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founding members of bayfield Area food Bank recognized    

IMG_7960Terry Henderson (right) presented Terry Boa-Youmatoff with a token of appreciation from the volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank, an organization spearheaded by Boa-Youmatoff, 20 years ago. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Mid-day on Sept. 22, volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank gathered together for a luncheon at the Bayfield Community Centre to honor and celebrate the long-time contribution, over many years, of their founding members: Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Audrey Albiston, and Anne Laviolette.

“This has been a very busy year plus for our food bank, and our clients in particular are extremely grateful that we have been here for them, and have been able to step up and support them, as they struggle with the challenging issues brought on by food insecurity,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB in remarks to those in attendance. “It is with particular thanks to these three inspiring women Terry, Audrey, and Anne, that our food bank organization is a reality today, providing in excess of a week’s worth of groceries to a growing number of needy seniors, and families in our area, each and every month.”

IMG_7956Claire Trepanier, a member of the Bayfield Area Food Bank Board, had the honor of presenting long-time volunteer Audrey Albiston (left) with a token thanks.  

Henderson went on to explain that it was about 20 years ago that Boa-Youmatoff, became aware and concerned for the well-being of a struggling sector housed locally at a subsidized apartment complex, that the BAFB continues to serve today.

As a member of Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield, Boa-Youmatoff took her concern and her desire to help this group with their food shortages, to the Anglican Church Women (ACW) and a committee was formed including, Albiston, to begin the process to organize assistance for these Bayfield residents.

That marked the start of the “Feed My Sheep” outreach program. There were some early struggles but with perseverance this program has grown into the food bank now an active registered charity.

“Interestingly, our continuing distribution schedule, being the third Wednesday of each month, dates back to this time twenty years ago, and the difficulty that these first clients had in stretching their cheques to the end of the month,” said Henderson. “By the third week, help was needed to see these clients through to their next pay cheque, with food in their cupboards.”

IMG_7955Barb Scott (left), a Board members with the Bayfield and Area Food Bank, presented long-time volunteer, Anne Laviolette a token of appreciation for her many years of devotion to the organization.  

The initial goal of Feed My Sheep, was to provide five simple meals to these clients, with items such as soup, bread, tuna, cheese, eggs, oatmeal, potatoes, carrots, onions and dessert items. In addition, there was the provision of special needed diet items for those with diabeties, for example, or for those recovering from surgery or cancer treatment.

“There was no Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) at that time, to assist with the provision of these foods. Terry, together with Audrey, gathered the necessary supplies through donations at the church, and by frugal shopping with the very limited funds available to them,” said Henderson.

“Audrey became the ‘egg lady’ right off the bat, volunteering to purchase eggs through a local farm, and for a kindly reduced price, with thanks to the Gingerich family. She continued picking up our food bank eggs for many, many years, only recently discontinuing as the Distribution Centre now supplies the eggs for us,” said Henderson.

Albiston also continues to this day, to pitch in with the distribution of the fresh vegetables that go out to clients each month. This can be a rather big job, yet she remains at the helm on distribution days, manning the kitchen.
Laviolette was also a supporter of Feed My Sheep from the beginning, becoming more directly involved, when motivated by the need to supplement the foods being distributed, with the addition of fresh fruit.

IMG_7952 Volunteers and guests offered a standing ovation following a presentation by current President of the Bayfield and Area Food Bank, Terry Henderson, who in a speech had honored the organizations founding members, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Anne Laviolette and Audrey Albiston (seated l-r in photo).

“For many years Anne took on the shopping for, and donating of, fresh fruits for these clients, and continues to support our purchasing of such fresh and nutritious items,” said Henderson.

Laviolette has also served at the Board level, and took on the task last year, of writing hand written thank you notes, for the numerous donations received, sparked by the additional pandemic needs. It is Laviolette’s handiwork that adorns the organization’s thank you notes, with their new Bayfield Area Food Bank logo on the front.

A welcome addition to the food bank scene some years ago, was the formation of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre.

“Prior to that time, Terry, Audrey, and Anne, did as best they could with donations, and with support through Trinity Church, as well as from their own pockets, to provide the five meals monthly, to the early clients of Feed My Sheep,” noted Henderson. “Once the Distribution Centre was up and running, Feed My Sheep’s mandate was increased to a full week’s worth of foods for the clients. The Distribution Centre has greatly assisted with the provision of foods, and essential personal care items.”

The offerings available through the HCFBDC now include a variety of dairy products, eggs, bread, frozen meats, fresh fruit, and a wonderful assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables each month, as well as the basic non-perishable staples such as pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, soups, beans and more.

These offerings are supplemented each month by the generous donations received from the Bayfield and area community, as well as needed purchases the BAFB make for items clients may require that are dealing with food allergies or sensitivities, liquid and soft diets following surgeries, or baby formula as those sorts of specialized items are not always available otherwise.

“Again, with our thanks to the early efforts of these three dedicated women, the Bayfield community began supporting Feed My Sheep almost from the get-go,” said Henderson.

One of the first fundraisers organized to support the program was the “Meal and a Movie” evenings held at Trinity. This event helped to bring knowledge of the Feed My Sheep program to the wider community, beyond the Church. This fundraiser grew into the much loved “Soup, Bun and a Movie” series, which for quite a few years was looked forward to each spring and well supported by Bayfield residents.

Other early supporters of the program were the Bayfield Lions’ Club, the Bayfield Optimist Club, and Bayfield Foodland. As word continued to spread, Pine Lake Camp, Wildwood by the River, the Paul Bunyan Resort, Church on the Way, the Virtual High School, the Bayfield Public Library, and the Women of Knox…all became regular supporters of the food bank.

With recognition from the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, and inclusion in the Santa Claus Parade through the support of the Bayfield Firefighters, donations increased, especially over the Christmas seasons.

“Our volunteer base has also grown over the years, now including people from across our community. We have a wonderfully dedicated volunteer base, that despite the pandemic have continued to serve our area when needed,” said Henderson.
In 2019, the decision was made to form a Board of Directors, to place Feed My Sheep’s management truly more fully in the hands of the community. Boa-Youmatoff was instrumental in this management change over, and was appointed as the first President of the newly named Bayfield Area Food Bank, in April of that year.

The newly formed Board of Directors applied for charitable status with Canada Revenue, and after many hurdles, and much paper work, BAFB received the official status of a registered charity with the CRA in January of 2020.

“These first couple of years with a brand, new Board of Directors, the steep learning curve administering a newly registered charity during a global pandemic, has been a challenge to say the least,” said Henderson. “The current Board is continuing with the work these early members began, and we are proud to be making progress on that front.”

According to Henderson, the BAFB members are truly grateful to these three women for all they have given of themselves towards those in this community and broader area, that otherwise would not have been able to have their needs met locally. The Feed My Sheep Program, and now the Bayfield Area Food Bank, have made life that much easier for many area residents. The membership is also extremely grateful to the Parish Council at Trinity St. James Church for continuing to provide the food bank a “home base”, and to provide them with such a wonderful facility from which to run their program, at no cost.

“It is heartwarming to know that dedicated volunteers such as Terry, Audrey and Anne, whom we honor, have brought not just nutritious foods to those in need…but also a sense of friendship, a caring helping hand…a wonderfully kind example of what community should in fact be all about.”

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.

bayfield PACC participated in annual terry fox run    

IMG_0312Peter Brent and Finnegan participated in the Terry Fox Run on Sept. 19 (Photo by Julaine Brent)

It was a gorgeous late summer day for the annual Terry Fox Run held on Sept. 19. Some of the members of the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked their dogs on a socially distanced 5 km hike through the village.

“Kudos to the organizers of this event for their continuing efforts to promote this worthy cause,” said Suzan Johnson, representing the Bayfield PACC. “The PACC rose to the challenge and donated over $300 via the on-line virtual team registration. Way to go PACC!”

The new fall season provides for a great opportunity to participate in a hike on one of the local trails.

“Without the cooperation of private landowners, our residents and visitors would not be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity that these trails offer. In conjunction with our friends at the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, we would like to remind everyone that your canine friends must be on a leash while walking along the trails. Please be respectful and don’t forget to clean up after your pets. Now, get out there and enjoy all that autumn has to offer!” said Johnson.

The Bayfield PACC’s would like to share that their recent survey has now closed and they will be analyzing the data shortly.

“Thank you to all those who participated,” concluded Johson. “Your input and comments are greatly appreciated.”

DSC_0570 (2)Members of the Bayfield PACC would like to remind people to ensure their dogs are leashed when walking area trails. (Photo by Suzan Johnson)  



speaker series 

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the Fall 2021 “Virtual Saturdays at the Library” Speaker Series.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The topic is “Reducing Hunger in Huron County”. The speakers will be Executive Director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC), Mary Ellen Zielman and President of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB), Terry Henderson

Learn about the history of both organizations, how they operate, and the areas they serve. The HCFBDC and BAFB work together to help those in the community who struggle with food insecurity. Neighbors helping neighbors!

Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register at the link provided on the FOBL website:


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Fall Colors Hike at Hullett Marsh on Oct. 3rd.

The hike will begin 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 PDF File

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

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.

Girl Guide Cookies 

Due to the absence of a spring campaign, Bayfield Guiding is currently selling Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies this fall. They are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box. Coming Oct. 1, there will be an opportunity to purchase a limited supply online for delivery across Canada! Grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale this year. There will not be a Chocolatey Mint Cookie campaign in 2021.

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who like to purchase a box, or two is asked to contact Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email

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.


243002876_906347866961742_2901847696622237499_n Boterly (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 81 cats and kittens are looking for their forever homes – for 34 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 is Boterly.

This poor girl was spotted hanging around somebody’s property but it took a while before they could get her close enough to the house so that she could be trapped. Upon closer inspection it was discovered that this baby had a huge gash on the side of her neck. When she was taken to the vet to be looked at it was discovered she had three, huge botflies in her neck. They were successfully removed and this sweet girl is now doing very nicely.

She’s a little timid at first but craves attention and is very affectionate. She’s very happy to be safe, well fed and cuddled and will make an excellent companion. She’s estimated to be approximately six months old but she looks much younger because of her size. She will soon be spayed and have all her age-appropriate shots and then will be available for adoption.

Anyone who thinks they have room in their home and heart for Boterly 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.



global day of climate action recognized in Goderich 

IMG_6471During the walk held in Goderich on Sept. 24, climate change activists gathered to put politicians on notice to confront the crisis. (Photos by W. Laurie)  

IMG_6457The first Global Climate Walk was started by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in the summer of 2019.

A small but intrepid group of climate warriors staged a walk around The Courthouse Square in Goderich on Sept. 24 as part of the Global Day of Climate Action.

They carried appropriate signs and posters to put politicians on notice to confront the climate crisis. They reported they were well received by many of the people walking by or driving around The Square.

The purpose of the Global Day of Climate Action, started by Greta Thunberg, is to unite all climate activists and groups around a common goal – to demand that governments and corporations limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C and deliver real and just solutions to the climate crisis.

These 15 residents of Huron-Bruce urge all politicians to work together to meet the needed targets, to incentivize industry, business, construction, agriculture and the general population to reduce their carbon footprints and to adopt new innovative technologies.

They hope citizens of Huron-Bruce will mobilize to express their concerns about climate change and the need for immediate and drastic action to their MP and MPP. Several organizations such as and Leadnow also have petitions that are easily accessible online.

telethon raises over eighty thousand for huron hospice 

D8D11CA0-9589-4267-A5F4-092683CE5526 (1)On Thursday, Sept 16, Huron Hospice took over the Faux Pop Studio in Goderich for the second “There’s No Place Like Home” Telethon. In this photo, Alexa Yeo is shown performing for her pre-recorded performance while the crew gets things set up just right. (Submitted photo)  

On Thursday, Sept 16, the lights went up and Huron Hospice took over the Faux Pop Studio in Goderich. The second “There’s No Place Like Home” Telethon was a success and Huron Hospice raised $84,162.

The Telethon featured some of the best of Huron County entertainment. There was no question six year-old, Aubrey and 12 year-old, Alexa stole the show. From Bayfield, Goderich, Port Albert, Clinton, Seaforth, Blake and as far away as Hollywood, all the performers had Huron County Roots. Some have had family experience with Huron Hospice. In case anyone missed it, the show is still available on and

The organizers were pleased that Blyth Festival’s Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, returned as emcees.

“Both Ben and Gil are great friends of Huron Hospice. We were honored to have such loyal friends join us and help us celebrate when we know they both had hectic schedules. The fact that both Ben and Gil made time for Huron Hospice showed how important the Hospice is for everyone in Huron County,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker.

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

“Faux Pop put together a wonderful show that demonstrates the depth of talent in Huron County,” he said.

Walker added, “While there is a long list of people to thank, we really want to say thank you to our donors. Our donor family made the Telethon as success, we could not provide compassionate end-of-life services, without all of you at our backs.”

Funds raised during the telethon help Huron Hospice support over 300 families in Huron County on the end-of-life journey, each year. There is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice. The community contributes half the revenue Huron Hospice needs annually to provide the services for which it is known.

Vaccine Certificates required for some indoor settings

The provincial requirement to provide proof of vaccination to access certain indoor public settings took effect on Sept. 22, and Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) thanks the community for continuing to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

The new provincial requirement is one of several actions to encourage eligible people to get vaccinated. Increased vaccination rates will provide more protection against the highly transmissible Delta Variant for Ontarians, including protecting healthcare system capacity and keeping schools and businesses open.

“This pandemic has been incredibly challenging for many,” said Public Health Director and Incident Manager, Donna Taylor. “During the pandemic, businesses and public settings in Huron-Perth have worked diligently to operate according to many public health measures in order to protect their staff and patrons against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. We ask that patrons and community members be understanding and supportive of owners and staff at these specified settings as they work to implement this new provincial requirement.”

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

There are some exemptions to the above requirement, including people who access only certain parts of settings, people with a documented medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, and people under 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination. For a full list, and details, of exemptions, please see Proof of Vaccination Guidance (PDF) for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

The province has stated that beginning Oct. 22, an enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available.

HPPH thanks the public for their patience and understanding as businesses and organizations implement the provincial proof of vaccination requirement in certain indoor settings.

“Permitting only fully vaccinated individuals to enter these settings is another measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and help businesses and facilities stay open,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

As businesses and organizations continue to implement the new requirement, HPPH will continue to work with local law enforcement to address any concerns related to the new proof of vaccination requirements. Police services will respond to complaints or concerns where members of the public are attempting to harass or prevent businesses from implementing the requirement, or where businesses are not asking for proof of vaccination of their patrons. The focus will be on engagement, education and enforcement.

Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal at

The province is also working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Public libraries across Huron Perth are also offering to help people print their vaccine receipt.

HPPH continues to offer vaccination clinics in locations across Huron Perth. Clinics are open to anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older. Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics. Please visit for details on upcoming clinics. Appointments can be booked for some clinics either online at, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.

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

HPPH continues to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases locally, including in school-aged children and youth.

“This is not unexpected since school-associated cases generally reflect community transmission levels,” said Dr. Klassen. “I remind all school staff and families that they are required to screen for COVID-19 every day before leaving for school.”

The current provincial school screening tool lists fewer symptoms than previous versions. Guidelines for children and adults continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it affects people in different ways.

If a child fails the COVID-19 screening, they cannot attend school. Please follow the instructions given on the screening for further direction.

If a child passes the COVID-19 screening, but is ill with symptoms not on the screening tool (e.g. runny nose, sore throat), they should not attend school. Please seek assessment from a regular health care provider as appropriate and follow their direction. Generally, with these other symptoms, a child can return to school when their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours and they do not have a fever (without use of medication), and are well enough to participate in school activities.

Staying home when ill will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the school setting.

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.

tracyDr. Tracy Smith-Carrier

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


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:

hospice raffle 

The Huron Hospice October 50/50 raffle is on now and it is the third opportunity for peole to win and do something great for their community. The raffle runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29. According to organizers, the raffle is a win-win as people have the chance to win the pot and help Huron Hospice at the same time.

“The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations and pays for salaries and benefits of nursing staff. Donors cover the other half of our costs, including Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement support for adults and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them," said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive Director.

“Throughout the COVID pandemic, interest in our raffles has grown. They have become an important part of our revenue during the pandemic. We do understand that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “If the raffle is not for you, there are other ways in which people can support Huron Hospice. They can support our Wings of a Dove Christmas program or make donations in memory of family or friends who have died. Whatever way people choose to give, we know all gifts come from the heart, and all the money raised stays here in Huron County and helps us provide services for families close to home.”

Buying tickets is simple. Just log on to and follow the links. People can purchase 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.

Anyone with questions is asked to please get in touch with Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development, at 519 525-7352 or by email at Licence No.: RAF1201150

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

HPHa Covid-19 testing 

The team at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, would like to remind everyone that appointments are required for COVID-19 testing and that walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of individuals, especially school-aged children, that require testing,” said Julie Brown, supervisor COVID-19 Assessment Centre. “Please ensure you are making a booking for each member of your family that requires a test using our online booking form or by giving us a call.”

The team would also like to remind the public that their Assessment Centre is only for COVID-19 tests, not vaccinations. Anyone who requires a COVID-19 vaccination, should please visit Huron Perth Public Health’s (HPPH) website for a list of upcoming vaccination clinics. In addition, the team at the Assessment Centre cannot print vaccine passports.

Anyone who is worried that they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it, can self-refer for a test.
They can also get tested at Assessment Centres if they are not showing symptoms and:
• Their public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus.
• They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by their local public health unit.
• They belong to a specific group outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, such as workers or visitors of long-term care homes, farm workers, etc. Please refer to the Ontario Government’s website for the latest groups identified.

“It is also important to note that we cannot test for travel,” added Brown. “In order to receive a COVID-19 test for outbound international travel and to receive a valid travel certificate, you must pay for a private COVID-19 test.”

Locations for travel tests are found on the HPPH website.

Here are some helpful tips for booking a COVID test:
• Use the online booking tool to book an appointment. It’s quick, easy to use, and means not having to wait on hold to speak to someone. This link is also available on HPHA’s website at
• For those who don’t have access to a smartphone or computer, appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.
• Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Please don’t duplicate booking efforts. There is no need to call if a booking has been completed online and vice versa. Duplication can slow down assessment centre staff in responding to calls and booking appointments.
• Please remember that appointments are required. They cannot accommodate walk-ins.
• If plans change, please reschedule or cancel the appointment so that other people can get tested.
• Anyone who is very ill and in need of immediate care, should go to their nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

Things to know when attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
• Enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located.
• Please follow all precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing and frequent hand hygiene. Please note, after entering the Assessment Centre, individuals will be asked to remove their personal mask and will be provided with and must wear a disposable medical grade mask.
• The time of the appointment is the time to arrive at the Assessment Centre. The test should be completed within approximately 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
• Please be kind.

For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the HPHA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit their website at

heath Care Heroes 

On Saturday, Oct. 16th, CKNX AM920 will be hosting the 20th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for twelve area hospital

Listen to the broadcast all day on AM920 and, or catch updates on the hour on 101.7
The One and Cool 94.5. Don’t forget to listen for the two Power Hours throughout the day for your chance to win some fabulous prizes from local businesses.

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $54,000 towards the purchase of two Cardiac Monitors, one for the emergency department and one for the inpatient unit at CPH.
Support towards this goal may be made by mail, by telephone, in person or online at On Oct. 16, you can phone in your pledge during the broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also text to donate $10 by simply texting HERO CLINTON to 45678 throughout the month of October.




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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.

The International Plowing Match is generally held in September. This week, we take a look at some of the memorablia in the museum's collection from matches held in 1999 and 2017. 

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This is a nylon flag from the 1999 International Plowing Match held in Dashwood, ON. In the flag’s centre is a stylized image of a red sun, blue lake, and brown field surrounded by green grass. Surrounding the image is text that reads "Huron Shines in '99 / International Plowing Match". The flag has a white background. There a white nylon cord (halyard) and toggle on the hoist end of the flag. There is a manufacturer's tag near the toggle. 


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This is a cross cut section of a tree. It was part of a demonstration of log cutting and branding iron at the International Plowing Match held in 1999 near Dashwood, ON. The section is branded with "IPM" - "HC" - "99" on both sides. The section measures 27.5 inches in diameter.


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Huron County was host to the 2017 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo in Walton, ON. It was the 100th Anniversary of the International Plowing Match.

This is a sign from the 2017 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo in Walton, ON. The sign has a white background with a green border and reads: "Huron Hosts On Ontario's West Coast”- “Huron County” - “150th” – “2017 100th International Plowing Match & Rural Expo – “SEPT 19-23” - Walton, Ontario." The sign features an image of a sunset near the top left corner, the Huron County Corporation logo in the top right corner, and an image of a farmer plowing a field. The back of the sign notes that it is an aluminium composite panel made by Multipanel UK.



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Looking forward to celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2022, the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are planning several community projects, one of which they finished last week with the repatriation of a restored rudder from a ship that ran aground off the shore at Bayfield nearly 140 years ago.

IMG_2770The people behind the project l-r: Doug Vanderhaar, Bud Robinson, EJ Bauer, Terry Lazaravitch, Carl Humphries and Scott Gregory.  

The Malta, a 138 foot, three-masted, sailboat built in Chicago in 1853, ran aground at the base of Pioneer Park during a violent storm in November 1882 on its way to pick up a load of salt in Goderich. During the dark and stormy night, Captain Henry Buckley apparently mistook the shore lights of Bayfield for those of Goderich harbor. Locals saved the crew of 10 including a “woman cook and a parrot”. The crew was put up at the Commercial Hotel [now the Little Inn].

20210427_095102The 15-foot tall rudder from the Malta wreck had been in a place of prominence at the front Gozzard Yachts in Goderich for a number of years but last week found its way to Pioneer Park. (Photo by Dave Nearingburg) (Submitted photo)  

Scavenged items from the wreck mysteriously found their way into village homes. The wood from the masts was used by a local carpenter to make shingles. For years after the wreck, the old hulk on the beach was used as dressing rooms for bathers until it eventually broke up. Even now, the skeleton of the ribs and keel periodically make a ghostly appearance through the shifting sand.

In the winter of 1974, a couple of young Bayfield boys, discovered that the lake will sometimes give up its booty, but not easily.

Mike and Wes Gozzard, in their explorations at the beach, discovered a curious old wood structure wedged among some rocks in the water. There was quite a stiff off shore wind that evening and the lake had dropped about a foot revealing the object. They tied a line on it and ran excitedly home to tell their father, Ted, about their discovery. When the three returned, about 20 minutes later, they found the object once again submerged as lake levels had returned to normal. But the trio, with the help of a local tug operator, persevered and eventually retrieved the piece and landed it in the harbor.

Low and behold, the object the boys found would prove to be the massive 15-foot rudder from the Malta which had been submerged for over 90 years.

The Gozzards mounted the old rudder on their cottage lawn where it stayed for years before they moved it to their boat works, Gozzard Yachts, in Goderich. Mike, who now operates the company, wanted to see the old rudder repatriated to Bayfield.

“Historically, it’s where it belongs,” he explained.

But just as hauling the rudder out of the lake wasn’t an easy task neither would the restoration process be.

Over the last year, Bayfield Lions and Pioneer Park Association members jointly undertook to restore and move the Malta rudder to its new home at the northwest corner of Pioneer Park overlooking the site of the original Malta wreck.

“The rudder was in rough shape and parts of it didn’t survive the move to the new site,” said Lions President Tony Van Bakel. “We had to replace some rotted wood sections and reinforce the whole structure with steel braces.”

The rudder, on the new site, is positioned to face north to symbolize the original direction of the Goderich-bound Malta.

Lion Doug Vanderhaar, who managed the project from start to finish, expressed his appreciation to the team of volunteers and businesses who worked on and freely contributed to the project:

• Bud Robinson’s practical skills have been instrumental throughout the project.
• Phil Gemeinhardt deserves credit for suggesting the idea.
• A big debt to Mike Gozzard for donating the rudder.
• Al Williamson, in Grand Bend, donated the hemlock logs used to restore the rudder.
• Doug Armstrong picked up the logs and cut them to size.
• Bruce Millar Welding in Central Huron rebuilt the metal mount for the rudder.
• Tim O’Brien Carpentry, in Ailsa Craig, did the key metal and wood fabrication work to brace, shape, and restore the rudder.
• Matt Wilkinson, Skyline Concrete, donated his skills and time to lay the concrete base to support the heavy rudder.
• Teeswater Concrete donated the concrete.
• Ruth Gibson at the Archives researched the Malta story.
• Other local volunteers were: Fred Vanderhaar, Carl Humphries, Scott Gregory, Terry Lazaravitch, Jack Pal, Dave Nearingburg, Tony Van Bakel, Don Vance and E.J. Bauer.

“This group deserves the appreciation of current and future generations of villagers for bringing home this significant piece of the village’s marine history,” concluded Doug Vanderhaar.

Editor's Note: The images shared show the work involved in placing the Malta Rudder on permanent display in Pioneer Park. 



PIXILATED — image of the week


Harbour Lights Marina Beach, Sept. 28...By Greg Csullog

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued








Today you are reading the 638th weekly issue of the Bayfield Breeze. I thank you for scrolling all the way down to the bottom to see what I have to say. We are brought to your email inbox each week because a number of people advertise their service or business throughout the issue. I encourage you to click on their advertisements and tour their websites to see what they are all about. We wouldn’t have been able to create this 638th issue if it weren’t for them.

That’s right, folks, it is that time of year again when our Advertising Representative Mike Dixon is checking in with returning advertisers and hoping to enlist a few new ones too. It takes more than the time and enthusiasm of our merry little band to put out an issue every week. It takes money – albeit we do our best to be frugal. There are costs to send out our weekly emails, costs for domaine services and costs to host the wonderful myriad of pictures that make our publication rather unique, I think.

Anyone is welcome to support the Bayfield Breeze financially – advertising is just one way – donations to the cause are always gratefully accepted. If you would like to advertise, or know someone who should be, please send me an email. And thanks so much for reading. - Melody





Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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