Bookmark and Share   Nov. 18, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 47 Issue 593


192A6320 People were invited to observe the Lighting of the Lights from their cars on the evening of Nov. 13. After the festive lights were switched on in Clan Gregor Square, Santa Claus offered a socially distanced welcome to visitors to Main Street from the front porch of the Albion Hotel. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

collection of local art grows 

A B Stapleton - Bayfield“The Fishing Shacks of Bayfield” by artist Archibald Bruce Stapleton was recently donated to the Bayfield Historical Society (Submitted photos)

BHS History of our HarbourAnother one of Archibald Bruce Stapleton’s works, a portrait of Louie MacLeod, of Bayfield, graces the cover of a history book for sale at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Center.

The Bayfield Historical Society’s collection of local art grew by one more recently when Eligio and Caterina Reina, of Woodbridge, ON donated a painting by artist, Archibald Bruce Stapleton.

“The Fishing Shacks of Bayfield” was recently donated to the BHS and Archives. The artist was born in Stratford, ON in 1910 and died in 1981. The painting was purchased in Toronto in 1945 by the Reina family who had never been to Bayfield. Caterina, and daughter, Elizabeth, delivered the painting to the village just last week.

Elizabeth noted at the presentation that "this painting has been part of my life for a long time, and to finally see the harbor is amazing."

The painting is 42" x 30". The BHS executive is thrilled to have the painting back in the community where it originated from.

Another one of Stapleton’s works, a portrait of Louie MacLeod, of Bayfield, graces the cover of a history book for sale at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Center. This portrait painting is privately owned.

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.

The BCA website is now up and running, check it out at

Gypsy's ready to be adopted  

IMG_7131Gypsy (Submitted photo)

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

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

Gypsy is approximately two years old. She has a coat that suggests a more mature cat – it feels like velvet.

She is playful and enjoys the company of the cats in the shelter. She enjoys a lap to sit on but to date is not a huge fan of being picked up - she will come and hop up when called. She is looking to have a family of her own to love and cuddle with.

She comes with a bit of catitude but it only makes her more adorable - never mean just occasionally sassy!

Anyone interested in adopting Kourtney is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats like Kourtney. 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.


IMG_3066 Surprise! Although it was reported that members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) would not be selling their wreaths outside of St. Andrew's United Church on Nov. 14, they actually did! Caught in the act were BAS volunteers l-r: Ted Dunn, Don Brodie and Doug Yeo. Anyone who missed purchasing a wreath in person can still do so by ordering one. Orders will be taken from now until Nov. 25th. Please contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404 to place an order or to learn more. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Tote Bags A friend of Huron Hospice has been keeping busy sewing high-quality tote bags from up-cycled fabrics. Each bag is one-of-a-kind, like a piece of art. These bags would be great for a trip to the store, the gym, the library or whenever someone wants to make a statement. They could also make a wonderful gift or stocking stuffer. Bags are available at The Village Bookshop, 24 Main Street North, in Bayfield. These tote bags can be purchased for $25 each with all proceeds going toward patient care at Huron Hospice. Quantities are limited, so hurry in to check it out or contact The Village Bookshop at 519 565-5600 or visit them online at (Submitted photo)


 life at the rink     

Anyone who has been missing time on the ice can enjoy it now 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. 

Gingerbread Decorating 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are still planning to host their annual children’s Gingerbread Decorating Event this year but it will be held a little later than usual and a little differently.

Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be held outside with gingerbread cookie decorating kits ready for pickup. Each kit will contain a delicious gingerbread cookie with all the decorations needed to create a masterpiece at home. Also included in the kit will be a craft and a few other fun surprises. A gluten-free option will be available.

The cookie kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Bayfield Public Library (outside the main library doors) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At pick up people are asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. They should watch for the candy cane lineup path and FOBL’s festive elf!

People should note that each kit will have a special ballot stapled to it. They are invited to fill it out and enter it in the provided box for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from The Village Bookshop. The draw will take place on Dec 5th.

Santa Visits 

For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift.

While everyone loves participating in these visits, it may not be in the community’s best interest to have Santa visit this year because of COVID-19 concerns, but rest assured, the Lions will be doing something for these most valued citizens.

Anyone who knows someone in Bayfield who has turned 80 this year, or who now cannot get around due to health issues, is asked to please contact Karen Scott at 226 441-2042 by the end of November with the person's name and phone number so that they may be included.


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

Secretary Wanted 

The Board of Directors for the BAS also have a vacancy for the role of Secretary-Administrative Support. This is a volunteer position with a possible stipend provided annually.

The BAS Board members are seeking an individual who is interested in the preservation of 164 years of agricultural and rural history while enjoying time with a group of like-minded people. Attention to detail, basic computer skills and experience in Word and Outlook would be assets. Duties will include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence and membership. Training and support will be provided for all duties.

Attendance would be expected at general meetings two hours per month (March-November) plus director meetings four times per year (or as needed). Meetings will be electronic (Zoom) or in-person.

For more information, please contact: Lorraine by email at or by phone 519 653-7039 or email Doug Yeo at

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.

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.


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.

A limited number of cookies have been distributed to the Bayfield membership for in person selling at $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. Girl Guides Ontario determined selling limits and Bayfield only received about one-third of what they normally sell. So don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing to make arrangements for cookie delivery.


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


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.




fauxpop media named Huron Chamber's business of the year  

SOSFauxPop Huron Chamber of Commerce board member, Nadine VandenHeuvel presents the Huron Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award to Mark Hussey, of FauxPop Media, while Mayor of Goderich John Grace (right) looks on. (Submitted photo)

FauxPop Media was named Business of the Year during the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron Spirit of Success Awards event, which was livestreamed from FauxPop Media’s studios in Goderich on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

“The judges have selected a winner that they say became the go-to place for the community to find news and information since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said Heather Boa, the Chamber’s operations manager. “How fitting, since we transformed our annual live gala into an online event this year, with a lot of help from FauxPop Media.”

“FauxPop Media is extremely community-minded and has worked hard through the pandemic to ensure that non-profits can continue to raise funds, business can continue to promote their products and services, and the public can be entertained,” wrote the person who nominated FauxPop Media for the Goderich Signal-Star Community Impact Award.

Judges decided that out of more than 100 nominations of businesses, individuals and events in five categories, this nomination earned the top award.

Co-owners Mark Hussey and Randall Lobb and their colleagues have helped organizations like Huron Hospice, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation, and Huron Chamber of Commerce pivot to online fundraising, and given voice to many other organizations and businesses looking for ways to safely reach their audience.

“If you go back in history: what was FauxPop? It was to help supplement something that was lacking in the area – regional representation in the news. We saw that social media was creating these bubbles and we were losing that regional affiliation and that community affiliation and how could we bring that back?” said Lobb. He said their plan was accelerated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber’s Spirit of Success event featured pre-recorded videos segments of each of the six award sponsors announcing award winners followed by on-site pre-recorded videos of the winners, at which time they learned they were award winners. Pre-recorded videos were also submitted by title co-sponsors Libro Credit Union of Goderich and Zehrs Markets of Goderich, along with host Chamber of Commerce, Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb and Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. Masters of ceremony Nadine VandenHeuvel and Goderich Mayor John Grace led the event live from the studio.

It may be viewed at

Other award winners included: Goderich Signal-Star Community Impact Award – Annie Sparling of Blyth; Downtown Goderich BIA Award – Huron Optometric Centres; MicroAge Basics Service Award – Huron BJJ; Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award – Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park; and Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award – Port Albert General Store and Pub.

Final winners were selected by a panel of three judges from 102 nominations.

Libro Credit Union of Goderich and Zehrs Markets Goderich were the title co-sponsor for this gala event. Trophy sponsor was Artech Signs and Graphics. Media sponsor was FauxPop Media.

changes to Conservation Authorities Act fuel concern 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has joined Conservation Ontario and conservation authorities across the province in expressing concern about some of Ontario’s proposed budget-bill changes to the Conservation Authorities Act. The provincial government proposed the changes in the Ontario budget bill on Nov. 5. Conservation Ontario and Ontario’s conservation authorities are reviewing the potential impact of changes proposed in the bill.

“We are encouraged the Province has re-confirmed the purpose and objects of the Conservation Authorities Act but some of the proposed changes could have a significant negative impact on the ability of conservation authorities to fulfil their watershed responsibilities,” said ABCA General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Horner.

Some changes could actually create more red tape and delay permit application approvals, according to General Manager of Conservation Ontario, Kim Gavine. Conservation Ontario is the association which represents Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities. The budget bill (Bill 229) could limit the scope of ‘non-mandatory’ programs and services, add new Ministerial powers, and change rules for appointments to conservation authority boards of directors.

“Pandemic conditions this year have certainly reinforced how much we rely on a healthy environment for our own well-being,” Gavine said. “It’s important that conservation authorities are able to continue to protect our natural environment and ensure the safety of Ontario residents.”

The Province also proposed an amendment to the Planning Act which, if passed, would prohibit conservation authorities from appealing a municipal planning decision to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) or becoming a party to an appeal before LPAT. This provides less protection for the public, according to ABCA. Right now, the conservation authority provides independent advice to municipalities on natural hazard and other planning matters but the Province’s proposed budget bill will impair that ability, according to the conservation authority.

The Province of Ontario began review, in April of 2019, of the Conservation Authorities Act. The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks hosted five consultation meetings across the province with invited representatives primarily from municipalities, conservation authorities and agriculture, landowner and development sectors. Conservation Ontario presented at the sessions. Conservation Ontario has been working with the development sector and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to streamline client service approaches for conservation authorities to use when reviewing plan review and permit applications.

The ongoing initiative has been well-received, Gavine said.

Provincial changes to the conservation authority planning role could reduce protection, for Ontario residents, from natural hazards and increase the risk to them, according to Conservation Ontario.

“One of our main goals throughout this review has been to maintain the conservation authorities’ watershed-based approach to protecting people from natural hazards and ensuring the conservation of Ontario’s natural resources,” Gavine said. “Some of the changes will impact the conservation authorities’ ability to do so.”

The proposed amendments authorize the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to assume jurisdiction for certain permit applications in place of the conservation authority. This will add bureaucracy, slow down permitting, and it will reduce protection, for the public, from natural hazards such as flooding and erosion, according to conservation authorities. Proposed changes to the planning and permitting process could allow some individuals to circumvent checks and balances which currently protect the safe development of communities in a watershed. This provides less protection for property owners and their neighbors, according to conservation authorities.

The conservation authority uses enforcement and legal action as a last resort but, in order to protect people and property, there are times when stop-work orders are needed. The proposed provincial changes will prevent conservation authorities from issuing stop-work orders that protect people from significant threats and prevent negative impacts to flood plains, other natural hazard areas, and other environmentally sensitive areas.

As a result of these concerns, ABCA is encouraging partner municipalities, residents throughout the jurisdiction and the conservation authority’s network of supporters to reach out to the Premier of Ontario; the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry; and their local member of provincial parliament (MPP) over the next couple of weeks to request that they address the concerns outlined above, before the Bill is enacted.

Sod turned on major housing development in Goderich 

Mayor John Grace and Developer Rob Wood Turning First Sod2Goderich Mayor John Grace and Coast Developer Rob Wood turned the first sod at the lakeshore development on the south end of Goderich recently. (Photo courtesy Homefield Group)

Up to 300 residential units are set to begin construction over the next couple of months at the south end of Goderich. On Nov. 10, Coast Goderich, headed up by developer Rob Wood, had their official sod turning to start phase one of their major housing development. The plans have been in the making for a few years and with the housing shortage across the country everyone appears to be excited for this major development.

Mayor John Grace and the members of Goderich Town Council are very enthusiastic for the opportunity that this development brings to the community which will impact everything from recreation to small business, to the retailers in the downtown. Council looks forward to assisting Coast Goderich in achieving the success that they so well deserve.

Wood would like to recognize and thank former Mayor Deb Shewfelt for his support at the very beginning of the planning stages, as he was Mayor when his development team initially came to Goderich. He would also like to thank Council and staff at the Town of Goderich for their professionalism in working together to further enhance this development and thanks Mayor Grace for giving the final push to see this development come to fruition.

Located in Goderich’s south end, Coast Goderich is set on 98 acres – including 1,300 feet of pristine, unimpeded lakeview. With homes backing on to greenspace with a beautiful trail system, the entire community is linked to Coast’s focal point: a three-acre park on the lake. Coast Goderich and affiliate companies have been working in development and other business for over 40 years. They have completed many residential developments in various areas including Guelph, Wilmot, Woolwich and Welland. The houses that will be built will include a variety of units from single family residential to attached townhouses and semi-detached single-family homes.

Coast Goderich will offer an outstanding selection of home designs and features, ideal for families and empty nesters alike, for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. To view more information about this development visit:

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Payne leaves post after eight years with hospital Foundation

Krista McCann photo 2020Krista McCann (Submitted photo)

The South Huron Hospital Foundation (SHHF) Board has accepted, with great regret, the resignation of Kimberley Payne as the Foundations’ Executive Director.

Board members are pleased to announce that Krista McCann, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the SHHF effective Dec. 1.

They thank Payne for her leadership over the past eight years. She has led them through significant changes that raised not only their profile in the community but more funds than ever for the “little hospital that does”. The SHHF board with Payne at the helm, has made their annual Gala an anticipated event every year, brought the My FM Radiothon to town and the most significant accomplishment was certainly the development and construction of Jessica’s House, their three-bedroom residential hospice. There has been over $2 million invested in South Huron Hospital in the past three years alone, which is so very impressive for such a small Foundation.

SHHF is committed to continue to invest in South Huron Hospital in the years to come.
They wish Payne continued success in her future endeavors.

McCann comes to the SHHF with experience working with the Board, supporting Payne and the Jessica’s House Operating Committee as the Fund Development Officer. During this time, she played an integral role on the fund development team as they pivoted to meet the changes brought forth by COVID-19.

McCann has been an active volunteer in the community of South Huron for more than 15 years. She has been part of such organizations as the South Huron Minor Hockey Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron, and The Grand Bend Holiday Home Tour. Growing up in Crediton taught McCann the strong values of community and active involvement - one of her biggest passions is to serve her community in an impactful way.

Her career history includes roles in banking and finance, people management, professional development coaching, and marketing/communications. She holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree from Western University with a specialization in Human Resources Management; she is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Her combined experiences and credentials should serve her well in this new role as Executive Director. The members of the SHHF welcome her warmly.

Huron Perth moved into yellow 

On Monday, Nov. 16, the Province of Ontario moved the region of Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) into the Yellow – Protect level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

“It is critical that we protect our vulnerable populations and our healthcare capacity,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Reducing the spread of this virus is a collective responsibility. Please continue to ask yourself, ‘What can I do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and protect my family, friends and community?’”

The Yellow – Protect level provides strengthened public health measures.

Gathering limits for private events, public events and religious services, weddings and funerals will remain the same as they did in the Green - Prevent level. Requirements for face coverings and workplace screening requirements will also remain the same as they did in the Green-Prevent level.

Under Yellow – Protect there are additional requirements for the following: restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments; sports and recreational fitness facilities; meeting and event spaces; retail; personal care services; casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments; cinemas and performing arts facilities

More information on Yellow – Protect public health measures, as well as the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, can be found at:  and

In addition to the provincial direction, Dr. Klassen is issuing additional recommendations for long-term care homes and retirement homes in Huron and Perth. Dr. Klassen is recommending that homes put more restrictions onto visitors coming into the homes, and to cease permitting residents to leave the facility for “short-stay absences and temporary absences” except for those required for health care.

“We have seen how COVID-19 can spread among our vulnerable populations living in our long-term care and retirement homes,” said Dr. Klassen. “I am recommending that our local facilities limit visitors at this time to decrease the possibility of having the virus brought into their homes.”

Ontario Health partners step in to help quash outbreak 

As of Nov. 16, active cases of COVID-19 in Huron Perth have risen from 64 to 72, some of these active cases are epidemiologically linked to the Cedarcroft Place Retirement home outbreak in Stratford and other are across Huron and Perth in various municipalities, including 17 active cases in Perth East. There is one active case in Bluewater that had originally been assessed as being from Central Huron.

Unfortunately, there have been another four deaths of Cedarcroft residents, bringing the total to eight, who had been hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.

“We send our deepest condolences to the families of these residents,” said Huron-Perth’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

To date, 44 residents and 18 staff at Cedarcroft have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 27. That’s more than half the residents, and one third of the staff. At this time there are 34 active cases among residents and 13 in staff.

On Nov. 13, the facility asked for help as they were having difficulty staffing the residence so the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Ontario Health partners stepped in. Over the weekend, at least 10 residents were transferred out of Cedarcroft into hospitals in Stratford, Woodstock, Ingersoll, Goderich and Wingham. More are expected to be moved throughout this week in an effort to quash the outbreak and ensure proper care and staffing for the seniors.

Physicians under the direction of the Huron Perth Pandemic Leadership continue to assess and identify residents that may potentially be moved due to staff capacity at Cedarcroft.
Staff prevalence testing was carried out on Nov. 16 for those staff who have been negative and asymptomatic all along. This was the third round of prevalence testing. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) would like to thank the Perth County Paramedic Service for their support in doing the testing, as well as the other regional paramedic services such as Huron, who are also on standby to assist.

The role of the HPPH continues to be to: assisting facilities in preparing and responding to outbreaks; providing education on screening, universal masking, PPE use, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and auditing; surveillance; and management of cases (contact tracing).

Decisions on moving residents or where to move them are being made by the leadership of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, and the Huron Perth Pandemic Community Lead and Huron Perth Pandemic Primary Care lead. 


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:

Clinton hospital 

Thanks to the generous support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) and their donors, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) - Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) site will be undergoing renovations to upgrade the Operating Rooms and Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD).

“As we know, health care continually evolves and the Operating Rooms and MDRD at the Clinton Public Hospital require renovations and upgrades to meet current standards,” said Manager Surgical Services and MDRD, Lori Merner. “This work will help us continue to provide high quality outpatient surgical services to our communities.”

In order to make these upgrades, the Operating Rooms will be closed for approximately 12 weeks starting Dec. 7. During this time, many of the planned surgeries will take place at the Stratford General Hospital site of the HPHA.

The MDRD, which is the department responsible for decontaminating, high level disinfecting, sterilizing and organizing medical devices, will be relocated to the basement of the hospital and will focus exclusively on endoscopy reprocessing in the newly renovated space.

“All HPHA MDRD processes, with the exception of the Clinton endoscopy reprocessing, will be consolidated at the Stratford General Hospital,” added Merner.

The total cost of this project is estimated to be $607,000 with the CPHF setting a goal to fully fund the project. Tremendous support has been shown by the community with donations exceeding $60,000 at the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon held in October, along with numerous donations that have been received throughout the year.

“Capital equipment and various projects are not funded by the government,” said Merner. “We are extremely grateful for the efforts and commitment of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, their generous donors and community supporters for making this upgrade a reality for our patients, families and caregivers.”

If you are interested in donating to this project, please visit the CPHF website at or contact the office at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6297.

Cowbell wins award 


Cowbell Brewing Co. is pleased to announce they are the 2020 recipient of the Accessible Tourism Award from the Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence Gala for the second consecutive year. The event was held virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence are an annual celebration of Ontario’s tourism industry presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). The awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the quality of outstanding offerings that make Ontario a destination of choice.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by TIAO for our accessibility efforts at Cowbell,” said Grant Sparling, Chief Development officer. “Cowbell strives to continue to be a welcoming gathering place for everyone regardless of their ability. Accessibility has been carefully considered and discreetly integrated, with attention to detail in every aspect of our facility.”

To learn more about accessibility at Cowbell check out their videos on YouTube at:

Special thanks to Mikayla Ansley, Lorie Falconer, Cheryl Peach, and Julie Sawchuk, local accessibility advocates, for assisting Cowbell to honor its commitment to achieve best of class design and education for the inclusion, comfort and safety of all guests.


The challenges of the year 2020 haven’t prevented local agricultural producers from moving forward with the adoption of beneficial cover crops.

Last year, in 2019, farmers in Ausable Bayfield watersheds planted close to 3,000 acres of cover crops with the support of programs administered by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). That was a record year in the watershed.

This year, in 2020, local farmers have applied for grants for planting of almost 4,000 acres of cover crops. That is a new record. It is also in addition to all the many thousands of acres of cover crops planted in the watershed that did not receive funding from financial incentive programs.

To find out more about the benefits of cover crops visit the cover crops web page on the website at this link:

The use of cover crops is a practice that benefits soil health and water quality. Cover crops have many benefits to the landowner and the community, according to ABCA. Cover crops help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.

“We are pleased to see so many local farmers embracing cover crops and learning about them and adopting them even during a challenging year,” said Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education with ABCA, Kate Monk. “We also appreciate the funding partners that support programs providing grants that make it possible to adopt cover crops as a best management practice. Our soil, our water, and our local residents all benefit from more year-round vegetative cover.”

The month of November is #NoTillNovember with a #KeepTheStubble campaign that encourages less tillage and informs producers they can ‘save time, save money, and save soil.’

Neil Sass is owner of a no-till farm in the United States. He is a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Area Soil Scientist in Iowa and creator of No-Till November. He has written about Six Tips for Switching to No-Till. His six steps include: 1) Start planning at least a year before implementation; 2) Pick an easy entry point and crop; 3) Select the right seeds; 4) Set up your planter correctly; 5) Plant according to soil conditions, not the calendar; and 6) Seek advice and recommendations from successful no-tillers.

For more details read his article here:

Huron Waves Auction

Get ready to have some fun completing Christmas shopping this year, with the “Celebrate the Season with Huron Waves Auction”, opened online on Monday, Nov. 16. Personal visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus; a spring golf tournament for eight, including dinners and bus transportation; collections of holiday music CDs; Samsonite luggage; paintings and framed photographs; cooking classes and fine dining, they are all up for auction to the highest bidder, in support of Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF).

“There are more than 100 items with a distinctively local flavor, all graciously donated by individuals who have readily offered support to Huron Waves despite the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cass Bayley, who is chair of the fund-raising committee.

Every Monday from now to Dec. 7, a new lot of new products, services and experiences will be listed on-line, with bidding open until that Saturday. The auction closes on Saturday, Dec. 12.

“We have so many wonderful fund-raising ideas that tie together music, food and companionship, but we’ve had to put them on hold for now. This auction is a safe way for everyone to have fun, be entertained, and raise funds so that we can bring international artists to our area,” she said.

Bidders are encouraged to register for the auction at Safely gather family in your bubble every Saturday afternoon to see who submitted the highest bid.

All funds support Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF), which will showcase the best of Canadian and visiting international artists at an annual springtime music festival in the region that includes Grand Bend, Exeter and other communities.

Its 2020 Festival was originally scheduled for the first two weekends of May, but emergency measures initiated to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic have twice delayed it.

 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. 


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.

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. 

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. 




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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (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.

As thoughts are now turning toward the most festive time of the year we will take a look at the toys that delighted children on Christmas morning in years gone by. 

Pinocchio pull toy 

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This is a Pinocchio and donkey pull toy. As the toy is pulled Pinocchio rings the bell. The toy is wooden (yellow) with colored paper images adhered to the wood. It appears to have been well loved. There are four red wooden wheels with no red paint left on the part of the wheels that rolls along the ground. The bell is rusty and there are teeth marks on hat. It does not have the original string. The writing on both sides of the toy reads "Walt Disney's Pinocchio"; additional print on one side reads "494 Fisher Price Toys Made in USA 1939 Walt Disney Productions".

The pull toy was given as a gift in 1940. The reason the top of Pinocchio is a bit chewed up is because the child’s pet dog did not like the "ding, ding, ding" sound the toy made when pulled.


rocking horse

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This is a child's rocking horse made of pressed steel. 

Doll Carriage 

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This is a metal doll carriage made by "Lloyd Heywood - Wakefield Co., Orillia, ON. It is brown with white wheels and black canopy (hood). Its "springs" are four little webbing belts with buckles attached to the bottom and carriage. It has a wooden handle.

The carriage was received as a gift in 1935 by a child who resided in Seaforth.




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IMG_3016Saturday's weather was picture perfect for the first Christmas in Bayfield Outdoor Market in stark contrast to the storm that blew in on Sunday afternoon leaving the community without power for 25 hours causing Main Street shops and restaurants to close.

125567139_1548920428830302_8691605114087487032_o   It wasn’t the typical “Christmas in Bayfield” weekend but the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce certainly worked hard to make it a memorable one and several visitors got into the spirit of the holidays by dressing up. (Photo courtesy BACC)

IMG_3024Phoebe posed perfectly for her humans during a visit to the Christmas Photo Station on Saturday. People are invited to post their pictures on the social media platform of their choice using the hashtag #CanadaNice for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping spree giveaways.

IMG_3039Grayson Pike wasn't as interested in getting his picture taken at the Christmas Photo Station as he was in opening a new activity purchased while he, and members of his family, were out shopping on Main Street Saturday morning. Those who take pictures at this spot can use the hashtag #CanadaNice and post their photos on the social media platform of their choice for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping spree giveaways.

IMG_3030One of the most popular spots on the street will be the Christmas Photo Station created by the talents at Goldcoast Landscaping. Located outside the Bayfield Public Library visitors can take selfies in a safe outdoor environment. People can then use the hashtag #CanadaNice and post their photos on the social media platform of their choice for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping spree giveaways.

IMG_3042Main Street between Charles and Catherine Streets will be closed to vehicle traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from now until Dec. 19.

IMG_3043On Saturday morning, shoppers on Main Street waiting patiently outside for their turn into the stores that have to follow limited capacity requirements during COVID-19.

IMG_3055Visitors to Bayfield over the next five Saturdays will find picnic tables spaced out along Main Street for them to sit at and enjoy a hot beverage, a snack or a meal.




Although it wasn’t the typical “Christmas in Bayfield” weekend, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) certainly worked hard to make it a memorable one. They have even thought of ways to stretch out this festive season to allow more people to shop “small” safely during this time of pandemic.

The “Christmas in Bayfield: Outdoor Market” will be open to shoppers on Saturday’s from now until Dec. 19. Main Street between Charles and Catherine Streets will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help facilitate social distancing. Picnic tables will be set up along the street so people can sit and enjoy a hot beverage, snack or a meal. Campfires line the street as well providing warmth for shoppers who may be waiting to access a store that has limited capacity.

One of the most popular spots on the street will be the Christmas Photo Station created by the talents at Goldcoast Landscaping. Located outside the Bayfield Public Library visitors can take selfies in a safe outdoor environment. People can then use the hashtag #CanadaNice and post their photos on the social media platform of their choice for a chance to win one of five $200 shopping spree giveaways.

In addition, Main Street merchants are planning to light up the street with their holiday decorations. They are on a mission to sparkle this year like never before and all are welcome to come check out their glow. In fact, they are inviting the entire community to deck the halls and join in the fun!

Growing on the BACC’s idea, Elaine Coombs, broker with Re/Max Reliable Realty Inc, Brokerage in Bayfield, is offering some fun incentives to residents who decorate their homes. She is offering a $200 gift certificate to a local restaurant as well of some other prizes to the winner of the best decorated house in the village which will include the Carriage Lane area. Coombs, and a friend, will act as the judges and the prize will be awarded on Dec. 21.

IMG_3006The owners of Patina Studios and Gallery on the village's Main Street offered some festive encouragement with this sign outside their shop.


IMG_3032Families took advantage of the Christmas Photo Station located outside the Bayfield Public Library on the first Saturday of the Christmas in Bayfield Outdoor Market. This gorgeous display was created by the talented folks at Gold Coast Landscaping.

IMG_3008  A pandemic may have prevented the usual Christmas in Bayfield traditions, like the Santa Claus parade, but it hasn't prevented people from donning their festive attire.

125778235_1548920722163606_3933583835415426816_oCampfires line the street providing warmth for shoppers who may be waiting to access a store that has limited capacity due to COVID-19 protocols. (Photo courtesy BACC)

IMG_3058Main Street merchants have amped up the sparkle on their store fronts during this COVID Christmas season, case in point Elements of Design. They have offered up an extra beautiful display for their last few weeks in Bayfield. The jewellery store will have a sole location in Seaforth as of January.

IMG_3047Main Street from Charles to Catherine Streets will be closed on the next five Saturdays providing extra space for shoppers, and canines, to socially distance.





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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









IMG_3071Tim (left) and Connor Withers, from The Birdhouse Foundation, presented Bayfield Breeze Editor Melody Falconer-Pounder with a cheque for $700 on Sunday morning. These funds will go toward the continued upkeep of the non-profit, online newspaper. (Photo by John Pounder)

Grateful. My heart is filled with gratitude for such inspiring people as Connor Withers, and his father, Tim. Connor is the talented youth behind The Birdhouse Foundation. His family resides in Burlington but they have a connection to Bayfield too as Connor’s uncle has a summer residence here.

The Birdhouse Foundation has raised countless dollars for hospitals in their home region with Connor starting his good works at the age of eight. In the summer they made their first appearance in the village by raising some money for the local fire department.

On Nov. 14, they were back in town but this time it was to raise funds for the Bayfield Breeze. To say it was a humbling experience would be an understatement. I am so appreciative to everyone who came out to purchase a birdhouse, or some woodcraft, in support of our online newspaper. Seven hundred dollars was raised for our non-profit that endeavors to inform and promote other charitable efforts in the community. I’d say it was a fine example of paying it forward brought to you by a youth and his incredible family.

Thank you all. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder