Bookmark and Share   Oct. 14, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 42 Issue 588

mckillop mutual insurance donates to pioneer park 

IMG_9679Rob Moorehead (far right), president of McKillop Mutual Insurance Company and Bayfield Agent Deb Johnston recently met Peter Brent (left), president of the Pioneer Park Association, in the beautiful lakeside park for a cheque presentation. (Submitted photo)  

McKillop Mutual Insurance Company recently gifted the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) with a $1,500. This donation arrived at a most opportune time as the Association just launched a campaign to raise $30,000 for park upkeep in an effort to make up for funds lost due to the cancellation of their annual fundraisers during this pandemic year.

In a letter to the PPA, the insurance company noted: “We at McKillop Mutual Insurance Company realize that the past few months have brought unprecedented challenges to us all. We appreciate the value and importance of community, of working together and of neighbor helping neighbor. We are proud, that in conjunction with our partner, Farm Mutual Re, we were able to launch our “Mutual Support” initiative providing us with the opportunity to give back to the communities we are so fortunate to serve. In that spirit of community, our staff, agents and directors, chose the causes that have had an impact on their lives. We thank you for all that you do for our communities, we truly appreciate your efforts and we hope this donation will help.”

The PPA is most appreciative of the donation from the McKillop Mutual Insurance Company.

Anyone who would like to contribut to the Pioneer Park campaign 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.

Ice is in and ready for the community to enjoy 


The Bayfield Community Centre’s volunteer Board and Management team is pleased to announce that the ice is in for the season and the Bayfield Community Center is now open for the public to enjoy.

The first game night was Oct. 13. The management team is also pleased to announce that despite the COVID-19 challenges, all the arena’s past season users including, hockey teams and the skating club as well as those with seasonly scheduled events, have signed up and booked their days and time for the 2020-2021 season.

People are encouraged to visit BFIT’s new website to book their next event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.

The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team has worked hard to establish procedures and protocol’s for operations during the COVID-19 pandemic – safety is priority one.

The Bayfield Community Centre is also actively recruiting volunteers. Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the arena ready to enjoy but volunteer help would be greatly appreciated. Check out “Volunteers” on the website for more information, get involved and sign up today. To learn more visit:

telethon breaks Huron hospice fundraising record 

final wrap poster

Huron Hospice is reaching out to thank Huron County for helping to break Hospice records by raising $109,142 at the "No Place Like Home Telethon held last month. 

“Thank you to the performers who shared their talents. Thank you to Gil Garratt of the Blyth Festival and Ben Lobb M.P., who hosted the telethon live. Thank you to all of the local businesses who joined us as sponsors of the telethon. And a huge thank you to all who donated to the telethon. It is because of all of you that the event was a success.” said Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice Board chair. "The Sept. 17 telethon was a high energy show and was a smashing success.”

“Because of COVID, our musicians and performers had to be pre-recorded. We started out planning a 90-minute show, but the artists were all so wonderful we did not know where to cut, and the show ended up being three hours," said Willy Van Klooster, Executive director of Huron Hospice. "We were nervous, but Mark Hussey of Faux Pop assured us it would be okay. And everything was okay.”

When speaking about the results of the evening, McFarlan recognized that: "Even during the challenging months affected by COVID-19, the need remains. COVID-19 has affected many charities so we have all had to go to Plan B. Charities across Huron County play an important role in making our home towns safe, compassionate communities. We recognize, as do other charities, that we could not continue our work without our donors and sponsors. On behalf of all charities, we thank you for staying with us.

"Based on the recommendations of our volunteer team, this event would be different. They wanted everyone to join in the celebration, and this was the Hospice's way of saying thank you to the community for standing by us."

Revenue from the telethon and other Hospice fundraising activities have helped fund compassionate end of life care for all residents of Huron County even during this challenging year. For close to 30 years, Huron Hospice has been a centre of stability for families facing life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers work with individuals and their families in their homes or hospitals, providing comfort and respite. The Hospice also facilitates cancer support groups, grief and bereavement programs for all ages. When caring for a loved one at home becomes too difficult, there is a residence where people can obtain 24/7 end of life care.

When asked about end-of-life decisions, most Canadians want to die at home, surrounded by loved ones. In choosing a location for the hospice residence, Huron Hospice embraced this information. It chose a family home to be the hospice residence. Buying a centrally located family home was cost-effective, and it exemplified all that is important to people who live across Huron County. Surrounded by agricultural land and a woodlot, the Hospice has space, inside and out, for families to get together and share a meal while visiting a loved one. It even has couches where family members can stretch out in the sunshine and catch a quick nap at a difficult time. There are always plenty of hand-made quilts to keep people warm.

During the five months pre-COVID, occupancy at the four-bed Hospice was 97.2 per cent. There was a waiting list of 12 days. During the peak COVID periods, occupancy dropped; however, occupancy numbers are now going back up. Families receive compassionate end of life care at home in Huron County. Since the residence opened in 2018, more than 100 families have received this care.

“The $109,142 of revenue from the telethon plays an important role in funding the operations of Huron Hospice. The Ontario Government funds just under half of the $1.2 million operations at Huron Hospice. The community generously contributes the remainder. The last thing a family needs to be worried about is the cost of services at such a difficult time in their lives. All services at Huron Hospice are free, thanks to the generous support of our community,” said McFarlan.

“Because the residence is almost always full and has a waitlist, we will be expanding to create more space in the near future to accommodate Huron County families. Soon we will be telling the community more about our capital campaign to reach this goal,” said Van Klooster.

Thanks to the telethon supporters, Huron Hospice is a sustainable centre of stability in rural hospice care. It is a centre of compassionate care in Huron County.

In the words of one volunteer, "you may not need the Hospice today or tomorrow. However, a family member, or a friend, or neighbor may. If that time comes, we all want Huron Hospice to be there."

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

October quilt 2

october quilt 3 

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. 


 bluewater news  

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Oct. 5.

• Authorized the Manager of Finance to waive penalty on late payments due Oct. 31 (water) and Sept. 30 and Nov. 30 (Property Taxes) until Dec. 11, on a case by case basis upon request by ratepayers.
• Authorized the renewal and extension of the contract with Stratford Fire Dispatch for two years.
• Awarded the tender (BW-RDS05-2020) to supply and deliver one new 2021 tandem plow truck to Team Truck in the amount of $292,551, exclusive of HST.
• Accepted the 2020 Second Quarter Operational Reports – Water and Wastewater Facilities for information, as presented by the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

village bookshop 


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?

Joanne Levy headshotJoanne Levy

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.

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 this Friday (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.  


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

For anyone who wishes to make a donation of non-perishable food items there is a bin on the south porch of the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall.

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


IMG_7080Hugo and Henrietta (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.

Henrietta and Hugo are “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cats of the week.

Henrietta and Hugo are a bonded mother and son. They are the last remaining cats from a mixed litter with two mamas and five kittens that came to the rescue after being found at a dump.

Henrietta will make a great lap cat once she gets used to her new family and gets over her shyness.

Hugo is somewhat reserved and will judge his new family relentlessly until they win him over with ear scratches and treats.

Mama Henrietta will make sure her handsome boy always looks his best. At the rescue, she keeps him well groomed for when unexpected company stops by as they never know when their perspective family is going to walk through that door.

Interested in providing Henrietta and Hugo with their forever family or maybe fostering them? 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.




retired teachers of ontario donate to camp klahanie 

2020_10_07 RTO cheque presentation_ (002)RTO “Service to Others” Chair, Jean Weigand, presented a $2,000 cheque to Lion Doug Bundy (centre right) recently. Also present were RTO District 9 President, Gary Jewitt, and Lion Bill Black (far right). All are members of District 9 RTO. (Photo by Hugh Fitzmorris)  

Recently, the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO) District 9 donated $2,000 to the Lions Club of Goderich, for improvements at Camp Klahanie.

Under the umbrella of the RTO/ERO organization, a “Service to Others” committee had received a request from one of its members, also a Lions Club member, for support for the camp which caters to Youth Groups like the Scouts and Girl Guides. The “Service to Others” mandate, in part, is “to provide a means, via financial assistance, by which RTO/ERO members can participate in education, social and community projects”.

The property that the camp exists on was once owned by the Hindmarsh family, who donated it to the Girl Guides of Canada in the early 1970s. Girl Guides of Canada closed the camp in 2009 and it was later put up for sale. The Goderich Lions Club purchased the camp in the summer of 2013 and has since built several bunkies, improved the kitchen and washrooms, and has made the Camp available to youth groups as well as family gatherings ever since.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions this past summer, the camp saw limited use, but the Lions Club needed some financial help to improve and complete some of the buildings and facilities. Several Lions are also retired teachers, thus the request from the RTO/ERO “Service to Others” request, was made by Lion Doug Bundy, member of the Local RTO/ERO, District 9.

The Cheque was presented to Lion Doug Bundy, out at Camp Klahanie, recently and the RTO President and some of the executive, were given a tour of the camp and its facilities, by Lion Bob Murray. They were very impressed and commented on the cleanliness and suitability of the improvements.

District 9 RTO represents over 1,100 retired teachers and education workers in Huron and Perth counties and beyond.

united way helps public health fund fresh food box program 

Oct 7 Food Box Picture for Media Release_September 2020Parent Resource Visitor, Susan Young, is shown outside of The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford preparing to deliver fresh food boxes to families in Huron and Perth. (Submitted photo)  

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) recently received funding from United Way Perth Huron to support the Fresh Food Box program.

The Fresh Food Box program aims to provide families living with food insecurity access to fresh produce, which may not be consistently available to them. Food insecurity is experienced by families who have an inadequate income to afford food after paying rent, bills and other living expenses. Food insecurity concerns are being amplified by COVID-19.

HPPH has partnered with The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford to provide Huron and Perth families connected to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program with a monthly food box. Over 100 fresh food boxes are distributed each month to HBHC families.

“Delivering the food boxes is also a great opportunity to provide parents with recipe suggestions and tips on feeding children to support healthy growth and development,” said Susan Young, Parent Resource visitor.

CPH Auxiliary supports hospital during challenging times 

201006 Auxiliary Transfer 001Marsha Taylor (front right), president of the Auxiliary to Clinton Public Hospital (CPH), presents a cheque for $20,000 to the CPH Foundation for the purchase of an ECG Machine, trolley and cart. Joining Taylor at the presentation were CPH Foundation Nominating and Bylaw Chair, Jane Muegge (front left); Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Williams (back left); and Anne Newington (back right), CPH Foundation director. (Submitted photo)

On Tuesday, Oct. 6th, the Auxiliary to the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) presented the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase of an ECG machine, trolley and cart for the hospital.

The Auxiliary hosts several fundraising events throughout the year in support of
purchasing equipment for the CPH, though due to COVID-19 restrictions many of these events had to be cancelled this year. Traditionally, the Auxiliary hosts an Irish Stew Luncheon, Tag Day, Card Cavalcades, Hot Dog Days, a Penny Sale, a Gift of Light Celebration and a 50/50 Raffle as their fundraising events throughout the year.

The Auxiliary to the CPH and the CPH Foundation would like to extend their sincere appreciation to those who support these fundraising events and who support fundraising efforts through donations, which help to ensure quality local healthcare through the purchase of new equipment for the hospital. Everyone is lucky to live in such a kind and generous community.

CPH Foundation to Participate in CKNX Radiothon this Saturday 

201005 Radiothon Graphic 002In an unprecedented year for health care, people are encouraged to please tune in to CKNX am920 or on Oct. 17 for the 19th Annual CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for their local hospital. This year, ten area hospitals will be participating in this fundraising event.

The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $40,000 towards a refresh of the Medical Devices Reprocessing Department and Operating Room. This project had previously been identified as the project to raise funds for at the 2020 Gala, which had to be cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Renovations are planned for the operating room later this year. The purchase of equipment and instrumentation is also required to support various surgical procedures provided at CPH, including orthopedic, ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat), cataract, urology and endoscopy. The anticipated cost for this project is approximately $607,000.

Support towards this goal can be made by donating online (, by calling the office, 519 482-3440 Ext: 6297 or by mailing a cheque to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0 anytime between now and the end of the year. On Oct. 17, people can phone in their pledge during the live broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They can also text a gift of $10, by texting "HERO CLINTON" to 41010 between now and Oct. 31.

People are invited to tune in 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.

The Clinton and District Kinsmen are hosting a Take-Out Breakfast on Oct. 17 at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton, in support of the Foundation’s fundraising goal. The Kinsmen will be serving breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. for people to take home and enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at Be part of local healthcare in the community and support CPH through the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon. Organizers would like to thank everyone for their continued support!

DEB Talk  to examine how pandemic has impacted women 


COVID-19 has had profound effects on vulnerable populations across Perth-Huron and beyond. Among those who have been impacted the most are women. That’s the topic of United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s first-ever virtual Women United event — and inaugural TED-style DEB talk — by Dr. Laura Morlock entitled, “She-Cession and How Women Lost 30 Years in Six Months”, on Friday, Nov. 6.

This one-hour event will begin at 8 p.m.

“Twenty-one amazing volunteers are working with us from across all regions in Perth and Huron Counties to bring this important virtual event to our community,” said Campaign Co-chair Kathryn Ritsma. “We’re inviting anyone who’s interested in this important issue to join us. We hope Dr. Morlock’s talk will start a conversation and inspire local women to make a difference in the communities they live in.”

Dr. Morlock’s talk will build on Women United’s goals of shining a light on women’s challenges and supporting local women. Dr. Morlock will examine the effects COVID-19 has had on women in the workforce, along with the long-standing social norms that put women in a vulnerable position in the first place. Dr. Morlock will also offer ideas on rebuilding toward a new, gender-equal model and answer any questions. Three-time Juno nominated Canadian recording artist Emm Gryner will also perform.

Join women from Goderich, Exeter, Wingham, St. Marys, Perth East, North Perth, Stratford and the rest of Perth and Huron for UWPH’s first-ever virtual Women United fundraising event. The $35 ticket includes a link to the online event and a #LocalLove swag bag including a Junction 56 cocktail, something sweet, something savory and something to set the mood; all safely delivered to the doors of participants. Women from outside the area can arrange to pick up their swag bag in one of the above regions or purchase an event-only ticket for $25. Proceeds raised over the weekend of the event will help support counselling for women and youth in Perth and Huron, including early intervention counselling, women’s and youth shelters and counselling for children who witnessed domestic violence.

Dr. Morlock is a scholar and advocate for gender equity, human rights, and religious diversity. She speaks and writes on public debates over gender and cultural identity, and the ways these shape North American human rights laws and policies. Her forthcoming book “Seaming Canadian: Religious Dress, Multiculturalism, and Identity Performance” looks at public battles over women’s bodies through Muslim, Sikh, and Mennonite head covering controversies. Far from being the threat to gender equity many imagine these communities to be, she shows how they in fact consistently advance human rights for all Canadians.

Dr. Morlock holds a PhD in Religious Diversity in North America from the University of Waterloo and is a lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Anthropology Department.

Gryner is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, vocal coach and occasional CBC radio host. She has been nominated three times for a Juno Award, twice for Pop Album of The Year. Gryner toured the world with David Bowie, and appears on the recordings “Bowie at The Beeb” and “Glastonbury 2000”. In 2013, she collaborated with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his version of “Space Oddity” recorded partially aboard the International Space Station. The Hadfield-Gryner version has received over 200 million views worldwide and is celebrated as the first music video recorded in outer space.

UWPH would like to thank event sponsors Jennifer Anderson, Real Estate broker, Royal LePage/Hiller Realty; Kathy Dawson, Real Estate broker, Royal LePage/Homefield Group; Stacey Clarkson, Real Estate broker, Kempston & Werth; Operation Organize, Royal Homes, and Junction 56 Distillery.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730.

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.

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


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:

ABCA Outdoor Family Experiences 

The traditional one-night Owl Prowl is cancelled for 2020, as part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) response during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the conservation authority is offering activities for the entire month of November to replace the popular event this year.

ABCA is making November, Birds of Prey Month.

Raptors are meat-eating birds of prey and include owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons and they play a very important role in the local ecosystem, according to ABCA.

During the month of November, people may find out more about birds of prey including owls through Outdoor Family Experiences offered by ABCA, through social media posts, and webinars on ZOOM and YouTube.

Interested parties may book a ‘COVID-friendly’ Owl Prowl for their family at Morrison Dam Conservation Area for dates starting in November until Feb. 27, 2021. Staff at ABCA ask everyone to please note that conservation area trails are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. The public can only use trails at night when a program is booked and they are accompanied by ABCA staff.

Weekend outdoor family experiences can be booked through and include owl prowls; autumn hikes at Bannockburn Conservation Area; pond studies at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA); fossil hunts at Rock Glen Conservation Area; a nature awareness hike at any conservation area; or ‘Christmas in the Forest’ at MDCA. The website has the available dates and times to register for one of these experiences.

For more information contact conservation education staff at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The education programs adhere to the pandemic protocols for gathering sizes and social physical distancing, etc. from public health authorities. 

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 now until Oct. 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.

McLaren Exhibit 

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.

DOG bite 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is looking for a dog involved in an incident at Point Farms Provincial Park north of Goderich to complete an investigation. The incident took place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at approximately 5:30 p.m., on the beach area.
The dog involved in the incident is described as possibly a golden retriever, golden to brown in color. A man was walking the dog at the time, possibly with his daughter.

HPPH is investigating this incident to check if the dog has up-to-date rabies shots. If the dog is not found, the person who was bitten may need to complete a series of rabies shots.

HPPH reminds people to always obtain the contact information of the owners of the animals involved in a biting incident.

Anyone who has any information about this dog should contact HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 2069. For after hours or over the weekend, call the main number and follow the prompts to reach their answering service.


Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.

Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link


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

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

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

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

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

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




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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.


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This is a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) dress uniform, tunic style jacket circa 1944. It is khaki in color and made of polyester. The jacket sports brass RCAF buttons, there are four large down the front and four smaller on the front pockets. There is a ribbon bar with three ribbons above the left pocket.

This Flight Lieutenant uniform worn during WWII belonged to James Richard Cooper: Cooper was a Royal Air Force (RCF) and RCAF Officer and had served overseas. After returning from the war he was stationed on several bases with his final base assignment at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Clinton. After leaving the RCAF, he became a civilian electronics instructor at the Base.

Cooper married Clinton native, Helen Louise McKenzie in 1944. He wore this uniform for his wedding. The couple raised a family. He resided in Clinton until his death in 2001. He was an electronics teacher at Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) for a number of years after the Base closed, and was also an active member of the Huron Amateur Radio Association.

Cooper got his HAM radio licence when he was 12 or 14 years of age and was the first Canadian to operate a radio out of an airplane.


war gases pamphlet  

This pamphlet from 1942 is entitled, “Brief Notes on War Gases and Spray”.

This scope and content pamphlet was found in the interior pocket of a gas mask haversack belonging to Douglas Orr.

The front page reads, "Issued by National Defence Headquarters and explains “How to recognize and what to do” with regards to encountering the noxious fumes. The pamphlet also notes that: “Every Canadian soldier must carry this in the haversack of his respirator. He must read it until he knows it by heart."

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windmill revisited part IV    

exterior restoration of folmar complete 

IMG_0584These pictures of the tailpole installation on the FOLMAR windmill, located outside of Bayfield at Windmill Lake and Eco Park, were taken on Sept. 16 - 31 years to the day of the official ribbon cutting on the windmill honoring the completion of the project.  

IMG_0589 The most recent part of the project was finished in September when the reconstructed tailpole was put into place. The tailpole is attached to the cap and is used to turn the cap and sails into and out of the wind. The lengths of wood range from 34-54 feet long. Laminated Douglas Fir was used for the project.

IMG_0602Aaron Wilcox, operated the 100-foot crane used to hoist the tailpole pieces into place at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park on Sept. 16.


IMG_0588Assisting in the installation project were l-r: Noah Nyenhuis, on the windmill deck, and on the man-lift Andy Oke and Ryan Clay.

IMG_0597George and Sharon Ebers became the owners of 35957 Bayfield River Road in 2013. In the early days the main focus for the family was getting the Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park up and established by their daughter Jen Pate and her business partner Andy Oke. After seven summers the park is now quite successful while George Ebers is wrapping up the restoration of the exterior of the windmill structure.  

IMG_0609 Skip Izon (left), a master wooden boat builder from Grand Bend, who owns Shadow River Boatworks, was on site to help when the tailpole was installed. He joined in the refurbishment project over two years ago. George Ebers's stepdaughter, Jen Pate, also helped with the hoisting and installation of the tailpole.

IMG_0592The crew that hoisted the beams, and subsequently threaded one piece through the cap for joining, had benefit of a 100-foot crane for one day and a 90-foot manlift for two weeks.  

IMG_2529George Ebers is shown in his shop with the completely restored capstan wheel that is used to turn the sails of the windmill into the wind. Its future installation will mean the windmill is one more step closer to being operational again. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  




EDITOR'S NOTE: Want to learn more about the history of the "Folmar" Windmill? Then please check out the following issues of the Bayfield Breeze - Vol. 7 Week 19 Issue 358, Vol. 7 Week 20 Issue 359 and Vol. 9 Week 7 Issue 449.  

George Ebers, who describes himself as a “custodian” of the Folmar Windmill, is pleased to report that the exterior restoration of the structure is now complete.

“It has been a dream retirement project for me,” he said. “When we purchased the property in 2013 we bought it for the property, the windmill was just a curiosity. But once I got started with the restoration, it took me over. I have learned so much and enjoyed every part of the process.”

The most recent part of the project was finished in September when the reconstructed tailpole was put into place. The tailpole is attached to the cap and is used to turn the cap and sails into and out of the wind. The seven wood beams which make it up are 34-54 feet long and had to be made on site. Ebers was fortunate to find some laminated Douglas Fir to use for the project in Peterborough from a home that had been torn down. Ebers described this laminated wood as being “twice as strong as steel for its weight”.

A fibre glass coating, several layers of epoxy and carbon fibre tape were all used on the laminated wood prior to painting to ensure that the tail is both strong, waterproof, and built to last for many decades.

“The process is as high tech as you can get these days and we think we have improved on the previous version,” said Ebers. A similar process was used on the windmill’s sails that were rebuilt and returned to their rightful place in the summer of 2018.

The creation of the tailpole and the restoration of the sails took many man hours and Ebers was fortunate to engage knowledgeable people in the process. One such individual is Skip Izon, a master wooden boat builder from Grand Bend, who owns Shadow River Boatworks. He joined in the refurbishment project over two years ago and was on site to help when the tailpole was installed. The crew that hoisted the beams, and subsequently threaded one piece through the cap for joining, had benefit of a 100-foot crane for one day and a 90-foot manlift for two weeks. The installation team included family, friends and co-workers from Windmill Lake and Eco Park.

The restoration project wasn’t without some anxious moments. Weeks before the tailpole was installed the windmill was hit by a strong storm on July 17 when several tornadoes were recorded in the area. For a minute during the storm the cedar trees around the house were near horizontal, Ebers recalled. Windmills are designed to withstand hurricane force winds, however, on this particular date the cap of the windmill was open due to the renovations. The cap itself weighs close to ten tonnes and the wind took advantage of its open state and both lifted and shifted it.

“In that state it very well could have pitched the windmill camp and sails into the lake. As custodian of the windmill I would have felt like a dismal failure if it had fallen apart,” said Ebers. “I was anxious that our five-or-six-year project could go for naught.”

Ebers contacted Colin Vandenberg, the only millwright in the area, who happens to live in Kippen, and he was able to come out to the property right away. Fortunately, he was also able to lift the cap back into place using big lever hoists and then it was quickly closed up to prevent any more issues if another storm came through.

The wood roof of the building at the base of the tower has also been replaced – the shingles are made from recycled rubber tires – they offer the look of wood but again should last far longer.

Now all that is left to finish up the exterior is the installation of the esthetically pleasing weather vane that has been freshly repainted and that will sit at the very top of the cap as well as, a more integral component to get the windmill working again, the capstan wheel.

The capstan wheel is used for “winding” (how a miller turns the sails into the wind). Back in the winter of 2018, Ebers was working with Jacco Van Bruinhorst, a Central Huron resident, with an interest both in woodworking and the windmill project. Ebers had never worked with a wood lathe before so Van Bruinhorst taught him how and together they created new hardwood spindles to replace any rotted ones that had to be removed from the original wheel. They used top quality wood provided by the Schilbe family mill in Central Huron. They also made a few extra spindles in case they should ever need replacing. The capstan wheel is now painted in red, white and blue – the windmill’s trademark colors and awaits installation.

But it may have to wait a little while as the crew from Holland that needs to revisit the windmill are stuck overseas due to COVID-19. When they are able to visit again they will ensure proper lubrication of the inner workings of the mill are complete and that the restoration is in good order. They will also be the ones that get the windmill operating.

De Jong’s design had features that even the windmill experts from Holland have never seen before. The windmill is designed to be both a sawmill and a gristmill. For the one task speed is needed while power is needed for the other.

It is planned in the future that the grist mill will be put into operation with Eber’s stepdaughter, Jen Pate, learning how to mill wheat that will be grown by local farmers. 

Ebers noted that the late Frank de Jong, the man who labored on the windmill’s design and construction from the early 1970s to its completion in September of 1989, “was amazingly clever”.

“It was a challenge for us to figure out how he did all of these things. We worked under three guiding principles during the restoration: we wanted to restore it keeping as much of the original material as; we doubled down on the materials used to learn from the past and to anticipate future weaknesses in the structure. Finally, we kept in mind what would happen if we had to take it apart in the future.”

Guiding principles that even Mr. de Jong would no doubt appreciate…



PIXILATED — image of the week

"Is it time to head South yet?"

"Is it time to head South yet?".By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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








Bayfield Guiding is back for its 67th year and just like everything in 2020 things are happening a bit differently. We are following the COVID-19 guidelines set out by Girl Guides of Canada in conjunction with public health and the province and adapting as necessary. Currently, we are holding outdoor, socially distanced, masked up, in-person meetings alternatively with virtual meetings. And although things may be a little different, the Guiding principles remain – in fact – we are even selling cookies!

That’s right! It’s Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. Cookie sales are also a bit different this year. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! I invite you to check out the link and order today – maybe find a friend or neighbor to share in the costs as there is a minimum order and a shipping fee. Bayfield Guiding has 108 boxes to sell online and would greatly appreciate the support. Here is the link:


Sometime later this year a limited number of cookies will be available for the girls to sell in-person (following COVID-19 protocols) to family and friends but for anyone that doesn’t have a cookie connection – online purchasing may be the best way to ensure you don’t miss out! - Melody



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Outside Projects
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder