Bookmark and Share   May 26, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 22 Issue 620

ten more days until raffle 

20210521_122621Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) launched 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. This work of art is now on display in the window of Main Street Gallery at 4 Main Street in Bayfield. Bruggeman recently stopped in to visit with the gallery owners and posed for a picture to give would-be raffle ticket purchasers a better idea of scale and also to show just how vivid and bright the piece really is. Bruggeman is shown here on the right with Jim Taleski, gallery owner, on the left. (Photo by Linda Taleski)  

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) has launched their first ever raffle. It is running 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)

Fostering desperately needed 

188594988_395308951595360_8840529230653480955_nPepe (Submitted photo)

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

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

Pepe came to the Rescue from just outside the village. When he arrived, his fur was extremely matted, and he was obviously in pain. People had been trying to capture him but he was very skittish so they enlisted the help of the Rescue. Once he was captured it became apparent fairly quickly that he had an infection in his foot. After several weeks the infection wasn’t getting better. He ended up having two back to back emergency surgeries on a Friday afternoon.

Volunteers at the Rescue would like to extend a thank you to the amazing staff at the Clinton Veterinary Clinic who stayed and worked late that Friday to save Pepe’s foot. After a few days of being on some new antibiotics and some heavy-duty pain meds he has become the most loving affectionate cat. He purrs instantly and happily rolls over to show his belly. He is starting to groom himself and is beginning to look quite dapper. This very handsome fellow is now ready to move on and and give his love to a new family of his very own.

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

Kitten season has definitely arrived. The Rescue is receiving calls daily about kittens and they need help from the community as a result. Does anyone have a spare room that could house either some kittens or a Momma Cat and her kittens? If the answer is yes, please consider taking part in BFFs Foster Program. The Rescue volunteers hate turning cats away.

“We hate saying no and leaving these poor innocent babes to the elements. Plus there is the fact that in six months they will be having more babies themselves. Please contact us to discuss our foster program - we are desperate,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

192092426_534489631040889_7163641875211860331_nGina (not pictured), and her kittens (in no particular order), Cashew, Dylan, Dolly, Scout and Baby Bear are seeking a foster home. (Submitted photo)  

An example of the felines in need of foster care are Momma Gina and her kittens, Cashew, Dylan, Dolly, Scout and Baby Bear. This family arrived at the Rescue when the kittens were newborns. Someone realized the kittens were in distress and were able to get care for them pretty fast. This action saved their lives. Momma Gina was brought in the next day and was very happy to be reunited with her babies. Thankfully some kind people had been feeding her when they realized she was pregnant and as a result Gina is very calm around people. She is also generous with sharing her babies with humans. She’s very proud of them and likes to show them off. They will all eventually be looking for a home of their own. Gina will make a delightful addition to a household either with one of her babies or solo.

Supplies and support are given to Foster Program volunteers by the Rescue.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Foster Program is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at or call 519 565-2717.

Can't adopt or foster? Donations are always appreciated. The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs.  E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email listed 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.

healthy breakfast choices sought by Bayfield Food Bank 


Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) remain humbled by the support they have received during the pandemic.

“The Bayfield community continues to support us with such caring generosity!” said President of the BAFB Board, Terry Henderson. “We at the BAFB are very grateful.”

All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.

“Monetary donations are always the most practical, as this allows the food bank to provide much needed items for those on specific diets, such as, gluten free, lactose free, or diabetic, as well as allowing for the purchase of special need items like diapers and formula,” explained Henderson.

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

“We have added a second bin for the collection of donated goods, and it is on the south side porch of the Trinity St. James Parish Hall (10 Keith Cres) this means that both porches now have covered bins for the collection of non-perishables,” said Henderson.

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 who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

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

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 golf tournament now in works as links reopened 

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)  

With the links now reopened, 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.






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 23 at 8 a.m. until today May 26 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on May 28 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.

june hikes 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has cancelled the guided hikes scheduled for the month of June due to the uncertainty of Provincial guidelines. The Woodland Trail will re-open on June 1st, and all other BRVTA trails are open and maintained for personal enjoyment. The weather is warm, the trees in full leaf, and the wildflowers are blossoming. Please remember to carry some water and “leave no trace”. Staying on the trails is the best way to avoid ticks, but it’s always a good idea to check for them at the end of a hike.

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

walk for dog guides 

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.

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 this is a precarious time of year for turtles? These at-risk species are coming out of winter hibernation now. Sadly, on their quest to find food, complete mating rituals or lay eggs, they may need to cross busy roads and are very often run over or hit by cars. Turtles play a critical role in keeping our lakes and wetlands healthy and clean by eating dead animal and plant matter. They keep the landscape varied as they disperse seeds while they walk, not to mention they’ve been around for more than 200 million years!

What You Can Do…Be on the lookout for turtles crossing the road. To learn more on how to help them cross safely visit: and search for Help The Turtles.

If you see an injured turtle and if you can stop safely, please carry it off the road if you can, and call the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre at 705 741-5000 immediately for help. It’s important to obtain assistance because a turtle can look dead, even if it’s not! They can hold their breath and slow their heart rate, making them appear to be dead. The good news is that about 85 per cent of turtles do recover after being hit on the road. For more information go to



people invited to provide feedback on conservation act 

The Province of Ontario has begun its broader consultation on the proposed regulations to support conservation authority programs and services under the Conservation Authorities Act.

The guide is titled, “Regulatory Proposal Consultation Guide: Regulations Defining Core Mandate and Improving Governance, Oversight and Accountability of Conservation Authorities”.

Agencies and individuals have 32 more days to submit their feedback on the proposed regulations.

“We appreciate the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks engaging a wide range of stakeholders in the development of this regulatory proposal consultation guide and we thank the Working Group members for all their efforts,” said Andy Mitchell, Chair of Conservation Ontario, the non-profit, umbrella organization for Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities.

Mitchell explained that Conservation Ontario will be working with its conservation authority members to examine the proposed regulations and will provide comments during the consultation period.

“Our goal is to ensure the regulations facilitate the conservation authorities’ commitment to protect people, property and the environment while demonstrating transparency and accountability,” he said.

A Working Group was established by the Province of Ontario in January 2021 and their first task included looking at the first phase of proposed regulations that impact conservation authorities and their participating municipalities.

Its membership consisted of representatives from conservation authorities, Conservation Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as well as the development and agricultural sectors. President and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Halton, Hassaan Basit is the Chair of the Working Group.

Conservation Ontario will continue to engage the government as work continues on developing the regulations.

Feedback on the proposed regulations is due June 27 and can be submitted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario. The link to the Environmental Registry is A link to the PDF of the Consultation Guide can be found by scrolling down the Registry page. 

Conservation authorities are community-based watershed management agencies, whose mandate is to undertake watershed-based programs to protect people and property from flooding, and other natural hazards, and to conserve natural resources for economic, social and environmental benefits.

HPHA working on plan to resume postponed surgeries 

Following direction from Ontario Health, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is working on a plan to resume surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to the increased pressures faced because of the third wave of the pandemic.

On May 19, the Ontario Government rescinded its directive issued on Apr. 20 for hospitals to cease all non-essential and elective services.

“We are planning to gradually reintroduce surgeries and postponed procedures to ensure we have the resources to respond to current pressures in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and, if needed, to respond to any increases in COVID-19 cases in the hospital,” said President and CEO, Andrew Williams. “We know it has been challenging for those waiting for care and we are committed to addressing existing waitlists as quickly as possible.”

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

“Our priority is to be able to quickly respond to support our provincial healthcare system so that we may continue to treat patients, with and without COVID-19, who require urgent, lifesaving care,” added Williams. “However, we are hoping that the downward trend in new cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and ICU admissions will continue and this will allow us the capacity to reintroduce postponed surgeries and procedures.”

HPHA’s planning centres around starting with surgeries that are not expected to require patients to stay overnight or use critical resources to maintain the ability to respond to increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Patients will be kept informed and contacted for any pre-op work that is necessary. Other services affected will depend on the ability to move redeployed staff back to their home-base programs.

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

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

new group of vulnerable people emerge during pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected already vulnerable individuals and families, but recent numbers from a United Way Centraide Canada survey show the emergence of a new group of vulnerable people; those who have never needed assistance but now find themselves struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19.

“The pandemic continues to take a toll on our communities and the people in them,” said United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) Executive Director Ryan Erb. “It’s difficult for so many, and for those who have never asked for help before, not knowing where to turn adds an extra layer of stress. We want people to know there is a compassionate place to turn without having to rely on high interest lending options that lead to incurring large debts. UWPH’s Urgent Needs Fund is here to help and we encourage anyone with a need to apply.”

UWPH is thankful to continue its partnership with the City of Stratford Social Services Department and the Huron County Social and Property Services Department acting as administrators to get funds into the hands of those in need. In applying for these funds, not only will individuals have the opportunity to access the Urgent Needs Fund, but also the fund administrators are compassionate to each situation and work to connect individuals with other municipal services/supports that could help.

“We’re happy to continue working with UWPH to provide a way for residents facing challenges to get the help they need,” said Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson. “We want to ensure everyone feels supported.”

“The County of Huron is committed to ensuring that help is available to residents in need,” added Huron County Warden Glen McNeil. “UWPH’s Urgent Needs Fund is a proven added layer of support for individuals and families.”

Since its creation in May of 2020, UWPH’s Urgent Needs Fund has provided in excess of $100,000 to over 700 people across Perth-Huron for help with immediate, pressing needs such as paying bills, buying groceries and car repairs. The fund is administered by the City of Stratford Social Services Department on behalf of Perth County and the Huron County Social and Property Services Department on behalf of Huron County. To download an application form, visit:

Perth residents can submit applications via email to, or drop off or mail to Social Services, 1st floor, 82 Erie Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 2M4. In Huron, submit applications to, or drop off at or mail to Huron County Social and Property Services, 77722D London Road, RR 5, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0. If someone is unable to submit their application by email or postal mail, call Social Services directly at 519 271-3773 Ext. 277 in Perth or 519 482-8505 Ext. 4501 in Huron. Mail applications may be slower due to possible mail processing delays. Funding is limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis provided eligibility criteria is met.

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

Hike for hospice happening now
2021 Hike Banner

In 2021, the May 24th weekend marked 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:


After completing an investigation, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has determined that individuals who tested positive for a COVID Variant of Concern (VOC) attended the All Wheels Park (in Keterson Park) in Mitchell from May 10-14.

Anyone who attended the All Wheels Park from May 10-14 is advised to get tested for COVID-19. They will need to isolate while awaiting test results. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and get retested.

The municipality of West Perth reminds residents that the All Wheels Park has been closed to the public during the provincial shutdown. The municipality will continue to enforce this closure until provincial direction changes.


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 2021, which takes place from May 23-29, is an opportunity to recognize the tireless work and dedication of paramedics.

As healthcare professionals, paramedic services use techniques and processes that are based on best practice and research. This year’s Paramedic Services Week theme is ‘Paramedic as Educator – Citizen Ready.’

The idea is to educate members of the public on some of the actions they can take before and during an emergency to help paramedics do their job more efficiently and effectively. When members of the public know what simple steps to take, it can make a real difference. To help with this education drive, each day of Paramedic Services Week 2021 will have a specific focus.

“As we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics are playing a vital role in a number of settings,” said Chief Peter Dundas, president of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC). “They have had to adapt and take on new responsibilities. They are still saving lives as First responders, and they are also on the front lines of testing and vaccination efforts. I’m very proud of how paramedics across Ontario have responded to these demands and of the work they’re doing in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and assessment and vaccine centres. Paramedic Services Week 2021 is a chance for us to thank them and to recognize their unwavering commitment. It is also a chance to educate members of the public on some simple steps they can take to help before paramedics arrive. These actions can make a real difference.”

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

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





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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.

Farmers are in their fields busily planting their crops in anticipation of fall harvest. Not that long ago the implements used for planting weren't quite as fancy as they are today as the Museum collection attests... 

Fanning mill  

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This is a fanning mill. It has faded red paint with black and gold painted filigree decorative elements throughout. The letters in faded gold paint on the end offer details of where the mill was made. They read: "A. McMurchie & Co., Successors to, M. McTaggart & Co., Clinton, Ont."

Fanning mills were used by farmers to remove the chaff and other debris from the grain prior to planting. The fanning mill works by cranking the handle in order to rotate the paddle wheel. The spinning paddle creates air movement that blows the chaff out the front end of the mill. Simultaneously, the sieves rock from side to side shaking the heavier grain down to the bottom of the machine.



truss beam plow 

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This is a newspaper clipping from the Farmer's Advocate magazine, dated April 1882, advertising the Seegmiller plough, made by the Samuel Seegmiller Agricultural Foundry in Goderich. The newspaper clipping is framed in a gold and white frame.

The advertisement states:
THE "SEEGMILLER" TRUSS BEAM PLOW! This Celebrated Plow is made in Canada. (Flexible Wheel, universal Standard Jointer Attachment.) It combines all the advantages of the best America chilled plows, with additional improvements. The material used in their construction is the best made; they are constructed in the most skilled mechanics; their durability and efficiancy are unsurpassed. Thousands of testimonials from those using them are such as to satisfy all that this is the plow for millions. Plows sent, frieght prepaid, to any firm in Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and Manitoba.



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alicE  munro festival of the short story  

Virtual event features award winning authors  

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story returns for its nineteenth year from June 4-6 with a line-up of eight award-winning Canadian authors. The three-day virtual event features six author readings, two writing masterclasses, and the awards ceremony for the Festival’s annual short story contest.


David Adams Richards starts things off, on Friday, June 4 with a reading and conversation about his new novel, “Darkness”. Richards is one of only three writers to have won in both the fiction and non-fiction categories of the Governor General's Award. He is a co-winner of the 2000 Giller Prize for his novel, “Mercy Among the Children”. In 2009, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2017, Richards was appointed to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Camilla Gibb will read from her new novel, “The Relatives” on Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Gibb is the author of four internationally-acclaimed novels—"Mouthing the Words”, “The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life”, “Sweetness in the Belly” and “The Beauty of Humanity Movement”—as well as the bestselling memoir “This is Happy”.

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This year’s guest judge for the Short Story Contest, adult category, is Emma Donoghue. Donoghue is best known for her international bestseller “Room” (2010) a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Her 2020 novel, “Pull of the Stars”, set in the maternity ward of a Dublin hospital during the great flu epidemic of 1918 was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and appeared on many Best Books of 2020 lists.


Rounding out the day on Saturday, is a reading by M.G. Vassanji from his new short story collection, “What You Are” (May 2021). Vassanji is the author of nine novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is twice winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize (1994, 2003); the Governor General's Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa, 1990); and the Bressani Prize.


Mary Lawson will discuss her new best-selling novel, “A Town Called Solace”, on Sunday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Lawson was born and brought up in a small farming community in Ontario and now lives in England. She is the author of “Crow Lake”; named a Book of the Year by The New York Times and “The Other Side of the Bridge”; which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.


Prepare a picnic lunch on Sunday afternoon and listen to two-time Taste Canada Gold Award winner, Lindy Mechefske discuss her new book, “Ontario Picnics: A Century of Dining Outdoors”. Mechefske is the author of “Out of Old Ontario Kitchens” and “Sir John’s Table”. She is the food columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard (Canada’s oldest newspaper).


Alix Ohlin closes out the 2021 Festival with a reading from her new short story collection, “We Want What We Want” (July 2021). Ohlin is the author of five books, including the novels, “Inside” and “Dual Citizens”, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Vancouver, BC, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

HeatherHeather Smith (Submitted photo)

All six of the author readings are free to attend as is the Short Story Contest Awards with guest judges Donoghue (Adult Category) and Heather Smith (Youth Category). Aspiring authors can participate in 90-minute masterclasses with Vassanji and Ohlin over the weekend for a nominal fee.

Registration is required for all events through For more information about guest authors and the festival program please visit  

The annual festival is supported by: The Ontario Arts Council, County of Huron, Township of North Huron, Dr. Marie Gear, Royal Homes, Capital Power, Leslie Motors, Stainton’s Home Hardware, Crawford, Mills & Davies Law Office, Joe Kerr Ltd., Hurontel, John Schenk Legal and Glassier Physiotherapy Clinic.

Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Schedule Summary

Master Classes: 

MG Vassanji - June 5 - 10 a.m. ($30) 

Alix Ohlin - June 6 -  noon ($30) 

Author Readings: 

David Adam Richards  - June 4 -  7 p.m. 

Camilla Gibb - June 5 - 10 a.m. 

MG Vassanji - June 5 - 4 p.m. 

Mary Lawson - June 6 - 11 a.m. 

Linda Mechefske - June 6 - noon 

Alix Ohlin - June 6 - 4 p.m. 

Short Story Contest Awards:

June 5 - noon 

People can register for sessions by visiting:






 Walking with Alice Munro 

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

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

June’s submission is a little different, it highlights three books by celebrated author Alice Munro. This review was a collaboration between two village residents and neighbors, Nancy Scotchmer and Mary Lehane, who made the best of their time in lockdown.

Isolated from friends and family during the pandemic, we began walking together on local trails. And we came up with the idea of reading all the books of local author, Alice Munro. Our morning walks were passed deep in discussion and sometimes, even deep in snow! We wondered, would the stories still resonate with us, some fifty years after their initial publication?

Munro's first three books include fictionalized memoirs of early days in rural Ontario during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as stories of (then) contemporary times in various settings in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. By writing about where she came from, Munro did endure some resentment and hostility, at the time, from local people who were affronted by descriptions of characters that they thought were too recognizable. However, she went on to win much acclaim, and was praised as "master of the contemporary short story" when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013.

“Dance of the Happy Shades” (1968) is the first collection and "Walker Brothers Cowboy" is the very first story. Munro sets it in small town Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron, where "farmers and their wives, in stiff good clothes" attend Sunday services, when mothers made school clothes for the children from their old suits and dresses, and where poverty and small town prejudices, like discrimination against Catholics, was commonplace: "So-and-so digs with the wrong foot". This story, keenly observed through the eyes of the narrator, a young girl, describes the time her father, who used to make a living raising foxes, was reduced to being a Walker Brothers salesman. Going with him on his rounds, the girl notices enough about her dad's relationships with the adults they meet, to know when to keep a secret, a theme that runs through many of Munro's stories.

The second collection, “Lives of Girls and Women” (1971), chronicles the coming of age of Del Jordan from primary school through her teenage years, her curiosity about sex, her (sometimes disturbing) encounters with boys and men, as well as her and her friends' relationships with their mothers. Del wants more than ending up pregnant and having to get married, which is the fate of many of the local girls. Del's mother, who hopes that her daughter will attend university, predicts: "There is a change coming I think in the lives of girls and women. Yes. But it is up to us to make it come. All women have had up till now has been their connection with men." Aspiring to be a writer, Del imagines heading to the city to gain life experiences, "I supposed I would get started on my real life." And yet she finds, in the end, so much material for her writing in that small town. "People's lives, in Jubilee as elsewhere, were dull, simple, amazing and unfathomable--deep caves paved with kitchen linoleum."

The third collection, “Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You” (1974) continues with observations of women's lives. The story "How I Met My Husband" describes the time a fifteen-year-old girl is hired by a family to help with children and housekeeping. She notices the differences from how she has been raised: "Have a house without a pie; be ashamed until you die". A pilot shows up, offering not only the excitement of plane rides for the local folks, but also some unexpected drama for the family. This story echoes the predictions of Del's mother when the narrator realizes "If there were women all through life waiting, and women busy and not waiting, I knew which I had to be. Even though there might be things the second kind of women have to pass up and never know about, it still is better". In "Winter Wind", a young schoolgirl, unable to get home because of a snowstorm, spends a few nights at her grandmother's house in town. Differing generational attitudes are apparent; the grandmother remarks "(your mother) will be painting the cupboards when she would be better off getting your father's dinner." And Munro reflects on her subjects: "I have used these people, not all of them, but some of them, before. I have tricked them out and altered them and shaped them any way at all, to suit my purposes. I am not doing that now. I am being as careful as I can, but I stop and wonder, I feel compunction."

Munro's style is spare and conversational, tinged with mischievous humour. Her stories are peppered with characters who are not always likeable; some of them lie, some are unfaithful, some of them are eccentric oddballs, a lot of them are judgemental and love to gossip. The stories often shift between the present and the past and they become layered with detail and different points of view. They are about ordinary events, about family illness, marital infidelity, conflict between relatives, premature death, and relationships between generations. They are especially about women, mothers and daughters, sisters who are not at all alike, women who were jilted, or women who are married and divorced several times over. There is often a twist; by the time you reach the end, you realize the story is not at all about what you thought it was.

Our "book club of two" did enjoy revisiting the early work of Alice Munro, mining the richness of such well-crafted studies of human nature. They resonate with us even after all these years because her stories are about the ordinary, real-life experiences we all have, and her subjects are us.



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[Flipping a coin to choose between "ducks" and "clowns."]
Joey: Ducks is "Heads", because ducks have heads.
Chandler: What kind of scary-ass clowns came to your birthday?

For those who aren’t instantly triggered to know that these are lines from the television show “Friends” I will give you some context. In episode six of season two, Joey and Chandler left Ross’ infant son, Ben, on a city bus while they were supposed to be babysitting. They went to the bus station’s lost and found to retrieve him and low and behold more than one baby had been misplaced that day and they weren’t sure which one was Ben. (Ducks and clowns were the pattern on the sleepers the babies were wearing.)

Twenty-six years after this episode first aired Chandler’s line still makes me laugh out loud. I can conjure it up in my head when I need a lift. I remember discussing “The One with the Baby on the Bus” at work the next day and laughing myself silly.

From Sept. 1994 to May 2004, the stories about six young friends living in New York City entertained this country girl residing in Huron County. And while they had several great supporting characters, and a lot of big-name guest stars, grace Soundstage 24, my favorite episodes were always ones that featured just Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe.

So why am I imparting my love of this television program with you this week? Because tomorrow (May 27) a highly anticipated Friends Reunion is set to air on Crave in Canada and I’m very much looking forward to tuning in. It has been said that the ensemble will be doing a table read of a favorite episode, touring the old sets and reminiscing - one can only hope over rather large cups of coffee and maybe a muffin. – Melody


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