Bookmark and Share   Sept. 8, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 37 Issue 635

Lobb trail and hullett marsh destinations for BRVTA hikers  

43531925110_0c3712464c_kJack Pal (right) of the Photography Club of Bayfield, offered interested hikers insights into some fun photography techniques as they walked through the Hullett Sugar Bush in 2018. He will do so again on Oct. 3, 2021.. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

In addition to the upcoming virtual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 19th, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is organizing two in-person hikes – one near September’s end and another at October’s beginning.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Lobb Trail. This is a beautiful well-groomed trail with several riverside locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. There is also a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat. Hiking enthusiasts may note that this was to be the Mushroom Hike, but unfortunately the local mycologist, Dr. Jen McDonald, is no longer residing in the area. This hike, that will begin at 2 p.m., is open to all.

The meeting point for the Lobb Trail is at the intersection of Maitland Line and School House Road. To arrive there take Hwy 8 north of Clinton towards Holmesville; turn right on to Sharpes Creek Line; and then turn right on to Maitland Line. A map can be found at:

Those who wish to carpool are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 1:30 p.m. Masks will be mandatory for car poolers. This hike is moderate in difficulty, will be 7 km and last about three hours. The trail is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and check the weather report to dress accordingly. Dogs on leash welcome.

The hike leaders will be George Ebers (519 482-7572) and Ralph Blasting.

A Fall Colours Hike will take place at Hullett Marsh on Oct. 3rd at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Bayfield Photography Club (PCoB). The hike will follow the Red Trail for 2.2 km of medium difficulty. This beautifully pathed trail meanders through a mix of mature hardwoods and fallow fields.
Please be advised that poison ivy lines the trail in areas, including vines that wind up many trees, so hikers are asked to please stay on the trail and wear appropriate footwear. Since hikers will be taking photographs, this short hike could last for up to two hours.

Participants are asked to meet and park at 81001 Burns Line. A map can be found at

The hike leaders will be Jack Pal (519 440-9542) and Conrad Kuiper.

Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September 


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

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

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

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

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

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit

prints support pioneer park  

People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing limited edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.

Screen Shot 2021-06-07 at 11.49.13 AMA limited number of these prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)  

“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.

“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are now 75 per cent sold  and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”

There are a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.

Prints are on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at or through The Village Bookshop at

Canine siblings not a concern for Blaze and Twinkle 

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

TwinkleTwinkle (Submitted photos)  

Blaze Blaze

Blaze and Twinkle are the Adopt-A-BFF kittens of the week.

Blaze, who is male, and Twinkle, who is female, are almost 3 months old. They arrived at the Rescue, about two months ago, along with their mother and three siblings. Mom was living in the wild but judging by her sweet disposition she had once been a pet. Their siblings have found their forever homes but Twinkle and Blaze have not been as lucky. They are affectionate, playful kittens that would make excellent companions. There are two large dogs in their foster home so canine siblings are not a problem. Volunteers note that Twinkle has a slight birth defect on her back, right foot where she is missing her toes, but this has not slowed her down.

Anyone who thinks Blaze and/or Twinkle might be perfectly suited to their home is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Fourth wave rising in counties  

On Sept. 7, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) announced that they have seen a significant rise in COVID-19 activity and outcomes since its last data update on Sept. 3, similar to the increase happening across Ontario that is driven by the Delta variant.

HPPH recorded 20 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 38 active cases in the region. Seven people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. In addition, HPPH is saddened to report three deaths, all associated with the outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home. HPPH extends their condolences to the residents’ loved ones and to the staff at Knollcrest Lodge during this difficult time.

“This is a stark reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating and we all need to be vigilant in order to decrease community transmission,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.

HPPH advises everyone to continue following public health measures, regardless of vaccination status, including: screening before going to work or school; staying home when ill, even with mild symptoms; wearing masks in indoor public settings; maintaining distance of two metres from people not in their household; and washing hands frequently.

Ontario is in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This wave is being driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, and the majority of new cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. According to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the Delta variant is causing an estimated 98.8 per cent of the province’s current COVID-19 cases.

The Delta variant is more than twice as transmissible as the original form of the virus, and the risk of hospitalization and ICU admission is two to three times higher.

Vaccination continues to be effective, and is highly effective at protecting against severe outcomes. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, on their Ontario Dashboard,, reports unvaccinated individuals have a seven-fold higher risk of contracting COVID-19, 24-fold higher risk of hospitalization, and 43-fold higher risk of ICU admission compared to fully vaccinated people.

“Vaccination offers the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Klassen. “Getting fully vaccinated not only protects ourselves, but those around us, especially those who are more vulnerable. I urge anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so as soon as possible.”


Library Friends AGM  

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

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

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

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

Glee Sisters

Glee Sisters Choir is now organizing for their 2021-22 season.

Women who love to sing are invited to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May with a holiday break in December.

COVID-19 protocols will be followed – masks are mandatory and double vaccinations are required.

This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.

For further information, please consult their Facebook page, “Glee Sisters Choir” or email Lisa Stewart at

Food Bank 

Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to report that the collection bin for non-perishable donations has been returned to the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library.

“The bins will also remain on the porches of Trinity St James’ Parish Hall, (10 Keith Cres) but for many Bayfield residents the library is a handy spot, and having an indoor collection location is especially appreciated over the winter months,” said President of the BAFB Board, Terry Henderson.

All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.

With back-to-school approaching, healthy snack or lunch items are being requested as donations at this time, examples of what would be appreciated are: pudding or fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars, small cereal boxes, crackers and peanut butter.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Lions' Calendar 2022 


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

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

Knox Church 

Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.

choir director needed

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.

They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.

Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.

Optimist Club 

“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”

This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.

As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."

The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at

Secretary wanted 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.

This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.

The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.

Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service. 

Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.

Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at or by phone at 519 565-5824.


The Grand Bend Rotary will host their 2021 Virtual Gala, Autumn Indulgence, on Sept. 25.

The fun will begin at 6:30 p.m. with local favorite Michael Vanhevel and comedian and host of CBC's "Laugh Out Loud" Ali Hasan.

Among other highlights will be a virual silent auction.

For more info and for tickets visit



huron hospice brings back telethon for second year 


On the evening of Sept. 16, the lights will go up on the Second Annual Huron Hospice Telethon. The Telethon is back by popular demand and will feature some of the best of Huron County entertainment. The lineup will include rock, pop, folk, jazz and classical musicians and several well-known performing artists. There will be something for everyone in this second annual event.

First held in 2020, the Telethon was the Huron Hospice solution to fundraising in a pandemic.

“Last year, we might have said it was ‘One Night Only’! However, the event was so successful that we just had to do it again," said Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice Board chair. “The artists, the donors, and the viewers reported that the event was a hit. We felt we had to put together the second, ‘one night only’ event.”

The initial, “There’s No Place Like Home” Telethon, offered up a night of firsts and broke records for Huron Hospice. The 2020 telethon raised $109,000 to support the Hospice programs while showcasing local musicians and performing artists from all across Huron County.

The pandemic put a hold on in-person fundraising events for many charities. The Telethon was a replacement for the always fun “Handbags for Huron Hospice”.

"Because of COVID-19, we had to postpone our live event." commented McFarlan. "We hoped to be able to reschedule the in-person event this year, but with the COVID variants and the restrictions on large gatherings still in place, a live event was not safe.”

The second annual event is a retro-style fundraising telethon that will once again promote the best of Huron County. All the entertainers live in Huron County or were born and raised in Huron. Well-known artists are returning and new groups are joining the lineup. Whether new, or returning, all the groups are bringing new material. And there will be a couple of surprises in the studio this year. Although it is a second event, it really will be an all-new magical revue.

The organizers are pleased to announce that Gil Garratt, from the Blyth Festival, and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, are returning as emcees.

“We are pleased to have them join us for the night when we know they both have hectic schedules," said Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster “The fact that both Ben and Gil are making time for Huron Hospice demonstrates how important the Hospice is for everyone in Huron County.”

Van Klooster went on to acknowledge and thank the internationally known creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich.

“Faux Pop has put together a wonderful show. It will be an entertaining evening that shows the depth of talent in Huron County. Although the show is 90 minutes, the entertainment will carry on well after the program wraps up with bonus material,” said Van Klooster.

He went on to say, “There is no ticket price to get into the event. We want everyone to join in the celebration. However, it is a fundraiser, and we ask everyone in Huron County to consider donating to support Huron Hospice. When you donate, your name will light up the telethon event!"

It is important to recognize that Huron Hospice supports many families in Huron County. There is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice. Although there is no cost, or co-pay, the community is asked to help fund the essential hospice palliative care services. The community contributes half the revenue Huron Hospice needs annually to provide the services for which it is known.

Huron Hospice invites everyone to tune in on Sept. 16 and support the Hospice. The Telethon will start at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on the Huron Hospice Facebook page and on Hurontel and TCC cable.

Gateway shares projects with local pilots association 

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) had the opportunity to join members of the Goderich branch of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA 45) at their annual summer barbeque on Aug. 11. Gateway’s team shared the insight and goals of the organization, as well as current and upcoming research initiatives.

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Gateway Research Chair of Rural Change and Development, Dr. Al Lauzon, shared the ongoing research on Food Insecurity in the Rural Elderly. The motivation for this project was two-fold: first to improve the quality of life of rural seniors, and second, to examine how strategically investing in food security for the rural elderly might reduce health care costs. With an aging demographic, this research is very timely and suggests the need for more sustainable options for the care of rural seniors.

Research Assistants, Sam Murray and Grace Bonnett presented their summer research on the local food economy in Huron County. The G.R.E.A.T Local Food Project, funded by Libro Credit Union, aims to capture the unique experience of producers and consumers to bolster the local food economy. The tag-line, GREAT (Growing-Raising-Eating-Accessible-Thriving) Local Food, represents what they hope to achieve through this project — to promote people who grow and raise local food; to increase the number who eat local food; to ensure that there is accessible local food; and ultimately, to end up with a thriving local food system in Huron County.

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Each of these projects are highly relevant in creating a healthy rural community, and Gateway appreciated the opportunity to share their research with COPA members.

Gateway President, Gwen Devereaux, said, “We appreciate all of COPA Flight 45s support as we continue our work to keep rural residents healthy. We know how important our airport is to our local economy and we want to keep all of you healthy and in the air.”

On behalf of Gateway, those who made the presentation would like to thank COPA Flight 45 for their generous hospitality and for allowing them to continue to pursue their mission of improving the health and well-being of rural residents by promoting a knowledge economy.

art and sculpture featured 

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Paint Ontario is the premier show and sale of representational art in Ontario, featuring over 200 original paintings and sculptures by some 100 artists, selected from almost 700 submissions. The show provides a unique opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it. This year, for the first time, sculpture will be featured, adding a new dimension to the visitors’ art experience.

The 25th anniversary show at the Lambton Heritage Museum will be a live, in-person show - not a virtual event. To assure the safety of all, it will be operating with similar COVID protocols to the very successful show that took place in September 2020.

Paint Ontario typically attracts nearly 3,000 visitors annually. After viewing the indoor galleries, patrons will be invited to wander into the adjoining buildings and grounds of the Lambton Heritage Museum to view a truly impressive host of accompanying new features. Artist demonstrations, pop-up events and outdoor installations will inspire artists and art appreciators alike. There will also be interactive, fun activities designed to interest and intrigue people of all ages, making Paint Ontario a great destination for families. Outdoor art installations include an award-winning psychedelic piano, previously displayed at a Toronto festival and a pottery garden featuring an astonishing array of over 1,800 colourful tulips created by area schools, LTC homes and day centres, and community volunteers. Music will feature throughout the show.

The show is organized by the Grand Bend Art Centre (GBAC), a registered not-for-profit community group.

"Our mission is to inspire creativity in the community" said GBAC Executive Director Teresa Marie Phillips.

"Monies raised in sales commissions go straight back into cultural development within the community," added GBAC President Nette Pachlarz.

A team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers takes the show through every stage of production, from conception to fruition.

Paint Ontario opens on Friday, Sept. 3 and runs until Sunday, Sept. 26. Show hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, except Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday. Visitors are encouraged to reserve their admission times by calling the Lambton Heritage Museum at 519 243-2600. As well as purchasing at the show, buyers may also call the LHM to puchase paintings and sculptures.

Find out more at or follow on Facebook at “Paint Ontario” or “Grand Bend Art Centre”.


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:

Vaccine Passports 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) supports the Ontario government’s decision to launch an enhanced vaccine certificate and require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in certain settings. The announcement came from the province on Sept. 1.

“I am pleased that steps are being taken to further protect the public from COVID-19 in indoor settings where there is a higher risk of virus transmission,” said Medical Officer for Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

As of Sept. 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities including:
• Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout)
• Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment)
• Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres
• Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport
• Sporting events
• Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
• Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
• Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs
• Racing venues (e.g., horse racing)

The only exceptions permitted to enter these settings are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination. The province has stated that beginning Oct. 22, an enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available.

Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal at, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise locally and across Ontario, primarily in those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Full vaccination is the most effective layer of protection everyone has to protect themselves and others from the virus, especially the highly transmissible Delta variant. It also means safely getting back to more of the activities and people that they love.

“I urge anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so as soon as possible,” said Dr. Klassen. “There are many vaccination options in our region.”

HPPH continues to offer vaccination clinics in more locations across Huron Perth. Clinics are open to anyone turning 12 in 2021 and older. Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics. Please visit for details on upcoming clinics.

Appointments can be booked for some clinics either online at, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.

Anyone not able to attend an HPPH vaccination clinic, may contact their local pharmacy or primary care provider to see if they are offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Go to for a list of pharmacy locations.

fall tree planting 

Local landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year. They plant trees around their homes and farms for shade, windbreaks and reforestation. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is now taking fall tree orders and a common question comes up; “Is it better to plant trees in the spring or the fall?” The answer depends on the type of tree and the location.

“Spring and fall are both good times to plant trees,” said Forestry Specialist at ABCA, Ian Jean. “The weather is cool and, as trees enter dormancy in fall, or emerge from dormancy in spring, they are better able to handle the stress of transplanting.”

When planting trees in the autumn, one must consider winter conditions ahead. Certain trees, types of planting stock, and locations are better suited than others to fall planting.

“Frost heaving is a problem for fall planting of very small, bare-root seedlings,” Jean said. “In the fall, we handle only larger trees in pots or in root-ball-in-burlap format and we have good success planting those larger size trees.” (The smaller seedling trees are offered in the spring tree planting program.)

ABCA has posted its tree order form for fall 2021. The tree order form is available online at this link: ABCA accepts faxed, mailed, and e-mailed orders until Sept. 17. They accept orders accompanied by payment until Sept. 30.

A new video, by ABCA, offers “Ten Reasons to Plant Trees”. People may watch the video at this link or find it on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube Channel

Cold winter winds and road salt spray are factors that should be considered when thinking about a fall planting location, according to Jean.

“Cold wind and especially salt spray will dry out and can kill evergreen foliage and buds and small branches of all types of trees,” he said.

Winter injury or ‘windburn’ is most noticeable on evergreen trees as brown patches of foliage the following spring on the wind-exposed side of the tree.

“Along busy roads, where salt spray is an issue, it’s best to plant in the spring.”

Additional measures to improve success of autumn-planted trees are staking and protective covers.
Jean suggests staking any trees more than four feet tall.

“Fall-planted trees don’t have time to root and become wind-firm before winter wind, snow and ice storms.”

He suggests you choose a stake and tie appropriate for the size of the tree. A variety of materials can be used as long as the tie material is soft to avoid damaging the trunk. Stakes and ties should be removed once the tree is wind firm, preferably after one year. Protective covering such as stem wraps are important to protect from rodent and rabbit feeding and burlap wrapping can be used to protect evergreen foliage from windburn injury.

There is a misconception that fall-planted trees don’t need to be watered but Jean cautions this is not the case.

“Fall-planted trees benefit from watering during periods of heat or drought the following spring and summer,” he said.

Trees planted in autumn have a very limited opportunity for root growth before winter. Until transplanted trees have recovered a root system, in balance with their top, watering is important.

There is a cost to order trees through the fall tree planting program but in some cases, there may be incentive grants available for some tree planting projects. Cost-share funding may be available for establishing field windbreaks, treed buffers, and other tree planting projects. Staff are available to help with project design and grant applications. People are invited to contact staff through the website at or to phone Ian Jean at 519 235-2610 (or toll-free 1-888-286-2610), Ext. 238, or email



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, youngstera and teachers are back to school and so we thought we'd take a closer look at some secondary school memorabilia from days gone by...

Varsity Jacket    

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This is a black and white Clinton District Collegiate Institute (CDCI) women's varsity jacket. There are two patches on the front of the jacket. On the right side there is a red, blue and white patch that reads "Clinton District C.I. Hinc Lucem." The latin phrase means, “From this Light”. On the left side there is a red and blue patch that reads "C.D.C.I. Music 56-57" with an image of a harp.

This jacket belonged to Carol (Tyreman) Rean. She grew up in Blyth and attended high school in Clinton.


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Along the left arm, there are seven patches. The first one is red and blue and in poor shape, but possibly says "Music". The second through fifth patches are blue and white while the sixth and seventh patches are red and white. They alternate between "Volleyball” and “Basketball”. 

back of jacket  

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  One dozen vessels set sail for Labour day Race












Following the success of the Givens Memorial Race on Aug. 21, members of the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) were emboldened to organize another race for Labour Day Sunday and they couldn’t have been more pleased with the turn out as a dozen sailing vessels embraced both the wind and waves to create a very exciting event.

“The BYC wants to thank everyone who came out to join us for an amazing day of sailing on Sept. 5,” said Jayne Dietrich, commodore of the BYC. “The wind was perfect for our sailors and the warm, sunny day gave a large number of spectators an exciting view of the race.”

The first six boats to cross the finish line were: Wascally Wabbitt, first; Rascal, second; Imagine, third; and Nirvana, fourth; Sea Aye, fifth; and Spirit, sixth. official Results are; Corrected times as follows for total time in minutes/seconds, assuming all boats completed the course, +18 seconds per mile for boats using spinnaker

“The BYC was very grateful for the additional race for our 2021 season. We will be meeting and making plans for the 2022 season. Hopefully you can all come and join us to make it a successful year,” Dietrich said.

Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!

Anyone who might like to volunteer with, or join, the BYC is invited to email:

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On the morning of Sept. 7, people on social media with connections to Bayfield would more than likely have had two themes streaming through their feed. The first would have been pictures of youngsters posing for the obligatory first day back-to-school photo while the second would have been images of Table Stack 2021.

Dating back to the early 1970s, this Labour Day tradition marks the unofficial end of summer in the village, and with the rare exception as to the date, is generally constructed on the eve of back to routine. People get up early to head to Clan Gregor Square to take pictures of the creation before it is dismantled. People also head over to retrieve their stuff. This year, the proprietors of The Albion Hotel embraced the spirit in which the project is intended by purposefully leaving out signs and a giant Swan float for the stackers to incorporate into their design. They also encouraged others to do the same, maybe this will become a new twist on this old tradition.

One thing is for certain the Tuesday morning after Labour Day Monday wouldn’t be the same without back-to-school photos and images of the table stackto look forward to. – Melody

P.S. Photos courtesy The Albion Hotel. 


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