Bookmark and Share   Jan. 10, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 2 Issue 445

bayfield contributes $25,000 to huron residential hospice

Huron Residential Hospice Dec 2017 5The Bayfield volunteers who have stepped up to do fundraising, have identified funding the “Bayfield Children’s Room” where visiting children can get away from grieving adults. A place away from the resident’s room, a sanctuary. To sponsor a room, the cost has been established at $100,000. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Since the new Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) was acquired in August of 2017 many Bayfield residents have contributed generously to help ensure that the desperately needed facility will have the resources to open in March. Villagers have recognized that most of us will someday be touched by the hospice, either because of a family member or friend.

Local fundraising events such as the butterfly release in Pioneer Park, the Ashwood Inn’s “Witches Walk”, the Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” production at St. Andrews United Church, Jane MacLaren’s sale of costume jewellery, and especially, the incredibly successful, ‘Coffee Tree’ parties at homes throughout the village, have to date, raised almost $25,000 in Bayfield alone.

These Bayfield events, along with initiatives by community leaders throughout the county, are steadily building the financial resources that will ensure the future of this critical palliative care support. In the few short months since the HRH campaign has been active, over $500,000 has been raised from Huron County donors.

The Huron County Planning Department estimates that between 500 and 600 residents die each year. The county has one of the oldest populations in Ontario, yet Huron has no residential hospices. Now, because of a timely real estate opportunity, community support and new government funding policies, Huron County will have one of the finest Ministry of Health supported, four bed facilities in the province, at a fraction of what it would cost to build new. The 12 acres of land, in a beautiful rural setting, ensures that it is scalable and expandable for the foreseeable future. The HRH is located on Hwy 8, between Holmesville and Clinton, in the centre ofHuron County.

The four-bed facility will be able to accommodate between 50 and 60 residents each year (the average stay in a residential Hospice is about 20 days). With visiting family members and friends, the HRH will support at least 500 people each year. The Hwy 8 property is extraordinary because a Hospice has to have the capacity for separate spaces to accommodate grieving family and friends, parking, kitchen facilities, ongoing laundry, administration, and pharmaceutical security. Throughout North America, the projected costs to build a new Hospice usually exceed $1 million per bed and the HRH is projected to cost about $400,000 per bed.

The Bayfield volunteers who have stepped up to do fundraising, have identified funding the “Bayfield Children’s Room” where visiting children can get away from grieving adults. A place away from the resident’s room, a sanctuary. To sponsor a room, the cost has been established at $100,000.

Volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and the Maitland Trail Association are also working together to create the “Tranquility Trail” on the property behind the Hospice. This will give visitors a place to go to get some fresh air and to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the property when they are not sitting with the resident.
The Ministry of Health’s hospice policy is based on the regional support of communities and their local leaders. Residents of the Huron Hospice will not have to pay for this special care.

The next Bayfield fundraising event will be “Beat Those Winter Blues: a Benefit Dinner” at Renegades Diner on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and again on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Dinner will be served between 5-8 p.m. on either day and you can make reservations with Renegades for a seating time. The menu will consist of either a salad or soup, chicken cordon bleu (Jan. 23) or a French cut pork chop for the (Jan. 31), followed by a choice of delicious dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available.

Buy your tickets at Renegades Diner between Jan. 12-21. The price per person is $50 in advance or $55 at the door, either cash or cheque payable to Huron Residential Hospice. As an extra bonus, each ticket holder will receive a gift certificate from Renegades as well.

If any Bayfield Breeze readers wish to help make this new HRH a success by helping in any way, please contact: Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884

films announced for annual Soup and a Movie at Trinity  


“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!

The congregation of Trinity Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.

This year’s movie schedule is: Dunkirk, Feb. 20; Lion, Feb. 27; Gifted, March 6; La La Land, March 13; and Imitation Game, March 20.

Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. 





Arthur-Ische retires from village fitness team 

_MG_4512Nancy Arthur-Ische, one of the original members of the Bayfield One Care Fitness Instructor Team, has decided to retire from her permanent spot on the local fitness schedule. She was recently thanked by fellow instructor Pat Lewington (right). (Photos by Jack Pal)  

_MG_4520Nancy Arthur-Ische was presented with “The Boot” decorated with the phrase “Get Up”, to remind her of her eight years as a fitness and pole walking instructor.

Nancy Arthur-Ische, one of the original members of the Bayfield One Care Fitness Instructor Team, has decided to retire from her permanent spot on the local fitness schedule.

She was recently presented with “The Boot” decorated with the phrase “Get Up”, to remind her of her eight years as a fitness and pole walking instructor.

It was Arthur-Ische who suggested a few years ago that the group put “Get Up Bayfield” on their exercise shirts and pole walking shirts.

According to those involved in the One Care programs, Arthur-Ische is a great example of a senior leading a healthy and vigorous life. She has been an inspiration to many Bayfield and area residents.

_MG_4526 A representative of One Care was also present at the Bayfield Community Centre to pass along her thanks to Nancy Arthur-Ishe for her years of dedication to village fitness.


life at the rink

People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Zurich Avalanche tonight (Jan. 10) at 8:30 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Tomorrow night (Jan. 11) it is time for some over 50 hockey as the Exeter 50+ visit Bayfield at 8 p.m. to take on their rivals, the Bayfield 50+ hockey team.

Newlywed Game 


Feeling snowbound and sick of winter? Wish you were one of the lucky people heading out on a warm Caribbean cruise? Well, come out to the Bayfield Town Hall on the evening of Friday, Jan. 26, when a traditional cruise activity comes to Bayfield.

Members of the audience will be able to escape their winter blues by participating in the Newlywed Game (where being a newlywed is not required), and the ever-popular Battle of the Sexes.

Your host for the evening is Christopher Boyd, who conducted these games many times in his role as entertainment director on Royal Caribbean cruises. Paul Hill will assist, our inveterate director of Bayfield’s upcoming Cabaret.

Tickets are $15 and those who attend will also be able to enjoy a cash bar. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Call Sandy at 519 565-2830 for tickets.

Historical society

Tickets are now on sale for the Bayfield Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting. It will take place on Monday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. A hot lunch will be served, followed by the meeting and guest speaker.

The current The Little Inn of Bayfield building was built in the 1840s which means it has been operating for about 177 years. During that time, three individuals, still living in Bayfield, are from families that owned The Little Inn for a combined period of 55 years. Gayle Waters, Ruth Brown and Gayle Detenbech whose presentation is called “Voices From The Little Inn” will use an informal armchair discussion to share stories about owning this historic inn.

Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained from any board member or by calling Doug at 519 565-5187 or Jim at 519 565-2328.


As the area seems to be experiencing a good old fashioned winter it has been decided that the congregations of Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield and their sister church, St. James’, Middleton will be holding joint services through the winter months at Trinity.

The new hours are Sundays: Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Eucharist Book of Alterative Services (BAS), 10 a.m. There will be a special BAS Morning Prayer service on the third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.

The Wednesday morning Holy Communion Service at Trinity at 10:30 a.m. continues as usual.


The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring. CHAP is a free service providing a reliable screen and follow up through a program based out of McMaster University. To learn more visit -

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician if they are participating in the program.

The sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon, on the first Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. (Please note date and time change.) First visits require an onsite registration.

Contact One Care for more information at 1-877-502-8277.


One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocation (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 13.

The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2018. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail.

Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and hotdogs. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.

Artist Guild 

IMG_9754Artist: Lore Keller - Title: Circle Vase - Medium: Pottery, one foot tall approx.  

Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) will be brightening dull winter days with their colorful art in a display at the Bayfield Public Library from now until Feb. 7.

Both paintings and pottery in a variety of styles ranging from realistic to abstract will make up the exhibit. There may even be some stained glass on display. The library window allows welcome light and viewing form the sidewalk so participants are embracing this great opportunity to share locally created art with the community.

BAG was formed in 2016 and welcomes creative people to join from those with no artistic experience to professional artists. They gather together every other Friday. To learn more contact them on Facebook at Bayfield Artist Guild.

The Ross Firm

The Ross Firm in Goderich has been highlighted in an article that is currently appearing in The Canadian Lawyer magazine, a national legal publication. The focus of the story is on changing law firm architecture and how office space is now being designed.

The Ross Firm is literally thinking outside the box and demonstrating to larger firms outside of rural Canada how a new approach can work.

The section of the story featuring the firm can be found near the end of the article. To read all about it please visit:  



public asked to review source protection plans at open house

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (ABMVSPR) has posted a notice of proposed amendments to assessment reports and source protection plans for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas. The local source protection authority is proposing the amendments to reflect recent changes in six area well systems: Benmiller, Blyth, Dungannon, Molesworth, Ripley, and Varna. A revision to two policies is also proposed. The source protection authority issued the notice on Jan. 3.

People can review and inspect the changes and provide written comments to the source protection authority until Feb. 8. You are invited to review the proposed amendments and the new mapping on the Internet at

“As local municipalities add wells, or decommission wells, there is a need to reflect these changes in the assessment reports, wellhead protection area mapping, and source protection plans,” said Geoffrey Cade, Program supervisor with the ABMVSPR. “When wells are added, this may result in some additional properties being included in source protection planning policies.”

The Program Supervisor said that, in cases where municipal wells are no longer in place, some properties might be removed from previously mapped wellhead protection areas.

“In those cases, source protection planning policies would no longer be in effect for those properties,” he said.

Interested people may attend public open houses to ask questions at the following locations:

* Blyth: Monday, Jan. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m., Blyth and District Community Centre, 377 Gypsy Lane
* Varna: Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4-7 p.m., at the Stanley Complex, 38594 Mill Road

You are invited to review and inspect the proposed amendments in person at the source protection authority offices during regular business hours at the following locations: Maitland Conservation, 1093 Marietta Street, Wroxeter, 519 335-3557; or Ausable Bayfield Conservation, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, 519 235-2610.

If you would like to submit written comments about the proposed amendments and policy changes, you may submit those comments, by Feb. 8 to Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Authority, on behalf of Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON, N0M 1S5. You are also invited to email your written comments to:

To find out more about wellhead protection areas, activities that may be considered a possible significant threat to drinking water, and source protection plan policies and mapping, visit and

always room for planting trees on farmland 


No room for trees? Think again. A local conservation authority is suggesting four areas where you might consider planting trees.

When discussing tree planting with farmers, stewardship staff sometimes hear the response that “I don’t have any room left for trees on my farm.” Faced with this challenge, during the newly launched spring tree order program for 2018, staff of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are proposing four areas where trees can be planted on a farm with minimal if any loss of farmland:

1. Along rivers and municipal drains. Trees can be planted along both sides of natural watercourses where land isn’t great for crop production. With the transition from pastures to cash crops, these valleylands are better suited for trees than investing crop inputs for mediocre yields. Trees can be planted on one side of municipal drains with the other side left open for future maintenance. Trees can be selected with roots that won’t plug tiles. Trees along watercourses have a secondary benefit of wind erosion control.

2. Farmsteads. Trees around feedlots provide shade in the summer and reduce wind chill in the winter. This makes the temperatures more comfortable for livestock and people. Cattle that spend less energy keeping warm have better weight gain. Trees around houses reduce energy costs and reduce grass-cutting costs.

3. Property lines. In the past, ‘good fences made good neighbors’ but more and more often windbreaks delineate property boundaries. The trees also reduce wind erosion across fields. Studies show an increase in crop yields greater than the loss of a few rows of crops. A row of trees planted across a slope reduces water erosion as well.

4. Squaring up a field. With larger equipment, including sprayers, it’s more difficult to get into those irregular, small corners of fields. More people are squaring up fields by planting trees instead of clearing trees.

ABCA has launched its Spring Tree Order program for 2018. The local conservation authority has announced the spring tree order form is now online at ABCA receives mail-in orders until Jan. 31, 2018. Orders are taken accompanied by payment until Feb. 28. Contact Ian Jean at ABCA at to find out more or call toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Landowners plant tens of thousands of trees through the spring and autumn tree order programs but the spring program is the largest of the two, said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist with ABCA. “We have spring and fall tree order programs but spring is by far the bigger season.”

Copies of the tree order form can be found and printed from or they are available at the office at 71108 Morrison Line, just east of Exeter and south of Highway 83.

Trees do take up some space but the benefits for crops, livestock and people can outweigh the space lost, according to stewardship staff.

The outlook for funding to help with the costs of trees is also bright for this spring. Farmers can receive grants from a number of sources, to cover the costs of tree stock and planting.

ABCA sells more than 50,000 trees each year to more than 200 landowners. People in Ausable Bayfield watersheds buy trees for conservation projects such as windbreaks, watercourse buffers, reforestation of erosion-prone slopes, or tree planting on marginal agricultural lands. Trees and windbreaks provide a variety of benefits.

“Planting trees for windbreaks reduces soil erosion, wind stress on field crops, and benefits livestock as well,” said Jean. “Windbreaks can keep drifting snow away from homes and farms, reduce winter heating costs and summer cooling costs, keep spray application from leaving the field, reduce soil erosion, protect livestock from extremes of heat and cold, and more.”

Trees along watercourses improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat and travel corridors. Other potential benefits include marking property boundaries and yield increases.

Ontario studies have shown increases in yields for field crops buffered by windbreaks. Research in Southwestern Ontario indicates corn yields at least six per cent higher in areas sheltered by windbreaks and soybean yields about 25 per cent higher in sheltered areas compared to open areas. Area farmers were quoted in an Ontario brochure speaking to the noticeable advantages they saw in windbreaks. Those advantages included earlier germination of crops, earlier warming of soils, and increased yields extending about 10 feet into the field for every foot of tree height. A stateside study in Nebraska indicated hay yields as 20 per cent higher in sheltered areas than open areas.

Food Bank Distribution Centre recipient of monetary gifts 

2017 - Exeter Chrysler The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre wishes to extend a thank you to Exeter Chrysler for their generous donation of $5,000. Stephen Clarke and Michael Clarke, from Exeter Chrysler, presented the cheque recently to Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the centre. The Huron County Dairy Producers and the Huron County Paramedic Union Local 4513 were also recent donors to the centre. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) was the benefactor of community generosity over the holiday season receiving donations from three groups totaling $8,000.

The Huron County Dairy Producers generously donated $1,000 to the HCFBDC. Their representative Tony VanHittersum recently met with Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of HCFBDC. She noted that the support from the agricultural community is vital to the organization.

The Huron County Paramedic Union Local 4513 donated $3,000 to the food bank. The HCFBDC is indebted to them for their gift and thanks the paramedics for the care that they provide to all residents of Huron County.

Exeter Chrysler also provided the HCFBDC with a donation of $5,000 for which the food bank is very thankful.

These monetary donations will help assist the HCFBDC support the county food banks throughout the winter months.  


Mathers' Legacy

Ila and Arnold Mathers Ila and Arnold Mathers (Submitted photo)

Ila and Arnold Mathers recently established the Mathers’ Family Legacy within the South Huron Community Fund (SHCF) to create a yearly grant benefitting the Blyth Festival Theatre that will continue well beyond their lifetime.

The Mathers have been regular theatre patrons since the inception of the Blyth Theatre and have attended over 150 plays. Ila was a Blyth Theatre Board member for six years and the couple has volunteered as ushers at the theatre and helped at the yearly book sale. They also donated seats when the theatre was refurbished.

Suzannne Mathers, their daughter and financial advisor at Raymond James, suggested their participation in the SHCF and made the arrangements to set up the Mathers’ Family Legacy.

“The South Huron Community Fund helps donors support the projects and charities that they are passionate about,” said Tom Prout, chair. “Establishing a family legacy with our organization is easy and can be set up to benefit a specific charitable cause or the general fund supporting priorities in our community.”

Whether the priorities relate to the arts or the environment, to youth or the elderly, the SHCF is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of the region. Funds raised create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants for local charitable organizations. A committee of community volunteers is expected to issue the fund’s first series of grants in the fall of 2018.

Due to their experience, commitment to projects in South Huron and for administration efficiency, the SHCF operates as part of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, which is a registered charity that can issue tax-deductible receipts to donors. Grant applications are available on the Grand Bend Community Foundation website at To learn more find them on Facebook at “SouthHuronCommunityFund”.

Economic Development

Not Just Another Job Fair WEB 

The Huron County Economic Development Department is taking action to attract job seekers to this area. In partnership with local employers, the county is planning to host a special event in London, ON called “Not Just Another Job Fair”. This event will market working in Huron County while offering participants professional development opportunities.

“In conversations with local employers, the one comment we keep hearing is that workers are needed to meet the growing demand for products manufactured and services offered in Huron County,” said Kristin Crane, Immigration liaison. “Based on this input, our team is working to draw attention to the opportunities to work and live here.”

The event will take place at The Thames Valley District School Board Education Centre (1250 Dundas Street), on Saturday, Jan. 27 and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Employer representatives will be onsite throughout the day conducting interviews with applicants.

“We have more than a dozen employers hiring for over one hundred jobs that range from entry level manufacturing to higher-skilled positions in the health care sector,” added Crane. “Whether it’s a new job or a new career path, everyone who participates in this event has the opportunity to develop professionally.”

More information about local employment and lifestyle opportunities, “Not Just Another Job Fair” and how to pre-register for the event can be found at, or emailing, or calling 519 441-2706.

Would You Rather Contest 

Registration is open for Leave the Pack Behind’s annual wouldurather…contest. This year there are more than $10,000 worth of prizes to be won by Ontario young adults who join the six-week contest.

“We know that more young adults use tobacco than any other age group in Ontario,” said Huron County Health Unit Public Health Promoter Jacquie Uprichard. “This contest is specifically designed to help young adults quit or cut back and provide them the supports they may need to do so.”

In Ontario, 19.4 per cent of young adults between the ages of 19-29 currently smoke tobacco, with rates slightly higher in Southwestern Ontario at 20.4 per cent.

Uprichard says quitting smoking can be difficult, and not everyone is ready to quit right now. That's why the wouldurather…contest offers four different categories to meet participants where they are at right now.

Adults who smoke can enter to quit, cut back by half, or commit to stay away from smoking anytime they party or drink alcohol.

Non-smokers and ex-smokers can also enter the contest in the “Don’t Start and Win” category.

To support young adults to quit successfully, the wouldurather… contest offers support emails, the option to add a personal support crew, access to eight weeks of free nicotine patches or gum, and support calls or texts from Smokers Helpline.

Last year, more than 7,000 young adults entered the wouldurather… contest. Research suggests that up to 20 per cent of individuals who enter the contest will quit smoking compared to the five to seven per cent success rate that can be expected when people quit on their own.

Wouldurather… is available to all young adults ages 18 to 29 that are residents of Ontario. Registration is open at until Jan. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

It can take several quit attempts before quitting smoking for good. The Health Unit wants to support people in making quit attempts. For more information on local quit smoking supports and services available, please contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or toll free at 1-877-837-6143.





Volume 8 

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, Andrew Stalker is featured in this image from the early 1900s. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 6b)

PB12 6b Remember Me 445 

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



PB12 13a 3 Remember Me 443 

In Issue 443, these three lads look like they are ready to suitably ring in the New Year. Records identify them to be “Roy – McLeod - Fraser” in this undated image. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 13a)  


PB12 14a Remember Me 444 

In Issue 444, a photo taken at the wedding of Lucy Woods and Carl Diehl. Does anyone remember this special day or the guests pictured? (Archives Code: PB12 14a)



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36888551721_3da00d3cc3_kSEPT. 6 - ISSUE 427 - VOLUNTEERS HELP COMMUNITY CELEBRATE SUMMER: Good music, good food and a great community make the annual Sunset on Summer event a successful fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall each year. Jim Melanbacher was in charge of the chicken on the barbecue. (Photo by Jack Pal)

36904772666_6c1ec65625_kSEPT. 13 - ISSUE 428 - FIVE DAYS OF FUN AT THE FIFTH HURON COUNTY IPM: These horses could barely contain their enthusiasm to get to turning the soil during the plowing demonstration that closed out Media and Sponsor Day at the Tented City for the 2017 IPM on Sept. 6. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

37338777411_74910773ea_kSEPT. 27 - ISSUE 430 - FESTIVAL'S POPULARITY ON THE GROW:Johm Beattie, of Windsor, ON, sits in the Volkswagen Westfalia that he and his wife got for their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday morning at the third annual Volkfest held in Clan Gregor Square.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

UntitledOCT. 4 - ISSUE 431 - HANDS ON LEARNING IN SMALL GROUPS A HALLMARK:Also new this year at Fall Foto Fest was Street Photography. This was probably the most visible sign of the presence of photographers in town this weekend. (Photo by Jack Pal)

37035000354_b7fa17c2db_kOCT. 18 - ISSUE 433 - LARGEST SALMON IN DERBY HISTORY CAUGHT IN 2017: Lion Tom Grasby, derby director, commented that the 2017 derby was the best tournament ever. All 250 tickets were sold out and a large number of youth took part. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

37857447382_5bcf8c971a_kOCT. 25 - ISSUE 434 - THREE LARGE SCALE TREES PLANTED IN CLAN GREGOR SQUARE: Brodie's Tree Service planted a 10-foot Catalpa, an 8-foot Oak and an 8-foot Maple with the generous support of the Bayfield Lions' Club and the Bayfield Garden Club. (Submitted photo)  

24195576558_be71c18627_kISSUE 435 - NOV. 1 - PLENTY OF CHILLS AND THRILLS AT THE WITCHES WALK: Participation in the Witches Walk is growing with about 800 "unfortunate souls" taking a stroll along the trails in the woods at The Ashwood Inn on the evening of Oct. 28. This number is up by about 100 attendees. Nancy and Kevin Kale and Jamie Thomas comprised a trio of spooks in support of the Huron Residential Hospice. (Photo by John Pounder)  

38344774056_ac732ad150_kNOV. 15 - ISSUE 437 - COFFEE TREE RAISES $7,000 FOR BAYFIELD KIDS' ROOM: On Nov. 13, Dave and Lynne Gillians, of Bayfield, hosted a Coffee Tree for 80 of their closest friends at the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton. This was the perfect time for the invitees, most Bayfield residents, to come and tour the facility, to learn first hand about the vision for the property, enjoy fellowship over a hot beverage and make a donation to the cause. Bayfield residents Ken Larone and Dave MacLaren discuss the facility project near the coffee bar. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

27060823639_8711fb4178_kDEC. 6 - ISSUE 440 - A VISIT TO POINSETTIA FESTIVAL A DECADES OLD TRADITION : Dave Steckle, of Huron Ridge Greenhouses, welcomed visitors to their annual Poinsettia Candlelight Festival to sit at the cozy fire with him and have a chat. This annual tradition concluded over the weekend but once again delighted many, many visitors preparing for the festive season. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


This week we conclude our look back on the Bayfield that was from Sept. 6 to Dec. 20, 2017.

At this time we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our advertisers - several have been with us from the beginning and we are so happy to acknowledge this. We do have some new advertisers on board as well and to you we say welcome and thanks for your vote of confidence in our publication. We invite our Subscribers to support our advertisers by visiting their websites (click on their ad) and consider them first when in need of a product or service.

It is also important to acknowledge our subscribers as well. More than 1,750 of you receive the Bayfield Breeze into your email inbox every week and this number continues to grow steadily. A lot of you also read us now via our Facebook page – please pop over and give us a “like” if you haven’t already. We can be found at

We would like to extend a thank you to all who take the time to write in and share their comments about our weekly online publication some of these notes are filtered through this retrospective.

Here’s to a 2018 filled with plenty of good news!

36888976620_c968d49b3e_kSEPT. 20 - ISSUE 429 - BEACH CLEAN UP FOR BRANDON WELL ATTENDED: The annual Bayfield beach cleanup was held on the morning of Sept. 16. This cleanup was dedicated to the memory of Brandon Lemieux, a long time “beach cleaner” who passed away at an early age one year ago.Great Lakes researcher, Jen Pate addressed those in attendance and pointed out that the “Greats” contain a greater density of plastics than the oceans. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


We've been enjoying receiving the Bayfield Breeze since it's very first publication. - T.B., Lucan, ON


36911343314_eb1b9cec0f_kOCT. 11 - ISSUE 432 - BLYTH'S COWBELL THE TOAST OF DESTINATION BREWERIES: Brew Master and Director of Brewing Operations Stephen Rich offered samples of a Nitrogen Brew boasting hints of both chocolate and coffee to members of the media that toured the facility on Aug. 3. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Thank you for all the amazing work you and The Breeze do for the community at large.- P.M., Bayfield


26451890239_e94247d15b_kNOV. 8 - ISSUE 436 - GENEROUS CROWD GATHERS TO REMEMBER: Greg Henderson saluted after he laid a wreath in remembrance of those who fought in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Thank you so much for your hard work on the Bayfield Breeze. I have a cottage in Bayfield and love your publication and realize how much work it must be. I would be lost without reading it. Happy New Year. - C.H.

26911811619_70771b2ee7_kNOV. 29 - ISSUE 439 - THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS CAME THROUGH: The Glee Sisters, together with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), explored the Dr. Suess tale, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” in Story and Song on Nov. 18. Janice Nelson, as Cindy Lou Who, and Roberta Stemp as The Grinch, provided a very comic moment over a glass of water. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

27344352819_f476da9b07_kDEC. 20 - ISSUE 442 - OVER THE STREETS THEY WENT LAUGHING ALL THE WAY: Jolly folks in bright red suits could be seen running along the village streets on the afternoon of Dec. 16 as the organizers of the third annual 5 KM Santa Fun Run/Walk changed up the location of this third annual event. Lee Coates was chased by a large pack of Santas on Saturday. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

25124060698_542c8115cb_kDEC. 13 - ISSUE 441 - THIRTY TWO DOZEN EGGS CONSUMED AT BREAKFAST: Volunteers at the 12th annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Optimist Club of Bayfield were kept on their toes for the full two hours as a record breaking stream of folks with a hearty appetite came through the doors at The Ashwood Inn on Dec. 9. Haile Corriveau was very pleased to have a visit with Santa.(Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  




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Melody Falconer-Pounder


There are few things better in life than being invited into a pink princess tent to enjoy hot chocolate with a Polar Bear and three year-old lass with one heck of an imagination.

Yes, I was back in Toronto last week helping out with the grandkids as their parents had to go back to work before school reconvened from the holiday break.

It had been a year since I was last there and I think my granddaughter may have forgotten that I had ever visited before. When her mother picked her up at daycare she told her there was a visitor waiting for her at home as her Gramel was there.

Noelle in typical toddler fashion had been doddling up until this point but at the hearing of the news she spun around and announced to her friends, “Guys, I got to go, my Gramel’s at my house!” And then she was out the door. Now that’s good for the old ego I must say.

Upon her arrival Noelle helped me carry my luggage to my room and proceeded to show me around as all good hostesses do.

“This is your bed Gramel and this is a cozy blanket for you…and you have a chair…and there are some books here on this shelf if you want to read…now come see your bathroom.”

Ah, sweetness, I think this means Gramel better come visit more often before you forget about the fun we had this visit in your little pink tent, with the Polar Bear and our cups of steaming cocoa. – Gramel


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