Bookmark and Share   June 3, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 23 Issue 569

Beef barbecue re-imagined  

35697489555_39fd87fc74_kBack in 2017, the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church and other organizations in the community joined together to host their annual barbecue. Six hundred plus people came through the doors of the Bayfield Arena on July 1st to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The 2020 BBQ has been re-imagined due to COVID-19 but the congregation hopes that the community will consider donating to the event. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Due to recent global events so many local happenings have had to take on a new look. The "57th" Annual St. Andrew’s United Church Beef BBQ is no exception. The annual Canada Day event, a vital fundraiser for St. Andrew’s, has been re-imagined as an “Isolation Celebration”.

“We invite you to celebrate "Canada Day" with us in the beauty of your own backyards. Prepare your own specialties and don your best red and white outfits, wave your flags and know it is good to live in our beautiful Canada,” said Elda Tindall, representing St. Andrew’s United.

She added, “Please take pictures of all your good times and share the frolicking with us so we can share your fun on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.”

Pictures can be submitted to: or posted on their Facebook page: St. Andrews United Church, Bayfield.

“As we enjoy ourselves, and each others company let us not forget that this "Isolation Celebration" is a fundraiser for St. Andrew's,” said Tindall.

According to Tindall, the ministry at St. Andrew's doesn't end after the Sunday service but reaches and touches many levels of the community - lives are touched both locally and abroad.
Examples of this ministry include: assisting with food and clothing drives, youth and camp groups, food grain initiatives, supporting local endeavors and helping groups and services to function and practice.

“This only touches on the spirit that abounds at St. Andrew's, and the many ways in which our building is shared with the community,” said Tindall. “We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.”

People are encouraged to be generous with their thoughtful donations to St. Andrew's, which are fully tax deductible. There are three ways to support the church by providing a cheque, donating online directly or through “CanadaHelps”. Cheques (please mark BBQ on the cheque) may be mailed to P.O. Box 202, Bayfield, N0M1G0 or dropped off at 40 Bayfield Mews Lane. To donate directly visit: and click on “Donate” or go to and search Bayfield United Church (immediate tax receipts issued for the latter option).

 Lions' President borrows canine to walk for dog guides

20200531_093725Bear the dog practises social-distancing, while patiently waiting for Bayfield Lions’ Club President Don Vance to get all his parts moving in the same direction for a real walk in a virtual world. (Photo by Kathy Gray)

The Lions Foundation of Canada raises funds for the raising and training of Dog Guides to help individuals with various health and mobility issues. The biggest annual fundraising event is the Walk for Dog Guides at the end of May.

Due to Covid-19, Pet Valu has created a Virtual Walk this year so that people can still participate and donate.

At their last meeting on March 10th, the Bayfield Lions’ Club voted to donate $1,000 to the Dog Guide program as long as President Don Vance did the walk on their behalf. Vance completed the walk on Sunday borrowing Terry and Carolyn Brophy's dog, Bear, for the trip.

Othere participants are invited to share photos and videos of what they chose 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.

Donations by E-transfer to the Bayfield Lions’ Club at can be made. 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.

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 June 1.

79162899_10158676851155739_5096787237182373888_nOn May 29, aka Lockdown Day #76: - Phase 2 Day #5, Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees got out of the valley for the first time in recent memory. They noted that shopping at the hyper market seemed like a normal day but with the addition of masks. (Photo courtesy Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca the largest of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update earlier this week.

Today, Monday, is our 79th 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. The “State of Alarm” is due to end on June 7th, and following much political horse-trading this past weekend with the Basque and Catalan nationalist parties, the ruling coalition appears to have enough support to get a sixth, and final, extension to June 21st through Congress this week. This bi-weekly “argy-bargy” is all very different from Ontario where the “Emergency Orders” appear, at least from here, to be extended without a murmur of political protest. In a highly significant change, from June 8th, it is being proposed that going forwards the individual regions will take control of managing the speed of their own de-escalation (including phase changes) and that any region in Phase 3 will take over responsibility for their area’s freedom of movement. Voting on all this takes place on Wednesday – all will be revealed in the next “letter home”.

Under the current regime, each Monday, after a minimum of two weeks in a Phase, a region is eligible to progress to the next de-escalation phase if they can show sufficient improvement in various health criteria. Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza (three of the four Balearic Islands) had applied for an accelerated move to Phase 3 today (after being in Phase 2 for only one week); however, the central Government turned the request down and we have one more week (at least) in Phase 2. Today, several regions moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and the smallest island in the Balearics (Formentera) and the three smallest of the Canary Islands moved into Phase 3 - the updated map of Spain shows which regions are now in which Phase. There are no areas in Phase 0 and only 30 per cent of the population remain in Phase 1 – primarily Barcelona and Madrid and neighboring regions. Mallorca remains on track to enter Phase 3 next Monday and Phase 4 (the “nueva normalidad”) on June 22nd - which would be exactly 100 days after the beginning of lockdown – however, with the proposed devolution of responsibility mentioned above, it is possible (or probable) that Mallorca could move into Phase 4 earlier.

So, how was week one of Phase 2?

Spain Phase June 1

Each Phase takes a few days for people, businesses, and the police to fully understand and interpret the rules on what is - and is not - allowable. We now pretty much have freedom of movement across the whole island and our only real restriction is to not go out solely for a walk or exercise in the time slots (10 a.m. to Noon and 7-8 p.m.) reserved for vulnerable persons and those aged 70 or over. Social groups of up to 15 people can meet and we have been fortunate to have received invites to several social gatherings. Almost all stores are now open, albeit with restrictions on numbers inside. Social distancing continues to be required for all activities and the wearing of masks (mostly surgical masks which remain in ready supply) is now the norm.

Bars and restaurants are opening more slowly as without the tourists’ custom, and with capacity currently limited to 50 per cent, they face difficult financial decisions – if they open, they are required to employ and pay all their staff who are currently receiving government benefits which would cease. Similarly, the large hotels seem to be deciding that it will not be financially viable to open for what will be at best a shortened season – whereas smaller hotels are targeting July 1st as an opening date given the likely travel timelines mentioned below.

In a somewhat related matter, this week the Spanish Government approved a permanent Guaranteed Basic Income scheme - initially targeting 850,000 vulnerable families (some 2.3 Million people) including 15,000 families in the Balearics. The introduction of such a scheme was agreed in principle as part of the agreement between the minority coalition parties when forming the government in December last year - its introduction has been accelerated by the economic impacts of the pandemic on the most financially vulnerable of the population.

How are things in Spain and Mallorca?

As far as we can tell, Spain’s health data continues to rapidly improve – however, the Health Ministry is undertaking a complete re-analysis of the historical data and is rebuilding the historical series to “guarantee the quality of the information”. Therefore, the recent daily figures for Spain should be read with caution and it will likely be a few more days before the data settles down - in the meantime, the conspiracy theorists are having a field day. In the Balearics, active cases continue to fall – now down to 170 – and whilst there have tragically been 224 deaths there were “only” two in the past week.

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

Spain’s borders remain closed until June 15th and there is a lot of discussion over opening select international routes from that date. There is currently no domestic travel allowed between Spain’s regions until both the departure and arrival region have reached Phase 4 – which could be as early as June 22nd. Critically, Spain has formally announced that it will be open for incoming tourists as of July 1st and with no quarantine required as of that date – as a result, airlines, tour companies, hotels (and ourselves) are busy making plans for the start of tourist activity from the start of July (or even June 22nd).

The haphazard approach to planning for the opening of borders amongst EU countries continues and the following are some of the latest announcements (which will almost certainly be out of date by the time you read this):

• Italy – borders are due to fully open on June 3rd with no incoming quarantine requirements.
• Cyprus – borders open from June 9th for arrivals from 19 countries which exclude Spain and the UK.
• Germany – border with Luxembourg is open. Borders with Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France will mutually open on June 15th. No incoming quarantine requirement for travellers from the EU or the UK.
• Greece – borders open from June 15th for arrivals from 29 countries which exclude Spain and the UK.
• UK – has always had its borders open but will introduce a 14-day quarantine for arrivals as from June 8th (any transit passengers who need to exit an airport’s “airside” will also be required to do the 14-day quarantine).

We continue to be safe and well and are making the most of our extended “freedom” under 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.

Refunds available for garbage tags until mid-December 

The Bluewater Recycling Association will launch their Wheelie Bin program in the municipality between now and June 8 (depending on pick-up days).

As a result, the Municipality of Bluewater will issue a refund for unused Municipality of Bluewater garbage bag tags from now until Dec. 15. Tags returned after Dec. 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. will not be refunded. Any tags purchased prior to amalgamation have expired and will not be refunded.

Please note that refunds must be requested from the Municipal Office directly, not from tag distributors in the community or from the Stanley Landfill. Email requests will not be accepted as the physical tag(s) must be handed in to the office.

Tags may be returned in-person at the Municipal Office when it is open to the public. In person requests between $3-30 will be reimbursed cash. Tag returns totalling more than $30 will be reimbursed via cheque in the next scheduled cheque run.

Tags may also be returned by mail to: Municipality of Bluewater, 14 Mill Ave, P.O. Box 250, Zurich ON, N0M 2T0. Mail-in requests will be reimbursed by cheque in the next scheduled cheque run.

The Municipality will not mail cash. Mail in requests must be accompanied by the following information:
• Name
• Mailing Address
• Tax Roll#
• Phone number

Known vendors who purchased tags from the Municipality will be refunded $2.75 per tag providing vendor accounts are current. Reimbursement to vendors will be processed in the same manner as noted above for individuals.

Questions may be directed to: Rebecca Hawkins, Administrative assistant for Public Works and Facilities, by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 238 or via email at


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their fourth market of the season on Friday, June 5. 

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.


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 during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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.

The Board of the BAFB would like to 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.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce re-opening the recreational trails and the Bayfield River Flats for community use. 

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.


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.


I really am….

I really am tired of being at home
I really am wishing not to be alone
I really am missing family and friends
I really am wishing Covid 19 ends
I really am wanting to go to the park
I really am wanting to go to the store
I really am wanting to go to my school
I really am sending thanks to all the essentials
I really am thankful for my health
BUT I really am wishing for normal again!

Travis Saunders, Age 11
Huron Centennial School, Grade 5


20200508_151654 Travis Saunders' sculpture demonstrates both sides of the emotions that he has been experiencing living through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)  

Youngsters, like Travis, 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

In Memoriam

The community will be saddened to learn of the death of a long-time resident of the village and former owner of The Little Inn, Pat Waters. He was in his 81st year.

Waters died on Friday, May 29 in Clinton Public Hospital (CPH). He was the beloved husband of Gayle (Hardy). Loving father and stepfather of Jan, Jon (Jodi), Jill (Ann), Joel (Rebecca), Max (Shelagh), Harry (Amelie), Ben (Sarah), and Sam (Sara). He will be lovingly remembered by 14 grandchildren.

The family wish to express deepest thanks to Dr. Patricia Uniac and the palliative care nurses at CPH. When circumstances allow, a celebration of Pat will take place at his home in Bayfield. Memorial donations to Amnesty International or the NDP would be greatly appreciated.

Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at



  trees and shrubs planted at bayfield river flats   


Bayfield_River_Flats_Photo_by_Jack_Pal_2In mid-May, Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation, and his planting crew, helped enhance the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area with the planting of native tree and shrub species. The planting was coordinated by Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.  

Community partners in Bayfield and area are continuing to protect and improve the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. One of the most recent projects is planting of native tree and shrub species at the 4.75-acre riverside property.

A crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)planted 40 trees and 90 shrubs at the Bayfield River Flats on May 12. This work, to further protect and improve the Bayfield River Flats, was made possible with a grant from the Huron County Clean Water Project. The county program contributed 50 per cent cost-share funding to make the improvements possible.
The crew members planted native tree species such as White Cedar, Sycamore and Tulip Tree. They planted native shrub species such as Nannyberry, Red Dogwood, Pussy Willow, Elderberry, Redbud and Serviceberry.

“This planting project will enhance wildlife habitat and increase diversity of plant and animal species of the river valley and the flood plain,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA. “The flowering shrubs will add to the natural beauty as well.”

Volunteers from Bayfield, including members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), coordinated the planting of native trees and shrubs there. It was great to work with Peter Jeffers, BRVTA trails manager; Roger Lewington, Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) chair; and community volunteers on the project, Jean said.

Bayfield_River_Flats_Photo_by_Jack_PalPeter Jeffers, Trails manager with Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA), coordinated the planting of native tree and shrub species at Bayfield River Flats Natural Area in mid-May.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned and protected permanently by the HTLTC, working with the BRVTA. The other properties permanently protected by the land trust are Woodburne Farm, south of Goderich; Heaman Tract, near Ailsa Craig; and Mayhew Tract near Holmesville.

“This planting project is going to help a great deal to preserve and enhance this important riverbank area,” said Jeffers. “Generous donors had a vision of what the Bayfield River Flats could be. It is rewarding to see that vision come into clearer focus with every new cooperative project completed by community partners.”

Bayfield_River_Flats_Photo_by_Jack_Pal_3A tree planting crew from Ausable Bayfield Conservation plants native trees and shrubs at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area in mid-May. The tree planter at left is Stephen Holmes and, at right, Wesley Stokes.  

The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), a registered Canadian charity. The land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract from the early days of settlement. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water, and nature.

For more information on the HTLTC, please email or call 1-888-286-2610 or visit

check for permits before starting shoreline projects 

The return of warm weather and the provincial phased easing of COVID-19 restrictions is encouraging people to think of returning to their shoreline properties and to consider building or upgrades or other development. This is prompting Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff to remind the public to first contact their municipality and conservation authority if they are planning to do work that may be in a regulated area such as the shoreline. Permits are required for this work.

ABCA regulations and planning staff ask people to contact them before the work begins. Talking to them during the planning stages can save time and save unnecessary expenses later.
“It really makes a positive difference when residents contact us early on,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning Manager. “It helps us to provide information they need about whether their property is in a regulated area and what policies allow and what they don’t.”

According to Cade, contacting the conservation authority first “saves money and time for the property owner by letting them know if their planned work meets provincial regulations and local policies and whether it can be considered for permit approval.”

In the first phase of provincial reopening, there was an increase in reports of unauthorized work in regulated areas, according to the conservation authority. Staff are working remotely when possible during the current pandemic but they are also visiting areas, observing pandemic protocols, where there are reports of work that has begun without a permit.

People are advised to contact their municipality and ABCA, to find out if permits are required, before they consider new works to ensure their plans meet policies.

“A good rule of thumb is the earlier the better,” Cade said. “Our staff can tell you if or how regulations and policies affect your property. In some cases, the staff member may offer advice on how you can amend your plan so it could meet the regulation and policies. Staff can also let you know what documents to submit and if any studies are needed.”

Lake Huron water levels, at or near record highs, have reinforced the need to protect people and property from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion. The conservation authority protects people and property by keeping development out of the areas of highest natural hazards. The ABCA regulates development, interference with wetlands, and alterations to shorelines and watercourses through the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 147/06.

For maps of regulated areas visit:

To find out more visit or contact Meghan or Daniel, by email through the staff contacts page, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Foundation to benefit from Canadian Giving Challenge 

A local conservation foundation says people can make an extra difference to their community by donating in June. The month of June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Why is a donation in June so important? Every donation made, of $3 or more, to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), through the Giving Challenge website, gives the ABCF a chance to win a $20,000 donation in support of its work.

To donate visit in June and search out Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundationor  or go directly to this web page:

People can donate to support all the programs of the ABCF or they can specify which program they want to support.

There is a line on the online donation form that says, ‘Message for Ausable Bayfield Consevation Foundation (Optional)’. In that field, people should feel free to mention the program they want to support. For instance, individuals might want to support tree planting, or conservation areas and trails, conservation education, or another program.
To find out more about the work of the ABCF visit this web page:
Only donations made from June 1-30, at, will enter the charity to win the grand prize of $20,000.

To donate now, or to find out more, visit

The Chair of ABCF is Dave Frayne. He encourages people to donate in June.

“Your donation to the Conservation Foundation makes it possible to support community projects we can only do with your help,” he said. “Your donations help us to provide job experiences and bursaries for young people and to support accessible trails and nature enjoyment and recreation.”

He added, “Your donations also help the Foundation to support family-friendly community events, build habitat, protect turtles and aquatic species, support conservation education, improve forest conditions, and much more.”

Anyone who has questions about ABCF, or about donating, should feel free to contact ABCF by email at or leave a voicemail message by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Cover crops build soil health 

Landowners in the Main Bayfield watershed are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops.

“If you have been wanting to try cover crops, this is a great opportunity,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

The grant is thanks to the enhanced Main Bayfield Cover Crop Boost Program. Agricultural producers in the Main Bayfield watershed can receive a total of up to $40 per acre, when the Cover Crop Boost grant program is paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project.

To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact Brock via email at or Nathan Schoelier at, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are June 30, July 31, and Aug. 31.

Cover crops have many benefits to the farmer and the community. They help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.

Anyone who may need some help to decide what to plant should contact their local cover crop seed supplier (, talk to a neighbor, or contact their certified crop advisor. People may also want to use the cover crop decision tool here:

The Main Bayfield watershed stretches from Varna west to Bayfield east to Vanastra and north to Clinton. For Main Bayfield Watershed boundaries consult the Watershed Report Cards at at this web page:

The Cover Crop Boost program in the Bayfield area is made possible thanks to funding from Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

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. 


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:

Recommended reading 

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 book is “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz"** written by Erik Larson and reviewed by Bayfield resident but currently stranded overseas, Gary Lloyd-Rees.51+ID6sEpPL

The book covers a 12-month period, starting with Churchill becoming Prime Minister: on May 10, 1940 - the day that Hitler launched his blitzkrieg invasions of Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Just over two weeks later came the evacuation from Dunkirk followed by a relentless bombing campaign of Britain - the Blitz – which ended on May 11,1941 one long year after Churchill took office.

The genesis of the idea for the book came to Larson whilst living in Manhattan and realizing the difference between someone who directly experienced the 9/11 attack and somebody who experienced it from afar. Larson’s literary approach is to take the reader inside the Great Britain of 1940-41 as the British people stood alone against Hitler’s forces in its “darkest hours” and to view the unfolding events through the day-to-day eyes of Churchill, his family, his closest advisors, the mass observation diarists, and the enemy.

Churchill’s part in the war is well documented - not least by himself. In this telling, it is the stories behind the public scenes that makes this book so fascinating. Larson takes previously unpublished material and weaves together tales of domestic drama and international diplomacy whilst all the while documenting the parallel horrors of the reality of the Blitz.

It is hard not to read about Churchill’s leadership during this dark period and not to compare it with the performance of the current world leaders during today’s pandemic crisis. He was a man made for the British people at that moment in time and “Somehow, through it all, Churchill… managed to teach them the art of being fearless”. He did not agree, however – “I never gave them courage. I was able to focus theirs.”

This is an extensively researched work by the author. As I read it during lockdown in Mallorca on a Kindle, I suddenly went from “80 per cent complete” to the final paragraph…to be followed by many pages of references and bibliography.

If you are new to Larson and you read this and enjoy the style, I highly recommend his previous book - “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania”.

**Published in February 2020. The hardcover version is 608 Pages.


The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is pleased to announce it has
received a grant of $20,000 from Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Access Fund.

The grant will enable the HCFBDC to purchase nutritional foods for our food-aid agency
clients in Huron and Perth Counties. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund, as part of the Food Policy for Canada. The Fund aims to strengthen food systems and facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

HCFBDC’s Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman, said, “This grant will provide funds to strengthen our food system and will facilitate increased safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations in the communities that we serve.”

CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, Nick Saul said, “Food insecurity was already an urgent problem before the COVID-19 crisis, with one in eight Canadians struggling to put food on the table. In a time of national crisis, it is in our nature as Canadians to do what we can for our most vulnerable neighbors. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their quick response, as well as the many corporate partners and generous donors who have stepped forward.

He went on to say, “The Good Food Access Fund aims to make sure that as many people as possible will be able to get the food that they need. And while we must deal with the current circumstances, CFCC remains committed to advancing policy change that addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity and poverty in Canada. We can’t forget that structural inequity is at the core of so many of the challenges that Canadians face, a fact which painfully confronts us when an emergency like this occurs.”


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.


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 

eugene_dufourEugene DuFour

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

Dufour 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 speaks to the smallest gesture of caring.  

What You Do Makes a Difference

Todays reflection will be very simple, and I will let the statement below from a retired schoolteacher speak to your heart and soul. By respecting the direction of our political and public health leaders and following physical distancing – you are making a difference. By supporting our health care, food supply and other front-line providers – you make a difference. Being a healing presence and listening to the stories of suffering – makes a difference. Providing a “felt presence” from a far is a powerful way of caring.

The Smallest Gesture of Caring

I am one.
But I am one.
I cannot do all things’
but I can do some things.
What I cannot do I will either
seek help from others or
will accept that my presence
is all that I can offer.
What I can do
I will do with my best wisdom
and the continued belief
that even the
smallest gesture of caring
will never be in vain.

Your caring makes a difference!




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prohibition era 

Bayfield and Liquor...a Complex Relationship




“BAYFIELD DEFIES DEMON RUM” - this was the headline in the Clinton New Era, in February, 1968, after Bayfield residents once again voted against the sale of any type of liquor in the village. Bayfield became one of the very few places in Canada where you couldn’t legally buy or have a beer or glass of wine while dining at a local restaurant. It was an anti-alcohol island. All near-by towns served and sold liquor. Bayfield residents and visitors were forced to bring their booze in with them when they came to town or they had to visit a village bootlegger.

Anti-alcohol or ‘Dry’ advocates congratulated themselves in the belief that Bayfield would remain static, a dormitory area in winter and a quiet residential resort in summer. The antithesis of the raucous Grand Bend, which in the early 1950s divorced itself from “Dry” Huron County to become part of a more liberal, “Wet” Lambton County. Bayfield’s anti-alcohol stance evolved from the issues that began during its very early years. In 1851, Arthur Heath operated a distillery. By 1863, there were six hotels and Valentine Hohman had a 50-foot by 30-foot brewery on the lot beside today’s Bayfield Town Hall. Johann Gemeinhardt had a cider mill. There were issues with Typhoid Fever and Cholera in the village during these early years but liquor was a problem that was causing drunken behavior and terrible family issues.

An 1870 letter from Charles Stewart McDonald, who was raised in the Brunson House on the Bronson Line, described what it was like to be a store clerk on the Main Street.

“In Bayfield at that time and among farmers, drinking was very common and drunkenness terrible. Very many of my associates drank heavily and it was largely due to my home influences that I escaped.”

As the Temperance Movement gained steam across Canada, Bayfield’s older, more conservative residents were very receptive to the message. During a liquor referendum in 1878 for the “Scott Act”, all of Huron County voted “Dry”, although alcohol could still be purchased from druggists for medicinal, sacramental or manufacturing reasons. Consumption itself was not illegal and social clubs and illegal stills cropped up all over the area.
The Scott Act proved unenforceable and was repealed in 1888 but several new plebiscites took place in the ensuing years and the majority of Bayfield voters remained steadfast in their opposition to the sale of liquor of any type. They supported the “local option” which permitted municipalities to decide for themselves if they wanted to permit liquor sales. During the warm summer months, picnics at Jowett’s Grove with organizations such as the Royal Templars of Temperance became a regular feature of the season.

Finally, in September 1916, the Ontario Government succumbed to Temperance petitioners and abolished the sale of liquor in the province.

This was the beginning of the era of bootlegging and rumrunning. As the late Phillip Durand wrote in “The History of Stanley Township”: “Prohibition really backfired when it came into effect in 1919 within the U.S. and in Ontario in 1916. Instead of eradicating the manufacture and sale of liquor, it boosted it to the point where Detroit claimed that during those years, sales related to liquor profits from smuggling and in blind pigs, made booze the second largest industry in the city, exceeded only by auto manufacturing.”

Along the unpatrolled coast of Lake Huron, rumrunners were loading and unloading cases of booze just offshore.



Durand wrote, “Local farmers were paid as much for two hours work as what they would earn in a week just for loading the larger high-speed boats. The rumrunners had to anchor their boats two or three hundred feet off-shore because of their size. Small row boats were used to transport the illicit liquor from the trucks or horse drawn wagons on the beach to the large boats offshore.”

Prohibition in Ontario was discontinued throughout most of the province in 1928, but Bayfield remained steadfast in its opposition to liquor sales. There seemed to be the belief that the loosening of the liquor laws was an affront to local moral standards and an increasing acceptance of urban values. The local option which gave locals the right to refuse liquor sales, became a symbol of the values of sobriety, piety, industry and self-control.

Since liquor was easily obtained in neighboring communities, businesses in Huron County were feeling the effect of Prohibition. In 1959, most of Huron County voted against Prohibition and liquor stores, beer warehouses and licensed restaurants were finally permitted, but not in Bayfield. A majority of three-fifths of the voters in Bayfield had to agree.

After being defeated in 1968 and after overcoming several obstacles placed in her way by Council and several influential members of the community. Myrtle Robinson, the owner of the Albion Hotel, persevered and forced a new liquor plebiscite.

The headline in the Clinton News-Record, Dec. 9, 1971, read: “BAYFIELD CITIZENS VOTE IN FAVOUR OF LIQUOR”. After a battle that had gone on for over one hundred years, more than 60 per cent of voters were finally in favor of the granting of a dining-room license and a liquor store but it is interesting to note, they rejected the vote for a beer store.

It was the end of a long and spirited battle by area Temperance folks.


Note: This article was written with the support of the Bayfield Historical Society.




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homes and buildings revealed from our socially distanced stroll about town 

IMG_1132#1 - 17 The Square - Gordon House: A one-storey Georgian cottage made of local brick, it was built in 1858 for Donald Gordon. It has hand-hewn cedar beams which run the width of the house.

IMG_1134#2 - 16 The Square - Wallace House: This home stands on the site of a driving shed and barn which was part of the Albion Hotel in the 1840s. In the 1920s-30s, the barn was used as a gas station operated by Walter Westlake. Now retired, Dr. CJ Wallace and nurse practitioner Marg Fischer set up offices here in 1984.  

IMG_1140#4 - 4 Main Street North - Main Street Gallery: This building was erected in 1923 by Dr. Ninian Woods to house the post office, which remained here until 1947. It was a beauty shop for many years and most recently has been home to an art gallery.  

IMG_1143#3 - 24 Main Street North - Fowlie House - James Fowlie, blacksmith, had the first part of this house built in 1889. A one-and-a-half storey addition was made to the front of the house in 1893. It is Ontario Gothic in design with a centre gable. The house has been occupied by various businesses since the 1970s and is currently home to The Village Bookshop.  

IMG_1150#5 - 25 Main Street North - Fairlawn: The house was built in 1862 by Louis Durand for Dr. Ninian Woods. The original roofed porch with the double columns marks the front entrance. The house has had a succession of owners. The Wightmans named it Fairlawn. It has had some renovations and a breezeway and garage were added in 2001.  

IMG_1158#6 - 1 Tuyll Street - Metcalf House - Dr. Metcalf bought the property in 1904. He was a Detroit physician-surgeon and a pioneer in hospital construction. In 1904, Metcalf first built the caretaker's cottage. The Tudor-style house was built in 1905.  

IMG_1160#7 - 35 Bayfield Terrace - Dance Hall: Built in 1896 by Tudor Marks as Bayfield's first dance hall, this six-sided building was a small but popular entertainment venue. It later became the first home of Frank Glass, MP.  

IMG_1168#8 - 20 Bayfield Terrace - River Hotel: John Morgan ran a Canada Company store here in a log building built in 1834. In the late 1840s, Henry Haacke added to the building, making it into a stagecoach hotel. Later two more additions were made to create the River Hotel, which became a popular destination for touring bicycles in the 1890s. The original log part of the building was dismantled in 1951 and the old hotel is now an apartment building.  

IMG_1174#10 - 4 Louisa Street - Johann Gemeinhardt's Furniture Shop and Cider Mill: The first Gemeinhardt family lived in Bayfield from 1856 to 1912. Johann was a house builder, cabinet maker, cider mill operator, beekeeper, cooper and undertaker. This house was much larger when the Gemeinhardts lived there with a large two-storey addition on the back.  





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 last 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 were highlighted here and each image was given a number. People were invited to take a socially distanced stroll around and see if they could match the architectural feature with the address of the building or home. This week I am publishing the answers with a little detail provided from the pages of the booklet. (To see the detail images posted on May 27 visit Issue 568.)

The booklet was first released in Jan. 2010. It is based on notes of a Guided Walking Tour composed by Elaine Sturgeon, volunteer archivist from 2001-08. These notes were revised and expanded by Dianne Smith and produced by the Bayfield Historical Society, Ralph Laviolette, former volunteer archivist, and Dave Gillians, then historical society president. Its production was funded by memberships, donations and a grant from the Huron Heritage Fund.

Interested in obtaining a copy of the booklet? They are available for $5 each at the Bayfield Archives Room on Main Street (when it is allowed to reopen). To get a copy sooner please email The booklet is in a 5.5 X 8 inches format and includes a map at its centre.

IMG_1172#9 - 27 Louisa Street - Church of the English Martyrs: This church was built by the Methodist congregation in 1906. It was left vacant after the church union in 1925. Miss Rose Kennedy purchased the building and donated it to the Roman Catholic Diocese of London in memory of her brother the Hon. William Costello Kennedy. Today it is a residence.

A more detailed history on many of the homes and buildings shown here can be found in the Bayfield Historic Walking Tour booklet available now at the Bayfield Archives. (Submitted photo)  




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Pioneer park in Blue and Green

Pioneer park in Blue and Green...By Jane Seifried

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

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








Racism and prejudice can take on hidden shapes. I can guarantee that we aren’t born harboring either – it is learned behaviour. It is learned behaviour that we can address and change.

I remember an incident when I was in Grade 9. A teacher asked all the students of a certain religious denomination to put up their hand. A fair number of students raised their hands and as I looked around the room – that little voice inside my head said, “But they are just like me?”

At 14 years of age had I unwittingly developed a prejudice? In that moment I knew I needed to do better.

Years later, now an adult and married, my husband and I were travelling through the US in our RV and we stopped for a couple days in Memphis, Tennessee. We went grocery shopping. Now shopping for groceries in the America of the 1990s was something of an experience and we always had extraordinary fun. So much fun, in fact, that it wasn’t until we were lined up to check out that I really took a look at my surroundings. Everyone in the store was black with the exception of the white security guard. That in and of itself seemed to speak volumes and it didn’t sit well with me but I can admit to feeling out of place probably for the first time in my life. Everyone was pleasant and welcoming, however, that little voice once again reminded me that I needed to do better.

Just over a week ago, the spark that set flame to a fire that has been smouldering for generations was lit in America and that fire is spreading worldwide. Collectively people’s inner voices are growing louder, in fact, some are now shouting for change.

It may be wishful thinking but I hope that by the time my grandchildren are in high school that they don’t have an inner voice telling them they need to do better because there is no need. Skin color won’t separate and religion won’t divide; all will be united because the people let their inner voices shout in 2020. – Melody








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