Bookmark and Share   May 27, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 22 Issue 568

community comfort covers a cozy fundraiser for hospice  

DSC_1315Following discussion with Huron Hospice, Helen VareKamp has made the decision to pull five Community Comfort Covers out of her stash and offer them for sale to the community as an expression of thanks, hope and comfort. All proceeds will go toward patient care at the Huron Hospice. (Submitted photos)  

DSC_1281 (2)Helen Varekamp has been crocheting afghans for the Huron Hospice during the pandemic. Every patient at the residence and under home care receives an afghan from the Hospice, which is donated to the family upon passing.

In response to a request from Helen Varekamp (Issue 567 Week 21), people have cleaned out their closets and found some yarn for which they had no use.

“Thank you so much, Bayfield! During this challenging time, many folks have come through once again!” said Varekamp.

Varekamp has been pleasantly overwhelmed by the kind response and donations. She will be crocheting afghans out of all these bits and pieces and donating them to the Huron Hospice. Further donations of yarn will be accepted in the next couple of weeks.

“Since I was looking for something creative to do during this time of isolation, I was grateful for donations of leftover yarn from friends. I enjoyed working with a multitude of colors and textures; it was challenging but satisfying and I loved how each afghan turned into a unique piece of art,” said Varekamp.

The Hospice hands out a blanket to each patient in their residence, as well as patients in the community under their care. Once the patient passes, the blanket is donated to the family members as a keepsake.

Varekamp has received numerous phone calls and emails with comments and encouragement from the community. Some of these were requests to purchase one of these afghans in lieu of a donation to the Hospice. Others encouraged her to turn these into a fundraiser. In discussion with Huron Hospice, VareKamp has therefore made the decision to pull five Community Comfort Covers out of her stash and offer them for sale to the community as an expression of thanks, hope and comfort. All proceeds will go toward patient care at the Huron Hospice.

Unlike many other healthcare institutions, the Huron Hospice receives partial funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health, which needs to be augmented by community donations in order to operate. With many fundraising events cancelled this spring, it has been a bigger challenge for the Hospice to meet their needs.

The Community Comfort Covers are all machine washable and vary in size somewhat, but average approximately 30”x 45”. They are for sale for $200 each, with all proceeds going to Huron Hospice. If you want to own or gift one of these Covers, give Varekamp a call at 519 565-5442. Each Cover will go home to the first caller to express interest! In case a caller gets the answering machine, make sure to leave her a message with the identity number of the Cover of interest.

Varekamp wants to express her thanks to each and every one who has donated yarn, will buy one of these Covers or has supported her and her husband, Walter, for the Hike for Hospice. She is in awe and grateful to be part of this community!

For more information on the hike or to donate to the Hospice in general, please refer to their website

"Age of Dysphoria" screened on SuperchannelTV on Friday 

Brad and Jess“How Our Lives Would Go” is a new song from singer-songwriter Ryan Malcolm. Jessica Petelle directed the video for the song with her husband, Brad Turner (left), providing his talents as cinematographer.  


“How Our Lives Would Go” is a new song from singer-songwriter Ryan Malcolm. The song plays over the end credits for a short film directed by Bayfield resident, Jessica Petelle entitled, “Age of Dysphoria”.

The video for the song was shot in and around Bayfield in September of 2019 and was launched on May 12. To view the video visit:

Petelle also directed the video with her husband, Brad Turner, providing his talents as cinematographer. The video features actress Laura Vandervoort, who also stars in the film alongside Gordon Pinsent.

Petelle was anticipating the screening of her film at the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto in March but due to COVID-19 the festival has been moved to television affording anyone who subscribes to SuperChannelTV with an opportunity to screen Age of Dysphoria at home, along with other films. The festival will run from May 21 to June 9. Petelle’s short film will be shown on Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m.

To learn more about this film visit:

get active during Virtual Walk for Dog Guides this Sunday 


The Lions Foundation of Canada’s PetValu Walk for Dog Guides has been a long-standing tradition for the Bayfield Lions’ Club and has always been popular with village and area residents. But like so many things these days, the walk has been considerably changed this year. Due to COVID-19, people aren’t able to walk as a group together but since the need for service dogs continues to grow, there are two ways that individuals can still assist with this great cause.

The first suggestion is to participate in the Virtual Walk set up through PetValu by completing three easy steps - register, walk virtually and share.

For anyone interested in this option here is the information: Register for the PetValu Virtual Walk for Dog Guides and create a team (of one or more participants) at Anyone who wishes to do so can create a team representing the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

“This will enable you to invite people to participate as a part of your virtual team similar to how you would invite them to sponsor your usual physical walk. The creation of teams allows us to track donations and walkers associated with our very own Bayfield walk,” explained Jack Pal, of the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

On May 31st, people can show their support for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides by going for a “virtual” walk by doing something physically active while practicing social distancing. Examples include: a walk around the block, running on a treadmill at home, dancing in the living room, lifting some weights or jumping on a trampoline.

Participants are invited to share photos and videos of what they choose to do for the PetValu Virtual Walk: @LFCDogGuides @PetValu #VirtualWalkforDogGuides This way organizers can see what people chose to do and share these ideas within the community.

The second suggestion is to simply donate.

“If you prefer not to walk literally or virtually you can donate by E-transfer to the Bayfield Lions’ Club at ,” said Pal.

Alternatively, cheques can be mailed, payable to the Lions Foundation of Canada, to Bayfield Lions, 6 Municipal Road, P.O. Box 2107, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0. In either case please indicate that the donation is on behalf of the Virtual Dog Guide Walk.

“We realize this is a time of concern for all of us, so we really do appreciate any contribution you are able to make at this time,” concluded Pal.

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

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 May 25.

100082674_10158662839255739_7549818406262800384_oOn May 25 - Lockdown Day #72 - Phase 2 Day #1 - Kate and Gary Lloyd-Reese ventured to the Port of Soller for a beach visit where paddling and swimming for leisure are now allowed. Masks are mandatory outside of the home for everyone six years of age and over with limited specified exceptions. (Photo courtesy Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Today, Monday, is our 72nd day of the lockdown under the “State of Alarm” that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15th. Last week the “State of Alarm” was extended for the fifth time and is due to end on June 7th – this last extension did not pass Congress without difficulty (177 votes for - 162 against). Spanish politics would take at least a complete edition of a “letter home” to try and explain - suffice to say that it is a proportional representation system and that the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, leads a minority coalition government which requires the support or abstention of several of the other seventeen parties with seats. Sanchez has indicated that he will seek a further and final extension of two weeks which would bring an end to the State of Alarm (and potentially to lockdown) on June 21st.

Today, after two weeks in Phase 1 of the de-escalation process, and along with 47 per cent of the population of Spain, Mallorca moved to Phase 2. The updated map of Spain shows which regions are now in Phase 2 and which are still in Phase 1 – there are now no areas in Phase 0.

So, how does Phase 2 differ from Phase 1?

Phase 2 Map 

Each Phase builds upon the one before and restrictions are progressively relaxed. Changes under Phase 2 include - people from different households can meet in social groups of up to 15 (10 in Phase 1); Bars and Restaurants can open interior spaces at up to 50 per cent capacity but with table service only (exterior space remains at 50 per cent capacity); beaches, the sea and swimming pools can be used for leisure; cinemas and theatres can open at 30 per cent capacity with assigned seating; nature parks can open at 20 per cent capacity; controlled visits to care homes are permitted; business meetings and conferences of up to 50 people can be held; all stores (including those in malls) can open at 40 per cent capacity; hotels can open their common areas at 30 per cent capacity (hotels could open under Phase 1); and walks and exercise can now be taken at any time, except 10 a.m. to Noon and 7-8 p.m., which are reserved for vulnerable persons and those aged 70 or over. Social distancing continues to be required for all activities.

Totally unrelated to phases, on May 21st, and because of evolving health science and increasing mobility of the population, it became mandatory for everyone aged six and above to wear a mask when out of the home with limited specific exceptions. Unlike Ontario, where it became “recommended”, this is enforced by rule of law and (as always) non-compliance risks a fine of at least € 601. Hygienic or surgical masks are recommended and are readily available for purchase – prices for gloves, masks and hand sanitizer are all subject to government control - surgical masks are sold at a maximum of 96 cents each.

What comes after Phase 2?

If its health data continues to improve, Mallorca could enter Phase 3 on June 7th and finally Phase 4 (the “nueva normalidad”) on June 22nd - a date which coincides with the potential end of the “State of Alarm” the day before.

How are things in Spain and Mallorca?


Overall, Spain’s health data continues to rapidly improve – over the past week, the average numbers being reported are now down to 380 daily infections and 65 daily deaths. In the Balearics, total identified cases have reached 2,035 in total – unfortunately, there have been 211 identified deaths. The rapid improvement, despite the parallel de-escalation of restrictions, is testament to the impact of the “hard lockdown” of the first 49 days – it seems like a distant memory that only three weeks ago we were still subject to virtual house confinement.

What is the latest on flights and the return of tourism?

This whole topic develops by the day - Spain’s borders are currently closed until June 15th and may well be extended beyond that. The concept of an integrated EU-wide approach to opening borders appears not to have materialized and individual countries are announcing dates that they will open – a decision largely driven by the economic need to restart tourism. As examples of what is unfolding: Italy has said that they will unilaterally fully open their borders on June 3rd with no incoming quarantine requirement; Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France announced that they will fully open their common borders on June 15th; and the UK has announced the introduction of a 14 day quarantine for arrivals as from June 8th (this will be the first time they have put one in place and potentially complicates a routing home for us via the UK).

One thing that has been agreed EU-wide are the health protocols for air travel when it resumes – as all things EU, there is a 28-page prescriptive document. As an example of a protocol that will directly impact us: medical masks (not the non-medical cloth type) must be worn from the moment you step into the departure terminal to when you leave the arrivals terminal – at check-in you need to show you have enough masks to be able to change for a fresh one every four hours for the duration of the complete journey. Luckily for us, medical masks are readily available to buy locally in Soller.

Mallorca itself is desperate to open for tourism and discussions are well advanced between the Governments of the Balearics and Germany to establish a “green corridor” between select German airports and specific Mallorcan beach resorts. Depending upon what happens with the UK, this “corridor” is a likely route for us to get to Germany where there are regular scheduled flights back to Canada. We keep the evolving situation under constant review…

We continue to be safe and well and are making the most of our newfound “freedom” under Phase 1 and Phase 2 whilst taking all necessary precautions to minimize risk of exposure. We remain grateful to our friends back home in the Bayfield area for your continuing best wishes and words of support.

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


IMG_3361 Village residents have been reporting the discovery of painted rocks, such as the ones shown here, on their socially distanced walks around town. All have acknowledged the pleasure that these delightful, colourful, painted stones have given them so kudos to the anonymous artists! (Photo by Linda Jones)  


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their third market of the season on Friday, May 29. Two new vendors have joined the lineup this week.

Bayfield Maple, operated by Bayfield’s Dianne Brandon, offers delicious local maple syrup in a variety of sizes and grades. Bachert 3 Premium Sausage, operated by the Groothius family of Auburn, produces sausages and smoked pork chops.

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

engraved pavers 

Anyone who missed out on purchasing an engraved paver for display around the Clan Gregoar Square Splash Pad has limited time to do so as work may begin in the coming weeks.

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

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2020 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time.

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


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

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

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


The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continue to be awed by the caring and generosity of people beyong their immediate coverage area.

They recently received funding from the Bruce Power Employees and Retirees ''GoFundMe”, as well as a grant from The Nigel and Rhonda Gilby Foundation and a cheque from Canada Helps representing combined donations from many individuals. For all of these contributions the Board is truly thankful.

On a local level, the Bayfield Garage continues to act as a drop off location for cheques which is extremely helpful for the BAFB. The Lake House of Bayfield regularly provides delicious lunches for the senior and single clients of the BAFB. These meals are a treat for the recipients and again the Board is grateful.

In addition, last month’s delivery to clients contained many items that the BAFB normally would not have been able to provide.

The Board of the BAFB remind people that they have free, prepackaged boxes ready for delivery to someone in need of assistance all they need do is call 519 955-7444.

“On behalf of the Board of the Bayfield Area Food Bank, I would like to extend to the local community and our out-of-town friends a thank-you for your thoughtfulness and caring,” concluded Terry Boa-Youmatoff.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce re-opening the recreational trails and the Bayfield River Flats for community use. The Woodland Trail remains closed until June 1 due to turkey hunting season.

BRVTA organized hikes are still cancelled until further notice, but the public is welcome to enjoy fresh air and exercise. Please follow all current physical distancing guidelines.

historical society 

Due to compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions and out of concerns for community safety, the June 29 monthly speaker’s meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has been cancelled. The BHS look forward to resuming this series in the future.

Recycling Program 

The wheelie bins are coming! The wheelie bins are coming!

The Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) has begun distribution of wheelie bins in Zurich. Delivery to residences in Bayfield and the surrounding rural area will follow. Homeowners along the lakeshore can expect their bins later this month.

Residents are reminded that wheelie bins cannot be used for curbside collection until the program starts between June 1-8 depending on scheduled recycling pick-up dates.


patriotic masksLeslie Bella continues to make homemade masks, like these with Canadian themes. She donates them through Michael's Pharmacy for those who need them. She creates two designs depending on materials available - some have straps, and some have elastic. (Submitted photo)  

A number of very generous people have signed up with Home4Good as volunteers to help people with their shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who is self-isolating or otherwise advised not to shop, is encouraged to contact Leslie Bella at Home4Good, or text 519 955-1531, and Home4Good will assign someone to help.

Home4Good has tracked advice for safe shopping, and posted suggestions on their Facebook page Home4GoodinBayfield. This information suggests that the use of homemade face masks is recommended when shopping, or when visiting medical services, particularly for those of people over 65 or with underlying health conditions.


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.

Garden Club

Memberships are important to the Bayfield Garden Club (BCG). Membership fees go a long way in funding the work the BGC does to beautify the village as well as covering meeting expenses.

People are invited 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.  Cheques can also be dropped off at the above location. Please email to make arrangements. 

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

Centre for the Arts 

Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) would like to invite people to participate in a Special Project set to the theme: “Navigating the year 2020 - events, people and places of Bayfield”.

The year 2020 is shaping up to be a new and unusual reality for the world. BCA has begun a project of collecting photographs of moments in time that will act as a retrospective of the COVID pandemic and emerging behaviours across the village and surrounding area.

“We are collecting a variety of photographs of people, pets, wildlife, parks, trails, lake/rivers and buildings. Photos can include landscapes, waterscapes, portraits (candid and posed), still life photos and more. We hope to document this significant, historical human experience through visual storytelling,” President of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts, Leslee Squirrell.

Anyone, professional or novice using smart phone or professional camera, can submit a photo(s) one time or multiple times over the course of the collection period - Jan. 1-Dec. 30, 2020. The photos should reflect aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic, which are important to capture for future generations and family story telling. A focus on positive actions and beauty are encouraged.

High resolution photos are best for reproduction. The collection will be curated into the “Special Project” and made available in the spring of 2021. Submission does not guarantee use for the Special Project.

By submitting to the collection, the Photographer grants to the BCA rights to their photographs (if selected) for: Reproduction of selected photos as images in their Special Project; subsequent sale proceeds (if any) to the BCA for fundraising and community purposes.

The BCA recognize that except as identified above, the photographs and rights therein, including copyright, remain the sole and exclusive property of the photographer. Any additional use by the BCA requires the prior written agreement of the photographer (with terms to be separately negotiated) between BCA and the Photographer.

How to submit your photo: Give your file and photo a name; include your name and a brief description of the image.

If a participant’s own email address is a GMAIL account they can submit directly to and include the above information in the body of the email.

For any other email address account participants can submit through the web-based tool and send photos to Please wait for the verification code on this website, prior to exiting. The appropriate info can be included in the message section.


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



  virus thrives on complacency  

As workplaces, services and public locations prepare to accept more people, the province is recommending that individuals wear a face covering where physical distancing is not possible. The province has released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible.

“I support the latest provincial direction,” said Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “It is also incredibly important that we all continue to wash our hands often, stay at home if we feel ill, and practise physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart from anyone outside our household.”

Although more than two weeks had passed in Huron and Perth without a new case of COVID-19, HPPH has learned that a resident of Maitland Manor long-term care home in Goderich has tested positive. The resident was tested after showing symptoms of the virus. The resident is in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

This case is a reminder that despite the downward trend in the number of cases, the virus is still circulating in our communities and people cannot become complacent. Everyone still needs to maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.
With the warmer weather upon us and outdoor recreation areas opening up, HPPH has received many inquiries around gatherings. Here is what you need to know:

• Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas, are now permitted to be open. But playgrounds, fitness equipment, swimming pools, splash pads are still closed.

• Remember, you cannot gather in groups of more than five people, unless they are all from the same household. It’s still important that people not share food and drinks with people who are outside of their household and not invite new people into their household.

• When people are outside they need to maintain a 2 M (6 ft.) distance from people who are not in their household.

• While the order restricting gatherings of more than five people will remain in place until May 29, it is under review and the province is examining how to expand that number. An announcement is expected soon.

“As places start to re-open, I ask that everyone be patient and considerate as businesses, services and public locations put measures in place to keep everyone safe,” added Dr. Klassen.

(Press release dated May 22.)

COVID-19 Testing and Guidance Updates for Huron and Perth

The government of Ontario released new testing guidelines for COVID-19 on Sunday, May 24. Testing is now available in Huron Perth for the following populations:

1. All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.

2. People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.

3. People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

“Anyone who is showing a COVID-19 symptom, no matter how mild, and anyone who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be able to have a test done,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical officer of Health for Huron Perth.

Huron Perth residents are encouraged to use the province’s online assessment at and if indicated, call your doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. If you do not have a family doctor, you can call Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267.

Testing is available every day of the week at testing collection sites across Huron-Perth, by appointment.

“It’s important that residents make an appointment to be tested so that the staff at the testing centre can be prepared for your visit and to also reduce potential wait times,” said Dr. Klassen.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are sent for testing, you will be told to isolate at home. Any close contacts who were in contact with you in the 48 hours before your symptoms started will also be told to isolate and to contact HPPH if they develop any symptoms. If you are not sick, but you are being tested as a close contact of a confirmed case, you will be directed to self-isolate for 14 days to ensure you do not develop symptoms.

If you are not sick, and are being tested for reasons other than being a close contact of a confirmed case, self-monitor for symptoms. Avoid public spaces and places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact your public health unit and your health care provider.

Over the next couple of weeks, HPPH will help facilitate testing of several essential worker groups and congregate settings, including: retirement homes, group homes, healthcare workers, fire fighters, police, and some retail workers.

HPPH received confirmation of a case of COVID-19 over the weekend in a male who resides in North Perth, bringing the cumulative total to 51 confirmed cases; two currently active cases. The man was symptomatic and was tested on May 21; he is recovering and self-isolating at home. HPPH is conducting the contact tracing and informing anyone who may be at risk of exposure about isolating, testing, and protecting others.

“This case in a community member shows that the virus is still circulating and it’s important that we do not become complacent,” said Dr. Klassen.

The province of Ontario recently released specific recommendations for the public on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings.

“We recommend that people wear a face covering when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible, such as on public transit or in a small store,” said Dr. Klassen.
For more details about face mask usage, visit:
“While wearing masks may help, to truly stop the spread of the virus in our community, everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick,” advised Dr. Klassen.

(Press release dated May 26.) 

Paramedic services recognized this week for frontline work 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the important role Paramedic Services play in
keeping communities across Ontario safe and healthy has never been more apparent. Paramedic Services Week 2020, which takes place from now unitl May 30, is an opportunity to recognize the tireless work and dedication of paramedics. This year’s theme is “Pandemic: Paramedics on the Front Line”.

Paramedics are like no other healthcare professional. They are at the scene in emergencies when patients are their most vulnerable. They also work in communities with healthcare teams to keep people at home and out of the hospital emergency room through many innovative and dynamic community paramedic programs. These services have been even more critical during the pandemic.

“As we celebrate Paramedic Services Week 2020 in Ontario our activities will be different than other years,” stated Chief Neal Roberts, president of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC). “COVID-19 stay at home directives and social distancing will not allow for open houses at paramedic stations, public mall displays and
interactive public events. However, the role and contribution of paramedics on the front lines during COVID-19 has gained significant recognition during these difficult times. The respect and gratitude for paramedics has never been higher.”

Join us this week to thank and raise awareness of the enormous contribution of highly skilled Paramedic Services’ staff to maintain safe and healthy communities.

For more details of how Ontario’s paramedics are responding during COVID-19, visit

Ausable Bayfield trails and conservation areas now open 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) announced on May 22 that trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by ABCA were reopened to limited use. Playgrounds, play structures and privies in conservation areas remain closed and Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre is also closed until further notice. Otherwise, ABCA trails and conservation lands are open for public use contingent on following public health direction.

ABCA reminds people they need to practise all applicable public health guidelines including social physical distancing of at least 2 M (6 ft). The conservation authority is adding signs to reinforce the need for social physical distancing and it is asking people to not use the trails, conservation areas, or other conservation lands if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

The reopening includes all conservation areas: Clinton, Bannockburn, Zurich, Morrison Dam, Crediton, Lucan, Parkhill, Rock Glen, and Ausable River Cut. Other properties include: Mystery Falls, L-Lake, Sadler Tract, and Linfield. The reopening also includes the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail. To maintain physical distancing, trail users are asked to move in a counter-clockwise direction with the increasing numbers on the distance markers.

ABCA began Phase 1 of property reopenings on May 19, with opening of conservation forests and management areas where there are no trails, parking lots, or other shared amenities.

The May 22 reopening of properties also extended to Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy properties: Bayfield River Flats Nature Area; Mayhew Tract; and Heaman Tract.

ABCA continues to consult with municipalities and community partners in reopening of facilities. Staff have been doing risk management inspections at the conservation areas to ensure they are safe for reopening. The ABCA Board of Directors approved the property reopenings at the May 21 Board of Directors meeting.

“We thank everyone for the patience they have shown as we prepared for the appropriate time to reopen these wonderful locations for safe nature enjoyment,” said Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

The past few weeks have really underlined how much local residents cherish local trails and conservation areas, according to the Chair.

“We are glad to be in a stage where we can begin to reopen,” Cook said. “We ask people to use these areas properly to keep themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their community safe.”

The conservation authority will monitor trail and conservation area use and will make decisions affecting the areas based on updated information from the Province of Ontario, police and public health authorities, as well as local use patterns.

For updates on trails, conservation areas, conservation lands, and ABCA service adaptations visit the website and the Notices of Service Disruptions web page at this link:

ABCA is asking visitors to select the property closest to them in order to reduce crowding and to limit travel. Trail and conservation users are also encouraged to keep their visits as short as possible. As washrooms and privies are not available, trail and conservation area users are asked to plan their visit accordingly and to bring their own hand sanitizer as there are no hand washing facilities available.

People can Hike for Hopice wherever they happen to be 


Hike for Hospice is moving to where ever their participants happen to be. The hike will be held “virtually” on June 14.

“Traditionally Huron Hospice has held hikes on Huron County trails, including, beautiful Bayfield Trails, and that was our original plan for this year. However, COVID19 made it impossible to host large gatherings. We decided that we would hold our hike “virtually” so that people can walk safely in their communities and still help Huron Hospice. Hopefully, we will be able to hike the trails and beaches safely soon but while we wait patiently for trails to reopen, Huron Hospice needs your support,” said Christopher Walker, a hospice volunteer.

The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s most significant fundraising events. Organiers hope to raise $40,000 this year. The funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund the essential, compassionate care that Hospice staff and volunteers provide. There are no costs for Hospice services.

“Events like the hike do make great things possible here at home. Now more than ever, we need Huron County residents to join us. You can hike safely on the streets of your home town. You can walk around your yard. You can ride your bike. You can even hike the distance from Bayfield to Varna on your treadmill in the basement,” Walker said. “I am walking in Bayfield. I am dedicating the walk to the memory of my Father, who so loved living in Bayfield. While I would like to walk down to the harbor, I am not thrilled with the return trip. It is, after all, aptly named Long Hill Road. I am staying on the flat streets this year.”

Organizers are asking that families hike for Huron Hospice 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.

“They could even invite people to hike on the same day in their community and help raise funds for Huron Hospice. All anyone needs to do is send the link to their contacts and ask for their help,” said Walker.

To learn more, visit To make a pledge or to create a fundraising team

“Think of it this way; you may not need us today or even tomorrow. However, someday a family member or a friend might. It is essential that we are here in Huron County to provide these vital services. Hiking for Huron Hospice is a fun family activity that helps ensure that important palliative services are available close to home when we need them,” concluded Walker.

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People can a make a difference for families living with dementia.

This year, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is moving online, culminating in a live streaming national event on Sunday, May 31 that will connect Canadians and Alzheimer Societies from across the country. Participants can photograph or video themselves throughout May and upload it to social media by following step-by-step instructions at and using the hashtag #IGWalkforAlz.

For over 20 years, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s has brought hundreds of people together to fundraise and to show support for families living with dementia. The pandemic has hit families living with dementia hard. As the lockdown continues, the challenges they face continue to grow. These families are living with increasing stress and complications brought on by self-isolation, lack of in-person connection, and the absence of respite opportunities.

Like the walk, the Alzheimer Society, has transformed as well, offering a wide range of online programming and support. Programs like one to one counseling via phone, Zoom support groups, educational webinars, virtual social recreation, and a weekly connections newsletter that provides caregiver tips, exercises, engaging activities, and virtual programs to help make the days at home a little more manageable. Social recreation kits with games, trivia, and activites, iPods personalized to individual musical interests, and walking poles are all being provided to clients through porch drop offs.

Funds are urgently needed to assist those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, a disease that isolates more than half a million Canadians and has a dramatic impact on their families and loved ones. People are urged to take up the fight by fundraising and participating in the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

"We're calling on you to show your support by walking online," said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director, Alzheimer Society of Huron County. "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 dementia and live to their fullest."

Fundraisers will unite under the rallying cry “The Time Is Right. Join. Walk. Help.”

By 2031, the number of Canadians with dementia will increase by nearly 70 per cent and a cure has not yet been found. More funds are required to meet the growing demand for life-changing programs and services, including dementia education, programs for people with dementia and respite for caregivers.

“In these unprecedented times, we are extremely proud to continue our support of the
Alzheimer Society and their work to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for dementia,” said Jeff Carney, president and CEO, IG Wealth Management. “Our employees and Consultants have a long history and real passion for supporting the communities where we live and work.

Although we had to modify the walk this year based on the impact of COVID-19 and physical distancing, we are still optimistic that the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s will be a huge success.”

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer Society’s biggest, nationwide fundraising event of the year. In 2019, over 300 participants raised more than $65,000 in Huron County to provide services to the community affected by dementia – where they live.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia strike every community and consume entire families. No one should have to face this disease alone. People can help by registering and fundraising for an IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Huron County at They can choose Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham. Participants can sign up individually or make an even bigger impact by joining or creating a virtual team with family, friends, neighbors or co-workers.

Anyone who would like more information or would like assistance with registering, is asked to please call 519 482-1482.


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:

covid-19 assessment centre 

On May 19, the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre with a drive-up testing site. The testing site will be open Monday to Friday from 1:30-4 p.m., excluding statutory holidays. People may only attend the Assessment Centre with a referral from a primary care practitioner (PCP) and have an appointment booked through the GBACHC. No walk-in appointments will be accepted.

People who believe they have COVID-19 are required to contact their own PCP to be virtually assessed and to determine if they qualify for testing. If they do not have a PCP, they may book a virtual assessment appointment with a GBACHC PCP.

The GBACHC COVID-19 Assessment Centre will adhere to the testing guideline criteria established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and endorsed by Huron Perth Public Health. These criteria prioritize certain populations based on risk.

To review the Testing Site Process please visit:


It only takes a few minutes, and a few words, to make a difference in the life of an isolated senior.

One Care Home and Community Support Services has launched a letter writing campaign with the goal of spreading positive messages to seniors who are isolated and alone at home during COVID-19.

“During this time, we know that many of our seniors who receive Meals on Wheels are isolated from their loved ones and have limited connections to others in their communities. We are asking people from the community to write messages to bring some joy to their lives,” said Cindy Gravelle Holbrook, Nutrition supervisor for One Care.

The letters will be included in the daily Meals on Wheels deliveries. Each week One Care delivers more than 900 hot and frozen meals to people throughout Huron County and Stratford, and connects with more than 250 isolated seniors.

The Meals on Wheels program has seen a 35 per cent increase since the beginning of the pandemic and it is helping to reduce the worry of eating well, both for caregivers and clients. To meet the growing demand One Care has received provincial government funding through the Ontario Community Support Association to meet the increasing needs in the community.

“We know that seniors need good food support, and we also know that they are alone, and often lonely. By sending out letters we would like to help reduce the social isolation concerns and spread a little joy with our meals. At Easter our staff members’ children made cards for the clients and we received such wonderful feedback that we wanted to find a way to continue to brighten our clients’ day.

“We are asking people from the community, both children and adults, to write positive messages that we can send out with our Meals on Wheels deliveries. This would be a great project for children and could include pictures of animals or scenery (no faces) and happy messages,” Gravelle Holbrook noted.

It only takes a few minutes to write a letter and to send it to One Care. If they are handwritten the letters should be printed and easy to read. If they are typed, use the font Arial (if possible) at 14 point. The letters should be positive and uplifting, only include first names in the letter and do not include a return address. The agency plans to feature some of the letters on social media to continue spreading the positive messages. Letters can be emailed to One Care at

“Everyone loves getting a letter and this is another way that we can help our seniors. It’s also a great activity for a family, or as a way to give back to community during this time,” said Gravelle Holbrook.

One Care’s Meals on Wheels program provides essential services to people in the community. Meals are delivered from Monday to Friday by screened volunteers and through a contactless delivery service. The service offers a freshly made hot meal, or frozen meal package, and the letters will be an extra treat for the seniors who receive them. For more information and to register for Meals on Wheels call 1-844-482-7800 or visit

Community Support Fund 

United Way Perth-Huron is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

United Way Perth-Huron is proud to support the important investment of approximately $407,232.00 into local communities.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need”, stated The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, “But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

“The Emergency Community Support Fund is much-needed and welcome support for those local organizations working tirelessly during the COVID-19 crisis to reach the most vulnerable in our communities”, said John Nater, MP for Perth-Wellington. “Our rural communities face unique challenges when it comes to the delivery of essential goods and services. This funding will allow the United Way Perth-Huron to ensure the most critical needs in our region are being met”.

“United Way Perth-Huron is pleased to support this vital investment by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community”, said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We have been closely in touch with local organizations throughout the last nine weeks, and I know these funds will be used well”.

To apply, organizations should visit the UWPH website at Any questions can be directed to or 519 271-7730.

ABCA onliNE learning

Students may be out of the classroom at the moment but there are educational activities online that can help to keep learning going. These are new and creative ways to connect to the natural world including some activities that can be done indoors.

To help keep children and youth engaged and learning while at home, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has compiled online science lesson plans and links to other educational resources.

The ABCA website at is full of scientific, local and up-to-date information on soil, water, and habitat for living things in the Ausable Bayfield watershed. The Teachers’ Resources-Lesson Plans web page has new links to ideas and activities to help learning about nature at home. There are activities and lesson plans that help to meet Ontario Curriculum expectations for every grade from Grade One through 12.

The link to teaching and learning resources is at:
Conservation educators at ABCA are not currently delivering student field trips or in-school programs. This is part of the nation-wide response to COVID-19 as school buildings and child care facilities are closed during the current pandemic.

For Notices of Service Disruptions visit this link:


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected vulnerable individuals and families across Perth and Huron Counties. A stark reminder of how profound the effects are is reflected in the initial response to United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) opening its COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund directly to individuals through a partnership with Social Services in Perth and Huron. In the first four days of applications beginning May 4, the fund received so many requests UWPH is now looking to raise more money to meet demand.

“Whether it’s people looking for help paying for groceries, diapers or medication the early response has been substantial,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We’re glad people know about the program and are reaching out for support, but it also points to the seriousness of the situation many find themselves in. We’re asking those who can to please give or give again to the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund.”

The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee reviews each application quickly so funds are distributed as soon as possible.

For applications go to 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.

 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 one that offers some background into Trauma Exposure Response (TER). 

Take a Risk and Talk to Someone that is Suffering from Emotional Fatigue

We have been aware of COVID-19 for the past six months and the emergency order to shut down and socially isolate for ten weeks. There is a constant fear of infection. If we have a loved one die, family members are robbed of being present for the death. Family and friends did not have the assistance of participating in funerals, celebrations of life and other grieving rituals. Healthcare providers have continuously been at the front line of suffering and exposure from this virus.

Healthcare providers, their family members, and the worried, could be showing the signs of the Trauma Exposure Response (TER): feeling helpless and hopeless, a sense that one can never do enough, chronic exhaustion, guilt, anger, feeling numb, fear, and the inability to feel compassion.

It is crucial to be proactive and get support if we are experiencing any of these signs of TER. Research shows that usually it is our co-workers that become aware if we are struggling.

Two simple but difficult requests:

A. Take a risk and talk to a co-worker or a family member that is struggling with this type of emotional fatigue.

B. Listen and act if a co-worker or family member expresses concern about your emotional fatigue.

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” - Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom, 1996



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40769093821_0b1a9a81bf_kSpring time image of Willard Dresser with his neighbor Albert Woods taken in front of the Dresser home about 1975.  


Notes with this image from the Bayfield Historical Society collection state that the Dresser Brothers may be on board this vessel.  




This week, a little historical reflection from Doug Willock featuring his recollections of Hales and Willard Dresser – two men who were once a colorful part of the beloved village tapestry…

The Dresser Brothers had a white bungalow near the Bayfield Arena. Behind the house was a very well-kept garden full of vegetables which kept them fed. On occasion the Dresser Brothers would sell their produce. One August they had a wonderful crop of corn. The variety pre-dated the more familiar peaches and cream corn we enjoy today.

The Dresser Brothers took food matters very seriously. Once when someone asked to buy their corn, they were told they would only sell it if the purchaser’s pot was on the boil so the flavor would not suffer. When the buyer returned and assured the Dresser Brothers the pot was indeed on the boil, the corn was picked and paid for right then and there. The corn was delicious, and the incident was a testament to the importance of capturing flavor.






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take a socially distanced stroll and discover on which buildings these details belong  











How often when out for a walk around the village do people really take a close look at the architectural features on the homes and businesses? Some details are original to the buildings and are at least a century old while others are new but designed to fit in, this is part of the appeal of the village’s heritage district.

Navigating through the pandemic people have to get creative finding ways to have some fun while social distancing, so this week I pulled my copy of the “Bayfield Historic Walking Tour” book off the shelf and set out on a mission to capture some of the details of buildings along the route. Doors, windows, fancy trim etc are highlighted here and each image has been given a number. People are invited to take a socially distanced stroll around and see if they can match the architectural feature with the address of the building or home. I will publish the answers in an upcoming issue.







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Sunset behind the dandelion

Sunset Behind the Dandelion...By Vreni Beeler

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I have been an adult member of Girl Guides of Canada for 31 years and on Sunday afternoon I had one of my happiest moments as a leader. I enjoyed a virtual reunion with some of the 1st Bayfield Pathfinder alumni, as well as my co-Guider from that time. In 1999-2000, they were teens and pre-teens who celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pathfinders in Canada by taking part in an Awakeover. The Awakeover took place over 17 hours starting after school on Nov. 25, 1999. Part of the plethora of activities designed so no one would have time to think about sleeping was the creation of a Millennium Time Capsule. As dawn arrived the girls shared the items they brought to put into the capsule and wrote letters to the Pathfinders of the future.

The idea for a virtual reunion emerged from a conversational thread on Facebook. My niece asked for help identifying a moth that she and her daughter had been watching transform from its Chrysalis. Several former Bayfield Pathfinders jumped into help and acknowledged their experiences with Girl Guides of Canada as a factor in both interest and knowledge on such subjects. My niece suggested a reunion and I admit it was at that point I hijacked the conversation leaving the Elephant Hawk-moth in the dust. Afterall, what better time for a reunion than during a pandemic? And I knew their Time Capsule was just languishing in a dresser drawer waiting to be opened after two decades.

As a leader I was truly blessed with this wonderful group of teens and preteens. There were 11 in the group at that time and I was, well, the age some of them are now, early 30s. We had a lot of fun growing and learning together. For that reason, a number of them and I were already friends on Facebook. We only had to really search for one and that is where years of being a journalist paid off – I discovered someone on the internet living in Montreal who I thought might be her Aunt. After composing a nice note and sending it to her, she responded. She was indeed her aunt and was willing to forward my email on to the young lady who inturn got in touch. From there I left it up to the Pathfinder alumni to coordinate a Zoom Reunion. We had time zones to consider with some of these young women now living in England, New Brunswick, Alberta and Texas. Still others are closer to home in Kitchener, London and parts of Bluewater and Central Huron. On Sunday at the appointed hour, eight of the 11 came online – the others sent their regrets due to work and family commitments – but all were there in spirit.

Everyone was so excited to have a virtual visit and I revealed the contents of the Time Capsule. All were relieved that their 12, 13 and 14-year-old selves didn’t embarrass them! We each took turns sharing what we’ve been up to for the last two decades and also shared some pictures and mementoes from Pathfinder days. It truly was a wonderful time!

Now I have an empty Time Capsule and soon my four current 1st Bayfield Pathfinders will have a new project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pathfinders in Canada…no Awakeover will be scheduled, however, as COVID-19 doesn’t allow for such events – just as well because I’m not in my early 30s anymore! – Melody







Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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