Bookmark and Share   Aug. 26, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 35 Issue 581

virtual public meeting for main street revitalization project 

IMG_1855A Virtual Public Meeting regarding the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project will be held on Sept. 2. The project will include the installation of storm water drainage improvements along the Main Street corridor. The Main Street boulevard will also be reconstructed to provide a more cohesive design along the entire corridor. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Municipality of Bluewater is planning to move forward with implementation of the Bayfield Main Street Revitilization project with an electronic Public Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The project will include the installation of storm water drainage improvements along the Main Street corridor which will require reconstruction of the road surface in order to facilitate the improved drainage infrastructure. The Main Street boulevard will also be reconstructed to provide a more cohesive design along the entire corridor. The concept plan provides for upgraded sidewalks, reconfigured parking, enhanced lighting and storm water infiltration basins. Some of the details related to lighting and hydro servicing remain to be finalized.

This virtual Public Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being organized to present details of the proposed concept plan to residents of the community and to obtain feedback on the various design elements before Council finalizes the design and moves forward with implementation. Representatives of the Municipality and the Project Engineers will be in attendance.

Presentation material for the meeting will be made available for public review on Aug. 28 , on the Bluewater website: Individuals wanting to provide input on the project are encouraged to send their feedback via email to Environmental Planner, Kelly Vader at

Feedback on the project will be accepted until 9 p.m. on Sept. 3. Individuals wanting to provide feedback orally at the Public Meeting on Sept. 2 will be required to pre-register by contacting Jodi Overholt at or by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 223.

departing minister to be honored with outdoor service 

image0After more than seven years with the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church Rev. Elise Feltrin will be moving to British Columbia in September. (Submitted photo)  

Reverend Elise Feltrin has been the minister at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield for more than seven years, but she is leaving the community in September for a new ministry at Chemainus United Church on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

During her time with in Bayfield, Elise has been dedicated to outreach, and has been an energetic contributor to the community, lending her positive energy and creative talents to the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association, Bayfield Area Food Bank, Huron Hospice, the Glee Sisters, the Bayfield Ukulele Society, Home4Good as well as nurturing the renewal of the St. Andrew’s congregation.

Under her leadership, Bayfield residents and visitors have enjoyed a big tent ecumenical service in the agricultural grounds the Sunday of fair week. It is therefore appropriate that the community have the opportunity to say “farewell” to Rev. Feltrin at a service at the agricultural grounds on Sunday, Sept. 6. A rain date has been set for Sept. 13. Please check the St. Andrew’s Facebook page, “St Andrews United Church, Bayfield”; and website,

The service will begin at 11a.m. in the agricultural ground, including Holy Communion. To protect each other during this COVID-19 pandemic those who attend are asked to please bring their own bread/bun/cracker and wine/juice/grapes, which will be blessed so that communion can be “shared” together. Please arrive by car. Those who attend can either stay in their car or bring a lawn chair and sit suitably distanced from others. In the true St. Andrew’s tradition, everyone is welcome, but please bring a mask.

After the service at noon there will be a tailgate picnic, with everyone bringing their own picnic. There will be no sharing of food. This will allow Rev. Feltrin to visit everyone and begin her goodbyes.

At 1:30 p.m. community members are invited to join in a “drive by” farewell, beginning at the main gate to the agricultural grounds, and leaving by the west gate. People may bring “farewell” cards to share with Rev. Feltrin if they wish to do so.

Dixon pens history of Bayfield Optimist Club for posterity 

MikeDixon2Mike Dixon has been a dedicated member of the Bayfield Optimist Club since 1992. He has spent some of his time during the COVID-19 crisis organizing a history of the club. He recently presented a copy of the finished booklet to the Bayfield Archives. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy they should email Dixon at If there is enough interest more copies will be printed as a little fundraiser for the club. (Photo by Julia Armstrong)  

Have your children or grandchildren enjoyed the splash pad and playground equipment in Clan Gregor Square? Has your family ever participated in the Easter Egg Hunt or watched the Rubber Duck Race at the pier? These are just some examples of projects conducted by the Bayfield Optimist Club, whose history has just been written by long-time member Mike Dixon. He recently visited the Bayfield Historical Society’s Heritage Centre and Archives to present a copy of the booklet to the Archives.

Dixon explained that earlier this summer he decided to write his memoirs for his grandchildren. When he got to the part about moving to Bayfield and joining the Optimist Club, he realized he could continue the story.

“I love the club,” said Dixon. “I’ve been in it for 28 years and I really enjoy working with everyone.”

Dixon, who is from Yorkshire, England, came to Canada in 1967 to begin a new job. A colleague introduced him to Bayfield in 1974 and he and his wife “fell in love with it.” After vacationing here for a few years, in 1986 they built their dream home and moved here permanently in 1990. Two years later, Dixon became a member of the Optimist Club, which had been chartered in 1984.

To read about the club’s mission to support children and youth,

“Sincere thanks to Mike Dixon for recording and donating this history of the Bayfield chapter, whose endeavors continue to benefit the village. When the library reopens, Mike will provide it with a reference copy; the archival copy is also available for viewing during Heritage Centre hours,” said Archivist Julia Armstrong.

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.

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



Resized_20191018_162025 Three year-old, Bob-the-cat has been missing since July 28 and his family are offering a reward for his return. He was camping with his family at Old Homestead Campground just outside Bayfield when he went missing. He is strictly an indoor cat as he is front declawed. He is fixed and was wearing a blue collar with his name on it when he went missing. He is microchipped. Anyone who can help bring Bob back home is asked to call Michelle at 519 520-8780 or 519 280-6183. (Submitted photo)

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 14th market of the season on Friday, Aug. 28.

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, fresh vegetables from from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; sweet corn from Red Cat Bakery; delicious local wines from Alton Farms Estate Winery; bacon, burgers and roasts from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; 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


Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Saturday, Sept. 12.

This meeting will take place via Zoom starting at 11 a.m. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to please RSVP by email to no later than Sept. 9. Participants will be sent an appropriate link to join the meeting.

Those who take part will hear all about FOBL’s progress as well as the events and projects that FOBL has undertaken over the past year.

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. 17, the bid sits at $975. 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 a super mom named Una. 

IMG_6693Una (Submitted photo)  

When Una arrived at the rescue she was half starved and frostbitten. The volunteers thought she was about three months old. It turned out she was pregnant and ended up having five healthy little kittens. These kittens have all been adopted and Una has come into her own. She’s still very young and quite kittenish. She likes to play and likes to be the boss. She would be a welcome addition to any family.

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

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

The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.



    lonely no more program receives boost from Rotary

Gateway - Rotary Thank you Aug 2020Rotary Club President Mike Strickland presented a cheque for $5,430 to Nancy Simpson, secretary of the Board of Directors of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) on Aug. 13. (Submitted photo)

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Rotary Club President Mike Strickland presented a cheque for $5,430 to Nancy Simpson, secretary of the Board of Directors of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway).

The funds will be expended to provide equipment for the Lonely No More (LNM) program. The LNM program consists of weekly teleconference calls between isolated seniors, facilitated by trained community volunteers. This program creates three components of support: peer support, health coaching and system navigation. Taking loneliness out of the life of seniors helps to extend lifespan, reduce mental illness, improve physical health, and prevent dementia.

LNM was started five years ago by Sheila Schuehlein, Gateway board member and research chair.

“With this significant donation, Gateway can expand the reach and connectivity of this program and we look forward to serving our rural seniors again this fall,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway’s Board of Directors.

Strickland indicated that the Goderich Rotarians are willing to volunteer to assist with the program. Rotary is hosting a golf tournament at Sunset Golf Club on Sept. 25. It will be a major fundraiser in support of Gateway and LNM.

Turtle week activities move online during pandemic 

48672448487_9d92e86b9c_hIn 2019, Painted Turtle hatchlings, like this one, were released back into the wild – back into their native waters – at the turtle release event while hundreds, upon hundreds, upon hundreds of people came to Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) to see it. In 2020, Turtle Week activities will take place online only. (Submitted photo)  

Huron Stewardship Council (HSC), and community partners including Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), are educating the public about turtles in a new way in 2020.

The fourth annual public education event to release turtle hatchlings back into the wild drew a record 1,500 people near Exeter in 2019. The popular event is not taking place in 2020. This is in response, to the current pandemic, protecting public health by reducing the number and size of events. Local conservation groups are finding new ways to educate about turtles by providing social media posts and activities people can do at home and have fun and learn while doing it.

Cristen Watt is Species at Risk Technician with Huron Stewardship Council. She said a 2020 turtle information campaign for the public will replace this year’s turtle release event. She encouraged people to read the social media posts each day and to take part, at home, in some of the turtle education activities.

“I want to thank everyone who is helping to save these species,” she said.

The turtle activities run from now to Aug. 31. The campaign began with a turtle coloring page contest. Randomly selected winners can win a turtle or wetland-themed face mask. Deadline for coloring pages is Aug. 31. The campaign will highlight the need for wetland protection for turtles. The posts on social media will also give people ways they can donate to support wetland habitat for turtles or support the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. There will be ‘turtally awesome’ crafts and activities; videos of turtle releases; and photos of some of the local citizen champions protecting our important turtle species.

Ontario’s freshwater turtle species play an active role in our ecosystem.

“Turtles help to control aquatic vegetation and help to clean our creeks and wetlands by eating algae and dead and decaying fish and other organisms,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA. “Turtles are vital to our wetlands, but without the protection of our wetlands, we risk losing turtle species.”

The public can help to protect turtles by helping them across the road, protecting and enhancing their habitat, and supporting community turtle monitoring programs.

Ontario’s native freshwater turtles face many threats. Road mortality (death by cars and other vehicles) and habitat loss are some of those threats. Hundreds of turtles in Ontario are hit by cars each year in the spring, summer, and autumn. These could be pregnant females looking for a place to lay eggs, or males and females looking for new ponds and mates. People can help turtles by creating nesting habitat on their properties, stopping to help turtles cross the road in the direction they are heading, and working with their local municipalities and communities to erect turtle crossing signs and build safe passages. People can stop for injured turtles and help arrange their transport to the turtle hospital.

To learn more about protecting turtles visit and or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Paint Ontario Art Show to open early september 

Paint Ontario is set to open on Wednesday, Sept. 2, with all appropriate COVID-19 precautions and adjustments in place to ensure physical distancing and the full safety of visitors, volunteers and staff at all times.

Show hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with evening extensions to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The judges assure Grand Bend Art Centre organisers that artists’ work in the 2020 show will delight and inspire visitors, and art collectors will enjoy a wide variety of subjects and styles from which to choose.

Artists’ demonstrations and workshops have been pre-recorded and will be played on a rotating basis during the run of the show as well as being available online. Additionally, look out for live outdoor demonstrations that will add a new element to the Paint Ontario visitor experience this year.

Thursday evenings promise to be a special time for viewers and purchasers who have busy weekday schedules, with a bonus of outdoor performances by popular local musician Tom Taylor. People are asked to bring their own deck chair.

While there’s no opening gala this year, everything else that the public expect at Paint Ontario will be there, and more.

Paint Ontario, including its show-within-a-show “Faces of Ontario”, continues to be Ontario’s largest Show and Sale of original artwork, a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.

Information about how to purchase a timed entry ticket will be available soon at People can also call 519 243-2600 for information on buying tickets to the event.

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.

 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:

Huron Hospice 

IMG-0794Huron Hospice Board of Directors at their AGM in September of 2019. (Submitted photo)  

Huron Hospice is currently seeking people to join their highly talented and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Potential members must demonstrate a passion for providing quality hospice palliative care and dedication to the best interest of Huron Hospice and of the people of the community. The Board of Directors meets monthly with additional participation in committee meetings and working groups. The Board abides by existing governance regulations for not‐for‐profit organizations.

Huron Hospice welcomes all applications and is specifically seeking to add people to their team with experience in project management, construction, the hospice palliative care system, legal and/or HR expertise. Huron Hospice is committed to diversity and inclusivity and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds including persons of every age, ancestry, color, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, receipt of public assistance, sex and sexual orientation. Interested candidates should apply by sending a letter of interest, along with a current CV or resume, to Board Chair Jay McFarlan, at by Aug. 28.

Huron Hospice is a registered charity that provides quality hospice palliative care in area rural communities. For 25 years, Huron Hospice has supported individuals with life‐limiting illness from time of diagnosis, through death and bereavement support. In 2018, Huron Hospice opened the doors on their four-bed residential hospice in the heart of Huron County. For additional information visit their website at


Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in Mitchell tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first positive mosquito finding of the season for Perth County.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” said Public Health Inspector, Kaitlyn Kelly. “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 8. To reduce the risk of potential WNV transmission, larvicide is applied to roadside catch basins in Stratford, St. Marys, Listowel and Mitchell this summer to help reduce mosquito breeding.

In Ontario, no probable or confirmed human cases of WNV have been reported. 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 1 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. They can also cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and pants when outdoors or in areas where mosquito activity is high. They can take extra protectionary measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active and remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

For more information call the Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267 or 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)  

Please note event cancelled. 

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

 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:


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.




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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 (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 vehicle that played a key role in the creation of the Huron County Museum.  

Herbie neill's essex car  

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This 1925 -1926 Essex Car was made by Essex Motors, Detroit, Michigan. It has a six-cylinder motor. It is Model No. 228621, and has patent dates from Apr. 28, 1908 to Dec. 21, 1921. It has 1951 licence plates with "99W8".

The radiator thermometer is in front on top of the rad, and the fuel gauge is on the back. On the front there is two electric head lights, and a yellow fog light. The wheels are made of wooden spokes. The car has only two doors of which the passenger side has only a lock. On the back there is a spare tire and the rear seat is on top of the car rack.

Inside the car there is a bed, and a folding front seat and a canvas closet. The interior is mainly covered with grayish material. The car is equipped with a wooden fat-man's steering wheel which allows it to be moved up or aside when getting in the car. On the straight dashboard are gauges for oil, and amperes, a speedometer with "56915" and a tripometer with "17".

Founder, Joseph Herbert “Herbie” Neill, used this car to collect the first 1,000 exhibits for the museum.



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Virtual fair included contests for youngsters 

20200815_102524_0000In the dress up a pet category - first place went to Jude C.  

20200815_102551_0000In the dress up a pet category - second place went to Alexa Y.  

20200815_102609_0000In the dress up a pet category - third place went to Briar G.

20200815_102622_0000In the dress up a pet category - fourth place went to Everett and Marlowe B.  


UntitledJude C. took first place in the first virtual parade shoebox float competition.  

20200815_122225_0000Jerath B. earned second place in the first virtual parade shoebox float competition.  

20200815_122656_0000 Weylin S. won third place in the first virtual parade shoebox float competition.

20200815_101211_0000Creating a character from a real potato, first place went to Jerath B.  

20200815_101254_0000 Creating a character from a real potato, second place went to Jude C.

20200815_101401_0000Creating a character from a real potato, third place went to Weylin S.  





The Bayfield Community 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, on Aug. 14-16, an alternative fair was planned with a much, reduced set of competitions for its young people some depicting the theme, "Blossums, Butterlies and Bees". 

The 164th fair’s contests included, dressing up a farm animal or pet in a costume; making a homemade Mr. (Miss) Potato Head using a real spud; or designing a dream mini parade float in a shoe box. 

Photos of the winning entries are showcased in here. Congratulations to all the creative youngsters that participated! 

Now that the 164th fair is in the history books it is time to look ahead to 2021. 

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.

20200815_101419_0000Creating a character from a real potato, fourth place went to Hannah V.  

20200815_101437_0000Creating a character from a real potato, fifth place went to Bridget S.



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Pioneer Park Sunset Aug 19

Pioneer Park Sunset - Aug. 19...By Jane Seifried

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

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








Kathy Gray and Don Vance are holding a fundraiser at their home this weekend in support of a couple of very worthy local causes and I am happy to share my space with them this week to spread the word.

All the pertinent details are below. – Melody

If you’re missing the great deals at the Annual Book Sale, or maybe you've lost more golf balls than usual this year, then fear not! Both books and balls will be on sale this Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at 23 Louisa Street in Bayfield.

Due to COVID-19, the books are already pre-packed in boxes to avoid excess touching. Each box contains a possible mix of fiction, non-fiction, history, geography, biographies, Canadian authors, cookbooks, self-help, how-to, etc. It's Pot Luck!

Some genres will be boxed on their own: romance paperbacks, encyclopedia, youth, carpentry/construction.

Most of the books are decades old and have been in storage for years. There's a very good chance that you will not have seen them before. Boxes will be $10 to $15 each.

Plus, there are Golf Balls! A wide selection of brands, many new, some used. $6-10/doz. Prices depend on condition.

Proceeds from this sale will be going to help out Bayfield's Forgotten Felines and the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Cash, E-transfer and cheques accepted.

Email if you have any questions or wish to reserve a couple of boxes.




Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder