Bookmark and Share   Dec. 28, 2011   Vol. 3 Week 1 Issue 130


The children of Honour Village Cambodia were recently presented with ball caps generously donated by Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson. Dorothy Griffith, of Bayfield, who is spending the winter along with husband, Gordon Fraser, volunteering at the facility was happy to make the presentation. The gifts were very well received and should help shield the children from the hot Cambodian sun. (Submitted photo)


Bayfield residents, Dorothy Griffiths and her husband, Gordon Fraser, will be spending the holidays in Siem Reap, Cambodia this year volunteering at Honour Village Cambodia. This is their third year volunteering in Cambodia and their second year at Honour Village which was opened in 2010.

Griffiths wrote this from Cambodia to share with Bayfield Breeze readers, “Just a day or two before we were ready to leave our home in Bayfield, Bill Dowson, mayor for the Municipality of Bluewater, generously donated a big bag filled with baseball caps for us to bring to the children of Honour Village. Our suitcases were already jam-packed and nearly at the full weight allowance, but this four-pound package was precious cargo - forty new hats to protect the kids from the hot Cambodian sun.

On Dec. 20, Griffiths distributed the hats to the children. And as demonstrated in the photo above they were very thrilled to receive them.

The couple has been at Honour village for about three weeks and will return home to Bayfield in late March.

Fraser, who is a woodworker, is building desks, shelving and cupboards for the children. Griffiths is teaching hand sewing and embroidery.

“In addition, we both pitch in anywhere we can, helping with child care, preparing and serving meals, painting, sewing or whatever else needs doing,” said Griffiths.

According to Griffiths, Honour Village is an NGO (non-governmental organization) that provides a safe home for Cambodian orphans and disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless children. It is an entirely volunteer-run organization with absolutely no overheads or administration costs; every penny raised goes directly to helping the children. It is 100 per cent reliant on donations and gratefully welcomes any partners, supporters and sponsors. Even the smallest donation helps and is greatly appreciated. In addition, they are always looking for experienced and expert volunteers to add to their team.

“Right now there are 46 children at Honour Village, living in three houses. With the addition of a fourth house, currently under construction, the plans are to increase the number of children to 60!” she concluded.


Bayfield Guiding is growing thanks to such enthusiastic girls as those pictured here that were recently officially enrolled into their units. Joining Sparks were Lexi Harney and Jocelyn Smith; Jilaine Dunn became a Brownie; Morgan Kennedy and Nicole Kelly were enrolled as Girl Guides and five new Pathfinders made their promise, Sydney Pitt, Michelle Beeler, Skylar Pigeau, Raven Blyde and Fiona Brands. Absent was new Girl Guide Laura Buckley. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Volunteers and Businesses help in promoting community

Roger Lewington, president of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.(Submitted photo)

A note from the President of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Roger Lewington:

“The BACC would like to wish all residents a happy and prosperous New Year!
The Bayfield Breeze is a project of the BACC with a mission to keep the community up to date on all of the news and events in the village. The virtual newspaper is in its third year and is enjoyed by area residents and tourists who want to stay in touch with village events and news. I would like to offer special thanks to our member advertisers for making the Bayfield Breeze available weekly. As well, thanks to Journalist Melody Falconer-Pounder for her tireless work on the publication as editor and to Denis Pal, for his diligence in getting the weekly editions published.

“A word of thanks to all the volunteers and businesses that supported Christmas in Bayfield with its very popular events being the lighting of the lights and the parade. Plus doing all the decorating to create the festive atmosphere. This was a wonderful event for children of all ages, with thousands of visitors at the parade, and a Main Street that was full of visitors for the weekend.

This weekend wouldn’t get off the ground without the efforts of the BACC committees comprised of: Lighting of the Lights - Janet Snider and Becky Rathwell; Christmas in Bayfield - Maryann Rowat, Judi Milligan, Lorraine McDougall, Judy Pal and Gayle Beuermann; Santa Claus Parade - Ian Matthew, Mike Dixon, and Dave Bechard.

Community volunteers also gladly helped out with marshalling the parade and assisted with decorations. Thank you to these many volunteers, including musicians from Holmesville Public School for providing the entertainment at the lighting of the lights. Thank you for making this a wonderful community event!”

Lewington went on to note that the BACC has had three new businesses become members of the organization recently. They are Penny Riehl of Clay and Gourmet on Main Street; Cynthia Clark of Cyndi's Garden in Bayshore Plaza; and Erin Roy of Edward Jones Financial on Main Street.

"Two years down south on a sailboat" A take time topic 

 In 2002, Dave and Lynne Gillians boarded Picaroon 11, their CS 36 sailboat, and for the next two winters they lived aboard and explored the east coast of the United States and the Bahamas. (Submitted photo)

January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.

The fourth year of the “Take Time in 2012” programs will run from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.

The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event.

In the past a registration coffee has been held to get the program going but this year that has been dispensed with. The cost will be $3 per session. Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.

Bayfield’s own Lynn and Dave Gillians will be the presenters at the first session to be held at Knox Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9. “Two Years Down South on a Small Boat” is the title of their presentation and should know doubt be filled with several very entertaining anecdotes. The coordinator for this session is Barb Harkins and she can be reached at 519 565-2098.

According to Dave, “Every year about 500 boats leave the Great Lakes and head south to pursue their dreams. A boat becomes a "magic carpet" as it transports sailors from one adventure to another.”

In 2002, Dave, and his wife Lynne, boarded Picaroon 11, their CS 36 sailboat, and for the next two winters they lived aboard and explored the east coast of the United States and the Bahamas.

Dave said, "The intensity of the friendships and adventures during this trip are unlike anything we have ever experienced and we'll never forget this trip. It'll be fun sharing some of the good and bad times with those who attend the first session of Take Time."

The beauty of exotic flowers will be explored at the session hosted by the Church on Way on Jan. 16. “Exotic Orchids made Easy” will be the topic shared by Master Gardeners, Leigh Selk and Sue Beatty. This presentation will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and the coordinator is Anne Laviolette, she can be contacted by calling 519 565-2454.

The following week, Jan. 23, the Take Time in 2012 programs will take a break to encourage everyone to go to the Bayfield Historical Society Dinner meeting to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon. For more details and also for tickets people are invited to call Pat or Bud Langley at 519 565-2894.

On Jan. 30, thoughts will turn to spring rejuvenation when Helen Varkamp of Huron, Hearth and Home, presents the topic, “Spruce Up for Spring” – a new look for your home. This session will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church and Flo Keillor is the contact. For more information she can be reached at 519 565-2640.

The final session will be held on Feb. 6 at Trinity Anglican Church with Elfi Elfin sharing her knowledge on the creation of quick and tasty appetizers. “Small Plates for Sharing” is the topic of this presentation. To learn more contact the session coordinator, Helen Latimer, at 519 565-2792.


Bruno DeSando, of Delivery Planning for the Canada Post Corporation out of London, explains how the recent changes in how mail is delivered within the village now works when it comes to addressing mail: For customers getting mail from the new Community Mail Boxes that were recently installed on John Ave and Elizabeth St., they are no longer required to use their box number. Their mailing address will now be their civic (911) address (house number and street address). Residents who still pick up their mail at the Post Office on Main Street will continue to use their box number as part of their mailing address. (Photo by John Pounder)



Got new skates for Christmas and need a place to test them? Or just looking for a fun, free family activity over the holidays?

Look no further than the Bayfield Arena. Public Skating times are set as follows: Dec. 27, Jan. 3 and 5 – 2 to 4 p.m.; Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 3 to 5 p.m.


The membership of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has recently completed their biggest project to date – a 65 foot bridge on the Mavis Trail at Varna.

This is indeed cause for celebration and all in the community are invited to the Grand Opening of the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to hiking the trails, hotdogs and refreshments will be served at the Varna Complex.

Love the trails? Support the association's work all year long by becoming a member. Memberships to the BRVTA are $20 per individual and $25 per family. Cheques may be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531, Bayfield N0M 1G0. Memberships can also be purchased at Outdoor Projects on Main Street in Bayfield.

If you have further questions regarding membership, please contact Helen Varekamp, at 519 565-5442. If you are a member but are not receiving their newsletters by e-mail, please contact Varekamp at with your e-mail address, so that the BRVTA can inform you of new developments.

empties for alzheimers

Last year two local women started a unique initiative to raise money for their participation in the Walk for Memories that raises funds for the Alzheimer Society. By collecting empty beer cans and bottles, pop cans, wine and liquor bottles, as well as some other fundraisers; their team “For the Love of Elane and Doris”, was the top fundraising team in the county.

It is a title Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney would like to maintain this year during the 2012 Walk for Memories to be held on Jan. 28.

It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empties to the cause. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimer Disease, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.

Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield after Jan. 5. Empties can also be taken directly to Bayfield Convenience, just mention you’d like to donate “For the love of Elane and Doris” Courtney and Brandon will even come to your door on Jan. 9 to pick them up just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677 or 519 565-2545 to make arrangements.

pioneer park

In 1945, Lucy Woods Diehl, a life-long resident of Bayfield, enlisted the aid of several friends of the community to preserve the last piece of undeveloped lakefront property on the bluff overlooking the Bayfield River and Lake Huron.
Woods also decided that the land should be owned and operated by an association and not by individuals. The original directors chose the name Pioneer Park as a tribute to the early settlers of Bayfield. Their vision remains today and is still driven by the support of volunteers.

The Pioneer Park Association is currently looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. They are looking for a secretary as well.

The secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes at the board meetings (held four or five times per year) as well as the Annual General Meeting.

Please contact Neil Duffy at if you would like to learn more about either of these positions.

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Jan. 17.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.

fitness fun

The season of indulgence and merriment is upon us, the perfect time to focus on exercising both the body and mind. One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Please note these programs are now on Christmas hiatus but will return on Jan. 4.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.

Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Starting on Nov. 1, a time of quiet reflection and meditation will follow the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.

Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.

Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.

Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information. (Please note day change for the New Year – the new session will begin on Jan. 5.)

Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Huron Ridge Acres would like to invite all in the community to participate in their Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. On Tuesdays and Fridays during January, February and March the owners open the greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to come and walk on the ice-free, snow-free sidewalks. Those who take part can enjoy the smell of things growing, and the sunshine on days when it shines, along with some relaxing background music. There is no charge – it is the Steckle’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of Huron Ridge.

Are you ready to dance yourself into SHAPE? ZUMBA is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party and participants say it is so much fun. ZUMBA classes are held Wednesday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. Drop-ins and beginners are welcome. Drop in rate is $10. Please contact Jamie Thomas at for more information. Classes will resume Jan.4.

bridge club

Please note that due to dwindling attendance, the alternate Wednesday Evening Bridge has been discontinued. Organizers also state that there would be no reason to think at some point this activity could be restarted if there is renewed enthusiasm for it. They would also like to thank all those who joined in some very fun and competitive games over the years.


For many people the Bayfield Library is the hub of the community. These people have recently united as The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).

The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs.

To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to or call Clair at 519-565-2135.


The Photography Club of Bayfield will hold their next meeting on Jan. 5 at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7 p.m. The theme for this month's assignment is "Red and/or Green"...perfect for holiday snapping!






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, members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club take part in a fun little contest at one of their meetings. Does anyone recognize any of the contestants lined up for judging in March of 1960?

Remember Me 130

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Remember Me 128

In Issue 128, it was a full house in 1956 when the Bayfield Scouts Charter Night was held. Jackie (Weston) Thompson has identified a number of people in the photo as: “Front row close to the aisle is George Lindsay, next to him is Shirley (Darnbrough) Boyce. Third row left to right Ron Scotchmer, behind him is Gary Moat, next to Ron is Ted Turner, David Corey, Dick Heard, Jim Heard. Behind Dick Heard is Jim Kelly behind Jim is Mrs. Gardiner. The Girl Guide is Elaine (Weston) Dinel, the Brownie in the same row is Freda McLeod, the girl behind Elaine is Margaret Smith.”


Remember Me 129

In Issue 129, members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club prepare to embark on their annual Santa visit to village Octogenarians and the homebound in this picture taken in Dec. 1956. Records indicated that the men pictured were: Grant Sterling, Spinny Irvine, Alf Scotchmer (Santa’s helper) and Les Elliott.





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JAN. 19 - ISSUE 81 - TAKE TIME IN 2011 WELL RECEIVED: Gary Lloyd-Rees was the guest presenter at the first instalment of the Take Time in 2011 Series held at Trinity Anglican Church on the afternoon of Jan. 17. He shared through photographic images his experiences on a recent adventure to Antarctica and Patagonia.

JAN. 26 - ISSUE 82 - FROZEN COAST: Jan. 23 was a perfect winter's day filled
with sunshine and very little wind, so even a windchill of -25 couldn't keep hearty Bayfield residents indoors. These folks were seen checking out the frozen landscape along the coastline. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

FEB. 2 - ISSUE 83 - VARNA NATURE TRAILS: Weather conditions were perfect for the Snowshoe Hike organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on Sunday. More than 40 folks enjoyed exploring the Varna Nature Trails. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

FEB. 9 - ISSUE 84 - FROZEN IN FEBRUARY: A familiar site indicative of Bayfield, the wreck of the Linda Hindman entombed in yet another winter's ice pack. The barge was scuttled along the south shoreline in 1973 in an attempt to stop erosion.

MARCH 9 - ISSUE 88 - FITNESS FUN: The Stretching Class that follows Dance Fit and Toning on Friday mornings is the perfect compliment to any fitness regime.

APR. 13 - ISSUE 93 - IT'S A PHASE: Work has now begun on Phase III of the installation of watermains in the village. On the afternoon of Apr. 12, workers with Birnam Excavating Ltd. of Forest, ON were hard at work at the bottom of Long Hill Road near the Main Beach. Phase III covers fourteen village streets and will see five kilometres of main line and 19 fire hydrants installed. There will also be 200 service connections from the main line to property lines. Phase III is scheduled to be completed in July of this year.

APR. 20 - ISSUE 94 - COLLECTOR'S EXHIBITION: Pam Stanley, of Clinton, brought out her Royal Wedding Memorabilia in honor of the upcoming wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on Apr. 29. Although not a royal wedding dress, the garment in her collection is from the same era and style as the gown worn by Princess Elizabeth on her wedding day in 1947. This dress belonged to her late mother-in-law, Betty Stanley who was married in the fall of that year, just prior to the future Queen and Prince Phillip.


With the close of 2011 fast approaching, it is time to begin our look back on the events and happenings that shaped village life in the past 12 months.

This week Part One: Jan. 19 to May 4; sprinkled throughout are some of the lovely comments sent in by our subscribers. Thanks to all those people who have taken the time to share their thoughts, they are greatly appreciated.


FEB. 23 - ISSUE 86 - SOUP'S ON IN BAYFIELD: Kim Muszynski, owner of The Albion Hotel, came away with bragging rights for the People's Choice Award coming away with the first place soup in that category. The Albion's Loaded Baked Potato Soup was the favorite. (Photo by Dennis Pal)


Melody many thanks for your great work for the community at large...all of us who wish to enrich our community through volunteer efforts are very appreciative of your work in promoting them, and so very well done.

- J.L., Bayfield, ON (Feb. 16)

MARCH 16 - ISSUE 89 - CHILI COOK-OFF: You really can't separate the men from the boys when it comes to spicy chili - 18 month-old Hudson Hessel, of Bayfield took his first few tastes of the meaty treat very seriously


I get the copy of the Bayfield Breeze every Wednesday and quite enjoy reading it. It keeps me in touch with our small town even though I am now living in Toronto. It is a little taste of home every week.

- C.J., Toronto, ON (Feb. 17)

APR. 27 - ISSUE 95 - EASTER EGG HUNT: When the hunt begins participants needed to be quick off the mark to share in the 4,000 eggs that were scattered across the lawn.


Just a quick note to say I do love receiving the Bayfield Breeze, it is always a quick and interesting read. It was through this publication that I found out about the yoga class and am now participating in it. I plan to try out Zumba as well. Keep up the great work!

- P.N., Bayfield, ON  (Feb. 17)

I really enjoyed reading the Bayfield Breeze which was forwarded to me....what a GREAT community paper. I forwarded it on to my brother in Florida, so that his brother-in-law and wife could read it too. They are all in Florida together.

- J.D. (Feb. 18)


MAY 4 - ISSUE 96 - HOME AND GARDEN SHOW: Stephen Ducharme, 9, of Exeter, tested out an adirondack chair on display at the Forever Furniture booth. The store located at RR 2 Zurich carries these chairs made from recycled plastic in a rainbow of colors. They are made by a local Mennonite family.

I always read your articles...even though I live in Seaforth, I am amazed at all the things that are going on in Bayfield and would have no other way of finding these great things out...thanks to you and your team for keeping us locals informed!

- L.D., Seaforth, ON (Apr. 22)


What a Treasure is our Breeze. Just Great!

- S.B, Bayfield, ON (Apr. 18)

I have been an avid reader of the Breeze, reading them all. Just in case no one has said it recently, .....I think that you are doing a really great job with the Breeze. The quality of the photos, layout and writing is outstanding. I know lots of folks in the village, as I have been boating here since around 1976. You have done a great job at translating the community into a high tech and quality delivery. Well Done! 

- S.R. (May 4)

Rocky Canada
MARCH 2 - ISSUE 87 - BAYFIELD SKATING CLUB CARNIVAL: One of the performances saw club members skating to Rocky and representing Canada.




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Winter's Coming

Winter's Coming...By Brad Turner


Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


One roast beef dinner, two pork rib dinners, two turkey dinners, one stubborn chest cold, three gift exchanges and one stocking exchange later and the Bayfield Breeze New Year’s Edition is published!

As I write this I am feeling very full both in mind and body and not just from eating too much turkey and fighting relentless congestion. I am blessed. Our family shared much laughter this holiday and the joy of little ones giggling and racing about helped bridge the void left by those loved ones we have lost – some very recently, others many Christmases ago. I know all too well how hard it sometimes can be at the holidays but I also realize how important it is to celebrate with hope, peace, joy and love, by doing so we honor those we miss.

And as the calendar page turns to 2012 by week’s end, I would, on behalf of the Bayfield Breeze committee: Dennis, Mike, Ian, Roger and John, like to recognize our subscribers for the tremendous enthusiasm you share for our work each week. It makes sitting down to write during the hectic festive season more of a pleasure than a chore and for that too I am blessed. Happy New Year! - Melody



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