Bookmark and Share   Apr. 11, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 16 Issue 145


The Bayfield Lions' Club's 15th annual Home and Garden Show is set for Apr. 27-29 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. One of the more patriotic exhibits at last year's show was created by Cabin in the Woods Design, of Bayfield. Be sure to check next week's issue of the Bayfield Breeze for show details. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

lecture to explain why laughter is the best medicine

Dr  Shonk
Dr. Shonk

Canada was recently named the fifth happiest country in the world behind the Nordic nations and The Netherlands. One of the markers for this award was our ability to laugh and smile.

It is also noted in this first ever, United Nations "World Happiness Report," released on Apr. 2, that our capacity to laugh makes us a healthier society.

Canada’s leading authority on laughter will be in Bayfield on Apr. 26 to explain the significance of this ranking. Dr. Ken Shonk will present the topic, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”.

This is the first of three lectures in the series “Words of Wellness” sponsored by the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF).

Dr. Shonk has had a family practice in Kitchener, ON since 1972 and has a special interest in Pediatrics and Palliative Care. He writes a monthly health column and has completed over 700 speaking engagements in the last 15 years, including everything from 30-minute talks to half-day seminars for 50 to 2,000 people at a time. He concentrates on, and looks at the history, physiology and biochemistry uses of humor in medicine and everyday life.

Dr. Shonk also looks at the application and uses of humor in stress management, relationships, parenting and the aging process.

“I will show you how you can bring more humor into your life to make it a tad more bearable - all of this liberally sprinkled with lousy jokes that have been referred to as a “mirthful message,” said Dr. Shonk.

He lives and shares his creed, “There ain’t much fun in medicine but there is a lot of medicine in fun!”

AMGHF Lecture Series Poster

The lecture will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. Admission is $20. Refreshments will be served at 7:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Shonk’s presentation at 8 p.m.

As an added treat, four local artists will show their work at this event. The featured artists will be Kaaren Batten, Michele Miller, Bethany Davidson and Paula Letheren.

Two more lectures will be held in the “Words for Wellness” series. The second lecture is set for June 21 and will feature Dr. John Howard on dealing with the “Social, Physical, Political and Environmental Impacts on our Well-being”.

The final lecture will be on Nov. 8 when local practitioners in alternative and supportive healing treatments will discuss their practices.

All proceeds from the lecture series will assist in purchasing equipment for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.

Tickets are available by contacting the AMGHF at 519 524-8689 ext. 5349 or by e-mail at or Ray Letheren at

Bayfield show largest in Southwestern Ontario

Organizers of the Bayfield Historical Society’s (BHS) Collector Show and Exhibition, now in its 12th year, are hoping that history will repeat itself on Apr. 21 and 22.

The society hosted a record-breaking show in 2011 with regards to attendance and revenue raised.

The Bayfield show is now Southwestern Ontario’s largest collectors’ exhibition as well as the BHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Exhibits are chosen because they are unique, unusual, interesting and eclectic.

Area merchants and friends of the BHS are once again busy donating valuable items for the Silent Auction. As the silent auction item list evolves so will the display of items shown in the Bayfield Archives window on Main Street. The bidding on all donated items will end at 4 p.m. on the Sunday of the show.

Another favorite aspect of the annual show is the Antique Appraisal Service. People bring in their treasures to have their provenance and value assessed. Tim Saunders, owner of Three Squirrels Antiques, and a past president of the BHS, has over 20 years experience in antiques and collectibles and is a recognized specialist in the area. For a voluntary donation, he appraises up to three items for each individual.

The show will be held at the Bayfield Community Center both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The official opening ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

BHS volunteers will also be operating a food booth for the convenience of visitors during the show.

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

second year of tree project begins at Earth hour 

The second year of the Bayfield Tree Project was launched at the local Earth Hour Celebration held at St. Andrew’s United Church on March 31.

Ray Letheren, local environmentalist, spoke to the approximately 100 people that attended about the earth's water and it's importance to all who inhabit this planet.

The evening's music theme also focused on the earth's water and was provided by The Glee Sisters, St. Andrew’s United Church choir and Elliot's Liquidation Band under the leadership of Leslie Bella.

Donations collected during the evening were given in support of The Bayfield Tree Project. The second year of planting trees along the village’s streets will begin soon.

Anyone wishing to donate to this worthwhile cause can do so by calling Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518 or Roma Harris 519 565-2373. Tax receipts for all gifts exceeding $20 will be issued.

Very successful spring and fall plantings were held in 2011 and The Bayfield Tree Project Committee would like to remind all residents along Louisa Street and Bayfield Terrace to begin to water the trees that were planted last year.

“Since our water tables are low these new trees do require immediate attention. A slow trickle of water once a week (deep watering) is preferable if there has been little rainfall,” said Buchner. “We thank all for their stewardship.”

Three directors needed for ratepayers association

The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) exists to: represent the interests of permanent and summer residents; maintain the desirable residential features of the village; keep members informed of matters that affect them as ratepayers/tenants; and to foster projects in the interest of the municipality as a whole.

The BRA is currently looking for three volunteers to join the board of directors. Candidates do not need to be a full time resident to be a member of the BRA Board. Anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a director should contact Ainslie Willock at or 519 565-2469.

It is also time for BRA membership renewals, new members are also always welcome, to join or renew please contact Sondra Buchner at

The BRA Executive would like to remind everyone that their monthly meetings are held for all to attend. The next Board meeting will be May 5th at 9 a.m. In addition the Spring General Meeting has been scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m. Both of these meetings will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building. Those who attend will learn the latest about the Library Complex, Post Office, the Blue Flag Program and water quality in the Bayfield watershed.

Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website:

duck race anticipation grows

Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their third annual Rubber Duck Race on May 20.

The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 1 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.

Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now from club members. This year they will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.

Three lucky people will earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes when their ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, BBQ, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 2nd place, $200 gift certificate for Walmart, donated by Brian Coombs Remax Bluewater Realty Inc.; 3rd place, 18 holes of golf for two people and a cart donated by Bluewater Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event will be used for youth related community projects.


authors and more

Music fans and history lovers will be excited to learn about a couple of events being organized by The Village Bookshop.

Musician and author, Dave Bidini will make two appearances in the village on Apr. 20. As part of the Bayfield Concert Series, The Bidiniband will play the Bayfield Town Hall at 8:30 p.m. that night but fans can catch him at The Village Bookshop prior to the concert, as he will hold a book signing there at 6 p.m. Bidini’s book entitled, “On a Cold Road” was a 2012 Canada Reads finalist. It has been described as a memoir and a celebration of the Canadian music scene. Tickets to the concert are now available through and are selling for $30 per person.

Then on June 24, The Village Bookshop’s Books and Brunch will return as Hugh Brewster, celebrated Titanic expert and author of “RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage” will be the featured speaker for a luncheon. This very special event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down will begin at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.

Bayfield Guiding

Bayfield and Clinton Guiding are teaming up to host a “Mostly Books Sale” on Apr. 21 in the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make the sale a success the girls are now accepting gently used books of all genres with the exception of textbooks, encyclopedias and magazines. They are also collecting music CDs, VHS or DVD movies in good condition. Please no cassettes, records or older forms of media.
Books etc. can be given to members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding or dropped of at the Bayfield Village Inn or Drs. Haney and Van Maanen’s Dental Office in Clinton from now until Apr. 19. For more information call 519 565-2443.

In addition on June 2, Clinton Guiding will host their 2nd annual “Family to Family Sale” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clinton Legion. Anyone wishing to purchase a table can learn more by contacting Kathy Kelly-Ingram at Tables are $15. There is no admission fee for shoppers.

Tickets are now available for the Seventh Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction this year hosted by Bayfield and Clinton Guiding. It will be held on May 9th at the Bayfield Village Inn. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. This event is almost always a sell out so get your tickets early. Silent Auction donations are also greatly appreciated. Some fabulous stuff has already been donated including brunch for two at an area resort, framed photography and household items. To reserve tickets please call 519 565-2443.

The money raised from all of these events will go toward their combined year end adventure to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto to take part in a Guiding sleepover.

garden club

The 2012 season for the Bayfield Garden Club will begin on Apr. 16 with a presentation by Master Gardeners, Leigh Selk and Susan Beatty.

They will present on the topic, “Orchids, Exotic and Easy”. Those who attend will learn easy tips on growing these exotic beauties, including myths and truths about their care. Selk will also demonstrate floral displays with a “wow” factor!

People will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences at this meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

film society

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

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

The spring schedule of films includes: Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.

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


If quitting smoking is on your to do list the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) can help. They have information about products and strategies to help people quit.

BAFHT Nurse Practitioner, Joanne King and Huron County Health Unit Public Health Nurse, Maryanne Turner will host a free Quit Smoking Workshop starting on Apr. 23.

The workshop will provide tips and tools to quit smoking. It will run for four weeks on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held at the office of the BAFHT, 43 Main Street in Zurich. Please call 519 236-4314 to register.


Marsha Bergeron will be the guest speaker at the next Open House hosted by the Clinton Communicators Toastmasters. Her speech, entitled, “My Prince Should Have Teeth”, is a lighthearted look at dating in your 50s.

The Open House will take place at the Clinton Public School Library, 27 Percival Street, in Clinton on Apr. 17th at 7:30 p.m.

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Those who attend the Open House will see how they can become the speaker and leader they've always dreamed of being.

For more information, contact Dorothy Griffith, of Bayfield at 519 565-2879 or email

fitness fun

For a couple years now Pole Walking has been promoted in the village as a great fitness opportunity. Currently, walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.

Starting in May, an introduction to Pole Walking will be offered with individualized instruction. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided. To learn more about the pole walking technique please call 519 565-5638.

In addition, an afternoon, leisurely Pole Walking session will begin in May. It will be held after 5 p.m. so that people who work during the day can participate. More information will follow as the month grows closer.

Pole Walking combines the aerobic and strength-building benefits of cross-country skiing with the convenience of walking in your own neighborhood. It is known to improve posture and reduce stress on knees and other joints as well as increasing the cardiovascular effectiveness of a walking workout.

Check out or "urban poling 1 - youtube" for more information about this great fitness activity.

In addition to Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.

Please note that on Friday, Apr. 27, the Dancefit and Toning Classes will be temporarily moved to the Stanley Complex in Varna. The Stretching Class will be cancelled. Also there will be no classes on Apr. 6 or Apr. 30.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.

Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.

Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.





There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, teacher Vina Parker and the Bayfield Junior Class are on parade as part of the Bayfield Fall Fair held in 1956.

Remember Me 145

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



Remember Me 143

In Issue 143, Band Leader Carl Houston is shown leading his band through the new gates at the Bayfield Agricultural Park during the Fall Fair Parade in 1956. Could this be the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band?


Remember Me 144

In Issue 144, we learned that the band featured in Issue 143 is actually the Goderich Girls Band. Here they are seen marching into Agriculture Park during the Fall Fair Parade. Records indicate the old arena is also in the photograph.




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quest for foil wrapped goodness leads children to clan gregor square

Easter Egg hunt
Sixty-eight pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, were tossed on to the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club on Apr. 8. Children aged four and under lined up in anticipation of the hunt. Many first timers received enthusiastic coaching from their parents and grandparents.


The Gilberts, of Bayfield, listened attentively for the announcement that the hunt was on.


Ready, set go! The youngest egg hunters in the park all exhibited different strategies at the start.


Although it rained earlier in the day and was a little chilly, the weather cleared up in time for the hunt.


Once the children aged five years and up had cleaned up their side of the park they came over to help the little ones finish scooping up the eggs.


The easter basket raffle is a traditional part of the annual Easter Egg Hunt organized by the Bayfield Optimist Club. Many people watched their tickets closely to see if they held the lucky numbers.


Sophie Klopchic, 11, of Waterloo, was the winner of the basket filled with Easter treats and toys. The raffle helps cover the hunt expenses. Optimist Mike Dixon (left) presented Sophie with her prize while Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson, who drew the lucky ticket, looks on in the background.


At 12:45 p.m. on a damp and chilly Easter Sunday, Clan Gregor Square was all but deserted save for a handful of Optimists talking strategy under the shelter of the park gazebo.

New volunteers expressed their concern about the quiet but the veterans assured them not to worry - if you bring the chocolate, the boys and girls with baskets will come no matter the weather.

And sure enough ten minutes later people were streaming from freshly parked cars and walking up every street that connects Clan Gregor to the village. By 1 p.m. the children were lined up in their age categories ready for the annual Easter Egg hunt organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield to begin.

Sixty-eight pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, were strewn across the lawn and on the word “Go” off the youngsters went leaving no blade of grass unturned in their quest for the foil wrapped goodness.

Tickets were also sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Sophie Klopchic, 11, of Waterloo, was the lucky winner. The proceeds from the raffle help cover the hunt expenses.

By 1:20 p.m. the park was abandoned once more except perhaps for one or two empty foil wrappers left to blow in the breeze on the lawn. The 2012 Easter Egg Hunt was just as fast and furious as its predecessors.

The Caputo sisters, Victoria, 15 months and Julianna, 3.5, from Maple, ON patiently waited for the hunt to begin.


Charlotte Melnick, 2, of London, was very methodical in placing chocolate eggs in her bunny shaped basket.


This youngster was very selective about the eggs she put in her basket. Perhaps she was looking for only ones wrapped in pink foil?


This young lady was open to advice from the adults.


Easter basket raffle ticket holders kept a close eye to see if they held the winning number. Sophie Klopchic (right), whose family has a cottage in the village, was delighted to discover she was the winner.





PIXILATED — image of the week

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink ... By Janette Baillie

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


I hope all our subscribers had a wonderful weekend filled with lots of time for family and friends and a little chocolate too.

Our children and grandson descended on the village on Friday and it was a blur of big suppers, play dates in the park and cooking big breakfasts together until they left Sunday noon. These visits are always much anticipated and go by far too fast. We did, however, get one thing checked off the to do list. We decided at Christmas to take a family photo at Easter. I was more than delighted that all were accepting of the idea – my son-in-law helped clear a spot of dead wood and straggly branches in our forest for my new outdoor studio and I finally learned how to use the self timer on my digital SLR. So after our 10 month-old grandson had his mid-day nap we were all ready to “smile for the birdie”. Only problem was without a photographer behind the camera my grandson didn’t know to look at it – he kept watching his grandmother run into her spot in the grouping each time she pushed the shutter button. Ten seconds is a long time to wait when you’re a baby. It was quite funny and made for big smiles from everyone else in the resulting images. But after a little tweaking in Photoshop I now have an image that I am quite proud of.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I visited the online website for the professional photographers printing lab I have been using for nearly sixteen years to learn that after 57 years in business they shut down very recently. I was shocked and saddened by this unexpected news - another casualty of the rapid progression of modern day photography. After all, “Kodak moments” are now too a thing of the past. Thankfully “family moments” like the one we captured this past weekend are not – even though the images may be trapped on my laptop…for now.  - Melody


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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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