Bookmark and Share   Sept. 21, 2016   Vol. 8 Week 39 Issue 377

lucy set the standard for a "pioneer Park" on the river

Graham Wallace, owner of Charles Street Market, will be donating the proceeds of all of the drip coffee sales made in his store tomorrow (Sept. 22) to the Bayfield River Flats Campaign. All are invited to come by for a coffee and help support the cause! (Submitted photo)


The inspiration to purchase the 4.75 acre Bayfield River Flats was provided by Lucy Woods Diehl. In 1945, Lucy, despite being in constant pain and in a wheelchair due to osteoarthritis, organized the original 12 Pioneer Park purchasers. Without Lucy’s vision, determination and intense love of Bayfield, Pioneer Park would never have become the iconic public space that we all cherish today. Imagine a Bayfield without our beautiful lake views and sunsets.

George “Jumbo” Erwin, the village blacksmith who, before he left the village to settle in Saskatchewan, in the early 1900s, almost singlehandedly destroyed any hope that the village would ever have a community controlled lakeside area to enjoy sunsets. All the land from the Metcalf House to the river, including the cottage area on the lake banks was offered to the Village of Bayfield for a very reasonable amount.

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Lucy Woods-Diehl Circa 1964

According to a Clinton News-Record article written by Lucy and dated Oct. 17, 1963, “The agreement to purchase was drawn up and signed and was in Dr. G.M. Smith’s pocket. He was Reeve at the time. Erwin met Dr. Smith and asked, what did you get out of that deal? Must have been a fat commission to pay that much! Dr. Smith was so angry that he took the agreement from his pocket and tore it up!”

Most of the land was then sold off to private developers at a much higher price and when the remaining property, that we now cherish as Pioneer Park, came up for sale again in 1944, by the J.H. Reid Estate, the village trustees couldn’t agree and were prepared to walk away from the purchase. This is when Lucy stepped in and organized the Pioneer Park Association.

Lucy’s influence spread over the years. The purchase of Pioneer Park was a ‘tipping point’ that changed Bayfield forever. Village residents no longer waited for politicians or circumstances to dictate what was good for Bayfield. There are many examples, but some that standout are: the Lion’s Club building the Arena and Community Centre, the committee which saved and transformed the iconic Town Hall, the Lion’s Club conversion of the old school for community use, The Archives and Heritage Centre, the hiking trails, the Garden Club and Clan Gregor Square redevelopment. Most communities couldn’t even imagine how large a responsibility volunteers have taken for making Bayfield what it is today and it’s because Lucy set the example.

Bayfield has the opportunity, before Nov. 30, to acquire 4.75 acres (about 1,000 feet of river frontage), this is our generations’ opportunity to guarantee river access as one more jewel for the community, a “Pioneer Park” on the river. Lucy would be proud and she would probably be asking; “If not now…when? If not us...who?”

All donations, $50 and over made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on behalf of this River Flats acquisition are income tax deductible. All donations made at campaign headquarters, Main Street Optometric in the village, will receive a badge while supplies last.Bayfield River Flats T-shirts or tote bags are offered to donors who contribute $250 or more at Main Street Optometric.Campaign sponsors who donate $1,000 or more, will be publicly recognized with a permanent plaque installed on the ‘Flats’ property.

Donors from all over the world, can contribute to this campaign through a “crowd funding” program on the website but to control costs, no T-shirts, tote bags or badges will be mailed.

Poppies to be installed in Courthouse Park tomorrow 

The more than 100 volunteers who helped create a plethora of ceramic poppies will see their vision come to life in a scarlet display at the Goderich Courthouse Park Cenotaph on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)

Tomorrow (Sept. 22) approximately 550 ceramic poppies will be installed in front of the Goderich Cenotaph in Courthouse Square Park in Goderich. Inspired by the 2014 art installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London, each poppies installed represents a life lost from Huron County in the First World War (1914-18).

Local artist Ruth Anne Merner oversaw the design and making of the ceramic poppies for the project. Over a hundred community volunteers came together throughout the month of July to make the poppies. Businesses and individuals from Huron County and Southern Ontario donated time and materials to help make the project a reality.

The poppies will remain on The Square in front of the cenotaph until the beginning of November, at which time they will be divided and shared among the different community cenotaphs located across Huron County.

A special program of dedication will take place beginning at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the outdoor performance stage in Courthouse Square.

Bev Dietrich, curator of John McCrae House in Guelph will be a guest. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” is the inspiration behind the poppy being an international symbol of remembrance. Duncan McGregor will perform a reading of the poem. Other special guests for the event include: an Honor Guard from The Royal Canadian Regiment, students from Goderich District Collegiate Institute who will perform “O Canada”. The Mayor of Goderich, Huron County Warden and a representative for Ben Lobb, MP Huron-Bruce will bring greetings. Everyone is invited to attend.

The poppy installation is the first in a series of events taking place this September and October to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the deployment of the 161st Battalion and Huron County’s role in the First World War. The Government of Canada, County of Huron, Town of Goderich and Huron Arts and Heritage Network are supporters of these events that were developed by a committee made up of local heritage organizations.

For more information on the events and the 161st Battalion visit

Bluewater recognized for its tidiness in competition 

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Some of the Bluewater Blooms Committee members celebrated their five bloom win with the two judges who visited the municipality at an award ceremony held in Stratford, ON on the weekend. From left, Bluewater Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee member, Liz Sangster, of Hensall, Chair Jim Fergusson, Co-chair Kay Wise, of Hensall, CIB Judges Kathy Smyth, of Tilbury and Betty Lamont, of Tiverton and Carol Steckle, of Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater won 5 Blooms and the Tidiness Criteria Award Saturday, Sept. 17 at the 2016 Communities in Bloom (CIB) Ontario Awards & Symposium held in Stratford, ON. St. Joseph’s Memorial Park also received a special mention by the judges.

Tidiness is a nod to the hard work of municipal public works, parks and by-law enforcement employees and green-thumb community volunteers who keep streets, parks and private property neat, litter-free and colorful. It includes Bluewater’s participation in Earth Day-themed trash bashes in April, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in late May and Blue Flag in June. Volunteers from several cottagers’ associations joined the Shoreline Cleanup and rendered nine of 24 KMs of beach litter free. Their work produced an estimated 250 kilograms of recyclables and garbage (100 kg more than last year!). The Blue Flag program requires clean beach sand and marina water that was most visible this year with promotion of the Butt-Free Beach initiative from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Bayfield was one of nine participating beaches that included a clean-up blitz and installation of recycling receptacles.

Bluewater remained in the Ontario Evaluated Program to focus on improvements, despite being invited to the National event. To illustrate these improvements, the Bluewater Blooms planning committee commissioned Heather Redick, of Zurich, to produce an interactive online community profile book. It is only a snapshot of the busy culture of the area, however, the book’s educational component was greatly expanded by this media. It can be viewed on the dedicated website,

On the evaluation days in mid-August, local residents shined up their pride and blinded the judges with a display of interesting activities and initiatives in their community. One memorable moment involving local vacationers was viewing the setting of the sun over Lake Huron while the Clinton Legion Pipes and Drums played the haunting song, Amazing Grace.

CIB is a vehicle for showcasing the community and recognizing volunteers. Volunteers in Hensall hosted an exceptional lunch for the 2016 judges while volunteers in Bayfield encouraged a game of croquet. Approximately a dozen volunteers prepared and committed to the two-day evaluation and for this every the Bluewater Blooms Committee is thankful and they extend their gratitude to all those who show their love for this community for the other 363 days of the year!

Bluewater joined Communities in Bloom in 2010 to foster a closer relationship between its three villages, lakeshore and agricultural communities. A team representing municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors was created and works enthusiastically each year to find new ways to accomplish this goal.

During July and August, on an agreed date, two Ontario judges evaluate each participating community on the accomplishments of the whole team. Communities are awarded a "trillium" bloom rating and receive a comprehensive report. The Bluewater Blooms planning committee shares this report with the municipality and community so everyone may learn and improve.

Goderich joins municipalities asking county to rethink ACPs  



The way Huron County Council deals with its municipalities leaves much to be desired, according to Bayfield Ward Councilor for Bluewater, Bill Whetstone.

It has taken the Huron Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) controversy for Whetstone to realize how poorly county council cares about the priorities of its municipal governments.

For the past month Whetstone has been trying to get the county council to re-examine its decision to eliminate its 14 ACPs. Huron County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) currently employs 14 ACPs and employs 72 Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs). Forty of these PCPs are full-time the remainder part-time.

Last month Whetstone and Hensall Councilor, Marnie Hill convinced Bluewater council to ask county council to re-think its position. The number of Huron municipal councils that want county council to reconsider is growing. Today (Sept. 21) county council is expected to get a second chance to reconsider its position. Goderich, Central Huron and Huron East is expected to support Bluewater’s position. Each thinks Bluewater is on the right track.

Hill thinks South Huron could be the next municipality to ask county council to do a re-think.

Right now there are no rules on how county council reports to municipalities and how municipalities report to county council. The conflicts will likely increase if the communication procedures don’t improve, Whetstone believes.

Fall Foto Fest filling fast 


The fourth annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) with the theme “Your Imagination in Focus” will be taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall and numerous other locations throughout Bayfield all weekend Oct. 1-2.

Although there are still some spaces available in most workshops, you are encouraged to register immediately to ensure you get the workshops of your choice. Workshops are restricted to a maximum participation of 20 in order to provide optimum participation and interaction with the instructor.

FFF 2016 has introduced three new types of workshops: Raptors and Birds of Prey, a Photo Shoot at Windmill Lake and a bonus Night Photography workshop.

“This seems to have hit a chord with photographers with registrations up more than 50 per cent from last year,” said Jack Pal, representing the FFF Organizing Committee. “You will be able to select 2 workshops per day and get a complimentary Night Photography workshop. Join us for one day or take advantage of our two-day event options.”

The cost of the event is $55 for one day or $75 for two days. For high school, college or university students, the fee will be $35 for one day or $55.00 for two days. The Raptors and Birds of Prey workshop costs an additional $35.

Although the deadline for contributing photos for the annual Fall Foto Fest Photo Contest has passed, all photos entered will be on display at no charge to the public at the town hall.

The Grand Prize this year is a photo tour to Amsterdam with Photo Tour Trekkers, the event sponsor. New this year is a “People’s Choice” award sponsored by The Ashwood Inn (a weekend for two at the Ashwood). Winners will be announced at the Sunday Wine and Cheese at 5 p.m.

The exhibition is open all weekend, but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. so come out, enjoy the photos and help select the winner.

“We would like to thank our major sponsors without whom this event, which has grown over the years, would not be possible,” said Pal. “Specifically a major shout out to Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: The Ashwood Inn, Turner Gallery and Blyth Printing.”

For more information and registration details regarding Fall Foto Fest, go to:

Vintage Adults Welcome at Home4Good’s november Expo

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To connect area seniors with the many resources and services available to them, Home4Good will host, “The Time of Our Lives Expo: Products and Services for Vintage Adults” on Nov. 3.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Exhibitors from around the region will showcase their products and services. Presentations and demonstrations will be featured, along with entertainment, food and door prizes throughout the day. This fun and informative event is made possible with the help of a Seniors Community grant funded by the Government of Ontario.

Home4Good is a community-based group in Bayfield. They want to ensure that services are available so that older people and those with mobility challenges can age ‘in place’ and continue living in their own homes in the village.

Started in 2014, with input from local residents, Home4Good has three areas of priority: Transportation, Information and Housing. The upcoming Expo will provide an opportunity for people from the area to meet service providers, try out products, watch demonstrations of fitness activities and hear about issues ranging from seniors’ housing options, the changing role of estate executors, and how to downsize a household. There will even be a chance to enjoy a brief massage!

For more information visit the Home4Good website at Follow them on Facebook at or contact Roma Harris (, Elise Feltrin ( or Arlene Timmins (

ABCA celebrates 70 years at annual Bannockburn Fall Hike 

The 43rd Bannockburn Fall Hike on Oct. 2 will showcase a new section of boardwalk and celebrate 70 years of partnerships in Ausable Bayfield watersheds.

Local people and visitors to the area have made the Bannockburn Fall Hike an autumn tradition for more than four decades. The annual family-friendly hike will take place on Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bannockburn Conservation Area.

Improvements to the conservation area have been made recently and organizers invite people to hike on a newly replaced section of boardwalk through the wetland area. A one hour-long guided hike will be held. This group will leave from the parking lot at 1:30 p.m.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016 so the hike will highlight seven decades of community conservation partnerships. Ontario’s first conservation authority was formed on July 30, 1946. It was then called the Ausable River Conservation Authority at that time. The first report for the Bayfield River Watershed was created in 1971 and the Bayfield Watershed was added to the conservation authority’s area the next year. In 1972, the local agency became Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

“It’s hard to believe the conservation authority has been working with the community for 70 years,” said Denise Iszczuk, conservation educator with ABCA. “The Bannockburn Fall Hike gives people a chance to enjoy nature, get active, and to learn about ways we are working with local residents, community groups, and other partners to protect the health of water, soil and living things.”

Iszczuck added that the annual event offers people a great chance to experience the change in seasons, to enjoy the colors of the leaves, wildflowers and view migrating birds.

The hike also offers attendees a chance to speak with conservation staff, learn about new conservation programs and how they can get involved.

Fresh local apples and some apple cider will be served in the parking lot for participants to enjoy. Staff invite those who attend to ‘lug a mug’ to reduce waste.

The Bannockburn Fall Hike is a Healthy Hikes event. Visit to find out about this and other hikes in Ontario and prizes that are available; to find out more visit or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Donations to conservation education programs are always welcome but there is no fee to attend.

“Boost your health by stepping into nature this fall through the Conservation Ontario Healthy Hikes initiative,” said Iszczuk.

The Bannockburn Conservation Area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line, two KMs north of Huron County Road 3, near Varna, between Bayfield and Brucefield.

Songs from the Woods

The Ashwood Inn and LP Productions invite you to: "Songs From the Woods " on Oct. 1. The concert will be held in the tent at the back of The Ashwood property and will feature the music of Juno nominated, “The Sadies”. The “doors” will open for the evening starting at 7 p.m. Organizers are hoping this event will become a Bayfield staff party with all people who work in the village’s restaurant, accommodation or retail businesses eligible for half price admission. Tickets are available now at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters on Main Street or at The Ashwood. Regular priced tickets are $33. Those who attend are asked to check in at the front desk of The Ashwood Inn for wristbands. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. It is also an eco-friendly event. People are invited to bring their own reusable water/drink container. (Submitted photo)


You are invited 

After standing empty for almost a decade, the former Catholic Church at 27 Louisa Street is about to be the setting for a wedding once again.

The new owners, Mary Cross and John Williams, will be getting married on the front steps of the church at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 22). Neighbors and any interested parties are welcome to share the moment and help celebrate the nuptials.

The couple have wonderful plans for the renovations of the church, so although this will be the last public event for the site, there will be new life for this historic building.

Badminton Club 

Looking for a fun winter activity plus an opportunity to get some exercise? How about Badminton?

Plans are currently in the works to form a Bayfield Badminton Club with games to be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna on Wednesday evenings.

Anyone interested in playing should plan to attend an organizational meeting at the Bayfield Public Library tomorrow (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m.

For more information call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or contact him via email at

Councilor's Corner

The monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre has had to be rescheduled to Sep. 29.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening usually on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

Inspiring Women of H.C. Calendar 


The Inspiring Women of Huron County Pin-Up Calendar is out and 28 area women are showcased over a period of 15 months in a variety of amazing fashions and scenes depicting the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The idea for the calendar was born out of the vision and passion of Marcie McLean, of Goderich, for her love of all things associated with the term, “Pin-up”. Turns out the definition of the word fills a broad spectrum and isn’t necessarily what the connotation suggests. Curious?

Satisfy that curiosity by attending the calendar's launch at an Open House at the Harbour Hill Retirement Suites in Goderich on Monday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. This will be your chance to meet the Pin-ups who include: Bayfield Beauty Shop’s Natalie Tarnawski, Elephant Juice’s Jennifer Reaburn, and daughter River, as well as Shop Bike Coffee’s Leanne Kavanagh and Naomi Pal.

Pin-up Ashley Anderson-Stanley and her husband, Christopher Stanley will set the tone with their musical styling. Refreshments will be available and appetizers will be provided.

And, of course, there will be an opportunity to purchase the calendar for $25 to pin up on your very own wall. All proceeds going to the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counseling Services.


A weekend celebration of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and good vibes is happening this Sunday, Sept. 25 in Clan Gregor Square for the second annual "Volkfest"

“VWs” will be on display in the park along with live music, craft vendors and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m.

For bug lovers the events begin on Saturday night, Sept. 24, at The Ashwood Inn with a welcome barbecue from 5-8 p.m. followed by a screening of the documentary, “The Bus”. Overnight VW camping is also available at The Ashwood.

On Sunday morning a VW Brunch will be held at Smackwater Jack's in Grand Bend starting at 9:30 a.m. and then a caravan of the vehicles will make their way from Grand Bend to Bayfield from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information about this family friendly event visit or contact

valdy in Concert


The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society invites community members to a special concert with an incredible story teller/songwriter on Oct. 20. Valdy, who has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years, will grace the Town Hall stage.

A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who can recognize the small but telling moments that make up life in his music.

Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards, Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

The concert will begin at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door (if any are still available). Tickets can be purchased through, from Ernie King Music in Goderich, or by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.

attention shoreline residents

Anyone living near or on the lake shore is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan Update Consultants’ Recommendation Report available now for public review until Dec. 1.

The local Shoreline Management Plan Update Steering Committee has asked that the Draft Updated Shoreline Management Plan Consultants’ Recommendation Report (DUSMPCRR) be posted online for review and that the public have the opportunity to provide comment. That document – along with draft mapping and appendices – is now available for free download on the Shoreline Management Plan Update Web Page:

Written comments on the document, or questions, may be sent to Alec Scott or Geoff Cade through the staff contacts page at

A printed copy of the document is to be available at the ABCA office, at 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter, for people who do not have convenient access to the Internet. Copies are also to be available in the coming week for the public to review at a number of local libraries. Anyone who wishes the report in an alternate format should contact staff at ABCA

Shoreline property owners and other interested people are invited to review the document, download it for free, and provide written comments to ABCA. To reach the web page, click on the Shoreline Management icon on the home page or use the search tool on the home page.

After comments on the document are received, reviewed, and considered by ABCA and the Steering Committee, the ABCA will work with municipalities and other reviewing bodies in early 2017 to develop draft local policies through a draft local policies implementation plan.

Comments received during the current review period will help to inform the development of draft local policies for implementation.

The DUSMPCRR and local implementation policies is also expected to be presented in public events in spring or summer 2017.

Bluewater Blooms 

Need some trees to fill a space or create a windbreak? Consider buying from Bluewater Communities in Bloom and support a positive community-wide effort at the same time.

Communities in Bloom (CIB) sprouted six years ago from an idea to bring villages, lakeshore and farming communities together. It is one municipal-community program that brings together passionate volunteers and unique initiatives. The program funds the creation of a community profile book, or brag book, entry into a provincial competition and flower planters on every Main Street in the municipality.

CIB has also been the vehicle for residents to plant over 200 trees in the past couple of years. Once again, CIB invites you to order fall trees online now via their webpage at

Tree species offered for sale are: White Cedar, White Pine, White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce. These are 18 to 24 inches tall – ball burlap. Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Bur Oak and Tulip Tree are three to five feet tall and potted.

Orders will be confirmed and payment arranged through the Municipality of Bluewater. Please contact Nellie Evans at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236 or email

Trees are purchased from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Those who order will be asked to pick up their trees at the arenas in Bayfield, Zurich and Hensall in the middle of October.

plan open house 

The Corporation of the Municipality of Bluewater is undertaking an update of the Official Plan, a land use planning document that is a statement of where and how development should take place.

You are invited to attend an Open House to learn about required updates to the Official Plan to ensure conformity with County and Provincial Planning documents and discuss the policy areas to be explored in the update to the Bluewater Official Plan.

Your comments on this important document are valued.

A Public Open House will be held starting on Sept. 19 through Sept. 23 from 1-4 p.m. daily at the Stanley Complex, 38954 Mill Road (just west of Varna).

Private appointments are available during the mornings of Sept. 19-23 to discuss property-specific questions. Please call, to book an appointment, 519 524-8394 Ext. 3.

The draft amendment is also available online at:

Please contact Denise Van Amersfoort, planner, at the number above with any questions about the review process or how your property might be affected.


The Bayfield Skating Club is excited to begin another great season! They are offering Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, Junior and Senior level programming, plus two - 10 week power skating sessions. The season begins Oct. 18 and ends March 9, 2017.

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) is sponsoring $50 to any new Bayfield Skating Club registrations. Please note this does not apply for power skating and this must be a new registration, no return registrations are eligible.

The club’s second registration date will take place tonight (Sept. 21) at the Bayfield Arena between 6:30-8 p.m. For further information please contact Tamara Corriveau 226 222-0441 or Sonya Brady 519 565-5672.

The club is also selling Elmira chicken. Anyone who is interested in purchasing is asked to please contact any member of the Bayfield Skating Club or check out their Facebook page.



“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 tonight (Sept. 21) at 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church. The older girls, Pathfinders and Rangers will meet up again starting on Sept. 21 immediately following the younger girls meeting. They will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

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

Bayfield Guiding has had a presence in this community for 60 plus years, They meet from Sept. unitl June. Want to learn more about Bayfield Guiding? Contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be holding their second annual Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Oct. 15th at Renegades Diner, Bayfield.

Tickets are $35 and the evening starts with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. After dinner, attendees can dance to live music by “Cheap Shirts”.

The BRVTA has been actively building and maintaining a network of trails in Bluewater over the past 10 years. These trails, built entirely by volunteers, are for public use by local residents and tourists alike thanks to a partnership with the Municipality of Bluewater and the generosity of private landowners.

Over the years the BRVTA has contributed much to community improvement through fundraising. Sponsorship of the Terry Fox Run for the past 7 years has raised over $24,000. An additional $1,000 was raised for the Goderich MRI Imaging project and $1,200 for the Clinton Public Hospital. In 2013, the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield used the trails and raised in excess of $4,000 for Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich.

The trails are free of charge to the public and provide a superb opportunity for families and people of all generations to enjoy the beauty of the area.

“We hope you can come out for a wonderful evening and support Bayfield Trails!” said Roger Lewington, representing BRVTA.

Folks are encouraged to get their tickets now. Tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Roger at 519 565-2202 or Scott at 519 565-2827. Tables of eight or more can be reserved.


final cover 

The theme of the 2017 village calendar is “Bayfield from a different perspective”, and organizers feel that the theme is well reflected in the photos.

The Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale for $10 at the Village Bookshop, the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre (BAHC), Bayfield Foodland and from Justyne Chojnacki as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB.

Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales and the silent auction go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community.




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Ivan Norris was asked to offer a blessing before the diners began their meal but he had to tell a joke first. His fellow diners, Betty Lou Norris and Martha Mitchell, reacted to the humorous proceedings.

Volunteer Leigh Selk served (clock wise) Ted Brindley, Howard Mason, Tom and Donna Vanderburgh at the meal held on Sept. 15.

 IMG_0278 Dessert was homemade and scrumptious looking!

Volunteer Karen Humphries served coffee to diner Jack Merner at the start of the meal.


Dawn Erb, of Brucefield, prepared the club's very first meal back in 1987. Things have come full circle for Erb, now an employee of One Care, as she has just resumed duties as the new cook for the village program.


As you step in the doors at the base of the staircase to the Bayfield Community Centre the aroma of a home cooked meal floats down and stimulates your hunger. The smell reminds you that it is a Thursday morning – the Bayfield Diners’ Club members will sit down at noon to break bread together.

People over 55 years and over have gathered on Thursdays at noon since the club was established in 1987. For almost 30 years many hundreds of delicious and healthy meals have been prepared and served, even delivered by faithful volunteers.

Sadly, the trio that started the group has all died but their efforts are still remembered. George Youmattoff started the Senior Citizens Diners’ Club along with Helen Owen and Ruby Fitzsimons. The first luncheon was served on Aug. 19, 1987.

Dawn Erb, of Brucefield, prepared that very first meal back in 1987. Things have come full circle for Erb, now an employee of One Care, as she has just resumed duties as the new cook for the village program following the retirement of Peggy Cunningham, of Bayfield, at the end of last year.

Pearl Hartman was the coordinator of the Bayfield Diners’ Club for about 17 years, taking over after the death of Helen Owen in 1993. Hartman vacated the position in 2010. The current coordinator is Bud Robinson, of Bayfield. He has a roster of volunteers to draw from with about six people coming to help serve the meal each session. More volunteers are always welcome to join.

Meals are served every Thursday with the exception of the first Thursday of the month.

Two volunteers come to the arena for 9:30 a.m. to set up tables, help as needed in the kitchen, keep the washing up in progress and run a fifty/fifty draw for the diners. The prize is divided three ways with two lucky diners going home with a wee bit of cash in their pockets while the remainder goes toward club expenses. Then about 11:30 a.m. four more volunteers arrive to pour water and juice, help with final meal preparations and serve the food family style. They also take part in clean up with everything wrapping up by 2 p.m.

“The social aspect of the club is just as important as the food we serve so we never rush them,” said Robinson.

The club also delivers take-outs for those seniors that can’t attend but would like a hearty meal. At the end of each month the club celebrates members’ birthdays with cake and ice cream.

Those people who attend the meals, or would like to reserve a take-out, must RSVP by noon on the Monday prior to the meal to ensure that enough food is prepared. Leslie Ball is the contact at 519 565-5637. The cost of each meal is $9.

The club will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sept. 29 with the menu tentatively planned to be as follows:
Tomato/apple juice
Roast Turkey with cranberries
Mashed Potatoes with gravy
Root vegetables including carrots, turnips and parsnips,
Cabbage and apple salad
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Anyone wishing to add their name to the roster of volunteers should call Robinson at 519 565-5322.

The menu for the Sept. 15 Bayfield Diners' Club meal.






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BaYfield river valley trail association

Thirty five participants for the 35th annual Run

Members of the Get UP Bayfield Poling group, and spouses, took to the streets of the village for the Terry Fox Run. Heading out on their walk were: FR l-r - Judy Haggerty, Sue Grabowski and Carol Dawe. BR: Kathy Sauve and Tom Dawe.

Robyn, Josh and baby Josie McClinchey, of Bayfield, were eager to set out on the route around town.

Volunteers and organizers of the eighth Bayfield Terry Fox Run paused for a group photo. They were: BR l-r - Marilyn Haw, Lynn Girard, Paula Letheren, Lisa Zrini and Lynne Gillians. Seated were - Kim Nadeau and Colleen Zrini.

The Terry Fox Run brings families together to raise funds for cancer research.

Blue Bayfield was represented at the Terry Fox Run with water supplied by the mobile water unit and the pedal power of Ray Letheren. (Photo by John Pounder)


On Sept.18, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) sponsored the eighth annual Terry Fox Run in Bayfield. Thirty-five participants, of all ages, ran, walked or cycled in support of the 35th 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. Dave MacLaren, from the BRVTA hike leader group, organized the route marshals.

“On behalf of the BRVTA, we really appreciate the effort that the group put into organizing and administrating this wonderful event,” said Jack Pal from the BRVTA.

Since 2009 the local run has raised over $24,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. And in 2016 another $2,825 can be added to this total as many participants ran, walked or biked the various routes to raise funds for cancer research.

Organizers offered a special thank you to Ingram’s Orchards for supplying a box of apples for participants.

“A big thanks to all the wonderful participants and volunteers who came out to support this worthwhile cause,” said Paula Letheren event co-chair.

“Your contribution and dedication to Terry's legacy is greatly appreciated,” added Lynn Girard, event co-chair.

The Get UP Bayfield will be hosting a special event on Sept. 29 in honor of Urban Poling Day to celebrate the exercise benefits and good fun of Urban Pole walking several times each week. Various routes for pole walking enthusiasts to enjoy have been planned. Registration for this free event will be held from 9 to 9:15 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square. Visit for information.

Family members pose for a picture prior to taking on the 10 KM route that included the Sawmill Trail.

IMG_0341 Since 2009 the local run has raised close to $27,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

IMG_0346 Josh Geddis, of Bayfield, ran the 5 KM portion of the event.





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My 28th season of being an Owl in Bayfield Guiding begins tonight. I have been busy preparing name tags, attendance charts, the birthday bags, prepping for the actual meeting and preparing for our first special guest of the year.

We’re also heading to Camp Klahanie this weekend so I have been busy ensuring that everyone has their permission forms and health forms filled out and that they have their kit list so they know what to bring. Soon it will be time for grocery shopping and packing the supplies we need to make Fairy Camp at Klahanie a really fun experience for all.

I am very excited to have several new girls joining Guiding for the very first time and can’t wait to meet everyone!

In fact, I’m so excited this column was almost forgotten – when putting the finishing touches on this issue I scrolled down to the bottom to see my smiling face peering out from a blank page. Oops! Time to remember to breathe and settle into the rhythm that is my autumn…journalist by day – owl by night. – Melody


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