Bookmark and Share   May 4, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 19 Issue 357

Windmill revisited part I

Ominous Windmill
Bayfield Windmill (Photoby Conrad Kuiper)

de Jong's creation  Labor of Love

Editor’s NoteI had the good fortune to spend an afternoon with Frank de Jong, creator of the Folmar Windmill back in the summer of 1989. It is one of my favorite memories of my journalism career to date. His pride and enthusiasm was contagious and when he took me to the very tiptop of the windmill and I got to look out the wee window at the breath taking view it was clear why.

The new owners of the property on Bayfield River Road recently invited me back to chat with a windmill specialist who had come to inspect it and make plans for its possible restoration. (My interview with him will appear next issue.) When preparing to write that story I pulled out the one I had penned in 1989. The parallels in the two conversations were startling – it was though the specialist was speaking for Mr. de Jong. It gave me chills. So it was then I decided to revisit the interview with Mr. de Jong and share it with you here today as a lead into the follow up story. 


For almost two decades, starting in the 1970s, Frank de Jong, of Bayfield, worked on a labor of love: a full sized model of a Dutch windmill.

“To my knowledge it is the only wind driven saw mill in North America. We’ve just taken it from day to day, week to week, and year to year,” said Mr. de Jong as the project neared completion.

On Sept. 16, 1989, the windmill stood finished – proud, strong, and yet at the same time, gentle – overseeing the official opening ceremonies which were held in honor of this fine structure and in recognition of the man who built it.

Since Mr. de Jong was a small boy, he loved windmills. He was always inspired by their size and their work.

“They are very mysterious; you can’t see from one floor to the next how they work. They are so quiet and yet so very powerful. There has always been a windmill in my family; my father, and his father, and his father before him all worked in them,” he said.

This windmill that stands today is a replica (featuring up-to-date improvements) of the windmill in which his grandfather was master miller. Before its destruction some 50 years ago, this mill known as the “Arend” (Dutch for Eagle) was located in Harlingen, the Netherlands.

The idea behind the construction of this replica began in 1972, when Mr. de Jong traveled to Holland to look at the mills there. In that country the use of the windmill has declined as modern technology has taken over, however, by looking at the mills, talking to the people, and reading books (some dated as far back as 1734) he was able to educate himself on their construction.

Mr. de Jong, who was educated as a machinist and instrument maker, then made a number of sketches. Several blueprints were made detailing various sections of the mill. He also constructed a wooden model of what the finished product would look like.

For years, Mr. de Jong worked constantly on the project. Sometimes he worked alone and sometimes with one or two other men. His brother also helped as the project neared completion.

Mr de Jong did not face any serious construction dilemmas.

“I considered any technical problems I did have a challenge; thinking them through was a very satisfying process,” he said. “After all, I couldn’t just run to the next mill to see how things were done.”

It took a summer to build the mill’s cement foundation; 67 above ground concrete pillars, over 1,000 bags of cement went into this area. Each pillar weighs more than a ton and each is buried about a meter into the ground. One pillar was constructed at a time, and heavily reinforced for strength. Mr. de Jong mixed cement and used gravel from his own pit.
The mill’s tower and building are made of wood, and took approximately two years each to construct. Long straight trees went into the mill, some of these trees were purchased from neighbors, but the majority was obtained from the de Jong’s own woodlot.

Using tractor power, he was able to saw the beams for the mill’s cap (the rotating top section to which the sails are attached) on the sawmill located inside the windmill. The cap itself weighs about 12 tons and a crane was used to lift it into place.

The sawmill is equipped to do heavy sawing work and can handle wood up to 45 feet in length.

“And not too many mills are capable of handling that length,” he said.

The mill needs a minimum wind of 15 KMs an hour before it can draw power, however, if the wind increases by just 10 per cent, 33 per cent more power will be generated.

From the ground to the top of the sail, the windmill is 95 feet high. It is situated on a three-acre island overlooking a beautiful 35-acre man-made lake called “Roleka”. The forest-shadowed lake, which in spots is 45 feet deep, is home to both fish and waterfowl.

Mr. de Jong incorporated several of his own ideas on windmill construction with the more traditional ones to make this mill both modern and unique.

The windmill’s sails, each 74 feet in length, are made from a special flexible steel which is able to withstand vibration. The four sails hold 48 wing-shaped airfoils, 12 on each stock in three beds of four. The position of these foils can be adjusted open or closed while the mill is in full operation and the sails turning. Opening these foils spills the wind, thus reducing pressure on the stocks and diminishing the wear on the huge brake shoe in the cap.

Mr. de Jong created a tail beam (hooked to the cap) that turns the camp and sails into or out of the wind. He also designed the gears in the windmill differently, veering from the more traditional. By matching one wooden gear with one steel gear having rolling teeth, friction is decreased and the wind wear on parts is lessened.

He added a number of unique safety features to the mill. These features include a safety clutch, so that the sawing machinery can be stopped while the sails remain turning.
There is a lightning rod cable running form the steel sail to the ground. When the mill is not in use the cable is always in place.

Mr. de Jong was proud of the workmanship and man-hours he put into the windmill. He noted, “It is excellently built. I never took the easy way out, but took time to put it together. Only the right materials were used in the right places.”

“I think that the mill is something worthwhile to see, it works quietly, and people could learn a great deal watching it cut wood,” he said. “Anyone who is a little bit technically inclined would really enjoy it.”

On the cap of the windmill its name is inscribed, “Folmar”. Mr. de Jong’s Dutch name is Folkert while his wife Mary’s name is Marchien. The windmill name incorporates the first three letters of each. The inscription graces a piece of wood, cut to resemble the horns and head of a mountain goat. This Mr. de Jong believes, gives the windmill a detail of strength.

“There is a sound the windmill makes as the sails turn around. It is a sound like a gentle sigh. I have always loved to hear that sound and I often wait for it,” said his wife, Mary.

And for a time people did get to do just that until illness shortened the fulfillment of Mr. de Jong’s dream. He died in June of 1999 at the age of 74 years.

Seventh of May Celebra-tree day 


May 7th is Celebra-tree Day - brought to you by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

Celebra-tree Day will consist of a one-day tree-planting extravaganza to reforest the Sawmill Trail that saw its Ash trees devastated in the wake of the Emerald Ash Borer.

All are encouraged to order a tree to be planted along the Sawmill Trail in celebration of a mother (or a father) or in memory of a loved one or to mark a special occasion or just because you love trees!

Five varieties of hard and soft wood trees are available for $50 each but quantities or limited. Orders may be placed in advance online at

Trees will be planted by volunteers who will gather at the Sawmill Trail head on May 7th at 2 p.m. Families and individuals are welcome to volunteer with planting their own Celebra-tree purchased from the BRVTA and to decorate a commemorative wooden medallion to hang on it.

For more information please contact Margaret McBride at 519 565-4067 or Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852.

strong women lauded at historical society event 

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.

Lynn McDonald  

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.

O'Deadleys to perform at Beer, wine and Food 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.

Walk for Dog Guides to be held in Clan Gregor Square 

The 31st annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides will take place on Sunday, June 5, hosted once again by the Bayfield Lions, starting from Clan Gregor Square at 9 a.m.. Every year we are all given an opportunity to be a part of helping to change the lives of many people across Canada by being a participant in this important event. It costs up to $25,000 to train a pup to become a service dog.

Lions Foundation of Canada trains Dog Guides and assists Canadians with a wide range of disabilities. With six programs in place, Canadians with disabilities are offered the opportunity to find greater independence, mobility and safety through the help of a Dog Guide.

Depending on the program, Dog Guides are trained to perform a set of basic skills that are useful to all handlers. However, some of their training is also tailored to meet the specific needs of their future handler. In the final stage of training, the client and Dog Guide train and live together at the Oakville facility for two to four weeks. This helps to ensure that the new working team develops a bond and prepares them for their next step - returning home.

The following are the types of services that Dog Guides provide: 

* Canine Vision for people who are blind or visually impaired
* Hearing Ear for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
* Autism Assistance for children who have autism spectrum disorder
* Service for people who have a physical disability
* Seizure Response for people who have epilepsy
* Diabetic Alert for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycaemic unawareness

“This is the 31st anniversary of the walk and the Bayfield Lions have been there from the beginning. On a per capita basis our community walk has been one of the most financially successful in Canada,” said Bayfield Lion Jack Pal, chair of the annual Dog Guide Walk. “We are once again holding this event in Clan Gregor Square, which proved to be a successful change last year when we raised over $10,000, the most ever!”

This year we are fortunate to have with us as part of the event our own Bayfield Dog Guide pup in training, Essex, an 18 week-old yellow lab. Fostered by Tom and Deb Grasby, Essex will return to Oakville after a year to complete his training.

Everyone is encouraged to come out to Clan Gregor Square with or without a dog, participate in the walk, meet Essex and stay to enjoy the other dog related activities planned for the morning and donate generously to this very worthwhile cause.

“This is a fun event that will give you good feelings about making a difference for the physically and medically disadvantaged amongst us,” said Pal.

Pledge forms are available from most retail establishments in Bayfield and any Lion member. Please contact Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information.


The Bayfield Lions' Club Home and Garden Show held last weekend saw double the donations for the Bayfield Food Bank - Feed My Sheep from the 2015 show. Stopping traffic as they head from the arena to Trinity Anglican Church with carts full of food were volunteers, Geordie Palmer, Lion President Bill Rowat, Paul Spittal, Joan Spittal, Larry Dalton and Terry Boa-Youmattoff, food bank coordinator. (Photo by John Pounder)  



 On May 12, discover the hidden trails in our own backyards.

Enjoy a walk through the Village of Bayfield, starting at 9 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square exploring the unopened road allowances and public right of ways that connect our streets.

This walk will be all on flat terrain, but expect to maintain a brisk pace. Pole walkers are welcome. The hike should last approximately 1 hour.

The hike leader will be Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852.

Windmill Lake HIke 

On May 15, explore the beautiful area around Windmill Lake.

Dr. George Ebers, the co-owner of Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park, will be leading this hike at 1 p.m.

Bring binoculars for this Bayfield River Valley Trail Association special event because this is near the peak of songbird migration and some eagles have been spotted near the Bayfield River.

The hike is 3.5 KMs on mostly level ground and should take about 1 hour. There might be muddy patches but it will be walk-in-the-park easy.

There is lots of parking in the Windmill Lake parking lot, 35957 Bayfield River Road.

The hike leader will be Dr. Ebers, 519 482-7572.

Wild Turkey Hunt

A reminder that the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Woodland Trail will be temporarily closed from Apr. 25 until May 31 due to the spring Wild Turkey Hunt.

In accordance with the BRVTA’s agreements with their landowner partners, hikers should not use the Woodland Trail during this period.

The Sawmill Trail, Varna Nature Trails , the Naftels and Bannockburn Conservation Areas will all be open during the spring hunt. Hikers should exercise vigilance during this period.

Bayshore Financial 

Glen Steinson, financial advisor and owner of Bayshore Financial Management of Bayfield, will be the guest speaker at the Dining for Seniors event being held at the West Huron Care Centre (WHCC) (formerly Bluewater Rest Home) on May 25.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with Steinson’s presentation to follow dessert, during coffee. For a dining reservation please contact WHCC Wellness Coordinator, Heidi at 519 236-4373 Ex. 632 by May 23 at 4 p.m.

Steinson’s presentation will address “Legacy Planning Considerations”, things we do for our loved now to make it easier for them later. A discussion about wills, power of attorneys, estates, probate taxes, executor responsibilities and legal fees.

Garden Club

It is time once again for the Bayfield Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale. This year the date is set for May 7.

Those who attend the event to be held on the south side of Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield should come early for best selection. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or until they are sold out of product.

This is a great opportunity to buy great plants and help support the Bayfield Garden Club’s activities and projects. They will have choice plants, garden artifacts and gardening books for sale. Garden Club memberships will be available as well as an opportunity to chat with other gardeners.

Donations of plant and gardening items are needed to make this sale a success. Gardeners are asked to bring plant and garden donations to the Kales’ residence, at 55 Victoria Street, on May 6 between 6:30-8 p.m. Plants should be in pots and labeled please.

Archives Room

The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives has a summer position available to a keen and enthusiastic student to join other summer staff in wanting to learn about and share Bayfield history.

On-the-job training supplied for conducting heritage walk tours, taking oral histories, assisting with publications and website videos, hosting at the Heritage Centre and digitizing photos and documents.

Interested applicants can email their interest and advise when they can be available for interview to Further information, if required is available by email or by calling 519 440-6206. Applications close May 10.

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.

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 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.


Exeter’s Art Around Town is hosting a day of creative workshops for all, filling bowls with gourmet soups and in turn filling the shelves at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC), on May 28.

Artworks will be held at the Exeter Christian Reformed Church from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the Empty Bowls Lunch being served at noon.

People can register now for the Creative Workshops that include: sacred geometry, jewelry making, improvisation, fiber art, photography, garden art, culinary art, floral design, harp lessons, coloring book design drawing, multi-media, printmaking and art for kids. Visit to learn more about the workshops and register.

The Empty Bowls luncheon participants will for $10 enjoy a variety of gourmet soups as well as eat from a handmade pottery bowl that they get to take home. In addition a Celebrity Bowl Silent Auction will be held. All profits from the luncheon will go to the HCFBDC.

For more information please call 519 237-3510 or email The church is located at 330 Huron St. W in Exeter.

Art Association

Bayfield has many creative people living here both full and part time. Many have studios built into their homes or on their property. But wouldn’t it be great if there was an association, of sorts, where they could share insights, studios, lesson’s learned, materials as well as invite instructors, host workshops, supply or sell materials and help motivate each other?

“If you are among the interested, I am prepared to host a gathering of the like-minded for an exploratory conversation to pursue this idea. I will endeavor to gather us together in early spring, ” said Leslee Squirrell, artist.

Please contact Squirrell by email at


Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. People may have noticed that their donation box in Bayfield has moved from the old Foodland lot to the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.

Main Street Optometric

Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.

Hearing Clinic

Michael and Nevien Ibrahim are pleased to announce that Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her monthly services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy.

The next date for the free clinic is May 17. The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.





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 interior view of the church that was featured in Issue 356. The big reveal next issue - but we're sure most of you have already figured it out! (Archives Code: PB13 31b) 

PB13 31b Remember Me 357 

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



 PB13 25b Remember Me 355

In Issue 355, a lovely pastoral image that records indicate was taken on Woods’ Farm. (Archives Code: PB13 25b)


 PB13 31b Remember Me 356

In Issue 356, an exterior image of how one local church looked back in the day. Can anyone guess which one it is? (Archives Code: PB13 31b)



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Village play group

making the early learning years count in bayfield

Fathers can have fun at play group too. Here, Mike Dynes, of Bayfield, and his daughter, Brooke, 2, test out some little finger puppets.

Having Play Group at the Bayfield Library allows the opportunity to explore new books.

Some of the toys at Play Group are loaned from Rural Response for Healthy Children.

The theme of the day was "Spring and Rainbows". The children always have plenty of time to make a craft during free play if they choose to do so. Here Alex, 3, and her mom, Lori Saggers, pick out the colors of their rainbow.

Hank Heard, 3, prepared tea while Brooke Dynes, 2, tried her hand at farming.  

IMG_1696Ben Douglas, and his son, Declan, took time out for some tea.

Harvey Heard woke up from a nap feeling pretty happy!  



Louise Sygrove, of Bayfield, is a recently retired Kindergarten teacher who enjoys organizing crafts, songs and story time for the Play Group participants.

Rainbows were the theme of this Play Group meeting and children gathered round Louise Sygrove to hear a story on the subject.  

Craft of the day.  


Anyone who thinks that Bayfield is solely a retirement community may want to head to the Bayfield Public Library on a Tuesday morning between 10 and 11:30 a.m. That is the place to be if you are a youngster under four years of age. They bring along, mom, dad or a guardian and have a grand social time along with crafts, songs and stories.

In more recent years, Rural Response for Healthy Children ran the sessions at the library and supplied toys with The Bus toy lending program. When the program was cancelled the parents in Bayfield decided to organize their own.

“It is quite obvious there is a need for the group and we have received great support from Jill Robertson, Rural Response’s Parent Support Education Worker. She has been terrific loaning and delivering us toys for the program,” said Jenny Allan, of Bayfield, one of the parents that rallied to keep the weekly get-togethers going.

What the parents needed most though was someone to take charge, plan and organize the program and they found the perfect person in volunteer, Louise Sygrove.

Sygrove who is a recently retired Kindergarten teacher was also instrumental in helping implement Junior Kindergarten in schools.

“Louise is really organized and she plans and leads all the crafts, songs and stories for the children,” said Allan.

In addition, Allan noted that the library has been an integral component in keeping the program running allowing the group to store their supplies and toys in the building. And the Bayfield Optimist Club has offered financial support providing a donation for some toy purchases as well as craft supplies.

The morning program sees anywhere between eight to 25 preschoolers from September to June. The sessions begin with free play and baby time, as well as crafts. And then after everyone helps clean up, it is time for songs and stories.

“I am really enjoying volunteering with the group,” said Sygrove “It took me a little bit to get the crafts figured out as I was used to working with older children but it is great fun.”

Sygrove wears a button at Play Group that sums up her belief. “Early years are learning years – make them count.”

And this is something that is quite evident at Play Group in the smiles and giggles of both the youngsters and the parents who attend.

Halle Corriveau, 4, enjoyed some social time at the Tuesday morning play group.

Benjamin Stoye, 11 months, was all smiles during playtime at the library.

At six months-old Cohen Steenstra, was the youngest child at playgroup on Apr. 12. He too enjoyed the interaction.

Taking pride in a well done craft is another benefit of Play Group.  

Kyle Geddis, 11 months, plays with one of the larger toys donated to the library by the Bayfield Optimist Club. The club also recently donated money to purchase craft supplies for the play group.

There was plenty of action around the craft table. In foreground l-r: Nolan Geddis, 2, and his baby brother Kyle Geddis, 11 months,
and Benny Soyle, 11 months, interact with Jess Langen, mother of Josh and Kyle.

Maddy Baldwin, 4, of Goderich got creative at the craft station.

Harm Purser, of Goderich, stopped exploring for a minute to do a little coloring.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

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On Apr. 16 a real community building event happened when everyone rallied around Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, co-owners of Renegades Diner, whose business was damaged by flooding during a storm at the end of March. The business will be closed for a number of weeks for renovations but many people came together to show their support both emotionally and financially raising $10,000 to help reopen the doors. The following is Part II (see part I last week). Thank you to all!  (It is normally the policy of the Bayfield Breeze not to run these lists but considering the exceptional nature of this event an exception has been made. - Melody, editor) 

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian then riding the rails westward.

Hubby and I just spent the last 84 hours traveling across the country on “Train #1 The Canadian” – the views were second to none – the staff, the food, all was amazing but what we will take away from the experience the most I think was the people we dined with. There are no tables for two on the train – some people might frown at this idea – but I say embrace it – you’ll never know whom you will meet and what you will learn. We, and our dinner companions, were just about always the last to leave the dining car and many times I forgot to look out the window at the stunning views, the conversation was so engrossing.

We met people from Ottawa and Toronto (originally from Kitchener and Kincardine), Pittsburg, France, England, Scotland, China and South Korea.


We, and other new retirees, were among young professionals and students - all sharing a dream of seeing the country from the perspective of a domed car.

The young people from China and South Korea were all newly minted Canadians having recently gotten their citizenship and decided to celebrate by seeing their new home by train. Remarkable!

The train is not for those who just need to get from A to B. They invented planes for that. The train is for those who want to make the journey part of their vacation – and with two weeks left to go on our holiday – it was a terrific, relaxing way to start! – Melody

P.S. The Bayfield Breeze is currently posting hiatus issues. Our next live issue will be published on May 18. The deadline for submissions is May 15 at 4 p.m.


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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