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volunteers needed to produce virtual community fair 

48580457762_9031ddfd3f_k-2 The Bayfield Community Fair won't be taking place in its traditional form in 2020. Sadly no rides around the fairgrounds with Train Conductor Bill Dowson will occur but with some imagination, volunteer support and tech savviness, the Fair Board is hoping to offer a few virtual agricultural experiences this August. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Agricultural Societies across Ontario and right across Canada celebrate a rural way of life. They have been doing that for years; infact some current fairs have been in their communities over 200 years. These organizations are part of the cultural fabric which have endured and continue to evolve.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has only been around for 164 years but continues to treasure its volunteers and supporters. When members met virtually recently, as part of its planning of the 164th fair in the Bayfield community, it seriously discussed the safety and protection of its volunteers. They made the decision not to host a traditional fair where everyone is on the fairgrounds. They did support hosting an “alternative fair.”

Many virtual experiences will be planned such as being on a combine harvesting wheat or riding a horse during barrel racing. Find out how the judge chooses the best cake or how to make prize winning flower arrangements. The alternative fair has opened a whole new creative set of opportunities for celebrating agriculture in the community while keeping fairgoers and volunteers safe.

The smell of food cooking on the Friday night of the fair, the taste of cotton candy, the friendly competitions within the arena, the dust flying as the heavy horses trot by, touching the soft fleece of the small lambs, the image of crowds of people surrounding the entertainers or the noise of fireworks are all images of past fairs people have attended. Maybe…just maybe…there is another way to celebrate, maybe even with fireworks.

Anyone who would like to promote agriculture and/or local foods, or people who like to make things with their hands, should consider contacting a Director or email or call 519 482-9296 and become part of a planning team. Ideas are valued, cellphones are greatly useful, cameras are definitely an advantage, passion is essential and a feeling that people need to know more about food are all qualities for volunteers. Anyone who can edit video footage, would also be helpful. Students, parents, grandparents can all have a role in volunteering. There are only a few weeks left to put an exciting virtual fair together.

At a meeting of Ag Societies in Eastern Ontario, one member said she was new to being an Ag Society member but felt people were reconnecting with their agricultural past. She acknowledged that many people were planting gardens for the first in a long time. Seed companies have seen their sales soar. She was aware that since flour and yeast are a rare commodity in grocery stores there must be hordes of people making fresh food from scratch. She also had noticed many handmade masks throughout her area. She concluded that now so many people are having a closer link with agriculture firsthand in growing their food, making food, or completing handcrafts. This had been lost by many for a long time.

“This pandemic certainly has made all of us concerned about our health and in many ways has changed how we do things but should never stop us from living, eating, learning, sharing or exploring things about us and the world around us,” said Doug Yeo, past president of the BAS. “The Bayfield Ag Society would like to provide an opportunity as it does every year to celebrate this rural way of life we are surrounded by. Stay tuned and be part of it as well.”

past president thanks community for twenty years 

17132037206_bd81940104_kBack in Apr. 2015, food bank volunteers were busy sorting and dividing fresh fruits and vegetables for their monthly distribution to individuals and families in need. L-R: Audrey Albiston, Gayle Beuermann, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Margaret Clydesdale, Anne Laviolette and Terry Henderson. Much has happened in the last five years with the food bank becoming a registered charity but the dedication of its volunteers remain fundamental. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

On June 18, the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“What a milestone! The food bank, began as Feed My Sheep, and has existed for twenty years,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, now BAFB past president.

For 19 of those years the food bank was an outreach project of Trinity Anglican Church. In its 20th year it became an independent entity with a Board of Directors. As of Jan. 1, it was accepted by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) as a registered charitable organization.

“The food bank is completely launched and the time has come to pass the torch,” said Boa-Youtmatoff. “The new president, Terry Henderson, and board members, will be utilizing the many opportunities that technology will offer the organization.”

Boa-Youmatoff would like to thank the many people who supported the BAFB over the years with donations of food and funds.

“To my assistant, Audrey Albiston, and consultants, Anne and Ralph Laviolette, Trinity's Parish Council, the individuals, the businesses, the organizations, the dedicated volunteers and the clients, who generously gave of their time and talents - from providing delicious lunches or anonymously providing all the clients and volunteers with packages of beautifully hand-made masks I say thank you. For me it has been an honor to serve.

“And with masks, disposable-gloves and appropriate social-distancing, the new Board is ready to assist anyone struggling to meet their food needs as ''together'' we journey through this pandemic,” concluded Boa-Youmatoff.

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.

Blue Bayfield encourages community to skip fireworks 

Summer is the time that many people look forward to setting off backyard fireworks displays and with access to more grandiose pyrotechnics in recent years these homegrown displays have become quite impressive and apparently so has the waste they produce.

Members of Blue Bayfield would like area residents and cottagers to consider an alternative way of celebrating Canada’s birthday this year and skip the fireworks or at least clean up responsibly after the show.

“At the very least, we can muster some friends and pick up the residue of fireworks before they are ingested by aquatic species already mistaking plastic particles for food,” wrote Betty Durst, an Outreach Committee member for Blue Bayfield, in a recent press release.

The day after Canada Day 2019, fireworks debris washed up on the beach a short distance north of the Bayfield Harbour.

“Frustrated cottagers started raking up bags of it but the blue casings washed out into the lake before the debris could all be collected,” wrote Durst. “Members of Blue Bayfield and Green Goderich were made aware of the incident and reported it to local authorities. Over the summer, many cottage and backyard fireworks displays were witnessed both here and around the province. We continue to think that in spite of their beauty, how horrendous this must be for wildlife, pets and anyone who has lived in a war zone.”

Blue Bayfield members would encourage everyone to read an article published by Lloyd Alter at He lists nine reasons to reconsider the use of fireworks. In addition to safety and hearing loss concerns, the reasons listed include the release of toxic pollutants into the air as well as the stress that such loud and brilliant displays can put on birds, pets, wildlife and people with PTSD.

“A counter argument might be that it’s only once or twice a year, let us have our fun,” concluded Durst. “But we would argue that our environment needs our help. We can acknowledge how great Canada is without this dangerous practice, communities such as Vancouver and Banff have banned fireworks. Humans are causing insurmountable destruction to our ecosystems. It’s time for change; time we stood up and demonstrated our compassion for our planet.”

 "isolation celebration" fundraiser for St. Andrew's 

35697489555_39fd87fc74_kIn 2017, the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church and other organizations in the community joined together to host their annual barbecue. Six hundred plus people came through the doors of the Bayfield Arena on July 1st to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. The 2020 BBQ has been re-imagined due to COVID-19 but the congregation hopes that the community will consider donating to the event. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

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

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

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

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

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

According to Tindall, the ministry at St. Andrew's doesn't end after the Sunday service but reaches and touches many levels of the community - lives are touched both locally and abroad.

Examples of this ministry include: assisting with food and clothing drives, youth and camp groups, food grain initiatives, supporting local endeavors and helping groups and services to function and practice.

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

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

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 24.

50034835601_599c985961_kOn June 22, there was a gorgeous crescent moon sunset over Soller - one of the last Spanish sunsets that the couple will experience for a while as they look to fly home to Bayfield before the week is out. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Today, Monday, is our first day in the nueva normalidad (the new normal) – after 99 days of lockdown, the “State of Alarm” came to an end throughout Spain at midnight last night. With the end of the State of Alarm, free movement throughout Spain has returned and, a day earlier, the Spanish borders were opened to many European countries – therefore, with a bit of luck and a following wind, this (the 15th) letter will be our last one that is posted from Mallorca.

What rules are there in the nueva normalidad?

Ongoing rules are now primarily set by each regional government. These rules differ by region - in the Balearics, local rules include: commercial establishments (shops, bars, restaurants, markets, swimming pools, common areas in hotels, libraries, museums etc.) can operate at 75 per cent of capacity - but with individual groups of no more than 25 - no maximum applies to outdoor bars and restaurants nor commercial establishments of essential products (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, and laundries); public events, cultural activities, theatres and cinemas are limited to sitting at 75 per cent of capacity also, but with a maximum of 300 people indoors or 1,000 people outdoors; dance halls, nightclubs, and drinks bars with a capacity of less than 300 people can open but without dancing and with a 2 a.m. closing at the latest; and each person on a beach must have 4 square metres of space.

Unlike Canada and many other countries, there is still no introduction of “bubbles” or “circles” – outside of your household unit you are still required to maintain physical distance (unless they live with you, you cannot hug or kiss your relatives or boyfriends or girlfriends).

In addition to regionally set rules, two key protocols are mandated by the national government which 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 these protocols social distancing continues at a reduced distance of 1.5 metres and masks continue to be mandatory (for those over six years-old) in all commercial indoor spaces and outdoors where a (1.5 metre) safe distance cannot be achieved.

We follow with interest the dialogue on masks in Ontario and elsewhere. This has become a political and emotive topic and it highlights the stark difference between North America and Spain.

Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford said, “I highly, highly recommend if you go outside and if you are in large groups or in a shopping centre wear a mask. I think it is critical that you do that. But to police 14.5 million people would be very difficult. We just don’t have the manpower for bylaw and police officers to be chasing people without masks.”

Here in Spain, masks are mandatory and the wearing of them is enforced under threat of a 100€ fine (reduced from 601€ under the State of Alarm).

Fines are a way of life in Spain, and as an aside, the following is a list of the most common fines that car drivers incur in the summer. Most fall under the rule that, “the driver is obliged to maintain full control of the car with full field of vision and permanent attention to driving, for the maintenance of their own safety and the rest of the road users.”:
• Driving in flip-flops 80€
• Driving barefoot 80€
• Drinking water while driving 100€
• Leaving the hand, elbow or arm out of the window 80€
• Eating an ice cream while driving 100€
• Driving with objects on the rear tray without fastening 200€
• Washing your vehicle on the public road 30€ - 3,000€
• Passenger with feet on the dashboard 80€
• Throwing a cigarette out of the window 200€ + 4 points

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

With the end of the State of Alarm, there is now complete internal freedom of movement across all of Spain. For the past week, German tourists have been flying to the Balearic Islands across an “air bridge” under a pilot scheme with no quarantine requirement on arrival but with plenty of other health protocols in place. This pilot has gained a lot of good feedback and publicity and (if the media hyperbole is to be believed) has resulted in an “avalanche” of bookings by Europeans starting in July. International borders with other EU and Shengen area countries were opened on Sunday, other than with Denmark (which will open on June 27) and Portugal - which at Portugal’s request will happen with great ceremony on July 1st. In addition, and with a huge nod to the economic benefits (400,000 Britons have second homes in Spain and over 18 Million British tourists visit each year), UK travellers are also allowed into Spain despite no longer being in the EU (and also not in Shengen). Those arriving do not have to undergo any quarantine and their home countries are not requiring any upon return - other than the UK, which recently imposed a 14-day quarantine requirement.

Restrictions on arrivals from non-EU countries are under review and are likely to be gradually lifted from July 1st on a reciprocal basis. For us, we now have a clear route home and it’s no longer via the UK thus avoiding the risk of being required to quarantine in-route – next week’s letter (hopefully from home) will let you know if our plan worked…

We continue to be safe and well and 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 very soon. Stay safe and well everybody.


IMG_1268 June 16th was an exciting day in Clan Gregor Square when work began on the reconstruction of the Bayfield Splash Pad. Ward Councillor for Bayfield, Bill Whetstone reported that municipal staff is working with the contractor to push through to completion as quickly as possible. As of June 22, ABC Recreation Solutions had completed all the necessary in-ground work and the hope is to have the concrete poured later this week. If all goes to plan the Splash Pad should be open in about two weeks. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their sixth market of the season on Friday, June 26. 

This week, the market is stocked with field greens, microgreens and lettuce, from Firmly Rooted; strawberries and asparagus, from Bayfield Berry Farm; raw, unfiltered honey, from Damsma's Honey; Mango Ginger Vinaigrette and Chicken Satay Kits, from Petojo Food; roasts and chops, from CedarVilla Angus Farms; sausages, from Bachert 3 Premium Sausages; Cabernet Sauvignon and Dry Riesling, from Alton Farms Estate Winery; and so much more.

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.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.


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. Please note that this service will conclude at the end of June. 

There will be no charge for this service. Please contact Dean O’Brien at 519 525-0420 or email for more information.

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.

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

In Memoriam

Schilbe, BertBert Schilbe (Submitted photo)  

People will no doubt be saddened to learn that a stalwart resident of the community has died following a brief illness.

Albert Alvin Henry “Bert” Schilbe, of Bayfield, died at Huron Hospice, Clinton, on Wednesday, June 17. He was 89.

He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 62 years, Doris Schilbe (Cole) and his beloved son Doug. Lovingly remembered by his children: Eric, Cathy, Dianne (Brian), and Tamika; his nine grandchildren: Cindy, Jennifer, Samantha, David, Shannon, Conrad, Chris, Jim, and Cathy Jo; his 17 great grandchildren, and his cherished sweetheart Helen.

As Huron County foster parents for over 25 years, Bert and Doris provided temporary shelter and support to over 75 children and youth in their time of greatest need. This was a role Bert took seriously and did selflessly. A meticulous maple syrup producer since the early 1960s, Bert took pride in creating a quality product everyone loved. Gardening was second nature to him. He grew an abundance of fruit and vegetables every year and was known for generously sharing watermelon, garlic, squash, and tomatoes with friends and strangers alike. He was a hard-working man who also loved to laugh, socialize, and let his playful side out. He loved connecting with his morning coffee group at Renegades Diner in Bayfield. He had a musical side, playing guitar for many years. He was an avid swimmer for much of his life, taking his kids and grandkids to the Bayfield Pier for evening swims, and even saving a man from drowning on one occasion. Bert loved dancing and travel, and was able to do both regularly well into his 80s.

A family man of conviction, strength, loyalty and charity, his kindness to strangers and those in need will live on in the lives and hearts of everyone he knew and loved. A private family funeral service will be held today (June 24). Interment Bayfield Cemetery.

Donations to the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, or Huron Hospice, would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be forwarded through Haskett Funeral Home, Zurich -



  creativity evolves into fundraiser for huron hospice 

Media (1)The Huron Hospice will be auctioning off a random selection of donated quilts as a fundraiser for the facility. (Submitted photo)  

With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice has been pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts.

“We are extremely thankful for every one of these and hope you keep them coming,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Suzanne Simpson.

In order to put every single one to good use, the Huron Hospice team has come up with a creative solution.

“So far, every patient in our residence and our home care program has received a blanket, which was donated to the family after passing. We are now also able to give a blanket to a family member who is spending the night at the residence with their loved one, which will be a beautiful memory of a special time,” said Simpson.

Additionally - with so many fundraising events being cancelled this spring and the need being higher than ever - they will be selling a random selection of handmade quilts. These are made by members of the local community and truly are pieces of art, and they believe the donors would be honored to see a quilt being used for this purpose.

“We will virtually sell one quilt on the first day of the month, starting in July,” said Simpson. “Please watch our Facebook page for the details every month The first person sending an email to the Hospice with a response, will be the successful buyer of the quilt. These will be a wonderful treasure to have or a great gift to someone special, while supporting Huron Hospice!”

“Rest assured that the patients will not go without blankets and that the money raised from quilt sales will go directly toward patient care. We thank every one of you for your continued support; we are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful community,” said Manager of Fundraising, Christopher Walker.

Gateway's summer students work from home on research  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is a local, Goderich based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of rural residents. A major part of their work and fundraising is to provide summer research positions to students who will share their talents, learn and contribute to Gateway’s continued research efforts to improve rural life.

Even though things look different in 2020 with students working remotely from home, the research continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We miss meeting with the students in person but with technology we are managing to move several projects forward” said Gwen Devereaux, president at Gateway.
This summer Gateway has four students working on projects helping to advance rural health across Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties.

"The students we employ at Gateway each summer, bring such tremendous energy to the organization. I am consistently impressed with their enthusiasm and dedication to improving the community in which they live," said Jay McFarlan, chair of Rural Nutrition and Exercise.
Four projects the students will work on include investigating Food Insecurity among rural seniors, developing a business plan for Gateway, improving Farmers Mental Health and investigating how COVID-19 has impacted the rural healthcare system.

Photo 2Jenna Schade

“I am entering my fourth year at the University of Guelph studying Human Kinetics. This summer I will be working alongside Dr. Al Lauzon researching food insecurity among seniors living independently in rural areas,” said Jenna Schade, one of Gateway’s new summer students.

“As a lifelong resident of Huron County, the opportunity to contribute to research that benefits rural seniors is an excellent learning opportunity and experience. Once I finish my undergraduate degree, I hope to further my education through graduate studies in human kinetics/kinesiology or attending professional school for physiotherapy. I plan to return to rural southwestern Ontario after my schooling to contribute to the health and well-being of others.”

As mentioned above, Schade will be partnering with Gateway and the University of Guelph to explore food insecurity among rural seniors living independently.

“Last summer we interviewed service providers and this summer had hoped to interview seniors in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. We have had to delay these interviews due to COVID-19. However, we are still moving forward by updating our literature review, mapping the food ecosystem in the four counties and hopefully will work on publishing previous results of the study” said Dr. Lauzon, Gateway’s chair of Rural Change and Development.

Photo 3Meghan Wild-Denys

In addition, Gateway also welcomes Meghan Wild-Denys to the team.

“Meghan will be advancing our Farmers Mental Health and Resiliency Project this summer with a focus on COVID-19 and the additional stress this can place on our agriculture community,” said Gwen Devereaux, project lead. “How fortunate we are to have a student living on a farm and realizing first-hand the challenges in operating an agriculture business.”

Wild-Denys is going into her third year at Brock University and is majoring in Medical Science.

“I am passionate about empowering others to make our health care system the best it can be. In September 2020, a club that I co-founded called “Women in Medicine” will be launching at Brock University to empower and inspire women looking to pursue a career in the health care field. My plan is to become a Naturopathic Doctor where I can help people live their healthiest lives through preventative, natural medicine. Having grown up on a farm in Huron County, I have great interest in rural health and supporting residents of our community, especially farmers. I am excited to have the opportunity to be supporting local farmers’ mental, and therefore physical, health through the Farmer’s Mental Health project with Gateway,” said Wild-Denys.

Photo 4Taylor Pratt (Submitted photos)

Also joining Gateway is Taylor Pratt. She said, “As a compassionate individual interested in improving health care and health-related factors that affect our everyday lives, I am looking forward to gaining knowledge and contributing to Gateway’s research in health care delivery. During my time at Gateway, I am investigating the impact of COVID-19 on our rural healthcare system and the well-being of healthcare workers both professionally and personally – working alongside Dr. Lauzon, Nancy Simpson, project lead; and one of Gateway’s Research Associates, Casandra Bryant.”

Pratt added, “I am a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario where I completed my BA Honors Specialization in Psychology. During my time at Western, I achieved a high academic standing while participating in activities and organizations that contributed significantly to the community. I dedicated my time as a student leader, mentor, and research assistant to enrich academic education at the university. Over the years, I have gained solid research knowledge and experience by working under the supervision of four professors on five different research-related projects. I hope to gain new insights into the research field and have a positive impact on the surrounding rural communities. This summer, I am studying for and writing the Medical Colleges Admissions Test. In the future, I hope to study medicine at a Canadian Medical School.”

Simpson, board member of Gateway, shared how Pratt will be an excellent addition to Gateway’s team: “Taylor has solid research knowledge and experience having worked on a number of research-related projects. She was a co-founder of the first annual Recovery Addictions Awareness Day at the University of Western Ontario. Taylor is a compassionate individual interested in improving health care and health-related factors that affect our everyday lives.”

The research Pratt is working on will help benefit the lives of many rural residents.

“Taylor Pratt is involved in a Gateway research project funded by the Perth Huron United Way. During this time of rapid change, Gateway would like to better understand how the health and well-being of health-care workers is impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic in Huron County. Understanding the main stressors will be vital in identifying the impact of the pandemic on health-care workers, help us to better understand the types of support available to them and identify key needs moving forward,” said Simpson.

Photo 5Joel Hordijk

Finally, Joel Hordijk has joined Gateway this summer.

“I am a second-year student enrolled in the Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Ottawa. Through my studies, I became aware of many challenges the rural communities face with personal health and access to care. With the opportunity to work at Gateway, I hope to use the research and resources available to develop an effective business plan further promoting the challenges faced by those in rural communities. In the future, I hope to study for a Medical Degree and later pursue a career in rural health,” said Hordijk.

McFarlan said, "Under the guidance of several board members, Joel is collating a business plan for our not for profit organization. This project has been on the roster for several years now, just waiting for the student with the right combination of skills. Joel's experience with various businesses in the agricultural sector, as well as his knowledge of health sciences has made him an ideal candidate to take on this very important project for Gateway. The business plan will be a useful tool when we approach funding agencies or government contacts."

Gateway is a community-driven centre for rural health research and is successful through their collaboration with many community partners.

To learn more about past and present research projects and the work of Gateway please visit their website at Alternatively, for more information call 519 612-1053 or email

Impact of Covid-19 on rural healthcare to be researched 

Casandra BryantCasandra Bryant (Submitted photo)

Gateway is excited to have a new research associate join their team, Casandra Bryant.

Alongside the Gateway team, Bryant is advising on a research project investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the rural healthcare system with a focus on the well-being of healthcare workers and others employed in a healthcare setting. This research aims to clearly identify the impact of COVID-19 on rural healthcare workers and inform future support initiatives and resources for the immediate future and post-pandemic. This project is funded by Huron-Perth United Way.

The recent appointment of Jane Philpott as a special advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Health with a mandate to design and implement a health-data platform aimed to assist researchers and health-system workers, indicates the importance of gathering pandemic data. While it is unknown how and where this data will be gathered, most studies and reports have been urban-centric. Bryant is excited to be a part of a research initiative that solely focuses on the rural healthcare system in Huron county. She is advising on the research design and data analysis stages of the project.

“I am a first year PhD student in Rural Studies at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. My MSc in Capacity Development and Extension focused on rural connectivity, and communication media with rural radio broadcasters, extension workers and community development officers in Latin America, and Africa. I completed a consultancy at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy and conducted additional communication-focused research in rural Central America before returning to Canada.” said Bryant.

In addition to her academic work, Bryant brings 15 plus years of professional experience as a non-profit organization consultant, working with a number of national health-related organizations such as, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, MS Society of Canada, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Renascent Foundation and Rethink Breast Cancer. One of her recent roles as a Strategy Lead in Program Development helped to create a leadership-coaching program for nurses and healthcare executives centred on creating leadership cultures that embrace relationship-centred care and personal development.

Her doctorate work will focus on rural women social entrepreneurs at both the community and policy level. She feels the role of social enterprise has been and will continue to play a role in addressing social issues such as gender inequality, mental and physical health, healthcare access, economic empowerment and community resilience. Bryant’s research will specifically explore female social entrepreneurs with the hope to learn more about the opportunities and challenges they face as women.

“We continue to attract and strengthen Gateway. We are delighted to welcome Casandra to our team,” said Gwen Devereaux, president, Board of Directors.

Gateway is a not-for-profit organization located in Goderich. Gateway works towards improving the quality of life of rural residents among Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey County. Gateway works towards their mission through employing university students to encourage them to become practicing health care professionals in rural communities.

Through their partnerships with community health centres, rural health professionals, academic institutions and university students, Gateway works towards their vision to build a centre of excellence dedicated to advancing rural health. To learn more about Gateway go to their website:

Conservation Dinner postponed until April of next year 

The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced the 2020 charitable auction is postponed until Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021. The committee made the decision on June 15 at a video conference meeting.

The Chair of the Dinner Committee is Dave Frayne.

“It is a tough decision to postpone this wonderful event but it is the right thing to do,” he said. “More than 400 people attend the Dinner each year. It is not feasible to practise social physical distancing, at this time, with that many people. We plan to return in 2021 with another great Conservation Dinner and continue our support of needed projects in our local communities.”

The Conservation Dinner Committee will contact those who have already donated money or items in 2020 to the charitable auction. The committee hopes to carry forward 2020 donations of auction items to the rescheduled event in 2021. The Chair thanked all who have donated auction items already. The committee will also contact people who had already purchased their ticket for the Conservation Dinner.
“We look forward to 2021 and hope we can once again share fellowship together, in support of our community, at the Conservation Dinner,” said Frayne. “I thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to prepare for the event planned for this year. I also want to thank everyone who has donated and are donating to this important community fundraiser. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.”

Donations are still needed to support community projects. Anyone who would like to donate to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) or Exeter Lions Club, can contact them directly.

In the month of June, anyone who donates to ABCF at (or go directly to this web page: can mention the projects they want to support. They may donate to “Conservation Dinner 2020” to support projects of the Exeter Lions Club and the ABCF.

This is the first time in the event’s three-decade history that it has been postponed to the next year. The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of Exeter Lions Club, ABCFand other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities over 30 years.

broadband service expansion in County moves to next stage 

On June 19, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, and Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce on behalf of Ernie Hardeman, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a major step in the expanding of broadband internet in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties with the Request for Proposals (RFP) by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. This program is part of the government’s commitment to expanding access to broadband internet in rural areas and makes way for up to $36.8 million in broadband infrastructure expansion.

“This is indeed welcome news to rural residents in Huron-Bruce, especially during the pandemic,” said Thompson. “Minister Hardeman and his team have been working hard to bring high speed internet to our area and we are seeing the fruits of that work.”

“This is terrific news for residents in the rural areas of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Through this investment, we can continue to take steps to bridge the digital divide and improve quality of life for our local residents,” said Walker. “COVID-19 has reminded us how critical broadband is to work, learn and connect with friends and family.”

“Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for all Canadians. Access to services, opportunities to connect in isolation and telework depend on access to high speed internet. That’s why our government’s investments to date are connecting a million households in Canada. SWIFT is one of hundreds of our partner organizations that are working hard to connect Canadians. We are proud of partnerships like these that allow for this work to move ahead,” said the Honorable Maryam Monsef, minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.

“At a time when people have become more dependent than ever on broadband, having access to high-speed internet is critical,” said Allan Thompson, SWIFT Board Member and the chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association. “SWIFT, together with our community leaders and local service providers, is committed to bringing Southwestern Ontario’s underserviced communities online and high-speed internet access to thousands. Today, as result of our public-private partnerships, SWIFT is proud to announce that many more homes and businesses in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties will soon have greater access to reliable internet services.”

The RFP for Grey County closes on July 10, Bruce County closes on Aug. 21 and Huron County is to close on Dec. 4. Contracts will be awarded, and service provider agreements put in place shortly after the RFPs close.

The Ontario government recognizes how important rural broadband access is for individuals, families and businesses. Work continues toward bridging the gaps in broadband access in Southwestern Ontario, as part of a combined $190 million investment to bring fast, reliable internet to thousands of homes and businesses.

Creating more ways to strengthen rural economies is part of the government's plan to build Ontario together. Reliable and affordable broadband internet will allow communities to attract new development, strengthen local economies and create more well-paying jobs and opportunities in rural Ontario.

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. 


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.

New Normal 

Huron Perth Public Heath (HPPH) has received many questions and concerns from people and organizations about how to stay safe, and keep others safe, during this time of loosening COVID-19 restrictions.

“Even as services and businesses re-open, and as we form social circles, it’s important to remember that things will not go back to how they were before COVID-19,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We are in a new normal. Kindness and understanding will be vital to moving safely into our new normal. We must work together to stay healthy while resuming our businesses, services and activities in a new way. Huron Perth residents have done a great job so far of helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

There are many public health measures every individual can continue to do to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19: stay home if you are sick; wash hands frequently with soap and water; 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.

HPPH strongly recommends that residents use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) when it is not possible to keep two-metres’ distance from those not in your social circle.

“Wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, is a way to protect others,” said Dr. Klassen. “For those of us who can wear a mask, it’s a way to be kind and protect your community. We want to see as many people as possible wearing masks in situations where physical distancing is a challenge, such as, public indoor spaces.”

Some services and retail establishments currently require you to wear a mask in order to receive services or shop in their stores. Please follow these requirements.

“We also recognize that it’s not possible for some people to wear masks for a variety of reasons, or it’s a challenge for families to afford masks,” she added. “I encourage everyone to focus on what part we as individuals can play in following public health measures and reducing the risk of COVID-19.”

HPPH would also like to recognize the hard work of individuals and community groups in Huron-Perth who have been making non-medical face coverings. Wearing masks will likely become part of our “new normal”, and the efforts of these individuals and groups is greatly appreciated.

“Because we are strongly recommending masks, some people ask why Huron Perth Public Health is currently not making it mandatory to wear masks,” said Dr. Klassen.

Here are some important things to know:
• Masks can provide protection to others when physical distancing is not possible. However, masks do not replace other important public health measures. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
• To be effective, masks also require proper use: put the mask on properly, take it off properly, not contaminate the mask while wearing it, and then clean it properly.

“I believe that the current evidence on the use of masks does not allow us to meet the criteria to issue an order mandating people to wear masks in Huron Perth,” said Dr. Klassen. “The number of cases in Huron Perth have been low and sporadic and it has been our experience that people, for the most part, have been adhering to public health advice. However, we are constantly monitoring the research on masks and transmission of COVID-19, and are always prepared to respond as necessary.”

Dr. Klassen said adjusting to the “new normal” will require politeness, kindness and patience from everyone. Everyone must work together to stay healthy while resuming their businesses, services and activities in a new way.

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


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) continues to review their Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recent memorandum issued from the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding visitors to acute care settings and the low prevalence of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth, HPHA is taking a careful, staged approach to relaxing family and caregiver presence restrictions.

The health and safety of everyone will continue to be priority with each phase carefully monitored over time. As the pandemic evolves, HPHA will determine if it is necessary to change course, at any time, to maintain the safety of staff, patients and the community. HPHA also looks to support from the community to adhere to these guidelines.

“At HPHA, we understand that loved ones, families and caregivers are essential to the health, well-being and quality of life of our patients and we are committed to supporting this,” said Andrew Williams, president and CEO. “The updates to our Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines keep public health measures in place to protect our patients and staff and will be carefully monitored.”

Effective immediately, inpatients will be permitted one visitor per day who will be allowed to visit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presence out of these times will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are in isolation precautions will not be allowed family or caregiver presence at this time but staff will help assist these patients with virtual and telephone visits.

Some other updates to HPHA’s Family and Caregiver Guidelines include, one family member, caregiver or guardian accompanying a patient:
• who is giving birth
• who is an infant or child attending for an outpatient procedure
• who is an infant or child attending for an emergency department visit
• who requires assistance to manage their condition, disability or language barrier
• to an outpatient appointment
• to one of the Emergency Departments
• undergoing a surgical procedure

It is important to note for outpatient, surgical and emergency department accompaniment, the amily member or caregiver may be asked to wait outside or in their car while the patient receives care and treatment to facilitate physical distancing.

Patients who are critically ill or receiving end-of-life care will be allowed support by multiple family members and/or caregivers, however, only one person will be permitted at a time with the patient.

Family and caregivers must be 16 years or older. Younger individuals will be considered on a case-by-case visit.

As is the current practice, all those entering HPHA hospital sites will be screened at the designated entrances which are as follows: Clinton Public Hospital, Emergency Department; St. Marys Memorial Hospital and Seaforth Public Hospital, Main Entrance; Stratford General Hospital Main Entrances at Cambria and West Gore Streets from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Emergency Department, for emergency care and after hours 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Family and caregivers will be given a mask after passing screening and must wear the mask throughout their visit, along with wearing any other personal protective equipment as required. The HPHA encourages frequent hand-washing and visiting can only take place in the patient’s room.

There are times when family and caregivers should not visit their loved ones in the hospital, especially if they are not feeling well.

“To keep our patients safe, we ask that family members and caregivers not visit if they are feeling unwell, have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, or if they have had close contact with a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19,” added Williams.

To see the full updates made to the Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines, please visit HPHA’s website at

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 provides insights into improving communication during a crisis.   

Do you need to eat…sleep...or talk?

Whenever I am asked to do an educational event about work stress to First Responders, I insist that one of the events include their partners. When their First Responder partner comes home from a call, I suggest that they ask them three questions. What do you need to do first? Eat? Sleep? Or talk? I insist that the couple make a strong policy in their home that all three questions will eventually need to be answered.

The reason I stress this way of processing a critical event is that it breaks the unspoken message of do not talk, trust, or feel and completes the vital step of closing the feedback loop in the communication process. This model of direct and clear communication about events, thoughts and feelings allow the First Responders and their partners to be informed and then united in what needs to take place next.

This is a great model for all of us to use during the COVID-19 crisis. This life changing, long term, event has affected all of us in profound ways. A tool that is used in this model is “Deep Listening” this occurs when you are listening without judgment, without forming a response while the person is talking and focusing on being totally present.

Deep listening also:
• allows you to engage without assumptions
• establishes trust by demonstrating that you value what others say and take them seriously
• cultivates authentic connection with others - the quality of your attention influences the quality of the conversation
• helps clarify what is really going on
• enables new possibilities to surface

Eat? Sleep? Or talk? What do you need to do first? 



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remember this  


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

Last week, we introduced 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 more recent times.

This week, in honor of the end of the school year, “Remember This” examines some artifacts that are linked to education in the county.



This small pottery/stoneware inkwell was found in a field at the corner of Conc. 8-9 Hullett (Winthrop Rd), Lot 15 (Bandon Line). The Hamlet of Bandon was just down the road. The inkwell is believed to be from S.S. # 4 Hullett (Bandon) that was once located on the property. The original school was later moved east down the same road but is no longer there. The chip occured when the inkwell was plowed up in the field.




A slate chalkboard with " - - - NOTICE - - -" written across the top edge. There are markings around all edges perhaps indicating that the chalkboard was previously framed. The chalkboard was from the old Victor Laureston School on Waterloo Street in Goderich and used in one of the classrooms. It was removed by Robert Clark prior to the building being demolished.


portable organ 


This “Doherty” portable organ has 29 ivory keys, two petals to pump air, and eight holes on top to let air out. The wooden case folds into itself to form a large box to carry with a handle on top.

This organ was built in Clinton by “Doherty” in approximately 1922, according to the design and order of Mr. W. Roy Goulding, the first teacher of music in rural schools in Ontario.

Mr. Goulding would carry this organ from school to school where no piano was available. It was used primarily as accompaniment in children's singing instruction. It was also used at school Christmas concerts, weddings, picnics and other gatherings, with piano duet or by itself.

People attending small rural schools from 1922 to 1944 in Huron, Perth and Middlesex Counties may remember this portatable organ and Mr. Roy Goulding.







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photographers flock to favorite subject: Birds 

fullsizeoutput_150fBaltimore Oriole...By Adriaan Schreuder

17281207145_e49ce02b30_kCardinal...By Adriaan Schreuder

IMG_0040Red Winged Blackbird...By Jack Pal

_DSC3247Robins...By Adriann Schreuder  

_MG_8771Cooper’s Hawk...By Angela Kaptein  

IMG_0090Canada goose...By Jack Pal

16675511968_f3a7775159_kBald Eagle...By Jane Seifried  

IMG_1210Turkey Vulture...By Melody Falconer-Pounder





Birds are wondrous subjects for photographers.

Over the last several years our Pixiliated Group has become host to a nice selection of images of these feathered friends. During this period of isolation there has been an uptick of submissions as some people have more time to watch, appreciate and reflect on the birds in their backyard or local natural area.

This week, we are delighted to share a selection of these images collected as recently as this month and as far back as 2015. Thank you to all the photographers whose continued contributions to Pixilated have made this possible.

_MG_8804Northern Flicker...By Angela Kaptein

DSC_0380Indigo Bunting...By Madison Thornton

49891933067_0f4f2145f3_bRobin's Egg...By Jillian Jones

fullsizeoutput_7166Robins...By Adriaan Schreuder  

IMG_4194Hungry Tree Swallow...By Bonnie Sitter  

16961961567_2a7553b24a_kBlue Heron...By Jane Seifried  

29195046858_6c0018642d_kSnowy Owl...By Vreni Beeler  

_MG_8824Wild Turkeys...By Angela Kaptein  









PIXILATED — image of the week


Father's Day...By Jenny Shanahan

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








Yesterday I picked our first strawberry from our garden. Four plants won’t provide us with a bumper crop but a filled small bowl will be a delightful treat because we grew them ourselves.

This is the first vegetable-fruit-flower garden that has been grown at the farm in more than 20 years and our first together. With a social distancing summer ahead of us we thought growing a garden might be a fun way to fill the season and if we managed to harvest some food for the table even better. We picked the site of the old chicken coop that came down when I was about six years-old. We brought in a big truckload of topsoil to level it up the land. And on the hottest day of the spring we framed it out. Then we planted a little of this and a little of that. I studied companion gardening on the internet to get some ideas. And now we’ve settled into the routine of weeding, watering and waiting.

To date the tomatoes and the pumpkins are growing like weeds and the first strawberry was quite tastey, so I think as newbie gardeners go, we are off to a great start. – Melody

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