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bfit unveils business plan for future of bayfield complex


About 60 people filled the Bayfield Town Hall to learn about the detailed business plan for the future of the Bayfield Recreation Complex on the morning of Oct. 6. The Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), comprised of representatives from a dozen local groups, as well as interested individuals, had been working since the Spring on the plan.

“The plan is a win-win”, said Sandy Scotchmer, co-chair of BFIT. “The Municipality can meet its objective of saving money and the village retains the facility with a full range of services for all age groups, including an ice surface.”

The concept is based on a Public Private Partnership. BFIT proposes that, under a multi-year lease and financial agreement with the municipality, the community itself would take over the management and operation of the existing complex. The business plan shows that, with a more aggressive marketing and sales effort, revenues can be increased. On the cost side, expenses can be reduced in many areas, for example, the use of volunteers to reduce full time labor costs.

Over the next few years, while BFIT operates the complex in its current configuration, the group would also consult with residents in the village and catchment area to decide on long term requirements. What are the needs of our evolving community? Will a renovation or new build best meet these requirements? What is the optimal financing approach? BFIT argues that there is no urgency to reach a conclusion on these questions now.

“The Municipality has no money to repurpose or build a new facility anyway,” said Sandy Scotchmer. “Also, our community is going through a rapid change in its demographic make-up; it is important to see how that shakes out before making permanent decisions on a new or replacement centre.”

The business model is based on a detailed financial plan using Bluewater’s recent years’ budgets as a basis to make five-year projections for all revenue and cost line items. A risk assessment was carried out on each. Reserves are built into the business plan to offset surprises on high risk items. One risk is the age of the ice-making equipment. To be thorough, BFIT checked with two engineering firms. Both Cimco Refrigeration and Black and MacDonald reported that the equipment can continue to operate without issue for the immediate future and certainly longer than the Municipality’s 2017 Asset Management Report suggests. Equipment can be repaired as spare parts are available at reasonable cost.

Also, as part of its “due diligence”, the BFIT team visited several Ontario community complexes to harvest ideas on best practices. The most fascinating and relevant one is Belmore, a small community of 200 just north of Wingham, ON. That village has operated its own community complex, including arena, curling rink and baseball diamonds, for over 30 years. It is run by an independent local board and volunteers. Their municipality is not involved financially or administratively. The Belmore management team has generously shared their knowledge and experience with BFIT.

The BFIT business plan outlines that the proposed governance and management model would be similar to the way many other community assets are managed in Bayfield. Currently there are seven volunteer groups which operate buildings and physical assets with little or no help from the Municipality. These are: Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Community Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield River Valley Trails, Bayfield International Croquet Club, Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre, and Agricultural Park. Some of these assets are owned outright by the community groups, others are leased from the Municipality for $1 per year. They are all run by independent boards elected at an annual general meeting and have subcommittees assigned by function to manage the assets, services and revenue generation.

“Operating costs in every case are significantly less than what it would take the Municipality to run these facilities,” said Scotchmer.

BFIT recommends that the Municipality annually contribute $100K from its recreation budget to the project. BFIT would handle the rest through revenues and cost management. This Bluewater annual contribution would, in essence, be a tax rebate to Bayfield residents in lieu of Bluewater operating the asset. Given the Municipality’s current annual operating losses on the complex, which have run as high as $140K in recent years, this would be a $40K saving to Bluewater taxpayers. Interestingly, if the same model were eventually applied to the Hensall and Zurich complexes, both of which have higher operating losses than Bayfield, the Municipality could achieve hundreds of thousands in savings.

The crowd that attended the briefing appeared to be in full support of the proposal. One gentleman thanked the members of BFIT for their enthusiasm and the professional effort that had been put into the business plan, lauding it as outstanding. This generated strong applause from those present. As well, nine candidates competing for Council seats in the upcoming Municipal election attended the presentation. The majority spoke out in support of the proposal.

Steve Baker, co-chair of BFIT, in his concluding remarks, thanked the volunteer planning team for their commitment and remarked on their broad array of experience and professional skills. He also noted that BFIT had briefed the Municipality’s arena consultant on this business plan and all his follow-up questions have been answered in subsequent correspondence.

“We want to make sure that the new Council and their consultant have all the relevant information when reviewing the future of the Bayfield Complex,” said Baker.

Copies of the 30-page business plan are available by contacting Scotchmer at

Learn to achieve zero waste  

Tippi Thole (Submitted photo)

Bayfield recently became the first community in North America to be recognized as a plastic free community but there is always work to be done. Blue Bayfield will be hosting an afternoon on “Strategies to Reduce Plastic Waste” on Oct. 27 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Four speakers will share their knowledge from 1-5 p.m. These speakers will be: Tippi Thole, Achieving Zero Waste; Jen Pate, Love Your Greats: From the Oceans to the Great Lakes; Rachel Handbury, Waste – Not at the Zoo; and Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman, Recycling “right”.

Thole is a freelance graphic designer and zero waste striver. She is the owner of Bright Spot Studio where she does branding, web and print design for clients around the world. She’s also the owner of where she shares simple strategies to reduce waste. Early on in her zero-waste journey, she adopted a tiny trashcan, which helped her shrink her trash and measure her progress. Her efforts have received worldwide recognition. In her “spare time” she can be found tending her vegetable garden, shopping neighborhood garage sales or salsa dancing way past her bedtime.

Admission to the event is free but donations are appreciated to support environmental work. For more information please visit,

Jazz concert the next offering at the Bayfield Town Hall 

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is pleased to present a jazz concert by the School Daze Jazz Quartet.

Based in London, ON, the quartet has played together for several years. The group plays many jazz standards from the 1950s-60s but also enjoys journeys into the early days of jazz and the Brazilian sounds of the Bossa Nova.

This group of multi-talented musicians is made up of: Paul Adams, Drums; Randy Bayley, Sax; David Lee, Keyboards; and Steve Harris, Bass.

Adams is a Professor of Medicine at Western University. He has played in a wide variety of jazz groups, rock bands, marching band and is a jazz historian and film maker. He toured Canada and the US with a physician band, the “Marginal Donors”.

Bayley is a multi-instrumental woodwind player. He also teaches private clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons. He currently works as the "road rep" for the brass and woodwind repair shop "Music Aid". He was a member of the clarinet section for the London Community Orchestra for eight years. He is a Past President of the London Concert Band. He played in a 50s-60s, R&B cover band in Australia called, "Take Cover". He is the lead tenor with the Prime Time Big Band, a position he has held for over 20 years.

Lee is a project management consultant. His love for playing many instruments gave him a chance to share the stage with world-renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian at Hart House Theatre (viola), astronaut Chris Hadfield at Roy Thomson Hall (clarinet), and CASA award winning a cappella group Countermeasure at Kennedy Center in Washington DC (vocal).

Harris (bass) is a keen jazz enthusiast and enjoys accompanying the soloists in School Daze. He has played in several bands and frequently performed with his Ska group “The Executives” at Call The Office in London and at The Horseshoe Tavern and El Mocambo in Toronto. He is a past Board Member and remains an active volunteer with the Kiwanis Music Festival of London.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at

Hullett Sugar Bush next hiking destination for BRVTA 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Photography Hike at the Hullett Sugar Bush in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and the bush is accessible from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line (just north of Telephone Line)

This hike is ranked as a Level 3 difficulty. It includes some hilly sections and some areas can be slippery when wet. The distance is 4-5 KMs depending on the route chosen and the time for the hike should be 2-2.5 hours, giving us plenty of time to make numerous stops for nature photography. Members of the Photography Club of Bayfield will be there to assist you with any photographic questions.

The Blue Trail, which is the main trail in the Sugar Bush, is one of the most common trails at Hullett and meanders through both woodland and meadow and links to numerous other trails. From stands dominated by sugar maple, white ash and American beech to meadows of grasses, flowers and hawthorns, woodpeckers, flickers and nuthatches abound. Hikers may even catch a glimpse of the pileated woodpecker or rare loggerhead shrike! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise.

The Green Trail, which is also on the hike has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail hikers can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but also travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.

Another trail hikers will take within the Sugar Bush, the Yellow Trail, cuts through the maple and ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. Because of this, it has been hit hard by the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer. This makes it a very interesting habitat to watch as other species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are beginning to flourish. As old ash trees fall, nutrients return to the soil and shelter is created for animals. This is also prime habitat for viewing white-tailed deer.

The whole Sugar Bush is a fantastic venue for autumn photography. Everyone welcome!

The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Conrad Kuiper, 519 482-9724; and Dave MacLaren.

Harvest dinner this Saturday 

The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.

The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis. Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.

The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.

Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.

The BRVTA would like to thank their event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.

They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.

Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets.

Author to read book to raise funds for Huron Hospice 

Tom Zink, an author from North Bay with family connections in Huron County, will read from his recently-published book, “Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace” at St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich, on Sunday, Oct. 14.

This event is a fund-raiser for Huron Residential Hospice and will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is by goodwill donation. Books will be available for sale at $20. For each book sold at this event $5 will be donated to the hospice.

“Seasoned” is the story of Zink’s unwitting grief journey of five decades that began when his older brother, Steve, died in a traffic crash when both boys were teenagers. Zink has found that his road to healing began when he was able to start telling his own story. His hope is that by sharing parts of that story of loss, grief, healing and recovery, others may be encouraged to consider doing the same. Telling our stories puts language to our losses so that we can see beyond them.

Zink buried his grief along with his brother so he could carry on with his life. His career after high school took him around the world, across the continent and back again. It was only after Zink was married and a father of two teenaged sons that, in a moment of profound grace, he realized the depth and importance of his loss. His faith and new-found desire as an adult to process his brother’s death lifted him out of his personal permafrost of grief and took him full circle back to his brother’s grave.

But “Seasoned” is not merely a story of grief and recovery; it is also a poignant and, at times, humorous look at laughter and lightheartedness, winning and losing, and doubt and faith. More information about the book is at


Dave and Penny Overboe, formerly of Bayfield, were recently presented with the Melvin Jones Progressive Fellowship Award. Joining them in the photo were: A-15 Past District Governor Tim DeBlock, who acted as master of ceremonies for the evening; Bayfield Lions’ President, Don Vance; the Overboes and A-15 District Governor Kevin Banfield. It was a night to remember for the membership of the Bayfield Lions’ Club that honored the couple for their hard work with the local club as well as for Lions in general. Many Lions’ dignitaries, members from the Londesborough and Blyth Lions’ Clubs were in attendance as well as family and friends. The award is the highest honor a club can bestow on a member and all agreed that the couple were very deserving recipients. Congratulations from the Bayfield club and community. (Photo by EJ Bauer)  


Audibly awesome

“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church today (Oct. 10).

This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

All Candidates Meeting 

Anyone with an interest in municipal politics will not want to miss Bayfield’s version of the All Candidates meeting scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is being sponsored and organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.


The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run this weekend, Oct 12 -14.

Garden Club

Sarah Harron, of South Hills Succulents in Seaforth, will share her love of succulents at the next meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club on Oct. 15.

Harron will give a demonstration starting at 7:30 p.m. She will also offer some tips and techniques for the successful growing and display of succulents.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building in Bayfield and all are welcome to attend. A social time with refreshments and door prizes will be held following the speaker.

Pilates Class 

Nicole Miller, a Stott Certified, Pilates instructor, will be offering a six-week, one-hour, beginner, Pilates class at The Lake House of Bayfield starting on Oct. 15.
Pilates, the “go to” exercise of many celebrities is one of the best things an aging body can engage in. It’s a dynamic way to improve core strength, flexibility, focus, and reduce mental and physical tension. It is an exercise system designed to utilize deep muscles in the body to create efficiency in movement, greater mobility and strength throughout. By developing the core through repetitive physical focus, people are less likely to injure themselves, will better control their movements, and move with grace.

The exercises can accommodate all levels of fitness. Core strengthening through Pilates is particularly good for those who have had previous injury or rehabilitation issues. All movements are designed to promote ease and well-being in the mind and body.

The sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will run until Nov. 19 and the cost is $90.

To register or for more information contact Nicole Miller via email at or phone 519 441-1521.


Looking for a sweet addition to your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.

They can be purchased from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830. 

The girls will also be selling cookies during Cookie Day in Canada, Saturday, Oct. 13 with tables at the Bayfield Foodland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Walmart in Goderich from noon to 4 p.m.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.


The West Coast Astronomers will host their last Star Party of the year on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park, weather and sky conditions permitting.

As well as planning to observe the Pleiades, Uranus and the Andromeda Galaxy the amateur astronomers will be aiming for an assortment of deep sky objects such as: double clusters, nebulae and spiral galaxies.

Visit to reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so they can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately for the weather. The viewing will begin at 8 p.m.

Anyone who may have doubt on the status of the event or have questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. Amateur astronomers are invited to join in with their telescope at sundown.


Huron County, in partnership with Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc. (RTO4), is creating a signage and wayfinding plan with Bayfield selected as the implementation pilot site.

Signs will have an area that can be customized for each community. Drop in at the Follow-Up Open House to be held on Oct. 15, from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bayfield Library, to see what the Bayfield section might look like based on your input from the first Open House and have the opportunity to ask questions about the project.


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is organizing a Spaghetti Supper to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 18.

On the menu will be garlic toast, Caesar salad, a selection of sauces, including, vegetarian, plus assorted desserts. There will also be a gluten free option for pasta. Tea, coffee and juices will be included with wine and beer available for purchase. Service will be conducted from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; children four to 14 years, $7.50; under four years free. Takeout will be available. Please call 519 524-0224 for tickets.


Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) are the “Guest Artist” at Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of October.

Eleven painters, and one potter, from the BAG, will display their artistic endeavors at the gallery for the entire month. All paintings and ceramics are for sale at very reasonable prices. Visitors will find short bios of each artist that will give a small understanding of the artist’s philosophy.

Everyone is invited to a reception at the Co-Op Gallery on Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The gallery is located on The Square.

BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery and support local artists. Its regular hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.

The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!

Want to learn more about WSD? Visit


Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

The final beginner workshop with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.

Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.

witches' walk 

The fourth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 27.

Last year 700 souls of all ages braved the woods and this year organizers are hoping to scare over 1,000! Entering the woods between 6-8 p.m. is by donation with 100 per cent of the proceeds being gifted to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron.

Volunteers are now being sought to set up or man one of the scary stations. It’s so much fun and all are welcome. For more information call The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host an Autumn Hike in Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 28.

People are invited to join for this enjoyable afternoon hike that will begin at 2 p.m.

Hikers will experience a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland. A highlight of the area is the opportunity to watch for trout when crossing over Naftel’s Creek. The trail is 3 KMs long and is a Level 2 difficulty. The hike will take about 1.5 hours.

Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located 7 KMs south of Goderich on Hwy 21, #79152 between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. Parking available.

Everyone is welcome to join hike leaders, Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850; Gary Mayell, 519 441-0141; and Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555.


The Bayfield Committee for Huron Residential Hospice is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday Nov. 3. Please note that Friday's performance is now sold-out and Saturday's is selling fast!

Based on one of local playwright, Judy Keightley’s popular “Rose Blair Mysteries”, the play will be performed by local amateur dramatic thespians, a two-course dinner will be served, a cash bar available, and a good time promised for all! The play starts at 7 p.m. each evening. The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and available by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees, 519 565-4404; Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or Kevin Kale, 519 565-4018.

Thanks to the generosity of production sponsor, Chuck Hall, Investment advisor with Manulife Securities, all proceeds from the play will go directly to the hospice.




level one advisory remains 

The Water Response Team (WRT) has announced that a Level 1 Low Water Advisory will remain in place for the Bayfield River watershed area of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) through at least the month of October.

With the exception of August, warm and dry weather patterns persisted since the spring. Despite a return of wetter weather in late September and into October, watersheds have yet to fully recover. The Bayfield River watershed has been hit hardest by drought conditions, receiving only two thirds of the rainfall measured across the remainder of the ABCA watershed.

Monthly streamflow in the Bayfield River watershed is at only six per cent of the September normal, as measured at the Varna stream gauge. ABCA Water Resources Coordinator Davin Heinbuck said streamflow is the best visual indicator of recovery.

“Although we have seen recent increases in rainfall amounts, we will remain cautious until we see a recovery back to seasonal levels and sustained base flow,” said Heinbuck.

“With a lower demand in water use and the seasonal slow-down in plant growth, a higher percentage of rainfall we receive should be available to replenish groundwater and streamflow,” he said. Until indications of a recovery are observed, a Level 1 Advisory will remain in place.

Water Response Team Chair Doug Cook said that streamflow is still quite low relative to normal for this time of year “so we continue to ask water users to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they use by at least 10 per cent.”

There are three levels of low-water advisories. Level 1, the least serious, asks water users to voluntarily reduce use by 10 per cent. Level 2 is more serious and asks for an additional 10 per cent voluntarily water use reduction for a total of 20 per cent. A Level 3 low-water advisory would be the most serious and could include mandatory water use restrictions for holders of permits-to-take-water.

For ways people can reduce water use, please visit the water quantity and water conservation page at at this link:

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low water and drought conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries; agriculture and vegetable growers; and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial ministries (such as Natural Resources and Forestry; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Environment, Conservation and Parks). ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions.

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

Gateway receives donations in support of research 

IMG_5354Dr. Feng Chang, Gateway board chair and professor of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo (far left), and Gateway President Jay McFarlan (far right) accepted the donation recently from Jessica Kuipers (middle left) and Alex Westerhout, representing the Huron County Poultry Farmers. (Submitted photos)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health was the beneficiary of a donation from this year's edition of the Huron County Poultry Farmers Annual “Chicken Classic” Golf Tournament.

IMG_5366Gateway board chair and professor of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feng Chang (far left) and Gateway President Jay McFarlan (far right) were pleased to accept a donation from Glen Steinson (middle left) and Dean Whalen, representing Lighthouse Money Management in Goderich.  

Dr. Feng Chang, Gateway board chair and professor of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, and Gateway President Jay McFarlan accepted the donation recently from Jessica Kuipers and Alex Westerhout, representing the Huron County Poultry Farmers.

“The Chicken Classic” Golf Tournament, held each September at the Seaforth Golf Club is a round of golf for fun and to raise money for charity. In recent years, Gateway has been one of the charities of choice for this group of community minded farmers.

The funds will be used to support research into particular rural health issues. In recent years these monies have been applied directly to poultry farmers lung health. Gateway Research Associate Rose Marie Dolinar, R.N. and Ph.D. Candidate at Western, has been working with the local poultry producers to determine the health of their lungs and to promote safe masking practices when working inside the chicken barns.

Gateway was also pleased to receive a funding donation from Lighthouse Money Management, of Goderich, at their monthly board meeting held on Sept. 28.

The funds received from Lighthouse will be used to support student research projects during the summer of 2019. Gateway actively encourages undergraduate health sciences students, from this area, to conduct health research under the auspices of Gateway’s research chairs and local medical practitioners. Gateway offers funding for a co-op term or summer job period to enable these students to engage in health research and complete short-term projects or be part of a larger research initiative.

Dr, Chang and McFarlan were pleased to accept the donation from Glen Steinson and Dean Whalen, representing Lighthouse Money Management..

Gateway is a unique Canadian Rural Health entity. It is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. It is a not for profit corporation and relies on community support to deliver its programs.


shore protection checklist 

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors has approved a new fact sheet with information for landowners and contractors who are proposing shoreline protection works and a new Checklist for Applications for Shore Protection. The two documents have been posted on the shoreline management plan page at this link:

The conservation authority requires permits for shoreline works proposed to prevent erosion. Providing more detail about what’s required for a permit application can help to expedite the application process and ensures the application process is consistent, according to ABCA staff.

“We feel it will be easier and faster for applicants to obtain permit approval if they know ahead of time what information is required,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA manager of Water and Planning.

The board approved the two documents at its regular board meeting held on Sept. 20. The new checklist includes details about what’s needed in terms of drawings and plans and other submission requirements. The fact sheet outlines application submission requirements, application fees, and ABCA’s application review process for shoreline protection.

To learn more visit or contact ABCA at 519235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Fibre Arts Exhibition 

Members of The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters' Guild are always busy creating beautiful textile items. Many of these quilted, woven, and handcrafted creations will be for purchase at a joint show and sale at the Huron County Museum, Nov. 3-4.

Spear-headed by Evelyn Hardy and Ruth Knight, The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Guild began in the spring of 1978. From the onset, the mandate of the group was to support and encourage guild members to learn and perfect the art of weaving and spinning. Membership has changed over the years but the guild is proud that some of the original members are still involved. The guild continues to welcome new members and endeavors to instill in the community an appreciation of this art.

The Goderich Quilters' Guild was formed in 1992. Kathryn Caie, sensing a community interest in quilting, organized a meeting of interested quilters. As a result of that meeting, the guild was formed with Caie as the first president. Many of the original members are still members today. The Goderich Quilters' Guild also provides an opportunity for members to share their expertise and offer encouragement to new quilters. Both guilds offer workshops and support but most importantly, friendship.

The joint exhibition will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. On site demonstrations will also be taking place.

For more information contact Betty Thomasson, of the Quilters' Guild, at 519 524-4695 or Karen Blackwell, of the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers, at 519-524-4497.

To learn more about these two guilds please visit their websites: and


Don’t let the cooler temperatures prevent you from getting your steps in! Why not walk at the Huron County Museum? Did you know that three Museum laps equals approximately 1KM and routes are available with stairs or without!

Visit the Museum between 10 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday to walk and learn about Huron County’s unique history and culture. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a sealed water bottle. The lounge will be open (pending availability) for self-guided stretching and yoga exercises. Walkers are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

Huron County Museum Walkers receive free admission when they show their Huron County Library card! To learn more visit the museum website at


Music lovers are invited to attend a very special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear one of Scotland’s as well as one of Canada’s folk music legends in concert together on Thursday, Oct. 11 at St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich.

“The Best Times After All” will start at 7:30 p.m. Archie Fisher, from Scotland and Garnet Rogers, who hails from Hamilton, ON but spent much of his childhood in Nova Scotia, will perform. Both are renowned singer-songwriters and hilarious raconteurs.

Tickets are available now for $20. The fee will rise to $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Ernie King Music and Wuerth Shoes, both in Goderich or online at or by calling 519 524-8221.







Volume 10

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. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, we celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with an image of Mrs A Metcalf's entries at the Bayfield Fair circa 1915. Can you imagine what this would look like if renowned photographer R.R. Sallows had access to color film? (Archives code: PB10076 PC)

 PB10076 PC Remember Me 483

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



PB10037 PC Remember Me 481 

In Issue 481, we feature a photo recorded to be of John, Violet and Adelaide taken in 1946. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10037 PC)



 PB10046 PC  Remember Me 482

In Issue 482, we feature a picture recorded to be taken on Dec.14,1934 of a Mrs. W. Prust. Does anyone remember her or the man she was photographed with? (Archives Code: PB10046 PC)



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fall foto fest 

Over 100 photographers attended  

Eagle - Suzan JohnstonThe Extended Wildlife Photography Workshop was open to ten people. They worked with one of Trekkers' nature photographers and the bird trainer from the Raptor Conservancy of Canada. (Photo by Suzan Johnston)  

image1Splash Photography is always a popular aspect of the Macro workshop. (Photo by Mackenzie Culbert)  

30061889617_6de9429ea3_kFine Art Food was a focus of the Macro Workshop. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Macro Workshop - Jack PalCapturing Water Drops are always a fun part of learning Macro Photography. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

Flash Photography workshop - Jane SeifriedJane Seifried not only participated in the learning offered at the Flash Photography Workshop but she became a subject of the class as well.

Flash Photography workshop - Janet Hullah - Jane SeifriedParticipants in the Flash Photography Workshop learned by working with subject Janet Hullah. (Photo by Jane Seifried)  

Owl -Wild Life workshop -  Suzan JohnstonThe Extended Wildlife Photography program consisted of two, two-hour workshop classes and a Birds of Prey shoot. (Photo by Suzan Johnston)  

 FFF2018 (3 of 3) Photo Tour Trekkers Photographer Harry Cartner led the Outdoor Photo Trek that took participants to the Bayfield Cemetery. (Photo by Nancy Denham)

FFF2018 (2 of 3)Photographers are always encouraged to really look at their surroundings during these outdoor workshops. (Photo by Nancy Denham)

FFF2018 (1 of 3)The Bayfield River Flats was one of the destinations on the Outdoor Photo Trek offered at Fall Foto Fest. (Photo by Nancy Denham)  






Photo Tour Trekkers 

The sixth annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF), a joint production of the Photography Club of Bayfield and Photo Tour Trekkers, was held on the weekend of Sept. 29-30.

Over 100 photographers took part in 11 workshops over the two days. These were held at numerous locations throughout the village and beyond in which photographers were able to gain hands-on learning in various aspects of photography in small-group settings: a hallmark feature of FFF.

Master Classes, designed to give the seasoned photographer a more in-depth growth experience, were once again a feature of Fall Foto Fest. This year they included wildlife photography, macro-photography and Adobe Photoshop, advanced techniques. A very special and popular Master Class was given by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner, Hollywood director, producer and photographer, on how to tell a story with your camera. This was truly a highlight.

Brad Turner 2Bayfield’s own Brad Turner, Hollywood director, producer and photographer was the weekend's keynote speaker. (Submitted photo)  

A new feature this year was a Keynote presentation on Saturday night, also by Brad Turner, in the format of an interview-conversation with James Cowie, owner of Photo Tour Trekkers, the event sponsor. Admission, open to the general public, was by donation to the local Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep), the full house made a generous contribution of $240.

Richard BelandRichard Beland best known for his photography of world-famous rock groups was a speaker at Fall Foto Fest. (Submitted photo)  

The interview format was also used successfully in a workshop with Lambton College’s Richard Beland best known for his photography of world-famous rock groups. He was the only accredited photographer on the Tragically Hip’s final concert tour. His insights were photographically exciting as well as emotionally poignant.

Other workshops included an outdoor photo trek of Bayfield and area, focusing on the River Flats and the Bayfield Cemetery, the art of Flash Photography and the annual Photography 101 for people new to photography or simply wanting a refresher. Something new this year was a workshop on digital printing showing participants how to take their photos from the computer ultimately to a framed piece of art on the wall.

The most popular workshop was one devoted to creating your own photobook, a great way to share favorite memories of weddings, vacations etc. with friends. Rounding out the workshops was an early morning sunrise photo walk along the harbour and beaches of Bayfield.

“Many of the workshops were sold out early, a testament to the reputation of Fall Foto Fest,” said James Cowie, Committee chair. “Participants came from as far away as Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Michigan and made FFF their weekend destination We actually had an exchange student from Brazil this year and he won the prize for the farthest away participant.”

Over twenty-five of the participants have come all six years which speaks to the quality of the event.

A Wine and Cheese event closed out each of the two days.

“A big thank you again to all our sponsors who helped make this event special,” said Jack Pal, committee member “Please mark Oct. 5-6, 2019 in your calendar for the Seventh Annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest. It’s a must for anyone interested in improving their photography.”

To learn more about: Brad Turner,; Richard Beland,; Photo Tour Trekkers,

Contest winners

Fall Foto Fest 2018 (FFF) held another successful photo exhibition and contest this year with submissions from all across Ontario and the Great Lakes states. The two rather challenging categories were: World Up Close and Machines.

All submissions were on display to the general public and all registrants free of charge at the Bayfield Town Hall during the entire Fall Foto Fest weekend. Visitors were also given an opportunity to assist in the judging by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

The Grand Prize, donated by the event sponsor Photo Tour Trekkers, is a trip to Cuba in 2019 with Photo Tour Trekkers. The winner was Laurie Milne.

First Prize winners in each of the categories received a Visa gift card for $150. The winners were: Christine Riches, World Up Close; and Suzan Johson, Machines. 

The People’s Choice award, a $100 Visa Gift Card, was also won by Riches. Honourable Mention, a Bayfield Merchants gift pack, went to Milne.

Johnson, a PCoB member, and Deb Johnstone, a new PCoB members, won the World Up Close Honorable Mention Bayfield Merchants gift packs. Jane Seifried, also a PCoB member and previous Grand Prize winner won another Honorable mention award in this category. Mary Chambers won two Honorable mentions in the category Machinery.

All winners were announced at the closing Wine and Cheese reception on Sunday, Sept. 30. According to FFF participants, the overall quality of the photos was outstanding.

For a complete list of winners and their wining photos go to:

Organizers would like to pass on their congratulations to the winners and send out a special thanks to everyone that participated in the contest and especially to the prize sponsors. Photographers are encouraged to submit photos to next year’s event. The categories will be announced in the near future. There is no requirement to register for Fall Foto Fest in order to participate.

DSC_9981Abstract photography is an important part of the Fall Foto Fest.(Photo by Linda Lebel)




 Photo Contest winners

Laurie Milne Grand PrizePhotographer Laurie Ann Milne, of London, ON, was the winner of the Grand Prize and will be off to Cuba with Photo Tour Trekkers as a result!

Christine Riches Peoples ChoicePhotographer Christine Riches earned two prizes with this one picture. She took home the People's Choice Award as well as first place in the category the World Up Close.  

Mary Machines HM1Photographer Mary Chambers earned an Honorable Mention in the "Machines" category.  

Suzan Johnson Machines  1stSuzan Johnston, a member of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), earned first prize in the Machines Category as part of the Fall Foto Fest Photography Contest.  

Suzan Johnson World Up Close HM1Photographer Suzan Johnson also received an Honorable Mention in the World Up Close category.  




PIXILATED — image of the week

Saturday Sunrise

Saturday SunriseBy Jane Seifried

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


Mary Hughes, owner of The Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast, reached out to me this week to see if I could help her get the word out about a special little contest she is running in honor of our Canadian military.

Three lucky winners will be selected to stay in one of her three suites in her 1857 Canadiana style farmhouse located at 12 The Square in the heart of the village on Remembrance Day weekend, Nov. 9-10. Mary will also serve up a gourmet breakfast each morning to the lucky winners - includes one guest each..

To win this free weekend stay retired veterans or active service people must be nominated by someone. Folks are asked to send a few words about their nominee to by Oct. 26. The winners will be selected by a committee of impartial village residents. Hughes will announce the winners on Nov. 1.

Mary got the idea from an American group called “B&Bs for Vets”. She says it is an idea that is just starting to catch on in Canada and she is happy to start things rolling in beautiful Bayfield. If you know a veteran, or someone in active service, who would love to enjoy a weekend in Bayfield please reach out to Mary at the email above . Best of luck to the nominees. – 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 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder