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sunflower selfies with social distancing to raise funds  

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 12.35.23 PMSunflowers will be bursting forth soon in a field just south of the village in honor of Max Rombouts and many involved in making the fundraiser happen gathered to see the progress recently. The Rombouts family, Kevin and Jamie and their sons, Zack and Hudson (to the right of the sign) joined field owners Brian and Mary Ellen Coombs (foreground) as well as Brian and Marni Van Aaken (to the left of the sign) and Brian Schoonjan (far right). Also involved in the project but unavailable to take part in the picture were Taylor Van Aaken and Greg Keys. (Photos by Elaine Coombs)  

Something bright and sunny is popping up all over in a field just south of the village – sunflowers are beginning to bloom at 75774 Bluewater Hwy just across the road from Bayfield Foodland.

Thousands of yellow miracles are raising their heads to the sky in memory of a very special little guy. The field was planted to honor Miracle Max, a brave young boy who fought every day of his life against leukemia.

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 12.37.22 PMMiracle Max's Minions fundraising sunflower field will be open to the public starting today (July 8) for social distancing selfies. Those who visit are asked to leave a cash donation or send an E-transfer.  

The field is owned by Brian and Mary Ellen Coombs who are also friends of Max’s parents Jamie and Kevin Rombouts. The sunflower crop was made possible through the generous support and work of Taylor Van Aaken, Greg Keys, Brian Van Aaken and Brian Schoonjan.

The Coombs and Rombouts invite people to visit the sunflower field.
“Although Max’s fight on earth ended at the tender age of two, Max’s spirit lives on in our hearts and in this field,” said the Rombouts and Coombs in a joint press release.

With social distancing measures in place this field will be open to the public starting today (July 8). A donation box (or etransfer) is on site and all proceeds will go to Miracle Max’s Minions. E-transfers are also welcome. Please send them to Donations will be made to a variety of agencies that helped Max and his family during their fight, with the hope that they can help other families in their time of need.

Birdhouse Sale raises funds for bayfield firefighters 

192A3651Connor and Tim Withers (far left) presented Bayfield Fire Chief Brian Brandon with a big cheque on June 28. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  

At the end of June people driving through Bayfield may have noticed a colorful display of birdhouses for sale just before the turn onto Clan Gregor Square. The Birdhouse Foundation was having a sale from which $1,000 was given to the Bayfield Fire Department. The youth behind the Foundation, Connor Withers, wanted to raise some funds to support the community’s first reponders as the Bayfield firefighters were unable to hold their annual Firemen’s Breakfast this year due to COVID-19.

Withers began making birdhouses in 2013 at just 8 years-old. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last seven years, Withers has rasied more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Yeat by the Ontario Community Newspapers Assocation. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts.

The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong and after this very successful local sale there should be quite a few colorful houses popping up around the village too.

How to be part of the virtual bayfield community fair 

Several of the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s (BAS) Directors met on the fairgrounds to finalize the planning for the 2020 fair. No one could have predicted that this group would be learning how to videotape, have timelines way before the fair dates, and rethink what is possible in a completely different environment. Some of the standard activities at the fair are just not possible or there were not enough volunteers to fully carry them out.

The good news is that the homecraft and agricultural elements will be well represented. There will be some great demonstrations, interviews with area experts and discussions with judges who will describe what they look for when evaluating exhibits. There will be entertainment – currently the Directors are not sure if it will be live streamed or taped. Food is always part of a fair and a drive by food service will be available for presold ticket holders; there will also be a demonstration to make one of the foods that is a class in the prize book.

The Bayfield Fair is a community fair and so the Directors have several ways in which the community can be involved before fair weekend – Aug. 14-16. The first way is to make “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees” since that is our theme this year. People of all ages are asked to make one or more of the theme items and we will be displaying them in the fairgrounds. Large craft items are certainly welcome and people have several weeks to create them on these hot humid days. They will be outside when displayed so that might be one consideration when planning them. They can be dropped off at the fairgrounds near the new BAS building on Saturday Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We hope to have a fence full of items so that those who drive by picking up their food can drive along the fence and see all the creativity in Bayfield. Those who made them can pick them up on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 3-4 p.m.,” said Doug Yeo, representing the BAS.

The second way to get involved is to pick up a fair prize book at the Bayfield Convenience Store. Note the BAS is not using them this year; however, they would like people to submit a picture of themselves or their family members looking at the book at any local site.

“We will be sharing some of your submitted pictures during the fair weekend and displaying all the others on our social media sites. Each picture requires the names of who are in the picture and permission to use the pictures on our sites if there are any children in it. Let’s see how creative you are ensuring the 2020 prize book is visible,” said Yeo.
He also added that there will be one more competition using the book which will be announced shortly.

The third way to be involved is for youth to prepare a poster for the 2021 fair. The theme, “Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future”; the date, “August 20-22”; and the fair name, “Bayfield Community Fair” or “Bayfield Fair”, must be on the poster. The winning posters will be used on the 2021 prize book with recognition of the top posters. Participants should add the age of the person submitting the poster so the BAS can pick a top poster from different age groups. The poster will be on 450 copies and likely in color as well.

Entertainment is always showcased at the fair and is the fourth way to be involved. Entertainers of all ages are invited to submit a two to four-minute tape of their individual or group talent.

“This is the chance to share your magical, musical, acrobatic or other talent,” said Yeo. “Several will be randomly chosen to be seen during the fair weekend and the others will be shared through our social media sites.”

Finally, volunteers are still needed for video editing, some video taking and if there is an event someone would like to ensure takes place, they are asked to let the Directors know.
All contacts and submissions should go currently to or call 519 482-9296.

“Keep watching for further ways to be involved and our competitions will be posted on our website,” said Yeo. “You can truly make this one of the most memorable fairs even though we cannot see one another which is the norm at a conventional fair. The Bayfield Fair will still have a presence in Bayfield during August.”

 People invited to release butterflies in a safe place 

48708172613_f20dda7ef1_oTwo hundred and twenty-five butterflies found their wings on the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2019 as part of the third annual Memorial Butterfly Release, a fundraiser for Huron Hospice. The 2020 event will be held in a way that supports COVID-19 protocols. (Photo by Blanka Jordanov)  

The Fourth Annual Butterfly Release, a fundraiser for Huron Hospice, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29th but the experience will be a little different in 2020.

The annual release is an event that is cherished by the community. Losing a loved one is a painful experience and this event is a meaningful and beautiful way to recognize the impact of the loss and honor that person.

“The act of releasing a commemorative butterfly keeps the memory of our loved one alive and provides us with a moment of appreciation, recognition, gratitude, and acceptance. Being part of this event strengthens the connection between the community and the end-of-life care that the Huron Hospice provides,” said Kayla Gauthier, Fund Development intern at Huron Hospice.

Due to COVID-19, the event this year will be virtual. Participants will do a curbside pick-up at a specified time to receive their pre-purchased butterfly the day of the event, and will then be able to release their butterfly on their own at a safe location that is special to them. There will be a livestream ceremony at the Huron Hospice Residence in the Memorial Forest shortly after the pick-up that will include the reading of the memorial names, speeches, and the release of butterflies.

Monarchs are available to purchase until July 27th, for $30 via Purchasers will receive an email with a time for pickup and care instructions for the butterflies. Organizers ask that participants please refer to their given time during the pickup to maximize the safety of their butterflies.

Gauthier noted, “In addition, this event brings awareness to the importance of, and the role of, wildlife in our community. Butterflies are important pollinators. Their release helps our community by enhancing butterfly gardening.”

She went on to say that butterfly gardening reduces the need for insecticides which is a direct benefit to local farms and wineries. The release of butterflies also aids in replenishing native populations, and provides important learning opportunities for children about the importance of wildlife and butterflies.

“We welcome you to join us in participating in the 4th Annual Butterfly Release on Aug. 29th!” concluded Gauthier.

Painting of helen mcLeod II to be auctioned for archives 

framed Helen MacLeod II paintingThis painting, by artist Doug Darnbrough, of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from now to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.

According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. For good luck, Louie used a piece of the Malta, which had been shipwrecked near the Bayfield shoreline in 1882. Cypress wood was ordered from Louisiana, and local Red Beech wood was used in the “boxed heart” keel. The Bayfield hardware store ordered a barrel of nails for the construction.

The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”

The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.

“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.

This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email

How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.

To learn more or to check on the bids visit:

Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies. His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.


IMG_1281June 16th was an exciting day in Clan Gregor Square when work began on the reconstruction of the Bayfield Splash Pad. Ward Councillor for Bayfield, Bill Whetstone reported that municipal staff is working with the contractor to push through to completion as quickly as possible. As of this July 3rd update, the cement had been poured and work was scheduled to begin in the pump house, as well as returning the brickwork around the pad, starting July 6. If all goes to plan the Splash Pad should be open in about one week. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


 farmer's market  


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their eighth market of the season on Friday, July 10. From fresh vegetables to homemade pierogis, burgers to ribs, the Bayfield Farmers' Market is stocked with amazing local products.

This week, be sure to check out: fresh leafy greens and herbs, from Firmly Rooted; hand made pierogis and vegan dips, from J.Bogal Foods: bacon and pork ribs, from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; fresh breads and pastries, from Red Cat Bakery; pies, jams and ciders, from Bayfield Berry Farm; burgers, satays and curries, from Petojo Food, locally roasted coffee and granola, from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters; and lots more.

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.

County Fire Ban

As of yesterday (July 7), the Huron County Fire Chiefs have declared an open-air fire ban in Huron County. There will be no open air burning permitted in Huron County until further notice.

Open air fires are defined as any fire outside of a building. This include bonfires, campfires, burn barrels, fireworks or any other fires set in open air.

Campfires for the purpose of cooking are permitted from noon to midnight only. After midnight, all fires must be completely extinguished.

This fire ban is being imposed due to the extreme dryness of all vegetation in the area and shall remain in effect until further notice.

With seasonal crops being harvested, farmers are encouraged to use extreme caution when operating equipment as field fires can quickly overtake equipment or neighboring crops. These fires can also spread quickly into adjacent woodlands.

If anyone discovers an open-air fire, it is very important that they report it immediately by calling 9-1-1. Do not delay reporting while attempting to control or extinguish.

No burn permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.

If anyone has any questions regarding this order, please contact the local Fire Department. Bluewater, 519 236-4351; Central Huron, 519 482-3997; Huron East, 519 527-0160, Ext. 28; South Huron, 519 235-1981; and Goderich, 519 525-7229 or 519 524-8344.

LIBRary friends 

With community events and public gatherings put on hold during these uncertain times, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s book sale at the Bayfield Public Library until 2021.

While FOBL recognizes this news is a disappointment for everyone who looks forward to this annual event, there just isn’t any safe way to hold a used book sale at present. FOBL looks forward to planning and hosting the book sale again in 2021. Anyone who has been saving books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games to donate to the book sale, please hold onto them until next year when these donations will be more than welcome!

Garden Club

planter3Bayfield Garden Club memberships helped volunteers plant the urns in front of the library for the summer season. (Photos submitted)  

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) executive have decided to cancel the garden tour planned for July and the August summer potluck and tour due to COVID-19 and the need to limit group activities and continue physical distancing. They had a great line-up of speakers and events planned for this year and they will keep people informed of future events later in the season.


“Thanks to everyone who got their Bayfield Garden Club memberships for this year. This has helped our volunteers plant the urns in front of the library and the planters around Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield. The Clan Gregor Square planters are battling with the squirrels who are digging up plants to bury peanuts and leaving the plants on top!” said Susan Beatty, representing the BGC. “As you drive through Bayfield take a look at the library urns in front of the library and enjoy the other floral displays on Main Street, courtesy of the Municipality of Bluewater and the shopkeepers. Thanks again for your support.”

The BGC executive will keep people informed as to when they can resume their regular meetings.

centre for the arts 

In an effort to stay in touch with the community and offer creative experiences to its followers, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is posting carefully curated links to a variety of artistic organizations on their Facebook page Bayfield Centre for the Arts (@ bayfieldarts). To date, painting tutorials, photography workshops and performances have been popular.

To support the continued growth of the BCA, the organization is now selling custom designed journals with three different custom covers. The creatives behind the covers are Debra Macarthur, Leslee Squirrell and Jack Pal. Each journal measures 6” x 9” and has 200 acid free, archival pages of 28 lb paper, lined or unlined. The journals are selling for $15 each.

These journals could be used as diaries, sketchbooks and travel logs. They are also perfect notebooks for gardening records, meetings or workshops. The journals are available on the BCA Facebook Page. Details can be found by clicking on the “Shop” button. At the moment those who purchase journals are asked to pick them up from the front porch of 15 Dow St in Bayfield.

Or they can also be found at The Village Bookshop on Main Street in Bayfield. In addition to the great selection of books they are known for, the bookshop is now carrying artist supplies, including the beautiful, creamy Chroma acrylic paints which some members of the BCA are fans of.

The purchase of these journals will help the BCA provide workshops, studios, mobile art programs and exhibitions in the visual arts for all ages and abilities.

For more information email


Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.

Launched Apr. 20, already has 32 food and beverage businesses listed, a number that grows daily. Published with address, phone number, takeout-delivery menu and hours of operation, restaurants, farm-gate operations and craft beer, wine and cider producers are ready and open to serve. Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.

Restaurants, farm-gate and beverage producers throughout the market area – Bluewater - Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex - are encouraged to visit to register and showcase their delivery or takeout options. There is no cost to any business to participate and the process is the completion of a simple online form. Any business needing resources or assistance can contact Chamber Manager Susan Mills at

Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.

Pandemic project 

Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic.  And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email


20200628_085306 Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Huron Detachment responded to a call in Bayfield on the morning of Sunday, June 28 after receiving reports that an SUV had driven through the beach access barrier at the Cameron and Tuyll Street intersection, proceeded over the cliff estimated to be a drop of about 15 metres, and ended up on the beach below. The officers who assisted the driver noticed that the person had signs of alcohol impairment. Breath samples later indicated that the driver was above the legal limit. The driver, a 41- year-old London woman, has been charged with impaired driving. Her licence was suspended for 90 days and her vehicle impounded. She is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 5. (With files from the London Free Press) (Photo by Shauna Wentzell)



  Osprey nesting platform erected at bayfield river flats 


Osprey_Box_Jack_Pal_Photo_APP_13Hydro One collaborated with the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy recently by donating and installing a new nesting platform and box to support local Osprey populations in the Bayfield River Flats area.  

35_Osprey_Nest_Jack_Pal_PhotosOne of the reasons the Osprey is important is because it is an “umbrella species,” with its presence reflecting the health of an aquatic ecosystem.

A new nesting platform for Osprey habitat is one of the cooperative projects happening at the Bayfield River Flats. Hydro One collaborated with the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) by donating and installing the new nesting platform and box to support local Osprey populations in the area.

“One of our key environmental objectives at Hydro One is to identify and integrate biodiversity management approaches into our activities,” said Elise Croll, director, Environmental Services, Hydro One. “At Hydro One, it is our priority to support the communities where we work and live, and we are proud to support efforts to protect local Osprey populations.”

The work on the Osprey nesting box was “quite an operation and led to great results,” said Roger Lewington, Bayfield resident and HTLTC Chair. “This good news story would not have been made possible without the community partnership from Hydro One. We appreciate the support of Hydro One, volunteers, and donors who are helping to realize the vision for improving the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area.”

An Osprey is a large raptor often making its habitat near bodies of water. One of the reasons this bird is important is because it is an “umbrella species,” with its presence reflecting the health of an aquatic ecosystem.

23A_Osprey_Nest_Jack_Pal_PhotosOne of their key environmental objectives at Hydro One is to identify and integrate biodiversity management approaches into their activities.

37A_Osprey_Nest_Jack_Pal_PhotosAn Osprey is a large raptor often making its habitat near bodies of water.

The Bayfield River Flats Natural Area is 4.75-acre riverside property open to the public that is protected by volunteers and donors from the Bayfield area as well as by the HTLTC. It is owned and protected permanently by the HTLTC, working with the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA).

The other properties permanently protected by the land trust are Woodburne Farm, south of Goderich; Heaman Tract, near Ailsa Craig; and Mayhew Tract, near Holmesville.

Generous citizens and community organizations raised more than $70,000 to acquire and protect the Bayfield River Flats. As reported by the Bayfield Breeze, during the autumn of 2016, almost a quarter of the population of the Village of Bayfield donated to a fundraising campaign to purchase the 4.75-acre plot of land on the river, including donors from all over North America. These efforts ensured that the river would continue to be publicly accessible.

enter Historic Places Selfie Contest  And Support museum 

IMG_20200511_132906There are three ways to participate in the Canada Historic Places Day Selfie Contest, take a selfie placed on a virtual background of the site; recreate a historic photo or artifact from the Museum’s collection, or share a throwback. Huron County Museum and Gaol Curator of Engagement and Dialogue, Sinead Cox chose to recreate an image! (Submitted photo)  

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol invites you to join the Canada Historic Places Day Selfie Contest for your chance to win $1,000 for yourself as well as $1,000 for the Museum and Gaol. The contest runs from now until July 31.

Canada Historic Places Day is a national celebration of our country’s historic places hosted each year by the National Trust of Canada. It was held on July 4. 

While historic sites, including the Museum and Gaol, remain temporarily closed, you can still celebrate and support these sites by getting creative with your digital selfie. Simply visit, find the Museum or Gaol under the places tab, and upload your selfie which will be placed on virtual backgrounds of the sites. You can also have fun recreating a historic photo or artifact from the Museum’s collection, or share a throwback!

Find inspiration for your selfies from the Museum’s virtual collection and historic photos at or visit can post one selfie per day.

To enter the contest:
• Share your Museum or Gaol selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
• Use #historicplacesday
• Tag the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol: @hcmuseum on Twitter, @huroncountymuseum on Instagram, and @HuronCountyMuseum on Facebook
• Tag and follow @nationaltrustca

For more information, please contact Curator of Engagement and Dialogue Sinead Cox at or 519 524-2686 Ext. 2213.

seventy year old Edward fuels joins McDougall Energy 

Two of Ontario's family-owned fuel and lubricant distribution businesses have finalized an agreement that welcomes Edward Fuels Limited (“Edward Fuels”) and associated companies, including, Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline Petroleums (“Petroline”) to the McDougall Energy Inc. group of companies ("McDougall Energy"). Edward Fuels, Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline will continue to operate under the existing name and management; however, as of June 26, each will function as a Division of McDougall Energy.

With more than 140 years of combined business experience, McDougall Energy and Edward Fuels have worked hard to develop strong relationships in the communities where they operate. Both companies have a proud family history and were established and remain headquartered in smaller Ontario communities while growing into large fuel and lubricant marketers and distributors.

McDougall Energy is a privately-owned third-generation family business that has been serving households, businesses, motorists and wholesale energy customers since 1949. With its headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie, ON the energy company serves communities throughout various regions across Canada. Over the past several months, McDougall Energy has worked closely with the Edward family in reaching this agreement, ensuring that the transition is seamless for Edward Fuels and Manitoulin Fuels employees and customers located in Southwestern and South Central Ontario and the Manitoulin region.

Edward Fuels is based out of Goderich and has established a strong relationship with its customers, becoming a household name in the communities they serve, including: Goderich, Kincardine, Teeswater, Clinton, Hepworth, as well as the Manitoulin Island area through Manitoulin Fuels. With over 70 years of experience in the fuel distribution industry, Edward Fuels has demonstrated a level of expertise, reliability and community engagement that McDougall Energy looks forward to continuing. Similar to McDougall Energy, Edward Fuels has grown to become among the largest independently owned petroleum distributors in Ontario. As a result of this acquisition, McDougall Energy has acquired the assets of Edward Fuels, Manitoulin Fuels and the Petroline retail brand, furthering the company's offerings and reach in Southern Ontario and complementing its existing operations.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow the McDougall Energy family business thanks to the support of a great team and a continued focus on providing quality products and services," said Darren McDougall, president of McDougall Energy. "We constantly strive to improve our business by listening to our customers and understanding their needs. The teams at Edward Fuels and Manitoulin Fuels are very dedicated to their communities, and we will honor their reputation and continue to foster the business as it grows."

“As a family-owned business, our values and pledge to our customers are engrained in all that we do – this will not change,” said Don Edward, president of Edward Fuels, Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline. “I am excited about the future and what it means for our customers, team members, and our communities, with McDougall Energy leading the way. The McDougall family is one that we are proud to partner with, and they’ll honor the family values that our customers have come to know and trust.”

The current COVID-19 health pandemic has presented challenging times and changes for everyone; however, it is expected that during this transition period, both company's employees and customers can anticipate a minimal impact on existing business operations. There will be no scheduled service interruptions in regions where Edward Fuels, Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline do business. The same trusted staff that customers have worked with over the years at Edward Fuels and Manitoulin Fuels will continue to be of service. Here are some contact numbers, should customers have any questions about accounts or the companies: Edward Fuels Customer Service – Goderich, 519 524-8386 or Toll-free 1-866-339-2732; and Clinton, 519 482-7381 or visit their website at


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:

HPPH is aligning with public health across the province and will return to their usual practice of not reporting on their website the number of people who test negative. They will be reporting the province’s estimate of the total number of tests taken in Huron and Perth counties. This number will include repeat tests on the same individual.

They will continue to report positive cases, including demographics such as age, gender and municipality.

As well, they will no longer be updating the numbers on the web page “COVID-19 in Huron and Perth” on weekends. They will revisit this in the event of an increase in community transmission and cases.


Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is excited to finally welcome Scott Brown as a research associate.

Scott BrownScott Brown (Submitted photo)

Gateway has been working alongside Brown since 2017 and officially wants to welcome him to their team. Brown was introduced to Gateway through his PhD advisor Dr. Al Lauzon, who is the Research Chair of Rural Change and Development at Gateway.

“It is such a pleasure to officially welcome Scott to Gateway CERH,” said Gwen Devereaux, president of the Board of Directors. “His work has been so important to our strategic plan and this effort is reflected in the tremendous growth of our organization.”

Brown completed his undergrad at the University of Guelph in International Development, with Rural and Agricultural Development as his area of study. He has a passion for rural geography, capacity development and process philosophy. Brown’s research explores Gateway as an emerging healthcare organization entangled with an emerging regional geography. This case study is a part of Scott’s larger dissertation work for his PhD. Brown is currently completing his PhD at Guelph University in Rural Studies.

Over the years, Brown has contributed to Gateway’s strategic planning efforts. As well as, helped to develop organizational learning tools for Gateway.

“I am glad to officially join the Gateway team and am grateful for the opportunity!” said Brown.

Brown’s addition to Gateway helps them work towards their mission of improving the quality of live among all rural residents. Along with the addition of university students, Gateway is thankful for their partnerships with community health centres, rural health professionals and academic institutions who help support their work.

To learn more about Gateway go to their website at:

family fishing

Ontario’s next family fishing event runs from now until July 12.

A new video, with fishing tips and tricks, has been prepared in time to help people enjoy this chance to fish licence-free. The video features angler Davin Heinbuck, who is Water Resources Coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).


The video has been shared by the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, at found4education, as part of their new Art of Life video series. The series features local personalities, artists, and community members creating content to encourage and educate young people during the current pandemic.

The video will also be posted to ABCA’s YouTube channel ( and Facebook page.

For many years, ABCA staff have hosted fishing workshops for youth in the Ausable River Watershed and other watersheds along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. This year, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, staff teach about catch-and-release fishing through the means of the new video. It is a way to promote responsible angling and protection of resources while not having people in the close proximity of a workshop.

The new video is part of a public awareness campaign by Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches. The partnership works to keep Lake Huron’s southeast shore clean for recreation (such as fishing), as a source of raw drinking water for treatment, and for people to enjoy. The partners say we all are a “piece of the puzzle” (#pieceofthepuzzle) in keeping a Healthy Lake Huron (#healthylakehuron) from land to lake (#landtolake).

Young people are invited to try out the sport of fishing in the Great Outdoors, while practising social physical distancing and other safe actions recommended by public health authorities. Youth are also asked to practise catch-and-release fishing so fish can grow to be caught again.

Opportunities for great summer-time fishing exist across the ABCA watershed.

The Ausable River is home to many sought-after species of fish, such as Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Walleye, and Northern Pike.

The Old Ausable Channel is home to Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike, while Morrison Dam Conservation Area provides angling opportunities for Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and White Crappie.

Parkhill Reservoir and Conservation Area offers exceptional fishing for record class White Crappie, and Largemouth Bass.

The Bayfield River is a popular spot for Smallmouth Bass, Salmon in autumn, and Rainbow Trout in the spring. The river mouth areas of the Ausable and the Bayfield rivers offer additional opportunities to catch a wide range of fish species both large and small.

Fishing spots are nearly endless but remember to respect private property.

The Ausable River is one of the nationally important watercourses in the area where fish are found. The Ausable River supports one of Canada’s most diverse communities of aquatic animals, including 26 species of freshwater mussels and 85 species of fish.

Anyone who lives in the Ausable River watershed that would like to find out about actions they can take to improve habitat for local aquatic species and grants that may be available as incentives to help do stewardship projects, is asked to email or call toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The government of the Province of Ontario has designated four periods throughout the year as licence-free as a province-wide chance for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. The Ontario website says licence-free periods “...remind us of the value of Ontario’s recreational fishery, and the importance of keeping it healthy for future generations.” Anglers must follow conservation licence catch limits; obey size limits and sanctuaries; and follow fishing regulations.

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remember this  


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (currently closed due COVID-19 restrictions). 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

Last week, we introduced a new feature to the Bayfield Breeze: “Remember This”.

This new segment will highlight 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.

This week, “Remember This” examines two artifacts that are linked to playing games during different eras. 

gaming STONE

This is an oval, smooth gaming stone, one of 10 found on Aaron and Flossie Jantzi's farm in McKillop Township (Lot 17, Concession 7) from 1947 to 1950. (The cotton tape label is illegible. These stones were used by Indigenous people for a game similar to lawn bowling. Each native nation had their own color marked on their set of stones to know whose it was when played. 

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A game called "Hoop a Long" from 1918. The hoop has been painted red and is attached to a wooden stick. "Hoop A Long" is printed on the stick. Made in Goderich with a patent applied for. A leaflet on the Hoop-A-Long game was included. It reads: “Let Hoopalong be a Pal! Hoopalong - A game that teaches co-ordination. Can be played indoors or outdoors. Once having mastered the hoop, have fun with it on sidewalks or empty parking lots. Invent your own games - under, over, or around obstacles.




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Bayfield's forgotten felines 

crazy kitten season leaves rescue short on funds  

IMG_20200523_090020Chacoal is a lovely big boy from the Harbour Court area on the Northern edge of Bayfield. After receiving medical treatment he is missing teeth. Due to his teeth issues he had a poor diet living on his own. This left him in pretty sad shape but some kind people found him and contacted Bayfield Forgotten Felines where he has blossomed into a loving boy who adores pats, kisses and scruffles.

IMG_20200628_082233Haven is half of a super sweet pair of orange Tabby girls. Orange females are rare as 86 per cent of orange cats are male - so why not double your pleasure and double your fun cause two orange kitties are better than one. She's about one-year-old, is very affectionate and loves people.

IMG_20200521_084956Vee and Taco are about three months old and full of life. Volunteers call them the "Linguini Gang" as they are long, lean and slippery as noodles! There is never a dull moment with this group. They (and their three siblings) were born at the shelter and are all very sweet and cuddly. They will be ready for adoption as soon as they are neutered/spayed.

IMG_20200513_073423Hugo (with Mom Henrietta peaking out from behind) is a very lovely young cat, he is curious and cautious but oh so handsome and has been with Bayfield Forgotten Felines since he was a kitten. His entire litter along with two adult females were abandoned at a dump and came to the rescue very nervous of humans. He is a bit shy but very lovely and adores pats and snuggles and his Momma!. He's a real doll.  

IMG_20200504_095710Aurora is the rescue's super hero mom! She raised her own five kittens then adopted four orphaned kittens who she loved and still looks after. She's a very petite medium haired beauty who loves other cats and people. She's lots of fun and would make a wonderful addition to any family.  

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 1.41.20 PMPixie, Dixie and Phoenix – we put together this little family of strays (they have another sibling – Newt) who is not well and is at our Foster Home getting the best possible care. This little group of rag tag orphans will make your heart smile every time you see them. They never stop eating, playing or Purring – they will walk all over each other to get the first pets but they really do love to hang out together!  






Bayfield's Forgotten Felines is reaching out to the community for help as they have experienced a “crazy kitten season”. They are currently in need of funds to have 24 kittens vetted and spayed/neutered to ready them for adoption.

The cost of the vet visit is $125 per kitten. Anyone who might wish to adopt a kitten or cat but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this kitten find a forever home.

Of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated at this time. E-transfers can be sent to 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.

Bayfield Forgotten Felines currently has 24 of these little rascals in need of homes all with their own story, some heartbreaking, all preventable!

Adoption inquiries for any of the kittens and cats featured in this week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze can also be made to the email above.


Editor's note: Just as we were putting this story to bed, volunteers shared that on July 6, a young kitten about two weeks-old was found by a lovely woman going to do her shopping. She watched someone throw something out of a car on Orchard Line. She stopped and discovered it was a kitten. She managed to rescue the kitten but she fears there were more and she could not find them. If anyone finds them please email the address above. 

IMG_20200628_082406Amber is a recent surrender who has been recuperating at the shelter. She follows her caregivers everywhere with those big amber eyes. Even though she is shy, she is getting used to people and loves her tuna. With a little time and effort Bayfield Forgotten Felines volunteers believe she'll become a fabulous family member.  

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 1.44.24 PMBubbles and Ringo were born at the shelter and are part of the "Linguini Gang". These little noodles have legs and ears that go on forever. There are five in this litter and these two seem especially close and are always scheming to get more out-of-the-kennel time by always running in different directions at nap time but they always show up on time for dinner!

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 1.46.56 PMJagger is the rescue's Golden boy – his sister’s Bowie and Iggy were caught and brought in weeks before he was, so he was a bit wild to say the least (hence the name). He was pretty ill with upper respiratory and very bad eyes but look at our little Rock Star now! He is still a bit uncertain but allows us to pick him up for medication and cuddles. Treats go a long way in his tolerating the volunteers who work with him.  

Screen Shot 2020-07-06 at 1.46.13 PMYour heart will melt for the Holstein Gang – they are another litter of orphans but they are siblings – four in all – three black and white and one black. Their Momma met the fate of many strays but she made sure these littles ones were healthy and well fed. They came to us at approximately three weeks and hungry. We had a beautiful Momma who was weaning her last kitten and took this group on as a wet nurse but know she is their Momma and they have grown like weeds. They are playful and well socialized and little love bugs!  





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Sparkling Lake Life

Sparkling Lake Life By Jane Seifried

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

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








On July 3rd something magical happened. My five-year-old granddaughter and I were preparing for her bedtime. Since March Break we have been virtually visiting on Wednesday afternoons for about 30 minutes so this real time together is extra special.

She picked out two books for me to read to her, Dr Suess’ “Hop on Pop” being her first choice. Book in hand she curled up beside me on the bed and opened it to the first page and that is when the magic happened. Instead of passing it to me, she clutched the book with both hands and started reading. Reading like she had been doing so her whole life, she turned page after page, never faltering, and slowing down when she needed to sound a word out. I held my breath and lived in the moment. I just watched the magic happen. And then three pages away from the end she handed the book to me to finish. But I was crying a little bit by that point.

“Those are happy tears aren’t they Gramel?” “Yes,” I answered. And then I got the biggest hug ever.

Pandemic be darned this girl is learning to read and I couldn’t be prouder! – Gramel


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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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