Bookmark and Share   Oct. 31, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 45 Issue 174

Beaven guest speaker at Agricultural society meeting

The Bayfield Agricultural Society membership has begun making wreaths to be sold out in front of St. Andrew's United Church on Christmas in Bayfield Weekend. Stonefield Garden Centre was the site of a wreath making bee on Oct. 29. Busy creating wreaths were l-r: Doug Yeo, Bayfield Agriculture Society president; Jentje Steenbeek, owner of Stonefield Garden Centre; Joan Brodie, Jean Dunn and Kathleen Siertsema, society members. The wreaths are perfect for Christmas decorating and will brighten a door all winter long. If you would like to order a wreath in advance of the sale or help with their crafting please contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Mark Beaven, the recently appointed general manager of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS), spoke at the October meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society. He addressed concerns about the Ontario government’s new approach with the racehorse industry. He also expressed that he considers fairs to be an integral part of rural Ontario.

It is the mandate of OAAS to create greater awareness of where and how our food is produced. Beaven plans to attempt to point Agricultural Societies to where they can get their questions answered. Members of the Bayfield society suggested it would like more commodity groups involved at the fair and assistance with issues around midways.

Mention was made at the meeting of the passing of Marg Bowers. She entered exhibits and helped in the culinary arts section. She was a very positive member of the BAS and will be missed.

The Emergency Plan was briefly presented at the meeting. The members approved a policy on Volunteer Appreciation. They also supported the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association in their efforts to make crossing Hwy. 21 safer.

Some of the members attended the Annual Meeting of District 8 for Agricultural Societies. They were most pleased to learn that Jordan Berard won the junior cookies competition and Cate Thompson won the K-Grade 4 poster competition against all the other fairs in the District.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society membership has wreath making down to a fine art. John Siertsema (left) and Don Brodie build the greens onto the grapevine bases while Henry Baker brings fresh greenery to the table.

“These young people certainly make the Bayfield community proud for their participation and commitment to their local fair,” said Doug Yeo, BAS president. “Also the BAS wishes to extend congratulations to Jenna Payne and Joey Lawson who have graduated from high school. Both have been very active as Junior Advisors at the fair. It was also great to see they were quite successful with their high school studies.”

Stonefield Garden Centre is the location for the annual making of the Christmas wreaths. This fundraiser is truly a group effort. Members have gone out and cut branches of cedar, pine, juniper, yew, and spruce. One member makes the grapevine bases for the wreaths. Another group creates all the bows that are attached to the wreaths. On Oct. 29, a group gathered in the Stonefield greenhouse to assemble the wreaths that will be for sale during Christmas in Bayfield. But that is just the beginning, if anyone wishes to join in the wreath assembly call Don Brodie at 519 263-2404.

Families encouraged to eXCHANGE food for a story


Among the hustle and bustle of Christmas in Bayfield Weekend there will be time to slow down and hear a festive story.

On Nov. 10, the Bayfield Town Hall and The Village Bookshop are teaming up to present a unique family Christmas event where people can share in some Christmas cheer and help feed those who may otherwise go hungry over the holidays.

“The Gingerbread Pirates in Story and Song” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. The event will feature a reading of Kristin Kladstrup’s book, "The Gingerbread Pirates " combined with music by The Glee Sisters.

Those who plan to attend this afternoon should plan to come early as the first 20 families with children to arrive will receive a free copy of “The Gingerbread Pirates” due to the generosity of local friends of youth, the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

A monetary donation or non-perishable food items will be accepted at this event as all proceeds and donations will be shared between the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) in Exeter and the Bayfield Food Bank.


Dr. Paulette Rothbauer, associate professor of Library and Information Science in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, will be the guest speaker at an evening organized by The Friends of the Bayfield Library on Nov. 13.

“Engaging Youth in Your Community: Libraries Matter More Than Ever” will be her topic. The evening will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Rothbauer is an expert in reading and library practices of Canadian young adults. She is the co-author of a popular professional book entitled, “Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community”. An alumna of South Huron District High School in Exeter, she is an advocate for both young people and public libraries in rural and small-town communities. In this talk she will discuss the vital role that public libraries can play to foster youth engagement and participation that will, in turn, enrich and empower young people and their communities.

See the latest in festive diningroom decor on tour


One room in the home where people wish to make a statement when decorating for the holidays is their dining room by creating the perfect backdrop for holiday entertaining. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Homes for the Holiday, a tour of homes decorated in anticipation of the festive season, to be held on Nov. 3-4, is sure to be a pleasant lead in to the Village of Bayfield’s Christmas celebrations one weekend later.

The doors of five beautiful Bayfield homes will be opened to the public on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Area florists, designers, merchants and those with a penchant for holiday décor will enhance the houses; providing visitors with ideas they can incorporate in their own homes.

One popular way of decorating for the holidays is to incorporate natural elements into the design to "bring the outdoors in".

According to Helen Varekamp, of Bayfield’s Huron, Hearth and Home, “Natural elements can be incorporated into any style of design. Branches, pinecones, dried plants, leaves, berries or weeds are all good choices. They can either be left natural for a country look or spray painted to make them look more contemporary and match a color scheme. When arranged in large clusters, they will make a lovely statement.”

One room in the home where people wish to make a statement when decorating for the holidays is their dining room by creating the perfect backdrop for holiday entertaining.

Varekamp said, “When planning your dining table, start with a table cloth or runner and napkins that match your holiday decor theme. By layering see-through shimmering fabric over top a very elegant statement can be made.”

She also said that people shouldn’t be afraid to use two sets of dishes and layer these on top of each other, starting with a charger in a complementary color.

Deb Grasby, owner of Cabin the Woods Design in Bayfield, noted, “Bring out your best pottery, dishes and silverware; if not now, then when? For an updated look, go with a table runner instead of a tablecloth. Cloth napkins are a must; no paper products allowed!”

Both designers had several ideas for arranging the all-important centerpiece.

Varekamp said, “Make a unique centre piece by arranging a collection of either glass balls, pine cones, candlesticks, small poinsettias or anything that is unique.” She cautioned against using tall items that will obstruct the view.

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Experts in design say that the festive season is the perfect time to bring out the best dishes and cutlery hidden away in the cupboard and allow these items to enhance the holiday dining experience.

Grasby suggested using candlelight when going for a more dramatic look.

“Candlelight is a simple and dramatic enhancement to a setting,” Grasby said. “Use two matching candelabra, one at either end of the table.”

The featured houses on the Homes for the Holiday tour include an upscale condo, a heritage home constructed in the late 1860s, two brand new constructions and a home modeled after the Strawberry Island Lighthouse in Georgian Bay.

Grasby’s creative talents will be showcased in the lighthouse as she combines roles as both homeowner and designer. Varekamp will work her magic in the heritage home known in the community as Fairlawn.

With close to a dozen professionals, hailing from Bayfield, Grand Bend, Goderich, Clinton and Seaforth, sharing their expertise in the homes there is sure to be an abundance of decorating ideas to suit a variety of tastes.

Tickets are on sale for $20 each and will include a light lunch served at the Bayfield Village Inn. Tickets are available now by calling the Bayfield Village Inn, 519 565-2443. Elsewhere in Bayfield they are available at Brandon’s Hardware, Nip N’ Tuck, The General Store and Cabin in the Woods Design. Tickets can also be found in Clinton at Curves, in Grand Bend at The Garden Gate, in Goderich at Homescapes by Lynn and in Seaforth at Blooms N’ Rooms.

a little holiday Do-it-yourself

Bayfield’s Deb Grasby, of Cabin in the Woods Design, shared an idea for those who are looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas crackers and in the process create instead of a traditional centerpiece a “surprise” element to delight family or guests who sit down to share a meal together.

  1. Purchase or make small gifts for each person.
  2. After wrapping these gifts, tie one end of a very long piece of curling ribbon around each gift. Curl the length and then glue a place card with the guest’s name on the end of the ribbon.
  3. Place gifts in a large bowl (that coordinates with your dishes, of course!) and place in the centre of the table.
  4. Run ribbons, with place cards attached to individual plates.
  5. Place raffia, pebbles, moss or a filler of choice on the top of the bowl full of gifts to keep the presents hidden from sight.
  6. Celebrate the occasion by having each guest retrieve his/her gift before serving dinner.

Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Bayfield would like to encourage everyone in the community to vote for the Bayfield Splash Pad project in the second round of voting in the AVIVA Community Fund Competition.

The club now has over 400 voting supporters and well over 1,000 votes but the main objective is to make it to the semi-finals and to do that a lot more support will need to be generated. If the club makes it to the finals they could share in a portion of one million dollars in grant money being offered by AVIVA insurance. Any amount granted would be a great help in raising the approximately $150,000 needed to construct a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square.

All people need to vote is an email address, they can vote once a day per address, it is important to remember to vote everyday and to spread the word to others. To register and vote go to:

People who are AVIVA Insurance customers can also encourage their brokers to become supporters of the project to generate even more votes. P.A. Roy Insurance Brokers of Clinton and Wingham, Van Allen Insurance in Listowel and Omni Insurance in London are currently supporting the Splash Pad project.

chamber news 

The countdown to the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade has begun. Anyone wishing to put an entry into this year’s parade to be held on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. is invited to contact Mike Dixon at 519 565-2583 or email

Healthy Hearts

The Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, based out of Goderich, has helped many Bayfield residents both past and present in maintaining their heart health.

Healthy Hearts will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 at the Goderich Legion.

The “Lean Beef on a Bun Luncheon” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will feature oven-roasted beef on a bun, gourmet coleslaw, baked beans,
apples and healthy oatmeal cookies,

The cost is $9 per person and take-outs are available. For tickets contact Healthy Hearts by calling, 519 524-5411 or email,

St. james', middleton

The congregation of St. James’, Middleton believe that as Sunday is a day of rest, why cook? With this in mind they will be hosting their annual soup luncheon on Nov. 18 starting at noon.

The St. James’ Soup and Sweets Luncheon will benefit the Huron County Christmas Bureau by way of a free will offering. The luncheon will be held at the church located at the corner of Bayfield Road and Tipperary Line.


There are so many buttons and dials on a digital camera that many folks might be intimidated to push or turn them. George Zoethout can help relieve this anxiety.

Due to the efforts of the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) he will be leading a second introductory workshop to improve individual’s camera skills on Nov. 17 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

“Understand your Digital Camera and Take Better Photos” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

Zoethout led a similar workshop earlier in October. Doug Brown, one of the participants, said, “The workshop was very interactive and helpful; this was reinforced by the fact that after the workshop many of the participants asked if he would come back and do the next level. I think we all learned about camera functions that we did not know existed and that we hopefully will try to use.”

There is currently one spot available for this eight-person workshop and names are being taken for another. The cost is $10 for members of the PCoB and $20 for non-members. To reserve a spot please call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 or email

united church 

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

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

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

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

During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.
A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.

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

words of wellness 

On Nov. 8, the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) will present the third lecture in the “Words of Wellness” Series. The AMGHF has brought together five speakers who practice alternative and supportive treatments as part of an educational evening.

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

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

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

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

film series

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

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

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

The films start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: or by calling 519 565-5838.

Author visit

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

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Nov. 20.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices. Please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.






There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, in the days leading up to Remembrance Day 2012 we recognize the men and women, who have fought and continue to fight, for freedom. Does anyone remember this young man?

Remember 174

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Remember Me 172

In Issue 172, these two St. Andrew’s United Church Women were both 90 years-old in 1974. Jackie Thompson has confirmed these ladies to be Josie Sterling and Maggie Scotchmer.


Remember 173

In Issue 173, records indicate that the gentleman in uniform is Stewart Sturgeon.





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Murder remains a mystery one hundred years on


Editor’s note: As the publication of Issue 174 falls on Halloween we thought a look at Bayfield’s "Dark Side" would be appropriate. So we opened the pages of “For the Love of Bayfield” and discovered the story of an unsolved murder…

PICT0046 Mrs Burns, wife of builder of Burns Jowett Clift House
Mrs. W. James Burns (nee Eleanor Bartliff) was the victim of an unsolved murder in the summer of 1909.

In July 1909, there was an unknown murderer wandering around Bayfield!

Eleanor (Bartliff) Burns age 57, wife of general store owner and former Bayfield Reeve, James Burns, was found by her husband, lying dead on her bed, gagged, with a severe bruise on her forehead and with a stocking tightly wound around her neck.

Neighbors of the residence on Lot 278, Keith Crescent, testified that they hadn’t seen anything or anyone unusual although there were rumors in the village that a sinister character had been seen.

Soon after the body was found, an inquest was held by Dr. Richard Stanbury. The cause of death was determined to be “suicide!” This verdict caused such an uproar in the village that Crown Attorney Seager, of Goderich, convened a second inquest headed by Dr. Shaw, the Coroner at Clinton.

Dr. Shaw assigned Dr. Gunn, of Clinton, and Dr. Ninian W. Woods, of Bayfield, to make a post mortem. The body had been embalmed so they couldn’t determine if any poison had been administered.

Dr. Woods, who was called in after the discovery of the body, testified that there was no evidence of death by strangulation. The body was not contorted, and there was no sign or evidence of a struggle, everything appearing as if death had been peaceful. The bruise over the right temple was a severe one and could not, in his opinion, have been self-inflicted.

The doctors said that the blow to Mrs. Burns head and other bruises on the body might have caused death, but at any rate these injuries would have made it impossible for her to put the stocking around her own neck.

Bayfield Advertiser 1895 ad Burns and Co Tailor, Crockery, Glassware
This advertisement appeared in the Bayfield Advertiser in 1895 for the Burns & Co. store. (Images courtesy Bayfield Archives)


When Coroner Shaw opened the hearing, the town hall was filled to capacity. According to the London Advertiser on July 23, 1909, this second jury returned a verdict:

“That the deceased came to her death at the hands of some person or persons unknown and that the case was manifestly not one of suicide!” Crown Attorney Shaw muttered to the London Free Press on July 22nd,

“The mystery of Mrs. Burns death would never be solved.” It never was!

The Burns family’s life in Bayfield had the ingredients of a Greek Tragedy. James Burns was a successful businessman who had been elected Reeve of Bayfield for three years, from 1895 to 1898.

Things were going so well for them that during that time, he built the home on the northeast corner of Clan Gregor Square, now known as “Clifton Manor”. Sadly, he over extended himself financially. He spent too much on the construction of that fine home and was forced to move out, after living in it only a short time.

Eleanor Burns was not a healthy woman. She was bedridden most of the time and according to a July 23, 1909, London Free Press story, when Burns was asked about the bruise on his wife’s forehead, he said, “At times when his wife was distracted with pain or in a temper, she would beat herself over the head with her hands or anything she happened to have in her hand at the time”

The Burns’ daughter, Ada, suffered from a violent form of mental illness and had been sent to the London Hospital for the Insane. At the time of her mother’s death, however, she had been living at the home on Keith Crescent for two years.

She was described as weak and docile and although she had been home in an adjacent bedroom at the time of her mother’s murder, it was judged that she was incapable of such an act. She was an invalid and could hardly leave her bed.

Ada was sent to the asylum in Whitby, where she remained until she died in 1936.

James Burns testified at the inquest that he had left the house about 2 p.m. after making certain his wife and daughter were comfortable in their beds. He accounted for all his movements up to his return to the home about 5 p.m.

He said that when he arrived home after some business meetings, he first went to his daughter’s room and found her in the same position she was in when he had gone out.

He claimed that he then went to his wife’s bedroom to see how she was. That’s when he found her lying dead on the bed.

No one was ever charged for the murder of Eleanor Burns and to this day it remains a mystery.

After the trial, James left for Toronto.

“For the Love of Bayfield: The Events and Special People Who Shaped this Village” written by Dave Gillians was published in the spring of this year. It is available for purchase at The Bayfield Archives on Main Street with the proceeds from the book going to the Bayfield Historical Society and their efforts in preserving the village’s unique story.



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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


Last night was our Bayfield Guiding Halloween Party…the costumes, the crafts, the candy, oh, and the Jello brains, good fun with a great bunch of girls. Sure hope the weather cooperates so that all the little ghosts, goblins and princesses can make it comfortably around their neighborhoods tonight.

I didn’t get to go Trick or Treating very often as a child growing up…it interfered with milking time in the barn, so the times I did get to go out are quite clear in mind. Having a friend whose birthday fell on Halloween was a bonus, when the occasion fell on the weekend there would be a sleepover and that meant going Trick or Treating in the bustling metropolis of Varna. It was terribly exciting going with a group of friends door-to-door with the final stop being the general store. The people of Varna really knew how to fill a treat bag – I remember full size candy bars, bags of potato chips and cans of pop…plus the good old ding bats and candy kisses (Do they even still make those?). Amongst the loot, nary a box of raisins, not that I would have minded nature’s perfect snack but they did tend to cause some consternation among my counterparts.

This year, if all goes to plan, I will experience Trick or Treating on an even larger scale as we travel to the city to enjoy Halloween with our grandson. He’s a little young yet for the chocolate bars so maybe I can trade him some raisins for one or two out of his treat bag. Happy Halloween everyone! - Melody


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