Bookmark and Share   Oct. 13, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 42 Issue 640

hills celebrated for three decades of faithful harvests  


IMG_6555It is a family affair! At a roadside celebration on Oct. 6, the Hill Family were recognized for their 30 years as a growing partner with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The project is located on Mill Road, between Varna and Bayfield on land owned by Hill and Hill Farms. The land was originally offered by the late Gordon Hill for the project, and succeeding generations of the family continue the tradition of service. Today, Gordon’s son and daughter-in-law, Bev and Shirley Hill, his grandsons Paul and Jim and his great grandson Luke Hill are all involved in the project.  

A fieldside celebration was held on Oct. 6 to honor the Hill Family for their contributions over the past 30 years to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) growing project on their farm at Varna.

In 1990, after three years of donations to the newly formed Canadian Foodgrains Bank by the Goshen and Varna United Church Women’s (UCW) groups, a growing project committee was struck at the prompting of the late Gordon Hill. The then Varna and Goshen United Churches teamed up to sponsor the first corn crop which was grown and donated by Hill and Hill Farms. This first crop was a bountiful one and multiple machines donated by area farmers took the crop off. The inaugural project was spearheaded by Art and Jean Bennett, Gordon Hill and Hugh McBride.

The growing project became the Varna-Goshen-Stratford project when Stratford Centennial joined in an urban-rural partnership in 1996. When Centennial closed in 2006, Parkview in Stratford became the urban partner. In the early days joint fundraising, stone picking days and back-and-forth social activities were all part of this partnership. The churches’ donation to the Foodbank went from $2,845 dollars per year to $9,310! Every year the Hills participated by donating land and work to the project.

Overtime, the logistics of getting area farmers and their equipment together for the planting and care of the project became cumbersome, so the project moved from multiple farmers planting, spraying and harvesting to the share-cropping plan with Hill and Hill Farms which continues to this day.

In 2013, the project expanded once again as Varna and Goshen churches were disbanded and the project moved to the newly created Brucefield Community United Church.

IMG_6550Members of the Fields to Faith Growing Project with the Hill Family. BR (l-r): Rev. Randy Banks, Robert and Judith McCartney, June Cooper, Bev and Shirley Hill, Luke, Jim and Paul Hill. FR (l-r): Henry Reinders, Ontario Regional Rep, Canadian Foodgrains Bank; Joe Laurie, committee chair; and inaugural project member, Jean Bennett. Absent: Doug Norman and Ron Keys.  

In 2015, Brussels and Blyth United Churches joined the project and participated in fundraising activities to further bolster the contributions. The project became the Fields of Faith Growing Project to help encourage and promote the widening scope of its contributions. The Hills continued their support of the project.

Over the years, committee members Jean Bennett and Doug Norman have also participated in Foodgrains Bank oversight trips to various Foodgrains relief projects around the world.

Fundraising through the years has augmented the proceeds from the growing project. Schemes such as paying a donation to “plant” an acre, buying a “loaf” to fill an oven, sponsoring men in the congregation to grow beards and then “harvest” them, multiple concerts, and the infamous Cricket County play have helped set record donations to the project. In 2016, $21,383 were raised to help feed the hungry.

In 2019, three Brussels area farmers, inspired by the Hill Family, offered proceeds from their acreages to the project. Donations from the growing project went to an all time high of $25,745.96!

Money donated to the CFGB all goes to feed the hungry. The CFGB has been deemed one of the top ten charities in Canada with regards to how donation dollars are spent. The government has so much faith in this charity that they match donations four to one. The donations from the Fields of Faith Growing Project and its previous entities, from 1987 to 2019 have totalled $301,735.03. Counting the funds matched by the federal government, this one local project has enabled over one and a half million dollars to be used by the CFGB to alleviate hunger in many parts of the world.

The Fields of Faith Growing Project is pleased to acknowledge 30 years of the Hill Family’s involvement as a growing partner. Their years of service to the project has inspired others and has done much to fulfill the mission of the CFGB to help end world hunger.

Hike by moonlight on Sawmill 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association has scheduled their final two hikes for 2021 with the first only a week away!

A Full Moon Hike along the Sawmill Trail, is set for 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

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.

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.

Shed sale continues saturday for Forgotten Felines 

244942004_258272702884122_2465698702257473651_nLotus (Submitted photos)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) would like to thank everyone who supported their yard sale held on Saturday, Oct. 9. Even through the short bursts of rain, they were able to raise over $1,000 to help care for the 63 cats and kittens currently in their care, 24 of which need to be vetted.

BFF continues to get calls daily from people hoping they have space for feral Mother Cats and their litters of kittens, so the work continues and so does the sale! As there was still a lot of great items remaining, the shed doors at 24 Hill Terrace will be opened again on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 8-11 a.m. To clear out remaining inventory a bag sale will be held. Fill a supplied bag with treasures for $5!

This week, the Adopt-A-BFF's are siblings, Lotus and Lily.


They are two, sweet, four-month-old kittens that just arrived at the Rescue. Their mother was a feral barn cat and these kittens were taken into a household but, unfortunately, they were unable to keep them and they were returned to the barn where they were found. However, after a taste of the indoor life they struggled with the transition and were not coping well amongst the older barn cats so they are now at the shelter hoping for a second chance at an indoor life where they will once again thrive with some love and attention.

These two will soon be spayed/neutered and then they will be ready for their forever home but in the meantime anyone who thinks Lotus and/or Lily would be the purrfect fit for their family is invited to make an application for adoption.

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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.


food Bank  

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is hoping to add a few more volunteers to their roster. 

“If you are someone that could spare a couple of weekday hours once or twice per month, and are able to handle fairly heavy lifting, the food bank could really use your help, with the unloading of our monthly delivery truck, and the demands of occasional food drives,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. 

Anyone who would like to learn more regarding this volunteer opportunity, is asked to please email their contact information and availability details to

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 and inventory is going fast! 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.



food bank distribution centre hosts golf tournament 

244344760_10159362434821992_3756337367573092825_n (2)The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) held a golf tournament at the White Squirrel Golf Club recently. From l-r are: HCFBDC volunteers Barry Southcott, Lanna O'Leary, Carolyn Southcott, Karen Hodgins, HCFBDC Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman; and HCFBDC Board Member/Volunteer, Dave O'Reilly. (Submitted photo)  

Friday, Oct. 1st proved to be a beautiful afternoon, for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) to host the inaugural HCFBDC Golf Tournament at the White Squirrel Golf Club.

Forty-one area golfers took to the links to play 18 holes followed by a delicious teriyaki turkey steak dinner.

The foursome from Exeter Chrysler comprised of Mike Clarke, Steve Clarke, Justin Horner and Matt Sherk had the low score of the day. Prizes were also given for both women’s and men’s longest drive and closest to the pin as well as the popular putting contest.

HCFBDC extends thanks to all the tournament sponsors, volunteers and golfers who made the first annual golf tournament a great success. Thank you to the management and staff at the White Squirrel Golf Club who worked with the HCFBDC team to ensure a great experience for their guests.

HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the food banks and other food-aid agencies in Huron County as well as providing a mobile food bank service in four rural Huron County villages. HCFBDC relies on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables (seasonal) and meat products. Financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy, fresh produce and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods are always needed.

Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for information on the 2022 HCFBDC Golf Tournament. For more information, please visit their website at or contact their office at 519 913-2362.

Number of vaccinated residents in huron perth slowly rising 

It was noted on Oct. 8 that Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) continues to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases, especially among those who are not vaccinated. There have also been several outbreaks recently.

“We cannot let our guard down,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “The Delta variant spreads quickly and easily, and will find those who are most susceptible.”

The number of people fully vaccinated in Huron Perth is slowly rising. As of Oct. 4, almost 78 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have had both doses. Vaccination rates are lowest among 18 to 39-year-olds.

“I urge everyone eligible, who is not yet vaccinated, to do so as soon as possible,” said Dr. Klassen. “Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19, especially the Delta variant.”

There are several vaccination options in Huron and Perth. Anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older, is eligible.

Walk-ins are accepted at most clinics. Appointments can be booked for some clinics, either online at or by calling 1-833-753-2098. Please visit the HPPH website to learn more:

Primary care providers, and many local pharmacies, also offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies can be found at:

HPPH is receiving many inquiries from people who want a copy of their vaccination receipt. People can download or print their vaccination receipt from the provincial portal at If someone needs help getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt, they should call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals who just need help to print their receipt can visit a public library or Centre for Employment in Huron Perth.

If a person doesn’t have a health card or still needs assistance after calling the Provincial Contact Centre, they can call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133. Please do not come to an HPPH office as the offices are closed to the public.

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

Understanding drinking water protection zones via signage 

Guitar_and_Sign_NR_4A new drinking water source protection song, featured in a new drinking water source protection video, is just one of the ways Conservation Ontario hopes to engage the public in knowing more about "Drinking Water Protection Zone" signs and about protecting the water sources around municipal wells and intakes. (Submitted photo)  

Conservation Ontario and local source protection authorities and regions will launch a three-week public information campaign, starting on Oct. 7, about drinking water protection zone signs. New education tools include a song, music video, social media posts and an online mapping application about signs across Ontario.

“If you’ve happened to see signs along your local highways saying ‘drinking water protection zone’ and you don’t know what they mean, our campaign will help (to explain)”, said Conservation Ontario’s Source Water Protection Lead, Deborah Balika.

Protecting Ontario’s water sources is a critical step in bringing safe municipal drinking water to Ontario residents, according to Conservation Ontario. There are approximately 1,700 drinking water protection zone signs across Ontario. These signs are the most visible way for Ontarians to know where their municipal drinking water sources are most vulnerable and most in need of protection.

“This outreach program is a fun way to bring attention to the signs and spread the word about the importance of source water protection,” Balika said. “The Drinking Water Source Protection Road Sign Working Group, which includes multiple conservation authority staff, enjoyed creating fun, dynamic, and interactive new ways for Ontarians to find out about drinking water source protection and vulnerable areas around municipal wells and intakes. By the end of this campaign, we hope people will know more about these signs, about source water protection, actions that have taken place since 2006 to keep their water safe and clean, and how they can be part of this important work to protect public health.”

Drinking water protection zones are areas, around municipal drinking water sources, where extra protective measures help to reduce risk and keep drinking water safe and clean. Ontario’s municipal drinking water sources include groundwater (underneath our feet in aquifers, drawn through municipal wells); and surface water (such as Great Lakes and rivers).

Drinking water source protection is one of several barriers, or ‘lines of defence,’ that help to protect drinking water in the Province. Other barriers of protection include monitoring, distribution, and the Three Ts: treatment, testing, and training of water operators.

Drinking water source protection is possible in Ontario through the Clean Water Act, 2006. Local source protection committees include representatives of many interests. These committees have developed source protection plans at the local level and the plans have been approved by the Province of Ontario. The source protection plans include policies that reduce risk to municipal drinking water sources in order to keep drinking water safe and clean for Ontarians.

To learn more about drinking water source protection in Ontario, please visit the Conservation Ontario source water protection web page: and the Province of Ontario source protection web page:

vaccination proof for all who enter sports facilities needed 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health announced additional proof of vaccination requirements on Oct. 6 for recreational facilities used for organized sports. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will now be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport. The requirement will come into effect on Oct. 31.

The decision to extend the proof of vaccination requirement to all those attending these facilities and to a younger age group involved in organized sport was made due to the nature of sport and fitness activities, which can create opportunities for COVID-19 to spread more easily. These factors include close contact between participants, forceful exhalation and increased respiratory rate, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and the removal of masks/face coverings during physical activity. It was also made in part because everyone 12 years of age and older is currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

“Indoor sports increase the risk of spreading COVID-19,” said Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Dr. Chris Mackie. “We have seen outbreaks in these settings across Ontario, and immunization is the solution if we want sports to continue.”

“The goal of this instruction is to reduce the risk of serious illness transmitted between players, coaches, and their families cheering them on from the stands. Organized sports are community events – we need to balance protecting our community, while finding ways to safely enjoy the activities we are passionate about,” said Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public Health, Dr. Joyce Lock.

“These additional protective measures will make it safer for everyone entering a facility for organized sports, whether to play, practice, coach, volunteer, or watch,” said Medical Officer of Health, HPPH, Dr. Miriam Klassen,

The three health units will issue Letters of Instruction shortly to the owners and operators of facilities in the communities they serve, where organized sports are played or practised. The letters were created by the Medical Officers of Health under their authority outlined in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c.17 and extend the provisions of O.Reg 364/20, which requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination and identification for all those 18 years of age and older who actively participate in organized sports or recreational fitness programs. In addition to players, the provisions of the Letters of Instruction apply to coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators aged 12 and over.

In addition to the added risks of virus spread associated with sport, the three health units continue to see new COVID-19 infections, particularly among people who are unvaccinated, including those under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The provisions contained within the Letters of Instruction come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Alzheimer Society offering online education programs 


The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is back at it with their Fall 2021 Online Education Programs. Interested in learning ways to improve brain health? Want to learn more about dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment? These online education programs offer these topics and more in free, one-hour online programs. Interested parties can find the dates and times and register for these programs at These programs are always just a click away on the “Education Hour” banner on the Alzheimer Society’s website.

The Dementia Basics series covers the topics addressed most frequently: Ten Warning Signs, Brain Changes and Dementia, Types of Dementia, and Communication Changes. These programs start soon on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

The Brain Health 101 session covers lifestyle choices to keep a brain functioning at its best. “What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?” will help clarify what this diagnosis means and what resources are available. These education programs are offered at various times in the upcoming months. Please check the “Education Hour” page on the website for upcoming dates.

The Memory and Aging Program is an enjoyable and engaging series that describes those common age-related memory changes everyone can relate to – as well as brain health lifestyle choices and a chance to practice new memory strategies. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17. There is a $25 workbook fee for this course.

See more details and sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour banner at People can also register by contacting the office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by emailing



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 now until 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

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

healthcare Alliance 

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) top priority is keeping our patients, families, caregivers, staff and physicians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective Nov. 1, family and caregivers must provide government issued photo identification and proof of full vaccination before entering any of the HPHA hospital sites. Acceptable proof is the Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate provided by the Ministry of Health (in paper or electronic form). Full vaccination is achieved 14 days after the second dose.

“In making this decision we are adopting a recommendation from our Patient & Caregiver Partner Steering Committee,” said President and CEO, Andrew Williams. “Our primary responsibility to those needing our hospitals for care and to our team is to provide as safe an environment as possible. Requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways of achieving this.”

Family and caregivers who have a valid medical exemption, signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner will be required to show their documentation.

HPHA recognizes the importance of family and caregiver presence for the health and wellbeing of our patients. Clinical exceptions that would permit the presence of non-vaccinated family and caregivers will apply for patients who are children or infants, palliative and those who need to enter the hospital in order to support patients during an unpredictable or urgent circumstance, including end of life, a mental health crisis or to support an individual giving birth. Clinical exceptions will also apply to those patients who require support due to a cognitive impairment, developmental or intellectual disability or language barrier.

For the full list of clinical exceptions please visit the HPHA website and review the Family & Caregiver Presence Guidelines.

Please note these guidelines apply only to family and caregivers, not to patients. Please do not delay seeking medical care if needed.

long-term care home funding 

The Ontario government will provide more than $3 million for long-term care homes in Huron-Bruce. The money is part of the $270 million the province is investing this year to long-term care homes to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents.

This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. It was also announced that as part of the government’s plan to fix long-term care, it will bring forward legislation that will enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law.

“Our government is fixing a broken system and we are committed to making long-term care a better place for residents to live, and a better place for staff to work,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.

The announced funding for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents across the region includes:

  •  Brucelea Haven, in Walkerton, will receive up to $512,950. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,141,744 annually more than their current funding.
  • Huronview, in Clinton, will receive up to $427,462. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $2,618,124 annually more than their current funding.
  • Huronlea Home for the Aged, in Brussels, will receive up to $227,978. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,396,332 annually more than their current funding.
  • Bluewater Rest Home, in Zurich, will receive up to $231,539. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,418,148 annually more than their current funding.
  • Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, in Lucknow, will receive up to $188,793. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,156,332 annually more than their current funding.
  • Southampton Care Centre, in Southampton, will receive up to $292,098. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,789,044 annually more than their current funding.
  • Fordwich Village Nursing Home, in Fordwich, will receive up to $92,614. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $567,264 annually more than their current funding.
  • Maitland Manor, in Goderich, will receive up to $260,033. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,592,688 annually more than their current funding.
  • Queensway Long Term Care Home, in Hensall, will receive up to $181,677. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,112,700 annually more than their current funding.
  • Seaforth Long Term Care Home, in Seaforth, will receive up to $167,419. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,025,436 annually more than their current funding.
  • Exeter Villa Nursing Home, in Exeter, will receive up to $156,738. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $959,976 annually more than their current funding.
  • Trillium Court, in Kincardine, will receive up to $121,113. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $741,804 annually more than their current funding.

Braemar Retirement Centre, in Wingham, will receive up to $185,232. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,134,528 annually more than their current funding.

“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” Thompson added. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Rod Phillips, minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”

Currently, residents receive an average of two hours and 45 minutes of direct care from nurses and personal support workers. This funding will increase the daily average to three hours, per resident per day by the end of this fiscal year. This funding also includes $42.8 million to homes to increase care by allied health care professionals, such as, physiotherapists and social workers, by 10 per cent this year.

The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes: $270 million in 2021-22; $673 million in 2022-23; $1.25 billion in 2023-24; and $1.82 billion in 2024-25.

United Way - LCBO 

The LCBO believes there’s no place to support like home and once again this year they have joined forces with United Way to help sustain communities and address unignorable issues such as poverty, mental health and homelessness.

“We’re grateful to the LCBO for their ongoing support of United Way,” said United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) Executive Director Ryan Erb. “All donations from the 17 LCBO locations in Perth-Huron stay in Perth-Huron, so when customers say yes to giving at the till they’re helping ensure vulnerable people in our communities have the chance for a brighter future.”

During the No Place to Support Like Home campaign, from now through Oct. 17, LCBO employees across Perth-Huron are asking customers if they would like to donate $10, $5 or $2 in support of UWPH’s 100 per cent local work. Last year, LCBO raised $34,869 for UWPH.







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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.

Long before virtual reality there was the stereoscope – an entertainment device in varying designs a few of which are a part of the Museum’s collection of artifacts…

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A stereoscope is a device by which two photographs of the same object, taken at slightly different angles, are viewed together, creating an impression of a three-dimensional image.

This is a stereoscope with a wooden frame and handle and a metal eye piece. There is a wooden sliding arm that holds the stereoscope card, attached to the metal eye piece with two magnifying glass lenses. The eye piece is curved to fit the viewer's face closely to block light while viewing. The eye piece is trimmed with brown velvet for the user's comfort.

There is a curved, folding wooden handle attached to the bottom of the eye piece. There is a design engraved on the outside surface of the metal eye piece. Stamped on the based hinge of the folding handle reads "PAT'D / JUNE 14TH/ 1901. The manufacture's mark is stamped on the bottom of the metal eye piece; text can be found in the MAKER'S MARK field.

This stereoscope belonged to the Cosens family who lived near Bayfield.


 cosens family stereoscope 

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There is a design engraved on the outside surface of the metal eye piece. On the top of the eye piece, in raised relief, reads "SUN SCULPTURE / U & U / TRADE MARK" with sun rays surrounding it.


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This is a stereoscope with a rectangular base with two hinged sections. Underside of the first section there is a foot which rests into any of three wooden boxes inside the base. In the centre there is a rectangular slot with an adjustable hinged rest which lays flat for storage and moves upright for use. On either side of the rest are dowels which allow for adjustment of height. The tips of these dowels are trimed with ornamental ivory. The wooden slide for the rest is stuck. At back of rest is a slot for placing stereocopes for viewing. Attached to the front of the first section is a hinged piece of wood with a round magnifying glass and two round eye glasses. This section is held upright by two metal arms which fasten over screws located beneath the eye pieces.

This stereoscope was from the home of Dr. Ninian and Rebecca Woods, of Bayfield.




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Every year in October, the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) holds an early morning photo walk through the beautiful Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area, found just to the northeast of Clinton, to try and capture the beauty of the area especially the Fall colors.

"Over the ten years we have encountered rain, brilliant skies, partial clouds…and even snow," said Jack Pal, representing the PCoB. "The most consistent feature has been that, regardless of the weather, the experience has always led to some amazing photos and great social bonding amongst club members."

Pal added that this year was no exception.

"Eleven club members, the largest turnout yet, braved the pre-dawn 6:30 start to “photo stroll” through the beautiful Hullett Marsh. Although a bit early for the rich fall colors Hullett is nevertheless always magical," he said. 

Editor's note: Thank you to Jack Pal for sharing some of his "impressions" from the walk with readers this week. 







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Thanksgiving Day Sunset...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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My granddaughter was able to visit, along with her family, this past weekend and at bedtime we had a conversation about how many days there were before Christmas. We worked out the math together and came up with 77 sleeps. She thought that was a long time. I explained when you are a child it is indeed a very long time for your principle task is to wait for the big day to arrive. It’s a little different for the adults making the preparations. What may have sparked this conversation was the fact she had seen two boxes wrapped in festive paper waiting by the door to be sent home for her and her elder brother.

It has become a holiday tradition that every year at Thanksgiving, the last time we will probably see each other until the Christmas break, I have their Advent boxes ready to go. What is in these Advent boxes you might ask? Books – mostly titles with a wintery or holiday theme. Throughout the Advent season they take turns opening a book. The idea is that they then have a story to read at bedtime that night. Although, now that my grandson is 10 years-old, and an avid reader, he is more apt to receive a series of books or graphic novels, so he has reading material to last well beyond the festive season.

This visit he shared with me that he still gets excited when it is his turn to unwrap a book and in fact one of his favorite books about Norse Gods came from his Advent box last year. Such positive feedback is why I have kept the tradition alive despite the fact that frugally shopping for books during a pandemic has sometimes proved challenging. I had in the past found most of their reading material by trading with friends, or at book sales, thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets.

The idea, although a success, was not an original of mine. It was gleaned from social media. Over the last few years we have had the grandchildren here on Dec. 24th and so I am able to witness the opening of the final book and share in reading its contents before the countdown to Christmas is finally over for my granddaughter, grandson and me. – Melody






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