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Woodburne farm donated to huron tract land trust

Woodburne_Farm_Donation_Photo_2Kate Monk, staff advisor to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC), at left in photo, and Ilse Elliott, look at maps and discuss the plans for tree planting and work that will preserve Woodburne Farm for the future. Ilse Elliott, and her late husband William Elliott, have donated Woodburne Farm, between Bayfield and Goderich on the shores of Lake Huron, to the HTLTC. This 67-acre farm will be protected thanks to their generous donation and the stewardship endowment fund they have provided to preserve it for future generations. A significant creek will be further protected thanks to this altruistic donation and it will leave a lasting legacy for generations. (Submitted photo)  

A 67-acre farm between Bayfield and Goderich on the shores of Lake Huron will be protected for future generations thanks to the altruistic donation to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) by Ilse Elliott and her late husband William Elliott. In late February, Elliott donated Woodburne Farm to the Land Trust and included a stewardship endowment fund to help conserve the property.

“We have had a good living in Canada and this is an opportunity for us to contribute to the people of Canada,” she said.

The farm means a lot to the family and when it became surplus to her needs, Elliott started to think about what she would like to have happen with the property. Elliott connected with the HTLTC to see how the work of protecting the land and water could continue.
“We did our best to protect Naftel’s Creek by planting trees and I wanted to make sure the land would be well looked after for many years to come,” said Elliott.

Elliott met with representatives from the Land Trust several times to discuss her goals for the farm and how her vision fit with the Land Trust’s conservation mandate. A staff advisor prepared a draft management plan that outlined actions that would protect soil and water health as well as natural heritage.

The name Woodburne comes from the Scottish words for trees and creek. Naftel’s Creek is one of hundreds of streams that flow directly into Lake Huron. It has cold water fish species including several species of trout.

The Elliotts’ legacy of tree planting continues this springtime when the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will plant nearly 12,000 seedling trees on the agricultural land. Although not a requirement of receiving the land from Elliott, the Land Trust is pleased that this can be started this year. Tree cover is low in the county and planting trees on Woodburne Farm is significant for soil and water conservation as well as wildlife habitat and clean air.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation and will work to continue the legacy of caring for the land and water,” said Roger Lewington, chairman of the HTLTC.

The Conservancy already owns two smaller properties – Mayhew Tract near Holmesville and Bayfield River Flats at Bayfield. Woodburne Farm is the largest parcel and has key environmental benefits, particularly to the health of Lake Huron.

The HTLTC was formed in 2011, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, a registered Canadian charity and the land trust serves the area of the historic Huron Tract from the early days of settlement. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The HTLTC accepts donations and bequests of land and gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water, and nature. For more information on the Conservancy, please call 1-888-286-2610 or visit htltc.ca.

Harriston Flood focus of emergency planning meeting 

Flood_Emergency_Planning_Meeting_2018_Presenters From l-r: Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Stephen Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services coordinator, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority; and Chris Harrow, Fire chief, Town of Minto, were the main presenters at the March 20, annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting hosted by ABCA at the Masonic Hall in Exeter. (Submitted photo)

Local emergency management coordinators, firefighters, police officers, public health personnel and municipal staff were among the more than 25 people who attended the annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) on March 20. Ironically, the meeting had been postponed from its original date in February because of heavy flooding during that month.

Steve Jackson, Flood Forecasting coordinator with Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and Chris Harrow, Fire chief, Town of Minto, talked about the June 2017 storm event which caused significant flooding in a number of areas, including Harriston. Jackson focused on the weather and forecasts leading up to the Harriston flood and Harrow provided a municipal perspective on flood response, communications with the public and media, and lessons learned.

Harriston is prone to flooding during rain events anyway but the high June rains affected a community that was already vulnerable to storms, according to Jackson.

The storm “couldn’t have picked a worse spot to hit,” he said.

Following a previous flood event, Maitland Conservation and the Town of Minto had worked together to ensure more rain gauges were in place and Jackson said that additional monitoring and data was helpful in the hours leading up to the flood.

“It was a major step forward,” he said.

The flood forecasting coordinator recalled that, based on rainfall projections predicted the evening before the Harriston flood, he went to bed that night thinking he was going to get a good night’s sleep. That changed as the night went on. Although early forecasts didn’t suggest an unusual flood circumstance, a local rainfall alarm indicated high rainfall so the flood forecasting coordinator decided to set his alarm for 2:30 in the morning to check for any new data, forecasts, or federal and provincial bulletins. It was at that time he began to get a fuller picture, from data including alarms at local rain gauges, that this storm was going to be bigger than expected.

Early projections of possible rainfall of 25 millimetres grew to forecasts of 40 mm and 50 mm but ultimately the actual amounts in the Harriston area topped 70 mm by 4:30 a.m. in the morning and the rainfall there eventually reached 160 mm by about 6 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada before the Harriston flood but “no one saw this event coming” to the level of what actually hit Harriston, according to Jackson. Unexpected effects of a rare weather system impacted by a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, and heavy rainfall that affected readings at radar stations, affected some of the early national forecast data. Sometimes a weather system goes through and “fizzles out.” That was not the case in June of 2017. That’s what made the local rain gauges so important.

“On the ground there was four inches of rain in an hour,” Jackson recalled.

Fire Chief Harrow recounted how the flooding in June of 2017 hit parts of Harriston that aren’t normally hit hard by flooding – and that was one of the indicators that this event was exceptional. He recounted how the Mayor declared a State of Emergency, and several homes were evacuated by the Water Rescue Team, as the impact of the flood was felt. The flood affected roads, bridges, more than 100 homes and trailers (other trailers had been moved out of that area in recent years), and the flooding even impacted a municipal office basement. Before cleanup from the flood could start, water had to be pumped out of many basements. The Fire Chief talked about the importance of working with local media and using a single fire department social media portal to get timely information, in one place, to the public during a flood event.

“People are inundated with so much information they don’t know where to go,” he said.

So much information, from different agencies, was going to the public so quickly it was important to give people one site where residents could find all the current information, he said. Most people in the Town of Minto communities were already educated to look at the Fire Department’s social media feed for emergency information. This took many years to educate the public where to go, according to Harrow, but he says there is a great reward to this prior investment in education when emergency situations happen. Lessons learned from flood events included crew rotation, designating public information officers, alternate sites for contingencies, and the importance of prior training.

ABCA Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck spoke about how the two-way communication that takes place between municipalities and his conservation authority is important during flood events. The conservation authority updates the municipal contacts each year in the Flood Emergency (Contingency) Plan. There was discussion about how municipalities are helping by providing the conservation authority with their flood emergency contacts in priority order so the right people get called first.

The attendees heard about the conservation authority flood forecasting and warning program which provides municipalities with three levels of flood messages: 1) a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook and Water Safety message (Yellow Level); 2) Flood Watch (Orange Level); and 3) Flood Warning (Red Level).

If the Ausable Bayfield watershed had received the forecasted potential amount of rainfall during the recent February 2018 flood event, flooding would have been worse, said Heinbuck.

Attending the March 20 flood emergency planning meeting were representatives of the Huron County Management Committee; Community Emergency Management Coordinators (CEMCs); public health representatives; and other personnel involved in emergency planning and response.

The attendees heard there is an upcoming training session, free of charge, for CANWARN program volunteers in Clinton on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert Street, at 7 p.m. When CANWARN members detect severe weather, they send reports to the CANWARN network controller who forwards them to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s severe weather office in Toronto using a special telephone line or the CANWARN website.

CPH Auxiliary makes donation 

2018AGM (32)L-r: Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator recently accepted a donation from the CPH Auxiliary, presented by Marsha Taylor and Dianne Stevenson, CPH Auxiliary co-presidents. (Submitted photo)  

On Monday, Apr. 2, was the date of the Annual General Meeting of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Auxiliary.

At this meeting the Auxiliary presented the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation with a donation in the amount of $15,000. These funds were raised by the group through fundraising efforts, which included their annual Irish Stew Luncheon (March), Card Cavalcade Events, May Tag Day, Hot Dog Days (Clinton Fair weekend in June), their annual Penny Sale (September), a 50/50 raffle, their annual Gift of Lights Celebration (November) and from their Gift Shop located in the hospital.

The CPH Foundation is very grateful to the CPH Auxiliary for their hard work and dedication to raising funds for equipment for the hospital. Many volunteer hours go in to their events and the support of the community to attend these events is also appreciated. This donation will be used to purchase several pieces of new equipment for the hospital in the near future.


pancake brunch

The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. It definitely is for the congregation of St. James', Middleton as they host their ninth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 7. All in the community are invited to join in the festivities.

Pancakes and sausage with Rick and Rusty Schilbe's fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and dessert will be served at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to brunch participants will be able to go on a hayride and once they reach their destination see first-hand how maple syrup is made at the Rick Schilbe Farm. Wagon rides will leave from the recreation hall for the short ride across the road to the sugar bush and shanty.

The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds to St. James', Middleton Anglican Church and world outreach.

Garden Club


There is “magic” in the plants that attract butterflies to gardens. Want to know about these “magic plants” and how they can transform your garden into a colorful oasis?

The Bayfield Garden Club members welcome all to join them on Monday, Apr. 16 at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield for a special presentation by Kerry Jarvis.

Donations will be gratefully accepted at the event that shall begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jarvis will share his proven tips and techniques on creating butterfly and caterpillar friendly gardens. Learn about the “magic plants” and the butterflies they will attract. He will also share how “Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores”, a community volunteer group, has helped in the recovery of Monarch Butterflies by planting over 4,000 native plants.

Jarvis is a naturalist, author, presenter, gardener and traveller. His interest in gardening has led him to naturalize three properties. He is a founding member of Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores and an instructor at Southampton Art School. His articles and images have been published in a variety of magazines, books, web sites and newspapers.

See www.kerryjarvis.com/presentations for a list of his presentations and photography workshops this year or visit Kerry Jarvis Photography on Facebook.


Home4Good Info Hub supplies information on services and supports for seniors in the Bayfield area.

A volunteer will be at the Bayfield Public Library to answer questions on the first Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m.

In between times, people are invited to write down any questions they may have and leave them with the Librarian.


Starting on Apr. 17, Ruth Percy, a Nia Brown Belt, from Goderich, will be offering Nia classes on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The cost will be $40 for five weeks. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 a class. To register or for more information contact rpercy@eastlink.ca.

Nia (pronounced nee-ah) combines dance moves, martial art moves and mindful moves all to great music. Nia is for all ages and stages. Move with enjoyment!


People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Continuing and Beginner Classes are being offered in Bayfield in April. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.

An Open House and free class will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Classes will continue on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Hall.

For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.


Come and join the Bayfield Bridge Group for a friendly afternoon of bridge every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. No partner is required. The cost is $2.


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its fifth season!

Opening Day is set for Friday, May 18. The season will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with markets every Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Vendors interested in joining the market may contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at bayfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com for information and an application form.

A reminder to local community groups: a community stall space is available to charity and non-profit organizations, at no cost, for fundraising, promotional and educational purposes by applying to the Market Coordinator at least one week in advance.

A board meeting is planned for Thursday, Apr. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. This meeting is open to the public. Come on out and learn more about how your market works and how you can become involved. We're looking for people interested in seeing our market continue to flourish. Volunteers are needed to help out on market days and at special events. No experience is necessary, and we won’t ask for a big, time commitment. For more information please contact Brown at the email listed above.

Hospice Bedside Singers 

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The Huron Residential Hospice is endeavoring to start a new singing group for men and women to bring comfort, love and peace to life’s final journey through the gift of song.

“We are hoping to start a local group of bedside singers. As the title suggests, the participants will prepare themselves to engage in ‘sings’ at the bedsides of individuals who are dying,” said Deb Shelley. “Our presence will be by invitation. Our goal is to offer comfort, solace, joy and strength to those for whom we sing. Our music will be a gift, no strings or payments attached.”

“This will be a challenging and fulfilling opportunity,” Shelley added. “Although we are the first to implement a bedside singing group locally, the idea has been around for a long time, and singers have been engaged in their communities in many places. A bit of research leads to a grassroots movement called Threshold Singers, and to Hallowell, both commenced in the U.S.”

On Apr. 7, at 9:30 a.m., interested people are invited to attend an information session at the site of the new Huron Residential Hospice on Hwy 8 near Clinton. A good voice for a variety of song styles and maturity to handle end of life environments are the first two requirements of joining the group.

“We’ll have ‘coffee and calories’, a brief presentation by Constance Russo concerning what to expect when entering the room of a palliative individual and time to learn more about each other and about bedside singing. We will also sing all together for the first time!” said Shelley.

For more information call or text Deb Shelley 519 270-9146 or email deb@debshelley.ca.



denfield area family conservationists of the year

Conservationist_Award_2018_Presentation_at_FrontL-r: Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne, on behalf of their entire family, accept the limited-edition conservation print of the Latornell Tree from George Irvin, vice-chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors and Angela Van Niekerk, Wetland specialist at ABCA. The conservation authority will also donate towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site as part of the Conservationist of the Year Award which went to Rick and Diane and family on World Water Day at the annual conservation awards evening held on March 22. (Submitted photo)  

Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne, of the Denfield area, and their family, are winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award. The Middlesex County family received the award on March 22 for their work developing and maintaining a large wetland complex on their property.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Vice Chairman George Irvin presented the award to the family at the annual conservation awards evening which was held at Ironwood Golf Club, east of Exeter. John Fraser, Constituency Assistant to Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton, presented the award winners with a scroll as a certificate of recognition on behalf of the MPP. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson also attended and congratulated the winners.

The award winners live in the former Lobo Township, in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, in the Nairn Creek Watershed. The prize includes a limited-edition conservation print of the Latornell Tree, by Bonna Rouse, one of 310 made for a special edition by Conservation Ontario. ABCA will also donate towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site.

Angela Van Niekerk, Wetlands specialist, introduced and thanked the Conservationist of the Year Award recipients.

“It is very inspiring to work with landowners with such dedication, generosity and commitment for their land,” she said.

Quinn and Hawthorne and their family chose to retire 38 acres of wet and heavy clay fields in the headwaters of the Nairn Creek Watershed. The awards evening program described the project as a perfect example of wetlands restored in the headwaters.

“Holding back water at the top end has beneficial impacts on every creek, river and lake downstream by reducing downstream flooding, erosion and sedimentation,” according to the program notes. The landowners helped to create a large wetland complex with five different wetland pools restoring more than eight acres of wetland area; and planted, around the basins, with 6,257 wetland plants and shrubs in addition to the restoration. They planted, on the remaining 20 acres the following spring, with 15,180 native seedlings including Black Cherry, Silver Maple, Bur Oak, Red Oak, White Pine, and White Spruce.

The family has also continued to manage the area to ensure long-term success and the flourishing of the site, according to ABCA staff. The site is now used by frogs, amphibians, waterfowl, and other birds. Trees and plants are growing well and basins are holding their water levels, according to wetlands specialists.

“Thank you very much for this honor,” said Quinn, in accepting the award. He thanked ABCA staff members, including Forestry and Stewardship Specialist Ian Jean and wetland specialist Angela Van Niekerk.

“Truly, right up here with us should be Angela and Ian,” he said. “We salute their professionalism and their dedication.”
This year, the annual awards event was held on World Water Day and included the 2018 release of updated Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Cards. The conservation authority issues these reports, on local forest and water resources, every five years.

ABCA also presented service awards to ABCA Directors and Staff. Directors Doug Cook, Ray Chartrand and Wayne Hall received awards for three years of service. Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator, received a ten years of service award. The conservation authority presented fifteen-year awards for service to Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator; Sharon Pavkeje, Corporate Services assistant; Tony Drinkwalter, Field Services; and Tracey McPherson, GIS/IT coordinator.

The Conservationist of the Year award winners have allowed visitors, with prior permission, to access the site and tour their wetland restoration project, and have hosted tour groups, interested landowners, and monitoring projects. The award “recognizes their personal dedication, generosity, and commitment to this important project,” the program said.

Quinn and Hawthorne, and their family, are active in conservation efforts both locally and globally. In addition to their local work, on a global scale they help to protect critically-endangered Great Apes, in Africa and Indonesia, through Docs 4 Great Apes, a registered Canadian charity and not-for-profit organization founded by concerned health care professionals. Whether it is at a local level or global level, Quinn said it is important to identify a need and to give the people who want to help ways to help and the professional technical support they need.

ABCA holds the annual awards evening to thank partners in conservation, including landowners, residents, volunteers, and community organizations; federal and provincial governments and representatives, departments, ministries; counties and municipalities; directors and staff; funding partners; and other partners.

At the March 22 conservation awards evening, Judith Parker, Corporate Services coordinator with ABCA, acknowledged staff members who donate, through payroll deduction, for the privilege of being able to dress casually and who support local and world charities. Most recently, she said, the Dress Down Day Fund members have donated $400 to the Jones Bridge Pedestrian Trail Bridge Project on the South Huron Trail and $400 to the Mennonite Central Committee to assist in bringing clean drinking water to an overseas community in need.

The March 22 awards evening also included a video of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Chairman Bob Radtke presenting the Student Environmental Award $1,000 student bursary to Marina Lather, of Centralia.

ABCA made an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests (footprintstoforests.com) on behalf of everyone who attended. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.

Speaker talks about wetlands limiting flood damage

Natalia_Moudrak_Speaker_2018Natalia Moudrak, director of the Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, was the guest speaker at the annual conservation awards evening which was held on World Water Day, March 22. (Submitted photo)

Natalia Moudrak, director of the Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, was the guest speaker at the annual conservation awards evening which was held on World Water Day, March 22. (Submitted photo)  

More than 60 people, at an annual conservation awards evening, heard that flood-related damages are going up but preserving wetlands can help to reduce risk from those floods.

Natalia Moudrak is director of the Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca). She was the keynote speaker at the annual awards evening hosted by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) on March 22.

The presenter spoke to the Intact Centre report called, “When the Big Storms Hit: The Role of Wetlands to Limit Urban and Rural Flood Damage”. The speaker said the study shows how much wetlands can do to limit flood damage. The Intact Centre study found that preserving wetlands could reduce flood damage costs to buildings by almost 40 per cent. The report showed that by preserving wetlands in a rural area near Mississauga there could be savings of $3.5 million in flood damages in a major flood event. In the case of a major flood event in urban Waterloo, the study suggested more than $51 million in damages could be prevented through wetland conservation.

“We found that sometimes, simply keeping nature natural, in its natural state, can be quite meaningful for flood attenuation,” the presenter said.

Climate change and extreme weather are happening and the effects have financial and human costs, according to the speaker. Conservation authorities are “on the front lines” in adapting to these changes through flood plain management and by building flood resiliency and natural infrastructure. It’s better to avoid the impacts of disasters through adaptation than it is to pay for disasters after they happen, the attendees heard.

“Adaptation is the gift that keeps on giving,” Moudrak said.

For those who think there might be costs to adapt, it is even more costly not to adapt, she said.

“Every time a disaster is avoided, and we invest in adapting, the return on investment from that action increases.”

Building natural infrastructure and increasing resiliency could result in less impact on people, lower costs for governments, and possibly reductions in premiums for individuals.

The speaker discussed the development of new guidelines and standards for flood resiliency which could improve the design of homes, and new and existing communities in order to reduce impacts of floods.
The Intact Centre is working on a framework which will help further quantify the role natural infrastructure plays in climate adaptation. To this end, natural infrastructure (e.g., wetlands, green spaces) can protect and improve water quality, create habitat, and reduce drought and protect against flooding.

The costs of extreme weather in Canada continue to rise, the presenter said, and impacts and emerging concerns include a higher risk of mortgage defaults and impacts on mental health and worker productivity. Water damage is the leading cause of personal property claims, according to Intact Financial Corporation.

The annual conservation awards evening was held on World Water Day. The presentation showed how wetlands and other natural infrastructure can support key areas of adaptation as identified by the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, including: translating scientific knowledge into action; building climate resilience through infrastructure; protecting and improving human health and well-being; supporting vulnerable regions; and reducing climate-related hazards and disaster risks.

Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Moudrak worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, Risk Assurance Services. She is a recipient of the 2018 Canada’s Clean50 Emerging Leader award, which honors Canadian leaders in areas of sustainable development. She received a B.A in Economics and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association climate change committee, the National Research Council’s committee on flood resilience, and she represents Canada as subject matter expert on stormwater management at the ISO/TC224 standard development committee.

 Foundation to host speaker For Mental Health Week 


Let's Talk, share and learn so that we can work together to create a more caring and compassionate community in Huron County that is less stigmatizing and gives hope and support to those who are struggling with mental health issues, addictions, and illnesses.

• One in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem in any given year.

• Seventy per cent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescents.

• By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, one in two has or have had a mental health problem or illness.

• People with a mental health illness are twice as likely to have a substance use problem compared to the general population.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week May 7-13 and to give it a kick-start the Tanner Steffler Foundation is bringing TSN's Award-Winning and Mental Health Advocate Michael Landsberg to Huron County on Thursday, May 3 to speak on #SickNotWeak.

Seventy-five tickets are available to, “Dinner with Michael Landsberg” at Cowbell Brewery, Blyth starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. Then at 7:30 p.m. an “Evening with Michael Landsberg” will be held at the Blyth Festival Theatre. Tickets are $30 for the lower level and $20 for balcony seats.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund Mental Health and Wellness Programs within the five Huron County secondary schools.

Landsberg will first speak at the Exeter arena in the afternoon to the students of Huron Perth Secondary schools with approximately 1,000 adolescents in attendance. This #sicknotweak presentation will be student focused.

The Tanner Steffler Foundation was established in August 2017 by John and Heather Steffler after losing their 19-year-old son to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder - specifically opioid addiction.

The focus of the foundation is to enhance and improve the Mental Health and Addiction resources and support networks that are in place for youth between the ages of 12-24 within Huron County. Youth Mental Health and Addiction is a broad area of concern for the entire healthcare, law and education partners and is an identified area of need within our community.
For more information on this event, please contact events@tannerstefflerfoundation.com

“Michael's main message is that if everyone can make one small change in their life, there is hope. He speaks about his own daily struggles with depression. The consistent message will be that we all have a story and to be proud of who we are. If we can make just one little change, we have hope,” said Heather Steffler, co-founder of the Tanner Steffler Foundation.





Watershed report 

Cover_Ausable_Bayfield_Watershed_Report_Card_WRC_2018Residents of Ausable Bayfield watershed communities now have new information about the state of their forest and water resources. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) released the new updated Watershed Report Card (2018) at the annual conservation awards evening held on World Water Day. Staff members compile the report cards every five years. The reports summarize monitoring data over five years based on provincial guidelines developed by Conservation Ontario.

The documents are online at abca.ca at this link: http://www.abca.ca/reportcards.php. For more about conditions across the Province of Ontario visit watershedcheckup.ca at this link: http://watershedcheckup.ca/ and stateofontariowatersheds.ca at this link: http://stateofontariowatersheds.ca/.

The local Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card 2018 reports on the quality of groundwater and surface water, the amount of overwinter vegetative cover and forest and wetland conditions.

Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds supervisor, presented report card findings at the event at Ironwood Golf Club east of Exeter on March 22. She said each small positive action – added together – can improve forest conditions and water quality. According to Veliz, forests in the Ausable Bayfield watershed are fragmented and there is room for growth in improving forest interior.

In terms of streamside plant cover, some bigger rivers have buffered areas, but more buffers could be added on more creeks. Wetlands help to filter water and help with flood control. There is a lot of room for growth in adding wetlands in the watershed, she said.

The Healthy Watersheds Supervisor said forest is a small percentage of the watershed. She said it’s important, in this productive “working landscape,” to find practical ways to reduce water running off of land during storm events where there is little forest. One way to reduce runoff is to plant cover crops and increase year-round cover. The new report cards look at overwinter vegetative cover and staff hope to see that cover percentage increase.

“If there are opportunities to cover some of that landscape we don’t have as many runoff opportunities that come from the water running across the landscape,” said Veliz. More plant cover helps to reduce runoff and that adds protection to water quality.

Report cards offer letter grades to inform you about existing forest conditions and groundwater and surface water quality in your local watershed. Sometimes, those grades reflect the make-up of that area. A watershed with a lot of forest cover and less intensive land uses, for instance, might have better water quality. A watershed with less cover and more intensive land uses may have a lower grade. It may not be possible in the near term to turn a D grade into a C grade (or to change a C to a B) but even if letter grades don’t change that doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements being made. Examples of improved surface water quality include some reductions in E. coli and phosphorus.

“We have grades that suggest a watershed that does need improvement but some of the things we’re finding show there is room for optimism,” Veliz said. “The grades aren’t really changing very much but it’s important to focus on some of the numbers over time – for instance, we have (some) E. coli numbers that have gone down by half.”

The presenter said this is a “good sign” that reflects best management practices landowners, residents and community groups adopt across the landscape.

In terms of groundwater conditions, the new report cards say there are generally few signs of groundwater contamination from chloride and nitrate in most cases. Nitrate is “higher than we would like to see,” higher than background levels, at three of 14 provincial groundwater monitoring wells in the watershed, according to the Healthy Watersheds Supervisor. Those three particular wells are located where there are known issues reflecting factors that include topography. In one of the monitoring wells, there is a presence of chloride higher than background levels.

The Conservationist of the Year Award winners, Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne and their family, have planted trees and restored wetlands. Veliz praised their work and said wetland restoration and tree planting are among the actions citizens can take to protect water, soil and living things in the watershed. Other actions (to ‘save, seed, and steward’) include planting of cover crops and more year-round vegetative cover, she said.

“We have to continue to look for those save and seed, and stewardship opportunities.”

She provided ways people can ‘ACT’ (Avoid – Improve filtration; Control – at or near the source; and Trap and Treat) to protect creeks, rivers and the lake through positive actions in urban and rural areas.

She said buffers; two-stage ditches; grassed waterways; and berms are all ways to manage runoff in rural areas. The most effective actions, however, are the ones that hold back, slow down, and infiltrate the stormwater running across the land before it reaches berms and buffers. Those ‘ACTions’ include reduced tillage and cover crops.

Reducing and slowing down runoff is also important in towns and villages.

“The same goes for urban actions – we think of stormwater ponds but, really, they’re the last line of defence.”

She said more rain barrels, rain gardens, natural cover and less impervious pavement are “the kinds of things we should be working towards to make improvements to our landscapes.”

The new Watershed Report Card salutes local partners doing projects to improve water, soil, and habitat. The Healthy Watersheds Supervisor also honored all the individuals and organizations that had received ‘thumbs up’ recognition in the document.

Seniors Dances

“Seniors' Dances” will be starting at the MacKay Centre in Goderich on Wednesday, April 18 from 1-3:30 p.m. Everyone welcome - dancers, musicians and spectators.

The dances are held in the upstairs auditorium and admission is by donation. May and June dates will be announced. Call 519 524-6660 for more information.


The Fourth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Sunday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Starting at 2 p.m., families, visitors and Bayfield residents of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.

"Together we are working to keep our roadsides and ditches clean - protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors," said Elise Feltrin, an event organizer.

For more information please call Feltrin at 519 565-5852.

Discovery Centre 

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members are excited to announce that Hydro One's Electricity Discovery Centre is coming to the annual Home and Garden Show in April.

“This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn more about electricity, our power system and its role in our lives,” said Lion Kathy Gray.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show is set for Apr. 27-29. The Discovery Centre's hours coincide with the hours of the Home Show: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stomach flu increases 

The Huron County Health Unit is seeing an increase in the number of gastrointestinal illnesses, also called stomach flu, in the community. These illnesses are caused by a norovirus.

Noroviruses cause a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms can also include low-grade fever, chills, headache, tiredness and muscle aches. Such illnesses usually last 24 to 48 hours.

Norovirus spreads easily, usually through person-to-person contact. The virus enters a person’s mouth through contaminated food, water or hands. Hands can become contaminated by close personal contact, sharing objects or touching the same surfaces as someone who has the virus.

“You can avoid spreading norovirus by staying home when sick,” said Public Health Inspector Roxana Nassiri. “If your children are sick, keep them home from daycare until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours.”

Healthcare workers, food handlers and caregivers, including daycare staff, should not return to work until at least 48 hours after symptoms have resolved. Nassiri adds that if you feel ill, you should not visit elderly residents in long-term care facilities.

You can also stop the spread of noroviruses by cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as counters, doorknobs, telephones, computer keyboards and remote controls.

Frequent hand washing with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds is also a good prevention measure. Hands should be cleaned after using the washroom, after changing diapers, after shaking hands and before preparing and eating food.

You can be re-infected with norovirus even after you have recovered. There is no specific treatment, but it is important to get plenty of fluids when ill to prevent dehydration.





Volume 8 

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at bayarchives@tcc.on.ca or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, we feature a photograph of Dr. Metcalf's summer resort residence in Bayfield as it looked in 1906. (Archive's Code: PB10069 PC)

 PB10069 PC Dr Metcalf's summer resort residence in Bayfield c1906


In Issue 453, we feature a spring time image of Albert Woods and Willard Dresser taken about 1975. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10005 PC)

PB10005 PC Albert Woods and Willard Dresser c1975

Doug Darnbrough shares his memories of Hales and Willard Dresser inspired by the photos in Issue 453 and 455.

“Yes, I remember Hales and Willard Dresser. The photo (Issue 453) appears to be taken in front of their house which was right across the road from the unpainted wooden house (owned by Albert Woods - Issue 455 featured image). Neither of the Dresser brothers ever married and lived together.

“The shed on the left of the photo was where they built things or would fix our bicycles for free when we were kids. They had a large orchard behind and to the south of their house which abuts the Bayfield senior residences but at that time the property was neighbors to Bayfield Public School that I attended in the 1950s.

There was a fence between the school and the orchard and many dozens of baseballs went into their orchard as the diamond was adjacent to the fence. A really long homerun ball would hit the back of the Bayfield Town Hall. The Dresser brothers would always toss the balls back over the fence if they were in the orchard or give them to us if we went to the house. In season they would toss fruit also over the school fence to as many students who cared to keep catching them.”

Make your comments...click on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



 PB10017 PC Remember Me 454

In Issue 454, we highlight an image of the Stewart Home on Louisa Street taken around 1920. In the photo are Jack Stewart, his father and his wife. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10017PC)


Scan 6 issue 455 

In Issue 455, Carla Elliott, of Clinton, shared some memories of a man featured in Remember Me - Issue 453 and she also shared this image of the home he resided in (just before it was demolished about 1990) for this week’s edition.

“Yes, I do remember Albert Woods.

In the early 80s we lived in Bayfield and I would meet Albert the odd time riding his bike to the post. Though I didn't know him to speak to him, I somehow felt he was a fixture of Bayfield...like history riding by.

Shortly thereafter when he had passed away there was an estate auction for Albert and I bought a lovely hump back trunk which to this day we still call Albert.”



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optimist club of bayfield  

Chocolate eggs warm hearts on a very chilly easter 

fullsizeoutput_7e8 Bayfield Optimist John Pounder has been tossing the eggs on the senior side of the lawn for a number of years. A big chocolate fan, he has just as much fun as the kids do!

fullsizeoutput_7edChildren scrambled for chocolate eggs while the adults snapped pictures on their cell phones.  

fullsizeoutput_7f2The frenzy for chocolate was evident on the "senior" side of the park.  

fullsizeoutput_800Even the littlest folks got involved in the action at the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  

fullsizeoutput_7cd Youngsters had their baskets at the ready on Sunday afternoon for the Bayfield Optimist Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

fullsizeoutput_7d1 The windchill made the afternoon feel like -8C despite the sunshine so smart hunters came all bundled up.

fullsizeoutput_7f6Optimist members tossed out over 5,000 foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and the youngsters vacuumed them up in short order.  

fullsizeoutput_7f5 A windchill of -8C just meant egg hunters needed to bundle up a bit.

fullsizeoutput_859Youngsters found it hard to wait for the signal to go as they watched the chocolate eggs being tossed about the lawn.  


Snowsuits, mitts and toques sporting Bunny Ears were the fashion trend at the annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Apr. 1. Perhaps it was Mother Nature who played the April Fool’s Joke on attendees as the windchill made it feel like -8C.

The cooler temperatures resulted in a smaller crowd than usual but that only meant more eggs for those who braved the weather.

The children were divided into two groups and volunteers worked to keep them in a straight line as the count down to the start of the hunt began at four minutes to 1 p.m. this only added to the excitement as youngsters literally bounced up and down waiting to be let loose on the 5,184 scattered on the ground.

And then less than 10 minutes later there was nothing but a few empty foil wrappers left on the lawn’s winter pallor while many happy children delighted in baskets filled to near overflowing with chocolatey goodness.

Once again, a lovely Easter Basket was raffled off by the members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield who host the hunt every year. The money raised goes toward offsetting the cost of the chocolates. This year the winner was Jon and Torin Bird.

fullsizeoutput_7d6Part of the fun of attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt is getting into the spirit of the event by dressing up!

fullsizeoutput_7dcAfter lining up for the hunt, the youngsters had to wait four whole minutes before they were allowed to run. It wasn't easy but it sure built the excitement levels.  

fullsizeoutput_7fdChildren displayed a variety of egg hunting techniques.

fullsizeoutput_7fbWith a windchill around -8C, mittens were very appropriate at the village's annual Easter Egg Hunt and expert hunters didn't allow this fashion accessories to complicate her chocolate collecting.  

fullsizeoutput_7feAdults were ready to assist with the collecting if needed!

fullsizeoutput_7f9Harvey Heard wasn't quite ready for the excitement surrounding the hunt and chose to observe this year rather than hunting.  



PIXILATED — image of the week


Spring Shadows...By Mary McGoldrick

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com 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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


April 7 is Cookie Day in Canada and members of Bayfield Guiding will be out selling their classic chocolate and vanilla cream cookies that day! And early birds may even find that there are some chocolatey mint cookies available too! Hurry - supplies are limited.

Bayfield Foodland, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy (both 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and The Albion Hotel (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) are places that the girls will be set up selling on Saturday.

As we have some very dedicated members of Bayfield Guiding that reside in Goderich there will be spots to get cookies there as well. Zehrs, Home Hardware and Walmart will all have happy, smiling cookie sellers delighted to provide you with a box or two for $5 each.

And if you aren’t able to stop into one of those spots on Saturday– send me an email or call me at 519 525-3830 to reserve some – I have over 600 boxes of cookies in my inventory at the moment and I would be pleased to share! – Melody


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

Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.


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Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
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Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder