Bookmark and Share   July 27, 2016   Vol. 8 Week 31 Issue 369



Starting at 10 a.m. on July 24, a pilgrim hike was led by hike leaders from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) to mark St. James Day.  

Chris Bowers, of Bayfield, and a BRVTA member, was one of the hike leaders on Sunday's pilgrimage along the Woodland Trail.

On Sunday, July 24, a pilgrim hike was led by hike leaders from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) to mark St. James Day. The Camino Pilgrims, of London, were guests on the Woodland Trail. There were 25 hikers present to enjoy the 6 KM hike.

Members from the London group have either hiked one or more of the routes on the Camino de Santiago or have future plans to do so. This pilgrimage can be very powerful for those who chose to take the plunge and challenge themselves both physically and spiritually. There are about a dozen different routes that can be taken to get to the Cathedral de Compostela in Santiago.

Following the hike, everyone was invited to John and Ana Thompson’s house to enjoy a bowl of Spanish soup and bread. After filling up with soup it was time for another walk, since that is what pilgrims love to do. This was a shorter walk, a yellow arrow walk, through town with a stop at Trinity Anglican Church for well wishes to past and future pilgrims. This was followed by lemonade at Pat McDougall and Sheila Sully’s place. The walk ended again at the Thompson home where the pilgrims were treated with an amazing potluck feast. All enjoyed many stories and inspirational words.

A St. James Day tradition.  

Following the hike, everyone was invited to John and Ana Thompson’s house to enjoy a bowl of Spanish soup and bread.  

The Camino Pilgrims, of London, were guests on the Woodland Trail. There were 25 hikers present to enjoy the 6 KM hike.  

advanced care paramedics topic of councilor's corner



Thirty people attended Councilor’s Corner at the Bayfield Community Centre on the evening of July 21 and all seemed to agree that the immediate cancellation of the services of Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) by Huron County Council was in direct contradiction to what Bayfield citizens believe makes a healthy community.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone used his regular monthly meeting as an opportunity to dialogue on the cancelation and the implications for residents of the village as well as the county as a whole. He was pleased to see that not only Bayfield residents were in attendance but also people from the outlying rural areas of Bluewater.

Representatives were present from Bayfield’s Home 4 Good Committee. This group has been working to find ways to keep seniors in their own homes in Bayfield for as long as possible. There was also representation from the CUPE union that represents the county paramedics. In addition there were people in the audience that may not have survived life-threatening situations without the assistance of an ACP.

Whetstone noted that at the last meeting of Bluewater Council he requested that the council members at the table take a closer look at the county decision and discuss, council agreed to do so. It is expected to be on the agenda of the next meeting of Bluewater Council to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex. He is encouraging both individuals and organizations that aren’t in favor of the cancelation to present as delegations to municipal council. He also suggested forming delegations to present at county council as well.

In addition, he encouraged concerned citizens and groups to write letters expressing their views to all members of the Bluewater Council as well as the CAO Kyle Pratt ( and to also write a letter to the CAO of Huron County, Brenda Orchard.

The petition against the cancelation of services started online continues to circulate on social media and those who wish to sign it can find it here:

Since this July 21st meeting, Home 4 Good has asked Bluewater Council to take leadership in getting Huron Council’s decision reversed. The members of Home 4 Good believe that the public across the county should have been asked before Huron County Council cancelled this service.

A press release from the county published in Issue 367 of the Bayfield Breeze noted, “Following a program review, Huron County Council voted to discontinue the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Program effective immediately within the terms of the collective agreement. The total savings from the ACP Program is expected to be $177,000 per year, which will be reallocated to the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program. The vote occurred at the eighth session of County Council on July 6th.”

Since that press release was published many in the community have voiced their concern and this prompted Whetstone to make the issue the topic of Councilor’s Corner. He shared this figure with those in attendance and broke it down per resident. However, Cupe National Servicing Representative, Brian Humphrey, assigned to Cupe Local 4153 (Paramedics), noted that this figure included the 50 per cent funding provided for the service by the province.

“Basically although the actual figure may be lower if we use the $177,000 per year as the costs for 2016 and of that, take out the 50 per cent funding provided by the Province. That leaves a cost to Huron County residents of $88,500 per year to run the ACP program. Given the most recent census data from 2011 has a population of 59,100 residents in Huron County, we divide the number of residents into the cost and that provides a cost of $1.50 per Huron County resident per year,” said Humphrey.

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 4513) website, Huron County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employs 14 ACP and employs 72 Primary Care Paramedics (PCP). Forty of these PCP are full-time the remainder part-time. The province mandates all paramedics be qualified as PCP.

Many people at the meeting wanted clarification of just how the county emergency services work citing that its cancelation occurred because not all county residents have equal service.

Humphrey explained, “All calls are dispatched through an emergency dispatch service in London, ON. A dispatcher receives a call and details then determines what service and expertise is required for the call. For example, they may need to roll Fire and EMS, one truck, two trucks etc. But they also can determine if a PCP is required or an ACP or both. This coordination of dispatching is efficient and sends the right emergency service for the calls received. However, if a PCP rolls to a scene and needs the assistance of an ACP they can call for the closest one to attend the scene or meet them on route in transport, where the ACP hops in the ambulance and takes over the life supports required.”

Other comments made at the meeting questioned whether seniors would reconsider retiring to Bayfield and area if the services of ACP were no longer provided or if they would instead choose to live places with easier hospital access.

It was also noted that the loss of the ACP service may prevent Huron from attracting young people who wish to work in the field from coming to work here, or staying here, as there will be no place to advance in their career.

“Unfortunately, once Huron County eliminates the ACP service, work as an ACP and the required training is no longer available to any young person who has or may wish to become an ACP. The problem with this is the required training and certification can't be maintained under these circumstances, therefore they would have to move to a municipality that provides this service to its residents,” said Humphrey.

The ACP service in Huron County will end on Dec. 31, 2016.

Pioneer Park is the place to be this long weekend 

Pioneer Park will be a very active place on the Civic Holiday Weekend with singers, artists and runners all converging on this lakeside green space.

The Lakeview Mennonite Church choir will be raising their voices in song as the sunset approaches starting at 8:15 p.m. until the sun goes down on Friday, July 29.

Then on Saturday evening, July 30 starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a two-hour art session as staff from Kryart Studios of Bayfield will head to the park with everything inspiring artists need to paint a beautiful Lake Huron sunset.

On Sunday, July 31st as dusk falls those who make their way to the park will be treated to a fun fireworks display. The fireworks will be set off on the beach and those who wish to watch are encouraged to view them from the park above. Please note the fireworks have been cancelled as it doesn't look like the Huron County Fire Ban will be lifted before then. They will be rescheduled when it is deemed safe to set them off. 

The 30th Annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race will be held on Monday, Aug. 1st. Participants can run, walk, cycle or wheel through the course that covers a rather scenic route through Bayfield.

The entry fee remains at $5 per person and all proceeds go to the park. Registration is 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the park. The walkers depart at 9:30 a.m. and the rest around 10 a.m. So the finish line will get humming around 10:20 a.m. until about 11 a.m.

Fans, friends and quadrupeds are most encouraged and welcome.

For any questions or if anyone would like to offer a prize donation or to help out in some way, please contact Ann Laudenbach at 416 527-5898.

Please know that bikers under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a bike helmet and other people on wheels are strongly encouraged to wear them.

And after all the fun and frivolity is over members of the Pioneer Park Association can look forward to their Annual General Meeting to be held in the park at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13. In case of rain the meeting will move to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. To view proposed changes to the bylaws and Master Plan visit:

now is the time to prepare exhibits for community fair 

With the heat this summer and little rain some of the competitors who regularly exhibit at the Bayfield Community Fair are worried their big vegetables are not going to be very outstanding this year.

For those who have a garden, do consider exhibiting you garden crops this year. The key is to have each entry the same size as the others even though they may not be their normal size. One young lad didn’t have access to his grandparent’s garden this year so he decided to put pots out to grow his vegetables. With a lot of watering he is doing not too badly. He even created an herb garden in a baby buggy so he could keep moving it. This is a summer to think of entering the fair’s vegetables competition and join the group of several people who love to see who has the best this season.

If you have a flower garden, now is the time to check to see what will be blooming in the middle of August just ready for the fair. It’s a time to trim off spent blooms and encourage the new growth to be ready for first place exhibits. Bayfield is known for its huge flower show and always welcomes new exhibitors into the cut flowers, plants, and/or flower arrangement sections.

Check over your picture collection this past year to see if any fit the various classes in photography. With the heat maybe it’s the perfect excuse to go for a drive and take pictures that could be entered.

As the warm season continues, save a jar of your jams or jellies or preserves. It’s a great feeling to find you had the best jam of all those competing and it sure is better than the mass produced jams. There are several recipes in the prize book to try and bring to the fair as well.

There are also handcrafts, woodworking, field crops, fruit, art and children’s work that can be entered. It is a great pastime to have the children spend some of their creative time crafting exhibits for the fair. The young people also have the possibility of competing at the district and provincial level if they win the chocolate cookie and poster competitions. Posters should always include the name of the fair, its date, and its theme. The rest is creativity.

Make a goal this year of entering something at the fair. Ensure the Bayfield Fair continues to have one of the largest displays of exhibits in the area. If there are any questions, send them to or call Susan at 519 482-5490.


Commercial Account Manager, Danielle Mcinally, for BMO Bank of Montreal, South Western Division and BMO Bank of Montreal, Branch Manager for Hensall and Exeter, Mary Lou McGreogor visited the Zurich clinic and presented a $6,000 cheque towards the expansion recently. They presented the cheque to Chairman of the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) Fundraising Committee Chairman Bill Archibald and Tony Kester, site supervisor. On the same day, BAFHT received news that the new crosswalk in the centre of town would start construction. And already, work is underway. The project will take two to three weeks. The roof is on the new clinic and the shingles have been installed. Now that the building is closed in, work on the interior can move forward regardless of weather conditions. (Submitted photo)  


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.

fish fry 

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

Bluewater Blooms 

The Municipality of Bluewater is prepared for assessment in the 2016 Ontario Evaluated program with Communities in Bloom. Please join them in welcoming professional judges Betty Lamont, of Tiverton, ON, and Kathy Smyth, of Tilbury, ON, on Aug.10-11.

The Bluewater Blooms Committee (BBC) is pleased to provide those interested a look at the 2016 Bluewater Blooms community profile book. In an effort to further municipal and community conservation and environmental goals and to comply with more contemporary methods of sharing data, the BBC has progressed from a paper book to a format that can be viewed on a computer or tablet by visiting or and clicking on the link to the Bluewater Blooms 2016 profile book file.

Check it out! This is the first year using such a format and there are plans to expand this to include many educational video files to further explain and display local accomplishments.

drumming for all ages 

Maggie Brennan will be leading a “Drumming for All Ages” session at the CNR Sloman School on Wheels Museum in Clinton on Aug. 7.

Drums will be provided for this one hour session that will commence at 1:30 pm. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a blanket, mat or lawn chair as well as any additional musical instruments they have if they wish.

Adult accompaniment is required for children. This event is free but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will also be provided.

For more information please call 519 482-3997. The museum is located in Sloman Park, 76 Victoria Terrace in Clinton.

FOBL Book Sale 

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.

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.

Jazz Fridays

Davinci Ristorante presents the music of Jazz musician Glenn Higgins every Friday evening between 6-9 p.m. thru out the summer.

Higgins has been said to sound like a combination of Joe Cocker, Randy Newman and Louis Armstrong.

The folks at Davinci Ristorante can think of nothing better than live music in a beautiful garden patio setting combined with great food and summer drinks. Folks who agree should know that reservations are recommended by calling at 519 565-4076.


Every Run4Kids event the winners in every division of the run receive a photo plaque. This year organizers, Virtual High School and the Bayfield Optimist Club, have decided to hold a photo contest to involve the community in determining what image will grace the 2016 plaque.

The image should reflect the nature of the Run4Kids as well as the organization that benefits from the event, Make-A-Wish.

Large file images should be emailed to Jackie.loebach@

There is no prize for the picture chosen, just bragging rights to help support the cause.


If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you.

The only Huron County preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre. Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Contestants are asked to check-in at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at

Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 7 or you can contact Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 to ensure you are a contestant on his list.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 35 year tradition which has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngster from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.

Bayfield’s preliminary contest is the only one in Huron County before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group.

Entries for all preliminaries can be made online at Contact Kalbfleisch at the number listed above or email for more information.


Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. People may have noticed that their donation box in Bayfield has moved from the old Foodland lot to the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.






Volume 7

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, a group of ladies in a photograph from 1952. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 11a)

PB12 11a Remember Me 369 

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



 PB12 17B Remember Me 365

In Issue 365, we feature a well-known husband and wife as they looked in 1985. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 17B)

Penny Johnstone, of Oakville and Bayfield, wrote in to say that, “The photo of a very handsome couple in the latest issue is of my parents - Mary and Dr. Grove Shepherd.


PB12 17B Remember Me 366

In Issue 366, we highlight these twins who were born in the village in 1903 as they looked in 1986. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 17B)

These twins were Greta Scotchmer (d. 1989) and Harry Baker (d. 1997).



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Understandably, fundraising for the new roof has been a huge undertaking for a volunteer Board of Directors. It is also understandable that cash reserves have been sadly depleted. Donations are welcome to help keep this vibrant resource alive in Bayfield. Go to and donate through the Canada link.  

It’s a metal roof of Agway Springhouse Shingles, designed to fit in with the heritage of the beautiful Town Hall as well as offer long-lasting durability.  

The new roof would not have been possible at all without the continued support of patrons, sponsors and supporters of the hall and their fundraising efforts.  

Earlier in July many people who pass by the Bayfield Town Hall regularly would have no doubt noticed that work on a new roof for the hall was being done.  


If you’re passing by the Bayfield Town Hall, be sure to look up and admire the recently installed new roof. While this historic building has been lovingly restored over the years, this is definitely its crowning glory.

It’s a metal roof of Agway Springhouse Shingles, designed to fit in with the heritage of the beautiful Town Hall as well as for long-lasting durability.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors conducted extensive research before awarding the job to Absolute Metal Roofing out of London, ON, checking multiple references for both the product and the company.

“Installing the new roof was a labor of love for Absolute Metal Roofing, as well as the Board,” said Sandy Scotchmer, president of the BTHHS. “Absolute’s sales representative, Jerome, as I found out during early discussions, worked in Bayfield as a young man and enjoyed many concerts at the Town Hall.”

How fortuitous this became for the Board during negotiations!

“As Jerome talked about his memories of the Town Hall and the village itself, Shelagh Sully and I started to sense a new roof might just be possible in 2016, after all,” Scotchmer said.

She continued, “After reviewing Jerome’s verbal quote, we nonchalantly, agreed that he could provide a written quote for Board approval. Shelagh and I then proceeded to walk to one side of the building to look at some bogus thing or other where we proceeded to dance a little jig out-of-sight of Jerome, of course.”

The Board of Director’s wishes to thank Absolute Metal Roofing for its complete professionalism from the onset of the project, to its conclusion.

The new roof would not have been possible at all without the continued support of patrons, sponsors and supporters of BTHHS and its fundraising efforts of trying to attract top class concerts, amateur theatre, amateur cabarets and the delicious annual Sunset on Summer BBQ to the Town Hall for the community to enjoy. The BTHHS thanks all for their continued support.

Understandably, fundraising for the roof has been a huge undertaking for a volunteer Board of Directors. It is also understandable that cash reserves have been sadly depleted.

Right now it will be difficult if any emergency repairs are needed, always a possibility with the age of the building and the modern equipment it now contains. Donations are welcome to help keep this vibrant resource alive in Bayfield. Go to and donate through the Canada link.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors conducted extensive research before awarding the job to Absolute Metal Roofing out of London, ON.








PIXILATED — image of the week

Morning Barn

Morning Barn, By Jane Seifried

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


So anyone who follows the Bayfield Breeze with any regularity knows that I have been following the story of the cancelation of the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) service in Huron County as many of my subscribers voiced that they wanted to learn more.

The ACP service in Huron County will end on Dec. 31, 2016.

One of the questions that I had was what happens if you are an ACP that decides to stay in Huron County and work as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)? As of Jan. 1, 2017, you can no longer use all of your training and skills, you no longer have access to the equipment and medications you had that could have made a difference in someone’s life. How does that impact you as a human?

I asked Cupe National Servicing Representative, Brian Humphrey, assigned to Cupe Local 4153 (Paramedics), this question. He used the example of a child choking on a hotdog.

I ask you to put yourself in a Paramedic’s boots for a moment:

In December 2016, as an ACP you can use the laryngoscope and McGill forceps to pull the hotdog out of that child's airway and perhaps save his/her life. In January 2017, you show up and have to grab the child and do chest compressions and back blows on the child all of the way to the hospital hoping that the obstruction pops out.

You have to watch that child turn bluer and bluer and die in front of you when you have the skills and training to have done more. You have to live with the image and pain of that child dying, the screams of the parents at the child's death, which will haunt you in your sleep, and the anger and rage that will inevitably occur inside of you.

Humphrey noted that this is a definite recipe for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And this has the potential to occur on every single call that a former ACP now working as a PCP will have to live with.

After discussing this scenario I took a step back as a journalist always striving to balance both sides of an issue and as a resident of Huron County, as a human, I signed the petition. – Melody



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