Bookmark and Share   Sept. 26, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 40 Issue 169

autumn great time to explore Bayfield river valley trails

Mavis' Trail in Varna provides a great vantage point to view the Bayfield River at all times of the year but it is especially beautiful when the fall colors begin to appear. (Submitted photo)

Fall has started to cast its spell of color magic over the 14 kilometers of trail system known as the Bayfield River Valley Trails.

“We are so lucky to have the trails and Fall is a great time to enjoy them,” says Jane Davidson McKee, a hiker of many trails throughout Ontario. “The typography of the three trails (Sawmill, Woodland and Varna) are different and separately that makes each of them delightful.”

Davidson McKee is a life-long hiker who can handle 20 miles a day. When she walked the 285 KMs of the Bruce Trail she pushed herself to hike 40 KM a day. Once again the Bruce Trail is challenging her. This time she is reversing her hike from north to south.

“We are so lucky to have our own river trails here at home. They provide me with an ethereal feeling as well as vision of beauty.”

It should be noted that in the Fall, the Woodland Trail closes twice for hunting season - Oct. 9-21 for turkey hunting and Nov. 5-18 for deer hunting. The Sawmill and Varna trails remain open.

 society announces theme for 157th Bayfield Fall Fair

The Bayfield Agricultural Society’s (BAS) 156th Bayfield Fall Fair is now entered in the history books the society membership is looking forward to the 157th.

Early in September, all BAS volunteers were invited to a potluck supper at Don and Joan Brodie’s home. About 40 people shared stories about things that happened at the fair and enjoyed filling their plate from the vast selection of food on the tables. The volunteers were thanked for all their efforts in making the fair successful.

Following the meal, the After Fair General Meeting was held. Several new volunteers attended and contributed their ideas. Reports from most of the committees were presented and a summary of the questionnaires used at the fair was provided.

“The Bean is Supreme in 2013” is the theme for next year’s fair. Already ideas for fair classes emerged and the energy is building.

The BAS will meet on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. A special guest speaker will be the newly appointed General Manager for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS), Mark Beaven. He will present some of his observations of how fairs fit in their communities and what makes some fairs successful. Beaven, in this newly created OAAS position, represents the Ontario Agricultural Societies and their fairs. Everyone is invited to attend to hear his talk and encouraged to stay for the rest of the meeting.

Shortly volunteers will be needed to help put together Christmas wreaths. Crews cut evergreen boughs, make grapevine wreaths, add the greenery to the grapevine, create bows, and sell the finished product. Anyone wanting to join one of these crews and meet some great people in the process should contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404.

bannockburn place to be on Sunday afternoon

The annual Bannockburn Fall Hike will not have to compete with Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings this year as the popular annual hike is taking place a week before the holiday weekend.

The 39th annual hike at Bannockburn Conservation Area will be held on Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m.

“We are hoping for some great September weather for this year’s hike,” said Conservation Education Technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Denise Iszczuk. “We hope the change of date will allow people with commitments over Thanksgiving to enjoy the hike, perhaps for the first time.”

ABCA staff members will be located along the trail to share information about trees, plants, wildlife, water quality, and outdoor programs.

For almost four decades, the annual hike usually draws between 100 and 300 local visitors to the scenic conservation area. There is no cost to take part in the hike but donations to conservation education will be gladly accepted, according to organizers. Hikers are asked to bring their own mugs, or ‘lug-a-mug,’ to enjoy cider. Apples will also be available.

Bannockburn Conservation Area has diverse species, and six different types of natural communities including a wet meadow, river systems, field, marsh, and forest.

“You can see diverse plants and wildlife when hiking through the conservation area,” said Iszczuk. “This time of year, it is common to see plants such as Goldenrod and asters in flower and see the fruits of Highbush Cranberry, and Wild Grape,” she said. “You may also see raccoons, turtles, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers or migrating birds.”

Nature lovers are invited to download, free of charge, a self-guided tour booklet and a professionally narrated audio file from the ABCA website at The guided audio tour interprets 13 points of interest throughout the 2 KMs of trails. The audio file and interpretive signs at Bannockburn Conservation Area were developed through a partnership effort initiated by the Friends of the Bayfield River, and funding partners, called the Walk a Mile Trail Information Project. The interpretive points-of-interest talk and digital audio player, pedometers for step counting, and GPS units may be borrowed anytime of the year from the ABCA Administration Centre near Exeter for use at Bannockburn Conservation Area.

Bannockburn Conservation Area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line. It is located 2 KMs north of Huron County Road 3 and is located between Varna and Brucefield.

For more information on the hike visit or e-mail or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

former village merchant remains avid historian at 95 

Lois Lance

Some folks may remember when Lance’s Antiques was located in the building that is now home to The Black Dog Pub and Bistro. Lois and Don Lance were the owners of the shop.

A subscriber forwarded an article that may be of interest to those who recall their shop. It was published in honor of Lois Lance’s recent 95th birthday. The original article appeared on Sept. 13 in the Daily Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Oakland County in Michigan. Jeanne Towar was the author of the article.

In the story, Lance is said to be one of Royal Oak’s most prominent citizens. Her party was held at the historic Orson Starr House Museum and many attended the celebration on Sept. 9.

Lance noted that she feels that history is important to the community and that has been her focus. The groups she has worked with include: Royal Oak Historical Commission, Friends of the Almon Starr Historic House, Royal Oak Historical Society and Ezra Park Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Her volunteer career included chairing the Royal Oak Cemetery Board and being a founding member of the Orson Starr House Historical Guild in 1976. She is also the longest living member of the First Baptist Church of Royal Oak.

Lance, who was born in 1917, moved to Royal Oak in 1924, where she attended school. She lived in Troy from 1946 to 1976, where she served on the Troy Historical Commission.

Her husband of 64 years, Don Lance, passed away in 2000, fittingly on Constitution Day, Sept. 17. He was known to always carry a copy of the United States Constitution in his pocket to give away. The couple had three sons, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is the co-author of several historical books and essays, including “Royal Oak Twigs & Acorns”, “Royal Oak Images from the 20th Century” and the most recent, “Mysteries at Starr Corners.” The books are available for purchase at Frentz Hardware, 1010 N. Main St. in Royal Oak.

Rainbow trout derby just over two weeks away

In this photo, a fisherman enjoys a moment of solitude along the Bayfield River, but for one weekend in October the river will be a buzz with fishing enthusiasts looking to catch the heaviest Rainbow Trout during the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 34th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The quest for the heaviest Rainbow Trout will once again take centre stage from Oct. 12-14 when the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 34th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby is held. 

Fish may be caught from the Bayfield River only from 6 a.m. on Friday to noon on Sunday. The weigh station will be set up at Rainbow Valley Campground.

The top three prizes are: first, $800, second, $400 and third, $300. The Eric Earle Memorial will be awarded to a contestant age 15 years or under. It consists of a cash award of $100 and a plaque. The Bill Thorpe Memorial will go to a person aged from 16-18 years. It is also a $100 cash prize and a plaque.

All participants will have a chance to win a variety of other prizes graciously donated by local merchants.

Tickets for the derby are available now at the following Bayfield locations: Nip N’ Tuck, Brandon Hardware, and Bayfield Convenience. They are also available at Goderich Bait and Tackle and Clinton Live Bait. Tickets are $25 with a limit of 250 available.



film society

Two seemingly mismatched souls in a burgeoning relationship at a G-8 Summit. An unlikely premise perhaps but when the author is Richard Curtis of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” fame anything is possible. Intrigued? Then plan to join the Bayfield Film Society for their showing of “The Girl in the Café” on Sept. 27.

The film description notes that the key players in this British romantic comedy will find themselves having to make crucial decisions, about not only their own future, but the future of human kind.

This is the first of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the society’s Fall Film Series. Also planned for viewing are: Once upon a Time in Anatolia, Oct. 11; Moonrise Kingdom, Nov. 15; and The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dec. 13.

The films will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. Subscriptions for the four movies are $35 or tickets purchased at the door for $10. Seating is limited.

Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: or by calling 519 565-5838.

cycle for health

Time to oil up the bike chains and put air in those tires as Outside Projects on Main Street is organizing a Bike Tour for Local Health Care on the morning of Sept. 29.

All proceeds from the day will go to the Clinton Community Hospital Foundation and participants can choose to cycle either a 40 KM or 60 KM route. Cyclists will depart from the Bayfield Arena on John Street. Those who choose the shorter route will leave at 10 a.m. while the longer route participants hit the road at 11:30 a.m.

The registration fee is $35. Cyclists can register prior to the date at Outside Projects or on the day of the race at the Bayfield Arena.

Concert for hospital 

Lily Frost will be the headliner at a concert to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 29 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital.

Also on the docket are Josh Geddis, Mikey Chuck Rivers and Darren Eedens.

Tickets are available at the door for $25. The evening shall commence at 7:30 p.m.

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 CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale is on now until noon on Sept. 29. Many prizes are on display at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Clinton. The draws will be held on Saturday afternoon. The committee reports there are lots of good prizes to be won.


A committee including landowners and residents of Bayfield and area want to ensure that the “green fire” is never extinguished in the Bayfield River Watershed. They are inviting community groups and people from the Bayfield River watershed to attend a documentary film and learn how they can be involved in the creation of a watershed plan.

The Main Bayfield Watershed Community Advisory Committee (MBWCAC) is bringing the highly praised film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m.

Following the screening, community organizations and Bayfield-area residents will learn about the development of the plan to protect and improve the Main Bayfield River Watershed. They can find out about the current health of the watershed, how to help determine key actions in the plan, and start to choose actions they can take.

There is no admission charge for the film. Freewill donations are welcome, with proceeds to the Bayfield Tree Project.

Anyone interested in more information on this evening are invited to contact MBWCAC members, Lewington, at 519 565-2202, or Ainslie Willock, at 519 565-2469. They are also invited to visit or phone Jessica Schnaithmann, Healthy Watersheds Technician, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail

The MBWCAC would like to express thanks to the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation for the financial support that is making the Main Bayfield Watershed work possible.

Bayfield concert series

Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.

Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from now to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.

Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Smith concert, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.

All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.

fitness fun 

Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering Taoist Tai Chi™ classes at the Bayfield Town Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays starting on Sept. 27.

Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.

The program is offered for both the old and young and the moves can be adapted to suit a person’s physical conditioning. For more information please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

The Pickle Ball season will come to its conclusion in Bayfield on Oct. 18. The sport described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong has been offered on Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.

Badminton starts at the Stanley Complex in Varna on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. No equipment or experience needed.

Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.

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 at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Mah Jongg is played on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gayle at 519 565-2468.

The Bayfield Euchre Club will start its fall session on Oct. 3. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building at 7 p.m. The cost is $1.50 and everyone is welcome. For more information call Lee at 519 565-2765.






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, as last week’s image generated some buzz here is another group photo to try and identify. These handsome gentlemen comprised the Bayfield Lions' Club in its inaugural year - 1949.

PB6p15 The first Bayfield Lions Club 1949

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



Remember Me 167

In Issue 167, we feature another photo of The Little Inn taken at the start of construction on the new kitchen in 1973. Records indicate that Liz Jowett was the owner of the home on the left.


Remember 168

In Issue 168, the image of the Bayfield Public School students in 1938 was featured. Thank you to Lee Ryan who submitted the following information after talking to one of the students in the picture. BR (l-r): Stuart Atkinson, Meta Sheardown, teacher; Phyllis Lindsay, Dorothy McLeod, Marion Atkinson, Jacqueline Parker, Evelyn Osmond, Audrey Sturgeon, Beverley York, Annabel Leitch. MR: John Elliott, Wilfred Castle, Glenn Brandon, Keith Brandon, Arnold Makins, Gloria Westlake, Aileen Castle, Helen or Jean Sturgeon (?). FR: Billy Elliott, Ron Castle, George Bell, Milt Pearson, Charles Guest, Irving Pease, Garfield Westlake, and Donny McLeod. It was a two-floor schoolhouse with one teacher presiding on each floor. The school went up to Grade 10.




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Forest of the future planted by volunteers 

Members of Bayfield Guiding and their families, were among the 80 volunteers who took part in Tree Days organized by TD Friends of the Environment along the Maitland Cemetery Trail on Sunday afternoon.

Spark Riley Arthur, her mother, Jenni, and Sophie Harney ready a tree for the ground.

Spark Alexis Harney, and her little sister, Sophie, were kept busy gathering up the empty pots and making a pile for pick up.

Parks and Cemetery Supervisor for the Town of Goderich, Martin Quinn, welcomed the volunteers to Tree Days on the afternoon of Sept. 23.

Mayor of Goderich, Deb Shewfelt, offers some words of inspiration to the crowd gathered prior to the tree planting. Behind him stands, Ed Borczon, a forester and Tree Canada community advisor for Southern Ontario.

A break in the rain was welcomed by the 80 adults and children who came out to plant trees on seven acres behind the Maitland Cemetery.


According to TD Friends of the Environment, the trees planted in Goderich represent 3.3 per cent of the foundation's reforestation commitment worldwide for 2012. It was estimated that about 50 of the volunteers who took part in the planting were TD employees.

The Maitland Cemetery Trail once wound its way through a beautiful, mature forest along the cliff side that overlooks the Maitland River. Then in a few dark moments, on Aug. 21, 2011 it lay in ruin.

Thanks to countless hours of toil by Goderich Works and Parks employees, dedicated volunteers as well as significant financial contributions, the 26 acres of forest destroyed by the F3 Tornado will in years to come be a mighty woodland once more.

TD Friends of the Environment hosted Tree Days at the site on Sunday afternoon with about 80 adults and children planting 900 trees in about two hours. Members of Bayfield Guiding and their families were among the volunteers striving to plant the approximately seven-acre “TD Canada Trust Grove”.

The trees, a variety of indigenous species, including, Cherry Trees, Tulip Trees, Sycamore Trees and Spruce Trees were sourced through Baker’s Nursery of Bayfield.

The TD Grove joins other established groves on site including, the 70 trees in the Home Hardware Grove, the “Not Like Any Other Sunday” Grove established from sales of the book of the same name; and the City of Oakville Grove containing 100 white oaks. Plans for other groves are also in the works. The young forest will have walking trails throughout – the trails laid from mulch created from the fallen trees.

Todd Baker, of Baker's Nursery in Bayfield, demonstrates to volunteers how the 900 trees should be planted. Locals were recruited to determine a list of what species of trees should be planted in the various groves, based on soil conditions etc.

Sophie Harney placed a tree in a recently dug hole along the Maitland Cemetery Trail.


Sophie Harney got a little help from her mother, Tonya, to ensure the new planting will grow straight and tall.


Girl Guide Laura Buckley and Pathfinder Nicole Kelly dug in to plant their first tree from this they determined that following the tractor with the post-hole digger was the better way to successfully plant multiple trees.




PIXILATED — images of the week

Pixilated received a record number of submissions in the past week and we couldn't pick a favorite - so here they are for all to enjoy!

Photography by Gary Lloyd-Rees, Jack Pal, Conrad Kuiper, Dennis Pal, Lois Craft, Vreni Beeler and Dave Rooke.

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


An F3 Tornado. Nine hundred trees. Eighty volunteers. Two Hours.

It was not an easy job, shovels worked their way through new ground cover and mulch then hit stone and old tree roots. It rained hard for a bit and the wind blew incessantly. But none of these factors deterred the volunteers.

Parents and Guiders kept busy digging the holes, the Sparks and Guides helped lay in the new trees and tuck them in for the winter ahead. Sparks, and even younger siblings, gathered empty planting pots and stacked them in one big pile for the Work’s truck to pickup. A Guide and a Pathfinder worked in tandem with the only tractor on site, the one with the post-hole digger attachment, and planted the trees in its wake. At the end of the allotted planting time those two girls could boast 40 trees planted. My hole-digging partner and I dug holes for seven. Granted we came in below the 11.25 trees per person when you do the math but the girls were overachievers so it all balances out.

On Sept. 23, Tree Days organized by TD Friends of the Environment was the perfect opportunity for our Bayfield Guiding families to show their support for the rebuilding of the forest behind the Maitland Cemetery that was destroyed in the tornado that hit in Aug. 2011. It also served to fill requirements for Girl Guides of Canada’s 2012-13 National Service Project: Operation Earth Action. And perhaps most importantly, it helped to create a legacy for the future. Some day the wee ones who dug in with such enthusiasm on Sunday will be able to walk in the woods with their own children and tell the story of how these mature trees came to be. I kept that at the forefront of my mind as my shovel bounced off the unforgiving ground and simply took another go at it. - Melody



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