Bookmark and Share   March 21, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 12 Issue 454

Citizen scientists needed 

Water_Quality_Monitoring_Citizen_Scientists_Bayfield_AreaCitizen Scientists Sandy Scotchmer (left) and Kate Lloyd-Rees work with a representative from ABCA to collect water samples in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)  

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is asking for your help to monitor water quality along the beach in Bayfield.

Since 2014, people from the Bayfield community have volunteered as “citizen scientists”. These volunteers have collected water samples each summer for the Bayfield Beach Stormwater Monitoring Program. Information gathered from this program helps in determining whether stormwater from the Village of Bayfield might be having an impact on nearshore water quality. Monitoring also helps to ensure the Bayfield Main Beach maintains its internationally-recognized Blue Flag status.

Water samples are collected from three stormwater outlets every two weeks and following heavy rains. Citizen scientists check their rain gauges at their homes to determine whether they need to collect samples. Samples are then analyzed for concentrations of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and phosphorus. The program runs from the beginning of June to the end of August with volunteers sharing shifts throughout the summer.

“It would be ideal to collect samples like this throughout the watershed, but logistically that type of monitoring is very difficult to do,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with ABCA. “Without the volunteers, this program would simply not exist.”

Citizen scientists are people who are interested in the world around them and want to contribute to understanding it better. By participating in a program such as this, people further the advancement of science, and play a role in managing their natural resources.

“I have been passionately interested in the environment and especially water quality for many years,” said Sandy Scotchmer, a Bayfield resident who has been involved since 2014. “I am very fortunate to be able to participate in this program, as I feel I am working on a process of data gathering that will lead to a more positive understanding of urban and rural issues in our mutual quest for clean water reaching our beaches in the area.”

If you are interested in learning more, or volunteering for this program, please contact Hope Brock, ABCA, at 519 235-2610 or email hbrock@abca.on.ca.

 who will win Bayfield Reads? 


Five contending books, five defenders, only one winner...let the audience be the judge.

The Village Bookshop is pleased to announce the local defenders for this year’s Canada Reads contenders...in alphabetical order these well-read friends of our local bookshop will battle to the end for their book's right to be the choice for Bayfield Reads 2018.

Nick Howell – “Forgiveness” by Mark Sakamoto
Frank Leahy – “The Marrow Theives” by Cherie Dimaline
Susan Nicholson – “The Boat People” by Sharon Bala
Mary Pounder – “American War” by Omar El Akkad
Arlene Timmins – “Precious Cargo” by Craig Davidson

Meet fellow book lovers over refreshments, gain insight and be awed by the intellectual debate into this year's Canadian Reads books selections, sit back and enjoy a musical interlude during the counting of the votes by Canada's absolutely original, fiddle player/violinist, and now a Bayfield Reads Defender: Frank Leahy.

Bayfield Reads will be held this Sunday, March 25 at The Bayfield Town Hall. Tickets are available at The Village Bookshop for $5. Those who purchase advance tickets will have their name entered into a draw for tickets to a Bayfield Concert Series event for autumn 2018. Tickets at the door are $10. 

Huron book fair this weekend 

Discover Huron's Stories at the Huron Historic Book Fair!

The Huron County Museum invites people to learn about Huron County's heritage from some of the communities most engaging local authors and storytellers at the first Huron Historic Book Fair running March 24-25. The event combines a speaker series and book sale featuring authors who write about Huron's rich heritage legacy.

Ten authors will each speak about their previous or forthcoming books over the two days including:

o Dave Gillians, "For the Love of Bayfield"
o Rhea Hamilton-Seeger, "East Ashfield History"
o John Hazlitt, "Power of the Maitland"
o Jodi Jerome, editor of "Bush Days" by Malcolm Lamont
o Larry Mohring, "The Reuben R. Sallows Picture Postcard Handbook 1900 - 1925"
o Vicky Morrison, "Barn Quilt Trail - 2017 International Plowing Match"
o Bonnie Sitter, "The Beauty and Bounty of Huron County"
o Gordon Strathdee, "Goderich: Winds of Change"
o Brock Vodden, "Blyth Through the Lens",
o David Yates, weekly newspaper columnist.

Along with the author talks Huron County staff will speak about some of the services and tools available to local researchers including archives research assistance and the digitized newspaper online portal.

Attendees can browse and purchase copies of the books by the speakers and other Huron County authors at the Book Fair. The Book Peddler and Fincher's Goderich will also both have booths at the event as well. The Huron Historic Book Fair will run on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free both days.

Leading up to the book fair, the Museum is hosting a moderated panel discussion on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Panelists will be Gil Garratt, Artistic director of the Blyth Festival; Paul Ciufo, playwright; Sinead Cox, Huron County Museum curator of Engagement and Dialogue; and Taylor Graham, playwright, director and producer. They will talk about the process of adapting local history for theatre and performance with moderator Christopher Spaelta. Admission for this event is also free.

The Huron Historic Book Fair is a joint production between the Huron County Museum and Huron Arts & Heritage Network. Additional information about the event, including a speaker's schedule and list of authors, can be found on the Museum's website - huroncountymuseum.ca/book-fair/ or Facebook page - facebook.com/huroncountymuseum/.



Councilor's corner

The monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre will be held tomorrow (March 22), due to the March Break.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, usually hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

The topics for discussion will be: 2018 Budget, Vibrancy Fund and Bayfield Facility Update. 

Discovery Centre 

Bayfield Homeshow hydroOne 

The Bayfield Lions’ Club members are excited to announce that Hydro One's Electricity Discovery Centre is coming to the annual Home and Garden Show in April.

“This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn more about electricity, our power system and its role in our lives,” said Lion Kathy Gray.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show is set for Apr. 27-29. The Discovery Centre's hours coincide with the hours of the Home Show: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bluewater Bylaw 

The Municipality of Bluewater is requesting input on significant process improvements to our Site Plan Control By-law. This Planning Act process applies generally to commercial, industrial and multi-family development within Bluewater. The new process and By-law include greater predictability and accountability, shorter process duration, and improved communication with stakeholders.

Business owners, developers and other stakeholders who would like to give input on the new process are encouraged to submit comments by Apr. 13 by email to planninginfo@municipalityofbluewater.ca, by phone at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236 or by mail to 14 Mill Avenue, Box 250, Zurich, ON, N0M 1G0.

Information on the proposed changes to the Site Plan Control By-law may be found at www.municipalityofbluewater.ca/Public/Site-Plan-Control. A FAQ on the process improvements is available there.

Pancake Brunch 

The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. It definitely is for the congregation of St. James', Middleton as they host their ninth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 7. All in the community are invited to join in the festivities.

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 St. James', Middleton Anglican Church and world outreach.

Litter Walk 

The Fourth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Sunday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Starting at 2 p.m., families, visitors and Bayfield residents of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.

"Together we are working to keep our roadsides and ditches clean - protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors," said Elise Feltrin, an event organizer.

For more information please call Feltrin at 519 565-5852.




welcoming newcomers program looking for funding

It’s never easy moving to a new community. There are people to meet, schools to sort out for children, contacts to learn so you can access services and so much more. Now imagine trying to figure all that out while dealing with cultural and language differences. That’s the impetus behind United Way Perth Huron’s (UWPH) drive to fund a new program that focuses on building a stronger, more welcoming community for newcomers.

“The Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) did a tremendous amount of research on this issue,” said UWPH Executive director Ryan Erb. “Thanks to the research, United Way knows the program is needed in our communities. There are challenges newcomers face, around employment, isolation and more, that need addressing.”

Called “Welcoming Newcomers to Perth and Huron Counties” (WNPHC), the program – offered through Centre for Employment and Learning locations across Perth and Huron – looks to provide newcomers with an easily-accessible location to access information and support to help them transition more easily into the community.

“We’re excited to see this program so close to fruition,” said Site Coordinator – Lead for Credit & ESL Programs at the Centre for Employment and Learning, Erin Jones. “Whether it’s helping newcomers navigate the healthcare system, doing paperwork to enrol a child in school, finding a place to live, or something as simple as getting a library card, WNPHC is meant to give newcomers the resources they need to succeed and stay in our local communities.”

WNPHC also aims to support the efforts of local economic development organizations to attract newcomers and collaborate with community agencies to ensure people are ready to live and work in the area, as well as educating area employers and communities about the benefits of creating a welcoming environment for newcomers.

Funding could still be an issue. Although there is a demonstrated need, and a willingness on United Way’s part to make the program a reality, ultimately donations will help decide if the program goes ahead or not.

“This year’s campaign has raised more than ever before,” concluded Erb. “But we still need added support to make this program happen. Currently, we’re about $43,000 away. If you haven’t donated yet, or if you have but want to give a little extra to help fund this program, now is the time!”

To help ensure Welcoming Newcomers to Perth and Huron Counties receives the funding it needs, UWPH’s Sweeter Endings promotion adds a little extra incentive for potential donors. The promotion provides donors in March with a sweet surprise along with their tax receipt; a United Way chocolate and 10 per cent off your next purchase at Rocky Mountain Chocolate locations in Stratford and London (Masonville).

United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To donate, please call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, drop by the UWPH offices at 32 Erie Street in Stratford, email reception@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca

Workshops directed toward Non-profits held in Clinton 

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is once again offering the Non-Profit Professional Development Series in both Perth and Huron Counties; ensuring local organizations have affordable access to professional development. Workshops are hosted at the Huron County Health Unit in Clinton, the Stratford Library and Trillium Mutual in Listowel. Libro Credit Union is pleased to continue their community partnership as the generous sponsor of this constructive series.

“United Way is committed to helping supported and community partners strengthen the quality and impact of programs and services available to the community. We know how prohibitive the cost of many workshops can be, especially once you add in the travel component,” commented Ryan Erb, UWPH Executive director. “We are proud to bring workshops to our local area that focus directly on our industry and are of help to staff, management and volunteers alike.”

“These workshops are open to everyone. Scenarios used in workshops may be non-profit specific, but any member of the community will benefit and are encouraged to register,” shared series organizer, Susan Faber. For location and times of the workshops go to perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

Topics include:

• Employee Retentions - a topical workshop for our local labor market where retention is paramount.

• Social Media - for non-profits covers the most useful platforms as well as the planning, strategies and analytics you need to make it work.

• Understanding Financials - which will be tremendously helpful for supervisors, managers, and board or committee members who don’t have a financial background. The workshop will cover financial statements, internal controls, financial terminology and board responsibilities.

• Managing Stress - will help staff to not only manage their own stress levels but help their peers manager theirs.

• Corporate Governance and Board Responsibilities - a great introduction or clarification for board members in Perth and Huron Counties.

A more comprehensive description of each workshop, along with information about the facilitators, cost and location can be found at perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

Participants can register by emailing KEYs@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or calling 519 271-2978.

Huron County talent helps paint Kitchener Green 

Downloads8The cast of "A Feast of Harps" took to the Registry Theatre stage on March 17. The performance featured many local Huron County talents as well as The Huron Harp School. (Photos courtesy IRL Festival 2018)  

Members of The Huron Harp School and several other local talents helped the community of Kitchener, ON celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the evening of March 17 with a concert entitled, “A Feast of Harps”.

Concert participants ranged in age from 8-78 at the concert held at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener. The event was hosted by The Irish Real Life Festival as part of their Paint the Town Green Series that ran from March 10-18.

In addition to the 20 harpists with the school, familiar names on the Huron County music scene were also invited to take part including: Irish Dancer Shawnessy Sinnett, Kim and Travis Teed, Capucine Onn and Sons, Liam Morley, Clayton Peters and Bruce McDonald.

fullsizeoutput_671Alexa Yeo was the youngest harpist to perform with The Huron Hapr School. She also gave a violin solo.


 Cultural Awards 

Is there a Huron County arts, culture or heritage person, organization or business who made an impression on you in 2017? If so, Huron Arts & Heritage Network (HAHN), in partnership with Cultural Services of the County of Huron, invites you to nominate them for a 2018 Cultural Award. The awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Huron County residents, businesses, and organizations in the following categories: Cultural Event/Organization, Individual Artist, Community Contribution, Heritage, and Innovation.

The nomination process is simple and easy. Just fill in the one-page nomination form and include a short description telling us why you think your nominee is worthy of recognition in their category. Nomination forms and award guidelines can either be downloaded at creativehuron.ca or print copies can be picked up at any Huron County Library branch. Deadline for submissions is Apr. 8. Finalists and winners in each category will be selected by a jury from the eligible nominations received.

The ninth annual Cultural Awards Gala is set for Friday, Apr. 27 at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth. As well as recognizing the finalists and winners, this special evening will feature entertainment by a variety of local artists. There will also be a silent auction of unique items supporting the activities of Huron Arts & Heritage Network at the Awards Gala. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with awards presentations beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 each plus a handling fee and can be purchased through www.eventbrite.ca.

Minds in Motion 

There is increasing evidence linking a socially involved, physically active and mentally challenging lifestyle to helping reduce the risk of developing dementia, or slowing the progression of the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, in partnership with Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre, is delighted to offer Minds in Motion® to the South Huron area. The program incorporates physical and mentally stimulating activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners.

The program will begin on Thursday, Apr. 5 and will be held for eight consecutive weeks from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre.

Minds in Motion is a two hour per week fun and family-friendly program which offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living the same experiences. Research shows that keeping mind and body fit has been proven to contribute to improved brain health for everyone, the program consists of two main components: a 45 to 60 minute fitness session and a 45 to 60 minute session of mentally stimulating activities, both facilitated by a Minds in Motion coordinator from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Regular physical activity for people with dementia leads to a significant reduction in depression, an increased sense of independence and an improvement in quality of life. Minds in Motion helps care partners to focus on their own health as well, rather than focusing exclusively on the needs of the person they are caring for.

Minds in Motion was first introduced to Huron County in January 2015 as a pilot program and has now been continued on an interim basis with support from the Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government. Minds in Motion is currently offered at three sites throughout Huron County: Clinton, Grand Bend and Wingham.

To register for the current Minds in Motion program in Grand Bend, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email: admin @alzheimerhuron.on.ca. There is a cost of $20 per person for this eight-week session. 


The Harbouraires Men's Choir will be presenting an evening of songs and readings in a concert titled, "Celebrating Life" on March 27. This is their way of bringing comfort to those who grieve the loss of a loved one by remembering a life and finding peace.

The concert will be held in cooperation with McCallum and Palla Funeral Home and the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service. The Harbouraires will sing and readers from across local communities will offer readings that help with grief. Still others will be invited to light candles as memorials.

A reception will follow. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church (across from McDonalds) in Goderich.

Taoist Tai Chi 

People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Continuing and Beginner Classes are being offered in Bayfield in April. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.

An Open House and free class will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Classes will continue on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Hall.

For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.


It’s almost time for Bowl for Kids Sake a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron. Goderich Little Bowl will be the location of this Rock N’ Roll themed party on March 23.

The event will run from 7-9:30 p.m. and bowling is free with $50 or more in pledges. All are welcome to take part with team and individual prizes being offered.

For more information contact Goderich Little Bowl at 519 524-2695 or Big Brothers Big Sisters at 519 524-4361. Download the pledge forms at northhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event






Volume 8 

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 bayarchives@tcc.on.ca 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 an image of the Stewart Home on Louisa Street taken around 1920. In the photo are Jack Stewart, his father and his wife. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10017PC)

 PB10017 PC Remember Me 454

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



 PB10078 Remember Me 452

In Issue 452, we featiure a picture of Harry Baker and Rev. Harrison taken in 1971. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10078PC)


 PB10005 PC Albert Woods and Willard Dresser c1975

In Issue 453, we feature a spring time image of Albert Woods and Willard Dresser taken about 1975. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10005 PC)



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Mad science takes kids "Up, up and away!"

fullsizeoutput_660Carolynne Leonard used all of her strength to try and pull two toilet plungers apart.  

fullsizeoutput_65cGraham Pounder, of Toronto, ON, was challenged to separate a device used to keep horses together. He wasn't successful but kept smiling through the exercise.  

fullsizeoutput_658Two adults in the audience were also given a strength challenge.  

fullsizeoutput_66c   A young scientist learned that strange things happen to a pop bottle when the air is sucked out of it.

fullsizeoutput_62aCarolynne Leonard, and others, enjoyed a ride on a makeshift hoverboard during the event.  

fullsizeoutput_611For the show's finale, Oliver Leonard got to unfurl a roll of toilet paper using a leaf blower. He accidentally succeeded in hitting his sister, and others, with a stream of sheets.


As part of the Huron County Library March Break Programs the Bayfield Public Library held a Mad Science Show at the branch on the afternoon of March 16.

A Mad Scientist, "Kinetic", from Mad Science based out of London, ON,  made science magic for the approximately two-dozen youngsters and parents or grandparents that preregistered for the show.

She performed experiments focusing on air pressure that both entertained and educated those gathered.

fullsizeoutput_66eMad Scientist, Kinectic, from Mad Science in London, opened with a magic trick that required an assistant during the show presented at the Bayfield Public Library as part of their March Break activities.  

fullsizeoutput_640The youngest person in the room was given the task of stomping on a paper cup.  

fullsizeoutput_66fThe children were asked would you rather be stepped on by your Mom who was wearing a high-heeled shoe or an elephant's foot?  

fullsizeoutput_61eThis participant in the show suspended a ping pong ball in the air using a blow dryer.  




PIXILATED — image of the week


Still Reflections...By Hildy Steiner

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com 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


Just 218 days shy of the next municipal election, Bluewater Council voted to permanently remove the ice from the Bayfield Arena.

To be clear, I wasn’t able to attend the Bluewater Council meeting on Monday night so my info is coming from those in the gallery seats that watched as the motion to keep the ice for the upcoming 2018-19 season ended in a tie – four in favor and four against. Councilors for the Zurich, Hensall and Bayfield Wards voted in favor along with the Deputy Mayor.

It is my understanding that when a vote ends in a tie the original motion remains in place.

So how could the vote end in a tie? Ironically enough the person that wears the chain of office, who could have broken the tie whether for or against, had excused himself from the meeting early to go coach a hockey game. – Melody


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Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-525-3830.


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