Bookmark and Share   Sept. 15, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 38 Issue 636

national croquet and golf croquet tourneys in village   

47996917737_ba27d5db68_kBayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting the Canadian Open Association Croquet tournament from Sept. 23-26. This image, taken in 2018, highlights a play by Pierre Dunn, of B.C., one of the competitors in the Bayfield tournament held that year. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting the Canadian Open Association Croquet tournament from Sept. 23-26.

Players from Canada and North America will be coming to play in this prestigious tournament. Bayfield's own Bill Rowat and David Druiett are previous Canadian Champions! For the first time Bayfield will also be hosting the Canadian Open Golf Croquet tournament from Sept 20-22nd. These tournaments are sanctioned by Croquet Canada which is the national governing body for croquet in Canada. The results of the tournaments are added to players' Canadian and World rank. Bayfield members will be playing in both tournaments. The three world-class courts and this beautiful heritage village entice the best players from around the world to return to Bayfield year after year.

BICC is one of the largest croquet clubs in Canada. The Club has a robust offering of both competitive and recreational play. All croquet programming and social activities are provided by passionate, committed volunteers. Anyone interested in trying out croquet is welcome? Visit their website at to learn more and to view the contact list.

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 4 km and last about two 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

People and Canines create virtual team for Terry Fox Run 

DSC_8890-EditMillie Jean Johnson, a Golden Retriever pup, will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run for the Bayfield PACC virtual team on Sunday. She encourages others to join in the fun! (Photo by Suzan Johnson)  

Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is excited to support the upcoming Terry Fox Run on Sept. 19.

“We invite everyone to join our team, and to run, stroll, or walk your dog in support of this event. Thank you to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their efforts in organizing the annual run,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.

She went on to say that in 1979, Fox said, "anything is possible if you try."

“Inspired by his amazing example, our team is proudly participating in this year's Terry Fox Run. Please consider supporting us in our “try” by helping us raise much needed funds for cancer research,” Johnson said.

To support the Bayfield PACC in their efforts, visit their website and join their virtual team at

Johnson would also like to thank citizens and visitors who took the time to complete the Bayfield PACC survey.

“We have had a tremendous number of respondents. For those of you who have yet to complete the survey, there are still a few days left for you to share your views,” she said.

The survey can be found at the Bayfeild PACC website at

Lions Golf Tournament record breaking fundraiser 

IMG_2690From l-r: Tom Bedour, Greg Aitken, Jason Watson, Brad Aitken were the winners of the scramble event held at Bluewater. This foursome was presented with a trophy and given individual plaques recognizing their win. (Photos by Jack Pal)  

Under sunny skies, 76 golfers participated in the 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course with Covid-19 rules in place on Friday, Sept. 10.

In keeping with Covid protocols, all golfers were pre-registered with contact information recorded. On arrival at the course they were directed individually to their carts and from there to their starting hole awaiting the 10:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Following the golf, similar precautions were in place at The Albion Hotel where a meal of chicken and ribs was served out-of-doors. Every foursome had a pre-designated table on the back patio and were called up one table at a time for meal service.

IMG_2655L-r: Tracy Pitblado, Shirley Schilbe, Penny Overboe, and Bonnie Royal were among the 76 golfers that participated in the 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 10.  

“Jeff Graham and his staff at the Albion deserve a great big thank you for their hospitality,” said Ian Matthew, chairman of the golf committee.

Lions President Tony Van Bakel thanked everyone for supporting the Bayfield Lions in their work.

Matthew thanked the tournament partners Dale Realty Group and Lake Huron Chrysler, presenting them with plaques in appreciation of their support. In addition, 18 sponsors were recognized on the sponsors’ wall.

The winners of the scramble event held at Bluewater were: Jason Watson, Brad Aiken, Greg Aiken and Tom Bedour with an 18-hole score of minus eight. This foursome was presented with a trophy and given individual plaques recognizing their win.

After dinner, three impressive prize packages went up for bid under auctioneer MP Ben Lobb’s hammer and more than $4,500 was raised! The three prizes were: White Squirrel Golf Package, courtesy of Mac Voisin; a Ryan O’Reilly framed hockey jersey donated by the O’Reilly family; and a “Bayfield Experience Package” made up of donations from the merchants of Bayfield.

The tournament ended up being a record-breaking fundraiser for the club raising $13,000.

IMG_2681The Albion Hotel hosted a meal of chicken and ribs served out-of-doors following the golf. Every foursome had a pre-designated table on the back patio including l-r: Doug Brown, John Hoover, Jack Colquhoun and Gary Crossley.  

In his closing remarks, Matthew thanked everyone for their support noting it is through their participation in fundraisers like the tournament that allow the Bayfield Lions to contribute over $50,000 to meet community needs every year.

A highlight of the dinner was the sound of a piper announcing that the day also marked Matthew’s 70th birthday and he was celebrated with much cheer and cake!

In addition to Matthew as chair, the Bayfield Lions’ Golf Committee was comprised of Tom Grasby, John Zirini, Karen and Rolly Scott, Kathy Gray, EJ Bauer, and Dave Nearingburg.

“There were smiles all around as the participants enjoyed a fun day out!” concluded Matthew. “Thanks again to all who participated!”


Artist guild 

Exciting news from the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) as many of their membership will have their works displayed at the Goderich Co-op Gallery for the month of October.

To view the art be sure to visit the gallery at 54 Courthouse Square in Goderich. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the the second Wednesday of the month when they open at noon.

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! 

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 Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department continues to experience nursing staff shortages and to operate with reduced hours. Supporting the need to ensure the department can close daily at 8 p.m., a change in last patient registration time is required.

Effective Thursday, Sept. 16, the Emergency Department will accept patients registering for an assessment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. After 6 p.m., patients seeking emergency services can access one of the other area hospitals providing 24-hour Emergency Department coverage which include: Seaforth Community Hospital; Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich; South Huron Hospital, Exeter; and Wingham & District Hospital.

“While the Emergency Department will continue to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, due to the amount of time it may take for a patient to be assessed and treated, we will only be registering patients until 6 p.m.,” said President and CEO Andrew Williams. “We must operate within the reduced hours ensuring the department closes at 8 p.m. in order to reduce regularly occurring after-hours work, improve the quality of life of our staff and support recruitment and retention efforts.”

Nursing shortages are widespread across Ontario, including the Huron Perth region, and resulted in the Emergency Department being closed for one day in August. HPHA is committed to providing Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department access when safe to do so.

“When we do not have staff to safely provide quality patient care, a closure, like the one that occurred on August 1st could happen again,” added Williams.


241956383_381773790172644_7259195397453836303_nSweetie (Submitted photo)  

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

“Sweetie” truly lives up to her name! This lovely Dilute Tortiseshell has been a stray for several years, moving from sheds to porches to decks with different people feeding her for a time before she either moved on or they stopped feeding her. This summer she had been living under the deck at a woman’s house who has been feeding her. This kind person then took her in when she heard the call of coyotes growing closer in the area. Sweetie proved to be good with other cats, dogs and children but this house is already full. Sweetieneeds a home to call her own. Sweetie would be perfect for anyone looking for a well-socialized, beautiful girl to add to their family.

Anyone who thinks Sweetie might be perfectly suited to their home is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all those who have donated food or money to our cause,” said Deb Penhale with BFF. “We just want everyone to know that even with our best efforts we still have 47 cats and kittens that are in need of vetting. It’s been a bumper year for cats and kittens and with several area shelters and rescues closing their doors it’s made it that much harder.”

Penhale also wished to extend a thank you to the members of Bayfield Guiding who collected and donated supplies from BFFs wish list during the month of August.

“This wonderful group are led by example, their leaders certainly set very high standards for these youngsters to follow, as they have donated both as individuals, and as a group, and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts,” concluded Penhale.

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.



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.

all HPHa staff to be fully vaccinated by end of october 

As per Directive 6, issued by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, the Board of Directors of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has approved the organization’s COVID-19 Immunization Policy. The policy went into effect on Sept. 7 and goes further than the minimum requirements outlined provincially, requiring 100 per cent of employees, physicians, midwives, students and contractors, other than for narrowly defined medical reasons, to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 28.

“HPHA’s Board of Directors has been a leader in setting the right tone for staff and patient safety and has been clear that full immunization of all HPHA Team Members is supported,” said President and CEO Andrew Williams. “Our policy outlines the steps we all need to take, including the consequences if Team Members refuse to comply.”

As of Sept. 8, any employee, physician, midwife, student or contractor that elects not be vaccinated, is partially vaccinated or has a medical exemption against COVID-19 vaccination will be required to undergo a mandatory education session along with rapid antigen point of care testing up to 48 hours prior to each shift.

Effective Oct. 28, those who do not meet the policy requirements will be placed on two-week unpaid leave of absence/unable to exercise privileges. After the two weeks, those that still have not met the requirements will then be deemed to have resigned from their position/privileges.

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, is causing increased case numbers and hospitalizations. Vaccination, along with continued public health measures, is the best way to reduce transmission in order to keep HPHA team members and patients safe.

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:

Youth in Action 

After a year away, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is re-launching their Youth in Action Grants initiative for 14 to 25-year-olds who have ideas to address youth issues in Perth and/or Huron County. The grants are an opportunity for youth to access up to $1,000 to develop and implement projects addressing important issues in their community and help their peers.

“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact, Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We’re looking forward to reading the proposals and seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues.”

Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, increased social connection, anti-bullying awareness and peer mentoring. To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14 to 25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Applications opened Sept. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at

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


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



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 school memorabilia from days gone by...

s.s. #9 Colborne Twp.     

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This is a black and white picture of the pupils of S.S. #9 Colborne Township taken in June of 1899 by R.R. Sallows of Goderich. Hand written on the back of the photo are the names of the students and their teacher.

Back Row l-r: Ed Lawson, Willie Boggs, Hattie Barker, Cleve Tichborne, Ruth Shaw, Louise Andrews (teacher), Ida Barker, Winnie Shaw, Marjorie Tichborne, Harry Tichborne, and Loretta Young.

Second Row: Jean Clutton, Ed Shaw, Wilber Stewart, Gerty Inaid, Johnny Tobin, Minnie Barker, and Jimmy Barker.

Sitting: Bob Cummings, Reg Williams, Willie Glazier, Lola Barker, Harry Williams, Hume Clutton, Frank Glazier, Blanche Shaw.



 brass stamp 

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This is a round cast-brass stamp. It is fitted into a round wooden handle (photo below). Engraved around the perimeter are the words "TRUSTEE SCH. SECT. TUCKERSMITH" and in the centre "NO. 1". The stamp is from SS No. 1 Tuckersmith which was east of Hensall. The school closed in 1964. The building was destroyed by a tornado in 1967. 

stamp handle  

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This is the round wooden handle that the stamp (described above) is set into. 




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bayfield CENTRE FOR THE ARTS    

  summer wraps up at the barn on Main street 



IMG_7472The Village Bookshop owners got into the spirit of the outdoor market being held behind their store by offering up farm friendly titles and art supplies for sale at their booth manned by Mike Pearce.

IMG_7471Local artisans and vendors set up under the big tent in the "barnyard" to sell their wares during the hours on Friday that the show was open to the public for viewing.

IMG_7470Claire Trepanier’s "Christy Blooms" was a vendor at the market on the Friday during the "Year of the Barn" Open House.

IMG_7469The "Year of The Barn" Exhibition held on Aug. 20 and 21 was open to the public on Friday, Aug. 20 and more than 200 people visited the show!

The public had an opportunity to view the 50 barn paintings, that were donated by artists, for a few hours on Friday, Aug. 20.

IMG_7462Forty-one creative individuals donated barn images in a variety of mediums for the "Year of the Barn" Exhibition

IMG_2158 BCA Summer Staff, Cosette Gelinas and Molly McCleary were prepared to greet guests as they arrived at the Friday night event. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_2192 Debra MacArthur, Board director of BCA, addressed those gathered for the Friday evening reception. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_2186 Martha Lawrance serenaded the reception guests with lovely harp music. (Photo courtesy BCA)

IMG_2198The BCA Board has heard from many that attended that it was the most enjoyable and safe event they have had an opportunity to participate in, in a long time. (Photo by Jack Pal)  



The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is “wrapping up summer” operations at the barn located at 24 Main Street. It was the first summer of workshops for the BCA and members have expressed that they learned a lot.

The hiring of summer-student staff was possible thanks to government grants and raffle proceeds.

With COVID-19 protocols in place, no on-site washrooms and distancing required, the BCA held outdoor classes for kids and adults alike. The Art Truck showed up on Main Street to rave reviews and it is the BCA’s hope to take art experiences to Huron County Mental Health organizations with the help of grants soon.

The BCA also held a few well-attended Master Classes in the Community Centre at the Bayfield Arena.

“Our most exciting event was the Year of The Barn Exhibition held on Aug. 20 and 21!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA. “The Off-The-Wall style event was open to the public on Friday, Aug. 20 and more than 200 people visited the show!”

The BCA sold tickets at four price levels, these corresponded with the purchaser’s opportunity to choose their painting “off-the-wall”. The first 15 ticket holders attended a wonderful evening of music provide by local harpist Martha Lawrance, received amazing charcuterie boxes of goodies, were able to purchase a glass of wine or beer and safely visit with one another while waiting their turn to pick their painting.

The BCA Board has heard from many that attended that it was the most enjoyable and safe event they have had an opportunity to participate in, in a long time. On Saturday, Aug. 21 the remaining tickets holders came to the barn to chose their paintings.

For those who missed the weekend event there are a small number of paintings still available as the "Year of the Barn Show" continues at The Village Bookshop on Main Street. The paintings can be purchased for a donation to BCA of $75 each.

The BCA would like to thank all who attended and participated in classes and events, those who donated funds and time and the Bayfield community for their support.

A special thanks to Peter Jeffers, Mike Dietrich, Graham Miles and Jack Pal of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association who hung the show so professionally and help with the Main Street property maintenance! The BCA would also like to thank the Pioneer Park Association who graciously loaned the tent that was used at the barn for classes and events over the summer.

The BCA continues to ask for leaders and volunteers for help in developing the vision for a transformative visual art centre in Huron County. Anyone who is able and willing to contribute their time or funds is asked to contact them at

Watch for fall and winter BCA offerings and events at 

IMG_7463 After the public viewing of the exhibition, the “sale” began with gold, silver, bronze and copper ticket holders given special access to come and pick a painting.

IMG_7460Not all the barn images donated were painted - different mediums were used to create the barns including, yarn!

IMG_7459The BCA continues to ask for leaders and volunteers for help in developing the vision for a transformative visual art centre in Huron County.

IMG_7457Work was donated from all over Ontario, there was even one from China!

Golden Ticket buyer John Frezell chooses the first painting at the opening of the Friday night reception. (Photo by Jack Pal )



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Harbour Lights Rainbow...By Greg Csullog

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On Monday, Sept. 13, I did something I’ve never done before. I voted at an advanced poll. The voting part wasn’t a first but deciding how to cast my vote more than a week before the election that was something new. I generally like to wait until Election Day in case something monumental happens at the last minute that might change my vote. But this time I felt differently.

For a myriad of reasons this election has been weighing heavily on me. I felt the weight of the world lift off my shoulders after I marked my ‘X’ by the candidate’s name. I cast my ballot using a pencil that I brought with me in an effort to lower my carbon footprint. The election volunteer seemed quite pleased I had brought my own as to comply with COVID-19 protocols they are using one-time use pencils. Pencil use, like most things, seems to have stirred up some controversy this campaign. For those who may not be aware lead pencils have always been provided as part of the Canada Elections Act, but for those crying conspiracy, marking the ballot with a black pen is also acceptable.

We timed our visit well, it took my husband and I all of about seven minutes to vote at our advanced polling station. My mom went the day before and waited an hour and a half – some kind volunteer brought her a chair to sit on while she waited.

While I stood in line I couldn’t help but notice that our election process – right down to the pencils and pens – is rather archaic. Those computers, laptops and smart phones we’ve all become so reliant on were nowhere in sight. Paper, rulers, pencils and humans – these tangibles remain unchanged since the first time I was eligible to cast my ballot back during election #34 in 1988. I started to wonder why?

And then, I heard a much older gentleman arguing with an election worker. His name was on the voters list but he didn’t have proper ID. The worker wasn’t allowed to let him vote and he was insensed. How many elections had he been eligible for I wondered? I felt rather novice at 10. Luckily, as it often is in small towns, a couple also waiting to vote, knew him and where he lived, and could vouch for him. They agreed to help with the paper work necessary to allow him to vote. He was happy to be recognized, they were delighted to help and the election workers were much relieved. And that is perhaps why our seemingly archaic system may be okay just the way it is.

So, with pencils at the ready, I encourage everyone, who has yet to do so, to vote on Monday, Sept. 20. – Melody


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