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hopped up holiday market returns to river road brewery 

50693011642_3afdbb7f8d_o River Road Brewing and Hops will host their first of three "Hopped Up Holiday Markets" on Dec. 4. They will be hosting two more - Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The “Hopped Up Holiday Market“ hosted by River Road Brewery and Hops is returning for a second year!

Running on three Saturdays in December, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18, visitors will find a scene reminiscent of a Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie: livestock grazing in the surrounding fields while market vendors sell their unique wares from the shelter of barnboard covered huts, warming fires blazing and sampling opportunities of craft beer and wood-fired pizza, the latter thanks to Grass Roots Pizza.

The Brewery is located at 35449 Bayfield River Road, and the Market hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each week some different vendors will be in attendance so shoppers will have an excellent excuse to visit more than once. In addition, the musical talent will change up each week too. Scheduled to perform are: Dec. 4, Capucine Onn, at 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, Brad Cassell, noon, followed by Josh Geddis, 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, Ryan Malcolm, noon, followed by Adam Wendler, 1:30 p.m.

River Road Brewery and Hops is also collecting donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank at the upcoming markets.

COVID-19 protocols are closely followed in this outdoor setting with people being screened and registered upon arrival at the entrance. Masks are required. 

Local Climate Action Groups collecting signatures 

Green Goderich has joined other local climate action groups in Huron County to respond
to the Climate Code Red as declared by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC). The action is to collect batches of 25 signatures on Parliamentary
petitions urging Meaningful and Just transition legislation.

Green Goderich, C4th Climate Action, and Blue Bayfield, are asking people in their communities for signatures to join the Council of Canadians’ plan to flood Parliament
with petitions from across the country demanding a response to the climate crisis.

“We’re in a code red for the climate. Our communities are on fire. They are flooding.
They are struggling to make ends meet while the one per cent’s profits and emissions soar,” said the Council of Canadians.

Dean Whalen, of Green Goderich, said, “Look at the unfortunate example of the recent flooding and destruction in British Columbia. The impacts are magnified for those who are impoverished or who have little or no savings. Climate Change and Social Justice concerns are interlinked.”

Armed with as many petitions as possible, these climate action groups will be asking
Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb to table the petitions and speak to the pressing concerns of
his constituents. The first petition of 25 signatures was presented to Ben Lobb recently.
Local groups plan to continue submitting petitions over the first 100 days of this session
of Parliament.

The petition asks for legislation that:
● reduces emissions by at least 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030
● winds down the fossil fuel industry and related infrastructure, ends fossil fuel
subsidies and transitions to a decarbonized economy
● creates good green jobs and drives inclusive workforce development
● protects and strengthens human rights and worker rights, respects Indigenous
rights and ensures migrant justice
● expands the social safety net through new income supports, decarbonized public
housing and operational funding for affordable and accessible public transit
● pays for the transition by increasing taxes on the wealthiest and corporations

The Huron County effort will join more than 115 petition drives from across Canada.

Anyone who would like to sign a petition can contact: Dean Whalen, of Green Goderich, at; Francis Hogan, of Green Goderich, at;
Susan Hundertmark, of C4th Climate Action, at 519 527-1963 or; or Betty Durst, of Blue Bayfield, at 647 528-3536 or



It was announced on Nov. 19, that the Ontario government is investing $190,000 to help Huron Hospice continue to provide compassionate end-of-life services and care to people and their loved ones. This one-time funding represents a 45 per cent increase from last year and brings the 2021-22 investment to $610,000.

“I am very proud of the service Huron Hospice has been providing to families in Huron County for more than 25 years now,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson when making the funding announcement at the hospice in Clinton. “The volunteers are incredible and have been so dedicated; giving compassionate care and emotional support where needed. This is why I am also very proud to share this important news.”

Thompson also announced two other hospices are getting one-time bump ups as well: Jessica’s House will receive an increase of $142,000, which brings their 2021-22 funding to $457,500 and Huron Shores Hospice will receive an additional $47,000, bringing their 2021-2022 funding to $152,500. Both of these increases are also 45 per cent.

Huron Hospice has acquired Level II Accreditation for the visiting hospice program, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.

Huron Hospice Volunteer Service was established in 1993 as a newly formed agency from existing programs in Clinton, Goderich and Seaforth. Huron Hospice continues to be a volunteer supported agency, and is governed by a Board of Directors which is drawn from the surrounding communities.

Huron Hospice applied for a venture grant in 1998, becoming a United Way agency. In 2005, Huron Hospice was approached by the Wingham and Area Palliative Care Board of Directors to consider merging the two agencies. It was decided this was a positive solution for both agencies and the WAPC became known as Huron Hospice, Wingham Site.

In 2006, Huron Hospice obtained a Trillium Grant to expand visibility and board representation to Wingham and Goderich. Huron Hospice moved the administrative offices to Clinton Public Hospital in November 2014. In May 2018, the hospice opened its four-bed residence just outside Clinton, on Hwy 8.

“This one-time funding will really assist us given that our fundraising has been hampered by COVID-19,” said Willy Van Klooster, Executive Director of Huron Hospice. “We very much appreciate the support of MPP Thompson.”

Hospice palliative care plays a vital role in Ontario’s health care system, providing people with additional options for high-quality end-of-life care outside of hospitals. This year the provincial government is investing up to $23 million in eligible hospice residences across the province as part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, ensuring that people can access high-quality care in the right settings now and in the future

The funding will be used to address additional costs associated with COVID-19, including the procurement of personal protective equipment. This is in addition to the province’s annual investment of over $74 million per year in palliative care, and ensures all eligible hospices received a minimum increase of 30 per cent this year.

“As part of our plan to end hallway health care, our government is building capacity to create an integrated health care system centred around the needs of patients, families and caregivers, including compassionate end-of-life care,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “This funding will help Ontarians receive the respect, dignity and care they deserve at every stage of their lives, while ensuring the province’s hospices have the tools they need to continue to provide high-quality care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested $40 million to add over 200 new hospice beds across the province that support high-quality care for more than 7,000 additional patients per year. Once opened, these beds will be supported by an annual investment of $23 million in operating funding. To date, 149 beds have been opened and are supported by $15.5 million in annual funding from the province.

The province has increased its dedicated investments in hospice expansion and palliative care quality improvement initiatives from $67 million in 2018 to over $74 million in 2021. This represents a 10.5 per cent increase.

Hospices provide compassionate end-of-life services to people and families in their communities. Services can include 24/7 professional nursing and personal support services, caregiver supports, and pain and symptom management.

Foodland supports food bank through holiday campaign 

The Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers and clients are very grateful to have the assistance of Bayfield Foodland again this Christmas season.

Shoppers can purchase pre-packaged bags of needed non-perishable products, a terrific assortment of foods and home care items, for $5, $10, or $20 a bag. New this year, Bayfield Foodland can also accept monetary donations at the till in increments of $5 if people prefer to donate in that fashion.

“By donating dollars at the till, the food bank is able to purchase other much needed foods and personal care items, otherwise not readily available to us, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats; dairy and baked goods for those with food allergies and sensitivities; liquid meal replacements for those recovering from illness or dental surgery; baby diapers and formula; and more,” said President of the BAFB Board of Directors, Terry Henderson. “Monetary donations allow the food bank versatility to purchase what is specifically needed by our clients. BAFB sincerely thanks Bayfield Foodland and the neighboring community, for their extremely generous support of our program.” 

Alternatively, 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.

Collection bins for non-perishable items can now be found at Crichet Handmade Designs, 20 Catherine St, Unit C, (the little barn across from Virtual High School); the foyer at the Bayfield Public Library and on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

Gingerbread Cookie event happening early december 

IMG_1764“Take & Make” Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last. (Submitted photo)  

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bayfield! And the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) elves are busy getting ready for their biggest children’s event of the year – Gingerbread Cookie Decorating.

This year’s event will be a “Take & Make” format. The gingerbread cookie decorating kits will be ready for pickup outside the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while quantities last. There is no need to register for this event.

Each cookie kit will contain a gingerbread cookie with all the decorations needed to create a delicious masterpiece at home. A gluten-free cookie option will be available. Also included in the kit will be a fun craft and a draw ticket to be filled out at the event for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to The Village Bookshop. A jar will be available at the pickup table for the completed draw tickets. The draw will take place on Dec. 4 just after 2 p.m.

In keeping with current public health requirements, anyone picking up a kit must wear a mask. FOBL members will be on hand to make sure that social distancing protocols are followed.

After the event, parents (and grandparents too!) are invited to send photos of the completed cookie masterpieces to The photos will be posted on the FOBL Facebook page over the following week. For privacy reasons, no photos of children will be posted.

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.



santa letters 

Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season, but just as was done in 2020, he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in a continued effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return. All letters should be emailed by Dec. 17 to ensure Santa has time to respond prior to Christmas – it is his busy season afterall!

Email the jolly old elf at

Turkey Raffle

The Bayfield Lions are holding a turkey raffle once more! There are 35 turkeys to be won, with the proceeds going to the Huron County Women's Shelter and Second Stage Housing, Bayfield Area Food Bank, and the Tanner Steffler Foundation.

Tickets are $10 each or five for $40. Only 500 tickets have been printed! The draw date is Dec. 9, at noon.

There are four ways to purchase tickets: online at; by calling and leaving a message at 519 565-2944, by emailing, or in-person at the Lions Booth set up in front of the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. until Dec. 4. Licence No.: 800566.

Artists Guild 

From now until the end of April, the Bayfield Artists Guild meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church, Hwy. 21, across from Clan Gregor Square.

The sessioins run from 9 a.m. to noon.  

Anyone who likes to paint or draw, and who would like to make new friends with a common interest, should feel free to drop in anytime to check them out. Double vaccination is required.

Presbyterian Church 

Just in time for the holiday season, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has a cookbook available for purchase.

The Knox Church Cookbook has over 150 wonderful recipes provided by the congregation and former Ministers. The books are selling for $15 each and they can be ordered through any member of the congregation or by leaving a message on the Church phone at 519 565-2913.

Knox Church, Bayfield continues to offer book studies on ZOOM and all are welcome to participate. "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Those wishing to take part are asked to contact Rev. Lisa Dolson by calling 519 955-2158 or emailing to be added to the Book Club email list. The ZOOM link is sent each week.

The Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m.! These worship services are also live streamed and recorded. For those who would prefer to participate from home the livestream can be found on YouTube at Knox Bayfield Sunday Service. The worship services are also recorded for later viewing on YouTube. Visit for a link to Knox’s YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at

Girl Guide Cookies 

Due to the absence of a spring campaign, Bayfield Guiding is currently selling Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies this fall. They are available now from the membership in-person for $5 a box. And they make terrific stocking stuffers or hostess gifts! 

Grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale this year. There will not be a Chocolatey Mint Cookie campaign in 2021.

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who like to purchase a box, or two is asked to contact Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email

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.

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.

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:


258423586_949651155935738_4774539918633561580_nLiza (Submitted photo)  

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

The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on the village's Main Street has come up with a fun way to support the Rescue this holiday season. The Bakery is currently selling cookie kits and paint-your-own cookies for $5 each with all proceeds from these sales going to BFF.

50691829307_1f9e5d03c1_o The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique in the village is currently selling paint-your-own cookies and cookie kits to benefit Bayfield's Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photo)

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

This long, lean, purring machine arrived at the rescue with one kitten. She was friendly from the get go and attempts to find an owner were not successful. She has now been spayed and had her shots and is looking for her forever home. She gets along well with the cats at the rescue but volunteers don’t know about dogs, however, people are good, very, very good - as she has lots of love to give!

Please emaiil for more information if you have room in your home for Liza.

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.



 libro supports huron entrepreneur fund 

Libro Photo November 19 2021Bryan Vincent, chair of the Huron Entrepreneur Fund, celebrates at the cheque presentation with Marty Rops, Regional manager, Libro Credit Union (right). (Submitted photo)  

Libro Credit Union recently announced a gift of $7,500 to the Huron Entrepreneur Fund (HEF).

The Huron Entrepreneur Fund was launched in February 2021, and is held within the Sunset Community Foundation. The HEF is an innovative “impact investment” that will benefit the people of Huron County in two ways: by making more funds available as loans to entrepreneurs through Community Futures Huron, and by making grants to local charities.

“As a certified B Corporation, we use all of our resources to grow prosperity in southwestern Ontario,” said Marty Rops, Regional manager, Huron-Perth Region, Libro Credit Union. “One of the ways we do this is by supporting organizations that are making a positive local impact by addressing employment challenges. The Huron Entrepreneur Fund will help local entrepreneurs pursue their business goals and create or grow enterprises that provide meaningful employment.”

Bryan Vincent, chair of the HEF committee, welcomes the Libro contribution.

“It’s wonderful to have the support of an organization that has deep roots in our region,” Vincent said. “On behalf of the people of Huron County, I thank them.” He added that with this gift, the fund has reached almost $25,000. “The funds have been raised in a few months, which speaks volumes for the generosity and vision of the people of Huron County.”

Deb Gill, chair of the Sunset Community Foundation, which administers the HEF, is also delighted by the Libro gift.

“We’re so pleased to partner with the Huron Entrepreneur Fund committee in this exciting initiative that will make a real difference in our region. It’s wonderful that Libro has embraced the concept and supported it so generously.”

For more information, contact Pat Morden, Executive director, Sunset Community Foundation, by calling, 519 619-8630 or via email at or Bryan Vincent, Huron Entrepreneur Fund chairperson by calling, 519 525-7277 or emailing,

Labor force asked to take "be well work well" survey

The “Be Well Work Well” Survey is what rural residents need for their voice to be heard.

The ongoing transition back to the workplace is one of the many disruptions that workplaces across the world have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural communities and local businesses have been uniquely impacted by pandemic-related disruptions. It is therefore crucial that the response efforts are community driven. However, there is a gap in literature and data collection among the impacts of COVID-19 on rural businesses. Huron and Perth counties are no exception to this.

The “Be Well Work Well” survey is part of a study exploring the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the labor market in Huron and Perth Counties. The goal of the study is to provide rural residents with the opportunity to have their voice heard in order to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the labor force. The short, 10-minute survey, available to all employers and employees (18+), will be used to inform local leaders to support the well-being of local businesses, employers and employees.

Project Lead, Bonnie Baynham, stated, “No one has been untouched, either directly or indirectly, by COVID-19 or by mental health. We need to take ‘the temperature’ of the workforce in Huron and Perth County. I believe it’s crucial to connect with the workforce to ensure that we all have a clear understanding of the present so that we can build for the future.”

Gwen Devereaux, president of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) said, “Please know your 10 minutes to respond to this questionnaire will be so appreciated in giving Gateway CERH the essential knowledge to understand our community’s future needs.”

The first step starts with you. Sharing your input in the “Be Well Work Well” Huron-Perth Survey will develop the local data that is needed to have an impact throughout the community.

Access the 10-minute survey here:

Study examines Discrimination 

Indigenous people, immigrants and visible minorities are more likely to experience discrimination than white, non-immigrant individuals in Huron and Perth Counties, a new research report has found.

Informed by the experiences of 595 individuals, the report found clear evidence of discrimination experienced in workplaces, schools, libraries and arenas, among other locations, that adversely impact belonging and inclusion in Huron and Perth.

Dr. Natalia Lapshina, Dr. Victoria Esses and the Network for Economic and Social Trends of Western University conducted the research, in partnership with the Forum Research Inc. who administered a survey to 595 individuals in Huron and Perth Counties.

The research was funded with support from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and the Huron County Immigration Partnership who provides support to service providers in the region.

The report surveyed 297 immigrants and visible minorities, 62 Indigenous People and 236 White Non-immigrants in Huron and Perth Counties to investigate experiences of discrimination. The survey, conducted in March 2021, investigated who was experiencing discrimination, the contexts discrimination was experienced in, the basis of discrimination, the perpetrators of acts of discrimination and the impact of discrimination.

"The County of Huron is committed to addressing discrimination." said Huron County Warden Glen McNeil. "This report on discrimination in Huron and Perth provides the County with a tool to self-reflect. With it, we can acknowledge privilege, seek better understanding, and make positive changes to create a more inclusive community where everyone feels that they belong.”

“This research also demonstrates that those who experience discrimination are less likely to feel accepted by the community. As we consider issues such as labor shortages, we need to think about strategies that make our communities and workplaces as inclusive and welcoming as possible,” said Perth County Warden Jim Aitcheson.

The report recommends that anti-discrimination initiatives should be developed for areas where discrimination most frequently was reported to occur – workplaces, public areas and schools.

Additional approaches recommended to address discrimination include targeting behavior and attitude change training to individuals most likely to perpetuate discrimination, helping bystanders develop the skills to intervene effectively, and working with organizations to change policies and practices.

To download a copy of the report, please visit:

County Homelessness Enumeration next week 

The County of Huron will undertake a point in time homelessness enumeration from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. In addition to the Enumeration Project, the information collected will be used to update the current By-Name List. This ensures County staff, and partner agencies, have the detailed and accurate information they need to provide person-specific solutions that work for both individuals and the community.

“Huron County Council is committed to continuing to support and advocate for the excellent work undertaken by staff, and the many partner agencies who work to address housing instability and homelessness in our region,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “It takes an entire community, including multiple levels of government, many stakeholders, and certainly the public, to take the actions needed to create positive change in our community.”

The Enumeration Project is a point-in-time count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in a community. The Enumeration Project takes place every two years and is a process that enables homelessness to be tracked to see if it is growing or shrinking over time. All information collected through this process is completely confidential.

According to the Canadian Definition of Homelessness, homelessness is “the situation of an individual, family, or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect means and ability of acquiring it.”

This definition, used for the Enumeration Project, includes people who are absolutely homeless, shelter dwellers, and the hidden homeless (people staying temporarily with friends or family.

The last Enumeration Project, held in 2018, indicated that Huron County had 100 individuals experiencing homelessness. It is important to note that an enumeration project represents a snapshot in time, and due to its methodology, the numbers represent a minimum number of individuals experiencing homelessness.

A By-Name List is a continually maintained, real-time list of people experiencing homelessness that includes detailed information about the needs of each individual. This list can help create a foundation to improve access to supportive housing, connect people to services, and provide a more standardized approach for assessment and referral protocols to make sure people are being matched to the services they need.

"Regular Enumeration Projects and By-Name Lists are powerful tools for reducing and ending homelessness," said Homelessness Programs Supervisor, Erin Schooley. “Using a coordinated approach that includes County staff and many local service providers, projects like these provide real-time, person-specific data that enables us to truly understand the unique needs of our community. This vital information helps us unlock new solutions and deliver better outcomes for Huron County and our most vulnerable residents.”

Individuals experiencing homelessness, who would like to participate in the Enumeration Project and/or be added to the By-Name List, are encouraged to reach out, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, to any Huron County support agencies such as, Choices for Change, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), or Ontario Works, or they can visit any Huron County Library branch, or call 519 525-5922.

Learn more about the actions the County of Huron is taking to address and prevent homelessness in Huron:

Results from previous enumeration projects can be found on the County’s website:


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.

Vaccines for children 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) opened its COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking system for children aged five to 11 years old on the morning of Nov. 23.

The decision follows Health Canada’s approval of the paediatric Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 19, for five to 11 year-olds. Children turning five by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

“We are excited to begin welcoming children to our vaccine clinics,” says Dr. Lauren Hayward, Physician Consultant at HPPH. “Vaccination is our most important and effective layer of protection against COVID-19. Along with other measures, vaccination can help children to safely participate in more activities and reduce the disruptions to school.”

Appointments can now be booked online at, or by calling 1-833-753-2098. HPPH does not use the provincial booking system. Some primary care provider offices and pharmacies are also offering the vaccine to children.

Many of HPPH’s clinics will be child-friendly starting Nov. 30. These clinics will provide a welcoming and engaging space for children and their parents/caregivers. While anyone eligible for vaccine can book into any clinic, HPPH encourages people to book into the clinic most appropriate for them. They also recommend parents/caregivers bring something along to help their child relax during their appointment, such as headphones and music, a toy, or a fidget.

HPPH has set up a webpage,, with information for parents/caregivers about the vaccine. Parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call HPPH, 1-888-221-2133, or to speak with their primary care provider or pharmacist.

Be PArt of the Solution  campaign

In recognition of National Housing Day (Canada) on Nov. 22, the County of Huron has released Be Part of the Solution, a public awareness campaign to support the sharing of resources surrounding homelessness and housing instability in Huron.

“Becoming informed on the complex topic of homelessness is one of the most valuable things a person can do to address housing instability in our community,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “We must all become advocates for our community’s most vulnerable citizens by educating ourselves and speaking up to prevent false information from spreading.”

Huron County residents are invited to Be Part of the Solution to end homelessness by reviewing and sharing these resources through their own channels and networks, such as social media sharing or neighborhood conversations.

“The Be Part of the Solution campaign offers fact-based resources and identifies five, easy to take, actions that empower us all to work together to Be Part of the Solution to reduce and end homelessness in our community,” added Warden McNeil.

The County’s Be Part of the Solution campaign will be ongoing for the 2021-22 season and community participation is welcome throughout the duration of the campaign. Huron residents can participate by sharing campaign resources and/or by taking one, or all, of the five actions outlined within the campaign.

The County of Huron thanks its partner agencies and the Huron community for their continued support and commitment to working together to prevent and address homelessness and housing instability in Huron.

Learn more at

Spirit of Success Awards nominees 

The community has offered up 49 businesses, organizations and individuals for the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron Spirit of Success Awards 2021.

Nominations include organizations that run events to enhance the community, businesses that provide stellar service, individuals who provide leadership in the business community, and other criteria of excellence in nine sponsored award categories.

Final winners have now been selected by a panel of three judges, and will be announced in a virtual event broadcast through Facebook Live tomorrow (Nov. 25) at 7:30 p.m. Judges have also selected the top business from all nominations to be named the Huron Chamber Business of the Year.

“There was a lot of interest in these awards this year. The quality of nominations reflects the level of service and interest in community betterment,” said Heather Boa, operations manager for the Chamber.

Nominations include: Cowbell Brewing Co.; 360 Bikes 'N Boards; Back Alley Art Extravaganza, Bayfield Berry Farm, Becky Deighton of Edward Jones; BYOB Zero Waste Depot, Chuck’s Roadhouse; CKNX Hometown Heroes; Coastal Coffee Roastery; COPA Flight 45; Ethan Hamilton of Hamilton Decks & Fences; Firmly Rooted; Giant Tiger; Goderich Toyota; Green Goderich Tree Planting Initiative; Happy Computers; Huron BJJ, Huron County Historical Society’s Reflections: The Life and Work of J. W. (Jack) McLaren project; Huron County Library – Goderich Branch; Knotty Girls; Libro Credit Union – Goderich Branch; Maple and Moose of Blyth; McGee Motors, Miss Jones Cannabis Goderich Outpost; Race Huron; Robinson’s Maple Products; Sarah Garrity of Huron BJJ; Schaefer’s Ladies Wear & Lingerie; Something Irresistible; Sydney Pollock of Blake Street Bakery; Tasting Huron County; The Huron County Christmas Store of Clinton; The Red Door (Tummies, Tots and Teens); Thyme on 21; Tribute Studios; United Way Perth Huron’s Out of the Cold Goderich event; V Sandwiches; Victim Services Huron County; West Street Willy’s Eatery; and Wuerth’s Shoes Goderich.

Winners will be announced during a Facebook Live event on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at with hosts Nadine VandenHeuvel of Goderich Fit Body Boot Camp and Jeff Bauer of Homefield Group, Royal LePage Heartland. VandenHeuvel is also on the board of directors of the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron and she is Chair of the Spirit of Success Committee.

Awards nominations categories include: Compass Minerals Environmental and Sustainability Award; Goderich Signal Star Community Impact Award; John C. Grace Young Entrepreneur Award; Downtown Goderich BIA Award; Small Business Enterprise Centre New Business Award; MicroAge Basics Service Award; K2 Wind Ontario Technology / Manufacturing Award; Tourism Goderich Hospitality Business Award; and Zehrs Goderich Retail Business Award. The Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron will present the Business of the Year Award.

This event is co-sponsored by Libro Credit Union and Zehrs Goderich. Awards are sponsored by Artech Signs and Graphics. Production sponsor is FauxPop Media.




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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. 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.

It's time to deck the halls and what better way to get started then to take a look at the Museum's vintage tree ornament collection. 

Snowflake tree light 

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This is a fuschia, five-pointed, star-shaped, plastic Christmas tree light. Fake snow painted on top. There is one light in each arm and one top-centre.



 house ornament 

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This Christmas tree ornament depicts a small house. It is made of white cardboard with green painted on half of the roof; the window has orange curtains and there is a wire on top of the roof for hanging.

Crystal starburst 

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This Christmas tree light decoration in the shape of a crystal starburst has nine green crystal points surrounding a burgandy (red) crystal centre. There is a screw for a light on the back. The back of the ornament reads: "Matchless"; "Made in U.S.A."; "Pat. Pending". It is estimated to have been manufactured between 1935 and 1949.



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  THE TIME of our lives explores the baby boom years  



penhale3Wagon Maker Tom Penhale, of Bayfield, earned world-wide recognition for crafting the "Disney Wagon" for the Disney Company in 1983. (Photo courtesy Wendy Johnston)  

blizzard71The Great Blizzard of 1971 was one of the worst storms ever to hit Huron County. Thousands of school children and travellers were stranded for days. (Submitted photo)  

1988-brownie'sdriveinHuron County had three Drive-In Theatres. Only the Starlite in Shipka, ON is still in operation. (Photo courtesy Clinton News-Record)  

1976-candlelight76The Candlelight Restaurant in Goderich was a popular live dancing and live entertainment venue for decades until its closure in March 2020. (Photo courtesy Gus Balkouras)  

captbertmac2Captain Bert MacDonald was the 'Guardian of the Goderich Waterfront.' He is credited with saving hundreds of lives. (Photo courtesy Ian MacAdam)

N000.8118.017FrontThe Seaforth International Plowing Match became known as the 'Mud Match' after torrential rains turned the IPM tented city into a muddy quagmire. (Photo courtesy Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol)  

2003-cropcirclesCrop Circles Mysteriously Appeared in the Summer of 2003 in a Farm Field outside of Hensall. (Photo courtesy Hilary Long, Clinton News-Record)  



“The Time of Our Lives” is a new book by David Yates about Huron County's fascinating compilation of stories during the Baby Boom years has just been released in time for Christmas.

Yates said the book is an eclectic collection of almost 60 stories covering everything from Walt Disney's famous visit to the county in 1947 to discover his Canadian roots through to the Goderich tornado in 2011.

This is the fourth in a series of books gleaned from Yates' columns in the Focus, Goderich Signal Star, Clinton News-Record, Huron Expositor and other local newspapers. Discovering the county's history over the last 15 years has been “a labor of love”, according to Yates.

He was amazed to find how rich the county’s cultural roots are with stories on Johnny Cymbal, the early 1960s teen idol who made an appearance on American Bandstand; the local origins of the iconic folk-rock group The Band and that Earl Heywood, Canada's Singing Cowboy played with early rockabilly singer, Bill Hayley. Artists like Jack McLaren and Janet Cardiff who have won world acclaim for their work both called Huron County home. Many will fondly remember tuning in their television antennae to CKNX-TV in Wingham to see “Circle 8 Ranch” and “Hockey Night in Canada” and, of course, Huron County's Drive-in theatres.

Yates’ book covers the changes brought about by the 1960s that played out in Huron County through the Cold War, the flag debate, the optimism of Canada's Centennial year in 1967; and Trudeaumania.

Despite the good times, the era covered in The Time of Our Lives also had its controversies like the Truscott case, the Dirty Books Debate of 1978 and the Fleck strike which made headlines not just in Huron County but in the country at large. As the last bastion of temperance in Ontario, a ten-year battle was waged between the 'wets' and 'dries' in Huron County that only ended with a closely fought referendum in 1959.

Readers will remember with fondness some of Huron's sporting heroes like Ron Feagan, “King of the Sulky Racers”; the undefeated Louzon Fliers of 1948, NHL star Larry Jeffery and, of course, Paul Henderson, “the Kid from Lucknow”, who scored the winning goal in the 1972 Summit series.

One of the themes Yates noticed while compiling stories for the book is how extreme weather events like the Exeter flood in 1969, the Great Blizzard of 1971 and the F-3 tornado which struck Goderich in 2011 impacted life in Huron County.

This new book will be a nostalgic look back on the decades since the end of the Second World War. After all, it is about The Time of Our Lives.

50826546411_101ca2056e_oDavid Yates (Submitted photo)

The Time of Our Lives (2021) by David Yates, 318 pps, softcover, is on sale now at Finchers in Goderich; The Village Bookshop in Bayfield; The Citizen, in Blyth; and Michael's Pharmasave in Clinton, Bayfield and Goderich. The book sells for $25. 





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Back in Issue 643, I revealed that I was building the Lego Grand Piano and several of you requested that I show it being played when it was finished. Well, it is finished and it plays. I am sharing a picture of my completed set for all to witness here. I have also shared two short videos that i have made for anyone who is really curious to see how it works. They are posted on the Bayfield Breeze Facebook Page. 

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In summary, the App for the piano offers two options - Listen Mode and Play Mode. The Listen Mode (and my favorite) allows you to listen to a selection while the keys on the piano perform independently. Play Mode allows you to press any of the keys and the notes for the selected song will play out one at a time – it doesn’t register which key is being hit for a particular note – but it is afterall a Lego set!  There is nothing quite like listening to “Ode to Joy” emanating from this delightful little pile of bricks…- Melody 


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


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