Bookmark and Share   Apr. 13, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 16 Issue 354


groundbreaking marks start of clinic construction

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The Bluewater Area Family Health Team including doctors and staff outside the Zurich clinic with Joint Chairs, Barbara Brown and Steve Harberer posing with the shovel at the ground-breaking ceremony. Also in the group are Architect, Brad Skinner and Todd Hodgins of K & L Construction, the contractors for the new building as well as BAFHT Building Committee rep. Ric Grise and Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel. (Submitted photo)  

On Apr. 4, a small, symbolic, groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction for the new Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic which is scheduled for completion in 12 months.

Bluewater Mayor, Tyler Hessel, Architect Brad Skinner, Todd Hodgins, representing K & L Construction the company undertaking the expansion, Board members, Administrator, Ann Brabender, Doctors Deb Josephson and Patrick Chang and staff of the BAFHT attended the ceremony.

Following a heavy snow the previous evening that threatened a postponement of the event, the sun emerged through the clouds while Joint Board Chairs Steve Harberer and Barbara Brown posed for the customary photograph.

Words of encouragement from local MPP, Lisa Thompson, and Ontario Deputy Premier, Deb Mathews were read out and Mayor Hessel emphasized the importance of the new clinic to the community.

Gardeners to take botanical adventure through photos 

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Leigh and Jerry Selk will take Garden Club meeting attendees on a botanical adventure through photos of their recent trip to the magnificent Singapore Botanic Gardens an UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo courtesy Selks)  

Spring is in the air and gardeners are looking forward to sunnier days and the exciting changes ahead for the warmer seasons.

Everyone is invited to attend the first meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club to be held on Apr. 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The speakers for the evening are Leigh and Jerry Selk, members of the community who are both world travelers and enthusiastic gardeners. Their presentation will take us on a botanical adventure through photos of their recent trip to the magnificent Singapore Botanic Gardens an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of only three UNESCO Heritage Site gardens in the world and is the only tropical botanic garden in the company of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England and Padua Gardens in Italy.

Singapore Botanic Gardens had its beginning in 1859 as a British tropical colonial botanic garden. This photographic journey lets us visualize the transition from the original British colonial landscape as it has progressed to a modern day world class botanic garden which has historical landscape features and a scientific facility which combines conservation, recreation and education. Anyone interested in travel, horticulture or tropical travel are invited to join in this photographic journey.

The Bayfield Garden Club events for the season include, opportunities to listen to speakers, learn from other members, socialize and tour special gardens. The complete program of speakers, suppers and trips can be obtained by becoming a member. Come to our event or visit our table at the Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show on Apr. 22-24.

The Bayfield Garden Club is an active community group whose members support Bayfield and Bluewater by contributing in horticultural events. There are lots of opportunities to socialize, learn and help out in the community. Please feel free to come out to a meeting and enjoy the speaker and the company.

The club members continue to do their best to make the village shine for the Communities in Bloom provincial contest called Bluewater Blooms. Bluewater has been in the Communities in Bloom contest since 2010 and has won five out of five blooms from 2013 through 2015. In 2016, the floral colors chosen for the planters are burgundy, white and pink. Everyone is encouraged to make these their floral colors this year.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) invites the community to celebrate Earth Day on Apr. 22 with two special Earth Day events that focus on both local and global environmental concerns.

The Second Annual Earth Day Litter Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield. Walkers can check in with organizers at the pavilion, where they will choose their own route or area and be given bags to collect garbage and recycling as they walk. Filled bags should be returned to the park. The garbage will be picked up there for disposal by the municipality.

Last year over 50 volunteers participated in gathering up litter from streets and public lands throughout Bayfield. Those wishing to participate should dress for the weather and wear their own work gloves. They can sign up to collect garbage anytime between 1-4 p.m.

Groups and local organizations are also urged to participate, by encouraging their members to come out on Earth Day to clean up the parks and public areas in our community. The last of the melting snow always reveals a disturbing amount of garbage on local highways and byways, but the concerned residents of Bayfield can be applauded for tackling this problem through what is becoming an annual ‘spring cleaning’ by local volunteers.

Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, 11 Main Street N. in Bayfield, is proudly sponsoring the Earth Day Litter Walk by donating 50 cents from every cup of coffee or tea sold during the entire day to the BRVTA.

And then later that same evening, the BRVTA is hosting a special screening of the documentary “This Changes Everything”.

This game changing and provocative film by Avi Lewis premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and is based on the critically acclaimed best seller by award-winning journalist Naomi Klein. She changed the global conversation on climate change by asking the question, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”

The film recently aired on CBC. It was shot in nine countries over four years, and presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving. Going beyond simply exposing and criticizing this looming global crisis, Lewis and Klein propose a call to action for a new future. Their hope is that through community viewings of the film, the public will become engaged in conversation and dialogue about the crucial issue.

The film builds to a controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Whether you agree with their proposal or not, the film promises to be a thought provoking and controversial conversation starter for Earth Day.

“This Changes Everything” will be screened at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 22. Admission is by free will donation, with all proceeds going towards BRVTA re-forestation projects on local trails.

Eat, drink and be merry at upcoming Festival

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) is hosting the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on May 14.

The festivities will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre from 2-9 p.m.

Organizers note that this event is the first of its kind in the area, promoting local restaurants, wineries and craft breweries. They feel the timing is perfect for such an event with the "sudden" surge in Huron County wineries and breweries. They also feel that it is an ideal opportunity for Huron County to continue to promote their tourism strategic plan, "Food and Drink Strategy".

Admission is $40 per person, which includes 16 sample tickets for food and drink. A $9 option is also available for admission only.

The O'Deadleys will be performing live music during the festival as well.

Restaurant vendors scheduled to participate are The Albion Hotel, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar, The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, The Docks Restaurant & Bar, Drift Bayfield, as well as Goderich restaurants, Pat & Kevins on The Square and West Street Willys, Blyth’s Part II Bistro and Grand Bend’s Smackwater Jacks Restaurant.

Refreshment vendors on tap are Alton Estate Winery, Beaus Brewing, Black Donnelly Brewing, Maelstrom Winery, MacLeans Ales, Forked River Brewing, Raillway City Brewing, Toboggan Brewing & Whitewater Brewing.

Tickets are available on line at or by calling 519 263-3031. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended due to a limited number available.

Girls Getaway weekend is growing exponentially 


The Girls Getaway Committee for 2016 couldn’t be more excited to have been chosen by Cowbell Brewing Co. as the site for their official public launch.

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will jumpstart the Girls Getaway Weekend on Friday, May 27 with a kickoff event hosted by Cowbell Brewing Co.

"The Girls Getaway Weekend has been experiencing exponential growth since its 2013 inception,” said Committee Member, Deb Grasby.

The event has reached maximum capacity with available venues but with Cowbell’s sponsorship they have been able to expand their numbers with the addition of an event tent that will be located on the lawn at the Bayfield Town Hall. With this one change they can now increase ticket sales to the Friday event substantially. As a result a second block of 80 tickets will be released on their Event Brite site on Apr. 16 beginning at noon. Anyone wishing tickets is invited to go to and click on book now after sales begin.

The Friday event will feature Craft beer tasting paired with appetizers especially prepared by Chef Peter Gusso of Part ll Bistro in Blyth. This restaurant enjoys the bragging rights as having been chosen the #1 Best Overall Restaurant in Ontario in 2015 by Trip Advisor.

Cowbell’s Brewmaster Stephen Rich knows his beer and will be on hand to introduce the ‘brews’ and owner Grant Sparling will address the vision for the new brewery.

A ‘stroll through’ style Fashion Show will also be featured with models showcasing ensembles from local retailers.

Door prizes, draws and other surprises are also in the works for guests. Organizers believe that “GG 2016” is going to be amazing!

breakfast on the farm a lead up to the Bayfield Fair 

For those looking for a great way to start their summer, the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has planned a wonderful family activity on July 2.

Everyone is invited to “Breakfast on the Farm” at the Steenbeek Dairy Farms, east of Varna on Mill Road, to experience a filling breakfast and the opportunity to visit a dairy farm.

The breakfast will be available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the tours will be continuous during that time. A farm style breakfast served under shelter from any type of weather will cost $7 with all children under 5 free. There will be a limited number of tickets available to ensure all get a great start to their day.

The added bonus is the chance to actually see a modern dairy operation and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Volunteers are always welcome and if there are people who would like to help with the parking, setting up, taking down, or publicity, please contact

The 2016 prize book is now available. It can be found online at with hard copies at several local businesses. People can also contact a Board member to obtain a copy. This is a great time to get your seeds ready for planting after checking to see what the listings are this year. Last year the handcrafts had the largest increase in exhibits over the previous year. Possibly exhibitors will check out the categories for woodworking or photography to have those sections increase in size. There will always be room to display everyone’s entries.

There has been strong interest in being a concession vendor this year and the spaces are filling quickly. There still is a need for a food vendor for the weekend.

This is the 160th fair in Bayfield and if anyone wishes to be part of the celebrations, please contact the BAS online or by calling 519 482-3020.

Children invited to audition for Playhouse production 

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Keith Savage and Company in Aladdin: The Panto, 2015 Season at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. (Photo by Hilary Gauld Camilleri)  

Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce auditions for Children’s Chorus roles in “Aladdin: The Panto” at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. Auditions will take place on May 7. Advance registration is required.

Aspiring young male and female performers, ages nine to 15, are encouraged to audition for “Aladdin: The Panto”. Dancing, acting and singing experience is an asset and preferred. Young performers should be prepared to learn the song "Hard Knock Life" from the musical Annie as well as learn a short dance combination led by our Creative Team.

To accommodate the demands of this grand-scale production, and to provide opportunities for as many youth as possible, the chosen performers will be divided into teams and will perform in the Children’s Chorus on a rotating schedule with professional actors in the lead roles.

Rehearsals for “Aladdin: The Panto” are scheduled to begin in early August and performances will run from Aug. 11 through Sept. 3 at the Huron Country Playhouse II in Grand Bend.

Please visit for more information including a complete list of audition requirements and a link to the audition sign-up form.

The popular story of Aladdin is reimagined in The Panto tradition including entertaining musical numbers, fun-filled comedy, outrageous costumes, and audience participation. Cheer for the hero and boo the villain as a cast of unforgettable characters put a hilarious spin on this popular Middle Eastern fairy tale. The Creative Team is led by Director and Choreographer David Connolly, who previously directed “Snow White: The Panto” and “Peter Pan: The Panto” at the Huron Country Playhouse II. Marion Abbott is the Music Director.

Lavis Contracting Co. Ltd is sponsoring “Aladdin: The Panto”. Media Sponsors are Fresh Radio 93.1 and MY FM 80.5. The Design Sponsor is Commercial Print Craft. The 2016 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.

Tickets for “Aladdin: The Panto” are $44 for adults and $26 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $36. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the theatre Box Office, or by calling 519 238-6000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Youth performers ages 10 to 15 who audition for “Aladdin: The Panto” will also have the option to be considered for the new Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will take place in Grand Bend from July 4-8.

This new weeklong summer training program is designed to cultivate creativity, ignite imagination, and boost confidence while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. The program has a maximum enrollment of 30 students in order to guarantee personal faculty-student attention.

Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants will study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests. Tuition for the program will include a ticket to a professional production at the Huron Country Playhouse.

More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and application requirements, is available at


holiday deadlines

Please note that the Bayfield Breeze will be taking a hiatus from “live” issues from Apr. 27 to May 15.

Issues published on Apr. 27, May 4 and May 11 will be completed prior to Apr. 25 so if anyone has any news they wish to have published in any of these three issues they must submit no later than Thursday, Apr. 21 at 4 p.m.

renegades' fundraiser

The severe weather that passed through the village on the morning of Mach 28 caused a series of unfortunate events to occur including damage to Renegades Diner that has forced the restaurant to close for a few weeks for restoration.

The folks at The Ashwood Inn, and Pete Meades, of LP Productions, are organizing this fundraiser to help the restaurateurs out on Apr. 16 starting at 2 p.m. Many village residents and business owners are rallying their support providing donations of items and services for a silent auction.

As a special treat, The Tidal Records Skate Team will be in attendance in the afternoon with professional skateboarders putting on a demo.

And it wouldn’t be an Ashwood hosted event if there wasn’t some live music - four musical acts will be performing throughout the day - free of charge. On the schedule are: The Pixo Control, Gnaeus, ID IOTA, and CONIKA.

Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444.

Bayfield Library

Your library card number is all that is needed to fill a "check out" slip for free seeds. (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield Library is offering a free seed library!

Your library card number is all that is needed to fill a "check out" slip for free seeds. The library staff is also happy to accept donations of seeds to add to the collection.

Mark your calendars for this upcoming seed information session, “See Saving with Rhea Hamilton-Seeger” on Apr. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Hamilton-Seeger is an avid gardener, seed saving expert and gardening columnist for Rural Voice Magazine for over 25 years.This is a free "how to" session offered by the library on the care and storage of seed saving.

Celtic Concerto 

Several Bayfield residents have become apart of the Huron Harp School and they are joining with the Blyth Festival Orchestra to perform in a “Celtic Concerto” by Laura Zaerr on Apr. 16.

The concert will be held at the Kingsbridge Centre in Kingsbridge starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information please call Sharon Johnston at 519 524-1865. 

farmer's Market 

Jennifer Pate, of Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park, will be the guest speaker at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market Annual General Meeting on Apr. 20 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

The business portion of the meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. followed by Pate’s talk, “Greening Our Market” a presentation on environmentally friendly packaging options beginning at 8 p.m.

The Bayfield Farmers' Market Board of Directors is now seeking community representatives. This is not an onerous commitment and no experience is necessary. People who have in interest in seeing the market flourish and who are available to attend two or three meetings yearly are being sought Please contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at if interested.

The first market of the season will be held in Clan Gregor Square at the start of the Victoria Day Weekend, Friday, May 20 and conclude on Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Oct 7. The market will be held from 3-7 p.m.

A community stall space at the Farmers’ Market is available to charity and non-profit organizations, at no cost, for fund-raising, promotional and educational purposes by applying to Brown by email at at least one week in advance.

owl prowl 

Families are invited to take an exciting moonlit, guided hike on Apr. 23 at 8 p.m. and learn about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations. Explore owl habitat, try owl calls and (if really lucky) maybe see one of these amazing birds.

The Eastern Screech Owl is this area’s most common owl. Its habitat ranges from woods to urban areas. This small owl is a cavity nester. It makes use of large bird boxes and cavities created by other animals, as well as natural cavities.

A special guest from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority will call out the owls during the Owl Prowl. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight, wear warm clothing and proper footwear! Hot chocolate will be served at the end of the hike. Donations are welcome to cover expenses.

The Sawmill Trail features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail is 2 KMs long, difficulty is level 2 although there is one large hill and the prowl will take approximately 1 1/2 hours. To find the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed ½ KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available.

The leaders on this hike will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202, Roberta Stemp 519 565-2777 and Adriaan Schreuder, 519 955-7030.

spring plant sale 

Knox Presbyterian Church is once again holding their Mother’s Day Potted Plant Sale. The beautiful, healthy potted plant arrangements are provided this year through Scott’s Flowers in Mitchell on Hwy 8.

The pre-potted arrangements include a multi-colored patio pot and hanging baskets of trailing Petunias in shades of red, pink and blue. Also available are Mini Mother Geranium plants.

Wanting to plant specific bedding plants, herbs, shrub roses etc. or to give a unique hostess gift or Mother’s Day gift? Gift cards are also available in $10 denominations. Patio pots are $20, hanging baskets of trailing Petunias are $18 and the Mini Mother Geranium plants are $10. In addition 1 lb bags of 20-20-20 fertilizer are available for $4. Prices include HST, and delivery to the purchaser’s door.

Proceeds from this sale will help the congregation of Knox Church fund their seventh Christian Summer Day Camp held in Bayfield by Camp Kintail.

Order deadline is Apr. 22 with delivery to home or business on May 8. Please order through any member of the congregation or call 519 565-5238.

Home and Garden Show 

The public is invited attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 19th annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, April 22-24. There are more than 65 exhibitors this year displaying their newest products, technologies and services.

This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Also new this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities.

This free show will be open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

The public will also have a chance at some fabulous door prizes, a BBQ donated by Mcllwain’s Garage and gift certificates from Bayfield Foodland. Other highlights of the event include, face painting for the children and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club organizes and runs the Home and Garden Show every year as well as many other annual fundraising events including the Lions’ Breakfast in May, Walk for Dog Guides in June, Bayfield Calendar launch in July, a Golf Tournament in September, a Fishing Derby in October, a Turkey Bingo in December. Profits from all these events go to local projects, programs, and persons/families in need and various national and international Lions’ projects.

Urban Poling

Bayfield Urban Poling is offering a free six-week Urban Pole Walking Program starting May 17. Poles will be provided.

The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 Main Street Bayfield starting at 10 a.m.

Instructors will demonstrate the proper technique and go over the benefits of Urban Poling also known as Nordic Walking. This program is perfect for anyone who has never tried Urban Poling or anyone who has been away from it for awhile and would like to get back into it.

Regular Urban Pole Walking sessions continue on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.

On Apr. 26 and May 5 a spring tune-up will be hosted. Instructors will be stressing proper technique before and during the regular walk.

New this year, on Wednesday’s at 9 a.m. a more challenging and longer walk of up to 10 KM (6 miles) will be offered.

Also new this year the Urban Poling group will partner with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on the fourth Thursday of the month to go on their walks.

Linda Reid, Nancy Arthur-Ische, Roberta Stemp, Lynn Girard, Pat Baker and Paula Letheren are the group’s instructors and they are excited to share these opportunities with the community.

Follow the group on Facebook at Bayfield Urban Poling.

Historical Society

So just who was Florence Nightingale?

Those who attend the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on May 16 will have the opportunity to learn the answer to that question as speaker and author Lynn McDonald will share her vast knowledge of this historical figure at a special evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Nightingale is remembered most as being the founder of modern nursing, and less well known for midwifery education, but she also left a broader unsung legacy as an environmentalist, social scientist, reformer, feminist, statistician and general force of nature.

Guest Speaker McDonald may be considered a force of nature in her own right. She has written the definitive 16 vol. “Collective Works of Florence Nightingale” and is a recipient of “The Order of Canada”. As a former MP, McDonald introduced the bill leading to banning smoking in public places and to regulation of tobacco advertising. Co-founder of “Just Earth” a coalition for Environmental Justice she continues her activities for truth, justice and the Canadian way.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. and is free although donations would be appreciated.

duck race 

The Bayfield Optimist Club is getting all their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 22.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members or Brandons Hardware and are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20. Only 750 ducks will be “sold”. This event is always a sell out so don’t wait to the last minute to purchase.

This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a stainless steel barbecue valued at $400 and donated by a Friend of Optimists. Second prize is a Norco BMX Bike donated by Outside Projects and a friend of Optimism. It is also valued at $400. Third prize is an overnight at The Albion Hotel including breakfast. Donated by Kim Muszynski, of The Albion Hotel, this prize is valued at $200. Fourth prize is a gift certificate for Michael’s Pharmasave worth $150 and donated by Michael and Nevien Ibrahim. Fifth prize is a handcrafted stone birdhouse created and donated by Tony Laporte. It is also valued at $150.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.






Volume 7

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, an older lady is captured in this lovely sun-lit image. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB13 21b) 

PB13 21b Remember Me 354 

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




In Issue 352, we feature a picture of another Bayfield baseball team - this time a younger crew. The image was taken in front of Harry's Pizza Palace on Main Street in 1984. Does anyone recognize any of the players and coaches?

A reader wrote in to say that they recognized a few people in this photograph but we still need a little help identifying a couple children. So far we have: Coaches Harry Hessel, Harry MacDonald and Wendy Hessel. Players BR l-r: Mark Schilbe, Lisa Sheppard, Jody Fisher, Susan Matson, Steven Beattie, ?, and Darryl Crittenden. FR: Marty Whetstone, Tyler Hessel, Frankie Bauer, Samantha Scott, Kyrstie Pounder, ? and Shane Pounder. Little girl at right in background is Jackie Fisher.


PB13 20a Remember Me 

In Issue 353, a photo from the collection of Lucy Woods-Diehl. Does anyone remember the people in the image? (Archives Code: PB13 20a)

The only person named in the records with the photo is R.C. Moore. Does anyone know which person he might be? A reader wrote in to say that the lady in the image is Elva Metcalfe.







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Huron County Museum 

 stories of refugees and Migrants that called huron county home

Margaretha & John Becker
Margaretha & John Becker – Courtesy of Becker family descendants

Bernard Brown
Bernard Brown – Courtesy Barnardo’s Children’s Charitie


de Haan Family
De Haan Family – Courtesy of B.B. Carmen Johnson


Ernst & Paula Tafeit

Ernst & Paula Tafeit – Courtesy of Tafeit Family

Kaushik Patel& Family
Kaushik Patel & Family – Courtesy of Patel Family

Whether it was settlers from Great Britain in the nineteenth century, Dutch immigrants after the Second World War, or more recent refugees and immigrants, the migration of people in and out of Huron County has brought great changes to the landscape and culture of the county. The Huron County Museum’s newest exhibit features the stories of seven people who moved to make Huron County their home.

Beginning with the story of Agnes McIlwain, a newly married step-mother to six moving from Ireland in 1840 to Goderich Township with a new baby on the way; the exhibit traces each person’s life as they arrive in Huron County, make their home and leave their mark. Also included is the story of Margaretha Keller-Becker, a young German woman immigrating in 1865 to Hay Township. She lived through two world wars and numerous changes to the county, raised 10 children, and passed away in 1942 as one of the district’s oldest residents.

Not all immigrants came by choice. Bernard Brown was only 10 years old when he came to Tuckersmith Township as a Barnardo’s Home Child. Emigration separated Bernard and his younger brother Edward from their mother and sisters in Northern Ireland. A decade after he arrived in Canada, Bernard returned to the United Kingdom with the 161st Huron Battalion as a soldier in the First World War. Due to World War II, Victor Kadonaga came later to Huron County as a young Japanese-Canadian man forcibly evacuated from British Columbia in 1942. In 1946 he came to live on the farm of Ernest and Irene Townshend on the Cut Line near Holmesville through church sponsorship and was able to finish his schooling before moving again.

Still others saw Huron County as part of a land of opportunity. Bakke de Haan was only a six year-old girl when she and her family emigrated from the Netherlands in 1948 to East Wawanosh. Knowing no English, young Bakke sometimes found life in Canada strange and puzzling, but she soon adjusted and thrived. Her memoirs have been recorded in her book Our Land of Milk and Honey.

Living still in Goderich today, Ernst and Pauline Tafeit grew up in times of scarcity and hardship in Nazi-occupied Austria. The couple had only been married six months when they immigrated to Canada in the winter of 1951. In Goderich, they soon partnered with two other recent immigrants to found their own manufacturing business, Akromold Ltd.

And finally, the most recent immigrant featured in the Museum’s exhibit is Kaushik Patel who as a boy had dreamed of Canada while at school in India. Originally from a farm family, Kaushik was looking to run his own business and return to life in a rural community when he and his family took over Charlie’s Variety store and settled in Clinton in 2007.

The stories featured in this exhibit are only a small selection of the journeys that have shaped and continue to transform Huron County as new neighbors arrive to this day and illustrate the strength and diversity of residents.

The special exhibit is open to the public during museum hours until Oct. 15. Regular admission rates apply. Groups and tours welcome. Visit the Huron County Museum to see and learn more about these individuals, and to leave your immigration story for others to discover.

The Huron County Museum is located at 110 North Street, Goderich. Visit Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thursday evenings) and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Summer hours begin May 1.

For more information, contact Senior Curator, Elizabeth French-Gibson, 519 524-2686 Ext. 207 or email



PIXILATED — image of the week

Pioneer Park Silhouette

Pioneer Park Silhouette by Jane Seifried

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


There is a ***Meme floating around the Internet that never fails to make me pause, it is a note to a child, “Never make fun of having to help me with computer stuff. I taught you how to use a spoon.”

And it so rings true. I consider myself a fairly adaptable person when it comes to computers. I am always willing to learn new things but I’m not particularly concerned with shortcuts unless and until some younger person points them out to me when the situation arises.

Three things happened this week that made me think back to the saying written above.

The first was a conversation with my mother – 30 years my senior. She was commenting how disappointed she was in her bank for phasing out passbooks. She uses her Debit Card almost exclusively (which is a concept I have yet to grasp, actually) and is concerned that a bank statement issued every six months isn’t going to be an efficient way of keeping track of her spending. I gently suggested that we could set her up with a banking password and she could go to the library to check her accounts regularly but she was firmly against this idea suggesting she would probably break the computer.

Earlier this week I attended a meeting regarding village tourism that had at the forefront a conversation on Social Media and using it for promotion. It was during the group chat that I suddenly realized I don’t really have a clear concept of what a hash tag is or #howtousesaidhashtag.

The third technically challenged scenario came from a relative about 20 years my junior who works for a tech business. This relative had recently been startled by a coworker that requested a document be “Faxed”! Apparently faxing has gone the way of passbooks and writing in complete sentences.

And so the world wobbles on its axis as we do our best to keep up with the generations that come up behind us. Or I suppose we could just revert back to eating with our fingers. - Melody

P.S. ***Meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.


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

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


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
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