Bookmark and Share   Aug. 22, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 34 Issue 476


28864043283_8d8bc5fe43_kBarbecued chicken was the feature of the menu at the 2016 Sunset on Summer event. It was prepared by Jim Mehlenbacher and his crew. The delightful aroma's could be smelled throughout the town hall neighbourhood. Chicken will once again be on the menu in 2018 along with a new side - roasted potatoes! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fifth annual “Sunset on Summer” family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).

Music runs from 4-7 p.m. and food will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This year roasted potatoes will be included with the traditional BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert.

Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. Entertainment will be provided by “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON, 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominee in the Folk/Roots category. Activities include a Kiddy Korner (with help from The Purple Peony) for the children. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.

Once again, the event will include a silent auction with a variety of fun items. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2019 Bayfield calendar. The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the Town Hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall.

The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 as well as through Ticketscene.ca. If you call the Town Hall, just leave a message and someone will get back to you. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 14, to buy or pick up your tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and at Fitness Classes in the Bayfield Arena.

As was done last year, the Town Hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. Sunset on Summer will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.

This is a community event and the committee is looking for volunteers to help with serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please email Diane at diane@dianesnell.ca.

Printed images from calendar available at sunset on summer 

_MG_7520Lion Bill Rowat and Lion John Davies, both members of the Lions' Calendar Committee, were on hand at the Bayfield Farmers' Market on Aug. 17 as the 2019 village calendar was launched. This year an image of the Bayfield Library made the cover. It was taken by PCoB member, Jack Pal. Canvas mounted prints 24” x 36” in size, ready to hang, are a purchase option this year. (Photos by Jack Pal)

The new 2019 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale for $10.

People will find the calendars at Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Foodland and from Justyna Chojnacka as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions.

This year’s theme, “Bayfield and Area Architecture”, was broadly interpreted but all photos can be said to have some element of architecture in them.

All of the selected photos have been enlarged and professionally double-matted at Baillie’s Picture Framing to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing. These are being offered for sale for $40 (and include a free calendar) to the public on Sept. 1 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall. As well, there is an opportunity to buy a canvas mounted print 24” x 36” in size ready to hang. Smaller sizes can also be ordered. For a look at all the photos in the calendar see the collage in the display window at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street North.

_MG_7516 Lion John Davies, a member of the Lions' Calendar committee, displays the image featured in the calendar for the month of November by photographer, Vreni Beeler, a member of the PCoB.

Organizers note that the calendars and matted prints would make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions activities throughout the community. Net revenues from the print sale will be shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.

eight competitors move on to western fair in september 

IMG_6489The Junior Talent Search Winners at the Rise2Fame preliminary competition for the Western Fair were chosen at the Bayfield Community Fair on the evening of Aug. 17. They were from l- r: Cierra Wachhaus, 3rd place; Emily Plumsteel, 1st place; Cameron Landesborough-Mullins and Kinzie Bajitas, 2nd place. All will be competing at the Western Fair. (Submitted photos)  

IMG_6492The Youth Talent Search Competitors who participated in the Rise2Fame preliminary competition for the Western Fair were FR l-r: Nadia Whalen, Hannah Thomas, third place; Maddy Hill, Marissa Price, Mary Paige St. Onge, first place; Irelyn St. Onge and Madeline Hodgson. BR l-r: Gregory Lang, Jacob Bastien, Cameron Lang, Paige Woodburn and Julia Withers, 2nd place. As well as the three trophy winners, Irelyn St. Onge and Nadia Whalen will also be competing at the Western Fair.  

Once again, on Aug. 17, the Bayfield Community Fair sponsored an all-star cast of competitors in their Rise2Fame preliminary competition to the Western Fair.

Every year the young competitors up their game and come with stronger performance skills. This year altogether eight successful competitors were deemed ready for the semifinals competition at London’s Western Fair.

Thanks to the fair for sponsoring and to Charlie Kalbfleisch for organizing the event.

players at croquet club keep national champion grounded 


BRowat-CroqCan18-NP  Bill Rowat, Canadian Association Croquet 2018 National Champion. (Photo by Nigel Pieloth)

IMG_0593Bill Rowat (right), 2018 Canadian Croquet champion, accepted a bottle of wine from Croquet Canada Open Tournament Director Pierre Dunn. (Submitted photo)

For the first time in the recorded history of the Village of Bayfield a local citizen has won a major international athletic event. It happened in Victoria, BC during the annual Canadian Association Croquet 2018 National Championships, Aug. 9-12.

During the tournament round robin play Bayfield resident Bill Rowat representing the Bayfield International Croquet Club massed six wins against only one loss which got him into the playoffs Sunday where he ended up winning both his semi-final and final playoff matches to be crowned Canada’s 2018 Champion!

He gives much of the credit for his surprising success after having only 10 years experience playing the game to his wife, Jane, for keeping him calm during the week’s play.

Rowat, a native of Seaforth, retired to Bayfield after an illustrious public service career in Ottawa nationally and internationally. Prior to this achievement he was best known internationally as the last man to order the firing of a cannon across the bow of an invading foreign fishing fleet to stop their entry into Canadian waters during the so-called ‘turbot wars’.

The national champion may be found most mornings after 10 a.m. at the local Bayfield Club where he makes himself available for autographs, photo ops, bon mots, guidance and counseling on Croquet and life issues both personal and political.

MDowlingBRowatLOakes-CroqCan18-NPThe National Championship was held at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in Victoria, B.C. (Photo by Nigel Pieloth)  

IMG_0580During the tournament round robin play Bayfield resident Bill Rowat (fourth from right) represented the Bayfield International Croquet Club. He massed six wins against only one loss which got him into the playoffs where he ended up winning both his semi-final and final playoff matches to be crowned Canada’s 2018 Champion! (Submitted photo)  


Camp kintail 

The final Kintail on the Road - Vacation Day Camp of the season runs today (Aug. 22) at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, offers this Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in a day of games, songs and faith. The camp is for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6.

The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.

Bayfield Mews 

The Bayfield Mews residents are opening their doors to welcome people to visit this 55+ Adult Lifestyle Community on Sept. 2.

Now in its final phase of development, three townhomes in the community will be open for people to tour. Phase one which includes 39 residences have now been sold.

The Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the community on Bayfield Mews lane, just south of the village. All are welcome to tour and indulge in a hot dog and beverage.

Taoist Tai Chi

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People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Continuing Classes are being offered in the village at the Bayfield Town Hall on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. starting in September. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.

An Open House and free class will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the town hall. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

Trout Derby

The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.


The FOBL will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.


Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.

Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.

Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.

The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.

The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.


Bayfield Guiding is organizing a community First Aid weekend.

A Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Course will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Sept. 22-23. Unfortunately there was not enough interest for the Aug. 25-26 weekend sessions. 

Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. while Sunday will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
The cost of the course will decrease as attendance increases so please invite others to join. The course is open to people 12 years of age and up.

Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or melody.pounder@gmail.com to reserve a spot.


How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.

In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This second annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Please go to www.eventbrite.ca to purchase your butterfly prior to Aug. 24. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.

Fall Foto Fest 

The members of the Photography Club of Bayfield are pleased to pass on an invitation for people to attend the 2018 Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) to be held on Sept. 29-30.

There will be a new series of workshops including the Lambton College show, "In the Photographer's Studio" highlighting the photo talents of photographer Richard Beland. His 25-year career in photography has seen him photograph music artists and groups all over the world including traveling several times with the “Tragically Hip” and again on their farewell tour.

Saturday night’s keynote presentation will be "Conversations with Brad Turner". Photography is his passion and the root of his creative eye. Turner is a Bayfield native whose career as a Hollywood director, producer and photographer will make for an inspiring evening. This presentation is no charge and is open to the first 100 guests registered for FFF. A limited number of seats are available for non- registrants by contacting bayfieldfff@gmail.com.

The two-hour workshop classes include: The Art of Flash Photography, Creating Photo Books, an Outdoor Photo Trek of Bayfield, Sunday Morning Photo Walk, Digital Printing, Wildlife Photography, Raptors Birds of Prey and Photography 101.

Organizers are also pleased to offer three – three-hour master classes: Adobe Photoshop the Art of Design with Stephen Slack, Macro Photography with Alayne Brisson, and Video Creations with Brad Turner.

Participants can also attend the FFF Dinner at Renegades Diner on Saturday night. The cost of the dinner is $25 including taxes and tip. Reservations for this dinner are available when registering for FFF.

Complete FFF details, information about the annual Photo Contest and registration is available by following this link: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-fall-foto-fest-2018/


The Bayfield Lions' Club will be hosting the Horseless Carriage Club of America on Aug. 25 in Clan Gregor Square starting around 10 a.m.

The cars will be in the park until noon only and the whole family is invited to this free event to enjoy this rare opportunity to see the way our ancestors traveled in the early 1900s.

The car club will also be making stops at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park near Bayfield as well as the CNR School on Wheels in Clinton that day.


The Outdoor Flea-Produce Market, in good weather, opens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Jack at 519 482-7921 or if there are any questions about the Market, contact Jim at 519 565-2328. The vendors are all from the local community.

Sundays are a great day to go treasure hunting as Agriculture Park isn’t the only spot a Flea Market can be found. People can also visit the Pinery Antique and Flea Market in Grand Bend, the Bayfield North Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market and the Goderich BIA Flea Market.


Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.


Glee Sisters logo

This is an invitation to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May. There is a break in December for the holiday season.

This non-auditioned women’s choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The Glee Sisters will be carrying on the joy of singing established by our recently retired and talented founder, Leslie Bella, under the leadership of co-directors Lisa Stewart and Blanche Savage and accompanist Mary McGoldrick.

For further information please consult the Glee Sisters Facebook page or contact our Manager, Christy Lomax at lomaxchristy@gmail.com .


Volunteers with the Home4good Info Hub held regularly at the Bayfield Public Library are BR l-r: Arlene Timmins, Jamie Thomas (librarian), Jacqueline Doummar, Margo Robeson, Roma Harris, Diane Lynn McKinley, Leslie Bella, and Elise Feltrin. FR: Grace Koehler and Pat Pal. Bayfield attracted international attention when Leslie Bella and Roma Harris were delegates representing Home4good at the 14th International Conference on Ageing in Toronto Aug. 8-10. Bella, with Arlene Timmins and Pat MacDougall, presented a paper on Home4good's efforts to support those who are trying to survive in Bayfield once they are no longer able to drive. Harris and the volunteers involved in the Senior's Info Hub presented a paper on the development of this program. Feedback to these presentations was very positive, as few presentations at the conference emphasized the kind of locally driven initiatives that Home4good has initiated in Bayfield. Copies of the papers, and other information about Home4hood, are available on Home4Good's website at www.home4good.ca. (Submitted photo)




Sun shines on Fair Parade  


IMG_5646Carol Penhale was the Honorary Parade Marshall for 2018.  

IMG_5643Dennis Roy, of the Bayfield Fire Department, waved to the spectators at the start of the parade.

Saturday dawned humid and warm keeping shady spots at a premium along the route for the Bayfield Community Fair Parade. On Aug. 18, the parade made its way along Main and John Streets at the stroke of 11 o’clock and at its end folks were encouraged to follow “Miss T the Bubble Queen” along to Agriculture Park for the 162nd Bayfield Community Fair.

The Honorary Parade Marshall this year was former long-time fair volunteer and honorary board member, Carol Penhale.

For the third time the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association organized the parade on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society. 

Four bands performed for the crowds as they walked along the route. The Stratford Police Band, the Royal Canadian Legion Branches 218 Brussels and 140 Clinton Pipes and Drums Band combined, the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band and the Ontario Provincial Pipes and Drums kept many a foot a tapping as they marched by.

The Shriner’s presence always adds flair to the festivities and they did not disappoint with representation from the Mocha Motor Corps, Mocha Temple Road Runners and the Mocha Jeepsters Unit.

Want to learn more about the inner workings of the fair and parade or just celebrate the success of the 162nd fair? Then plan to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society on Friday, Nov. 23 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow.

IMG_5648Some "dirty locals", represented the Tuesday Library Play Group. They were sponsored by the Bayfield Optimist Club. Their entry was in keeping with the fair theme, "Forestry, Fishing and Fields".  

IMG_5655Charlie and Alex Curtis, of Bayfield, represented aquatic life on the float representing the Tuesday Play Group.

IMG_4290This antique truck gleamed under the summer sun as it made its way down John Street toward the fairgrounds. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5661Could there be a more magnificent sight in a parade than a large contingent of pipes and drums? The Royal Canadian Legion Branches 218 Brussels and 140 Clinton combined their talents to make for both an impressive sight and sound along the streets of Bayfield on Saturday.  

IMG_5666Royal Canadian Legion Branches 218 Brussels and 140 Clinton combined their pipes and drums in the 2018 parade.  

IMG_5645The Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band were once again a part of the parade. The band was established in 1948.

 IMG_4308There were four bands in the parade - two combining together to make one exceptional sound!

IMG_5670The Blue Bayfield Group members were out in force along the parade route wearing their new bamboo T-shirts promoting the drive to a (single use) plastic free Bayfield. A youth on the Blue Betty portable water tricycle led the way.  

IMG_4315Virtual High School staff and families entered the parade to promote their upcoming VHS Run4Kids on Sept. 2. This year's run is in support of Make A Wish Child Jesse who wishes to go to Costa Rica on a holiday! To learn more about how to support this 10 year-old who is battling cancer visit www.vhsrun4kids.com (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5719The Mocha Shriners Jeepsters from London, ON had a big contingent at the 2018 parade.  

IMG_5725Mary Ellen Coombs looked quite relaxed as she made her way along the parade route in a vehicle driven by her husband, Brian.  

IMG_5727The Ontario Provincial Pipes and Drums are celebrating 50 years in 2018.  

IMG_4395Bayfield is a favorite stop for the Ontario Provincial Pipes and Drums to play on their parade schedule.  

IMG_1951"Miss T the Bubble Queen", the master Bubbleologist from Cambridge, ON, shared her talents at the end of the parade in hopes of attracting spectators to the fairgrounds to see the Bubbleology Show!  


Meet and greet

Voters will have a chance to speak with Bluewater Mayoral Candidate Paul Klopp at the Bayfield Community Centre on Aug. 30. 

The "Meet and Greet" will run from 7-9 p.m. 

Bone Health Workshop 

An upcoming Bone Health Workshop could help people make the necessary changes to live well with Osteoporosis. This four-week program is for those recently diagnosed with Osteopenia/Osteoporosis or those wanting preventative information.

Each week participants will hear from various health professionals to learn about Osteoporosis and the nutrition, exercise and medication that helps to prevent or slow it down.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays starting Sept. 11 until Oct. 2 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) Community Room. A nutritious snack is provided.

Participants do not have to be a patient with BAFHT to attend. Interested people must register before attending by calling 519 236-4373 Ext 632.

School on Wheels 

This Saturday, Aug. 25, the Horseless Carriage Club will be making a stop at the CNR School on Wheels Museum providing the public an opportunity to see their beautiful 100 year-old cars. The vehicles are scheduled to be at Sloman Park from 5-6:30 p.m. Lemonade will be served at this event.

Earlier in the day, for 30 minutes, starting at 10 a.m., these classic cars will also be on display at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park at 35957 Bayfield River Road.

Looking ahead, another CNR School On Wheels Museum event will be held on Monday, Sept. 10. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy a picnic in beautiful Sloman Park starting at noon. All ages are invited to bring their own picnic lunch and dine in the serene setting while enjoying some live music. No need to bring dessert or beverages as cake and lemonade will be provided. And as an added bonus the museum will also be open for tours plus there will be some hands-on children’s activities.

Bayfield Guiding 

“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

Such is the epitome of a new Guiding season.

Sparks, Brownies and Guides in Bayfield will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The Pathfinder and Ranger group will be starting soon too!

Girls aged five to 17 are welcome to join and they can register online now at www.girlguides.ca, clicking on Registration and entering the “N0M 1G0” area code.

Bayfield Guiding has had a presence in this community for 60 plus years, Want to learn more about Bayfield Guiding? Contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or melody.pounder@gmail.com.

Blyth festival Singers

Happiness is singing in the choir!

It is said that singing is good for the body, mind and the soul, and singing in a community choir is all about individuals coming together for the sheer joy of making beautiful music.

Treat yourself and join the Blyth Festival Singers as they begin another wonderful musical season. Whether you are a first-time participant or a seasoned singer, whether you can read music or not, there is a place for every voice in our choir. And of course, any folks with multiple musical talents can always be put to work!

The Blyth Festival Singers is a welcoming, non-auditioned community choir which has been going strong since 1980. Our first practice will take place on Sept. 5 with registration starting at 7 p.m. Practices are on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Blyth United Church. Our first session will be topped off by a social to give everyone an opportunity to meet and mingle.

Choir fees are $125 for the season, with a 10 per cent discount for a second family member. Student fees for those in high school are only $50. And first-time singers can attend three free trial practices before committing to the choir.

The Blyth Festival Singers’ director Sharon Poelstra has planned an exciting lineup for the season. The Holiday Concert on Dec. 2, an Apr. 10 Requiem, and a fun and lively Variety Night early in June are on the roster. There will be several other opportunities to perform through the season as well.

A social and music workshop is also planned for the afternoon of Sept. 30 with an opportunity to participate in several different activities including vocal and music skills classes, and sectional and full rehearsals.

For more information about the choir please call Gary Coursey at 519 482-9660 or email garycoursey@cabletv.on.ca

Huron Detachment 

The provincial government is investing more than $182 million to replace aging police facilities' infrastructure with nine new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments so communities can continue to receive modern, cost-efficient and high-quality police services essential to public safety.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson welcomed the news that a new detachment will be coming to her riding in Clinton.

“With today’s rapidly changing world, it’s important for local police forces to have up to date equipment and facilities,” she said. “Clinton is basically in the center of Huron County, so it makes sense for the OPP to have a detachment there.”

Other new detachments will be located in Moosonee, Fort Frances, Hawkesbury, West Parry Sound, Manitoulin Island, Mississauga, Marathon and Orillia and will replace facilities at the end of their useful lifespan.

"State-of-the art facilities that respond to the increasing demands of modern police operations are an important part of keeping communities safe," said Michael Tibollo, minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. "The safety of the public will always be a key priority of our government."

Equipped with improved amenities that address health and safety issues, the new detachments will remedy inefficiencies due to obsolete design and technology, as well as lack of space.

"Infrastructure modernization projects, including these OPP detachments, are critical to making life better for the residents of Ontario. Infrastructure investments stimulate our economy, create jobs and help to make Ontario competitive again," noted Monte McNaughton, minister of Infrastructure.

Bird Construction Inc. (Bird) has been awarded the contract to design, build and finance the new OPP detachments.

"This project allows for the continued renewal of our aging detachments under one major infrastructure project," said Commissioner Vince Hawkes, OPP. "This bundled approach to renewing our aging facilities will ensure the OPP continues to provide modern, efficient municipal and provincial policing services to local communities across the province."

Construction is expected to begin this fall with substantial completion expected to occur late 2020.

Social Planning 

The Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) and 211, supported partners of United Way Perth-Huron, are working on a social planning inventory they hope will improve social planning across the region.

The two organizations are looking to engage with groups involved in service planning and co-ordination, advocacy, building social capital to bring about social change, research and analysis, public education and mobilizing resources.

“We envision the inventory as a valuable tool for community leaders who are involved in community development and social planning,” said Susanna Reid, director of the SRPC. “It’s meant to link research with planning and support existing groups to improve social planning across our region.”

Over 25 organizations have completed the survey so far and community leaders are encouraged to go to http://survey.constantcontact.com if they want their information included in the inventory. For a list of organizations that have participated go to http://perthhuron.unitedway.ca

To ensure the inventory is updated regularly and accessible to as many people as possible, 211 was chosen to house the information.

“The social planning inventory further strengthens 211 as a resource for our communities,” said Susan Faber, Information director of 211 Perth-Huron. “Residents of Perth and Huron will be able to find current information on existing planning groups and see if there are areas not being addressed. This will help cut down on duplication and improve transparency.”

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and mobilize the community.

211 is an award-winning helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. The vision for 211 Ontario is to be the primary source of information and gateway to human services for individuals and planners. 211 is a supported partner of United Way Perth-Huron.

Fair Parade Cont.

IMG_4354Bill Dowson, brought out about four generations of his family to ride with him along the parade route. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_5685 The Mocha Shriner Roadrunners from London, ON always delight with their antics along the parade route.

IMG_5701The Stratford Police Band was one of three pipe bands to take part in the parade.  





Volume 10

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 bayarchives@tcc.on.ca 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, William Metcalf in a photo dated 1908 prepares to do some chores. Fall harvesting maybe? (Archives Code: PB10066 PC) 

PB10066 PC William Metcalf c1908 

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



PB10038 PC Lady August 20, 1943 

In Issue 474, we feature an unidentified lady enjoying time on her front porch. The image is dated Aug. 20, 1943. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10038 PC)



 PB10109 PC Jack Walters c1930

In Issue 475, records indicate that this image was taken in the 1930s and that Jack Walters is seated on one of the horses. Does anyone remember him or recognize the other young lad? (Archives Code: PB10109 PC)



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IMG_5872"Miss T the Bubble Queen" performed her Bubbleology Show for all ages in the Bayfield Arena on Saturday afternoon as part of the activities at the 162nd Bayfield Community Fair.  

IMG_5854Katie Tyler, assisted Miss T with bubble "magic" science.  

IMG_5836Time on the Wiggle Cars is always a favorite activity for the youngsters who visit the fair.  

IMG_5875Jackson Hivert, of Waterloo, ON, earned first prize for his fair entry, a fishing boat designed from a milk carton.  

IMG_5773Townsend Amusements were back at the fair with their Dragon Coaster a popular ride with the little and medium sized amongst us.  

IMG_5793Melanie Wilson, of Bayfield, tried her luck at the games of chance at the midway on Saturday. Every child who played a game was winner; their level of skill denoting the size of the prize!  

IMG_5759 At the rear of the fairgrounds in the shade near the ball diamond, 4-H members and their families primped their dairy cattle for showing at the South-Central Huron Dairy 4-H Achievement Day.

IMG_5804The Friesian horses were in the ring on Saturday starting with the Ladies' Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship Class.


The 162nd Bayfield Community Fair is now but a memory for many people from near and far.

Several new folks to the fair found the event has retained the traditions that their image of a “fair” has. Many like the opportunities to see the animals from the large heavy horses to the small chicks. Others are attracted to the new competitions or entertainment that is offered each year. Organized by volunteers who want to see this annual event be a highlight for the community every summer is a truly an amazing fact!

IMG_5842Miss T used Science "Magic" to make bubbles of all sizes and even shapes during her show at the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday.  

Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Past President Doug Yeo would like to thank everyone who helped make the 162nd fair such a success. He listed his highlights for the 2018 fair:

• Seeing so many volunteers at every stage of the fair happily working at their task.

• Having the fair opened by the Ontario Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, and comments provided by the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Ernie Hardeman.

• Observing a fireworks presentation through the rain.

• Allowing Miss T, who performed the Bubbleology show, to be in her first parade on the back of a truck driven by Fair President Jentje Steenbeek.

• Wandering through the 4-H area and easily getting pictures of members cuddling up with their lamb.

• Sitting in the dunk tank when a young woman walked by, provided enough money for one pitch, and hit the target perfectly.

• Watching the smiles on faces as children of the dad in the dunk tank got a free fall into the water.

• Seeing the appreciation for the music that was provided on both Friday and Saturday nights.

• In the demonstration show ring watching the close link between a dog and a shepherd when herding sheep.

• Enjoying the explosion of watermelons when they can no long handle the stress of elastic bands.

• Being stopped and asked if I was who I was and if I was willing to be interviewed. Once agreeing I was asked a few background questions and then the interviewer stated she had been wanting to meet me for some time and this year was able to say she beat me in two classes in the vegetable section. It is so great to meet the other exhibitors and realize there is serious competition at the fair

• Not long after being stopped by an American fairgoer, who wanted to make a donation for the new Animal Display Building and have his name engraved on a brick on the donor wall. He wanted to encourage the upgrading of the infrastructure on the fair grounds.

Volunteers are always welcome and an invitation to come to the after-fair meeting is extended for Sept.10 at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church. Convenors are asked to share their reports at this meeting. 

IMG_4413The sheep barn at the rear of Agriculture Park was a beehive of activity prior to the start of the annual Huron County 4-H Sheep Clubs Competition on Saturday. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_5814 Past President of the Fair Doug Yeo once again entered some prize winning veggies!

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Volunteers are the backbone of the Bayfield Community Fair!  



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Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com 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


I'm sure a lot of people will highly disagree with this but I caught myself wishing for cold weather this week.

I am growing weary of the heat and the inevitable humidity that goes with it. I'm starting to crave the mornings from earlier this year when I woke up and I could see my breath on the air and, yes, that was in my bedroom in our old Victorian farmhouse. You can always add a blanket or put on another sweater to warm up - getting cooler, however, can be more of a challenge.

So here's to crisp autumn evenings and a nip in air! With my sincere apologies to all those lovers of summer out there!

- Melody 


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