Bookmark and Share   Aug. 18, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 34 Issue 632

"Harvesting memories, planting the future" this weekend 

48580477366_3f961dd091_kThe train on loan from the Parkhill Agricultural Society is always a fair highlight for youngsters and it will be back for the 165th community fair this weekend! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Following a year of planning, the 165th Bayfield Community Fair will soon be a weekend of gathering together and celebrating this rural community. It will be a hybrid fair so gathering can be safe but still have the essence of competitions, entertainment, and seeing one another again - socially distanced.

On Friday, Aug. 20, a chicken barbecue dinner (advance meal orders only) will be enjoyed followed by the 165th fair opening. The opening will feature Senator Rob Black who is a strong advocate for agriculture in Canada. He will deliver a few comments before officially opening the fair. Musician Adam Lang will be performing on the entertainment stage and an expanded fireworks show will conclude the evening.

Saturday morning, Aug. 21, people will be treated to a demonstration featuring Arabian horses and the 4H shows will return.

“The 4H shows highlight the work that many young people have been doing all summer looking after and preparing their sheep and dairy calves to show them at our fair,” said Doug Yeo, on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “The Friesian horse show will be in the afternoon with a couple of timed events where horses and driver are tested to see how fast they can manoeuvre through a course.”

Yeo also noted that there will be several children’s activity centres including, the Discovery Tent and a “What is it?” tent. Snippity the Clown will be making balloon animals for the children and Tex Rexman will be performing his comedy cowboy entertainment.

“It is a pleasure to be able to have Tex Rexman attend this year’s fair since he was originally booked for 2020 until COVID-19 changed everyone’s plans. The evening is also busy with a showcase by the Rise2Fame contestants. Mary Paige and Irelyn St. Onge will also entertain with their versatile talent,” said Yeo.

Sunday will feature the heavy horses and community music on the entertainment stage plus a local dog agility show will amuse everyone.

“Check out the antics of these dogs who are eager to have people cheer them on,” said Yeo.

There will be a train ride for the children all weekend and the animal display barn will be open. Plus, there will be a tractor display for visitors to check out.

Several community groups will have booths that people are encouraged to visit. Homecraft demonstrations will be in the arena as well as a display of “giant” vegetables (giant, depends on the weather). Visitors should be on the look out for a location with a screen that will feature some interviews of people with their memories of past fairs as well as the winners of the virtual fair competitions.

The Bayfield and Area Food Bank will be setting up a booth to accept any food donations that people bring in.

“If there is anything we have learned from our past year and a half is to look out for those less fortunate,” said Yeo.

Yeo noted that “Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future” is an appropriate theme for the 165th fair.

“What memories do you hold of fairs in Bayfield? How can we ensure fairs will be part of the future for Bayfield? Check out the signage showing who the supporters are for this year’s fair. Even with very uncertain times, our supporters continued their commitment to the fair. Their commitment is so appreciated,” he concluded.

People who attend the fair are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so that they can watch the various shows as seating will be limited on the bleachers. They may also wish to bring an umbrella for shade if the weekend proves to be sunny and hopefully it will!

To see the full schedule with event times visit:

concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds 

Paul Loeffelholz photoPaul Loeffelholz is a member of "Beatles in Blue" who will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 28. (Submitted photo)

The bands, “Beatles in 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 offering fun activites at the Community Fair 


The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is excited to be able to participate in the 165th edition of the Bayfield Community Fair. Look for their booth at the Agricultural Park and meet the folks behind the scenes this coming weekend. Their booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They have a number of kid-friendly activities planned so please be sure to bring the little ones their way.

Coloring contests are always popular with the younger crowd. A local citizen has created a great template depicting the spirit of the event and it is ready to come to life with creative touches by junior artists.

Colouring ContestParticipants can download and print the page from the Bayfield PACC website or pick up a copy at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Village Bookshop, or from the Bayfield Public Library. (Submitted photo)  

“You can download and print the page from our website at or pick up a copy at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Village Bookshop, or from the Bayfield Public Library. Prizes will be available!” explained Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.

“Another activity will test your powers of observation? Do you have any math skills? If so, you would likely do well in “guessing the number of dog cookies in the jar”. Just kidding, of course, you certainly do not need any special talents to take a wild guess and you could make your dog very happy,” added Johnson.

If the weather permits, Bayfield PACC will also be offering “Pups and People Portraits” at the PACC Photo Booth. Local photographers will be available on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring their canine companions and these photographers will endeavor to capture some memorable moments.

“We would also like to mention that Bonnie Hirst of Greenacre Dog Training and Agility will be providing a demonstration of agility events on Sunday at noon and 1:30 pm. Perhaps we have some future canine athletes in the crowd who could be inspired by this event. Be sure to check it out.,” said Johnson.

She went on to say that Bayfield PACC would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who have already completed their survey. For those who have not, or who do not have access to the on-line survey, they will have hard copies available at the PACC booth.

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 tickets remaining for saturday only  

IMG_1938This framed photograph, printed on metallic paper, is just one of the art pieces available at the "Year of the Barn" event. (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!”

The 15 tickets available for the private, evening reception to be held on Friday is now sold out. Tickets are still available for the following day when those people who purchase from 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.

Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September 


At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Fox started training to run across Canada. In 1980, he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km - covering six provinces - to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Fox and as a result $850 million have been raised for cancer research.

Locally people can run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep his dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $41,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. This year the Run will be held virtually again, meaning participants can choose the route and the time when they want to participate. Register as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site or people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. People can also scan the QR Codes on all posters and signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to donate via their phone.

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 19 between 9-10:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. Organizers will also be selling 2021 Terry Fox t-shirts at $20 each. They will also have 2021 participation seals available. In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Anyone who may have questions is asked to please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit

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


Library Friends AGM  

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The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.11 via ZOOM.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.

The AGM is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is kindly asked to register in advance for the ZOOM meeting. To do so please visit the Friends of the Bayfield Library Facebook page where the ZOOM link is shared.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the meeting. All are welcome!

Artist Guild 

20180818_115947Mary Hurley presented her art for sale at a previous event hosted by the Bayfield Artist Guild. The next show and sale is set for Aug. 21. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Artist Guild is holding an Art Show and Sale this Saturday, Aug. 21.

People are invited to shop for paintings, drawings, handmade cards and photography from noon to 3 p.m. at 52 Colina Street across from Pioneer Park. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Perferred payment for purchases will be cash or an E-transfer.

Lions' Calendar 2022 


The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2022 Bayfield Calendar. This twelfth edition of the calendar (tenth as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield) was launched on Aug. 14. The paper quality has been improved so that the calendar is now more vibrant than ever.

These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lions’ member. The calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website and following the instructions there.

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. 

Meditation and Mindfulness 

In the fall of 2020, Bayfield resident Christine Lang organized a day-long “Meditation and Mindfulness” event at the Bayfield Community Centre. Following COVID-19 guidelines, Instructor Amanda Ingall led the participants on a journey of peace and inner reflection. Lang would like to organize another event in the Spring of 2022 and is reaching out to the community to see if there is interest in participation. 

Please email Lang at for more information. To learn more about Ingall visit, To learn more about Vicky Morrison, the proposed second meditation instructor, visit,

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.

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. 15 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. 

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

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 now 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 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


236086265_899817170960669_5709187779558526563_n Miranda (Submitted photo)

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

Miranda isthe Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.

Miranda is a very tiny, silver Tabbi. When she came to the Rescue she was very, very ill. According to volunteers, it has taken a long time to get her back to health but she is there now! She also lost part of her tail due to some trauma that occurred before she was taken in by a kind person. She is very affectionate but a little cautious when she first meets people. It takes her a little bit to warm up but she loves to be loved and has lots of love to give in return. Miranda may be a perpetual kitten which is surprising because she has a very, very healthy appetite. She regularly looks at volunteers with her soulful eyes and expects to get a treat and for putting those big golden eyes to work she is regulary rewarded.

Could you be Miranda's forever family? Anyone interested in adopting her is 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.



new art installation at arkona to educate about watersheds   

Art_Watershed_of_Clay_NR_1 A new piece of artwork, called, "A Watershed of Clay", was installed at Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre, at Rock Glen Conservation Area recently. Shown with the artwork are l-r: University of Guelph School of Engineering Researcher Hannah May and Conservation Educator Nina Sampson, with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. The clay ceramic art was created by artist Andrea Piller. This art and science project was funded by Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) and the Food from Thought program. (Submitted photo)  

Thousands of visitors to Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre will know more about watersheds, and protecting them, thanks to the installation of a piece of art called, “A Watershed of Clay”.

“We all need to work together to protect soil and water and we are all a piece of the puzzle,” said Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Nina Sampson. “Art moves us and inspires us to look at our landscape in a new way. Visitors to the museum will learn about local watersheds through this artwork and we hope it will inspire them to take positive actions to protect them.”

ABCA staff installed the art, at the museum located in Rock Glen Conservation Area (RGCA) in Arkona, in August. Artist Andrea Piller created the ceramic sculptural piece. The artwork is 57 inches wide and 36 inches tall. It weighs about 100 pounds. Piller’s ceramic sculptural artwork is inspired by Ontario’s land, sky, and shorelines.

The art project was possible thanks to the work of researcher Hannah May. She is a Masters student and Food from Thought 2020 Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholar working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Binns and Dr. Jana Levison. As a University of Guelph School of Engineering Researcher, she is doing research at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Integrated Water and Climate Research Station located in Parkhill Creek. May is researching the transportation of nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen) in the Great Lakes Basin watersheds where clay soil is common.

Surface runoff, drainage, and erosion can lead to excess nutrient enrichment in the Great Lakes. This can impact the abundance and diversity of species in the lake and could add to toxic algal blooms and eutrophication, which is harmful to human and aquatic health. There is a need to manage water running off of land and to develop strategies to reduce nutrient loss to the Great Lakes as climate changes, according to May. She said there is a need to understand how watersheds work, how nutrients can reach the lake, and how people can reduce these impacts. The artwork helps to teach the public about nutrient movement in a watershed and the need to manage and reduce those impacts.

To learn more visit:

Artist Andrea Piller; researcher Hannah May; and conservation educator Nina Sampson worked together to develop this clay artwork. They wanted to provide a message about the science of watersheds but also to spark curiosity and get viewers to think about how water, watersheds, and people are connected. The mosaic clay tiles show the water cycle and landscape features. Arrows show how runoff, streamflow, groundwater, evaporation, rain, snow and other precipitation interact. The project team decided on clay as a material as clay soil is a key part of the landscape along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Clay has been used in local home construction, for instance.

May said the artwork project has been a fascinating one.

“This has been a great chance to connect with people outside my field, to build relationships, and to communicate concepts in a simple and creative way to new audiences,” she said.

This art project was funded by Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) and the Food from Thought program (a $76.6-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund). The creation of this artwork is part of an arts-based knowledge mobilization project. GIER has a vision to break down barriers among disciplinary silos and bring the arts, the sciences, the humanities, and the engineering together to tackle complex environmental problems.

Hpha board approves mandatory vaccinations for staff 

While continuing to focus its efforts on strengthening vaccine confidence and voluntary vaccinations for staff, physicians and midwives, at its meeting on Aug. 5, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) Board of Directors endorsed all measures to increase rates, up to and including implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

“The Board of Directors’ primary accountability is the safety of those receiving and providing care at our four hospital sites,” said HPHA Board Chair, Ron Lavoie. “As one of the largest employers in Huron and Perth Counties we also feel it is important to reinforce how essential vaccines are to all of us.”

Currently 88 per cent of staff, 93 per cent of physicians and 89 per cent of midwives have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 83 per cent, 92 per cent and 81 per cent respectively having received both doses. Onsite vaccine appointments are being offered, with significant efforts focusing on ensuring access to the latest, validated information on the importance and safety of vaccines. All unvaccinated HPHA team members are required to submit signed confirmation of their current intention to decline to be vaccinated. Furthermore, the organization will be requiring unvaccinated team members to participate in mandatory COVID-19 education and undergo regular COVID-19 testing, to be introduced later in the summer, prior to scheduled shifts.

At this meeting the Board also heard that all onsite volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated when volunteer programs are reintroduced and students, absent of documented medical reasons, will require vaccines.

“With the Delta Variant becoming more prevalent, and the possibility of a Wave Four, we feel all responsible strategies need to be introduced to increase vaccine rates,” added HPHA President & CEO, Andrew Williams. “Our Team has had first-hand experience of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on patients, families and communities. We all know that the best way to minimize these impacts into the future is to focus on increasing vaccine rates along with following all infection prevention and control and public health measures.”

The HPHA also continues to work closely with area hospitals and health care partners in an effort to align vaccination efforts.

West Nile Virus confirmed at mosquito trap in Goderich 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) would like to remind residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in Goderich tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Announced on Aug. 10, this is the first positive mosquito finding of the season for Huron County.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” said Senior Public Health Inspector, Dale Lyttle. “In the late summer months, people are at greatest risk of contracting West Nile Virus, so it is important to protect yourself while outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.”

The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes in locations across Huron and Perth since June 10. Homeowners are reminded to check their properties for areas of standing water and remove them to prevent breeding areas for mosquitoes.

In Ontario, one probable or confirmed human case of WNV has been reported so far this year. Not everyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito will show symptoms of the virus. Of those who do show symptoms, most will experience mild illness, including fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and rash on chest, stomach or back. About one in 150 people infected will get seriously ill, with symptoms like high fever, muscle weakness, vision loss and coma. WNV can lead to death.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
• Using an insect repellent when outdoors containing DEET or Icaridin. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
• Covering up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and pants when outdoors or in areas where mosquito activity is high.
• Taking extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Removing standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.


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.

Provincial funding 

The Ontario government announced on Aug. 16 that it is providing close to $2 million in new funding to help local municipalities deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions, and keep vulnerable people safe.

“If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that we must protect our most vulnerable,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “Today’s announcement will play a big part in making this possible across the counties of Huron and Bruce.”

Bruce County will receive $1,051,200 while Huron County will be receiving $826,100.

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners respond to COVID-19. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) announced in 2020-2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.

“Municipalities have been on the frontlines of Ontario’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout, while continuing to protect our most vulnerable populations, including homeless populations,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. “Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to keep their communities safe, and today’s funding will help our local partners deliver critical services, support vulnerable people, and unlock affordable housing in their communities.”

Municipalities and Indigenous community partners can use the funding to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.

Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.

This province-wide investment includes $21 million of funding under the previously announced Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) that is being allocated to help support community housing. As part of its Community Housing Renewal Strategy and response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.3 billion in 2021-2022 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.


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!”


IMG_4044Members of the Huron Harp School provided some tranquil music in the garden at The Village Bookshop on the afternoon of Aug. 10. (Photo by Gayle Waters)  




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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. 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, in recognition of the 165th Bayfield Community Fair we feature a couple of entries from fairs gone by - one local and one international...

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This is a button sampler. The various buttons are in a butterfly pattern, sewn between two pieces of beige paper. A pencil outline of the butterfly is visible. There is a pink and red piece of paper attached to the sampler near the bottom left hand corner that notes that Marjorie Beierling won first place at Zurich Agricultural Society Fair Competition on July 24, 1976 for her picture made of buttons.

Majorie was a teacher at S.S. # 11, Hay until 1949, and married Herbert Beierling in 1946.


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This is a photo taken by Reuben R Sallows of a "Mammoth Green Squash"- grown in 1904 in Goderich. It weighed 403 lbs and won first prize at the St. Louis World's Fair. Standing at either side of the squash are Iris and Grace Warnock and, Murray Black is on top.  






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  world indigenous peopleS day recognized with hike   



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Guest speaker David D Plain led a large and enthusiastic group of 27 hikers on the Sawmill Trail on Aug. 9 in recognition of World Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Plain told four stories about the Indigenous people of this area from the year 1500 to the signing of the Huron Tract Treaty in 1827. Plain, who lives in Sarnia, is a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and descendant of several chiefs of the Ahnishenahbek (Ojibweh).

Beginning at the Observation Deck and including stops at the cedar forest and at Bender Point, hikers learned about the culture and struggles of the Ahnishenahbek, whose territory included all of southern Lake Huron from the Flint River in Michigan to the Maitlaind River in Huron County.





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Late Summer Sunset Bronson Line Farm, Bayfield...By Jane Seifried

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Summer food memories from days gone by…I have a few…being sent to the neighbors’ farm to pick cherries. I don’t like cherries, so my Mother never worried that I would eat more than I picked. Lying in the grass beside our vegetable garden looking up at the stars while eating peas straight out of the pod. Looking so forward to the Huron County Pork Producers Dinner and Dance every summer when I got to eat my absolute favorite - smoked pork chops. Plus, dessert was always a butterscotch sundae served in a paper cup with a wooden spoon. That was some edible magic right there!

Why all this food nostalgia you ask? Well, a note came across my desk about a project that some of our senior readers might be interested in participating in…and it got me to reminiscing a bit. You’ll find the details below. – Melody

The Culinary Historians of Canada (CHC) organization is pleased to announce a new project, sponsored by a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“Just a Bite: Summer Food Memories from Ontario Seniors” will be a collection of food memories from summers long past, a project to preserve and share youthful memories of meals eaten, gardens harvested, festivals celebrated, country fairs attended between the summer and fall equinoxes. They hope to hear from as many individuals, cultural groups, and geographical areas as possible around Ontario. While its final forms are still undetermined, the collection is to be a repository of historical food memories for future researchers.

They have written a set of questions to elicit these summer food memories from participants. By visiting partipants will find two PDF formats to choose from in the form of a fillable or printable “Just a Bite” booklet. Alternatively, people can request one or multiple paper copies be mailed to them.

Over the summer of 2021, the “Just a Bite” booklets will be shared widely among seniors’ groups, cultural groups, clubs, institutions, associations, and service organizations. Please feel free to forward and share the booklet with members, colleagues, friends, and family. All memories welcome!

The date to return filled booklets is Sept. 30 to either or Culinary Historians of Canada, Box 149, 260 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1N1.

CHC looks forward to “Just a Bite” becoming a legacy project with help from Ontario Seniors.





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