Bookmark and Share   Nov. 10, 2021   Vol. 13 Week 46 Issue 644

hospice raffle early bird winners bayfield residents   

Trudty A and Bill A Jay McFarlan (left), representing Huron Hospice, recently congratulated Trudy Amendola and Bill Aberhart of Bayfield, winners of the $500 early bird prize in the Huron Hospice Raffle. (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield residents were the early bird prize winners in the most recent Huron Hospice Raffle.

Trudy Amendola and Bill Aberhart, of Bayfield, were the winners of the $500 early bird prize and Paul Mutter took home the $8,490 grand prize.

Huron Hospice would like to thank those who bought tickets and for playing the Huron Hospice 50/50 raffle. They would also like to congratulate the winners.

The Raffle is an important part of hospice revenue.

“The annual budget for the four-bed hospice and programs is $1.2 million. Roughly half of those costs are covered by the Ontario Government. Donors cover the other roughly $600,000 which includes some nursing costs and other programs including Loss and Grief Counselling for adults and children and youth. We could not provide the services we do without our donors," said Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster.

People will have another opportunity to win in the Christmas Raffle. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 22. The grand prize draw will be held on Dec. 23. The early bird draw will be Friday, Dec. 11. Tickets will once again sell for 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.

If anyone has any questions, please get in touch with Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development, at 519 525-7352 or by email at Licence No.: RAF1201150

 Brittany Spaniel came to village via The Canine Railway 

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Say hello to Irie, a beautiful Brittany Spaniel belonging to full time Bayfield resident Jennifer Ross Holton.

Ross Holton found Irie several years ago while randomly searching the internet for agencies that rescued Brittany Spaniels. She already had a Brittany at home but was concerned that her dog was suffering from separation anxiety. Ross Holton concluded that a second canine would likely help to alleviate her older dog’s anxiety issues. She was determined to explore a rescue option and stumbled upon the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network (NBRAN) website where she was able to view a listing of dogs in urgent need of new home.

IMG_4218Irie, a Brittany Spaniel. (Submitted photo)

Irie found her way to the rescue organization after being discovered in a rural area in Kentucky in an abandoned shed with a litter of puppies. Thankfully, a stranger delivered both mom and pups to a shelter where they could be adequately cared for. Eventually, Irie was taken in by a foster family in Tennessee and ultimately made her appearance on the NBRAN website. Ross Holton cannot be certain of Irie’s age at the time of the adoption. She was told that Irie may have been a year old, but she suspects that her new pet was likely a year or two older than that.

One of the most amazing aspects of Irie’s story is how she made the journey to Bayfield. The NBRAN rescue group has a list of volunteer drivers who call themselves “The Canine Railway”. This network of volunteers, who reside throughout the USA and Canada, agree to drive dogs for a distance of 100 miles from their home area. They then hand off the newly adopted pet to another driver for the next 100-mile leg of the journey. Incredibly, it took slightly less than two days for Irie to travel from Tennessee, all the way to London, ON, and then on to her forever home in Bayfield.

Ross Holton stated that anyone who contemplates adopting a rescue dog should realize that the process is not without challenges and potential problems. When Irie first arrived in Bayfield, she was quite timid and afraid of loud noises. She had a pellet embedded in her leg which makes Ross Holton think that she was most likely a hunting dog at some point. At first, Irie also seemed quite afraid of Ross Holton’s husband, although that issue resolved itself with a bit of time. Luckily, she did immediately bond with Ross Holton and over the years, she has matured into a friendly dog with a quiet disposition. Despite her current age of 11 or 12, Irie still possesses the hunting dog instinct and will gleefully chase skunks, squirrels, and any other rodents she can find.

Ross Holton said that if an adoptive owner is prepared to invest time, patience, and understanding they will ultimately be rewarded with a loving family pet. Irie means “everything is alright” in the Jamaican patois language. Her name has certainly proven to be quite prophetic as “everything has indeed turned out alright”.

Editor’s Note: The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is interested in hearing from residents who have an interesting story to tell about how they came to acquire their dog. Whether your pet came from near, or far, please contact the Bayfield PACC to share your story. They can be reached on Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C, on Instagram at Bayfield PACC or via their website at

Optimists hosting meet and greet for new members 


A community organization that has provided opportunities for young people and their families is in dire need of new members.

The Bayfield Optimist Club currently has 12 members but to really benefit the community in the way they have been accustomed they need some new recruits. They are hoping that interested people will attend a “meet and greet” to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn how they can become a part of the club over a cup of coffee. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. 

The Optimists have been responsible for youth-oriented projects in the village since September 1984. Currently, they are active supporters of Seeds Rooted in Youth, The Tanner Steffler Foundation and the Bayfield Community Centre.

Major projects they have undertaken within the village include the playground, splash pad and washroom in Clan Gregor Squre as well as the Skateboard and Basketball Court in Agricultural Park. They are also responsible for such fun family activities as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with Santa.

To allow for sponsorship, major projects and fun events, they host fundraisers such as the Rubber Duck Race as well as a Golf Tournament. The men and women of the Bayfield Club are always looking for new ideas to keep the organization relevant to today’s youth and look forward to meeting some like-minded individuals on Nov. 20.

volunteers needed at Community centre 


The ice is in for the season and the Bayfield Community Centre is open the enjoyment of the public.

“We are pleased to announce that despite the COVID-19 challenges, all our past season hockey teams, events and skating clubs have signed up and booked their days and times for the 2020-2021 season,” said Jeff Kish, director of Marketing. “Thanks again to all our community sponsors for supporting our free community skating programs. Check out their new signs under the new LED lighting adorning the walls of the Arena.”

The Community Skating Program includes: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID-19 safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Community safety is priority one.

The Bayfield Community Centre is also actively recruiting new Volunteers.

“Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the Arena ready for your enjoyment - your help as a Volunteer would be greatly appreciated by everyone in our community,” said Kish.

Check out “Volunteers” on the website, for more information, get involved and sign up today. Also, be sure to visit the website to book an event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.

 nominations extended to friday


It’s time to show some love to favorite local businesses and services in the “Best Of” Contest as part of the “We Love What’s Local” campaign, made possible by a $45,000 grant through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce (GBACC). The OCC’s “Ontario Shop Local Program” is supporting shop local initiatives throughout the province.

People are invited to nominate their go-to shops, services, restaurants and more and help spotlight businesses and services in Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. All businesses, including retail, services and manufacturers, throughout the three municipalities are eligible and do not need to be a member of a local chamber of commerce or Business Improvement Area (BIA). People can see the complete business category listing and submit a nomination online by visiting

Nominations will be accepted from now until Friday, Nov. 12. The top five businesses in each category will be highlighted on the GBACC social media and website. Public voting will be held from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Category winners will be showcased in a short video telling their unique stories, created and produced by FauxPop Media.

Campaign Coordinator, Nicci Podolinsky, said, “Supporting local businesses and services has been essential in the past year and a half. We want to keep that focus, help residents realize the full scope of goods and services available locally and celebrate those entrepreneurs doing a great job.”

She went on to say that “many of our local establishments have been run by local business owners and families for multiple generations, and that deserves some recognition, and we hope to do that with the ‘We Love What’s Local’ campaign through the next four months and beyond. We’re not necessarily pushing ‘Shop Local’, more ‘we love what’s local’ and this is what we love about this campaign’s direction!”

A special campaign branded envelope is being mailed to every local business with campaign items for display and use at business locations or as part of normal business operations. Meanwhile, local residents should be on the look out for a full color ‘We Love What’s Local’ postcard with more information and details.

ten year old Polydactyl looking for forever home  

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

253661948_2927121837500143_5888465563055632547_nRosie aka Nosey (Submitted photo)

Rosie aka “Nosey” is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.

Rosie, is one of the oldest cats at the Rescue. Volunteers figure she’s somewhere around 10 years old. She is a Polydatyl and also a special-needs girl. She’s had all her teeth removed as they were causing severe health issues. According to the vet, at some point in her life she may have cracked or broke her pelvis and the injury never healed properly so now she waddles when she walks. She has been put on medicine for arthritis and since that time she has blossomed into the “Queen of the Kennel”! She has to know everything that’s going on and everyone who comes in must be greeted and must pet her. She has gone from shunning people to being the belle of the ball. Volunteers note that she will need to be on arthritis medicine for the duration of her life which they anticipate will be long and hopefully in the care of her forever family filled with lots of pets and lots of love.

Please emaiil for more information if you think Rosie is the perfect fit!

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


Pioneer park

Bring Pioneer Park home for Christmas!

For the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Brad Turner, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and director, and Bayfield resident, has donated a limited edition of four images of Pioneer Park that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Turner’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to the community’s healthy and vital future.

51231732548_3ea5159ac0_oPhotographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)  

Any, or all, of these images could make a wonderful gift this Christmas for those who hold a special place in their hearts for Pioneer Park with all proceeds going to the PPA. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400.

There are 14 complete sets remaining as well as 10 single images remaining from the limited edition of 50. The single pictures include: four of the stairs, two of the horizon/rocks and four of the split-rail fence.

They are available for purchase at The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield. Inquiries may be sent to Sandra via email or by calling 548-388-1101.

world kindness Day 

IMG_5119World Kindness Day is Nov. 13. (Submitted photo)  

World Kindness Day is Nov. 13th. It is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and to the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

In Bayfield, #Oheartskindnessrocks will be donating and displaying inspirational rocks on the front window ledge of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street and invites other Kindness Rock painters to leave their rocks at the display for visitors and locals to enjoy. If you are interested in contributing, but new to kindness rock painting, go to #thekindnessrocksproject for more information.

Thank you for putting Bayfield on the map for kindness.

Speaker series 

Colleen R. MaguireColleen Maguire (Submitted photo)  

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor another speaker in the Virtual Saturdays at the Library speaker series.

All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, Nov. 27th at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be local historian and genealogist Colleen Maguire, whose topic will be “Moments in Time: The Life and Times of Reuben R. Sallows.” Maguire will speak about the photography of Huron County native Reuben R. Sallows, who came to be known as a “Canadian Photographic Genius”. Sallows travelled across Canada with his camera on his back, preserving a bygone era. His photographs provide a valuable depiction of life in Canada from 1881 to 1937.

Maguire has spent many years researching the life of Reuben R. Sallows. She was instrumental in establishing the Reuben R. Sallows Gallery at the Goderich Public Library in 2001. Maguire is a recipient of both the Governor General’s History Award for Community Programming and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network’s Heritage Award.

Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register using the link provided on the FOBL website:

Food bank 

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is pleased to announce that a local business has offered to host a collection bin for the organization.

Crichet Handmade Designs, 20 Catherine St, Unit C, (the little barn across from Virtual High School), will be the location for this bin. There is also a bin in the foyer at the Bayfield Public Library and on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

Non-perishable donations are wonderful but with the festive season approaching volunteers with the BAFB know that it takes some additional planning to make it a happy one for clients and with this additional planning comes the need for some additional funds.

“Monetary donations allow us to purchase specifically needed items, and in particular, with the holiday season on the horizon, this is more important than ever,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.

All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

Girl Guide Cookies 

Cookie Day in Bayfield will be Saturday, Nov. 13! 

Members of Bayfeild Guiding will have a table set up in front of Hive on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell their Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies. These sweet treats are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box.

Anyone who can't wait for Cookie Day can purchase a box, or two by contacting Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) final hike of the year will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17th – National Take a Hike Day which is observed each year in Canada and the United States.

There are over 90,000 km of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. Try 3.5 km of them on Mavis’ Trail and Taylor Trail on this day starting at 2 p.m.

Mavis’ Trail is named after area community activist Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. The Taylor Trail is an optional 1 km loop. The hike will last about 90 minutes. Meet at Varna Complex on the Mill Road (Rt 3) 5 km east of Bayfield. A map of the trails can be found at Dogs on leash welcome. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington and Annerieke VanBeets.

For more information contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. People are asked not to participate if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.

New Book 

Admiral Bayfield book cover A veteran of the Napoleonic Wars at 11 years of age, Henry Bayfield came to Canada commandeering a gunboat on Lake Champlain until the end of the American war in 1815. He then began the task of surveying and mapping the East coast of Canada, the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. He developed friendships with the First Nations, speaking five indigenous languages. People can now read about this man who helped shape the country that we live in today in “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield” by David Yates. This book is available at the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre located at 20 Main St. N or by mail. This limited edition, hardcover book is being sold for $40 while the softcover is $15. Please visit for more information. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)



Hindmarsh environmental trust Fund celebrates 25 years 

IMG_4774 (1024x788)John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund Board members planted a tree at the Gorrie Conservation Area recently on their 25th anniversary. From l-r: Susan Chan, Klaus Seeger, Alison Lobb, Nigel Bellchamber, Maitland Conservation Foundation member; Wendy Hoernig, Geoff King and Phil Beard. Absent: Brian Jeffray. (Submitted photo)  

The John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund (JHETF) celebrates 25 years this fall, and the volunteer Board recently recognized the variety of projects they have supported over the years and reflected on the work accomplished in the watershed.

John Hindmarsh (1918-1995) came to Goderich for flight training during the war and stayed to farm – working tirelessly toward environmental protection. He was instrumental in the restoration and preservation of Naftel’s Creek and the Saratoga Swamp. He believed strongly in teaching others about the importance of the natural environment. The Trust was established to commemorate his life and to ensure that his commitment to conservation education would continue.

Working with the Maitland Conservation Foundation, the JHETF has supported a variety of environmental projects, including tree planting and restoration, upgrades and trail repairs at local conservation areas, shoreline cleanup days, and dune grass planting at the Goderich Beach to stabilize the sand. The new kiosk at the Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area south of Goderich was funded by the Trust, as were the privies at the Wawanosh Nature Centre and the Lake Wawanosh Conservation area, and the picnic shelter at the Gorrie Conservation area. The Watershed Monitoring reports published by the Maitland Conservation Authority are supported by the Trust, along with the Forest Health Study 2021.

The JHETF is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly and raise funds through a special Christmas fundraising appeal and by annually hosting a spring plant and compost sale on the first weekend in May. They partner with a variety of local conservation groups, such as the Maitland Conservation Foundation, Maitland Trail Association, Coastal Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Huron Stewardship Council.

People are invited to join them in honoring the legacy of John Hindmarsh, to support the John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund, donations can be made online through the Maitland Conservation Foundation, or through Canada Helps,

Zehrs Goderich contributes to community health research 

Zehrs Donation - Nov 2021Zehrs Goderich recently presented Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) with Zehrs gift cards with a value of $500. On hand to accept the cards from store Manager Jim Bissett (middle right) were l-r: Gateway Board Members, President Gwen Devereaux, Treasurer Dan Stringer and Secretary Nancy Simpson. (Submitted photo)  

On Nov. 2, Zehrs Goderich presented Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) with Zehrs gift cards with a value of $500.

Store Manager Jim Bissett presented the cards to Gateway Board Members, President Gwen Devereaux, Treasurer Dan Stringer and Secretary Nancy Simpson.

Bissett indicated that he was pleased to be able to support Gateway and its important community health research work. Bissett has just been appointed as the new Goderich Zehrs store manager and was pleased to make this donation as his first act of community support and participation.

Speaking on behalf of Gateway, Devereaux indicated that she was extremely pleased with the donation and thanked Bissett for his and his store’s support. She further noted that Zehrs has long been a friend and partner of Gateway and community health, dating back to the days when the Hometown Heroes Hockey Game took place pre-covid.

Gateway is currently engaged in two food related research areas including food insecurity in seniors and the GREAT local food initiative, making this gift coincide nicely with their research direction.

Zehrs stores contribute over $100,000 annually to regional charities.

Fourteen charities shared in grants from Foundation 

me walt miranda community garden November 5 2021The Sunset Community Foundation recently announced their grant recipients for 2021. These grants will help cover everything from recycling boxes for PPE and a new pottery kiln, to an accessible dock, community gardens, tree planting, and training for caregivers. L-r: Janette Baillie, Walt Michielsens and Miranda Burgess are pictured at the Grand Bend Community Garden. (Submitted photo)  

Fourteen charities in Lambton Shores and South Huron shared in $90,000 of grants from the Sunset Community Foundation (SCF).

“We had lots of grant applications this year,” said Chair of the SCF Grants Committee, Jim Jean, “and we had to make some very tough decisions. Ultimately, I’m proud of the projects and activities we were able to support.”

The grant recipients are: Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron, Bosanquet Central School,
Eco-Exeter, Grand Bend Area Health Centre, Friends of Pinery Park, Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Huron Perth Public Health, Junior Achievement, Kineto Theatre,
Jessica’s House, Lakeshore Eco-Network, Relay Education and Grand Bend Art Centre

The grants will cover everything from recycling boxes for PPE and a new pottery kiln, to an accessible dock, community gardens, tree planting, and training for caregivers.
Lakeshore Eco-Network will use its grant to plant more trees and encourage the planting of pollinator gardens.

“This grant is particularly important in light of COP26, where world leaders have committed to ending deforestation,” said James Corcoran, co-chair of LEN. “Planting trees is an important way to fight climate change, while providing habitat for many species facing extinction.”

Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron, Amy Wilhelm was delighted that her organization received a grant to continue the Big Bunch program and support the traditional mentor program.

“This grant will encourage our youth participants to develop self-esteem and social skills, along with providing educational interaction and role modelling,” she said. “Through this grant, we are able to ensure that all young people realize their full potential.”

Health Promoter and Dietitian at the Grand Bend Area Communith Health Centre, Miranda Burgess was successful in receiving support for community gardens across the region.
“We look forward to enhancing and expanding gardens in this area and planting seeds for the many benefits that blossom from them!” said Burgess.

Deb Gill, chair of the Foundation, said the SCF works hard to attract high-quality applications, support applicants through the process, and make thoughtful and informed decisions.

“My thanks to everyone who applied, to the community leaders who serve on the committee, and to the many donors who make it all possible,” concluded Gill.

new County director of Economic development hired 

Vicki_LassVicki Lass (Submitted photo)

The County of Huron welcomes Vicki Lass. She has joined the County as Director of Economic Development and will begin her role on Dec. 6. Lass comes to the County after working for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for nearly two decades, most recently as Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor.

“I’m very excited to join the Huron County team,” said Vicki Lass. “I have a strong belief in the power of community consultation and collaboration and I take great pleasure in helping communities build on their strengths to reach their fullest potential. I’m eager to work with the staff and community of Huron to achieve the County’s goals of a vibrant community for all to enjoy and prosper.”

Her wealth of experience includes retail management, strategic planning, environmental management, food safety, and economic development.

Lass has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Business and has completed a Certificate in Economic Development with the University of Waterloo.

“The County is very fortunate to have someone of Vicki’s immense talent join our team.” said Warden Glen McNeil. “Vicki's knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly help to foster the development and growth of Huron County. I extend the warmest of welcomes to Vicki and look forward to working collaboratively with her and the whole Economic Development team.”

“Vicki comes to the position with an extensive background in economic development and a true understanding of how best to support Huron County,” said John Marshall, chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board, I welcome Vicki Lass to the team and look forward to the progress we’ll make together.”

For more information on the County of Huron’s Economic Development Team and services, please visit:

United Way announces new hourly living wage for region 

image002United Way Perth Huron Administrative Associate Lauren Thomson is shown with the new living wage calculation. (Submitted photo)

Living Wage Week in Ontario ran from Nov. 1-5 and during that period United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) announced the new living wage of $17.95 an hour for the region.

“The importance of a living wage is a meaningful discussion that needs to continue,” said SRPC Director Joelle Lamport-Lewis. “We understand the obstacles businesses face as our economy recovers from COVID-19 and the need to attract and retain a workforce. We also recognize how many local people are forced to make hard decisions for their families when it comes to allocating extremely limited resources and those challenges have only been magnified by the pandemic. The SRPC and UWPH want to remain at the forefront of the discussion around how to improve local lives and help ensure the recovery is a fair one for all members of our community. Living wage advocacy is a big part of that conversation.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the Perth-Huron living wage was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were accounted. Everyday expenses in the calculation included: food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit

“It was important to factor in different family types to more accurately reflect changing demographics and differing demands on individuals and families,” added Lamport-Lewis. “Childcare is a huge expense, for instance, and single adults don’t face those costs — or have access to those subsidies — so all those differences need to be taken into account so we can arrive at a more representative number.”

“Employers across Perth and Huron have been very open to hearing about the benefits of a living wage,” added UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Paying a living wage isn’t an easy decision — especially in these challenging times — but we find that businesses understand this is about more than just dollars and cents; it’s about investing in the long-term health of our community. We are also able to point to current living wage employers who are telling us it’s improving their bottom line, so this can be an opportunity for businesses as well as a benefit to workers.”

The SRPC is operated by UWPH 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.



Public Health

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

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

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Majong, are happening and when.

rural health lecture series 

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is proud to continue its Rural Health Lecture Series, on the first Tuesday of every month. On Nov. 2, they were delighted to have Scott Brown, PhD candidate and Gateway Research associate, present an interactive time line and visual history of Gateway.

Brown joins Gateway from the University of Guelph. He is currently a sessional instructor
at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development while fulfilling requirements for his PhD. Joining Brown was a team of three panelists: Gwen Devereaux, president of the Gateway Board of Directors; Al Lauzon, chair of Rural Change and Development for Gateway and professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph; and Paul Nichol, Gateway advisor and General manager of Community Futures Huron.

The lecture included interactive slides, each showcasing a memory from Gateway’s evolving story. The slides were presented with their utility and use in supporting Gateway’s
organizational memory.

Devereaux, Lauzon and Nichol all contributed to the discussion highlighting Gateway's resilience and strength, strong leadership and vision through the past twelve years. It was noted that Gateway has been able to adapt to changing times and circumstances and continues to grow and thrive in these turbulent times.

When asked “can you describe what is the advantage of knowing our history?” Panelist Gwen Devereaux responded: “Scott's presentation showcased a major amount of work; we visited a model in Kentucky developed over fourteen years with state and federal funding. We returned to Ontario to build a comparable model without provincial or federal funding and not something that was an arm of one university. We created a unique stand alone, not-for-profit business model that had never been done in Canada before.

“All of our board members, research chairs and associates are volunteers who donate their time and expertise; we are now recognized as an organization that is worthy to invest in. Gateway's vision was to build a centre of excellence dedicated to advancing rural health teaching and community based research across the Huron Perth Bruce Grey region which would aid all rural communities.”

This month’s lecture took a different direction and approach from the typical lecture series
segment Brown said. The goal was to present an audience friendly version of the “Gateway
Encyclopedia”, to demonstrate Gateway’s evolution, which “has developed a lot of key
characteristics and self awareness of our value proposition.”

They hope to continue delivering educational and informative segments within their Rural Health Lecture series, which advocate for health promotion in local communities.

Inspection Blitz

In a follow up to the recent inspection blitz in North Huron, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has issued a Section 22 Order to a business operator. (Press release issued Nov. 5)

Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, a medical officer of health can issue an order to “require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action in respect of a communicable disease.”

Recently, HPPH public health inspectors carried out routine inspections. They also focused on requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act, including the proof of vaccination requirement for certain indoor public settings.

As the result of a follow-up investigation into one business, the Section 22 Order was issued. The Order outlines requirements the operator must follow to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 364/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act, and other recommendations made by HPPH.

The Order will remain in place pending compliance with its requirements.

Healthcare alliance 

In August, the Board of Directors of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) became the first hospital board in Canada to adopt a position that supports mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers.

At its regular meeting on Nov. 4, the Board reiterated this commitment and is proud to confirm that 100 per cent of HPHA’s 1,421 midwives, physicians and staff currently providing care are compliant with the organization’s COVID-19 Immunization Policy.

To clarify, the recent decision by the Ontario government not to mandate vaccines for health care workers provincially does not impact the Board’s decision to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy. While the Premier did ask hospitals for their input ahead of this announcement, and the HPHA, along with most hospitals across the province expressed support for a broader mandate, the resulting confidence placed in individual organizations by the government to make the right decisions for their communities is appreciated. This support reinforces the important role that HPHA’s Board plays in the provision of a safe environment for all working and accessing care at their hospital sites.

“The HPHA Board values the confidence placed in it by the government and wants to ensure our communities that safety, quality and continued access to appropriate hospital-based service are paramount in all decisions made, including those relating to COVID-19 vaccination,” said HPHA Board Chair Ron Lavoie.

The Board also received an update on the Family & Caregiver Presence Guidelines that now require proof of vaccination to support loved ones in most care settings. Overall reaction has been positive, with family and caregivers valuing the priority placed on the safety of loved ones.

Community Update 

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) will hold a Virtual Community Update on Nov. 25 via ZOOM.

Please join HPHA leaders for this informative session where updates will be provided including:
COVID-19 Pandemic; Patient & Caregiver Partner Program; reduced hours of operation at Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department; financial status; and Ontario Health Teams

This virtual meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Please RSVP by Nov. 22 by contacting Sue Davey at or 519 272-8205. A Zoom link/teleconference number will be provided in advance of the meeting. Attendees are welcome to submit questions prior to this event. Email questions to Sue Davey also by Nov. 22.

Vaccine Boosters 

To provide extra protection against COVID-19, Ontario is expanding eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional high-risk groups. The announcement was made Wednesday, Nov. 3, by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and aligns with evidence and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

The extra layer of protection that a booster dose of vaccine provides will help in the continued fight against COVID-19, especially the highly transmissible Delta variant.

“I am pleased that individuals who are at increased risk of waning immunity, and of exposure to COVID-19, will be able to get a booster dose of vaccine,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “This is a welcome added layer of protection.”

The following individuals will be eligible for a booster dose when at least six months have passed since their last dose:
• Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
• Health care workers as outlined in provincial guidance;
• Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
• Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
• First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.

Immunocompromised individuals continue to be eligible for a third dose two months after their second dose. A complete list of eligibility is provided at

For the general population, evidence continues to show that two doses of vaccine provide strong protection against COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes, such as hospitalization, ICU admission, and death. Over time, the province is prepared to expand eligibility for booster doses to all Ontarians, based on age and risk.

A complete two-dose vaccination series continues to meet all proof of vaccination requirements.

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is able to accept those eligible for third doses at their clinics now. Either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) may be used as a booster dose, regardless of which vaccine was received for the first or second dose. COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time, or any time before or after another immunization, such as the influenza immunization “flu shot”.

People are asked to please make sure they are eligible before attending a clinic. Visit to see third dose eligibility criteria. If eligible due to being immunocompromised, they will be asked for documentation from their healthcare provider or to attest to their medical condition and attest that they have received direction from their healthcare provider to receive a third dose.

Anyone who comes to a clinic but are not eligible will be turned away.

HPPH clinics for the entire month of November are now available at HPPH continue to welcome individuals receiving their first and second doses, as well as those eligible for a third dose.

As of Nov. 5, HPPH vaccination clinics will be by appointment only. Clinics will be held in some smaller communities, at the Stratford Rotary Complex and Goderich Memorial arena, as well as at HPPH’s Clinton and Stratford sites.
• To book an appointment, visit or call 1-833-753-2098.
• Please subscribe to the HPPH vaccine webpage, to get updates about eligibility and clinic availability.
• Many local pharmacies are also still offering COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list is available at

For more information call Huron Perth Public Health 1-888-221-2133.



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Postcards sent home from a soldier who didn't return 


When World War I broke out in the summer of 1914, the young and able-bodied lads of Huron County were quick to answer the call. As Lucy Woods Diehl from Bayfield wrote in the Clinton News-Record “...young men immediately began signing up and the ladies got busy with their knitting needles. Feelings ran high and I can still see the huge bonfire in the Square, burning Kaiser Wilhelm in effigy.”

Ordinary men from farms, shops, offices and local businesses rushed to enlist during the early days of the war. Recruits from Bayfield eventually became Company “C” of the 161st Battalion and after training at the Town Hall and drilling in Clan Gregor Square, they joined other soldiers at Clinton, London and finally Camp Borden, for more intensive training. By spring 1916, the 161st Battalion of Huron County was fully mobilized. Comprising 35 officers and 790 enlisted men, it shipped out on the SS Lapland in October 1916 from Halifax bound for Liverpool. Upon their arrival in Europe, however, fresh soldiers from the 161st were transferred to other depleted C.E.F. units in France which had suffered huge casualties in some of the worst slaughters of the war. 

Sadly, eight young soldiers from Bayfield made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return from World War I.

The brown Field Service postcard was the final postcard the archives has in their collection that was sent by Wilfred in 1918.

 Screen Shot 2021-11-08 at 11.30.54 AMSS Lapland - Nov. 1916

WToms Field Service PC address April 1918Wilfred Toms' Field Service post card address Apr. 1918.

WToms PC Feb 1917 messageWilfred Tom's post card message from Feb. 1917.

WToms PC Witley camp photo Feb 1917Tom's postcard of Witley Camp - Feb. 1917.

WToms PC Feb 1917 photo Wilfred Toms' postcard from Feb. 1917.



These brave men are honored in Clan Gregor Square at the memorial cenotaph which was completed in 1933:
● Bobby McLeod, son of Hugh McLeod, one of Lake Huron’s most famous fishermen, died at Vimy, in 1917;
● Ted Adley, an Englishman and farmhand from the Galbraith place north of Bayfield died at the Somme in 1916;
● Alan MacDonald, another local fisherman, was killed in 1918 at the battle of Amiens;
● Arthur Clarke, a recent emigrant from England who was married with four children, perished in 1917 at Avion along with thousands of Canadian men;
● Victor Evans, a well-liked school teacher from the Parr Line, enlisted in the Royal Air Force and died tragically in a training accident in 1918;
● Harvey Currie was just 21 years old when he died at the Somme in 1916. His younger brother Kennie had lied about his age to join up with his brother Harvey - Kennie was killed during the battle for Upton Woods in 1918.
● Wilfrid Toms was another son of a Bayfield fisherman; Wilfred and his brother Malcolm “Punch” Toms enlisted at Clinton in 1916. Malcolm Toms, though badly wounded, survived the war, however, young Wilfred was killed in action at Amiens in 1918.

As a young Canadian soldier, Wilfred Toms wrote a series of postcards to Lulu Baker, of Bayfield, who was his girlfriend at the time. The Bayfield Historical Society has these heartfelt postcards which Wilfred sent to Miss Baker, before his tragic death in 1918 thanks to the late Howard Scotchmer, who was not only Lulu’s nephew but also an avid collector of postcards, many of which were donated to the archives.

The Bayfield Archives ancestry records show that Lulu Baker (older sister to twins Harry Baker and Greta Baker) later married Victor Burt in 1921 in Bayfield.

To learn more about Bayfield’s participation in World War I and II, please check out the books, “For the Love of Bayfield” by Dave Gillians and “Lest We Forget - the 161st Battalion” by Yvonne Reynolds, both are available at the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Society at 20 Main Street.

**With files from the books “For the Love of Bayfield” and “Lest We Forget – the 161st Battalion”.

WToms PC Dec 1916 Shorncliff sailor frontWilfred Toms' postcard of Shorncliff sailor from Dec. 1916.  

WToms PC Field Service message April 1918Wilfred Toms' postcard Field Service message Apr. 1918.  








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Piper Matt Hoy led the parade of participants in the 2021 Bayfield Remembrance Day services from the Gazebo to the Cenotaph on Sunday morning, Nov. 7.  


Due to COVID-19 restrictions individuals were unable to lay wreaths on behalf of specific groups. The wreaths were laid prior to the ceremony.  


It was a perfect day weather wise for the first official Remembrance Day service in the park since 2019. 


Gary Brandon read out the names that comprise the village’s Rolls of Honor for the First and Second World Wars.


David Sparks read, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”.  


In the summer of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Poppy as such a symbol.  


A small crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square for the scaled back pandemic ceremony held on Sunday morning, Nov. 7.


Ian Matthew presided over the service.  


Approximately two dozen wreaths were laid at the cenotaph prior to the start of the service.



The sun shone down on the last of the autumn leaves offering an intense background of color for the Service of Remembrance held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 7.

Many in the small crowd that gathered for the scaled back pandemic ceremony remarked that it was a perfect day weather wise for the first official Remembrance Day service in the park since 2019.

Ian Matthew presided over the service. Judy Sparks opened the ceremony leading in the singing of the national anthem. She later closed the service leading “God Save the Queen”. 

David Sparks read, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”.

Gary Brandon read out the names that comprise the village’s Rolls of Honor for the First and Second World Wars. Bayfield’s soldiers lost in the 1914-1918 conflict were: 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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions individuals were unable to lay wreaths on behalf of specific groups. The wreaths were laid prior to the ceremony with assistance from Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 representatives Tom and Marilyn McMahon. During the ceremony, Matthew read the list of those represented to the crowd.

Wreaths were laid for World War I and II, HMCS Provost, Gulf Wars I and II, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, Korean War, U.N. Peacekeepers, Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, Municipality of Bluewater, Canadian Army and Air Cadets, Bayfield and Area Fire Department, Trinity Anglican Church, St. Andrew’s United Church, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield Optimists, Bayfield Lions, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Historical Society, Huron County Paramedics, and Bayfield Guiding.

The moment of silence was led by Gary Brandon who blew a whistle to mark the beginning and the end. Music was provided by Piper Matt Hoy for the Last Post and The Reveille. Downie also opened and closed the service with sound of bagpipes. Mike Dixon shared the poem  "In Flanders Fields". 

It is tradition that Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11.

IMG_8164 Music was provided by Piper Matt Hoy for the Last Post and The Reveille.

IMG_8182The sun shone down on the last of the autumn leaves offering an intense background of color for the Service of Remembrance held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 7.  

IMG_8193Mike Dixon shared the poem "In Flanders Fields".  

IMG_8202Judy Sparks (right) opened the ceremony leading in the singing of the national anthem. She later closed the service leading “God Save the Queen”. She is shown here with Clinton Legion representatives Marilyn and Tom McMahon.  

IMG_8196Every November, from the 5th to the 11th, Veterans' Week is marked in Canada.




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The Christmas season kicks off in the village this weekend and continues through to the big day!

Since COVID-19 continues to be a concern it may not be a traditional Christmas in Bayfield but there are sure to be lots of highlights to make the season merry. Just like in 2020 the Outdoor Market will close a section of Main Street on the Saturdays leading up to Dec. 25 (until 5 p.m.) allowing people ample space to social distance while shopping and opportunities to keep comfy in the cold at various warming stations along the street.

According to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce website, the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony with Santa will take place in Clan Gregor Square on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., or while supplies last, Seeds Rooted in Youth will be hosting an opportunity for youth to make a Christmas decoration. They will be set up on the lawn in front of the Bayfield Public Library.

Goldcoast Landscaping has gotten into the festive mood once again and created a charming photo booth area along Main Street for visitors and residents to snap a photo or take a selfie to share the holiday spirit with others.

Plus, there will be free Family Skating offered at the Bayfield Community Centre every Saturday from Nov. 13 to Dec. 18 from 7-9 p.m.

Sounds like a little fun for everyone this holiday season! – Melody





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