Bookmark and Share   Oct. 25, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 44 Issue 434

Take a walk in the ashwood woods but beware of witches

192A6176 Genelle Reid, and other members of Bayfield Guiding, offered up some spooky fun at their Doll Cemetery at the 2016 version of the Witches Walk. The girls and women will be back this year with an expanded exhibit to scare those who dare walk the trail. (Photo by Jack Pal)

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!

Three Large scale trees planted in Clan Gregor Square  

_MG_3869Some of the youngest members of the Bayfield community watched Brodie's Tree Service plant three large trees in Clan Gregor Square recently. (Submitted photos)  

It is a true trifecta for the Bayfield Lions’ Club as they mark the 150th birthday of Canada, the 100th anniversary of Lions’ International and the 70th anniversary of the local Lions’ Club.

To celebrate these events, the Bayfield Lions’ Club commissioned a detailed tree analysis by a certified arborist of the nearly 100 trees in Clan Gregor Square. They then pledged $9,000 to replace trees determined to be a danger to the public.

Last week, with the generous support of the Bayfield Garden Club, the Lions made good on the first half of their commitment to that pledge with the planting of a 10-foot Catalpa, an 8-foot Oak and an 8-foot Maple.

Next year will see an additional three or four full size trees planted in the Square.

_MG_3871Brodie's Tree Service planted a 10-foot Catalpa, an 8-foot Oak and an 8-foot Maple with the generous support of the Bayfield Lions' Club and the Bayfield Garden Club.  

_MG_3860Next year the Bayfield Lions' Club plans to plant an additional three or four full size trees in the Square.

Bluewater and goderich to host provincial conference  

The municipalities of Bluewater and Goderich have been chosen to co-host the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference. Held annually in different regions of the province, the conference is expected to attract more than 200 delegates.

The successful bid for the Conference, prepared by the Bluewater Heritage
Advisory and Goderich Municipal and Marine Heritage Committees, was selected by Community Heritage Ontario, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals.

The Conference program, which will take place from May 30 to June 1, 2019 will include visits to important heritage sites in the region including the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich, the newly restored Hensall Heritage Hall and the beautiful Heritage Conservation District in the Village of Bayfield.

Touring the rural landscapes and picturesque villages of Bluewater will offer conference delegates a glimpse into how an economy heavily based on agriculture can co-exist with a tourism region in which heritage is a significant feature. They will also have an opportunity to see how Goderich, ‘Canada’s
Prettiest Town,’ has worked to save its unique octagonal streetscape following the devastating tornado that swept through its centre in 2011.

“We’re very grateful that Community Heritage Ontario has selected Bluewater and Goderich for the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference,” said Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel. “We look forward to working with our partners in Goderich and showing the people of Ontario all the heritage attributes in this area.”

“Goderich’s heritage is a vital part of our community identity, and gives our town its unique character,” said Goderich Mayor Kevin Morrison. “Goderich is excited to welcome the Ontario Heritage Conference and share our experiences.”

Local woman joins in gold medal win for Metro Chorus 

2018_Sweet_Adelines_International_Champion_Chorus_15083407172085The North Metro Chorus, of which Bayfield resident Kathryn Gray is a member, back on stage after going up to receive their gold medals. This was their fifth win on the world stage. Their former director June Dale (in black) was invited up to direct the entire MGM Garden Arena audience in "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", one of her most well known arrangements. The Sweet Adelines International Compeition was held recently in Las Vegas, NV.  

The North Metro Chorus from Toronto competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas, NV last week, placing first overall, becoming the 2018 International Champions. Thirty-three choruses from several countries were involved including, Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.

Bayfield resident Kathryn Gray is a member of the North Metro Chorus.

Vegas finalsKathryn Gray (back center) is pictured with a few of her chorus friends from Aurora, Thornhill and Toronto. The women were in Las Vegas, NV recently to take part in the Sweet Adelines International Competition. Gray belongs to the North Metro Chorus based out of Toronto. (Submitted photos)

North Metro is one of the largest Sweet Adelines International choruses in the world, made up of 140 women who hail from all over Ontario. The chorus has had several breakthroughs during their illustrious history, including the first chorus outside of the U.S. to win “gold” and the first chorus to present character-driven “packages” at the international level that tell a story in song and dance. Their most well known numbers include: “Newsies”, “Toy Soldier”, “Anchors Aweigh”, “Mary Poppins”, “Oliver”, the Irish set, and “Paint Your Wagon”.

Certified Director Erin Howden, a renowned choreographer with the organization, led the chorus to their gold medal win through two competitions. In the first round semi-finals on Oct. 12, North Metro performed two songs against 32 other choruses who each qualified to compete by being top scorers in their own region. North Metro was Region 16s highest scoring chorus. This region comprises choruses from Ontario and New York State.

North Metro qualified from their semi-final performance with one of the top ten highest scores, thereby putting them into the final competition. On Saturday, Oct. 14 each top ten chorus presented a performance package of up to 15 minutes in length. North Metro emerged with the highest score, winning their gold medal. Sound, Music, Expression and Showmanship are the four different categories that choruses are judged on. There were eight judges.

Amazingly, this was Howden’s first international competition as director, having taken over from her mother, esteemed Master Director June Dale last year when Dale injured her leg and was unable to direct. Howden upset other choruses in this division who are long-time gold medalists. There were 120 members on stage, each participant singing in one of four parts: tenor, lead, baritone or bass.

Under the direction of Dale North Metro were gold medal champions for the years 2013, 2003, 2000 and 1997.

Also happening during the week in Las Vegas were other competitions including the quartet competition and Harmony Classic Division A and AA for smaller choruses. North Metro’s own quartet Spritzer, with three of their members from the larger chorus, won fourth place in the quartet contest.

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Boy from Bayfield shares passion for home through photos 

_MG_3881-2In his presentation, Brad Turner noted that when he takes a picture he looks for subjects that are part of the present but may not be part of the future, an example would be an insulator on a hydro pole or a service truck parked in front of a garage. (Photos by Jack Pal)  

The Photography Club of Bayfield PCoB) was proud to sponsor an “Evening with Brad Turner” to a capacity crowd on Oct. 19 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Admission was free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep). Those who made a cash donation to the Foodbank were given a draw ticket for a chance to win one of two photographic prints by Turner in his favored black and white style.

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.

Over the past few years, Turner and his wife, Jessica Petelle, have worked in New Zealand producing the fantasy series, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’. The second season begins premiering this fall on SpikeTV and Netflix.

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

_MG_3886-2Admission to "An Evening with Brad Turner" was free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep). Those who made a cash donation to the Foodbank were given a draw ticket for a chance to win one of two photographic prints by Turner in his favored black and white style. Here an unidentified women is shown with Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle (left) after her ticket was drawn. Also winning a print was John Lawlor of Bayfield.  

“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 shared 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 that has been adapted into a short film written and directed by Petelle with Turner acting as Cinematographer.





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 714 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:


John Robinson, a long-time Bayfield resident, died on Sept. 27 at the age of 88. His family noted that he wanted to see ice remain in the Bayfield Arena in the future. So at the time of his passing his family decided that in lieu of flowers donations could be made in support of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA).

Robinson’s family, together with the BACPA, have decided that the donated funds will be applied directly to the cost for ice for children to play shinny hockey this winter.

The BACPA will be running this free program on Monday nights. It will be known as the John Robinson Memorial Youth Pickup Hockey. The puck hit the ice for the first time this season at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23.


Knox Bayfield recently concluded their ‘Sock Drive’. Two hundred and four pairs of socks were collected. These will be forwarded to Evangel Hall in Toronto, ON for distribution to the marginalized and homeless in that city. Pictured here are the Rev. John Henderson and Women of Knox member Jan Sloane following the blessing of these gifts on Oct. 22. (Submitted photo)  

West Coast Astronomers

The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) enjoyed a warmer than expected observing night on Oct. 18 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. They wondered at many deep sky objects and neighboring galaxies to our very own Milky Way, Saturn, Arcturus and M8: the Lagoon Nebula were particularly spectacular.

Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. The last Star Party for this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield. The first Star Party for 2018 is scheduled for mid- March.

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. If you are an amateur astronomer, bring your telescope and join the party!

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 2017 will mark 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge and also the 150th birthday of Canada. These are just two reasons 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. 5 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 and clergy can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding and Scouting 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. 11. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.

Leaf Pick Up

From now until Nov. 17 the Municipality of Bluewater will be conducting their Fall Leaf Pick Up.

All bags must be placed at the curb for pick up. All leaves must be in brown paper bags. Brush and garbage will not be picked up.

Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich have daily pick up routes while Brucefield, Dashwood and Varna have weekly routes.

Resident should also note that leaves and brush could also be taken to the Stanley Landfill during regular hours free of charge. They can also be disposed of at the Green Waste Facility in Hensall located at the West end of Richmond Street SW.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it.

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. Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

In Memoriam 

Shirley MarrShirley Marr  

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of a local resident.

Shirley Jacqueline (Noble) Marr died peacefully at her home in Bayfield on Sunday, Oct. 22. She had an energy for life that will always be remembered and cherished by all.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Ian and her parents Herb and Mabel Noble. She will be deeply missed by her son, Robert Bruce Marr and his wife, Sharon, of Burlington and their daughters, Caroline and Emiko; her daughter, Patricia Louise Marr Parent and husband, Marc, of Stanstead, Quebec. Marr will be missed by her extended family and close friends and by Joey, her constant animal companion.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. Bayfield on today (Oct. 25) at 2 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Wayne Malott officiating. There will be a private internment of her ashes at Bayfield Cemetery.

The family appreciates the care given at the Goderich Hospital and the palliative care team from St. Elizabeth’s. Memorial donations to the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, Bayfield Trinity Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Huron Women’s Shelter or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements entrusted to the Falconer Funeral Homes, Clinton and condolences may be placed through




Huron Residential Hospice is all about the care


Hospice Logo 

Huron Hospice Volunteer Service’s goal to develop a residential hospice in Huron County is coming to fruition and by March 2018 the hospice will welcome all who are in need of hospice palliative care. For over twenty years, Huron Hospice has been passionately caring for individuals and families, and after more than two years of extensive planning, Huron Residential Hospice will be a reality for everyone in the county.

Over the past nine weeks, Huron Residential Hospice has presented the Moments Matter series bringing to light the various components of the Model of Care and how excellence in hospice palliative care will be accessible to all. The articles explored what each service has to offer, focused on members of the community currently advocating for excellence, and how Huron Residential Hospice will maintain and build upon these palliative care roots.

The key elements that were showcased in the past nine articles included:

Spiritual Care
Grief and Bereavement Support and Counseling
Huron Hospice Volunteer Visiting Program
Palliative Care Outreach Team (PCOT)
Comprehensive Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) Resource Nurses
Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultants
Primary Care Providers

These are some but not all of the components of the Model of Care that ensure excellent hospice palliative care is available for an individual and their family. Each component has a unique foundation that makes their service valuable and when they are brought together, excellence is born.

How Can You Help?

Donate: Huron Residential Hospice offers families another choice for end of life care – a home-like environment through this difficult journey, at no cost. The provincial government will cover part of the operational cost but does not provide funds to build or renovate the hospice. Huron Residential Hospice must be built entirely by community donation. A thoughtful gift of monetary donations will help ensure that the hospice is an option for those who need a comfortable, secure and home-like place to spend their final days.

Become an Accredited Volunteer: Kindhearted volunteers make a real difference in their community with their extraordinary contributions of support and care for those living with a life-limiting illness. Huron Residential Hospice is looking for volunteers who would like to help with all areas of the home whether that be cooking and baking, gardening, sitting with someone’s loved one while they get much needed rest, etc. Volunteers are the heart of Hospice.

Help Fundraise and/or Run an Event: Huron Residential Hospice has several fundraising opportunities that you can participate in or if a group would like to host an event on behalf of the hospice, these are great ways to be of support. When operational, Huron Residential Hospice will still rely on community fundraisers and volunteers to provide ongoing support to those who are in need of hospice palliative care services.

Huron Residential Hospice believes that Moments Matter and by offering a tranquil, warm and caring environment in a picturesque setting, final days can be lived out with family at their side, without worry. It is a place where the person and their family are the focus of the hospice. It is a place to share special moments together. It is a place of hope and graceful endings. It is a place of peacefulness. Huron Residential Hospice is a place to live while dying.

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

lots of activities as October ends at Huron County museum 

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 Museum’s theatre are returning this fall. 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.

Kids will also be able to enjoy the Kids Sushi Workshop on Nov 3. Children aged eight to 15 are invited to make their own sushi with Drift of Bayfield’s own Peter Keightley. Preregister now at the museum front desk or call 519 524-2686.

The Friends of the Museum will again host their Halloween Main Street in the Museum’s History Hall on Oct. 31 from 3:30-8 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

Visit the Museum’s website at to learn more.

Health Care Radiothon raises 10 million in sixteen years 

image6The CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon has a 16-year strong tradition of generating fundraising dollars to support medical equipment upgrades at eight local hospitals. (Photos by John Marshall, CKNX)  

This year’s CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon was another huge success. When the Radiothon went off air at 5p.m. on Oct. 21, the grand total for the day was $321,427. This total will continue to grow as the eight hospital foundations continue to collect contributions directly towards their projects until the end of the year.

During the all-day broadcast on AM920, many donations were called in through the six open phone lines and some were hand delivered to the CKNX studio. These included some special gifts from local businesses like West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance, Hay Mutual Insurance, Germania Mutual Insurance, Howick Mutual Insurance, and the Lucknow Kinsmen. All donated significant funds toward the event.

The annual Radiothon event has a 16-year strong tradition of generating fundraising dollars to support medical equipment upgrades at eight local hospitals.

The broadcast featured heartwarming stories from hospital patients and descriptions of the urgent medical equipment needs at each hospital that include defibrillators, sterilization equipment, IV pumps, anesthetic machines, heart monitors, and a mobile x-ray machine.

image7Darren Stevenson, of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, gives a thumbs up at the total raised when the Radiothon went off air at 5p.m. on Oct. 21. The grand total for the day was $321,427.  

The eight hospital foundations benefitting from the 2017 CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon are: Chesley and District Health Services Foundation, Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation (Goderich), Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation, Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation and Wingham and District Hospital Foundation.

The Radiothon has raised $19,013.00 for the CPH Foundation, which will be used towards the purchase of ultrasound sterilization equipment for the Medical Imaging Department.

In giving to the CPH Foundation’s Radiothon Project, donors are helping to maintain high quality patient care at the hospital. People can still help care for all those requiring Ultrasound services at the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) by making a contribution towards the Radiothon project before Dec. 31.

“Giving Tuesday” on Nov. 28 is a great day to make a year-end donation to the CPH Foundation. It is a growing movement that responds to the commercial spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day dedicated to giving back.

Donations to the CPH Foundation’s $20,000 goal for Sterilization Equipment can be made on Nov. 28 or any time before Dec. 31. To make a donation, please visit or contact the office directly by phone at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6297.

Since it began in 2002, the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon has raised more than $10 million to sustain quality, rural healthcare throughout the rural communities of mid-western Ontario. Organizers extend a thank you to all those who continue to make this event an outstanding success each and every year.

More information about how people can get their year-end Radiothon donation to each of the foundations can be found at

image6During the all-day broadcast on AM920, many donations were called in through the six open phone lines and some were hand delivered to the CKNX studio. One such donation was made by West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance. This business contributed $8,000 toward the event.

image5Hay Mutual Insurance donated $6,000  toward the event.


workplace wellness 

To recognize Workplace Wellness month, the Huron County Health Unit celebrates the almost 60 Huron County employers and representatives who have shown support for workplace wellness.

Workplace Wellness month, held in October, recognizes the importance of a healthy workplace and healthy employees. Last October, the Health Unit launched a website at as well as a quarterly e-newsletter. The website and newsletter cover different health topics and offer links to free resources for Huron County employers.

In the past year, almost 60 local employers and representatives have signed up for the Workplace Wellness: Making Good Business Sense in Huron newsletter. These include owners, supervisors, managers, human resources professionals and health and safety representatives.

“The local employers and representatives who have signed up for our newsletter recognize that employees are an organization’s most valued asset, so keeping them healthy is important,” said Laura O’Rourke, Senior Public Health promoter. “By investing in well-being, local employers increase job satisfaction, staff morale, and productivity in their workplace.”

The almost 60 local employers and representatives have been invited to share a special workplace wellness badge on social media as recognition of their support for workplace wellness.

O’Rourke invites local business owners, managers, human resources professionals or health and safety representatives to join their peers in the business-boosting area of workplace wellness. Sign up for the newsletter and learn more about healthy workplaces at


“Neighbours taking care of Neighbours” has been the motto of Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) since it began.

One way people can be part of the solution to make hunger non-existent in their communities is to purchase the 2018 “Farm to Table” Pin-Up Calendar. HCFBDC is the beneficiary of this fundraiser. The calendar features Huron County food providers, growers and producers and was created by Marcie McLean, of Miss Marcie Media (Canada’s Pin-Up Girl).

The “Farm to Table” calendar is available from the HCFBDC office by calling 519 913-2362 or at Calendars are currently available from the following businesses that had models featured in the calendar: Bad Apple Brewing, St. Josephs; Coastal Coffee Company, Zurich; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Local Organics, Seaforth; and Part II Bistro, Blyth.

Calendars are also available at Miller’s Country Store, Exeter; Hayter’s Farm, Dashwood and from HCFBDC Board Members.

“No one chooses to be hungry. We live in an agriculture-rich county with many food products available. Together we can make a huge impact in our area,” said Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the HCFBDC in a recent letter to the editor.

The mission of the HCFBDC is “to provide food security for all people by supporting the food banks and aid agencies in Huron County and area.”

There are scenarios happening right here in Huron County: A senior lady eating only one meal a day. A young mom requesting formula for her baby, the brand did not matter, just as long as her baby had something to eat. And, it is not always food that is needed. Young girls missing one week of school each month because they did not have the feminine hygiene supplies they needed.

“People who are hard working and living life with some unexpected events in their lives that have taken them down a very difficult road. People using the food banks are singles, seniors, children, couples, single parent and two-parent families. Each month there are more bills than money. This is not a choice they have made. Using a food bank is not something people want to do, but do so out of necessity,” said Zielman.


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

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


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

Hensall Hall 

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

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 showcase 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. 

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.


IMG_4282 The Zurich Has-Beans Old Timers Hockey Club has thrown its support behind the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) and has donated $5,000 to the new expansion. Hockey Club President, Steve Shantz and Treasurer, Dave Erb presented Julian Bayley (left) of the BAFHT Fundraising Committee with a cheque for $3,000 recently. Another $2,000 will be contributed over the next two years. The Has-Beans team has been around since September 1979. The Zurich area is a prosperous white bean-growing region and this coupled with the annual Bean Festival were the reasons behind the Has-Beans name. The Old Timers Club has perhaps morphed into a service organization more than a hockey club over the years and has supported many local causes financially with donations to the Zurich Bluewater Figure Skating Club and Zurich Scouts being two examples. The Has-Beans strive to participate in four or five hockey tournaments a year and can count on 100 per cent turnout for them all. While a gold medal is still in the Club’s sights, the policy of having fun and good fellowship has become a far more important target. (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, Mrs Emily Osmond and Mrs Hewson are pictured in this image taken around 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10028 PC)

PB10028 PC Remember Me 434  

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 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)


 PB10057 PC Remember Me 433

In Issue 433, an image circa 1930. Does anyone remember these people? (Archives code: PB10057 PC)



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business milestone

edward fuels marks 65 years of service 

ClaytonDon_1973Clayton Edward and his son, Don, stand with some of their fleet in this photo from 1973. (Submitted photos)  

65anniversarypicjpgDon and Lynn Edward accept a plaque in honor of Edward Fuels 65 years as a Shell Branded Distributor. They are surrounded by long-serving staff members who have a combined 100 years with Edward Fuels: (second from left) Maura Clarke, (third from left) Diane Leslie, and (third from right) Rob Jeffrey. Also in the photo are Shell managers: (far left) Liz Lyle, of Calgary, (second from right) Michael Lacasse, of Montreal, and (far right) Tony Ciolfitto, of Toronto.  

When Clayton Edward’s local coal company in Goderich landed a contract to become a Shell distributor in 1952, the young businessman could not have envisioned the eventual growth and expansion of the company to serve into the Clinton areas and beyond.

Sixty-five years later, it does business throughout Western Ontario through its fuels, propane, HVAC and lubricant divisions.

“Dad started the family tradition of business in Goderich, relying on a great staff of people from the community to provide quality service to his customers,” said Don Edward, company president. “We’ve continued that tradition, and at the same time been on the leading edge of technology and energy efficiency.”

Clayton Edward started a cab company in Goderich at the outbreak of WWII, after being rejected from serving in the war because he had a heart murmur. He rounded up friends and his father to shuttle customers, keeping busy with airport traffic. After the war, he bought a coal company to support his family, and in 1952 became a Shell distributor, changing the company name from The Edward Coal Company to Edward Fuels. In the early 70s, his son, Don, bought the company and continued to grow it. In the years that followed, the company grew its Shell operations in Clinton, Seaforth, Kincardine and Teeswater. More recently, it acquired the Shell operations on Manitoulin Island.

In Clinton, Scruton-Edward Corp. has built on a successful business base that was laid down by the Scruton family.

In its fuel division, its local experts promote a range of world-class products, including nitrogen enriched gasoline, energy saving diesel and clean heating fuel. It offers aviation fuel and marine fuel, plus fuel delivery to commercial and farm customers, commercial gas bars, and 24/7 Cardlock stations.

The HVAC division provides state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology for residential, commercial and small industrial customers. Its technology is backed by its certified and trained home comfort experts, who can design, install and maintain complete systems that are right for their customers in a service area that extends from the southern Bruce Peninsula to Arthur to Grand Bend.

The propane division offers a reliable, clean and cost-effective heating fuel suitable for residential, commercial and agricultural customers in a wide area.

The lubricant division relies on a large inventory and expert staff to ensure customer equipment is protected. As the largest supplier in Western Ontario, its world class products are backed by the Shell guarantee.

“We have been very fortunate to recruit staff who are active and well-known in the community, so that our customers know who we are and can trust us to provide exceptional products and services,” Edward said. “We thank our customers for trusting us over the past 65 years and look forward to serving both our existing and new customers in the future.”

A few years ago, Edward Fuels was named Business of the Year by the Huron Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit online at or call 1-866-339-2732.



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Bayfield Sunset By Jack Pal

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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


This week I would like to send out a huge thank you to all our subscribers and those who view our issues on our Facebook Page.

We published Issue 433 on Oct. 18. Since that time the issue has had nearly 5,000 views between subscribers and Facebook visitors and that is a really big milestone for all of us that work to bring the Bayfield Breeze to you each week.

In fact, the numbers have rather left me at a loss for words…- Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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