Bookmark and Share   Oct. 18, 2017  Vol. 9 Week 43 Issue 433

memorable men of huron calendar launched 

IMG_1510The Memorable Men of Huron Calendar was officially launched at a party on Oct. 12 at Hessenland Country Inn. Taking time for a photograph at the party were l-r: Dianne Brandon, calendar photographer; Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb and January Calendar Model; Cathy Ritsema, Executive director Alzheimer Society Huron County; and Terri Louch, secretary-treasurer of the Alzheimer Society Huron County Board of Directors. (Submitted photos)

Looking for a unique gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member? In commemoration of the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s 25th Anniversary, the 2018 Memorable Men of Huron Calendar could be the perfect fit. These calendars highlight some of the amazing gentleman that live, work and entertain in Huron County.

“The calendar contains stunning photos, many that are recreations of pictures from the past,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director of the Alzheimer Society. “We were excited to partner with Miss Marcie Media, and Dianne Brandon Photography, amongst many other local individuals and businesses on this project.”

Proceeds from the calendar will support programs and services for people affected by dementia in Huron County. There are currently over 1,200 people in Huron County living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and that number is expected to rise by 58 per cent in the next 15 years.

IMG_1533Dr. Brian Baker, donated his late wife’s wedding dress for the shoot and had their wedding picture re-created for February. At the launch he reviewed the finished product with Marcie McLean, of Miss Marcie Media, stylist, director and graphic designer for the calendar, and Dianne Brandon, avid supporter of the Alzheimer Society Huron County and calendar photographer.  

The Memorable Men of Huron Calendar was officially launched at a party on Oct. 12 at Hessenland Country Inn. The evening included refreshments, live music and special guest appearances by some of the fabulous fellows featured in the calendar who signed autographs for the crowd.

Calendars are $20 and are available at the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office in Clinton. They are also for sale at Brandon’s Hardware in Bayfield, the Exeter Times Advocate in Exeter and other locations throughout Huron County as listed on Anyone interested in selling the Memorable Men of Huron Calendar at your location, or would like to order a own copy, please contact Erin Dale at 519 482-1482 or

food bank to benefit from evening with Brad Turner 

6565100345_c1a93d0916_bIn addition to being an accomplished director and producer, Brad Turner is also a photographer preferring to work in black and white. This image appeared in a 2011 issue of the Bayfield Breeze's Pixilated. (Photo by Brad Turner)  

The Photography Club of Bayfield PCoB) is proud to sponsor an “Evening with Brad Turner” tomorrow night (Oct. 19) at the Bayfield Town Hall.

The general public is invited to come to what should be a very entertaining evening starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep).

Born and raised in Bayfield, Turner attended high school at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, ON to pursue radio and television production. While there, he borrowed the money from his mother and beloved local teacher, Ede Turner, to buy his first camera – a Pentax film camera.

He began taking pictures of his childhood home of Bayfield and taught himself how to process the film. What began as a creative exploration of his unique point of view of Bayfield has led to an award-winning career as a producer and director in television and film.

Turner also has a love for fine art, and owns the Turner Gallery in Bayfield, which sells and promotes living Canadian artists.

As most of area residents probably already know, Turner has become a genuine Bayfield success story having directed over 300 episodes of popular television. During his four-year tenure on the critically acclaimed FOX series, ‘24’, he won an Emmy Award and served as an Executive Producer for the final two seasons.

In 2005, he directed the CBC mini-series, ‘Human Cargo’, which won several Gemini Awards, including Best Director, and garnered a prestigious Peabody Award.

Over the past few years, Brad and his wife, Jessica, have worked in New Zealand producing the fantasy series, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’. The second season begins premiering this fall on SpikeTV and Netflix. Other recent credits include: ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.’.

From Los Angeles to New York and Vancouver, Paris to Auckland and Capetown, Turner has maintained a passion for photography.

“Over my career I’ve seen camera formats change from film to digital with a wide variety of technology available, but one thing that has remained constant is the narrative power of good composition,” he said.

In his presentation, Turner will share his journey through the various camera formats he has utilized in his highly successful career – starting with his early photographs from Bayfield, work from his travels in production - and video work, including drone footage from this past summer in Bayfield.

Members of the PCoB feel that this is truly an amazing opportunity to see and hear the “Boy from Bayfield”.

groups invited to organize a scary station at Witches' Walk 

0023_witches walk_AshwoodArea groups are invited to create a station in The Ashwood Woods for Witches Walk 2017. (Submitted photo)

The Third Annual Witches Walk in the woods behind The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 28.

Those who dare can take part in a spooky walk along the trails from 6-8 p.m.

With 10 groups already signed up and planning their scary stations along the trails, this year's event is set to be the biggest and best yet! There are still spaces available so if a local business, community group or just someone who loves Halloween would like to take part they can contact the The Ashwood through Facebook messenger, email or phone 519 565-4444 to reserve their scary station location along the trail.

Entrance is by donation with this year's proceeds going to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron and Huron Residential Hospice. Free goody bags will be provided again this year thank you to The Bayfield Optimist Club.

In honor of this special event, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar will be serving up Butter Beer ala Harry Potter!

Guiding members stroll the Bayfield River Flats

IMG_9823The youngest members of Bayfield Guiding - Sparks, Brownies and Guides - went on a guided walk of the Bayfield River Flats on Sept. 27. A number of the girls fundraised towards the purchase of the flats in 2016 so it was a wonderful opportunity for them to see what their participation in this collective community endeavor had achieved. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The youngest members of Bayfield Guiding - Sparks, Brownies and Guides - went on a guided walk of the Bayfield River Flats on Sept. 27. A number of the girls fundraised towards the purchase of the flats in 2016 so it was a wonderful opportunity for them to see what their participation in this collective community endeavor had achieved.

Roger Lewington and Jack Pal, two members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, took 36 members of Bayfield Guiding including a few parents for a walk along the Bayfield River Flats trail where they saw the unique vegetation and trees that grow there as well as signs of wildlife.

Bayfield Guiding's Chocolatey Mint Cookie Campaign continues with super cookie sellers setting up a booth at the Home Hardware in Goderich from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $5 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members.

Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings. Can't make the Goderich sale but want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

IMG_9803Roger Lewington (pictured) and Jack Pal two members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association took 36 members of Bayfield Guiding including a few parents for a walk along the Bayfield River Flats trail at the end of September. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

IMG_9810Girl Guide Jocelyn de Lange shows an example of fall she found along the Bayfield River Flats trail. The girls also noticed slugs, caterpillars and toads along the path. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

_MG_3483The girls got a glimpse of a Blue Heron along the trail. They also found signs of the Beaver colony that resides in the river including their lodge and some chewed on tree limbs. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

_MG_3482The Sparks, Brownies and Guides were on the look out for signs of Beavers during their walk along the river's edge. (Photo by Jack Pal)  



An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 711 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:

Second public meeting 

image1Lawn signs denoting the fact that BFIT and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are joining forces will also be available on Saturday for distribution. (Submitted photo)

On Oct. 10, about 130 people filled the Bayfield Town Hall to learn more about how the community can potentially work together to save the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre and preempt the permanent removal of ice in the spring of 2018.

As this meeting was held in the evening it was pointed out to the Bayfield Facilities Iniative Team (BFIT) organizers that people with young families would appreciate it if a second daytime meeting could be arranged. The date for this meeting has now been set and will be Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the town hall. Children are welcome at this meeting.

Lawn signs denoting the fact that BFIT and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are joining forces, “One Vision – One Plan” (as pictured) will also be available on Saturday for distribution.


Saturday, Oct. 28 is the date set for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bayfield River Valley Trails Assciation (BRVTA) and all are welcome to attend.

The AGM will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Anyone who is interested in a volunteer or Board position is invited to attend and receive more information.

Naftel's Creek Hike 

Join the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) Hike Leaders for a fall hike and discover the beautiful trail through Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26.

The Naftel's Creek trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland and an opportunity to watch for Trout as they cross the creek.

The trail is 3 KM long, difficulty is Level 2 and the hike will take approximately one and half hours. The conservation area is located 7 KM South of Goderich on Hwy 21, between Union and Kitchigami Sideroads (911 #: 79152).

All are welcome and there is plenty of parking available for the hike that will begin at 9 a.m.

The hike leaders will be Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852; and Dave MacLaren 519 565-5480.

Coffee & Conversation 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.

“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.

star party 

Clear skies, warm temperatures and some wind from the South are in the forecast for the next Star Party to be hosted by the West Coast Astronomers (WCA) to be held at 7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 18) at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield.

Visit for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt
on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.

Any amateur astronomer, eager to bring their telescope, and share their knowledge with others, please call the number listed above.

councilor's Corner 

Tomorrow (Oct. 19) is the day for Councilor’s Corner.

It will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions.

Coffee Tree 

A group of Bayfield residents have come together to add their support to the “Moments Matter” fundraising campaign for Huron Residential Hospice. As part of this initiative, they are holding a series of unique social fundraising events – the “Coffee Tree for Hospice”!

The idea is based on a “pyramid scheme” but the end result being a very large financial donation to the residential hospice. Seven people (one each from various towns in Huron County) become individual hosts for a coffee morning (or afternoon tea, cocktail party, etc). The guests will be given information on the new Hospice and what the fundraising aims are. These seven people will then go on to be hosts themselves and they will each invite six guests (making a total of 42 people). Over the course of five rounds, the number of guests at each coffee morning goes down from seven to three, but the number of total guests grows exponentially, with the final round amassing 840 coffee events, hosting 2,520 guests, and the total number from the whole tree is 3,619. (In Bayfield the total number would be 516).

Each invitee will be asked to donate a minimum of $10 to Huron Residential Hospice. Any donation of $20 or over will receive a tax receipt. This means that the minimum amount raised would be $36,190! All coffee events will be concluded by mid-December.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this special (and fun!) initiative, please contact Kate Lloyd-Rees at and your name will be passed on to the existing local hosts.

Games Day 

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are embarking on a new method of entertaining children at the Bayfield Public Library. They hope that the "Games" event planned for Saturday, Oct. 28 will be a fun opportunity to learn a new game or play a familiar game with others: parents, sisters, brothers or friends.

For Settlers of Catan FOBL members request players to sign up at the Library Circulation Desk.

The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and children aged six and up are welcome to take part in new games, old games, long games, short games – board games!


He is a retired Federal Deputy Minister and a member of the Bayfield Lions’ Club. He belongs to the Pioneer Park Association as well as the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association and is a former Bayfield Historical Society President. He is also one of the players on the award winning Bayfield International Croquet Club team!

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is more than pleased to announce Bill Rowat as their speaker for the October meeting. The Croquet Club’s tale of climbing to international award winning status should be a most interesting story.

All are welcome to the meeting that will be on Monday, Oct. 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting and memberships are available.


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

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, supported projects have included: the book, entitled, “A Snippet in Time” published for the 150th Anniversary of East Wawanosh Township and renovations to the Benmiller Community Hall and Thames Road Community Park.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” said Elizabeth French-Gibson, Senior curator at the Huron County Museum.

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 publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at


Huron County is home to many talented artists and artisans including two local guilds that promote the fibre arts.

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

The Goderich Quilters' Guild is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Kathryn Caie, sensing a community interest in quilting, organized a meeting in October 1992. The guild was formed, with Caie as the first president. Many of the original members are still members today. The Goderich Quilters' Guild also provides an opportunity for members to share their expertise and offer encouragement to new quilters. Both guilds offer workshops and support but most importantly, friendship.

Members of The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters' Guild are always busy creating beautiful textile items. Many of these quilted, woven and handcrafted creations will be for purchase at the upcoming joint show and sale to be held at the Huron County Museum on Nov. 4 and 5. On site demonstrations will also be taking place.

The joint exhibition will take place on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Betty Thomasson of the Quilters' Guild at 519 524-4695, or Karen Blackwell of the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers at 519 524-4497. To learn more about these two guilds please visit their websites. or


This year’s Behind the Bars evening tour program at the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich was the most successful ever! The demand for this program was so high that the Huron County Museum has decided to host an encore production on Oct. 27th from 7-9 pm (last entry at 8:00 pm). Tickets for this event are being sold in advance on Eventbrite or at the Huron Historic Gaol during regular hours.

Thursday evening Movie Nights in the Huron County Museum’s theatre are returning this fall. “Beetlejuice” will play on Oct. 19 and the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be featured on Oct. 26.

Movie screenings are included in the regular admission rate and are free for Museum members. Beetlejuice will also be free to Huron County Library cardholders in celebration of Ontario Public Library Week.




hospice palliative care is best delivered as a team


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Huron Residential Hospice is a home-like environment where individuals with life limiting illnesses can receive high quality end-of-life care and services when a home death is not possible or preferred and hospital level care is not required. The hospice is more than just bricks and mortar and its team acknowledges that the care of the person and family is of the utmost importance. The vision of the residential hospice supports the many parts of a fully integrated system of palliative care in a friendly, community-based hospice home. The primary care team within the hospice is comprised of highly specialized hospice palliative care individuals that support the person and family.

A hospice is made up of many community minded professionals who believe that hospice palliative care is best delivered as a team. In order to provide individuals with the best care, Huron Residential Hospice will ensure that best practices, research, support and training are incorporated into the model of care. The primary care team includes the following:

Palliative Care Physicians who will oversee and support the overall care delivery. These physicians hold certificates of added competency in palliative care.

Nurse Practitioners who have specialized skills and advanced knowledge in hospice palliative care and will help support individuals and families.

Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT), which is a team that is currently caring for and providing palliative care for people within the community and will continue to support them in the hospice.

Comprehensive Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) Resource RNs and RPNs who are skilled and trained with best practices, evidence-based hospice palliative care knowledge and strategies to effectively meet the needs of the person and family.

Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who develop relationships with the person and family as they provide hands on care. The PSW with advanced specialized skills, training and knowledge of hospice palliative care provide support with activities of daily living and companionship.

Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists who provide assistance to ensure optimal comfort and care.

Pharmacists who provide valuable knowledge and insight to manage pain and symptoms through various forms of medications specific to the person’s needs.

Registered Dieticians who support the person and family by providing nutritional sustenance, education about nutritional needs at end-of-life and provide recommendations to other health care professionals.

Volunteers who have specialized training provide companionship and build trusting relationships with the person and family as they support them within the community and hospice.

Therapeutic Care may include but is not limited to Chiropractic services, Naturopathic Practitioners, Registered Massage Therapists, reflexology, therapeutic touch, etc. who together can provide a holistic approach to end of life care.

Huron Residential Hospice recognizes that it is through collaboration and teamwork of both primary care providers and support services that excellence is born. Huron Residential Hospice values teamwork and by incorporating the talents and expertise of each discipline, the holistic care needs of people and their families can be met.

Mother Teresa reminds us that, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

As a team of uniquely skilled and passionate community members, we can ensure that the citizens of Huron County and their families are cared for in a beautiful rural setting while receiving quality care. In striving for excellence, our compassionate community comes together for the betterment of hospice palliative care. Person centered, person directed care is at the center of Huron Residential Hospice’s model of care and this will be achieved as each valuable member of the team strives for excellence in collaboration and teamwork.

**Kailyn Pasma, RN, CHPCN(c), Huron Hospice Board Member.



Wind turbine study 

Huron County residents are invited to an information session about a wind turbine study hosted by the Huron County Health Unit.

The session is about the upcoming study regarding reported human health concerns associated with living near industrial wind turbines. There will be information on the upcoming study and time for residents’ questions. Registration for the study will not start for several weeks.

This meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 starting at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Health and Library Complex, 77722B London Road, Clinton, ON.

Seating is limited, so those who wish to attend are asked to reserve a seat. Please call 519 482-3416 and dial ‘0’ to speak to the receptionist about attending.

Remembrance Day

The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11.

All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.

Hensall Hall 

The fall schedule of the Hensall Heritage Hall was released recently.

The Hall will welcome the Classic Country Show with CCR featuring, Elton Lammie and Wendy Lynn Snider, on Oct. 14. Tickets are $30 and available from Kathy at 519 263- 2343, Carolyn 519 262-3444, or Liz 519 262-2715. Tickets are also available at or D&D in Hensall.

On Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., the Hall is proud to welcome back the always-popular Larry Mercey Trio Christmas Show with special guest Cousin Clem. Tickets are $30 and will be available soon.


645_5744 Canada's Songbird is coming to Hensall on Nov. 2 to perform a concert celebrating Canada’s 150th with music by Canadian artists. Nicole Coward will perform at the Hensall Hall showcasing songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Ian Tyson and more. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Five dollars from each ticket sold by the women who worked so hard to reopen the facility will go to the Hensall Hall. Tickets can be purchased at D&D Variety in Hensall or by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343. (Submitted photo)






Volume 8 

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

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

This week, an image circa 1930. Does anyone remember these people? (Archives code: PB10057 PC)

 PB10057 PC Remember Me 433

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



PB10031 PC Remember Me 431 

In Issue 431, a photograph taken on Aug. 20. 1943 of the Lewis Thomson gateway once found along what is now part of the Sawmill Trail. (Archives code: PB10031 PC)


 PB10007 PC Remember Me 432

In Issue 432, we feature an image of Mrs James Ferguson, Mrs W F Metcalf and Mrs John Ferguson circa 1935. Does anyone remember them? (Archives code: PB10007 PC)



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largest salmon in derby history caught in 2017

IMG_0077Lion Tom Grasby, derby director, commented that the 2017 derby was the best tournament ever. All 250 tickets were sold out and a large number of youth took part. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_0070The Joe Brandon Memorial Fishing Derby. run by the Bayfield Lions’ Club, was held on Oct. 13-15 at the Rainbow Valley Campground.The weather was wet for most of the weekend and there were a lot of fish coming up the river. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

IMG_2038Derby Director Lion Tom Grasby (right) presented the derby's main trophy to Bill Porter who landed the tournaments largest rainbow trout. Porter's trout weighed in at 8.66 lbs.  

IMG_2030Michael Gibson, 19, (second from right) landed a 17 lb salmon, the largest ever caught in the 39 years of the Joe Brandon Memorial Fishing Derby. He is pictured from l-r with his brother Dave, father Bill and cousin Jason.  

IMG_2041Lion John Zrini (left) and Pat Devincenzo (right) owner of London's Angling Sport congratulated Brenda Hutchings for winning the newly created $100 prize for the derby's Largest Fish Caught by a Woman.  


Michael Gibson, 19, landed a 17 lb salmon, the largest ever caught in the 39 years of the Joe Brandon Memorial Fishing Derby. The derby, run by the Bayfield Lions’ Club, was held on Oct. 13-15 at the Rainbow Valley Campground.

Gary Brandon, owner of the campground, presented Michael with the prize valued at $500 for the Largest Salmon. His dad, Bill Gibson, brother, Dave, and cousin, Jason, were on hand to see him receive his prize.

“I’ve been bringing the boys to this derby since they were toddlers”, said Michael’s proud dad, Bill. “It’s a great tournament for families.”

The coveted trophy for largest Rainbow Trout and $800 in prize money went to Bill Porter who landed an 8.66 lb rainbow; second and third prizes went to Steve McLlwain, $400, and Charles Brenner, $300. Kevin Wallace won the “Bill Thorpe Award” for his rainbow weighing 5.18 lbs. The Thorpe Award is given for the largest trout caught by anglers between the ages of 16-18 years. Connor Mitchell won the “Eric Earl Trophy” for his 6.07 lb. This trophy is given to anglers aged 15 years and under for the largest rainbow caught.

Weigh master, Tim Moon was kept busy measuring and weighing fish as they came in and logging the stats on the board. The weather was wet for most of the weekend and there were a lot fish coming up the river.

“The fish start to move from one staging pool to the next along the river when it turns wet and cool,” said Christy Long. of London. “They will hang out in the cool depths of ‘honey holes’ and move when the river water temperature changes.”

Lion Tom Grasby, derby director, said this has been the best derby ever.

“We sold out our 250 tickets. Also, I’ve never seen so many kids attend the derby in all the years I’ve been running it.”

At the closing ceremony Grasby thanked Brandon for hosting the tournament over the years and also providing the annual prize for largest salmon. Grasby also thanked all 25 local sponsors for their support of donations and prizes. The largest sponsor, Pat Devincenzo, owner of Angling Sport in London, made available hundreds of dollars in prizes from his London store. Devincenzo was on hand to present his newly created annual prize of $100 to Brenda Hutchings for the largest fish caught by a woman.

Many anglers commented on the site improvements to the River Flats area recently carried out by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Participants in the derby were given bags for cleaning up their sites and taking away their garbage after the event.

”It’s important to work with neighboring riverfront owners to make this derby a success,” said Grasby.

IMG_2034Christy Long, of London, chats with Lion Bill Rowat over a couple of delicious hotdogs barbecued by Lion Michael Potter. She explained to Rowat how fish migration up river is related to water temperature.




PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield Wrecks: "Malta" and "Linda Hindman"

Bayfield Wrecks: "Malta" and "Linda Hindman" By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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


One of our favorite things to do when we are traveling is to check out the grocery stores in other countries. The snack aisles are always a place where we tend to spend a lot of time checking out what people in foreign lands like to indulge in. Invariably we find both sweet and savory delights albeit with a cultural twist. So when my step-daughter told us about a delivery box service that sends snacks from a different country right to your door each month I wasn’t surprised that my husband had signed us up to receive our first box before she had finished telling us about it.

We have now had three “Universal Yums” boxes delivered to our door and have experienced snacks from South Korea, Columbia and Pakistan. The boxes aren’t just filled with treats but are educational as well featuring trivia and facts from each of the countries. Plus there is a rating card so that you can record just how much you enjoyed, or didn’t enjoy, each snack packed in the box.

I must say that my palette is in line with the Columbians more so than the South Koreans and somewhere in between with the Pakistani.

I’m sure everyone treats his/her “Universal Yums” box a bit differently. I know my step-daughter and her husband try everything at once and then divide up the spoils taking what they each like best to indulge in at their leisure. We on the other hand try a different snack each night until the box is depleted – allowing for less time between boxes. To add to the suspense there is a clue to crack in every box to see if you can guess what country the next box will represent. This month’s clue answer was “Buttercream” so we’re hoping for Belgium goodies. We’ll just have to wait and see but with the added benefit of parcel tracking we know just how long we will have to wait. Yum! – Melody


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