Bookmark and Share   March 6, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 10 Issue 504

childhood memories of EBlana

The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 86 days.

Abby's houseThe current home of Walter and Min Zuppinger, 1 Tuyll Street, is a turn-of-the century Tudor home. Granddaughter of the previous owners, Abby Armstrong, shared this picture of how the house looked when she roamed the grounds there as a child. (Submitted photo)  


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 recollection is provided by Abby Armstrong.

Majestically positioned, the Metcalf house (forever “Eblana”*** to my family) stands a silent tribute to a lifestyle long gone. Now the home of the Zuppinger family at 1 Tuyll Street, Eblana, encased by its privet hedge and stone gates, still entices those who pass by to crane their necks, steal a peek and imagine what stands within the proud facade.

To a five year-old it was a marvelous place, a veritable fairyland-cum-castle brimming with things to explore. As a child, my siblings and I approached it stealthily, creeping through the cedars at the gate until we exploded onto the lawn and up the front porch, screaming, “We’re here, we’re here!” much to the delight of our grandparents, Brigadier Dr. Morgan and Edith Smith.

Eblana was built at the turn of the century by Dr. William Metcalf, a well-known surgeon in Detroit. The house he built had two parts, the servants’ quarters (or annex) on the left which was connected by a covered walkway to the main house on the right. The rooms of the main house were beautifully proportioned with high wood coffered ceilings on the ground floor and the requisite cavernous fieldstone fireplace in the great room. I’m convinced that it was that fireplace which ensured that I scoffed at those who queried Santa’s trips down the chimney. If I could stand inside it, then Santa with a load of toys would have no problem at all.

With careful wooing, my grandfather convinced Jessie Metcalf, the last of Dr. Metcalf’s children, to sell him Eblana. Although Jessie had since moved next door, she was not only determined that her family cottage not be sold to developers, she also wanted the right kind of person to purchase it. Jessie was, amongst other things, an amateur botanist and a passionate gardener. Luckily for us, Jessie and Grandad came to a meeting of minds over their joint interests and the deal was made.

My grandparents purchased the house with many of the contents for which it was known. The winding of the imposing grandfather clock was accomplished with the protocol and decorum that would make the royal family seem gauche and the billiard table rivalled any of Alcocks (billiard table manufacturers). And it was at the dining room table where, according to Jessie Metcalf, Dr. Metcalf, the Detroit General Hospital Association and Henry Ford signed the final paperwork to finalize the creation of the Henry Ford Hospital. I loved the clawfoot tub. At six feet in length this colossal tub held all the grandchildren at once and was much more fun than any Olympic-sized pool.

While the main house was the domain of the adults, the annex was the dominion of the grandchildren. With its own washroom, we were in a kingdom unto ourselves. Those of my generation will remember the Bayfield dump where we know recycling was truly born. Anybody who had anything remotely useful to get rid of would place it carefully on the edge of the dump allowing it to be retrieved by villagers and used again. Everybody in the village participated in the fun from the loftiest to lowest. I brought back a rug once which may still grace my bedroom in the annex. My grandfather almost put his foot down about keeping it but, in all things that mattered, my grandmother ruled the roost and after several days of scrubbing we carefully carried my treasure in. I, of course, had no idea that this system of sharing was anything out of the ordinary until I told my city friends who gasped in horror.

For years, my grandparents opened the gates to friends and acquaintances so they could view the fireworks from our cliff. While the adults passed the wine, as well as the hat to collect donations, I made sure younger guests saw the Metcalf family pet tombstones and the Copper Beech tree with the water tap that protruded from it. I told the young ones it was a maple syrup tree and, with their eyes like saucers, I turned the tap on to let the ‘maple syrup flow’.

My grandfather to his death remained a soldier and the one war he did not win was the battle against the cliff. For years we grandchildren were lowered by rope to plant crown vetch by hand, into the cliff - an attempt to reduce erosion caused by exposed clay. Gabions came next and truck loads of rock were dropped in the backyard for us to toss over the cliff, and then retrieve and load into gabions constructed by our parents and grandfather. Finally, my grandfather, with advice received from some professors at Western, purchased a barge and had it towed to Eblana with the intent of scuttling it to create a breakwall to protect the clay cliff base. As many may already know the height of a sandbar was misjudged, the seacocks were opened too soon and the barge sunk far too far out to have any positive impact on Eblana’s cliff. The end result was, to put it mildly, disappointing.

However, my grandfather and I did enjoy sitting in Pioneer Park listening to sages tell visitors about the sinking of the ship with the loss of all on board despite the brave Bayfield residents, who roped together, struggled to save passengers. Once we were even entranced by an exceptionally good storyteller who spoke of a desperate pirate battle. Perhaps the first story was based on a highly fictionalized account of the wreck of the Malta in 1882 whose crew was saved by the Bayfield Orangemen but the second account was pure fantasy.

Our family was blessed to be the caretakers of Eblana for a time and it was a wrench when we handed over the keys to the current caretakers. In truth though, a piece of our family will remain forever entwined in this home’s history. Soon the daffodils planted by my grandfather will begin to push their way through the earth and signal the birth of another spring. It seems fitting that as we look back into our village’s history, the work of villagers-past continues to renew us.

*** Eblana (Greek) is the name of an ancient Irish settlement. It was traditionally believed by scholars to refer to the same site as the modern city of Dublin. (Wikipedia)

Brigadier Dr. Smith left indelible mark on bayfield

5425989026_14e97264c6_bBrigadier Dr. Morgan Smith (Submitted photo)

Brigadier Dr. Morgan Smith, the second owner of the house at 1 Tuyll Street, was one of Canada’s true war heroes who also left an indelible mark on the Village of Bayfield.

When Brig. Dr. Smith and his wife, Edith, retired to Bayfield in 1964, they moved into the 'Metcalf House' beside Pioneer Park. He would later become one of the community leaders who helped change this village forever.

Here are just a few of his achievements as a village resident:

He ran for Parliament.
Warden of Trinity Anglican Church
Chair of the Bayfield Centennial Committee
President of the Pioneer Park Association
President of the Huron County Cancer Society
First President of the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club
Member of the Village Committee of Adjustment
Bayfield Historical Society member
Bayfield Garden Club member 

He was responsible for recruiting some ex-military doctors to come live and practice here, including Dr. Wallace.

His long list of military and medical achievements before he settled in Bayfield earned him the Order of the British Empire. He studied with Dr. Charles Best, one of the discoverers of Insulin, while obtaining his M.A. at the University of Toronto. He survived the ill-fated Dieppe raid and landed at Normandy. He was the head of allied medical care during the Korean War. After his illustrious military career, he became the Chief Medical Officer for Western Canada.

Go Fund Me Campaign continues in support of Keys Family 

IMG_9585The Keys family - Sarah, Ryan and Everly celebrated the holiday with some time at the arena on Family Day, Feb. 18. The trio lost all of their personal belongings in a house fire on Sunday night (Feb. 24). Friends and family and service clubs in the village are rallying to help. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Owners of The Spotted Cow and The Bayfield Public House on the village’s Main Street lost all of their personal belongings on Sunday, Feb. 24 when in the middle of one of the worst storms of winter 2019 their house succumbed to fire.

Residents of Hamilton Street, Ryan and Sarah Keys, along with their young daughter, Everly, are now homeless despite the best efforts of firefighters from Bayfield, Brucefield and Zurich who battled the blaze in high winds and snow.

Friends and family members have immediately rallied to aid the family creating a Go Fund Me Campaign where financial donations can be made:

The family is still in need of 18-24 month old spring and summer clothing for a girl, laundry baskets and cleaning supplies..

For more information please contact Katie Johnston at or Lion Don Vance at

Anthropocene to be shown at the Bayfield town hall 


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is hosting a screening of the award-winning film “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 19.

The film is the result of the Anthropocene project, a Canadian director, producer and photographer who have traveled the world recording “us”, “humans” as the primary cause of permanent planetary change. The film, from these three globally respected Canadians: Nicholas de Pencier, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, was released in the fall of 2018 to cinemas. Their work is based on the research of a group of scientists working together worldwide for the past 10 years to gather evidence to define this new geological era. This climate change documentary features the footage from a team of filmmakers who traveled to 20 countries across six continents to detail the effects humans have had on the planet. The film is narrated by Alicia Vikandeer.

“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation or free for members of the BRVTA with a 2019 paid membership.

Membership donations allow the BRVTA volunteers to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming, training and signage. Keeping the trails accessible is an ongoing effort. The membership registration desk will be available at the Bayfield Town Hall during the event.

Annual membership costs are: $20 for individuals or $30 for families.
For questions on membership or this volunteer program, please do not hesitate to reach out via e-mail to:

The BRVTA allows all residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including safe, historic and environmentally sensitive walking trails, suitable for every fitness level.

The Bayfield Trails are managed entirely by volunteers. The projects undertaken by the BRVTA are paid for by community contributions, successful grant applications and by annual memberships.

Membership can be activated or renewed by visiting their website: or by sending a cheque to: Bayfield River Valley Trail Association P.O. Box 531, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

concert to be flavored by newfoundland  influences

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.

1R7A3984 The 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 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.


Life at the rink

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage versus the Clinton Foul Ups tonight (March 6).

Game time is 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.



“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.

Saturdays at the Library 

JITSteamprofilepics-15Pauline Hoffman (Submitted photo)

Pauline Hoffman, of Just in Time Solutions, will be the next speaker at “Saturdays at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) on March 23.

Hoffman will present on “Everyday Organization or Downsizing” starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.

She is an expert in providing solutions so that people can live and work in flow, transforming chaos into clarity and calm by aligning their internal and external environments. She will provide ideas to transform living spaces into welcoming functional spaces within a calm stress-free environment.


March Break is the perfect time to visit the Bayfield Public Library especially when there are special programs being offered – don’t forget to reserve a spot!

On Tuesday, March 12, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will present their Animal Detectives Nature Program from 10 a.m. to noon. And then on Friday, March 15, Mad Science returns with The Science of Magic for a one-hour presentation starting at 1:30 p.m. Both programs are open to children ages five to 12, registration and adult accompaniment are required.
Please call 519 565- 2886 or email to register.

Then on Saturday, March 16 a special Children's Art Activity for "St. Patrick's Day!" will be offered with Artist and Illustrator Karlene Ryan from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register for this art activity please contact Karlene Ryan at

earth hour 

Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 30. All are encouraged to turn their lights off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m.

To celebrate Earth Hour in Bayfield everyone is invited to turn off lights at home and head to St Andrew’s United Church to join in a one-hour sing-along of songs from all over the world with the Glee Sisters.

The program will launch the Bayfield Tree Project’s 2019 season. There is no admission fee to this event but a free will offering will be collected for the work of the Bayfield Tree Project Committee.

The church lights will be turned off at the appointed time so those who attend are asked to bring a flashlight so they might see the words for the sing-along portion of the evening.

Pancake Brunch

The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. All in the community are invited to join the congregation of Trinity St. James' Anglican Church as they host the tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 6.

Pancakes and sausage with Rick and Rusty Schilbe's fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and dessert will be served at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to brunch, participants will be able to go on a hayride and once they reach their destination see first-hand how maple syrup is made at the Rick Schilbe Farm. Wagon rides will leave from the recreation hall for the short ride across the road to the sugar bush and shanty.

The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds to Trinity St. James' Anglican Church and outreach.

Bayfield Activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.

Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.

“To date we have had some very good comments about the site. People are pleased to have one place to visit to find out what is going on in the village on a daily basis,” Spence said. 


Once again, this year, the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). This program is approved and registered by the Canada Revenue Agency and provides free tax preparation to eligible individuals.

These sessions will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 6-8 p.m. today (March 6) as well as on March 20, Apr. 3 and Apr. 17

People may be eligible for this service if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from the following sources: employment, pension, interest under $1,000, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered retirement income plans (RRIFs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants and benefits such as Canada Pension Plan disability, employment insurance and social assistance.

Family income levels suggested are: one person, $30,000; two persons, $40,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.

A tax situation is not simple if people are self-employed or have employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses, capital gains or losses, filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.

Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2017 Income Tax Return, 2017 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2018 Income Slips - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T3, T5007 etc., 2018 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2018 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2018 Medical Receipts and Statements, and 2018 Charitable Donations Receipts.


Kirsten Harrett, owner of The Ashwood Inn, would like to let the community know that the establishment is switching gears.

“We'd like to tell you about some exciting changes happening at The Bourbon Bar at The Ashwood. We are converting the space to serve healthful continental breakfasts for our in-house guests and will focus on small weddings, catered private parties and corporate meetings. 

"Thus far in 2019, The Ashwood and Deer Park Lodge reservations are up 68 per cent over last year so we are looking forward to a very busy summer. We want to thank everyone for their support in the past and we look forward to continuing to serve our community in the future," said Harrett.


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.



huron hospice  loan request turned down by county   

HRH logo draft

On Feb. 21, Huron County Staff provided a report to council members regarding the request for a $1M loan to Huron Hospice. The proposed loan would be used to support the second phase of renovations, expanding the four-bed hospice to make six-beds possible, and repurpose some of the existing bedrooms. The loan would have also provided matching funds for a $680,000 Ministry of Ontario Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) grant for which the hospice has already been approved. After receiving the staff report, county council voted to not approve the loan, citing that funding would be taken from reserves which have been earmarked for infrastructure projects (roads and bridges). The report also stated that hospice care is a provincial mandate and falls outside the municipal role in providing health care.

“This is disappointing news for Huron Hospice. It means that we may not be able to access the grant, and this significantly delays our renovation plans. The board at Huron Hospice will need to regroup and reconsider our plans for expansion moving forward,” commented Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Huron Hospice Jay McFarlan.

Huron Hospice currently runs at or near capacity, and there is growing demand for the specialized care the hospice offers. Since opening in May 2018, Huron Hospice has provided care for 42 residents and their families with 24/7 professional nurses on-site. There are no fees for the services. The hospice receives $420,000 per year in funding from the province to provide care but relies on community donations to make the shortfall in funding, an additional $400,000 per year.

Earlier in the month, McFarlan made the request to county council and demonstrated how the hospice fits within the Huron County Economic Development Plan (HCEDP). In that plan, the County identified health care as a key sector for growth and a need for the county to “position itself as a model for high quality rural health care services in Ontario” (Huron County Economic Development Plan 2016-2020). This loan request was an opportunity for the County to address many issues identified in the HCEDP and is not an unusual request considering what other nearby counties have given to their local hospices.

“It requires significant community support to establish a hospice,” said McFarlan. “The support we have received to date has been wonderful for the betterment of our community. Huron Hospice is open and providing care for our community right now, but there is a growing need that needs to be addressed. I know our community will continue to be supportive and make us all proud to call Huron County our home.”

ABCA Board approves updated shoreline management plan 

It has been more than four years in the making but there is now a new, updated Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for the Lake Huron shoreline within the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s (ABCA) area. The ABCA Board of Directors approved an updated, amended SMP at the board meeting and annual meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The approved plan provides a consistent, up-to-date guide for development and municipal land use planning along the shoreline, according to ABCA. The plan helps to protect existing development from potential impacts of new development and to ensure new development is not located in the most hazardous areas where flooding, erosion, and dynamic beaches could pose the highest risk to life and property. The approved, updated plan provides newer information on shoreline recession rates, brings local policies and application of the Regulation more up-to-date with Province of Ontario policy and keeps policies current in light of emerging land use trends.

“The new plan includes up-to-date technical work to accurately reflect natural hazards along the shoreline, policies that reflect current land use trends and provincial policy, and new, clear, consistent, practical, local guidelines,” said Geoffrey Cade, Water and Planning manager. “The approval of an updated plan gives people certainty about what local policies are so property owners proposing development will know what the requirements are for permit applications.”

The previous SMP has been in effect since 2000 and ABCA began technical work, and consultation with municipalities and the public, starting in 2015.

“It has taken a long time to complete the update process but we wanted to take the time necessary to collect the best information possible and to talk to shoreline residents and municipalities and to respond to public questions, concerns and comments,” said Cade. “We wanted a plan that is current and responsible in effectively protecting life, property, and the environment and we also wanted a plan that was local and practical and this new plan achieves that balance.”

The new SMP reflects public input between 2015 and 2019. Shoreline residents and other interested persons provided written comments during the most recent period for written comments (Nov. 28, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019). People had also provided comments on the draft development guidelines during a previous consultation period (Aug. 11, 2018 to Sept. 15, 2018). In response to public comments, staff recommended several amendments to the Draft Proposed SMP (2018) prior to approval. The public also provided written comments in response to previous reports. The new plan incorporates several changes to the draft plan in response to public comments during the consultation and a summary of those changes is also to be posted online at The revised, approved SMP (2019) was to be posted online at by March 1, at on the shoreline management plan page:

The new, approved plan differs profoundly from the approach recommended by the 2015-2016 consulting team, according to ABCA. In 2016, the ABCA Board of Directors had rejected some key recommendations of a draft recommendation report from the 2015-2016 consulting consortium. The ABCA Board of Directors held a special meeting on Nov. 3, 2016 where the board made clear it opposed “outright prohibition of all shoreline protection works” and rejected “the underlying principle of managed retreat” and rejected the development guidelines in that report. The Board at that time directed staff to re-engage the public in the update process. The conservation authority later contracted a different firm, W.F. Baird and Associates, to develop a new proposed plan for the Board’s consideration. Conservation authority staff also worked with municipal staff to develop new proposed development guidelines. The new approved plan incorporates some technical work from the original consulting team but includes different development guidelines and different policies for proposed shoreline protection works.

If you have questions, please contact Geoffrey Cade at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Meteorologist speaks at Flood Emergency Planning Meeting 

Flood_Emergency_Planning_Meeting_2019_NR_1Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck (left) and Gerald Cheng, Warning Preparedness meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada were the two main presenters at a meeting held in Exeter on Feb. 19. (Submitted photo)  

An annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting, hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), was attended by more than 30 people. Attendees included emergency coordinators and police; municipal staff and firefighters; and conservation authority staff as well as local journalists. Gerald Cheng, Warning Preparedness meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, spoke at the event, held at the Masonic Hall in Exeter on Feb. 19.

Cheng spoke on weather and flooding in the past year (2018-2019) and a look ahead to the rest of 2019. The presenter reviewed weather the past autumn and winter and outlined a high number of weather events and systems over the 2018-2019 winter. September was very warm but temperatures dipped down to below seasonal in October and in November came a “big chill”, the speaker said, with below-seasonal temperatures from an unexpected Arctic chill anomaly, that confounded long-term seasonal forecasts. The weather in late November included record cold temperatures for Nov. 22-23, 2018. There was also a “deep freeze” late in January of 2019.

The speaker was asked if the high number and variability of weather events this year reflects changes to our climate.

The presenter responded that climate change is happening: “If you look at the average temperature from the late 1940s until now, if you take the average temperature yearly, it is going up.”

He said increases in mean temperatures are expected to produce more heat waves and fewer extended cold waves but climate change “doesn’t eliminate” cold snaps. The trend to higher temperatures “doesn’t eliminate the day-to-day variability, the day-to-day weather fluctuations,” he said. Land use changes can also impact flooding potential.

The Exeter radar station is the next station to be “renewed” in Ontario, Cheng said. The upgraded station will have better range, less “attenuation,” and better resolution. Instead of radar every ten minutes it will be every six minutes. Forecasts for the Exeter area can be issued quicker and with more confidence when the upgrade is complete.

In addition to discussion of past weather events, the speaker’s presentation included a ‘Looking Ahead’ section where he tacked the question, “Is it going to be a warm spring?” Temperatures may be normal or above-normal this spring but that could change if there are weather anomalies or systems that aren’t reflected in the seasonal forecast, he said.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has developed a weather app to deliver severe weather alert notifications, and weather and forecast information, straight to mobile devices. To get this application visit this website link:

The app is also available for free in the Google Play and Apple stores. Key features of the application include: current conditions, hourly and seven-day forecasts for more than 10,000 locations in Canada; push notifications for weather alerts issued by ECCC for one’s location and saved locations anywhere in Canada; weather information for one’s location (following them as they travel) as well as for saved locations; high-resolution radar animation on a zoomable map background; a message centre with weather facts and climate information relevant to current weather; and short-range forecast widget for at-a-glance weather information. The app is accessible in English and French and has in-app ability to switch between languages, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

At the Flood Emergency Planning Meeting, ABCA Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck reviewed the roles and responsibilities of different partner organizations including municipalities; conservation authorities; the Province of Ontario – specifically the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry or MNRF and Emergency Management Ontario; and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Municipalities have key roles creating emergency plans, acting as first responders, and ensuring the welfare of their residents, Heinbuck said. Municipalities assess and determine if a declaration of an emergency is necessary and implement an Emergency Response Plan in the case of an emergency. During a flooding situation that is not an emergency the municipality monitors the situation and liaises with others, including the conservation authority.

Conservation authorities have an important supporting role collecting and interpreting data; providing flood messages; and receiving early weather notices from MNRF. Personnel at ABCA, during a flood event, include a Flood Response Coordinator; Flood Duty Officer; and technical support, office, communications, and field support. The conservation authority helps to prevent flood damage and to “minimize loss of life, property damage, and social disruption” through flood forecasting and warning to municipalities; support for emergency planning; through planning and regulations to keep development away from natural hazards; and technical support for projects that reduce erosion and capture flood waters. The conservation authority provides municipalities with advance warning of flood events through flood messages (ranging from a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook and Water Safety; to a Flood Watch; to a Flood Warning); conducts river watch monitoring and reporting; and maintains an internal flood emergency plan. The conservation authority may also act as a liaison and provide technical assistance and facilitate planning. Conservation authority staff also operate the Parkhill Dam.

The Water Resources Coordinator shared a number of examples of past flood events in the watershed. He reminded the attendees that flooding emergencies do happen. Heinbuck said snow depth was less than normal at the time of the meeting but that ice jams or future significant snowstorms followed by heavy rain could increase flooding potential.


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 from "The Honey Sweethearts" and Lachlan Chow, women makers, and local organizations that provide resources and support for women in Huron County.

Pitch Competition 

Back by popular demand! Celebrate our community's youth and women in business at an event designed to inspire and empower.

Stop by The Livery Theatre in Goderich on March 21st to enjoy savory, artisanal soup provided by Sweet Love Eats, and hear community participants in two great pitch events!

First, watch young entrepreneurs, in Grades 4 to 8, present one-minute pitches on their big business idea, from dog-walking services to creating world peace. Next up, listen to local women entrepreneurs present their pitch ideas at S.O.U.P. (Shout Out Your Unique Pitch). Vote for your favorite pitches to help them win funds to start or grow their business.

The timeline for the evening is as follows: 6 p.m., enjoy artisanal soup and networking;
7 p.m., Be Your Own Boss, Kids' Pitch Competition; and 8 p.m., S.O.U.P., Women's Pitch Competition.

Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 if you bring your own mug!

For more information, email

Toast the Coast 

Bethany Ann DavidsonWorld Rooted Founder Bethany Davidson is coordinating the coastal art exhibit that will feature 13 talented artists as part of “Toast the Coast: An Evening for Lake Huron” on Saturday, May 4. (Submitted photo)  

The Lake Huron Center for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) is pleased to invite supporters of Lake Huron to attend “Toast the Coast: An Evening for Lake Huron” on Saturday, May 4.

All are welcome to celebrate the community of volunteers, donors and supporters behind the LHCCCs environmental programs and services that span the coast. The event will take place at Beach Street Station in Goderich, and features speakers, live music and a first-ever Lake Huron coastal art exhibition.

Now in its 21st year, the LHCCC continues to guide and support sustainable environmental practices along Lake Huron’s coastline. As a registered charitable organization, over 97 per cent of the Centre’s work is funded through donations and grants.

“This event is much more than just a fundraiser,” said Erinn Lawrie, Executive director for LHCCC. “It’s a celebration of Lake Huron, the great work that has been done and the important work that still needs to happen. This is an opportunity to make a real difference and connect with other supporters of Lake Huron.”

LHCCC has partnered with World Rooted: The Art Project for the People (WRAPP), a collective of artists that celebrate conservation and humanitarian works through art. World Rooted Founder Bethany Davidson is coordinating the coastal art exhibit that will feature 13 talented artists.

“The crossroad of art with science and compassion is where healthy humanity resides, where true progress is made,” said Davidson. “We’re thrilled to be meeting the Coastal Centre there in such a beautiful, historic venue. Our works are themed around the word ‘Carried’, for all the things the Lake means to us. You can follow our journey at #carriedtothecoast.”

The event features three speakers, each with a unique perspective of Lake Huron:
“Hitting Lake Bottom: What do the Underwater Contours Tell Us About Lake Huron?”, Patrick Donnelly, Coastal scientist, LHCCC; “Traditional Knowledge about Nibi (Water)”, Lynn Rosales, Aamjiwnaang First Nation; and “Carried to the Coast”, Bethany Ann Davidson, artist and founder of World Rooted.

“A live jazz band, art, cocktails at the beach, silent auction - there is something for everyone at Toast the Coast. This highly anticipated event will raise funds to support the LHCCC’s many lake-wide coastal conservation programs”, said Lawrie.

Tickets are $60 and will be available for purchase online starting March 12. Space is limited, so the event organizers recommend reserving tickets early.

For more information on Toast the Coast, please visit

Health Unit

Healthy eating has more to do with how we eat, not how much we eat.

March is Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Unlock the Potential of Food”. The Huron County Health Unit encourages everyone to celebrate the potential of food to fuel us, to bring us together and to discover food in new ways.

Similar to the recently released Canada’s Food Guide, this year’s Nutrition Month campaign encourages people to think more about how they eat.

“Healthy eating is so much more than the foods we eat,” said Public Health Dietitian Amy MacDonald. “There is no one-size-fits all approach to nutrition. What works for you will vary based on your life, hunger, food and preferences. Your individual needs change throughout your life.”

What stays the same throughout life is the potential of food to fuel, bring together and discover. Instead of thinking of foods as good/bad or healthy/unhealthy, MacDonald encourages everyone to look at the potential of food to:

Fuel Us
Food fuels our bodies, minds, feelings, and social interactions. Developing a positive relationship with food is important. Nutrition does matter, but we also need to recognize the psychological aspects of food and eating.

Bring Us Together
Food is fuel, and it’s also social. Being able to come together to eat and enjoy meals with others is an important part of healthy eating. Sharing meals allows you to connect, share traditions, learn and communicate.

To discover new foods, children use their sense of touch, smell and sight, but they can also cook and grow food, and when they are ready, they will taste. People at any age can get involved in the kitchen. Gaining food skills throughout life is a great way to foster a healthy relationship with food.

MacDonald points out that there is a lot of confusing nutrition information on websites, social media, and among family and friends. If you have specific nutrition questions, consider talking to a registered dietitian to get a personalized answer. Contact your healthcare provider to learn where registered dietitians are available in your area.

Nutrition Month is celebrated every March by the Dietitians of Canada and their partners. Learn more about the potential of food at

Horticultural Society - Clinton

It may still be rather wintery outside but spring will be here soon so it is appropriate that the Clinton Horticultural Society will present "Attracting Song Birds to Your Backyard" with guest speaker Steve Jenkins, of Porter’s Hill Birdseed Co. in Bayfield, at their meeting on March 20.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton. Everyone is welcome to attend.









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 highlight a photo of classmates in the Senior class at Bayfield Public School from 1938 with their teacher Brenton Hellyer. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB17 11A)

  PB17 11A Photo of classmates Sr. room 1938 Brenton Hellyer

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



PB17 20A Remember Me 502 

In Issue 502, we feature a picture of both the Junior and Senior classes at the Bayfield Public School in 1957 with teachers Jacqueline Cluff and Vina Parker. Their names can be found in the Remember Me section of the Bayfield Breeze dated Feb. 27, 2019 Vol.10 Week 9 Issue 503. There are a few blanks so take a look and see if you recognize anyone.  (Archives Code: PB17 20A)



PB17 24A Photo of classmates Sr. room 1961 Mr. W. Fralick 

In Issue 503, we feature a photo of classmates of Bayfield Public School in the Senior Room 1961 with teacher, Mr. W. Fralick. Matt Butcher wrote in to say that his mother, Ellen Lindsay, is at the far right of the top row and his uncle Don Lindsay is in the middle of the bottom row. Does anyone else recognize anyone? (Archives Code: PB17 24A) 



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bayfield skating club  

Local skating stars are superheroes on icE

IMG_9729Wonder Woman: Nora Paakkunainen, Alex Saggers, Ashlyn Zimmer, Madelyn Zimmer and Addison Fisher.

IMG_9743Kayla Beyerlein

IMG_9759Julie Chun  

IMG_9775Batman and Joker: Juniors Audrey Cook, Naomi Jacobs, Dana Wilson and Mia Haggitt.  

IMG_9782Tatum Rivers  

UntitledHulk: Kane Courtney  

IMG_9802Hulk: Coach Jody Merner, Graham Peck, Kane Courtney, Owen Paakkunainen, Conner Vreugdenhil and assistant Kassie Jefferson.  

IMG_9808Sierra Whetstone  

IMG_9992Superman and Supergirl: Audrey Cook, Julie Chun, Dana Wilson, Tatum Rivers, Naomi Jacobs, Sierra Whetstone, Mia Haggitt and Kassie Jefferson.  


March 3 was the date for the Bayfield Skating Club's Carnival held in the Bayfield Arena. This year the skating stars of tomorrow presented, "Superheroes on Ice".

Both Junior and Senior skaters presented their solo numbers as well as a couple of group interpretive pieces. In addition, Canskaters took part in group numbers under the direction of Senior and Junior skaters and the crowd delighted in watching their achievements.

The generous crowd that gathered were highly entertained by imaginative numbers set to music featuring such heroic figures as Wonder Woman, Batman, Hulk, Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, the Incredibles, Superman and Supergirl.

IMG_9832Kassie Jefferson  

IMG_9875Ninja Turtles: Coach Rebecca Merner and Kyle Geddis.

IMG_9882 Naomi Jacobs

IMG_9919Spiderman: Seniors Kassie Jefferson, Julie Chun, Sierra Whetstone, Tatum Rivers and Kayla Beyerlein.  

IMG_9862Ninja Turtles: Assistants Kayla Beyerlein and Tatum Rivers and Coach Rebecca Merner with the cast of turtles.

IMG_9918Spiderman: Seniors Kassie Jefferson, Julie Chun, Sierra Whetstone, Tatum Rivers and Kayla Beyerlein.

IMG_9934Good vs Evil: Duet by Audrey Cook and Mia Haggitt.  

IMG_9947Incredibles: Assistant Julie Chun with some CanSkaters.  

IMG_9955Incredibles: Assistants Dana Wilson and Julie Chun with some incredible little skaters.  

IMG_9969Superman and Supergirl: Seniors Kassie Jefferson, Sierra Whetstone, Tatum Rivers and Julie Chun.  

IMG_9989Superman and Supergirl: Senior Tatum Rivers and Junior Dana Wilson.  



PIXILATED — image of the week


Sweet and Icy...By Bonnie Sitter

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


So today begins the season of Lent and many people will give up something during the days prior to Easter but I came across an idea I think I might try this year instead. It is called the “40-day 40-item challenge”. The thought is that every day you pick one household item that you no longer need or a piece of clothing you no longer wear and pack it to be given to a charity shop or a homeless shelter. Then these items can be shared with people who will appreciate them more and I will benefit from a clearer closet, home and mind! – Melody



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