Bookmark and Share   June 10, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 24 Issue 570

main street optometric  reopening with new owner 

4515846215_b2436675c0_kThis picture was taken in the Spring of 2010 when Dr. Richard Samuell first opened an optometric office at 25 Main Street in the village. Ten years later he has sold the business to Dr. Devon Huxtable and will be focusing solely on his work at his Hanover Optometry office. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

After being shut down due to COVID-19 for nearly three months, Main Street Optometric is once again open for eye examinations and eyeglass sales but the business will be under the watchful eye of a new optometrist.

After 10 years in Bayfield, Dr. Rich Samuell is leaving Main Street Optometric to focus on his Hanover Optometry office.

“With the backlog of eye exams present after this extended shutdown, it is not possible to see patients at both locations with reasonable wait times,” said Dr. Samuell. “I am happy to announce that Dr. Devon Huxtable has taken over the practice, and will continue in the same location. Barb and Kyrah will still be the friendly faces you see when you enter the office, and Main Street will still carry the outstanding selection of eyewear that patients have come to expect.”

Dr. Devon Huxtable graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2011 and currently works in Stratford.

“I hope to live up to the high expectations that Dr. Samuell set for each and every patient,” said Dr. Huxtable. “I'm thrilled to become a part of the vibrant community of Bayfield."

Dr. Samuell would like to thank the community for the support Main Street Optometric has received.

“From the beginning I have felt like the town has been invested in the success of the practice. I am glad to have been able to get to know so many members of the community, and to have a small part to play in projects like the Bayfield River Flats. Main Street Optometric is in great hands with Dr. Huxtable and his associates, and I know the town will continue to show him the same support I have enjoyed over the last 10 years.”

Eye examinations and appointments for frame selection and repairs can be booked by calling 519 565-2300.

Journals by local creatives fundraiser for Arts Centre 

pjimageThere are three covers to choose from in the Bayfield Centre for the Arts journals, l-r: Blowover, by Leslee Squirrell; Tuscan Poppies, by Debra MacArthur; or Dahlias by Jack Pal. (Submitted photo)  

In an effort to stay in touch with the community and offer creative experiences to its followers, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is posting carefully curated links to a variety of artistic organizations on their Facebook page Bayfield Centre for the Arts (@ bayfieldarts). To date, painting tutorials, photography workshops and performances have been popular.

To support the continued growth of the BCA, the organization is now selling custom designed journals with three different custom covers. The creatives behind the covers are Debra Macarthur, Leslee Squirrell and Jack Pal. Each journal measures 6” x 9” and has 200 acid free, archival pages of 28 lb paper, lined or unlined. The journals are selling for $15 each.

These journals could be used as diaries, sketchbooks and travel logs. They are also perfect notebooks for gardening records, meetings or workshops. The journals are available on the BCA Facebook Page. Details can be found by clicking on the “Shop” button. At the moment those who purchase journals are asked to pick them up from the front porch of 15 Dow St in Bayfield.

Or they can also be found at The Village Bookshop on Main Street in Bayfield. In addition to the great selection of books they are known for, the bookshop is now carrying artist supplies, including the beautiful, creamy Chroma acrylic paints which some members of the BCA are fans of.

The purchase of these journals will help the BCA provide workshops, studios, mobile art programs and exhibitions in the visual arts for all ages and abilities.

For more information email

Beef Barbecue re-imagined 

19285611599_6f3c5532b3_kDue to COVID-19, the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church aren't able to host their annual Beef BBQ fundraiser in the way they did in other years, like in 2014, the year this image was taken. Instead they are inviting people to celebrate Canada Day with their own backyard barbecues and to think of the church and their many causes by making a donation. (Photos 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).

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 8.

49976009133_0d78fe2721_kKate Lloyd-Rees enjoyed a little market shopping this week as the couple are making the most of their extended “freedom” during this, once in a lifetime, opportunity to explore the island of Mallorca, Spain without tourists. At this time last year there were over half a million tourists in the Balearics – currently, there are officially none. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

Today, Monday, is our 86th 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. At the end of last week, Congress narrowly approved an extension to the “State of Alarm” for a sixth, and last, time and it will finally come to an end on June 21st - 99 days after it began.

Today, Mallorca along with the rest of the Balearics moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3 - the final phase of de-escalation before entering the “nueva normalidad”. The updated map of Spain shows which regions are now in which Phase. There are now no areas in Phase 0 or Phase 1, 48 per cent of the population are in Phase 2 (primarily Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia) and 52 per cent are in Phase 3. Critically, from today, the individual regions in Phase 3 take control of managing the speed of their own de-escalation and also in determining when to exit Phase 3 and enter the nueva normalidad. Mallorca remains on track to exit Phase 3 no later than June 22nd - which would coincide with the end of the “State of Alarm” and would be exactly 100 days after the start of lockdown.

So, what changes in Phase 3?

Phases June 8  

We continue to have freedom of movement across the whole island and there are now no longer time slots for walking or exercise. Specific changes under Phase 3 for the Balearics include - people from different households can meet in social groups of up to 20 (15 in Phase 2 – 10 in Phase 1); 100 per cent occupancy on public transport; bars and restaurants can open exterior and interior spaces at up to 75 per cent capacity (50 per cent in Phase 2); museums, cinemas and theatres can now operate at 50 per cent capacity (previously 30 per cent); two controlled visits a week to care homes are permitted; all retail establishments, commercial premises and professional services can now operate at 50 per cent capacity regardless of size; hotels can open their common areas at 60 per cent capacity (previously 30 per cent); places of worship can operate at 75 per cent capacity; funerals can be held with a maximum of 50 outside or 25 inside; and weddings can be held with a maximum of 150 outside or 75 inside. Last, but not least, all schools in the Balearics are being reopened with attendance voluntary.

Social distancing and mandatory mask wearing continues as before. Freedom of movement between regions is not allowed until the region being left and the one being entered are both in the nueva normalidad; however, in a special concession inter-island movement is now allowed throughout the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera).

This week, Congress will outline which mandatory health protocols will carry over into the nueva normalidad – the ongoing protocols are likely to cover social distancing, mask wearing for ages six and above, and minimum standards for workplaces and for places used by the public.

How are things in Spain and Mallorca?

The results of the second set of mass blood serum testing to identify COVID-19 antibodies (i.e. people who have had the virus and recovered) was just released and showed an infection rate across Spain of 5.2 per cent compared to 5 per cent in the first study. This is excellent news in that it shows that the de-escalation process has not resulted in any significant uptick in the infection rate. However, as the infection rate as measured by cases recorded by the health authorities is a little over 0.6 per cent (Canada is 0.25 per cent), the not so good news is that this continues to indicate that the vast majority of those infected were/are asymptomatic carriers (this is a key factor in the decision on the mandatory use of masks - a position now taken by the WHO). The infection rates range from a low in the Balearics at 1.6 per cent to a high in Madrid at 11.4 per cent - still a long way off the “herd immunity” rate of 60 plus per cent. There will be a third, and final, study in late June.

Spain’s official health data continues to improve – the Health Ministry is still working on revising the historical data and has also changed the methodology of reporting - the recent data is almost too good to be true. There is now little concern or focus on the death statistics (there were “only” 72 deaths across Spain in the past seven days (less than half the amount recorded in Ontario) and no deaths in the Balearics in the past 11 days) - instead the focus is on shortening the period of time between a person reporting symptoms, being tested and the results obtained and contacts traced – this is reportedly happening within a matter of a few days. Interestingly, at the start of the pandemic the Spanish Health Ministry took over control of all the private testing laboratories.

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

The EU continues to try and coordinate its member countries’ policies on re-opening borders without much success – many countries are racing to catch up on the start of the summer tourist season. Italy opened its borders on June 3rd with no incoming quarantine requirements; on June 15th, many more countries intend to open their borders including France, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland, Belgium, Greece and The Netherlands (some of these countries have announced specific country exclusions and/or the need for testing before entry). Bizarrely, the UK which has never closed its borders, introduced 14-day quarantine for arrivals as of today.

Spain is being more cautious, despite huge economic pressures to open, its borders remain officially closed until June 15th and the Government line is that they will not open until July 1st. However, and crucially for us given the UK’s decision to introduce quarantine, the Spanish and German governments have almost reached agreement on a pilot scheme that would establish a “green corridor” between Germany and the Balearic and Canary Islands in late June. As part of this pilot, 4,000 German tourists would be flying to Mallorca for a vacation - if they can fly here then we can get to Germany where there would not be any quarantine and from where there are regular scheduled flights to Canada.

We continue to be safe and well and are making the most of our extended “freedom” during this, once in a lifetime, opportunity to explore the island without tourists. At this time last year there were over half a million tourists in the Balearics – currently, there are officially none.

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.


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their fifth market of the season on Friday, June 12. 

Looking for a source of pure local honey? Damsma's Honey, produced just outside of Clinton, is now available through the Bayfield Farmers' Market's online store.

Regular market-goers know all about Red Cat Bakery's famous pretzels. Good news -- pretzels are also available this week! Bayfield Berry Farm has both green and white asparagus, as well as a great selection of fruit wines and ciders. And your favourite Shop Bike coffee beans can now be purchased pre-ground.

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 Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) will be holding its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, June 18.

Since the province’s state of emergency limits the number of people permitted to congregate to ten (as of June 12), the Board has arranged to have the AGM electronically. Members of the community are welcome to attend via Zoom at 1 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the AGM is asked to please send their e-mail address to Those who request to do so will be provided with the link to access the AGM. This information will be sent one or two days prior to the AGM.

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.

Kintail on the Road

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and for the health and safety of staff and campers, Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield has cancelled the 2020 summer session of Kintail on the Road.

The usual program ran Wednesdays during July and August and organizers regret the loss, for this year, of being able to offer such a dynamic day camp experience for local kids.

Organizers hope for better days ahead and the opportunity to see campers again in 2021.

Bayfield Community Fair 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is "staying home" this year and will suspend hosting a traditional style fair and instead provide an alternative fair experience this year.

On June 10, the BAS Board of Directors announced their decision to suspend hosting a traditional fair in its 164th year.

Although this announcement likely comes as no surprise, it was a difficult decision to make as the Board knows how much the greater community looks forward to this event each year. However, with COVID-19 restrictions limiting mass gatherings of people for the foreseeable future and a commitment to keeping the community safe and healthy they truly believe this is the best decision.

As a Society they remain committed to celebrating and supporting agriculture in the community. In place of a traditional fair this year, they will be offering an alternative fair consisting of a variety of other events both online and around Bayfield. They hope to interact with the communty through these events.

Please monitor the BAS website and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updates and the latest news on the 2020 alternative Bayfield Fair. They hope to see everyone back at the fairgrounds in 2021!


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.


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.

Pandemic project 

Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic.  And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email

In Memoriam

14642034749_81bb428344_kPat Cantrick (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The community will be saddened to learn of the death of a long-time village summer resident.

Patricia (Pat) M. Cantrick was a fixture at summer events, especially those held for Pioneer Park. Her son, Kip, noted that she fondly remembered working the linen table at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale as well as volunteering at the village library in her youth. She first came to Bayfield as a young child, and the village and the friends she made here were a huge part of her life.

Cantrick died Monday, May 25. Born with a wonderfully giving spirit, she was very involved in all aspects of her family's life in Birmingham, Michigan and Bayfield, ON. With an outgoing personality, she tirelessly volunteered her time to many civic organizations at both locations. Cantrick was a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

She leaves behind an enduring legacy of love, wisdom, unending patience and humor that will be forever remembered by many. Those who knew her were all blessed to have had her in their lives.

Cantrick is survived by her four sons; Kip (Sherry), Jeff (Cheryl), John (Holly) and Chris (Susie); seven grandchildren, Brandy, Dylan, Stephanie, Jennifer, Courtney, Emma, Olivia and great-granddaughter, Isabelle. She has now joined her husband, George; sister, Barbara Erb; and grandson, Colin.

There are no immediate plans for a memorial due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. She will be missed.



  AusAble bayfield foundatoin qualifies for  Gifts program 

Nature_File_Photo_3_NRPeople can donate land in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. They can also donate land, or partial interests in land, throughout the historic area of the former Huron Tract. (Submitted photo)  

People can donate ecologically-sensitive land through Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP). The Canadian EGP has officially welcomed Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) as an environmental charity eligible to receive ecological gifts.

“Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is honored to be approved as a qualified recipient eligible to receive donations of land through this program,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF Chair. “Preserving land permanently is one of the most effective ways to protect water and habitat for wildlife.”

To learn about Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, including a list of eligible gift recipients, visit To find out more about the work of ABCF visit

People can donate land in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. They can also donate land, or partial interests in land, throughout the historic area of the former Huron Tract. That area includes parts of Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, and Perth counties. It includes Goderich in the north, Stratford and St. Marys to the east, Arkona and Parkhill to the south, and many communities in between. For a map of the Huron Tract area visit

Anyone with questions about ABCF, or about making a donation of land or money, should feel free to contact the Conservation Foundation by email at or leave a voicemail message by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Canada’s EGP offers a way for landowners in Canada with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Recipients ensure land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage are conserved in perpetuity. There can be significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land or a partial interest in land to a qualified recipient.

Over 200,000 hectares of wildlife habitat have been preserved since the program’s start in 1995 thanks to more than 1,500 gifts valued at more than $933 million.

Environment and Climate Change Canada administers the EGP in cooperation with other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments, and environmental non-government organizations.

Any individual or corporate landowner may donate land or a partial interest in land through the EGP.

pet health concerns addressed through telehealth consults 

IMG_1392Dr. Robin Wiley (Submitted photo)

In response to concerns about COVID-19, Seaforth Animal Hospital has introduced telehealth consultations, enabling pet owners to chat with Dr. Kathleen Day Dunbar or Dr. Robin Wiley via video, messaging, or phone.

“We’re very pleased to provide in home assessment and advice for a variety of concerns; including skin problems, mobility concerns, and parasite control needs,” said Dr. Kathleen Day Dunbar, veterinarian and owner of Seaforth Animal Hospital. “We hope it will be an especially useful service for pets and people who have difficulty traveling to the clinic; and a great way for us to do a visual follow-up on surgical patients or ongoing cases at home. We can also assist with determining the urgency of a situation and deciding whether the pet requires treatment in the clinic or provide some management advice at home.”

Many people have already benefited from using telehealth consultations. The online telehealth platform from Seaforth Animal Hospital can be found at and is easy to use.

Here are the steps for using the telehealth platform:

1. Schedule an appointment - Select your preferred communication method (video, phone, or message) and select an available time slot. For messages, a time slot is not needed and the veterinarians typically respond in 24-48 hours.

2. Communicate with your veterinarian - The telehealth platform provides a high-quality, video chat with the veterinarian within the browser on the client’s phone or desktop; no need to install a separate app!

3. Consultation summary - After the consultation, the veterinarian provides a written summary of recommendations that is available for the client to view at any time.

Dr. Wiley recently joined the Seaforth Animal Hospital. She is an experienced small animal veterinarian who practiced in Clinton until 2018. She is excited to be working back in her home area again. She is available to see in clinic appointments and telemedicine consultations.

Seaforth Animal Hospital, located at 80205 North Line, is a full service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical, dental and diagnostic procedures for dogs and cats. In addition to housing an x-ray suite and in-clinic laboratory for blood testing, it also has an on-site groomer and carries pet food, litter, shampoos, and other supplies.

"Modern Medicine. Home Town Care” is Seaforth Animal Hospital’s motto. They have been caring for animals in Huron and Perth counties for over 40 years. For more information about telehealth consultations for pets and the Seaforth Animal Hospital visit

Pride Month recognized in  Huron and Perth counties 

HPPH Pride flag raising 20200601  Mayor of St. Marys, Al Strathdee and Adrienne Adas, Public Health promoter for Huron Perth Public Health, raised the Pride flag for the first time at the St. Marys Cenotaph recently. (Submitted photo)

June is Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited and more) community. Pride month is about celebrating sexual diversity, promoting equal rights and raising awareness of issues that the community faces.

With COVID-19 changing the way celebrations are held for now, parades and other Pride events will be replaced by virtual gatherings and social media campaigns.

In Huron and Perth counties, several municipalities have recognized Pride month and are raising the Pride flag. The City of Stratford has raised the flag at City Hall, the Town of St. Marys has raised a flag at the Town Hall, the Pyramid Recreation Centre and the Municipal Operations Centre. In Huron County, a Pride flag has been raised at the Courthouse in Goderich and also at the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) office in Clinton.

This year marks the first year the Town of St. Marys has raised the Pride flag. Mayor Al Strathdee said, “We are pleased to raise the Pride flag to show that the Town of St. Marys supports all of our residents and strives to be an inclusive community.”

Medical Officer of Health for HPPH, Dr. Miriam Klassen added, “We all have to find unique ways of celebrating important occasions during this time. It is wonderful to see our Huron and Perth municipalities raise the Pride flag as a celebration of diversity in our communities.”

HPPH, in partnership with the Huron County Library, hosts LGBTQ2S+ GAB sessions, which are an opportunity for individuals in Huron and Perth counties to connect through meaningful conversations in a safe space. During the month of June there will be two GAB sessions held via ZOOM: Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Follow us on Facebook ( and on Twitter ( for more information on upcoming GAB topics and how to join the conversation.

Huron-Bruce moves to next stage of reopening on friday 

Local MPP Lisa Thompson is applauding the efforts made by all residents and essential workers in the region as Huron-Bruce moves into Stage 2 in the province’s reopening plan.

“The statistics show that following the directions and guidelines of health officials, we can flatten the curve and move forward together,” Thompson said. “I am truly appreciative for the dedication of our frontline healthcare workers and I am sincerely impressed with how Huron-Bruce has handled this pandemic.”

“I know COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone,” Thompson said, “but we are doing this right and we are doing it safely.”

On June 8, the Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to
work and more recreational activities will be open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

Effective Friday, June 12, at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Thompson added, “We now have an opportunity to demonstrate to our main streets and businesses throughout the riding that they have and always will matter! Once we are able - I encourage everyone to go and support your local businesses in your community!”

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

· Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
· Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlors, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
· Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
· Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
· Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
· Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
· Camping at private campgrounds;
· Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
· Drive-in and drive-thru venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
· Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
· Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

As more people return to work, the services they rely on will need to be available regardless of the stage a region is in. The province will soon release more details on: child care, summer camps, post-secondary education pilots to help people graduate,
training centres and public transit.

At the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.

Everyone, regardless of where they live in the province, must continue to follow public health advice, including to practise physical distancing, wear a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when public health restrictions can be gradually loosened or if they need to be tightened.

The government, in partnership with health and safety associations, has released more than 100 health and safety guidance documents at to help employers in multiple sectors ― including retail, restaurant and food services and child care ― keep spaces safe for workers and customers. As they prepare to reopen, employers are strongly advised to review these guidance documents and implement appropriate measures to help protect their workers and customers.

how the process  of testing and tracing works in Huron Perth 

In the four days leading up to June 4, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) reported two new cases of COVID-19.

“During our contact tracing work on recent confirmed cases, we’re noticing that people are identifying more contacts and I’m worried that residents have become complacent about protecting themselves and their families,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Please ask yourself if your daily activities are in keeping with public health measures. If they are not, it’s time to reign them in and be vigilant again.”

Public health measures everyone should be taking include: keeping your physical distance from people outside of your household and do not share food or drinks; wear a cloth mask if you are not able to physically distance; wash hands frequently with soap and water; and stay home if you are sick.

Public Health staff are trained and ready to perform case and contact management with confirmed and potential cases.

Dr. Klassen explained, “We need to remind people that if you test positive, it is the law to cooperate with public health during the contact tracing process, including letting us know honestly about your activities and who your close contacts have been in the time leading up to your positive test result.”

When HPPH receives a report of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, public health staff immediately begin to conduct thorough contact tracing related to the case, which is a priority for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Upon receiving a report of a confirmed case, HPPH:

• Immediately follows up to ensure the person diagnosed is self-isolating, and identifies the period in which they would have been infectious.
• Retraces the person’s actions from 48 hours prior to testing (for asymptomatic people) or 48 hours prior to symptom onset to assess who may have come in contact with the individual while they were capable of transmitting illness. Then public health asks what type of interaction took place in order to identify everyone who may be at risk of infection.
• Follows up with each person identified as being at risk. For those at higher risk, direction is provided including whether they need to isolate and for how long. For many, the risk is not high and those individuals will need to monitor their symptoms for up to two weeks to ensure they do not become infected. High-risk contacts typically have had face-to-face contact with the case within 2 M (6 ft.) for a prolonged period of time (greater than 15 minutes).
• HPPH connects with both high-and medium-risk contacts of a case to complete teaching and continues to monitor them until they are no longer infectious (approximately 14 days).

Testing is available now for the following:

• All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.
• People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
• People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

There are testing sites operating every day of the week across Huron and Perth. Testing is available by appointment so that the staff at the testing centre can be prepared for your visit and to also reduce potential wait times. In Stratford, the testing collection centre operated by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) moved on June 4 to the West Building Outpatient Clinic Entrance (under the canopy) off West Gore Street, and will also offer a drive-thru option.

How to Get Tested in Huron-Perth:

• Complete the online assessment tool ( or call your local healthcare provider.
• If you do not have a family doctor, contact HPPH (1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267) and have your Health Card number ready.
• If you call HPPH during our regular business hours, you will be sent for testing that same day. If you call after hours (past 4:30 p.m.), we will call you back the next day, even on weekends.
• Once you have been assessed, an appointment will be made at a testing centre convenient for you.

“Remember that the COVID-19 test is a snapshot in time, meaning the results are valid on the date that the test was taken,” said Dr. Klassen. “A negative test result today does not rule out the possibility of a positive test result in the future. If you develop symptoms after a negative test, you should be tested again.”

For more information please visit or call the health line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267.

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:

Healthcare Alliance 

With the expanded testing guidelines for COVID-19, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) would like to remind residents of Huron and Perth that appointments for testing must be made.

Testing for COVID-19 is available at all four sites of the HPHA (Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital) and while anyone is able to be tested, it is recommended that people seek testing if:
• You have at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms.
• You are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
• You are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through your employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

Residents of Huron and Perth are encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment at and if indicated, calling their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor, can call Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267. Those who are candidates for testing will be referred to HPHA’s Assessment Centres.

“By making an appointment for COVID-19 testing, this will allow our staff to prepare and help in reducing wait times,” said President and CEO of HPHA, Andrew Williams.

An increase in testing volumes has resulted in testing at HPHA’s Stratford General Hospital to move to a drive-through model. Since June 4th this testing has taken place at the West Building Outpatient Clinic Entrance (under the canopy) off West Gore St. Those who do not have access to a vehicle will also be accommodated.

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

Those who are not sick, and are being tested for reasons other than being a close contact of a confirmed case, will self-monitor for symptoms and be asked to avoid public spaces and places where they cannot easily separate themselves from others if they become ill. If symptoms develop, they should self-isolate immediately and contact HPPH and their family doctor.

“Testing is an important part of an overall strategy to detect and stop the spread of COVID-19,” added Williams. “Public health measures are also a vital part of this strategy. Please continue to maintain physical distance, wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.”

For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the HPHA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit our website at

HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations and Hours of Operation:

Please remember, testing is by appointment only, these centres do not accommodate drop ins/drive ups.

Tests are available Monday to Friday at the Emergency Department at Clinton Public Hospital, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6240 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); St. Marys Memorial Hospital, 519 284-1332 Ext. 3328 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.); Seaforth Community Hospital, 519-527-1650 Ext. 4268 (8 10 p.m.).

To arrange a test at the Stratford General Hospital, call the booking office 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tests will be conducted at the Drive-thru set up at the West Building Outpatient Clinic (under canopy) off West Gore St., Monday to Friday,10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hospital funding 

Hospitals across Huron County are being given an injection of more than $1.1 million in additional funding as part of the provincial government’s commitment to small and medium-sized facilities.

This hospital investment takes into consideration incremental growth to support flexibility, annualizing 2019-20 in-year investments, and ensuring all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum of a one per cent increase.

“Our government recognizes the long-standing funding inequities for small and medium sized hospitals,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. "To provide continued financial stability and relief, we have annualized the $68 million investment from 2019-20 for small and medium sized hospitals as part of this funding.”

Seeing a two per cent increase are: Clinton Public Hospital, $205,000; South Huron Hospital (Exeter), $157,700; and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (Goderich), $358,300. Receiving a 1.9 per cent are Seaforth Community Hospital, $153,500; and Wingham and District Hospital, $270,100.

The provincial government is also investing $341 million in hospitals across the province to ensure their ongoing readiness to care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients. This includes funding for up to 1,000 acute care beds, 500 critical care beds and assessment centres.

“Our goal has been clear,” Thompson said. “We are going to protect the health of Ontarians. Our government’s action plan will help us continue building a sustainable and connected health care system and equip hospitals to immediately tackle COVID‑19.”


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.

garbage bag tags 

The Bluewater Recycling Association has now launched their Wheelie Bin program in the municipality.

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


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.

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 ancient art of giving and receiving blessings. 

The COVID-19 crisis has allowed us to become involved in many forms of work: providing care to our families, the work of physical isolation, staying home and safe, the work of virtually being connected to family and friends, the work of caring for our community, and most importantly, the work of coping with the fear of this virus and the unknown.

Today’s reflection is a celebration of how we have radically changed how we work during this crisis and how we stay motivated to keep this momentum going. John O’Donohue, the Irish Poet, has brought back the ancient art of giving and receiving blessings. Take a moment to reflect on the importance of the many facets of your work or presence during the COVID-19 crisis.

Heartful Work Brings Beauty - A Blessing – By John O’Donohue

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work that you do with secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light, and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you, wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration, and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises. May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected.
May your soul calm, console, and renew you.

It is good for me to remember that my work and presence is guided by my soul – that vital breath that comes from deep within. Let our “vital breath” guide us through the next phase of this marathon of loss.



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Bayfield would be very different if Myrtle Robinson hadn’t come to town 



4F005A354EE842648BBD438D5A9375BFThe Albion Hotel as it looked in 1982 by artist Flory Oddliefson. (Photo courtesy the Bayfield Historical Society)  

Bayfield’s iconic “Heritage” Main Street is one of the village’s most treasured attractions but it would be a very different place, if Myrtle and Ellwood Robinson had not purchased The Albion Hotel from Hugh McKay’s family in March 1963. The Albion is a cornerstone of the community’s commercial area but it was in very poor condition. It hadn’t been open for three years and had been condemned by the Board of Health due to fire regulations. Structurally there were issues and the floors in the old dining area were heaving. It was only a matter of time before it would have had to be torn down.

Ellwood worked as a machinist for the Canadian National Railway (C.N.R.) and Myrtle was the hostess/manager of the historic Windsor Hotel when the railway made the decision to close Stratford as a maintenance centre. Approximately 800 people lost their jobs in 1962 and since the Windsor Hotel depended upon the railway for customers, the Robinson’s were forced to decide about their future.

Myrtle was born in Goderich and the family loved Bayfield and had built a cottage at Sunset Lane, three miles north of the village. Rather than re-establishing themselves in Montreal or Moncton where the C.N.R. maintenance depots were to be relocated, they decided to sell everything and buy the Albion. The Robinsons’ valued the heritage value of the old building and instead of totally modernizing everything, they brought it up to code while maintaining the buildings appearance. They appreciated the building’s historical treasures such as the cherrywood staircase. They reopened the Albion as a hotel and then started building an addition at the back.

Ellwood died of a sudden heart attack in 1966 and Myrtle was left to run the business and supervise the addition of three new rooms, a new kitchen and new washrooms. Meals were served and lodgings were provided but Bayfield was a “Dry” community and no alcohol could be served. Myrtle had an indominable spirit and she understood that unless she could serve alcohol, the profitability of the Albion would always be marginal.

In 1967, she petitioned Bayfield’s Council to request the Ontario Liquor Control Board to authorize a plebiscite to challenge the village’s status quo and try to overturn the village’s Temperance restrictions. A plebiscite had to be held and a majority of at least 60 per cent of voters had to be in favor of allowing the sale of liquor. She didn’t get any financial support from Council or other business owners and had to pay the $500 required for the vote to take place on Feb. 14, 1968. Since Bayfield was one of the last remaining “Dry” communities in Canada, villagers felt strongly about allowing alcohol to be sold. Bob Snell led the “Wet” advocates and Ed Oddliefson, a future village Reeve, led those in favor of a ”Dry” community.

48232842386_e7971ee4b9_bThis ribbon cutting was held in 1972 when The Albion Hotel was granted a liquor licence. From l-r: ?, Lloyd Clifton, Eric Earl, Alice and Joe Brandon, Myrtle Robinson and MP Bob McKinley (cutting ribbon), Marilyn Kalanzis, Walter Erickson, Violet Sturgeon, Evelyn and Jack Sturgeon. (Clinton News-Record photo)


On Feb. 22, 1968, the Clinton News-Record reported, “Bayfield residents defied demon rum last week by answering No to all eight questions on the village’s first liquor ballots.” The plebiscite brought out 261 of the 270 eligible voters and 127 voted for beer and wine with meals while 123 residents voted against and since a 60 per cent majority was required to overturn the temperance restriction, Myrtle had lost.

Undaunted, Myrtle pushed for another plebiscite in December of 1971 and finally she won. More than 60 per cent of voters were in favor of the granting of a dining room license and a liquor store but they voted against the village allowing a beer store.

Although The Albion Hotel’s liquor license was approved, she needed the actual document before she could start serving and the staff at the Liquor Control Board’s head office were in no hurry to complete the paperwork. Myrtle’s patience ran out and she drove to Toronto and sat in the Commissioner’s office. She demanded her license and threatened to remain until she had it in her hands.

This was the indominable woman that villagers had come to know. She returned home to the Albion with her dining lounge license and in June 1972, she hosted an “Open House” at Alf and Bessy Scotchmer’s to celebrate with over 200 guests, including, MP Robert McKinley.

With a dining room license, a meal had to be served and Myrtle got around this rule by serving tiny packages of cheese and crackers with a drink order. Myrtle had rules and both employees and patrons obeyed or they risked the consequences. She felt that she could contain a lot of rowdiness by closing at 10 p.m., not 10:01 p.m.! Everyone was ushered out on the hour whether they had finished their drinks or not.

She would often stand in the doorway to the bar, with her hands on her hips and yell at anyone who was leaning back on their chairs, “all six legs on the floor!” If you didn’t abide by Myrtle’s rules, she would have you thrown out! According to her grandson, Bud Robinson, she didn’t hold a grudge but she was fearless and would go after anyone that she felt had crossed her. One time she asked two men to leave the bar and they merely walked out and sat on the veranda. She asked again and they wouldn’t leave so she got a garden hose and sprayed the inside of their car. You didn’t mess with Myrtle!

Myrtle Robinson is remembered as one of Bayfield’s more colorful characters but without her perseverance and determination, The Albion Hotel could have been lost to the village and the restaurants that draw so many visitors and residents may never have opened. In fact, without Myrtle, the Heritage District would probably not exist.

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



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Alzheimer's society of huron county 

people walked "their way" in support of Alzheimer's 

IMG_0594Judith Higgs and Nancy Wilson walked in Bayfield as part of "Papa's Team" representing Bill Higgs, Judith's husband who died on Nov. 4, 2019.  

IMG_0596Jeff O’Hagan chose to go fishing on Lower Buckhorn Lake in support of the Alzheimer's Society of Huron County - the walk date coincided with the opening of Muskie season.


IMG_0037 Stephanie Higgs did a yoga practice as part of "Papa's Team". Trevor Higgs went canoeing (not pictured) on the Sauble River using Bill's canoe and paddle.

IMG_1586 Bill and Judith Higg's daughter, Tara O'Hagan, ran in solitude for "Papa's Team".

image0Claire O’Hagan chose to walk her dog, Stella O’Hagan, for "Papa's Team".

The Wingham GroupThis group of people did a socially distanced walk in Wingham for the Alzheimer's Society of Huron County.

Forget Me Not Team Goderich Goderich's "Forget Me Not Team" took to the Maitland Trail for their walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society of Huron County.

Deb and Friends Neighbourhood Walk in Grand Bend"Deb and Friends" walked around their neighborhood in Grand Bend during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's held on May 31.  


Bob and Leah Golfing"Bob's Beauty's" chose to go golfing as their way of moving for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's, as they could split up and complete it with social distancing in mind. After they were done their golfing, they did a parade around their neighborhood.  





“Papa’s Team” raised money in their own way as part of the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's on May 31st. From all across Ontario they walked, ran, fished, canoed and even did a yoga practise in memory of their husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill Higgs, of Bayfield, who died on Nov. 4, 2019.

“Our Huron County Alzheimer Society do a fantastic job on a limited budget. Bill and I would not have been able to pull it together and keep him in our home without their guidance and support,” said Bill’s wife, Judith.

And “Papa’s Team” wasn’t alone in their efforts to raise funds for the county with people walking, golfing, cycling – just getting out and active – for the cause.

“As of June 5th, we have raised more than $50,000 and the offline donations are continuing to come into the office. If you have collected any pledges, please call the office 519 482-1482 to arrange a pickup or drop off of your donations,” said Erin Dale, Community Outreach and Events coordinator for the Alzeheimer’s Society of Huron County.

Dale went on to thank everyone that participated and donated to the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's.

“You all made the first virtual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's a success! You challenged your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers and you showed the world that our connections matter, considering the circumstances that we are all facing, our community truly came together to make memories matter!” Dale said.

She added, “These are unprecedented times. We all need to distance physically and are experiencing the difficulty and isolation it brings. But for our clients, caregivers and the families of those who live with dementia and Alzheimer’s, the social and physical isolation is extremely challenging. We are taking every step to play our part in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. While we have gone remote, we are still here working to bring online and telephone support to caregivers, families, and all those living with dementia.”

IMG_0427Bill Higgs was challenged by Alzheimer's disease and died on Nov. 4, 2019. His family came together while staying apart to remember him by participating in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's on May 31. Bill is shown here in his happy place. Many of his family honored his love for the outdoors by fishing, canoeing, walking, running and practising yoga.  

“It is 24-seven for those that are caregivers,” said Higgs, who did a socially distanced walk in Bayfield with Nancy Wilson, who was a volunteer companion to Bill. “Nancy has a family member who has dementia but is too far away to visit often, certainly not in our time of COVID-19. Caregivers appreciate the added support of persons like Nancy when their families are at a distance.”

Higgs added that her own positive experiences with the Alzheimer’s Society has provided her with an incentive to continue to volunteer and support the organization for all the other families in need.

According to Dale, lots of people are sharing their pictures of how they made their move in support of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Anyone who participated in the walk and has pictures, is invited to please share by sending them to

“We are compiling the pictures into a video to show how people walked their way in support of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,” said Dale. “We are also sharing pictures on our Facebook page, which is where you can also watch the live stream if you weren't able to see it live on May 31. If you have access to Facebook, please check out our page

The work of the Alzheimer Society of Huron County continues remotely with a webinar upcoming on Tuesday, June 30 via Zoom.

Jeanette Sears, Public Education coordinator, will host Brain Health 101 for one hour starting at 2 p.m. The program is an introduction to Brain Health. Discussion will involve ways to incorporate healthy brain choices into everyday life, including, some of the latest research on nutrition and exercise. This program is offered to all ages as everyone can benefit.

Contact Sears via email or call 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 to register.

In addition, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County will be hosting an online Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wedenday, June 17. The AGM will begin at 6 p.m. with Zoom and telephone options available.

Details will be emailed or provided over the phone to registrants. Please RSVP by June 12 by calling the numbers listed above or emailing

deBoer family biking for Alzheimer'sThe deBoer family chose to go biking for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's on May 31st.



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Pioneer Park Sunset Vista - June 7, 2020

Pioneer Park Sunset Vista...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








At the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis Girl Guides of Canada suspended all in person activities until September but Girl Guides are resourceful and Bayfield Guiding, like many other units across the country, made the shift to online meetings. Part of making these meetings work is the occasional porch drop to Bayfield Guiding families of kits comprised of craft and program supplies, snacks and earned badges. Delivery takes about three hours and when all is said and done the trip-odometer registers about 150 KM. But it’s truly worth the time and distance when you see a smiling Spark, Brownie, Guide or Pathfinder waving from their window or bouncing out onto the porch for a quick, distanced hello.

It’s a virtual team effort with my co-leaders working on activities, packing up supplies and dividing up deliveries.

In our last package, among other items, there was a thank you card, a mini pack of Skittles and the instructions for the Gratitude Skittles Game - where you share five things you are grateful for while eating the corresponding colored Skittle – person (red), experience (orange), skill (yellow), memory (green); and place (purple).

When it came time to virtually share our ideas together the girls amazed me with their insightfulness and humour as they often do. The places they were grateful for not only included their home but the world, the hospital and Boston Pizza!

While they ate their treat, they were encouraged to color the thank you card and write a note in it, with the idea being to send it to someone they felt could use a little pick me up during this stressful time. One young Brownie decided she would give hers to her next-door neighbor for allowing her family more space to play out-of-doors during the crisis. Others thought of policemen, relatives that live far away and postal workers.

Another Brownie whispered her answer to the group as the recipient was within ear shot. “I’m going to give it to my Mom,” she said in hushed tones. “That’s a great idea!” my co-leader whispered back. And then she shared with the group. “In case you didn’t know her mom is a doctor.”

I have always been grateful for Guiding but perhaps never more so than during these last 88 days. – Melody

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