Bookmark and Share   Sept. 22, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 39 Issue 637

Bayfield fair winner takes top honors at western fair   

IMG_8739 copyAlexa Yeo poses with her harp and the trophy she won at the Bayfield Community Fair in August that win sent her on to the next level. She recently learned she also won the Western Fair District, Rise2Fame, Junior competition held in London, ON. (Submitted photos)  

576A4947-B7AD-465C-897E-336C0BD9266E (1)Alexa Yeo had the honor of performing during the opening segment of the Huron Hospice Telethon aired on Sept. 16. In this photo, she is shown pre-recording her number at The Staysh (FauxPop Media) in Goderich.

About a month ago, Alexa Yeo, of Goderich, took first place in the Junior Category at the Rise2Fame Competition at the Bayfield Community Fair hosted by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). This allowed her to move on to the next level of competition at the Western Fair. On Friday, Sept. 17, Alexa learned she had also won first place in the London, Western Fair District, Rise2Fame, Junior competition this year!

Alexa would like to offer her thanks to the BAS for hosting the preliminary competition and outdoor showcase in August. She noted that it was a wonderful experience both virtually and in person.

This young musician has been playing the harp for five years and has even written her own pieces. Her competition numbers were “River Flows in You” and “The Nightingale” by Deborah Henson Conant. Alexa performs in the area and is sometimes known as “The Hometown Harpist.”

661033A3-DEFC-4F0D-8964-93F09E0B3477 (1)While taping her segment for the Huron Hospice Telethon held on Sept. 16, Alexa Yeo met Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development at Huron Hospice.  

The news of her win at the Western Fair came after she performed as part of the
Second Annual Huron Hospice Telethon, which aired the night prior, Sept. 16. Alexa had the honor of performing the opening number – singing, “What a Wonderful World” while accompanying herself on the harp. Later in the program she delighted viewers with some more harp instrumentals. It has been reported that the telethon raised over $84,000.

Between winning first at the finals in the London Western Fair Rise to Fame Junior Division and participating in this telethon, it was a fabulous week for The Hometown Harpist!

Pine lake golf tournament raises funds and food  

20210920_105929Pine Lake Campground residents held a golf tournament at their Pine Rock golf course on Saturday. A total of $1,366 was collected for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Gayle Sabine, representing the BAFB, accepted a cheque from event organizers Al Brunette (right) and Ken White on the morning of Sept. 20. (Submitted photos)  

20210918_180020Al Brunette and Ken White pose with the food donations collected for the Bayfield Area Food Bank during a golf tournament held at Pine Lake Campground on Saturday.

Residents at Pine Lake Campground, located just north of the village, held a tournament at their “Pine Rock” golf course on Saturday, Sept. 18 to collect some food donations and raise some funds fo the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).

Sixty-four golfers participated and it was reported that a lot of fun was had by all. Al Brunette spearheaded this tournament and many volunteers helped make it a success. Golfers, and park members, raised a total of $1,366 plus collected a lot of food donations. The money and donations were presented to Gayle Sabine, representing the BAFB, by Brunette and Ken White on the morning of Sept. 20.

Terry Fox run well supported 

DSC_2065Ava McCann, of Varna, who raised over $500 this year and ran for her grandmothers, checked in at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday, Sept. 19 during the 2021 Bayfield Terry Fox Run. (Submitted photo)

The organizers of the 2021 Bayfield Terry Fox Run want to express their sincere thanks to the community of Bayfield and area as they have shown their support for this wonderful cause once again!

Although the event was held virtually again this year and most donations were made on-line, many participants came out in person to make donations, buy a t-shirt and have their selfie taken with the big Terry Fox poster.

Organizers note they are incredibly grateful to live in such a supportive community.

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

croquet and golf croquet tourneys start tomorrow 

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 

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.

Bayfield Forotten Felines in need of monetary donations 

242361681_3007074726172638_5057643336371403477_nMen in Black Trio - Finn (black and white), Romeo (black in the back), and Smokey (front). (Submitted photo)

Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting, in fact as of this week 84 cats and kittens are looking for their forever homes – for 47 of which vetting (shots and spay or neuter) is needed.

“Donations are being sought to provide this care. It seems for every cat we adopt out we get two or more in,” said Deborah Penhale, a volunteer with the rescue.

This week, the Adopt-A-BFF are a trio of handsome brothers.

Known affectionately as the “Men in Black”, they have been raised by a loving foster from birth. They were born May 14th and are the life of the party! Romeo and Smokey are black cats while their brother Finn is black and white.

Volunteers haven’t told them yet, but, they are going to the vet on Thursday for shots and their neuter and then very soon after that they will be ready for their forever homes.

Anyone who thinks they have room in their homes and hearts for one of these boys is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

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


Blue Bayfield 


Thank You Bayfield! In 2018, with the help of individual citizens, citizen groups and the municipality, Blue Bayfield installed five water refill stations in the village. There are two located in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, as well as ones located at the Bayfield Public Library, in Clan Gregor Square, and outside at the Bayfield Marina south side washrooms. To date the five refill station counters indicate that over 80,000 bottles have been refilled. 

Quite remarkable, given that only two stations are outdoors and the others, for nearly two years, have had few to no visits due to COVID-19.

What does it all mean? Since it is known that less than five per cent of single use bottles are recycled, Bayfield has effectively diverted that number of single use bottles from landfill sites or ending up as plastic waste in the Great Lakes!

It is also known that it takes about 5.3 litres of water to produce a typical single-use water bottle. Using this data, Blue Bayfield can say that the community has saved about 424,000 litres of water!!

Mother nature must be happy! A big shout out to area retailers and eateries committed to staying plastic-free!

The water refill stations were sponsored by the Erb Family Foundation, Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Croquet Club, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Glen Steinson, the Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Optimists and two families that wished to remain anonymous.

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. Thanks so much to the library staff for their support. 

“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.

At this time, BAFB volunteers are looking to replenish their inventory of Mac and Cheese dinners. 

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 now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.!

For those who are unable to attend in-person, the services will continue to be posted on with a link to Knox’s YouTube page.

Knox Church members have decided to hold their upcoming book studies via ZOOM only. All are welcome. Unfortunately, plans for an in-person gathering for the book studies will need to be delayed until pandemic-imposed challenges lessen. Please contact Rev. Lisa Dolson via email at for the ZOOM link to join.

"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., on Sept. 28. 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. beginning Oct. 3. 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. starting Nov. 14.

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.



schoelier enters role as lands manager with ausable bayfield  

Kate_Monk_and_Nathan_Schoelier_NRKate Monk, who has been named Projects Coordinator at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), recently passed the ceremonial hard hat to Nathan Schoelier, who has been named the new Stewardship and Conservation Lands Manager at ABCA. (Submitted photo)  

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced its new Stewardship and Conservation Lands Manager is Nathan Schoelier. He has been Stewardship Technician with ABCA since 2018. He assumed his new position this month.

“We are extremely pleased to have Nathan take on more responsibility in management of our important stewardship and conservation lands programs,” said ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Horner. “Nathan has excelled in delivery of stewardship in our local watershed communities over the past four years. He has proven his abilities and we will benefit greatly from his stepping into this leadership role.”

The organization’s former department manager, Kate Monk, has taken on the role of Projects Coordinator with ABCA. This year is the 75th anniversary of ABCA and conservation authorities in Ontario. She will work on organizational strategies and land management plans as the conservation authority looks towards the next quarter century of watershed management in this part of Ontario. She will play an important role, working closely with municipalities and the Province of Ontario, following recent changes to regulations and legislation including the Conservation Authorities Act.

“ABCA and the entire watershed is extremely fortunate to have someone with Kate’s skills, experience, and personality to take on this key role as we look to the future of the local work needed to protect our watershed resources,” said Horner. “It will be a real asset to have both Kate and Nathan as cornerstones in our local watershed management future.”

Prior to working at ABCA, Schoelier worked as a Land Management Technician with Upper Thames River Conservation Authority between 2015 and 2017. He completed the Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College between 2016 and 2017 and prior to that he completed the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Technician program at Sault College between 2014 and 2016.

He is a resident of the Township of Perth South and he said having been raised in a rural community has been a real asset in his work with ABCA

“I am honored to be named as the new Stewardship and Conservation Lands Manager and I look forward to continuing our close partnership with rural landowners and municipalities on projects that make improvements in our watershed communities,” he said. “I look forward to managing our conservation areas and forests as we balance the needs of the environment and citizens.”

Monk has a 30-year record of service with ABCA. She has worked in education and communications and most recently on private land stewardship programs and conservation land management.

“I would like to congratulate Nate on his hiring as the new Stewardship and Conservation Lands Manager and I know he will do well in his new position just as he did in his previous role,” she said. “I am excited to take on the new challenge of Projects Coordinator at an important crossroads in watershed management.”'

Lonely No More program starting Storytelling Club 

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” — Brandon Sanderson

The Lonely No More Program is excited to announce the launch of their new monthly Storytelling Club to “Learn & Try” the art of storytelling which is open to all community members.

The first session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on ZOOM. The sessions will continue on the last Thursday of the month throughout the winter.

The September session will feature local storyteller Mary McCullum Baldasaro, a member of the Baden Storyteller’s Guild and Storytellers Canada, and a regular teller at Stories Aloud in The Story Barn. She has performed in schools, libraries, at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, Latitudes Festival, and Heart & Hand Festival.

The following month, on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. the special guest will be Bob Montgomery, author and reporter with Blackburn News and local radio CKNX. He will share some ghost stories just in time for Halloween!

More future storytellers will be announced soon!

This event will be held on ZOOM ( - Meeting ID: 885 3217 8841). Participants can also phone into the event by dialing 1-855-703-8985 and entering the same Meeting ID described above. The Lonely No More Leadership Team can also dial people into the event if that’s easiest. Give them a call at 519 292-6862 by Sept. 29 and they can set up that option for individuals.

This monthly hour of entertainment and friendship is an opportunity to share community stories through the power of storytelling, to stay connected with our community throughout the fall and winter months and enjoy lively discussion with neighbors.

“To help us find our own voice and be empowered to share our own stories, we will feature live storytelling, prerecorded tales and opportunities to engage with each other. It will be exciting to hear stories we have in common, learn more about our community and chat with our live storytellers,” remarked Sarah Versteeg, Lonely No More coordinator.

Organized by the Lonely No More Leadership Team, this Storytelling Club is modeled after their highly successful Friday Jam Sessions, which are established and lead by engaged Lonely No More participants who share their joy of music by bringing together local talent on Friday’s at 3:30 p.m. for an eclectic hour of music and fun.

The Storytelling Club and Jam Session are just two of the many ways people can work together as a community to empower those experiencing loneliness and social isolation, enhancing their well-being through new networks and community engagement. For more information about the Lonely No More Program and their upcoming events, as well as opportunities to participate and/or volunteer, please visit or call 519 292-6862.

Key issues for county residents focus of speaker series 

The Sunset Community Foundation is presenting a three-part speaker series addressing three key issues affecting communities in Lambton and Huron Counties – the climate crisis, affordable housing, and poverty reduction. The series, offered via ZOOM, launches Oct. 14 and is open and free to all.

DanDan Driedger (Submitted photo)

The series is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, Lakeshore Eco-Network, and Grand Bend Dental Centre.

“The community meetings we held in Grand Bend and Exeter earlier this year surfaced a number of key issues,” said Deb Gill, chair of the Foundation. “Now we want to delve deeper into three of them, and ultimately, take action to address them.” Gill hopes that the speakers will inform and inspire the people of our region. “This is what Sunset does – we provide leadership and funding to have a real impact in our communities.”

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The three speakers are: Cara Pike, Executive director, Climate Access/Principal, Social Capital Strategies; Dan Driedger, Executive director, Mennohomes; and Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier, Canada Research chair (Tier 2) at Royal Roads University.

Pike will be talking about what people can do locally to fight climate change on Oct. 14. Pike is an environmental and climate communications strategist for non-profits, government, and business.

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On Oct. 21, Driedger will share how Mennohomes makes a difference as he leads a successful affordable housing non-profit that has created more than 150 affordable rental housing units in the Kitchener-Waterloo region since 2004.

Smith-Carrier, will offer an opportunity to learn more about how to fight poverty on Oct. 28. She is a researcher in the field of social policy, with interests in social welfare, food and income security, and basic income.

To register for the series, go to and follow the links, or email


final days for paint ontario 

IMG_7912Back in March, the senior members of Bayfield Guiding helped with the tulip project for Paint Ontario, clay tulips, 1,800 in total, were created by a number of participating groups to display at the nearly month long event to be held at the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend. On Sept. 16, a few of the youth made the trip to see the tulips as well as the art and sculpture. Posing amid the tulips were (l-r)l: Kayla de Lange, Natalia Ferguson and Jocelyn de Lange. Paint Ontario runs until Sept. 26. Find out more at or follow on Facebook at “Paint Ontario” or “Grand Bend Art Centre”. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder) 


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:

Golf tournament 

The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 1 at the White Squirrel Golf Club.

They are looking for foursomes and individuals to come out and support HCFBDC in their efforts to provide food security for all people in Huron County and area. The cost is $150 for 18 holes with cart, this includes a $50.00 tax receipt, light lunch, snacks and dinner to follow.

The tournament will be held at the White Squirrel Golf Club, 72538 Bluewater Hwy., Zurich, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. for cart and hole assignments.

For more information visit the HCFBDC Event Page at:

To register online go to:

Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is once again hosting a Virtual Fall Dementia Education Night on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The guest speaker this year will be Dr. Elizabeth Finger, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Western University. Dr. Finger will be presenting the topic, “Inflammation and the Brain: Implications for Dementia” via ZOOM from 7-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012.

Dr. Finger is also a Neurologist at the Parkwood Institute, and a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. In addition to many other ongoing research programs, her recent research has focused on empathy in patients with Frontotemporal Dementia. Organizers look forward to hosting Dr. Finger as she discusses the latest research and theories regarding neuroinflammation and its impact on the brain.

Oaks and Acorns 

Autumn is almost here and conservation educators are bringing back the Oaks and Acorns program for children ages 2-4 years old with caregiver.

“Fall is such a great time of year to be outside,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “There are new smells, colors and changes in the forest and the weather.”

Oaks and Acorns started in 2020 and ABCA is bringing the program back for its second year.

Oaks and Acorns starts on Oct. 5 and takes place on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. This program runs for four weeks at a time. Other sessions are offered for the months of November, December and January. People may sign up for all four monthly sessions online.

The program is play and inquiry based. It takes place “in the beautiful woods around Morrison Dam Conservation Area” east of Exeter. Conservation educators say Oaks and Acorns helps parents and guardians to learn how to assess risk and “how to help your child explore and deepen their relationship with nature.”

Participants should “dress for the weather and bring a snack”.

This program is $70 for the sessions over four weeks. Space is limited to 10 families. The October session will run Oct. 5; 12; 19; and 26. Registration closes Monday, Sept. 27.

ABCA’s conservation educators strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating outdoor learning programs like this one. In addition, conservation educators follow local public health recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Anyone who would like to speak with conservation educators about this or other programs is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262.

To learn more about the Oaks and Acorns program visit the website at this web page:

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


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


Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Did You Know…that the Municipality of Bluewater is looking for volunteers for the newly amalgamated Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee? This Committee helps foster environmental awareness and advises Council on environmental items that are important to the community. This Committee also participates in beautification projects around the municipality.

What You Can Do…If you are interested in these issues, apply to join the Committee. To do so Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says “COMMITTEES”, and click on “Application to Join the Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee”.



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.

Forty-three years ago, this week, the International Plowing Match was held in Wingham, ON. To mark the occasion we take a look back at some of the memorabilia the museum has in their collection from this special event...

plowing match Quilt 

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This quilt was quilted by members of the Kirkton Women's Institute in 1977-78 for the International Plowing Match in 1978. This quilt won second prize.

It is rectangular in shape. It is mustard in color with brown print/green points as outer borders. Quilting is done in a leaf pattern and a map of Huron County is depicted. The quilt reads: "International Plowing Match Huron '78"



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This is a red, black and white souvenir button for the 1978 International Plowing Match, which was held in Wingham, ON. The button has a white background, with white and red text, and a logo of a hat in the middle. The text of the button reads "Huron County - The International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show - September 26-30, 1978. On the bottom side of the button, in red text, it reads "Dominion Regalia LTD. Toronto". 


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This is a souvenir from the 1978 Plowing Match in Wingham, ON. It is a clear plastic ruler, 30 cm long. It is enscribed with: "International Plowing Match" - "Huron '78 - Sept 26-30" - "BILL RIEHL, C.C.A.S. C&A SALES PROMOTION AGENCY LTD. DIAL (519) 482-9001, CLINTON, ONT” - "MOBILE SHOWROOM FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE" – “MADE IN CANADA".



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  talents of youth members in 4-h dairy club showcased at bayfield community fair  








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Part of the fun and excitement of the Bayfield Community Fair is seeing and interacting with livestock. The Huron 4-H Dairy Club’s show is one great way to do both of those things and spectators were treated to watching youth put their calves, heifters and yearlings through their paces mid-day on Aug. 21 in Agricultural Park.

The Huron 4-H Dairy Club is open to any youth in Huron County who would like to join. Traditionally, prior to COVID-19, they would have around 25 members, this year they had 11.
According to Curtis McNeil, a leader with the club, despite the smaller group the members were a keen, interested group of kids.

“Only half of our members live on a dairy farm, others are friends or neighbours of members that borrow calves to show. We try to make the meetings enjoyable and educational for the kids by having a variety of topics throughout the year,” McNeil said. “Some meetings will be about animal nutrition, cropping, farm or agri business tours and every year we have a meeting with Dr. Geert Jongert from Maitland Mobile Vet Service to do a dissection of some sort.”

McNeil added that the Bayfield Community Fair was a great success again for the organizing committee and the 4-H Dairy Club.

“We are extremely thankful for the hard work of the Bayfield Fair volunteers for their support of the Dairy Club and 4-H youth. We are also very thankful for the continued sponsorship support from Libro Credit Union,” he said.

The judge this year was Matt Vanosch, of Lucknow, himself a former dairy club member.

“He did a tremendous job working with the kids to help them learn and giving explanations of what they could improve on in the future,” said McNeil.

The results of the 4-H Dairy Club Show were as follows: Champion Showperson - Katrina Gubelmann and Reserve Champion Showperson - Simon Gubelmann; Champion Calf - Beth Donnelly and Reserve Champion Calf - Sam Donnelly.

Editor's Note: These images capture just some of the action at the Huron 4-H Dairy Club Show held mid-day on Aug. 21 at the Bayfield Community Fair.









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The Bayfield Guiding season begins tonight, marking my 33rd year as a Guider. It also marks the start of my 58th cookie campaign. There’s got to be a badge for that, right?

Technically it should actually be my 59th but Girl Guides of Canada decided to forgo the spring campaign due to the pandemic. It was a nice little respite, I must admit. And it is because we missed the spring campaign that we are selling the Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies this fall. Bayfield Guiding has 1,380 boxes to sell (at $5 a box) in-person. And coming Oct. 1, we will even have a few boxes for sale online for delivery across Canada! Grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale this year.

I imagine fans of the Chocolatey Mint Cookies will be disappointed as there won’t be any of that variety for sale this year but hopefully, they got to try the Dairy Queen Blizzard created using our mint cookies and sold during the summer months because it was amazing!

No matter what flavor is your favorite I invite you to purchase a box, or two, in support of the 97,000 members of Guiding across Canada – including, our own Bayfield Guiding! The money helps us subsidize such fun outings like the return of our fall tradition of a round of mini-golf and a corn maze tour followed by ice cream! Such experiences make participating in so many cookie campaigns well worth it. – Melody




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