Bookmark and Share   June 23, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 26 Issue 624

still time to provide comments on Bayfield's secondary plan    

BSP_WhiteBkgSlow but steady progress is being made on the Bayfield Secondary Plan, an initiative known as “Planned Bayfield”. The requirements of COVID-19 have certainly changed how this Plan is being developed but the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is committed to taking the time to “get it right”.

At the most recent meeting, the CAC debated the direction for new residential areas and discussed how change within established neighborhoods is managed. The Committee was joined by Urban Designer of MHBC Planning, Andrea Sinclair and Jason Morgan, an architect with Allan Avis Architect, who are consulting on the design aspects of the Secondary Plan.

Some of the early ideas are to ensure that new Plans of Subdivision are required to demonstrate compatibility with the urban design and architectural character of the Village; have clear requirements for tree planting in new developments; and to pursue a larger parkland dedication in the south end of the Village.

Planning staff have met with various groups including the Bluewater Heritage Committee and the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) group and will be reaching out to other community groups to consult. Interested in having a group session? Please email Senior Planner Denise Van Amersfoort at or call 519 524-8394, Ext. 3.

Rather than holding an online public meeting (which the CAC appreciate some people are rather tired of), they opted to post a video on their consultation site with a follow up survey. This survey is still open and the CAC really encourage residents to take an hour to watch the video and fill out the survey - feedback is critical to ensuring this Plan reflects the vision of the residents of Bayfield! Please visit and click on the "Planned Bayfield" icon.

The CAC and staff plan to host in-person consultation sessions once the first draft has been released and public health protocols allow.

Do you have other thoughts or questions? Please email Van Amersfoort at the address above or speak to any member of the CAC. Committee members are: Bluewater Councilor Bill Whetstone, chair; Leanne Kavanagh, vice-chair; Andre Mech, Councilor George Irving, Dave Gillians, Dave MacLaren, Elaine Coombs, Gary Davidson, Jean Anne Hamilton, Jeff Graham, John Van Ogtrop, Kim Loebach and Roger Lewington.

The CAC members thank those who have shown an interest in this very important project for Bayfield's future.

Birdhouse fundraiser for Bayfield centre for the arts 


The Bayfield Centre for the Arts is looking forward to starting their summer workshops soon as well as hosting a fundraiser in early July.

But before the summer workshops get underway at the barn on Bayfield’s Main Street and through their Art Truck program, BCA organizers need some special water containers for their painting classes and are turning to the community for their support in gathering them. They need plastic containers!

Organizers are asking area residents to wash and save their medium (450 g) and large (900 g) containers of the yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese or similar variety. No lids required. The containers can be dropped off at the barn, located at 24 Main St N behind The Village Bookshop, after June 28. If the barn is not open the containers can be left in the outdoor sink on the property. BCA volunteers extend thanks in advance to the community for their support in this endeavor.

The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation will be bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell in Clan Gregor Square on July 3.  (Submitted photo)

In an effort to financially support the BCA, the long-anticipated sale of birdhouses has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 3.

Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, are returning to the village to help the BCA. The duo behind “The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation” are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square in the area that has traditionally been the location of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during the summer months. Volunteers with the BCA report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists.

Connor began making birdhouses in 2013 at just eight years of age. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last eight years, Connor has raised more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Year by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts. The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong. Over 2,000 birdhouses in support of great causes have now been made by this father-son team.

The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation team are also becoming known for their other beautiful wood products such as, wood spoons, boxes, frames, charcuterie boards, and seasonal décor.

In 2020, The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation made two visits to Bayfield, the first in aid of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department while the second was in support of the Bayfield Breeze.

Guided hikes making a comeback

 Guided hikes are back! The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce the reactivation of their guided hike schedule, hikes are now set for July 10, July 18 and Aug. 9.

The Bayfield Tree Hike will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. A leisurely walk through the Village of Bayfield will highlight the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted and maintained by volunteers during that time. Sondra Buchner will point out significant trees and species while celebrating the success of this grassroots community project. The walk is on pavement and is suitable for everyone: wheelchairs, strollers, leashed dogs welcome! Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. The hike will be about 1.5 km and will last about 90 minutes.

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 18. To help earn that cone, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Woodland Trail starting at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet/park at the David Street trail head: at the south end of town, to access take Sarnia Street to McTavish Crescent to David Street. The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail that traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills. There are some steep inclines and rough areas; the hike duration will be about 90 minutes. Please check the weather and wear appropriate clothing. Dogs on leash welcome.

Monday, Aug. 9th is World Indigenous Peoples Day. Join special guest David D. Plain, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and author of five books on regional Indigenous history, for an engaging hike on the Sawmill Trail starting at 11 a.m. The Aamjiwnaang region covered all of the southern section of Lake Huron, from the Maitland River in the east to the Flint River (Michigan) in the west. This was the traditional territory of the Anishnaabek First Nation, also called the Ojibwe and the Chippewa. Learn about Indigenous life on southern Lake Huron while walking the land. Recommended reading is Plain's book entitled, “Ways of our Grandfathers”, available from the Huron County Public Library or by special order at The Village Bookshop ( Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trial head on Old River Road. The hike is a natural trail 2 km long, and the walk will last about an hour.

For more information on any of the hikes visit or contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. Please note that the BRVTA continues to follow all Provincial COVID-19 protocols. People should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have traveled outside of Canada or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. Masks are required during sign-in and on the hike when distancing is not possible.

Bayfield Talent Search only  County competition for Fair 


Anyone who sings, dances, plays an instrument, executes magic tricks or performs in other ways, and is between the ages of six and 21, may be interested in the upcoming “Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search”. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting a performance.

After a year’s hiatus the Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search will go ahead on a virtual platform. This is one of only three preliminary competitions taking place in Ontario and the only Huron County competition.

Video submissions can be submitted anytime between now and Aug. 1 at
Videos will be forwarded by the Western Fair District to a panel of three local judges who will determine the winners.

On Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Bayfield Community Fair, the virtual competition will be followed by a live showcase of selected acts and an awards night. Winners of the virtual competition will be announced and given an opportunity to strut their stuff onstage. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The live showcase will begin at 7 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Community Centre. Beth Sayler, from the Western Fair, will also be recording videos of the performances and winners will have the option of using her videos for submission to the Western Fair if they so choose. We are hoping this combination of virtual competition and live performance will provide a meaningful opportunity for young performers to celebrate and demonstrate their talent.

The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is a 40-year tradition which has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair competition, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to showcase and pursue their talents.

Categories of competition are: Vocal Solo; Instrumental Solo; Dance Solo; Dance Group; Vocal and/or Instrumental Group, including, bands; Variety Solo; and Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.

Participants are asked to read the rules very carefully online before registering by visiting the website at:

By Wednesday, Sept. 8 all winners’ videos from the three preliminary competitions in Ontario will be featured on the Western Fair website and submitted to a judge’s panel.

On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. the final winners of the Western Fair Rise2Fame Talent Search will be announced. At the Western Fair level there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. Huron County has produced Western Fair winners and many local acts have made it to the finals over the years. A number of local youths, who have performed in this competition in the past, have gone on to careers in music and the arts.

But young people can’t win if they don’t enter the preliminary online competition in Bayfield, so, start practising, then get registered and send in videos before Aug. 1.

Anyone who may have questions is asked to contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie by email or by calling 519 482-9265 for more information.

Tufts newest Gateway Director 

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is pleased to welcome Paul Tufts to the Board of Directors.

Tufts is an experienced leader who has gained expertise over his 35 years of service in the education sector.

He has served in several diverse positions within a large school board in Ontario, from teacher to superintendent of education. At the provincial level, Tufts was involved in facilitating training programs for principals and supervisory officers as well as leading the Ministry of Education’s Student Voice Initiative. Internationally, he worked as an Education Advisor for a private education service provider in Malaysia helping to implement their government’s blueprint for school transformation.

Tufts is a certified facilitator with Development Dimensions International, which has given him the expertise to facilitate training programs for continuous improvement across various organizations and sectors.

He is committed to leading Gateway with integrity while modelling a balanced approach to life. His diverse skill set in leadership and leadership development, strategic planning, organizational change, mentoring, and team dynamics is an asset to the growing team at Gateway. He will contribute to the team by transforming meaningful ideas into feasible solutions.

Pioneer Park's repair the stairs campaign has begun  

IMG_3526Pioneer Park volunteers Ruth Percy (left) and Pattie MacDonald were selling raffle tickets on the lawn in front of The Village Bookshop on Main Street in Bayfield on the weekend. Volunteers will be set up in this location on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays in the coming weeks, please review the article for times. (Submitted photo)  

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is looking to the community for support of two alternative fundraisers as their largest annual event the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale has been postponed for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People can support the PPA by purchasing limited edition prints and/or trying their luck by buying some raffle tickets.

“Our long treasured, annual fundraiser needs to be postponed again this year. Not only is this our most important course of funds, it's our biggest community get-together,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the PPA. “We'll miss both the fun and the funds. But perhaps, no. After all, the park is still giving us much enjoyment and we have two ways that all of us can play a part in that.”

One fundraising option being presented is the purchase of limited-edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.

Screen Shot 2021-06-07 at 11.49.13 AMPhotographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)  

“Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brad Turner has brought his tremendous talent to us in many ways. This time, to offset the loss of funds from the Rummage Sale, Brad is generously donating a limited edition of images that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Brad’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to our community’s healthy and vital future,” said Tillmann.

There will be a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.

Prints will be on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at or through The Village Bookshop at

IMG_3097The Repair the Stairs Campaign for the Pioneer Park Association began on June 18. (Submitted photo)

Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.

“COVID's recent wave may have knocked our annual Rummage Sale down again this year, and Mother Nature’s waves may have knocked out our beach stairs, but neither is going to stop us from getting back up and running, said Tillmann.

The PPA wants to give people a new way to play this summer by introducing a 50/50 Cash Draw. Proceeds will be used to repair the Pioneer Park stairs down to the beach that are currently closed for safety reasons.

Every single ticket will give people a chance to win a cash prize that has a maximum value of $12,500. A single ticket is $5 or buy a book of 10 tickets for $40. There is a limit of 5,000 tickets available. The draw will be made on Friday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. in the park.

“We started selling tickets on Friday, June 18,” said Tillmann. “Tickets will be available every sunset at the park and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the pop-up tent outside The Village Bookshop. Buy a ticket and watch our total prize value grow, as we work to re-open the stairs to the beach.”

The PPA would be most greatful to anyone who would like to volunteer to help sell tickets. Shifts have been organized in two-hour blocks. Training will be provided to anyone who can spare two hours this summer to help the park. Please contact Tina Bax at and put 50/50 volunteer in the subject line to be sent an online link to choose a shift.

Anyone who would like to purchase a book of tickets can also do so by emailing Tickets purchases can be made using cash; debit or credit card, using the PPA’s secure Square Reader. 

 Teddy bear needs community support for upcoming surgery   

191778523_493895628731802_6749522427723024042_nTeddy Bear (Submitted photo)

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

Teddy Bear is the Adopt-A-BFF Cat of the Week.

Volunteers at the Rescue call this sweet kitten, Teddy Bear because he resembles a tiny stuffed animal. He is the runt of his litter. When they were found this little guy had a bad infection in his umbilical cord. Antibiotics seemed to clear this up, however, as he has matured his care-givers have come to realize that his umbilical cord did not completely close and he is going to have to have a major surgery. This surgery will close the opening in his stomach to his urinary track and bladder because he currently leaks urine out of his ambilical area. The surgery, unfortunately, will be quite costly somewhere between $1500-$2000. Because he is quite small, he needs to gain some more weight and grow a little bigger before the surgery can proceed.

“We know it’s a busy time for everyone, and everyone is looking for help, but any donations that could be put towards little Teddy Bear’s surgery would be greatly appreciated,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “He’s a happy, playful, cuddly, little kitten in every other way and
deserves a chance!”

Anyone who can help with Teddy Bear's surgery or may be interested in adopting him in the future is encouraged to contact Bayfield Forgotten Felines at E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


farmers' market 


The summer market season is underway! 

The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for delivery and pick-up at Clan Gregor Square. Organizers are pleased to announce that they have new vendors, returning vendors and lots of delicious local foods!

People can place their orders by visiting
from June 20 at 8 a.m. until today June 23 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on June 25 sometime between 3-5 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.


42547730662_8877cd85cf_k Organizers with the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Walk for Dog Guides are pleased to announce that a grand total of $6,435 was raised as part of their 2021 walk held on June 6th. “This is especially noteworthy since we were working under COVID-19 restrictions,” said Karen Scott, an event organizer. “Thanks again to all our walkers and their dogs, the pledgers, and the supporters for making this a successful year.” Due to the lockdown, the Lions’ Club extended the date to collect pledges to June 20. (Photo by Jack Pal - Image from 2018 event)  


While St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield remains closed due to the pandemic, the business of the Church goes on. The Finance & Property Committee and the Council are both working hard to take care of the daily needs of the church. As Ontario moves to Step 1 of the reopening plan and more people are getting their second vaccine the St Andrew’s Council made the decision last week to set the date of Sunday, Sept. 5 as the goal to hold the first in-person church service since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Unfortunately, for the second consecutive year, the St. Andrew’s Beef BBQ traditionally held on July 1 will not be happening due to COVID-19. In honor of the BBQ, that would have been the 58th annual, congregation members are asked to consider donating to the church this year in lieu of the event as they are not having to sell tickets, work or bake pies to help make it a success. The suggestion is to donate the year 2021 plus their age. Everyone is encouraged to dress in red and enjoy their own BBQ in their own back yard on Canada Day. Those who do are encouraged to take pictures so that everyone can remember another year of COVID-19 restrictions.

St. Andrew’s is also happy to announce some news from Camp Menesetung regarding their summer camps. Camp Director, Clayton Peters recently announced that for Summer 2021, Camp Menesetung will run as an in-person adapted Overnight Camp, Day Camp, and Bridge Camp. To view the full Summer Announcement Video visit:

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened!

Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify the Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at or by phone at 519 565-5824.

Presbyterian Church 

Village residents may have heard church bells on the morning of June 21st. The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield marked Indigenous Sunday by ringing their church bell 215 times, in memory of the 215 Indigenous children recently found in unmarked graves, to acknowledge that “every child matters”.

Members of the community may be interested to know that although Camp Kintail won't be offering overnight camps or “Kintail on the Road” this summer, they have opened for Day Camps this summer as well as cabin rentals. To learn more about what is offered at the camp, located north of Goderich, please visit:

Knox Church invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website:

Bayfield PACC 

PACC logoWho doesn’t love a long weekend! Canada Day is fast approaching and so many people are eager to celebrate, whether it is in a quiet reflective manner, or in a boisterous gathering with friends and loved ones. Fireworks displays are an integral part of holiday celebrations and they certainly bring excitement and joy to the festivities. As most pet owners are aware, however, fireworks can cause a level of anxiety to some animals.

With this in mind, the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) would like to offer some tips to ensure that both furry friends, and their humans, can enjoy a stress-free weekend.

• Keep pets indoors during firework displays. Startled pets will seek a place to hide and if a dog or cat manages to get outside, it could be very easy to lose them.
• Make sure pets are wearing their collar and ID tags. In case they do manage to run off this will ensure that they can be found more easily
• Give dogs an opportunity for some exercise before any fireworks begin. Physical activity can lessen any levels of anxiety. This works for people too!
• If pets exhibit signs of stress, resist the urge to coddle them as that sends a signal that something is wrong. By staying calm and relaxed people will help to reassure their pet that there is no danger at hand
• Even if a pet does not show any signs of distress around fireworks, it is still a good idea to leave them at home if their owners go out to watch a display. Pets are far more sensitive to the sights and sounds produced by fireworks and would likely be happier to have a quiet evening at home.

Please remember that fireworks do cause a significant amount of debris. It is essential that everyone respect the environment and ensure that they tidy up after themselves. If it is too dark to find trash at night, return to the scene the next day. Bring a few companions and incorporate the post Canada Day clean up as part of weekend activities. A nice brunch thereafter would make a great new holiday tradition.

Most importantly, no matter how people choose to celebrate, stay safe and have a blast on the Canada Day weekend!

Bayfield Yacht Club


Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!

The BYC Executive Board is pleased to announce that three Saturday events comprise their preliminary 2021 summer schedule. The dates and events are as follows:

• July 10 - Boat Parade, commencing at dusk
• July 31 – Regatta, 1 p.m. start
• Aug. 21 – Given’s Memorial Race, 1 p.m. start

To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at

take & Make Kits 

Canada Day pic"Take & Make" kit sample. (Submitted photo)  

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are busy preparing “Take & Make” Kits with a Canada Day theme that will provide hours of crafting fun for kids.

These kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Library on Saturday, June 26th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last.

Each kit will contain materials and instructions for a Canada Goose craft, a make-it-yourself puzzle, and Canada Day items courtesy of local MP Ben Lobb. The kit bag can even be repurposed into a fun beaver puppet ready for coloring! Attached to each kit will be a ballot to fill out for a chance to win a Village Bookshop gift certificate. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed ballots. The draw will take place on June 26th just after 2 p.m.

In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. FOBL members will be on hand to make sure that social distancing protocols are followed.

After the event, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to email photos of the completed crafts to The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. Although this event is all about the children, no photos of children will be posted for privacy reasons.

Blue Bayfield Book 


More than 50 copies of “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning” has been distributed through The Village Book Shop demonstrating that even during a pandemic people are looking to be informed about the threats to the Great Lakes and what individuals can do to mitigate those threats.

The book was produced by the Blue Bayfield Outreach Committee with the intent of informing and inspiring locals to take care of area waters. Copies of the book are free but a minimum donation of $2 is appreciated.

“The Great Lakes are the shared legacy and treasure of all humanity. This timely and informative report gives us a history of the Great Lakes and their importance to the millions who live on them, as well as a thorough chronicling of the many threats to their very existence. Fortunately, it also offers solutions and hope and serves as a clarion call to protect these magnificent lakes for future generations,” said Maude Barlow a patron of Blue Bayfield who is also an author and activist. She chairs the Board of Food and Water Watch and the Blue Planet Project.

To preview the book online visit To obtain a copy from The Village Bookshop visit The store is currently open noon to 4 p.m., Thursday thru Sunday.

Food Bank

Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) would like to thank people for their ongoing support of those in need in the community

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, an e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

Blue Bayfield

Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.


Did You Know…that Bayfield is the home to many locavores? A locavore is someone who makes an effort to buy locally grown food to support local farmers and businesses. Eating local is great for the environment since the food doesn’t travel far to get to you, meaning that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced! The food is often healthier because it matures and ripens “on the vine” as long as possible which can mean better nutrition. You may also find that family farms and farmers’ markets use less packaging, and that means less waste going into our landfills.

What You Can Do…You can support the local Bayfield’s Farmers’ Market as well as small farms. And remember June is strawberry season in Ontario, so get out there and start picking! Saskatoon berries, raspberries and blueberries are up next!




gateway project hopes to bolster local food economy 

51173473395_a9c3d1e021_wDr. Al Lauzon - GREAT project team member.

“It is ironic that some people living amongst some of the most productive agricultural land in the world are challenged to access healthy food, especially if they have limited transportation. Perhaps locally produced food is a means of mitigating some of that need,” said Al Lauzon, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Chair of Rural Change & Development, Al Lauzon

Huron County faces an ironic situation in their local food landscape, and food accessibility: despite being one of the most agriculturally productive parts of Ontario, the issue of food insecurity in Huron County persists. Local food is becoming a growing enterprise across the province and presents a promising potential to meet the food needs of rural residents’, thereby simultaneously reducing food insecurity and building a vibrant local food landscape.

Additionally, local food offers benefits specific to the struggles created by the pandemic as it increases the county’s food security, assists with economic recovery and benefits individuals' health.

1516791898137Marty Rops, - Libro Credit Union Regional Manager, Huron Perth

Gateway has partnered with Libro Credit Union to explore how they can improve Huron County’s local food network. Although it bears many benefits, there are numerous challenges associated with local production. This project aims to capture the unique experience of producers and consumers to bolster the local food economy. The tag-line, GREAT (Growing-, Raising-, Eating-, Accessible-, Thriving- Local Food), represents what Gateway hopes to achieve through this project — to promote people who grow local food; to promote people who raise local food; to increase the amount who eat local food; to ensure that there is accessible local food; and ultimately, to end up with a thriving local food system in Huron County.

50950232662_ba510ea0c0_nGrace Bonnett - GREAT project team member. (Submitted photos)

Beyond acquisition of data and creating knowledge translation throughout the community, this project has the potential to holistically benefit many members of the community. There are four interconnected areas that the project has the potential to impact: health, economy, community and environment. Every additional dollar put into local food has a trickle-down effect, thereby positively impacting the finances of individuals and businesses within the local community. Simultaneously, supporting the local food economy contributes to the health and well-being of the individual and the surrounding environment.

Throughout the project, Gateway have been connecting with individuals directly involved in Huron County’s local food systems on a daily basis. To achieve this, they are focusing the first stage of this project on connecting with producers, who are making a meaningful impact in the county. Information is collected on current strengths and struggles experienced in Huron County’s food production, to directly inform the action taken on this project. The goal of this project is to create a knowledge translation strategy, promote local produce to consumers, and impact policy to improve the strength of food systems.

50948422447_3e076f95faSam Murray - GREAT project team member.

Central to the missions of both Gateway and Libro is the desire to use their work to benefit others. They believe a strong local food landscape is paramount to improving the county’s overall health, economic standing, sense of community, and environment. This shared philosophy of forces for good is what makes this partnership strong and effective.

As Marty Rops, Libro Credit Union Regional Manager, Huron Perth, said, “The importance of ensuring access to fresh, healthy food for everyone can’t be overstated and the fact that food insecurity continues to increase in our Region is a challenge we need to find solutions for. We look forward to seeing the results of this study and new ideas on bridging the gap between our local food producers and those who need it.”

The first step is amplifying food producer's voices in the community. If you or anyone you know is a local producer that would be interested in sharing insights, please contact:

seven days remain to purchase tickets in support of hospice 


Huron Hospice has launched its second 50/50 Raffle and the grand prize draw is set for June 30.

“This spring, the interest in raffles has grown. They are an ideal way to replace the revenue we have lost due to COVID. However, we do understand that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “Proceeds from the Huron Hospice Raffles stay here in Huron County and help us provide essential services for Huron County families.”

The take home on the March raffle was over $12,000.

Walker added, "There are many ways in which Huron Hospice donors can support the Hospice. For example, they can support the There's No Place Like Home Telethon. Donors can also contribute by making donations in memory of a family member who has died. Whatever way people choose to give; we know all gifts come from the heart."

“COVID has forced us to find new ways to raise our needed revenue,” said Huron Hospice, Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster. “The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations. Donors cover the other half of our costs. This means donors cover the cost of important hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement recovery for adults, children, and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them.”

Buying tickets is simple. Just log on to and follow the links. People get 100 tickets for $40; 40 tickets for $20; and five tickets for $10.

Anyone with questions is asked to please contact Walker by calling 519 525-7352 or emailing (Licence No.: RAF1201150)

People vaccinated prior to May 9th eligible for second dose 

Large shipments of Moderna vaccine are anticipated to arrive in Huron Perth in the next few weeks. On June 16, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) expanded access for second dose appointments to anyone who got their first dose of any vaccine on or before May 9.

The additional vaccine deliveries are also making it possible to increase the number of mass vaccination clinics, with some as early as next week. In addition, Moderna vaccine will also be available through primary care offices and pharmacies. Anyone 18 years and older can book an appointment for a Moderna vaccine.

Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen, said expanding eligibility for second dose appointments will mean more people will be able to get a second dose sooner. “We’re pleased that we can increase our vaccination coverage rates more quickly now with the increased supply of vaccine.”

Anyone 18 or older who had Pfizer as their first dose and are eligible for their second dose, may choose to book Moderna as their second dose. Moderna and Pfizer are interchangeable COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. This means that individuals can receive either vaccine as their second dose, regardless of which vaccine they received as their first dose. At the mass vaccination clinics in Huron-Perth, this also means that some people who received Pfizer as a first dose may receive Moderna as a second dose, or vice versa.

Anyone who had AstraZeneca as their first dose and are eligible for their second dose, may choose to either receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for their second dose. Both of these options are safe and provide strong protection against COVID-19. In addition, they will count as a completed vaccine series. Anyone 18 or older, may choose to book a second dose at one of the Moderna clinics. Anyone who chooses AstraZeneca as their second dose, can book through a pharmacy or primary care provider who has AstraZeneca supply.

HPPH does not book second dose appointments when people get their first dose. They must book their second dose once they are eligible. Use the HPPH second dose calculator by visiting: to find out when a second dose can be received.

Once an earliest appointment date has been determined visit the HPPH booking system at or call 1-833-753-2098 to see available clinics. If the earliest possible second dose date falls within the date range of an upcoming HPPH clinic, please book an appointment. If clinics are not yet available during that time please check back for future clinics. People can also subscribe to the booking webpage to get alerts when new clinics are added.

Anyone who received their first dose through their primary care provider or at an HPPH community clinic, and are eligible for a shortened dose interval, should please go ahead and book at an HPPH community clinic for their second dose. Please be patient as a large volume of website traffic and call volume can significantly slow down the HPPH systems and ability to get back to people quickly.

HPPH would like to thank everyone who are cancelling unneeded appointments as they still need to reduce no-shows. Please continue to cancel any unneeded appointments. A new feature has been added to the website to easily cancel appointments. Go to and choose the “Click Here to Cancel your Appointment” box or call the booking line at 1-833-753-2098; press 2 (two). Please include first and last name and the date, time and location of the scheduled appointment.

As more vaccine becomes available in Huron Perth and local eligibility continues to expand for earlier second doses, Huron Perth Public Health reminds everyone to make their second dose a priority.

“Whether it’s the same vaccine series, or a mix of two vaccines, being fully vaccinated is extremely valuable. Two doses of vaccine, either from the same vaccine or from a combined Pfizer and Moderna series, provide safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus and variants, including the highly transmissible Delta variant,” said Dr. Klassen. “I strongly encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible, and to make their second dose a priority. When there are more fully vaccinated people in our communities, the more protection everyone has from COVID-19.”

The most recent vaccination coverage information available, as of June 18, shows that 74.4 per cent of Huron-Perth residents aged 16 years and older have received their first dose. Increased amounts of vaccine are expected to arrive in Huron Perth in the coming weeks and additional community vaccination clinics will be added, which means thousands of Huron Perth residents will be able to receive second doses sooner than originally anticipated.

Residents who have had any type of COVID-19 vaccine as their first dose (AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna) are eligible to book at an HPPH clinic for any type of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their second dose. Pfizer and Moderna are interchangeable mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as endorsed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), and the Ontario Ministry of Health. This means that people can receive one of these vaccine products for their first dose and the other vaccine product for their second dose.

“Mixing” vaccines is not a new concept. For example, similar vaccines from different manufacturers are sometimes used to complete a vaccine series for influenza, Hepatitis A and other illnesses. All Health Canada approved vaccines are safe to interchange and people will still gain safe and highly effective protection against the COVID-19 virus, including the variants of concern, when mixing these products.

All clinics on the HPPH website now show which vaccine is expected to be administered. Anyone who would like to receive a specific vaccine, should then book into an HPPH clinic that offers that vaccine. However, due to supply changes, HPPH cannot always guarantee the availability of a specific product. In that case, HPPHwill offer an appropriate alternative. People can then decide if they wish to proceed and receive the vaccine.

Anyone who would like to rebook into a different clinic, should first cancel their current appointment. The information on how to cancel an appointment can be found above.


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The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:


Preet-Pic-Cropped Preet Chudha (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is pleased to welcome Preet Chudha as a summer research assistant.

Chudha is entering her third year at the University of Waterloo, studying Science and Business, with a specialization in Biotechnology. Chudha's role at Gateway this summer will involve Business Development and Funding Organization. In her recent role in research, she developed and led several health sciences, engineering, and computational sciences systematic reviews/meta-analyses that investigated global health challenges to produce innovative solutions. Through this experience, she gained a strong understanding of underlying social determinants of health impacting vulnerable populations.

Passionate about improving access to healthcare in rural communities, to promote healthy aging and with a business academic background and relevant work experience, she brings an analytical, research-based, and collaborative approach to the projects at Gateway. Chudha looks forward to further developing her technical aptitude and skill set in a friendly, collaborative and inclusive culture. She hopes to continue in this interdisciplinary field by building a career in healthcare consulting and project management.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking (anything and everything!) and playing with her puppy Lychee. She is a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series and looks forward to re-reading the book series and watching the movies this summer. As COVID-19 rules relax she looks forward to visiting many of the hundred plus waterfalls in her home town of Hamilton, ON.

Hospice Handbags

Tote Bags

The stores are open and Hospice Handbags are back and they are available in Bayfield at a new location.

“This is your opportunity to support Huron Hospice by purchasing a one-of-a-kind shopping tote, handmade by a Hospice Volunteer from up-cycled materials. Each bag is like a piece of art!” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker.

“Thanks to Joan Bailey ad Tony Eyamie the famous, and stylish, Huron Hospice shopping totes are now available at Patina Studios, 12B Main Street, Bayfield,” Walker added.

The bags sell for an affordable $25 each. Please note only cash or cheques will be accepted when purchasing. All proceeds to Huron Hospice.

“With the upcoming plastic bag ban, make sure you’re prepared to shop in style. Quantities are limited, so hurry in to check them out,” said Walker.

Grand Bend Health Centre

Chris-Harris-e1561643989715-1080x1440 Chris Harris (Submitted photo)

The Board of the Grand Bend and Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Harris as the new chief executive officer (CEO). Harris’ appointment follows his interim CEO position and the retirement of Cate Melito, who served the GBACHC as the executive leader for the past seven years.

Harris brings extensive clinical program management experience from his 30-year tenure at the London Health Sciences Centre. Since 2019, he has been the Director of Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management at the GBACHC. Harris is well suited to lead the GBACHC – he firmly believes in and practices empowering health and wellbeing for people in the community – together.

“Chris will move to the permanent CEO position on June 21,” said GBACHC Board Chair Ron Sapsford. “Please join me and the Board in welcoming Chris to his new position.”

Provincial News 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson was sworn in on Friday, June 18 as Ontario's new Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

“I am humbled to be given this new post and I pledge to Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities that I will work hard on their behalf," Thompson said. "I’d like to also applaud and acknowledge the great work done by Ernie Hardeman over the years as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs."

Thompson said she has been inundated with well wishes from across the province.

"I appreciate everyone’s kind words and congratulations. I am honored to take on the responsibility of Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. I look forward to working side-by-side with Ontario’s farmers, commodity organizations, processing sector and our rural communities.”

ABCf scholarship 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship in 2021. The Conservation Foundation is bringing back the student bursary which was not awarded in 2020. The bursary is presented to the winner of an application process.

ABCF presented this annual $1,000 bursary each year between 2010 and 2019. After a one-year hiatus, the award is back.

“We are very proud to bring back the Student Environmental Award in 2021,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF Chair. “This $1,000 student bursary helps a local student in their studies and we encourage local young people to apply.”

There have been ten local recipients of the award. Past winners are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville,2018; and Meghan Glavin, 2019.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 28 by 4:30 p.m.

For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the website at this web page link:

The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.

Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

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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 (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

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

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

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Phyllis Mary Lawrence, of Goderich, and Corporal John Wilson R.A.F., of Sheffield, England were married on Apr. 16, 1941 at St. George's Anglican Church in Goderich.

Corporal Wilson was stationed at The School of Air Navigation (SAN) at Port Albert. This training base was a branch of the British Royal Air Force. Here, pilots and ground crew were trained for the Second World War. The lay of the land from the Air Base over the shores of Lake Huron were said to. similiar to the Cliffs of Dover in England.

Phyllis was the first Goderich girl to marry a British Airman stationed at Port Albert.

A few treasures from the occasion are highlighted here including, her wedding dress that was made by her mother Pearl (Morris) Lawrence. This delicate, ivory lace, wedding gown features a pink ribbon at the waist, sleeves and shoulders near the hem. It was also enhanced by a pleated bodice adorned with rosettes at the bottom of the bodice. There is a straight skirt. The dress is lined with ivory taffeta. An underslip would have been worn with this shoulder strapped dress. (pictured at right) 

The bride also wore a Bolero style short-sleeved jacket for this spring wedding (pictured above).  In keeping with the dress, the jacket also has rosettes on the neckline. The brides look was finished with a veil that falls to a “V” shape in the back. (pictured above right)


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Rogue photographer topic of guest speaker 


16592738242_8095d6e877_bCanoe girls - 1909

15768418213_92f458be98_bWomen with child at beach

15799816879_f221ed3d5f_bCutting tree - 1917  

15798548660_48d85463be_bPoint Farms Summer Resort  

15562009226_e314cf9064_bDiscing in field  

15156068238_f56d51b2ec_bMenesetung Park - 1897  

14952777588_c7a81515bd_bThe Start - 1897

14772087718_eb176a43a2_bGoderich Harbour - January 1924  

14772149847_22413f6790_b Late snowstorm - Goderich Courthouse



Colleen R. MaguireColleen Maguire (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will be holding a virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) over ZOOM on June 28.

“Unfortunately, no banquet this year, but we do have a special guest speaker,” said BHS President Ruth Gibson. “Local historian Colleen Maguire, who was instrumental in establishing the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery in Goderich in 2001 will speak about his life and legacy.”

Maguire received her diploma in Applied Arts Photography from Fanshawe College in 1983 and owned a photography studio in Goderich. She also worked as a Medical Radiation Technologist at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich for 39 years. During her time there she was the Diagnostic Imaging Manager and was the team leader for the purchase of the CT scanner, Digital Mammography and the implementation of the digital imaging system. 

“As secretary of the Remembrance Committee on the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, she was a recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming. In 2018, she was awarded the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s Heritage Award to an Individual,” said Gibson. “Thus, she has researched the life of Reuben Sallows from the perspective of both a photographer and historian.”

Maguire is also an antique camera collector and has curated a vintage camera exhibit for the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery. 

Reuben R. Sallows was born on a farm near Goderich in 1855. Sallows was an adopter of the pictorialism movement in Canada. His photography started as portraiture and progressed to farmland, landscapes and expansive wilderness. He developed a reputation of being a “rogue photographer”, travelling across Canada by canoe and train with a camera on his back between 1881 to 1937. He became known internationally.

Today his art is preserved in the Archives of Ontario; the Library and Archives, Canada; the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, Glenbrow Museum, Calgary; and the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery, Goderich.

Anyone who is not on the email list of the BHS is invited to please email to receive a link to this virtual AGM. The meeting will commence at 2 p.m. on June 28.

Editor's note: Images shared in this feature are part of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol's collection on Flickr. The collection showcases 250 photographs taken by Reuban Sallows during his lifetime. 

17047705547_3258e01a36_bClara and Verna Sallows  

16261130946_eb73e8bd92_bHaircut in snow - 1917  

14772088118_70628e8136_bReuban Sallows - self-portrait (1855-1937)  

14958335482_c38bd8bb56_bFlorence Sallows  

14772009480_b73463263e_bTwo young women and hats.



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Pioneer Park...By Erin Carroll

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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









 Some of you may have read the article I shared this week about Teddy Bear the little kitten at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines that needs a big surgery so that he can lead a full life. He is just one of many cats that receive care at this local rescue so funds are always needed. Janice Hearn, the creative lady behind the Etsy Shop, “The Storyteller’s Art” is holding a fundraiser in support of BFF for the month of June.

Fifteen per cent of all her sales, including custom orders, will be donated to BFF. She specializes in a variety of felt ornaments, dolls and embroidery. Appropriately enough her cat and dog ornaments are particularly popular and customers like to order ones that look like their pets. What a wonderful way to recognize a favorite pet and support some amazing cats and kittens still waiting for their forever families at the same time! To see what she has to offer visit: or check out her Facebook page at "The Storyteller's Art". - Melody







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