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nosferatu with live score at town hall halloween night  

Nosferatu Eventbrite Headers

Huron Arts & Heritage Network and Huron County Cultural Services are presenting a screening of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau at the Bayfield Town Hall on Halloween, Oct. 31.

The screening of the silent era horror masterpiece will be accompanied by a live musical score written and performed by Wormwood, an electro-acoustic duo based out of London, Ontario. The event will begin at 8 p.m.


Wormwood members Christina Willatt and Andrew Wenaus released Wormwood’s debut album Sunfloating in 2013 and the record was recognized by the imprint Silent Shout as one of the top 30 albums of that year. The group has since released material with Punctum Records based in Austin/Brooklyn (an imprint of Punctum Books).

The group has been composing for film, experimental film shorts, and live dance performances. Wormwood is currently in conversation regarding a live performance with members of the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto.

The Oct. 31 event is free of charge but organizers ask that people still obtain a ticket through so audience numbers can be tracked.


Editor’s Note: Clara Greer-Armour, 13, and a member of the Bayfield Pathfinders was sent on assignment by the Bayfield Breeze to cover the “Ghosts, Murder, and Mayhem Walk” for this Halloween issue. Her report follows.

48745418133_f094eebc76_kDave Gillians last presented his "Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Walk" in 2014. Five years later, on Oct. 5, he reprised the role as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice, Bayfield Children's Room. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The chill of the evening air added a nice element to the atmosphere as we began our “Ghosts, Murder, and Mayhem Walk” through Bayfield on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m. Dave Gillians, the author of “For the Love of Bayfield” led the guided tour down Main Street.

Many of the stories shared with us involved murder. Consumption of alcohol was also a popular theme. The story of the Elliot family involved both elements. The Elliot’s were the first owners of The Albion and it is said that, after years of bullying, Harvey Elliot’s brother shot and killed Harvey after one night of drinking. Claims that Harvey haunts The Albion to this day have psychics traveling to Bayfield to investigate the paranormal activity.

As we traveled down Main Street, Mr. Gillians pointed out several houses that were the family homes of heroes of the first World War. Notably, Frank Scrimger, a Victory Cross recipient. Frank went to school with John MacRae and was stationed in France with the famous author of “In Flanders Fields” when the poem was written. Maud Stirling, a Royal Red Cross recipient, was an educated woman who was a teacher and then became a nurse. Maud was one of the first nurses to sign up for World War I. She retired to Bayfield and was the only medical person in the town for a long while. Oliver Goldthorpe was also described as a hero from World War I but he was also known to fire his machine guns in his service station (now the Bayfield Garage) and off the bank, towards the lake in Pioneer Park.

Situated on the shore of Lake Huron, many of the stories shared during our walk involved shipwrecks including the “Malta” which was used as a swimming platform for several years. Another sad story was of Jim Ferguson and his two friends. They went out for the last sail of the summer before moving away from Bayfield. A sudden storm took the teens by surprise and capsized the boat. Jim could swim but one of his friends could not. Having drifted downstream, the pair was found towards Bluewater Beach with the friend still clinging to Jim. Sadly, the bodies were still warm leading rescuers to believe that they had probably died only minutes before they were pulled from the water.

Further down Main Street, we heard the tale of the fire that destroyed the Ritz Hotel. The burning of this fancy hotel was one of the most memorable events in Bayfield’s history. The fire was so slow burning that there was time to remove all of the furniture from the building. The bucket brigade that had been formed was simply not effective against the fire. The loss of the hotel prompted the start of the Bayfield Fire Department.

Mr. Gillians was able to paint an intriguing view of the Bayfield we know and love. Learning the shadier side of the town, known for its sunsets and quaint beauty, was fun and entertaining. It was also fascinating to see the older buildings and hear facts about those buildings in town. Who knew that the oldest building in Bayfield known as “The Hut” was built in 1836? “The Hut” was used for almost everything from church and school to the general store and hospital.

The “Ghosts, Murder, and Mayhem Walk”, a fundraising event for Huron Hospice, was an excellent way to spend our Saturday evening.

Windmill lake wake park number one in the world 


Windmill Lake Wake Park recently took the crown as the top placing Wake Park in the World. The world’s best amateur and professional wake riders convened on the Mayan Water Complex on Oct. 17-20, for a weekend of non-stop action to officially wrap the 2019 season and celebrate the World Wake Association’s (WWA) 30 Years of Wake.

Held at the Complex in Playa del Carmen, Mexico the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships joined with the WWA Wake Park World Championships presented by Rock Star Energy for the biggest global event in wake history and to say that Windmill Wake Park of Bayfield represented Wake Canada very, very well is something of an understatement.

Wake Canada’s Windmill Wake Park cleaned house winning the 2019 Overall Team World titles in both Traditional and Features Only divisions. They were followed closely by Bli Bli Wake Park of Australia in second and Vasteras Wake Park of Sweden in third in both divisions. This culminating event of the season brought together 400 wake athletes from 20 different countries.

There was one more final prestigious title for Canada at the WWA Wake World Championships with Windmill Lake Wake Park taking the crown as the top placing Wake Park! Windmill Lake would like to congratulate Bli Bli Wake Park who placed second and Vastera Cable Park in third in this category. They would also like to pass on thanks to all of the #WindmillWakePark regulars and frequent flyers who collectively racked up more points than any other Wake Park in the world.



blue bayfield Initiative update 


blue bayfield

Blue Bayfield commends the individuals, businesses and restaurants that joined with us in our efforts to protect our environment and our health. One major initiative is the elimination of Single Use Plastics (SUP) – straws, bags, polystyrene trays and water bottles.

Three years ago, the Bayfield Town Hall committed to becoming plastic free. Just this year, the Bayfield Lions’ Club took a similar step. Bayfield Foodland has begun to move towards more responsible packaging. The Bayfield Community Fair has made a similar commitment and Shop Bike Coffee has for years committed to reducing SUP.

It is not only businesses but community groups such as the Bayfield Ukulele Society, Pole Walkers/Fitness Classes and St Andrew’s United Church, to name just a few, that have taken an active role in promoting the reduction of SUP.

To help citizens adapt to a “plastic free environment”, in 2017, 2,500 reusable water bottles were distributed and five refill stations were installed. To date, over 60,000 bottles have been refilled. Businesses that have committed to supporting “Plastic Free” are identified with a window sticker.

Lakes Threatened

great lakes

We live on one of the greatest water resources in the world and we often forget that they are threatened just like the oceans. In fact, studies by Professor David Allan of University of Michigan, have shown that there are 34 threats to the Great Lakes and let us not forget the aquatic species that inhabit the waters.

All these threats impact the quality of life and the economic livelihood of 45 million people from two nations.

We are well aware of the zebra mussel, sewage runoff, nitrates and phosphates from both urban and rural areas and foreign fish, just to name a few. Many other threats, such as plastic, seem to go unnoticed or are considered to be insignificant. (Red on the map provided represents the areas with the greater threats.)

International Recognition

Blue Bayfield became aware that the Great Lakes contain more plastic than the ocean, and estimated 440,000 pieces per square kilometre. Every year, 100,000 tons of plastic enter the lakes and have for over 50 years. Every day,1 billion plastic fibres from laundry enter the waters.

The village responded to the need to protect this threatened resource and became the first community in North America to be recognized by a British Environmental Organization for their work to become a Plastic Free Community. Bayfield joined over 500 communities in the UK and Europe that have similar aspirations.

National Outreach

As a result of this recognition, Blue Bayfield has been invited to share this experience with nearly 100 communities in Alberta and Ontario. Many of these visits have resulted in communities and indeed some municipal governments adopting policies that address the issue of SUP. They have recognized the impact SUP have on the water and the unnecessary burden that is placed on already over extended landfill sites. Just recently, the Municipality of Bluewater council adopted a resolution to strike an environmental committee that will engage the entire community in environmental sustainability.

Blue Bayfield is grateful to the individuals, organizations and businesses that have joined with them in working towards a sustainable future.


Vacation deadlines

A change of scenery for the Editor is occurring and as a result, readers are now being offered some Hiatus Issues. Enjoy!

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Nov. 6.

In Memoriam

IMG_20180213_095415323 Tom and Marianne Arkell (Submitted photo)

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a woman with a strong attachment to the area: Marianne Arkell.

Marianne Ethel Dorothy (Archer) Arkell passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston Texas, just days before her 89th birthday. Born on October 21, 1930, in Hamilton, ON, to C. Frank Archer and C. Grace (McKenzie) Archer, Marianne spent her early childhood years in Red Lake, ON. She joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951, training in Morse code at the Radar School in Clinton, ON, where she met and married Bayfield farmer, Thomas Scotchmer Arkell, eldest son of Fred and Daisy (Scotchmer) Arkell.

For many years, due to Tom’s career, the family moved around the world, but always returned to Bayfield to visit family. Eventually the couple retired in Texas, where Marianne enjoyed supporting the Houston Astros, playing bridge, travel and her family, especially her grandchildren.

Marianne was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, and is survived by daughter Joanne (Robert) McCay and son Ken (Susan) Arkell; grandchildren Jennika (Johnny) Irvine, Bobby (Annabelle) Arkell, Tommy (Jessica) McCay, Case (Sarah) Arkell, and Clint McCay; great grandchildren Maddie and Ozzy Irvine, Elizabeth, Clara and TA McCay, and McKenzie Grace Arkell.

Marianne's final resting place will be beside her husband in the Bayfield Cemetery.

Missing Kayak

A resident of Tuyll Street in the village lost a large, blue, sit-in kayak to the huge waves which crashed ashore around Oct. 18. It had been stored on a high spot along the beach.

Lana Breier is wondering if any Bayfield Breeze subscribers might have seen it. It was a birthday gift from her children so she is hopeful to retrieve it.

Please call her at 519 873-0989 if any information to its whereabouts may be available.

Bayfield Travel Club

The second meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2.

It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library and the point of discussion will be extended stays in Europe and Mexico.

Gingerbread Decorating 

It is almost the most wonderful time of year! Yes, the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event brought to the community by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.

All are invited to visit the Bayfield Public Library and join in this wonderful pre-Christmas celebration after the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has a vacancy for the important role of Secretary/Administrative support.

This a volunteer position. Looking for an individual who is interested in preserving 164 years of agricultural/rural history while enjoying time with like-minded people. Previous experience would be helpful but not necessary. Basic computer experience would be an asset working with Word and Outlook. Attention to detail important.

Duties would include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership and helping with event planning. General meeting attendance would be two hours per month (March thru November). Director meetings four times per year or as needed. The Directors are looking for a two to four-year commitment. Training and support will be provided for all duties.

For more information please contact: or Lorraine Sheilds at 519 653-7039.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is also looking for local support, be part of the community’s future by becoming a society or board member. Share your skills, experience and assets by becoming a part of 165 years of history and celebrate special community events with likeminded members.

Contact: Jentje Steenbeek, 519 440-6639; Doug Yeo, 519 482-9296; and Lorraine Shields, 519 653-7039.

“Your Community, Your Heritage, Your Roots - Be Part of Something Everlasting”

Book Club Query 

Jamie Thomas, librarian with the Bayfield Public Library is posing the question, “Book Clubs in Bayfield: Just how many are there?”

She is currently doing some research on the book clubs in Bayfield, and to date the answer to her question is 15! She would like to know if there are others she is unaware of.

“Please provide the name of your book club so I can add it to my inventory. The information can be sent to ,” said Thomas. “Thank you and keep reading Bayfield!”

Line dancing 

All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.

Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. 

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. 

This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email

La Dolce vita 

Italy is coming to Bayfield as “La Dolce Vita” is the theme of an evening celebrating all things Italian in aid of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) on Nov. 9.

Are you attending the now sold out event at Renegades? There will be games and prizes, and both a Silent and a Live Auction. Come prepared to bid on some amazing Live Auction items...

1. “Parla italiano?” Are you thinking of visiting Italy? Would you like to learn basic Italian? A local “professoressa “of Italian history and language is offering five Italian lessons for up to six people in our Live Auction on the night. Get your group together and bid on this amazing, never to be repeated, offer!

2. “Spring Clean-Up!” Let an energized crew of joyful volunteers jump in to get your yard in tip top shape for spring. We'll rake, blow, pick up and haul away brush all with a "spring" in our step! Just bid for Hospice and be ready to sit back and enjoy your beautiful yard next spring.

3. “Italian Cooking Class” Gather six people together in your home and learn how to make the perfect Italian meal. Enjoy this amazing opportunity offered by Bayfield’s very own Sicilian cook!

The event is hosted by the Bayfield Committee for the HRH in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Hospice.

Lewington and Downie 

Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie have been writing and performing music together for 20 years as members of Toronto’s “Enter The Haggis”.

Career highlights include performances on Live With Regis and Kelly, PBS’s Breakfast With The Arts, and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After Sunday, Nov. 10 they will be able to add the Bayfield Town Hall to their list.

Lewington and Downie continue to headline festivals across Canada and the US and will be touring Ireland this October. In 2016, Lewington released his debut solo album, “Lion of Grace”, featuring several songs inspired by historic stories from the Bayfield area.

The community is encouraged to come out and join them for a great night of original folk songs, Irish ballads, bagpipe instrumentals and some fun covers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are available online at or email Roger Lewington at



In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, Bayfield artist Dwight Nelson has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art, named “Forest for the Trees for the Forest”.

This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of November. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.

The silent auction will close on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 16” x 20”.



Parrott family and Clinton Lions' Club donate to CPH 

191023 In Memory of Dr ParrottAttending the presentation of a financial donation to Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) in memory of Dr. Parrott were l-r: Ian Fleming, Clinton Raceway Inc; Linda Dunford and Jane Groves, CPH Foundation Directors; Donna Wood-Parrott, Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation Chair;, Nancy Hawkins, Sharron Parrott, Craig Parrott, Lori Ripley and Steve Brown, CPH Foundation Treasurer. (Submitted photos)  

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation received two very generous donations, the first from the Parrott family in memory of their father, and the second from the Clinton Lions’ Club.

The Parrott family attended CPH to present the Foundation with a $5,000 cheque in memory of their father Dr. Harry Parrott.

Dr. Parrott’s son, Craig, explained to the CPH Foundation members present, “There are three reasons our family wanted to make this donation. Firstly, we know that Donna had been very involved in keeping this hospital in the community years ago. Secondly, we know that Ian works directly with the Foundation through Legends Day at Clinton Raceway to fundraise for the hospital. But more importantly, is how important this hospital became to Dad. In fact, he wanted to come here to die…there was no question. Because of the care, and the nurturing, he received, he just felt so comfortable here. Every time he was here, he knew that he would get the best possible care. So, we are really delighted to make this donation to the Foundation today.”

The donation from the Parrott family will be used towards the accessible shower room on the in-patient unit at the hospital. This project was also funded by both Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in June and more recently the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon, which took place Oct. 19. This year’s Legends Day raised $50,691 toward the project, while preliminary numbers from the CKNX Radiothon show that more than $27,000 has been received in donations.

The CPH Foundation is truly grateful to the Parrott family for making this very generous donation in memory of Dr. Parrott. This is such a wonderful way to honor their father’s memory and to ensure that our hospital has the necessary equipment for future patients at CPH.

191023 Clinton Lions Radiothon DonationAttending the Clinton Lions' Club's donation for the Radiothon were l-r: Linda Dunford, CPH Foundation Director; Steve Brown, CPH Foundation Treasurer; Merv Kumm, Clinton Lions Club Treasurer; Jane Groves, CPH Foundation Director; Clayton Groves, Clinton Lions' Club President and Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation Chair.  

Members of the Clinton Lions’ Club presented the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $6,000. The donation from the Clinton Club comes from their portion of funds raised from their most recent Catch the Ace Lottery, in which they partnered with Clinton’s Royal Canadian Legion. The donation has been made towards this year’s Radiothon project goal, in an effort to raise $40,000 towards the new accessible shower room on the in-patient unit at the hospital. Last December, the Lions Club had donated $4,000 to the Foundation from their previous Catch the Ace Lottery, bringing their total donations from this lottery to $10,000 for CPH.

“It is wonderful to have such supportive community organizations, raising funds for our local hospital, to help ensure that our hospital has necessary private financial support to reinforce the existing strengths of our hospital and to keep pace with future technology,” said Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator. “We truly appreciate those who participated by purchasing tickets and are very grateful to the Clinton Lions’ Club, for their continued support of the hospital.”

Radiothon supports ten area hospital foundations 

On Oct. 19, the 18th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon raised $323,714 for ten local hospitals.

The CKNX Radiothon event has a strong tradition of generating fundraising dollars in support of purchasing medical equipment for the ten participating hospitals in Mid-Western Ontario.

During the all-day broadcast on AM920, donations were accepted while local artists performed live. Special gifts directed to support several hospitals came from major philanthropic businesses and organizations including Bruce Power, Germania Mutual Insurance, Howick Mutual Insurance, Hay Mutual Insurance and the Lucknow Kinsmen.

The broadcast featured heartwarming stories from patients who described the care they received, and interviews with Health care professionals and volunteers outlining the urgent medical equipment needs at each hospital. Some of the projects funded this year are a portable x-ray machine, a laparoscopic tower, lab renovations, security system updates and multi-year capital projects.

When the Radiothon went off air at 4 p.m., the grand total for the day was $323,714. This total is expected to grow as the ten hospital foundations continue to accept contributions for their projects until the end of the year.

To find out how to contribute to your favorite hospital’s Radiothon goal, visit

The ten hospital foundations benefitting from the 2019 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon are: Chesley and District Health Services Foundation, Clinton Hospital Foundation, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Goderich; Hanover and District Hospital Foundation, Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation, Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation, Walkerton and District Hospital Foundation and Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.

Since its inception in 2002, the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon has now raised over $11.6 million to sustain quality health care throughout rural communities in mid-western Ontario. The continued success of the Radiothon would not be possible without its generous donors and dedicated volunteers – all of whom deserve a heartfelt thank you.

Watershed champion grants available for area schools 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local schools to help their community and to become Watershed Champions. The local conservation authority offers four grants of up to $500 each. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include a public educational event or activity.

The 2019-2020 school year is the third year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at You may email completed applications to by Dec. 16. All schools with funded projects will be notified by the end of January 2020.

“We know that schools want to improve their student outdoor learning spaces and we are excited to offer Watershed Champions Grants again for local schools through our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Canada,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “We have been impressed with the projects that have been completed by schools and we are looking forward to reviewing applications which help to improve soil, water and living things in our watershed.”

Past Watershed Champions include: Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig; and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan.

Watershed Champions Grant projects provide solutions to environmental challenges (such as water quality; forest conditions; soil health; and habitat for species; etc.) with measurable and manageable actions. The projects need to be completed by June 2020.

Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking Action.

The Taking Action category is a hands-on positive action for a project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things: such as clean water diversion including rain gardens; controlling erosion; enhancing wildlife habitat; grassland restoration and enhancement; improving streams; planting native trees and shrubs; wetland restoration and enhancement; creating a living snow fence; cleanups; and collecting and reporting on environmental features including performing a tree inventory.

The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action – such as being a community ambassador for actions that protect water, soil, and living things; promoting responsible practices such as water conservation or proper disposal of harmful chemicals and household hazardous waste; raising awareness through the Yellow Fish Road™ program; creating education and/or recreational opportunities; developing a school carbon offset program or a school Conservation Strategy; or sponsoring a guest speaker.

These Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to take part in the contest: Huron Centennial; Seaforth; St. Columban; St. James; St. Patrick’s (Dublin); Bluewater Coast; St. Boniface; Wilberforce; Grand Bend; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Central Huron Secondary School; Clinton; Huron Christian; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; St. Joseph’s (Clinton); Adelaide W.G MacDonald; Bosanquet Central; East Williams; Exeter Elementary; Precious Blood; South Huron District High School; McGillivray Central; North Middlesex District Secondary School; Parkhill West Williams; Sacred Heart; and Stephen Central.

The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by NextEra Energy Canada, LP. Information about the Watershed Champion Grant is on ABCA’s website (

Naftel's Creek Conservation Area site of HASAR training 

IMG_2497Visitors to Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on the weekend of Nov. 9-10 should be aware that teams of HASAR searchers will be running training exercises there during that time period. (Submitted photo)  

Visitors to Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on the weekend of Nov. 9-10 will notice teams of searchers combing the wooded area in a training exercise that’s the final step in their certification to provincial standards for search and rescue.

The conservation area will remain open to the public while approximately 15 volunteers in red hats, grey uniforms and safety vests work through a search scenario, responding to new and changed information. It tests what they’ve learned in six months of classroom training and field exercises.

“It’s important that our volunteers undergo a rigorous certification process established by the Ontario Search and Rescue Association. They need to be prepared when we’re called in by the Ontario Provincial Police to assist in searching for missing persons,” said Heather Boa, who is the public relations officer for the newly established non-profit organization that includes professional trained volunteers available for deployment for methodical land and water searches for lost people in Huron, South Bruce, Perth and Lambton Counties.

The training exercise takes place Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to HASAR may find more information by visiting online at

Huron Perth applies to be one of first Ontario Health Teams 

The proposed Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team (HPA-OHT) submitted their Full Application to become one of the first Ontario Health Teams. On Oct. 9, – 61 health service organizations signed off on the application detailing how they would collaborate to provide a vision of “sustainable people-driven system that strives to provide a positive experience for all”.

If approved by the Ministry of Health, Year 1 for the HPA-OHT would integrate a full suite of healthcare services across a geography of 147,500+ in Huron Perth and Area. The team would start by strengthening navigation, care coordination and communication for three target populations: complex, palliative and mental health and addiction patients. The HPA-OHT comprises 61 members from various health sectors, including: Community Support Services, Home Care, Hospitals, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Care Providers and includes Emergency Medical Services, Palliative and Midwifery Services.

After Ministry approval was received in July 2019, the OHT logged over 2,000 engagement hours with all member organizations to determine a proposed way forward, including decisions around, for example: governance, transformation plans, home care and digital health changes.

The HPA-OHT development process involved patients, clients, caregiver representatives and as indicated by Anne Marie Heckman, Patient Partner: “Anything that has the potential to cut red tape and make healthcare more user-friendly is a welcome benefit. ‘No wrong door’ and one intake process across agencies with inter-agency sharing of client information is welcome.”

Barbara Fewster, another Patient Partner involved in the HPA-OHT development process states: “It has been a great learning experience and I have met so many wonderful people because of my involvement. I am also impressed with the dedication and commitment of all the members of the team.”

The HPA-OHT includes local primary care physicians and the Team looks forward to collaborating further with all physicians and healthcare providers.

“The benefits of the OHT structure will be streamlined access to, and high satisfaction with, excellent quality health care,” says Dr. Sean Blaine, Family Doctor with the STAR Family Health Team. “Care will be provided by the right provider, at the right time and in the right places. OHTs will allow patients, families and caregivers to know what has happened regarding care as they navigate with confidence through a comprehensive and fully integrated array of multi-tiered health services and programs.”

The Ministry of Health is expected to announce the first round of Ontario Health Teams later this fall. The HPA-OHT is waiting anxiously for these results, however, in the meantime will continue work to streamline and integrate for the many patients, families and caregivers using the healthcare system in our region.


 Livery film Fest 

Many thanks to the over 100 film enthusiasts who came to the first of three films in this fall's Livery Film Series. From past audience surveys, we know that some of you travel from as far as Belgrave, Brussels, Blyth and Bayfield. You won't want to miss the upcoming film for November.

Nov. 21 brings Bill Nighy and Sam Riley in the comedy/drama/mystery film “Sometimes, Always, Never”.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Tickets at the door are $12. Mark your calendars and check the Livery Facebook page or website before you set out:

Airforce Show 


The MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich will be the location for Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show as they present, “The Vintage Sound of the 40s and 50s” on Dec. 6.

From Almelo-The Netherlands Music at the Hangar will feature music by the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and others.

There will be two shows at the centre, located at 10 Nelson St E. in Goderich, the first at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please call 519 524-6660 for tickets. The production is sponsored by the ABC Investments.

hospital funding 

Ontario is taking further action to end hallway health care by making increased investments in the province’s hospitals.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced more than $880,000 in additional funding for six hospitals in her riding including: Seaforth Community Hospital, $74,000; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, $175,000; South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $327,000 (which includes Kincardine and Walkerton sites); South Huron Hospital Association, $77,000; Wingham and District Hospital, $131,000; Clinton Public Hospital, $100,000; and Grey Bruce Health Services, $6.1 million (which includes Southampton hospital).

“Access to rural health care close to home is vital to residents in our smaller communities,” Thompson said. “I am pleased to see the support the government is providing to local hospitals, which will help ensure they have the resources they need to meet today’s challenges.

“This new investment is another example of how Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care, while delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care.”

Across Ontario, the government is investing an additional $68 million to support small and medium-sized hospitals. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more that Ontario’s hospitals received this year as part of the province’s 2019 budget.

“Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “Working with our hospital partners, we are fixing long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small and medium-sized hospitals. We have listened to patients, frontline staff and key stakeholders to determine how we can fix historical inequities to provide financial stability and relief to hospitals, regardless of their size.”

This funding includes a province-wide increase in funding of one per cent for 66 small-sized hospitals, 1.5 per cent for 23 medium-sized and multi-site hospitals and targeted funding to assist with unique situations and historical funding challenges.

Furthermore, Ontario will invest $27 billion over the next 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects across Ontario, including adding 3,000 new hospital beds.

municipal partnership funds 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that more than $15.5 million in municipal partnership funds has been awarded to local municipalities for the 2020 fiscal year.

"We listened to our municipal partners and respect that they need time to plan their capital and operating budgets, so I am pleased that we are announcing next year’s allocations well ahead of their budget deliberations,” Thompson said.

This is the earliest ever that the Province has announced its Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) which will see approximately $500 million being distributed to 389 municipalities.

“We have maintained the existing structure and formula for the OMPF, and we continue to review it to ensure it is sustainable and better focused on northern and rural municipalities,” she added.

Funding details announced include: Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, $752,200; Bluewater, $1,211,600; Brockton, $1,536,600; Central Huron, $1,409,500; Goderich, $1,570,000; Howick Twp, $515,900; Huron County, $1,249,000; Huron East, $1,156,100; Huron-Kinloss, $1,055,600; Kincardine, $1,192,400; Morris-Turnberry, $508,600; North Huron Twp, $1,287,900; Saugeen Shores, $1,308,400; South Bruce, $817,700 and South Huron $1,391,700.

Food bank distribution centre 

Did you know: That the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) has been in operation for over 11 years? That in addition to serving the food banks and other food-aid agencies in Huron County, HCFBDC operates a mobile food bank in four communities? That HCFBDC focuses on providing nutritious foods including milk, eggs, meat and fresh fruits and vegetables to the food-aid agencies? That in 2018, there were over 17,600 visits to the Huron County food banks with 30 per cent serving children and 10 per cent serving seniors (60+) – two of the most vulnerable populations?

The need to provide nutritious food for those who are food insecure continues to be great. More seniors are accessing services from the food banks as their pensions and other resources no longer cover all living expenses. The working poor have difficulty making ends meet as they try to support their households on minimum wage and/or part-time jobs. People who have physical or mental disabilities as well as those who suddenly get a serious illness or lose their job are people in our communities who need assistance from a local food bank.

And this is where HCFBDC is able to help.
The HCFBDC warehouse is a “food safety inspected” facility. It is equipped with both a walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler to safely store the purchased and donated perishable foods. There is sufficient warehouse space for the dry goods as well as personal hygiene products that are available in addition to the nutritious foods that have been identified as priority foods by food bank clients (

With the many contacts in the agricultural community, various wholesalers and relationships with other food distribution centres, HCFBDC is able to receive large donations of foods and also take advantage of a high purchasing power.

HCFBDC is equipped with refrigerated delivery trucks to safely deliver the perishable foods to the food banks and aid agencies. Food orders are sent to the food-aid agency clients and they are able to pick the items needed by their individual needs. A team of dedicated volunteers prepare and pack the orders which are then delivered by the HCFBDC volunteer drivers.

Volunteers are the backbone of HCFBDC. They give generously of their time – over 100 hours per week. In additional to the warehouse work, they perform website maintenance, act as ambassadors, volunteer at HCFBDC events, and operate the mobile food bank truck. They are the bookkeeper, the warehouse manager and the list goes on. HCFBDC is very grateful for all the hours that are donated each week.

HCFBDC relies on donations from the community in order to carry out its operations. Particularly, regular monthly donations are needed to purchase food products, keep the delivery vehicles on the road, pay the rent and other administrative expenses. Two fundraisers are held each year. In June, there is the Better Together Ride to End Hunger and in August, HCFBDC hosts the Annual Better Together Gala. In addition to these signature fundraisers, other organizations in the community organize fundraisers on HCFBDC’s behalf as well as numerous food drives by area groups.

Food insecurity hits all demographics. Young and old, single and married. Families have to decide who gets to eat tonight, seniors forgo medical tests in order to purchase food and children go to school without lunches are just some examples of what is happening in Huron County. Hunger, it could be you, but why should it be anyone!

owl prowl

Learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at the annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter on Saturday, Nov. 2. It’s a hoot.

People can learn about owls and even meet them at the “fun, local” Owl Prowl. This event will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, south of Hwy 83.

Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) said, “The guided hike portion will take place on fairly flat trails and cover a distance of less than 500 metres. Families can use this event as a chance to get outside and get active.”

Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The live owl presentation is sponsored by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10 per family. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase new education equipment to support ABCA’s in-school water safety program.

The Owl Prowl has three sessions. Families with children under six years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m. The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from ABCA. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch. 

Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Event hosts ask participants to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate.

To learn more, visit the ABCA website at at this link: or contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email



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IMG_3901Preston Scott, of Wingham, garnering the second prize of $400, was presented with his prize money by Lion President Don Vance.  

IMG_3899Gary Brandon (right), owner of Rainbow Valley Campground, donated a $500 gift certificate to the lucky angler who catches the largest salmon. This year's winner was Darryl Sweeney, of London, with a Salmon weighing 18.04 lb.  

IMG_3896Josh Spicer (left), of Sarnia, came in third with a 5.79 lb Rainbow, winning $300.  

IMG_3891President Don Vance (right) presented Gary Brandon with the Helen Keller Fellowship Award for his support of the Trout Derby for the last 25 years.  



The annual Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby took place Oct. 18-20. Rainbow Valley and the Bayfield River saw about 250 people vying for cash prizes and bragging rights during the weekend.

The weather was perfect for a weekend outdoors, but unfortunately it wasn't great for fishing, only 10 trout and 7 salmon were brought to the weigh station, plus one huge Walleye - very rare in the Bayfield River. That angler was given a prize just for bringing his fish in to get weighed. Almost 30 women and 18 youth registered, but none caught a fish.

Adam Wickie, of Mitchell, took first prize. His 7.31 lb Rainbow Trout earned him $800. Just behind him with a 7.21 lb Rainbow was Preston Scott, of Wingham, garnering the second prize of $400, and Josh Spicer, of Sarnia, came in third with a 5.79 lb Rainbow, winning $300.

Gary Brandon, owner of Rainbow Valley Campground, donates a $500 gift certificate every year to the lucky angler who catches the largest salmon. This year's winner was Darryl Sweeney, of London, with a Salmon weighing 18.04 lb.

The winner of the draw for a customized beer fridge was Mitch Marott. Even those who didn't catch a fish were put into a draw for five $25 gift cards. These winners were Dave James, Ripley; John Baumbach, Mitchell; Jill Brandon, Bayfield; John Clifford, London; and Paul Hensey, Zurich.

The Bayfield Anglers Association were kept busy all weekend with their food truck by the river. Chuck Bremner and Pete Henning served up 40 pounds of pea meal bacon, 25 pounds of chili and 400 cups of coffee.

One highlight of the closing ceremonies was the presentation of the Helen Keller Fellowship Award by Bayfield Lions' President Don Vance to Gary Brandon for his support of the Trout Derby for the last 25 years. This is one of the most prestigious awards available from Lions Clubs International and it is a fitting way to recognize a member of the public for their contributions to the community.

The Lions want to give special thanks to Dave Heatherington who logged 32 hours of service as weigh-master. Thanks also to Bayfield Convenience, Brandon Hardware, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London as well as to all who contributed to the prize table.

Thanks go to Lions Tom Grasby, John Zrini and John Hedley for doing such a great job organizing and running the Derby.

Finally, thanks go to all the anglers who made sure they took their trash with them and left the Flats and the river banks free from debris, that should mean more fish for next year.

IMG_3894Adam Wickie, of Mitchell, took first prize. His 7.31 lb Rainbow Trout earned him $800. Bayfield Lions' President Don Vance presented his with the trophy.  



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Fifth annual event raises funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters













The fifth annual Witches Walk in The Ashwood Haunted Woods was held on Saturday, Oct. 26 in support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron (BBBSNH).

It was a rainy and cold evening. This only enhanced the mood and added to the overall spookiness of the event.

Six hundred people were estimated to have attended the walk. Almost $1,450 was raised for the BBBSNH.

Volunteer, Diane Blackall won the People's Choice vote for scariest station. She was running the giant spider and those who attended commented that she had a real knack for timing.










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 Bermuda is a place I have always hoped to visit and on Oct. 26-27 I got to do just that.

It took us almost four days at sea from the Azores to reach the islands of Bermuda and our ship docked there for the night. This was also the first time we have been on a ship that did this. It allowed a lot of time to explore and learn about the country. When we first got off the ship we hired a taxi driver, named Vincent, to show us his beautiful homeland. For two hours he drove us around, sharing his personal highlights and insights into the country. I now know more about the traditional white roofs of the houses and how important they are to the collecting of rain water that the inhabitants use for drinking water etc. As a Canadian living on a Great Lake we take fresh water for granted and it is always good to be reminded that the majority of the world is not as fortunate in that aspect as we are. It was also a good reminder to continue to promote and practise conservation.

In the evening we took a moonlit cruise on board a glass bottom boat out to a section of the Bermuda Triangle to view the activity on a coral reef as well as a shipwreck. A highlight of this trip was the drive out in the dark with the stars visible above, not something you often get to do on an excursion.

Bermuda wasn’t only a terrific spot for cruise ship guests it was also a much- anticipated spot for the crew for when their work was done they got to go ashore for a few hours to enjoy the night life and socialize with friends. The fabulous crew members we have looking after us are mainly from the Philippines and they shared that there is a fabulous Philippino restaurant nearby that most of them visit when in town.

The next morning, we explored The Royal Naval Dockyard and took in the offerings at the National Museum of Bermuda where we learned even more about shipwrecks, the island’s discovery and establishment and how it has been affected by the many wars that have occurred in the last few centuries.

Bermuda and its residents, its flora and fauna left a strong first impression on me and I hope that one day I shall be blessed with another opportunity to visit. – Melody


Melody and Guide Vincent at the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. (Photo by John Pounder)  


Gibbs Hill Lighthouse 


Elbow Beach Resort and Spa  


Bermuda's Botanical Gardens (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


Commissioner's House and Neptune Statue.



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