Bookmark and Share   Nov. 4, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 45 Issue 591

simons' generosity remembered 

Huron Food 6Ruth Gibson (right) and Carol Simons (left) visited the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre recently to present a donation to Mary Ellen Zielman in memory of Carol's husband, George. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield resident, George Simons died on Sept. 2 in his 90th year. Neighbors, friends and family collected money in his memory to have a bench placed in his honor at the south entrance to the beach on Tuyll Street.

“Due to the generous contributions for the steel bench in memory of George, we had a surplus of $350. This was donated to one of George’s favorite interests the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre in Exeter,” said Ruth Gibson, who coordinated the donation collection.

Gibson, along with George’s wife, Carol Simons, visited the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) recently to present their donation and also enjoyed a tour of the premises. What the pair learned is that Mary Ellen Zielman, and her husband, Gerry, started coordinating a surplus of crops to local families in need from the mud room of their farm in 2008. Quickly donations outgrew the capacity of the mud room so the project was moved to a location on the Main Street of Exeter. It remained there from 2009 to 2012 when Mike and Kevin Hogan of Premium Transportation offered them space in their large warehouse.

Fast forward to 2020 and the HCFBDC has grown comfortably into that warehouse space. They have a cooler approximately, 30’ x 20’ and a freezer double that size, as well as a large area for dry goods on pallets. They have two trucks and a van. All funded with assistance from the Ontario Trillium Fund, the International Plowing Match, and Exeter Chrysler, as well as other industries and individuals.

Food Banks in Huron County make orders depending on the produce available, which is loaded and delivered from the Premium Transportation Warehouse loading bays. Since 2009 the HCFBDC has distributed 5,116,068 lbs of dry goods and produce. For every pound of food distributed the equivalent is a meal for someone who is food insecure.

There are nine Food Banks in Huron, 15 aid agencies, that receive goods plus four “desert” locations in Huron, populations in need of food but without benefit of a physical Food Bank. Monthly deliveries are made to a parking lot in the desert locations for these families. The distribution of excess produce and dry goods by the HCFBDC is at no cost to the groups they assist.

They have 40+ volunteers a week working approximately 115 hours to meet the needs of the food banks, aid agencies and mobile food truck locations in Huron.

“Our team here at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre want to share our sincerest condolences for the passing of George Simons. George and Carol have been generous supporters of our work and we are so very grateful for their kindness. Their donations provided many meals for families who were food insecure. There are no words to truly show our gratitude but on behalf of all the families and seniors who had a meal because of George and Carol's gifts we would like to say a heartfelt thank you. They have left an incredible mark on this County and we want you to know how humbled we are to have been their charity of choice,” said Zielman.

Any cash donations to this non-profit organization are strictly used in Huron County and a tax receipt is issued for donations over $25. To learn more please email Mary Ellen Zielman at

holiday ornament painting latest workshop offering


As more people than usual will be staying in Ontario this winter season, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts is planning a number of COVID-19 safe offerings over the next five months.

Volunteers with BCA are now taking registrations for the "Painting and Decorating Holiday Ornaments" workshop. Registration includes a workshop kit which includes three or four ornaments, all necessary painting supplies, an outline of tips and tricks and an online tutorial.

The sky is the limit for this paint at home project and the tips and tricks hand out will include lots of ideas and artist Debra MacArthur’s tutorial will talk about lots of different possibilities for creating. Participants can tackle a modern design or try a traditional image. Each kit will include either three, four-inch ornaments or there are a limited number of kits which contain four, three-inch ornaments. Kits also include a festive selection of paints, a variety of brushes, specialty medium and varnish.

Kits will be available for pickup at the BCA barn after Nov. 15. People are invited to paint on their own or with their “bubble” of family and/or friends.

To learn more or to register visit:

It is hoped that some future small group offerings will take place in a convenient, spacious location allowing for safe distancing with health unit oversight and cleaning practices.

In an effort to reach a wide audience and make the events interesting to a range of attendees, organizers are looking for non-professional or professional speakers, instructors, and demonstrations on interesting topics.

These subjects might include food, wine, books, writing, movies, travel, history, genealogy, gardening, florals, health, mediation, interior design, art history, painting, photography, fibre arts, crafts – the list of subjects appears endless…

Anyone who has had an interesting career, hobby, skill, experience or specialty that they are willing to share with others is asked to please get in touch with organizers immediately at

In addition, the BCA is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.

Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.

Please email at the address above to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.

Feline amputee finds family  

IMG_7167Tilly (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Not everyone is able to adopt one of these kitties in need but people can still help. BFF volunteers are currently looking for good foster homes for some of their cats and kittens. A place where they can learn to trust again, or grow up with space to play and explore. Some of the adult cats are at the shelter for awhile before being adopted, they would love a comfortable place to feel safe.

“Please consider opening your home to a temporary guest. We will match the perfect cat or kittens to your situation and provide supplies and support,” said Mary Pounder, a volunteer with BFF.

Anyone who is interested is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at or call 519 565-2717.

Tilly is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.

About five months old, Tilly has had a rought start to life but her future is bright…as she already has a forever family just waiting for her, however, her story is one that still needs to be shared with the community.

This beautiful young Tortoiseshell was spotted by a kind woman who started feeding her and noticed that she was limping. It turned out she was missing her foot and part of her back leg. This concerned citizen called the Rescue and a trap was set to capture Tilly. Once caught she was immediately taken to the vet where it was determined that her leg had to be amputated at the hip.

Volunteers report that Tilly is recouping and getting along very well. They note that despite everything she has been through, she if friendly and loves attention, and being petted. She especially loves Tuna!

Volunteers are also grateful she was found and not left to suffer and fend for herself in the wild any longer. They are also pleased that a family is committing to giving her the best life possible.

The future looks bright for Tilly but many more are still waiting for their forever homes or foster homes. Anyone who can help is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.

Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats like TIlly. Any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Novel "The Pull of the Stars" set in time of Spanish Influenza 


During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?

In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.

November’s book is “The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue. Published this year it was reviewed by Susan Williams, a long time Bayfield cottager and a psychologist in Oakville, ON.

Irish born, Canadian author, Emma Donoghue writes this gripping and inspiring three-day story set in a 1918 Dublin city hospital maternity ward during the Spanish Influenza and WWI. Maternity nurse, Julie Power, is the main heroine and narrator of the story and runs a small segregated maternity ward for pregnant women who have the deadly influenza and who are about to give birth. Bridie Sweeney, teenage orphan, and Dr. Kathleen Lynn, maternity doctor, are two other heroines who assist on this ward.

The writing style is intimate, and the reader is drawn into Power’s experiences, from her perspective, moment by moment, as she makes quick life-saving decisions in the small critical-care maternity ward. Child-birth is already risky in 1918 but in addition these mothers also have the rapid health-deteriorating and often fatal Spanish Influenza. It seems to be a bleak reality in the ward and in the ailing, war-weary poverty-stricken society in Dublin at that time. The three heroines, however, contrast this bleakness with their unswerving dedication to keeping people alive and healthy.

The book is fascinating as it provides readers with insight into medicine in 1918. It is clear there is much wisdom at the time but unfortunately without the life-saving mechanisms such as antibiotics of modern medicine. The book also provides insight into other socio-political aspects of 1918 through the three women’s personal lives. Sweeney lives in a harsh Irish orphanage run by the church and Dr. Kathleen Lynn is the name of a real heroine of the time who was a senior member of the newly established Sinn Fein organization lobbying for social, economic and political reform. Donoghue raises awareness of these historical, and still current, social-political issues and touches on other timeless issues such as the neglected, psychological suffering of soldiers of war, gender disparity in the workforce, and the unease in some settings of sexual diversity.

The book is ambitious and succeeds. The writing is crisp and vivid. The reader is engaged from the first sentence to the last page and is drawn into 1918 Dublin and in particular into the daily life and perspective of a nurse on a critical-care emergency ward, and into the life of an orphan and a female doctor as they assist on this ward. The book also inspires readers. Three exceptionally brave women are surrounded by darkness, tragedy and injustice in their work and personal lives. However, these women persevere and embody hope and compassion. The parable is timeless and an inspiration for everyone who lives with challenges in their personal lives or in the societies they live in.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend this book. The writing style is distinct, intimate and detailed and the setting is unique. The book is also highly educational, engaging, and inspiring. I rate this book 5/5.



 life at the rink     

Nov. 6 is a PD for some area schools. Anyone looking for something to do outside the house on Friday should note that the Bayfield Arena will offer free public skating from 1-3 p.m.

Others who have been missing time on the ice can enjoy it as well with several opportunities for public skating throughout the week.

Currently the Free Skating Schedule is: Sundays from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms and tots and seniors and their care givers; Mondays, from 7-8 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get area youth involved in hockey.

Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted – please abide by the rules.

The schedule for available public open ice times is on website:; or call at 519 565-2121. 


Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season but he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in an effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return.

Email the jolly old elf at

November Quilt of the Month 

Nov DSC_1320 (2)NOV Quilt DSC_1321November's Quilt of the Month. (Submitted photos)

With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice was pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts. A random selection of these handmade quilts will be sold as a fundraiser for patient care at the hospice.

This adorable quilt is autumn splendour at its best and will give someone’s décor a wonderful punch of color. This cotton quilt – which is suitable for all ages - was made by members of the local community, measures 43” x 50” and is being sold for $475. It can be mounted horizontally or vertically or used as a throw.

The first person sending an email to the Hospice Manager of Fundraising, Christopher Walker will be the happy owner of the quilt:

Anyone who would like further information before they decide, should contact Walker.

Proceeds of the quilt sale will go directly toward patient care!


Calling on all the wonderful rock painters out there! Don't be shy. Join in “OHearts” Kindness Rock Movement in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 13 in support of World Kindness Day.

It is true that one kind word or message can change a person's life. Kindness Rocks have been appearing in and around Bayfield for some time now. This simple act is providing positive messages to those that have found or connected with them. They have been spotted on trails, in parks, random street corners and at the library. Hundreds of people have taken and or given away their Bayfield finds to people who may need them.

On Nov. 13, let's continue in keeping Bayfield on the map for kindness by dropping off inspirational rocks on the front window ledge (facing Main Street) of the Bayfield Public Library.

Together people can make a difference in someone's life and bring more kindness to the world. 

BRVTA Membership

Winter is certainly on the way in and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be endeavouring to keep the trails open and safe for delightful winter walks.

“During this difficult year of lockdowns, we have seen increasing numbers of hiking family groups with children wondering how beavers can possibly eat tree trunks, grandparents enjoying the tranquility of being amidst calming foliage and diligent parents being towed along by the family dog,” said Helen Varekamp, with the BRVTA.

Varekamp reported that the storms and strong winds of the weekend have shaken the trees to their roots and several have succumbed, falling squarely across the trails. But have no fear, the ‘Trailblazers’ team will be out with chain saws to clear the debris and ensure that safe paths are maintained.

But, it is not just the strong winds or heavy snow that create maintenance issues.

“Our wooden bridges, handrails, steps and boardwalks are in constant decline and require regular repair or replacement - the work involves more than just the time and effort of our Trailblazer volunteers, the necessary materials cost money,” said Varekamp.

Anyone who enjoys walking the trails but has never got around to joining the BRVTA, might consider that with a mere $30 annual family membership, they would be making a valuable contribution toward the maintenance of the seven trails, ensuring their viability for the future. Memberships for 2021 are now available on-line at

People should save their receipt, which will give them shopping privileges at the Columbia Sportswear discount store.

Cheques can also be mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

lost and found  

Staff at the Bayfield Public Library found more than just books in their book drop on Saturday, Oct. 24. They discovered one hearing aid, blue-black in color, amongst the returned reading materials. Anyone missing it is asked to contact the library on Wednesdays or Saturdays between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 519 565-2886 or sending an email to

Witches' Walk

Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club would like to let everyone know that although the 2020 Witches’ Walk has been cancelled due to COVID-19 they are already planning for their 2021 version to be held in the “haunted” woods at The Ashwood Inn on Oct. 23, 2021.

Organizers are using this time to add to their décor. Anyone who has any outdoor decorations that they would like to donate, or sell for a reasonable price, should contact Joan Schilbe at Only items in good condition and weatherproof will be considered.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to enter a scary station along the trail and/or volunteer to help make this a truly inspiring, community event.

brvta agm 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Annual General Meeting (AGM for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 28.

It will be held by ZOOM at 10 a.m. Members are invited to join the AGM. Anyone who is interested, is asked to kindly RSVP by email to Anyone who had already responded will automatically be contacted with the link for the meeting.

guided hikes 

National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17, to celebrate the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m.

National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours.

Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.  


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

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

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

It's cookie season

Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce that it is Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! Bayfield Guiding has a limited number of cookies to sell in this format and the profits support the local membership directly. Please note there is a minimum cookie order and a shipping fee.

Here is the link: online cookie portal.

Sometime in early November the Bayfield membership will also have cookies in hand ready to sell for $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. They are taking pre-orders as Girl Guides Ontario determined selling limits and they will only be receiving about one-third of what they normally sell. Don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing to pre-order.





new video shares where drinking water comes from  

Open_Well_Virtual_Tour_Video_NR_1Alyssa Keller, is a public-at-large representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. She is water treatment operator with Jacobs Engineering which is contracted to run the water system. (Submitted photos)

Do people know where their drinking water comes from and how it’s treated?

A new video provides a virtual tour inside the Seaforth water treatment facility and water tower in Huron East. It features Alyssa Keller who is a public-at-large representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC). She is water treatment operator with Jacobs Engineering which is contracted to run the water system. In the past, many municipalities have hosted Open Well tours of their treatment plants for local residents. The current pandemic provides an opportunity to reach a wider audience with a virtual tour.

Open_Well_Virtual_Video_NR_3 A new video provides a virtual tour inside the Seaforth water treatment facility and water tower in Huron East.

“We are pleased to have Alyssa, who is on the ground as a water operator, be part of our Source Protection Committee,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the SPC. “In these socially distanced times, Alyssa helps educate people about how water treatment works and protecting that source of water. This is also an excellent resource for online learners.”

The SPC is made up of different sectors of the community working to protect local municipal water supplies through policies to reduce the risk of contamination from activities near wells and intakes.

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (SPR) released the video on Oct. 23. It is available on YouTube at or on Facebook at

There are several barriers of defence that help to keep drinking water safe and clean in Ontario including the “Three T’s – Treatment of water; Testing of water; Training of water operators.” This video gives the public a front-row seat to some of these barriers of protection.
To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley SPR website at

retirement home in Stratford experiences  Covid-19 outbreak

On Nov. 3, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) was saddened to learn of the passing of a resident at Cedarcroft Place Retirement Home in Stratford who had tested positive for COVID-19. The resident, who had underlying health conditions, became sick with COVID-19 symptoms last week.

“We are very sorry to hear of this loss,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Our thoughts are with the individual’s family and friends, as well as with Cedarcroft residents and staff during this difficult time.”

HPPH continues to work closely with Cedarcroft to support case and contact management and infection control. As of Nov. 3, there are nine confirmed cases associated with this outbreak declared on Oct. 28 – seven residents and two staff. All affected residents continue to be cared for at Cedarcroft. Testing on staff and residents at the home continues for anyone who develops symptoms; if new cases are identified, close contacts may also be tested whether symptomatic or not.

“We are saddened at the passing of a long-time resident who over the years was active, engaged and loved by neighbors and staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” said Dan Vito, Executive director of Cedarcroft Place.

“We know how serious this infection can be for our vulnerable populations, including our seniors in retirement and long-term care homes and in those with underlying health conditions,” said Dr. Klassen. “HPPH continues to work closely alongside all retirement homes and long-term care facilities to protect residents and staff.

“Our Outbreak Management Team is working closely with Cedarcroft Place to ensure they are following outbreak control measures and public health guidance, and to support their staff to safely work during this outbreak. We are following up and monitoring the situation closely; as with any facility outbreak, it’s possible there could be more cases confirmed in the coming days.”

Dr. Klassen continued,“This outbreak is a serious reminder that COVID-19 is still here in Huron and Perth despite our relatively low case numbers over the past month. Seniors are a vulnerable population and are more likely to experience severe symptoms of COVID-19. We as a community must do all we can to protect our vulnerable residents. I urge everyone to continue following public health guidance to protect each other’s health.”

Huron and Perth residents are being reminded to continue to practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering, stay at home if you are sick and download the COVID-19 Alert mobile app; these are all important steps people can all take to protect their communities from COVID-19.

“We continue to appreciate the support of our community and grateful to the people who care for our higher risk populations during this challenging time,” said Dr. Klassen.

The HPPH website is updated with confirmed case counts from Monday to Friday.

Works of art to be auctioned for blyth festival this month 

2   cropped LA CF Cindy Fisher (left) and Laurel Armstrong display a small sample of the more than 120 pieces of artwork donated for an upcoming online fundraising auction in support of Blyth Festival. (Submitted photo)

Long-time Blyth Festival supporter, Cindy Fisher, along with local artists as committee members, has created this special online art auction event to assist the Blyth Festival theatre organization, as it weathers the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created.

Huron County artists as well as regional artists have submitted their original artworks which include oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolors, photography, jewellery, stained glass, fabric and a variety of other media. The original artworks received all fit the 10” by 10” size, on canvas, wood panel and as matted photographs. More than 125 pieces of artwork was received.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10, the art will be on display online, and the auction will feature photographs of each colorful piece. The online art auction event will be opened on the website, with the final bidding activities closing on Dec. 10. Complete bidding instructions will be on this website for eager buyers.

Artistic Director for the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt has talked about the crucial nature of supporting the theatre and artistic community during these very challenging times: “The outpouring of support from our community has been phenomenal. Desperate as this moment in the life of performing arts in Canada has been, seeing artists and patrons and volunteers and lovers of the arts rally around us is truly inspiring...and will make all the difference in not only our survival, but our ability to build back better and thrive.”

The fundraising art auction committee members include local and area artists who work in a variety of media, in addition to Cindy Fisher, Blyth Art Gallery members Carl Stevenson, Rob Tetu (potter), William Creighton, Michele Miller, Judy Barker and Laurel Armstrong. Jennifer Lamb, director of Audience Development and Services is providing co-ordination with the Blyth Festival. Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, artist and owner of Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, Goderich, co-ordinated the distribution of the 10” x 10” canvas and presentation materials. The art submission deadline was Oct. 10.

The funds raised will support the focus of the Blyth Festival organization as the staff work to create the 2021 season and special events. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 2020 season, as well as the furlough of administrative, production and artistic staff. Costs to build towards 2021 continue and the hope is that the online art auction will assist with costs for getting the new season up and running.

Deb Talk to examine how pandemic has impacted women 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

 ABCA Outdoor Family Experiences 

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

ABCA is making November, Birds of Prey Month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basic Income Forum 

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on communities and according to United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) it has exposed the reality that the Canadian social safety net is no longer working. People across Perth and Huron are looking for help that preserves people’s dignity and provides adequate means to support for themselves and their families. A growing number of voices have begun discussing the idea of a Basic Income and UWPH’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) wants to continue that discussion with a virtual Basic Income Forum.

The forum will be held on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. live on YouTube.

“We’re glad to have an opportunity to further the discussion around Basic Income in our communities,” said Joëlle Lamport-Lewis, director of Research at the SRPC. “Momentum has been building across the social and political spectrum. We feel events like this Basic Income Forum are a great way to educate people further on the topic and have an open and honest discussion around Basic Income and what it means to individuals.”

Moderated by critically-acclaimed actor, writer, and voice-over artist Maev Beaty, the Basic Income Forum will feature a 45-minute discussion around Basic Income including what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s important, and how to lift everyone out of poverty.

Panelists are Senator Kim Pate, a nationally renowned advocate and former Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Elizabeth Fry Society supporting some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized, and institutionalized citizens of Canada. Ron Hikel, world-renowned expert and Executive Director of Minicome (the Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment) in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970s. Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier, associate professor and the graduate program coordinator in the School of Social Work at King’s University College at Western University and chair of Basic Income London, ON. Floyd Marinescu, CEO and co-founder of C4Media and a universal Basic Income activist. All four bring a variety of viewpoints on the issue of Basic Income and will share facts, offer opinions, and respond to questions.

For more information about the event, the panelists and the link to UWPH’s YouTube channel visit

A Basic Income is an unconditional cash transfer from government to individuals enabling everyone to meet their basic needs, participate in society, and live with dignity regardless of employment status. Around the world, a Basic Income is becoming recognized as an effective way to help eliminate income and wealth inequalities, reduce poverty and economic insecurity, improve health for individuals, address gender equality, and transform the relationship between people and work.

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

Locally, the SRPC has been heavily involved in discussions around income inequality. The SRPC supports the Living Wage program in Huron and Perth, has previously reported on the struggles of those in local communities trying to get by on less through the How Much is Enough? report, made recommendations for the creation of a regional Poverty Reduction Strategy and struck a committee to look at the broader issue of Income Security in Perth-Huron.


The Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) are pleased to announce that the much-anticipated exhibit “Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren” opened on Oct. 8. People are invited to pre-arrange their visit at their convenience to catch the exhibit, which is on until Apr. 30, 2021.

From mirth and mud at Ypres Salient and Vimy Ridge to the vibrancy of landscapes from Huron County and the Maitland Valley, the exhibit explores McLaren's prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer. Reflections is presented in partnership with the HCHS and features close to 100 works on loan from the community.

At this time, the Museum is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. To pre-arrange a visit, please call 519 524-2686 and be sure to review the latest guidelines for visiting the Museum on their website.

Reflections is included with regular admission or free for Museum Members and Huron County Library card holders. Please call the Museum at 519 524-2686 to pre-arrange a visit today.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link






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rEmember this  


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (open Thursday to Sunday by appointment - call 519 524-2686) . But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

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

In the lead up to Remembrance Day we will feature some items belonging to those who served their country and represented Huron County proudly during both times of war and times of peace.


This is a bayonet with sheath. This bayonet was used in the Canadian Navy during the First World War (1914-1918). It is a Wilkinson-style blade. The full length is 56 cm while the blade length is 42.5 cm.

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bank note 

This German paper bank note was a souvenir brought from Cologne, Germany by A.V. Currell of the 19th Battalion, C.E.F. while serving in the First World War. Due to a shortage of currency in Germany at the close of WWI in 1918 these bills were issued by the city of Cologne for use within the city. It carries the signature of Conrad Adenauer, who was mayor of Cologne at the time.

On the one side there is the number "5" in each of the four corners. The markings are as follows: "STADT COLN 1918 FUNF MARK NO. 803583 COLN DEN 18 OCTOBER 1918 ADENAUR". There is a red stamp beside the serial number. On the reverse side there is a number "5" in each of the four corners. In the center the markings are "STADT COLN 1918 FUNF MARK". The bills serial number is #803583.

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decade retrospective      

 We will remember them  

15572675048_92d4477d3b_k2014 - At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 members of the Bayfield community gathered in Clan Gregor Square to remember. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

5154979075_4b9e8e6048_b2010 - During the service an honor guard was formed around the cenotaph by members of the Maitland Air Cadet Squadron (Photo by Dennis Pal)

6323506256_90e3068f50_k2011 - Sara Jantzi and Amber Law laid a wreath for the Maitland Air Cadet Squadron. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

15758382665_88529bf23d_k2014 - Gary Brandon accepted a wreath from Dianne Alexander during the service. He laid wreaths for both the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 and HMCS Provost. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

22487026757_bd2a5c2e83_k2015 - Joey Brandon laid a wreath on behalf of HMCS Provost during Bayfield's Remembrance Day Services held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 8. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

30850286575_9c559b04cf_k2016 - Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton paraded to the Bayfield cenotaph on Sunday morning. (Photo by John Pounder)

43906301030_bf3becfa1d_k-22018 - Three members of Bayfield Guiding placed a wreath during the Nov. 4 service. The girls also participated in the parade to the cenotaph with a color party. (Photo by John Pounder)

49049513341_c4a0c0909d_k2019 - Members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department in dress uniform attended Sunday's service in Clan Gregor Square. (Photo by John Pounder)





Agnes Currie unveiled the village’s new memorial cenotaph on July 26, 1933. She had lost two sons – Harvey and Kenny – in World War One. Since that time whether it be sunshine and clear skies, high winds, hail, rain or snow people have gathered at the cenotaph to remember.

In the last few decades Bayfield has honored their fallen on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11 as it is difficult to have officials, officiants and Legion participants attend on the actual date. They are needed to fulfil roles in the larger centres. However, in 2020, the year to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, there will be no official ceremony in Clan Gregor Square in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

According to Geordie Palmer, one of the organizers for the Bayfield ceremonies, "The usual Remembrance Day Services have been cancelled or drastically reduced, to very minimal activities as a result of the pandemic. Some of the larger communities will be conducting Remembrance Day Ceremonies on a very restricted basis, imposed by the National, Provincial and local Health authorities.

"Consequently our normal Bayfield Service in Clan Gregor Square has been cancelled. The Royal Canadian Legion will be providing minimal support, by providing commemorative wreaths to organizations wishing to present and display at the local cenotaphs at their leisure."

But the cancellation of the usual ceremony shouldn’t prevent people from remembering at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month, wherever they are or whatever they are doing. 

Here is, the Roll of Honor for both World Wars regularly shared at the service. Bayfield’s soldiers lost in the 1914-1918 conflict: Edward Adley, Arthur Clarke, Harvey Currie, Kenneth Currie, Russel Erwin, Victor Evens, Allen McDonald, Robert McLeod and Wilfred Toms. Those men lost in the battles of 1939-1945 were: Charles Stewart Cann, Robert David James Hopson and Richard V. Weston.

As Laurence Binyon wrote in his poem "For the Fallen": "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

Screen Shot 2020-11-03 at 11.19.40 AM2009 - Major the Rev. George Youmatoff C.D. (Ret.) was chaplain for the Clinton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and he continues to assist with the Bayfield service. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

10806468744_9e72a0c782_k2013 - Russ Berry (right), of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #140, acted as parade marshall for the service. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


37517186194_0ae8e01024_k2017 - Tom McMahon, of the Clinton Legion Branch 140,, handed a wreath to Rick Shropshall who then placed it on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 140 in Clinton. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)



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"The darkest nights produce the brightest stars"...By Jan Simonson

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued









 I wrote this at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. I’m feeling rather anxious. It is election day in America. I have sent “thinking of you” messages to friends and family that live there – people that have more invested in the results than I.

As one of my family members replied we are doing our best to remain calm and be cautiously optimistic. This evening, we watched the Saturday Night Live Election Special 2020 while we had an appetizer style dinner by the glow of our freshly decorated artificial Christmas tree. I know its early but damn if we don’t all need a little extra light right now. Earlier today when I was preparing this week’s issue and combing through the archives for pictures of village services of remembrance from the past decade I came upon the Submissions I wrote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. I was nervous that night too and upon reflection of the last four years it was justified.

I’m not sure if America can do four more years...but just as the lights sparkle on our synthetic Tannenbaum there is a glimmer of hope. Perhaps not ironically, Americans have been voting like their lives depend on it. Their actions prove that many are neither comfortable nor complacent and that gives me hope. We’ll see what dawn brings or early next week…depending on how long it takes to count the ballots. – Melody




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