LINDA HINDMAN MARKED
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 www.hpph.ca/coronavirus or covid-19.ontario.ca.
eighth title in the Rose Blair mystery series now available
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 email@example.com or Lorraine Shields at 519 653-7039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The 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: bayfieldfarmersmarket.com or the Bayfield Lions’ Club website: bayfieldlions.ca. 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 terryfox.org/run/.
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 email@example.com
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: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVKHG23.
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 openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop. 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, www.localline.ca/firmly-rooted, 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 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 pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/weekly-sermon/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
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 www.ontariotrails.on.cal. 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 www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail. 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.
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.
This 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: www.bayfieldhistorical.ca.
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.
Bowie 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 email@example.com.
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.