Bookmark and Share   Apr. 20, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 17 Issue 94


The sun shone down wamly on Clan Gregor Square for the Bayfield Optimist Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt on Apr. 4, 2010. The warm weather brought out a tremendous crowd - perhaps double the norm at about 130. The forecast for this Easter Sunday, Apr. 24 is a high of 8C and sunny - well at least the chocolate won't melt. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Forty-six pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on Apr. 24.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.

Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a baskets filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.

sale of Potted plants helps bring day camp to knox

Camp Kintail is coming back to the village this summer!

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is again partnering with Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, to offer a Christian based Day Camp. The Day Camp will be held every Wednesday at the church during July and August. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all eight camps or just one or two. The Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and be led by the very capable and well trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail who will provide the program and activities.

Fifty-three children participated in the camp last year. Organizers anticipate an increase in participants this year because of heightened awareness about the Day Camp.

“We were grateful and appreciative of the support extended by members of other congregations of the village in assisting us with lunches and snacks,” said Deborah Amos, a camp organizer. “We were also very grateful for the tremendous support of the village and Huron Ridge Acres for their participation in our Mother’s Day Potted Plant fundraiser to help fund this Day Camp opportunity.”

Once again, the Mother’s Day Potted Plant fundraiser is being held in conjunction with Huron Ridge Acres. The following beautiful potted flowers are available: Patio Planters or Pansy Urn Planters, $17 (includes the urn); a Red Geranium Six Pak, $19.50; and Trailing Petunia Hanging Baskets, $18 (blue, pink, red or purple). If people would prefer to choose their own plants or have their baskets custom designed by Huron Ridge, there are gift cards available for $10.

The deadline to order is Apr. 23. Deliveries are set for May 6 or May 7, just in time for Mother’s Day. To order please contact any member of the Knox, Bayfield congregation or Amos at 519 565-5238.

home and garden show major fundraiser for lions club

The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show, now in its 14th year, will see 75 exhibitors displaying everything a person needs to make their house a home.
The show will be held Apr. 29 to May 1 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

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

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

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

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

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

renowned youth choir to grace town hall stage

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (TBTHHS) is pleased to welcome back on May 1, The Medway High School Choir of Arva, ON.

This youth choir continues to add to its list of honors. Most recently they won the Beat 2011 Dish Award for Best High School Musical for their production of “Les Miserables”. At the 2010 Kiwanis Music Festival they earned trophies for the Best Choir in the Festival, the Best Triple Trio in the Festival and for the Best Body of Work by a Secondary School Choir.

Under the able leadership of Kathy McNaughton and Jeff Bynum the choir presents a varied program from the Classics to the Modern. Past experiences dictate that combining the music of this talented group of singers with the perfect acoustics of the town hall will provide a wonderful musical experience.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are selling for $20 each and are available by calling: Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894. Tickets can also be purchased via

All proceeds from the concert will go to TBTHHS.

Patrons are encouraged to mark their calendars as other concerts for the TBTHHS are scheduled throughout the year, including: After Four, "Putting on the Ritz", Aug. 27; The Festival City Big Band Dance, Oct. 22; and The London Citadel Salvation Army Band, Nov. 25.

break out the good sheets for Ladies' night

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

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

The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at Brandon’s Hardware for $20 a person; a great gift for the mother figures in your life! All proceeds go towards Friends of Youth projects and activities.



Holy Week is here and Trinity Anglican Church will offer a variety of worship opportunities for those in the community.

A Good Friday service will be held on Apr. 22 starting at 10 a.m. and Easter Sunday will be celebrated at a 9:30 a.m. church service on Apr. 24.

And in keeping with tradition, a Maundy Thursday service will be held at St. James’, Middleton at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 21. This year the congregation of St. James’, Middleton will also be hosting a Potluck Supper prior to the service. Friday is not only Good Friday but it is also Earth Day. In recognition of this fact, those who attend the supper are asked to try and keep their contributions to foods produced within 100 miles of home. The meal is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

presbyterian church

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church is opening their doors to all in the community who would like to celebrate Easter with them.

Good Friday will be observed at Knox with a service at 11 a.m. on Apr. 22. This somber service will be followed by the joy of Easter morning, to mark the occasion an 11 a.m. service will be held on Apr. 24.

United church

St. Andrew’s United Church will hold an Easter Sunrise Service in Pioneer Park starting at 6:30 a.m. on Apr. 24. This uplifting outdoor service will be followed by a potluck breakfast at the church.

Communion will be served at the traditional Easter Service that will follow at the church at 11 a.m.

optimist club

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

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

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

bayfield guiding

The 1st Bayfield Rangers, together with the 1st Clinton Pathfinders, will be hosting their 6th annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction on May 4.

The event will be held at the Bayfield Village Inn with meal service starting at 6 p.m. 

Donations of silent auction items are always gratefully appreciated from those in the community; items will be accepted until May 3. At past auctions everything from handmade earrings to homemade cupcakes has been up for bidding.

The evening is almost always a sell-out so be sure to reserve your tickets now by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443. Tickets are also available from members of the Ranger and Pathfinder units.

The profits from the event will be put toward the girls’ annual year end adventure.

fitness fun

Spring is here and there is still time to resolve to get fit for Summer!

The following activities are scheduled to run from May 3 until August.

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 Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

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

Beginning on May 10, a Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a beach towel.

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

For those people looking to exercise their minds, a Bridge group for women is offered on alternate Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call 519 565-2881.

Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.

Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

bridge club

John Kunz and Brenda Blair were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Apr. 13.

The club will meet next on Apr. 27. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  




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

This week, in honor of Easter, we feature a picture of the St. Andrew’s Church Choir as they looked in 1962. Some of these faces may still be found in the choir today. Does anyone recognize the choir members?

Remember Me 94

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Remember Me 92

In Issue 92, we featured the St. Andrew’s United Church Women as they looked in 1962. We now have a few names, and guesses at names, that might help solve this puzzle. The women gathered at the home of Mrs. Harris were: BR: Mrs. Ted McKenzie, Mrs. Dewar, F. Dunn, Margaret Scotchmer, Mrs. Hohner, and J. Stirling. Second row: Mrs. Rathwell, Mrs. Steckle, Mrs. McKinley, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Pace and Mrs. Campbell. FR: Jeanne Lindsay, Anna Stirling, Helen Cobb, Jean Bell, and Maria Hohner. There would appear to be more women than names so if anyone can help fill in the blanks that would be appreciated.


Remember Me 93

In Issue 93, we did have a guess or two for the lady whose image was captured while she was running errands on Main Street in Oct. of 1965. She has been identified as Mrs. Rachel Bristol of Washington. Still others commented on the background of the picture that shows what was at the time Hovey’s General Store and the post office. Main Street Optometric and The Bayfield General Store are located there now.


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passion for collecting evident at exhibition

Pam Stanley, of Clinton, brought out her Royal Wedding Memorabilia in honor of the upcoming wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on Apr. 29. Although not a royal wedding dress, the garment in her collection is from the same era and style as the gown worn by Princess Elizabeth on her wedding day in 1947. This dress belonged to her late mother-in-law, Betty Stanley who was married in the fall of that year, just prior to the future Queen and Prince Phillip.

Ken Connolly, of Mitchell, brought some of the antique tools he has been collecting for the past 30 years as well as several Supertest collectables. Connolly's favorite old tool is a rope maker. In this picture he is demonstrating how it used.

George Burgin, of Kirkton, shares his knowledge of Animal Restraint Devices with Betty Longeway of Stratford. Burgin, and his wife, Verna, are regulars at the show always bringing something different from their Heritage Barn Museum.

James Vogel, of Goderich, brought a sampling of his 200 Nutcrackers to the show. Vogel has been collecting for all of his 25 years. The large white cracker to his left, purchased by his parents before he was born, started the passion. He explained that the Nutcrackers have gradually edged out all other holiday ornaments in the Vogel home.

Marg Webster, of Wingham, offered a display of French Ivory Pieces at the Bayfield Historical Society's Collector's Exhibition and Show held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Apr. 16-17.


It is estimated that over 700 people attended the 11th annual Bayfield Historical Society’s Collectors Exhibition held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Apr. 16-17.

Twenty-six exhibitors offered displays of their collections at the show with everything from air rifles to vintage toy steam engines being shared.

In addition to displays by individuals, groups took part as well, The Bayfield Historical Society featured pictures from the Ethel Poth Collection; the Huron County Museum’s display was entitled, “Sixty Years of Collecting”; and the Sky Harbour Modellers, displayed several radio controlled model aircraft.

A highlight of the weekend is always the silent auction that runs over the course of the event. This year 210 certificates and prizes were available to bid on, nearly double the previous year.

Half of the net proceeds of the Collector Exhibition go to assisting with the operating costs of the Bayfield Archives Room and its programs such as, publishing more Bayfield historical materials. The other half goes into the Helen MacLeod II fund to help pay for the costs of rebuilding this historic old boat.

The next big fundraiser for the society will see village history brought to life on the theatrical stage. The Bayfield Historical Society will present the original production of "Murder at the Albion Hotel - The retrial of Fred Elliott" on the last weekend in May.

This play will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on the evenings of May 27 and May 28 with a matinee on May 29. Tickets are priced at $15 each and all net proceeds from this fun theatrical event will go to support the Bayfield Historical Society.

Pam Stanley has been gathering royal collectables since she was a little girl, a passion spurred on by the fact that she is two weeks younger than Prince Charles. She also believes that having lived in Coventry, England when she was 10 years old, fuelled her desire for all things royal.


This unique double claw hammer was manufactured in Detroit. It is a favorite of antique tool collector, Ken Connolly, of Mitchell.

It didn't take long for Jane Newman, of Exeter, to establish her collection of old kitchen gadgets. She began collecting just four years ago. Here, she surveys about one-third of her collection.



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On the Hunt by Melody Falconer-Pounder

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


The decline of the American empire became a little more evident this week when the ABC television network announced the cancellation of two of its daytime dramas – All My Children and One Life to Live.

They are to be replaced with a cooking show and a health and lifestyle program. Someone might want to tell network executives that there are already whole channels devoted to those topics.

The network states that these two daytime dramas are on a steady decline of viewership but what they fail to understand is that the viewers who watch have a vested interest in the story line and remain loyal. Many people have watched for the forty years the shows have been aired and some are second and third generation fans. They aren’t taking the loss of their “escape from everyday” sitting on their couches. Several are writing and phoning the commercial sponsors and enlisting them in the fight to stop the cancellation.

In a development just as exciting as a Friday cliffhanger - one such show sponsor listened. Hoover vacuum cleaners announced that they are pulling their advertising from ABC effective Apr. 22 and are committed to forwarding any emails sent to on to ABC. In a letter posted on Facebook, Vice President of Marketing for Hoover, Brian Kirkendall, noted that his wife and mother as well as several colleagues at the company are fans of the serials. I have a feeling Hoover vacuum cleaner sales may soon be on the increase.

I don’t watch much primetime TV because I save what I have always called my “trashy romance novels” for evening viewing. Yes, that’s right, confessions of a soap opera fan – I began watching All My Children in 1986 and was first introduced to One Life to Live in 1992.

One can hold out hope that the good illegitimate twin of a TV network president will suddenly appear after spending years on a deserted island to save the day.  - Melody


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