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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 747 Week 45 Vol 15

November 1, 2023


Issue 747 Week 45 Vol 15
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On Saturday evening, Oct. 28, the Bayfield Wedding Inn and Spa (Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast) hosted a “Dinner of Gratitude” for the members and their spouses of the Bayfield station of Bluewater Fire Services as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who serve the village and area.

“We could never thank our first responders enough especially when most of them are volunteers,” said Innkeeper Mary Hughes, who organized the evening.

Hughes said the event was inspired by an episode of news program “W5” that she viewed in the spring which offered an exposé on volunteer fire services in Canada. The episode left her feeling concerned about the future of volunteer fire services in the country.

“I wanted to do something to show appreciation because sometimes it’s not always about the money. It’s about appreciation; letting everyone know how important they are to us,” she said.

The volunteer firefighters, EMS and their spouses were treated to a culinary dinner prepared by Hughes’ chef and culinary team.Volunteers in the community served both dinner and drinks to the guests of honor.

“Thank you to my team for cooking a beautiful culinary dinner, our bartenders for serving great drinks and of course our (Bluewater) Mayor Paul Klopp who offered a few words and Ben Lobb our MP (Huron-Bruce) who came to greet everyone,” said Hughes.

Hughes explained that merchants and friends in the village and surrounding area donated generous gifts  so that each spouse of a service person is shown some appreciation as well as they too give endless support.

Hughes is hopeful that other local communities will learn about this event and be inspired to do the same for their volunteer services.


It has become apparent that the Municipality of Bluewater is in desperate need of daycare as well as before and after school programs. It has recently been discussed at Bluewater Council the severity of the lack of accommodation.

The Bayfield Community Center, which is operated by a not for profit organization, has heard the call and has stepped up to help.

The Bayfield Community Centre is very excited to announce that, beginning in January 2024, they will be offering a Before and After School Program at the Community Centre, Monday to Friday from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Bussing will be provided to these students enrolled and a form will be available to those parents once Registration is confirmed. This program will have 20 spaces in each program ( a.m. and p.m.) and parents can register on the Google form link on the Bayfield Arena Website located at the top of the page.

Both before and after school programs will incorporate the four foundations of learning: Expression, Well Being, Engagement and Belonging. Students will also be given a simple snack at both sessions.

The Bayfield Community Centre is excited to be offering this program to the residents of  the Village of Bayfield and surrounding areas. With limited space they are asking parents to register quickly.

Registration in a monthly link will be sent out to parents. This Google form will be filled out each month to reserve a space in the program. Bussing for students has also been arranged for this program.

Anyone who would like more information on this program is asked to please contact Emma Campbell at

To learn more or to register for the session from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2nd please go to: Bayfield’s BASP January Registration Form

Organizers are excited to meet all of the students and families in this new program.


District 8 Youth Award Recipient, Cate Thompson, with a feathered friend. (Photo courtesy Ontario Farmer Magazine)

Exciting news for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) as one of their youth volunteers won a special award at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) District 8 on Oct. 24.

This year the AGM was held in Milverton, ON and Cate Thompson of Bayfield was chosen from all the nominations to receive the District 8 Youth Award. District 8 consists of the 12 Societies in Huron and Perth.

The District 8 Youth Award is given to acknowledge youth taking charge and demonstrating an interest in the betterment of their Agricultural Society. The award recognizes the impact that youth members have and celebrates the importance of youth within all agricultural societies.

Cate began volunteering with the BAS when she was in elementary school by helping with the Friday night dinner and the Jamboree on Sunday. Over the years, she has become much more involved with the Bayfield Community Fair and now has a vast knowledge of how the Fair works, where things go, where the help is needed, and the people organizing it. Cate can be found just about anywhere during the Fair doing a variety of tasks that need immediate attention, without having to be asked.

Currently in her second year at the University of Guelph, Cate is majoring in Biological Science with a minor in Agriculture but still finds time to join the Ag Society meetings by ZOOM. Cate is the daughter of Kimberley Thompson, who is also a Fair volunteer, and granddaughter of Catherine Thompson who ran Camborne House B&B in Bayfield.

Each local fair has some competitions in which the winner has the honor of competing at the district level. If they win at the district level, they move forward to compete at the provincial level (a major honor). These competitions were held and judged at the District 8 AGM. Of the five eligible entries from Bayfield, three came home with ribbons. In the category of Hand-stitched Quilt, 2nd prize went to Teresa Hendriks. In the category of Junior (K-Gr. 4) Poster, 2nd prize went to Isa Wigchers-van Boheemen. Last but certainly not least, in the category of Youth Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1st prize went to Jackson Hivert.

The BAS offers sincere congratulations to Cate on her well-deserved recognition and to the winners of the individual competitions. However, Jackson’s baking days are not over! With 1st prize at both the Bayfield Fair and at the district level, he now has the privilege of competing at the provincial level against the winners in that category of 14 other districts throughout Ontario. Winners of the provincial level competition will be announced at the OAAS annual convention in February 2024.

In addition to all the competitions and awards, there was also a general meeting that was fairly quickly dealt with. District 8 Provincial Director Jentje Steenbeek brought greetings from the OAAS. A wonderful evening of friendship and fellowship was had by all.


Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series at the Bayfield Branch Library on Nov. 18.

The Bayfield Branch Library is offering two author events and a movie matinee during the month of November.

The first “Author Talk” will be held at the library on Thursday, Nov. 2 in celebration of “I Read Canadian Day”. Local author Rick Hundey will be the special guest. He will be discussing the sixth and most recent book in his Jack Beer mystery series, “One Last Fix”.

This one hour presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. and a limited number of Hundey’s books will be available for purchase.

In honor of Remembrance Day the library will be showing “The Trench” in the library starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.

It is June 1916, the British Army is planning a big offensive in the Somme region in France. This PG-13 film follows a platoon of British soldiers as they sit in a forward trench, anxiously awaiting the order to go over the top. The movie stars Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw and Paul Nicholls

People who wish to view the film are asked to register by emailing or phoning 519 565-2886.

The second scheduled “Author Talk” is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 and will feature another local author and coincidentally a local librarian! On this day, Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series, “The Creature Collection” (featuring The Creature Collection and “The Curious Case of the Canadian Cryptids”).

For one hour starting at 10 a.m. visitors to the library can have their burning questions about sasquatches, garden gnomes, swamp monsters, and more answered, plus they can pick up their free activity book, and have their book signed! In addition, a limited number of copies of books will also be available for purchase.

Those who wish to attend Greave’s presentation are asked to register by email or by phone at the contact information listed above.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main St. North.


Pluto (sitting up far left) and his teenager buddies are all at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines wishing for forever homes. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) remain busy after a very successful Adoptathon held over the weekend of Oct. 21-22 at the Goderich Pet Valu.

“People are still looking for that perfect kitten or older cat to make their family complete. As they meet and greet our felines though it is often the ‘teenagers’ that are overlooked. These teens are the cats born in early spring or even last season. They don’t have the same ‘cute’ factor of the little ones but may still be too rambunctious for people seeking an older sedate cat,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.

In fact, according to Pounder, this is the perfect age to adopt.

“They are still kittens – full of play, curiosity and fun, but they have settled into their personalities so you know exactly what you are getting. A lap is still welcome for a pet and cuddle and they can be the best snugglers. In addition, most of our teenagers are tabbies, the more uniquely marked cats already being adopted. If you take the time to really get to know our crazy teens, you will find amazing cats that are ready to give you their lifelong love, with some beautiful tabby markings.”

People are invited to come visit, sit awhile and get to know these fantastic teen tabbies – all of which are our Adopt a BFFs of the week! A furry family member may be among them. To make an appointment to visit, reach out to BFF through Facebook or email

BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Wish List.

Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.



On Saturday, Oct. 28, members of the community, 14 residents in all, got into the Halloween spirit and they had so much fun out and about that they want to encourage more people to join them next year.

“We dressed in our Halloween costumes and headed to the Main Street of our fabulous town of Bayfield,” said Mike Dietrich, an event participant.  “We visited five of the restaurant/bar establishments to share in some drinks, appetizers, dancing and great times together.”

“We hope our numbers will get larger every year. We met other community members and shared stories and admired each other’s costumes,” said Jayne Dietrich, who also took part.

The couple noted that at The Albion Hotel all of the servers were dressed up and looked fantastic.

“Thanks for the fun evening Bayfield. This town is amazing,” concluded Jayne Dietrich.


Ruth Gibson, representing the Bayfield Historical Society, laid a wreath at the cenotaph during the Remembrance Day service in 2022. This year the Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 5 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square. Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11th when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a short parade of veterans, legion representatives and members of Bayfield Guiding. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Do you have a connection with heritage properties on Bayfield’s historic Main Street, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield Terrace, or other streets close to the district? What aspect of the district is working? What is not working? What are the benefits and challenges with owning or renting a heritage property?

The 40-year-old Bayfield Heritage Conservation District and District Plan are being reviewed. Please join us for a conversation about the heritage district. Meet one-on-one with consultants, GSP Group Inc. and ERA Architects, at an open house on Nov. 4, at the Bayfield Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road. Drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Project information is available on the municipal website please visit: Plan Update.


​​​​The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA)  would like to remind hikers that the Woodland Trail will be closed for hunting Nov. 6-12 and Dec. 4th-10.  People are asked to please obey the “trail closed” signs during these two weeks.


Volunteer John Siertsema displays one of the many beautiful wreaths he made for last year’s Wreath Sale. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be holding a Wreath Sale during the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

The Wreath Sale will be held in the parking lot in front of St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 6 The Square, directly across from Clan Gregor Square.

The sale will run Friday, Nov. 17, 4-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18,10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while quantities last. Prices range from $30 to $50. Payment is by cash or cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society.

Anyone wishing to place an order ahead of time to ensure availability may do so by emailing or by calling 519565-4163. Payment can be made in advance by Etransfer or by cash/cheque at pickup.

These beautiful wreaths are made of natural grape vine, cedar, spruce, white pine, juniper, and yew. Each wreath is one of a kind and will add a special warmth to any holiday décor.

All of the wreaths have been handcrafted by local volunteers using locally-sourced greens as a fundraiser for the BAS – a local organization with a 167-year history in the Bayfield community. It doesn’t get more “local” than that!


All are welcome to worship services at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing for more information.

Members of Knox Bayfield are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and eyeglasses. People can contribute by bringing their items to the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays (excluding holidays).

Knox Bayfield is planning a church fundraiser auction, featuring a beautiful 60″ x 80″ quilt. The pattern is called “Wind and Waves”. It was pieced by Judith Roy and long arm quilted by Teresa Jantzi. Also, a Christmas concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 beginning at 2 p.m. featuring “That Other Choir” with the Martha Lawrance Harpist Ensemble. Please watch here for further details!

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main St. N. To learn more visit


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the worship service will begin at 11:30 a.m. to ensure that those who wish can attend the Remembrance Day Service in Clan Gregor Square that begins at 10:45 a.m. The Wednesday service will be held at the usual 10:30 a.m. start time.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to tomorrow (Nov. 2nd).

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.

Glee Sisters

“Muppet Merriment” is the title of the Children’s Song and Story Christmas Show to be presented by The Glee Sisters on Nov. 18. (Submitted photo)

For over 15 years The Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike, with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music.

In keeping with tradition, The Glee Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall after the Santa Claus Parade in Bayfield on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year their Children’s Song and Story Christmas Show is entitled, “Muppet Merriment”, featuring puppet characters from Sesame Street. There will be two performances, the first starting at 1:30 p.m. followed by a second at 3 p.m. The show is especially geared to children between the ages of four to six years. Children will receive a special gift and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies following the performance.

Admission is free, with a donation to the Bayfield and Area Food Bank.


The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.

At this time the BAFB is requesting afterschool-type snacks for children, such as, granola bars, fruit cups, crackers and cheese etc.

“We have been providing snack bags for children for the last two months,” explained Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB. “This was precipitated by a testimonial from one of our clients that they were not able to provide something to eat when their child comes home from school.”

The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.

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 listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookies are available now from members of Bayfield Guiding!

They are selling for $6 a box and there is a limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly.

Anyone not familiar with a youth member who would like to purchase a box or two is encouraged to call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email

Cookies are now also available at Schaefer’s Ladies Wear, located at 162 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members.  The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch)  is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to December 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?

For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below.  Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.

Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.

Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society; handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.

All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to by the end of 2023.


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.


Back in the Spring, Good Neighbours of Bluewater Board members joined local residents on a trip from Zurich to Goderich with Huron Shores Area Transit. They had lunch at Tim Hortons and enjoyed shopping at the stores in the vicinity of the Walmart Plaza. They will be making this trip again on Nov. 24 and invite more people to join them! (Photo courtesy Good Neighbours of Bluewater)

Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) are hosting a number of informative sessions during the month of November that might be of interest to area residents. Will making, health and local transportation are among the featured topics.

The program line-up begins on Tuesday, Nov. 7 when Evelyn Vincent will give a presentation on “Wills and Power of Attorney” from 7-8:30 p.m. Vincent will be available to answer questions and will also share her knowledge about who needs a will or power or attorney and also how to write both.

Dr. Louise Moist

On Friday, Nov. 10, Dr. Louise Moist will be presenting on “Kidney Health” an area in which she specializes. Dr. Moist began her career as a pharmacist prior to completing her medical education at McMaster University. She is a Research Scientist and Professor of Medicine at the London Health Sciences Centre. One and half hours have been allotted for her presentation that will begin at 2:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.

Susan Mills, coordinator of Huron Shores Area Transit (HSAT), will be the guest speaker at GNOB on Tuesday, Nov. 21 starting at 2 p.m. Mills will provide information about the HSAT system in a lead up to a very special event on Friday, Nov. 24. On that date, area residents are invited to ride the HSAT for free on a ride from Zurich to Goderich and back with the GNOB Board Members. The Board is hopeful that Bayfield residents will join in both the information session and ride to learn more about the benefits of HSAT. Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the GNOB at noon, HSAT will depart from Zurich at 12:17 p.m. and arrive at the Walmart Plaza in Goderich at 1:09 p.m. where participants will enjoy free time until the bus departs from Goderich at 4 p.m arriving back in Zurich 4:52 p.m. Participants who would like to go on the transit ride are asked to register by calling 519 236-7081 or emailing or drop into the GNOB located at 28 Goshen Street North.

For more information on any of the above information sessions please contact the phone number or email listed above.


Mudmen (Photo courtesy Mudmen website)

The Mudmen have been entertaining audiences around the world with their brand of Celtic rock for 25 years. As part of their silver anniversary tour, they are making a stop in Wingham at the Town Hall Theatre with a concert benefiting United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s Northern Huron Connection Centre.

“We are excited to welcome the Mudmen to Wingham,” said Lisa Harper, UWPH’s manager of community development in northern Huron. “We appreciate their support of UWPH’s work. I know the show will be amazing and we invite everyone to wear plaid and come together in support of the Northern Huron Connection Centre.”

“We are from a small town, and we love the small town, help-each-other community mindset,” said Robbie Campbell of the Mudmen. “United Way is a great organization to support and the community is lucky to have such a great team organizing this event.”

Happening Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., the Mudmen’s stop in Wingham promises an unforgettable night of music and stories. Tickets for the all ages show are $40 each and are available locally at Annette’s Treasures in Wingham, at Ticketscene or at the venue on the night of the event. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Dubbed “Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors,” the Mudmen have performed over 3,000 shows in eight different countries, including 40 cross-Canada tours. They have opened or guested with music luminaries from  “ZZ Top”, to “Spirit of the West”. They have performed at seven Grey Cups, three Memorial Cups, 12 Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremonies and eight Molson Canadian Snow Jams. Their music has been featured in shows including HBO’s “Shameless”, NBC’s “The Black Donnellys”, WWE Wrestling and on MuchMusic.

Serving Howick, Morris-Turnberry and North Huron, the Northern Huron Connection Centre at St. Paul’s-Trinity Anglican Church in Wingham is a housing-based program with access to Housing Stability and Peer Outreach Workers and supported by trained volunteers. It is a welcoming, safe space for the community’s most vulnerable citizens to rest, access basic needs, healthcare services, identification assistance and more.


This fall, the Livery will be showing one more Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movie at the Park Theatre on The Square in Goderich.

On Nov. 9, “Past Lives” will be presented. This romance follows the relationship of childhood friends over 24 years as they grow apart and live different lives. It has a 97 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been universally praised.

For both films the Box Office will open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members.

For more information please email


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has declared a Rhinovirus outbreak on the Inpatient Unit – Level 3 at its Stratford General Hospital site.

Rhinoviruses are the most frequent cause of the common cold. The symptoms of this respiratory infection include fever, cough, increased secretions, chest congestion and vomiting. Most rhinovirus infections are mild, but they can cause severe illness, especially in people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or other underlying medical conditions.

Outbreak status refers to two cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) within 48 hours within the same unit, at least one of which must be laboratory-confirmed; or three cases of ARI (laboratory confirmation not necessary) occurring within 48 hours within the same unit.

The unit is now closed to admissions until further notice. HPHA is working in collaboration with Huron Perth Public Health to manage the outbreak. Patients, family/caregivers and team members affected are in the process of being notified and testing of patients is taking place.

Family and Caregiver presence on the unit has been modified. Patients may only have one family caregiver/visitor per day with no in-and-out privileges. Family/caregivers will be required to wear personal protective equipment including mask, eye protection, gown and gloves.

“We’d also like to remind our community members to please not visit a patient at any of our hospital sites if you are feeling unwell,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control.


The South Huron Community Choirs are preparing to present, “Exeter Sings – Cheers to 150 Years – A Christmas Celebration” featuring the Adult Choir, Handbells Choir and premiering the “Kidschoir” with two performances coming up in early December.

The celebration kicks off in Exeter on Friday, Dec. 1st at Exeter United Church located at 42 James Street. This concert will commence at 7 p.m. A second performance will be held in Grand Bend on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at the Oakwood Resort starting at 3:30 p.m. The resort is located at 70671 Bluewater Hwy.

Katherine Marie Neeb, the director of the children’s choir will also be a featured soloist. The Adult Chor will be directed by Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Richard Heinzle. Accompanist is Lori Danylchuk.

Tickets for both performances are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Ruth at 519 235-1778 or Harry at 519 235-0759.


Now through to 10:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, choose from a selection of 55,000 book titles, puzzles, games and more. Twenty percent of sales go to United Way Perth Huron in support of the Northern Huron Connection Centre, located at St. Paul’s Trinity Anglican Church in Wingham. To check out the selection of items being offered visit: Spark Book Fairs.


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth has many online education programs coming up this fall – including their annual Fall Virtual Dementia Education event. Whether you are concerned about memory changes or want to learn more about brain health and current research, start here to find out more. Register for any of the programs below on their website at: Education Hour.

Dr. Peter Lin will be the guest speaker at the annual Fall Dementia Education Night: “Baby Boomers and Aging – A Checklist for Staying Well and Inspiring Change in the Healthcare System”. This event will take place on ZOOM on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Lin, is Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre and is an expert in the field of health research and aging. He has been featured on the CBC’s “The National” and is a favorite presenter at health conferences. Bring your questions! Organizers always look forward to the audience Q&A time following the Dementia Night presentations. This event is free, thank you to the event sponsor, the Municipality of Central Huron. Register directly for this event at: Dementia Night 2023.

The ongoing Education Hour programs are short one-hour sessions – great starting points to learn more about dementia and brain health. Topics range from Dementia Overview to Brain Health 101 or What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? The popular Dementia Basics Series – including 10 Warning Signs, Types of Dementia, Brain Changes, and Communication Tips – starts on Monday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Join for one – or all of these sessions at: Education Hour.

For more information, contact the office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email


The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is now offering hours on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day).

Appointments are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.

The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter.


Goderich Lions Club members understand that people are missing the social aspect of in-person Bingos and their volunteers have been exploring ways to bring this style of fundraiser back to the community and surrounding area.

The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton are now the settings for Goderich Lions Club Bingo on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Please note that Bingo tickets will not be available at these new sites.  People can get their tickets at the locations listed below. For more information visit Goderich Lions on Facebook.

For those who prefer to play from the comfort of their own home Goderich Lions TV Bingo will continue also on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. They are broadcast on Eastlink Channel 10, Hurontel Channel 1 and Tuckersmith Channel 1.

Tickets for the televised games are available at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts; Clinton Foodland and Clinton Convenience; Buckey Joes, Vanastra; Hodgins Home Hardware, Lucknow; Goderich Convenience; Suncoast Variety, Goderich; and Finchers in Goderich and Kincardine. Lottery License #: M717413.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 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.

As Remembrance Day approaches we take a look at one of the World War II uniform pieces in the Huron County Museum’s collection…


This is a green, gabardine (durable twill worsted wool) military jacket. There are regiment badges on either shoulder that read “Canada / The Ontario Regt.”. Attached to the left breast of the jacket are the following ribbons: 1939-1945 Star, Defence Medal and WWII War Medal.

Stamped in ink on the inside of the jacket is: “Miller & Galibe Ltd. / Blouses Serge /195[?] / Size No. 7 / Height 5′ 7″ – 5′ 8″ / Breast 37-38”.



PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDEROct. 26th dawned mild but wet, however, this did not prevent several youngsters and their family members/caregivers who attend Bayfield Playgroup, from the village and other areas of Huron County, to take part in the EarlyON Annual Halloween Walk. In fact being able to jump in muddy puddles while in costume just added to the fun!Such characters as unicorns, princesses, dragons, firefighters and astronauts as well as both domestic and wild animals could be seen among the costumed participants all led on parade by one very enthusiastic pink flamingo!  This gaggle of tots and their escorts made their way through Clan Gregor Square from the gazebo over to Brandon’s Hardware where they were greeted by the store owner who offered them up some of their first treats of the day. As the group then made their way along both sides of Main Street they were warmly greeted by other shopkeepers who shared treats with them as well. No tricks were required as cuteness and fun abound!Following the walk the participants returned to the park for songs and a story.

The Bayfield Playgroup hosted by EarlyON is now being held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building, located at 6 Municipal Road in the village. Playgroup runs every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. The sessions are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Pre-registration is recommended by emailing or calling 519 482-8505. To learn more visit or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.




Remnants of Summer…By Pam Nielsen

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Spencer and Iryna

On Oct. 6, our family travelled to Elora, ON to witness the marriage of my great nephew and his chosen bride. It was a truly joyful occasion from start to finish. The celebration was made all the more poignant as many of the bride’s family travelled from the Ukraine to attend. Little flourishes of their wedding traditions were sprinkled throughout both the ceremony and reception making it just that much more enjoyable for those of us not familiar with such customs.

In the lead up to the big day the bride had broken her foot and so she had to adapt her wedding footwear to include a walking boot but it didn’t slow her down, in fact, a few of the guests may have been unaware of this until the first dance when the boot peeked out from under her long gown while she was being twirled by her groom.

The newlyweds are two confident individuals with bright futures and we were blessed to be a part of the day they became husband and wife.  I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish together as their bond grows.

Congratulations to Spencer and Iryna! – Great Aunt Melody

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