Bookmark and Share   Jan. 9, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 2 Issue 496

"For the love of bayfield"

recalling how Penhale wagons put village on the world map 

Editor's Note: In the Spring of 2012, Dave Gillians’ book entitled, “For the Love of Bayfield” was first published but as history happens each day the local author has been collecting stories ever since. The result is an updated version of the book with some additional stories and photos.

The following is an excerpt from the book, an old favorite, regarding the history of the Penhale Carriage Works and the legacy left by crafsman, Tom Penhale. 


C7551EE6A745452B827B311C70692368The Penhale wagon as it looked during the Rose Bowl Parade in 1991 - festooned with flowers - and carrying comedian Bob Newhart. (Submitted photo)  

CAA3125173364E418603E3713EDE4317Tom Penhale (Submitted photo)

Tom Penhale’s impossible dream started at the 1974 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto when he noticed some interesting show wagon designs. He thought he’d try making one for himself.

That impulsive idea transformed the lives of Tom and his family. After Tom built and quickly sold his first attempt at a horse drawn wagon, his hobby turned into an obsession which evolved into a renowned business that eventually put Bayfield on the carriage building map in North America.

Although Tom loved horses and had first ventured into the show ring at the Bayfield Fall Fair when he was 15, he was entirely self taught. As a farm boy during the depression, he didn’t receive much formal schooling. He was needed more at home.

He trained as a welder and his father had taught him basic carpentry skills but his practical genius emerged when he began building some of the most beautiful horse drawn wagons and carriages in the world.

Tom started building wagons without blueprints. He just drew them by hand to scale, incorporating his own unique ideas. He had a natural gift for creating visual harmony of line and color and a determination to make each custom made wagon a personal work of art. Each unique wagon took about three months to build!

Tom’s genius was recognized. Orders for a carriage to in the Rose Bowl Parade, landaus for a hotel in Hawaii and wagons for amusement parks and special events from all over North America flooded in.

His company started building hitch wagons, a Vis-à-vis and Landaus and restoring old horse drawn vehicles.

The Penhale family had shown Belgian horses for over 20 years and were for many years sponsored by the W.G. Thompson Milling Company from Blenheim. The family was particularly proud when one of their geldings were named ‘Grand Champion’ at the Royal Fair in 1989.

Tom also did a lot of judging of horses at fairs.

Rick Penhale started helping his father in the business when he was fifteen years old. Even at that young age, he was an important contributor to the carriage designs.

1D682A216C204ACEAE2C60298939CB57This beautiful Penhale wagon carried the 1991 Rose Bowl Parade Marshal, Bob Newhart. Happy New Year! (Submitted photo)  

When the business was at its peak around 1986, it employed 14 people and supported suppliers and craftsmen all over Ontario.

Country Magazine decided it would be a good idea to sponsor the “Reminisce Hitch-Tour for Seniors’, a 3,000-mile Maine to California tour.

A Hitch wagon journeying across the United States required a lot of stamina and reliable equipment. They knew Penhale’s reputation and came to him to design and construct a Penhale wagon that would meet the heavy demands of a 3,000-mile publicity tour.

Tom’s reputation gained international status. In 1983, a project team from Disney, searched all over the U.S. and Canada for a company to build an eight-horse wagon to participate in the World Percheron Congress at the 60th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.

The Penhale shop was the last one visited by the Disney employee who was responsible for this project. He traveled across America looking at wagon manufacturers and on his deadline; he found Bayfield. Tom wasn’t expecting them and was dressed to go to a wedding. The project manager immediately noticed the quality, paint work and custom details. Penhale Wagon and Carriage Works Ltd was chosen over four other finalists.

The Disney wagon was started on April 28 and the deadline for completion was June 6!

The elegant wagon features included 23 karat gold pin striping with the name Walt Disney in silver leaf lettering. The wagon was also equipped with a hydraulic disc brake system.

All the chrome and steel work on the wagon was handcrafted.

A crew made up of Tim Curtis, Jake Reder, Tom Johnston and Dave Webber aided Tom with the construction of Bayfield’s “Disney wagon”.

The wagon that Penhale and his team built for Disney in the early 1980s. Author of the book, "For the Love of Bayfield", Dave Gillians often wonders what became of this amazing piece of craftsmanship? (Submitted photo)


on vacation

Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Jan. 9. Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.


One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 12.

The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2019. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail. Participants are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. start and to dress appropriately with hiking boots, as the trails may be slippery.

Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and a light lunch. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.

The hike leaders will be: Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480; Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202.

Councilor's Corner 

Just a reminder that the first Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Jan. 17. Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions.

The Town Hall

Presenting the Academy Award winning documentary "Icarus", the story of the Russian government involvement in a state-sponsored doping program for the 2014 Olympics. Hosted by Professor Richard McLaren, author of the McLaren Reports which investigated and proved the Russian government participation in the doping program.

The documentary will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 3 p.m. Admission by donation to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society.


Home4Good would like to announce changes to their Shopping Buddy Program with the regretful closure of the Nip ‘N Tuck which offered grocery delivery in Bayfield over the past few months.

To fill this need Home4Good is recruiting shopping buddies willing to partner with a senior and either take them shopping and/or pick up their groceries. Call Leslie at 519 955-1531 for information about being a buddy or getting a buddy.

Home4Good shopping buddies will take seniors shopping (or pick up shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. They are screened volunteers, and will probably be doing their own errands as they help others.

The Home4Good Info Hub operates on the first Monday of the month at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.

The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. At any other time of the month should people have concerns or questions they are welcome to approach library staff who will refer inquiries to Hub volunteers.

To learn more visit:

Obituary of Beverley Pounder


Beverley Margaret Pounder (York) passed away peacefully in her home on January 2 in Bayfield, Ontario in her 90th year. Beverley is the beloved wife of the late Jack Albert Pounder, who passed away in 2011. She is survived by her three children; John and his wife Melody, Cathy and her husband Jay and Mary and her husband David, all of Bayfield. Beverley was also blessed with seven grandchildren; Kyrstie and her husband Ed, Jody and her husband Matt, Shane and his wife Laura, Jackie and her husband Franck, Matthew and his wife Lindsay, Jessica and her husband Dan and Emily and her husband Lalo and five great grandchildren; Spencer, Jackson, Graham, Noelle, Phoebe and, most recently James. Beverley also leaves behind her beloved rescue cat, Sammy. Beverley was a 5th generation Bayfield resident, tracing her roots back to Christopher Johnson, one of the original settlers. Although born in Toronto, she moved to her Mother’s home when she was 6 years old, upon the death of her father. While growing up in Bayfield she met the love of her life, Jack. They spent many days dancing at the Pavilion or relaxing on the Howard Street beach which she loved so much. Beverley achieved her teaching credentials and took her first job at 18, in a one room school house in Biddulf County. After her marriage, Jack’s job as a geologist took them all over Canada where they raised their three children and created lifelong friendships. In 1976 they settled into their newly built home in Bayfield. Jack and Beverley spent many happy years travelling the world, enjoying their grandchildren and then great grandchildren and participating in Bayfield life. Beverley was well known at the bridge table, one of her favorite pastimes. In 2011, Beverley celebrated 60 amazing years of marriage with Jack, surrounded by a multitude of friends and family. Friends will be received at the Falconer Funeral Homes 153 High St., Clinton, on Saturday January 12, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. A funeral is scheduled for January 13 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Wayne Malott will officiate at the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverley’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kismutt Dog Rescue, RR#4, 882702 Road 88, St. Mary’s, Ontario, N4X 1C7 or to Trinity Anglican Church, Bayfield, Ontario, N0M 1G0. Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank St. Elizabeth and the Local Health Integration Network. Without the amazing work and dedication of the Personal Service Workers and Nurses we would not have been able to keep Beverley in the home she loved. Beverley and Jack are dancing once again. 



Undiscovered history washes up on bayfield beaches regularly

Editor's Note: In the Spring of 2012, Dave Gillians’ book entitled, “For the Love of Bayfield” was first published but as history happens each day the local author has been collecting stories ever since. The result is an updated version of the book with some additional stories and photos.

The following is an excerpt from a new article that will appear in the revised version of the book to be published very soon. Stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for an official launch date.


Bayfield Stones article for MelodyTravis Saunders with some coral and a ‘Petoskey Stone’ that he found on Bayfield beaches. (Photos by Adriaan Schreuder)

After every Lake Huron storm, Bayfield beachcombers are walking on fossils that date back over 350 million years.

Before dinosaurs roamed the earth, over 350 million years ago, all of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were under a shallow saltwater sea at the equator. Over the millennia, continental drift has moved this area north. Glaciers have scraped the sea bed and spread the fossils from the ancient seas across Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Some fossilized rocks are so valued in the State of Michigan that one type, the ‘Petoskey Stones’ have been declared to be the state’s official stone!

The fossilized ‘Petoskey Stones’ and the similar ‘Charlevoix Stones’ are often polished into jewellery. When dry, the coral heads, and stones that contain the remains of small sea creatures are relatively colourless and dull but when wet or after being polished, the stones distinctive, attractive patterns emerge.

Along the northern shoreline of Lake Michigan, the fossilized stones and coral are a beachcombing tourist attraction and are frequently sold in area retail stores.

Since Bayfield is on a lee shore with prevailing northwesterly winds, our beaches are often littered with colourful beach glass, driftwood, coal and wood from old wrecks but the prehistoric fossils and coral (Bayfield Stones?) that are so valued in Northern Michigan are often ignored and simply walked over.

Bayfield Stones article for Melody2Travis found this relatively rare ‘lucky stone’, which has a naturally formed round hole. According to legend, these rocks bring good fortune to the finder. 

Bayfield Stones article for Melody3Travis’ ‘Lucky Stone” from a Bayfield Beach. 

Bayfield Stones article for Melody4Some of Travis’ Petoskey Stones.


electricity vs. independence 



In the 1920s, the issue of electricity divided the community. Although there had been sporadic attempts at generating electricity using generators fueled by waste wood from the mills, before 1927, Bayfield evenings were illuminated by gas lanterns and candles. The cities and towns were illuminated by hydro. Farmers were being offered reduced rural rates but the needs of tiny villages like Bayfield were being ignored!

Someone came up with the idea, that if Bayfield reverted to a “Police Village” again under the administration of Stanley Township, it would qualify for rural rates!

Here’s how Arthur R. Ford described Bayfield’s electricity and political controversy in the London Free Press:

“It is seldom that there is not some issue which creates a lively controversy in Bayfield. The most exciting in modern times was the fight over hydro. Oil lamps were good enough for their fathers and it was good enough for them was the battle cry of opponents to bringing electricity to Bayfield. It was a battle between fundamentalists and modernists. The modernists finally won out but not without leaving a lot of scars which only death is healing up.

“It was not so many years ago that a battle royal was waged over the question of permitting the cows of the villagers to roam the streets. Before the days of hydro, even with the aid of flashlights, it was risky at night. Not only was there the possibility of stumbling over a sleeping bossy, but there was the constant fear of walking shoe deep into a fragrant and glutinous reminder of some cow’s carelessness. Many a wandering love couple met with disaster on the streets of Bayfield, which brought romance to an unhappy end. Many persons in the village wanted electric lights and the modern conveniences such as radio that could come to Bayfield with electricity but the costs for an independent municipality with widespread acreage was prohibitive.

“During the 1926 village election campaign, the idea of reverting to a “Police Village” and allowing Stanley Township to take charge of village affairs was hotly debated. If Bayfield gave up its independence, it would be eligible for hydro at rural rates.

“Despite the vocal efforts of people like John Pollock, who had been village clerk, it was decided to abandon independence and rejoin Stanley Township. Taxes would be segregated so that Bayfield’s rates would be allocated to the village and Stanley Township gained control of moneys allocated to roads and parks. This would cause problems for this relationship for decades.”

In 1928, electricity was made available at the same rates for everyone in Ontario, but it was too late for Bayfield! Bayfield had sacrificed its political independence and gained nothing!

Bayfield’s affairs were again under the direction of Stanley Township.

Flash forward to 2019 and on Bayfield’s Heritage Main Street, the first village electric street lights still shine brightly. A group of residents in the 1990s, took it upon themselves to rescue these original light fixtures when they just about at the end of their normal lifespan.

The metal was restored and the reflectors repainted.

Gestures of appreciation to the history of the village, to the village’s unique story, can be found throughout the village if you know what to look for.

Another great example is the ancient ‘Slippery Elm tree on Main Street that is one of the oldest in Ontario and probably predates all European pioneers.







Volume 10

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. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, we offer a photo recorded to be of Dick and Eliza McDool circa 1905. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 9b)

PB12 9b Dick and Eliza McDool c1905 

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



PB10054 PC Young girls c1920 

In Issue 494, a picture taken around 1900 of Harry Young and his wife, Annie Eagleson and their family. The records note that they are related to Emerson Heard. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 7a)



PB12 10 Thomas Heard, Mrs (Wm) Ellen Howard uncle of Harry Baker, David Howard c1900s 

In Issue 495, we share an image recorded to be of Thomas Heard, Mrs. (Wm) Ellen Howard (Uncle of Harry Baker) and David Howard circa 1900s. (Archives Code: PB12 10)



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30879068068_e4142a9b6f_kSept. 19 - Issue 480 - BRVTA - TENTH ANNUAL RUN TALLIES OVER $30,000 MARK: The weather cooperated for the Terry Fox Run held in Bayfield on the morning of Sept. 16. It proved to be a fine end of summer day for participants to enjoy as they made their way along Bayfield Terrace in the village. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

44468964354_5f5079b3d9_bOct. 10 - Issue 483 - FALL FOTO FEST - OVER 100 PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDED: The sixth annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF), a joint production of the Photography Club of Bayfield and Photo Tour Trekkers, was held on the weekend of Sept. 29-30. Photo Tour Trekkers Photographer Harry Cartner led the Outdoor Photo Trek that took participants to the Bayfield Cemetery. (Photo by Nancy Denham)  

45294178592_4be088ab98_kOct. 17 - Issue 484 - BAYFIELD LIONS' CLUB -
BRAND NEW TO FISHING HARDY TAKES HOME GRAND PRIZE: Fall colors reflect on the Bayfield River as contestants in the Bayfield Lions' Club's 40th annual Rainbow Trout Derby cast their lines on Saturday morning. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

31581364478_7daecb7e91_kOct. 24 - Issue 485 - WORLD SINGING DAY -
VILLAGE VOICES UNITED FOR GLOBAL SING-A-LONG: Reeka Spence, of The Glee Sisters, introduced the song, "Do-Re-Mi", to the crowd, explaining a bit about its history and encouraging audience participation. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

44878145014_3a789b2303_kOct. 31 - Issue 486 - THE WITCHES WALK - ONE THOUSAND SOULS BRAVED THE TRAIL One thousand plus people were estimated to have wound their way along the trail in The Ashwood Haunted Woods as darkness fell on Saturday, Oct. 27. The drizzle that fell gently down through the trees only enhanced the mood and added to the overall spookiness of the event. The fourth annual walk raised just shy of $2,000 for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron (BBBSNH). (Photo by John Pounder)  

43906301030_bf3becfa1d_kNov. 7 - Issue 487 - LEST WE FORGET - SUN SHINES ON SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: Sunshine graced the Service of Remembrance held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 4. A generous crowd gathered at the cenotaph to honor the community's casualties of war. This year the services marked 100 years since the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War. Three members of Bayfield Guiding placed a wreath during the Nov. 4 service. The girls also participated in the parade to the cenotaph with a color party. (Photo by John Pounder)  

44142913360_dd58c8764c_kNov.21 - Issue 489 - CHRISTMAS IN BAYFIELD - SANTA CLAUS PARADE DELIGHTFUL START TO THE SEASON: Diane Snell, and company, seemed quite delighted to be a part of the parade. (Photo by John Pounder)

31127303247_8862cda8be_kNov. 28- Issue 490 - THE LINDA HINDMAN IS GONE: A touchstone of Bayfield folklore has vanished from the village coastline. The Linda Hindman is gone.
Bayfield resident and a regular photographic contributor to this publication, Gary Lloyd-Rees, was one of the last people to see it before it slipped away. He observed that it shifted over the Christmas in Bayfield weekend and was "floating" just above the waterline on Nov. 19. He took video and photographed it at that time. By Nov. 21 he noted that it was below the waterline but still visible when the waves broke over it. One week later there was no trace of the steamboat stern that had become accidently synonymous with Bayfield. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

44244905210_b5e0433e1d_kNov. 28 - Issue 490 - GLEE SISTERS - FAMILIES TREATED TO SOME MUPPET MERRIMENT: Arlene Timmins (far right) took on the role of Grandma reading the story to the audience. The tale was enhanced with songs performed by members of the Glee Sisters. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

45264295435_43e4ad54f6_kDec. 5 - Issue 491 - BAYFIELD LIONS' CLUB -
BINGO CROWD GIDDY WITH DREAMS OF A FAMILY FEAST: Attendance records were broken again at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Annual Christmas Turkey Bingo held on the evening of Dec. 3. Sharon Wingrove completed the letter "X" on her Bingo card to take home the 12th turkey of the night. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


This week we conclude our look back on the Bayfield that was from Sept. 5 to Dec. 18, 2018.

At this time we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our advertisers - several have been with us from the beginning and we are so happy to acknowledge this. We do have some new advertisers on board as well and to you we say welcome and thanks for your vote of confidence in our publication. We invite our Subscribers to support our advertisers by visiting their websites (click on their ad) and consider them first when in need of a product or service.

It is also important to acknowledge our subscribers as well. Close to 1,800 of you receive the Bayfield Breeze in your email inbox every week and this number continues to grow steadily. A lot of you also read us now via our Facebook page – please pop over and give us a “like” if you haven’t already. We can be found at

We would like to extend a thank you to all who take the time to write in and share their comments about our weekly online publication some of these notes are filtered through this retrospective.

Here’s to a 2019 filled with plenty of good news!


I keep in touch with Bayfield, partly through the Breeze; we’ve had a family cottage compound on the lakeshore north of town for decades and I try to get there for a few weeks every year and it is paradise. I live in New York state and wish it was closer to Bayfield. I’ve worked in newspapers at various points and I know what a labor of love it is – so good job! - L.W.


They are very community oriented and offer great coverage! Small but mighty! – M.H.


I love the Bayfield Breeze and their commitment to keep everyone informed on all the wonderful things happening in our village. I appreciate that the Breeze has always been there to help advertise any cause we have been fundraising for in our community. I can't thank the Bayfield Breeze enough for their constant efforts to help every organization in the village. – K.J.


I love reading the Breeze and appreciate all of the efforts that allow us to have a community news source. Thank you! - S.P.

43741411544_42c52e2319_b Sept. 5 - Issue 478 - JESSE IS GOING TO COSTA RICA THANKS TO VHS RUN4KIDS: On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 2, over 105 runners and walkers joined to support Jesse, a 10 year-old boy from Middlesex County who is battling cancer. He is the 2018 Run4Kids Make-A-Wish child.The event is a combined annual effort between the Virtual High School and the Optimist Club of Bayfileld. This photo shows the very special moment when he and his mom learned that due to the efforts of the run participants his wish had been granted! (Photo by Jackie Hivert)

43689289165_95cd3be473_kSept. 12 - Issue 479 - HURON RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE - TWO HUNDRED MONARCHS FIND THEIR WINGS: Mike Gerrits, of Clinton, released a butterfly in memory of his wife, at the 2018 release, a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

44993480142_dd9cecb2ab_kOct. 3 - Issue 482 - FOURTH ANNUAL VOLKFEST -
SPIRIT OF THE DAY ACCENTUATED BY THE RAIN: Mom Jennifer Reaburn danced to the live music with her daughter, River during the fourth annual Bayfield Volkfest. (Photo by Genelle Reid)

30894743397_d2640cf846_kNov. 14 - Issue 488 - BELLS PEAL ACROSS THE NATION: Fourteen people, of all ages, gathered excitedly in the sanctuary of Trinity Anglican Church late on the afternoon of Nov. 11. A timer was set to notify all when 5 p.m. arrived. And at the appointed hour the first person to ring the church bell stepped up to the rope and gave it an earnest tug – the sound of the bell above was clearly heard and then off in the distance there came another bell answering the call and then another...The Bells of Peace were calling out across Clan Gregor Square…just as they did 100 years before. The 2018 initiative was presented by the Royal Canadian Legion Olga Palmer, whose father, Maj. the Rev. George Youmatoff; M/CPL served in the second world war helped ring the bell at Trinity. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

45526933604_5e896173c5_kDec. 12 - Issue 492 - OPTIMIST CLUB OF BAYFIELD - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA A TRADITION FOR FAMILIES: Volunteers at the 13th annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Optimist Club of Bayfield welcomed a number of folks with hearty appetites through the doors at The Ashwood Inn on Dec. 9. Optimist Bruce Brady truly got into the spirit of the day while dishing out all the yummy breakfast treats from scrambled eggs to French toast. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

44487565660_32c7d1026a_kDec.19 - Issue 493 - HURON CENTENNIAL SCHOOL - CHILDREN FILLED WITH CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: On the afternoon and evening of Dec. 12 the younger students enrolled at Huron Centennial School, near Brucefield, put on a festive concert in celebration of the holiday season. Here Grade 1-2 students in Mrs. Stein's class present "Reindeer Rap" (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)




PIXILATED — images of the weeks (478-493)



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


Here we are at Issue 496 – just four weeks away from the big 500! When we started this journey to become the voice of the village in 2009 I had no idea how things would evolve. And now in 2019 we are still proud to be the voice of the village but we have also become a news source for people not only in Bayfield but beyond our borders. We now welcome contributions and advertisers from neighboring towns. Together they make up the framework of this most amazing community. It really does take a village! – Melody

P.S. Looking for suggestions as to how we should mark our milestone 500th issue on Feb. 6? Let me know how you think we should best celebrate this achievement.


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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