Bookmark and Share   Feb. 17, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 8 Issue 606


IMG_4003The Village of Bayfield was divided by the absence of bridge access for a few hours on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 11 to allow for the lifting of the arches to be placed alongside the new bridge currently under construction. Travelling over the temporary Bailey Bridge, as several people were on Feb. 13, people can now catch a glimpse of how these arches will enhance the new bridge's design. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

 input requested regarding municipal shoreline protection 

The Municipality of Bluewater is seeking input regarding the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property.

Due to erosion, private property owners have requested to install shoreline protection on municipal property to protect their own properties. To date, Bluewater Council has permitted the installation of erosion mitigation measures on one property.

Multiple reports have been presented to Council regarding these requests, the most recent being a draft policy regarding “Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property”. The intent of the policy is to apply guidelines for potential construction of shoreline protection on municipal properties, while at the same time mitigating risk of potential liability due to the installation of shoreline protection on municipal property by private property owners. Please click the link to view shoreline protection reports and draft policy:

The opinion of Bluewater property owners matters to Council. Please click the link to complete the ten-question survey:

Comments can also be emailed to Please note that the draft policy comment period is open until Friday, March 19th and personal information will be kept confidential.

Final public meeting for Main Street Revitalization date set 

The Municipality of Bluewater is planning to move forward with implementation of the Bayfield Main Street Revitilization project.

A Public Meeting was held on Sept. 2, 2020 to present the Main Street design to members of the public. Following significant input from residents, the proposed plan has been updated to address this feedback. With the assistance of the Landscape Architects, an updated plan has been prepared for public review. The new plan incorporates a wider boulevard area incorporating unique surface treatments at the entrances to businesses. A revised approach to lighting has also been devised. Input from property owners has allowed for additional modifications to incorporate site-specific design details.

A final virtual Public Meeting is planned to present the revised plan to residents of the community. Following the receipt of input, Bluewater Council will consider elements to be included in the final design and provide direction.

Representatives from the Municipality, the Project Engineers, and Landscape Architects, will be attending this virtual meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 6 p.m.

Presentation material for the meeting will be made available for public review on Feb. 24th, on the Bluewater website.

Individuals wanting to provide input on the project are encouraged to send their feedback via email to Environmental Planner Kelly Vader at Input will be accepted until March 17.

Individuals wanting to provide feedback orally at the Public Meeting on March 3rd will be required to pre-register by contacting Lacey Vander Burgt at 519 236-4351 Ext. 238 or via email at by Tuesday, March 2 at 4 p.m.

Godfrey Heathcote to defend  

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The Village Bookshop owners are preparing for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads. As part of that process they are introducing a different defender each week.

On Feb. 3, they introduced Brad McLellan, who will be defending “Two Trees Make a Forest”, by Jessica J. Lee followed by Lorelei Lingard, who will be representing Natalie Zina Walschots’ “Hench”.

This week, they’re introducing Godfrey Heathcote, a long time Bayfield cottager from Nova Scotia who retired here with his wife in Spring 2019.


Heathcote will be defending C. L. Polk’s “Midnight Bargain”, a novel about a young sorceress who must choose between her magic and love.

According to CBC Books, “Beatrice is a sorceress who practices her magic in secret, terrified of the day she will marry and be locked into a collar that will cut off her magic to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus, permitted to pursue magic as her calling just as men do. But her family has traveled to the city for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means socialize and negotiate to secure the best marriages. Beatrice's family is in severe debt and she is expected to make an advantageous match.”

Moderated by The Village Bookshop bookseller Mike Peirce and featuring last year’s defenders, Ruth Gibson, Jayne Dietrich, and Greg Stewart, as judges, Bayfield Reads 2021 will take place on Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. on ZOOM. Admission is free and there’s no need to RSVP. Just join the event at the following link:

This year’s Canada Reads finalists include: "Butter Honey Pig Bread", by Francesca Ekwuyasi; "Two Trees Make a Forest", by Jessica J. Lee; "The Midnight Bargain", by C.L. Polk; "Hench", by Natalie Zina Walschots; and "Jonny Appleseed", by Joshua Whitehead.

 Family sought for stormy 

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

IMG_7739This picture of Stormy was taken prior to his dental surgery and while his eye injury was still healing - it was taken in Dec. 2020. (Submitted photo)

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

BFF has a long relationship with Stormy. He is one of the cats from the old Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) program. About three years ago, he was trapped, vetted and released. He was just a young boy about seven months old at the time. According to Rescue volunteers, this happened at the beginning of their learning curve about feline rescue. They had no place to hold cats for more than a short time, and no foster homes, so after his surgery he was returned to the streets. However, a shelter was built for him and his siblings who were also part of the TNR program and they were fed daily by a rescue volunteer to keep them healthy and happy. This was Stormy’s life for the past three years. He was friendly but leery of people he didn’t know.

However, in November of 2020 a new chapter in Stormy’s life was written. He showed up injured. He was trapped and taken immediately to the vet. His ear was torn and his eye damaged. It also turned out he had to have most of his teeth removed due to overcrowding which made it difficult for him to close his mouth.

Rescue volunteers are happy to say that Stormy came through the surgery with flying colors and has healed from his injuries and is now ready to carry out the rest of his life as an indoor cat with a loving family. He is very special to the Rescue volunteers and he now loves to be loved.

Anyone willing to help Stormy write the next chapter of his life story is asked to  asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Donations are always appreciated. 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.


farmers' market 

People 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, Feb. 26.

People can place their orders by visiting
from Feb. 21 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 24  at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on Feb. 26 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:

Life at the Rink 


Jeff Kish, director of Marketing for the Bayfield Community Centre, announced on Feb. 12 that the centre would re-open yesterday (Feb. 16) for all ice surface and community center activities.

“As you can imagine, the demand for ice time is overwhelming,” said Kish. In an attempt to meet demand, the management team of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena has decided to extend ice hours to 9 p.m. each day, as well as further extending the ice season to March 31st.

“We’re very excited to welcome our Huron-Perth skating and hockey enthusiasts back to the Bayfield Community Centre,” said Kish, who reminds the public to check their website for all information relating to ice and meeting facility availability.

The free public skating schedule has resumed: every Sunday from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; every Monday for one hour starting at 10:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms & Tots and Seniors and their Caregivers; every Monday for one hour starting at 7 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get youth involved in hockey.

For more information call 519 565-2121 or visit

Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted, people are asked to please abide by the rules.


With the lockdown lifted, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will resume offering guided hikes on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. Hikers are asked to meet at the Varna Community Complex, Mill Road (Ontario Rt 3), just west of Varna.

Hike leaders will guide a one-hour hike (2.5 KMs) on the Mavis/Taylor nature trails. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. They will follow social distancing protocols, so please wear a mask at sign-in. During the hike, participants may remove their mask as long as they keep 2 Ms (6 ft) distance from other hikers. Leaders recommend cleats and a ski pole, as the trails can be covered with hard-packed snow and ice.

For questions or more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at or 519 525-3205.

Watch this space for news about the BRVTAs full 2021 hike schedule.

BAYfield PACC  

The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) was recently formed to address the community need for a local play space where people’s canine friends can exercise and socialize. The members of PACC feel that Bayfield is a dog-friendly community catering to locals and visitors alike. The group’s mandate is to work with community partners in an effort to secure an off-leash area for their dogs and puppies, to promote responsible pet ownership, and to educate the public about the benefits of such a facility for this growing community. The group looks forward to providing details on this effort in the coming weeks and months.

Please join their private Facebook page at Bayfield P.A.C.C. to keep abreast of their activities. They welcome questions and ideas from interested parties as they work to pursue their goal of a safe, healthy, and secure play area for the village. Woof! Woof!

In Memoriam

GergerHR-PictureHilda Gerger (Submitted photo)  

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a long-time resident of the village has died.

Peacefully, at her home on Sunday, Feb. 14, Hilda Rose Gerger (nee Klein), of Bayfield, in her 89th year.

Wife of the late Adolph Gerger who predeceased her in 1988. Loved mother of Betty Smallwood, Barb Gronau, both of Bayfield; Dave and Sue Gerger, of Kitchener; Rick Gerger, of Bayfield; Diane and Jasen Valad of Orlando, Florida; and Donna Gerger and Fred Middleton, of Clinton. She will be lovingly remembered by all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hilda will be greatly missed by all her coffee ladies. Predeceased by her brother George Klein.

A private, family, graveside, interment service will be held in the spring at Bayfield Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes - Bluewater Chapel in Goderich. Messages of condolence for the Gerger family are welcome at



region returns to orange-Restrict Level after lockdown 

On Feb. 12, the Ontario government announced that the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) region will transition from the province-wide shutdown into the strengthened COVID-19 response framework. The transition took effect yesterday (Feb. 16) at 12:01 a.m., at which time the stay-at-home order will also end.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and as approved by Cabinet, Huron-Perth will be in the Orange-Restrict level of the framework. The region was in this level before the province-wide shutdown. While most measures in the framework are the same, there are new requirements for retail settings.

“The restrictions that were in place over the past month have been difficult for everyone, but they were necessary to bring case numbers down. Together, Huron-Perth residents have done a great job,” said Medical Officer of Health for HPPH, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “I’m pleased that residents will have more social and economic opportunities, which are needed for health and wellbeing. However, I caution that the end of the stay-at-home order is not a reopening or a return to normal. The COVID-19 situation is still serious, especially with the risk of new variants. I strongly advise everyone to continue following public health measures: stay at home, avoid social gatherings, only travel between regions for essential purposes, and limit close contacts to your household or those you live with. If cases increase again, it may be necessary to apply an ‘emergency brake’ - moving our region back into Grey-Lockdown.”

Remember to also wash hands often, maintain 2 Ms (6 ft) of physical distance from others, wear a mask indoors in businesses and public spaces, and stay home when sick to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must stay the course to keep case numbers down, to protect hospitals and vulnerable citizens, and to allow schools and businesses to function successfully.

The province’s strengthened COVID-19 response framework can be found here:

Capturing wealth in rural communities subject of webinaR 

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Inaugural speaker, Dr. Ryan Gibson, successfully kicked off Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health’s (Gateway) most recent development ー The Gateway College Lecture Series.

Dr. Gibson’s presentation on Rural Wealth and Prosperity highlighted the considerable wealth that small towns and rural areas hold and the potential this presents to create vibrant rural communities. The discussion explored the key question: “How can wealth in rural regions be mobilized to advance rural prosperity?”

As an Associate Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development at the University of Guelph, Dr. Gibson shared his innovative experiences surrounding rural health and strategies for capturing this wealth in rural communities. There is significant value in utilizing place-based, community-owned endowments as a mechanism to support long-term prosperity and facilitate rural revitalization and sustainability. Investing in charities offers an opportunity to create “community bank accounts” to collect and redistribute this wealth to allow rural communities to be self-sustaining in the new global economy, while advancing local priorities. The Oxford Community Foundation in Woodstock and Sunset Community Foundation in Grand Bend are great examples of this.

Four panelists joined in on the discussion with Dr. Gibson, providing insight on their own community’s wealth and prosperity strategies. Executive Director of the Oxford Community Foundation, Louise Wardrop recounted her experiences working in a rural community foundation and the importance of local distribution of funds. Marty Rops, Regional manager for the Huron Perth region with Libro Credit Union expressed his perspective on rural wealth and the goal of contributing to and expanding prosperity among Huron and Perth counties. Warden of Huron County, Glenn MacNeil, who is also the Mayor of the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, discussed possible approaches to capturing and mobilizing the wealth in Huron County. And Tom Prout, director of Sunset Community Foundation in Grand Bend discussed his experiences with his community foundation, its structure and governance.

Reflecting on the presentation, Gateway’s President, Gwen Devereaux, stated, “During the hour of power, all of the attendees were given the opportunity to dream of the vast potential local, not-for-profit organizations have when provided with additional resources from their own rural community.”

Gateway is fortunate to have Dr. Gibson as the Research Chair of Rural Economic Development, to provide strategies and skills for understanding and mobilizing the economic opportunities that are available for rural, not-for-profit organizations, such as Gateway. It is crucial to recognize the significant value in investing in one’s own community and the importance in cooperation among local organizations to build stronger and more vibrant rural communities.

Dr. Gibson expressed his experience of the presentation, stating, “The Gateway lecture series is a wonderful event - we shared ideas, had a great discussion, and I am hoping it serves as a catalyst for new ideas and actions. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to share information and join panelists from across rural Ontario to discuss experiences in rural wealth and prosperity.”

Gateway would like to thank the sponsors of this event, CIBC Wealth Management, Larry Otten Contracting and Bruce Power, as well as the ongoing support from the community.

Anyone interested in attending the next free, virtual, one-hour, lecture-webinar on Tuesday, March 2nd, starting at noon is asked to visit Gateway’s website to register:

Research Project to explore Huron County's Food Landscape 

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is partnering with Libro Credit Union (Libro) to explore how to stay local. Libro’s financial contribution of $56,800 will be used to support the research project, “How to Stay Local - Exploring Huron County’s Food Landscape”.

In reducing food insecurity and building a vibrant local food economy Gateway and Libro will help raise residents’ awareness towards local food in Huron County, most notably the diversity and accessibility of local food.

This project will consist of a two-year study of Huron County’s food landscape that will help bring awareness of local food in Huron County. It will profile the producers of local foods who are engaged in the marketing and the sale of local foods and determine their motivations for doing so. It will also identify patrons who utilize local food and recognize barriers to accessing local foods. The project also aims to create a knowledge translation strategy allowing similar projects to be carried out in additional rural areas, and impact policy at the county and/or provincial level to improve food accessibility for vulnerable individuals.

According to Statistics Canada, during 2020, it was reported that one in seven Canadians experienced food insecurity and with the financial instability felt by many residents due to the pandemic this project should be a welcome addition to Huron County.

To capture this snapshot of Huron County’s food landscape, Gateway will be developing and implementing Huron-wide surveys that explore the scope and accessibility of local foods in Huron County. Gateway will complement their survey findings through interviews with local food producers and Huron residents.

“Libro is committed to supporting our communities now and well into the future - it is part of our DNA. We’re excited to learn more about the current landscape of food accessibility in Huron County and believe that this partnership will be a catalyst to continue strengthening our local food systems,” said Marty Rops, Huron-Perth Regional manager, Libro Credit Union.

Libro has deep roots in agriculture and continue to support more than 3,200 farm and agri-business owners in southwestern Ontario. Local Food Accessibility is one of Libro’s key focus areas and one of the biggest challenges facing the region.

The Gateway Team members implementing this project will be: Leslie Walker, Grace Bonnett and Sam Murray.

“The Gateway Team, under the guidance of Al Lauzon, Gateway’s Chair of Rural Change and Design and professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at Guelph University, feel this is a great project to assist our local producers. Also, this project will be of assistance for those among us who may be struggling to find healthy local produce. With the arrival of COVID-19 we realize supporting our local producers has never been as important. We appreciate the opportunity Libro Credit Union has given us to make a difference,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of the Gateway Board of Directors.

50825193918_5af50a9aea_bLeslie Walker (Submitted photos)

Leslie Walker has recently joined Gateway as a Research Associate and is excited to apply her metrics-based approach on Libro's Food Accessibility Project. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Social and Economic Sciences at the Vienna University of Technology after working globally as a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the past four years.

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Grace Bonnett has returned to Gateway as a research student, focusing on the Libro Food Accessibility Project. Having recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science, Bonnett is looking forward to applying her evidence-based knowledge to local research and pursuing her passion of promoting rural health equity.

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Sam Murray is a recent graduate of Trent University, where he completed his Honours BSc in Biology with specializations in Health Sciences and Education. Murray comes from a Huron County farming family and will therefore be able to contribute aspects of both his academic and personal backgrounds to this project. In the future, Murray hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and is excited to be involved in research focused on advancing the health of rural residents through improved access to local food.

Local food producers that would be interested in participating in this study are asked to please phone Gateway at 519 612-1053 or email:



The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors invites the public to provide written comments on some proposed shoreline policy changes related to shore protection structures in regulated dynamic beach areas. The proposed policy changes do not apply to all shoreline areas but only beaches classified as dynamic.

The loss and buildup of sand is a natural part of the shoreline process in a dynamic beach area but recent high lake levels have made the loss of sand more pronounced. In areas where some landowners have previously existing shore protection structures, some neighboring landowners have also requested permits. The proposed policy changes are, in part, a response to this, to make it possible to consider approval of shore protection structures for those property owners in those areas.

“Policies in bluff areas do not change and most policies in dynamic beach areas stay exactly the same,” said ABCA Water and Planning Manager, Geoffrey Cade. “The only changes are to policies related to new shore protection structures, and maintenance or replacement of old ones, in regulated dynamic beach areas.”

The ABCA Board of Directors has approved release of the proposed policies to the public for written comments prior to consideration for approval. ABCA is receiving public written comments on the proposed changes until Friday, March 5. To review the proposed policy changes, and to provide written comments, visit and this web page link:



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:

Conservationist of the Year 

Do you know a person, business, farm, community group, or organization doing work that protects water, soil, and habitat for living things in Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, you are invited to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award.

Award nominations may be submitted until Feb. 24.

“The year 2021 is the 75th anniversary of our conservation authority and, on this special year, we are proud to once again present this award,” said Doug Cook, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors. “This is just one way we can say ‘thank you’ to some of our participating local stewards who help to protect your water and soil resources and to improve forest and wetland conditions.”

To submit a nomination, visit for the nomination form and award information. The nomination form is found on this web page link:

People may also email for more information.

ABCA has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, each year since 1984, with conservation awards. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities.

Sunset Community Foundation 

On Feb. 9, Sunset Community Foundation (Sunset CF) announced they will be part of an initiative to provide $1.3 Million across Southwestern Ontario to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $31 million Healthy Communities
Initiative. This investment by the federal government will support community-led organizations in developing local, small-scale infrastructure projects that respond to the immediate needs arising from COVID-19, while building towards a more pandemic-resilient future.

“We’re very excited to be part of this program,” said Deb Gill, chair of the Sunset CF. “As our region faces increased isolation due to COVID-19, the Healthy Communities Initiative will help our communities to connect safely, promoting the mental and physical well-being of all residents. I know there will be all kinds of creative ideas to make this happen.”

The Southwestern Ontario Hub is being co-led by Windsor Essex Community Foundation, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and London Community Foundation, in partnership with Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Sarnia Community Foundation and Sunset CF supported by Centre Wellington Community Foundation and Dufferin Community Foundation.

Starting now, organizations are invited to apply for funding between $5,000 and $250,000 to
lead projects that help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and
provide digital solutions to help their neighborhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and look to build back better in the COVID-19 recovery.

This could include projects to adapt crosswalks and access to public transport to allow for safe physical distancing, to create community gardens and art installations, and to provide free WIFI in targeted public spaces. A variety of community-led organizations are eligible to apply, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and registered non-profit organizations.

Funding will be distributed in two rounds. The Southwestern Ontario Hub has approximately $537,000 available in the first round, and $806,000 available in the second round. There is also a national funding application available in both rounds.

The application period for the first round of funding closes on March 9 at 5 p.m. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May.

To learn more, including how to apply for funding, visit

For more information, please contact Executive Director of the Sunset Community Foundation, Pat Morden, by calling 519 619-8630 or via email:

Vaccination plan 

On Feb. 11, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) released the Huron Perth COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan overview, based on the model of “bringing vaccines to people”.

“Huron-Perth is a large geographic area with small populations distributed throughout,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We are committed to providing vaccinations equitably across Huron-Perth for everyone who wants to be vaccinated and want to remove as many barriers as possible. Given these factors, the model that made the most sense was to bring vaccines to people instead of people to vaccines.”

The Huron-Perth model will rely on the Three Ms: mass vaccination clinics, mobile clinics and multiple sites and partners.

As vaccine supply increases and becomes more stable during Phases Two and Three of the three-phase provincial plan, mass vaccination clinics and smaller-scale community clinics will take place across Huron and Perth. Planning is underway to determine community clinic sites across both counties.

Mobile clinics will also be used where groups are experiencing significant barriers such as transportation.

Multiple sites across both counties will ensure geographic reach; HPPH is prepared to scale up vaccinations by activating more clinics and extending hours if supplies increase. Tentative hub locations are Wingham, Clinton, Goderich, Exeter, Listowel, Stratford, St. Marys, Milverton, Mitchell and Seaforth; these locations also align with primary care partners who are prepared to provide support.

The goal of HPPH and partners is to vaccinate at least 75 per cent of the eligible population in Huron Perth as quickly and safely as possible. All vaccines will be administered in accordance with provincial guidance and the provincial ethical framework.

Eligible recipients in Huron Perth are currently those 16 years or older, without a medical contra-indication, who want to receive the vaccine.

Huron-Perth’s plan builds on former Huron County Health Unit and Perth District Health Unit mass vaccination plans, leveraging existing community partnerships and vaccine program implementation expertise for effective and efficient vaccine roll-out.

“The Huron-Perth COVID vaccination model is possible because of enthusiastic and dedicated partners who have offered their resources to make mass vaccinations happen throughout Huron and Perth, reaching as many people as possible,” said Dr. Klassen.

HPPH and partners continue to collaborate through the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC). The HPMVAC has representatives from HPPH, the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team, representing more than 60 organizations including, but not limited to: hospital, paramedics, primary care, community and home care, Mental Health and Addictions Services, long-term care as well as developmental services, municipalities and community pharmacy.

Ontario is in Phase One of the province’s three-phase vaccination plan. Phase One focuses on four priority populations including long-term care; from Jan. 12-27, there were 1,459 first doses administered in Huron-Perth long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes. Last week, HPPH continued to give second doses to residents of long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes in accordance with current Ministry direction.

Staff, residents and essential caregivers of these facilities remain the priority population and the province will continue to provide direction on who receives the next doses of vaccine that arrive. HPPH also continues to work as a regional group with Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and London Health Sciences Centre for regional vaccine distribution.

Vaccine supplies remain limited at the moment. Although planning is underway for Phases Two and Three, there is no waiting list to receive the vaccine. Groups are prioritized based on the provincial distribution plan and ethical framework; as vaccines become available those groups will be contacted.

“The important thing to remember is that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated,” said Dr. Klassen. “We will be sharing information regularly and widely on who can get vaccinated next, and how to get vaccinated, especially as vaccines become more widely available in the next few months through Phase Two and Phase Three.”

Phase Two of the provincial vaccine rollout is anticipated to begin in late spring. Phase Three, when vaccine is widely available to anyone who wants to be immunized, is expected to begin in late summer. These timelines are dependent on vaccine availability.

During those phases HPPH and partners will be sharing information widely on who is eligible to receive the vaccine and how to get it. This will include targeted outreach through organizations and facilities, as well as mass media, print, and social media.

To learn more about the Huron Perth COVID-19 vaccination plan, visit and subscribe to the page to receive page updates.  


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.




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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.

During the pandemic people have been baking and cooking at home more. This week, we take a look at some of the useful utensils people had in their kitchen drawers and cupboards in years gone by…


This is a universal grinder or "bread crumber" from around 1910. The metal grinder has a metal crank with a wooden handle. It comes with two gears.  

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cherry pitter

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This is a cherry pitter. The silver metal part of the handle pushes down to push out pit.

It belonged to Ada May Cardiff, born 1889, wife of Elston Cardiff. Elston Cardiff was a member of the House of Commons for Huron County for 25 years from 1940 to 1965.

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This is a mixer and measuring cup set. It includes a two-cup, glass, measuring bowl with cup and pint measuring marks. It features a metal hand mixer with a hand-crank that attaches to the top. Stamped on the crank wheel is "A & J Pat. Oct. 9 - 1923 Made in U.S.A."

This set was gifted to Fred and Laurie Currie around the time of their marriage in 1922.

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Decade Retrospective         

Soup rarely disappoints on a crisp february day  

5467740761_ac3c715055_b2011 - Two hundred people came through the doors of the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Feb. 20 to take part in Soups On, Bayfield! The extremely popular event was held as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Huron County Cultural Services and the Huron County Library teamed up to create Moroccan Chicken Curry with Couscous - here Meighan Wark ladles out a sample while Rick Sickinger looks on. (Photo by Dennis Pal)  

6911582935_79e5e01e1b_b2012 - For the second year running, “Soup’s On” at the Bayfield Town Hall attracted a crowd of almost 150 hungry customers. This year the event was held in conjunction with Family Day Weekend events on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Local churches and organizations, as well as a few local restaurants offered seventeen soups for sampling. After some sampling it was time to vote for the People's Choice Award, Dick Hannah (left), of Hamilton and Barry Detenbeck, of Bayfield, discuss the candidates. (Photo by Dennis Pal)  

8484309074_c3947e5bf0_k2013 - On the afternoon of Feb. 17, a record number of people came out for the third annual Soups On at the Bayfield Town Hall. There were also a record number of entries with 19 soups to sample. The Bayfield Blue Flag committee was represented by Arlene Parker and Nellie Evans (right) who offered samples of their Cheese soup. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

12577160993_e6cb71eadf_k2014 - Now in its fourth year, Soup's On, hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), attracted record numbers, with the organizers estimating that about 200 adults and children came to enjoy the event. There were sixteen soups for participants to taste and vote on at the event, held at the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Feb. 16. Three local churches, eight community groups, as well as five local restaurants took part. Gayle Waters and Roger Lewington enjoy a sample of soup offered by The Little Inn of Bayfield. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

15923995263_f81924ac1a_k2015 - Richard Fitoussi was given the difficult task of tasting all 18 soups. His expert palette declared the restaurant placements in this friendly competition. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

32206109703_580b7ee0a6_k2017 - Three hundred ballots were cast at the annual Soup’s On event at the Bayfield Town Hall on Feb. 19. The unseasonably mild weather and sunshine drew quite a crowd out to sample the 21 soups that were all challenging for the People’s Choice and Chef’s Choice Awards . (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

33261297118_a728450ada_k-2 2019 - The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) hosted their annual Soup's On event on Sunday, Feb. 17, and organizers noted that it was a great community event and a perfect way to spend a beautiful winter day! More than 300 people visited the hall to sample the 15 soups, divided in two sections: restaurants and organizations. Organizers noted that it was a much more comfortable event this year for visitors as they entered the town hall in three different time slots. Advance tickets with a timed entry were sold for Soup's On. Those participants who reserved the middle time slot waited patiently in the cold to enter the building - good thing the soups were hot! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

5467742791_e965198787_b2011 - Louise Sygrove, of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, presents Kim Muszynski, owner of The Albion Hotel, with the People's Choice Award for his Loaded Baked Potato Soup.  



“Soup's On, Bayfield!” began in 2011 as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall. Over the next decade the judging system evolved, the number of soups for sampling fluctuated and how the ever-increasing crowds were controlled adjusted, but there were a few constants – it is a stellar event mixed with a little friendly competition for a great cause. After all, soup rarely disappoints on a crisp Feburary day!

People enjoy the thrill of competing and one of the most coveted prizes at “Soup's On, Bayfield!” is the People’s Choice Award. In 2018 the judging was tweaked to allow for two People’s Choice Awards – one for restaurants and one for organizations – because bragging rights are almost important as a second sampling of soup.

People’s Choice Awards

The Bayfield Breeze takes a look back at who got to brag over the last decade with a listing of the People’s Choice awards from 2011 to 2020. 

2011 – Kim Muszynski, then owner of The Albion Hotel, for the “The Albion's Loaded Baked Potato Soup” took the first ever title.

2012 – The Bayfield Mews was the winner with Helen Latimer’s Mulligatawny Soup”.

2013 - Brenda MacLean accepted the award on behalf of Knox Presbyterian Church for a “Sweet Potato, Pear and Red Wine Soup”.

2014 - Doug Brown accepted the award on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society for their “Slow Cooker Thai Chicken” soup.

2015 - Tory Hyde was the chef behind the winning entry – a "Seafood Chowder" representing One Care - Bayfield Keep Fit. (Only the church and community groups were in competition for the award that year.)

2016 – Wayne McDougall, from Renegades Diner, was a first-time winner with his "Potato, Bacon and Roasted Red Peppers Soup".

2017 – Wayne McDougall, from the Renegades Diner, took the title for the second consecutive year with his “Brie, Bacon and Butternut Squash Soup”.

2018 – There was a change in how judging for the People’s Choice Award occurred with two awards being given. Renegades once again took the honors for the favorite restaurant soup – a “Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup” while winning in the organization’s category was a “Madras Chicken Curry Soup” prepared by Kevin Burton, representing the Bayfield Optimist Club.

2019 - When the ballots were totalled the people had chosen The Docks Restaurant and Bar as their favorite with a “Roasted Garlic, Prime Rib and Portobello Mushroom Soup” in the restaurant category. Among the organizations, the people chose The Bayfield Optimist Club’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise Soup” created by the soup making duo of Kevin Burton and Nora Dowler.

2020 - The Bayfield Optimist Club took top honors earning first place in both the People’s Choice and Judges’ category for soups created by organizations. “Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup”, once again prepared by Optimists Kevin Burton and Nora Dowler, was not only grandma approved but community and judge approved as well. Olio Too, new to the competition that year, was voted best restaurant in the People’s Choice category for their “Beef Wellington Soup”.

25007927756_98dadeafdf_k2016 - On the afternoon of Feb. 14, the Bayfield Town Hall was nearly filled to overflowing with visitors jockeying politely for the opportunity to sample 18 soups created by local restaurants, as well as folks representing their service club, organization or church. The event, now in its sixth year, is a great time for tasting different soup creations as well as socializing indoors on a cold winter’s day. Deb Grasby, whipped up the winning soup in the Chef’s Choice category for Knox Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

39655721604_6c03c2037b_k2018 - The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) hosted their eighth annual Soup's On event on Sunday, Feb. 18. More than 300 people crowded the hall to sample the 19 competitor's soups. This year the competition was done in two sections - restaurants and organizations. Carlos Murguia shares a laugh with a fellow soup sampler during the event. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

49544509457_76b5f7daeb_k2020 - Participants were encouraged to bring their own mug and spoon for soup sampling, helping to make Soup's On a more environmentally friendly event. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

8484370360_db92126bcd_k2013 - Brenda MacLean accepted the "People's Choice" Award for the entry made by Knox Presbyterian Church from Margo Robeson of the Bayfield Town Hall at Soups On 2013. The church entered a Sweet Potato, Pear and Red Wine soup. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)



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I learned yesterday that Hilda Gerger died on Sunday. Her heart and soul were woven into the fabric of the Bayfield community like few others. I always felt Hilda was one of those people that made the village hum, quietly working behind the scenes without desire of accolade. She just got done what needed to be done.

And I wasn’t the only one that noticed.

The person that alerted me to her passing shared a similar sentiment.

Among other commitments, Hilda volunteered at the seniors’ lunches, worked tireless hours at the Bayfield Community Fair and was ever present at the quilting sessions at St. Andrew’s United Church. Hilda not only valued this community but the people that lived in it, so much so that over the course of 43 years, she hosted coffee at her house five days a week for many of the local ladies. She provided a foundation for friendship and fellowship both in the community and in her own home that will be missed by all who knew her. With her passing, a thread in the village tapestry has been pulled. – Melody










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