Bookmark and Share   Oct. 6, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 41 Issue 639

shed sale in support of forgotten felines saturday    



Friends of the Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) are hosting a yard sale this Saturday, Oct. 9th with all proceeds going to the organization that has helped hundreds of cats and kittens find their forever families.

Volunteers can attest their task seems never ending and funds are always needed. Donations to assist with medical appointments and surgeries to ensure these cats are in good health when adopted is a priority, not to mention the general costs of creature comforts, like food and litter.

This sale will be held, rain or shine inside a shed, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shed can be found at the end of Hill Terrace in Bayfield. The road can be accessed off of Keith Crescent behind St. Andrew’s United Church. Those who attend are asked to wear a mask with COVID-19 protocols in place. 

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Besides the many interesting items for sale there will be adoptable kittens on site for people to see. Although no kittens will be going home with visitors that day – application forms for adoption requests will be accepted!

magical world of mushrooms observed along the lobb trail


IMG_2775George Ebers, of Bayfield, was one of the hike leaders for a BRVTA organized hike along the Lobb Trail on Sept. 26.  

IMG_2839The hikers noted that these mushrooms known as Fly Agarics are quite numerous this year. They are quite poisonous and psychedelic. They are members of the Amanita family which includes the charmingly named “ deadly destroying angel” and the “death cap” which are the favorites of murder mystery authors.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) organized a hike on the Lobb Trail. 

The privately owned and maintained Lobb Trail is thought to be one of the nicest trails in Ontario and a personal favorite of several trail association members. It is looped, 4.35 miles long, and much of that is adjacent to the banks of the Maitland. Hikers discovered tht the river had been made mighty by the recent rains which had it licking the edge of the lower trail. It ends on the upper trail, and goes gently uphill with an elevation of 275 feet during the walk.

“If you take it in reverse, the elevation comes at the end over a short distance which can be slightly 'breathtaking' for some. There are options for shorter walks, as there are signed detours which close the loop earlier,” explained one of the hike leaders, George Ebers. “We had close to 20 walkers, including, members of the Maitland Valley Trail Association.”

Ebers noted that it was a good time for mushrooms with the recent rains and many common species showed up.

“There were a few puzzlers, as our expert mushroom identifier Jennifer Macdonald has moved to take up a faculty job in another province (lucky them). If there is anyone wanting her once a year job, let me know. Job conditions were excellent this past Sunday. Pay not so much,” Ebers concluded.

And now it is on to the next scheduled event - a Full Moon Hike along the Sawmill Trail, on Wednesday, Oct. 20. If the night is clear, hikers should have a beautiful view of the full moon from the banks of the Bayfield River.

This is a night hike, beginning at 8 p.m. so please bring a lighted headlamp or flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

The Sawmill Trail is 2 km long through natural areas with one long, steep incline. The hike will last about an hour. No dogs on this hike, please. Participants are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trail Head on Old River Road, on the north side of the Bayfield River. A map of the trail can be found at

IMG_2774Close to 20 walkers joined in a hike along the Lobb Trail on Sept. 26.  

BRVTA’s final hike of the year will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17th – National Take a Hike Day which is observed each year in Canada and the United States. There are over 90,000 km of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. Try 3.5 km of them on Mavis’ Trail and Taylor Trail on this day starting at 2 p.m.

Mavis’ Trail is named after area community activist Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. The Taylor Trail is an optional 1 km loop. The hike will last about 90 minutes. Meet at Varna Complex on the Mill Road (Rt 3) 5 km east of Bayfield. A map of the trails can be found at Dogs on leash welcome. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington and Annerieke VanBeets.

IMG_2815An Orange Polypore is a pretty unmistakable mushroom when fresh, since bright orange colors are fairly rare among the polypores.  

IMG_2834Fly Agarics, such as these found along the Lobb Trail, were the ones consumed by Lewis Carroll’s Alice and were her ticket to Wonderland.  

IMG_2796It was a good time for mushrooms with the recent rains and many common species showed up.  

For more information contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. People are asked not to participate if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.

The BRVTA members would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail is now closed for hunting season through Dec. 31st.

Editor's Note: Photos shared are highlights of the hike along the Lobb Trail that took place on Sept. 26. 

IMG_2776-2Hikers discovered that the Maitland River had been made mighty by the recent rains which had it licking the edge of the lower trail.  

IMG_2788On the Lobb Trail, there are options for shorter walks, as there are signed detours which close the loop earlier.

IMG_2804There is also a Carolinian forest along the trail with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat.  


food Bank  

Terry Henderson, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) recently said, “We are so very fortunate to live in such a caring corner of Huron County.”

This was her response to donations from three area communities: Pine Lake Campground, Wildwood by the River and Northwood Beach.

“A big thanks to Pine Lake Camp for their very generous cheque, and collection of dry goods,
following their golf tournament held recently. They really out did themselves, with the fantastic givings,” said Henderson.

She added, “BAFB also sends out heartfelt thanks to both the Wildwood Camp, and Northwood Beach, for the recent food drives each community organized amongst their residents. Our food bank members and clients are extremely grateful for the continuing support of our community.”

All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.

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.

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:

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.

And now there is an opportunity to purchase a limited supply online for delivery across Canada! There is a minimum order of two boxes. The link to support Bayfield Guiding can be found here:

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.

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.



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.

This week, the Adopt-A-BFF's are three little kittens. 

This tiny trio was found in a shed. A kind person fed them for almost a week hoping that their Mama would come back but to no avail. Just yesterday, volunteers with the Rescue went and brought them in. The kittens appear to be about four to five weeks old and although they have been fed for the past week they are still on the thin side and one of them is sporting a goopy eye. They will be vetted as soon as possible.

Since they are so new to the fold they have yet to be named. Would any of our readers like to help with that task? Send your suggestions to

Anyone who thinks they have room in their home and heart for one, or more, of this threesome is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at the email posted above. 

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.



cover crops help reduce erosion over winter months

Margaret_Kroes_Cover_Crops_NR_4Margaret Kroes, who farms with her husband, Jack, near Clinton, ON, is one of the local agricultural producers planting cover crops. New signs, saying ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ are in place at several farms of participating landowners in Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds. The signs have been placed in a number of local fields to recognize the work of area farmers to build soil health and protect water quality by increasing cover crop planting.  

This autumn watch for signs in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds that declare ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ These signs have been placed along fields where cover crops, for example, Clover, Radish, Ryegrass and Sunflower, have been planted earlier in the year.

Cover crops are crops which cover the soil in between cropping seasons. In this area, cover crops are often planted after wheat and are left in the ground over the winter. Keeping the ground covered during this time helps reduce wind and water erosion during large storm events and snow melts. In turn, this keeps valuable soil out of creeks, rivers and Lake Huron. Reduced erosion is just one benefit of cover crops. In addition to this, they can add organic matter, reduce nutrient losses, improve fertility, reduce compaction and aid in water management depending on what species are planted.

The aim of this campaign, which was adapted after one that took place in New Hampshire, is to recognize farmers who are making these efforts on their land, and to encourage others to think about how they could use cover crops in their operations.

Brandon_at_Coleman_Farms_NR_2 Brandon Coleman, of Coleman Farms near Kippen, ON, is one of the local agricultural producers planting cover crops. New signs, saying ‘We’ve Got it Covered!’ are in place at several farms of participating landowners in Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds. The signs have been placed in a number of local fields to recognize the work of area farmers to build soil health and protect water quality by increasing cover crop planting. (Submitted photos)

“Cover crops help producers protect and improve their soil, and in doing so, the water they protect benefits everyone,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Hope Brock.

Thanks to funding from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, landowners in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watersheds were eligible for an enhanced cost-share Cover Crop Boost Program that offered $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops. This program could also be paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project, which provided an additional $15 per acre. In total, more than 2,000 acres of cover crops were planted through the Boost Program.

“We are pleased to see so many producers interested in planting cover crops and it has been great to be able to support them in doing so,” said Brock.

Interested in cover crops, but not sure where to start? Contact a local cover crop seed supplier at, talk to a neighbor, or contact a certified crop advisor.

Those interested are also invited to use the cover crop decision tool here:

Any farmers planting cover crops in the Bayfield and Lake Huron tributary watershed interested in a sign for their farm is asked to please contact Hope Brock at or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 246.

commemorative woods opened at park in Grand Bend 

Winters_Family_at_Arbour_NRMembers of the Winters family, at the arbor at the entrance to the commemorative woods. This arbor, with a mounted sign saying, 'Winters Walk', is in memory of Hank Winters, one of the founders of the Lakeshore Eco-Network, who was the inspiration for this project. The Lakeshore Eco-Network erected the arbor thanks to a Community Vibrancy Grant. The Arbor houses plaques for the founding donors of the Klondyke Commemorative Woods in Grand Bend. (Submitted photo)

Planting trees is a time-honored way of paying tribute to loved ones and celebrating special events. Thanks to the newly created Commemorative Woods at Klondyke Park, Grand Bend will now have a space where people can create living memorials.

The Klondyke Commemorative Woods is a partnership between Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF); the Municipality of Lambton Shores; and the Lakeshore Eco-Network. The planting is now complete, with almost 200 trees planted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). The Woods consists of groves of various native species, including: White Pine, White Cedar, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Red Oak, Chinquapin Oak, White Oak and Sycamore. The trees will be cared for by ABCA staff.

When the opportunity arose to support the project, the Rotary Club of Grand Bend made it a part of Autumn Indulgence, the Club’s gala fundraising event. After the success of its water refill station project, the Rotary Club was looking for another project that benefitted both the environment and the community. Some $36,000 for the planting of memorial groves was raised at Autumn Indulgence, giving the project a huge boost.
The Lakeshore Eco-Network, thanks to a Community Vibrancy Grant, erected an arbor to mark the entrance to the Woods and also house the plaques for the founding donors. On the arbor is mounted a sign, ‘Winters Walk’, in memory of Hank Winters, one of the founders of the Lakeshore Eco-Network, who was the inspiration for this project.

“Hank was a great believer in the importance of planting trees to help fight climate change and enhance biodiversity,” said Lakeshore Eco-Network Chair Max Morden.

With the planting complete, ABCF offers the opportunity to donors to sponsor individual trees in memory of loved ones.

“We have five other Commemorative Woods sites in our area, and now we are extremely pleased to have one in Grand Bend,” said Secretary of the ABCF, Abbie Gutteridge. “This will fulfill a need that will help the entire community.”

The Commemorative Woods also has important, long-term benefits.

“There are so many reasons for planting trees,” said Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist at ABCA, Ian Jean, who planted the trees. “They have environmental benefits, such as sequestering carbon, creating wildlife habitat and protecting against soil erosion, but also in recognition of milestones and loved ones, and in building community and a legacy for future generations.”

cardiac monitors clinton hospital's radiothon goal 


The past year, and a half, has served to remind everyone just how important it is to have access to quality, local health care. On Saturday, Oct. 16, CKNX AM920 will be hosting the 20th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for twelve area hospital foundations.

Listen to the broadcast all day on AM920 and, or catch updates on the hour on 101.7 The One and Cool 94.5. Listeners will hear heartwarming patient stories and descriptions of equipment needed at each participating hospital. Don’t forget to listen for the two Power Hours throughout the day for a 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, people can phone in their pledge during the broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They may also text to donate $10 by simply texting HERO CLINTON to 45678 throughout the month of October.

Also taking place on Oct. 16, the Clinton & District Kinsmen are once again hosting their annual breakfast in support of the CPH Foundation’s Radiothon goal. The breakfast will take place at the Central Huron Community Complex Libro Hall from 7:30-11 a.m. The breakfast will be take-out only and the cost is by donation. The CPH Foundation member wish to express their sincere appreciation to the Kinsmen for their generosity in hosting this event.

More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at


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

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.

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

Infrastructure renewal fund 

The Ontario government is investing close to $6.5 million this year to support critical health care infrastructure upgrades, repairs and maintenance in hospitals serving Huron-Bruce residents.

“These funds are greatly needed by our hospitals to help them continue providing excellent health care to our residents,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “While it is not an area often noticed by the general public, repairing and upgrading hospital infrastructure is vital to the overall health care system.

Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) investments include: South Huron Hospital, in Exeter, will receive $1,160,098; Wingham and District Hospital, $704, 335; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, in Goderich, $433,395; Seaforth Community Hospital, $410,296; Clinton Public Hospital, $407,407; Grey Bruce Health Services, $1,986,129 (includes, Southampton Hospital); and South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $1,376,429.

The Ontario government is also investing $20,788 to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Grey Bruce Branch.

The government is providing $175 million to hospitals through the HIRF and $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

A total of $50 million from the HIRF will be used by hospitals for urgent projects, including those that support the health system response to COVID-19, such as upgrading HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, and improving infection prevention and control measures.

“Upgrading and maintaining hospitals and community health infrastructure is one more way our government is ensuring Ontarians receive the exceptional care when they need it and closer to home,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “These crucial investments will help build the capacity needed to end hallway health care, while ensuring our hospitals have the tools they need to improve the quality of care for patients and continue responding to COVID-19.”

The government continues to make record investments to support world-class hospitals across the province and ensure the health care system is prepared to respond to any scenario. In March 2021, the government committed up to $696.6 million in funding to help cover historic working funds deficits and strengthen the financial stability of hospitals across the province.

Through the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, the government is providing a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments to hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity, as well as an increase of $778 million in operational funding to ensure all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum 1 per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.




Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

This week, we take a look at some of the marine artifacts that the museum has in their collection. 

shipwright's tool chest 


This is a wooden tool chest used by a shipwright. The box has a flat-top lid with metal handles on each side of the chest. The outside of the box is painted dark green with splatters of red and white paint all over. The inside of the box is painted silver. The lid is hinged. There is chain on either side of the box base, attached to the lid to prevent it from falling open. There is a solid shelf constructed along the front inside of the box, but does not go to the bottom of the box. This allows room for tools to be stored underneath the solid shelf.

The chest was used by Captain William MacDonald and later Captain Peter "Paddy" MacDonald as shipbuilders in the Goderich area.

Captain William was a shipbuilder who originally built small fishing vessels for local mariners in Goderich and along the shoreline. Later he worked at the Marlton Yards, Goderich, building ships. Captain William's son, Peter, was introduced to shipbuilding as an apprentice at Marlton Yards and inherited his father's tool chest.

Later, Peter, as a skipper on the tug “Dorothy May”, lost the tool chest and its contents overboard as the vessel struck rocks on a stormy night as the tug attempted to enter Kincardine Harbour. That same tool chest, and some of the original contents, washed up within the next few days along the beach.

Peter later became a long-term Captain for the tug “William Forrest”. The William Forrest was owned by 'Big' Bill Forrest, and his partner, Bill Bermingham, marine contractors who constructed the Goderich Harbour breakwalls between 1904 and 1908. Captain Peter piloted the William Forrest as it towed the top-heavy Forrest dredge between Chicago and Montreal for many years in the summer months at a speed of three nautical miles per hour. Peter retired at age 84, in 1960, from his own tug, the "Ivy Rose".



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This is a set of thirteen rings tied onto a piece of rope, some of the rings are stamped with "H Trade Radium Mark 2". The purpose of this set is unknown but they originally belonged to R. Graham MacDonald.

They were used by Captain William MacDonald and later Captain Peter "Paddy" MacDonald as shipbuilders in the Goderich area.


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This is a shipwright's adze used in the construction or repair of a ship. The adze has a metal blade head and is fixed onto a wooden handle. The handle has a slight curve.

It was used by Captain William MacDonald and later Captain Peter "Paddy" MacDonald as shipbuilders in the Goderich area.





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  not the best wicket weather for tournaments 



51512087723_a1844afdf5_kBlue skies broke out over the Bayfield International Croquet Club lawns for a while on Friday, Sept. 24.

51509253228_c5f0c41090_kPeter Jeffers, Bayfield  

51509964590_b93a75a715_k Bill Rowat, Bayfield  

51508237597_f656960115_kBrian Waslyk, Campbell River  

51509268033_54f8752146_kJohn Easton, Bayfield  

51509268518_6e394add7b_kBrian Waslyk, Campbell River - Brian Cumming, Elora in background  

51509272818_592d14cbd0_kArlene Parker, Bayfield and Jane Behhariell, Toronto in background  

 51509757609_0b4419d476_kPhil Parsons, Toronto

51515092563_5bd8e75dcb_k Jane Beharriell, Toronto

51515581409_5f677b6e2b_kJohn Easton, Bayfield   

51515806550_d550eb8dad_k Nick Howell, Bayfield

51515125143_d33b29dfa0_kJim Wright, Toronto (Croquet Canada Rep)

51515619864_bd611a89c3_kTop ranked Canadian player, Brian Cummings, of Elora, lines up long shot to win the game.

51509307628_1aaa9e5047_kPhil Parsons of Toronto, was one of the players that did their best to stay dry during rain on Thursday, Sept. 23.



It wasn’t the best wicket weather for the Canadian Open Golf and Association Croquet Tournaments held recenly as some rather wicked rain soaked the lawns in both Bayfield and Seaforth, but fortunately, this did not seem to dampen the spirits of the tournament players.

These two tournaments sanctioned by Croquet Canada were hosted by the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) between Sept.19 and Sept. 26. Golf Croquet and Association Croquet are two different game variants governed by the World Croquet Federation. Canada is a member of the World Croquet Federation and BICC is a member of Croquet Canada. Golf croquet is an interactive, social game while Association is a 'break' game similar to pool/billiards and involves a wide variety of strategic decisions. Both games require a player to shoot their 3 5/8" balls through a number of hoops that have no more than 1/32" excess width.

The Canadian Open Golf Croquet Tournament ran from Monday, Sept. 20 to Wednesday, Sept. 22. The Tournament Director was Jerry Selk. The tournament kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 19 with practice time and a welcome reception for the players and guests. Players arrived from across the province including, Toronto, Acton, Elora, St. Catharines, as well as Campbell River, B.C. and Pasadena, California. Games were played in Seaforth at the Seaforth Lawn Bowling Club and in Bayfield at BICC.

Players and spectators were thrilled to observe some competitors playing the famous 'Egyptian' style of play that sees 1 lb. croquet balls hit at high speed and with enviable accuracy. The tournament started with all 18 players competing against each other in a round robin format and then separating into Championship and A Flight levels, based on their results in the first round.

Four players from BICC stepped up to compete. Players braved the weather that started with cloudy but agreeable temperatures on Monday to driving rain, wind and finally unplayable courts on Wednesday. The Canadian Championship Golf Tournament was called due to weather and court conditions resulting in Mohammad Kamal from Pasadena sharing the title with John Richardson from Acton. The A Flight Golf Tournament was played later in the week under improved weather and court conditions. The Canadian A Flight Golf Tournament was won by Brian Waslyk from Campbell River.

The Canadian Open Association Tournament ran from Thursday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 26. The Tournament Director was David MacLaren. A welcome reception for 12 players and guests was held. Six of the Golf Tournament players also entered the Association Tournament. Seven of the 12 players were from BICC. The tournament attracted the top ranked Canadian player, Brian Cumming from Elora. Also competing were former Canadian Champions Bill Rowat and David Druiett from BICC.

The format was again a round robin for all players who then separated into Championship and A Flight levels. The courts drained between Wednesday and Thursday allowing the competition to proceed. The weather continued to challenge players until Sunday when the weather improved and the sun came out for the semi final and final games. David Druiett emerged as the Canadian Champion at the top level while BICC's John Davies prevailed as the Canadian Champion at the A Flight level.

Many BICC members came out to observe both tournaments and were invigorated by the competitions. Evening social events were held so players and guests could share food and drink, trade stories, learn about each other and become friends. BICC relies on member volunteers to help deliver all aspects and in the Bayfield fashion, the volunteers stepped up to make the 2021 Canadian Championships welcoming and successful!

51508258367_0a70c41496_kJim Wright, Toronto (Croquet Canada Rep)

51509066246_21792f05af_k David Druett, Sarnia - Bayfield member and Canadian Champ 

51515788245_a0323e9f89_kPhil Parsons, Toronto 

51509027751_5e4a3f24ab_kJerry Selk, Bayfield - Golf Croquet Tournament Director

 John Davies, Bayfield - Canadian A Flight Champion

51515110603_de972d14f8_hA high velocity ball hits a hoop and clip flies off from impact.

PXL_20210920_184059601 (1)Mohammad Kamal, from Pasadena, California emerged as the Canadian Champion at the Canadian Open Golf Croquet Tournament. Games were held both in Seaforth (pictured) and Bayfield. (Photo by Arlene Parker)  

PXL_20210920_184216708 (1)Amr Hamdy, of Toronto played in the Canadian Open Golf Croquet Tournament held on lawns in both Seaforth (pictured) and Bayfield. (Photo by Arlene Parker)



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Robert Munsch has ongoing dementia. That sentence hurts my heart. Just a couple of days ago the children’s author from Guelph, ON shared this revelation with the world in a CBC Radio interview. Now it is my understanding that he is a very private person so sharing this news with the public was a very brave thing for him to do.

Reading that he can no longer drive a car, ride a bicycle, write…it gives one pause. In my office, I have a few bits of personal memorabilia on display, things that bring a smile or recall a happy time. Many of these things are from my time as Brown Owl, one is a miniature copy of “The Paper Bag Princess”. It is signed by the author and addressed to me. I’m not a collector of autographs but this one is a treasure. About a dozen years or so ago, I organized an outing for members of Bayfield Guiding…a bus trip to the city to visit the Much More Munsch Exhibit at the London and Regional Children’s Museum followed by attendance at the play, “The Paper Bag Princess and Other Stories” at The Grand Theatre.

The night before our trip I received a call from an employee at the Grand, she wanted to let me know that on that Saturday afternoon Robert Munsch was planning to be in the audience to see the play and would make himself available to sign autographs afterward. The play was running for two weeks and this was the only performance he was attending. I kept it a secret lest things didn’t go to plan but prior to boarding the bus I did tell one of my leaders who had been raised on Munsch’s stories. She practically bubbled over with excitement and was quick to spot him in the audience before the curtain rose.

After the play we lined up to meet the author and I had the girls present him with a box of Chocolatey Mint Cookies and he graciously signed this grownup’s little book, even though I’m sure he was more delighted to be spending time with the children.

In his interview, Munsch said that although he can no longer compose new material…his stories are all still there.

“The stories will be the last thing to go, I think."

And in this present moment hopefully Munsch can take some comfort from knowing that for those people raised on his tales, who are now sharing them with their children, and grandchildren, these stories will never go. – Melody





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