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ONtario Senator Rob Black will officially open Bayfield Fair 

The Honourable Rob Black, Senator for Ontario will officially open the 165th Bayfield Community Fair on the evening of Aug. 20.

Senator Rob Black Casual photoSenator Rob Black (Submitted photo)

Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career.

He has had close involvement in 4-H and other leadership programs, such as Junior Farmers and the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). He credits his involvement in these programs with allowing him to develop the skills that would lead him to apply to be a senator. He has been involved in 4-H for almost 50 years in all aspects of the program, at the local, provincial and national levels and is a Past President of the Canadian 4-H Council.

Black was Ward 5 Representative on Wellington County Council. He has also been Manager of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and President of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association and the Wellington County Historical Society.

He worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for 15 years. Following his time at OMAFRA, he spent five years as the Executive Director of 4-H Ontario. Black then accepted the role of Executive Director of The Centre for Rural Leadership, which morphed in to the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI).

On Feb. 27, 2018, Black was sworn in as a senator representing the province of Ontario. Since then, he has been working on several issues of importance to Canadians through his role, and is a member of the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Forestry; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; and, the Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG).

Black and his wife, Julie, live north of Fergus, ON and have four grown children and two grandsons.

The opening with Black and local politicians will take place at 7 p.m. and an extended fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. Lawn chairs could be used for watching the fireworks or with distancing-maintained people can use the bleachers.

The 165th fair will not be the full experience that people are accustomed to but with visitor safety always in mind a hybrid fair will emerge.

One feature of every fair is the competition. This year most of the competition will be virtual. Go to the fair website, and click on the link to the virtual entering zone. The fair book can be found under "Fair Events". All participants need is a photo image of their entry that they can send. If someone wants to send their entries over a few days, and not all at one time, that is easy to do. Anyone who has any questions about the process, can ask any Director. For those who lack the availability of a computer, contact for assistance or use the computers at the Bayfield Public Library. Some new exhibitors have already submitted entries as well as regular exhibitors. Entries must be completed by Aug. 13 so the judging can be completed online. Some other classes, like vegetable entries, must be entered in-person on the morning of Aug. 20.

Volunteers are needed! Help to assist with set up and take down would be most welcome. Also, volunteers will be needed to assist with ensuring visitors have a safe experience at the fair. Contact Pamela Stanley via email at to volunteer.

“A positive achievement for fairs is when the community participates in its activities. Do consider meeting your neighbors and friends at the community meal and also entering one class in the competitions,” said Doug Yeo, on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society. “What a great conversation at the kitchen table to announce you won first prize in a class you have been entering for some time!”

BAS members invite everyone to celebrate responsibly the opportunity to finally attend a community event and are pleased to share that for this special year there will be no admission fee at the gates.

concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds 

swagger_picSwagger are l-r: Gary, drums and vocals: Mo, bass, keyboards and vocals; Darla, vocals; and Dwayne, guitar and vocals. They will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 5. (Submitted photo)

The bands, “Beatles and Blue” and “Swagger” will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall in the coming weeks and tickets are available now.

Beatles in Blue will take to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 28, followed by Swagger on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Beatles in Blue will offer attendees a Blues Rock tribute to the boys from Liverpool. The Fab Four’s songs are mixed with Blues grooves giving the Beatles songbook a whole new spin. This multi-dimensional trio serve up the Beatles in fresh styles like Texas Boogie, Chicago Schuffle and New Orleans funk.

Swagger is known as London, Ontario’s favorite party band. They have been packing dance floors since 2013 with their mix of pop, rock and country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to present day. Great songs combined with a high-energy show and fun crowd atmosphere has earned the band London Music Awards for Fan Favorite and Best Cover Band.

The cost of tickets for either concert are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online with no extra handling fee at There will be a cash bar. The gates and bar will open at 6 p.m. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. As these are both outdoor events people are asked to bring their own blanket or lawn chair.

Bayfield PACC will have a presence at the Community Fair 


The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is pleased to announce that they will have a presence at the Bayfield Community Fair scheduled for the third weekend in August. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has graciously provided them with space to set up a booth which will give them an opportunity to publicly engage with citizens and visitors alike.

“We have some fun, kid-friendly, activities planned so make sure to bring the youngsters by for a visit. Look for a future announcement outlining the events we have in store. Prizes will be available! In the meantime, here is a hint…sharpen your crayons! Look for a link on our webpage to download a special image which you can bring to the fair,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.

The Bayfield PACC is a volunteer group working to create a shared space for dogs, residents and visitors alike. Their goal is to promote responsible dog ownership through educational and recreational activities. To this end, they need people to provide input via their on-line survey which will be available on their website up to Sept. 26.

“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to complete our survey. Your input is vital and will help shape our future goals. If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete the on-line survey, please visit our web page. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time and is incredibly user-friendly,” said Johnson. “For those who wish to put pen to paper, we will also provide “hard copy” forms at our booth at the fair. See you there!”

The link for the survey can be found at the following on-line sites: Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C; Instagram at Bayfield_PACC; or on their website at

Year of the Barn event features works by ontario artists 

IMG_1934-2One of 50 art pieces that comprise the Year of the Barn Exhibition and Sale. (Submitted photo)  

Volunteers with the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are gearing up for a one-of-a-kind summer event, their “Year of the Barn” Exhibition and Sale has been set for Aug. 20-21.

This “off the wall” style event will take place at the Barn behind The Village Bookshop located at 24 Main Street North. The public will have an opportunity to view the 50 barn paintings that were donated by artists from all over Ontario, and even one from China, on Friday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee! Adding to the fun atmosphere will be booths set up by boutique- style, local farm vendors where visitors can shop for regional goodies. The Village Bookshop will also have art supplies and unique farm and animal books for sale.

After the public viewing of the exhibition, the “sale” will begin with ticket holders given special access to come and pick a painting.

“We have opened our ticket sales for this new and creative event happening in Bayfield!” said Leslee Squirrell, representing the BCA. “The ticket price you choose will determine your time slot to pick your painting…off the wall!”

There are 15 tickets available for the private, evening reception to be held on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. but just like in Willy Wonka there is only one Golden Ticket! Three hundred dollars is the price that has been set to purchase the Golden Ticket thus earning first choice of all 50 paintings offered for sale. The fourteen remaining Silver tickets are available for $200 each.

“The top 15 ticket categories will allow you and your spouse/guest to choose your painting. It also includes an exclusive evening reception at the barn with refreshments and a light nosh served in a personal charcuterie box for two along with music provided by local harpist Martha Lawrence,” said Squirrell.

The following day, those people who purchased the remaining 35 tickets in the Bronze and Copper categories will be able to pick their paintings. Holders of Bronze and Copper tickets will be offered a first-come first-served time slot of morning or afternoon to choose from the remaining paintings. Bronze tickets are available for $125 each and those ticket holders can choose their paintings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday followed by the Copper ticket holders from noon until 2 p.m. Copper tickets are selling for $75 each.

Tickets are availalbe now on Eventbrite by visiting

It should be noted that although paintings are referred to in the explanation of the event not all of the donated art was painted. There is also photography, needlepoint, wood block and stained glass to choose from.

prints support Pioneer Park 

People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing limited edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.

Screen Shot 2021-06-07 at 11.49.13 AMPhotographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)  

“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.

“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are over two-thirds sold out already and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”

There are a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.

Prints are on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at or through The Village Bookshop at

hector and buttons need a home 

218044149_2046433118822189_1384287612325785712_nButtons and Hector(Submitted photo)

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

Hector and Buttons are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.

Hector and Buttons aren’t blood siblings but they certainly have bonded like they were. They came to the Rescue from two entirely different litters a week apart, both were very scared and alone. Volunteers put them together for company and they quickly became a bonded pair. Hector is a little more outgoing so Buttons simply follows his lead.

Could you be Hector and Buttons forever family? Anyone interested in adopting them are encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


josh geddis concert 

GEDHEADSHOTJPEG Josh Geddis (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Concert Series is back entertaining folks with some pretty stellar acts at a new outdoor venue this summer – River Road Brewing.

Local musical talent Josh Geddis, with special guest Ivan Rivers, will be unveiling his latest four-song EP entitled, “The Quiet I Never Knew” during a special free show, Thursday, Aug. 19.

The “doors” will open at 7 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. This show is sponsored by Lake Huron Chrysler. Those who attend are asked to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

River Road Brewing is located just north of the village along Bayfield River Road. 

Repair the Stairs 

“Congratulations to all! Thanks to your participation in our 50/50 cash draw: “Repair the Stairs Campaign, we will once again be able to reach the beach,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association. “Participation in this event was wonderful. Our volunteers enthusiastically staffed the sales stations and encouraged all comers to take a chance on winning a prize, and most importantly play a continuing role in the health of our irreplaceable lakefront park.

She went on to say that not only did the local community step up and participate with enthusiasm, they also had many first timers to Bayfield join in.

“It was a wonderful community event, and a great awareness builder for Pioneer Park,” said Tillmann.

This Friday, Aug. 13 at Pioneer Park at sunset (8 p.m.), Mayor Paul Klopp will draw the winning ticket for the 50/50 cash prize. All are welcome to celebrate the event.

“Rest assured, if you’re the winner, and you can’t be there, we will be contacting you immediately after. Good luck to all. And thank you for participating in this wonderful fundraising event,” concluded Tillmann.

Adding to the excitment of the raffle announcement, Ryan O’Reilly is going to join Mayor Klopp for the draw in the park.

In addition, O'Reilly is going to have photos available of him as Captain of the Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues. He will autograph photographs for fans. He has asked that for fans wanting a signed autographed photo that they please make a donation to Pioneer Park.

Pioneer Park AGM 

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) will be holding their annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday, Aug. 14.

This meeting is scheduled to take place in the park (weather permitting) starting at 10 a.m. The rain location will be the Bayfield Community Center. Covid protocols will be followed. Participants must be a member of the PPA to attend and vote at the meeting. Attendance by non-members will be at the discretion of the Chair.

Knox Church 

Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.

choir director needed

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.

They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.

Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.

ukulele Society 

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka BUS) is always welcoming new members and those spending a week or two in the area. To come play, or just have a listen, members are now  meeting at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) from 10-11:30 a.m. Please come prepared with sunscreen and a chair as there is limited seating in the gazebo.

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

Farmers' Market 


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

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

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

People can place their orders by visiting from Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. 

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

Lions' Club

hfza-wiYBrian O'Reilly (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite people to attend “4 Talks in the Park” on Fridays in Clan Gregor Square. The first talk was held on July 23 so just one session remains. 

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

O’Reilly will tackle the final topic of the series, The Secret of Staying in Love, Aug. 13.

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

Optimist Club 

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

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

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

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

Secretary wanted 

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

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

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

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

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service. 

Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at or by phone at 519 565-5824.

Rev. Mary Farmer will be on holidays from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6 during that time period Rev. Gary Alcock will be officiating the Sunday and Wednesday services.

Bayfield Yacht Club

Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!

BYC has one more event planned for  for 2021. On 
Aug. 21, the Given’s Memorial Race will be held. A Skippers' Meeting, is set for 9 a.m. followed by the race at 10 a.m. 

To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at



watch for turtles crossing Bayfield river road 

Turtle_Crossing_Sign_NR_2Anyone who drives along Bayfield River Road may notice two new signs have recently been posted in an effort to assist turtles and other wildlife to safely cross the road. (Submitted photo)  

Thanks to a local donor, who purchased turtle crossing signs from the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-a-Pond program, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) was able to assist the Municipality of Central Huron in placing two signs along a stretch of Bayfield River Road, just east of Hwy 21. These signs will help alert drivers to the possibility of turtles crossing the road.

The donor of the signs is from the Bayfield area. She walks a stretch along Bayfield River Road each day. This spring, during her walks, she noticed many turtles either crossing the road or nesting on the gravel shoulder of the road. This concerned citizen also noted that, unfortunately, some turtles had been killed on the road.

Along with habitat loss, road mortality is a major threat to Ontario’s turtle populations. All eight turtle species are now considered at risk.

“I have seen turtle crossing signs along other roads, and I thought that, given the number of turtles that seem to use this area, it was an appropriate location to raise some awareness about our natural environment,” the local donor said.

Although turtles spend most of their time in the water, they must move over land to find suitable nesting locations, and to use other wetland habitats.

“The busiest time for turtles on roads is generally the month of June as females look to nest, but it is not uncommon to see turtles, both males and females, on roads any time between April and October,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with ABCA, Hope Brock.

Drivers should slow down and look ahead for turtles. If a turtle is seen on the road and it is safe to do so, help them safely cross to the other side in the direction they are heading.

To learn more about moving turtles safely across roads, please watch this video:

Show lake huron some extra TLC  on Love Your Greats Day 

A day to celebrate and protect our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, is held the second Saturday of every August. This year this special day takes place on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Love Your Greats Day organizers say local citizens and local communities can take positive actions to protect Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.

They encourage everyone to think about the individual actions they can take to protect and improve Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes. 

Tulip_Lane_Farm_of_Rick_Kaptein_Jr _4NR_16_9Rick Kaptein Jr. (Submitted photos)  

As an agricultural producer, Rick Kaptein Jr. knows there are actions he can take to keep Lake Huron great.

“The goal is to keep dirt on the land.” This was the response from Bayfield-area farmer Kaptein, when asked about why he farms the way he does.

Kaptein uses no-till, cover crops and permanent pasture on his rolling farm, Tulip Lane, to help keep the soil on his land. The math is simple, he says. The more soil that stays on his farm, the less he has to spend on nutrient inputs. These practices help maintain a profitable agricultural operation but, at the same time, they keep valuable soil and nutrients out of the nearby Bayfield River and, ultimately, Lake Huron.

Kaptein started to use cover crops to feed his cattle but he soon saw the benefits of having something growing in the ground for the long term, both in terms of weed control and erosion control. He noticed that even a bad catch of Rye was able to slow down the weeds. And, when it comes to storm events with heavy rains, he is relieved to see his soil is not washing away.

“You have got to have a root in the ground in the winter,” he said. “The no-till really helps keep the soil in place with those unexpected rains that might come in July and August.”

Rain_Garden_Hensall_14_1920_pxA Rain Garden in Hensall provides several plants for bees to pollinate including: Sweet Oxeye (the yellow plant in the photo); Joe Pyeweed (the pink plant); and Wild Bergamot (the purple plant).  

He admits he is continually learning when it comes to his farming practices and he is keen to see how a new pollinator cover crop mix benefits his soil. Pollinators will most certainly benefit from the Buckwheat and Crimson Clover he planted but he is hoping the mix also adds some nitrogen and loosens the soil using the roots.

One thing he has learned is that if he spends a little money, on cover crop seed, he can save a lot of money and this helps both his pocketbook and the lake.

Rural non-farm residents or urban residents can also take actions that keep Lake Huron great. Love Your Greats Day organizers invite people to reduce their plastic use, find out about Lake Huron, and to choose products that don’t pollute. They also encourage everyone to consider projects that slow down or capture runoff. These projects include wetlands, tree planting, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

As Love Your Greats Day approaches, consider positive actions such as planting rain gardens. Do you have a location for a rain garden in your yard? Remember that: #LakeHuronStartsHere

There is a rain garden in front of The Andersons, Inc. in Hensall, ON. This rain garden helps to protect water by capturing water that might otherwise run off the parking lot onto the street.
Local students and community members helped to plant this rain garden, with the support of ABCA staff, in June of 2018.

Now, in the fourth year for the garden, Healthy Watersheds Technician Hope Brock said in 2021, “the plants have really taken off.” Roots have been established and are helping to filter stormwater runoff before it reaches Black Creek, Ausable River and Lake Huron, she said. That’s not all rain gardens do.

“Rain gardens do double duty as they not only hold back and filter water but they also provide habitat and food for bees, butterflies and other insects,” she said.

The Municipality of South Huron, as part of its Rising to the Challenge climate change video series, has prepared videos that share ways to help us to adapt to weather extremes. One of those videos, featuring ABCA’s Hope Brock and Tommy Kokas, provides a number of ‘green infrastructure’ innovations (such as permeable pavement, rain barrels, rain gardens, and native species planting) people can consider to reduce impacts. To watch the video visit this web page:

There are many other ways people can help Lake Huron. They could take litterless lunches to the beach, or properly dispose of waste, or help clean up litter along Lake Huron if they find it. They can use reusable water bottles and fill them up at local water refill stations.

“Each positive action you take adds up,” organizers say.

To find out more actions people can take to protect their Great Lake, visit the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership at (and follow Healthy Lake Huron on social media) and follow Love Your Greats Day on Facebook at and on their website at

Final day to order a Butterfly 

Property (11 of 15)Painted Ladies will be the featured butterfly at the Huron Hospice Butterfly Release on Aug. 29. (Submitted photo)  

The 5th Annual Huron Hospice Butterfly Release is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29. Once again, families will pick up their butterflies and release them at a location that is meaningful for them. And just as was done last year, the memorial event will then be live streamed from the Huron Hospice Memorial Forest.

Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hospice team turned the in-person release into a wonderful virtual event. Families picked up their butterflies and released them at their own chosen locations that held special memories. A live stream ceremony was held at the entrance to the Memorial Forest. This year, Huron Hospice has decided to repeat the virtual event. Plans are already in the works for a post COVID, in-person butterfly release for 2022.

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

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


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:

Hockey Game 


Community members are invited to start the new year off by enjoying a Benefit Celebrity Hockey Game presented in support of the Goderich Firefighters’ Charity of Choice: Huron Hospice.

The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, in Goderich. This fantastic community event promises lots of skill and lots of laughs, and is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable game for all ages!

This game is in support of Huron Residential Hospice. For more than 28 years, families have turned to Huron Hospice for support at the end-of-life. They provide community-based hospice palliative care and hospice-residence-based care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Since opening the hospice residence in 2018, Huron Hospice has made moments matter for more than 100 families at the residence, and for 280 families in the community with their zero-cost services. Huron Hospice is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life.

If not sold out prior to the event tickets will be sold at the door for $30 each. Discounted prices are available in advance by calling the ticket and information line at 1-888-777-9793 or by visiting Please do not contact the Hospice or the Goderich Fire Station for tickets.

The Maitland Recreation Centre is located at 190 Suncoast Dr. E. in Goderich. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. with access to the arena starting at 6:30 p.m.


The Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to support 439 festivals and events across Ontario through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program, as well as support to events through the Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Program.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced on Aug. 5 that three local events are receiving funding support through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program: Port Elgin’s Pumpkinfest is getting $41,632; Kincardine’s Lighthouse Blues Festival will be receiving $49,325, and the Huron Waves Music Festival will be receiving $42,500.

This one-time funding increase for festivals and events – more than double the annual funding provided to the sector in the past – will ensure the long-term success of the festival and event sector while helping municipalities and organizations deliver innovative and safe experiences, whether virtually or in-person, that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities.

“Tourism and special events have been hit really hard during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Thompson said. “That’s why it is vital that we support these events to help keep them operating. They are popular with both visitors and residents alike and provide a positive economic boost to the host communities and the surrounding area.”

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program was developed to help festival and event organizers adapt to new public health measures with virtual, drive-through and other safe offerings. The program directs support to events with innovative and safe experiences, while creating opportunities that encourage Ontarians to reconnect with the beauty and diversity of their communities in new ways.

“For more than a year, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture – two major industries that bring people together and our communities to life,” said Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod. “Increasing our annual support for festivals and events will give the sector a much-needed boost as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Our government is supporting organizations that are finding new ways to safely engage and reconnect Ontarians with their local communities while creating local jobs.”

The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports municipalities and organizations in Ontario that host large-scale, high-impact signature events that draw significant tourist attendance and increase tourist spending, increase Ontario’s profile through media and broadcast exposure and provide significant economic impact and legacy development for the province.

Tourism is a key economic driver in Ontario – in 2018, the tourism industry supported more than 390,000 jobs and generated over $36 billion of economic activity for the province.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, every $1 of provincial funding invested through Celebrate Ontario (the model for the Reconnect program) resulted in almost $21 of visitor spending. The impact of the 2021/22 Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster and Reconnect Festival and Event Program investment is estimated to generate over $1 billion in economic benefit across the province.

Reconnect Festival and Event Program funding may be used for eligible expenses such as programming and production, marketing, mobile applications and website development, and making sure health and safety measures are put in place to keep audiences safe.

As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.

DEAD Carp 

Several people have reported some dead fish at Parkhill Reservoir. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff have visited the site and say this is affecting Carp only.

A case like this is not uncommon, said Mari Veliz, ABCA Healthy Watersheds Manager. Incidences like this one have happened in other locations including Pittock Lake in Woodstock; Lake Winnipeg; and Waterville in Minnesota.

“The fish that died at Parkhill Reservoir are all of the same species and seem to be the same size class,” according to Veliz. A fish die-off from something else in the water would affect multiple fish species and fishes of different ages and sizes.

“The Carp species is known to have die-off episodes so that is relevant,” said Veliz. “If there were more species that might indicate a more widespread issue.”

The loss of some Carp can result from a virus specific to Carp; the effects of extreme weather; or a combination. In this case, a virus specific to Carp is the likely cause.

It is believed there is no negative impact on other fish species, other animal species, or humans from a virus such as Koi herpesvirus (KHV) or Carp Edema Virus (CEV), which affect the Carp species only.

Anyone handling fish should use normal safe practices such as hand washing. Scavenger species generally do a good job of cleaning up decomposing fish but dead fish that wash up on shore should be composted or disposed of properly.

ABCA staff started to receive public reports on July 28 of the incidences of dead Carp. Each day, several dead Carp washed up on shore. There are still some live Carp in the Reservoir and the die-off does not seem to have affected any other species.

Staff thanked the public for having informed them.

“We appreciate that people using our conservation areas are contacting us when they become aware of a problem,” said Veliz.





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rEmember this


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, we take a look at some folk art that depicts early agricultural techniques in minute detail...Warning: These models are so captivating that more may appear here occassionally depending on the season.

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The Museum is fortunate enough to have 14 pieces of folk art by Everett Zurbrigg, who created very detailed models of early agricultural equipment used to support the different seasons from planting to harvesting.

This model represents threshing season. It depicts a steam engine and threshing machine with one man standing on the steam engine. The steam engine is painted completely black. The thresher is painted red, black and silver with yellow wheels. There are two elastic bands for pullies. The words, "E Z THRESH" are painted in black on both sides of the thresher. A plaque on the front of the model states that it was “built by Everett Zurbrigg”. It is numbered as model number eight of 14. 


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  a little history on the bayfield community fair Now 165 years young 


2e0216e9-5fb5-4090-a470-b8201ba39044_thmb1953 - School queen and princesses pose for a photo.

DSCN29511893 - Bayfield Agricultural Society m embers list. Note the familiar surnames from Penhale to Stirling to Marks to Gairdner...

b512ad84-ffda-4021-ba27-2c4e7cee3859_thmb1940s - Draft horses and wagon in competition at the Bayfield Fair.  

DSCN29551948 - Bayfield Fair program, school display rules 

0c33edc7-170f-4957-a35e-410a82207b11_thmb1953 - School queen and princesses march in fair parade.  

be2482ad-fdd7-42d0-9945-9bf152180b4b_thmb1962 - Students from Stanley School #8 approach fair gates.  

b2ebcce9-f634-48b3-a80d-ac45c6a89fe7_thmb 1989 - Members of the Bayfield Lioness Club decorated this car quite fancily for the parade.








Bayfield’s annual fair has reflected Huron County’s history and community values for 165 years.

Long before Confederation in 1867, the progressive pioneer families in Stanley and Goderich Townships were keen to improve their crop yields, experiment with new seeds and grains, and breed stronger, healthier livestock. In 1856, Walter Hossin, of the South Huron Agricultural Society, invited William Jowett from the Bayfield Concession, to set a show date and draw up a prize list for the inaugural fair, known then as the Stanley branch event. Jowett was a well- respected local citizen and eventually became a director of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS).

During the fair’s early years, livestock was exhibited in Clan Gregor Square and featured only three classes of horses and one class of ‘grade’ cattle. A small number of “inside exhibits” such as, ‘ladies work’, flowers, seeds, grains and vegetables were displayed in the drill shed near the present-day arena. After 1900, sheep, pigs and fowl were added as livestock classes and other exhibit options were expanded. Judging was by local officials, and in later years, by experts from further afield. Prize money varied from 25 cents to $1.50.

The fair dates changed back and forth over time, depending on weather conditions and other competing events. Earlier years favored late September and early October, however, by the 1980s, the BAS had settled on an August timeline.

There were lean years too for the Bayfield Fair. In 1888, 1905 and 1944 for example, gate receipts and other fair revenue barely covered the BAS expenses. In 1905, a concert featuring home grown talent was introduced as a fundraiser with admission set at 15 and 25 cents. The concert was eventually replaced by a community dance. Midway attractions and a merry-go-round were added in 1946. In 1978, the class for heavy horses was re-introduced due to spectator interest after being cancelled decades earlier when farm tractors replaced draft horses in the field.

By 1886, the fair had moved to its present day location and a new exhibit hall was constructed - humorously dubbed “the crystal palace” after its grandiose British namesake. Horsepower became an even greater draw for fair goers in 1894, when another equine class was added to the program called “speeding in the ring” or later, “tests of speed.” Spectators could now watch races featuring dogs and carts, ponies in harness, and were thrilled to see spirited horses competing in the “farmers trot”, “free- for-all trot” and ‘running race free-for-all.” Races were run on the dirt road around the Square, and not surprisingly, there were more than a few spectacular spills and injuries.

The racetrack was expanded and a grandstand built in 1921 with timber donated by W.J. Stinton. That same year, public schools were encouraged to participate in the crafts competitions and displays. Pupils from Stanley and Goderich Townships and Bayfield entered printing and handwriting samples and competed for prize money in sack races and foot races. By 1938, it was customary for school children to march in parade formation to the fairgrounds. 4-H competitions also provided opportunities for many students to display their skills.

The 100th anniversary of the fair was marked in 1956. Centennial gates were erected at the fairground entrance to celebrate the organization’s years of service. The stone pillars were completed by local stone mason George Weston and a plaque on each pillar honors pioneers of the community. Lucy Woods created a special play depicting the early days of the fair and that same year the town hall also featured a centennial concert of home-grown talent. An anniversary parade down Main Street featured numerous bands, historical costumes and floats, horses, carriages and antique cars.

Then and now, the BAS has benefited from the dedicated service of its Board members and the many outstanding rural families and local community members who contribute to the fair’s success.


1900 - Agnes Metcalf's prize winning flowers and vegetables.

1900 - Agnes Metcalf's prize winning flowers.


DSCN29521948 - Bayfield Fair program cover.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

Waves Crashing - Erin Carroll

Waves CrashingBy Erin Carroll

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

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








Our grandchildren are back with us this week for a bit of summer vacation at the farm and I decided it was time that we introduced them to the fun of entering exhibits at the fair. Now when preparing fair entries, the more the merrier, I say, so we invited two cousins to join us for a morning of creativity. These youngsters worked very hard to print neatly, draw, paint, color and sculpt creatively all in hopes of earning a ribbon or two!

And they invite you to join in this friendly community competition – check out the fair book at under the “Events” drop down menu. Be sure to leave yourself a bit of time before this Friday’s deadline to create an account, add your household’s exhibitors and upload your entries online to ensure that everything is ready for the virtual judging! If you need help contact the fair organizers by looking under the “About the Fair” drop down menu. Best of luck to all who enter. – Melody




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