Bookmark and Share   June 29, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 27 Issue 365

Climate change is a challenge for everyone

Allan Thompson, who represented the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberals, opened the event by explaining the context. (Submitted photos)  

More than 75 people filled the Bayfield Town Hall on the evening of June 23 for the first Huron-Bruce town hall meeting on climate change. And for many, the top priority was to find rural solutions to the challenge posed by climate change. A common theme was the call for more public transportation in rural areas where many people rely entirely on their cars to get around.

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Association organized this two-hour gathering.

Allan Thompson, who represented the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberals, opened the event by explaining the context and bringing Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna into the room through a video link.

“Addressing climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our generation,’’ McKenna said in her message. “We need your help. We need your ideas and solutions and we need everyone to engage in this national effort.”

Thompson, who was the Liberal candidate in Huron-Bruce in last fall’s election, echoed McKenna.

“We need your experience and creativity as we develop Canada’s plan to provide cleaner growth,’’ Thompson said. “Climate change is a challenge for everyone. This discussion is an opportunity to seek input and ideas to deal with it, together.”

Pam Scharfe, from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, talked about the impact of climate change on water levels and the area’s beaches. And in an aside during the discussion, she said she was encouraged by the fact that the government was reaching out for public input on its climate change strategy.

The audience was presented with five suggested discussion questions and given an hour to grapple with them and then report back.

David Bray, an environmentalist from OMAFRA, provided a briefing on climate change and the rural context. Bray said climate change is being observed in the Great Lakes basin, with the arrival of orchids that have moved north, southern species of flying squirrels and fish. There is also less ice cover on the great lakes, which can contribute to erratic weather and more severe storms.

“We think there’s more severe storms than what we’re used to,’’ Bray said. “Severe winter storms and floods have all increased greatly in number since the late 1980s.”

And as winters get warmer with climate change, the number of pests and diseases that survive the winter may increase, leading to greater outbreaks and infestations, Bray said. Invasive species take advantage of disturbance regardless of its cause.

The audience was presented with five suggested discussion questions and given an hour to grapple with them and then report back. The suggested discussion questions were the following:

• What have been your own experiences with the impacts of climate change‎?

• What are the solutions to reducing greenhouse gases that you would like to see governments, businesses and communities implement?

• What are your ideas for growing the economy and jobs while also reducing emissions?

• What are some ideas to promote innovation and new technologies in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

• What can Canada do to better adapt to impacts of climate change and support affected communities, including Indigenous communities?

The hall was so crowded for the event that some opted to go outside to the park to hold their breakout groups. Others retreated downstairs.

But after an hour or so, the group re-convened for a rapid fire round to hear from a representative of each table, tasked with pulling together the highlights of the discussion.

“We need to find out how to make the government have the political will to make the changes that are available and necessary. We pay now or we pay later,’’ note taker Allison Lobb said, speaking for her group. She also called for greater education with young people. “It worked for blue box, it worked for smoking. Start with kids.”

“We had a table of very passionate people who questioned whether there was climate change,’’ reported Barbara Hollingworth. That table also warned about what it called “politicizing climate change for profit.”

Another group called for what it dubbed “net zero homes” that require no external energy for heating or cooling, “The government should assist builders to build net zero homes.”

Several groups also mentioned wind turbines, some questioning the utility of the turbines at all, and others calling for a more equitable distribution of the economic gains from the turbines.

Several groups called for greater investment in public transportation, such as light rail, or busing. “And small towns need bike lanes just as much as cities do,’’ one note taker reported.

One group questioned a focus on emissions and called for more attention to mitigation strategies.

“Transportation is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels, so all of the ideas we’ve heard here about improving our transportation system are valid,’’ note taker David MacLaren said.

A detailed summary of the discussion will be publicly available soon online at The feedback will contribute to Canada’s approach on climate change.

Community members are encouraged to host their own town hall or submit an idea on how to address climate change by visiting this interactive website:

Breakfast on the farm nourishment for mind and Body 

Breakfast on the Farm

Include Breakfast on the Farm in Canada Day weekend activities on July 2.

A breakfast prepared by the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be served from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Steenbeek Dairy Farms 38968 Mill Road, just east of Varna. Self-guided tours of the 300 milking herd operation will take place whenever people wish to tour the barn facility that morning. Numerous display boards and several people will be along the route to answer any questions.

Pets and smoking are not allowed on site. Shoes or running shoes are recommended when going through the barn.

Some tickets will be kept in reserve at the event site for people who decide to come at the last moment or they can be purchased in advance from Stonefield Garden Centre, or by calling 519 482-3020, or ordering through The cost is $7 for anyone older than 5 years of age.

The parking will now be in the field in front of the shed where the breakfast will be served. Guides will be on site to direct drivers where to park.

The event will be a learning experience as well as a nourishing one. Behind that dairy barn door each cow gives an average of 30 Litres of milk a day. In return they receive 11 Kilograms of hay, 16 Kilograms of silage and grain, 2 Kilograms of protein supplement, minerals and salt, as well as 80 to 180 Litres of water a day. Samples of the supplements will be on display. Only the milk truck that will be on display can dwarf the size of the milk tank in the barn that stores the milk supplied by the herd.

There will be many display booths set up from commodity groups, agricultural boards, and producers of our local food. There will be a bouncy cow for the children to play in and papers and booklets for them to color and read later. Parents can pick up a sign that can be placed at their gate saying, “Children at Play”.

July 2 is an opportunity to celebrate our rural community by learning about the dairy industry in the most productive county in Ontario, eating a hearty breakfast, and meeting neighbors and friends at Breakfast on the Farm.

photographer making waves to present at photo club event 

This past year, Sandford has ventured below the surface of the Indian Ocean for the thrill of a lifetime; cage diving to shoot Great White sharks. (Photos by Dave Sandford)

Photographer Dave Sanford will be making a presentation in the village due to the efforts of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) on July 7.

This special evening will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall with Sandford’s presentation starting at 7 p.m. Admission is by cash donation to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

According to Jack Pal of the PCoB, “His photography is nothing short of breath taking and the Photography Club of Bayfield is excited to be bringing him here for the general public to see.”

Pal added that Sanford would be showing some of his amazing water photographs and sharing some of the tricks that go into capturing these spectacular storm waves and the underwater shark photos.

Over the past two years, Sandford's nature photography has taken him into the frigid waters of Lake Erie where he tackled the challenge of “the Gales of November”.  

“The accompanying photos just give you a small sample of what will be in store for you when you attend this event,” Pal said. “You will not want to miss this amazing presentation. His work has been featured all over the world and his photos are in high demand. Please share this invitation with all your photographer friends.”

Go to for a better look at his work.

According to organizers, opportunities to see Sandford in person are hard to come by and Bayfield is lucky to have him visit.

Cameron Laurie performs in "My Beautiful Sons" at Blyth 

Cameron Laurie

Huron County native, Cameron Laurie has been acting for as long as he can remember.

From his youngest years he would be recruited and assigned a role by his elder siblings for their basement drama productions for friends and relatives. His talents bloomed early in Sunday School and at public school concerts. And from a very young age he participated in the Blyth Festival sponsored summer theatre camps. Laurie also credits his drama teacher, Mr. Oliver, at Central Huron Secondary School, who found roles that would challenge him in his high school years and win him accolades in Sears Drama Festivals.

For two seasons as a young teen Laurie acted in vignettes for the “Outdoor Donnellys” at Blyth. For the next few years he also performed in the intensive Blyth Festival Young Company productions - where he first came into contact with current director Gil Garratt. He even worked box office and acted as House Manager for a couple of seasons at the theatre. And now he is once again returning to his roots and taking on his second role at the Blyth Festival – playing the role of Brendan Dinning in “My Beautiful Sons”.

Laurie is a product of the collaborative Theatre and Drama program at the University of Toronto (U of T) and Sheridan College. Currently based in Toronto, he has participated in many plays on the Toronto theatre scene including, “52 Pick Up” at the Toronto Fringe, “Genesis And Other Stories” for Aim for the Tangent Theatre, Performing Occupy Toronto, and various Shakespearean roles for the Rose Theatre in Brampton and Hart House Theatre in Toronto. He especially enjoyed being able to keep his fight choreography skills sharpened in the latter. Laurie also performed the role of Oliver Cabana in the St. Joseph Historical Society award-winning play, “Narcisse”.

Cameron Laurie (right) was able to meet Brendan Dinning, another Huron County native, after having played him on stage. Playing the role of real living individuals is a humbling experience and Laurie tries to do justice to the character of Brendan. He considered meeting him in person to be an honor.

Laurie is a member of the Howland Company that this year was a sponsored company with CanStage. The Howland Company recently worked with U of T professor Holger Symes’ English translation of “Casimir and Caroline”. The company took this German play originally set in the 1920s through workshop, adaptation and performance. Play development is something that interests Laurie who worked with Garratt, Paul Thompson and several others over the winter to put together a story of The Fighting 161st, to be produced in the fall. His first role at the Blyth Festival was in “Falling Awake”, where he performed with Catherine Fitch and Tony Munsch. He is pleased to be acting alongside them once again in “My Beautiful Sons”.

Laurie is also a singer songwriter with the band “Stuck Out Here” which features local names such as Patrick Armstrong, Ivan Raczycki, and Emmett O’Reilly. The band has toured all over eastern Canada and as far away as New York City and still comes home to perform from time to time in its old Bayfield stomping grounds.

On opening night Laurie was able to meet Brendan Dinning, another Huron County native, after having played him on stage. Dinning had flown in from his base at Yellowknife, where he is a military police officer. Playing the role of real living individuals is a humbling experience and Laurie tries to do justice to the character of Brendan. He considered meeting him in person to be an honor.

“My Beautiful Sons” plays until Aug. 5 at the Blyth Festival.

Preparations underway for 69th pioneer park Rummage Sale 

Friday, July 8 is the date for the 69th Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, perhaps one of the longest running sales of its kind in North America!

The funds collected from the Rummage Sale will be used for the ongoing needs and upgrades to the many park projects. Once again this event will be held at the Bayfield Arena from 7-9 p.m. with the “outside” sale beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Donations of both large and small items are being accepted. But please note that clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses or soiled or broken items will not be accepted. All baby items as well as electrical and sports equipment must be CSA approved.

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers, high school students encouraged as well, to sort donations, if interested contact Jennifer Allan at 519 565-2711. An hour of your time will make a huge difference to our park. Or call Pattie MacDonald at 519 565-2712 if you have any questions or wish to volunteer at the sale. Just one hour of time donated will make a huge difference to the park.
Organizers would like to remind their table conveners that they should be calling their volunteers now in preparation for the sale. New volunteers are always welcome as there are always spots to fill. Both old and new volunteers are invited to come to the arena on the Thursday prior to the sale at 10 a.m. to start organizing!

Pat and Ron Reder, owners of Bayfield Marine Services, have once again very generously donated storage space in their boat storage Quonset huts on Highway 21 (76614 Bluewater Hwy north of Bayfield on the right hand side) to store items prior to the sale. It will be open to accept drop offs on: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Anyone who wishes to volunteer at the Quonset Huts on Wednesdays or Saturdays is also encouraged to call.

Anyone who has items to donate can also drop them off at the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who requires a pick-up of items, this will happen on the Thursday or Friday only, can call Pattie MacDonald at the number listed above

For all other inquiries people may call Rummage Sale Convener Jennifer Allan at 519 441-1649 or email her at

Pioneer Park is a privately owned, public park. The association depends on the help of the very generous residents of Bayfield, permanent residents and summer cottagers alike, to keep this very special park functioning. All are invited to become a member of this unique organization by purchasing a membership.


Julian Bayley, representing the Bluewater Area Family Health Team Fundraising Committee with Collin and Bill Haskett of Haskett Funeral Homes at the site of the new BAFHT facility in Zurich after handing over a significant donation to the expansion project. Construction is moving forward quickly and is running ahead of schedule. (Submitted photo)



St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.

The cost is $15 for adults in advance or $16 at the door and $6 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin or Nancy at 519 565-4018.

Harbour Hill

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they consider downsizing. The question is what to do with all that stuff?

Pauline Hoffman, professional organizer from “Just In Time Solutions”, plans to answer that question for those who attend her presentation on downsizing and organizing at an event to be held June 29 at the Harbour Hill Retirement Community in Goderich, 104 Suncoast Dr. E.

The event is free but reservations are recommended by calling 519 440-0110.

one care 

Looking to get more healthy and fit over the summer? One Care offers a great selection of adult fitness classes most mornings in the Bayfield Community Centre. Drop-ins are welcome.

Special Note: No classes will be held on Canada Day, July 1. But do stay fit by coming to a special pole walk at 9 a.m. Meet at 6 Main Street; poles are available and instruction provided if needed. If you’re feeling festive, wear red and white to honor the day.

All classes will resume on July 4. Going forward, Total Body Fit 2 now includes a class on Friday mornings. Here’s a summary of classes available, all held in the community centre:

Early Risers, 1-hour class starts at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday and Friday. It is nice to get your workout done early in the day. Men are especially welcome at this class.

Total Body Fit 1, 75-min class starts at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. A complete workout includes cardio, muscle strengthening, balance and stretching.

Total Body Fit 2, 1-hour class starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday (new). A complete workout but geared to people who are looking for lighter cardio, are new to exercise classes or have special health issues. This is also a good transition for people coming back from an injury.

For more information, check us out on Facebook, Bayfield W2W; fitness and leisure, or email More information on pole walking can be found on Facebook at Bayfield Urban Poling.

Firemen’s Breakfast

The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 9 to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.

And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $8; and children, $5. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.

ashwood untapped 

Kendall Jardin

The Ashwood Bourbon Bar is now hosting a fun summer series affectionately called, “Ashwood Untapped”. The second performer on the docket is Kendall Jardin, of Belgrave.

The free afternoon concerts being held on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. will feature artists who are relatively undiscovered.

“We are giving them the stage to get some experience and help expose their talent to a broader audience. We have eight Sunday's filled already with some amazingly talented young artists,” said Kirsten Harrett, owner of The Ashwood Inn.

Jardin is 16 years old. She began performing at the age of nine at a school talent show. This positive experience encouraged her to pursue music as a hobby. She joined Studio C at the age of 10 to learn keyboard, guitar and voice.

She has opened major local events such as Music in the Fields and The Dungannon Tractor Pull singing the national anthem. She has also performed at several local musical venues, not unlike The Ashwood, when not working at any one of her three part time jobs.

Jardin hopes to pursue a career as a paramedic when she completes high school.

"Ashwood Untapped" is presented by LP productions, Studio C and The Ashwood.


The Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club (SOTC) hopes to have more than 100 Thunderbirds park in the shade of Clan Gregor Square during their 20th annual car show in Bayfield on July 10.

All Thunderbird enthusiasts are welcome to this largest single gathering of the SOTC for the year. Participants don’t have to be SOTC members; anyone with a T-Bird can come into the park.

There will be music, door prizes, food and great fun for Thunderbird lovers both old and young. The event begins at 9 a.m. and participants are encouraged to come early to get a nice shady spot under the trees and near the gazebo. The day will conclude about 4 p.m.

One of a Kind Show

A variety of beautifully handmade products will be featured at the upcoming One of Kind Show at the town hall. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Visiting Vettefest on July 9? Be sure to walk across the street to the Bayfield Town Hall, where a host of vendors will be displaying and selling their wares on the grounds at the hall for the third annual One of a Kind Show.

Even if you don’t attend Vettefest, this show is something you shouldn’t miss. It allows you to visit with local artisans as they showcase a variety of beautifully handmade products, including scarves, fashion, rugs, cushions, paintings, pottery, jewelery, paintings, woodworking and much more.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free but donations to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would be welcome.

Lemonade on the Lawn 

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will, once again, be celebrating summer with Lemonade on the Lawn each Sunday following their 11 a.m. church service during the month of July. The congregation welcomes all to join them
for a time of conversation and sunshine!

Knox Church is located at 2 Main Street North.

And, looking ahead, all are encouraged to mark their calendars for Knox’s Annual Fish Fry to be held on July 30. They are hoping to set records this year so watch for more details coming soon.

historical society 

In case you missed it the first time around, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is pleased to announce more copies of “Reflections of Bayfield Images Across the Decades” by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert have been published.

This coffee table book captures the special spirit of Bayfield through paintings, poems, posters, stories and folk art created over the past 120 years.

A summer book-signing event by the authors will be held at the Bayfield Historical Society Heritage Centre and Archives on Main Street North on July 2 from 2-4 p.m.


The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will play host to two award wining singer-songwriters on the evening of July 9 as Ken Yates and opening act Deni Gauthier take to the stage.

This evening of music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ken Yates, of Toronto, received the 2014 Colleen Peterson Award from The Ontario Arts Council for his song “The One That Got Away”. Born and Raised in London, ON, he moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first album, “The Backseat EP”.

Yates’ songwriting ability started getting noticed right away, including attention from John Mayer, who posted a full page Blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”.

In 2013 he released his first full-length album “twenty-three” with US record label Mishara Music.

Deni Gauthier is known for his lush but understated songwriting and singing style. He makes effective use of his looping station, as well as ambient guitar noises that add texture to his often, haunting melodies. Like his other CDs, his most recent, “Passenger” is an ode to beauty and restraint, with insightful lyrics drawn from real experience. It was self-produced in Gauthier’s St. Thomas, ON studio.

Gauthier’s previous full-length CDs include: “Quiet Town” (2014), “i (am) hope” (2012), and “Man About Town” (2011). 

Before the concert, those who attend can check out both performers on You Tube, and then come out to see them live at the Town Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Mark Edmunds at 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830, or through Ticketscene. The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this special concert.

Backpacks for Kids 

Once again The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre will sponsor The Back Pack for Kids Program. Registration for families has begun.

In Bayfield, the registration forms can be picked up at the Bayfield Public Library and returned by July 20. After July 20th interested families can contact Debra Morrison, of the Wingham Salvation Army, at 519 357-1387 or Shannon Daniels, of the Goderich Salvation Army, at 519 524-2950. These women are the coordinators of the program for the 2016-17 school year.

The backpacks will be distributed during the last week of August. Anyone who has questions is asked to please contact Rev. Wayne Malott, of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) at 519 565-2790.

Mews Open House 

The Bayfield Mews, +55 Lifestyle Community, is a non-profit community project operated by volunteers that is now in its final phase of development (Phase 2).

The Mews homeowners are pleased to open their doors to welcome visitors to view four of their beautiful town homes on July 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a hot dog barbecue and refreshments served. The Mews homeowners are pleased to announce that they only have seven lots left in Phase 2.

Volunteers also operate an Open House every Saturday and Sunday and Holidays from 1-3 p.m. Several of the homeowners are willing to show off their own homes every weekend to give our visitors an idea of the different home styles.

The Bayfield Mews is located just south of Bayfield at Paul Bunyan Road.


The Bluewater Blooms Committee is offering the chance to sponsor a flower planter on your community’s Main Street.

In past years, flowers were watered until Labour Day and removed from the street before the end of September. This year the Committee has planned to extend the watering schedule all the way to Thanksgiving and needs financial support to cover the additional watering and maintenance schedule. A donation of $75 covers all the extra costs and will be recognized by acknowledgement on the planter.

To sponsor a planter in the Communities in Bloom (CIB) Street Planter Sponsorship program, please contact Nellie Evans at the Municipality of Bluewater, 519 236-4351 Ext 236 or Jim Fergusson. Please provide the words you wish to place on the sign (up to three lines) and the location of planter to sponsor (ie. Bayfield Main Street in front of…). There are planters to sponsor in Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich.

Sponsorship is $75 per planter for one season. A receipt is issued. Cash, cheque or debit (payable to Municipality of Bluewater)

CIB judges love the planters because they provide continuity of appearance in Bluewater’s villages as they are planted with flowers of the same colors. They provide floral decoration that shows pride in the community. The judges will visit on August 10 and 11.

In Memoriam

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a life long resident of Bayfield has died.

Madelon McIlwain died at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich on June 19 in her 84th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late William George McIlwain and loving mother and grandmother to Joyce, Don, Peg, BJ, and Jeff McIlwain.

A memorial service was held at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield on June 27 followed by an internment of ashes at Maitland Cemetery in Goderich.

As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to St. Andrews United Church, P.O. Box 202 Bayfield, Ontario N0M 1G0 would be greatly appreciated.

Messages of condolence for the McIlwain family may be forwarded to Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Falconer Funeral Homes Bluewater Chapel.






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, we feature a well-known husband and wife as they looked in 1985. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 17B)

 PB12 17B Remember Me 365

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



PB12 15 Remember Me 363 

In Issue 363, we feature an image that was taken by London Free Press photographer Ed Heal in 1985 of a prominent Bayfield merchant. Does anyone recognize him? (Archives Code: PB12 15)

Sue Gammage wrote in to say, “That is a lovely photo of my father, Bill Gammage, after a hard day of work at his store in Bayfield. Thank you for putting that image up, it brought back a lot of happy memories and I do remember the day that photo was taken.”


PB12 16a Bayfield Village Council 1987

In Issue 364, we highlight a time before amalgamation when the village had its own council and staff. These were the members of the Bayfield Village Council in 1987. Does anyone recognize those pictured? (Archives Code: PB12 16a)

A couple of people wrote in to say they recognized Helen Owen seated far right. The editor was able to identify the others. BR l-r: Steven Telford, John Graham, Jim Quick, Cliff Freeman and Pat Graham. FR l-r: Patricia Carrier and Dave Johnston Sr.





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Volunteer Shelagh Sully stands with her rake as she helps to plant native plants and add mulch to one of the two new rain gardens in Bayfield. The new rain gardens will help to filter water running off of streets and other surfaces. In the background of the photo are fellow volunteers Garnet McBride, Jo Thorsley and Sandy Scotchmer.

With Lake Huron shown nearby in the background of the photo, Jo Thorsley digs into the soil with a spade as she and other volunteers helped to plant 300 native plants in two new rain gardens in Bayfield. When storm events happen and water runs off of streets, roofs, and driveways, rain gardens can help to capture some of that storm water runoff and help to filter some of the contaminants from that water running off of surfaces.  

Shelagh Sully, Jo Thorsley and Ray Letheren were among the community volunteers who helped on June 21 to plant 300 native plants and create two rain gardens in Bayfield to protect local water and Lake Huron. The deep roots of the native plants, planted into the shallow and sunken rain gardens, help to filter some of the fertilizer or other pollutants that could run off of streets, driveways and other surfaces when storm events happen.  

Volunteers Catherine Tillman and Garnet McBride, shown with Lake Huron in the background, were among the community volunteers who helped to plant two new rain gardens in Bayfield on June 21. When water runs off of roofs, driveways, and streets during storms in the village the soil and deep roots of the native plants in these shallow, sunken gardens can help to capture and filter some of the contaminants in that storm water runoff.

About 15 community volunteers, along with dozens of students from Huron Centennial School, helped to plant two new rain gardens in Bayfield on June 21. Shown during the work bee were Garnet McBride, Kelly Vader, of BM Ross and Associates Ltd.; Margaret McBride, Ray Letheren, Jo Thorsley, Shelagh Sully, Sandy Scotchmer and Catherine Tillman.


About 50 students from Huron Centennial Public School in Brucefield and 15 community volunteers from the Bayfield area planted 300 plants at two rain gardens at Pioneer Park in Bayfield on June 21.

They did this to help protect local water in the village along Lake Huron’s shores. The installation of the rain gardens is just one-way watershed residents continue to implement the community-based Main Bayfield Watershed Plan.

One of the new rain gardens is at the corner of Tuyll and Colina streets. The other rain garden is at the end of Colina Street.

Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens. They are designed to capture water running off of roofs, driveways, and roads during storms. When you plant a rain garden, you may use a variety of native flowers, grasses and shrubs. Native plants are plants that occur naturally in a region. That makes them better suited to local growing conditions. It is the deep roots of these native plants, along with the soil of the rain garden, that help to filter oil, fertilizer and other pollutants from storm water runoff.

“As storm water travels towards the lake, it can pick up dirt, oil, fertilizer and bacteria,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Hope Brock. “By slowing storm water down, and capturing it in the gardens, we allow the plants and the soil to filter out sediment and pollutants before they reach the lake. The more we can hold back the water upstream, the less erosion happens downstream.”

The gardens are a demonstration project. The Pioneer Park Association, the Municipality of Bluewater, Huron County Health Unit, ABCA and community volunteers are working together on the project. The Province of Ontario provided funding for the gardens with a grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

The project partners plan to install signs at the gardens. These signs are to inform Bayfield residents and visitors about how rain gardens work and their benefits.

“I hope people will enjoy these gardens and be inspired to create one on their own property,” said Brock. “These types of gardens play an important role in protecting water quality. They also provide habitat and add beauty to our local landscape.”

To find out more about rain gardens, visit this web page:





PIXILATED — image of the week


Afterglow By Jane Seifried

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


Last year about this time I wrote a story about the Gardens of Huron Perth tour featuring ones within a few minutes drive of Bayfield. The literature on one of the gardens not featured due to distance peaked my interest, however, and I thought I’d like to visit it sometime. Well, last summer got away on me so I made sure I’d see it this year – we went last week.

Riverbend Garden and Nursery is located near Wroxeter and what, pray tell, intrigued me so? They advertise they have more than 1,000 varieties of Hostas. They have lots of other beautiful plants too, including, Daylilies, Lilies and Peonies but the Hostas are what intrigued me the most.

A good friend and former co-worker of mine gave me a few of her splits a few years ago when I started transitioning our hotel gardens from annual to perennials. A few of them really took off and I was inspired – every year I’d buy a new variety to add to the beds. And then we moved. Undaunted I dug up a few of my favorites and they moved with us.

And now that we have a number of flowerbeds to fill and revitalize I have let my passion for Hostas free so a trip to the Riverbend was tremendously exciting. The owners have them all displayed and labeled in their vast gardens so you can walk through at your leisure and write the names of the ones that you are interested in purchasing down on a provided clipboard. At this time of year splits of some of the more rare varieties have been scooped up but you can call and reserve your favorites in the spring. Believe me, however, when I say there are still plenty of choices. In fact the sold out factor just helps you narrow things down easier.

I purchased Rootin’ Tootin’, Night Before Christmas, Cookie Crumbs and was given Patriots Fire as a free gift with purchase. This adds to my slowly growing collection that includes: Victory, Humpback Whale, Fragrant Blue, T-Rex, Big Daddy, Blue Mouse Ears and Gold Standard plus those ones I got from my friend that started it Sadly I don’t know what they are called besides amazing!

I enjoyed my visit to the Riverbend so much that I’m going back with friends this morning. I am sure there are a couple of spaces in the garden for a few more of these delightful plants. No intervention required folks – it’s a natural addiction! – Melody



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