Bookmark and Share   June 17, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 25 Issue 571

organizations working together make Trail a gem 

DSC_1421(L-r): Peter Jeffers, Ralph Blasting, Jack Pal, Jim Beatty, volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) put some lovely finishing touches on the Tranquility Trail recently. (Submitted photos)  

On Thursday, June 11, a small group of volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) put some lovely finishing touches on the Tranquility Trail.

This trail was the latest one added to a good selection of recreational trails, known for their variety and natural beauty. The Tranquility Trail is located behind the Huron Hospice, west of Clinton on the Huron Road. The trail is accessible to staff, patients and family members of the Hospice, as well as to anyone from the community who is looking for a moment of reflection. Benches are placed along the trail, enabling peace and quiet moments, complemented by birdsong.

The volunteers placed directional signage along the trail, as well as signs with reflective poems by famous poets, which make this trail very special. The trail is approximately 1 KM long and is suitable for all ages. Trail maintenance volunteers are complemented by volunteers of the Hospice, taking care of cutting grass as well as watering the newly planted trees. The collaboration between numerous community volunteer organizations is what makes this trail so unique.

The meadow area around the trail has received certification from Monarch Watch, an organization which promotes habitat for Monarch butterflies. Last fall a group of volunteers from the Bayfield Garden Club planted several types of milkweed and other pollinating plants to enhance the natural butterfly meadow. The monarch butterfly is considered the international symbol for hospice and palliative care. It shows the metamorphosis or transformation that can occur both in the process of dying and the journey of grief.

DSC_1412The volunteers placed directional signage along the trail.

The Tranquility Trail is also surrounded by the Memorial Forest, which was established last fall. This forest will be a green legacy for future generations to enjoy and a living memorial that will grow and flourish over the years. A tree symbolizes strength, shelter and durability; it is a living tribute and source of comfort to those who have suffered loss. Community members will have the opportunity to donate a tree in memory of a loved one, and participate in an annual dedication service. Donors can choose to display the names of their memorialized persons on a commemorative sign at the forest entrance.

Trees can be ordered through the Huron Hospice website and include professional planting, as well as a five-year warranty. The emphasis is on native species suitable for this area, such as fir, sycamore, maple, Tupelo black gum, white pine and several species of oak. The program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a loved one, and is not limited to those who have passed through the Hospice.

DSC_1414The volunteers placed signs, with reflective poems by famous poets, along the trail.  

At the moment plans are underway to erect a Pet Memorial Wall near the Tranquility Trail. This wall will be dedicated to the memory of the much-loved animals who gave so much joy to their owners during their lifetime. Grieving pet owners will have the opportunity to place a commemorative plaque on the wall. More details will be made available this Summer.

Anyone who has not yet had a chance to check out this little gem of a trail, now is a good time to put it on the to-do list!

For more information on the Tranquility Trail, visit the Bayfield River Valley Trails website at To learn more about the Memorial Forest, visit the Huron Hospice website at  To discover more information on Monarch Butterfly habitat and certification, visit Monarch Watch at

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 15.

49995682531_b24be8e685_kLockdown Day #89: Phase 3 Day #4 - June 11 - The couple ventured down to the South West corner of the island. Normally at this time of year, Kate Lloyd-Rees wouldn't have the whole beach to herself. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Today, Monday, is our 93rd day of the lockdown under the “State of Alarm” that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15th. The “State of Alarm” will come to an end at midnight on June 21st - 99 days after it began – so this week’s edition (the 14th) is our last letter from a state of lockdown.

Monday is the day that regions have been approved (or not) to change phases. The updated map of Spain shows which regions are, as of today, in which phase: there are now no areas in Phase 0 or Phase 1, 25 per cent of the population remain in Phase 2 (primarily Madrid and Barcelona), 70 per cent are in Phase 3 (including the Balearics) and the region of Galicia (which will be familiar to many Bayfield residents as the end point of the Camino de Santiago) has today moved out of de-escalation and into the nueva normalidad. However, this all changes next Monday when the “State of Alarm” ends as Phases are then irrelevant.

What rules are there in the nueva normalidad?

Health safety protocols have now been decreed by the national government – the regional authorities are responsible for deciding and implementing specific measures. These protocols will last until the government “declares that the crisis is over” – in practice, this is not likely to be until an effective vaccine or therapy is developed. Under the protocols, and unless specifically changed by an individual region, social distancing continues albeit at a reduced distance of 1.5 metres – this change in distance is a huge boost to the tourism sector as it dictates the space between tables in bar and restaurants and between sun loungers at beaches and pools. Masks continue to be mandatory for those over six years old where a (1.5 metre) safe distance cannot be achieved. Other protocols include hygiene and prevention measures in places where there is possibility of contagion, and the need for guarantees of hospital bed, ICU, and testing capacity.

The government has also acknowledged that remote learning has proved challenging for many young children and is planning to fully open junior schools in September and is developing guidelines. For children in early education (aged three to five) and in the first four grades of school, classrooms should have a maximum of 20 (ideally 15) children who will not have to observe physical distancing rules within their classroom “group” and will not have to wear masks – whereas Grade 5 and 6 students will have no set maximum class size (subject to desks being 1.5 metres apart) and will need to wear masks when away from their desks and unable to be 1.5 metres apart.

Phases June 15  

Unlike Canada and many other countries, there is no introduction yet of “bubbles” or “circles” – outside of your household unit you should still be maintaining physical distance.

How are the health statistics in Spain and Mallorca?

The Spanish Health Ministry continues to work on revising the “historical” data – it’s obviously proving to be a time-consuming task…

The “current” data indicates that there were “only” 26 deaths across Spain in the past seven days and no deaths in the Balearics in the past 18 days. Newly identified cases across Spain for the last 24-hour period were under 50. In essence, this wave of the virus has passed in Spain and infections are now isolated to breakouts linked to specific locations and/or events (mainly parties) – the Health Ministry’s focus is on continued testing, tracking and tracing. In preparation for an expected second wave, significant stockpiles of PPE are being put in place together with additional hospital bed and ICU capacity.

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

The situation gets clearer, and more confusing, by the day.

In theory, on June 22nd with the end of the State of Alarm, there will be internal freedom of movement across all of Spain – how this works in practice for inhabitants of Madrid and Barcelona remains to be seen.

The EU has been trying to coordinate the internal opening of borders between the “Shengen Agreement” countries (these are the 26 EU and non-EU countries that had agreed mutually unrestricted free movement – as examples, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are Shengen but not EU whereas Ireland is EU but not Shengen) before dealing with non-Shengen countries (including the UK and Canada). Making things far more complicated, many EU/Shengen countries have already done their own thing - Italy opened its borders on June 3rd to both EU and Shengen countries; on June 4th Austria opened its land borders to adjoining countries except Italy; on June 7th Germany and Hungary opened their mutual borders; on June 9th Hungary abolished all checks at its Shengen borders, and today a slew of countries opened their borders to various uncoordinated groups of Shengen and non-Shengen countries. Yesterday, Spain announced that as of June 22nd it will open its borders to EU and Shengen countries (other than Portugal which will open on July 1st) and would not impose a quarantine requirement. And then today, to confuse things further, the Spanish foreign ministry said that they regard the UK as part of the EU and that British tourists could come as of June 22nd - this is despite the fact that the UK is neither in the EU nor in Shengen and that any Briton would have to do 14 days quarantine on return to the UK. All of the above will undoubtedly have changed by the time you read this…

Despite the Spanish borders still being closed for a further week, the Spanish and German governments have reached agreement on a pilot scheme to bring in German tourists across an “air bridge” from Germany to the Balearic Islands as from today. A similar scheme proposed with the Canary Islands failed to be established as the Canaries insisted on COVID-19 testing as a part of the entry requirement. Under the scheme, 10,900 German tourists will spend a minimum of five days in specific vacation destinations across the Balearics - 10,900 being two per cent of the number of tourists for the same period in 2019. After some intense lobbying, Germans who own second homes in the Balearics were also given permission to use the “air bridge”. There are numerous health protocols as part of this pilot; however, there is no quarantine requirement on either end of the travel.

We continue to be safe and well and know that with the opening of borders our extended stay in Mallorca is coming to an end soon. We are making our final visits of this stay to our favorite places on the island and are relishing the lack of crowds and traffic although we fully realize that, with an economy heavily dependent upon tourism, this quietude comes with a significant economic price for the island and its inhabitants.

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 soon. Stay safe and well everybody.


A local resident found these keys (for an E-Bike) in Pioneer Park late in the afternoon on Friday, June 11. If they belong to you or someone you know please email the Bayfield Breeze - and you will be connected with the person keeping them safe. (Submitted photo)  


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their sixth market of the season on Friday, June 19. 

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, 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.


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 8.

• Directed staff to include the Ontario Provincial Police Non-Emergency phone number, 1-888-310-1122, on all beach signage for the enforcement of physical distancing.
• Directed staff to cancel the children’s summer program for the 2020 season.
• Adopted a by-law to suspend certain provisions of the Encroachment Policy, specifically around Commercial Patios and Sidewalk Cafes, to assist business owners during the pandemic to accommodate and maintain social distancing.
• Adopted a policy for Best Management Practice for Infection Prevention and Control.
• Authorized an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for the lands for the new Hensall Water Tower.
• Directed the CAO to proceed with the procurement process for a Service Delivery review.

BHS Now Hiring 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving and making accessible local historical legacy. The Board is looking to hire a Heritage Centre Student Assistant for July 1 to Aug. 31.

The candidate will work 35 hours per week from Wednesday to Sunday. They must be between 18 and 30 years of age to qualify for this position, made possible through Employment and Social Development Canada. The hourly rate is $15. The job entails engaging with the public as well as working on one’s own on a scanning and data entry project.

The successful applicant will report to members of the BHS board. Their main duties will include:
● Greeting Heritage Centre visitors (ensuring COVID-19 public health guidelines are met);
answering questions about the archives/Bayfield’s history; selling books/notecards;
opening and locking up the Heritage Centre.
● Renting quadricycles (just outside Heritage Centre) to the public; ensuring users follow
safety guidelines; sanitizing after use according to public health guidelines.
● Digitizing photographs and recording relevant data and metadata in cataloguing
software (PastPerfect), under the direction of the Archivist and Assistant Archivist.

● Experience working in a museum/heritage site setting is preferred. Ideally, the
candidate will be enrolled in an archive, museum studies, or public history program.
● Superior communication skills. Comfortable greeting the public in a welcoming,
professional manner. Demonstrated experience handling cash.
● Familiarity with and interest in the history of Bayfield and area.
● Excellent organization and attention to detail; strong proofreading skills.
● Well-developed computer skills; highly accurate data entry.
● Able to work independently and with volunteers and cataloguing assistant.
● Experience using a scanner/digitizing photographs would be an asset.

Please email cover letter and resumé by June 22 to, using the subject line Summer Assistant followed by your full name. Those shortlisted will be contacted to set up an interview conducted via Zoom.

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 tagriculture in he 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!

centre for the arts 

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


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.


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.

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



  research projects continue at Huronview demo farm 

Huronview_Demo_Farm_5_NRThe Huronview team is continuing to implement work, at the demo farm, in 2020. They are working to find new ways to build soil health, achieve the best possible yields, and protect downstream water quality. (Submitted photos)  

A demonstration day drew hundreds of interested people from far and wide to the Huronview Demo Farm, near Clinton, on June 15, 2019. One year later, in 2020, the industry and community partners continue to move forward with this innovative agriculture and water quality research project.

“One year ago, we introduced this important project, at the demo day, to agricultural producers, people in the drainage industry, and other interested people from the community,” said Alan Willits, president of Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA). “A year later, we are pleased to see how much has been done to keep this project on track and progressing.”

The Huronview partners completed the installation of controlled drainage, on a slope, in 2019. This is believed to be a first in Ontario. The Huronview team is continuing to implement work, at the demo farm, in 2020. They are working to find new ways to build soil health, achieve the best possible yields, and protect downstream water quality. HSCIA is leading the project along with the County of Huron, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), and other industry and community partners.

Huronview_Demo_Farm_3_NRHuron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) is leading the project at the Demo Farm, along with the County of Huron, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), and other industry and community partners.  

Farmers and agronomists are keeping track of the crop yields and inputs. A team from ABCA is monitoring impacts on flow and quality of water on the surface and below the surface. Staff have monitored the site since October 2018 to document pre-installation and post-installation data. The demonstration farm site features a side-by-side-by-side plot of contoured/controlled drainage, conventional drainage, and an area that remains undrained. The site also features a plot comparing 15-foot and 30-foot tile spacing and a demonstration of surface drainage with terraces, a constructed wetland and a grassed buffer.

The team is working with the University of Waterloo to help determine the science-based actions that farmers can implement in their operations. In the meantime, the team have made some of the data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall, soil moisture, eventually tile water levels) available in real-time (

HSCIA members are busy in 2020 adding features to the demonstration farm including grassed buffer and pollinator strips. ABCA staff have produced and shared information videos about some recent work at the Huronview site. To learn more visit

The Huronview Demonstration Farm drainage innovation project was funded and supported by dozens of partners, including the Huron County Clean Water Project, the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO), Ducks Unlimited Canada, and ABCA. This project was also funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Americans can make deductible gifts to local conservation 

There are friends of Canadian conservation in Canada and in the United States (US). A new partnership, between American Friends of Canadian Conservation (American Friends) and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), offers a new opportunity for US taxpayers to protect the natural beauty of this unique area in Canada. This partnership makes it possible for people in the US to make tax-deductible gifts to leave a lasting local nature legacy in this distinctive part of Canada. Gifts of land, conservation easements, cash or securities to American Friends can help the ABCF preserve what makes this region unique. This partnership makes it possible for US taxpayers to donate land or funds to support preservation of important natural areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and throughout the historic Huron Tract.

The Chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), Dave Frayne, said it is exciting American Friends has approved ABCF as a qualified grantee.

“Many people in the United States have a strong relationship with Canada and have an interest in preserving important natural areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and throughout the area of the historic Huron Tract,” he said. “This exciting partnership with American Friends gives US taxpayers a new way to make this happen.”

American Friends accomplishes its land and water preservation mission through innovative and effective partnerships with Canadian conservation organizations. Together, they protect Canada’s magnificent natural legacy through cross-border conservation. Conservation-minded landowners from the US donate natural lands, or a conservation easement, or funds to American Friends. Those donations are tax-deductible against US income and can reduce US estate taxes and Canadian capital gains taxes thereby helping landowners accomplish their preservation, estate planning, and financial goals. Canadian partners of American Friends steward properties that have been donated and protected.

Sandra Tassel, American Friends’ Program Coordinator, said, “ABCF is dedicated to protecting and restoring the open spaces, scenery, and recreation opportunities that define the southeastern coast of Lake Huron. We look forward to partnering with ABCF and the many Americans who care about the future of this special part of the Great Lakes.”

Anyone who would like to find out more or anyone who is an US taxpayer wanting to donate, is invited to visit this web page:

Find out more at on this new local web page:

Donations will support permanent preservation of nature areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and in the historic Huron Tract. Conservation in this historic area within Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, and Perth counties stretching from Goderich in the north to Arkona and Parkhill in the south, east to Stratford and including many communities in between will benefit from contributions to American Friends.

ABCF acquires and retains lands for conservation purposes and supports water quality protection and improvement projects, habitat enhancement and stewardship, and other conservation projects, through successful community partnerships. Preserving natural areas, improving forest conditions and soil health, protecting water quality, and creating habitat for living things are essential for the health of everyone and everything in the watershed. 

how the process  of testing and tracing works in Huron Perth 

As the province continues to ease restrictions in Stage 2, some businesses, services and public spaces in Huron and Perth are re-opening.

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) asks residents to be patient and courteous as these re-openings take place. Stage 2 means that the province is allowing businesses, services and public spaces to re-open, it does not mean they have to do so immediately. Operators need time to make sure they have public health measures in place to protect themselves, their employees and their customers. It’s best to check a business’s website or social media or other contact information they provide in order to see if they’re open and what requirements they will have for customers.

Public health measures everyone should be taking include: keep your physical distance from people outside of your household/social circle 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.

HPPH has received calls from people wanting to be tested so that they can visit long-term care facilities and retirement homes. Please contact your healthcare provider with these inquiries. If you do not have a health care provider, you may contact HPPH.

A reminder that testing continues to be available for:

• 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.

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 at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267 and have your Health Card number ready.
• Once you have been assessed, an appointment will be made at a testing centre convenient for you.
• If you are calling your local health care provider after hours, please follow their instructions. If you have called HPPH after 4 p.m., we will call you back the next day, even on weekends, to help arrange testing. If you are experiencing worsening illness or symptoms, call your local ER.

“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 Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam 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.”

Recently, HPPH has received questions from people unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19.

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, public health staff:

• Immediately follow 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.

For more information visit or call the HPPH Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267.


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 please visit:

HPPH is aligning with public health across the province and will return to their usual practice of not reporting on their website the number of people who test negative. They will be reporting the province’s estimate of the total number of tests taken in Huron and Perth counties. This number will include repeat tests on the same individual.

They will continue to report positive cases, including demographics such as age, gender and municipality.

As well, they will no longer be updating the numbers on the web page “COVID-19 in Huron and Perth” on weekends. They will revisit this in the event of an increase in community transmission and cases.

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 received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

In 2002 Dufour was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.

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 healing of emotional wounds. 

Reflect: Ask for help. Connect to others. Create a purpose.

This pandemic is causing both small and large wounds. But whether small or large, they are still wounds and call for attention. I marvel at how the body heals a cut and there is some valuable lesson we can learn from this that we can apply to emotional and spiritual wounds. Here is a description explaining the healing of bodily wounds and emotional wounds:

Just as the body heals if certain conditions are met, so will the mind heal.

A bodily wound will heal if: The foreign material is cleaned out. The edges of the wound are brought back together, and the body is given the proper nutrients.

An emotional would will also heal if: Unnecessary contaminants such as unreasonable guilt and resentment can be worked through. The individual is prevented from feeling isolated and helped to feel connected. The person can be helped to tap into the psychological "nutrients" that come from helping others.

Applying this to the feeling we have about all the suffering that this pandemic is causing can be helpful. To heal an emotional wound, it is healthy to deal with all the anger, guilt and shame that may be attached to this emotional wound. Reach out to as many people as possible and be very intentional about what we need to heal our emotional wound. Create and implement a personal mission of service to others.

The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed… exactly as it is.” - Parker Palmer



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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (currently closed due COVID-19 restrictions). 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

This week, we introduce a new feature to the Bayfield Breeze: “Remember This”.

This new segment will highlight 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 present day.

The “Remember This” inaugural collection delves into delightful anomalies – perhaps museum founder, Joseph Herbert “Herbie” Neill was akin to Robert Ripley.

two-headed Friesian Holstein


This male, two-headed Friesian Holstein calf was born with two heads, two tails and one set of organs in 1936 on William Long's farm in Colborne Township. Dr. Meyers, of Goderich, was the veterinarian. The calf was mounted by a taxidermist from Toronto.

"A freak Holstein calf was born on the farm of Mr. William Long, but lived only for a short while. The calf had two heads and two tails. About once in 2,500 births there is a calf with two heads, but the veteranarian in attendance had never experienced the birth of a calf with two heads and two tails. Life was noticed in one of the heads for a few minutes, and the body of the calf was quite normal in that it had only four legs, one body, and one set of organs. Mr. Long is thinking of sending the body to a taxidermist to have it mounted." – excerpt from a newspaper clipping (newspaper unknown).


two-headed Shorthorn 


This female, two-headed Shorthorn calf was born in approximately 1925 with two heads, two tails, two hearts, two spinal cords and four legs. The calf was born on the farm of William McFadzean, near Walton. During birth one of the necks was broken and the calf died shortly after and was buried. Richard Hoy, owner of the store, restaurant, and butcher shop in Walton was also a taxidermist. When he heard the news, he exhumed the calf and preserved it.


A kitten born with eight legs stored in a jar filled with formaldehyde solution.





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Guides smile and sing under all difficulties 

102330139_10158093453422324_3035946382597090302_oThe Gelinas family made Bayfield Guiding's Camp-In a family event with a stellar backyard set-up for siblings, parents and favorite "stuffies" to enjoy together.  

101989543_10160534912221515_2603902942008311808_n Brownie Halle Corriveau, of Bayfield, was ready to camp indoors in style.

102656244_10220911905121897_260885060476480037_oSpark Olivia Sheardown, of Goderich, made an awfully yummy looking campfire cookie.  

102885969_10164162661260311_4725268143277116740_nBayfield Guiding members got creative with their sleeping arrangements for Camp-In 2020 and they gave virtual tours to their fellow Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders.  

IMG_2186Leora Greer-Armour, of Goderich, was very cozy in her tent set up in her livingroom watching Frozen II with her fellow Guiding sisters over Zoom.  


 102398062_10157307003799013_6553019347935493105_nJocelyn and Kayla De Lange took part in a science experiment to learn about density from their backyard on Saturday morning.

102399372_10163953124605651_3681622067608785360_n Brownie Brody MacKechnie proudly showed off the yarn art that she created during Camp-In with a little help from mom and dad!

102722189_10158098900717324_6450323089493375769_oMelody Gelinas, with guidance from mom, created a beautiful Unicorn Cake Pillow over the Camp-In weekend.  

IMG_1184Part of making a virtual camp work was a lot of preplanning and packing up kits for everything the girls would need to participate from home - including, supplies for the "The Gratitude (Skittles) Game".

102832573_10157307004469013_7488264772999055530_oJocelyn De Lange had a Bayfield Guiding camp favorite for her lunch - "Walking Tacos"!  

102428451_10163541322750425_9201471825234277451_nLeora Greer-Armour explored her neighborhood to locate all of the items on the Nature Bingo Scavenger Hunt.  

IMG_2207 Pathfinder Clara Greer-Armour led a virtual oil pastel workshop for Bayfield Guiding members during Camp-In.

102666320_10164162040030311_8084095694266801814_n Many Bayfield Guiding families kept the camp experience going with a second night in their backyard.





102980556_10220935514952128_6374347426039330253_n How perfect was it that Girl Guides of Canada announced a National Camp-In on June 5-7? Bayfield Guiding’s weekend camp had been set for the same time months earlier.

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.

But what about camp? For many girls those times spent at camp and sleeping in a tent or on a top bunk is the highlight of their guiding career. Instead of a traditional camp-out for Spring 2020, it was time for a Camp-In. How perfect was it that Girl Guides of Canada announced a National Camp-In on June 5-7? Bayfield Guiding’s weekend camp had been set for the same time months earlier.

Part of making a virtual camp work was a lot of preplanning and packing up kits for everything the girls would need to participate from home. Supplies to make special snacks, play games, take part in outdoor activities, do science projects and crafts were packed in bags and then porch drop to Bayfield Guiding families. Bayfield Guiding members live not only in Bayfield but Varna, Goderich, Saltford, Kippen, St Joseph and all points in between. Delivery takes about three hours and when all is said and done the trip-odometer registers about 150 KM. But with the last bag delivered the heavy lifting was done for the leaders from that moment forth it was up to the parents and the girls themselves to make the weekend worthwhile.

And they certainly did step up, from the first Zoom call on Friday at 7 p.m. to the last call which concluded on Saturday at 8 p.m., 26 of Bayfield Guiding’s members came online for all or parts of the weekend virtual camp.

To begin the camp, members gave each other a virtual tour of their sleeping forts or tents. Some tents were set up in the livingroom, the basement or the backyard. Some families had even gone the extra mile to ensure that wifi and power were extended outside to the tents so their girls could link virtually to the group from such a desirable location.

Following the tours, where all the comforts of home were on display, it was time to make a snack – a campfire cookie, using ingredients prepackaged and delivered. All agreed that they were the best sugar cookies they ever tasted.

Next it was time to watch a movie together through Zoom. The girls had voted the previous week and their movie of choice was Frozen II. Most of the girls had seen this film multiple times so the surprised expressions on their faces, peering out of their little squares on the computer, were priceless when two of their leaders confessed to having never seen it before! Of course, they all wanted to know what these same leaders thought of the film at its conclusion. Their verdict was it was even better than the orginal Frozen.

And then it was time for lights out with the next Zoom call happening at 9:30 a.m. Families were left to their own devices at meal times although the girls were supplied with a “Camp Meal Planner” activity sheet to help them determine what would be served. S’more pancakes for breakfast and a camp favorite “Walking Tacos” for lunch were on the menu in some homes.

Science was on the agenda for the first activity of the day with girls making “Bubbling Blobs” using provided Alka-Seltzer tablets mixed with ingredients found in their kitchen pantry. Then they were divided into Zoom breakout rooms to work on a most ambition craft project – depending on their ages they were introduced to Robot building, yarn art or making a unicorn cake or llama pillow. Parental guidance was required for these crafts and it was greatly appreciated!

Following a break for lunch, the Zoom call continued with the Skittles Gratitude Game and the coloring and writing of thank you cards for someone the girls knew that might need a little pick me up during the pandemic. And then it was time to get active with a Nature Bingo Scavenger Hunt. This was followed by Nutrition Bingo and getting artsy with oil pastels and special paper that was also provided by the units. One of Bayfield Guiding’s Pathfinders led the oil pastel drawing workshop encouraging the girls to draw two dolphins on a rainbow background – an homage to June being Pride month. The girls were also given extra paper so that they could create their own oil pastel masterpieces.

Next was free time until 7 p.m. when families were encouraged to join in on the final Zoom call for the National Camp-In Campfire. Girl Guides of Canada teamed up with the David Suzuki Foundation for the event and one of the highlights was having Suzuki read a bedtime story. His book, “Salmon Forest” written in collaboration with Sarah Ellis and illustrated by Sheena Lott was featured. After the National event concluded Bayfield Guiding shared a few of their favorite campfire songs before concluding with “Taps” and signing off – many families kept the camp experience going with a second night in their backyard.

There were 1.8K computers, tablets, phones streaming the National Camp-In Campfire live from coast to coast to coast - considering a lot of people, like Bayfield Guiding, were probably streaming on Zoom to their units that’s a lot of Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers and their families that watched together.

Camp-In 2020, an unprecedented Guide camping memory for these troubled times.

IMG_2183 Want to know how to make a campfire cookie? Take a sugar cookie base top it with green icing, chop up Maltezers (stones) and Gummy Worms (flames) add Tootsie Rolls (logs) adorn with mini-marshmellows on pretzels (cooking sticks).



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More dandelions...By Vreni Beeler

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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








Madison Thornton found herself searching the village for her beloved pet over the weekend when rescue Budgie, Julia, escaped from her cage while enjoying some fresh air out-of-doors at the family home in Bayfield.

We are happy to report that due to the efforts of the community Julia was returned to her Eugene Street home none the worse for her adventure.

Madison searched through Bayfield and put up missing Budgie posters downtown on the bulletin board and at Pioneer Park, as a Budgie was reported to have been sighted there on Saturday night. She received a call on Monday morning from a resident at the Bayfield Mews who stated someone had caught a Budgie!

After speaking with the rescuer Madison was greatly relieved as he assured her that Julia was safe and sound. In thanks for the community’s efforts in helping with her safe return Julia relayed details of her adventure to Madison to share with our readers. We hope that this delightful little bird’s message brighten's your day! – Melody


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On Saturday, June 13th at 2:30 p.m., I, Julia the Budgie, decided to escape from my cage to get a well-deserved break from being in isolation with my
human owners. I thought it would be a wonderful idea to start on my journey with a little trek around Eugene Street. It was a rather windy day for flight but I managed to land on the trees that encase our backyard, especially loving the taste of the bark on the birch trees.

I decided to chirp at Blue Jay who told me about a place called Pioneer Park, which had marvelous sunsets and would be a sight to see! So off I
ventured to Pioneer Park to take in the breath taking sunset. It was delightful! I only managed to stay one night before I headed south back towards home. The next day on my flight I managed to find another beautiful resting spot called, The Mews, where I was very lucky to have encountered Alan and Joanie Wilson, who provided me with food, water, and shelter. I was happy to stay with them for the night to catch some shut-eye.

I will never forget about my journey across Bayfield and all the folks who tried to help me to make it home to my owners who were beyond excited to
have found me!

Little birdie kisses and hugs from Julia!

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