Bookmark and Share   Oct. 12, 2011   Vol. 3 Week 42 Issue 119


Fall Fishing on the Bayfield River
On Thanksgiving weekend, the weather was perfect for both hiking and fishing. Look closely at this photo and you shall see a few fishermen casting their lines into the Bayfield River. Perhaps they were practicing for the upcoming 33rd Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby that will be hosted by the Bayfield Lions' Club on Oct. 14-16. This photo was taken on Sunday along the Sawmill Trail  where hikers can get a first hand look at the ever changing autumn landscape. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees) 

The quest for the heaviest Rainbow Trout will once again take centre stage this coming weekend when the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 33rd Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby will be held Oct. 14-16. 

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.

HUnt speaks to cph auxiliary

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.

Cheryl Hunt, the new Huron Perth Heathcare Alliance volunteer coordinator, spoke to the 32 members of the CPH Auxiliary present at a meeting held Oct. 3. She introduced herself and explained what help should could offer the auxiliary in her role.

The tickets for the Quilt Draw were also drawn at this meeting. The original
watercolor painted and donated by Dr. J.M. Watts was won by Alex Townsend. Linda Dunford handcrafted and donated the quilt that was won by Lois Wise.

It was also announced that the annual CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale held in mid-September proved to be very successful once again.

The next fundraiser being organized by the CPH Auxiliary is the sale of Gift Of Light tickets. CPH will be supported by the purchase of a light to make the Christmas tree glow brightly during the holiday season. Receipts are available for purchases of $10 or more. Nov. 25 is the date for the Tree Lighting Ceremony that shall begin at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the hospital. 

This meeting also took the form of a “Coffee Break” to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

The next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be held at Huronview on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. Those individuals wishing to carpool should meet at CPH at 9 a.m. New members are always welcome.

Big Band era focus of evening 

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.


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 (BAHS), 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.

After the speaker, a vote will be held on the Board of Directors' recommendations for changes to the constitution of the BAHS.

town hall 

A retirement party is being held for Joe Perlement and you are invited. It is to be held at The Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Perlement will be celebrating his long awaited retirement from Bayfield River Pearls, a thriving, award winning company that he established over twenty years ago. His family and friends invite you to celebrate and join in the fun!

This retirement party will also provide an unique fundraising opportunity for the Bayfield Town Hall. Those who wish to attend the “Black Pearl Murder Mystery Dinner” 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.

Library friends

For many people the Bayfield Library is the hub of the community. These people have recently united as The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).

The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs.

In keeping with their mandate the FOBL will hold an information meeting on Oct. 25 entitled, "Tomorrows Library Today - more than just books". The evening will feature guest speakers and refreshments will also be served.

The event will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to or call Clair at 519-565-2135.

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.




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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, James Scott spoke at the dedication ceremony for the new school held in May of 1956. Does anyone recognize any of the other special guests?

Remember 119

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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.


Remember Me 118

In Issue 118, another picture of the crowd gathered to celebrate the new school’s opening in May of 1956.




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Bayfield Lifestyle+

Bayfield mews is about a change in lifestyle


Bayfield is often referred to as a retirement community but it isn’t a place where the more senior among us simply rest on their laurels. They are vibrant and active citizens that are constantly striving to make Bayfield a better place.

But they don’t do windows. They have neither the time nor the inclination to do such chores.

And if they have a Bayfield Mews address they don’t have to.

“The Bayfield Mews is all about a lifestyle change,” said John Elmslie, president of Bayfield Lifestyle+ Executive. “When people move here they don’t have to worry about things like outside maintenance or if their heating/air conditioning is going to work. Those details are taken care of and this frees people up to do the things they want to do.”

John Elmslie is not just a resident of the Bayfield Mews. He is also president of the Bayfield Lifestyle+ Executive that looks after both projects and operations at this local life lease development.

Jean (standing) and Rachel St. Aubin moved to the Bayfield Mews from Waterloo. They enjoy the freedom the adult lifestyle community affords them to enjoy a rewarding and full retirement.

Located just south of the village, the Bayfield Mews community broke ground in 2007. Currently there are 24 town homes constructed with plans to build 31 more units as well as an activity centre.

Ian (left) and Shirley McAllister have been a part of the Bayfield Mews community since 2008. While the front of the house is maintained by the corporation Shirley employs her own gardening skills in the backyard - a hobby she very much enjoys.

The idea for the Bayfield Mews was conceived about a decade ago when like- minded individuals began noticing that some retirees were leaving the village for larger centers. After some research it was determined these people didn’t really want to leave the area but they could no longer maintain their existing homes and there was nothing in the area to suit their needs. The project was first showcased at the Bayfield Home and Garden show in May of 2005. Construction began in the summer of 2007.

“The creation of the community has done what we hoped it would do, it is keeping people here, 85 per cent of the people that live here are from the village or the greater Bayfield area,” said Elmslie. “The other 15 per cent may or may not have a connection to the area but they believe that this is a great place to retire to.”

The community is designed specifically for active adults over 55. Residents purchase a life interest in their housing unit. Life lease developments are an emerging lifestyle option for today's retiree. The owner of a life lease has the exclusive right to occupy the home selected and to use the common facilities for as long as desired. When an owner wishes to sell the lease, the owner receives the market value less an administrative fee. Today's seniors are able to protect their investment and earn a return similar to the equity growth in their home without the headaches associated with the maintenance of their property.

“The Bayfield Mews is a not for profit; board members are all volunteers and they are critical to the community’s success. The Board or Directors oversee operations and projects. There is no development company taking a chunk of the profits we sell the homes at our cost,” said Elmslie. “With a life lease you have better control over how things will function.”

The neighborhood will be created in two phases – the first phase will see the construction of 39 town homes. Currently, 24 of these homes have been built with 23 of them being owned. The second phase will see another 16 homes built as well as an activity centre.

The community’s infrastructure and activity centre costs are built into the cost of each home.

“We have to pay for the infrastructure first and then we can move along with the building of the activity centre,” said Elmslie.

Despite the lack of an official place to meet the Mews Resident Association functions to enhance the betterment of the community by providing social activities for the neighborhood. They currently hold regular card games, parties and potlucks in rotating homes but eventually they will run activities at the centre.

The Bayfield Mews is located on a 14-acre property, eight of which will be used for the development. The remaining area is forested and walking trails have been established for residents to enjoy.

The Mews has been designed to be as eco-friendly as possible with regards to irrigation and storm water management. At the heart of the community is one of two ponds that are used for irrigation.

“When both the first and second ponds become full of water there is a slow release into the forested area so as not to adversely affect the bush,” Elmslie said.

One of the benefits of purchasing a town home at the Bayfield Mews is the opportunity to personalize a space from the floor plan to the finishes. There are five floor plans to choose from varying in size from 1,170 to 1,620 square feet.

The floor plans have been designed with easy living in mind with no stair or steps – it is a home to enjoy growing older in but people don’t have to be “old” to move in.

“That is a perception we are trying to change. The Bayfield Mews is a 55 plus community but it is not just for older folks. A lot of people in their fifties and sixties are taking early retirement and this is the perfect home base for people who want to travel without being tied down to their home. Here they can walk out the door and not have to worry about things,” said Elmslie.

Meet Jean and Rachel St. Aubin

Jean and Rachel St. Aubin discovered Bayfield a few summers ago when they rented a cottage at Deer Park Lodge. When it came time to find a place to retire fond memories for this village on Ontario’s West Coast drew them back.

The couple is originally from Quebec. They raised their children in the province of Alberta before career choices brought them back to Ontario with work in Toronto being a short commute from life in Waterloo.

“When we retired we knew we wanted to move but we didn’t know where, our roots are in Montreal, but we wound up here,” said Jean.

“We looked everywhere but decided on this place,” said Rachel. “We saw an advertisement for the Bayfield Mews in Feb. of 2009 and decided to come and see it.”

The open bungalow style plan really appealed to the couple.

“Our home in Waterloo was a three story condo. We liked the idea of no stairs, we’re not at the stage in life where stairs are a factor but one day we may well be,” said Jean.

Their children are also very happy that they moved to Bayfield; there are lots of great beaches and golf courses close by for when they come to visit.

The couple’s only real complaint about life at the Bayfield Mews would be just how quiet it is.

“At first it was too quiet, we lived next to a university in Waterloo so we had to get used to the lack of noise,” said Jean.

Quiet maybe, but never boring, the couple has also learned that the community is big on volunteers and their getting involved has been a terrific way to get to meet people.

Meet Ian and Shirley McAllister

Ian and Shirley McAllister ran a beef, hog and cash crop operation outside of Bayfield for a number of years before retiring to a house within the village proper.

But according to Ian, “It wasn’t in our life plan to do the extra work required of a home. I didn’t want to shovel snow, mow the lawn and climb a ladder to clean out the eaves trough or wash the windows. The Bayfield Mews fit our plan.”
The couple moved into their home on Bayfield Mews Lane in the summer of 2008.

“We picked the floor plan size we wanted and did some adjusting to it,” said Shirley. “What is nice about the neighborhood is no two units are the same. They can be changed to suit personal preference.”

Shirley loves the openness of her home. “I’ve fed twenty and had eight people sleep over before,” she said.

She also appreciates the opportunity to still have a garden and flowerbeds at the rear of the home. “I can still get my hands in the dirt,” she said.

To maintain a cohesive look in the community the front gardens are all maintained by the corporation with the grass being cut every Thursday.

“I appreciate the look of a uniform strand of grass,” commented Ian.

Ian is also enjoying the in-floor heating that his home is equipped with. “It improves your attitude in the morning,” he chuckled.

What the couple can both appreciate is the sense of community that they have found at the Bayfield Mews. They have enjoyed attending barbecues, card parties, a Christmas Party as well as a St. Patrick’s Day event.

“There is a wonderful mix of people living here, we all come from different backgrounds and have different ideas and I enjoy that very much,” said Shirley.





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Fall in Bayfield - Foliage Sunset

Fall in Bayfield - Foliage Sunset...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


Dotted here and there in conversation over Thanksgiving turkey were comments about plans for Christmas. I know, I know, Dec. 25 is a long way off yet but we who live in the snow belt often like to get ahead start in preparing for the festive event because if a good old fashion winter storm closes the roads in the days leading up to the holiday then at least there is turkey in the freezer and gifts safely stored in the cupboard. 

That is one of the reasons Christmas in Bayfield is held every year in November. After all it would be a shame to organize a parade and a tree lighting if the weather prevented visitors to come and celebrate with us.

This year the tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and the parade will make its way down Main Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

And ever mindful of our servicemen and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom to hold such celebrations in peace our village Remembrance Day services are always marked the Sunday prior to Remembrance Day. This year Nov. 6 will be the date. - Melody


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