Bookmark and Share   Jan. 5, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 2 Issue 79



Magazine finds bayfield photographer inspiring

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Local photographer, Erin Samuell, owner of A Simple Photo, was recently recognized as one of Canada's Top 30 Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers. This image was taken in the fall near Benmiller on a photo shoot for an online magazine. (Photo by Erin Samuell)


Local photographer, Erin Samuell is impressing folks across the country with her images as she was recently included in the list of the 30 most inspiring Canadian wedding photographers for 2011 by Wedding Bells Magazine.

The owner of A Simple Photo is a Sheridan College graduate whose work appears regularly in Style Me Pretty, a major US wedding site. Her work has also been seen in MacLean’s Magazine, Elle Canada and Hello Canada.

According to the Wedding Bells article, a childhood love of Polaroid pictures led her on the journey to becoming a celebrated wedding photographer. She is all about the details, and relishes the fact that “photography allows you to remember a moment and not just how you looked in that moment but how you felt.”

Wedding Bells stated they selected her for her wonderful knack for capturing those moments that are gone within seconds. The article also states that she has a real talent for working with light, catching all the stolen moments.

“A photo steals a millisecond and showcases it,” Samuell told Wedding Bells. “I love that!”

Samuell’s most recent appearance in Style Me Pretty pays tribute to Winter Romance and also incorporates some local vendors such as Hazlitt Vintage Rentals, of Benmiller and Luann’s Country Flowers in Goderich.

To have a look at Bayfield’s own inspiring wedding photographer’s work go to:

First session takes time for a trip to Antarctica and patagonia

January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.

The third year of the “Take Time in 2011” programs will run from Jan. 17 to Feb. 14. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.

The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event.

A Registration Coffee will be held on Jan. 10 at The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building, home to the Church on the Way, for one hour starting at 10 a.m. The cost will be $2 per session. Those who wish to participate can learn more about the four sessions at registration. It is not necessary to attend all of the programs. Anyone not able to attend the registration session will still be able to be present at any session they want by simply registering at the door or by calling the church coordinator of the session they wish to be a part of.

Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.

Trinity Anglican Church will kick off the Take Time in 2011 series on Jan. 17 with a program entitled, “Antarctica & Patagonia”. Gary Lloyd-Rees will be the guest presenter. Helen Latimer is the coordinator for this session and interested people are welcome to contact her at 519 565-2443 for more information.

Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees settled just South of Bayfield in late 2008 after having lived and worked on three continents. With children living in three different countries and grandchildren in four, they are part of a truly international family.

In Dec. 2009 and Jan. 2010 they added the seventh, and final, continent to their global travel résumé when they took an "expedition cruise" to Antarctica followed by a self-guided driving trip around Chilean Patagonia.

Those who attend this presentation will learn some of the geographical, historical and zoological facts about these distant Southern regions. The answers to the following questions will also be given: Where can you find both beavers and penguins in the wild? Why are there no polar bears at the South Pole? Where exactly is Patagonia and what do the locals eat for lunch on Christmas Day?

Avid photographers, the couple shot over 2,000 images on their trip and the presentation will be interlaced with a small selection of these photographs.

The following week, Jan. 24, the Take Time in 2011 programs will take a break to encourage everyone to go to the Bayfield Historical Society Dinner meeting to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church at noon. For more details and also for tickets people are invited to call Pat or Bud Langley at 519 565-2894.

Knox Presbyterian Church will host the Jan. 31 session. Bob Merriman will present the topic, “Working Dogs for London Police”. Those wishing to learn more about this session should contact coordinator Margie Hogger at 519 482-3382.

Participants at the Feb. 7 session can learn more about “Hospice and Palliative Care in Huron” with guest speaker Gail Trewhitt. St. Andrew’s United Church will play host to this session and Flo Keillor is the person to get a hold of for more information. She can be reached at 519 565-2640.

The final session in the series will be held at The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and hosted by The Church on the Way. Participants will learn about “Adventures in Nature” with Tom Dunbar. Anne Laviolette is the coordinator of this session and she can be reached by calling 519 565-2454.


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Any men in the community who would like to combine some fitness in the great outdoors with some fun socializing should consider the Men's Polewalking Group. They walk on Mondays and Fridays starting at 6 Main Street at 8:30 a.m. for about an hour. Poles are provided. (Submitted photo)



Two Bayfield women would like to invite everyone cleaning up from New Year's celebrations to share their empties for Alzheimer's Disease.

Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney will be participating in the 2011 Walk for Memories on Jan. 29 and they have come up with a unique idea as a fundraiser.

It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles and even soda cans as well, to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimer’s, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.

Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or arrangements can be made for pick up on Jan. 9 (other times can be arranged as well). For more information call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677.

Another opportunity to raise funds for The Alzheimer Society of Huron County will take place on Jan. 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. and all participants have to do is eat!

Boston Pizza in Goderich will be hosting a Booster Night that evening. Tickets are $20 each for a buffet that includes, Caesar salad, pasta and three slices of Gourmet Pizza.

“This will be a really great night out for everyone. It’s a time to socialize, enjoy some good food and support a great cause. $10 from every ticket comes directly back to our Society,” said Cathy Ritsema, executive director for the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Please contact the Society at 519 482-1482 or by e-mail at to purchase tickets or for more information.

film society

The Bayfield Film Society has moved to Wednesday nights.

The next film will be shown on Jan. 12 and is entitled, Me & Orsen Wells. The event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to see Toronto Film Festival Films without having to leave the village. For more information and for tickets call Jane Rowat at 519 565-5838 or e-mail

fitness fun

Often at the dawn of the New Year comes a resolve to live a healthier lifestyle, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village. The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For the more adventurous among us, Pole Walking will also begin again. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.

Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

bridge club

The Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will play their first games of the New Year on Jan. 5 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The decks will be shuffled at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


People across the province are being encouraged to show off their talents as well as their favorite conservation area by getting out and taking pictures for the 2011 Ontario Conservation Areas Photo Contest (OCAPC).

The OCAPC is looking for your best photograph in three categories: People of all ages enjoying conservation areas; my favorite conservation area; or wildlife is everywhere in conservation areas

Judges will be looking for outstanding images that showcase the best of what Ontario’s conservation areas have to offer.

The OCAPC runs from now until October 31, 2011 and offers prize packages totaling more than $1,500.

The contest has two purposes. First of all, it will get people out exploring their local conservation areas. Secondly, it’s a way for Conservation Ontario to build its image library.

For more information on the prizes, rules, regulations and how to submit photographs, go to

Did you know that some of these advertisements are actual links to websites for our advertisers? We encourage you to click on the advertisements and see what these entrepreneurs have to offer. 




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

This week we feature a picture taken at an auction at a local property in 1962. Anyone remember these ladies?

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



Remember Me 77

In Issue 77, a photo of a very prominent village family is pictured as they looked in 1912. The family shown is Dr. Ninian Wildridge and Mrs. Woods and their two daughters, Lucy and Jean. Dr. Ninian W. Woods was the nephew of the well-known Dr. Ninian Mahaffey Woods. He lived at the Rutledge House and "The Hut". He suffered from severe arthritis, as did his daughter Lucy. And although he actively practiced medicine in his first decades in Bayfield, he reduced his medical commitment and became the village Postmaster. Lucy was instrumental in creating Pioneer Park and also kept the community informed as a correspondent for the Clinton News-Record for 54 years.


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In Issue 78, we have had a few guesses as to the identity of these two Bayfield folks shown in this picture taken in 1971. We have determined that the gentleman is Tom Bailey, who was for many years the owner of the Martha Ritz Hotel on Main Street. We have conflicting reports on the name of the lady in the photograph, so with a little research we hope to give a correct ID next issue.


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A retrospective of village happenings from may 5 to sept. 1

more 2010 bayfield "moments"

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MAY 5 - ISSUE 44 - SPRING IN VILLAGE: The newly renovated bridge is reflected in the Bayfield River as sunset approaches.

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MAY 19 - ISSUE 46 - BAYFIELD GIRL GUIDES ATTEND RALLY CELEBRATING 100TH: Some of the Ontario Place rides like Free Fall were available for the girls to try. The ride garnered different reactions from Bayfield Pathfinder Beth Olley and Guides Sydney Pitt and Nicole Greidanus.

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MAY 26 - ISSUE 47 - BAYFIELD OPTIMISTS' PREMIERE DUCK RACE: Shauna Faulds helped to retrieve the ducks following the race.

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JUNE 9 - ISSUE 49 - WALK FOR DOG GUIDES: Riley Matos, 8, and his Husky friend, Dakota, along with Karen Scottand and her Husky Malamute, Montana, strolled down Louisa Street as part of the Bayfield Lions' Clubs Walk for Dog Guides. The group hails from Kitchener.

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JUNE 16 - ISSUE 50 - SAFE HARBOUR: The Bayfield Safe Harbour Run is part of the 2010 Runners’ Choice Runpiker Series. The series runs from May to October in various communities from Woodstock to Grand Bend. Local charities benefit from the event; in Bayfield funds raised went to the Huron Women's Shelter.

JUNE 30 - ISSUE 52 - BIKE RODEO: Tyler Chuter, of Varna, proved without a dout he can ride a straight line on his bicycle and quickly too. Optimist Heidi Martin had to jog to keep up with him.

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JULY 7 - ISSUE 53 - TOWN HALL REVITALIZED: An official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the revitalization of the front entrance, walkway and gardens to the Bayfield Town Hall was held on June 27. L-R: Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson; Huron County Warden, Bert Dykstra; and Jerry Selk, board member of the Bayfield Town Hall Hertiage Society were invited to cut the ribbon. (Photo by Roger Lewington)

JULY 14 - ISSUE 54 - RUMMAGE SALE: A tremendous crowd turned up for the 63rd annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale on the evening of July 9. The arena floor was filled with sale items as was the cement pad in the agricultural park.

AUG. 25 - ISSUE 60 - FALL FAIR: The Johnston brothers, Eddie, 1, and Robbie, 4, of London were caught taking a bath, with extra bubbles, as part of the Bayfield Fall Fair parade.


I thoroughly enjoy your newsletter and look forward to reading it each week. My great grandparents purchased our cottage in Bayfield in the 1940s. My first visit was in 1965 when I was two weeks old. I've been fortunate enough to spend time there every summer ever since. I love Bayfield so much that we even moved back to Michigan from Texas when we had our kids to be closer to Bayfield so they too can enjoy their summers there as I have. Since our cottage truly is that - a summer cottage - we close it up each fall and open it in the spring. Meantime, we're back home through the winter busy in our day to day lives. What I have loved about the Bayfield Breeze is that each week it has given an opportunity to have a Bayfield moment. It has been such a nice way to stay connected to a place we hold so close to our hearts.

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job and congratulations on reaching the one year milestone!

K.H. - Michigan & Bayfield, ON (June 9)



The New Year now suitably rung in we continue our look back on all the extraordinary occurrences that could only happen in a heritage village on a great lake.

This week Part Two: May 5 to Sept. 1; sprinkled throughout are some of the lovely comments sent in by our subscribers. Thanks to all those people who have taken the time to share their thoughts, they are greatly appreciated.

A couple generous individuals have also supported the Bayfield Breeze financially by giving monetary donations to help us keep the issues coming to you each week; their comments too will be highlighted in a future issue.

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MAY 12 - ISSUE 45 - BAYFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FASHION SHOW: Body Garnish - the figure as this year's canvas was the theme of the fashion show. Fashion and art were combined as models from Kryart Studio underwent a transformation.

I have a friend who forwards the Bayfield Breeze to me each month because she subscribes to it, but I feel that I should subscribe to it myself because I live in Huron County and I am always interested in what is going on in Bayfield. It happens to be one of my favorite little towns.

A.O. - Seaforth, ON (Apr. 14)

JUNE 2 - ISSUE 48 - SUNSHINE ON THE SAWMILL: Hikers enjoy a late afternoon trek around the trail loop.

Folks continue to rave about the Breeze!

P.C. - Goderich, ON (May 13)

JUNE 23 - ISSUE 51 - SAIL AND CANVAS FESTIVAL: Two-year-old Ava Dawe, of Clinton, practiced her knowledge of primary colors while admiring the work of artist Lisa Gerrard. The display was one of several by visiting artists to the JMR Gallery on Charles Street, just off Main.

The Breeze is such an amazing communication tool!

J.R. - Bayfield, ON (May 19)


JULY 21 - ISSUE 55 - QUILT SHOW: Maggie McFarlane, of Airdrie, Alberta, worked hard at getting folks attention as they drove by the location of the Sunshine Coast Quilter's Guild Quilt Show on Saturday. Maggie was visiting her grandmother, Rae MacFarlane, for a two week vacation.

A great way to keep in touch.

B.K. - Bragg Creek, Alberta (May 26)


AUG. 4 - ISSUE 57 - PIONEER PARK FUN RUN, WALK AND ROLL: There was a lot of merriment at the finish line for Madeleine and Luc Randmaa and Teddy Vihant (right). The trio hail from Toronto.

The Bayfield Breeze is just wonderful and I have heard many kudos from people here in town and elsewhere. We have several relatives who visit Bayfield and have cottages here and they are thrilled to be kept abreast of happenings in Bayfield.

P.L. - Bayfield, ON (May 27)

AUG. 11 - ISSUE 58 - ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE: Jennifer Murtagh (left) and Kate Laird, of Mississauga, modeled samples of their wares at their booth. Their business Love in the Afternoon features vintage clothing, lingerie and accessories.

My wife and I have had a love affair with the community of Bayfield for quite some time. We make it a point to visit at least once each season. We are very happy to see this feature to keep us up to date on what is happening. Thanks.

D.D. - Oldcastle, ON (July 1)


SEPT. 1 - ISSUE 61 - YESTERDAY'S BAYFIELD: Dr. Ninian Woods, also known as Philip Keightley, appeared in the crowds of tourists on Main Street on Sunday afternoon.



PIXILATED — image of the week

New Year's Day - Sunset

NEW YEARS DAY — SUNSET 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


Well, we got a White Christmas something that many people wish for every year. And wasn’t it just perfect? Blue skies and bright sunshine reflected brightly off the fluffy whiteness filling everyone with good will toward their fellow man. And then the temperatures rose and all the terrific forts and frosty figures melted leaving merely a trace where gigantic drifts had once stoically stood. It was a very green New Year, with some thunder thrown in for good measure.

So what will January bring us weather wise? The following is what the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting for Ontario: Jan. 4-7, stormy with periods of snow spreading in from the west; 8-11, fair and colder; 12-15, unsettled across the Great Lakes with chilly winds; 16-19, snowstorm; 20-23, storm exits to the east, followed by clearing skies; 24-27, another round of snow; 28-31, generally fair.

The Farmer’s Almanac was something regularly consulted by my father as much for amusement as for predicting when best to plant the crops etc. so we’ll just have to wait and see how close it is to the gospel truth as the month transpires. - Melody

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 519-565-2443.
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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