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In 2018, Janice Nelson laid a wreath in memory of those who fought in the war in Bosnia and Hersegovina. Remembrance Day 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group during this event in 1944. This is just one reason the community is encouraged to honor all those who have endeavored to keep the citizens of this country safe for decades as well as those who continue to do so on a daily basis. The Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 10 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square. Following the service, a reception will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church. Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding marching along Main Street to the cenotaph. (Photo by John Pounder)

couple bring new practice and pharmacy to region 

IMG_4874Dr. Farahnaz Farzadfar (Submitted photo)

A new doctor has joined the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) in Zurich. She is Dr. Farafnaz Farzadfar who came to Canada with her husband and two children in 2010. Fortunately, for those having difficulty in pronouncing her name, friends, patients and colleagues at the BAFHT alike, simply know her as Dr. Farah.

Armed with a degree from the Iran Medical University in Tehran, Dr. Farah applied for a position in Nova Scotia, Canada. She sailed through five exams while working under supervision – a requirement set by the Canadian Government – before establishing a practice in Chester, a largely retired community in the province.

Ramin Ghiasi, Dr. Farah’s husband, had been involved with the pharmaceutical industry in Iran for several years and was keen to start his own pharmacy in Canada. He, too, had to sit three exams to become a qualified pharmacist.

After a couple of years practicing medicine in the Maritimes, Dr. Farah wanted to broaden her activities in the medical field. She responded to an advertisement for a doctor placed in the Canadian Family Physician magazine by the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT). This is when Executive Director of BAFHT, Paula Kroll, swung into action.

Kroll showed Dr. Farah and her husband around the area and as Dr Farah said, “She was instrumental in selling us on the idea of moving to this part of Southwestern Ontario.”

Through Kroll, the family met with Rick Lobb of Royal LePage Heartland Realty who introduced them to David Sparling of the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth. This meeting resulted in Blyth now having its own pharmacy – and the proprietor is none other than Ramin Ghiasi.

Dr. Farah, and her husband have two children. Romina, 19, is in her second year at the University of Waterloo studying Science and Roham, 17, attends Exeter High School. Roham is a talented soccer player and has won a spot with FC London. He trains three hours a day and is determined to make his mark with the London club. The couple share driving responsibilities in taking Roham to soccer practice three or four times a week.

The BAFHT recently held a private dinner to welcome Dr. Farah and her family to the community. Many BAFHT staff attended and Chairman of the Board, Dwayne Laporte officially welcomed Dr. Farah and her husband and explained just how much a new doctor means to the Zurich clinic and this rural community. He also took the opportunity of thanking Lead Physician, Dr. Deb Josephson for her dedicated work in carrying the clinic while efforts were being made to recruit a new doctor.

Bluewater Mayor, Paul Klopp echoed Laporte’s comments and expressed the importance of having another doctor at the clinic.

Dr. Farah has a passion for cooking, especially traditional Persian recipes from her homeland. Living close to Lake Huron was another major attraction as she also enjoys swimming. She admits to being a ‘people’ person and makes friends easily, and with relatives in Toronto and a brother in Ottawa, she will surely have a busy social life.

BAFHT represents believe that this husband and wife team will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to health care in the region.

preparations for christmas in bayfield have begun in earnest 

45002675815_0603b287e2_kPerhaps a record number of youngsters couldn't wait for their first glimpse of Santa Claus as the holiday season began in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 It is almost time to celebrate all over again. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

For the past 28 years, Christmas In Bayfield has made this village a delightful destination for people from near and far to enjoy the spirit of the season, shop for Christmas gifts and enjoy lunch or dinner.

In keeping with the spirit of the weekend, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend an invitation to all residents and businesses alike to ‘Light Up the Village’ and decorate their homes and businesses early to coincide with the kick off weekend, Nov. 15-17.

It all starts with the Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. followed by the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be serving hot dogs and the Bayfield Skating Club will be serving hot chocolate at the tree lighting on Friday and as always, Santa will stop by for a visit.

The annual parade will head down Main Street starting at 11 a.m. Have an idea for a float? Please email:

In addition, free Horse and Carriage Rides will offered on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Plus, shoppers can win one of ten $100 Gift Certificates at participating Bayfield merchants. Ballots are available in participating businesses.


The Witches Walk at The Ashwood Inn's Haunted Wood generated $1,449 in donations for Big Brothers and Big Sisters North Huron (BBBSNH). The event, organized with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club was held on Oct. 26. President of the Bayfield Optimist Club, Glen Steinson recently presented the funds to Rob Ayres (right), Fundraising coordinator for the BBBSNH. (Submitted photo)  




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.


Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 13 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.

Glee sisters 

The Glee Sisters are hosting their annual Children’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 16 with “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” the story to be highlighted in song and with puppets.

To accommodate demand two performances will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The show will feature a story book on the big screen narrated by “Grandma” with musical support by the Glee Sisters choir, interactive puppet numbers and gifts of safety-approved rhythm instruments for children to play in the show’s finale.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will provide hot chocolate and cookies following the show. Admission is by donation to the Bayfield and Area Foodbank.

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. 

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.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? 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.

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 one step! J

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.

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.

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”.



in patient tub and shower room a reality at clinton hospital 

UntitledParticipating in the Ribbon Cutting were (l-r): Ron Lavoie, HPHA Board Chair; Jane Muegge, CPH Foundation Director; Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation Coordinator; Barb Dalgliesh, CPH PSW; Laura Brown, CPH Manager Inpatient Unit and ER) and Andrew Williams, HPHA President and CEO. (Photo by Amanda Dobson, HPHA Corporate Communications specialist)

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, staff of Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) along with members of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) Management, the CPH Foundation, the CPH Auxiliary, and the HPHA Board of Directors, joined together for the official opening of the new accessible tub and shower room on the inpatient unit at the hospital.

Greetings and words of gratitude were expressed by both Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator and Andrew Williams, HPHA president and CEO, followed by the official ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the new room.

In 2017, HPHA identified that the hospital needed a new accessible tub, as well as a chair lift with scale for the inpatient unit. In 2018, the Foundation transferred $57,352 from funds raised at Clinton Raceway’s 2017 Legends Day, to purchase the tub, the lift and to cover costs associated with the installation. Early in 2019, as plans moved forward with the tub project, HPHA identified an additional need for funding for an accessible shower in the same room, along with associated renovation costs. The CPH Foundation Board of Directors decided that funds raised at both Clinton Raceway’s 2019 Legends Day and the 2019 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon would be used towards the accessible shower room project. With approximately $120,000 needed additionally to complete the accessible tub and shower room, Legends Day raised $55,691 towards the project and preliminary numbers show that this year’s Radiothon has raised an additional $28,000. Funds raised from both events will be transferred to HPHA once final numbers have been calculated.

At Wednesday’s celebration, Laura Brown, manager Inpatient Unit and ER, had the honor of cutting the ribbon, followed by a tour of the room led by Barb Dalgliesh, CPH PSW. The new room looks wonderful and was designed with both patients and staff in mind. The shower and tub are accessible for patient needs, while optimizing functionality for staff.

The CPH Foundation is truly grateful for the support of community partners, those who participated in the fundraising events and to the donors who make projects like this possible. Organizers noted it is amazing how people come together in support of our hospital and the health care of our community.

transition bed program offered in Clinton late November 

2019-10-30 Transition Bed Open HouseThe Ribbon Cutting for the new Mental Health and Addictions Transition Bed Program brought together the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s Helpline and Crisis Response Team members with community partners and dignitaries. The program is expected to begin accepting clients late November. (Submitted photo)

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new Mental Health and Addictions Transition Bed Program on Oct. 30.

Huron and Perth residents experiencing a mental health and/or addictions crisis will now have access to an additional resource when the six transition beds in Clinton officially open in late November.

The Transition Bed Program has been made possible through the generous funding from the Ministry of Health with the valued support of the South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN) and community mental health and addictions partners.

This is the first type of transition bed facility located in Huron and Perth counties with a typical stay being three to five days.

The goals of this program are to:

• Provide short-term support for people of all genders, who are 18 years of age and older, who are experiencing mental health and addictions crises; are at risk for homelessness, may be involved with the justice system and can be safely supported in the community.

• Support clients during their stay utilizing Transitional Case Workers and Crisis Workers. Staff assist clients to create and implement a plan for enhanced stability and meet urgent needs in a safe, therapeutic environment.

• Provide a safe and comfortable alternative when hospitalization is not appropriate.

• Connect clients experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues to community resources.

The home, property of the Clinton Public Hospital, has been fully renovated and includes a common area, kitchen and simple dormitory-style bedrooms for clients. Beds will be accessed through the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team, 1-888-829-7484, and referrals can be made by individuals, family members, caregivers, health care providers, physicians, community agencies or police.

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

nominate a remarkable citizen 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is pleased to invite people throughout the riding to nominate and recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.

The 8th Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 15.).

Each year, Remarkable Citizens Awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce. To date, 138 remarkable citizens have been recognized.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding,” Thompson said. “It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these special people are. They help make their communities better in so many different and impactful ways and I look forward to honoring even more citizens from our riding this year."

To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contributions to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to Also include two pictures of the nominee.

Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. PO Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, PO Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.

“There's no better way to kick of the New Year than recognizing remarkable people who are making a difference in our communities," Thompson said.



 the knitting pilgrim 

Huron Shores United Church in Grand Bend is hosting 'The Knitting Pilgrim' on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Starting at 4 p.m., this popular one-man theatrical artistic presentation has been touring southern Ontario to rave reviews. Storyteller Kirk Dunn recounts his artistic and spiritual journey as he created three large hand knit tapestry panels that depict the symbols of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The beautiful elaborate panels are part of the event and audience members have a chance to view them up close and engage in a discussion after the show.

In this age of polarization, fear and division, it's a wonderful story of unity and our commonalities, appropriate for all generations.

Tickets are $12 each at or will be available at the door of Huron Shores United, 25 Main St. Grand Bend.

CPH X-ray suite 

Thanks to the generous support of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation and their donors, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA),has purchased a new Digital X-ray suite to replace its aging equipment at the CPH site.

In order to install this new equipment, outpatient X-ray exams at CPH will not be available for six to eight weeks starting on Nov. 12.

Outpatients requiring X-rays during this time period are asked to visit another hospital. Hours of operation at the Seaforth Community Hospital site of the HPHA have been extended from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the extra volume.

Inpatients and Emergency Department patients who require X-rays during this time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In some cases X-rays may be provided by a portable unit or by transferring the patient to another hospital site.

With the installation of the new state-of-the-art X-ray equipment, patients will benefit from higher quality images which in turn facilitates accuracy in interpretation and diagnosis. The new equipment will also improve efficiency as exams will be performed in a shorter amount of time.

Appreciation is extended for your patience and cooperation as this work is completed.

livery filmfest 

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.

hc cultural summit 

The County’s Cultural Services Department is working on the development of a new Huron County Cultural Plan. The new Cultural Plan will identify strategies to build and support the local arts, culture and heritage sector in Huron County.

As part of that work, the department is holding a Huron County Culture Summit on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth. At the Summit, participants will have an opportunity to review the list of strategic areas that have been identified for the new cultural plan as well as provide input on potential actions within those areas of consideration.

Public art has been identified by the arts and culture sector as an area for growth and support. Sonya Poweska, Culture Program specialist with the City of Waterloo, has been invited to speak about the types of public art and public arts programs as a starting point to a discussion about what type of public art program people would like to see in Huron County.

Between the guest speaker and work on the new Cultural Plan, participants will hear about the work being done by five arts, culture and heritage organizations and get to meet the people behind those groups doing good work in the arts, culture and heritage sector of the County.

If you would like to attend the Huron County Culture Summit on Nov. 9 please RSVP to Rick Sickinger, Cultural Development officer, at or 519 482-5457 Ext. 2730. Lunch is provided to those that attend.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to provide your into the new Huron County Cultural Plan please complete the online survey available at

horticultural society - clinton 

“Essential Oil 101” presented by Sue will be the focus of the next Clinton Horticultural Society meeting on Nov. 20.

All are welcome to attend the meeting that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street in Clinton.

living wage 

Living Wage Week in Ontario runs from now until Nov. 8 and United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) is taking the opportunity to announce the new Living Wage of $17.55 an hour for Perth-Huron, up slightly from last year’s figure of $17.44 an hour.

“The importance of a Living Wage — and the benefits to individuals and challenges for employers — is a meaningful discussion,” said SRPC Manager Joelle Lamport-Lewis. “Too many local people are forced to make hard decisions for their families on how to allocate extremely limited resources. The SRPC and UWPH want to be at the forefront of ongoing discussions to improve local lives.”

Calculated annually by the SRPC, the Living Wage is based on the living expenses of a family of four with both adults working full-time for 35 hours a week, once government transfers and deductions are accounted for. Everyday expenses included in the calculation are food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation.

“It’s important to keep numbers current so the calculation continues to show the reality of living in our region,” added Lamport-Lewis. “For example, housing costs in Perth and Huron have increased in recent years and that’s not yet reflected in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation rental reports. If housing costs continue to rise, adjustments may have a significant impact on our Living Wage Rate in the future.”

For more information about Perth Huron’s Living Wage, visit

In Perth and Huron Counties the reality is stark; one in two households earn below the current Living Wage level. Families working hard in minimum wage positions or juggling two or three part-time jobs are making difficult decisions between paying rent or purchasing healthy food — and paying other bills late if they can at all — creating constant stress. Shame, guilt and depression are common and the daily struggle to make ends meet creates an environment where it is hard to focus on anything other than survival, leading to a perpetual cycle of poverty that hurts individuals and deepens divisions within communities. The Living Wage offers a way out of this cycle for individuals and communities.

“Employers across Perth and Huron have been very open and willing to listen to the benefits of a Living Wage,” added UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Paying a Living Wage isn’t always an easy decision, but business owners also understand this is about more than paying someone a dollar or two more per hour. It’s about building a stronger workplace environment and investing in the long-term health of the communities we care about. Employers who pay a Living Wage or more and have already certified are also telling us it’s improving their bottom line, so this can be an opportunity for businesses as well as a benefit to workers.”








Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

Doug Willock was inspired by the Take a Look series of articles that were run in this publication in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) held in early June, to write a few of his own recollections of people who have been a part of the village tapestry over the years. This week he remembers Mrs. Hopkins.

Mrs. Hopkins kept a store on Main Street to the south of the former Red Pump (The Lakehouse), which in the 1960’s changed hands it seemed every couple of years.

Before moving into Bayfield, Mrs. Hopkins had a farm out where the Berry Farm is now located. It was dry land and hard to generate an income.

Her husband had fought in World War One and had suffered a mustard gas attack. He lived and returned to Mrs. Hopkins, but it was a hard life for them both. When I met Mrs. Hopkins in the 1960s, Mr. Hopkins had already died of his war wounds.

One day, I agreed to help Mrs. Hopkins pull weeds and tidy the backyard of the Main Street store. Payment was to be in postage stamps. That evening, having kept my part of the bargain, and Mrs. Hopkins was never shy to tell anyone what she thought, I was invited into her house. By the light of a lamp she pulled out her postage stamp albums and showed me all kinds of stamps, mostly from Canada and the United States. What captured my imagination was how beautiful the American stamps were from around the 1900s as I had never seen any before. Being an amateur stamp collector, I was much more familiar with the stamps of Canada and Brazil as that is where I received my first stamp album.

I cannot remember what stamps Mrs. Hopkins gave me, but I always remember that wonderful evening we had together and often think of her when I pass by her old store.  

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.




In Issue 536, from village resident, Carolyn Snell, "This ad is from my collection of old newspapers...Clinton News-Record...""Summer in Bayfield"...1993....26 years later and a lot of changes.

Many familiar faces in this one!


PB12 7a Mrs Whiddon Hunter House near Eddie Sturgeon c1898 

In Issue 537, this image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection is recorded to be of Mrs Whiddon Hunter whose house was near Eddie Sturgeon. The image was taken around 1898. Anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 7a)



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bayfield boutique bed and breakfast hosts military personnel as a thank you for their service 


192A7966   All involved in the special military weekend events met at The Albion Hotel on Saturday afternoon for a reception. From l-r: Shelly Price and Diane McKinley, selection committee; military guest Derek Hill, and wife, Sara; Jacquie and her husband, Paul Yetman, military guest; Tamara and her husband, Scott Hoo, military guest; Brenda and her husband, Brian Lawrence, military guest; Mary Hughes, owner Bayfield Boutique B&B; Jeff Graham, owner The Albion Hotel; Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp; and John Westerman, owner Bayfield Boutique B&B. (Photos by Dianne Brandon)  

imageBayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast hosted its second annual Bayfield Canadian Military Appreciation weekend on Nov. 2. (Submitted photo)  

imageMary Hughes presented the military honorees with Bayfield Farmers’ Market bags filled with gifts donated from local businesses (Submitted photo)  

192A7976Derek and Sara Hill  

192A7979Jacquie and Paul Yetman  






Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast hosted its second annual Bayfield Canadian Military Appreciation weekend on Nov. 2.

A social media contest was posted on Facebook in early September asking for nominations of Canadian Military personnel that would enjoy a stay in Bayfield as a thank you for their service.

Owners of the Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Mary Hughes and John Westerman, offered up their three king size bedroom accommodations to Canadian Military recipients. The Little Inn of Bayfield also offered a night’s accommodation.

Four recipients were chosen and with their spouses were all treated to a wonderful stay in Bayfield. They enjoyed Saturday in the village and at 4 p.m. a welcome reception was hosted by The Albion Hotel where they were all welcomed by Mayor of Bluewater Paul Klopp. Photographer Dianne Brandon took portraits of each couple and later gifted them copies to take home!

Saturday evening, they enjoyed a dinner at the Bed and Breakfast. Afterwards they were presented with Bayfield Farmers’ Market bags filled with gifts donated from local businesses including: Dublin Mercantile fudge and White Squirrel t-shirts, hats, steel straws and thermal packs. After dinner the group were hosted at Drift for an evening cocktail. The weekend ended Sunday morning with breakfast being served at the Bed and Breakfast.

Organizer Mary Hughes noted that they all enjoyed meeting each other and sharing stories.

“What stories they shared!” she said. “An interesting fact is even though they were all in various sectors of the military they all seemed to have known somebody somewhere in common. Confirming a quote by Captain Jordan Lobb in a nomination, ‘Soldiers that stand together are brothers forever.’”

192A7986Brenda and Brian Lawrence

192A7981Tamara and Scott Hoo  



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Along the Sawmill Trail...By Cory J Horth

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IMG_7652Green Zone Azores Jeep Tour

The Azores are 1,500 km (930 mi) west of Lisbon, Portugal and about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) southeast of Newfoundland. When our cruise ship docked in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island we headed out on another jeep exploration tour. Our driver Gui, was a chef by trade, and worked for Green Zone Jeep Tours to share the love he has for his country with visitors. Although he had yet to visit Canada he had many close relatives living in the Cambridge, ON area and also explained that there are daily flights from the Azores to Toronto to accommodate the large numbers of Portuguese who have chosen Canada as their home.

The Azores has a subtropical Mediterranean climate and the landscape ranges from lush rainforest to vast pastureland. The roadsides are dotted with hydrangeas in various shades of blue, white and pink. During the summer these flowers are at their peak but even during our autumn visit these fragrant blooms did not disappoint. The Azores are known best for their dairy production with two cows for every resident – the Holstein being the most prevalent followed by the Jersey. Cows grazing at their leisure along the green slopes while breathing in the fresh ocean air were a common sight while exploring the island. In the city of Ponta Delgada there was even a town bus painted to look like a cow!

One of our stops on our tour was to the Porto Formoso Tea Factory, one of two industrial tea plantations in Europe and the smallest of the two. This Tea Factory not only produces tea, but also preserves the memories of tea production in the Azores islands from the very beginning to the last quarter of the 19th century. We were treated to a sampling of their tea – a favorite beverage of mine – and it did not disappoint!

Tea, dairy and hydrangeas were just three of the takeaways from our day on São Miguel Island but the Azores offer so much – perhaps a flight from Toronto is in order to discover even more. – Melody  


Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake), Azores (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


Porto Formoso Tea Factory, Azores.  


Dairy herd grazing on pasture slope, Azores.  


View from Porto Formoso Tea Factory, Azores.  


Dairy branded town bus Ponta Delgada, Azores.


Water Salute from support tug departing port of Ponta Delgada, Azores.  

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