Bookmark and Share   July 21, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 30 Issue 628

 hikers explore woodland trail


IMG_1884A small but enthusiastic group enjoyed an afternoon hike on the Woodland Trail guided by members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on July 18.  

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  held a guided hike on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 18. A small but enthusiastic group enjoyed an afternoon hike on the Woodland Trail.

The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail that traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills. 

BRVTAs first hike in August will coincide with World Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Aug. 9. 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 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.

IMG_1883 The Trail Association members continue to follow all Provincial COVID-19 protocols.

IMG_1889Summer blooms were evident along the Woodland Trail.  

IMG_1892The Woodland Trail traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills.  

IMG_1886The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail.  

Bayfield Tandoori House offers authentic taste of Indian Grills 


Adding a little more spice to summer, The Ashwood Inn’s Bayfield Tandoori House is the latest addition to an exciting list of bars and restaurants for visitors and residents to choose from. This new restaurant will introduce the authentic taste of Indian Grills to town.

Bayfield Tandoori House borrows its name from the word, “Tandoor”, defined as a clay oven originally used across Southern, Central and Western Asia as well as South Caucasus. At once a smoker, barbecue, griddle and convection oven, this ancient style oven is the secret behind smoky and flavorful Indian grills and breads. The Ashwood Inn owners, Hina and Mike Patel, have called upon Toronto-based Chef Sohail (Ali) of “Bombay on the Lake” and “Ramada” fame to recreate the unmatched Indian masala magic for the new restaurant.

In addition to the signature Tandoori delicacies that will include various assortments of Kebabs; Indian style roasted chicken, also known as, Tandoori Chicken; and Naan Breads, Bayfield Tandoori House’s summer menu will also feature some of the most loved snacks from different regions of India and a wide variety of Indian curries with both vegan and meat-based recipes.

Chef Ali and the Patels have co-created the summer menu keeping in mind the local flavors of Bayfield that pair perfectly with popular craft beers from this region all the while still offering an authentic Indian culinary experience with a wide range of choices.

To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, The Bayfield Tandoori House will be only offering take-out until patio dining arrangements are made. Pick-ups will be available from 4-8 p.m. with five per cent off on pre-orders for dinner before 2 p.m. People are asked to please visit their website, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook for the latest updates on patio dining.

For ordering, or more information about the Bayfield Tandoori House, please call 519 565-4089.

KickstarteR campaign supports comic with local connection 

Reburn2EliseMcCallCoverREBURN Issue #2 cover by Elise McCall. (Submitted photo)

Some village residents may have heard of REBURN, a creator-owned, full color, comic book by an all female creative team that came out in print recently and is now available for purchase at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield. Film Producer and Director, Jessica Petelle, who is no stranger to the community, was the comic’s producer and editor. In fact, the project came to fruition during the pandemic while she was living in Bayfield and she conducted all the work for the first issue remotely. After the success of the Kickstarter for Issue #1, the team dove into the production of Issue #2, now available for its second round on Kickstarter, Petelle would like to invite the community to join in to help the creative team further the project.

The Kickstarter was just launched last week and by the weekend the project was fully funded but further pledges are appreciated to assist in the project’s “stretch goals”. As Petelle explains, “Since we’re asking people to pledge to purchase the actual issues, the sky is the limit as to what we can do and it will only make the project better!”

Here is the link to the Kickstarter so that people can learn more about the project and if they choose to make a pledge: The campaign will end on Aug. 13th.

REBURN is a comic book series created by Award-Winning Filmmaker and Essayist Alyson Shelton with art from Elise McCall and Hilary Jenkins, and edited by Petelle.

The synopsis for the first issue, as shared on the REBURN website, is as follows:

“In the future, catastrophic floods hit our planet which leave behind massive destruction and a woman they name, May. Super-powered and ready to fight, she joins forces with a woman who calls herself Hope. Hope longs to create a place where differences no longer exist, where all people band together to become one, The Unity.

“Our story picks up years later. After fighting to help establish The Unity, people aren’t certain if May is dead or alive. Hope is well-established as the “servant and leader.” What was once a glorious ideal now controls all in the pursuit of power. Prism Industries and its CEO, Grey, provide Hope with the “protocols" -- a tranquilizer drug -- as well as a young army of soldiers bred from May’s super-powered DNA and any other tech necessary to keep the majority of its citizens peaceful and uncurious. Issue #1 sets off a series of events that gives the followers of the folk hero known as “Our Lady May” hope that the oppressive Unity can finally be destroyed.”

Due to the success of the first issue, REBURN Issue #2 has already been created and is all set for production upon completion of a successful Kickstarter. According to the website, fans will once again be able to follow their new heroine, May, as she steps forward to reclaim her life, find her daughters and begin to understand the scope of her legacy and powers. After being liberated by the Resistance, by Skye, Mercy and Forest, they take off on horseback to The Plains and into the lives of a whole new cast of allies, including the first appearance of Poppy, a character inspired by actress and filmmaker, Laura Vandervoort.

Those involved in the project have chosen to keep it independent for now, so without a publisher, the only way to purchase the second issue is through the Kickstarter. The first issue can also be purchased this way as well, in addition to at The Village Bookshop. This allows the team to use all of the funds raised to pay their artists fair wages, print at the most professional level, and start work on Issue #3. Stay tuned!

For even more about the project visit

Garden Club members keep village in bloom 

Although the Bayfield Garden Club's regular program of speakers and garden tours was impacted by COVID-19, members kept busy in 2021 with their community plantings. They planted floral containers which are now in full bloom at the entrances to Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield Community Centre, Bayfield Lion's Community Building, Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre, and the urns at the Bayfield Public Library. The community is no doubt indebted to Susan Beatty and the members of the Bayfield Garden Club for their ongoing efforts in keeping the village blooming!

IMG_2065Bayfield Community Centre (Submitted photos)  

IMG_2066Bayfield Community Centre  

IMG_2010Urn at Bayfield Public Library

Register for Bayfield Talent Search by August first  


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.

 Park prints nearly Half sold   

People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing 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 Rumour has it they are more than 50 per cent sold so anyone who was planning to purchase one (or four) should do so very soon. 


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.

ukulele Society 

The hills are alive, with the sound of music. Well, maybe...

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka BUS) is preparing to meet, in person again for the first time in 16 months. It’s an exciting time for the more than 80 members who have missed their weekly practices and frequent guest appearances at local events. But more than anything, it is the friendship and laughter that is missed.

The local group is always welcoming new members and those spending a week or two in the area. Although the ukuleles may be a little rusty, the energy will be electrifying. To come play, or just have a listen, members will begin meeting at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) from 10-11:30 a.m. starting July 24th. Please come prepared with sunscreen and a chair as there is limited seating in the gazebo.

“As we prepare for the future, we realize that we have outgrown the St. Andrew’s United Church basement, and so we have booked the Community Centre in Bayfield starting on Wednesday, Sept. 29th. Thanks to St. Andrew’s for being such a welcoming home in the past,” said Nancy Moore, representing the BUS. “Once we move indoors, we’re committed to doing everything possible to keep us all safe and healthy so members must be fully vaccinated (that’s both shots) in order to attend. More details to follow as we firm up plans for the fall so members should watch your email!”

Farmers' Market 


The summer market season is underway! From now to Aug. 27, the Bayfield Farmers' Market will host an in-person physical market in Clan Gregor Square on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. People can pick-up their online orders and browse both familiar and new vendors.

Shoppers should be aware that not all vendors will be available for both the online and in-person markets.

The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for  pick-up at the park. 

People can place their orders by visiting from July 18 at 8 a.m. until today, July 21, at 8 p.m. 

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. 

Lions' Club

hfza-wiYBrian O'Reilly (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite people to attend “4 Talks in the Park” on Fridays in Clan Gregor Square starting on July 23.

Brian O’Reilly, founder of Human Potential Plus, providing high performance internal psychology transformation coaching, with 35 years of private practice counselling, will be the guest speaker.

O’Reilly will tackle the following topics: Understanding Suicide, July 23; Creating Great Relationships, July 30; The Source of Unhappiness, Aug. 6; and The Secret of Staying in Love, Aug. 13.

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs to these evenings that will run from 7-8:30 p.m. 

Optimist Club 

“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”

This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.

As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."

The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at


Bayfield Guiding is organizing a First Aid Recertification Day on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Camp Klahanie, just south of Goderich. 

Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be offered for those who hold a current but soon to expire certificate. The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost for the course is $99 plus HST. There will also be a $10 charge to help with the cost of the camp rental.

Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up with a maximum of 10 participants. 

Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or to reserve a spot.

Ag Society 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Board of Directors has been meeting monthly and carefully following the updates from Huron Perth Public Health, OMAFRA and the province. They have determined that hosting the 165th annual summer fair is possible with the "post Step 3" guidelines under consideration. So, they are happy to advise the community that there is a 2021 Prize Fair Book on their Website (, and they will be adding to their schedule over the next five weeks as they prepare a variety of live and virtual events.

"Harvesting Memories and Planning the Future" is this year's theme for the Bayfield Community Fair weekend, Aug. 20-22.

“This year, we would like to invite non-profit community groups and service clubs to set up their own outdoor display tents as an opportunity to show community visitors how we are all working through COVID-times together,” said President of the BAS, Pam Stanley. “There will be no space rental charge, but we would ask that a "kid friendly" display be part of your information booth.”

Any group wishing an outdoor display space is asked to contact Stanley by phone at 519 482-9914 or by email at

Volunteers are also needed to help the fair run smoothly. Anyone who would like to give some time to the event is asked to contact Stanley using the information provided above.

Secretary wanted 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.

This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.

The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.

Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact

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!

BYC has two summer events remaining for 2021:

• 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


220286983_518140126073285_2483842377430749172_nLane (Submitted photo)  

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

Lane is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.

He is estimated to be between one year to 18 months old. He is a soft silver Tabbi. He is very handsome, with huge green eyes that are very expressive, making him a definite heartbreaker!

Lane got his name because he was found wandering in the Carriage Lane area of the village. He kept showing up around dinner time at a residence so the homeowners started feeding him. He kept hanging around and really wanted to come into the house but the family’s house cats were not impressed with that idea. The residents were, however, able to keep him in a kennel and looked after him until space opened at the Rescue.

Volunteers noted that upon arrival at the shelter, he was very shut down and very timid. He did not want to be touched and would cower in a corner of his kennel. He maintained a watchful eye and over time has become curious of his surroundings until one day he just started asking to be petted. Volunteers report that he is developing into a super sweet boy, who loves pets, head scratches, belly rubs and treats. He hasn’t had much exposure to the rest of the cats at the Rescue as volunteers are waiting for him to be less timid before he is introduced but he no longer appears to be overly afraid of his surroundings.

Could you be Lane's forever family? Anyone interested in adopting Lane 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.

Blue Bayfield

Editor’s Note: This is 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 it’s firefly season? For several weeks, usually between late June and early July, you can see bright yellow-green flashes of light in woodlands, fields and wetland areas. The light in the abdomen, caused by a chemical reaction, is used to attract a mate. Thousands of males fly around trying to impress the females. When the females choose their partner, she responds by twinkling at the male. After they mate, both adults die. Sadly, firefly populations are declining, probably due to habitat loss and pesticide use, and possibly due to light pollution.

What You Can Do…Avoid pesticides in your garden, consider adding a water feature (without fish) with lots of vegetation for fireflies to live, avoid cutting down trees and keep some areas of your garden unmowed—fireflies love tall grasses. Also, turn off as many lights as possible, as the darkness is what helps fireflies communicate with each other.




bayfiEld resident seeks nomination for Huron-bruce NDP

EF7C6FE084FF49B79E3D7C4962FA11F5Laurie Hazzard (Submitted photo)

Bayfield resident, former nurse, educator, and school administrator, Laurie Hazzard has undergone an intensive vetting process and has been accepted as a candidate for nomination by the New Democratic Party for the next provincial election.

Born in Wallaceburg, ON O, Hazzard graduated as a registered nurse in 1979. Her nursing experience includes two years at Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory, one year at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, and 10 years at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario (CHWO). Hazzard attended Western University where she obtained her Honours BA, MA in History, and Bachelor of Education, all while continuing her work at CHWO.

Hazzard taught at Seaforth District High School and eventually became vice-principal. In 1999, she was assigned to Distance Education and with a team of educators and IT professionals, created the first full-service, publicly-funded online secondary school in Ontario – the Avon Maitland Distance Education Centre (AMDEC). While principal of AMDEC, Hazzard was approached by the Ontario Ministry of Education in 2004 and invited to join a team tasked with establishing an eLearning strategy for the province.

Over the next 14 years, as an Education Officer with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Hazzard oversaw the development of K-12 digital resources for use in Ontario’s publicly-funded schools. She retired from the Ministry in 2019. With extensive experience in health care and education, Hazzard has a unique insight into the needs and challenges faced by all Ontarians—particularly in rural Ontario.

In retirement, Hazzard has been an active community member in Bayfield. She volunteers with the Home4Good Shopping Buddies program, sings with the Glee Sisters, and is an enthusiastic member of the Bayfield Ukulele Society. This past winter, Hazzard ran a ZOOM ukulele program for the Huron County Alzheimer’s Society.

In keeping with her passion about and commitment to environmental issues, Hazzard also worked with Blue Bayfield to digitize their book “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning”. Hazzard collaborated with Ontario teachers to create lesson plans for Grade 9 Science and Geography based on this booklet which is now online and available worldwide.

The Huron-Bruce NDP provincial nomination meeting will take place in September. More information may be found at or

Groundwater protection topic of latest Committee video 

Many people get their drinking water from an aquifer source. What does an aquifer look like? What is it and how does it work? What can contaminate it? The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC) has released its sixth video, in a recent series, to help provide answers to these questions.

Video host Jennette Walker, of Zurich, is an environment sector representative on the SPC. By using a groundwater model and colorful dyes she illustrates how aquifers work to provide drinking water. She also describes some of the common activities in the area that can cause contamination if not properly managed. These activities can include leaking underground fuel tanks, improperly applied manure and fertilizer, septic systems that aren’t regularly inspected, and abandoned wells or wells that are not properly sealed.

The new video is available at this link:

There have been more than 13,500 views of the first five videos in the series featuring representatives of the SPC. For all six videos in the series, visit the local source protection website at and click on the ‘video’ tab to get to this page:

The committee invites everyone to check out videos from all of these local drinking water source protection influencers:
• Matt Pearson, Chair – “Introduction to Source Protection Videos”
• Alyssa Keller, Public-at-Large – “Seaforth Well and Water Tower Tour”
• Rowland Howe, Industry – “Protecting Water at the Goderich Port”
• John Graham, Environment – “Goderich Water Treatment Plant Tour”
• Dave Frayne, Municipal – “Drinking Water Protection Zone Signs”
• Jennette Walker, Environment – “Protecting Groundwater in Our Aquifers”

Matt Pearson, chair of the SPC, said he is thrilled with the huge response the videos have had from the public.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had to think of another way to reach the people we represent,” he said. “Our committee members stepped up to the plate and offered their expertise to do videos that gave a behind-the-scenes look at many aspects of protecting our sources of drinking water in this region.”

The committee plans to release more videos in the next few months. The new groundwater video, and the previous five videos in the series, are on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel here: The videos are also on Facebook.

Order monarchs by mid-august to participate in release 

Property (10 of 15)The deadline to order a butterfly for the Fifth Annual Huron Hospice Butterfly release is Aug. 11. (Submitted photo)  

Huron Hospice will hold the Fifth Annual Huron Hospice Butterfly Release on Sunday, Aug. 29. The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation, and this ceremony has grown to become a much-anticipated experience for families and children across Huron County. It is a beautiful way to honor and remember the losses in the community and recognize the important work done by staff at the Hospice.

Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hospice team turned the in-person release into a wonderful virtual event. Families picked up their butterflies and released them at their own chosen locations that held special memories. A live stream ceremony was held at the entrance to the Memorial Forest, where the memorial names were honored. This year, there is still some uncertainty about gathering in large groups, so Huron Hospice has decided to repeat the virtual event this year. Plans are already in the works for a post COVID, in-person butterfly release for 2022.

"Families are encouraged to remember a loved one or a family friend and make a special day to remember their loved one by releasing a butterfly. With the release of the butterfly, people often feel close to their loved one or friend,” said Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster. “The journey of the butterfly is transformative. In a way, it is representative of how Huron Hospice brings together members of our community who are going through similar experiences.”

Having done his Master's degree on migration physiology, Jay Mcfarlan, who is also Huron Hospice Board Chair, assures all who participate that the release is safe.

“The International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) has done thorough research on butterfly releases and demonstrate that these events are safe if done correctly,” Mcfarlane said.

McFarlan noted that the IBBA assures:
• Captive butterflies retain their instinct to migrate, so relocation and release will not impact their ability to find resources and migrate during the appropriate season.
• Scientists have little evidence of any effect on the gene pool of wild populations after captive-bred butterflies have been released.
• Butterflies rarely die in shipping, and the IBBA has a “shipping policy” that breeders must follow to prevent such from happening.
• Captively raised butterflies do not introduce parasites into the wild population so long as the proper procedures are followed in raising the butterflies.

According to McFarlan, “There are many benefits of butterfly releases which include pollination of gardens, a decrease in the need for the use of insecticides, the opportunity to educate schools and other organizations in communities about butterflies and their importance in the promotion of wildlife and other natural resources. There is also the potential to spark an interest and appreciation of the entomology of the community.”

All are welcome to participate in this year's Butterfly Release on Sunday, Aug. 29th! On the day of the release, purchasers will pick up their butterfly at the Huron REACH Centre in Clinton between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Following personal releases, everyone is welcome to join Huron Hospice at 4 p.m. for the live stream on social media.

The cost of the butterfly is $30 and they can be purchased on or by email at The deadline for orders is Aug. 11th.


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:

Agricultural Societies Funding 

The Ontario government is providing $1.1 million in additional funding to offer continued support for the province’s agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by COVID-19.

The pandemic continues to place financial pressures on agricultural and horticultural societies across the province as many will be unable to hold their primary revenue-generating fairs and events again this year.

The government will provide up to $5,000 for each eligible agricultural society and up to $1,500 for each eligible horticultural society, equal to their 2019 grants. This is the latest investment from the provincial government to strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector, ensuring sustainability of agriculture and fostering vibrant rural economies. This latest funding follows the January 2021 investment of $5 million to help support agricultural and horticultural societies impacted by cancelled events in 2020.

“We recognize Ontario’s agricultural and horticultural societies play a significant role in our communities throughout the province and the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a negative impact on their local initiatives,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Lisa Thompson. “That financial impact continues to hurt these local organizations and while Ontario is in the midst of a safe reopening plan, our government is acting now to safeguard future projects and events.”

The funding will enable agricultural and horticultural societies to offset membership losses and revenue so they can continue to meet their immediate financial needs and work towards planning future events within health and safety guidelines.

The current grant program requires agricultural and horticultural societies to operate their fairs, events and activities in order to qualify for funding. This automatic one-time payment replaces the 2021 grant so that agriculture and horticultural societies can receive the grant without having to hold their traditional fair or complete their community projects.

“The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) is very grateful that OMAFRA has continued to show their support and confidence in our Agricultural Societies,” said President of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies, Beth Howell-Veraecke. “Their fairs and other local events engage and involve their communities while promoting agriculture and food awareness. We appreciate that OMAFRA understands our challenges during this pandemic and recognizes Agricultural Societies' value to their communities."

"On behalf of the Ontario Horticultural Association, its 270 societies with 22,000 members, I would like to thank the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for your continued support announced today,” said President of the Ontario Horticultural Association, Katharine Smyth. “Horticultural societies have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and this funding will go a long way to help us with our post pandemic recovery efforts.”

Agricultural and horticultural societies have played a central role in highlighting the importance of agriculture to life in Ontario for more than a century. Supporting this sector at this critical time will ensure that the long traditions and economic contributions of the societies will not be lost as the province recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.


Landowners in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops.

“If you have been thinking about trying cover crops, this is an excellent opportunity,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Hope Brock.

When the program is coupled with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project, agricultural producers in these watersheds can receive a total of $45 per acre thanks to the enhanced Cover Crop Boost Program. New this year is that a multi-species cover crop is no longer required if planted after corn or soybeans. Farmers planting one or more species after wheat are still eligible for the $30 per acre grant.

To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact Hope Brock by email at or Nathan Schoelier at, at ABCA, or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are July 31 and Aug. 31.

Cover crops have many benefits to the farmer and the community. They help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.

Anyone who might need some help to decide what to plant is asked to contact their local cover crop seed supplier,talk to their neighbor, or contact their certified crop advisor.

They may also want to use the cover crop decision tool here:

For Bayfield and Gully Watershed boundaries consult the Watershed Report Cards at

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. 



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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.

This week, we are sharing a few pieces of the agricultural equipment that comprise the Museum collection, just in time for wheat harvesting and haying season...

corn cutter   

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This is an old, cylinder-type, hand-powered corn cutter used to cut corn for livestock. The wooden chute is painted turquoise. The chute is where the corn is fed throught and into the cutting mechanism. The metal wheel on the side, which powers the cutter, is painted red and has a wooden handle, painted black. This wheel, in turn, powers a silver painted gear which turns the cutting mechanism. The cylinder on the back is painted silver. The marking on the cylinder reads: "D.C. CUMINGS PATENTED AUG. 7, 1855".



 mill stone   

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These are mill stones that were once used to grind grains into flour. The top stone has a large central hole to add grain that would be ground with two small holes opposite each other on the outside top edge. Interior of stone is flat and exterior is convex forming half a sphere.

Donald MacDonald brought these mill stones from his home in Rosshire, Scotland and brought them to Huron County when he immigrated in 1847 at the age of 29. The mill stones were later built into the wall of his house in 1896 on the 9th Concession of Ashfield Twp. In 1951, these mill stones were removed from the wall and donated to the Museum.




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jowett's grove once heart of summer traditions 


1Middleton/Jowett house, north shore

7Early 1900s postcards promoting Bayfield tourism

6  June picnic, turn-of-the-century Bayfield, 1906


View of the South Pier from “The Point”, 1907

10North beach below Jowett’s Grove, 1928  

3Picnic tables at “The Grove”, 1930s  

4View South from Jowett’s windmill, 1938  




For more than a century, summer visitors have admired Bayfield’s laidback charm and scenic views.

In 1861, Charles Middleton, an enterprising settler from Goderich Twp., purchased 22-acres of land along the north shore of the Bayfield River from Baroness De Tuyll. Middleton built a large, two-story house near the river and cleared the remaining land to farm, except for a strip of timber several hundred feet wide at the north end of his property. This same parcel of land today encompasses Deer Park, Harbour Lights and the Bayfield River flats.

With exceptional views of Lake Huron and the surrounding landscape, the north shore of Middleton’s property became an ideal spot for hosting family picnics and reunions. Middleton’s land was known affectionately as “The Point” by his relatives and friends.

Thomas Jowett purchased the site in 1888. With his son, William, he transformed it into a popular campground and picnic area, complete with picnic tables, a cookhouse, dance pavilion, speaker’s platform and confectionery booth. The picnic grove began operating for Orange Lodge celebrations and Sunday School picnics. These soon became summer highlights for Huron County residents. These day-long festivities usually involved sports competitions on land and water, softball games and lavish picnic suppers. For more than 90 years, the Jowett picnic grounds drew visitors from local hamlets and villages across Southwestern Ontario.

In 1893, Jowett also built the first of a dozen summer cottages along the river. Known as “The Grove” or “Jowett’s Cottages” for decades, renters arrived from cities and towns in Ontario and Michigan. It was not uncommon for tourists to lease a cabin for the entire summer season.
At the Brucefield train station, William Jowett and his horse and buggy regularly picked up cottagers who had travelled by train from Detroit and London.

William Jowett died at 83 in 1951, however, his family members continued to remodel and maintain the cabins and campground for visitors. Ethel Jowett Poth and her husband, Leroy, managed the property for many years. In the mid 1980s, the land was sold and redeveloped for Bayfield’s Harbour Lights subdivision.

NewspaperScan of newspaper advertisement found on page eight of the Clinton News-Record, dated July 2,1925.  

2Jowett’s Grove picnic, 1910  

11Visitor cabins along Bayfield River, 1937

12Summer rental cabins, 1937

8 Harbor view from Jowett Point

9View South from Jowett’s windmill, 1938  



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Skies before the storm...By Paul Klopp

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I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








Our great nephew turned 11 on Monday. On Saturday we celebrated with him in-person. There were presents, pizza and ice cream cake plus old-fashion games like kick the shoe, sack races and Hillybilly Horseshoes. Aunts, uncles and cousins, many who hadn’t interacted with each other since Christmas 2019, laughing and having fun together. We have been blessed with a number of little ones in the last five years and it was nice to finally interact with them again and witness their personalities emerging, because, well, some things just don’t translate on a ZOOM call.

Of course, our great nephew’s 10th birthday will always be remembered as the drive-by celebration that it was. It was a surprise. There he was standing outside in his PJs next to 10 inflatable candles on his grandparent’s lawn, watching as the cars, trucks and tractors drove down the dead-end street, drivers’ honking horns. He came up to the door of our car and I handed him his gift out the window. And then before the procession was quite finished, the skies opened up and the rain came down and we all went our separate ways.

He mailed us a thank you card and in it he expressed how he wished his party could have been in-person, how wonderful that due to the efforts of science, and family members getting vaccinated, we were able to make his wish come true just one year later. – Melody

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