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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 687 Week 37 Vol 14

September 7, 2022


Issue 687 Week 37 Vol 14
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This mural, by artist Meaghan Kehoe, can be found on a length of wall at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre on 4 Jane Street. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield Mural was completed by artist Meaghan Kehoe on Saturday, Sept. 3 and now it is time to celebrate this spectacular work with a Mural Launch Celebration set for Tuesday, Sept. 13!

The mural, located on a length of wall at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre on 4 Jane Street, took two weeks of dedicated work to complete.

The launch celebration will run from 5-6 p.m. at the mural site and everyone from the Bayfield community as well as the greater Huron County area are invited to attend.

The mural depicts all that is beautiful in Bayfield, with boating, sunsets, and the Great Blue Heron representing the abundant bird life found in Bluewater and along the shores of Lake Huron.

 “I really pushed myself with this mural,” Kehoe said. “I wanted it to be really good.”

Many residents enthusiastically watched the painting process and the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) wants to thank everyone for the support given to Kehoe. Her efforts were truly embraced by residents providing positive comments, honking horns, proffering thumbs-ups and even making muffin deliveries!

BCA would like to give special thanks to the Mural Committee composed of: Pegi McCrae, Sandra May, Bob Skivington, Diane Snell, Crawford Service and especially Mike DeCorte for his generous  donation to the project.



The Christmas in Bayfield that folks are more familiar with (this image taken in 2018) will return on the weekend of Nov. 18-20. The lighting of the lights will open the festivities on the Friday. The park will look a little different this year as the Municipality of Bluewater was able to secure some grant funding on the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce’s behalf for all new lighting. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) would like to share with the community that a lot of exciting things have been happening in the organization over the last ten months.

“We have welcomed many new businesses to the Chamber family, hired a new Social Media Manager who is doing a fantastic job of promoting local activities – drawing more people to our area – and we hosted our first Business After 5 event,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC, Terri Louch.

Louch went on to explain that there are benefits to being a member of the BACC.

“Member businesses receive a weekly update from both the Canadian Chamber and the Ontario Chamber offering important business insights,” she said. “In an effort to assist with the staffing shortage issues the Chamber has been able to offer group health plans, which might entice workers, at a significant saving to the business.”

According to Louch, one of the many things that both the businesses and the general public look forward to each year is Christmas in Bayfield!

“We are so happy to be able to work with local service clubs, organizations, and volunteers to once again offer an amazing weekend of fun activities,” she said. “We begin the weekend on Friday, Nov. 18 with the lighting of the lights complete with hot chocolate, carolers, and the arrival of Santa in Clan Gregor Square.”

The park will look a little different this year as the Municipality of Bluewater was able to secure some grant funding on the BACC’s behalf for all new lighting.

“Each year we will be able to add more lights and grow to our final vision! Thanks so much to the Municipality for all their work on this,” said Louch.

Saturday morning, Nov. 19 will see the return of the parade.

“This incredible event has long been a favorite of people from near and far and we are thrilled for the return. Sunday will see the return of carriage rides through town and we are hoping to offer many new opportunities as well,” Louch noted.

In order to offer an amazing experience, the BACC is looking for volunteers who may have a few hours to help with a Christmas in Bayfield event over the weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to earn volunteer hours and have fun at the same time and offers an opportunity for everyone to give back to the  community with minimal commitment.

Anyone who can help is asked to email:

“We have lots of different ways to be involved, so reach out to find the perfect fit for you,” said Louch. “Finally, all this costs a significant amount of money. In an effort to raise both funds and awareness, we are working on a way to allow people to donate the money they receive for any bottle returns to the Christmas in Bayfield Committee. Details coming soon!”

Anyone without bottles but who still wishes to help out financially is certainly welcome to do so. The BACC would gladly accept e-transfers to Please note in the transfer Christmas in Bayfield (CIB). Cash donations can be dropped off at Nabit, The Purple Peony of Bayfield or DejaVu all found on Bayfield Main Street North.


Bayfield Community Centre

Operations Director for the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), Sandy Scotchmer is pleased to share that there are a number of activities that will soon be starting up again at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. BFIT will be holding fitness classes starting Monday, Sept. 12.

“We understand the need for people to get back together for fitness classes, it’s been a long time! Besides the physical health benefits of exercise, we recognize how isolating COVID restrictions have been on seniors’ mental health,” Scotchmer said.

Fitness classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. for Level 3 classes and 10:30 a.m. for Level 2 classes. Participants are asked to please bring their own weights and mats.  The cost will be $25 per month, payable at the start of each month. Since classes will begin mid-September, the cost will prorated.

Classes are a part of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Program, led by certified Seniors Fitness Instructors.

Level 3 classes will include warm-up, aerobics, strength, balance and flexibility training; participants will stand for most of the class, but some strength and flexibility components will be taught on the floor, using a mat.

Level 2 classes will include all the components of the Level 3 class, but chairs will be offered for participants who don’t want to stand for long periods during aerobics, strength and flexibility.  Floor work is not offered during Level 2 classes and the pace is more gentle than Level 3 classes.

BFIT is planning a registration day today (Sept. 7), in the Community Centre at 9:30 a.m. A Par-Q (Physical Readiness form) is required to be completed by all participants prior to beginning classes, as well as a signature on a waiver.

“We will be limiting enrolment to ensure we don’t have overcrowded classes, especially heading into the Fall/Winter flu  and COVID season.  Registration will be on a first-come basis for all classes.,” said Scotchmer. “We are hoping to add more classes when additional certified instructors are brought into the program.”

Anyone with questions should feel free to contact Sandy Scotchmer, at 519 441-7743.


“Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.” – Terry Fox

At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Terry started training to run across Canada. In 1980 he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km – covering six provinces – to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, Terry’s health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Terry; over 850 million dollars have been raised for cancer research.

Members of the community are invited to run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep Terry’s dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $50,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. They are excited to announce that this year the Run will be held in person. Three guided group hikes will leave from the Clan Gregor Gazebo at 10 a.m.; participants can choose to walk the 1 km, 3 km or 5 km route.

Anyone who wants to run, bike or rollerblade, should feel free to choose their own route and time. Participants may register online as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple, visit: Terry Fox Run Bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site; people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. They can also scan the QR Codes on all signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to make a donation through their phone.

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 18 between 9-10 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. They will also be selling 2022 Terry Fox T-shirts at $25 each and have 2022 participation seals available. Also, for those interested, selfies can be taken during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Anyone with questions is asked to please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit


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The work of Andrew McLachlan will be featured at Fall Foto Fest. He will also share tips with photographers looking to grow their own Macro Photography skills. (Photo by Andrew McLachlan)

Spiders, insects, flowers and little things up close! Macro photography is all about showcasing a subject larger than it is in real life — an extreme close-up of something small.

Canadian photographer, Andrew McLachlan enjoys getting up close and personal in his photography and he will be sharing this passion with the participants of Fall Foto Fest (FFF) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

His presentation will start off the FFF events on Saturday where he will discuss the photographic gear for macro shots. Some great and inexpensive options to take macro images beyond life-size will be discussed and he’ll share his field techniques to achieve sharp focus on a consistent basis. He’ll also showcase a number of his amazing photos.

FFF is presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) on Sept. 23-24 in Bayfield.

Afternoon workshops follow McLachlan’s presentation where he will lead participants in hands-on macro photography of insects and flowers.

Register soon at as space is limited! This is a reduced capacity event and masks are welcome.


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now. They currently have sixty plus kittens waiting for vetting and homes to go to.

BFF has temporarily closed their doors to  intakes.

“We receive calls every day but being able to take in more cats is directly linked to the number that can be adopted or fostered,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.

If it were not for the dedication of people volunteering to provide foster care with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines these three adorable orphaned little male kittens would not have had a chance at a good life. They are Adopt a BFF’s kittens of the week.

About three weeks old they are currently doing what kittens do best – eating, sleeping, playing and looking cute. Their fosterer continues to feed them formula and is slowly introducing them to canned food. And thanks to the love and care this fosterer provides they should be ready for their forever homes in just a few more weeks.

Does fostering sound like a rewarding way to support BFF? Reach out to the email listed below to learn more. BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. If someone thinks one of these three little kittens  would be a great fit for their household they are invited to contact BFF.

Anyone who can help financially or by donating food, applying to become a foster home, volunteering at the Rescue or adopting a cat or kitten is asked to 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.


Anyone who has ever thought about taking up the harp will have an opportunity to do so this fall as Harpist Martha Lawrance, of Bayfield, will be offering “Beginner Adult Group Harp Lessons”. She is hoping to start the program in the third week of September.

No musical experience is necessary. Individuals can learn to play by ear as well as reading simple songs of their preferred genre. Rental harps will be available by the month and a free demo lesson will be offered at her studio prior to joining the group.

For more information please contact Martha Lawrance by emailing:


Mother Nature had other plans on the evening of Sunday, Sept 4 and what was to be the final “Paint the Sunset” of the summer at Pioneer Park was postponed due to rain. Good news is there will be one last chance to capture the sunset on canvas as the event has been rescheduled to coincide with Volkfest weekend on Saturday, Sept. 24.

On that date the sunset time is 7:20 p.m. Artist RobIn Ellis will offer two demonstrations – the first at 6 p.m. followed by a second at 6:45 p.m. All are welcome to take part. The event courtesy of Pioneer Park is free to all with materials and instructions provided.


Clan Gregor Square will be the location for the Eighth Annual Bayfield Volkfest on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Visitors to the park can look forward to seeing a wide array of vintage and classic VWs, shopping at an Arts and Crafts Makers Market and indulging in treats from Food Truck vendors all while enjoying live music. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VW owners are invited to join in the Weekend Campout at Rock Glen Resort in Arkona, ON. On Sunday morning, participants will leave the resort at 9:30 a.m. for a cruise to Bayfield.

For VW owners there is a $20 entry fee to Clan Gregor Square with the first 200 vehicles getting a welcome bag.

For more information please contact Ryan Somers at


All are welcome to join a moonlit hike through a Carolinian forest on the historic Sawmill Trail on Saturday, Sept. 10th hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m, the Harvest Moon will bring a unique perspective to the trail.  The hike starts just before sunset and will continue through the dark woods.  Wear good shoes and bring a flashlight or headlamp in case the clouds impede the moonlight.

Participants are asked to meet and park at the Sawmill Trailhead on Old River Road, on the north side of the Bayfield River.  Please park only on the north side of the street. To view a map visit: Sawmill Trail. 

This 2 km hike should take about 75 minutes with moonrise expected at 8:15 p.m. The trail is of moderate difficulty. It is well marked but there is one steep incline at the start and finish.

For more information please contact: Ralph Blasting at or 519 525-3205.



The cover of the 2023 Bayfield Calendar. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2023 Bayfield Calendar. This is the thirteenth edition of the Calendar (eleventh as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield).

These beautiful Calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member. The Calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar  and following the instructions there.


Ruth Percy is offering people an opportunity to indulge in a one-hour gentle movement class and to find some joy through dance offering Nia classes in a beautiful Bayfield garden as long as the weather cooperates.

Nia is a wonderful practice that incorporates dance, martial arts and healing yoga moves to inspirational music and is suitable for all levels of fitness.

Classes are currently being held on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the garden of Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 12 The Square. Classes are $10 for drop ins or a six week pass is available for $50.

The sessions are led by Percy, a local Black Belt practitioner of the Nia Technique. To learn more about Nia visit:

In addition, Percy is available for workshops and private classes for all ages. She is also an Ageless Grace educator and uses Melt Method therapies for continued healing practices.

For more information please contact


Volunteers report that at this time of year Bayfield Area Food Bank shelves can use restocking of soup, rice, tuna, and beans. 

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

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.


The Bayfield Library Community Room will soon be home to afternoons of Mah Jongg starting in September.

All are welcome to join and instruction will be provided for new players. Starting on Sept. 7, Mah Jongg will be played on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 12:45-3:30 p.m.

For more information please contact Pat Lewington via email at:


For over 15 years the Glee Sisters women’s choir have enthusiastically entertained young and old alike with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music from various genres.

After a two-year hiatus, the Glee Sisters are ready and eager to perform once again. Their “Autumn Joy” Benefit Concert for Huron Hospice Bender House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. The concert will feature a joyful mix of folk, pop, swing, rock, novelty, classical, and spiritual songs. All proceeds will support the new Children’s Room at Bender House.

“Many choir members have a close connection to our local hospice and we are delighted to have this opportunity to show our support by doing what we love,” said Lisa Stewart, who is preparing the program.

There is no need to purchase tickets; people are invited to simply show up and enjoy the performance. Of course, they are welcome to show their appreciation with a donation to Huron Hospice. Tax receipts can be issued for all donations of $20 and over.

The Benefit Concert will be conducted by Stewart, accompanied by pianist Mary McGoldrick and Laurie Hazzard on guitar, bass and banjo ukulele.

Everyone is welcome to attend the concert, a delightful event not to be missed!

For further information, feel free to contact Helen Varekamp at


On Sept. 15, the lights will go up on the third annual Huron Hospice Telethon.

The Telethon is back by popular demand and will feature some of the best Huron County entertainment starting at 7 p.m. The lineup will include rock, pop, folk, jazz and classical; there will be something for everyone.

First held in 2020, the Telethon was the Huron Hospice solution to fundraising during a pandemic.

“We decided it was important to thank people for standing by us. We did this by celebrating the many ways our home, Huron County, is a great place to live and work. The telethon was originally a response to raising money in a time of COVID, this year, the challenge is an unpredictable economy,” Chair of the Huron Hospice Board of Directors, Jay McFarlan said.

McFarlan added, “We might have said it was ‘One Night Only’! However, the event was so successful that we just had to do it again, the artists, the donors, and the viewers reported that the event was a hit.”

All the entertainers live in Huron County or were born and raised in Huron.  Well-known artists are returning, and new groups are joining the lineup.  Whether new or returning, all the groups are bringing new material. Although it is a third event, it really will be an all-new magical revue.

The organizers are pleased to announce that Gil Garratt from the Blyth Festival and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, are returning as emcees. Joining Garratt and Lobb is well known Huron County personality, Alecia Anderson. Many people will remember Anderson from radio or her time at Cowbell Brewing. She is returning to the Huron Hospice family where she was one of the first emcees of “Handbags for Hospice”.

“We are pleased to have all three of them join us this year, when we know they all have hectic schedules,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director.  “The fact that Ben, Gil and Alecia are making time for Huron Hospice demonstrates how important the Hospice is for everyone in Huron County.”

Van Klooster went on to acknowledge and thank the internationally known creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich.

“With the support of Faux Pop, we are moving outside the box again this year and I encourage everyone to tune in and see what we have planned. It will be an entertaining evening that shows the depth of artistic and technological talent in Huron County.

“There is no ticket price to get into the event.  We want everyone to join in the celebration. However, it is a fundraiser, and we ask everyone in Huron County to consider donating to support Huron Hospice.  When you donate, your name will light up the telethon event!”

Huron Hospice supports many families in Huron County.  There is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice.  Although there is no cost or co-pay, the community is asked to help fund the essential hospice palliative care services.  The community contributes half the revenue Huron Hospice needs annually to provide the services for which it is known.

Huron Hospice invites everyone to tune in on Sept. 15 and support the Hospice.  The Telethon starts at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on the Huron Hospice Facebook page: Telethon Viewing and on Hurontel and TCC cable.

This community has a lot to be proud of, from artists to leading businesses and a wonderful community of donors. Huron County people are worthy of huge thanks and the telethon is a way of offering that thank you.


The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that the Christmas Parade will once again be part of the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend activities. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 with a start time of 11 a.m.

Of course a parade needs participants and those are being sought now. Anyone who would like to take part in the parade is asked to email indicating their intention to participate, the length of their entry and the contact person’s name and email.

Participants will be sent notification of their position in the parade as well as further details two days prior to the event. Participants are asked to line up at 10 a.m. in anticipation of the start of the parade one hour later.


The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s United Church. All are welcome to join in quilting at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


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Goderich Mayor John C. Grace died in a boating accident on Aug. 9. The public will have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy in Goderich on the evening of Sept. 10. (Submitted photo)

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 10, “Celebrating the Vision: A Public Celebration for Mayor John C. Grace” will be held in the heart of Goderich at Courthouse Square and residents of the town and neighboring communities are asked to come and celebrate his  life and legacy.

The evening of celebration will begin with a band on the Performance Stage at 5 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a community parade led by the Celtic Blue Highlanders and Clinton Pipe Band, will march from the Legion on Kingston Street, around the Courthouse Square, and will end on the Courthouse Square Plaza.

Onlookers are asked to join in the parade and march with the service groups to the Performance Stage, as a final show of support for a Mayor who always put his community first. A temporary memorial will be available for community members to show their respect by placing flowers or messages of condolences. Afterward, this memorial will be moved to Goderich’s Town Hall on West Street.

Kingston Street from the Legion and the Courthouse Square will be closed to all vehicular traffic for the parade starting at 4 p.m.. Organizers  ask that those needing accessible parking please use the South Street, East Street, or Lighthouse Street parking lots.

Following the parade, a presentation on the Performance Stage by friends and family will honor the accomplishments and the larger-than-life man that was Mayor Grace. Opportunities to donate to the Tanner Steffler Foundation will be made available at this time.

Continuing the celebration an evening of entertainment, starting at 8:30 p.m., will be hosted on the Performance Stage featuring local bands paying tribute to Grace. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather.


Editor’s Note: Jada Burt was a Junior Conservationist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) over the summer. Her duties included monitoring water quality and fish species, removing invasive plant species and helping with outdoor conservation education. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) funds the Junior Conservationist two-month summer job experience program for local young people. 

Burt hails from Lucan, ON and is a graduate of Medway High School in Arva, ON. She is attending the University of Guelph to complete her BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology.

Burt shares her experiences as a Junior Conservationist in the following article.



Junior Conservationist with ABCA, Jada Burt holds a Creek Chub fish. (Submitted photos)

I have had the privilege of being the Junior Conservationist, with ABCA, for the year 2022. The Junior Conservationist is a two-month summer job experience program. When I first got this job I was hoping for some experience in environmental work. I wanted to get a feel for it and see if this is what I wanted to do. I had no clue what to expect but I was definitely not disappointed. As soon as I started the job I was never bored. For the past two months, I have been super busy.

My weeks usually started off by water quality monitoring along Lake Huron with Rosalind Chang, ABCA Healthy Watersheds Technician. Going to the beach may sound like a fun time but as soon as you hit one water sampling spot, with 105 steps, things can get kind of crazy.

After water sampling, my fieldwork varied. Some other fieldwork I did was helping to study fish populations with Aquatic Biologist Kari Jean; Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck; and Assistant Water Resources Technician Christie Brown. That was the first time I ever wore fishing waders in a canoe.

I also went with Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist Ian Jean to Hay Swamp to remove invasive species. The one thing I learned, while looking for the invasive species, is to get ready to be eaten by a lot of mosquitoes. This is especially true if you are with Ian because he attracts a lot of them but he never seems to get bitten!

I went with Wetlands Specialist Angela Van Niekerk and Healthy Watersheds Technician Hope Brock to a community in our watershed where residents are looking to have a rain garden at their home. Meeting with people in the watershed is very interesting. Before I got this job I never realized how much ABCA does for our community. (They do a lot).

One of my recent highlights occurred when I went to Huronview Demonstration Farm, with Aquatic Resource Technician Shevaun Verhoog and Watershed Data Specialist Elizabeth Balfour, to measure slopes in some of the fields. The interesting part of that day was we had to use rise over run. I never thought I would have to use the calculation of slope during fieldwork!

I also worked with Conservation Educators Denise Iszczuk and Nina Sampson. I enjoyed learning fascinating things about nature, along with the children, at Summer Nature Day Camps.


Jada Burt holds some Snuffbox Mussels while out aquatic sampling.

The funniest thing I did this summer, while working with ABCA, happened when I was working with Water and Soils Resource Coordinator Ross Wilson. We were putting up water gauges along the Old Ausable Channel (OAC) near Grand Bend. The first time we put up the gauges we decided to put together the parts of the gauge in the water. While we were doing so I had to be very still and a dragonfly landed on me. Then a bird flew by and dropped a worm on my shoulder. While this was happening I had to stay still because Ross was trying to affix the measurement part of the gauge to the post. One thing you should know is I am not a bug person. Surprisingly I was calm throughout this time having those two creatures (a dragonfly and a worm) on me.

Working for ABCA this summer has definitely broken me out of my comfort zone so I can try new things today.

Overall, my favorite part of my day at work was spending time with my co-workers whether it was during fieldwork or administration work. They were always there to help. Every time I came into work, in the morning, there were always smiling faces there to welcome me.

When I first started as Junior Conservationist I could tell how close everyone was at ABCA. I was nervous I would be an outcast but my new co-workers invited me into the organization with open arms.

The Junior Conservationist program is possible thanks to ABCF and all the people in the community who support the Foundation with their donations.

I would like to say thank you so much for this opportunity of being a Junior Conservationist. I have learned so much and cannot wait to apply this learning experience at the University of Guelph as I am going into Marine and Freshwater Biology.

ABCA has been such a welcoming community and I cannot wait to come back and volunteer for anything that ABCA brings forward.


earth echo water challage logoThe World Water Monitoring Challenge (EarthEcho Water Challenge) is held each year to highlight work that takes place around the world to monitor water quality. In past years, World Water Monitoring Day has been celebrated on Sept. 18.

The EarthEcho Water Challenge now takes place between March 22 (World Water Day) and December of each year. People can find out more by visiting: EarthEcho Monitoring Challenge.

Mari Veliz is Healthy Watersheds Manager at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She said this world-wide World Water Monitoring education event is a chance to highlight some of the important Great Lakes and climate research taking place locally.

“Staff at ABCA are collecting and analyzing data about water and climate at the Integrated Water and Climate Station in Parkhill,” she said. “Our conservation authority has also been a local research partner collecting information about phosphorus and other nutrients in Lake Huron and their impacts on lower Great Lakes such as Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie.”

Conservation authority staff aren’t doing this work alone. They provide boots-on-the-ground expertise and local data as part of partnerships with federal departments and provincial ministries in Canada; with education institutions; and even partners from the United States.

Conservation authority staff collect and interpret data for programs such as flood forecasting and warning; drought and low water response; and environmental monitoring of watershed conditions.

Local landowners have also been partners on research projects. Agricultural producers from the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA) are the leaders of the ONFARM (On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring) Huronview Demonstration Farm along with the County of Huron and industry partners and other partners such as the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

As Sept. 18 approaches, ABCA is sharing information on some important research projects that have local participation such as Great Lakes phosphorus sampling and modeling on Lake Huron.

ABCA has worked side by side with American researchers studying phosphorus nutrient loading in Lake Huron and its impact on lower Great Lakes such as Lake St. Clair and (through the Detroit River) Lake Erie.

The impact of nutrient loading on the Great Lakes, and the resulting potential for eutrophication, is a public health and environmental concern. Eutrophication is when there are too many nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, causing too much growth of plants such as algae. Too much algal growth leads to algal blooms. As algae decompose, there is less dissolved oxygen in the water and other organisms, such as fish, can die. The growth of algal blooms can smell bad, block sunlight, and release toxins.

ABCA environmental monitoring staff began water quality research, in 2021, alongside the University of Michigan, the National Atmospheric Oceanic Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The researchers used satellite imagery to locate sediment plumes flowing from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River. They tested water in the plumes for suspended solids and total phosphorus.

The ABCA Healthy Watersheds Manager said partnerships between U.S. and Canadian researchers make it possible to better understand issues facing Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.

“The spread of algal blooms can have negative impacts on human health and ecology,” Veliz said. “They can also have negative economic impacts.”

The research project found the Lake Huron phosphorus load was a significant component of the overall load affecting lower lakes. The scientists found ways to improve load estimates using turbidity and suspended sediment measures. The research found phosphorus concentrations are higher than is typically measured in most monitoring programs during re-suspension of sediment in water, particularly during storms and high wind events. Researchers measured water turbidity (lack of clarity that is correlated with phosphorus concentrations) and found ‘re-suspension’ events are more frequent than found in typical monitoring programs. The researchers showed phosphorus loads from Lake Huron, estimated using turbidity from water treatment plant intakes, were almost 90 per cent higher than previous estimates.

The research shows the need to reduce nutrient loading is even greater than previously thought, according to Veliz. International partners preparing lake management plans should consider this as they update and implement their lake remediation action plans, she said.

Canadian and U.S. departments and ministries and agencies and universities often lead these research projects. Local data, collected by conservation authorities and the technical staff from the local wastewater treatment plants, also play an important role, according to Veliz.

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On Aug. 31, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Moore, announced that children aged five to 11 will be eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and caregivers were able to book an appointment for their child as of Sept. 1.

Eligible children can receive their first booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose.

“A booster helps to restore protection against COVID-19 that may have decreased over time”, said Physician Consultant at Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), Dr. Lauren Hayward,. “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and continue to provide excellent protection against serious illness. I strongly encourage everyone to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations by receiving all doses recommended, based on your age and health status.”

Children and youth who have not yet received a first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to do so. Vaccines continue to be available for other age groups as well.

Dates and locations for HPPH vaccination clinics can be found at: Get Vaccinated. Clinics are by appointment only; however, pregnant individuals and children ages five to 11 can walk in to most HPPH clinics. Please note that they cannot provide vaccines for individuals ages five and up at their clinics designated only for those ages six months to under five years. COVID-19 vaccinations are also still available through some pharmacies and primary care providers.

Starting Sept. 19, HPPH vaccination clinics will be all-ages and provide vaccinations for individuals six months and older. This will allow families with children both under, and over, the age of five to attend a single clinic.

Appointments for an HPPH clinic can be booked online at: Book Vaccine.

Appointments can also be made by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or by calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098 (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Please note that on Friday, Sept. 9, the HPPH booking line will be closed from 9-11:30 a.m. However, the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre will continue to take appointments and online booking will be available as well.

Ontario is updating public health guidance to manage COVID-19 during the respiratory illness season this fall. Some key highlights include:

  • Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, should continue to self-monitor for symptoms. There is no longer a need to isolate as long as they are not experiencing any symptoms. They should wear a mask for 10 days when in public from the last contact with a person with COVID.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or runny nose, should stay home from school, work and social events until their fever is gone and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, get a rapid antigen test or, if eligible, a PCR test. Wear a mask for 10 days after and avoid non-essential visits to high-risk individuals and settings such as long-term care homes.

Rapid antigen tests continue to be available to the public through participating pharmacies and grocery stores. For more information on what people should do if they think they have COVID-19, visit:

HPPH expects to see other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, circulating in addition to COVID-19 this fall. They encourage everyone to practice the following habits to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand rub, especially after touching the face or high-touch surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, light switches and cell phones, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when sick and keep sick children out of school and childcare.
  •  Do not visit immunocompromised individuals or high-risk settings such as long-term care homes for 10 days after being sick. This will reduce the chances of spreading illness to this vulnerable population.
  • Consider wearing a mask in indoor settings, especially if at higher risk of severe illness, or interacting with elderly or immunocompromised individuals. Remember the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses is higher in crowded, indoor spaces. Masks are a proven tool to help limit the spread of respiratory illnesses in the community.


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Members of team “Masquerade Parade” participated in the 2021 ONE CARE’s Grand Parade virtual event by walking the boardwalk at the beach in Goderich. (Submitted photo)

One Care Home & Community Support Services is encouraging the community to get moving in support of their annual walkathon – “The Grand Parade”. This is an exciting year as One Care re-introduces their in-person event, in addition to their virtual event for those unable to attend in person.

This family-friendly team event is fun for individuals of all ages and accessibility levels. It is a great way to connect with family and friends, and support those in need of One Care’s services.

Participants have the option to do any activity they want, where they want, the distance they want, or they can join One Care for an in-person event taking place in Stratford. Teams have participated virtually by biking along the Maitland Trail, hosting campfire gatherings, or walking the boardwalk down at the beach in Goderich. Doing an activity is one way to participate, but there are many ways to support this event. People can also be a sponsor, or donate to a participant.

To register a team and start fundraising, become a sponsor, or to make a donation visit the One Care website at: or The Grand Parade – Stratford.

“We are excited to have the option to gather this year, safely, and feel the enthusiasm from our community in person,” said Kathy Scanlon, Executive director, One Care. “These past few years have been an extraordinary and challenging time for everyone, and there are so many people living right in our community who rely on our essential services. Not only do our clients need our care, but their spouses and families need the support that our programs and services can provide. Anything you can give makes a significant difference to someone and their family.”

The Grand Parade is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Upper Queen’s Park in Stratford starting at 11 a.m.

The agency is excited to announce that local radio host, Jamie Cottle, will  emcee the in-person event, with Home & Company Real Estate also on hand to welcome walkers and manage registration. Energy is sure to be high with DJ Harv on site. Plus, New Orleans Pizza, Soup Surreal, and the Perth Dairy Producers Committee will be generously donating lunch for all participants after the walk.

Foxton Fuels, Compass Minerals, and Tuckersmith Communications have generously come on board again this year as Lead Sponsors of The Grand Parade.

Funds raised through The Grand Parade will go directly towards a senior or person with health challenges in need of subsidized fees, as well as client-related equipment and facilities, such as the purchase of accessible vans. One Care has no regular source of funding for accessible vans and they are critical to ensuring people are able to get to the services they need. The agency is also working very hard to ensure cost is not a barrier to receiving the programs and services that clients rely on. Many require fees, and especially in these times people need help with the cost of services like Meals on Wheels and transportation. Many people in the community are elderly, alone and isolated, and trying to deal with the cost of living while also receiving the services they need. With the help from the community, One Care can support them.

“Last year, we really enjoyed the flexibility to do any activity we wanted at a time that was convenient for us,” said Janice Johnson, Grand Parade participant. “Being a part of an event that virtually brought together people from across Huron Perth, all doing a fun activity to support and strengthen our community was inspiring. Supporting someone who could be my neighbor or someone I see at the grocery store is very important to me.”

Supporting seniors in the community has never been easier or more fun. Register a  team, start fundraising, and enjoy an activity with the team. Skip rope with the kids, play basketball in the driveway, or join One Care on Sept. 17 at Upper Queen’s Park in Stratford.


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:


HT&C Mutual Insurance Company, servicing the counties of Huron, Middlesex, Perth, Lambton and Elgin is announcing their name change to AXIOM Mutual Insurance Company effective Sept. 1.

Deeply rooted in the communities they serve; HT&C Mutual Insurance Company was launched in January 2021 as an amalgamation between Hay Mutual Insurance Company and Town & Country Mutual Insurance Company. Taking time and thoughtful consideration since the amalgamation, the name change illustrates their Mission to provide Members with Peace of Mind, being properly insured.

“AXIOM Mutual Insurance is a name representing truth and strength. It takes the strength of both companies and gives us a chance to use that strong history with the rooted community involvement to move forward. It also enables us to continue moving in a way that members already know while meeting the demands of the marketplace,” Lee-Ann Vansteenkiste, Business Development and Marketing director, AXIOM Mutual Insurance.

Looking to the future of AXIOM Mutual, it is imperative that the business supports and keeps communities healthy and vibrant. Social responsibility and providing leading, competitive insurance options and support are of the utmost importance to deliver to the members of AXIOM Mutual.

“Community is entrenched in our culture and that’s why we’re here. We hear about the 100-mile diet, we are the insurance version of that. We support our communities in so many ways, through fundraising, using local body shops, local adjustors, hiring local employees among so many other ways. This will gain even more momentum as AXIOM Mutual Insurance,” Shawn Durnin, CEO Axiom Mutual.

AXIOM Mutual Insurance is 100 per cent Canadian, it is member-owned and member-focused. They support its membership by providing local insurance solutions for Commercial, Farm, Residential and Auto.

For more information about AXIOM Mutual, visit:


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The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre is moving to the Stratford Medical Centre – Stratford Family Health Team office effective today (Sept. 7). (Submitted photo)

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre (CAC), currently at the Stratford Rotary Complex, is relocating to the Stratford Medical Centre – Stratford Family Health Team (SFHT) office at 444 Douro St. effective today (Sept.  7).

The CAC will maintain current operating hours:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. for Physician Assessment
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for COVID-19 testing

The CAC had been operating out of the Rotary Complex since Nov. 2, 2020 and since that time has provided service for more than 43,000 individuals. HPHA would like to thank the City of Stratford and the team at the Rotary Complex for their support!

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 should consider making an appointment for a clinical assessment if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • They are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and need to get tested and assessed for COVID-19 treatment.
  • They have been directed to visit a COVID-19 clinical assessment centre by their primary care provider
  • They feel that they cannot safely monitor their COVID-19 symptoms at home and need to be seen by a healthcare provider

For children experiencing respiratory symptoms, CAC physicians are able to complete a respiratory assessment even if the child does not qualify for COVID-19 testing. HPHA local primary care and Emergency Department providers support a CAC physician respiratory assessment as a convenient and effective option for parents of children experiencing cold and virus symptoms seeking a doctor’s appointment.

Booking an assessment appointment with a physician is available for those individuals who may qualify for antiviral treatment or for those who do not qualify for a COVID-19 test but have symptoms of respiratory illness.

Please note, for anyone who develops severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness, or confusion, 911 should be called or go to the emergency department.

Anyone who qualifies for a COVID-19 test, is asked to please call 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747 to make an appointment. Appointments are required, they cannot accommodate walk-ins. People can see if they are a member of an eligible group by visiting: 

The CAC is located at the SFHT office which is at the Stratford Medical Centre, 444 Douro St., Stratford. The SFHT office is located on the second floor. This floor can be accessed by taking the elevator or the stairs. Masks are required. Parking will be validated. A parking token will be given to visitors at their appointment and it can be taken to the Pharmacy located on the first floor of the Medical Centre to be validated so that they can exit the lot free of charge.


The Municipality of Bluewater is offering a learn to play hockey program in 2022 and 2023. The program will be 10 weeks in length with two start dates.

Children ages four to 11 years are welcome. It is an opportunity for children to learn this game in a fun, safe and structured environment!

It will be held on Saturday mornings from 8-10 a.m. at the Hensall Arena.

Start times are 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. The first program will run from  Oct. 8 to Dec. 17. The second program will run from Jan. 7 to March 25.

The sessions will be 50 minutes in length and will include skills and drills proven to maximize development while encouraging participation and enjoyment. There will also be scrimmage time where players can put their skills into action.

Equipment required is full head to toe hockey equipment. Free hockey equipment is available! Please visit the Bluewater website for information on equipment availability. The price per child for the 10 week program is $90.

For further details or to register online visit: Learn to Play Hockey.

For more information contact: Shannon O’Reilly, convenor, at 519 262-3206 or email or Maggie Off, manager of Facilities at 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or email


The Municipality of Bluewater is offering a youth house league hockey program this fall and winter season. The league is for children ages six to 15 years.

Teams will be divided into ages and divisions after registration has closed. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.

The league will offer fun, local competition for children of various skill levels. The league will run on Sunday mornings. Game times range from 8-11 a.m. at the Zurich Arena. The program start date is Oct.  2 and the final date is March 26, 2023. There are a total of 22 ice times per team. Coaches will be on the bench and a referee will officiate the games.

Equipment required is full head to toe hockey equipment. Jerseys will be provided. The price per child for the league is $200.

For further details or to register online visit: House League Registration.

For more information contact: Shannon O’Reilly, convenor, at 519 262-3206 or email or Maggie Off, manager of Facilities at 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or email


Picture1The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes in January of 2023! on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. This fantastic community event promises lots of skill and lots of laughs, and is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable game for all ages!

This game, originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. has now been officially rescheduled to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 with doors opening at 1 p.m. at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. E, Goderich.

All previous ticket holders from 2022 will be issued new tickets for this rescheduled date.

This event is in support of Huron Hospice. For more than 29 years, families have turned to Huron Hospice for support at the end-of-life.  Huron Hospice provides community-based hospice palliative care and hospice-residence-based care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Huron Hospice also provides loss and grief support for adults and youth.  Since opening in 2018, Huron Hospice has made moments matter for more than 100 families at Bender House, and for 280 families in the community.  There are no costs for any of these services.

For more information visit Tickets are only available through  Pro Hockey Heroes directly at 1-888-777-9793. A portion of the promotion will consist of a telemarketing campaign in Goderich and the surrounding area via Connect Marketing.


Enbridge Inc. has provided a grant, through its Fueling Futures program, to make it possible to plant 2,500 trees in Ausable Bayfield watershed communities.

Ian Jean is Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). He said the Enbridge Fueling Futures grant makes it possible to support local landowners who are planting trees to protect and improve forest conditions.

“I would like to thank Enbridge for making it possible to plant trees in a part of Ontario where more trees are needed,” he said. “I would like to invite landowners in our watershed to call me or email me to find out about how grants for tree planting may help them with their tree planting projects.”

ABCA staff work with participating local landowners. They provide technical expertise and they also help to connect interested landowners with financial incentives that help them to plant trees. Thanks to the Enbridge grant, combined with other programs, landowners can apply for funding that may, in some cases, cover up to 100 per cent of the cash costs of a tree planting project.

Anyone who would like to purchase trees, can order trees through spring and fall tree order programs at: Tree Orders. Anyone who would like to find out about grants that may help to cover or reduce the costs of a tree planting project, is invited to email Ian Jean at or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 238.

Trees provide many benefits to humans and other living things, according to the Forestry Specialist. Trees can help to protect and improve air quality and water quality. They capture and store carbon and they help to keep temperatures down by providing shade. Trees are green infrastructure and help to manage stormwater. Trees and forests also provide habitat for many species. They are good for ecosystem health and human health, Jean said.

Enbridge Fueling Futures supports a number of initiatives that include contributions to a sustainable future by helping to improve, grow and nurture the environment. This funding supports projects such as environmental education; habitat conservation and remediation; and supporting energy transition, among other programs. To learn more visit the Enbridge Inc. website at:


The Sunset Community Foundation’s annual community grant program is now available for applications from eligible organizations for projects and activities that improve the vitality of communities within Lambton Shores and Huron County. The annual grant program will award up to $100,000 in addition to the $20,000 it has already granted in 2022. 

“As a community foundation, we partner with leaders and advocates in the community to identify needs, arising issues, and opportunities within our local area. Since our inception over 20 years ago, we have donated $2.1 million, and in 2021 we granted $107,000,” said Chair Deb Gill. “Our committed board of directors stewards an endowment that has grown to $3.2 million.” 

Grants Chair Dr. Jim Jean and a group of community representatives will review all the applications in mid-October with applicants being notified by early November. “We are continually impressed by the thoughtfulness and creativity of applicants in putting forward grant requests,” said Dr. Jean. “We have funded projects and initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability, food insecurity, accessibility, education, health, and technological support. We review all grants through the perspective of diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

The Sunset Community Foundation welcomes grant applications up to Sept. 30. General information and a simplified application form is available at: Applying for a grant.

For more information, contact Chair of Sunset Community Foundation, Deb Gill at


Fridays for Future International, which was founded after Greta Thunberg began a school strike for the climate in 2018, has declared a Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 23.

A local environmental group, Green Goderich, will be hosting a lunch hour gathering in Goderich at the Courthouse Square in the South Plaza (near the fountain) from noon until 1 p.m.

The purpose is to create awareness that Huron County, and all of Canada, is being impacted by the climate crisis. Changing weather patterns and extreme weather events are forcing all people to adapt. Climate change affects everyone. There will be some music, short speeches, and visible support for the growing movement of school strikes worldwide.

Alex Robinson, the Chair of Green Goderich, said “We are a volunteer environmental group of concerned citizens. Our planet is literally burning. The young organizers of the Global Climate Strikes are inviting all adults, organizations, and businesses to support their desire for a safe and liveable planet. It has been almost three years since over 200 people in Goderich joined millions worldwide in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. Hopefully we can surpass that number this year!”

Striking has historically been one of the most impactful methods for achieving considerable gains in matters of equality and social justice. The time has come to channel that social power towards facing humanity’s most important collective challenge ever: Climate change.

Everybody, young, old, and in between are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and a climate sign. The event location is accessible to all.

More information on the event can be found by visiting the Green Goderich website here: Climate Strikes.


The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters’ Guild are combining their talents once again to present their annual Textile Show and Sale during the first weekend of November in Goderich.

The public will be able to view and purchase unique traditional and modern weaving, basketry, beading, spinning, knitting and felting. Also for sale will be quilts and quilted items from wall hangings through to queen size bedding.

There is no admission fee to this event that will feature two of Huron County’s most creative groups at the same time in one location. The show will run on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Huron County Museum, 110 North Street in Goderich.

For more information please visit the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Facebook Page or


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar  have 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 Mahjong, are happening and when.



Editor’s Note: It’s back to school week for many and so in place of our usual “Remember This”  we join some classmates as they take a journey back to their days at SS #3 – Stanley Township…PHOTOS COURTESY OF AND STORY BY DIANNE WAUNFour women who attended the old one room brick schoolhouse at 37764 Mill Road, east of Bayfield have been getting together occasionally to catch up and reminisce about their school days there in the 1950s and early 1960s. This time, we dined on the The Albion Hotel backyard patio, and walked and browsed and shopped on Main Street until rain chased us back to the car.Donna (Peck) Draper from Belmont, Bonnie Johnston from London, Marion (Porter) Cornish from Exeter, and Dianne (Peck) Waun from Exeter decided to stop and take some photos at the schoolhouse this year.

The schoolhouse, in addition to being a home for Sandy and Terry Silverman,  is the site of their business as they operate Bayfield Boarding Kennels at the location. This very friendly couple welcomed us and invited us into their home where they have lived for 20 years. The property is now ‘For Sale’.

The interior had changed a lot and we noticed the exterior walls made the former school room seem smaller than we had remembered.  Ceilings were lower too and floors had been replaced but it was still easy to remember where the old wood stove had stood and one interior brick wall had been left open where the front chalkboard had been hung.

The outdoor ball diamond area where the dog kennel now stands also seemed to have shrunken but the old well and pump in front of the school is still there and is usable.

In the “Stanley Township History Book” printed in 1986, Anna Keys wrote that the school was built in 1860 and plumbing was installed in 1955.  We can still imagine the outhouses in the back corners of the lot but the distance from school to the back fence area seemed much farther in our Grade 1 thru Grade 4 days.

The owners showed us a 1961 school photo found during renovations and were very interested in our memories. Our visit was an enjoyable trip down memory lane for all of us.  We can’t wait to meet up again next summer!

“Memories of S.S. #3 Stanley” is a new Facebook group where former students can reconnect and post photos and memories.  Please check it out and spread the word about the group if you went to school there.




More than 90 people gathered at Camp Klahanie, just south of Goderich, on Aug. 24 to welcome Ukrainian families who have moved to Huron County. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

More than 90 people gathered at Camp Klahanie, just south of Goderich, on Aug. 24 to welcome Ukrainian families who have moved to Huron County. The event happened to coincide with Ukrainian Independence Day first celebrated in 1991. 

Since April of this year, at least 12 Ukrainian families have moved to Huron County, many of them hosted by local residents in their homes.  

“We were thrilled to see Ukrainians connect with one another and to see children play with each other, even though many of them have never met before,” said Don Edward, president of the Goderich Lions Club. 

Recent Ukrainian arrivals, host families, and their supporters attended the barbecue hosted by members of the Goderich Lions Club and the Huron County Immigration Partnership (HCIP). 

A very well received activity for the children, as well as the young at heart, was painting birdhouses. The large bird houses were built by a long time Lions Club member while the smaller houses were donated by a woodworker from Bayfield. The activity was led by members of Bayfield Guiding who also donated the painting supplies.  Another activity for the families was a hike through the adjacent conservation area led by a Maitland Valley Conservation Authority staff member who shared her knowledge of both the flora and fauna on the property with the aid of a translator.

A traditional camp barbecue was served to the guests. This menu was graciously supplemented by several of the Ukainians that brought some of their favorite dishes to share. 

The evening ended with a time around a campfire for those who wished to linger and visit a bit longer. The families were invited to take home the bouquets of sunflowers (Ukraine’s national flower) that decorated the picnic tables and in addition to their birdhouses the youngsters were given a little memento of the evening as well. 

Local dignitaries including Huron County Warden Glen McNeil, Goderich Deputy Mayor Miles Murdoch and Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn also welcomed the Ukrainians and their supporters at the event.

“It’s important everyone feels like they belong and have support. Ukrainians and other newcomers to Canada can get support from YMCA settlement workers, take English language classes and get help searching for work from the Centres for Employment and Learning,” said Mark Nonkes, communication officer with HCIP.

“We were so delighted by how this event went. The Goderich Lions hope to be able to hold similar events at Camp Klahanie in the future, in support of all newcomers to our community,” Edward said.

Local fundraising efforts to support newcomers from Ukraine are currently underway and being led by the Goderich Lions. 

“We hope to step up efforts,” said John Maaskant, chair of a newcomer fundraising committee. “We want to make sure there is money available for newcomers to Huron County to address gaps after all other resources are exhausted.” 

More details about the committee’s work are expected to be announced in September.

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Table Stack 2022…By Debbie Detweiler

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Thirty-three years ago, I signed up to be a leader with 1st Bayfield Brownies. In my early 20s and relatively new to the village, I was looking for a way to get to know people in the community and give back at the same time. I wasn’t a member of Girl Guides as a youngster but I respected the organization’s values and always liked working with children and youth so I thought it would be a good fit.

I had no idea that three decades later I’d be writing this column sitting in my office surrounded by Guiding mementoes, photos and badges collected over three decades – all evidence that Bayfield Guiding proved to be for me a very good fit indeed.

September is my favorite month of the year when our Guiding roster begins to grow with both new and returning members – a record number for recent years have enrolled already! Plus, it looks like we will be able to resume overnight camping, a much loved activity that has been on pause since Spring 2020.

To make Bayfield Guiding the best possible experience for our Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers we could use a couple more Guiders to join our ranks.  A history in Guiding is not a requirement, so, if anyone has been wanting to get to know people in the community and give back at the same time, and also enjoys working with young people, send me an email and I’ll direct you on how best to get started. You might find that Guiding is a good fit for you too. – Brown Owl Melody

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