Bookmark and Share   June 2, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 23 Issue 621

centre for the arts now hiring


The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is looking for a creative person who is enthusiastic about community-engaged arts to take a leadership position as their Arts Program Co-ordinator for their summer programming.

This opportunity is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program with employment from July to early September. The position is full-time but flexible and may include evenings and weekends: eight weeks at 35 hours/week, or equivalent. The rate of pay is $25 per hour.

Candidates must be aged 18 to 30 and legally entitled to work in Canada. Unfortunately, temporary residents, such as international students, are not eligible under this program.

Applicants should note that due to COVID-19 there may be some adjustment necessary to the schedule. The BCA will ensure that their working conditions adhere to all safety protocols and government guidelines. Remote work may be necessary although the BCA are hoping to allow for work primarily in-person.

The BCA welcome a wide diversity of applicants with a strong background in the visual arts who are responsible and mature. The successful candidate will be involved in planning and offering programs which focus on all aspects of arts workshops including, children’s programs, adult programs, arts for mental health, open studio, mobile art truck offerings, exhibitions and events.

Those interested in applying are asked to email their resume with cover letter and portfolio or other examples of their work to by June 10.

 Bayfield pacc members offering canine support network 

daisyDaisy is a new Bayfield resident. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) has created a vibrant and active Facebook group boasting well over 200 members. This gang of dedicated dog owners and friends have proven to be engaged and active when it comes to community involvement. In keeping with this spirit of cooperation the group would like to encourage anyone who may need assistance with their canine to post a message on their Facebook page or on their related website.

“Perhaps you, or someone you know, has been ill or injured, and requires a bit of help with dog walking or vet visits. Maybe a friend or neighbor could use a hand to pick up medications or dog food,” said Suzan Johnson, a Bayfield PACC member. “We can’t promise anything, but if enough members are aware of others who do need help, they may be able to find each other through social media. To facilitate this, we would encourage anyone who is willing to provide volunteer services to send private messages to those who require assistance via our social media portals. Who knows, you may even find a new human friend!”

Johnson also went on to mention that with the onset of the summer season, people can expect to see and hear many celebrations involving fireworks.

“Most of us love the excitement and thrill of these events, but please bear in mind that they can be quite stressful to some pets as well people. Our Facebook page offers some tips and pointers as to how to comfort the more sensitive canines among us,” she explained. “Here’s to a great summer!”

For more information visit the Bayfield PACC website at or find them on Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C.

Quilt of the month may be perfect Father's Day gift 


DSC_1532June's Quilt of the Month would make a wonderful Father's Day gift. (Submitted photos)  

With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

Just in time for Father’s Day the Huron Hospice quilt of the month is of a masculine design. It is also a trip to memory lane. Some people may remember a time before barbers had electric razors. It is such a fun theme and suitable for anyone who is an antique collector, a barber, or remembers the olden days fondly. It has been enhanced by fun, complementary colors for a dynamic and interesting look. The quilt measurers 74” x 63”, and was made by members of tge local community. It is selling for $495. It might make an awesome Father’s Day gift!

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: Anyone who would like further information before deciding can also email Walker.

Proceeds of all quilt sales go directly toward patient care at Huron Hospice.

final days to purchase ticket 

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)

charlie is cat of the week  

191183976_1109951106164157_5092393724522951739_nCharlie (Submitted photo)

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

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

He is named for the location he was found - Charles Street in Bayfield. Voluteers at the Rescue believe he is between one year, and a year and a half, old. He was very timid when he was brought in. He was taken to the vet for a health check where he was found to be in pretty good condition. He was neutered and given all his age-appropriate shots. It didn’t take him long to warm up to the volunteers at the Rescue. In fact, he now calls out for attention if he feels he’s being overlooked. He loves having his belly scratched and adores being brushed. Volunteers note that he seems to be good with other cats as well. He is now looking for his forever home and a family to love.

Anyone who has a place in their hearts for Charlie 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.

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 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 President of the BAFB Terry 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.




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 30 at 8 a.m. until today June 2 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on June 4 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.

United Church 

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.

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 is 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 native plants are cool?! They are better for biodiversity, for climate and for conserving water! Native plants (those that were here thousands of years before European settlement) support many more species of insects and birds than non-natives. Birds, insects and plants that evolved together are dependent upon one another for pollination, shelter and food. For example, more than 500 species of caterpillars can be found on native oak trees and only 5 species are found on ginkgos, an Asian tree commonly planted in Ontario. That’s a big deal for chickadees, since it takes more than 6000 caterpillars to feed a nest of baby chickadees as they grow!

What You Can Do…You can plant native trees, shrubs and perennials in your garden. They are available at many garden centres—just ask! Or you can go online to find nurseries that carry only Ontario native plants.



source protection committee releases fifth video in series 

Dave_Frayne_DWPZ_NR_1Dave Frayne is the host of the latest video from the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. (Submitted photo)  

A new video showcases local signs that alert the public about zones, near municipal wells, where drinking water sources are most at risk. Continued positive actions are needed to protect the groundwater in these zones, according to the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC).

The committee released the new video, hosted by Dave Frayne, on May 26. Frayne is a municipal representative, on the SPC, for the Southwest municipalities group. This group includes: Bluewater, Central Huron, Perth South, South Huron and West Perth.

He begins the video by asking, “Have you seen these signs? They read Drinking Water Protection Zone...they mean be cautious.”

He explains that the signs are to create public awareness of vulnerable areas around municipal wells and Great Lakes intakes in the Province of Ontario.

“We have 88 of these signs in our region,” he said.

The video features a sampling of those Drinking Water Protection Zone signs that are located in various municipalities. Do you know where your community’s signs are located? If you do, then you know where the municipal water you drink is most vulnerable to spills and contamination.

The new video is available at this link:

The Drinking Water Protection Zone signs video is the fifth in a series about source protection.

“The videos explain about water from source to tap,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the SPC. With more than 10,000 social media views so far, the source protection committee members are using videos as an effective way to safely reach out to the public during the pandemic.

“Hopefully the videos encourage our watershed residents to do their part in keeping our drinking water sources safe now and into the future,” he said. The committee is planning to create more videos, later this year, featuring other committee members.

The new signs video, and the previous four videos in the series, are on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel here:
Links to the videos are also on Facebook and online at

Here are links to the five videos, so far, in the series:
• Introduction to drinking water source protection video series with Matt Pearson, SPC Chair:
• Drinking Water Protection Zone signs (with Dave Frayne):
• Treatment of Lake Huron water at the Goderich Water Treatment Plant (with John Graham and Cory Dulong):
• Work by industries at the Goderich harbour to protect drinking water sources (with Rowland Howe):
• Treatment of a groundwater drinking water source at the municipal well in Seaforth (with Alyssa Keller):

opportunities for youth in Coastal Conservation 

CCYC Press Release Photo #2Participants are invited, at no cost, to join the Coastal Conservation Youth Corps for week-long sessions in the summer, or to volunteer over two weekends in the fall. (Submitted photo)  

A service learning opportunity for youth, to be held in both the Goderich and Saugeen Shores communities, will offer knowledge and hands-on skills related to coastal conservation this year. The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC), a non-government charity dedicated to supporting a healthy ecosystem through education, restoration and research, launched the Coastal Conservation Youth Corps (CCYC) program in 2020. Seeing a growing interest in volunteerism, along with a passion from Lake Huron communities to tackle threats facing the Great Lakes, the CCYC was created to engage youth, ages 14-18. Participants are invited, at no cost, to join week-long sessions in the summer, or to volunteer over two weekends in the fall.

“The fundamentals of environmental stewardship will go a long way to protecting natural resources into the future,” said Executive Director of LHCCC, Erinn Lawrie. “Training young leaders to care for and take conservation action to protect coastal ecosystems will save financial resources over the long-term and ensure our coast is resilient for generations to come.”

The summer program kicks off in Goderich July 5-9, from 9-3 p.m. with Great Lakes science projects to help protect water quality and provide habitat, including a high-profile dune restoration project on Goderich’s Main Beach. The itinerary includes removing harmful trash from shorelines, investigating plastic pollution, identifying species, managing invasive species and designing a community low-impact plan.

Other project dates are set for Saugeen Shores, July 12-16, July 19-23 and Aug. 9-13; Goderich Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 25-26.

At this time, registrations are being accepted through the website at . Space is limited, as the group size will not exceed nine. Program plans are flexible to enable adaptation to the recommended COVID-19 protocols.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of Coastal Conservation volunteers this summer,” added Education Technician, Kerry Kennedy. “Thanks to our funders and municipal partners we are planning authentic projects with opportunities to learn about conservation and gain valuable experience, Students may choose to further their education or seek a career in the environmental field, and in addition, they will earn volunteer experience hours to support their high school credentials.”

Primary funding support for the program comes from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.

For further inquiries on the program, email To learn more about the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, visit, or on social media @CoastalCentre.

Eighty plus now eligible for accelerated second doses 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is accelerating second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, in keeping with provincial direction.

While the interval between first and second doses can be up to 16 weeks, HPPH will begin to offer second dose appointments at an earlier interval of four weeks or later based on vaccine supply.

As of today, individuals age 80+ (born 1941 or earlier) are able to book a shortened-interval second dose appointment for a future clinic. Many residents who are 80+ already qualify for their extended interval and have booked appointments. Anyone over 80 who has not booked a second dose yet, is asked to please visit the HPPH booking system. HPPH is currently booking appointments for mid to late June.

During the week of June 14, individuals age 70+ (born 1951 or earlier) will be able to book an appointment for a future clinic. Please note that HPPH cannot book shortened dose interval appointments for people age 70+ until the week of June 14.

Certain groups have already been receiving second doses of COVID-19 vaccines at a shortened interval, including high-risk health care workers, individuals with certain health conditions, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals. They will continue to be eligible at the dose interval in the vaccine product monograph.

More information on how and when to book a second dose at an HPPH community clinic is available at

“There has been excellent uptake of vaccine in Huron Perth and we know that people are eager to receive their second dose,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We ask that people waiting to book vaccination appointments please be patient with our staff during this busy time. We also remind the public that rude or abusive language towards staff will not be tolerated.”

Anyone who has booked an appointment at an HPPH vaccination clinic and no longer needs it, is asked to please cancel as soon as they can to free up the space for another eligible community member. Let’s keep Huron-Perth’s vaccination coverage rate high by making sure everyone has the opportunity to get vaccinated as early as possible.

Appointments can be cancelled by emailing or by calling the booking line at 1-833-753-2098; Press 2. Please include a first and last name and the date, time, and location of the scheduled appointment.

Several pharmacies across Huron Perth are also providing vaccinations. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy. For a complete list, visit

HPPH reminds everyone to follow all public health and workplace safety measures regardless of their vaccination status at this time.

Active COVID-19 cases in Huron Perth have declined after a surge a few weeks ago, however, there are several ongoing and new workplace outbreaks. The majority of new cases are variants of concern, which transmit more easily. The biggest contributor to the spread of COVID-19 is close contact (being within 2 m or 6 ft) with infected individuals.

Case investigations show that people are not following public health measures, for example, there have been indoor social gatherings with individuals from other households. Indoor gatherings are still not permitted, and outdoor gatherings are limited to five people (while still maintaining public health measures such as physical distancing between people who are not in the same household).

In addition, if someone has COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact of a case, they must isolate as instructed by Public Health. Isolation keeps the virus from spreading to other people. HPPH will enforce the Section 22 Class Order for anyone who does not comply with isolation requirements.

“We understand that people are fatigued and want public health restrictions to be lifted,” said Dr. Klassen. “But high numbers of close contacts allow COVID-19 to keep circulating in our communities. The best way forward is to keep contacts as low as possible and to maintain physical distance from anyone not in your household, while vaccination efforts continue.”



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:

HPHA Virtual AGM

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance will be holidng a Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 17 via ZOOM.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

This AGM is for members of the Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital. Highlights of the meeting will include: the receipt of Annual Reports of the Board of Directors, including financial statements, together with the Auditor’s Report thereon; appointment of auditors; and receipt of the Ad Hoc Nominating Committee Report.

Only members of the hospital corporations shall be entitled to vote at the AGM but members of the public are welcome to attend. To RSVP please contact Sue Davey by calling 519 272-8205 or emailing and a ZOOM link/teleconference number will be provided in advance of the meeting.


United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to announce it is providing three organizations with Emergent/Emergency Need Grants (EENG) to assist them in continuing important pandemic relief programs and services.

“This has been a challenging time for organizations,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “If this past year has taught us anything it’s the need for flexibility, to be able to respond quickly to the shifting environment. The EENG is built to allow us to invest in time-sensitive emergency needs outside our regular funding cycle, ensuring organizations and the programs they deliver can survive and thrive.”

Already, UWPH has been investing in local organizations through the EENG — particularly in the area of food security. Among the organizations receiving funds are the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to help them supply nutritious foods to food banks and community organizations across the region; ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services for their grocery delivery service; and the Community Table in Exeter for their food hamper service.

“These investments help address a gap in pandemic relief funding which ran out at the end of March,” added Erb. “That means pandemic-related services will be able to operate for the next few months.”

Along with helping local organizations and programs, UWPH continues to focus on supporting individuals and families across Perth-Huron through the Urgent Needs Fund. Since its creation in May of 2020, UWPH’s Urgent Needs Fund has provided more than $100,000 to over 700 people across Perth-Huron for urgent, pressing needs including help paying bills, buying groceries and emergency car repairs. The fund is administered by the City of Stratford Social Services Department on behalf of Perth County and the Huron County Social & Property Services Department on behalf of Huron County. Individuals are encouraged to apply. Visit

Vaccine Clinic 

A group of primary care providers in Perth County will offer a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents 18 years of age and older.

The Stratford Family Health Team, STAR Family Health Team, Happy Valley Family Health Team, and Mitchell Family Doctors will be running the clinic Friday, June 4 at the Stratford Rotary Complex.

This is an age-based clinic only, with no other eligibility requirements. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older by the date of the clinic to book an appointment. They do not need to a be patient of any of the above family health teams to receive their vaccine at this clinic. This clinic is for first dose appointments only.

Booking online is recommended at:

“We are pleased to work together in providing these vaccinations for the community,” said Dr. Kim Gilmour. “We encourage everyone eligible and able to receive vaccine to sign up for this clinic.”

The Stratford Family Health Team, STAR Family Health Team, Happy Valley Family Health Team, and Mitchell Family Doctors will have the booking link on their websites and social media accounts.
If you require assistance booking your appointment online, please consider reaching out to a trusted family member or friend. Primary care offices remain very busy and although they are here to help, there could be a significant delay in returning a call. Anyone who needs to cancel or confirm an appointment already made, is asked to please email

The Moderna vaccine is part of the Huron Perth allotment for primary care, and will be administered at the clinic. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine (similar to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) that is approved for people who are 18 years of age or older. For more information about the Moderna vaccine, visit

The Primary Care Working Group of the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is working with Huron Perth Public Health to organize the clinic.

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:

ABCA Anniversary 

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



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this


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

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

June is traditionally the month for weddings so it seems an appropriate time of year to explore the collection of wedding mementoes that the Museum has collected through the years...

Bridal Party   

Screen Shot 2021-05-31 at 6.21.13 PMJean (Scott) Taylor wore a dress of tulle, lace and sequins when she exchanged vows with Arnold Taylor on July 16, 1960 at Duff's United Church in McKillop Twp., Huron County. Her dress is part of the Museum’s collection of gowns as are photos from the Taylor’s special day including these images of the stylish bridal party as well as the newly married couple.  


Bride & Groom  

 Screen Shot 2021-05-31 at 6.20.45 PM Jean and Arnold Taylor

Wedding Dress 

Screen Shot 2021-05-31 at 6.20.24 PMJean Scott's wedding dress.  



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Decade retrospective   


42548332032_e66db1e842_k2018 - Rosemary Crosthwaite, of Bayfield, led her dog through the obstacle course set up in the park on Sunday morning. (Photo by Jack Pal)

35160161771_297fbaadb9_k2017 - The Keynote presenter for a second year was Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear dog, Heart. Through her dad Dan’s interpretation of her signing, she told a heartwarming story of how having a Hearing Ear dog changed her life completely and forever. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

26899248754_d1bf5732a2_k2016 - Deb and Tom Grasby, of Bayfield, with Guide Dog in Training Essex and Master of Ceremonies, Rob Bundy. Essex appears to be a pup of few words. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

18644327451_4507000bab_k2015 - Shannon Brennan, of Barks of Bayfield Pet Styling, demonstrated some grooming techniques on Charlie. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

14332904075_cdc9f8e2a4_k2014 - Lion Dave Overboe addressed the participants following the walk. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

8925729175_0b61e0a24b_k2013 - Those canines and their human companions taking part in the “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” that got off to an early start on the morning of June 2 avoided the rain – it was reported that only a couple of walkers got a bit wet. The weather did little to dampen anyone’s spirits as the cause far outweighed the inconvenience of a spring shower. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

4679555903_39fa0bd8ea_k2010 - The walk included a trek through Pioneer Park. Rags, an English Springer Spaniel, kept his family on pace. They are Kirk Leonard, Laura Gillians and six-week-old, Oliver in the stroller. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)



The Bayfield Lions’ Club hosted their 34th annual Walk for Dog Guides in June of 2019.

In 2015, the 30th anniversary of the Bayfield walk, organizers redesigned the event. In addition to the walk both entertaining and educational aspects for canine enthusiasts were introduced including guest speakers, demonstrations, presentations and more. To increase visibility, they also brought the event out from behind the arena to centre stage in Clan Gregor Square. Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the community as they had a record-breaking fundraising year collecting close to $10,000 in support of Dog Guides.

Spurred on by their anniversary success the Lions continued with this format for the next four years until the pandemic pre-empted the 2020 walk. However, things are looking more promising for 2021 as the Walk for Dog Guides will return to the village 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.

The Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in over 2,000 communities across Canada. The event raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Each Walk is organized by local volunteers with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.

As of 2019, the walk has raised more than $15 million. All Dog Guides and required training, including transportation and accommodation, are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.

47994848886_f2180d3b14_k 2019 - Justyne Chojnacka, of Bayfield, is a regular participant at the annual walk. (Photo by Jack Pal)

7336170510_dc4fb160b4_k2012 - Jane Rowat joined Margo Robeson and her dog, Sadie, on the Walk for Dog Guides. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

5805161348_bfa9eb5c8f_k2011 - The weather cooperated with the event this year providing comfortable temperatures for walking. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  




PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield River Road

Along Bayfield River Road...By Kate Lloyd-Rees

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







As a member of Girl Guides of Canada for more than 30 years it has been my honor to volunteer with girls and help them live to their full potential by providing them with opportunities to learn, explore and discover through fun and friendship in a safe space. We’re far from perfect, I, and my fellow Guiders, are always striving to do better.

In the last couple of days with the discovery of a mass grave of children in BC, I have been reading and learning, searching for words to express how I am feeling as a sixth generation Canadian. I came across these words written by a young Canadian and posted anonymously on a social media page for Girl Guide leaders. It offered me a glimmer of hope. Permission has been granted to share it with you today.- Melody

“So, you're a white settler like me, and deeply disturbed by this mass grave in Kamloops. The thought of having your children taken brings you to tears, and you hurt for the families of the children that never returned. You change your profile picture, you put out stuffed animals, but it all feels like empty gestures.

You wonder what you can do. How can you help? You feel helpless and lost.

The best place to start is to learn. Learn and learn and learn. Read books by indigenous writers, listen to podcasts, learn from your indigenous neighbors. Take the opportunity to learn everything from every source available. Seek out the information from sources you aren't used to, listening to and trusting. But I warn you, be prepared to learn that everything you know is wrong, or incomplete. It will be hard to believe; your world view will be shaken. You will be forced to question everything you have been taught, everything you think you know. You will learn that cultural genocide is still happening, and even the map of the Canada you thought you knew is wrong. You will wonder if it's you that is crazy because it is too much. If all of these things are actually true, it's the opening of an ugly Pandora’s box.

But there has been a secret mass grave found, hiding away 215 dead children in Kamloops, a nice place, in your Canada. Your peaceful, internationally loved Canada. But you know that it's true and you can't put that information back.

So, go and learn, so when you find yourself in various situations, you will know what to do. Your actions will be informed by your heart knowledge, and these actions will affect future generations.”





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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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