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Untitled Front line workers at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich participated in "The Front Porch Project" helping to raise awareness of the importance of self-isolating and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay Home - Stay Safe is the message they wish to convey to the community. Scroll down to our Photo Story to learn more about "The Front Porch Project". (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

seventy-third annual Pioneer Park rummage sale cancelled   

It is with regret that the Board of Directors for the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) announces the cancellation of this year's Rummage Sale.

It would have been the 73rd sale as the first rummage sale was held in 1948, convened by Miss Catherine Rankin.

“Foremost in our minds is the safety of the many countless volunteers who make the Rummage Sale possible and the hundreds of people who come to the sale to purchase our wonderful treasures,” said Peter Brent, president of the PPA Board of Directors.

Given Pioneer Park typically relies on the Rummage Sale as its primary income source the Board may look at another type of fundraiser or even a modified Rummage Sale as a possibility for 2020. The PPA Board is exploring all its options at this time.

“Many of you are generous donors and know people who donate to the event. At this time, we do not have a storage space, nor do we anticipate having a space where donated items can be kept until we can hold the event (assuming 2021). There is no plan to accept or store donated items at this time,” said Brent. “We know the Rummage Sale is a great community tradition and no-one is more disappointed about the cancellation than all of us.”

Look for updates on the PPA website:

Pioneer Park is now closed to the public. The Ontario government recently issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act relating to public and “private” outdoor areas in Ontario including, “without limitation”: off-leash parks, picnic areas, beaches, community gardens and outdoor recreational amenities.

The emergency order goes on to provide that: green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren’t otherwise closed will remain open for walk through access but people must maintain a safe distance of at least two meters. Pioneer Park has picnic tables, the lookout and other areas where people congregate, and in many cases, dogs are walked off-leash in the park.

“Many of you may have seen that there is tape at the entrance to Clan Gregor Square closing that park as well,” said Brent. “We believe that the PPA should set an example to indicate our commitment to keep our community safe in what are trying times for everyone. Policing safe distances in the park is simply not a reasonable policy.”

VILLAGE CITIZENS sewing masks for frontline workers 

IMG_1679Master Seamstress, Jane MacLaren modeled an assembled mask bound for London midwives. Approximately 50 masks have been made by MacLaren, Lynne Gillians, Pam Bowers, and Judy Mayell. (Photo by Dave MacLaren)

When a London midwife called her mother-in-law describing a desperate need for masks for frontline health workers in London, ON, she didn’t expect Bayfield’s master seamstresses to spring into action. 

Jane MacLaren, Lynne Gillians, Pam Bowers and Judy Mayell have assembled 50 cotton masks that can be laundered and used repeatedly. If any Bayfield resident is willing to assemble cotton masks, please contact Pat Lewington at 519 565-2202 or email A pattern and materials will be provided.

Bayfield Residents Two of Eight Passengers on viking cruise Ship 

Editor’s Note: This week we share another amazing travel tale which has emerged from the COVID-19 crisis. Justyne Chojnacka, travelling with her partner, Wally Racicot, sent through a letter to the Bayfield Breeze outlining their current situation sailing on a Viking Cruise Ship in search of a port. Many will know Justyne as a volunteer extraordinaire in the Village of Bayfield rallying behind many community organizations and causes. Others may know her for her penchant to go routinely for a good brisk dip in Lake Huron.

image4Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot, of Bayfield, left the village in early January for a world cruise. The COVID-19 pandemic has added new dimension to this once in a lifetime experience. (Submitted photos)  

Wally and I signed up for the 119-night World Wonders Cruise, departing Los Angeles aboard the magnificent Viking Sun on Jan. 4th. This once in a lifetime cruise was meant to visit over 50 ports in New Zealand, Australia, SE Asia, India, Middle East and Europe. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most ports being closed to cruise ships, regardless of the health status of the passengers and crew.

Our cruise line, Viking Ocean and the amazing crew aboard Viking Sun have worked diligently to ensure our safety and health is maintained. In Bali, about 400 passengers disembarked at the end of a segment and about 400 new passengers were expected to board the vessel. With the virus having been declared a world-wide pandemic, to ensure the ship remains healthy, Viking made a brave decision to cancel the segment and stop any new passengers from boarding. Some had already arrived in Bali and were looked after by Viking Customer Service representatives. Other cruise lines have completed additional health checks, but Viking actually stopped new passengers from boarding. Some crew members did board in Bali, but had been in quarantine before boarding and were kept in further quarantine once aboard.

Prior to departing Bali, Viking offered refunds of the unused portion of the cruise fare for any passenger that wished to depart the cruise and head home early. Therefore, on departure Bali we had only 261 passengers and 464 crew. After Bali we made “technical” stops in Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Muscat (Oman) for fuel and stores. To ensure our safety, no shore leave was granted and nobody boarded the vessel.

image3On Day 90 of the cruise the Viking Sun made its way through the Suez Canal.

Viking Cruises have worked diligently in trying to find a port, where we can fly home. When in Muscat they advised the cruise was ending in Dubai, which is a major airline hub, with flights available to many world-wide destinations. We were then advised Viking would sail across the Atlantic and had agreement with the US Coast Guard to visit a US East Coast port to disembark all Canadian and US passengers. Therefore, all Canadian and US passengers were welcome to remain aboard. The following day, the US Coast Guard advised Viking that Hawaii closed their ports and expect mainland ports to also close. The US Govt advised they should send all US citizens home at the earliest opportunity. At that point, Viking booked every available seat departing Dubai, but by the time Emirates ceased operations on March 24th, we still had over 90 Canadian and US passengers aboard the ship.

To get us home, Viking chartered an aircraft to fly all remaining Canadian and US citizens from Dubai to Newark, then arranged connecting flights. However, the US Government refused to accept the eight Canadians, so all US citizens departed on the charter flight and the eight Canadians remained aboard the ship.

At present we are bound for the Suez Canal and onboard we are extremely safe and being well looked after. The ship has twice daily temperature checks for the entire crew, with the eight passengers voluntarily attending to ensure we remain healthy. This ship is spotlessly clean, with the crew cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning every day. With only eight passengers, we have lots of supplies aboard for however long it takes to disembark.

A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain 

Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on Apr. 6.

49745321321_a7d179683b_bNow that the 8 p.m. "balcony clap" takes place in daylight, the Lloyd-Rees' get to wave to the neighbors (about 1/4 mile away) that they have been exchanging phone torch waves with. It has been reported that Kate has tied a beach towel to a mop handle...(Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Lockdown Rules

Today, Monday, is our 23rd day of lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15. This past weekend the government announced a further extension to the lockdown period to, at least, Apr. 26 – by then we will have had a total of 42 days of lockdown. The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home – going out for any “leisure” activity is strictly prohibited.

Three weeks into the lockdown there is now a fair degree of clarity as to what is and what isn’t a “justification” to being found out of your home. The attached list of “travel restrictions” will give you some idea of how strict the lockdown is. We follow the dialogue in the Canadian media and social media, and one is of particular relevance: “You cannot go to your second residence”. The population of Mallorca is just over 900,000 and almost half live in Palma the capital - many city inhabitants have country “fincas” akin to the Canadian “cottage”. The police and military here, and across Spain, routinely set up roadblocks on the roads to ensure this is being adhered to. Another concern the authorities have is the upcoming Easter period – traditionally a time of family gatherings: “You can only visit a family member, friend or neighbor at home if they are vulnerable or dependent people (without contact)”. Failure to comply with the lockdown restrictions can lead to a fine of up to 30,000 Euros ($46,000) and/or arrest.

We follow the daily statistics and the numbers are truly tragic - every incremental number corresponds to a human being, a family, a community. However, it really does seem that the curve has peaked in Spain and that here in the Balearic Islands we are a few days beyond the peak. We’re sure that the Bayfield Breeze readers are aware of the level of the overall numbers for Spain. Numbers are tracked and published at the regional level, so we are able to track them for the Balearic Islands alone (Mallorca makes up the vast majority and Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera make up the remainder). To date there has been 81 deaths that have been assigned to the virus of which two were in Soller. As we go down the curve the number of deaths will undoubtedly increase, and everybody knows that this is not the time for complacency or to ease up on the protective protocols.

With the peak passed, Spanish government and medical specialists are now openly discussing how and when the lockdown can be lifted. Ideas being discussed nationally include using the Canary and Balearic Islands as a “laboratory” to test the impact of relaxing the lockdown; testing the whole population in order to identify and isolate the asymptomatic carriers and identify those with acquired antibodies; issuing health travel documents to those with acquired antibodies: and issuing everyone with a mask. Spain has a population about 20 per cent larger than Canada so it is feasible that whatever is found to work here is considered in Canada. One thing for sure is that it will be a staged and gradual return to the new “normal”.

We continue to be grateful to our friends back home in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words of support. We understand what Canada is going through on your side of the curve – in just a few weeks time you will be past the peak, as we are, so please stick with the protective protocols.


 bayfield eats    

Bayfield Eats for Hospitality Relief (Bayfield Eats) is a new weekly meal service created by Brian Clarke, chef of the Black Dog, in partnership with Trevor Sawchuk, of Drift Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Maelstrom Winery.

Every week Clarke will premiere a new restaurant concept and a unique menu will be offered online that will be available for contactless pickup outside of Drift Bayfield every Friday evening with all profits going to purchase much needed supplies and food for Bayfield's hospitality workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19.

Meals will be $25 per person and $15 dollars for children under 12 years of age. Bayfield Eats will be accepting email transfers for payment of orders from Monday to Thursday which can be placed via their Instagram page @bayfieldeats or via email at

People can follow Bayfield Eats on their Instagram page, or on Facebook at “Bayfield Eats For Hospitality Relief”, to find out about upcoming menus.

"Baytucky Fried Chicken" is on the menu for this Friday, Apr. 10, featuring, secret recipe fried chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw, buttermilk biscuits and white gravy.

Organizers note that their only goal is to help with assistance for the town’s hospitality workers during this trying time and they appreciate the support of the community.

Delivery Service 

The community continues to come together to serve each other during this time of crisis.

Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich, in conjunction with The Little Inn of Bayfield, is putting a van on the road with a driver to pick up and deliver groceries to people from Bayfield Foodland and Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy’s Bayfield location.

There will be no charge for this service. Please contact Dean O’Brien at 519 525-0420 or email for more information.


The organizers behind the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) want the community to know that they are available to help people with their emergency food needs during this time of pandemic.

And they deliver…both the food and the delivery are free of charge.

“We will continue to support our regular clientele but people who have never struggled to put food on the table may find themselves in a very stressful situation,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB.

BAFB has prepackaged boxes for emergency purposes. The next, regular monthly delivery will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 15. Anyone wishing to add their name to the monthly delivery list should phone 519 955-7444 as soon as possible. Anyone in need of an emergency delivery can also call the number above to make arrangement.

“To our clientele; our community and to our fabulous volunteers please take every precaution to keep safe and healthy,” concluded Youmatoff.

Garden Club

Due to concerns over COVID-19 and the need to practice physical distancing, the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) meeting scheduled for Apr. 20 has been cancelled.

Their Annual Plant Sale, planned for Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square, may have to be rescheduled to a later date or cancelled. Stay tuned for updates.

Memberships are important to the BGC – the cancellation of the Bayfield Lions’ Home and Garden Show where many people renewed their memberships makes renewal more difficult this year. Membership fees go a long way in helping the BGC beautify the village as well as cover their meeting expenses. Again – stay tuned on how to get memberships.

There’s a great line-up of events and speakers prepared for the year and the BGC is hoping that they can resume their regular program when safe to do so.

Gardeners are no doubt all anxious to get out there and enjoy the outdoors while they plant, trim and look for those early bulbs which bloom in spring. The BGC hope that enthusiasts stay healthy as they work in the garden, pamper houseplants and plant seeds.

historical society 

Out of concern for public health and safety, and in compliance with the government restrictions surrounding COVID-19 Virus, the Bayfield Historical Society have cancelled its Apr. 27 monthly speakers meeting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building in Bayfield.


Please note that the Bayfield Travel Club has cancelled their April and May meetings.

The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

historical society 

Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email

rural response 

Chalk art is another creative form that is popping up on area sidewalks and one local maker has adapted it into a fundraiser for the local non-profit she works for, Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC).

“Our organization is committed to creating a community of well-being for Huron County families,” said Genelle Reid, the talent behind Owligraphy Designs. “During this pandemic, we have launched the “Let Love Go Viral” campaign, where we will be responding to the needs of families by getting them essential items via the purchase of gift cards.”

For a minimum donation of $20 to RRHC, Reid will come to your driveway or sidewalk and letter in sidewalk chalk a positive message of your choosing in an effort to spread some positive messages around Huron County. To learn more about the process of garnering customized sidewalk art visit,

The intention of the RRHC campaign is to respond to the growing stress levels Huron County families are experiencing. Their current response is providing grocery and gas/taxi gift cards to families and the need has quickly become apparent with 43 sets of gift cards being requested in just one week.

In addition to the customized sidewalk art Reid has collaborated with Bethany Ann Davidson, of Goderich, the face behind WorldRooted: the Art Project for People, in creating a line of t-shirts, posters and stickers for the campaign. These t-shirts, posters and stickers will be available after today (Apr.1).

“I'm a huge fan of Genelle, both as an artist and a frontline champion for the Rights of the Child with RRHC. I founded WorldRooted: the Art Project for People to shine a light on people like her, then watched for the perfect opportunity to collaborate,” explained Davidson. “When Executive Director Selena Hazlitt told me about the extra time and expenses Rural Response for Healthy Children is pouring into their pandemic action, I knew it was time.”

According to Davidson, the goal is to raise $8,000 to help supply local families.

“Even more so, we hope parents and caregivers will know they've got a community that sees and supports them,” said Davidson.

Hijinks! Custom Screen Printing is now taking pre-orders of these beautiful, ethical t-shirts, from which 25 per cent will go straight to RRHC.

“Visit by Good Friday, Apr. 10 to make your purchase and enter our draw for a whole assortment of “Let Love Go Viral” swag. Or make a social-media post showing your family spreading love, not germs, and hashtag it #LetLoveGoViralRRHC for another chance to enter. Thank you for helping us add to the beauty!” concluded Davidson.


MP Ben Lobb announced on Apr. 7 that he is calling upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to cancel the upcoming MP pay increase in their next round of emergency legislation.

If the Prime Minister and Finance Minister are unwilling to roll the pay increase back, Lobb has decided to donate his raise to good causes throughout Huron-Bruce.


Pipers in Bayfield Meadows The Bayfield Meadows Homeowners' Association (BMHA) in the village consisting of over 80 residents were delighted to have neighbors Peter Mason and Cameron Harper, members of the Clinton Branch 140 Legion Pipe Band, put on a show for them on Thursday. Harper plays the bagpipes and Mason the big booming drum. Residents stood on their porches or front lawns to cheer while they marched the streets - keeping the appropriate two meters (6 ft.) distance. The BMHA Board has also kept in touch by email with residents matching up those who need groceries or pet services with others residing in the Meadows. The residents are also grateful for home delivery from Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. (Submitted photo)



   cow paddies and goose dirt were an "abominable nuisance" 


F785CBC253884A749E528D44060AE387The Methodist Church - perhaps more familiar to people as the village Catholic Church on Louisa Street is today a residence. This image was taken sometime between the Catholic Church's closure and its rejuvenation as a residence. (Photo by Jack Pal)

“An appeal has been made to have cows and geese shut up at night,” according to the July 27, 1894 edition of the Clinton News-Record. “Take for example, Ann Street on which the Methodist Church is situated. It would disgrace a cattle yard. It is the worst street we know of in the village. What have the citizens who have to endure the stench, done to purify it? What have the members of the Methodist Church who have to pass through this barnyard of filth done to remove the abominable nuisance. It is simply scandalous for Bayfield to have such a street as Ann and that just because herds of cows and flocks of geese are allowed to vilify our streets at night.”

It wasn’t just Ann Street that had this problem. Colina Street was nicknamed “Goose alley” because it was a favorite nighttime resting place for Canada geese.

Sometime when you are walking around the older area of the village, notice some of the small two cow barns that look like old garages but aren’t attached to any building. Before Bayfield had milk delivery, most properties had small barns for a couple of cows and chicken coops in their yards. Just about every home had a picket fence because at night the cows would be allowed to roam. The benefit was that they kept the grass cut. The disadvantage was that cow paddy slalom, especially during the dark nights, became a village sport.

This problem was particularly vexing before the village got electricity.

Arthur Ford wrote about this problem in the London Free Press, “Before the days of hydro, even with the aid of flashlights, it was risky at night. Not only was there the possibility of stumbling over a sleeping bossy, but the constant fear of walking shoe deep into a fragrant and glutinous reminder of some cow’s carelessness. Many a wandering love couple met with disaster on the streets of Bayfield, which brought romance to an unhappy end.”

The idea of not allowing cows to wander and graze at night was contentious.

According to Ford, “It was felt that the city summer visitors in their opposition to the roaming cows were interfering with the sacred rights and privileges of the villagers.”

Front page of a Methodist Church booklet produced in 1906.

In September 1895, the Bayfield village councillors came up with a solution for the Methodist Church parishioners.

According to the Clinton New Era, “By reason of the very quietness of this street, cattle etc., congregate there largely with the result that it is hardly possible to find a clean passage through it on Sunday, and at night many persons have been deterred from attending the Church services. It is to remedy this difficulty that the council, at the request of the pastor of the church has ordered the sidewalk and it deserves the thanks of the Methodist community for thus promptly recognizing their need and by an almost unanimous vote granting their request.”

The Methodists were blessed with Bayfield’s first plank sidewalk but this only aggravated sectarian animosity. It didn’t solve the Clan Gregor Square problem and the Anglicans were agitated because they believed that they were also entitled to a sidewalk.

This article was written with the support and encouragement of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).

Home4Good shares shopping protocols during pandemic 

Volunteers from Bayfield’s Home4Good are available to shop for those unable to shop for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home4Good continues to review online resources, and recommends practices for safe shopping.

During the pandemic Home4Good shopping buddy volunteers will not take their buddies shopping with them and will only shop for others while they do their own shopping, and will only shop once weekly. Shopping volunteers will not enter people’s homes as they do their part to keep everyone safe.

To apply to shop for the vulnerable or self-isolating, or to apply for help, visit Home4Good’s website at or phone Leslie Bella at 519 955-1531.

Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping:
1. Plan ahead.
2. Write a list (or lists) on paper, in the order of the grocery departments to be visited, this will minimize the time in the store.
3. Practice good hygiene and physical distancing.
4. Stock up, don’t hoard.
5. Commit to what you touch.
6. Be considerate and gracious.
7. Clean items upon returning home. Home4Good suggests all items (cans, jars) be wiped down with a solution of one-part bleach and nine parts water; cardboard be discarded because inner packaging will be clean. While some advise washing produce in soap and water, other reputable sources suggest a good wash in water, and scrubbing hard surfaced produce (eg. apples) is sufficient.

Home4Good also recommends contactless payment:
1. Avoid handling cash. Sign up for Applepay.
2. If both shopping parties do online banking, have them transfer payment by email transfer.
3. Alternatively take a cheque from the person being shopped for and use it to purchase a grocery card that can be used to purchases the groceries.
4. Take a personal cheque for the amount of the grocery bill, and deposit it through online banking.
5. Remember to wash hands after handling the cheque or grocery card.

What to know before you go (as of Apr. 4):.

Bayfield Foodland: Shoppers are guided to carts which have been disinfected, and when finished they can put them in a specific place ready to be disinfected again. No gloves allowed. Only one person per household allowed.

Zehrs Country Market: This market south of Bayfield is offering to delivery grocery orders phoned in and prepaid by seniors in the Bayfield area.

Zehrs Goderich: Zehrs has labeled the aisles (foot prints and arrows on the floor) as one way up and next aisle down. Cashiers area is cordoned off from passing traffic. People can no longer take in their own bags. They supply plastic bags for free. (Bags can be saved for Dining for Seniors program if not used at home.) A staff person retrieves grocery carts and sanitizes them before taking into the store. They have hand washing stations with soap outside and inside the store. They have only one cashier who will handle cash as well as cards. The rest handle cards only. There is no express check out.

Food Basics Goderich: An attendant is thoroughly cleaning down the carts which are kept separately in the hallway. Personal shopping bags are still allowed.

Walmart Goderich: Greeter was cleaning carts and the cashier cleaned the debit pad after each customer.

United Way teams up with Food Bank Distribution Centre 

The strength of a community working together brings people through tough times. In the new COVID-19 reality, bringing food to food banks isn’t easy, so the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) are teaming up through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund from Apr. 3-13 to raise funds for bulk purchases to supply food banks across Perth and Huron.

“Individuals and families are under a great deal of stress,” said HCFBDC Executive Director Mary Ellen Zielman. “We have already seen an increase in the number of requests for food from food banks in both counties. We spent 25 per cent more than usual on food purchases last month and it’s expected to continue increasing. By giving money to the HCFBDC through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, donors can help inject added resources into the system and ensure food banks and the people that need them get through this.”

Community is equally important for the HCFBDC itself. Working to provide food security for all people, the Centre is a major hub and supplier of nutritious food for food banks across Perth and Huron. HCFBDC’s collective work allows them to buy larger quantities than individual food banks are able to. This buying power allows the organization to stretch donations further and help more people. The ability to help more local people struggling to put food on the table is especially important now as the pandemic puts pressure on employers and more workers are laid off.

“There is so much uncertainty in the world right now as we come to grips with the pandemic,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “To the best of our ability, we want to make sure people get the support they need; that’s why we’re proud to raise funds for the HCFBDC. Individuals and families who suddenly find themselves struggling need to know there is a safety net to catch them, to make sure their health and the health of the people they care about is the priority, not worrying where their next meal is coming from.”

The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations like the HCFBDC apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee ensures each application is reviewed quickly to ensure funds are distributed as soon as possible. Applications opened on Apr. 3. To support the HCFBDC through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, visit

The HCFBDC’s purpose is to support existing food banks with nutritious foods including milk, eggs, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dry goods. They channel large food donations in a free-flowing fashion to local community food banks. HCFBDC also acts as a clearing house for donations of food from farmers and food producers, dividing donations into usable portions, then distributing to food banks with a need for products. A supported partner of UWPH, HCFBDC’s hard-working staff of 40 dedicated volunteers ensures the organization operates efficiently and effectively while fulfilling its mission to provide food security for all people in the region.

UWPH is a 100 per cent local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit


The COVID-19 scourge has been affecting us all, and that includes plans for the first season of the Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF).

With over two months to go before organizers had to suspend sales and still a sales figure approaching 400 tickets for The Kingdom Choir’s concerts, they believe there is a healthy appetite for music in South-western Ontario so they are determined to reschedule the dates and artists of the festival for Dec. 1-11, 2020.

In fact, they’re going to base the name of their revised plans on one of the Choir’s own songs - they famously sang “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - and call the new plans for HWMF, “Stand By Us!”

“It’s good news for us to tell you that along with Canadian musicians, The Kingdom Choir is also reorganising its North American tour and adding seasonal music to its repertoire. The Choir will be with us in Huron County during our new dates!” said Paul Ciufo, HWMF Board president.

As this year moves along and especially in the autumn, closer to these dates, HWMF will keep in touch with more precise details about the program.

“We all need good news to help us get through the challenges of these days of isolation and anxiety. I hope you will feel, as we do, that Huron Waves’ plans to mount a festival of outstanding music that includes The Kingdom Choir can be, at least for now, the kind of positive, long-range thinking we all need to hear about,” said HWMF Artistic Director, John Miller.

Coping through COVID-19 

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Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.

Dufour received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

In 2002 Dufour was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.

Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.

This week we include two, the first is addressed to people in the healthcare field, first responders and essential workers, however, anyone feeling stress in these times may find the suggestions helpful. The second reflection provides tips on how to help children cope during COVID.

The S S – V V – P P Model for Working with Ongoing Trauma**

To Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Essential Workers:

I started using this model of dealing with trauma when I was doing debriefings for survivors of the 9/11 attacks. It is a simple three step process called S S – V V – P P. That is all you must remember.

Step One: S S stands for Safe and Secure. Find someone that you feel safe and secure with.

Step Two: V V stands for Ventilate and Validate. Tell your support person how you are feeling and what you are thinking…ventilate. Your support person just listens and says that they hear you…validate.

Step 3: P P stands for Plan and Prepare. You and your support person come up with a simple plan to prepare for the next day of working during COVID-19. The most important step is to, daily, ventilate your thoughts, feelings and fears and have someone validate that you have a right to feel this way.

The C.H.I.L.D. Model for Dealing with Fears, Grief and Trauma

Children can handle the known…it is the unknown that terrifies them. It is
important for children to have many opportunities to talk about their concerns and fears. Remember this wise statement: what the mind supresses - the body expresses. The C.H.I.L.D. model is a helpful and easy to remember guide when talking to children about their fears.

C - Consider: The age, home situation, wellbeing and the life history of the child.
H – Honesty: Be as honest and practical as possible. Use language the child
will understand. Be aware of our need to protect and shelter children. Find a
balance between protect and inform. Give information about this crisis in small pieces.
I - Involve the child: get them talking about their fears and also their solutions. Ask the child how they think Grandma or Grandpa would handle this or how their favorite Superhero would deal with this situation.
L - Listen: Let them ventilate their feelings and then validate those feelings. "I hear what you are saying...That must have been so scary. You have a right to feel this way". Feelings are never right or wrong...always neutral. Have uninterrupted time. Get in touch with the wisdom of your
D - Do: it over and over and over. Children need constant reassurance. In order to get through this crisis, we need to focus on making our children, family members and our community feel loved and secure.

We can do this!

**Source – NOVA Training.


Huron perth public health  

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

COVID-19 Course 

Global learning technology leader D2L announced on March 23 that it is partnering with Bayfield Design to offer an online course on COVID-19 at no cost.

The unique, complimentary course was built by educators and is based on the science behind COVID-19. The course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage it. D2L and Bayfield Design are key players in the online education sector and strongly believe they have a duty to help the 850 million students who are out of school worldwide.

“As educators, we believe that knowledge is essential to dealing with a crisis in a steady and effective way. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive review of all that we know to date about COVID-19, and made it available to everyone, at no cost,” said President and CEO of D2L, John Baker.

“With years of experience developing online courses Bayfield Design was well-equipped to partner with D2L on this initiative. In times like this, knowledge and education are powerful tools that can help us navigate challenging situations. Our goal is to provide a resource that promotes interaction and learning from scientific, social, and economic perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can work together to respond to this crisis,” said Senior Director of Operations at Bayfield Design, Kim Loebach.

The medical community continues to learn about both the virus and the disease as new research and information becomes available. The course gives people the most up-to-date, reliable, scientifically accurate information to limit the spread of misinformation. It also gives strategies for dealing with the pandemic, knowledge about symptoms, tips on proper hygiene, and definitions and proper terminology around the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can test their understanding of the content and bridge any gaps in their own knowledge about COVID-19.

Click on the following link to access this course:

Accomodation Requested 

With the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 on local, rural health care services over the coming weeks, we are reaching out on behalf of all health care providers to partner with local accommodation providers to offer a “home away from home" for those who are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe. They are looking to develop a list of interested organizations and/or individuals who can offer overnight accommodation for staff and physicians.

“If we end up with a high number of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals, long term care homes, retirement homes and across the broader Huron Perth community, the health care providers caring for these individuals may prefer not to go home after their shifts,” said President and CEO of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Andrew Williams. “The opportunity to stay locally would be very well received and would further strengthen our abilities to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation in a safe and responsible manner.”

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting this initiative are asked to contact Laurie Roberts, via e-mail at or 519 272-8210 Ext. 2426. A full list of participating organizations will then be shared with all health care providers across the region.

Heritage Fund

May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund (HHF). Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for the Reuben Sallows Gallery, Bayfield Historical Society, printing of the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz”, and upgrades to Elimville Community Park.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at

Fishing Derby

The annual family-friendly Trout Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCA) , is cancelled for the year 2020. There will be no stocking of rainbow trout in Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake) this year either, according to derby organizers.

The event had been scheduled for May 2. It would have been the 36th annual derby. Organizers say cancelling this year’s event is the right thing to do during the current COVID-19 pandemic as a way to do their part in protecting public health.

“We have been proud to host this wonderful family event for 35 years. This year we are cancelling the derby as a way we can help in the Canada-wide effort to protect the health of everyone in our community,” said President of Exeter Lions Club, Craig Glavin. “It is disappointing we cannot hold the event this year but we are confident this is the right thing to help do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

Chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, David Frayne said, “The Conservation Foundation has been a proud partner in the fishing derby for many years and it has been a wonderful way for young people to be active outdoors and to enjoy nature. This year, however, it is the right thing to do to cancel the event. Groups throughout our great country are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation are joining in this public health response.”

Canadian public health authorities have advised people to stay home, practise social distancing, and avoid group events. The fishing derby is a well-attended event so, to eliminate the potential risk of participants being in close proximity and potentially passing on a virus, organizers are cancelling the event this year.

The organizations will evaluate the event next year to discuss whether the derby will return in 2021.

canadian Emergency Benefits & subsidies 

The Government of Canada’s recently-announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) opened for applications on Apr. 6.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be available to workers who:
• Reside in Canada and are at least 15 years-old
• Have stopped working because of COVID-19
• Had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019, or in the 12 months prior to their date of application; and
• Are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.

The benefit is also available to workers who, after March 15, are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits. The CERB will be paid monthly in the amount of $2,000. If an individual continues to receive no employment income, they can re-apply for a payment for a subsequent 4-week period, to a maximum of 16 weeks.

The $5,000 income requirement can come from any combination of the following sources: employment, self-employment, or maternity and parental benefits under the EI program.

Canadians can expect to receive their payments within three to five business days by direct deposit, or within ten business days by cheque.
Go to to access the application.

Applicants will be asked simple questions that help direct them to one of two service options:
• Canadians who would generally be eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through Service Canada through Appliweb.
• Canadians who are not eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through the CRA’s MyAccount or CRA’s automated toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019. This is a dedicated line for CERB applications.

The benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of COVID-19-related reasons. The benefit is available from March 15 to Oct. 3. People can apply no later than Dec. 2. Individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy cannot apply for the CERB.

Canadians can apply for the CERB by signing up for “My Account” through the Canada Revenue Agency, or from a “My Service Canada” account. Confirm direct deposit and mailing information is up to date with the CRA here:

New Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) details have also been announced:
• Businesses must show a 30 per cent decline in revenue compared to the same month last year.
• 75 per cent of the first $58,700 of income and a maximum of $847 per week per employee would be provided to businesses.
• Businesses would need to re-apply each month to receive the benefit. Employers will also need to attest that they are making a reasonable effort to pay the remaining 25 per cent of their employees’ wages.
• The benefit would apply to all eligible non-profits, charities and businesses including those in the hospitality sector. Crown Corporations and municipalities are ineligible for CEWS. More information is forthcoming from the federal government regarding specific eligibility for non-profits and charities.
• If approved, eligible employers would be able to access the CEWS by applying to the Canada Revenue Agency online portal found here:
• Those organizations that do not qualify for the CEWS may continue to qualify for the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy.
• The government promised funds would be available in approximately six weeks.

(Press release dated Apr. 3.)


foodland delivery 2One Care is launching a new Grocery Delivery service for seniors and people with health challenges and the agency is partnering with Foodland locations in Clinton, Exeter, Wingham and Stratford. Shown here are: John Matthews, driver with One Care Home & Community Support Services and Cheryl McWilliam, owner of the Stratford Foodland. To register for the Grocery Delivery program or to ask about other services call Community Support Services Central Intake at 1-844-482-7800. For more information about One Care services visit (Submitted photo)





Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

This week, we feature a photo of the Bayfield Minor Softball team from 1988 that was sponsored by the Cheese Nook. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.

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Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.


 ISSUE 559

New Doc 2020-03-17 10.24.08 

In Issue 559, we feature a photo of Bayfield Minor Hockey's Pee Wee team for 1988-89. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.

ISSUE 560 

New Doc 2020-03-17 10.23.08 

In Issue 560, we feature a photo of Bayfield Minor Baseball's Pee Wee team from 1989. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.



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Photographers across the country and south of the border have in recent weeks adopted, “The Front Porch Project” creating precious memories during a historic pandemic. In the process, many of these photographers are raising money for organizations experiencing great need at this time.

Photographer Dianne Brandon, of Bayfield, teamed up with Photographer Chelsey Yundt, of Londesboro, who initiated the project within Huron-Perth. They launched their own version of “The Front Porch Project” on March 24 after checking with Huron Perth Public Health to ensure it was safe for them to do so as they maintain double the physical distancing currently required when shooting. The photographers use long lenses to capture the images of families who peer out from windows or emerge from their homes onto front porches or steps.

Initially the pair, divided and conquered area communities, overwhelmed by the interest Brandon is now restricting her visits to Bayfield and area homes only. For a donation of $20, sent by Etransfer, with all proceeds going to support local food banks, participants receive three edited images. To date Yundt and Brandon have raised over $2,400.

For more information contact Brandon at 519 525-8884 or private message her on her Facebook page, “Dianne Brandon Photography”.









PIXILATED — image of the week


Brightening the Day...By Joan Birch 

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued










For many around the globe the way Easter is celebrated will be a little different this year. A friend shared that her family will still be having dinner together while distancing - sitting down at their own tables united in conversation via lap tops, tablets and phones. Staying apart during this family time to ensure that they can all be together again one day. 

As my deadline approached I came across a declaration from Ontario Premier Doug Ford, a note of reassurance for any youngsters worried if the Easter Bunny will make a visit in 2020. His declaration follows. I hope everyone enjoys a little chocolate cheer this Sunday and that the Bunny is good to you too. - Melody 



Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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