Bookmark and Share   Oct. 24, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 43 Issue 485


The fourth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 27. Last year 700 souls of all ages braved the woods and this year organizers are hoping to scare over 1,000! Entering the woods between 6-8 p.m. is by donation with 100 per cent of the proceeds being gifted to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron. Volunteers are now being sought to set up or man one of the scary stations. It’s so much fun and all are welcome. For more information call The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444. (Photo by John Pounder)  

Help select Bayfield's new logo

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

A trio of logo options were designed based on community feedback at the first Open House on Sept. 17 using the general consensus on the appropriate color scheme and icons.

Bayfield must determine how they want their brand to be represented. To aid in this process, local designer, Erin Samuell has been asked to prepare Brand Guidelines for Bayfield. A draft copy of the complete Heritage Village of Bayfield Brand Guidelines is available for viewing at the Bayfield Public Library. Sign designs could then be determined through these Guidelines.

"We are again looking for your feedback! Using the link below please select the logo option that you feel best represents Bayfield as a destination. You will also be given the opportunity to provide written comments. Thank you for your assistance on this project!," said Samuell. 

Signs will have an area that can be customized for each community.

Take the Survey:

waterways and recycling right topics of weekend event 

team-wendyWendy Yamamoto-Chapman

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

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

29557084221_fd715cca4d_kJennifer Pate

Bayfield’s own, Jennifer Pate is a scientist, filmmaker, adventurer and a business woman. She will share a unique tale of the people's passion for their local waterways and a healthier future, “Love your Greats: From the Oceans to the Great Lakes”. Over the last two years, Pate has crossed the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and beyond and has lead research projects to study plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. She has been a featured speaker at adventure-based seminars including, Intrepid Explorers and Tales of Adventure and given addresses at events such as, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Her “day job” is teaching and managing the Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park near Bayfield.

Wendy Yamamoto-Chapman is the Special Projects Coordinator with the Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) and the perfect candidate to educate attendees on, “Recycling right”. She has been affiliated with the BRA for over 20 years and is involved in a wide range of research and educational projects. Her primary jobs are overseeing the automated collection program working with various community groups and organizations to educate them in proper recycling. Yamamoto-Chapman holds a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Parks and Recreation and Environmental Studies.

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

cenotaph service marks anniversary of  WWI's end 

30850242185_a83cbe856e_kMembers of the 3144 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Clinton were in attendance at the Bayfield Remembrance Day service held on Nov. 6, 2016. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Remembrance Day 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War. This is just one reason the community is encouraged to honor all those who have endeavored to keep the citizens of this country safe for decades as well as those who continue to do so on a daily basis.

The Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 4 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.

Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding marching along Main Street to the cenotaph.

The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 10. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.



bayfield complex feasibility study

Thursday, Nov. 1 is the date set for a public meeting so that interested individuals can learn about the findings of the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study, and future options for the facility, as a draft of the study is now complete.

The public meeting will begin at 6:30 and will be held at the Bayfield Community Cenre. A presentation will commence at 6:45 p.m. with a question and answer period to follow.
To submit feedback, send an email to
For questions or comments, please contact Jeff Newell Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell by calling, 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or via email at

Bluewater Election

Unofficial election results as posted on the Municipality of Bluewater website by Simply Voting Inc. are as follows:

There was a voter turnout of 3,794 out of 8,768 electors voted in this ballot. This equates to 43.3 per cent. Voting was done via phone or online from Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. to Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

Paul Klopp and Peter Walden return to the council table after an absence as Mayor and Councilor for Stanley East respectively. Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson was re-elected to the position as was Councilor for Stanley West George Irvin. New to their seat will be Councilor for Hay West, Alwyn Vanden Berg and Councilor for Hensall, Scott Harris.

Councilor for Hay East John Becker and Councilor for Bayfield Bill Whetstone were both re-acclaimed to their positions while Councilor for Zurich Shawn LaPorte was newly acclaimed to the seat.

Ukulele Workshop 

Over the last couple of months anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele were invited to give it a try at workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

There has been one more workshop added and it will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 3 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns and then learn a few easy, favorite songs to play together as a group. This workshop will be for anyone that has attended at least one of the beginner classes.

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


Members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct. 27.

The meeting will be held in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 10 a.m.
There will be reports on the various activities of the BRVTA as well as financial reports and elections for board positions.

The association is always looking for volunteers to serve on the committee, so please consider how you might play a role.


Mary Hughes, owner of The Bayfield Boutique Bed and Breakfast, is hosting a special little contest she is running in honor of our Canadian military.

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

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

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

Children's Concert 

“Muppet Merriment” is the theme of the special children’s concert to be performed by the Glee Sisters, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend celebrations.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. and is geared to children aged seven and under, therefore, it has also been shortened and simplified (compared to recent years) to cater to the attention span of little ones. It will include a screened picture story narrated by “Grandma” and supported musically by the Glee Sisters. There will be some interactive puppet numbers as well as gifts of safety-approved, rhythm instruments for the children to play in the show’s finale.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society after the show. No tickets are needed and the only price for admission is a donation to the Bayfield Food Bank – Feed My Sheep.




wellness courtyard a result of cowbell greener pastures

c9caab33-730e-44e9-8af9-82e6d20b7aefCelebrating their recent donation to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation with Parker Neale (far left) representing MCHF were Cowbell employees from l-r: Alecia Anderson, Chelsea Roshko, Laurie Sparling, Dan McLaughlin, Dave Clarke, Katey Potter and Tyeler Walker. (Submitted photo)  

Cowbell Brewing Co. is proud to announce the completion of their first Green Pastures Community Fund initiative with McMaster Children’s Hospital. On Oct. 16, the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation celebrated the opening of the Wellness Courtyard, located within the pediatric mental health department, with Cowbell Brewing and other donors.

“The outdoor Wellness Courtyard will provide an opportunity for patients to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, which is important to their well-being,” said Dr. Olabode Akintan, Medical director of Inpatient, Day Hospital and Psychiatry Emergency Services at the Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

Mental health challenges affect one in five Canadian children. McMaster Children’s Hospital helps care for these patients, and is home to the largest single-site inpatient program for pediatric mental health in Canada. The wellness courtyard will allow patients to access a safe outdoor space to help maximize the care provided.

“With your help, we were able to play a part in giving children, facing some of their darkest days, the chance to feel the sun on their faces, to enjoy the freedom of being outside and give them a moment, to simply, take a breath,” said Alecia Anderson, director of Community Engagement at Cowbell Brewing. “Thank you for your support, and let’s continue to do the right thing, together.”

Cowbell Brewing contributes five cents from the sale of every pint and can sold, to the four children’s hospitals across Ontario and the Canadian Centre of Rural Creativity in Blyth. To date Cowbell Brewing’s Greener Pastures Community Fund has provided $43,980.70 to McMaster Children’s Hospital and will continue to partner with them as they begin renovations on their pediatric hematology/oncology department.

To learn more about the Greener Pastures Community Fund, visit Cowbells website and follow them on social media.

Cowbell Brewing Co. is owned by the Sparling family which has entrepreneurial roots in Blyth, going back three generations. This ambitious project employs over 170 people and is designed to have positive local community impact and contribute to regional tourism opportunities. Cowbell is an environmentally responsible company, featuring the World’s First Closed-Loop Brewing System and Cowbell will be North America’s First Carbon Neutral Brewery. Cowbell brands are currently available across Ontario through the LCBO, The Beer Store, grocery stores, restaurants and pubs.

the sounds of Jazz come to the town hall Friday night 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Oct. 15.

• Authorized the Execution of a Service Agreement between the Corporation of the Municipality of Bluewater and iCompass Technologies Inc.;
• Recommended that options two, three and four as presented by Monteith Brown Planning and Consultants in the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study Draft Report dated Oct. 10 move forward for public consultation;
• Received the 2017 Financial Statements as presented by Paul Seebach, a partner of Vodden, Bender and Seebach, and approved that the appointment of Paul Seebach, of the firm Vodden, Bender & Seebach LLP, is hereby extended for a fifth year for the fiscal year 2018;
• Supported in principal the establishment of a commemorative day to honor Admiral Bayfield.


Fans of Billy Joel, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis and other piano greats are in for a treat when the production, “Billy Joel and The Piano Men” visits the Hensall Heritage Hall on Friday, Oct 26.

The show, starring piano-wizard and vocalist extraordinaire Bruce Tounay will begin at 7:30 p.m. This unique theatrical performance combines live music with humor, costumes and interesting stories about the songs and performers being highlighted.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They are available at D&D Variety in Hensall; online at; or by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343.

This will be a licensed event held in the one of a kind, historic hall located at 108 King St in Hensall.


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

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

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

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

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


Thursday Tunes-Seniors Dancing has started up again at the Central Huron Community Centre. For the second consecutive year the program will be held in the Libro Hall in Clinton from 1-3:30 p.m.

All musicians, singers, dancers and spectators are most welcome. All seniors are welcome to join for some fun, friendship and even exercise. Admission is by donation.


Bayfield Guiding members are now selling those yummy Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.They can be purchased from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830. Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.


The Home4Good Info Hub operates on the first Monday of the month at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.

The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. At any other time of the month should people have concerns or questions they are welcome to approach library staff who will refer inquiries to Hub volunteers. 

‪To learn more visit:






Volume 10

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

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

This week, as Remembrance Day 2018 approaches we feature an image of John Armstrong in uniform. Does anyone remember him or the person he is posing with? (Archives Code: PB12 1a) 

PB12 1a John Armstrong possibly WW2

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



 PB10076 PC Remember Me 483

In Issue 483, we celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with an image of Mrs A Metcalf's entries at the Bayfield Fair circa 1915. Can you imagine what this would look like if renowned photographer R.R. Sallows had access to color film? (Archives code: PB10076 PC)



PB10035 PC Mrs James Thomson, Mrs Adelaide McLeod, Lewis Thomson, and dog Laddie c1925 

In Issue 484, Mrs. James Thomson, Mrs. Adelaide McLeod, Lewis Thomson and Laddie the Dog are recorded to be in this image from 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10035 PC)



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world singing day

village voices united for global sing-a-long

fullsizeoutput_3e0e Organizers were pleased with the turn out for “The Bayfield Sing-A-Long” with about 60 people taking part.

fullsizeoutput_3de7Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society, including, Shelagh Sully (centre), applauded the efforts of The Glee Sisters as they took turns performing.  

fullsizeoutput_3df6Reeka Spence, of The Glee Sisters, introduced the song, "Do-Re-Mi", to the crowd, explaining a bit about its history and encouraging audience participation.  

fullsizeoutput_3e07"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was a song performed by the Bayfield Ukulele Society that had the audience joining in by playing some rhythm instruments.  

fullsizeoutput_3e36The event opened with the audience learning and singing the World Singing Day song of the year, “Ode to Song”, sung to the tune of Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” and the theme song, “Till the Whole World Sings”. The sing-a-long included such popular songs as, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".  

fullsizeoutput_3e29The global goal for 2018 was to have sing-along events on all seven continents in at least 30 countries, and to create a montage video with each continent represented. "The Bayfield Sing-A-Long" opened with a locally created video with members of both the Bayfield Ukulele Society and the Glee Sisters singing the song of the year in various locations around the village.  

fullsizeoutput_3e15Audience members enjoyed singing such classics as "Edelweiss" and silly songs like the "Pizza Hut Song".  




On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Bayfield Town Hall doors were left open so that the delightful sounds of voices united in song could be carried out the door and out onto the Square…World Singing Day (WSD) had arrived.

fullsizeoutput_3e1c World Singing Day is a global sing-along, held annually on the third Saturday in October.

WSD is a global sing-a-long, celebrating our common humanity on the third Saturday in October. This year 46 countries registered and 219 cities hosted this event. Bayfield added their special mark on the globe by launching a video featuring The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) singing in and around the village.

Organizers were pleased with the turn out for the village’s event, “The Bayfield Sing-A-Long” with about 60 people taking part, joyous voices filled the air, led by the Glee Sisters and members of BUS.

People of all ages and singing abilities sang, and sometimes danced, along to familiar tunes such as “Twist and Shout”, “Don't Worry Be Happy”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Sing”. The enthusiastic audience also learned the WSD song of the year, “Ode to Song”, sung to the tune of Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” and the theme song, “Till the Whole World Sings”. There was lots of audience participation and special appearances from the Beatles and Bobby McFerrin!

As the celebration ended, organizers noted, that it was evident by all the smiling faces leaving the venue, that the audience members had been touched by the power of community spirit and music.

fullsizeoutput_3e47"Sing (a Song)" first performed by The Carpenters in 1973 was a number that all ages could be joyful about.  

fullsizeoutput_3e49People of all ages and singing abilities sang, and sometimes danced, along to familiar tunes such as “Twist and Shout”, “Don't Worry Be Happy”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Sing”

fullsizeoutput_3e51World Singing Day began in 2012. Six years later, 46 countries registered and 219 cities hosted an event.  

fullsizeoutput_3e57Some of the performers did double duty moving back and forth between both the Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society as they belonged to both groups!  

fullsizeoutput_3e37"Shake the Papaya Down" is a calypso song with actions that members of the Glee Sisters taught the audience to do while singing. 



PIXILATED — image of the week

The sun setting over lake Huron,Bayfield,Ontario,Canada.

The sun setting over Lake Huron...By Mel Diotte

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


imgpsh_fullsizeDennis Pal

Perhaps the most brilliant thing about having an on-line only newspaper is you can construct it from almost anywhere. My Web Publisher, Dennis Pal, and I have been working together for nearly a decade on this publication. Wherever we are in the world from cabins in Quebec to cruise ships docked in Vancouver we have always been able to stay connected. Although it hasn’t always been without its challenges. I remember roaming around with my laptop hoisted to the sky in the backyard of a rental house in Florida, one we had been assured had good WIFI, trying to catch a signal.

For this current issue, and for the next few upcoming ones, we will face our greatest challenge of connectivity yet as Dennis has gone to Tokyo, Japan for work. So now we add a thirteen-hour time difference to the scenario. However, judging from the picture he sent me of his home-away-from-home he will also be facing some height challenges in addition to adapting to a culture much different from his own. But I’m sure he will be up to the task and will enjoy every opportunity.

And in solidarity I’ve set a clock in my house to Tokyo time…- Melody

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

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Outside Projects
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The Dock's Restaurant
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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:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder