Bookmark and Share   Apr. 22, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 17 Issue 563


IMG_1085On Apr. 14, traffic began flowing across the temporary Bayfield Bridge and the attention of the construction workers has now turned to the dismantling of the bridge that has graced the river since 1949. As promised last week we have pictures of the progress from a variety of angles posted in our Pixilated section. This image was taken on Apr. 15. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

farmers' market website to allow shopping with vendors

It’s the time of year when people are gearing up for the outdoor farmers’ market season. Getting signs, tables and tents ready, looking forward to seeing favorite local farmers and producers, and welcoming the local community to the heart of Bayfield.

“We are happy to announce that the Bayfield Farmers’ Market will open this season as scheduled, but with a few adjustments to meet the challenges of our new social distancing reality,” said Market Manager, Mary Brown, on behalf of the Board for the Bayfeild Farmer’s Market.

She went on to say, “In the coming weeks, we will launch a new website where you will be able to shop directly with each of our vendors. We’ll then host a market every Friday in a central location where you can pick up your orders. This market will serve only as a pick-up point, you will not be able to shop or purchase in-person at the market.”

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market Board remains dedicated to supporting local farmers and food-related small businesses to do their part to help stimulate the region’s economy. Their goal is to create a safe and healthy space for the local community to access fresh produce, meats, and other food products. They will continue to consult with Farmers’ Markets Ontario and local public health authorities to ensure they follow health and safety regulations and best practices.

“We look forward to sharing more news as it becomes available, including a new market location, adjusted hours of operations and the launch of our updated website. We thank you for your continued support,” said Brown. 

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. 20.

49539056932_2d4dc1c58e_kThe view from Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees' balcony in Soller as it looked mid-February. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Today, Monday, is our 37th day of the lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15th. The lockdown period has already been extended twice and, as expected, the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, announced that he will seek Congress (Parliament) approval this week to further extend the lockdown, which is due to end on Apr. 26, until May 9th – by then we will have been in lockdown a total of 56 days. The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home – unlike most other countries, going out for “exercise” is strictly prohibited.

The Prime Minister has indicated that there may be some relaxation on the controls over people’s movements from Apr. 27 when the lockdown extension starts - specifically that children may be allowed a short daily period (10 minutes?) to leave their homes supervised by an adult. If this does come to pass, for a large portion of the 7 million children in Spain this will be the first time that they have been outside in 42 days. Spain is the only country in Europe (and possibly in the world) which has confined its children in such a manner. As to whether we also get an “exercise allowance” as from Apr. 27 or May 10th - we will have to wait and see.

Are people adhering to the lockdown?

The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home – unlike most other countries, going out for “exercise” is strictly prohibited. 

As you can see on the chart, the penalties for breaching the lockdown are significant and for repeat offenders the fines can rise to 30,000 Euros (C$ 46,000) and arrest. As examples, a “simple” breach (e.g. being outside without an allowed reason) gives rise to a fine of 601 Euros, travelling to a second residence -1,500 Euros, or driving with a second person in the car -1,500 Euros. And fines are being given out: in the first month of lockdown 60 fines were issued in Soller; over 2,000 in the Balearic Islands; and over 650,000 across Spain.

How are things in Mallorca?

We continue to track daily Government statistics in total for Spain and by region - in particular, for the region of Murcia in southern mainland Spain (where our son and family live) as well as for the Balearic Islands. Fortunately, these two regions, together with the Canary Islands, are the least impacted regions across Spain. For the Balearics, a total of 1,788 positive cases have so far been identified (including over 1,000 in Palma and ten in Soller itself) - of that total, 1,005 have recovered and tragically 157 have died (including one from Soller), leaving 626 active cases. Equally tragic, is that the disease has disproportionately impacted care homes in the Balearics (as elsewhere around the world) – over 50 per cent of the active cases are care home residents or staff and almost 40 per cent of deaths have been care home residents.

What is the lockdown exit strategy?

De-escalation The Lloyd-Rees' shared this chart, from what they deem to be a reliable source, that outlines the forecast de-escalation timelines for a number of European countries. This may, of course, all change as they get nearer the end of confinement dates. 

There are three taskforces in place at the national level made up of government ministers and subject matter experts – one dealing with the “here and now” focused on current health and economic impacts, one dealing with the ”long term” economic and social reconstruction and a third (and more discreet) group focused on the medium term - specifically the de-escalation of confinement measures. It is the third group who propose changes, such as allowing children to go out, to the Prime Minister. All this is overlaid by the interests of the head of each region – the President of the Balearics has already expressed her desire that the islands’ entry/exit points should stay closed for the “maximum time possible”.

The trends in the figures for Spain overall continue to improve and indicate that the country is over the peak. The Government continues its mass testing program - in the short-term this will lead to an increase in the number of reported cases; however, the results of this exercise will identify the true rates of infection/acquired immunity and will help formulate the strategy to de-escalate the lockdown. One interesting concept being mooted is the introduction of an EU “immunity passport” to allow an individual to travel across national borders.

We continue to be safely hunkered down and remain grateful to our friends back home in the Bayfield area for your best wishes and words of support.

See you back in Bayfield. Stay safe and well everybody.

chef's log celebrating a double easter in cyprus 

91133211_686996472071476_5476467933901225984_nPeter Keightley has been keeping a journal of his travels since the fall of 2019 when he and his wife, Erika, embarked on a working honeymoon working aboard Super Yachts. The Bayfield Breeze has invited him to share some of this log with our readers. (Photos courtesy Peter Keightley)

A Note from the Editor: Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Peter, will be familiar to Bayfield residents as the founder of both Drift the restaurant on the village’s Main Street and Drift the lobster boat used as a charter in the summer months out of Bayfield Harbour. While on this adventure Peter has been keeping a journal and the Bayfield Breeze invited him to share some of this log with our readers during this time of uncertainty in the world…

It’s been 46 days and 6,000 miles since stepping foot on land. The last time Erika and I had our feet on terra firma was in St. Maarten, on the other side of the pond. We’re now deep into the Mediterranean Sea within sight of Aphrodite land, anchored off Limassol, Cyprus.

This island, and Limassol in particular, hold some early childhood memories for me. Before my family immigrated from the UK to Canada in 1992, we vacationed in Cyprus frequently, my parents even going so far as to buy and renovate a house near Limassol. The property was up in the Trudos Mountains on the British/Greek side in a small village called Dhorus. I don’t remember much… a fig tree in the courtyard… large terra cotta pots…old ladies dressed in black shuffling down a cobblestone road…the village snake and dishes of milk laid out for it…Pelicans by the seaside…searching for chameleons in the trees. Very vague but very fond memories. These hazy scraps of memories are now in sharp contrast to what is visible from the boat on shore. Huge skyscrapers pepper the horizon. Cranes are everywhere with buildings half finished. The city overall looks positively cosmopolitan and bustling. Through the ship’s binoculars wealth and prosperity are even more apparent with neatly rowed palm trees lining well designed boulevards and highend shops adorning the ground floors of glass high rise buildings. This is a far cry from distant memories of a quiet, quaint and undiscovered vacation get away. Such is the way of the world.

94101997_237725217283143_7103791455642058752_nIt’s been 46 days and 6,000 miles since Peter and Erika Keightley last step foot on land. They are now deep into the Mediterranean Sea anchored off Limassol, Cyprus.  

Upon arriving in Cyprus, it was almost Easter time. After getting some much-needed provisions delivered to the boat (by another boat) Erika and I planned a huge Easter breakfast followed by a traditional Easter lunch for the crew. Erika hid little Cadbury chocolate eggs all around the crew area. I served up a nice Lamb roast for lunch and read out some riddles for the crew to solve. It was a lovely time and a nice way for us all to unwind and celebrate dropping anchor somewhere after travelling for so long and so far during a world crisis.

94052864_541104143465299_7528034117389123584_nThe crew aboard the sailboat celebrated a second Easter for their Greek counterparts by exploring some different traditions one of which included coloring boiled eggs using red onion skins.

The following Sunday, this past Apr. 19, we celebrated Easter again. Little did we know that according to the Greek Orthodox Church, Easter is a whole week later! As we have three Greek crew members aboard, and also being anchored off a Greek speaking country, Erika and I prepared for our second Easter.There were some different traditions that we learned about. For starters, the boiled eggs that you typically place on the breakfast table must be stained red. To accomplish this one is to boil the eggs in red onion skin. The flavor of the egg goes unchanged. Try as I did to stain them, they came out a maroon color at best! Although the Greeks on board said it's not traditional, I am going to try beetroot or cabbage next time.

Another tradition is to eat souvlaki while you wait for the Lamb to cook. In Greece the cooking of the lamb is typically an all-day event with the meat on a spit being turned by a family member. I chugged away in the galley and grilled lots of pork as well as vegetable souvlaki on large metal skewers. This was served with platters of homemade whole wheat bread with plenty of tzatziki, hummus and spicy feta dipping sauce. The Lamb was served with lemon garlic roasted potatoes and large bowls of Greek salad. I usually make Greek salad with feta, tomatoes, cucumber, pitted olives, romaine and red onion with a garlic, oregano, lemon, white wine vinegar and olive oil dressing. I was told by the spar master, Dimitris, that this was wrong. I had to add one more ingredient to make it an authentic Greek salad- Capers! Fortunately, I had plenty in the dry stores and nobody was disappointed by the Canadian making their traditional Greek Easter lunch.

It was a lovely Greek Easter Sunday and we all enjoyed the feast immensely. That was how Erika and I ended up experiencing not one, but two Easters, while on our sailing honeymoon anchored in Limassol, Cyprus!

image1The boat that Peter and Erika Keightley are currently quarantined on is at anchor off of Limassol, Cyprus.


 blue bayfield

Blue Bayfield wants to encourage people to honk for all those working on the front-lines and in essessential services during the COVID-19 crisis.

They are inviting people to come in their cars to the Bayfield Foodland parking lot on Thursday, Apr. 23, and while remaining in their cars, to honk their horns for three minutes, commencing at 3 p.m.

Blue Bayfield will be displaying a sign of thanks at this time as well.


In an effort to celebrate and appreciate the front-line workers and essential service providers in the community, the Bayfield Town Hall bell will be rung at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 28. Residents are encouraged to get out their pots and pans and join in the ovation by making some noise!

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.

Agricultural society 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) met as usual last week but through a more common method these days by electronic means. It was great to see everyone comfortably in their homes dealing with the business on the agenda. After meetings everyone sits together to share a coffee and have some snacks and the tradition continued but in separate buildings.

The BAS decided to continue planning for the fair but are aware that some things may need to be changed. It was reluctantly decided that this year there would be no large tent and fireworks might have to be a bigger show during the 2021 anniversary. Safety of volunteers and fair guests will guide all future decisions.

Fairs are those meeting places where we bring together some of the things we do in our lives to show others and compete in a friendly manner. The Fair Board can share these at any time on their website if people contribute photos.

Take a close look at the Facebook page, “Bayfield Fair and Agricultural Society” to see some of the photos, videos and illustrations. They are meant to humour, inform, and inspire. The Board’s younger Directors are using it as a device to spread accurate information about modern agriculture. The fair prize book has been online since March. Paper copies will not be distributed just yet.

This is a perfect year to plant a garden both with vegetables and flowers. One seed company from Manitoba has had four times the regular orders for seeds and has had to stop taking orders until it can fill the orders already received. It will then continue to take new orders. What a great sign that people are once again growing their own food and hopefully learning the benefits of canning and freezing surplus produce.

The BAS continues to encourage people to make their art, craft and wood projects. Everyone loves to see the creativity and the results of work by patient hands. People may have to keep their distance from others but it doesn’t stop them from taking pictures of images that are normally taken for granted. Young people are now at home and creating projects would be a great pastime.

This week is National Volunteer Week and the BAS expresses a huge thank you to all its volunteers who give of their time, skills, advice, and creativity. They are all incredible individuals who make the Society and community stronger. The BAS would also like to express thanks at this time of isolation to those who heal, serve, protect and comfort us.

Everyone is experiencing a changed way of living but that does not change the sense of community. Help someone (electronically or distantly) learn how to plant their garden, or make jam, or knit, or mix colors for an art piece, or create a poster. A sense of community is where people help one another and support one another. Bayfield will continue that tradition even with COVID-19.


Home4Good representative Leslie Bella, of Bayfield, has been using her cotton quilting scraps to make masks that will help Bayfield residents stay safe when shopping. Maximum two per household. Email to order. No charge. Pay it forward. (Submitted photo)  

trails closed 

After considerable discussion, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has reluctantly decided to close all of its trails to the public until such time as physical distancing restrictions begin to ease.

“The decision was not made lightly, as we understand and appreciate the importance of fresh air and exercise, especially during a time of increasing restrictions on leisure activity,” said Conrad Kuiper, president of the BRVTA.
“However, with stronger messages coming from both the provincial government, as well as the OPP, we felt it was important that our message be consistent with other jurisdictions.”

The Apr. 22nd BRVTA Village Litter Walk is cancelled, as are all scheduled group hikes until restrictions are lifted.

The executive members of the BRVTA wish everyone well during these challenging times.

beer and food festival 

Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPS) for the benefit of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.

Tickets dated for the original festival date of May 9 will be honored so there is no need to exchange. Hopefully everyone who has tickets can attend, but if this is not the case a ticket refund day will be held sometime in the future. Organizers ask that people do not try to get a refund where they purchased their tickets.


The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in approximately 300 communities across Canada, including Bayfield. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. The local walk is organized by members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.

The 2020 walk in the village was scheduled for June 7. With the guidelines set out by the Public Health Agency of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has cancelled the physical walks planned for this spring and are now in the process of planning opportunities to host a virtual walk.

More details will follow as they become available. Direct donations in support of Dog Guides may be made online at The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides website, Anyone with questions regarding the Bayfield event can e-mail Karen Scott or call her at 226 441-2042.

 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


IMG_3228Girl Guides of Canada was in the process of delivering cookies to units across the country when the COVID-19 crisis halted the process. Businesses across Canada have stepped up to sell these cookies in their stores - Sobeys among them. As Guiding is very active in the Bayfield area, Brad and Mellissa Maidment, owners of Bayfield Foodland, were happy to accept cases to sell in their store. The chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies sell for $5 a box with all proceeds going back to Girl Guides of Canada. (Submitted photo)  



   an armoured troop carrier  for Clan Gregor Square? 


7C1B8636D11247B9B69B118131061011Floy (Edwards) Watson sitting on ‘Big Gun'. (Photos courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)

One afternoon several years ago when I was on the Board of the Bayfield Historical Society, Mayor Bill Dowson called me and loudly exclaimed, “What are you up to now! I just received a phone call from the Department of National Defence, offering us an Armoured Troop Carrier for Clan Gregor Square!”

67D70B2FAD4A46D8B00960D0074A8476Bill and Bob Parker playing on Bayfield’s “machine-gun” in 1939.  

“Its OK Bill, calm down, I know what this is about,” I said. But I couldn’t resist a dig at our Bluewater Council when I told him that we wanted to point it at the Municipal Offices in Zurich.

I was helping Dave Nearingburg with his Cenotaph rehabilitation project when we agreed that it would be a good idea if Bayfield asked to have its cannon, “Big Gun”, restored to Clan Gregor Square. I wrote a letter to both the Department of National Defence and to Paul Steckle, our Member of Parliament at the time, asking for a spare cannon that might be in the Canadian military’s inventory. We figured that in the Canadian military, with all the government funding cut-backs, it was possible that they wouldn’t throw any weapons away. No matter how obsolete.

In 1894, the village had been presented with an old Crimean War cannon in recognition of the valiant service our local Militia rendered during the 1866 Fenian scare when the Bayfield men were called to respond to someone’s false alarm claiming the enemy had landed.

Some locals claimed that the village was awarded the cannon instead of the badly needed harbor dredging and repairs and they were enraged when the Village Council was required to pay the $26 shipping charges. Finally, cooler heads prevailed and the cannon became part of the village’s folklore. It was initially placed on the lake bank in the future Pioneer Park.

‘Big Gun’ was actually fired during the village’s celebration about the fall of Pretoria during the Boer War in June 1900. Main Street was the scene of parades with Union Jack flags, national songs, whistles blowing, bells ringing and guns firing. In the excitement it was decided that a pair of “experts”, the barber and the butcher, would make good “gunners”. According to the Clinton New Era, in June 1900, “The gunners overbalanced their charge of powder by ten pounds, let off the fuse and ran a distance of 100 yards. The cannon was lifted fourteen feet from its resting place, while the report was louder than thunder and most deafening to the ears of the artillerymen.”

Village elders then decided it was time to move the cannon so that others wouldn’t be inspired to repeat the prank. ‘Big Gun’ was remounted in concrete in Clan Gregor Square but for some reason they didn’t spike it so that it couldn’t be used again.

According to Phil Gemeinhardt, “The story about that first blast was enough to inspire the Atkinson brothers and their buddies to see if they could outdo the earlier explosions.”

They did get the cannon to blast another batch of sod and wood but fortunately the cannon was pointed down Main Street and no damage was done. Enough was enough. Finally, the village elders had the old cannon spiked so that once and for all time it would never explode again.


Bayfield had also been awarded two old German portable machine guns for village sacrifices during World War I. Fortunately, none of the village ruffians from the next generation figured out how to use the bullets from hunting rifles in the machine gun or Main Street could have been shredded by machine gun fire.

Both of these military awards were like grandad’s old medals and it was a shame when the village’s leaders were duped into giving up the cannon and machine guns when they agreed to a request for metal to melt down during the second Word War. They turned in the village cannon and machine guns and now Bayfield is one of the few villages in Ontario that can’t proudly display their honors.

Steckle lobbied eloquently for a cannon but it seems all of the Crimean War models have already been distributed. Instead the Department of National Defense offered the Armoured Troop Carrier that had seen service in Afghanistan.

Dowson’s ancestor had been a member of the Bayfield Militia during the Fenian scare and he supported our goal but we both agreed that an Armoured Troop Carrier wouldn’t be appropriate even if it wasn’t threatening the Zurich Municipal Chambers.

Every once in a while, there are rumors that some town, village or government park doesn’t have a place for their cannons and attempts are made to convince them that Bayfield is a deserving destination but so far with no success. If we ever do manage to reacquire a cannon, this time it should immediately be spiked or inevitably the exploits of village rowdies of many years ago may be repeated.

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

Time is of the essence to remove Gypsy Moth eggs 

European Gypsy Moth is a defoliating insect (an insect that consumes leaves) and it can severely weaken trees. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff, while working in forests over the winter of 2019-2020, noticed a higher than normal number of Gypsy Moth egg masses. This follows localized infestations in Port Franks, Grand Bend and Hay Swamp in the summer of 2019.

“We’ve definitely seen pockets with a higher than usual number of egg masses on trees, with some trees almost completely covered,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry specialist.

Gypsy Moth caterpillars feed on the leaves of several species of trees.

“In our area, Oak, Aspen, Birch and Basswood are the tree species preferred by the Gypsy Moth,” said Jean. However, in years with high populations, Jean cautions caterpillars will move on from preferred hosts to eat a wider variety of trees including Maple, Pine, and Spruce.

“When there are a lot of them, they’re hungry, they’ll eat whatever is available,” he said.

Homeowners can take steps to reduce the population now, according to ABCA. During winter and early spring, the caterpillars exist as egg masses which are clusters of 100 to 1,000 eggs, covered by a coating of tan-coloured hairs. Egg masses look a bit like a cocoon but are flatter and attached to the outside of tree bark, rocks, or the sides of buildings.

“The egg mass is a critical stage and it is the most efficient time to manage this pest,” advised Jean. “By disposing of egg masses homeowners can, with minimal effort, eliminate literally thousands of potential caterpillars.” Egg masses are easy to scrape off surfaces with a dull scraper and dispose of in a ziplock sealable bag or similar bag.

“It’s important to dispose of the egg masses,” said Jean, as eggs left on the ground will still emerge and find their way back up to the trees.

Caterpillars begin to emerge in late April and early May. Fortunately, there are also ways to manage the caterpillars as well. After caterpillars emerge they climb trees to disperse on silk thread, a stage called ballooning. Encircling trees with barrier bands of double-sided tape, or duct tape coated with sticky material such as Vaseline, will collect the caterpillars as they climb back up to the trees. Barrier bands should be in place by late April.

As the weather warms in late May and June, caterpillars tend to feed at night, and climb down the tree to shelter from the heat during the day. At this stage, burlap or light-colored cloth can be wrapped around tree trunks to collect the caterpillars. “It is important to fold the burlap back over itself to create a cavity, they’ll congregate within there for disposal,” said Jean. Caterpillars should be collected and disposed of daily by scraping them into a bucket of soapy water and re-applying the burlap.

Gypsy Moth was introduced into North America in 1869 in Massachusetts with the intent of interbreeding Gypsy Moths with silk worms to develop a silkworm industry. It took another century before the moths were first detected in Ontario. Severe defoliations were experienced beginning in the 1980s and Gypsy Moth is now firmly established in southern Ontario.

Most years the caterpillars go unnoticed with many natural agents helping to keep populations low. Black-capped chickadees feed on egg masses in trees and rodents feed on those near ground level. Outbreaks have tended to occur every seven to 10 years in eastern North America. Fortunately, when populations spike, a viral agent, called NPV (nucleopolyhedrosis virus) usually causes a major die-off in caterpillars, ending the outbreak. In some cases, aerial application of the bacterial pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki, a bacterium found naturally in soils and commonly referred to as Btk or kurstaki, has been employed to control very large and very severe infestations. While defoliation is a major stress on trees, Jean advises “rarely does it kill the tree, and most recover and re-grow smaller leaves later in the same summer.”

Homeowners can take-action now to reduce the caterpillar’s impact. Jean suggests people can “check out your trees, the side of your house, other surfaces and remove and dispose of those egg masses.”

coping through covid-19 

eugene_dufourEugene DuFour

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 offers suggestions on how to be supportive of others while coping with the fear of COVID-19 infection. The second reflection provides strategies on how to grieve during physical distancing and self-isolation. 

Holding Space

At a time of crisis, I often feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. I try to let those feeling run wild for a few minutes and then work at becoming grounded. I often get in touch with a drive within to want to fix, fade, dismiss, ignore my pain and the suffering around me. I then get in touch with a very powerful tool that helps me stay present to pain and suffering while not trying to fix the situation. It is called “Holding Space”.

What does it mean to “hold space” for someone else?

It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control.

Holding Space for Others:

1. Give people permission to trust their own intuition and wisdom.
2. Give people only as much information as they can handle.
3. Don’t take away their power.
4. Keep your ego out of it.
5. Make them feel safe enough to fail.
6. Give guidance and help with humility and thoughtfulness.
7. Create a container for complex emotions and trauma.
8. Allow them to make different decisions and have different experiences than you would.

The wonderful thing about Holding Space is that we can also use this way of being with ourselves. Try Holding Space for yourself this week.

During the COVID-19 crisis, experiment with Holding Space for others and yourself. Once I do this, I often find myself becoming much more creative in approaching suffering and pain. It grounds me in overabundance, refreshes my dedication to a life of service, and most of all, gives me hope.

How Do I Grieve in Isolation?

“It’s not what happens to you that is important, it’s how you choose to respond that really matters.” - Dr. Victor Frankl

Working with grief in isolation will be very difficult. This goes against all that is important in processing grief. It was so helpful to be able to hug and physically cry with my family during and after my Dad’s death a few years ago. It is important to remember that grief is not an event. It is a process and it is a long process. But the crisis of this pandemic brings our attention about the event of the death. We can not let this pandemic rob us of “walking with grief”.

It is necessary to spend time reflecting on the event of the death and all the complicated factors. However, it is crucial that we become very intentional on working with the process of grief especially during these times of isolation and physical distancing. Here are a few suggestions:

1. If possible, find a shirt or sweater of your loved one that has died. Wrap the item around a pillow and hold or hug that pillow as you sit with your grief. It is not the real thing, but it is a substitute for your loved one and a temporary substitute for your supportive family and friends.

2. Change your environment. Doing grief work in the comfort of your recliner is good. Allow yourself to do some grief work outside, nature is healing.

3. Plan for support. This is very important in a time of physical distancing. Make several phone appointments at one time with your support people. Search out “Virtual Support Groups”. Contact your local hospice.

4. Tell your story of the death of your loved one over and over, this is healing.

5. Create a “Place of Grief Reflection” in your home. Have a few pictures, a candle, and some important reminders of your loved one. This can be your own funeral home visitation time.

6. Journal writing can be very healthy and healing. Start out with writing: “Today I am feeling…” and let the words flow.

7. The pandemic is forcing us to physically isolate. We can not let the pandemic shut down our grief. We need to become very intentional and practical in allowing our unique grief work to happen.

8. Create rituals where rituals have been taken away. Planning for the memorial service that will replace the funeral can be a part of your grief work. Try not to delay this important task.

9. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve – just your way.

10. Know and feel that you have a loving village supporting at a distance.


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated daily with confirmed case counts received within the last 24 hours.

“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:

CPH foundation Gala 

200415 - CPHF Gala Cancelled

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation Board of Directors held a virtual meeting on Thursday, Apr. 9 to discuss their biennial Gala fundraiser, which was set to take place on Saturday, June 20. The decision was made to cancel the event.

The decision to cancel this year’s Gala was not made lightly, but given the current restrictions with the COVID-19 situation, along with the concern for the well-being of the people of the community, the board feels that this is the right decision to make.

CPH Foundation Fundraising Chair Una Roy commented on the cancellation, “As Fundraising Chair, I am so disappointed that we are unable to host this event, as it is always a memorable evening in support of our local hospital, with many generous people attending and supporting. Our hospital is so important to our community and surrounding areas. During this unprecedented time, it is important to recognize the essential services and healthcare staff, as they work the front lines for us, potentially at the risk of their own health and that of their families. How wonderful would it have been to be able to host an event to celebrate them and give back? This will happen in the future, but for now the board acknowledges that everyone’s health and well-being should come first. Thank you to all those who have come forward during this time to donate, sew, make signs and for all of the heartfelt gestures of support. We are so grateful!”

The biennial Gala is the largest fundraiser for the CPH Foundation. In past years, the Gala has been successful in raising an accumulative total of more than $700,000 for the CPH. Funds raised from previous Galas have been used for a refit and
refresh of the hospital, ENT equipment, enhanced cataract services for Huron-Perth, Operating Room upgrades and most recently a Digital X-Ray Unit and Suite.

The Foundation had identified a refresh of the Medical Devices Reprocessing Department as the project to raise funds for at the 2020 Gala. In order to achieve compliance, this department requires renovations in both the operating room and equipment sterilization room, two transport carts and the purchase of equipment/instrumentation for various surgical procedures, including dental, orthopedic, ENT, cataract, urology and general surgeries. The anticipated cost for this project is nearly $607,000. This project still needs to be completed and the Foundation will be discussing alternate ways to raise the funds to support this project.

Discussions regarding options for the biennial Gala fundraiser will resume in the fall, but at this time the Gala has not been rescheduled. Any vendors, donors, sponsors and those who have already purchased tickets to the event will be contacted by the Foundation in the near future with further information.

“The Foundation Board of Directors and Staff wish to thank the community for their continued support of the hospital, through financial donations, volunteering and showing your support for the front-line healthcare workers throughout the fight against COVID-19.”, stated Foundation Coordinator, Darlene McCowan. “We already know that we live in a very kind and caring community, but this has been reinforced ten-fold in the current situation. Thank you!”

While the CPH Foundation office is currently closed, please feel free to contact the office via telephone, 519 482-3440 Ext: 6297 or email,, as both continue to be monitored regularly.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) teamed up with the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC), Apr. 3-13, to raise funds through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to purchase added food to help Perth and Huron food banks. Now, the results are in.

“We are incredibly grateful to our communities,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Thanks to over 120 donors from across our region, we raised $18,802.68. That means more individuals and families affected by this pandemic will have access to nutritious food in their communities.”

The HCFBDC works to provide food security for all people and 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; allowing the organization to stretch donations further and help more people.

“When people are under added stress in times like these, community resources like food banks are also stressed,” added Erb. “It’s important to help ensure food banks have the resources they need to lend a hand. We appreciate those who are still able to give in our communities who stepped up to contribute to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund. We’ll continue working to help local organizations and the people they serve make it through this crisis.”

The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee ensures applications are reviewed quickly so funds can be distributed as soon as possible. Applications are available at

To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to or call the United Way offices at 519 271-7730 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.


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

ABCA Trails 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation areas and trails remain closed to the public until further notice.

Barriers and signs are at property entrances. Even if a barrier is not in place, the property is closed. Information is also on the ABCA website at

The closure affects all conservation areas: Clinton, Bannockburn, Zurich, Morrison Dam, Crediton, Lucan, Parkhill, Rock Glen, and Ausable River Cut. Other closed properties include Mystery Falls, L-Lake, Sadler Tract, and Linfield. The closure also includes MacNaughton – Morrison Trail. The ABCA owns thousands of acres of forests where there are no trails and these properties are also closed until further notice.

“This has been a difficult step to take but it is in the best interest of our community and Province to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said ABCA General Manager Brian Horner.

The conservation authority thanks all those people who are staying away from the properties. When people do enter closed trails, conservation areas, and properties police are called. The police have increased patrols of the areas and are receiving reports from the public when people are using closed areas.
The decision to close these properties is made for public health protection and follows the Province of Ontario’s direction to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities.

This closure also extends to all properties of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) including the trails of the Bayfield River Flats. The closure affects the Bayfield River Flats Nature Area; Mayhew Tract; Heaman Tract; and Woodburne Farm.

For this and other Notices of Service Disruptions visit at this web page:

 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:







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 highight another image from Tara Heard's personal collection with this newspaper clipping. The details surrounding this image are a mystery. Can anyone help us solve it? 

group photos 


In Issue 562, we share a newspaper clipping from Tara Heard’s personal collection. This image appeared in the Clinton News-Record on July 11, 1984 and was taken by Rod Hilts.

"The Bayfield Community Centre was the site of a children’s music camp instructed by Wayne Strongman, the music director for the Tapestry Singers. The workshop was held to teach some Bayfield children a few Bicentennial songs in preparation for Sunday’s Dominion Chautauqua, a salute to Ontario’s 200th birthday."

  Bayfield Arena activity

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


 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.

Team Coach John Talbot (pictured back right) wrote in to say he could identify a few of the players: FR l-r: Jamie Talbot, ?, Tyler Hessel, Frankie Bauer and Marty Whetstone. BR: ?, Samantha Scott, Jody Fisher and ?. Can anyone help us fill in the blanks? 


New Doc 2020-03-17 10.20.25 

In Issue 561, 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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community ensures no one need go hungry 

20200414_113310_HDR  On Apr. 14, the Bayfield Lions’ Club President Don Vance found a unique way to present a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB, while maintaining the recommended two metres (6 ft) for physical distancing (Photo by Kathy Gray)

ECCD686D-04DA-4EF6-98A5-8367531407DDGraham Wallace was most appreciative to Carol Leeming, of Leeming Farms Ltd., for supplying The Lake House of Bayfield with eggs from Gray Ridge Egg Farms. The eggs were used to prepare quiches for Bayfield Area Food Bank clients. (Photo by Jan Wallace)  

284FF26D-EE3C-4DC5-8F95-44D82C946DCAFresh quiche for all of the senior and isolated single clients served by the BAFB. (Photo by Cody McWhirter)  

9F157A00-6553-4058-BDE1-EDBF07E770B4The Lake House of Bayfield is a Main Street restaurant owned by Graham Wallace and Cody McWhirter. They personally brought the donated meals out for curbside pick-up. (Photo by Jan Wallace) 

9D6C7390-64DA-4D15-8A5F-75BA88FA22F3Food Manager with the Bayfield Area Food Bank, Terry Henderson (right) would like to thank Graham Wallace (left) and Cody McWhirter, for their "awesome" donation! (Photo by Jan Wallace)     

IMG_3214  On Apr. 16, Brad and Melissa Maidment, owners of Bayfield Foodland, filled the Lake Huron Chrysler delivery van with non-perishable food items to be donated to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Dean O’Brien, of Lake Huron Chrysler, in Goderich, oversaw the delivery to Trinity St. James Anglican Church, host site for the BAFB. (Submitted photo)

IMG_5733 Ever wonder what 700 lbs of food looks like? Wonder no more. (Photo by Terry Henderson) 





 It was a good news week for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) when they received donations from two community-minded businesses, a service club and an iconic local organization. 

On Apr. 14, the Bayfield Lions’ Club President Don Vance found a unique way to present a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB, while maintaining the recommended two metres (6 ft) for physical distancing (see photos). The Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show has traditionally been a significant resource for the BAFB. According to the club, with donations being made instead of paying admission at the door, the grocery carts and money jars have been seeing increases just about every year.

“In light of the fact that the show scheduled for the end of April has been cancelled, the Lions decided that a monetary donation might help the much-needed Food Bank purchase goods that they lack,” said Vance.

Apr. 15 was distribution day for the BAFB and the organization got a very special contribution from The Lakehouse of Bayfield. This Main Street restaurant, owned by Graham Wallace and Cody McWhirter, prepared and donated fresh quiche and salad for all of the senior and isolated single clients served by the BAFB. Wallace and McWhirter are most appreciative to Carol Leeming, of Leeming Farms Ltd., for helping make this donation possible by supplying them with eggs from Gray Ridge Egg Farms, of Strathroy, who donated a total of 600 boxes of eggs across the province.

And then on Apr. 16, Brad and Melissa Maidment, owners of Bayfield Foodland, loaded up the delivery van currently being supplied by Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich to provide grocery and pharmacy delivery service in the village, with non-perishables valued at $1,500 for drop off at the BAFB.

In addition, Bayfield Foodland donated $1,300 in gift cards so that the BAFB may purchase what they need most during this time of crisis.

Terry Henderson, Food manager for the BAFB, said, “We would like to give a big shout out of thanks to Bayfield Foodland for their very generous donation of 700 lbs of food. Many thanks to Brad and Melissa for their assistance in restocking the food bank shelves at this critical time.”

It was also recently announced that the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) contributed $1,000 to the BAFB. 

“In appreciation for the heartfelt community support that the Cabaret cast and Bayfield Town Hall received during Cabaret in March, the Society has donated $1,000 from the Cabaret ticket sales to the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Thank you, Bayfield!” said Diane Snell, representing the BTHHS.

Boa-Youmatoff would like to stress that the BAFB can provide emergency food for free. They have prepackaged boxes on hand and arrangements can be made for free delivery just by calling 519 955-7444.

“We are very grateful for the response from the community: the cash and cheques given by caring individuals, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society as well as Bruce Power for the personal protection equipment (PPE),” said Boa-Youmatoff. “This is National Volunteer Week and we praise the dedication of our many cheerful volunteers. We could not possibly operate without you. Thank-you so much!”

20200414_113354Terry Boa-Youmatoff accepted a cheque for the Bayfield Area Food Bank on Apr. 14 in a way that reflects the community's new "normal". (Photo by Kathy Gray)

2E33B820-FFFC-4DA5-8855-5BD985DF870AThe Lake House of Bayfield prepared fresh salad for all of the senior and isolated single clients served by the BAFB. (Photo by Cody McWhirter)  

BE6C5A87-CBCC-4D33-A909-B8070BD9CAEEThe Bayfield Area Food Bank delivers to their clients on the third Wednesday of the month. For the April delivery, seniors and isolated single clients were treated to a freshly prepared lunch from The Lake House of Bayfield. (Photo by Jan Wallace)  

IMG_5724Volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank, Geordie Palmer (left) and Ethan Mackenzie help unload the very generous donation of food provided by Bayfield Foodland. (Photo by Terry Henderson) 

IMG_5729Dean O'Brien and Brad Maidment assisted in the unloading of the non-perishables donated to the Bayfield Area Food Bank. (Photo by Terry Henderson) 



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bayfield bridge  

Bailey Bridge completed and demolition begins


 IMG_1080Apr. 15. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

IMG_1931Apr. 20 (Submitted photo)  

IMG_1927Apr. 20 (Submitted photo)




On Apr. 14, the Bailey Bridge was opened to traffic and the next day demolition of the 70 year old Bayfield Bridge began.

These images show what driving across the temporary bridge looks like and also how the demo is coming along. 

IMG_1913Apr. 17 (Submitted photo)  

IMG_1082Apr. 15. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_1926Apr. 20 (Submitted photo)  

IMG_1930Apr. 20 (Submitted photo)  





The sun was setting in the west,
The birds were singing on every tree.
All nature seemed inclined to rest
But still there was no rest for me.**



Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

**Excerpt from the song - "Farewell to Nova Scotia"


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