Bookmark and Share   March 14, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 12 Issue 141


Six members of the Bayfield Skating Club represented their community very well at the Futures Competition held in Milverton on March 3-4. Showing off their new hardware are l-r: Sierra Whetstone, Canskate placed 6th; Indianna Crook, Canskate placed 1st; Marlese Coombs, Pre-prelinary, placed 1st; Justine Rivers, Pre-preliminary placed 2nd; Julie Chun, Canskate placed 2nd; and Kassie Jefferson, Canskate placed 3rd. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

who will take home the coveted silver ladle for 2012?

The Bayfield Optimist Club will be holding its annual Chili Cook-off on March 18, at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The event will run from 2-4 p.m. Individuals, organizations and local restaurants are encouraged to enter their chili for a chance to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. Entries will be accepted in crock-pots from 1-1:30 p.m.

Public skating will be offered from 1-3 p.m.

Upstairs from 2-4 p.m. the Optimists will host a Family Fun Day providing hot dogs and ice-cream sundaes as well as door prizes, face painting, children’s crafts and the unpredictable antics of a couple of clowns.

This is just one of the fun events organized by the Optimists of Bayfield throughout the year to show their thanks to the community for their ongoing support.

auxiliary members learn about Huron Good Food Box 

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

Brittany Fry was the guest speaker at the CPH Auxiliary meeting held on March 5 in the hospital’s conference room. Fry shared information with the 21 members present about the Huron Good Food Box that is available to everyone in the county.

Details were given for the Irish Stew Luncheon being held on March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clinton United Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend this fundraiser held in support of the CPH Auxiliary.

Members are encouraged to register for the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario Spring Conference. This conference held for the South Central Region will be held at the Legion in Seaforth on Apr. 30.

The Annual Meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be held on Apr. 2 at 9 a.m. The regular monthly meeting will follow.

Earth hour centered around water and trees

Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 31. All are encouraged to turn their lights off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m. (local time).

To celebrate Earth Hour in Bayfield everyone is invited to turn off lights at home and head to St. Andrew’s United Church for a concert given by the Glee Sisters choir, and their sister organization, Elliot’s Liquidation Band. In addition the St. Andrew’s United Church choir will perform. The evening will commence at 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

This year, Bayfield’s version of Earth Hour will also feature guest speaker renowned environmentalist Ray Letheren. “Water” will be his topic.

There will also be an update on the Bayfield Tree Project. Donations will be accepted for the upcoming planting season with receipts available for donations over $20.

Organizers suggest participants bring a flashlight, candle or hurricane lamp to the event because for one hour the lights will be off in the church as well!

mystery play to aid Huron Women's Shelter

The Bayfield Town Hall will be the site of a mystery play and bistro on the evening of Apr. 21.

The evening, that will also feature a silent auction, will benefit the Huron Women's Shelter and Second-Stage Housing. The festivities shall begin at 6 p.m. Since 1985 the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich has been a sanctuary for women and children in crisis.

“It is a sad fact that the recent economic downturn and tragic tornado have increased the need for a safe place for too many women and their children. The Women's Shelter has been extremely busy,” said Gail Grant, past board member with the Huron Women’s Shelter.

Tickets are available now for $30. Please call Gail Grant at 519 565-2435 or the Women's Shelter directly to purchase.

just a few days left to apply for food advisor training 

Individuals who list food and nutrition among their passions and who don’t mind talking to groups might want to consider becoming a Huron County Community Food Advisor (HCCFA).

Community Food Advisors are trained volunteers who work with groups across Huron County to share information on healthy eating, preparing food and food safety.

Anyone who has basic cooking skills and is comfortable speaking in front of people can become a HCCFA. The volunteers get extensive training before becoming certified. The 40-hour course covers healthy and nutritious food selection, healthy eating, budget-wise shopping, safe food handling and preserving food. Volunteers also learn about cooking demonstrations and giving community presentations.

“One of the great things about becoming a Community Food Advisor is the chance to learn from dietitians, public health inspectors, public health nurses and other professionals,” said Gail Fraser, volunteer coordinator with the HCCFA. “Besides gaining new knowledge, it’s a great group of people who like to have fun!”

Fraser also noted that volunteers can be working or retired because the hours are flexible. The free training will run from April through June.

For more information or a volunteer application form, visit or call Gail Fraser at the Huron County Health Unit by March 16th at 519-482-3416 Ext. 2312.

The County of Huron, Nutrition Resource Centre, Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre, Zehrs, Goderich; and Hansen’s, Exeter are sponsoring this program.

There are 16 Community Food Advisor programs in 15 different communities across the province of Ontario. They work with groups of any age and in most settings including community centers, community kitchens, schools, farmer's markets, food banks and various other locations. There is no cost for a Community Food Advisor to speak to a group. However, it is asked that the organization cover the cost of any food items that may be needed for the presentation. Donations are appreciated but not required.

vitality of county's culture celebrated through awards 

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.


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 three 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: Leap of Faith, March 19; Crimes and Misdemeanors, March 26.

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

ratepayers' association

In honor of World Water Day, the 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.

festival of song

The Bayfield Town Hall will once again be filled with the sound of world-renowned musical talents when the sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song returns to the village for concerts on the first two weekends of June.

The Aldeburgh Connection Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata are offering up a variety of unique experiences for music lovers.

Tickets for the festival are now available at The Village Bookshop. For those planning their summer social calendar here are the dates of note: on the first festival weekend, June 2-3, three concerts will be held; the popular Master's Class followed by a Bistro Night at the Little Inn is set for June 7; the second week-end, June 8-10, will feature four concerts.

During the Festival week, Ralls and Ubukata will again tour area schools with their "troupe." The school program has proven very popular.

Look for details on the exciting performers in the Bayfield Breeze as the dates for the festival draw closer.

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is March 20.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.

film society

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

Those without a subscription can still attend as a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film.

The spring schedule of films includes: 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.

For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail

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.

Spring ahead with Zumba Bayfield! All are invited to join the group that meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Center. The cost is $10 per class. Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning dance fitness party. For more information contact Jamie Thomas via email at or join the Facebook Group.


Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?

Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).

CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.

Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.





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 fun image from the 1962 Bayfield Fall Fair parade – does anyone recognize the young ladies relaxing on the float?

Remember Me 141

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



Remember Me 139

In Issue 139, a fantastic image from the Bayfield Fall Fair held in 1962. Records indicate that the two gentlemen shown operating the steam tractor were Fred Motes, who can be seen firing it up, and Bill Talbot at the wheel.


Remember Me 140

In Issue 140, we offered a better view of the steam tractor. Records state, “Bill Talbot is rolling the engine off dead centre at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1962.”




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huron ridge acres

Spring takes root at local greenhouse

Show Winner Tulips shimmer in the sun attracting several bees prepared to pollinate under the bright March sunshine.

Huron Ridge Acres invites folks to come out and participate in a Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. These ladies couldn't resist doing a little shopping as they strolled around - taking some brightly colored Primula home with them.

Fresh plantings in the greenhouse receive regular misting from automated sprayers to ensure that they will grow strong roots.

Jean Hewer, of Zurich, delighted in finding a mauve colored Primula amongst the sea of color.

The Primula are blooming at Huron Ridge Acres.


March can be a very dull time of year and a greenhouse is a great place to visit to remind a person that Spring is coming. Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line.

The scenery on the drive along Bronson Line, despite a pale blue sky illuminated by sunshine, is awash with dull browns and muddy grays. The veteran Maples that line the road sit almost impatiently waiting for their buds to burst forth a beautiful canopy of shade and sanctuary. It is a typical March day in the country.

However, turn up the lane at Huron Ridge Acres and step inside the greenhouses. What waits is a delight for all the senses. The colors of the blooming Primulas and Pansies are so vibrant you can feel your heart skip a beat at the sight of them. Relaxing music fills the air. Its notes highlighted by chirping birds and buzzing bees (both outside but making their presence known). The smell of scented blooms and newly turned earth tickles your nose. Even a greeting by a friendly cat soon to have kittens adds to the thrill that spring is near.

If the transitioning seasons have you feeling a bit blah then Huron Ridge Acres is the place to go. There are still a few opportunities left to take part in their free Winter Walking Program offered on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The temperature is rising in the greenhouses just what seedlings need to grow strong and tall.


For more monochromatic gardeners delicate Silver Stream Trailing Alyssum is on the grow in the greenhouses.


Row upon row of Viola are planted in hanging baskets and in a few weeks will brightly decorate patios everywhere.


Pots of pansies planted in January are now hardy enough to grace decks and entrance ways if this warming trend continues.






PIXILATED — image of the week

The sun is going down

Sun Is Going Down...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


No matter how optimistic a person you are sometimes your inner dialogue can get a little grumpy – this frustration can then spill over into the world around you. I’ve felt a little out of sorts of late, uninspired and tired of fighting the good fight.

Even a looming deadline that is generally my greatest motivator wasn’t helping, it just seemed to add to my frustration. I’m telling you all this because I’ve never had the “winter blahs” before and considering the non-winter we’ve just experienced it seems a little ridiculous that this would be the year I developed them. But perhaps we’ve struck on the reason why they are occurring. I could never live in an environment where the seasons never changed – for me that would be the ultimate in dreary. Yep, our nice gentle winter has bored me.

And I don’t say that lightly – there is nothing more exasperating to me than hearing someone is bored.

So looking for a way out of this funk, and coincidently a photo story, I decided to follow up on one of the activities listed in Fitness Fun that we have been promoting all winter - an opportunity to walk around in the greenhouses at Huron Ridge Acres.

Immediately upon walking in the entrance I could feel my spirits lifting. And upon my return home who do I see grazing on our front lawn but Patrick and Patricia our two perennial Canada Geese – a bit ahead of schedule this year. Such positive stimuli have my inner voice whistling a happy tune once more and for that, and for those around me, I am grateful. - Melody



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