Bookmark and Share   Apr. 6, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 15 Issue 92


Local students heading to canada wide science fair


Jessie Payne, of Bayfield (left), and Sam Murray, of Brucefield, took first place at the Senior Science and Inventor’s Fair held in Seaforth on March 30. This win will afford them a week at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Toronto in May as well as a meeting with Dr. David Suzuki when he visits Stratford on Apr. 12. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Jessie Payne, of Bayfield and Sam Murray, of Brucefield, are on their way to the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Toronto after taking first place in the Senior Science and Inventor’s Fair held on March 30 in Seaforth.

The two Grade 7 students from Huron Centennial School took part in the event that was open to all Grade 7-12 students in both the Avon Maitland District School Board and Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

The Science and Inventors’ Fair allows students to show their own research or invention to a series of judges. The projects can take the form of an experiment, a research paper, or an engineering project and students are asked to create a report, design a display and be prepared to present their project to the judges. The process usually begins in the classroom where the teacher is using the science fair or invention process as a means of teaching the scientific method.

Jessie and Sam set out to discover if algae could convert car emissions into oxygen.

“The idea came from a talk that my mom and I had when we were driving on our way to hockey,” said Jessie. “We discussed trying to solve existing problems with what we already have instead of coming up with new materials that could create more problems.”

From that discussion she and Sam began to do research into photosynthesis; learning that algae can convert more carbon dioxide than any other living plant material. So then they decided to focus their attention on algae.

“We took two jars and put algae in one and then we injected car emissions into the jars and recorded how long it took to convert the carbon dioxide,” said Jessie. “By using carbon dioxide detectors we learned that in 12 hours the algae had taken the levels to under 30 parts per million which is considered to be a safe level, while the jar without algae sat at 500 parts per million.”

Jessie and Sam will share their findings at the CWSF to be held at the Seneca College-Newnham Campus in Toronto from May 14-21. This week long national competition will bring together over 500 finalists and 500 highly qualified judges from local colleges, universities, and public and private sector labs. The students will compete for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes worth $1 million.

Apart from the science, the fair is its own unique experience with banquets, sightseeing tours, special events, dances and more. According to their website, the CWSF goes out of its way to create an exciting cultural experience for all participants. The CWSF is organized by Youth Science Canada in partnership with a local volunteer committee.

Due to their win, Jessie and Sam are among the selected students from across the Avon Maitland District School Board that will meet with Dr. David Suzuki when he visits Northwestern Secondary School in Stratford on Apr. 12.

Included on the agenda for the day, Suzuki will join a small group of students, among them Jessie and Sam, for a chat session on the environment, personal health and food.

fourteenth Home and Garden Show boasts 75 exhibitors

In 2010, close to 70 exhibitors filled the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre as part of the Bayfield Lions' Club's 13th annual Home and Garden Show. This year's show is shaping up to be even bigger. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show, now in its 14th year, will see 75 exhibitors displaying everything a person needs to make their house a home.

The show will be held Apr. 29 to May 1 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

The show features interior decorators, renovation specialists, hot tub and pool dealers, as well as a cross section of household necessities from furnishings to lawn mowers. There will also be some exhibitors devoted to active living and still others who can help you get away from the household chores and take a vacation.

There is no admission fee and those who attend and fill out a ballot will have a chance at two great door prizes. Bayfield Foodland has generously donated a $500 food voucher and the Bayfield Garage a gas barbecue.

For those who work up an appetite touring the exhibits a lunch counter is provided upstairs featuring home style cooking and pies.

The members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club state that this is their major fundraiser of the year with the proceeds from the event going back into the community through their many projects and causes.

The show hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Collector Exhibition offers something of interest to all 

Paul and Sharon Johnston shared their tremendous collection of clocks at the 2010 Collector's Show and Exhibition. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Historical Society’s 11th annual Bayfield Collector Show and Exhibition is fast approaching. The event will be held on Apr. 16-17.

The exhibition will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. with several local dignitaries in attendance.

Historical Society member, Phil Gemeinhardt works very hard all year round at finding new and different collections and exhibitors for this event. Pedal tractors, vintage toys, rope making, museum and archive displays, sewing, dolls, china and sometimes even the weird and the un-identifiable; this show offers something of interest for everyone.

Popular aspects of the show continue to be the silent auction, appraisal corner and lunch booth.

The silent auction always has a vast selection of items generously donated by area businesses and society friends. Organizers note that bidding on the items is brisk on both days but to be sure to be the winning bidder it is best to be there when the auction closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more than a decade now, Tim Saunders, owner of Three Squirrels Antiques as well as a Historical Society past-president, has volunteered his time to preside over the appraisal table. With over 20 years experience in the antiques and collectables business, there is very little he cannot appraise. Those who wish to consult with him should bring no more than three items per person and pictures of furniture or other large items will suffice.

The Bayfield Historical Society is able to carry on many local projects because of the generous donations they receive at the door to this event as well as at the appraisal table. The spirited bidding that occurs on many of the silent auction items also makes this the largest annual fundraiser for the society.

For exhibitor or show information please contact: Phil Gemeinhardt, 519 482- 9230 or Binnie Sturgeon 519 565-2376.



horticultural society

After a long winter, the members of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society are ready to start the gardening season.

Apr. 18th is the date for their first meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Linda McDougall, Landscape Planner for the City of London, will be the featured speaker for the evening. She will give a presentation on “Planting for the Environment”.

McDougall will present the work and publications of three Landscape Designers she admires and then focus on what makes their work environmentally friendly. Her favorites include the gorgeous landscape designs by Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, of the USA; Piet Oudolf, of the Netherlands; and Lorraine Johnson, of Canada.

McDougall will also bring a range of materials offering advice on planting from local environmental groups for members to take home with them.

optimist club

Youth in Grades Six to Eight are invited to a Much Music Video Dance to be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna on Apr. 21.

The dance will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 each.

The Optimist Club of Bayfield is hosting this fun event. For more information contact Teri Ladd at 519 565-2995.

Ladies’ Night

The Bayfield Optimist Club is planning a Greek Toga theme for their upcoming Ladies’ Night, May 7. Those who attend, “Almost Heaven in 2011” are encouraged to come draped in their best Grecian sheet.

Organizers have some special activities in the works for the evening including a Zumba Demonstration, Silent Auction and Cash Draw. The women are sure to be kept laughing all evening thanks to a stellar comedienne – who will it be this year?

The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 each from Optimist members and at Brandon's Hardware. They would make a great gift for the mother figures in your life! All proceeds go towards Friends of Youth projects and activities.

bayfield Concert Series

John K. Samson of the Weakerthans will take to the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall this Saturday night, Apr. 9. Special guest Andy McGuire will join him.

Tickets, for this Bayfield Concert Series event, are available now for $35. Hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit

canoe rally

The 26th Annual Stanley Canoe Rally is set to run Apr. 10.

The cost to enter is $20 for one poker hand. Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Participants enter the race at Tyndall’s Bridge on Airport Line (2nd of Stanley) and enjoy a five-mile run on the Bayfield River ending at the Varna Bridge.

To ensure a safe and fun time for all participants the following rules will be enforced: no motorized vehicles, everyone in the canoe must wear a life jacket; and participants must be 16 years or accompanied by an adult.

The event is organized by the Bluewater Stanley Recreation Committee with proceeds going to support minor sports in the community.

For more information please call Pete Walden at 519 233-7525 or Jeff Brandon at 519 565-2878.

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 Bun and a Movie Night” will conclude on Apr. 11 with a showing of Finding Neverland. The evening will run 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.

film society

There are three shows remaining in the Bayfield Film Society’s spring series. Next on the docket is the documentary, Force of Nature, to be shown on Apr. 14.

Also scheduled are the films: "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about tickets for these productions please contact Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.

bridge club

Jean Bowman and Brenda Blair were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on March 30.

The club will meet next on Apr. 13. The hands will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

fitness fun

Spring is here, albeit it in name only, there is still time to resolve to get fit for Summer!

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

One-hour Zumba classes are held every Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and on Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at The Bayfield Town Hall. The cost to attend is $90 for a ten-pass card or there is an $11 drop-in fee. Ten pass cards are also honored at the one-hour Seaforth Zumba classes held every Monday evening at 7 p.m. and some Wednesday mornings starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Seaforth Community Centre. Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz teach the classes. For more information email De Groot or Dietz at or visit them on Facebook at ZUMBA Bayfield and ZUMBA Seaforth.

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. There is also a Stretching Class held on Fridays at 10 a.m., participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. All of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. 



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 email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. See the entire Collection of Remember Me photos: Volume 2.

This week, we feature the St. Andrew’s United Church Women as they looked in 1962. Do any of these faces look familiar to our subscribers?

Remember Me 92

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Remember Me 90

In Issue 90, a photo of Rit McDool taken in 1955 was shown. According to a note on the photo, back in 1933 he had used the fishing boat the Louis MacLeod to rescue his brother, Jack, and son, John, as the pair apparently came into some difficulty out on the lake.


Remember 91

In Issue 91, we showed a picture of some women attending an auction sale at Hovey’s in 1966. Four of the ladies have been identified. They are from l-r: Mrs. Jack Cameron, Ethel Fowlie, Josie Sterling and Mrs. Robert (Maggie) Scotchmer.

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The Bayfield Tree Project

louisa street location of first plantings 



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Sunset Red Maple trees will be planted on the East side of Louisa Street, providing a gorgeous canopy of color in Autumn. (Submitted photo)


The Mulberry Tree at the end of Colina Street presents a glorious silhouette against the lake no matter the season. (Photo by Ainslie Willock)


Mature maples on Tuyll Street are an integral part of the village landscape. (Photo by Ainslie Willock)


On the West side of Louisa Street, where there are overhead wires, Paul’s Scarlett Hawthorne, a shorter tree, has been selected for planting. (Photo by WBLA_Corky)


The Bayfield Tree Project is about to take root. Following a year of planning, information nights, inventory and writing grant requests, the first trees in this project should be planted at the end of April and early May.

The first plantings will take place on Louisa Street and the committee is in the process of receiving confirmations from homeowners on that street that they will act as stewards for these trees (watering) to help them get off to a healthy start. The committee has to make one more trip back to Municipality of Bluewater Council to ensure that the selected tree planting locations, that are all on municipal land, are suitable with regards to locates.

The Bayfield Tree Project Committee (BTPC) consists of a core group of nine individuals and anyone who is interested in helping with the project is invited to join. The current members are: Roma Harris, Ainslie Willock, Shelagh Sully, Annie Johnston, Susan Drew, Mike Mahaffey, David MacLaren, Bill Rowatt and Sondra Buchner.

They applied for and received a TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant of $1,600 with an application entitled, “Re-leafing our Community: Reforesting the Bayfield Settlement Area”. The money must be used to plant trees and it was decided that municipal land along the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Heritage Trail would be a good place to start.

“The Bayfield Tree Project is under the umbrella of the trail association and they are under the umbrella of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Parts of the trail, Main Street, Clan Gregor Square and Pioneer Park, are under the auspices of other committees so for now we are concentrating on such areas as Louisa Street, Bayfield Terrace and Colina Street,” said Sondra Buchner.

The BTP was launched at a recent Earth Hour concert held in the village. Donations collected at that event totaled nearly $700 but the need for funds will be ongoing. Anyone who would like to make a contribution will receive a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Cheques should be made payable to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation with Bayfield Tree Project written on the memo line. A donation of $150 to $200 would purchase a tree.

“We are going to establish a display acknowledging our donors, corporate sponsors and memorial gifts. This will be shown at the library,” said Buchner.

For the Louisa Street planting two species of trees will be used. On the East side of the street Sunset Red Maple will be planted and on the West side, where there are overhead wires, Paul’s Scarlett Hawthorne, a shorter tree, has been selected for planting.

Buchner explained that the Maple is a vibrant red in Autumn while the Hawthorne blooms with vibrant pink flowers in the Spring. The trees are being purchased from a Huron County supplier. This business will also plant and stake the trees. The trees will be between six to eight feet in height when first planted.

“We endeavored to choose native trees, however, in some cases non-native species are being used, as they have proven to be more hearty when it comes to the environment they are faced with such as, nearby asphalt, combating road salt etc. We need to stick with what will grow,” said Buchner.

It is the long-term goal of the BTP to complete the Heritage Trail and then to branch out to replace old, dying trees and populate treeless areas of the village. They would also like to work with people in other parts of Bluewater to encourage tree planting across the municipality.

The Bayfield River watershed has a particular challenge. The 2007 Watershed Report Cards of the ABCA states that the Bayfield River watershed has a total forest cover that is low, in general, at approximately 10 per cent and very sparse, as low as five per cent, in the upper reaches. 

“We want to carry on with the good work that the Bayfield Millennial Conservation Trust started about 10 years ago,” said Buchner. “It is a huge project that will take years and years. It is a vision for the future.”

Anyone who would like to participate in The Bayfield Tree Project or would like to
make a financial contribution are asked to contact Buchner, 519 565-2518 or email or Roma Harris, 519 565-2373 or email



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Boating Season Begins — by Scott Austin

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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


If memory serves, I think someone dubbed him Horatio. He is that strong presence near the corner of Main and Charles – the sailor in the bright yellow slicker carved from wood and rooted to the ground by cement. He was the vision of the late Harry MacDonald, one of the many proprietors to own the business on that corner, constructed by John Tippet in 1897.  

 Prevailing winds, harsh rains and winters have not been kind to this once sturdy figure. He is slowly wasting away. The new owners of the property understand the attachment that people have for this sculpture but are growing concerned that he may soon become a danger to passersby. They are hoping that an individual or a group of people might be interested in preserving him and finding him a new home. If some talented people in the village would like to try and restore him maybe he could one day grace the harbor inspiring all who visit. His future is only limited by the imagination of those who may share Harry MacDonald’s vision.

 Anyone who would like to help with this project can contact Melissa Silva at - Melody


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