Bookmark and Share   Oct. 23, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 43 Issue 537

bayfield pier bench project Reminds all of community 

Ward Councilor for Bayfield, Bill Whetstone has been kind enough to provide an update on the pier bench project for our readers. His comments follow:

71873147_688099828364393_4861191994480787456_nPam Langan purchased one of the new benches along the Bayfield Pier in memory of her late husband Larry. This is now a very special spot for their six grandchildren Abby, Devon and Myles Langan, children of Christine and the late Brent Langan; and Nolan, Jordyn and Kyle Geddis (pictured) children of Jess and Josh Geddis. (Submitted photo)  

The idea of benches on the pier was brought to my attention from a great couple in Bayfield who love to walk the pier but needed a place to rest part way. What a great idea.

This project was so great to coordinate and became much more than just benches on a pier. Not only did the residents in a matter of a week step forward, (thanks to the help of the Bayfield Breeze), with donations for memorial benches but the stories that were told to me to why they were donating the benches were very touching and I thank you for sharing. These included people who were sun and beach lovers, pier jumpers, lost sailors, and people whose loved ones passed way to soon and simply loved summering in Bayfield.

Bluewater staff made short work of getting these ordered and installed and they have been used every day at all times of the day. You can find people, reading, resting, occasionally napping or just enjoying the sun and sounds of the water and kids playing on the beach all the while thinking of loved ones that have passed.

The comments, and thanks, that I continually get regarding how great they look is very satisfying, however, it’s true Bayfielders that make such projects gratifying and easy to accomplish. We live in such a great community.

There are some other ideas that are being explored for next spring to add to the beatification of the pier…stay tuned!

language lessons up for bid at "La Dolce Vita" 

VeniceThe Italian Night for the Huron Residential Hospice sold out in under a week! (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Italy is coming to Bayfield as “La Dolce Vita” is the theme of an evening celebrating all things Italian in aid of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) on Nov. 9.

Are you attending the now sold out event at Renegades? There will be games and prizes, and both a Silent and a Live Auction. Come prepared to bid on some amazing Live Auction items...

1. “Parla italiano?” Are you thinking of visiting Italy? Would you like to learn basic Italian? A local “professoressa “of Italian history and language is offering five Italian lessons for up to six people in our Live Auction on the night. Get your group together and bid on this amazing, never to be repeated, offer!

2. “Spring Clean-Up!” Let an energized crew of joyful volunteers jump in to get your yard in tip top shape for spring. We'll rake, blow, pick up and haul away brush all with a "spring" in our step! Just bid for Hospice and be ready to sit back and enjoy your beautiful yard next spring.

3. “Italian Cooking Class” Gather six people together in your home and learn how to make the perfect Italian meal. Enjoy this amazing opportunity offered by Bayfield’s very own Sicilian cook!

The event is hosted by the Bayfield Committee for the HRH in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Hospice.

walter Westlake and a Big Bang

Doug Willock was inspired by the Take a Look series of articles that were run in this publication in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) held in early June, to write a few of his own recollections of people who have been a part of the village tapestry over the years. This week he remembers Dorothy and Ernie Hovey.

Screen Shot 2019-04-10 at 1.54.18 PMThe Westlakes lived at 2 Louisa Street in Bayfield. (Google Maps photo)  

Walter Westlake was an unforgettable character of the Bayfield community.

For many years he owned and operated the gas station located on the east side of Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square. Many years later Foodland operated a grocery store at the same site. As you drove north on Hwy 21, you couldn’t miss Walter’s gas station, in part because he parked a huge tow truck by the highway that he had bought from army surplus after World War II. There was no job too big for Walter and he had the truck to prove it!

The Westlakes lived at 2 Louisa Street. To the north of them was a pretty white picket fence on the border while on the south side there a big open corner lot which overlooked Clan Gregor Square beyond. The house is still there remarkably unchanged over the passing decades. I remember their backyard had a big cherry tree in it. Mrs. Westlake baked very fine pies every year just before summer arrived. She must have given me a slice once because I never forgot it. In any case, Walter did not have to commute far each day and could come home for lunch.

We visited Walter often as my mother had an old Dodge that my grandfather had left her. It needed constant attention to ensure we would have local transportation during the summer months. As the car dated from the early 1950s and this would have been in the mid-1960s, Detroit’s finest needed a lot of attention. A typical visit would find Walter in his blue overalls with a car jacked up. He would walk out and wipe his hands on a cloth and give you his diagnosis. He had a wonderful smile and a sense of humor delivered with a straight face. When he finally told my mother and father that the car had finally come to the end of the road, his verdict was accepted. He also said he wouldn’t work on it anymore because it was a waste of our money.

My bicycle also needed attention from time to time. When I pointed out a flat tire, Walter said I was free to use the air pump located on the north side of the building. As I filled the tire up, without a pressure gauge on the pump or in my hand, the tire did more than fill up. It blew up with a loud bang. When I walked inside to see Walter he was laughing as he knew what had happened and thought it was hilarious. Walter also took my bike in and fixed the tire. I don’t ever remember him charging for the tire repair.


The fifth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 26. Last year 1,000 plus souls of all ages braved the woods. Entering the forest 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 or email (Photo by John Pounder)


Vacation deadlines

A change of scenery for the Editor is occurring and as a result, readers are now being offered some Hiatus Issues. Enjoy!

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Nov. 6.

Spaghetti Dinner 

Knox Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Dinner will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The menu includes a selection of homemade sauces, caesar salad and garlic toast along with assorted desserts, tea, coffee and juice. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are adults, $15; children four to 12, $7.50; under four free. Takeout will be available. Tickets are available in the village at The Bayberry Shoppe, Xclusive Elements or any church member. People may also call 519 565-2913 and leave a message for tickets.

Gingerbread Decorating 

It is almost the most wonderful time of year! Yes, the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event brought to the community by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.

All are invited to visit the Bayfield Public Library and join in this wonderful pre-Christmas celebration after the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has a vacancy for the important role of Secretary/Administrative support.

This a volunteer position. Looking for an individual who is interested in preserving 164 years of agricultural/rural history while enjoying time with like-minded people. Previous experience would be helpful but not necessary. Basic computer experience would be an asset working with Word and Outlook. Attention to detail important.

Duties would include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership and helping with event planning. General meeting attendance would be two hours per month (March thru November). Director meetings four times per year or as needed. The Directors are looking for a two to four-year commitment. Training and support will be provided for all duties.

For more information please contact: or Lorraine Sheilds at 519 653-7039.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is also looking for local support, be part of the community’s future by becoming a society or board member. Share your skills, experience and assets by becoming a part of 165 years of history and celebrate special community events with likeminded members.

Contact: Jentje Steenbeek, 519 440-6639; Doug Yeo, 519 482-9296; and Lorraine Shields, 519 653-7039.

“Your Community, Your Heritage, Your Roots - Be Part of Something Everlasting”

Book Club Query 

Jamie Thomas, librarian with the Bayfield Public Library is posing the question, “Book Clubs in Bayfield: Just how many are there?”

She is currently doing some research on the book clubs in Bayfield, and to date the answer to her question is 15! She would like to know if there are others she is unaware of.

“Please provide the name of your book club so I can add it to my inventory. The information can be sent to ,” said Thomas. “Thank you and keep reading Bayfield!”

Line dancing 

All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.

Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”. 

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. 

This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email

Lewington and Downie 

Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie have been writing and performing music together for 20 years as members of Toronto’s “Enter The Haggis”.

Career highlights include performances on Live With Regis and Kelly, PBS’s Breakfast With The Arts, and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After Nov. 10 they will be able to add the Bayfield Town Hall to their list.

Lewington and Downie continue to headline festivals across Canada and the US and will be touring Ireland this October. In 2016, Lewington released his debut solo album, “Lion of Grace”, featuring several songs inspired by historic stories from the Bayfield area.

The community is encouraged to come out and join them for a great night of original folk songs, Irish ballads, bagpipe instrumentals and some fun covers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are available online at or email Roger Lewington at


IMG_0992This lovely encaustic art is the October piece being auctioned silently for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)  

In support of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), Bayfield artist Margot Sippel has graciously donated a wonderful piece of encaustic art, entitled, “Lake Huron in July”.

This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of October. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.

The silent auction will close on Oct. 31st at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 8” x 10”. 



owls are incredible creatures 

Learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at the annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter on Saturday, Nov. 2. It’s a hoot.

People can learn about owls and even meet them at the “fun, local” Owl Prowl. This event will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, south of Hwy 83.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.

“People of all ages and abilities are welcome at this event,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “The guided hike portion will take place on fairly flat trails and cover a distance of less than 500 metres. Families can use this event as a chance to get outside and get active.”

Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The live owl presentation is sponsored by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10 per family. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase new education equipment to support ABCA’s in-school water safety program.

The Owl Prowl has three sessions. Families with children under six years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m. The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls followed by the night looking and listening for owls.

Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from ABCA. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch. Attendees who started inside with Conservation Halton then go outside and those that were on the night hike finish up inside. Everyone gets a chance to see and do everything, according to conservation educators.

The Owl Prowl event starts at the conservation area’s workshop behind the main public office of the administration centre building. Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Event hosts ask participants to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate.

To learn more, visit the ABCA website at at this link: or contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email


 Livery film Fest 

Many thanks to the over 100 film enthusiasts who came to the first of three films in this fall's Livery Film Series. From past audience surveys, we know that some of you travel from as far as Belgrave, Brussels, Blyth and Bayfield. You won't want to miss the upcoming films for October and November.

On Oct. 24, a unique documentary, “The Maiden”, tells the story of the Whitbread Round-the-World sailing race of 1989-1990. For the first time ever, a female crew has entered the race. If you sail, you know immediately that a 34,000 nautical mile race over 9 months is going to have its challenges. Actual footage from the race, “puts us all in the ship, right there with them” according to Peter Howell, film critic for the Toronto Star.

An additional challenge for these remarkable women was to find sponsors and supporters. When skipper, Tracy Edwards, first applied to join the race, she was advised that “girls are for when you get into port”. She remortgaged her house to buy and refurbish a 58-foot yacht, renamed The Maiden, and then secured an “angel investor”. Now, thirty years later, interviews with the skipper and crew by director Alex Holmes enhances our picture of the race, and the times.

Nov. 21 brings Bill Nighy and Sam Riley in the comedy/drama/mystery film “Sometimes, Always, Never”.

All films are shown at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Tickets at the door are $12. Mark your calendars and check the Livery Facebook page or website before you set out: 






Volume 11

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, this image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection is recorded to be of Mrs Whiddon Hunter whose house was near Eddie Sturgeon. The image was taken around 1898. Anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 7a)  

PB12 7a Mrs Whiddon Hunter House near Eddie Sturgeon c1898 

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



PB12 4b  Rev Wm Hinde  neighbor to MrMrs Dave Dewar undated 

In Issue 535, we feature from the Lucy Woods Diehl photo collection an image of Rev. Wm Hinde. According to records with the photo he was the neighbor to Mr and Mrs Dave Dewar. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 4b)


ISSUE 536 


In Issue 536, from village resident, Carolyn Snell, "This ad is from my collection of old newspapers...Clinton News-Record...""Summer in Bayfield"...1993....26 years later and a lot of changes.

Many familiar faces in this one!



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IMG_8454Judy M Roth's home studio was built off site and moved to its new location last Fall. Her husband spent many months winterizing the building that was placed in the centre of her gardens.  

IMG_8446Judy Roth’s studio has a painting area where she creates acrylic paintings.


IMG_8296Judy Roth makes unique pieces of jewellery using teacups. She has also turned accidentally broken bits of family heirloom dishes into treasured keepsakes for family. In her studio there is also a display area for her finished pieces as well as her Whoodle Doodle Pet Portraits.

12224530_1667834100099749_1550822994_nPaula Letheren is no stranger to the local art scene and is constantly reinventing herself creating new pieces regularly


IMG_1137Kimberly Wilbee signed up to be part of the studio tours in hopes of introducing many people to the beauty of clay.  

IMG_1131Kimberly Wilbee has taken over the garage in her family home.



For decades the village of Bayfield and surrounding area has been a catalyst for creativity – from art to handcrafts - sunsets and fresh air can really get the artistic juices flowing. Artists, however, can be lone wolves and that is why when Artist Judy Roth closed up her business on Main Street in the summer of 2018 and began getting back to her roots, literally in her very own backyard, it got her wondering if there were others doing something of a similar nature?

From that thought Bayfield Studio Tours was born and Roth is hoping more local artists will join, initially there have been two others join her – Paula Letheren and Kimberly Wilbee.

Seasonal advertised tours are being organized with the first being planned during Christmas in Bayfield, Nov. 15-17. Plans are in the works to create a self-guided tour map so that the public can drop by during the artist’s studio’s open hours all year. Local artists are encouraged to join Bayfield and Area Studio Tours on Facebook and Instagram. Interested talents are also invited to email for more information.


Judy M Roth: Since closing her downtown shop last year, she has found the time to get back to her passion - creating art in different forms.

Her home studio was built off site and moved to its new location last Fall. Her husband spent many months winterizing the building that was placed in the centre of her gardens. Roth’s studio has a painting area where she creates acrylic paintings and Whoodle Doodle Pet Portraits, a teacup jewellery workbench and a display area for her finished pieces. She has also recently started loom weaving. Her studio will be open all year with plans for special events.

In addition to her studio, those who visit may also enjoy a quiet walk through her gardens, placing a stone on the labyrinth and even steering a ship in the sunset! All are encouraged to drop by to see what’s she working on or for a cup of tea. She may even let you smash the cup when you are done!

Roth’s studio is located at 22 Keith Crescent in Bayfield. She can also be found on Facebook and Instagram or email Visitors should look to see if the large yellow teacup is hanging up indicating that the studio is open to visit.

Kimberly Wilbee: She is known as the Backyard Potter. Her fully equipped studio is located in Bayfield. All of the pottery produced is covered with food safe glazes in various colors and sizes from hand built, wheel thrown, and custom made to order pieces. Wilbee is excited to be part of the studio tours with the hope of introducing others to the world of handmade pottery. Lessons are available upon request.

Wilbee's studio is located at 30 Eugene Street in Bayfield. She can be contacted via email at or by phone at 519 525-7485 or visit her Facebook Page: BackYard Potter. 

Paula Letheren: She is no stranger to the local art scene and is constantly reinventing herself creating new pieces regularly. Currently she has been busy preparing for Christmas in Bayfield creating such items as maple leaf bowls and hockey sweaters as well as travelling heart gift tags to allow folks to share both their love of wine and their friendships. Letheren explained that the hand painted clay hearts love to be reused over and over again. She suggests presenting your hosts with wine and recording your memorable dinner dates on the back. They are sure to fill up in no time!

Letheren’s studio can be found at 40 Cameron St. in Bayfield. She can be reached via email at

12269838_763451917099657_1718826943_nPaula Letheren's travelling heart gift tags allow folks to share both their love of wine and their friendships.

66621013_2303151136615080_1805920849228112860_nPaula Lethern has been busy preparing for Christmas in Bayfield creating such items as maple leaf bowls and hockey sweaters

IMG_1138Visitors are guaranteed to see much work in progress if they drop by the Backyard Potter's studio at 30 Eugene Street.



PIXILATED — image of the week


Autumn in Huron County...By Elise Feltrin

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








 One of the highlights of cruising is the opportunity to go an adventure and get a “taste” of the country you are visiting. You only have a few hours to experience some of the country’s flavor and for us on Oct. 20 a 4X4 jeep tour in the Sintra Mountains made for a perfect day.

The excursion consisted of a wine tasting, free time for lunch and exploring the beautiful community of Sintra, driving the narrow, winding roads through villages to the seaside, a photo stop at the most westerly point in Europe and then time off-road. Our driver Miguel, an experienced Rally Car driver, having competed in Morocco, was very thoughtful and accommodating wishing to give the six people in his care the best possible experience. It was in the more remote areas we visited that he really came to life – revving into mud puddles creating spray over the jeep, giving his passengers a thrill.

He was a kindred spirit for my husband, John, who also loves to have some fun behind the wheel when the terrain allows. The only thing better for him would have been if he had been allowed to do the driving. John explained that he had a Shelby Z at home and I have never seen anyone light up at the mere mention of this car in the way that Miguel did.

I have been fortunate enough to go on a fair number of shore excursions and rarely do I feel as I did it at the end of the 4X4 tour – I was sad for it to end – and that was mainly due to Miguel’s generosity of spirit to share his country with us even for a short time.

This issue, I am delighted to share with you some pictures from our day in Lisbon from the 4X4 tour with Extremo Ambiente. – Melody

IMG_7264Extremo Ambiente tour guides, Pedro and Miguel (right) with Melody.  

IMG_7303Loja Do Vinho for wine tasting followed by charcuterie for lunch.

IMG_7443Miguel giving his passengers a thrilling ride when mud puddles were discovered along the route.  

IMG_7408Sintra mountain trail.  


IMG_7437The westerly most point in Europe - Cabo da Roca.  

IMG_7489Leaving Lisbon, Portugal.  


IMG_7498A gull drafting beside the cruise ship, Lisbon, Portugal.  

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