Bookmark and Share   Oct. 5, 2011   Vol. 3 Week 41 Issue 118

first nations take centre stage during culture days

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The popular Celebration of First Nations event took place across Huron County on Oct. 1-2 in conjunction with the national Culture Days celebrations honoring the important contribution that arts and culture make in our communities.


The popular Celebration of First Nations event took place across Huron County this past weekend in conjunction with the national Culture Days celebrations honoring the important contribution that arts and culture makes in our communities.

The main event was held in Bayfield on Oct. 2. It was an exhibition of traditional First Nation dancers and drummers’ drums. Cold, wet and windy weather moved the celebration from Clan Gregor Square indoors to the Bayfield Town Hall but this did little to dampen the spirits of participants.

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Attendees had the opportunity to take part in a drumming circle.

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Spectators were invited to take part in a friendship dance.

Traditional dances were performed and incorporated with story telling to teach the traditional myths and legends of Canada’s First Nations people. Those who attended had an opportunity to take part in a drumming circle and friendship dance.Performers included the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford and K-Town Singers originally from Saugeen First Nation. Solo hand drummer, John Somosi, of Hanover, also impressed those gathered. 

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Cold and windy weather brought the dancing and drumming into the relative comfort of the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Oct. 2 but this venue change did little to daunt the celebration.

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Performers included the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford and K-Town Singers originally from Saugeen First Nation.

Prior to the dancing and drumming, special guest for the weekend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, James Bartleman read from his novel “As Long as the River Flows”. The novel examines the long-term impacts of the residential school program on Ontario First Nations and the process of reconciliation and healing happening on reservations today. In 2002, Mr. Bartleman became the first Native Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. He is the author of the prize-winning memoir “Out of Muskoka” and is very active in promoting literacy programs on northern Ontario reservations.

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Traditional dances were performed and incorporated with story telling that teach the traditional myths and legends of Canada’s First Nations people.

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Colorful regalia worn by the dancers were a delight to the eye.

Both the Goderich and Wingham Libraries and the Blyth Festival also hosted events over the weekend.

Celebrations of First Nations is produced by the Huron Arts and Heritage Network with community partners: Huron County Library, Blyth Festival, Village Bookshop, Huron County Historical Society and Foundation for Education. The Government of Canada, Bruce Power and Capital Power Corporation provide funding for the event.

Pioneer park helps goderich 

The Board of the Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is currently collecting donations to help in the restoration of Lions Harbour Park in Goderich.

“We find it fitting that a park should help a park,” said Communications Officer for the PPA, Ally Ramsay in a recent press release. According to Ramsay, Lions Harbour Park was in the direct path of the F3 Tornado that struck Goderich on Aug. 21. Close to 40 trees, many of which were mature were lost in the storm.

The Board approved a $500 donation on behalf of the PPA. After much research it was decided to donate this money to the Edgefund.

“We have chosen to make our donation through the Edgefund because this organization allows us to direct the funds to the park,” said Ramsay.

Ramsay also noted that many of the PPA members have inquired if they could add to this donation.

“We are encouraging members to personally join our effort here by sending a cheque to the PPA mailing address (Box 2115, Bayfield, Ontario N0M 1G0) made payable to the "Goderich Edgefund", she said.

Anyone choosing to make a donation are asked that all cheques be sent in by Oct. 15; once the cheques have been received the PPA Board will direct the funds accordingly.

“As a piece of late breaking news, an anonymous member from the park has agreed to match donations (combined from the park and members) of up to $1,000,” Ramsay concluded.

time is now to fill shoe boxes 

Operation Christmas Child is a tradition at Trinity Anglican Church and the latest campaign commenced on Oct. 2.

Participants are asked to take a box and fill it with gifts and necessities for either a boy or girl in one of three age categories: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Instructions are provided as to what will and won’t be accepted in the box; a well-balanced selection of such items as, school supplies, hygiene items, small gifts and toys are acceptable. A donation of $7 per box is also appreciated as this helps with shipping costs.

This year boxes from Trinity and churches throughout Southwestern Ontario will go to Easter Island, Bolivia, Haiti, Senegal, and Paraguay.

Filled boxes should be returned to Trinity on or before Nov. 20 as they will be blessed at the church service that morning. The congregation hopes to fill 100 shoe boxes as part of this Samaritan’s Purse project. Last year 66 boxes were filled.

The late Marla Dykstra who learned that these simple shoe box gifts were so valuable to children in third world countries locally started this program.

One eight year-old boy named Gonzalito wrote, "I love the gift you gave me because I have never received so many nice things." That was all the inspiration that Dykstra needed to encourage members of Trinity to start up this program seven years ago.

The coordinators for this area are Angela and Rob Campbell, of Auburn. This couple takes completed boxes to Kitchener, one of two processing centers in Canada, where thousands of volunteers ensure the boxes are ready for the journey ahead.

big band music transforms hall into nightclub

On the evening of Oct. 22, the Bayfield Town Hall will be transformed into a nightclub complete with cocktail style tables and a large wooden dance floor for the annual appearance by the Festival City Big Band.

Based in Stratford, this 17 piece band of very talented musicians has been entertaining audiences since 1995 with a wide range of music including swing-era standards, contemporary jazz charts, Latin numbers and more. Plus the vocals of Cathy Whalen and Chris Adair are a treat for the ears.

“The acoustics in the hall are exceptional and the ambience cannot be duplicated,” said Pat Langley, one of the event organizers.

An opportunity for dancing will be offered from 9 p.m. to midnight. A light lunch will be served and it is a cash bar. Tickets are available now for $20 by calling Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Langley at 519 565-2894 or visit

This event is generously sponsored by OLG.


The Optimist Club of Bayfield held their "Bids 4 Kids" Auction on the evening of Oct. 1 with Burt (pictured above) and Richard Lobb acting as auctioneers. As always the fabulous humor and enthusiasm of these two brothers helped the club raise funds for some very important causes, including, Goderich Tornado Relief, the Make A Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario and local youth projects. Photo at right: Richard Lobb, guest auctioneer, shows off the handiwork of donor Greg Butler during the live auction. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Town hall

Local talent will be featured in an unique fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall. The Black Pearl Murder Mystery Dinner will be held at the hall on Oct. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone who wants to know “who dun it” should be quick to get a ticket for the evening that shall include a three-course dinner and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and are available now from Pat Langley 519 565-2894 or Judy Keightley 519 565-4515.

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Oct. 18.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.

horticultural society

Richard Fitoussi, of Bayfield, will speak on “Wine, Viticulture and Artisanal Cheeses for Huron County” at the next meeting of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society, Oct. 17.

This meeting will also be the society’s Fall Potluck for members and invited guests. It will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to share plus their own plate and cutlery.

teddy bear check-up

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.

bayfield guiding

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

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 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 Oct. 12. 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

fitness fun

The time has come to get back into the routines of autumn and fitness for both mind and body is once again a focus.

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 are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. 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.

Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex (with the exception of Oct. 10. 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 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

The Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet next on Oct. 9 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

lions' club

The quest for the heaviest Rainbow Trout will once again take centre stage on the weekend of Oct. 14-16 as part of the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 33rd Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby.

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 $20 and a limit of 250 are available.

Photography Club

Photography is a passion best enjoyed when work can be shared with others and a talent best improved when surrounded by like-minded individuals. For this reasons a local photography club is being established.

The first meeting of the Photography Club of Bayfield will be held on Oct. 6 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m.

Anyone who interested in more information can contact Jack Pal at or Gary Lloyd-Rees 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, another picture of the crowd gathered to celebrate the new school’s opening in May of 1956.

Remember Me 118

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



Remember 116

In Issue 116, the photo provides us a closer look at the demolition of the old school. The date on the photo is Feb. 1956. These photos were generously donated to the Bayfield Archives from the Francis Collection.


Remember Me 117

In Issue 117, construction is complete and it is time to celebrate. A number of people gathered for the dedication ceremony for the new school held in May of 1956. One of our subscribers was able to identify a number of the people in this photograph. Front row, left side from right to left: Margaret Wallis, Elaine Weston, Janet Reder, Francine Greydenus, Brenda Blair and Dick Heard. Front row right side at the end of the row are Roberta and Freda McLeod, in the second row is Sharon Reder and in the back row is Cathy Wallis and Sylvia Fitzsimmons.




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A lone runner prepares for the 8 KM running race during the festival. The race began in Clan Gregor Square. He would later be the first individual to cross the finish line.

Fifty participants ages eight to 80 years took part in the walking portion of the festival.

John Baker and Amanda Johnson of Kitchener-Waterloo, and Kimberley Loebach, of Bayfield make their way down Charles Street enroute to the Woodland Trail during the 8 KM race.

Jane Rowat, of Bayfield, (far left) cheers on the first place winner of the Men's 8 KM race which ended on Keith Cres.

The second place winner of the 8 KM Race makes his way toward the finish line down Keith Cres.

Cyclists raised $1,600 for the cause.

The Festival of Art and Fitness was held in Bayfield on the morning of Oct. 1 featuring events for cyclists, runners and walkers.

Paul Dowswell, of London, was the first place finisher in the men's 45 KM cycling event.

Cyclists enjoyed a beautiful scenic ride through the village and the Municipality of Bluewater.


The Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield raised $12,500 to go toward the purchase of a full-field digital mammography unit at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) for the women and men of Huron County.

The profits from the event, held on Oct. 1, are to be given to the AMGH Foundation. Three Bayfield residents who are also members of the Foundation, Ray Letheren, Philip Keightley and Bill Higgs spearheaded the fundraiser.

“Breastworks”, the art portion of the festival, was held in the Bayfield Town Hall from Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The hall was graciously provided free of charge with wine and cheese provided by The Little Inn of Bayfield.

The opening event saw “shoulder to shoulder attendance” at the hall with about 150 attending. Work by 60 artists from across Southern Ontario generated $7,500 in art sales. A variety of mediums were represented including pottery, painting, jewelry, books, poetry, quilting and photography.

Paula Letheren, of Bayfield, chaired the event with her committee of six helping set up and manage the event. Additional funds were raised through donations and the sale of baked goods, lollipops and t-shirts (some shirts are still available).

Three young pianists and the Glee Sisters provided the entertainment at the auction. Duncan McGregor, director and playwright from Blyth, acted as master of ceremonies.

According to Ray Letheren, “The artwork was high quality and impressed and surprised the guests. The event was a smash success artistically and financially.”

Pat and Steve Baker of the Virtual High School sponsored the run/walk portion of the festival. Despite chilly and windy weather there were 50 participants ages eight to 80.

Over $1,000 was raised from participants with additional funds raised from t-shirt sales.

Shelagh Sully and Dave Gillians, both of Bayfield, mustered the support of 60 volunteers to manage registration and for course marshalling. Maureen and Ray Landridge, of Bayfield, covered both the 3 and 8 KM courses.

Starter Roger Lewington, of Bayfield, sent the runners/walkers off down Main Street at 11 a.m. They followed part of the Heritage Trail before entering the magnificent Woodland Trail.

“First time visitors to the trail were impressed by the beauty of the trail valley,” said Letheren.

Local businesses also got involved in the event. Outside Projects supplied water bottles to all participants while The Village Bookshop supplied water.

The 45 KM cycling portion of the festival was sponsored by CKNX in Wingham and Outside Projects. Many local volunteers worked to marshal the course with 40 participants raising $1,600.

“Three riders completed the route in the fastest time of one hour and sixteen minutes. The last rider came in after a grueling but determined three hours,” said Letheren. “Conditions were extremely windy and cool, this discouraged some riders.”

Tyler and Heidi Hessel of Outside Projects organized the cycling portion of the festival and the route took riders through the village as well as rural Bluewater.

Letheren stated that The Festival of Fitness and Art was only made possible through the generous support of the Municipality of Bluewater providing both funding and facilities. The Central Huron Community Fund as well as many other generous donors also provided additional financial assistance.

He also said he would like to thank Heather Glenister and Betty Tomlinson of the AMGH Foundation office for their advice and hands–on assistance.

Jane Rowat, of Bayfield, celebrated the accomplishments of the first female runner to cross the finish line.


Despite a cold and windy day, the 40 cyclists who participated in the 45 KM race were for the most part in good spirits at the races end.


Jack Pal, of Bayfield, was one of the individuals who helped raise funds for the full-field digital mammography unit for Huron County.

Jennifer Berry, of Waterloo, was presented with a medal for crossing the finish line first during the cycling portion of the festival.


The Breastworks art auction celebrated the female form - even Barbie was invited to the party.


Paula Letheren organized the "Breastworks" art auction as part of the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield.





PIXILATED — image of the week

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Kaaren Batten, of Port Albert, created this stunning quilt with exquisite detail. It was just one of the many items up for auction during "Breastworks" held as part of the Festival of Fitness and Art in Bayfield.

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


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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Melody Falconer-Pounder


If a person can have a whirlwind week then I guess I just experienced one. The hardest thing to often comprehend is that the world doesn’t stop spinning when someone you hold dear dies. It shudders a little on its axis maybe but then it keeps right on turning.

One thing I did learn this week is just how much my father-in-law was loved, admired and respected by this community and beyond. I always had a feeling that this was so but now I know for sure. It has been a truly uplifting experience to receive the support of so many who expressed their sadness at our loss. I thank you all for that.

Out of sadness a little joy this week as I sat in Trinity Anglican Church on Saturday afternoon to witness the marriage of Wendy Latimer and Trevor Bieber. Wendy is a long time friend and I was honored to be official photographer for their wedding. My wish for them both is many happy years together – they are surely off to a good start as the friendship and sense of fun they share is very evident.

May I take this opportunity to wish one and all a very happy Thanksgiving. - Melody


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder