Bookmark and Share   Sept. 21, 2011   Vol. 3 Week 39 Issue 116


Peg Tillmann, of Goderich and formerly of Bayfield, will mark her 100th Birthday a little early on Oct. 1. Joining in the celebrating will no doubt be her great-grandchildren, including, Aidhan and Siobhan Kleuskens, of Goderich. (Submitted photo)


Eleanor (Peg) Tillmann will mark 100 years on Jan. 24 – not always the best time of year to hold a birthday party so her family is holding an early celebration for friends and relatives on Oct. 1.

The party will take the form of a “come and go tea” from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Southcove Club House in Goderich. Best wishes only please.

Tillmann was born Eleanor (Peg) Pearen in Brandon, MB in the winter of 1912. Her father died when she was just eight years old and it was then that she made the move to London, ON.

She is a graduate of Alma College and worked for five years at London Life. She married Jack Tillmann on May 7, 1938 and the couple lived in London for 61 years and then Bayfield for 32 years. Just over three years ago, following her husband’s death, she made the move to Goderich and is now a resident of Goderich Place.

This soon-to-be centenarian is mother to three, Tony Tillmann, Joan Cluff and Barb Tillmann. She has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.



When was the last time your child had their teddy bear’s vision tested? Regular eye examinations are an important part of your child’s eye health and if the appointment would be made easier with teddy by their side then Main Street Optometric in Bayfield welcome them as well. And in the process your child’s school can benefit too.

October is Vision Health Month, and to promote healthy vision and overall well-being Main Street Optometric has started a new program involving local schools. For the month of October they are hosting the “Teddy Bear Check-Up,” where local children are encouraged to bring in their favorite teddy bear with them for a complete eye-exam. To promote healthy eyes and learning, Main Street Optometric is going to donate $10 per child to their respective school's library, as vision is involved in 80 per cent of all learning.

In the province of Ontario children under the age of 19 years are covered annually under OHIP, so this program runs at no expense to parents or schools. Teddy Bears are tested free of charge; limit one teddy per child.  

 Please call 519 565-2300 to book an appointment with Dr. Rich Samuell.

HEritage committee in need 

What look like brick on the front of this house at 48 Main Street West in Zurich are actually small wooden rectangles. In the 1930s, the original porch was enlarged to its current appearance on this home that is the Bluewater Heritage Committee's "Heritage Feature of the Month." (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater is in need of interested people to serve as members of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC). Their contribution will be invaluable to the past and future history of the community. This Committee of Council meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Bayfield Lions Community Building. For more information please contact Nellie Evans at the Bluewater Municipal Office in Zurich.

Have you ever looked at the older homes and businesses in Bluewater and considered how it has come to be that they have survived into the present? How is it that they are so lovingly preserved? The members of the BHC feel that such things can only be achieved by people who care about their significance to the heritage of the community. They know that there are many such people in Bluewater. The BHC believes that just looking at the streetscapes and side roads demonstrates how important conservation of heritage buildings is to residents of Bluewater.

The BHC offer September’s “Heritage Feature of the Month”, 48 Main Street West in Zurich, as a perfect example of Bluewater history.

Writing, in German and English, discovered under a cupboard during restoration shows the residence could be perhaps the oldest residence in Zurich. Existing in 1856 only 11 years after the village was created, this frame home is located just a stone’s throw away from the village centre, making it a popular home for half a dozen businesses.

William Hoffman and Keith Westlake operated undertaking businesses at different times in the 1930s in a long narrow building demolished in the 70s. Kenneth Breakey received a call from opportunity as his television sales business was operated at a time when televisions were introduced to Huron County.

In 1973, Keith’s son Robert Westlake and his wife Alma purchased the property. After restoring the home, they moved their insurance business to this site, the business that had been formerly owned by Robert’s great-uncle, J.W. Haberer, since the 1800s.

low water advisory continues

The Ausable Bayfield Water Response Team (WRT) recently made the decision to keep a Level 1 Advisory in place for the Upper Ausable and Bayfield River watersheds based on below-normal August precipitation patterns and very low stream flows.

Improved conditions in the southern portions of the watershed have allowed the low water advisory to be lifted in the Lower Ausable River and Parkhill Creek subwatersheds.

Wet weather returned during the last half of August but did not contribute to a significant increase in stream flows, according to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

According to Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Lands and Water Technologist, monthly rainfall totals still indicated low water conditions except in the southern portions of the watershed.

“Rainfall has been below normal and stream flows in the Upper Ausable River and Bayfield River watersheds are still low as a result of a very hot and dry July,” Heinbuck said. “That hot, dry weather has had a significant and lasting impact on stream flows in local watercourses.”

Stream flows in both the Upper Ausable and Bayfield River watersheds have been characteristic of low-flow conditions through the entire month of August and into September.

ABCA staff members will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions.

Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or the ABCA website at and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

Time is now to Get tickets 

The “Bids 4 Kids” Auction, organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield, is set for Oct. 1.

The event will be held at the Varna Complex with cocktails and viewing beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Cheap Shirts.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Make A Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario, a cause dear to the hearts of the membership. In light of the recent disaster in Goderich it has been determined that another twenty-five per cent of the auction proceeds will go to tornado relief. The remainder of the funds will benefit local youth activities.

The community has responded very generously for donation requests and those who attend this social event of the season are sure to have a great deal of fun bidding. A sunset cruise, a cabin getaway, theatre tickets for performances at the Blyth Festival and The Grand Theatre, signed sports memorabilia and thousands of dollars in donated services and merchandise will be up for auction alongside a few select handcrafted wood pieces.

Don’t wait to the last minute to get your tickets for this fabulous evening as the event almost always is a sell out. Tickets are available now for $30 each and include a catered dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the Bayfield Village Inn, Brandons Hardware or by calling Tara Hessel at 519 565-2136. Anyone who wishes to reserve a table of eight or ten can also do so by contacting Hessel. To provide more support for our neighbor to the north through the Optimist's Bayfield "Hearts" Goderich campaign $5 from every ticket sold will go to tornado relief.

festival mixes fitness and art 

In November of this year, a full-field digital mammography unit will be operative for the people of HC in the completely renovated radiology department at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich. To collect funds for this unit the Keeping Abreast Campaign of the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation was established.

The citizens of Bayfield are committed to supporting the Keeping Abreast Campaign. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with the generosity of 10 financial sponsors, 70 volunteers and the support of 24 groups, the village will hold the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield (FFAB).

The FFAB is comprised of two parts as suggested in the name. “Breastworks” is the banner name for a silent auction to be held on the night of Sept. 30. The auction will continue the following day from 11 a.m. until early afternoon. Over 55 artists from across Canada and the USA have donated pottery, painting, knitting, quilting, poetry, baking and other arts to this silent auction. All work celebrates the female form. 

A wine and cheese, generously sponsored by The Little Inn, will be held Friday night from 7-9 p.m. Entertainment on both Friday and Saturday will include three talented young pianists, a local choir and the well-known local playwright, actor and director, Duncan MacGregor. All are welcome to join the artists at this social event.

The fitness portion of the festival includes cycling, running and walking.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1, an 8 KM run/walk will progress through the historic village and the newly developed Woodland Trail. The advanced entry fee is $20 and on the day of the event the fee is $25. Registration is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Arena.

The Virtual High School is the lead sponsor of this event. The Village Bookshop will provide the water for the run/walk. This run is sanctioned by the Ontario Masters as a regional competition and medals are awarded to winners of each age group. Individual high school cross-country runners and school teams are invited to participate with medals awarded to junior and senior individual and team winners.

The cycling event begins at noon from the Bayfield Arena and will cover a distance of 45 km along paved county roads in Bluewater. CKNX and Outside Projects have made this event possible. Registration for this event will go from 9-11:30 a.m. Cost to participate is $40 in advance or $45 on the day of the event. For those interested in participating in a shorter and less demanding version of events as well as contributing to this fundraiser, there is a 3 KM route through the village. The cost to participate in the shorter event is $20. All those 16 and under can participate in any event for $10.

Participants should note that due to the generosity of the Municipalities of Bluewater and Central Huron and those sponsors mentioned above, 100 per cent of the funds raised will go directly to the Keeping Abreast Campaign of the AMGH Foundation for the purchase of the mammography unit.

Information and registration forms are available online at They are also available at Outside Projects on Main Street in Bayfield. For more information contact: Tyler Hessel, 519 565-4034, cycling; Ray Letheren, 519 565-2317, running/walking.


historical society

Back in May, two Bayfield Historical Society members spoke of their Adventures in Cambodia as part of the society’s monthly speaker’s series. Their story was such an interesting one that it had to be divided into two parts.

Gordon Fraser and Dorothy Griffin will continue their story of volunteerism at the Honour Village Cambodia orphanage where they have spent the past two winters on Sept. 26

The second half of their talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

library friends

For many people the Bayfield Library is the hub of the community. These people have recently united as The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).

The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs.

To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to or call Clair at 519-565-2135.

Penny sale

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

The 57th Annual CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Clinton from now until Sept. 24. The sale will be open weekly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; draw day 9 a.m. to noon. Drawing will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The CPH Auxiliary is indebted to the community for their support of this fundraiser for their local hospital. They invite all to come out and win a prize!

The members of the CPH Auxiliary are also selling Quilt Draw tickets at the CPH Gift Shop or at the Penny Sale. It’s not too late to win! The winning ticket will be drawn at the October meeting.

master gardeners

Bayfield is very fortunate to have several Master Gardeners residing locally. Individuals such as Sue van Baardwyk, Susan Beatty and Leigh and Jerry Selk volunteer both in the community as well as for the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society.

They are also a part of Huron Master Gardeners, one of 39 Master Gardener groups across Ontario comprised of 750 dedicated volunteers. These individuals are dedicated to providing accurate and relevant home gardening horticultural information to the public. In other words, they love to talk gardening!

Huron Master Gardeners will be holding a special speaker evening on Sept. 26 and invite all in the community to attend. Paul Kelly, manager of the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre will present the topic, “What's the Buzz about Bees?”

This evening will be held at the OMAFRA Building at 100 Don St. in Clinton starting at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is a donation. Please note this meeting will be held in a “fragrance free” building.

Master Gardeners aren’t just active in Bayfield, volunteers can be found residing in Wingham, Seaforth and Hensall as well.


For anyone who would like to discover just how much fun public speaking can be, Clinton Communicators Toastmasters invites them to attend an open house on Sept. 27 at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don St., Clinton. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members improve their public speaking, communications and leadership skills in a mutually supportive environment.

For more information about Clinton Communicators Toastmasters, please contact Dorothy Griffith of Bayfield at 519 565-2879 or email Feel free to visit the local club website or the Toastmasters International website

concert series

Jazz artist, Denzel Sinclaire will be the next performer to grace the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Bayfield Concert Series.

The show is set for Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The cost is $45 per person. Tickets are available at

fitness fun

Summer is fleeting and thoughts are now turning to fall routines but there are some new fitness opportunities on the horizon – read on to learn more.

One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to stay fit over.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

Starting on Sept. 26 people will have the chance to play indoor pickle ball (think, slower paced tennis indoors) or indoor badminton on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex. The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.

Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.

Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.

Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Are you ready to dance yourself into SHAPE? ZUMBA is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party and participants say it is so much fun. ZUMBA classes are held Wednesday evenings at the Bayfield Community Centre from 7-8 p.m. Drop-ins and beginners are welcome. Drop in rate is $11 or you can purchase a Ten Pass for $90. Please contact Alison de Groot at for more information.

bridge club

Terri Allen and Flo Keillor were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met next on Sept. 14 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The club will meet next on Sept. 28. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Bayfield Guiding

Girls and women in the community are encouraged to consider Guiding as a great extracurricular activity.

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!

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 joining as leaders are also welcome to contact the number listed below for more information. The season lasts from mid-September to early June.

The groups meet, with the exception of the Pathfinders and Rangers, on Tuesday afternoons from 5:30-7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. (doors open at 5:15 p.m.) The Pathfinders and Rangers will meet twice monthly at the Bayfield Village Inn on alternate Wednesdays from 6:30-9 p.m.

Meetings for the Sparks, Brownies and Guides have begun but it is never too late to join! Pathfinders and Rangers will have their first meeting on Sept. 28. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend to learn more about what being a senior member of Guiding is all about.

If you would like to reserve a spot for your daughter please phone Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 565-2443 or email her at





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. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, the photo provides us a closer look at the demolition of the old school. The date on the photo is Feb. 1956.

Remember 116

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Remember Me 114

In Issue 114, the front entrance to the new school begins to take shape. This group of construction photos was generously donated to the Bayfield Archives from the Francis Collection. This photo was taken in November of 1955.  


Remember Me 115

In Issue 115, the exterior of the new Bayfield Public School looks complete in this photo taken in April of 1956. The demolition of the old school has begun in the background.





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Third village terry fox run raises most to date

The 3rd Annual Terry Fox Run was held in Bayfield on the morning of Sept. 18 with 85 enthusiastic individuals running, cycling and walking to raise funds for cancer research.

The weather conditions were perfect for a walk along the Sawmill Trail Loop as part of the Terry Fox Run held on Sunday morning.

Shannon (left) and Sam Gould, of Bayfield, started out on the cycling route leaving Clan Gregor via Louisa Street.

Over $4,300 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research at the most successful Bayfield run to date.



Perfect weather conditions on the morning of Sept. 18 brought out 85 people to walk, cycle and run to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research.

Their efforts raised a tremendous $4,300. Up until this date the two previous runs combined had garnered just over $5,500.

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are sponsors of this event.

“A big thanks to the community, the BRVTA members who volunteered their time and those who participated in the Terry Fox Run,” said Heidi Hessel, event organizer. “ We look forward to seeing everyone Sept. 15, 2012 in Clan Gregor Square.”

It is the Terry Fox Foundation’s single mission to fund innovative cancer research. It funds research in many types of cancers such as lung, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic, oral, and liver.


Participants could take longer or shorter routes on the run. The longer distances incorporated the Saw Mill Trail Loop.


Wade Berard, of Bayfield, was one of the participants who chose to run the route.





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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


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Melody Falconer-Pounder


There has been a lot of talk lately about whether Culbert’s Bakery in Goderich will reopen after the F3 Tornado traveled down West Street leaving mayhem and damage in its wake.

People have been using social networking to rally behind the beleaguered institution in a hope that they can help the cream puffs rise again. And admittedly when I heard the tornado had hit West Street hard – Culbert’s was the first thing that popped into my head. Everyone has childhood stories and invariably family traditions that the baking at Culbert’s Bakery is at the heart of and I am no different.

My favorite baked good as a child was their tarts – coconut, butter, nut…they were all good – but the butter tart was the best. My grandmother had a fondness for this sweet treat as well. When I was growing up my Grandma had an apartment in the back of our house. Late Thursday afternoon was her grocery-shopping day. So every Thursday after supper was finished I would go and sit on our front stoop and wait for Grandma to come home so I could “help” her bring in her grocery bags and packages. I was always rewarded with a butter tart. And then I would go back to the front stoop and watch the sun set in the west all the while savoring each morsel. First I had to break the tart in two and watch the string of syrup run from one side to the other as it broke. Then I had to eat the top leaving the crunchy sugary base for last. It way my little tradition.

Yes, it would be very sad indeed never to get to enjoy such an indulgence again or share it with my wee grandson when he’s old enough for solid foods…- Melody


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Bayfield Foodland
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The Dock's Restaurant
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder