Bookmark and Share   Sept. 23, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 39 Issue 585

bayfield's forgotten felines seeking foster families  

IMG_2408Gypsy is just one of a number of cats and kittens that could benefit from a Foster Family while waiting to find a forever home. Foster parents are being sought now and successful applicants will be provided with supplies and support. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_6928Trirone is the featured Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week. (Submitted photo)

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

Not everyone is able to adopt one of these kitties in need but people can still help. BFF volunteers are currently looking for good foster homes for some of their cats and kittens. A place where they can learn to trust again, or grow up with space to play and explore. Some of the adult cats are at the shelter for awhile before being adopted, they would love a comfortable place to feel safe.

“Please consider opening your home to a temporary guest. We will match the perfect cat or kittens to your situation and provide supplies and support,” said Mary Pounder, a volunteer with BFF.

Anyone who is interested is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at or call 519 565-2717.

Trirone is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.

This fabulous looking boy didn’t always look so fabulous. He was born on the streets of Bayfield and while learning how to survive suffered an injury to his leg. Although rescue volunteers don’t know how it happened some people did notice him around town. They mentioned that they had seen a cat with a dangling leg that had turned black and fallen off. As soon as the rescue was made aware he was trapped and brought in, however, at that point he was in very poor condition. It was touch and go for a while. But he was determined and made a full recovery. He is now the shelter’s “Walmart greeter” and the favorite of all the other cats in the shelter.

This big loveable goof has the best temperament. He is playful, loving and seems to have no trouble getting around despite having only three legs. He certainly deserves his own castle to lord over.

Interested in providing Trirone with his forever family or fostering him? 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.

Canadian Author Virtual event at The Village Bookshop 


Please note that this event is to be rescheduled.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, The Village Bookshop will be hosting another author event, virtually – the author of “Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson”, Mark Bourrie, will be the featured guest.

Bourrie’s book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of Canada. He explores the life of Radisson, who was, among many things, the co-founder of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The author describes Radisson as “the Forrest Gump of his time. He’s everywhere. And because he could read and write, he managed to tell us about it.” Radisson’s adventures create a story that is sometimes unbelievable and other times full of remarkable experiences in 17th century Canada.

People are invited to join The Village Bookshop, for this virtual event, in an one-hour conversation with Bourrie on Thursday, Oct. 1 starting at 5 p.m. Those interested are asked to please register for this event in person or call 519 565-5600 and the Zoom link will be emailed. Bourrie’s book is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop.

Pumpkin sales for charity to continue at Thanksgiving 

20200912_110020Nine-year-old twins, Zoe and Zac Small are selling pumpkins for a cause on two upcoming weekends this fall in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

Nine-year-old twins, Zac and Zoe Small are raising money for charity and learning a thing or two about business with a new pumpkin venture in Bayfield.

The inspiration and “seed funding” for their pumpkin business came from local farmer Brian Van Aaken, and his wife, Shelley, who source their heritage seeds from Prince Edward Island and grow them at Vantage Farms near Varna. Zac and Zoe send him a daily report of their sales and work with him on filling inventory shortages. The twins report that cooking pumpkins are hot this year!

A portion of their sales will go to charities that are close to the twin’s hearts. St. Joseph's Healthcare in Guelph, where their grandmother resides, and P.I.M.E Missionaries in the Philippines, where their missionary uncle is helping the local community deal with food shortages and economic uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Zac and Zoe will be running their curbside pickup business in Bayfield again on Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 9-12. Look for their set up along Louisa Street. 

All are encouraged to stop by to get their beautiful pumpkins and support some good causes!



 farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 18th market of the season on Friday, Sept. 25.

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, be on the look out for: fresh vegetables from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; vegan roasted garlic and potato pierogi from J Bogal Foods; coil sausage, roasts and soup bones from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; Ginger Carrot Soup, stews and other delights from Petojo Food & Catering plus 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.

Women’s Hockey

It’s almost time to get back on the ice and one Bayfield team is welcoming new players.

The Women’s Hockey group that meets on Friday nights in the Bayfield Arena invites those interested to join them. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. Games are held in-house only, no travel required. Play begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $15 per game.

For more information please contact Dale Evans at 519 440-9417. Text preferred.

Food Bank

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be thankful for the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.

BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

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

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.  




    over $800,000 distributed through Urgent needs fund

On Sept. 15, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) announced the organization distributed $800,225 to support vulnerable and newly vulnerable people across Perth and Huron during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 is a global crisis, but it affected so many individuals right here in Perth and Huron,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We were able to utilize UWPH’s organizational strength as a communicator, collaborator and facilitator to bring people together and address urgent local challenges. Our community partners have been pivotal in helping us. We were inspired by their creativity, commitment and resilience.”

On Apr. 7, UWPH launched a call to non-profits and other qualified applicants working to adapt services and support the local community. A volunteer-led committee reviewed applications. Funded programs addressed issues including food insecurity, mental health and addictions, housing, domestic violence, seniors and social isolation. In total, 41 grants were issued through the COVID-19 Urgent Need Fund, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and Emergency Community Support Fund and the Social Service Relief Fund. For a full list of projects and other initiatives, visit

UWPH’s efforts went beyond financial support. The organization facilitated weekly virtual meetings with social service agencies, administered a Facebook group alongside local librarians to share information and connect people, submitted over 1,000 updates to the Ontario 2-1-1 helpline database to reflect service changes and held four workshops on topics relevant to non-profit agencies to survive in a state of disruption.

UWPH also created an Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals (UNFI), designed to support local residents in a time of crisis by helping with essentials like rent, groceries and medication. Since the UNFI’s launch, over $70,000 has been distributed by social services in Perth and Huron, helping almost 550 people.

Acknowledging many vulnerable people and populations will be dealing with fallout from the pandemic for months to come, UWPH is continuing to raise funds for the UNFI; keeping those in need from slipping deeper into poverty, shame and despair. Applications by individuals in need are still open. Download the form from the UWPH website.

“The effects of this pandemic have been devastating and unequalled, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized communities,” added Erb. “We want to make sure everyone is lifted up. If we continue working together through coordinated local action, we can build a brighter future for everyone.”

Work continues to address homelessness in Huron county

The County of Huron continues to work diligently in addressing the challenges associated with homelessness, poverty and housing instability in Huron County. To properly address the complexities of homelessness, both immediate action and long-term solutions are required.

“Individual people, each with unique experiences and challenges, require an individualized response,’ said Warden Jim Ginn. “Responding to homelessness is not just about providing housing, it requires relationship and trust building and often means addressing complex issues including past traumas, mental illness or addiction. For these reasons, addressing homelessness takes both immediate action as well as time and commitment.”

Immediate actions being taken by the County of Huron to address homelessness include:
• A Homelessness Task Force was developed to advocate for and address immediate needs.
• Supporting and coordinating diversion from shelter and/or emergency shelter solutions. Rigorous work continues towards securing suitable accommodations for vulnerable populations, especially in the nearing cold months.
• Partnership with Huron-Perth United Way to deliver Urgent Needs Funding.
• Using Social Services Relief Funding to support those most vulnerable with a variety of services, including temporary accommodations, housing allowances, food and supplies, and more.
• A variety of communication pieces drafted to provide education at the local level and advocate for increased support at the provincial level.

In addition to addressing immediate needs, the County recognizes that addressing homelessness requires long-term commitment. To this end, work on the Long-term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan, 2014-2024 continues with the goal of preventing homelessness, providing appropriate housing and supports to those who require it, and creating an absence of need for emergency shelters. Details of this progress can be found in the Long-term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan five-year review.

Long-term actions being taken to address homelessness by the County of Huron include:
• A homelessness enumeration project was completed in 2018 to better understand the scope of homelessness within the County.
• Ownership and management of rent-geared to income properties and additional tenant supports.
• Supplement programs for private landlords offering social housing.
• Financial support to a variety of supportive and preventative programs, including transitional housing services, ASH Housing (Addiction Supportive Housing), CMHA housing programs (both Middlesex and Huron-Perth CMHA) and youth homelessness prevention programs.
• Local agency co-ordination for support services to those in need.

“It’s important for our communities to recognize that destructive behaviours and homelessness do not always go hand-in-hand, in fact many homeless do not cause a disturbance,” said Barbara Hall, director of Social and Property Services. “There are many complexities to homelessness and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We’ve seen some individuals choose not to participate in services offered to them and instead follow their own journey. Regardless, the Social and Property Services department and our community partner agencies are dedicated to helping everyone that we can.”

There are many factors which can put an individual at risk for homelessness and every experience of homelessness is unique. The County is committed to improving the quality of life for all people of Huron, including those facing multiple barriers so that they may live independently.

Community members can be part of the solution. Here’s how:
• As a Landlord, consider participating with the County of Huron in offering rentals to the most vulnerable in our community knowing the County would continue to support these individuals when housed.
• As a private citizen, consider a secondary unit in homes - low vacancy rates make it difficult to obtain affordable housing.
• Work with community partners to support those in emergency housing situations by volunteering or making donations.
• Support housing initiatives in local communities.
• Become an ambassador for those most vulnerable in the community by breaking down stigmas.

Individuals in need of access to Social Housing can contact the Huron County Social and Property Services department at 519 482-8505.

help to parents struggling over pandemic screentime use 

A Huron County program to teach parents how to manage kids’ screen time during COVID-19 will be available soon.

Struggling with kids about screen time? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will host a must-see documentary screening for parents and grandparents – “Screenagers: Growing up in a digital world” from now to Oct. 1. Zoom panel discussions and Q and A sessions providing tips for parents will be held on Oct. 1 only. 

Gateway’s 2020 Speaker Series continues virtually this September and October, featuring on-line viewings of “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter”, two important documentaries about the impact of excessive screen time on today’s children and teens.

Gateway Board member, Nancy Simpson believes that screen time is an integral part of all kids’ lives especially during COVID-19 times. During the lock down period, there is also a good chance that some bad habits were developed with respect to screen time.

“Finding that balance between living in a digital world and the real world is key. For example, face-to-face interactions within your ‘bubble’ or class cohort to develop good social skills, exercise and positive health choices, as well as enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors,” said Simpson.


There are multiple screenings happening daily of “Screenagers” in communities across the globe. It is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into an international movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens. The themes include use of screens in school, boys and video games, girls and social media and the risk of addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor on-line homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.

Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. “Screenagers” goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

Gateway has purchased the licencing rights to “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter” which allows the organization to offer these documentaries to registering participants. Registrants will watch these documentaries on their own time during a two-week period, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on Zoom, led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway.

Screenagers will be available from now to Oct. 1 on demand. The panel discussion and Q and A Zoom session will be offered the evening of Oct. 1 only starting at 7 p.m.

For trailers and more information about this documentary, visit

To register for “Screenagers” go to

And be sure to watch for more details about the second documentary, “Next Chapter” coming soon.

Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank Larry Otten, of Larry Otten Contracting, for sponsoring this upcoming Gateway Virtual Speaker Series event. Gateway also received a Community Grant from the Town of Goderich to support their 2020 Speaker Series fundraising initiative for which they are truly grateful. 

Unwanted shoes to make a statement on climate change 

shoesUnwanted and unused shoes are being collected in Goderich for Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. These shoes will later be donated to area charities. (Submitted photo)  

Fridays For Future International has declared a Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. It is almost one year since over one million, Canadians joined millions of others around the world in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. The Global Day of Action is a youth inspired event.

The coming months and years will be crucial in ensuring a safe pathway below 1.5 °C increase in global mean temperature, a target stated in the Paris Agreement. If people are to minimize the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, people need to act now. It is therefore vital that the climate crisis doesn’t get forgotten in the shadow of COVID-19 but is regarded as the utmost priority.

Goderich’s own Climate Strike action last year was very successful but members of Green Goderich feel there is more progress to be made. That is why members of Green Goderich invite people’s “shoes” to attend a Fridays for Future event in Goderich on Sept. 25.

The public is asked to participate by leaving a pair of shoes and a poster at Dr. Jim
Hollingworth’s garage at his residence at 66 Waterloo St. North, in Goderich prior to Sept. 25. Shoes may be left in a bag or box, for ease of handling, a blue bin is provided to place them in. Posters may also be left to accompany these shoes. The shoes will be gathered and donated to local charities after the event.

Participants unable to drop off a pair of shoes are asked to post a photo to Social Media of themselves and a poster on Sept. 25. Use hashtags #Fridaysforfuture #Goderich #HuronCounty

COVID-19 conditions make this creative solution necessary. The shoes represent people who are unable to attend or be present due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Dr. Jim Hollingworth of Goderich and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is dedicating much of his retirement life to warn people of the danger in not heeding Climate Science.

“The work that we must individually and collectively do to avoid a cascading climate catastrophe in 10 or 11 years hence is huge. But do the work we must if we wish to protect the well-being of our children, grandchildren, the beauty and diversity of the natural world and to preserve civilization as we enjoy it today. Against all odds, we should remain hopeful and proactive by doing that which we know to be right for the sake of the whole of humanity,” said Hollingworth.

Millions of people young and old from around the World will be making their voices heard on Sept. 25.

FFF is a global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. She was tired of society’s unwillingness to see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis. To begin with, she was alone, but she was soon joined by others. Their call for action sparked an international awakening, with students and activists uniting around the globe to protest outside their local parliaments and city halls. Along with other groups across the world, FFF is part of a hopeful new wave of change, inspiring millions of people to act on the climate crisis. To learn more visit

Fridays for Future Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots group existing to organize events and communication for this movement. It is sponsored by Green Goderich. They can be found on Facebook at “Fridays for Future Goderich”.

Green Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots environmental action group that inspires and unites people to protect and support ecosystems. They love natural resources and wish to protect them through action to eliminate plastic pollution and both the causes and effects of climate change. They build community through education, action, and advocacy. To discover more visit:

society provides options to keep the brain active while at home 

Anyone looking for ways to keep their brain active while at home? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is here to help people stay engaged and connected.

The Society is offing three programs this fall: Dementia Education, Memory and Aging Program and a Ukulele Group. All of these programs are available for anyone in the general public to attend – they do not have to be clients of the Alzheimer Society.

Dementia Education covers the topics addressed most frequently: Ten Warning Signs, Brain Changes and Dementia, Types of Dementia, and Communication Changes. These one hour ZOOM sessions are on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please contact the office to register and confirm specific dates and times.

The Memory and Aging Program was developed for anyone interested in finding out more about age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and to practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Sessions will be held over ZOOM from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Oct. 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5.

The Ukulele Group is for anyone who wants to challenge their musical skills? Ukulele lessons will be hosted on ZOOM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Laurie from the Bayfield Ukulele Society. The lessons are open to those 55 years old and over. The $20 program fee includes ZOOM group lessons - and a ukulele!

Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office at 519 482-1482 to register for the fall programs. Please register by Oct. 1 to ensure a spot.

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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 Society 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!


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:

United way 

COVID-19 may have changed how people connect, but United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) isn’t going to let COVID-19 stop the organization from launching this year’s annual campaign and highlighting pressing needs across the region.

“This year has challenged our communities in many ways,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “More than ever, vulnerable and newly vulnerable people in our region need help. The annual campaign works to address unignorable local issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation. With the generosity of local donors, and support from our partners, we can help ensure more people have a brighter future.”

Happening Friday, Sept. 25 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., this year’s UWPH Kick-Off is a video featuring Campaign Co-chairs Martin and Kathryn Ritsma. The presentation highlights local stories and reveals the 2020 fundraising goal; a goal reflecting the need across Perth-Huron. People from across the region — from Stratford and St. Marys to Listowel and North Perth, Exeter, Goderich and the rest of Perth and Huron — are encouraged to support businesses in their community by purchasing lunch at their favorite local restaurant. Then, tune in to UWPH’s Facebook event (@UnitedWayPH). Sponsors include Sun Life Financial at the Gold level, as well as Bronze sponsors Susan Molenhuis, Sales Rep., Sutton Group and Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Professional Accountants.

A key part of the 2020 UWPH annual campaign is an effort to continue raising money for the Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals (UNFI). Started during the pandemic, the UNFI supports local residents in a time of crisis by helping with essentials like rent, groceries and medication. Since the UNFI’s launch, almost 550 people have received support.

“The pandemic has created added challenges for non-profits in our region,” added Erb. “We need support more than ever to continue addressing local needs. I hope everyone joins us for the launch of our campaign. Together, we can do incredible things across Perth-Huron.”

UWPH is a 100 per cent local organization working to address unigonorable issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation in local communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To donate or volunteer, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit

Hospital funding 

The Ontario government is providing more than $3.8 million to hospitals in Huron-Bruce to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said that the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.

“Every year these funds play a vital role in making sure our hospitals are kept up to date and safe,” Thompson said. “With today’s challenging times, this money is especially important.”

Hospitals receiving money include: South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $2,165,017, including hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham; South Huron Hospital in Exeter, $446,012; Wingham and District Hospital, $497,793; Seaforth Community Hospital, $365,478; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, $146,332; and Clinton Public Hospital, $223,880.

“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”

Projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.

Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

abca OUtdoor learning programs 

Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have developed three new outdoor learning programs to reach preschoolers, remote learners, and homeschoolers. The new programs are among adaptations to conservation education programming this autumn to deliver education in new ways during the current pandemic.

These programs take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) east of Exeter. The programs include exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, and sensory awareness to help children gain curriculum-based knowledge and develop a deep respect for nature and taking care of soil, water and living things in the watershed.

“We feel these programs will maintain a child’s connection to nature throughout the current school year and in all types of weather,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator. “Those taking part will spend lots of time in direct experience with the outdoors in all conditions.”

The new programs are Oaks and Acorns (preschoolers with caregiver); Science Outdoors (primary, junior, intermediate, half-day program); and Outdoor School (all day; ages nine to 13).

Oaks and Acorns is a program for children ages two to five years accompanied by an adult caregiver. It will start on Oct. 9 and will run on Fridays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., over eight weeks, until Nov. 27. Outdoor play and inquiry are part of this program. There is a maximum of ten children per session so space is limited.

Science Outdoors is a program for remote learners and homeschoolers looking for outdoor learning beyond the classroom. It takes place on Wednesdays, over eight weeks. It will start on Oct. 7. Junior students attend from 9 a.m. to noon and Primary students attend from 1-4 p.m. Science Outdoors for the Intermediate students will start on Oct. 9 and take place on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. The participants will have ‘hands-on’ exploration and activities to learn grade-specific science concepts from the Ontario Curriculum. There is a maximum of ten students per divisional time slot so space is limited.

The Outdoor School is an inquiry and curriculum based outdoor program for ages nine to 13. The program starts on Oct. 6 and will run, over 30 weeks, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Outdoor School does not run on Dec. 24 or 31 or on March 18). There is a maximum of 14 students so space is limited.

ABCAs conservation educators will strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating these outdoor learning programs. In addition, educators are following local health unit recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines for day camps. Anyone who would like to chat with educators about these programs, should please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or Ext. 262.

To register or to find out more visit the website’s education web page at this link:

Paint Ontario

Paint Ontario is open, 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. The final day for the show is Sept. 27. 

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.

To ensure a safe environment for everyone, building capacity at Lambton Heritage Museum has been reduced, and only 20 visitors per hour will be allowed to view the Paint Ontario show at a time to maintain physical distancing. Visitors are required to pre-register a time to visit and those attending the show without registering in advance may be required to wait, or return when space is available. Please call ahead at 519 243-2600 Ext. 0 to book a space or visit to register online.

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 on-line. Additionally, look for free, 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.

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.

For more information, go to or call Teresa Marie Phillips at 519-859-1662 or email

Community 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.”

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


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, including a prepaid return envelope. 

“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.



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Bluewater residents may have noticed a variety of trucks, vintage cars, muscle cars, kit cars, sports cars and hot rods rolling through their communities on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 20. The Rolling Car Show was on the move!

For the fourth time this summer, vehicle enthusiasts were invited to gather at the Suncoast Mall in Goderich and follow a different route around the county ending up back in Goderich. In the days of COVID-19 car shows look a little different with no stops for the participants, everyone being required to stay in their vehicles and social distancing guidelines being followed but with a little “out-of-the-box” thinking it is still possible for car-lovers to share their passion with each other and those who enjoy the sight of the cars driving past.

The first Rolling Car show was started by Mike Daer, his brother Nick and sister-in-law Jackie was held on June 7. The line of cars visited 12 towns over two and a half hours. The event was a great success and subsequent shows were organized for July 12, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20.

The Daers turned the monthly outing into a fundraiser for the Huron County Backpacks for Kids Program donating $1,377 to the organization by selling t-shirts commemorating the year and the event that kept vehicle buffs wheels turning even through a pandemic.

Editor's note: These photos were taken along Hwy 21 (with the exception of the Red Chev) on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 20 as the cars rolled back toward Goderich. 








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arts centre finds a home on Main sTreet in Village

119940475_219079866273837_950721331482881582_nArtist Laura Dirk taught two "Break-Free" Abstract Painting Workshops on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Pavilion on Pavilion Road as part of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts programming. (Submitted photos)  

119950356_219079739607183_8106115697655565959_nClass space was limited and COVID-19 protocols were followed during the workshops held outdoors in a tranquil setting.

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) now has a home. Volunteers are pleased to announce their new location at "The Barn” at 24 Main St N, behind The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

Property cleanup and restoration is under way. In order to get things started the BCA will need a few items. Donations are needed of folding tables, drafting tables, stacking chairs, artist easels, stools, accordion style pop up tent canopies, shelving units, artist brushes, canvases, a laser and/or color printer. Please note no paint is being accepted at this time.

All items in good working order please. Items worth less than $100 or are used will not be receipted. Any item that is donated that is new, and for which a fair market value can be identified, will receive an official donation receipt.

Anyone who can help is asked to please email

Volunteers will be accepting drop offs on Monday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or email the above address to make an appointment to drop off. If you can donate but are unable to deliver please let the volunteers know and they will pick-up.

In other exciting news, the BCA has received notice from the Charity Directorate of the CRA that they have been successful in their application for charity status. They are now able to offer official receipts for any financial or ‘in kind” donation amounts.

119913712_219079786273845_8768054688739092912_n Ready, set, paint!

IMG_2330Participants were encouraged to get abstractly creative.

And the BCA now has a “Founding Friends” Fundraising Campaign underway. The BCA intends to offer workshops in a variety of media…painting, photography, culinary, kids programming, mobile art program and most exciting of all, the West Coast Outdoor Film Series to be held in summer 2021.

The Founding Friends campaign is an opportunity to help us make all of these great things happen. Every $500 donation will build the funds necessary to buy equipment for workshops and make deposits on the projector system for the Film Series.

Anyone who would like to offer financial support is asked to contact John Rishworth at or email

IMG_2332 Bayfield Centre for the Arts recently announced they have found a home in The Barn on Bayfield's Main Street behind The Village Bookshop.

IMG_2337 Landscapes take on a different look when painted in the abstract.


online- photography workshop upcoming

 People can set down their brushes and pick up their lenses for the next workshop hosted by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). “Improving Your Photography” with Alayne Brisson is set for three Sundays in October – Oct. 4, 18 and 25 and will be held virtually over ZOOM.

Through three 1-hour sessions participants will learn what the different buttons and settings on their camera are used for and build their knowledge of photography fundamentals. Participants can use any camera as a tool to express themselves as a form of art and increase their confidence behind the lens.

Week One will cover what aperture is, how ISO affects photos and how shutter speed works, plus how the three are related when it comes to exposure, plus, what is the difference between RAW and jpeg files? Week Two will examine focusing and metering modes and how they affect images, plus a review of submitted images from Week One and tips for carrying, stabilizing and cleaning your camera. Week Three will cover thinking creatively and changing point of view as well as reviewing images from the previous weeks’ assignment.

To learn more and to sign up visit and search for “Improving Your Photography - Any Camera - with Alayne Brisson”.

To learn more about Brisson and to view her work visit

IMG_2338Some colourful results from the workshop.

cats-215x269The next Bayfield Centre for the Arts Workshop will be “Improving Your Photography” with Alayne Brisson. It is set for three Sundays in October – Oct. 4, 18 and 25 and will be held virtually over ZOOM. (Photo by Alayne Brisson)  






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September's first Pioneer Park sunset...

A September Pioneer Park Sunset...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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Raise your hand, if, like me, you watched “Schitt’s Creek” starting when it first aired in January of 2015 until it wrapped up in April of this year. We knew what a little gem of a show it was and now apparently so does anyone with Netflix.

Sunday night at the Primetime Emmys Schitt’s Creek put Canada on the map taking home nine statues – the most ever for a comedy series in one season – a historically startling piece of trivia, eh? The evening was pandemic perfect as many castmates and crew gathered together at Casa Loma for their viewing party demonstrating fairly good social distancing and exceptionally fine mask wearing. All the top awards were presented by a person in a tuxedo-styled hazmat suit. Personally, I don’t think the evening would have been as meaningful if they had been able to go to LA and accept the awards on a big stage with all the glamourous people filling the seats in the theatre. Somehow this smaller more intimate party seemed more appropriate.

What is it about this show – Schitt’s Creek – that is resonating with audiences both old and new, Canadian and American? I believe Actress Annie Murphy (Alexis Rose), summed it up best in her acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

“I'm so proud to be a part of a show that stands for love and kindness and inclusivity and acceptance because those four things are things that we need more than ever right now."

Words that should resonate no matter what side of the border we find ourselves on. – Melody



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