Bookmark and Share   Oct. 10, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 42 Issue 171


Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh and Ted McIntosh (right) were thrilled to meet Carolyn Hurd, the artist behind the very realistic painting of their fine establishment on the village's Main Street. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Sitting at a cozy table near the rear of The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro it becomes evident that there is a new attraction for regulars to the establishment. A piece of art placed in a prominent position is causing a bit of a stir.

A young mother and her little daughter approach the framed work on the wall. The mom asks the girl if she knows what the painting is of? “It’s this place,” she explains. “It’s The Black Doggie!” exclaims her daughter with a nod of agreement before running back to her table for dinner.

It is indeed The Black Dog – an extremely detailed version in acrylic by artist, Carolyn Hurd, a Goderich native, who has had a love for the village of Bayfield since discovering it in her teens.

She was drawn to the character of the heritage building on a recent visit to the village, on the lookout for scenes to paint.

“It feels like a place that is a second home for a lot of people and that feeling made me want to paint it,” said Hurd.

The scene Hurd has captured appeared to her “as a whole bunch of mini paintings within the larger image.”

The artist enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of textures and the Black Dog image had them in spades - from recreating detailed lettering, chalk on a chalkboard, scenes reflected in windows and sunlight glistening off umbrellas there was enough to keep her engaged and enjoying her work.

She said the window reflections were particularly challenging and yet perhaps the most entertaining to do. “At times you have to trust what you are seeing when you are painting and not think about it because if you think about it, it might cease to make sense.”

For Hurd the greatest compliment she can receive about her finished pieces is that they look like a photograph. “I know I’ve done a good job when I hear someone say that.”

Black Dog
The Black Dog as painted by artist Carolyn Hurd. (Submitted photo)

And when sitting at a table in the pub during this interview, it was a recurring comment made by staff, customers and the pub owners who all took turns examining the painting.

As this article would indicate the original painting has found a home at The Black Dog purchased by delighted owners of the establishment, Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh and Tom McIntosh.

Sloan-McIntosh noted that she had been waiting for someone to come along and capture their business on canvas and she couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.

Just down the street from The Black Dog, JMR Gallery is the exclusive home of other original works by Hurd, as well as signed limited edition giclees, artist proofs, canvas prints and note cards of The Black Dog painting.

For more information contact Judy at or drop into the gallery.


Bluewaters Four Blooms Award Sept 2012
The Municipality of Bluewater received Four Blooms from Communities in Bloom (CIB) Ontario on Sept. 29 in Goderich. The award, and a Special Mention Award for the Zurich Lutheran Church pioneer cemetery cairn restoration project, were accepted by Bluewater's Chief Administrative Officer Steve McAuley (left), committee members, Jim Fergusson,Carol Steckle and Marg McAuley from CIB Director Monica Moore from Chatham-Kent. (Photograph courtesy of Communities in Bloom)

The results are now in for the Communities in Bloom provincial competition.

The Municipality of Bluewater maintained a Four Blooms Award from Communities in Bloom Ontario but raised its overall score to just two percentage points from the top Five Blooms Award level.

“Special thanks for the hard work of the volunteer committee members and the municipal staff for their help achieving this award,” said Bluewater Blooms Co-chair, Jim Fergusson. “Committee members and the community should be proud to celebrate this award. Congratulations and special thanks to everyone involved for their contribution to the program.”

Communities in Bloom also bestowed the Special Mention Award on the Zurich Lutheran Church’s pioneer cemetery cairn restoration project at the Provincial Award Ceremony held in Goderich on Sept. 29.

In Bluewater’s evaluation, Judges Angela Vieth and Susan Cheetham noted, “The judges were honored to be among the first visitors to this completed project. We heartily praise Alma Westlake and her volunteer committee for their ambition, dedication, research and hard work in this historical project.”

The restoration project committee is comprised of Westlake, Chris Eagleson, Diane Klopp, Lois Thiel, Michele Haberer and Sharon Sanders.

The Municipality of Bluewater has received Four Blooms for three consecutive years and until now maintained a 75 per cent average. This year, the score was 79 per cent. The planning committee’s efforts show in the Communities in Bloom Evaluation. Judges Vieth and Cheetham spent a busy, yet fun, day in the municipality.

They also wrote, “First impressions are lasting and the Municipality of Bluewater was clean and tidy, showing beautiful floral displays throughout. Congratulations to the public works staff on a wonderful job of cutting and mowing throughout the Municipality. The Bluewater ‘sunny side up’ posters are excellent and should be an example for the provincial organization. The judges like the easy to understand aspects of the Communities in Bloom program included on the poster. Well done!”

Heritage farms visited during the tour made an impression on the judges who commented, “The farming community could have some fun in the Communities in Bloom program by running a ‘farm front yard competition’ or the ‘most beautiful heritage barn competition’ or something similar to engage their community”.

Efforts of volunteers, like the Bayfield Tree Project and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association as well as the municipality, to improve in the criteria for landscaping, floral displays, tidiness and urban forestry show in the annual evaluations. From 2010 to 2012, landscaping marks increased 65 points, floral displays increased by 47 and tidiness by 34.

Also noted in the evaluation, “The judges had a wonderful time in the Municipality of Bluewater and thank the committee for a pleasant tour of the community and for the wonderful hospitality shown to us. One of the highlights for the judges was the opportunity to play croquet with the club members. The turf was in great shape and kudos to the members for making great use of the former gravel pit. This facility is a gem!”

Communities in Bloom hold competitions at the provincial, national and international levels. The Municipality of Bluewater participated at the provincial level with municipalities of a similar size. Each municipality is required to publish a profile book that addresses eight criteria and provide it to the judges prior to the tour. The tour provides a visual connection to the book and is an opportunity for the planning committee to sneak in a little more. Heather Redick, of Zurich, has been the producer of this full color book for the past two years. For the first time, Bluewater’s book was displayed at the August conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) at the request of the judges.

The Municipality of Bluewater planning committee is comprised of representatives of municipal council, merchants and community volunteer organizations. To view the 2012 Ontario Evaluation, please visit the Communities in Bloom section of the Municipality of Bluewater website at

participants see a dramatic improvement in health 

Diabetes Article 2012
The faces behind the successful Diabetes Day Program being offered by the Bluewater Family Health Team are (l-r): Dr. Lori Teeple, Lorrie Lucan, MOA; Janet Willert, RN; Dr. Alicia Schreader, Susanne Schoeley, PA; and Joanne King NP. Missing from photo were Cathy Skinner, MOA; Dr. Michael Hurley, Dr Owen, Shannon Crane, Scanner; Brenda Schilbe, Administrative Assistant and Ann Brabender, Administrator. (Submitted photo)

The Diabetes Day Program at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) in Zurich has achieved top marks. A recent analysis of their results has shown a dramatic improvement in health for those who participated in the program in the first year.

The BAFHT is now offering the program in the evening for those whose work prevents them from appointments during the day. The clinic is also offering an “all in one” visit where the lab work and most diabetes visits are done at the same time using a new method of testing A1c (not covered by OHIP as yet).

“This program is phenomenal and can serve as a model for every medical practice in Canada,” said Diabetes Educator, Amanda Mikalachki RN, BScN, CDE from St Joseph’s Health Care London, Primary Care Diabetes Support Program. She has been mentoring the team over the past year.

A comparison was made for patients of the health team who do not participate in the program and it was noted that their diabetes got worse overall. Compared to patients with diabetes who do the usual office visits for diabetes, those in the formal diabetes program dropped their sugar levels (A1c) by 25 per cent. Those not in the program saw their sugar levels go up. Very similar results were seen for cholesterol levels and weight.

Patients enrolled in the program were surveyed and 80 per cent felt that the program was substantially better than the usual doctor’s office care for diabetes. The program aims to enhance access for individuals living with diabetes by working as an inter-professional team.

Dane Nickel collected the data on behalf of the BAFHT. They are appreciative of his support as well as the assistance of Gina Palmese and Rachel LaBonte, of the Partnering for Quality Program, and to Jamy Brodt, of the Regional Coordination Centre, for their assistance with data analysis.

map of war memorials launched for Doors Open 2012

Roger and Pat Lewington, of Bayfield, enjoy a leisurely hike on one of the Bayfield River Valley Trails. The upcoming Symposium will highlight the information and opportunities for community building through developing trails, wayfinding and signage. (Submitted photo)

Just in time for Doors Open 2012 the Huron Arts and Heritage Network (HAHN) is launching a self-guided driving tour and map of cenotaphs and war memorials in Huron County.

Those who take the tour can see first hand the carefully crafted and respectfully placed cenotaphs and memorials marking the county’s significant and extraordinary military history.

The map details many of these monuments and their historical significance to their communities, including:

• One of the first cenotaphs to be built and placed in the county was the Usborne Township Memorial Monument. James Weeks, owner of the Marble Works in Exeter, ordered the fine white granite statue from Carrara, Italy.
• The four-sided fieldstone Memorial Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield was placed in 1933.
• The Village of Blyth erected a hall as their memorial to veterans of the First World War. Plaques carved by Rev. George Telford, with the help of Adam Elliott, hold the names of local men killed in WWI.
• In a lovely shady park in Fordwich, the Township of Howick erected a cenotaph in memory of the men who gave their lives in the Great War.

Rhea Hamilton Seeger, of Possibilities in Auburn, gleaned information for the map from the Huron County Historical Society and Eric Heywood, of Exeter.
The IODE Maple Leaf Chapter in Goderich generously supported the map project. The maps are available at Huron County Libraries, local Legions and at all locations taking part in Doors Open Huron on Oct. 13-14.

Doors Open Huron - Defending a Nation is sponsored and coordinated by the HAHN with financial assistance from numerous organizations including, federal, provincial and county, as well as local municipalities and legion branches. Doors Open Huron is an extension of Doors Open Ontario, a program developed by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

For more information visit

Trails and active transport focus of symposium 

Due to the efforts of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and local conservation authorities “trails” and “active transportation” are a large part of our local cultural vernacular.

For this reason Bayfield and area residents may find an upcoming event to be held in Brussels on Oct. 30 to be of interest. People and organizations from across Huron and Perth Counties will meet at the new Brussels Business and Cultural Centre (the former Brussels Public School) for Huron-Perth's first “Walk, Hike and Wheel Symposium.”

The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We have an amazing system of trails in Huron and Perth counties” said Cindy Fisher, County of Huron tourism coordinator. “This symposium will help to bring together interested people who are committed to designing healthy communities, innovating active transportation systems, developing policy and engaging their community.”

Delegates will also be able to participate in conversations about how to move forward with local “human-powered” transportation ideas and projects.

“There is a lot of interest in active transportation and many groups already doing great work across Huron-Perth,” said Cathy Bieman, of the Perth County Visitors Association. “This is a chance to bring everyone together to talk about how we can shape the future of physical movement and trails in our area and get more people, both residents and tourists, using it.”

The cost to attend is $30, which includes a light breakfast, refreshments and lunch. For more information and to register, visit the Perth County Visitors Association website at or call 519 603-3723.

This event is hosted by: the Huron County Planning & Economic Development Department and Health Unit, the Huron Tourism Association; the County of Perth Planning Department; the Perth County Visitors Association and the Perth District Health Unit. The hosts would like to extend their appreciation to Regional Tourism Organization #4 Inc. for its generous sponsorship.

much anticipated rainbow trout derby this weekend

A dry summer has left the Bayfield River lower than usual but this hasn't discouraged the fish from moving upstream just in time for the Bayfield Lions' Club's Rainbow Trout Derby set for this coming weekend. (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.

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.

boot camp on the move 

fierce fitness
Kaylie Ginn plans to move Bayfield Boot Camp indoors on Oct. 15. (Submitted photo)


Kaylie Ginn’s life philosophy is a simple one.

“Fitness makes me happy,” she said. 

The Bayfield resident has been spreading the happiness since the middle of May when she started Bayfield Boot Camp inviting others to join her for a total body work out four evenings a week in Clan Gregor Square.

The sessions saw anywhere from two to 10 people join her for a mix of cardio and strength training.

“There was a great atmosphere in the park. At first some people found it a little awkward, they worried about people watching us, but once they started working out they didn’t think about it anymore and just had fun,” said Ginn.

Now that the cold weather is approaching Ginn is moving the fitness program indoors. Starting on Oct. 15, she will be offering classes two nights a week both in Bayfield and Holmesville. Bayfield classes will be held on Mondays (6 p.m.) and Wednesdays (5:30 p.m.) at the Bayfield Community Centre. Holmesville Public School will be the setting for work outs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both at 6 p.m. She is also offering classes at Curves in Clinton on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

Ginn stated that she never does the same work out twice. She also offers something for every level of fitness and experience.

“I provide beginner moves and advanced moves so that it isn’t scary or intimidating. You can go as hard as you want or as easy as you need to,” she said.

Ginn’s Boot Camp is a mix of cardio, strength and weight training, plyometrics, yoga, pilates, and kick-boxing to name but a few types of exercise she likes to incorporate in her work out sessions. It is a total body work out that burns calories, blasts fat and boosts metabolism.

Ginn has had a life long devotion to exercise. Growing up she played “tons of sports” including, hockey, basketball and soccer.

“Then I went to university and I learned what they meant by the ‘Freshman 15’. Through university I worked as a waitress, I found that working out kept me calm. Even when I don’t really feel motivated to work out it makes me feel better,” she said.

After graduating from Wilfred Laurier University she discovered finding a job in her chosen field in a small town was going to be a difficult one so she changed tactics and got herself certified as a personal trainer and started Bayfield Boot Camp.

Since the work out sessions are always different people can drop in whenever they can if their schedule keeps them from coming once or twice each and every week. Participants should bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel and if they have five or eight pound weights they are welcome to bring those too.

“I’m suggesting people begin working at getting in shape now before Christmas rather than waiting until after or the New Year to start,” said Ginn.

And as her brochure indicates, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

For more information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959 or email



The CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon is set for Oct. 20 – in the days leading up to this big fundraising event the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital’s Foundation (AMGHF) has some family fun planned.

The AMGHF will host a Family Fun Walk or Run in Bayfield on Oct. 14. All maps will lead to Clan Gregor Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drop-by the AMGHF’s Radiothon booth set up in the park to pick up your maps for the walk/run. The two trails being featured are the Heritage Trail through the Village of Bayfield or the Sawmill Trail. Participants will be able to choose a walk or run to suit their age or ability. It is not necessary to collect pledges to take part but participants may do so if they wish. Following the walk return to the park for refreshments and a swag bag.

Those who attend can also find out more about how the volunteers, staff and directors of the AMGHF raise money for urgently needed equipment for AMGH. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Radiothon may do so at this event. This year’s goal is $36,000 for a Panda Warmer for newborn babies; visit the AMGHF website at for more information.


Kim Burgsma, of Goderich, landscape designer, garden columnist and author of “Almost Eden” will be the guest speaker at the Bayfield Garden Club’s Fall Potluck on Oct. 15.

“It’s always a popular event held at St. Andrew’s Church, lots of wonderful food and a good time chatting with friends and neighbors,” said Susan Beatty, a club member. “We urge all members to invite families, friends and neighbors to join us.”

Club members and their invited guests should gather at St. Andrew’s United Church for 6:30 p.m. Those who attend are asked to bring a favorite dish to share as well as their own plate and cutlery.

big band dance 

All are invited to come out to the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20, to jump and jive, swing and sway and cut a rug as The Festival City Big Band makes their annual appearance.

This 17-piece band will provide dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. A light lunch will be served at this licensed event.

Tickets are available now by calling Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4404 or Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or through

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society appreciates the generous sponsorship of this event by OLG.


It is the time of year to start thinking about staying healthy during the winter months. With that in mind the Bluewater Area Family Health Team have set dates for Community Influenza Clinics to be held within the municipality.

The first clinic will be held in Bayfield at Trinity Anglican Church on Oct. 24 from 4-6 p.m. Other clinics will be held in Dashwood at Zion Lutheran Church on Oct. 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. and in Zurich at the medical centre on Oct. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Those who take part should wear short sleeves, or a shirt with sleeves that roll up easily, and bring their health card.

historical society

"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”

Bayfield map 24x33 shrunk
Two different sizes of a copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 is now for sale at the Bayfield Archives Room on Main Street. (Submitted photo)


According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.

“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.

The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. is also available for $15 each.

The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at

Author visit

Get your tickets soon for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".

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.

Town Hall 

Life was pretty normal until Dad came out of the closet. Then it got more interesting.

“Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter” is the latest comic monologue by Alison Wearing to be brought to the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 27.

According to the Wearing’s website, it is based on her own life growing up with a gay father.

The website indicates that the “multimedia performance moves from her carefree childhood to the moment she learned, at age 12, that her family was a tad more complex than she had thought… Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love.”

Tickets are on sale now for $25 and can be purchased by contacting Pat McDougall at 519 565-2572 or Jane Rowat at 519 565-5838.

Proceeds from the evening’s performance that will begin at 8 p.m. will go toward greenery for the town hall and surroundings.

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.

Twenty-nine members of the CPH Auxiliary met at St. Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall on Oct.1st. They learned that the 58th Annual Penny Sale was a huge success with both more prizes donated and more income realized than in 2011.

The next fundraiser on the agenda for the auxiliary is the “Gift of Light Celebration” on Nov. 30. Tickets are on sale now from auxiliary members or at the hospital gift shop.

Members were given a list of costly items that the hospital has purchased thanks to the auxiliary’s fundraising for the past five years. The cost of the items on the list came to $94,719. It was noted that without the community support and the volunteers work these contributions to the hospital would not be possible.

It was announced that four members are to attend the annual Hospital Auxiliary Association of Ontario Conference in Toronto, Nov. 4-6. Therefore the next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be delayed until Nov. 12th at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the newly refreshed CPH Conference Room.

Film Society

In the dead of night, a group of men, including, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect, drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body.

Intrigued? Then plan to attend, “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” the second of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. It will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 11.

Also scheduled for viewing are: Moonrise Kingdom, Nov. 15; and The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dec. 13.

The films will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: or by calling 519 565-5838.

AGricultural  Society

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.

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.

Hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Oct. 16.

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. Please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.

fitness fun

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.

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.

Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, at 9 a.m. continues for October, in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Those who attend will be broken up into several groups so everyone can walk at a pace they enjoy. After walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.

Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at the new time of 8:55 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.

One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Total Body Fit classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class or $50 for four months.

Stronger Seniors classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class or $20 for four months.

A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638

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 meets on alternate Wednesdays (from Oct. 3 onwards) 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.

And for those who wish assistance in nourishing their bodies, the “Meals on Wheels” program is now offered in Bayfield on Monday and Wednesday. A hot supper meal can be delivered to residences for a minimal price. The meal includes an entrée, soup or salad and a dessert. For more information please contact One Care at 1-877-502-8277.

Chamber News 

Back in June, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) unveiled the result of their third calendar project created to not only raise funds for the chamber but community groups and merchants as well.

For the creation of the 2013 calendar the BACC teamed up with the Photography Club of Bayfield to aid in the collecting and selecting of the images used in the calendar.

The 2013 Bayfield Calendar features photography by Jack Pal, Cate Cuerden, Dianne Brandon, Gary Lloyd-Rees, Conrad Kuiper, Dennis Pal, Janette Bailie and Melody Falconer-Pounder.
The calendar is now available for purchase for $10 at Brandon’s Hardware, Pharmasave, Michael’s Pharmacy, The Village Bookshop, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Bayfield Convenience, This N’ That and the Bayfield Historical Society Archives Building on Main Street.






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, this undated photo shows three people standing in front of one of Main Street’s iconic buildings. Can anyone name what business it was home to then and/or identify the people in the picture?

Remember 171


PB6p15 The first Bayfield Lions Club 1949


In Issue 169, Bayfield Lions’ Club members in their inaugural year – 1949 were featured. Thanks to current club member, Dave Nearingburg we now have identified all of the members to share with subscribers.

FR (l-r): Bob Stirling, Rit McDool, Robert Walsh, Grant Turner, Jack Scotchmer and John Howard. MR: Charles Scotchmer, Ted Davies, Ken Merner, Ken Brandon, Ted Mack, Lloyd Scotchmer, Reverend Stotesbury and Alf Scotchmer. BR: George Little, Les Elliott, Ernie Hovey, Reg Francis, Mel Davidson, Bill Parker, Grant Stirling and Tom Arkell.At top: Bird Sturgeon, White Weston and Spinny Ervine.

Want to learn more about the history of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and what they do? They now have their own website: and invite all to visit.

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

Remember Me 170

In Issue 170, a Main Street property that has been home to a variety of businesses since it was first built in the late 1890s. In this photo taken in the 1950s Al Amy Real Estate and Amy’s Antiques and Gifts were in residence. Since this photo was taken the building has gone through a few transformations. The present day businesses that reside in this building are Avalon and the JMR Gallery.




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optimist club of bayfield

with approvals in place fundraising begins for splash pad


What began as an idea in June came one step closer to reality in September when the Municipality of Bluewater approved the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s proposal for creating a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square.

Members of the club and “Friends of Optimists” worked diligently through the summer to get all the necessary approvals in place to proceed with the project. From the beginning the club has looked at it as a project for the whole community to rally behind. Several organizations and groups in the village have written letters of support. Plus the backing of the Bluewater Heritage Committee was also an integral part of the approval process as Clan Gregor is located in a Heritage Designated District.

“The Splash Pad will benefit the children who reside in the village and greater municipality as well as all the children that visit the community with their families each year,” said Mike Dixon, chair of the Bayfield Optimist Splash Pad Committee.


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“We are very sure that the Splash Pad will be very well used. Anyone who has sat on a bench by the playground in Clan Gregor for even a short time will be aware of just how well used it is,” said Wayne McKaig, co-chair.

The Splash Pad will be approximately 50 ft. in diameter. There will be about 10 sprinkler heads for the enjoyment of the children. All sprinkler heads will be at ground level with no topical fittings or fixtures. The surface of the pad will be painted in pastel colors to compliment the surrounding landscape.

The project will also be environmentally friendly and non-evasive. The Splash Pad will use a recyclable water system. This will eliminate excessive water use and the need for underground storage tanks. The water will be tested daily and the filtration system will be the same as that of a swimming pool.

According to McKaig, “From its inception the heritage aspect of the project has always been key. The Splash Pad will not be garish, obtrusive or modern in design. It will take into consideration the tranquil park setting and utilize a corner of the park that is rarely used as the little ball diamond has aged and is in disrepair.”

The Optimist Club of Bayfield, in working with the Municipality of Bluewater, plans to have the Splash Pad installed by Canada Day 2013. As approximately $150,000 will have to be raised to complete the project, fundraising will continue even after the sprinklers start spraying. But the club hopes to raise the majority of funds in the next few months.

“This is the largest fundraising endeavor that the Bayfield Club has ever undertaken in its 27 year history,” said Dixon. “We are constantly striving to fulfill our mandate as ‘friends of youth’.”

Over the years they have done this by successfully constructing and maintaining a community skateboard park and basketball court; supporting local schools, sports teams and youth groups. They have also raised many dollars in support of children’s wishes for the “Make a Wish” Foundation of Southwestern Ontario.

The club is actively exploring a variety of fundraising avenues including, federal, provincial and corporate grants. An application is currently being prepared for a Trillium Grant.

“If anyone has suggestions as to other places we can apply for funding we would love to hear from them,” said McKaig.

One such possible grant could be provided through the Aviva Community Fund but the community needs to help to ensure they are successful. The Aviva Community Fund is, according to their website, “an annual competition that is changing Canadian communities by bringing great ideas to life. The most popular ideas, as determined by passionate Canadians like you, will have a chance to win a share of the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund.”

The competition is a three part voting process. For the first stage voting began on Oct. 1 and continues to Oct. 15.

“In searching for ways to help the community get behind the project we created a Bayfield Optimist Splash Pad Supporters Page on Facebook and already we have about 220 members,” said McKaig. “This enthusiasm led us to competing in the Aviva Community Fund Competition but we need to move fast to make it to the next round. We must get to position 90 or lower in the next five days.”

The club members invite everyone to register and vote for the Splash Pad project either on the Aviva website or through Facebook. 

EDITORS NOTE: We are having tech issues with this link. But you can still vote by cutting and pasting into your browser.

Visit to do so. By voting every day people can work together to help ensure the project moves on to the second round.

In the coming weeks, club members and “friends of Optimists” will be going door-to-door as part of their “Making a Splash” campaign to talk to people about the project and provide them with a letter explaining how they can contribute. The Municipality of Bluewater will provide tax receipts for donations over $25.

This letter will offer details on how people can purchase an engraved brick or park bench to aid in the fundraising.

“Brick walkways similar in design to the existing Bayfield Town Hall and the Clan Gregor Square walkways will be installed around the Splash Pad giving the project a timeless and cohesive look,” said Dixon.

Keep an eye on the Bayfield Breeze to see when the official start date for this campaign will be.

Two other Optimist Club fundraisers are fast approaching. The very popular “Homes for the Holiday” as well as an exciting raffle on a Toy Chest filled to overflowing with toys for children of all ages. A portion of funds from these events will be allocated to the Splash Pad project.

Homes for the Holiday is a tour of five homes decorated by area businesses and includes, a light lunch served at the Bayfield Village Inn. The event will be held on Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 each and are available now by calling the Bayfield Village Inn 519 565-2443, in Bayfield at Brandon's Hardware and The General Store, in Goderich at Homescapes by Lynn, in Clinton at Curves or Grand Bend at The Garden Gate.

For more information on how you can help with the Splash Pad Fundraiser, or how you can become a Bayfield Optimist, please contact Dixon at 519 565-2583.





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My answer is generally I’m busier in the winter than I am in the summer. Such is the reality of a tourist destination, in the summer I work. In the winter I work and play, volunteer and volunteer some more. The majority of year round residents will no doubt agree. It is what keeps our community vibrant. It isn’t always the easiest lifestyle choice. It is almost always hectic and sometimes a little frustrating but in the end very rewarding.

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