Bookmark and Share   Oct. 7, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 41 Issue 587



IMG_0806 On Sept. 29, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) took members of the Hensall 4-H Club on an evening hike at the Mavis/Taylor Trails in Varna. Denise Iszczuk, a 4-H leader and Conservation Educator at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority , was looking for experienced hikers to show her "Walk on the Wild Side" group how to safely conduct a walk in the woods. Dave McLaren, Jack Pal, and Ralph Blasting led the animated group of young people, ages 9-17, on a 3 KM journey, answering questions along the way. The BRVTA welcomes requests for guided group hikes. Contact to learn more. (Photos by Jack Pal)  

what cancer can't do theme of Hospice's quilt of the month 

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October Quilt 1

October's Quilt has a cancer motif. The sale of this quilt will support the Huron Hospice. The quilt is also being sold with a beautiful afghan. (Submitted photos)

With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was honoured to receive donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice – with a new quilt being posted for sale each month.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and this quilt makes a powerful statement. The cotton quilt has a soft flannel backing and is made by a member of the local community. It measures 39” x 55” and is selling for $375. It will make a gift of comfort, strength and courage to those who face this battle. And bonus, this quilt also comes with a complementary locally made afghan!

The first person sending an email to Hospice Manager Fund Development Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt: Anyone who would like further information before they can decide are invited to email Walker.

Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward essential patient care.

Bookshop to host a virtual reading  for the whole family 


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The Village Bookshop is hosting a fun, virtual event for the whole family on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Children, their parents and grandparent are invited to join in a ZOOM reading by Joanne Levy of her new book, “Fish Out of Water” starting at 5 p.m.

The story evolves around 12-year-old Fishel Rosner who hates sports, preferring to read, do crafts and dance. He wants to learn to knit and join Rumba. Why does everyone think his interests are considered girly when he is just interested in different things than other boys?

Levy is a published, local author from Clinton. When she is not writing she helps other authors with their administrative needs.

Please call The Village Bookshop at 519 565-5600 to register and receive a ZOOM link by email. Fish Out of Water is available at the bookshop.

foster families sought for bayfield's forgotten felines 

IMG_6990Missy aka Petra (Submitted photo)

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

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

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

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

Missy, aka Petra, is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.

This senior girl is estimated to be between eight and 10 years of age. She was found abandoned in a carrier in front of a Goderich business a few weeks ago suffering from a plethora of issues. None of these issues alone seem to be life threatening but combined give cause for concern. She is suffering from Stage 2 Kidney Disease which is treatable but not cureable and dental issues. When she was found her nails were so long that they had grown up into the pads on her feet and she was very hungry.

She is still being monitored by the vet while recouping at the rescue and seems to be enjoying being treated like a princess. When she is ready she will be looking for a loving home and family who is willing to take on a senior cat with ongoing, but manageable, health issues.

Interested in providing Missy/Petra with her forever family or maybe fostering her? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.

The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

 Pumpkin sales for charity to continue at Thanksgiving 

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

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

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

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

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

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



 farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 20th and final market of the summer season on Friday, Oct. 9

As the 2020 summer market season ends, organizers would like to thank the customers for their support of the Bayfield Farmers' Market as well as their vendors. Without everyone’s support, there would be no market. The goal is to transition to bi-weekly markets in the coming weeks so please keep an eye out for an announcement!

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. Featured this week are: fresh vegetables from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; pies, jams, wines and cidar from Bayfield Berry Farm; breads and baked goods from Red Cat Bakery; soups, stews and sauces from Petojo Food; pierogis and dips from J. Bogal Foods; roasts and soup bones from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; locally roasted coffee from Bikeshop Coffee Roasters; and more.

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.


On any given day, citizens from every corner of the village, bend and scoop up discarded waste as they enjoy a leisurely stroll. Despite this dedication, corners of the village accumulate debris, particularly at sunset viewing and beach parking locations.

On the Thanksgiving weekend, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and Blue Bayfield are encouraging citizens to take a special walk to clean up the village. This suggested cleanup replaces the BRVTA’s traditional April clean up, that was cancelled due to the pandemic and Blue Bayfield’s annual beach cleanup again cancelled because there is no beach to speak of.

If the idea of helping clean up the community appeals to people, they are asked to don a pair of gloves and clean in an area within 100 metres of their property and deposit their collection into their fancy new bin.

Both organizations request that people not over extend themselves as this is an informal cleanup of litter that has been deposited over the spring and summer. Participants take part at their own risk.

The BRVTA and Blue Bayfield would like to thank in advance all those that do take part in the clean up and remind everyone to bend at the knees when picking up the litter.

Recommended Reading 

During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via a book review to share with our readers.

October’s book is “Erebus”, written by Michael Palin. It was published in 2019 and reviewed by Doug Brown, co-owner of The Village Bookshop.


Erebus is about building a special ship and later retrofitting it, the captains who sailed it, the journeys the ship made and perhaps the politics behind each of the trips. Michael Palin is a skilled storyteller who not only makes you a witness to this history but also invites you to join in the preparations and the voyages of the Erebus as a guest. It is a remarkable adventure set in the early 19th century when Britain’s prestigious naval power was not being tested by war.

The Erebus had a companion ship, the Terror, for its two important voyages – the first in search of the South Pole and the other in search of the Northwest Passage. The reader learns a lot about the personalities of the Erebus’ captains, James Ross, who led the first trip, and John Franklin, who was leader of the second, and to a lesser extent, about Captain Frances Crozier, who was at the helm of the Terror during these two voyages. The ships’ architecture, the role of the crews, the decision making by the captains and the challenges of sailing through crippling weather are all ingredients that make the story gripping at times. If there is a plot it is the ongoing contest between the resilience of human beings and the challenges presented by nature.

Palin’s story is also a history lesson that touches on the Royal Geographic Society of England, measuring magnetic forces, the requirement of good journaling, a ship’s marine police, early maritime mapping, the role of indigenous people and the mysteries associated with the search for Franklin, Crozier and their crews.

In conclusion, Erebus is a book based on written records that entertains, educates and keeps the reader’s attention from the opening pages.

Women’s Hockey

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

The Women’s Hockey group that meets on Friday nights in the Bayfield Arena invites those interested to join them starting on Oct. 16. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. Games are held in-house only, no travel required. Play begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $15 per game.

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

guided hikes 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will offer guided hikes on Oct. 25th and Nov. 17th. Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional.

The Fall Colors Hike will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25th at 2 p.m. at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area. Hikers will see a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas at the peak beauty of the fall season.

Participants are asked to meet and park at 79152 Hwy 21, 7 km south of Goderich between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. A map can be viewed at The hike is 3 KM, moderate difficulty with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles, and will last about 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Pam Bowers at 519 565-4605.

National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17 to celebrate the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.  



cargo now arriving at new wharf in Goderich harbor

Frist Vessel at Port Expansion UnloadingThe Port of Goderich welcomed its first cargo to the newly created dock #8 and adjacent four acres of wharf on Aug. 28. The first cargo to arrive came aboard the MV Saginaw a self-discharging bulk carrier owned by the Lower Lakes Towing Ltd, a Rand Logistics company. (Submitted photos)

image003The Port was divested from the Federal ports system in 1999 and is owned by the Town of Goderich, operated by Goderich Port Management Corp (GPMC).  

The Port of Goderich welcomed its first cargo to the newly created dock #8 and adjacent four acres of wharf on Aug. 28. The Port was divested from the Federal ports system in 1999 and is owned by the Town of Goderich, operated by Goderich Port Management Corp (GPMC).

The first cargo to arrive came aboard the MV Saginaw a self-discharging bulk carrier owned by the Lower Lakes Towing Ltd, a Rand Logistics company. The 16,500 tons of aggregate was loaded at Bruce Mines in northern Lake Huron and is destined for highway construction purposes in this area. The customer was fittingly Miller-Lavis who was also the prime contractor on the building of the project.

“Lavis Contracting Co. Limited was very proud and excited not only in the construction of the new dock but being the first user of the dock,” said Bentley Ehgoetz, Divisional manager of Lavis Contracting Co Limited. “The use of the dock to bring in premium aggregate by ship, instead of by road, is another tool for our company to use in competing in a very competitive market.”

The expansion project began life almost 12 years ago and gained momentum when, in 2011, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) of the Province of Ontario, committed to funding support needed to complete a number of port improvements and create a new dock and wharf to the north of the existing harbor. The entire project has been completed with the use of Port funds and MTO support, with no cost to the local tax base.

“This represents a new era for this port that has so long been constrained by the lack of available space,” said Rowland Howe, president of GPMC. “Despite being one of the busiest Great Lakes ports, the footprint of the existing users and the proximity of the tourist areas left little space to welcome new cargos.”

“The expansion project for the port of Goderich is an incredible success,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “The province has invested more than $15.7 million into this much needed upgrade and it is money well spent as it will bring increased business and commerce to the area for decades to come. Having taken people down to the harbor and seeing first hand the lakers using the new slip certainly demonstrates the value of the investment.”

The project, once defined, went through the provincial planning process for an individual Environmental Assessment (EA). Several local stakeholders and indigenous groups were consulted during that process. Final approvals were granted in 2017, and in-water construction commenced. During the EA process, several new fish habitat projects were supported to offset the loss of habitat due to the construction. These projects ranged from the rehabilitation of wetlands on Walpole Island to a study of fish feeding habits before and after construction. Construction involved the installation of a steel frame to support the dock and infilling four acres behind to create a wharf to land cargo area.

While it is expected that many cargos will arrive and leave on bulk self-unloading vessels, the dock has been constructed to allow heavy cargos to be handled as well. The wharf has no structures built on it, allowing maximum flexibility. The dock has seaway depth draft allowing the largest vessels navigating the Great Lakes and St Lawrence seaway system to berth at it.

“We can now fully participate in the growing trend to marine transportation, it is safe, environmentally friendly and an economic route to markets both around the Great Lakes region and overseas,” said Mayor of the Town of Goderich, John Grace. “This creates a true marine gateway to southwestern Ontario, strategically positioned to play an increasing role in a world of changing markets and international trade.”

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway, increasingly referred to as the “H2O Highway”, is a 3,700 KM marine highway that runs between Canada and the United States. Comprised of the St. Lawrence River, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Great Lakes, it flows directly into the commercial, industrial, and agricultural heartland of North America, home to some 100 million people.

For more information about the port expansion please visit

 Winter and high lake levels may cause shoreline damage

The Lake Huron water level is just below the record high for the month of September. This level is slightly below the all-time high lake level recorded in 1986 but it is high enough to cause significant damage to the shoreline when autumn and winter storms arrive, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

The water level for Lake Huron is projected to be just more than 10 centimetres (four inches) higher, in September 2020, than it was in September 2019. The water level is expected to drop slightly in October but may still be very close to the October 2019 level.

Storm systems in autumn and winter bring strong northwest winds. Those heavy winds impact the Lake Huron shoreline. These winds, combined with high water, create intensified wave action. As temperatures drop this wave action may also create freezing spray. ABCA encourages property owners with structures close to the water to prepare for the possibility of flooding and freezing spray. Precautionary measures include boarding up windows and doors when closing one’s cottage for the season.

There are steep bluffs in the area. People should take caution in bluff areas especially in autumn and winter. Bluffs can fail any time during or after autumn, even much later, or any season.

Geoffrey Cade is ABCA Manager of Water and Planning. He said wave action can cause erosion at the base of the bluffs and, when bluffs are saturated with water, bluff failures are more likely. He said people should not walk along the top of bluffs and people should stay out of structures close to the edge of the bluff.

In order to protect life and property, ABCA has – for many years – been discouraging people from placing structures in areas of natural hazards such as flooding and erosion.
“We would encourage property owners along the shoreline to consider relocating amenity features such as decks and other structures away from hazard areas while conditions permit,” Cade said. For erosion and property-specific information please contact ABCA Planning and Regulations staff at

ABCA continues to monitor weather forecasts and storm-surge models over Lake Huron. ABCA does this in order to provide timely messaging to municipalities. ABCA messages include Shoreline Conditions Statements for weather events likely to result in high waves reaching the shoreline, resulting in potential coastal flooding and shoreline erosion issues. These statements, and other flood messages, are posted on the website at this link: These messages are also posted on Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).

To learn more about Great Lakes water levels, there is a Canada newsletter and monthly update, on Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River water levels, LEVELnews, at this link: In addition to LEVELnews, Environment and Climate Change Canada also has a web page with links to a number of official websites containing Great Lakes water level and related data: People may also visit the new Lake Huron web page at at this link:

Jack McLaren Exhibit opening tomorrow at County Museum 

49909820661_679d13e8e4_kIn 1923, Jack McLaren joined the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and became well acquainted with the members of the Group of Seven. This work by Jack McLaren of the Bayfield Town Hall is owned by Phil and Ilse Gemeinhardt, of Bayfield. This painting and around 100 others are now on display at the Huron County Museum until April 2021. Please call the museum to make an appointment to visit. (Submitted photo)  

The Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) are pleased to announce the opening of the much-anticipated exhibit “Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren” on Oct. 8. While there won’t be an event scheduled to celebrate the opening as organizers had hoped people are invited to pre-arrange their visit at their convenience to catch the exhibit, which is on until Apr. 30, 2021.

From mirth and mud at Ypres Salient and Vimy Ridge to the vibrancy of landscapes from Huron County and the Maitland Valley, the exhibit explores McLaren's prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer. Reflections is presented in partnership with the HCHS and features close to 100 works on loan from the community.

At this time, the Museum is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. To pre-arrange a visit, please call 519 524-2686 and be sure to review the latest guidelines for visiting the Museum on their website.

Reflections is included with regular admission or free for Museum Members and Huron County Library card holders. Please call the Museum at 519 524-2686 to pre-arrange a visit today.

Gateway presents "Screenagers Next Chapter" on demand 

As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”. One part of the village is Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) offering an on-line screening of a documentary “Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”. Join the community conversation in a follow-up Zoom Q and A session about strategies to help kids and teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in the digital age.

This topic is especially relevant during the pandemic. Last month a report was released by a research team at McMaster University and The Offord Centre for Child Studies – “Impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on Ontario Families with Children: Findings from the Initial Lockdown”. The report provided a snapshot of the experiences of Ontario families during the initial phase of the lockdown. Caregivers and children of all ages were coping with unparalleled challenges. The report noted: “Many parents indicate that their children are worse off in terms of behaviour and mood since the COVID 19 pandemic started.” A third of the more than 7,400 caregivers surveyed reported needing assistance with their child’s behavior and/or stress and more than half of parents stated that they would be interested in receiving parenting tips.

Remote learning is a reality for many students this Fall, requiring much more screen time than they are used to. It’s so important to make the most of their time outside school hours to enjoy the outdoors and get lots of exercise for their general well being. Safe distancing interaction with peers within their bubble or class cohort is also beneficial for their mental health. Social skills are learned and like any skill, they require practice.

The documentary, follows filmmaker and physician, Dr. Delaney Ruston as she finds herself at a loss as to how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in this current screen-filled society, and how parents, grandparents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. The viewers will witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. They will follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers Next Chapter, how it may be impacting teen mental health, and what can be done to help foster youth in the face of these struggles.

Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank the Town of Goderich and Larry Otten Contracting, sponsors of these virtual Speaker Series events.

Gateway has purchased the licencing rights which allows this organization to offer this documentary to registering participants. Registrants will watch Next Chapter on their own time during a two-week on demand viewing period from Oct. 8-22, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on ZOOM Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway. The cost is $20.

Register for this documentary

Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health provides statement 

The following is a special statement from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Office of Health for Huron and Perth, issued on Oct. 1:

As our province and regions continue their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to be impressed by the patience and dedication that the people of Huron-Perth have displayed in protecting our community. I also understand that the changes in COVID-19 response over the last few weeks have been challenging. Please allow me to share information that I hope will help you in continuing to do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Huron Perth hospitals and some primary care centres, working under direction from Ontario Health West, continue to work diligently to provide assessment and testing for Huron-Perth residents. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is grateful for their commitment and excellent work, as well as the work of the labs who are processing the tests.

We understand from our partners that there is still a considerable demand for tests; please remember that the province has prioritized testing for: those with COVID-19 symptoms;
those who have been instructed by public health to get tested and those eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care, which includes visitors to long-term care homes.

People who are household members of a sick person who is going for testing do not also need to go for a test unless otherwise advised by your family doctor or public health. This guidance is so that testing capacity is best deployed to prevent and control outbreaks and identify people who need treatment and support.

If you are in Huron-Perth, and wondering if you should get tested: complete the provincial assessment tool available on the province’s website at or if it’s a school or daycare situation, as in you are a staff member or your child is feeling ill, use the provincial screening tool for school at

If your screening results show you are recommended to be tested, follow up with your healthcare provider and follow their direction about isolating and when to return to work, school or childcare.

Testing is not recommended for those without symptoms or risk who are seeking reassurance or who want to be “cleared” prior to an event or gathering, as the result is only valid on the day of collection. Instead, continue to keep 2 M distance from others who are not in your social circle, wear a mask indoors and keep your hands clean; in this way, you are unlikely to encounter the COVID-19 virus.

I would like to remind employers and workplaces that clearance swabs are not recommended for general workplaces. Nor is a clearance swab necessary for employees who are asymptomatic parents of children who are being swabbed. At this time, household members of a person (such as a child) who is going for testing or who is sick DO NOT need to self-isolate; they can continue to go to work, school or daycare, unless otherwise advised by their healthcare provider or public health. For schools, parents can advise a school of when a doctor has allowed a child to return.

I realize that some children are being kept home with symptoms that may not be COVID related, and HPPH does recognize the inconvenience on families – many of us are parents of daycare-age and school-age children so we understand just how different this school year is.
I am grateful that despite the inconvenience, so many parents and caregivers are performing daily screening, keeping sick kids home and contacting their healthcare provider for direction. These are all very important actions so schools and childcare centres can stay open.
We are also grateful for our many primary care partners who are assessing and providing direction to families, as well as employers who are being supportive for employees who need to take time off. We are extremely grateful to our school and childcare partners for their continued support and cooperation.

Parents and caregivers, please continue to screen each of your children daily using the provincial online tool. School and childcare staff must also complete daily screening.

It’s important to realize that every situation is different. If you are talking with your neighbor or another parent and feel like they are receiving different messages or advice from their healthcare provider, this may be because their situation is different than yours. The assessments and recommendations made by each healthcare provider depend on each individual’s situation.

I am confident that we will get through this by supporting and showing kindness to each other, so please keep up the great work.




public health  

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

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

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:


Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Office of Health for Huron-Perth recently noted that, “While our case count has remained steady in Huron-Perth, the province is seeing an increasing number of cases and the risk is getting higher.”

In a statement released on Oct. 5, the province has introduced additional public health measures in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Ontario. As the community prepares for Thanksgiving, people should make sure their celebrations are as safe as possible.

Remember that provincial gathering limits for private events are now:
• 10 people for indoor events or gatherings
• 25 people for outdoor events or gatherings
Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together.

Also, the province now advises Ontarians to allow close contact only with people living in their own household. Please maintain 2 Ms physical distancing from anyone not in your household. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

This Thanksgiving, consider other ways to connect with family and friends:
• Call or video chats
• Online celebrations or dinner parties
• Write letters or send cards
• Contactless delivery of gifts or treats
• Go on a family walk.

Reflect on traditions. One of the most difficult things about this new normal is that traditions are upended. But people can do something about it: Ask which traditions are able to continue? Make a recipe, sing a traditional song or read a book. Or start a new tradition – try calling an old friend or finding a new way to be active. Consider what you can do to help others in the community or let others know if you need help. Call 211 to find programs and services in the community.

“Not being able to connect with our friends and loved ones in the ways we are used to is difficult,” said Dr. Klassen. “But while there is disappointment and frustration, there is also resilience and caring. Please continue to create new, safer ways to be social. We all need to think about how we can contribute on a personal, family and organizational level; and we need to remain kind to others who are making the best decisions they can based on their circumstances and needs.”

She added, remember, no action is too small. If we continue to work hard now, we have a better chance at seeing the benefits of our efforts sooner.

Jessica’s House

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has approved Jessica’s House for annual base funding to cover end of life nursing and personal support services.

“Since the beginning, volunteers and supporters of Jessica’s House have worked so hard to make this legacy for an amazing young lady a reality. The support of the local businesses, organizations and residents has been truly heart warming,” Thompson said. “In light of the community’s support and vision, it goes without saying that I was more than pleased when I learned the funding had been approved.”

In its first two years, Jessica’s House has provided a much-needed service to the local area and beyond. It also compliments additional hospices in the region.

The funding announcement was welcome news for Pat O’Rourke, chair, Jessica’s House Governance Board and South Huron Hospital Foundation.

“We are extremely pleased that our provincial government has decided to extend funding to Jessica’s House, our residential hospice in Exeter,” O’Rourke said. “Lisa Thompson, our Member of Provincial Parliament, has been a champion of Jessica’s House from the beginning and without her continued support this would not have taken place. The community is forever grateful to her and the provincial government in recognizing the quality end of life care that is available at Jessica’s House.”

First opened in June of 2018, Jessica’s House is a three-bed residential hospice providing around the clock nursing care with one-on-one bereavement support in partnership with VON along with community support and outreach services.

Thompson concluded that the provincial government “is committed to funding compassionate end of life care and I thank Jessica’s House for doing just that.”

ABCA Outdoor learning programs 

Parents and guardians now have an extra two weeks to register for the new outdoor learning programs for students, remote learners, and homeschoolers. The new programs are among adaptations, by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), to conservation education programming this autumn to deliver education in new ways during the current pandemic.

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

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

Science Outdoors is a program for students, remote learners and homeschoolers looking for outdoor learning beyond the classroom. It takes place on Wednesdays, over six weeks. It starts on Oct. 21. Junior students attend from 9 a.m. to noon and Primary students attend from 1-4 p.m. Science Outdoors for the Intermediate students will start on Oct. 23 and take place on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. The participants will have ‘hands-on’ exploration and activities to learn grade-specific science concepts from the Ontario Curriculum. There is a maximum of ten students per divisional time slot so space is limited.

The Outdoor School is an inquiry and curriculum based outdoor program for ages 9-13. The program starts on Oct. 20 and will run on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until November 24. There is a maximum of 14 students so space is limited.

ABCA’s conservation educators strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating these outdoor learning programs. In addition, educators are following local health unit recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines for day camps.

Anyone who would like to chat with educators about these programs, is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262. To register or to find out more visit the website’s education web page at this link at:


Local people can get active, experience nature, and maybe win a prize through a new local Get Outdoors Bingo contest. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is hosting the fun activity and contest on its website, at, from Oct. 1-29.

To download a PDF of the Get Outdoors Bingo visit the website at this web page: The bingo card, as well as contest rules, are posted on that page.

Anyone can play the Get Outdoors Bingo game but the contest is open to residents of any municipality of the ABCA watershed. The contest’s prize winner is to win a prize that includes an outdoor experience, delivered by ABCA staff, worth $70, as well as a Dragonfly Field Guide (or similar) and a 17-ounce Chilly Moose Kearney Traveller.

Entrants must date and check off the activities as they complete them and they need to follow all locally-applicable COVID-19 public health protocols. They are challenged to complete five activities in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal on the Bingo card) and then scan or take a photo and send it to to be entered into the draw.

The Bingo card includes 25 different outdoor nature activities including a beach cleanup, visits to trails and conservation areas, taking photos of autumn colors, a demonstration farm visit, outdoor education, birdwatching, tree planting, geocaching, paddling, bicycling, and more.

“This new spin on a classic game is a fun way for individuals and families to learn about plants, animals, and local nature areas and to safely enjoy activity and education in the great outdoors,” said Hope Brock, ABCA Healthy Watersheds technician.

rural economic development 

“The Rural Economic Development Program plays a key role in helping fund important projects that might not get started without the support,” Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said recently. “I am glad to see that the program is so well received and supported in Huron-Bruce.”

The Rural Economic Development (RED) Program intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and qualified projects would be eligible for up to 70 per cent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding.

New RED applications will be accepted from now until Oct. 9. All costs must be incurred on or before March 31, 2021. Projects will not be extended beyond that date. Projects need to meet the following criteria: benefit rural Ontario; have tangible outcomes; and reach beyond one county, region, or district.


COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.

“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”

The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.

The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail, including a prepaid return envelope. 

“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”"

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this  


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 (open Thursday to Sunday by appointment - call 519 524-2686) . 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.

In the lead up to Remembrance Day we will feature some items belonging to those who served their country and represented Huron County proudly during both times of war and times of peace.

service medals 

This is the most common grouping of Service Medals awarded to Canadian soldiers serving in Europe during WWII -- 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defense Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Bar, and the 1939-45 War Medal.

These medals belonged to Major Douglas R. Nairn, a pre-war officer with the Middlesex and Huron Regiment (Militia) who served in WWII from 1940-46 with the Elgin Regiment. Nairn was born and raised in Goderich, and prior to joining the military practised law and was the Town Solicitor for Goderich. On release from the Army, Maj. Nairn rose to the position of Chief of Legal Services, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Ottawa and retired in 1966.

Nairn Drive in the Veterans Land Administrations (VLA) Subdivision just East of Goderich is named after him.

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woolen jacket 

This green woolen jacket sports the Huron Regiment patch, the Canada patch, and two other patches on the left sleeve. It also has a patch of four red stripes and one white stripe on the right sleeve. This jacket belonged to Major Douglas R. Nairn. 

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Lord Elgin Inspecting Troops

This is a black and white photograph of Major Douglas R. Nairn reviewing the "The Elgins" with Lord Elgin at Hedley, England in 1942.

Major Nairn is in the centre of the photograph and Lord Elgin is to his right.

The back of the photograph is stamped "Canadian Military Photograph from Public Relations Branch, Canadian Military Headquarters, 2 Lockspur Street, (?)" "Photo No. 1010-9".

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pioneer park association    

park marks diamond anniversary during Pandemic 

Screen Shot 2020-10-06 at 1.01.03 PMThe banks of the future Pioneer Park around 1925. (Photo courtesy Pioneer Park Website)

Screen Shot 2020-10-06 at 1.01.43 PMPioneer Park from a 1940s perspective. (Photo courtesy Pioneer Park Website)

4148547903_2cc1a80bdb_hRev. George Youmatoff (far right) and others at the unveiling of the Pioneer Park Association Plaque in 1979. It reads in part: "This plaque is erected in tribute to...the first members of the Association who had the foresight to save this beautiful piece of land for the enjoyment of future generations." (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)  

35457885240_881fe9abac_kA familiar sight in the park for decades: people gathering to watch a summer sunset. This image was taken in July of 2017.  

14845769820_537e3f7393_kPaint the Sunset has become a very popular summer activity at Pioneer Park. The easels were out in full force in August of 2014.  

5999471088_47474c970c_kThe 25th anniversary of the Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Run was held in August of 2011. This fundraising event was also cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.  

35826927491_7b7275adb9_k Rummage Sale 2017 saw the arena floor filling fast with shoppers shortly after the arena doors opened. The first sale was held in 1948 and is the major fundraiser for the part. Due to COVID-19 it was cancelled this year for the first time.

28623264981_32d6195696_kRay Bauer celebrated the finish of his cycle about the village during the 2016 Fun Run. Over the years many people have shared their enthusiasm for the park by participating in such fundraising events.

4766548830_95d8caa6c4_kThough most people visit the park during its summer splendour, it is pretty splendid in the winter too as this image taken in 2010 denotes.  

48214873416_09233e99ad_kJust by being there Pioneer Park has done a lot of good for the community for 75 years, very few would argue, however, that what it does best is provide a spectacular sunset view like this one captured in July of 2019. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)  






It often takes a village to get things done. This is reflected in the picnics, movie nights, volleyball matches, concerts, paint nights, weddings, family reunions, and sunset viewing that has taken place in a renowned green space on the banks of Lake Huron within the community of Bayfield over the past 75 years.

It all began in 1945 when a one and three-quarter acre plot of land became available through an estate sale. At that time, Lucy Woods-Diehl, a formidable community visionary, tried in vain to convince the village council to purchase the property for a public park. Council voted “no” but Woods-Diehl persisted with her dream and enlisted Bayfield resident, Jack Stewart, and Jessie Metcalf, an American who summered in Bayfield, to help. Woods-Diehl advanced the money for the plot while Stewart and Metcalf rounded up contributors to pay her back.

In the end, 11 Canadians and Americans contributed money: Woods-Deihl, Stewart and Metcalf plus Anne Brown, Alice Drouin, Marion Fairbairn, Marion Hendrick, Lloyd Hodgins, Jessie Miller, Catherine Rankin and Grace Woolfenden.

In 1949, four part lots were later added to the park having been donated by Phillip Rynas in honor of his mother Margaret and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson.

Woods-Diehl is credited with the idea that the individuals would not own the land, that it would be owned by a corporation and overseen by a board of directors to be enjoyed by the public. Frank Fingland, a lawyer from Clinton, did this legal work without pay and is thusly considered to be one of the original contributors to the park.

The first directors chose to name the plot of land “Pioneer Park” in recognition of the community’s early settlers. The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) was established in 1947 and Woods-Deihl was the president of the Board for the first 10 years. The history of the property goes back to the days of Baron van Tuyll who purchased Bayfield from The Canada Company. A log cabin was built on the bluff for the men building the roads. It was known as Riley’s Boarding House. After 80 years, in 1913, the boarding house was demolished and the land, known as Signal Point, because of weather warnings set out for fishermen there, became a spot for picnics and camping.

“We are still so awe-struck by Lucy's vision to share this beautiful park with others, despite the challenging times coming out of the Second World War, said Richard Peirce, Communications director with the PPA. “Most, at the time, were resolutely focused on re-building their personal lives after the physical and emotional damage of the war years. But this group saw beyond the ‘front door’ and what they gave us was then, and still is today, a remarkable place.”

The 75th year of the park marked during a global pandemic has not been without its struggles. The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, the PPA’s major fundraiser established in 1948, could not safely happen this year. The Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Run that also generates money for the park’s upkeep was also cancelled.

“These fundraisers always constitute a major source of the income required to keep the space so special and easily usable for picnickers, beach-goers and those of us always spellbound by the awesome vista over the lake,” said Peirce. “The struggles now from the Coronavirus as well as the summer storm damage with their impact on budgets is significant but let’s remember Lucy and her team and what they overcame.”

The PPA launched an alternative fundraising campaign this week with a target of raising $30,000.

“The lack of the Rummage Sale and the 5 KM Fun Run this year, in addition to lifesaving bank improvements and ongoing erosion efforts, have depleted the savings and operational funds of our small association,” said Peter Brent, PPA president. “We hope you’ll consider stepping up as part of this community and donating whatever you can.”

For this campaign people may either donate using Interac e-transfer, or cheque. All donations over $10.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Cheques may be mailed to Pioneer Park Association, Box 2115, Bayfield, ON., N0M 1G0. To send an e-transfer please visit for further instructions.

“All donations are placed in our general operating fund for park maintenance and improvements,” said Brent. “People everywhere need access to green space and community now more than ever. The future of the park is in our hands.”

**With files from "For the Love of Bayfield" by Dave Gillians; and the Pioneer Park Association website. 

4765915693_f1daa7b867_oLucy Woods-Diehl led the charge to establish Pioneer Park in 1945. (Submitted photo)  

26598540874_540e952494_kEarly advertising for the Rummage Sale revived for the 69th annual event held in July of 2017. (Submitted photo)  

29766666386_e84c46a8fb_oLucy Woods-Diehl was the President of the Pioneer Park Association for the first ten years of its establishment and also served again in 1960. (Submitted photo)  



PIXILATED — image of the week

"I really don't know clouds at all..."

"I really don't know clouds at all..." By Gary Lloyd-Reese

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








Sammy the Cat came to live with us in July of 2019. He had been my late mother-in-law’s cat but we got to know him quite well in our nearly three years living in her residence in the village. He adapted quite well to being the only cat in our household and remains quite inquisitive. However, we noticed in the late spring that he was sleeping a lot – perhaps a bit depressed that his humans were constantly underfoot during lockdown. But how best to improve the quality of life for a bored feline? Leash training, of course.

Yes, my husband, John, takes Sammy for regular walks a couple of times a day. The feline so looks forward to going out to explore his big backyard that he waits patiently for the harness and leash to be put on. He has one favorite spot in the yard where he politely relieves himself and has established two scratching posts that are both good for scratching as well as climbing. Luckily, they are posts installed for a clothesline so he can be easily retrieved. He has eyed up a hydro pole on occasion but the climbing of said pole has been strongly discouraged. In the summer he enjoyed some time lazing in the shade of the tomatoes in the garden and shaping the Catnip plant that was planted specifically for him and now as autumn has arrived he has turned his attention to chasing falling leaves or pouncing on the last of the grasshoppers.

Who knows what winter will bring? I think his caretaker is hoping he is more of a fair-weather feline. This has already proved to be the case on days that it has hovered around zero. He has gone out, sniffed at the air and then promptly turned back toward the door. But we will just have to wait and see what his reaction to the first flakes of snow will be. Perhaps he can be trained to wear a sweater as well as he walks on his lead. – Melody



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