Bookmark and Share   March 28, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 13 Issue 455

Youth represents fair at provincial level 

clip_image006[2]One of the images from the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair taken by Patrick Dunn that won a first place at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies photography competition. (Photo by Patrick Dunn)

Members attending the March meeting for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) were given some good news from the Convention held for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS).

Following the annual fair there is a separate photography competition to submit pictures taken at the Bayfield Fair best exemplifying 21 different categories. The convenor of the photography section, Colleen Jacob, was thrilled to learn that Bayfield won five firsts and some thirds and fifths in the provincial competition. At the meeting the members learned that one person who won many of the winning pictures was Patrick Dunn, grandson of Jean and Ted. He spent a lot of the fair weekend taking hundreds of pictures and submitted a picture for each of the categories and when judged his were several of the Bayfield submissions. Patrick is another example of youth making us so proud and having Bayfield represented at the provincial level.

For those who love a midway, it was confirmed that Townsend Amusements will be at the fair with some special rates on the Sunday of the fair.

The BAS has been hearing regular reports of the building plans of a new farm animal display building for Agricultural Park. The current Pet Display building is in poor shape and will need to be replaced. A motion was passed to give the building committee approval to build this fall or winter. Following the motion, it was stated that with a donation announced at the meeting that over half of the building expenses of $85,000 have now been covered through private, corporate, or donated labor sources. The fundraising committee is considering a few new activities for the Bayfield community. If anyone is interesting in ensuring the infrastructure at Agricultural Park is safe and wants to continue the historical goal of introducing the public to farm animals, they can contact the BAS through info@bayfieldfair.ca. All donations of $500 or more will be recognized on the building through engraved bricks which will be part of a donation wall.

For those wanting to be part of a vibrant and energetic organization, let us know through info@bayfieldfair.ca. Our goal is to help educate the public about where their food comes from and have some friendly competition within the community. The next meeting for the organization is Apr. 9 in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church at 7 p.m. It will be a Directors’ Meeting but all are welcome to attend.

Bedside Singing Group to be coordinated for Hospice 

Hospice Logo 

The Huron Residential Hospice is endeavoring to start a new singing group for men and women to bring comfort, love and peace to life’s final journey through the gift of song.

“We are hoping to start a local group of bedside singers. As the title suggests, the participants will prepare themselves to engage in ‘sings’ at the bedsides of individuals who are dying,” said Deb Shelley. “Our presence will be by invitation. Our goal is to offer comfort, solace, joy and strength to those for whom we sing. Our music will be a gift, no strings or payments attached.”

“This will be a challenging and fulfilling opportunity,” Shelley added. “Although we are the first to implement a bedside singing group locally, the idea has been around for a long time, and singers have been engaged in their communities in many places. A bit of research leads to a grassroots movement called Threshold Singers, and to Hallowell, both commenced in the U.S.”

On Apr. 7, at 9:30 a.m., interested people are invited to attend an information session at the site of the new Huron Residential Hospice on Hwy 8 near Clinton. A good voice for a variety of song styles and maturity to handle end of life environments are the first two requirements of joining the group.

“We’ll have ‘coffee and calories’, a brief presentation by Constance Russo concerning what to expect when entering the room of a palliative individual and time to learn more about each other and about bedside singing. We will also sing all together for the first time!” said Shelley.

For more information call or text Deb Shelley 519 270-9146 or email deb@debshelley.ca.

American War and Forgiveness find favor at Bayfield Reads 

20180325_151810A generous crowd gathered for the 2018 Bayfield Reads event hosted by The Village Bookshop and held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. (Photos by David Latour)  

Bayfield Reads was a close call this year with the judges favoring one defender and the audience another.

The Audience Choice went to Mary Pounder defending with American War and relating it to real and apparent threats in present day politics. The Judges Choice went to Nick Howell for Forgiveness, as he aptly described the various levels of passage in forgiveness itself and how the book related to that through various tiers and characters.

Arlene Timmins put up a strong defence for Precious Cargo and differently abled students whose abilities are eye opening. Frank Leahy fought for Marrow Thieves and the indigenous peoples place in Canada’s past, present and future. Sue Nicholson was very relatable in her defence of Boat People and injustices preying on our fears, and limited information over the treatment of Tamil Refugees.

Michael Pierce won the advance ticket draw for tickets for two to the Fall-Winter 2018 Bayfield Concert Series.

“Thank you to all who attended for their support, to Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) for their assistance, to Shop Bike Coffee Roasters for coffee, to past defenders for their judging expertise, for Frank Leahy’s stories and fiddling, and finally to this year’s great line-up of speakers, we cannot do this without you!” concluded Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop, who hosted the event.

20180325_141214  Arlene Timmons

20180325_141641  Mary Pounder

20180325_142009 Nick Howell

20180325_142221  Susan Nicholson


20180325_142827 Frank Leahy



Easter egg hunt

Forty-five pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on Apr. 1.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.

Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community. 

Easter Services

The Anglican congregations in the community are preparing for the arrival of the Easter season and invite all to join them.

On March 29, Maundy Thursday will be held at St. James’, Middleton at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday follows on March 30 with a service at Trinity Anglican in Bayfield starting at 10:30 a.m.

And then on Apr. 1, the congregation of Trinity will mark Easter Sunday with a Holy Eucharist service at 9:15 a.m. while St. James’, Middleton will celebrate at 11 a.m

Bridge Group

Come and join the Bayfield Bridge Group for a friendly afternoon of bridge every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. No partner is required. The cost is $2.

Farmers' Market

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its fifth season!

Opening Day is set for Friday, May 18. The season will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with markets every Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

Vendors interested in joining the market may contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at bayfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com for information and an application form.

A reminder to local community groups: a community stall space is available to charity and non-profit organizations, at no cost, for fundraising, promotional and educational purposes by applying to the Market Coordinator at least one week in advance.

A board meeting is planned for Thursday, Apr. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. This meeting is open to the public. Come on out and learn more about how your market works and how you can become involved. We're looking for people interested in seeing our market continue to flourish. Volunteers are needed to help out on market days and at special events. No experience is necessary, and we won’t ask for a big, time commitment. For more information please contact Brown at the email listed above.

Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on March 19.

• Received the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study and directed staff to issue the RFP.
• Directed that correspondence dated Aug. 29, 2017 from the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, expressing their interest in the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre, be included for consideration in the feasibility study.
• Received the report entitled Status Update – 2017 Strategic Goal Action Plans for information.
• Directed staff to enter into the agreement with NextEra as presented.
• No longer lease the South Shore Marina from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario due to costs, and no interest by a third-party operator.


Home4Good Info Hub supplies information on services and supports for seniors in the Bayfield area.

A volunteer will be at the Bayfield Public Library to answer questions on the first Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m.

In between times, people are invited to write down any questions they may have and leave them with the Librarian.


Starting on Apr. 10, Ruth Percy, a Nia Brown Belt, from Goderich, will be offering Nia classes on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The cost will be $40 for five weeks. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 a class. To register or for more information contact rpercy@eastlink.ca.

Nia (pronounced nee-ah) combines dance moves, martial art moves and mindful moves all to great music. Nia is for all ages and stages. Move with enjoyment!

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.


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.





 over 500 students to learn about agriculture and water

The Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival (HPAWF), where people will find a mix of water, agriculture, and hundreds of local students, is returning to Seaforth in 2018.

More than 500 students will visit the HPAWF on Apr. 10-11 to learn about water and agriculture from local professionals through engaging and hands-on activities.

Thirteen schools and 24 classes, from across Huron and Perth Counties, will tour farm exhibits at the Seaforth Agri-Plex and water activities at the Seaforth and District Community Centre and Arena.

Planning for this event begins in September with the start of a new school year. All schools within Huron and Perth Counties receive invitations, in October, to participate in this event.

The HPAWF is organized and delivered by a committee of more than 50 volunteers representing a number of community organizations that recognize the importance of agriculture, water, and the environment to Huron and Perth Counties. Secondary school volunteers from Central Huron Secondary School will help educate and guide the students around the festival.

Throughout the day, Grade 4 students will visit both the Seaforth Arena and the Seaforth Agri-Plex. Students get an opportunity to interact with local professionals who work in career fields related to agriculture and water.

The Agri-Plex features: cow milking demonstrations, beef cattle, farm safety tips, pork production (including a specially made pig mobile showing live pigs at different ages), chicken and poultry, egg production and grains.

Water activities are set up in the Seaforth and District Arena. Students move from activity to activity, to learn about the importance of conservation and protection of water resources.

“Having participated in the festival for a number of years now, I have seen students come away with a real awareness of the importance of water and of our local farming communities,” said Agnes Denham, committee member.

In order to ensure this event is admission free, fundraising is necessary. As a result of fundraising, each school also receives a busing subsidy which reimburses the school for the cost of transportation, reducing the cost down to $50 per bus. This year’s annual budget for the HPAWF is $14,500. Support comes entirely from local agriculture, water, and community-minded organizations. Funding received from generous sponsors in 2017 and 2018 has enabled the festival to continue to educate hundreds of students for another year. Many of the sponsors make annual donations to the festival.

“We appreciate all the donations, big or small, that our local community organizations and groups make to our annual festival,” said Johanna Hayes, Festival coordinator. “Without their financial support, this education event for local students would not be possible. We thank all our present and past supporters.”

For more information about the festival and a list of the festival’s current and past sponsors, visit: hpawf.huronstewardship.ca

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email huronperthfestival@gmail.com


fullsizeoutput_71b International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo 2017 volunteer committee chairs, representing the Executive, Lounge and Accommodations committees, presented a cheque for $4,000 to the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) on March 19. L-r: Kevin Varley, IPM Lounge; Jacquie Bishop, IPM Executive; Daryl Ball, Michelle Field and Jay McFarlan representing the HRH Committee and Cindy Fisher, IPM Accommodations took part in the presentation. (Photo by Jay McFarlan)  



Paint Ontario

IMG_2413Paint Ontario Judge and Founder Barry Richman with some of this year's record number of entries. (Submitted photo)  

The 22nd Paint Ontario Art Show and Sale at the Lambton Heritage Museum began its three- week run on March 23, with a Gala Opening Reception. Jurors had a tough job choosing the best of a record 469 entries from 204 artists, reporting an especially high standard this year.

Approximately 220 of the best entries are now on display, all available for purchase and attractively priced, together with additional work by organising artists, featured separately in a "Host Gallery". As well, visitors will see 12 pieces of indoor and outdoor sculpture by Scott McKay, creator of St. Thomas' massive steel train installation.

The Gala Opening Reception included for the first time a cash bar that exclusively offered local wines, beers and coolers from Alton Estates Winery, Forest; Maelstrom Winery, Clinton; Bad Apple Brewing Company, St. Josephs; Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth and Black Fly Beverage Co., London. Beverages from these businesses will also be available on all Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the show.

The show is organised by the Grand Bend Art Centre in partnership with the Lambton Heritage Museum together with a host of volunteers and backed by sponsors that include F.I.N.E. A Restaurant and Sobeys, both provided complimentary hors d'ourves at the gala. Other sponsors included: Baillie's Picture Framing; Iceculture Inc.; Hay Communications; the Rotary Club of Grand Bend; Tourism Sarnia-Lambton; Turkheim Printing; Lynda Crossman; Jane and Doug Hurst; The Pachlarz Family; Peter and Teresa Phillips; Agnes Quinn and The Scatcherd Family.

Live demonstrations by well-known local artists will be taking place throughout the show including portraiture, painting and encaustic, together with workshops by internationally renowned portrait artist Brian Smith, life drawing teacher Paul Abeleira and encaustic specialist Anna Koot. To learn more about these demonstrations visit paintontario.com.

Paint Ontario is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Apr. 14 when it ends with a new event: A Closing Celebration featuring complimentary local wine, beer, liquor and food tastings. Everybody in invited - the more the merrier!

However, the Grand Bend "Arts Season" won't be over until the Arts, Eats and Beats Studio Tour weekend when, on May 5, the Grand Bend Art Centre brings the sensational New Orleans jazz, blues and funk sounds of Red Hot Ramble to its annual concert at the Gables. A New Orleans menu, Bourbon Street beads and the hottest band this side of the Mississippi combine to bring Mardi Gras to Grand Bend. Tickets are available at Paint Ontario and Baillie's Picture Framing, The Colonial and ticketscene.ca





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. 

Carla Elliott, of Clinton, shared some memories of a man featured in Remember Me - Issue 453 and she also shared this image of the home he resided in (just before it was demolished about 1990) for this week’s edition.

“Yes, I do remember Albert Woods.

In the early 80s we lived in Bayfield and I would meet Albert the odd time riding his bike to the post. Though I didn't know him to speak to him, I somehow felt he was a fixture of Bayfield...like history riding by.

Shortly thereafter when he had passed away there was an estate auction for Albert and I bought a lovely hump back trunk which to this day we still call Albert.”

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



 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)


 PB10017 PC Remember Me 454

In Issue 454, 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)



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Huron County Museum

Authors share their passion for area history

fullsizeoutput_777The Huron County Museum invited 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 held on March 24-25. The Book Peddler in Goderich brought a great selection of books by authors who have written about Huron's rich heritage legacy.  

fullsizeoutput_775Bruce Kemp, author of Weather Bomb 1913, shared that the book was over 40 years in the researching, it was only after the anniversary events held in Goderich in 2013 did he feel confident that he had enough information to publish.  

fullsizeoutput_77cDon Hayward offered some historically based fiction to those who attended the Book Fair including, "Murder on the Goderich Local - A Mike Donovan Mystery".  

fullsizeoutput_77eVicky Culbert attended the book fair with a book commissioned by the Association of Land Surveyors to honor 125 years of provincial surveyors. "Great Lengths - A Celebration of the Surveyors of Ontario" was written by Charles Wilkins.  

fullsizeoutput_780 Brock Vodden, shows some of the images that can be found in the historical photo book, "Blyth Through the Lens" that he created using pictures from his impressive personal collection of Blyth history.



On Saturday morning, my husband and I attended the first ever Huron Historic Book Fair at the Huron County Museum. An interest in local history and a love of books was all the incentive we needed to attend but what we got out of the more than an hour we spent talking to some of the authors and historians was even more priceless – it is something you can’t find in the pages of a book – passion.

Probably the best part of being a journalist is getting to know what makes a person’s heart sing. Taking time to speak to Bruce Kemp, Brock Vodden, Don Hayward, Dave Gillians and Vicky Culbert about the books they were promoting allowed us to see the stories they were telling through their eyes if but for a moment.

Kemp’s “Weather Bomb 1913” was 40 years in the making as he interviewed people who had witnessed the storm and had a living memory of the event back in the 1970s. It wasn’t until the 100th anniversary events held in Goderich in 2013 and after talking with modern day ship captains and weather scientists that he felt he could finally tell the story.

Goderich’s Don Hayward is a local author whose talent is for historical fiction. His current novel is “Murder on the Goderich Local” and he too was a delight to talk to. He enjoys writing mysteries as well as considering “what if” scenarios in his novels. Earlier works, such as, “After the Last Day” and “The Seventh Path” take on the subject of what rural society might look like after the apocalypse.

Vicky Culbert, of Goderich, although not the author of the book, “Great Lengths – A Celebration of the Surveyors of Ontario”, that honor goes to Charles Wilkins, is definitely passionate about the subject and inspiring young people to examine a career in Surveying, her husband Doug being a surveyor. The book was created to recognize 125 years of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors and Culbert described it as being a great bathroom book, with short, captivating tales as well as longer narratives, mixed in with plenty of photos.

According to promotional material, “The book follows the story from its wild, often incendiary, beginnings through two centuries of development, into a compelling present, where the fabric and echoes of the past are never far removed from the wonders and potential of the future.”

A highlight of the day for me was talking to Brock Vodden, of Blyth, who created a wonderful photo book of images from his own personal collection entitled, “Blyth Through the Lens”. The book now in its third printing is available at The Citizen and the Queen’s Bakery in Blyth for purchase. Blyth is my mother’s hometown and it was fun to look in the book index to see images of Richmonds from days gone by, some of whom may be branches on my family tree.

Vodden explained that he had accumulated all these pictures of village life over the years and he felt strongly that they should be shared rather than sitting on a shelf so the book was a result. He described himself as a self-appointed archivist for the village with people coming from far and wide to visit him in his little apartment to research their family history. He noted that at 83 years of age he worries about what is going to happen to the collection once he is gone. He hopes that it will be able to stay intact and that it will also be able to stay where it truly belongs – in Blyth.

Of course, a tour of an historic book fair wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the table representing Bayfield – a community blessed to have a very active historical society and a bricks and mortar – well, wood siding actually – building to showcase their archive materials. Manning the table was Bayfield historian and writer, Dave Gillians, who shared that it is nearly time to update his book, “For the Love of Bayfield” as the wonderful thing about history is that we keep making it every day.

And this is certainly good news for events like the Huron Historic Book Fair!



PIXILATED — image of the week


Tundra Swans at Windmill Lake...By George Ebers

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


Many hands make light work. Or in our case many hands make pots of soup.

My husband and I once again accepted the task of coordinating Trinity Church’s Soup and a Movie Night during lent this year. It is always the perfect excuse for us to break out of our winter hibernation and get back to our roots in the “food service biz”.

We have been blessed with some great help and some generous businesses and individuals who have supplied us with soup, bread and desserts for the last five weeks. I promised to give them all a shout out here - hopefully I don’t forget anyone – in addition to donations by our fabulous neighborhood chefs and bakers, soup was graciously donated by Renegades, The Docks Restaurant, The Albion Hotel, The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, The Bayfield Berry Farm, Highway Robbery Sandwich Shop and Deli and the Drift Restaurant. The Little Inn and The Pink Flamingo Bakery donated the most delicious fresh made buns and tea biscuits. I tried so hard to burn off those calories washing dishes but…

…we really kicked the dessert table up a notch this year. From simple cookies to pies and trifles the sweet lovers among us were never disappointed. Thank goodness someone brought fruit to balance things off. Even I was inspired by all the lovely desserts and dusted off my recipe for “Death by Chocolate” that my grandson and I prepared with a little help from Grandpa John to share with those who attended week four.

All and all it was five weeks of food, fellowship and a film! The money collected from goodwill donations will be put to good use through outreach and church needs. Thanks to all for taking part to make it another great community event. – Melody


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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


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