Bookmark and Share   Jan. 12, 2010    Vol. 2 Week 3 Issue 80



alzheimer fundraiser proves every dime counts

Carrie Courtney and Dianne Brandon were busy collecting empties for Alzheimers this past weekend. Darren Erb, general manager of The Little Inn of Bayfield, helped the ladies load up the truck. In all over $1,000 was collected for the cause. (Photos courtesy Dianne Brandon)


Two Bayfield women proved that every dime counts when it comes to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

Over the course of the holiday season, Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney encouraged everyone in the community to save and donate to their cause empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles and even soda cans.

The money raised would go to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris” participating in the 2011 Walk for Memories at the YMCA in Goderich on Jan. 29. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimers, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.

As a result of their collection efforts over $1,000 was raised for The Alzheimer Society of Huron County (ASHC).

This is a terrific start but the team would love to see their tally rise. People are invited to pledge the team by dropping in to Brandon’s Hardware or they can also donate online.

“It is Carrie and my third year (participating in the walk) and we decided to team up this year. I think we both raised about $1,000 each last year,” said Brandon.

Alternatively, people can tie up their walking shoes and join in one of the indoor walks being held from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 29. In addition to the walk being held at the YMCA, Goderich, there are four other Huron County locations: St Anne’s Catholic Secondary School, Clinton; South Huron District High School, Exeter; Seaforth Public School, Seaforth; and F.E. Madill Secondary School, Wingham.

Both individuals and teams are invited to participate. There is no minimum or maximum number of walkers needed per team, which makes it easy to enter. There is no registration fee but walkers are asked to collect pledges.

The money raised goes towards the services and programs offered by the ASHC.

“Our walk is one of our biggest events and everyone has a great time. With walks all over the county, it’s easy to participate,” said Cathy Ritsema, executive director of ASHC. “I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the 2011 Walk for Memories. If you had a New Year’s resolution to get fit, here is the perfect opportunity to get started. Come out and join a walk in your local area. Not only will you feel great physically, you will also be making a difference for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Online registration and fundraising is available at For more information, to register a team or for pledge sheets, please contact the ASHC at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by e-mail at

The ASHC provides information, education and support through individual counseling and support groups to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, their caregivers, families, health professionals and the general public.

The Investors Group is proud to present the 2011 Walk for Memories.

photography a highlight of first take time session

Those who attend the presentation entitled, “Antarctica and Patagonia” will learn some of the geographical, historical and zoological facts about these distant Southern regions. (Photo courtesy Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees)

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

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

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

A Registration Coffee was held on Jan. 10 at The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building, home to the Church on the Way. Don’t worry if you missed registration as you can still attend any or all of the programs by simply registering at the door or by calling the church coordinator of the session they wish to be a part of. The cost will be $2 per session.

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


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

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

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

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

Trinity Anglican Church will kick off the Take Time in 2011 series on Jan. 17 with a program entitled, “Antarctica and Patagonia”. Gary Lloyd-Rees will be the guest presenter. (Photo courtesy Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees)

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

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

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

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

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

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

come snowshoeing on varna nature trails

The Varna Nature Trails will be featured at an event hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on Jan. 30. (Submitted photo)

The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to encourage everyone in the community to get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer. With this in mind they are hosting a Snowshoeing Party and Potluck Lunch at the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 30.

A pleasant walk to the scenic lookout at the Bayfield River will kick off the event at 10:45 a.m. Snowshoes can be rented at Outside Projects, 6 Main Street, Bayfield.

Those who attend are invited to bring some food and, following the walk, share in a potluck lunch at the pavilion. The site has hydro if any food items need warming.

The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association invite everyone to explore the Varna Nature Trals by joining them on a pleasant walk, using snowshoes, to the scenic lookout at the Bayfield River. (Submitted photo)

For more information please call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.

People are invited to support the trails financially by joining the BRVTA. Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. These memberships will be available at the event. Or cheques for memberships can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531 Bayfield, ON. N0M 1G0. Memberships are also available from Outdoor Projects.


historical society

Bayfield resident, Ken Larone, an integral part of Canada's journalistic scene during the past 50 years, will be the guest speaker at the Bayfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon to be held on Jan. 24.

Luncheon tickets are $15 each and 2011 Bayfield Historical Society memberships are $20 each. The luncheon begins at noon at St. Andrews United Church and tickets may be obtained by calling Bud or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894.

Larone began his career in Seaforth helping Dr. James Scott research his book, entitld, “The Settlement of Huron County”. He then went on to have a distinguished journalism career where he worked with many of this country’s greatest writers and covered most of the important events and people of the past 50 years. During his career, he was Managing Editor of the Toronto Star and one of the founders of the Metroland newspaper chain, which is Ontario's largest and most successful community newspaper publisher. Amongst many other accomplishments, Larone was also founder of Canadian Living Magazine and editor of the TV Guide.

Now that Larone is retired, he can tell those in attendance the background stories about many of the significant events of our times that weren't or couldn't be published. This is one Historical Society 'Speakers Series' presentation not to be missed.

archives room

The Bayfield Historical Society is planning to keep the Bayfield Archives Room open at least five afternoons per week this coming summer by enlisting volunteers and hiring a summer student.

In previous summers, the Archives Room has only been open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The expanded hours will accommodate the increasing interest by both residents and visitors in the displays, programs and publications at the Archives. The historic building itself has become a central tourist attraction during the summer months.

To carry out this expanded summer service, the Historical Society will create a roster of volunteers to staff the Archives from early June to Labour Day. Volunteers would be expected to do the following: respond to questions from drop-ins, sell publications, plus complete some modest archival activities.

Interested individuals, who can commit to one afternoon per week for the summer, are asked to contact Bill Rowat at 519 565-5838 or

The Society has also applied for assistance from Young Canada Works to hire a summer student to work five days per week, 6 hours per day. Senior high school and university students who have an interest in local history are encouraged to register on the Young Canada Works website by Feb. 1 to be eligible to apply for the position. A job description can be obtained from Rowat at the contact information listed above.

town hall

“Soups On, Bayfield” is guaranteed to provide participants with some comfort food on a cold winter’s day. Set for Feb. 20, this fundraising event for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will allow participants to sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.

The event, to coincide with the Family Day long weekend, will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. As the event draws nearer more details will follow.


Village residents may be surprised to learn that they don't have to drive to a larger centre for heart healthy care.

Blood pressure measurement and monitoring sessions are being held right here in Bayfield as part of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP).

The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring.

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician and regular pharmacist.

The sessions are run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the third Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy.

To learn more please call local CHAP Coordinator, Kelly Webster, at 519-236-4373 ex 632

fitness fun

Often at the dawn of the New Year comes a resolve to live a healthier lifestyle, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes have now started in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

The classes will be held on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The class will run until Jan. 31, at $10 per class. There will then be a two-week break and the second session of Zumba classes will move to Thursday evenings starting Feb. 24.

Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz, will teach the class. For more information email De Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

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

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

Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.

On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

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

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

bridge club

Jan Kuntz and John Kuntz were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met for their first games of the New Year on Jan. 5 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The club will meet next on Jan. 19. The decks will be shuffled at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

photo contest

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

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

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

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

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

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


any mummers 'llowed in?


On Jan. 5, a motley crew was afoot on the streets of Bayfield, but very few know who they were. Mysterious, disguised and porting percussive instruments, they paid visit to certain Bayfield residences, singing and dancing and cheerily carrying on. You may have heard them; you may have seen their silhouettes on the snow, and you may be wondering,

“What on earth is this all about?”


Thank you Mummers, for spreading cheer, and thank you to all the gracious hosts who opened their homes to receive the joyous bunch. This was, the participants hope, the very first annual Mummering Festival in Bayfield.




An ancient British tradition, kept alive in Newfoundland, and for the first time on this Auld Christmas Eve, mummering popped up in this village. While mummering was most likely first associated with winter solstice rituals, in Newfoundland it is tradition for the Mummers to make their rounds any evening between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6 – the 12 days of Christmas. Receiving Mummers into your home still carries the ancient significance of making welcome the spirits and bringing good luck upon you for the coming year.

There is a set of rules to this exchange. First of all, the Mummers must knock respectfully, and request entrance, “Any Mummers ‘llowed in?” If the answer be no, they must be off peacefully to the next home. If the answer be yes, well, let the fun begin!

The Mummers must entertain: song and dance are customary. It is tradition to offer the Mummers refreshment, oh, perhaps a wee dram of rum? If the host guesses the identity of the Mummers, they must reveal themselves. If not, the Mummers remain mysterious guests. The stay is brief, thanks are given, good cheer is spread, and the Mummers’ march is off yet again into the dark and snow.



There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at

This week, our photo takes us down to the Bayfield River as it looked in 1920. Does anyone recognize the gentleman displaying his catch?


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



Remember Me 78

In Issue 78, we have had a few guesses as to the identity of these two Bayfield folks shown in this picture taken in 1971. We have determined that the gentleman is Tom Bailey, who was for many years the owner of the Martha Ritz Hotel on Main Street. We had conflicting reports on the name of the lady in the photograph, so after a little research we have determined that she is Nina Weston (Mrs. Edgar).


Remember Me 79

In Issue 79, we featured a picture taken at an auction at the Lindsay property in 1962. The ladies pictured are Mrs. George Lindsay and Mrs. G. Bell.


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a retrospective of village moments sept. 8 to dec. 22

A last look at bayfield 2010

SEPT. 8 - ISSUE 62 - FURNITURE COLLECTION: On the evening of Aug. 23, members of the Bayfield Historical Society travelled to the Huron County Museum in Goderich to view an exhibit with a local connection. Made in Bayfield: The Work of John Gemeinhardt shows a number of items created by this talented craftsmen during his lifetime. His descendant, Phil Gemeinhardt, of Bayfield, walked the members through the display describing in detail the significance of the pieces shown.

SEPT. 29 - ISSUE 65 - TOM PENHALE REMEMBERED: Rick Penhale, Wendy Johnston and Carol Penhale get a first glimpse of the bench created to honor the memory of their father and husband.

OCT. 6 - ISSUE 66 - COMMUNITREES: The tree decorated by The Red Pump depicted, well, a red pump. The decorations plus the natural colors of autumn provided a burst of color on Main Street to lift the spirits of those who passed by.

NOV. 10 - ISSUE 71 - HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAY TOUR: Helen Varkamp, of Bayfield's Huron Hearth and Home (left) talks to Optimist Club of Bayfield President Shirley Schilbe during the tour weekend. Varkamp decorated the home at 32 Bayfield Mews Lane in the 55+ Adult Lifestyle Community known as the Bayfield Mews.

NOV. 17 - ISSUE 72 - CHRISTMAS IN BAYFIELD: Attendance at the tree lighting held on the evening of Nov. 12 shattered all previous unofficial records.

DEC. 8 - ISSUE 75 - SNOW STORM: Although accurate reports are hard to determine it is estimated that the Bayfield area had received upwards of 50 cm by early evening Tuesday; compared to the 124 cm that Lucan had seen or the 70 plus cm that had fallen on London.

DEC. 22 - ISSUE 77 - A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT: Twinkling white lights brightly reflect on the snow at the heart of the village - Clan Gregor Square.

Every time we receive the Bayfield Breeze we have the privilege of connecting once again with Bayfield, which has become part of our prairie lives, more than anyone, especially ourselves, could have guessed when we bought a piece of land eight years ago. Somehow we have fallen for Bayfield and the people who live here.

You have done an amazing job in creating the Breeze, and we are grateful for your efforts each time The Breeze appears in our email. Please keep up the outstanding work Melody. You are one of Bayfield's treasures! 

- Judith and Paul Metcalfe*, of Winnipeg, MB (Jan. 3)


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

This week Part Three: Sept. 8 to Dec. 22 sprinkled throughout are some of the lovely comments sent in by our subscribers. Thanks to all those people who have taken the time to share their thoughts, they are greatly appreciated.

This issue we highlight a couple of generous individuals have also supported the Bayfield Breeze financially by giving monetary donations to help us keep the issues coming to you each week. Donations both large and small are always greatly appreciated.

I just wanted to express my appreciation for the Bayfield Breeze. I have had a trailer at Wildwood by the River since 1978 and spend a lot of time there. It is nice to keep in touch with Bayfield happenings. Our family returns for Christmas in Bayfield each November and we visit during the winter as well but the Breeze keeps us in touch all year. Thank you!

- B.C., Windsor and Bayfield (Sept. 22)

SEPT. 22 - ISSUE 64 - SECOND ANNUAL TERRY FOX RUN: Linda Carswell, and her dog, Tika, make their way up the very long hill which marks the start and end of the wooded portion of the Sawmill Trail.

We want you to know how much we enjoy the Bayfield Breeze! We enjoy reading about our friends and the many activities in Bayfield and of course the pictures. So keep those issues coming.

- Sarah and Richard Dick*, of Port Charlotte, FL (Oct. 11)

OCT. 13 - ISSUE 67 - THANKSGIVING ON THE WOODLAND TRAIL: Members of the BRVTA have worked hard to create the trail which allows hikers to pass with ease across little creeks and up tricky hills, their generosity, as well as that of landowners, is well noted along the trail.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the Bayfield Breeze. It keeps me connected to my roots--keep up the good work--someday maybe I can enjoy the inner and outer beauty of Bayfield.

- D. D-P (Oct. 27)

OCT. 20 - ISSUE 68 - BAYFIELD LIONS' CLUB'S RAINBOW TROUT DERBY: Michelle Campbell was the winner of The Eric Earl Memorial Trophy. The trout she caught weighed in at 5.05 lbs.

You’re doing a great job. Love the old pictures and folks being identified by readers...great idea!

- C.S., Zurich, ON (Nov. 10)

OCT. 27 - ISSUE 69 - DOORS OPEN HAUNTED HURON: Bayfield's volunteer archivist, Ralph Laviolette, lead a group of close to 20 people on a special heritage walk along Main Street on Saturday afternoon as part of the Doors Open Haunted Huron events.

Thank you for the current issue of the Bayfield Breeze. The photos in and around Bayfield are beautiful, especially for folks, such as ourselves, better known as "Summer Folks". We don't often get the opportunity to view the village in all it's Winter glory. These are photographs to be handed down to our children and grandchildren.

Thank you once again, we always enjoy the issues of the Bayfield Breeze.

- D. and J. R., Willowdale, ON (Dec. 9)

DEC. 15 - ISSUE 76 - BAYFIELD OPTIMIST CLUB'S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Five month old, Jackson Hivert, of Waterloo, was suitably attired for his visit with Santa.

Sincere congrats on a splendid year of promoting Bayfield and area with your e-news weekly. It is an amazing vehicle expressed in a most creative way.

- P.C., Goderich, ON (Dec. 22)

* Individuals who have made donations to the Bayfield Breeze.


PIXILATED — image of the week

Brand New Day I - Sunrise in Bayfield Ontario Canada


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


The community will be saddened to learn of the death of Dora Warwick on Jan. 9. I know learning of her passing caused me to pause and remember a lady who gave so much of herself to this village and never asked anything in return.

What I shall remember most is Dora’s smile – she was a diminutive lady but in stature only as her long list of service to this village will attest and her smile was always bright, her enthusiasm catching.

She was active on committees for village council, the historical society, the garden club, ladies’ golf, Bridge clubs and Dining for Seniors. She was the recipient of the Senior of the Year Award in 1997. She worked tirelessly for the Bayfield Lioness Club. She took an active role in starting their Do-It-Yourself Gym, a precursor to all the wonderful fitness groups this village can boast now. And how many tickets did she sell for their annual Penny Sale? She also brought to the village’s attention the need to help the Huron County Christmas Bureau.

And she was a World War II veteran who was stationed in England for a couple of years.

This remarkable woman was in her 90th year and her presence will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Think of her and smile, I know I will. - Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-565-2443.
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