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MAIN STREET piazza created to honor admiral BAYFIELD


IMG_1845A small piazza has been created in the area between the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives and the Bayfeild Public Library on the village's Main Street in honor of Admiral H.W. Bayfield - the navigator from which the community got its name.  

In 2019, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) together with the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) began to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. Both a play and a concert were held in 2019 with plans to continue the celebrations in 2020 to mark the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. The pandemic may have shelved plans to continue such festivities but the man who the village was named for is still being honored with a permanent display on Main Street.

A small piazza has been created in the area between the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives and the Bayfeild Public Library. To date the completed design includes, plants and paving stones, a compass rose, and Maritime bollards. A plaque and two panels celebrating and informing the public of Admiral Bayfield’s contributions to charting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the naming of the village, is still to come.

“The plaque is being manufactured and the panels are still on the drawing board. We hope to finish by late fall and have the unveiling in late Spring 2021,” explained Doug Brown, past-president of the BHS and a member of the project committee.

IMG_1273To date the completed design includes, plants and paving stones, a compass rose, and Maritime bollards with more to be added in the months to come.  

In addition to Brown, Roger Lewington, Dave MacLaren, David Yates, Rick Sickinger and Kim McCabe comprise the committee that began overseeing the project in the fall of 2019 after they received funding for the project from the Department of Canadian Heritage. They also received a Vibrancy Fund grant from the Municipality of Bluewater. The project has support from both Municipal Council as well as the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee.

“Admiral Bayfield at age 15 began making navigational charts of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Gaspe Penninsula and Laborador coastline. These charts have been recognized for the increased safety they gave ships navigating these bodies of water. He retired to and lived in Charlottetown, PEI where he died in 1885 which makes him in a colloquial way – Canadian,” said Brown. “The person who made it possible for ships to navigate these waters is our village’s name sake. This is what makes this project so important for our committee and why we want people, both locals and tourists, to read and learn about Admiral Bayfield's contributions.”

Brown noted that locating the piazza next to the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives will allow anyone who wants more information to easily access it.

registration underway for back packs for kids program 

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be overwhelmed by the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.

“We would again like to extend our sincere thanks to the generous Bayfield and surrounding community, for their continued support of our Food Bank, through kind donations, and the giving of volunteer hours,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. “We would especially like to thank at this time, the three very talented women that have donated countless hours at their sewing machines, creating face masks for both “pay it forward” donations, and masks for the use of our food bank clients as well. Now that we are having to wear masks on a regular basis, having the cloth masks to give to our clients and their children, has been so very much appreciated.”

In addition, BAFB volunteers would like to remind the community of the Huron County Back Packs for Kids program. To receive a back pack filled with school supplies, families must first register their school age children. Registration is open until Aug. 21. Children can be registered to receive a back pack by calling Salvation Army branches in Clinton, 519 482-8586; Goderich, 519 524-2950; or Wingham, 519 357-1387. People will be asked to choose a pick-up location in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham, or Zurich.

“This is an awesome program, but does require pre-registration by the families that would like to take part,” said Henderson.

BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

Just two days remaining for children to enter contests 

108005843_1613155822191003_2082154472441566416_nThere are just a couple of days left for children to enter the Virtual Bayfield Community Fair contests. The 164th fair’s contests include: dressing up a farm animal or pet in a costume; making a homemade Mr. (Miss) Potato Head using a real spud; or designing a dream mini parade float in a shoe box. (Submitted photo)

A large portion of the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 14-16 will be experienced virtually this year but the food will be real and tasty too!

“Food is always linked with being at a fair,” said Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “One of the only activities bringing people into the fairgrounds this year during the fair weekend will be picking up a drive-thru chicken dinner on Friday, Aug. 14.”

Pre-sold meals of a quarter chicken, roasted mini-potatoes and creamy cole slaw will be picked up just inside the Agricultural Park gates. Following pick-up, cars will then be driven through the park departing via the John Street exit. The $20 tickets for the dinner can be purchased online from the BAS website or by following the links from the social media sites. For those who want to pay cash, they can purchase the tickets from Culbert Surveyor’s Office on North Street in Goderich. The meal will be prepared and packaged by Pineridge Catering Co.

“Start your fair weekend by picking up a great meal from 5-7 p.m. and then follow the videos that will be downloaded for the evening,” said Yeo.

Throughout the weekend people can visit the BAS website or Facebook Page to watch Homecraft demonstrations and competitions, virtual farm visits and agricultural videos by local farmers. There are even plans for virtual fireworks.

There has been a youth talent competition for many years at the fair. This year organizers are asking individuals or groups (even the whole family) to send a video of two to three minutes sharing their talent. It does not matter what age participants are, organizers just want to see the talent in this region. The videos will be seen on the Sunday of the fair weekend with a random set of acts chosen and others shared on the BAS’ social media.

The BAS has several prize books which won’t be used this year. People are invited to pick one up at the Bayfield Convenience Store and send in a picture of themselves or someone else reading it with a local site in the background. People are also asked to share in a photo an interesting new use for one of these prize books. Organizers encourage people to be imaginative!

Send both videos and photos to by July 31 with the names of those featured and also indicate permission to use on the BAS’ sites if there are children included.

The Bayfield Community Fair theme is “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”. People are invited to spend some time creatively and construct a large blossom, butterfly or bee that can be displayed in the fairgrounds during the fair weekend. More than one creation is encouraged and the bigger the creation the better. Jumbo sizes are encouraged. All finished projects can be dropped off at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be displayed outside so take that into consideration in choosing materials. They can be picked up on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 3-4 p.m.

Youngsters are also being invited to create posters for the 2021 fair with its theme, "Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future". It should include the date of “August 20-22” and the fair name, "Bayfield Community Fair" or "Bayfield Fair". Winning posters will be on the cover and back cover of next year's prize book. These posters may also be submitted at the fairgrounds on Aug. 8 (times listed above) or a photo of the poster may be submitted to (on or before Aug. 8).

Plus, there are just a couple of days left for children to enter the Virtual Bayfield Community Fair contests! The 164th fair’s contests include: dressing up a farm animal or pet in a costume; making a homemade Mr. (Miss) Potato Head using a real spud; or designing a dream mini parade float in a shoe box.

Photos of these creations can be emailed to along with the completed and signed contest entry form attached. Submissions will be judged separately by age group (five to seven years, eight to 10 years, and 11-13 years). The deadline for submissions is July 31 with winners being announced the weekend of the fair. Winners will have their creations featured in the online fair coverage and will receive ribbons. For more details visit and click on “Contest Downloads” to find a link to the applicable entry form.

People are also encouraged to be on the look for some colored rocks along the fence at Agriculture Park over the fair weekend – visitors to the fence are invited to take one of these fun rocks home as a keepsake from the year the fair went virtual.

bayfield Centre for the Arts conceptualized 

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For some time now residents and visitors alike have been hearing about a possible Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). Due to COVID-19, plans to further inform the community about the project in a public forum have been put on hold. Instead, a series of articles explaining the project’s concept will be published in the Bayfield Breeze. These articles have been written by Leslee Squirrell, a driving force behind the BCA.

What programs will the Bayfield Centre for the Arts offer?

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will operate as a visual art centre, gallery and cultural hub focusing on the offering of classes and workshops that utilize studio spaces outfitted with necessary equipment and furnishings. Categories of practice include, but are not limited to: oil, acrylic, water-color and encaustic painting, sketching and drawing, mixed media, photography, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, design and crafts, printmaking, inks, calligraphy, collage, fibre and textile arts, wood and metal working, culinary arts, literary arts, film/video and digital media, installation art, graphic and poster art, illustration art, mosaics, stained glass and decorative and fine crafts.

Lectures, festivals, sales, and community gatherings will be a big part of the centre.

The art gallery will operate as an education centre, hosting travelling exhibitions from such renowned art centres as the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and others. The gallery will afford access to art exhibitions and installations of a calibre not seen without travel involved, making it easy for Huron County schools and families to visit on a local field trip. This space will also function as a rental space and be used for info sessions, gatherings, meetings, lectures, shows and events of all kinds.

BCA is also planning to provide an Open Studio Rental and Drop-In service. Many Huron County artists and practitioners have a difficult time finding studio space and equipment to practice their craft. When the studios are not in use by workshops, the larger community will be able to pay a user fee to access these facilities and equipment.

An on-site café will allow art centre participants an opportunity to acquire light refreshments and utilize some seating for any “packed lunch” that is brought to class. This café will also function as a “prep kitchen” for gallery or space rentals that require catering.

What types of classes will be offered and what will be the cost?

Adult classes will be offered by instructors and practitioners who can travel to the centre for the day or short stays. These classes or workshops will last one or two days or can also be a series of day/evening classes over the course of six or eight weeks. This type of class allows for beginners to learn basics in their chosen medium as well as intermediate practitioners to grow in their field while being affordable and cost effective. A BCA membership will allow for discounts.

Master Workshops will be offered by renowned and celebrated artist/practitioners in their field. These artists/instructors often have followers who will travel for workshops that take place in interesting or idealic locations as “holiday” or “retreat” instruction. The cost of these three to five-day Master classes reflect the instructors professional fee, who are often paid an allowance for travel and accommodation as well as instruction time.

Sponsored or reduced fee classes will be offered when local community members and businesses sponsor a specific class or event allowing the participants an affordable or gratuitous option.

Children’s classes and camps, for ages four to 12 years, will be offered in age appropriate categories. These will be scheduled to take place on weekends, after school and as March Break and Summer camps, allowing the families of Huron County an opportunity to plan these school breaks and grandparents to sign up for their grandchildren’s visits. Youth classes, for ages 12-19, will be offered on weekends or March Break and summer camps while reflecting the survey results of the BCAs most recent youth survey at local high schools. At both age levels, membership will allow for discounts.

The Village of Bayfield was home to KryArt Studios. When owner/artist Kristyn Watterworth shifted focus and moved away in the autumn of 2018, Bayfield and area felt the void. With Watterworth’s consultation, BCA plans to expand her early vision and create a mobile art program.

A mobile art studio allows BCA to deliver fun, educational outreach by providing a variety of artistic opportunities to everyone in the community. With paid instructors and volunteers providing support, BCA plans to bring its mobile art studio stocked with supplies to Huron County locations where it can unload tables and tents and supplies and set up the truck as its own mobile art room. BCAs mission will be to continue the mobile art program as a staple of its community outreach plan and as a compliment to the permanent space as it develops. It is the hope that this summer mobile art program will be sponsored, making it affordable and cost effective to run.

BCA will be on the lookout for interesting lectures, speakers, activities and partnerships with other cultural organizations in Huron County and beyond, that will enhance the offerings year-round in Huron County in the form of lectures, festivals and all variety of shows.

All of the BCA programming and offerings, schedules, events, ability to sign up and pay will be made available on the BCA website which is currently under construction.

Programming for any art centre is a fluid and everchanging formula of offerings, with ongoing conversation and input with the community to offer workshops that are interesting and reflect changes in technology, trends and local or cultural needs.

For more information about the BCA contact Leslee Squirrell via email at Anyone who missed last week's article, "What is an Art Centre?" is invited to check out Bayfield Breeze Issue 576 to learn more.   


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their tenth market of the season on Friday, July 31. 

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, shoppers will find: spicy mesculan, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from Firmly Rooted; craft beer, cheddar and potato pierogis and vegan dips from J.Bogal Foods; black currants, blueberries and gooseberries from Bayfield Berry Farm; bacon, pepperettes and roasts from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; chocolate buns, baguettes and breakfast pastries from Red Cat Bakery; burgers, peanut sauce, and curries from Petojo Food; locally roasted coffee and granola from Shopbike Coffee Roasters; and lots more.

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.

artists' demonstration 


The Village Bookshop and Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are partnering in an “en plein air” painting demonstration as well as an art and arts and crafts book sale on Friday, July 31.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the side lawn of The Village Bookshop on Bayfield’s Main Street.

Four accomplished local artists will be painting for all to watch and chat with. The participating artists are: Debra MacArthur and Leslee Squirrell, both of Bayfield; Martina Bruggeman, of Strathroy; and Laura Dirk, of London. Please note that COVID-19 protocols and distancing will be in place.

Visitors are invited to watch artists transform a white canvas as well as browse through the bookshop. The artists’ paintings will be for sale and the shop also will have artists’ supplies and BCA journals available for purchase.

 Lions' Club 

After postponing the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show this spring because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the club members have decided that they have no reasonable chance of producing a successful event in the near future.

Therefore, they are announcing the cancellation of the show for 2020 and hopefully they will be back with a “roar” in 20121.

The club members wish to thank the vendors for their patience and look forward to seeing everyone next year.


With community events and public gatherings put on hold during these uncertain times, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s book sale at the Bayfield Public Library until 2021.

While FOBL recognizes this news is a disappointment for everyone who looks forward to this annual event, there just isn’t any safe way to hold a used book sale at present. FOBL looks forward to planning and hosting the book sale again in 2021. Anyone who has been saving books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games to donate to the book sale, please hold onto them until next year when these donations will be more than welcome!

Garden Club 

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) executive have decided to cancel the garden tour planned for July and the August summer potluck and tour due to COVID-19 and the need to limit group activities and continue physical distancing.

They had a great line-up of speakers and events planned for this year and they will keep people informed of future events later in the season.

The BGC executive will keep people informed as to when they can resume their regular meetings.

historical society 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from today (July 1st) to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.

framed Helen MacLeod II paintingThis painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)

According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. 

The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”

The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.

“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.

This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email

How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.

To learn more or to check on the bids visit:

Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies.His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.


Adopt-a-BFF is a recurring feature aimed at helping Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines find homes for the many rescue cats and kittens that have come into their care in recent months. This week our featured cat is: Whitney. 

IMG_5940Whitney (Submitted photo)  

This super sleek, beautiful girl had a rough start and is a little shy at first meeting. She has a bit of a saucey attitude and can seem stand-offish until she feels comfortable with you but once she is she will stick like glue.

As she would prefer your undivided attention, being an only cat in an adult house might be the best environment for Whitney. She just wants to give and receive love from her humans as part of a forever family.

Interested in providing Whitney with her forever home? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.

The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above 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.




  Airport Line bridge to be replaced in 2021 

IMG_0279At approximately 70 years old, Bridge B35 on Airport Line is nearing the end of its useful life. It was identified as a priority for replacement in the 2019 Bridge Inspection Report from BM Ross. Plans are underway to have it replaced in 2021. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater will receive 83 per cent of eligible project costs to replace Bridge B35 on Airport Line next year. This project will replace the old bridge located on a popular route to and from Exeter and London.

Bluewater will receive $1,207,800 from the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Stream and $805,119.48 from the Government of Ontario.

Bridges are an important and often expensive component of a road system. According to the Treasurer’s report to Bluewater Council on July 6, the Municipality will be responsible for $402,675.54 plus costs ineligible for funding. Total eligible costs for funding replacement of Bridge B35 are estimated at $2,415,600. Further, there will be lower impact to taxpayers as Bluewater’s financial contribution has been raised over the past several years from banking monies received from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.

At approximately 70 years old, Bridge B35 on Airport Line is nearing the end of its useful life. It was identified as a priority for replacement in the 2019 Bridge Inspection Report from BM Ross. The life span of a structure is strongly influenced by the volume of traffic and the nature of the environment, for example, exposure to road de-icing. The bridge is located one concession west of Exeter, just north of Dashwood Road (Huron County Road 83). Airport Line has become a popular route to and from Exeter and London. More than one-third of Huron County’s labor force work in occupations requiring travel on local roads. For example, 24 per cent of people living in the county work in sales and service, according to the 2001 Collection of Statistical Data for Huron County and its Census Subdivisions produced by Human Resources Development Canada.

“We thank both the Federal and Provincial governments for their financial assistance with this important project which will bring this bridge up to current standards so that commodities can be moved safely through our community. We know that this upgrade will provide a safer road for all those who travel on it. In addition, since there has been a considerable increase in the size of agricultural equipment and vehicles the update to the bridge will certainly help the agricultural sector as well,” said Municipality of Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp.

wardens work swiftly to reduce digital divide in region  

At their meeting on July 2, the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) approved a series of recommendations to support rural broadband in Southwestern Ontario. Increased funding from both the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada is urgently needed to address Southwestern Ontario’s large connectivity gaps, so that the digital divide can be closed and the economy restarted.

In order to reduce the digital divide within Southwestern Ontario, and to achieve the Government of Canada’s target, in which 95 per cent of homes and businesses will have access to internet speeds of at least 50/10 Mbps by 2026, it will cost an estimated $1 billion.

The WOWC and the participating South Western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) municipalities of Caledon, Niagara and Waterloo are requesting direct funding to SWIFT from the Government of Canada in the amount of $254 million and from the Government of Ontario in the amount of $221 million. Combined with a $174 million commitment from public-private partnerships, the WOW intends to successfully address the $1 billion Southwestern Ontario infrastructure deficit and achieve the interim goal of providing 50/10 broadband services to 95 per cent of the population within the region by 2025. This is one year earlier than the Government of Canada’s goal.

In addition, the WOWC is also requesting that the CRTC Broadband Fund and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Universal Broadband Fund each allocate 10 per cent of their funds directly to Southwestern Ontario (based on population share of total for Canada).

“The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus supports the funding of existing shovel ready, municipally led projects that will connect our rural economies at an accelerated pace. We support SWIFT as Southwestern Ontario’s funding mechanism to advance the expansion of critical broadband infrastructure across the region,” said Jim Ginn, chair of the WOWC and warden of Huron County.

According to Statistics Canada 2015, the area also represents 20 per cent of the total number of businesses in the country. Now more than ever businesses need connectivity to ensure a livelihood for themselves and their employees.

“Broadband is critical in moving the economy in Southwestern Ontario forward. We have heard from our business community loud and clear that in order to remain competitive, access to reliable internet is key,” said George Bridge, chair of the WOWC Economic Development Committee and mayor for the Town of Minto.

Without direct broadband funding the pre-existing Southwestern Ontario “homework gap” will be exacerbated and lead to an unparallel inequality in education, as elementary, secondary and post secondary institutions, continue to shift to online learning.

“Families and businesses in our rural areas have been shut out of the economy and society as a result of the pandemic. COVID-19 has underscored the need for urgency to address gaps in broadband services across our region. The SWIFT model works, it delivers results and can be immediately leveraged to upgrade networks and coverage in our region’s underserved areas,” said Vice-Chair of SWIFT and Warden of Simcoe County, George Cornell.

“At a time when people have become more dependent than ever on broadband, having access to high-speed internet is critical. SWIFT, together with our community leaders and local service providers, is committed to bringing Southwestern Ontario’s underserviced communities online and high-speed internet access to thousands,” said Mayor for the Town of Caledon, SWIFT Board Member and the Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, Allan Thompson.

The WOWC is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario, representing more than three million residents. The WOWC aims to enhance the prosperity and overall well being of rural and small urban communities across the region. Caucus members work collectively to influence federal and provincial legislation and programs through advocacy, research and analysis and education. For more information, visit

SWIFT is a regional broadband expansion project initiated by the WOWC. It is focused on enabling greater digital equality between rural and urban populations. SWIFT subsidizes the construction of open-access high-speed networks to encourage service providers to expand broadband infrastructure in underserved rural areas.

Huron county Clean Water Project grants available 

Are you a homeowner in Huron County considering a septic upgrade? Are you a farmer in Huron County wanting to address erosion in your field? Are you a Huron County landowner or community group member with an idea for a project to protect water quality? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, staff are ready to help you and there may be grants to help too.

Huron County Clean Water Project is launching a public information campaign to run for the rest of July and start of August. The message is simple: there are grants to help county residents and community groups to do water quality projects and program staff are here to help.

The campaign will include photos and videos posted on social media as well as website posts, advertising, and news items. Staff are using the hashtags #HuronCleanWater and #categoryaday for the campaign. The county project is to share one social media post every day for 17 days to inform county residents and landowners about each grant support category.

Conservation authority staff deliver the county program. They hope to engage more people in projects in the 17 categories. Project types include erosion control, septic systems and composting toilets, cover crops, tree planting, wetland creation, watercourse fencing, manure storage decommissioning, well decommissioning, well casing improvements, forest management plans, and community projects.

Funding in Huron County covers up to 50 per cent of project cash costs.

“The Huron County Clean Water Project helps people do practical, on-the-ground projects that make a difference,” said Jamie Heffer, Huron County councillor and chair of the project review committee. Water quality projects through the program help local water quality and soil health, benefit residents and visitors, and are good for the economy, he said. County residents and community groups have completed about 3,000 projects since 2005, thanks to the support of Huron County.

If you’re a seasonal resident or full-time resident, if you are living along the shoreline or anywhere else in Huron County, if you’re an agricultural producer or residential homeowner or cottage owner or a community group member, there’s a category of project you can do, staff say.

Interested in finding out more? Phone Maitland Conservation at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610, Ext. 263 or call toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

Find out more at and and the County of Huron at this website link:


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 please visit:

Museum Selfie Contest

IMG_20200702_182123 As part of the Historic Places Day Selfie Contest, Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Huron County Museum, Sinead Cox has recreated this inhabitant of a doll house handmade by wood carver George Turton. The detailed handmade furniture in the dollhouse includes a grandfather clock, bowls, plates, toys, and a chimney with stones gathered along the lakeshore. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol invites you to join the Canada Historic Places Day Selfie Contest for your chance to win $1,000 for yourself as well as $1,000 for the Museum and Gaol. The contest runs from now until July 31.

Canada Historic Places Day is a national celebration of our country’s historic places hosted each year by the National Trust of Canada. It was held on July 4.

While historic sites, including the Museum and Gaol, remain temporarily closed, you can still celebrate and support these sites by getting creative with your digital selfie. Simply visit, find the Museum or Gaol under the places tab, and upload your selfie which will be placed on virtual backgrounds of the sites. You can also have fun recreating a historic photo or artifact from the Museum’s collection, or share a throwback!

Find inspiration for your selfies from the Museum’s virtual collection and historic photos at or visit You can post one selfie per day.

To enter the contest:
• Share your Museum or Gaol selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
• Use #historicplacesday
• Tag the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol: @hcmuseum on Twitter, @huroncountymuseum on Instagram, and @HuronCountyMuseum on Facebook
• Tag and follow @nationaltrustca

For more information, please contact Curator of Engagement and Dialogue Sinead Cox at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2213.


Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.

Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.

Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.


sled program 

The County of Huron’s annual Supporting Local Economic Development program (SLED) launched recently, providing an opportunity for municipalities and other non-profits to receive funding for projects which target key regional economic development priorities in either workforce attraction, agriculture, tourism, or investment attraction.

Successful projects will be provided up to $10,000 through the SLED fund and must be completed within 12 months from the date of application.

Recipients of the SLED program funding are required to use funds in a way that has a clear and measurable economic impact, includes substantial private sector participation, and must provide financial resources and support to the project.

Eligible projects must achieve at least one of the following objectives in Huron County: grows the workforce; creates diversification of the existing agricultural industry; creates a visitor experience with clear best-in-class potential; develops investment attraction material or resolves investment attraction issues; or implements measures that support businesses communities in adapting to a changing business environment.

The program is delivered on a first come, first served basis, closing Aug. 31.

For more information about the SLED program and application process, please visit or contact Rick Sickinger, Program advisor at


Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

For more information on this BHS project please email



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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 (currently closed due COVID-19 restrictions). 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, the talents of many hands stitching together through the decades is examined in this sampling of quilts.


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The Hurondale Patriotic League made this quilt in 1917. People paid to have their names on it. It was purchased by Cephas Pym at a fundraising auction. The ladies of the Hurondale Patriotic League missed their fellowship after the First World War so became the Hurondale Women's Institute Branch of the Huron South District on March 26, 1919.

Hurondale was located on Lot 30, Concession 2 of Usborne Township now known as the corner of Hurondale Road and Morrison Line in the Municipality of South Huron (4 KMs north and 2 KMs east of Exeter).


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This quilt was made from quilt blocks submitted by women of Huron County for the International Plowing Match (IPM) quilt block challenge in 1999. The IPM was held in Dashwood. The theme was "Huron Shines in '99". Delores Shapton made the centre block and coordinated the quilt. Each of the blocks depict a different image related to Huron County.

The label on the back of the quilt lists all the names of the women who's blocks are included. The label reads - "Left to right, top to bottom: Shirley Grubb, Muriel MacKenzie, June Sparling, Grace Drummond, Jean Rickert, Ina Fisher, Eleanor Coleman, Linda Nakamura, Leona Armstrong, Marion Jaques, Silvana Mior, Delores Shapton, Wilma DeBruyn, Tena Empey, Delores Shapton, Florence McConnell, Emma Cox, June Klassen, Ann Sanders, Kathryn Caie, Maxine Sereda, Beverley VanNinhuys, Jean Nethery, Margaret Brand, Gladys Richardson, Braemar W.I., Melva Ecker, Marjorie Johns, Marie Gorton, Irene Haugh, Brenda Marshall"

Frieda Hayter, won the quilt on the last day of the IPM, Sept. 25, 1999. Shapton presented the quilt to Hayter.


scripture text quilt

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The following is an excerpt from the label that came with this quilt:

"This scripture text quilt was worked in cross stitch in the 1880s by the Swaffield sisters: Rebecca, Naomi, and Jessie. They lived in Dorset Cottage, Lot 10, Concession 1, Goderich Twp, with their parents Mr. and Mrs. William Swaffield. There were five girls and two boys in the family: Esther, William, Rose, Joseph, Rebecca (Muff), Naomi, and Jessie.

"At a very young age each girl learned to handle needle, thread and thimble to make neat, careful, uniform stitching and then embroidery stitches - often used around blocks on crazy quilts. They sewed carpet rags and made quilts. Their mother made her sons’ suits until they were young men and made sure her daughters were accomplished seamstresses also. Older girls assisted in teaching younger ones.

"How did they choose the texts to embroider? Were these texts of sermons they had listened to in Victoria St. Methodist Church, Goderich, or in Union Presbyterian Church where Dr. Ure preached on Sunday afternoons? They attended both churches. Possibly, the texts were written and quoted in one of their autograph albums. No doubt the older girls arranged the letters and words and the verse on each block. That was where their natural artistic ability was helpful. Rose was very accomplished at this.

"What a lovely, interesting coverlet especially if one were confined to bed!"



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Conservationist_Award_Presentation_072020_NRBlue Bayfield Co-Chairs Shelagh Sully and Ray Letheren and Past Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, George Irvin are shown at the ceremony, held in Clan Gregor Square on July 22, to honor Blue Bayfield with the Conservationist of the Year Award. Irvin (at right) presented the award following social distancing protocols. (Photo courtesy ABCA)  

IMG_0351Blue Bayfield members received a handcrafted award made by Bob Hutson, of Windbreak Farm Custom Woodworks near Fullarton, ON. The engraved dual-purpose board is a piece of art on one side and a serving tray on the other and is made from reclaimed wood and select local hardwoods.  

IMG_0326The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board members had originally planned to present the Conservationist of the Year Award in March but cancelled their Partnership Appreciation Evening due to COVID-19 restrictions. On July 22, the presentation of the award went ahead outside, using social distancing (and masks when physical distancing was not possible), as recommended by public health authorities.  

IMG_0343Blue Bayfield Co-Chair Ray Letheren (left) thanked ABCA for the award and thanked the citizens of Bayfield and area. George Irvin (right) made the presentation on behalf of the ABCA Board.  

IMG_0334 Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, also spoke at the ceremony.

IMG_0342 Past Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, George Irvin, presented members of Blue Bayfield with the Conservationist of the Year Award in Clan Gregor Square on July 22.







Blue Bayfield is the 2020 recipient of the Conservationist of the Year Award. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) announced the winner on July 22 at an outdoor ceremony held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square with social physical distancing taking place in light of the current pandemic.

The award recipients received a handcrafted award made by Bob Hutson, of Windbreak Farm ( Custom Woodworks near Fullarton, ON. The engraved dual-purpose board is a piece of art on one side and a serving tray on the other and is made from reclaimed wood and select local hardwoods. In addition to the prize, ABCA is donating towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods. The winners also received scrolls of recognition from Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and MP Ben Lobb.

Since 1984, ABCA has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation with awards. Past winners include, rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities.

“We are honored to recognize Blue Bayfield as Conservationist of the Year Award winner,” said Past Chair George Irvin. “These dedicated citizens and volunteers have worked tirelessly to prevent polluted runoff, plastics, and other pollutants from entering our waterways and Lake Huron. We congratulate Blue Bayfield and thank them for their work. They are truly making a difference in their watershed community.”

Formerly known as Friends of the Bayfield River, Blue Bayfield was founded in 1998. It has partnered with all levels of government, citizens and community groups, ABCA, and others.

Blue Bayfield Co-Chair Ray Letheren thanked ABCA for the award and thanked the citizens of Bayfield and area.

“The board of Blue Bayfield is grateful to many citizens, eateries and other businesses in the region that have committed to reduction of single-use plastics,” he said. “In Bayfield, they are identified by stickers on their entrance windows.”

Blue Bayfield, and its community partners, have installed five water bottle refilling stations in the village of Bayfield and distributed 2,500 refillable water bottles. Over three summers, there have been more than 70,000 refills at the water stations. That’s the equivalent of keeping 70,000 disposable water bottles out of landfill sites and out of area watercourses. Blue Bayfield provides a mobile hydration station dubbed ‘Blue Betty'. The adult tricycle was fitted with a platform to transport tap water and compostable cups to the beach and outdoor events.

Blue Bayfield works with other local community groups, businesses and levels of government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake. They host and take part in annual beach and park cleanups. Their volunteers have helped plant rain gardens at Pioneer Park to prevent polluted water, running off of land, from reaching Lake Huron. They have been leaders in reducing use of disposable plastics in the village of Bayfield and beyond. Plastics – including microplastics and nanoplastics – pose a threat to aquatic life in Lake Huron and other water bodies. These volunteers have promoted green infrastructure such as downspout disconnections, rain barrels, and rain gardens. Blue Bayfield volunteers have inspired and acted, and offered education to the public, such as, a sustainability summit and a plastics reduction workshop. Blue Bayfield has supported initiatives such as, sustainable packaging and local products.

Blue Bayfield has inspired and mentored communities and groups such as science teacher Amanda Keller and her Eco Exeter students at South Huron District High School (SHDHS) in Exeter. Supported by this mentoring, six local secondary schools have developed similar eco-programs.

Blue Bayfield has been recognized by the Council of Canadians. Bayfield is the first community in North America to be recognized, in 2017, as “plastic-free” by the British ecological group Surfers Against Sewage. Blue Bayfield outreach committee members have addressed more than 25 communities in Ontario over the last two years. They have addressed a conference in Wetaskiwin, Alberta attended by 100 delegates from eco groups from Alberta and the Yukon. This has resulted in communities adopting the Bayfield model. Blue Bayfield has played a key role in encouraging the Municipality of Bluewater to develop an Environmental Committee comprised of representatives “from every corner of the municipality”.

Learn more about the conservation awards at:



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Sunflowers...By Jack Pal

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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








A couple of weeks ago, my granddaughter and I snuggled up for some pillow talk before she went to sleep. It was then that this little five-year-old looked at me earnestly with her deep hazel-brown eyes and asked, “Do you ever wonder why you are alive?”

I responded in the affirmative and she seemed relieved that she wasn’t the only one and promptly fell asleep.

I often wonder what she will remember from being a child in this era in history. She already registers time with such qualifications as, “…in the days before the virus…when we could trade dolls with friends…when we could go to school.”

During her visit we made one special trip into a store to buy some craft supplies and activities. She wore her mask without complaint, her SK teacher had made one for her and each of her classmates as graduation gifts. It had been a long time since she had been in a store and she was bubbling over with excitement exclaiming how “it was the best store in the whole world!” The store clerk got a big kick out of that. But then she grew quiet. I honestly was having trouble keeping her in my field of vision as my own mask tends to block out things below my nose. When she got quiet, I got concerned and looked around for her. There she was behind me. Her mask had popped off one of her ears and she was attempting to put it back on - while holding her breath.

Some far off day when my granddaughter becomes the grandmother I wonder what she’ll say when her own granddaughter asks the big philosophical questions right before bed? I can half imagine her beginning with, "Well, my dear, in the year 2020…” - Gramel




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