Bookmark and Share   June 13, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 25 Issue 154


Early in the morning on June 12 the Bayfield Post Office on Main Street quickly became a pile of rubble once the big equipment rolled onto the site. Its demolition will make way for a new library, public washroom and post office complex to be built. (Photo by John Pounder)

blue flags unfurled again 

Environmental Defence announced the Canadian recipients of the Blue Flag Award for the 2012 season on June 5. Two of these flags will be flying in Bluewater, one for the Bayfield Main Beach, and a second for the Bluewater Marina in Bayfield.

The Blue Flag is an exclusive international eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas meeting high environmental standards. More than 3,744 beaches and marinas in 46 countries have succeeded in attaining this coveted certification worldwide.

Mayor Dowson said, “Bluewater is very proud to fly two Blue Flags. They demonstrate our commitment to safety, services and environmental goals for our beautiful beach and marina.”

“We’re proud to welcome Ron Reder as the new operator of the Bluewater Marina in Bayfield. Ron’s commitment to the Blue Flag program is an important part of our partnership,” Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Municipality of Bluewater, Steve McAuley said.

Bayfield Main Beach joins 13 Great Lake beaches and Bluewater Marina in Bayfield is one of three Ontario marinas that have received an award for the 2012 season.

To celebrate this achievement an official flag raising ceremony will be held on June 16th at 5 p.m. at the beach and marina. All in the community are invited to attend.

Blue Flags are awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria that cover everything from water quality to environmental programs. Beaches and marinas are certified by two independent juries – the Blue Flag Great Lakes Regional Jury and the
International Blue Flag Jury. Blue Flags are awarded at the beginning of each swimming season. Beaches and marinas can lose their Blue Flag during the season if they fail to meet the required standards.

Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program and can be found at . More details about the Blue Flag program can be found at

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) at based in Denmark, owns and has operated the Blue Flag Program since 1987. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization consisting of member organizations representing 63 countries worldwide. FEE delivers education about the environment and sustainable development.

relationship between Health and environment explored 

The sight of young people taking drugs has become more common in recent years. Reference is not being made to elicit drugs but those drugs found in inhalers that are used to curb the effects of breathing difficulties commonly associated with asthma.

While it is hard to argue that the advancements in science have produced more sophisticated products that have provided a more comfortable life style for most of the first world countries, it could also be argued these advancements have come at a cost to our health.

What are the social, economic and political costs to environmental degradation?

There is a relationship between the state of the environment and our health. On June 21st, we have the opportunity to get a better understanding of this relationship when the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) hosts it’s second of three lectures in the “Words of Wellness Lecture Series”.

One person who has committed to understanding this relationship is Dr. John Howard. His main academic interests are in Ecosystem Health, an innovative approach to medicine and health that recognizes the importance of our physical, social, economic and political environments in health.

Dr. Howard

Dr. Howard joined the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario (CHWO) in 2004 after moving his primary appointment from the Department of Medicine to the Department of Pediatrics. He undertook subspecialty training in gastroenterology followed by fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda. He has won several awards including the Bocking Award for Excellence in medical teaching, the Edward G. Pleva Award, the Faculty of Medicine's Award of Excellence and the Clinician Teacher Award.

Dr. Howard is currently the chair of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. CAPE is a group of physicians, allied health care practitioners, and citizens committed to a healthy and sustainable environment and to better understand how environmental degradation affects human health.

This “Words of Wellness Lecture” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. The doors to the hall will open at 7:15 p.m. The hall will be set up in a modified café style with a seating capacity of 80. Those who attend will be invited to enjoy a glass of wine as well as view the work of five local artists.

Tickets for this lecture are $20 and may be obtained from the AMHGF office at 519 524-8689 Ex. 5349 or from Ray Letheren at

Low water advisory continues

The recent welcome rainfall of more than 1.5 inches (nearly 40 mm) created a temporary rebound in local stream flows for the Ausable Bayfield watersheds but this was not enough to lift the Level 1 Low Water Advisory for the area. The Water Response Team (WRT) has decided there is a need to maintain this advisory based on low-water indicators for the month of May .

Data from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s (ABCA) stream gauge network, and the Volunteer Rain Gauge Network, show that precipitation varied from 40-60 mm across the watershed, with an average of 50 mm (or two inches). These amounts are slightly more than half of what would typically be expected for the month of May.

The dry spring conditions that continued through April and May have kept runoff and stream flows low. In fact, similar to April, stream flows for May approached record lows for the month, and in some cases exceeded the record lows, according to the WRT.

The members of the WRT come from different groups of water users including agriculture, industry, recreation, and municipalities. These team members from the community work cooperatively together to develop strategies to conserve local water supplies. Their work helps reduce the need for mandatory restrictions during dry conditions.

The WRT relies on stream flow and precipitation data primarily from three indicator stations in the ABCA watershed. These stations are located at: Varna, Exeter, and Springbank. The Varna station is an indicator for the entire Bayfield River. The Exeter station is the indicator for the Upper Ausable (Staffa to Ailsa Craig) and Springbank is the indicator for the Lower Ausable and Parkhill Creek watersheds. The Parkhill Creek watershed includes the area from just west of Hay Swamp, through the town of Parkhill, to its outlet in Grand Bend. The Lower Ausable watershed includes an area from roughly Ailsa Craig to the Ausable River’s outlet in Port Franks.

WRT Chair Mike Tam says it is extremely important that water users continue their water conservation efforts to prevent further reduction in water levels and availability through the summer months.

“We are still in a Level 1 Low Water Advisory condition and that’s why we are encouraging water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 per cent,” Tam said.

The WRT will review conditions in early July and make condition updates as necessary. ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

Auxiliary members enjoy year end potluck in Bayfield 

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

Forty-six members and guests enjoyed a delicious potluck luncheon when the CPH Auxiliary met at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

Eunice Russell, was the guest speaker. She told of her 2011 trip to Peru with the Medical Ministries International Eye Project.

Six members of the CPH Auxiliary were presented with awards at this meeting. They were: Linda Dunford, Life Member; Janice Kutasinski, New Member; Ann MacLean, Ten Year Member; Ruth Howatt, Outstanding Member; and Margaret Caldwell and Barbara Lovett, Honorary Members. It was noted at the meeting that these dedicated auxiliary volunteers are an important support to health care at CPH.

The community can support the CHP Auxiliary at two upcoming events. Hot Dog Days on June 15-16 and the annual Penny Sale held during the last week in September. The CPH Gift Shop is also an ongoing fundraiser.

Organizers thanked all who participated in the Card Cavalcades for the hospital earlier in the spring.

The next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be Sept. 4th at 9:30 a.m. in the CPH Conference Room. Volunteers continue to work at projects over the summer months.

"The Hut" integral part of local history 

"The Hut" at 26 Bayfield Terrace in Bayfield as it looks today.(Submitted photos)

The mandate of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC) is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. It is an advisory committee of the Municipality of Bluewater.

"The Hut" at 26 Bayfield Terrace, is BHC’s “Heritage Feature of the Month” for June.

Ainslie Willock, Bluewater Heritage Committee member, and John Rutledge, architect, compiled this article.

Words like "rare" and "unique" don't do justice to Stanley Township's first school built at the top of the Bayfield River's south bank, in the Village of Bayfield. It was also used as Bayfield's first public meeting place and church. The property it sits upon was also used as a graveyard.

The school, now incorporated into the front of the building, was constructed in 1836 on land given by Baron De Tuyll.

"The Hut" as it looked around 1900. 

The building was fashioned in a simple Georgian style, and called "The Hut", in reference to the fact that it was a "small and temporary dwelling of simple construction". A photo from the Bayfield Archives' “Ethel Poth Collection” actually shows the name "The Hut" over the entrance to the south addition. The building was likely built by volunteers out of local, rough, donated cedar logs. Interestingly the log work, of the 20'x30' one room school, never saw the light of day.

In 1980, when Dr. Robin and Anne Waite purchased the property, they enlisted historic architects' Chris Borgal and John Rutledge to restore it and add a second floor to a south addition built in the 1950s. At the time of restoration, the outside of the entire building was covered in white asbestos siding. When they removed the siding from each side of the original building, as well as board found underneath it, they found that the backs of the boards and the log work were honey colored and looked brand new after 176 years. The log work had never weathered to a grey color. Thus, it was determined that “The Hut's” logs were never intended to be exposed to the elements. The weathered board and batten that can be seen today, used to face inward. They were simply flipped over and put back up when it was restored, in 1986.

The only place that the cedar logs are visible is in the interior staircase where they have been exposed. The logs are squared on two faces only, making them about nine inches in depth. They vary from 10-12 inches in height. The inside of the log building's walls are covered in lath and plaster and wallpaper. The cathedral ceiling was exposed during restoration and is about 13 feet high with a "hip" roof, sloped on all four sides.

At the north front of “The Hut” a small white Italianate glassed-in verandah with doors on the east and west side can be seen. This was added to the building after the 1900s. It's similar in design to the verandah (with east, west and a north door) at the 161 year-old Century Home, that Tudor Marks had built at 58 Bayfield Terrace. It's thought that the same builder erected both. The doors may have allowed for the verandahs to be extended in the future.

In 1855, Trinity Anglican Church, at 10 Keith Cres., was built and “The Hut's” graveyard remains were moved there. In 1861, the Bayfield Cemetery Co. was formed and the remains found their final resting place. According to the Waite family, who received the information from their neighbor Jean Bell, after the 1900s, when the basement for the addition was dug, more remains were found and moved to the cemetery.

“The Hut” was sold in 1872 after a new school was built. Charles J. Wilson purchased “The Hut” from the local school trustees. (In 1881, the Bayfield Town Hall was built to serve as the seat of government, jail and public meetings.)

According to “The Village of Bayfield History 1876-1985”, other owners have included: Wm. Henry McCann, hotelkeeper; Charles Stalk, hotelkeeper; Jane McCann, wife of Henry McCann; Thomas Twentyman, a bricklayer; John Kirkpatrick; and Dr. N.W. Woods. The doctor’s daughter, Lucy Woods Diehl, one of the key founders of the Pioneer Park Association in 1945, remained in residence there until her death in the spring of 1979. “The Hut” then became the property of Robert Middleton, who sold it to Robert Cluff in 1980. At that time the property consisted of three lots, Cluff retained two lots for himself, selling the one on which “The Hut” is situated to the Waites.

One of Bayfield's original barns is located on the south east part of the property. Prior to the Waite family purchasing “The Hut”, the barn was twice as long. Cluff removed half of the barn to be able to sever the lot for sale. The contents of the barn were sent to the Huron County Museum. The east end of the barn was reconstructed from wood removed from the old structure and the beams were pulled out of their sockets. The backs of the vertical beams still show the sockets where the beams had been inserted. As there is no solid foundation, these beams will eventually decay and sink into the ground. In the 1990s, the Waites purchased the severed lot from Cluff and further work was carried out on the barn.

“The Hut” served many important early functions for the Village of Bayfield, surrounding township, and agricultural area and the community is fortunate that it remains today, a truly incredible building of cedar logs covered in board and batten, lath and plaster.

The Bayfield Historical Society recognized “The Hut” in 1972 for its heritage significance and a plaque is posted on the north-east corner of the building.

bookshop to host numerous authors in coming weeks

The Village Bookshop will be hosting a Sail and Canvas Weekend event on the afternoon of June 16.

Richard Hundey, a Huron County author, will be at the bookshop signing copies of his Jack Beer mysteries, "Death at the Bend" (as in Grand Bend) and "Collingwood Fakeout". This special event will run from 1-3 p.m.

Rural Roots Baking will also set up shop on the bookshop’s lawn that afternoon. Homemade goodies by baker Karen Kelly will be for sale to both hungry page- turners as well as those folks out strolling the street during the festival.

Five authors will be coming to the village for the 2012 Bayfield Writers’ Festival hosted by The Village Bookshop on June 23-24.

This year the main event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 1 p.m. The authors and their works featured will be: Hugh Brewster, RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage; Cathy Buchanan, The Day the Falls Stood Still; Stephen Marche, How Shakespeare Changed Everything; John Lawrence Reynolds, Beach Strip; and Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary.

Tickets are selling now for $15 and are available at The Village Bookshop

On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. there is the added bonus of a First Class Luncheon with Hugh Brewster starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn.

History lovers will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to hear this celebrated Titanic expert and author speak at this event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down.

Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.

auction a Sale highlight  

For 65 years, crowds of people have been coming to the Pioneer Park’s Annual Rummage Sale and snapping up all kinds of bargains and treasures. This year the event will be held on Friday, July 13th from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Arena.

The sale, along with a silent auction, provides much needed funding for the maintenance and upkeep of Bayfield’s beautiful lakefront parkland that offers visitors fresh lake breezes and world-renowned sunsets 365 days of the year!

Rummage Sale items may be dropped off at the arena after 11 a.m. on July 12th until 2 p.m. as well as on July 13th. Anyone who is unable to drop items off on these days, can contact Bud Robinson at 519 565-5322 or Claire Trepanier at 519 565-2745 and they will arrange for the items to be picked up prior to the sale.

Please note when donating that baby furniture, sports equipment, and electrical items must be CSA approved. It should also be noted that the following items will not be accepted: clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items.

Bill Rowat is the person to contact if anyone wishes to donate an item or service to the silent auction. He can be reached at 519 565-5838.

This event could not happen without the assistance of over 120 volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or call Trepanier at the number listed above.

A new addition to the Rummage Sale this year will be “TasTee Queen”. They will be set up outside on the fairgrounds selling their famous hand cut fries, hot dogs and other goodies.


sail and Canvas

Wednesday, June 20 marks the arrival of the summer season, so there is no better way to celebrate than by enjoying the Sail and Canvas Festival sponsored by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. This 10th annual event will be held on Main Street, in Clan Gregor and at the harbor on June 16-17.

As is tradition Main Street, and this year Clan Gregor, will become one big art gallery. Most shops will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

People are encouraged to stroll down to the harbor via the Mara Street Walkway or to Pioneer Park to view the regattas set for Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Cape Discovery, will be docked at the south pier.

New this year will be the Maddest Hat Contest. People are invited to create and wear a decorated hat, make it totally unique, using a marine, artsy, or heritage theme. The maddest hat contest will be held on both Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Rhumba Stage on Main Street. Celebrity judges will award prizes based on creativity, uniqueness and theme.

Other events on Saturday include: a guided Heritage Walk, at 1 p.m.; St. Andrew’s United Church Yard and Bake Sale; and Knox Presbyterian Church BBQ. The Bayfield Historical Society will offer a special archives’ display all weekend long. There will also be carriage rides on Main Street both days. And then on Sunday, Knox Church will hold a Mariner’s Service at 11 a.m.

In addition to everything listed here many other events are happening over the weekend and these stories are featured throughout this week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze.

For a detailed look at all the artisans and activities planned for the weekend scroll down to "Pixilated" and take a look at the event poster. 

missing plaque

A commemorative plaque has gone missing off the Post Office Building on Main Street.

The building itself has been demolished to make way for the new library, washrooms and post office and members of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC) were planning on retrieving the plaque so that it could grace the front of the new post office when construction is complete.

The plaque is brass and bears the names of all Bayfield’s past Post Masters and Mistresses. It could be that someone had the forethought to remove the plaque for safekeeping. Either way both members of the Bayfield Historical Society and BHC would like to know its whereabouts.

It can be returned without question to The Bayfield Archives, attention Bill Rowat, or dropped off at the home of Geordie Palmer, 19 Louisa St. or a strictly confidential call can be made to Palmer at 519 565-2903.

Glee sisters

Listen for the Glee Sisters if you’re out and about on Main Street on Saturday afternoon. The choir will be performing at the Albion Hotel on June 17 as part of the Sail and Canvas Festival weekend events.

They will be uniting their voices in song starting at 3 p.m. This will be their last event of the season.

The choir will reconvene in September and its members would like to express their thanks to the community for their support during the 2011-12 season.


The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) has openings on its Board of Directors for the up coming year. The BAFHT is a community sponsored family health team.

Board Members must reside or work in the Municipality of Bluewater. The volunteer board meets once a month and the position is for a three-year term. Interested individuals should have a background in health care, human resources or law.

Anyone interested in volunteering within the community in this fashion should submit a letter of interest to Joyce Lambert, chair, PO Box 98, 43 Main Street, Zurich, ON N0M 2T0 by July 9.


On June 16-17, the Bayfield Library staff, with help from the FOBL, will host their annual book sale.

The sale will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Both titles for children and adults will be offered for sale. The event will be held rain or shine. Donations of recently published, gently used books are welcome and can be dropped off at the library earlier that week.

For information please call 519 565-2886. The FOBL are now on Facebook and welcome people to check them out there!

Optimist club

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? How about a round of golf followed by a satisfying pig roast dinner? Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club now have tickets available for their upcoming golf tournament to be held at the Bluewater Golf Course on June 23.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with Tee Off following at noon. Tickets are $50 per person. Carts are $15 extra per person. The fee includes a pig roast dinner complete with baked potato, Caesar salad and dessert.

Prizes will be awarded via a random draw. But the real prize is the fact that participants are helping raise funds for youth projects in their community.

To get tickets and/or book a foursome please contact Optimist Jane Gillman at 519 482-7478.

United Church

“Bayfield’s Got Talent” and we’re not afraid to showcase it.

This special evening of music, comedy and dance will be held on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

St. Andrew’s United Church Choir will host this event as a fundraiser for the church – a free will offering will be collected.

ARt exhibit

Ontario Artist, Audrey Cooper, has created “An exhibit of paintings focusing on the things I see in my new and latest life in London and surroundings (Bayfield).”

Cooper's desire to take a brush, dip it in acrylic and paint a picture on canvas didn't emerge until just before her 78th birthday in 2005.

Her exhibit entitled, “Personal Geography” is currently on display at JMR Gallery until June 17.

This is the first of JMR Gallery’s featured Exhibits for the 2012 Season. A closing reception, with the artist in attendance, will be held on June 17, from 1-3 p.m.

To learn more about any of these upcoming shows visit

historical society 

The history book entitled, “For the Love of Bayfield” will be officially launched on Father’s Day.

Local historian, Dave Gillians is the author of this newest village history. Ken Larone, a local resident as well as a renowned journalist, reviewed the book in Issue 152 of the Bayfield Breeze and gave it high praise.

The BHS will host a formal Book Launch on June 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall to celebrate this history that was six years in the making. Books will be available for sale at $35. Gillians will be on hand to chat about the stories and to sign copies. At 2:30 p.m. a short ceremony will be held to officially launch the book. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“For the Love of Bayfield” is also now available for purchase at The Archives Room on Main Street on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Bayfield Historical Society to help preserve the village’s history.

Calendar launch

Many area residents will no doubt have the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) 2012 calendar hanging on their wall – they may like to circle June 15th on it as it is all set to become a very important date on the village social calendar.

On that Friday evening the photographs selected for the 2013 calendar will be exhibited during a wine and cheese event hosted by the BACC. The advertisers for this new calendar will also be announced. The calendar itself will be unveiled and the 2013 campaign launched.

The BACC is very pleased to advise that once again the advertising space in the calendar has been sold out and the BACC Executive thanks the advertisers for their ongoing support of this initiative.

The evening will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 7-9 p.m.

This year the recently formed Photography Club of Bayfield was enlisted to assemble a wonderful mix of photos of the many beautiful village landscapes and historical sites to provide the images for the calendar. The format for the evening will run a little differently than originally reported. The BACC will provide the photographers whose work was selected for the calendar with a framed copy of their winning photo as a thank you.

There is no admission fee for the evening and all are welcome to attend, however, it is requested that those who wish to attend RSVP to

pioneer park

Live music streaming from Pioneer Park will be a welcome addition to the Bayfield Sail and Canvas Festival Weekend as Pioneer Park Entertainment presents a performance by the Canadian Celtic Choir on June 16.

The choir will unite their voices in song starting at 8 p.m. in the park. The group, founded in 1996, sings and promotes Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario.

Their current repertoire features songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and the Canadian Maritimes ranging from the traditional, including those sung in Irish and Welsh, to modern music of the 20th and 21st Century.

William Zadorsky was appointed conductor of the Canadian Celtic Choir on April 1, 2010. Their accompanist is Jean Willadsen. The group has approximately 50 members and is based out of London, ON.

knox church 

The Fish Fry hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield was such a success last year the congregation has decided to do it again!

The 2nd annual Fish Fry will be held on July 28 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 4:30-7 p.m.

Advance tickets are available now and cost $17 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased by calling Deb at 519 565-5238 or Brenda at 519 565-5404. Organizers note that the tickets sold out quickly last year so people are best advised to get their tickets early.

music at the barn

The landmark barn at Kryart Studio should prove to be the perfect location for a new summer concert series.

“Music at the Barn” will be comprised of five performances scheduled from June to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Adrian Jones and Kim Régimbal and DNSQ3, June 24; Opening: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston, The Marrieds, July 15; Danielle Durand and Ben Hermann (tentative), July 29; Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands, Aug. 26; and Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord, Sept. 16.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door for the first show. All other shows are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Or a season pass can be purchased for $50 for all five shows. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.

For more information or tickets contact Danielle Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: Tickets can also be purchased at

bayfield concert series

Singer/songwriter Andy Kim is the next music icon to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage as part of the Bayfield Concert Series, a Meades Bros. Production.

Tickets are now on sale for the June 16th show entitled, “Songs and Stories”. The cost is $30. The hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the performance scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro in Bayfield, Ernie King Music in Goderich or from

To learn more about all the stellar acts scheduled to come to the village in the coming months visit

fitness fun 

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is really hitting its stride in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.

New additions to the current Pole Walking schedule include: Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday mornings Gentle Jaunt, 9:30 a.m.

The above is in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street.

Boot Camp has come to Bayfield due to the efforts of fitness enthusiast, Kaylie Ginn.  She will be incorporating strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, kick-boxing, interval training and more. One-hour sessions are held Monday to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Each session of the Bayfield Boot Camp costs $10, or a weekly pass can be purchased for $30. First sessions will be free. Participants should wear proper footwear, bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat or towel. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their first session so that Ginn can learn their workout history. For information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959.






There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, a photo of a pint sized entry by “Bolens” in the 1962 Bayfield Fall Fair Parade. Anyone recognize these intrepid gardeners?

Remember Me 154

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Remember Me 152

In Issue 152, the shooting gallery at the 1956 Bayfield Fall Fair proved to be very popular with both men and boys as evidenced by the crowd gathered around the booth.


Remember Me 153

In Issue 153, the Junior Riders are shown participating in the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1956. Does anyone remember any of these equestrians?




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Safe harbour run

Over 360 runners wind their way through village


June 10 dawned sunny, humid and hot with temperatures already at 24 Celcius for the early morning run held in Clan Gregor Square, but that did not deter over 360 people from participating in the fourth annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter.

The Safe Harbour Run is number three in the Runpiker Series from Runners' Choice in London. Other runs are held in Goderich, Woodstock, Exeter, Ingersoll, St Mary’s and The Pinery Provincial Park. Each run raises money for local charities.


There were three races held.

The Kiddy Trot was held for participants aged two to eight years. About 20 children ran in the Kiddy Trot. They ran 300 metres around Clan Gregor Square to the finish line and everyone who took part received a medal.

The 2K Fun Run/Walk involved 34 participants aged six to 69 years. Three hundred and twenty-seven people took part in the 5K Competitive Run. Their ages ranged from eight to 76 years.

The top three male finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, MacKenzie Berard, 13, of Bayfield, in a time of 07:50; second, Sam Dupuis, 11, of Bayfield, 08:35; and third, Jack MacDonald, 10, of Elora, 08:38. The top three female finishers in the 2 KM Run were: first, Madelyn Eybergen, 11, of Kincardine, 08:54; second, MacKayla Hayes, 10, of Embro, 09:24; and third, Britt Flowers, 18, of Mitchell, 09:30.

The overall men's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Adam Cornwall, St. Mary’s, in a time of 16:24; second, Mike Chapman, of London, 16:39; and third, Mike Park, of Clinton, 17:12. The overall women's winners in the 5 KM Run were: first, Dominika Jamnicky, of Guelph, 18:18; second, Nicole Kerr, of Blyth, 20:06; and third, Gillian Roberts, of London, 20:19.




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Bayfield's Sail and Canvas Festival June 16-17 Artisans and Activities (Click on image for larger view)

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The Mavis Trail was the scene of a paper owl hunt last night. Inspired by all the wonderful trails that the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association has created and/or improved for our community to enjoy our final meeting of the 2011-12 Guiding year was set on one.

The families with daughters in Bayfield Guiding enjoyed (I hope) a special advancement ceremony on the Scott Robeson Bridge. It was so wonderful to see all the girls in uniform lined up across the 65 ft bridge – every few feet stood girls from the different levels of Guiding with the girls advancing walking from one level to the next. It was inspiring to see the oldest member, a Ranger and member of Girl Guides for 13 years, walk from one end of the bridge to the other past Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders, while all of her Guiding sisters waved either the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flag or Canada flag as she past by, to receive her Chief Gold Commissioner’s Award at the very end of the journey.

Thanks to all who made this my 23rd Guiding year such a fun one. I look forward to seeing everyone again in September…and remember to invite your girlfriends. There is always room for one or two or three or four more in this game we like to call Guiding! - Melody


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