Bookmark and Share   Nov. 7, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 45 Issue 487

wWi heroine's medal entrusted to historical society

IMG_7478 Following this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Bayfield Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 4, relatives of World War I heroine, Maud Stirling, presented her Royal Red Cross medal to the village for safekeeping by the Bayfield Historical Society. Carol Simons, (holding the medal in centre of photo) shared personal reflections on her great aunt to the crowd gathered while Doug Brown, president of the Bayfield Historical Society shared the village heroine's life history and achievements during the First World War. Family members on hand for the presentation were l-r: Meghan Campbell, Jane Campbell, George and Carol Simons, Peggy McIlwain, Doreen McKenzie, also a great niece; John Campbell, Nancy Ackert and Phyllis Campbell. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Following this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Bayfield Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 4, relatives of World War I heroine, Maud Stirling, presented her Royal Red Cross medal to the village for safekeeping by the Bayfield Historical Society. The presentation was made in front of more than 50 people at a reception held in the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall.

The Royal Red Cross medal was presented to Maud at Buckingham Palace by King George V and Queen Alexandra on Jan. 30, 1918 in recognition of her conspicuous acts of bravery as a Nursing Sister at a hospital camp near the killing fields of Salonika in Greece. Maud was singled out an extraordinary three times in Dispatches.

Maud’s inspirational life story began on a farm near Bayfield where she was one of 15 children born to pioneers, William Stirling and Rebecca Colwell Stirling.

Her abilities were recognized at a young age and she was sent to stay with relatives in Goderich while she attended Model School. She first chose to become a teacher but after teaching for a few years, Maud decided that she would like to further her education and entered the Nurses’ Training course at Toronto General Hospital.

IMG_7484The Royal Red Cross medal was presented to Maud at Buckingham Palace by King George V and Queen Alexandra on Jan. 30, 1918 in recognition of her conspicuous acts of bravery as a Nursing Sister at a hospital camp near the killing fields of Salonika in Greece. Maud was singled out an extraordinary three times in Dispatches. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

In September 1914, when war was declared, Maud was amongst the first group of nurses from all over Canada who answered the call. She joined No. 4 University of Toronto Base Hospital which was sent to Greece, near the town of Salonika, in response to the slaughter of the Australian and Kiwi troops in nearby Gallipoli, where they established a tent hospital near the front lines.

In an era when women were still not allowed to vote in Canada, there was a great deal of controversy about whether women had the strength and stamina to endure the hardships of nursing near battlegrounds.

4169ED9ACD7D480DA4F79904E7FD7071 In September 1914, when war was declared, Maud was amongst the first group of nurses from all over Canada who answered the call. She joined No. 4 University of Toronto Base Hospital which was sent to Greece.

13EBCF88A9EF4F32A1C402B523B0E1BE Maud is considered to be Canada’s first Massage Therapist. (Black and white photos courtesy the Stirling family.) 

The Nursing Sisters in the Canadian Army Nursing Corp had to contend with exhaustion in chaotic, unsanitary situations while dealing with mortally wounded young men and a lack of medications. They had to deal with the rigors of caring for ill and wounded patients in appalling conditions often while they were sick themselves. They were frequently bombarded in air raids. These raids often destroyed parts of the hospital and killed dozens of patients, but the Canadian Nursing Sisters and the entire medical team would have to dive under beds or find whatever shelter they could because they could not and would not abandon their patients. It was for her actions during these bombardments that Maud’s outstanding courage was recognized in the military dispatches.

Finally, in 1917, the staff of No. 4 General Hospital were so depleted by illness that they were ordered to withdraw back to England.

Maud’s maturity and skills were recognized and in January 1918, she was sent on a special course at Buxton, England, to learn about message therapy for wounded soldiers. After completing the training, she was given responsibility for the Massage Department of the hospital which would eventually treat over 3,300 patients a month. Maud is considered to be Canada’s first Massage Therapist.

F320079512524D21B223891F0AAD7038 After the war, in civilian life, she had a successful career as the Matron at several hospitals in Ontario

05F5435152D142EAB87F1631F520B009 When she retired, Maud returned to Bayfield, where she became a beloved member of the community.


After the war, in civilian life, she had a successful career as the Matron at several hospitals in Ontario.

When she retired, Maud returned to Bayfield, where she became a beloved member of the community.

Maud Stirling died in Bayfield, July 1964 at the age of 87. Most residents in Bayfield knew that she had been a Nursing Sister during World War I and that she had played an important role in the local ‘Patriotic Society’ during World War II but they couldn’t have imagined the horrors that she had experienced on the front lines of World War I or the magnitude of her heroism.

Stirling family members have entrusted this most prestigious medal to the historical society in hopes that Maud’s story, along with the memories of all of the other courageous villagers who have served Canada so valiantly, will never be forgotten.


life at the rink

People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch a game at the Bayfield Arena this week.

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Goderich Jets tonight (Nov. 7) starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Huron Hospice 

Jane MacLaren is hosting a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice this coming Saturday, Nov. 10.

Folks are invited to her home at 41 Main Street South (Hwy. 21) to check out her assortment of costume jewelry, cookbooks and more! The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here's to Hometowns 

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in tandem with the Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) have entered their “Save Our Ice” campaign in a contest funded by Pioneer.

Save Our Ice is now being considered for entry in the “Here’s to Hometowns” voting contest. BACPA-BFIT members will learn if they have been accepted as a finalist from many other entries across Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canada on Nov. 13.

If they make it into the competition they will be requesting everyone to vote, from Nov. 13 to Dec. 12, for their chance to win $50,000 to put toward the Save Our Ice campaign.

To learn more visit People can also view the video that was submitted by BACPA-BFIT in their drive to the finals in the Nominees section. 

Gingerbread Decorating

The cookies are ordered and the decorations are coming!

Volunteers with the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are already preparing for their most popular children’s event of the year. The annual “Decorate Your Own Gingerbread” will be held after the Santa Claus Parade, Nov. 17, at the Bayfield Public Library until only the crumbs are left!

To keep up to date with other FOBL events visit


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

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

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


The Great Lakes dune systems are of national significance. Beach-dune shorelines are the most diverse ecosystem in the Great Lakes Basin. They are also the most vulnerable to human pressures. This is primarily due to the large amount of development and recreational activities that have occurred along the shoreline that are eroding, damaging and destroying these dunes and their important vegetative cover. Since the dunes are built and supported by plants, particularly beach grass, the resilience of the dunes depends highly on the presence of this grass. If the grass is lost or removed, then the shoreline can become unstable, and this affects the people, other ecosystems and infrastructures.

In order to protect these grasses, we, at the University of Waterloo need help from people like you. We are conducting research to better understand the human-environment interactions between people and the Lake Huron shoreline by examining the benefits people receive from beach grass, how they perceive and interact with it and gaining insights on how to better manage beach grass along the Lake Huron shoreline for the better of the people and the environment. To do this, we are conducting a 10-minute online or phone survey with local property owners and beach visitors to understand their perspectives on these benefits. The survey aims to understand how you interact with beach grass along the shoreline and the benefits you receive from its presence.

Nearly all communities of the Great Lakes Basin are already experiencing local impacts of global climate change and are expected to need to adapt to future climatic changes. 

Because of these impacts, the protection and maintenance of sand dunes fundamentally affects the quality of the beaches along the shoreline and the people who live here. The capacity of beach-dune ecosystems to respond favorably to climate change conditions will depend on the establishment of beach grass populations. 

With a better understanding of these benefits, how they are changing and how this is impacting the social well-being of the property owners and beach visitors of the southeastern shoreline of Lake Huron (Sarnia to Tobermory), the dependence of human well-being on ecosystem health can be better captured. It would demonstrate how potential decisions can affect human well-being by altering or restoring ecosystems and how much these changes matter. This would finally, allow for the emergence of more effective protection and conservation methods for the beach-dune ecosystems of Lake Huron.

If you are interested in participating or would like to receive more information on this research, please contact Charlotte Hings by email at or by phone at 514 261-2677.



CPH halfway to fundraising goal following radiothon 

2018 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon2018 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon volunteers pose in front of the tally board. The event was held on Oct. 20 and raised $313,419 for projects coordinated by eight local hospital foundations. (Photo by Kim Cyr-Goodyear)  

During the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon on Oct. 20, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) raised $15,808 towards new sterilization equipment for the operating room at Clinton Public Hospital (CPH). Since then, generous donors have raised another $4,844.50 towards the $40,000 goal.

People can still be part of making a difference at CPH by contributing towards this worthy Radiothon project before Dec. 31. Donations can be in one of the following ways: by mail or in person to the Foundation Office at 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0; credit card by telephone at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6297; or online at or

Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27 is a great day to make a year-end donation to the CPHF. This growing movement responds to the commercial spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day dedicated to giving back. To “give back” make a gift to the CPHF, towards the Radiothon Project and help to reach the goal.

The CPHF Board of Directors would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Clinton & District Kinsmen for hosting their annual breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13, with proceeds being donated towards the Radiothon Project. The Kinsmen served breakfast to more than 400 people and the breakfast was delicious.

Radiothon continues to be a region-wide effort impacting local rural healthcare in mid-western Ontario. Thank you to all supporters of the cause for making this 2018 event a huge success from all involved.

A closer look at Bayfield's water quality monitoring 

For_Bayfield_Breeze_Beachwater_Testing_PoleThe Huron County Health Unit runs a Beach Water Sampling Program. Pier Beach and Bayfield South Beach are just two of 14 beaches along Huron County’s shoreline that are sampled. (Photos courtesy the Huron County Health Unit Beach Sampling Program)  

Bayfield is fortunate in that there are, and have been, several water quality monitoring programs that have taken place within the village, along the lakeshore, and upstream along the Bayfield River. The purpose of the following article is to provide a brief summary of the programs that currently exist: Huron County Health Unit Beach Water Sampling Program, Blue Flag, Bayfield Beach Storm Water Monitoring Program, and the Provincial Water Quality and Enhanced Monitoring program.

It is important to note that water quality issues are complex, and that there may not be one simple solution. What we do know, is that everyone, whether one lives in Bayfield or upstream of Bayfield, plays a role in the solution. Furthermore, just as it took time for water quality to degrade, it will take time to see improvements. These improvements will require broad-scale actions, a couple of examples being numerous rain gardens and more vegetative cover on fields. To make these improvements happen people must continue to work together, to monitor, and to implement positive actions.

For_Bayfield_Breeze_Beachwater_collectionThe Huron County Health Unit is required to regularly sample water quality at public beaches during the summer. Lake samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, which is a type of bacteria, twice weekly in June, July and August.

The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) runs a Beach Water Sampling Program. The HCHU is required to regularly sample water quality at public beaches during the summer. Pier Beach (formerly known as Bayfield Main Beach) and Bayfield South Beach are just two of 14 beaches along Huron County’s shoreline that are sampled. Lake samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, which is a type of bacteria, twice weekly in June, July and August.

E. coli in water indicate the potential presence of disease-causing organisms. Results are posted online at, and each public beach has a sign providing the HCHU’s Infoline and a Quick Response (QR) code for use on a smart phone or device.

Based on the number of E. coli colonies in the water, and on an assessment of environmental factors, the HCHU may post no-swim advisories at any of the beaches monitored. Note that it takes about 24 hours to receive the previous day’s water testing results. By this time, the water quality may have changed to either safe or unsafe for swimming.

For this reason, the HCHU suggests people ask themselves these questions when deciding if it’s safe to swim:
• Is the water turbid? This means that people cannot see their feet when standing waist deep in water.
• Has there been heavy rainfall in the area in the last 24-48 hours?

If the answer is yes, E. coli levels are probably high and it may be unsafe to swim.

The Blue Flag is an internationally-recognized designation for beaches that meet certain environmental criteria, with one being water quality. The local Blue Flag program was initiated by the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) who worked with the Municipality of Bluewater to attain Blue Flag status for the Pier Beach. Each year, Bluewater applies for this designation and ensures all criteria are met, which include organizing education and outreach programs. The data collected through the HCHU’s Beach Water Sampling Program are also used for the water quality monitoring component of the Blue Flag Program.

Along the beach in Bayfield are several storm water outlets. These outlets carry storm water from the village out to Lake Huron. This monitoring program was initiated in 2014 to evaluate whether the storm water from the village might be impacting the beach and near shore water quality. Local volunteers have spent the last five summers collecting the water samples as citizen scientists in consultation with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Storm water samples are analyzed for concentrations of E. coli, total phosphorus and orthophosphate bi-weekly in June, July and August and after rain events at Pier Beach. Phosphorus levels are checked as these can contribute to algal growth.

For further information and previous reports, please visit

The Provincial Water Quality and Enhanced Monitoring program, which is supported by the Province of Ontario and ABCA, provides a broad look at water quality across the watershed. The data collected through this program form the Watershed Report Card, which is produced every five years.

River samples are analyzed for a variety of indicators including, E. coli and total phosphorus monthly from March to November. Sixteen sites are sampled within the Ausable Bayfield watersheds, sites along the Bayfield River include, Varna, Bannockburn and Seaforth.

For more on the Watershed Report Card, please visit:

World War I composition to debut at St. Anne's on friday


This year eight secondary school music programs from across the province along with the Ontario Band Association have partnered together to commission a piece of music that will commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI.

This piece was composed by Canadian composer Vince Gassi and will be debuted by eight schools across the province at local school Remembrance Day ceremonies in November. The St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School Concert Band will debut their piece on Friday, Nov. 9 at their Remembrance Day Ceremonies which begin at 10 a.m.

Other schools who are involved in this consortium partnership include: Assumption College Catholic High School Concert Band, Windsor; Agincourt Collegiate Institute Wind Symphony, Toronto; Strathroy District Collegiate Institute Concert Band; St. John’s College Concert Band, Brantford; St. Michael Catholic Secondary School Concert Band, Stratford; Orillia Secondary School Senior Concert Band; and Chippewa Secondary School Concert Band, North Bay.

The piece that was commissioned is titled, "To Cross the Sleeping Green" and is partially inspired by the poem, "Break of Day in the Trenches" by Isaac Rosenberg as well as the art of Dianne Bos. Through learning about this piece, the students in our concert bands are actively engaging in history and remembrance. The days of WWI veterans attending local Remembrance Day assemblies have passed, but this piece offers an opportunity for youth from eight schools to engage and take ownership in their remembrance and share this piece in their communities.

Alfred Publishing has decided to make this piece available to schools to order internationally in the Spring of 2019. With so much music coming out of the United States for school level Concert Bands, it is refreshing to have a Canadian piece, composed specifically for the high school level and commemorating the end of WWI. It is the hope of all involved in the project, including Gassi, that this piece will become part of the standard repertoire that is performed by Concert Bands in Canada during their ceremonies.

Earlier this fall, 40 members of the St. Anne’s Concert Band traveled to Orillia to be a part of the piece along with four of the participating schools. The St. Anne’s Concert Band is indebted to the Seaforth Legion members as they partially sponsored the cost of the bus for the students to travel to Orillia. At that time, St. Anne's, St. Michael, Orillia Secondary and Chippewa Secondary performed the piece together. Here is a link to that performance.


remarkable citizens sought

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is once again calling for nominations to recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.

The Seventh Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 16).

Each year, Remarkable Citizens Awards are handed out to respected and dedicated community leaders, volunteers, and residents who have made a positive impact within the riding of Huron-Bruce.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many across the riding,” Thompson said. “It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated these special people are. They help make their communities better in so many different and impactful ways and I look forward to honoring even more citizens from our riding this year."

To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contribution to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to Also include two pictures of the nominee.

Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. P.O. Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, P.O. Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.

“There's no better way to kick of the new year than recognizing remarkable people who are making a difference in our communities," Thompson said.

Museum Takeover 

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On Nov. 17, the students from the Avon Maitland District School Board’s S.O.A.R. program will use their new knowledge to take over management of the Huron County Museum with the exhibit they have created called “Dinner Back Then”. (Submitted photo)  

“Hi my name is Pierce and I am from the Seaforth S.O.A.R program. On Nov. 17, we are taking over the Huron County Museum. We are taking over the Huron County Museum to learn about museums and what better way is there than taking over all the jobs at the Huron County Museum!”

The Huron County Museum’s staff have been working with students from the Avon Maitland District School Board’s S.O.A.R. program since September of this year. Museum staff have been teaching the students about all aspects of Museum operations including curatorial work, artifact care, exhibit creation and design, archives procedures, marketing, guest services and more.

On Nov. 17, the students will use their new knowledge to take over management of the Huron County Museum. Stop in anytime between 1-4 p.m. to meet the kids and see the exhibit they have created called “Dinner Back Then”.

At the request of the students, admission to Takeover Day will be by cash donation to the Huron County Food Bank. The student exhibit, Dinner Back Then will be on display at the Museum until Dec. 1.

Follow the students’ progress on-line: #SOARTakeoverDay.


The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and West Huron Care Centre are joining forces to offer a free lunch and learn on Nov. 21 in recognition of Falls Prevention Month.

“Finding Balance” will be held at the West Huron Care Centre Risi Room, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road in Zurich, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers have planned a free and interactive workshop where attendees will learn about the risk factors for falls and how to prevent them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in both balance and functional exercises. Lunch and beverages will be provided at no charge.

To register please contact Kate Mason, Occupational therapist, at 519 238-1556 Ext. 241.


“Home for the Holidays” is a biennial house tour organized as a fundraiser for the Clinton Lions’ Club. Five locations will be decorated for the season by their owners with assistance from local businesses.

The event will run Friday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available now for $20 and include a refreshment stop. They may be obtained at Backyard Flowers, Groves TV and Appliances, and Interior Trends, all in Clinton and Nature’s Nest in Londesborough.

 New Initiative Grants 

Is your organization aware of local issues that need to be addressed? Are you considering how to best deliver services to the community? United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking to answer these types of questions through their New Initiative Grants (NIG).

“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.”

NIGs 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. 23 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 are then submitted by Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight.

This past year’s recipient, the Local Community Food Centre (LCFC), received a grant for their Newcomer’s Community Kitchen to bring newcomers along with their sponsors and friends together over a meal. The food, prepared by the participants, provides an occasion to mingle and meet new friends.

“The grant gave the LCFC the opportunity to address a gap in local services,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to seeing what plans organizations have to help us address needs in their communities.”

For more details, please visit, or contact Megan Partridge, director Governance & Community Impact, at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or

United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and works to inspire lasting change. It helps almost 50 supported partners locally. United Way is the region’s largest non-government funder and a valued advocate, incubator, researcher, and planner. To donate, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? At $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling cookies on Saturday, Nov. 17 at The Gravy Boat on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Can't wait until Christmas in Bayfield weekend? They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.






Volume 10

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

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

This week, we recognize those who served our country. Records indicate that this image is of Robert McLeod during WWII. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 1a) 

PB12 1a Robert McLeod possibly WW2

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



 PB12 1a John Armstrong possibly WW2

In Issue 485, as Remembrance Day 2018 approaches we feature an image of John Armstrong in uniform. Does anyone remember him or the person he is posing with? (Archives Code: PB12 1a)


 PB10108 PC Ernest Kneeshaw tallest at center back c1930

In Issue 486, we remember. Ernest Kneeshaw is recorded to be the tallest person standing back row centre. Taken circa 1930. (Archives Code: PB10108 PC)



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lest we forget 

sun shines on service of remembrance

Under sunny skies, a generous crowd witnessed the laying of 22 wreaths at the Bayfield Cenotaph on Sunday morning, Nov. 4. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_4628Members of the 3144 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Clinton took part in the parade to and from the cenotaph on the morning of Nov. 4. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_7397Members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department in dress uniform attended Sunday's service in Clan Gregor Square.  

IMG_4598Janice Nelson laid a wreath in memory of those who fought in the war in Bosnia and Hersegovina. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_4613Three members of Bayfield Guiding placed a wreath during the Nov. 4 service. The girls also participated in the parade to the cenotaph with a color party. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_7424Greg Henderson saluted after he laid a wreath in remembrance of those who fought in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

IMG_7428 Gary Brandon laid two wreaths, one for HMCS Provost and a second for the Gulf Wars I and II.

IMG_7460Carol Simons, with assistance from Geordie Palmer, placed a wreath on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society.  

IMG_7434Ethan Mackenzie approached the cenotaph with a wreath to lay in honor of his great-grandfather, the late Maj. The Rev. George Youmatoff.  

IMG_7414Tony Hutchings placed a wreath in recognition of the Korean War.  

IMG_7430Members of the 3144 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Clinton, M/CPL Brianna Maclay (left) and W/O Dylan Maclay, laid a wreath at the Bayfield Remembrance Day service on Nov. 4.  

IMG_7464The sun shone on the cenotaph on Sunday morning as the November winds sometimes played havoc with the wreaths as they delicately balanced on their stands but volunteers endeavored to keep them right-side-up during the service.  


Sunshine graced the Service of Remembrance held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 4. A generous crowd gathered at the cenotaph to honor the community's casualties of war. This year the services marked 100 years since the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War.

The Roll of Honor for both World Wars was read out at the service. Bayfield’s soldiers lost in the 1914-1918 conflict were: Edward Adley, Arthur Clarke, Harvey Currie, Kenneth Currie, Russel Erwin, Victor Evens, Allen McDonald, Robert McLeod and Wilfred Toms. Those men lost in the battles of 1939-1945 were: Charles Stewart Cann, Robert David James Hopson and Richard V. Weston.

Many poignant moments were noted during the wreath laying ceremony. The wreaths were laid by: Cpl. Jesse Romyn, World War I and II; Gary Brandon, HMCS Provost and Gulf Wars I and II; Doug Stewart, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140; Janice Nelson, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Greg Henderson, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars; Tony Hutchings, Korean War; Olga Palmer, U.N. Peacekeepers; Ben Lobb, Government of Canada; Lisa Thompson, Province of Ontario; Bill Whetstone, Municipality of Bluewater; Ethan Mackenzie, in memory of Maj. the Rev. George Youmatoff; M/CPL Brianna Maclay and W/O Dylan Maclay, cadets from 3144 RCACC, Canadian Army and Air Cadets; Kyle Kruse, Bayfield and Area Fire Department; Paul Spittal, Trinity Anglican Church; John Davies, St. Andrew’s United Church; John Knox, Knox Presbyterian Church; Mike Dixon, Bayfield Optimists; Don Vance, Bayfield Lions; Leanne Kavanagh, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce; Carol Simons, Bayfield Historical Society; and Lexi Harney, Olivia Sonke and Payton Whitely, members of Bayfield Pathfinders, Guides and Sparks on behalf of Bayfield Guiding.

The service was presided over by chaplain, Rev. Nick Vandermey. Jessica Langan performed. Those who attended the service were also treated to the sound of bagpipes as Piper Mark MacLeod also shared his talents. The Last Post and The Reveille on the trumpet. Tom and Marilyn McMahon were in charge of distributing the wreaths.

Geordie Palmer, who organized the cenotaph service for Bayfield on behalf of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140, said, “I wish to thank the many government and service organizations, churches and private individuals who took part in our annual Remembrance Day Service. Without your support, this event would not be possible. Your presence and participation remind us that peace and tranquility throughout the world is not yet achieved. Once again you have shown your dedication and involvement with the important events within our community."

Following the service at the cenotaph participants were invited to Trinity Anglican Church where a reception was held in the Parish Hall. In addition to this social time a special presentation was made by the descendants of Maude Stirling to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). More than 50 people were on hand to witness the donation of Stirling’s Royal Red Cross Medal from her service as a nurse near the front lines in Greece during WWI to the BHS.

Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres.

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

At sundown, approximately 5 p.m., on Nov. 11 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI three of the churches in Bayfield, Trinity Anglican, St. Andrew's United and Knox Presbyterian will be joining together to ring their church bells 100 times. It is hoped that those hearing the bells will pause and remember.

IMG_4634 Poignant music was provided during the service by Piper Mark MacLeod. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_7425Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 in Clinton formed a color party by the cenotaph on Sunday morning.

IMG_7413Cpl. Jesse Romyn placed a wreath in remembrance of the First and Second World Wars.  

IMG_7444 Leanne Kavanagh laid a wreath on behalf of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. 

IMG_7437 Kyle Kruse, on behalf of the Bayfield Fire Department saluted after laying a wreath on Sunday morning.



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Pioneer Park: Fall Beech Shadows

Pioneer Park: Fall Beech Shadows...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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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



A note from village resident Sondra Buchner was submitted this week on behalf of herself, Truus Dragland and Lucia Schatteleyn. It is the kind of news story that is the foundation for the Bayfield Breeze as it tells of people coming together to help others in both good times and in bad and I am happy to share it with our readership. – Melody

“On Oct. 22, we experienced a wild wind storm during which our friend Lucia’s car was totally destroyed by a limb falling off our old maple. Gratefully our friend was safely in our house. What a shock to all of us!

“Our first action was to call The Bayfield Tree Service. Although it was after hours John Vanderhaar’s first response was, “I will be right there!” Collectively he and his father, Doug, removed the huge limb and secured the car until appraisers arrived.

“It is indeed remarkable to live in a village where immediate assistance is offered no questions asked. What a community! Thanks to John and Doug Vanderhaar.”

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

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

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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder