Bookmark and Share   Sept. 2, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 36 Issue 582

Helen mcLeod II painting raises thousands for village archives 

framed Helen MacLeod II paintingThis painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II was auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)

The online auction of the painting by Doug Darnbrough of the historic Helen MacLeod II schooner ended on Aug. 29 with people bidding right up to the 6 p.m. deadline. The winning bid was $4,700.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).

“We are extremely grateful for the amount raised on this fundraiser and the interest from as far away as Stratford and London,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson. “We are now confident with completely funding our restoration project on the Archives.”

Gibson went on to note that a generous Bayfield resident who withdrew earlier in the bidding war donated $500 to the Archives project.

The successful bidders were Michael and Stephanie McDonald.

“As a very young boy my parents would rent a cottage south of Bayfield and some of my earliest memories are coming into the village to do the laundry which was located at what is now Renegades Diner and my parents would give us five cents to go to the general store which was on Main Street for candy,” said Michael McDonald. “A little bit later I would come up to crew for some of the weekend morning sailing races. Fast forward many, many years and Stephanie and I stumbled across our “new” cottage in 2016 which had been continuously owned by the Orr/Willock family. We are delighted to support the Bayfield Historical Society and all the great work they continue to do. Without history we have nothing.”

Gibson said the Board of the BHS would like to thank the community and visitors for an excellent summer and remind everyone that the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Labor Day.

southern huron Business allowed to re-open 

After completing a public health investigation, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is permitting Zehr’s Country Market, located in Dashwood and Bayfield, to re-open as of Aug. 28. 

On Aug. 12, the owner of Zehr’s Country Market contacted HPPH and indicated that he was closing his premises due to illness. An investigation by HPPH was conducted and determined that both the Dashwood and Bayfield locations of Zehr’s Country Market were linked to COVID-19 cases. The locations were subsequently closed temporarily on Aug. 14. Information at the time indicated that the risk to the public was low.

The operator has been working closely with HPPH to implement and improve COVID-19 control and prevention requirements. The operator has met criteria for re-opening and is now permitted to do so.

“We appreciate the continued support of the operator during our investigation,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

“Opening our stores safely was extremely important to us. Keeping our customers and staff healthy is our top priority,” said Paul Zehr, owner of the locations. “We saw the importance of working with public health during our closure and are pleased to be able to welcome our customers back to both of our stores.”

Those who visited the market prior to its temporary closure do not need to take any action.


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 today (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 is available for public review 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. 



Bryn Turnbull, a Canadian author whose first book, “The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal” has already joined the best seller list, is coming to The Village Bookshop in Bayfield via Zoom on Friday, Sept. 11.

Turnbull tells the true story of Thelma Furness who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson. Furness had asked Simpson to take care of the Prince while she was away in New York to be with her twin sister, Gloria Vanderbilt, who was involved in a sensational custody battle. Starting at 5:30 p.m. join The Village Bookshop for an hour of reading and conversation as Turnbull discusses her story of love, loyalty and betrayal.

How do you participate in this virtual event? Simply purchase a copy of The Woman Before Wallis from The Village Bookshop either in person or over the phone at 519 565-5600. Eligible participants will be emailed the link to the Zoom call for use on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Turnbull is also signing her book and further information will be provided when the book is purchased.

united church minister moving to british columbia 

37837194994_04478c8e2b_kDuring her time in Bayfield, Elise Feltirin has been dedicated to outreach, and has been an energetic contributor to the community, lending her positive energy and creative talents to such groups as the Glee Sisters. She is shown here (middle) during a children's Christmas concert held in November 2017. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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.

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


 farmers' market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 15th market of the season on Friday, Sept. 4.

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products to make the most of the Labour Day long weekend! This week, be on the look out for: fresh vegetables from from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; fresh breads and pastries from Red Cat Bakery; delicious local wines from Alton Farms Estate Winery; satays, marinades and burgers from Petojo Food & Catering; locally roasted coffee from Shopbike Coffee Roasters; 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.



During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.

September’s book is “Clap When You Land”, written by Elizabeth Acevedo and reviewed by Bronte Cronsberry, a summer student at The Village Bookshop.

Clap When You Land is a testament to the power of poetry to tell a story. This 417-page stand-alone book is marketed to teens but anyone interested in human stories and good writing would enjoy the book. It follows two sisters, one in the USA and one in the Dominican Republic, who learn of each other’s existence following their father’s death in a plane crash.

Aside from being a moving portrait of grief, this book explores questions about how you learn to keep loving someone even if they were not who you thought they were.

Many of the poignant moments of the story are made vivid by Acevedo’s command of poetry which is clear right from the beginning. The opening chapters of the book establish not just the daily lives of the two sisters before tragedy strikes, but effortlessly expose the difficulties of living in a developing country: “I love my home. But it might be a sinkhole/ trying to feast quicksand/ mouth pried open; I hunger for stable ground,/ somewhere else” (2).

I found reading this book to be a unique experience as the verse offers flow and style that is absent in much more common prose writing. Having finished it though, I wonder if it is best suited to an audio format because of the way the poetry moves and was pleased to find several clips of the author reading aloud from the book (further searching indicates that it is available as an audiobook from

In conclusion, Clap When You Land is a book with a strong message and a unique delivery that is well worth the extra effort to get into the mindset for reading poetry.

Knox Church

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

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

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link

Bayfield beer and food festival 

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

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

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. 

members wanted 

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.


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 the "Group of Seven". 

IMG_6806The Group of Seven (Submitted photo)

This little gang of seven adorable siblings have mastered the art of stealing hearts! They are just starting to develop their own personalities and quirks. Their Momma is barely more than a kitten herself and is the sweetest girl - if they inherit her disposition they will be perfectly adorable members to any family.

Interested in providing a member of this group or their Momma with their forever homes? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

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

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

And for those looking for another way to help out, on Sept. 12, starting at 8 a.m. a joint fundraiser for three area cat rescues will be held in Varna at 38572 Mill Rd. A Rummage Sale and BBQ will be held for Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, Off the Streets (Vanastra) and Stray Cats of Varna. Anyone wishing to contribute gently used items should email for more information on how to contribute.



    socialize with a purpose and raise funds for alzheimers  

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The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is rebranding the traditional fall fundraiser, Coffee Break, to “Social with a Purpose”. Social with a Purpose is a do-it-yourself fundraiser that promotes the importance of socializing, staying in touch and building a strong positive relationship with friends, family and community.

The launch of Social with a Purpose will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Month and will run until December. A Social with a Purpose fundraiser is hosted virtually and can be held anywhere and any way. What are people doing to stay connected and come together during this time of physical distancing? Make connections more special and meaningful by supporting people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their care partners who experience social isolation every day.

Turn a weekly online card game with friends or book club video chat into a fundraiser. Be creative and add a game or task everyone can partake in during the call and highlight the importance coming together can have by supporting others. Have any special skills? Try hosting an online paint night or cooking class and ask for a donation! Don’t want to be the head chef? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has got people covered with easy to use digital kits to host their own Social with a Purpose fundraisers that they can invite their friends and family to join!

Available kits Include: Paint Night, Sing-a-long concert, Date Night with cooking lessons, Wine Tasting with your own Sommelier, Game Nights, host a board game or card tournament with the family for ultimate bragging rights; and more!

The power of coming together and hosting a Social with a Purpose fundraiser will provide those living with dementia and their care partners needed social recreation programming. Social recreation programs have been proven to improve life quality and reduce isolation, something everyone has experienced over the last few months.

By fundraising just $40, a person living with dementia and their care partner will be able to attend eight sessions of Minds in Motion — a vital program that provides physical exercise, social interaction, and brain stimulation activities with other clients, volunteers, and staff. Minds in Motion has been offered virtually during the pandemic; this is one example of the excellent work happening in social recreation at the Alzheimer Society.

View the kits or sign up to host a Social with a Purpose fundraiser at Once registered participants will immediately receive a customized web page with a unique link to share and promote their Social with a Purpose fundraiser. Make connections matter!

Bluewater groups can Apply for Foundation grants 

The Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) annual community grants program makes funds available to local charities and community groups to support a wide range of activities, from education and recreation, to the environment and the arts. The GBCF serves the municipalities of Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. Deadline for applications is Sept. 30.

This year, the GBCF is encouraging grant applications from groups adapting to the new normal created by the pandemic.

“We know that charities are facing a big challenge right now,” said Grants Committee Chair Jim Jean. “They must continue to offer much-needed services while reimagining their organizations in a totally new context. We believe there’s an opportunity to help them ‘build back better’ in our communities.”

Deb Gill, chair of the GBCF, agreed.

“One of our goals is to support groups that are coming up with creative solutions to help the most vulnerable in our communities,” she said. “But of course, all eligible applicants and projects are welcome to apply.”

Applicants are encouraged to contact Pat Morden, Executive director of the GBCF, to discuss their plans before starting an application. More information and application forms are available online at

For more information, call Morden at 519 619-8630 or email

Get creative in 100 square inches for the Blyth Festival 

Be part of “10 x 10 in 2020”! Artists are invited to expose their art to theatre and art lovers all over Ontario and support the Blyth Festival by participating in the theatre’s first on-line fundraiser.

Artists are asked to get creative in 100 square inches as all donated art pieces should measure 10 inches by 10 inches. Organizers are asking for donated art pieces to help the Blyth Festival weather the challenges of COVID-19. This online event will take place in November and December of this year.

Canvases for acrylic or oil paintings need to be gallery depth (approx. 1.5 inches). Artists can purchase their own or be provided with a discounted gallery canvas by taking a discount voucher to Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, 54 Court House Square, Goderich, from now until Sept. 10.

Other mediums such as fabric or pottery tile could be affixed to these canvases or to 10” x 10” wood panels. Watercolors, photos or mono prints (also 10” x 10”) would need to be matted and in a cellophane sleeve also available at Elizabeth’s Art Gallery. Photos could also be printed on 10” x 10” canvas wraps, at the artist’s expense, available through - Artists are invited to submit more than one piece.

Art pieces must be delivered to the Blyth Festival Administration office at 423 Queen St, Blyth, or 94 St. Patrick Street (enclosed front porch), Goderich by Oct. 10. Each art piece must have a submission form attached to it and be in a bag.

In return for their donation artists will receive: wide promotion on the auction website – name, art, contact info etc.; event info will be promoted widely in social media and other platforms; event info will be sent to Blyth Festival’s email contact database of 7,000; tax receipts for the sold dollar value will be available; and any unsold art will be returned to the artist.

Artists are asked to please send an email indicating that they intend to participate by Sept. 10. The voucher and submission form can also be asked for at this email.

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.

Paint ONtario Art Show largest of its kind in province 

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.

 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:

Quilt of the month

DSC_1511 The Huron Hospice quilt for September is designed in a “Chopstick” pattern. The cotton quilt has a backing of soft flannel, and is made by a member of the local community. It measures 87” x 83” and sells for $650.00.(Submitted photos)

With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

This fun, contemporary quilt is suitable for all ages and a wide variety of décor styles. The “Chopstick” pattern is made with vivid colors, surrounded by a graphite background. The end result is simple, yet stunning. This large quilt will enhance a bedroom, work as a picnic blanket or will be lovely in front of the fire. The cotton quilt has a backing of soft flannel, and is made by a member of the local community. It measures 87” x 83” and sells for $650.00.

The first person who sends an email to Hospice Manager of Fundraising Christopher Walker at will be the happy owner of the quilt. Anyone who would like further information before purchasing can also email Walker.

Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care.

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

Rabid Bat in Huron 

A bat captured in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has tested positive for the rabies virus. At this time of year, bats remain active until cooler weather arrives and generally start to hibernate around November. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) reminds residents to avoid exposure to bats.

This is the first bat to test positive within the region this year. Previously, a bat tested positive in Perth County in 2019. Overall, one to three per cent of Ontario's bat population is infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to humans.

“If you are bitten or scratched by a bat, or if infectious material (such as saliva) from a bat gets into your eyes, nose, or a wound; wash the affected area thoroughly and seek medical attention immediately,” said Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry. “If you awaken to find a bat in your room, a child’s room, or the room of an incapacitated person, call Huron Perth Public Health.”

When there has been a bite, scratch, or exposure to infectious material, and the bat is available, HPPH can arrange for the animal to undergo rabies testing. Do not touch or handle a bat with your bare hands.

If you find a bat in your home and are certain that there was no human or animal contact, try to confine that bat to one room, turn on the lights and open a window so the bat can fly out.

To prevent bats from entering your home: Caulk holes in your home’s exterior, even those as small as one-quarter to one-half inch in diameter. Tighten screens, cap chimneys, place draft guards under doors leading to the attic and outside, and fill plumbing fixture holes with steel wool or caulk. Keep doors tightly closed when going outside and coming back indoors.

“As always, pets should be up-to-date on their rabies shots,” said Landry. Any animal bite should be reported to HPPH right away for follow up.

West Nile Virus 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH0 is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in St. Marys tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the second positive mosquito finding of the season for Perth County, with the first reported just last week in Mitchell.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” said Kaitlyn Kelly, Public Health inspector. “The second positive mosquito report serves as a reminder that WNV is present in our communities and it is important to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquitoes and protect yourself against bites.”

The HPPH 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 being 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 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 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

 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.

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

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.

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




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recovery action group releases survey results   


Bayfield Social Recovery Action Group explored the needs of the community in a survey recently posted in the Bayfield Breeze on Aug. 12, 19 and 26. This group was formed to collect a community “snapshot”, as it relates to COVID-19 recovery and individual resident willingness to resume activities. Fifty-one people responded to the survey. The respondents were allowed to select more than one activity in specific questions, marked herein with an **. 

The Group found that the results were surprisingly positive and identified specific interests in the following areas:

**At this time what activities are you most likely to participate in?
Fitness classes 41%
Yoga 32%
Town Hall 37%
Musical Performances 41%
Hiking 28%
Coffee and Conversation 24%
All other activities below 20%

If activities were to resume, would you prefer In person or virtual:
In person 57%
Virtual 12%
Some of both 25%

If activities resumed in person how likely are you to attend?
Never 8%
Less often than before 24%
As often as before 56%
More often than before 12%

How important are activities to your mental, emotional and social well-being?
Minimally 17%
Somewhat 55%
Extremely 27%

**At this time, what activities would you like more of? (with Health and Safety measures in place)?
Additional fitness offerings 63%
Additional organized sports opportunities 18%
Additional opportunities for small social gatherings 32%
Opportunities for art classes and instruction 23%
Additional opportunities for photography instruction 13%
Opportunities for workshops and learning new hobbies, crafts or skills . 42%
Public speaking events and speakers 24%
Opportunities for film or movie screenings 37%
Other 8%



Age of respondents:
Over 65 59%
55-64 34%
45-64 6%

How active in community prior to COVID-19 were you?
Somewhat 65%
Extremely 15%
Minimally 17%
Not at all 2%

How important is being active to you?
Extremely 8%
Very 45%
Somewhat 45%
Not at all 2%

**How do you find out about Bayfield activities?
Bayfield Breeze 92%
Bayfield Activities website 49%
Word of mouth 84%
Facebook 27%
Other websites 17%

What is your comfort level in attending events at this time?
Not at all 20%
Minimally 32%
Somewhat 36%
Extremely 14%

Are you…
A fulltime resident 80%
Seasonal 10%
Fulltime but snowbird 8%



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BAYFIELD centre for the arts    

watercolor and acrylic workshops kick off village art centre possibilities 









Volunteers with the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) held their first workshop on Aug. 25 and the medium of the day was watercolor. The event was held at the Bayfield Houston Heights Beach Pavilion on Pavilion Road the perfect location to allow for COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

BCA President Leslee Squirrell said, “We are so grateful to Antje Marten-Obberwelland for the watercolor painting classes in botanical and landscape. We had fun and marked the day as an important step to realizing the big vision for the Bayfield Centre for the Arts!”

The BCA’s next workshop is coming up on Sept. 17 and the medium of the day will be acrylic.

People are invited to sign up to join Laura Dirk, fine artist and illustrator, in her half-day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Beginner to Intermediate ‘Break Free’ Abstract Workshop.

Enjoy an energetic half day which will be held at the same location as the watercolor workshop. This COVID-19 friendly workshop is limited to nine participants, each with their own workstation in the open-air, covered pavilion in a quiet wooded area with views of Lake Huron (washrooms and electricity available).

Dirk is an abstract expressionist painter with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Guelph. She uses vivid color and line to convey the energy of life. The workshop will explore creating three unique pieces (treescape, floral and free form) using a variety of tools, paint and liberating techniques to explore the abstract side of painting.

For information on costs and materials to bring as well as to register visit:





PIXILATED — image of the week

August (Not) Beach Weather...

August (Not) Beach Weather..., By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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








Huron Hospice’s fourth annual Butterfly Release was organized differently to reflect the days of COVID-19. Participants had the opportunity to pick up their butterflies and release them in a safe location of their choice and then later in the afternoon watch the service virtually as it was livestreamed from the residence near Clinton. Since the grandchildren are here for Camp Gramel 2.0 we decided to participate in the event this year and purchased two Monarchs in memory of their paternal great-grandparents.

Saturday arrived and rain was in the forecast. Kudos to the volunteers who braved the rain to ensure the drive-thru butterfly pick up ran smoothly. We were instructed to bring a cooler with an ice pack and towel to keep our Monarchs from waking up too early. We opted to keep them in the fridge for a while in hopes the rain would clear. And it did! In the afternoon the sun came out and we slowly brought the Monarchs up to room temperature and went outside to our Butterfly Bush for the big moment. Our almost six-year-old granddaughter opened her little box first and her Monarch sprung to life and flitted across the lawn, rising higher and higher until it disappeared over the cornfield. Our granddaughter kept pace with the insect until it was out of sight. Our nine-year-old grandson’s Monarch proved to be a bit more mellow and chose to hang out on the grass for a little while before also departing up over the cornfield. I joked with the grandkids that their butterflies seemed to match their personalities.

While the calmer Monarch rested it gave us an opportunity to sit with it and chat about what the Hospice means to the community and why it is important to support it. We also reminisced a bit about Great Nana who they both still remember. Sadly, Great Papa left us when our grandson was just two-months-old but in these special moments he too is never far away. – Melody 


IMG_2158Butterfly release. (Photo by John Pounder)


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