Bookmark and Share   Apr. 14, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 16 Issue 614

Bayfield ratepayers association seeks new members 


After an extended hiatus the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) is back. A new Board of Directors was established in 2020 to inform Bayfield residents of the major items of concern for the current growth and future of Bayfield.

As there are several important issues being discussed at this time, the Board is seeking support to represent community views on such important issues as: Revitalization of Main Street, Bayfield Settlement Area Secondary Plan and Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion.

“It is essential that when the BRA communicate with elected representatives that they believe they truly represent the Bayfield Ratepayers. While the BRA doesn’t always agree on the solutions to the issues, they can at least get all of the opinions on the table,” said Godfrey Heathcote, chair of the BRA.

The BRA Constitution supports three membership classes: Property Owners, Tenants and Associate Members. There is a limit of two eligible members per household or residence and members must be at least 18 years of age.

Property Owners, may be either absentee, seasonal or a resident in the Ward of Bayfield; and Tenants have their principal place of residence within Bayfield. Associate Members are those who do not own property in Bayfield, and do not reside in the ward, but have a genuine interest in the welfare of Bayfield. Associate Members have to be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors. Associate Members are not entitled to be an officer or director of the Association, or to vote at the Annual General Meeting or general meetings of the BRA.

BRA current membership rates are $20 for two years and $40 for five years. They no longer offer lifetime memberships. As a result of the COVID-19 disruption, the Board has decided to waive membership fees until the next general meeting of the Association, hopefully in the fall of 2021.

“2020 was a very unusual year for all, but as 2021 rolls out things are beginning to open up again. As I am sure you have seen from the residential construction in and near town, the previously mentioned three important issues have come to the forefront again,” said Heathcote. “The BRA seeks to represent the majority consensus of Bayfield residents at Bluewater Council on the above three major issues and all other community concerns.”

All in the community are invited to become a member of the BRA so that their voices will be heard. For more information visit or email

“We welcome all classes of membership and look forward to a large turnout at the Annual General Meeting later this to be determined and announced,” concluded King.

Bayfield PACC suggests COVID-19 safe community clean-up 

PACC logo

The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) are committed to maintaining a clean and safe environment in the community for all residents, visitors and pet owners. The group was looking forward to participating in the annual Earth Day clean-up event organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Regrettably, the event which had been scheduled for Apr. 22, has been cancelled due to the recent COVID-19 related shut down rules.

Nevertheless, PACC strongly believes that a modified clean-up day can still proceed within the necessary safety guidelines. Individuals or small family groups, practicing social distancing and utilizing masks, can still devote some of their time and energy on Apr. 22 to making a conscious effort to tidy up beautiful Bayfield. To that end, PACC will arrange for some sort of organized plan to keep this initiative alive.

The clean-up day will be a bit different this year as the social aspect of the event will be lacking, however, people can still have a “pawsitive” impact on the local environment. By “working alone together” a difference can be made.

Please check in to the Bayfield PACC Facebook page and the group website at for further details as the date approaches.

Cave art enthusiast next speaker in library series 

SATL_Apr2021-MargotMargot Sippel is an Art Therapist, cave art enthusiast, and Bayfield resident. (Submitted photos)

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor another speaker in the “Virtual Saturdays at the Library” Speaker Series.

Margot Sippel’s topic will be “Back in the Caves”. In her talk, Sippel will explore how some recent discoveries have deepened the mysteries of prehistoric cave art. Archaeologists and researchers now believe they may have been off by thousands of years in some of their theories about the beginnings of art. This new information has them asking what might have led to the rush of creativity more than 50,000 years ago?

Sippel is an Art Therapist, cave art enthusiast, and Bayfield resident. Anyone who has heard her speak about prehistoric cave art before knows what a fascinating talk this will be!

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Apr. 24 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Those wishing to participate are asked to pre-register for the Zoom meeting by

SATL_Apr2021-1Recent discoveries have deepened the mysteries of prehistoric cave art. Curious people can learn more at the next virtual "Saturdays at the Library" on Apr. 24.

Ruby is waiting for a family  

170459686_2905911966289391_5875238723482516623_nRuby (Submitted photo)  

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

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

Ruby is a petite girl who is a bit timid at first but warms up pretty quickly. She was noticed by some people hanging around their place as she could see their kitties and seemed to be wanting to make friends. These kind people started feeding her and realized she was was very hungry and thin (winter coats can be deceiving). They tried to get her on a regular routine with food and were soon able to trap her. She was brought to the Rescue at the beginning of mating season but thankfully no babies were on board, which was fabulous as she probably isn’t much more than a baby herself. She has been vetted and is now hoping to find her forever home.

Anyone who thinks Ruby could be “the one” should contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

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

online education programs help keep the brain active 


Looking for ways to keep the brain active while at home? Or interested in learning more about dementia and brain health? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has Spring and Summer Online Education Programs lined up and ready.

People can find the dates and times and register for these programs by checking out the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Education Hour on their website at

The Dementia Basics series covers the topics the Society addresses most frequently - “Ten Warning Signs”, “Brain Changes and Dementia”, “Types of Dementia” and “Communication Changes”. These programs are currently running on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will run again on Thursday mornings in June at 10 a.m.

The “Brain Health 101” session covers lifestyle choices to keep the brain functioning at its best. And, hot off the press, the presentation, “What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?” will clarify what this diagnosis is and what resources are available. These education programs will be offered at various times in the upcoming months. Please check the Society’s website for available times.

The “Memory and Aging Program” is an engaging series that helps describe age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on the first four Wednesdays in June starting on June 2. People can register for the Memory and Aging program by visiting:

Sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour at Individuals can also register by contacting the Society’s office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email







Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, were planning to return to Bayfield on Apr. 10 to help the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) with their fundraising efforts. Their visit has been delayed due to provincial COVID-19 restrictions. The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation will now be bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell in Clan Gregor Square on May 22 instead. (Submitted photo)  

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, Apr. 23.

People can place their orders by visiting
from Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. to Apr. 21 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on Apr. 23 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

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

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

Optimist Club 

People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2021. But time is running out. The deadline to order a brick is Friday, Apr. 30.

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

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

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


The three Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored events scheduled for April have been cancelled in accordance with Provincial guidelines. The Apr. 7th and Apr. 30th hikes as well as the Apr. 22nd Earth Day Village Litter Walk will have to wait until another time.

But BRVTA volunteers say, “don’t let the “Emergency Brake” break your spirit!” The trails remain open for individuals to enjoy fresh air, exercise and natural beauty. The BRVTA request that people please keep their hiking groups to not more than five people and to maintain distance from other hikers.


COVID-19 restrictions continue to cause havoc with best laid plans.

Ticket holders please note that the Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA), scheduled for May 15 has been postponed until Sept. 11.


With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

April is a month of new beginnings and this baby quilt would be a wonderful gift for a newborn. The prints used in this quilt are a delight and are gender neutral. The soft flannel quilt was made by members of the local community, measures 41”x 50” and is selling for $250.

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DSC_1337  April is a month of new beginnings and this baby quilt would be a wonderful gift for a newborn. (Submitted photos)

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: Anyone who would like further information before they can decide is asked to please contact Walker.



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

The BAFB is currently in need of donations of personal care products, such as, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, small shampoos, toilet paper and facial tissues.

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

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

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

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

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

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 will host a new book study mid-May and all will be welcome to join the discussion. Please contact Rev. Dolson at 519 572-8529 for more information. 



low vaccine supply delays further expansion of delivery  

It was announced on Apr. 13 that Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is adjusting its vaccine appointment availability based on the latest information from the province about vaccine supply. As a result, there are no clinics currently open to book appointments. HPPH will post additional clinics when they receive confirmation of further vaccine deliveries. Their website and phone line have been updated to indicate this.

HPPH had hoped to expand vaccine eligibility to adults aged 60 and older this week, however, based on their vaccine supply, they are not able to do that. The public may see some newspaper ads for adults 60 and older this coming week, but those ads are incorrect. Currently community clinics are open to adults turning 65 and older. HPPH apologize for any confusion this creates.

“We understand that many people are eager to be vaccinated, and that is a good thing,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Meriam Klassen. “There will be enough vaccine for all Ontarians. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually have the opportunity to be vaccinated. We thank everyone for their patience and remind people to be kind if calling HPPH. Abusive language will not be tolerated.”

HPPH follows the province of Ontario’s three-phase vaccination plan and ethical framework. Vaccination eligibility is also reviewed weekly by the Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee (Huron Perth Public Health, Middlesex London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health), based on the regional vaccine supply and Provincial direction.

Every health unit region moves through its eligible residents at different paces. There will be slight variation between health units regarding who is eligible to book an appointment on any given day. Huron-Perth residents may see other regions with broader eligibility because of the way they are getting through their groups. HPPH has had great uptake in the eligible groups so far, which means it takes longer to get through those groups. A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on the website at

In keeping with provincial direction, education staff in Huron Perth who provide direct support to students with complex special needs are eligible for vaccine. These staff are defined as those who support students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

Some surgeries delayed to support Hospitals at capacity 

Following direction from Ontario Health, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has postponed a small volume of scheduled surgeries as of Monday, Apr. 12. This is in order to preserve critical care and human resource capacity due to the increasing case counts of COVID-19 and widespread community transmission across many parts of the province.

Patients whose surgeries will be postponed will be contacted directly by their surgeon’s office. Those who don’t receive a call, are asked to please attend as previously directed.

“We deeply regret the stress and disappointment this announcement may cause,” said Andrew Williams, president and CEO. “It is important that we align with Ontario Health’s direction to ensure that we have the capacity to support our provincial healthcare system so that we may continue to treat patients, with and without COVID-19, who require urgent, lifesaving care.”

As a provincial system partner the Stratford General Hospital site of the HPHA is accepting patients from the Greater Toronto Area to support hospitals who are under extreme pressures.

“This is a fast-changing situation and we may be asked to further reduce services, including more scheduled surgeries and some of our ambulatory care services if we need to care for a greater number of patients from other parts of the province,” added Williams. “We will continue to monitor the situation and share information if any additional changes need to be made.”

The province and HPHA endeavor to bring on surgical capacity and other deferred services as soon as safely possible.

“The continued efforts of those in our communities, included impacted businesses, in adhering to provincial directives is so important and remarkably appreciated,” said Williams. “This adherence to the Province’s stay-at-home order and public health measures along with increased vaccination will be key to hastening our recovery.”

HPHA also reminds community residents that it is safe to receive care at any of their hospital sites and that community members should not delay seeking treatment if it is needed.

Online Conservation Dinner Auction begins tomorrow 

Each year for 30 years, more than 400 people gathered in person to support their community at the gala Conservation Dinner auction event. In 2021, the Conservation Dinner is an online event. Hundreds of people can’t be in the same room this year but there are still fun ways to enjoy the festivities and support local community conservation projects.

The #VirtualConservationDinner online auction runs for one week, from Apr. 15 until Earth Day (Apr. 22). This year, the Conservation Dinner Committee is to host a one-hour livestream online and TV broadcast at 7 p.m. on the first day (Apr. 15) of the online auction and another at 7 p.m. on the last day (Apr. 22) of online bidding. To watch the livestream broadcasts, visit the new livestream page at These one-hour simulcast TV shows are to be broadcast on social media. Local cable television providers have been invited to broadcast these one-hour shows and announcements of details are expected in the coming days.

Dave Frayne is Chair of the Virtual Conservation Dinner and Online Auction Committee. He invites people to bid on items during the online auction week and he also invites people to tune into the livestream broadcasts on the first and last days of the bidding week.

“Whether watching the livestreams on TV or on another device, these livestream programs are a way to find out about this community fundraiser and the great auction items and it’s also a way to find out about the importance of this work for the community,” said Frayne.

To bid on the many wonderful online auction items, during the Apr. 15-22 bidding week, visit the online auction page at:

Other ways to support the Virtual Conservation Dinner, organized by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), include direct donations; purchasing online 50-50 raffle draw tickets at (with the prize growing every day); and purchasing special take-out meal entrées during specified dates as part of ‘dining for your community.’ To find out more, visit

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of the Exeter Lions Club, ABCF and other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities over 30 years.

This fundraising event supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.


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:

Summer Company 

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Summer Company program. All students, aged 15-29, that are looking to start their own businesses are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive up to $3,000 in start-up funds and business coaching throughout the summer of 2021.

The County of Huron, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, will award up to five students the chance to start their own companies this summer.

“The Summer Company really changed everything, I couldn’t have done it without it,” stated Brody Nesbitt, owner of Brody Builds, a participant in the 2020 program. “They helped me overcome getting started, get the ball running and get going. The start-up costs really helped.”

Applications for the Summer Company program are open now through May 23. To apply, individuals must determine if they are eligible and submit an online application inquiry. They will be connected with the local program provider, Huron County Economic Development, who will support individuals in submitting an online application, which includes a business plan and cash flow projections. All submitted applications will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted for an interview before being approved for the program.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit

For more information about the Summer Company program, please visit or contact Entrepreneur and Business Coach, Patrick Donnelly at 519 524-8394 Ex. 3307 or by email at

Move for Mentoring

From May 1st-15th community members are invited to “Move for Mentoring” by getting active, having fun, and helping to ignite the power and potential of young people in the area in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron (BBBSSH).

BBBSSH provides their services to Ailsa Craig, Bayfield, Brucefield, Centralia, Crediton, Clinton, Dashwood, Exeter, Grand Bend, Hensall, Huron Park, Lucan, Parkhill, Seaforth, Vanastra, Zurich and surrounding areas.

They provide a variety of quality mentoring programs that are supported by professional caseworkers, ensuring their programs meet agency and national standards while ensuring safe, positive and healthy relationships between Big and Little. These programs, the support, and professional case work, are offered at absolutely no charge to young people and their families. The agency relies primarily on funds raised through The Little Shop (their children’s consignment store), grants, fundraisers, sponsorship and individual donations, to provide programming.

Move for Mentoring is a simple and fun way to help support BBBSSH. People are invited to challenge themselves (and each other) to be active while raising pledges to support area young people. During the first two weeks of May participants will commit to a movement of their choice – walking, running, cycling (one, two or five kilometres) or holding a one-hour dance party are but examples, participants are encouraged to get creative on how they can Move for Mentoring. The next step is to let everyone know about the challenge completion by tagging Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron on social media with photo or video evidence of the challenge as it happens or after it happens using the hashtags #BBBSSH #BiggerTogether

People can sign up as an individual or part of a team. To register visit: Register by Apr. 24 to receive a branded BBBSSH bandana to wear while moving, sponsored by Canadian Tire. Participants will also have a chance to win a daily draw prize, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, from May 1st-15th on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron.

Participants are asked to collect pledges using their online fundraising page. Paper pledge forms are also available. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.

More than ever before, BBBSSH needs to be there for the young people in the community. The BBBSSH waiting list continues to grow, and the need for support in the community is dire. Many young people face adverse barriers, which can escalate during the pandemic when they are at home, isolated and distancing from others.

For more information, or to register, please contact the BBBSSH office at or call 519 235-1780, or visit their web-site at, or reach out on Facebook.




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 (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, we take a seat and learn about some of the chairs that make up part of the Museum's collection...

garbraid chairs  

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These two matching chairs are made of dark wood. The chairs have rounded arms with two wide slats across the back and were originally covered in a red brocade fabric. 

These chairs were used in the "Gairbraid" home of Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop, who was a co-founder of Goderich in 1827 and the "Warden of the Forests" for the Canada Company.





Child's chair

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This is a child-sized chair with a metal frame and wood seat; manufactured around 1900. It was used at Joseph Senior's photography studio in Exeter, ON for children to sit on while having their photograph taken. It was purchased at an auction.

Joseph Senior was a photographer in Exeter from 1887-1944. His father, Charles Senior, started the business in 1867. Joseph retired in 1944 and moved to California to live with his daughter.

During his years in Huron County, Joseph Senior also served as Municipal Clerk from 1905-1910 and 1915-1941.

 Council seat 

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This is a chair that once graced the Huron County Council Chambers. It was used from the late 1950s to the 1980s. It is comprised of wood and leather. Orange/red leather can be found on the back, seat and arm rests. It has four wooden legs. There are decorative circles along the border of the back of the chair.

There are two stickers on the bottom of the chair. The first one reads: "H- Krug Furniture Co. LTD - No. Feb. 21,1956 - Made in Canada - Kitchener, Ontario". The second sticker reads: "The H. Krug Furniture Co. Limited Kitchener, Ontario".



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IMG_1453Ruth Gibson, president of the Bayfield Historical Society, checks out the installation process of the Admiral Bayfield tribute. Richard Knobbs, president of Fontasy Sign and Display Inc (at rear), and Ross Dube (foreground), an employee with the company, were in Bayfield recently to place the sign on the village's Main Street.

IMG_1459The panels complete the landscaped design that will attract people to the space and encourage them to read about his contributions.

IMG_1461Currently the committee is planning ceremonies to unveil officially this tribute that will take place on Aug. 13-14.

 IMG_1464Admiral Bayfield was a Royal Navy hydrographer whose work made the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Gulf and bodies of water around the Atlantic provinces safe to navigate starting in the early 19th century.



It is exciting to watch the plan for recognizing Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield become a reality. A committee of the board for the Bayfield Historical Society has been working on this project for about 30 months. It has been able to find partners who support the idea of creating some sort of tribute to Admiral Bayfield because of the remarkable contributions he made as a Royal Navy hydrographer who made the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Gulf and bodies of water around the Atlantic provinces safe to navigate starting in the early 19th century. These partners include local and federal levels of government, community groups and local businesses.

The latest installment to the area between the post office boxes and the Archives building are four panels that display actual charts made by Admiral Bayfield, images of the instruments he used and descriptions of his work. The panels complete the landscaped design that will attract people to the space and encourage them to read about his contributions. The design includes paving stones, a decorative compass rose, flower garden, playful bollards, an interpretive plaque and the information panels.

Currently the committee is planning ceremonies to unveil officially this tribute that will take place on Aug. 13-14. The launch of a book about the Admiral written by David Yates, a vintage ship and Canadian Coast Guard boat moored at the pier, the screening of a new video at the Heritage Centre, a book reading by Katherine Govier at The Village Bookshop and entertainment at the Bayfield Town Hall are some of the events planned for that weekend.

IMG_1463 The latest installment to the area between the post office boxes and the Archives building are four panels that display actual charts made by Admiral Bayfield, images of the instruments he used and descriptions of his work 



PIXILATED — image of the week


New Bridge at Night...By Kenneth McLean

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








In an effort to keep our readers informed on the ongoing local vaccination process I'm sharing my space with the Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health Dr. Miriam Klassen this week. She sent out the following statement in a press release late yesterday afternoon and I felt it was too important to wait an entire week for publication. I wish you all continued good health as this crisis continues. - Melody 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has announced that it is adjusting its vaccine appointment availability based on the latest information from the province about vaccine supply. Everyone who has booked an appointment in the next few weeks will be vaccinated. However, there are currently no clinics open to book future appointments.

HPPH (together with our partners) is prepared to administer all the vaccine we receive; some weeks to date we have been able to vaccinate over 6,000 people. We have had very good uptake from eligible populations and HPPH clinics have been fully booked. The rate limiting step in Huron Perth (and all across Ontario) has been vaccine supply. This is not unexpected, as the projections from the Federal Government and the Provincial Government have always been that it would take many months to reach their total population with a first dose. To date, the vaccine program in Huron Perth is progressing on par with the province (See Public Health Ontario’s Surveillance report:

The provincial vaccine strategy does include a commitment to providing a proportional vaccine allotment distributed to local public health units, primary care and pharmacies. There are select pharmacies in Huron Perth that are participating in the provincial program, with more joining in the near future ( I also note that some Huron Perth residents have received vaccine in other locations and vice versa; health units in the province are working together to increase vaccine uptake.

It is also important to note that, until the pandemic is widely controlled, we are all at risk of contracting COVID-19. If there is a high rate of community transmission elsewhere in the province, that will eventually spread toward us. An important strategy in pandemic control is to break chains of transmission, and that is why the Hot Spot vaccination approach will benefit us in Huron Perth. The evidence from the Science Table modelling demonstrates that vaccinating in areas of high transmission will help break chains of transmission.

Additionally, it is necessary to acknowledge that some regions have more risk factors for COVID spread, such as more high-density neighborhoods, more international travellers passing through, more newcomers who may not speak English and may have more barriers to complying with public health measures, more patients who are transferred into the GTA for tertiary care, and large businesses and services that serve the rest of the province (such as the Food Depot and the Amazon warehouse). There are many factors contributing to higher rates of transmission in the designated Hot Spots.

HPPH report on vaccine program progress to date:
• We completed the Long-Term Care Home sector and the Phase 1 populations ahead of target.
• We are currently vaccinating in Phase 2: Adults 65 +, congregate settings (through mobile and mass vaccination clinics) and Individuals with Highest Risk Health Conditions.
• We continue to use all the vaccine we receive on a weekly basis.
• Over 29,000 doses have been administered as of Apr 11.

A comparison of the percentage of vaccine coverage for the Province and Huron Perth to date looks like this: people who have received at least one dose, 14.6 per cent in Ontario and 16.3 per cent in HPPH; two doses, 2.2 per cent in the province and 2.9 percent locally. Total number of doses administered in Ontario 1,849,755 and in HPPH 23,784.

We will continue to promote COVID-19 vaccines in Huron Perth, to administer all the vaccine we receive, and to advocate for an equitable allocation of vaccine for the Huron Perth community.

Anyone wishing to learn more can explore Public Heatlh Ontario's Surveillance Report for the COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Ontario from Dec. 14, 2020 to Apr 3, 2021 by visiting:











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Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder