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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 649 Week 51 Vol 13

December 15, 2021

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Issue 649 Week 51 Vol 13
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FIREFIGHTERS AND OPTIMST CLUB MEMBERS SUPPORT FOOD BANK

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Members of the Bayfield Fire Department were out in force at Bayfield Foodland on Saturday, Dec. 11 for their annual Food Drive for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. The firefighters are pleased to report that they collected over 100 bags to donate thanks to the generosity of the community. From l-r are firefighers: Tim Hoover, Joel Paakkunainen, Brad Maidment, Dennis Roy, Mark Saggers, Wade Berard and Don Knox (Submitted photo)

As the countdown to Christmas continues the community support for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) grows exponentially with donations from the Optimist Club of Bayfield as well as the Bayfield Fire Department.

“A heartfelt thank you to the Optimist Club of Bayfield for their tremendous donation of winter clothing for our client children,” said President of the BAFB Board of Directors, Terry Henderson. “All of these deserving kids are now heading into the season with lovely, brand new, coats, boots, and snow pants. We are so very grateful to the Optimists for the organizing, the shopping, and the generous dollars spent, seeing this project through. Sincere thanks to the Optimists from the volunteers at BAFB, and from the very appreciative families that received these fabulous gifts.”

The Bayfield Firefighters were on hand at Bayfield Foodland over the weekend promoting the sales of the Bayfield Foodland pre-packaged bags for food bank clients and over 100 bags were donated as a result.

“A great many bags of terrific foods were collected over the weekend, as well as many monetary donations,” said Henderson. “We are sincerely grateful to the Firefighters for their time in assisting with this campaign, and a vote of thanks to the many area residents that purchased bags and donated dollars. Wow, the generosity of our community continues to impress! Many, many thanks to all involved.”

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

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

Alternatively, for anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website. All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

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

SANTA VISITS WRAPPED UP WITH DELIVERY OF POINSETTIAS

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Members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club were busy with Poinsettia delivery recently. Taking part were l-r: Lions Karen Scott, Rolly Scott, volunteer Joanne Matthew and Lion Ian Matthew. Also helping was photographer Lion Lorena Toole. (Photo by Lorena Toole)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members have successfully completed their “Santa Visits” for 2021.

They mailed out 36 gift cards to Foodland to local octogenarians, nonagenarians and shut-ins. Volunteers noted that although it is not the same as being able to visit everyone personally it is still an event that gives them enjoyment.

They also delivered 17 Poinsettias to former village residents now living in nearby assisted living facilities or senior residences.

“A special thank-you to Bayfield Foodland for their assistance with the gift cards, to the frontline staff in the care facilities, and to all those who support us through the year,” concluded Lion Karen Scott. “Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.”

MOMMA AND TRIO OF KITTENS IN NEED OF  FOREVER HOMES

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

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

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

Paloma was last issue’s  “Adopt-a-BFF” featured kitten of the week. Turns out after a trip to the vet Paloma is actually Palo! Yes, this sweet, yet feisty, little, one-eyed kitten is a boy not a girl. His picture was inadvertently left out of last week’s issue so his image is included here for all to see.

This week’s Adopt-a-BFF feature highlights a lovely little family consisting of Galadrial, the Mom, and her three kittens, Merry, Pippin and Sam.

Galadrial arrived at the Rescue very pregnant and gave birth to Merry, Pippin and Sam on Nov. 28. Mom is a very sweet girl, always running to the door purring for head scratches. She is such a caring mother and very accepting when the kittens are weighed and handled. The whole family are doing very well in foster care and will be ready for adoption in 10 weeks.

Please emaiil bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com for more information if you have room in your home for Palo, Galadrial, Merry, Pippen and/or Sam.

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

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Galadrial (Submitted photos)

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Merry, Pippin and Sam


TRAIL ASSOCIATION TO HOST WINTER HIKE AND LUNCH MID-JANUARY

Bayfield TrailsThe Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will kick off its 2022 season with its traditional Winter Hike and Lunch on Saturday, Jan. 15th.

The event will commence at 11 a.m. at the Varna Complex. Hikers of all ages are welcome to join a guided hike on the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail, followed by a hot dog lunch outside in the covered pavilion. This is also the event at which BRVTA members are encouraged to renew their annual memberships and new hikers to join. Membership is $20 for individuals and $30 for families of two or more.

The Taylor Trail is an easy 1 km loop through the woods, while Mavis’ Trail is a more challenging 2.5 km circuit to the Bayfield River. Hikers may choose to do one or both, with the full distance taking about 90 minutes. Of course, on Jan. 15th trail conditions could be snowy or icy, so warm clothes and snow/ice cleats are recommended. Please note that participants will need to show proof of full vaccination to be admitted to the pavilion lunch, and masks are recommended except when eating or drinking. On the trails, masks are optional when distanced and the vaccination status of hikers is not checked.

Finally, the BRVTA sends a big thank you to everyone who attended 2021 hikes and events in 2021! Even though they had to cancel many dates, the Association hosted 184 people on 15 guided hikes, and that’s not counting those who participated in the Earth Day Litter Cleanup and the Terry Fox Run. The BRVTA sponsors these events and maintains the trails in service to the community.

SPONSORS PROVIDE FREE DAILY PUBLIC SKATING DURING BREAK

Bayfield Community CentreDue to the generosity of community sponsors the public will be able to enjoy some time on the ice at the Bayfield Community Centre during the winter break.

“We are pleased to announce that our community sponsors have again supported daily free public skating throughout the holiday season,” said Director of Marketing, Jeff Kish.

From Dec. 20-24 there will be free public skating everyday from 1-3 p.m. The Albion Hotel is sponsoring the first hour each day while village resident, Laurien Trowell is sponsoring the second hour. Then from Dec. 27-30, free public skating will be offered daily from 1-2 p.m. thanks to the sponsorship of Bayfield Garage.

In addition, the community sponsored free community skating programs continue: Moms and Tots and Seniors on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Kids Shinny also on Mondays, 7-8 p.m.; and Public and Family Skate on Sundays, 1-3 p.m.

The Bayfield Community Centre’s management team continues to work hard to ensure COVID safety procedures and protocols are maintained. Safety for the community is priority one. Masks are required while in the Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice.
“We wish to thank our new volunteers who have come on board recently; but we are still actively recruiting volunteers,” said Kish. “Get involved Bayfield, all the hard work has been done to get the Arena and our Community Hall ready for your enjoyment – your help as a Volunteer would be greatly appreciated by everyone in our community.”

Check out “Volunteers” on the website, www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca for more information, get involved and sign up today. Also, be sure to visit the website to book an event or tournament, or just to reserve some ice time.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

The Lakeview Mennonite Church is planning again to sing Christmas Carols in Bayfield.

This impromptu outdoor concert will begin at 7:45 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 19.

The church members are planning to use the Clan Gregor Square pavilion to sing from and are inviting those who wish to attend nearby.

SANTA LETTERS

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

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

Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com.

BAYFIELD PACC

The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) have partnered with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) to stress the importance of keeping dogs constrained on a leash when visiting the local trails. A good portion of the trail system winds through private property and they would like to ensure that a good relationship continues to exist for all the interested parties. Please be mindful of respecting the area and be sure to keep the trails clean by removing any trash or dog waste. Thank you.

ARTISTS GUILD

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

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

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

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield will be hosting an in-person Christmas Eve Service but in keeping with COVID-19 protocols worshippers must pre-register to attend.

A Communion Service will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24. In light of the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask and maintaining a safe physical distance from other worshippers.

To pre-register please contact the church warden, Godfrey Heathcote by calling 519 565-5824 or via e-mail at godfrey.heathcote@dal.ca by end of day Monday, Dec. 20. Please note additional seating will be available in the parish hall.

There will be no Communion service on Sunday, Dec. 26 or Wednesday, Dec. 29. Morning Prayer will be held on Sunday Jan. 2, 2022 at 11 a.m. Regular services will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Just in time for the holiday season, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has a cookbook available for purchase and sales are going very well but it is not too late to purchase one for gift giving.

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

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

Unfortunately, the congregation of Knox Church, Bayfield will not be gathering for in-person worship for their upcoming special evening services. The Longest Night Service (Dec. 21) and the Christmas Eve Service (Dec. 24) have been pre-recorded for people to view from home. These services will feature special music by violinist, Jamie Dow; pianist, Betty Lou Norris; and organist, Jean Walker.

To learn more visit pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/ for a link to the Knox YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.

The congregation of Knox Church, Bayfield wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas!

UNITED CHURCH

The St. Andrew’s United Church building is now open for in-person worship Sundays at 11 a.m. and has been decorated for Christmas just in time for some special services to celebrate the season.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, there will be a Communion service using the new style, COVID safe, all in one Communion cups.

For the Christmas Eve service to be held on Friday, December 24 at 7 p.m. Rev. Campbell will preside over the service while Paul Howe will act as music director. Please note there will be no church services on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. The congregation will gather again on Jan. 9.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask, providing proof of double vaccination and maintaining safe physical distance. These decisions have been made in the best interest and safety of the majority to keep everyone safe.

The quilters are back in the church hall on Tuesday mornings. A highlight of these get-togethers is coffee which is served at 10 a.m. when all enjoy a little social time. Visitors are welcome to join together to quilt or just to come for coffee.

St. Andrew’s was unable to hold a bazaar this year but they still have two large quilts, several baby quilts, and lots of lap quilts available. They also have some jams and jellies for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing or viewing the items is asked to contact Kathleen Siertsema by calling 519 565-2479 or via e-mail atksierts@tcc.on.ca

GIRL GUIDE COOKIES

Bayfield Guiding is reporting that they have but five boxes left of their Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies. Tthey make terrific stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or cookies for Santa!

Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who like to purchase from the remaining inventory are asked to contact Melody Fallconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email melody.pounder@gmail.com

PIONEER PARK

Bring Pioneer Park home for Christmas!

For the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Brad Turner, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and director, and Bayfield resident, has donated a limited edition of four images of Pioneer Park that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Turner’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to the community’s healthy and vital future.

Views of Pioneer Park

A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)

Any, or all, of these images could make a wonderful gift this Christmas for those who hold a special place in their hearts for Pioneer Park with all proceeds going to the PPA. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400.

They are available for purchase at The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield. Inquiries may be sent to Sandra via email sandra@skwirl.ca or by calling 548-388-1101.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of bayfieldactivities.infohave completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Majong, are happening and when.


ADMIRAL BAYFIELD

Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield Exhibit

“Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield” written by Yates, and published by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) , explores the life and work of this remarkable navigator and chart maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. It is available in limited-edition hardcover, numbered and signed, for $40. The softcover version is $15. The book is 48 pages and offers full-color images. Anyone looking to pick up a copy of the book can still do so as volunteers will be at the BHS Archives and Heritage Centre on 20 Main St. N., each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. until Dec. 19. (Submitted photo)

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK RETURNING TO GODERICH

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Those who participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk that raise over $150 – $75 for youth under 18 – will receive a CNOY toque. (Submitted photo)

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is encouraging residents to bundle up and raise money for the third annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk in Goderich, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for local individuals experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt.

“We’re very happy to welcome CNOY back again this year,” said UWPH Goderich & Area Community Committee Chair Beth Blowes. “Funds raised address real challenges in Goderich and area around the issue of chronic homelessness. Based on the success of the past two walks, our community truly understands how important this issue is. We invite everyone to join us in working to raise $94,000 in support of our most vulnerable residents.”

By walking, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter while raising funds to aid UWPH’s local work in support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich. The initiative includes programs such as the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and temporary emergency shelter during the cold months.

This year’s Goderich walk includes a COVID-safe, outdoor event on Saturday, Feb. 26, and a virtual option to walk any time, any distance during the month of February. The in-person walk begins at 5 p.m. and features a two or five km circuit around Courthouse Square. Participants raising over $150 — $75 for youth under 18— receive a CNOY toque. To register as an individual or team, visit cnoy.org.

Last year’s all-virtual CNOY raised $92,492 during the month of February thanks to the efforts of 232 walkers, 44 teams and 1,421 donors.

COMMITTEE WORKING TOWARD IN-PERSON CONSERVATION DINNER

The Conservation Dinner Committee held the community fundraiser as an online event, in 2021, for the first time. The Dinner Committee hopes guests will be able to gather in person again in 2022. The Conservation Dinner has supported projects in local communities for more than 30 years. The Dinner Committee has scheduled the fundraising event for Thursday, Apr. 7, 2022. The committee invites people to mark this date in their calendar and to watch for more information in the new year.

The Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee is Dave Frayne.

“We encourage people to put the Apr. 7, 2022 date in their calendars,” he said. “We will work towards an in-person gathering. We also want to keep everyone safe so we will follow public health and municipal direction and have the Dinner in person only if and when it is safe to do so.”

The 2021 #VirtualConservationDinner was a success, Frayne said, having raised $40,000 for conservation programs in the community. He said the Committee is looking forward to the prospect of fundraising and fellowship together in person in 2022. There is a continued need to raise funds for community projects of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club, the Dinner Chair said.

“We encourage people to donate to the work of the Dinner,” he said. “The Conservation Dinner supports parks and trails and conservation areas; conservation education for local youth; job experience and bursary programs for youth; turtle habitat and much more.”

Personal donations made now, this year, can be made and charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes provided for the 2021 tax year.

The 2022 Conservation Dinner is scheduled to take place at the South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Holding the event in person will require pandemic adaptations and it will depend on the status of public health rules in 2022 and will also depend on municipal rules at that time. The Dinner Committee will post information at conservationdinner.com and abca.ca in the new year, closer to the date, as more details are confirmed.

The Conservation Dinner fundraiser supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.

This dinner and auction started in 1990. The Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The event has raised more than $1.255 million over more than 30 years. The annual charitable event features auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship and a wonderful meal.

The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the year in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.

To find out more visit abca.ca and conservationdinner.com or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

MEDICAL OFFICERS OF HEALTH ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT

Increasing case numbers and the arrival of the Omicron variant have prompted area Medical Officers of Health to issue a letter outlining recommendations for how residents can protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 during the holidays.

Huron Perth Public Health’s Dr. Miriam Klassen, Southwestern Public Health’s Dr. Joyce Lock and the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Alex Summers issued the joint statement on Dec. 9. The letter does not add restrictions or gathering limits for businesses, restaurants or other establishments to those already put in place by the Provincial Government. However, it does advise individuals of the steps they can take to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 at a critical time, when the number of cases is on the rise and holiday gathering and travel plans are being made.

The joint letter from the Medical Officers of Health recommends the following:
• Everyone should limit indoor social gatherings in private dwellings to no more than 10 people. All attendees 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated.
• All unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older should avoid any non-essential indoor contact with individuals who are not part of their household.
• Where possible, individuals should work remotely.
The recommendations come into effect immediately and will be reassessed in four weeks.

In addition to limiting close contact with others, the best way to prevent COVID-19 spread and severe illness from the virus, is to get fully vaccinated. The recommendation for unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older is included as the risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection is much higher in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals compared to vaccinated individuals. While breakthrough cases may occur in vaccinated people, they tend to be milder with a much lower risk of hospitalization, ICU admission and death.

“We know people are tired, but we hope they’ll understand why we’re asking them to take extra steps to prevent further spread, especially as we approach the holidays,” said Dr. Summers. “We know that this means adjusting plans, which is a big ask, but the number of new cases and the arrival of the Omicron variant have shown we can’t let our guard down.”

Dr. Lock added, “So many of those from our region have embraced vaccination and the other public health measures we’ve asked of them. This is a reminder that a layered approach is required. We can’t rely on vaccination alone. As our socializing is primarily happening indoors right now, we need multiple strategies in place at once.”

“We continue to see a steady stream of new cases in Huron-Perth, and many are associated with social gatherings and events,” said Dr. Klassen. “The more contacts you have, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading to you or your loved ones, including the vulnerable. Following these three recommendations will help keep community members as safe as possible during the holiday season and into January.”

In recent weeks, the three health units have seen higher transmission of the virus and COVID-19 outbreaks in multiple settings, including schools, childcare centres, long-term care and retirement homes. The recommendations are intended to lower the number of close contacts between individuals, which previous experience and Science Table modelling have shown can lead to a decrease in case counts.

For more information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family and friends from the virus, please visit: Huron Perth Public Health: www.hpph.ca/coronavirus

OMNICRON SPREADING RAPIDLY

In a press release issed on Dec. 14, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) announced that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the region; Huron-Perth residents are advised to act now to protect themselves and their loved ones as much as possible.

Omicron shows a greater ability to spread among people compared to previous COVID-19 variants. After first being identified in Ontario on Nov. 28, Omicron is now estimated to make up to at least 30 per cent of provincial COVID cases (see the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Fourth Wave dashboard: covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/

Although COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide some protection against severe illness and death, there is waning immunity against Omicron compared to other variants.

As a result, HPPH is advising residents of the following:
• Isolate if you are a contact of a COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status
• All close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status, are required to self-isolate for 10 days from their last exposure to a case, and to get tested.
• If someone you know informs you that you’re a close contact of someone with COVID-19, self-isolate immediately and get tested. Do not wait to be contacted by HPPH.
• Get your third dose/booster as soon as you are eligible

“Omicron is a very different variant,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Three doses of vaccine are needed to provide good protection. I encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 third/booster dose as soon as they are eligible. If someone is not vaccinated, they are at high risk of contracting Omicron in the next several weeks.”

Currently eligible groups for a third/booster dose include: adults aged 50 and over, healthcare workers, immunocompromised individuals and First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members. Individuals can book an appointment if 168 days have passed since their second dose. A complete list of eligibility is provided at www.hpph.ca/thirddose. Use the dose calculator to find out the earliest date that a third dose can be received.

HPPH is adding more vaccine appointments as quickly as possible. Visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098 to book. They also continue to provide paediatric vaccines for those ages five to 11 years. Subscribe to www.hpph.ca/vaccinebookingfor updates when clinics or other vaccination opportunities are added. Many local pharmacies are also still offering COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

PROVINCE MORE THAN DOUBLES INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

The Ontario government is providing almost $17 million to help build and repair local infrastructure in communities across Huron-Bruce. This represents more than double what was granted in 2021 from the Ontario Communities Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

“The OCIF is a very important program for local municipalities,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “The funds are used to repair, upgrade and build roads, bridges, water and wastewater facilities and other infrastructure assets. It helps keep our communities moving forward.”

Total investment in communities across Huron-Bruce are as follows: County of Huron – $2,417,826 (2021), $4,396,180 (2022); Bluewater – $286,380 (21), $575,357 (22); Brockton – $301,518 (21), $632,990 (22); Central Huron – $483,847 (21), $883,153 (22); Huron East – $431,716 (21), $795,674 (22); Kincardine – $584,570 (21), $1,284,741(22); Morris-Turnberry -$120,830 (21), $232,257 (22); South Bruce – $432,080 (21), $809,937 (22); South Huron, $688,269 (21), $1,210,703 (22); Goderich – $628,685 (21), $1,117,782 (22); Saugeen Shores – $848,610 (21), $1,738,454 (22); Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh – $238,800 (21), $442,460 (22); Howick – $88,051 (21), $178,576 (22); Huron-Kinloss – $275,793 (21), $618,216 (22); North Huron – $316,651 (21), $580,210 (22); and County of Bruce – $660,950 (21), $1,387,939 (22).

This investment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that support economic recovery, growth and job creation.

The announcement is part of the government’s additional $1 billion investment bringing the government’s total investment to nearly $2 billion over the next five years.

“Our small, rural and northern communities will be at the forefront of our efforts to build Ontario for the future,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With this investment, we are saying ‘yes’ to helping these communities build and repair the vital infrastructure they need to keep their communities working for decades to come.”

Funding allocations will be based on a formula that recognizes the different needs and economic conditions of communities across the province. The new formula will include an increased funding minimum of $100,000 for all communities per year, up from $50,000 over previous years.

“Communities are the heartbeat of this province and we know they are facing unique infrastructure needs and challenges, especially as we navigate through the pandemic,” said Kinga Surma, minister of Infrastructure. “Our government has been with them every step of the way. When we were told more funding supports were needed, we listened and acted in a meaningful way by providing the largest OCIF increase since the start of the program. By doing so, we’re providing stability and predictability to small, rural and northern communities to repair, upgrade, and modernize their critical infrastructure so that they are safer, healthier, and more reliable for all.”

The Province’s investment in OCIF is part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. The plan lays out how the government will build Ontario’s future with shovels in the ground for highways, hospitals, long-term care, housing, and high-speed internet. To ensure all families, workers and businesses in the province have a better and brighter future, our government’s planned infrastructure investments over the next decade total more than $148 billion.

The OCIF supports local infrastructure projects for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
· For 2021, approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to 424 small, rural and northern communities. Municipalities may accumulate their funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.

Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments, and other partners. Ontario’s share per project will be up to $10.2 billion spread across five streams: Rural and Northern, Transit Infrastructure, Community, Culture and Recreation, Green and COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure.

The 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario is the government’s seventh financial update since the pandemic began, highlighting the government’s commitment to providing regular updates on Ontario’s finances, even during this uncertain economic period. It is part of the government’s plan for recovery driven by economic growth.

TASK FORCE CREATED TO EXAMINE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is applauding the creation of a new nine-member Housing Affordability Task Force who will provide the government with recommendations on additional measures to address market housing supply and affordability.

“While affordable housing is often seen as an urban issue, I know full well that it is also a very big concern here in Huron-Bruce,” Thompson said. “Housing prices across the riding have soared in recent years, making it nearly impossible for young families to own their own home. I look forward to some positive ideas resulting from this task force.”

The mandate of the Housing Affordability Task Force is to explore measures to address housing affordability by:
· Increasing the supply of market rate rental and ownership housing;
· Building housing supply in complete communities;
· Reducing red tape and accelerating timelines;
· Encouraging innovation and digital modernization, such as in planning processes;
· Supporting economic recovery and job creation; and
· Balancing housing needs with protecting the environment.

“Young families, seniors and all hardworking Ontarians are desperate for housing that meets their needs and budget,” said Premier Doug Ford. “At a time when our government is hard at work building an economy that works for everyone, this Task Force will provide us with concrete, expert advice that will support our government as we make it easier for more Ontarians to realize the dream of home ownership.”

The Task Force, chaired by CEO and Group Head, Global Banking and Markets at Scotiabank Jake Lawrence, represents a diverse range of experts in not-for-profit housing, Indigenous housing, real estate, home builders, financial markets and economics. The chair’s report outlining the Task Force’s recommendations will be published in early 2022.

“Our government’s policies under the Housing Supply Action Plan are working to address affordability, but more needs to be done at all levels of government,” said Steve Clark, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The Housing Affordability Task Force will help our government build on our progress by identifying more opportunities to increase the supply of all kinds of housing, especially the missing middle. Under Mr. Lawrence’s strong leadership, I am confident in the expertise and experiences of this Task Force, and I thank them for their commitment to help us address the housing crisis.”

“I’m honored to have been appointed as the Chair of Ontario’s new Housing Affordability Task Force,” said Lawrence. “I’m proud to work with a diverse team of experts who are committed to ensuring improved housing affordability for current and future Ontarians. We are eager to begin our work to identify and recommend actionable solutions and policies to support the government’s efforts to address the province’s housing affordability crisis.”

“Having a safe, affordable place to call home is an important building block in the foundation of success, which is why addressing housing supply and affordability is a key priority for our government,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, minister of Finance. “We are creating a Task Force to examine innovative policy solutions in order to ensure that the dream of home ownership is in reach for families in every corner of Ontario.”

The Housing Affordability Task Force was first announced as part of the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario. Everyone has a role to play in fixing the province’s housing crisis. Ontario will continue to work with municipal partners to help them use the tools the province has provided to unlock housing and make finding a home more affordable for hardworking Ontarians. This includes working with municipalities through the upcoming Provincial-Municipal Housing Summit and a special session with rural municipalities leading up to the ROMA conference in January 2022.

The provincial government’s housing policies under More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan are working to make housing more affordable by increasing the supply of the full range of housing options, from single-family homes to midrise housing to apartment buildings.

In 2020, the year after More Homes, More Choice was implemented, Ontario saw the highest level of housing starts in a decade and the highest level of rental starts since 1992. In 2021, housing and rental starts are on track to exceed these levels.

The province’s ongoing work to address housing affordability complements continued supports for affordable housing for the most vulnerable Ontarians. Through the Community Housing Renewal Strategy and Ontario’s response to COVID-19, the province is providing more than $3 billion in this fiscal year and last year. This includes over $1 billion in flexible supports through the Social Services Relief Fund to municipal and Indigenous partners.

POSSIBLE COMMUNITY EXPOSURE

In a press release issued on Dec. 10, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) announced that they had been advised of a person under investigation (PUI) for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Huron Perth. This case investigation also involves community exposures on Saturday, Dec. 4 in two locations in Huron County.

This case screened positive for S gene target failure (SGTF) which is a marker for the Omicron variant. It is important to note that HPPH is still awaiting Whole Genomic Sequencing of the samples; however, given how easily Omicron spreads, HPPH is managing the situation as Omicron unless information changes.

HPPH is reaching out to everyone who has been identified as a high-risk contact, and who needs to isolate and test.
This investigation also includes the “Pink at the Rink” tournament held recently in South Huron. Although HPPH is working with event organizers to identify high-risk contacts, there are also possible exposures that HPPH will not be able to trace.

Anyone who has not been contacted by HPPH but attended Stephen Arena in South Huron and Hensall Arena in Bluewater on Dec. 4, needs to do the following immediately: Monitor for symptoms; if they experience any symptoms, no matter how mild (e.g. runny nose), isolate immediately and arrange for testing; and continue to isolate until test results are received.

“We are still learning about the Omicron variant, but it’s clear that it spreads easily,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “HPPH strongly encourages everyone to continue to follow public health guidance, especially by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and limiting the size of social gatherings.”

Anyone contacted by HPPH case investigators needs to follow HPPH direction and guidance.

CONTRACTOR FINED

A local contractor undertaking development activity, without required permits from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), has been fined.

Richard Webb pleaded guilty to constructing shoreline walls in front of four properties along the shoreline of Lake Huron in the Beach O’ Pines subdivision. Webb pleaded guilty to five charges under the Conservation Authorities Act and received the fine of $13,500.

There were also landowners charged in connection with the work. One landowner has already pleaded guilty. Charges on two other landowners are still before the court.

“Any development activities within a regulated area require permission from the Conservation Authority,” said ABCA Regulations Coordinator and Provincial Offences Officer, Daniel King. “Regulations are in place and permits are required to ensure development such as shoreline walls do not negatively affect erosion, dynamic beaches, flood control, pollution, or the conservation of land.”

ABCA said the prosecution and fine send a strong reminder of the obligations that contractors and landowners have to ensure they abide by environmental protection laws.

“This case is a reminder that service providers and property owners need to ensure any proposed development they intend to undertake has the required legal permissions before proceeding,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning manager. “Anyone who is considering development activities such as construction of seawalls should contact us first to verify if a permit is needed or not. Our staff members work very hard to ensure anyone who contacts us receives a timely response with the information they need.”

Calling first and getting the best information is always a good idea, he said, to avoid potential delays, costs, or even fines.

Permits are required by Province of Ontario enabling legislation including, but not limited to, Ontario Regulation 147/06: Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses under Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.

Details regarding ABCA’s Planning and Permits are available online on the abca.ca website at this web page link: www.abca.ca/planning/

Property owners or agents are encouraged to contact the following staff at ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610; Meghan Tydd-Hrynyk, Planning and Regulations officer, Ext. 258, email mtydd-hrynyk@abca.ca; or Daniel King, Regulations coordinator and Provincial Offences officer, Ext. 224, email dking@abca.ca.

REMARKABLE CITIZENS

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations for this year’s Remarkable Citizens to recognize the dedication and volunteer work done by local residents.

This year, due to COVID-19, the MPP is planning on hosting a virtual levee on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 to ring in the new year and to salute both this year’s and last year’s recipients. Details will be announced at a later date in December.

Each year, Remarkable Citizens who are respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents are celebrated for their positive community impact.

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

To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to diane.foxton@pc.ola.org. Please include contact information (mailing address, email, and phone number) for both the nominee and the nominator. Also include two photographs of the nominee.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.

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

OAKS AND ACORNS

Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are hosting two free activities for families this season.

“Both of these events are free of charge and families are invited to drop in when they can,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “These two events offer something to do for families to do before Christmas Day while their children are not at school.”

These events are a chance to get outside at beautiful nature areas and to get active, she said.

The first, of the two events, is a free Family Forest Play – Oaks and Acorns Program Drop In. It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This event is for families with children and is “best for children under 10 years old.” It will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area pavilion, south of Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake), at 71042 Morrison Line.

The second, of the two events, is a free Winter Open House – with games, crafts, snowshoeing and “family fun.” It will take place on Thursday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter. Conservation education staff invite teachers to stop by with their children to find out more about new hands-on winter programs for the schoolyard, which don’t require snow.

Staff and participants follow public health pandemic protocols to help keep everyone safe. To learn more contact ABCA at 1-888-286-2610 or through the abca.ca staff contacts web page at this link: www.abca.ca/contact/staff/

The conservation educators also invite caregivers to register for the 2022 Oaks and Acorns program, for ages 2-4 with caregiver. Oaks and Acorns is an inquiry-based education program. It has an emergent curriculum based on children’s evolving interests and the season designed to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to explore nature with guidance and knowledge from ABCA education staff. Registration closes on Dec. 27 for Oaks and Acorns on Tuesdays in 2022: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Caregivers can also register for 2022 sessions in February (1, 8, 15, 22); March (1, 8, 22, 29); April (5, 12, 19, 26); May (3, 10, 17, 24); and June (7, 14, 21, 28).

WATERSHED CHAMPION GRANTS

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local schools to become Watershed Champions. The local conservation authority offers grants of up to $1,000 per project. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include a public educational event or activity.

An application form and guidelines are available online at abca.ca and all Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to apply. New this year (2021), there are two submission deadlines to choose from depending on when the project will take place. For projects taking place from March-June 2022, the deadline will be Dec. 17. Fall 2022 project applications must be submitted by Apr. 8, 2022.

“This year, we are excited to offer ABCA Packages where ABCA staff will help applicants through the project planning process on one of four specific projects,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “Schools want to improve outdoor learning spaces and we want to make it easy as possible for teachers and school administration to apply. We are able to offer this grant again thanks to our partnership with Next Era Energy and Cordelio Power.”

Based on previous grant requests, ABCA Packages will provide solutions to an environmental challenge and streamline the process of applying. Schools will still need to fill out the application form. The ‘Exploration in the School Yard’ package will help students explore their own schoolyard through the purchase of needed tools and equipment. ‘Pollinator Garden’, ‘More Trees Please’ and ‘Restore a Garden’ are three packages which encourage taking-action on the schoolyard through the addition of plants to the schoolyard.

Schools can also apply with their own school-designed project in one of two categories: Creating Awareness or Taking- Action. The Taking-Action category is a hands-on positive action project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things. The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action.

Past Watershed Champions include: Bluewater Coast Public School, Hensall; Sacred Heart, Parkhill; Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan. Many of their video reports can be found on ABCA’s YouTube Channel.

The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by Cordelio Power and NextEra Energy Canada, LP.

DIRECTOR WANTED

Looking for an important way to serve the community? The Board of Directors for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), located in Zurich, is inviting people to consider becoming a member and serving as a Director.

They are looking for a team player with an enthusiastic interest in sustaining and enhancing primary health services in the community, with a willingness to:

  • Be committed to a vibrant future of the Bluewater Area Family Health Centre
  • Set aside time to prepare for regular Board meetings and sub-committee meetings
  •  Actively participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts

Orientation and basic governance training are provided to make sure Directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role. Previous Board experience is an asset, but not required.

Responsibilities:

  •  Become knowledgeable about BAFHT’s values, mission, programs and performance
  • Be an ambassador for BAFHT and promote its work in the community
  •  Ensure financial accountability on behalf of the community and funders
  • Be available to meet once a month, for one to two hours

The Board is comprised of a maximum of nine members. Board members typically serve a term of three years, with the possibility to serve up to two consecutive terms. The BAFHT are currently looking for individuals to replace Directors whose term has ended. A formal election will take place in June at the Annual and General Meeting.

To explore the opportunity to join this knowledgeable and dedicated Board of Directors, please contact: Francine Vanasse, Chair at fvanassse@hay.net OR Sandra Shaw, Vice-Chair at sandrajshaw@hotmail.com.

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. 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 huroncountymuseum.pastperfectonline.com.

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

As the countdown to Dec. 25th has begun in earnest we explore just a few of the Santa Claus collectibles that the Museum has in their possession…

SANTA IN A BOAT

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Santa in a Boat

This is a white ornament with gold and black trim featuring Santa in a boat.

Doug and Gerney Bland acquired a large collection of Santas and Christmas decorations beginning in 1943, the year they were married. They continued collecting for the next 61 years of their marriage.

Many of the Santas were collected while travelling both personally and professionally. Some came from as far away as Honduras and Mexico, as well as many of the southern states including Tennesse, Florida and Texas.

The Blands collection of 300 Santa and Christmas ornaments were donated to the Museum in 2004.

WOODEN SANTA

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This is a wooden, two-piece Santa holding a bag and staff. It is painted in high gloss red and yellow.

CERAMIC SANTA

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This is a Santa figure wearing a red and white coat and holding a gold box in one hand with a green garland draped over the other arm. The body of the Santa is plastic while the head and hands are ceramic.

RIVER ROAD BREWERY AND HOPS

ONE MORE DATE FOR THE  HOPPED UP HOLIDAY MARKET

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Huron Honey was one of the businesses selling their product at the “Hopped Up Holiday Market”.

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Gabriela Parejo was selling some exquisite handiwork at the market on Dec. 12.

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People and their pets had the opportunity to sit at a picnic table while enjoying a beer and listening to the music of Brad Cassell and Josh Geddis who performed from the Brewery stage.

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Coastal Coffee was demonstrating their innovative single use Travellers at the market.They also had fresh, roasted beans and Christmas boxes for sale.

River Road Vendor

There were 10 vendors selling their unique wares and food items at the second week for the market.

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Sarah Cieslar had an array of jewellery available for purchase at the market on Sunday afternoon.

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The final market of the season is set for Dec. 18.

PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER 

The “Hopped Up Holiday Market” hosted by River Road Brewery and Hops has returned for a second year.

The market began on Dec. 4. A second one scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11 was rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 12 due to extremely high winds and rain that swept through the area Friday night and Saturday.

The final market of the season is set for Dec. 18. Musical artists will take to the brewery stage starting at noon with Ryan Malcolm followed by Adam Wendler at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

Each week some different vendors will be in attendance so shoppers will have an excellent excuse to visit more than once. River Road Brewery and Hops is also collecting donations for the Bayfield Area Food Bank at the upcoming markets.

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

River Road Vendors

Each week some different vendors will be in attendance so shoppers will have an excellent excuse to visit more than once.

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Jennifer Reaburn brought a variety of her handcrafted, twisted belle scarves to the Sunday market.

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River Road Brewery and Hops is located at 35449 Bayfield River Road just north of Bayfield.

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Bayfield Berry Farm had a sampling of everything they are famous for, from cider to butter tarts, at the market on Saturday.

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In addition to beer the family run business has a myriad of animals for people to commune with.

PIXILATED — IMAGE OF THE WEEK

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Ice Cubes… By Sally Leitch

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.

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Submissions

The village lost another little piece of its heart on Saturday, Dec. 4 when Wynn Graham died after a short illness. She was in her 90th year.

I was very fortunate to call Wynn my friend for the last three decades. She sat behind me at church and it was in those times of “sharing the peace” that I came to learn she gave the best hugs. She was the kind of person that always seemed to know when you needed one.

She was a woman of strong faith and ferociously proud of all the members of her family – her late husband of 68 years, Pat; three children, nine grandchildren and 16 plus great grandchildren. And she always had time for her community bringing her positive energy to whatever cause or task needed doing.

Although I am sad to think I shall not hear her laugh ring out once more I know that somewhere, perhaps sitting on a cloud, she is reunited with Pat and they are, no doubt, laughing together again. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.

Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m