Bookmark and Share   May 19, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 21 Issue 619

Stuart is the cat of the week  

IMG_4298Stuart (MFP photo)  

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

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

Stuart had been roaming the streets of Bayfield for sometime when a generous person starting feeding him. She said in the beginning, he looked sad, lonely and thin but was far too nervous to come close.

However, it didn’t take long for him to become a regular at her back door and he appeared to be very grateful for the food. Slowly he began to trust and started to come closer to his benefactor. Eventually he was brave enough, and curious enough, to start sticking his head in the door when the door was left open to him. And he would come in occasionally on the really cold days.

186510154_170548648329184_5984433052492830519_nGOOD NEWS UPDATE: Chet, now called Arlo, who was the featured cat of the week for Issue 618 has found his forever home! He is settling in nicely and appears to especially love playing games with his new family. (Submitted photo)  

When he was comfortable enough to be touched and petted she knew it was time he found a home as he really seemed to want one and hers was rather full with pets already.

And that is how Stuart made his way to the Rescue. He has been vetted, neutered, had his shots, dewormed and given Revolution. He is all set to start the next chapter of his life in a loving home with a family of his own.

Anyone who has a place in their hearts for Stuart is encouraged to contact Bayfield Forgotten Felines at

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

St. Andrew's Collecting funds for Camp Menesetung 

Since COVID-19 closed the doors of St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield many changes have taken place but even though the doors are closed things are still happening.

St. Andrew’s congregation has transitioned to new ways of supporting their Outreach Projects during this pandemic, so that they continue to be a caring and compassionate church community. Each month they chose an outreach project. Some of the outreach projects this year have been donations to Blessings, Healthy Babies Healthy Children and for the month of May their outreach project is giving support to Camp Menesetung.

A few weeks ago, the church members were sent a message from the Executive Director of Camp Menesetung, Clayton Peters outlining the current plans for Spring and Summer 2021 camping. Anyone who would like to learn more can view the video at

Anyone wishing to donate to the camp can do so by mailing contributions to St. Andrew’s United Church, P.O. Box 202, Bayfield, ON, N7A 3X8 - be sure to mark the designation of "Camp Menesetung" on the cheque. Anyone wishing to drop off a donation in-person can email Kathleen Sietsema at to arrange a time.

Optimists hoping to host golf tournament when links reopen 

7539088300_a63bdf02ae_kBack in 2012, several enthusiastic golfers took part in the Optimist Club of Bayfield's annual tournament held at the Bluewater Golf Course. Club members hope that restrictions lift soon so that they can hold a COVID-19 safe tournament on June 19. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

In an anticipation of people being able to return to the links in the coming weeks, the Optimist Club of Bayfield is now planning their annual Golf Tournament on June 19.  For 2021 the event will be held at the Bluewater Golf Course in Bayfield.

It will be a scaled down version from previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions. There won’t be a dinner or a prize table but club members are working hard to still make it a fun event with ideas for some games in the works!

Since the pandemic began the Bayfield Optimists have not been able to hold a fundraiser but the need to fund youth programs and activities still exists and they would greatly appreciate golfers taking part in this 18-hole tourney. The cost will be $80 and includes a cart.

To book a foursome please call Jay Fisher at 519 482-5557.

Raffle to raise funds for Bayfield Centre for the Arts

IMG_1366Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is launching their first ever raffle on May 8. First prize is an original 30”x 60” acrylic painting of Lake Huron by much-loved artist Martina Bruggeman. She is well-known for her ability to capture the vast skies and gentle rolling waves of Lake Huron. This prize has been valued at $2,200. (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is preparing to launch their first ever raffle from now until June 4 to help fund classes of all kinds!

There will be three prizes. First prize is an original 30”x 60” acrylic painting of Lake Huron by accomplished artist Martina Bruggeman. She is well-known for her ability to capture the vast skies and gentle rolling waves of Lake Huron. This prize has been valued at $2,200. Second prize is a framed professional photograph of your home or cottage. The property must be within 100 km of Bayfield. The value of this prize is $400. Third prize is a basket of Main Street treats valued at $175.

Only 138 tickets are being sold and tickets are selling for $100 each. The draw will be made at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on June 5 at 11 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased now by calling Rita at 519 565-2343 after 9 a.m. or by
emailing Cash, cheque or Etransfer will be accepted. The ticket stub can be picked up or mailed.

Bruggeman’s original painting is currently on view in the window of the Main Street Gallery at 4 Main St. in Bayfield.

Visit the BCAs Facebook page or Instagram, @bayfieldart; and their website to learn more. Ticket rules are now posted. (Lottery License #800551)

HPPH expands vaccine eligibilty to Eighteen and older 

In alignment with provincial direction, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. As of yesterday (May 18), individuals aged 18 and older (born in 2003 or earlier) will be able to book an appointment at a future HPPH vaccination clinic. Appointments are currently available for the week of June 7-12.

HPPH is working with local school boards on vaccinations for youth ages 12-17 and their family members, to take place mid-June; more details will be available shortly.

Public Health is also continuing to book second doses. Please visit their new webpage for more information on how and when to book a second dose.

For a full list of those currently eligible for vaccine, visit Please remember that once someone is eligible for vaccine, they are always eligible.

Anyone eligible for a vaccination can make an appointment on the HPPH booking system at or by calling 1-833-753-2098. Online booking is encouraged due to call volume.

HPPH reminds everyone to follow all public and workplace safety measures regardless of their vaccination status. There continues to be a high number of cases in the region – the majority of which are variants of concern – and several ongoing outbreaks.

“The vaccines are making a difference in our fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Meriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Meriam Klassen. “However, it takes time to build immunity, and no vaccine is 100 per cent effective. We also need to protect those who have not yet been vaccinated, or who cannot receive vaccine.”

Vaccinated individuals could still contract COVID-19, although they are likely to experience milder symptoms. In addition, it may be possible for a vaccinated individual to transmit the virus to other people; research is ongoing.

Lions' walk for dog guides set for first sunday in june 

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is pleased to announce that they are planning to hold their annual Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, June 6.

“I am sure you will be as pleased as we are that we are able to continue our support of this cause this year and still meet all COVID-19 protocol,” said Lion Karen Scott, one of the event organizers. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather after the walk for our usual refreshments and presentation.”

Participants will need to walk their dog with members of their household only. Registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. Masks must be worn while at the registration desk.

Anyone who cannot walk, or cannot get pledges by June 6, are invited to walk on their own time and hand in pledges by June 25.

Anyone who would like to take part but not walk the day of can pre-register, walk, and then submit their pledges prior to June 6. People who don’t wish to physically participate but would still like to contribute to the cause can do so by pledging and donating. The preferred method of payment is through E-transfer to the Bayfield Lions at

For pledge sheets or further information please call Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.





Community consultation on Planned Bayfield continues. A video explaining “What We Heard & Early Ideas” has been posted. Once people have watched the video, they are asked to provide feedback in the Second Round Survey.

What is Planned Bayfield? It is the development of a Secondary Plan for Bayfield; a document which will provide more detailed direction for future growth and change in Bayfield.

Public consultation on this project is hosted at Public input is critical to the successful development of the Plan – visit this link and have a say in Bayfield’s future!

Anyone with questions, comments or concerns, is asked to please email Denise Van Amersfoort, Senior planner, at



The summer market season begins this week! 

The market will now be open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for delivery and pick-up at Clan Gregor Square. Organizers are pleased to announce that they have new vendors, returning vendors and lots of delicious local foods!

People can place their orders by visiting
from May 16 at 8 a.m. until today May 19 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on May 21 sometime between 3-5 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

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



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

The BAFB is currently in need of donations of “healthy breakfast choices” such as: instant oatmeal, unsweetened cereals, low sugar jams, peanut butter and other nut spreads.

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

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

Bayfield PACC 

What do the Hike for Hospice, the Lion’s Walk for Dog Guides, and the Huron County Walk for Alzheimer’s all have in common? All these events support worthy causes and present a great opportunity to get out and walk!

The Bayfield PACC (People and Canine Community) group is urging their members, visitors and citizens to support these events which are all taking place during the month of May. These groups all have websites explaining how to make pledges and how to conduct safe, virtual walks within COVID-19 protocols. (More information on all of these events can be found in this issue of the Bayfield Breeze.)

Everyone’s canine friends don’t need any excuses to get out for a bit of exercise, but their human counterparts can always use a bit of an incentive. Supporting the good work done by these organizations benefits everyone. Please join the Bayfield PACC by taking part in these activities and don’t forget to clean up along the way!

knox, bayfield 

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

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church has now suspended their in-church Wednesday morning, Communion Services.

Sunday services will continue at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at

Ratepayers' Association 

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Bayfield

Editor’s Note: This week, we start a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.


Did You Know…that the most common plastic pollution found on Lake Huron beaches are cigarette butts? Yes, that’s right, the filters of cigarette butts are made up of cellulose acetate, tiny plastic fibres that contain hundreds of toxic chemicals, that leach nicotine and heavy metals into the Lake. Cigarette butts can kill fish, harm other wildlife and impede plant growth. After sun exposure and wave action, the butts are turned into microplastics which find their way into the food chain.

What You Can Do…take a small bag, and a pair of gloves, with you when you go to the beach, pick up any cigarette butts you find and properly dispose of them in nearby trash cans.




Videos, trivia and survey all created to celebrate ABCA

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) continues to create public information materials during the celebration of its 75th anniversary year in 2021.

The conservation authority created a new video, an introduction to 75 years of local watershed management (1946-2021), featuring Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors. The video was released in April and it can be viewed on the 75th anniversary web page: at and on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel

Staff members have also created trivia questions and answers to test people’s knowledge of conservation in the watershed. This pop quiz is to be shared on social media platforms in the coming weeks. Also, local people holding trivia activities can contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 for questions and answers they can incorporate into their contests.

ABCA has also created a public survey. Staff say the 14-question survey is a chance to test everyone’s knowledge, and learn about, local watershed management and also to provide input into local watershed programs and services. Those interested are invited to take the survey at this link:

Abbie Gutteridge is chair of ABCA’s 75th Anniversary Planning Committee. She said the survey is a chance for ABCA to learn from local residents and for local residents to learn about conservation. The trivia questions are a fun way to learn about some of the work that has taken place over the past 75 years, she said.

“I hope the video, trivia and survey – along with other activities over the course of the year – will engage people in learning more about the work that is happening, in partnership with the community, to protect life and property, water and soil, and habitat for all living things,” she said.

The former Ausable River Conservation Authority was Ontario’s first conservation authority, created on July 30, 1946. The Bayfield River watershed and smaller streams were added in 1972.

To learn more about current and upcoming 75th anniversary activities visit

Small tourism business support grants program launched

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of between $10,000 and $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

The launch of the program was announced on May 13 by Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod.

The grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.

“I have heard from small tourism and travel businesses across the riding about how hard their industry has been hit during the pandemic,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “And as a result, I have been pushing hard for this grant program to be launched. I strongly encourage all qualifying businesses to apply for the funding."

Thompson added that the provincial government is ready "to deliver payments to the tourism businesses that have faced revenue loss, building on the fee relief provided to travel agents and wholesalers earlier in the pandemic. This substantial grant will support their bottom line and help them until we can once again enjoy travel with friends and family.”

As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, hospitality, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.

“Prior to the pandemic, Ontario’s tourism generated more than $36 billion in economic activity and supported more than 400,000 jobs across the province,” said MacLeod. “Our government is working with small businesses to overcome the challenges of the past year – through programs like the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant – and help the tourism industry reclaim its place as an economic powerhouse and key job creator in our province.”

Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. Applications for this grant will close on Friday, June 25.

For information on eligibilty and how to apply, go to:

Tourism‐related industries experienced a total combined loss of 141,000 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021.

The 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect the provincial economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.

Last chance to apply for Summer Company program 

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

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

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

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

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

Vote for inspiring connections 

Photo #2People are invited to vote for the most inspiring connection made through the "Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile" Call to Action. The winner will to receive this prize pack! (Submitted photo)

Twenty more smiles were recently seeded through Connectedness Coaching’s Call to Action, “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile”, in the Bayfield and Grand Bend area!

A Huron County community member shared her experience, “Thank you so much for the seeds of Morning Glory. It gives me great pleasure planting them. When Graham and I got married 60 years ago, Morning Glory were the first seeds we planted in our little garden in the UK. I watered them every morning before leaving for work. They were so pretty."

To celebrate the smiles seeded, a multi-community contest is currently underway to determine the most inspirational connection made through this Connected Coaching’s Call to Action. Voting is open to all community members and entries can be viewed on the Facebook page @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile. The winner will receive a garden gift basket which includes gardening tools, seeding pots, an outdoor sunflower ornament, valued at more than $60 and a $25 gift card to Listowel Greenhouses.

Anyone who has received seeds or seeded a smile through this initiative are encouraged to enter this contest as well. They can enter by sharing their connection experience through email at; by phone, 519 292-6862; or on the Facebook page. Additional entries will be accepted up to May 24 and the winner will be announced May 25.

Anyone who knows, or lives in, a community that would benefit from this type of connection is invited to become a Community Sponsor today. To learn how to sponsor a community, check out the Connectedness Coach’s website at

Hike when you like for hospice 
2021 Hike Banner

In 2021, the May 24th weekend will mark the launch of the Hike for Huron Hospice. The “hike where you like, hike when you like" event of the season.

“From Sunday, May 23 to Sunday, May 30 everyone is invited to join the hike and support the Hospice. Traditionally the hike has been held on one weekend and on a Huron County trail. For a second year, COVID-19 makes it impossible to host large gatherings. We want the Hike to be a fun fundraiser, so we created a hike with options,” said Christopher Walker, hike organizer.

“The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s biggest fundraising events. We hope hikers will help us raise $40,000 this year. The funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund essential, compassionate end-of-life care for families across the County. Hikers and donors are an important part of our Huron Hospice family. They contribute half our operating revenue each year,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster

Participants will pick a nice warm day and get out and exercise. People can pick the day and the location that fits their schedule. Everyone can hike safely and physically distanced on the streets of their hometown or on a trail. If it suits the moment, people can work out at the gym in support of Huron Hospice. Hikers can dedicate their walk or work-out to the memory of a loved one.

“We ask individuals and families or teams, who hike for the hospice to obtain pledges or raise money any way they can. Families could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends to pledge their support by email or over the phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raise the most money. And, any person who raises more than $200 will receive a prize,” said Walker.

To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website All anyone needs to do is send the link to their friends and contacts and ask them to pledge. Just follow the link to pledge or create a fundraising team.

COVID-19 is quickly becoming “COVID 21”. Now is the time to make moments and memories matter by taking part in such events as the Hike for Huron Hospice May 23-30.




public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:

Breakfast with Mayor Ginn 

Tomorrow (May 20) is the date for a virtual Breakfast with Mayor of Central Huron Jim Ginn over ZOOM.

Residents of Central Huron are encouraged to make their own breakfast and pour a cup of coffee and then join the call at 8 a.m. Participants will hear updates from council and have their submitted questions answered. All attendees will be entered into a draw to win $50 of “Downtown Big Dig Dollars”.

Click below to register and also to submit questions:

Ride to end hunger 

Cycling enthusiasts from across Huron County are invited to take part in the Sixth Annual “Better Together - Ride to End Hunger – Together – Apart” from June 12 to June 19 in support of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC).

Participants are asked to ride at their leisure during the week either at home or on their stationary bike or wherever it is safe to bicycle in their community or along the backroads of Huron County.

People can sign up as a team or individually by visiting:

More information is available on the HCFBDC Event Page at:


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to inform everyone that the Woodland Trail is closed through May 31st to allow for turkey hunting. The Wildflower Hike that was scheduled there for May 23rd has been cancelled.

The BRVTA Executive would like everyone to keep safe by staying off the Woodland Trail this month. All other Bayfield trails are open for people to use according to Provincial guidelines.

Please read the Bayfield Breeze for news about upcoming guided hikes scheduled for June or visit

walk for Alzheimer's 

This month, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County is calling on people to lace up their shoes, fundraise, and get ready to walk 1,385 steps each day in May in honor of the 1,385 people living with dementia in Huron County during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Participants can complete their steps at their own pace—in one day, in one week, or over the whole month! This challenge is for everyone, so make sure to get friends, family, and neighbors involved and hit 1,385 steps by heading out on a long walk, dancing, or by doing chores!

Everyone will be touched by dementia—whether it is a relative, a friend, a community member, or themselves. By participating in and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people will make a positive difference because they’re not only raising funds— they’re also raising hope.

While the pandemic negatively impacted so many services across the country last year, people showed their support by joining this walk, raising crucial funds that allowed the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to shift many of their services online, continuing to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron County. But more funds are needed to meet the growing demand for life-changing support, including counselling, education, social recreation, in-home recreation programs for people living with dementia and respite for caregivers.

“From May 1 to 29, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Executive Director Cathy Ritsema. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementias and live to their fullest.”

By joining the Alzheimer Society of Huron County IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. 

To get involved people can sign up individually, with family, or create a team at Choose Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham. Open a participant center at and add a photo, share a story, and set a fundraising goal. Then share a customized link to help fundraise and raise awareness.

Participants can also download a paper pledge form from or call or email the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office and one can be sent. Reach out over the phone or through email to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and ask them support. Paper pledge forms and money can be mailed into the office or dropped off at the office in Clinton between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other drop off times may be arranged.

Anyone who is unable to join in walking, or collecting their own pledges, is asked to please consider sponsoring someone else who is walking by following the online process outlined above or contacting a participant to arrange a donation drop off. Or people can donate to the event by clicking donate on any of the Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, or Wingham pages.

Help the Alzheimer Society of Huron County reach their goal of $70,000 and 1,385 donations – one donation for each person living with dementia in Huron County.

Join a live broadcast on the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 30 at 4 p.m., where they’ll share stories from walk participants across the country and celebrate together.

For more information contact Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Community Outreach/Events Coordinator, Erin Dale by calling 519 482-1482 or emailing

Alzheimer Education Programs 

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has Spring and Summer Online Education Programs lined up and ready.

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

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

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




Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

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

In recognition of Queen Victoria's Birthday, also know as May 24 weekend, we offer a couple of museum artifacts that pay homage to the monarch. 

Cheese dish 

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This is a cheese dish. The lid and dish are highlighted in white, pink and green shades. The lid’s design offers a picture of Queen Victoria in blue and gold, as well as grey, green, brown and pink. The handle is gold. There are no markings. 


jubilee spoon 

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This is a silver spoon created in recognition of Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee as a reigning monarch. There is an image of Queen Victoria on the spoon, with the dates, "1837-1897". There is a foral design on the tip of the handle.

The spoon belonged to the Eilber and Fritz family of Exeter, Zurich and Crediton.




Bookmark and Share  PHOTO STORY

Decade retrospective  

duck Race continues to grow in popularity    


4632857044_a2ae9e6219_k2010 - Colleen Faulds, showed off the winning duck to the crowd. Duck #337 maintained an early lead crossing the finish line in approximately 25 minutes. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

5747225407_d2d739830b_k2011 - Brenda Kinnear (left) and Cathy Fisher studied their tickets in hopes the numbers on them corresponded with a number on one of the three ducks that were first across the finish line. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

7243881750_b185788304_k2012 - The third edition of the Duck Race saw the Optimist Club sell out of tickets long before the 1 p.m. start of the race. The event is fast becoming a tradition for families, gathered for the Victoria Day Weekend, to head down to the pier and cheer on the ducks! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

8758347640_18a975d384_k2013 - Sunny skies and warm temperatures created the perfect atmosphere for the fourth annual Bayfield Optimist Club Rubber Duck Race on the afternoon of May 19. Audrey and Cameron Gaasenbeek, of Waterloo, watched the excitement from the South Pier. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

26904320650_4364fe59f4_h2016 - Jane and David MacLaren, provided their boat from which to launch the ducks. For the first time the amazing duck launcher created by Optimist Glen Steinson was used allowing all 750 ducks to hit the water at approximately the same time! (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

47895732531_9bc67ac4a9_k 2019 - Seeds Rooted in Youth owner, Janneke Vorsteveld, along with Rowan and Kyle Watson were part of the "duck wranglers" tasked with scooping all 1,250 "quackers" out of the river following the race. Jane and David MacLaren, once again provided their boat from which to launch the ducks (background). (Photo by John Pounder)


The Bayfield Optimist Club’s Duck Race has grown exponentially since the first race was held on May 23, 2010.

At that first event, close to a hundred people, including many young children, collected on the south pier to watch the bright yellow ducks bob, float, weave and rock their way down the course. The field of over 300 got off to a slow start but passing sail and power boats really gave the current a boost and in just 25 minutes the first duck crossed the finish line. That first year the three fastest ducks garnered prizes for their winners.

Fast forward to the most recent race held on May 19, 2019. It is estimated that about 400 people came out to see the Bayfield River turn to a sea of yellow as 1,250 rubber ducks were dropped as part of the ninth annual Rubber Duck Race. As it felt like 30C at race time the currents along the South Pier in the Bayfield Harbour were a bit uncooperative and the ducks preferred to huddle together rather than taking wing and exploring the waterway on their own…that is all but the one that crossed the finish line first - and in record time.

By 2019, it wasn’t just the crowd size and the number of ducks sold that had increased, the number of prizes had as well – there were six winners. But two things remained consistent – the race would sell-out and the Optimist Club members will always be most appreciative of the community support as the money goes to supporting youth projects.

Flippers crossed that the race will be back in 2022!


14236082913_99f3796749_k2014 - Andy Heard and Tara Hessel prepared the ducks for launching. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

17602989020_41add4dbbd_k2015 - Money raised from the sixth annual Rubber Duck Race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.(Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

34803666452_709a705152_k 2017 - Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their son, Weylin acted as rubber duck wranglers at the event ensuring no duck was left behind at the end of the race. (Photo by John Pounder)  

41563939754_9200a11ad1_k2018 - It was a one duck race early on as #89 ventured solo across the line to finish first. (Photo by John Pounder)  




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Spring - light & shade on Tuyll Street

Spring - light and shade on Tuyll Street...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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







Friday is my birthday and I gave myself an early present on Tuesday afternoon. I got my first dose of Pfizer vaccine. My appointment was at 3:35 p.m. I got my shot in the arm at 3:40 p.m. Thank you so much to the retired nurse who administered it so skillfully. I honestly didn’t feel a thing! Fifteen minutes later I was on my way.

Thanks to all of the volunteers as well as the nurses, paramedics, doctors and retired medical professionals administering the shots at the Goderich YMCA to ensure such a smooth process. Everyone was so friendly and cheerful. They are working long days to help get us out of this pandemic and I hope they know that their efforts are very appreciated, especially by this birthday girl! – Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder