Bookmark and Share   Apr. 29, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 18 Issue 564



003916ED-E44F-46F0-9E05-2E799BA0B005The Purple Martins have returned to the Bayfield Pier to check our their brand new apartment complex. These images were taken on the morning of Apr. 26. A birdwatcher has shared that there were first sightings of the birds one day prior. (Photos by Donald Munro)  

On Feb. 22, volunteers hoisted a new Purple Martin birdhouse into position near the Bayfield Pier. On Apr. 25, its first tenants arrived to inspect their new accomodations.

According to the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), Purple Martins winter in Brazil and then begin their long migration back to North America generally arriving in our area around May 1. There are several paths of migration they might take: they might follow Central America and Mexico up to the US, island hop across the Caribbean, or follow Central America up partway where they will cross the Gulf of Mexico over to Louisiana and Florida.

Reg Thompson was the first villager to alert the Bayfield Breeze of the arrival of the birds. He visits the harbor on a daily basis. He observed six males, no females.

The PMCA notes that the first adult Purple Martins to arrive at their breeding grounds are termed scouts. These are the oldest birds, male or female, returning to their nesting site from the previous year. Birds that fledged the previous year will return four to 12 weeks after the adults to select a site and breed.

Thompson said he watched the six birds skimming around over the harbor and the parking lot.

“They have a very characteristic flight, so easy to notice them. They flap flap and then freeze their wings straight out and soar like a tiny airplane. They kept approaching the new apartment house, flying right up close and then veering away as they reached it. I was wondering if they were confused because it was in the right place but looked different. Probably smells funny too. Three actually lit on the porches, but two didn't stay.

“One guy hung around and entered four different apartments in the centre section of the south side (facing parking lot) - went inside each unit and stayed a couple of minutes, then popped back out. Then tried another one,” said Thompson.

6CFAA647-9BF6-4811-ABB0-D6600E074223Six male Purple Martins were seen exploring their new apartments at the Bayfield Pier over the weekend.  

According to The Cornell Lab, both males and females will visit several apartments before choosing a site. A female chooses her mate largely based on the nest site he occupies.

“I will be interested to see when the females arrive, and whether they all decide to accept the new accommodation,” concluded Thompson.

No doubt others in the community, especially those involved in creating the new Purple Martin house, will be interested as well.

Editor's Note: If you missed our original story about the new Purple Martin house visit: Issue 556, published on March 4, 2020.

"shoreline TOGO" provides online hub for Food and Drink 

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.

Launched Apr. 20, already has 32 food and beverage businesses listed, a number that grows daily. Published with address, phone number, takeout-delivery menu and hours of operation, restaurants, farm-gate operations and craft beer, wine and cider producers are ready and open to serve. Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.

Restaurants, farm-gate and beverage producers throughout the market area – Bluewater - Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex - are encouraged to visit to register and showcase their delivery or takeout options. There is no cost to any business to participate and the process is the completion of a simple online form. Any business needing resources or assistance can contact Chamber Manager Susan Mills at

Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.

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. 27.

49805901547_280e70bd08_kGary Lloyd-Rees took this picture about 50 yards from their accommodation last week as it is where the garbage bins are located. The bins are communal all over the island and are emptied daily. He is hopeful that as of May 4th they will be allowed out for a walk and he can take some images a bit further from "home".  

Today, Monday, is our 44th day of the lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15th. The lockdown period has now been extended three times and the current extension is due to end on May 10th – by then, we will have been in lockdown a total of 56 days. It is becoming increasingly anticipated that there will be a continuing lockdown into the month of June.

Yesterday, Sunday, was the first major relaxation of the confinement restrictions. As shown on the chart, children aged 13 or under may leave their home for up to an hour each day, within a 1 KM radius, accompanied by an adult from their family unit. This relaxation impacted 174,000 children in the Balearics - those lucky enough to live within 1 KM of a beach got to play on the beach and paddle in the sea - grandparents saw their grandchildren living within 1 KM for the first time in six weeks. The confinement rules were also clarified in that children aged between 14 and 18 may go out for an allowed purpose unaccompanied e.g. visit to pharmacy or grocery store – it remains to be seen how many teenagers will be doing the grocery shopping. For the first time in six weeks we heard and saw children – walking, cycling, skating, scootering and generally playing like kids.

This rule change did not happen smoothly…in the middle of last week, the Government announced that they were going to relax the rules so that up to three children under 14 could accompany a single adult on a trip for an allowed purpose e.g. visit to pharmacy or grocery store. There was an immediate and universal outcry on social media across Spain – parents and non-parents alike did not want to expose, or be exposed to, young children in the places of highest risk. Thanks to the power of the people, the Government did a swift U-turn within hours and amended the proposal to what was eventually put into law. One big difference between Spain and North America is that the lockdown rules here are being set at the national level and not at the regional level.

For us there has been no change - we are still confined to the property and only allowed out one at a time for an allowed purpose (in practice, a walk to the grocery store).


How are things in Spain and 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. In spite of the many who returned to work two weeks ago, infection rates continue to fall across Spain – now down to “only” about 2,000 new infections and about 320 deaths each day. Today, Murcia reported zero new infections and the Balearics only five. Along with the rest of Spain, the daily number of deaths in the Balearics has also slowed and the total sits at 179. These numbers may seem huge to a reader in Bayfield (Mallorca is the size of Huron County); however, in context of the figures for Spain during the first half of the lockdown period they are a source of great encouragement that the worst is truly over and that a “new normal” is not too far away.

What has happened to tourism?

The impact on the Spanish economy is enormous. Tourism accounts for 15 per cent of Spain’s GDP and 44 per cent of the Balearics’ GDP. Eighty-three million tourists visit Spain each year (second only to France) - 14 million foreign tourists visit the Balearics each year plus over 5 million from Mainland Spain. Over 30 per cent of direct employment in the Balearics comes from tourism: this has all stopped.

The top two countries’ visitors are the UK and Germany – the UK is soon likely to be putting in a mandatory 14- day quarantine period when arriving from abroad (surprisingly, it doesn’t currently have one) and Germany has told its citizens to “forget about your holidays in Spain this summer”. The economic impact that all this have will be deep and long – for our part, we have already booked to return next year for 10 weeks.

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.

Historical highlights in huron offered through audio tours 

President of the Bayfield Historical Society, Ruth Gibson recently reported that the the Huron Arts & Heritage Network (HAHN) have put together an audio tour of historical towns in the county to be enjoyed while walking around the communities and the village is included among them.

BHS Archivist Julia Armstrong with help from Stephanie Talbot, who is working on converting our collection to digital records, researched and helped put together the Bayfield segment for the not-for-profit organization.

“The presentation is professionally done with sound effects and locations mentioned are the items with more colorful histories,” said Gibson.

She noted that during this time of physical distancing people might enjoy listening to the histories from home.

“You may enjoy them as I did - sitting in a lounger in the sun of your back garden. It was an informative and entertaining way to spend an afternoon,” said Gibson.

To enjoy the audio tours visit:

where the crawdad's sing book suggestion for April's end 


During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.

April’s book is “Where the Crawdads Sing” written by Delia Owens and reviewed by Bayfield resident, Carol Thornley-Hall.

A girl child is abandoned by her family in the wild coastal marshes of North Carolina. Only six years-old, little Kya manages to feed and look after herself. She grows up, surviving alone, in an isolated shack in the marsh.

It’s a compelling story. It begins in the early fifties when her mother leaves her abusive husband, followed by the last of Kya’s four siblings. Fortunately the child loves the marsh and cherishes the wild life there. Author, Delia Owens, a wild life scientist, is able to enable the reader to feel the marsh’s “moist breath” and hear “the flap of a heron’s wing” in lush passages of evocative description. A multitude of small creatures and birds live in the marsh and the child begins to collect and study them, developing a system of categorizing and displaying them.

Eventually, an older Kya is able to reach the nearby town by boat where she meets ‘Jumpin’’at the marina, who becomes her best friend. She soon becomes aware of the cruel racism directed at her friend’s black family, a theme which is pervasive in the book. She is sought out by two local boys who offer her love and then betray her. One of the boys does teach her to read, however, before disappearing from her life. After these two experiences with love, it is easy to imagine what went through the mind of the embittered Kya, while studying a female preying mantis being fertilized by the male of the species, when that female suddenly “turned her long elegant neck and bit off his head.”

There is a murder investigation woven in and out of the story. Surprisingly, the grown-up Kya is considered a suspect. The mystery of the murderer is solved in a clever turn in the plot at the end of the novel.

There are elements of folklore in this book: a child or children lost in the woods, a wicked parent, a heroic rescuer, a happy ending. Some would say it is a feminist novel: a young woman survives, by herself through hardship and danger. It is a romance: a tender love story. It is instructional: it teaches the reader about marshes and critters. It is Delia Owen’s first novel at the age of seventy…and a darn good read.

Interested in reading this book suggestion? The Village Bookshop offers online ordering and delivery in Huron County during this time of physical distancing, call 519 565-5600 or email


 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.

Food Bank

Last week, the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) offered thanks to Bruce Power for a much- appreciated donation of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and this week they are thanking them again – this time for a substantial cash donation.

“We received a sizeable cheque from Bruce Power for $8,000. A big thank you!” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB.
Bruce Power made a total donation of $300,000 to the thirty-eight food banks in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties. The company redirected to the food banks funds targeted for Bruce Power events and programs that have been cancelled.

“We are very grateful for their consideration in sharing these funds and for their donation of very scarce items - mask and disposable glove products,” Youmatoff said.

Boa-Youmatoff would like to stress that the BAFB can provide emergency food for free. Anyone who has had their income reduced or anyone struggling to meet their food needs is asked to call 519 955-7444 for assistance. They have prepackaged boxes on hand and arrangements can be made for free delivery.

Garden Club

Due to the Covid-19, the Annual Plant Sale hosted by the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) has been cancelled. The sale, planned for Saturday, May 9th is always fun and a great fundraising event for the club.

“We'll miss the chance to buy interesting plants at great prices and look forward to the sale in 2021,” said Susan Beatty, representing the BGC. “Our June event is also cancelled. We have a great line-up of events planned for the remainder of the season and hope they can go ahead sooner than later. We'll keep you updated.”

Memberships are important to the BGC - the cancellation of both the Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show and the Annual Plant Sale makes renewal difficult this year. Membership fees go a long way in funding the work the BGC does to beautify the village as well as covering
meeting expenses. Beatty invites people to support the BCG by renewing their membership for 2020.

The membership fee is $10. Cheque made payable to Bayfield Garden Club may be mailed to C. Barrett, 32 Thimbleweed Drive, Bayfield ON N0M 1G0. Please include your name, address and email address with the cheque.  

After that a membership card will be either mailed or delivered to your home. The BCG appreciates the community’s continued support.

lions' Club 

As the community continues to follow Federal and Provincial mandates, the Bayfield Lions’ Club have cancelled the annual May long weekend Lions’ Breakfast held at the Bayfield Arena.

“This will be a disappointment for the Lions and the over 700 people who usually attend,” said Lions’ President Don Vance. “We look forward to being able to see everyone again in the not-too-distant future. Stay safe!”


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Like so many organizations, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) has had to postpone activities and fundraising for the near future due to COVID-19 and the Ontario Emergency Act requiring everyone to physical distance.

Being a newly incorporated non-profit organization with no established programs, the BCA has had little to post in the way of activities to keep their Facebook friends engaged.

Subsequently, knowing that so many people are on their devices due to forced time on their hands, BCA has decided to share other organizations posts and virtual art experiences to encourage creativity and help those museums, galleries and festivals stay connected with the hope that once day soon, the BCA too will have quality workshops and learning experiences to offer!

“We have carefully curated a list of high quality, successful organizations around the world that have been operating for years and have a deep resource pool of offerings,” said President of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts, Leslee Squirrell.

She added, “We know that many of you will enjoy many of these offerings and so we invite you to follow, or occasionally check in on our Facebook page, to see what we are sharing from these organizations. It is our way of helping our followers and community be inspired through the arts. And it is our way to lend support to the arts organizations that are serving us all so faithfully.”

Anyone interested in following the BCFA should visit their Facebook page, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (@bayfieldart).

“We hope you all are well and can find healthy ways to pass the time, stay connected and be creative!” said Squirrell.


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.  


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.

 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




   Martha ritz fire ignited bayfield fire department  


BC0A9D97272342579DE9BE46EC9ED4CCThe Ritz Hotel, built in 1878, was one of the most elegant summer hotels on Lake Huron. It was located where the Virtual High School is today on Bayfield's Main Street. (Photos courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)

It was Labour Day weekend, 1947, and 12 year-old Charlie Kalbfeisch saw the smoke coming out of the side of the Ritz Hotel's chimney while he was pedalling his bike down Catherine Street towards Hovey's General Store (today's Main Street Optometric). It seemed unsual but he was running an errand and didn't give it too much thought. 

By the time Charlie stepped out of the store, smoke was billowing out of a small space at the back of the roof of the elegant old Hotel on the other side of Catherine Street and there was pandemonium on Main Street.

Charlie said, “Men were breaking windows on the second floor and throwing furniture and mattresses to the street below. Others were carrying tables, chairs and even the old serving counter out the front door. At one point the second-floor railing gave way as a man threw a mattress down and he toppled down and fell on it. As I watched, men and women were struggling to carry mattresses on their backs and heads to protect themselves against the burning embers. It was obvious that there was no hope of saving the Ritz and despite the smoke and flames, everyone was trying to take advantage of the short time available to save as much as possible. They even moved the cottages that were on the lot behind the Ritz.”

Thirty- five guests, mostly Americans, were able to remove their personal belongings in the chaos.

Ernie Hovey grabbed pails of water and began watering down his roof. The fire was so hot that the glazing and paint around his windows melted and clouds of steam would come off the side of the building. Mrs. Jack Jowett was pumping water as fast as she could and handing the pails of water to Mrs. Little who was passing the pail up to Mr. Little who was half-way up a ladder trying to soak down the Little Inn.

7476BD046B9A4779934A366FF4511E93 Tom Bailey at the counter in the Ritz Hotel

Other shop owners started gathering their valuables, papers and money so that they could make a quick escape if the fire spread. One summer resident moved his Cadillac and parked on Louisa Street near the Catholic Church but it was showered by embers when the wind shifted.

Word quickly spread and smoke could be smelt all over town. However, the 21-party telephone line did cause a lot of confusion as people broke into their neighbor’s conversations to sound the alarm.

5117A339BF2247AB936114E412A77D8BMartha Ritz.

In an Aug. 30, 1948 Clinton News-Record article, Roberta Raby, who was sent to safety at the Jowett’s Grove cottages on the north side of the river, wrote,” Looking over from the cottages, the sky seemed so bright red that we thought the whole town was going.”

Bill Elliott gained renown as a Pilot and Head Instructor for Air Canada who served for over 50 years, as well as being the owner of South Shore Marina, beside the Bayfield Bridge. Bill claimed that it was his family’s fault that the Ritz burned down. His parents, owned the General Store which became Hovey’s and then Graham’s, until 1944 and his mother always kept a bag of salt under the counter. Whenever Tom Bailey, Martha Ritz’s husband, lit the fireplace for the first time, the creosote build-up would ignite, and Mrs. Elliott would send young Bill over with the salt to extinguish the blaze. When the Elliott’s left town, so did the Ritz’s safety net.

According to Ms. Raby, “Some of the people worked frantically to save the stock of cigarettes etc. only to have them stolen before the night was out.”

At first, Mrs. Bailey thought that she’d lost all of the money she’d stashed away but the next morning, as she was complaining about the thefts, someone discovered her money in an old pillow case that had been put in Hovey’s barn with everything else that was saved.

No one was injured, no other buildings were destroyed but the fire at the Ritz Hotel was a reminder of how vulnerable the village was to the ravages of a fire. Soon after, a bunch of village men got together with the newly formed Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Bayfield Volunteer Fire Department was formed.

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

Resident tests positive for COVID at Blue Water Rest Home 

Thanks to the hard work of Huron Perth residents in following public health measures, Huron and Perth counties have avoided a significant surge of COVID-19 cases in the community so far. Cases of COVID-19 in long-term care and group settings, however, remain a concern.

“Our focus now is to maintain what we are seeing in the community and to protect our vulnerable residents in long-term care,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen

On Apr. 27, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) learned of a positive COVID-19 case in a resident at Blue Water Rest Home in Zurich. With one positive result, an outbreak is declared. The resident is not hospitalized and is in self-isolation. HPPH outbreak staff are working closely with Blue Water Rest Home to provide support and guidance to help manage and control the outbreak and facilitating the testing of all staff and residents.

“The health and safety of our residents, and the team members who serve them, is our highest priority,” said Chief Executive Officer of Blue Water Rest Home, Angie Dunn. “We are working in close partnership with Huron Perth Public Health to ensure every possible step is taken to protect our residents and staff.”

As part of the provincial government’s action plan to protect residents in long-term care homes announced last week, HPPH is currently facilitating testing for all residents and staff of long-term care homes across both counties. This includes communicating and coordinating with long-term care homes as well as coordinating testing by staff from the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance and Emergency Services. HPPH has outbreak teams ready to support a facility if a positive is identified through surveillance, as during any long-term care outbreak.

“We have completed about 1,000 swabs total in our communities in the past eight weeks and will now need to perform 2,000 more in the next ten days,” said Dr. Klassen. “Huron Perth Public Health will be activating and redeploying staff as necessary.”

The majority of HPPH staff have already been activated for COVID-19 response, including case and contact management and sharing information with stakeholders and the general public. The HPPH intake phone line, Health Line (1-888-221-2133 Ext 3267), has been operating on extended hours seven days a week and received 3,500 phone calls from Feb. 3 to Apr. 16. About 88 per cent of those calls were about COVID-19.

HPPH has more than 60 staff completing case and contact investigations. An investigation includes contacting a confirmed positive case and asking the individual for the names of everyone they have been in contact with over the last 14 days. Public health will then call each of those contacts in order to determine their level of risk and will provide instructions on testing or isolation as needed.

If an individual has not been practicing physical distancing, an investigation can result in instructions being given to dozens of people.

“I am very much aware of how difficult these past few weeks have been,” said Dr. Klassen, “but individuals need to keep in mind that what might seem like an acceptable risk could negatively impact them and many, many others.”

The majority of Huron Perth residents continue to practice physical distancing and staying home except for essential reasons.

“I am proud and grateful for the resiliency and determination of Huron-Perth residents at this time,” said Dr. Klassen. “As the province explores the possibility of lifting restrictions, we all need to keep physically distancing and staying home except for essential reasons. We are making a difference and we will get through this.”

Even though COVID-19 response currently takes up the majority of resources at HPPH, public health’s mandate to protect and promote health continues. Public health services such as immunizations, sexual health services, needle exchange and well water testing, for example, continue in modified forms. For more information residents are encouraged to visit our COVID-19 Response Service Interruptions webpage for a list of programs and services interruptions and modifications:

bunny slippers optional for Grand bend stay at home gala 


People are invited to join the nation-wide “Stay at Home Gala” hosted in the Grand Bend area online on May 2.

The local aspect of this national event is being organized in partnership between the Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) and the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, to unite people from all over the region and the country. This one-night event aims to strengthen community efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

This first-of-its-kind event will include all the familiar elements: dinner (personal choice), game-changing speakers, entertainers, musicians and much more.

6889b0a1-c5a0-4f2e-941b-12a426b08f97People are invited to dress up or get comfortable and join Grand Bend area residents and emcees Paul Ciufo and Jennifer Mossop for a night of togetherness, apart, during the nation-wide “Stay at Home Gala” to be held online on May 2. (Submitted photo)

The first hour, from 7-8 p.m. will feature local entertainers and speakers, while the second hour will be a star-studded Canada-wide live stream. Headliners include hockey great, Hayley Wickenheiser; TV personality, Erin Cebula; Lane Merrifield, of “Dragon’s Den”; Globe and Mail Health Reporter, Andre Picard; Indigenous advocate, Chief Gibby Jacob; and performers Michael Vanhevel, Once a Tree and Tanika Charles.

People are invited to dress up or get comfortable and join Grand Bend area residents and emcees Paul Ciufo and Jennifer Mossop for a night of togetherness, apart.

Donations will be tax receipted by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, which will direct funds back to the GBCF to share with the most in-need charities in the community.

To purchase tickets visit:

For more information on both local and national speakers and entertainers, and delicious take-out gala meals from local restaurants by visiting: “Grand Bend Area Stay-at-Home Gala” on Facebook.

Drayton Entertainment cancels ten of eighteen productions 

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with federal and provincial physical distancing recommendations, Drayton Entertainment has cancelled four additional productions at its various venues across Ontario.

The health and safety of patrons, staff, artists, volunteers, and the general public continues to be of paramount importance for the not-for-profit charitable arts organization. The following productions were scheduled to be held at th Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend this summer and have now been cancelled: 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Loose, The Dixie Swim Club and Sleeping Beauty: The Panto.

These productions were also scheduled to be presented at the King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene; Hamilton Family Theatre, Cambridge; and the Drayton Festival Theatre, during the summer months and have been cancelled in those locations as well.

“This is a very difficult time. Although we announce these cancellations with heavy hearts, we know it is the right thing to do given the uncertainty surrounding this unprecedented crisis,” said Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas. “We hope that by cancelling these additional productions and closing our doors for an extended period of time to facilitate physical distancing, that we can resume operations with confidence when the timing is right.”

Drayton Entertainment’s production cancellations do not follow a chronological time frame due to the company’s unique business model which transfers select productions from one venue to another throughout the season calendar. Cancellations are determined on a production by production basis and impact the playbill at each Drayton Entertainment venue differently.

At this time, 10 of the 18 productions in the 2020 Season have been cancelled. The status of each production at each venue is outlined on the Drayton Entertainment website:

All Drayton Entertainment Box Offices are closed to in-person traffic but continue to operate remotely through phone and email communication in a reduced capacity. Patrons who have purchased tickets for cancelled performances will be contacted by the Box Office to facilitate account credits or refunds. Due to the volume of cancellations, Drayton Entertainment requests patience and cooperation while the team works to accommodate patron needs as operational capabilities permit.

Drayton Entertainment operates in accordance with advice from public health authorities and in compliance with directives from government agencies. As this is an evolving situation, the company will continually reassess policies and procedures as they relate to future productions based on recommendations from designated Canadian authorities.

Current information regarding coronavirus programming cancellations is posted on the Drayton Entertainment website at

Emergency management preparedness partner: ABCA  

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 3-9. This is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to promote emergency preparedness across Canada. To find out about Emergency Preparedness Week in Ontario, including, how to make a plan, build a kit and stay informed, visit this Emergency Management Ontario web page:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is one of the emergency management preparedness partners in this part of Ontario. Conservation authorities continue to protect life and property with their essential services even during the current pandemic. The conservation authority delivers flood forecasting and warning programs on a watershed basis. ABCA staff members continue to monitor and model river levels either remotely or, as needed and using safe protocols, on site. As part of this service, staff continue to provide timely messaging to municipal flood coordinators when needed. This work is continuing even during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The conservation authority provides three levels of flood messages. The three levels are: 1. Watershed Conditions Statement or Shoreline Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook / Water Safety; 2. Flood Watch; and 3. Flood Warning. Messages focus on the scale of events that have the potential to impact properties in flood plain areas or adjacent to Lake Huron.

Not all rainfall events warrant flood messages but ABCA staff remind the public that wet spring weather and seasonally high and fast-flowing river conditions present their own hazards. The public, including children and youth, are reminded to stay away from elevated rivers and creeks as slippery banks and fast-flowing cold water combine to create hazardous conditions.

Through flood management and other programs, Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities build watershed resilience to limit the impacts of flood events and reduce the risk from, and cost of, flooding. This benefits residents, businesses, and all levels of government.

ABCA continues to ensure the delivery of essential services and programs, working remotely when possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services and programs include flood forecasting and warning; operation and maintenance of water control structures; communications; municipal support; general administration and corporate services; payroll; property oversight; and other programs and services. Staff also continue to review development applications and issue permits.

For ABCA flood messages visit this web page at

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority office is closed until further notice but staff who can complete their duties remotely are working from home and monitoring emails and messages. For Notices of Service Disruptions visit this web page:


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:

United Way

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is raising funds to support a new program meant for a group of people critical to the ongoing well-being of communities across Perth and Huron: frontline workers in any field such as medical, retail and human services.

“Frontline workers are currently carrying the burden of increased stress, risks and responsibilities on top of the everyday stresses already present in their jobs,” said Kate Aarssen, Clinical supervisor for Family Services Perth Huron (FSPH). “We have a responsibility to adapt and expand our programming to compassionately serve those showing up each day to ensure we are all taken care of; including retail workers, delivery drivers, healthcare workers and all others on the frontlines during this crisis. Even if someone uncertain whether or not they qualify for the program, please call FSPH intake at 519 273-1020 or 1-800-268-0903. We will work to get them the help they need.”

The personal toll on those working to keep food on shelves, caring for the sick and supporting vulnerable community members in shelters and other environments can be significant. Mental Health Counselling supports are crucial to help with stress, anxiety, depression and grief during and after this time.

“Nobody working to ensure the well-being of the community should have to deal with the strain alone,” added UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “UWPH is looking to fill gaps in the system, to make sure all frontline workers and their families get the help they need, free of charge. We know only some frontline workers have access to mental health support, so this program is designed to help those who don’t. Please donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund and help support this important program from our partners at FSPH.”

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

Brussels Optimists 

BrusOpt2020Cody Subject, Cole McLean and Chris Corbett of the Brussels Optimist Club presented $20,000 to local hospital foundations recently. (Submitted photo)  

Hospitals in Wingham, Listowel, Clinton and Seaforth have all received a $5,000 donation from the Brussels Optimist Club.

The Optimist Club had intended to host its annual dinner and auction on March 14, but made the decision to postpone in light of growing concern around COVID-19. The hospitals had been the intended beneficiaries of that event. Nonetheless, the members of the Optimist Club made the generous decision to contribute $20,000 to support local healthcare even without the anticipated success of the event.

The contribution by the Brussels Optimist Club will be directed towards vital medical equipment and facility upgrades at each of the four hospitals. Their generosity will ensure that all our local caregivers continue to have the tools they need to provide care throughout the current situation and beyond.

Hospitals and healthcare are on everyone’s minds right now. Supporting these essential services in communities across the region will help weather this storm while maintaining the high quality healthcare that everyone in the community deserves. The Hospital Foundations in Wingham, Listowel, Clinton and Seaforth all extend a big thank you to the Brussels Optimist Club for their ongoing commitment.

For more information on how to support these local hospital foundations please visit their websites: Wingham,;
Listowel,; Clinton,; and Seaforth,


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

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:

Coping through Covid-19 

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

Dufour 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 they are working through emotional pain.The second reflection provides strategies on how to provide a personal presence while physical distancing.

Working with Emotional and Spiritual Pain - Moving from Helpless to Hopeful

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” - Helen Keller

When people are sharing their experience of deep emotional or spiritual pain, I often get overwhelmed. I start to feel their pain and then my mind goes blank on what is the best way to help. And their lies the problem. People do not necessarily want us to take away the pain, they need to be heard by a caring non-judgmental person. What suffering people often want is a supportive guide to help them process these strong emotions. I find it helpful to look for themes when a person is sharing an emotional or spiritual pain. Breaking the tidal wave of emotion into small parts allows for a deep reflection on the feelings behind the pain. I have applied them to our present day COVID-19 crisis.

Aspects of Emotional and Spiritual Pain to be reviewed:

Abandonment – This isolation is needed but I feel so alone. The quiet is deafening.

Anger – Why now? Why us?

Betrayal – Could not officials have warned us earlier about COVID-19?

Despair – This pandemic is never going to end. Will my family be OK?

Fear – I just cannot get the virus. What about my children and grandchildren?

Guilt – I should have not complained about my tax dollars going to pay for Public Health.

Meaninglessness – I will never recover financially from this mess.

We get incredible clarity when we review all these themes involved in an emotional and spiritual suffering. It gives us an ability to participate in a shared reflection on the underlying themes of meaninglessness and hopelessness. It is the deep reflection as a shared experience that provides the seeds of hope when it comes to walking with an emotional and spiritual pain.

The Power of Your Personal Presence

It is extremely difficult to see our family members, friends and the community at large suffer when we “cannot be there for them - physically. During a crisis people often feel a “felt presence”. This is a silent companion or guide that journeys with us during a difficult time. We can never underestimate the power of our presence.

The following can happen when we share our own personal presence:

Courage of Presence – I can be with your pain without wanting to hide it, fade it or fix it.

Compassion of Listening – bearing witness, allowing the person to ventilate, validation.

Humility of Helplessness – Your helplessness frees you to be present.

Confidence of Trust – I have the resiliency to share my presence.

Belief in Hope – We will get through this.

Peace of Adequacy – I have the skills and energy to journey with you.

Freedom of Inadequacy – I do not need to have all the answers.

Comfort of Companionship – I do not know what to say but I am here for you.

The most important aspect of personal presence is that it can be given over the phone, through Facetime, Zoom or any other virtual platform. COVID-19 is not allowing many of us to be there physically but we can be there in spirit and this is just as effective. Remember the last time someone said to you, “I just needed to hear your voice”. It is this kind of presence that will help us walk through this difficult time, together.






Volume 11

In this section we showcase images that may or may not have their historical data provided 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”.

This week, we highlight another image from Tara Heard's personal collection with this newspaper clipping. This picture appeared in the Oct. 3, 1984 edition of the Clinton News-Record. The image was taken by James Friel. 

"The Bayfield Community Centre held hockey and figure skating registration on Sept. 29. Some of the children enrolled are Mark and Kim Scrimgeour, Tara Hessel and Kim Schilbe. Kim's mother, Nancy Schilbe looked on." 

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In Issue 563, 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?


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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 Rob 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."


 ISSUE 560

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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: Shannon Schilbe, Samantha Scott, Jody Fisher and Andrea McKenzie.

Just one blank left - thanks to Robert Baker for assisting in filling in the blanks this week. 


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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.



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



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Ambassadors on Parade highlights history of Seaforth and district all girls marching Band  

band57pcropj (002)Seaforth High School Bugle Band circa 1957. Note the three gentlemen in the back. The bugle band originated as a Cadet band to accompany marching drills. (Photo courtesy Dick Burgess)

1950s and 60s slides courtesy hildebrand family (18)Seaforth High School Bugle Band at an early Plowing Match in the late 1950s. (Photo courtesy Hildebrand family)

1960s winter band santa claus paradeThe marching band in their warm wooly white coats in a Frank Phillips photo of a 1960s Santa Claus parade. The previous year the band had suffered through the cold in much skimpier outfits! (Photo courtesy Hildebrand family)

1968 Seaforth District High School Girls' Trumpet BandThe Seaforth District High School Girls' Trumpet Band as they looked in 1968, (Submitted photo)  

1975_09 Oshawa plowing match in centennial plaid (4)This image taken in 1975 at the Oshawa Plowing Match. Girls are wearing centennial plaid. (Submitted photo)

1978 Seaforth District High School Girls' Marching Band in Seaforth George HildebrandSeaforth District High School Girls' Marching Band on parade in Seaforth in 1978. (Photo courtesy Hildebrand family)  

1994_07_01 Goderich Canada Parade (2)  The band as they looked in 1994 at the Goderich Canada Parade. (Submitted photo)  

2002 buckingham palace  In 2002, the band took a trip across the pond to perform. One of their stops included a photo op at Buckingham Palace. (Submitted photo)

band2 (002)  In 2007 they visited Nashville, Tenessee. (Submitted photo)  

1957 6D. mural-Seaforth_6676This iconic mural in downtown Seaforth depicts a long lost Frank Phillips photo of a 1957 Remembrance Day parade. (Photo by W. Laurie)





For more than 70 years, youth from across Huron County have come together to play music and march under the banner of the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band. The name has evolved over the years but the spirit of the band has always remained. 

People may not be aware of how the band got its start nor that at the beginning it wasn’t exclusively for girls. It began as part of the Cadet program taught at the high school level.

“It started as a boys’ band. Every high school in Ontario had a Cadet Corp. In 1948, the principal at the Seaforth High School, Mr. Plumsteel, was in favor of starting a band so that the cadets would have music to march to,” said Charles Kalbfleisch, who has been a director with the band since 1978.

GHmajorettes57touchupcropadjustj (002)The late George Hildebrand and majorettes from the Seaforth High School Bugle Band in 1957. (Photos courtesy Dick Burgess)  

According to Kalbfleisch, girls gradually became a major part of the membership in thex band as the boys had more extracurricular interests through sports than the girls did.

“There was one boy in the band for quite a while though as they had a huge base drum and it was too heavy for the girls to carry so a boy played it,” he noted.

Kalbfleisch has compiled this colorful band history into a book entitled, “Ambassadors on Parade: History of the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band”. This 435-page book was edited by Wilhelmina Laurie, and a first edition of 100 copies was published in early March.

Kalbfleisch’s objective was to preserve the bands history all in one spot. He drew content from a scrapbook of his own that he started 42 years ago. 

From 1957 to 1978 the band was under the direction of George Hildebrand.

"Hazel Hildebrand also kept a great scrapbook which we made extensive use of. We also used high school yearbook pages, and photos and information archived at the municipal office," said Laurie. 

“The book is about half photos and half written material, so there is a good balance,” said Kalbfleisch.

According to Laurie, many iconic photos of the marching band which might otherwise have been lost have been included in the book. These include some rare photos by the late Frank Phillips of Seaforth, photos and slides from the collection of the late George Hildebrand, pictures by Dick Burgess, yearbook photos and clips from the Seaforth and District High School, newspaper clippings and photos, and private photos of the band.

1967 George Hildebrand and Seaforth District High School Girls' Marching Band - new uniforms Dick BurgessGeorge Hildebrand is shown with the Seaforth District High School Girls' Marching Band. They got new uniforms for 1967. (Photo courtesy Dick Burgess)  

“It is a way to compile a considerable archive of photographs, stories and artifacts related to the band in its seventy-year history as an institution which has been part of Seaforth and Huron County history,” said Laurie. “In addition, the book is a feminist history of the contribution of an all girls’ band to the culture of Huron County and how cultural norms surrounding women evolved over the seventy years to the present.”

Kalbfleisch estimates that there have been between 10,000-16,000 girls take part in the band since his involvement began in 1978.

The book is available from Kalbfleisch at his home in Bayfield by calling 519 565-2244. The history is selling for $50 with profits from the project benefitting the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band.

In addition to learning to play an instrument, travelling outside of Huron County has also been a huge part of the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band experience and this is also reflected in the publication.

“At last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in the nation’s capital many bystanders were excited at the idea of an all girls’ band and could be heard to ask where Seaforth, Ontario was?” recalled Laurie. “The girls are true ambassadors on parade for Seaforth and Huron County and put our region on the map wherever they play.”

2013 Bayfield Santa Claus Parade (1)The band has played in Bayfield many, many times including at the 2013 Santa Claus parade. (Submitted photo)

2018_11 Blyth Santa Claus Parade Nick vinnicombe Blyth citizenIn 2018, they performed at the Blyth Santa Claus Parade. (Photo by Nick Vinnicombe - Courtesy the Blyth Citizen)  

2019_03_16 St Patrick's Day Parade Ottawa (21)In 2019, they travelled to the nation's capital to perform in the Ottawa St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Submitted photo)  

2018_06_09 Hensall Fair Parade (8)Author of the book and director of the band since 1978, Charlie Kalbfleisch is shown with his Co-Director Heather Dawe, who was also a youth member.  

IMG_3321The cover of this historic compilation: "Ambassadors on Parade - History of the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band".




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

Progress has continued since that time. These images were taken from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28.

Yesterday (Apr. 28) workers began to remove the metal crossbeams from the old bridge. 






FM 96 in London has been running a fun little voting challenge to determine the best small town in the Taz and Jim listening area. Due to the efforts of some determined daily voters Bayfield has now made it to the championship round against Grand Bend. Now that’s a friendly rivalry for the ages!

The Tournament of 64 Mash Up ends at 8 p.m. today (Apr. 29) and everyone can vote once. If you haven’t voted yet now is the time to get behind your favorite little heritage village on a Great Lake. The winner will have radio personalities Taz and Jim broadcast live from the winning town, when it is safe to do so.

Here’s the link:  Thanks for voting for Bayfield! – Melody





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