Bookmark and Share   May 11, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 20 Issue 358

windmill revisited Part II


Gerard Kleijn is a windmill whisperer. He is also a millwright with 20 years of experience restoring windmills. A few weeks ago, he visited from Holland to inspect the windmill near Bayfield and share some advice as to how this windmill, which is estimated to have been static for about a decade, could become operational again. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

EDITOR'S NOTE: Want to learn more about the history of the "Folmar" Windmill? Then please check out last week's issue of the Bayfield Breeze - Vol. 7 Week 19 Issue 358.   


The property on Bayfield River Road, now known as Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park, was once home to Mary and Frank de Jong.

Mr. de Jong built a windmill. It took him nearly two decades and was completed in the autumn of 1989. It is a replica of the windmill in which his grandfather was master miller.

Mr. de Jong was very 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.”

He wanted to share this special piece of Dutch heritage with the public and did so for a time until illness shortened the fulfillment of his dream. He died in June of 1999 at the age of 74 years.

His family remained on the property for a number of years but public tours of the windmill were no longer offered and the property was eventually listed for sale.

The windmill remained a stalwart soldier reflected daily in the man-made lake and shadowed by sunsets as the seasons passed – a testament to a creative and visionary spirit – waiting.

George and Sharon Ebers became the new owners of 35957 Bayfield River Road in 2013. They were the visionaries with the creative spirit the windmill had been seeking.

In the early days the main focus for the family was getting the Wake and Eco Park up and established by their daughter Jen Pate and her business partner Andy Oke. They are now embarking on the third summer of their dream. So George is now turning his attention to something that has intrigued him since he first laid eyes on it – the windmill.

A few weeks ago, he had a millwright visit from Holland to inspect the windmill and garner some advice as to how this windmill, which is estimated to have been static for about a decade, could become operational again.

Gerard Kleijn is a windmill whisperer.

He is also a millwright with 20 years of experience restoring windmills. At an early age he was interested in all things construction from bridges and boats to old homes. He also had an appreciation for “old stuff”.

“As a kid in Holland you could go onto the construction sites and watch the workers do their job. I was a quick learner and got put on bigger jobs and then became a superintendent,” he said. For 22 years he worked in construction but he hated delegating so he quit to do something completely different.

Now Kleijn travels abroad inspecting and helping restore windmills. He finds the job fun and interesting as he feels “the windmills will last longer than him.” On this trip to Bayfield he was inspecting five other windmills traveling from here to Michigan. Kleijn noted that windmills are sometimes found in odd places in fact he has even seen them in countries where palm trees are prevalent.

“With windmills in foreign countries you never know what you’ll find or who you’ll work with. It is nicer than a vacation as I live with the people who have the windmills and absorb the culture,” he said.

In fact Ebers and Vitali hosted a dinner for a few of their nearest Dutch neighbors and de Jong relations during Kleijn’s visit so that he could learn more about Mr. de Jong and the construction of the windmill.

Kleijn describes the local windmill as “nearly perfection.”

“It was not built by a millwright but old drawings show that he approached it in a way that a millwright would to do the construction,” he said of Mr. de Jong’s efforts. “It is built in the traditional style using all the original connections which are quite a bit of work. It is a newer model but he didn’t cut corners to build it.”

Kleijn spent two days looking over the windmill and while he discovered a fair bit of wood rot on the outside that will need to replaced the inside wood and machinery are in good shape and intact.

“No two windmills are alike,” said Kleijn. “They are constructed with materials that the builders have available making them unique.”

He added that he wants to restore this windmill to the way that Mr. de Jong did it.

“It will be a big restoration. It will be done in steps. I will make a list from my inspection and these jobs will be done in a certain order,” he said.

As a restoration specialist Kleijn prefers to work together with a local carpenter and never brings in a crew. He also trains people in the basics of how to run a windmill safely.

“This is a rare windmill as I have never seen one that is both a sawmill and a gristmill for the one task you need speed and for the other you need power. The blades on this windmill were his design. He was really clever,” Kleijn said.

It is unclear at this time just when the restoration will begin as it will be completed as time and money allows but one thing is for certain it will be a labor of love for the new owners and an honored legacy for Mr. de Jong.

Breakfast at the farm a highlight of 160th fair lead-up 


The Breakfast at the Farm activity organized by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will provide a rare opportunity to see a local dairy operation and the occasion to ask questions.

Steenbeek Dairy Farms, just East of Varna, will be the site for breakfast and tours on Saturday, July 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The dairy operation consists of 300 milking cows and about 30 to 50 dry cows housed in one huge building. The milk tank is large enough to hold the milk from two days of milking and as expected is huge.

Twice a day the cows are milked 24 at a time. Information about each cow is recorded through devices on each cow’s leg. Records on how much milk is given, the number of steps per day, or any infections are all on file and checked daily for each cow. A separate calving section is provided where each calf is born and raised until sold.

The tour gives a clear insight on the balance between technology and labor for a dairy farm to function seamlessly in our modern world. In addition to the milking, feeding, looking after the waste, cropping are all tasks that take up a farmer’s time. The date for the visit was chosen so that all the crops could be planted and the first cut of hay could be taken in. There are few slow periods on a dairy farm.

There will be a limited number of tickets available starting in May for the breakfast and tours and will be announced on the website A hearty breakfast awaits all those who attend and there will be a few commodity groups that will have some information about the products they grow for our consumption available also.

Some interesting special events are being planned for the 160th fair this summer on Aug. 19-21. Events that have not taken place in Bayfield for many years are being finalized. Please contact Susan Lehnen at to volunteer before or at the fair or at the Breakfast at the Farm activity.

At the last General Meeting it was announced that a food vendor will be at the fair and since then others have expressed an interest. Several vendors have come forward and want to be at the fair. Space may be limited shortly.

There was interest expressed about having hooked articles entered at the fair. If there is an interest, contact Lehnen and she will forward all comments to the handcraft section.

It has been suggested that a Fair Display competition be created. A business would create a display advertising the fair and the dates and a residence would create a display advertising the fair and its dates near the road. Let Lehnen know if you are interested, and some simple rules, judging and prizes can be created.

The fair is a community fair and this is one way for the community to express its support for the fair that has stayed relevant and committed to Bayfield for 160 years.

Come meet Essex at the Walk for Dog Guides 

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. Lions Foundation of Canada’s mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no personal costs. It costs up to $25,000 to train a pup to become a service dog.

“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. “This year 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!”

The morning will start off, after registration in Clan Gregor Square at 8:30 a.m. with an approximately 5 KM gentle walk along a major part of the Heritage Trail in downtown Bayfield starting at 9 a.m.. After the walk, all the participants and the general public are invited back to Clan Gregor to be part of the Lions Dog Day Gala.

“This year we will have our own Bayfield Dog Guide puppy-in-training, Essex, as the big hit of the day. Tom and Deb Grasby have undertaken to foster this pup for its first year when he will be returned to the Lions Foundation Training Centre in Oakville to complete his training. You will want to meet him,” said Pal.

There will be numerous other dog related activities following the completion of the walk which will be both entertaining and educational for all dog lovers and owners. All this will be accompanied by musical entertainment. In other words, something for everyone and it’s all free. Refreshments will also be available.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the activities 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.



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.

Florence Nightingale 

So just who was Florence Nightingale?

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

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

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

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

Hullett Hike

On May 22, experience and see nature on a whole new level, through the eyes of an expert photographer. Stroll through the renowned Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area with photographer, Conrad Kuiper at this Bayfield River Valley Trail Association special event.

Kuiper will be leading this spring walk through his favorite area, the 2.3 KM Sugar Bush Trail. This trail winds its way through forests that are dominated by Sugar Maples and is renowned as a bird lover’s paradise. Hullett provides a habitat for over 180 species of birds and 400 plant species. There should be a diverse collection of spring wild flowers in bloom carpeting the forest floor.

The Sugar Bush Trail parking lot is located at 80602 Wildlife Line just east of Clinton off Hwy. 8.

This walk will start at 1 p.m. PM and should last no longer than 1.5 hours.

For more information, contact Hike Leader Kuiper at 519 482-9724.

Antique Show

Antique experts Pat McKaig and Tim Saunders both of Bayfield will be vendors at the Antique Show and Sale to be held on June 19 held at Bisback’s Farm.

There will be over 24 dealers, collectors and pickers setting up along the lane under the trees at the farm located halfway between Hensall and Exeter on Hwy. 4.

This is the third year for this event that showcases dealers selling genuine antiques and vintage items that are over 50 yrs old.

Admission is free but a donation to the Exeter Optimists who sponsor the Exeter Venturers would be gratefully accepted. Last year over $1,800 was raised which assisted the Scouts in attending Jamboree.

The show runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. There are two parking lots available so visitors are asked not park on the highway as it will be under construction this Spring.

Quilters Guild

The Bayfield Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild is holding a special event with dessert, coffee and a speaker on June 21 and all are invited to attend.

Patti Carey, vice-president of Public Relations for Northcott, will be the guest speaker.

The cost for the afternoon is $5 per person. The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church.

For more information call Kathleen at 519 565-2479 or email

Wild Turkey Hunt

A reminder that the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Woodland Trail will be temporarily closed from now 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.


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







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, a dapper looking young gentleman is featured. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB13 21b)

PB13 21b Remember Me 358 

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



 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)


 PB13 31b Remember Me 357

In Issue 357, 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)

But just in case you didn't the exterior image and interior image above are of Trinity Anglican Church. 






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bluewater area family health team

these people are true team players

Dr Deb Josephson


Brenda Schilbe
Cathy Skinner

Ann Brabender
Dr Lauri Silvestri

Dr Patrick Chang
Gabrielle Gogas

Janet Willert
Layal Alaeddine

Lorri Lucan
Rossana Sabalone

Shannon Crane
Sherri Hayter

Susi Muller
Tammy Rinker


Teresa Ainslie
Theresa LaPorte


With construction of the medical centre in Zurich underway, the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) introduces the new members of the clinic. A full support team will back Dr. Deb Josephson, lead physician, and colleagues, Dr. Laura Silvestri and Dr. Patrick Chang. This group comprises a Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Social Worker. A fourth doctor will join the clinic staff in early Autumn.

Additional examinations rooms and a dual-purpose exercise area / meeting room for health and wellness workshops will enable BAFHT to accept more patients. Currently, there are 4,150 rostered patients, and in 12 month’s time, this is expected to top 5,300.

Dr. Deborah Josephson, lead physician, started with the BAFHT in January 2016. She grew up in Exeter and has 25 years experience in medicine. She also served as the Medical Director of Health Services, University of Western Ontario in London.

Dr. Patrick Chang has a background which includes Chief Resident Doctor of Family Medicine at East Carolina University. He attended medical school at St. Georges’s University with medical clerkship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Chang will have been with the BAFHT for two years in September.

Dr. Laura Silvestri has been with the BAFHT clinic for two years. She is a native of Sarnia and attended Queen’s University in Kingston, ON and went to Missouri for medical school and completed her residency at Michigan State.

Sherri Hayter graduated from the University of Western Ontario nine years ago. For five years, she worked a combination of obstetrical and medical / surgical nursing at London’s LHSC and Seaforth hospitals. In 2014, Hayter finished her Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice through Athabasca University. At BAFHT, she is a Nurse Practitioner working closely with the resident physicians.

Susi Muller graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors Bachelor of Medical Science and a Minor in Nutrition. She studied at the Michael de Groote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton as a Physician Assistant. With the BAFHT, she deals with all areas of family medicine with a special interest in dermatology and minor surgical proceedings.

Rossana Sabalone is a Clinical Social Worker and has been with the BAFHT for two years since she was the Social Worker for the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) in Oakville. Sabalone also has experience working with individuals with mental health concerns, trauma and woman abuse. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Janet Willert is a Registered Nurse and has been with the BAFHT for six years. Willert’s role involves patients with a variety of health concerns including preventative health visits for men and women, well baby assessments, pre-natal assessments, lifestyle and addictions counselling.

Theresa LaPorte is a Registered Practical Nurse and has been with the BAFHT in a part-time capacity for a year. Her background involves community nursing and today she completes new patient in-takes, preventive health assessments and has a special interest in wound care.

Layal Alaeddine is another product of the University of Western Ontario and joined the BAFHT as a s/b Nurse Practitioner late in 2015. She is covering a maternity leave until November and sees BAFHT experience as a great start to her career.

Tammy Rinker lives in Grand Bend and brings significant business skills and experience to her role as Finance and Payroll Manager.

Shannon Crane is a five year veteran of the BAFHT. She started part-time, and for the last two years as a full-time receptionist at the clinic. In addition to answering the phone, she books patient appointments, scans all documents that come into the office and is responsible for cleaning and autoclaving od surgical instruments.

Teresa Ainslie has been with the BAFHT for 18 months working as a Receptionist. Teresa lives in the Zurich community and worked with Doctor Wallace for a number of years.

Cathy Skinner is a five year veteran with the BAFHT. Her resume includes a BA in economics and accounting at the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a PSW diploma from Conestoga College and a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) certification from Fanshawe College. Billing, referral tracking and maintaining office schedules all fall under Skinner’s position.

Lorri Lucan is a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) and has been with BAFHT since it was founded. She has been a certified Phlebotomy Technician for 20 years and has covered most positions at the clinic at some time or another.

Gabrielle Gogas is a Nurse Practitioner from Bright’s Grove and specializes in trauma and surgical intensive care. She worked in Michigan prior to joining the BAFHT. Gogas graduated from the University of Western Ontario and has been with BAFHT since July 2015 covering a maternity leave.

Ann Brabender has been deeply involved with the development of the BAFHT since the start. As Administrator, she is the glue that holds everything together – recruiting new staff, dealing with business issues on a daily basis. Brabender is retiring soon, but is staying on to help steer the clinic through the construction stage and also train her replacement to make sure the transition is smooth.

Brenda Schilbe is another BAFHT original member and worked closely with Dr. Michael Hurley to start the clinic. Like Ann Brabender, Schilbe is also retiring, but will remain in the BAFHT office temporarily to help train her replacement.






PIXILATED — image of the week

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Ready for launch by Gary Lloyd-Rees

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


It is hard to believe that we are now in the middle of our third week of vacation. Time is often irrelevant on holiday and in this case it seems like quite a while ago that we got off the train and boarded a cruise ship.


Life on board Holland America’s Noordam was a dream. From our balcony we cruised by calving glaciers and misty mountains. We stopped in three ports where on each occasion hubby John was invited to come work as a tour guide for the excursions we took. Apparently gold mining, sled dog mushing and Bering Sea fishing are all things he appears suited for.

As I write this I am sitting in a little log cabin overlooking Patricia Lake in Jasper National Park at the family run Patricia Bungalows resort. John has just returned from the front office where he proudly announced they have offered him a job here too.

However, I may have to veto all of these opportunities. One of our other stays on the driving portion of our vacation found us in a cabin at Twin Peaks Cabins in Valemount, BC. The owners had a momma goat named Snowflake and her kid known as Sebastian. I was invited to feed Sebastian his morning bottle. Yep, I see goat farmer in my husband’s future. – Melody

P.S. We are back to publishing "live" issues on May 18th. Sunday, May 15th at 4 p.m. is the deadline for submissions.


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

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


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