Bookmark and Share   March 24, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 13 Issue 611


IMG_4071 Kerri Catalan, Executive assistant to Virtual High School President and CEO Steve Baker, presented a cheque for $1,000 to members of the Bayfield Optimist Club on March 17. Club members (l-r): John Pounder, Mike Dixon and Kevin Burton accepted the cheque in support of youth projects with appreciation as the club's ability to fundraise has been hampered by the ongoing pandemic. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

art centre mobile art truck dream becoming reality  


In the fall of 2019, no one saw what was coming…not the least of which was the group of community members developing the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). The group had invited artist Kristyn Watterworth, who ran Kryart Studio out of the barn on the village’s Main Street for many years, back to the village for an exploratory conversation. The group was excited to hear her idea of taking art on the a truck!

The BCA quickly adopted the concept and began work to make it a reality. More than a year after that initial conversation, the Mobile Art Program by the BCA is about to launch in Huron County.

Taking “Art on the Road” is all about visual art practices being offered to organizations, institutions, groups and families in the form of a Pop-up Studio. Tents, tables, chairs, easels, and bins of supplies along with a driver and an instructor arrive at a predetermined destination through a booking system on Eventbrite. A minimum of three hours is required, and a choice of art event is chosen at booking, among the choices are: painting, crafts, and photography classes. 

The participants have individual, safely-distanced work stations and supplies are left behind for the “artists”, eliminating sharing of equipment and making the whole event COVID-19 safe.

The BCA also hopes the truck will regularly attend the many Mental Health organizations in Huron County with a custom designed program called “Primary Colours in Art Therapy” by BCA volunteer and Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist Margot Sippel.
The BCA has applied for funding and needs sponsors for this outreach.

Retrofitting a generously donated Chrysler Sprinter van from Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich is the responsibility of volunteer Mike Dietrich, a wood worker by hobby. Directing a team of volunteers, work will shortly commence to allow the van to safely store and transport the equipment.

Through grants from Huron County Economic Development SLED funding, Bluewater Municipality and RTO4, some of the supplies needed such as easels and outdoor heaters have already arrived.

BCA President Leslee Squirrell and fellow Director Debra MacArthur have been working full-time on this, and many other offerings, for the summer of 2021 in Huron County.

“We find we work on an idea, and then monitor COVID-19 Health and Safety changes constantly, while being ready to both launch and delay at any moment. It is both emotionally exhausting and at the same time very exciting,” said Squirrell. “The art truck is made for the pandemic, even though we didn’t realize it initially, but outdoor events are healthier and safer and it is also inspiring to participate in an art workshop while amongst nature.”

The Mobile Art Truck can also unload and operate in a building that has its own tables and chairs. Examples of such spaces would include, a pavilion, recreation centre or an arena.

“We need additional funding and sponsors to help us offer the studio program to hospitals and children’s groups and expand our operations to be all-year long. We also need sponsors, instructors, drivers and operational help,” said Squirrel. “The BCA is dedicated to the success of this endeavor. It resonates in a time when all of us need some relief from stress and worry and getting us outdoors this spring.”

To help with funding and sponsorships of the Mobile Art Truck program contact Leslee Squirrell via email at To connect about having the Mobile Art Truck come visit contact Please note that the reservation system is not yet operational.

wood craftsmen returning to support Bayfield art centre 

image1The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to the village to sell in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts on Saturday, Apr. 10. (Submitted photos)  

Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, are returning to Bayfield this spring to help another great community organization with their fundraising efforts. The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts on Saturday, Apr. 10.

image2Volunteers with the Bayfield Centre for the Arts report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists.

Connor began making birdhouses in 2013 at just eight years-old. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last eight years, Connor has raised more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Year by the Ontario Community Newspapers Assocation. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts. The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong. Over 2,000 birdhouses in support of great causes have now been made by this father-son team.

The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation team are also becoming known for their other beautiful wood products such as, wood spoons, boxes, frames, charcuterie boards, and seasonal décor. 

Volunteers with the BCA report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in Clan Gregor Square in the area that has traditionally been the location of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during the summer months.

Last year, The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation made two visits to Bayfield, the first in aid of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department while the second was in support of the Bayfield Breeze.

historical society preparing first nations' exhibit 

Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) recently received a donation from Doug Darnbrough of First Nation stone tools found in Bayfield.

The rock and large spear head were found in the Bayfield River Flats while the smaller arrowhead was found in a field in south Bayfield. The rock has a chiseled ridge completely around with one side flat with a chunk shorn off and a lighter color. University of Waterloo student, Ben Woodward, who works at the Bayfield Archives, identified the rock as a fishing net anchor. The stone may be indigenous or it may be of European origin.

BHS also contacted the First Nations of Kettle Point. They have an elder in mind who is willing to examine the objects but this will need to wait until after COVID-19 vaccinations are completed.

“We will make an exhibit over the summer of these (and three other axe heads already in the Archives) to identify the First Nations' contribution to our history,” said BHS President Ruth Gibson. “If you have anything to contribute to this exhibit please let us know.”

BHS can be contacted via email at:

walking day, Earth Day and Amphibians focus of April Hikes 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has three events scheduled for April. Two recognize special dates, National Walking Day and Earth Day, while the third celebrates “Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority” (ABCA).

Volunteers with BRVTA would like participants to please note that they follow all provincial COVID-19 protocols. They ask people not to attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have traveled outside of Canada or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. Masks are required during sign-in and on the hike when distancing is not possible.

Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area will be the location of the hike on National Walking Day, Wednesday, Apr. 7 starting at 11 a.m. Celebrate the day on the trails of Naftel’s Creek, a scenic retreat that features terrific walking trails through a variety of habitats. Participants will explore plantations, mixed deciduous forests, and cedar lowlands.

Those who take part are asked to meet at Naftels Creek Conservation Area, off Hwy 21 just north of Kitchigami Road. A map can be found at:

The hike is approximately 4 KMs and should take about two hours. The trail difficulty level is easy. It consists of natural paths with some bridges and boardwalks.

Those who attend should come prepared with water and wear sturdy shoes. They are also reminded to check the weather report and dress accordingly. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Hike leaders will be Roger Lewington and Peter Karl.

Lelsee Squirrell RainbarrelA raffle has been added to the Seventh Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk to be held on Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 2-4 p.m. People can purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted rain barrel created by local artist Leslee Squirrell, with proceeds supporting the trail association. (Submitted photo)

A raffle has been added to the Seventh Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk to be held on Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 2-4 p.m. People can purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted rain barrel created by local artist Leslee Squirrell, with proceeds supporting the trail association.

The main focus of the Litter Walk, sponsored by the BRVTA, is to have people come together to keep the village streets clean, protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste, and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors.

Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the BRVTA members in this annual spring clean-up event. Wear gloves and brightly colored clothing or borrow one of the BRVTA’s safety vests. Association members will provide participants with a garbage bag and they can choose the area in the village where they want to pick up litter. Registration will be held between 2- 3 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square with garbage to be returned by 4 p.m. Those who take part are asked to please follow COVID-19 distancing protocols and wear a mask at sign-in.

On Friday, Apr. 30, the BRVTA Executive are encouraging a road trip for families because it is spring and the amphibians are active!

“Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders with the ABCA” will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area. Starting at 7 p.m., ABCA Education Specialist, Nina Sampson will offer an educational introduction to the creatures who make the night music at the Morrison Reservoir and their silent cousins, the salamanders. Families and youth are especially welcome at this event but the family dog should stay at home

Participants are asked to meet at 71042 Morrison Line, at the pavilion, a map can be found by visiting:

The hike is approximately 2.5 KMs and should take about 1.5 hours. The trail difficulty level is moderate on an easy 2M wide trail on chipped gravel with moderate slopes.
Poison Ivy is present in the area and identification will be part of the introductory safety talk.

Those who attend should come prepared with water and wear sturdy shoes. They are also reminded to check the weather report and dress accordingly.

Hike Leaders will be Peter Jeffers, Ralph Blasting and ABCA guest expert, Nina Sampson.

For more information regarding all of April’s activities please contact Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205.

Letting go and organizing topic of first virtual speaker 

JITSteamprofilepics-15Pauline Hoffman (Submitted photo)

The Saturdays at the Library speaker series is back – virtually by ZOOM! Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Huron County Library have partnered to bring the popular speaker series online until the time when it is safe to gather again.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. for the first speaker of the 2021 season. Pauline Hoffman’s topic is “It’s Time to Let it Go” – reducing the stress of going through the belongings of a deceased loved one and organizing your own belongings to make this process easier for your children and friends after you’re gone.

Hoffman is a Certified Professional Organizer, experienced speaker, and the founder of Just In Time Solutions.

Those who wish to attend are asked to please pre-register for the Zoom meeting:





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, March 26.

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

Blue Bayfield 

Blue Bayfield’s beloved three-wheeler is up for adoption.

IMG_0415Blue Betty is looking for a new organization to assist. (Submitted photo)  

After years of delivering water to the Farmer’s Market and other local events such as, parades, Blue Betty is looking for a new home. For those unfamiliar with her, she is a modified “Florida” trike designed to carry a 20 L water tank. She could easily be further modified to suit the needs of any community group or to serve more than one organization.

Why would an organization benefit from Blue Betty? She can be a visible representative of the organization. She can be modified to advertise any Mission Statement. She is a simple reminder of a community or business endeavor. A tricycle carries fun memories for most people. This is an opportunity to develop a Mascot that is fun to ride while informing the public of the organization’s hopes and dreams.
She is in perfect condition and the price is right – free!

Please contact Ray Letheren for more information



Bayfield Area Food Bank will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.

Members will be notified by email, however, if there are others interested in attending from the community, they can send an email request to and the ZOOM link for the meeting will be sent to them as well.


The Board of Trinity St. James Anglican Church has announced that in-person services will resume today (March 17). Book of Common Prayer services will continue on subsequent Wednesdays starting at 10:30 a.m. 

People must be pre-register to attend by calling Godfrey Heathcote at 519 565-5824 or via email at Seating is limited and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Sunday services at 11 a.m. will continue to be 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

knox, bayfield 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website:

Rev. Lisa Dolson, hosts a Book Study on ZOOM every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The book currently being discussed is “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. All are welcome to join the discussion. Please contact Rev. Dolson at 519 572-8529 for more information.

Due to the pandemic, Camp Kintail has cancelled their summer program of "Kintail on the Road" for 2021. In past years, Knox, Bayfield hosted the camp at the church on Wednesdays during July and August. The congregation looks forward to offering the program in 2022.


162906593_1393059334377763_4656578116416813890_nPhoenix (Submitted photo)  

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

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

Phoenix came to the Rescue several months ago. He had a cloudy eye which volunteers have been treating since his arrival but unfortunately it can not be saved and he is slated to have it removed at the end of March.

The fact he is soon to be a one-eyed cat shouldn’t deter people from the idea of adopting him. He is an energetic, active, wiggly, little love bug and he wants nothing more than to play and be loved. He also really likes to eat and has a very healthy appetite.

Since he’s very playful, and technically still a kitten, he could fit into almost any family configuration and be a welcome addition. Anywhere he goes he would make himself at home! Anyone who thinks this playful and joyful creature could be “the one” should please reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Phoenix will likely be available to go to his forever home by mid-April.

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.

Life at the rink 


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.

The free public skating schedule continues: 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.


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.






Vaccination clinics open to those born in 1946 or earlier 

With the number of people who have already received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine growing, the Province announced on March 19 it will be expanding the list of those who can receive a vaccine, ahead of schedule. Following Premier Doug Ford’s announcement, starting March 22, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to an age group that ranges from those who will turn 75 this year to those who are 79.

The Premier stated that more than 50 per cent of Ontario residents over the age of 80 have already received a first dose of vaccine and that over 1.4 million doses have been given across the Province.

In the HPPH region, residents can book a clinic appointment online at or by calling 1-833-753-2098.

Medical Officer of Health at HPPH, Dr. Miriam Klassen is pleased about the expansion.

“We are very happy that we are now opening up our clinics further to include those 75 and older. We know the importance of older adults getting the vaccine and look forward to seeing them in our clinics,” she said.

aBCA properties see increased use during pandemic 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties have seen a dramatic increase in visitors during the pandemic.

“People are looking for places to exercise, to safely spend time with others, and to enjoy the many benefits of spending time in nature,” said Kate Monk, land manager. “We’re not alone. Conservation areas throughout southern Ontario have seen increased use.”

Two of the biggest unauthorized uses of ABCA properties are off-road vehicles and dogs off leash. The past year has also seen an increase in litter and garbage.

“Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times,” Monk said. “Off-road vehicles, such as quads and dirt bikes, are prohibited from all of our properties.”

Authorized uses are posted on signs at conservation area entrances and listed on the parks and recreation page on the conservation authority’s website at

Since the 1990s, ABCA has had patrol officers to educate visitors and enforce the rules. In 2020, ABCA hired Municipal Enforcement Unit (MEU) to provide these services. This company provides municipal and provincial enforcement across multiple regions in Southwestern Ontario. With the hiring of MEU, ABCA has the ability to enforce both ABCA and provincial legislation. Municipal Enforcement Unit officers are appointed by the ABCA to conduct these enforcements and may be contacted with concerns or requests for service at 1-855-900-9119. Section 29 of the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass to Property Act (engage in a prohibited activity) are the two pieces of legislation most commonly used to enforce the rules.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry also enforces provincial regulations on ABCA lands. With the combination of these services (MEU, MNRF, and ABCA), rules and regulations can be enforced and appropriate action will be taken. As with all public spaces, people are responsible and liable for their own conduct and the behavior of their pets. This includes keeping dogs on leashes and maintaining complete control at all times.

ABCA has acquired 9,000 acres of natural areas over the past 75 years. Public access to these green spaces is an important secondary use, according to Monk. Regulations and rules are in place to protect the local environment as well as visitors and their pets.

To learn more about acceptable activities or for more information on ABCA properties, including conservation area brochures and trail maps, please visit or call 519 235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.

April dates set for virtual dinner, auction and raffle

The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, in 2019. The Dinner and Auction is online this year (2021) and the Lions Club is bringing back the 50-50 draw for the third year.

The winner will be drawn, virtually, on Earth Day, Apr. 22 at 7 p.m.

People can buy ten tickets for $10; 60 tickets for $20; or 200 tickets for only $50. They can purchase the tickets online, easily and safely, through the Exeter Lions Club 50-50 draw web page at Tickets are all sold electronically through the website and tickets are emailed to the buyer once purchased.

Buying a 50-50 ticket online is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing.

“We are proud to be able to support needed community projects through the 50-50 draw,” said Mark Keller, president of the Exeter Lions Club. “This is just one of the ways the Exeter Lions Club helps our local community. It’s really a win-win when people have a chance to win a big prize and are able to help their community all at the same time.”

Organizers say supporting the 50-50 draw is a great way to support local community projects even when some live events are postponed until next year. Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanks the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.

“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and even though the Dinner and Auction event is online this year, the Exeter Lions are finding ways, like the 50-50 raffle draw, to support their community,” said Frayne.

The Conservation Dinner is online this year as a #VirtualConservationDinner. This fundraiser is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, a family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.

Visit and the online auction web page at for the Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction with bidding between Apr. 15-22. The draw of the 50-50 winner is to be shared on Apr. 22 during the last day of the online bidding period.

The Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee encourages people to bid, between Apr. 15-22, at the first #virtualconservationdinner online auction. The organizers say it’s a chance to get some amazing items and experiences and to support projects in local communities. Visit to find out more

Pet memorial wall to be established at huron hospice 

Many people share an intense bond with their animal companions, whom they love as members of their family. A dog, cat, or other pet can add structure to the day, keep people active and social, help to overcome setbacks and challenges in life, and even provide a sense of meaning or purpose. So, when a cherished pet dies, it’s natural to feel devastated by grief and loss.

“At Huron Hospice the staff and volunteers are experts in dealing with loss and grief. They recognize that we experience a difficult journey when we grieve a loss of any kind, including our furry companions,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director. “That is why we have established the Pet Memorial Wall. It is another way we can help provide an outlet for these feelings. The Pet Memorial Wall will complement the Memorial Forest, which was founded in 2019.”

The Pet Memorial program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a pet friend and the Pet Memorial Wall is open to the public to visit at any time. While there, people can take a stroll on the Tranquility Trail, surrounded by the Memorial Forest. The Wall, the Forest and the Trail are located behind the Huron Hospice residence, 37587 Huron Road, Clinton, ON and are easily accessible to visitors.

As part of the program, a memorial dedication service will be held annually on the second Sunday of June to commemorate the pets, giving pet owners a chance to say goodbye. Additionally, Huron Hospice also offers grief recovery programs, which includes the loss of pets.

Individual customized plaques for the Pet Memorial Wall can be ordered for $225 each at Each plaque measures 5” x 10”; and can be customized freely with commemorative text. Mounting the plaque on the Wall is included. An income tax receipt will be issued in the amount of $200 for each plaque order.

For further enquiries please contact Christopher Walker at or 519 525-7352.



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:

Hospice Raffle 

Huron Hospice is launching an exciting new fundraising 50/50 Raffle. The first draw started on March 1st. The Huron Hospice 50/50 is your chance to win big! The more you play, the bigger the pot and the greater your chances to win. When you play, you are “Making Moments Matter” for families on the end-of-life journey. It’s a win-win!

Each year, the Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations. The province allows funding to be used for employing nursing staff.

“Huron County donors cover the other $600,000 of our costs. Donors cover the cost of Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement recovery for adults, and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director. “We are truly fortunate to have a team of 130 volunteers who help our nurses and provide many of these services and programs. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them,”

Van Klooster added, “Like many other charities, COVID-19 has had an impact on our Hospice revenue this year. We have been forced to think outside the box and be strategic about how to raise our badly needed revenue.”

“Although the Government does not cover them, these daily programs and services are essential. They impact our friends and neighbors, maybe even a family member," commented Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice Board chair.

“We understand that buying raffle tickets is not for everyone,” said Christopher Walker, Huron Hospice, manager of Fund Development. “However, in 2021 interest in raffles is growing.

Walker noted that there are many other ways in which Huron Hospice donors can support the Hospice. They can join the Hike for Hospice, support the There’s No Place Like Home Telethon or by making donations in memory of family who have died.

Walker concluded, “Donors and their gifts are a critical part of our continued work. We thank everyone for joining us, however they choose to give. We know all gifts come from the heart.”

Buying Raffle tickets is simple. Between now and Apr. 1st people can get their tickets at When they purchase, they have options of 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.

Please contact Christopher Walker at 519 525-7352 or with any questions.

 Grand Bend Rotary

Members of the Grand Bend Rotary would like to invite people to mark Wednesday, May 26 on their calendars to help them celebrate their 30th anniversary and share in some community appreciation.

They will be hosting a Drive-in event at the Shipka Starlite Drive-in Theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening will cost $40 per person and will feature entertainment, a blockbuster movie, fabulous food and door prizes. More details to come as the date grows closer.

Conservation Education 

Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have offered support to the watershed community though new learning opportunities, which are provided at no cost thanks to program sponsors Canada Nature Fund; Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program; and ABCA.’

Two new online synchronous (when there is live interaction between ABCA conservation educators and students) learning programs were created for watershed teachers. The Species at Risk program, with funding support from Canada Nature Fund of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, teaches students about local species at risk, including turtles, mussels and fish found in the Ausable River. The second program, Wonderful Wetlands, focuses on the at-risk habitat of wetlands and is sponsored by the EcoAction Community Funding Program. Additional support for teachers is found on ABCA’s website,, which has a teacher’s resources section with printables, lesson plans and educational website links.

People can now watch ABCA conservation educators, on YouTube, with the posting of this series of free presentations. ABCA first broadcast these videos, as live ‘lunch and learn presentations’ for each of these topics. The lunch and learn presentations are now available, for viewing anytime, on ABCA’s YouTube channel:

“Conservation educator Nina Sampson and myself are available to chat and we are keen to help teachers or parents in any way we can,” said Denise Iszczuk, conservation educator. “Step one to learning about nature is to plan time to get outside every day.”

In addition to these and other remote learning opportunities, this March the conservation educators at ABCA are planning outdoor spring sessions of Oaks and Acorns; Coyotes and Pups; Muskrats; and Outdoor School.

To register or to find out more visit the website’s education web page at this link:

Anyone who would like to chat with conservation educators about these programs, is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262.




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 (now open to the public by appointment). 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.

The Huron Pottery was one of Ontario’s oldest and longest-operating earthenware workshops. Located in Egmondville, ON, pottery was produced from 1853 to 1910. Excavations of the site took place from 1974-76. Pottery and objects recovered from the site are part of the permanent collection of the Huron County Museum and three of these objects are highlighted here…

Milk Bowl

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This is a milk bowl made from earthenware pottery. It has a wide base with straight splaying sides and the rim is triangular. When filled with fresh cow's milk, the cream goes to the top while the milk separates to the bottom so that the cream can then be skimmed off. The bowl is a creamy yellow color that is typical of Huron Pottery. The business produced milk bowls in one and two gallon sizes.



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This is a four-gallon churn made by Huron Pottery. It is decorated with a cobalt blue painted flower. Cobalt blue flowers and decorations were used to make earthenware products resemble the more sought after stoneware. 



This is a spittoon. It is round with a slanted opening at the top. There is a side opening used to empty contents. It is finished in a yellow glaze with purple spots that are produced by manganese. Spittoons at the Huron Pottery were produced in three different sizes. 



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Bayfield lions' Club  

seventy-five years celebrated by trio of projects 

IMG_4638The 15-foot tall rudder from the Malta wreck has been in a place of prominence at the front of their business, Gozzard Yachts in Goderich.(Photo by Dave Nearingburg)

3F95EBC946194CE6A7452A5858CBC5DCThe old hulk was used as dressing rooms for bathers for many years until it eventually broke up. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)

0F5F5E786AC2425EB245D45663579220The Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Pioneer Park Association are arranging to move the rudder of the Malta to a site within Pioneer Park. The Malta ran aground at the base of Pioneer Park during a violent storm in November 1882. Remnants of the vessel are visible here in these undated photos. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)  

image1 The Malta was a 138-foot, three-masted sail boat built in Chicago in 1853 and captained by Henry Buckley. It ran aground at the base of Pioneer Park during a violent storm in November 1882 on its way to pick up a load of salt in Goderich. (Photo by EJ Bauer).



The Bayfield Lions’ Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022.

“To commemorate the occasion, our club will be carrying out a number of projects throughout the village over the next twelve to eighteen months,” said President Tony Van Bakel. “The first three projects, all with a heritage theme, will get underway this spring. Other projects are in the works awaiting various municipal and provincial approvals.”

The first project, in partnership with the Pioneer Park Association (PPA), is the repatriation of the rudder from the historic wreck of the Malta on the Bayfield beach. The Malta was a 138-foot, three-masted sail boat built in Chicago in 1853 and captained by Henry Buckley. It ran aground at the base of Pioneer Park during a violent storm in November 1882 on its way to pick up a load of salt in Goderich. Locals saved the crew of ten, including, “a woman cook, and a parrot”. The crew was put up at the Commercial Hotel (now the Little Inn). For years afterward, the old hulk was used as dressing rooms for bathers until it eventually broke up. Even now, 140 years later, the keel and ribs of the Malta will periodically make a ghostly appearance through the sand on the beach.

The 15-foot tall rudder from the Malta wreck was discovered submerged and wedged under a large rock in 1974 by two young Bayfield boys, Mike and Wes Gozzard, while beachcombing. Enlisting help from their father, Ted Gozzard (Bayfield Boat Yard), as well as a local tug operator, the family salvaged the rudder the next summer and mounted it in front of their home, and then years later to a place of prominence at the front of their business, Gozzard Yachts in Goderich (one of the few remaining family-owned boat yards in Canada).

The Lions’ Club and the PPA are arranging to move the rudder to a new site within Pioneer Park.

Mike Gozzard, current owner of Gozzard Yachts, said, “We are pleased to donate the rudder back to the community. It’s an important piece of Bayfield’s marine heritage and should be permanently displayed near the site of the original wreck.”

The Lions’ second spring project, recently approved by the Heritage Advisory Committee and Bluewater Council, is the restoration of the community bulletin board on Main Street.

“The Board has not had an overhaul for 40 years and much of the roof and other wood pieces are badly rotted,” said President Van Bakel. “The restoration will use the same material, design, and paint color to reflect the original construction.”

The community bulletin board is part of the designated streetscape under the Main Street Heritage Conservation District Plan 1983. The Board is part of the historic triumvirate, along with the post office and library/archives where villagers would informally convene to get their mail, borrow books, and catch up on local news and gossip.

As a third initiative, the Lions are making a $2,200 donation to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) to underwrite BHS’s cost of producing 100 hardcover copies of a history book on Admiral Bayfield by local historian David Yates. The book is part of the society’s project to honor Admiral Bayfield’s career in the early 1800s as an early marine cartographer - mapping vast stretches of the Great Lakes coastline, Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Newfoundland and Labrador northern coast.

image0Even now, 140 years later, the keel and ribs of the Malta will periodically make a ghostly appearance through the sand on the beach as it did in this photo taken in November of 2019. (Photo by EJ Bauer)



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Back at the end of October 2020, the cast and crew of the action movie “Trigger Point” created quite a buzz around the village when they filmed in several outdoor locations as well as shops and restaurants in the community. The official trailer was released last week and now people can catch a glimpse of what will be the final film.

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“Trigger Point” will be in theatres and On Demand Apr. 23. Start popping the corn! – Melody


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