Bookmark and Share   Oct. 17, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 43 Issue 172

basia bulat back in bayfield 

Basia Bulat will be performing as part of the Bayfield Concert Series on Oct. 18 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Photo by Jesse Herzog)


Tomorrow night (Oct. 18), Basia Bulat will make the commute from Toronto to Bayfield for a performance at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Bayfield Concert Series. It is a trek she likes to try and make at least once a year.

“I love performing in the Bayfield Town Hall. It has a great energy. I think this will be my third or fourth visit,” Bulat said in a telephone interview. “Everyone there is always so very supportive of my music. And I enjoy working with Pete Meades (concert series organizer). Looking at the schedule for the hall I can see he is offering some great music in the series.”

Bulat also noted that she always tries to make time to do a little shopping while in the village and also make a visit to the water.

“I love going into the little shops and antique stores. I’m always looking for an oddity, a little treasure, that’s my thing, and of course, to be by the water is always great too,” said Bulat.

For Bulat, whose first album, “Oh My Darling” was released in 2007, her music career has availed her of one amazing opportunity after another.

One such opportunity happened in the spring of this year when she was invited to perform a Leonard Cohen Song when the aforementioned artist received the 2012 Glen Gould Prize.

“It was a huge honor, incredible, beyond my wildest dreams to sing one of his songs for him. It was the first time I had set foot on the Massey Hall stage and to be there with so many other musicians was really cool,” she recalled. “I think it is every Canadian musician’s dream to perform their own concert in that hall. I would consider myself to be ambitious, but in specific ways, I don’t dream of playing in stadiums but rather the perfect venue with great energy, great sound and a strong history and Massey Hall has all of that.”

Just a couple nights ago, on Oct. 13, Bulat had another exciting opportunity playing with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The orchestra has some really amazing musicians. The arrangements that Owen Pallett did for my songs were phenomenal. The whole experience was like a dream and I can hardly believe that it happened,” she said.

For Bulat the dream began at the age of three. She thought she would be a classical musician due in part to the influence of her piano teaching mother. But things began to evolve as she grew and opened herself up to a variety of string instruments as well. In fact, if performance videos are any indication the autoharp has become rather synonymous with Bulat’s talent.
“The autoharp is something of an oddity. I like its history. It is a relatively new instrument and although sometimes associated with Folk Music or Bluegrass it doesn’t have the weight on its shoulders like other instruments. I think that is what is appealing to me about it,” she said.

Bulat credits a number of people for helping her out along the way in establishing her musical career. “I’ve always played music but haven’t always been ‘networky’.”

Her initial album was at first meant as a keepsake of a period of time meant for family and friends. One friend, however, had other ideas and he began to network on her behalf resulting in Bulat signing to the British label, Rough Trade.

Bulat recently returned from touring in Spain and notes that she enjoys performing no matter which side of the ocean she is on.

“Every city has its own personality and offers a different energy to the shows,” she said. “I enjoy Spain as it provides me with an opportunity to practice my Spanish – it adds a fun element to performing. They are always so supportive and it allows me to test myself with music, words and language, all elements of interest to me.”

In 2010, Bulat released her second album, “Heart of My Own”.

“This is the end of the touring for this record,” she said, as plans to release her third album are in the works for the New Year. “Although I do like to perform new songs before the record is out. I gave them a road test at a lot of the stops on the tour. It helps determine what should and shouldn’t go on the new album.”

When asked what she does to prepare for a performance Bullat noted that she relies on some advice she received from an opera singer, “save your energy for the show, no matter how excited you are.” She noted that it is advice that has served her well thus far, that, and some hot tea with lemon and honey.

Shopping for oddities and treasures will have to wait until Friday.

Tickets for Bulat’s performance are selling for $30 and can be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Company. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. London Life is the show sponsor.

county residents asked to share their toys with museum

Museum Toys
Well loved toys from the Huron County Museum collection. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Museum (HCM) is planning a special temporary exhibit for the fall and winter season. “Come Play a While” will allow visitors to the musem to revisit childhood memories and enjoy toys from across Huron County on loan from boys and girls; old and young; neighbors, friends and family.

This special community exhibit will feature the toys county residents loved; therefore the museum needs their help! Anyone with toys that were played with in Huron County either now or in the past, can submit these toys to be part of the exhibit.

People who wish for their toys and memories to be part of this exhibit may loan up to three of their favorite toys from the past. They will become part of this endearing community exhibit. Toys may be dropped off at the Huron County Museum before Nov. 4.

People may also drop off their toys at their local library branch with HCM Staff on the following dates: Goderich Branch, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m.; Wingham Branch, Oct. 23 1-3 p.m.; Clinton Branch, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m.; Seaforth Branch, Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m. or Exeter Branch, Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m.

The temporary exhibition will be on display at the HCM from Nov. 17 to March 17. The HCM is located at 110 North St., Goderich and is currently open to the public Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Elizabeth or Patti at the HCM at 519 524-2686 or visit the website at

time to test teddy's eyes  


When was the last time your child had their teddy bear’s vision tested? Regular eye examinations are an important part of your child’s eye health and if the appointment would be made easier with teddy by their side then Main Street Optometric in Bayfield welcome them as well. And in the process your child’s school can benefit too.

October is Vision Health Month, and to promote healthy vision and overall well-being Main Street Optometric is bringing back the “Teddy Bear Check-Up” until the end of the month. Local children are encouraged to bring in their favorite teddy bear with them for a complete eye-exam. To promote healthy eyes and learning, Main Street Optometric will give a donation on behalf of each Teddy to their owner’s local school library. After all vision is involved in 80 per cent of all learning.

In the province of Ontario children under the age of 19 years are covered annually under OHIP, so this program runs at no expense to parents or schools. Teddy Bears are tested free of charge; limit one teddy per child.

Please call 519 565-2300 to book an appointment with Dr. Rich Samuell. Oct. 27 has been allocated as Teddy Bear Check-Up Day but afterschool appointments can also be arranged for youngsters enrolled in school.

deadline for heritage fund grants fast approaching

November 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Past projects have included the restoration of the Bayfield War Memorial Cairn, Vanastra gates, gateposts at the Van Edmond House and the International Plowing Match Mural in Seaforth. “The Wexford”, by Paul Carroll and “Made in Bayfield”, by Phil Gemeinhardt are two books that the fund also supported the publishing of. Recent projects included the restoration of the historical pillars at Exeter Community Park and the presentation of the award winning play, “Narcisse”, coordinated through the St. Joseph’s and Area Historical Society.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” said Director of Cultural Services and County Librarian, Meighan Wark. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage events and publications may also qualify for support under this program. An increased focus is being placed on the local tourism impacts of the projects as well as their ability to build heritage capacity in Huron County.

More information about the application process can be found on the County’s web site at: Brochures are also available at all public libraries in Huron County.

"Words of Wellness" focuses on alternative health care  

Just recently, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons passed a policy statement that read in part, “… Doctors should respect patients’ rights to choose and keep the lines of communications open with alternative practitioners”.

Heather Boon, a medical sociologist at the University of Toronto, said, “Whether or not MDs agree, they may soon find themselves working more closely with naturopaths and other CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) practitioners.”

What are these treatments? Are they recognized and regulated? Are they harmful? What and whom do they help and how? The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation has brought together five speakers who practice alternative and supportive treatments as part of an educational evening.

On Nov. 8, the AMGHF will present the third lecture in the “Words of Wellness” Series.

During the evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall, Drs. Brent and April Hulley, of Bayfield, will provide insight into the role of chiropractors. Other speakers will include: Dr. Kate Hazlitt, of Goderich, naturopathic; Dr. Katarina Romano, acupuncturist; and Stephanie Schilthuis, massage and reflexology therapist.

“Words of Wellness” is an educational series that neither supports nor condones the principles expressed by the speakers. All the speakers in the series are giving graciously of their time to support the AMGHF. In the first two lectures, Dr. Ken Shonk and Dr. John Howard challenged their audiences and indeed their peers to consider treatment of the whole patient as a priority and not focus on just the disease.

Also on Nov. 8, in addition to the speakers, those who attend can enjoy the work of seven local artists who have prepared a show and sale of their work. The art show, with refreshments, begins at 7 p.m. The lectures along with a “questions and answers” session will start about 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and available in Goderich at Finchers, Microage Basics or the AMGHF office by calling 519 524-8323 Ext. 5349. In Bayfield, contact Ray Letheren at 519 565-2317 or email Please note seating is limited.

 Low Water Advisory remains at Level 2

The latest word from the Water Response Team (WRT) is despite the autumn rains, dry it remains.

The WRT has maintained a Level 2 Low Water Advisory for the entire watershed area of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) in response to record-low stream flows that reflect a more serious Level 3 Low Water Advisory condition.

The WRT announced on Oct. 12 that the team was in consensus to keep the watershed at a Level 2 condition, citing stream flows that are well below 30 per cent of the lowest summer monthly average, the target indicator for a Level 3 condition.

Despite some improvements in rainfall amounts through September and a decrease in water demand, stream flows continue to range from very low to dry. It is anticipated that as we move through autumn, and with a return to wetter weather, a larger percentage of that rainfall should become available to area streams and the groundwater supply.

The combination of reduced crop cover and natural vegetation, that is typical of the autumn period, entering into a dormancy cycle of slow growth, results in more water infiltration and runoff to local streams. Infiltration is important for replenishing the shallow groundwater supplies that have declined steadily through the summer. We typically can expect to see groundwater levels increase through the autumn and into winter; and in some areas where shallow wells have gone dry, this is much needed.

Water Response Team Chair Mike Tam said that stream flows are still very low despite some recent improvements in precipitation and “we are still asking water users to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they use by at least 20 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.

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low-water 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 departments (such as Natural Resources; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Ministry of the Environment).

ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

klusmeier's Concert and Workshops at St. Andrew's

Church musician and composer, Ron Klusmeier’s “Canada Wide Tour of a Lifetime” is coming to Bayfield’s St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 25.

After 40 years of traveling across the country offering concerts, workshops and worship leading Klusmeier is retiring at of this 200-community tour that will wrap up in June of 2013.

The concert is being held in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and The United Church Observer and 25 per cent of sales will be donated directly to the CFB.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now $20 for adults and $5 for children 16 years and under.

During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.

A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.

To register and/or for tickets call 519 565-2854 or 519 565-2479.

heritage committee explores history of St. Peter's Church

The mandate of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC) is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. It is an advisory committee of the Municipality of Bluewater.

The BHC offers October’s “Heritage Feature of the Month”, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in St. Joseph.

The history of this site goes back to 1850 when a log cabin was built to serve as a school, church and meeting place. This parish was established in 1854 as “St. Pierre-aux-Bouleaux” (St. Peter’s of the Birches). The cemetery had its first burial in 1856. A fire in 1859 destroyed the cedar church as it was being built. The parishioners continued to use the log cabin until 1873 when the white brick church was built. In 1930 a painting bee was organized to paint the bricks red and in 1987 they were sandblasted back to the original color that we see today.

St. Andre visited the parish in 1917 and 1922 as a guest of his friend, Narcisse Cantin. Another famous visitor was Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, and his family, who were entertained at lunch in the hall beside the church.


bluewater news

The autumn leaves are falling and Bluewater residents are raking.

The Municipality of Bluewater will be providing pickup of these bagged leaves from Oct. 22 to Nov. 23.

Award winning play

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.”

A highlight of the evening will be a question and answer period with Wearing following the presentation.

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.

town hall 

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.

Flu clinics

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.


The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail, is closed for turkey hunting season from now until Oct. 21. It will also be closed Nov. 5-18 for deer hunting. The Sawmill and Varna trails remain open.

optimist Club

What do an upscale condo, two new constructions, a historic home and Bayfield’s lighthouse all have in common?

They are all featured in the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s Homes for the Holiday 2012 event.

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 at 519 565-2443, in Bayfield at Nip N’ Tuck, Brandon's Hardware, The General Store, Cabin in the Woods Design and Main Street Gallery, in Goderich at Homescapes by Lynn, in Clinton at Curves or Grand Bend at The Garden Gate.

Film Society

Hilarity ensues for the third of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. The comedy Moonrise Kingdom is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Moonrise Kingdom takes place on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. It tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.

The final film of the series will be shown on Dec. 13.

The films start 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.

authors visit

Two authors are coming to town thanks to the efforts of The Village Bookshop.

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".

Author Susan Swan will be reading from her latest novel, “The Western Light” at the bookshop on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The novel shares a heroine with her international bestseller, “The Wives of Bath.” Swan is a journalist, feminist, novelist, activist and teacher whose critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

tree project

The Bayfield Tree Project’s first focus, was planting along the Heritage Trail within the village. This is now complete and residents will start to see trees planted more widely throughout the village in the coming weeks.

Anyone who would like to plant a tree as a memorial for a person or event; should note that BTP is now able to plant "Memorial Trees" in a specific location on municipal property. Please contact Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518 to learn more.

Donations for this autumn planting would also be greatly appreciated

“We know you are enjoying the beautiful display of fall colors so please assist us with creating some more,” said Buchner.

All donations over $20 will be furnished with a tax receipt. Cheques should be made out to "ABCA" Foundation/ Bayfield Tree Project and mailed to Bayfield Tree Project, P.O. Box 164, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

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.”

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

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 Nov. 20.

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 has started at the Stanley Complex in Varna. The games begin 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 September, 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.

Bayfield Boot Camp has now moved indoors. Classes are held on Mondays (6 p.m.) and Wednesdays (5:30 p.m.) at the Bayfield Community Centre. Boot Camp is a mix of cardio, strength and weight training, plyometrics, yoga, pilates, and kick-boxing. It is a total body work out that burns calories, blasts fat and boosts metabolism. 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. For more information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959 or email

 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.






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, these two St. Andrew’s United Church Women were both 90 years-old in 1974. Does anyone remember them?

Remember Me 172


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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.


Remember 171

In Issue 171, this undated photo showed three people standing in front of one of Main Street’s iconic buildings. Several folks remarked on this image but only Marilyn Pfaff could identify all three people as well as the location of the photo.

“It was taken in front of The Village Guild, with Sarah and Richard Dick, along with Miss Kruke – likely taken about the time that the Dicks purchased The Village Guild from Miss Kruke,” shared Pfaff. “She was one of the two sisters who began the shop. By the time the Dicks had bought the business, one of the sisters had died. As I recall Sarah telling us, the Kruke sisters were also teachers, as were the Dicks.”




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Bayfield lions' Club

Over 70 trout and salmon caught during derby

Fishermen endured a mixed bag of fall weather during the derby but Sunday morning proved practically balmy albeit a little windy.

The Bayfield Lions' Club's Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby was held on Oct. 12-14 with 235 people competing.

Fishermen took advantage of the floating docks that were still in the marinas on the weekend.

Fishing enthusiasts take all kinds of approaches to their sport, some sit quietly perched on a rock
while others take to the water.

Anyone who took a drive down to the Main Beach on Sunday morning would have spotted people fishing in nearly every available spot along the waterway.

A number of fish came in just prior to the close of the competition on Sunday and a small crowd gathered to watch Tim Moon (far right) complete his tasks as official judge. He was assisted by Tracy Heatherington who kept the result board up to date.

Lion Tom Grasby presented the first prize trophy to Kevin Langille, of Goderich. Langille caught the heaviest Rainbow Trout of the derby. It weighed in at 7.95 lbs. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)


The 34th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby, organized by the Bayfield Lions’ Club was probably one of the most exciting on record with the winning trout coming in just 10 minutes before the competition closed at noon on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The weather was “fairly cooperative” for the derby that began at 6 a.m. on Oct. 12. It was touted to be very successful as almost immediately the fish were biting. There were 235 tickets sold for the competition and a total of 71 fish caught, 35 trout and 36 salmon.

“Tim Moon had a busy time as official judge at the scales, and was helped by Tracy Heatherington who did an excellent job keeping the board up to date,” said Lion Tom Grasby.

The top three prizes for the heaviest Rainbow Trout went to: first, Kevin Langille, of Goderich, 7.95 lbs., $800; second, Ryan Kunder, 7.77 lbs., $400; and third, Casey Gee, 7.71 lbs., $300.

The Eric Earle Memorial went to 11 year-old Tyson Bauld, who caught a trout that weighed 7.17 lbs. The Bill Thorpe Memorial was given to John Publicover. His trout tipped the scales at 5.49 lbs The biggest salmon to come across the weigh station scales was 17.57 lbs and was caught by Don Spittle.

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

The event also featured some entertainment.

“Mark Osborn, a DJ from Sarnia, put on quite a show and dance on Saturday night. He donated half the nights proceeds to the Lions, a total of $310,” said Grasby.

And then on Sunday afternoon as participants gathered to hear the winners announced they also got to watch Dave Heatherington work his usual magic carving a fish from a block of ice.

Brian Higgs, from South of Bayfield, was busy fastening some bait to his hook on Sunday morning. Higgs wasn't competing in the derby as he had only learned of it recently after just moving to the area, but he plans to take part in the 35th annual event.


Jaimy Langille, 8, of Goderich, holds her prize catch in anticipation of getting it weighed. The Rainbow Trout came in at 5.6 lbs. The fishing was fine for this family as her father, Kevin, brought in the heaviest trout of the derby and claimed first prize for his efforts.


Tim Moon records the numbers after weighing in the heaviest trout of the competition.


Lion Tom Grasby gave The Bill Thorpe Memorial Award to John Publicover. His trout tipped the scales at 5.49 lbs. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)


The Eric Earle Memorial went to 11 year-old Tyson Bauld, who caught a trout that weighed 7.17 lbs. His award was presented by Lion Tom Grasby. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)




PIXILATED — images of the week


Duet by Janette Baillie

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


Tis’ the season of the chocolatey mint cookie – for a lot of folks it is a love-hate affair. Traditionally people either really, really, like this cookie or prefer to wait until spring when the classics are available. These Girl Guide delights have been around in some form or another since about 1993. I remember when they were $2 a box. I remember when they were first introduced we were given two cases to sell as a test run. We sold our two cases at the Trinity Church Christmas Bazaar – offering a free taste to all and sundry – the occasion even made the local paper. Oh gee, that’s nearly 20 years ago isn’t it?

Well, we’ve certainly come along way…the cookies now sell for $5 a box and this year in particular we are experiencing a sales explosion. My ladies put 32 cases out into circulation in a week and came back asking for more. A friend was kind enough to pick up 25 additional cases for me while she was in Toronto and they too are going fast. These tremendous sales achievements are really exciting for the girls. The whole experience leaves me humbled at the support of the surrounding communities.

So if you have a hankering for a box or two send me an email, but don’t hesitate, the way the girls are selling there may only be crumbs left by next week… - Melody


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder