Bookmark and Share   Nov. 1, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 45 Issue 435

service of remembrance set for this sunday 

30850286575_9c559b04cf_kMembers of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton paraded to the Bayfield cenotaph at the start of the 2016 service. (Photo by John Pounder)

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.

Naftel's Creek setting for October BRVTA hike  

IMG_0075A dozen hikers enjoyed the beauty of a fall morning at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26. (Submitted photos)

A dozen hikers enjoyed the beauty of a fall morning at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26 on one of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) regularly scheduled hikes.

Undaunted by fallen trees across the path and wet leaves causing slippery conditions on the boardwalk the group gamely explored the terrain and admired the fall colors. Pausing by memorial plaques on large stones deep within the woods, participants learned the story of John Hindmarsh and his love of the area from his longtime friend Jane Davidson, who just happened to be along on the hike. They then followed the loop that led to a rustic cabin in the woods where they were lucky enough to meet and thank its present owner for his generosity in allowing them to walk through his enchanting property. The long pine-lined driveway led them back to the path where they circled past the duck pond and returned to the parking lot.

A little exercise, a little history, a chance to enjoy nature and to appreciate local naturalists - all rolled into one hike! Watch for news of the BRVTA’s next hikes or check out the Bayfield Trails website to become a member and support the ongoing work of this local hiking and trail group.

IMG_1326Pausing by memorial plaques on large stones deep within the woods, participants learned the story of John Hindmarsh and his love of the area from his longtime friend Jane Davidson (far left), who just happened to be along on the hike.  

Tom Thompson print prize in silent auction for BRVTA 

Tom-Thomson-The-Canoe"The Canoe" by artist Tom Thomson (Submitted photo)  

“The Canoe” a beautiful, framed, limited-edition print, by famous Canadian artist Tom Thomson, is being offered for purchase as a fundraiser for the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA).

Adam Bergeron, of Art East, donated the print to the BRVTA, who will be selling it through a Silent Auction. The Bayfield Library has offered to host this event, by displaying the print from Nov. 1-18. Bid sheets are available at the library and can be deposited into an enclosed box during this period. Two members of the BRVTA will open the box on Monday, Nov 20 and the highest bidder will become the new owner of this beautiful print. If the highest bid is a tie, a draw will be made to determine the winner.

The print measures 33” x 38” and will make a beautiful statement in someone’s home or make a wonderful Christmas gift.



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 715 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:

ONe Vision - One Plan 


Signs are popping up on village lawns and in the surrounding area as the “One Vision One Plan” campaign progresses. The venture is being organized jointly by the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club.

Anyone wishing these signs bearing the message “Save Our Ice” should contact
Sandy Scotchmer, 519 565-2830; Karen Morrison, 519 902-8631; Ron Keys 519 263-3031 or send a request to the “Bayfield Arena Community Partners” Facebook Page. Members of BFIT, BACPA and the Optimists can also provide signs to people upon request.

These signs are one way area residents can show their support in requesting Bluewater Council keep the ice in the Bayfield Arena past Spring 2018 while the groups work together to determine the future needs of the community with regards to a new facility for all to enjoy.

Jewelery for Hospice 

Artisan Jan MacLaren, of Bayfield, is hosting a special fundraising event in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice on Nov. 4.

She will be holding a Costume Jewelry Sale at her home at 41 Main Street South (Hwy #21) from 2-5 p.m. The items will not be priced shoppers are simply asked to make a donation with all proceeds going to the hospice that is scheduled to open just outside of Clinton in the Spring of 2018.

cookies at the library 


The holiday season is just around the corner and one event that youngsters will not want to miss is the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at the Bayfield Public Library.

Following the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18, families are invited to join the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) to decorate their own gingerbread cookie.

This deliciously sweet event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West Coast Astronomers 

The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) invites everyone 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 Bayfield 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!


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.




participants sought for county wind turbine study

Recruitment has begun for the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration, and Light.

Residents of Huron County who live within 10 KMs of a wind turbine are eligible to participate. There is no limit on the number of eligible participants who can register for the study. Eligible participants can sign up until Oct. 1, 2018.

Those organizing the study want to hear from those who do and do not have difficulties with wind turbines so they can look at differences between the two groups.

Participation involves returning a completed consent form, doing the Registration Survey, and completing the Observation Diary. Those conducting the study are asking participants to complete the Observation Diary at least one week every month during the 12 month data collection period. A map showing which areas are eligible can be found at

For more information, please visit or call 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.

New Initiative Grant funding submission requests now open 

How do you best deliver services to the community? What issues need to be addressed? Those are the type of questions United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer with New Initiative Grant funding.

“The New Initiative Grant process is a great opportunity for the community,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “It’s a way to respond to emerging needs, test service models, support smaller projects and help pilot new ones.”

New Initiative Grants provide up to $20,000 for one year for projects developed by registered Canadian charities or not-for-profits who are planning to, or already deliver social and community services in Perth and/or Huron County.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Submissions will then be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not their initiative has been approved to move on to the full application stage. Full applications must then be submitted by Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

“Past grant recipients, like the iVolunteer Perth-Huron website project, have addressed service gaps in interesting and innovative ways,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to seeing what plans organizations have to help us address needs and continue to build strong communities.”

For more details on New Initiative Grant funding, please visit, or contact Megan Partridge, director of Governance and Community Impact, at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or email

United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way support these local services, donations are gladly accepted. To donate Call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit


Concert of remembrance

The Goderich Harbouraires Men’s Choir together with The Glister Children’s Choir will present a family concert entitled, “We will Remember Them” in honor of Remembrance Day on Nov. 5.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Goderich.

Those who attend this free concert are encouraged to wear a poppy.

Paramedic Honored 

2017 Southwell 30 yrs award  Lieutenant Governor, The Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, presented Tony Southwell with his first bar, representing 30 years of service, for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal on Oct. 23 at Queen’s Park in Toronto, ON. (Submitted photo)

In a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto, ON on Oct. 23, The Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant governor of Ontario presented Tony Southwell from Huron County Paramedic Services with his first bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Jeff Horseman, chief of Huron County Paramedic Services, was also in attendance.

These bars are presented to paramedics who have served for at least 30 years (first bar), or 40 years (second bar), in a meritorious manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least 10 of these years of service must have been street level (or air) duty involving potential risk to the individual.

Thirty-eight Ontario Paramedics who have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner were honored at this ceremony. A total of 55 individuals received this honor in 2017.






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, Robert L MacLeod was photographed in uniform on Bayfield's Main Street circa 1942. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 1b)

PB12 1b Remember Me 345 

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



PB10057 PC Remember Me 433 

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


 PB10028 PC Remember Me 434

In Issue 434, Mrs Emily Osmond and Mrs Hewson are pictured in this image taken around 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10028 PC)



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The Ashwood Inn 

Plenty of cHILls and Thrills at the witches walk 

IMG_0336Chris Dayman was the caretaker of the "Dead Doll Cemetery" station. He was busy doing some "landscaping" with his chainsaw startling several who braved the trail on Saturday evening.  

IMG_0230Nancy and Kevin Kale and Jamie Thomas comprised a trio of spooks in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.  IMG_0244The third annual walk also saw an increase in donations, raising $2,685 for two worthy causes.

IMG_0256About 800 humans mingled with these aliens during the Witches Walk.  

IMG_0301Barb Sturgeon encouraged people to enter the tunnel of "doom" at the station created by the Bayfield Optimist Club.  

IMG_0216Rob MacFie, of The Ashood Inn, should change his name to "Mr. Halloween" as his creative displays keep getting better and bigger each year!  

IMG_0246  It was a very cool evening in The Ashwood Inn woods temperature wise with chills and thrills aplenty.

IMG_0248Bud Robinson, and a friend, were a little tied up during the walk.  



Participation in the Witches Walk is growing with about 800 "unfortunate souls" taking a stroll along the trails in the woods at The Ashwood Inn on the evening of Oct. 28. This number is up by about 100 attendees.

The third annual walk also saw an increase in donations, raising $2,685 to be split between the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron as well as the Huron Residential Hospice.

There was a tremendous effort put forth by the owners and staff of The Ashwood Inn to make this a scary treat for visitors as well as by local service groups, individuals and businesses. “Clowns” a station by the Bayfield Optimist Club was the winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award.

IMG_0229 The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron as well as the Huron Residential Hospice were the benefactors of the donations collected at the third annual walk.

IMG_0300"Clowns” a station by the Bayfield Optimist Club was the winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award. Nancy McDonald welcomed all who dared to enter the tunnel.

IMG_0240An electric chair created by Rob MacFie, of The Ashwood Inn, was a new addition to the scares along the trail. Kevin Kale gave it a test run.  

IMG_0271Genelle Reid quietly followed those who braved the trail along the "Dead Doll Cemetery" station created by members of Bayfield Guiding.  

IMG_0279Bayfield Guidng Ranger Bailie Dayman wasn't clowning around in the cemetery.

IMG_0344 Bayfield Guiding's Helen Latimer was all-dolled up for the Witches Walk.

IMG_0291Mike Verhoef and family (Flyfitters) had a station at the third annual Witches Walk.  

IMG_0309 A deer serenaded those who neared the end of the Witches Walk trail with the help of a couple of ghouls.




PIXILATED — image of the week


White Squirrel in Bayfield...By Carolyn Snell

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


I first visited Bayfield on my 17th birthday. It was a hidden treasure just nine miles to the south of where I grew up on the 4th Concession of Goderich Twp. My sphere was very small in those days. It was, however, a wonderful discovery that altered the course my life’s path would take for the next three decades. And for the last nearly three years I have even had the opportunity to live within the village limits. Tonight will mark our last night doing so.

For with tomorrow’s dawn I am going home. Back to the land my ancestors cleared in 1832 to make a life for my family for generations to come on what is now known as Orchard Line. John and I are looking forward to being the next caretakers of the farm. My mother has done it very capably on her own for the last 20 years and I hope that under her watchful guidance we can carry on the tradition.

Our old grey tabby knows something is up. Every day for the last few weeks, items familiar to him have been disappearing. But he’s done this before. We got him a new cushion for his rocking chair and hope he will adapt comfortably to what should now be his “furever” home. I must say; it feels a bit like a birthday… - Melody


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