Bookmark and Share   Feb. 29, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 10 Issue 139


It took a flight half way round the world for Bayfield "neighbors" to meet but they recently came together at the Cambodian Landmine Museum. Pictured l-r are: Gordon Fraser, Dorothy Griffith, Aki Ra, founder of the Cambodia Landmine Museum; a museum employee and Richard Fitoussi.


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

Griffiths wrote this from Cambodia to share with Bayfield Breeze readers, “Ever since my husband and I began coming to Bayfield, even before we built our home in 2008, we had heard about Richard Fitoussi. We learned that he was a photojournalist who was very involved with the Cambodia Landmine Museum and the Cambodian Landmine Museum Relief Fund. Oddly enough, although my husband and I have spent the last three winters volunteering in Cambodia, and live in the same town as Richard, we had never crossed paths with him.

“Once, a few years back, while we were in Cambodia, one of our friends told us that she had met a man from our hometown. We knew it had to be Richard. When Richard's film, “A Perfect Soldier” was shown at the Bayfield Town Hall, we had previous commitments, and were not able to attend.”

Griffiths went on to say that one of her items on her “bucket list” for Cambodia was to visit the Cambodian Landmine Museum. She learned, quite by accident, that on Jan. 29, the CLM was having an open house with free admission and free bus transport, and they decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

And it was on this tour that the old “it’s a small world” scenario came into play. Fitoussi was at the CLM on that day and his film was also being shown.

Regarding the introduction, Griffith commented, “It seems so funny that we had to travel half way round the world to meet someone from our hometown. Funnier still was his comment, "I've heard a lot about you!" After all, he's the famous one...not us.”

To learn more about the CLM take a tour with Griffith through her Blog:

Griffith and Fraser have been at Honour Village since early December and will return home to Bayfield in late March. Fraser, who is a woodworker, is building desks, shelving and cupboards for the children. Griffiths is teaching hand sewing and embroidery.

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

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

Awards highlight vitality of Huron county's culture  

The third annual Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s Culture Awards will recognize the best in arts, culture and heritage in Huron County. Nominations for these awards are now being sought until March 30 at 5 p.m.

The Huron Arts & Heritage Network has developed the awards over the course of three years with a goal of raising the profile of our dynamic cultural communities and providing local individuals and organizations with well-deserved recognition.

A total of five awards for 2011 will be presented in the following categories: Cultural Event/Organization, Individual Artist, Cultural Patron/Volunteer or Heritage Individual/Organization as well as Youth in Arts.

“I think these awards bring to light some of the many talented and hardworking individuals and organizations that contribute so much to the vitality of Huron County’s cultural sector,” said Huron County’s Cultural Services Officer, Rick Sickinger. “We are seeing that the community is supportive of this initiative and nominations for all five categories are being submitted.”

The awards will be presented on Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the gala gathering at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Award winners will be profiled on the Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s website and the winner in each category will be presented with an original piece of art created by Huron County blacksmith and artisan James Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge.

Full award details including category breakdowns and nomination forms can be found at community library branches and online at or by contacting Karen Stewart, Huron Arts & Heritage events program coordinator at 519 523-4328 and . Nomination forms can also be faxed to Stewart’s attention at 519 524-5677.

Lake to take centre stage at meeting on World Water day

In honor of World Water Day, the Bayfield Ratepayers' Assocaition (BRA) is hosting a special meeting to help provide insight into “Lake Huron and Water Quality” on March 22.

Guest speaker, Bob Worsell, public health manager for the Huron County Board of Health, will share his knowledge on the subject through a power point presentation.

This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

In addition to this special meeting, Ainslie Willock, president of the BRA, would like to encourage village residents to come and observe the regular  monthly BRA meetings.

“I'll make time on the agenda for visitors to bring up any issues they would like us to comment on,” she said.

The BRA meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Their next meeting will be held on March 3.

Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website:

shrove tuesday tradition celebrated at Trinity 

The maple syrup was flowing and the sausage sizzling at the annual Pancake Supper hosted by Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on the evening of Feb. 21.

Close to 90 people ventured out on a calm winter’s night to take part in the Shrove Tuesday tradition hosted by the men of the congregation.

The men of the congregation were busy in the kitchen the night of Feb. 21 mixing batter and grilling pancakes during Trinity Anglican Church's annual Pancake Supper. Ross Lehman was on whisk duty while Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott pours out some fresh batter. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Close to 90 people attend Trinity Angilcan Church's annual Pancake Supper held on Feb. 21. Pat Graham served Gayle Waters a serving of pancakes while Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott looks on.

Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott adds some piping hot pancakes to the service platter during the supper held in honor of Shrove Tuesday.


World Day of Prayer

“Let Justice Prevail” is the theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer Service to be held on March 2.

Prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee in Malaysia it will offer an example of how these Malaysian women “consider themselves Christian neighbors whose informed prayer prompts them to be partners with all who desire that justice will prevail.”

World Day of Prayer is held in more than 170 countries and regions bringing together Christian women of many traditions to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.

In Bayfield the service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church beginning at 2 p.m. Members of The Church on the Way, Knox Presbyterian Church, Trinity Anglican Church and St. Andrew's will participate in the service. All in the community, both men and women, are invited to attend.

anglican church

It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held over the next four Mondays from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.

The schedule of movies is as follows: Soul Surfer, March 5; Leap Year, March 12; Leap of Faith, March 19; Crimes and Misdemeanors, March 26.

For more information contact Terry Boa-Youmatoff at 519 524-1774.

AGRICUltural society

If exhibitors wish to impress the judges when entering into the vegetable categories at the 156th edition of the Bayfield Fall Fair they should be planning now.

Those who attend the first meeting of 2012 for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be off to a great start, as a package of “Mangel” seeds will be made available for anyone who wants to try and grow these large sugar beets.

The meeting will be held on March 12 at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 7:30 p.m.

The BAS website will soon have the new prize book that lists all the classes which can be entered.

film society

Prepare yourself for another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.

Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.

The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail;
or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail


Photography is a passion best enjoyed when work can be shared with others and a talent best improved when surrounded by like-minded individuals. For this reasons a local photography club is being established.

The Photography Club of Bayfield will meet on March 1 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m.

This month the club members will learn about the art of “Alphabet Photography” and take a look at images shot by members based on February’s assignment of “Portraiture”.

Anyone who is interested in more information can contact Jack Pal at or Gary Lloyd-Rees at

diners' club

One of the first harbingers of spring is the return of the Bayfield Diners’ Club luncheons. The program is scheduled to start on March 1 at noon in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the club members for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers are most welcome to join in the meal.

The club cook is Peggy Cunningham; several volunteers capably assist her. Anyone who can donate two hours of their Thursday to help prepare or serve the lunch would be most welcome and should contact Dianne Argyle at 519 565-2800.

Participants should call Betty Young at 519 565-2502 no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon. Or if Young is not available please contact Jane Davidson McKee at 519 565-2653

The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.

fitness fun

One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.

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

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

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

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

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

Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.

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

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

Zumba Bayfield! Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Regular classes are held every Wednesday evening and the cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at






There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, a fantastic image from the Bayfield Fall Fair held in 1962. Anyone remember the two gentlemen shown operating the steam tractor?

Remember Me 139

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Remember 137

In Issue 137, the 1st Bayfield Brownies are shown marching to the fairgrounds in 1956. Does anyone remember any of these young girls in uniform?


Remember 138

In Issue 138, another image of Bayfield Guiding and Scouting groups on parade to the fairgrounds in 1956, rounding out a trio of images in honor of Thinking Day. Feb. 22 is set a side for all members of the two organizations to think about their fellow brothers and sisters. Anyone recognize any of these youth?



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IMG_3997Five individuals were recognized by the Bluewater Heritage Committee for their efforts in voluntary heritage service. Three of these people were able to attend the ceremony held at the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Feb. 26. They are from l-r: Ian Marr, Ruth Brown and Doug Grant, all of Bayfield. Absent were: Dave Johnston Sr. and Wayne Reid. Provincially, Brown was also the recent winner of the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society members brought to the ceremony the award they were presented with in December during a ceremony held in Rideau Hall in Ottawa - the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming for the production of the play "Narcisse".

Volunteer organizations play a key role in keeping heritage alive in Bluewater. Four such groups were recognized for their efforts by the Bluewater Heritage Committee and representing these groups at the award ceremony were l-r: Alma Westlake and Lois Thiel, 150th Anniversary Committee of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Zurich; Judy Keightley, Bayfield Historical Society; Pat Rowe, Joan Karstens and Liz Ihrig, of the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society; and Heather Klopp, Friends of Hay Township Hall.

The owners of newly renovated or rebuilt heritage buildings receiving recognition were l-r: Patricia and Roger Lewington; Melissa and Henry Silva and their daughter, Nelene; Raili Vanderwiel; Patricia and Steve Baker.

The Evolution of the Bluewater Heritage Committee*:

1974 - Ontario Heritage Act proclaimed allowing municipalities and governments to designate individual properties and districts as having cultural heritage value or interest.

1976 - Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) commissions Nick Hill, architect, to prepare a Heritage District Plan. The BHS was formed as a branch of the Huron County Historical Society in 1965. BHS pioneered the idea of designating a district that would include, historic buildings, wide streetscape, footpaths, trees, gardens, sight lines and a square rather than just designating individual buildings.

1977 - BHS becomes an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society, in part to obtain financial support to fulfill its mandate. To maintain the architectural features of the village, BHS successfully advocates to Bayfield’s Council to form a Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, known as LACAC. Doris Hunter was the first chairperson followed by Gwen Pemberton in 1983. The BHS Archives Room was established. The historic clapboard building that the archives calls home was moved to its present location. Dorothy and Harold Ormand had been owners of the building, constructed in 1893, since 1964. The couple donated it to the BHS for the community. Under their new constitution, BHS places plaques on: The Hut, Albion Hotel, Little Inn, Richard Moore House and Lance’s Store.

1982 - Village of Bayfield designates a Heritage Conservation District.

1983 - Bayfield passes By-Law 194-83, a report entitled, A Heritage District Conservation Plan for Main Street, Clan Gregor Square, and Elgin Place (former name of Main St. North from Colina Street to Bayfield Terrace), prepared by Hill and Borgal. LACAC becomes a key feature in the realization of the Plan’s objectives.

2001 – The province mandates amalgamation of the Villages of Bayfield, Hensall, Zurich, and Hay and Stanley Townships. LACAC became an advisory committee for the Municipality of Bluewater Council and named the Bluewater Heritage Committee. The name changed to reflect the fact that their work had expanded to include built, cultural and natural heritage, making their original name seen inappropriate.

* Prepared by Ainslie Willock, Bluewater Heritage Committee member with sources from BHS and the Municipality of Bluewater websites.


In recognition of Ontario Heritage Week, the Bluewater Heritage Committee, along with Mayor of Bluewater Bill Dowson, held a ceremony to honor local heritage volunteers and their achievements on Feb. 26 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Recognition was given in three categories: volunteers, heritage buildings and historical activities.

The volunteers recognized were: Ruth Brown, winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement; Douglas Grant, for over a decade of volunteering for heritage; Dave Johnston Sr., for professional and voluntary heritage service; and Ian Marr and Wayne Reid for voluntary heritage service. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions on Feb. 24, Brown was unable to attend the presentation for her provincial honor in Toronto so the crowd of close to sixty people that gathered at the town hall celebrated with her instead.

The owners of newly renovated or rebuilt heritage buildings receiving recognition were: Patricia and Steve Baker, for the Virtual High School (built as the Martha Ritz in 1948); Patricia and Roger Lewington, for restoring Rutledge House; Melissa and Henry Silva for JMR Art Gallery (first established as Tippet’s Harness Shop). All of these building are located on Bayfield's Main Street, a heritage conservation district.

People involved in historical activities being recognized were: Joan Karstens, representing the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society, recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming with the production of the play "Narcisse". Judy Keightley, on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society, for writing and presenting historical plays. Heather Klopp, representing Zurich's Friends of Hay Township Hall, for saving the aforementioned building. Alma Westlake, of St. Peters Lutheran Church, for the resurrection of tombstones in Zurich's Pioneer Cemetery. Raili Vanderwiel, for preserving Zurich's Dominion Hotel (now Smiley'Z Restaurant).

When members of the 150th Anniversary Committee of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Zurich began work on a cairn that they knew had been placed on a pioneer cemetery they didn't know what to expect. What they found inside were a large number of tombstones all in excellent condition. Many of the stones were for children under one year of age. The hope is that the site will one day be a park and that a suitable indoor display area can be found for the stones. The carving on this stone has been translated from German: "Here rests Caspar, son of Andreas and Anna D. Hey; born, Nov. 10, 1868; died, June 11, 1869; age seven months. Be comforted this is your resting place, here you will rest (sleep) child after suffering; through an early death you have escaped all anguish and distress."

The role of the Bluewater Heritage Committee includes advising council on identifying, protecting and promoting heritage resources that make the community unique and sustainable places to live, as defined by the Ontario Heritage Act and the Heritage Section of the Municipality's Official Plan.

Their goal is to build strong relationships with property owners to encourage the good stewardship of heritage resources. They facilitate the exchange of heritage ideas and expertise that contributes to economic and cultural development. They bring passion and dedication to finding solutions to heritage conservation.

They ensure that plans for change and progress are developed in a manner that recognizes our heritage.

The next meeting of the Bluewater Heritage Committee will be held on March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Hensall United Church, 78 King Street, Hensall, ON. All are welcome to attend



PIXILATED — image of the week

Lonely tree in the cold

Lonely tree in the cold...By Vreni Beeler

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


Some exciting news came across my laptop as the finishing touches were being put on this week’s issue of the Bayfield Breeze. Doug Yeo, a member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society, had received confirmation that the RCMP Musical Ride will be coming to REACH Huron in Clinton on June 21.

Yes, that’s right the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their fine horses are coming. Perhaps what is even more exciting is that the Bayfield Agricultural Society will be co-hosting this event with REACH Huron.

Forgive me if I’m wrong here but I don’t remember the ride being in the immediate area since 1989 when they performed as part of Klompen Feest events. I was a very young reporter working in Clinton when they performed and I got assigned to cover the event. I remember wanting to capture the majesty of their performance on film without getting trampled. I recall borrowing an extra long lens and being pleased with a stellar close-up of an officer on horseback. I also remember the opportunity to go to the stables afterward and meeting the officers. These moments stand out and I’m sure for those who are able to attend the upcoming show they will have memories of it some twenty years on.

According to Yeo, tickets for the 7 p.m. show will be available soon with adult tickets selling for $10; tickets for those under 12 will be slightly less. He also noted they hope to have seating available for up to 2,000 people inside the building so rain won’t be an issue. - Melody

P.S. Happy Leap Day to all our subscribers! 


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