Bookmark and Share   June 30, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 27 Issue 625

accessible walking pathway at village's southend goal of club

IMG_0043B.M. Ross & Associates, in support of the Bayfield Lions’ Club's proposal, will donate their engineering design work to create a safe accessible walking and bicycle pathway from the Cameron Street-Hwy 21 corner to the Bayfield Foodland-LCBO parking lot. (Submitted photos)  

“If there is one place in the village where you risk getting killed, maimed or dismembered, this is it,” said a village resident in reference to walkers and cyclists using the shoulder of Hwy 21 when trying to access Bayfield Foodland-LCBO plaza.

This comment was incentive enough for the Bayfield Lions’ Club. Members have been working with the Municipality of Bluewater, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and adjacent landowners over the past eight months to build a safe accessible walking and bicycle pathway from the Cameron Street-Hwy 21 corner to the grocery store parking lot - a distance of approximately 100 m (328 ft.)

IMG_0013The Bayfield Foodland-LCBO property, developed in 2014, was designed for automobile-access only. Over the years, walkers and cyclists have increasingly been using the dangerous highway shoulder to access the stores.

IMG_4501The final 10 yard (9 m) stretch across the ditch will be reconfigured as an accessible concrete ramp into the grocery store parking lot.

Bluewater Council, at its June 21 meeting, gave approval to do the initial engineering design phase this summer. Lions’ members will donate $10,000 to the total cost of the project. B.M. Ross & Associates, in support of the Lions’ proposal, will donate their engineering design work.

The Bayfield Foodland-LCBO property, developed in 2014, was designed for automobile-access only.

“Over the years, walkers and cyclists have increasingly been using the dangerous highway shoulder to access the stores. Trucks and cars are whizzing by just inches away, often exceeding the posted 60 km/hr limit. Someone getting hit at this speed, has less than a 20 per cent chance of survival,” said Lions’ President Tony Van Bakel.

The proposed new sidewalk, 1.5 m in width, will parallel the highway at the outer fringe of MTO’s right of way - a safe distance from the highway.

“The final 10 yard (9 m) stretch across the treacherous Foodland ditch will be reconfigured as an accessible concrete ramp into the grocery store parking lot,” said Van Bakel.

Once the engineering design work is complete, the next step is for the Municipality to sign encroachment agreements with MTO, Skyline REIT (owner of Foodland/LCBO property) and the owners of the two other adjacent properties, accepting responsibility to build and maintain the new sidewalk.

“Planning for this project has required the cooperation of many people and organizations,” said Lions Van Bakel. “In particular, we want to express our appreciation to Councilor Bill Whetstone, to Heather Church and Sean Taylor, owners of adjacent properties, to B.M. Ross for the engineering and to council and municipal officials who have supported this project from the beginning.”

open house At Bayfield centre for the arts this friday 


Summer programming in the “barn-yard” is set to begin with the announcement of several opportunities to get creative at the Bayfield Centre for the Arts location on the village’s Main Street at the barn behind The Village Bookshop.

Things kick-off this Friday, July 2 with an Open House from noon to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to come and visit the barn, meet the summer staff, chat with BCA Board members, tour the Art Truck and learn more about what is in store for July and August.

Here is the schedule so far:
• Drop-In-Sundays - Pick a project to work on with help from the staff.
• Create Together Tuesdays – It’s an open studio and people are invited to come with their own project to work on.
• Kids Thursdays: Children aged four to 11 years are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon. Please note they need to attend with a parent or supervisor over the age of 12 years. Time for youth, aged 12-17 years, to attend has been set from 1-4 p.m

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there will be painting workshops and special events such as, Sign Painting on July 10 and Needle Felting on July 19. Other events in the works include: flower arranging, charcuterie board styling, t-shirt painting and Pizza & Paint Nights.

Art enthusiasts should mark Aug. 20-21 on their calendars as the BCA, along with The Village Bookshop, will be hosting a special event, the “Year of the Barn Show and Sale”. Barn paintings by Ontario artists will be showcased and there will be farm vendors on hand too.

And it is time to rent the Art Truck! People can now arrange to have the Art Truck come to their backyard, office parking lot, park, arena, pavilion…anywhere outside! BCA staff will drive to the location and set up a mobile art studio with instructors, art supplies, tables and easels and give participants (limit is 10 for now) an art experience outdoors that should make the COVID-19 blues disappear. To learn more about renting the Art Truck please email

For opportunities to sign up for these, as well as upcoming, events please visit or follow on Facebook @Bayfieldart. Spaces are limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.

In an effort to supply these fabulous art programs, BCA organizers need some special water containers for their painting classes and are turning to the community for their support in gathering them. They are collecting 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. 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.

bayfield tree hike first in july 

 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.

tickets for Pioneer Park's repair the stairs campaign half sold 

image0Tickets are for sale every night at sunset at Pioneer Park, recently (l-r) Morgan Mitchell, 8; and Spencer Mitchell, 13, were given the task of coloring in the stairs on the sign as the sales are starting to mount up. The boys were visiting the park, from their home in the Niagara region, along with their parents. (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

Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.

The PPA wants to give people a new way to play this summer and they are holding  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.

“A hard winter may have taken away the bottom of our stairs, but we are going to build them back. With our 50/50 cash draw, you could win up to $12,500! We will also strengthen the stairs and once again race up and down them to the beach,” said Tillmann.

She added that the 50/50 cash draw tickets have been very popular with residents and visitors alike.

“Already we have sold over half of the available tickets,” said Tillmann. “Don’t miss out on this chance for you to win up to $12,500! And in doing so, help all of us, reach the beach!”

Tickets are for sale every night at sunset at Pioneer Park and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of The Village Bookshop on Main Street. Stubs from sold tickets are then placed in the Bayfield Lions’ Bingo Drum to await the draw. The winning ticket will be drawn at sunset (8 p.m.), at Pioneer Park on Aug. 13.

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. 

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. 

 mother cat's determination ensures safe rescue of kittens  

191778523_493895628731802_6749522427723024042_nTeddy Bear (Submitted photo)

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

Calypso and Voisin are the Adopt-A-BFF kittens of the week.

These two little kittens have big personalities! Volunteers at the Rescue indicate that Voisin is definitely a talker but he’s also very sweet. Calypso is still quite timid but first to the trough for dinner. They are both true survivors with a unique tale to tell.

Their mother, Sassy, was brought to the Rescue a while ago, the people who found her thought that she was pregnant but upon closer inspection volunteers realized that she had had her kittens. That was when the volunteers made the tough choice to put her back where she was found in hopes that she would be reunited with her kittens and when they were big enough she would bring them out. And she did! About four weeks after returning her, Sassy started showing up at her caregiver’s door with a trio of kittens in tow. Up until that point, she had continued to show up every day on her own for food and she was well fed by her caregivers. Calypso and Voisin are two of the three kittens Sassy had – the third one has been adopted by Sassy’s caregivers - a happy ending to a potentially tragic story! (Sassy is now also looking for a forever family.)

205798045_328153898894448_5917390200184287427_nCalypso and Voisin (Submitted photos)

BFF has even more happy stories to share this week including updates on Ollie and Teddy Bear!

Ollie, the kitten who had been mauled by a wild animal (See Issue 623) is almost healed and has been vetted and is now seeking his forever home. Teddy Bear the wee kitten who needed surgery (See Issue 624) was able to have the operation last Thursday due to the generosity of the community.

“So far the prognosis is very good for Teddy Bear. He is eating and doing all things kittenish but we had a bit of a surprise when we discovered that he is actually a girl!” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

Last week a plea was made to help fund Teddy Bear’s rather expensive surgery and volunteers at the Rescue are so grateful for those who helped make it happen so quickly.

199799011_437792767634542_6201950547111329266_nOllie's wounds are healed and he's ready to be adopted.

“We did have several people donate and we had a very generous donor step forward and offer to pay the balance of the bill for Teddy’s surgery after those donations were deducted. There really are some pretty amazing people out there!” Penhale said.

She also noted that the local veterinarian, who did the surgery, came in on her day off to do so after hours. A fine example of the community working together to give Teddy a good start in life. Now the search is on for a forever home for this wee girl.

Anyone interested in adopting Calypso, Voisin, Sassy, Ollie or Teddy Bear is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. 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.


planned bayfield  

51124998297_be2aeeff92_kSlow 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”.

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.

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 27 at 8 a.m. until today June 30 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on July 2 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.\

Birdhouse fundraiser 

BA2D31C7-7022-42F9-A267-FFAB93156A89The Cracked Knot - Birdhouse Foundation fundraiser for the Bayfield Centre for the Arts is set for 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.


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.

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 

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 Presbyterian Church in Bayfield 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)  

Due to severe weather warnings last Saturday, June 26, the “Take & Make” Craft Kit event sponsored by Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 3rd.

These kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Library 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 July 3rd 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.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!  

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 farmers, conservation authorities and drainage experts work together at the 50-acre Huronview Demonstration Farm in Clinton to learn about ways to balance farming and the environment? The Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association, a volunteer board of farmers who are passionate about improving water and soil quality, leads the project, partnering with Huron County, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and other industry and community partners. This diverse group is researching how to build soil health, as well as determining what kind of drainage works best to control erosion and limit farm run-off to protect downstream water quality, while at the same time, growing large yields of healthy and nutritious food. Some of the science-based actions being demonstrated on the property are farming with cover crops, no-till and best practices.

What You Can Do…Learn more about this innovative and forward-thinking project by going to or contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or



conservation ontario suggests solutions concerning act 

Conservation Ontario’s comments on the regulatory proposals required to implement changes to the Conservation Authorities Act support the proposed core watershed-based resource management strategy and also identify a number of key challenges to successful and timely implementation.

Conservation Ontario Chair, Andy Mitchell, said conservation authorities need to move forward from the rigorous debate that took place around Bill 229 – Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 – and create a regulatory framework that works for conservation authorities and their member municipalities.

“We’re glad to be involved and have an opportunity to provide comments,” he said. “We need to make sure conservation authorities can implement the proposed changes, while still continuing to protect people, property and our environment.”

Mitchell said there are a lot of changes being proposed by the Province of Ontario and it will take extra time and funding both on a one-time and continuous basis to ensure smooth implementation.

Conservation Ontario’s submission to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) flags some concerns and solutions. In order to meet the extremely tight timelines with implementing the proposed changes, the Province of Ontario needs to move Phase 1 and Phase 2 consultations along quickly.

It’s essential to capture the passive recreation opportunities (e.g. hiking trails and boat launches) as mandatory programs and services in order to ensure public access to the conservation lands and adjacent waterways. There are few revenue generation opportunities in most of the almost 300 conservation areas that offer only or primarily passive recreation lands. Some of the conservation areas could close to the public otherwise, according to Conservation Ontario.

As well, municipalities and others have already contributed significantly to the establishment of well-used recreational and educational infrastructure such as comfort stations, interpretive centres and visitor parking lots.

The infrastructure associated with conservation authority recreation and education programs should be included in the mandatory Conservation Lands programs and services so that these valuable assets are maintained and can continue to be used by Ontario residents.

Nature-based solutions, such as private land stewardship protection and restoration of the watershed’s green infrastructure, for example, forests, wetlands, riparian buffers, which helps to reduce and mitigate the risk of flooding and erosion and should be designated as mandatory programs and services under Natural Hazards.

The mandatory Community Advisory Boards being proposed by the Province need to be flexible and not duplicate the work of the Conservation Authority Boards.

As well, Indigenous representatives be exempt from the requirement that members reside in the authority’s jurisdiction as Indigenous communities with an interest in a conservation authority’s watershed may have representatives who live outside the jurisdiction.

“Conservation Ontario and the conservation authorities are committed to work with the Province in helping to address our collective environmental challenges by exercising our critical roles and responsibilities under the Conservation Authorities Act,” said Mitchell.

Conservation Ontario’s entire submission is available online at this link:

Conservation Ontario is a non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities.

Conservation authorities are community-based watershed management agencies, whose mandate is to undertake watershed-based programs to protect people and property from flooding, and other natural hazards, and to conserve natural resources for economic, social and environmental benefits.

Conservation authorities are legislated under the Conservation Authorities Act of 1946.

second dose eligibility expands 

It was announced on June 25 that in keeping with provincial direction, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) would on June 28 expand eligibility for an earlier second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to anyone aged 18 and older who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine.

Individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine before May 30 are already eligible to book a second dose at a shortened interval. A list of clinics is available at

An appointment for a second dose must be at least: 28 days after a first dose of Moderna or Pfizer; or eight weeks after a first dose of AstraZeneca (with informed consent).

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 anyone who had Moderna or Pfizer for their first dose can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for their second dose for strong protection against COVID-19. Anyone who had AstraZeneca for their first dose can safely take either Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca for their second dose for strong protection. Any combination will count as a completed vaccination series.

Please note that Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12-17.

As of June 28, 74 per cent of Huron Perth residents aged 18 and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 31 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“I am very pleased by the vaccination rates in Huron Perth, said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “I strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received their first dose to book an appointment as soon as possible, and I urge everyone to make their second dose a priority once they are eligible. Two doses of vaccine are needed for full protection, especially against the highly transmissible Delta variant, and will help us all get back to enjoying the things we’ve missed.”

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.

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, they will offer an appropriate alternative. Individuals can then decide if they wish to proceed and receive the vaccine. Anyone who wants to rebook into a different clinic, must first cancel their current appointment.

Please note that HPPH will provide Pfizer to youth ages 12-17, in keeping with age requirements.

HPPH would like to thank everyone who are cancelling unneeded appointments to help make these appointments available to others. 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.

Centre reduces hours as requests for tests decrease 

Beginning Monday, July 12, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, is reducing its hours of operation to Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This change reflects lower volumes of individuals seeking tests.

Residents of Huron or Perth that are worried they have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, are encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment at

If indicated, people should call their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor can call Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267. If they are a candidate for testing, they will be referred to an Assessment Centre.

People can also get tested at Assessment Centres if they are not showing symptoms and:
• The public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus.
• They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by their local public health unit.
• They belong to a specific group outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, such as workers or visitors of long term-care homes, farm workers, etc. Please refer to the Ontario Government’s website for the latest groups being targeted.

For anyone who is referred to HPHA’s Assessment Centre, the following helpful tips are recommended:
• Use the online booking tool to book an appointment. It’s quick, easy to use, and means individuals won’t have to wait on hold to speak to someone. This link is also available on HPHA’s website at
• For anyone who doesn’t have access to a smartphone or computer, appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.
• People are asked not to duplicate their booking efforts. There is no need to call if an online booking has already been completed and vice versa. Duplication can slow down assessment centre staff in responding to calls and booking appointments.
• Please remember that appointments are required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. If plans change, please reschedule or cancel an appointment so that other people can get tested.
• Anyone who is very ill and in need of immediate care, should go to their nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

Things to know when attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
• Enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located.
• Please follow all precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing and frequent hand hygiene. Please note, upon entry of the Assessment Centre, individuals will be asked to remove their personal mask and will be provided with, and must wear, a disposable medical grade mask.
• The time of the appointment is the time individuals should arrive at the Assessment Centre. The test should be completed within approximately 15 minutes of a scheduled arrival time.

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


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 and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:

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.

hospital funding 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced on June 23 that more than $6.5 million has been awarded to local hospitals in new funding for 2021-22. These investments build on the increased investments announced by Thompson in 2019 and 2020.

Those receiving the increases include:

South Bruce Grey Health Centre (including, hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham) - $686,300 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a two per cent increase to the estimated base and one-time funding of $34,311,724 received in 2020-21.

Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (Goderich) - $370,900 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a two per cent increase to the estimated base and one-time funding of $18,543,389 received in 2020-21.

Clinton Public Hospital - $213,900 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a two per cent increase to the estimated base and one-time funding of $10,690,468 received in 2020-21.

Seaforth Community Hospital - $165,500 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a two per cent increase to the estimated base and one-time funding of $8,272,984 received in 2020-21.

South Huron Hospital Association (Exeter) - $162,900 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a two per cent increase to the base and one-time funding of $8,144,379 received in 2020-21.

Wingham & District Hospital - $280,200 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a per cent increase to the base and one-time funding of $14,005,563 received in 2020-21.

Grey Bruce Health Services (includes hospitals in Southampton, Owen Sound, Lion’s Head, Markdale, Meaford and Wiarton) - $4,708,500 in 2021-22 new investment, which represents a 3.2 per cent increase to the estimated base and one-time funding of $147,446,418 received in 2020-21

“Our local hospitals and all their staff have done a fantastic job during the pandemic,” Thompson said. “They have risen to the challenges over these past 15 months and these investments will help ensure Ontario is supporting state of the art health care now and into the future.”

The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.

“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed to continue responding to the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “By increasing investments in hospitals province-wide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-quality care they need, when and where they need it.”

The minister added that the Ontario government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they can continue to provide the care Ontarians need and deserve, today and in the future.

Additional support for Ontario’s hospitals as part of Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760 million to help hospitals continue to respond to COVID‑19 and an additional $300 million.



With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

July’s offering is a nautical quilt that could be a must have for a boater or a cottager. It must have been created with Bayfield in mind, after all, there is nothing more peaceful than watching the sailboats out on the lake. This cotton quilt measures 81” x 50” and is fully reversible with nautical prints on both sides. It could be used as a bed cover at the cottage or on the boat, as a picnic blanket or to bundle up in when seated round the campfire. It would make a great gift and is a bargain at $325.

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: Anyone who would like further information before they decide can also reach out to Walker. Proceeds of this quilt sale will go directly toward patient care.

DSC_1526Huron Hospice's quilt for July has a nautical theme. (Submitted photos)




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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...

wedding party photo

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This striking image of a wedding party was taken from a glass plate negative. The negative was found in R.R Sallows photo studio in Goderich. Although the people are not identified, and no date is provided, the fashions they are wearing lend themselves to the 1920s.

wedding dress    

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Alma Harding wore this flapper style wedding dress when she married Frederich Arthur Rundle on June 6, 1928 at their residence on Main Street in Exeter.

The dress is made from an ivory nylon fabric with ivory lace on the bottom. Plastic flowers embellish the V shaped neckline. The dress is belted and the belt buckle is brass colored with rhinestones. There are 13 covered buttons on each side of the central skirt pleat. There are also four decorative buttons placed vertically at the end of the long sleeves with snap closures. The bride also wore a sleeveless V-neck underslip with the dress.


 Morning suit  

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Grooms in the 1920s also looked quite dapper in their choice of attire. Andrew Hicks (born Aug. 4, 1874), of Centrailia, ON, chose this wedding suit when he married Ethel Maude Hicks on Oct. 20, 1928.

The suit is comprised of a black, morning coat, vest and pants. The coat is a four-piece construction and has three covered buttons down the front, three on each cuff; and two on the tail. The black vest has five covered buttons down the front, a two-piece collar with four outside pockets and one inside pocket. The material on the vest is cut to a point at the bottom and has a belted back. The vest was lined with a cream colored, brown and black striped material. The pants had six buttons surrounding the waist and a three button fly. There are two side pockets and one back pocket on the right side, stitch trimmed; and a small belt back centre which covers adjusting slit.




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new book unlocks the secret stories of inmates   


IMG_5960Books are now available for purchase through the Museum Gift Shop for curbside pickup while the Museum and Historic Gaol remain closed to the public.  

IMG_5996“Prisoner Profiles” takes a deeper look into the stories that are not often told from the Huron Gaol, with a particular focus on the inmates from the mid-1800s to early 1900s.  

IMG_5976 The Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol is pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, “Prisoner Profiles: Unlocking the Secret Stories from the Huron Historic Gaol”.

1950.1863.1The HMS Cherub taken at Goderich Harbour, 1867. William, Lee, the ‘Jolly Tar’ from the HMS Cherub, spent more time in the Huron Gaol than aboard the Cherub while it was docked in Goderich Harbour. (Source: Archival Collection of the Huron County Museum.)

Huron News-Record-12-04-1895-pg 1Illustration of the Huron County House of Refuge published in the Huron News-Record, Dec. 4, 1895. Before the establishment of the House of Refuge, the Huron Gaol was the only option for vagrants, like Mary Brady whose only crime was one of poverty.

The Goderich Illustrated Signal-Star-03-25-1889Image of the Goderich Illustrated Signal-Star: Maud Hamilton, the ‘Lioness’ of Goderich, became the target of the Signal-Star for her ‘den of evil’. Published March 25, 1889.



Sinead CoxHuron County Museum & Historic Goal Acting Senior Curator Sinead Cox, author of the new book, "Prisoner Profiles: Unlocking the Secret Stories from the Huron Historic Gaol”.  

The Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol is pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, “Prisoner Profiles: Unlocking the Secret Stories from the Huron Historic Gaol”.

“Prisoner Profiles” takes a deeper look into the stories that are not often told from the Huron Gaol, with a particular focus on the inmates from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. These fascinating, tragic and occasionally absurd stories provide powerful insight into the social and municipal history of Huron County, and highlight a time before hospitals, long-term care homes and mental health facilities were built to properly care for those in need.

The book shares a combination of in-depth stories and shorter profiles of inmates housed at the Huron Gaol, including:

• Ephraim Taylor, a Black farmer and pioneer of the Wilberforce Colony who spent one day in the Gaol for debt in 1851.
• Moses Madwayosh, an Anishinaabe man who served as an interpreter at an inquest while awaiting his own trial.
• William Lee, the ‘Jolly Tar’ from the HMS Cherub, who spent more time in the Huron Gaol than aboard the Cherub while it was docked in Goderich Harbour.
• Mary Brady, whose only crime was one of poverty.
• Maud Hamilton, the ‘Lioness’ of Goderich, who became the target of local media for her ‘den of evil’.
• May Gibson, who had been committed six times to three different correctional institutions before the age of 18.

“The process of writing this book was surprising, joyful and sad. It demonstrated the diversity and the humanity of the inmates’ stories,” said Acting Senior Curator Sinead Cox, author of the book. “The Gaol today is a physical artifact and archive that allows us to remember these prisoners and imagine their lives in a more tangible and visceral way.”

Books are now available for purchase through the Museum Gift Shop for curbside pickup while the Museum and Historic Gaol remain closed to the public. To order a copy, call the Museum at 519 524-2686 or email and staff will arrange a time for pickup and payment.

The book is selling for $12.60 (including GST). Books can be shipped within Canada as well. Pleae contact the Museum for details.

HCM - Gaol book cover 



PIXILATED — image of the week


Pioneer Park Sunset...By Erin Carroll

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Every year about this time my social media feed is filled by proud parents and grandparents showcasing their children and grandchildren graduating from elementary school, secondary school, university, college or trade school. I enjoy seeing their accomplishments. It always gives me pause to look back and remember fondly my own graduation day. This year I was a bit startled by the realization that my own Grade 8 graduation day was marked 40 years ago this week. It has made me rather nostalgic and I thought I’d share the official picture of the graduating class of 1981 from Holmesville Public School. Our graduation ceremony was held just after lunch hour recess. Prior to, sandwiches and squares were served to the graduates and their guests. The entire student body got to come down to the gym and sit crosslegged on the floor to watch the proceedings. The senior choir sang “The Rose”. I had the honor of being class Valedictorian. I have no idea what I said, the carefully typed cue cards long since misplaced, but I do remember the sentiment – it was a fond farewell with a hope for a bright future for my fellow classmates.

I got a brave new hairstyle for the occasion, a new mauve dress and high heeled shoes from the Sears catalogue, but despite feeling quite glamorous, the boy next to me cracked a joke just as the photographer snapped our pic, and I was immortalized forever showing a bit too many of my pearly whites. Oh well…


My Mom made sure I wrote down the names of all my classmates in all my school pictures so that they would not be forgotten four decades later. She also included an interesting bit of trivia with the Grade 8 grad photo. In June 1973, 32 pupils gradated from Kindergarten, out of those 32 students, 17 of them graduated from Grade 8. We were a team, my classmates and I, sometimes we loved each other and sometimes there was discord and angst, but school day, after school day, for nine years, we learned and played together. Like many country schools, our graduates were sent off to different secondary schools, so there are a few of these individuals that I haven’t seen since that last day at Holmesville in June of 1981 when this picture was taken only this lasting impression remains of them all cleaned up in their cocktail length dresses and leisure suits. And just as I imagine my Valedictorian speech conveyed, I hope they’ve succeeded in whatever they chose their future to be and continue to do so.

And happy graduation to the Class of 2021! – Melody

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