Bookmark and Share   May 4, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 19 Issue 96

community recognizes two soldiers from first great war

Geordie Palmer unveiling Clarke image
Geordie Palmer, unveiled the image of Arthur Clarke, while Bill Rowat looked on. (Photo by Dave Gillians)


May 1st dawned a dreary, spring day. But despite the drizzling rain, the images of two young men who were killed during World War I found their rightful place at the Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square and people gathered to honor them.

Arthur Edward Clarke and Victor Evans were recognized in a noon hour service with members of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), local church congregations and representatives from the Canadian Legion gathering to watch their granite plaques be unveiled.

Rob MacVean unveiling Evans image
Rob MacVean had the honor of unveiling the image of soldier, Victor Evans at the Sunday noon service. Here, MacVean (left) posed for a photograph with Bayfield Historical Society President, Bill Rowat. (Photo by Dave Gillians)

In July of 2008, on the 75th anniversary of the original dedication of the village’s cenotaph, nine granite plaques with the engraved images of the soldiers who perished in the two Great Wars were unveiled as part of the memorial. The images of Evans and Clarke proved difficult to find. It took four years of searching by the BHS to locate them.

Robert MacVean unveiled Evan’s plaque. The soldier is a distant relative of his. Geordie Palmer, Bayfield's Ward councilor, unveiled the image of Arthur Clarke.

Paul Dearlove concluded the brief ceremony by playing the Last Post on the bugle.

Clan Gregor Square is the heart of Bayfield. This is where residents have always gathered to celebrate and mourn together. It’s fitting that images of all the local men who were killed while serving their country are remembered and honored at the Cenotaph.

congregation all fired up over furnace fundraiser

The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church was all fired up on Sunday celebrating their success in raising funds to pay for two new furnaces installed in the church building in the autumn of 2010.

On May 1st, St. Andrew’s Committee of Stewards provided a special lunch and celebration for the completion of the Toonie Roll Fundraiser.

“As promised we waited for all the snowbirds to return before having the celebration and celebrate we did with the final stroke being added to the Furnace Fundraising Thermometer, explained Kathleen Siertsema. “A festive atmosphere was everywhere in the church hall with the "All Fired Up" theme and lots of red everywhere even down to place cards with little red boxes of raisins and a note ‘Thanks for "raisin" all those funds’.”

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The congregation of St. Andrew's United Church marked the completion of their All Fired Up Fundraiser with a luncheon on May 1st. Bill and Betty Morley, Bruce Koehler and Joan Merner kept busy putting the finishing touches on celebratory cupcakes. (Submitted photo)

The participants also enjoyed a touch of spring with lots of beautiful daffodils decorating the hall.

“These are the last that Gordon and Melisse Kurtz could offer us from their property in Bayfield now that they have sold and moved to Goderich Place. It was also great that they were able to be with us for this special occasion and enjoy their flowers too,” said Siertsema.

The next event on the St. Andrew’s Church calendar is the Spring May Pole Luncheon to be held on May 18. All in the community are invited to take part in the meal that will offer continuous sittings starting at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 a person.

New play based on a village murder over a century old

Travis Corben portrays Fred Elliott.

Theatre-goers will have the opportunity to possibly exonerate a Bayfield boy of a murder committed 114 years ago.

“Murder at the Albion Hotel: The Retrial of Fred Elliott” is an original production being staged by the Bayfield Historical Society.

In 1897, young Harvey Elliott was murdered outside the Albion Hotel after a drunken argument with his brother Fred.


Bill Rowat as the defense attourney.

Local playwright/director, Judy Keightley has created an entertaining production that has as its starting point, this actual Bayfield murder. The premise is that two local ladies of dubious character come forward with new evidence, after Fred Elliott, portrayed by Travis Corben, has already served two years in penitentiary for the murder of his brother Harvey.


The defense attorney, played by Bill Rowat, believes that the women are telling the truth and that the new evidence is enough to free Fred.

Greg Stewart as the prosecuting attorney.

Greg Stewart portrays the prosecuting attorney who doesn’t believe anything the two women say and that the re-trial is a waste of time. He thinks that Fred is guilty!

Keightley’s twist – the audience is the jury and will decide Fred’s fate.

Two shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Town Hall on May 27 and 28. A matinee will also be staged in the hall at 2 p.m. on May 29.

Tickets cost $15 each and are available at the Bayfield Archives Room or by calling Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.

tickets available now for bayfield festival of song

The Bayfield Town Hall will once again be filled with the sound of world-renowned musical talents when the fifth annual Bayfield Festival of Song returns to the village for concerts on the first two weekends of June.

The Aldeburgh Connection Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata are offering up a variety of unique experiences for music lovers.

The celebrations begin with Schubert on June 3 at 8 p.m. The concert entitled, “Schubert: The Miller’s Lovely Daughter” features Tenor, Colin Ainsworth, accompanied by Ralls on piano. Ainsworth has been described as one of Canada’s finest tenors. This is an opportunity to hear a masterpiece by possibly the world’s greatest song-writer.

The ever-popular Coffee Concerts featuring piano duets by Ralls and Ubukata will kick-off with “AN ENGLISH MORNING” highlighting music from the homeland of the Aldeburgh Connection. Visiting artists will also perform at this concert to be held at 11 a.m. on June 4.

The Celebrity Recital scheduled for June 4 at 8 p.m. is sure to be a treat for all who attend. Soprano Lucia Cesaroni and Ainsworth will be featured with Ralls and Ubukata at the piano. These two dazzling singers, after conquering audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, will be performing their favorite songs, arias and duets in this concert, before preparing for their lead roles in Vancouver Opera’s new West Side Story.

“Embraceable you!” is the title of the concert set for June 5 at 2:30 p.m. Young performers: Rebecca Collett, soprano; Julia Barber, mezzo; Graham Thomson, tenor; and Geoffrey Sirett, baritone will be accompanied on piano by Ralls and Ubukata. They will sing songs of love. The audience is sure to enjoy a party with the performers following the show. Enthusiasts who are unable to attend the June 5 concert will have a second opportunity to do so as a repeat performance will be held on June 12 at 2:30 p.m.

The very real educational side of the festival includes the June 9 Masterclass, an event introduced at last year’s festival. This event brings the audience into close contact with the creative act. Four singing students preparing for their careers will perform, then benefit from the wisdom, expertise and encouragement of one of Canada’s leading singers, Catherine Robbin. The Masterclass will be held at 4 p.m. on June 9. Following the lesson, the audience is invited to join in a
special three course menu prepared by the chef at The Little Inn of Bayfield. The Bistro Night will begin at 7 p.m. and is $35 per person (exclusive of beverages and gratuity). Space is limited, to make reservations please call the Inn at 519 565-2611, or contact

Also, between the two festival weekends, Ralls and Ubukata will tour with the four young artists, Collett, Barber, Thomson and Sirett, to schools across Huron and Perth Counties, performing for some 2,000 students under the auspices of the Foundation for Education. For the performers, this is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Festival and they are delighted to be able to visit so many smaller communities across the countryside.

Allyson McHardy, mezzo, is fresh from triumphs as Rossini’s Cinderella with Glyndebourne Opera. The audience will enjoy her “sumptuous mezzo tone” during the Celebrity Recital to be held on June 10 at 8 p.m. McHardy’s “radiant sensitivity” has been praised across North America and Europe. She is to be accompanied by Ralls on piano creating an evening to remember!

Visiting artists will join Ralls and Ubukata in celebration of “Schubert in the Morning”. One of their favorite composers, Schubert will be saluted during a second Coffee Concert on June 11 at 11 a.m.

Also on June 11, Glamorous Night will feature the music of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward. Lindsay Barrett, soprano, and Peter Barrett, baritone, a talented young couple, both rapidly rising stars, perform some of the best-loved and most effervescent songs of the last century. Accompaniment for this concert, set to begin at 8 p.m., will be by Ralls and Ubukata.

Tickets are available locally by calling Gail Grant at 519 565-2435. They cost $25, Saturday mornings; and $35, Saturday evenings, Friday evenings, Sunday afternoons. The Masterclass on June 9 will cost $15. There is also a subscription price: if buying tickets for more than one concert, please deduct $5 from each ticket.
The Bayfield Festival of Song is proud to have as its honorary patron the distinguished writer, Alice Munro. The Festival was inaugurated in June 2007 with a weekend consisting of four concerts at the town hall. It now spans ten days and is presented by the Aldeburgh Connection, a concert organization based in Toronto, which Ralls and Ubukata founded in 1982.

The Aldeburgh Connection gratefully acknowledges the support of The Ontario Arts Council, Foundation for Education, RBC Foundation, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and many individual donors.

ladies' night should prove to be almost heaven

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?

It will be comedienne Elvira Kurt.

Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards. She is the host of MTV’s “My Fabulous Gay Wedding” and she had her own TV show on the Comedy Network known as “Popcultured”. Organizers are extremely pleased to have this highly sought after performer return for a second consecutive 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.



Wild Turkeys and hikers beware it’s hunting season again.

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to let the community know that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now until May 31 for the Wild Turkey Hunt.

The other two BRVTA trails remain open, the Heritage Trail, through the village, as well as the Sawmill Trail, on the north side of the Bayfield River. Other local trails, such as, Bannockburn and Naftel’s Creek do not permit hunting and are available to walkers throughout the year.

st. boniface school

Students at St. Boniface School in Zurich will be presenting, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” as their Spring theatrical production.

The show will be staged from May 4-6 with evening performances each day at 7 p.m. and one matinee on the Wednesday starting at 1:15 p.m. All in the community are invited to attend and watch these young thespians shine!

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.

A very limited number of tickets are still available please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 if you'd like to attend.

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

optimist club

Rubber Duckie, you’re so fine
And I’m lucky that you’re mine
Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of –
Rubber Duckie, I’d like a whole pond of –
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you!”

Well, there might not be a pond but members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their upcoming second annual Rubber Duck Race on May 22.

The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 11 a.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.

Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now for $5 each at Brandon’s Hardware and from club members.

Three lucky people will be singing the old Sesame Street classic when their rubber ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, a 2011 Norco Hybrid Bicycle, donated by Outside Projects; 2nd place, a water cooler, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 3rd place, a $100 gift certificate for the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro.

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

Horticultural Society

Gardeners who would like to attract more butterflies to their gardens should plan to attend the next meeting of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society on May 16.

Master Gardener Ron Rossini will give a presentation on “Butterflies in the Garden”. He will offer tips for food sources, water, environmental needs and the best plants to plant.

All are most welcome to attend. The meetings are a great opportunity for people to chat with other gardening enthusiasts. Refreshments and door prizes are also highlights of the meetings held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Books and Brunch

Antanas Sileika, author of Underground, will be the next featured writer in the Books and Brunch series presented by The Village Bookshop.

The event will be held on May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield.

An article published in the Vancouver Sun said, "Underground might be described as a historical love story, but it is also a political military/spy thriller. Sileika writes with a spare style that suits the action sequences as well as the rare moments of tenderness or humor. Entertaining and sometimes shocking, the book describes a little-known period of European history that has been kept underground far too long."

Tickets cost $30 each and are available by calling 519 565-5600 or email

Concert Series

Organizers are are pleased to announce that Ron Sexsmith will be retuning this summer for another unique and intimate show on July 22.

Tickets for Ron Sexsmith's annual Summer Show at The Bayfield Town Hall are available now at 

Ron Sexsmith is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, ON, currently based in Toronto. He started his own band when he was 14 years old and released the first recordings of his own material seven years later, in 1985. Some of the same artists who inspired Sexsmith—Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and John Hiatt are now people whose praise he has won.

Film Society

There are two shows remaining in the Bayfield Film Society’s spring series. Next on the docket is "The Trotsky", May 12.

“Incendies” will close out the series on June 16.
The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about tickets for these productions please contact Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.

fitness fun

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

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

ZUMBA classes continue in the village with Instructors, Alison de Groot and Lorraine Dietz. One-hour classes are held Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. For more information contact de Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now 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

Lillian Martin and Brenda Blair were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met on Apr. 27 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The club will meet next on May 11. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

diners' club

Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the members of the Bayfield Diners’ Club for their weekly Thursday lunches.

The meals are served at noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.

Participants should call Betty Brodhagan at 519 565-4123 on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon.

The Bayfield Diners’ Club is also looking to add to their roster of volunteers to assist in the kitchen each Thursday – anyone interested in helping out should contact Brodhagen at the number listed above.



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

This week, we feature a photograph taken in May of 1940. This lady is proudly displaying some Spring flowers. Does anyone remember her?

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



Remember Me 94

In Issue 94, in honor of Easter, we featured a picture of the St. Andrew’s Church Choir as they looked in 1962. Members of the current choir have been able to identify the following singers: BR: Ted Dunn, Jan Koene, Gordon Porter, and John Siertsema. MR: Ellen Lindsay,?,?, Charlene Scotchmer, (Porter); Kathleen Porter (Siertsema), Doreen MacKenzie, Edith Hohner, Mary Fralic, Ruth Ann Scotchmer and Lulu Scotchmer. FR: Linda Rathwell and Margaret Porter.


Remember 95

In Issue 95, Jackie Thompson has been able to identify some of the people who were photographed outside of the Albion Hotel on Main Street. They are l-r: Ruby Fitzsimmons (wearing a blue scarf), Roy Fitzsimmons (brown shirt), Mrs. Ed (Nina) Weston (red hat) and Beulah and Len Smith.


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Fourteenth annual show a kick start to gardening and renovation season

John and Sharon McMann, of Clinton, shared a moment at the booth manned by Joanne Poelman, owner of Interior Trends in Clinton.

Cabin in the Woods Design, of Bayfield, had a very patriotic display for the show held just prior to the Federal Election.

The display by Timber's Outfitters, of Seaforth, was sure to have outdoor enthusiasts ready to take to the water. Here, owner, Dwain Forrest talks to Donna Lubbers while Shania Smith checks out some merchandise.

Donald and Mary Lou Green, along with Bernie MacDonald, all from Expedia Cruise Ship Centres talked vacations with Dianne Wain, of Auburn.

Dianne Wain and Loretta Charron, both of Auburn, and Teresa Godfrey, of Londesboro, stopped by the Hanover Holidays booth to talk to Nancy Watson (second from right).



The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show may have been just what people needed to get into the mood for gardening and home renovation as the very slow start to Spring like weather has done very little to muster folks enthusiasm for such activities.

The show, now in its 14th year, was held Apr. 29 to May 1 at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Seventy-five exhibitors, the majority representing Huron County businesses, created beautiful and enticing displays that drew people in to see what services they had to offer.

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

The members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club stated 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.

Stephen Ducharme, 9, of Exeter, tested out an adirondack chair on display at the Forever Furniture booth. The store located at RR 2 Zurich carries these chairs made from recycled plastic in a rainbow of colors. They are made by a local Mennonite family.


Anna Masek (left), of Goderich, received a packet of Black Eyed Susan seeds from Tammy Amos, of Bayfield. Amos was promoting her Yard Maid business at the show.


Clinton Glass, Mirror and Doors offered a different outlook.


Shawn Henry, of Goderich, worked in the booth set up by Outside Projects of Bayfield.



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April Sunset by Dianne Brandon

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


So the federal election is an obvious topic of discussion for this week. But I’d rather talk about those of us who exercised our democratic right to vote. The highlight of this campaign for me was the vote mobs that emerged on university and college campuses across the country encouraging the nation's youth to cast their ballot. It always surprises me to hear that our youth aren’t voting. I couldn’t wait to cast my ballot for the first election I was old enough to vote in.

According to the CBC News website, Canada's voter turnout on Monday inched up to 61.4 per cent. These findings based on Elections Canada's preliminary estimates. This pushed the total up a bit from 59.1 percent in 2008.

The highest voter turnout in Canadian electoral history occurred in 1958, when 79.4 per cent of registered voters took part in the election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.

I can appreciate voter apathy; my enthusiasm for voting has lessened since I was 18 years old. I have learned that election campaign promises are very rarely realized. Plus four elections in seven years was a couple elections too many.

But when I look at the situation in many countries around the world whose people are willing to die for the right to vote of their own free will in a legal election I pick up my voter registration card and head to the polling station.

Voter apathy got me wondering about how other democratic nations do things and I discovered that in Australia voters have to open their wallets if they don’t vote.

Voting is compulsory both at federal elections and at elections for the state and territory legislatures. In some states, voting at municipal elections is also compulsory. If you fail to vote and fail to provide a valid reason for not doing so (ie/ doctor’s note) the fine is $20. Voters who fail to pay the fine risk prosecution but the Australian federal government website reports these are rare. In recent federal elections, with a voter turnout of approximately 95 per cent, informal voting, blank or not properly completed ballots has accounted for about five per cent of all the votes cast.

This of course begs the question, is it democratic to be forced to vote? Perhaps for the price of a Tim Horton’s coffee with the money going to charity it could be. - Melody


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