Bookmark and Share   July 1, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 27 Issue 573

art auction to raise funds for Heritage centre and archives 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from today (July 1st) to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.

framed Helen MacLeod II paintingThis painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)  

According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. For good luck, Louie used a piece of the Malta, which had been shipwrecked near the Bayfield shoreline in 1882. Cypress wood was ordered from Louisiana, and local Red Beech wood was used in the “boxed heart” keel. The Bayfield hardware store ordered a barrel of nails for the construction.

The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”

The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.

“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.

doug Doug Darnbrough

This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email

How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.

To learn more or to check on the bids visit:

Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies. His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.

Pandemic offers opportunity to reconnect with agriculture 

48580448226_d3cdc685ae_kThe bounty and the beauty of the harvest was on display in the Bayfield Arena during the 163rd community fair held in 2019. Sadly, the Bayfield Community Fair won't be taking place in its traditional form in 2020 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.”

food bank board grateful for outgoing president's guidance 

In Issue 572, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, now past-president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) thanked all those in the community that were involved with the project during her nearly two-decade tenure with the group. This week new President, Terry Henderson, would like to offer her thanks to Boa-Youmatoff.

Henderson said, “A heartfelt thank you to Terry Boa-Youmatoff for her years of dedicated service to Feed My Sheep (which evolved into) Bayfield Area Food Bank, and for her major role in transitioning our food bank from the church outreach project it had grown from, to the community driven registered charity it is today.

“I for one am most grateful to Terry Boa-Youmatoff for guiding us through these first challenging months as we navigated the various processes in setting up a board of directors and applying for charitable status - with a global pandemic thrown in for good measure!”

She also offered sincere thanks to their fellow board members, their hard-working team of volunteers, to Trinity St James Church, and to the generous, supportive Bayfield area community for seeing them successfully through their first year as BAFB.

Henderson went on to say that they are looking forward to continuing to serve the broader Bayfield area, and remind the community that they can be reached by calling 519 955-7444, or by email at

Henderson also stressed, “an important assurance to prospective food bank clients is that all enquiries to the BAFB, as well as all client correspondence, are handled with the utmost confidentiality.”

A letter from Quarantine in Bayfield, Ontario, Canada  

50056518517_8f35a8280d_bOn the evening of June 27, Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees, and their luggage, arrived safely back in Bayfield. The couple then began their 14 day quarantine. They are veterans of the routine having spent 100 days in lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain. (Photos courtesy Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

50056516772_09e0a32826_4kOn the morning of June 26, after 153 days away Kate Lloyd-Rees (pictured) and husband, Gary, successfully checked in for their flight to Frankfurt at the Mallorca Airport and had their bags checked all the way to Toronto.

Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees were under lockdown for 99 days in Soller, Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), and are now back home in Bayfield from where they sent this final update on June 28.

We are safely back home! Today, Sunday, is our first full day at home, in quarantine, after 154 days away – almost three months longer than we had planned.

As mentioned in previous “letters home”, the German tourist pilot scheme started on June 15th and in its first 10 days some 2,200 Germans arrived in Mallorca across the “air bridge”. The success of this scheme, together with the end of the “State of Alarm”, and the opening of Spain’s borders with most other EU and Shengen area countries (plus the UK) on June 21st, has led to an increase in the number of flights into and out of Mallorca. Most of these flights are from, and to, five main German cities including Frankfurt, from which a regularly scheduled Air Canada flight has been operating for some time and which became our route back home. Most importantly, other EU countries (but not the UK) dropped their 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers from Spain.

50056517587_c787392c15_kSocial distancing at the Mallorca Airport wasn't too much of a strain on the morning of June 26.

We had been originally scheduled to fly home with British Airways via the UK at the end of March: we have had eight confirmed flights which have all been cancelled by BA - some within minutes of being confirmed – the latest (and last) to be confirmed and then cancelled by BA being for July 4th. We have spent many hours on the phone with BA customer service... Given the unlikely prospect of an early return via the UK together with the risk of being quarantined there, we managed to book (by phone call with Lufthansa in the US) a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt connecting the following day with an Air Canada flight (code sharing with Lufthansa) to Toronto.

After many days expecting the flights to be cancelled, last Friday, we loaded up the rental car and dropped it off at a pre-arranged spot in the airport car park surrounded by many cars which, by the amount of dust on them, probably have owners who have been stranded somewhere else around the globe. Entry to the terminal at Palma was restricted to passengers, and masks needed to be worn at all times (other than when eating or drinking) - when we arrived, the check-in desks and the terminal itself were pretty deserted. Thankfully, as the Air Canada flight was a code-share and despite our connecting flight being the following day, we were able to check our bags all the way through to Toronto - for the first time, it felt as if we would actually get back home. Although there were few potential customers, the Duty-Free shop was optimistically open together with one coffee shop and a store selling large ensaïmadas (the specialty Mallorcan pastry - the size of a pizza).

50056271936_aa4cdbaacf_kAs most of the rest of the EU opened their borders a week before Spain, most of the repatriating Canadians flew back from Europe a week or two ago, so the flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto was pretty empty on June 27 with a grand total of 46 passengers.  

The flight itself to Frankfurt was fairly busy but uneventful. There were no pre-flight temperature checks but everybody on the flight (and throughout the terminal) wore their masks assiduously. Arriving in Frankfurt was a bit of a shock to the system, all international and domestic flights have been moved to Terminal 1 which consequently felt as busy as for a “normal” arrival. With no checked bags to collect and no immigration checks (as Spain and Germany are both in the European Shengen area) we made our way on foot to an airport hotel. As for our departure, there were no health checks upon arrival and, critically for us, no quarantine requirement.

The hotel experience was a bit surreal - hotels cannot have been open long in Germany - all bars and restaurants were closed although we could buy snacks at reception and all extraneous items had been removed from the hotel room. As the incoming Air Canada flight operates overnight, we were able to go to sleep knowing that the flight had left Toronto and wake up to see that it had just landed - breakfast was delivered to our door followed by a phone call informing us it was there.

Checking in on Saturday morning was similar to Palma, there were few planes and passengers in the international section of the terminal and there was nobody waiting for the security check. As we were leaving the Shengen area, we did have to have a passport check - thankfully, we had entered the EU on our British passports (we have both Canadian and British citizenship) so we were within the six-month stay limit. Under our Canadian passport (and our UK one from next year when the Brexit transition period has ended) we are limited to a 90-day visa-free stay in a rolling 180 days. As at Palma airport, not much was open – the Duty-Free shop (again), a McCafé and the Hermès store.

Our final “hurdle”, which we successfully cleared before getting on the plane, was a temperature check – rather late in the process we thought. On board, we were given our amenity pack containing water, antiseptic wipes, a spare mask, gloves, and some hand sanitizer. Again, the flight was uneventful, meal service consisting of a sealed pack of cold snacks and water. As most of the rest of the EU opened their borders a week before Spain, most of the repatriating Canadians flew back from Europe a week or two ago, so our flight was pretty empty – a grand total of 46 passengers.

Arrival at Toronto was a bit eery – our plane appeared to be the only international arrival, so we had the full and complete attention of the numerous officials (there were more officials than passengers) with their checks and questions. (Where had we been? What did we have with us? What were our quarantine plans? Etc. etc.) The upside of there being so few passengers, was that we got through the whole process without having to queue once. A good friend had brought our car to the airport so we were on our way back to Bayfield in no time at all. And then home – welcomed by our good friends and neighbors who had done shopping and cooking for us, as well as decorating our porch - to enter into our 14-day quarantine period.

In closing this final letter, we would like to send a huge “Thank You” to the many friends in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words and actions of support whilst we were away. And to those people that we don’t know – but who have been following our story - we now feel connected to you through the Bayfield Breeze. Finally, to our friends (both old and new) in Soller – thank you for your companionship through some interesting times - we miss you already and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Stay safe and well everybody.


 farmer's market  


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

This week the Bayfield Farmers’ Market’s got breakfast covered… start with coffee, both whole bean and ground, available from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters. Plus, market organizers are excited to offer everyone's favorite granola varieties from Bayfield Provisions plus delicious sourdough breads from Red Cat Bakery. Organizers suggest slathering the bread with Damsma's raw honey or delicious jams from Bayfield Berry Farm. Now that's a great local way to enjoy the most important meal of the day! 

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.

Virtual Beef BBQ 

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).


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


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

recommended reading 


During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.

July’s book is the recently published “Camino Winds”**, written by John Grisham and reviewed by Brad McLellan.

“Camino Winds” follows-up on Grisham’s earlier book entitled, “Camino Island”. The plot involves the murder of a writer on Camino Island, in Florida, during a hurricane, and the subsequent efforts of some local residents to solve the murder.

As was the case in the first book, the lead character is Bruce Cable, who owns Bay Books, a local bookstore. Mercer Mann, the other lead character in the first book, only briefly appears in Camino Winds.

The book begins with one of Bruce’s famous dinner parties for writers. One of the dinner guests is Nelson Kerr, a former lawyer and now author of fiction thrillers. Other dinner guests include Mercer, Bob Cobb, an ex-convict; and Nick Sutton, a college student who works part-time at Bay Books. The dinner party ends as the hurricane is about to hit the island.

After the hurricane, Bruce and Bob discover Nelson’s body on the back patio of his Camino Island home. Bruce, Bob and Nick are convinced Nelson was murdered. They also suspect his murder might be tied to a book he had just finished writing. The balance of Camino Winds involves the investigation by Bruce, Bob and Nick to determine who might have wanted Nelson murdered and who the killer was. One of the issues the investigation reveals relates to the use of unapproved drugs in nursing homes/long-term care facilities.

The book begins slowly, but the second half of the book is compelling reading. Readers of the first book will find Camino Winds to be a much different book. Although not required, it is helpful to have read Camino Island first.

Camino Winds is a really good summer read and I enjoyed it. It is also a very topical book, with nursing home/long-term care facility issues. I would give the first book five stars and I would give Camino Winds four stars.

**This book is 292 pages in length.


IMG_0293Volunteers with Home4Good say, “When you wear a mask, you protect me. I wear a mask to protect you. Be a good neighbor.” When physical distancing is a challenge (in a grocery store, bank, salon, hospital, nursing home or retail setting), people are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Don’t have one or two? Home4Good volunteers, who now have new fabric and plenty of elastic, are making more all the time. They are available free courtesy Michael’s Pharmacy in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)







  goderich Author shooting for the stars with bestseller 


Goderich resident, Shannon Hugman, has recently released her debut book, “Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies” which hit multiple Amazon bestseller categories. She hopes to bring a big picture perspective down-to-Earth during these unprecedented times.

Analogies, Energies & Celestial Bodies became a bestseller on Amazon during the recent lockdown. As the province begins to open back up the book is available for purchase in stores including, Fincher’s in Goderich. While it doesn’t give one size fits all solutions, this read provides a unique approach to life on Earth. As humanity enters uncharted territory, the book offers readers an empowering invitation to see themselves and their surroundings from a different vantage point.

Hugman has been working as an astrologer for nearly a decade. In addition, she also teaches yoga and stand-up paddle boarding at Goderich's Yoga Den and Sunset SUP. She doesn’t believe that the planets are doing anything to us, but instead sees them as streams of energy that are flowing all around us. Hugman believes when we know which way the currents are flowing, we can choose which way we want to swim. We all feel the effects of a sunny day, or maybe we connect to the pull of a full moon. Her approach encourages readers to explore their interconnectedness with nature and the cosmos.

“Shannon is uniquely talented, and once you’ve experienced a little of what she has to offer, you’ll be instantly hooked. She has a way of touching your soul through her down-to-earth style. Not only will you learn about yourself, you’ll learn about the collective energies that guide all of us. It’s like finding that missing puzzle piece that you’ve been looking for, and realizing it’s been in your pocket this entire time,” said Mathew Hauf in his Five Star Amazon Review.

To find out more about Hugman’s work visit and on instagram @shannonhugman.

Water testing for area beaches completed on Wednesdays 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has begun annual beach water testing at municipally owned and operated beaches across Huron and Perth counties on June 24.

This year, however, their services will be modified due to HPPH’s COVID-19 response. Instead of testing beach water twice a week, they will sample one day per week on Wednesdays. If high E. coli counts require beach water to be tested again, resampling will be done on Fridays (and Saturdays) where required.

Even though HPPH is testing beach water at local beaches, some may be closed to the public as part of COVID-19 restrictions. HPPH reminds everyone, however, that some beaches are closed to the public and would-be beachgoers must check ahead with the municipality before heading out to a beach.

Results of E. coli counts, as well as any no-swim advisories, will be posted on Information will also be shared on the Huron Perth Public Health Facebook page, as well as @huronbeachinfo on Twitter.

Detailed information on beach water testing, such as bird counts, weather and other notes, are available at the United Way’s website in the “Environment” section. Real time and historical beach water data for all Huron County beaches are also available on

The myPerthHuron website is an online resource which tracks the wellbeing of area communities, where the counties are doing well, where communities may be facing challenges, and how quality of life in Huron and Perth compares with the rest of Ontario. It is managed by the Social Research and Planning Council.

Emergency Community Support Fund helping area charities 

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is pleased to announce the first programs funded through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities working to adapt their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

“United Way Perth-Huron is pleased to support this vital investment by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community”, said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We have been working closely with local organizations throughout the pandemic and this funding will help UWPH ensure the needs of local residents are being met and our communities remain strong.”

Local funded programs include:

1. Activity Kits - Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing, caregivers often can’t rely on supports they usually have to provide relief. The Alzheimer Society of Perth County and the Alzheimer Society Huron County are delivering activity kits to clients’ homes to reduce caregiver burnout and keep clients mentally engaged.

2. Door-to-door Meals and Social Time - Mitchell and Area Community Outreach (Ritz Lutheran Villa) traditionally offers a group setting for people in West Perth to eat together and enjoy social time. During the pandemic, these services can’t be offered in the same way. The service is going door-to- door, providing healthy meals and safe, social connection for those in danger of becoming more isolated during this time.

3. Food Hampers - Unable to hold community meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Community Table program in Exeter has switched focus. Currently, the small group of volunteers provides 150–180 food hampers full of produce, meat and other staples once a week to help lessen the burden on individuals and families in need in Exeter and South Huron.

4. Vegetables for Food Banks - The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre is working to purchase nutritious vegetables for food-aid agencies across Perth and Huron Counties. Providing fresh vegetables over the next nine months will provide a healthier diet for those affected by food insecurity. Fresh vegetables which are often the most expensive to purchase at the local grocery store (and even more so in the off-season) provide a healthier alternative to boxed/canned foods that are often available at local food-aid agencies.

5. Grocery Delivery service across Huron and Perth for seniors and others - One Care will continue to deliver groceries to seniors and others with compromised health with the help of the funds. Food security and safe access to groceries is a significant challenge for seniors and people with health concerns during COVID-19 as physical distancing is being strongly recommended for those populations

“Charities and non-profit organizations are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as lifelines for many vulnerable Canadians. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue their invaluable work,” concluded, The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Seniors Community Grant  Program applications open 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that Ontario is now accepting applications for the Seniors Community Grant Program providing opportunities for active aging.

“Our Seniors Community Grant Program can help older adults here in Huron-Bruce maintain their autonomy and independence, while enhancing their quality of life,” said Thompson.

This year, the health and safety of Ontario’s older adults is more important than ever. That is why the Seniors Community Grant (SCG) Program has been updated with a new focus on supporting projects that will enable older adults to stayed connected with their communities from the safety of their home. This year’s grant program is looking for projects that will:

• Help older Ontarians receive the support they need in their community, reducing demand on acute and long-term care
• Ensure Ontarians are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected
• Ensure more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation and leading to wellness and better health
• Provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.

The application period for the SCG Program is now open and closes on Aug. 7.

Incorporated not-for-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups must submit applications to Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at They can apply for funding from $1,000 up to $100,000.

Stronger internet coming to parts of Huron county 

The County of Huron is pleased to share that Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $7.2 million to expand broadband access in Huron County. This project will build on preexisting broadband infrastructure in the County and greatly improve these assets, resulting in stronger internet connectivity for eligible areas throughout Huron County.

SWIFT is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) to subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario. The County of Huron is a proud member of WOWC and applauds its commitment of continuing advocacy work for broadband connectivity in Huron County and surrounding regions.

“During these uncertain times, we’re seeing more than ever how quality internet access is critical for business operations and community connections and how reliant we really are on this infrastructure,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “While there is still much work to be done and the process will take time, the release of this RFP to improve broadband in Huron County is a step towards bettering high speed internet service for our communities.”

The County of Huron, in partnership with WOWC and SWIFT, remains dedicated to working together and improving broadband solutions for Huron County. For more information on this announcement, please visit,

Ausable BayField watershed can benefit from american donors

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.

Health protection Act 

Farm workers are an essential part of our food supply chain and in recent weeks we have seen COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks occurring on farms in other parts of the province.

In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread within farms who employ Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) or migrant workers, in Huron and Perth counties, Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen, has issued a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

This order applies to all Huron and Perth farm owners, operators and temporary help agencies who employ migrant workers, including TFWs.
“Proper self-isolation and public health measures were already part of public health guidance provided to owners and operators,” said Dr. Klassen. “This order does not come as a result of issues identified with our farms, but rather serves as a legal mechanism to ensure the health and safety of workers is protected and HPPH guidance is followed.”

“The Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended medical officers of health consider issuing a Section 22 as a legal mechanism to ensure that we are all doing everything we can to protect the health and wellbeing of TFW or migrant workers, and Huron-Perth residents.”

The order requires employers of migrant workers, including those in the TFW program, to follow any direction provided to them by Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), including:
• Ensuring employees self-isolate as necessary, with proper supports in place.
• Ensuring employees work exclusively in one workplace.
• Ensuring public health measures are followed on the work site.
• Ensuring that contact information is available, and that employees are able to communicate with HPPH if case and contact management is required.
• Cooperation with HPPH staff where positive or suspect cases of COVID-19 are identified.

Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act authorizes the Medical Officer of Health to issue a class order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to address the risks presented by the potential spread of communicable diseases. This includes the potential spread of COVID-19 to TFWs or migrant workers residing and working in Huron and Perth counties.

The order is now in effect and will remain so until the Medical Officer of Health determines it is no longer required.

For a complete list of requirements, please visit to see the complete order.

As of June 30, there have been 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron and Perth. There are currently no outbreaks in any facilities.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit

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.

 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, our final instalment in the series provides insights into the "I Hope For" reflective tool. 

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to attention the need for all of us to have important discussions with our loved ones about goals of care at the time of end of life. I would direct you to the web site “Speak Up Canada” to get an easy to follow guide on how to make your final wishes known.

I found the “I Hope For” reflective tool to be very helpful when I review what is important and how I want to live out my final weeks, months or years of life. The review tool evaluates if my life is going in the direction that is healthy and healing. I also find it a helpful guide when talking to people that are struggling with finding hope in any crisis. Take a few minutes to reflect on this way of reviewing what is important to us using the “I Hope For” End-of-Life Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool:

• Individual’s cultural practices with respect to medical care
• Hope, meaning and purpose
• Overview of emotional, psychological and social needs
• Physical and medical needs
• Ethical decision-making concerns
• Faith/Belief practices and needs
• Organized religion and religious activities
• Rituals and spiritual practices

This has become a reflective practice that I do every month to help me stay grounded and point out areas that I may want to focus on in the upcoming month. An important factor in this reflection is that we need to be very intentional about this process. Put a reminder in your calendar to do this at the end of each month.





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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (currently closed due COVID-19 restrictions). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

 “Remember This” 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, we feature artifacts involving three summer time "verbs" - diving, swimming and cycling.

diver's helmet


This Diver’s Helmet, circa 1950, was used for shallow water up to approximately 25 to 30 feet deep. The face mask is made of heavy glass. Inscribed on the top is the following: “ICC 413240 Serial No. 3580. WILCO 4-47 W C 131 SCAIFE T>W." It has a weight on the lower front and back so not to topple over.

The helmet was identified by historical diving expert, Mike Babinski in January 2013 as being homemade. It was made from a cast iron pressure boiler with the weights added later. The serial number is most likely the serial number from the boiler.

Homemade diving helmets became popular post WW II. The deeper the diver would go the higher the water line would rise inside the helmet. One downfall for this type of helmet is that the diver cannot look down and can only look staight ahead unlike a closed circut helmet that bolts onto a suit..

bathing suit 


Youngsters could have hours of fun lakeside sporting this sleeveless, navy cotton-knit bathing suit, featuring short legs and overskirt hemmed in pink knit band. It has a drop waist with a white button closure on the shoulder. 




In 1885, this bike was used by Mrs. Agnes (nee. Andrews) Postlewaite when she was a girl. She rode it to the Goderich Central School, which is now the Huron County Museum.

The trade mark on the front of this bicycle says "Eagle", The Eagle Mfg. Co., Torrington, Conn." It is a steel, hollow framed, woman’s bike. It is equipped with a Sager tan leather padded saddle with an open "V" steel frame. There is a bell (with the top missing) on the left handle bar. Attached to the front of the bike is an oil burning lamp. The wheels have a canvas type of outer tire (that has been stitched and repaird). The tube holding the air is inside with the metal valve coming out through the wooden rim. The bike has a chain driven back tire (with a metal chain guard) and fancy metal petals. There is a wooden fender over the back wheel (attached by steel rods and string onto the frame) to stop the mud from flying up.



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photographers capture life at the lake 

IMG_0251Chasing the Sun...By Peter Jeffers  

SUMMER 2017 021Summer in Bayfield...By Dawn Cummings  

HPIM5612First Day of Summer...By Rosemary Crosthwaite  

41893311980_176a76a210_kFishers' Reflection...By Vreni Beeler  

FullSizeRenderBrotherly Love...By Katie Braiden  





Lake Huron is the backdrop for many charming pictures shared in our Pixilated Group - people and pets living their best life at the lake. 

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

With COVID-19 restrictions, a number of people may not be able to come to the village for this Canada Day holiday - so we thought we'd bring the lake to you. Hopefully you can lose yourself in these images if just for a little while - feel the warm, wet, sand between your toes, the cooling lake breeze on your face and the sound of the water lapping against the shoreline...Happy Canada Day, all. 

IMG_4940After the storm...Photo by Bonnie Sitter

Image-27Jumping for joy in Bayfield...By Donna Kotsopoulos  

28388937797_51d6b31210_kBeach Bum...By Jane Seifried  

43029270390_dcef26b03c_kBrave...By Vreni Beeler  

Habour...By Steve Rome




PIXILATED — image of the week


Happy Canada Day...By Elise Feltrin (2019)

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








For the past couple of months, I have been hosting “Crafting with Gramel” sessions once a week with my five-year-old, granddaughter on-line. It was my small way of contributing to her homeschooling while her parents and big brother were occupied with virtual work meetings and school. I’m sure a lot of people have been trying to help in similar ways. I would come up with a craft that I hoped would be engaging but easy enough for her to do on her own with supplies found at home. We would work on the project together step-by-step and have a chat – sometimes I would read her a story. Some weeks were more successful than others, sessions lasted from 1.5 hours to about 10 minutes, depending on the level of engagement an SK student deprived of regular school and classmates could muster.

Today, virtual sessions will conclude as real-live “Camp Gramel” will begin. Canada Day marks the expansion of our social bubble as we welcome two summer campers for two weeks. I’m not sure we can fill the bill of all the summer camps the grandkids had been booked into that were all cancelled due to COVID-19 but we’ll do our best.

This first camp session will feature a fair bit of Science. I’m stocked up on corn starch, white glue, baking soda and powder, Jello, Alka Seltzer tablets, saline solution etc - all the essentials. Any guesses what we’re going to make besides a good old mess? Why, memories of course! Wish me luck. – Gramel


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