Bookmark and Share   Sept. 19, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 38 Issue 480

bayfield lions' replace posts around clan gregor square

fullsizeoutput_34c3Bayfield Lion Bill Steensra was just one of the volunteers that worked on removing the old posts around Clan Gregor Square at the end of last week (Photos by Dave Nearingburg)  

fullsizeoutput_34c2Lion Don Vance helped with the removal of the posts around Clan Gregor. New cedar posts will be placed this week. The work was done as part of the Bayfield Lions' Legacy Project.

Work began on the final phase of the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Legacy Project on Friday morning, Sept. 14 when the club members began pulling out old posts outlining the perimeter of Clan Gregor Square.

At the same time, they filled the holes left with gravel provided by the Municipality of Bluewater. With equipment provided by Bayfield Tree Service and Lions’ members, together with a crew of Lion laborers, the work was done over a two day period ending mid-morning on Saturday.

This week, a specialty crew from Brussels Ag Services will be on site to pound in approximately 300 cedar posts replacing the decade’s old posts that have done their job for many years. A shift in the site line along the southwest corner of The Square is designed to move vehicles further in from the road at that corner. While eliminating one or two parking spots, pedestrian safety will be improved.

This particular part of the Lions’ Legacy Project is being undertaken with matching municipal funds and a grant under the Huron County Heritage program.

This will conclude a $48,000 project started last year to honor Canada’s 150th; Lions’ International’s 100th; and Bayfield Lions’ 70th anniversaries. In addition to the new posts, the project included new picnic tables and large caliper trees in Clan Gregor Square, bike racks located around the village core and a mobile stage for community events.

information session on beach management this saturday 

Sept. 22 is an important date on the calendar for Bayfield area residents as they will have an opportunity to provide input on how their beach is managed.

The Bluewater Beach Committee and the Pioneer Park Association are jointly developing a plan which will provide community derived recommendations for the ongoing co-management of the Bayfield Main/Pier Beach. It’s important that community members give their input into this beach plan as it will direct how the beach is managed.

A Public Information Session is set for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. All are invited to come and see what the plan details. Comments and feedback may be sent to:

To view the plan and its appendixes visit:

turner keynote at Foto Fest 

There is still time to register for Fall Foto Fest 2018 scheduled for Sept. 29-30.

Organizers have an exciting line up of workshops including creating, photo books, digital printing and the “In the Photographers Studio” interview series with special guest, Richard Beland. He has spent the last 25 years traveling around the world photographing music artists. His story is amazing, photos inspiring and a great way to learn more about photography.

Plus, the Fall Foto Fest dinner is back! It will be held on Saturday night followed by a keynote presentation by Hollywood director producer and photographer Brad Turner. He is a native of Bayfield and has an interesting story having directed well known shows like 24, Designated Survivor, Hawaii Five-0, The Twilight Zone, and MacGyver just to name a few. He loves capturing moments of time that will never be duplicated, creating a collection of buildings, objects, and landscapes of past eras. This allows him to share the ever-changing world we live in through his photography. His keynote will be held Saturday evening at the Bayfield Town Hall doors open at 7 p.m. People don't have to be registered for Fall Foto Fest to take in the keynote but they must register for the event due to limited space please email,

Keeping with tradition there will be a Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest. There is still time to enter and people don't have to attend to take part in the contest. Grand Prize is a trip with Photo Tour Trekkers on their upcoming 2019 Cuba Tour. For contest details and contest forms please use the link provided below. Please also note all the contest images will be on display in the Bayfield Town Hall during Fall Foto Fest and open to the public to view

The link to the Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest is

The link to registration and event information is:

the cheap shirts will entertain at BRVTA Harvest dinner 

The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.

The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis. Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.

The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.

Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.

The BRVTA would like to thank their event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.

They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.

Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets.

volunteers clean waterfront areas on foggy morning 


fullsizeoutput_35a0Organized by Blue Bayfield and supported by Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park, Bayfield Beach Management, Love Your Greats and the Municipality of Bluewater this year’s clean up attracted several enthusiastic cleaners.  

fullsizeoutput_359bJustyna Chojnacka was one of the volunteers combing Pier Beach on Saturday morning collecting trash left by summer frolickers.

Bayfield’s annual fall beach cleanup honoured the life of Brandon Lemieux. He spent much of his young life roaming the many Bayfield beaches, never returning without a pail of litter. He died Sept 16, 2016.

In his honor a Beach Clean Up was held on the foggy morning of Sept. 15. Shop Bike Coffee Roasters served up some hot brew prior to the start to properly fuel the volunteers.

While locals commonly call the beach adjacent to the pier “Bayfield Main” much of it is in fact owned by the Pioneer Park Association and properly named the Pier Beach.

Due to abnormally high lake levels this year organizers were only able to clean the sections of the beach they could reach safely. They also cleaned Howard St, Pioneer Park, Pier to Marina, plus the Highway 21 ditches (west side) from top of hill to bridge and the ditches on the north side of the bridge on both sides.

The beach cleanup had the support of the following participating groups: Blue Bayfield, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Pioneer Park Association, Love Your Greats, Bluewater Beach Management Committee, Municipality of Bluewater and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

One participant noted there seemed to be fewer plastic bottles but just as many if not more cigarette butts among the trash. Big items discovered included a car axle and bed springs.

fullsizeoutput_35a2Volunteers worked their way up Long Hill Road searching for trash.

IMG_3139Pete and Roz Westwood and Pat McDougall picked up litter near the bridge. They noted that there were fewer plastic bottles but just as many if not more cigarette butts to be collected. (Photo by Shelagh Sully)

fullsizeoutput_35a3Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association were among the volunteers at the Beach Clean up on Saturday morning.




Bayfield Ward Councilor, Bill Whetstone will be holding a Councilor’s Corner tomorrow (Sept. 20).

Acclaimed for the next term Whetstone was going to take a break until after the election but the ongoing need for communication with area citizens changed his mind.

“I have received multiple questions via email and calls on some of the topics that have been asked at the last couple all candidates’ debates as well as others such as, the farm tax ration, voting procedures and, of course, the Tim Hortons,” he said. “Many have also asked what my priorities are for the next term of council. At this meeting I will do my best to explain and provide updates.”

Councilor’s Corner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.


Sept. 21 is the date of the Bayfield Farmers' Market popular fall fundraiser.

“Souper Duper Friday” offers customers the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade soups created from the freshest market ingredients. This year's soups will feature beef and ham from CedarVilla Angus Farms and produce from Firmly Rooted Farm. Each bowl of soup will be served with a slice of Red Cat Farm's bread. Vegan soup and wheat free bread will be available.

The price is just $5 per bowl, with all proceeds supporting ongoing market operations.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs until October 5, Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.

BFIT public meeting 

The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), has just completed a comprehensive business plan for the community to take over the management and operation of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. During this period a longer-range plan for the repurposing of the current building or possibly a new facility would be developed in consultation within the community. The business plan was recently presented to the consultant, Monteith and Brown, hired by the Municipality of Bluewater to investigate the future role of the centre.

BFIT is holding a public meeting to present the business plan to the residents of Bayfield and catchment area on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bayfield Town Hall. All residents, Bluewater Councilors, and other interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the Bayfield Complex Public-Private Partnership Business Plan.

The community based governance structure for operating the centre would be similar to the way other groups in the village operate their independent physical assets, for example, Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield International Croquet Club’s Courts, Bayfield Archives’ building, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association trails and the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds.

The business plan is based on detailed financial, operating, marketing and sales components.

"Our team is made up of individuals with a broad array of skills and experience in all these areas," said Steve Baker, who co-chaired the Business Plan Working Group, "We have virtually all the major volunteer agencies, interest groups and community centre users signed on as a broader advisory council."

Sandy Scotchmer, the other co-chair of the working group, noted that, "We have visited a number of other community centres in Ontario, the most interesting of which is Belmore a small community of 200 people north of Wingham. Belmore has operated its own community centre, that includes skating and curling rinks, for decades. This is a model we relied on heavily to inform our business plan."

Following the public consultation on Oct. 6, BFIT will present the business plan to Bluewater Council in the very near future.

Scotchmer noted that, "The timing is somewhat complicated by the pending municipal election, but on the positive side it gives aspiring Councilors an opportunity to express their views on the proposal during election debates."

Audibly Awesome

“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 10.

This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.


World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.

The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!

Want to learn more about WSD? Visit


Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

Beginner workshops with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 6 and 20 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.

Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.


All are welcome to explore the world of mushrooms on a walk at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park on Sept. 23 along with members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

The mushroom walk is a level one hike and will start at the Windmill Lake parking lot on Bayfield River Road at 2 p.m. Parking is available. The trail is mostly on level ground but there may be some wet and muddy areas.

The hike will be led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald, who led the excellent Lambton Shores mushroom walk last year. The event will last approximately 1.5 hours. Hikers will likely see many common mushrooms and the focus will be on identification.

George Ebers, 519 482-7512; and Peter Jeffers will be the hike leaders.


The Bayfield Committee for Huron Residential Hospice is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3.

Based on one of local playwright, Judy Keightley’s popular “Rose Blair Mysteries”, the play will be performed by local amateur dramatic thespians, a two-course dinner will be served, a cash bar available, and a good time promised for all! The play starts at 7 p.m. each evening. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and available by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees, 519 565-4404; Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or Kevin Kale, 519 565-4018.

Thanks to the generosity of production sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment advisor with Manulife Securities, all proceeds from the play will go directly to the hospice.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (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.


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.

Bayfield Guiding

The benefits of being a member of Bayfield Guiding are many – girls enjoy trying a variety of new skills in a comfortable, relaxed environment. They also learn an appreciation of the world around them by exploring their own great outdoors as well as taking a virtual look at countries far, far away. They are instilled with the desire to do service for their community, their environment and for others across the globe. And perhaps above all they develop confidence and make lasting friendships all in the name of fun!

The season lasts from mid-September to early June. This year marks the 65th anniversary of Girl Guides in Bayfield so members both new and returning should have a lot to celebrate.

Bayfield Guiding has openings for Sparks, aged 5-6 years; Brownies, aged 7-8 years; Guides aged 9-12 years; Pathfinders, aged 12-15 years; and Rangers, aged 15-17 years. Women interested in becoming leaders are also welcome to contact the number listed below for more information.

The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders meet twice monthly while the Rangers meet once a month. Email for dates, times and location.

The first meeting of the year for Sparks, Brownies and Guides will be held tonight (Sept. 19) at Trinity Church. All girls in these age groups are invited to come out and see if Guiding would be of interest to them.

Pathfinders will have their first meeting on Sept. 27. Rangers start date will be determined soon. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.

Registration is $175 per girl – with an average of 30 meetings a year – it works out to about $6 a week – there is some bang for your extracurricular buck! Plus a subsidy is available from Girl Guides of Canada for families who require it. It is a good idea to register early as there are a limited number of subsidies given out.

If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email her at Registration to be a member of Girl Guides of Canada is now exclusively on-line. Visit use the postal code N0M 1G0 to find the Bayfield branches.





feedBack requested regarding village rain Gardens 

Bayfield_Pioneer_Park_2018 (11)Rain gardens are gardens designed to capture water that runs off roofs, driveways, patios, and roads during storms. (Submitted photos)  

A popular saying in the gardening world is that in the first-year plants sleep; the second year they creep; and the third year they leap. Anyone who has been watching the rain gardens at the end of Colina Street in Bayfield will have noticed that the plants have certainly been leaping this year.

Rain gardens are gardens designed to capture water that runs off roofs, driveways, patios, and roads during storms. Native plants are the best choice for rain gardens as they have significantly longer roots than non-native species. It is the deep roots of these native plants, along with the soil of the rain garden, that help to filter oil, fertilizer and other pollutants from storm water runoff.

Bayfield_Pioneer_Park_2018 (13)Rain gardens are so much more than pretty flowers, soil and mulch. They are an important part of the village’s storm water infrastructure.  

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

Installed in 2016, the Bayfield rain gardens are a demonstration project formed from a partnership between ABCA, Pioneer Park Association and the Municipality of Bluewater.
Rain gardens are so much more than pretty flowers, soil and mulch. They are an important part of the village’s storm water infrastructure. Previous to the installation of the rain gardens, storm water would often travel down the bank and straight out to the lake. Since their installation, it has been rare to see any water flowing out of the outlet except after heavy rains. In addition to the function these gardens provide, they also require maintenance, such as weeding, as regular gardens do. Project partners are currently working towards long-term solutions to this ongoing challenge.

Bayfield_Pioneer_Park_2018 (8)Installed in 2016, the Bayfield rain gardens are a demonstration project formed from a partnership between ABCA, Pioneer Park Association and the Municipality of Bluewater.  

“Bayfield’s rain gardens were the first we’ve attempted, and as such, we are continuously learning what has worked, and what we need to address to ensure these gardens continue to function as we need them to,” said Brock.

Anyone who would like to provide feedback about the rain gardens is asked to please contact Hope Brock at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email To find out more about rain gardens, visit the rain garden page at this link:

Drive for Dementia looking for volunteers for Friday event 

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness, challenge stigma and inspire action. The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is acting by introducing their newest fundraiser, “Drive for Dementia”.

A boot drive fundraiser, Drive for Dementia, will see volunteers at marked road locations accepting donations from people passing through. But, organizers can’t do it without volunteers. That’s why they are inviting people to join them to donate or give an hour or three of time to assist during the Drive for Dementia.

With locations throughout Huron County, volunteers are asked to assist between the hours of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 21, World Alzheimer’s Day. Confirmed locations are in Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham. Potential locations of Bayfield and Zurich are also possible.

On this date each year, Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

All funds raised during Drive for Dementia will remain in Huron County to support programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of Huron County. Supporting people with dementia and their families, local programs can make all the difference in the way families are able to live with the disease.

Right now, more than a half a million Canadians are living with dementia. In less than 15 years, this number is expected to increase to almost one million. Everyone will be touched by dementia, whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in the community. Early access to support and information can help people with dementia and those who care for them live as well as possible.

Anyone who can assist with Drive for Dementia, is asked to please reach out to Erin or Karla at 519 482-1482 or To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, visit

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County was founded by a group of family caregivers and incorporated in 1993. It is a non-profit corporation and a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. 




behind the bars

Curious about the history and stories of life within the walls of the Huron Gaol? St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will present “Behind the Bars” with representatives from the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich, tonight (Sept. 19) at St. Peter’s Church Hall in St. Joseph.
Join Senior Curator, Elizabeth French-Gibson, to discover life at the jail beginning in 1841 and stories of the men, women and children, including criminals, the ill and the homeless who spent time behind bars at the Gaol. Volunteers from the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol's popular summer “Behind the Bars” program will also tell the stories of the historic characters they portrayed.

This free event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


Fans of Billy Joel, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis and other piano greats are in for a treat when the production, “Billy Joel and The Piano Men” visits the Hensall Heritage Hall on Friday, Oct 26.

The show, starring piano-wizard and vocalist extraordinaire Bruce Tounay will begin at 7:30 p.m. This unique theatrical performance combines live music with humor, costumes and interesting stories about the songs and performers being highlighted.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They are available at D&D Variety in Hensall; online at; or by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343.

This will be a licensed event held in the one of a kind, historic hall located at 108 King St in Hensall.


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Goderich Little Theatre will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Park House in Goderich.

GLT members are encouraged to attend to hear about our results for the past year and elect our 2018-19 Board. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. New members are welcome!

Health Unit

The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) is marking the 20th anniversary of Ontario’s “Healthy Babies Healthy Children” program.

This program helps children get a healthy start in life. It is free and voluntary for expectant parents and families with children from birth up to entry to school.

The first years of a person’s life lay the foundation for future health and wellbeing. Healthy Babies Healthy Children supports local families to experience healthy pregnancies, as well as postpartum support for a new baby. The program also supports parents to develop strong connections with their children, aid children’s development and connect to resources and programs in their community.

This year the HCHU launched a new program for local HBHC families. The “Play Together, Learn for Life” program and toy kits help parents support their child’s development and build their relationship with their child through play. This program was funded by a Parents Reaching Out Grant from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

To learn more about Healthy Babies Healthy Children, call the HCHU at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.


Last call to take part in a community First Aid course being offered by Bayfield Guiding this weekend.

A Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Course will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Sept. 22-23.

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 to reserve a spot.


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.







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 or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, a photo of Marion Malory, Herb Malory and Miss Mitchell taken around 1930. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10058 PC)

 PB10058 PC Mrs Marion Malory, Mr Herb Malory, Miss Mitchell c1930

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



PB10014 PC Bayfield school class c1920 

In Issue 478, we celebrate the excitement of back to school time with an image of the Bayfield School class circa 1920. (Archives Code: PB10014 PC)



PB10007 PC Remember Me 479 

In Issue 479, we feature an image that records indicate is of Mrs. James Ferguson, Mrs. W.F. Metcalf and Mrs. John Ferguson circa 1935. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10007 PC)



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Bayfield river valley trail association 

tenth annual run tallies over $30,000 Mark 

fullsizeoutput_35b4Since 2009 the local run has raised more than $32,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.  

fullsizeoutput_35aaJosh Geddis (left) and Ivan Raczycki were united in their efforts to raise funds for cancer research during the 37th annual Terry Fox Run.  

fullsizeoutput_35c7The weather cooperated for the Terry Fox Run held in Bayfield on the morning of Sept. 16. It proved to be a fine end of summer day for participants to enjoy as they made their way along Bayfield Terrace in the village.  

fullsizeoutput_35cfMembers of the Get UP Bayfield Poling group, and spouses, took to the streets of the village for the Terry Fox Run.  



The weather was picture perfect on Sept.17 as the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored the tenth annual Terry Fox Run in Bayfield. Participants, of all ages, ran, walked or cycled in support of the 37th annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research.

The Bayfield Urban Poling Group (Get UP Bayfield) lead by Paula Letheren and Lynn Girard did all of the organizing for the event while members of the BRVTA hike leader group, comprised the route marshals.

Since 2009 the local run has raised more than $32,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Organizers were very pleased to announce that the 2018 run generated $2,785 with about 50 people taking part.

fullsizeoutput_35c4 People can run, walk or cycle in the annual event to raise funds for cancer research.

fullsizeoutput_35b0The Bayfield Urban Poling Group (Get UP Bayfield) lead by Paula Letheren (left) and Lynn Girard did all of the organizing for the event while members of the BRVTA hike leader group, comprised the route marshals.  

fullsizeoutput_35beRegistration for the Terry Fox Run took place at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Sept. 16.  

fullsizeoutput_35bfOrganizers were very pleased to announce that the 2018 run generated $2,785 with about 50 people taking part.  

fullsizeoutput_35b9All ages took part in the annual Terry Fox Run held in Bayfield on Sunday.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

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Beautiful Visitor...By Dawn Cumming

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


This week, I lend this space to a very special guest. Kristyn Watterworth offers up a "Love Letter to Bayfield" as she has rinsed out her paint brush at Kryart for the last time and heads to New York City with a blank of luck my friend. - Melody 

IMG_4514Kristyn Watterworth

It has been an incredible adventure running an art studio in Bayfield. It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago I was just 19 years old and naïve enough to start a studio/gallery in Bayfield from scratch. I still remember coming up with the idea, and while living on a farm, 2 hours away, I was hell bent on jumping in headfirst and spreading my baby wings and calling myself a business. I yearn for the days of that unhinged confidence. In just one week from the spawn of the idea to opening day, wild, fast and free, I threw up artwork on the walls, put up some lights, and placed a table and easel in the middle of the room, an open sign on the door, and there I was, ready for business. That first year was a whirlwind, turning strangers into friends and laying the foundation for the creative chaos to ensue.

The first studio/gallery, it was all portraits, sunsets, and parents asking me to teach them and their kids. Each summer I would add more lessons to each week, and eventually every morning became overrun with kids. Then, while I was out at the Martha Ritz (now the Virtual High School) I was overcome by the idea of a new concept studio. While the waitress was taking my order, and serving me food, I thought how cool it would be if she was actually bringing me art supplies and I could sit there and be making art. This idea started becoming stronger and stronger and I thought, yes, build an art studio on the concept of a restaurant. People can come in as they please, order the style, size and color scheme and subject matter off of an art menu, then be given the entire set-up, helped through it, and have someone clean up after them. So, in 2009, I opened the Art Barn. I had some wonderful help, painting the barn, putting in a pond and the gardens and turning a dusty red barn into a crazy art studio! Thank you to Helmut Becker, the Keightleys, my staff, Leanne Jamieson, Kyle Griffiths, my family, and the Wallaces, for first helping me get so much started. It’s unbelievable watching how easily people will jump at the chance to paint now. Seeing people grasp the concept and start throwing color and joy around now is an absolute joy.

It has been amazing to have the support of the community over the years. It would take me pages to thank everyone individually. Every single person that came through my studio to offer a smile and words of encouragement and especially the ones who took the time to create a painting or buy one or twenty, I am so grateful for you!

Thank you to Bill Rowat for being so supportive and endlessly fixing the pedal pushers so people can ride around laughing their heads off. Thank you to all of the families who have made Kryart an annual event and those who came daily. I love hearing about all of the cottages being fully decorated in 11”x14” paintings from their kids attending the kids’ morning sessions over the years. I am definitely going to miss being covered in paint form head to toe every day throughout the summer! Thank you to everyone at Pioneer Park for letting me do creative paint projects year after year. The debut one, before the 1000s of sunset paintings, still makes me laugh every time I think of it. Every kid left completely covered in paint after slip and sliding down 25’ feet of canvas. And then, just before sunset a giant rain storm rode in, and everyone at the park grabbed a part of the canvas and ran it a street over for cover in the Frezell’s shed. Thank you to everyone for not yelling at me for ruining their children’s clothes. The studio has been destroying outfits since 2004, my apologies. Great art never comes without consequence.

I have always loved the freedom that the small town of Bayfield afforded the art studio. Thank you to everyone for making it easy to tromp kids around for camp, using the splash pad and beach, and letting us march down the streets advertising dance and art shows. And of course, for the freedom for a bookshop to have chickens as pets and turn them into little town mascots, dropping golden nuggets all over town, thanks Martha. Lots of love goes out to all of the restaurants in town, and special thanks goes to The Pink Flamingo, for the endless coffee and cupcakes to keep my staff and me going all summer. Thanks to all of the businesses and chamber for making the town a destination. And thank you to all of the people who have let me stay at their cottages and homes over the years. It was always a challenge to find seasonal housing, so thank you to the Poelmans, Tillmanns, Harretts and MacTaggerts for making that easier. The hospitality of the town will always be cherished, and I will miss everyone! And, of course, thank you to the Bakers for their support and to John, for letting me create the entire D2L art collection. I know that it is time to move on though, and I am starting a new chapter, jumping in to the New York City art scene and seeing what I can sink my teeth into over the next year.

I am so pleased to have Faith Patrick, who has worked with me at Kryart for the last six summers continue on at the art barn. She has been making some of the necessary changes so that people can book their time for lessons and has modified the art menu. The modifications should make it a little easier for people to understand and get the time they need. And as long as the weather cooperates she will be open through the fall. Book your lesson time with her by emailing: For information, visit:

Lots of love to you all! And always take the chance to be creative! You owe it to yourself.

Kristyn Watterworth


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