Bookmark and Share   Dec. 16, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 51 Issue 597


131651978_296219741829442_9201921540440289712_n As the sun sets on 2020, Photographer Dianne Brandon will be taking another round of “front porch pictures” in the Village of Bayfield only. This time the images she captures will raise funds for Pioneer Park. She is now booking 10-minute, daylight only sessions from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3. The fee is $50 and $25 of that will go directly to the Pioneer Park Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment please email Dianne Brandon at or call 519 525-8884. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

Order today for friday delivery Bayfield Farmers' Market online 


People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery.

The next pick-up day for the Market is Friday, Dec. 18 from 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. All orders must be placed and paid for by 8 p.m. today (Dec. 16).

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

In addition to the regular produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more, found on the website there is also a specially curated Bayfield Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Box featuring a delicious selection of products from beloved food vendors. The gift box has a value of $50 and retails for $44.50. Very limited quantities available.

To learn more or to place an order visit:

open studio program coming for winter and spring  


In anticipation of brighter days ahead, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is hard at work envisioning a safe environment for community members and area residents to engage in creative activity from January to April of 2021.

Taking place upstairs at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, with thanks to financial support from the Bruce Power “Winter Events Sponsorship” program, the BCA will be moving ahead with their winter Open Studio Program.

“Create Together” is an opportunity for creatives, artists and crafters to gather in an informal, physically distanced, safe setting. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies, projects and creative energy and meet weekly at a provided, socially distanced, personal 6 ft. table.

Registration will be required online and is limited to a maximum of up to 25 participants, as determined by changing provincial, municipal and county health guidelines. (Capacity limits for recreational/sports facilities and all guidelines and health protocols will be stringently enforced.)

Weekly programming will start the week of January 17th and run until the end of April. Artists, artisans, knitters, writers, crafters, photographers, etc in any medium at any level are welcome! Occasional instructor led classes are in development.

Stay tuned for upcoming details of weekly day and time.

Registration for this program will be posted on the BCA website, or follow them on their Facebook page

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.

 proceeds from cookie sales  go to bayfield's forgotten felines 

IMG_7523Jude (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. 

Jude is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week. 

This gorgeous feline’s story begins with some kind humans feeding it when it took up residence in their garden. They named the cat Judy and tried to find out if it had a home. No home was located so they called the Rescue, allergies prevented them from adopting this stray themselves.

Judy was taken to the vet who promptly discovered that “Judy is actually a dude” and thus he has been renamed Jude. It was also discovered that he will require some dental work in the future.

Jude love pets, cuddles, pets, being brushed, pets, treats, pets, food, and, of yes, pets. He is a rather large guy with lots of love to give. He is looking forward to finding someone who has lots of “pets” to give in exchange. He gets along fine at the shelter with all the other kitties so he doesn’t need to be the only cat in the home.

Anyone interested in adopting Jude 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 with special needs. 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.

130191233_3558246207595255_6120519807622591868_o The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique is currently selling paint-your-own cookies and cookie kits to benefit Bayfield's Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photo)

Nonagenarian honored with Bc Lions' Heart of A Lion Award

Ken Arkell, may have moved away from the Bayfield area in the 1950s but he has returned to visit often and still has relatives residing here so many people may be interested to learn that he was recently bestowed with a special honor which just happened to coincide with the celebration of his 90th birthday on Dec. 6.

Arkell. who now resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, with his wife of 60 years, Olivia, was honored by the Canadian Football League (CFL) BC Lions with their Heart of a Lion Award.

According to an article published on Dec. 7 in the Vernon Morning Star newspaper, the Heart of a Lion program recognizes British Columbians whose notable efforts make a positive impact.

Arkell played with the Lions for two seasons in 1956 and 1957. Football was but one of his passions as he also served as a Mountie with the RCMP and studied to become a lawyer. He later served as a judge on a variety of courts finishing up his career with the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the 1990s.

Dec. 6 saw Arkell celebrate his birthday with family over ZOOM accepting delivery of both festive balloons and an extra special cake, depicting key roles in his life. The courts, the RCMP and football were all edibly represented.

To read the whole story please visit:

23553248_web1_201210-VMS-judge-arkell-ARKELL_1 Former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ken Arkell, with ties to Bayfield, was named the BC Lions latest winner of the CFL club’s Heart of a Lion award. He was given the honor on Sunday, Dec. 6 which just happened to coincide with his 90th birthday. (B.C. Lions photo - Courtesy Vernon Morning Star)

IMG_4598 Ken Arkell, accepted delivery of festive balloons and a special birthday cake in honor of entering his ninth decade on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)

IMG_4597The birthday cake resembled the morning paper and featured special attributes of Ken Arkell's life and careers. (Submitted photo)


life at the rink 

“We just received a cheque from Don McIlwain owner of the Bayfield Garage to cover the cost of 12 hours of free public skating between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the residence of Bayfield,” said Bill Whetstone, chair of the Bayfield Community Centre. “We are incredibly pleased with the donation Don has extended to our community, as well as the continuing support from the entire community towards the Centre and its importance for our community.”

Due to the generosity of the Bayfield Garage free skating will be offered from 1-3 p.m. from Dec. 27 through to and including Dec. 31 and then again on Jan. 2.

“This is an open invitation to everyone in Bayfield to spend quality, fun time with friends and a family on the ice - a truly Canadian thing to do over the holidays. See you on the ice!” said Whetstone.

Please note the facility will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1.

Regular free public skating continues 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.

To learn more about volunteering or to view the schedule for available public open ice times visit:; or call at 519 565-2121. 

St. Andrew's 

Just because the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church couldn’t hold their annual Christmas Bazaar this past November doesn’t mean they haven’t been working on their usual crafting and quilting projects.

They know that people look forward to purchasing handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts during the holiday season and for that reason the congregation has created a place where people can buy the gifts they might have purchased at the Bazaar online.

Home baking is also available – however, supplies are limited and orders must be received by Friday, Dec. 18!

People can browse through this online Bazaar by visiting:


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

Anglican Church

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is now offering an in-church Communion Service every Wednesday morning, however, people wishing to attend must register in advance.

To attend this service, that begins at 10:30 a.m., participants are asked to call Church Warden Paul Spittal at 519 441-2946 to register. Once registered people will then be added to the contact list. All COVID-19 procedures are in place for the services and space is limited.

Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at

Trinity St James Anglican Church will host a ZOOM Christmas Eve service starting at 6 p.m. For a direct link to the ZOOM service iinformation visit: 


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

Food Bank

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) would like to thank the residents of Pine Lake Camp, Northwood Beach and Wildwood by the River for their generosity as each organized their own food drive recently.

BAFB would also like to offer a huge thank you to Bayfield Foodland for their annual Brown Bag program to help to stock the shelves and to the Bayfield Firefighters for their assistance collecting at the grocery store this past weekend.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing,” said Terry Henderson, chair of the BAFB.

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.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, has been moved to the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures to come.

Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available, such as specific diaper sizes for young children, or a particular brand of infant formula a young one has been prescribed; dietary products for Celiac clients (gluten free essential); special needs for diabetics, and for the very elderly, or for those recovering from surgery or cancer treatment and so on.

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift this Christmas season, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. 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.

Winter Hikes 

Why not fight the winter blues by bundling up and getting outside for a walk in the woods? The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce guided hikes every Saturday with the exception of Dec. 26.

These hikes will begin at 10 a.m. through to Feb. 27 at the Varna Nature Trails. Participants are asked to meet at the Stanley Community Complex, Mill Road, just west of Varna.

Each Saturday, two hike leaders will guide a one-hour hike (2.5km) on the Mavis/Taylor nature trails. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. Participants will follow social distancing protocols, so please bring a mask. Sign-in will be in the lobby of the Stanley Complex and washrooms will be open. Hikers will need to sign both a COVID screening checklist and a liability waiver to participate in the hike. During the hike, participants may remove their mask as long as they keep 2 Ms (6ft) distance from other hikers. Groups will be limited to 25, first come first served.

Organizers note that they will hike in any weather as long as the trail is safe, so please dress appropriately. If the hike is cancelled, the BRVTA will post that information by 8 a.m. the day of the hike on their Facebook page “Bayfield Trails” and website
Of course, these hikes are subject to Provincial restrictions on public gatherings, which may change.

For questions or more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at or 519 525-3205.

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.


The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (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: Doug Yeo at





hospice offers thanks for support in challenging year


2020 is a year for the history books. Families, businesses, and charities have endured unprecedented challenges. Despite the difficult year, people have adapted. COVID-19 has made communication remote and distanced. For protection people put on masks, handshakes became fist bumps, and hugs became air hugs.

"At Huron Hospice we had to restrict visitation at the residence. We had to ask our volunteers to stay home or visit with families in the community by phone, and other important programs were put on hold," said Jay McFarlan, Board chair and Willy Van Klooster, Executive director, at Huron Hospice.

They went on to say, "We also realized that our charitable fundraising would be affected this year. We hoped our friends would stay with us through this challenging time. And they did! Our events like the There's No Place Like Home Telethon was a huge success. Our Hike for Hospice and our Butterfly Release enjoyed wonderful virtual support this year. General donations to our Wings of a Dove direct mail campaign have been strong as have other individual donations. It has been moving to see the level of community support for the Hospice during this difficult time through these virtual events and through general donations. We thank all of those who supported Huron Hospice in any way."

McFarlan went on to say, "Families come to the Hospice from across Huron County for compassionate care at this challenging time in their lives. Thanks to our donor family, Huron Hospice can provide that support for that journey. Hospice continues to play an essential role in the Huron County community, and donors make this possible. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you."

Controversial legislation passed by province 

The Province of Ontario approved Bill 229, Ontario’s Budget Measures Act, including the controversial Schedule 6, on Dec. 8. The government approved the legislation, without changes, despite recent prominent resignations over Schedule 6 and despite the opposition to the environmental changes by individuals and organizations across Ontario.

The new law includes Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs). Conservation Ontario says this will allow the Minister to force a conservation authority to issue a permit “...even if it goes against their provincially-delegated responsibility to protect people, infrastructure and the environment.”
The new law also prevents conservation authorities from making appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). A number of other changes limit the work of conservation authorities.

Conservation Ontario is the agency which represents Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities. The General Manager of Conservation Ontario, Kim Gavine, said the Province could have passed a budget bill, about financial recovery from pandemic conditions, without adding negative impacts to the successful watershed management model in Ontario.

The approval of the legislation will hurt “Ontario’s environment and our unique watershed approach,” according to Gavine. She said the changes in the law are likely to create delays and add costs to municipalities, applicants and conservation authorities.

Thousands of Ontarians, and many groups, had expressed their opposition to parts of Bill 229, asking for the environmental changes, in Schedule 6, to be removed from the proposed budget bill. The Conservation Ontario General Manager thanked all the people and groups across Ontario who have shown their support for watershed management and conservation authorities.

“It was really fantastic to see the wide range of people and agencies who understood the importance of what was happening,” she said. “They immediately picked up on both the short, and long, term impacts of these changes.”

She thanked everyone who spoke up for conservation authorities and who counselled against Schedule 6 but Gavine said “it’s unfortunate that it wasn’t enough.”

Conservation authorities will now have the challenge of adapting to a new law which limits their ability to protect people and property and water and soil and habitat in their watershed communities.

Conservation Ontario and local conservation authorities now have to direct their attention to the pending regulations that are to provide the details around the changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act, according to Gavine. She said she hopes the development of the regulations will get “the attention, assessment and public input that they deserve.”

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Chair Doug Cook said he also hopes the Province will listen closely to conservation authorities and the public as the government prepares the regulations. ABCA has protected life, property, and watershed resources for 75 years and has worked, and continues to work, productively and cooperatively with all governments, according to Cook.

“We hope to work together, with the Government of the Province of Ontario, in developing the new regulations,” he said.

Suggestions for safer holiday celebrations from HPPH

As the second wave progresses, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) advises residents to plan for safer holiday celebrations.

“This year has not been easy, and we have all - including myself and public health staff - had to find new ways to connect with our families and friends,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Right now we must be vigilant about connecting safely over the holidays so we can protect our family, friends and community and flatten the curve of this second wave.”

Huron and Perth municipalities, businesses, service clubs and places of worship have been working with HPPH to plan holiday events that will bring joy and also keep the community as safe as possible.

HPPH thanks all of these groups for their creativity and responsibility in planning holiday events and asks the public to please respect all rules that groups have put in place. Remember that if you are not feeling well, do not attend an event.

Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to celebrate the holiday with people outside your household. It is strongly recommended to allow close contact only with people living in your own household. People who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one additional household to help reduce feelings of isolation and negative mental health impacts.

Plan ways to connect with family and friends such as, call or video chats; online celebrations or dinner parties; write letters or send cards; contactless delivery of gifts or treats

Individuals and families in higher transmission areas should avoid travel to lower transmission areas (e.g., from Red to Orange, from Yellow to Green) except for essential reasons.

Individuals living away from home, including those studying at colleges and universities, should consider doing a self-quarantine, or reducing close contact with others, 14 days before returning home for the holidays. Limit close contact to one household once you are home.

Individuals unable to reduce close contact with others before returning home, should limit close contact with others, especially seniors and individuals who are immuno-compromised or have underlying medical conditions.

The province has set gathering limits depending on which level of public health measures a region is at. Visit for current gathering limits.

If you have a gathering with people you do not live with physical distancing of 2 Ms (6 ft) must be maintained. The fewer people you have, the lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Testing for COVID prior to attending a gathering is not recommended. A negative result on a COVID test only tells you that you did not have COVID at the time you were tested. You may become infected between the time you took the test and when you received your result or in the days afterwards. Please refer to Ontario's testing information at to see who is eligible for a COVID test through assessment centres or participating community labs.

It’s most important to follow all the public health measures, including staying home if you are sick, washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and practicing physical distancing.

Safer ways to celebrate the holiday season include: participate in virtual activities and parties; watching holiday or other movies; decorating doors, putting up lights, etc.; donating to your favorite charity or toy drive; attending a drive-in or drive-through event.

If you choose to volunteer this season, review and adhere to the precautions that will be in place to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. This year you may experience worry about finances and gift-giving; sadness about breaking important family traditions or being away from loved ones; fear of getting sick with COVID-19 or of making others sick; family conflict if family members have different attitudes about risks.

Those who are struggling with their mental health or wellbeing should contact their healthcare provider or call Huron Perth Helpline at 1-888-829-7484. Additional information on mental health support is also available at

“The holidays are a time of kindness,” said Dr. Klassen. “On behalf of Huron Perth Public Health, I thank you all for the kindness and resilience you have shown during this difficult year and I wish you and your loved ones safe, happy and healthy holidays.”

For information about COVID-19 precautions during the holiday season: and


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:

 handmade handbags

A friend of Huron Hospice has been keeping busy sewing high-quality tote bags from up-cycled fabrics. These up-cycled tote bags are flying out the door at The Village Bookshop, 24 Main Street in Bayfield.

This Hospice volunteer is working overtime, sewing bags. She is grateful for the unwanted fabric people have donated, which keeps her going. She also wants to share the enthusiasm The Village Bookshop is showing her to sell the totes on behalf of Huron Hospice. And of course, a big thank-you to those who have already purchased one or more of these bags!

The Village Bookshop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. 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 them out or contact The Village Bookshop at 519 565-5600 or visit them online at

Remarkable Citizens 

Not even a pandemic will prevent Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson from recognizing and celebrating remarkable citizens across the two counties.

Thompson has issued a call for nominations to recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local residents.

This year, due to COVID-19, the MPP is planning on hosting a virtual levee to ring in the new year and to salute this year’s winners. Details will be announced at a later date in December.

Each year, Remarkable Citizens awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce.

"We have all been through a lot these past few months,” Thompson said. “But I know there are many, many outstanding and remarkable citizens who are doing their part to help others during this pandemic as well as being engaged in other areas and making a difference in their communities. As I have said before, volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding.”

To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to Please include contact information for both the nominee and the nominator. Also include two pictures of the nominee.

Nominations can also be mailed to either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. P.O. Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 2, P.O. Box 834 N2Z 2Y2). The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.

“We may not be able to be in person for the levee,” Thompson added, “but there will be plenty of virtual hugs to hand out as we applaud the volunteer work of our local heroes.”

 ABCA Outdoor Family Experiences 

Interested parties may book a ‘COVID-friendly’ Owl Prowl for their family at Morrison Dam Conservation Area from ow until Feb. 27, 2021 with staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservatoin Authority (ABCA).

Everyone is reminded that the 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. 


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.



Bookmark and Share Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol 

rEmember this


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

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

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. 

board game   

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This is a box lid for the board game 'Hi-Q" written in red text on a beige background. The game's logo is a large red rectangle with "Hi-Q" printed in negative. The game's slogan is "how's yours?". Sides have "Hi-Q how's yours" printed twice on each side. The interior of the lid has the basic instructions printed in red. The game was produced by Tryne Specialty, Inc. Sayville, L.I., N.Y.

The front of the lid says in part:
“If you take a week ...
You're an average Joe (give it up and you're just a schmoe)
Less'n a day...You're a regular pro.
Under an hour...Well, Whd'ya know:
...An Einstein!!”

This game belonged to Nancy (Forrest) Kale as a child.

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italian doll 

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This is a plastic doll wearing a fabric knee-length red dress with a flared skirt with yellow and green ribbon hem and cream-colored short puff sleeves, red ribbon sash tied at the back, rounded cream apron with embroidery trim, detachable red rubber shoes and red felt puttees. She has black yarn, waist-length braids tied with red ribbons styled under a cream felt, pointed headdress decorated with red thread and red, yellow and green dots. A red and yellow ribbon braid holds the headdress in place. Her eyes are painted blue and her mouth painted red. On the soles of both shoes is printed "Made in Italy". A gold paper label with blue letters reads "Eros, Ungheria" stapled to the dress underneath the apron.

This is one of 12 small souvenir dolls collected by Gordon Arthur Kemp while travelling as an engineer for Champion Road Machinery from 1965 to 1975.




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 Recalling Breakfasts  past - they grow up so fast 

4185365143_b3a2019931_k2009 - Bailie Dayman, 7, of Bayfield, attended the breakfast with her grandparents. She was kept busy between mouthfuls coloring on the paper tablecloth.

6501579727_bbd298a829_k2011 - Two year-old Hudson Hessel-Heard was a little timid about meeting Santa Claus but with some extra support from his mother, Tara Hessel, and a little gift from Santa he put on a brave face.

8262047438_d1645d9287_k2012 - Five month old, Alex Curtis, of Bayfield, auditioned for a job with Santa's Reindeers at this year's breakfast.

11294626774_2a7a44d978_k2013 - Riley Arthur prepared to eat a hearty breakfast under the watchful eye of Morgan Sonke, both girls visited from Goderich.

22967741124_8a74b52b55_k2015 - Cathy Walker and granddaughter Freya Toccalino enjoyed a special morning together at Breakfast with Santa.

31475554212_30b128de54_k2016 - As is their tradition, the Ansley trio - Lexi, Rodney and Mikayla - came prepared with Christmas wish lists for Santa.

49193907741_a05b3b8023_k2019 - The volunteers behind the 14th annual Bayfield Optimist Club's Breakfast with Santa took a moment to have a picture taken before the doors opened and a hungry crowd rushed in. Optimist members and friends teamed up with Colin, Tamara, Rylan and Halle Corriveau at The Docks Restaurant to make the event a success this year.



A note from the Editor: I wrote this piece for my Submissions section back in December of 2010. I came across it when searching our archives for pictures from the Breakfast with Santa events held over the last decade some of which are featured here this week. I feel it remains relevant and decided to share it with our readers once again…

One of the more fun aspects of my preparations for Christmas is Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club. I have the joyous task of photographing those special moments when the youngsters approach Santa to tell him what their holiday wishes are.

Jolly Ol’ Santa and I have been working together for a few years now and may I say the Elf is a pleasure to work with. He’s got the spirit in him; he’s gentle, kind and patient. He never promises a gift when asked for one but says that he’ll do his very best to make a wish come true.

Some youngsters may get overzealous and pull at his beard, while others burst into tears at the sight of the man in the bright red suit. Still others are bashful and require a few encouraging words on approach and the smallest of the wee, well, quite often they sleep through the entire visit. No matter their reaction he never fails to wish them all the blessings of the season.

Many of the youngsters are now veterans of the breakfast and they’ve got the routine down. It is so wonderful to see the changes in these children each year as they grow and mature, that is until they reach the age where they feel too grown-up to have a visit with Santa and they pass us by. Sadly, that seems to happen in the wink of an eye. So, for those of you with youngsters whose eyes still get as round as saucers at the sound of “Ho! Ho! Ho!” treasure each moment and hold it close to your hearts. And from Santa, and I, best wishes for a very blessed Christmas.

5257968551_fd1d872ed4_k2010 - Five month old, Jackson Hivert, of Waterloo, was suitably attired for his visit with Santa.

15976353302_384414ec2a_k2014 - Aidhan Kleuskens wanted to ensure that Santa clearly understands what is on his wish list this year. He brought a copy of the Sears Wish Book to use as a guide during his meet and greet.

27218193529_c042346614_k2017- Danika and Cohen Dykstra are veteran attendees of Breakfast with Santa. This year they fuelled up on eggs and pancakes before visiting with the jolly old elf.

46250759521_5460d5b3dd_k2018 - Bridget Shanahan brought her Kindness Elf to the party.




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It is our Christmas tradition to watch certain holiday movies when the calendar turns to December: Miracle on 34th Street, both the Mara Wilson version and the Natalie Wood original; and Disney’s two Prep and Landing animated films. However, here it is Dec. 16th and we have yet to pop any of these titles into the DVD player.

Blame it on Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. We’re hooked.

We have watched a plethora of Christmas themed movies – sometimes up to three in one night! There is comfort in the formula offered by these festive films during these COVID times. We’re keeping a check list of the titles we’ve watched so far and I have had some fun researching both the actors that star in them and the locations they were shot in.

We have also developed the oddest desire to purchase more nutcrackers and drape more garland than the house really needs but it’s making things feel quite holly jolly and we could all use more of that these days. – Melody






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