Bookmark and Share   July 7, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 28 Issue 626

hilda gerger honored with bench at agricultural park  

IMG_2460The late Hilda Gerger was recently honored by members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) for her long and dedicated service to the organization. A memorial bench was crafted in her memory by Don Brodie. Testing the bench out for the first time were Hilda Gerger’s daughters (l-r): Donna Gerger, Barb Gronau and Betty Smallwood. Joining in the photo were: President of the BAS, Pamela Stanley (far left); and Don Brodie, director and bench maker; and BAS Homecraft President, Jean Dunn (far right). (Submitted photo)  

A small gathering of family members, friends and Directors of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) met by the BAS office in Agricultural Park on July 5th to honor treasured Board member, the late Hilda Gerger.

Gerger’s death in February of this year was deeply felt but could not be expressed to her family because of the restrictions at the time.

She was a Director of the BAS for many years but was known for always being there to serve a hot beverage or snacks. Her service to people was always generous and was also seen in several other organizations in Bayfield. To honor her memory, the BAS Board felt something that would serve others in Agricultural Park would be ideal and so the idea of creating a bench was the decision. Don Brodie, a Director, said at the gathering that it was an honor to be asked to create the bench and have it installed in her memory.

At the gathering, BAS President Pamela Stanley paid tribute to the work that Gerger had done over the years and how her spirit will be in the park. The gathering was especially significant in that 165 years before on that date the first meeting of the members of the Agricultural Society met in Bayfield to form an organization.

As the Bayfield community comes to Agricultural Park as they regularly do, they now have a commemorative bench to rest on and the BAS Society, and her family, have a way to honor a very special lady.

Summer programming has begun at  Bayfield centre for the arts 


Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, the duo behind “The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation” were back in the village on Saturday, July 3rd to sell their fabulous birdhouses this time in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA).

By the end of the day more than 50 birdhouses had been sold and the BCA was the recipient of $1,650. What wonderful timing it was for this fundraiser as it coincided with the start of summer programming in the “barn-yard”!

Visitors and residents will no doubt have 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, this summer. 

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.

IMG_1742Saturday, July 3, was a beautiful day for The Cracked Knot-The Birdhouse Foundation to hold their sale at Clan Gregor Square. More than 50 birdhouses were sold with proceeds being donated to the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). Accepting the cheque, on behalf of the BCA, from craftsmen Connor Withers, and his father, Tim Withers, were (far left) Deb MacArthur and Leslee Squirrell and John Rishworth (far right). (Photos by Jack Pal)  

IMG_1733The Cracked Knot also makes wooden spoons, charcuterie boards, and for this art-related event, special holders for creative tools!

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.

IMG_1727Although these birdhouses shown are in the traditional bright colors generally offered by The Birdhouse Foundation, members of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts also custom painted a few that were for sale.  

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.

 Pioneer Park's raffle could sell out this weekend  

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 Reports are that these prints are flying out the door so anyone who was planning to purchase one (or four) should do so very soon. 

Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.

The PPA has given people a new way to play this summer by 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.

Organizers report that the raffle tickets are selling at a brisk pace and they anticipate being sold out by the end of this coming weekend. So anyone who has been thinking about getting tickets time is running out to do so. 

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. 

 hector is bayfield's forgotten felines kitten of the week    

208956339_2907325742817936_1172827918466636438_nHector (Submitted photo)

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

Hector is the Adopt-A-BFF kitten of the week.

This sweet tiny baby is approximately five to six weeks-old. He was found wandering around by himself. He proved hard to catch at first because he was pretty scared yet feisty. Since he has been at the shelter he has been dewormed and given lots of healthy food.

Rescue volunteers describe Hector as being “a little pistol who is full of ‘PNV’.” They note that he loves to play but wants you to know that he is the boss. In a short period of time, he has become quite well adjusted and is quite social. Volunteers say that he is watchful of the other cats and wants to get out and play with them but this isn’t allowed yet.

“Until he can get his shots and  has been checked by the vet, he has to stay contained,” said Deb Penhale, representing the BFF.

But no worries, volunteers are sure Hector gets out for lots of one-on-one love and cuddles. Once he’s been to the vet and is big enough to be neutered he will be ready to find his own domain and people.

Could you be Hector’s "people"? Anyone interested in adopting Hector 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 July 4 at 8 a.m. until today, July 7, at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on July 9 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.\


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.

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 

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:

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:

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


During the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 submission is a review written by village resident, Kate Lloyd-Rees of the novel, “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.


“Between life and death there is a library” she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived...”

Nora Seed has led a life full of disappointments and regrets. One night, in a deep depression she decides to take her own life – but somehow something happens before her life is ended. She awakens into a “nether world” where she is surrounded by endless shelves of books – and there sat in front of her is the librarian from her old school. “Nora”, says the librarian, “every one of these books is the story of another life you could have lived if you had made a different decision at critical times…”

She is then told that she can take down any book she chooses and that she can step into that life and see where it would have taken her.

Nora is given the chance to remain in any of the lives, or to return to the library and try another one. These different “life books” give the story a wide and varied look at not only the many different lives that Nora could have lived, on many different continents and with many different people, but in this hiatus between life and death, each other life brings her face to face with many other joys and equal heartaches.

Matt Haig takes us on this journey and makes us think of our own lives. What would any of us do faced with a choice like that? Would we want to know what life could have held for us if we had made different decisions at key times in our lives? Would that lead to further regrets? How would the people in our lives be affected by the different choices that we might have made?

A quick read, a serious subject, well written and definitely thought provoking.

In Memoriam 

572x768-8871790 Alice Brandon (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of longtime resident in her 94th year.

Alice Muriel Brandon passed away peacefully on Monday, June 21, with her children by her side. The day before her passing she was blessed to have a visit with each of her grandchildren, and was able to tell each of them how proud she was and how much she loved them.

She was predeceased by the love of her life Harold Keith (Joe) Brandon. Her sisters Thelma Bye, Clara Scott, Nora Heard, and Beulah Keys. Survived by her children Gary Brandon, Brian and Dianne Brandon, Shirley and Fred Schilbe. Her grandchildren, Cerinia and Cory Giordani, Colleen Brandon, Joey Brandon and Kaylan Symes, Ryan Brandon, Christopher and Lisa Brandon, Jim and Jessica Brandon, Cathy and Thomas Genoch, Tanya and Berton Dykstra, Katie and Mike Ansley, Jake and Alisha Schilbe, Jenna and Jonathan Coburn. Great grandchildren, Brayden, Danika, and Koen Dykstra, Mikayla, Rodney, and Alexis Ansley, Scarlett and Emilia Schilbe, Findlay and Milo Brandon, Ethan and Cole Brandon, Joe, Sebastian, Charlotte and Alice Genoch, Mackenzie, Macaulay, Macisaac, and Macallum Giordani. Also survived by her sister Louise Presber, brother in law and sister in law Ray and Shirley Wachhaus.

A private funeral service was held at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, Bayfield. Expressions of sympathy to Trinity St. James Anglican Church or Ronald MacDonald House would be greatly appreciated. Messages of Condolence for the Brandon Family are welcome at www.falconerfuneralhomes.

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 we are in the midst of an insect apocalypse? I know, some of you may be thinking, “Hmm, what’s so bad about that; I hate bugs,” but insects are absolutely crucial for the world’s ecosystems to function. They pollinate plants, disperse seeds, break down and dispose of wastes, maintain soil structure, and provide a major food source to other animals. They form the foundation of the food web, and as Harvard professor E.O. Wilson says, “if insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”

What You Can Do…Convert part of your lawn into natural habitat, grow native plants, reduce or stop using pesticides, limit exterior lighting, reduce soap runoff from washing cars, reduce use of de-icing salts and coal-tar-based driveway sealants (try alternative soy-based sealants instead), learn about the benefits of insects and spread your knowledge to others; be an ambassador for insect conservation!

For more details, go to or check out Doug Tallamy and his ideas for a Homegrown National Park at




clinton lions' club disbands after 85 years of service 

Lions Club Photo 2Recently, the remaining five members of the now disbanded Clinton Lions' Club gathered at the park named after them to meet with Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn (far right). He presented each Lion with a certificate of appreciation to recognize their contributions. (Photo by Izzy Siebert)  

The Clinton Lions’ Club has been apart of the community since 1936, sadly, after 85 years a lack of membership has resulted in its recent folding.

Over its many active years, the club has been known for its dedication to the community through charity projects, volunteer work, and the maintenance of the community’s Lions Park, which has long been a family favorite for its playground and picnic pavilion.

In true Lions’ Club spirit, the five remaining members retired the club by giving out two large donations from the funds raised by the recent “Catch the Ace” lottery organized in conjunction with Clinton Legion Branch 140. They gave $5,000 to the Huron Residential Hospice and $7,000 to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. This final contribution brought the Clinton Lions’ Club’s donations over the years to the hospital to over $54,000 total.

Recently each of the members were presented with a certificate of appreciation from Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn to recognize their contributions. Although the club may be retiring, its legacy of generosity will live on. Clinton will, no doubt, miss its Lions’ Club greatly, and the community will wish the best of luck to its members as they move forward.

One dose coverage for those under 50 has hit plateau 

Youth aged 12 to 17 who have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine are able to book their second dose at a shorter interval through the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) booking system. Second doses must be booked at least 28 days after the first dose. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12 to 17 and is the only vaccine that will be administered to youth, in keeping with age requirements.

HPPH’s appointment booking system was already set up to allow accelerated second doses for youth, since some youth are also part of previous vaccination priority groups such as essential workers. Youth ages 12-17, regardless of other eligibility, were prioritized for vaccinations at HPPH clinics between June 14-26.

For the many youths vaccinated in that timeframe, they are able to book second-dose appointments available at HPPH clinics during the week of July 26-31. However, any youth is eligible to book at an available clinic, as long as the appointment is at least 28 days after their first dose.

Please check back often for availability, as more clinics will become available, including occasional limited appointments available due to cancellations. Vaccinations are also available at local participating pharmacies. Visit for a full list.

“Vaccinating youth provides them with a strong level of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and supports a safe return to school and other activities,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

While youth who get infected with COVID-19 typically experience mild symptoms, some can get very sick and need to be hospitalized. Others may experience more serious, longer-lasting symptoms that affect their health and wellbeing. Like adults, youth who are infected with COVID-19 can also transmit the virus to others, even if they don’t feel sick.

Health Canada has recently come out with a statement after reviewing international reports of rare cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the sac in which the heart sits inside of the chest) following vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Cases have been mild, happening more commonly after the second dose of vaccine, and more often in male adolescents and young adults. Symptoms have been reported to start a few days after vaccination.

At this time the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada are not seeing higher rates of these conditions than would normally be expected due to other causes in the general population. No clear causal association has been established between myocarditis/pericarditis and mRNA vaccines. This situation is being monitored closely in Canada and internationally. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines continue to be recommended in Canada and other countries where mRNA vaccines are being used.

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines continue to outweigh their potential risks, as evidence shows that they reduce severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19. Individuals 12 and older are encouraged to get vaccinated, and to complete their vaccine series as soon as they are eligible.

As of July 2, 75 per cent of Huron Perth residents aged 18 and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 37 per cent are fully vaccinated. Two doses of vaccine are needed for full protection against COVID-19 and variants, including the Delta variant.

“We are very pleased by the vaccine uptake in our region, said Dr. Klassen. “However, one dose coverage in those under the age of 50 has plateaued and this means a large proportion of our population remains susceptible to contracting COVID-19. I urge anyone who has not yet received a first dose to book an appointment as soon as they can, and urge everyone to make their second dose a priority once they are eligible.”

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 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.

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.

Vaccinations are also available at local pharmacies. Please visit for a list of participating pharmacies.

HPPH receives many requests for appointment confirmation from those using the online booking system. If individuals see the "Your appointment has been booked!" screen, or they are redirected to the HPPH Vaccine Standby List, their appointment has been booked.

They will receive a confirmation email from "CheckMarket Notification", however, it may be delayed by several hours. Remember to check all inboxes, including any junk/spam folders. If individuals still have not received an email after 24 hours, they can contact the booking line at 1-833-753-2098. HPPH asks that people do not make another appointment as it will disrupt the booking system and hamper others being able to book.

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.

Municipalities to receive funding for modernization 

On July 5, it was announced that the Ontario government is providing up to $1,401,785 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Huron-Bruce. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program.

In making the announcement, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said COVID-19 has shown inefficiencies exist with providing certain services.

“The pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” Thompson said. “These projects will help ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars.”

In Huron County projects approved for the maximum grant include: Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh: meeting management and website redevelopment, $68,685; Bluewater: Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Bluebeam purchasing and digital review systems improvements, and E-Permitting subscription implementation, $94,450; Central Huron: IT service review, $65,000; Morris-Turnberry: radio system implementation, $90,000; North Huron: digital modernization, and Information Technology review, $138,750; South Huron: records management improvement, $40,500.

The County of Bruce will receive $630,600. These funds will go toward: joint municipal operations digital integration platform; joint museum and cultural centre newspaper digitization; joint archaeological management plan development; joint permits, licensing, and land modernization; and joint IT business analysis for municipalities in Bruce County.

In Bruce County projects approved include: Brockton, digital modernization strategy development, $112,500; Saugeen Shores: service modernization projects; development application process review, $95,750; Kincardine: purchasing and procurement review, $60,000; Huron-Kinloss: Information Technology modernization project; and digital modernization review, $100,000.

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.

“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”

Municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighboring communities. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.

Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.

In March, Ontario announced $10 million through the Audit and Accountability Fund to help large municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services during COVID-19.

The historic federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding to support municipalities throughout COVID-19.

Ontario is also providing municipalities with almost $1 billion in additional financial relief in 2021 to help preserve vital public services and support economic recovery. This includes
$500 million to help municipalities address their ongoing COVID-19 operating costs, $255 million under the Social Services Relief Fund, and $150 million for transit.

Ontario continues to call on the federal government to increase its funding for municipalities, which will be critical as they continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.


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.

Infastructure funding 

On June 30, it was announced that the provincial government has joined forces with its federal counterpart for a combined investment of $51.2 million to support infrastructure in communities across Ontario to help protect the health of residents, create jobs, and promote economic recovery.

Locally Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said the provincial government was contributing almost $420,000 to 16 projects whose total estimated value is approximately $2,100,000.

“These approved projects will help the Counties of Huron and Bruce as well as several municipalities improve safety, recreation, and local efficiencies,” Thompson said, noting that projects ranged from installing new LED lighting, updating ventilation systems and new windows, to work on water and storm water facilities and erosion control. “It is good to see both levels of government working for the people of Huron-Bruce.”

The County of Bruce will receive a federal/provincial split of $177,568/$44,392. Approved funding for Bruce County municipalities include: Brockton, $80,000/$20,000; Huron-Kinloss, $80,000/$20,000; Kincardine, $201,392/$50,348; Saugeen Shores, $356,619/$44,737; and South Bruce, $87,200/$21,800.

The County of Huron will receive a federal/provincial split of $219,824/$54,956. Approved funding for Huron County municipalities include: Ashfield-Colborne Wawanosh, $80,000/$20,000; Bluewater, $80,000/$20,000; Central Huron, $104,303/$26,076; Howick, $79,752/$19,938; Huron East, $990,333/$22,583; North Huron, $80,000/$20,000; and South Huron, $140,000/$35,000.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Canadians and disproportionately certain segments,” said The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “As we work to finish the fight against COVID-19, we will ensure residents across Southwestern, Midwestern and Central Ontario have access to safe and inclusive municipal infrastructure. By investing 80 cents on every dollar toward the important projects initiated by municipalities, the Government of Canada is responding to the immediate pressures and concerns of communities as a result of the pandemic. As we build back even better and consciously more inclusive, Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger, safer, and more resilient communities."

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.

To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.

The new COVID-19 Resilience stream will provide up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding for infrastructure projects across Ontario, including: up to $700 million for education-related projects; an allocation-based program that will deliver up to $250 million to municipalities to address critical local infrastructure needs and; up to $100 million for long-term care projects. Part of the local government infrastructure funding includes a minimum of $6.5 million in shared federal-provincial funding for Indigenous and off-reserve education projects.



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.

Hot weather dictates time for a frozen treat! Ice cream produced at the Saltford Heights Creamery, under the Bisset Brothers label, was a staple of local ice cream consumption from 1920 until 1973. This week we are sharing a sampling of the many artifacts the Museum has from Bisset Brothers. Warning: These product wrappers and containers may cause people to get a little nostalgic for a taste! 

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This is a "One half gallon", flattened ice cream carton for cherry custard flavored ice cream from Bisset Bros. Ltd. The packaging is grey with a color picture of the ice cream. The container is written in English on one side and French on the other.


 Ice cream bar     

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This is an ice cream bar bag/wrapper for Bisset's Chocolate Coated Ice Cream Bar. There is yellow writting on a beige and red background. Printed on the back is: "Bisset Bros. Goderich, Ontario. Contents not less than two fluid ounces".



This is the bottom and lid of a dixie cup for Bisset’s ice cream. The containers are yellow with white stripes. The words "Bisset's Take Away Sundae 4 oz" are written in red.

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This is an example of a bag for drumsticks from Bisset Bros. On the bag there is a man/boy in a tux and top hat holding a large drumstick. The bag is printed in white and red. The bottom is rounded and one side is longer than the other. The treats sold for 10 cents each. 



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friends of the bayfield library  

one hundred take & make Craft kits handed out  


Photo 3 - Canada Day Samples of the crafts in the Take & Make Kits were posted on a board.

Photo 1 - Canada DayFOBL volunteers, Judith Higgs and Carmen Davies, ready to hand out the Canada Day Take & Make Craft Kits to those who dropped by their location beside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday.  

Photo 2 - Canada DayRed and white were the colors of the day. This beautiful maple leaf quilt was made by Judith Higgs.  

Photo 4 - Canada Day FOBL volunteers, Nancy Kale and Angela Berard, with a parent who picked up several kits.




Red and white were the colors of the day, and the weather cooperated with clear skies for the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Take & Make Craft Kit event on Saturday, July 3.

FOBL members handed out more than 100 craft kits to eager kids and their parents. Masks were required for this event, but it was easy to see the children’s eyes light up when they were offered their craft kits!

Everyone picking up a craft kit was invited to fill out a draw ticket for a chance to win a Village Bookshop gift certificate. Organizers are happy to report that the winner of the $30 gift certificate was a young boy from Bayfield.

FOBL Vice President and Children’s Committee Lead, Louise Sygrove said, “Thanks to all who participated in FOBL’s Take & Make Craft Kit Canada Day event. If you missed out, there are still some extra craft kits available at the Bayfield Library. The weather was perfect and hopefully many children will have hours of fun creating Canada geese, puzzles, and puppets.”

Parents, and grandparents too, are invited to send photos of the completed crafts to The photos will be posted on the Friends of Bayfield Library Facebook page over the next week. Although this event was all about the children, no photos of children will be posted for privacy reasons.

Photo 5 - Canada Day (cropped)An early bird, or perhaps, an eager beaver, sent in this photo of a beaver puppet made from the kit bag. Photos of completed projects are welcome by FOBL. Please read the article to see how to submit.  



PIXILATED — image of the week


The little Inn...By Erin Carroll

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











In Issue 621, around the same time that the first mass graves of children were found in B.C., I put forth in this section of the Bayfield Breeze, the idea that reading, researching and learning was one way that this sixth generation Canadian could strive to do better.

Late last week, I was made aware of “Nisitohtamowin – An Introduction to Understanding Indigenous Perspectives in Canada”. It is an introductory eLearning course in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, created by the First Nations University of Canada in partnership with Reconciliation Education and BMO.

This one-hour course is currently being offered as a free public resource, until July 15, in honor of National Indigenous History Month (June). I found it to be a valuable tool in starting my own journey of understanding, and am sharing the link for anyone else who may have an interest in reviewing it as well. Here is the link:  - Melody



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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
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Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder