Bookmark and Share   Nov. 15, 2016   Vol. 9 Week 47 Issue 437

it's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas! 

31162631895_8c36da166a_kExcitement builds in anticipation of Santa's first appearance in Bayfield for 2017. This image was taken at the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony in Clan Gregor Square in 2016. To learn more about the fun events planned for the Christmas kickoff weekend, Nov. 17-19, check the list below, maybe read it twice - Santa is sure to. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

There is a general buzz in the air as the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Christmas in Bayfield Committee makes the final preparations for their annual festive weekend, Nov. 17-19. Now just two sleeps away, the lights are strung in the trees in Clan Gregor Square and along Main Street. Wreaths are being placed on doors and windows creating an inviting ambience for people to begin their holiday shopping and share in some village traditions.

The annual Lighting of the Lights will take place in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. There will be carol singing and a visit from a very special guest in a red suit.

The stores on Main Street will be open on Friday evening until the crowds fade away as well as from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Here are a few of the events planned for this holiday kickoff weekend in the village:

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Members of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) are looking forward to helping shoppers wrap up their holiday parcels over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend, Nov. 17-19. The BHS are holding a Victorian Christmas Gift Wrapping and Ornament Sale over the three days selling Bayfield Landmark and Victorian Ornaments. They will also provide gift wrapping services in “winter woodland’ and “tinsel town” themes. The services will be offered on Friday, 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the weekend will go to the maintenance of the BHS collection.

HOLLY BERRY BAZAAR: St. Andrew’s United Church Women (UCW) will host their annual “Christmas Holly Berry Bazaar and Market over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend, this year it is scheduled for Nov. 17-18. The sale will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday from 4- 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will feature crafts, quilts and a food booth serving lunch.

SANTA CLAUS PARADE: The Bayfield Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Organizers are now looking for parade participants. Please email or to register.

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.

CHILI LUNCHEON: Come and warm up after the Christmas in Bayfield Parade on Nov 18 with a bowl of Chili at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield’s Annual Chili Luncheon. Enjoy Traditional Beef, Vegetarian or Turkey Chili with toasted garlic bread, Christmas Squares and choice of beverage served from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

PET PICTURES WITH SANTA: Dianne Brandon Photography will be set up in the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square for an hour starting at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday to capture images of furry friends with the jolly old elf. Donatons accepted to the Lions Foundation of Canada. 

CHRISTMAS CHEER: A special addition to the Christmas in Bayfield weekend of events will include some Christmas Cheer in the parlor at the The Little Inn of Bayfield on Nov. 18. Sponsored by Robert Q Travel, of Grand Bend, the event will run from 2-4 p.m. There will be a draw for two $100 dinner certificates from The Little Inn, a $75 board from Board and Basket; a $250 travel voucher from Robert Q, Grand Bend; as well as a special surprise.

Ag Society Wreaths, AGM and new Construction 

Christmas is sliding ever closer as the days get shorter and the chill in the air becomes frigid.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has created and sold Christmas wreaths for some time as an annual fundraiser. All the greens are local, the wreaths are made locally at the Baker-Lehnen property, and all the volunteer workers are local. This year the Society will sell them on Nov. 17-18 but decided it would take orders since some do not want them until December. Anyone who would like a wreath made to their specifications and time of delivery should phone Don Brodie at 519 236-2404 or email Swags or tails also can be made to the size requested also. Do think of the BAS when preparing for Christmas decorating and purchase a local wreath or tail.

A highlight for the BAS is the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This will be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 24. Food is always a major focus of the organization so the evening begins with a potluck dinner with people arriving at 5:30 p.m. with the meal beginning at 6 p.m. There is always lots of food with the main course for many being the desserts. Special awards will be presented at 7:15-9 p.m. for members with years of service as well as two very distinctive Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’ Awards – one achievement and one meritorious.

David Pullen, County Forest Conservation officer, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tying together forestry, fishing, and farming which is the theme for 2018. Pullen is well known for his presentations and he is looking forward to speaking in Bayfield and sharing his views on his passion – the preservation of forestry land. The AGM will begin at 8 p.m. to summarize what the current year achieved and put the people in place for organizing the goals for 2018. Everyone is welcome to any portion of the evening to learn a little about the organization and what its mandate is.

The BAS is taking on a major building project in the coming months. The pet display building is now past its prime and needs some major renovations and the decision has been made to replace it entirely. There is also a need to store paper, ribbon, and boxed supplies in one location. A plan is to build a 30 x 50 foot structure solely for storage and then for use as a pet display building during the fair.

According to Doug Yeo, representing the BAS, forest fires in British Columbia and hurricanes in Florida have escalated the price of the building materials to nearly $100,000.

“Supporters of the BAS and its work are asked to contact us at and we can begin a conversation about how you can help us achieve our goals. This is one time when we really do need our supporters. It has been a long time since a building was contemplated,” said Yeo.

Town Hall will echo with sounds of Suess on Saturday 

“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville did NOT.”

Join The Glee Sisters, together with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), in exploring the Dr. Suess tale, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” in Story and Song for the entire family.

This village holiday tradition will be held on Nov. 18 at the Bayfield Town Hall and due to popular demand there will be two shows, the first at 1:30 p.m. followed by another at 3 p.m.

The town hall stage will become Whoville, with a huge colorful banner made by Helen Varekamp. The Glee Sisters become Whos dressed in their Christmas sweaters and with homemade Christmas fascinators in their hair. Roberta Stemp will be transformed into The Grinch, accompanied by the dog "Max", otherwise known to all as Woosie from Louisa Street.

At this special musical event the Optimist Club of Bayfield will be providing a small, rather noisy gift for the first 75 children at each show. After the story and song, attendees are invited to stay for cookies and hot chocolate served courtesy of the BTHHS.

Admission to the performances is a cash or non-perishable food donation to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

And just in case you miss the show on Nov. 18 The Glee Sisters will be performing it again on Nov. 25 in the upstairs auditorium at the MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich starting at 2 p.m.


The Bayfield Optimist Club once again supported the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) in anticipation of The Glee Sisters fundraiser happening on Nov. 18. Optimist Treasurer John Pounder presented the local food bank coordinator, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, with a cheque for $300, recently. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Trail hike proves christmas is for the birds and squirrels too 

Sunday, Nov. 19 is the date set for the annual Christmas in Bayfield Weekend walk along the Sawmill Trail.

Starting at 1 p.m. people are invited to bring their children and grandchildren to allow them an opportunity to learn an appreciation for the nature trails, followed by an outdoor craft. These creations will be used to decorate a live Christmas tree and feed the birds and squirrels at the same time. This event is always fun for the whole family! Those who attend are asked to bring some canned food for the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

The Sawmill Trail is 2 KMs long. It has a difficulty of Level 2 although there is one large hill. The hike will take approx. two hours. Turn east on Old River Road, proceed a half a KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking available.

The hike leaders will be Pat Baker 519 565-4015, Dave Gillians 519 565-5884 and Jack Pal 519 565-5340


30480334734_91b6cce0cb_k The London Citadel Salvation Army Band is coming to town! On Friday, Nov. 24, they will provide a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” at the Bayfield Town Hall. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood. Anyone who has not yet heard them is in for a treat. Come and enjoy fabulous musicians filling the hall with a big brass sound. Tickets are $15 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Dec. 1. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


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 as the Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Seaforth Legions tonight (Nov. 15) 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.

On Nov. 18, as part of Christmas in Bayfield, the Third Annual 50+ Hockey Tournament is being held at the Bayfield Arena. This tournament includes players from as far away as Windsor, London and Kincardine.

“While the economic impact is uncalculated, it is well known these visiting players often return to Bayfield with their families throughout the year,” said Ron Keys, chair of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA).

Councilor’s Corner

The monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre is set for tomorrow (Nov. 16).

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

The Main Topics of discussion this month will be Tim Hortons and a brief update on the Next Thursday Bayfield Facility Feasibility Study. 

Small Business Centre 

Tomorrow (Nov. 16), the Small Business Centre will host a Business Networking Evening and Pitch Contest at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar in Bayfield.

The event that will run from 6-9 p.m. will feature a fireside chat with Sabrina Geremia, of Google Canada.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to network with the community, hear from Geremia, and vote on their favorite business pitch from social entrepreneurs in the community, all while enjoying free appetizers and door prizes. The Small Business Centre welcomes door prize donations from local businesses. Business owners will have the opportunity to talk about their business when presenting the prize.

The Better Business Networking Event tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance on Eventbrite or at the Small Business Centre. For more information, contact: or call 519 524-8394 Ext. 3304.

Presbyterian Church 

Rev. Peter Bush, moderator of the 143rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, will be preaching at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the 11 a.m. service.

Rev. Bush was a former summer student at Knox Bayfield in 1988 and served as their Interim Moderator for seven-and-a-half years. He is presently minister at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg.

This past June, the Presbyterian Church of Canada named him as the Moderator of the 143rd General Assembly, the highest court in the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

The members of the congregation are pleased and honored that Bush accepted their invitation to return to Bayfield during his busy schedule as Moderator.

Historical Society

A new book, Bayfield Cottages & Homes 1830s – 1920s, has been published by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). The project manager for the book, Ralph Laviolette and the researcher writer, Dianne Smith, will be talking about their work at our next community meeting on Monday, Nov. 27.

This presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions Community Building.

There have been many visitors to the Bayfield Archives who were curious about the history of their owned or rented homes or cottages. Some visitors had property search records while others had only verbal recollections of their properties history. So prompted by this interest and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor in 2013 the multi-year project began. The book will be available at this presentation as well as in the Heritage Centre starting the Christmas in Bayfield weekend. The book is selling for $20.

West Coast Astronomers

The West Coast Astronomers will hold their last Star Party for this year is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, sky conditions permitting and everyone is welcome to join in the viewing with or without a telescope. If you are an amateur astronomer, please bring your telescope at sundown.

As well as observing planets and deep sky objects this Thursday, the astronomers will be watching for the Leonid Meteor Shower. The Leonids peak is expected from midnight to dawn on Friday and Saturday mornings (Nov. 17-18).

The first Star Party for 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, March 15.

Visit for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants we can accommodate. 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.

Letters to Santa

Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself.


“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 now until Nov. 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.


The Huron County Christmas Bureau drop-off locations in Bayfield have been established for this year.

New toys and clothing can be deposited into boxes at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Public Library, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy or through Trinity Anglican Church, Knox Presbyterian Church or St. Andrew’s United Church.


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.


Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. Their donation box in Bayfield can be found in the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.


Various classes at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield participated in a Remembrance Day service at the school on Nov. 10. (Submitted photo)





soil expert to share knowledge 

David_R_Montgomery_Photo_for_ReleaseDr. David R. Montgomery

The author of “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Dr. David R. Montgomery, is a guest speaker at the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HCSCIA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The AGM event will take place at Libro Community Hall in Clinton at 239 Bill Fleming Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m. HCSCIA business will take place at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at about 6:30 p.m. Speakers will present starting at about 7:15 p.m. The evening will finish at around 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 each. Continuing education unit (CEU) credits are available for participants. To buy tickets, contact HCSCIA Secretary Sharon Devine at 519 868-8946. Registration for tickets can also be made online at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Wild Apricot web page at this link: Please register by Dec. 4. To find out more about the AGM visit

Dr. Montgomery is a geologist and professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on how soil erosion has negatively impacted civilizations around the world. Dr. Montgomery highlights entrepreneurial farmers who focus on improving soil health and regenerative practices. The presenter says it is possible for an agricultural producer to improve their bottom line while mending damaged environments. The author shows how no-till, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations can sustain the indispensable soil microbial ecosystem. This, in turn, protects a farmer’s crops and livelihood, according to Dr. Montgomery. To learn more about the author and his books visit his website at:

Dr_Rene_Van_Acker_OAC_U_of_GuelphDr. Rene Van Acker (Submitted photos)

The HCSCIA is also proud to welcome another presenter, Dr. Rene Van Acker, professor and dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph, speaking on the value of soil. Dr. Van Acker is co-founder of the Food Institute at the University of Guelph (now the Arrell Food Institute). The speaker’s research interests include weed management and agronomy. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed works and more than 300 other non-peer reviewed contributions.

The President of HCSCIA, Doug Walker, said, “The AGM event is a wonderful chance to enjoy good food, renew old friendships, meet other people working in agriculture, find out about innovations in preserving soil health, and to learn from world-class speakers.”

Talks by Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Van Acker should be fascinating additions to this year’s agenda, according to the HCSCIA President.

“Huron Soil and Crop is very honored this year to have geologist Dr. David Montgomery, an internationally renowned author about soil, present to us at our 2017 Annual General Meeting,” Walker said. “We are also honored to welcome Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph.”

Sponsors of the special presentation by Dr. Montgomery include the Government of Ontario, HCSCIA, County of Huron, Maitland Conservation and Ausable Bayfield Conservation.





Rotary Club of Grand Bend The Grand Bend Rotary Club members are proud supporters of Jessica's House and recently donated some proceeds from their Autumn Indulgence event. They recently came to Jessica's House in Exeter, ON to present a cheque for $16,320 toward the construction of this residential hospice. Taking part in the presentation were from l-r: Pat O'Rourke, Foundation chair; Bob Turnbull, Bob Down, Tom McCann, Bob Kennedy, Rob Reid, Campaign chair; Shirley Andraza, Roger Wallis, Phil Erb, Susan Moore, Bruce Shaw, Peter Phillips, and Kimberley Payne, Foundation Executive director. (Submitted photo)



Poinsettia Festival

Huron Ridge Greenhouses has once again extended their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event to include a third weekend!

This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, will run Nov. 16-18, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.

Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.


St. James’ Church, Middleton presents their Soup and Sweets Luncheon to be held on Nov. 19 after their 11 a.m. service.

The congregation invites everyone to come and join them for delicious homemade soups and desserts about noon. Of course all are invited to come for the worship service as well if they wish.

Those who attend can help make a little one’s Christmas brighter by making a Free Will Offering with all proceeds going to the Huron County Christmas Bureau.

St. James’ is located at the Corner of Tipperary Line and Bayfield Road (77397 Tipperary Line).

Sound of Goderich

Nov. 26 is the date set for an annual musical event known as the “Sounds of Goderich” that features many talents from Bayfield and area.

The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich and will highlight both choral and instrumental music. It will feature the MacKay Choristers, Goderich Laketown Band, Goderich Harbouraires and guest performers, Mary Ross and Clayton Peters.

Tickets are $10 and are available now from participants as well as Ernie King Music, Fincher’s, Knox Presbyterian Church, all in Goderich; or at the door.


The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.

The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit:


Nov. 24 is the date set for “Harmonies and Harp for Hospice” a concert to be held at Heartland Community Church in Clinton.

The venue located at 52 Victoria Street will host The MacKay Choristers with special guest Vocalist John De Jager and Harpist Mary Ross.

All donations will go to Huron Hospice Volunteer Services. To learn more contact Tony at 519 482-7116.


Petitions are now available to sign as part of the “One Vision One Plan” campaign.

The petition requests that Bluewater Council keep the ice in the Bayfield Arena past Spring 2018 while groups work together to determine the future needs of the community with regards to a new facility for all to enjoy. The petition can be found at The Spotted Cow, on Bayfield's Main Street North; at the Bayfield Arena and at the Bayfield Public Library.

The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are jointly organizing the venture with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club.


IMG_2396 “Artaroundtown” of Exeter, ON presented the Huron County Food Distribution Centre (HCFDC) with a cheque for $4,000 following a successful “Empty Bowls” event in the late summer that saw over 150 volunteers share their creativity to make this great result possible. The sell out crowd at the Sept. 14 event enjoyed selecting hand built pottery bowls, sampling wonderful soups by over 20 restaurants and groups from the area and participated with great enthusiasm in the celebrity pottery auction. For this huge effort to contribute to HCFDC thanks is extended to all the soup makers, the bowl makers, the celebrity potters and all of the committee. Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the HCFDC recently accepted a cheque from committee members, Laurie Dykstra, MaryLou Hyde and Ruth Anne Merner. Absent for the photo were committee members Bonnie Sitter and Julia Burton. (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, as the Christmas season begins in the village we share a picture from the early 1900s when men brought in the ice from the Bayfield River for future refridgeration use. Brings new meaning to the phrase, "Baby it's cold outside!" (Archives Code:  PB10002 PC) 

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



PB12 1b Remember Me 345 

In Issue 435, Robert L MacLeod was photographed in uniform on Bayfield's Main Street circa 1942. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 1b)

Cathy MacLeod wrote in to say that she does indeed remember this handsome sailor as he was her father! Thank you for sharing Cathy. 


PB12 1b Remember Me 436 

In Issue 436, Stu Sturgeon was photographed in uniform in 1942. Does anyone remember him?(Archives Code: PB12 1b)



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huron residential hospice 

Coffee tree raises $7,000 for Bayfield Kids' Room

IMG_0517Constance Russo welcomed the approximately 80 guests who entered the front door of the Huron Residential Hospice on Monday afternoon as part of the Coffee Tree event organized by Lynne and Dave Gillians, of Bayfield.  

IMG_0513Bayfield resident Brenda Blair looks over the plans for the Huron Residential Hospice in the sitting area of the facility.  

IMG_0508 Bayfield volunteers and fundraisers for the Huron Residential Hospice have taken on this room at the facility as their pet project. This shall be the "children's room" where youngsters who come to visit relatives receiving care can go to play.

 IMG_0505About 80 people attended a Coffee Tree at the Huron Residential Hospice on Monday afternoon hosted by Lynne and Dave Gillians and volunteers. Visitors could enjoy fellowship over a hot beverage and sweets as well as take a tour of the facility.

IMG_0518Bayfield residents Ken Larone and Dave MacLaren discuss the facility project near the coffee bar.  

IMG_0507Bayfield residents Barb Brown and Kate Lloyd-Rees chat by the information and donation table in the facility's dining area.

 IMG_0521Goderich resident Joyce Chilton takes a moment to read some hospice literature by the water feature in the facility's dining room.

IMG_0516One of the bedrooms at the house has been set up to show what hospice care could look like at the facility.  s


HRH logo draftOn Nov. 13, Dave and Lynne Gillians, of Bayfield, hosted a Coffee Tree for 80 of their closest friends at the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton. This was the perfect time for the invitees, most Bayfield residents, to come and tour the facility, to learn first hand about the vision for the property, enjoy fellowship over a hot beverage and make a donation to the cause.

Dave Gillians was pleased to report that those who attended the afternoon contributed $7,000 for the “Bayfield Kids’ Room” at the HRH. Bayfield’s fundraising team identified the kids’ room to be their community mission.

According to Gillians, it is likely that each resident of the Hospice will have a minimum of six young people visit. The group feels that visiting young people need and should have a sanctuary away from grieving adults. It is also statistically likely that some of the residents of the hospice will be young people, and the Bayfield team also wants to be in a position to fund any special equipment that these youngsters require.

Gillians noted that the team was incredibly pleased with the success of the day.

“Perhaps most importantly, the Huron Residential Hospice has many more enthusiastic supporters who will spread the word about this wonderful facility and what it will mean to all of us who plan to spend the rest of our lives here,” said Gillians.

During the tours of the HRH, visitors marveled at the layout and extravagant finishes in the house. These must have made it an interesting place to live but an even more ideal setting for a residential hospice. The many sitting areas, the two dining areas, the tiled flooring, and the sheer size of the public areas should work well when four families, spouses, children and friends are sharing the space with staff and volunteers.

Facts and Features of the Huron Residential Hospice:
• This project is a great example of Huron County frugality and one of the great benefits of living here. The house and property were purchased for $950,000. When the insurance appraisers went through the building, they insisted that the replacement value of the buildings was $1,500,000. That's not including the 12.5 acres of land.
• The HRH is centrally located within the county - less than five minutes from the traffic lights in Clinton or 15 minutes from Bayfield.
• Once all renovations are complete, the total cost will be about $600,000 for each of the four beds. In residential hospices across Canada, new hospice beds average about $1 million each.
• Since there are 12.5 acres of land surrounding the house, this residential hospice is scalable meaning that someday it could be expanded. In Huron County, this means that the community should be set for 50 or 100 years. The house can grow as needs arise and funds permit.
• The numbers are compelling now! According to the Huron County Planning Department, between 500 and 600 residents of Huron County die each year.
• According to one report, each year, about 90 families in Huron County will be in a care crisis situation. This four bed residential hospice will give between 50 and 60 of them, the comfort of knowing that their loved one will receive dramatically improved quality of care in a caring, dignified and supportive environment.
• The grounds are beautiful, and eventually, family members will be able to take a break and go for a walk on a small trail and sit on a bench just to relieve some of their stress and anguish.
• According to the "Vision" for this hospice, each room will have wide enough patio doors to allow beds to be wheeled out onto a deck or patio on nice days.
• The rooms will be large enough for family to gather and for some to remain overnight with their loved one if necessary. There will be no limits on the number of visitors or visiting hour restrictions.
• A new circular driveway and an adequate parking area will be amongst the first renovations.
• Guests and residents will be protected from the elements when the entrance door is covered a by new portico.

On Monday, Gillians learned that the overall cost of the completed four-bedroom hospice, including all operating expenses for the first year, will be less than originally estimated.

“The budget has been reduced to $2.1 million that is an incredible bargain when compared to other similar hospice projects,” he said. “I also learned that the plan is to open with the existing three beds before April 2018 and only proceed with the planned addition when funds are available.”

But if events like the Coffee Tree are any indication fundraising momentum is just starting to build.

“This is one of those days when we feel very, very fortunate to live in Bayfield!” said Gillians, on behalf of the Bayfield fundraising team for the HRH.

IMG_0510  A nutcracker stands sentry at the entrance to the future children's room at the hospice - a project of the Bayfield community.  



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Melody Falconer-Pounder


What would you do if you went to the grocery store and discovered that ice cream was selling for $23.99 a carton, a box of diapers was $79.99, a frozen pizza, $15, a toothbrush $9?

What would you do if this were the only grocery store in town? In fact the only grocery store for hundreds of miles.

What would you do? Hopefully you’d roll over and wake up out a sound sleep. For us these scenarios are just bad dreams. But for the people in Northern Canada these grocery prices are reality.

In researching the Girl Guides of Canada Action on Poverty Challenge for Bayfield Guiding I have been learning a lot about how expensive it is to live in the Arctic Region.

Tonight we are taking the girls shopping so that they can purchase their “I Love First Peoples” shoebox gifts. For many it is their favorite meeting of the year as the girls get to shop for boys and girls their own age remembering to pack everything from socks to toothbrushes as well as gifts and a treat or two - things that our youngsters happily take for granted that would be most appreciated by the children and youth in such northern communities such as Attawapiskat, ON.

Where once we looked outside of Canada to support worthy causes we are now looking in our own “backyard” in support of our First Peoples.

Another initiative Bayfield Guiding is taking on this year is the one time sponsorship of a family of six living in Pangnirtung, Nunavut - located on the southeastern shore of Pangnirtung Fjord on the south shore of Baffin Island's Cumberland Sound.

Soon the girls will be given the task of dividing up an essential list of groceries, hygiene and cleaning products for the family as well as sending them some new clothes and toys.

We are very happy to report that Bayfield’s Virtual High School has donated $200 to help with the shipping and handling costs for the shoebox project. Anyone who would like to help the girls with either activity are more than welcome to contact me to see how they can help. Anyone interested in sponsoring a family on their own should visit the Facebook Group – “Helping our Northern Neighbors” or visit to learn more about how to get involved in the shoebox project.- Melody


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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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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