Bookmark and Share   Apr. 5, 2016   Vol. 8 Week 15 Issue 405

maple syrup on pancakes no joke at April 1st event


IMG_5091 The congregation of St. James’, Middleton hosted their eighth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 1. Two tractors were used to transport people from Pine Lake Camp to the nearby Schilbe Sugar Bush.

St. James’, Middleton’s annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour continues to grow in popularity with over 500 people taking advantage of a fine weather day to attend the eighth annual event on Apr. 1. 

Stacks of freshly flipped pancakes, tasty sausages, and a fresh fruit cup comprised the menu. The Maple syrup that topped the pancakes was provided by the Rick Schilbe Farm. An added treat this year for those caffeine lovers in attendance was Maple flavored coffee.

The event, held at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, is a continued success thanks to the many volunteers who come together to cook and serve the food, as well as those who coordinate the hayride and conduct the tours of the syrup producing operation.

Proceeds from the event go toward St. James’, Middleton Anglican Church and world outreach.

Members of the St. James', Middleton Church congregation and friends volunteered to make the annual event another great success.

IMG_5077 Over 500 people attended the Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour at Pine Lake Camp on Apr. 1 Many happy folks went home with a jug of Maple Syrup as well.

IMG_5100 Owen Wallis and family enjoyed the view from the back of the wagon on the way to tour the Schilbe Sugar Bush mid-day on Apr. 1.

fifty people attend rain garden workshop 

Rain_Garden_Workshop_2017_2 Rain Garden Expert Jeff Thompson spoke to about 50 homeowners at Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, March 25 at a workshop about the benefits of rain gardens. The benefits of rain gardens include beautifying one’s property, reducing flooding and erosion, and protecting local water quality. Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens that collect, absorb, and filter water running off of land during storms. Thompson was one of the presenters at the workshop and he explained the parts of a rain garden. He also presented at a previous rain garden workshop on March 2 that was designed for landscape contractors and designers.

Bayfield and area residents learn about rain gardens at workshop for homeowners Fifty residents attend March 25, 2017 workshop to learn about rain garden design, water quality benefits, from landscape professionals

About 50 people came to the Bayfield Town Hall on a rainy Saturday morning in March to learn about rain gardens and how to construct them. The workshop was held on March 25.

“We had a great turnout for this workshop,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watershed technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) “I’m thrilled to see this level of interest in rain gardens.”

Professional rainwater harvester Jeff Thompson introduced the concept of rain gardens and the components needed to build one. Homeowners also heard from local landscape designer, Anna Dalton-Needles, about color, texture and other elements of design to consider when choosing native plants for the rain garden.

It was also announced at the workshop that there would be grants available soon to assist homeowners with installing rain gardens on their property. Funding program details are still being finalized but homeowners in Bayfield and potentially throughout Huron County, may be eligible to apply for this funding. Part of the confirmed funding will come from the Municipality of Bluewater through its Blue Flag initiative. The Blue Flag is an international designation awarded to beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria like water quality. The Bayfield Main Beach has flown the Blue Flag since 2010. Homeowners interested in creating a rain garden on their property should watch for further announcements, in mid to late April, regarding the grant program.

Rain_Garden_Workshop_2017 Anna Dalton-Needles, landscape designer, talked about planting native plants in a rain garden, and some of the elements of design, including texture and color of native plants, to consider. She was one of the presenters at a Rain Garden Workshop held at Bayfield Town Hall on March 25 and attended by about 50 interested people. (Submitted photos)

The March 25 workshop for homeowners was the second rain garden workshop hosted by ABCA in March of this year. A previous workshop, held on March 2, was designed for landscape contractors and designers.

Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They protect local water quality when they collect, absorb and filter water running off of land during storms. When it rains or when snow melts, water runs off roofs, patios, and driveways. Rain gardens can prevent this water, along with contaminants the runoff picks up, from draining directly into a local storm sewer or nearby watercourses.

“Rain gardens provide benefits to water quality,” said Brock. “Rain gardens reduce flooding and erosion, and they can also add beauty to your yard and create habitat.”

April filled with a trio of hiking opportunities

Early spring is a terrific time to get out and explore local trails. The membership of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has planned several opportunities to encourage folks to do just that during the month of April.

The BRVTA will host a hike on Apr. 9 along Mavis’ Trail in Varna starting at 1 p.m.

This hike begins in a quiet pine meadow and after crossing a 65-foot bridge, meanders along a heavily wooded path that eventually leads to a lovely, tranquil lookout over the charming Bayfield River. Come out and discover signs of spring along this 2.5 KM wooded trail. This hike has been rated as a Level 3 for difficulty and the hike will take approximately one hour. Mavis’ Trail starts at the Stanley Recreation Complex, 1.6 KM west of the village of Varna on County Road 3. Parking is available.

The hike leaders will be Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers, 519 482-7572.

The BRVTA and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will be hosting an Owl Prowl along the Sawmill Trail on Apr. 21 starting at 8 p.m.

26902216622_aee832f200_k Screech Owls will be called out on the Sawmill Trail on the night of Apr. 21. (Photo by Ashley Tubbs)

Learn about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations through an engaging moonlit, guided hike on the Sawmill Trail. Explore owl habitat, try owl calls and (if we are really lucky) maybe see one of these amazing birds. Our target? The Eastern Screech Owl is this area’s most common owl. Its habitat ranges from woods to urban areas.

"To hear an owl hooting on a moonlit night is nothing short of magical. Then to be lucky enough to see one; that’s an experience with nature that one doesn’t soon forget.”

A special guest from ABCA will call out the owls. Participants should bring a flashlight, wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Please leave your pets at home.

Hot chocolate will be served at the end of the hike. This should be a fun adventure for the whole family!

The Sawmill Trail is 2 KM long and is a difficulty Level 2 although there is one large hill. The prowl will take approximately 1.5 hours. To find the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed .5 KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available. Donations are welcome to cover expenses.

The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Roberta Stemp and Adriaan Schreuder.

All are welcome to join in the 3rd annual Earth Day Litter Walk organized by the BRVTA to be held on Apr. 22 from 9-11 a.m.

The BRVTA is inviting local groups and individual citizens to tidy up the village while taking a spring stroll. Participants are asked to check in at the Pavilion at Clan Gregor Square. After choosing a route, BRVTA event organizers will provide collection bags for garbage and recycling and participants will then go for a walk in their chosen designated area to pick up litter. Bags can be dropped back at the Pavilion for disposal. The BRVTA looks forward to celebrating this worldwide, annual event with all.

For further information contact Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852 or Helen Verekamp 519 565-5442.

Fitness for both mind and body part of Minds in Motion 

Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Minds in Motion® Program is expanding to Bayfield!

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 One Care Home and Community Support Services, is delighted to offer Minds in Motion to the Bayfield community. The program incorporates physical and mental stimulation activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as their care partners.

The program begins on Thursday, Apr. 20 and will be held for eight consecutive weeks from 1-3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

Minds in Motion is a two hour a week fun and family-friendly program which offers the opportunity to establish new friendships and a support network with others who are living the same experiences. Since keeping the mind and body fit has been proven to contribute to improved brain health for everyone, the program includes two main components: a 45 to 60 minute fitness session led by a trained physical activity program leader from One Care, and a 45 to 60 minute session of mentally stimulating activities facilitated by a Minds in Motion coordinator from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Minds in Motion was first introduced to Huron County in January 2015 and is currently offered in five locations: Goderich, Clinton, Grand Bend, Wingham and Exeter. This is the program’s first session in Bayfield.

“Research continues to show that physical activity and mental stimulation are good for you, and good for your brain,” said Cathy Ritsema, executive director for the Alzheimer Society. “They encourage the development of new cells and new connections - a process the brain is capable of doing at any age!”

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.

“Bringing together people with dementia and their care partners is the opportunity to normalize the relationship in a way that is not influenced by illness,” added Ritsema. “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.”

To register for the current Minds in Motion program in Bayfield, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 1-800-561-5012 or email: There is a cost of $20 per person for the eight week session.

 Family Health Team receives two exam room sponsorships 

Two area businesses are the most recent financial contributors to the Bluewater Area Family Health Team Clinic construction in Zurich. Both a pharmacy in Grand Bend and a landscape business near Zurich have contributed $15,000 each to the cause. 

i-d5GvDcw-X3 Sarah Palen, pharmacist-owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Grand Bend had her whole family visit the new Bluewater Area Family Health Team clinic recently to present a cheque for $15,000 for sponsorship of one of the new examination rooms at the facility. From l-r: Jarrett and Sarah Palen and Fundraising Director, Stene Haberer. FR: Quinn and Sloan Palen. (Submitted photos)

Sarah Palen, pharmacist-owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Grand Bend is a local girl who stayed local, and today, heads a team that climbs to as many as 30 during the summer months.

“Being from this area has been a big help to business. It really has been quite amazing,” Palen said.

She lives with her husband, Jarrett, and two daughters, Quinn (7) and Sloan (5) near Ailsa Craig. The whole family visited the new Bluewater Area Family Health Team clinic recently and presented a cheque for $15,000 for sponsorship of one of the new examination rooms at the facility.

Palen maintains an active profile in the community and is a member of the Rotary Club, of Grand Bend, and also the Catholic Womens’ League, of Mount Carmel.

She attended the North Middlesex High School in Parkhill and as a teenager, spent several months living in France. She returned from Europe and went to the University of Western Ontario to study science. However, part way through the program, she decided being a pharmacist offered more opportunities, so she switched programs, moving to the University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2007.

With a degree under her belt, Palen became the Staff Pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart in Exeter. A few years later, an opportunity of taking ownership of her own pharmacy presented itself and in July 2013, she took over the reins at Shoppers Drug Mart, Grand Bend.

i-Cx6Cqqf-X3 L-r: Steve Haberer, of the BAFHT Fundraising Committee, Cam and Kathy Steckle, Bonnie and Brian Steckle and Julian Bayley, BAFHT of the Fundraising Committee. The Steckle families are staunch supporters of the new BAFHT clinic and their gift of $15,000 for sponsorship of an examination room recognizes their contribution. Kathy is also an active member of the BAFHT Board of Directors.

“Quality in any form is not an accident. It is the result of special effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution,” said Cam Steckle, who with his younger brother, Brian, has operated Cobble Design in Zurich for the last 30 years. “Quality has been Cobble’s mantra from the outset and we work hard to keep a sharp focus on the best in design, workmanship and service.”

The Steckle families are staunch supporters of the new Bluewater Area Family Health Clinic and their gift of $15,000 for sponsorship of an examination room recognizes their contribution.

Originally, the two brothers, who were in their early 20s, focused on installing paving stones – full service landscaping was added in 1991. As the business grew, so did the need for more space and in 1992 the company moved from its base on the Goshen, just south of town into a larger, 4500 sq ft facility in the centre of Zurich. A masonry division was added in 2007 that specialized in the design and installation of outdoor kitchens and fireplaces.

Three years later the company expanded again and started to install hillside tram systems that were becoming popular at the time to help people negotiate the steep banks along Lake Huron.

By 2015, Cobble Design needed even more space and a 10,000 sq ft office and warehouse was built on the Bronson between Zurich and Bayfield. There is ample room for any expansion that might take place over the next few years.

Cobble Design works through Southwestern Ontario, primarily along the shoreline of the lake and the scope of work embraces residential and commercial projects. Approximately 14 staff are employed during the busy season.

‘The attention we pay to quality workmanship is undoubtedly the big factor contributing to our growth,” emphasized Steckle.

 IPM now has its own song 

Sherry McCall and her family have been supporters of the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) for many decades and the talent for song writing has been in her family for generations. It was then only natural that McCall started to investigate in the Spring of 2016 if there was a song written in honour of the IPM. A quick investigation uncovered that there had yet to be a song written.

The idea percolated in the back of McCall’s mind for a few more weeks and suffering from jet lag after returning from a vacation in Europe the first lyric came to mind.

“It all started with - ‘We’re plowing it down, we’re working it up’,’” said McCall. “Once I had that line it all started coming from there. I kept thinking about what does the IPM offer and started thinking about words that rhymed. I did not share it with Jacquie (Bishop, Chair of IPM 2017), right away. I shared the song with a few ladies who understood the IPM as much as I did and they encouraged me to share it.”

McCall enlisted the local production company, Fauxpop Media, to record the song and produce the music video. In the music video and singing the song are Amanda McClure, Isaiah Sills, and Jack Storey. Huron County born and raised, each singer is of a different generation – paying tribute that the IPM is an event for all to attend. McCall credits the Sills Family for helping her tweak the tempo and offer ideas on musicality to make the song stronger.

McCall concluded, “My hope is that the song is used as a tool to explain what the IPM is all about and will get people excited about the 100th IPM being hosted here at home in September.”


farmers' market AGM

The Bayfield Farmers' Market is gearing up for its fourth season. With its commitment to fresh, locally grown and created products, the market has become a valued part of the community.

Opening day has been set for Friday, May 19, from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. The market will run weekly on Fridays until Thanksgiving weekend.
The market is currently seeking new vendors.

Criteria for vendors can be found in the vendor handbook, which is posted on the market website Potential vendors can also email Market Manager Mary Brown at for more information.

The market's Annual General Meeting will take place Thursday, Apr. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome.


The Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre, on Main Street, is hosting events for Archives Awareness Week, from now until Apr. 7.

The archives will be open daily from 1-4 p.m. They will share daily Facebook posts on what it means to be a volunteer-run archives serving a small community. Some Facebook posts will include project and artifact highlights.

They are also hosting a workshop, "Preserving Your Family Treasures" on Thursday, Apr. 6th. Patti Lamb, registrar of the Huron County Museum, will be discussing how to document, store and photograph your family treasures.

Participants will gain practical knowledge to preserve their family heirlooms, photographs and documents for future generations. Pre-registration is required.

Seating is limited to 10 participants. The cost is $8 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the workshop will begin at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested can register by emailing the archives at, or message us on Facebook. 


2017 marks the 90th year for the Girl Guide Cookie. The first generation of these treats took the form of a sugar cookie. These evolved into the now classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies that members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling on Apr. 8 and 9 at Bayfield Foodland as part of Cookie Days in Canada. 

Bayfield Guiding members will be at the grocery store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cookies are selling for $5 a box. Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips. This year the girls will be staying overnight at the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton and hopefully sleeping under the wing of the Lancaster that was once a decoration at the Sky Harbour Airport in Goderich and is now one of two Lancs that were restored to fly.

Anyone wishing cookies should contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

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. 16.

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.

United church

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is preparing for the arrival of the Easter season.

On Apr. 9 there will be a celebration of Palm and Passions Sunday.

Holy Week will begin on Apr. 13 when reflective and meditative worship will be held as part of a Maundy Thursday Taize Service. Chants and music of the Taize community will be highlighted starting at 7:30 p.m.

The celebration of Easter Sunday begins with a Sunrise Service at Pioneer Park on Apr. 16 at 6:30 a.m. A potluck breakfast occurs afterwards in the church hall. An Easter communion celebration with special music will take place during the regular worship service at 11 a.m.

Knox plant sale

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Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is pleased to partner with Huron Ridge Greenhouses for their annual Spring Plant Sale.


Premium mixed hanging baskets (12 inch or 10 inch); and mixed patio pots (10 inch); and Peppy Red or Suzie Storm Petunias can be purchased from any Knox Church member or by calling 519 565-5142.

Any questions concerning your prospective order can also be directed to the number above.

If you would prefer a color or plant not mentioned the solution is easy - gift cards in $10 denominations. Why not give one or several as a gift for Mother’s Day? It is worth noting too that no expiry date means you can shop in any season.

All plants and gift cards will be delivered to your door on Friday, May 12 just in time for Mother’s Day enjoyment.

Importantly, all proceeds from the sale stay right here in Bayfield to support the annual 'Kintail on the Road' day camp, as an outreach of Camp Kintail it offers programming once weekly for eight weeks. July 5th is the start date for this year.

Qualified Kintail counselors lead campers who have graduated from Junior Kindergaten to Grade 6 in fun and faith based activities and games.

Huron centennial School  reunion

Fifty years ago, 600 students entered the doors of Huron Centennial School at Brucefield for their first day. The new school was completed in late winter 1967 and made ready for the students to move in after the Easter holiday week.

Ten shiny new buses picked up the students in Stanley and Tuckersmith townships and the villages of Brucefield and Egmondville and delivered them to the school.

The first Grade 8 graduation was held in June 1967. Close to 3,000 students have graduated since the opening of the school.

“It is remarkable that the first graduates are now over 60 years old and many of them have children and some have grandchildren graduating,” said Arnold Mathers, of Exeter, who was principal from 1967-1984.

On May 27, a 50th year reunion of graduates will be held at the school. They will be welcomed by the past principals and staff. All past students and staff of Huron Centennial School are welcome to attend and help make it a day to remember.

postpartum support 

Studies indicate that 20 to 25 per cent of mothers will experience postpartum depression in their lifetime.

The Huron County Health Unit is expanding their support to mothers who are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety adjustment issues by starting a Postpartum Depression Support Group. The group will be led by a public health nurse and mental health specialist, and will meet for six weeks. The first session is Apr. 18 in Clinton at 1 p.m. The program is free and child minding will be provided.

Public Health Nurse Nancy Moore said symptoms of postpartum depression can present as anxiety, being unable to enjoy things, inability to sleep or concentrate and prevailing sadness.

Moore said, “Some symptoms may start during the pregnancy, some may come on totally unexpected. This is not just hormonal, but due to a multitude of reasons, from past experiences, genetics, lack of support, etc. The common thread is a feeling of hopelessness.”

Ten per cent of fathers may also experience this.

Moore emphasized that people experiencing this need to know there is hope.

“Society expects moms and dads to be happy and just can’t understand when they aren’t. This isolation can lead to more feelings of loneliness. We encourage anyone experiencing this to join us. We want to help mothers realize their strengths and give them strategies to bring back their joy.”

The sessions will be held at the Jacob Memorial Building in Clinton. Interested participants are asked to call the health unit to ensure their needs from the group and for any assistance such as childcare or transportation needed. They are asked to call Nancy Moore at 519 482-3416.

water does wonders 

The Huron County Health Unit is pleased with its recent Gold designation in the provincial “Water Does Wonders” promotion. The campaign encourages water as the first choice for beverages and discourages sugary drinks. To attain gold status, among other things, the health unit removed its pop machine and ensures water is available when beverages are served at meetings.

Senior public health promoter Laura Dekroon said water has many benefits, and too much sugar from sweetened drinks isn’t good for anyone’s health.

“Pop, fruit punch, energy drinks, sports drinks and many other drinks have a lot of sugar. Water is a much better choice for hydration and health.”

Dekroon is encouraging families to take the Water Does Wonders pledge at, and said a Healthy Kids Community Challenge Huron Facebook contest is encouraging the pledge has great prizes.

To enter, snap a photo of you or a family member enjoying water, then enter to win a $100 gift card from a local business of your choice. To enter:


Are you looking for a great venue to sell your craft, promote your business or sell fundraising tickets? Are you a food vendor?

The Bayfield Community Fair is looking for vendors for Aug. 18-20. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40 ($1 per foot extra, $10/day for hydro).

Please fill out the application and send to Anna Needles via email at


Healthy You! A five-week Lifestyle Group to help people learn ways to improve their health is being offered in Zurich. The program begins Monday, May 8th.. Please not that there will not be a program on Victoria Day.

Over the five weeks, various registered health professionals from the Grand Bend Community Health Centre, will lead the group on topics such as: Nutrition for Healthy Eating, Planning Balanced Meals, Setting Goals, Sleeping Better, Managing Roadblocks and more.

For more information and/or to sign up please call Heidi Klopp, Wellness coordinator at 519 236-4373, Ext. 632.

Antique Show Seller Spotlight

28243769153_a2750963c9_k Three Squirrels Antiques, of Bayfield, have been participating in the Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale for over ten years. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug. 11-13 is shaping up to be one of the most eclectic and exciting shows ever produced in its 32-year history.

New events like a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Show, opportunities to have heirlooms appraised by a local expert and a “Passport to Future Treasures” means that everything old really is new again!

Some vendor space is still available for the show and dealers that want to join the mix are welcome to contact Joan Spittal via email at Organizers currently have on their wish list vendors who specialize in French Country Chic and Mid-Century Modern but all dealers with a passion for their own unique antique genre are welcome.

Seller Spotlight is an occasional, question and answer feature in the Bayfield Breeze to highlight dealers that will be taking part in the show and sale. The first business to be featured is “Three Squirrels Antiques”.

Name of Business: Three Squirrels Antiques

Owners Name: Tim & Tracy Saunders

Business location: Bayfield, ON – 519 440- 6412

# of years attending Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale: 10+

How long have you been a dealer? Almost 30 years

Do you belong to any professional organizations, like dealer associations, appraiser associations or organizations related to specific types of merchandise? Creator of Facebook Group “Picking our Past”

Do you offer antiques, collectibles or both? Both

Do you specialize in certain items or eras? We specialize in carrying everything, if you have a wish for something in particular we do our best to find it.

What first inspired your interest in antiques? The history behind the articles and the often family based stories that come with them.

What would you describe as your favorite find…your most unusual find…your oldest find? Our most favourite find was a Maud Lewis painting and it went into our personal collection, our most unusual was a set of gold teeth and our oldest items have been Native Artefacts.

Anything you would like to add about your business? We specialize in complete estate dispersals and we are avid collectors of local historical items.

Celebration of Life 


Larry Oliver Simpson was a great storyteller with a super sense of humor and especially remembered for his positive attitude. Originally from London, ON, Larry died on Dec. 21 in his 73rd year. His retirement years were spent in Bayfield, where he enjoyed golf, boating, and playing poker. He was President of the Bayfield Lions Club and recognized with the "Melvin Jones Fellowship" award in 2014.

Come share a Celebration of Larry’s Life on Saturday, May 13th from 2-5 p.m. at the Stanley Complex Centre, 38594 Mill Rd. Varna, ON. Take Hwy #4 N.; at Brucefield, turn left onto Mill Road (Bayfield); through Varna, 1 KM on right.

Everyone is welcome to drop in and celebrate a life well lived.

Come share a story. Please let David Sparks, the master of ceremonies know, if you will share some of Larry’s stunning (or not so stunning) moments. Please contact David at 519 565-5804.








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 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 feature an image of “Charles” circa 1930. (Archives Code: PB10102 PC)

PB10102 Remember Me 405 

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



 PB12 2a Remember Me 402

In Issue 402, a beautiful image of 3 month-old Isabel Elizabeth Walters. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 2a)


 PB12 2a Remember Me 404

In Issue 404, another image of a beautiful baby! This is a photo of Jean Isobel Kneeshaw at 8 month-old. Records indicate she was born on May 22, 1918. Does anyone remember her? (Archives code: PB12 2a)




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singing and strumming with members of the Bayfield Ukulele society 

IMG_5014 Bayfield Sparks Kaylin Sonke and Vada-Love Hessel were very excited and happy to learn how to properly strum on their ukuleles.

Brownie Molly Allan works at learning three cords to perform "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".


IMG_5050 Guides Riley Arthur and Olivia Sonke really enjoyed learning to play. The pair with help from a BUS member learned to strum "Fire's Burning" one of their group's favorite campfire songs.


Eleven members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) came to a meeting of Bayfield Guiding on March 29 and musical magic happened.

The BUS members performed a few songs that were familiar to the girls and their leaders so that they could sing-a-long. And then the girls were divided into groups of two or three so that they could receive some one-on-one instruction with a BUS member.

The mentorship was a delight to see with many of the girls picking up the cords they needed to play “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” very quickly. To finish out the evening everyone joined together to play – those girls who didn’t have a ukulele to play participated by using percussion instruments.

Bayfield Guiding is grateful to those in the community for loaning the use of ukuleles for the meeting so that all the girls had an opportunity to have a lesson. Local music stores should be wary that the girls enjoyed the meeting so much all are now interested in owning a ukulele of their own. For sure, a few new future BUS members were recruited after this magical experience!

Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) performed a few songs for the girls to sing-a-long with before they broke out into smaller groups to give the girls a playing lesson.


IMG_5045 Brownie Jocelyn de Lange received a lesson from Sheilagh Sully. Bayfield Guiding is very grateful to community members who loaned ukuleles so that the girls could get a taste of what it is like to play one at the meeting held on March 29.

PIXILATED — image of the week


Iceberg along Lake Huron...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


Congratulations to Steve Lillico! He is the winner of our little contest celebrating the recent publication of our 400th issue. He has won a framed print of Spring on the Sawmill Trail by yours truly. The following are his thoughts on what this village means to him.

"What Bayfield means to me - a peaceful oasis in a fast paced world,  the spectacular sunsets, the serenity of summer beach walks, the quiet splendor of watching the yachts come and go from the pier, tasty meals at local restaurants, wing nights at The Albion, all the fun of fair weekend, the frenzy at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, the elegance and power of the corvettes and the smell and taste of the firemen's breakfast. I sometimes wonder if heaven can be any better."  

I couldn't have said it better myself. - Melody 

P.S. Thanks to all my Facebook friends who kept a look out for my eyeglasses in a case that fell out of my pocket on a walk last week, due to social media I was only without them for a few short hours. Some of you took to the streets looking and even went to the Library to inquire if any had been turned in. One of my Facebook friends commented that this could only happen in a small town. And that my friends is very true indeed! 




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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder