Bookmark and Share   Feb. 13, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 7 Issue 501


39469479625_302e63c152_k “Soup’s On” the annual fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is this Sunday, Feb. 17. Those who have reserved tickets to attend are reminded to bring their own mug and soup for sampling the delicious soups prepared by many local restaurants and organizations. Tasting and voting will begin at 1:45 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. and results will be announced shortly thereafter. Tickets can still be purchased for one of the three time slots by calling Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456. The times available for entry into the hall are: 1:45-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 3:15-4 p.m. Baker notes that the participants seem quite keen this year so she believes that the soups are sure to be scrumptious! Chefs from The Little Inn of Bayfield and The Lakehouse of Bayfield were kept busy at the 2018 event supplying samples of soups to the multitudes. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR soup and a movie at trinity st. James 


“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!

The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 12 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.

This year’s movie schedule is: Crazy Rich Asians, March 12; The Soloist, March 19; Battle of the Sexes, March 26; Breathe, Apr. 2; and The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Apr. 9.

Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.



Merger explored for two area Health Organizations 

Gary Alcock, the chair of the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) and Dave Crockett the chair of the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) are pleased to share with area residents that the two organizations have jointly entered into a process to explore the possible benefits of unifying as a single organization.

Their Boards unanimously agreed to begin “Phase One” of exploring and assessing this possibility. Many possible benefits will be explored, such as: sharing of collective expertise and resources, improving capacity to respond to emerging needs, expanding programs and services to their communities and keeping their resources for their communities.

“As we begin this exploration, everything remains the same with respect to staffing and program delivery in each of our organizations. We are excited about what this possibility could mean for our patients and the communities we serve!” said the two board chairs in a recent press release.

Come Everything is ready for World Day of Prayer

cover-artThe official artwork of the 2019 World Day of Prayer was created by Slovenian artist, Rezka Arnuš. (Submitted photo)

At the core of the theme for World Day of Prayer 2019, an invitation – Come. And to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.

The invitation is grounded in the parable that Jesus told about a great dinner which was attended by the ones called off the streets, as the ones invited excused themselves. The community formed around the table is not enough to fill the house – there is still room. Who are missing from the table in your community?

Trinity St. James Anglican Church will be hosting World Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 2 and invites the community to come together, along with people in over 170 countries to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children worldwide.

The ultimate goal of this annual program, that will begin at 2 p.m., is best expressed in its Mission Statement: "Empowering Christians to pursue Justice, Peace and Reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action."

Each year a country is chosen and a service written to address their concerns and challenges. This year people will learn about Slovenia.

Joining members and friends of Trinity St. James in presenting the service will be women from the Church on the Way, St. Andrew's United, Knox Presbyterian Church and the Zurich Mennonite Church.

Light refreshments will be served following the service.

bicentennial begins with show   

1R7A3905The Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5 to kick off the 2019-20 celebrations of Admiral Bayfield's surveying Lake Huron. (Submitted photo)  

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. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.

To kick off the celebrations the Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5. According to organizers, these amazingly talented musicians and will be a fitting start to April events.

The Ennis Sisters stepped into the spotlight in 1997 with the release of their debut album, “Red is the Rose”. Twenty years later, with 12 albums, a Juno award and multiple music awards to their credit, Maureen, Karen and Teresa have toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals. Flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, the Ennis Sisters are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous, storytelling.

Their 2018 release, “Keeping Time”, is reflective yet uplifting, about keeping time in both life and music. Produced by Alan Doyle, the album was inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, and is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honors their father, whom they recently lost to dementia.

Tickets are $40 and are available on There will be a cash bar. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.

The BACC would like to thank the concert sponsors: Scotiabank, the Lake House of Bayfield and the Little Inn for their support.

And in keeping with the Admiral Bayfield celebrations later in April, the BHS will be presenting a play by local playwright Judy Keightley on the subject of this great explorer and surveyor himself.

Amendments to source protection plans approved 

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has approved the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Authorities’ amendments to source protection plans to reflect recent changes in six area municipal well systems: Benmiller, Blyth, Dungannon, Molesworth, Ripley and Varna. The Ministry also approved revisions to two source protection plan policies. The Ministry approved the amendments and revisions on Jan. 31 and they took effect on Feb. 5.

“The approved changes to wellhead protection area mapping and source protection plans reflect improvements that local municipalities have made to their drinking water systems,” said Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee. “Wells have been added or replaced to ensure communities continue to have reliable drinking water. The plan amendments ensure municipal water supply continues to be protected through the drinking water source protection program.”

The provincial approval follows a public notice period held from Jan. 3 to Feb. 8, 2018. Consultation included direct notification to landowners in the affected areas plus two Open House sessions held in Blyth and Varna in January of 2018. The local source protection region submitted the proposed amendments to the source protection plans, to Ontario’s environment ministry, on Feb. 16, 2018 for review.

Drinking water sources in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region include groundwater, drawn from aquifers underground, and water drawn from Lake Huron. The source protection plans set out policies that use a variety of tools to protect municipal drinking water sources from contamination. These tools include education, risk management planning, prohibition and land use planning. Policies in the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Plans first came into effect on Apr. 1, 2015.

Visit the region’s local website at or the Province of Ontario web page at to find out more. These web pages provide information about source protection plan policies, mapping of municipal wells and water resources, activities that could contaminate drinking water in certain circumstances and that require risk management and positive actions you can take at home and work to help keep our drinking water safe and clean.

The Notice of Approval of the amended assessment reports and source protection plans for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area and Maitland Valley source protection area is also posted on Ontario’s environmental registry at

If you have questions about the approved changes, please contact Program Co-Supervisor Mary Lynn MacDonald at 1-888-286-2610 or Program Co-Supervisor Donna Clarkson at 519 335-3557.


life at the rink 

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage versus the Zurich Avalanche tonight (Feb. 13).

The blades will hit the ice at 8:30 p.m. 

The 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.


Family Fun Day is once again coming to the Bayfield Arena with free public skating on Monday, Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m.

All the usual favorite activities will be back upstairs in the community centre too, including: crazy games, photo centre, craft table, soft play area for infants and food decorating.

The event is hosted by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT).


The folks at Michaels’ Pharmasave are great fans of Valentine’s Day and once again they want to help area residents spread the love.

“We have a ‘Beary’ great fundraiser on now for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation!” said Kelsey Johnston, of Michael’s Pharmasave. “We have adorable 14-inch teddy bears on sale now at our three Michael's Pharmasave locations.”

Tomorrow may be the big day (Feb. 14) but it is not too latet to buy a bear for a loved one!

Bears can be purchased in-store or for those who would like to surprise someone special, they can place an order to have the Pharmasave staff deliver the bear on Valentine's Day. With a cost of only $15 (local delivery included), this may be a great way to surprise a spouse, significant other, child, parent, friend, co-worker, etc., with net proceeds going towards the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation.

Call or visit Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield (519 565-4454), Michael's Pharmasave in Goderich (519 524-2242) or the new Michael's Pharmasave in Clinton (519 482-5037) to purchase or place an order.


Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) are celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 23 as part of their “Saturdays at the Library” series.

The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library starting at 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome to attend a presentation entitled “Huron’s Unheard Histories: Searching for Grey Township Black Pioneers” by Sinead Cox who is the Curator of Engagement and Dialogue at the Huron County Museum. She will discuss why research into one Huron County family raised more questions than answers!

Engraved Pavers Deadline 

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club have learned that this is indeed possible and will be completed in the Spring.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site in the spring using the same three brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time. The deadline to order has been set for Feb. 24.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.

Shrove Tuesday

Members and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will once again be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year the event falls on March 5.

Pancakes and sausages are turned into tasty delights with the simple addition of locally crafted Maple Syrup! Also on the menu are juice, tea or coffee and dessert.

All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship while supporting Trinity’s ministry in the community. The event will be held in the Trinity St. James Parish Hall, 10 Keith Cres, from 5-7 p.m. Admission at the door will be adults, $8; children under 12 years free. There is a family rate of $20.

Take out is available by calling 519 565-2790 on the day of the event.

Lenten Bible Study 

Members of the community are welcome to join in a Lenten Bible Study at Trinty St. James Anglican Church starting on Thursday, March 14.

“It’s Time to…Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love” will run for five weeks starting at 1:30 p.m.

According to Rev. Wayne Malott, “A video format from the Society of St. John the Evangelist will be used. It should be thought provoking but no home work is involved.”

To learn more please call the church at 519 565-2790.

Chess Club


Anyone interested in playing Chess may be interested to learn that there is a newly formed Chess Club that meets every Tuesday at the Bayfield Public Library.

Club members meet from 1-4 p.m. Both beginners and experienced players are more than welcome to join.

If you are interested please contact Ian Scott-Douglas at 519 441-2433 or email at

Farmers' Market 


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.

The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.

Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.


Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.

The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.

In Memoriam

DSC00114Victor Lecompte (Submitted photo)  

The community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of a former resident.

Victor Lecompte passed away peacefully in London, ON on Monday, Jan. 21 in his 76th year. A long-time resident of Bayfield, he is survived by his daughter Chantal, son Eric and four grandchildren.

He enjoyed snowmobiling and WWE wrestling but Vic truly loved to sail and being on the lake was his greatest passion. At his request, cremation has taken place.

A small celebration of life will be held sometime this summer and will be announced in the Bayfield Breeze. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at





four new board members announced for gateway 

nancy simpsonNancy Simpson (Submitted photos)

Local residents Nancy Simpson, Dave Million, Bonny Baynham and Phil Mair recently joined the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) Board of Directors. Each of these outstanding community members brings a strong knowledge of board and business relations as well as a commitment to the health of rural residents and rural communities. The Gateway board welcomes these very accomplished individuals and the strength they will bring to the board and its activities and development.

Bonnie Baynham has enjoyed an extensive career in social services, community development and health promotion. This tenure includes thirty-five years of service within agencies focusing on issues affecting women, children, youth and diverse groups of adults. Baynham’s extensive experience within these environments has led to a special interest in health and the many factors that affect individual health and also the health of our communities.

Her diverse skill set, knowledge and experience compliment her love of training and facilitation through stories of experience, her passion and energy. Presently Baynham is a Community Developer at the Huron County Health Unit and resides in Bayfield.

Nancy Simpson has been a lifelong resident of Goderich. After secondary school she attended Western University graduating with a degree in Psychology/Social Sciences from Huron University College and then the Faculty of Education in London to obtain her teaching degree. During her thirty-year career in the elementary school system she taught at Victoria, Holmesville and Goderich Public Schools.

As she did in her teaching career, Simpson continues to apply her collaborative and organizational skills through her board work and other volunteerism. Hiking, skiing, cycling and travel occupy much of her time. Gardening is a special interest. She and her husband, Napier, divide their time between Goderich and Haliburton where they enjoy the work and play associated with their unique rural property. Simpson has a particular interest in geriatric and mental health research.

dave million Dave Million

phil mair Phil Mair

Dave Million is a Goderich native. Following high school, he attended Conestoga College, graduating with a Business Administration/Accounting major.

Million worked for Champion Motor Graders/Volvo Construction Equipment for thirty-five years, holding positions as Controller, VP of Quality, VP of Manufacturing, General Manager of the Asheville, North Carolina Facility and was designated as a Lean Manufacturing Specialist and Mergers and Acquisitions Manager.

He led the joint venture in South Africa, China and Thailand for Champion and investigated a joint venture for Russia and Iran. He led the acquisition of several companies for Champion and was Controller of plant start up in South Carolina. Million completed three greenfield site start-ups for Champion which involved designing and building factories. He also led the way for the North Carolina facility to become a gold partner with United Way.

During his career Million has lived in China, Thailand and the U.S., running factories and teaching Lean Manufacturing principles.

Phil Mair spent his career at J.M. Schneider in Kitchener where he focused on food science and food safety as well as management and employee training as a Human Resources Training Coordinator, Trainer for Management Development and Employee Process Development and Continuous Improvement Facilitator.

In the past twenty years he has involved himself in Restorative Justice, volunteering with initiatives in Kitchener where he mediated cases involving victim offender reconciliation, youth justice, elder abuse and mediation circles. He is a recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for his work with the Salvation Army's Youth Justice Program.

Mair has a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University and a diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Currently, he serves on the Four County Labour marketing Board, the Sustainable Huron Committee and Huron Immigration Partnership Committee. Mair has served on many other local and regional boards and committees.

The current Gateway board roster includes: President Jay McFarlan; Vice President Gwen Devereaux; Chair, Dr. Feng Chang, Vice Chair, Fionn O'Flanagan; Secretary, Mary Lapaine; and Treasurer, Dan Stringer. In additon to Baynham, Simpson, Million and Mair the board members include Pat Redshaw and Sheila Schuehlein. 

211 Day raises awareness

Shout it from the rooftops! There is a central, easy-to-remember number to access information about local social programs and services available to everyone, and that number is 211.

To emphasize the importance of 211 in the life of our communities, Sunday, Feb. 11 was designated as 211 Day to raise awareness about this service. In fact, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) feels so strongly about 211, it is using social media throughout the week following 211 Day to promote the service – local organizations and the public are invited to like and share this information.

“211 is for a parent worried about their child’s math homework, a husband worried about his wife’s addiction, or a grandchild worried about a grandparent’s loneliness,” shared Susan Faber, director of Community Information at United Way, “It can be any situation. Imagine a single parent losing his or her job on a Friday, knowing the rent is due next week and the groceries are low. 211 can find local services to help them through the weekend and the weeks to come. It can make obstacles a little smaller, the future a little brighter.”

In the same family as 911 (emergency), 311 (government info) and 411 (directory assistance), 211 is available to provide free assistance to people across Perth and Huron Counties year-round – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – thanks to UWPH. Callers don’t need to know what they are looking for, they only need to have a question that has to be answered. The trained 211 counsellors will determine which local programs and services can meet the needs of callers and refer them for direct help. If the challenge is more complex, there might be several conversations between 211 and the caller.

The service can also be used as a gateway, with 211 counsellors able to place callers through to other hotlines – handy when hard-to-remember 1-800 or 1-888 numbers are involved. 211 is also accessible online at and a version geared towards young people can be found at

“However, I always encourage people to call,” said Faber. “Then they can talk through their challenges – that is cathartic in itself.”

Faber is available to do 211 presentations to small groups over coffee or larger audiences with full audio and video, right across Perth and Huron Counties. Contact her at 519 271-2978 or

211 is funded provincially and locally by United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH). UWPH is 100 per cent local and supports 48 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help UWPH support these important services call 519 271-7730, 1-877-818-8867, drop in to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit




international women's day 

The Women’s March Canada – Huron Chapter members will be hosting an International Women’s Day Night Market at Goderich District Collegiate Institute on March 8.

Admisson is free but donatoins of feminine hygiene products for local high school students would be appreciated. The evening will run from 7-10 p.m. and will feature live music, women makers, and local organizations that provide resources and support for women in Huron County.

life long learners 

Life Long Learners is coming to Bayfield and to create a chapter experts, teachers, instructors, professors or people with PHDs on interesting or academic subjects are now being sought.

People who are retired, or semi-retired, and would love to continue to teach/share their expertise with others are needed.

Life Long Learners is very popular in local communities including Grand Bend and Waterloo as well as further afield in such states as Florida, due to the condensed nature of the baby boomer population in these areas, who enjoy stimulating learning.

Professionals interested in sharing their knowledge, in lecture form, with other retired or curious people would be perfect for the program. This series is not intended to be a “hands on” or “learn to” experience, but rather a stimulating classroom/academic “lecture-with-discussion” style with an accompanying Power Point Presentation.

Anyone with experience in teaching Arts, Architecture, Business, Science, Design, Psychology, Medicine, Climate/Nature, Technology, History, Travel, Music, Literature, Politics, Archaeology, Photography, Oceanography, Engineering, Animals, Law, or any other subject that may be of interest to others is asked to contact Leslee Squirrell, Designer/ Professor/Entrepreneur/Artist at

She will facilitate a meeting to discuss the concept, use of the Bayfield Town Hall, subject matter, fees and execution in early Spring, with the six-week series to commence this summer.

Squirrel would like to encourage everyone to please pass this on to friends and family who may be interested in delivering an interesting subject, or has organizational skills to help manage this new group.

Interested “learners” are asked to stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for further announcements.

Cowbell Brewing 


Cowbell Brewing Co. has received the ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program, receiving a score of 90/100. Cowbell Brewing is leading the way as the first brewery in Canada as well as the first private business in Ontario to achieve ‘Gold’ certified status.

The RHFAC program is the first to measure the level of meaningful access beyond building code and is based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision, and hearing. The RHFAC provides a universal rating that enables facilities to nationally benchmark their accessibility. To date, over 1,100 buildings across Canada have registered to be rated.

“Every day, the Cowbell team strives to make the Cowbell Farm a welcoming, exciting and accessible space for team members and guests, regardless of their ability,” said Grant Sparling II, Chief Development officer at Cowbell Brewing. “The Rick Hansen Foundation is a leader for creating and promoting inclusive spaces and we are honored to receive this recognition from them.”

In achieving a ‘gold’ rating, Cowbell Brewing has removed barriers and improved accessibility for the 160 plus Cowbell employees and guests who enter the building. A few accessible highlights from the Cowbell Farm include: high-contrast heated sidewalks, elevator, braille signage, tactile attention indicators at top of all staircases, large format digital menu, two spacious universal washrooms (one with adult change table), and an accessible ‘catwalk’ viewing area above the brewhouse and cellar allowing visitors to see each stage of the brewing process.

“Congratulations to Cowbell Brewing for incorporating universal design into their everyday thinking. It’s inspiring to see a family business like this where people of all ages and abilities gather and connect to be so committed to an inclusive built environment and culture,” said Brad McCannell, VP of Access and Inclusion at the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Special thanks Mikayla Ansley, Lorie Falconer, Cheryl Peach, and Julie Sawchuk, local accessibility advocates, for assisting Cowbell to honor its commitment to achieve best of class design and education for the inclusion, comfort, and safety of all guests.

For more information on the RHFAC program, please visit:





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 the class from the Bayfield Public School 1965-66. Can you guess who these youth are? We have their names and we'll post their identities in a future issue. 


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



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

In Issue 499, 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)



PICT0588 RM 500 

In Issue 500, a colorful photo of Miss Pepper’s school cadets at the Bayfield Fair in 1953. Does anyone recognize any of these youngsters? (Archives Code: PICT0588) 



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The Gordon house still synonymous with elva 

Elva's houseThe Gordon House is located at 17 The Square. The thirteenth and also the longest owner was Elva Metcalf who lived there from 1965 to 1997.  

PICT0022 Gordon House Elva Metcalf's c1860sThe view of the Gordon House from Louisa Street.  

11178013943_21714606ff_b Elva married her childhood sweetheart, Bill Metcalf. He was from Detroit and had been a summer resident of Bayfield when he first met Elva. Bill’s career as an engineer took them to many places including Nevada.

PICT0368 July 1 1967  Elva (Mrs William) MetcalfElva in a picture dated July 1, 1967.

PICT0705 Bayfield Post Box Building Plaquing Aug1973 Elva MetcalfElva appeared to be quite busy at the Bayfield Post Box Building plaque dedication event in August 1973 (store at corner of Main and Catherine Streets).  

BB5a Issue 21 1985 Quilt Show  Dr Sheppard, Kay Reid and Elva MetcalfElva was involved in a quilt show held in 1985. She is shown here with Dr. Sheppard and Kay Reid.






The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 107 days.

It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”

Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s edition is provided by Florence Keillor.

Exiting Hwy 21 on the north side of Clan Gregor Square you will see the Gordon House on the right-hand side at 17 The Square.

Donald Gordon was born in 1818 in Scotland. He came to Canada sometime before 1842. In 1858 he built a one-storey Georgian cottage. The house is built of local brick. Cedar beams are hand hewn and are fitted into large, square timbers running the width of the house. Handmade nails can still be seen in the structure.

In 1988 the Bayfield Historical Society and the Local Architectural Conservancy Association recognized the historical significance of the house by affixing a plaque, which reads: “Georgian Workman’s Cottage built in 1858 by Donald Gordon using local brick. Entrance of interest.” The original glass surrounding the front door has been replaced since the house was recognized. The side entrance has been changed and an addition put on the back.

The thirteenth and also the longest owner was Elva Metcalf who lived there from 1965 to 1997. Older members of Bayfield still think of the Gordon House as Elva’s House.

Elva Dewar was born in 1903 on a small farm south of Bayfield. She loved nature. She loved the land and she loved people. As a young woman, Elva moved to Toronto where she taught for about twenty years and had a busy social life. It is said she was invited to a party attended by The Group of Seven. She had saved a little money, but instead of investing in what would now be a valuable piece of art, Elva bought a new dress!

When she moved to Toronto Elva’s father advised her to “see the world”. She travelled alone all over Canada and the United States, to Great Britain, Scandinavia and Spain.

Elva’s teaching career was put on hold in 1947 when she married her childhood sweetheart, Bill Metcalf. Bill was from Detroit and had been a summer resident of Bayfield when he first met Elva. Their lives took different directions, but in the 1940s he went to Toronto to find her. Bill’s career as an engineer took them to Nevada, British Columbia and finally Montreal. When Bill died in 1963, Elva moved back to Bayfield where her mother and sister still lived and bought the Gordon House.

During her residency in The Gordon House, Elva made the home a special place to visit, furnishing it with antiques and a large collection of roosters. The front windows contained glass shelves on which Elva displayed her antique bottle collection. Often standing at her gate, Elva chatted with passers-by and, if she thought you looked interesting, she might invite you in for a glass of sherry while she charmed you into telling her your life story.

Elva Metcalf has often been described as Bayfield’s “grande dame”. She was elegant, personable and supported the preservation of Bayfield’s history. It is fitting that her association with The Gordon House be remembered.





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Hibernating Cottages

Hibernating Cottages...By Conrad Kuiper

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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


The big question on the minds of every member of Bayfield Guiding right now I’m sure is will we have our Valentine’s Party meeting tonight or not?

So far in 2019 we have had one meeting. It took place on the last Wednesday that was innocuous – Jan. 16. Since then we have had several special weather statements, freezing rain, extreme winds, a Polar Vortex, an Alberta Clipper and a Colorado Low that have all held our Owls, Sparks, Brownies and Guides hostage in their homes far away from their beloved toadstool.

Hopefully Cupid’s arrow will warm the heart of Mother Nature and she will let us have our meeting for winter is made far longer when it prevents us from doing our favorite extracurriculars. Perhaps if everyone sang “Mr. Golden Sun” collectively things might turn around? You can blame that idea on the cabin fever. – Brown Owl Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder