Bookmark and Share   Aug. 19, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 34 Issue 580




A touchstone of Bayfield folklore vanished from the village coastline in mid-November 2018 but it was clearly a case of “out-of-sight, out-of-mind”. The stern of the steamboat, Linda Hindman, may have broken up and disappeared but the portion of the vessel submerged underwater still remains. On July 15, Transport Canada attached a buoy to the vessel to warn boaters and others of the wreck's existence. (Photos by Mary Margaret Driedger)  

COVID-19 outbreak linked to workplace in southern huron

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has been working closely with the owner of Zehr’s Country Market (Market and Bakery) in Bayfield and as well as Zehr’s Country Market (abattoir – retail only) in Dashwood due to a positive case of COVID-19 associated with the Bayfield location. It was announced on Aug. 14 that, as a precaution, HPPH temporarily closed both locations while a public health investigation is conducted.

It was noted at that time that the the risk to the public is low. However, anyone who was at the Bayfield Zehr’s Country Market on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 10 or 11 is encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and arrange for assessment and possibly testing if necessary.

“The premises owner is fully cooperative and supports the decision to temporarily close while more information is gathered,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

On Aug. 17, HPPH released that they are seeing community transmission of COVID-19 in southern Huron County, reporting six new cases, an additional 13 new cases were added on Aug. 18 - the largest single day COVID-19 case increase in Huron-Perth to date.  All of these cases are associated with the workplace outbreak in Bluewater/South Huron and are concentrated in one or two households, directly related to Zehr’s Country Market. These cases are also connected to a larger spread of cases across Southwestern Ontario in the Mennonite and Low German community. No customer cases have been recorded as of Aug. 18. Public health is grateful for the support of community leaders and the community during this time. All cases are at home isolating; there are no hospitalizations related to these cases.

Over the weekend, HPPH case and contact management determined that there were multiple symptomatic people in households and that increased testing was required. HPPH thanks Huron County EMS and the Stratford General Hospital Emergency Department for their quick response and aid in performing this increased testing over the weekend.

“We ask those in the southern portion of Huron County to please continue taking public health measures,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We also remind all other residents of Huron-Perth that COVID-19 is circulating across both counties and Ontario.”

Anyone in the public who has questions about symptoms, testing or tracing for COVID-19 can visit or

eighth title in the Rose Blair mystery series now available 

Judy's Book #8

The eighth murder mystery in Judy Keightley’s Rose Blair series is now available at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

Keightley published her first Rose Blair murder mystery back in 2013 and many people have been following the antics of characters Rose and Tom on a yearly basis since. Who knew Bayfield locales could conjure up so many tragic events?

Those looking to collect all of the titles should check their bookshelves for: Deep Waters: A Rose Blair Murder Mystery, 2013; Murder at the Croquet Club, 2014; Murder at the Town Hall, 2015; Murder at the Marina, 2016; Murder at the Little Inn, 2017; Murder at the Retreat, 2018; and Murder at Windmill Lake, 2019.

The newest title is The Bayfield River Murder.

The Bayfield River Murder opens with the body of a middle-aged man washing up on the shore on the river near Bayfield. Devoted readers will remember that DCI Hargraves lights a fire in Rose and the naughty spark is still alive. What will Rose do? Retired DCI Susan Parker gets involved again and readers will enjoy following the usual suspects as they investigate murder, learn about water contamination and even make a trip to Manitoulin Island. It’s always an extra bonus for people when they can recognize the locales they’re reading about. Perhaps people might even recognize some of the characters … or think they do.

Don’t miss this continuing saga! People are invited to call The Village Bookshop at 519 565-5600) to reserve a copy. If people wish the opportunity for a copy signed by the author may be available. The prolific Keightley has already started on mystery number nine, so people should be sure to get number eight, The Bayfield River Mystery, while it’s still in stock.

September date set for Telethon in aid of hospice 


Huron Hospice has launched a new fundraising event – “There’s No Place Like Home” for Sept. 17 and there will be Ruby Slippers!

"We had to postpone our Handbags for Huron Hospice live event because of COVID-19," said Dr. Agnes Kluz, Hospice Medical director and event volunteer. "We hoped to be able to reschedule the event, but with so many restrictions in place, this was just not possible. Our wonderful volunteer committee has totally reimagined the event as a virtual one.”

For one night only, Huron Hospice will present a retro-style telethon. The event will celebrate the best of Huron County. It will also recognize that Huron Hospice provides a home-like environment for families on their end of life journeys. The event will be a magical, all-new, never-been-done-before, virtual telethon.

COVID-19 has dictated people's lives for far too long and will do so for the rest of this year. Huron Hospice is working with the creative team at Faux Pop in Goderich to put together an entertaining 90-minute telethon that shows that COVID-19 cannot stop the people of Huron County.

“Many people have been forced to stay at home or work from home. For our children, this has been the longest March Break they will ever experience,” said Dr. Kluz. “With so many people having been forced to stay at home, we thought it would be fun to celebrate home.”

While the details are still being worked out, Huron Hospice will present a high-profile host, fantastic entertainment including, Bayfield pianists Bruce Ubukata and Stephen Ralls and others from across Huron County.

Dr. Kluz added, "We welcome more performers. If you are a talented Huron County resident and entertainer, we would like to talk with you about performing at the event."

Willy Van Klooster, Executive Director of Huron Hospice announced today, “There is no ticket price to participate in the event this year. We want everyone to join in the celebration. However, it is a fundraiser telethon, and we are inviting everyone in Huron County to consider donating to support Huron Hospice. When you donate, your name will light up the telethon event!"

The community provides half of the revenue Huron Hospice needs to provide the services that it has become well known for providing, palliative care in residence and the community, grief recovery and bereavement support and counselling.

Secretary sought for Bayfield Agricultural Society 

The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) are inviting people to consider joining them in the year leading up to their 165th anniversary by becoming a member of the society, the board, or both!

“What a perfect time to consider becoming a member,” said BAS President Lorraine Shields. “Be part of something unique and everlasting, a part of the community’s future while maintaining and celebrating its heritage and roots.”

People are encouraged to share their skills, experiences and assets with the BAS. For more information contact Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296 or email or Lorraine Shields at 519 653-7039 or email

The Board of Directors for the BAS also have a vacancy for the role of Secretary-Administrative Support. This is a volunteer position with a possible stipend provided annually.

The BAS Board members are seeking an individual who is interested in the preservation of 164 years of agricultural and rural history while enjoying time with a group of like-minded people. Attention to detail, basic computer skills and experience in Word and Outlook would be assets. Duties will include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence and membership. Training and support will be provided for all duties.

Attendance would be expected at general meetings two hours per month (March-November) plus director meetings four times per year (or as needed). Meetings will be electronic (Zoom) or in-person.

2021 Lions' Calendar available via farmers' market website 

FRONT COVER 2021The 2021 version of the Bayfield Lions' Club's calendar will be for sale starting this Friday, Aug. 14. In addition to online purchases calendars will be available at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters or The Village Bookshop. (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2021 Bayfield Calendar. This eighth edition of the Club’s Calendar project is still only $10!

Calendars are now available for purchase via the Bayfield Farmers’ Market website: or the Bayfield Lions’ Club website: They can be picked up at Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Aug. 21 during the Bayfield Farmers’ Market pick up times. Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. 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.).

These beautiful Calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can also be purchased from any Lions member. The Calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters or The Village Bookshop.

Terry Fox Run participants will unite in spirit, not in person 


The Terry Fox Foundation is excited to announce that Canadians will continue to support cancer research through virtual runs from coast to coast to coast this September.

Fox once said, “Anything is possible if you try.” Today, 40 years later, organizers will have to innovate as well and they can’t think of anything that Fox would appreciate more. Help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope by joining in a virtual run.

Registration is now open at

Organizers note that the run will be “one day – your way” as participants “will unite in spirit, not in person”.

This “run” can take place wherever participants are on Sunday, Sept. 20: walk, run or ride around the neighborhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. Register as an individual, family or a virtual team and then start fundraising because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over and because Fox asked everyone to try and because its the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope!

For a 2020 special anniversary merchandise order form please email

The Bayfield Virtual Terry Fox Run is being coordinated for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association by co-coordinators Heather Hamilton and Colleen Zrini. To learn more contact Zrini at 519 697-9631


 covid-19 recovery survey  


Bayfield Social Recovery Action Group is a team of Bayfield leaders and citizens that have been asked by Huron County Economic Development to explore the needs of the community as it relates to COVID recovery and individual resident willingness to resume activities.

In an effort to identify these needs and encourage organizations to reopen with appropriate distancing measures in place, the team would like to understand specific needs and opportunities.

The survey below is intended to help us create a stronger, more resilient community. Group members would request that area residents take a few complete this survey:

farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 13th market of the season on Friday, Aug. 21.

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, shoppers will find: Beets, carrots and spinach from Firmly Rooted; seasonal flowers, arugula and beets from Faro Farms; locally roasted coffee from Shopbike Coffee Roasters; bacon, burgers and chops from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; refreshing, gut-friendly kombucha from Culture Shock Brewery;
vegan dips and a variety of homemade pierogi from J.Bogal Foods; and lots more. 

In addition, the market is partnering with the Bayfield Lions’ Club to launch their 2021 Bayfield calendar. These calendars can be purchased for $10 each through the online store.

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.

Knox Church

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.

Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link

Bayfield beer and food festival 

Back in April, the Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, originally scheduled for May 9, was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis until Sept. 12. Organizers have now decided that they cannot proceed with the festival on that new date and have postponed it until May 15, 2021.

Organizers note that the original tickets will still be valid for the 2021 festival, however, if anyone would prefer a cash refund an opportunity to obtain one will be held on Refund Day, Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Bayfield Arena from 9-11 a.m.

back packs for kids 

Bayfield Area Food Bank (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 Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB.

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.

guided hikes 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will offer guided hikes on Oct. 25th and Nov. 17th. Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional.

The Fall Colors Hike will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25th at 2 p.m. at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area. Hikers will see a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas at the peak beauty of the fall season.

Participants are asked to meet and park at 79152 Hwy 21, 7 km south of Goderich between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. A map can be viewed at The hike is 3 KM, moderate difficulty with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles, and will last about 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Pam Bowers at 519 565-4605.

National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17 to celebrate the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.

historical society 

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from now 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. 

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. The original painting can be viewed when the Archives is open Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. As of Aug. 10, the bid sits at $750. 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 auction closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29. 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:

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 we feature two strikingly pretty sisters. 

IMG_0389Bowie and Iggy (Submitted photo)  

These two beautiful white, with a little grey, sisters are soft as silk and full of playful enthusiasm. Volunteers at the Rescue call them the rock stars – Bowie and Iggy.

Bowie (named after David Bowie) has one blue and one green eye, giving her a striking appearance. She is outgoing and playful and likes cuddles. Iggy (named for Iggy Pop) is a bit more reserved compared to Bowie but equally as enchanting. Once she gets to know someone all is well in the universe.

The Rescue volunteers feel that these two lovely kittens would benefit from being adopted together.

Interested in providing Bowie and Iggy with their forever homes? 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.



    huron residents asked to take survey about covid-19 impacts  

COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.

“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”

The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.

The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail in the coming days, including a prepaid return envelope. For Perth residents, the survey will be available beginning Sept. 1.

“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.

safe start agreement provides first round emergency funding

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities.

Municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. This funding will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.

“Municipalities in Huron-Bruce will be receiving more than $7.7 million,” announced Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “From my talks with local leaders, this is much needed assistance that will go a long way in helping their municipalities deliver services too.”

The full list of funds includes: Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, $189,100; Municipality of Bluewater, $330,000; Brockton, $267,100; Bruce County, $2,497,900; Central Huron, $257,900; Goderich, $221,500; Howick Township, $90,100; Huron County, $1,833,800; Huron East, $240,000; Huron-Kinloss, $256,600; Kincardine, $376,500; Morris-Turnberry, $79,800; North Huron, $138,500; Saugeen Shores, $499,200; South Bruce, $149,300; and South Huron, $286,900. Total in funding is $7,714,200.

Ontario is also providing municipal service managers and Indigenous housing partners with an additional $212 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment can help them protect homeless shelter staff and residents, expand rent support programming and create longer-term housing solutions. This brings the government's total Social Services Relief Fund investment provided to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million.

Through the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, $695 million will help municipalities address operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic through the first round of emergency funding, and over $660 million will support transit systems. The province is also providing an additional $212 million through the Social Services Relief Fund to help vulnerable people find shelter.

The details were provided Aug. 13 by Premier Doug Ford; Rod Phillips, minister of Finance; Kinga Surma, Associate minister of Transportation (GTA); and Jim McDonell, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had the backs of our municipalities, which is why we are announcing up to $1.6 billion in critical funding today (Aug. 12) to help strengthen our communities and safely restart our economy," said Premier Ford. "This first round of funding will address the most urgent needs of our communities, ensuring critical services like transit and shelters are there when people need them most."

In Fall 2020, Ontario's 444 municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding to help address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will be allocated on a per household basis and would be shared 50/50 between upper and lower-tier municipalities. Up to $695 million in additional funding will be available through Phase 2 to eligible municipalities after municipalities have provided the province with information on their estimated COVID-19 related financial pressures.

Ontario is also providing municipal service managers and Indigenous housing partners with an additional $212 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment can help them protect homeless shelter staff and residents, expand rent support programming and create longer-term housing solutions. This brings the government's total Social Services Relief Fund investment provided to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million.

demonstrate hope: plant a tree 

Tree_Planting_2020_Ausable_Bayfield_Conservation_NRBrody Schoelier, of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation tree planting crew, helps to improve local forest conditions by planting trees in this 2020 image. (Submitted photo)

The year 2020 hasn’t turned out the way anyone expected. The pandemic changed the way people behave and think and has changed perspectives about what is important. Despite the tough times communities and families have been through, they are looking to the future with hope: Hope that they can get together with family and friends soon. Hope that they will be back in their work places. Hope that the markets will recover. Hope that they can make up for lost revenue and business opportunities.

One of the best ways for people to demonstrate hope is to plant a tree. It exhibits hope for the future and it will add a feature to people’s property that can be enjoyed for decades to come. People have been enjoying shade trees throughout this summer during their stay-cations.

Springtime is the traditional time for tree planting but COVID-19 changed those plans for many people. Autumn is an ideal time to plant larger conifer and hardwood trees.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is now taking fall orders. Species include a variety of Cedar, Spruce, Pine, Maple, Oak, and Tulip Tree. They range in size from 18 inches to five feet tall and are $17 to $25.

The ABCA purchases the trees in bulk from nurseries and then sells to local landowners for projects that benefit water quality, soil health, and habitat for all living things. The trees are best suited for field windbreaks, shelterbelts around buildings, and buffers along streams and rivers. Plantings that prevent soil erosion and improve water quality could qualify for grants to help reduce the costs.

Landowners can pick up the trees at the ABCA office east of Exeter around Thanksgiving or they can arrange, with ABCA, for staff to plant the trees.

People making tree orders can submit email, mail, and faxed orders until Sept. 18. Orders accompanied by payment are accepted until Sept. 30.

To find out more visit the website at this webpage link:

Anyone interested may also phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.


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:

drive-in movie for Alzheimers of huron

unnamedJoaquin Phoenix and Reece Witherspoon starred in "Walk the Line" released in 2004 and soon to once again grace the big screen, at the Starlite Drive-in, in support of the Alzheimers Society of Huron County. (Photo by Mark Seliger/Corbis Outline)  

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County and the Starlite Drive-In Movie Theatre located in Shipka, ON, look forward to sharing the story of Johnny Cash on the big screen.

The Starlite Drive-In has long been touted as a nostalgic movie experience, dating back to 1958. Based on two autobiographies by singer-songwriter, Johnny Cash, “Walk the Line” follows Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent to fame in the country music scene.

There are limited tickets available for only $10 per car. Concessions and washrooms will be available, participants may also choose to pack their own snacks to enjoy.

To avoid disappointment, people are encouraged to purchase their advance tickets now at Service fees apply.

For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email

Cultural funding 

On Aug. 12, Lisa MacLeod, minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries joined Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce, to announce over $550,000 in funding to help propel the local arts and tourism sectors in the area.

“Our sectors were hit first, the hardest and will take the longest to recover,” said MacLeod. “As our government moves forward with reopening the province, we are proud to support numerous organizations that build up our unique communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the government has continued to invest in Ontario’s tourism and creative sectors. Through Community Museum Operating Grants, the Celebrate Ontario program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the government has made investments to enrich local and visitor experiences, including: Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, $205,000; Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, $71,830; Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol, $63,226; 49th Huron Country Playhouse Theatre Festival, $80,044; Lucknow’s Music in the Fields, $60,624; Blyth Centre for the Arts, $59,500; Huron Waves Music Festival, $20,659; and Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, $5,500.

“Tourism, as well as sporting and cultural events, play a huge role in the local economies in Huron--Bruce,” said Thompson. “The supports we are announcing today are especially important given the challenges we are all facing during the pandemic.”

 County Signage 

 In consultation with local municipalities and community partners, the County of Huron Economic Development department has produced a business signage package related to the COVID-19 pandemic for consistent entryway signage to businesses and establishments that do not have consistent signage programs in their communities already.

A series of consistent, clear and welcoming signage options have been developed that kindly ask visitors to self-screen prior to entry, wear face coverings or masks, and practice physical distancing. Friendly signage options also remind visitors of customer limits within the store and hand hygiene expectations. Each sign recognizes the County of Huron, local Municipality and BIA in each area, as well as Huron Perth Public Health as supporters.

“It is important that our business community is using consistent signage that allows for easy recognition of expectations and public health messages, while being friendly and welcoming,” said Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn. “By using consistent signage, it signals a strong commitment from businesses and the community in working together to help keep everyone safe.”

The idea for consistent signage was inspired by an initiative undertaken by Doug Kuyvenhoven, chair of the Wingham BIA. Kuyvenhoven personally provided signage, hand sanitizing stations and plexiglass shields to businesses in Wingham. Central Huron and Bluewater have also initiated signage programs.

To access the signage, owners and operators are invited to reach out to their local Municipality, Business Improvement Area (BIA) or Chamber of Commerce.

Alternatively, digital versions of the signs can be downloaded directly from the County of Huron Economic Development webpage:



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

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 (open Thursday to Sunday by appointment - call 519 524-2686) . 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 feature a handcrafted model of a ship with an interesting family history. 

schooner "emily Grace" 

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This is the model of the schooner "Emily Grace". It is a 4 ft 2 in ship model. It is enclosed in a wood and glass front cabinet -- it is a three-masted schooner with sails out; men climbing on the masts and on the deck; smaller boat in background; portholes made from eyelets of shoes; small flag at back of schooner and anchor at front; a metal hook at bottom back holds the cabinet to the base.

This schooner model was built between 1927 and 1935 by John Malcom MacDonald and John Donald MacDonald both of Goderich.

According to John A. MacDonald (son and grandson to the above), the ship model was crafted at the kitchen table at their residence in Goderich in the winter months when his father and grandfather were not busy fishing or working on such schooners along the Huron shore.

The vessel is a typical three-masted schooner of the 1800s, finely detailed and rigged just as the real-life vessels would have been. The hull was allegedly configured from scrap timbers from actual shipwreck remains tossed up on the Goderich shoreline.

The “Emily Grace of Goderich”, is called by that name to honor the portholes - made from the eyelets of an old pair of shoes owned by Emily Grace MacDonald, of the same family.



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the 164th bayfield community fair went virtual 

192A1735The fairgrounds was decorated with blossoms, butterflies and bees on Aug. 14 for those who purchased a Drive-thru Chicken Dinner to enjoy.

192A1691A limited number of fair volunteers worked the Drive-thru Chicken Dinner on Friday night, Aug. 14.  

192A1741For those who visit the Bayfield Fair website they will experience an awareness of modern agriculture, some local entertainment and many short videos. The videos were released during the three days of the fair but now can be viewed in their entirety from home.

192A1714On Aug. 14, during the Drive-thru Chicken Dinner service, Adam Lang played to entertain anyone who parked and ate in the heat of the evening.  

192A1736On the fairgrounds a fence displayed blossoms, butterflies and bees which happened to be the theme of the fair.

192A1724Two human bee sisters, Gayle Beuermann and Glenda Kemp, buzzed around near the gates as cars arrived getting their Drive-thru Chicken Dinner.

Poster 1 Weylin S165th Fair Poster by Weylin S. (Submitted photo)  

Poster 2 Cate T165th Fair Poster by Cate T. (Submitted photo)






The fair date for the Bayfield Community Fair of Aug. 14 arrived but seemed so strange with no midway, large tent and an arena filled with displays. On the fairgrounds a fence displayed blossoms, butterflies and bees which happened to be the theme of the fair. Two human bee sisters, Gayle Beuermann and Glenda Kemp, buzzed around near the gates as cars arrived getting their drive thru chicken meal. In the background music from Adam Lang was playing to entertain anyone who parked and ate in the heat of the evening.

The Bayfield Fair, one of over 200 in Ontario, had to make the tough decision several months earlier that a typical fair was not possible to protect the health of its volunteers and fairgoers. In its place an alternative fair was planned with a much, reduced set of competitions for its young people, the annual exposure to farm life, demonstrations of how some of the exhibit categories are judged and some interviews. These had to be created to be viewed strictly online. New skillsets were needed and employed by the fair volunteers.

For those who visit the Bayfield Fair website they will experience an awareness of modern agriculture, some local entertainment and many short videos. The videos were released during the three days of the fair but now can be viewed in their entirety from home. Another fair year is over and little work is needed taking things down and putting things away; however, the next fair is already being planned for the 165th year. The image of videos is slowly fading away with an image of next year slowly coming into range. Join the fair team and be part of making the 165th fair the best!

The image of this past fair that stays in my mind is looking at two hours of videotapes and after eight hours getting a finished product that was just under three minutes - a whole new appreciation of editing was developed. My second lasting image was looking at the posters several youths sent in - one was painted on a canvas by a very young artist and another wonderful poster, which will be her last exhibited poster, was created by someone who will no longer be able to enter the poster competition because of her age. How has time gone; she had been entering this competition for so many years. All the posters will be used in the 2021 prize book. I encourage you to enter your favorite memory of the fair on the fair Facebook page: “Bayfield Fair & Agricultural Society”.

192A1733Posters depicting the theme of the 2021 Bayfield Community Fair were on display at Agricultural Park on Aug. 14. All the posters will be used in the 2021 prize book.

Poster 5 Jude C165th Fair Poster by Jude C. (Submitted photo)

Poster 4 Brendan R165th Fair Poster by Brendan R. (Submitted photo)  

Poster 3 Brendan R165th Fair Poster by Brendan R. (Submitted photo)



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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








It has been almost two months since I shared that we had planted a vegetable-fruit-flower garden on our farm to help pass the time through a social distancing summer so it is time for an update. Anyone want a cucumber or two? Who knew that three plants could offer up such bounty? I found a terrific recipe for Cucumber Bread if anyone would like it.

Also, if three cucumber plants could produce such an abundance of cukes than you can probably imagine what 18 tomato plants can do. We may have planted the tomatoes a bit too close together. We have a very healthy but knarled mass of Grape, Cherry, Roma and Heirloom all intertwined that is quite entertaining to try and pick in.

Oh, and the pumpkins – they are called Big Max for a reason! They are growing by leaps and bounds each day and a couple are even starting to turn a familiar orange color – Jack-O-Lantern season will soon be upon us and I think the grandkids will have very locally produced pumpkins to carve this year.

Not to be left out our cat Sammy was given his own patch of Catnip and he did an excellent job of sculpting it by lying in it during supervised visits. He lost interest in it when it flowered and the bees took over. He then moved onto the carrots. He enjoys hiding amongst the luscious ferns that this vegetable casts out.

Yes, the garden has become a real family affair. And next week when the grandkids return for Camp Gramel 2.O - they will know doubt marvel at its growth since they were last here. They can also help us with cucumber consumption as it is their favorite veg! – Melody



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