Bookmark and Share   Apr. 25, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 17 Issue 459

spring arrives just in time for home and garden show 

14050606172_b01fef6be4_kHenry Winters manned the Huron Tractor display while fellow exhibitor, Diane Wilds, dropped by for a visit during a past Bayfield Lion's Home and Garden Show. This year the show will be held on Apr. 27-29. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Be sure to attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 21st Annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 27-29.

This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors will include experts in lawn and garden, home entertainment, décor and comfort, investments, insurance, landscaping, leisure, pest control, porches and decks, real estate, renovations, travel and water treatment. There are several new vendors this year as well as Hydro One's Electricity Discovery Centre.

Once again, Bayfield has a prize offering in London's Dream Home Lottery. There will be a free shuttle to the Dream Home on Delevan Street on Saturday and Sunday from the front of the arena, and free parking in the Agricultural Park.

Also returning this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community.

Admission is free. The show is 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).

Attendees at the show will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights of the event include face painting for children (Friday, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.) and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the show Saturday midday.

Springsteen and beethoven offer musical diversity 

image1Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street Band is the premier North American Bruce Springsteen Tribute with an all-Canadian cast. The group will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on May 18. (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is launching its new concert season with a duo of May concerts that recognize the diverse musical tastes in the community.

To kick things off, on Friday, May 18, the BTHHS welcome North America’s premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tommy Youngsteen and the Queen Street Band.

Twenty-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with over 120 million records sold worldwide, Bruce Springsteen is still one of the most electrifying performers in Rock 'n Roll today. Youngsteen is the premier North American Bruce Springsteen Tribute with an all-Canadian cast. He captures the spirit and intensity of Springsteen's live performance, spanning his entire catalogue.

The Queen Street Band is composed of an all-star, Juno winning, super group made up of members and alumni from The Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Stills, Sloan, The Trews, The Arkells, Zeus, Serena Ryder Band and The Grapes of Wrath.

Tickets are $30 and are going fast. If available tickets at the door will be $35. For tickets call Sue Howell, 519 565-2551, Pat Pal, 519 565-5340, or Nick Thomson, 519 565-2556. They can also be purchased online at

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The BTHHS Board would like to thank Deb Penhale for her donation in support of this concert.

For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.

At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.

Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.

For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.


Acclaimed Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser, Dr. Kausthub Desikachar will be presenting a weekend seminar at the Bayfield Town Hall on May 4-6.

The limitless human potential is often deeply hidden within us, not just beneath our psyche, but also within the layers of conscious and unconscious patterning. Unlocking them to fully manifest into our lives is a key aspect of personal growth and spiritual development. This process requires sustained effort and the practice of powerful tools, under careful guidance and supervision. The role of Mudrä-s and Bandha-s can serve as a vital instrument in this process of personal evolution. Mudrä-s are very intricate tools of Yoga, that harness the fire within us to help nourish the inherent seeds of our capabilities. They are discussed extensively in classical texts such as Haöhayogapradépikä & Çiva Samhitä, as well as modern classics such as Yoga Makaranda of T Krishnamacharya.

When appropriately practiced together with a sophisticated system of breath and visualization, Mudra-s and Bandha-s touch different layers of the human system and aid in our positive transformation. Owing to the great power it can harness, the Yogi-s showed great respect to these tools and only learnt and practiced under watchful guidance. They also understood and considered all the pre-requisites these tools required, before practicing themselves or teaching them to others.

This enriching seminar will explore the most important Mudrä-s in detail, presenting the core principles and frameworks within which they must be understood and practiced. The program will deal with presenting pre-requisites for the practice of each Mudrä, the technical nuances of their practice, benefits and contraindications. The seminar will present previously unknown material on these very subtle concepts of Yoga and how to apply them carefully in personal practice or in the practice of students. The seminar will be most useful to serious practitioners of Yoga, as well as Yoga Teachers and Trainers who are wanting to take their practice to the next level. Guidelines of self-observation on the effects of such practices will also be provided and participants will also be offered opportunities to explore these further. Dr. Desikachar is known for his remarkable, deep and well-versed knowledge and his ability to present the ancient teachings in a way that is profound as well as applicable for modern day practitioners. Participants can take this course towards continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance.

The seminar will run each day from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Early Bird Registration fee is $345 plus five per cent tax on or before Apr. 30. After that date the fee increases by $50.

Interested participants must contact Rachel Feddes by phone at 519 440-8397 or email and a Pay Pal invoice will be sent for payment. Participation is confirmed upon payment.

Dr. Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Yoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. His objectives include the sharing of the authentic teachings of Yoga to the modern era, as well as building bridges between different healing modalities to promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. He is adviser to many organizations around the world including Korean Yoga Alliance, Pranamanas Yoga (Spain) and Be Yoga (Norway). In the past he was also an international adviser to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, as well as the British Wheel of Yoga. He has also authored and co-authored numerous books on yoga, such as "The Heart of Asana: A comprehensive manual on Classical Yoga Postures" and a biography on his grandfather, the great yoga acharya T. Krishnamacharya, called "The Yoga of the Yogi". He is known for his remarkable, deep and well-versed knowledge and his ability to present the ancient teachings in a way that is profound as well as applicable for modern day practitioners.

For a detailed resume of Dr. Desikachar kindly visit

Dr. Desikachar will also be available for private Yoga Therapy consultations during his visit. Through these sessions, consistent with the traditional teaching of Yoga, you can benefit by receiving an individualized and holistic daily practice, that will be suitable for your health and wellness needs. The cost of this consultation will be $120. In order to know the time slots available and to pre-register for these, kindly contact the local coordinator. Since only a limited number of places are available, it is advisable to pre-register for these.


Councilor's corner

Due to a personal scheduling conflict, this month’s Councilor’s Corner will be held on today (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. Topics to be discussed are the 2018 Budget including capital projects,a Bayfield Arena update - ice will return for the 2018-19 season and Wayfinding Bayfield Pilot (Bayfield Brand).

Evening Fitness 

Are you unable to make daytime fitness classes? Are you too tired to travel to Clinton or Goderich after work to work out, even though you know a fitness class will help alleviate stress and optimize health? There is an answer, come out to fitness classes at the Bayfield Arena Community Complex.

Sandy Scotchmer, of Bayfield, is starting fitness classes that will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Classes will begin on Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 5, respectively.

Classes are designed to achieve better overall body fitness, including cardio training and muscle strengthening of arms, legs, abs and back, as well as balance; all while accompanied by fantastic music to help inspire and keep things fun!

Scotchmer has 40 years fitness training experience and currently teaches fitness programs available during the day and would like to offer fitness classes to working gals and guys and to those not able to attend classes through the day for many reasons. The classes are designed to improve your fitness levels, and to get you into better physical shape to enhance good health and less day-to-day stress.

All weight training equipment will be provided, along with mats for floor work. Please wear appropriate footwear, plus bring a refillable Eco bottle - there is a water refilling station on the same floor as the classes.

These classes will end on July 7. There will be a break for a few weeks and classes will then resume.

Attend one class for ten weeks - $90. Attend Tuesday and Saturday classes for ten weeks - $170. Individuals are encouraged to sign up for two sessions per week for maximum results. Summer drop-in rate will be $10 per class.

For more information about the classes please call Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.

Community Lunch

All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.

The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.

Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.


Calling all vendors and organizations! The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.

The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.

To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email

Girl Guide Cookies

2018 marks the 91st 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 have available for a $5 donation at the Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show Apr. 27-29.

They will also be going door to door in parts of the village on May 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

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


Where did art come from and why? A recent discovery of a 100,000-year old paint “factory” in Africa tells people that there has always been a deep need to create images.

On Apr. 28, the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite all to explore “Art in the Caves with Margot Sippel” as part of their "Saturdays at the Library" series.

Sippel has visited the painted caves in France and will delve into some answers about why our prehistoric ancestors created art.

The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon.


There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.

On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates
are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.

An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

For more information visit the One Care table at the Bayfield Home and Garden Show, Apr. 27-29.


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

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

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



Huron invests in life saving equipment for ambulances

Zoll AutoPulse Committee Presentation (7 of 17)Huron County Council watched while Huron County Paramedics, Adam Robinson and Cassie Crawford, gave a demonstration of the Zoll Medical AutoPulse Resuscitation System. (Submitted photos)  

A new lifesaving device and new technology are helping the Huron County Paramedic Service (HCPS) battle the health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In addition to equipping its ambulances with a high-quality, automated CPR Device, to help Huron County paramedics treat SCA, they have implemented a therapy called Shock Sync™. Huron County is one of the first in Canada to make the use of this technology mandatory on all SCA patients.

“When a person is in cardiac arrest, the use of every possible beneficial therapy can make the difference in getting the heart beating normally again,” said Bill Lewis, commander of Professional Standards, HCPS. “The goal is to protect the lives of County of Huron’s citizens, using the best technology available.”

Zoll AutoPulse Committee Presentation (15 of 17)The County of Huron has invested in 13 AutoPulse® Resuscitation Systems with ShockSync from ZOLL Medical Corporation, allowing all ambulances and rapid response units in Huron County to respond with this life saving equipment.

The County of Huron has invested in 13 AutoPulse® Resuscitation Systems with ShockSync from ZOLL Medical Corporation, allowing all ambulances and rapid response units in Huron County to respond with this life saving equipment.

“It is important that our paramedics have the equipment and technology that will help terminate ventricular fibrillation (VF) and increase the likelihood of shock success,” said Jeff Horseman, Huron County chief of Emergency Services. “When the Shock Sync therapy is used with the AutoPulse and the X Series® monitor/defibrillator, we can decrease the pauses in CPR and optimize the delivery time of the shock, thus maximizing the likelihood of shock success.”

The AutoPulse helps to improve blood flow to the heart and brain during sudden cardiac arrest because of the unique, high-quality chest compressions it generates. In addition to this, the Shock Sync therapy will automatically synchronize a shock from the ZOLL X Series at the most optimal time to a patient while receiving compressions on an AutoPulse.

Zoll AutoPulse Committee Presentation (17 of 17)With the new Province of Ontario Performance Measures, it is important to attempt to meet the eight minute response time established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

HCPS delivers emergency pre-hospital medical care to all residents and visitors in Huron County for life-threatening medical emergencies and transportation of sick or injured patients. Eight front-line ambulances and one Rapid Response Unit work each shift. These vehicles are strategically located to help reduce response time to an emergency. With the new Province of Ontario Performance Measures, it is important to attempt to meet the eight minute response time established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For more information about ZOLL and its products, visit For more information on SCA, visit

high lake levels may lead to erosion at base of bluffs 

Lake levels are the highest they have been in years. These higher-than-average lake levels, combined with rain, high winds and wave action lead to erosion at the base of the bluffs and an increase in gully erosion in some areas. This in turn can lead to risk of slope failures along the lakeshore.

“Property owners should remain aware of natural hazards and risks along the shoreline and monitor their property regularly for any sign of potential slope failure or bluff collapse,” said Geoff Cade, Water and Planning manager with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “It is very difficult to predict when bluff failures might happen or how big those failures could be.”

Property owners should regularly check the condition of their bluff and property and if they have any concerns, to seek advice from appropriately qualified engineering and technical professionals. In the event of a significant bluff or slope failure that impacts residential structures, property owners should notify their municipality and the ABCA immediately.

One resource for shoreline property owners is a fact sheet about Shoreline Slope Stability Risks and Hazards. ABCA contracted Terraprobe Inc. to create this fact sheet. It is available online at You may download a free PDF copy of this fact sheet now at this link: The fact sheet includes indicators of potential bluff instability and associated risks; best management practices (BMPs) for bluff stability and shoreline areas; and sources of additional information. The fact sheet includes typical signs of slope instability; recommended management practices (Dos and Don’ts along the shoreline); definitions of cohesive shorelines and shoreline recession; among other shoreline information.

Higher water levels and wet weather add to the inherent natural hazards and risks that exist along shorelines, according to ABCA. Rain, storm melt, and runoff are among contributors to erosion and potential bluff failure. Precipitation totals, calculated from automated rain gauges, show that rainfall over the past 12 months has been approximately 20 per cent higher than normal for shoreline areas. So far, in 2018, as of late April, rainfall in the same area is double the normal expected amounts for this time of year.

Much of the Lake Huron shoreline is bluff. Bluff material is made of silt, clay, sand and small rock and was first deposited by glaciers. This is known as a cohesive shoreline. Erosion of this material by Lake Huron has created the tall bluffs. These shoreline bluffs have been eroding for thousands of years and continue to be subject to wave action at their toe or base. This leads to cycles of erosion and slope instability. This, in turn, results in recession or erosion at the top of the slope. The wave action undercuts and locally over-steepens the slope toe.

Factors affecting bluff erosion include wave action, lake levels, groundwater flow and saturation, wind, freeze-thaw cycles, bluff height, soil type, and the angle of the bluff. Heavy rainfall and freeze-thaw cycles, over the winter and spring, increase the potential for erosion along the Lake Huron shoreline. Saturated clay-till bluffs, combined with erosion from wind, storm events, and higher lake levels, can lead to increased slope instability along the shoreline and increased erosion of gullies.

Water levels in Lake Huron are above the long-term average and higher than this time last year. Lake water levels are, in fact, higher than they have been since 1998 and they have rebounded from the period of lower-than-average levels that took place between late 1999 and early 2014. Lake Huron has not experienced, in recent years, the record-setting water levels seen in other lakes of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin. Water levels are above average and above Chart Datum, however, even if they are not outside the standard range of variation in the Huron-Michigan system. It is predicted that water levels in Lake Huron will remain above average through the summer even if weather conditions are fairly dry.

Bluff erosion is a natural process that has been occurring along the Great Lakes shorelines since they were formed more than 10,000 years ago. This erosion process is necessary to the ecology of the shorelines as sand beaches would disappear without some erosion. However, with higher lake levels, combined with rain and snow events, the erosion process is more visible. Property owners need to be aware of the increased erosion and slope failure potential and watch for any sign of slope failure on their property. ABCA encourages property owners to contact the conservation authority with any questions.



may melodies

“May Melodies” is the title of a Spring Concert hosted by the Music Department at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School (SACSS) to be held on Friday, May 4.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Anne’s gym the evening will feature performances by the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Junior Ensemble, Choir, Soloists and small ensembles. Music awards will also be presented at this event.

“We have three students heading off out of the St. Anne's Music Program to study music at the post-secondary level. This is a huge number for a rural high school,”said Josh Geddis, music teacher at SACSS. “Joshua LeBlanc-Demers is heading to study Jazz Percussion; Cal Marcy is heading to study Percussion and Ben Luelo is heading to study Alto Saxophone and Composition."

A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of “Among the Stars Soar” – a Reconciliation Project for the Band.” This piece was commissioned by the Huron-Perth Catholic School Board and the SACSS Concert Band and was composed by Vince Gassi.

“This is a very special piece of music in that students in the band learned about a wide survey of topics pertaining to Canada's history directly from indigenous teachers who came to the school to work with them. The students then interpreted their learning musically and reported their learning to the composer who created a piece of music. The band’s performance of this piece at our May 4th concert is a culmination of almost two years of work,” said Geddis.

The suggested donation to attend the concert is a $5 minimum while children 12 and under are free.

In addition, attendees are invited to pre-order for $10 the forthcoming St. Anne’s Jazz Ensemble CD that is being recorded at the Chicago Recording Company in May.

St Anne's Drama Club

DSC_0291Students from St. Joseph's Elementary School also join the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on-stage this weekend for a magical production of comedy and fun! (Submitted photo)  

St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School (SACSS) Drama Club has been working hard since September to prepare the play, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It will be performed at SACSS in Clinton, this weekend.

Performances on Apr. 27 and 28 will begin at 6:30 p.m. while on Apr. 28 the show will start at 2 p.m. Five students from St. Joseph's Elementary School also join the cast on-stage for a magical production of comedy and fun!


May 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield Historians with their book East Ashfield, 1842-2017, and renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and Huron Pioneer Threshers Association buildings.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Elizabeth French-Gibson, Senior curator. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at


The Huron Hospice Volunteer Service will be running a Support Group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide starting on May 7.

“Six Weeks that will Help the Healing Process” is a program for people to share ideas and strategies on how to cope, to learn how grief due to suicide is unique, to discuss and dispel the myths around suicide.

The cost of the resource material is $35. The sessions will be held at the Sacred Heart School in Wingham, 225 Cornyn St. starting at 7 p.m.

To learn more about this first step to recovery or to register please call 519 441-8833; or Wingham, 519 357-3210 Ext. 5520 or Clinton, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.

Because although lives are forever changed, healing is possible.

Open Hearts of Bayfield 

Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s first two meetings will be held on Saturdays in June.

The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.

The group will be joining by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.

It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!

For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at







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, a photo of Jessie Metcalf is highlighted. It was taken around 1975. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10026 PC) 

PB10026 PC Jessie Metcalf c1975 

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



PB10090 PC Remember Me 457 

In Issue 457, we feature an image of Jill Thomas taken on June 26, 1943. Does anyone remember her? (Archive's Code: PB10090 PC)


PB10072 PC Remember Me 

In Issue 458, a picture of Dr. W.F. and Mrs. Metcalf is highlighted. It was taken around 1910. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10072 PC)



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Families joined in the annual earth day litter walk

_MG_5940Scott and Margo Robeson were two Bayfield area residents who came out to participate in the annual Litter Walk held on Sunday afternoon.  

_MG_5946The first real taste of Spring arrived on Earth Day, Apr. 22, bringing families out to take part in the annual Litter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.  

_MG_5944Clean up routes were assigned to participants as they came to the registration table in Clan Gregor Square.  

_MG_5945Helen VareKamp, Justine Chojnacka and Sandy Scotchmer were ready to do their part for the community on Sunday afternoon.  

Roberta Stemp and Elise Feltrin discuss clean up routes with a volunteer.  


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to thank the Bayfield community for pitching in during the annual litter walk on Earth Day, Apr. 22.

Organizers were thrilled with the participation of young and old and were impressed with complete families showing up. Anyone who didn’t have a chance to participate, and even those who did, are encouraged to pick litter up throughout the year during their travels around and about the village.

The BRVTA would also like to thank the Municipality of Bluewater for disposing of the garbage collected.

_MG_5943Roberta Stemp and Elise Feltrin both volunteered at the sixth annual Litter Walk.  

_MG_5948 The BRVTA would also like to thank the Municipality of Bluewater for disposing of the garbage collected. 



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Bayfield River: looking for a mate...

Bayfield River: looking for a mate...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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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


So this might be old news by now as it floats around social media and via word of mouth but....

There will be ice in the Bayfield Arena for the 2018-19 season! #WESAVEDOURICE

Congrats to all involved for their perserverence in making this possible! 

It reminds me once again of the power behind one my favorite quotes spoken by Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Melody


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