Bookmark and Share   Jan. 8, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 2 Issue 548

 let us rise together theme of women's march 2020 

46081352934_2cff040948_kThree years ago, on Jan. 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds came together, five million strong, on all seven continents of the world. 2019 marked the inaugural march for the Huron Chapter of Women's March Canada. It was held in Goderich midday on Saturday, Jan. 19. The 2020 March will be held on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

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“Let Us Rise Together” is the theme of Women’s March 2020. The Huron Chapter of Women’s March Canada will be hosting their march on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Goderich.

It is time again to march for equality and the fundamental rights of women starting at 1 p.m. Participants will gather in Courthouse Square to raise awareness of gender inequalities. There will be speeches and music along with a walk around The Square all in an effort to bring people together in solidarity for women’s rights here in Huron County.

Donations of unopened women’s underwear and feminine hygiene products will be accepted to support the Women’s March Canada – Huron Chapter’s Red Box Initiative as they work to end period poverty in the county.

There will also be a Sign Making Workshop at the Goderich Public Library on Jan. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to make a sign to hold at the march. Materials needed to make the signs will be supplied.

For more information about the Sign Making Workshop, Red Box Initiative or the march itself please visit the Women’s March Canada – Huron Chapter’s Facebook Page or email the Board directly at

Authors of book about Farmerettes to speak at AGM


Shirleyan English and Bonnie Sitter are the authors and historians behind the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” and will be the guest speakers at the Bayfield Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Banquet on Jan. 27 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

The farmerettes are women who worked the farms while men fought in WWII, and were an important part of provincial history. English herself was a farmerette.

Those who attend the event are asked to arrive after 11:20 a.m. but before 11:50 a.m. to be seated by noon for a served, hot, full course, country meal.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Bayfield Archives on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by contacting a member of the BHS Board: President Ruth Gibson, 905 518 4646; Barb Durand, Claudia Barrett, Deborah Curran, Doug Brown, Doug Darnbrough, Godfrey Heathcote, Gwen Patterson, Joe Gray, Julia Armstrong, or Linda Hopkins-Greenly.

shopping buddy driver recruitment happening now 

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Want to be a Home4Good Shopping Buddy?

Bayfield’s Home4Good decided a year ago to start a Shopping Buddy Program, and now has nine shopping buddy drivers paired with people around Bayfield who need help to go shopping or run other errands. Being a shopping buddy has proved a satisfying assignment for Home4Good’s volunteers, who are enthusiastic about helping their neighbors.

One shopping buddy said his decision to join Home4Good was an easy one. He wanted to make a positive difference to a fellow senior through companionship and shopping assistance. His past caregiving experience helps him deal with any challenges.

Another shopping buddy who retired from the social service sector, found that being a shopping buddy was an excellent way to spend some “spare time” and “pay it forward”. But more importantly she has a lot in common with her shopping buddy and their conversations are stimulating and wide ranging. She looks forward to sharing time with her shopping buddy and is grateful to find a new friend.

A third volunteer shares a love of flowers with her shopping buddy. Her buddy already had a shopping partner, but Home4Good asked this volunteer to help with gardening. Her buddy uses a walker and is no longer able to play in the dirt. Our volunteer was able to plant annuals, some perennials and rid the flower bed of nasty goutweed (for now!) They chat while our volunteer gardens and teases her about her garden art. Very fulfilling for both of them.

Home4Good is recruiting more shopping buddy drivers for 2020. Drivers are expected to take their shopping buddy passenger shopping (or do their shopping for them) at least once a month, but not more than once a week, at mutually agreed times. For more information about the program, and to download an application form go to Home4Good’s website at

If you, or someone you know, could use the help of a shopping buddy, please contact the coordinator of Home4Good’s program, Leslie Bella, at 519 955-1531 (text) or (email).

friends of the Bayfield Library offering winter distractions 

Looking for something to chase away the January blahs? Why not spice things up by going on a “Blind Date with a Book” organized by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL)?

Check out a brown paper wrapped book from their special display at the Bayfield Public Library from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, take it home and unwrap it, and then read it. Don't forget to "rate your date" when you return the book and enter the draw for a prize. The draw will take place on March 13.

FOBL's “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program is back for the 2020 winter season.

First up in the series is a discussion on Saturday, Jan. 25, about feeding our feathered friends, presented by Steven Jenkins of Porter's Hill Wild Bird Seed Co. All are welcome to attend this informative and timely session to be held at the Bayfield Library in the Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.

Three more “Saturdays at the Library’ are upcoming including: Feb. 22, a presentation by Blyth Theatre Playwright, Dave Scott; March 28, learn about how to sort/store old photographs presented by Pauline Hoffman, Just in Time Solutions; and Apr. 18, hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre and Terry Henderson of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.


 BRVTA winter hike 

Event postponed to Jan. 18. 

It is almost time for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Annual Winter Hike and Lunch. Start the new year off right on Jan. 11 with a community winter hike!

Guided hikes will be held at Mavis’ Trail, as well as the Taylor Trail. Choose one or the other, or do them both; bring snowshoes if the weather allows. Dogs on leash are welcome.

The hikes will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a light lunch served after the hikes at the Stanley Complex near Varna. Everyone welcome. There will be no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted.
This is also an opportunity to sign up for a Bayfield Trails Membership. Annual memberships allow the BRVTA to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming and training.

To make membership even more attractive, the BRVTA is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with the employee discount store of Columbia Sportswear, located at 1425 Max Brose Drive in London. By showing a current BRVTA membership card, people are allowed to shop at 40-50 per cent off regular retail pricing several times a year during a special invitation period. Members will be notified by email if they subscribe to the BRVTA monthly newsletter.

Membership is affordable! Annual membership fees are $20 or $30 for a family rate. The BRVTA will hold several membership drives, enabling people to get their membership card. Membership can also be activated through the website, As a member people will also receive special privileges to select Bayfield Trail events.

Anyone who has paid online or by mail, membership cards will be available for pick-up at the annual winter hike and lunch or at the following membership drives: Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Bayfield Public Library from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. There will also be a membership drive at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show held at the Bayfield Arena on Apr. 24-26.

For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BRVTA by e-mail at:

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Relics compete against the Lucan Leprecauns at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 8).

Then on Thursday, Jan. 9, Bayfield 50+ take on Goderich 2 starting at 8 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

valdy in concert 

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There is no better way to beat the January blues then an evening with Canadian Folk Musician Valdy. He will make a return visit to the Bayfield Town Hall on Jan. 31.

Valdy began his career in the early 1970s with the release of "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. To date he has 14 albums, 22 singles and four gold records and has sold nearly half a million units worldwide. Since 1974 he has received 12 Juno nominations winning two Juno Awards - Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year.

An energetic performer, Valdy already has 26 concerts booked in 2020 throughout the US and Canada, with this visit to Bayfield on that list! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.

People can order tickets online (at no extra cost) at

Chocolatey mint campaign 


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And at $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts during this party season! 

They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.

Bayfield Travel Club

The fourth meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.

It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

The point of discussion will be culinary travel with a special guest from Collette Tours.

The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North. 



  source protection committee undergoes transition

Alyssa_Keller_New_SPC_Member_Public-at-large_NRAlyssa Keller (Submitted photo)

An Exeter woman, Alyssa Keller, is the new public-at-large representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC).

The SPC works to create policies to protect local sources of municipal drinking water from possible threats such as fuel, chemicals, nutrients, pesticides, livestock grazing, and hazardous waste in areas near the wells.

SPC Chair Matt Pearson welcomed the new public-at-large representative to the committee.

“The Source Protection Committee is undergoing a transition, not only in size, but in membership, as we recently had a number of retirements,” he said. “These make way for new members who bring different outlooks and ideas…Alyssa will offer a new generational perspective that can only add to our discussions as we work to protect this valuable resource.”

Keller works for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. as Water and Wastewater Operator. She previously worked for the Municipality of South Huron with the Transportation Services and Environmental Services Department. She has an Honours B.A. in Environmental Studies and Family Studies from the University of Western Ontario, specializing in groundwater hydrology, water analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. She is also a current member of the Municipality of South Huron Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee. She also volunteers her time coaching soccer.

The newest committee member thanked the local source protection authority for choosing her as the new public representative.

“I am really excited to be a part of the committee,” she said. “I am looking forward to sharing ideas on water protection and generating interest from a younger generation. Water protection is essential to my current occupation in water treatment and it is vital to our future.”

There are now 12 members of the source protection committee. This is a reduction from 15 members. The size has been reduced to reflect the current workload of committee members during this phase of the source protection program.

The 2020 committee includes Chair Matt Pearson and the following members: Municipal – Allan Rothwell (East); David Blaney (Central); Myles Murdock (North); Dave Frayne (South West); Economic – Philip Keightley (Commerce); Bert Dykstra (Agriculture); Mary Ellen Foran (Agriculture); Other – John Graham (Environment); Jennette Walker (Environment); Ian Brebner (Property Owner); and Alyssa Keller (Public-at-Large).

To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region website at

Once Were Brothers kicks off Livery Film Fest 


Welcome to the new decade! In the winter of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings four new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit - a great way to mark Thursdays on those new 2020 calendars!

Here are the New Year offerings: Jan. 16, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band; Feb. 6, The Peanut Butter Falcon; Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

Once Were Brothers, the January film, is based on Robertson's autobiography “Testimony”. Robertson, lead songwriter for The Band, and the film's director Daniel Roher are both Toronto natives. Roher claims that hearing “Up on Cripple Creek” while on a canoe trip was the beginning of his journey to bring this story to the screen.

In addition to Robertson's “cautionary and occasionally humorous tale”, this film documents the collaboration of the group with music legends such as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Ronnie Hawkins (who is said to “steal the show”).

Archival footage and iconic songs contribute to the nomination of this new film as the Best Canadian Feature Film (TIFF, 2019). This film was the Festival opener this year.


The Peanut Butter Falcon is described as a “modern day Mark Twain fable”, telling the story of a young boy who leaves home to become a wrestler. And yes, there is a raft scene, and lots of “heart and humour”. This film has been enthusiastically received by other film circuit audiences. Critics rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website is 95/100.

All films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (


 thursday tunes  

“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.

Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.

For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.

watershed champions

Local schools can help their community with the help of Watershed Champions grants. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has extended the grant application deadline to Friday, Jan.17. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover and overall watershed health. Projects may also include a public education event or activity. The local conservation authority offers four grants of up to $500 each.

The 2019-2020 school year is the third year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at You may email completed applications to by Jan. 17.

“We want to make sure our local watershed schools have the chance to apply for this program so we’re extending the application deadline into January,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “Local schools have done great projects the previous two years and we want to build on that success in 2020.”

Past Watershed Champions include: Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig; and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan.

To view videos of past school projects, visit the ABCA YouTube channel at this link:
Watershed Champions Grant projects provide solutions to environmental challenges with measurable and manageable actions. The projects need to be completed by June 2020.

All schools with funded projects are to be notified by the end of January.

“We are excited that we can offer Watershed Champions Grants for the third year in a row, to local schools, thanks to funding from NextEra Energy Canada,” said Iszczuk. “We were really impressed by the projects completed by schools through this program and we look forward to reviewing applications for projects that help to improve soil, water and living things in our watershed community.”

Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking Action.

The Taking Action category is a hands-on positive action for a project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things: such as clean water diversion including rain gardens; controlling erosion; enhancing wildlife habitat; grassland restoration and enhancement; improving streams; planting native trees and shrubs; wetland restoration and enhancement; creating a living snow fence; cleanups; and collecting and reporting on environmental features including performing a tree inventory.

The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action – such as being a community ambassador for actions that protect water, soil, and living things; promoting responsible practices such as water conservation or proper disposal of harmful chemicals and household hazardous waste; raising awareness through the Yellow Fish Road™ program; creating education and/or recreational opportunities; developing a school carbon offset program or a school Conservation Strategy; or sponsoring a guest speaker.





Volume 11

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 feature a Reuban Sallows portrait of Frank Keegan taken circa 1890 from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection. (Archives Code: PB12 5Aa)  

  PB12 5Aa Sallows portrait of Frank Keegan c1890

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




In Issue 546, an image from the Editor's personal collection featuring a letter sent out to the children who visited Eaton's Toyland in Toronto in December 1924. Happy Christmas all!

In Issue 547  

PB12 5Ab Rachel Wild related Keegan 1889 

In Issue 547, we feature an image taken in 1889 of Rachel Wild that records indicate was related to Keegan. It is from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection. (Archives Code: PB12 5Ab)



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the best of the bayfield breeze 2019

33857179948_ec61a018ff_kMay 1 - Issue 512 - BAYFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY - PLAY CELEBRATES UNSUNG HERO IN CANADIAN HISTORY: The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. One of the first events on the celebratory schedule was a play about the Admiral himself written and directed by Judy Keightley and produced by Jayne Deitrich. It premiered on the stage of the Bayfield Town Hall on Apr. 26 and 27. The cast l-r: Steve Baker, Leanne Kavanagh, Mike Dietrich, Ian Rutherford, John Dietrich and Cam Oates. (Photo by Jack Pal)

46876038795_975db04473_kMay 8 - Issue 513 - NINE GROCERY CARTS OF FOOD DONATED TO BAYFIELD FOOD BANK: Members of the Bayfield Lions' Club, Trinity St. James Anglican Church and the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) gathered together on the morning of Apr. 29 for the traditional parade of groceries that were collected during the Lion's Club's Home and Garden Show. From l-r: Andy deVries, Rick Schinkel, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Geordie Palmer, Paul Spittal, Doug Vandehaar, Rolly Scott, and Terry Henderson. (Photo by John Pounder)  

47783404612_d422826fa7_kMay 15 - Issue 514 - FESTIVAL GAINING REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE BEST: The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) held their fourth Annual Bayfield Beer and Food Festival on Saturday, May 11th at the Bayfield Arena. The Little Inn of Bayfield's Chef Dan Stubbs prepared sliders for guests at the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on Saturday. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

46979649745_3405189f79_kMay 22 - Issue 515 - RECORD BREAKING CROWD CAME OUT TO CHEER ON THE DUCKS: Luke Shanahan, Jenny Allan and their children Weylin and Bridget, kept a watchful eye on which ducks crossed the finish line first during the annual Bayfield Optimist Club's Rubber Duck Race held on May 19 along the Bayfield Harbour's South Pier. (Photo by John Pounder)  

47946324376_b6412b6eb5_kMay 29 - Issue 516 - TRINITY ST. JAMES - 170TH ANNIVERSARY - WITH LOVE AND GRATEFUL THANKS TO WAYNE AND LORI: The marking of the 170th Anniversary of Trinity St. James was combined with a Farewell Dinner for Vicar Wayne Malott and his wife, Lori. The evening was a sell out with members of the congregation, Bayfield Food Bank volunteers, Bayfield Lions' Club representatives and community friends in attendance. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

48079852642_0c556e7424_kJune 19 - Issue 519 - CONGRATS "SNOOK" O'REILLY: About fifty people of all ages came out for the photo op on June 14 organized by the BACPA, Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Lions’ Club to recognize the achievements of Ryan "Snook" O'Reilly - a NHL hockey player who skated during his formative years at the Bayfield Arena. (Photo by Megan Blakes)  

48235697796_d220084db1_kJuly 10 - Issue 522 - VETTE FEST 2019 - GREAT WEATHER, VOLUNTEERS AND CORVETTE OWNERS: THE RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND: Two hundred and fifty Corvettes registered for the 13th annual Bayfield Vette Fest held July 6 while an additional 20 vehicles could be found outside Clan Gregor Square. (Photo by John Pounder)  

48284341267_1c2a141443_kJuly 17 - Issue 523 - PIONEER PARK ASSOCIATION - RUMMAGE SALE HELPS REPLENISH RESERVE FUNDS: The 72nd Pioneer Park Rummage Sale held on July 12 was successful by any yardstick.
Kip Cantrick, Catherine Tillmann and Tom Grasby watched the line up to get in to the indoor portion of the Rummage Sale grow steadily longer as 7 p.m. approached - the excitement was palpable. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

48356933121_229611e993_kJuly 24 - Issue 524 - BAYFIELD GARDEN CLUB - TIP TOE THROUGH THE DAYLILIES AT FALHAVEN FARM: Fifteen members of the Bayfield Garden Club enjoyed a tour of the colorful gardens at Falhaven Farm and Nursery late on the afternoon of July 22. Falhaven Farm currently grows about an acre of Daylilies and when the weather conditions cooperate the property comes alive with colorful blooms from mid-July to late August. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

48170299911_7389df4279_kJuly 3 - Issue 521 - PIONEER PARK ASSOCIATION - PAINTING, MUSIC, MEDITATION AND YOGA ALL PART OF SUMMER AT THIS FAVORITE LAKESIDE RETREAT: Pioneer Park is known as the most terrific location around to watch the sun set but during the weekends in the summer there is even more to do – and it’s free! The first "Paint the Sunset" with Robin event was held on the evening of June 30th with plenty of folks of all ages and experience levels putting brush to canvas.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

48398547682_e36cddcc65_k July 31 - Week 525 - RYAN O'REILLY DAY - FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS BASK IN THE AFTERGLOW OF STANLEY CUP WIN WITH LOCAL HOCKEY HERO: On July 25, Huron County native Ryan O’Reilly, as a Centerman for the 2019 Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues, spent the day carrying it around from community to community sharing it with family, friends and fans. The Cup was kissed by O’Reilly’s 99 year-old grandmother, Deirdre, rode a top a fire truck, in a convertible and took flight in a helicopter, it was photographed with hundreds and hundreds of people and became a seat for O’Reilly’s 18 month-old son, Jameson. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)



This week we continue our look back on the Bayfield that was from May 1 to July 31, 2019.

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.

And a reminder that we can also be found at We just reached 700 likes and 744 followers on Facebook. If you haven't liked or followed us yet we invite you to do so. 


I just wanted to send a little note of congratulations on a paper so well done. You have covered local news and it is always an interesting read. Awesome coverage of local events and information from the local community. Well Done! – M.E.Z.


Thank you for all you do to get the Bayfield Breeze to us. – B.K.


My family had a cottage in Bayfield in the '60s Although I live far away now (in Texas) it will always be home to me. Thank you for keeping us connected. – A.P.


Newsy, interesting & keeping us abreast of events in the active village of Bayfield. – R.L.


Thank you for all of the excellent work that you do supporting, promoting and informing Bayfield. – J.S.


This is a very worthwhile and informative publication especially for newbies like us. – J.L.

40768001893_9ecfa9d83b_kMay 1 - Issue 512 - BAYFIELD LIONS' HOME AND GARDEN SHOW GETS JUMP ON SPRING: About 2,200 people took advantage of a chilly yet mostly pleasant weekend to travel to the village for the Bayfield Lions' Club’s 22nd Annual Home and Garden Show. Nathan Hammond, owner of Huron Fireplaces on Bayfield's Main Street, shared his knowledge of a unique European Pizza Oven he had on display at his booth at the show on Apr. 26-28. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

46979773215_44254a01e0_kMay 22 - Issue 515 - BREAKFAST A VICTORIA DAY TRADITION FOR MANY: The Bayfield Lions’ Club welcomed throngs of people to their 52nd Community Breakfast on Sunday, May 19. Breakfast service began at 7:30 a.m. some of the earliest attendees appear to have come straight from their beds! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

47945588423_4f805d5176_kMay 29 - Issue 516 - SOUTH PIER DECK REPLACED AS PART OF FUNDING TO SMALL HARBORS: As part of the $250 million investment in its network of small craft harbors across the country under Budget 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertook work to replace the South Pier Deck at Bayfield Harbour. CSL Construction completed the work in March. Officials came to the village on May 21 to make an announcement and view the work. Examining the Canadian Coast Guard Navigational Aid at the end of the pier were from l-r: Mark Sandeman and Julie Yusek of the Small Craft Harbours program, DFO Central and Arctic Region; Parliamentary Secretary Sean Casey; Mayor of Saugeen Shores Luke Charbonneau; Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater Paul Klopp; and Mayor of Northern Bruce Peninsula Milt McIver. It is a wharf light, called LL776 Bayfield Wharf. This new navigational aid replaces the old one. It was fabricated by Canadian Coast Guard employees and installed by the contractor. (Photo by Karen Rickers)  

47994803458_6570345ac3_k June 5 - Issue 517 - BAYFIELD LIONS' CLUB - TWENTY-FIVE CANINES AND OWNERS WALK FOR DOG GUIDES: On June 2, the 34th annual Walk for Dog Guides in Bayfield took place. The event was held in Clan Gregor Square and this year approximately 25 dogs and their owners participated in the 5 KM walk and raised approximately $8,000 in pledges, on-line donations and cash donations for the National Dog Guide program. (Photo by Jack Pal)

48039415692_94abb6269e_k June 12 - Issue 518 - BAYFIELD INTERNATIONAL CROQUET CLUB - LOCAL CLUB HOSTS CANADA'S LARGEST TOURNAMENT: Arlene Parker, of Bayfield, took part in the A Flight games in Seaforth on Saturday. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

48120600903_73225f8bf4_kJune 26 - Issue 520 - PORK CHOPS AND PLENTY OF PIES MARK 45TH VARNA PORK BBQ: The popular Varna Pork BBQ marked its 45th year on June 19 at the Varna Complex. Brenda Consitt was just one of several volunteers that served up food to hungry visitors and she can attest that not much goes better with a smoked chop than baked beans. Yum! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)



PIXILATED — images of the weeks (512-525)


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







A lot of people have a grievance with January. But you know I kind of like it.

January isn’t all tinsel and sugar plums like December…you can’t go trick or treating like you do in October and it’s not all fireworks and barbecues like July but there is something rejuvenating about it that appeals.

January lets you pick up a page turner you just can’t put down. January gives you permission to work on that scrapbook or puzzle that has been collecting dust. January provides you with an opportunity to play a board game or binge watch a series.

I often lament that I wish I could spread a bit of January into the other eleven months of the year because January affords you time to slow down and hibernate a little without having to make excuses. And time for ourselves is something we could all use more of. – Melody



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