Bookmark and Share   Jan. 30, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 5 Issue 499


IMG_9441 The Bayfield and Area Fire Department recently received a generous donation in the amount of $1,500 to be used toward the purchase of new Auto Extrication Equipment that is required for today’s technologies in the auto industry, according to Jack Bender, fire chief. He is shown pictured here with members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club including, President Don Vance (far left); Mark Richardson, Doug Vanderhaar and Dave Nearingburg as well as Kathy Gray and Rick Schinkel (in the truck). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

library programs held in honor of world wetlands day 

World Wetlands Day is observed around the planet on Feb. 2 of each year. This global day is also a time for local efforts to promote the value of wetlands and other storm water improvements. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has launched a social media information campaign leading up to 2019 World Wetlands Day.

Conservation educators are also sharing the benefits of wetlands through programs at Bayfield and Seaforth libraries. Both one-hour library events will be funded by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and to be held on Friday, Feb. 1.

The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Climate Change. Wetlands provide many benefits including capture of carbon. Only two per cent of the Ausable Bayfield area is wetlands. This makes wetland restoration, and other storm water management improvements, vital for water, soil, habitat, and adaptation to weather extremes, according to staff of ABCA.

Conservation educators from ABCA invite local young people to “celebrate the importance of wetlands” at the Bayfield Public Library, 18 Main Street North. “Find out what a wetland is and discover what lives in them” as this interactive presentation on wetlands helps to answer questions such as, “Do we have wetlands in the Bayfield area?” This free program is for young people ages five to 12 will start at 3:45 p.m. and includes a nature craft. Parents or guardians of interested children need to register with the library.

ABCA is also hosting a one-hour Backyard Nature event at the Seaforth Public Library, 108 Main Street South, starting at 2 p.m. This program is geared towards families so they can “explore the wonders of nature that can be found in their own backyards”.
To learn more about the library programs visit and

There are many storm water improvement projects landowners can do. ABCA staff can help with technical advice and grants with funding support from the Urban and Rural Stormwater Improvements (URSI) for Lake Huron Project and the Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative. Landowners in the area have been adding and enhancing wetlands for more than a decade with support of local wetlands programs. Visit or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more or to talk to staff about a site visit.

Wetlands are often considered “nature’s kidneys.” Kidneys remove impurities and waste from the human body. Wetlands do the same for land and water. Wetlands are vital natural systems that reduce erosion and flooding and filter sediment and pollutants from water and recharge groundwater supplies. That means wetlands help with water quality and water quantity. They help to store and filter water when there is too much water on the landscape and they help to release water during droughts and times of water shortage when that water is needed.

World Wetlands Day is a perfect time to thank area people who have completed local wetland projects or have natural wetlands on their property, according to staff. They also say it is a perfect time to encourage landowners to consider wetlands and other storm water improvements. World Wetlands Day is observed on Feb. 2 to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people here in Canada and around the world. To learn more visit or use the #WorldWetlandsDay hashtag at

Soups On tickets selling quick 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society’s annual Soup's On event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17. Local restaurants, churches and community organizations will once again compete for the coveted trophies and bragging rights.

Attendees are asked to bring their own mug and spoon for the taste testing. This will show their support for the Bayfield initiatives to save the environment.

Tickets are already on sale and the first two time slots are quite popular so if anyone needs tickets please call Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. Tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased for the following time slots: 1:45-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:15-4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to participate in the competition this year is asked to contact Baker at It is important that organizers have received confirmation of participation by the first week of February.

“We will submit our list to the printers early in February in order to print out ballots. We need to hear from you soon. There are still several openings available,” said Baker. “Come sample the cuisine, mix and mingle with your friends and neighbors, learn about the many active organizations and groups within our community and have fun! Results will be announced shortly after four o'clock. Looking forward to your support with this annual event to raise funds for the Town Hall."


Life at the rink

Hockey fans will be able to watch a game tonight (Jan. 30) when the Bayfield Relics take on the Clinton Foul-ups.

The puck will drop at 8:30 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.


Make a difference in someone’s life with a random act of kindness by creating kindness rocks for the Huron Residential Hospice.

“OHearts” is hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Public Library on Feb. 9 for one hour starting at 12:45 p.m.

Just one word can help support grieving and loss. This hour-long session provides supplies and assistance. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone who is a Kindness Rocks buff, but unable to attend, is asked to please send in your donations to the library prior to Feb. 9.

Bluewater News 

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Jan. 21.

• Directed staff to compile all comments received from ratepayers regarding the Draft Shoreline Management Plan and submit the comments to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
• Proclaimed the week of Feb. 1-7 as Eating Disorder Awareness Week
• Adopted the Pregnancy and Parental Leave Policy for Members of Council
• Awarded the tender for BW-RDS-05-2018, Bayfield Terrace Shoreline Protection, 2018 to Vandriel Excavating Inc. in the amount of $187,101.32 (excl. HST)
• Supported in principle the development of the Sawmill Road lands, based on a
servicing concept potentially utilizing a private sewage disposal system, subject to completion of additional technical study and investigation at the Developer’s expense to confirm feasibility, and to the satisfaction of the Municipality


Campers at one of two nature day camps offered by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will spend a week “wondering, investigating, learning and discovering” the natural world through engaging activities, according to ABCA educators.

This program is ideal for young people who love being outdoors and who enjoy hiking and exploring, staff say.

The WILD Explorers Nature Day Camp, for ages six to nine, will take place on July 8-12. At press time, there were only a few spaces left in the WILD Explorers camp.

“We are thrilled to now have safe access to both sections of the South Huron Trail thanks to Jones Bridge, the new pedestrian bridge,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator. “We know our Explorers will make good use of it.”

The WILD Adventurers Nature Day Camp, for ages 10-12, takes place July 22-26. New this year, the Adventurers are to take a bus trip to Rock Glen Conservation Area in Arkona, ON to visit Rock Glen Falls, search for fossils, and learn more about the natural history of the area. Interested people can register for Adventurers before Apr. 19 and save $20.

“We are excited to take our Adventurers to Rock Glen to find brachiopods and horned coral fossils and to visit the falls and explore the unique Carolinian ecosystem,” said Nina Sampson, Conservation educator.

To find out more about Nature Day Camps visit the website at this link:

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until camps are full. Space is limited. To find out more visit the ABCA website at or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.




thompson celebrates citizens  

GroupTwenty-three residents were recognized by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson during her New Year’s levee on Jan. 16. (Submitted photo)  

The volunteer efforts and dedication to their communities of 23 residents were recognized by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson during her New Year’s levee on Jan. 16 in Teeswater.

“I am thrilled to ring in 2019 by celebrating with you the hard work, community spirit and volunteer efforts of our Remarkable Citizens from all over Huron-Bruce,” Thompson said before a packed audience at the Teeswater Town Hall.

“These outstanding individuals left a lasting impression on those around them through their substantial contributions of time and energy to help make our communities such invigorating and welcoming places to live.”

Included in the 23 recognized was a posthumous award given to the family of Steve Millen, of Teeswater, who passed away in November, 2018.

“He was the town’s biggest cheerleader and ambassador, and a friend to everyone,” she said.

Thompson said every year she is “incredibly impressed” by the dedication and commitment volunteers make to their communities and organizations.

Others recognized were: Bob Rowe, Hensall; Brent McKague, Teeswater; Brian McGavin, Walton; Christopher Pennington, Kincardine; Darian Murray, Lucknow; Dave McDonald, Teeswater; Doug Kuyvenhoven, Wingham; Keith and Gail VanderHoek, Ripley; Jane Hoy, Dungannon; Joan Vincent, Wingham; John Leppington, Clinton; Joyce Johnston, Bluevale; Judith Bond, Kincardine; Lorri Ann Moore, Seaforth; Margaret Sutherland, South Huron (Park Hill); Patti Hutton, Tiverton; Phyllis Ireland, Teeswater; Robert (Bob) Beuttenmiller, Seaforth; Shannon McGlynn, Teeswater; Shannon Wood, Mildmay; Tom Melady, Seaforth (Guelph).

Thompson said she looks forward to recognizing more remarkable citizens at next year’s event.

managed forests eligible for tax incentives  

The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) recognizes the significance and environmental value provided by privately-owned forests in Ontario. The MFTIP program promotes management, by participating landowners of these privately-owned forests, to increase forest stewardship. The program also brings greater fairness to the property tax values of these lands, according to Certified Managed Forest Plan Approvers with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Landowners who enroll in the program have eligible forested lands on their property classed as Managed Forest and they are taxed at 25 per cent of the municipal tax rate set for residential properties. Landowners must own a minimum of four hectares (9.88 acres) of forested land and have a Managed Forest Plan approved by a certified Managed Forest Plan Approver to enroll in the program.

ABCA’s Managed Forest Plan Approvers are certified to work with landowners to develop and approve a Managed Forest Plan to meet MFTIP requirements for property enrollment. This service is provided on a fee-for-service basis but landowners find they recoup these costs quickly through the tax savings of having their property enrolled in the MFTIP, said Nathan Schoelier, Stewardship technician with ABCA.

ABCA staff work with landowners to complete the required forest inventory and develop a Managed Forest Plan that outlines the landowner’s goals and objectives to ensure long-term stewardship of their property. Management goals and objectives may include activities such as tree planting and logging or the landowner may include a less-intensive management approach such as protecting and enjoying the nature and recreational values their property has to offer, said Schoelier.

The annual deadline for submitting Managed Forest Plans for MFTIP, to have your property tax rate changed for the following year, is June 30.

“We encourage you to start the application process early in the year to ensure a comprehensive plan can be developed and submitted before the application deadline,” said Schoelier.

Anyone interested in learning more about the MFTIP, or would like to begin the process to enroll your property in the program, contact Nathan Schoelier or Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist at ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to learn more.

american icons coming to  Playhouse for one afternoon  

One stage. Five legends. Many hits. Relive the songs of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest performers with a concert guaranteed to have audiences’ dancing in the aisles. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present TVB Productions’ high-energy tribute concert, “American Icons” at four venues this spring.

Backed by a stellar band, international award-winning Elvis tribute artist Steve Michaels headlines this fast-paced concert singing the King’s top hits including “Suspicious Minds”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and many more. Joined by four other incredible performers, the concert covers mega hits by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy popular songs including “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, Hit the Road Jack”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Sherry”, “Pretty Woman” and many more.

A previous winner of the “Images of the King World Championships” in Memphis, Steve Michaels’ dynamic portrayal of the rock ‘n’ roll king makes him one of the most sought-after Elvis performers around the globe. The Toronto-born tribute artist has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his uncanny Elvis appearances all over the world.

The American Icons tribute concert will be on stage at four Drayton Entertainment theatres including one show at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend on Sunday, Apr. 7 starting at 2 p.m. The show will also be performed at the Drayton Festival Theatre, March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge, Apr. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, Apr. 10 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $30 each. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.

Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office or by calling toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).



alzhimer's awareness movies 

The Huron County Alzheimer’s Society (HCAS) will be hosting two movies in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 31.

Every year the HCAS selects movies for the January awareness month. They select them to start the conversation about dementia. The movies depict poignant stories and show that each family is unique; sometimes they aren’t perfect and some situations are less than ideal. They beg the questions: How would I react to the same situation? What can I take from their successes and their mistakes?

On Jan. 31, “What They Had” will be shown at 2 p.m. followed by “The Savages” at 7 p.m.

“The Savages” premiered in 2007 and stars Laura Linney and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. It is a movie about a family grappling with the tough decisions surrounding a move to assisted living. Siblings Wendy and John and their father, Lenny Savage, are all smart, articulate and dramatic characters whose relationships are put to the test in this touching and sometimes humorous film. The value of independence and the importance of relationships - even in the most chaotic of families - keeps “The Savages” real.

“What They Had” debuted in 2018 and stars Hillary Swank and Michael Shannon. It is simultaneously a love story about Burt and Ruth and a story about their adult children, Bridget and Nick, all rising up to meet present responsibilities while forgiving past hurts. At the core of the plot is Burt and Ruth’s continuing deep love for each other. The movie’s title, “What They Had” refers to their enviable relationship and Bridget and Nick’s recognition that they have never – for better or worse – experienced a bond of the same depth in their own lives. As Ruth’s life changes due to dementia, her family supports her and each other with candor, wit and – at the end of the day - love.

These movies are free but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. For more information call 519 482-1482.

Hospital funding 

The Ontario government is providing 128 hospitals across the province with funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.

The following hospitals in Huron-Bruce are receiving funding this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund: South Bruce Grey Health Centre (Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley, and Durham), $2,756,447; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, $74,496; Clinton Public Hospital, $280,997; Seaforth Community Hospital, $205,021; South Huron Hospital, $422,844; and Wingham and District Hospital, $191,869.

“The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “That’s why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients. This funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

Health Unit

Who gets eating disorders? How do you know if you have an eating disorder? Where can you get help?

The National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) recognizes the first week of February as Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The Huron County Health Unit reminds residents that eating disorders can affect anyone at any size.

“You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder,” said Amy MacDonald, Public Health dietitian. “When you think of eating disorders, you may think of individuals with thin physiques or hair loss. But over 1 million Canadians of all genders, ages, body size, classes, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds are affected by eating disorders.”

Does food and weight control your life? If the way you eat and think about food interferes with your life and keeps you from enjoying life and moving forward, then that is disordered eating. Take it seriously and talk to someone who can help. You don't need to wait for a diagnosis by a doctor.

“It’s important to know that if you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, it’s not your fault,” said MacDonald. “Eating disorders are a mental illness, influenced by both our genes and our environment. Sometimes they can be brought on by poor body image or past traumas.”

With treatment from a health care provider, and support of family and loved ones, full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. If you or a loved one is in need, NEDIC has a toll-free helpline at 1-866-633-4220. For local support, contact the Huron Outreach Eating Disorders Program, an outpatient mental health program of Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, at 1-877-695-2524.





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 feature an image of educator, Walter Baker. He was a teacher at the Bayfield School around 1910. This photograph was donated to the Bayfield Archives in 1976 by Alma Bassett. (Archives Code: PB12 3a)

PB12 3a Walter Baker taught in Bayfield School c1910 donated by Alma Bassett July 3 76 

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



 PB12 9a Grace and Fred Weir c1900s

In Issue 497, a delightful photograph of Grace and Fred Weir in the early 1900s. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 9a)



 PB12 10b Dr Richard Stanbury c1900s

In Issue 498, Dr Richard Stanbury is pictured in this image from the 1900s. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 10b)



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life at the rink 

friendly competition at over 50 hockey tournament

IMG_4778(Photo by John Pounder)

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The Bayfield Arena was the location for the Bayfield Over 50 Hockey Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26 with four teams taking to the ice for some friendly competition.

The Hounds, Bayfield River Rats, Bayfield Relics and Chuck’s Old Dogs played three games each before entering the finals. The teams were drafted from a pool of eligible players. Chuck’s Old Dogs were the winners of the A-Final.

The Bayfield Over 50 Hockey Tournament was sponsored by the Bayfield Brewing Co and Public House.








PIXILATED — image of the week


Nature's Jewelery...By Hildy Steiner

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


Blue Bayfield continues to get the word out to other communities regarding their efforts to eradicate single use plastics. Shelagh Sully, a member of Blue Bayfield, was recently interviewed by Julianne Hazelwood of CBC Radio's London Morning show. People can listen to Shelagh share the village's story by visiting the link below. Thanks for mentioning our own little environmentally friendly enterprise - the Bayfield Breeze - a paperless, paper!  – Melody



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