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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 656 Week 06 Vol 13

February 2, 2022


Issue 656 Week 06 Vol 13
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The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 7, 2021 by hosting a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. The 2022 version of this hike will be held on Sunday, March 6. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The BRVTA will offer six hikes from now through March 26th. All hikes are open to the public and pets on leash with no pre-registration required unless otherwise noted. On the trails, masks are optional when distanced and the vaccination status of hikers is not checked. For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Ralph Blasting at or 519-525-3205.

Winter Hikes will be held on the Varna Nature trails on Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 starting at 11 a.m. Hikers of all ages are welcome to join on these Saturday morning guided walks on the Taylor Trail and Mavis’ Trail. The Taylor Trail is an easy one 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. Trail conditions will be snowy or icy, so warm clothes, a walking pole, and snow/ice cleats are recommended. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at 

Windmill Lake Farm will be the location of a hike on Saturday, Feb. 19 where participants can learn about “Tracks in the Snow” What ran through this field: rabbit? deer? Sasquatch? Starting at 11 a.m., Windmill Lake Farm owner George Ebers and co-leader Peter Jeffers will take participants on a tour to identify tracks of the animals that are active in winter. Meet and park at the Windmill Lake parking lot, 35957 Bayfield River Road. The hike will cover about 3-4 km and last about 90 min. This is a natural trail with gentle inclines; watch the weather and dress accordingly.

Celebrate BRVTA’s third annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Hike and the 111th IWD by joining in a hike along Bayfield’s Woodland Trail on Sunday, March 6th. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The hike will begin at 2 p.m. with hike leaders Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting. They will stop along the way to share stories of how Canadian women have contributed. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes, and gender identities welcome. The hike is 3.5 km and will last about 90 minutes. The Woodland Trail has some steep inclines and challenging passages, and may still be icy in March. Participants are asked to meet/park at the David Street trail head. A map can be found by visiting:

On Saturday, March 19, community members are invited to join Denise Iszczuk, of the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, to explore the functions of the Morrison Reservoir one of the area’s most attractive hiking routes, during the “All About the Morrison Reservoir” hike. The hike will be about 2.5 km and last about 90 minutes. Families and youth especially welcome. Participants are asked to meet/park at 71042 Morrison Line, at the pavilion. A map can be found at


This image taken during a summer 2021 BRVTA sponsored hike reminds us that it is a great time to go for a hike no matter the season! (Photo by Jack Pal)

A special “Candlelight Memorial Walk” has been scheduled for Saturday, March 26 along the Taylor Trail in Varna. The BRVTA members in collaboration with Huron Hospice will create an enchanted walk through the beautiful Taylor Trail, starting at 7 p.m. The trail will be lit by 180 candles. Each flicker of candlelight will evoke memories of loved ones. All are welcome, to walk in memory of someone or just to enjoy the contemplative path. This will be a self-guided walk and can be done any time between 7- 9 p.m., although members of the BRVTA will be on hand to make sure everyone is safe. Please, no pets at this event. A memorial reading of names will take place at the trail head at 8 p.m. Anyone who wishes to have a name included in the ceremony, may do so by donating to the Huron Hospice at All proceeds benefit the building of a new Children’s Room at the Hospice. The Taylor Trail head can be found at the Varna (Stanley) Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road.

BRVTA) maintains seven recreational trails and sponsors, as is shown above, over 20 guided hikes each year,  giving residents of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

The Bayfield Trails are managed entirely by volunteers and are paid for by community donations and annual memberships.

“We are extremely grateful to those of you who are supporting the trails by taking out an annual membership,” said Helen Varekamp, membership coordinator. “If you have been enjoying the trails but have not made this contribution yet, we hope that this will be the year you will decide to do so.”

Membership contributions allow BRVTA volunteers to keep the trails open, covering expenses such as, materials and tools, programming, training, signage and insurance. “As a member you will receive invitations to participate in all organized hikes, as well as an opportunity to join the hiking buddy program. You will also receive invitations to the Columbia Sportswear discount store and the monthly electronic newsletter. Best of all, you’ll be helping us keep the trails open for everyone, every day of the year,” said Varekamp.

Annual memberships are an affordable $20 for individuals or $30 per family. Becoming a member is easy; select whichever option works best.

Online memberships can be made at
Alternatively, payment can be sent by e-transfer to or a cheque can be mailed to Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Whichever payment is chosen members are asked to provide their contact information, so BRVTA can keep everyone informed of new events!


Michael and Stephanie McDonald have generously donated $10,000 to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) to oversee a project of compiling the history of Bayfield and Huron County, which will include Lambton and Grey Bruce Counties, prior to the settlers.

This project will be classified as an Historical Digital Humanities project on First Nations who were a part of the history of this land for over 7,000 years before the migration of Europeans a mere 200 years ago.

In the summer of 2021, working with the First Nations of Kettle Point, the BHS classified Indigenous stone tools and projectiles (mostly found in the Bayfield River) which are now on display at the archives. The historical “digital display” will be attached to the BHS webpage.

“A digital history is the perfect medium for compiling accounts from various sources and, as new data comes to light, it can be linked, modified or added,” said BHS President Ruth Gibson.

She noted that the First Nations People did not leave a large “footprint” on the land for a visual display.

“The BHS will be hiring a university history major, preferably Indigenous, from April/May to September. BHS have contacted appropriate Government departments and universities offering Indigenous studies, who are very excited about this project,” concluded Gibson.



Twizzel (Submitted photo)

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

Twizzel is the Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week.

This tiny girl was found in the basement of a local store. It was on one of those super cold nights recently and she was seeking a place out of the bitter cold. She is approximately seven weeks-old. Volunteers note that they can count every one of her ribs, because she was so dehydrated and malnourished when she arrived, they have to give her small amounts of food every few hours to not overload her system.

She is nervous but approachable and her caregivers share that they have been able to snuggle her; one look from those huge golden eyes melts the heart. She makes volunteers wonder if there are more from her litter still out in the cold. If your heart is melting for Twizzel please email for more information

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.


People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2022.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2022 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $110. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Slash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.


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The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is excited to announce that following the success of their “Off the Wall” style fundraiser in 2021 they are bringing it back for Summer 2022 with the theme of “Year of the Land or Lake”.

The BCA is calling on artists for submissions of a donated 12” x 12” painting for this annual exhibition. Artists are asked to email for more details and a Submission Form.

“In 2021, we held our first very successful event. We received donations of over 50 paintings and welcomed close to 350 visitors during this two-day event. We listened to our artist and guest suggestions and have made some exciting changes for 2022,” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

“Year of the Land or Lake” is a fundraising event for the BCA with proceeds from ticket sales supporting the organization’s programs and activities. This is accomplished through the sale of four ticket categories, each with a specific time slot for selection of a painting “Off the Wall” beginning with the Golden Ticket.

The event takes place over two or more days. Day one offers the general public an opportunity to view this collection of donated works at no charge. An exclusive reception will be held for Golden and Silver Ticket holders. The paintings will be available for online viewing in a printable exhibition guide which features information about the event, images of all artwork and an artist introduction.

When asked, why should artists donate their works to this cause, Squirrell said, “We rely on charitable donations, grants, workshops and events to make our success possible. Bayfield is a resort town on Lake Huron. We attract a large number of local residents and vacationing visitors from all over Canada and the USA. This exhibition is an opportunity to have wonderful exposure for your work while helping the BCA in its endeavor to become a leading visual art centre in rural southwestern Ontario.”

The BCA is a registered charity committed to furthering the appreciation of the visual arts, one experience at a time.


Assisting people in the community facing food insecurity is a year-round commitment for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) but the volunteers don’t do it alone.

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

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

Collection bins for non-perishable items can currently be found on the north porch by the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church and in the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street (during opening hours). The library is the best place to donate if items are in danger of freezing, as the donations are kept indoors until a BAFB volunteer can collect them.


The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is open once again! Thank you to everyone for their patience.

Check the events schedule for available Ice times and community sponsored free skating by visiting


Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield will be returning to in-person services this Sunday, Feb. 5, in addition to their regular Wednesday morning services. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols worshippers must pre-register to attend the services that begin at 11 a.m and 10:30 a.m. respectively.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is extending their “Online Only” Sunday Services to Feb. 28.

People are invited to join the congregation on ZOOM each Sunday at 11 a.m., or watch the service later, on YouTube. Knox’s Sunday ZOOM services can also be accessed on the “Bayfield Activities” site.

To learn more visit for a ZOOM link, a link to the Knox YouTube page or follow them on Facebook at

Rev. Lisa Dolson will be leading a new Book Study on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. starting Feb. 15th. The book discussion will be on the book, “The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and their Lessons for Today”, by author Shannon Bream. Please contact the minister at 519 955-2158 or, for the ZOOM link.


The County of Huron would like to recognize employees who were redeployed to critical areas of service in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Also recognized are the contributions of all County staff who have worked to maintain service delivery throughout the County’s pandemic response.

“The last two years have been hard work for everyone, including a lot of new challenges and new learnings,” said Director of Human Resources, Lara Vanstone. “I am grateful to work for an organization where the staff are willing to do whatever it takes to support each other and our wonderful community. I thank the redeployed individuals, and all County of Huron staff, for their exceptional effort in response to the pandemic.”

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many County service demands shifted and/or increased. Like all other individuals and workplaces in the community, this rapid shift in priorities required an increased effort and higher level of flexibility from County staff. To accommodate new workloads, many County of Huron staff stepped up and took on additional responsibilities, including 24 individuals who volunteered to be redeployed to critical service areas, such as Long-Term Care, Economic Development and Property Services.

Redeployed staff worked in alternative roles for varying periods of time over the course of the County’s crisis response. Some staff continue to work in temporary redeployed positions.

In addition to those who were redeployed, some County staff took on new roles within their own departments. Many remained in their original roles, but took on added workloads from other services in an effort to ease the burden in critical response areas.

“I commend all County of Huron staff for the dedication and hard work they’ve demonstrated over the last two years,” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil. “I’ve seen firsthand the incredible flexibility and hard work of staff. These individuals have worked diligently behind the scenes to keep our community safe and functioning during a time of crisis. Words cannot express my immense gratitude for their exemplary service.”

Thank you to all the County of Huron staff who’ve been working in new ways and new areas. The staff redeployed during 2020-2021 are:
Hamilton Baker, Monique Bann, Pam Bieman, Sally Brodie, Megan Disher, Angela Eckert, Linda Feeney, Mary Fincher, Rachel Garland, Avery Greaves, Zia Khogyani, Heather Malley, Katie Marshall, Michelle Miller, Ruth Montgomery, Hannah Moore, Alina Oomen, Nina Reynolds, Erin Samuell, Elise Schofield,
Rick Sickinger, Sandra Skinn, Larry Sloan and Tanis Vandermolen

The redeployment programming continues in 2022 as required.


This winter the Lonely No More Program’s Storytelling Club will be hosting monthly opportunities for people to learn the art of sharing their stories.

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Over the last four months, a group of 20 community members have been getting together online once a month to listen to the art of storytelling. These gatherings have included opportunities to listen to talented professional storytellers from the Baden Storytellers’ Guild, Mary McCullum Baldasaro, Judy Caulfield and John Wesselson; as well as local and talented community members, Bob Montgomery, from CKNX; and Sinead Cox, from the Huron County Museum.

Building on its success, this local Storytelling Club is now moving from listening to learning the art of storytelling. These online winter sessions will include pre-recorded tales and a group discussion on how the story was created with the teller of the tale. Professional Storytellers from Baden Storytellers’ Guild, such as Kait Taylor and Brenda Byers, will be delivering these interactive sessions to help community members find their own voice and be empowered to share their stories in the upcoming “try the art of storytelling” sessions coming up this spring.

“Kait Taylor is a spirited storyteller whose energized tellings stem from her passion to connect people through story. Kait tells engaging adaptations of folktales that are full of heart and mirth. She has her roots in rural Ontario and Grey County, and is most at home with the Baden Storytellers’ Guild, creating collaborative and interactive programming, growing, and learning from her elders.”

“Brenda Byers tells tales of wit, wisdom and humor for story lovers of all ages, from folk and fairy tales to family and personal stories. Gather your memories, dust them off, spice them up, and bring them to life!”

This monthly hour of entertainment and friendship is an opportunity to share community stories through the power of storytelling, to stay connected with the community throughout the winter months, and enjoy lively discussion with neighbors. Interested in attending? Register online at or call 519 292-6862 to explore ways to connect to the sessions over the phone.



Today (Feb. 2) is World Wetlands Day. The theme for 2022 is “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”. Pat Heffernan and Renee Sandelowsky, of Bayfield, helped to clean out and maintain wood duck boxes on a cold, windy, winter day at Huronview Demonstration Farm near Clinton. Their work is shown in a new video recently released by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) that can be found at To find out more about stormwater management improvements and wetlands, and projects people can do to enhance them, visit ABCA’s wetlands page, on the website. (Submitted photo)


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

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

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:



This February, the Goderich Branch of the Huron County Library and the Alzheimer Society of Huron County are revisiting “Still Alice”, the now classic book about living with Alzheimer’s Disease written by Lisa Genova and published in 2007.

Participants will be gathering online at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 to discuss the book as well as have a brief question and answer time with Jeanette Sears, the Public Education Coordinator at the Huron County Alzheimer Society. Books and book club sets are available through the Huron County Library. Register online at

Written in first person from the point of view of Alice, Still Alice candidly describes the impact the disease is having on her brain. Initially, Alice is poignantly aware of her changing abilities in how she navigates her world, her career choices, and her relationships. As time goes on, the text of the book shows her world becoming smaller, more selective, more manageable, heartfelt – and still, enduringly, Alice. Alzheimer’s disease affects the whole family, and Still Alice realistically depicts a family grappling with tough emotions and loss. Sometimes they aspire to their best selves, sometimes their losses feel unsurmountable.

The organizers picked this story knowing that it is already a familiar one. Anyone who read the book or saw the movie fifteen years ago, may find that it resonates differently now compared to then. People’s perspectives may have changed as they, their family and friends are fifteen years older.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, each year since 1984, with conservation awards. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities.

The local conservation authority is inviting the public to nominate a person, business, farm, community group, or organization in 2022 for the Conservationist of the Year Award. People may nominate someone for the award until Feb. 24.’

To submit a nomination, visit for the nomination form at this web page link:

“There are many local stewards helping to protect and enhance our local watershed resources and this award is one way we can say ‘Thank you’ for those positive stewardship actions,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “We have been pleased to recognize many deserving recipients over the years. We know there are many others deserving of recognition as well.”

Individuals, organizations or companies who either reside in, or have completed conservation work in, the ABCA area are eligible to win the Conservationist of the Year award. Current ABCA staff members and directors are excluded.

The Conservation Award acknowledges one individual or group per year who demonstrates positive conservation principles. The nominee must have undertaken conservation efforts over a number of years showing long-term benefits for nature and society. Examples of conservation work include: improving local water quality; conservation farming; reforestation; conservation education; providing wildlife and fish habitat; and promoting awareness and action for soil, water, and habitat.

ABCA presents the winner with a hand-crafted gift and makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.


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

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

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, on Monday, Feb. 14th, we are exploring the Museum’s collection of cologne and cosmetic accessories…


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This is a model of a Chinese-style level. It was made by the Founder of the Huron County Museum, J.H. Neill.


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This is a silver cosmetic compact. The lid has a design in green and black. Inside is a mirror and a powder container that turns. There is a peach colored, square powder puff with grey-blue stitching; it is slightly worn on one side.

The compact was owned by Mary Alice Cameron Bell, who married Rev. John Richardson on June 26, 1912 in Hensall.


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This is a cut glass, perfume bottle.




Point Farms Market Mini Golf is a Bayfield Guiding tradition that returned in September of 2021 after a lapse in 2020.


Senior members of Bayfield Guiding, such as the Pathfinders and Rangers, welcomed a special guest to one of their meetings in October. Jessica Petelle visited to share her stories of working in television, film and comic book production.


“Bats with a Side of Spiders” was the theme of Bayfield Guiding’s Day Camp at Camp Klahanie near the end of October. The membership painted their very own, pre-built bat houses and learned about bat habitat in the process.


It may be some time before Brownies, Sparks and Guides are able to fill the boots of a firefighter but they sure had fun trying during their tour of the Bayfield Fire Hall in November.


Bayfield Guiding held a Snowflake Holiday Party and Enrolment event at the Bayfield Community Centre in early December to close out 2021. Activities like this Snowcone Relay were a highlight.


New members were enrolled while others advanced to a new Guiding level during a Snowflake themed ceremony held at the Bayfield Community Centre in early December. Members being enrolled were invited to dance like a snowflake along a path of mittens while others celebrated them by waving and twirling ribbons on sticks. (Photo by Riley Arthur)


Guiding has been active in the Bayfield community since it was first introduced in 1953 and the program continues despite the challenges of navigating pandemic protocols.

This week, we share a few images of what the membership has been up to since September.

Rules regarding masking and allowable group sizes, indoors versus outdoors, in-person versus online, have been ever-changing but what hasn’t changed is the fact that the youth, their Guiders and their families continue to embrace the program with grace, patience and a lot of enthusiasm.


The corn in the maze at Point Farms Market always seems to grow to the perfect height for developing navigation skills while not worrying about getting really lost. Bayfield Guiding members enjoyed the opportunity to find their way through the maze several times during their September visit.


Bayfield Guiding and the Bayfield Area Food Bank are both privileged to call Trinity St. James Anglican Church their home base. Members of Bayfield Guiding were able to learn how the Food Bank supports the community as well as participating in the process of weighing and sorting donations during an October meeting.


November brought Bayfield Guiding to the Bayfield Fire Hall for a tour with Deputy Fire Chief Wade Berard.


COVID-19 restrictions have brought members of Bayfield Guiding back on-line for their weekly meetings for the foreseeable future but that doesn’t mean they still can’t have fun and try new things. Participants at the Jan. 26th meeting got to create their own colorful kitty during a virtual paint nite!




Ice Carving…By Gayle Detenbeck

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