre for the arts 

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.

Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.

Please email to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.

GirL guide Cookies 

Chocolatey Mint Cookie season is nearly over but there are still a limited number of cookies available from Bayfield Guiding at $5 a box. Sales will be conducted following COVID-19 protocols. So don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing to make arrangements for cookie delivery or pick up. 





gateway launches monthly lunch time lecture series  

Gateway Lecture Series

With social isolation being top of mind as COVID-19 restrictions continue to tighten, what better time to tune into Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health’s (Gateway) first Virtual Lecture Series? Beginning in February, Gateway will host a monthly series of free virtual learning webinars for adults of all ages.

Gateway is currently partnered with local academic institutions and hospitals to advance rural health; with 14 Board members, 11 rural health research Chairs and three Research Associates within its core network. The Lecture Series will promote the experience and knowledge of Gateway’s chairs and associates to provide a one-hour lunchtime presentation. The presentations will cover a variety of topics on “rural healthy communities”, aligning with many of Gateway’s core values. Following a half-hour presentation, a three-member panel (a Gateway director, a Gateway donor and a health practitioner) will engage in a discussion and answer questions from participants.

With continuing restrictions on social gatherings and events, many adults have been motivated to improve their skills with technology in order to remain connected with family and friends, learn new skills and broaden their technological capabilities. Lifelong learning is beneficial in many regards, particularly for seniors (e.g. self-esteem, sense of purpose). Virtual webinar formats allow learners and presenters to interact with one another. During lockdown periods people are all seeking ways to safely connect with others, reduce feelings of loneliness and stimulate their minds.

The Lecture Series concept fulfills two of the three mandates in Gateway's Mission statement: to research, educate and communicate. This Lecture Series will cultivate a culture of rural health knowledge and innovation, while virtually connecting communities to reduce social isolation.

The first one-hour lecture in the series will take place Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, starting at noon.
Gateway Chair of Rural Economic Development Dr. Ryan Gibson, from the University of Guelph, will kick off the series with a talk on “Philanthropy, Wealth and Prosperity”.

Going forward, lectures will continue on the first Tuesday of each month, starting at noon. Anyone interested in sponsoring or attending the event, is asked to please visit the Gateway website,, for more information.

Leslie Walker, registrar of this new Gateway College concept, urges everyone to, “Mark your calendars now and keep the dates and times open for an interesting and insightful series of lectures.”

Vaccines roll out to Huron Perth Long Term Care Homes  

As of Jan. 14, residents at Spruce Lodge Long-Term Care Home in Stratford and residents at Seaforth Manor Long-Term Care Home and Retirement Community had received the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“Here at the Lodge, we received the call we have all been waiting for,” said Peter Bolland, administrator at Spruce Lodge Long-Term Care Home. “Residents and their families are so thankful and relieved, and staff can finally feel the weight of 2020 starting to lift. We haven’t seen so many smiles since this time last year.”

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is working closely with partners to provide vaccine to all residents of Long-Term Care Homes and then Retirement Homes across Huron and Perth Counties over the next few weeks.

The province has a three-phase distribution plan and an ethical framework to ensure Ontario is prepared to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines as vaccines continue to arrive over the next several months.

At this time, vaccine supply is very limited. Distribution focuses first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of COVID-19 and severe illness and those who care for them.

In Huron-Perth, the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is creating a Huron Perth sequencing model as well as an administration and distribution plan based on the province’s distribution plan and ethical framework.

Currently, the focus is on long-term care homes and then retirement homes. Additional groups will be identified in the sequencing model; as vaccines become available those groups will be contacted. For the general public, this is not likely for a few months. HPPH asks the public to be patient and await further information – there is no vaccination waiting list set up for the general public.

“We are thrilled to have begun long-term care resident vaccinations in our community, but we are still in early days of COVID vaccination,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron and Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen “To build on vaccination efforts, it’s important that we continue to reduce the spread of COVID by avoiding non-essential trips outside of the home, practising physical distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and staying home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.”

stratford hospital declares outbreak on surgery unit 

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Surgery Unit at its Stratford General Hospital site on Jan. 15 after three cases of the virus were identified in staff members. No patients have acquired the virus while in hospital.

Outbreak status refers to two COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period, where both cases could reasonably have been acquired in the hospital.

“All outbreak control measures are in place and there has been no transmission to other patient care areas of the hospital,” said President and CEO, Andrew Williams. “We are taking an abundance of caution as we review this situation, are working closely with Huron Perth Public Health and will ensure staff, patients, family members/caregivers and individuals currently scheduled for surgery are kept apprised of all necessary information.”

Affected staff are currently self-isolating at home and will not return to work until their self-isolation period is complete and they are asymptomatic.

Family and caregiver presence on the Unit has been restricted. The only exception is for palliative patients. Care teams will regularly update families/caregivers and make them aware of opportunities for virtual connections.

The hospital remains open for all scheduled clinics, procedures and emergency visits and HPHA will continue to update the community, as more or changing information occurs.

Ten reasons to plant trees 

Local landowners continue to plant tens of thousands of trees each year. By planting trees, they build on a long legacy of tree planting in Ausable and Bayfield River watersheds. In 2021, the 75th anniversary year for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), the ABCA’s Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist, Ian Jean, offers a forestry perspective.

“Over the past 75 years, local landowners have planted literally millions of trees,” he said. The result has been a doubling of forest cover since the 1940s.”

Forest cover is still too low in some areas, however. Forest cover averages just 14 per cent according to the most recent Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card. Tree planting can help.

“Tree planting, and conserving and enhancing our forests, is essential for sustaining the productivity of our landscape, water quality and a healthy community,” said Jean. “We hear how trees contribute to cleaner air and water and help to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Perhaps less well known are the human health benefits that trees and forests provide.”

The ABCA’s Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist offers these 10 reasons to plant trees:
1. Clean water: Trees planted along our waterways act as a buffer, filter runoff and improve water quality. Forest lands provide areas for rainfall to collect and infiltrate, replenishing groundwater and releasing water slowly to streams. This improves water quality by mitigating high flows and subsequent erosion and sedimentation that degrade water quality and habitat in our streams.
2. Clean air: The process of photosynthesis, by which trees absorb carbon dioxide in their leaves and release oxygen we breathe, also acts to filter out many harmful pollutants from the air. A correlation between more tree cover and a reduction in rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses has been demonstrated for urban and rural areas.
3. Soil conservation: Tree windbreaks reduce wind and water erosion of valuable topsoil. Trees planted along field edges can act as berms or dams during high rainfall events, slowing runoff and preventing topsoil erosion. Healthy soils underpin our region’s agricultural productivity, and tree planting can help to conserve this important resource.
4. Improved human health: Studies show a positive correlation between trees and human health. Simply looking at trees is beneficial: an element of nature as simple as a window view of trees has shown positive benefits for people in hospitals and nursing homes and other institutions. Even better is spending time literally ‘breathing in’ the forest. Recent studies show pinenes, a compound released by Pine trees and some other plants, has many health benefits. Pinenes are also responsible for the ‘pine tree smell,’ possibly explaining why so many people like the scent.
5. Birds, Bees and Butterflies: Bees use many trees. Maples and Willows are particularly important as an early spring source of nectar. Many butterfly larva feed on tree leaves during their caterpillar or larval stage. Cherry, for example, supports the larva of Tiger Swallowtail, Coral Hairstreak, Striped Hairstreak, Spring Azure, White Admiral, Red Spotted Purple, and Viceroy butterflies. Trees that produce berries or fruit are a food source for birds, as are the insects that live on trees. Oak trees, for example, support more than 500 species of insects. More than 90 per cent of birds feed their babies insects, with trees providing an important part of that supply.
6. Healthy wildlife populations: Due to their size, structure, and age trees provide nesting sites, dens and refuges for animals of all sizes. Trees, like all plants, also form the base of food chains. Again, among the most important are Oak trees. In eastern North America more than 100 animals including deer, rabbits, turkey, wood ducks, and even red fox, consume acorns.
7. Trees help mitigate and adapt to climate change: The dry weight of a tree is 50 per cent carbon, removed from the air during photosynthesis. Trees absorb and store carbon while living with even longer-term storage in forest soil organic matter. Wood construction products from sustainably managed forests, where trees continue to grow and sequester carbon, also provide long-term carbon storage.
8. Trees keep us warm in winter and cool in summer: Well-placed trees shelter buildings, yards and work areas from cold winter winds. In the summer, trees cool the air both by shading effect and transpiration. Transpiration involves trees pulling water from the soil to the leafy canopy. When water vapour is transpired from leaves into the atmosphere, the surrounding air is cooled down.
9. Strengthen family and community ties: Plant a tree or plant a forest to celebrate a birth, a milestone, or just the coming of another spring. Incorporate tree planting into your annual spring routine. It’s good exercise, it’s fun, and it benefits us all. Anyone unable to plant trees should consider donating to local tree planting programs.
10. Leave a lasting local legacy: A well-placed tree or grove of trees will span generations. Sugar Maple, Oaks, and White Pine may live for 300 years while Hemlock and White Cedar sometimes exceed 400 years of age. There is a saying that goes, “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”

The spring tree order form is available now at

Cost-share funding is available for many projects that provide broader benefits such as field windbreaks, stream buffers and reforestation. ABCA staff work to access funding from government, non-governmental organizations, and industry. Jean encourages interested landowners to give him a call at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.

“We are happy to help with project design and access funding for eligible projects,” he said.
Funding programs and amounts vary depending on the type of project and the project location.

ABCA thanks grant program funding partners including member municipalities, Huron County Clean Water Project, Forests Ontario, the Government of Canada’s Canada Nature Fund, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, along with community donors and other valued funding partners.





public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

connectedness Coaching 

The COVID-19 pandemic is now in its tenth month and many local organizations have been working tirelessly to provide support and care to Huron residents during these troubling times.

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is helping cultivate resilience in Huron County through offering a series of free educational opportunities through their Connectedness Coaching Project to Huron residents this February. These educational opportunities are aimed at community members who are interested in learning more about peer support, coaching conversations, and system navigation, skills each individual can use to help strengthen their communities. Gateway is also inviting local social service agencies and groups to participate and attend these events to complement their invaluable work.

There is limited capacity for these educational events so anyone interested in attending is asked to please email Gateway’s Recruitment Lead at

Alternatively, for more information please visit:

Pottery Tulip Garden 

To help celebrate 25 years of Paint Ontario, the Pottery Program of the Grand Bend Youth Art Centre is constructing a pottery Spring Tulip Garden. The colorful exhibition of hand painted tulips will be on display at the Lambton County Museum during Paint Ontario beginning May 7th.

Organizers would like to thank the area schools planning to participate amidst these unprecedented, ever-changing times: Huron Central PS, Stephen Central PS, Grand Bend PS, Kinwood PS, Bosanquet Central PS, North Lambton Secondary School, as well as community members, and the 1st Bayfield Pathfinders. They would also like to offer a very special thank you to Mayor of Lambton Shores Bill Weber and his wife, Ginger, for their time and support.

These tulips will be available to purchase by donation with all proceeds going to support and purchase new equipment and materials for the Grand Bend Youth Art Centre pottery program.

Volunteers will be needed during April and May. High school students needing volunteer hours, are asked to contact Judy Gerber, coordinator, at 519 501-6356, if they have an interest in helping assemble, build or dismantle the tulip garden.
Details on the Pottery Program can be found

211 Ontario 

For more than a decade, 211 Ontario has been helping individuals in Perth-Huron navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. During the current stay-at-home order, 211 is more important than ever to connect people with the help they need locally.

“We’ve been working hard to get the word out about 211,” said Director of Community Information for 211 Susan Faber. “We want to make sure the vulnerable and newly vulnerable know there are resources available to help to keep them supported and housed. Our goal is to have 211 become the source for information in Perth-Huron, both for service providers and the public.”

When someone reaches out to 211, a live, trained counselor will talk through their challenges and connect the individual with community services that can help. By providing a central source of information, 211 helps people quickly before they reach a crisis point. The program connects individuals experiencing poverty, mental health issues and domestic violence — often root causes of homelessness — with the right resources.

Work maintaining up-to-date local records is crucial to the continuing success of 211. When COVID-19 arrived in March, information on over 1,000 local programs and services in the 211 database was updated, providing a comprehensive and reliable reference for the community.

“Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes,” added Faber. “No matter what walk of life you’re from or what you’re dealing with; from isolation, to a mental health crisis, domestic abuse or economic stress and uncertainty due to COVID-19, 211 can help. Someone will help you 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year and guide you with compassion. All you have to do is pick up a phone and dial 2-1-1.”


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local schools to become champions for a healthy and clean watershed. There are grants for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; or an educational school event or activity on one of these topics. The local conservation authority offers four grants of up to $500 each.

The 2020-2021 school year is the fourth year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 1.

“We know schools want to improve their student outdoor learning spaces and we are excited to offer up to $500 to help local schools with watershed projects through our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Canada,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “We have been impressed with the projects that have been completed by local schools and we look forward to reviewing applications which help to improve soil, water and living things in our watershed.”

Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking-Action.
In the past year, three schools, located in Parkhill, Mount Carmel and Hensall, were successful in the Taking-Action category

For videos of past school projects check out the ABCA YouTube Channel at this link:

To learn more, or to apply, visit

back alley art  

Central Huron and the Central Huron Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites everyone to take part in their “Back Alley Artist Extravaganza” - a fun and free community activity open to all Huron County residents.

The Back Alley Artist Extravaganza is open to all ages and abilities. Free plywood to paint on, in either 4’x 8’ or 4’x4’ sizes, will be given to anyone that wants to take part and participants can paint whatever they would like as there is no theme. From now until Jan. 22, there will be a sign-up form at the lumber desk at Langford Lumber in Clinton. Once registered Langford’s will supply the plywood and then people can take it home and create a masterpiece. There is lots of plywood, but it is available on a first come, first served basis.

Once their project is complete, deadline Apr. 1, participants are asked to contact Central Huron’s Community Improvement Coordinator, Angela Smith, by calling 519 476-5922 oe via email at

High school construction students will then add a 2’ x 4’ frame to the back for stability. The art pieces will be installed using stakes (like a billboard) and finished pieces will resemble Barn Quilts.

In the spring, completed projects will be installed in Clinton to create “The Back Alley Art Extravaganza”. This will brighten up areas of the downtown and create an Artists Alley where everyone can show off their talents.

“We have a local business, Miniature Masterpieces, which teaches painting lessons to all ages. They will offer interactive online painting classes to participants that want help to get started. Each week there will be another painting lesson offered online… a ‘Huron County Community Paint Night’,” said Smith. 

The Back Alley Art Extravaganza is generously sponsored by Central Huron and Bruce Power.




Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

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 (currently closed to the public). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 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.

This week, we examine some of the ornate electric lamps in the museum's collection...

Umbrella-shaped lamp 

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This crystal adorned lamp has a square marble base and umbrella-shaped top. The shaft of the lamp is made of three segments: two silver ornamental accents on the top and bottom of a faceted crystal block. The lightbulb is surrounded by16 wire hooks (two tiers with eight in each) forming an umbrella-shape. At the end of each hook is a brass flower accent and hanging green, tear drop crystals. There are 15 crystals with one missing. The brown electriclal cord is coming from a hole in the marble base.

The lamp was used in the parlor of the Rectory for St. Peter's Church, St. Joseph, ON. The lamp was purchased at a Silent Auction when the Rectory was closing. The auction was attended only by parishioners.



gone with the wind style lamp   

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This is a "Gone with the Wind" style lamp. It was originally an oil lamp converted to electric. It has frosted red glass and brass. The glass has ivory flowers painted on it.  

Piano Lamp 

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This is a piano lamp. It is electric and the frame is made from wood and metal that extends over the piano. The base is also of carved metal. The wood is very dark and cylindrical shaped. The shade has black fringe on the outside covering pink material.







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St Onge FamilyThe St. Onge Family: l-r: Mary Paige, Cheryl Ann and Irelyn  



The folks behind the promotion of Ontario’s West Coast have created a campaign to help residents and virtual visitors get through the pandemic winter months by embracing a lifestyle that first originated in the Scandinavian country of Demark.

Hyyge is a Danish word (think, hue-gah or hoo-guh) it encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. Believe it or not rural Canadians are already pretty adept at the Hyyge lifestyle – anyone who has gone for a tramp in the woods after a fresh snowfall, curled up with a good book on a rainy afternoon or indulged in a steaming hot cup of cocoa by a fire have embraced Hyyge.

This winter, people are invited to experience hygge and take part in some events organized by Ontario’s West Coast - virtual classes, author readings, online exhibits, concerts and more - the ideas abound at

Every Thursday evening from now until Feb. 25, Huron Hygge will showcase different local musical talents. They encourage people to order take-out from their favorite restaurant and enjoy dinner and show when there isn’t any place to go!

The concerts will be streamed on the “Ontario’s West Coast” Facebook page, or tune in to Channel 1 on HuronTel TV and Hay Communications starting at 7 p.m.

Jan. 21 – Holly Clausius: Her debut EP ‘Sunflower’, was released in 2020 and since that time Clausius has been blazing her own trail. According to her website, her inspired storytelling brings a present-day sensibility to timeless tales. A unique voice that can be as sharp as a sewing needle and as smooth as a cup of chamomile tea, her original single “Set Me Free” is currently being played on CBC radio stations across Canada and she plans to release a full-length album in the next year. Currently, Clausius is residing in Toronto and balances being a full-time musician and music teacher.

Jan. 28 - Adam Wendler: A multi-instrumentalist from Huron County, currently based in Berlin, Germany, Wendler is known for having no musical boundaries. Blending pop elements with folk, country, indie and a touch of rock, he’s got something for everyone. Ever since picking up the guitar at the age of 15, Wendler has been writing songs and dedicated to sharing his music with the world. He has independently put out multiple full-length albums before releasing his latest single “Smoking Gun” with Motor Music in August of 2020.

Feb. 4 – Ryan Malcolm: The first winner of Canadian Idol and a platinum-selling recording artist, Malcolm has toured the world with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Interpol, Bon Jovi, Annie Lenox, The Trews and many more. His love of travel and adventure brought Malcolm, and wife Rebecca, to the jungles of Costa Rica where they lived for three years running their top-rated restaurant, “Tres Cabras”. While life in the tropics was a dream, family and friends were too important and so they moved home to Canada settling in Huron County where he continues to share his love of music through community.

Feb. 11 – Melina and John Powers: Like many great husband and wife singing duos from the past, Powers’ voices fit together effortlessly. Whether they are backing one another in their solo projects or performing as a duo, their songwriting and harmonies entertain and move audiences. The Huron County couple can be found spending time with their large family as well as making music at their Goderich home.

Feb. 18 – St. Onge Family: Mary Paige, Irelyn and Cheryl Ann St. Onge are musicians from Seaforth, ON. Mary Paige and Irelyn have been performing since they were small children with their mom Cheryl Ann all over the province.

Mary Paige is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has written over 30 songs, recorded professionally, has competed in several music competitions and was the winner of the 2019 Tailgate Talent Show TV Show (Eastlink TV) and was a judge for the 2020 Tailgate Talent Show. She has also been featured on an episode of Rediscovering Canada Television. To add to her busy schedule, she is a student at Western University as a vocal major and teaches private guitar and vocal lessons.

Irelyn is a student at the University of Waterloo. Her major is Political Science/Business with a minor in Human Resource. Her roots in music have given her the necessary confidence and charisma to pursue her professional desires. 

The girls perform all over Ontario for many events, including, weddings, hockey games and music competitions. The St. Onge family, with their harmonious melodies, are sure to get virtual audiences’ toes a tapping as part of the Huron Hygge concert series.

Feb. 25 – Performer announcement coming soon!

In keeping with the Huron Hyyge theme, “519 Tours” based out of Goderich, has created a Savour Hygge Box filled with items from local county businesses that can be delivered to local doors or pick up arranged. The current box would be great for a virtual concert night, gift for a loved one or Valentine, or a surprise for someone who needs a little extra Hygge in their life.

This Savour Hygge Box highlights delectable goodies to warm the soul from businesses in Goderich, Clinton, Amberley, Hensall and Bayfield – including the Bayfield Berry Farm and The Dock’s Restaurant and Bar. It is available to purchase for $75 at

For other ideas on how to find your Hygge in Huron this winter visit



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