Bookmark and Share   July 20, 2016   Vol. 8 Week 30 Issue 368

residents express concern over Loss of ACP services



So far it is 1,599*** to eight.

That is the number of people who have signed an online petition for keeping Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) active in Huron County plus the seven councilors that voted in favor of continuing the program to the eight that did not.

The voices of the citizens of Huron County may not have been heard in the council chambers on July 6th; when a motion was passed to end the program immediately. This came following a defeated motion that would have phased the program out over 30 years through natural attrition.

Since July 6th, social media has been a buzz with disbelief. The two members of the Municipality of Bluewater that sit on county council ended up on different sides of the vote. With Mayor Tyler Hessel in favor of maintaining the program and Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson supporting its discontinuation.

“ACP have been a topic at county council over the last year, on July 6 this issue came to a vote. Huron County will no longer be served with the ACP service,” said Hessel. “I did not support the changing of our service in this area. There is no question that things are getting costly, but health and safety are very important to me in Huron County. Our aging population is going to put on pressure for quicker and more advanced emergency support.”

Erica Clark, an epidemiologist who prepared a Huron health status report in 2013, said, “The Huron County population is aging. This indicates the demand for senior services will increase. The exodus of young adults from the county means there may be fewer family members to support aging relatives.”

Three years ago Clark found 55 per cent of the Huron population were two people living as a family.

“Some groups are more vulnerable to disease than others,” Clark explained. “Those over 65 years of age are more likely to have one chronic disease.”

Fergusson explained that he was a part of Huron County Council back in 2003 and at that time supported the implementation of the ACP program (that began in 2004). He cited that the reason the program was initiated was due to the rural nature of the county and longer call response times. The purpose of the proposal was to increase the skills of the paramedics responding to a call.

“This seemed reasonable to me at the time,” said Fergusson. “In reality this is not how the program is working. The ACP are working out of the urban bases such as Goderich or Exeter and not the outlying rural areas like Bluewater or Brussels.”

“I support emergency medical services where all residents of Bluewater have access to the same level of services not a two tiered system where all residents are not equal,” Fergusson added.

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4513) website, Huron County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employs14 ACP and employs 72 Primary Care Paramedics (PCP). The province mandates all paramedics be qualified as PCP. Huron County was one of 27 municipalities in Ontario that offered ACP to their citizens.

In Southwestern Ontario the following counties and regions Paramedic Services have ACP: Brant, Dufferin, Essex, Lambton, London-Middlesex, Guelph-Wellington, Niagara, Waterloo and Guelph.

In a statement posted on the CUPE website on June 29, Brad Watters, a spokesman for the union, said, “We are urging council to not let Huron County be the first municipality in Ontario to lower the standard of paramedical care and prevent ACP from saving lives in Huron County.” Watters also made a presentation to county council prior to the July 6th vote.

According to the Ontario Paramedic Association website, the ACP must have a minimum of two years of experience in the paramedic field before being able to qualify for training at the ACP level. The ACP program is an additional one-year in length. In addition, each ACP must successfully complete many mandatory and elective continuing medical education courses on an annual basis to maintain their qualifications and certifications.

In an article written by Shawn Loughlin, for ‘The Citizen’, “Huron East’s Bernie MacLellan said new information, passed on to council through a solicitor, was crucial to the decision being made. If Huron County were to eliminate the program through attrition, it would cost ratepayers $2.3 million until the final current ACP were to retire, as opposed to a cost of less than $600,000 to eliminate immediately. MacLellan said that those figures are in ‘today’s dollars’ and didn’t factor inflation into the equation, meaning the savings would likely be even higher over time.”

Watters, however, countered that the program saves lives and its elimination wouldn’t save the county much money. He said that according to his figures, if council were going to eliminate ACP through attrition, $90,000 would be saved over a 30-year period, amounting to savings of just under $3,000 annually while it would cost $1 million annually to put another ambulance on the road.

According to Fergusson, in 2014 after an independent review the decision was made to add an additional ambulance to the fleet in order to provide faster response times and transport patients to hospital emergency departments in a timely manner.

He went on to say that if none of the 14 ACP are off on holidays or sick time and all are available to work and worked their maximum number of hours they would cover half of the total weekly shifts.

“That leaves half the shifts with PCP. Adding more ACP was not an option identified by county staff,” said Fergusson. “It has taken 13 to 14 years to get to this staffing level so we would be supporting a broken system with no guarantee it would ever be corrected.”

Still is the system broken if you or a loved one is in need? This is a question asked by Bayfield resident, Olga Palmer.

“Do you know that sinking, scared feeling when suddenly someone you know and love is in a health crisis? Well, I do,” Palmer wrote in a letter to the Bayfield Breeze.

“I was busy doing some paperwork at our local church when the assistant at the local doctor’s office came running over to tell me my husband’s “just get the doc to check it out” visit turned out to be not so routine. Within a few minutes a team arrived from the ambulance service and quickly assessed the situation and stabilized him and then transported him to the hospital.

“Several of my friends have had the same type of experience with friends or family, and in more than one case, without the immediate care given by the ACP service, these people may not be alive.

“That’s right, dead. That’s why I get angry, because that’s how critical this is. There are many other places where financial cutbacks would not be life threatening but not this one.

“I’m asking that the Huron County Council reconsider their decision to make this life-threatening cut to this valuable service. It will have a direct impact to all of the citizens of Huron County.”

Those people of like mind are encouraged to sign the petition currently circulating through Facebook at

Dr. Sharon Viteli, of Bayfield, is also encouraging county council to reconsider its decision.

“The Advance Paramedics are the only ones who can administer pain medication, intubate and stabilize patients in order that they be transported without pain and with full support during transport to a hospital,” she explained in an email. “As individuals of ‘a certain age’ living in a rural area, we see this as a regressive step and one that threatens out future medical options.”

Any Bluewater residents who wish to discuss this issue further are invited to attend Councilor’s Corner this Thursday, July 21 as Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will open this topic up for discussion at his monthly public meeting to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m. Whetstone believes county council needed more public involvement and the municipal councils in Huron should have been asked for their opinion.

Shawn Loughlin, of ‘The Citizen’, interviewed Huron County Chief Administrative Officer Brenda Orchard in an interview after the council meeting, who stated that the county would lay off the ACP and offer them new positions as PCP. They will be given the appropriate notice as per the collective-bargaining agreement and will be able to choose whether or not they want to stay with Huron County as a PCP for less pay, while retaining their seniority, or if they’d rather move on to new opportunities.

A press release issued July 7 from the county and published in Issue 367 of the Bayfield Breeze said, “The total saving from the ACP program is expected to be $177,000 per year.”

***Current petition numbers as of going to "press" on Tuesday, July 19. 

Editor's Note: With files from Ken Larone. 

Slapshot classic just one fundraiser IN support OF arena 

The winners of the Slapshot Classic’s golden hockey stick were Brad Aiken, Greg Aiken, Brian Love and Brian Sowerby. (Submitted photos)  

On June 25 the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association held its third annual “Slapshot Golf Classic”.

The BACPA began more than years ago with a mission to market the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre in order to keep it open and provide recreational, social and physical programs to community members of all ages.

This mission is being met through fundraising events such as: The Slapshot Classic, Beer Wine & Food Festival, Cooking with Bones, 60 plus partners, grants and the generosity of individuals.

To date the BACPA has been able to raise just under $71,000.00.

“This total can know doubt be accentuated by the economical spin off for the local businesses and restaurants when these fundraisers are occurring,” commented Bill Whetstone.

These funds have helped start up new programs as well as enhance existing programs such as the Family Day Festival, Tyke Hockey Tournament, Lacrosse Clinic, Family Zumfit, Family Yoga, March Break Ice Madness, Christmas Ice Blitz and Public Skating.

The annual Toronto Maple Leaf “Good Try” award went to the team of: Brenda Edgar, Julie Hornsby, Karen Morrison and Mary-Ann Dunn.

They have also helped to subsidize costs for items like: change tables for the arena, Figure Skating, Power Skating, Huron Centennial School Field Day Skate, Kids Shinny Hockey, Kids Shinny Ball Hockey, Winterfest and the newest edition Girls Huron Heat Hockey Club.

Whetstone shared why he continues to push the BACPA mission, “Sometimes I sit back and wonder why I continue the fight to keep our facility open and a place for all ages. Well I was reminded why again just the other day once. Recently the BACAP held a lacrosse clinic that I organized. I had a call from someone who told me a story about a friend of hers whose family is facing some tough times. The children loved playing Lacrosse but were unable to attend the camp as the funds weren’t currently available. So without hesitation the BACAP covered all costs of this clinic…this is why we all do what we do.”

The BACPA will be reviewing setting up a confidential email where people can write for help in attending any events regardless of age.

The winners of the Slapshot Classic’s golden hockey stick were Brad Aiken,
Greg Aiken, Brian Love and Brian Sowerby.

As this tournament is always about fun the annual Toronto Maple Leaf “Good Try” award went to the team of: Brenda Egbers, Julie Hornsby, Karen Morrison and Mary-Ann Dunn.

The organizers are grateful to the tournament sponsors: Stone House Brewing, Bluewater Golf Course, Copenhagens, New Orleans Pizza, Remax Reality, Bayfield Garage, ADS, MacLeans Brewer, Cornerstone Construction, Ak Resourcing, Bayfield Kincardine Hearing Clinic and Bayfield Foodland.

Toronto rock pro instructs tHirty children in Lacrosse 

Former Toronto Rock Pro Star Drew Candy instructed thirty youngsters in the sport of Lacrosse at the second annual clinic held in the Bayfield Arena and organized by the BACPA. (Submitted photo)  

On June 18-19, the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) held their second annual Lacrosse Clinic. This year's clinic was another great success with approximately 30 kids attending over the two days from all over the county.

Former Toronto Rock Pro Star Drew Candy instructed. This clinic is designed for both current players and anyone who had an interest in picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time. The hope is that enough interest is generated to establish teams in the Municipality of Bluewater and area.

Through a grant from the Huron Healthy Kids Challenge and the partnership between BACPA and National Sports, every participant was fitted with all required equipment without any cost to parents.

Every participant came off the floor learning something new, creating new friends and a love for a new sport in the Bluewater area.

The BACPA in partnership with the Toronto Rock are discussing a plan where they can help develop and grow the game in the summer. Stay tuned!

Thanks to Drew Candy, National Sports and all parents and participants for taking part.

For more information on future clinics or the Lacrosse Plan contact Bill Whetstone 519 955-0682.

Dry conditions stressing stream and river flows 

Late-spring rainfall totals across the entire Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed area have been below normal, resulting in extremely dry conditions and stressed flows in local streams and rivers. This has prompted the ABCA Water Response Team (WRT) to issue a Level 1 Low Water Advisory.

The WRT relies on both precipitation and stream flow indicators to support any decision to move into a Low Water Advisory. Based on the three-month precipitation indicator for low water advisories, indicator stations show the entire watershed is below the low-water threshold of 80 per cent of the normal three-month precipitation.

The prolonged period of below-normal precipitation patterns has had an impact on stream flow and water availability, according to Lands and Water Technologist, Davin Heinbuck at ABCA. With recent rainfall, stream flow saw some improvement but has returned quickly back to low levels.

“If a dry weather pattern continues, a recovery of the already stressed watershed will become more difficult as we move through the summer,” he said. “Even if normal precipitation patterns return, the watershed’s ability to rebound has been reduced.”

Plant and crop cover, combined with temperature increases through the summer, means that less rainfall will become available to stream flow, according to Heinbuck.

In some areas, water availability in streams is vitally important to sustaining crops through very dry periods, if the resource is available. The focus should be on sustaining water availability through responsible management and conservation of the water resource, according to the WRT.

“Everyone has a role to play in this,” said Water Response Team Chair Mike Tam.

He tells water users it is extremely important to continue their water conservation efforts to prevent further reduction in water levels and availability through the summer.

“Because we are in a Level 1 Low Water Advisory condition, we are encouraging water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 per cent,” Tam said.

If dry conditions persist through July, it may be necessary for the WRT to consider moving into a Level 2 Condition in August and consider further water use reductions and management considerations.

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low water conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries, agriculture and vegetable growers, and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial ministries (such as Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change).

ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

S.H.A.R.E. to be highlighted at Fair church service 

In what is becoming an annual tradition of the Bayfield Community Fair, local churches will join under the fairgrounds tent on Sunday morning, Aug. 21 to worship together while also learning about and offering support to a local charitable group that supports agricultural related initiatives.

This year’s service takes place at 10:00 a.m. and will be led by representatives of Knox Presbyterian, Trinity & St. James Anglican, St. Andrew’s United and The Church on the Way. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Special music is being arranged that will include soloists and a community choir.

Each year organizers invite a guest speaker from a local charity that is somehow relevant to the agricultural theme of the fair. This year, Marg and Les Frayne will tell of their stories and experiences working with S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation. S.H.A.R.E., which stands for “Sending Help And Resources Everywhere”, is based out of Caledon but works to help isolated farming communities, particularly in Central and South America. They work on developing sustainable projects that will improve quality of life for impoverished farmers in these areas – with a mandate of offering ‘A hand up’ rather than ‘A hand-out.’ Past projects have included building more efficient and environmentally friendly cook-stoves. These stoves not only alleviate family health problems but also free up time for women to improve their literacy rather than tending cooking fires all day.

S.H.A.R.E. also provides training in subsistence farming techniques, livestock management and soil protection that helps farmers improve crops and livelihoods. They offer workshops in storing feed, marketing to restaurants and improving growing conditions. They also hold conferences to train students and share resources. In addition to providing funding, guiding and expertise, they also provide struggling farmers with fruit trees and livestock - chicks, rabbits and, no kidding - goats, which fits in well with this year’s Fair theme.

A freewill offering will support the work of this charity, but local church members are also invited to bring their regular Sunday offering envelopes in support of their own church.

This outdoor community service has been well received for the past two years as neighbors enjoy coming out to worship with neighbors, while also participating in helping out our global neighbors. The collaborative nature of this event reflects the way God’s spirit is indeed at work in the community of Bayfield!

For more information please contact Rev. Elise Feltrin at St. Andrew’s United Church, 519 565-2854.

Blyth based  Creativity centre receIves County support 

At their July session, Huron County Council approved up to $500,000 in new funding for the development of the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity - an arts and innovation hub that will address issues facing rural communities and accelerate economic growth and social renewal across the county and beyond.

“The Board and staff of Blyth Arts & Cultural Initiative 14/19 are delighted about this new partnership with the County of Huron,” said Director of Operations, Karen Stewart. “Arts and culture are not only vital to increasing the quality of life in our communities, but they offer a significant return on investment, too.”

The Ontario Arts Council released a report last year stating that for every dollar spent in the cultural sector there is a $12 return to the community. The Department of Rural Development at the University of Guelph reports that the rural cultural sector grew by 22 per cent between 1996 and 2006, and it continues to grow faster than total rural employment in Canada. The same report forecasts that growth in the rural cultural sector will continue between 2013 and 2025 at a rate of 2.6 per cent per year.

“This funding aligns with Huron County's Economic Development Strategic Plan goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors - Tourism, Culture & Art, post-secondary Education, Agriculture, Retail and Information Technology,” said Warden Paul Gowing. “The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity’s four flagship programs, which include Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles (FACTS), New Media, Theatre Arts and Rural Voice/Rural Policy, will help local industries adapt to the new economy while honoring our culture and heritage.”

The funding will flow from the county’s economic development budget and will be received over five years.

“The Huron County investment is an important key to our success,” Stewart added. “Meaningful community involvement and local partnerships not only help us to leverage federal support, but also make this a true Canadian effort and one not just for today but something that can be passed on to the next generation.”

For more information visit



Approximately 900 people braved the weather to enjoy a hearty breakfast served up by the members and friends of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department.

Mother Nature wasn’t sure whether she wanted the day to be cool or warm, wet or dry, but no matter the firefighters persevered serving up countless over easy eggs, pancakes, toast and the most amazing bacon and sausage!

The Bayfield Firefighters and volunteers executed cooking drills on the morning of July 9th instead of fire drills as they served breakfast to a hungry crowd. Those visible working the line were Joel Paakkunainen, Paul Egbers, Tim Hoover, Nathan McBride and volunteer Jorge Parejo.  

Cloudy skies, cool temps and a few drops of rain didn't prevent 900 people from lining up for the annual Bayfield Firemen's Breakfast.  

The day wasn't sunny but the egg yolks sure were!  

Volunteers and firefighters were kept busy cooking, serving and cleaning up during the breakfast held in the Bayfield Fire Hall on the morning of July 9.  

Alex Curtis, of Bayfield, was suitably attired for attendance at the Firemen's Breakfast.



the roles PCp & Acp play in an emergency

There is no doubt that both the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) have important roles to play in an emergency but what are the differences in the level of care they can provide? The answers can be found on the Ontario Paramedic Association website.

A PCP provides:
• Emergency patient care
• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
• Patient immobilization and extrication
• Oxygen therapy
• Basic trauma life support
• Patient transport
• Crisis management
• Triage
• Patient advocacy

The PCP skill set includes:
• Semi-automatic defibrillation
• Blood glucose testing
• Intra-muscular injections
• 12-Lead ECG acquisition
• Pulse oxymetry monitoring
• Administration of symptom relief medications: acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). epinephrine, glucagon, glucose gel, nitroglycerine spray and salbutamol

An ACP can do all-of-the-above plus work with:
• Advanced airway management equipment
• Oorotracheal and nasotracheal intubation equipment
• Lighted stylet intubation equipment
• Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)
• Orogastric and nasogastric tubes
• SPO2 monitoring
• Side stream ETCO2 monitoring (capnography and capnometry)
• Mechanical ventilation
• Laryngoscopy and removal of foreign body obstruction using MacGill forceps
• Intravenous therapy
• Pharmaceutical therapy
• 12 lead ECG interpretation
• Needle thoracostomy
• Chest tube monitoring
• Intraosseous and external jugular IV starts
• Manual defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion and external transcutaneous cardiac pacing
• Treatment of cardiac emergencies according to Heart & Stroke Foundation Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines
• Administration of the following emergency medications: Adenosine, ASA, Atropine, Dextrose, Diazepam, Dimenhydrinate, Diphenhydramine, Dopamine, Epinephrine, Fentanyl, Furosemide, Glucagon, Lidocaine, Morphine, Naloxone, Nitroglycerine, Salbutamol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Midazolam and other medications (drug list may vary from one service to another)

Pioneer park 

The Pioneer Park Association wishes to thank the many volunteers who helped this past July 8th to make the 69th Annual Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Rummage Sale the continued success it is.

Thank you to those who helped set up and organized the Quonset Hut (Q Hut). Thanks to the conveners and individual table workers who made each and every table a work of art. Thanks to the volunteers who donated time and trucks to pick up the hundreds of boxes at the Q Hut and haul them to the arena. Thanks to the arena staff for their generous assistance in helping us get set up, providing tables when we needed extra and being there during the storm! Thanks to the Gemeinhardt family and crew who once again assisted with the arena clean up after the sale.

“We are grateful to all of you, from near and far, who came and supported the rummage sale by purchasing our many “treasures”. It takes a village to support a beautiful little park on the shores of Lake Huron and once again this was very evident as it all came together for the 69th time,” said Pattie MacDonald, a representative with the PPA. “It is always an amazing sight to see over 100 volunteers on the arena floor Thursday and Friday mornings working so industrially to get us ready for the 7 p.m. sale. Your hard work will assist us in continuing to provide the most wonderful spot to watch our spectacular sunsets, to picnic, to enjoy our beach or just to stroll through and marvel at the overall beauty of Pioneer Park. Thank you so very, very much!”

The Pioneer Park Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. in Pioneer Park. All are most welcome to attend but must be a member to vote on park business. For information on becoming a member please visit website:

Historical Society

Arnold Mathers, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), July 25.

Mathers spent his early years on a farm in the north part of Huron County. He became a teacher and was principal of Huron Centennial School at Brucefield for eighteen years. He spent the last ten years of his educational career as Superintendent for the Huron County Board of Education.

He never got very far away from his farming roots. Along with a farming partner and his wife and children they farmed 300 acres. They raised beef cattle, cash cropped and grew and sold Christmas trees.

The author began writing stories during his retirement and has published three family genealogies and two books of humorous short stories. Thirty-seven of his stories have been published in the Rural Voice magazine. Mather’s and his wife, Ila, live in Exeter and spend some of their time in their 160 year-old log house on their tree farm near Wingham. His latest book is “Homemade and Hand-Me-Downs”.

The meeting shall be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

This would also be a great time to ensure that your BAS membership is up to date. If you are not sure, please email so they can check their records.


On July 26, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting a hike perfect for Moms, Pops and Tots in Strollers.

Starting at 9 a.m. on the Taylor Trail near Varna this is a new hike to encourage and make young parents aware of the hiking trails available in our county. Melissa Prout, of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, will be involved with this hike and will organize a nature scavenger hunt/bingo for participants.

The Taylor Trail is an interesting and varied trail on hard surface with compacted gravel so that individuals with young children, with or without strollers, can experience the joy of a stroll in the woods. The gentle slopes and variety of landscapes will delight trail users of all ages. This hike offers natures best to young and old alike. The trail is 1 KM long; difficulty is level 1 and the hike should take approximately one hour. Trail starts at Stanley Recreation Complex, 1.6 KMs West of the Village of Varna on County Road 3. Parking is available.

The hike leader will be Carol Powadiuk, 519 565-4120.

Celtic Concert 

Due to a special arrangement with the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, we are able to see one of their award winning acts here in Bayfield each year, hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) . This year, the village Celtic Concert will take place on Aug. 1, the Civic Holiday Monday, and features “Cupola:Ward”, from Derby in England.

Cupola comprises Oli Matthews, Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews add the fine talents of Lucy Ward (2012 Horizon Award Winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) and “Cupola:Ward” was born. This composition has resulted in a vibrant collaboration of music and song. Cupola’s fine instrumental arrangements and vocal harmonies provide the perfect backdrop for Ward’s songs and strong delivery. All are encouraged to come out and enjoy this dynamic quartet.

“Cupola:Ward went down a storm at Gower Folk Festival – their brilliant musicianship, beautiful close harmonies and total love of what they do made for a superb set and with the addition of the totally stunning Ms. Ward you can’t get better!” said Artistic Director Gower Folk Festival, Joy Toole.

Tickets are $20 and the annual Bayfield Celtic Concert usually sells out, so besure to get yours early. Call Sue, 519 565-2551 or Pat, 519565-5340, visit Ernie King in Goderich or use Ticketscene. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this memorable event.

wild west fest 

Saddle on up and ride on in to Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy on July 22 for their Wild West Fest.

This western themed extravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and feature a savings stampede of 15 per cent off almost all over the counter purchases. Cowboys and cowgirls will also have the opportunity to test drive mobility scooters.

There will be free loot bags, snacks and refreshments as well as a silent auction to benefit the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation.

Ya’all welcome!


The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is inviting the community to come and enjoy a delicious fish dinner with them on July 30 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Meal service will run from 4:30-7 p.m. Fresh Whitefish is the main event with accompanying baked potato, two salads and roll. As usual there will be freshly made tartar sauce. Dessert features include assorted homemade pies, squares and cookies.

Eat in or take-out Tickets are available now by calling Bettylou at 519 565-4770. Cost is $18 per adult and $10 for children 12 and under.


The 31st Annual Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale will be held on Aug. 5-7 at the Bayfield Arena. It is a fundraiser for Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield.

The dealers love the show and bring beautiful antiques and collectibles, big and small, to suit every taste and pocketbook. The arena will be filled with an impressive array of quality antiques and collectibles such as Canadiana, furniture, books, porcelain, silver, estate and costume jewelry and antique toys.

The Gala Evening Opening Celebration is set for Friday from 6-9 p.m. This evening will include refreshments and live entertainment. Guests can meet the vendors, chat, browse, and buy a unique item for their collection. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available now from church members until the Thursday prior to the show at 5 p.m.

The show will then run Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these times the church runs a café offering sandwiches, tea, coffee and delicious sweets – so visitors never have to worry about going hungry while shopping. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 per person.

For gala tickets or more information call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or Trinity at 519 565-2790 or visit

agricultural society 

All across Ontario communities celebrate rural life at their local fairs. Approximately one month from now the smells of ribs, the sounds and sights of a parade, the splashes at the dunk tank, the sounds of music, the noises from many animals, children playing, and the fair competitions mesh together during the annual community fair at Bayfield from Aug. 19-21.

The Rib Fest will again be Friday night with four people preparing ribs with different flavors to suit a variety of taste. Cait’s Kitchen and Pat and Kevin’s on the Square, both from Goderich, are new folks to the Rib Fest with some distinctive sauce flavors that will appeal to many of the ribs crowd. Devin Tabor, for Bon Vivant, and Brian Garnet, of Let the Flames Begin, will also be returning to provide their usual version of tasty ribs. The price for a half rack has been reduced this year to $18 and this year full racks will be sold for $26. The meal will consist of the ribs, a cob of locally sourced corn, coleslaw, and a drink. Samples of the ribs will sell for $2. The changes this year reflect the suggestions that were provided after last year’s fest. Advanced sale of tickets has not been finalized but will be on the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s (BAS) website.

This year music will soothe the palate and soul of all those at the Rib Fest. “Odd Soul Collective” is a group of musicians from the Exeter area and will perform soul music until 9 p.m.

Friday evening this year will be capped with fireworks to celebrate the fair’s 160th anniversary. The BAS, the fire department, and the company setting off the fireworks have met to ensure that safety is well attended to. Anyone seated or standing near the tent or stage area will have excellent viewing points for the show that will start at 9 p.m. This non-stop show will take up to ten minutes in length. Fireworks have not been held in Bayfield for many years and if any businesses wished to help sponsor the show, contact the BAS at

Marching bands, floats, and all the other attractions for the annual fair parade are being booked now. Everyone looks forward to the floats that organizations, parks, and neighborhoods put together. The floats speak to the feeling of being involved in this heritage community. Those wishing to be part of the parade should contact Bill Whetstone or Ron Keys at

Volunteers for setting up and taking things down after the fair are being organized already. There is a special need for people who would like to look after inflatable activities on Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. and games that are being set up for the children to play on Saturday and Sunday for a couple of hours. Interested volunteers should leave their names, phone number, and area of interest at


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library on Aug. 20-21.

Book lovers are invited to pay what they can with all proceeds going to the library and community. The hours for the sale are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gently used books, puzzles and games can be donated to the sale. These can be dropped off at the library from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 16-17.

Commercial book dealers are asked to wait until 1 p.m. on Sunday before purchasing.

Members of the FOBL have an opportunity for an advanced preview and purchase of books on Aug. 19 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone who is not yet a member can purchase a life time membership for a $5 fee.

Beach Butt Cleanup 

Pictured are local volunteers who participated in the Grand Bend beach cleanup on July 5 where over 4,200 cigarette butts were picked up.(Submitted photo)  

The Huron County Health Unit is calling for help to clean up cigarette butts on beaches.

Volunteers are needed for an upcoming beach cleanup that will raise awareness about the negative impacts that cigarette butt litter has on our environment. The clean-up will take place at the Goderich Main Beach on Aug. 2 from 5-6:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for youth groups, sports teams and other members of the community to learn something new and make our communities cleaner, healthier places to live and play,” says Huron County Health Unit Public Health Promotion Student, Michael Roy. “Volunteers will work together to collect cigarette butts along the beach.”

An average of 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year and never completely decompose. Over 4,200 butts were collected at the Grand Bend beach during a recent butt cleanup, held on July 5.

“These littered butts can leach harmful chemicals into our waterways and soil,” explained Roy. “Cigarette butts have also been found in the stomachs of fish and birds, and they are toxic when ingested by young children or pets.”

If you are interested in volunteering for a few hours for the beach cleanups, contact Roy at 519 482-3416 Ex. 2031 or

Behind the Bars

Behind the Bars, the popular summer evening tours at the Huron Historic Gaol, are returning on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from now until Aug. 25 in Goderich. Visitors will have the chance to meet and interact with volunteers portraying real inmates and staff members from the Gaol’s past as they explore this National Historic Site.

Experience the true stories of the Huron Historic Gaol, as told by the prisoners and staff that lived, worked, and died there between the years of 1841 and 1913. Meet some of the lunatics, thieves and vagrants that occupied the cells at 181 Victoria St. N, and ask them about their time Behind the Bars!

Behind the Bars is a self-guided tour, where guests will learn about life at the Gaol from long time matron Mrs. Margaret Dickson, and Turnkey Robert Henderson. Meet Dr. Shannon, the surgeon who worked on-call at the Gaol for almost 20 years. Hear the story of James Donnelly, accused of squatting on Canada Company land, who turned himself in on the charge of murder. Talk to Phoebe, a young employee at the Union Hotel in Stratford, committed for leaving service without permission. Find out how one woman escaped from the London Asylum, and hear the story of another who spent one day at the Gaol for drunkenness. Plan your escape route over the Gaol walls!

Special admission for this event is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family (prices include tax). Children under 5 are free.

The Huron Historic Gaol operated as a county jail from 1841 until 1972, and is now a designated National Historic Site. Look for the large road sign on Highway 21.

Visiting hours for Behind the Bars are 7-9 p.m. (last entry 8 p.m.) Visitors are encouraged to leave themselves at least 45 minutes to meet as many faces of the Gaol as possible. The Gaol’s regular hours are Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-4:30p.m. and Sundays 1p.m.-4:30 p.m.

To find out more about Behind the Bars, and other summer activities at the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol, visit their website at, or find them on social media:

Poppy Making

A group made up of local heritage representatives is looking to commemorate those lost in the First World War from Huron County with a community art project this fall. The project would see approximately 550 ceramic poppies, one for each life lost from Huron County in World War I, installed in front of the Goderich cenotaph. The poppies will stay in place from the end of September to early November 2016 as part of events marking the 100th Anniversary of the 161st Battalion shipping out to serve in the First World War.

The project is based on the 2014 art installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London in England. The art installation marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War and included 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one representing a British military fatality during the war.

In order to make the 550 ceramic poppies needed for Huron County, the group is reaching out to everyone in the community to come help make poppies at workshop sessions throughout the month of July. No previous experience or special skills necessary, instructors will walk you through the process.

Poppy making workshop dates are: July 20, July 27 and July 29.

All session run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take place at the former Holmesville Public School, 670 Cut Line Road, Holmesville. Please note that participants should bring appropriate work clothes, a lunch or snacks and water. Children, under 16 years old, must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for a session please contact Kelly Greig at the Huron County Library or 519-482-5457 ext. 2291. Find out more at









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Southern Ontario Thunderbird Association

The tops were down and the hoods up 

The Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club celebrated its 37th year with the car show in the park.

This 1966 Thunderbird owned by John Horn was on display at the 19th annual SOTA Thunderbird Car Show held in Clan Gregor Square on July 10.

IMG_5724The weather was perfect to display what was under the hood of these beauties. 


The Vettes cleared out of Clan Gregor Square and the weather cleared up just in time for the Thunderbirds to roll in on Sunday, July 10 as the Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club held their 19th annual gathering under the shade trees in the park.

Club members welcomed all Thunderbird enthusiasts (members or otherwise) to celebrate their 37 years of existence.

D.J. Ken Chapman played the hits of the Thunderbird golden era. There were door prizes, food and great fun for Thunderbird enthusiasts of all ages.

The hubcaps on this 1957 T-Bird Convertible were gleaming. The car is owned by Chuck Campbell of Stratford.

Visitors to Bayfield always seem to enjoy the Thunderbird Car Show strolling under the shade trees, looking at the classic vehicles and listening to the tunes inspired by the golden era of these fine automobiles.  






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The folks who gathered along the piers and the cliff bank to enjoy a beautiful Bayfield sunset on Saturday night, July 16, got an added bonus as the weather cooperated for the second annual Water Parade.

The lake was filled with lights both of the twinkling and the disco variety – and rumor has it that a few pirates were even on parade.

The Village of Bayfield invited owners of boats of all description, be they yacht or canoe, to drape their vessels in lights and decorations and set sail just before sunset along the shoreline. And they obliged – yes, even a canoeist!

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Don't just look West..., By Vreni Beeler

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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


On Sunday afternoon I sat poolside watching my great nephew and young friends enjoy games of pool volleyball as well as a cannonball competition in honor of his sixth birthday.

Three times I smacked my left elbow on the metal arm of my lounge chair. The third time was the charm as it suddenly dawned on me that the little twinge of pain that surged up my arm was a reminder that it was the 11th anniversary, to the day, of what was hopefully my one and only ride in an ambulance.

On July 17, 2005 I missed a step at the top of our 15 stair steps and took flight landing on the tile at the bottom with my arms up to protect my head. My left ulna took the brunt of it and shattered. It was repaired several days later with a titanium rod and nine large screws and so began a year of self-applauded milestones and physical therapy and so much love and support from coworkers, family and friends.

The ambulance arrived and the paramedics went to work strapping me to a board and taking me to the hospital. In fact the most painful part of the incident was having my head taped to the board as every time the ambulance turned my hair was pulled. But that is a first world problem really.

I am grateful to the paramedics who got me safely to the hospital in a timely fashion. I am grateful to the one that carried on a conversation with me in the vehicle as we rode up the highway, luckily I didn’t suffer a concussion.

My accident wasn’t as serious as many of the traumas they have to deal with but I knew I was just as important as anyone else who had been ushered into an ambulance. This week my anniversary falls at a time when the level of service needed from Huron County paramedics has come into question and from the prompting of many of our subscribers I sought to give you more opinions and details on the matter.

What is my individual opinion? It is the voices of the citizens of Huron County that matters. Every time I hear the siren as the ambulance moves along the nearby highway my heart goes out to the person or persons in need no matter the level of care required and know that they will be in good hands as I was that day so many years ago. – Melody


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